A.N.T. Farm
GenreTeen sitcom
Created byDan Signer
Starring
Theme music composerToby Gad
Lindy Robbins
China Anne McClain
Lauryn McClain
Sierra McClain
Opening theme"Exceptional"
by China Anne McClain
Ending theme"Exceptional" (instrumental)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes62 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Julie Tsutsui (season 1)
  • Vic Kaplan (seasons 2–3)
Camera setupVideotape (filmized)
Multi-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Original releaseMay 6, 2011 (2011-05-06) –
March 21, 2014 (2014-03-21)
External links
Official website

A.N.T. Farm is an American teen sitcom which originally aired on Disney Channel from May 6, 2011 to March 21, 2014.[1] It first aired on May 6, 2011, as a special one-episode preview and continued as a regular series starting on June 17, 2011.[2] After airing as the preview of the series, the pilot episode "transplANTed" later re-aired after the series finale of The Suite Life on Deck.[3] The series was created by Dan Signer, a former writer and co-executive producer of The Suite Life on Deck and creator of the YTV series Mr. Young. In mid-November 2010, Disney Channel greenlit the series,[4] with production beginning in early 2011.[5] The first promo was released during the premiere of Lemonade Mouth.

The series stars China Anne McClain as Chyna Parks, an 11-year-old musical prodigy who is the newest member in the Advanced Natural Talent (A.N.T.) program, a gifted program at Webster High School in San Francisco that allows gifted middle school students to skip middle school and go immediately to high school. Sierra McCormick, Jake Short, Stefanie Scott, Carlon Jeffery, and Aedin Mincks also star. The series was successful, as it was the most popular series on television among children in the age ranges 6 to 11 and 9 to 14. The A.N.T. Farm soundtrack was released on October 11, 2011 and was successful, spending five weeks on the Billboard kids chart, peaked at number 29 on the US Billboard 200, and peaked at number 2 on the US Top Soundtracks.[6][7]

Disney+ premiered A.N.T. Farm for streaming on June 26, 2020.[8]

Plot

A.N.T. Farm revolves around Chyna Parks (China Anne McClain), an 11-year-old musical prodigy, who has just become the newest student in the Advanced Natural Talents (A.N.T.) program at Webster High School in San Francisco, California for gifted middle schoolers. On her first day, she meets Gibson (Zach Steel), the goofy counselor and tutor of the A.N.T. Farm, as well as Olive Doyle (Sierra McCormick), a girl with an eidetic memory, and Fletcher Quimby (Jake Short), an artistic genius, but otherwise quite dim, who falls in love with Chyna when they first meet. After becoming friends, the three proceed to go on multiple adventures, using their talents to their advantage.

The school's it girl, Lexi Reed (Stefanie Scott), is one of the teenagers who thinks that the A.N.T.s don't belong at Webster High School and views them as little kids. She proceeds to bully Chyna, thinking of her as competition in being the star of the school. Chyna's older brother, Cameron (Carlon Jeffery), attempts to avoid Chyna in high school as much as he can, afraid she will be an embarrassment to him. Lexi's best friend Paisley (Allie DeBerry) and Angus (Aedin Mincks), a computer prodigy who harbors a crush on Olive, are major recurring roles in the series.

The third season takes place at a boarding school called Z-Tech after all of the A.N.T.s are accepted as students. The school is run by a big technology company, Z-Tech, owned by Zoltan Grundy (Dominic Burgess). The series ends with Fletcher winning an arts fellowship in New York City and moving there to follow his dreams.

Characters

Main

Lexi ReedOlive DoyleChyna ParksFletcher QuimbyCameron Parks
The season 1 and 2 main characters of A.N.T. Farm: (from left to right) Lexi Reed, Olive Doyle, Chyna Parks, Fletcher Quimby, and Cameron Parks. Can also use cursor to identify.
Actor Character Season
1 2 3
China Anne McClain Chyna Parks Main
Sierra McCormick Olive Doyle Main
Jake Short Fletcher Quimby Main
Stefanie Scott Alexis "Lexi" Reed Main
Carlon Jeffery Cameron Parks Main Guest
Aedin Mincks Angus Chestnut Recurring Main

Recurring

Special guest stars

Production

Development

Disney Channel announced on November 11, 2010 that they had green-lit the show for production, which began in early 2011.[13] The show was first conceived when Dan Signer, creator of the show, saw China Anne McClain. "The girl had so much confidence. She can nail a joke. She can sing. She can play instruments. It's like China was some sort of child prodigy [...] And that's when it hit me: Why not build a show around a child prodigy? Someone who's got all of this natural talent & ability, but is still challenged when she's sent off to high school at the age of 11?" Signer said in an interview.[14] After the first few episodes of the show were shown, Disney Channel bumped up their order of episodes for the show from 13 episodes to 26 episodes for the first season.[14] On November 30, 2011, it was announced the series was renewed for a second season.[15] On October 2, 2012, it was announced the series was renewed for a third and final season.[16]

Casting

In 2009, China Anne McClain booked the starring role as Janet in the Disney Channel pilot Jack and Janet Save the Planet alongside future co-stars Sierra McCormick and Jake Short. The pilot was not picked up and never aired. After the pilot was not picked up, Dan Signer began creating another show tailor-made for McClain and cast her as the lead.[17][18][19] Sierra McCormick was cast after an audition where she continually talked about tigers. Dan Signer stated "And as I heard her continually talking about tigers, I thought 'That's just how Olive would sound,' because Olive is a fast talking, intelligent student whose talent is memory, which is how Sierra got that part." Jake Short was cast after Signer found him to be likable as an artist during his audition.[14] Jake Short was the last of the three core characters to be cast. Caroline Sunshine was originally cast as Lexi and Stefanie Scott as the role of Tinka Hessenheffer in Shake It Up!, but Dan Signer decided that Sunshine would be better as Tinka and Scott as Lexi, so the two switched roles. Sunshine, however, would later guest star in the episode "some enchANTed evening".

Episodes

Main article: List of A.N.T. Farm episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
125May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06)April 13, 2012 (2012-04-13)
220June 1, 2012 (2012-06-01)April 26, 2013 (2013-04-26)
317May 31, 2013 (2013-05-31)March 21, 2014 (2014-03-21)

Special episodes

Title Type Air date Synopsis Viewers (millions)
"America Needs TalANT" Two-part special November 25, 2011 A reality show called "America Needs Talent" arrives at Webster High, and everyone auditions to be on it; however, the only people who get picked to be finalists on the show are Chyna and Lexi. Unfortunately, Darryl is afraid of flying, so Chyna, Olive, Fletcher, Cameron, and Darryl end up driving to Los Angeles and end up in Solvang, California, where they get harassed by a walrus and get imprisoned in a windmill jail. Eventually, they end up on the turbine of the windmill; Chyna rescues them by slipping through the bars covered in fish oil to slip through and flip the switch to stop it. While this is happening, Lexi's suitcase at the hotel in Hollywood is mistaken for a suitcase filled with money, so Lexi and Paisley try to find it. Later on, Chyna arrives just in time for the show, and both Chyna and Lexi make it to the final round. Lexi then pretends to be Chyna's friend to steal her song and humiliate her on the show, but Chyna overhears Lexi telling Paisley her plan and gives Lexi a fake song, costume design and props to use for the show. Lexi ends up as the one who gets humiliated, but after both performances, Chyna tells Lexi that there is enough spotlight for both of them. Meanwhile, Olive and Paisley enter a game show and Paisley keeps pressing the buzzer with goofy answers. Cameron, Fletcher, and Darryl wait in line at a popular food truck. 3.46[20]
"chANTs of a Lifetime" Two-part special November 23, 2012 Chyna is asked to join her favorite band, Trifecta (made up of members Syerra and Laurin), after their lead vocalist, Darlene, gets incredibly ill. The next day, Chyna is treated like a superstar. Sierra and Lauryn show up in disguise and tell Chyna that Darlene decided to quit for good, and they want Chyna to replace her for a year-long tour. Chyna happily agrees, much to Olive and Fletcher's dismay. With Chyna gone, Lexi decides to put on a school musical where she will finally be the star. Furthermore, the A.N.T. Program is being invaded by big kids because Olive and Fletcher are completely helpless without Chyna. Later on, it is revealed that Darlene has been sabotaging Trifecta because Syerra and Laurin fired her for being way too aggressive. Darlene plans to roast them on a lighthouse for revenge, but her plan backfires when she falls out of the lighthouse. In the end, Chyna admits that she misses her friends and family, so she decides to go back to San Francisco. 2.41[21]
"trANTsferred" Two-part special May 31, 2013 Zoltan Grundy discovers the ANT farm after Angus breaks into his security system. He builds an ANT boarding school where everyone has to audition to get in after Skidmore pretends she cannot afford a good ANT farm. However, only Olive, Fletcher and Angus get in because Zoltan had chosen another music prodigy whom everyone believes is Lexi. She throws a party to celebrate the new school, but Angus and the others prefer studying. Meanwhile, Olive and Fletcher try to help Chyna find the music room so she can record a song to prove to Zoltan that she belongs there. In the end, Chyna is accepted into the school and it is also revealed that Lexi is not a music prodigy but a math prodigy since, when she finished her performance for her audition, she took out her Z-phone Classic and explained mathematically to Zoltan why she did not get the Z-phone 2 which amazes Zoltan. 2.8[22]

Broadcast

In Canada, the show had a preview on May 23, 2011, with the premiere on June 24, 2011.[23] In New Zealand, it premiered on August 15, 2011, and in Australia on the same day, as well on Seven Network on May 19, 2012.[24] It previewed on September 16, 2011, and premiered on October 7, 2011, in the UK and Ireland.[25] It was released in South Africa on December 10, 2011.[26]

Songs

Main article: A.N.T. Farm (soundtrack)

List of songs in A.N.T. Farm
Song Performer(s) Episode(s) Soundtrack
"Exceptional" China Anne McClain All (opening credits) and "influANTces" A.N.T. Farm
"Dynamite" China Anne McClain "transplANTed" A.N.T. Farm
"My Crush" China Anne McClain "replicANT" A.N.T. Farm
"Unstoppable" China Anne McClain "managemANT" A.N.T. Farm
"Calling All the Monsters" China Anne McClain "mutANT farm" and "mutANT farm 2" A.N.T. Farm
"Beautiful" China Anne McClain "America Needs TalANT" A.N.T. Farm
"DNA" China Anne McClain "creative consultANT" Disney Channel Play It Loud
"Dancin' by Myself" China Anne McClain "fANTasy girl" and "ANTswers" Disney Channel Play It Loud
"I Got My Scream On" China Anne McClain "mutANT farm 2" Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist
"Go" McClain Sisters "chANTs of a lifetime" Go - Single
"How Do I Get There from Here" China Anne McClain "chANTs of a lifetime" Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist
"Stars Aligning" China Anne McClain "trANTsferred" N/A
"Turn Back the Clock" China Anne McClain "past, presANT, and future" N/A
"Wild Card" China Anne McClain "uncanny resemblANTs" N/A
"Silent Night" China Anne McClain "silANT night" N/A
"Do Your Own Thing" China Anne McClain and Roshon Fegan "the New York experiANTs" N/A

U.S. television ratings

The sneak preview of the series garnered 4.4 million viewers on its premiere night, ranked as TV's No. 1 Telecast in Total Day among Tweens 9-14 (441,000/1.8 rating) and was also TV's No. 1 Telecast among Kids 6-11 (544,000/2.2 rating).[27] Its lead-in, the series finale of The Suite Life on Deck, received 4.6 million.[27]

The episode "The PhANTom Locker" was the most watched episode of the series, scoring 4.6 million viewers,[28] until August 5, 2011, when an unnamed episode earned 4.9 million viewers right after the Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd dimension.[29] It did better than its lead-in Wizards of Waverly Place, which earned 4.1 million viewers.[28]

In Australia the episode "transplANTed" delivered 80,000 viewers.[30] In the United Kingdom the same episode had 321,000 viewers,[31] and the episode "participANTs" garnered 240,000 viewers.[32]

Season Episodes Network Season premiere Season finale TV season Episode # Avg. viewers

(Millions)

Most watched episode
Date Viewers

(millions)

Date Viewers

(millions)

Title Viewers

(in millions)

1 25 Disney Channel May 6, 2011 4.40[33] April 13, 2012 3.44[34] 25 3.37 phANTom locker 2011–12 4.64[35]
2 20 June 1, 2012 2.78[36] 2011–12 April 25, 2013 2.14[37] 2012–13 20 2.87 confinemANT 3.55[38]
3 17 May 31, 2013 2.80[39] 2012–13 March 21, 2014 1.90[40] 2013–14 17 2.78 independANTs 3.5[41]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2012 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth China Anne McClain Nominated [42]
2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor Jake Short Won [43]
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV series – Supporting Young Actress Stefanie Scott Won [44]
Best Performance in a TV series – Guest Starring Young Actress Ten and Under Francesca Capaldi Nominated [45]
Best Performance in a TV series – Recurring Young Actress 17–21 Allie DeBerry Nominated [45]
2013 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth China Anne McClain Nominated [46]
2014 NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance – Actress of Comedy China Anne McClain Won [47]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor Jake Short Nominated [48]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth China Anne McClain Won [49]

Global Broadcast

 Brazil A.N.T. Farm
 France A.N.T. Farm[50]
 Germany A.N.T. Farm[51]
 Greece Παιδιά Tσακάλια
 USA A.N.T. Farm
 Japan A.N.T. Farm
 Spain A.N.T. Farm
 Italy A.N.T. Farm
 Canada A.N.T. Farm
A.N.T. Farm
 Norway A.N.T. - Akselerert Naturlig Talent
 Hungary A.N.T. Farm
 Poland A.N.T. Farm
 Portugal Escola de Talentos
 Russia A.N.T. Farm
 Taiwan 天才學園
 Turkey A.N.T. Farm
 Finland A.N.T. - Aikaistetut nuoret taiturit

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