Good Luck Charlie (2010–2014)
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I could go on and on but overall, if you can get it in your head that is is a Disney channel produced show and you take that into consideration when you are watching, then I think you will really enjoy this show for what it is. Smart, witty, sweet, and just fun for everyone! My own mom loves this show she think's it's hilarious, and she is 47!
There aren't many supporting characters except for Teddy's sassy best friend Ivy (played by Raven Goodwin) and P.J's best friend and fellow band mate Emmett(Played by Micah Williams).
Its very charming how big sister Teddy makes a video diary for her baby sister, ending each entry with "Good Luck Charlie!".
A great show, I recommend it for anyone wanting a great show for all ages.
The story line is futuristic, and projects something we all would like to do: give advice to everybody who isn't as experienced as us. A great watch and awesome family show.
The future looks great for a show like this, as it is different, enjoyable and combines good acting with great writing.
Cute characters combined with good laughter always makes room for a great evening of fun with the family.
I am really looking forward to more of the story, and see where the writers can take the show.
Love how the entire family video documents for baby Charlie.. Such a cute idea!
All the kids are great actors as well as the parents on the show.. fun for the whole family and highly recommend for your family too!
We need more "Good Luck Charlie" for the television viewing world.
The buck stops with Good Luck Charlie because the closest thing they have to a gimmick is that they have a baby sister. It's like on some shows like Fresh Prince, Malcolm in the Middle, Family Matters they have a surprise baby when they run out of ideas, GLC makes an entire show out of that. And it works, for a lotta different reasons:
IT'S A FAMILY SHOW. This might not seem that important but in terms of Disney Channel over the last few years it's a big improvement. Every show has families but they rarely interact and everyone is off doing their own thing. But GLC is about a family and everyone has equal story lines and all their plots all involve each other. Next to that, every member of the family is likable and believable. The main character Teddy is a goody-goody who loves her family, her older brother is stupid but sweet, her little brother is a prankster, her mom thinks a bit much of herself and their dad is a goofball. Every member of the family you could believe is a real person.
The supporting characters have lives of their own! Again, this doesn't seem like a big deal, but Disney Channel has gotten reallllly lazy. In not one, but two of their shows when they got tired of not explaining why the best friend was always at the star's house, they had the bestie move in with the star! To do this on one show is pushing it. When you do it on two, it's pathetic. But we see Teddy's best friend Ivy's parents, she has a family and a house and we see them semi-regularly! Again, it goes back to Lizzie McGuire days when we would see Miranda and Gordo's parents occasionally enough to know they existed. We even see Teddy's boyfriend's parents. It's not the biggest of deals but when they acknowledge that the supporting characters don't go sit in storage lockers when they leave the Duncan house it says something about the show.
It doesn't take place in California. Again this is my personal preference but when they have a show that doesn't take place in California (or New York but it's not the same, New York at least has weather) but this show takes place in Colorado! That means they can have mountains and snow and other things most shows on Disney are too lazy to touch.
Bottom line, it's a great show and just what the doctor ordered on Disney Channel. It's an innocent enough family show that a family can watch it together without the parents feeling like morons and if they have older kids reminisce about Lizzie McGuire. Home run, Disney Channel! And its about time!!
As if the show wasn't funny enough, the skits at the end (after the "Good Luck Charlie" line) are awesome.
All of the Duncan family characters/actors are funny, but Gabe (Bradley Steven Perry) and Amy (Leigh-Allyn Baker) crack me up every time.
My two big questions: 1) Why are the seasons not available on DVD? 2) Why has this not been picked up by a major network?
Hope it is renewed for more seasons!
10 out of 10!
The characters and situations are stock Disney channel fare, and the target audience is already well-conditioned to recognize these characters and thoroughly anticipate each plot line, so all that's left is to direct them when to laugh by inserting a laugh track after pretty much every single line of dialog.
I will be spending this review talking about what the show has done right, rather than why I enjoy it.
The characters are much more believable than any other Disney show. While they remain funny, they also seem like they could be people you'd find in real life, and you enjoy TV much more when you don't find yourself constantly questioning the characters existence. For example, many Disney shows use the "Dumb character" gag, but feel the need to play him up as the worlds STUPIDEST PERSON. This show has a slower character, but he still remains funny, bearable, and plot relevant. Basically, he can still have good one liners while still being likable as a character. The leading girl (Older) is good too, she isn't played as the super popular or unpopular girl like most Disney shows do, you feel she's somewhere in the middle of the social chain. She actual acts like a teenage girl, not a boy obsessed monster, or super-nerd. She goes through normal teenage issues and the few serious plots are well handled. The parents are done the best. THEY ARE ACTUALLY PLAYED AS COMPITANT PARENTS. That is my biggest issue with Disney parents, they are always either never there, or incompetent at their job as parent. The parents in GLC are stern, but understanding at times, they actually seem like good parents. They even manage to be funny at times. Charlie and Toby are cute, and to be honest, I could care less for the other, unmentioned son.
The comedy isn't based around laugh tracks and overacting, or funny accents, or goofy unrealistic situations like EVERY OTHER Disney SHOW. The comedy come from character interactions in realistically funny situations, which is the same type of comedy that made Arrested Development the amazing show it is. Obviously GLC is nothing compared to the genius of AD, but the comedy is good enough to be reminiscent of the show, which is shocking.
All-in-all, the acting is decent, the comedy is shockingly decent, and the characters are good. This is the best show currently on Disney.
I think GLC embodies a different wave of family comedy than we had seen in previous generations. You can also see this in sitcoms like ICarly, which is another well done family show. That's not to say that the 1980's and 90's didn't have some great ones ("Step By Step", "Boy Meets World"). Both great shows, and very funny. But I think that I like GLC so much because it's even more cynical and sarcastic than either of them. It's the direction that I would take if I were to write a family show. Get away from the whole "Full House" and "Saved by the Bell" kind of mold that a lot of family sitcoms followed.
What GLC doesn't do (which many children/family shows tend to do) is treat you like you're stupid. It's as if the writers and producers are more concerned with being family friendly than they are with being funny. Well, GLC isn't risqué at all. There is nothing about this show that I would consider too objectionable for young kids. But it's still a hit. It isn't so terribly watered down so that it may provide a "moral", or a family/child friendly plot. It's not hard to suspend disbelief.
What this show does do (and what I mean by this different wave of family comedy) is that you can catch the cynicism and sarcastic wit of the show outright. You don't need to have a "moral" layered on so thick that you drown in it. In fact, this show pokes fun at the fact that every character, to include the parents, can take the low road sometimes. It doesn't take life, or for that matter itself too seriously. The Duncan family has no shame and little surprise for their various antics. And that makes the show gold. But with that, there's nothing objectionable about it.
The dynamic between Gabe and the neighbor Mrs. Dabney in particular is funny. Amy Duncan is just overall a great character, and I give props to Leigh-Allyn Baker for playing her so well. Bob and PJ Duncan are also great characters as well.
This show would fare well as a prime time show on a national network. And while a show like ICarly is also great family show, I just can't see it on a network like ABC for instance. I'm sure it would perform well. However, I personally think GLC would "fit in" better on a prime time national slot, if you will. Well written, with a great comedic formula. You will laugh just as much as your children do. Maybe even more so. Check it out.
I also grew to like the show's screen play techniques.I think efforts to not have infant parent on t.v or showing the interaction (zeroing in on lines), not to have the scene show both characters together (this would create too lasting a bond between the actors in the mind of the viewer.) I think Good Luck Charlie pioneered this.
Their are three kids in the Duncan family already, three roughly in the age group of the Wizards Of Waverly Place teens played by Jason Dolley, Bradley Steven Perry and Brigid Mendler. Naturally the arrival of a lovable little sister has imposed new responsibilities on the older kids that kind of cramp their teen styles.
Babies are the hardest of course to direct, but are natural scene stealers because they have not developed any inhibitions. Little Charlie will evade one or more of the family for a second or two and get herself into all kinds of mischief. It's a can't miss formula for the Disney Studio.
Good Luck Charlie is not a bad show and I'm sure it will get its average three year run and develop a two new Disney teen stars and in the case of Jason Dolley keep his career going in The Magic Kingdom for a bit longer.
Other shows like Liv and Maddie and Best Friends Whenever, they are ATROCIOUS. The ideas are unoriginal, the shows are boring, and it has mostly females in them. But in shows like Good Luck Charlie and Jessie, it gives some males a chance to have a big role in them. It's sad to see most of Disney Channel is just diabolical these days. R.I.P old Disney channel, you will be missed.
And overall, I give this show a 9/10. 1 point off for gross stuff, a few bad episodes, and some malapropos-ish episodes.
Even though Bridget Mendlers performance is OK on the show the convoluted plots ruin the show. If they never casted Jason Dolly, never had the baby being a big part of the show, and made the parents good symbpls and role models this show could have been somewhat iconic and Disney classic.
This show is truly terrible and Disney should completely get rid of it.