Wendell & Vinnie
is a comedy airing on Nickelodeon
, created by Jay Kogen. The two co-stars are Vinnie (Jerry Trainor
), an immature, womanizing Adult Child
who is appointed the guardian of Wendell; a 12-year old Heartwarming Orphan
who is, conveniently, a Child Prodigy
(in whatever subject is useful to the episode
). The very first episode
is literally Vinnie being investigated by Child Services after Wendell breaks his arm and almost dies from an allergic reaction.
...Yeah, he'll be okay.
The series was cancelled in the summer of 2013, quietly ending its run while its time slot was taken over by shows more recognizable as Nickelodeon's traditional programming (namely The Haunted Hathaways
and The Thundermans
Tropes in this series include:
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Wilma's neurotic, sour, cynical, snarky, and hopeless at maintaining a steady relationship, but she's a competent lawyer when shown in action.
- Casanova Wannabe: Wendell. Wilma could be seen as a Rare Female Example.
- Children Raise You
- Cool Uncle: Vinnie runs a pop culture memorabilia shop.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: When Wendell reveals himself as a Yankees fan (despite everyone in his family always rooting for the Dodgers) Vinnie reacts exactly as if Wendell has just come out of the closet.
- Expy: Trainor and Handleson pretty much play the same characters they had in iCarly and Shake It Up
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Keep in mind, new episodes were premiered in early-evening Saturdays, wedged right in-between SpongeBob SquarePants and Full House. In the first episode, when Vinnie comes downstairs, Wendell immediately shuts down the computer and says "Don't look!" Vinnie then begins to guess what it is ("Is it bikini girls? Gross-out videos? Combination?"), to which Wendell reveals it's his scrapbooking program. Vinnie's response?
Vinnie: The next time I look at this monitor there had better be boobs!
- An episode also has a dirty magazine as one of the main plot points. Wendell then sneaks it off to school, implying that he basically showed his middle school friends porn.
- Wilma's subplot with the teacher never calling her back.
Wilma: I gave you a part of me that night! Multiple parts, if I remember correctly...
- Taryn became Wendell's magic assistant, only for Wendell's sword to accidentally cut through her outfits, exposing her breasts to the entire middle school talent show audience. There's a lot of cheering, particularly from the boys.
- When Wendell is trying hide his cold so he can go to school.
Vinnie: And I'm not good with sick people. The only time I'm good with bodily fluids is in a zombie movie or a...Let's just stick with zombie movie.
- Wilma's most recent ex-boyfriend, who works at a Suck E. Cheese's, makes the comment, “It’s like a day in the mouse suit without the kids kicking me in the nards.”
- Wendell gets called a D-bag by one of Vinnie's friends. Wendell thinks the D stands for "dumb".
- Goshdang It To Heck: Averted. "Hells" and "Damns" are sprinkled throughout. Even the conservative twelve-year-old manages to slip one in once in awhile.
- Instant Web Hit: In episode five, Vinnie rants at a teacher outside of Wendell's school and mentions, amongst several other things, a "poop chart". There were several dozen children recording. Within a few hours, it's had an electronica remix.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Tomboyish Lacy and nerdy Wendell are the best of friends.
- One of the Kids: Vinnie even describes himself as being a 10 year old boy for the last 20 years.
- Spiritual Successor: To iCarly...or at least specifically to Spencer Shay (Jerry Trainor's character from the show)
- Well Done Daughter Girl: Wilma is one to her (and Vinnie's) father. She desperately craves his love and approval. He can barely stand to be in the same room with her. One look at them together and it becomes painfully clear where Wilma's issues with men stem from.
- X Meets Y: When Spencer gets guardianship of Henry Dillon. Both actors are pretty much playing their previous roles in this series, but as relatives.