Napoleon Dynamite (TV series)

Napoleon Dynamite (TV series)
Napoleon Dynamite
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Genre Animated sitcom
Created by Jared Hess
Jerusha Hess

Mike Scully
Developed by Jared Hess
Jon Heder
Voices of Jon Heder
Aaron Ruell
Efren Ramirez
Tina Majorino
Sandy Martin
Jon Gries
Diedrich Bader
Haylie Duff
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Jerusha Hess
Dave Jeser
Matt Silverstein

Robert Abrams
Paul Alexander
Carrie Woodman
Producer(s) Mike Scully
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Film Roman
Tantamount Studios
3 Arts Entertainment
HH Films
20th Century Fox Television (USA)
CBS Productions (non-USA)
Distributor 20th Television (USA)
CBS Studios International (non-USA)
Original channel Fox
Original airing January 2012
Related shows Napoleon Dynamite (film)
External links

Napoleon Dynamite is an upcoming American animated television sitcom based on the 2004 cult film of the same name, to be broadcast on Fox. The show will be overseen by the film's director Jared Hess, his wife Jerusha, and veteran television writer/producer Mike Scully (The Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond). Fox placed an order of six episodes in October 2010,[1] which was expanded to thirteen in July 2011.[2] It is currently planned as a midseason replacement to air on Sundays at 8:30 pm in January 2012.



The series is based on the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. It follows the adventures of Napoleon Dynamite, and his family and friends, as they navigate small-town life in rural Idaho. The original cast from the film, Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin, Jon Gries and Diedrich Bader, will voice their characters in the series, in addition to the series introducing several new characters.[3]

Napoleon Dynamite is a 16-year-old boy convinced that he is blessed with unlimited "sweet skills." His hobbies include practicing his ninja moves, dancing, drawing, and bragging about his "girlfriend in Oklahoma." Napoleon's brother, Kip, is an unemployed 32-year-old who lives at home, and continually attempts to meet girls online. The two live with their grandmother, who is often found four-wheeling with her friends at the local sand dunes. Napoleon's friends include Pedro, who has recently been elected class president, and Deb, a girl who sees the good in Napoleon and dreams of someday becoming his girlfriend. Napoleon's uncle, Rico, lives in an orange van, where he obsesses over his failed high school football career and dreams up ways to become rich and famous.[3]

Guest voices in the debut season include Amy Poehler, Jennifer Coolidge, Sam Rockwell and Jemaine Clement.[3]


The entire original cast will return to reprise their roles.[4]

  • Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite, an awkward teenager who enjoys mundane diversions such as drawing, playing tetherball and hip-hop dancing. He regularly boasts about his “skills” with weapons such as nunchucks (which he calls "numchucks") and bostaffs, knowing all the "illegal ninja moves from the government," and his summer "in Alaska hunting wolverines" He sometimes calls people "fricking idiots".
  • Aaron Ruell as Kip Dynamite, Napoleon's wimpy 32-year-old brother who usually spends his time on the computer.
  • Efren Ramirez as Pedro Sánchez, a new student to Preston High, originally from Juárez, Mexico. He tends to be a very shy and quiet person and has little dialogue. He becomes Napoleon's closest best friend.
  • Tina Majorino as Deb, a door-to-door vendor selling "Glamour Shots by Deb" and homemade boondoggle key chains and may have a crush on Napoleon.
  • Sandy Martin as Grandma Dynamite, Napoleon and Kip's grandmother
  • Jon Gries as Uncle Rico, Napoleon and Kip's uncle, who lives in a field in his camper van. He played football in high school ("back in '82"), and desires to live in the past and usually just throws footballs in the field where he keeps his van
  • Diedrich Bader as Rex, a local martial arts instructor and founder of the "Rex Kwon Do" center
  • Haylie Duff as Summer Wheatley, the popular girl at Napoleon's school
Main cast members
Jon Heder by Gage Skidmore.jpg Aaron Ruell by Gage Skidmore.jpg Efren Ramirez by Gage Skidmore.jpg Tina Majorino by Gage Skidmore.jpg Sandy Martin by Gage Skidmore.jpg Jon Gries by Gage Skidmore.jpg Diedrich Bader by Gage Skidmore.jpg Haylie Duff by David Shankbone 2.jpg
Jon Heder Aaron Ruell Efren Ramirez Tina Majorino Sandy Martin Jon Gries Diedrich Bader Haylie Duff
Napoleon Dynamite Kip Dynamite Pedro Sánchez Deb Grandma Dynamite Uncle Rico Rex Summer Wheatley

Future episodes without scheduled airdate

The following are episodes that have not currently been scheduled.

Prod code. Title
1AST03 "Scantronica Love"[5]
1AST05 "Pedro vs. Deb"[6]
TBA "FFA"[7]
TBA "Ligertown"[8]
TBA "Rack-U-Tane"[9]
TBA "Thundercone"[10]

International broadcasting

Country Network Premiere date
 Canada Global Mid-season[11]
 United Kingdom E4 TBA[12]


  1. ^ Bill Gorman. "Fox Announces Animated Comedies ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ & ‘Allen Gregory’ For Next Season". TV by the Numbers. 
  2. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (July 12, 2011). "Fox orders more 'Napoleon Dynamite','Allen Gregory'". Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Napoleon Dynamite - New Series". 20th Century Fox. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  4. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Fox Orders 'Napoleon Dynamite' Toon Series". Deadline. 
  5. ^ Reg. # PAu003560965 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  6. ^ Reg. # PAu003560905 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  7. ^ Reg. # PAu003545326 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  8. ^ Reg. # PAu003545329 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  9. ^ Reg. # PAu003474809 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  10. ^ Reg. # PAu003547782 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  11. ^ "GLOBAL TELEVISION UNVEILS 2011/12 PRIMETIME LINEUP". Canada Newswire. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  12. ^ "Channel 4 acquires Homeland and New Girl in Twentieth Century Fox deal". Channel 4. July 18, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 

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