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Men in Black: The Series
Men in Black The Series Title Card
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction
Format Animated Series
Starring Ed O'Ross
Gregg Berger
Keith Diamond
Jennifer Lien
Jennifer Martin
Charles Napier
Country of Origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of Seasons 4
No. of Episodes 53 (List of Episodes)
Production
Executive Producer(s) Laurie MacDonald
Walter F. Parkes
Richard Raynis
Rafael Rosado
Running Time 22 minutes (approx.)
Composer(s) Jim Latham
Production Company(s) Amblin Entertainment
Adelaide Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Broadcast
Original Channel The WB (Kids' WB)
First Shown 1997
Original Run October 11, 1997 – June 30, 2001
Status Ended
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Men in Black: The Series is an American animated television series that originally aired on The WB's Kids' WB programming block from October 11, 1997 to June 30, 2001.[1] The series features characters from the 1997 science fiction film Men in Black, which was based on the comic book series of the same name by Lowell Cunningham,[2] and originally published by Marvel / Malibu Comics. The series was produced by Adelaide Productions Inc., a division of Columbia TriStar Television, and Amblin Entertainment as a half-hour series originally airing on Saturday mornings, and later moving to weekdays during its final run.

PlotEdit

The series was based on the 1997 blockbuster Men In Black. However, despite using characters and concepts from the film, the animated continuity is separate from the film's. In the animated series, Agent K was never neuralized and is still an MIB agent and Agent J's partner. At numerous points, Agent J is unfamiliar with personal details of Agent K and aspects of aliens living on Earth despite learning of them in the film. Agent L, despite being a new agent at the end of the 1997 film, is said to have joined MIB before Agent J and works in the lab at Men in Black Headquarters. The headquarters itself was no longer under the ventilator building of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, but now at what looks like an unused area under LaGuardia airport.

These differences are possibly addressed in the episode "The Star System Syndrome," 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 blonde hair, blue eyes and a different hairstyle, Agent J did not have a mustache, and Zed had white hair and no goatee. Zed's eyes were also dramatically shaded in to give an impression of a lack of sleep. After season one, Agent K received a new voice actor and a facial redesign that made him appear younger, with the lines in his face removed, his eye color changed from brown to blue, and his hair color changed from gray-brown to red-brown.

Several episodes were based on the plot of the film, and brought back characters like the Bugs and the Arquillians, though the latter are portrayed as peaceful and benevolent despite the 1997 film showing them willing to destroy the Earth. The series itself had a long-running plot where the MIB fought Alpha, a former MIB chief who had been Agent K's friend and mentor. Eventually, Alpha turned and sought to achieve immortality by assimilating rare alien body parts into his body. He became a prominent recurring character of the series. 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. A cliché in the series was a scene where it seems like Agent K was killed in some terrible way, only to be proven alive later in the episode. Other running gags in the series included K frequently denying J's requests to drive his car, and the MIB agents using the cover-up "Division 6" when introducing themselves to civilians or other unaffiliated government agencies (i.e. "Fire Marshall, Division 6" or "United Nations Security, Division 6").

CharactersEdit

Agent K (voiced by Ed O'Ross (Season 1); Gregg Berger (Season 2-4)) — Agent K was born in 1940 and he is the top agent and a founder of the MIB. He is extremely respected within MIB, and after working for the organization for nearly 40 years, he shows nearly no emotion.

Agent J (voiced by Keith Diamond) — Agent J was born in 1965 and he became one of the main agents of the MIB, after he was recruited by Agent K. He is energetic, and tries to bring life and emotion back to the bland organization. Unlike the movies, J acts as more of a sidekick to Agent K than as his equal.

Agent L (voiced by Jennifer Lien (Season 1–3); Jennifer Martin (Season 4)) — Agent L is a former morgue worker who joined the MIB. She doesn't become a field agent, instead she stays in the medical section of the organization. In Season 4, she becomes a field agent with Agent X as her partner.

Zed (voiced by Charles Napier) — The head of the MIB, Zed runs the entire operation, and everyone answers to him. He is usually shown in his office, which is high above the main floor of the headquarters.

EpisodesEdit

Men in Black: The Series has a total of 53 episodes spread over 4 seasons that were produced from October 1997 to June 2001.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fritz, Steve (September 18, 2000). "MEN IN BLACK and JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES ". Mania.com. http://www.mania.com/men-black-jackie-chan-adventures_article_24267.html. Retrieved on August 30, 2014. 
  2. Allstetter, Rob (1998). "Mania: Men In Black Animated Series ". . http://classic-web.archive.org/web/19990116231756/http://www.mania.com/tv/features/mibcartoon.html. Retrieved on August 30, 2014. 

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