Crash & Bernstein
Crash & Bernstein is an American live-action show that aired on Disney XD through October 8, 2012 to August 11, 2014
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.
- Forced, stupid, groan-worthy, corny and unfunny humor. Kinda like Dog with a Blog.
- Crash is usually a really unlikable character, he has no character development since he only has one motive to break stuff (as his name implies) and never gets to have a serious moment with Wyatt at all. Not to mention, the number of crimes he commits and he doesn't even learn his lesson from his actions. Not to mention that Crash's dimwitted, destructive antics can get annoying at times.
- In one episode, he even leaves someone stranded on a island.
- 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.
- 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 basically the prologue of The Muppets, but as a generic sitcom, in fact, Crash feels like a modern-day-themed ripoff of Walter.
- The acting ranges from either mediocre to horrible.
- The characters can be either one-note, forgettable at best and unlikable at worst.
- Wyatt's sisters are the most unlikable 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 the 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 then 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.
- Amanda's voice will get on your nerves fast.
- Speaking of voices, Crash's voice is out-of-place and doesn't fit his character of a teenager, especially compared to other characters like Sonic.
- Amanda treats Pesto (who has a huge crush on her) like garbage.
- Cleo's catchphrase, "...CLLEEOO!" is pretty annoying.
- The opening also tries too hard to seem cool and is cringey in hindsight and the theme song is a generic rap song with cheesy lyrics that make no sense.
- Gross-out humor, such as Crash puking in a plastic bubble and Crash chewing on an old lady's toenails. Or toilet humor that also shows from time to time.
- Plot hole. How did Crash even come to life in the first place? Cause it was never explained.
- Awful, subpar and lazy writing, such as in "Frat Chance", "Crash Landing" and the worst offender, "Trash and Bernstein".
- The setting being in Portland is pretty dull and forgettable since there is little world building.
- Barely any originality. The plots are usually run-of-the-mill and can be quite bland in its own 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 dealing with siblings who often do dangerous things).
- The Ren & Stimpy Show (due to its frequent usage of gross-out, toilet humor, surreality, and gross-out close-up shots and the two main characters being a polar opposite duo, with the goofy dumb one frequently irritating the more rational one), Squirrel Boy (due to both having young average everyday boys dealing with their non human friend who lives with them).
- Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, with Wyatt and Crash basically being Mac and Bloo, Mac and Wyatt dealing with annoying siblings and their friend, and having the same feel as one another.
- The Loud House (which this show predated by three-and-a-half years), with the exact same concept of being the only boy in a family of sisters. Also, his best friend has a massive crush on his oldest sister, who is a blonde stereotype. Sound familiar?
- Almost every episode title has the word "Crash" in it, which is very uncreative and uninspired. Thankfully, this was toned down in Season 2.
- In the final episode, around the final scene they hint at Crash dying.
- This was one of the first Disney sitcoms to feature a muppet-like character as something to make it stand out from the rest.
- Crash was puppeteered quite well.
- Not to mention that Crash's design looks very good and appealing and it like it looks like it was designed by a Jim Henson company.
- Pesto is a tolerable character.
- Mr. Poulos, the building manager, is a funny and memorable character.
- Landry Bender did a decent job playing Cleo.
- Wyatt's sisters do have an understandable reason to not like Crash (given he destroys everything).
- The second season could be considered an improvement to some people.
- The theme song is pretty catchy and some can find the intro's lyrics funny (or just whatever comedic that occurs in the opening by lyrics or not); just enough to have a so-bad-its-good vibe, in spite of it being somewhat cheesy and used to appeal to the young, hip crowd.
- The concept of the show is pretty interesting, but was executed in a mediocre, hit-or-miss manner.
- 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".
- 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).
- The toilet, gross-out humor is downplayed, well most of the time.
- Some of the acting can be tolerable.
- 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.
- 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 in spite of 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.
- The reception to this show wasn't that good because not only did many people not like this show, there were also many parents that 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.
- The title is a pun on "crash and burn".
- The show had a canceled sequel called "Commando Crash." It was an spinoff being about Crash going into military school, 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 puppetered by Tim Lagasse, best known for works on puppeteering tons of characters like Big Bird from Sesame Street for example.