Nate is Late

Nate is Late (French: Oscar et Malika, toujours en retard; German: Voll zu spät!) is an animated television series created by Sylvain Huchet and Peter Saisselin. The series is produced by Watch Next Media and distributed by KidsFirst.[3] The series originally aired on France 4, Super RTL, and Nine Network.

Nate is Late
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Created bySylvain Huchet
Peter Saisselin
Directed byJeremy Guiter
Creative directorsDavid Maingault
Antoine Birot
ComposersNathalie Loriot
Franck Hedin[1][2]
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52
Executive producers
  • Jo Rooney
  • Andy Ryan
  • Philippe Alessandri
  • Geoff Watson
EditorIvy Buirette
Running time11 minutes
Production companiesWatch Next Media
La Factorie Animation
Nate is Late Productions
DistributorKidsFirst Distribution
Original networkSuper RTL (Germany)
Nine Network (Australia)
France 4 (France)
Original releaseMay 26, 2018 (2018-05-26) –

A second season has been confirmed by the production companies of the series, and premiered online on RTS Play on September 21, 2021.[4][5] The English version of the second season will be ran on Pop in the UK and Ireland from 31 January 2022.[6]


Every morning, Nate and Malika go to school but get sidetracked on adventures that make them late. When they finally arrive at school, Principal Prudence never believes their stories.


  • Nate (Oscar in French, Mats in German; voiced by Jane U'Brien) – an elementary school-aged boy who is enthusiastic about going on adventures. He has white skin and wears a yellow t-shirt, jeans, yellow sneakers and a green backpack.
  • Malika (voiced by Sarah Aubrey) – an elementary school-aged girl who is Nate's best friend. She has brown skin and black hair, pulled back in a ponytail, and wears a short sleeved white shirt, red sweater, blue skirt, red and white sneakers and a blue backpack.
  • Principal Prudence (voiced by Aubrey) – the principal of Nate and Malika's school who asks Nate and Malika their reason for being late. She has black skin and is wearing a red dress, red overcoat, reading glasses and red heels.

In addition to the three main characters, other characters are introduced in most episodes as Nate and Malika embark on their journeys.


Season 1Edit

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal airdate
11"The Garbage Goblins"Sylvain Huchet
Peter Saisselin
22"The Carnivorous Plant"Peter SaisselinTBA
33"The Secret Agent"TBATBA
44"The Leprechaun"TBATBA
55"The Dragon"TBATBA
66"The Alien"Peter BertsTBA
77"The Insects"TBATBA
88"The Genie"TBATBA
99"The Roman Ruins"TBATBA
1010"The Haunted House"TBATBA
1111"The Kid from the Future"TBATBA
1212"The Future School"TBATBA
1313"The Adorable Monster"TBATBA
1414"The Cuddly Toy"TBATBA
1515"The Enchanted Frog"TBATBA
1616"The Super Hero"TBATBA
1717"The Mermaid"TBATBA
1818"The Mummy"TBATBA
1919"Santa's Reindeer"TBATBA
2020"The Candy Factory"TBATBA
2121"The Sorcerer's Apprentice"Jane SchneiderTBA
2222"The Pocket Watch"TBATBA
2323"The Robot"TBATBA
2424"The Cyborgs"TBATBA
2525"The Shooting Star"TBATBA
2626"The Great Ape"TBATBA
2727"The Gremlins"TBATBA
2828"The Wolf"TBATBA
2929"The Grandpa"TBATBA
3030"The Magic Shoes"TBATBA
3131"The Pirate"TBATBA
3232"The Dream"TBATBA
3333"The Living Paintings"TBATBA
3434"The City in the Sky"TBATBA
3535"King Nate"TBATBA
3636"The Video Game"TBATBA
3737"Battle of the Gods"TBATBA
3838"The Snow Fairy"Jean-Christophe Hervé
Cédric Perrin
3939"The Ninja"TBATBA
4040"The Tree People"TBATBA
4141"The Dinosaur"TBATBA
4242"The Faun"TBATBA
4343"The Flash"TBATBA
4444"The Unicorn"TBATBA
4545"The Lucky Ring"TBATBA
4646"The Totems"TBATBA
4747"The Spores"TBATBA
4848"The Concert"TBATBA
4949"The Cave Girl"TBATBA
5050"The Gingerbread Man"TBATBA
5151"The Invaders Part 1"TBATBA
5252"The Invaders Part 2"TBATBA

The season finale, "The Invaders,” focuses on this when Nate, Malika and Principal Prudence end up kidnapped by aliens who try to tap their memories to invade Earth. After they escape, the aliens launch a premature invasion necessitating Nate and Malika to call on all their friends they made through the season to help fend them off.


The series was produced for broadcast on France.TV (France), Super RTL (Germany), and Nine Network (Australia).[7] In addition, the series airs on Pop and Pop Max (UK), Cartoon Network (India) and Discovery Kids (MENA).[3]

In the United States, the show is a streaming-exclusive, available on the services Ameba and Kidoodle.TV.


  1. ^ "Nathalie Loriot".
  2. ^ "Planète Jeunesse - Oscar & Malika, toujours en retard".
  3. ^ a b "Kids First signs initial distribution deals". Kidscreen. 6 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Oscar & Malika Toujours En Retard" (in French). Retrieved 24 December 2019 – via Facebook.
  5. ^ "What broadcasters renewed in June". Kidscreen. 30 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Schedule". POP.
  7. ^ "New Broadcast Agreements Announced for 'Nate is Late'". Animation World Network. Retrieved 22 February 2019.

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