Invader Zim episodes - ranked

by DaveHedgehog | created - 12 Dec 2014 | updated - 12 Dec 2014 | Public

In 2002, I was staying at my grandparents house and just lying about in the lounge room watching Nickelodeon. A new show called Invader Zim was advertised as premiering next, so I hung around to watch it. I was hooked from the first second. Since then, my family has been tortured with daily quotes and references and every time I rewatch it, it's just as hilarious as the first time.

Having recently just rewatched the entire series, I decided to rank the episodes - keeping in mind that I love or like all the episodes, except perhaps the last 2. Because of the '2-for-1' nature of the episodes, check the notes to see which half I'm referring to.

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1. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom/GIR Goes Crazy and Stuff (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Dib is given powers beyond human comprehension, and Zim tries to discover who threw a muffin at his head.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 102

Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom

"BUT WE'RE NOT ASLEEP RIGHT NOW"

2. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Invasion of the Idiot Dog Brain/Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Gir messes with the security features of ZIM's house. Also, ZIM uses a time machine to 'attack' Dib throughout the past with the most vile of all weapons, rubber piggys.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 120

Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy

"I LOVE-D YOU PIGGY, I LOVE-D YOU"

3. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom/GIR Goes Crazy and Stuff (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Dib is given powers beyond human comprehension, and Zim tries to discover who threw a muffin at his head.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 102

Gir Goes Crazy and Stuff

"HI FLOOR, MAKE ME A SAMMACH"

4. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Planet Jackers/Rise of the Zitboy (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim uses his hypnotic zit to try and get a secret out of Dib.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 111

Rise of the Zitboy

"WHY WAS THERE BACON IN THE SOAP?!"

5. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Invasion of the Idiot Dog Brain/Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Gir messes with the security features of ZIM's house. Also, ZIM uses a time machine to 'attack' Dib throughout the past with the most vile of all weapons, rubber piggys.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 120

Invasion of the Idiot Dog Brain

"BURRITO!"

6. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: A Room with a Moose/Hamstergeddon (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM implements his most horrific plan yet, a room with a moose. Also, ZIM uses the skool's pet hamster to try and destory the Earth.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Rikki Simons, Lucille Bliss

Votes: 117

A Room with a Moose

"YOUR MOOSEY FATE"

7. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: The Most Horrible Xmas Ever (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim disguises himself as Santa in order to woo adoring Christmas humans to their doom at the North Pole.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 118

*Snowman picks up kid and puts him under the bed*

8. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: The Nightmare Begins (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Unqualified and delinquent alien ZIM is sent on a (thought to be) hopeless mission to capture a planet light years away along with an idiotic and humorous robot.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 198

"I SAW A SQUIRREL"

9. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: HOBO 13/Walk for Your Lives (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Tallest tell ZIM that they will only grant his request for weaponry after he attains military training./ZIM accidentally creates a slowly expanding explosion.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Wally Wingert

Votes: 94

Walk For Your Lives

"BUT IF THE BIG SPLODEY GOES FAST, WON'T IT GET ALL BAD?"

10. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Bolognius Maximus/Game Slave 2 (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim infects Dib with a genetic virus which slowly turns him into bologna. / Gaz competes with an annoying, hyperactive child to purchase a hot new video game console.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn, Lucille Bliss

Votes: 108

Bolognius Maximus

"DEEP DOWN I'M BOLOGNA?"

11. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Mysterious Mysteries/Future Dib (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM, Dib, GIR and Gaz appear on Dib's favorite show, Mysterious Mysteries / ZIM tries to destroy the Earth by blowing up Prof. Membrane's power generator. Dib must save the Earth with the help from his future self, or so it would seem.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 111

Mysterious Mysteries

"I WAS THE CHUBBY LADY HIDING IN THE BUSHES"

12. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Bolognius Maximus/Game Slave 2 (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim infects Dib with a genetic virus which slowly turns him into bologna. / Gaz competes with an annoying, hyperactive child to purchase a hot new video game console.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn, Lucille Bliss

Votes: 108

Game Slave 2

"BUT YOU'RE A WOMAN"

13. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: A Room with a Moose/Hamstergeddon (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM implements his most horrific plan yet, a room with a moose. Also, ZIM uses the skool's pet hamster to try and destory the Earth.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Rikki Simons, Lucille Bliss

Votes: 117

Hamstergeddon

"THAT... HORRIBLE MONKEY"

14. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Parent Teacher Night/Walk of Doom (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim is worried his robotic parents aren't ready for Parent Teacher Night and Zim and Gir get lost.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 155

Walk of Doom

"TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE TUNA"

15. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Plague of Babies/Bloaty's Pizza Hog (2001)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM suspects that a neighbors baby is spying on him, and he may be right for a change / Gaz is forced to save Dib from ZIM so that they could have a family night out.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 100

Plague of Babies

"HI BABY!"

16. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Attack of the Saucer Morons/The Wettening (2001)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim has to salvage his Voot cruiser after colliding with a bee and crashing / Dib discovers that Zim is vulnerable to plain water.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 113

The Wettening

17. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Abducted/The Sad, Sad Tale of Chickenfoot (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM is abducted by some very stupid aliens who mistake him for human / Dib tries to catch the mythical Chickenfoot and expose him as a fraud, in order to rehabilitate the field of paranormal investigations.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Rodger Bumpass

Votes: 105

The Sad, Sad Tale of Chickenfoot

18. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Door to Door/FBI Warning of Doom (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM becomes obsessed about winning the mystery prize in The Skool candy drive / ZIM must return a belated video to the store or face the wrath of the FBI.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Jocelyn Blue

Votes: 105

Door to Door

19. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: TAK: The Hideous New Girl (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM thinks the new girl in school, TAK, has a crush on him. He couldn't be more wrong.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 115

20. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Bestest Friend/Nanozim (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim gets an annoying best friend and Zim shrinks himself to a microscopic size to get into Dib's body.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 143

Bestest Friend

21. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Bestest Friend/Nanozim (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim gets an annoying best friend and Zim shrinks himself to a microscopic size to get into Dib's body.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 143

Nanozim

22. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Career Day/Battle-Dib (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim gets a job in fast-food and Dib tries to get on TV to tell all about Zim.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn, Lucille Bliss

Votes: 106

Career Day

23. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Parent Teacher Night/Walk of Doom (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim is worried his robotic parents aren't ready for Parent Teacher Night and Zim and Gir get lost.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 155

Parent Teacher Night

24. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom (2001)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Experimenting with alternate dimensions, Dib and ZIM get stuck in a nightmare world on Halloween.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 115

25. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Door to Door/FBI Warning of Doom (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM becomes obsessed about winning the mystery prize in The Skool candy drive / ZIM must return a belated video to the store or face the wrath of the FBI.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Jocelyn Blue

Votes: 105

FBI Warning of Doom

26. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Attack of the Saucer Morons/The Wettening (2001)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim has to salvage his Voot cruiser after colliding with a bee and crashing / Dib discovers that Zim is vulnerable to plain water.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 113

Attack of the Saucer Morons

27. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: HOBO 13/Walk for Your Lives (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Tallest tell ZIM that they will only grant his request for weaponry after he attains military training./ZIM accidentally creates a slowly expanding explosion.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Wally Wingert

Votes: 94

HOBO 13

28. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Germs/Dark Harvest (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim studies germs and then steals his classmates' internal organs.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 149

Dark Harvest

29. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Germs/Dark Harvest (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim studies germs and then steals his classmates' internal organs.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 149

Germs

30. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Mortos Der Soulstealer/ZIM Eats Waffles (2003)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Dib conjures an immortal spirit to help bring an end to ZIM / Having planted a camera in ZIM's house, Dib monitors ZIM, hoping to expose him.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Rikki Simons, Wally Wingert

Votes: 106

Zim Eats Waffles

31. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Megadoomer/Lice (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM receives a top-notch Irken weapon by mistake and tries to use it to destroy Dib once and for all / All the children in the Skool are infested with lice, and, ironically, only ZIM can help them.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 103

Lice

32. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Abducted/The Sad, Sad Tale of Chickenfoot (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM is abducted by some very stupid aliens who mistake him for human / Dib tries to catch the mythical Chickenfoot and expose him as a fraud, in order to rehabilitate the field of paranormal investigations.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Rodger Bumpass

Votes: 105

Abducted

33. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars (2003)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Despite the fact that they are closer to Earth than ever, The Tallest won't stop by to check out ZIM's latest plan.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 102

34. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Battle of the Planets (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM discovers that there is no life on Mars and reasons that whatever destroyed its people will be effective in his destruction of Earth.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 102

35. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Mysterious Mysteries/Future Dib (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM, Dib, GIR and Gaz appear on Dib's favorite show, Mysterious Mysteries / ZIM tries to destroy the Earth by blowing up Prof. Membrane's power generator. Dib must save the Earth with the help from his future self, or so it would seem.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 111

Future Dib

36. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Career Day/Battle-Dib (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim gets a job in fast-food and Dib tries to get on TV to tell all about Zim.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn, Lucille Bliss

Votes: 106

Battle-Dib

37. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Plague of Babies/Bloaty's Pizza Hog (2001)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM suspects that a neighbors baby is spying on him, and he may be right for a change / Gaz is forced to save Dib from ZIM so that they could have a family night out.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 100

Bloaty's Pizza Hog

38. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Megadoomer/Lice (2002)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

ZIM receives a top-notch Irken weapon by mistake and tries to use it to destroy Dib once and for all / All the children in the Skool are infested with lice, and, ironically, only ZIM can help them.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 103

Megadoomer

39. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Vindicated/The Voting of the Doomed (2003)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When Dib is forced to see Mr. Dwicky, they decide to team up against ZIM./ZIM runs for class office so he can rule the world. Dib campaigns for ZIM's competitor, Willy.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Rikki Simons, Lucille Bliss

Votes: 93

Vindicated

40. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Planet Jackers/Rise of the Zitboy (2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Zim uses his hypnotic zit to try and get a secret out of Dib.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 111

Planet Jackers

41. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: The Girl Who Cried Gnome/Dibship Rising (2003)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When a Girly Ranger selling cookies gets stuck in a hole in ZIM's lawn, the result is a media circus./Eager to use Tak's ship, Dib erases her personality and downloads his own.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 110

The Girl Who Cried Gnome

42. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Vindicated/The Voting of the Doomed (2003)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When Dib is forced to see Mr. Dwicky, they decide to team up against ZIM./ZIM runs for class office so he can rule the world. Dib campaigns for ZIM's competitor, Willy.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Rikki Simons, Lucille Bliss

Votes: 93

The Voting of the Doomed

43. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: The Girl Who Cried Gnome/Dibship Rising (2003)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When a Girly Ranger selling cookies gets stuck in a hole in ZIM's lawn, the result is a media circus./Eager to use Tak's ship, Dib erases her personality and downloads his own.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 110

Dibship Rising

44. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: The Frycook What Came from All That Space (2003)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Angered by ZIM's leaving his banishment to join OID II, ZIM's former boss on Foodcourtia kidnaps him and makes him work at his old job.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 102

45. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Mortos Der Soulstealer/ZIM Eats Waffles (2003)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Dib conjures an immortal spirit to help bring an end to ZIM / Having planted a camera in ZIM's house, Dib monitors ZIM, hoping to expose him.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Rikki Simons, Wally Wingert

Votes: 106

Mortos Der Soulstealer

46. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
Episode: Gaz, Taster of Pork (2003)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In an attempt to give his sister cool powers, Dib instead makes it that everything Gaz eats tastes like pig. Gaz is not pleased.

Director: Steve Ressel | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 97



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