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Men in Black: The Series (informally MIB: The Series) was an animated television series that aired on the Kids' WB for four seasons from 1997 through 2001. Reruns ran briefly on Nickelodeon's SLAM! block in 2002. It was also on Canada's YTV.

The show featured characters from 1997's science fiction film Men in Black, which was based on the comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham, originally published by Aircel Comics.

MIB: The Series was made by Adelaide Productions Inc. (a unit of Sony Pictures Television) as a half-hour series airing on Saturday mornings originally and then moving to weekdays.

Premise

MIB: The Series was based on the 1997 blockbuster Men In Black and continued where the film left off, though with some minor changes. Agent K remained an agent and partner to Agent J (although a Marvel Comics one-shot revealed that K's memories were restored in an unseen case). Agent L was moved to the lab inside Men In Black Headquarters. The headquarters itself was no longer under the ventilator building of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnelmarker, but now at what looked like a disused area under LaGuardia airportmarker. These differences are possibly addressed in one episode of the series, where it is revealed that every so often some writer or Hollywood-type learns of the MIB and makes a movie about them, possibly hinting that the live-action movie was one of these incidents. There were some further differences in appearances in the characters in the cartoon. Agent L had blond hair and a different hairstyle, Agent J did not have a moustache, and Zed in the movie had black hair and a goatee, whereas in the series he had white hair and no goatee. Zed's eyes were dramatically shaded in to give an impression of a lack of sleep.

The show had varied writing in its episodes. Some episodes were based on the plot to the film, and brought back characters like the Bug, and Arquillian aliens. MIB: The Series itself had a long-running plot where the Men In Black fought Alpha, a former MIB chief who previously had been Agent K's friend and mentor. Eventually, Alpha had turned maverick with greed and sought to achieve immortality by assimilating rare alien body parts into his body. He returned numerous times and his appearance grew grislier each time with the help of the 'Cosmic Integrator', a device that let him combine alien appendages to his own body.

Ultimately, the basic plot formula was for the MIB to protect the Earth from harm, and this extended into keeping peace throughout the galaxy. Technology, as well as intergalactic politics and peacekeeping played a part, along with common criminal activity on a science fiction level.

Besides Agent Kay, the founding members of the MIB were Agents Tee, H, Q, and Dee (Kay's first partner from the first movie).

Characters

Along with Agents Jay, Kay and Elle (L), the show included a larger cast of regular and semi-regular characters. Some were based from their film counterparts while others were new additions to the MIB Universe.

Characters to return from the film:
  • Agent Kay
  • Agent Jay
  • Elle (Agent L)
  • Zed
  • Jeebs the Pawnshop Alien
  • Edgar the Bug
  • Frank the Pug
  • The Worm Aliens (The Worm Guys)
  • Arquillians
  • Baltians
  • The Twins (*Indistinguishable, sounds like Gililililikdub* and Bob)


Additions to the program:
  • Alpha a.k.a Agent A
  • Buzzard, a Zombarian bounty hunter
  • Aileen
  • The Emperor Worm
  • Agent X
  • Dr. Zan'dozz Zeeltor
  • Agent U
  • Agent E (who was also a Hollywood Agent, specializing in getting work for aliens in movies and television shows)
  • Klah'Mikk
  • The Bugs in Edgar's family, including his twin brother Edwin and the Queen.
  • The Fmecks (The evil warmongering counterparts of the Arquillians)
  • Zan Zarcanicus (Troy) the Symbiote


Cast



Episodes

See List of Men in Black: The Series episodes

DVD

Sony Pictures Entertainment released the first season in Australia as two separate volumes (the first containing seven episodes, the second containing six) on July 4, 2007. The same volumes were released in the UKmarker on July 16. There are no plans for a US release as yet.

Trivia

  • A mugshot of Mikey, the alien from the beginning of the first movie, appeared in the opening and closing credits. Season Four also included a mugshot of Frank the Pug.


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