Martha Speaks is a Canadian/American animated children's television series based on the 1992 children's book of the same name by Susan Meddaugh, about a talking dog named Martha, who is owned by ten-year-old Helen Lorraine. When Helen feeds Martha some alphabet soup, the soup travels to her brain instead of her stomach, resulting in her ability to speak. The show focuses on synonyms and vocabulary, with each episode featuring an underlying theme illustrated with key words. The show takes place in the fictional town of Wagstaff City, a parody of Flagstaff, Arizona. The show is produced by WGBH in Boston, along with Vancouver based animation studio DHX Media Vancouver, and debuted on September 1, 2008 on PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go! stations across the United States. Some episodes of this TV series were available for limited theatrical release on January 3, 2009. The second season began airing on September 14, 2009. The third season of Martha Speaks premiered on PBS Kids on October 11, 2010, and the fourth season began airing on February 20, 2012. In May 2013, PBS Kids renewed Martha Speaks for a fifth and sixth season of 8 new episodes each. The fifth season premiered on June 24, 2013.