Nickelodeon’s DOUG

October 8, 2009

Doo do doo do do do doo do do do do….DOUG!


Yay for Doug. Just a quick refresher, Doug was an incredibly sensitive good guy. He could essestially be the inspiration for any “nice guys finish last” mantra. Doug enjoyed a great run as a cartoon on Nickelodeon in the 90s and then had a brief stint on ABC after he graduated from elementary school and made it into junior high. We was forever pining after Patty Mayonaisse and avoiding the ridicule of Rodger Klotz. He was a loyal friend, always there for his best friend Skeeter and a great dog owner…..Porkchop! He was an aspiring musician and had a great song “Bangin’ on a Trashcan” (you can youtube it, its pretty great).  Not to mention he was a very dedicated “Beets” fan. His navigated through his life and let us all know how it was going via voice over journal entries. Ahhh….looking back, Doug was like therapy for my 12 year old self.

Now that I’m done gushing over all of the things that I remember about Doug I am going to give it a little more thought and explain why this boy with minimal hair and a sweater vest deserves a second look. Doug had subtle hints of culture that I never understood as a child but think are amazingly informative and creative now. Doug’s sister Judy lamented about the Beets in a postmodern fashion, wore a beret and discussed a fictional Sylvia Plath-esque writer constantly.

judyJudy was fortelling of the postmodern, stuffwhitepeoplelike, intellectual, psuedo misunderstood, liberal arts culture that is now so integral in our society. She was well read, snooty and even wore black tights. She was also a remnant of the “Beats” culture of the 1950s. Beret, sunglasses, you know she was reading Kerouac.

More culture? Doug’s favorite band “The Beets” were mirrored directly after the Beatles. Don’t believe me? Look:beets

Doug was great, he had friends of all different colors and socioeconomic statuses, he was sensitive and introspective. He even tried sushi with his grandma. Doug may have lived in a fictional small town but his life was filled to the brim with culture lessons from the past and the future. For all of these reasons, Doug deserves a second look.


4 Responses to “Nickelodeon’s DOUG”

  1. cmitten Says:

    Hilarious. When I was growing up, my mom would get mad when I watched “Doug” because she thought Roger was too mean! But I loved the show!

  2. Frank Says:

    This is a bit weird, but I’m going as Doug Funny for Halloween. A group of friends and I are going as the gang. I feel particularly bad for my friend who is painting himself blue for the weekend.

  3. NICK Says:

    I loved Doug! It’s absolutely worth watching again! Kudos on the Halloween costume, Frank!

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