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Puppy Bowl

Puppy Bowl

  • Premiered: 
    February 6, 2005
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  • Network: Animal Planet
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Animal
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Plot Synopsis

Each year on Super Bowl Sunday, a different group of shelter pups mix it up and frolic in a small stadium -- called Animal Planet stadium for the first eight years, renamed GEICO Stadium in 2013 -- only to be interrupted by the Kitten Half-Time Show.

In 2014 Animal Planet celebrated the event's 10th anniversary with PUPPY BOWL X, which included interactive fan voting for MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) and an online Fantasy Puppy League available on Plus, PUPPY BOWL X followed up with some of the most famous faces in the history of puppy sports, and its halftime Kitty Half-Time Show featured the musical stylings of Internet sensation Keyboard Cat. PUPPY BOWL X aired on Sunday, February 2, 2014 on Animal Planet from 3pm ET/PT through 5am ET/PT the next morning.

On Super Bowl Sunday 2015 (February 1), Animal Planet premiered PUPPY BOWL XI from 3-5pm ET/PT, followed by encore presentations through 5am the next morning. In this year's game, Team Ruff and Team Fluff play for keeps with live competitive scoring for the very first time in PUPPY BOWL history. With giggling goat cheerleaders -- and fan favorites including the iconic water bowl cam, slow motion Too Cute cam, and kiss cam -- this year's game adds an air show from hamsters piloting the new biplane and a special half-time performance by Katty Furry. And for the second year in a row, viewers can share photos of themselves and their pets via Instagram using #PuppyBowl all day long for a chance to see themselves and their BFFs on TV in real time.

Animal Planet premiered PUPPY BOWL XII on Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 3-5pm ET/PT. PUPPY BOWL returns to Animal Planet's GEICO Stadium for the 12th annual championship battle for cuteness. For the second straight year, Team Ruff meets Team Fluff for bragging rights. Plus, the event pumps up the cute factor with silky chicken cheerleaders and a very special halftime performance that is sure to become a classic. This year, die-hard superfans get closer to the action than ever before with the introduction of PUPPY BOWL VIRTUAL REALITY.

On Super Bowl Sunday (February 5, 2017) Animal Planet premiered PUPPY BOWL XIII from 3-5pm ET/Noon-2pm PT, airing live simultaneously on both coasts for the first time. The one-hour pregame begins at 2pm ET/11am PT, featuring aww-nalysis and cuddly commentary from sports correspondents including the infamous Rodt Weiler. PUPPY BOWL XIII repeats all day and night for a total of 10 hours on game day.

On Sunday, February 4, 2018, Animal Planet premieres PUPPY BOWL XIV from 3-5pm ET/Noon-2pm PT, airing live simultaneously on both coasts for the first time. This year the adoptable puppy players from #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff go paw to paw and nose to nose to win the CHEWY.COM "Lombarky" PUPPY BOWL XIV trophy. More Puppies (90) from more rescues (48) than ever before are drafted to tepresent #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff. And after the pup-tastic game of ear pulls and tail tugs is over, all the PUPPY BOWL puppy players end up as winners when they find their forever homes. The one-hour pregame begins at 2pm ET/11am PT, featuring aww-nalysis and cuddly commentary from sports anchor James Hound with Rodt Weiler and Sheena Inu serving as pregame show analysts. The competitive canines will conduct their pre-game rituals from the PUPPY BOWL locker room, which includes an all-new locker room webcam. Additionally, Gordon Setter and Greta Dane will serve as pre-game field correspondents.

On Super Bowl Sunday (February 3, 2019) Animal Planet premieres PUPPY BOWL XV from 3-5pm ET/Noon-2pm PT, airing live simultaneously on both coasts for the second time. The tail-gating started with the PUPPY BOWL Pre-Game Show at 2pm ET/11am PT, featuring aww-nalysis and cuddly commentary from sports correspondents, including the infamous Rodt Weiler with James Hound and Sheena Inu serving as pre-game show analysts. This year's PEDIGREE Starting Lineup presents puppies who are also competing for the individual Bissell MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) by scoring the most touchdowns with dog-approved toys by We'll see familiar faces including America's favorite "Rufferee," Dan Schachner, who returns for the eighth year in a row to call the puppy penalties, furry fumbles and terrier touchdowns, along with award-winning animal advocate and television correspondent Jill Rappaport, who introduces the Subaru of America, Inc. Pup Close and Personal segments that highlight some of the heartwarming stories of the adorable athletes. Accompanying Dan on the sideline is his trusty rufferee assistant, Shirley, the rescue sloth who is keen to show off the slow-motion action throughout the game. We'll also meet Shirley's biggest & enthusiastic fan club -- a group of loveable baby sloths from Costa Rica's Toucan Rescue Ranch sanctuary.

PUPPY BOWL XVI debuts live coast to coast on Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 3-5pm ET/Noon-2pm PT on Animal Planet. Dan Schachner returns for his ninth tear as PUPPY BOWL referee, and he's joined by guests Jonathan and Drew Scott, Whitney Cummings and Emmylou Harris. This year's adoptable puppy players who make up the rosters of #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff celebrate a 'Sweet 16' extravaganza and dig deep and play hard to win the inaugural CHEWY "Lombarky" trophy at GEICO stadium. To celebrate 16 years of incredible adoption stories and tail wagging touchdowns, PUPPY BOWL XVI unleashes more puppy players than ever before in all-new new team colors - from yellow and green to 'Bark Blue' and 'Tail Mary Tangerine'. Tune in for this special two-hour event to experience sloppy kisses, puppy piles & penalties, epic puppy playtime, and more. Animal Planet audiences will also see the return of The Dog Bowl, the one-hour competition for adult and senior dogs living in rescues and shelters. In past years, 100% of the puppies and kittens that have participated in PUPPY BOWL have been adopted to loving families. And after sixteen years of this incredible tradition, this year's set of adoptable animals all end up winners when they touchdown on the field and, finally, into their forever homes.

PUPPY BOWL XVII premieres on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2-5pm ET/11am-2pm PT on Animal Planet and discovery+, with Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg hosting the party. The duo kick off the event in style, donned in their own Puppy Bowl gear including custom orange and blue team jerseys representing each of the puppy teams -- Martha backing Team Ruff and Snoop rooting for Team Fluff -- with a game-day set up that is sure to inspire all other Puppy Bowl tailgate parties with custom snacks, games, and of course a little bit of team smack talk! Joined by a posse of puppy players from Annenberg Pet Space, Paw Works and SPCA LA, Martha and Snoop provide play by play updates throughout the game, cheer on their teams while giving each other a few challenges along the way... including breaking out their culinary skills to create a mouth-watering snack for the party (wings and cupcakes anyone?!) and a friendly Puppy Bowl-themed cocktail competition.
PUPPY BOWL XVIII premieres on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 2-5pm ET/11am-2pm PT on Animal Planet and discovery+. Get ready to cheer on the adoptable puppy players of TEAM RUFF and TEAM FLUFF as they give it their all to catch air-speed and take home this year's CHEWY "Lombarky" trophy. PUPPY BOWL celebrates adoptable pups in all their cuteness and showcases the incredible shelters and rescues, as well as their staffers, who dedicate their lives to helping animals find their fur-ever loving homes. This year an astounding 67 shelters and rescues from 33 states bring 118 incredible adoptable puppy players out to sport their TEAM RUFF 'Tail Mary Tangerine' and TEAM FLUFF 'Bark Blue' bandana colors. Each pup player is coming to strut their paws and show off their uniqueness, and with the help of the Wisdom Panel(TM) dog DNA test, we'll find out what's beyond those bandanas and luscious fur, and how each dog's breed mix might give them a leg-up on the field. And on top of these hidden traits which may be revealed, these players will give it their all to chase, fetch, guard, heel, and sprint to the CHEWY end zone pylons for the ultimate touchdowns and score game catching field goals on THE HOME DEPOT goal posts.

Thanks to the slo-mo cams, fans get to see these canines' devotion to the game as they put their tricks to the test to score a touchdown and a possible chase of the tail. While showing off their tricks and shakes, audiences will get the pawesome views from the water bowl cam which will catch our furry friends in a Pedigree timeout to re-energize their quirky selves and quench their thirst. For the ultimate top-notch aerial view, the Temptations Kitty Sky Box will also be featured throughout the game so fans can feel as if they're in the center of all the puppy madness.

The PUPPY BOWL XVIII Pre-Game Show begins exclusively on discovery+ and Animal Planet at 1pm ET/ 10am PT where fan-favorite PUPPY BOWL sportscasters Rodt Weiler, Sheena Inu, James Hound, and field reports Mini Pinscher and Greta Dane provide the inside scoop on this year's Puppy Bowl Draft ahead of the big game. The pre-game show spotlights exclusive interviews with coaches and players, a look at the adorable pups warming up and running their favorite routes during CHEWY's 'Play of the Day.' In addition, audiences will get a first-look tease at the purr-fect halftime show through the Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Kitty Halftime Report. We'll also get puppy DNA analysis from Wisdom Panel dog DNA test Players Report and catch up with several special puppy players past and present including Chunky Monkey, who won the hearts of many during Puppy Bowl XVII and Marshall, who was declared victorious as the winner of the Puppy Bowl XVII 'Pupularity Playoff". Those who tune-in will meet Biscuit, the Washington Capitals service pup who is training with America's VetDogs and see a special look at the BISSELL Pet FoundationTM and their rescue efforts of transporting cats and dogs out of the Hurricane Ida danger zone to safety at Animal Welfare League in Alexandria, VA.

To kick off the game, special guests Elmo & Tango are traveling all the way from Sesame Street to gather the Pedigree Starting Lineup players in the center of the field for the PUPPY BOWL XVIII coin toss to who from Team Fluff or Team Ruff will be the first to wag their tails! In addition, Elmo & Tango will be featured throughout the game as they cheer on one unforgettable pup, Wasabi, a Chihuahua/Cocker Spaniel mix from The Sato Project, from the sidelines throughout the game. As the game progresses, we will see which pup has what it takes for the one and only Bissell Pet Foundation MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) award by scoring the most touchdowns. This pup will join a league of past MVP champions, and through Tropical Smoothie Cafe, audiences will catch up with a previous Puppy Bowl MVP now in his loving, forever home and living his best life "on Tropic Time". Be sure to tune in to find out which lucky pup will also take home the coveted Subaru of America Underdog Award!

And of course, Dan Schachner, PUPPY BOWL's official and favorite Ruff-eree is returning for his 11th year of calling the puppy penalties, ruffs stumbles & tumbles, and awesome touchdowns for a game unlike any other. Dan is ready for the ultimate puppy showdown and fans will hear all these calls and more from returning commentators Steve Levy and Taylor Rooks as they give us the play-by-play coverage of the rambunctious pups of Team Fluff and Team Ruff as they frolic, jump, dive, and occasionally snooze their way to victory. In addition to seeing these puppy players on the field, audiences will also see the return of the Subaru of America Pup Close and Personal segments that shine a light on adorable star athletes including one special Senior Spotlight story which showcases that age is just a number and senior dogs are ultimately puppies at heart.

This year's Pup Close and Personal features various segments including:

- A special profile on Orange Twins Rescue, started by Ariana Grande and her choreographers and creative directors', twins Scott & Brian, who accompany a pair of bonded Siberian Husky/ Chihuahua mix puppy sisters, Bimini & Tayce to Farm Animal Refuge in San Diego where they meet baby goats and cows

- Kirby, a very special Labrador retriever who is the Houston Texans' service pup in-training in partnership with America's Vet Dogs, who visits NRG Stadium for a service practice session with Texans player Justin Reid

- Hoku, a American Staffordshire Terrier/ Catahoula Leopard Mix; and Puppy Bowl's first ever Hawaiian pup, from Maui Humane Society, who as a participant of the rescue's 'Buddies' program, embarks on a special field trip to a hike in Maui's National Parks where we learn about the legend of the 'Poi' dogs of ancient Polynesian culture

- Birch, a Chihuahua / Toy Fox Terrier mix who is cared for by a special foster under Ninna's Road to Rescue foster program and is coached for the big game by Puppy Bowl XVI alum, Darcy

- Benny, a special needs Labradoodle, who is living his best life with a foster from Bosley's Place where he spends his days practicing laps on the lush property with his fellow dog companions

- A special look at The Dogist (Elias Weiss Friedman) who teams up with Pilots to the Rescue, to bring one incredible Dalmatian puppy, Pongo, on a flight from a Virginia shelter to New York City for PUPPY BOWL XVIII

In addition to these incredible Pup Close stories, PUPPY BOWL XVIII will also feature an unforgettable senior spotlight story featuring Mr. Lee Asher from the upcoming discovery+ series, My Pack Life, as he hosts Sharkey, a Greyhound Mix from Family Dogs New Life shelter at his own rural sanctuary, The Asher House, in Oregon where Sharkey will not have a day full of adventure but will have a chance of finding a forever home.

During the game, audiences will also meet nine fuzzball special needs players that are looking forward to finding their forever home; including Benny, a wheelchair bound Labradoodle featured in one of this year's Pup Close stories; Forrest, a one-eyed Neapolitan Mastiff/Cane Corso Mix; Rocket, a deaf Chihuahua/Dachshund: Pongo, a deaf Dalmatian; Ridley, a deaf and vision impaired Border Collie; Bunny, a deaf American Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador Retriever Mix; Moby, a French Bulldog with a cleft palate; Bimini, a vision impaired Siberian Husky/Chihuahua Mix; and Irwin, a three-legged American Pit Bull Terrier/Chihuahua Mix.

This year's big game will feature the return of two special PUPPY BOWL moments- First, TEAM RUFF and TEAM FLUFF players will be cheered by adorable, adoptable puppy cheerleaders who will root and howl for their favorite players from the sidelines. This year, the new cheer squad will bring-it from their own special sideline setup to shake their pom poms, run a few cheer-formations, and amp up the volume with an overload of cuteness as PUPPY BOWL XVIII players make their way down the field. Next, audiences will again see Puppy Bowl's 'Adoptable Pup' segments, hosted by Dan Schachner and sponsored by Chewy. Sprinkled throughout the program, 11 shelters from around the country will feature one of their puppies (and 3 shelters with kittens during KITTY HALF-TIME) that are all up for adoption during the game!


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by The Studio, aka Discovery Studios (as Discovery Studios from 2005-2020)
  • Produced by Bright Spot Content (2021)