Station Zero
The main cast of Station Zero.
GenreAdult animation
Comedy
Musical
Created byTramp Daly
Based onA View From Da' Unda'Ground
by Tramp Daly
Written byJason Centeno
Don "Lava" Murphy
Tramp Daly
Carlito Rodriguez
Quanzilla
Directed byMichael Ferraro
Voices ofCarlito Rodriguez
Riggs Morales
Quanzilla
Scratch
Theme music composerRandall Lawrence
Opening theme"We're On Station Zero"
Ending theme"Station Zero Freestyle Rap"
ComposerBarry S. Bookhard
Country of originUnited States
Original languagesEnglish
Spanish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producersTramp Daly
Abby Terkuhle
ProducersJanine Cirincione
Barry S. Bookhard
Jody Milano Vanderputten
Carlito Rodriguez
Tramp Daly
AnimatorPossible Worlds
EditorMolly McEwan
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesPossible Worlds
C-Traze Studios
Upfront Entertainment
MTV Animation
Original release
NetworkMTV
ReleaseMarch 8 (1999-03-08) –
April 6, 1999 (1999-04-06)

Station Zero is an American daily adult animated/live-action hybrid series that aired on MTV for one season in early 1999, airing Monday through Friday at 6:30 pm.[1] The show followed a group of four Bronx teenagers who ran a fictional public-access television show called Live from the Bronx, where they watched hip hop videos and critiqued them in a similar manner as that of Beavis and Butt-head.[2] It was based on A View From Da' Unda'Ground, a comic strip from the same team which ran in The Source from 1991 to 1994.[3]

Characters

Episodes

No.TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
1"Pilot"March 8, 1999 (1999-03-08)101
Featured videos: "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Jump Around", "Tha Crossroads", "I'll Never Break Your Heart", "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check (Remix)"
2"Balls-O-Meter"March 9, 1999 (1999-03-09)102

The boys are watching "Blue Angels" video. Karaz is doing the spoken word while the boys watches the "On & On" video. During the "In My Bed (Remix)" video, Chino is annoyed by Da Brat. DJ Tech plays the Aerosmith's 1987 song before Karaz tells him that the song is not cool. In the end, Scooter breaks the camera after they disrespect his grandma.

Featured videos: "Blue Angels", "On & On", "In My Bed (So So Def Remix)", "Summertime"
3"Uptown, Baby"March 10, 1999 (1999-03-10)103

The boys are doing the "Uptown, Baby!" freestyle rap. Chino, Karaz, DJ Tech and Scooter watches Mya's 1998 video called "It's All About Me". Chino thinks that Mya was Chino's wife. Karaz accidentally knocks out the power. DJ Tech plays Redman's 1997 song "Whateva Man" while Scooter fix the power. They watches Ginuwine's video "Same Ol' G" and Karaz sings the song off-key. Scooter is very angry when he tells the boys that The Man is not going to like this video. Chino swears at Scooter, causing the lights to go dim. The boys are having an interview with Method Man.

Featured videos: "Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby)", "It's All About Me", "Same Ol' G", "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"
4"Old-School Thursday"March 11, 1999 (1999-03-11)104
The boys watches 2 break dancing music videos, Karaz is moved by the video.
5"Episode 5"March 12, 1999 (1999-03-12)105
6"Episode 6"March 15, 1999 (1999-03-15)106
7"Episode 7"March 16, 1999 (1999-03-16)107
8"Episode 8"March 17, 1999 (1999-03-17)108
9"Episode 9"March 18, 1999 (1999-03-18)109
10"Episode 10"March 22, 1999 (1999-03-22)110
11"Episode 11"March 23, 1999 (1999-03-23)111
12"Episode 12"March 24, 1999 (1999-03-24)112
13"Episode 13"March 25, 1999 (1999-03-25)113
14"Episode 14"March 26, 1999 (1999-03-26)114
15"Episode 15"March 29, 1999 (1999-03-29)115
16"Episode 16"March 30, 1999 (1999-03-30)116
17"Episode 17"March 31, 1999 (1999-03-31)117
18"Episode 18"April 1, 1999 (1999-04-01)118
19"Episode 19"April 5, 1999 (1999-04-05)119
20"Episode 20"April 6, 1999 (1999-04-06)120

Broadcast

In the United Kingdom, the show aired on MTV Base in 1999, being among the first shows to air on the newly created network.[4]

Reception

The show was eventually canceled after only one season of twenty episodes. While it was primarily canceled for its lower ratings, it's speculated that it was because the producers and writers knew of this show's quick demise because of low ratings, and the animated cast walks off into the sunset in the finale.[5]

References

  1. ^ "POP NOTES". The Washington Post. March 7, 1999. Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  2. ^ "We Watch Channel Zero". Vibe. 7 (3): 168. April 1999. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Station Zero". Spin. 15 (3): 49. March 1999. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  4. ^ "MTV base kicks off with Station Zero animation". Broadcastnow.co.uk. June 24, 1999. Retrieved June 8, 2024.
  5. ^ Leszczak, Bob (August 31, 2018). Single Season Sitcoms of the 1990s: A Complete Guide. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-7077-5. Retrieved June 13, 2021.