Level 9 was a short-lived series airing on UPN between 2000 and 2001.
Hidden within the US Government, Level 9 is a team of government agents, geeks, and reformed hackers who solve cyber crimes.
This series contains examples of:
- Arc Villain: Level 9 was created in response to threats from the cyber-hacker Crazyhorse.
- Boxed Crook: Roland Travis joined Level 9 as an alternative to going to jail for cyber crimes.
- Disposable Sex Worker: In "Digital Babylon", the team tracks down a killer who's been targeting performers in online sex shows.
- Double-Meaning Title:
- "Through the Looking Glass" is a Literary Allusion Title and a reference to the looking glass self. In the episode, Wiley uses the "looking glass" as a metaphor for the virtual world online.
- "Ten Little Hackers" is Titled After the Song "Ten Little Indians" and features a hitlist of Jargon and nine of his high school classmates.
- Fun with Acronyms: The Geosynchronous Orbiter Display, a satellite array jokingly referred to as "the eyes of GOD".
- Fun with Homophones: Crazyhorse's name is "like the Indian chief but spelled differently". His name is never actually spelled out in the show, but in a series with hackers, there's an implied reference to Cray supercomputers.
- Hacked by a Pirate: In "Mail Call", Travis opens an email with a trojan horse that, among other things, puts a taunting GIF on his monitor.
- Hollywood Hacking: Sosh, Jargon, and Travis' primary roles on the team.
- Hollywood Nerd: The core cast is comprised entirely of fashion models. Sosh and Jargon, who spend most of their time in "the Fridge", play the trope completely straight with frumpy clothes and a disheveled appearance; the field agents downplay it with more professional attire.
- Jurisdiction Friction: In "DefCon", a team of Feds trips up on Level 9's operation and apprehends Travis. After talking to each others' bosses on the phone, the Feds sheepishly pack up and leave.
- Never Suicide: In "A Price to Pay", the team investigates the apparent suicide of Annie's mentor.
- Noodle Incident: "Shootin'" Hooten doesn't want to discuss how he got his nickname.
- No Such Agency: Level 9 is recruited from across "the entire federal law enforcement sandbox", doesn't officially exist, and denies knowledge of the agency if asked by civilians or other government agents.
- One of the Boys: In "Through the Looking Glass", Sosh mentions that she played Little League baseball. Bear in mind the series was made when Little League franchises were starting to face Title IX challenges.Sosh: My little brother...couldn't believe I wanted to play hardball with the boys, and when I made the All Star team, he practically had a heart attack!
- Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: "DefCon", "Reboot", "Digital Babylon", "Avatar", "Wetware", and "Eat Flaming Death" are titled after Internet memes and computer/hacker culture.
- Shameful Strip: In the closing minutes of "Digital Babylon", Sosh is tracked down by a creep and forced to perform a striptease for him. She kills him by bashing his head in with a keyboard.
- The War on Terror: A subplot of "Through the Looking Glass" involves a list of NATO safehouses in Baghdad that Level 9 expects Saddam Hussein to bid on in an online auction.
- Witness Protection: "Mail Call" involves the theft of the entire Witness Protection Program database, which cross-references the witnesses' aliases with their previous lives.