Watch Now

on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A short alien bent on conquering Earth poses as a human, and only one paranoid child knows his secret. Warning: Piggies may be involved in resulting insanity.

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
2,211 ( 85)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
2004   2002   2001  
Top Rated TV #237 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A show featuring the exploits of the Grim Reaper, forced into being the best friend of two children.

Stars: Greg Eagles, Richard Steven Horvitz, Grey Griffin
Danny Phantom (TV Series 2004)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A 14-year-old receives ghost powers and uses them to save the world

Stars: David Kaufman, Grey Griffin, Rickey D'Shon Collins
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A boy and his beloved imaginary friend are able to stay together at an orphanage of sorts for imaginary friends that children have outgrown to be adopted by new children.

Stars: Keith Ferguson, Grey Griffin, Sean Marquette
My Life as a Teenage Robot (TV Series 2003)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Debuting on Nickelodeon in 2003, "My Life as a Teenage Robot" follows the escapades of Jenny, a super-powered robot with a super sensitive teenage heart. Her primary function is protecting ... See full summary »

Stars: Chad Doreck, Janice Kawaye, Candi Milo
Dexter's Laboratory (1996–2003)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The misadventures of a boy genius and his annoying sister.

Stars: Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Christine Cavanaugh
Codename: Kids Next Door (TV Series 2002)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The adventures of a group of ten-year-old friends who fight for the right to do everything that adults restrict from them.

Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Ben Diskin, Lauren Tom
The Fairly OddParents (TV Series 2001)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After being tortured and humiliated by his babysitter, a ten year old boy is put under the care of two fairy godparents, who can grant him almost any wish, which leads to dire consequences.

Stars: Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee, Daran Norris
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.

Stars: Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young boy who happens to be a genius, lives in a small town with his family and friends and often gets into crazy adventures with them involving the things he invents.

Stars: Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia, Rob Paulsen
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The comical seafaring adventures of a young, enthusiastic boy, his pirate captain mentor, and the talking whale that raised him from birth.

Stars: Thurop Van Orman, Brian Doyle-Murray, Jeff Bennett
Hey Arnold! (1996–2004)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The everyday life of Arnold, a 4th-grader in a nameless city that resembles Brooklyn, New York, who lives in a multi-racial boarding house with his grandparents and a motley assortment of neighbors and friends.

Stars: Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta
CatDog (1998–2005)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The comic misadventures of a tidy, refined Cat and a goofy, uncouth Dog joined at the abdomen.

Stars: Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Andy Berman ...
 Dib / ... (28 episodes, 2001-2004)
...
 Zim / ... (27 episodes, 2001-2003)
Rosearik Rikki Simons ...
 GIR / ... (26 episodes, 2001-2004)
Melissa Fahn ...
 Gaz / ... (22 episodes, 2001-2004)
Jhonen Vasquez ...
 Computer / ... (21 episodes, 2001-2004)
...
 Professor Membrane / ... (18 episodes, 2001-2003)
...
 Ms. Bitters / ... (15 episodes, 2001-2004)
...
 Zita / ... (13 episodes, 2001-2003)
...
 Almighty Tallest Red / ... (12 episodes, 2001-2003)
Edit

Storyline

Invader ZIM is an eccentric alien soldier from the planet Irk. He was banished from the Irken Empire after nearly destroying his home planet on an early mission. After begging his superiors, the Almighty Tallest Red and Purple, for another chance, they decide to get rid of him once and for all. They trick him into going on a "secret mission" to an obscure planet at the edge of the universe, a planet with the unlikely name of Earth. Their trick works, and now ZIM is intent on bringing down the human race. He disguises himself as a schoolboy, and now the only person who can stop him is one kid - Dib Membrane, a somewhat insane paranormal researcher, who sees straight through ZIM's disguise and is intent on stopping his reign of terror. But neither ZIM nor Dib is very good at their job, and what results is everything imaginable, from a giant hamster destroying the city to both ZIM and Dib being turned into bologna meat. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

TV-Y


Certificate:

TV-Y7 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Najezdzca Zim  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(27 episodes)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The original name for Zim's ship was to be the "Spoot Cruiser" but the phrase spoot had already been made big in The Angry Beavers (1997), so they made it the "Voot Cruiser" instead. See more »

Quotes

Gir: CHICKEN! I'm gonna eat you!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Gameboy #2 (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Invader Zim: Original, Funny, and Unparalleled
30 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 2001, children television network Nickelodeon released a cartoon called Invader Zim, created by comic book writer Jhonen Vasquez. It had a brief two season run, and developed a cult following before Nick canceled it in 2003. It involves the adventures of an outcast Irken alien named Zim (Voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz), who "quit being banished" when he heard about Operation Impending Doom II (Impending Doom I was ruined when Zim destroyed the Irken home world). His leaders, The Tallest, send Zim to a "secret planet", hoping that Zim will be lost forever and meet his death, thereby no longer being a pain in the Tallest's butts. He's also given an insane robot named Gir("What does the G stand for?").

Well, Zim doesn't get lost or die. Instead, he finds Earth (Our planet, in case you don't know), and sets up a base of operations, and disguises himself as a human school boy, and Gir receives a dog get-up that is both ridiculous and cute in a weird way. He goes to "Skool" (That's how it's spelled), to gain knowledge on humanity, and nobody even suspects that he's an alien. Everyone, that is, except Dib (Voice by Andy Berman), a self-proclaimed "Paranormal investigator", who develops a heated rivalry with Zim, the two even trying to kill one another on several occasions.

Now that I've got the show's premise out of the way, here is my opinion. When the show premiered in 2001, I was instantly hooked. With original plots, some that seem to be pulled from classic 50's sci-fi, memorable characters, and an effective mix of cell-shading, CGI, and traditional animation techniques, Invader Zim was an instant classic. I'd tune in every week to see what Zim and his dysfunctional robot Gir would get into, whether it was exterminating germs or Gir merging himself with the house.

The voice actors deserve credit where credit is due. Richard Steven Horvitz turns in a spectacular performance as Zim. Horvitz can make Zim from the nicest guy to the biggest a-hole. Andy Berman is right on the money as Dib. He has just the right kind of voice for a Mulder-wannabe. But those two take a back seat to Rosearik Rikki Simons, who brilliantly voices the robot Gir. He is very effective at making Gir such a hilarious and unforgettable character.

Like many fans, I was shocked and angry when I learned that Invader Zim had been canceled. By that point, a lot of Nickelodeon's best cartoons (Like Rocko's Modern Life and Angry Beavers), had been taken off the air, and replaced by all the Jimmy Newtron and Spongebob crap. Invader Zim wasn't spared either.

Overall, Invader Zim excelled in it's sick (Though toned down for kids) humor, and outrageous plots, even though it was short-lived. Never before was there a cartoon quite like it, and there probably never will be.

The Final Verdict: 10/10: The last of the great Nickelodeon cartoons, and one of the funniest, most creative shows ever conceived. In Zim's words...IT'S GENIUS!!!


37 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Whats your favorite quotes from the show? NCzfinest316
What's the REAL reason this show got canceled? Ouji-sama
Favorite Episode? tombo677
Should be brought back on Adult Swim. kornkid8914
Zim returns!! Brandon_Heflin
Being re-released on DVD!!! Hendrix1564
Discuss Invader ZIM (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page