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Wendell and Vinnie 

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Series (2013)
A loveable goofball uncle becomes the guardian of his nephew, a 12-year-old genius.

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Series cast summary:
...  Vinnie Bassett 20 episodes, 2013
...  Wendell Bassett 20 episodes, 2013
...  Wilma Bassett 20 episodes, 2013
...  Taryn 20 episodes, 2013
Israel Powell ...  School Kid (2013) 15 episodes, 2013
Angelique Terrazas ...  Lacy 10 episodes, 2013
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Jerry Trainor returns to portray a character not of, but similar to, Spencer Shay. Instead he plays Vinnie, the eccentric owner of a pop culture memorabilia store in Los Angeles, whose breaks are spent only reading comics and playing video games. Soon, his 12-year old nephew, Wendell, pays him a visit. From that moment forward, Vinnie's life is turned upside down: he assumes legal guardianship over Wendell. Wendell is wise-beyond-his-years, while Vinnie is clueless, but with the help of his sister (Wilma, a frightening personal injury attorney), the girl next door (Taryn, a newly-divorced Texan girl of Vinnie's dreams) and Wendell himself, he finally gets the hang of it and does whatever he can to make a fine father. On the other hand, Wendell might just be the parent Vinnie needs! Written by Raymond A. Waldrop

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Jerry Trainor (Vinnie) was also on other shows like iCarly, Drake & Josh, and a main voice on the animated series Tuff Puppy. See more »

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Great, but is it on the wrong channel?
7 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

I'm not entirely sure if it was originally supposed to be for younger viewers because some of its content and language seems to be geared more towards people aged 17 and older - I even forgot I was watching a Nickelodeon show. Describing it in relation to other shows or movies, Wendell and Vinnie is similar to Melissa & Joey and Raising Helen in that the deemed single, irresponsible/Peter-Pan-like family member gains custody of his/her sibling's child(ren) for a tragic reason. It's a television show that not only can make you laugh, but also has its touching moments.

It is not your nowadays average Nickelodeon show, shows like iCarly or Victorious. Don't get me wrong, I respect Dan Schneider's work, but sometimes, iCarly and Victorious just seemed like they were trying too hard to be funny. Oftentimes, it was awkward to watch because of how hard they were trying. Here, Wendell and Vinnie and the people in their lives are more real and less in-your-face with the humor - it's subtle - just like most of us in reality would be. It's not awkward because the characters - and by extension, the writers of the show - know when to stop or when they're about to risk crossing a line.

All in all, it's a great show. If Nickelodeon DOES decide the show is too much for them, they should at least consider moving it to another network rather than cancelling it.


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