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Recess is probably one of the greatest animated shows I've ever seen. I didn't catch the show premiering (too young to remember), but I definetly remember starting to watch it during its' second season.
The show had excelent characters, a realistic yet cute art style, great episodes, and some awesome voice acting. Everyone's voice suited their characters. Like Hey Arnold and Ka Blam, Recess also primarily used a kid cast for the kid characters.
The show doesn't have too many flaws. The only ones I can find are the digitally colored episodes usually have weirder animation, making them look like the cutscenes in a Humongous Entertainment game from the mid-1990s. Also, I really loathed Myles Jeffrey's portrayal of T.J. in the direct-to-video movies; he just sounded too wimpy.
Looking back, I think I enjoy this show more now that I'm older, as I get more of the jokes that flew over me as a kid. But with it's witty humor, sly inside jokes, and lovable characters, we can all agree that Recess was nothing short of, "Tender".
When I began watching this show I was the same age as the main cast and watching it again now makes me realise two things: 1) I still don't have as much swag as these guys do and I probably never will and 2) Nostalgia filter aside this show is still really good. It turns out that Disney's Recess wasn't just a fun little kids' show but actually contained a series of social metaphors and clever jokes that went right over my little nine-year-old head.
Recess was a good show then and now you'll probably think it's even better!
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