Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero

Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero
Genre Comedy
Created by Jared Bush
Sam Levine
Voices of Thomas Middleditch
Adam DeVine
Tania Gunadi
Alfred Molina
Larry Wilmore
Theme music composer Ryan Shore
Beau Black
Composer(s) Ryan Shore
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 21 (list of episodes)
Running time 22 minutes (whole)
10:25[1] (separate)
Production company(s) Mercury Filmworks
Disney Television Animation
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original network Disney XD
Original release December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05) – present
External links

Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero is an American animated series produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney XD. The series debuted on December 5, 2014, as a preview,[2] followed by the official premiere on February 13, 2015.[3] The series was ordered on October 16, 2013, for a scheduled fall 2014 premiere.[4]

The series' co-creator, Jared Bush, also co-wrote and co-directed Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 film Zootopia.[5]

On April 22, 2015, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[6]

On July 19, 2016, it was announced that the show would be ending after two seasons. The second season will air through 2017.[7]


The series follows the adventures of Penn Zero, who unexpectedly inherits the job of his parents: being a Part-Time Hero. Penn must zap into various dimensions to take on the role of the hero in that world and save the day in their place. With the help of his friends, Boone, the Part-Time Wiseman, and Sashi, the Part-Time Sidekick, he must save the worlds from Rippen, a Part-Time Villain and Penn's art teacher, and his Part-Time Minion and principal of Penn's school, Larry.

Cast and characters

Main characters


The heroes' family

Recurring characters


Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 21 (38) December 5, 2014 October 1, 2015
2 TBA 2017 TBA

Season 1 (2014–15)

No. Title Directed by Written by Storyboard by Original air date[8] Production
U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1"North Pole Down"Adam Henry and Tom De RosierStory: Jared Bush and Sam Levine
Teleplay: Jeff Poliquin
Joseph S. Scott and Heiko DrengenbergDecember 5, 2014 (2014-12-05)104N/A

Penn doesn't want to celebrate Christmas because his parents won't be there. However, he is sent to the North Pole to fill in for Santa Claus to save Christmas.

Guest star: Henry Winkler as The Snowman
2a"Chicken or Fish?"Chuckles AustenJared Bush and Sam LevineStu LivingstonFebruary 13, 2015 (2015-02-13)1022.91[10][11]
Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped into an underwater world to save a society of fish people, but their mission gets complicated when Penn finds out that Boone is afraid of water.
2b"The Old Old West"Adam HenryJared Bush and Sam LevineWolf-Rüdiger BlossFebruary 13, 2015 (2015-02-13)1022.91[10][11]

When Penn and his team are zapped into an old west cowboy world where the cowboys ride dinosaurs, the town sheriff joins them on their mission to prove he still has what it takes.

Guest star: Beau Bridges as Sheriff Scaley Briggs
3a"Babypocalypse"Tom De RosierKenny ByerlyKathleen GoodFebruary 14, 2015 (2015-02-14)1030.62[12]

Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped into a world of living stuffed-animals to save the town's mayor from giant babies.

Guest star: Diana Rigg as Mayor Pink Panda
3b"That Purple Girl"Chuckles AustenJulia MirandaBrandon WarrenFebruary 14, 2015 (2015-02-14)1030.62[12]

Penn and Boone's friendship is put to the test when they both fall for a beautiful alien princess that they must escort though the jungle back to her tribe.

Guest star: Elizabeth Henstridge as Princess
4a"I'm Super!"Adam HenryJase RicciJoseph S. ScottFebruary 15, 2015 (2015-02-15)1010.53[13]

When Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped into a world where everyone has superpowers, Penn learns that you don't have to have superpowers to be a hero.

Guest star: Adam West as Captain Super Captain
4b"The Fast and the Floor Rugs"Tom De RosierJared Bush and Sam LevineHeiko DrengenbergFebruary 15, 2015 (2015-02-15)1010.53[13]
After Penn and his team are zapped into a desert world filled with flying carpets, Penn begins to question Boone's abilities as the team's wise man.
5a"Brainzburgerz"Chuckles AustenStory: Jared Bush and Sam Levine
Teleplay: Jase Ricci
Stu LivingstonFebruary 16, 2015 (2015-02-16)1050.69[14]

Exhausted from recent missions, Penn is relieved when he is zapped into a seemingly ordinary job as a food court employee in a mall, but it turns out that Penn and his team are in an alternate world where a zombie apocalypse is taking place.

Guest star: Michael-Leon Wooley as General
5b"Chuckle City"Adam HenryStory: Jared Bush and Sam Levine
Teleplay: Kenny Byerly
Wolf-Rüdiger BlossFebruary 16, 2015 (2015-02-16)1050.69[14]

When Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped into a clown world as clown cops, Sashi must tap into her silly side to save the mission.

Guest star: Garry Marshall as Soda Jerk
6a"Flurgle Burgle"Tom De RosierStory: Jared Bush and Sam Levine
Teleplay: Kenny Byerly
Kathleen GoodFebruary 23, 2015 (2015-02-23)1060.69[15]

Penn becomes concerned that Sashi takes her role as sidekick too seriously. Meanwhile, he and his team are zapped into a new world as spaceship heroes to save a starship from destruction, but the mission is complicated when Sashi accidentally turns Penn into a weird space animal.

Guest stars: George Takei as Sashi's Dad, Lauren Tom as Sashi's Mom
6b"Temple of the Porcelain God"Chuckles AustenKenny ByerlyBrandon Warren and Jean-Sebastien DuclosFebruary 23, 2015 (2015-02-23)1060.69[15]
Phyllis has Penn and his team watch a play-back of their just-completed mission in which they were explorers in a race against time to return an idol to a temple while being chased by Rippen and a giant man-eating toilet.
7a"Defending the Earth"Adam HenryJeff PoliquinJoseph S. ScottMarch 16, 2015 (2015-03-16)1070.47[16]

When the team is zapped into an alternate world where Penn is president, Sashi is a general, and Boone is a Supreme Court justice, Boone finds himself on the most popular game show in the galaxy where he must plead his case and compete against Rippen in an outrageous contest that will determine the fate of the Earth. However, Boone has a fear of public speaking.

Guest stars: Chris Parnell as Judge Blort Clooney, Bruce Vilanch as himself
7b"Number One, Number Two"Tom De RosierPaiman KalayehJoe OhMarch 16, 2015 (2015-03-16)1070.47[16]
While in a medieval world, Rippen holds tryouts to replace Larry as his number two, and Penn goes undercover as Rippen's new minion to find a village's stolen gold.
8a"3 Big Problems"Chuckles AustenKevin Hylton and Mike WinnStu LivingstonMarch 23, 2015 (2015-03-23)1080.39[17]

Penn and his team are zapped into a world where they are enormous yet misunderstood monsters. They must convince the human President of a nearby island city that the monsters mean them no harm.

Guest star: Maria Bamford as The President
8b"Cereal Criminals"Adam HenryKenny ByerlyWolf-Rüdiger BlossMarch 23, 2015 (2015-03-23)1080.39[17]

In a world where everyone is a cereal mascot and cereal is grown on farms, Penn seeks the help of an imprisoned Rippen to catch The Milk Man, a villain threatening to flood all the cereal crops with milk, turning them soggy.

Guest star: Paul Reubens as The Milk Man
9a"I'm Still Super!"Tom De RosierJase RicciHeiko DrengenbergApril 6, 2015 (2015-04-06)1090.68[18]

Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped back to the super hero world to help Captain Super Captain defeat his twin brother, Professor Evil Professor, who has turned all the superheroes evil.

Guest star: Adam West as Captain Super Captain & Professor Evil Professor
9b"Balls!"Chuckles AustenJeff PoliquinBrandon WarrenApril 6, 2015 (2015-04-06)1090.68[18]

Concerned about his abilities as a leader, Penn and his team are zapped into a world where they are sports balls to teach the other balls to defend themselves from their enemies.

Guest stars: Kari Wahlgren as Bowling Ball, Brian Posehn as Beach Ball Grandpappy
10a"The Princess Most Fair"Tom De RosierJase RicciKathleen GoodApril 27, 2015 (2015-04-27)1100.36[19]

The team zaps into a musical fairy tale universe where everyone sings when they speak. Penn is a princess, Sashi is a knight, and Boone is a fairy godmother. During their mission to save the queen from being turned to stone, their true feelings come out in song.

Guest star: Rena Strober as Queen
10b"Hail Larry"Adam HenryPaiman KalayehJoseph S. ScottApril 27, 2015 (2015-04-27)1100.36[19]
Larry becomes an acting part-time villain as he substitutes for the ailing Rippen. The team's mission is endangered when Penn takes pity on Larry.
11a"It's a Colorful Life"Chuckles AustenElizabeth RinehartStu LivingstonJune 1, 2015 (2015-06-01)1110.35[20]

When Penn and his team are zapped into a world where the colorful Hues and the gray Drabs are in a feud, they must stop Rippen from destroying the rainbow rocks, which provide the world's colors.

Guest stars: Pamela Adlon as Drab Lieutenant, Harland Williams as Helper Hue, Maurice LaMarche as narrator
11b"Larry Manor"Adam HenryJase RicciWolf-Rüdiger BlossJune 1, 2015 (2015-06-01)1110.35[20]

Dimension zapping is suspended when the power goes out on the whole block, so Larry invites Rippen, Penn, Boone, and Sashi to his mansion. When Larry's pet teacup elephant goes missing, Penn and Rippen compete to see who can find him first. Meanwhile, when the power comes back on, Phyllis and Phil battle each other in another dimension.

Guest stars: Maria Bamford as Matthews, Maurice LaMarche as Fredricks[21]
12a"Lady Starblaster"Tom De RosierJeff PoliquinKathleen GoodJune 8, 2015 (2015-06-08)1120.46[22]

Rippen falls for a space villain named Lady Starblaster.[23]

Guest star: Sigourney Weaver as Lady Starblaster[24]
12b"Amber"Adam HenryPaiman KalayehJoseph S. ScottJune 8, 2015 (2015-06-08)1120.46[22]

Penn and his team return to the dino-cowboy world and get help from Sheriff Scaley Briggs to stop Rippen and Briggs' daughter Amber from rustling Cow-o-saurs.

Guest stars: Beau Bridges as Sheriff Scaley Briggs, Olivia Holt as Amber Briggs
13a"Totally Into Your Body"Chuckles AustenChad DrewBrandon WarrenJune 22, 2015 (2015-06-22)1130.42[25]

After Boone fools around on the zapping platform, he and Penn swap roles, so Boone takes on the role of hero for their mission. Boone and Sashi are a science crew that have been shrunken down to cure Penn, an infected patient, by injecting him with medicine from the inside. Meanwhile, Rippen and Larry are also inside Penn's body and are trying to stop the team from completing their mission.

Guest star: Maria Bamford as Mrs. Monkenfluffer
13b"Fish and Chips"Adam HenryJase RicciJoseph ScottJune 22, 2015 (2015-06-22)1130.42[25]

When Penn, Boone, and Sashi return to the underwater world, Penn questions the importance of their mission to find an unpopular royal fish named Rufus.

Guest star: Peter Stormare as Rufus
14"The Ripple Effect"Chuckles Austen and Adam HenryStory: Jared Bush
Teleplay: Jeff Poliquin
Stu Livingston and Wolf-Rüdiger BlossJuly 6, 2015 (2015-07-06)1140.39[26]

When Penn discovers that Phyllis is trying to locate the Most Dangerous World Imaginable to bring his parents back to Middleburg, he takes matters into his own hands and attempts to zap into the dimension to rescue them himself. Unfortunately, Penn accidentally zaps into the Least Dangerous World Imaginable, which leads to catastrophic results.

Guest stars: Kate Micucci as Cute-ling General, Kumail Nanjiani as Cute-ling Mayor
15a"Where Dragons Dare"Chuckles AustenShane MorrisBrandon WarrenJuly 20, 2015 (2015-07-20)1150.47[27]

When the teams zaps into a world as dragons, Penn must overcome his jealousy of popular fellow cadet Blaze to complete his mission and finish at the top of his class at Wingfire Academy.

Guest stars: Sean Astin as Blaze, Kenny Loggins as Montage Singer
15b"Rip-Penn"Tom De RosierStory: Jeff Poliquin
Teleplay: Jase Ricci
Heiko DrengenbergJuly 20, 2015 (2015-07-20)1150.47[27]
While in a Victorian London world, Penn accidentally drinks a potion that turns him into a monster Rippen whenever he loses his temper.
16a"Chuckle City 500"Tom De RosierPaiman KalayehKathleen GoodAugust 10, 2015 (2015-08-10)1160.45[28]

Penn, Sashi and Boone return to Chuckle City to compete in a clown-style street race that determines who will be the next Mayor.

Guest stars: Jeff Gordon as Wacky Bustgutty, Garry Marshall as Soda Jerk
16b"Rock and Roll"Tom De RosierShane MorrisJoe OhAugust 10, 2015 (2015-08-10)1160.45[28]

Penn is excited to be a super spy agent, but when he finds out he's actually a cavemen spy with the lowest tech gadgets imaginable, his sour attitude on the situation endangers the mission.

Guest star: Maria Bamford as Nug
17a"Plantywood: City of Flora"Chuckles AustenPaiman KalayehStu LivingstonAugust 17, 2015 (2015-08-17)1170.45[29]

In a world where everyone is a plant, Private Detective Penn is excited to unravel a twisted mystery.

Guest star: Rena Strober as Orchid
17b"Boone's Apprentice"Adam HenryJase RicciWolf-Rüdiger BlossAugust 17, 2015 (2015-08-17)1170.45[29]

The team is zapped into an animal barbarian and wizards world where Boone is tasked with conjuring up a magic spell to stop Rippen.

Guest star: Blake Anderson as Hogarth
18a"The QPC"Tom De RosierJase Ricci and Paiman KalayehKathleen GoodSeptember 28, 2015 (2015-09-28)1180.63[30]

Uncle Chuck and Aunt Rose must prove that they have a heroic side, after they break the Quadrithium Power Converter (QPC), an essential part of the machine that zaps Penn back from other worlds, before their nephew is lost forever.

Guest stars: Maria Bamford as Mrs. Monkenfluffer & Matthews, Maurice LaMarche as Fredricks, Fred Tatasciore as Coach Egsgard
18b"Shirley B. Awesome"Chuckles AustenAdam SteinBrandon WarrenSeptember 28, 2015 (2015-09-28)1180.63[30]

Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped into a backyard world where they are military action figures and Sashi meets her hero, General Shirley B. Awesome.

Guest star: Wanda Sykes as Shirley B. Awesome
19a"Massive Morphy Merge Mechs"Chuckles AustenSam LevineStu LivingstonSeptember 29, 2015 (2015-09-29)1200.63[31]
Penn, Boone, Sashi, Rippen and Larry must figure out how to work together when they merge as giant metamorphosing robots, battling for control of an alien planet.
19b"Ultrahyperball"Adam HenryThomas MiddleditchWolf-Rüdiger BlossSeptember 29, 2015 (2015-09-29)1200.63[31]

When the fate of two alien planets is tied to the outcome of a sporting event, Penn finds a loophole in the game and must convince the two opposing coaches to admit their love for each other in order to save both planets.

Guest stars: Jason Alexander as Coach Wallace, Jane Kaczmarek as Coach Jackie, John Anderson as Announcer Mike, John Henson as Announcer Ron, Dee Bradley Baker as referee
20"Zap One"Tom De Rosier and Adam HenryJared BushJoe Oh and Joseph S. ScottSeptember 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)1190.43[32]
Penn's origin story is revealed in a flashback to his first day of high school when he learns his parents are part-time heroes instead of insurance salespeople.
21"Save the Worlds"[33]Tom De Rosier and Chuckles AustenJeff PoliquinKathleen Good, Brandon Warren, Wolf-Rüdiger Bloss and Stu LivingstonOctober 1, 2015 (2015-10-01)1210.45[34]

Phil and Rippen tunnel into The Odyssey and damage the Multi Universe Transprojector, causing unbalance in the multiverse. Vortexes form in every world that Penn and his team have visited. Penn, Boone, and Sashi must travel to each world and close all of the vortexs before everything and everyone from all the worlds get sucked into nothingness. During their mission, Penn finds a blue cristalish object in the nothingness, which, according to Phillis, is key to finding his parents.

Guest stars: Beau Bridges as Sheriff Scaley Briggs, Adam West as Captain Super Captain, Maria Bamford as Nug, Sean Astin as Blaze, Olivia Holt as Amber, Wanda Sykes as Shirley B. Awesome


Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero premiered on Disney XD in Canada on March 16, 2015.[35] The series debuted on Disney XD in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 14, on Disney XD in Australia on June 1,[36] and on Disney XD in both the Middle East and Africa on September 7.[37]


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