Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Fairly Oddparents

My wife and I were talking about long-running TV series the other day, and I couldn't help but think of The Fairly Oddparents. I liked that show when I was younger. I haven't seen it in years, but it seems to me that it went through several distinct phases.

Seasons 1-3 were really creative and inventive, coming up with neat ideas based on the premise of magical fairies who can grant every wish. It was good stuff.

Seasons 4-5 were not so good, as the show became more of a generic sitcom. Creative premises were replaced by more typical premises, like "let's do an episode based off a movie" and "celebrity guest star episode". Also a lot of "reuse a previous idea/character that was popular", which was hit or miss. That was when I stopped watching the show, and it was cancelled.

The show was uncancelled two years later. Seasons 6 and 7 introduced Poof, the new main character. I don't much care for him, myself, but I enjoyed those seasons. The show went full-blown comedy at that point, and I liked that. Off-the-wall comedy works well for the show.

Season 8 was a strange one, with only six episodes. They made each episode double-length. The show was basically the same, but longer episodes made it different enough, to keep it fresh.

Seasons 9 and 10 tried to shake things up, with a new main character each season. I haven't seen Season 10, but Season 9's new main character was kind of a failure. He was a weird Rick Moranis parody, and I'm told he hasn't been seen since.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Several questions:
1. How did you discover that some ND puzzles and story lines are optional?
2. How did you find out Lani Minella disliked some of the ND puzzles when she played the games?
3. How many times have you played each and every ND game?
4. Which ND game do you think you have played the most times?
5. Who is your favorite ND character?
6. Who is your least fav ND character?
7. After your first game was Haunted Carousel, which was the very next game you played?
8. If you could only play one ND game ever again, which one would it be?
8. What is your favorite part of being a father?
9. What is Mary's favorite part of being a big sister?