The Troop
The cast of The Troop in the first season (from left to right): Gage Golightly (Hayley), Nicholas Purcell (Jake), John Marshall Jones (Mr. Stockley) and David Del Rio (Felix).
GenreComic science fiction
Created byMax Burnett
Greg Coolidge
Chris Morgan
StarringNicholas Purcell
Gage Golightly
David Del Rio
Matt Shively
Malese Jow
John Marshall Jones
Theme music composerReg Powell (season 1 only)
Opening theme"Troop DeVille" (season 1)
"Super Stars" (season 2) both composed by Backhouse Mike
ComposerSarah 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 setupFilm; Single-camera
Running timeapprox. 24 minutes
Production companiesThe Writers Room
Tom Lynch Company Studios
No Equal Entertainment
Nickelodeon Productions
Release
Original networkNickelodeon (2009–11)
Nicktoons (2009–13)
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 12, 2009 (2009-09-12) –
May 8, 2013 (2013-05-08)

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.

Premise

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.[1] 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".[2][3]

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.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Troop episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126September 12, 2009 (2009-09-12)August 21, 2010 (2010-08-21)
214June 25, 2011 (2011-06-25)May 8, 2013 (2013-05-08)

Characters

Main

Recurring

Production

The show premiered to 3.5 million viewers on September 12, 2009 (premiering as a "Special Preview") right after iCarly's "iThink They Kissed".[4] The show officially premiered a week later. In March 2010, the series was picked up for a second season.[5]

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.[6] 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.

Broadcast

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U.S. syndication history

U.K. syndication history

Awards

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References

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