Day: March 8, 2008

Kid Rivalry: Nickelodeon Vs. Disney Channel

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There are rivalries between Batman and the Joker, James Bond and Blofeld, and countless others. One notable rivalry is between networks the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, the networks responsible for some of the famous shows your tweens are crazy about. I have a review of each network and some of their shhows.

Disney Channel

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The show, which is about twins who live in a hotel, is funny enough, using slapstick as a key formula in the series. Dylan and Cole Sprouse (Cole played Ross’s son on Friends) play Zack and Cody, respectively, who get into all sorts of shenanigans. Dylan is very swift and quick as a prankster who often falls by the wayside. It seems to come naturally, while Cole’s geek Cody seems to be a tired formula. He tries way too hard to be nerdy. The real stars are the self absorbed rich London (Brenda Song) and Maddie (Ashley Tisdale). The two battle it out in every episode which earns the show’s most laughs. Though, the self referential jokes are tiring, mentioning Disney’s sleeper success High School Musicaland pretending that Maddie looks nothing like Ashley Tisdale, who co-starred in High School Musical

Grade: B+

Hannah Montana
The show Hannah Montana chronicles the life of a pop superstar living each day as an ordinary tween and each night partying away at concerts. I’ve heard it all before. It’s much like superheroeslike Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman, all of whom lead separate, normal lives in the real world. Miley Cyrus is peachy as Miley Stewart, and Cyrus’s real father, Billy Ray, plays her on-screen father. The family colloquials get tiring after 5 times in one episode. The “Sweet Niblets!” are really annoying after a while. It is a question whether Ms. Cyrus has a good voice? Some may concur, while others may say she has an effect that most won’t remember in coming years. I don’t think it’s all that.
Grade: B-

Spongebob Squarepants
Spongebob Squarepants is a cute, peppy little guy who goes to work at the Krusty Krab, home of the Krabby Patty, run by the greediest man since…well you think about that for a little bit. Even though parents may find the potty humor immature, it’s probably the funniest, most well written, and smartest kid show in a long time. With many a laugh for the ones who get the humor, and a few giggles for the youg’ens, Spongebob is the show to go to when all else on television is impure and scadalous.
Grade: A

Drake & Josh
It’s definitely not the smartest show on TV, but it’s okay. I’m talkin about Drake & Josh, the show about a slacker and a nerd who become brothers. Haven’t we heard this before. The show is aimed at teens. It’s repetitive with bad sets and odd jokes.
Grade: C+

So you’ve just had a small taste of the networks. Who’s better: Nick. Even though some shows are totally brainless, the little yellow sponge takes it home for the team.

Nick: B+
Disney: B