Grossology (TV series)

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This article is about the animated TV series. For the book series, see Grossology (books).
Grossology
Genre Action, Adventure,
Created by Sylvia Branzei
Voices of Krystal Meadows
Michael Cohen
M. Christian Heywood
Paul O'Sullivan
Composer(s) Paul Intson
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52
Production
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Nelvana Limited
Release
Original network YTV
Original release September 29, 2006 (2006-09-29) – October 24, 2009 (2009-10-24)

Grossology is a Canadian animated television series produced by Nelvana, and based loosely on the non-fictional children's book series of the same name by Sylvia Branzei. It debuted on the YTV network in Canada on September 29, 2006, and was broadcast on Discovery Kids (now Discovery Family) in the United States on January 13, 2007. It also aired on Jetix on June 2, 2007 and Kix! from September 15, 2008 in the United Kingdom and on ABC TV in Australia in December 2007.

The first season consists of 26 half-hour installments, and the second season has premiered on September 2008. The principal character designs were done by Faruk Cemalovic.

The French title of this series in Canada is Glurp Attack.

Plot[edit]

Ty and Abby are a teen brother and sister crime-fighting team who report to the Bureau of Grossology, a secret government facility whose job is to investigate gross criminals, their gross crimes, and/or various gross phenomena.[1] Each episode of the series follows the pair on adventures based on real scientific facts. Aided by their friend Lab Rat (a human scientist), their boss The Director, and their police liaison, The Detective, Ty and Abby work to keep the city safe, all while keeping their identities hidden. (Oddly, villains never recognize Abby apart from her Grossology uniform, despite her floor-length ponytail.)

Characters[edit]

Major characters[edit]

  • Tyler "Ty" Archer (voiced by Michael Cohen) – Ty is Abby's little brother and a hard kid to face. His cool, analytical mind takes everything in. He sees himself as a scientist and he takes his job very seriously, too seriously if you listen to Abby. In his mind, science is everything, and his goal is to be remembered with the very best in his field. He and Lab Rat share many common interests. On the field, Ty pilots the GRS-1 and is great at strategic maneuvers. His quick thinking has saved the day many times. His utility pack doubles up as a jet pack. Ty owns a chemistry set at home and often does analyses on things he finds (e.g. Hairball's hairballs). He gets tongue tied around his love interest Naomi. It was hinted in the episode "Queen for a Day" that he is afraid of clowns. Ty is hinted many times to be much smarter than Abby. He is also allergic to dust mites.
  • Abigail "Abby" Archer (voiced by Krystal Meadows) – Abby unravels mysteries so disgusting that no adult will touch them. She loves everything gross and slimy – nothing grosses her out. Abby likes to test her limits to see if there is something so gross, so slimy, so disgusting, that it will make even her, the Queen of Squeam, turn green. So far nothing has come close. Although she closely resisted gagging at gross sights on a rare number of occasions, such as in the episodes "The Slim Slime Man" and "Go Fish", the only exception was in the episode "Yack Attack", when she unknowingly drank contaminated water and threw up. She gets covered in slop the most, and being dirty has yet to affect her trademark ponytail. On the field, she is a competent fighter. She holds a severe grudge against not only villains like Lance Boil, but her school rival Paige. Unlike her younger brother Ty, she is athletic and depends on her instincts and feelings at times, however sometimes her feelings cloud her judgment when she has an affection for the suspect in question. Throughout the series she has shown interest in drama and sports like volleyball. She is scared of leeches as shown in the episode "Vein Drain". In the episode "When Allergies Attack" she was shown to develop an allergy to ladybugs. Abby and Ty share ownership of their kitten, Hairball, and delight in collecting samples of hairballs. She also tried out for the volleyball team at the goading of her father Harvey, who wanted her to live his dream through her.
  • Paul "Lab Rat" Squirfenherder (voiced by M. Christian Heywood) – Paul Squirfenherder is the Grossology Department's tech support, designing and building gadgets and vehicles to aid Grossologists on their missions, and he is also a friend of them. He spends so much time doing experiments that it earned him the nickname "Lab Rat," which he prefers to his real name. His impressive inventory of hi-tech gadgets and encyclopedic knowledge make him invaluable to the team. He has a pet rat named Hermes, who he treats as his best friend. Lab Rat often gives Ty and Abby solutions and inventions to stop the villains. Lab Rat suffers from Agoraphobia, he only ventures out of the Gag Lab for Hermes' well being and under the circumstance where he is forced to leave. The episode "Owl Most Foul" shows Lab Rat not only stepping out of the Gag Lab for the first time, but also wearing his blue slime suit for the first time. In the episode "Fartzilla", a robotic version of Hermes was used to break into the school cafeteria in order for Ty and Abby to investigate. Abby often jokes that he stinks due to the fact that bathing is not one of his favorite activities. Lab Rat also has a severe mango allergy.
  • The Director (voiced by Paul O'Sullivan) – He gives the Grossologists their repulsive assignments, often in a state of panic. ("Grossologists! It's gross! It's terrible! It's DISGUSTING!!!") He is incredibly squeamish, and is terrified at the slightest hint of anything gross. (This prompting Ty to ask his sister "What exactly does he do anyway?"). The Director is known to arrogantly enter the scene when the crime is solved and take all the credit. He claims that Abby and Ty's success is because of his "great leadership skills" and a variety of other qualities. Abby and Ty see right through his farce and make sure to it that his ego is kept in check. That isn't hard to do, since the crime scenes often unnerve the Director. (For example, he once claimed to have an iron-cast stomach in front of The Detective. After sniffing Ty's Sloppy Joe induced stench, he promptly vomited on the spot. In reply, The Detective said "Mr. Director, do you mind cleaning up your iron-cast stomach off my shoes?"). Despite his incredibly squeamish nature, he has on one known occasion, gone into the field on his own to search for his missing agents.[2] He is allergic to cats.

Villains[edit]

  • Insectiva (voiced by Lili Francks) – She was once a promising young university student who wanted to study entomology (the study of insects) until she discovered how insects are treated by science; captured and dissected. Now, armed with all sorts of bugs, she pursues an insect agenda, to wipe all people off the planet so bugs can rule again. She, like many insects, can't get past windows, therefore she is continuously running into them. She began a romantic relationship with Sloppy Joe in the Valentine's Day episode "Pucker Up". She also has a twin sister, Arachnidia, who is also her rival.
    • Real Name: Cara Chitin
    • First Appearance: Episode 1 ("Queen for a Day")
    • Cara Chitin's last name is based on chitin, what insects' exoskeletons are made of.
  • The Slim Slime Man (voiced by Neil Crone) – A bitter old sewer worker, who abnormally fused with a living slime mould while working in the sewers one day, becoming a strange giant slime creature with a ghoulish skull-like head seen inside. As he gets more powerful, he aims to cover the surface world with living slime molds.
    • Real Name: Slim
    • First Appearance: Episode 2 ("The Slim Slime Man")
  • Fartor (voiced by Sean Cullen) – Fifteen years ago, he was just an ordinary kid. That was until his older brother Gary tortured him by stuffing his brother under the bed sheets and farting in there. During those fifteen years, he became adapted to breathing the gases in farts. Like a fish being out of water, clean air is toxic for him, so he breathes toxic gases in a dome that he wears on his body. There was only one thing Fartor wanted... revenge on his brother Gary.
    • Real Name: Larry
    • First Appearance: Episode 3 ("Fartzilla")
  • Sloppy Joe (voiced by George Buza) – After discovering that a whiff of his stink was enough to render people unconscious, Joe vowed to never let a drop of water, soap, or deodorant touch his skin again, and turned to an easy life of crime. His plan: go from filthy, to filthy rich. Despite his stink, he is sometimes shown to be a protaganoist, like when he retired from his job to get into the holiday spirit and works as a mall Santa. When clean he is shown to be an albino. Insectiva is his girlfriend as of the Valentine's Day episode "Pucker Up".
    • First Appearance: Episode 4 ("The Perfect Stink")
    • Real Name: Joseph Puglowski
  • The Scab Fairy (voiced by Jessica Holmes) – A crazed former beauty queen who was traumatized over a small cut to her shoulder, ending her career. Not seen since then, she used her exceptional degree in dermatology and mythology to create a high-tech dragonfly-winged suit made of scabs, and takes the identity of the Scab Fairy, based on a Tooth Fairy-like myth figure that collects scabs (rather than teeth). She is armed with a high-tech wand that removes scabs from people's wounds, and inflicts them on others. Her ultimate obsession is to inflict scabs on anyone pretty, as revenge for the loss of her old beauty queen career.
    • Real Name: Helena Globin
    • First Appearance: Episode 5 ("The Scab Fairy")
    • Helena Globin's name is a pun on the word hemoglobin, a blood-related property.
  • Lance Boil (voiced by Juan Chioran) – He was once a successful Grossologist; but, as explained in the episode, "The New Recruits," envied The Director's authority. Believing he was to be "...replaced by these amateurs [Ty and Abby]," Boyle tried to pull a coup, using a "prototype shrink-ray." However, Ty had tinkered with the weapon, and left out a key part. This caused Lance to blast himself and shrink, in a somewhat lopsided manner (small body; large, misshapen, pus-filled head). Horrified at first, Lance is shown to be very proud of his boil. Banished from the team, he decided to use his skills for evil, with one goal in his twisted head revenge against all Grossologists; especially Abby Ty and their friends. He is allergic to fish.
    • Real Name: Lance Boyle
    • First Appearance: Episode 6 ("When Ya Gotta Go")
  • Keith Van Kobbler (voiced by Pat Mastroianni) – A popular and undefeated young basketball player, and Abby's former idol. Calls himself "VK" for short, and always refers to himself in the third person. Endorsed the "KVK-1" brand super-sneakers, which have been a runaway success, but after a short while, all wearers (including VK's opposing players, up-and-coming basketball players) suffer a severe case of foot fungus! After painstakingly examining the KVK-1 sneakers in the case, Ty and Lab Rat suspect VK himself to be the culprit, while Abby has difficulty accepting their suspicion. As it turns out, VK is indeed the culprit, with a twisted method behind his fame; he single-handedly manufactured the KVK-1 sneakers for mass consumption, and spiked them with fungus (while wearing a non-spiked "Deluxe Edition" pair for himself, of course), so that everyone will have foot fungus, and most of all, eliminate the competition, so that he will be the only basketball player in the world. His weapon is a high-tech "Wrecking Ball" basketball.
    • First Appearance: Episode 9 ("It's Gotta Be the Shoes")
  • Mr. Fowler (voiced by Derek McGrath) – He is the custodian at Ringworm Junior High School. He is small, timid, shy, afraid of Paige, and wears oversized glasses. Always hums the song "4 and 20 Black Birds Baked In a Pie." He grew tired of cleaning up the excess pigeon poop around the school, so he built a giant mechanical owl suit, with which he captures pigeons and plots to put them in a pie to bake them.
    • First Appearance: Episode 10 ("Owl Most Foul")
  • Kid Rot (voiced by Travis Ferris) – After a science experiment mishap, young boy Chester gains the "rotting touch," with which he causes all organic materials to rot with a single touch, and also gives off a horrible smell. He becomes a new student at Ringworm Junior High School, and causes chaos upon his arrival, with a concerned Abby and Ty trying to cure him (Abby initially had feelings for him, much to Ty's suspicion). But Chester's rotting powers literally go to his head, giving him a twisted personality (even christening himself "Kid Rot"), and making him a formidable and diabolical foe for the Grossology team. Worse, he has a psychotic infatuation for Abby (who ultimately hates him, at least his prevalent Kid Rot persona), and will stop at nothing to win her heart, even going as far as to rot the entire world! His rotting powers used to be an excellent fertilizer (in a way making his science experiment a success), but the second time they met, his rotting powers had evolved to where they just kill whatever they touch. The last time we saw Kid rot he was engulfed in rot he created. Abby and Ty gave up looking for him but as the episode is about to end we see a hand (presumable Kid Rot's) sticking out from the rot and as a leaf lands on it, it's grabbed by the hand. The episode ends as we hear some heaving breathing. We have yet to know what has become of Chester/Kid Rot.
    • Real Name: Chester
    • First Appearance: Episode 13 ("Kid Rot")
  • Dr. Cornelius Colon (voiced by Peter Keleghan) – A mad proctologist, who plots to engulf the world in a gigantic colon, starting with Ringworm Junior High School (on the last day before its Summer vacation), to take revenge on people for unsympathetically making fun of him for his unfortunate surname. Has giant tapeworms as henchmen.
    • First Appearance: Episode 18 ("School's Grossed Out for Summer")
  • Far-Ty – Ty as a temporary villain. Feeling he's not needed after Abby showed him up several times, Ty, trying to overcompensate for himself behind her back, was captured by Fartor, who was in the midst of planning yet another full-scale fart attack on the world. He exposes Ty to the same deadly gases that transformed him, using a special process to speed up the transformation. Now, Ty, as Far-Ty, becomes Fartor's greatest asset in carrying out his dastardly plan. And just as Fartor plotted revenge on his older brother Gary, Far-Ty carried out a twisted revenge on his older sister Abby.
    • Real Name: Ty Archer
    • First Appearance: Episode 20 ("Silent But Deadly Part 1" and "Silent But Deadly Part 2")
  • Frankenbooger – A giant monster made of nose mucus stolen by Sloppy Joe (using a suction gun), who simply wanted to make a "boogerman" with said mucus (much like a snowman). Abby and Ty confront Sloppy Joe, and in the process, inadvertently cause an electrical accident that brings the "boogerman" to life. The monster sucks mucus out of people's noses, and the more he consumes, the larger he gets. Its only weakness is dirt particles (just like any mucus), which cause him to not only dry up, but decrease in size.
    • First Appearance: Episode 24 ("Frankenbooger")
  • Darko Crevasse (voiced by Julian Richings) – A gothic caped villain whose eyesight is accustomed to darkness, and therefore must wear dark glasses. He summons a huge flock of bats to drop guano on anyone who opposes him. As he cannot stand light, his ultimate plan is to plunge the city into eternal darkness. In the Halloween episode "Night of the Living Roadkill", Paige commented that he was Goth.
    • First Appearance: Episode 23 ("Lights Out")
  • Sarah Senia (voiced by Jayne Eastwood) – A lady whose DNA structure was crossed with that of plants. Has leaves and tendrils around her body. Plotted to use giant carnivorous plants to attack the city, and ultimately, the world.
    • First Appearance: Episode 25 ("A New Leaf")
  • Arachnidia (voiced by Maria Vacratsis) – Insectiva's twin sister. Unlike Insectiva, she loves arachnids, as her name suggests. She and Insectiva have had a bitter rivalry, and both pit their own respective arthropods against each other, with catastrophic results. She is the gothic version of Insectiva.
    • First Appearance: Episode 27 ("Sinister Rivalry")
  • Frederick Follicle (voiced by Stephen Ouimette) – A hair dresser who doesn't like to change styles. After getting kicked out of a job, he went underground doing biological experiments, and ended up with living hair.
    • First Appearance: Episode 31 ("Hairless Whispers")
  • Roger Pink-Eye (voiced by Lyon Smith ) – A kid with a pink eye. He is curious about Ty and Abby's extra-curricular activities, and thus sets off to find the truth about his classmates' secret identities, using various attempts to do so, but all of them end in failure. In the second season trilogy (Pinkeye and The Brain, Pinkeye's Revenge Part 1, Pinkeye's Revenge Part 2), he teams up with Lance Boil (after successfully capturing him) to find out Ty and Abby's secret. He eventually becomes a Grossologist, but he is fired/quits after his plan backfires with Lance betraying him.
    • First Appearance: Episode 33 ("Mold Monster")
  • Basso Profondo (voiced by Ben Campbell) – A disgraced opera star, who was once part of the Three Baritones. He's back for revenge, but this time he's singing a whole new tune; in other words, he's now a burping star.
    • First Appearance: Episode 39 ("Ain't Over Till the Fat Man Sings")
  • Gary Gumdrop (voiced by Adrian Truss) – People call him the ultimate candy man, but he's just a crazy man with a big sweet tooth and a lot of rotten teeth. His plan is to make super tooth-rotting candy, pretending that they'll take care of your teeth, and distribute them to everyone, so he won't be the only one with a rotten mouth and a large craving for candy.
    • First Appearance: Episode 40 ("Candy Isn't Dandy")
  • Gundy McGoober (voiced by Bruce Pirrie) – Tired of campers bringing their new electronic devices with them, Gundy uses mutated worms to scare away people from his lake.
    • First Appearance: Episode 42 ("Squirm")
  • Evil Clone Abby (voiced by Krystal Meadows) – She is the creation of Roger Pink-Eye and Lance Boil, used as part of a scheme to get Abby fired so that they can take over the Bureau of Grossology. She is made from a combination of human DNA and rat DNA. She attacked the city with an army of rats, and later infiltrated the Gag Lab and fired Ty and Lab Rat.
    • First Appearance: Episode 46 ("Pink-Eye's Revenge (Part I)")
  • Slitherbuddies – They are cute, cuddly and very adorable but these genetically modified reptiles are not so nice when they grow.
    • First Appearance: Episode 48 ("Fang's A Lot")

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Harvey & Petunia Archer (voiced by Richard Binsley and Karen Hines, respectively) – Abby and Ty's father and mother, respectively. Both are shown to be gullible, and as such, are completely unaware of their children's secret jobs as Grossologists. Harvey manages the city's water treatment plant while Petunia teaches entomology. Petunia has a fear of heights as shown in the episode "Squirmed".
  • The Detective (voiced by Danny Wells) – A gruff, burly police detective, who occasionally works with Abby and Ty on cases, and is the only outsider who knows their secret. He bears MORE than a strong resemblance to Detective Dick Gumshoe from the Phoenix Wright series of games.
  • Mr. Scheffer (voiced by Chad DeRohgth) – An often nervous and uptight teacher at Ringworm Junior High School. He has been noted to teach science (Silent But Deadly: Part 1) and direct plays (When Ya Gotta Go).
  • Paige Logan (voiced by Melissa Altro) – A popular but very snobbish girl at Ringworm Junior High, and Abby's bitter rival. However, as seen in "New Recruits", she was once actually nice to her. Her father is very rich, and her favorite color is pink. She has been noted several times throughout the second season to have a crush on a blond boy named Rudy.
  • Naomi (voiced by Lauren Collins) – A shy and gentle girl at Ringworm Junior High, and Ty's love interest. She takes ballet. She also has three incredibly jockish brothers as seen in the episode "When Allergies Attack" when Ty went on a family picnic with her. It was also noticed in the previously mentioned episode that she has a long list of allergies.

Production[edit]

  • Back when the series was in development in 2004, the planned series was somewhat different. Background designer Brad Graham was originally slated to do the character designs & backgrounds. The character designs looked completely different, and had more of a conventional "abstract" look like most modern kids' cartoons, but many of Graham's elements remained in the final version. The more diverse Grossology team lineup consisted of Abby & Ty (who were still the main characters, only Abby had pigtails rather than the long trademark ponytail), Nigel Stodding (a British kid fashioned like 1960s secret agent Harry Palmer), Lab Rat (who was an overweight Caucasian boy, but still had Hermes, who looked somewhat identical to the final version), and a weirder assortment of kids including Pink Eye (a beatnik boy; the basis for the villain Roger Pink-Eye), Creepy Crawly (a goth girl with spiders, who may have been the basis for the adult villainess Insectiva.), Sloppy Joe (a dirty spud-shaped kid, who ultimately became an adult villain for the series) and Colin Polyp (A bulb-headed kid who may have evolved into the adult villain Dr. Cornelius Colon in the final series). Abby & Ty still went to Ringworm Junior High School (which looked like a more classic-style school than the more modern one in the series), and the Gag Lab was originally a more complex underground secret base called the Grossotorium . Abby and Ty did not wear Slime Suits at this point.[3]

Episodes[edit]

  • Airdates are from original Canadian broadcasts on YTV.
Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 September 29, 2006 (2006-09-29) July 28, 2007 (2007-07-28)
2 26 September 6, 2008 (2008-09-06) October 24, 2009 (2009-10-24)

Season 1: (2006–07)[edit]

No. in
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No. in
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Queen for a Day" Matt Ferguson Alice Prodanou September 29, 2006 (2006-09-29)
Ty and Abby must foil Insectiva's plot to use giant, mutated termites to destroy the city. Meanwhile, Abby and Paige fight over who should decorate the gym for the dance.
2 2 "Slim Slime Man" Matt Ferguson Hugh Duffy October 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)
A bitter sewer worker merges with a slime mold and turns into a monster who attempts to smother the surface dwellers in slime. Meanwhile, Ty tries to get more people to eat at the cafeteria.
3 3 "Fartzilla" Matt Ferguson Sean Cullen October 8, 2006 (2006-10-08)
The villain, Fartor wreaks havoc and seeks revenge on his cruel brother by causing a fart epidemic in order to fuel a giant robot called Fartzilla.
4 4 "The Perfect Stink" Matt Ferguson Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott October 15, 2006 (2006-10-15)
Sloppy Joe, the world's dirtiest bad-guy, takes all the worst smells in the world and makes a giant stink bomb. Meanwhile Ty asks Naomi out on a date
5 5 "The Scab Fairy"
"This Scab's For You"
Matt Fergus Ben Joseph October 22, 2006 (2006-10-22)
A former beauty queen, calling herself the "Scab Fairy," invents a weapon that allows her to steal people's scabs so that she can inflict them on others.
6 6 "When Ya Gotta Go" Matt Ferguson Robin J. Stein October 29, 2006 (2006-10-29)
Lance Boil builds an infrasound ray gun that causes instant diarrhea, thereby severely hindering any police investigation.
7 7 "Club Parasites" Matt Ferguson Robert Tinkler November 5, 2006 (2006-11-05)
Insectiva has created a strain of giant mind-controlling head lice that grow on all the kids' heads at Ringworm High, converting them to zombies.
8 8 "Go Fish" Matt Ferguson Richard Clark November 12, 2006 (2006-11-12)
Mutant hagfish attack the town. Ty and Abby follow their slimy trail of destruction. Meanwhile Ty and Abby get a pet kitten named Hairball.
9 9 "It's Gotta Be the Shoes" Matt Ferguson Ben Joseph November 19, 2006 (2006-11-19)
A crazed basketball player creates a plague-like Athlete's Foot epidemic using his new brand of popular running shoes.
10 10 "Owl Most Foul" Matt Ferguson Dave Dias December 31, 2006 (2006-12-31)
A giant Owl terrorizes the people of town and especially its pigeons. Meanwhile, Lab Rat refuses to come out of the facility room because of his fear of the outside world.
11 11 "Yack Attack" Matt Ferguson Alice Prodanou January 14, 2007 (2007-01-14)
A mysterious plague of uncontrollable vomiting has struck the city, even affecting Abby...which may mean the end of her career as a Grossologist. It is up to Ty to crack the case alone.
12 12 "The Greatest Race Ever Crawled" Matt Ferguson Richard Clark January 21, 2007 (2007-01-21)
When the GRS-1 is damaged, Ty and Lab Rat design and build the CATMOBILE, a kicking set of wheels that can crawl, leap, or otherwise get around just like an insect. Ty is then goaded into a race by Insectiva and her cadre of giant bugs, which is really just a cover for her deeper, evil plan.
13 13 "Kid Rot" Matt Ferguson Robin J. Stein January 28, 2007 (2007-01-28)
There is a new kid in school, who kind of smells. This repels most kids but attracts Ty and Abby. A science lab mishap has caused him to have a "rotting touch," and everything organic thing he touches rots instantly.
14 14 "The Insider" Matt Ferguson Jeremy Winkels February 4, 2007 (2007-02-04)
In a plot similar to Fantastic Voyage, Lance Boil has perfected his shrink ray, and invaded Ty's body. Lance hopes to decrease Ty's I.Q. to zero, and heads for the brain. It's up to Abby to go in, and beat him singlehandedly.
15 15 "All Together Now" Matt Ferguson Ben Joseph February 25, 2007 (2007-02-25)
Instectiva, Lance Boil and Sloppy Joe join forces to shut down the Bureau of Grossology by afflicting the members simultaneously with villain-sized doses of horseflies, halitosis and acne.
16 16 "Oldie But A Goodie" Matt Ferguson Richard Clark March 4, 2007 (2007-03-04)
When Abby defuses a mysterious device Lance Boil planted in the middle of town, she gets bathed in a green ray that instantly starts her aging at many times the normal rate.
17 17 "Survival of the Grossest" Matt Ferguson Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott March 18, 2007 (2007-03-18)
Competing in the school Science Fair, Ty's main rival is Patrick and his cool robot. Deciding to jazz up his fruit-fly project with a little mutagenic kickstart, things go wrong almost immediately.
18 18 "School's Grossed Out For Summer" Matt Ferguson Ben Joseph April 1, 2007 (2007-04-01)
Ty, Abby, Paige and Naomi are locked in the school by a mad proctologist, Dr. Cornelius Colon. He then captures Paige and Naomi, hoping to use them as "nutrients" for a giant intestine he developed.
19 19 "Vein Drain" Matt Ferguson John Mein April 28, 2007 (2007-04-28)
When people start showing up with bite marks on their necks, Ty and Abby suspect vampires. But when they dig a little deeper, they discover that it's another kind of bloodsucker that's causing trouble – leeches! Worse, Abby is deathly afraid of these hungry invertebrates.
20 20 "Silent But Deadly, Part 1" Matt Ferguson Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott May 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)
Gassy super villain Fartor returns with a scheme to fart-up the entire planet! But with a plan this big he needs help, and he's got his sights set on Ty; who, after a falling-out with Abby, turns to the Fart Side.
21 21 "Silent But Deadly, Part 2" Matt Ferguson Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott May 19, 2007 (2007-05-19)
Fartor and his new apprentice, Far-Ty join forces to drill into the planet core and turn the earth into one big gas planet. It is up to Abby to stop the gassy bad-guy...and re-convert Ty back to an oxygen-breathing, good-guy Grossologist.
22 22 "The King of Rottingham Forest" Matt Ferguson Robin J. Stein June 2, 2007 (2007-06-02)
Kid Rot returns and his powers are out of control. The forest is rotting and Kid Rot is behind the destruction! Will Abby and Ty stop his rotting tide of evil before he destroys the planet?
23 23 "Lights Out" Matt Ferguson Jeremy Winkels June 23, 2007 (2007-06-23)
A new nocturnal villain, Darko Crevasse, plunges the city into darkness with the help of his army of creatures of the night. Ty scrambles to shed some light on the problem before it's lights out for everyone.
24 24 "Boogerman"
"FrankenBooger"
Matt Ferguson Dave Dias July 12, 2007 (2007-07-12)
Sloppy Joe, the world's filthiest villain, has created a monster made of stolen snot. It's up to Ty and Abby...with some surprising help from both The Director and Sloppy Joe himself...to stop Frankenbooger before its too late.
25 25 "A New Leaf" Matt Ferguson Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott July 21, 2007 (2007-07-21)
Abby learns what teamwork is all about when she's kidnapped and imprisoned in a hothouse full of giant, man-eating plants, and her only hope for survival is Insectiva!
26 26 "Heave It or Leave It"
"You Heave, You Leave"
Matt Ferguson Robin J. Stein July 28, 2007 (2007-07-28)
Abby and Ty are jazzed to be contestants on the hottest game show on the planet where their gross skills and iron stomachs could make them stars. Only trouble is, The Director forbids them to go on. Even worse, the show is an elaborate trap set up by Lance Boil.

Season 2: (2008–09)[edit]

This season has yet to air in the United States, but several episodes can be found on YouTube.

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
27 1 "Sinister Romance" Kevin Micallef Richard Clark September 6, 2008 (2008-09-06)
A sibling rivalry between Insectiva and her hated twin sister Arachnidia may wreck the city...but Ty and Abby must also resolve their own conflict.
28 2 "Flushed Away" Kevin Micallef Matt Sheppo September 7, 2008 (2008-09-07)
When alligators start showing up in people's toilets, doing your business becomes risky business. Meanwhile, inventor, T.P. Skinner starts selling the Gator-Guard 5000, a gator-in-the-toilet trapping system, so Abby considers him a prime suspect...or is he?
29 3 "Vertigo A Go-Go" Kevin Micallef Robert Pincombe, Shelley Hoffmann September 20, 2008 (2008-09-20)
Lance Boil has planted a nanodevice in Abby's ear, and those of many other students, causing serious vertigo, as well as complete control of their every move. Ty's refusal to clean his own ears has led to a buildup of ear wax, making him the only one immune to Boil's weapon.
30 4 "Sloppy Joe to Go" Kevin Micallef Robert Pincombe, Shelley Hoffmann September 27, 2008 (2008-09-27)
Apparently renouncing his life of crime, Sloppy Joe has found an honest business venture, a fast food joint. But his overly-generous portions are actually part of a rather distasteful plot.
31 5 "Hairless Whispers" Kevin Micallef Jermeny Wrinkles October 4, 2008 (2008-10-04)
Frederick Follicle, a disgruntled former hair stylist with super-powered body hair, launches a hair-removal satellite into space, and Abby is among his first victims.
32 6 "Stinko" Kevin Micallef Richard Clark October 11, 2008 (2008-10-11)
The city's entire supply of deodorant has been stolen...during a heat wave! To make matters worse, Sloppy Joe has made showering impossible, by clogging the city's water reservoir with his armpit hair.
33 7 "Mold Monster" Kevin Micallef Robert Pincombe, Shelley Hoffmann November 1, 2008 (2008-11-01)
What's a little gross-crime in the name of the truth? Roger Pink-Eye steps up his attempts to solve the mystery behind Ty's and Abby's extra-curricular activities by creating a Mold Monster (by infesting cheese with black mold) to out our heroes as Grossologists! Will Ty and Abby get the double smackdown, defeat by a moldy monster and so long secret identity?
34 8 "When Allergies Attack" TBA TBA November 8, 2008 (2008-11-08)
With Lance Boil's new super allergy-causing ray-gun wreaking havoc with Ty's love life and almost splitting up our dynamic duo (Lab Rat and Hermes that is, when Lab Rat develops an allergy to the little guy), it doesn't look like things could get worse. That is, until Lance Boil decides to drop a giant Allergy Bomb on this year's Carnival crowd.
35 9 "Pussed Off" TBA TBA November 15, 2008 (2008-11-15)
When Ringworm High students mysteriously come down with a major case of pimple-itis (zits here, there and everywhere), Ty and Abby turn to an imprisoned Lance Boil for help solving the crime. Never short on plans of his own, Lance sends the Grossologists on a wild goose chase, giving him the perfect opportunity for a pus-villain team up.
36 10 "Ask the Dust Mites" TBA TBA November 22, 2008 (2008-11-22)
Lab Rat invents shrink ray...but in the process accidentally made giant dust mites. Attempting to correct his mistake, he only makes things worse by accidentally shrinking Paige.
37 11 "Turd Wars" TBA TBA November 29, 2008 (2008-11-29)
When an army of giant dung beetles has stolen all the manure from nearby farmland, as part of Insectiva's evil plan. Meanwhile, Abby is forced to serve as the school's Hall Monitor, and help keep it clean...but Paige is determined to make her task impossible.
38 12 "Spa Insectiva" TBA TBA January 21, 2009 (2009-01-21)
When an ultra-exclusive spa opens, everyone goes gaga for its new line of bug-based creams, gels, and oils, created by Insectiva. Petunia Archer is given a free demonstration, but Abby suspects a hidden motive.
39 13 "Ain't Over Till the Fat Man Sings" TBA TBA January 22, 2009 (2009-01-22)
When a disgraced opera star returns to the stage, he's only singing one note: revenge! But his new opera stylings aren't music to anyone's ears, unless super-powerful and destructive burps are your thing.
40 14 "Candy Isn't Dandy" TBA TBA February 6, 2009 (2009-02-06)
When Gary Gumdrop, the ultimate candy man, hits town with his new treat, Gary's Gooey Gobbles, Ty's in heaven. This candy's delicious and good for your teeth...or is it?
41 15 "Swamp Gas" TBA TBA February 13, 2009 (2009-02-13)
As floating balls of light cause power outages across town, everyone fears aliens are among us, except for the Grossologists, who are certain it is merely swamp gas. But when a giant one-eyed mechanical monster attacks them in the swamp, it might be time for a second opinion.
42 16 "Squirm" TBA Matt Sheppo February 20, 2009 (2009-02-20)
It's time for an Archer Family daughter/mother and father/son adventure while Ty and Abby take on extreme sports together as brother and sister with their friends Petunia and Harvey take on a Motocross Championship
43 17 "Let Them Eat Fruitcake" TBA TBA TBA
It's Christmas time, and everyone but Abby is feeling the Christmas spirit, especially Sloppy Joe. But while Abby is suspicious of Joe's good intentions, Lance Boil attempts to ruin Christmas with his bacteria-ridden fruitcakes.
44 18 "New Recruits" TBA TBA February 27, 2009 (2009-02-27)
Ty complains of boredom, and considers resigning from the Bureau of Grossology, when yet another mission to foil Lance Boil is deemed "too easy." Shocked by this attitude, Abby relates how they had become Grossologists in the first place...and they find out that their latest "success" isn't what it seems.
45 19 "Pinkeye & The Brain" TBA TBA March 6, 2009 (2009-03-06)
Lance Boil's been kidnapped, and there is a long list of suspects! Could it be Insectiva? Sloppy Joe? No, it's Roger Pinkeye! That's right, Roger's got Lance and he wants to know all of Abby's and Ty's Grossology secrets. And if the Grossologists don't find him fast, Lance just might spill the beans.
46 20 "Pinkeye's Revenge (Part I)" TBA Richard Clark March 13, 2009 (2009-03-13)
Lance Boil and Roger Pinkeye have teamed up, and they've got a plan. They're going to make Roger's dream come true; he's going to become a Grossologist. All it's going to take is an army of rats and an evil clone of Abby! Too bad Roger's not watching out for the Lance Boil double cross!
47 21 "Pinkeye's Revenge (Part II)" TBA Richard Clark March 23, 2009 (2009-03-23)
With Abby a prisoner, her evil clone working an inside job at the Bureau of Grossology, and Ty and Lab Rat off the team, Lance Boil looks unstoppable! Now there's only three people!
48 22 "Fangs A Lot" TBA TBA June 15, 2009 (2009-06-15)
When Professor Skinner's newest creation, Slitherbuddies (cute, genetically modified little snakes) hit the stores, everyone goes crazy for them. So crazy, in fact, that they ignore an emergency recall, until their slitherbuddies molt and become giant and deadly genetically modified snakes. Then they can't get rid of them fast enough. Except for Abby, who just can't seem to let go of her deadly new pet!
49 23 "Hirsute Yourself" TBA TBA June 26, 2009 (2009-06-26)
When a hairy epidemic hits, you know Frederick Follicle is back in town. But this time, he's not just controlling his own hair, he's controlling everyone else's!
50 24 "Pucker Up" TBA TBA TBA
Insectiva and Sloppy Joe are out to ruin Valentine's Day and it's up to the Grossolgists to stop them.!
51 25 "The Fart Side of the Moon" TBA Matt Sheppo July 1, 2009 (2009-07-01)
He's back and more explosive than ever, Fartor! And this time his flatulent plan is on an epic scale. He's planning to send the universe's gassiest meteor on a collision course with Earth. But before he turns our atmosphere into one big fart, he has to overcome Ty, Abby, and Lab Rat in space! Lab Rat in space?! This is possible after a new exact spacecraft clone of the Gag Lab is introduced. Will the Grossologists stop Fartor before earth becomes a gas planet literally?
52 26 "Night of the Living Roadkill" TBA TBA October 24, 2009 (2009-10-24)
In the series finale, Darko Crevasse returns with an eye to ruin Halloween using an army of zombie roadkill animals!

DVD releases[edit]

The first official DVD release for this series was issued in Australia on July 2008. Two volumes are available so far:

  • Grossology – Vol. 1: The Perfect Stink (Region 4 – Australia, PAL)
    • Released: Wednesday, July 9, 2008
    • Price: A$17.97
    • Label: Magna Pacific
    • Specs: Widescreen (16:9 Enhanced), Stereo (Dolby Digital 2.0)
    • Running Time: 132 Minutes
    • Special Features: None
    • Episodes Included: "Queen For A Day", "The Slim Slime Man", "Fartzilla", "The Perfect Stink", "This Scab's for You", "When You Gotta Go"
  • Grossology – Vol. 2: Yack Attack (Region 4 – Australia, PAL)
    • Released: Wednesday, July 9, 2008
    • Price: A$17.97
    • Label: Magna Pacific
    • Specs: Widescreen (16:9 Enhanced), Stereo (Dolby Digital 2.0)
    • Running Time: 110 Minutes
    • Special Features: None
    • Episodes Included: "Club Parasites", "Go Fish", "Gotta Be The Shoes", "Owl Most Fowl", "Yack Attack",

September 2008 saw the first official DVD release in the series' native Canada. One volume is available so far:

  • Grossology: The Perfect Stink (Region 1 – USA/Canada, NTSC)
    • Released: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
    • Price: CAN $15.99
    • ASIN: B001CQS7C4
    • Label: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • Specs: Widescreen (16:9 Enhanced), Stereo (Dolby Digital 2.0)
    • Running Time: 90 Minutes
    • Special Features: Bonus episode of Di-Gata Defenders
    • Episodes Included: "Queen For A Day", "The Slim Slime Man", "Fartzilla", "The Perfect Stink".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ytv.com
  2. ^ Episode 13, "Kid Rot"
  3. ^ Bradford I. Graham. "The Grahams: Grossology Development". brad-graham.blogspot.com. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 

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