Ed, Edd n Eddy (Seasons 5-6)
Ed, Edd n Eddy is a Canadian-American animated comedy television series created by Danny Antonucci for Cartoon Network, and the sixth of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series revolves around three preteen boys named Ed, Edd (called "Double D" to avoid confusion with Ed), and Eddy—collectively known as "the Eds"—who live in a suburban cul-de-sac in the fictional town of Peach Creek. Under the unofficial leadership of Eddy, the trio frequently invent schemes to make money from their peers to purchase their favorite confectionery, jawbreakers. Their plans usually fail, leaving them in various, often humiliating, predicaments.
While the first four seasons were well received, the last two seasons had mixed opinions by fans and critics alike.
- These seasons lack the creatively hilarious charm and cleverness of the first four seasons. In addition, the school setting feels a bit strange for the show. Some other shows at the time had already established a school setting that was executed way better.'
- Having the teachers and adults being involved and introduced as characters makes the crazed humor from the original series a lot more questionable to let slide when the chaos is easy for anyone to question the bills/etc with the destruction of the school for example.
- Speaking of the humor, it is a total downgrade compared to the original seasons with most of the original style of jokes not being as good as they were before. In addition to this, there were lots of lazy gross-out humor that was downright disgusting to look at (e.g In the episode "Cleanliness To The Next Edness" Edd was covering himself with actual garbage and cow feces when Edd was desperately looking for a shower and Ed literally swiping a piece off just to lick it off later in the episode). Also, the slapstick went from cartoony and varied to adding so much, over-the-top detail to the slapstick that it was no longer humorous and cartoony but rather painful and disturbing to watch.
- The Eds have been marginally flanderized:
- Ed went from being the muscle of the group who's a bit of a simpleton filled with hilarity, into being a too dumb to live-type character who is overly emotional and excessively obsessed with gravy.
- Edd went from being the brains of the group who's a bit shy and awkward, into being a constantly complaining goody two shoes. Who was given character development instead of utter flanderization but it didn't fit the trio overall in these seasons while he was the most likable out of the trio.
- Eddy by far had the worst flanderization from the the group as Eddy went from being the self-appointed leader of the group who's a bit devious and ill-tempered yet effectively encouraging with his driving force on giving his friends guidance, and was formed into being a loudmouth, unlikable, problematic, unsympathetic and obnoxious maniac.
- The Eds' dynamic is not well handled. Some examples include:
- In "Cleanliness is Next to Edness", Eddy throws Edd out of his house after the latter politely asks to use his shower. By the end, Ed and Eddy laugh at Edd for being covered up in filth before Edd is forced to be bathed by Ed who then uses a grinder to clean him.
- In "Too Smart for His Own Ed", Edd loses to Ed in a spelling bee and everyone rejects him, just for misspelling one word, and turn to Ed. Eddy takes advantage of Ed's so-called newfound "intelligence" to scam the other kids.
- In "Pick an Ed", Eddy disguises himself as a new student named "Carl" to find out who wrote his name on the wall with graffiti. But after noticing the other kids are socially accepting him, he decides to keep his newfound persona and abandons his friends, only to return back to them because Edd tricks Eddy into thinking that the other kids are still bullying him. If Edd didn't do that Eddy would've abandoned them regardless of what actually occurred.
- The Eds were not presented like they have an genuine friendship like how it was presented in the original seasons, while Ed was somewhat like himself but dumber than usual, Edd having Eddy's trait of being the driving force in guidance doesn't make up why he would still be friends with Eddy by how him and Eddy are always in a constant war with each other. This trio's presence used to come across as three dudes who had a legitimate friendship (e.g Ed and Eddy comforting Double Dee when he was bullied and helped him to be more stronger). Now this trio is represented as friends because of the script demanding their presence in a episode and not because they are genuine friends.
- A handful of bad episodes due to its weak writing with poorly done character treatment, some of which serve as nothing more than genuine torture scenarios for the Eds:
- "Cleanliness is Next to Edness" and "A Fistful of Ed" serve as torture scenarios for Edd.
- "The Good, the Bad, and the Ed" and "Smile for the Ed" serve as torture scenarios for Eddy.
- "No Speak Da Ed" serve as torture scenarios for Ed.
- "Tinker Ed" serve as torture scenarios for all three Eds.
- Because of this, the Eds in general are more of huge punching bags than usual and the dynamic between them and the other kids is not well handled.
- The episode "A Town Called Ed" has a continuity error. It is revealed that the Kanker sisters' ancestor, Lord Kanker, beats Eddy's ancestor in a poker game over the land and founded Peach Creek and the Kanker sisters themselves own Peach Creek, despite in their debut appearance episode "Nagged to Ed", where it is mentioned that they're not from Peach Creek and if they have a family member who founded Peach Creek and own the area, then how come nobody in Peach Creek are aware and know about that? Especially if their hometown is owned by a trio of mean, female bullies who stalk, sexually harass (in the Eds' case), bully, and torment people on a regular daily basis?
- Sarah, Jimmy, and Kevin reached the high ungodly levels as Karma Houdini's in these seasons.
- The Kanker sisters reached the high ungodly levels as Villain Sues in these seasons.
- All of the characters are much more over-the-top, obnoxious, and louder than they already are, mostly revolving around the temper tantrums of Ed, Eddy, Sarah, and Jimmy.
- The sixth season only has two episodes (or one if counting both segments) which is really disappointing. With just two episodes, calling the sixth season a season doesn't sound too convincing.
- The show is still considered quality in comparison to other long-time running franchises or television series.
- Passable and still good digital ink and paint animation.
- Passable pacing in the episodes.
- The four specials, Ed, Edd n Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle, Ed, Edd n Eddy's Hanky Panky Hullabaloo, Ed, Edd n Eddy's Boo Haw Haw, and The Eds are Coming, the Eds are Coming, are also passable as well with minor exceptions such as the endings of both Jingle Jingle Jangle and Boo Haw Haw respectively.
- Without these seasons, the movie finale, Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show, probably would have not had existed back then.
- Some good episodes like "Every Which Way But Ed", "Boom Boom Out Goes the Ed", "Truth or Ed", "This Won't Hurt an Ed", and "May I Have This Ed?".
- It saved the show from being ended too early, while bringing up a few new jokes to laugh at and a few new story plots to go with. These seasons may not have focused on scams very often, but it's kind of subtle to mix up the source material because if the show always focused on scams, the series would have started getting old if that wasn't the case.
- Some of the cul-de-sac characters like Rolf were still likable, while many characters were either flanderized or were worse than their original appearances.
- With that said, there are funny moments every now and then. Mostly because of Ed still sharing his faithful, hilarious stupidity he had from the original seasons.
- Despite the Eds' flanderization, Ed and Edd were still the most likable in the trio compared to the more excessively insufferable Eddy.
- Season 5 was the only season of the series (along with the specials and movie) where adults (such as Ed's mom and Eddy's parents) and other people beside the main cast do make appearances, albeit only briefly, but only shown in their arms, their shadows, as silhouettes, as pictures, etc.
- While Season 6 had only two episodes, this is understandable because the show's crew had to work on the movie and a.k.a. Cartoon didn't have a big staff to make a whole season and a movie concurrently.
In June 2007, a.k.a. Cartoon confirmed they were working on a 90-minute television film, Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show, which was originally planned to broadcast in 2008, along with a DVD release. As a result, the film's production replaced that of the previously-ordered sixth season of the series, not because of a lack of interest in new episodes, but rather because the entire a.k.a. staff was occupied with the making of the film. Cartoon Network agreed to Antonucci's decision to make a film rather than the sixth season. Two sixth-season episodes were already in production, though, so Cartoon Network aired them as part of a special event on June 29, 2008. IGN confirmed that the series was on hiatus due to the film in November 2007. Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show eventually aired on November 8, 2009, officially ending the series.