Little Bill is an energetic five-year-old African-American boy with a sunny personality and an inquisitive nature. As any typical five-year-old would, Little Bill learns from the world around him, and its impact on his life. The primary lesson he learns is that even at five years old what he does matters. His vivid imagination and fun loving nature make him a natural leader when it comes to making up a game, or creating a fantasy to act out with his friends. He tries hard to be fair and do the right thing, but like all kids, he sometimes stumbles and has hard lessons to learn. Luckily, he always has his support network of family and friends to help him through any challenge.
Bobby is Little Bill's eight-year-old brother. As older brothers go, Bobby is a good one, because he likes being Little Bill's big brother. A third grader, Bobby is good student and a Boy Scout who plays the violin, and fancies himself a Junior Detective (he even has his own detective kit!). He relishes any opportunity to impress Little Bill with his dazzling knowledge of just about any subject under the sun. Although they sometimes get on each other's nerves or become cranky with one another, Bobby and Little Bill always find a way to work out their differences.
At ten-years-old, April is the oldest child in the family, and the tallest girl on the block. What some might consider her nature bossy, April describes herself as "confident and motivated." What some might call overwhelmingly competitive, April would call a healthy desire to win--all the time.
April is proud to be the best basketball player in school, male or female. She has dreams of joining the WNBA as soon as she finishes college. When it comes to Little Bill, April has a soft spot in her heart. She loved taking care of him as a baby, and now gets a kick out of his fun and funny antics.
Big Bill is the kind of dad that relishes time with his children. A civil servant who inspects buildings for the city, Big Bill looks forward to dinner with the family, talking with the kids, and falling asleep in his recliner, listening to his precious jazz record collection. He encourages his children to dream big and reach for the stars. His dream is to open an eclectic jazz record shop that only deals in vinyl. Until then he works hard, saves his money, and keeps an eye out for a house in the suburbs with grass and trees for a hammock.
Beautiful, sensible, responsible, and organized, Little Bill's mother, Brenda, keeps the world spinning on its axis. Warm and loving, she's also the family disciplinarian, and first officer in charge of chores.
She has dreams of becoming a photographer and makes time for her hobby during evenings and weekends. Her family has become her favorite photo subject. She went back to work as an assistant bank manager when Little Bill turned one-year-old and is grateful that her grandmother, Alice the Great, is there to help her with the family.
Alice the Great
Alice the Great may be in her seventies, but she's still spry, sharp, and energetic. She worked for years as a home attendant nurse and although she's now an old woman, Alice has no intention of slowing down. She is happy to live with her granddaughter's family and help out with the kids, especially Little Bill, who she has taken care of since he was a one-year-old. Alice the Great and Little Bill are tighter than shoelaces and Little Bill knows his great-grandmother will always have time to listen to him when he rambles on and on. She's unbeatable at checkers, and taught Little Bill a secret that never lets him lose at Tic-Tac-Toe.
Miss Murray is Little Bill's kindergarten teacher. A cheerful and intelligent African-American woman in her early 20's, she is gentle and patient with the boys and girls left in her charge. In many ways, Miss Murray isn't as far removed from childhood as the other adults in Little Bill's life. Her fresh, good-natured approach provides yet another positive adult role model for our viewers. Little Bill thinks Miss Murray is beautiful and has a huge crush on her.
Little Bill and his cousin Fuchsia were born three days apart, and they are good friends. The fact that he's a boy, and she's a girl doesn't come into it. They like each other, enjoy playing the same games, and are fans of the same TV shows. Fuchsia is chubby and assertive and likes playing games where she can be the mother or the caretaker in charge. Fuchsia never holds her tongue, or edits her response. As the grown-ups say, "She's got a mouth on her!"
Another of Little Bill's buddies, Andrew is a five-year-old with red hair and freckles. When Andrew's family moved two doors down from Little Bill, they became fast friends. Andrew is as good at playing make-believe as Little Bill,and both boys share a love of adventure and Captain Brainstorm. Andrew has two older cousins, Rachel and Kevin, who sometimes visit and play with Little Bill, April, and Bobby. He also has a big, fluffy, lovable dog named Farfy.
Kiku is a five-year-old Asian-American girl. Little Bill would say she is the nicest of his friends, if somewhat eccentric. Kiku is kind to everybody and always fair. In fact, her ability to remember the rules of the games they play has saved many a friendship. Kiku wants to be president when she grows up, so her mediating skills will come in handy.
Uncle Al & Aunt Vanessa
Uncle Al & Aunt Vanessa are Fuchsia's parents. Big Bill and Uncle Al are brothers. Aunt Vanessa and Brenda are good friends who spend a lot of time talking on the phone even though they only live a block away from each other. Uncle Al and Aunt Vanessa own a corner store. Little Bill likes hanging out there, but he never expects to get anything free; Uncle Al is notoriously cheap. On occasion, when Uncle Al is not looking, Aunt Vanessa will slip Little Bill and Fuchsia a Popsicle, or a piece of candy or two.