Wendell & Vinnie

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Wendell & Vinnie
Wendell & Vinnie Title Screen.jpg
Genre Comedy
Created by Jay Kogen
Starring
Theme music composer Mauli B
Mateo Laboriel
Opening theme “Never Felt So Good”
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jay Kogen
Aaron Kaplan
Co-executive producers:
Steve Skrovan
Susan Beavers
Producer(s)
Location(s) Warner Bros. Studios
Burbank, California
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Passable Entertainment
Kapital Entertainment
Nickelodeon Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon[1]
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run February 16, 2013 – September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22)
External links
Website

Wendell & Vinnie is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Nickelodeon on February 16, 2013 and ran until September 22, 2013.[2][3] The series stars Jerry Trainor and Buddy Handleson. The first official promo for the show was released on December 21, 2012.

On August 15, 2013, Nickelodeon cancelled Wendell & Vinnie after one season and the remaining six episodes began airing on August 18, 2013.[4][5]

Production[edit]

After Cartoon Network began programming shows with an PG rating, Nickelodeon started development on TV shows that were more 18+-oriented than their regular programming. Writing and filming of Wendell & Vinnie began in late 2011/early 2012 at Warner Brothers Studios,[6] and the show had its first official promotion on December 21, 2012. It premiered on February 16, 2013.

Plot[edit]

Vinnie is the owner of a pop culture memorabilia store and lives in Los Angeles without a care in the world. After his nephew's parents suddenly die six months before the setting of the show, Vinnie finds himself as the legal guardian of his wise-beyond-his-years nephew, Wendell. With a little help from Vinnie's sister, Wilma, and his next-door neighbor, Taryn, Vinnie gets the hang of being a parent. At the same time, Wendell finds himself trying to keep his immature uncle under control.[7][8]

Cast[edit]

  • Jerry Trainor as Vinnie, the true child of the two. He even says in one episode, "I know what 12-year-old boys like 'cause I've been one for 20 years!" He runs a pop culture memorabilia business, and is fond of video games, comic books, and eating junk food. He realizes that he was given custody for Wendell because Wendell’s parents wanted to give Vinnie a chance and knew that Wendell is making his way no matter where he lives.
  • Buddy Handleson as Wendell Bassett, an intelligent 12-year-old who has a number of hobbies. His parents died six months before the events of the show, so he lives with his uncle. He is stereotypically nerdy and does not have many friends. He enjoys magic tricks and homework (so much so that he even created a fictional student named Jeremy in order to get more homework).
  • Nicole Sullivan as Wilma Bassett, Vinnie's older sister, Wendell’s aunt, and personal injury attorney. She does not understand why Wendell’s parents left Vinnie in charge and wants to be Wendell’s legal guardian for herself. She often tries to get men to date her, even if it means she must be dishonest—as in pretending she went to the same high school as a man she was attracted to or using a fake profile picture on an online dating website and claiming to be Persian.
  • Haley Strode[9] as Taryn Kleinberg, the beautiful recently divorced new neighbor of Wendell and Vinnie and close friend of the two. She comes from Houston, Texas. Vinnie was originally attracted to her but she rejected him after Vinnie stopped on asking her out he asks out someone else and she said yes. At the end of season 1, Taryn noticed that she loves Vinnie and shares a kiss with him but then Vinnie tells her that he's involved with someone else.
  • Angelique Terrazas as Lacy, Wendell's best friend whom he met in detention. She threatened him at first, but then she revealed that she is not really mean, but just wanted to look tough in front of her friends. She sometimes gets Wendell into trouble—Wendell's grandfather considers her a bad influence—but Wendell still likes her. She enjoys eating corn dogs. It is revealed that Vinnie is in a scrapbook club with Lacy's grandmother.

Episodes[edit]

No. No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Vinnie & Wendell"[10] John Fortenberry Jay Kogen February 16, 2013 (2013-02-16) 101 2.3[11]
Vinnie is a guardian of his twelve year old nephew Wendell. Vinnie tries to ask his new neighbor Taryn out, but she refuses. When Wendell is bullied in school because of his intellectual appearance, Vinnie tries to help him be more popular by teaching him to ride a skateboard. But at the park, Vinnie gets distracted while talking to Taryn, and Wendell gets hurt. Wilma comes to the hospital to visit her nephew. Social Services comes to the apartment investigate the accident and to determine whether Vinnie is a good guardian. Taryn helps him to prepare and cook dinner, but they make kung pao chicken, which has peanuts, to which Wendell is allergic. He has to go to the hospital again. The inspector from Social Services Department sees the reports of twelve recent visits to the emergency room, and wants to take Wendell away from Vinnie and give him over to Wilma's care, but they all three inform him that Vinnie had been the patient for the earlier visits. Vinnie remains Wendell's guardian.
2 "Rule Breakers & Date Makers"[12] Adam Weissman Matt Fleckenstein February 23, 2013 (2013-02-23) 106 2.4[13][14]
3 "Mock Law & Order" John Fortenberry Steven James Meyer March 2, 2013 (2013-03-02) 102 2.3[15][16]
4 "Abra & Cadabra"[17] Victor Gonzalez Andrew Hill Newman March 9, 2013 (2013-03-09) 109 2.4[18]
When Wendell wants to become an amateur magician, Vinnie is afraid that Wendell will fail, as he did.
5 "Valentine's & the Cultural Experience"[17] Rob Schiller Steve Skrovan March 16, 2013 (2013-03-16) 105 2.1[19]
6 "Big Dogs & Bicycles"[17] Leonard R. Garner, Jr. Steve Skrovan March 30, 2013 (2013-03-30) 110 1.4[20]
7 "Wendell & The Sleepover"[17] Rob Schiller Susan Beavers April 6, 2013 (2013-04-06) 104 1.6[21]
8 "Baseball & Bad Dates"[17] Jon Rosenbaum Harry Hannigan May 2, 2013 (2013-05-02) [22] 103 1.6[23]

Vinnie wants to teach Wendell to love baseball, but dislikes how Wendell likes the Yankees.

Note: This episode was originally meant to air on April 20, 2013 but was rescheduled due to unknown reasons. Some websites incorrectly list it as S01E10. This was the first new episode to air on a Thursday rather than Saturday.
9 "Fathers Of Fathers & Sons"[17] Victor Gonzalez Susan Beavers May 9, 2013 (2013-05-09) 114 1.5[25]
Vinnie's father believes that Lacy is a bad influence on Wendell, so he tells him to tell Wendell to make some other friends, but they end up being jerks.[24]
10 "Pick Ups & Drop Offs" Rob Schiller Harry Hannigan May 16, 2013 117 1.3[26]
11 "The Dutch & Us" Victor Gonzalez Elliott Owen May 23, 2013 108 1.5[27]
Wendell bonds with a new Dutch student, who then ditches Wendell for the popular kids. However, Vinnie finds a way to reunite the two of them.
12 "Sick & Tired" Rob Schiller Matt Fleckenstein May 30, 2013 115 1.1[28]
13 "Lost & Found"[29] Jay Kogen Allan Rice June 6, 2013 118 1.4[30]
The guys find a tote bag and try to locate its owner, but Wendell underestimates Vinnie's detective skills.
14 "Swindle & Vinnie"[29] Victor Gonzalez Jay Kogen June 13, 2013 119 1.3[31]
15 "Vinnie & The Toad"[29] Rob Schiller Shawn Simmons August 18, 2013 111 1.1[32]

Vinnie meets up with an old friend the toad, who attempts to get them tickets to Vinnie's hero Jack White. Meanwhile, Wilma takes care of Wendell.

Note: This episode premiered in June 2013 on Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland).
16 "Vinnie & The Man Crush"[29] Leonard R. Garner, Jr. Laurie Parres August 25, 2013 116 0.8[33]
17 "Of Mothers & Gardens"[17] Adam Weissman Max Burnett September 1, 2013 107 0.8[35]

[34]

Note: This episode premiered in June 2013 on Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland).
18 "Smart Girls & Dumb Guys"[17] Rob Schiller Chuck Hayward September 8, 2013 113 1.0[36]
19 "Wendell's & Vinnie's"[17] Victor Gonzalez Shawn Simmons September 15, 2013 112 0.7[37]
20 "First Dances & Last Chances" Rob Schiller Max Burnett & Andrew Hill Newman September 22, 2013 120 0.6[38]
Note: This is the series finale.

International broadcast[edit]

Country Channel Release Date Title in Country
 United States Nickelodeon
Nick at Nite
February 16, 2013 Wendell & Vinnie
 United Kingdom Nickelodeon June 10, 2013 Wendell & Vinnie
 Canada
YTV August 12, 2013[39] Wendell & Vinnie
 Brazil Nickelodeon December 9, 2013[40] Wendell & Vinnie
 South Africa Nickelodeon January 26, 2014 Wendell & Vinnie
 Germany Nickelodeon October 4, 2014 Wendell & Vinnie

Reception[edit]

Wendell & Vinnie received some negative reviews. Common Sense Media gave the show 2 out of 5 stars saying "Lackluster sitcom has mixed messages about parenting."[41]

References[edit]

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