Fanboy & Chum Chum

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Fanboy and Chum Chum
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"I mean, look at our underwear!" Yeah, don't look at them.
Genre: Comedy
Animated Superhero
Adventure
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: October 12, 2009 – November 2, 2012

July 13, 2014 ("Brain Freeze")

Network(s): Nickelodeon
Created by: Eric Robles
Starring: David Hornsby
Nika Futterman
Jeff Bennett
Wyatt Cenac
Jamie Kennedy
Josh Duhamel
Candi Milo
Steve Tompkins
Dyana Liu
Estelle Harris
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 52


Fanboy & Chum Chum is an American CGI animated television series created by Eric Robles for Nickelodeon. It is based on Fanboy, an animated short created by Robles for Nicktoons and Frederator Studios, which was broadcast August 14, 2009 to October 17, 2012 on Random! Cartoons. The series was first broadcast October 12, 2009 on Nickelodeon as a preview, then officially premiered November 6, 2009 after SpongeBob's Truth or Square, and officially ended on July 13, 2014.

Plot

Set in Galaxy Hills, two best friends decide to be superheroes and go on abnormal adventures and have unrealistic goals.

Bad Qualities

  1. The show is responsible for beginning the temporary decline of Nickelodeon in 2009.
  2. It rip-offs SpongeBob SquarePants, such as the titular characters being very similar to that of SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, and Kyle whom is very similar to that of Squidward Tentacles.
  3. The animation, whilst it does do great in some areas and not as bad or as washed out as other bad cartoons with bad animation (such as Fleabag Monkeyface), was pretty rigid and ugly in earlier episodes.
  4. Ugly and laughable character designs, especially for the two titular characters, who look like superhero rejects.
  5. It can be inappropriate at times, like Breadwinners and Sanjay and Craig.
    • It overuses toilet humor, especially in the episodes "Pick a Nose" and "Fanboy Stinks". Examples:
      • Fanboy sneezing into his surgical mask when he is disguised as a nurse.
      • Kyle attempting to pull Fanboy's finger and Fanboy farting on him when he refuses.
      • Fanboy and Chum Chum hiding in a waste container.
      • Mr. Muffling and Chris Chuggy having smelly feet.
      • Boog saying he likes to poop in his diaper.
  6. The use of pop culture references, especially to R rated movies, are used the weirdest way imaginable.
  7. The names of Fanboy and Chum Chum are just silly.
  8. Annoying voice acting, even from actors such as David Hornsby, Nika Futterman, Jamie Kennedy, and Jeff Bennett. It also mostly consists of screaming and squealing.
  9. The titular characters are annoying and unlikable protagonists who always hurt Kyle and Lenny every time they encounter them, and worse still, they never get punished for their actions, they also often do not realize they are bothering Kyle and Lenny, but at least they improved themselves in the second season.
    • On that topic, some other characters can also be unlikable, such as Lunch Lady Cram/Bus Lady Cram and Yo, with the exception of some characters.
  10. Kyle's cliché of being treated like dirt is insulting, turning him into a Butt-MonkeyLCW, a character who gets hurt by everyone in the show for little to no (if not any) apparent reason at all!
  11. Bad pacing that feels like the writers weren't even trying.
  12. Some characters are clearly use the same models, but with slightly different appearances, different names and classifications. For example, Lunch Lady Cram's twin sister, Bus Lady Cram, is basically her but as a bus driver. She has the same appearance as Lunch Lady Cram (the only difference is the hat), same personality of Lunch Lady Cram (only much more hurtful, cruel, and sadistic), and even the voice actor of Lunch Lady Cram, Candi Milo (only her voice is slightly deeper and has a much more evil laugh). In one episode, before her name was revealed, everyone in the show even called her Lunch Lady Cram because of this.
  13. The background music sounds distorted and broken, like the creators were lazy and couldn't even check for sound issues.
  14. The theme song is annoying and laughable, half of it consists of "bah bah bah"s. Keep in mind that the composer of the theme song also did the Gravity Falls intro.
  15. The majority of the show is painfully nonsensical and doesn't have any logical premise, as if it were crafted by hyperactive minors.
  16. Various animation errors.
  17. There is so much noise that never stops nor ends.
  18. The episode "Moppy Dearest" has objectophilia jokes in a kids' show.
  19. The series finale ("Brain Freeze") was delayed for three years and was to air on July 12, 2014, but ended up airing a day later on the main Nickelodeon channel.

Good Qualities

  1. This show has some moments that are funny.
  2. Kyle, Lenny, Boog, Man-Arctica, Mr. Mufflin and Agent Johnson are all likable characters.
  3. Some good episodes like "Stan-Arctica", "Put That Cookie Down", "Gameboy", "HypnotOZed", "Night Morning", "Norse-ing Around", "The Frosty Bus", "Digital Pet Cemetery", "Total Recall", "Freeze Tag", "Dollar Day", "Excuse Me", "Saving Private Chum Chum", "Back From The Future", "Slime Day", and "Brain Freeze" (the series finale).
    • Speaking of which, the final episode "Brain Freeze" was a good way to end the show.
  4. Although it was put on a one year hiatus, it was one of the few Nicktoons to end on its own terms on the main channel.
  5. The animation does get better in the second season.
  6. The episode title cards look kind of cool.
  7. Fanboy & Chum Chum can get likable at times, especially in season 2.
  8. The show did improve a bit during the second season.
  9. There are some nice and heartwarming moments like in the aftermentioned finale, "Brain Freeze".
  10. It can be so bad it's good to others.
  11. This show also gained a cult following and has a good amount of fans who enjoy it.

Reception

Fanboy & Chum Chum was critically panned by the majority of critics and audiences alike. It is considered to be one of the worst Nickelodeon shows of all time and was criticized for its unfunny humor and lazy visuals. It sits at a 3.1/10 on IMDb and a 2.5/10 on TV.com. The show is also considered the worst Nicktoon, as well as the one of the worst cartoons of all time. The series is often considered the moment that Nickelodeon's decline began and it would stay that way until 2016, when The Loud House premiered.

The show strangely received positive reception on Google as it holds a 78%, which translates to a 3.9/5.

Episodes with their own pages

Trivia

  • In recent years, the show has become a bit more positively received from animation fans as well as spawning several memes; in part due to its creator, Eric Robles making the acclaimed Glitch Techs.

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Comments


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Daswagdude555

30 months ago
Score 6
Well, at least it's not as horrible as Sanjay and Craig or Breadwinners.
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Brownie the Quincy Elf

11 months ago
Score 8
far but sanjay and craig was just as bad despite me liking it
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AlfeProblemSolverz

one month ago
Score -1
No. It's way worse than both.
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098765four

30 months ago
Score 1
I just found out that this was apparently picked over Adventure Time as one of two shrots that aired on Random! Cartoons to become a full series. I added that point quickly (at least Adventure Time did become a long-running series on Cartoon Network that had a great run)
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NeptunePerson2018

30 months ago
Score 2
I think that's just a rumor.
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098765four

30 months ago
Score 1
Oh.
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Matthew The Guy

29 months ago
Score 1
I'm pretty sure that's true.
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SaveCartoonNetwork!

21 months ago
Score -3
How did the show get screwed over besides the episode "Brain Freeze" not airing until 2014 as the series finale (yet being released straight-to-video three years prior) and no third season being announced?
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Daswagdude555

29 months ago
Score 1
WIS #12: Seriously?! Out of all the shows that they used for the Nicktoons Summer 2014 block, THIS is the one they decided to bring back to the main channel?!
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S012891

29 months ago
Score -1
So what if they did?
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S012891

29 months ago
Score 0
May I ask why WIS#12 is a bad thing despite the episode well received?
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Daswagdude555

29 months ago
Score 0
The problem isn't the episode, it's just that Nickelodeon out it on a hiatus for a year (yes, a year), and most Nickelodeon shows would get demoted to Nicktoons when they do that. Maybe I should put it as a good quality instead.
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Daswagdude555

29 months ago
Score 0
Also, did you know that that episode was the series finale?
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S012891

29 months ago
Score -1
Yes, Best TV shows wiki implied it was. So?
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Mickey Mouse

28 months ago
Score 3
I used to watch this show when I was a kid on Costa Rica's Canal 7, I find it a little decent, mainly because of the memories I had watching it
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LoudHouseFan777

25 months ago
Score 4
F*ck the characters (Except Kyle), F*ck the animation, F*CK EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SHOW.
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Se

24 months ago
Score 2
No need to yell.
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KalloFox34

21 months ago
Score 2
Hate the show, but Breadwinners and Planet Sheen are worse.
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Hookuai

18 months ago
Score 1
Well Fanboy and Chum Chum are better than Sanjay and Craig and SwaySway and Buhdeuce
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DJ2006

17 months ago
Score -2

Wait, Nika Futterman?

Luna Loud was part of the cast!?
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LeroyManTheFirst

9 months ago
Score 0
Even Khan Matyr and Sticks the Badger.
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HammerBro101

16 months ago
Score 0
Why did Nickelodeon accept this show instead of Adventure Time? This was one of Nickelodeon's biggest mistakes.
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HammerBro101

16 months ago
Score 3
I know that it's not the worst CGI cartoon ever, and that it has gotten better during the second season, but it's still far from being a good one.
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LeroyManTheFirst

9 months ago
Score 0
It’s not true, This show wasn’t a replacement for Adventure Time, it was cancelled due to its weirdness.
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Knep

13 months ago
Score 2
It's now a meme!
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Nihirichan

13 months ago
Score 3

THIS WIKI

BUT AWESOME
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DoubleD345

12 months ago
Score -3
This show deserve's to be forgotten imo
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Brownie the Quincy Elf

11 months ago
Score 12
Thanks to the memes it's probably never be forgotten
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DoubleD346

6 months ago
Score 1
Ya probably sadly...
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MaIware

11 months ago
Score -3
i used to like this show as a lil kid, and since it isn't on anymore, i can't rewatch it to see how bad it was.
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Snesboy12

11 months ago
Score 6
Do you need to be so hateful to these shows? First it was RBUK, then it was Sanjay & Craig, and now this. Do you like anything?
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Xavior 0.10

8 months ago
Score 1
YOU CANNOT RESIST THE WILL OF THE CHUM CHUM
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Jclem05

5 months ago
Score 1
These kids are disgusting.
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ThePCGamer

5 months ago
Score 0
I watched this show as a kid
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DoubleD346

2 months ago
Score 0
I will admit i don't hate this show as much as I did back then I will give it that, and I think the show is still slightly better than Teen Titans Go!
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Nacho

one month ago
Score 0
my opinion: season 1 (first episodes) is mediocre, season 1 (rest) is decent, season 2 is amazing
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TallAutism2006

one month ago
Score 0
Should this have BQ/TQ or WIS/RQ?
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LifeWasGoodOnHotdogStand

one month ago
Score 1
BQ GQ
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Lester4567

one month ago
Score 0
Someone just changed it to WIS/RQ
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KoopaLive64

16 days ago
Score 0
"PREPARE FOR DEATH BY BOP!"
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KaioGabriel20

9 days ago
Score 0
Why it´s a SpongeBob rip-off since both shows are made by the same network? I whould like to know.
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Trevor807

9 days ago
Score 1
Not by the same creator, though.
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ThePCGamer

3 days ago
Score 1
This extremely confused me, since they both aired on the same network. This seriously smushed my mind.

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