Not to be confused with Detention (TV series).
Detentionaire title card
Created by
  • Daniel Bryan Franklin
  • Charles Johnston
Directed by Kevin Micallef
Voices of
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 53 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Daniel Bryan Franklin
  • Charles Johnston
  • Doug Murphy
  • Tracey Dodokin
  • Jane Crawford
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Nelvana
Original network
Picture format
Original release September 12, 2011 (2011-09-12) – January 29, 2015 (2015-01-29)
External links
Channel website
Production website

Detentionaire is a Canadian animated series that first aired on Teletoon on September 12, 2011. It was created by Daniel Bryan Franklin and Charles Johnston and produced by Tracey Dodokin. The show features a total of 53 episodes, spanning across 4 seasons.


The story revolves around high school student Lee Ping, who on his first day of 10th grade was framed for a major prank and was punished with a full year of detention. Every day with the help of his friends, Lee sneaks out of detention to try to expose who was really behind the prank all while trying to avoid being caught by the school's principal Barrage. After clearing his name Lee sneaks out of detention again due to failing to escape Barrage's upgraded detention room.


Main characters


Supporting characters



The show consists of 4 seasons of 13 episodes each, except for the first one which contains 14 due to including the pilot episode.[2][3] Both Canadian[4] and Australian airdates are provided; all seasons except the first one aired in Australia prior to airing in Canada.[5]

Detentionaire series overview
Seasons Episodes Canadian air date Australian air date
First aired Last aired First aired Last aired
1 14 September 12, 2011 April 5, 2012 May 12, 2012 August 11, 2012
2 13 September 6, 2012 December 6, 2012 August 31, 2012 September 18, 2012
3 13 September 5, 2013 December 12, 2013 June 6, 2013 June 24, 2013
4 13 January 8, 2015 January 29, 2015 November 8, 2013 January 31, 2014


The development of the pilot episode was announced on September 21, 2009.[6] As of October that year, 26 episodes were scheduled to be produced with a budget of US$275,000–325,000 per episode; production of the pilot was set to begin in spring 2010.[7]

The series was inspired by the school experiences of the creators, particularly in depicting various cultural backgrounds and dealing with school rules and restrictions. A major focus of the show was the defiance of stereotypes, especially those regarding cliquishness.[8]

For season 4, a very different concept for the plot was initially created than that which was eventually produced, with a prominent role for the character of Niles Peg and a special title for Lee.[9]


The series has been reviewed by Strange Kids Club[10][11] and Toon Zone,[12] with the former also conducting an interview with one of the co-creators.[13]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominee Result Ref.
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series Episode: "Dudes of Darkness" Nominated [14]
2014 Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series Episode: "Finding Finnwich" Nominated [15]
Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series Episode: "Finding Finnwich" Nominated


In Canada, the series was first shown during the week of September 12, 2011 on Teletoon with a preview of the first 5 episodes,[16] and began airing regularly on January 5, 2012.[17] Reruns of the show currently air on YTV.

The show first aired in Australia on ABC3 on May 12, 2012.[18] The fourth season finale premiered in Australia on January 31, 2014,[19] and it remains undetermined as to whether or not a fifth season will be made.

The series premiered on the "Always On" digital platform of Cartoon Network in the United States as part of the platform's 2014–2015 lineup.[20] Episodes of the show first appeared on Cartoon Network's website on September 29, 2014, spanning most of seasons 1 and 2.[21]

Home video releases

Episodes have been made available in standard definition (seasons 2 and 3 also in high definition) on the Canadian iTunes Store as they aired on Teletoon, currently spanning seasons 1,[22] 2,[23] and 3.[24]

All four seasons are available for purchase on Amazon Video in the United States, both in high and standard definition.[25][26][27][28]


  1. Goldstein, Mrs. "Knock Knock". Detentionaire. 5 minutes in. Bifford! No talking after having your wisdom teeth out!
  2. "Broadcaster Performance Envelopes (2009-2010)" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  3. "annual report 2009–2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  4. "Detentionaire - Episode Guide - Zap2it". Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  5. "Detentionaire : ABC TV". Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  6. "Press Release - Nelvana Enterprises Presents Exciting Lineup Of Properties At Mipcom". 2009-09-21. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  7. Kate Calder (2009-10-01). "Up Next". Kidscreen. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  10. "Nelvana's "Detentionaire" is Beyond Your Common Detention". Strange Kids Club. 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  11. "Coming Attractions: Nelvana's DETENTIONAIRE Returns for Season 3 This September". Strange Kids Club. 2013-08-31. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  12. ""Detentionaire": Stuck in the Middle with Deja Vu - Toon Zone News". 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  13. "Interview with Daniel Franklin, Co-Creator of Teletoon's 'Detentionaire'". Strange Kids Club. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  14. Pratt, Emily (2013-01-15). "Canadian Screen Awards TV and Digital Media Nominations". CBC News.
  15. "2014 Canadian Screen Awards Television Nominations". Canadian Screen Awards. 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  16. "Teletoon Announces Fall 2011 Lineup". 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  17. "The Press Room « Teletoon « Press Release « New Animated, Live-Action Series And 'Can'T Miss Thursdays' Highlight Teletoon'S Exciting". 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  18. "ABC3 - TV Program - Detentionaire (Series 1)". Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  19. "ABC3 - TV Program - Detentionaire (Series 2)". Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  20. "Cartoon Network Evolves with Kids: 'Always On' - ATLANTA, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/". Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  22. "iTunes - TV Shows - Detentionaire, Season 1". 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  23. "iTunes - TV Shows - Detentionaire, Season 2". 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  24. "iTunes - TV Shows - Detentionaire, Season 3". 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
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