|Genre||Comic science fiction|
|Created by||Max Burnett|
David Del Rio
John Marshall Jones
|Theme music composer||Reg Powell (season 1 only)|
|Opening theme||"Troop DeVille" (season 1)|
"Super Stars" (season 2) both composed by Backhouse Mike
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Max Burnett|
Thomas W. Lynch
|Production locations||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Camera setup||Film; Single-camera|
|Running time||approx. 24 minutes|
|Production companies||The Writers Room|
Tom Lynch Company Studios
No Equal Entertainment
|Original network||Nickelodeon (2009–11)|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original release||September 12, 2009 –|
May 8, 2013
The Troop is a comedy television series about a trio of teenagers who fight and capture monsters and other supernatural phenomena that invade the fictional town of Lakewood. Created and executive produced by Max Burnett, Greg Coolidge and Chris Morgan, the series premiered on Nickelodeon on September 12, 2009.
The second season premiered on June 25, 2011 and Nickelodeon cancelled the series midway through its second season. The remaining episodes of season 2 were aired on Nicktoons with the series finale episode airing on May 8, 2013.
The show revolves around Jake, an average teenager who wants to create his own comic book series and is enlisted by his school counselor Mr. Stockley to join "The Troop," a secret society that protects the world from monsters and creatures. Additional squad members include his fellow students, Hayley, the most popular girl in school and Felix, the school's main nerd. Teenagers are chosen for the troop because their minds are more accepting of the strange things in the world, but they are old enough to understand the responsibilities that are entailed. It is shown that once you grow too old monsters become more frightening. For some it is a small fear, for others it becomes completely terrifying to even look at a monster's picture. The pilot was shot in 2008 and the show itself has been described as "Men in Black at a suburban high school".
The second season was turned in a different direction. Felix was phased out in the first two episodes, while Matt Shively was introduced as Kirby in the third episode, and Malese Jow was also introduced as Cadence. The season introduced a new theme song and new environments.
Main article: List of The Troop episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||26||September 12, 2009||August 21, 2010|
|2||14||June 25, 2011||May 8, 2013|
The show premiered to 3.5 million viewers on September 12, 2009 (premiering as a "Special Preview") right after iCarly's "iThink They Kissed". The show officially premiered a week later. In March 2010, the series was picked up for a second season.
On October 15, 2010, it was announced that Malese Jow and Matt Shively would join the cast of The Troop when the show enters its second season. Both Jow and Shively previously co-starred on Nickelodeon series prior to The Troop, Jow co-starred in Unfabulous and Shively co-starred in True Jackson, VP. David Del Rio announced in January 2011 that he would not be renewing his contract for the second season due to other commitments and would become a recurring cast member after episode 28. His character, Felix, moves to the International Troop and is no longer a member of the Lakewood Troop.
In August 2011, Nickelodeon put the series on permanent hiatus before officially cancelling the show in 2012. The second season ended with the remaining 7 episodes left unaired. However, Nickelodeon did not rule out a possibility to air the 7 remaining episodes of the second season. The episodes later aired on Nicktoons.