Phineas and Ferb appeal to tweens and parents

Phineas and Ferb appeal to tweens and parents

"There's 104 days of summer vacation"

That's how the Phineas and Ferb theme song starts, and the start of summer vacation saw Phineas & Ferb in the top spot as the #1 Twitter trend of the week, according to Ad Age's Twitter Week in Review.

"Phineas and Ferb" is an animated show on the Disney Channel that chronicles  two stepbrothers throughout their summer vacation as they embark on adventures limited only by their incredible imaginations.  They have a pet platypus named Perry who has his own extracurricular activities as Agent P keeping him busy, a bossy sister and wacky parents.

The show is aimed at the 6-11 age bracket.  It is popular among tweens, and also among their parents.  I know many parents who enjoy the show as much as their children.  That's by design.  Co-creator Dan Povenmire has said, "We want to do something that’s playing to all the ages that might be in the room." On a trip to Disney World a few months back, the parents were every bit as excited as their children were to meet Phineas and Ferb characters.

The show has a double level of humor, one for the kids and one for adults.  It reminds me of the Muppet show in that way, and just as I used to watch the Muppet Show with my parents, we all enjoy Phineas and Ferb in this house.

That the show includes stepparents and what's considered a "nontraditional family dynamic" is an added bonus for our "nontraditional" family, and reflective of co-creator Jeff "Swampy" Marshis' family.  Interestingly, though, I don't know that my tween has registered that fact. It hasn't been a big topic of conversation around here, unlike the recent episode where they went to France, which had us talking for quite a while.

I'm willing to bet that "Phineas & Ferb" was trending on Twitter not just because of tweens, but because of its appeal to all ages.  I also think the show's theme song, which begins with  was a big one for the last week of school.  Many people were using that to herald the start of summer, regardless of whether they were in school or not.

Do you or your tween watch "Phineas and Ferb"? Are there other shows that you and your tween enjoy together?


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