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(From left to right) Wilma, Wendell, Vinnie, and Taryn
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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).


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  • 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.
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  • 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, Son!" Guy: 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.

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