"Daniel's Birthday"
Daniel Tiger and Friends


Original Airdate

September 3, 2012

Production Number



Angela C. Santomero

Episode Guide

Daniel's Picnic

Daniel's Birthday is the first half of the first episode of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. It aired on September 3, 2012, with "Daniel’s Picnic."


Today is Daniel Tiger’s birthday! Daniel is very excited to go to Baker Aker’s bakery to help his Mom pick out a cake for his party, and so proud that his mom lets him carry the cake himself. But when they arrive back home after a bumpy ride on Trolley, he discovers that his birthday cake is smooshed! What a disappointment. His father helps him see that there are good things even in a smooshed cake – it’s yummy.


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Please note that since this is the first episode, all characters shown below made their debuts in this episode. Also note that this list does not include the opening and closing segments of the show, which feature a wide variety of characters

Major Roles Minor Roles


  • All the main characters debuted in this episode. A few characters' parents would debut in the next episodes.


  • When Dad Tiger is helping Daniel cope with his smooshed cake, the two pull spoons out from out of nowhere, after they bring their hands up from behind the table, when in reality there was no place for them to get spoons from.