Glenn Martin, DDS


Glenn Martin, DDS Information

Glenn Martin, DDS is an American stop-motion-animated television series that premiered on Nick at Nite on August 17, 2009. The series was produced by Tornante Animation in association with Cuppa Coffee Studio. Glenn Martin, DDS was Nick at Nite's fourth original series (the first was Hi Honey, I'm Home!, the second was Fatherhood and the third was Hi-Jinks).

The show premiered on March 18, 2010 on Sky1 in the UK and Ireland. Season two premiered on June 11, 2010.

Plot

After accidentally burning down his house, Glenn takes his family "? wife Jackie, hormone-addled 13-year-old Conor, power suit-wearing 11-year-old Courtney, Courtney's overachieving assistant Wendy, and Canine (the family's dog) "? on a cross-country road trip to strengthen the family bond.

Characters

  • Glenn Martin, the show's titular character, is an optimistic travelling dentist who dreams of becoming closer with his family.
  • Jackie Martin is the wife of Glenn and mother of Conor and Courtney. She is often stressed with the problems involved in raising a family in an RV.
  • Conor Martin is the 13 year-old son of the Martins. He is going through puberty and is hormonal. He also tends to be the subject of pratfalls due to his clumsiness.
  • Courtney Martin is the 11 year-old daughter of the Martins, who acts like an adult business woman. She is competitive, outspoken and boastful.
  • Wendy Park (real name Bon Wa Fo) is Courtney's assistant/employee. She was born in North Korea.
  • Canine is the Martins' dog, who has an oversized anus.

Development

Former Disney chief executive Michael Eisner, who put up his own money to produce the pilot episode, pitched it to Nick at Nite rather than ABC. Eisner was quoted as saying the decision was based on Nick at Nite's record of nurturing shows.

The show has a 1970s sensibility including the design of the Winnebago which is driven across the country. It was reportedly inspired by the 1971 ABC made-for-TV movie In Search of America, which starred Jeff Bridges as a college dropout who drove a Winnebago across the country with his family.

Laugh track

Unusually for a modern animated sitcom, the show featured a laugh track in early episodes. This was later removed at the request of the series' creators.

Awards and nominations

In December 2009, the show was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production.

In November 2010, the show won two Gemini Awards for Best Animated Series and Best Direction for an Animated Series (Ken Cunningham for "The Tooth Will Set You Free").

Episodes

Critical reception

Glenn Martin, DDS received mixed reviews from critics, garnering a 48/100 from Metacritic based on 9 reviews after the series premiere. Part of the criticism was leveled at the overuse of laugh tracks (which were permanently removed a month after the show's premiere). Mike Hale of the New York Times wrote, "Glenn Martin, DDS is pretty much laugh-free (though it does have a laugh track)."

The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "ignore the stilted jokes [and] the limp characterization. [...] Just understand this: 'Martin' is an animated show with a laugh track. Imagination comes in handy, though, in trying to figure out how someone approved this concept, labored on this and then let it free into the world."

Variety wrote, "Despite the contributions of Eric Fogel (MTV's 'Celebrity Deathmatch'), 'Glenn Martin' isn't as bad as visiting the dentist, but isn't much better than sitting in the waiting room. Positioned as a spoof of classic sitcoms, 'Glenn Martin' gets off to a bad start by incorporating a laugh track, which only highlights some of the deficiencies in the writing."

The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Still, except for the dog's hindquarters, I like the look of it. (Eric Fogel of MTV's "Celebrity Deathmatch" oversees the animation.) Press materials indicate that the Martins will be visiting Las Vegas, Yellowstone, the Mall of America and Hollywood in future adventures, and as a fan of the form, I'm interested to see what the animators make of them."

New York Daily News writer David Hinkley gave the show 4 out of 5 Stars, calling it "satire with biting wit."

The Boston Globe called it "cute, giggle-worthy, and only a smidgen dangerous."

The Detroit News wrote that the show is "full of enough end-of-the week laughs to help you giggle yourself into the weekend."

Website Shakefire.com rated the show an "A-".

Criticism and Controversy

In November 2009, a Florida mother was outraged that the series contained sexual references despite airing in an 8pm slot following SpongeBob SquarePants. In response to several complaints from parents, Nickelodeon moved the show to Friday nights at 10:30.

Worldwide broadcasts

Country Network Premiere Date
US Nick @ Nite August 17, 2009
Canada Citytv October 3, 2009
Latin America CityFamily
The Film Zone
January 15, 2010
2011
Australia Fox8 March 7, 2010
UK Sky1 March 18, 2010
Ireland Sky1 March 18, 2010
South Africa FX Africa May 8, 2010
Italy Sky Uno December 13, 2010
Russia 2x2 April 1, 2011
Mexico Canal 5 May 7, 2012



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