Invader ZIM

Season 1 Episode 1

The Nightmare Begins

Aired Unknown Mar 30, 2001 on Nickelodeon

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  • Zim is established as a laughingstock of his race and sent to a faroff unknown planet called Earth to "conquer" it. Dib, his human rival, is established as a laughingstock of his peers as an alien-obsessed loser kid.

    Despite the Zim backlash the community surrounding me has brought forth, the series still holds up as one of the funniest cartoons, if not shows, ever. The jokes are as odd and biting as ever. The premiere episode is great, though it feels like it's not as developed as later episodes. That could have something to do with the fact that it's developing everything, but whatever. I decided to lower my rating of this episode, because compared to other episodes, this one is a little stale, and some of GIR's most obnoxious quotables come from this one. That being said, I appreciate the half-hour length, because at some points the 11-min runtime of other episodes makes some of them a little rushed.