The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (Seasons 5-6)

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The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (Seasons 5-6)
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Behold, the seasons that marked the downfall of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy!
Genre: Adventure
Fantasy
Slice of life
Slapstick
Comedy horror
Running Time: 22 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: January 6 - August 9, 2006 (Season 5)
October 6, 2006 - November 9, 2007 (Season 6)
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Maxwell Atoms
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Televsion Distribution
Starring: Richard Steven Horvitz
Grey Griffin
Greg Eagles
Vanessa Marshall
Jennifer Hale
Episodes: 24 (Season 5)
21 (Season 6)


The fifth and sixth seasons are the last two seasons of Cartoon Network's The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy which was created by Maxwell Atoms in 2001 as segments along with Evil Con Carne on Grim & Evil before becoming its own stand alone spinoff in 2003.

Unfortunately, while the first four seasons were well received, the same can't be said for these seasons.

Bad Qualities

  1. These seasons lack the charm and cleverness of the first four seasons.
    • On that topic, Billy and Mandy's personalities have been ruined because of flanderization:
      • Billy (The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (Seasons 5-6)) has turned from a dimwitted, yet happy-go-lucky boy with a hilarious personality into a downright troublesome, obnoxious psychopath who keeps annoying everyone.
      • Mandy has turned from a cynical, yet calm girl with a charming personality into a downright mean-spirited, short-tempered bully who aspires to rule the world.
    • Besides that, the writing also downgraded from being creative to being much more nonsensical and catastrophic than it already was, resulting in many bad episodes (ex. "The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name", "Scary Poppins", "Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred", "Everything Breaks", "Detention X", "Waking Nightmare", just to name a few).
  2. The humor is much more stale, repetitive, disgusting, and mean-spirited than it already was as well.
  3. Likewise, there are many more politically-incorrect and offensive stereotypes unlike the first four seasons, such as Asians, African-Americans, and Mexicans.
    • Irwin's great-grandfather Pharaoh King Popen Locken, in particular, talks in a stereotypical Jewish accent.
  4. These seasons had some pretty awful endings:
    • The final episode of the fifth season, "Billy & Mandy Begins", was an awful way to end the said season.
    • As if the finale of season 5 wasn't bad enough, the final episode of the sixth and final season, "Heartburn", was not a good way to end the entire show in general either.
  5. Its crossover with Codename: Kids Next Door, "The Grim Adventures of KND", is lackluster and has several plot holes such as the characters being too stupid to realize that Mandy is disguised as Numbuh 1. Billy and Mandy have also been officially ruined as characters by this point.
  6. Like The Wacky World of Tex Avery and George of the Jungle (Season 2), these seasons have many more questionable and disturbing scenes than the first four seasons had.

Good Qualities

  1. Without these seasons, we wouldn’t have one of the most memorable characters, Fred Fredburger.
  2. Grim, Irwin, Jeff, Nergal, Nergal Jr., and Hoss Delgado are still tolerable characters. Grim is also less of a punching bag.
  3. Some good episodes like "Keeper of the Reaper", "Modern Primitives", "Billy and Mandy vs. the Martians", "Company Halt", and "Billy and Mandy Moon the Moon".
  4. The animation is much better than before.
  5. The three made-for-TV films, Billy & Mandy's Big Boogie Adventure, Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen, and Underfist: Halloween Bash, were good.
  6. There are still a few funny moments here and there.

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ChowderRulez

14 months ago
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Wasn't The Grim Adventures of the KND a Kids Next Door episode?

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