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The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron title card
Format Animated television series
Created by John A. Davis, Keith Alcorn, Steve Oedekerk
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 61
Production
Executive producer(s) Steve Oedekerk
Distributor Nickelodeon Network
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon (United States)
Original Air Date September 10, 1998 (pilot)
September 6, 2002-November 25, 2006 (series)
Chronology
Preceded by: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Followed by: Planet Sheen

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is an American television series, starring characters from the film, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The series uses the same main characters as the film and follows the life of Jimmy Neutron and his best friends Carl Wheezer, Sheen Estevez, Goddard, Cindy Vortex and Libby Folfax.

The series first aired in July 2002 and the last episode aired in November 2006. The series has 3 seasons and several television films. The series was critical acclaimed with viewers and TV critics praising its characters and animation.

On October 2, 2010, a new show called Planet Sheen premiered. It focused on Sheen getting stranded on a planet after stealing Jimmy's new rocket. Jimmy was mentioned in the first episode and he was replaced by Mr. Nesmith. However the show was panned by fans and critics. It was cancelled on February 15, 2013.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episodes

Production

The early incarnation of Jimmy was "Johnny Quasar". John A. Davis produced a short film of the character in early 1995 and was pitched at SIGRAPH 1995. However, since the name sounded too much like, "Jonny Quest", he changed the name to "Jimmy Neutron".

Then, John met Keith Alcorn and Steve Oedekerk and they decided to work together and revamp John's idea for the series. 

The pilot, Runaway Rocketboy! was produced for Nickelodeon and was supposed to start the series, but since CGI was becoming popular for movies, they made a movie and the show was made after the movie came out.

Reception

Since it's premiere date, Jimmy Neutron has become one of the most iconic Nicktoons of all time. To this day, it has remained one of the most popular and iconic franchises in Nickelodeon history.

In it's early days, it was falsely accussed of ripping off Dexter's Laboratory (a show from Nickelodeon's rival channel, Cartoon Network), but overtime, many people saw how the show developed it's own identity and have praised it for its complex characters, larger cast, creativity, spectacular writing, the educational elements, character development, the story arcs, giving the characters more personailty, the interesting plots and decent animation. They also consider the show to be better than the movie and even better than Dexter. 

Some fans also think the movie came during the run of the show.

The series had the most-watched television premiere on Nickelodeon at that time with 4.3 million viewers.

Reviving the series

There were actually plans for a fourth season of the series and it would've featured many new things. There was going to be an episode where the kids fight one of Jimmy's old enemies on the moon and an episode where Cindy finally admits to Betty why she hates her and the two would've finally become friends.

Throughout the season, the kids would've started seeing how much they needed each other, would become closer as a family and there would be an overarching story about the gang starting middle school, while at same time encountering new and old villains. Jimmy and Cindy also would've finally stopped pretending to hate each other and become an official couple.

The fourth season was actually going to be more serious than the other three seasons. There were four scripts finalized, but the producers kept them in secret until further notice.

Over the years there have been rumors of Jimmy Neutron reviving. In December 2015, the site click hole (a site related to the onion which is satire) published an article about Nickelodeon creating a sequel series called, Jimmy Neutron: Re-Energized exculsively for Netflix and that the first eight 22 minute episodes were in the works. That however was proven false. 

With a recent shake-up in Nickelodeon’s executives and their new interest in reviving old materials, the writers might now be attempting to bring Jimmy back, but so far, there is no news about it.

There is also a group called The Jimmy Neutron Revival Project on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other sites about getting Nickelodeon to bring Jimmy back for new and old audiences. 

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