Wayside (TV series)

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Wayside
Wayside title.jpg
Also known as Wayside School
Created by Louis Sachar (books)
Developed by John Derevlany
Written by John Derevlany
Directed by Riccardo Durante
Voices of Mark Rendall
Denise Oliver
Lisa Ng
Martin Villafana
Kathleen Laskey
Kedar Brown
Sergio Di Zio
Jayne Eastwood
Theme music composer James Robertson
Opening theme "Fly by the Wayside", performed by Skye Sweetnam
Ending theme "Fly by the Wayside" (instrumental)
Composer(s) Scott Bucsis
Country of origin United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (and 1 pilot) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Scott Dyer
Doug Murphy
Lin Oliver
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Nelvana
Release
Original network Teletoon
Nickelodeon
Toons.TV
Original release November 19, 2005 (2005-11-19)[1] – January 15, 2008 (2008-01-15)[1]

Wayside (also known as Wayside School) is a Canadian-American animated comedy television series developed by John Derevlany for Teletoon and Nickelodeon. The series centres on Todd, a transfer student who attends Wayside, an offbeat 30-story elementary school. It is loosely based on the Wayside School books by Louis Sachar, although several elements differ between the two works.

Derevlany conceived Wayside in 2003, leading to an hour-long television special pilot titled Wayside: The Movie that aired in 2005. Teletoon greenlit two seasons of Wayside consisting of thirteen half-hour episodes each, and they aired from 2007 to 2008; the series also aired briefly on Nickelodeon during this time. Reruns of the show had also aired on Nicktoons Network from June 25, 2007 until it was removed from U.S. Television completely on April 5, 2010. The show currently airs on YTV.

Wayside received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its clever and off-beat humour, though some criticized its differences with the Wayside School book series. The series was nominated for a "Best TV Series for Children" at the 2008 Cartoons on the Bay award ceremony. The pilot episode and the first season are both available on DVD.

Premise[edit]

Setting[edit]

Wayside takes place in the fictional Wayside School, an unusual Escher-esque 30-story elementary school. The school had been accidentally built "sideways", with one classroom in each of the 30 stories instead of 30 classrooms on one floor.[2] Like in the books, there are actually 29 floors in the school; the imaginary 19th floor is inhabited by the imaginary Miss Zarves. The series revolves around a new student at the school, named Todd, and his adventures adapting to life as a student at the top floor of Wayside School.

At Wayside, every floor appears to have lockers, stairs, classrooms, doors, and light fixtures. The first floor contains the principal's office;[3] the school campgrounds,[4] the sixteenth floor contains the faculty lounge and pool;[2] the fifteenth floor contains the cafeteria and kitchen;[2] the (technically nonexistent) nineteenth floor contains a chute blocked by wooden boards, which is rumoured to be the classroom of the legendary Ms. Zarves; and the thirtieth floor contains Mrs. Jewls' classroom.[2]

Every floor also appears to be a different colour. To add to the school's Escher-esque style, all of the features of the floors—doors, lockers, stairs, etc.—are placed in very unusual ways, as seen in the Escher artwork, Relativity. All of the floors' features are either right-side up, upside-down, sideways, or suspended high above the floor, as seen with several lockers.

Characters[edit]

The main characters are Todd (voiced by Michael Cera in the pilot; Mark Rendall in the series), a transfer student who attends Mrs. Jewls's class on the thirtieth floor and struggles to adapt and conform to Wayside's offbeat academic structure, but is often picked on at school and gets sent home early on the kindergarten bus for doing nothing wrong; Maurecia (Denise Oliver), a tomboy who wears roller skates and has an enormous crush on Todd; Dana (Lisa Ng), Wayside's resident overachiever who obsessively maintains the school's rules and acts as Myron's campaign manager and best friend; and Myron (Martin Villafana), an overweight and self-centred student who wishes to become class president.

The main members of the school faculty are Mrs. Jewls (Kathy Najimy in the pilot; Kathleen Laskey in the series), Todd's offbeat yet endearing teacher who frequently unfairly punishes Todd for talking and sends him home early on the kindergarten bus; Mr. Kidswatter (Kedar Brown), the uptight and eccentric school principal who does not like doors, as he calls them goozacks, and does not care for the students, as he calls them the What-cha-ma-call-its and only refers to Todd as "334 South Fair View"; Louis (Sergio Di Zio), the relaxed, friendly yard teacher at Wayside who is the most popular person at Wayside; and Ms. Mush (Jayne Eastwood), the Eastern European head chef of the school cafeteria and nurse who is best known for her wisecracking personality and horrible cooking skills.

Supporting students in Mrs. Jewels' class include, Shari (Lisa Ng), a female student who wears a smoky purple hooded jacket, and frequently sleeps in class; Stephen (Terry McGurrin), a boy who dresses like an elf for Halloween everyday; Jenny (Denise Oliver), a female student who has fabulous blonde hair, is a stunt performer, and dresses in an Evel Knievel-esque; John (Terry McGurrin), a boy who is upside down, and comes from a family of upside down inventors and scientists; Joe (Peter Oldring), a student who has a large, orange afro; the Three Erics (Terry McGurrin, Peter Oldring, Ricky Collins), three students with similar attire that typically do activities in unison; Bebe (Denise Oliver), a female student who is a master artist; Leslie (Lisa Ng), a female student who performs tasks with her long pigtails and usually looks angry; Rondi (Denise Oliver), a rather large girl who's almost always happy; and an unnamed female student (Denise Oliver) who wears a purple dress and has lemon-coloured hair.

Minor members of the school faculty are Mrs. Gorf (Julie Lemieux), a substitute teacher for Mrs. Jewls who had the ability to transform her students into apples before being transformed into one herself by Maurecia; Le Chef (Peter Oldring), the former French chef in the teacher's lounge who was to be appointed cafeteria chef in place of Ms. Mush but was later evicted from the school due to his obnoxious demeanour; Mr. Blunderbuss (Dwayne Hill), the adventurous fourteenth-floor teacher who often goes on hunting safaris throughout worldwide jungles; and Miss Zarves, the nonexistent teacher on the nonexistent nineteenth floor.

Differences from the books[edit]

There are a number of notable differences between Wayside and the Wayside School books. For example, in the series, a large number of changes were made to the character of Todd; in the book series, he is not a transfer student, although two transfer students appeared the book chronology, namely Sue and Benjamin Nushmutt. However, neither Sue nor Benjamin appear in the series, and Todd instead appears to take the latter's role as "new kid".[5] Maurecia's personality also diverges from that of the series—in the books, she is normal girl with a love for ice cream who is never mentioned nor depicted to wear roller skates and is almost always featured with her best friend Joy, who never appears in the series.[5]

Episodes[edit]

Pilot (2005)[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
Wayside: The Movie
"Pilot"
Riccardo Durante John Derevlany (concept) & Lin Oliver November 19, 2005 (2005-11-19) 100

Todd gets transferred to Wayside School, a school that was accidentally stacked 30 stories high instead of 30 rooms sideways. He is assigned tries to Mrs. Jewls' class on the 30th floor, where he attempts to fit in with the class, usually with mixed results. However, due to his failure to cope with the school's unorthodox system of learning, Mrs. Jewls writes his name on the chalkboard and puts a check mark next to it.

The teacher threatens that he will be sent home on the kindergarten bus. The class is about to be crushed by the trash compactor that was accidentally on the 30th floor and the machine would work every time the PA comes on, Todd's outbursts start, and Mrs. Jewls writes his name under the word "discipline" and sends him home on the kindergarten bus.

Mrs. Jewls and her class play dodgeball, and Principal Kidswatter tags Todd and is finally tagged. Mrs. Jewls pronounces Dana as class president. While Todd is sent home again on the kindergarten bus after he does more outbursts to Mrs. Jewls, the trash compactor is on again. Dana cries and tells Mrs. Jewls that she herself is the worst class president. Todd, however, has snuck outside Mrs. Jewls' classroom, and tells Maurecia and Mrs. Jewls and the students that he has to get them out.

Meanwhile, Todd saves them from being crushed by the trash compactor that was accidentally on the 30th floor and the machine would work every time the PA comes on. Finally, Myron has found the emergency shutoff. Back in Mrs. Jewls' class, Dana gives Todd a new desk, and Todd throws it out, thinking it would truly make him a fellow Waysider, and it does.

Season 1 (2007)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Pull My Pigtail / Class Cow" March 16, 2007 (2007-03-16) (CAN)
September 7, 2007 (US)

Pull My Pigtail: It's Valentine's Day at Wayside School and Dana attempts to force Todd to fall in love with Maurecia by making him pull her ponytail. Meanwhile, Principal Kidswatter thinks Myron is his guardian angel.

Class Cow: While Mrs. Jewls is on a faculty retreat a cow wonders into the class. The students(except Todd) believe it to be their substitute teacher and end up learning more from the cow.
2 "Meet the Pets / Oh, Great Leader" March 24, 2007 (2007-03-24) (CAN)
June 25, 2007 (US)

Meet the Pets: After Todd tells how he has once lost a goldfish named King Arthur, everyone brings their pets into school and Todd must watch them so that he'd learn to be more "responsible". However, when the pets escape and run all over the school, Todd will need some help from his friends. Todd finally brings a new live fish named King Arthur the Second.

Oh, Great Leader: The students try to throw principal Kidswatter a surprise birthday party, but he thinks they are trying to get rid of him, so he sends Todd to spy on the students.
3 "Honors Class / Cabbage, My Boy" March 31, 2007 (2007-03-31) (CAN)
July 6, 2007 (US)

Honors Class: Maurecia is promoted to the Honors Class instead of Dana. Now she must "escape" it at all costs, while Dana tries to enter. In the end, we find out Mrs. Jewls' class is actually double Honors Class.

Cabbage, My Boy: Myron adopts a head of lettuce as his younger brother. Mrs. Jewls assigns an assignment dealing with families. Todd doesn't have any siblings, so he has to find a way to complete the project.

Note: Shari is awake in a video made by her in Cabbage My Boy.
4 "Mascot Madness / He is It" April 7, 2007 (2007-04-07) (CAN)
June 26, 2007 (US)

Mascot Madness: The tetherball team kids want Todd to be the new mascot so that they can finally win some games, but Todd does not want to, so Dana creates a giant version of his head for Myron to wear, and he becomes "Big-Head Todd".

He Is It: During a game of tag, Todd tags Myron, who starts demanding special treatment, and because everyone has to follow the rules, no one can disobey him.

Note: Mascot Madness is the first appearance of Timmy Tricky who does not officially appear until "Mad Hot".
5 "Best Friendzzz / Kindergarten King" April 14, 2007 (2007-04-14) (US)
July 10, 2007 (US)

Best Friendzzz: Myron and Dana have been best friends for a long time but one day after a falling out occurs between them, they decide not to be best friends anymore. So Myron becomes Shari's new best friend (although she is asleep, but uses a glass to hear what she's thinking) and Dana becomes Todd's new best friend. Meanwhile, Mr. Kidswatter tries to ease his stress with a new machine, called "The Wizomatic 3eac338", he bought for $19.99. At the end, Myron and Dana reconcile and become best friends again, and Todd tries Myrons brain-listening glass trick on Shari(only to find out it truly does work as he hears horses, pinball, and karate).

Kindergarten King: After being sent home early on the kindergarten bus by Mrs. Jewls after answering one of her questions on No Answering The Teacher's Questions Day, Todd saves a girl's stuffed dog, and makes him their King.

Note: "Best Friendzzz" is the only episode where Maurecia does not make an appearance. Also, Best Friendzzz is the first and only time Dana is shown in a swim suit(same color and design as her shirt, along with a swimming cap with the Wayside initial on it, hinting she might be the captin of the Wayside swim team (if they do have one that is), and it is also shown Dana can break glass with her own voice.
6 "Myron vs. Normy / Age of Aquarium" April 21, 2007 (2007-04-21) (CAN)
June 28, 2007 (US)

Myron vs. Normy: In order to avoid getting in trouble, Myron pretends to be Normy, his made up twin brother. When he returns to the class, everyone thinks he is cool (and in Dana's case, sweet and cute) and they want him to class President. However, Todd(and Shari) can see right through "Normy", and Todd tries to get Myron to tell everybody it is really him.

Age of Aquarium: On a Wayside field trip, instead of the kids going to the aquarium, the fish come to them. The classroom is filled with water and fish, but Todd has to sit it out in a life raft since he forgot his permission slip. Seeing this as a perfect chance to be alone with Todd, Maurecia eats her permission slip and has to sit with Todd. She spends her time trying to hold his hand, while underwater Dana tries to find something that will be interesting for Myron.

Note: In "Myron vs. Normy", Shari talks for the first time ever. She said Myron's name because she knew it was Myron too.
7 "Channel Kidswatter / The Elevator" April 28, 2007 (2007-04-28)

Channel Kidswatter: Principal Kidswatter wants to run a home-shopping channel out of his office, and gets the students to supply his cheesy inventory of trinkets under the guise of a new "arts" curriculum. Todd tries to prevent it from happening, but then works for it. So it's up to Maurecia and Jenny to stop the home shopping channel.

The Elevator: The stairs are out of order and Todd puts his hand on the 1st floor sign, which is actually an elevator button. (The elevators in Wayside School only work when the stairs are out of order). Todd and Principal Kidswatter (Principal Kidswatter thinks it is the bathroom) go in the elevator, then the elevator becomes stuck between the 15th and 16th floors. Todd is stuck with a crying Principal Kidswatter in the elevator. To save them, Dana, Myron, and Louis become the Rescue Dudes, calling themselves all Louis.
8 "Mad Hot / Mamaland Blues" May 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)

Mad Hot: Principal Kidswatter challenges another school for the annual Wayside dance competition. He then picks a random team, consisting of Todd, Maurecia, Dana and Myron.

Mamaland Blues: Dana finds a marriage certificate that she thinks might make Miss Mush related to her.
9 "Principles of Principals / Teacher's Parent Conference" May 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)

Principles of Principals: Todd enters the Principal for a day contest and wins. No one else has entered it because it is a trap, as the winner has to do everything on Kidswatter's super-long list. Todd decides to complete the list, and improve the school all in one day.

Teacher's Parent Conference: It's Teacher-Grading-Day, and everyone in the 30th class must submit a report card on what they think of Mrs. Jewls. Todd, on hearing about this, gave Mrs. Jewls a bad mark on her Class Room Skills so that she won't send him home on the Kindergarten bus. Now she must stay after school along with her father, Papa Jewls. He decides to send Mrs. Jewls to teach at a private school, so Dana and the other students decide to help Todd to "be a better student" so Mrs. Jewls can stay at Wayside.

Note: "Teacher's Parent Conference" is the only episode where Mrs. Jewls' father, Papa Jewls is seen.
10 "Rat in Shining Armor / Mrs. Gorf" May 19, 2007 (2007-05-19)

Rat in Shining Armor: It's the spring Halloween dance and everyone must dress up as something. Maurecia wants Todd to dance with her until Todd finally says no(because he got bounced half way across the room and he needed a break) and points out the fact that they're not going out after Maurecia thinks he wants to break up with her. Feeling bad for Maurecia, Miss Mush puts her dead rat in an old knight suit so Maurecia has someone to dance with making Todd jealous. Todd finds out that it's Miss Mush's dead rat in the suit, so he exchanges costumes with him so Maurecia won't be heart broken when she finds out.

Mrs. Gorf: The 30th floor class is on a camping trip on the 6th floor. Maurecia promises Todd she won't punch him in the arm if he sits with her. Todd doesn't believe her and says she will always try to punch him. Dana explains to Todd that she was never rough do to her kind nature back when Mrs. Gorf was their teacher. From there Dana explains who Mrs. Gorf was and how different their class was before Todd came when Mrs. Jewels was sick.

Note: The episode "Mrs. Gorf" was based on the first chapter of Sideways Stories from Wayside School. It also seems that Louis knew Mrs. Gorf before Todd came to Wayside.
11 "Todd Falls in Love / French Fried" May 26, 2007 (2007-05-26)

Todd Falls in Love: Todd arrives at school and finds out Maurecia has posted pictures of love posters about Todd all over the school. Todd decides he would do anything to prove that he will not be her boyfriend, so he eats Mush's mushroom surprise, that makes him fall in love with Mrs. Jewls. Maurecia finds out and tries to get Todd to like her again.

French Fried: A new chef, named Le Chef starts cooking for the teachers lounge (and later the students) which makes Miss Mush jealous and quits. To prove which cook is better, Miss Mush and Le Chef enter Todd's cooking challenge with Maurecia as the judge.

Note: "Todd Falls in Love" is the only episode where Maurecia is seen without her helmet and ribbon.
12 "Music Lessons / Todd & Bull Story" July 17, 2007 (2007-07-17)

Music Lessons: Myron discovers a strange nose flute called the Strumplefloozle, and uses it to control his friends. However, it also makes cows tear down the school.

Todd & Bull Story: After losing a match to La Boca Loca the bull, Principal Kidswatter starts crying on the PA. Todd tries to give "Make Me Happy" flowers to Kidswatter, but is told to put them in the basement with the other roses (because they remind him of his loss to La Boca Loca). When the kids mistake a pile of stage props for a Wishing Well, Todd makes their wishes come true. Kidswatter then makes them re-create a bullfight from his past.
13 "My Partner Gets All the Credit / Daring Love" August 18, 2007 (2007-08-18)

My Partner Gets All the Credit: Maurecia is paired with Myron in the Wayside Games, and since Myron is not a good athlete, she must do all of the work. However, every time she wins an event, Myron gets the credit, and Maurecia is starting to get angry with Myron. Daring Love: After overhearing them on the playground, Todd is convinced that both Maurecia and Jenny are in love with him.

Note: "My Partner Gets All The Credit" is the only episode to have Maurecia shown in a swim suit (same color as her shirt). And Daring Love hints that Jenny might be in love with Myron.
14 "Louis Gets Some Class / My Fluffy Hair" August 25, 2007 (2007-08-25)

Louis Gets Some Class: Kidswatter finds out that Louis never passed his final exam, and sends him back to class. Myron gets upset that Louis is more popular than he is. Mr. K than calls in Mr. Osteo to give Louis his final exam. Later Myron finds out that Louis did indeed graduate, as he found his real folder when he was in Mr. Kidswatter's filing cabinet. Mr. K says "Let me see this real folder" and Myron was right. Louis DID graduate. Note: It is revealed that Mr. Kidswatter didn't graduate from high school.

My Fluffy Hair: Fluffy feels rejected because he thinks Maurecia is paying more attention to Todd than to him, so he runs away. Mr. K. finds Fluffy and mistakes him for a wig. Fluffy decides to use this "power" to get revenge on his mortal enemy, Todd.

Note: "My Fluffy Hair" is the only episode where Myron does not have a major role, although he does make a cameo in Mrs. Jewels' classroom.

Season 2 (2007–08)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
15 "Dana Checks Out / My Biggest Fan" September 1, 2007 (2007-09-01)

Dana Checks Out: When Dana is tired of organizing the class, Jenny lets her use her bike to see all 30 floors of Wayside, including the non-existent 19th floor. After Myron ruins the class, they must get Dana back. But before Dana rides into the 19th floor's boarded up room, Jenny was able to talk Dana out of it by revealing there was a good reason she's never seen the 19th floor. When Dana bumps Jenny's bike onto the ramp, it comes back, only with the seat signed by Mrs. Zarves.

My Biggest Fan: Mr. Kidswatter is Myron's hero. But when Todd, Dana, and Maurecia show Myron that Kidswatter doesn't even know his name, Myron sets out to find a new hero. Only to find out that he is actually Mr. Kidswatter's hero, his own hero, and his own biggest fan.
16 "Kidswatter: The Movie / Safety Monitor" September 4, 2007 (2007-09-04)

Kidswatter: The Movie: The kids are assigned to make a movie about Principal Kidswatter for the new movie making class, and Todd is cast in the lead role. However, he soon becomes even worse(if not just as bad) than the real Kidswatter. Todd, through tears in his eyes, says that his success has become a failure, but Myron interrupts, saying he could use that in the movie, only with more feeling. The class watches the Kidswatter movie, and after the ending, tears are in Kidswatter's eyes. Note:This is the only time Todd calls Myron "Martha" and "Morty"

Safety Monitor: When Myron fails at being Safety Monitor, Maurecia takes over, and her idea of safety goes a little too far. Myron tries to reclaim his position, by ripping all of Maurecia's safety violation slips. Kidswatter is taming a lion.
17 "Sideways Protest / Be True To Your Elf" September 7, 2007 (2007-09-07)

Be True to Your Elf: After Kidswatter says he can't lead the parade(on account that his costume looks to similar to the leprechaun he encountered before), Stephen tries to be "Mr. Normal" so he can lead the school parade. Note: Starting from this episode the series is now in flash animation with Adobe Flash, and most of the characters have different looks.

Sideways Protest: Kidswatter decides to move the school, so all the students protest. All of their protests end up making the school better, so Kidswatter disguises himself as a student to stop them.
18 "Oh, Brother / Snow Day" September 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)

Oh, Brother: Goon, Dana's older brother, visits and Myron wants to be a rebel just like him, but he's not a rebel. Mrs. Jewls and Kidswatter try to capture him. Mrs. Jewls tells Todd, Maurecia, and Dana that Goon is a fugitive. Meanwhile, Todd and friends save Goon from being captured.

Snow Day: Mr. Kidswatter turns up the coldness for Mrs. Jewls' skating lesson. Myron, being the leader, traps the class with it and Maurecia's group. Todd's group learns how to survive. Later, Todd's group and Maurecia's group go to war.

Note: This episode reveals that Shari can cook.
19 "The Rat Truth / Free Stewy" October 3, 2007 (2007-10-03)

The Rat Truth: Sammy is terribly sick (but dead) so Miss Mush randomly asks Dana to watch him while she goes on a hunt for the golden pot of Mamaland that makes food to cure the sick. Sammy becomes a truth stick in Mrs. Jewls's class and is feeding words into his mouth. Later, Sammy is kidnapped by Mr. Kidswatter.

Free Stewy: Todd and Maurecia free an octopus who they think Miss Mush is going to cook. Kidswatter is now hunting for the creature since he thinks it ate his fish sticks.

Note: In "Free Stewy", Dana breaks the fourth wall by telling the kids not to try to squeeze books together at home, and she was a trained professional, also Stewy is different from Poobinskie, Poobinskie is a small pink and purple squid, while Stewy is a large, grey octopus.
20 "Extra Curricular Riddicular / Christmas" October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06)

Extra Curricular Riddicular: All the kids are forming bizarre after-school clubs, except for Todd, who creates a "Science Club." Myron laughs at him(only because he doesn't have a club), believing his club will be better, until he sees Todd's club has managed to build a functioning rocket. Jealous Myron tries to form a science club and build a rocket of his own. Myron accidentally launches the rocket Kidswatter is in and makes Todd cry. Todd wants to confront Myron, until Dana stops both of them from ruining more of their friendship.

Wayside Christmas: When Myron does not give Bebe a Secret Santa gift(because he only bought gifts for himself), a series of haphazard events confuse Myron into thinking he's actually stuck in his own version of "A Christmas Carol". The other kids, including Todd, Dana and Maurecia, are baffled as he mistakes them for Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present(mistaken for Christmas Everyday by Myron), and Future(mistaken for Christmas Summer by Myron), and in the end, Myron learns his lesson. Commonly assumed to be Bebe's final appearance in the series, but she also appears in the later episode "Myth of Nick."
21 "Le Race / Imperfect Attendance" October 17, 2007 (2007-10-17)

Le Race: Ever since Kidswatter fired Le Chef in French Fried, he has been trying to get revenge on Kidswatter. One day, Myron receives a note saying Kidswatter is to be challenged to a game of Parkour with the chef. Can Kidswatter beat this match before Le Chef takes over the school? Final Appearances: Le Chef

Imperfect Attendance: Shari, Maurecia, Myron, Todd and Louis are all in need of help and they need Dana to help them. The only problem is, Dana is beating a record today of perfect attendance (1,448 days in a row). Can she beat the record and save the students before the bell rings?
22 "Kidswatter's Opus / The Three Erics" November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02)

Kidswatter's Opus: Mrs. Jewls is sick. So the kids need a substitute. Unfortunately, all substitutes aren't available so Kidswatter has to step in as a substitute and teach everyone stuff the Kidswatter way.

The Three Erics: In Mrs. Jewls' class, Eric Bacon and Eric Fry are the ones getting picked and getting gold stars and Eric Ovens is never picked. Because he is the smallest Eric, he isn't picked a lot. When Myron convinces Eric Ovens to become Myron Ovens, the Erics need another Eric who'll do the same as them. Maurecia is picked just so she can be in the same column as Todd. But things get worse when Myron Ovens wants to become Eric again.

Note: Shari is once again awake after Mr. Kidswatter sings his K-Man song in Kidswatter Opus. Also, there were two instances of superpowers in this episode: Myron strangely manages to grow thirty sizes and shadow the whole school while Dana performs a weird form of psychokinesis in this episode.
23 "Miss Fortune / The Note" December 18, 2007 (2007-12-18)

Miss Fortune: It's a regular day at Wayside. Miss Mush suddenly asks Myron, Dana, Maurecia and Todd about their future careers. She makes bowls of Mushroom Surprise that tell the future at the bottom. Meanwhile, Kidswatter sees his future from the last time he ate Mushroom Surprise and wants to change it. Final Appearances: Fluffy

The Note: One day, Mrs. Jewls gives the class a pop quiz and the kids need to finish it by the time Mrs. Jewls gets a high score in pinball. During the exam, Maurecia tries to pass a note to Todd but accidentally gets it passed to Eric Fry who starts a chain of the whole class answering Maurecia's note. Todd now needs to get the note back from everyone including Kidswatter who gets lies saying the note says how much Mr. Kidswatter is liked.

Note: Also, the title "Miss Fortune" is a pun on misfortune.
24 "Myth Of Nick / Dr. Dana" December 14, 2007 (2007-12-14)

Myth of Nick: After hearing too many myths of a kid named Nick, Todd wants to take rid of them. He learns all of "Nick's" old tricks. Telling Maurecia, Dana, and Myron about the fake myths, Todd, with a snorkel over his mouth, dives in a can of beans, and comes out, speaking in a muffled voice. Meanwhile, Todd knows and tells the class that "Nick", who is Louis, exists.

Dr. Dana: Dana hosts a radio advice show that gives people advice. When Dana loses her voice and Myron takes over, the Erics take her to the nurse (Miss Mush) and things in Wayside go out of control (including Fluffy coming after Stephen, Maurecia trying to punch Todd, Jenny is wearing a basket on her head, and upside down John's two feet punching each other). Dana's voice is restored, and she confronts Myron. She ends up canceling the show, and tells the people to ignore all the advice they received, much to Myron's chagrin. After yelling at Dana, Myron loses his voice, while Todd and Maurecia and the class are listening to Dana saying what Myron will do. Final Appearances: Jenny(as an extra main character)

Note: It is revealed in "Myth of Nick" that Nick is Louis' middle name.
25 "Slow Mo Mo / Joe 'N' Fro" December 18, 2007 (2007-12-18)

Slow Mo Mo: Maurecia loves being fast and first because of her wheels on her roller skates. But one day when Maurecia and Principal Kidswatter bump into each other (because of Maurecia's wheels), Kidswatter bans all round things from Wayside School including Maurecia's wheels and everything round becomes squared. She hates it because she is last, slow and late for everything. Kidswatter tries again and makes everything squared become round again. Meanwhile, Todd, Dana, and Myron join Maurecia. Final Appearances: Shari

Joe 'N' Fro: Kidswatter is planning his new lawn "gazebo" project. Joe manages to hide rabbits and a chipmunk in his large orange afro. But when a peanut is thrown at Todd's head, Todd, Dana, Myron, and Maurecia start to confront Joe until he also hides a squirrel in his hair and manages to get Mr. Kidswatter to put all of the trees back in the yard. Meanwhile, Myron is sneezing when standing near Joe and has everyone thinking he's allergic to Joe when he's actually allergic to the chipmunk. Then Todd, Maurecia, and Dana learn the specialness of Joe and his special afro. Final Appearances: Joe
26 "Upside Down John / The Final Stretch" January 15, 2008 (2008-01-15)

Upside Down John: It's the 30th floor science fair today and John is showing his science volcano. Unfortunately, it fails! John then starts to think that his project failed because he and his project is upside down. So, Todd, Myron, Dana and Maurecia try to help crying John get right-side up, just like the kids who are parallel and are upside down. Meanwhile, Kidswatter is doing an I.Q. test to see if he is smart. Mrs. Jewls tells John, without the help from Todd, Maurecia, Dana, and Myron, that being upside down is not a bad thing. Final Appearances: Mrs. Jewls, John, Louis, The Three Erics, Leslie and Miss Mush

The Final Stretch: Principal Kidswatter's office and rubber band ball are destroyed, and he ask Stephen, Myron, Dana, Maurecia, and Todd who did it. A crying Stephen blames Myron, Myron says Dana did it by pulling one of the rubber bands off the ball, Dana says she only took the ball away from Myron because he kept chewing on it and blames Maurecia by crashing into the office, Maurecia says Todd did it by turning into a monster because of Maurecia's injuries, and Todd explains what really happened and says they cleaned it up before he got back. After Kidswatter talks to the kids, he then talks to one final witness, a cow, and the cow explains that Kidswatter destroyed both his office and rubber band ball when he put another rubber band on the ball. Final Appearances: Todd, Maurecia, Dana, Myron, Stephen, Principal Kidswatter and Cow

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Wayside has received generally positive reviews from critics. David Cornelius of DVD Talk described it as "a clever, often hilarious little show that demands a larger audience", praising the series' scripts and dialogue as "delight[ed] in mixing absurd humour with fond grade school memories."[6] Adam Arsenau of DVD Verdict stated "The most satisfying part of Wayside is how the show feels perfectly balanced—it has enough wacky antics and bizarre events to satisfy young audiences, enough logical fallacies and defiant attitudes to amuse middle-aged kids, and enough clever and sardonic wit to please adults fortunate enough to find themselves in front of a television set while the show is playing," concluding that Wayside was "the perfect cartoon adventure for families of all ages."[7]

However, the series also drew criticism for its differences to the Wayside School books on which it was based. Alyse Wax of Blogcritics negatively compared the animated series to the books which inspired it, stating that "the series 'doesn't have the magic that the books had,' and noting that while the books provided 'wacky, silly, with odd, funny, almost-realistic-but-not-quite characters', viewers get no such character development from the animation, and expanded that while the show is shared from an adult perspective, it is not meant to be enjoyed by parents and kids" watching it together, being "geared towards younger kids".[8] Joanna Weiss of Boston Globe offered that while viewers familiar with the character development in the book series will see that the animated series "understandably, dispenses with the nuance in favour of kid-friendly slapstick and goofy conceptual jokes", the children and parents who have not previously encountered the books "won't know what they're missing."[9]

Michael P. Dougherty II of Fulve Drive-In gave a negative assessment of the series, describing it as "a disgrace to the novels" and believed it "totally strips away any intelligence or meaning they had." Dougherty also criticized the series' "total lack of ingenuity," and "coupled with the fact that it tainted the book series name makes this an awful, no good animated series."[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2008, Wayside received a nomination for "Best TV Series for Children" at the 2008 Cartoons on the Bay award ceremony.[11]

Home release[edit]

In 2007, the pilot episode of Wayside was released and branded as Wayside: The Movie. The first season excluding the pilot was released on August 29, 2008 under the title Wayside School: Season 1.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Television Program Logs". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2016-03-02. Archived from the original on 2016-05-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d Derevlany, John & Oliver, Lin (concept); Durante, Ricardo (2005-11-15). "Pilot". Wayside. Season 01. Episode 00. Teletoon. 
  3. ^ Derevlany, John; Durante, Ricardo (2007-04-21). "Myron vs. Normy". Wayside. Season 01. Episode 6A. Teletoon. 
  4. ^ Derevlany, John; Durante, Ricardo (2007-05-19). "Mrs. Gorf". Wayside. Season 01. Episode 10B. Teletoon. 
  5. ^ a b Gutierrez, Albert (2007-09-23). "Wayside: The Movie DVD Review". DVD Dizzy. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  6. ^ Cornelius, David (2008-08-30). "Wayside School — Season One". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  7. ^ Arsenau, Adam (2008-08-10). "Wayside School: Season One". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  8. ^ Wax, Alyse (July 18, 2007). "TV Review: Wayside on Nickelodeon". Blogcritics. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Weiss, Joanna (June 25, 2007). "'Wayside' skips the nuance, but not the fun". Boston Globe. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  10. ^ Dougherty, Michael P. II. "Wayside School — Season One (Nickelodeon DVD)". Fulvue Drive-In. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  11. ^ "Nelvana.com : Company : Awards Received". Nelvana. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  12. ^ "Wayside — Season 1". TV Shows on DVD.com. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 

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