Tj's World is an American animated television series created by Trevor Jordan for Nickelodeon. Set in the fictional town of Greentree, Ohio, the show follows the adventures and exploits of 14-year-old Trevor "Tj" Drumworth and his friends Connor "Cc" Cameron, Nicholas Meyer and Anthony Mandala. The series originally ran for fourteen seasons from March 13, 2000 to April 27, 2013, airing a total of 306 episodes.
The origins of Tj's World date back to 1996, when Jordan was still working at Fox on his other series PuffRuff School. Jordan originally conceived Tj's World as a slice-of-life comedy in vein of PuffRuff School, albeit for a slightly younger audience. He partially based the character Tj off of himself, with the show's setting inspired by his childhood home in Washington. After they successfully pitched the show's pilot to Nickelodeon in 1998, Jordan and Pockes left Fox for Nickelodeon Animation to begin work on the show's first season in 1999, assuming the roles of executive producers and consultants on PuffRuff School while their longtime creative partner Sean Andrews became that series' showrunner.
After debuting to solid ratings in 2000, Tj's World became a mainstay of Nickelodeon's Nicktoons lineup, spawning merchandise including toys, video games, and a feature film. Praised for its humor and writing, the series earned five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Animated Program during its run.
Tj's World is notable for being one of the first Nicktoons to exclusively use digital ink-and-paint animation, along with Rocket Power; other Nicktoons such as Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Wild Thornberrys, and Hey Arnold! had started out using traditional ink-and-paint before switching to the digital method for later seasons (KaBlam!, which premiered in 1996 and ended around the time Tj's World premiered in 2000, only used the digital method for certain segments). Only the unaired pilot, which was pitched to Nickelodeon in 1998, used the traditional ink-and-paint method that Jordan's team had been using since PuffRuff School (which itself would later switch to digital animation in September 2000).
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- Main article: List of episodes
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||13||March 13, 2000||June 12, 2000|
|2||21||August 28, 2000||April 20, 2001|
|3||24||October 12, 2001||June 21, 2002|
|4||21||September 5, 2002||May 2, 2003|
|5||22||July 18, 2003||March 19, 2004|
|6||25||August 27, 2004||June 17, 2005|
|Film||April 22, 2005|
|7||24||September 16, 2005||June 2, 2006|
|8||22||August 4, 2006||March 23, 2007|
|9||21||September 7, 2007||April 18, 2008|
|10||22||September 12, 2008||April 25, 2009|
|11||24||October 3, 2009||May 22, 2010|
|12||21||September 18, 2010||May 7, 2011|
|13||23||October 1, 2011||May 12, 2012|
|14||23||September 15, 2012||April 27, 2013|
- Further information: Tj's World/International Broadcast
Reception and legacy
- Main article: Tj's World: The Movie
On April 22, 2005, a feature film based on the series, titled Tj's World: The Movie, was released in theaters.
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Tj • Cc • Nick • Anthony • Katie • Marcie
Tj's World: The Movie (2005)
Tj's World Adventures (2003) • Tj's World Racer (2005) • Tj's World Fighter (2009)
T.J. Entertainment • Nickelodeon