Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide was an American live-action situation comedy on Nickelodeon that debuted in the channel's Sunday night TEENick scheduling block on September 12, 2004 in the USA. The series' actual pilot episode aired on September 7, 2003, without many of the current version's main characters. The series finale television movie aired on June 8, 2007.
The visual effects were done by John Allison Inc., supervised by John Allison and Robin Snelson. The show is produced by ApolloProScreen GmbH & Co. Filmproduktion KG in association with Jack Mackie Pictures, its main executive producer and creator was Scott Fellows, the head writer for The Fairly OddParents; for this reason, Cosmo and Wanda appeared in the short titled "Day Dreaming", which aired on February 5, 2005. Former Wonder Years star Fred Savage was one of the show's directors. The other executive producers were, Jörg Westerkamp and Bill O'Dowd. Rich Magallanes was the executive in charge of production.
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide chronicles the wacky adventures of Ned Bigby and his best friends Jennifer Mosely (better known as Moze), and Simon Nelson-Cook (a.k.a. Cookie) at James K. Polk Middle School. Ned breaks the fourth wall to share tips and tricks on navigating middle school or junior high hurdles.
Each 22-minute episode contained two 11-minute shorts, both of which deal with a subject about home life, each containing an odd plot and an odder plot in the next episode.
The show takes place at the fictional James K. Polk Middle School, in California as evidenced by the state flag being located in the school's entrance hall. The exterior of the school was filmed at La Mesa Junior High in Santa Clarita, California. The school is named after the 11th President of the United States James K. Polk. The school's colors are yellow and green, which is a constant theme through the school's interior. Additionally, their school teams are named the 'Wolves'.
During Season 1, all of the show's action took place at the school, and with the exception of one or two notable occasions, everything happened indoors. However, during Season 2, the show's producers decided they wanted more exterior scenes. So more outdoor shots were used, and on certain occasions, off school property altogether.
On the show, Ned tries to create a guide that helps middle school students survive academically and socially and make it to graduation. The guide features almost every problem you would face in middle school/junior high. The 3 main characters are Ned Bigby, Jennifer Mosely (Moze) and Simon-Nelson Cook (Cookie).
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Ned is the main character who started the guide after walking into the girl's bathroom at a young age. He is usually getting into trouble with his friends Moze and Cookie. Ned has been neighbors with Mose his whole life. His dream girl is Suzie Crabgrass, but she moves to Santa Ana and then he starts to like Moze, Moze also begins to like Ned. His dream girl has to be funny, have a good smile, be athletic--all the qualities that fit Moze. He usually turns to Gordy, the school's janitor, for advice on girls and guy stuff.
Jennifer goes by the name of "Moze" because Ned called her that in first grade to avoid confusion from the other three Jennifers in the class. She was usually trying to break away from Ned and Cookie in the hope of getting a girl's best friend in the early part of the show, season one mainly. She eventually became best friends with her worst enemy - Suzie Crabgrass. She eventually becomes friends with many people after becoming friends with Cookie and Ned. She is a volleyball jock and has set the most school records, including one for the most school records. She's usually the one Ned and Cookie come to for favors.
Simon goes by the name "Cookie" since his last name is "Cook". He is a computer genius, with his own micro-computer in his glasses. He is able to hack into the school's database, and this often comes in handy. Along with his computer glasses, he has "printer-pants". cookie is seen as goofy, helpful, and occasionally charming. He is somewhat of a nerd and is shown to have a crush on Lisa Zemo in season 3 after she lost her glasses and allergies. Cookie continually tries to get Lisa to go out with him in the third season, and finally does so in the series finale.
- Nickelodeon (original run, September 12, 2004-June 8, 2007; reruns, June 9, 2007-September 7, 2012)
- NickToons (January 17, 2012-June 29, 2012)
- The N/TeenNick (2008-2016)
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Two DVD releases have been made for the series:
- TeenNick Picks, Volume 1 - features "Guide to Computer Labs and Backpacks" (Season 1, Episode 9)
- Special Field Trip Edition - features the telefilm and "Guide to Dismissal and The School Play" (Season 3, Episode 4)
- Scott Fellows (4 episodes)
- Rick Grohl (4 episodes)
- Lazar Saric (4 episodes)
- Eddie Guzelian (3 episodes)
- Frank Berin (2 episodes)
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|Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide|
|Media||Episodes (Seasons: Pilots • Season 1 • Season 2 • Season 3) • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: TV Movie|
|Characters||Ned Bigby • Jennifer Moze • Simon Nelson-Cook • Main characters • Recurring adult characters|
|Other||DVDs • Tips from Season 1 • Tips from Season 2 • Tips from Season 3|
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