The televisions in our home seem to be exclusively on Disney Junior and The Disney Channel. Occasionally, the adult-like folks can sneak in more mature fare when the boy is distracted by other shiny objects. Or we learn to love what the House of Mouse is airing. There really are some great shows for kids like Doc McStuffins, The Octonauts, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. There are also the inane ones that mom and dad hate but baby seems to love like Secret Agent Oso (most.inept.secret.agent.ever.) or Chuggington (if I hear, “Traintastic” one more time…)
One new show quickly became a standout and, in my opinion, is a wonderful addition to The Disney Channel animated line-up. That show is Gravity Falls.
Dipper and Mabel Pines are 12 year old twins sent to live with their Great Uncle Stan (or Grunkle Stan as they call him) for the summer. Uncle Stan resides in Gravity Falls, OR and runs a tourist trap called, “The Mystery Shack.”
The twins quickly learn that Gravity Falls truly is a mysterious place when they find a hidden book labeled with the number “3″ on it’s cover. Within it’s pages are accounts of all sorts of supernatural… stuff.
The writing on the show is great and a real treat. The first episode featured a very clever twist that even I didn’t guess and I was one of those a-holes who figured at Bruce Willis was really a ghost in The Sixth Sense… oh, oops… spoiler alert!
The show started back in June and has aired eight really solid, funny episodes. If you’re not watching this show, then you are really missing out. It may be the grown-up in me who is starved for television not exclusively for the preschool set but I will go out on a limb and say I am pretty confident that this is a great show!
Need more pluses? The theme song is catchy:
And, any show who’s first episode ends like this…
Is stellar in my book.