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Rugrats (seasons 1-6)
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"A baby's gotta do what a baby's gotta do!"
Genre: Adventure
Comedy
Running Time: 23 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: August 11, 1991 –
August 1, 2004
Network(s): Nickelodeon (US run)
Network Ten (Australian run)
Created by: Arlene Klasky
Gábor Csupó
Paul Germain
Distributed by: Paramount Media Networks
Starring: E. G. Daily
Christine Cavanaugh (1991 - 2002)
Nancy Cartwright (2002 - 2004)
Kath Soucie
Cheryl Chase
Tara Strong (1999 - 2004)
Cree Summer
Jack Riley (Original run)
Melanie Chartoff (Original run)
David Doyle (1991 - 1997)
Joe Alaskey (1998 - 2004)
Dionne Quan (2001 - 2004)
Dan Castellaneta
Seasons: 9
Episodes: 172
Next show: All Grown Up! (2003-2008)

Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on a group of toddlers; most prominently Tommy, Chuckie, twins Phil and Lil, and Angelica, and their day-to-day lives, usually involving common life experiences that become adventures in the babies' imaginations. Adults in the series are almost always unaware of what the children are up to.

The series premiered on Sunday, August 11, 1991, as the second Nicktoon after Doug and preceding The Ren and Stimpy Show. The final episode aired on August 1, 2004, bringing the series to a total of 172 episodes and 9 seasons during a 13-year run.

As of 2021, it spawned a reboot series on Paramount+.

​Plot

Rugrats is a show about 4 babies, Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, and Phil and Lil Deville. As we see their lives unravel, we get to hear them talk. On the sidelines are Tommy's mean cousin Angelica, their friend Susie Carmichael, and everybody's parents.

Why These Seasons Gotta Do What a Baby Gotta Do

  1. Despite being the second Nicktoon, it was officially considered the very first true Nicktoon, which was Nickelodeon animation in its purest form.
  2. The intro and the credits music are creative.
  3. Likable and memorable characters such as Tommy, Chuckie, and the twins, Phil and Lil.
  4. Great voice acting.
  5. Goofy and fun plots.
  6. The Hanukkah episode. It was refreshing and a nice change of pace from the usual Christmas episode.
    • In addition to the Hanukkah episode, it even had episodes about Passover and Kwanzaa, which is very unique for a kids show.
  7. Smooth and cute animation.
  8. Some dramatic and sad episodes, like the episode, Mother's Day where we learn that Chuckie had a mother who died when he was very young and he's desperate for a new mom.
  9. The spin-off was also good too.
  10. It teaches good morals for kids, and even for parents too.
  11. The episode "All Growed Up" was a great way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some scenes are pretty disturbing, such as this.
  2. A lot of toilet humor is in the show. However, this is justified since the show is about babies.
  3. After Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, the show eventually went downhill in quality with Seasons 7-9, the final three seasons of the original series.
    • Season 6, while not terrible, is generally considered to be the weakest of the good seasons, since it had problems that would be the norm of seasons 7-9. This is mainly because the show jumped the shark with adding Dil (from the 1st movie) to the series, who became an annoying and useless character, and Angelica's flanderization started to slowly kick in (not that she was a good character to begin with).
  4. Even before the downfall, there are a few bad episodes, like "Silent Angelica", "Grandpa's Bad Bug" and "The Word of the Day".
  5. The babies parents are highly incompetent, since they lose their infant children in every episode.
  6. The animation was quite poor during Season 1; this was because it was animated by Wang Film Productions as opposed to Anivision.
  7. The babies cry way too often throughout the series, which can get extremely annoying (although this is understandable & somewhat justified since they are babies). In fact, the number of times they are not seen crying can be counted on one hand. Thankfully, they seemed to have matured a lot in All Grown Up! until it returned again in the 2021 reboot...
  8. Some of the characters are flawed:
    • Angelica is often the worst offender, since she bullies the babies and is a spoiled brat (even though she was meant to be unlikable).
    • Dil, who was introduced in season 6 after the movie, is an annoying and useless character, since he doesn’t walk or fully talk, compared to the other babies.
    • Tommy, while a mostly likable character, can be very annoying sometimes due to his constant crying in the show. Same with the other likable babies/kids (Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, etc.).
  9. Angelica's teeth always showing whenever she moves her mouth can contrast heavily with her cute appearance and become uncanny to watch.

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Trivia

  • It had a crossover with Aaahh!!! Real Monsters in the episode "Ghost Story".
  • Originally there was going to be a live-action/CGI film based on the show in 2021 but was canceled in November 2019, so far speculated due to the backlash of Sonic's unusual design from the 2019 trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog (2020).
  • This show is well-known as one of the earliest NickToons, alongside Doug and The Ren and Stimpy Show, premiering after Doug and before The Ren and Stimpy Show.
  • The 13-year run (with the 2-year break) ties Rugrats with King of the Hill as one of the eighth-longest-running American animated television series. The show is Nickelodeon's third longest-running animated series, behind SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents. It is one of the longest-running animated series of all time.
  • Rugrats gained over 20 awards during its 13-year run, including four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids' Choice Awards, and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The show was also a rating success and anchored Nickelodeon as the network's top-rated show from 1995 to 2001.
  • This show was the longest ran Nicktoon before SpongeBob SquarePants aired its 173rd episode in 2012.
  • Arlene Klasky, like the fans, hated Angelica herself.
  • This show returned to Paramount+ in 2021 as a CGI animated series to the original with some of the classic cast reprising roles as the children and new actors for the parents starring in the series and premiered on May 27, 2021.
  • David Doyle died in 1997 and Joe Alaskey died in 2016 (both played Grampa Lou Pickles), along with Christine Cavanaugh (Chuckie's first actor for the first 8 seasons) in 2014 and Jack Riley (who played Stu Pickles) in 2016.
  • Though The Ren and Stimpy Show was known for its hostile work environment, Rugrats itself wasn't too far behind. Arlene Klasky and Paul Germain were at each other's throats, especially regarding Angelica (Klasky didn't want an antagonist, while Germain wanted to explore why Angelica was the way she was). Paul Germain left the show after the original run, but Klasky was still unpopular along with her co-workers; Didi's obsession with Dr. Lipschitz's awful advice was specifically to mock Klasky, who unironically believed in such parenting books.
  • Because nearly all of the original voice actors for the parents have passed away, it was necessary to replace them with the new actors for the parents in the 2021 revival series while the children are still voiced by E.G. Daily, Nancy Cartwright (for seasons 8 to 9), Kath Soucie, Cheryl Chase, and Cree Summer.

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