Some Assembly Required
Some Assembly Required is a Canadian-American teen situation comedy series that aired on YTV in Canada and streams on Netflix (seasons 1-2) and Amazon Prime Video (season 3) worldwide. Produced in Burnaby, British Columbia, it was created by Dan Signer (The Suite Life on Deck, A.N.T. Farm, Mr. Young) & Howard Nemetz, and stars Kolton Stewart, Charlie Storwick, Harrison Houde, Sydney Scotia, Dylan Playfair, Travis Turner and Ellie Harvie. The first season, with 26 episodes, began airing in January 2014; the series finale aired June 6, 2016. The first season was first streamed on Netflix on October 16, 2015, followed by the second season.
Jarvis Raines is an average 14-year-old who becomes a boss overnight after he sues a toy company over a defective chemistry set that blows up his house. Jarvis' first act as CEO of Knickknack Toys is to recruit a diverse group of kids from his high school to help him run the company. Usually, something backfires when they are trying to develop a new toy. Before the end credits, there are usually advertisements showing Knickknack Toys' newest products, which are shown or often invented in said episode.
- Likable characters, like Jarvis, Piper, and Knox.
- The show was primarily created by Dan Signer, the creator of another YTV show, Mr. Young.
- Catchy theme song that can be enjoyed by anyone.
- The roller coaster in the company is really cool.
- The set for interior of KnickKnack Toys is well designed.
- Bowie is a very adorkable character.
- An episode of Season 1 where an Austin & Ally star appears. (Calum Worthy, who plays Dez)
- Some of the actors from Mr. Young appear on this show such as Paula Shaw (Mrs. Byrne), Milo Shandel (Principal Tater), Emily Tennant (Ivy), Gig Morton (Derby) and Raugi Yu (Dang).
- The rest of the soundtrack is also pretty catchy.
- The final moment in the 2 part series finale was really heartwarming as the gang then go their separate ways and Candace gets the company back.
- Speaking of the finale, it was also a perfect way to end the show. Plus, this episode marks the first ever official romantic Jiper moments.
- Bowie can be kind of a jerk at times, like in the episode, "Unicorpse", when he stole Jarvis' song to impress Geneva and in "K-Kube", when he literally dumped Piper for no reason.
- Geneva can be pretty unlikable due to her extreme stupidity.
- Sometimes it can seem like the laugh track plays too much.
- It can get rather idiotic or cringe at times.
- "Cardboard Box" was the weakest episode.
- Jarvis, Piper, & Bowie are the only main characters to be in every episode.
- Bowie's outfit is a pair of slacks with a short sleeved collared shirt and a tie. He wears it in almost every episode.
- Dan Singer, the creator of this show, also created the YTV show Mr. Young.