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Dora the Explorer is an American animated television series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The show is carried on the Nickelodeon cable television network, including the associated Nick Jr. channel. It aired on CBS until September 2006. A Spanish-dubbed version first aired as part of a Nick en español block on NBC Universal-owned Telemundo through September 2006; since April 2008, this version of the program has been carried on Univision as part of the Planeta U block. The show is still replaying episodes on Treehouse TV.


The series is about a seven year old girl named Dora, who goes on adventures with her friend, Boots. In her adventures, Dora invites young viewers at home to complete a goal. Checking Map to find the way, and using Backpack to get what she needs, Dora and the viewer must solve problems and overcome obstacles along the way to their goal. The viewers would also learn some Spanish too. At the end of each adventure, everybody cheers and celebrate by dancing to Dora's signature "We Did It!" dance.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 26 August 14, 2000 October 15, 2001
2 27 March 11, 2002 July 14, 2003
3 23 August 26, 2003 April 22, 2004
4 24 September 24, 2004 November 5, 2007
5 21 September 7, 2008 August 15, 2010
6 19 November 5, 2010 February 5, 2012
7 18 March 16, 2012 January 16, 2013
8 20 March 18, 2013 August 9, 2019


Main characters

  • Dora: a 7 year old girl who loves to explore and is always eager for her next adventure. She loves animals and plants that live in the forest and always carries her Backpack and Map while going on new adventures.
  • Boots: Boots is a 5 year old monkey and is Dora's companion. He loves to go on adventures with Dora. He is happy, confident, and always likes to hold Dora's hand. He loves to laugh and he loves bananas. But most of all, he loves his red boots.
  • Backpack: Backpack is Dora's special helper. She's always loaded up with lots of stuff that Dora might need to triumph in her adventure.
  • Map: Map is a funny, bouncy, rolled up map who lives inside Backpack's side pocket. Whenever Dora and Boots need to get somewhere, Map always shows them the way to go.
  • Swiper: A sneaky fox that always tries to swipe items from Dora that she needs to complete her adventure.
  • Tico: A good friend to Dora and Boots. He speaks Spanish and loves to help them.
  • Benny: A good friend to Dora and Boots and likes to ride his hot air balloon.
  • Isa: A good friend to Dora and Boots. She loves her flowers and waters them to help them grow.
  • Fiesta Trio: Three small creatures who always play a tune when Dora and Boots pass a place or complete their adventure.


Production for Dora the Explorer started as early as 1997. Nina, the past Dora, was supposed to be a character that lived in the computer, had a sidekick named Boots named for the computer term “reboot” who was a monkey, and together they solved math and language problems.

There was also supposed to be other characters including Tico, the Skunk, who eventually became a Squirrel, Swiper, the Fox, the only character that was never changed from the first sketch, Benito, the Bull, and Isa, the Iguana. Together, these group of friends worked toward a goal, and at the end of the episode, or level, the marching band would sing their little “Hurray” song, and everyone would say “You did it” just like popular kids computer games from the 90s.

Early on in the series development, research determined that Nina should have an additional goal, to teach viewers Spanish, and soon Nina, the green eyed, redheaded Irish girl became the dark haired, dark eyed Dora from Costa Rica. When the crew decided that Dora would come from Costa Rica, and as soon as the show got picked up for production, six people traveled to Costa Rica for a fantastic research trip and for the first time they were able to see the flavor and colourful world of the rainforest. It inspired them to make changes to some of the characters. Changes were happening throughout the production and many episodes later, suddenly Dora got a home, and a family.

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