Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Why I'm Loving "Phineas & Ferb"

As I mentioned in my "Bachelor" recap, Kel is on vacation this week, and she's been periodically updating her Facebook. I especially got a smile when I saw this photo:

(From left, our mom, Kel, and our aunt)

Not only does it amuse me that Kel is wearing a matching shirt with our mom and aunt (which they've been doing all week), but I also love the shirt they're wearing.

If you don't recognize the wonderful figure on their shirt, well, you're missing out on one of the funniest shows on TV: "Phineas & Ferb." 

"Phineas & Ferb" is a Disney show for children, but don't let that fool you. My husband and I don't have children, yet we've been known to sit down on a Saturday afternoon and watch a couple of hours of the show. It's just that hilarious.

The show, for the uninitiated, follows stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb as they try to figure out things to do on summer vacation, normally by inventing something huge and amazing in their backyard. Their older sister, Candace, is always trying to bust them to their parents. 

There's also always a plotline about their pet platypus, Perry, who they don't know is a secret agent. Perry is always trying to defeat his nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz. If you can't tell, Perry is on the matching shirts above. Doofenshmirtz' crazy schemes, and the way Perry foils them, are one of the best things about each episode.

There are a lot of reasons to love "Phineas & Ferb," but the main reason is that it's absolutely hilarious. The show features a lot of extremely witty jokes that are genuinely funny for adults. Sure, there's some childish humor, but most of the jokes are very clever.

I also love the great morals in "Phineas & Ferb." The most obvious lesson has to do with being creative and having fun doing it. You rarely see Phineas and Ferb watching TV or playing video games. They might get an idea of something to do from TV or a video game or a movie, but then they go out, get together with their friends and play. I'm obviously not opposed to TV or movies or video games - I enjoy them a lot - but it's also important to go out and do things.

The other great moral of "Phineas & Ferb" is the importance of family. Phineas and Ferb are stepbrothers, part of a blended family. That is a reality for a lot of kids, and it's not something that kids get to see on TV shows a lot. But more than that, I like the feel that family is what you make it. There are lots of kids who are part of a family that isn't completely "normal" - maybe they have stepsiblings, or they're adopted, or they have a single parent, or something else that makes them feel different. "Phineas & Ferb" is a show that celebrates family without saying that one family makeup is right. They definitely have their disagreements and family drama - especially involving Candace, who is always trying to bust the boys for their crazy antics. But, Phineas and Ferb still do a lot of nice things for Candace, and occasionally, Candace even does nice things for her brothers. In the end, they're a great, happy family.

So, if you've never had the pleasure of watching "Phineas & Ferb," you should definitely do it. If you have kids, watch it with them, but even if you don't, sit down and check out and episode or two. You'll end up loving it!

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