The Bullying Squad by Mike Murphy | Script Revolution

The Bullying Squad

In this family comedy, four diverse kids band together to confront bullying in their neighborhood and school.

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The Bullying Squad is a children's comedy series about a diverse group of four pre-teens who band together to stop bullying wherever they can. Working out of the dilapidated barn of one of the main characters' families, it is there that they meet their peers/clients and formulate their bully-stopping plans.

The main characters are:

• Jocelyn ("Joe") Trotter, 11, very well read (maybe too much). She started the Squad because her good friend, Ellen, was being bullied at school. She also initiated the much-too-wordy Squad oath, which features quotes from the likes of Mother Teresa and Jean-Luc Picard. Jocelyn is rather bossy and will be forced to learn how to tone that down as the series progresses. She is also a bit paranoid, thinking that many people - including the police - are itching to put an end to the Squad. She hates her nickname of "Joe."

• Eli Roney, a very intelligent ten-year-old African-American computer and electronics whiz. If there's a way to thwart a bully with technology, Eli will find it. In the pilot, we are introduced to two of Eli's own inventions: The Camera-Pen 2000 and the LMT (Lunch Money Taker) Stopper 2500. Eli is being raised by his mom, his dad having died in Afghanistan.

• Dominic ("Nick") Langford, 10, an average, everyday, American kid. Nick is a good kid who people trust at school, in town, everywhere. This likeability allows him entrance into the company of bullies to learn best how to thwart them. Nick is starting to develop - and working hard to deny - a bit of a thing for Jocelyn. Nick's father is a police officer.

• Dirk Oates, 9, a big kid, a brick, not the most intelligent, but with occasional touches of insight. Dirk is a big, friendly kid who many in town fear because of his size. He stands ready to use his physicality to solve bullying situations. The Squad tries not to use Dirk much for fear that doing so will brand them as bullies. Dirk's possible leaning difficulty will never be used against him in any episode. He is an equal and valuable member of the Squad and will sometimes be shown to save the day. An only child, he thinks of his fellow Squad members - especially the boys - as siblings. Nick and Eli often call him "Big Guy."

All Accolades & Coverage: 

2021 Quarter-Finalist, Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition
2016 Moondance International Film Festival Awards winner - Best TV Pilot.
2016 Columbine Award winner - Best TV Pilot.

Submitted: April 30, 2019
Last Updated: September 2, 2021

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The Writer: Mike Murphy

Mike, a four-time Parsec Awards finalist, has had over 150 audio plays produced in the U.S. and overseas. He’s won a dozen Moondance International Film Festival Awards (winner, finalist, and semi-finalist) in their TV pilot, audio play, short screenplay, and short story categories. A more complete list of awards is presented below by year. In 2020, his screenplay Die Laughing was a semi-finalist in the Unique Voices Screenplay Competition from Creative Screenwriting magazine. The following year, his TV pilot script “The Bullying Squad” was a quarter-finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. His prose work has appeared in several magazines and anthologies. In 2015... Go to bio

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