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Children’s TV Still Provides Laughs for Teenagers

Many students have only a faint memory of the TV shows they once enjoyed as children, the same shows that their parents told them would rot their minds and make them servants of the devil. Nowadays students fail to realize that new shows are just as great as the original Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon classics.


“Chowder” is a show about an aspiring chef named Chowder who cannot make things work out, no matter how hard he tries. Each episode is based around a series of orders that the young apprentice’s master Mung Daal receives from patrons looking to obtain exotic food. Chowder often samples the food, leading to disastrous but hilarious consequences . In one episode, he tries to eat a super sour fruit called a puckerberry and ends up puckering his lips so much that he is drawn into his own digestive tract.

The show has interesting characters from the fatherly Mung Daal to the bumbling Chowder and the compassionate but continuously annoyed Schnitzel, Mung’s assistant. There are plenty of laughs for all concerned, but there are a lot of fart jokes and a few one-liners that will elicit groans from the audience.

Despite some of its shortcomings, Chowder’s antics comined with the quirky humor the show dishes out will have you coming back for seconds. New episodes air Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. on Cartoon Network.

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The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
“The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” chronicles the adventures of Flapjack, a boy whose mind is full of treasures and monsters.

Flapjack hangs out with his two friends, a washed-up liar and ex-pirate named Captain K’nuckles and his “mother,” Bubbie the Whale.

Flapjack finds adventures everywhere, much to the dismay of his whale mother and the annoyance of the captain. He continually gets himself in predicaments, from being captured by pirates to being forced to do laundry as a slave on Laundry Island.

Flapjack and the captain are obsessed with the greatest adventure of all finding the fabled Candy Mountain, a mountain island made of candy, ice cream and pastries. Though their search is fruitless, their adventures are nevertheless amusing.

The show manages to conjure quite a few chuckles from its diverse cast of characters. Flapjack is an innocent boy, but the people around him are so ridiculously self-serving that the show can almost be seen as a social commentary on the world children live in, oblivious to lies from adults, and the general evils around them.

While “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” may not receive any awards for its high quality entertainment, it is still worth watching. It has likeable characters and is often surprisingly heartwarming. New episodes air Thursdays on Cartoon Network at 8:30 p.m.

The Fairly Odd Parents

While shows featuring kids with magical powers or special abilities are commonplace, few shows manage to execute the idea as well as “The Fairly Odd parents,” which airs on Nickelodeon each weekday at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The premise of the show is that there is another world besides ours called “Fairy World,” which is inhabited by fairies who are assigned to better the lives of underprivileged and unpopular kids. The fairies grant wishes until the kids either “grow up” or violate “Da Rules,” a large book of laws that dictate how fairy magic can or cannot be used.

The story follows the unpopular Timmy Turner who has been assigned a married pair of fairies, Cosmo and Wanda. The two fairies attempt to make Timmy’s life bearable in the face of two oblivious parents who do not understand him and an evil babysitter named Vicky.

The show chronicles Timmy’s insane adventures, among which he travels to other planets and meets aliens who believe love is poisonous and hangs out with his favorite action hero The Crimson Chin, who is known for his massive chin and chin-based fighting style.

The best part of “The Fairly Odd Parents” is the strange and hilarious characters. There is the head fairy Jorgen von Strangle, a huge, muscular fairy copy of Arnold Schwarzenegger (accent included) and Timmy’s insane school teacher, Mr. Crocker, who i s obsessed with conspiracy theories and proving that fairies do exist. The show is worth watching just for its colorful characters.

Final Word

While there is nothing wrong with spending time watching adult shows such as “House” and “Dexter,” these so called “children’s shows” have the unique laughs, absurd circumstances, and unforgettable characters “House” and “Dexter” cannot offer.

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