What To Binge This Weekend: ‘Phineas And Ferb’

I don’t have Disney+, at least not yet. I will in time. I just needed to give it an opportunity to build up more stuff for me to want to watch. I’m not some lover of Disney films or anything, so I don’t care about that vault. Maybe once those Marvel shows start airing I’ll jump in. However, if you already have your Disney+, I have a recommendation for you. As I am a grown man, needless to say I am recommending a cartoon primarily for children that didn’t begin airing until I was well into adulthood.

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I apologize for nothing. The show in question is Phineas and Ferb. It used to be on Netflix, which is where I found it. Look, I enjoy animation. Also, this is one of those classic shows that is “for kids” but is really for a general audience. The folks behind the show even went as far as to say it’s not so much a show that’s for kids, but rather a show that doesn’t leave them out of a potential audience.

The show focuses on two step brothers, Phineas and his largely-silent brother Ferb. They are on summer vacation. Literally for almost the entire run of the show they are on their break from school. They want to make it the best summer ever, so they and their friends come up with something fun to do every day. It goes to insane levels. Like, they will make a roller coaster that goes through the entire town. Their sister Candace always tries to bust them, but she always fails. Also, they have a pet platypus named Perry. Needless to say, he’s also a secret agent who has to foil his nemesis, the evil, but inept, Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

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That’s how every episode goes pretty much, which is partially why I like it, and why I started to binge it myself. It’s one of those shows where each episode is two 11-minute stories. I found it very soothing to watch at the end of the day. It’s relaxing. The rhythms of the show never really change. Every episode is strikingly similar, but different enough not to get repetitive…mostly. Sometimes there is a bit too much of the same thing, which is why it’s a really good cartoon and not a great one. We aren’t talking Scooby-Doo level repetition, but it’s there.

However, the show is a delight! It’s so bright and pleasant in its animation style. It’s a funny show, too. Genuinely, truly funny. That’s especially true of my two favorite characters, neither of which is Phineas or Ferb (if Ferb is one of your favorite characters that’s a pose and you know it). Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Candace are both truly great characters. Candace is always trying to get her brothers in trouble, but she is not a villain. They give her a lot of sympathy. She’s just a high-strung teenage girl racked with anxiety trying to do her best. Dr. Doofenshmirtz is an evil scientist by trade, but even he isn’t that bad of a guy all the time. Also, he has a delightful voice that makes almost anything he says funny. Oh, and did I mention there’s a song in almost every episode?

If you want to have fun and relax this weekend, you should really check out Phineas and Ferb if you have Disney+. It’s a great way to unwind. If you start from the beginning, give it a few episodes to get rolling. It’s worth it. I wish it was still on Netflix. I guess I will have to wait until I have Disney+ to get those summer vacation vibes again.

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