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TV Series Review

Pranksters Harold Hutchins and George Beard are just trying to survive fourth grade at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School. But that’s harder than it looks in a school filled with as many characters as this one has—including one or two who’d like nothing better than to take Harold and George down a notch.

Jealous Melvin always looks for ways to destroy Harold and George. The school’s also home to goofy Erica, incompetent Steve ‘Gooch’ Yamaguchi, silly Bo—not to mention sassy Jessica with her two minions, Sophie One and Other Sophie. But perhaps the boys’ most troublesome nemesis is Mr. Krupp—Horowitz’s grouchy, temperamental principal who constantly gives George and Harold the hardest time.

Not to worry, Harold and George have their ways of coping: they write comics. When life seems too tough or too boring or too blah, they just conjure up a few drawings that bring their wild imaginations to life and bam! Life is suddenly tolerable.

Plus, their comics have superpowers. No, seriously. One day, Harold and George hypnotize Mr. Krupp with George’s hypno-ring to become Captain Underpants, the beloved superhero from their hand-drawn comics. Now, when Mr. Krupp gets too, uh, kruppy, Harold and George call on Captain Underpants in all his tighty-whitey glory to take his place. So whether it’s in school or at Lake Summer Camp in Season 3, George and Harold always have heroic help.

The Epic Tales Continued

Captain Underpants first started in 1997 as an illustrated children’s novel by author Dav Pilkey. Currently, there are 12 books (along with multiple illustrated spinoffs) translated into over 30 languages. All told, Pilkey has sold 80 million books worldwide.

But that’s not where it ends.

This beloved series came to the big screen in 2017 with Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Now, DreamWorks Animated Television has taken Captain Underpants, spun him into a series and plopped him down on Netflix. The character already has three seasons under his stretchy waistband.

Silly and packed with toilet humor, Captain Underpants stays true to its original themes while adding some imaginative curves, and new characters, along the way. And though it may be fun to see a well-loved novel come to life, parents should know that it comes with the same issues as the books themselves. Science experiments go awry, attitudes flair, mean comments occasionally get tossed about and toilet-themed jokes fill each 24-minute episode.

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Episode Reviews

July 19, 2019: “Captain Underpants and the Polarizing Plight of the Pitiless Poopetrators.”



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Nat Faxon as Captain Underpants; Jay Gragnani as Harold; Ramone Hamilton as George; Sean Astin as Narrator; Peter Hastings as Comic Narrator; Jorge Diaz as Melvin; Dayci Brookshire as Jessica; Erica Luttrell as Erica; Evan Kishiyama as Steve 'Gooch' Yamaguchi; David Koechner as Mr. Meaner; Patty Mattson as Miss Anthrope; Brennan Murray as Bo Hweemuth; Laraine Newman as Ms. Ribble; Nolan North as Cash Networth






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Kristin Smith

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