The Thundermans (partially lost unaired pilot of Nickelodeon live action comedy series; 2012)

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The final show's logo.

Status: Partially Lost

The Thundermans was a Nickelodeon live-action show that started on October 14, 2013 until May 25, 2018. The show follows a family of superheroes who try to live normal lives in the fictional town of Hiddenville, it starred Kira Kosarin as Phoebe, Jack Griffo as Max, Addison Riecke as Nora, Diego Velazquez as Billy, Chris Tallman as Hank/Dad, Rosa Blasti as Barb/Mom, and Maya le Clark as Chloe.

Pilot's Background[edit | edit source]

In August of 2012, Nickelodeon announced The Thundermans show that was created by Jed Spingarn[1] and it's pilot was shot in October of 2012[2][3]

Differences[edit | edit source]

House[edit | edit source]

The pilot was filmed in a completely different Thundermans home that isn't yellow and the dinner scene was taken place in an actual room in the household whereas the final version the door for the dining room was removed and instead being part of the living room. And in a unknown room (presumably the living room), the setting in the living room have everything Halloween-related (ex. the DANGER sign, the green furry light, skull, etc) whereas the final version there was no decorations and instead just a plain Yellow wall.

Casting[edit | edit source]

While most of the cast for the show and Cherry is the same as the show, a brother named Oliver (which was later named Max) was played by Tyler Peterson instead of Jack Griffo for the final version of the show. And instead of being just a brother, the creator thought of having Max being a twin brother.

The Thundermans Wiki claimed that Dr. Colosso was originally named Dr. Colossus, but it has yet to be confirmed since all of the resurfaced clips have no sound.

Phoebe's Unused Superpower Abilities[edit | edit source]

In the original pilot, Phoebe has 2 superpowers that weren't used in the final version of the show. "Magnetism" which was changed to Telekinesis, and "Freeze Helmet" which was changed to Freeze Breath. Kira Kosarin (Phoebe's actor) explained in a reaction video on the Nickelodeon YouTube channel that was posted on April 7th, 2021 that she was resistant to do the magnetism ability at first but got used to it but as the series first started, she now sticks with the telekinesis power as she thought it was "way too practical."

Kira's reaction video that mentioned the original pilot (1:12-1:34).

Availability[edit | edit source]

While the full pilot has not yet surfaced online, animator Ryan Daily on Vimeo uploaded 2 short (albeit silent) clips of the animations for Billy's super speed and the freeze helmet from the pilot 5 years ago.

As of October 2021, no other footage of the pilot (whether silent or not) have surfaced online.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Billy's super speed (1/2).
Freeze helmet (2/2).

References[edit | edit source]