The Healing Powers of Dude

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The Healing Powers of Dude
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Created byErica Spates & Sam Littenberg-Weisberg
Music byMichael Kramer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Erica Spates
  • Sam Littenberg-Weisberg
  • Dan Lubetkin
  • Richie Keen
ProducerChris Phillips
Production locationsVancouver, British Columbia
CinematographyJay Hunter
  • Justin Li
  • Jamie Alain
  • Sabrina Pitre
Camera setupSingle-camera[1]
Running time23–28 minutes
Production companies
  • Meekel Meekel
  • Blue Ant Studios
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseJanuary 13, 2020 (2020-01-13)
External links
Official website

The Healing Powers of Dude is an American comedy television series created by Erica Spates and Sam Littenberg-Weisberg that premiered via streaming on Netflix on January 13, 2020.[1][2]


The Healing Powers of Dude follows Noah Ferris, "an 11-year-old boy with social anxiety disorder" who gets an emotional support dog to help him manage his disorder.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Jace Chapman as Noah Ferris,[3] an 11-year-old boy who struggles with social anxiety disorder is going to a public school for the first time with his emotional support dog named Dude after being homeschooled previously
  • Larisa Oleynik as Karen Ferris, Noah's mother, who works as a lawyer
  • Mauricio Lara as Simon, Noah's extroverted friend with an alter ego he calls “Turbo”
  • Sophie Kim as Amara, Noah's intelligent, disabled friend
  • Laurel Emory as Embry Ferris, Noah's younger sister who has a knack for fashion
  • Steve Zahn as the voice of Dude,[3] Noah's emotional support dog
  • Tom Everett Scott as Marvin Ferris, Noah and Embry's father and Karen's husband, who was an artist before he began homeschooling Noah and is starting to pursue art again


  • Peter Benson as Principal Myers, the principal of Roosevelt Middle School
  • Raylene Harewood as Ms. Fleckberg, Noah, Simon, and Amara's English teacher at Roosevelt Middle School
  • Gabrielle Quinn as Valerie, Noah's crush who shares his love of music
  • Ethan Farrell as Dale, one of Noah and Simon's two twin bullies
  • Vanessa Przada as Destiny, Noah and Simon's more aggressive bully
  • Katy Colloton as the voice of Ms. Grumpy Pants, a neighbor's poodle



On June 20, 2019, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of eight episodes. The Healing Powers of Dude was created by Erica Spates and Sam Littenberg-Weisberg who were also expected to executive produce alongside Richie Keen and Dan Lubetkin.[1] The series was released on January 13, 2020.[2]


Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Tom Everett Scott, Larisa Oleynik, Laurel Emory, Mauricio Lara, Sophie Jaewon Kim, Dude the Dog, Jace Chapman had been cast in starring roles.[4]


Principal photography for the first season began on June 14, 2019 and ended on August 13, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia.[5]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Second Step: Homeroom"Richie KeenErica Spates & Sam Littenberg-WeisbergJanuary 13, 2020 (2020-01-13)
2"Getting to Know You"Richie KeenErica Spates & Sam Littenberg-WeisbergJanuary 13, 2020 (2020-01-13)
3"Game On"Yulin KuangRick SingerJanuary 13, 2020 (2020-01-13)
4"Lord of the Bus"Yulin KuangAngeli MillanJanuary 13, 2020 (2020-01-13)
5"Middle School Musical"Steven TsuchidaJoy RegullanoJanuary 13, 2020 (2020-01-13)
6"Buried Treasure"Richie KeenConor HanneyJanuary 13, 2020 (2020-01-13)
7"House Party of Horrors"Richie KeenRick SingerJanuary 13, 2020 (2020-01-13)
8"I'll Be Right Here"John FortenberryErica Spates & Sam Littenberg-WeisbergJanuary 13, 2020 (2020-01-13)


  1. ^ a b c d Petski, Denise (June 20, 2019). "Netflix Orders 'The Healing Powers Of Dude' Family Live Action Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Bell, Breanna (December 11, 2019). "TV News Roundup: Ilana Glazer's First Stand Up Special Gets Premiere Date at Amazon". Variety. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "The Healing Powers of Dude". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Porter, Rick (June 20, 2019). "Talking-Dog Family Comedy Ordered to Series at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. August 2, 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 3, 2019. Retrieved August 3, 2019.

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