Men in Black: The Animated Series, also known as MIB: The Animated SeriesMIB: The Series, and Men in Black: The Series, was an American animated television series that originally aired on The WB's Kids' WB programming block from October 11, 1997 to June 30, 2001. The series lasted four seasons and had 53 episodes.

The show features characters from 1997's film Men in Black, which was based on the comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham, originally published by Malibu Comics. The series was produced by Adelaide Productions Inc., a division of Columbia TriStar Television, and Amblin Television as a half-hour series originally airing on Saturday mornings, and later moving to weekdays during the final run. It was a more detailed TV series of the movie saga.

The entire MIB franchise was based on the general idea of The Men In Black known from UFO culture and Folklore. The term 'Men In Black' was popularized by The Main MothMan Investigator, John Keel, as a generic way of describing the mysterious men threatening MothMan and UFO witnesses in Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966 and 1967.

Voice cast:

  • Agent K: Ed O'Ross (Season 1), Gregg Berger (Season 2–4)
  • Agent J: Keith Diamond
  • Agent L: Jennifer Lien (Season 1–3), Jennifer Martin (Season 4)
  • Zed: Charles Napier
  • Frank the Pug: Eddie Barth
  • Jack Jeebs: Tony Shalhoub (first few episodes), Billy West (onwards)
  • The Worm Guys: Patrick Pinney and Pat Fraley as two worms each
  • The Twins: Pat Pinney as Idikiukup and Pat Fraley as Bob
  • Alpha: David Warner
  • Aileen: Beth Broderick
  • Buzzard: Sherman Howard
  • Troy the Symbiote: Rino Romano
  • Edgar Bug/Edwin Bug/Queen Of The Bugs/Bug Aliens: Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Dr. Zeeltor: Steve Kehela
  • Agent X: Adam Baldwin


Character Voice Actor Notes
Agent K

Ed O'Ross [Season 1],

Gregg Berger [Seasons 2-4]

Agent K (originally Kevin Brown) is a top agent and a founder of the organization; and after working at the organisation for nearly 40 years, he shows nearly no emotion. He and J must constantly fight off his old partner Alpha.
Agent J Keith Diamond Agent J (originally James Darrel Edwards III) is one of the main agents of the organization. He is energetic, and tries to bring emotion back to the bland organization. At one point, J arrests the alien Jarra for attempting to steal the Earth's ozone layer and sell it on the Black Market. He remains somewhat of a sidekick to Agent K.
Agent L Jennifer Lien [Seasons 1-3], Jennifer Martin [Season 4] Agent L (originally Dr. Laurel Weaver) is a morgue worker who joins the MiB after she helps Agent K and J stop the Bug from stealingThe Galaxy. She stays in the medical section of the organization until Season 4, wherein she becomes a field agent with Agent X as her partner.
Chief Zed Charles Napier The head of the organization and K and J's boss. He is usually shown in his office, high above the main floor of the headquarters. It is known that he took the job of director at some point prior to the incident with Serlena and the Light of Zartha, in 1978.
Agent D John Mariano Agent D is Agent K's former partner; now retired. He was a founding member of the organisation. He is seen enjoying his retirement with his wife, before he is wiped out of existence by a time traveling alien-hating bigot, and restored by Agent K and a Cerebro-Enhanced Agent J.
Jack Jeebs

Tony Shalhoub [Season 1], 

Billy West [Seasons 2-4]

Jack Jeebs is a humanoid alien who runs a pawn shop, carrying both alien and human merchandise. Jeebs' head is frequently blasted off but grows back.
Edgar the Bug Vincent D'Onofrio The main antagonist of the feature film until he was killed by Agent L; his only appearance in the series was in a flashback by Agent L, who kills him.
Frank the Pug Eddie Barth Frank the Pug is an extraterrestrial living in New York City, in the guise of a pug. It is later revealed that the "human" at Frank's newspaper stand is a robot, and that Frank's true form still resembles a pug, albeit with a dark green color, antennas, and a 3-pointed tail.
The Worm Aliens Patrick Pinney and Pat Fraley Four aliens that love to drink coffee and relax in the organisation's break room. They are renowned for knowing many figures of speech and the organisation rulebook. They occasionally help K or J. In the alternate future, the worms are shown as the dominant race after they got slimed and multiplied.
Arquillians N/A An Arquillian is a member of a race of tiny humanoid aliens. Arquillians have large heads and eyes, but a small body, and hide in human-like robots. The Arquillians are the possesers of the Arquillian Galaxy (a miniaturized 'source of sub-atomic power') and will not stand for it being lost or stolen. They are ruled by a complex monarchy.
Baltians N/A The first race of aliens encountered by the original agents of the organization: a tall, slender species that vaguely resemble Grey Aliens. The Baltians return to Earth every ten years to provide new alien technologies to help fund the organisation.
Idikiukup and Bob Patrick Pinney and Pat Fraley
Alpha David Warner Alpha is Agent K's former mentor, and now the sworn enemy of the M.I.B. and Agent K. Allying himself with Vangus after escape, Alpha turned himself into a cyborg. J often mockingly calls him "Alfalfa". He is the main antagonist of the series.
Buzzard Sherman Howard A Zombarian bounty hunter who is an occasional adversary of Agents J and K.
Dak Jeebs Billy West Jack Jeebs' twin brother.
Drekk Ron Perlman Drekk is alien who has a long criminal record: "longer than Van Allen's belt", according to Chief Zed. He is a former cell-mate of Frank the Pug, and an antagonist of the lead characters.
The Emperor Worm Vincent D'Onofrio The Emperor Worm is the leader of the Worms. Unlike the other Worms, the Emperor is hugely fat, and almost double the height of the others. He usually shows up un-announced at the organisation. The Emperor is careless and defenseless, so the other Worms must watch him.
Agent H Kurtwood Smith One of the founding members of the Men-In Black. He was responsible for most of the MIB's medical equipment.
Agent Q N/A One of the founding members of the organization; responsible for the weapons and vehicles that the organization use. When Q was erased from history, all the weapons and vehicles he developed were erased (and restored) with him.
Aileen Beth Broderick A female alien and agent of the Men in Black: a blue-skinned humanoid, with malleable hands. She lost her former partner to an alien shapeshifter called an Inanimate. She is later assigned another partner named Eidi, whom she treats similarly to K's treatment of J. Like K, she is a legendary agent on her home planet.
Eidi N/A Aileen's rookie partner, assigned to her after the capture of the Inanimate. She is the same species as Aileen, but taller and slightly bulkier. Eidi and J bond while working the case due to their shared status as novices partnered with the planet's best agents.
Agent U N/A An average agent. His name before joining the organisation was Upton, which J easily deduces. There is a running gag where U's agent codename and the word "you" are often confused.
Agent E N/A An average agent who also worked in Hollywood, getting work for aliens in movies and television shows. Most of her clients resemble aliens like the Xenomorph and Alf.
Agent X Adam Baldwin A big-eared, green-skinned alien originating from the G-Dan galaxy; recruited into the organization as Elle's partner, to smooth over human-alien relations. Though he has an impeccable record, X was suspended six times in his home galaxy.
Dr. Zan'dozz Zeeltor Steve Kehela A blue-skinned humanoid alien who replaces Elle as chief scientific officer of the organization. He is very eccentric about the simple items around Earth. Most of his inventions usually cause more harm around J, such as a sticky note pad that started to constrict him. Zeeltor has a pet named Lucy: a Futavian colony bacterium that makes a roaring sound.
Troy The Symbiote Rino Romano A young adventurous symbiote who has a playful relationship with J. His dream is to work for the organization, much to his mother's distress.
Edwin The Bug Vincent D'Onofrio The twin brother of Edgar the Bug; sent by the Bug Queen to get revenge on Agent L, and killed by the Worms.
Queen Bug Mary Kay Bergman The queen of Edwin and Edgar's planet. She later attempted to colonize Earth with a new generation of offspring, but was foiled by MiB.
Klah'Mikk N/A A paperwork filing alien who works for the organisation.
The Fmeks N/A The warmongering counterparts of the Arquillians.
The Ixions N/A A race of oil-loving creatures, who with the help of their leader, Vangus, attempt to plunder the Earth's oil to sell it on the intergalactic market. They were ultimately defeated by MiB, along with Alpha.
Vangus Billy West The leader of the Ixions.

Season 1: 1997–98

# Title Writer(s) Director Original airdate Code
01 "The Long Goodbye Syndrome" Duane Capizzi Frank Paur October 11, 1997 01
On a mission to help stop a Skraaldian multiplication in a sewer, there was a struggle against one. J fires a Noisy Cricket at it, blowing it up. Now, he's a wanted target for every other Skraaldian on their home planet Skraal. And since the Skraaldians have a hive mentality and are locked on to his DNA, it won't be easy for J to escape. Only K can get him out of it. But will he in time? And why does nobody seem worried?
02 "The Buzzard Syndrome" Steve Roberts Nathan Chew October 18, 1997 02
Kay and Jay investigate a crashed alien ship in the woods. Soon they encounter Treblor, an alien cop from the Zombarian Retrieval Department. Treblor claims that the owner of the crashed ship is a dangerous fugitive named Z-Ron. While Jay goes out ahead to capture Z-Ron, Kay learns that "Treblor" is not who he says he is.
03 "The Irritable Bow-Wow Syndrome" Mark Amato Frank Paur October 25, 1997 03
Agents K and J investigate a Charnock landing site at a farm. Frank accidentally swallows a Void Density Core, capable of generating a black hole. Now the Charnock is after him! Can K and J save Frank from getting "sucked inside himself?"
04 "The Alpha Syndrome" Alexx Van Dyne Michael Goguen November 1, 1997 04
Investigating the theft of a Sintillian heart, Kay learns the culprit is Alpha, his former mentor, who stole a Verulian Cosmic Integrator and left Kay for dead years ago. But Kay and Jay discover that Alpha now has multiple alien body parts grafted onto his body, becoming even more dangerous.
05 "The Undercover Syndrome" Steve Roberts Dennis Woodyard November 8, 1997 05
Jay goes undercover as a Tarkan bodyguard at an alien conference to protect Dirndl, Trade Minister of Tarka, from an alien assassin. But with two dozen alien races present, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack.
06 "The Neuralyzer Syndrome" Mark Amato Dennis Woodyard November 15, 1997 06
J wants to know more about K, but K doesn't want J to know much. While not paying attention, J neuralyzes K to the age of sixteen! With K's memory gone, he and J need stop the Chop-Shoppers, a group of black market starship thieves.Note: This episode is no longer shown in America due to the events of 9/11.
07 "The Symbiote Syndrome" Alexx Van Dyne Nathan Chew November 22, 1997 07
When Kay is infected with Millicrons, Jay takes his place on an assignment to transport a teenaged symbiote named Troy to New York City. He has to do it within twenty hours, or be permanently absorbed by Troy. But Buzzard returns and is looking to capture the symbiote for his mysterious boss.
08 "The Inanimate Syndrome" Thomas Pugsley, Greg Klein Michael Goguen December 6, 1997 08
An Inanimate, a shapeshifter capable of disguising itself as inanimate objects, escapes from prison to Earth. But the MIB get some help from Eileen, an intergalactic cop that stirs up some old feelings for Kay.
09 "The Psychic Link Syndrome" Steve Roberts Nathan Chew December 13, 1997 09
An insane Alcidian named Forbus is hunting humans, draining them of their bodily fluids. But during the pursuit, Forbus forms a psychic link with Kay, making him feel whatever he feels.
10 "The Head Trip Syndrome" Thomas Pugsley, Greg Klein Michael Goguen December 20, 1997 12
Jay mistakes a Cerebro-Accelerator for a pair of head phones, making him the smartest man on Earth. However, this will also cause his brain to explode in twenty-two hours. But his advanced brain is MIB's only hope when alien hating bigot uses time travel to erase the five founders of MIB from existence.
11 "The Elle of My Dreams Syndrome" Greg Weisman Frank Paur January 10, 1998 10
Alien dream-eaters known as the Vermax attack the crew of a returning NASA space shuttle. When Kay, Jay and Elle arrive at the landing sight, a Vermax attaches itself to Jay and sends him into a deep sleep. Elle enters Jay's dreams to get him to wake up and remove the Vermax.
12 "The I Married an Alien Syndrome" Steve Roberts Dennis Woodyard February 14, 1998 13
The Blastula are increasing the temperature on Earth in their plot to colonize the planet. Meanwhile, Jay believes that Kay may be an alien spy for the Blastula.
13 "The Take No Prisoners Syndrome" Dean Stefan Dennis Woodyard May 16, 1998 11
Dr. Lupo and other inmates of MIB's prison ward manage to break out and incapacitate most of MIB. Only Jay and the worms can save the day.

Season 2: 1998–99

# Title Writer(s) Director Original airdate Code
14 "The Little Big Man Syndrome" Thomas Pugsley, Greg Klein Nathan Chew September 19, 1998 15
The Fmeks are stealing human suits from their enemies, the Arquillians. Jay gets shrunk down to their tiny size to find out what the Fmeks are up to.
15 "The Quick Clone Syndrome" Duane Capizzi Mike Goguen September 26, 1998 14
Agent J is working long hours. He wants some rest. When he noticed an Agent L quick clone, he asks L to launch him some. L is reluctant at first, but then she decides three and only three. Alpha's latest scheme – using his own J lookalike to steal Zed's brain – complicates matters.
16 "The Heads You Lose Syndrome" Alexx Van Dyne Chris Dozois October 3, 1998 16
Alpha is back and his alien attachments are falling apart. At first, he forces Jeebs to locate new body parts for him, but when he discovers that Troy the symbiote is at MIB, his plans change.
17 "The Dog Eat Dog Syndrome" Steve Roberts Nathan Chew October 10, 1998 17
Drekk, an old friend of Frank the Pug, is running loose on Earth. And Frank faces getting boiled alive if he helps Jay and Kay apprehend him.
18 "The Big Bad Bug Syndrome" Greg Weisman Christopher Dozois October 24, 1998 18
The Queen of the Bugs puts out a bounty on the MIB agent responsible for the demise of dearly-departed Edgar. Now Elle must escape from some nasty Bugs – including Edgar's brother, Edwin – looking to collect the reward.
19 "The Jack O'Lantern Syndrome" Robin Jill Burger Michael Goguen October 31, 1998 19
It's Halloween night and trick-or-treating with the worms gets dangerous when Jay comes across an alien that kidnaps children.
20 "The Sonic Boom Syndrome" Steve Roberts Nathan Chew November 7, 1998 20
A sonic powered alien named Aldoosi escapes from Eileen and her new partner, Eidi. To track this fugitive down, Kay works with Eileen and Jay works with Eidi.
21 "The Bad Seed Syndrome" Alexx Van Dyne Christopher Dozois November 14, 1998 21
Parasites spread by alien seeds take over MIB and threaten the world. As the remaining agents try to stop it, Jay can't keep his mouth shut since he's accidentally been given a truth serum.
22 "The Fmall, Fmall World Syndrome" Duane Capizzi Michael Goguen November 21, 1998 22
Preparing to conquer Earth, the Fmeks break into MIB to get their tiny hands on a growth formula. They mistake one of the worms for the professor who created the formula and capture him.
23 "The Black Christmas Syndrome" Duane Capizzi Michael Goguen December 12, 1998 25
It's up to MIB to save Christmas when Drekk kidnaps Santa Claus.
24 "The Supermen in Black Syndrome" Steve Roberts Nathan Chew January 16, 1999 23
The Tomassitron Matter Amplifier grants Kay, Jay and Elle super powers as well as three alien criminals, leading to a super showdown.
25 "The Star System Syndrome" Greg Weisman Christopher Dozois January 23, 1999 24
Kay and Jay head to Hollywood to investigate the disappearances of alien actors.
26 "The Blackguard Syndrome" Jon Weisman, Greg Weisman Nathan Chew February 6, 1999 26
Alpha and Dak, Jeeb's brother, take over MIB's Blackguard satellite. Jay and Kay blast into space to stop them before they destroy MIB with it.

Season 3: 1999–2000

# Title Writer(s) Director Original airdate Code
27 "The Worm-Guy Guy Syndrome" Duane Capizzi Jane Wu Soriano October 30, 1999 302
Two Kalifadik law enforcement officials begin punishing the guilty on Earth, using teleportation guns to send them to an alien prison. As MIB tries to stop them, Jay and one of the worms pass through each in mid-teleportation and slowly turn into each other.
28 "The Cold Sweat Syndrome" Steve Melching Bryan Andrews November 6, 1999 303
Merged together, Alpha and Dak find themselves in Antarctica where a powerful alien spaceship lies buried. It's up to Kay, Jay, Jeebs and the worms to stop them from using it.
29 "The Puppy Love Syndrome" Tom Pugsley & Greg Klein Christopher Berkeley November 13, 1999 301
Frank the Pug meets an alien named Veronica and falls in love. But what he doesn't know is that Veronica works for Javkor, who is out to steal MIB's most powerful weapons
30 "The Lost Continent Syndrome" Dean Stefan Christopher Berkeley November 20, 1999 307
Kay and Jay have to stop alien terrorist Quintoon's plans to raise the legendary Atlantis continent.
31 "The Way Out West Syndrome" Tony Schilacci Nathan Chew November 27, 1999 305
When MIB fails to stop a Metaphite that threatens Phoenix, Jay and Kay have to travel back in time to the wild west to find the Metaphite's then vulnerable cocoon. Unfortunately, a Vexron living in that time is determined to make sure that they don't succeed.
32 "The Mine, Mine, Mine Syndrome" Tony Reitano Darwyn Cooke December 4, 1999 306
The Bug Queen herself has come to Earth and is hiding in hotel, waiting for her eggs to be able to hatch and take over. Making things more difficult for MIB is the presence of the Emperor Worm, who happens to be staying in the exact same hotel as the Bugs.
33 "The Bye-Bye Worm Syndrome" Alexx Van Dyne Vincenzo Trippetti December 11, 1999 311
When Zed orders the worms to be sent back to their home after another mishap, Jay does whatever he can to prove their innocence.
34 "The Lights Out Syndrome" Nick DuBois Bryan Andrews January 29, 2000 304
Kay is blinded by a Darkon ray and will need Jay's help to stop the Darkons from creating a permanent eclipse.
35 "The Out to Pasture Syndrome" Dean Stefan Darwyn Cooke February 12, 2000 308
Zed surprises everyone when he decides it's time to retire. Jay gets partnered with Elle since Kay is chosen to be the new head of MIB. As Zed is neuralyzed and embarks on a life of fishing in Long Island, Alpha returns more powerful than ever.
36 "The Sardines and Ice Cream Syndrome" Tony Sommo Christopher Berkeley February 26, 2000 309
Jay accidentally swallows an alien egg and becomes pregnant. Meanwhile, the Fmeks are shrinking everything in sight.
37 "The I Want My Mummy Syndrome" Steve Melching Bryan Andrews March 12, 2000 313
Kay and Jay have to contend with a recently awakened Hyperian, which is dressed like an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
38 "The Baby Kay Syndrome" Barry Hawkins Vincenzo Trippetti April 23, 2000 314
The Stellairian leader comes to Earth for peace talks and Kay and Jay have to watch over his daughter, Kima. When she is kidnapped by Frostifarians, her age regressing hypo-spray breaks loose. Now as Kima grows older, Kay begins turning into a baby.
39 "The Bad Doggie Syndrome" Marsha Griffin Darwyn Cooke April 30, 2000 312
Kay and Jay are moving fast to stop the take over of Earth by the Tunstons, whose king is hiding out in Frank the Pug's body.
40 "The "J" is for James Syndrome" Dean Stefan Jane Wu Soriano May 7, 2000 315
After Jay goes for a joyride using the LTD he ends up getting terminated from the MIB. He is then neuralyzed and sent back to the NYPD... just as the bugs attack again.

Season 4: 2000–01

# Title Writer(s) Director Original airdate Code
41 "The Musical Chairs Syndrome" Dean Steffan Curt Walstead September 16, 2000 405
Changes abound at MIB as Dr. Zeeltor takes over in the lab for Elle, who has become a field agent and gotten partnered with an alien named Agent X. As these new changes set in, MIB has to stop New York from being devoured by a Barooga.
42 "The Spectacle Syndrome" Marsha Griffin Chuck Drost September 23, 2000 403
Kay and Jay have to rescue the worms from an alien world similar to Ancient Rome.
43 "The Back to School Syndrome" Len Uhley Michael Goguen September 30, 2000 404
Jay poses as a high school student to protect an alien prince from alien terrorists.
44 "The Opening Gambit Syndrome" Steven Melching Chris Dozois October 7, 2000 406
Thirty years ago, an Ixion named Vangus came to Earth and was stopped by an MIB agent. Now when Vangus returns, MIB seeks answers from the agent that stopped him: Alpha.
45 "The Future's So Bright Syndrome" Tom Pugsley & Greg Klein Chris Dozois October 21, 2000 401
During pursuit of a large criminal Worm, Jay gets sent to the future and finds that the Worms rule all of Earth.
46 "The Loose Ball Foul Syndrome" Alexx Van Dyne Chris Berkeley April 14, 2001 407
The Fmeks are back and trying to take over a tiny planet that resembles a baseball. To make matters worse, Kay is on the tiny planet and things are getting very hot.
47 "The Hots for Jay Syndrome" Muchael Edens Chuck Drost April 21, 2001 410
After eating some alien food, Jay gains the ability to throw fire. But this new power will have serious consequences if he keeps using it.
48 "The Circus Parade Syndrome" Julia Lewald Curt Walstead April 28, 2001 409
A member of a witness protection program for aliens is on the run from an intergalactic gang called The Association when they discover he's on Earth.
49 "The Virtual Crossfire Syndrome" Dean Stefan Chuck Drost May 5, 2001 408
Jay gets a low score on MIB's new virtual reality training test and the embarrassment eventually forces him to try again. But this time the game goes haywire and the dangers Jay faces become deadly.
50 "The Breaking News Syndrome" Marsha Griffin Curt Walstead May 12, 2001 411
An alien TV crew comes to Earth to film MIB agents on the job, just as Drekk returns to cause trouble.
51 "The Zero to Superhero Syndrome" Baz Hawkins Curt Walstead May 26, 2001 402
A super-hero calling himself Cosmosis emerges to defend the city from evil, but he is really an alien looking to put his powers to good use. However, MIB feels his new profession could attract trouble for Earth, so they try to lure him out using Jay as bait.
52 "The Endgame Syndrrome: Episode 1" Dean Stefan Chris Berkeley June 23, 2001 412
Alpha, Vangus and the Ixions return to Earth, working together to threaten all life on the planet. With invasion imminent, Zed decides to reveal MIB's existence to the world.
53 "The Endgame Syndrome: Episode 2" Dean Stefan Chuck Drost June 30, 2001 413
With MIB having success in coordinating resistance against the invasion, the Ixions plan to unleash a weapon that will kill everyone on Earth. Kay and Jay will fight Alpha and Vangus in the final battle for humanity.

Home video releases

In the United States, six episodes from the first half of the first season were issued on three two-episode VHS volumes, all made available on March 16, 1999. The United Kingdom received a similar release on August 19, 2002, however, all six episodes were released on one bumper VHS instead of three two-episode volumes. The release also included a bonus seventh episode, which was actually episode one, billed as the "pilot episode". It was then announced that the remainder of the show's first season, episodes 8-13, would be exclusively released in the region, being made available on VHS on January 24, 2003. 

On July 12, 2004, the first three episodes of the first season were issued on DVD for the first time by UCA Pictures. Further releases were planned, but sales were not strong enough to warrant any other DVD releases from UCA. The entire first season was issued on DVD for the first time on July 4, 2007 in Australia, via Sony Pictures Entertainment. The set contained two discs, one containing seven episodes and the other containing the remaining six. On July 16, 2007, the set was made available in the United Kingdom, however, was this time split up into two separate volumes instead of a whole box set. On May 11, 2012, the entire first season was released on DVD for the first time in the United States, being made available as an exclusive product for Target stores in the country.