My Gym Partner's a Monkey

My Gym Partner's a Monkey
Created by Julie McNally Cahill
Timothy Cahill
Written by
  • Julie McNally-Cahill
  • Timothy Cahill
  • Tom Sheppard
  • Roger Eschbacher
  • Mitch Larson
  • Adam Pava
Directed by
  • Timothy Cahill
  • Gary Hartle (supervising director, Season 1–2)
  • John McIntyre (supervising director, Season 3–4)
Voices of
Theme music composer Tom Sheppard
Pat Irwin
Opening theme "My Gym Partner's a Monkey"
Composer(s) Tom Sheppard (original songs)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Julie McNally-Cahill
Timothy Cahill
  • Victoria McCollum (Season 1–3)
  • Haven Alexander (Season 4)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Original network Cartoon Network
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release December 26, 2005 (2005-12-26) – November 27, 2008 (2008-11-27)
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My Gym Partner's a Monkey is an American animated television series that was created by Tim Cahill and Julie McNally Cahill and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. It premiered on Cartoon Network on December 26, 2005. The story revolves around Adam Lyon, a human who, after a clerical error listed his surname as "Lion," is forced to transfer to Charles Darwin Middle School, a school for local anthropomorphic zoo animals, where he is partnered with Jake Spidermonkey in gym, and quickly becomes best friends with him.

The series aired 96 episodes, a special, and a feature film during its run. The series ended its 4-season run on November 27, 2008. On April 27, 2012, this series returned to Cartoon Network to show reruns on the revived block, Cartoon Planet. Two DVD volumes have been released in 2007 and 2008. The first season was recently put on Netflix, along with other Cartoon Network shows, where it is in its original widescreen format, while the second season is cropped to full screen format.

My Gym Partner's a Monkey was a ratings success for Cartoon Network, gaining millions of viewers. The series was met with generally positive reviews from critics. It was nominated for four Annie Awards and won an Emmy Award.


A boy named Adam is transferred to a middle school established for anthropomorphic zoo animals due to a spelling error making his surname "Lion". There, he is befriended by a mischievous, eccentric spider monkey named Jake, hence the title of the series, along with a sassy toucan named Lupe, a giraffe named Ingrid, who is infatuated with Adam, the intelligent, wise gorilla Windsor, and Slips the easygoing python. In spite of his usual kindness and fondness for his friends, Adam despises being banished to Charles Darwin Middle School because of something beyond his control and longs for his previous human middle school.

Usually, the episodes are focused on Adam's experiences at Charles Darwin Middle School due to his inability to fit in with his anthropomorphic schoolmates, the challenges that he must face (such as the presumed stupidity of his peers, being schooled in subjects of use only to animals, the introductions of new students of odd, dangerous, or fictional species to the school or the misadventures that Adam stumbles into with them, or the common effects of adolescence as they are experienced by zoo animals).


Adam (left) and Jake (right)

Broadcast history

After a pilot airing on December 26, 2005,[3] the series began its regular run with a two-episode premiere on Cartoon Network's "Fridays" block on February 24, 2006.[4] The My Gym Partner's a Monkey-based television film The Big Field Trip aired on January 14, 2007, as part of season 3.[5] A special episode, "That Darn Platypus", aired on Cartoon Network on May 18, 2007,[3] as part of Cartoon Network Invaded, a mini-series that aired 5 specials of different series from May 4 to May 28, 2007.[6] The series ended its 4 season-run on November 27, 2008, with the episode "A Thanksgiving Carol".[3] Reruns of the series are shown on the revived block Cartoon Planet since April 27, 2012.[7] In Latin America currently airs on Tooncast since 2013.


My Gym Partner's a Monkey was a ratings success for Cartoon Network. On the series' Cartoon Network "Fridays" block two-episode premiere at 9:00 and 9:30 P.M. EST, the first episode was seen by 1.2 million and the second by 1.3 million children ages 2–11, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research.[4] The 9:30 P.M. telecast ranked as the #1 telecast on all television, broadcast and cable, with both boys 6–11 and boys 2–11 in the time period.[4] The series went on top the Fridays block ratings, gaining millions of viewers.[8]

My Gym Partner's a Monkey received generally positive reviews from critics. William Barker of Web Wombat gave the King of the Jungle DVD a positive review, awarding it with a score of 70%, saying: "With an original – dare I say unique? – premise, My Gym Partner's a Monkey makes for a somewhat refreshing change from super heroes and mutants, and the cut-out animation style is captivating, though far from novel. It's not the most impressive cartoon show I've ever seen, but it's quite cute and fairly amusing – even for the older primates among us."[9] Larisa Wiseman of Common Sense Media awarded the series three out of five stars, saying: "It's difficult to tell what age group the show's producers were aiming at – the animation style and slapstick by themselves would seem to appeal mainly to grade-schoolers, while the jokes and life lessons are definitely aimed at the tween set. The sly humor may even give some adults the occasional laugh-out-loud moment. Overall, My Gym Partner's a Monkey is commendable for its effort to include a subtle message in each episode. Younger viewers will probably find Jake's sometimes-annoying goofiness amusing, and will definitely find the story lines entertaining."[10]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2006 Annie Awards Writing in an Animated Television Production[11] Tom Sheppard
for "Nice Moustache"
Production Design in an Animated Television Production[11] Dan Krall
for "Grub Drive"
2007 Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation[12] Narina Sokolova
for The Big Field Trip
Annie Awards Writing in an Animated Television Production[13] Tom Sheppard
for "The Butt of Jake"
Best Animation Production Artist[13] Jim Worthy
for "Meet the Spidermonkeys"

DVD releases

Two DVD volumes of the series have been released in Region 4. The first, My Gym Partner's a Monkey – King of the Jungle (featuring 6 episodes, a total of 150 minutes), was released on April 4, 2007,[14] and the second, My Gym Partner's a Monkey – Monkey Business (featuring 7 episodes, a total of 154 minutes), on January 23, 2008.[15] Both are available for purchase on[16][17] There have been no further volumes released. All the seasons are available for purchase on the iTunes Store.[5]


The show reruns in India on channel Cartoon Network by the name "Samsher Sikander Chuddie Buddie".[18]


  1. Yesterday's Funny Monkey
  2. Basic Jake
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  17. "My Gym Partner's a MonkeyMonkey Business – Season 1 – Episodes 7–13". Retrieved July 1, 2012.
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