The Amazing World of Gumball (season 2)

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The Amazing World of Gumball (season 2)
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Country of origin United Kingdom
United States
No. of episodes 40
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run August 7, 2012 – December 3, 2013
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List of The Amazing World of Gumball episodes

The second season of the British-American animated television series series The Amazing World of Gumball, created by Ben Bocquelet, originally aired on Cartoon Network in the United States. The season debuted on August 7, 2012 and ended on December 3, 2013. This season consists of 40 episodes. The season focuses on the misadventures of Gumball Watterson, a blue 12-year-old cat, along with his adopted brother, Darwin, a goldfish. Together, they cause mischief among their family, as well as with the wide array of students at Elmore Junior High, where they attend middle school.

Development

Concept

The season focuses on the misadventures of Gumball Watterson, a blue 12-year-old cat, along with his adopted brother, Darwin, a goldfish. Together, they cause mischief among their family, as well as with the wide array of students at Elmore Junior High, where they attend middle school. In a behind-the-scenes video documenting the production of the second season, creator Ben Bocquelet expanded on the development of some of the characters, and how they are based on interactions from his childhood.[1]

Production

Before the series premiered on Cartoon Network, a second season was announced in March 2011, consisting of 40 11-minute episodes.[2] Production for the season started in June of the same year.[2] Executive producer and vice president of Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe, Daniel Lennard stated his enthusiasm in the series as "one of the most exciting animation shows to launch in recent years. Commissioning a second series before the first show has aired shows our absolute commitment and belief in the series and we're hoping audiences the world over will embrace this show as much as we have."[2]

The season marks a visual change from the prior season; Bocquelet states that he and his production staff had to adapt the art style from the first season in order for more complex animations to work within the 2D and 3D environments.[3] In a subsequent interview with World Screen, he retrospectively described the workflow of the season which proved just as difficult as the first for him and his team; he jokingly stated that him and his staff "went into the second series thinking that we were seasoned animation warriors. The second series proved to be quite hard."[4]

Reception and release

Ratings

The season premiered with the episode "The Remote". The episode was watched by 1.805 million viewers,[5] marking a decrease from the first season premiere, which had been viewed by 2.120 million viewers for its premiere.[6] The episode with the highest reported viewers for the season was the medial episode, "The Virus", which was watched by 2.570 million viewers.[7]

Reviews and accolades

Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly gave the season premiere "The Remote" a favorable review. In his article, he praised the visuals, namely "the sophisticated composition of the characters and the show's mastery of pop fun [appealing] to older viewers as well [as young viewers]."[8]

Episodes

The Amazing World of Gumball season 2 episodes
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Original air date[9] Production
code[10]
U.S. viewers
(in millions)
37 1 "The Remote" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07) GB202 1.805[5]
The family fights for control of the television remote when they realize everything each of them wants to watch comes on at the same time.
38 2 "The Colossus" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14) GB208 1.591[11]
When Gumball and Darwin upset Hector, Elmore's resident giant, they must stop him from going on a rampage across the city.
39 3 "The Knights" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves August 21, 2012 (2012-08-21) GB201
N/A
Gumball and Tobias compete for Penny's affection by putting on a mock medieval duel.
40 4 "The Fridge" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves September 4, 2012 (2012-09-04) GB203 2.001[12]
Nicole discovers Gumball has no ambition, so she decides to turn him into a winner.
41 5 "The Flower" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves September 11, 2012 (2012-09-11) GB207 1.992[13]
When Gumball sees Leslie with Penny, he is overcome with uncontrollable jealousy.
42 6 "The Banana" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont September 11, 2012 (2012-09-11)
N/A
1.992[13]
Darwin lends his pen to Banana Joe but, when it comes back chewed, Gumball's thoughts turn to revenge.
43 7 "The Phone" Ben Bocquelet, Chris Garbutt, & Mic Graves September 18, 2012 (2012-09-18) GB204 1.827[14]
When Gumball and Darwin get their first cell phone, they foolishly give out their number to their "intense" classmate Ocho. When Darwin gets addicted to the phone, Gumball takes the phone and accidentally sends the wrong message to Ocho, getting the two into a fight.
44 8 "The Job" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves September 18, 2012 (2012-09-18) GB206 1.827[14]
Richard gets a job as a pizza delivery man, which worries Nicole when, at the same time, strange things begin to occur around the neighborhood. When it becomes apparent that Richard has disrupted the balance of the universe by getting a job, his family desperately tries to get him fired.
45 9 "Halloween" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23) GB205 1.705[15]
Carrie takes Gumball, Darwin and Anais to a real haunted house party on Halloween.
46 10 "The Treasure" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25) GB211 1.952[15]
Gumball, Darwin, and Anais uncover a secret that they become convinced will lead them to the Wattersons' hidden family treasure.
47 11 "The Apology" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)
N/A
2.124[16]
Gumball and Darwin are owed apologies by Miss Simian, but she stubbornly refuses to give them and goes to great lengths to prove that they are misbehaved.
48 12 "The Words" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont November 13, 2012 (2012-11-13) GB214 1.827[17]
Darwin is too polite to speak his mind, so Gumball teaches him to be more direct.
49 13 "The Skull" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves November 20, 2012 (2012-11-20) GB212 1.864[18]
Clayton accidentally causes destruction in the men's locker room with Gumball and Darwin and lies about what happened to cover up for their deed. However, Gumball and Darwin soon begin to feel his influence.
50 14 "The Bet" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27) GB216 1.618[19]
When Bobert becomes Gumball's servant for a day, Gumball uses the fact that robots obey everyone's command to his advantage.
51 15 "Christmas" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04) GB217 1.697[20]
Santa Claus (voiced by Brian Blessed) gets run over by the Wattersons during a visit to Elmore, so it is up to them to save Christmas.
52 16 "The Watch" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont January 22, 2013 (2013-01-22) GB219 1.749[21]
Gumball and Darwin are forced to retrieve an old family watch from an elderly neighbor.
53 17 "The Bumpkin" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves January 29, 2013 (2013-01-29) GB222 1.840[22]
Envious of his rustic lifestyle, Gumball invites Idaho over to teach the Wattersons how to live outside.
54 18 "The Flakers" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05) GB218 1.647[23]
When Gumball is left by Darwin to get a pounding from Tina, Gumball decides to return the favor.
55 19 "The Authority" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves February 12, 2013 (2013-02-12) GB223 1.779[24]
After Richard is hospitalized from an accident, Granny JoJo becomes overprotective of the family, much to Nicole's disapproval.
56 20 "The Virus" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont June 5, 2013 (2013-06-05)
N/A
2.570[7]
An evil virus seeks vengeance on Gumball, Darwin, and Teri after they wipe out his army of bacteria.
57 21 "The Pony" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Mic Graves, Jon Foster, & James Lamont June 12, 2013 (2013-06-12) GB225 1.951[25]
Gumball and Darwin rent a film to watch with Anais, but they keep running into distractions on their way home.
58 22 "The Hero" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves June 19, 2013 (2013-06-19) GB210 1.369[26]
Richard gets upset when he realizes Gumball and Darwin think of him as a laughing stock.
59 23 "The Dream" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson June 26, 2013 (2013-06-26) GB226 1.587[27]
Gumball holds a grudge against Darwin after seeing him kiss Penny in a dream.
60 24 "The Sidekick" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson July 3, 2013 (2013-07-03) GB229 1.757[28]
Gumball and Darwin's attempts to get a game back from Tobias are hampered when Darwin begins to feel like a mere sidekick to Gumball.
61 25 "The Photo" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson July 17, 2013 (2013-07-17)
N/A
1.195[29]
Gumball tries to look good in the school photo.
62 26 "The Tag" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson July 24, 2013 (2013-07-24) GB230 1.421[30]
Gumball and Darwin get caught in the middle of a trash can feud between Richard and Mr. Robinson.
63 27 "The Storm" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Jon Foster, & James Lamont July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31) GB221 1.566[31]
A plot to improve Alan and Carmen's relationship backfires, and Gumball has to reunite them.
64 28 "The Lesson" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson August 7, 2013 (2013-08-07) GB227 1.423[32]
Gumball and Darwin cheat on their math test, which results in them getting detention.
65 29 "The Game" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson August 21, 2013 (2013-08-21) GB231 1.569[33]
The Wattersons must survive a bizarre game of Dodge or Dare to the end.
66 30 "The Limit" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, Chris Garbutt, & James Lamont August 28, 2013 (2013-08-28) GB213 1.410[34]
Nicole turns into a raging monster at the supermarket after being repeatedly pestered by her family to buy candy.
67 31 "The Voice" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson September 10, 2013 (2013-09-10) GB224 1.957[35]
When Gumball and Darwin receive a threatening e-mail, everyone is a suspect—including themselves.
68 32 "The Promise" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17) GB232 1.464[36]
Darwin wants to delay a promise to play video games with Gumball in order to ease tensions with Banana Joe.
69 33 "The Castle" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01) GB235 1.653[37]
Richard takes charge of the house in Nicole's absence, but his lack of rules soon attracts unwelcome guests.
70 34 "The Boombox" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08) GB234 1.461[38]
Gumball and Darwin try to understand Juke's urgent beatbox message.
71 35 "The Tape" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15) GB238 1.441[39]
Gumball and Darwin film a series of skits with their video camera.
72 36 "The Sweaters" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont November 5, 2013 (2013-11-05) GB237 1.580[40]
To their uninterest, Gumball and Darwin's reputations are challenged by two human students from a neighboring high school.
73 37 "The Internet" Yann Benedi, Ben Bocquelet, Guillaume Cassuto, & Antoine Perez November 12, 2013 (2013-11-12) GB239 1.504[41]
Gumball accidentally uploads a video of himself to Elmore Stream which goes viral, and he is forced to personally confront the Internet to have it taken down.
74 38 "The Plan" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson November 19, 2013 GB240 1.533[42]
Thinking that their mother is being courted by a man named "Daniel Lennard", the Watterson children come up with a plan to save her.
75 39 "The World" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson November 26, 2013 GB236 1.878[43]
The lives of the "inanimate" objects of Elmore are shown in a series of short skits.
76 40 "The Finale" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tobi Wilson December 3, 2013 GB233 1.628[44]
The Wattersons are surprised to discover that their past actions have consequences.

References

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