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Glenn Martin, DDS is a stop-motion Nicktoon that aired on Nick @ 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 @ Nite note . Created in an attempt to bring more animated programing aimed at older audiences to Nick @ 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 Nickelodeon 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. Nickelodeon has thus far not produced any more new animated series for adults.


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.
  • Bowdlerize: According to The Other Wiki article, the show's original theme was called "Let's Kick Some Ass," but was changed to the less offense sounding "Let's Hit the Road."
  • 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 in the end, because according to Glenn, the episode's events took place pretty right after 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 and Jackie'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
  • A Dog Named "Dog": The family dog, named Canine.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Glenn and his family.
  • 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.
  • Homeschooled Kids: After Glenn accidentally burned their house down and decided to continue the road trip indefinitely, he and Jackie ultimately started homeschooling their kids (and Wendy), with Jackie as their main teacher. Although in one episode, Glenn and Jackie hire a Private Tutor for the kids (who ends up going crazy in the end).
  • 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.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Jackie's parents (mainly her father) are this to Glenn while Glenn's mom used to be this to Jackie.
  • Spot the Imposter/No One Else Is That Dumb: When Gary Ross (Jackie's ex-boyfriend who's a millionaire plastic surgeon based in Los Angeles) gets cosmetic surgery done to make himself look identical to Glenn, Conor's ultimately able to tell them apart when he asks them when Jackie's birthday is (it's May 2nd). Gary knows this while Glenn doesn't, which is how the family is able to out Gary as the impostor—Conor outright states that Glenn can never remember Jackie's birthday and Jackie herself claims that Glenn always confuses it for the expiration date on his credit card.
  • 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's led to believe that her ancestor, Goody Price, was a witch who was unjustly executed in Salem, then learns that she was actually a prostitute. In the end, she discovers that not only Goody Price both a witch and a prostitute, she's also somehow still alive.
  • 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."
  • 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 surprisingly violent moments.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Because their house burned down.


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