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10 Members of Bob Ross’s Happy Little Menagerie

Famed TV painter and personality Bob Ross is known the world over for being one of history’s sweetest, gentlest souls, and thankfully, that attitude extended well beyond his 18-by-24-inch canvasses. Ross was an ardent animal lover, a passion which often made its way onto The Joy of Painting. His crew of animal companions was a big hit among the fans, and showcased Ross’s particular tastes in the creatures of the world. In lieu of cats, dogs, or guinea pigs, Ross took a liking to the very creatures you might expect to see in his happy little landscapes. Our list contains as many of those animals as we could find, and could also serve as lyrics to a Ross-themed revamp of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Many of the clips below are full episodes and you’ll have to skim through a lot of them to get to the critters—or just watch the entire thing. Let’s face it: You were probably going to anyway.


No single animal got more airtime on The Joy of Painting than Peapod—a tiny little squirrel that, according to Ross, liked to sit in his pocket. While viewers never got a glimpse of that particular bonding experience, we did get to see the painter feed his rodent friend with a bottle (“Aren’t they the most precious characters you’ve ever seen?”), and hold him in the palm of his hand while the furry friend slumbered away (“I like to just watch him sleep”). The “peekaboo squirrel” made a handful of appearances on the show, and was so beloved, he even inspired a successor (see #2).


While the original Peapod might’ve been a special rodent, he was part of a long tradition of Ross being absolutely nuts for squirrels. He often owned several at a time, caring for them in the early stages of life before releasing them out into his backyard. A rotating scurry of squirrels did guest spots on the series, and were a favorite among fans.


Ross’s love of birds was second only to squirrels. One of the avians who got airtime was Hoot the Owl, who appeared on The Joy of Painting when he was only a few weeks old. “He’s nothing but down,” Ross says in the clip above. “As I mentioned earlier, him and I both have the same hairdresser. We’ve both got the fuzz top up here.”

The cute “little devil” (Ross referred to animals almost exclusively as little “rascals” or “devils”), also appeared later on as a full grown bird. Ross had several friends who cared for rescues, including Diana Schaffer (or as he called her, the “bird lady”). On a visit to her home, Ross spent time with sparrows, a hawk, a wild turkey, a baby groundhog, and even whispered some of his sweet nothings to a blind robin, which you can see above.

As for Hoot, Ross reflected: “Old Hoot though, he’s grown. By the time you see this show, he will have been turned loose and he’ll be long gone. By the time you see this he’ll probably have a little condo in Miami and house payments, a BMW in the driveway … he’ll be like the rest of us. All trapped with responsibilities. He may even have children of his own.”


When these fine feathered friends appeared on the show, Ross named them Richard and Cathy after a couple of the show’s camera people. The hungry “little rascals” earned their names because of their similarities to their human counterparts: Richard’s hair was thinning and Cathy was chatty.


In the clip above, four of these cute “little devils” hang onto Ross’s shirt like we all would if given the opportunity.


What’s better than a squirrel? A giant squirrel of course. On one episode, Ross’s friend Cindy introduced him to a Sherman’s fox squirrel named Little Bit, and the rodent lover nearly lost his mind.


Cindy also gave Ross the opportunity to spend some time with a great horned owl, who inspired this lovely reflection: “I like animals so much. I’m tellin’ you, I could just about make a career out of taking care of these little rascals. They’re so beautiful. Isn’t that something?”


Another one of Cindy’s creatures was a rescue crane that was born with a twisted neck—a possible result of an abnormality that occurred in the egg. In addition to that encounter, there’s more footage of Ross with the Sherman’s fox squirrel.


While visiting another friend with rescue animals named Carmen Shaw, Ross met a pair of deer (“I love these little characters, I want to take them all home with me”) and a baby raccoon. In another episode, he cradled a baby deer and fawned over the fawn in those signature dulcet tones and all was right with the world. (He mentioned on both occasions that he couldn’t imagine shooting Bambi.)


In a baby raccoon appearance, Ross fed one of the primarily nocturnal beasts with a bottle and said maybe his most disparaging animal comment ever, about how the mammals are sweet as babies, but grow up to be “pretty tough little characters.” He also references burping the little guy, which tragically wasn’t captured for posterity on film.

Reno artist brings Bob Ross, happy trees and Peapod the squirrel back to life


Bob Ross hated his hair.

The landscape painter whom everyone knew for his brown, fluffy fro and his happy clouds and trees could not stand his hair, which he had permed in the 1980s as a money-saving method when he first started out as a penniless painter.

Ross’s hate for his hairdo was one of the few intimate details that Derek Miller, of Reno, could find when researching Ross for a one-man chataqua-style improv comedy show that Miller is presenting from Dec. 18 through Dec. 20 at the Potentialist Workshop.

“Happy Accidents: The Bob Ross Experience Holiday Re-run” is a tongue-in-cheek ode to the nature loving ‘wet-on-wet’ oil master, a follow-up to Miller’s first performance in October.

“I’ll admit, when I first started researching him, I was hoping I’d find some real dirt. I assumed that there was some dark secret, something you didn’t know about Bob Ross,” said Miller, a local artist himself.

Known as the Fred Rogers of the painting world, Ross was known for his hair, his hypnotic voice, his generously buttoned down shirt and his seemingly spiritual relationship with the canvas and paint – all of which Miller tries to capture in his show, but with a subtle spice of jest.

“He does Bob Ross, and he does the painting, but then he’ll say, ‘Jerry, cut!’ and shows what goes on behind the scenes,” said Pan Pantoja, executive director of the Potentialist Workshop, said of Miller. “He never ceases to amaze me. The guy is a genius.”

Miller binge watched episodes of “The Joy of Painting,” Bob Ross’s PBS show which aired from 1983 to 1994, to capture Ross’s humble, somewhat unhealthy posture and his most frequent phrases, such as “Happy trees” and “almighty,” along with the little murmurings and mumblings he used in between saying “There,” when he made a gentle edit to his painting.

“He offers a little bit of that sincerity. It’s slightly corny, but it’s not a sugar-coated bullsh** dog food ad – it’s genuine,” Miller said. “I don’t think it was a religious calling, but I think he thought that he could help people improve their lives through painting. He believed you could generate your own medicine with a brush.”

In recent months, Miller found that Ross’s habits “really started to creep into the rest of my life,” he said, calling the process “a little therapeutic.”

Over several months of researching Ross, whom Miller watched since he was a child, Miller learned that Ross had lost a finger when he was younger and working with his father as a carpenter; Ross may have had an affair with his business partner and Ross’s mentor, Bill Alexander, may have been resentful of Ross for Ross’s adoption of many of Alexander’s techniques and approaches to the craft.

Other than that, Ross had a squirrel named Peapod. He believed anyone could paint. And he loved country music.

Miller never found the dirt that he had been looking for, and he ultimately was glad for it.

“We can’t accept that someone would be that good, or kind,” he said.


What: Happy Accidents: The Bob Ross Experience Holiday Re-run

Where: The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St. in Reno


Cost: $10 donation or $20 for Friday, Dec. 18 dinner and show

The Joy Of Painting

It’s typical: you’ve just finished the slow process of reviving your body after a Memorial Day barbecue overdose, and now it’s already time to drift back through the meat fog and into your resting life. Luckily, Netflix has your back this weekend, offering up the ultimate life coach for relaxation and rest: afro-sporting painting instructor Bob Ross.

The streaming service has just added 25 episodes of Ross’ The Joy Of Painting onto its site. (The collection is being billed as Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere, which some outlets are reporting was a separate series filmed in 1991, but the episodes in question simply seem to be from seasons 20, 21, and 22 of The Joy Of Painting.) All the gentle brushstrokes, softly spoken instructions, and, of course, happy little trees, are waiting for you—maybe as a nice palate cleanser after the frenetic energy of Lady Dynamite, or the intensity of Daredevil season 2.


If Netflix’s offerings aren’t enough to sate your need for big smiles and little mountains, though, you can always turn to YouTube; much of Ross’ TV output over the years is available there, through both the official Joy Of Painting YouTube channel, and the many bootleg episodes that people have been passing around for years.

“That show put me to sleep” isn’t traditionally meant to be a complimentary phrase. The term “snooze-inducing” is an insult if directed at scripted programs like Stranger Things, Westworld, or the ’90s NBC sitcom Wings, but when discussing the tranquil delight known as Chill with Bob Ross, “snooze-inducing” is the highest of compliments.

For those unfamiliar, Bob Ross was the host of the long-running PBS series The Joy of Painting, a simple yet mesmerizing program that featured the renowned artist having informative, instructional conversations about life and art with his audience all while painting a beautiful landscape. Chill with Bob Ross, which is now streaming on Netflix, highlights a number of episodes from the series that focus on the talented painter’s wintry creations.

A guru of relaxation, Bob Ross possesses the calm, singsong voice of an angel. His dulcet tone and meandering conversational style puts viewers at absolute ease as he gradually constructs a picaresque landscape. Bob Ross is not only the soothing cup of hot cocoa at the end of a stressful day, he’s the ideal seasonal antidote to that pesky old grinch known as insomnia.

As someone who’s had a lifelong adversarial relationship with that elusive treasure known as sleep, Chill with Bob Ross has been a welcome addition to my nighttime routine. When dealing with insomnia, your nocturnal viewing habits are vital to a good night’s sleep. Forensic Files worked for a bit, but then I became too invested in the cases. Thanks for nothing, SCIENCE. Ross’ serene voice and continuous dialogue makes it appear as though he’s reading you the most uneventful children’s story of all time, which is perfect for someone attempting to dive headfirst into a cozy slumber. Adding to the warm and fuzzy feeling is his optimistic disposition and constant encouragement, which has helped to transform Bob Ross, who sadly passed away back in 1995, into the favorite uncle of the internet.

You don’t need to be an adept artist to enjoy Chill with Bob Ross. On a scale from Van Gogh to a barely functioning Lite-Brite, my artistic ability is “drunk finger painting.” But just because I can’t create beauty doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate beauty, and if you really think about it, isn’t that the true definition of beauty?

No. No it isn’t. Not even a little bit. But beauty is indeed subjective, and one of the reasons Ross has remained so enduringly popularity is that his show can be enjoyed for a variety of different reasons by a variety of different people. “Let your imagination take you wherever you want to go,” Ross instructs during one episode. At night, I want my imagination to pop an Ambien and chill the F out, and Bob Ross’ hypnotic series has helped me to do just that.

Whether you’re a fussy sleeper or have the ability to zonk out during a sold out Smash Mouth concert at Madison Square Garden like an all star, Chill with Bob Ross will give you happy thoughts and pleasant dreams as you drift off to sleep.

Watch ‘Chill with Bob Ross’ on Netflix

Need a little creative inspiration, or just want something calming to watch before bed? Netflix has just what you need. The site is now officially streaming painting tutorials from Bob Ross, the man with the curly ‘do and soft-spoken voice that became a household name on PBS.

To be clear, Netflix isn’t streaming The Joy of Painting. Instead, it’s offering Beauty Is Everywhere, a more limited series that was filmed in 1991, a few years before Ross died of lymphoma at 52. But don’t fret, because the format is nearly identical to the original. According to Entertainment Weekly, the series ran for 25 episodes and you can see them all on Netflix. And in case his soothing voice and pretty paintings aren’t enough for you, these episodes also feature an adorable baby squirrel named Peapod.

His teachings are eternal. His hair is immovable. He is Bob Ross. #BeautyIsEverywhere

— Netflix US (@netflix) June 1, 2016

Netflix promoted the new streaming episodes with the tagline, “His teachings are eternal. His hair is immovable. He is Bob Ross.” But it turns out that Ross didn’t like his signature haircut, but it became such a part of his persona that he kept maintainting it, and even wore a wig during his cancer treatments. (You can find that, and more Bob Ross fun facts, here.)

If you need even more painting tutorials in your life, many episodes of The Joy of Painting are available on YouTube. You’re welcome.

What’s Going on With The Missing Bob Ross Episodes on Netflix?

On June 1st 2016, Netflix added Bob Ross’s painting series for the first time in Netflix’s history and thankfully it was added to Netflix around the world. This means a whole new generation can learn and experience the delights of Bob Ross’s TV series. Eagle eyed fans however, will notice that we’ve been left kind of short with only a highlights collection on Netflix.

For those who’ve never experienced a Bob Ross episode then you’ve really missed out especially as 2016 seems to be a resurgent year for the late painter. Bob Ross was a severing military personal and developed a knack for painting. He was granted a TV show on the American network PBS where he’d spend 20 minutes and develop a painting from start to finish. His motto was that anyone can paint and his speedy tutorials for the most part delivered on that promise. He was known of his gentle tone, bushy hair and just generally being positive and a joy to watch.

To get a sense of just how magnificent his show is take a look at this episode

To understand why there’s only 26 episodes, we need to look at the duration and series that Bob Ross actually produced. His most famous series, The Joy of Painting is not in fact the series that was actually added to Netflix. If it was the case there’d be over 403 episodes available on Netflix.

Beauty is Everywhere is in fact the series that was added to Netflix and it was kind of a spin-off and acting as a best of series when it aired in 1991. So what the heck, has Netflix been short changed? Well kind of. Netflix seems to have only paid for the series gauging the data before deciding to buy up the other episodes.

That still doesn’t explain why we’ve got only 26 episodes so we asked Netflix and here’s what they came back with : ‘(we) found that some of the episodes might not be available due to streaming rights’. When we asked if it was more of the case that Netflix picked and choosed which episodes to stream they added ‘It’s more related with streaming rights than with a curation.’

Does this mean we’ll get more in the future? Hopefully the answer is yes and the best way to see if they add it is not only following us here on What’s on Netflix, but to also add the show to your list where you’ll be notified of new episodes.

In the meantime you’ll be able to find most of the Joy of Painting available on YouTube.