Disney Channel, Fridays 9:30/8:30c
Synopsis: Phineas and Ferb only have 104 days of summer vacation and they want to make the most of every one! Each day they come up with a new fun activity to do: building a vehicle that will allow them to travel all over the world on the longest day of the year, making a theme park in the back yard, creating a machine that will let them figure out what animals are saying…the sky is the limit. With their sister Candace doing her best to try and get them in trouble with their parents, Phineas and Ferb find creative ways to stay busy while keeping their parents from finding out or blowing up the house.
I have to admit: I was a Candace growing up with a younger brother…in the sense that everything he did had me running and calling for my mother to do something about whatever he was or wasn’t doing that annoyed me. There are several things I like about this show: the main characters are smart and inventive, Doffenshmirtz is funny as a villain always trying to keep up with Agent P (Phineas and Ferb’s pet Perry the Platypus), it is accurate in its presentation of relationships between siblings, and well, it’s funny. It’s a show about all the things we wish we could do during summer vacation but either can’t or don’t. I like the fact that it is a show that has smart characters, which I think is a rarity in tween/teen television today – I’m totally dating myself here, but having grown up with shows like Saved by the Bell, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Doug, and Rocko’s Modern Life, I can honestly say that they don’t make TV shows like they used to anymore. Phineas and Ferb not only had fun characters, but they’re on a mission to make their summer fun without causing any major havoc or doing things that seem a little dishonest or unorthodox. Some of the humor might go over younger viewers heads, but it’s still got a lot of the humor that appeals to younger viewers as well.