Bizaardvark is an American comedy sitcom that ran for three seasons on Disney Channel from June 24, 2016 to April 13, 2019.
Best friends Paige and Frankie put their talents to use while making video blogs for their online comedy channel. Upon reaching 10,000 subscribers for their comedic music videos, the friends are invited to produce their videos at Vuuugle Studios, an influential entity in the industry. There, they continue their quest to reach the top of the blogosphere. Together, with longtime friend Bernie and fellow Vuuugle stars Dirk and Amelia, the girls embark on a series of comedic adventures in hopes of becoming even bigger online celebrities.
Why It Sucks
- It rips off of iCarly in many ways.
- It has the exact same premise: two teenage girls who make web videos and get into crazy antics.
- Most of the characters are rips off of characters from iCarly.
- Some of the episodes are rehashes of episodes from iCarly.
- "Superfan" is a rehash of both "iAm Your Biggest Fan" and "iPsycho".
- "Bernie Moves Out" is a rehash of "iMove Out".
- "BizRipOffs" is a rehash of "iTake on Dingo".
- "The BFF (Before Frankie Friend)" is a rehash of "iReunite with Missy".
- "Spoiler Alert: Belissa Returns" and "Clash of the Superfans" are rehashes of both "iStill Psycho" and even the Sam & Cat (iCarly and Victorious' shameful spin-off) episode "#Super Psycho".
- The fact that Disney Channel would rip-off a Nickelodeon sitcom is proof that it is (or was) running out of ideas for its shows.
- Graphically unfunny, nonsensical, cringeworthy and forced humor.
- Untalented, pathetic and laughable acting.
- The title of the show is stupid, despite it being the name of Paige and Frankie's Vuuugle channel.
- Annoying and cringe inducing theme song, where the line "Let's go make some videos!" is repeated over and over.
- Luckily, the theme song is shortened considerably in Season 3.
- Vuuugle is a bad parody of YouTube. But unlike YouTube, instead of filming at home, Vuuuglers film at a studio. Also, it sounds more like Google, YouTube’s parent company.
- Annoying and unlikable characters.
- Paige and Frankie are bland and forgettable protagonists with the same personalities.
- Bernie is a very creepy teenage boy who has a stalker-like crush on Amelia.
- Amelia is a girly, spoiled bottle blonde countrygirl stereotype that teaches the show's target audience how to be materialistic.
- Dirk is an annoying and unfunny comic relief.
- Horse Face Guy is a ridiculous and pointless character who serves no purpose to the show other than being filler. He could be written out and nothing would change.
- To make matters worse, there's an entire episode centered around him ("Who is Horse Face Guy?").
- The plot is rather unoriginal and clichéd, due to ripping off iCarly. You could replace the existing characters with some other random characters and it would make no difference.
- Like most modern sitcoms, the laugh track is extremely repetitive and plays at almost every line.
- "Puff and Frankie" and "Bizaardvark Changes Lives" are pretty mean-spirited episodes.
- The web videos and music videos that Paige and Frankie make are extremely unfunny, unoriginal and cringe-inducing and to add salt to the wound, the music videos have low quality special effects and green screen (even for Disney Channel standards).
- Jake Paul, an infamous and controversial YouTube star, was in the show. His character Dirk was no better. Thankfully, both him and Dirk got kicked off the show during the latter half of Season 2 and haven't appeared since, although Dirk's absence was explained in the Season 3 episode "House Band". The reason is that he left Vuuugle and that was it.
- To make matters worse, Jake Paul's brother, Logan Paul guest starred in "The First Law of Dirk" as Dirk's older brother Kirk, although this was him and Kirk's only appearance on the show and they never appeared again after the episode, especially since Jake Paul and Dirk were later kicked off the show.
- Some episodes have concepts that sound interesting on paper, but ended up getting poorly executed in the process.
- "Frankie Has a Hater" is about Paige and Frankie being confronted by criticism. It could have provided a good moral about learning to deal with criticism. But instead, the moral this episode provides is that "you should overact to criticism, going as far as stalking the person who criticized you".
- "Chocolate Bananas" is about Paige and Frankie discovering graffiti on the school lockers and Amelia being accused of the crime. It could have been a good episode without the infamous "Chocolate Bananas" video, poor writing and the bad subplot about Bernie being upset that Dirk doesn't tell him he's his best friend.
- "Softball: The Musical" is about the gang creating a musical to save face with Dirk. This sounds interesting at first, but ends up being a stupid episode, due to poor writing and unfunny humor.
- "Don't Think, Just Dare" is about Paige wanting to end her relationship with her boyfriend. This could have been an interesting episode, if not for poor writing and the stupid subplot about Frankie, Amelia and Bernie falling asleep to their teacher's voice.
- Most of the songs are painful to listen to, feature extreme amounts of auto-tune and occasionally rip-off other songs. Examples are "Blobfish", "So Dramatic", "Oops Wrong Emoji", "Sick Days Are Awesome", "If I Had A Dog", "Lemonade Stand", "The Greatest Rap Song of All Time" (even though it's technically not a song), "Flying Shoes", "Notes in Your Lunchbag", "Chocolate Bananas" and "The Comeback Song".
- Tries way too hard to be hip and current. For instance, there are way too many internet and social media references and pointless guest appearances from internet celebrities that are only there to pander to kids and teens, like JoJo Siwa, Grumpy Cat, Logan Paul (as mentioned in Reason #12), Lilly Singh, Thomas Sanders, ect. iCarly made the occasional attempt, but not constantly (I.e. "iMeet Fred") and mainly focused on character interactions and development, rather than satirizing rabid fan bases and pop culture. Thankfully, this gets toned down a little in Season 2.
- It also tries too hard to have the same charm as iCarly, but fails miserably.
- "BizRipOffs", which is about two school girls who rip-off Paige and Frankie's videos, might be the series making a jab on the fact that it is iCarly's shameful rip-off.
- The treatment of the 2 main protagonists in their old school was unlikeable and stereotypical of private schools.
- Extremely poor and nonsensical writing. For example, in "Frankie Has A Hater", when Frankie discovers that someone has posted a negative comment about Bizaardvark, instead of ignoring it, she becomes so upset by it that she tracks down and confronts the person who wrote the comment. This shows that Frankie can't take criticism.
- Two of the new characters in season 3, Rodney and Zane (while they're still likeable characters) can be rehashes of Bernie or Dirk at times, but not a lot.
- It jump started the careers of Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu.
- There are a few funny moments. In fact, the series itself can make for unintentional comedy, due to its lack of quality.
- Some occasional heartwarming moments.
- Jake Paul was fired from the show during mid-Season 2, and his character Dirk was permanently removed from the show without a replacement actor.
- Most of the characters experience development as the series progressed.
- While stupid, the show title is at least creative.
- The show does have some good episodes here and there, such as "First Day of School", "Paige Is Wrong", "In Your Space" (despite the pointless guest appearance from Thomas Sanders), "Friend Fight!", "The Summer of Us", "The Doctor Will See You Now", "Mom! Stop!", "The Stand-Up Standoff", "Rozes Are Red" and "The End of the Beginning" (the series finale).
- The final episode, "The End of the Beginning" ends the series on a high note.
- Willow, Zane, and Rodney are tolerable characters, though they can get annoying sometimes.
- Some good songs, such as "Love for the Haters", "Party Don't Stop" and "The Worst Lullaby Ever".
- Seasons 2 and 3 are a slight improvement as they make less attempts to be hip and current and start focusing more on the characters.
- Coincidentally, Jake Paul's brother Logan Paul (who guess starred as Kirk in the episode "The First Law of Dirk") was fired from a YouTube series he starred in titled Foursome after its third season, following his suicide forest video controversy, six months after Jake Paul was fired from Bizaardvark and Disney Channel. Like Jake Paul's character Dirk, Logan Paul's character Alec Fixler was permanently removed from the series without a replacement actor.