Marvin Marvin
GenreComedy science fiction
Created byJon Ross
Jeff Bushell
StarringLucas Cruikshank
Mim Drew
Victory Van Tuyl
Jacob Bertrand
Camille Spirlin
Pat Finn
Casey Sander
ComposerKenneth Burgomaster
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19
Executive producersJon Ross
Jeff Bushell
Evan Weiss
Gary Binkow
ProducersRichard G. King (episode 1)
Patty Gary-Cox
David M. Israel (consulting producer)
Steve Leff (consulting producer)
Running time23 minutes, one 45-minute special
Production companiesThe Collective
Nickelodeon Productions
Original release
ReleaseNovember 24, 2012 (2012-11-24) –
April 27, 2013 (2013-04-27)

Marvin Marvin is an American comedy science fiction television series that aired on Nickelodeon from November 24, 2012 to April 27, 2013.[1] The series stars Lucas Cruikshank of Fred fame as the titular character Marvin Forman, an alien teenage boy adjusting to human life.[2] The show ended with only one season after Cruikshank announced his departure from Nickelodeon on Twitter on June 26, 2013.[3]


Set in Portland, Oregon, Marvin Marvin follows the adventures of a teenage alien with special powers named Marvin (Lucas Cruikshank) who was sent to Earth by his parents in order to protect him from evil invaders on his home planet, Klooton. Under the supervision of his new human parents, Bob (Pat Finn) and Liz (Mim Drew), Marvin tries to adjust to life on Earth as a typical American teenager. Helping him navigate Earth's unfamiliar social customs are Marvin's human siblings Teri (Victory Van Tuyl) and Henry (Jacob Bertrand) and his mischievous grandfather, Pop-Pop (Casey Sander). As if teaching Marvin how to act human was not hard enough, the family and even Teri's curious best friend, Briana (Camille Spirlin), must also conceal his real identity from the world.





No.Title [4]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [4]Prod.
code [4]
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Gary HalvorsonJon Ross and Jeff BushellNovember 24, 2012 (2012-11-24)1012.6[5][6]
Marvin wants to go to school, but Bob and Liz won't let him. Telling Bob and Liz that Marvin is upstairs shedding his skin, Henry then sneaks Marvin to school without them knowing. Meanwhile, Teri is running for student council against a super hot football player named Cliff Drill, and she has no one voting for her. Teri tells Marvin to pretend he isn't related to her. Teri then realizes that Cliff is stealing her posters, but she has no witness except a mime. Teri and her friend Brianna look for ways to win the election while Marvin tries to adjust to school, but keeps messing up (Releasing the animals from the science lab after they tell him they want to be released, dancing to ringtones whenever a phone rings.) When Marvin catches Cliff stealing Teri's posters, Cliff gets mad. Teri plays music, and Marvin starts dancing, luckily dodging Cliff's punches in the process, until finally the football player lands in the trash can. Brianna tells everyone Teri knows Marvin, and they all say they'll vote for Teri. Marvin returns home where Bob and Liz scold him when they realized he wasn't shedding after all and was at school. After Teri tells them she will keep an eye on Marvin, they agree to let him go to school, but ground him and Henry.
2"Improbable Story"Eric Dean SeatonCarly Althoff & Luke GiordanoDecember 1, 2012 (2012-12-01)1052.1[7]
Marvin's ability to talk to horses inspires a plan from Grandpa to help him win big at the track. Meanwhile, Teri and Brianna come up with two inventions, The "Hairbandit," and "StickyBuds"
3"Toothache"Gary HalvorsonDicky MurphyDecember 8, 2012 (2012-12-08)1032.3[8]
Marvin "fends for himself" and eats a huge amount of chocolate when a family meal is called off, and soon he develops an explosive toothache; Henry wins a chocolate selling contest and wins a motorbike.
4"Ice Pop Pop"Eric Dean SeatonJennifer JoyceDecember 15, 2012 (2012-12-15)1062.9[9]
Marvin learns what an expiration date is, and he thinks that Pop-Pop will expire when he sees his driver's license. The day before Pop-Pop was supposed to "expire," he says that the bacon is going to expire in one day so Bob tells him to freeze the bacon to keep it fresh. So he freezes Pop-Pop. Marvin, Henry, Liz and Bob soon discovered that Pop-Pop was tricking Marvin so he can get whatever he wants. Upon unfreezing him, it is unveiled that Marvin tried to make a device to make Pop-Pop young again. But it backfired so he is now an elderly. He was about to die, so he asks Pop-Pop to make him a smoothie as his last wish. It is revealed that he only set his cloaking device to "Old Fart". Meanwhile, Teri and Briana plot revenge on a boy who has asked them both on a date only to find out that the boy is actually a twin.
5"Burger On a Bun"Eric Dean SeatonSteve LeffJanuary 5, 2013 (2013-01-05)1082.9[10]
After seeing a bicycle with training wheels on them, Marvin asks for more money, so Liz says to Marvin that Teri has a job at Burger on a Bun. He goes in for the job, but takes it too seriously. That only got him to Assistant Manager. Taking the job too hard, he fired Teri. Burger on a Bun went downhill in quality, so Briana quit when Marvin kept on taking it seriously. This caused him to make the burgers in his own way. After people started leaving, Marvin quit. But he spent all the money he made on Katy Perry tickets for Teri. Meanwhile, Pop-Pop and Henry find a suitcase Bill Gates lost 20 years ago and try to open it, only to find the suitcase itself is valuable.
6"Marvin and the Cool Kids"Eric Dean SeatonPeter Dirksen & Jonathan HowardJanuary 12, 2013 (2013-01-12)1072.1[11]
Marvin begins to spend time with the popular kids at school and gets the cool reputation, but his new popular friends make him take the risk of breaking the rules and forgetting his best friend. Meanwhile, Teri obsesses over the unknown writer of the notebook she found at school. Teri meets a guy who she thinks is the owner but all he says is "Will you make out with me?"
7"Scary Movie"Rob SchillerPeter Dirksen & Jonathan HowardJanuary 19, 2013 (2013-01-19)1092.3[12]
When Liz forbids Marvin and Henry from seeing a scary movie, they disobey her and watch it anyway. After seeing it, the horrors from the movie come to life. Meanwhile, Teri tries to impress a boy by "accidentally" pocket dialing him and pretending to do exciting things.
8"Double Date"Gary HalvorsonJeff BushellJanuary 26, 2013 (2013-01-26)1022.4[13]
Marvin and Teri go on a double date. After Marvin takes a picture of him and his date, Liz, Henry and Pop-Pop think that the waiter is a Klerg. Guest Star: Noah Centineo as Blaine Hotman
9"Basketball"Shannon FlynnJon RossFebruary 2, 2013 (2013-02-02)1042.3[14]
When Marvin wants to try and pick a sports team to be active, he picks basketball and soon discovers he has the gift and talent of playing it.
10"Space-Cation"Rob SchillerJeff BushellFebruary 9, 2013 (2013-02-09)[4]1102.3[15]
When Marvin sends the Forman family to an unknown planet by mistake, he must tell Brianna that he is an alien in order to save them. In the end, it turns out that the family was still on Earth.
11"Battle of the Bands"Shannon FlynnDicky MurphyFebruary 16, 2013 (2013-02-16)1121.8[16]
Marvin needs a band to perform in "Battle of the Bands", so he uses a group of second graders. Meanwhile, the Forman family has a chili cook off and the loser has to eat the winner's chili from Marvin's shoe.
12"Marvin Gets a Pet"Shannon FlynnJennifer JoyceFebruary 23, 2013 (2013-02-23)1132.0[17]
Marvin finds a Klootonian Fuzzy egg and tries to raise it as a pet against Liz and Bob's wishes. Meanwhile, Teri tries to make everything perfect when meeting a U.S. senator.
13"Calm Palm"Eric Dean SeatonMarc Warren & Danny Warren and Jeff BushellMarch 2, 2013 (2013-03-02)1111.9[18]
Marvin uses a Calm Palm on Teri when she's over stressed about a fencing competition. Meanwhile, Henry and Pop-Pop want to play hockey in the house, but Bob and Liz want them to follow the house rules.
14"St. Glar Kai Day"Shannon FlynnJon RossMarch 16, 2013 (2013-03-16)[4]1161.7[19]
Marvin and the Forman family celebrate St. Glar Kai Day, but they also have to deal with federal agents who discover alien activity in their house.
15"The Amazing Comic Book Thief"Eric Dean SeatonBlake J. WilligerMarch 30, 2013 (2013-03-30)1171.8[20]
Marvin accidentally steals one of Ben's precious comic books, and he must return it before Ben finds out. Meanwhile, Teri and Brianna think that Liz is reading Teri's phone text's.
16"Marvin's Day Off"Eric Dean SeatonSteve LeffApril 6, 2013 (2013-04-06)1181.8[21]
Marvin joins a book club to spend time with his new crush;Marvin becomes sick the day of a book club meeting and plays hooky from school, however later sneaking into school and vomits on his crush. Meanwhile, Teri lets Brianna share her locker after a crime scene was done near her locker.
17"House Party"Jeff BushellZach ButlerApril 13, 2013 (2013-04-13)1201.9[22]
Marvin watches a bunch of Teen Party movies, and plans a party against Teri's wishes. Meanwhile, Liz, Bob, Pop Pop, and Henry fight a snowstorm to get to Henry's skating tournament.
18"Mr. Earth"Alex WinterPeter Dirksen & Jonathan HowardApril 20, 2013 (2013-04-20)1192.1[23]
Marvin's Klootonian uncle, Uncle Steve, visits the Formans. He says that Marvin is more Earthling than Klootonian and tries to take Marvin back to Klooton. Then Uncle Steve sees that Marvin taught the Formans about Klooton and lets Marvin stay on Earth.
19"Big Time Marvin"Jonathan JudgeCarly Althoff & Luke GiordanoApril 27, 2013 (2013-04-27)999-60[4]2.2[24]
Marvin and Teri go to a Big Time Rush concert, but Big Time Rush got kidnapped by the Klerg, and so did Teri, after being mistaken for a Klootonian. Now it's up to Marvin to save them.


Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor Lucas Cruikshank Nominated [25]
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress Victory Van Tuyl Nominated [26]


The series originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on November 24, 2012, and on YTV in Canada on March 19, 2013.[27]


Marvin Marvin received mostly negative reviews. Common Sense Media gave the show 2 out of 5 stars stating, "... The show's best feature is the care it takes to reminding viewers that it's important to be yourself, even when that makes you different from your peers. From a kid's point, however, this message is lost amid Marvin's outrageous predicaments."[28] Media Life Magazine stated, "Marvin Marvin is simply bland, bland,"[29] while Brian Lowry of Variety called the sitcom a "teeth-gnashing affair" and its gags "stale".[30]

The series premiere scored 2.6 million viewers after a brand new Victorious. The next episode that premiered had 2.1 million viewers. The most watched episodes are "Ice Pop Pop" and "Burger on a Bun" with 2.9 million viewers, and the least watched episode is "St. Glar Kai Day" with 1.7 million viewers.

See also


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