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Esme & Roy
Esme & Roy logo.png
Also known asEsme and Roy
Created by
  • Dustin Ferrer
  • Amy Steinberg
Written byDustin Ferrer
Leah Gotcsik
Becky Friedman
Jennifer Hamburg
Clark Stubbs
Jim Nolan
Sam Dransfield
Ron Holsey
Dana Starfield
Liz Hara
Dan Danko
Evan Sinclair
Corey Powell
Directed byMike Fallows
Voices of
Theme music composerJonathan Evans
Opening theme"Esme & Roy Theme Song"
by Kellylee Evans
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Scott Dyer
  • Kay Wilson Stallings
  • Doug Murphy
  • Dustin Ferrer (co-executive producer)
  • Amy Steinberg (co-executive producer)
  • Melissa Graham
  • Machi Tantillo
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseAugust 18, 2018 (2018-08-18) –
External links
Production website

Esme & Roy is an animated children's television series created by Dustin Ferrer and Amy Steinberg. The series is produced by Toronto-based animation studio Nelvana and Sesame Street creator Sesame Workshop, in association with Corus Entertainment.[2]

The show follows a little girl named Esme and her best friend, a monster named Roy, who take care of all kinds of creatures when their regular guardians need aid. Esme & Roy was broadcast simultaneously on HBO in the United States and Treehouse TV in Canada on August 18, 2018.[3][4][5]


Esme & Roy follows a young girl named Esme and her best monster friend, Roy, the most in-demand "monster sitters" in Monsterdale, a town populated mostly by monsters. The duo set out to solve big problems by playing and helping out the young monsters with their problems.[1]



  • Esme (voiced by Millie Davis) is a monster sitter, and has a knack for inventing activities to fix the monsters' problems, with the help of the MonsterCase, a suitcase full of fun and games that encourages the monsters to play their troubles away.
  • Roy (voiced by Patrick McKenna) is Esme's best friend and a yellow monster. He is a lovable goofball who knows everything about monsters.
  • Dumpling is Esme and Roy's monster pet. She rolls herself up into a ball and loves to boogie.
  • Hugo Ooga (voiced by Shayle Simons) is a theatrical 4-year-old[6] little monster. He loves to be the star of the show and creates his own spotlight by clapping his hands.
  • Fig Ooga (voiced by Elle Simons) is Hugo's 1-year-old[7] baby sister. While small, she has super strength and loves to pick up Roy to demonstrate it. She shrinks if she smells a Sludgeflower.
  • Tillie Plink (voiced by Abigail Oliver) is an active 3-year-old[8] little monster with pink fur, red eyes, and red hair tied into twin tails with a pair of blue bows. She has a need for speed and loves cars and playing rough-and-tumble games.
  • Snugs Muzzywump is an adorable 3-year-old[9] or 8-year-old[8] monster who loves to hug and snuggle with people. He puffs up when he gets scared, but is easily calmable. He is frightened by thunder.
  • Simon Swoozle (voiced by Jacob Soley) is an eight-year-old[10] six-tentacled green monster with blonde hair, brown eyes and glasses. He loves enforcing routine and order. While a bit uptight, he has a big heart and is very artistic.


  • Mr. Plink (voiced by Zachary Bennett) is Tillie's father.
  • Grammy Swoozle (voiced by Jayne Eastwood) is Simon's grandmother
  • Willie (voiced by Richard Binsley) is Simon and Grammy Swoozle's pet.
  • Mrs. Muzzywump is Snugs' mother.
  • Mr. Bleederblop is the father of Frank and Franny.
  • Daddy Ooga (voiced by Martin Roach) is Hugo and Fig's father
  • Mommy Ooga (voiced by Melissa Altro) is Hugo and Fig's mother
  • Frank Bleederblop & Franny Bleederblop (voiced by Lily Bartlam) appear in "Two Can Play That Game"
  • Sid & Lucy (voiced by Christian Corrao)
  • Lottie is introduced in "Monster's Little Helper" when she wants to learn to be a Monster Sitter from Esme and Roy. She has yellow fur and flies with wings. She returns in "Game Plan" to help monsters prepare for Camp Monsterdale.
  • Norm (voiced by Patrick McKenna) appears in "Supermarket Match". He is a blue monster with tentacles, blue hair, and green eyes.


Nelvana has ordered 52 11-minute segments, equal to 26 half-hours of Esme & Roy.[11]


Esme & Roy premiered on Treehouse TV in Canada and HBO in the United States on August 18, 2018.[3] The show will later be broadcast internalionally.[12]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1a"Monster Trucks!"Mike FallowsDustin FerrerAugust 18, 2018 (2018-08-18)1010.01[13]

Esme and Roy watch a car-loving monster, but when bath time comes, she refuses to be clean.

Songs: "Glitter Jar" sung by Esme, "Car Wash Bath" sing by Esme, Roy.
1b"Lunch Crunch"Mike FallowsLeah GotcsikAugust 18, 2018 (2018-08-18)1010.01[13]

Esme and Roy teach Simon about trying new foods.

Songs: "This is Lunch Just for You" sung by Esme, Roy, Simon, "Belly Breathing" sing by Esme.
2a"Dark and Stormy Knight"Mike FallowsBecky FriedmanAugust 25, 2018 (2018-08-25)[14]1020.04[15]

Esme and Roy watch Snugs, who is scared of thunder.

Song: "Look Over Here" sung by Esme, Roy.
2b"Two Can Play That Game"Mike FallowsDustin FerrerAugust 25, 2018 (2018-08-25)[14]1020.04[15]

Frank and Franny want to play something different.

Song: "Ballet Pirates" sung by Esme, Roy.
3a"Noisy Naptime"Mike FallowsJennifer HamburgSeptember 1, 2018 (2018-09-01)[14]1040.04[15]

The Monster Sitters watch Hugo while Baby Fig takes a nap.

Song: "The Monstersitters Lullaby" sung by Esme, Roy, Hugo.
3b"The Hugo Express"Mike FallowsClark StubbsSeptember 1, 2018 (2018-09-01)[14]1040.04[15]

Hugo doesn't want the game to end.

Song: "The Hugo Express" sung by Esme, Roy, Hugo.
4a"Gentle, Gentle"Mike FallowsBecky FriedmanSeptember 8, 2018 (2018-09-08)[14]1050.03[16]

Esme and Roy put Dumpling to baby Fig's house.

Song: "Dumpling's Check Up" sung by Esme, Roy.
4b"The Case of the Missing Cuddles"Mike FallowsJim NolanSeptember 8, 2018 (2018-09-08)[14]1050.03[16]

Esme and Roy put Snugs to bed.

Song: "Where Could Sir Cuddles Be?" sung by Esme, Roy, Snugs.
5a"Supermarket Match"Mike FallowsSam DransfieldSeptember 15, 2018 (2018-09-15)1030.05[17]

Esme and Roy take Tillie to the supermarket.

Song: "Grocery Shopping Car" sung by Esme, Roy.
5b"Imitation Frustration"Mike FallowsRon HolseySeptember 15, 2018 (2018-09-15)1030.05[17]

Esme and Roy take Sid and Lucy to the park.

Songs: "Glitter Jar" sung by Esme, "Let's Find Something Else To Do" sing by Esme, Roy.
6a"Hugo, We Have a Problem"Mike FallowsJim NolanSeptember 22, 2018 (2018-09-22)108N/A

Esme and Roy take Hugo and baby Fig to the planetarium.

Song: "The Monster Shimmy" sung by Esme, Roy, Fig, Hugo.
6b"A New Chapter"Mike FallowsDana StarfieldSeptember 22, 2018 (2018-09-22)108N/A

Esme and Roy watch Simon, who can wait to read his new book.

Songs: "Just Pick One" sung by Esme, Roy, "Glitter Jar" sing by Esme.
7a"Game Plan"Mike FallowsLeah GotcsikSeptember 29, 2018 (2018-09-29)106N/A

Tillie heads to Camp Monsterdale.

Songs: "Camp Monsterdale" sung by Roy, Tillie, "Glitter Jar" sing by Esme.
7b"A Way to Play"Mike FallowsLiz HaraSeptember 29, 2018 (2018-09-29)106N/A

Simon and Tillie arrive at Monster Sitters' HQ for a playdate.

Songs: "Better Together" sung by Esme, Roy, Tillie, Simon, "Glitter Jar" sing by Esme.
8a"Sing Out, Roy"Mike FallowsDan DankoOctober 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)107N/A

Esme helps Roy overcome his stage fright.

Song: "Best Friends Anywhere" sung by Esme, Roy, Fig, Hugo, Snugs, Simon.
8b"Monster's Little Helper"Mike FallowsDustin FerrerOctober 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)107N/A

Roy and Esme meet Lottie, who wants to be a monster sitter.

Song: "I Can Help" sung by Lottie.
9a"Simon's Sleepover"Mike FallowsJennifer HamburgOctober 13, 2018 (2018-10-13)109N/A

Simon begins to miss home during a sleepover.

Songs: "Glitter Jar" sung by Esme, "Make Your Own Me Tree" sing by Esme, Roy, Simon.
9b"Take a Hike"Mike FallowsEvan SinclairOctober 13, 2018 (2018-10-13)109N/A

Roy, Esme and Snugs get lost in the woods.

Song: "Follow Me" sung by Esme, Roy.
10a"Birds of a Feather"Mike FallowsCorey PowellOctober 20, 2018 (2018-10-20)110N/A

Esme and Roy take three little monsters to the science museum.

Song: "Flying in the Shape of a V" sung by Esme, Roy, Tillie, Simon, Snugs.
10b"Cowgirl Fig"Mike FallowsClark StubbsOctober 20, 2018110TBA

Hugo makes a film starring Fig.

Songs: "Lights, Camera, Action!" sung by Esme, Roy, Fig, Hugo, "Glitter Jar" sing by Esme.
11a"When Figs Fly"TBATBAOctober 27, 2018 (2018-10-27)111N/A
Song: "How Do You Like Flyin'" sung by Esme, Roy, Fig, Hugo.
11b"Tillie's Tough Break"TBATBAOctober 27, 2018 (2018-10-27)111N/A
Song: "Cheer Up, Tillie!" sung by Esme, Roy.
12a"Cloudy Comet Calamity"TBATBANovember 3, 2018 (2018-11-03)112N/A
Song: "Can You See It?" sung by Esme, Roy.
12b"Training Day"TBATBANovember 3, 2018 (2018-11-03)112N/A
Song: "Are Really Great Team" sung by Esme, Roy.
13a"Monster Mash"TBATBANovember 10, 2018 (2018-11-10)113N/A
Song: "Dance Like Me" sung by Esme, Roy, Hugo, Tillie, Simon.
13b"Block Party"TBATBANovember 10, 2018 (2018-11-10)113N/A
Song: "Pick 'Em Up (Clean Up Time)" sung by Esme, Roy, Tillie.
14"Achoo, Matey"TBATBAFebruary 2, 2019 (2019-02-02)114N/A



Esme & Roy has been met with mostly positive reception. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media rated Esme & Roy a total of 5 out of 5 stars, stating that Esme & Roy's "thoughtful approach to self-awareness and mindful behavior makes it an excellent tool for families and caretakers to use in teaching similar skills to kids," and that the broader emotions will relate to a child's experiences.[18]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Refs
2019 Kidscreen Awards Best New Series Esme & Roy Won
2019 Canadian Screen Awards Best Original Song – Animation "Ballet Pirates", from the episode "Two Can Play At That Game" Pending [19]
2019 NAMIC Vision Awards Children's series Esme & Roy Pending [20]


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