Why not? Running gags have a long, honorable history of screen humor, and I don't see Phineas and Ferb being any different in that regard. I can understand if people don't think the gag is funny (or that it's not funny any more, which is not the same thing), but it seems like a lot of the complaints about Phineas and Ferb is simply that they are doing infinite variations on the same two gags ("Ferb, I know what we're going to do today!" and "Curse you, Perry the Platypus!"). Not sure which you're complaining about, but then again I haven't been keeping up with the show since they started being so miserly with new episodes.
Originally Posted by The ShopSoldier
Then again, I expect many of the same complaints would be emerging about doing "the same thing we do every night, Pinky" if the Internet were more widespread at the time.
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Originally Posted by ed liu
The complaints about Phineas and Ferb being repetitive started mostly about a year ago (Some people complained about it before then, but not as much as they've been doing for the past year or so). Before then, it was a very popular cartoon and considered the "only good modern cartoon" prior to Adventure Time, Regular Show, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.etc.
Originally Posted by Ed Liu
Phineas and Ferb's popularity mainly came from the fact that it was the most bearable cartoon on at the time and it had the nostalgia factor to it. It felt like the type of cartoon that you would get in the 90s. I also think with the other shows coming along, I think it killed the novelty of Phineas and Ferb.
I think the popularity of Gravity Falls has put a huge damper on the popularity of Phineas and Ferb and thus, not only declining in popularity and ratings but evidentally showing that Phineas and Ferb is unfortunately not the big hit that Disney Channel wanted it to be. It's enough for the theatrical movie to be cancelled.
I'm in the camp of people that love both Phineas and Ferb and Gravity Falls despite their fandom rivalry. If Phineas and Ferb does end, I think it would be really beneficial for the show so that people can look on it years on and regard the show as a classic.
Admittedly, Phineas and Ferb did suffer from alot of hate in the last 2 years (Close to Johnny Test level of hate, but thankfully not as bad). Around early this year and in the summer, virtually every site and review was criticising the show when bringing it up. The hate has calmed down as of now but I don't think the show's future is looking too good. I would rather the show die peacefully if it is ending than to continue or be revived at the last minute and get really stale (like a certain yellow sponge).
Last edited by CartoonFreak95; 01-08-2014 at 08:58 AM.
Why are we even worrying about the show ending when there are many exciting things to look forward to like Act Your Age and the Star Wars crossover?
Yeah at least Phineas & Ferb got plenty of seasons and we won't have to worry about it going downhill like Spongebob and The Fairly OddParents.
Originally Posted by 09MurphyM
Actually, the show has had different writing teams. The first season had alot of writers from the first 3 SpongeBob seasons (Which is probably why many fans consider the first season to be the best). However, by the time the second season had come out, Adventure Time was in production and they left Phineas and Ferb to work on it. The second season had a few new writers but some old within the mix but the third season had for the most part, entirely new people. Like I said, I don't feel the show has declined too badly and still pulls out great episodes and hasn't declined enough for me to not like the new episodes and feels merely consistent to me (More so than SpongeBob anyway).
Originally Posted by Butterstar
Even with the show not being as good as it used to be (But still fairly good), it still deserves it's legacy for being the first cartoon in a while to actually virtually (emphasis on virtually) gain SpongeBob levels of success, the first cartoon in a while to get the adults attention as well as kids and the first modern cartoon that is actually good.
However as a long-time fan of the show, I wouldn't mind seeing it end. It is really sad that the show never shared SpongeBob or Rugrats level success (Around the time of this show's peak, I was really satisfied with the success of Phineas and Ferb and thought it was going to have that level of success) like Disney Channel wanted it to, but I think it should end before it becomes SpongeBob.
1: Season 1 set the standard for the show and had what I call the "classic episodes" and the "classic songs".
Originally Posted by CartoonFreak95
2: I agree. The show needs to end because the episodes are starting to decrease their quality.
For me, Seasons 1 and 2 (And the first half of Season 3) were the golden age of the show. It had consistently great episodes (With Candace Gets Busted being the only one I hated) and it truly was the best cartoon on TV at the time.
Even now, the show hasn't properly declined yet but it's just not as good as it once was due to a different writing team. It's also worth noting that one of the reasons the show was popular has sadly worn off. One of the reasons is that it harkened back to cartoons of the 90s and it was the first creative cartoon in so long (But it didn't really catch on as much, until 2009-2011). When Regular Show, Adventure Time, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and especially Gravity Falls came along, Phineas and Ferb's novelty wore off because it wasn't the only decent modern cartoon on TV anymore. However the old episodes are still brilliant to me. They still make good episodes but again, I'd prefer it to end before it becomes stale.