The Three Friends and Jerry
|The Three Friends & Jerry|
The main cast of The Three Friends and Jerry. From left to right: Frank, Eric, Thomas, Jerry, Linda, Mimmi, and Tess.
|Created by||Magnus Carlsson|
|Country of origin||Sweden
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||38 (87 segments including 1 special) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Matt Fleckenstein
|Running time||22–25 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Happy Life Animation
Wavery Entertainment B.V.
Fox Family Presentations
Mattel Playground Productions
|Original network||Fox Family|
|Picture format||4:3 (SDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround (Seasons 1 and 2)
Dolby Digital (Season 3)
|Original release||1998– 1999|
The Three Friends and Jerry (Swedish: De tre vännerna och Jerry) is a Swedish animated television series which aired in the United States on Fox Family (alongside Stickin' Around as well as Freaky Stories, The Gogs, and Lava-Lava!), Nickelodeon (UK and Ireland), Nickelodeon (Latin America) , TG4 in Ireland and Fox Kids in Spain. A Swedish/German/United Kingdom co-production, the series was created by Magnus Carlsson and produced by Fontana Pictures, Happy Life and TV Loonland.
The show first aired on Nickelodeon in the United Kingdom in 1998, and ended in 1999. The series made a brief reappearance through Sprout's video on demand service in 2005.
Jerry is the new kid in town who does not fit with any of his schoolmates. This series shows his best attempts to try to be liked by the 'Three Friends' who do not want him to be part of their group but still let him hang out with them as long as he helps them with their problems. They also fall for a group of the girls in town, who refuse to date them and refer to them as Ponks. Apart from school, the group have to contend with parents, bullies and their own conflicts.
The setting location of the series is left unclear. The characters have American voice-overs and dollars are mentioned as being the currency, suggesting a location in the United States. But the houses and architecture depicted in the series are European or European-like, suggesting a location in Europe. The creators of the series likely took inspiration from the architecture of Sweden and the United Kingdom, since the series was a Swedish/British co-production.
Criticism and controversy
Although Fox Family allowed The Three Friends and Jerry on their lineup (the original swearing in the Swedish version was not included in the English dub), many parents thought that it was not appropriate for children to watch, as it contained sexual content (the intro had Jerry getting yelled at by his teacher who is sunbathing in a skimpy bikini and the boys trying to look up girls' skirts as they jump rope and at least two episodes had references to voyeurism and Internet pornography), mature themes (such as religion and a junkie character who is also a pedophile), and criminal activity that would lead to copycat incidents, like counterfeiting money, breaking and entering, and shoplifting. Fox Family pulled the show from its schedule after being beset by complaints.
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- Jerry - The new kid in town. He always seems to come up with strange ideas. He tries to have a friendship with Frank, Thomas and Eric, who view him as being annoying. He sports blond hair. He wears a yellow shirt, blue shorts, and red shoes. Voiced by Joona Saastamoinen.
- Frank - He is the child that is bald. He's lovesick with Linda. He isn't letting Jerry on his team. He always tries to impress Linda. He wears blue T-shirt with number 1, black pants, and green shoes. Voiced by Archit Tripathi.
- Thomas - Thomas is known for never going without his big green hat. He usually takes Frank's side in debates and arguments. Thomas wears a red shirt, green shorts, and brown shoes. Voiced by Dennis Guldstrand.
- Eric - Eric is a child . He loves to play football. He's on Frank's team. He has long blond hair. He wears a green T-shirt, blue pants, and black football boots. Voiced by Johan Båge.
- Linda - she is Frank's cousin. She hates boys who are the same age as her and decides to go to dates with older boys. She wears a green blouse, red skirt and black shoes. She has blond hair.
- Mimmi - she is the daughter of Roy Johnson and is Linda's friend. She is East Asian. She wears a blue dress with a smiley on and red shoes. Voiced by Linnea Hincks. When the series aired in the United States, her skin color was changed to a normal color because the yellow skin color is a racial stereotype.
- Tess - she is Tony's sister and Linda's friend. She has blond hair. She wears a white blouse, purple dress, and green shoes. She loves Eric and keeps that secret from Linda and Mimmi.
- Roy Johnson - he is Mimmi's father and a boss of the shop at Carlsonville.
- Monica - she loves Tony and works in the shop.
- Tony - he is Tess' older brother. He loves playing heavy metal music.
- PE Teacher - he is the School's PE Teacher and the Jerry's father. He is very angry with three friends and his son, but he has a good heart.
- Teacher - she teaches Jerry's class. The three friends and Jerry try to send her into space so they won't have any lessons.
- Dick Priest - he keeps an eye on the town where everything is fine. As a priest, he works in the church. Despite campaigning against everything immoral, he is revealed to be a fan of death metal music and horror movies.
- Mr and Mrs. Ingrid Bertwhistle - they are Jerry's neighbours.
|#||Segment Title||Summary||Air Date|
|1||Kissing Linda||When Linda's parents are away for a weekend, Linda must stay at Frank's and Frank tries to kiss her.||Unknown|
|2||Bank Robbery||The Three Friends and Jerry are framed by the police to be the children gang, after the real gang robbed the bank.||Unknown|
|3||Ant Hill||After having the accident at the ant hill, Frank seeks revenge on the ants and seeks Thomas and Eric's help in destroying the ants.||Unknown|
|4||UFO-Spotting||Frank is adbucted by the aliens and controlled. Thomas, Eric and Jerry must save Frank before it's too late.||Unknown|
|5||Brake Slamming||Frank is happy with his new bike, which has pedal brakes.||Unknown|
|6||The Circus||While on a trip around the circus, Jerry accidentally brakes free two ostriches. Can he and the Three Friends bring the ostriches back to the circus before the performance starts?||Unknown|
|7||Work Experience||The Three Friends get lost inside the forest.||Unknown|
|8||Barking Up The Wrong Tree||The Three Friends and Jerry become stars of TV.||Unknown|
|9||The Beauty Contest||Linda and her mother watch a film of the beauty contest in which Linda loses.||Unknown|
|10||Stars in Your Eyes||The Three Friends and Jerry pretend to be a scary rock band called Dog Sun for the music contest, but they're unaware this is with a nice music.||Unknown|
|11||Fashion||The Three Friends and Jerry try to be cool.||Unknown|
|12||The Snowball Fight||After The Three Friends and Jerry accidentally crashed Oscar's house, Jerry must bring Oscar to his house, while The Three Friends must rebuild the house. Can Jerry hide Oscar from his parents?||Unknown|
|13||Ice Hockey||The Three Friends and Jerry and the girls are having an ice hockey match. Who will win?||Unknown|
|14||My Friend is An Ant||Jerry tries to save his little ant from the clutches of Arthur in the museum of the Earth's history.||Unknown|
|15||Neat and Tidy||Frank's mother orders Frank to be neat and tidy for the rest of the day and he will earn ten dollars. Can he be neat and tidy for the rest of the day?||Unknown|
|16||Tony's Party||The Three Friends and Jerry disguise themselves as teens in order to get into Tony's party.||Unknown|
|17||The Fishing Trip||The Three Friends and Jerry and the girls go on a fishing trip.||Unknown|
|18||Carol Singing||The Three Friends and Jerry sing songs for Christmas.||Unknown|
|19||South Sea||Frank has a terrible dream of himself with Thomas, Eric, and Jerry at the island.||Unknown|
|20||The Club House||Jerry must take three tests to become a teammate of The Three Friends.||Unknown|
|21||The Forging Machine||Jerry creates a machine what will create money.||Unknown|
|22||Cowboys||While The Three Friends and the girls are out horseriding, Jerry accidentally breaks the teacher's cup.||Unknown|
|23||The Delivery||Jerry becomes a delivery boy.||Unknown|
|24||Old People's Party||The class of the Three Friends and Jerry makes a party for the elder people.||Unknown|
|25||Scientists 'R' Us||The Three Friends seek Jerry's help to win the radio quiz "Scientists 'R' Us".||Unknown|
|26||Camping||The Three Friends and Jerry are go camping at Thomas' garden.||Unknown|
|27||Boomerang||Frank tries to learn how to toss a boomerang.||Unknown|
|28||Frightening Fifth Form||Frank is frightened of the bloodhanded teen.||Unknown|
|29||Jerry's Lucky Day||Jerry is having a lucky day.||Unknown|
|30||Catch the Girl||The Three Friends and Jerry are worried about a prisoner named Jimmy.||Unknown|
|31||The Flea Market||Jerry sells his aunt's vase to an old lady.||Unknown|
|32||Head Lice||Jerry putslittle ants on his and The Three Friends' heads to pretend they have head lice.||Unknown|
|33||Supermarket||While out shopping with their parents, The Three Friends and Jerry are have a ski race in the supermarket's chill room.||Unknown|
|34||Country Cousin||Frank's cousin comes to town.||Unknown|
|35||Secret Mission||Frank, Eric and Jerry try to follow Thomas to discover his secret.||Unknown|
|36||Hackers||Ahmet Ben Party and his family and friends find themselves on Carlsonville.||Unknown|
|37||The Moose Hunt||A moose arrives at Frank's house.||Unknown|
|38||Cheat and Curse||An evil fairy puts the curse on The Three Friends and Jerry.||Unknown|
|39||The Rodent Exhibition||The Three Friends and Jerry take Jerry's father's African instruments for the school performance.||Unknown|
|40||Museum||The 3 Friends and Jerry go on a field trip to the museum in the big city.||Unknown|
|41||Martial Arts||The 3 Friends and Jerry buy a yoga book to help face of against bullies.||Unknown|
- Timo Kangas (8 March 2008). "Animerad rättstvist för glatta livet". Realtid. Retrieved 10 February 2017.