The Fairly OddParents is an American animated fantasy comedy television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. The series centers on a 10 year old boy named Timmy Turner who has his once miserable life turned upside down granted by his fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda as well as his tyrannical teenage caregiver Vicky and sometimes his parents.
The series initially debuted as 10 7-minute short films made for the animation showcase Oh Yeah! Cartoons in 1998, which also was the original home of Frederator Studios’ two other series My Life as a Teenage Robot and ChalkZone in turn beginning as short films and turning into full-fledged series for the network. After said incubator ended its run with the final short Super Humor, the series premiered on March 30, 2001, and ended on July 26, 2017 at Nicktoons Network after 10 seasons. Initially canceled on November 25, 2006 the same day Jimmy Neutron concluded, it was brought back for three additional seasons
After its cancellation, Hartman retired from Nickelodeon in February 2018 with his final series made for the channel Bunsen is a Beast ended in the same year.
Timmy Turner is a 10-year-old boy who as described in the theme song “an average kid that no one understands“, in the fictional California city of Dimmsdale and at first was cruelty abused by his vicious babysitter Vicky, after tortured relentlessly by her and making his life miserable, he was granted a pair of fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda to lighten up his misery by wish-granting. However, most of these go haywire in nearly every episode. Other characters featured are his parents, Chester, A.J, and Poof.
Why These Seasons Rock
- The characters were extremely likeable including Timmy, Cosmo, Wanda, and his own parents. Until the intensely loathed final two seasons premiered, Chloe and Sparky were completely absent from these marvelous eight.
- The series has a decent and unique animation art style courtesy of production company Frederator Studios.
- A very stark array of clean voice acting from Tara Strong, Daran Norris, Susanne Blakeslee, Grey DeLisle, Carlos Alazraqui, Jason Marsden, and although as a guest, Debi Derryberry.
- The show has excellent morals in some episodes, including to eschew the extensive compulsion of junk food in Just Desserts.
- A terrifically structured Broadway like theme song, enough to cause a massive earworm. Bonus points that it crossed paths with Jimmy’s theme in the three crossover specials.
- Two years after its initial cancellation, baby Poof became a starring character despite appearing less in the notorious last two seasons.
- On the topic of WIR #5 the series crossed over thrice with fellow Nicktoon The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, with the art styles mismatching both series. While Timmy was stuck in his 3D world of Retroville he described it as bulgy with vice versa of Jimmy stuck in his 2D world of Dimmsdale as flat.
- Clever humor that never loses its charm, being free of toilet humor.
- Speaking of the crossovers, the core trio made an appearance on the show that completely butchered Hartman’s career Bunsen is a Beast.
- Back to WIR #3, the show has plenty of celebrity voice actors including Alec Baldwin lending his vocals to Timmy’s future self in the Channel Chasers movie.
- A greatly constructed ruleset going by the name of Da Rules. It serves as the fairy version of the law.
- Plenty of magnificent antagonist including the Anti-Fairies, Vicky the Evil Babysitter, Mr. Denzel Crocker, and the Pixies.
- Although most of Timmy’s wish-granting goes wrong, he still receives a happy ending nevertheless.
- Even before Seasons 9 and 10, there were a fair share of bad episodes, such as Love-struck!, It's a Wishful Life, Timmy's 2-D House of Horror!, Sooper Poof, Vicky Gets Fired, Open Wide and Say Aaagh!, Crocker Shocker and the 10th anniversary special, Timmy's Secret Wish!
• On the subject of the last episode, it was an atrocious way of celebrating the series' 10th birthday.
- Some episodes have false messages including the aforementioned It’s a Wishful Life about doing stuff that should not be deeply appreciated. The moral is incredibly rude since appreciation is a trait for achieving something truly outstanding. Also on Vicky Gets Fired, bullying should be taken in a calm and orderly fashion, not in a violent nature as what she did to Timmy albeit a bloodless carnage. In real life, she would have been arrested for performing such crimes.
- Dozens of ultra under-used characters such as Veronica. A third wheel of Timmy’s love interest after the highly utilized Trixie and Tootie with the latter having an extreme obsession head over heels and the former’s narcissist personality which she lacks in her entirety.
- A couple of characters can morph into being unlikable such as Cosmo and Timmy’s dad doing extremely stupid and empty-headed shenanigans in nearly every installment.
- Starting in Season 6, it jumped the shark by adding a baby called Poof, but the show was still great to watch. But then it jumped the shark again in the ninth season and experienced a massive decline in quality by adding a dog called Sparky, and even more massive in the tenth season when they added Chloe Carmichael.
- Though being a benevolently mentored scope, most good messages were never shown broadly, only from the form of oral passing.