Recess (TV series)

American animated television series

Recess is an American animated television series created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere (credited as "Paul and Joe") and produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, with animation done by Grimsaem, Anivision, Plus One Animation, Sunwoo Animation, and Toon City. The series focuses on six elementary school students and their interaction with other classmates and teachers. The title refers to the recess period during the daily schedule, in the North American tradition of educational schooling, when students are not in lessons and are outside in the schoolyard. During recess, the children form their own society, complete with government and a class structure, set against the backdrop of a regular school.

Coming of age
Created byPaul Germain
Joe Ansolabehere
Voices ofRoss Malinger
Andrew Lawrence
Rickey D'Shon Collins
Ashley Johnson
Pamela Adlon
Jason Davis
Courtland Mead
April Winchell
Dabney Coleman
Composer(s)Denis M. Hannigan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes65 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Paul Germain
Joe Ansolabehere
Running time20 minutes
Production company(s)Walt Disney Television Animation
Paul & Joe Productions (2000–01)
(seasons 5–6)
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Original networkABC (One Saturday Morning/ABC Kids) (Seasons 1-3 and 5)
UPN (Disney's One Too) (Seasons 4 and 6)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseDecember 7, 1996 –
November 5, 2001
Other websites


Recess portrays the lives of six fourth graders—cheeky and popular lovable rogue Theodore Jasper "T.J." Detweiler (Ross Malinger, Andrew Lawrence), Jock Vince LaSalle (Rickey D'Shon Collins), tomboy Ashley Spinelli (Pamela Adlon), wise fool Mikey Blumberg (Jason Davis), geek Gretchen Grundler (Ashley Johnson), and awkward new kid Gus Griswald (Courtland Mead)—as they go about their daily lives in a school environment at Third Street Elementary School located in Little Rock, Arkansas.[4][5] A major satirical point of the show is that the community of students at school is a microcosm of traditional human society complete with its own government, class system, and set of unwritten laws. They are ruled by a monarch, a sixth grader named King Bob, who has various enforcers to make sure his decrees are carried out. The society has a long list of rigid values and social norms that imposes a high expectation of conformity upon all the students.


  • T.J. Detweiler
  • Vince LaSalle
  • Mikey Blumberg
  • Gus Griswald
  • Gretchen Grundler
  • Ashley Spinelli
  • Miss Finster
  • Randall
  • Principal Prickly