Codename: Kids Next Door
- 11 Seasons
Codename: Kids Next Door is a popular show from Cartoon Network which focuses on a group of children fighting the things they designate as "crimes" against children committed by adults and teenagers. These crimes are things like having to do homework or go to bed on time. It features the talents of well known voice actors like Cree Summer as Numbuh 5 and Dee Bradley Baker as Numbuh 4. Although Codename: Kids Next Door was initially supposed to be based around a boy Kenny and his chimp, this was quickly dropped in order to focus on the more interesting characters of the five "secret agents," who are actually 10-year-old children, working from their tree house headquarters next door. Creator Tom Warburton recognized this after he began formulating the characters and felt it made for a better fit for the series as a whole. The pilot debuted in 2001 as part of a viewer poll competition to determine the next show to run on Cartoon Network. Codename: Kids Next Door won the viewer poll and so was given the green light to begin production and debuted later in 2002. It ran for six seasons through 2008 for a total of 78 episodes. The popularity of the show was fueled by how the lead characters, Numbuhs 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 used their abilities to undermine adults and their evil plots through the use of super cool spy gadgetry and technology. This was led by the Kids Next Door Organization, a group of thousands of children who vow to rise up against the rules given to them by adults. KND agents are decommissioned at age 13 and mind wiped once they become a teenager because they are then a threat to kids everywhere. These agents rise up against secret villains protecting the children of the world from adult tyrants everywhere. Created especially for Cartoon Network by Curious Pictures, it is distributed by Warner Bros and has begun to air repeat episodes for Cartoon Planet block on CN since 2012.