Jeff Pickles, aka Mr. Pickles, is an icon of children’s television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when this beloved personality’s universe begins to crumble, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through the crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. As Jeff struggles with being a kind man in a cruel world, he’s forced to ask himself if he’s having a breakdown or a breakthrough.
Seb is the long-time executive producer of Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time and overseer of the licensing and merchandising empire the show has spawned. When Seb sees that Jeff is starting to push back against the limits of their tightly run show, he is faced with some tough decisions.
Deirdre is the head puppet maker on Mr. Pickle's Puppet Time, who is grappling with her own personal and professional issues.
Jeff's estranged wife, Jill, a pediatric nurse, decides it’s time to break free of the buttoned-up life she had with Jeff.
Jeff and Jill's son begins to rebel against his parents and falls in with a group of offbeat stoners.
Deirdre's daughter Maddy is a strange, rebellious child who tries to keep her family together after learning a secret about one of her parents.