6teen, originally titled The Mall, is a Canadian 2D-animated teen comedy drama television series created by Jennifer Pertsch and Tom McGillis which originally aired for four seasons and 93 episodes on Teletoon from November 7, 2004 until February 11, 2010.[1][2]

6teen Intertitle.jpg
Created by
Directed byKaren Lessman
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Donald "Don" Breithaupt
  • Anthony Vanderburgh
Opening theme6Teen Theme by Phil Naro
Ending theme6Teen Theme (instrumental)
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes93 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Scott Dyer
  • Doug Murphy
  • Tom McGillis
  • Jennifer Pertsch
  • George Elliott (S3-4)
  • Brian Irving (S3-4)
  • Jaelyn Galbraith (line producer; (S2)
  • Tom McGillis (S1)
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original network
Picture format480i
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseNovember 7, 2004 (2004-11-07) –
February 11, 2010 (2010-02-11)

Majority-directed by Karen Lessman and produced by Nelvana and Fresh TV for two seasons each, it also aired in the U.S. on Nickelodeon from 18 December 2005 to 13 May 2006 and on Cartoon Network (along with Total Drama Island and Stoked) from October 23, 2008 until June 21, 2010. Nelvana produced 78 of the overall 93 episodes[3] and 2 45-minute television specials.[4][5]

As of February 2023, it is available in various compilation bundles on YouTube.[6]


This show is targeted at the preadolescent and teenage demographic, and focuses on the cast of six 16-year-old friends; Jude Lizowski, Jennifer 'Jen' Masterson, Nicole 'Nikki' Wong, Jonesy Garcia, Caitlin Cooke and Wyatt Williams, in common and typical teenage shenanigans, including their first part-time/full-time jobs, romance in terms of infatuations and relationships, first bank accounts and a sweet taste of freedom. The plots take place almost entirely in a megaplex shopping mall known as the Galleria Mall, which is a cross between the Toronto Eaton Centre and the West Edmonton Mall. The show is rated TV-PG due to suggestive language, kissing scenes and stunt acts.


Nikki finds herself stuck working at a clothing store known as The Khaki Barn, or "KB" for short, where she would not shop herself and has to grapple with three intimalely-looking girls. Jen has found her dream job at a sporting goods store, but sometimes makes mistakes. As a running gag, Jonesy manages to get fired from a new job at a store in almost every episode with a few exceptions. Wyatt falls hopelessly in love with his older co-worker called Sarina at coffee shop they work at. Jude works at various odd jobs throughout the show (including a fast food kiosk, a video rental shop and at the mall's hockey rink). Caitlin endures the daily humiliation of working at the lowest store in the mall's hierarchy of cool, a giant lemon-shaped lemonade stand known as "The Big Squeeze" where she's required to wear a hat shaped like a lemon as a part of her uniform. Throughout its run with the exception of four episodes, Jen and Caitlin looks out for and strive to go out with handsome guys only to get dumped towards their conclusions for baseless and confusing reasons.

Production and reunionEdit

Fascinated and surprised by preteen-aged children watching adult-targeted sitcoms on the basis of their smart writing, fast-paced dialogue and various plot lines at the time, the show's co-creator Tom McGillis told locally-based Media Caster Magazine about making a show (this show) with the working title of The Mall in reference to shopping and teenage antics at the Toronto Eaton Centre.[7]

Among the team of writers and directors for the show include Sean Cullen (The Sean Cullen Show), George Westerholm (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Gary Hurst, Alice Prodanou and Hugh Duffy. The series' main characters were designed by Brad Coombs and the music composed by Donald "Don" Breithaupt and Anthony Vanderburgh.

The show was produced with a then newly-implemented hybrid-2D-computer animation animation software called "Opus" through a development partnership between Teletoon, Nelvana and Montreal-based acclaimed animation software company Toon Boom Animation.

An acoustic version of the theme music by Brian Melo is included in the show's final episode, "Bye Bye Nikki?".

A special reunion public-service announcement video titled "Vote, Dude!" was released on YouTube on 12 September 2018,[8] with the original voice cast reprising their respective roles to raise awareness for voting in the 2018 US midterm elections, though no plans to bring back the show have been announced.


From L-R Jen, Caitlin, Jude, Wyatt, Nikki and Jonesy.
Character Voice artist Description
Jude Lizowski Christian Potenza An easy-going Jewish 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.[9]
Caitlin Cooke Brooke D'Orsay A peppy, spoiled blonde-haired English Canadian girl with a love for shopping. Originally having never joined the group, she became their friend when she started working to show her father she can earn money after she maxed out her credit card. Throughout the show (except for four episodes), she and Jen keep their eye out for and frequent go out with handsome guys only to get dumped towards their conclusions for confusing and baseless reasons; they also set either their friend(s) or other strangers on dates which end up getting awry.
Jonesy Garcia Terry McGurrin A tall, flirtatious Latin Canadian boy, the prankster 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. A running gag throughout the show is Josney getting fired after he gets a new job at the mall.
Nicole 'Nikki' Wong Stacey DePass A rebellious punk Chinese Canadian girl with a quick, sarcastic wit and is in a relationship with Jonesy Garcia. A younger version of Nikki made a cameo appearance in the second episode of Total DramaRama (similar to Jude's age), titled "Duck Duck Juice".
Jennifer 'Jen' Masterson Megan Fahlenbock A responsible, athletic Irish Canadian girl and the tomboy of the group. Her mother remarries to Jonesy's father, reluctantly making the pair step-siblings. Jen also has a controlling side and often pushes herself in other people's business. Throughout the show (except for four episodes), she and Caitlin keep their eye out for and frequently go out with handsome guys only to get dumped towards their conclusions for confusing and baseless reasons; they also set either their friend(s) or other strangers on dates which end up getting awry.
Wyatt Williams Jess Gibbons A music-loving African Canadian boy with a caffeine addiction. He is the sensitive and "reasonable voice" artist of the group. Although having a much softer demeanour to him, he along with Nikki often become objective of the group. He frequently verbally and with action express his infatuations with his older co-worker at a music disc store named Sarina, often taking her words of breaking up too seriously for the group's liking.



SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
127November 7, 2004 (2004-11-07)June 22, 2005 (2005-06-22)
227November 2, 2005 (2005-11-02)December 21, 2006 (2006-12-21)
326September 5, 2007 (2007-09-05)April 25, 2008 (2008-04-25)
413September 10, 2009 (2009-09-10)February 11, 2010 (2010-02-11)
WebisodeSeptember 12, 2018 (2018-09-12)

United StatesEdit

Season Episodes First Air date Last Air date
1 27
  • 18 December 2005 (Nick)
  • 23 October 2008 (CN)
  • 13 May 2006 (Nick)
  • 25 March 2010 (CN)
2 27 11 November 2008 (CN) 3 November 2009 (CN)
3 26 26 November 2008 (CN) 10 November 2009 (CN)
4 13 5 April 2010 (CN) 21 June 2010 (CN)

Reception and honoursEdit

The show has received critical acclaim locally throughout its run, including its ranking among Teletoon's Top 10 for children aged 10+ in the bilingual markets in the winter/spring season of 2005 as well as being the only Canadian production to be nominated for that year's Italian "TV Series for All Audiences" Pulcinella Award.[10] Furthermore, it received an award from the Alliance for Children and Television for being the best of children's television to fall under the 9–14 age group on 2 June 2007. Carole Bonneau, the then-vice-president of programming at Teletoon, has remarked about the show:

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.[10]

Locally, the show garners about 2.5 million viewers each episode and in the United States, specifically on Cartoon Network, 1.8 million viewers each episode. It soon became one of the network's top shows between October 2008 and September 2009 with the steady increase in ratings up to its peak of 3.7 million viewers on 11 June 2009 following the season premiere of Total Drama Action. As time went on, starting in October 2009, the show declined in ratings falling to its lowest rating at 1.6 million viewers for its 21 June 2010 series finale.

In 2009, the show won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Original Song (Main Title and Promo) for its theme song which was performed by Phil Naro.[11]


Because the show was targeted towards mature children (preteens and teenagers), 24 out of the 93 produced episodes were considered too risqué or inappropriate by its American broadcasters Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, leading to either their censorship or removals.[a] With the legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada occurring around the time of the series' release, many of its episodes included references and innuendos to homosexuality, most of which were censored in the U.S.[12] Other censorships and bans in the U.S. included a plot line that focused on shoplifting and nude images that were modified from the series' original blur-out to a full black bar.


  1. ^ See those censored/removed episodes from American broadcast at List of 6teen episodes.


  1. ^ "TELETOON Salutes 6TEEN with On Air and Online send-off". Channel Canada. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Press Release - 6TEEN LIVE-ACTION TV MOVIE IN DEVELOPMENT AT FRESH TV" (Press release). Corus Entertainment. 12 February 2008. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  3. ^ "– Shows - 6teen". Nelvana. Archived from the original on 15 September 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 15 September 2020
  4. ^ "– Shows - 6teen: Dude of the Living Dead". Nelvana. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  5. ^ "– Shows - 6teen: Snow Job". Nelvana. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  6. ^ "6Teen Marathon". Retro Rerun. 12 December 2022. Retrieved 31 January 2023 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ Guillotte, Pascale; Bonneau, Carole (12 October 2004). "6teen Press Release". Media Caster Magazine. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2007.
  8. ^ Vote, Dude! (PSA) - 6Teen Reunion 2018. Christian Potenza (as TheChristianPotenza). 12 September 2018. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2018 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (17 December 2017). "Pint-Sized Prequel 'Total Drama Daycare' Announced". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Corus Entertainment – Press Corporate". Corus Entertainment. 14 April 2005. Archived from the original on 25 February 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2007.
  11. ^ "Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards - Creative Arts Winners Announced". Emmy Awards. Archived from the original on 24 November 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  12. ^ Bein, Sierra (17 September 2018). "Cult Cartoon '6Teen' is Back in a Really Weird Way". VICE. Retrieved 1 October 2018.

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