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Recess is an American animated television series created by Joe Ansolabehere and Paul Germain, produced by Walt Disney Television Animation in association with Paul & Joe Productions in the last two seasons. The series intially premiered on a primetime slot on August 31, 1997 on the American Broadcasting Company before it was released at the channel’s One Saturday Morning block on September 13 of that year as the block’s first originals alongside Pepper Ann.

Throughout its four year run, a total of 65 episodes consisting of 127 shorts was broadcasted until November 23, 2001 on UPN’s One Too. On February 16, 2001 School’s Out was released at theaters followed by three straight to video films released in the aforementioned year and 2003.


The series focuses on six elementary school students: TJ Detweiler (Ross Malinger, later Andrew Laurence), Vince LaSalle (Ricky D’Shon Collins), Gus Griswald (Courtland Mead), Mikey Blumberg (Jason Davis), Gretchen Grundler (Ashley Johnson), and Spinelli (Pamela Segall) in their campus 3rd Street held by the sour Ms. Finster. Most of their adventures are targeted on the sextet protecting it from King Bob and his minions the kindergarteners.

Why It Rocks

  1. Though it is more common on preschool oriented programming, the main characters let alone Spinelli are thoroughly voiced by actual children of their respective gender.
  2. The conception of having children being outside for the school day is an incredibly smart example to be active.
  3. As mentioned in the lead, the series gave birth to a full length motion picture subtitled School’s Out in 2001.
  4. The intro song was powerfully arranged in a somewhat militant nature.
  5. A plethora of likable casts, including the main six. They control a unique type of demeanor TJ the heroic frontman, Vince a sport-obsessed kid, Spinelli the fiery male-oriented femme, Gretchen the nerd and smart girl, Mikey a delicate and soft poet, and Gus the jinx who was raised from a militant lifestyle to stay active.
  6. Infinite truckloads of imaginative but sometimes impossible hijinks.
  7. Easy-going and fluid doodles in a Rugrats-type vein.
  8. Unforgettable episodics such as the economics one and a few dozen.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some handfuls of terrible episodes e.g. Nobody Doesn’t Like TJ , but not too too much.
  2. A few jerky characters including the stereotypically girly quartet of Ashleys.
  3. The sixth and final volume looked very poor since it featured a few episodes of season five.
  4. The series can become rather vile and cruel at a couple moments.
  5. To the horror of many who screened the series as a childhood staple, Jason Davis, Mikey’s voice actor crossed the rainbow bridge on February 16, 2020 from an accidental overdose at 35.