Invader Zim

animated television series

Invader Zim, branded as Invader ZIM, is an American animated television series. The series was a science fiction black comedy. It was broadcast by Nickelodeon. The series premiered on March 30, 2001. It ended on August 19, 2006. The series has high cost to make and it was made for children. Nickelodeon cancelled the series on January 17, 2002. This was before the second season was finished. The rest of the completed episodes were made available on DVD on October 12, 2004.

Invader Zim
Created byJhonen Vasquez
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composerKevin Manthei
Mark Tortorici
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes27 (46 segments) (+1 pilot) (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Jhonen Vasquez
  • Mary Harrington[7]
  • Monique Beatty
  • Christine Griswold
  • Steve Ressel
AnimatorSunwoo Entertainment
Running time23 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseMarch 30, 2001 (2001-03-30)[8] –
August 19, 2006 (2006-08-19)[9]



The series is about the eponymous alien from the planet Irk. The aliens that live on that planet participate in an event called "Operation Impending Doom 2". After failing the event, Zim is determined to prove himself to his leader. He plans to do this by conquering Earth. However, they only sent him to the planet as a "secret mission" to get rid of him.


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