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My Weird School is an American-Canadian animated teen dramedy school story TV series currently airing on The CC (Cartoon Comedy) based on the children's book series of the same name by Dan Gutman. The book series and TV series likewise focus on the comical misadventures of the main character, A.J., at the numerous schools he attends in his lifetime, alongside the company of friends and teachers, the majority of whom are strange. Unlike the book series, however, the television counterpart takes many creative liberties with the source material, including aging the characters with each passing season and inserting more dramatic and realistic situations within the characteristic slapstick comedy of the series.

The series initially began with its first season on April 30, 2009, and ended on May 31, 2010. The series was immediately renewed for a second season due to overwhelmingly-positive critical reception. The second season aired from December 1, 2010, to December 1, 2011, for an entire year. A season 3 was not quickly announced, leaving the show on a 2-year hiatus.

Sometime around 2013, it was announced by the late Brandon Cornish, then-president of The CC (Cartoon Comedy), that the series had not been picked up for a 3rd season, citing that season 2 had wrapped up the show.

On July 27, 2013, a miniseries entitled My Weird Summer School aired from June 27, 2013, until August 28 of the same year, ending the hiatus. It revolved around A.J.'s adventures at summer school, where he meets a bad girl named Ariana Johnson and falls in love with her. He finds himself in a love triangle after Andrea appears and he begins to question his loyalty towards Ariana. In the end, he chooses Andrea. The miniseries served as a replacement to the show, and it got good ratings, which brought up a rumor of a possible continuation. Nothing came of it, and the show would phase into another 2-year hiatus, which was misidentified as the show's "cancellation".

Then, on April 27, 2015, a season 3 with a 21-episode order was announced for the 2016/17 season. It began airing on August 10, 2015 and ended on August 5, 2016. A season 4 would later air from September 9, 2016, to July 26, 2017. A fifth season was quickly renewed thereafter. It aired from August 25, 2017, until December 25, 2017, for four months. The 100th episode (which aired as part of the season) of the entire series aired on September 29, 2017. A sixth and seventh season were renewed as well. The sixth season first aired on March 9, 2018, and concluded on December 14, 2018. The seventh season began airing on January 4, 2019, and finalized over a year later on January 10, 2020.

The show had to sign a contract back in 2014 in order to air the remaining 2 seasons. The contract expired July 26, 2017.

However, on January 23, 2017, Variety confirmed that the show was to continue airing, but without its original showrunner, Patsy Shires. The news had been misinformed as cancellation, though everything has since been cleared up. Three more seasons have been renewed, and a new contract was signed. This contract is to expire in 2028, stirring rumors that the show would continue for a very long time.

On The CC (Cartoon Comedy)'s website, an eight-season was accidentally leaked. It would later premiere on February 28, 2020. The series is presently in indefinite hiatus due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic that has stalled production of movies and shows. The creator announced on social media that production on the series has restarted, albeit through remote work, and that it will return on September 25, 2020.

Alongside that were announcements for a ninth and tenth season consisting each of 13 episodes will air on 2019 and possibly 2020, making it the show with the most seasons on The CC (Cartoon Comedy), and the longest-airing, with almost 11 years on the air. This was also the most amount of episodes ordered for a The CC (Cartoon Comedy) show. The previous contract set for 2028 is in case a possible continuation airs before 2028, but if none comes to fruition, the contract could possibly expire earlier.

It was announced on May 26, 2018, that a 13-episode My Weird School miniseries, titled My Weird Boarding School, would air in winter 2019 after the complete broadcast of the seventh season. The miniseries, focusing on Andrea's antics during her brief enrollment at a quintessential, all-girls British boarding school, wound up premiering on August 16, 2019, and concluding on November 8, 2019.

The show is the fourth one, after The Adventures of Teddy and Friends, Dorami, Larry!, and Mia Stories, to hit the 90th episode mark, and the second show to hit the 100th episode mark (after Mia Stories, though it is the first broadcasted show to hit the 100th episode milestone, since the latter show aired on The CC (Cartoon Comedy)'s app). It will also be the only show on The CC (Cartoon Comedy) to hit the 200th episode milestone, during its 10th season.

Plot

A.J., a petulant and immature student who generally proclaims his hatred for school, has misadventures at Ella Mentry School (seasons 1-4) May Dole School (seasons 5-6) and a high school (seasons 7-), schools host to strange teachers, accompanied by his "gang" of friends and his secret crush Andrea, who he has an on and off relationship with.

Characters

  • A.J. [Zachary Gordon (seasons 1-4), Grant Palmer (seasons 5-)] - A.J. is the main character, an asinine and impudent kid who loves traditionally masculine sports such as football and skateboarding but detests school and girls. Unlike in the book series the show's based upon, he's actually, secretly in love with Andrea, his "archenemy", who seems to return those feelings back to him. They admit their love to each other in the season 2 finale "I Do", and began dating from there until the season 6 premiere when Andrea returns from her Christmas vacation with a different attitude and begins dating Pierre, although they break things off when he fails to confide in his bisexuality. He and Andrea eventually renew their relationship in season 6, which is stronger than ever before.
  • Andrea [Kaitlyn Dias (seasons 1-4), Hadley Belle Miller (seasons 5-)] - A.J.'s "archenemy" and on-and-off girlfriend. She always leaves hints at her true feelings for A.J., and vice versa. They both confess their love for each other in the season 2 finale "I Do!". They begin dating until the beginning of season 6, when she comes back from school more popular and more ignorant of A.J., silently breaking up with him in lieu of dating Pierre, who first appeared in season 1. It is hinted, however, that her relationship with him may be abusive. Following her break-up with Pierre for failing to divulge his sexual orientation to her, she rekindles her relationship with A.J.
  • Ryan [Dante Brown (seasons 1-4), Mekai Curtis (seasons 5-)] - A.J.'s African-American best friend with pica disorder whose trademark cravings are the seat cushions of the school bus. He and A.J. have a brief rivalry over the affections of Andrea, but later reconnect, with Ryan instead having a short-lived relationship with new girl Tara. Starting in season 7, he and Pierre hook up, though it is never explicitly stated whether he identifies as gay, bisexual, or pansexual.
  • Michael (Alexander Garfin) - A.J.'s other friend who sports unlaced shoes. He has glasses and an uncanny resemblance to Neil, another friend's of A.J.
  • Neil (Nicolas Cantu) - A.J. other friend who was mistakenly referred to as "the nude kid" (although it was really "the new kid"), but now the gang refers to him by the former moniker.
  • Alexia (Nika Futterman) - A.J.'s only female friend due to her tomboyish attitude, who later develops an attraction towards him first seen in the season 5 finale "A Christmas Without Andrea". After her feelings go unreciprocated and A.J. rekindles his romance with Andrea, her innocuous crush on him spirals into pathological limerence in which she excogitates usually-foiled plans to force him into a relationship. Following involuntary counseling, she abjures her obsessive ways and attempts to seek a platonic friendship with A.J. and the rest of the gang. While he at first remains reluctant, he and the rest of the gang welcome her back, much to her exuberance. She becomes enamored with Neil in the season 7 finale "Fresh Ends" after A.J. messages her a photo of him.
  • Emily (Isabella Acres) - Andrea's highly-sensitive best friend who easily takes umbrage from A.J.'s teasing.
  • Annette (Emily Alyn Lind) - Andrea's other friend. A.J. once "puns" her name by saying "A net".
  • Colette (Quvenzhané Wallis) - Andrea's other friend of African-American descent who only makes a single appearance in season one, but reappears as a background character in subsequent seasons.
  • Mrs. Daisy [Kate McKinnon (seasons 1-4), Leigh-Allyn Baker (season 5, episode 6 "Fast Times at Ella Mentry")] - A.J. and the gang's dimwitted elementary school teacher and the eventual wife of fellow teacher Mr. Macky's with a voracious appetite for bonbons. She announces her pregnancy with his baby in the season 3 episode "Maybe, Baby".
  • Mr. Klutz (Jeff Bennett) - Ella Mentry School's principal who loves kissing pigs and doing crazy stunts. He once gave A.J. a chocolate bar.
  • Mrs. Yonkers (Kath Soucie) - Ella Mentry School's computer teacher who has a cheese hat on her head that she bought on eBay.
  • Mr. Granite (Dan Castellaneta) - A.J.'s third-grade teacher. He's from another planet, called Etinarg (Granite backward).
  • Mr. Macky (Jess Harnell) - The reading teacher and husband of fellow teacher Mrs. Daisy, who announces that she will have his baby in the season 3 episode "Maybe, Baby".
  • Ella Mentry (Cree Summer) - Ella Mentry School's nonagenarian founder and namesake.
  • Billy (Noah Munck) - A.J.'s former friend who once dressed as an "underwearwolf".
  • Mrs. Loopy (Laraine Newman) - Ella Mentry School's librarian with suggested Dissociative Identity Disorder who dresses as famous people or nursery rhyme characters.
  • Mrs. Hannah (Niki Yang) - Ella Mentry School's art teacher who reuses garbage to make paintings and statues of things.
  • Mr. Cooper (Carlos Alazraqui) - Elementary school teacher who replaces Mr. Granite beginning in season 4. He prides himself in being a "superhero", even going to ridiculous lengths to wearing a superhero costume every day.
  • Pierre [Kodi McSmit-Phee (seasons 1-4), Pierce Gagnon (seasons 5-)] - Pierre first debuted in the titular season 1 episode "Pierre" as a French exchange student who manages to get all the girls enamored with him for his seductive French accent and debonair, sartorial fashion style, including Andrea. Although originally conceived as a one-shot character, fan demand lead him to start appearing more frequently as a main character in season six as Andrea's new boyfriend after she quietly breaks up with A.J. He also becomes A.J.'s rival for Andrea's affections. It is alluded that his relationship with Andrea is an abusive one, though this is never outright confirmed. In the season 6 episode "That's the Spirit!" he comes out as bisexual to the whole of May Dole school to polarizing reception, and in the season 7 4-parter "Bi Guy", Andrea severs their relationship, citing Pierre's lack of disclosure concerning his sexuality, much to his heartbreak and understanding. After a journey of self-discovery and healing, he falls for, and dates Ryan, whose sexuality remains ambiguous.

Production

Production for the first season began in 2008.

Production for the second season began in 2009.

Production for the miniseries began in 2012.

Production for the third season began in 2014.

Production for the fourth season began in 2015.

Production for the fifth season began in 2016

Production for the sixth season started in early 2017, while the seventh season has barely begun production as of summer 2017.

The show's animation was produced by Bardel Entertainment in the vein of the original books' drawings up until season 6, when the new animation production is by Atomic Cartoons.

Seasons

Main article: List of My Weird School (TV series) episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 26 April 30, 2009 May 31, 2010
2 26 December 1, 2010 December 1, 2011
Miniseries 10 June 27, 2013 August 28, 2013
3 21 August 10, 2015 August 5, 2016
4 21 September 9, 2016 July 26, 2017
5 21 August 25, 2017 December 29, 2017
6 26 March 9, 2018 December 14, 2018
7 21 January 4, 2019 January 10, 2020
Miniseries 2 13 September 13, 2019 December 5, 2020
8 26[1] February 28, 2020[1] TBA
9 13[1] N/A
10 13[1] N/A

Reception

Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes
Season 1 92%
Season 2 90%
Season 3 99%
Season 4 96%
Season 5 98%
Season 6 81%
Season 7 100%
Average 94%

The show has gotten overwhelmingly positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has reported a 92% approval rating with an average rating of 7.9/10 based on 29 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "My Weird School proves itself weird [in a good way], funny, delightful, and aesthetically pleasing with its [traditional animation] reminiscent of the illustrations of the equally entertaining book series it's based on." Hannah Lemming of Variety said of the show, "Canadian animation has proven to been the black sheep of international animation, yet My Weird School is the special case, with its wonderful animation and jokes that anyone can laugh at". The second season was reported with a 90% approval rating, an average rating of 7.3/10, and the consensus, which reads, "This show proves itself as weirdly entertaining yet again." The miniseries currently has no approval rating, however, only a "Want to See" rating which reads "98% want to see it". The third season got a 99% approval rating, an average rating of 9.9/10, and a consensus reading, "My Weird School returns in a spectacular and odd manner, winning yet again everyone's heart." The fourth season did just as well as its predecessors, with a 96% approval rating, an average rating of 8.5/10, and a consensus. It read, "Though (at times) it has long distanced itself from the source material it was adapted upon, this weird show will always make your kid laugh...[weird]." The fifth season did greater with a 98% approval rating, an average rating of 8.8/10, and with the consensus, "This weird show just does its weird thing and it weirdly works. How weird is that?" The sixth season, however, has gotten the lowest rating for the series with an 81% approval rating and an average rating of 7.2/10. The consensus reads, "The show's transition to digital animation from its previous traditional animation in this season is apparent and weirdly off-putting for veteran viewers, not to mention its story arc unusual for the series, but the original spirit is still felt." With a 100% approval rating and an average rating of 8.8/10, the seventh season has the highest rating for any season of the show ever. The consensus reads, "Into its seventh season, My Weird School takes really weird risks in an attempt to stay fresh."

Awards and nominations

On ~2017, My Weird School made history as the first TV show on The CC (Cartoon Comedy) to ever be nominated for an award, though it wasn't the only show up for a nomination (Larry! would also be nominated for an Annie on December of 2017).

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2017 Fanon Wiki Awards Best Animated TV Series My Weird School Nominated

Home media

Region 1
DVD title Season (s) Aspect ratio Episode count Total running time Release date (s)
School Daze 1 16:9 13 286 minutes October 25, 2009
A.J. + Andrea Moments 1, 2 16:9 18 396 minutes February 9, 2012
The Freaky First Season 1 16:9 26 572 minutes February 28, 2013
Holidays Funnies! 1, 2 16:9 5 110 minutes April 2, 2012
Horror Terrors 1, 2 16:9 11 242 minutes October 27, 2012
Special Days @ Ella Mentry 1, 2 16:9 17 374 minutes August 19, 2014
The Strange Second Season 2 16:9 26 572 minutes October 7, 2014
The Maniacal Miniseries Spin-off 16:9 10 220 minutes May 31, 2016
When Machines Go Mean 1, 2, 3 16:9 7 154 minutes June 28, 2016
The Deranged Third Season 3 16:9 21 462 minutes December 20, 2017
Trippy Field Trips 1, 2, 5 16:9 5 110 minutes January 24, 2018
What's An A.J. Without His Andrea? 4, 5, 6 16:9 8 176 minutes June 20, 2018
AJ + Alexia Moments 5, 6, 7 16:9 6 132 minutes November 5, 2019
Region 2
DVD title Season (s) Aspect ratio Episode count Total running time Release date (s)
Season 1, Volume 1 1 16:9 10 (Episodes 1-10) 218 minutes March 6, 2011
Season 1, Volume 2 1 16:9 8 (Episodes 11-18) 174 minutes October 12, 2011
Season 1, Volume 3 1 16:9 8 (Episodes 19-26) 176 minutes July 27, 2012
The Freaky First Season 1 16:9 26 572 minutes September 16, 2012
Season 2, Volume 1 2 16:9 10 (Episodes 27-36) 218 minutes April 27, 2013
Season 2, Volume 2 2 16:9 8 (Episodes 37-44) 174 minutes November 9, 2013
Season 2, Volume 3 2 16:9 8 (Episodes 45-52) 176 minutes June 6, 2014
The Strange Second Season 2 16:9 26 572 minutes October 7, 2014
MWSS, Volume 1 Spin-off 16:9 4 (Episodes 1-4) 88 minutes August 25, 2015
MWSS, Volume 2 Spin-off 16:9 3 (Episodes 5-7) 66 minutes November 10, 2015
MWSS, Volume 3 Spin-off 16:9 3 (Episodes 8-10) 66 minutes April 19, 2016
The Maniacal Miniseries Spin-off 16:9 10 220 minutes May 31, 2016
Season 3, Volume 1 3 16:9 7 (Episodes 1-7) 154 minutes October 25, 2016
Season 3, Volume 2 3 16:9 7 (Episodes 8-14) 154 minutes May 9, 2017
Season 3, Volume 3 3 16:9 7 (Episodes 15-21) 154 minutes September 5, 2017
The Deranged Third Season 3 16:9 21 462 minutes December 20, 2017
Season 4, Volume 1 4 16:9 7 (Episodes 1-7) 154 minutes April 3, 2018
Season 4, Volume 2 4 16:9 7 (Episodes 8-14) 154 minutes August 21, 2018
Season 4, Volume 3 4 16:9 7 (Episodes 15-21) 154 minutes January 1, 2019
The Fruity Fourth Season 4 16:9 21 462 minutes September 18, 2019
Region 4
DVD title Season (s) Aspect ration Episode count Total running time Release date (s)
The Freaky First Season 1 16:9 26 572 minutes September 16, 2012
The Strange Second Season 2 16:9 26 572 minutes October 7, 2014
The Maniacal Miniseries Spin-off 16:9 10 220 minutes May 31, 2016
The Deranged Third Season 3 16:9 21 462 minutes December 20, 2017
The Fruity Fourth Season 4 16:9 21 462 minutes September 18, 2019
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