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Crash & Bernstein
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Bringing a puppet is okay, but they should never interact with one who has a very idiotic personality, otherwise they will crash them.
Genre: Sitcom
Puppetry
Comedy
Family
Running Time: 30 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: October 8, 2012 – August 11, 2014
Network(s): Disney XD
Created by: Eric Friedman
Distributed by: Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Starring: Tim Lagasse
Landry Bender
Cole Jensen
Oana Gregory
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 39


Crash & Bernstein is an American live-action show that aired on Disney XD through October 8, 2012, to August 11, 2014

Plot

Wyatt Bernstein is a boy who lives with his mom Mel and his sisters Cleo, Jasmine, and Amanda in the city of Portland, Oregon (the location was revealed in the theme song). For his 12th birthday, Wyatt is taken to a store called Build-A-Bestie where he creates a puppet named Crash, who joins the family as the brother he always wanted. Crash and Wyatt must deal with the sisters while having their brotherly differences and still watching each other's back.

Bad Qualities

  1. For starters, the humor is forced, stupid, groan-worthy, corny, and unfunny, similar to Dog with a Blog.
  2. Crash is usually an unlikeable character; he has no character development since he only has one motive to break stuff (as his name implies) and rarely gets to have a serious moment with Wyatt. Not to mention, the number of crimes he commits, and he doesn't even learn his lesson from his actions. Also, Crash's dim-witted, destructive antics can get annoying at times.
    • In one episode, he even leaves someone stranded on an island.
  3. Speaking of Crash's antics, they can be somewhat misleading and dangerous to young viewers to think that it is safe to face slam into each other and Disney XD had to make countless disclaimers to not do what Crash is capable of.
  4. Crash's character seems like a rejected character from Sesame Street or from The Muppets.
    • Ironically, a performer from those shows, Tim Lagasse stars as the voice and puppeteer for Crash and Greg Ballora (who worked on Muppets Tonight) works as the puppet captain.
    • Speaking of which, the entire show is the prologue of The Muppets, but as a generic sitcom Crash feels like a modern-day-themed rip-off of Walter.
  5. The acting ranges from mediocre to horrible.
  6. The characters can be either one-note, forgettable at best, or flat-out unlikable at worst.
    • Wyatt's sisters are the most unlikeable as they're pretty mean towards Wyatt and Crash when Wyatt got what he always wanted: a friend to have fun with (since Pesto is just every dude Wyatt hangs out with). When Wyatt finally had some catharsis in his life, his sisters unsparingly tried to get rid of Crash, which is quite dark. Not to mention that Wyatt's rivalry around his female-filled family is one-sided and unfair to Wyatt.
    • Wyatt himself has little to no personality other than feeling like a stereotypical kid.
    • While being a tolerable character, Pesto was badly flanderized in Season 2 where his crush on Amanda became his sole defining characteristic.
  7. Amanda's voice will get on your nerves fast.
  8. Speaking of voices, Crash's voice is out-of-place and doesn't fit his character as a teenager, especially compared to other characters like Sonic the Hedgehog. He more likely sounds like a middle-aged man than a teen.
  9. Amanda treats Pesto (who has a huge crush on her) like garbage.
  10. Cleo's catchphrase, "...CLLEEOO!" is pretty annoying.
  11. It has many occasional instances of Gross-out humor, such as Crash puking in a plastic bubble and Crash chewing on an old lady's toenails. Toilet humor also shows from time to time like Crash spinning around in a toilet that is flushed.
  12. Plot hole. How did Crash even come to life in the first place? Cause it was never explained.
  13. Awful, subpar, and lazy writing, such as in "Frat Chance", "Crash Landing" and the worst offender, "Trash and Bernstein".
  14. The setting in Portland is pretty dull and forgettable since there is little world-building.
  15. Barely any originality. The plots are usually run-of-the-mill and can be quite bland in their way; not to mention that many episodes themselves are usually repetitive, predictable, straightforward, or sometimes nonsensical. There are also several similarities to other shows such as:
    • The Cramp Twins (due to its similar premise where a character has to deal with a purple/dark blue brother who always causes trouble).
    • Johnny Test (due to them both being about boys who often do dangerous things and are dealing with their siblings).
    • The Ren & Stimpy Show (due to its frequent usage of gross-out {i.e. some moments of gross-out close-up shots}, toilet humor, surreality, and the two main characters being a polar opposite duo; having Crash being the goofy dumb one {which is Stimpy} frequently irritating Wyatt who is the more rational and sensible one between the two {that being Ren}.),
    • Squirrel Boy (due to both having young average every day boys dealing with their non-human friend who lives with them).
    • Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, with Wyatt and Crash being Mac and Bloo, Crash and Wyatt dealing with annoying siblings and their friends, and having the same feel as one another.
  16. Almost every episode title has the word "Crash" in it, which is very uncreative and uninspired. Thankfully, this was toned down in Season 2.
  17. In the final episode, "Double Header", around the final scene they hint at Crash dying.
    • Speaking of "Double Header", it was an awful way to end the show.

Good Qualities

  1. This was one of the first Disney sitcoms to feature a muppet-like character as something to make it stand out from the rest, though it was poorly executed.
  2. Crash was puppeteered quite well despite being poorly executed as a character.
  3. Not to mention that Crash's design looks very good and appealing and it looks like it was designed by a Jim Henson company.
  4. There are some likable and tolerable characters.
    • Wyatt is for the most part a likable character.
    • Cleo, while often annoying, does have some decent moments.
    • Pesto is a tolerable character.
    • Mr. Poulos, the building manager, is a funny and memorable character.
  5. Some of the actings can be tolerable:
    • Landry Bender and Aaron Landon did a decent job playing Cleo and Pesto.
  6. Wyatt's sisters do have an understandable reason to not like Crash (given he destroys everything).
  7. The second season could be considered an improvement to some people.
  8. The rapping theme song is very hilarious, and catchy and the intro's lyrics are extremely funny. Much to the point that it has a certain charm to it.
  9. The concept of the show is pretty interesting, but was executed in a mediocre, hit-or-miss manner.
  10. Some good, decent or enjoyable episodes such as "Home Alone with Crash", "Merry Crashenfest", "Escape from Bigfoot Island", "Comic Book Crash" and "Flushed in Space".
  11. There was this video that shared how much fun everyone had filming each episode, which does explain why the episodes themselves can be sometimes very exciting or entertaining.
  12. Some very funny moments here and there along with some engaging, fun slapstick jokes from time to time (which is somewhat unique from a live-action standpoint).
  13. The toilet, gross-out humor is downplayed, well most of the time.
  14. Even though Crash never learns his lesson in most episodes, he usually gets punished as he gets hurt a lot usually after doing something bad, stupid, or for his mere existence. And he can occasionally learn from his mistakes and can have some insight out of his sheer moronitude.
  15. Speaking of Crash, while an annoying imbecile most of the time, Crash's goofiest and best moments can be enjoyable, off-the-wall, hilarious, and entertaining at times. And despite his annoying persona, he can be somewhat likable to some degree with being a very well-meaning friend to Wyatt and an occasionally understanding character towards others.

Reception

  • The reception to this show wasn't that good because not only did many people, not like this show, many parents were concerned with their kids watching this show and wanted to make sure their kids were trying to make sure that their kids didn't get the idea to do what Crash does along with him and Wyatt vandalizing stuff, as it was thought to oppose with what they're doing and what reality would ensue to young viewers.

Trivia

  • The title is a pun on "crash and burn".
  • The show had a canceled sequel called "Commando Crash." It was a spinoff being about Crash going into military school, but because of the show's low ratings it was never picked up and the show ended on a low note.
  • Crash would be featured in Pranksgiving skits of Disney XD which featured Crash pulling off comedic, off-the-wall if fake pranks with Disney XD celebrities.
  • Crash was puppeteered by Tim Lagasse, best known for works on puppeteering tons of characters like Big Bird from Sesame Street for example.

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