A.N.T. Farm (2011–2014)

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A musical prodigy, gets into a gifted program called Advanced Natural Talents at the local high school.

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 Chyna Parks (62 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Olive Doyle (62 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Fletcher Quimby (62 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Lexi Reed (62 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Angus Chestnut (49 episodes, 2011-2014)
Carlon Jeffery ...
 Cameron Parks (44 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Paisley Houndstooth (31 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Wacky the Wolf (28 episodes, 2011-2012)
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Chyna Parks, a musical prodigy, gets into a gifted program called Advanced Natural Talents at the local high school. Along with her fellow 'ANTs' she must navigate the halls of a new school of older kids who're not particularly fond of grade-skipping newbies. Written by Anonymous

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Jake Short was the last of the three core characters to be cast. See more »

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When Chyna, Olive or Fletcher are checking their ANT pads when they receive or are sending messages, you can easily see that it's just a black screen and there's nothing on it. See more »

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Intelligent and absurd comedy for families
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am 44 years old, so A.N.T. Farm is a show I never intended to watch at all, and certainly didn't think would become one of my favorite shows. I have two girls, and I happened to sit down with them one day while A.N.T. Farm was on, and though it took a few minutes, I was hooked. I was frequently laughing, and also impressed with the intelligence of the humor. (And that intelligence includes the "dumbness" of characters like Paisley and Gibson and Cameron. Writing good "dumb" characters is not easy.)

A.N.T. Farm is unique among family shows for its absurdist style and wit. Think Monty Python or Demetri Martin or the satirical edge of The Simpsons, but suitable for all ages. Like any series, some shows are better than others, but most episodes have a good number of laughs, and a few that are particularly clever. The main actors portraying Chyna, Olive, Fletcher, Angus and Lexi are all very engaging, and the supporting cast is colorful and interesting.

I'm a little less crazy about the setting change for season 3. The absurdity of the show seemed to contrast better against the more typical setting of an average high school, as opposed to the absurd setting of a super school run by a zany Steve Jobs type. Here's hoping, if there is a season 4, that they can return to the original school. But the show is still highly entertaining and intelligent, regardless.

I'm surprised to see A.N.T. Farm so poorly rated here, but I think it perhaps requires more thought and attention to appreciate than typical sitcoms. I consider myself pretty well versed in comedy, and I write comedy for children as part of my career, and there are some jokes on the show that I don't get right away. That makes A.N.T. Farm a great show for repeat viewings, as you can appreciate the humor more than once and even pick up new things the second time through.

If I have any quibble about the show, it's that some of my favorite characters (e.g., Gibson, Paisley, Skidmore, Cameron) have been written out or lost from the cast, except for rare cameos, and essentially replaced with less interesting and funny characters (e.g., Zoltan, Winter, Hippo). There are also rare times when the show can forget what its real strength is (absurd comedy), and meander into something more typical of sitcoms for children, where a lesson is learned or character relationships are strengthened, or a performance is featured (i.e., Chyna singing a song). Thankfully, these times aren't that frequent, and often include some humor as well, but I do think I'd prefer if the show just owned its silliness all of the time.

Still, though it may not get the appreciation it deserves, A.N.T. Farm is one of the most entertaining and intelligent comedy series on TV in recent years (and yes, I'm including adult shows in that comparison).


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