Side Hustle is an American comedy television series created by Dave Malkoff. It first aired on Nickelodeon on November 7, 2020 and stars Jayden Bartels and Annie LeBlanc, who previously starred in Nickelodeon's Group Chat.
Lex and Presley, along with their friend Munchy, winds up accidentally blowing up Munchy's dad's (their school principal) boat via fireworks and have to repay for the boat or they will be forced to work as sanitation duty at school. Not helping matters is Munchy's older brother Jaget, who is constantly demanding for money week by week. With the help of Presley's younger scientist/hacker brother Fisher, the three creates a mobile app to help them get called into jobs, no matter how embarrassing or cheesy the job ends up being.
- To start off, this show was made mostly to cash in on the fame of Jayden Bartels and Annie LeBlanc, who previously starred in Group Chat, which isn't any better.
- Writing can be poor at times to the point where each job provided is too generic, unrealistic, or inhumane to even happen in real life.
- Somewhat poor characterizations:
- Lex and Presley can sometimes display Mary Sue qualities as they manage to find ways to still obtain money each week despite messing up in their jobs. Some distinctions can be made between Lex and Presley, but for the most part, they are very similar personality wise.
- Munchy is too quirky to the point where he ends up being too obnoxious and unhelpful than funny.
- Speaking of him, what kind of name is Munchtopher?
- Fisher is just the generic tech-savvy character with no character otherwise, who also has a stalker-like crush on Lex.
- Jaget is a sub-par antagonist who serves for comic relief and usually pops up out of nowhere as well.
- Acting can be laughable sometimes.
- Like most of Nickelodeon's modern sitcoms, it overuses the canned laughter, with it being used after pretty much every line.
- The protagonists ends up doing more harm than good in the jobs, yet end up getting away with their payments with no consequences.
- For instance, despite nearly ruining a clothing store manager's plans in "Start Hustling", they manage to get away scot-free by extorting the manager into giving them the money. This makes the protagonists hard to root for.
- The stage set-up and props can sometimes be cheap and unappealing.
- For instance, in "Vitamin D-isaster," after finding out the results of the vegetable vitamin was working, lots of fake food can be found on the ground.
- A lot of the humor usually relying on characters screaming or messing up on simple tasks.
- Much like Sam & Cat, Lex, Presley, and Munchy often times engage in illegal actions in order to obtain their paycheck, and these actions are never commented on by anyone else.
- "Garage Sale" is a great example, as Jaget "helps" them find a dog toy with money in it by stealing all the dog toys from the neighborhood.
- This show has pretty bad morals, such as:
- Not using common sense
- False advertising: Similar to Teen Titans Go!, Henry Danger, Total DramaRama, and ThunderCats Roar, a promo claimed that it's your favorite show (along with Danger Force).
- The show has an extremely creative concept of having someone work for another no matter of condition, although said flaws stated above makes the execution rather poor.
- There are some good and funny moments in the series sometimes.
- While not very good, the episodes that do not revolve around the app are the "better" episodes.
- The theme song, while short, is incredibly catchy.
- Even though it teaches some bad morals, sometimes it does so in a pretty fun and interesting way.
- Fisher's crush on Lex is actually hilarious at times.
- Sometimes the humor relies on actual jokes, and not just characters messing up in jobs.
- To make up for some of the cheap props, this show can sometimes have very appealing props.
- The more recent episodes seem to be getting better.
Much like its sideshow Group Chat, it was critically panned by both critics and viewers alike. It holds a 4.5/10 on IMDb.Comments