The Weekenders

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The Weekenders
TheWeekendersLogo.jpg
From left to right: Tino, Tish, Carver, and Lor
GenreComedy
Slice of life
Created byDoug Langdale
StarringJason Marsden
Grey DeLisle
Phil LaMarr
Kath Soucie
Opening theme"Livin' for the Weekend" by Wayne Brady
Composer(s)Roger Neill
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes39 (73 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Walt Disney Television Animation
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkABC (2000–2002)
UPN (2001)
Toon Disney (2002–2004)
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseFebruary 26, 2000 (2000-02-26) –
February 29, 2004 (2004-02-29)
Chronology
Related showsProject G.e.e.K.e.R.
Dave the Barbarian

The Weekenders is an American animated television series created by Doug Langdale. It centers on the weekend life of four seventh graders: Tino, Lor, Carver, and Tish. The series initially aired on ABC and UPN, but was later moved to Toon Disney.

Premise[edit]

The Weekenders details the weekend life of four ethnically diverse middle schoolers: Tino Tonitini (Jason Marsden), an anxious and mild-mannered Italian-American boy, Lorraine "Lor" McQuarrie (Grey DeLisle), a tomboyish and somewhat negligent Scottish-American girl, Carver Descartes (Phil LaMarr), an arrogant and fashion-conscious African-American boy (with no specified ethnic group), and Petratishkovna "Tish" Katsufrakis (Kath Soucie), an intelligent and posh Jewish-American girl of Lithuanian descent.

The show was known for its distinctive animation style, similar to shows produced by Klasky-Csupo such as Rocket Power and As Told by Ginger, and also for being one of the few animated series where characters' outfits change from episode to episode. The series takes place in the fictional city of Bahia Bay, which is based on San Diego, California where the creator lived.[1]

The show's theme song, "Livin' for the Weekend", was performed by Wayne Brady and written by Brady and Roger Neill.

Production[edit]

The Weekenders premiered on February 26, 2000, as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC. From 2001 to 2002, it also aired as part of Disney's One Too on UPN on Sunday mornings.[2] In September 2002, the series moved to Toon Disney,[3] and new episodes began airing on October 19,[4] finishing on February 29, 2004.

Reruns of the series continued to air on Toon Disney from 2004 to 2006, and also on Disney Channel in 2003.

Episodes[edit]

Home media[edit]

US (Region 1)[edit]

The entire show is now available on DVD on two volume sets sold exclusively through the Disney Movie Club[5] and Disney Movie eBay shop,[6] which makes The Weekenders the first Disney animated television show to have a full release on DVD.[7]

DVD Name Ep # Release date
The Weekenders: Volume 1 20 March 5, 2013
The Weekenders: Volume 2 19 March 5, 2013

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Weekenders has received very positive reviews from critics and fans for its solid writing, upbeat energy and multi-dimensional characters.[8] It has an 8.3/10 rating on IMDB and similarly maintains an 8.7/10[9] on TV.com.[10]

Ratings[edit]

TV Guide dubbed The Weekenders as "the show that killed Pokémon," because ABC stole the ratings when they aired it at 10:00 am - the same time Pokémon aired on Kids' WB. In addition, Variety and the New York Post reported that The Weekenders took the number one rating on Saturday morning television, which knocked off Pokémon from its 54 consecutive weeks as the top spot.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mega Mirror: Hangin' With 4 Friends". The Mirror. 2000-11-11.
  2. ^ "The Weekenders". www.bcdb.com, May 13, 2012
  3. ^ Godfrey, Leigh (July 1, 2002). "Toon Disney Premieres Eight New Series In Fall 2002". Animation World Network. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "So wait there were episodes of the Weekenders that didn't air on ABC?". Toonzone.net. Retrieved 2014-06-27.[better source needed]
  5. ^ "NEWS: The Weekenders hits DVD!". Disney Afternoon Forever. 2013-02-04.
  6. ^ "Want to Buy DMC DVD's Without Joining the DMC? Now You Can!". Disney Afternoon Forever. 2013-07-14.
  7. ^ "OVD Opinion Piece: What THE WEEKENDERS Means for Disney TV Cartoons on DVD". Disney Afternoon Forever. 2013-02-06.
  8. ^ "DISNEY'S THE WEEKENDERS. - HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  9. ^ "The Weekenders". 26 February 2000. Retrieved 28 June 2016 – via IMDb.
  10. ^ TV.com. "The Weekenders". Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  11. ^ Schneider, Michael (2000-05-05). "'The Weekenders' defeats 'Pokemon'". Variety.com.
  12. ^ Kaplan, Don (2000-05-10). "'Pokemon Has a Lost Weekend'". nypost.com.

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