The Thundermans is an American comedy television series created by Jed Spingarn that premiered on Nickelodeon on October 14, 2013. The series stars Kira Kosarin, Jack Griffo, Addison Riecke, Diego Velazquez, Chris Tallman, Rosa Blasi, and Maya Le Clark.
The series revolves around the Thundermans, a suburban family with superpowers who are living normal lives in the fictional town of Hiddenville, Florida. The series specifically focuses on teenage twins Phoebe, who is working to become a full-fledged superhero, and Max, who is trying to be a supervillain.
Why It Sucks
- It's bland, boring and unoriginal.
- The Thundermans have very one-dimensional, argumentative, generic personalities we've seen thousands of times before. For example, Phoebe is a nerdy, girly teenager who loves fashion, school, makeup and social media. Max is the rebellious teenage boy. Hank is the bumbling father. Barb is the nagging mother. Nora is the manipulative spoiled brat, Billy is the clueless and stupid one, and Chloe is the baby.
- Brain-dead writing littered with incredibly awful puns.
- Horrible episode titles ("Parks and T-Rex", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "May Z-Force Be With You", "Orange is the New Max", etc.) all showing how overly reliant they are with pop culture.
- Terrible acting.
- It gets way too much promotion and adoration from Nickelodeon, almost becoming the Teen Titans Go! of the network.
- It tries way too hard to stay hip and relevant. There are references to twerking, Internet lingo, roasts, selfies, social media, and even dabbing.
- Horrendous soundtrack.
- Phoebe and Max are supposed to be 14, but they look like they're in college for some reason. Same goes for Chloe. Despite being a baby, she has the looks of a 5 year old.
- The family abuses each other way too much. In addition to this, the show also relies on cruelty for comedy.
- The show is racist against minority groups, notably Asians.
- Too much dating drama.
- The laugh track plays at the unfunniest lines, which is a reoccurring theme in lots of bad sitcoms.
- Lots of potty humor.
- Heavily reliant on pop culture.
- The series is highly similar to The Incredibles and not in a good way.
- Waste of talented cast.
- It even had a crossover with Henry Danger.
- The show encourages negative morals to children. These include, but are not limited to:
- Breaking rules
- Commiting crimes (breaking and entering, vandalism, and theft)
- Impersonating a doctor
- Joyriding in a van
- Wiping out people's memories
- Ditching school
- Not being yourself
- Starting drama
- Rewritng history to get what you want (Save The Past Dance)
- False advertising: The teasers, trailers and promos say the show is a superhero show, but that would also be at the heart of believe that there is crime fighting, but the show has little to no crime fighting at all!
- Hank is also nothing more but the Nickelodeon version of modern-day Peter Griffin.
- Nora is constantly manipulating Billy into doing something that they aren't supposed to do.
- The franchise, characters and theme song are eerily similar to Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place. Plus both shows have unlikable families who care about fame more than justice.
- Phoebe's such a jerk, viewers actually give sympathy for Max.
- Phoebe and Max are supposed to set examples for Billy and Nora, but they're just as obnoxious as they are... if not worse!
- Some heartwarming moments.
- The only tolerable character is Chloe Thunderman.
- Dr. Colosso is the only comic relief in the entire show.
- One episode has Nora and Billy calling out Phoebe and Max for their selfish behavior.
- Usually, the kids get punished for their actions.
- Catchy theme song.