|Genre||Animated sitcom |
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||93 (95 half-hours) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original network||Cartoon Network|
|Picture format||480i (4:3 SDTV)|
|Original release||November 7, 2004– February 11, 2010|
|Related shows||Total DramaRama|
|Nelvana production website|
|Fresh TV production website|
6teen is a Canadian animated sitcom originally produced by Nelvana, with the final season produced by Fresh TV. It premiered on November 7, 2004 on Teletoon. In the United States, the series first premiered on Nickelodeon on December 18, 2005, and was removed from the schedule on May 13, 2006. The show later relaunched on Cartoon Network in 2008.[not in citation given]
With the first 78 episodes and both 45-minute-long specials produced by Nelvana, 6teen ended with a total of four seasons of 95 22-minute-long episodes (including two one-hour specials). The series finale aired on February 11, 2010 and included an acoustic version of the theme song by Brian Melo. DVD and iTunes releases have been made in both Canada and the United States, and the entire series is available on the streaming service Tubi TV. A special reunion voting PSA titled "Vote, Dude!" was released on September 12, 2018, with the original cast reprising their respective roles.
6teen is an animated sitcom for children, pre-teens, and teenagers. The plots take place almost entirely in a gigantic shopping mall. The series follows the cast of six sixteen-year-old friends in everyday lives, including their first part-time jobs.
6teen is focused on the common problems related to teenagers. The main characters are: Jude, Jen, Nikki, Jonesy, Caitlin, and Wyatt. 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. As a running gag, Jonesy manages to get fired from a new store in every episode. Wyatt falls hopelessly in love with his older co-worker. Jude works at the hockey rink as a Zamboni driver. Caitlin endures the daily humiliation of working at the lowest store in the mall's hierarchy of cool – The Big Squeeze, a lemonade stand shaped like a giant lemon, where she's required to wear a hat shaped like a lemon as a part of her uniform.
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, Quebec. 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) 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.||”|
The show's principal characters were designed by Peter Avanzino. 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.
|Character name||Voiced by||Description|
Hugo Lisowsky (French)
|Christian Potenza||He is an easygoing Polish Canadian boy with a knack for extreme sports, over-the-top comportment and pranks. A younger version of Jude is featured in the Total Drama spin-off, Total DramaRama.|
Katherine "Kathy" Cloutier (French)
|Brooke D'Orsay||She is a peppy, spoiled teenage girl with a love for shopping. She is not originally a part of the group, but became their friend when she started working to show her father she can earn money after she maxed out her credit card.|
Costa Rica Garcia (French)
|Terry McGurrin||He is a tall, half-Hispanic and half-Filipino Canadian womanizing teenage boy, the joker of the group and in a relationship with Nikki Wong. He also picks on Jennifer Masterson and calls her "step-sis" because his father eventually marries Jen's mother.|
|Nicole 'Nikki' Wong||Stacey DePass||She is a rebellious punk rocker Chinese Canadian girl with a quick, sarcastic wit and is in a relationship with Jonesy Garcia.|
|Jennifer 'Jen' Masterson
Julie Maréchal (French)
|Megan Fahlenbock||She is a responsible, athletic girl that serves as the "mother hen" of the group. Her mother remarries to Jonesy's father, reluctantly making the pair step-siblings.|
Vincent Williams (French)
|Jess Gibbons||He is a Black Canadian musical boy with a caffeine addiction.|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||27||November 7, 2004||June 19, 2005|
|2||27||November 2, 2005||December 21, 2006|
|3||26||September 5, 2007||April 25, 2008|
|4||13||September 10, 2009||February 11, 2010|
|Season||Episodes||First Airdate||Last Airdate|
|Season 1||27||December 18, 2005 (Nickelodeon)
December 26, 2005 (The N)
October 23, 2008 (CN)
|May 13, 2006 (Nickelodeon)|
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||November 11, 2008 (CN)||October 20, 2009 (CN)|
|Season 4||13||April 5, 2010 (CN)||June 21, 2010 (CN)|
Throughout the show's run, 6teen has received critical acclaim. In the winter/spring of 2005, the program ranked among Teletoons' Top 10 for children ages ten years old and up in both English and French markets. It was also the only Canadian production to be nominated for a Pulcinella Award in 2005 under "TV Series for All Audiences". 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. 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, with 6teen Teletoon delivers a series that is a perfect match for today's generation.||”|
In Canada, the show garners about 2.5 million viewers each episode. In the USA, 6teen's ratings were around 1.8 million viewers each episode, and ratings held there and then even increased, making it one of Cartoon Network's top shows (October 2008 – September 2009). The highest rating 6teen received on Cartoon Network was 3.7 million viewers, on Thursday, June 11, 2009, immediately after the season premiere of Total Drama Action. As time went on (starting in October 2009), 6teen began a slow drop in 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", which was performed by Phil Naro.
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