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  • Critical Dissonance: Just before the show premiered on PBS, some critics gave it bad reviews dismissing it as William Bennett's attempt to teach kids "incredibly preachy values" and to "outsmart The Simpsons in prime time ratings", since they consider the fact that he hates television. However, when the show premiered, it has gotten very good ratings, but then again, some critics still aren't impressed with it.
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  • Ear Worm: The theme song.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Soc and Ari enjoy this status among some fans.
  • First Installment Wins: Many fans say season one had better stories and virtues than the last two.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Annie tells Zack that "No kid gets paid $15 an hour!". While they are too young to (legally) hold a job, in 2014 Seattle did vote to raise the minimum wage to $15.
  • Idiot Plot: The "Pied Piper" episode - Annie could have simply spoke to her mom and asked if she could have painted the fence and furniture another day while she goes to the party she was invited to (or done it earlier).
  • Periphery Demographic: Despite being targeted at families with children between the ages of two and nine, the series is enjoyed by many preteens, teenagers and young adults, particularly those who grew up with it.
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  • Retroactive Recognition: Fox Animation Studios, 20th Century Fox's feature animation division in Phoenix, Arizona, actually produced the animation for the series, only without Don Bluth being involved at all.
  • Seasonal Rot: In season three, the cast was replaced, the humans got uglier, the stories weren't so serious and the colors got paler.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: They handle this pretty well.
    • The episode about "Moderation" has Zach going crazy with a new channel and watching every single movie he can. The overall aesop is that he is only in the wrong for watching too much of it - he's watching movies that teach good morals and aren't family-inappropriate, but he's doing so instead of doing chores and being social - if anything it comes off as a "Too much of a good thing" rather than a "Television is bad" like some other aesops, so it doesn't come off as hypocritical.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Oh, where to begin with most of the minor human characters in season three...
    • Some of Zach's and Annie's facial expressions also qualify.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The animation is very neat and lively even by TV standards.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Some early episodes contain mild violence and murder. But in a kids' show?
  • The Woobie: The stories have several.

Alternative Title(s): Book Of Virtues


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