Game Shakers is an American gaming sitcom created by Dan Schneider that premiered on Nickelodeon on September 12, 2015. The series stars Cree Cicchino, Madisyn Shipman, Benjamin "Lil' P-Nut" Flores, Jr., Thomas Kuc, and Kel Mitchell. The show was abruptly canceled after Dan Schneider was fired from Nickelodeon in early 2018. Its last episode aired on June 8th, 2019.
Who knew a science project could be valuable? When Babe and Kenzie created the mobile game Sky Whale for a seventh-grade project, they were just hoping for a passing grade. What they got, however, was one of the most popular games of the year, which led them to create a successful business that makes millions of dollars. Not everyone is happy with the girls, though; popular rapper Double G threatens to sue them when he finds out they have used one of his songs without his permission. To avoid any legal issues Babe and Kenzie decide to partner with the music star and hire his son, Triple G, as a gaming consultant. Game Shakers marks a return to Nickelodeon for Kel Mitchell (Double G), who first rose to fame in the '90s on the network's series All That and Kenan & Kel.
Why It Should Drop Dat
- The show is just an excuse to purchase games. And rather than promoting awesome AAA or indie games, the show promotes crappy shovelware mobile games.
- Aside from that, it also gives other people who never played video games a bad impression on how good games look like.
- The Game Shakers are full criminals and yet, we're supposed to root for them.
- Like Peter Griffin, Dub doesn't get punished from his evil and selfish actions, such as cutting the giant cable wire at the ocean causing the Internet from the entire world to shut down and gets away scot-free, making him a Karma Houdini.
- The title is misleading. It's barely about games. Instead, it focuses on the lives of the main characters.
- The logo looks like it was slapped together using MS Paint and Photoshop with the letters spelling “GAME” resembling those of the train routes used by the NYC Subway but recolored, and “Shakers” being in a plain white and generic-looking font. In fact it was easily remade by ScratchCoder in the comments of this page.
- Annoying, unlikable, stereotypical and cliched characters.
- Babe is the edgy girl.
- Kenzie is the Mary Sue smart girl (becomes a punching bag in Season 3).
- Trip is a punching bag.
- Hudson is the dumb blonde and generic comic relief.
- Hudson is so annoying as he says stupid things and giggles way too much.
- Both Double G and Triple G are just spoiled celebrities and black rapper stereotypes.
- Graphically dirty and unfunny jokes, many of which are too inappropriate for a show meant for young children, such as Babe yelling "What the duck?" and "Textual harassment". In addition, the show also relies on cruelty for comedy.
- It is very unrealistic at times especially in the first episode where Dub got to the classroom so fast and how did he know what class their in.
- No character development. In fact, it's more like character derailment, as the characters get worse rather than better as the show continues.
- Realistically, the kids are way too young to own a company.
- It basically worsened the bad reputation of modern Nickelodeon sitcoms.
- Bad and unsatisfying morals and/or endings in most episodes.
- The ending of "Baby Hater" is very disturbing.
- The infamous "Flavor City", especially the ending, where Dub tells Ruthless to throw a microwave at a guy who called one of Dub's albums "garbage", thus killing him.
- "Boy Band Cat Nose" is considered to be one of the laziest episodes of the show, since the subplot ends with Trip getting hurt by one of Hudson's traps and the main plot ends with Dub's veterinarian, Dr. Smoontz, turning and coloring Kenzie's cat, Valentine green.
- "The One With The Coffee Shop" is a huge insult to Friends.
- "Breaking Bad News" has two plot holes that make no sense at all. How on earth would one toothbrush be able to destroy a giant expensive flat-screen TV? Whoever built the TV did a terrible construction job. Yet somehow it's Babe's fault for breaking it? What the heck?!
- The ending of "Bear Butt Laser Runner" rips off the South Park episode, "Over Logging".
- In "Byte Club" Trip bites off Hudson's ear in a TV-Y7 rated show.
- Ruthless constantly yelling will get on your last nerves.
- The characters never learn from their mistakes. They most likely either don't learn their lesson at all or they do learn a lesson as the episode ends, but end up forgetting about it in the next episode. Once the lesson is learned, what happens? It's gone!
- The characters scream way too much. Special mention to Babe, who screams whenever anything happens, inevitably ending in all four kids yelling at each other.
- The characters are very rude and despicable to each other, especially Trip and Hudson.
- The show has way too many cameos of internet celebrities, like Glozell, ProJared, and Harley Morenstein.
- It just shows that Nickelodeon is trying to be hip and cool.
- It even has some crossover episodes with Henry Danger.
- Both shows have nothing in common to warrant a crossover other than having the same creator.
- Henry is even brought back onto the show twice in Season 3.
- Plot Hole:
- There was an almost year long hiatus in season 3 between the episode Super Ugly Head and Snoop Therapy.
- The show ended on a cliffhanger. In "He's Back", Henry comes to Babe and tells her he wants to spend time with her, causing Babe to abandon her plans with Blake and Mason, but the series ends right here, which is unnecessary, confusing, and also pointless. The story does not even continue in Henry Danger and will likely not continue in Danger Force.
- Lots of fans were very disappointed in that ending. Some fans even expected a PART 2 due to that horrible ending!
- "Why Tonya" is a really bad episode with almost no plot at all. Basically, the episode is about a girl named Tonya who demands the Game Shakers to make changes to one of their games, then later she demands Babe and Kenzie to change the game back to the way it was, which is really stupid. Tonya even later kidnaps Kenzie in the Game Shakers bathroom!
- The promos completely spoiled Henry returning in the final episode, and it also made it look like he would be an important character in it when he only appears for a few seconds.
- In “Scared Tripless”, the show’s Halloween special, Double G is shown leaving his son alone and unattended for some period of time in midst of a diaper change in a family home video. That is a display of bad parenting and babies should not be left unattended during a diaper change, the baby could try to escape and get injured.
- Overusage of characters saying what it isn't. Then saying what it is. Both of them effectively have the same meaning.
- The theme song is catchy.
- The show has an interesting premise that was unfortunately wasted which is common trend with a lot of modern nickcoms.
- The concept is cool that the main characters are young game developers but executed poorly in terms of the show's theme.
- The show does have some heartwarming moments.
- A few good jokes here and there.
- Seasons 2 and 3 are slight improvements over the first season. In fact, season 3 can be seen as watchable depending on your view.
- Despite Henry not really belonging on this show, his guest appearances are still nice to be fair and at least he was in his likable self.
- It is nice to see Kel Mitchell on a Nickelodeon show again as he did a pretty good job as Double G, regardless of how bad the character is.
- It might be debatable, but some of the games are actually kind of fun and amazing to download and play on Apple and Android mobile devices for free.
- The episode "Wedding Shower of Doom" artistically features a flashback in the footage quality of an 80s/90s-show, which is something Nickelodeon doesn't usually do.
Episodes With Their Own Pages
Game Shakers received mixed to negative reviews from critics and audiences alike. It currently sits at a 4.2/10 on IMDb. It is considered to be one of the worst Nickelodeon shows ever.