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The Fairly OddParents (seasons 9 & 10)
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Looks like Nickelodeon and Butch Hartman got their wish to ruin The Fairly OddParents and almost kill the franchise.
Genre: Fantasy
Comedy
Running Time: 23 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 23, 2013 – March 28, 2015 (Season 9)
January 15, 2016 – July 26, 2017 (Season 10)
Network(s): Nickelodeon
Created by: Butch Hartman
Distributed by: Paramount Global
Starring: Tara Strong
Daran Norris
Susanne Blakeslee
Carlos Alazraqui
Grey DeLisle-Griffin
Matthew W. Taylor (2013-2015)
Kari Wahlgren (2016-2017)
Episodes: 43 (Season 9)
37 (Season 10)
Next show: The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder


The ninth season of The Fairly OddParents began on March 23, 2013, with the episode "Fairly OddPet" and ended on March 28, 2015, with the episodes "Fairly Old Parent" and "The Fairy Beginning", which aired back-to-back. The season introduced a new HD opening sequence that included Poof and is the first season to be produced in HD. It also introduced Sparky, Timmy's new fairy dog. However, Sparky was completely removed from the show for the following season due to poor reception from both fans and the people at Nickelodeon.

The tenth season premiered on January 15, 2016, with the episode "The Big Fairy Share Scare" and ended on July 26, 2017, with the episode "The Kale Patch Caper". Seven months later, series creator Butch Hartman left Nickelodeon, thus ceasing production of the series altogether. The season introduced Chloe Carmichael, Timmy's new neighbor, who had gathered an even worse reception than Sparky.

The show in general used to be a smash hit, but it later became criticized for several reasons aside from just Sparky and Chloe alone, and it has gone down to some of the worst examples of seasonal rot and flanderization in these seasons.

Why These Seasons Broke Da Rules

In General

  1. Executive meddling: Nickelodeon forced Hartman to add pointless new characters, Sparky and Chloe, to the main cast for the sake of boosting ratings.
  2. Hartman also seems to lack talent or interest in the series, even though this can be excused by the fact that the series had been prolonged for too long and ran its course several times prior. As a result, these seasons don't stay true to the source material and lack the magical charm and cleverness of the first five seasons, and to a lesser extent, the sixth season, and even the seventh and eighth seasons. It also doesn't help that the writing team in these seasons were new to the animation industry and, therefore, have never worked on any cartoon before The Fairly OddParents, except Ray DeLaurentis, who had worked on other bad projects, like the infamous Bubsy pilot, Pet Alien, Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island, and Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, before he had worked on the show as producer, story editor, and writer from its seventh season onward.
  3. The writing downgraded from being amazingly creative to being lazy and nonsensical, which totally broke the show's premise of an average kid who no one understands and, most importantly, its entire concept of "Da Rules", which has now been reduced from a cornerstone that gave the characters limited access to magic into a walking plot device for the sake of a specific episode to further extend the series. A notable example is how the fairies in the show are now often seen out in public without disguising themselves as if this was always a casual thing. Regardless, they also stay objects most of the time, which makes it even more jarring. If anything, considering them being exposed is no longer an issue, it makes you question why they still need to change forms.
  4. The characterization has become incredibly lackluster in comparison to the first eight seasons:
    • Most of the secondary characters (ex. Chester, A.J., Sanjay, Elmer, Trixie, Tootie, Veronica, Francis, Crimson Chin, Anti-Fairies, the Pixies, Chip Skylark, Tad, Chad, etc) are either completely absent or in the background with almost no speaking lines. Butch Hartman admitted that he and the writers no longer had any interest in these characters, favoring Timmy's Dad, Mr. Crocker, and occasionally Foop instead.
    • Poof and Vicky are barely even relevant anymore despite the former being photoshopped into the intro and the latter still appearing in the said intro:
      • Poof is either absent or has cameos only in almost every episode in the second half of Season 9 starting with the episode "Let Sleeper Dogs Lie" onward, while in Season 10, he is absent in all but one episode. The reason is so that Season 9 can focus more on Sparky and Season 10 can focus more on Chloe. There are also several episodes where Foop appears without his counterpart, Poof.
      • Vicky is in only four episodes in each season. In combination, that's eight episodes total, and it's only three of which she has an actual major role. Additionally, she has not been redeemed from flanderization from Season 6 onward and kept just as she has been since then.
    • Catman returned, but he was retooled and no longer voiced by Adam West, due to his old age and later death, thus, ruining the joke. West was 84 when Season 9 premiered. He was since replaced by Jeff Bennett.
      • On that note, Catman got four episodes with major roles within these two seasons, while another superhero, the Crimson Chin, got zero episodes focused on him since "Chindred Spirits" from Season 6. Even if they couldn't afford Jay Leno, Daran Norris could've still voiced the Crimson Chin, since he voiced the character in the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts and in the episode "Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary" from Season 2 when Leno was unavailable.
    • Almost all of the remaining characters have been flanderized beyond recognition and lack their original personalities:
      • Timmy Turner himself has gone from a mischievous, yet goodhearted kid who just wanted his life to be better, into a selfish and bratty jerk who only cares about getting what he wants.
      • Cosmo and Wanda went from a lovable fairy god couple with the former being simple-minded, yet charming and the latter being the brains and voice-of-reason, into a fairy god couple of idiotic husband and nagging wife-type characters who share an equal amount of stupidity and carelessness, and are constantly rendered useless and unable to help Timmy due to them frequently losing their wands for what can only be described as a plot contrivance.
      • Timmy's Dad went from a bumbling, yet goodhearted father into a literal manchild who rarely acts his age and causes destruction everywhere he goes.
      • Mr. Crocker went from a crazed teacher wishing to prove to the world that fairies exist into a carbon copy of both Cosmo and Mr. Turner combined.
        • Timmy's Dad and Mr. Crocker are also unbelievably overused in almost all of the episodes, even in ones not directly focused on them, since Hartman stated that they were his favorite characters, leading many fans to grow sick of them.
      • Jorgen Von Strangle went from a strict and intimating authority figure of Fairy World who was either an enemy or an ally to Timmy and his fairies, into a plot device whenever the writers needed him to break continuity regarding Da Rules.
      • Foop started as a typical, yet entertaining villain wanting to destroy Timmy and his fairies in his Season 7 debut, "Anti-Poof". But as time went on, he has also seen some levels of inconsistency within his characterization here and there, in which he has become less of a villain and more of a pointless moronic comic relief in the same way as Mr. Crocker.
        • He could also be seen as a spotlight stealer for his parents, Anti-Cosmo and Anti-Wanda, because following his aforementioned debuted episode, Foop continues the bad trend of always appearing without Anti-Cosmo and Anti-Wanda. Likewise, there have been many good opportunities to use Anti-Cosmo and Anti-Wanda, especially in two specials, "Scary GodCouple" and "Man's Worst Friend". In those specials, we get the Anti-Fairy Council and the Grim Reaper. Anti-Sparky wasn't too great either.
      • Dark Lazer went from a typical, yet entertaining villain wanting to destroy Timmy, his fairies, and the town of Dimmsdale, into an incompetent and idiotic villain in one episode in Season 10, followed by a typical heel-face turn villain in his remaining two appearances afterward.
  5. These seasons are filled to the brim with bad episodes (see list below).
  6. The voice acting, while still good, can be obnoxious and unsettling to hear at times, particularly from Cosmo and Chloe themselves.
    • Cosmo's voice is at its worst in these seasons, likely due to Hartman forcing Cosmo's voice actor, Daran Norris to pitch up his voice higher than in Seasons 3-8, up to the point where he sounds flamboyant and as if he's on helium.
    • Chloe is no better, due to her voice actress, Kari Wahlgren, yelling the majority of her lines.
  7. Stale and repetitive jokes, mostly ones surrounding Cosmo, Timmy's Dad, and Crocker acting like idiots.
  8. Ended the original series on a sour note after sixteen years before Hartman officially left Nickelodeon several months after the show ended.

Season 9

  1. Season 9 introduced the pointless new character, Sparky, who nobody wanted or asked for. He was so hated, that the next season completely removed him without any explanation. Any episode that had a spotlight on him were just generic and wacky "Man's best friend" plots, which many did not find interesting, especially considering these types of plots have already been done before in other cartoons, but with better execution.
  2. Season 9 introduced many new (usually one-time) characters, who were created for the sake of a cheap story. Many of these roles could have easily been taken by already established characters, ones that were severely underused in this season. Episodes like "Finding Emo", "Lame Ducks", "Love at First Bark", and "Desperate Without Housewives" have just a few examples.
    • Not to mention, a few new random background characters have also been added in Dimmsdale Elementary School. They, too, serve nothing other than to provide scenery. The same trend happens throughout Season 10. Any of Timmy's friends and classmates could have easily held that position and there wouldn't have been a single difference.
  3. Much of the season lacks any originality, as about 50% of the episodes lazily reused plots of episodes from the previous seasons, mostly to shoehorn in Sparky as well as Timmy's Dad and/or Mr. Crocker. For a complete list:
    • "Fairly OddPet" is a version of "Fairly Odd Baby" from Season 6, except this time, it replaces the concept of babies with dogs.
    • "I Dream of Cosmo" is "Genie Meanie Minie Mo" from Season 4, but instead of Timmy and Norm the Genie, the main focus is Timmy's Dad and Cosmo.
    • "App Trap" is a slightly tampered "Information Stupor Highway" from Season 2.
    • "Dumbbell Curve" is a version of "Pipe Down" from Season 3, except it replaces the concept of silence with idiocy.
    • "Force of Nature" rehashes "Talkin' Trash" from Season 5, and portrays Timmy in a rather more selfish light than a said episode.
    • "Anchors Away" rehashes "Mother Nature" from Season 3.
    • "Finding Emo" is "Emotion Commotion" from Season 4. It also introduced a pointless Mary Sue replacement of Trixie Tang named "Missy", who served as a generic and bland love interest plot device for Timmy. However, she was a one-time character and never appeared again. Speaking of Trixie, both she and Tootie have no physical appearances whatsoever in this season.
    • "The Bored Identity" is "Action Packed" from Season 2, but with Timmy's Dad being the main focus and his son as a supporting role despite being a decent episode.
    • "Turner Back Time" completely reckons "Which Witch Is Which?" from Season 3.
    • "A Boy and His Dog-Boy" rehashes "A Dog's Day Afternoon" from Season 2, except without the mind/body-switching concept.
    • "Crock Blocked" is "Timvisble" from Season 2, except that Crocker is the one who turned invisible and not Timmy.
    • "Tons of Timmys" rehashes the Oh Yeah! Cartoons short, "Too Many Timmys".
    • "Let Sleeper Dogs Lie" completely retcons "The Origins of Denzel Crocker" from Season 3 for the sake of shoehorning Sparky onto Crocker's backstory, portrays all of the characters (including Crocker himself) into complete morons, and it has a nonsensical story.
    • "Desperate Without Housewives" is "Love Struck!" from Season 3, and that episode itself is no better.
    • "Jerk of All Trades" (while not taking elements of an episode from the previous seasons) is "SpongeBob, You're Fired!" from Season 9 of SpongeBob SquarePants. It does not help that the aforementioned SpongeBob episode aired several months prior and that episode itself is no better.
    • "Turning Into Turner" rehashes "Presto Change-O" from Season 5, except without the mind/body-switching concept.
    • "The Wand That Got Away" is a clone of yet another Oh Yeah! Cartoons short, this time being “Where’s the Wand?”.
    • "Man's Worst Friend" is a version of "Anti-Poof" from Season 7 due to the easily predictable eventual introduction of Sparky's anti-counterpart, Anti-Sparky.
  4. Almost all of Vicky's headgears in the intro for this season lazily reused all of the ones from Season 1, which are the toilet, fire hydrant, walrus, octopus, and parrot headgears. There are also other problems:
    • The toilet headgear, in particular, is repeated nine times in a row.
    • The only new headgear is Sparky, albeit two different versions, the other of which is Vicky being fully turned into Sparky. Nevertheless, both of Sparky's headgears in combination are repeated nine times in a row like the aforementioned toilet headgear.
  5. Da Rules were constantly broken in this season, such as Sparky trying to date Peaches despite her being an earth dog in "Love at First Bark" and Jorgen forcing Poof to become the godparent of Mr. Crocker's mother despite her being too old to have a fairy godparent in "Fairly Old Parent".
  6. Three episodes in this season have beyond moronic plotlines because they were made to shoehorned in Timmy's Dad and/or Mr. Crocker:
    • "I Dream of Cosmo", aside from being a downgraded version of "Genie Meanie Minie Mo", serves no purpose other than to build jokes out of Cosmo and Mr. Turner.
    • "Desperate Without Housewives", aside from being a pointless rehash of an already bad episode, "Love Struck!", is nothing more than to force in jokes out of Cosmo, Timmy's Dad, and Mr. Crocker as they hang out together in the Turner household alongside Timmy himself.
    • "Fairly Old Parent" is not only another example of Da Rules reduced to a plot device for the story's sake, as stated above in S9#5, but also to give Mr. Crocker's mother the spotlight as needed, while also forcing in stereotypical old people jokes.
  7. Remy Buxaplenty does return in one episode, that being "Country Clubbed", but his entire character has been completely retooled.
  8. In the episodes focusing exclusively on the Squirrely Scouts ("Dinklescouts" and "Dimmsdale Tales"), Chester, A.J., Sanjay, and Elmer have almost no lines, yet there is another random kid character who gets almost all of the lines. The same thing happens throughout Season 10 ("Girly Squirrely", "Space Cadad" and "Goldie-Crocks and the Three Fair Bears"), except only that time around, the four boys altogether have been swapped out for four random kids, including the aforementioned kid character from both "Dinklescouts" and "Dimmsdale Tales".
  9. Poof starts to speak in "School of Crock" and later followed by "Fairly Odd Fairy Tales". However, that plotline barely had any time to play out, since he continued to be inexplicably absent even after that.
  10. Repetitive and forced pop culture references, especially Scooby-Doo ones. The episode "The Wand That Got Away" has the highest number of Scooby-Doo references in this season.

Season 10

  1. This season has the same problems as Season 9, except that it replaces Sparky with another pointless new character, Chloe. It flopped so miserably, that Nickelodeon had to move the show to Nicktoons midway through the season's run and the network did nothing else with the show afterward, despite that not necessarily being a bad thing.
  2. Most of the season crosses into the cliché Mary Sue trope territory, as Chloe displays a different persona for whatever profession the episode in question requires, essentially depicting her as being the best that she can be, to the point that she often ends up stealing the spotlight away from Timmy. There are also many lazy attempts to keep Cosmo and Wanda from the main plot so that they're unable to help Timmy whenever he is in danger and to give Chloe all of the spotlights as needed because the writers wanted it that way. Episodes like "Girly Squirrely", "Return of the L.O.S.E.R.S.", "Animal Crockers", "Booby Trapped", "Dimmsdale Daze", and "Certifiable Super Sitter" have just a few examples.
    • Even if you were to remove all the Mary Sue traits from Chloe, she still has several flaws that keep her from being a good character, like her annoying voice, screaming most of her dialogue, and having a meltdown whenever something goes wrong for her. In short, Chloe is Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic if you were to exaggerate her craziness and tone down her calm side.
  3. The season's new theme song is horrible and only sung by two people instead of a full chorus. All of the other music in this season is mediocre at best. Worse, the intro is lazily edited, using clips of several episodes within this season, as well as some from Season 9's intro; a couple of clips from said intro are used in the wrong context. Vicky's "Yeah, right." line is even mistimed, as she says it too early.
  4. This season has the worst jokes in the entire series, and some of them try way too hard to be modern and hip by using popular internet trends, which ends up failing. These include:
    • The characters frequently taking selfies and using smartphones and internet slang like "cray-cray", "emoji", and "LOL".
    • Cosmo and Wanda doing the Duck Lips meme in "The Big Fairy Share Scare".
    • The iWand subplot in "Return of the L.O.S.E.R.S."
    • Chloe's parents making "Vines" in "Dimmsdale Daze".
    • Poof imitating various people from real life, such as Donald Trump, in "Certified Super Sitter".
  5. During production, the series was hit by massive budget cuts, forcing Billionfold Studios and Frederator Studios to switch from traditional animation from Yeson Entertainment in Korea, to flash animation from Elliott Animation in Canada. That said, the flash animation itself (in the final thirteen episodes) looks horribly out of date and it is a complete downgrade of the series, with constant frame rate drops. As a result, the character designs look rigid, stilted, and ugly. Not helping is that this type of animation would later be used for Hartman's next and final series for Nickelodeon, Bunsen is a Beast, and that show itself is no better.
    • Speaking of which, the crossover special, "Beast of Friends", wasn't good either and is a combination of everything wrong with both shows.
    • There would also be a few poorly animated scenes in some episodes before the switch to flash animation. Some examples are when Cosmo and Wanda first appear in "Fairy Con" and when the Squirrely Scouts get tied up in a ball of rope and fall into a river in "Girly Squirrely".
    • Not to mention, the season originally had 13 half-hour episodes, but Nickelodeon forced the staff to make seven more half-hour episodes with budget cuts. This is an inverse of what happened with the third season of Danny Phantom, where they cut that show's budget as well and reduced the number of episodes.
  6. There are several more episodes in this season that come off as rehashes, mostly to shoehorn in Chloe as well as Timmy's Dad and/or Mr. Crocker:
    • "Whittle Me This" is "Cat-Astrophe" from the previous season and that episode itself is no better.
    • "Birthday Battle" is "Birthday Bashed!" from Season 6, as both episodes revolve around Timmy supposedly turning 11, except with a different plot.
    • "One Flu Over the Crocker's Nest" feels too similar to "Tiny Timmy" from Season 1. Only this time, the main characters go inside Crocker's body instead of Vicky's, and for a different reason.
    • "Married to the Mom" is a direct carbon copy of "The Odd Couple" from Season 4, except this time, Vicky is replaced with Crocker, and the song "Vicky's in Love" for Vicky from that episode is reprised for Crocker in this episode, only with the song replacing Vicky's name with Crocker's.
    • "Which is Wish" is "Manic Mom-Day" from Season 7, and that episode itself is no better.
    • "Fairy Con" is a downgraded version of "Cosmo Con" from Season 3.
    • "Dimmsdale Daze" is a rehashed combination of "The Big Problem" from Season 1 and "Love at First Height" from Season 5. The only difference is that this time, Chloe is the one who wishes to be an adult instead of Timmy.
    • "Summer Bummer" reuses the sleep-wishing plot of "Dream Goat!" from Season 1. Additionally, it has a doll named Gender-Neutral Jessie, whose entire existence is a mockery of gender-neutral people.
    • "Dadlantis" is "Something's Fishy" from Season 5.
    • "Chloe Rules!" (despite not taking any elements off from the previous seasons) is a lazy rehash combination of "Hall Monitor" from the first season of SpongeBob SquarePants and "Hall Monster" from the first season of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.
  7. The episode "Return of the L.O.S.E.R.S.", the sequel to the episode "When Losers Attack" from Season 8, was terrible, and an insult to the aforementioned original episode.
  8. The episode "Chip Off the Old Crock!" introduced another pointless new character, Kevin Crocker, Mr. Crocker's nephew, who is just a miniature version of Mr. Crocker himself with a higher-pitched voice.
  9. The episode "Certifiable Super Sitter" is the worst offender of all the episodes animated in flash (and possibly the worst episode in these seasons) as it showed how much the staff including Hartman no longer cared about the show.
  10. The final episode in production order, "Fancy Schmancy", ended the series on a sour note. The last one to be aired, "The Kale Patch Caper", is no better.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The new HD opening sequence (albeit, in Season 9) is amazingly well done. Likewise, both the art visuals and the animation (albeit, in Season 9 and the first half of Season 10) have gotten even better than before.
  2. The voice acting is still good (except for Cosmo and Chloe Carmichael, as said earlier), and if there is no yelling or screaming.
  3. Occasionally, there are good episodes such as:
  4. Some of the jokes are still worth a chuckle, such as Cosmo's line, "Poof, you're home, and you've been framed! Wanda, we gotta get a baby lawyer!" in the episode "Certifiable Super Sitter".
  5. Some of the references are still good, such as Dudley Puppy, the protagonist from T.U.F.F. Puppy, appearing as a balloon in "Dimmsdale's Got Talent?".
  6. There were still a few heartwarming moments, such as in "The Fairy Beginning" and "Mayor May Not".
  7. Despite their characterizations not being executed well, Remy Buxaplenty, Catman, and Shallowgrave all return to HD for the first time.
  8. Vicky's headgears in the intro for Season 10 at least were all different, some of which are original as well, unlike Season 9.
  9. Sparky, while generally intolerable, didn't steal the spotlight from Timmy nor is he a Gary Stu unlike Chloe Carmichael (Mary Sue). There have also been a few episodes where he is either a minor character or completely absent.
  10. Chloe, while also generally intolerable, became less of a Mary Sue as Season 10 went on, which was a slight improvement for her characterization.

Episodes With Their Own Pages

Season 9

  1. "Fairly OddPet"
  2. "I Dream of Cosmo"
  3. "Dumbbell Curve"
  4. "Finding Emo"
  5. "Country Clubbed"
  6. "Let Sleeper Dogs Lie"
  7. "Love at First Bark"
  8. "Desperate Without Housewives"
  9. "Jerk of All Trades"
  10. "Fairly Old Parent"
  11. "Man's Worst Friend"

Season 10

  1. "The Big Fairy Share Scare"
  2. "Girly Squirrely"
  3. "Return of the L.O.S.E.R.S."
  4. "A Sash and a Rash"
  5. "Booby Trapped"
  6. "Married to the Mom"
  7. "Fairy Con"
  8. "Dimmsdale Daze"
  9. "Chip Off the Old Crock!"
  10. "Space-CaDad"
  11. "Hare Raiser"
  12. "The Kale Patch Caper"
  13. "Certifiable Super Sitter"
  14. "Fancy Schmancy"

Reception

While the first five seasons were well received and the sixth through eighth seasons had positive to mixed reception, the last two seasons received mainly negative reviews, with certain episodes panned by many critics and fans alike. Criticism was primarily directed at the new characters (Sparky and Chloe, respectively) that the executives at Nickelodeon forced the show’s staff to add. Other criticisms included the already established characters being dumbed down to their stereotypes or demoted to extras, lack of original writing, rehashing older plots, and continuity being abandoned.

As a result, many fans and critics stopped watching the show entirely as Season 9 went on. Some stopped watching when Season 10 premiered. Others stayed on until the show's cancellation but have criticized it for its decline at the time.

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