Sanjay and Craig
Sanjay and Craig is an American animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon from May 25, 2013, to July 29, 2016, for three seasons and sixty episodes.
12-year-old Sanjay Patel never knows the meaning of "uncool" or "impossible", which means he never knows that fart jokes are uncool and impossible to get right if done all the time. The human boy has great curiosity and excitement about the world. That sends Sanjay on adventures that are always ridiculous, gross, or oddly sweet. Avoiding Sanjay is his best friend, Craig, a talking snake and master of disguise that can turn into just about anything or anyone. To most people, Craig seems like a normal snake; only Sanjay and his close friends can hear the reptile's warped words of wisdom. Keeping the secret is important to the pair, and the biggest threat is Mr. Noodman, Sanjay's neighbor, who fears snakes and is always on the verge of figuring out that Craig speaks.
- To get the elephant out of the room, the humor in the show consists of immature levels of either toilet or gross-out humor, mostly with jokes about either butts, farts, vomiting, or other kinds of gross-out humor. It also contains twerking, which is inappropriate for a series specifically for children.
- Many episode plots are completely random and very immature.
- It was another failed attempt for Nickelodeon to make the "two idiot bros" in the same vein as both SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star from Nickelodeon's own SpongeBob SquarePants (Luckily, the 2 main characters, Sanjay and Craig, are not that much of idiots and kinda likable, unlike the two other idiot bros.
- Racist stereotyping for Indians, especially with Vijay Patael, Sanjay's father.
- Despite Craig being a snake, there are episodes where that one major detail ignored, and he could pretty much replace it as a human, and it wouldn’t change.
- Many of the characters have inappropriate names, such as Mr. Noodman (whose name sounds like "nude man") and the Dicksons (whose names contain the word "Dick").
- Mediocre voice acting for many of the characters in the show.
- Several characters are unlikable, notably, Mr. Noodman, whose hatred of snakes gets rather annoying (although we learn in one episode why he hates snakes).
- The soundtrack is rather lame and annoying, except for the one that plays in the intro (if you listen to it without lyrics).
- There is a disturbing episode called "Fart Baby", in which Sanjay literally becomes pregnant with a fart bubble.
- The intro, though catchy, has a bad rhythm and is more of a "so bad it's good" type of song.
- At times, it tries too hard to appeal to children. Notably, there are some references to viral videos and YouTube.
- Though the animation is decent, it does tend to go off-model. Also, the visuals are not interesting.
- When the show uses comedy besides gross-out, it only ends up being boring.
- There are many terrible episodes, especially in Season 1. Seasons 2 and 3 are never safe from the worst or mediocre episodes, despite improving the series overall. And even if they are never disgusting, they usually are boring. This includes:
- Brett Venom MD (an awful way to begin the series)
- Traciffical Island
- Release the Craigan
- Unbarfable (the worst episode)
- Laked Nake
- Fart Baby (the 2nd worst episode)
- Road Pizza
- You're in Trouble
- Cup O'Universe
- Old Farts
- Shirts Off
- Ew De Hector
- Romper Chomper
- Street Dog (which was a mediocre way to end Season 2)
- Diaper Dinks (one of the worse episodes from Season 3)
- Decent animation (despite the tendency to go off-model at times), backgrounds, and art style.
- The character designs are also passable, although they resemble characters from Bob's Burgers. This was because Jay Howell designed the characters for both series.
- The show did get slightly better in Seasons 2 and 3, though not enough to get them on the sister wiki.
- During these seasons, the show took shots at its more juvenile first season in the episodes "Songjay" and "2 Tuff 2 Watch".
- Some characters are likable, such as Sanjay's parents, Sanjay himself, mostly Craig, and Belle.
- There are some very hidden morals according to your point of view.
- Some hilarious moments, such as in Brett Venom MD when Craig starts choking on Vijay's cereal.
- The show has some tearful and heartwarming moments, particularly later in the series. To quote the creators, "We wanted less fart, more heart.
- A bit of the voice acting is passable from time to time.
- Some episodes were decent or even good, especially the ones that focus on little to no toilet or gross-out humor like:
- "Hot Sauce Boss"
- "Butts Up"
- "Remington Tufflips' Spooky Trailer of Cartoons"
- "Alien Craig"
- "2 Tuff 2 Watch"
- "Glad to Be Sad"
- "A Tale of Two Slithers"
- "Street Dogg"
- "Galaxy Geeks"
- "Huggle Day"
- "Double Trouble"
- "The Sanjay and Craig Stunt School Special"
- "G.U.T.S. Busters"
- "Booyah For Bollywood" (series finale)
- Their crossover with Double Dare was impressive. They even got Marc Summers and Harvey to guest star!
- It's one of the few American cartoons with an Indian-American lead and usually strays away from stereotypes, which is decent representation, or at least better than nothing.
Episodes With Their Pages
- Sanjay and Craig were unsuccessfully pitched twice to Nickelodeon before Trolf, Dirschberger, and Howell sought advice from Loren Bouchard, whom Howell had designed characters for while creating Bob's Burgers for Fox Broadcasting Company. Dirschberger said of the meeting that "[Bouchard] showed us the "Bob's Burgers" pitch packet, which was, like, four pages of beautifully executed writing and art, and that was it. So we combined what we had learned from the first two pitches and put it in this is a simple presentation."
- The series' usage of gross-out humor based on the fact both Howell and Dirschberger have mothers who are nurses, "and they've told us a lot of gross stories over the years", which also served as the basis for the character of Darlene. For development, Dirschberger changed Sanjay to a twelve-year-old boy "without a weird quirk or affectation", and the premise during the second pitch was "four kids who lived in a garbage dump", providing the basis for Sanjay and Craig's friends Megan and Hector.
Throughout its run, Sanjay and Craig received primarily mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and viewers alike. It currently holds a 4.3/10 on IMDb.
Saberspark placed this at #9 on his Top 10 WORST Nickelodeon Cartoons.