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Rugrats (1990–2006)

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Series cast summary:
 Tommy Pickles / ... (172 episodes, 1991-2006)
 Lil DeVille / ... (167 episodes, 1990-2006)
 Didi Pickles / ... (153 episodes, 1990-2005)
 Angelica Pickles / ... (151 episodes, 1991-2006)
 Stu Pickles / ... (143 episodes, 1990-2005)
 Chas Finster / ... (141 episodes, 1991-2005)
 Chuckie Finster / ... (140 episodes, 1991-2002)
 Grandpa Lou Pickles / ... (82 episodes, 1990-1997)
 Dil Pickles / ... (74 episodes, 1997-2006)
 Charlotte Pickles / ... (71 episodes, 1992-2003)


Rugrats is a show about 4 babies, Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, and Phil and Lil Deville. As we see their lives unravel, we get to hear them talk. On the sidelines are Tommy's mean cousin Angelica, their friend Susie Carmichael (same age as Angelica), and everybody's parents. Written by Bounce <Bounce@aloha.net>

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Did You Know?


Cheryl Chase had trouble portraying a mean Angelica. To help her get into character, writer Steve Viksten told Chase that Angelica was this series' J.R. Ewing. See more »


Chuckie's Saturn shirt is usually a yellow planet with a red ring. In the first season, a common animation error is for the colors to be vice-versa - with the colors sometimes changing between scenes. See more »


Angelica: You babies are so dumb, I can't believe you lived to be one.
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Classic Rugrats Ruled!
13 May 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

"Rugrats" was one of my favorite shows when I was little. I watched it when it premiered back in 1991 when I was four with the other two original Nicktoons, "Doug" and "Ren and Stimpy". I watched all three shows but "Rugrats" was my favorite of the three.

The original 65 episodes where classics. They featured real adventures shown from a baby's point of view. My favorite characters were Phil and Lil, they were funny, and Angelica. My favorite episodes of the original 65 were "Together At Last", "Pickles vs. Pickles", "Passover", and "Slumber Party". Even though all of the original episodes were great.

After airing for three years "Rugrats" was canceled. It was during the three year hiatus where "Rugrats" hit its peak. After popular demand the creators decided to bring "Rugrats" back with new writers starting with holiday specials like "Chanukah" and "Mother's Day". The 97' episodes were good but not as good as the original. My favorites from these seasons were: "Baby Maybe", "Johnathon Babysits", and "Autumn Leaves".

Things soon changed in 98' with a feature movie bringing the arrival of Tommy's new baby brother Dil. The movie was good, however, the episodes that followed staring Dil were not. "Rugrats" turned from a show following the adventures of babies to a show about babies babysitting a younger baby. Every episode now followed Dil. If the babies tried to go on an adventure Dil would always ruin it. There were, however, a few good episodes here and there in the Dil season. (two of my favorites being "No Naps" and "Music"). The other episodes were basically about the babies getting abused by Dil.

And just when you think things couldn't get any worse they did in 2001 with the arrival of three new characters. The "Rugrats" second feature movie "Rugrats in Paris" debuted in theaters in the fall of 2000. I loved the movie and I thought it was better than the first. The episodes that followed however were really, really, really bad. The series went from a show evolving around the Pickles to evolving around the Finsters. Kimi, Chuckie's new step-sister, is a female Tommy.(Why do we need another Tommy?) Kira, Chuckie's new step-mother is just plain annoying. Lulu, Granpa's new wife is just pointless. Why did Grandpa have to move out? Didn't he already try to move out back in 1993 and moved back in because he realized that his grand kids needed him? All episodes featuring the new characters were dull. The babies no longer went on adventures. Instead they just followed Kimi's imagination. The only decent episodes in the Kimi seasons are "The Perfect Twins" and "Pre-school Daze". And that is because these episodes barely feature Kimi and her imagination at all.

In conclusion if you want to watch a good show, watch the original 65 episodes or at least the Pre-Dil episodes. You can still catch the original 65 episodes on Nick's new T.V. station Nicktoons.

*Ratings* Classics Rugrats(91-94) - 10/10, Pre-Dil(97-98) - 9.5/10, Dil Seasons- 3/10, Kimi Seasons- 1/10

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