School of Rock (2016–2018)
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Again, Fred the Show is garbage but at least it's able to maintain some of the elements from the YouTube Show. Not many but they're able to retain some. Also, they were able to reuse some jokes from the YouTube video as well as the movies which were still garbage. It was just earnest and didn't act like it was good.
But for School of Rock 2016, it's like as if the Nickelodeon executives said "How can we make the complete opposite of the School of Rock movie? Oh I know: Ignore that they play rock music, replace that with pop music, turn every student from the classroom into a literal stereotype, and add the laugh track every 20 seconds. What could possibly go wrong?"(everything)
Now School of Rock wasn't all about comedy and had its serious moments. But we never forgot that they play rock music and spoke out to what is pretty much what made mainstream music popular in the first place. Rock music had such an impact and it still good as of 2018. Jack Black as well as Miranda Cosgrove had an exceptional performance in the movie and it was so good that it even got a Broadway musical.
But now, the sitcom is just terrible. Not many elements remain in this show and the ones that do remain aren't being used properly. And like before, they switched up the characters terribly. Summer has gone from a "control freak" to an over the top, happy go lucky girl. And should Zack even be Asian (he never was in the original movie)? Also, where's Katie (she had a big role in the film as the bass). I will admit that the guy playing Dewey in this show is not terrible but he is nowhere as good as Jack Black. The only character I can think of that is more interesting that she used to be is Tomika who went from a complete insult of the movie to the only tolerable character. Although I hate the fact that they changed her from a Black, chubby girl to an Australian girl who 1/2 her size, I will say that Breanna Yde is a really good actress and has a lot of potential as a singer/musician and that I have a lot of respect and support for her. But even then, that only when Nickelodeon is not using her as a cash cow or when she's not in every single Nickelodeon show (*coughs The Loud House and Nicky Ricky Dicky & Dawn). And although Breanna gave it her all in later seasons, it wasn't enough to save the show that's trying to be hip, cool, while really, it's an insult to rock n roll.
When I saw the first episode of this show, it looked really good but the rest of the series does not deliver. Also, Nick never brought back the original producer/creator Jack Black, and haven't referred on any rock musician or resources about rock music. They did it without any of these and they messed up BAAAADDDD. The stories are not interesting, the laugh track is overused, the characters are annoying (excluding Tomika in parts of Season 3), and the songs are like I said, mainstream pop songs.
Just because a show is different from its source material doesn't mean it has to be bad. Hey Arnold added a few new elements as well as few gross out jokes "The Jungle Movie" but it still maintained the core value of the original show. But despite the resources this show has, they never used it. Just like PowerPuff Girls 2016, School of Rock crapped on a beloved legacy and true meaning of rock n roll. If Nick keeps going down this path, their sitcoms will truly become known as cheap, uninspired, and lazy (until Cyma Zarghami steps down). That is why I consider this to be the worst show I have ever seen on Nick. Congratulations Fred, you've been dethroned.
all in all the songs are at least appropriate for a young audience, but Disney needs to stop trying to fix things that are broken for one and two i'm seriously offended (i do not throw the race card nor have i ever done so being that i am a mix of close to every ethnicity)that you would white-wash a show this much, however i am not surprised. Disney please just stop. thanks
Honestly nick would be better off just playing reruns of shows like icarly, zoey 101, un-fabulous, Ned's declassified, etc than making and non stop playing these lame new shows
Man, I'm glad i was born right before this generation of technology obsessed, frozen obsessed, and low humor kids shows took over
I only had to see the first episode of this program and after it ended. The only thing that was going through my mind was. What the hell was I thinking, that's twenty minutes of my life I won't ever get back.
as a heavy rock/metal fan, I'd would consider watching either the movie or Beavis and Butthead.
Please Nickelodeon cancel this series because you have really screwed up trying to convert the movie into a kids show, the least these idiots at Nickelodeon could have done is include classic rock/metal songs in it. Because by not doing so, they have missed a trick there.
School of Rock, more like School of Pop. Where the hell is the rock music? Why are they singing Meghan Trainor bubblegum pop music?? They ruined all the characters and changed their races and personalities.
Tomika was the chubby black girl with the voice like Aretha Franklin. Now in the show she is a midget tomboy Spanish girl who can't sing for her life. She sounds like a dying cat.
Freddy was the cool bad rebel that had an edge. Now he's a bland pretty boy with no personality.
Summer was the educated, clever, and responsible. She thinks mostly of succeeding and earning good grades. In the show she's a shallow dumb blonde who can't do anything right and thinks about cute boys.
Lawrence in the movie was the socially awkward Asian kid. Now he's annoying and obnoxious comic relief bumbling fool.
Zack in the show is now Asian for some reason.
They guy playing Dewey is trying way too hard to emulate Jack Black down to the voice and hair. He sucks!
And does a 25 year old Kendall Schmidt from Big Time Rush that desperate for work that he had to to return to Nickelodeon for a guest starring role, 3 years after his show ended.
This show is not funny, annoying laugh track, boring characters, the writing is bad. Why was this show made? It doesn't work as a TV show. Nickelodeon please cancel this trash and stop pumping out these awful sitcoms.
But even in a sea of mediocrity the TV version of "School of Rock" somehow manages to stand out as particularly awful.
The acting is atrocious. The guy they got to mimic Jack Black is particularly pathetic, and there's not a single talented cast member to be found among all of the children. Shouldn't at least one cast member be funny or likable?
The music is also incredibly pathetic. It's called "School of ROCK" yet it is full of muzak. Just terrible.
And lay off the laugh track Nickelodeon, you're not fooling anyone into laughing at your awful shows. It's just so bloody annoying.
One of only two shows I've ever forbidden people from watching in my home, and the only one nobody objected to since nobody wants to watch this dreck.
First off, this is a loose adaption of the original movie. Many of the characters have been changed significantly. There is also very little focus on rock music itself. However, if you can accept these changes then you will be rewarded by a superbly written sitcom that is laugh-out-loud funny.
The young cast are terrific. In particular, Brianna Yde, who has such a gift for comedy. Yde's timing and delivery are perfect, and she is utterly charming. I look forward to seeing more from this wonderful young actress. Also worth mentioning is Jade Pettyjohn who portrays Summer as a breezy, warm, bubbly girl. This works especially well when played against Yde's biting sarcasm. Aidan Miner is also terrific as the nerdy Lawrence and great at delivering one liners.
The plot broadly follows that of the movie but there is plenty of time given over to exploring subplots. This gives the show quite a bit of scope when it comes to storytelling and ensures each episode is fresh and not repetitive.
Perhaps the biggest challenge this show faces is escaping from the shadow of its namesake. People clearly have certain expectations when they watch the show, when these expectations are not met they dismiss the show out of hand without giving it a fair chance. Just look at some of the ludicrous comments in other reviews.
This show is not perfect, I would like to see a greater emphasis on music. It would be great if the band gave a full performance in every episode. Brianna Yde has a lovely voice and her talents are underused.
My biggest criticism of the show is the use of a laugh track, it's just so intrusive. I realise that Americans are used to canned laughter but to a British ear it's very off putting. The producers need to have more confidence in the talents of their writers and cast. The comedy is so strong in the show that canned laughter is totally unnecessary.
However, these criticisms are minor quibbles. If you can accept that the characters have changed dramatically from their movie counterparts, then you will find a warm and thoroughly charming TV programme. The cast are very likable, the comedy is strong and the stories are engaging. I really look forward to each new episode. It's worth tuning in for Brianna Yde alone (who I am now a little bit in love with).
I highly recommend this show. Give it a fair chance and you will be handsomely rewarded.