A curious young hand puppet named Oobi explores the world around him.
Twenty-six full-length episodes and forty-seven shorts were aired during the series' run.
According to an interview featured on Little Airplane's website, Josh Selig came up with the idea for Oobi while watching puppeteers audition for Ulica Sezamkowa, the Polish adaptation of Sesame Street. They used only their bare hands and pairs of plastic eyes. The idea was turned into a series of two-minute shorts aired daily on Noggin, before each thirty-minute program (from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM). The shorts were produced in 2000 and finished airing in 2002. Oobi was later adapted into a full-length series, which premiered on April 7, 2003. Noggin finished airing the full-length episodes on February 11, 2005.
Reruns of the series continued to air on Noggin until the channel was replaced by Nick Jr. in September 2009. Nick Jr. aired Oobi along with many other Noggin programs from then until spring 2013, when most older programming was removed from the channel's lineup. The series was added to the Noggin mobile subscription service in May 2015. Commercials for the mobile app featuring Oobi among other shows were aired on every channel in the Nickelodeon family (including Nicktoons and TeenNick, which had not aired Noggin programs at any point) during summer 2015.
Though there were never any full-scale DVD releases of the series, many Nick Jr. DVDs released from 2002 until 2004 included Oobi shorts and clips from full-length episodes as bonus features. Several DVD collections sold in later years also feature episodes of the show. In addition, Oobi is mentioned and pictured on various posters and magazines.
Stöð 2 aired an Icelandic-dubbed version of the show from 2005 to 2006. Nickelodeon Junior aired a French dub in France and Wallonia from 2007 to 2010. Nickelodeon Poland aired a Polish-dubbed version of the series from 2007 until 2009. The original English version has been aired on ABC Kids in Australia, on Nickelodeon Pakistan, and on TVOKids in Canada. Nickelodeon Arabia has aired the Arabic version since 2009. Select channels in Oceania and Southeast Asia have also broadcast the show.