Doug (TV series)
Doug is an American animated television series created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common predicaments while attending school in his new hometown of Bluffington. Doug narrates each story in his journal, the show incorporates many imagination sequences; the series addresses numerous topics, including trying to fit in, platonic and romantic relationships, self-esteem and rumors. Many episodes center on Doug's attempts to impress Patti Mayonnaise. Jinkins developed Doug from drawings in his sketchbook. Doug, a autobiographical creation, was inspired by Jinkins's childhood growing up in Virginia, with most characters in the series being based on real individuals, he first pitched Doug as a children's book to uninterested publishers before Nickelodeon purchased the show. Following this, the series underwent further development, in which Jinkins meticulously detailed every aspect of the show's setting. Jinkins was insistent that the series would have a purpose and instructed writers to annotate each script with a moral.
The show's unusual soundtrack consists of mouth noises. The series premiered on August 11, 1991 on the cable network Nickelodeon, as the channel's first original animated content alongside Rugrats and The Ren & Stimpy Show; the series' original run consisted of 52 episodes over four seasons that were broadcast from 1991 to 1994. In 1996, Disney acquired the series, retooling it with several creative changes, thus renaming it Brand Spanking New! Doug, airing it for three years on ABC's Saturday morning lineup, it became a top-rated show, inspiring various books, merchandise, a live musical stage show, a theatrical feature, Doug's 1st Movie, released at the series' conclusion in 1999. Doug revolves around Douglas "Doug" Funnie, an 11 -year-old boy who wants to be another face in the crowd, but by possessing a vivid imagination and a strong sense of morality, he is more to stand out, he keeps a journal, which he treats as an autobiography, as he records numerous experiences over the series, which range from learning to dance to getting a bad haircut.
Doug Funnie and his family move from the town of Bloatsburg to Bluffington after his dad receives a job promotion. Bluffington is in the United States but not in any specific U. S. state. However, Bluffington is loosely based on the city of Richmond, where creator Jim Jinkins was born and raised. Beyond the title character, Doug featured a large ensemble cast of characters. Many of the series' ancillary characters, among them Ms. Wingo and Mr. Spitz, are based on authority figures from Jinkins' childhood. Douglas Yancey "Doug" Funnie: Doug is depicted as a shy, self-conscious, naive 11 -year-old boy who more than not tries to deal with his fear of failure, he has talents for writing, making music, caring for animals. While Doug just wants to fit in with his peers, he has a vivid imagination and an unparalleled sense of morality that both make him stand out amongst them. Doug writes his experiences in his journal, his alter ego, was inspired by Jinkins's and Roberts's home movies as children, posing as superheroes.
Billy West, the original voice behind Doug, was assigned by executive Vanessa Coffey, to Jinkins's initial reluctance. Despite this, he would come to view it as the best possible voice for the character. West, in recording lines for Doug, noted that "There's a lot of me in there, because I'm going through my own experiences in there, because I have a conscience." Mosquito "Skeeter" Valentine: Skeeter is Doug's best friend. He is known in both series for the honking sounds he makes; as he and his family have lived in Bluffington for some time, he helps Doug order food from the popular Bluffington restaurant Honker Burger in the series premiere, helps Doug learn how to dance. The character was based on Jinkins' high school Tommy Roberts. Roger M. Klotz: Roger is Doug's nemesis and the town's local school bully, he is not much of a bully, however, as he makes fun of everyone and plays practical jokes. He is older than others in his class. Roger and his divorced mother lived in a trailer park in the Nickelodeon series.
Roger was inspired from a real bully. He adopted the bully's neighbors' last name, for the character. Patricia "Patti" Mayonnaise: Patti is an intelligent, lovely and athletic girl, Doug's female best friend and love interest, she is kind and helpful towards others but does have her weaknesses, namely a tendency to be competitive, one to get angered if pushed too far. Jinkins based the character on his adolescent crush from junior high to high school, culled her name from two girls from his childhood, Pam Mayo and a girl named Patty. Beebe Bluff: The heiress to the Bluff family fortune. Beebe is the richest man in the town and a friend of Mayor White; the Bluff family is the namesake of the town of Bluffingto
Kenan & Kel
Kenan & Kel is an American teen sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred All That cast members Kel Mitchell. 62 episodes and a made-for-TV movie were produced over four seasons from 1996 to 2000. The first two seasons were filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando and the remaining two were filmed at the Nick on Sunset theater in Hollywood. Kenan & Kel received critical acclaim, with praise of the performance of the title characters, it won the "Favorite TV Show" award at the 1998 Kids Choice Awards, Thompson and Mitchell were ranked No. 40 and No. 39 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars. Reruns of the show are shown on TeenNick, as part of their programming block NickRewind, as well as MTV2, a sister channel of TeenNick under Viacom. Kenan & Kel is set in Chicago and centers on the antics of two mischievous high school students, Kenan Rockmore and Kel Kimble. Kenan has a job at Rigby's, a local grocery store, Kel is his clumsy, orange soda-loving best friend. Episodes of the series always open and close with Kenan and Kel breaking the fourth wall by interacting with the studio audience, standing in front of a red curtain, placed in front of the main set while they are still in character.
A frequent running gag of the openings is Kel never knowing what the night's episode would be about and Kenan refusing to tell him. The closings feature Kenan coming up with a new scheme asking Kel to get various assorted items and meet him somewhere. Frazzled, Kel exclaims his catchphrase, "Aww, here it goes!" Another catchphrase heard throughout the series is "WHYYYYYYY!?!?" screamed by Kenan after Kel does something stupid. The theme song, entitled "Aw, Here It Goes", is performed by rapper Coolio, he is featured in the opening credits of the show along with Kel. The lyrics describe the show and reference other famous duos such as Siegfried & Roy, Abbott & Costello, Penn & Teller, former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys; the series was created by Kim Bass. It was reminiscent of the classic comedic duo stylings of Laurel and Hardy and Lewis or Abbott and Costello, with Kenan being the straight man and Kel his comedic foil.
The show was taped in front of a live-studio audience and ran from August 17, 1996 to July 15, 2000, totaling 62 episodes. One full-length TV movie was created, entitled Two Heads Are Better Than None, which aired on July 15, 2000, thus ending the series serving as its finale; the Kenan & Kel characters made a special guest appearance on the Cousin Skeeter two-part episode, "Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West". Reruns of the series aired on Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids in 1999. After the series finished its run, reruns continued to air on Nickelodeon from January 21, 2001 to February 15, 2004; the series reran on The N from October 13, 2007, to August 2, 2009. It returned to the channel from July 25, 2011, to February 3, 2013, again from March 4, 2013, to May 31, 2014, as part of its The'90s Are All That programming block, which continues to air sporadic reruns. Kenan and Kel is only available on DVD in the compilations Best of Seasons 1 & 2 and Best of Season 3 & 4, they are DVD-R releases manufacture on demand though Amazon.com.
Individual seasons are not available. The Best of Seasons 1 & 2 DVD is missing 3 episodes to complete the set; the Best of Seasons 3 & 4 DVD is missing 3 episodes, but Season 4 is complete. These DVD releases are absent of any bonus features. On July 28, 2011, the first season of Kenan & Kel was released on the iTunes Store. On November 29, 2011, the second season was released. On February 13, 2012, the third season was released. On August 13, 2012, the fourth season was released. Seasons 1 and 2 were released on the UK iTunes store in September 2013. Kenan & Kel on IMDb Kenan & Kel at TV.com
KaBlam! is an American sketch comedy television series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2000. The series was created by Robert Mittenthal, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi, Michael Pearlstein, Cota Zellers, Albie Hecht; the show was developed as a animated showcase for alternative forms of animation that were more common in indie films and commercials. Each episode thus features a collection of short films in multiple innovative styles of animation, bridged by the characters Henry and June, who introduce the shorts and have adventures of their own in between. Although SNICK aired many Nicktoons not part of its block, KaBlam! was the only Nicktoon created for SNICK. The show became TV-Y in 1997, until that year when the rating was changed to TV-Y7; the show was a commercial success. The segment creators include David Fain, Tim Hill, Steve Holman, Emily Hubley, Mark Marek, Mike Pearlstein, Mo Willems, Cote Zellers; the theme song and all of the original background music on the show was provided by the Moon Ska Stompers, a band composed of King Django, Victor Rice, members of The Toasters and The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble.
The bulk of the soundtrack was 30-second instrumental clips of songs from The Toasters' album D. L. T. B. G. Y. D. While the theme song itself is a shortened version of the Toasters song "2-Tone Army". Tracks from the Associated Production Music library were utilized. KaBlam! was the first show to be spun off of All That. It was aired two years later; the pilot episode, "Your Real Best Friend", was created in 1995 and finished in 1996. One of the shorts, Mo Willems's The Off-Beats was produced as stand alone short films for Nickelodeon; the show began production in 1996 and premiered October 11. The show ran for four seasons, however getting canceled by the twenty-ninth episode; the last episode was broadcast on January 22, 2000. Reruns continued to show on Nickelodeon until 2001. In 2002, Nicktoons was launched, the channel began airing reruns of the program, though not all episodes were aired. During commercial breaks, various shorts from the show would play, not including any shorts involving Henry and June or music videos.
In August 2005, Nicktoons changed its appearance and schedule, canceled many shows in the process, including KaBlam!. After the show was cancelled, the "KaBlam! Presents:" shorts would continue to be shown, until 2008 when the channel did away with all of their in-between shorts, for more commercial space; the program would only be seen one more time in June 2008 for Nicktoons Network's "100 Greatest Nicktoon Moments" marathon although it wasn't shown when Nick had a marathon of the first episodes of each Nicktoon on Thanksgiving Day 2007, despite having Henry and June on the cover of the now-defunct Nickelodeon Magazine. The show would not rerun until October 9 2016, when The Splat would spotlight the show; the show would additionally not be included on a streaming service until VRV added KaBlam! on August 28, 2018. A French-dubbed version has been broadcast in France on television channel GameOne, other versions of the show are on other Nickelodeon channels around Europe, it was shown in the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2000.
In Poland it aired from 1999 to 2001 on Fantastic. The show was aired in Estonia as well; the show played on YTV in Canada. The first season began with regular cartoons in their regular order. Sniz & Fondue, Action League Now!, Prometheus and Bob, Life with Loopy. The Off-Beats was another regular cartoon that filled in for "Life with Loopy" or Prometheus and Bob. Other cartoons such as Surprising Shorts, Angela Anaconda, once, The Louie and Louie Show aired; this is the only season in which a Fondue short is included in every episode. Henry and June had random short plots when the screen was shown on them and had one main plot unlike future episodes, they had one whole plot in Comics for Tomorrow Today Drink. The opening animation starts out with a hawk crashing into the camera while the camera pans through a forest, dives underwater and travels to Egypt where Egyptians dance and the Great Sphinx swipes at the camera; the camera heads to outer space where two kids in a ride, the planets, stars and flying saucers are seen.
After the United States Capitol is destroyed by two saucers, it pans to Godzilla destroying a city. It pans to an open street comic book store and lands on the KaBlam! Comic book, featuring the Flesh, Stinky Diver, Sniz and Loopy on it; the book is opened by Henry and June. After they dance, the episode starts. At the start of the theme, a voiceover of a man shouts "Wake up the masses!". As soon as he finishes, another man continues by saying, "Assume the crash position. Hold on tight, take a deep breath for a new kind of cartoon show. It's KaBlam! Where cartoons and comics collide. Now to take you inside and turn the pages, here are your hosts and June." The ending theme for most of the first season is Toasters song Skaternity. After seven more episodes of The Off-Beats, one last episode of Surprising Shorts, they were taken out of KaBlam! One-time shorts were brought in such as Randall Flan's Incredible Big Top, The Girl with Her Head Coming Off, The Adventures of Patchhead which did return in season 3.
The Brothers Tiki appeared twice in season 2. Henry and June are now drawn differently and their voices are deeper; the opening theme to the show
Nickelodeon is an American pay television network, launched on December 1, 1977 as the first cable channel for children. It is owned by Viacom through its Viacom Media Networks division's Nickelodeon Group unit and is based in New York City, it broadcasts from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. It is aimed at children and adolescents aged 2–17; the channel was first tested as Pinwheel on December 1, 1977. Pinwheel was at the time only available on QUBE, the first two-way major market interactive cable television system, owned by Warner Cable. Pinwheel relaunched as Nickelodeon on April 1, 1979, expanded to other cable providers nationwide, it was commercial-free and remained without advertising until 1984. Warner sold Nickelodeon, along with its sister networks MTV and VH1, to Viacom in 1986; as of January 2016, the channel is available to about 92.056 million households in the United States. The channel's name comes from the first five cent movie theaters called nickelodeons.
Its history dates back to December 1, 1977, when Warner Cable Communications launched the first two-way interactive cable system, QUBE, in Columbus, Ohio. Under the name Pinwheel Network, the C-3 cable channel carried Pinwheel daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Nickelodeon launched on April 1, 1979 distributed to Warner Cable systems via satellite on the RCA Satcom-1 transponder. Commercial-free, advertising was introduced in January 1984. Nickelodeon's schedule consists of original series aimed at children, pre-teens and young teenagers, including animated series, to live-action comedy and action series, as well as series aimed at preschoolers, it airs reruns of select original series that have ended their runs, as well as occasional original made-for-TV movies. It aired bi-monthly special editions of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, a newsmagazine series aimed at children that debuted in 1992 as a weekly series which ended in 2015. Nicktoons is the branding for Nickelodeon's original animated television series.
Until 1991, the animated series that aired on Nickelodeon were imported from foreign countries, some original animated specials were featured on the channel up to that point. Original animated series continue to make up a substantial portion of Nickelodeon's lineup, with 6 to 7 hours of these programs airing on the weekday schedule and around nine hours on weekends, including a five-hour weekend morning animation block. Since the late 2000s, after the channel struck a deal with DreamWorks Animation in 2006 to develop the studio's animated films into weekly series, the network has begun to incorporate Nicktoons that use three-dimensional computer animation in addition to those that are produced through traditional or digital ink and paint. Nickelodeon does not air direct-to-video movies on a regular basis; the channel airs feature films produced by the network's Nickelodeon Movies film production division. Although the film division bears the Nickelodeon brand name, the channel does not have access to most of the movies produced by its film unit.
Nickelodeon does have broadcast rights to most feature films based on or that served as the basis for original series produced by it. Nickelodeon advertises hour-long episodes of its original series as movies. Nickelodeon periodically acquires theatrically released feature films for broadcast on the channel including Universal's Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale, several Monster High films, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever, with the Barbie and Monster High films aired under a brokered format in which Mattel purchases the time in order to promote the release of their films on DVD within a few days of the Nickelodeon premiere, an arrangement possible as Nickelodeon does not have to meet the Federal Communications Commission rules which disallow th
The Ren & Stimpy Show
The Ren & Stimpy Show known as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi, Jim Smith, Bob Camp, Lynne Naylor for Nickelodeon. The series follows the adventures of title characters Ren, an unstable chihuahua and Stimpy, a good-natured yet dimwitted cat; the show premiered on August 11, 1991, as one of the original three Nicktoons alongside Rugrats and Doug. Throughout its run, the show was controversial for its off-color and dark humor, sexual innuendos, adult jokes, violence; the production's failure to deliver episodes on time and its deteriorating relationship with Nickelodeon executives and Standards and Practices department led to Kricfalusi's departure from the show in 1992. The show ended on December 1995, with a total of five seasons and 52 episodes. Ren & Stimpy received positive reviews during its original run, it would go on to receive widespread critical acclaim after its run and has since developed a cult following and had a long-lasting influence on television animation.
A spin-off for adult audiences, Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon", aired in 2003 on Spike. Only three episodes aired due to delays in episode delivery, before Spike removed its entire animation programming block; the series centers on Ren Höek, a short-tempered, "asthma-hound" Chihuahua, Stimpson J. "Stimpy" Cat, a 3-year-old dimwitted and happy-go-lucky cat. The duo fill various roles from episode to episode, including outer-space explorers, Old West horse thieves, nature-show hosts, are at odds with each other in these situations. While the show was sometimes set in the present day, the show's crew tended to avoid "contemporary" jokes about current events; the show extensively features absurdist humor, as well as slapstick. The show features a host of supporting characters; some appear only in one episode, while others recur and appear in different roles. They may either make cameo appearances with little bearing on the plot. Some, such as Mr. Horse, are cameo-based, spontaneously appearing as a running gag.
According to animator William Wray, John Kricfalusi created the characters Ren and Stimpy in 1978 for "personal amusement" while studying at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. He was inspired to create Ren by an Elliott Erwitt photograph, printed on a postcard, called "New York City, 1946", showing a sweatered chihuahua at a woman's feet. Stimpy's design was inspired by a Tweety Bird cartoon called A Gruesome Twosome where the cats in the animation had big noses; when Nickelodeon approached Kricfalusi, he presented three shows, among them a variety show titled Your Gang or Our Gang with a live action host presenting different cartoons, each cartoon parodying a different genre. Ren and Stimpy were pets of one of the children in Your Gang, serving as a parody of the "cat and dog genre"; the network's vice president of animation production Vanessa Coffey was dissatisfied with the other projects but did like Ren and Stimpy, singling them out for their own series. Production of the series' pilot episode began in 1989 after Kricfalusi pitched and sold The Ren & Stimpy Show to Nickelodeon.
The pilot was produced by Kricfalusi's Los Angeles-based animation company, Spümcø, screened at film festivals for several months before the show was announced in Nickelodeon's 1991 cartoons line-up. The series premiered on August 1991 alongside Doug and Rugrats. Spümcø continued to produce the show for the next two years while encountering issues with Nickelodeon's Standards and Practices; the show was known for its lack of early merchandising. Kricfalusi described his early period with Nickelodeon as being "simple", as he got along with Coffey, the sole executive of the program; when another executive was added, he wanted to alter or discard some of the Ren & Stimpy episodes, but Kricfalusi says the episodes stayed intact since he did a "trade" with Coffey: he would have some "really crazy" episodes in exchange for some "heart-warming" episodes. Kricfalusi said that the program was the "safest project worked on" while explaining the meaning of "safe" as "spend a third of what they spend now per picture, hire proven creative talent, let them entertain."
He estimated Spümcø's run of The Stimpy Show cost around $6 million to produce. The relationship between Kricfalusi and Nickelodeon deteriorated to the point where Kricfalusi would communicate with Nickelodeon only through his lawyer. News outlets and several of the series' staff ascribe the tension to episodes not being delivered in a timely manner. Author Andy Mangels, writing for Wizard magazine, commented that "Kricfalusi's lax treatment of deadlines pissed off not only the networks, but his loyal viewers as well." However, some of the delays were attributed to Nickelodeon's prolonged approval process and withdrawal of approval from scenes and episodes, approved. Another point of contention was the direction of the series. Kricfalusi cites the episode "Man's Best Friend" as the primary reason for his dismissal. Nickelodeon terminated Kricfalusi's contract in late September 1992 and offered him the position of consultant for Ren & Stimpy, but he refused to "sell out"; the network moved production from Spümcø to its newly founded animation studio, Games Animation, whi
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was one of the major American Civil Rights Movement organizations of the 1960s. It emerged from the first wave of student sit-ins and formed at a May 1960 meeting organized by Ella Baker at Shaw University. After its involvement in the Voter Education Project, SNCC grew into a large organization with many supporters in the North who helped raise funds to support its work in the South, allowing full-time organizers to have a small salary. Many unpaid grassroots organizers and activists worked with SNCC on projects in the Deep South becoming targets of racial violence and police brutality. SNCC played a seminal role in the freedom rides, the 1963 March on Washington, Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Selma campaigns, the March Against Fear and other historic events. SNCC may be best known for its community organizing, including voter registration, freedom schools, localized direct action all over the country, but in Georgia and Mississippi. In the 1960s, inspired by fiery leaders such as Stokely Carmichael, SNCC focused on black power, draft resistance to the Vietnam War.
As early as 1965, executive secretary James Forman said he "did not know how much longer we can stay nonviolent" and in 1969, SNCC changed its name to the Student National Coordinating Committee to reflect the broadening of its strategy. It passed out of existence in the 1970s following heavy infiltration and suppression by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, spearheaded as part of COINTELPRO operations during the 1960s and 70s led by J. Edgar Hoover. Founded in 1960 and inspired by the Greensboro sit-ins and Nashville sit-ins, independent student-led groups began direct-action protests against segregation in dozens of southern communities. SNCC focused on mobilizing local communities, a policy in which African American communities would push for change, impelling the federal government to act once the injustice had become apparent; the most common action of these groups was organizing sit-ins at racially segregated lunch counters to protest the pervasiveness of Jim Crow and other forms of racism.
While in the Civil Rights Cases, the Court ruled that the equal protection clause "did not cover private individuals, organizations, or establishments," the trials of arrested sit-in protesters created an opening for the Court to reevaluate its earlier ruling and expand the clause to cover acts of private discrimination. The sit-in movement was a turning point in using the courts and jail to exert moral and economic pressure on southern communities. In addition to sitting in at lunch counters, the groups organized and carried out protests at segregated White public libraries, public parks, public swimming pools, movie theaters. At that time, all those facilities financed by taxes were closed to blacks; the white response was to close the facility, rather than integrate it. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, as an organization, began with an $800.00 grant from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for a conference attended by 126 student delegates from 58 sit-in centers in 12 states, along with delegates from 19 northern colleges, the SCLC, Congress of Racial Equality, Fellowship of Reconciliation, National Student Association, Students for a Democratic Society.
Out of this conference the SNCC was formed. Ella Baker, who organized the Shaw conference, was the SCLC director at the time she helped form SNCC, but SNCC was not a branch of SCLC. Instead of being tied to SCLC or the NAACP as a "youth division", SNCC sought to stand on its own. Ms. Baker lost her job with SCLC, which she had helped found. Among important SNCC leaders attending the conference were Stokely Carmichael from Howard University. SNCC's first chairman was Marion Barry, who became the mayor of Washington DC. Barry served as chairman for one year; the second chairman was Charles F. McDew, who served as the chairman from 1961 to 1963, when he was succeeded by John Lewis. Stokely Carmichael and H. "Rap" Brown were chairmen in the late 1960s. SNCC's executive secretary, James Forman, played a major role in running the organization. In the years that followed, SNCC members were referred to as "shock troops of the revolution." SNCC took on greater risks in 1961, after a mob of Ku Klux Klan members and other whites attacked integrated groups of bus passengers who defied local segregation laws as part of the Freedom Rides organized by the Congress of Racial Equality.
Rather than allowing mob violence to stop them, New Orleans CORE and Nashville SNCC Freedom Riders, including Dave Dennis, Oretha Castle Haley, Jean C. Thompson, Rudy Lombard, Diane Nash, James Bevel, Marion Barry, Angeline Butler, John Lewis, put themselves at great personal risk by traveling in racially integrated groups into Mississippi as they continued the Ride. Other bus riders followed, traveling through the deep South to test Southern compliance with Federal Law. At least 436 people took part in these Freedom Rides during the spring and summer of 1961. Bob Moses played a central role in transforming SNCC from a coordinating committee of student protest groups to an organization of activists dedicated to building community-based political organizations of the rural poor; the voter registration project he initiated in McComb, Mississippi in 1961 became the seed f
The Secret World of Alex Mack
The Secret World of Alex Mack is an American television series that ran on Nickelodeon from October 8, 1994 to January 15, 1998, replacing Clarissa Explains It All on the SNICK line-up. It aired on YTV in Canada, Channel 4 in the United Kingdom and NHK in Japan, was a staple in the children's weekday line-up for much of the mid-to-late 1990s on the ABC. Repeats of the series aired in 2003 on The N; the series was produced by Thomas Lynch and John Lynch of Lynch Entertainment, produced by RHI Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment, Nickelodeon Productions, was co-created by Tom Lynch and Ken Lipman. Alex Mack is an ordinary teenage girl, living with her parents and Barbara, older sister, Annie, in the fictional corporate town of Paradise Valley. While walking home after her first day of junior high school, she is nearly hit by a truck from a chemical plant, during the incident, she is drenched with a top-secret chemical called GC-161, she soon discovers that it has given her strange powers, such as telekinesis, shooting electricity from her fingers, the ability to dissolve into a mobile puddle of water.
However, her powers prove to be unpredictable. She confides only in Annie and her best friend, choosing to keep her powers a secret from everyone else, including her parents, for fear of what the chemical plant CEO, Danielle Atron, will do to her if she finds out. Alex Mack - Alex is an average teenager in Paradise Valley. While walking home from school, she is nearly hit by a truck carrying GC-161 and is doused with it, thus giving her extraordinary powers. Among them are telekinesis and the ability to liquefy. Ray Alvarado – Alex's closest friend and next-door neighbor, the only one besides Annie to know about Alex's powers. Annie Mack – Alex's older sister, a scientific genius in her own right. Next to Ray, she is the only one who knows about Alex's powers, she administers various scientific tests to ensure Alex's safety. She hopes to one day present her research, in an effort to stop Danielle Atron. George Mack – Alex's father, he is a brilliant chemist. Barbara Mack – Alex's mother, she is a more down-to-earth woman.
Louis Driscoll – Alex and Ray's abrasive friend. Dave Watt – The dim-witted truck driver, driving the truck that dumped the GC-161 chemical on Alex; as the only witness to the accident, Dave is forced to serve as a partner to Vince Carter in trying to capture Alex. After seeing Alex using her powers while she was in high school, Dave keeps it a secret from Danielle to protect her as he knew what kind of horrible experiments Danielle had planned for her. Scott Greene – Alex's junior high crush. Jessica – Scott's first girlfriend and Alex's first school rival. Kelly Phillips – Scott's second girlfriend and Alex's second school rival. Kelly deviously discredits Alex at every given turn, much to Alex's dismay. Robyn Russo – One of Alex's neighborhood friends. Though she possesses a sardonic sense of humor and is fun to be around, she suffers from low self-esteem. Nicole Wilson – Another of Alex's friends. An opposite personality to Robyn, has strong-willed demeanor. Danielle Atron – The owner/CEO of the Paradise Valley Chemical Plant, the main antagonist of the series.
She wants to market GC-161 as a radical new weight-loss drug, has made it her mission to find the GC-161 child and capture her, as both a test subject and a threat to the secrecy of her plans. Vince Carter – The maniacal head of security at the Paradise Valley Chemical Plant, he makes it his obsession to find the GC-161 child. Lars Frederickson – A skilled chemist hailing from the Paradise Valley Chemical Plant's foreign branch in Vienna, he becomes Danielle Atron's chief subordinate. He is named after one of the members of punk rock group Rancid. Hunter Reeves – Hunter comes to Paradise Valley with an agenda concerning the disappearance of his father in relation to GC-161; the series was filmed in Valencia and the Santa Clarita Valley. The Mack home and Paradise Valley Chemical Plant interiors were filmed in a converted warehouse used as a soundstage; the junior high scenes were filmed at James Foster Elementary Schools. Castaic Middle School was used for senior high scenes; the house, used for exterior shots, is located in the Westford Place neighborhood of Valencia.
The show's first season was released by Genius Entertainment on DVD format on October 2, 2007. The set is noteworthy for giving Jessica Alba top billing on the package, most in an effort to sell more copies though she only appears in a supporting role, only in a few episodes; this was released in Region 2 on April 2, 2012 and in Region 4 on June 6, 2012. The first and second seasons are available through Amazon.com's Instant Video section and through iTunes. Episodes of the series have been seen on a sporadic basis on TeenNick's 1990s-oriented block, The'90s Are All That. Mill Creek Entertainment released the complete series on DVD for the first time on August 1, 2017. A book series aimed at young r