The Fairly OddParents (Seasons 1-8)

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The Fairly OddParents (Seasons 1-8)

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"OddParents, Fairly OddParents! It flips your lid when you are a kid with Fairly OddParents!" Yeah right! BOP!
Genre: Children’s comedy
Fantasy
Running Time: 23-24 minutes (two 11-minute segments or a full special)
47 minutes (four specials “School’s Out!: The Musical”, “Fairy Idol”, “Fairly OddBaby”, and “Timmy's Secret Wish!”, including the three crossovers with The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius)
68 minutes (two specials, “Abra-Catastrope” and “Channel Chasers”)
135 minutes (the three one-hour specials, “Wishology!”)
Country: United States
Release Date: March 30, 2001 - July 26, 2017
Network(s): Nickelodeon (2001-16)
Nicktoons (2017)
Created by: Butch Hartman
Distributed by: Viacom Media Networks
Starring: Tara Strong
Daran Norris
Susanne Blakeslee
Carlos Alazraqui
Grey DeLisle Griffin
Matthew W. Taylor (2013-2015)
Kari Wahlgren (2016-2017)
Seasons: 10
Episodes: 172
283 (in segments)


The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. Set in the fictional town of Dimmsdale, California, the series follows the adventures of Timmy Turner, a 10-year old boy who is neglected by his parents and abused by his teenage babysitter named Vicky. He is granted two fairy godparents named Cosmo and Wanda, who grant his every wish to improve his miserable life. However, these wishes usually backfire and cause a series of problems that Timmy must fix.

It was produced by Frederator Studios (2001–2017), Nickelodeon Animation Studio, and Billionfold Inc. (2008–2017). The series originated from ten shorts on Nick's animation showcase, Oh Yeah! Cartoons, that aired from 1998 to 2001. They were later collectively greenlighted as a full series that began on March 30, 2001 and ended on November 25, 2006, totaling five seasons. The series was revived on February 18, 2008 and concluded once again on July 26, 2017. Butch Hartman left Nickelodeon roughly seven months after the series ended.

Why These Seasons Rock

  1. The visuals of the art style and character designs are visually appealing on the eyes, possibly inspired from those of Dexter's Laboratory and Johnny Bravo, given that series creator Butch Hartman used to work on the latter two series before deciding to create this show (albeit, first starting out as a series of shorts on Oh Yeah! Cartoons). Hartman would later go on to use the same visuals of the art style and character designs for his later works, those being Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy.
  2. Great soundtrack, which is composed by Guy Moon, who also composed soundtracks for the other Butch Hartman shows. The theme song is also very catchy and jazzy to listen to.
  3. Timmy Turner and his fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda, make an interesting and memorable trio of a fairy god family:
    • Timmy is the tragic, yet goodhearted kid who is somewhat self-centered.
    • Cosmo is the typical simple-minded, yet entertaining self-aware humorist with many great fourth wall breaks.
    • Wanda is the responsible, yet intelligent voice-of-reason.
  4. Memorable secondary characters like Timmy's parents, Jorgen Von Strangle, Chester, A.J., Elmer, Sanjay, Trixie Tang, Veronica, Tootie, Mark Chang, Cupid, Remy Buxaplenty, Juandissimo, Chet Ubetcha, Dinkleberg, Chip Skylark, Catman, Crash Nebula, and the Crimson Chin.
  5. Poof, the son of Cosmo and Wanda, is actually a cute character to begin with from Season 6 onward. Additionally, even though he was born at the beginning of the aforementioned season, the show was still good until Season 9.
  6. Memorable villains like Vicky the Babysitter, Denzel Crocker, Francis the School Bully, the Pixies, Dark Laser, Norm the Genie, the Crimson Chin’s Enemies, and the Anti-Fairies (ex. Foop, Anti-Cosmo, Anti-Wanda etc).
  7. Memorable specials, and/or direct-to-TV films, such as:
    • "Christmas Everyday!"
    • "Information Stupor Highway"
    • "Scary Godparents"
    • "Abra-Catastrophe!"
    • "The Origins of Denzel Crocker"
    • "Shelf Life"
    • "The Big Superhero Wish!"
    • "Channel Chasers"
    • "School's Out!: The Musical"
    • "Fairy Idol"
    • "Fairly Odd Baby"
    • "The Fairly Oddlympics"
    • "Merry Wishmas"
    • "Wishology!"
    • "Anti-Poof"
    • "When L.O.S.E.R.S. Attack".
      • "Channel Chasers", in particular, stands out as the best special episode in the series primarily because of its moral lesson at the end where you have to accept the reality of outgrowing things you once enjoyed as a kid while also holding onto those beloved memories that last a lifetime.
  8. It even had a trio of crossover specials with fellow Nicktoon series, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.
  9. Memorable songs such as, "My Shiny Teeth and Me", "Icky Vicky", "Kids Just Being Kids", "Gimme The Wand", "Adults Ruin Everything" and many others.
  10. Very talented voice actors, even from the most well-known actors such as Tara Strong, Daran Norris, Susanne Blakeslee, Grey DeLisle, Carlos Alazraqui, etc.
  11. Lots of hilarious and entertaining jokes, especially from Cosmo, Timmy's Dad, Mr. Crocker, and Jorgen.
    • Timmy's Dad, in particular, has spawned numerous memes such as "DINKLEBURG!" and "If I had one!".
  12. It manages to teach valuable lessons every time Timmy wishes for something that eventually backfires.
  13. Well established structure, Da Rules, that ties the show together. It also gives the show limited structure with magic to allow actual conflicts to occur in the plots in question.
  14. Despite all the backfiring Timmy gets in some episodes whenever something he wishes backfires, he does get some pretty good endings no matter what.
  15. Its first five seasons, the original run from 2001 to 2006 including the first ten pilot shorts that came prior, are considered the golden age era by fans.
  16. "Meet the OddParents", the final episode of Season 8, was decent and could have been a perfect way to wrap up the series if it had not continued past that.

Bad Qualities

  1. After being revived in 2008 with the introduction of Poof, the show gradually declined in quality starting in Season 6. However, the show's quality hit new levels of low during Seasons 9 and 10, which eventually lead Nickelodeon into cancelling the series. Following the series' cancellation, the franchise as a whole sat in limbo until the announcement of a live-action reboot being in development as of 2021.
  2. Even before that, the good seasons had their fair share of bad and/or mediocre episodes, such as:
  3. Speaking of the show's tenth anniversary, the live-action film adaptation and its sequels aren't all that great either.
  4. Seasons 6-8 had positive to mixed reception among critics and fans alike, and are generally better received than Seasons 9-10. However, they are still not as great as the first five seasons:
    • Season 6 is the strongest of these 3 seasons, with some even considering its quality to be almost on the same par as the first five seasons, and it has its fair share of good episodes. However, Poof's debut is considered to be a major turning point for the show, as many people feel that the show relied too much on "wacky baby shenanigans" since then, given that Poof is just a baby. The season also had a few bad episodes, with the Vicky-focused episodes being the worst offenders.
    • Seasons 7-8 in combination, while not terrible, are arguably considered to be the weakest of all the good seasons, as the episodes here are a hit-or-miss. Almost all of the original writing team have moved on, while Ray DeLaurentis came aboard as producer, story editor, and writer. However, DeLaurentis worked on projects that were not well received to begin with, prior to working on The Fairly OddParents starting in Season 7 onward. The writers also began to gradually sideline almost all of the secondary characters (yes, even Vicky). According to series creator Butch Hartman himself, this was a deliberate decision as he and the writers favored Timmy's Dad, Mr. Crocker, and occasionally Foop instead. Several continuity errors and inconsistences started popping up more around this time as well. Here are some examples:
      • In the episode, "Crocker Shocker", a contrived plot twist of Crocker's obsession with magic is revealed to be the source of Fairy World.
      • In the episode, "Spellementary School" (as well as later episodes), Poof and Foop are shown to be attending the same fairy preschool school together despite the latter being an anti-fairy, and the said school is filled with fairy children, despite previous episodes already establishing Cosmo being the second-to-last fairy to be born years before Poof.
      • In the episode, "Love Triangle", Timmy's Dad is pointlessly shoehorned in several times for running gag jokes, a persona that continued until the show's aforementioned cancellation, including scenes of him face-to-face with the fairies (yes, even Timmy's fairies themselves), in the aforementioned episode.
  5. Season 5 is considered by some people to be the weakest season in the classic era and to have marked the gradual decline of the show because of a few bad episodes like "It's a Wishful Life" being a particular offender. Additionally, a handful, if not, all of the characters got pretty dumbed down considerably, though more can be said for how they were portrayed in Seasons 9-10, aside from Vicky, who had already got dumbed down in Season 6 onward, as mention earlier. Even Season 6 can at times be better than Season 5, since the former season managed to restore the original personalities of about all the characters in question. Unfortunately, the characters in question got dumbed down again by Season 7 onward.
  6. The third and final Jimmy Timmy Power Hour crossover, "The Jerkinators", despite being the original end of the show, is arguably considered the weakest of the three crossovers, as it did little to wrap up loose ends, had a very generic plot, and some of the characters (mainly Jimmy and Timmy themselves) were out of character. However, it isn't terrible in the slightest and is rather decent. It's just the weakest.
  7. The characterization, while decent, isn't the best, because Butch Hartman and/or the writers seemed uninterested in developing the characters past their stereotypes (the same can even be said for his other shows) that could have allowed for some more potential creativity down the line and, as said before, repeatedly kept dumbing the characters down for the sake of humor. Even on the rare times where they actually do break from this mold, it's generally for comedic purposes since almost none of the characters have actual depth or charm in comparison to other more popular and iconic shows such as fellow Nicktoon series, SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • Veronica, the best friend of Trixie Tang, in particular, is badly underutilized since she could have served as a potential third love interest for Timmy as an in-between of Trixie and Tootie (lacking the former's narcissism and the latter's obsessiveness) instead of the later characters of Missy and Chloe Carmichael, but Butch Hartman and/or the writers seemed to have ignored her as the series progressed.
  8. Even though the show has good morals, they are often not well carried out because they'd just rather tell the morals instead of showing them. Likewise, it has had some pretty bad and misleading morals:
    • The moral of the infamous "It's a Wishful Life" states that you shouldn't do things for people to be appreciated, but because it's the right thing to do. This is incredibly wrong because being appreciated means people are graceful for the goods that you do, being appreciated makes you know that you did something good and you should feel proud of yourself for doing something good, and how can you tell if you did something right or good if you aren't appreciated for it?
    • The moral in "Vicky Gets Fired" is an incredibly dangerous and misleading moral that states that if you are being bullied and tortured up to the point of attempted murder, you should keep quiet and not tell anyone, especially authority figures.
  9. It gets pretty mean-spirited, annoying, dumb, cliché, and juvenile at times.
    • The humor, in particular, can at times be offensively stereotypical as it tends to make stereotypical jokes at British people (the antagonist character, Anti-Cosmo being one example since he speaks in an English accent and wears a monocle) and portrays smart people as insufferable and insensitive.
    • Speaking of humor, depending on your view, you may find it predictably repetitive and annoying at times.
  10. Occasionally in the first five seasons, the show can be inconsistent with Da Rules, though this is much more better understandable unlike in the later seasons, especially in the infamous ninth and tenth seasons.
    • One particularly baffling example comes from "Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary" (Remy Buxaplenty's debut episode). In the episode, Remy showed concern that Timmy could wish to be richer than him, but its sister episode "Nectar of the Odds" establishes that poofing up money is counterfeiting.

Reception

The series received generally positive reviews in its first five seasons. Seasons 6-8 gathered a positive to mixed reception.

Trivia

  • It has the most seasons and episodes out of all the Butch Hartman shows.
  • Having ran for 16 years and nearly four months, it is currently the second longest running show on Nickelodeon, behind SpongeBob SquarePants and before Rugrats.

Comments


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Apvbulg

6 months ago
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why are"Just the two of us","teeth for twoo","Crocker shocker" bad ?
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Beefmellington

6 months ago
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Yandere Trixie, Timmy Torture, and Weird Plot Twists.
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Somuchpainflowing

6 months ago
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Jorgen was also a crybaby throughout the “Teeth for Two” episode and that whole episode was filler with Timmy being mistreated till the end. “Crocker Shocker” has massive plot errors and a rather bad moral where you should make a person’s life miserable all over again for the sake of powering up Fairy World. And don’t get me started on Trixie in the episode “Just the Two of Us”.
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SpongeBoomer

6 months ago
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I created a few SpongeBob and Fairly OddParents episode articles on the Horrible TV Show Episodes Wiki. You should check them all out. I also created an article for “Crocker Shocker” as well, because I also thought that episode was plain mediocre and riddled with errors and laziness.
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KalloFox34

3 months ago
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I found "Teeth for Two" solid.
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VictorRocks

3 months ago
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I would highly recommend Seasons 1-5 (2001-2006 episodes) if you guys are Nelvana lovers (that distribute the shows "The Fairly Odd Parents), or Season 1-8 if you guys are Nickelodeon lovers.
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Nacho

2 months ago
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my opinion: season 1-5 is a masterpieces, season 6 is mediocre, season 7-8 is awful, season 9 is bad, season 10 it's okay
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TheRandomMan12345

one month ago
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I'm being honest why is the live action part on bad qualities we don't know if it's bad or good it should be on reception I believe.
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TheRandomMan12345

one month ago
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And why is Disney XD Shows a category this is a Nick show
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Neat Structure

one month ago
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If you're talking about the mentioning of the live-action film, it already has an article on the Awful TV Movies Wiki and the said film had mixed to negative reviews from critics and fans alike.
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TheRandomMan12345

one month ago
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I'm talking about the reboot not the movie
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Neat Structure

one month ago
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If you referring to BQ#1, nobody wrote that the live-action reboot is bad or anything. We just simply wrote that the franchise as a whole sat in limbo for a while until the network announced a live-action reboot being in development as of late February 2021. That is all.
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Woman Zeke

one month ago
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But in the episode "Homewreck" Vicky blames everything on timmy and his parents send him at her house as a slave to see if the bad seed-ness goes away
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Neat Structure

one month ago
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But what matters is how many people like that episode. This is the Reception Wikis for a reason.
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TurtlesChunky

21 days ago
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is it weird that i like all the seasons
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Hi5M

19 days ago
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Same
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Neat Structure

20 days ago
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Happy 20th birthday Fairly OddParents!!!

Seasons 1-6: 8/10

Seasons 7-8: 5/10

Season 9: 3/10

Season 10: 0/10
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KaioGabriel20

20 days ago
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Happy 20th aniversary Fairly OddParents!
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Neat Structure

8 days ago
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IMO, people only hate Season 6 just because of Poof. That’s not a reason. Also, IMO, the only good episodes in Season 7 were “Anti-Poof”, “Add-a-Dad”, “Squirrely Puffs”, “Micecapades”, “Fly Boy”, “Dadbra-Cadabra”, “Chicken Poofs”, “The Boss of Me”, “He Poofs He Scores”, “Teacher’s Pet”, “Food Fight”, “Balance of Flour”, “The Old Man and the C-“, and “Beach Blanket Bozos”.

IMO, the rest of the episodes in Season 7 were either mediocre or just plain bad from start to finish because of the characters getting flanderized or sidelined, and lots of stupid plot twists and contrivances that only appeared in one episode like “Crocker Shocker” being a particular offender. Da Rules were also broken a few times (not a lot, but a few) in episodes like “Take and Fake”.

I like Poof and Foop’s dynamic, but it becomes very uninteresting after Foop’s debut and Foop’s character became mediocre as well. And the only Season 8 episode that I enjoyed was “Meet the OddParents”. Then came along Seasons 9-10, which worsen all of the problems Seasons 7-8 started.
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LifeWasGoodOnHotdogStand

4 days ago
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"oh yeah? well you know what i think?"

"who cares what you think you're a girl now"

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