“The Angry Beavers” is a cartoon from Nickelodeon that was created by Mitch Schauer in 1997. This show was well known for its creative characters, its hilarious plots and the occasional adult references in every episode. “The Angry Beavers” is a brilliant show that will be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
Norbert and Daggett are two fun loving beavers who had to move out of their parents’ dam when their sisters were born (for it is apart of nature that the oldest litter of a beaver family has to move out when the youngest litter is born). The series is basically detailing all the crazy and surreal adventures of Norbert and Daggett and their everlasting quarreling with each other.
“The Angry Beavers” is clearly one of the few cartoons where the writing is brilliant in every way. The writing is extremely creative and hilarious at the same time and it made the show extremely creative, as it is the only show to use the word “spoot” as an exclamation.
The show also contains a bit of adult humor, which was not so blatant in the earlier seasons, but was bit more blatant in the later seasons, such as in the third season episode "Slap Happy" where Norbert and Daggett's father teaches them about how to use their tails wisely, Norbert's father makes a comment about Norbert slapping his tail in the bathtub and many kids might not get that joke.
The writing also provided many memorable episodes such as “Fakin’ It" which is about how Norbert tricks Daggett into thinking that he is sick, but Daggett turns the tables on him, “Act Your Age" which is about how Norbert and Daggett change into little kids when they ate a mysterious log, “Spooky Spoots" where Daggett and Norbert are haunted by ghosts, “Up All Night where Daggett and Norbert tried to stay up all night,” “Dagski and Norb" which is a parody of "Starsky and Hutch,” “Fancy Prance" where Norbert wants to become a stallion, “I Dare You,” and “Food of the Clods” that made this show a true cult classic of Nickelodeon in the 90s era. The characters are probably the best part of the show as Norbert and Daggett have truly different personalities since Norbert is the cool beaver and Daggett is the crazy beaver and they usually fight each other in every episode, but make up with each other in the end of each episode. The voice actors were brilliant as Nick Bakay and Richard Horvitz perform their characters with such energy. Nick Bakay, well known for providing the voice for Salem the Cat in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” gives life to his character Norbert, the oldest of the brothers, as he gives Norbert a calm and smooth sounding voice which relates strongly to his character. Richard Horvitz, well known for providing the voice for Zim in “Invader Zim” was hilarious in his role as Daggett, the younger brother, as he gives Daggett a high pitched voice opposed to his brother Norbert, who has a deep voice and makes Daggett sound panicky in every episode. The show is extremely hilarious as the comedy comes from Norbert and Daggett fighting each other in every episode and it had many episodes that were extremely funny such as “The Day the World Got Really Screwed Up,” “Up All Night,” “Same Time Last Week" where Norbert bops Daggett into next week, and “Beaver Fever" where Daggett and Norbert become disco stars. Also, the humor of the show is never too vulgar as it is one of the few animal related Nicktoons to rarely have gross humor and the humor focuses more on the mayhem that Daggett and Norbert cause among everyone around them.
The only problem I had with this show was that the fourth season, which was the final season for the show, was not that hilarious and memorable as the first three seasons were. The humor for this season had gotten extremely dry and dull and the characters’ personalities had changed to the extreme, as it was hard to tolerate both Norbert and Daggett in this season. Also, there were a couple of episodes that had poor writing in this season which included “Dag in the Mirror" where Daggett acts like he is a superstar, “Line Duncing,” “The Big Frog" where Daggett shows Norbert that he can be an adult, and “Driving Miss Daggett.” However, there were some good episodes that prevented this season from going completely downhill and they were “Vantastic Voyage" where Scientist 1 and Pete make Daggett grow bigger and Norbert goes inside Daggett's body to save him from Scientist 1 and Pete, “Blacktop Beavers,” “Three Dag Night" where Daggett clones himself, “Yak in the Sack” which is a parody of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat,“All in the Colony which is a parody of Alien,” and “Beavemaster.” Also, this was the only season that was not that was not as good as the previous seasons and therefore, the show was not truly affected by this and it still remained as a cult classic for me. For hardcore fans of “The Angry Beavers,” I would recommend to just watch the first three seasons of the show as they were more hilarious and memorable than the fourth season although the fourth season episodes that I just mentioned like "Vantastic Voyage" and "Yak in the Sack" are worth watching. Also, I felt that the show was cancelled too soon and it should have had a fifth season to give the show a clearer ending (“Bye, Bye Beavers" which is where Norbert and Daggett tells the viewers that they are being cancelled, does not count). I think what should have happened at the end of the show was that Norbert and Daggett would learn to get along with each other, therefore giving the show a better ending because then Norbert and Daggett would not really fight each other anymore, which is the whole plot of the series. Also, I think that this series deserved a movie because it was a truly brilliant series and the movie could have expanded more on the issues between Norbert and Daggett that was not fully explained in the series. “The Angry Beavers” is easily one of the best shows created for Nickelodeon as it has one of the best sibling duos in television history and has humor that both children and adults could enjoy for many years. I would recommend this series to children ages seven and up since there is some humor that is aimed at the adults that younger children might not understand.