Western Animation: Glenn Martin DDS

Let's hit the road!

Glenn Martin, DDS is a stop-motion Nicktoon that aired on Nick At Nite from 2010 to 2011, created by former Disney executive Michael Eisner and Celebrity Deathmatch creator Eric Fogel about a dentist (voiced by Kevin Nealon from Saturday Night Livenote  and Weeds) and his family traveling cross country in their RV. It was only meant as a summer trip but since their house burned down, Glenn decided to continue the trip indefinitely.

The show was the fourth original program to be created for Nick At Nite note . Created in an attempt to bring more animated programing aimed at older audiences to Nick At Nite in similar vain to [adult swim], the results were less than stellar. It only lasted 40 episodes and received negative, if not average, reviews from most critics, mainly due to its weak humor, unlikable characters and its strange inclusion of a laugh track for an animated program (which was thankfully removed in its second season). The show also failed to gain good ratings, mainly due to its heavy schedule changes. One reason why is because a parent complained to Nickalodeon about the show's adult content, after catching her daughter watching it directly after SpongeBob. These various issues ended up getting the show canned in November 2011.

Glenn Martin, DDS provides examples of:

  • Adventure Towns: They go to different towns and cities each episode.
  • All Love Is Unrequited
  • Asian Airhead: Wendy is sometimes this, Depending on the Writer.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Courtney, Wendy, and Jackie.
  • Bumbling Dad: Glenn, of course.
  • Butt Monkey: Every single member of the Martin family has their moments of humiliation, regardless of gender.
  • Chic And Awe
  • Christmas Episode: "Deck The Malls". Inverted, as revealed in the end it took place around Thanksgiving.
    • Also, "A Merry Martin Christmas", which is more clearly a christmas episode than the previous.
  • Class Reunion: Episode seven deals with the family going to Glenn's old college for a school reunion.
  • Depraved Dentist: Averted with Glenn. He isn't depraved, just sort of bumbling and incompetent at times.
  • The Ditz: Conor Martin
  • Fiery Redhead: Jackie Martin
  • Fingore: Glenn has his finger bitten off by a kid he is doing dentist work on. He ends up shoving his arm down the kids throat and into his stomach to get it back out.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It wasn't meant for children to begin with, but the fact that it aired after SpongeBob every night at 8pm made its many adult jokes, sexual references and dog anus all the more jarring.
  • Gorn: The show has surprisingly violent brief moments in some of its episodes, such as the mobster episode where the gang boss dips a man into his piranha tank, with the tank filling up completely with a thick blood mist leaving nothing but a skeleton inside it. Considering what other show the co-creator worked on, this is a little bit expected.
  • Hollywood Mid Life Crisis, Jackie joins her favorite 1980s band The Bang Bangs after suffering from one of these.
  • Laugh Track: Used in the first season, though thankfully omitted in the second.
  • The Mafia: Glenn receives help from them in "We've Created a Mobster", though he soon realizes the problem and attempts to get out of it.
  • Magical Queer: In "Pimp My RV".
  • Magical Realism: The show primarily a goofy yet relativally grounded show about a screwball family on a cross-country trip. However, some episodes feature some subtle levels of supernatural elements or just plain outlandish plots, such as "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf",, "Toothfairy" and ""Jackie's Get-Witch-Quick Scheme".
  • Meganekko: The store owner of Kitscheteria in "Deck The Malls".
  • Multi-Part Episode: The episodes "Camp Part 1" and "Camp Part 2".
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: Actually, naked son hanging outside.
  • No One Else Is That Dumb: When Jackie's ex-boyfriend uses plastic surgery to look exactly like Glenn, Conner is able to tell them apart by seeing which one doesn't remember Jackie's birthday.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws
  • Dysfunctional Family: Glenn and his family.
  • Superhero Episode: Glenn becomes a superhero called "Toothfairy" after he loses the ability to feel pain in the episode of the same name.
  • Take a Third Option: In one episode, Jackie is led to believe that her ancestor, Goody Price was a witch who was unjustly executed in Salem, then learns that she was a prostitute. At the end, it turns out that she was both. And she's still alive, somehow.
  • Toilet Humor: We swear, the dog shows its abnormally large anus almost every episode.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: The title town in "Funshine, USA".
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Because their house burned down.
  • Vulgar Humor: Not as bad as anything you'd see on [adult swim], but the show had its fair share of sexual references and adult humor, as well as some pretty surprising violent moments.