6teen

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6teen
6teen Intertitle.jpg
Genre Comedy, Teen Drama, Sitcom
Created by Jennifer Pertsch
Tom McGillis
Voices of Brooke D'Orsay
Stacey DePass
Megan Fahlenbock
Jess Gibbons
Terry McGurrin
Christian Potenza
Jamie Watson
Darren Frost
Emilie-Claire Barlow
Stephanie Anne Mills
Lauren Lipson
Opening theme "6teen"
Ending theme "6teen" Instrumental
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
French (Quebec)
French (Europe)
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 95 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Nelvana
Fresh TV
Broadcast
Original channel Teletoon
Original run November 7, 2004 – February 11, 2010

6teen is a Canadian animated sitcom, which premiered in Canada in 2004 on Teletoon. In the USA, 6teen first premiered on Nickelodeon on December 18, 2005 and was removed from the schedule on May 13, 2006. 6teen was previously aired on The N (which is now TeenNick) in reruns on December 26, 2005 until July 28, 2006, but then returned to The N as a 24-hour channel on December 31, 2007 until June 21, 2008.[1] In the US 6teen was shown on Cartoon Network after its premiere on October 23, 2008. On Cartoon Network, 6teen had frequent airings weekly since its premiere on October 23, 2008, but got removed from the schedule in mid-November 2009. Then it returned with frequent airings in mid-February 2010, and once again got removed after its series finale on June 21, 2010. In January 2011, 6teen returned for one month only to Cartoon Network, but got removed, with other cancelled series, due to a schedule revamp. It is occasionally shown on Popgirl. In Canada 6teen is removed on Teletoon, but it still goes on Cartoon Network Canada at 6pm ET/PT on weekdays.

With the first 78 episodes[2] and both 45-minute-long specials[3][4] produced by Nelvana and the final season by Fresh TV, 6teen ended with a total of 4 seasons[5] of 95 22-minute-long episodes (including two one-hour specials).[6] The series finale, "Bye Bye Nikki? Part 2", included an acoustic remake of the theme song by Brian Melo. DVD and iTunes releases have been made in both Canada and the USA. Though ended, creators Pertsch and McGillis both extended a willingness for a possible two-hour reunion telemovie or a feature film.[citation needed] As of now, it is currently not on Cartoon Network's schedule, but episodes are available from Cartoon Network on Demand in select areas. On January 3, 2011, 6teen returned with reruns to Teletoon, where it airs weekend mornings at 3:00 a.m. EST, and it recently returned to its former weekday schedule at 7:00 p.m. EST. The show is also available on Netflix streaming in the US and in the UK.

Plot[edit]

6teen is an animated sitcom for children, pre-teens, and teenagers. The plots take place almost entirely in a gigantic shopping mall. The mall could be based on any big mall in Canada and some fans suspect West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton Alberta but as there are frequent references to the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team and none for the Edmonton Oilers, The Eaton Centre in Toronto Ontario is more likely. The series follows the cast of six sixteen-year-old friends in their first part-time jobs and teenage lives.

6teen is focused on the common problems related to teenagers. The main characters are: Nikki, Jonesy, Jen, Jude, Wyatt, and Caitlin. They deal with first crushes, first jobs, first bank accounts and a sweet taste of freedom. Nikki finds herself stuck working at The Khaki Barn, a store where she would not shop herself, while Jen has found her dream job at a sports shop, but makes some mistakes. Jonesy manages to get fired from a new store in every episode. Wyatt falls hopelessly in love with his older co-worker. Caitlin endures the daily humiliation of working at the lowest store in the mall's hierarchy of cool – The Big Squeeze, a giant lemon.

Production[edit]

6teen is created and directed through the use of a 2D digital software package known as Harmony, which was developed by the Toon Boom Animation studio in Montreal.[7] Because this software ensures smoother animation and eliminates the need for black trace lines, the program can be fashioned entirely on computer without the use of paper.

6teen (the original working title for the series being The Mall[citation needed]) is scripted by a team of writers which includes series creators and directors Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch, along with Sean Cullen (The Sean Cullen Show), and George Westerholm (This Hour Has 22 Minutes). On the subject of their work, McGillis concludes:

Our biggest goal was to connect with our audience. What surprised us was not the fact that teenagers were watching adult sitcoms, but why they were watching them? They recognize and appreciate smart writing. So, although 6teen's subject material is directed toward teens, the writing style is classic sitcom, with fast-paced dialogue, and multiple plot lines.[7]

The show's principal characters were designed by Ken Keeler. Original music is composed by Don Breithaupt and Anthony Vanderburgh. There are seven main cast members who voice 6teen. Brooke D'Orsay performs the voice of Caitlin, while Stacey Depass performs the voice of Nikki, Megan Fahlenbock voices Jen, Jess Gibbons voices Wyatt, Christian Potenza voices Jude, and Terry McGurrin voices Jonesy. Jamie Watson provides the voices of Coach Halder and Ron the Rent-a-Cop.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

From L-R Jen, Caitlin, Jude, Wyatt, Nikki, and Jonesy.
  • Jonesy Garcia (French: Costa Rica Garcia) was voiced by Terry McGurrin, and is a tall, good-looking, womanizing teenage boy. His relationship with Nikki Wong is central to the ongoing plot surrounding their characters, and his inability to maintain a job for more than a single episode is one of the program's running gags.
  • Caitlin Cooke (French: Katherine "Kathy" Cloutier) was voiced by Brooke D'Orsay and is a slightly peppy and resourceful teenage girl with a love for shopping. Caitlin's upbeat attitude and bubbliness often result in unforeseen, comedic antics during her numerous romantic escapades.
  • Wyatt Williams (French: Vincent Williams) was voiced by Jess Gibbons, and is a musical boy with a caffeine addiction. By comparison to Jude Lizowski and Jonesy Garcia, he is usually the meekest of the program's three male stars.
  • Jen Masterson (French: Julie Maréchal) was voiced by Megan Fahlenbock and is a responsible girl, born into a family in the shadow of her more glamorous and popular older sister, Courtney, and the prospect of taking on Jonesy and his two brothers, Diego and Robby, as siblings from her mother's relationship with Jonesy Garcia's father.
  • Jude Lizowski (French: Hugo Lisowsky) was voiced by Christian Potenza and is an easygoing boy with a knack for extreme sports. A free spirit, Jude is known for his over-the-top comportment and pranks.
  • Nikki Wong was voiced by Stacey DePass, a rebellious punk-rock influenced girl who is arguably the most sensible of the group with her sarcastic wit. Her relationship with Jonesy Garcia is central to the ongoing plot surrounding their characters.

Episodes[edit]

Canada[edit]

Season Episodes First Airdate Last Airdate
Season 1 27 November 7, 2004 June 22, 2005
Season 2 27 October 13, 2005 December 21, 2006
Season 3 26 September 5, 2007 May 18, 2008
Season 4 13 September 10, 2009 February 11, 2010

United States[edit]

Season Episodes First Airdate Last Airdate
Season 1 27 December 18, 2005 (NICK)
December 26, 2005 (The N)
October 23, 2008 (CN)
May 13, 2006 (NICK)
January 5, 2006 (The N)
July 16, 2009 (CN)
Season 2 27 July 20, 2006 (The N)
November 10, 2008 (CN)
July 28, 2006 (The N)
August 27, 2009 (CN)
Season 3 26 December 31, 2007 (The N)
November 11, 2008 (CN)
June 21, 2008 (The N)
October 20, 2009 (CN)
Season 4 13 April 5, 2010 (CN) June 21, 2010 (CN)

Reception[edit]

6teen has received generally positive reviews. In the winter/spring of 2005, the program ranked among Teletoons's Top 10 for children ages ten years old and up in both English and French markets.[8] It was also the only Canadian production to be nominated for a Pulcinella Award in 2005 under "TV Series for All Audiences".[8] Furthermore, on June 2, 2007, 6teen received an award from the Alliance for Children and Television for being the best of children's television to fall under the age group of nine to fourteen years old that year.[9] Carole Bonneau, vice-president in charge of Teletoon's programming, has remarked about 6teen:

Aesthetically appealing, with an upbeat musical score, combined with its power to invite empathy from teens towards the main characters, Teletoon is delivering a series that is a perfect match for today.

In Canada, the show gets about 2.5 million viewers each episode. In the USA, 6teen's ratings were around 1.8 million viewers each episode, and ratings continued to stay there and even increase, making it one of Cartoon Network's top shows (October 2008 – September 2009). The highest rating 6teen got on Cartoon Network was 3.7 million viewers, which was on Thursday, June 11, 2009, right after the season premiere of Total Drama Action. As time went on (starting in October 2009), 6teen slowly started to climb down in the ratings. The 6teen series finale, which aired on June 21, 2010, received a total of 1.6 million viewers, which is lower than previous 6teen episodes.

In 2009, the show won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Original Song (Main Title and Promo) for its theme song, "6teen",[10] which was performed by Phil Naro.

DVD releases[edit]

Canada:

  • 6teen The Complete First Season
  • 6teen Special Yearbook Edition
  • 6teen Season 2, Volume 1
  • 6teen Season 2, Volume 2
  • 6teen Take This Job And Squeeze It
  • 6teen Idol Time At The Mall
  • 6teen Employee Of The Month
  • 6teen One Quiet Day
  • 6teen Dude Of The Living Dead
  • 6teen Deck The Mall
  • 6teen The Sushi Connection
  • 6teen Snow Job
  • 6teen Stupid Over Cupid
  • 6teen Season 3, Volume 1

United States:

  • 6teen Season 1, Volume 1
  • 6teen Dude Of The Living Dead
  • 6teen Deck The Mall
  • 6teen Stupid Over Cupid
  • 6teen Take This Job And Squeeze It
  • 6teen Idol Time At The Mall
  • 6teen Snow Job

Broadcasting[edit]

Country Channel
Canada Canada Cartoon Network (2012–present), Teletoon (English), Télétoon (French)
United States United States Nickelodeon (2005–2006), The N (2005–2008), Cartoon Network (2008–2011)
Argentina Argentina Boomerang, Cartoon Network
Australia Australia ABC3
Brazil Brazil Rede Record, Cartoon Network (Latin America), Boomerang (Latin American TV channel)
United Kingdom United Kingdom Pop Girl, KidsCo
Finland Finland YLE TV2
France France Nickelodeon
Poland Poland ZigZap
Philippines Philippines Studio 23
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico WAPA-TV
Israel Israel Arutz HaYeladim
Netherlands Netherlands TROS, Disney Channel (Netherlands/Flanders)
Bulgaria Bulgaria TV7, Super 7
Italy Italy Rai Gulp, Frisbee
Russia Russia 2x2, Disney Channel Russia
Spain Spain Sony Entertainment Television
Portugal Portugal RTP 2, Panda Biggs
New Zealand New Zealand TV2 (New Zealand)
Mexico Mexico FOX, Boomerang, Canal 5
Turkey Turkey TNT (Turkey), Cartoon Network Turkey Coming Soon
Belgium Belgium Ketnet
Sweden Sweden Nickelodeon

References[edit]

  1. ^ 6teen information on TVGuide.com
  2. ^ "– Shows - 6teen". Nelvana.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  3. ^ "– Shows - 6teen: Dude of the Living Dead". Nelvana.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  4. ^ "– Shows - 6teen: Snow Job". Nelvana.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  5. ^ "TELETOON Salutes 6TEEN with On Air and Online send off". Channel Canada. 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Press Release - 6TEEN LIVE-ACTION TV MOVIE IN DEVELOPMENT AT FRESH TV". Corusent.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  7. ^ a b "6teen Press Release". 2004-10-12. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  8. ^ a b Corus Entertainment (2005-04-14). "Corus Entertainment – News Releases". Archived from the original on 2007-02-25. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  9. ^ "ACT kids TV awards handed out in Toronto, Canada". 2007-06-02. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  10. ^ "Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards - Creative Arts Winners Announced". Emmyonline.org. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 

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