Kyle XY is an American science fiction television series produced by ABC Family. The central character is a teenage boy (Matt Dallas) who awakens naked in a forest outside Seattle, Washington, with no more knowledge or abilities than a newborn and no belly button. He is taken in by a family and given the name Kyle. The series follows Kyle as he tries to solve the puzzles of who he is and why he has no memory before that day. Although set in present-day Seattle, the series was filmed in the Vancouver, British Columbia area.
|Created by||Eric Bress
J. Mackye Gruber
|Narrated by||Matt Dallas|
|Theme music composer||Michael Suby|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||43 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Eric Tuchman
J. Mackye Gruber
S. Lily Hui
James Patrick Stoteraux
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Touchstone Television
ABC Family Original Productions
Two Cigarettes and One Match Productions
Kyle XY Productions
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||ABC Family|
|Original release||June 26, 2006– March 16, 2009|
The show premiered June 26, 2006, on the ABC Family cable channel. Episodes were also broadcast on the ABC network the first season, but only for part of the second season, after which it could only be seen on ABC Family.
After the 10-episode debut season on ABC Family during summer 2006, news reported a total of 23 new episodes were ordered for the second season, which started on June 11, 2007, with rebroadcasts on ABC beginning on June 15, 2007. The second season’s 13th episode, "Leap of Faith", aired on Monday, September 3, 2007; the remaining 10 began airing on January 12, 2008.
The German version was aired December 8, 2007. The show started its second season in the UK on Monday, September 3, 2007, and on April 5, the first season was broadcast in France on M6. On October 5, 2007, TV Guide reported that ABC family had renewed Kyle XY for a third season of 10 episodes, which began airing on January 12, 2009.
On January 31, 2009, ABC Family announced that Kyle XY would not return for a fourth season. The season finale of the show aired on Monday, March 16, 2009, at 9/8c on ABC Family, leaving several unresolved dramatic cliffhangers. Following the last episode, writer Julie Plec revealed what had been planned for further seasons. She also noted that the season three DVD would contain a "mini wrap-up" feature for the series. The "wrap-up" is called "Kyle XY: Future Revealed", with the writers and actors explaining their plans for future episodes and what would have ultimately happened in the series.
A boy awakens in the woods, naked and covered in pink goo. He is completely innocent even though his mind works at a mile a minute. When he wanders into the nearby city he is detained by police and sent to a juvenile detention center as a John Doe. A psychologist (Nicole Trager) is sent for by the center to deal with his extensive amnesia (he doesn't remember a thing before waking in the woods) and she becomes his foster mother. With the boy's assistance they decide a name for him, Kyle. He is brought to the Tragers' home to settle in, gaining an entire family and learning to speak. As the summer progresses he begins to learn how to function in society and shows enhanced physicality, senses and intellect. Repressed memories begin to seep through and when he sees or remembers anything of importance to him he makes a picture of nearly snapshot quality with pointillism. Of particular interest is a neighbor girl (Amanda) who becomes his first crush. He isn't very sure of how to act with her having seen the relationship attempts and fumbles of his foster siblings. When school begins he has difficulty on the first day but soon makes a place for himself in spite of a negative vice principal. He continues to have run-ins with a creepy security guard, Tom Foss, who has the family under surveillance. Eventually he learns that Foss is trying to protect him from a murky past involving a highly secretive company (Zzyzx) and a grad student who has been missing for over twenty years (Adam Baylin). After Kyle and Foss rescue each other in an assassination attempt by Zzyzx he leaves with a supposed birth family, Julia and David Peterson, and is brought to see the reclusive Baylin.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Matt Dallas as Kyle Trager
- Marguerite MacIntyre as Nicole Trager
- Bruce Thomas as Stephen Trager
- April Matson as Lori Trager
- Jean-Luc Bilodeau as Josh Trager
- Chris Olivero as Declan McDonough
- Kirsten Prout as Amanda Bloom
- Jaimie Alexander as Jessi Hollander (Season 2–3)
- Chelan Simmons as Hillary
- Nicholas Lea as Tom Foss
- Teryl Rothery as Carol Bloom
- Cory Monteith as Charlie Tanner (Season 1–2)
- J. Eddie Peck as Adam Baylin (Season 1–2)
- Sarah-Jane Redmond as Rebecca Thatcher (Season 1-2)
- Andrew Jackson as Cyrus Reynolds (Season 1–2)
- Bill Dow as Professor William Kern (Season 1–2)
- Kurt Max Runte as Detective Jason Breen (Season 1)
- Magda Apanowicz as Andy Jensen (Season 2–3)
- Martin Cummins as Brian Taylor (Season 2)
- Ally Sheedy as Sarah Emerson (Season 2–3)
- Leah Cairns as Emily Hollander (Season 2)
- Conrad Coates as Julian Ballantine (Season 2)
- Josh Zuckerman as Mark (Season 2–3)
- Jesse Hutch as Nate Harrison (Season 3)
- Hal Ozsan as Michael Cassidy (Season 3)
Kyle XY was ABC Family channel’s highest rated original series from June 2006 to July 2008. The show lost its reign when the series premiere of The Secret Life of the American Teenager brought in 2.8 million viewers. According to the same press release, Kyle XY received a household rating of 2.1 and reached 2.6 million viewers. The repeat showing of the first episode on sister broadcast network ABC had more than 5.2 million viewers. Several news sources said low ratings is one of the reasons for the series' cancellation.
The third season premiere (in a new time slot, with high-viewership lead-in The Secret Life of the American Teenager) was 1.5 million total viewers, down 33 percent from the Season 2 opener, and most ABC Family shows significantly outperformed the show. The second episode slid to 1.426 million viewers.
|Season||Episodes||Start Date||End Date|
|Season 1||10||June 26, 2006||August 28, 2006|
|Season 2||23||June 11, 2007||March 17, 2008|
|Season 3||10||January 14, 2009||March 16, 2009|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Outcome|
|2006||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer Series||Kyle XY||Nominated|
|2007||Choice TV Show: Drama|
|Choice TV: Breakout||Matt Dallas|
|TCA Award||Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming||Kyle XY||Won|
|Artios Award||Best Children's TV Programming||Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, Wendy O'Brien, Coreen Mayrs and Heike Brandstatter (Canadian casting)||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Actor in a Television Program||Matt Dallas|
|Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series||Kyle XY|
|2008||Best Actor on Television||Matt Dallas|
|Best Supporting Actress on Television||Jaimie Alexander|
|Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series||Kyle XY|
|GLAAD Media Award||Individual Episode (in a Series without a Regular LGBT Character)||For episode "Free To Be You and Me" (Season 2, Episode 7)|
There are currently two novels based on the series, both from author S. G. Wilkins. The first, Kyle XY: Nowhere to Hide, concerns Kyle's first Halloween, while the second, Kyle XY: Under the Radar, concerns the school's presidential election, with Kyle as a candidate.
|Novel #||Title||Pages||Release Date|
|Novel #1||Kyle XY: Nowhere to Hide||192pag.||August 30, 2007|
|Novel #2||Kyle XY: Under the Radar||189pag.||January 1, 2008|
Soundtrack & musicEdit
|Kyle XY: The Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||May 22, 2007|
|Genre||Alternative rock, Pop, pop rock|
On May 22, 2007 a soundtrack for Kyle XY was released. It was released on the same day as the release of the first season. Track listing is as follows:
- "Hide Another Mistake" – The 88
- "Nevermind the Phonecalls" – Earlimart
- "Surround" – In-Flight Safety
- "I'll Write the Song, You Sing For Me" – Irving
- "Wonderful Day" – O.A.R.
- "Bug Bear" – Climber
- "Honestly" – Cary Brothers
- "So Many Ways" – Mates of State
- "Middle Of the Night" – Sherwood
- "Alibis" – Marianas Trench
- "It’s Only Life" – Kate Voegele
- "3 A.M." – Sean Hayes
- "Born On the Cusp" – American Analog Set
- "Will You Remember Me (Lori's Song)" – April Matson
- "Alley Cat (Demo)" – Sherwood (iTunes Bonus Track)
The music supervisor for the show is Chris Mollere. Michael Suby wrote the opening theme, and most of the score and cues. Neither the theme nor any of the score appear on the soundtrack CD.
- Music from Kyle XY
Episode 3.01 It Happened One Night
Episode 3.02 Psychic Friend
Episode 3.03 Electric Kiss
Episode 3.04 In the Company of Men
Episode 3.05 Life Support
Episode 3.07 Chemistry 101
Episode 3.08 Tell Tale Heart
|Season||Set details||DVD release dates||Special features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Kyle XY: The Complete First Season – Declassified||
||May 22, 2007||August 4, 2008||December 3, 2008||
|Kyle XY: The Complete Second Season – Revelations||
||December 30, 2008||N/A||N/A||
|Kyle XY: The Complete Second Season – Revelations||
||N/A||N/A||March 11, 2009||
|Kyle XY: The Complete Third Season – Full Disclosure||
||N/A||N/A||November 4, 2009||
|Kyle XY: The Complete Third and Final Season||
||December 22, 2009||N/A||N/A||
- Comprises the first thirteen episodes of season two
- Comprises the renaming ten episodes of season two
Alternate reality gameEdit
Kyle XY as a series also features an alternate reality game where the players are "invited" to help solve the mystery of who Kyle really is. The Mada Corporation website is the game's rabbit hole — the introduction to the game universe. By clicking on "Our Jobs" in the menu, the gamer is taken to an anti-Madacorp Blog, where clues are left for revealing the truth about Kyle. It has been removed since the premiere of Season 2 and the Mada Corporation Website has been completely re-done to act as a real working website. The game also makes use of the website for a group called "The Latnok Society" and a brand new clue tracker room, which is more interactive than the previous one.
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- "'Kyle XY' Music Guide to 'It Happened One Night'". ABC Family. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- "'Kyle XY' Music Guide to 'Psychic Friend'". ABC Family. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
- "'Kyle XY' Music Guide to 'Electric Kiss'". ABC Family. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
- Region 1 DVD box sets:
- "Kyle XY: The Complete First Season (2006)". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- "Kyle XY: The Complete Second Season (2009)". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- "Kyle XY: The Complete Third and Final Season (2010)". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- Region 2 DVD box sets:
- "Kyle XY - Complete Series 1 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- Region 4 DVD box sets:
- "Kyle XY - The Complete 1st Season: Declassified (3 Disc Set)". EzyDVD. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- "Kyle XY - The Complete 2nd Season: Revelations (555 Disc Set)". EzyDVD. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- "Kyle XY - The 3rd Season: Full Disclosure (3 Disc Set)". EzyDVD. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- "RCRD Schedule on the MBC Action Website". 3 October 2011.
- Mada Corporation website (fictional) Archived February 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.