Parents and children everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief, because Doc isn't going anywhere.
Dottie, aka Doc, isn't going anywhere, because Doc McStuffins has received a fifth season!
The show, which debuted in 2012, has been a big hit with both critics and fans. Aimed at ages 2-7, the Disney program won a Peabody Award in 2015 and, according to Deadline, averages 16 million views on Hulu, VOD, and the Disney Junior app. The show reaches 150 million viewers worldwide each quarter.
Doc McStuffins follows Dottie, a young Black girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and practices her skills on stuffed animals who come to life when adults aren't around. Michelle Obama has guest starred on the show and the Artemis Medical Society, an organization of female physicians of color, even praised it.
Parents, doctors, and everyone who loves Doc McStuffins celebrated the news by taking to Twitter:
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Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, added in a statement, "Doc McStuffins is an unmistakable example of our commitment to powerful storytelling that enriches and enlightens kids. I can think of no other children’s television show in recent history that has touched as many lives and made the kind of impact around the world that Doc has."
The new season will air in 2018.