6teen (originally titled The Mall) is a Canadian animated comedy television series originally produced by Nelvana, with the final season produced by Fresh TV. It began airing on November 7, 2004 on Teletoon. In the United States, the series first aired on Nickelodeon on December 18, 2005, and was removed from the schedule on May 13, 2006. The show was later broadcast on Cartoon Network on October 23, 2008 until June 21, 2010.
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||93 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Picture format||480i (4:3 SDTV)|
|Original release||November 7, 2004 –|
February 11, 2010
|Nelvana production website|
|Fresh TV production website|
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 North America, and the first four seasons are available on the streaming service Tubi. A special reunion PSA titled "Vote, Dude!" was released on September 12, 2018, with the original 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.
6teen is an animated comedy for older children, preteens, and teenagers. The plots take place almost entirely in a megaplex shopping mall known as the Galleria mall. The Galleria mall is a cross between the Toronto Eaton Centre and the West Edmonton Mall. The series follows the cast of six 16-year-old friends in everyday lives, including their first part-time jobs. The show is rated TV-PG.
6teen is focused on the common issues related to teenagers. The main characters are: Jude, Jen, Nikki, Jonesy, Caitlin, and Wyatt. They deal with first infatuations, 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 almost every episode with a few exceptions. Wyatt falls hopelessly in love with his older co-worker. Jude works at the Food on a stick. 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. Due to this software ensures smoother animation and eliminates the need for black trace lines, the program can be designed 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, alongside Sean Cullen (The Sean Cullen Show), and George Westerholm (This Hour Has 22 Minutes). On the subject of their work, McGillis explained,
Our biggest goal was to connect with our audience. What surprised us was not the fact that kids were watching adult sitcoms, but why they were watching them. They recognize and appreciate smart writing. So, although 6TEEN's subject matter is aimed at kids, the writing style is classic sitcom, with fast-paced dialogue, and multiple plot lines.
The series' main characters were designed by Brad Coombs. Music 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 provides 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|
|Jude Lizowski||Christian Potenza||He is an easygoing 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.|
|Caitlin Cooke||Brooke D'Orsay||She is a peppy, spoiled blonde-haired 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.|
|Jonesy Garcia||Terry McGurrin||He is a tall, flirtatious Latino 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.|
|Nicole 'Nikki' Wong||Stacey DePass||She is a rebellious Chinese Canadian punk 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||She is a responsible, athletic girl, the tomboy of the group. Her mother remarries to Jonesy's father, reluctantly making the pair step-siblings.|
|Wyatt Williams||Jess Gibbons||He is a Black Canadian music-loving boy with a caffeine addiction.|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||27||November 7, 2004||June 22, 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|
|Webisode||September 12, 2018|
|Season||Episodes||First Airdate||Last Airdate|
|Season 1||27||December 18, 2005 (Nickelodeon)
October 23, 2008 (CN)
|May 13, 2006 (Nickelodeon)|
March 25, 2010 (CN)
|Season 2||27||November 11, 2008 (CN)||November 3, 2009 (CN)|
|Season 3||26||November 26, 2008 (CN)||November 10, 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 in Canada. 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 United States, 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.
Because 6teen was targeted towards a more mature audience (preteens and teenagers), certain episodes were considered too risque or inappropriate by the US channels Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. This led to 24 episodes being censored or removed in the United States.[circular reference] With Canada's legalization of same-sex marriage occurring around the time of the series' release, many episodes of 6teen included references and innuendos to homosexuality, mostly which were censored in the United States. Other censorships and bans in the United States included a plot line that centered around shoplifting, and nude images that were modified from the series' original blur-out to a full black bar.
|Season||Episodes||Years active||Release dates|
|1||27||2004–05||Take This Job and Squeeze It: December 13, 2005|
Episodes: "Take This Job and Squeeze It" • "The Big Sickie" • "A Lime to Party"
Idol Time at the Mall: April 11, 2006
Episodes: "The Five Finger Discount" • "Breaking Up with the Boss' Son" • "Idol Time at the Mall"
Employee of the Month: July 4, 2006
Episodes: "Employee of the Month" • "The Fake Date" • "The Girls in the Band"
Deck the Mall: November 7, 2006
Episodes: "The Slow and The Even-Tempered" • "Deck the Mall" • "Mr. Nice Guy"
Stupid Over Cupid: January 16, 2007
Episodes: "Stupid Over Cupid" • "Cecil B. Delusioned" • "The One with the Text Message"
The Sushi Connection: May 15, 2007
Episodes: "The Sushi Connection" • "Clonesy" • "Enter the Dragon"
Dude of the Living Dead: September 18, 2007
Episodes: "Boo, Dude!" • "Dude of the Living Dead"
The Complete First Season: November 13, 2007
Episodes: "Take This Job and Squeeze It" – "Clonesy"
Snow Job: February 19, 2008
Episodes: "Bring It On"
One Quiet Day: May 20, 2008
Episodes: "The (Almost) Graduate" • "One Quiet Day" • "It's Always Courtney, Courtney, Courtney!"
The Khaki Girl: August 5, 2008
Episodes: "The Khaki Girl" • "The Swami" • "The Birthday Boy"
Special Yearbook Edition: December 2, 2008
Episodes: "Stupid Over Cupid" – "Boo, Dude"
Season 1 Volume 1: October 6, 2009
Episodes: "Take This Job and Squeeze It" – "The Girls in the Band"
|2||27||2005–06||Snow Job: February 19, 2008|
Episodes: "Snow Job"
Season 2 Volume 1: September 22, 2009
Episodes: "Going Underground" – "The New Guy" • "Losing Your Lemon" • "The Lords of Malltown"
Season 2 Volume 2: January 12, 2010
Episodes: "Major Unfaithfulness" • "Waiting to Ex-Sale" • "The Hunted" – "The Wedding Destroyers" • "Jonesy's Low Mojo" – "Girlie Boys"
|3||26||2007–08||Season 3, Volume 1: May 4, 2010|
Episodes: "Sweet 6teen" – "2-4-1" • "Oops, I Dialed It Again" • "Insert Name Here" • "Double Date"
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