This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "The Troop" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (October 2022) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
The Troop
The cast of The Troop in the first season (from left to right): Gage Golightly as Hayley, Nicholas Purcell as Jake, John Marshall Jones as Mr. Stockley and David Del Rio as Felix.
GenreComic science fiction
Created byMax Burnett
Greg Coolidge
Chris Morgan
StarringNicholas Purcell
Gage Golightly
David Del Rio
John Marshall Jones
Malese Jow
Matt Shively
Theme music composerMichael Corcoran (Season 1) Cathy Heller and G. Smiley (Season 2)
Opening theme"Troop DeVille" (Season 1)
"Superstars" (Season 2)
ComposersReg Powell, Sarah Schachner
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMax Burnett
Greg Coolidge
Jay Kogen
Thomas W. Lynch
Production locationsVancouver, British Columbia
Camera setupDigital, single-camera
Running time24 minutes approximately
Production companiesThe Writers' Room
Tom Lynch Company
No Equal Entertainment
Nickelodeon Productions
Original release
NetworkNickelodeon (2009–11)
NickToons (2012–13)
ReleaseSeptember 12, 2009 (2009-09-12) –
May 8, 2013 (2013-05-08)

The Troop is an action-comedy children's television series centered around a trio of teenagers who fight monsters 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 it midway through its airing. The remaining episodes premiered sporadically on NickToons throughout 2012 and 2013.

Premise

The show revolves around Jake, a high school student who, after scoring well on an aptitude test, is recruited by his administrator to join "The Troop", a secret worldwide organization which protects the world from monsters and other supernatural phenomena.[1] Additional team 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 young minds are malleable to the strange things of the world, but old enough to understand the responsibilities such a job entails, as it is depicted the older one gets the more frightening monsters become. The show has been described as "Men in Black at a suburban high school".[2][3]

Episodes

Main article: List of The Troop episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
126September 12, 2009 (2009-09-12)August 21, 2010 (2010-08-21)Nickelodeon
2147June 25, 2011 (2011-06-25)August 6, 2011 (2011-08-06)
7October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29)May 8, 2013 (2013-05-08)Nicktoons

Characters

Main

Recurring

Production

The initial pilot was shot in 2008 before being re-shot with a new cast (minus Purcell).[4] The show premiered to 3.5 million viewers on September 12, 2009 (premiering as a "Special Preview") right after iCarly's "iThink They Kissed".[5] The show officially premiered a week later. A companion website, troopgrid.com, was launched alongside the show, featuring character and creature profiles based on real concept drawings the crew used to model the monsters. In March 2010, the series was picked up for a second season.[6]

On October 15, 2010, it was announced that Malese Jow and Matt Shively would join the second season's cast.[7] In January 2011, David Del Rio announced 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.

Broadcast

This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (August 2020) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

The Troop aired on Nickelodeon and premiered in the United States on September 12, 2009. On August 6, 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. On October 29, 2012, the series was moved to NickToons to air the remaining episodes. The final episode aired on May 8, 2013.

Awards

Won

Nominated

Reception

Common Sense Media compared the series to Men In Black, saying "the concept isn't exactly original, but the good news is that the likable cast and great special effects make up for any shortage of creativity."[9]

References

  1. ^ "Will Nickelodeon's 'Troop' make creating comics cool for teenagers?". Comicmix.com. May 13, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "John Marshall Jones' audition information". Learntoaudition.wordpress.com. January 5, 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 12, 2009). "Nickelodeon assembles monster comedy "The Troop"". Reuters. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  4. ^ "The Troop: Nickelodeon's Forgotten Masterpiece". YouTube. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  5. ^ Cable ratings: USC, VMAs, iCarly and True Blood finale… – September 15, 2009 TVbythenumbers.com
  6. ^ "Top-Ranked Nickelodeon Announces its 2010–11 Season Programming". Nickcannonarchives.com. March 12, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  7. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Matt Shively and Malese Jow are Joining The Troop! Tiger Beat/Bop magazine Posted on Oct 15, 2010 12:40 pm
  8. ^ The Troop - IMDb, retrieved September 2, 2022
  9. ^ "The Troop TV Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved September 2, 2022.