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. It had a poor beginning.
Sanjay Patel doesn't know the meaning of "uncool" or "impossible." The 12-year-old has great curiosity and excitement about the world. That's what sends Sanjay on adventures that are sometimes ridiculous, gross or oddly sweet sweet. Joining Sanjay is his best friend, Craig, who is a talking snake and master of disguise that can turn into just about anything or anyone. To most people, Craig seems like an ordinary 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.
- The comedy in the show consists of mostly immature-levels of either toilet or gross-out humor, mostly with jokes about either butts, farts, vomiting, or other kinds of gross-out humor. This was toned down a good deal from Season 2 onwards, however.
- Uninteresting visuals.
- Racist stereotyping for Indians, especially with Sanjay's dad.
- Inappropriate names for characters, such as Mr. Noodman (sounding like "nude man") and the Dicksons (containing the word "Dick").
- 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, with the exception of 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.
- It contains twerking, which is inappropriate for a series made specifically for children.
- The intro, though catchy, has a terrible rhythm and is more of a "so bad it's good" type song, much like the show itself.
- At times, it tries too hard to appeal to children. Notably, there are some references to viral videos and YouTube.
- Though the animation is mostly decent, it does have a tendency to go off-model.
- Decent animation and art style.
- The show did begin to improve in the second season, and part of the third season with less toilet and gross-out humor, and more focus on surrealism.
- 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 and Belle.
- There are some very hidden morals.
- Some hilarious moments.
- The character designs are passable, although they, oddly enough, resemble characters from Bob's Burgers. This was because Jay Howell designed the characters for both series.
- The show has some tearful and heartwarming moments, particularly later into the series. To quote the creators, "We wanted less fart, more heart".
- Some episodes, including "The Giving G", "Release the Craigan", "A Tale of Two Slithers", "Trouble Dare", and the series finale "Booyah for Bollywood", were decent to great.
- Its crossover with Double Dare was impressive. They even got Marc Summers and Harvey to guest star.
- Nice looking backgrounds.
Sanjay and Craig received mostly mixed-to-negative reviews from the critics and viewers alike. It has currently holds a 4.4/10 on IMDb and 4.4/10 on TV.com.
Saberspark placed this on #9 on his Top 10 WORST Nickelodeon Cartoons.