Total Drama (Seasons 1-4)

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Total Drama (Seasons 1-4)

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"I want to be! I want to be! I want to be famous!"
Genre: Animated comedy
Running Time: 22 minutes
45 minutes (specials)
Country: Canada
Release Date: July 8, 2007 – November 20, 2014
Network(s): Teletoon (Canada)
Cartoon Network (United States)
Created by: Jennifer Pertsch
Tom McGillis
Distributed by: Cake Entertainment
Starring: Christian Potenza
Clé Bennett
Megan Fahlenbock
Drew Nelson
Scott McCord
Brian Froud
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 120
Next show: Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race


Total Drama is a Canadian animated comedy television series which is a homage and parody to common conventions from reality television. The show and its sequel seasons are collectively referred to as the Total Drama series. It premiered on the Canadian cable channel Teletoon on July 9th, 2007, and on the American cable television channel Cartoon Network on June 5, 2008.

Plot

A group of Canadian teenagers competes in a reality show in a parody of reality shows. Everything about the genre is parodied here including the challenges, rules, surprise catches, romances, alliances, back-stabbing, eliminations, confessions, and all around insanity.

Why These Seasons Rock

  1. The characters are purposely presented as one-dimensional stereotypes, because that's what producers of real reality shows often do to people through judicious editing.
  2. Outside of the gross-out jokes, the show excels at random and surreal comedy.
  3. The animation is very decent for its time.
  4. Good voice acting.
  5. The high contestant count gave way for a lot of different plots, interactions, and character dynamics.
  6. The character designs are unique and well-made, especially Lindsay's.
  7. Chris McLean is, although cruel at times, a charming and entertaining character, especially for a reality show host.
  8. The series parodies all the tropes of reality shows like Survivor or Big Brother, resulting in a comedic and a more exaggerated take on the genre.
  9. The show practically saved Cartoon Network from the rut during the channel's live-action show phase, paving a way for more teen-targeted shows like Regular Show to be created.
  10. The show also started an online and cult phenomenon with fan theories, predictions, and analysis videos like cartoons in the future would do.
  11. The theme song is really catchy.
  12. The challenges are not only pretty cool, but also pretty dangerous to watch.

Bad Qualities

  1. The writing is pretty lackluster, an example is for a ton of comedic scenes, there is a fart joke following it.
  2. On that topic, there is some gross-out humor throughout the show (most of it courtesy of Owen).
  3. Some censorship in the American broadcast, resulting in a watered down copy of the original.
  4. Total Drama All-Stars, Total Drama: Pahkitew Island and Total DramaRama can range to mediocre to just plain crappy.
  5. The love triangle between Courtney, Gwen and Duncan is stretched out too far.
  6. Starting with "All-Stars", the theme song was cut down to 20 seconds per Cartoon Network's decision.
  7. In regards to WIR#7, Chris' behavior would also take a massive nosedive in All-Stars and Pahkitew Island, even though he was supposed to be on parole for the events of Revenge of the Island.
  8. Even before season 5, there were still bad episodes like 3:10 to Crazytown.

Trivia

  • The show served as an inspiration for Battle for Dream Island.
  • The show's art style was inspired by Clone High.
  • On February 2021, it's been confirmed that two new seasons will air on HBO Max and Cartoon Network.

Comments


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AkihitoZero5454

7 months ago
Score 8
You know. Izzy is more mentally stable than the current people right now.
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Blubabluba9990

4 months ago
Score 1
I must say though, The Chef is really ugly.
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AkihitoZero5454

4 months ago
Score 0
Not as ugly as that blonde from Bunsen Is A Beast.
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Sarah davis

4 months ago
Score 0
best show of the month reward
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Gametoon

3 months ago
Score 1
Man, I used to be obsessed with this show. I should watch it again.
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DipperGoodspeed1994

3 months ago
Score 0
Willy Wonka: I can say that "Total Drama" was improvement when Don became the host.
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MrAnonymous

2 months ago
Score 0
Man, oh man, do I recognize this show?
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DoggoMcDogDog

2 months ago
Score 1
I wanna beeeeee famousssssss
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The Dark Phoenix 2099

2 months ago
Score 4
Glad the show is getting 2 new seasons
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DipperGoodspeed1994

2 months ago
Score 0
I am hoping Chris is restored to who he was in the first three seasons.
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DipperGoodspeed1994

2 months ago
Score 0
I even heard that it's going to be back at Camp Wawanakwa (given the events of TDAS or TDROTI never happened). We'll see then.
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Mr. Dready

2 months ago
Score 0
Nice, even if i lost almost all my hopes after DramaRama came out that they won’t be a new season, and that they would just keep focusing on that spin-off instead.
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AkihitoZero5454

2 months ago
Score 0
I think the reason why they're not making a new season is probably because SJWs will attack the franchise because of character designs and mild fanservice.
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 0
They should just make a new season and keep the female characters intact, because they shouldn't worry about SJWs ranting about it. Hell, that goes for any company when making their products.
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Agent Joestar

2 months ago
Score 0
I'm surprised that a lot of good shows such as Total Drama, Clone High, Adventure Time, Infinity Train, etc, are coming to HBO Max
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Gametoon

2 months ago
Score 0
I should rewatch the entire series in preparation.
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LifeWasGoodOnHotdogStand

24 days ago
Score 0

Someone has the entire uncensored first season up on youtube. Should I watch it?

Should I start watching this show?
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Gametoon

17 days ago
Score 0
Yes, yes, yes. Definitely.
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JuooIsHere33

9 days ago
Score 0
I wonder why there aren't a lot of Total Drama characters on Great Characters Wiki. (except Chris, Don & Dave.)
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JuooIsHere33

7 days ago
Score 0
I was wondering if characters like Owen, Geoff, Gwen, DJ, Harold, Izzy, Beth or Leshawna should be added to Great Characters Wiki. Note: We should not put Courtney or Duncan there because they are already on Loathsome Characters Wiki.
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JuooIsHere33

one day 8 hours 42 minutes ago
Score 0
Oh wow, Justin got added to great characters wiki.

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