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 invents 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 involved and introduced as characters make the crazed humor from the original series a lot more questions 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 while desperately looking for a shower and Ed swiping a piece off just to lick it off later in the episode). Also, in the same vein as Popee the Performer, Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon", the Larry Doyle era of Looney Tunes, the fourth season onwards of The Loud House, the sixth to eighth seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants, and the Gene Deitch era of Tom and Jerry, it relies too much on gratuitous over-the-top violence instead of slapstick, but it's cranked up to 11 here 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.
- On a similar note, the animation, while still great, often has characters making these weird, messed up, over-the-top, exaggerated, facial expressions especially whenever someone is crying, whining, yelling, screaming, or angry.
- Some scenes are also downright inappropriate or not very kid-friendly at all (e.g. In the episode "Out with the Old and in with the Ed" when the Kankers lure the Eds into in the Girl's Bathroom at school by tricking all three of them into making out with them in the bathroom stalls and in the episode "Tinker Ed" where Sarah LITERALLY THREATENS to turn the Eds into dogmeat, if they didn't make Jimmy believe in fairytales again and as already said above in BQ#3 where in "Cleanliness To The Next Edness" Ed wipes a piece of garbage and cow feces off Double D and licks it off his finger, all of which are not very kid friendly nor appropriate for a kids show.)
- The Eds have been flanderized, albeit marginally:
- Ed went from being the muscle of the group who's a bit of a simpleton filled with hilarity to being too dumb to a live-type character who is overly emotional and excessively obsessed with gravy.
- Edd (Double D) went from being the brains of the group who's a bit shy and awkward to being a constantly complaining goody two shoes. While he did receive character development and was still the most likable of the Eds, this change of character didn't fit the trio's dynamic overall in these seasons.
- 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 to being a loudmouthed, problematic, unsympathetic, and obnoxious maniac.
- The Eds' dynamic is not well handled to the point that it comes off as rather one-sided and abusive at times. 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 cheese grinder to clean him.
- In "Too Smart for His Own Ed", Edd loses to Ed in a spelling bee and everyone rejects him (over one spelling mistake, which he tried to correct immediately afterward) 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 called him a no-neck chump 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 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 occurred.
- The Eds were not presented like they have a genuine friendship like how it was presented in the original seasons, as more often or not, the Eds are often shown to be outright mean towards each other, even more so than in previous 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 makeup why he would still be friends with Eddy by how he 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 Edd/Double D when he was bullied and helped him to be stronger). Now, this trio is represented as friends because the script demands their presence in an 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" serves as a torture scenario for Ed (to a lesser extent than the aforementioned episodes).
- "Tinker Ed" serves as a torture scenario for all three Eds.
- Because of this, the Eds, in general, are more huge punching bags than usual and the dynamic between them and the other kids is not well handled. It's probably to the point that Danny comes off as a sadist as he takes pleasure of torturing the Eds.
- The "season" 6 finales, Look Before You Ed, was an awful way to end these seasons.
- The episode "A Town Called Ed" has a continuity error. It is revealed that the Kanker sisters' ancestor, Lord Kanker, beat Eddy's ancestors in a poker game over the land and founded Peach Creek and the Kanker sisters themselves own Peach Creek, despite their debut appearance episode "Nagged to Ed" establishing that they're not from Peach Creek. If they have a family member who founded Peach Creek and owned the area, then how come nobody in Peach Creek is aware and knows 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 high ungodly levels as Karma Houdinis in these seasons.
- On a similar note, the Kanker sisters reached 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.
- Very pointless subplots in episodes that go nowhere at all other than to just serve nothing more than filler.
- In the episode "Too Smart For His Own Ed", where Jonny 2X4 spends almost the entire episode trying to get back at Nazz for eliminating Plank in the spelling bee all because Plank took too long to answer.
- In the episode "Cleanliness Is Next to Edness" Ed spends almost the entire episode trying to apologize to Eddy for waking him up on a Saturday all because his belly told him it was bottomless gravy day in the school cafeteria.
- The sixth "season" only has two episodes (or one if counting both segments) which are 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 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 have existed back then.
- There are still some good and decent episodes, like:
- 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.
- On a similar note, depending on your view or so The Eds going back to school was also a good idea to at same time as an endless and ongoing summer vacation would've seemed way TOO unrealistic like with Phineas and Ferb for example.
- With that said, there are funny moments now and then, mostly because of Ed still sharing his faithful, hilarious stupidity he had from the original seasons.
- The voice acting is still great and decent as usual.
- 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.
- Despite the Eds' flanderizations, Ed and Edd were still the most likable of the trio compared to the more excessively insufferable Eddy.
- 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 and budget 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.
- 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 besides the main cast do make appearances, albeit only briefly and only as arms, shadows, silhouettes, pictures, etc.