The Thundermans is an American comedy television series created by Jed Spingarn that premiered on Nickelodeon on October 14, 2013 and ended on May 25th 2018. The series stars Kira Kosarin, Jack Griffo, Addison Riecke, Diego Velazquez, Chris Tallman, Rosa Blasi, and Maya Le Clark.
Phoebe and Max Thunderman are twins who, although they have opposite personalities, share a common secret. The teens, along with their parents and younger siblings, are superheroes. But the family must keep the superpowers under wraps and live a normal life. Phoebe and Max have the same powers -- freeze breath and the ability to move objects via telekinesis -- but use them in opposite ways. Good-natured Phoebe tries to do the right thing, while troublemaker Max wants to become a supervillain. Little brother, Billy, is able to move at superspeed while little sis, Nora, has laser beam eyes. Dad, Hank, can fly and has extraordinary strength, but mom, Barb, is able to generate lightning from her hands. This family wants to lead a normal life? Good luck with that.
Why It Sucks
- Its premise just feels bland and boring.
- The theme song is forgettable and is not memorable.
- The Thundermans have very one-dimensional, argumentative and generic personalities that we've already seen thousands of times before. In other words, clichéd personalities:
- Phoebe, who's a nerdy, girly teenager who loves fashion, school, makeup and social media and is a jerk.
- Max is the rebellious teenage boy.
- Hank is the bumbling idiotic father who is the Nickelodeon version of modern Homer Simpson or Peter Griffin.
- Barb is the most unlikeble out of the 6 then 7.
- Nora is the manipulative spoiled brat who constantly manipulates people into doing something that they aren't supposed to do and usually ends up with what she wants and minimal consequences, such as when she exploits Max in the Thundersense episode to get things from him and goes so far as to try to destroy his computer, or when she plays her parents against each other to get two playhouses,which means she is very similar to Piper Hart from Henry Danger.
- Billy is the clueless and stupid idiot who always gets manipulated.
- Chloe is just a generic baby with a bossy personality.
- Brain-dead writing which is littered with incredibly awful puns.
- Phoebe always have to scream or be loud whenever something happens.
- Every character must be so ironical such as tell somebody not what to do and they do that thing.
- Chloe's voice will get on your nerves due to her constantly mispronouncing things.
- Horrible episode titles ("Parks and T-Rex", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "May Z-Force Be With You", "Orange is the New Max", etc.) all showing how overly reliant it is on pop culture references.
- Terrible acting that feels like the actors were picked off the street.
- The promos SPOILED the last 4 episodes from the show, including the series finale, "The Thunder Games".
- Tries way too hard to be hip and current as it has references to twerking, internet lingo, roasts, selfies, social media, bottle flipping and even dabbing.
- Horrendous and pathetic soundtrack that is also very forgettable.
- Some of the characters look older than they are supposed to be.
- Phoebe and Max are supposed to be around 14, but they look more like college students.
- The family is extremely abusive to each other. In addition to this, the show also relies on cruelty for comedy.
- Chloe's habit of saying "Baby" after every statement gets annoying fast.
- It is racist against minority groups, most notably Asians.
- It overuses so much unnecessary and out of place dating drama.
- The laugh track plays at the unfunniest lines, which is a recurring theme in lots of bad sitcoms.
- Very cheap comedy with lots of potty humor.
- Bad and cheaply made special effects that look like it was made with a low budget.
- It wastes the talents of Kira Kosarian, Jack Grifto, Addison Riecke, Diego Velazquez and some others.
- It even had a crossover with Henry Danger.
- The show has many bad morals, such as:
- Breaking rules
- Sibling rivalry
- Committing crimes (breaking and entering, vandalism, and theft)
- Wiping out people's memories
- Ditching school
- Not being yourself
- Starting drama
- Not learning from your mistakes
- False advertising: The teasers, trailers and promos say the show is a superhero show, but that would also be at the heart of belief that there is crime fighting, but the show has little to no crime fighting at all!
- The franchise, characters and theme song are eerily similar to Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place. Plus both shows have unlikable families who care about fame more than justice.
- Phoebe and Max are supposed to set good examples for Billy and Nora, but they're just as bratty and obnoxious as they are... if not worse.
- Cop-out plot hole used to explain Chloe appearing as a 5-year-old after one episode, despite only being a few months old and somehow no one in Hiddenville notices her rapid aging.
- Phoebe is always set up as the "good guy," but most of the time she acts selfishly to get what she wants at the expense of others. She is also needlessly cruel to Max, and always acts like she's better than him.
- Barb and Hank play favorites with their kids, showing a clear preference for Phoebe over Max
- Max's relationship with Dr. Colosso is sometimes kind of creepy, considering Colosso is actually a grown man in a rabbit's body
- The concept of Splatburger is gross, and somehow Ms. Wong ended up taking over Splatburger from JJ with no explanation of what happened to the pizza parlor
- As the series goes on, the family becomes REALLY obvious when they use their superpowers, but somehow they never gets caught.
- Dr. Colosso is the only comic relief in the entire show, mainly because he was voiced by Dana Snyder (who also voiced Master Shake in Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Granny from Squidbillies).
- The series finale, "The Thunder Games", was a good way to end the series.
- The episode "Are You Afraid of the Park?" has Nora and Billy calling out Phoebe and Max for their selfish behavior. So does the one where they go to the game convention, as they choose to go into the game room with Fifi and Matt over Phoebe and Max because they were unhappy with the selfish way that Phoebe and Max had been treating them
- Usually, the kids do get punished for their actions and usually make an attempt at an apology
- The only likable character is Dr. Colosso.
- Whenever Phoebe and Max get hurt, it is always satisfying.
- The idea of a superhero family is an interesting concept for a show, but it was incredibly poorly executed. The Incredibles is a great example of this concept done much better.
- Season 4 is a minimal improvement as the writing and characters improve.
Despite having a 5.8 on IMDb, The Thundermans received overwhelmingly negative reviews. It is considered to be one of the worst shows Nickelodeon made. It has an even worse score on tv.com, scoring a 4.7.