Reviews: Phineas And Ferb
This show is by far one of the worst cartoons I have ever seen in my life. The songs are so bad I would rather hear Hannah Montana (Except the Backyard Beach song. That was kind of good), the titual characters are bland, and the plot of the episodes are predictable. Not to mention that most episodes make Phineas and Ferb seem like side characters. Like when they made an observatory to see some comet, it was pretty clear that the real plot was revolved around Canadace, and Jeremy's sister. Or the episode where they go to see their own star. It's SUPPOSED to center on Phineas and Ferb, but most of it centers on Candace trying to find the courage to ask Jeremy to the dance. And so many times it seemed OBVIOUS of what Candace was trying to bust Phineas and Ferb on. Are these parents doing this inteentionally to get Candace depressed? Because nobody could be that stupid!I know it's just the joke but it's so LAME! Disney is obviously failing in quality, and 'Phineas and Ferb' is some solid proof of that. It's absolute crap, and totally overrated. (Though it is just my opinion.)
A Colorful Summer of Carpe Diem
Lots of comedic shows either rely on cynical, dark, and crude humor, or sickeningly sweet and corny jokes. Phineas and Ferb is a show that proves joyful, clean optimism and idealism can actually work. It's not without its flaws, and some episodes are better than others, but on the whole, it's a rare gem. As described on the main page, the show often relies on its standard formula, which is more entertaining than it may seem! It might seem repetitive, and it does get so at times. Fortunately, the show is self-aware enough to lampshade and joke about all of it along the way. This is where a lot of the humor is derived from: Lampshade Hanging and Running Gags. The show also frequently plays around with the formula, by changing up elements, defying viewer expectations, or in a few cases abandoning the formula altogether. For humor, the show also relies on shout-outs, cultural references, parodies, and Breaking the Fourth Wall. All things tropers can appreciate. The cast consists of diverse, colorful characters, who grow in number as the series progresses. There are almost no straight jerks here, and Phineas and Ferb themselves are selfless and likable. Even Candace shows her heart at times, and sometimes, things turn out well for her too. Meanwhile, Perry and Doofenshmirtz provide a hysterical comical duo, with Perry acting as a Silent Snarker and a Straight Man of sorts, and Doof being a Cloud Cuckoolander Harmless Villain. The show also boasts a not-insignificant collection of bouncy songs. An early song was liked so much, Disney had the show's creators add a song in every episode! Unfortunately, this also became awkward at times, as a number of episodes have songs randomly stuffed into them as a result. However, considering the random, often inexplicable nature of the show, this can also actually work in its favor. In a nutshell, this is a good show. It's funny, bright, optimistic, and has a good theme: Seize the Day. And it doesn't really matter exactly how you do it, or how Phineas and Ferb do it; they just want to bring fun and joy to themselves and to others, and make every day count. P.S. The first episode "Rollercoaster" was a weaker entry, so don't base your experience entirely on that. The show gets much better as it goes.
Really funny, espesially later seasons
Phineas and Ferb has gotten a lot better as it goes along, the first season was kinda meh but the most recent seasons have me laughing out loud every episode! It really hit its groove in season 4 by mostly disposing of the Strictly Formula style of the earlier seasons and experimenting with other storylines. The characters are very interesting and theres always more to them than meets the eye. It makes it interesting to watch lots of episodes because you can piece together from hints and asides that each character is actually much deeper than their obvious steryotypes. Its also great that (unlike some shows, like spongebob) the characters are consistant: the jokes and hidden depths revealed never contradict each other The humor (espesially later) is very off-beat and focuses a lot on subverting expectations. I think its much improved from the more standard slapstick humor of the eralier seasons. There are also a lot of running gags (not just the obvious ones) and allusions to earlier episodes. I really recommend watching a few of the episodes from seasons 1-2 to get a feel for the formula, but it really gets good in season 4.
When I first heard of the crossover I thought this was going to be great special. Unfortunately the execution did not pay off. First off, the character designs mirror the MU shows so much that it make them look rather ugly (not that I like the MU show designs in the first place). Why would the show pick just Thor, Spiderman, Hulk and Ironman with the villains being Redskull, Whiplash, Venom and MODOK? Its also puzzling when no other heroes or villains are shown in the story also when Phineas makes it sound like the end of the world when no one else is doing anything to stop said villains. It gives the special a lousy sense of suspense when the show acts like they're the only four heroes in the world. It would've been less confusing if it was a Refugee From TV Land plot. It was annoying not to have Bruce Banner appear since Hulk lost his powers (Is having Hulk non-powered a taboo in Marvel animation now?) Which brings me to my next point. Phineas is a dick. He yells at Candace for petty reasons when she really is only trying to help. And when he yells at her, no one else tells him to calm down. Not even THE MARVEL HEROES (who are referred as "Heroes" every little while like we forgot who to root for). Its very jarring to see him bitch out his sister like this. Frankly I found her more admirable than him. Also the animation is pretty meh, per usual for these Marvel cartoons. It goes to fast and its too chaotic and not smooth at all. Two things made me laugh (The clown car being destroyed and something I don't wanna spoil at the end) and other than that it wasn't that funny either. 2/5.
Overrated as hell
I understand that Phineas and Ferb is supposed to have a Strictly Formula. I have laughed at some of the jokes and I think the show is, at best, OK. But it doesn't deserve even half of the attention it got; at all. I've seen people on the internet comparing P&F to classics like Wile E Coyote And The Road runner saying that they have similar styles, and that comparison makes sense. But let's be clear, Nostalgia Goggles aside: The Roadrunner is vastly superior. Why? I'll tell you in a minute. People compare the two based on the fact that every episode has a Foregone Conclusion: the protagonists will either fail or succeed every time. But The Roadrunner, instead of just bending and twisting the formula, gave the viewer new ideas and contraptions every episode, and because of that, even though you knew the thing was going to backfire at some point, you wanted to see exactly HOW it was gonna backfire, and it was strangely unpredictable. Trying to summarize an episode of the The Roadrunner is something like this: Coyote wants Roadrunner, Coyote prepares trap, said trap goes wrong. That formula is very flexible and allows a great deal of imagination. The formula shown in P&F however, is too stiff to provide entertainment after it's memorized. Not only that, but the writers don't twist it as often as fans say they do. You know how the invention is going to be destroyed, you know what's going to destroy it, you know even what the characters are going to say just before they say it, and it's just too tiresome to be funny after the first 5 times. Also the Running Gags and catchphrases only go so far; I can't stand hearing the same things over and over, and the jokes don't get any funnier. If anything, they just add more to the boring aspects of this supposedly "witty and humourous" writing.
I wrote a review way back when, but it kind of sucked so after seeing at least 20 or so better reviews after me, I'll try again. I'll just skip the crap you already know, and say this is obviously the best kid's show on TV right now (along side Gravity Falls and the like, of course). It has a formula, but it's not there to be lazy. It's there so they can mess with your expectations when it comes to certain jokes or plot elements. Not to mention they subvert almost everytime in some small way. Or in big ways, like in recent episodes where the main plot type of ditch to tell a story. (Thanks but no thanks is a good example). But forgetting all that, it's just really funny and high spirited. We all know the creators don't allow idiots or jerks, and that pays off. Almost every character has hidden depths aside from just being funny. Candace for example, proves to be quite the greek tradgey at times. It is, I think, the perfect family show. You have the cartoon-y antics for kids, and the smart plots, adult (Radar crashing and high brow references) jokes. Really, you've heard all this before. I'm just rambling for no reason. Just go to the MANY subpages for more reasons this show is popular. Also, i should say Ashley Tisdale steals the show, and I already liked her fine. I think it's only gotten better as it's gone on, with more interesting plots, amazing songs, and all that jazz. Season 4 is starting off great too, but whatever. This review isn't much of a review, but if i have to nitpick, i can say sometimes some episode just aren't as good as they can be and end up being a tad dull at points. And also some dumb plot holes, but i can forgive all of that. To close out this non-review, I'll say this show rocks. It's something for everybody, as well as smart jokes and likable characters. Even the main duo have something to them in the humor department. ...That is all. I'm sorry for wasting your time
I'm not as big a fan of Phineas and Ferb as I used to be but I gotta admirt, this is still a pretty awesome show. It has great characters, plots, and songs. My favorite character is Perry the Platypus, Phineas and Ferb's pet platypus who is secretly a spy that battles the evil Heinz Doofenshmirtz. Every episode in this series seems to have at least one song. And those songs are awesome. Not one song in this show is bad. I'm serious. The humor is also great. Most of the humor comes from the evil scientist, Heinz Doofenshmirtz, who is absolutely hilarious! So hilarious that he even got his own youtube channel where he posts short webisodes of what he calls "Doofenshmirtz Daily Dirt" which I warn you are not really daily. Overall, this series has gotten quite good reception and is pretty popular as it had a TV movie in 2011, an upcoming Marvel crossover airing this month, a Star Wars parody episode, and another movie to be released in theaters in 2014.
Actually pretty good
I was in the 6th grade when Phineas and Ferb came out and they kept putting out new episodes everyday,literally there was a new episode everyday.This show is actually pretty good. The kinds of things that these guys build and do is pretty cool and it actually kinda makes you wish you could do those kinds of things during your own summer vacation.Although the it's sticks to the same formula for every episode and that it can get a little stale and predictable after you've watched it for a while it still is pretty good,compared to a lot of other cartoons on nowadays.The songs are also AWESOME.Seriously,these songs are extremely creative and original and surprisingly catchy,and just plain old fun to listen to. And although I have slowly grown away from this show and moved onto more serious shows and other cartoons I still support this show and say that it is definitely worth checking out,just go up on youtube and check out one of their songs and I guarantee you that you will get more interested in it at the very least.So pretty much it's not my FAVORITE show but it definitely is one of the best cartoons and shows in general to appear on Disney Channel in a long time.I give it a 7.5 out of 10.And I also give the music a 9/10,because I think the music is awesome enough to get it's own separate rating.
What happens when you set a plot in stone and slap some lampshade hanging and running gags.
By my title, you would think it's bad. It's not. I was 10 when the first episode came out. I was interested by the ads. Not sure what happened, I was watching Kim Possible and then the ads came. Back in 2007, there was just a small group of shows in Disney Channel that I liked. I also had a small time available alone at home, with my 5-year-old sister and repetitive kids show that are now forgotten in the depths of the void. After that, I had my older brother and his police shows - preety enjoyable, though, I still like police and detective shows a lot - he was a great influence to me, mainly in my tastes for several things, such as One Piece, The Beatles, Muse, CSI and VAL Ve games in general. After that, he told me that when he was my age (read - 2004) there were actually good shows on Disney Channel, and the only one he was interested was Kim Possible, which he had started seeing. Then we watched Kim Possible. Duh. After this kind of unecessary(and kind of Doofersmith's style) childhood story, I asked him if, when Phineas and Ferb came out with the Pilot Episode, we could watch it. By the second episode, you already see that are three subplots all interconnected (something quite interesting), a song per episode and running gags. And, despite knowing what would happen, given a certain point, it was still funny. Running gags, as time passed by, showed to be one of the main things in the show. Then lampshade hanging was possible and the plot was still full of tropes that were all being played with. But it doesn't end there. I grew up to be the one that disliked shows like Hannah Montana and watch Seinfeld and Friends. I quickly recognized people from the cast - from High School Musical, (which was a fever in my school, and I also disliked), Everybody Hates Chris and Nanny Mc Phee - and thus I realized that it was one of the few Disney shows that didn't need Disney actors. With no bathroom jokes and unecessary and repetitive gags, I realized how different the show was. Now today, I still watch the series and finds it even more enjoyable with several pop references and TONS of lampshade hanging, the creators always play with some trope in some episode, and for example, "Unfair Science Fair", where Doof somehow loses EVERY SINGLE THING HE TRIES to a FREAKING BAKING SODA VOLCANO. Even POETRY! And the trope gets double subverted.
I Donít get the Hype
So, I finally sat down and watched Phineas and Ferb to see what all the fuzz is about. I still donít get it. My first problem with the show is that it is non-repetitive. And by ďnon-repetitiveĒ I, of course, mean ďcompletely repetitive.Ē I know, this is a frequent criticism, but thereís a reason for that. I mean, seriously, how often can you laugh about Dr. Doofenshmirtz saying that line? In my case, the answer is not even once ó which brings me to my next point: Not a single one of the jokes made me laugh. One was so hackneyed that I actually facepalmed (ďDr. Doofenshmirtz is at it again. It appears that heís purchased a string of odd items. One pound of blood sausage- Er, thatís my grocery list.Ē). I was also rather put off by the fact that Candace is a Butt Monkey bordering on Meg Griffin levels. Are we really supposed to find it funny that the universe is apparently conspiring to make her miserable? This becomes particularly cruel in Flop Starz where for a moment it looks like things are finally going to work out for her. But nope! Her reward for being nice to her brothers is having her hopes swiftly crushed. I would also like to question the claim that the show is well-written. Not due to the reasons I mentioned above, but because the fact that the show isnít constrained by the things that characterize good writing seems to make this claim fundamentally absurd. The writers donít have to worry about making sense. Phineas and Ferb can just become a successful band in a few hours, but thatís okay because itís lampshaded. This wouldnít be considered good writing in a show where it actually mattered. Also, most episodes (this includes all the ones that I have watched) donít have an underlying theme or moral. Itís just wacky hijinks. I therefore fail to see how any show of this format, regardless of whether or not I like it, could be used as an example of good writing, because it doesnít play by the rules of good writing. The term doesnít seem to be applicable in the first place.
Highly entertaining, even for those older then the target audience
Back when this troper was in her Disney phase, she watched many a Disney show and enjoyed most of the shows. A few years later, she found Phineas and Ferb again. And she has taken to it much like how she took to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.. Honestly, the first season is kind of cheesy, however it's still rather enjoyable. The second season and the third season, which I unfortunately haven't seen too much of yet, are improvements. This troper likes tha fact that, while they keep the catchphrases and running gags from episode to episode, they still manage to give us an original enough plot to keep it interesting. The characters are also very enjoyable. Especially so since they continue to be developed. Jeremy, for example, started out flat and simply as a side character who could be Candace's love interest. Now though, he's been evolving into a more fleshed out character. Even Norm, who's a robot with pretty much one default emotion, has been getting character development! The songs are also really catchy, and stick with you at least a short while, maybe a day or two at most, after watching an episode. Years later, this troper still finds herself singing Gitchi Gitchi Goo and Busted to herself. Overall, this has got to be one of Disney's better productions. In a looooong time. 10/10, maybe even 100/10, but let's not get carried away here. And don't even get me started about the movie! We'd be here all day. And might I add right now that this troper is 16. Plus, looking at some comments of other reviews on this page...I think the title of this review is justified.
Aren't I little old to be obsessing over this show?
Yes. Yes I am. To put it simply: This show kicks ass. I won't go into to much detail, but I love this show. I love the plot, I love the songs, I love the humor I even love Irving, The Scrappy of the show. To keep it short: I'd give it a Infinity/10. It's that good.
Why Phineas and Ferb is the best show on Disney Channel
Like most shows on Disney Channel, I was not sure if I would like Phineas and Ferb when it first aired. I did not know anything about the show other than that it featured Ashley Tisdale from "High School Musical" and Mitchell Musso from "Hannah Montana" and that it was about these two stepbrothers who do something different every day. Now, however, I must say that is the best show on Disney Channel right now and here is why: 1. Just about every episode has at least one original song and most of them are memorable. My favorite songs are "Gitchi Gitchi Goo", "Disco Miniature Golfing Queen" and "Ducky Mo Mo Is My Friend", among others. 2. Each episode has not one, not two, but three different subplots. The first subplot involves Phineas and Ferb building that day's invention. The second subplot involves the boys' pet platypus, Perry, a.k.a. "Agent P", attempting to stop Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz from taking over the Tri-State Area. The third subplot involves Candace attempting to reveal her brothers' invention to their mother, with no success. (Sometimes this third subplot will be replaced with Candace spending time with her boyfriend Jeremy or best friend Stacy). Most Disney Channel shows will have two subplots, but this may be the only one with three. 3. The show's popularity appears to be increasing. Last year, the show's first televised movie "Phineas And Ferb: Across The Second Dimension" premiered on Disney Channel and now a theatrical movie is scheduled to be released in 2013. To the best of my knowledge, Phineas and Ferb will be just the third Disney Channel Original Series (after "Lizzie Mcguire" and "Hannah Montana") to have a movie based on it receive a theatrical release. And the show was recently renewed for a fourth season which will have new episodes running through 2014. This would allow it to surpass Kim Possible as Disney Channel's longest running original animated series in terms of both episodes aired and number of years aired as well as surpass Wizards of Waverly Place as Disney Channel's longest running original series in terms of episodes aired. These are just a few of the reasons why I believe Phineas and Ferb is the best show on Disney Channel right now.
EDIT: If I can delete this review I could.
More than I expected
It was 2007-2008, when Hannah Montana and High School Musical were dominating the Disney Channel. Having grown up with One Saturday Morning, I wasn't pleased. Then I saw a preview for the show while I was in the movie theater (before-preview ad). When I heard "Disney Channel", I was extremely iffy. I decided to give the show a try. ...WOW. It was great! And it still is. I was expecting something along the lines of High School Musical, and I got something more along the lines of Recess instead. Some people complain that the storylines are to repetetive, but at least they play with them. It's not like an episode of [[Anime/Pokemon Pokemon]] nowadays where you already know what's going to happen every episode. I really like the characters. Finally, a TV show where not everyone's an idiot or jerk! Phineas is the cute, sweet Nice Guy, and a cross between Doug Funnie and T.J. Detweiler. Ferb is really funny, and I love his voice. Isabella and Baljeet are really cute, and Buford's hilarious. Even Candace, who only wants to get her brothers in trouble, is nice. Aside from them, I love Perry and Dr. Doofinshmirtz. Actually, I don't even hate one character! The music is really, really good. The songs are very nice to listen to, and doesn't insult your intelligence or make you want to scream. The humor is also really intelligent. No fart jokes every two seconds or humor out of characters being jerks. Lots of Parental Bonus jokes and jokes that even lampshade the show. The only real "Disney Channel" thing about it is that Ashley Tisdale, who was in HSM, is Candace. I don't have a problem with this; she was actually the only thing that made the movie enjoyable. Also, Mitchell Musso is Jeremy, but I'm fine with that. It's not like they got the Sprouse brothers/Jonas Brothers to voice the duo. So check this show out, it's Disney Channel's best show since Kim Possible and Dave The Barbarian.
I love this show. Okay, let's start here. My favorite thing about the show? Its humor. I'm sorry, the jokes are hilarious. Every episode makes me laugh. Best thing? They're SMART. There is very little bathroom humor and basically no mean humor. They actually make jokes about Freud. And get this line when Doofenshmirtz hears Perry knocking on his door: "Who's tap-tap-tapping? ...Is this that pesky ravenagain?" Many of the jokes go over the kids heads, but I catch them and die of laughter. The show has a standard plot that you would think would get boring really quickly. BUT IT DOESN'T. They creators keep the show fresh by playing with the "set-in-stone" story and it's always funny. Take "Hail Doofania" for example. It features Doof acting like Phineas and visa versa. "Bless you, Perry the Platypus!" Okay, the main thing I see people complaining about is the 2D of the characters. In my opinion, they're adequately layered. Honestly, it's a cartoon. It's not some really mature show. No one complains about the lack of complexity in Loony Toons or Tom and Jerry. Anyway, I do think that the characters are pretty well done. Although the characters are familiar (Phineas is the nice guy guy, Ferb is the quiet one, Candace is "crazy") I think that it really works. Would you rather have a Jerkass? The creators didn't want any unpleasant characters. Even Candace proves to be kind at times, and she really does love her brothers. Ferb is quiet but not because he's shy, and he's more than willing to speak up when needed (or to be hilarious). It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love the characters. Oh and Perry. He's amazing; no denying it. Doof is one of the funniest charactersever created. This show is definitely worth a watch.
The Best Thing Since Sliced Television
I had to babysit a couple of kids for several weeks once. They only watched the Disney channel, as small children are want to do. There were commercials for Phineas and Ferb. I thought it looked like crap, and for a while that's the opinion I had of it: it was on the Disney channel, it had an odd artwork style, and the commercials didn't make it seem appealing anyways. It didn't come on during the time I was babysitting, so I had this opinion for an awful long time. Then, once day, I walk in on my younger brother watching this show. I had nothing better to do, so I watched it with him. Now, you see, my brother is the kind of kid who thinks Inu Yasha is cool, so just because he thought this was great didn't mean anything to me. But I watched one episode, and then the next, and then, after finding out it was a marathon that day, I canceled all my appointments, told my girlfriend we'd have to change the date of our date, and continued viewing. And what I saw was nothing like what kids shows have been for many years. The first thing I noticed was that the voice acting was tolerable, something that I hadn't enjoyed since Animaniacs, Freakazoid, and the like. The actors didn't speak in high-pitched tones (Like Flapjack), they didn't yell everything they said (Like Chowder), and they didn't have horribly croaky and whiny voices (Cow and Chicken). I was able to actually listen to what they were saying, instead of leaving the room in disgust. So it automatically left an impression on me. The next thing I noticed was the artwork: very minimal, but not total crap like many children's cartoons on TV now. It had basic colors, the characters were drawn quircky-ly but not over-the-top, and it never degraded into that cheap laugh of zooming really close onto something and making it look totally grotesque (Like every children's show on TV that isn't anime right now). As it went on, I saw many great jokes, pop culture references, and it avoided the common shortcomings of shows to have a stupid moral lesson tacked on so kids could learn something. One of my favorite examples of this show ever was the Mary Mc Guffin episode. So. God. Damn. Funny. Watch it now if you haven't seen it. Now, I do have one thing that I find makes the show not insanely perfect: it was made too late, and on Disney. If it wasn't for this, it could be infinitely better. Curseyouwor-
This could possibly be the best show ever
When I saw that Disney was making an animated series, I thought that it was going to be 30 minutes of toilet humor like most other cartoons or dry teenage angst like most other things made by Disney. It's not. Phineas and Ferb is amazing. Unlike most toher things these days, it doesn't feel the need to pander to the lowest common denominator. The jokes are funny, the characters are well written, the episodes are well thought out, the show doesn't shy away from emotional moments... I could go on and on about it. The songs are awesome, too, which is rare for TV these days. All in all, watch this show. You may not like it, but at least try it.
Used to hate it
I used to hate this show mostly due to me disliking virtually everything else Disney Channel has to offer. Now I kind of enjoy it. For the bad things I'll admit, objectively, the show is extremely cliche. Particularly when it tries to do "edgy" things like breaking the fourth wall etc. it comes off as extremely forced. The plots are repetitive (and acknowledging it doesn't make it better, just lazy). It goes the route of having diverse types of families (divorced, step, interracial etc.) which isn't bad but can be some what cridge worthy in the presentation (particularly the mexican-jewish celebration and the fact that Doof's ex-wife still comes to his family reunions bother me). The show also makes light of bullies through buford basically getting away with the abuse he gives them (especially Baljeet). Amoung the good things, the songs (as someone mentioned earlier) are hit or miss but I'd like to say they "hit" more than miss by at least being catchy. My personal favorite is "(S.I.M.P)Squirrels in my pants". I like the idea of having a female character endure slap-stick antics for once. I like that the show mantains some continuity despite being a comedy. Not really much to say beyond it's arguably the best show on disney channel.
Goes beyond what I expected.
To tell you the truth, from first impressions I wasn't impressed with the show. It looked too normal, like one of those average cartoon shows that you watch late at night. However, when I watched my first episode(which was the pilot episode, Rollercoaster), I was impressed with what they did on the show. I could relate to the characters on many levels, which is a plus point(barring, of course, the crazy schemes). Also, the running gags of this show never get old, from the "Hey, where's Perry?" to Doofenshmirtz's sad monologues about his life in Gimmelshtump.Thirdly, the songs on the show are awesome on so many levels. From the party atmosphere of "Backyard Beach" to the sadness of "My Nemesis", this shows captures most of the emotion of the show. Finally, the obvious parodying of common aspects of other TV shows makes the show hilarious. Overall, this is a must-watch. You will realize that this is more than just a normal TV show.
Only good thing on Disney Channel
I've watched this channel since I was a kid, and still do. And I'm not embarrassed by that considering it's mostly for Bile Fascination now. I used to like it. There were always bad shows, but back then there were way more good shows (which in fact were mostly cartoons.) Eventually there was a decay in quality that lead to cartoons that only relied on crude humor, much like the worst shows on Cartoon Network. I don't have a problem with that, so long as they don't overdo it and rely on it beyond anything else... which they did. And unfortunately that's still happening. And the same time led not only to more bad sitcoms, but also to some of the worst sitcoms, like Hannah Montana and... THAT show. I eventually watched it just to see how godawful they could make it and how much more they could shame the name of Disney... until this show came along. Phineas and Ferb wasn't a great show at first, but gradually got so much better. The reason this show works is that it's ridiculous... and takes advantage of that. The writers went all the way with how silly the universe is, such as the numerous times that Candace can't bust her brothers because so many weird things happened. It's basically satirizing itself. The jokes are usually enough to at least get a grin or snicker, then you'll get a few that are downright hilarious. The songs aren't great, but I'm willing to look past that. This is one of the few cartoons where I always make sure to see the new episodes and especially look forward to special episodes. So there... I like a current show on Disney Channel and I'm not afraid to admit it.
The Best going on right now
I got into this show about three years ago, and it's simply awesome. The characters are enjoyable and aren't mean spirited, they're actually a lot of fun to watch. The show may have a basic formula, but there needs to be credit with the fact on how successful the formula is. Another thing that this show surprised me with is how good the songs are. I generally hate songs in shows, but the songs in Phineas and Ferb are really good and some of them are hilarious and catchy. Phineas and Ferb has done just about all the types of songs you can think of, and that's what makes this show so special. Also, many cartoons have been suffering with seasonal rot, but this show is on of those instances where the series is just as good now as the first season. There never was a bad season, all three of them so far has been spectacular. I hope this show continues on being successful, it truly deserves it. I never cared to go to Disney Channel until this show came on. And it's the only cartoon besides South Park that I tune in regularly to see.
I know what we're gonna do today!
I've grown up with a lot of original stuff from the big 3 kids networks, as well as Kids WB, and Phineas and Ferb is without a doubt one of the best original shows I've ever seen. The music makes you think of Animaniacs a little, and the completely random things the brothers do is just off the wall cool, from the roller coaster in the backyard to getting a band back together. The creators are smart enough to realize when a gag or joke is getting stale, and somehow manage to subvert of invert whatever it is, meaning that a new episode is always has a little surprise for the viewers. If you haven't seen this show before, highly recommended. And if you want, make a little drinking game out of how many tropes you can spot being subverted or inverted.