Marvin Marvin

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Marvin Marvin
Marvin Marvin Logo.jpg
Genre Comedy
Science fiction
Slapstick
Format Teen sitcom
Created by Jon Ross
Jeff Bushell
Starring Lucas Cruikshank
Pat Finn
Mim Drew
Victory Van Tuyl
Jacob Bertrand
Casey Sander
Camille Spirlin
Composer(s) Kenneth Burgomaster
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jon Ross
Jeff Bushell
Evan Weiss
Gary Binkow
Producer(s) Richard G. King (episode 1)
Patty Gary-Cox
David M. Israel (consulting producer)
Steve Leff (consulting producer)
Running time 23 minutes, one 45 minute special
Production company(s) The Collective
Nickelodeon Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run November 24, 2012 (2012-11-24) – April 27, 2013 (2013-04-27)
External links
Website

Marvin Marvin is an American science fiction slapstick comedy television series that aired from November 24, 2012 to April 27, 2013.[1] The series was set to premiere on Nickelodeon in 2013, but was pushed forward to November 24, 2012. It stars Lucas Cruikshank as the title character Marvin Marvin, an alien teenage boy adjusting to human life.[2] On June 26, 2013, Cruikshank said that he had left Nickelodeon.[3]

Premise[edit]

Marvin Marvin follows the adventures of a teenage alien with special powers named Marvin (Lucas Cruikshank) who was sent to Earth by his parents in order to protect him from evil invaders on his home planet, Klooton. Under the supervision of his new human parents, Bob (Pat Finn) and Liz (Mim Drew), Marvin tries to adjust to life on Earth as a typical American teenager. Helping him navigate Earth’s unfamiliar social customs are Marvin’s human siblings Teri (Victory Van Tuyl) and Henry (Jacob Bertrand) and his mischievous grandfather, Pop-Pop (Casey Sander). As if teaching Marvin how to act human wasn’t hard enough, the family and even Teri’s curious best friend, Briana (Camille Spirlin), must also conceal his real identity from the world.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Lucas Cruikshank as Marvin Forman, a "teenage" alien from the planet Klooton who is revealed to actually be 580 years old in "Pilot" and hides his true alien form behind his human form. His powers include the ability to freeze and heat objects at will using his fingers. He is also able to talk to animals, shapeshift, float, and calm people down using the "Klootonian Calm Palm." In the pilot, he adopts the name Marvin Marvin because he knew Teri did not want him to have the same last name as her. He nervously repeated his first name Marvin as his last name.
  • Victory Van Tuyl as Teri Forman, the older sister of Henry and the younger human sister of Marvin.
  • Jacob Bertrand as Henry Forman, Teri and Marvin's younger brother; he turns 10 in the episode "Burger on a Bun." He is very mischievous and cunning with plans of secret parties, playing hooky, going to a nude beach on a family vacation etc.
  • Pat Finn as Robert "Bob" Forman, the family's father and human "father" of Marvin.
  • Mim Drew as Elizabeth "Liz" Forman, the family's mother and human "mother" of Marvin. She treats Marvin like her own children and really cares for him.
  • Casey Sander as George "Pop-Pop", Teri and Henry's grandfather, Marvin's human "grandfather," and the father of Liz. He is very childish and mischievous like his grandson Henry.
  • Camille Spirlin as Brianna, Teri's very loyal best friend. She finds out about Marvin's secret in "Space-Cation".

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Angel Amaral as Ben, Marvin's human best friend. He's stereotypically nerdy and is not very popular. He quickly makes friends with Marvin when he sees that Marvin is not making friends easily. Ben is also known to have a huge comic book collection.
  • Dennis Atlas as Derek Winfeld, a school kid who believes he is a horse. He grows his hair long and wears brown as he gallops through the school whinnying.

Episodes[edit]

Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Series premiere Series finale
19 November 24, 2012 (2012-11-24) April 27, 2013 (2013-04-27)

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actor Lucas Cruikshank Nominated [4]
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress Victory Van Tuyl Nominated [5]

International distribution[edit]

Country / Region Channel Preview Series premiere Title in country
 United States Nickelodeon NONE November 24, 2012 Marvin Marvin
 Canada YTV March 19, 2013[6] March 25, 2013
 Greece Nickelodeon March 8, 2014 March 24, 2014
 Croatia Nickelodeon March 8, 2014 March 24, 2014

Reception[edit]

Marvin Marvin received mostly negative reviews. Common Sense Media gave the show 2 out of 5 stars stating, "... The show's best feature is the care it takes to reminding viewers that it's important to be yourself, even when that makes you different from your peers. From a kid's point, however, this message is lost amid Marvin's outrageous predicaments."[7] Media Life Magazine stated, "Marvin Marvin is simply bland, bland,"[8] while Brian Lowry of Variety called the sitcom a "teeth-gnashing affair" and its gags "stale".[9]

The series premiere scored 2.6 million viewers after a brand new Victorious. The next episode that premiered had 2.1 million viewers. The most watched episodes are "Ice Pop Pop" and "Burger on a Bun" with 2.9 million viewers, and the least watched episode is "St. Glar Kai Day" with 1.7 million viewers.

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