The Gist: How Chris Nee created the Disney Junior TV show Doc McStuffins.

Yes, Children’s TV Writers Sometimes Throw in Sneaky References

Yes, Children’s TV Writers Sometimes Throw in Sneaky References

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 19 2015 7:36 PM

The Creator of Doc McStuffins

The executive producer of the Peabody Award–winning children’s show shares a career arc that includes Israeli Sesame Street and Alaskan bar fights. 

Chris Nee, creator and executive producer of Doc McStuffins, alongside the doctor herself.
Chris Nee, creator and executive producer of Doc McStuffins, alongside the doctor herself.

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Listen to Episode 281 of Slate’s The Gist:

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What kind of person is drawn to write for children’s television? And why does that person always seem to sneak in adult jokes and pop culture references? The creator and executive producer of Doc McStuffins, Chris Nee, shares the wide variety of experiences that led her to create the Peabody Award–winning show for Disney Junior. For the Spiel, it’s time to name a new Lobstar of the antentwig.

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