What's the Story: The Ultimate Wishbone Quiz!



By: Bambi Turner

6 Min Quiz

About This Quiz

Combine an adorable talking dog with some of the greatest stories ever told and you've got "Wishbone," a classic '90s show that was as much of a hit with critics as it was with kids. Think you know all there is to know about the adventures of this imaginative canine? Take our quiz to find out!

What kind of dog is Wishbone?

Wishbone is a classic Jack Russell Terrier -- white fur with black and brown spots, including one speckled ear and a ring around one eye.


Who is Wishbone's owner?

Wishbone lives with his loving owner, Joe Talbot, who attends middle school and is a huge basketball fan.


Where do Wishbone and his family live?

The clever canine and his human companions reside in Oakdale, Texas. Mr. Talbot died when Joe was little, so Joe and Wishbone live with his mom, Ellen, a librarian.


Who lives next door to the Talbots?

Wanda Gilmore, who is the owner of the local newspaper, lives next door to the Talbots. While she generally gets along with the family, she complains any time Wishbone digs up her flower beds.


Who is NOT one of Joe's two best friends?

Joe and Wishbone often hang out with Joe's best friends, Samantha and David. Samantha's dad owns a local pizza place, Pepper Pete's, while David is a huge science lover.


True or false: Joe and Damont are close friends.

Damont Jones and his sidekick Curtis are classic bullies and often cause problems for Joe and his friends. Fortunately, Wishbone is brave enough to stand up to the bullies whenever he gets the chance.


True or false: The kids on the show can understand Wishbone when he talks.

While TV viewers can understand the dog, Joe and the other kids on the show cannot -- except when Wishbone is telling one of his famous stories.


Which classic Wishbone story starts with a trip to the pound?

After losing his collar, Wishbone ends up at the pound, where he falls for a female dog named Rosie. He imagines himself in the tale of "Romeo and Juliet," where he and Rosie are star-crossed lovers desperate to be together.


"The Slobbery Hound" is based on a story by which legendary author?

After Wishbone gets blamed when a stray dog causes trouble in the neighborhood, he imagines himself as Sherlock Holmes in a retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Hound of the Baskervilles."


Wishbone dreams up a tale based on "Rip Van Winkle" after Joe learns that what is hidden in his backyard?

After the former owner of Joe's house comes by, searching for a time capsule he buried long ago, Wishbone imagines himself as Rip Van Winkle -- falling asleep for 20 years and waking up to a world that's completely changed.


What does Sam do to make Wishbone compare her to Joan of Arc?

Sam saves the day when she joins a boys' soccer team and helps them win. Wishbone is so in awe of her bravery that he imagines her as Joan of Arc.


What does a shady fair employee want to give Joe, in exchange for Wishbone?

While at the fair, Joe gets offered a cool virtual reality headset in exchange for his pooch. The trade reminds Wishbone of Faust, who famously trades his soul to the devil -- pretty grown up stuff for a kids show.


What is Sam allergic to?

Sam has a bad reaction to coconut and can't take part in the school spelling bee, leaving David to win the event for their team. The incident reminds Wishbone of the tale of "Ivanhoe," which he reenacts in the episode "Sniffing the Gauntlet."


What are the kids doing when Wishbone imagines himself in "Journey to the Center of the Earth"?

As Joe and his friends work to plant a tree in Wanda's yard, Wishbone imagines if they just kept digging forever in a tale inspired by Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth."


What is Joe trying to donate to the poor when Wishbone dreams of Robin Hood and his Merry Men?

Joe sees it as a huge waste that the school cafeteria throws out so much food when there are so many hungry people in the world. Inspired by his owner's generosity, Wishbone imagines himself in "The Adventures of Robin Hood."


What does Sam want to save from an old barn before it is torn down?

Sam believes that Blackbeard's magic horseshoe is hidden in an old barn that is set to be destroyed. The situation reminds Wishbone of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island."


Embarrassing pictures of which character lead Wishbone on a Sherlock Holmes-inspired adventure?

After embarrassing pictures of Sam are posted around school, Wishbone plays Detective Sherlock Holmes in the season one episode, "A Dogged Expose," inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia."


What business does Joe start in the episode, "The Entrepawneur"?

Joe's bad behavior after starting a grocery delivery service makes Wishbone recall the story of King Midas and the golden touch.


Who is David's little sister?

David's little sister Emily and her best friend Tina have a bad habit of getting into trouble -- despite their frequent promises to "be good!"


What location leads Wishbone to imagine himself in "Phantom of the Opera"?

A dead librarian and missing books at the library lead Wishbone to imagine he is Viscomte Raoul de Chagny in the "Phantom of the Opera" spoof "Pantin' at the Opera."


A Halloween scavenger hunt reminds Wishbone of which spooky story by Washington Irving?

As Joe and his friends encounter Damont and other scary sights at the old Murphy house, Wishbone pictures himself as Ichabod Crane from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."


What honor makes Wishbone imagine himself as Pip from "Great Expectations"?

When Wishbone is chosen as the model for a sculpture being built in the local park, he imagines he is Pip from Charles Dickens' classic, "Great Expectations."


What makes Wishbone feel he has been betrayed by Ellen?

When Joe's mom takes him to the vet, Wishbone feels it is a sign of betrayal on par with Richard Shelton's "The Black Arrow."


What is Wishbone accused of stealing in the episode "Moonbone"?

In a spoof of Wilkie Collins' "Moonstone," Wishbone is accused of stealing a Super Bowl ring from a top NFL player who visits Oakdale.


Who receives mysterious letters in the episode "Pup Fiction"?

After Wanda receives strange letters from an unknown writer, Wishbone is determined to solve the mystery as he imagines himself in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey."


Which of these scary events take place as the kids graduate middle school in the series finale?

As the kids are set to graduate, a gas leak forces everyone to evacuate for safety. During the saga, Wishbone dreams of Virgil's "Aeneid" and the heroes of ancient Troy, in the episode "The Roamin' Nose."


Which of these serves as the setting for the 1998 Wishbone movie?

In the 1998 flick "Wishbone's Dog Days of the West," Wishbone imagines himself in the Old West. As part of the story, Wanda is feuding with a local TV reporter but ends up saving the day after the kids are trapped by a collapsed stage.


Who is the bad guy at the heart of "Dog Days of the West"?

In a story inspired by the works of O. Henry, Long Bill Longley and Tom Merwin team up to defeat troublemaker Calliope Catesby in the 1998 film.


True or false: A single dog played Wishbone for the entire series.

Five different dogs shared the role of Wishbone. A dog named Soccer was the main star, while three other dogs filled in for stunts and action shots. A fifth dog was used for publicity photos.


How many seasons did the show run?

Despite its place of prominence in the hearts and minds of '90s kids, "Wishbone" ran for just 50 episodes over two seasons from 1995 to 1999 before it was canceled.


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