The X's

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The X's
The-X's-01.jpg
Clockwise from top left: Trudy X, Tucker X, Truman X, and Tuesday X .
Genre Comedy
Action
Created by Carlos Ramos
Directed by Dave Marshall
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s) Carlos Ramos
Producer(s) Dave Marshall (supervising)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release November 25, 2005 (2005-11-25) – December 13, 2006 (2006-12-13)
External links
Website www.nick.com/x

The X's is an American animated television series created by Carlos Ramos for Nickelodeon. It centers on a family of spies who must conceal their identity from the outside world, but often have trouble in doing so. It was short-lived, with one season and 20 episodes.

Synopsis[edit]

The X's work for SUPERIOR. Tucker and Trudy X have their daughter named Tuesday, their younger son named Truman and many gadgets at their disposal. An organization called S.N.A.F.U. (Society of Nefarious and Felonious Undertakings) is continually trying to cause trouble for the X's through their plans to take over the world.

Characters[edit]

SUPERIOR[edit]

  • Tucker X (voiced by Patrick Warburton) – Family patriarch, team leader of the X's and the main protagonist of the series. Tucker is the typical sixties expert at hand-to-hand combat. He is similar to James Bond and Maxwell Smart. Although he is a competent spy, he struggles with many everyday issues such as remembering his name. He is also an excellent cook and is a very strict and stern person. In one episode, his shoe phone self-destructed as a parody of both Get Smart and Mission Impossible.
  • Trudy X (voiced by Wendie Malick) – Second in command and combat specialist of the X's. Trudy is fully trained in hand-to-hand combat and martial arts, but she is a repulsive cook. She is an expert at tennis. Trudy is known for administering savage beatings to Glowface (sometimes twice). Her clothing resembles Star Trek uniforms.
  • Tuesday X (voiced by Lynsey Bartilson) – Tucker and Trudy's oldest daughter and missions investigator. Tuesday is the most normal of the team, despite her rather extreme punk-rock garb and frequently changing hair-color. She is also the most knowledgeable of "real-world" behavior, which the other family members either misunderstand or ignore outright. She definitely takes after her mother in savagery and fighting skills, but at heart Tuesday is a genuine teenager who wants to do other things besides spy missions with her family. She easily gets annoyed with Truman for making fun of the size of her huge butt, despite that, she behaves like a caring sister like in the episode "You Only Sneeze Twice" when Truman's look-alike robot was about to explode, she became worried and in another episode "From Crusha With Love" she guided Truman with his date by advising him.
  • Truman X (voiced by Jansen Panettiere) – Tucker and Trudy's youngest son and technology expert. Truman is the smartest of all the Xs. His radiation "experiments" cause so many "meltdowns" that the local Decontamination Squad are on a first name basis with the "X"s. The enfant terrible of the "X"s, Trueman can sometimes be a nuisance and make trouble.
  • Rex X (vocal effects provided by Dee Bradley Baker) – Truman's dog he got on his 9th birthday from Sasquatch. Rex was meant to kill Truman with Sasquatch controlling Rex with his mind control roar, but after Truman wouldn't fight him because he thought he would finally have the perfect birthday with him and Truman told about all the good times they had. After those words Rex broke free from the mind control and also all the other animals. Later, Rex became an honorary member for SUPERIOR. His first appearance was in "Boy's Best Fiend" and has since appeared in other episodes such as To Err Is Truman".
  • Home Base (voiced by Stephen Root) – Home Base describes itself in the title sequence of The X's as "the house they live in", but Home Base is most likely the name for the computerized brain that runs the functions of their house (neither Tucker nor Trudy appear to be competent about household chores, though Tucker can mow the grass). Home Base serves as advisor, SUPERIOR contact and mission alert for the Xs, and can be contacted from the X-Jet. It also serves as the (somewhat beleaguered) voice of reason in the family. Seen from above, Home Base is shaped like an X. He is clearly inspired on HAL 9000, the famous board computer of the Jupiter mission in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey".
  • The Y's – The Ys', or "Y's Guys" (wise guys) known by The X's. They seem to be of Indian descent. They are also spies, but better. They are The X's rival family, even though once they gave them a cappuccino maker. The Y's once wanted to force The X's to give up their job as SUPERIOR agents so they could be replaced by them. They too have a computerized brain that runs their house, but is more sophisticated than Home Base. One of their fans is Glowface.
    • Steven Y (voiced by Ronobir Lahiri) – Similar to Tucker.
    • Sasha Y – (voiced by Susan Pari) Similar to Trudy.
    • Seven Y – (voiced by Soleil Moon Frye) Similar to Tuesday.
    • Scout Y (voiced by Laura Marano) – Similar to Truman, but is a girl instead of a boy.
  • The Z's – The Z's are destroyed by the Y's. Truman stated that SUPERIOR said that their death was an accident, but the Y's hinted that their death was no more accident, but was caused by the Y's

Villains[edit]

  • S.N.A.F.U. – Short for Society of Nefarious and Felonious Undertakings, S.N.A.F.U. is an evil organization that the X's fight.
    • Glowface (voiced by Chris Hardwick) – The X's arch-enemy, leader of S.N.A.F.U, and the main antagonist of the series. Glowface's head is encased in a glass globe with electrical discharges. He wears a rubber suit and gloves to contain his vast energies. His schemes to get rid of the X's include having Trudy break her leg on a coffee table and sending them coupons for family portraits. Like traditional evil villains, Glowface is megalomaniacal, arrogant, loudmouthed and delusional, but he possesses little sophistication or maturity, and believes himself to be much more of a threat than he actually is. Similar to Dr. Evil from Austin Powers, Doctor Claw from Inspector Gadget, and Ernest Blofield from the James Bond series, he also tends to think up idiotic evil schemes like building a giant ray gun in order to bring the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben to life in order for them to wrestle so he can sell tickets. He has very poor teeth and once had to get braces. Glowface is disdainful of his nephew Brandon's crush on Tuesday. Glowface is also allergic to Zucchini and has an unseen way of eating food. The only thing that Glowface and Tucker have in common are building model train sets.
    • Lorenzo Suave (voiced by Tom Kane) – Member of S.N.A.F.U. and Glowface's right-hand man and butler. Lorenzo seems to be an amalgam of all the villainous second-in-command spy clichés. He is stylishly and impeccably dressed with a mustache, goatee, a scar along one cheek and both an eyepatch and a monocle. Lorenzo is much more intelligent than Glowface, and sometimes has to maneuver him into completing his plans when Glowface begins one of his rants. Though Lorenzo is human, he is most likely S.N.A.F.U.'s mirror to Home Base. He becomes upset when Glowface claims, after he took off his horrid disguise and introduced himself, that no one cares. He along with the S.N.A.F.U. minions are the most commonly appeared S.N.A.F.U. workers of Glowface. One time when Glowface was sick as well as the other S.N.A.F.U. agents, Lorenzo proved to be a better villain than Glowface or any of the others members of S.N.A.F.U. Just as "Glowface" is similar to Dr. Evil, Suave resembles Dr Evil's Number #2 who actually makes his evil organization work. As Tuesday X is the most normal of the X heroines, Suave is the most normal of the S.N.A.F.U. members.
    • Sasquatch (voiced by Randy Savage) – A member of S.N.A.F.U., Sasquatch appears to be an unspecified man-beast and has a roar that can hypnotize or brainwash animals to do his bidding. He is probably the strongest member of S.N.A.F.U. His goal is to return the animals to their rightful place as masters of the planet. He continuously refers to himself in the third person (i.e. "Sasquatch is the mightiest of all!").
    • Brandon (voiced by Jason Schwartzman in "The Spy Who Liked Me", later voiced by David Hornsby) – Member of S.N.A.F.U. and nephew of Glowface. Brandon is a very nice, even somewhat gallant boy, but unfortunately he is working with his uncle as an intern for S.N.A.F.U. He has a crush on Tuesday and the two occasionally date (even planning dates in the midst of a battle) much to the dismay of both the X's (who don't much like the idea of Tuesday dating in general) and Glowface (who doesn't like the idea of Brandon dating the daughter of his nemesis at all). Tucker and Trudy are fairly open-minded about the relationship; on the other hand, Glowface harasses Brandon about his new sort-of girlfriend whenever possible. He tends to treat his uncle's plans with either disdain or apathy, and never really acts as a villain.
    • The Scream Queens – Members of S.N.A.F.U. They are a duo of Banshee-esqe cheerleaders with a sonic boom screech. They have various cameos throughout the series.
    • The McVampires – Members of S.N.A.F.U. The McVampires are a family of hillbilly vampires. They are most likely a parody of the infamous hillbillies the McCoys. The family only appears in "Photo Ops."
    • Bio-Harold – Member of S.N.A.F.U. Bio-Harold is a buff guy in a hazmat suit. He only appears in "Photo Ops" and "Homebody."
    • Missing Link – Member of S.N.A.F.U. Missing Link is a dirty guy who looks like a chimpanzee/human hybrid. He only appears in "Photo Ops."
    • Some Old Guy (voiced by Tom Kane) – An old man. He is not actually a real member of S.N.A.F.U. (he just thought that the photo shop where Glowface tricked the X's was the nickel store). He frequently appears as a joke with the rest of the S.N.A.F.U. agents when Glowface introduces all the S.N.A.F.U. agents present in a battle. His voice volume and dramatic tone increase with each name coming to conclusion with the most dramatic introduction being that of "Some Old Guy".
    • S.N.A.F.U. Minions (voiced by Carlos Ramos) – Glowface's Minions and foot-soldiers of S.N.A.F.U. They wear uniforms with their heads encased in globes. Their faces are never seen, but the silhouettes of their heads are seen in those globes. They have their birthdays celebrated each month on a day called "Cake Day" for any foot soldiers who have their birthday in that month.
  • Copperhead (voiced by Tom Kenny): Half man, half machine. Unlike Glowface, he never stays in one place for long. It was never actually revealed that he is part of S.N.A.F.U., but he is "The most evil of all evil spies". He has power over magnetism (like that of Magneto in X-Men), but he runs on a large battery in his back.

Minor[edit]

  • Kimla Meeks (voiced by Ashley Johnson) Tuseday's 1st friend appeared in "A Truman Scorned", "Theater of War", & "License to Slumber". She is a huge fan of science fiction and is also very knowledgeable about sci-fi movies, comics, etc. Kimla also seems to be somewhat naive as she didn't notice Truman's crush on her and that the X's are spies despite her being presented with proof. She appears to have started talking to Tuesday more after their slumber party as they worked together on a school project later in "A Truman Scorned." A running joke throughout the series involves Kimla's "intergalactic chanting."
  • Brandon (voiced by David Hornsby) in the episode "The Spy Who Liked Me " when the family discovered that she had a boyfriend and while Trudy was shown to be excited and over emotional Tucker was furious, even thinking that Brandon could be a S. N. A. F. U. agent who was sent to steal the secret of S. U. P. E. R. I. O. R. but Tuesday denied it the idea. He made a full appearance when he arrived at the X's house to pick up Tuesday for their date and after the family embarrass her. As he and Tuesday was about to kiss her bracelet rang and she told him she had to do something and cancelled their date, at the same time Brandon's wristband beeped and he left too. Later at a TV Station as Glowface waited for.
  • Skipper Swenson (voiced by Lindsay Sloane) Tuesday's 2nd friend appeared in "License to Slumber". Skipper is generally stuck-up and is rude to Tuesday. She doesn't seem to like Tuesday much and only came to her slumber party because Trudy apparently promised to pay her. Skipper seems to be popular and is also shown to have an interest in beauty.
  • Annasthesia Montiho (voiced by Soleil Moon Frye) Tuesday's 3rd friend appeared in "License To Slumber". She is a goth girl and notices the strange occurrences at Tuesday's slumber party. She also likes to talk about boys.
  • Wally (voiced by Tom Kenny) A friendly neighbor of the X's. He is a devoted father with a wife and child. Wally is generally friendly to the X's when ever he sees them. While he is suspicious of the X's at times, he never catches on that they are spies. Wally first appeared in "Mr. Fix It," and has made appearances in "Mock Tutors," "Y's Up," and "Live and Let Diaper." Although his name is never mentioned in the series, it is listed as Wally in the credits of episodes that featured him.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Written by Storyboard by Original air date
1a "AAIIEE, Robot!" Doug Langdale Jim Smith November 25, 2005 (2005-11-25)
Trudy breaks her leg. To solve this problem, Truman builds a replacement. This doesn't seem to work too well.
1b "Mission: Irresponsible" Carlos Ramos Jim Smith, Roque Ballesteros, Alan Lau & Brad Rau November 25, 2005 (2005-11-25)
Superior decides to take Tucker and Trudy out of their rank because of destroying Stonehenge, putting Truman and Tuesday in command.
2a "License to Slumber" Doug Langdale Vincent Waller November 25, 2005 (2005-11-25)
Mrs. X arranges a slumber party for Tuesday; during it, the family begins to fight Glowface. Tuesday tries to cover up the truth about her family.
2b "Three Days of the Coin Op" Ralph Soll Vincent Waller November 25, 2005 (2005-11-25)
Truman's unauthorized upgrade of Home Base forces the computer offline for a day.
3a "Photo Ops" Gene Grillo Carlos Ramos, Carl Greenblatt, Erik C. Wiese, Carey Yost & Joe Daniello December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02)
The X's get a family portrait taken to try to blend in as a normal family.
3b "Boy's Best Fiend" Mike Ryan Li Hong December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02)
After missing every Birthday celebration, because of the missions, Truman gets a puppy for his birthday and names it Rex, but it turns out it was from Sasquatch, a S.N.A.F.U agent, who had turned all of the U.N leaders into animals.
4a "Mr. Fix It" John Behnke & Rob Humphrey Li Hong December 9, 2005 (2005-12-09)
Tucker continues trying to be a normal dad. He learns that normal dads fix things, so that's what he begins to do.
4b "Doommates" John Behnke & Rob Humphrey Li Hong, Chong Lee & Jim Smith December 9, 2005 (2005-12-09)
Truman and Tuesday have to share a room.
5a "Secret Agent Manual" Doug Langdale Carlos Ramos December 16, 2005 (2005-12-16)
Trudy and the kids trick Tucker into giving them stuff they want by rewriting his official spy manual to include the items they desire.
5b "The Spy Who Liked Me" Gene Grillo Vincent Waller December 16, 2005 (2005-12-16)
Tuesday's first date is with a guy who's too good to be true: in fact, he's a spy working undercover for Glowface.
6a "To Err is Truman" Earl Kress Roque Ballesteros, Alan Lau & Brad Rau January 13, 2006 (2006-01-13)
Truman attempts to be good and refrain from pulling pranks for one entire day, so that he will be allowed to join his family at the "world's greatest" amusement park.
6b "No More Mrs. Nice X" Doug Langdale Louie del Carmen January 13, 2006 (2006-01-13)
Trudy is filled with peace and tranquility after she returns from a retreat, but unfortunately these qualities prove useless when confronting Glowface.
7a "On Her Majesty's Postal Service" Scott Peterson Li Hong & Andy Kelly February 3, 2006 (2006-02-03)
Tucker gets a job as a mail man.
7b "Pinheads" Duane Colbert & Shahrzad Warkentin Jim Smith February 3, 2006 (2006-02-03)
Tuesday wants the family to learn how to bowl.
8a "From Crusha with Love" John Behnke & Rob Humphrey Andy Kelly February 17, 2006 (2006-02-17)
A girl at school picks on Truman. He finds out that it is because she likes him.
8b "Xcitement" John Behnke & Rob Humphrey Andy Kelly February 17, 2006 (2006-02-17)
Tucker has a dirty little secret that's locking him away from being a spy and hanging with his family. But what could it be?
9a "You Only Sneeze Twice" Carlos Ramos Li Hong February 24, 2006 (2006-02-24)
The entire family gets sick, except for Tuesday. But what will they do when Tuesday gets called out on a mission?
9b "X Takes a Holiday" Doug Langdale Li Hong, Andy Kelly, Carlos Ramos & Marcelo Souza February 24, 2006 (2006-02-24)
Tucker and Trudy go on a relaxing date. But while they're away, Tuesday and Truman throw a party. Then Glowface attacks Homebase.
10a "Mock Tutors" John Behnke & Rob Humphrey Andy Kelly March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03)
Truman and Tuesday are failing their cooking and tennis classes (Tuesday with cooking; Truman with tennis) and are forced to go to Summer School if they fail even more. So they try to help them with those subjects. Trudy helps Tuesday and Tucker helps Truman; the only problem is that Trudy {a good tennis player} is a terrible cook and Tucker {a good cook} is a terrible tennis player!
10b "Meddle Mouth" John Behnke & Rob Humphrey Jim Smith March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03)
Truman finds the perfect opportunity to irritate Tuesday when she gets braces. He interferes with her braces and makes her act crazy.
11a "Family Issues" Tracy Berna Li Hong March 17, 2006 (2006-03-17)
In their continuous effort to be like "normal families," the X's visit a family counselor to see what kind of issues "normal families" have.
11b "Truman's Choice" Doug Langdale Roque Ballesteros, Alan Lau & Brad Rau March 17, 2006 (2006-03-17)
Truman gets a chance to capture the most wanted villain, which is Copperhead. The family begins to suck up to him in order to get to capture Copperhead with him.
12a "Wealth vs. Stealth" Doug Langdale Li Hong, Andy Kelly & Carlos Ramos April 7, 2006 (2006-04-07)
When the X's win a billion dollars, they must balance their new fame and fortune with their spy work.
12b "Wee House" John Behnke & Rob Humphrey Jim Smith April 7, 2006 (2006-04-07)
Sick and tired of being short, Truman builds a small replica of Homebase for him to live in until he misses his family.
13 "Truman X: Super Villain" Carlos Ramos Li Hong, Andy Kelly, Carlos Ramos & Jim Smith June 16, 2006 (2006-06-16)
When the X's punish Truman for hotdogging a mission and blowing up the X jet by selling all his spy gadgets, Glowface convinces the boy to join S.N.A.F.U. His first mission: destroy the X's, but Truman becomes good again and apologizes to his family and rejoins the X's and Superior before they can defeat Glowface and Tucker and Trudy give Truman back his spy gadgets.
14a "A Truman Scorned" Scott Peterson Andy Kelly September 22, 2006 (2006-09-22)
Truman has a crush on Tuesday’s friend Kimla. Truman realizes there’s only one way to get past this "little kid" thing – he has to tell her he’s really an international super spy. Not surprisingly, Kimla doesn’t believe him. What is surprising is that she continues to disbelieve his story even when he sneaks her along on a mission and the truth is right in front of her nose.
14b "Y's Up" Rob Humphrey & John Behnke Andy Kelly & Jim Smith September 22, 2006 (2006-09-22)
The archenemies of the Xs, the Ys, move in next door. The Xs suspect that they are up to no good, but can prove nothing until the Ys show their true agenda.
15a "Quit Your Day Job" Tracy Berna Jim Smith September 29, 2006 (2006-09-29)
When Tuesday is suspicious of Brandon, the X's find out he is a part-time S.N.A.F.U. agent.
15b "Missing Home" Doug Langdale Carlos Ramos September 29, 2006 (2006-09-29)
Homebase explodes when the X's forget his birthday. Without Homebase, the X's need to survive on their own.
16a "Live and Let Diaper" Carlos Ramos Carlos Ramos October 6, 2006 (2006-10-06)
The X's have to watch a neighbor's baby, and they can't change its diaper. Will they be able to ever change a diaper?
16b "In-Law Enforcement" J.G. Quintel Carlos Ramos October 6, 2006 (2006-10-06)
The X's try to prevent Trudy's parents from realizing that they're spies when they come for a visit.
17a "Train Rex" Rob Humphrey & John Behnke Andy Kelly October 13, 2006 (2006-10-13)
After the X's go on a mission, Truman has a single day to train Rex or else he will go to the pound.
17b "Homebody" Rob Humphrey & John Behnke Stephen DeStefano & Andy Kelly October 13, 2006 (2006-10-13)
Truman creates a body for Homebase so he could carry the Xs' weapons, which the X's do not like.
18 "The Haunting of Homebase" Rob Humphrey & John Behnke Li Hong, Andy Kelly, Michael Mullen, Carlos Ramos & Jim Smith October 27, 2006 (2006-10-27)
Truman attempts to scare his family and turns Homebase into a haunted house, but Glowface takes control of the Homebase and soon, Tuesday, Tucker, and Trudy are zombies. Can Truman stop Glowface's evil plot before his brain is eaten?
19a "Accidental Hero" Carlos Ramos & Jim Smith Doug Langdale November 25, 2006 (2006-11-25)
Truman saves a baby from one of his own paintball traps and is hailed as a hero; Tuesday tries to expose him.
19b "Untied" Carlos Ramos & Jim Smith Doug Langdale November 25, 2006 (2006-11-25)
After his tie reflects off onto Glowface's base walls, he suffers a tie loss. He now can't fight. Can the other X's save him from his loss of "tie-tie", or will the X's become nothing?
20a "Theater of War" Doug Langdale Carlos Ramos December 13, 2006 (2006-12-13)
Brandon will do Romeo in the school play, and Seven Y competes with Tuesday to see who will be Juliet in the play.
20b "Breaking Camp" Rob Humphrey & John Behnke Andy Kelly & Jean Texier December 13, 2006 (2006-12-13)
Tucker takes Truman to his favourite childhood camp, hoping he'll love it too. Turns out he doesn't, much to Tucker's dismay.

Broadcast[edit]

Nickelodeon aired 3 episodes for the premiere of The X's on November 25, 2005 at 8:00 PM. The show's regular schedule started with the episode, "Mr. Fix It / Doommates," on December 9, 2005 at 8:30 PM. The majority of the first 13 episodes premiered Friday nights at 8:30 PM. The first half-hour special, "Truman X: Super Villain," aired on June 16, 2006 at 8:00 PM. The airing of the remaining 7 episodes started with the episode "A Truman Scorned / Y's Up," on September 22, 2006 at 9:30 PM. The majority of the remaining 7 episodes premiered Friday nights at 9:30 PM. The Halloween special, "The Haunting of Homebase," aired on October 27, 2006 at 9:30 PM. The episode, "Accidental Hero / Untied" aired on November 25, 2006 at 8:52 PM. This odd time slot is due to an event during commercials called "WACK." The series concluded with the airing of "Theater of War / Breaking Camp" on December 13, 2006. Nicktoons aired reruns of the series until October 13, 2008. Several years later, Nicktoons reran 3 episodes from December 13 to December 20, 2015 as a part of their "Nicktoons Holladays" marathon.

Home media[edit]

While the series never saw any full-season releases, there were select episodes included with certain Nick Picks volumes.

DVD name Episode count Release date Episodes include
SxEs Title
Nick Picks Vol. 4 1 June 6, 2006 1x03a Photo Ops
Nick Picks Vol. 5 March 13, 2007 1x05a Secret Agent Manual
Nick Picks Vol. 6 N/A 1x18 The Haunting of Homebase

Awards[edit]

Despite the show's short run and mixed critical reviews, The X's received numerous accolades, including three Annie Award nominations.[1]

Year Award Category Nominee Episode Result
2006 Artios Best Animated Voice-Over Television Casting Sarah Noonan and Meredith Layne  — Won
2006 Annie Award Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production Hong Li "You Only Sneeze Twice" Won
2006 Annie Award Character Design in an Animated Television Production Carlos Ramos "Homebody" Nominated
2006 Annie Award Character Design in an Animated Television Production Eric Robles "You Only Sneeze Twice" Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ * The X's on IMDb

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