This cartoon definitely is on my top 10 list, maybe even top 5. Everything about this show was pure genius. This is the kinda show that appropriately knows when to stretch reality and use a lot of imaginative places for these great characters. The show is focused on a cul-de-sac of children who are enjoying their summer vacation. Among these neighborhood kids are three boys named Ed. These three boys love jawbreakers, and at the candy store they sell for 25 cents each. So they come up with clever plans to get the children of the cul-de-sac’s allowance to purchase jawbreakers. Its such a simple story line that delivers so many creative adventures, many of which actually didn’t have the Eds try to get a quick buck.
Before I talk about the Eds I want to quickly talk about the other children of the cul-de-sac. They are very dynamic and unique, they are the drivers for many great episodes whether its the Eds only with one of the characters or many of the characters at once. Kevin is a typical jock who loves his bike, he constantly makes fun of the Eds (and refers to them famously within the show as dorks) and claims a position as alpha-male of the cul-de-sac. Nazz is the beauty of the cul-de-sac that makes all the boys go crazy, other than that there’s not much else to her, but I always thought that was on purpose considering how all the boys like her even though she is kinda bland it helps emphasize that her beauty is all she thinks she needs instead of a personality. Sarah is Ed’s brother and is known for her tantrums, she is young girl you should never ever get mad. Her best friend is Jimmy, whose very nervous and fragile, he is also easily influenced (a quality the Eds like). Rolf is a very old fashioned person from the old country (what ever country it is), his house even though its in a suburban setting functions as a farm. He works hard, but has great cultural differences between the rest of the cul-de-sac (a quality that made a lot of funny moments). The Kanker sisters live in a trailer park and are extremely scary and threatening people who have big crushes on the Eds. These girls really bother the Eds as they try to kiss the Eds or kidnap the Eds for them to play house with. And of course there is Johnny and Plank, Johnny is a boy who carries around a plank of wood with a drawn on face named Plank. Johnny lives his life through both himself and Plank, at first you know he’s just a hunk of wood, but slowly people tend to see him more and more as a real character and these two inseparable pals always have fun and cause trouble (and their moments with the Eds are always funny).
What I love about the Eds is the fact that they are a well balanced bunch of characters, and with their unpopularity in the Cul-De-Sac (probably on the count of the scams they try to pull on the other kids), you can really relate to them in the sense that they are misfits who only have each other. Eddy is the wise cracking, smooth talking leader, who is the master mind of the scamming, Edd (a.k.a Double D) is the brains of the group, who makes Eddy’s plans a reality, and Ed is the muscle who gets things together and assists in many ways. Eddy makes a lot of appearances of being this cool and in control, but his short height and lack of respect does reveal that he has many insecurities (and a lot of anger). Double D is a neat/control freak, he is highly intelligent and despite the fact that his friends are the opposite of him he still cares about his friends and still sticks with them. Ed is a comic book/horror movie nerd; he is extremely unintelligent and never pays attention, but he is also a very genuine person who is happy to be where is in the world. These three never give up on there goals to enjoy a jawbreaker together and in many ways that is very admirable considering all there conflicts and failures.
This show happens throughout the span of the Eds’ summer vacation, where they have plenty of time to come up with a new scam of the day. Something people always wondered was what it would be like if the Eds where in school, and they answered that question in the final season. What impresses me about that is it takes out a lot of key factors the show has established, but it didn’t change the flow of the show and kept its popularity. This show offered so much imagination, both realistic and non-realistic, which is what I think made this show was so popular. In all reality this show is just watching three boys going through their summer vacation, but what makes the show imaginative (in a realistic way) is they come up with so many ideas on how to enjoy each day, like building a tree house, or doing a scavenger hunt, or even trying to cook a pizza. That is something that can really inspire children to really enjoy their summers and make the most out of each day. All of the kids in the Cul-De-Sac are just great kids by doing what kids do play and make the most out of it. The way this show was unrealistically imaginative was the many times the show stretched reality; with the farm in a backyard, making entire buildings out of cardboard boxes, having kids (pretty much just Ed and Sarah) have the strength of Superman, and there was a whole episode even that altered the laws of reality. This was interesting and from experience I could tell you that this really inspired kids to be inventive and creative.
I loved this show and I find its then experimental style to be very entertaining and even inspiring. Definitely check it out if you can. Thank you for watching and your support, I hope you’ll check out my videos on game analyses and more on my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/NaismithBilly