Sanjay and Craig

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Sanjay and Craig
Sanjay and Craig logo.png
GenreComedy
Adventure
Slapstick
FormatAnimated series
Created by
  • Jim Dirschberger
  • Jay Howell
  • Andreas Trolf
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composerJohn Dwyer
Opening theme"Sanjay and Craig", performed by Chris Hardwick
Composer(s)Matt Mahaffey
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (40 segments)[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Will McRobb
Chris Viscardi
Producer(s)
Editor(s)Steve Downs
Running time22 minutes (2 11-minute segments)
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelNickelodeon
Picture format1080i HD 16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original runMay 25, 2013 (2013-05-25) – present (present)
External links
Website
 
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Sanjay and Craig
Sanjay and Craig logo.png
GenreComedy
Adventure
Slapstick
FormatAnimated series
Created by
  • Jim Dirschberger
  • Jay Howell
  • Andreas Trolf
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composerJohn Dwyer
Opening theme"Sanjay and Craig", performed by Chris Hardwick
Composer(s)Matt Mahaffey
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (40 segments)[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Will McRobb
Chris Viscardi
Producer(s)
Editor(s)Steve Downs
Running time22 minutes (2 11-minute segments)
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelNickelodeon
Picture format1080i HD 16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original runMay 25, 2013 (2013-05-25) – present (present)
External links
Website

Sanjay and Craig is an American animated television series produced by Nickelodeon.[2] The show is about a 12-year-old human boy named Sanjay Patel who owns a talking pet snake named Craig. The series premiered on May 25, 2013.[1][3]

The show's creators are Jim Dirschberger, Andreas Trolf, and Jay Howell. Howell is also the character designer on Bob's Burgers.[4] Sanjay and Craig is being produced by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi,[5] the creators of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, which aired in the 1990s. Nickelodeon has renewed the show for a second season, which will include 20 new episodes. The second season will begin airing in 2014.[6]

Plot[edit]

The series follows the antics of the title characters, a 12-year-old Indian American[7] boy named Sanjay Patel, and his best friend, an anthropomorphic snake named Craig. On a promotional webpage for the show, the network explains that Sanjay and Craig's suburban hijinks require that "nobody finds out that Craig can talk".[8]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Jay Howell said that the idea began with a comic he and Dirschberger had made about a man who was a snake charmer. Dirschberger then changed the snake charmer character to a 12-year-old boy "without a weird quirk or affectation".[7] Howell said that the show's inclusion of gross-out humor was based on the fact that both he and Jim Dirschberger have mothers who are nurses, "and they've told us a lot of gross stories over the years".[11] Since none of the three creators had produced a show before, Nickelodeon chose Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, the creators of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, as executive producers. Howell said that McRobb's and Viscardi's experience on Pete & Pete helped them add "surreal kids' stuff" to Sanjay and Craig.[7] Unlike most animated shows, Sanjay and Craig does not rely on scripting. Instead, the writers make an outline, which is then converted to a storyboard.[7]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginal air date (U.S.A. dates)
Season premiereSeason finale
120[1]May 25, 2013[3]2014
220[12]2014TBA

Reception[edit]

David Weigand of the San Francisco Chronicle said that the show is "juvenile but also smart and funny" and "understands that kids are kids but also are often more sophisticated than children's television acknowledges."[13] Giving it 3 stars out of 5, David Hinckley of New York Daily News said that the show "doesn't tiptoe around the stuff kids love most. Like gross stuff and absurd slapstick that in real life would probably get you killed."[14] Marah Eakin of The A.V. Club gave the first two episodes an "A".[15] The premiere episode had an estimated 3.6 millions viewers.[16][17]

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the show two out of five stars, writing:

If you're looking for a show that's found a happy balance between absurd comedy and substantial content, then Sanjay and Craig isn't what you want. Its sole purpose is to elicit laughs, and it employs every gag in the book -- from bathing in bird poop to a bouncing, farting, disembodied butt -- to get those laughs from kids. There's no rhyme, reason, or reality to the characters' misadventures, which can be a fun departure from real life but at the same time doesn't give them anything positive to glean from the content.[18]

Broadcast[edit]

The series airs worldwide on Nickelodeon. It premiered on September 6, 2013 in Southeast Asia,[19] on November 4, 2013 in Australia and New Zealand,[20] on November 5, 2013 in the UK and Ireland,[21][22] and on February 3, 2014 in South Africa.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Amanda Kondolojy (April 22, 2013). "Nickelodeon Debuts Brand-New Animated Series 'Sanjay and Craig' May 25". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Shows A-Z - sanjay and craig on nickelodeon". the Futon Critic. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Michael Hsiung (March 4, 2013). "Nickelodeon's Sanjay & Craig Premieres June 1st". Original-Signature.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Perry Michael Simon (February 26, 2013). "Nickelodeon's "Sanjay & Craig" to Co-Star the Voice of Chris Hardwick". Nerdist.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Nickutopia Staff (March 6, 2013). "Nickelodeon Announces "Sanjay & Craig" Animated TV Show | Nickelodeon News". Nickutopia.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ Philiana Ng (September 12, 2013). "Nickelodeon Renews 'Sanjay and Craig' for Season 2 (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d Kyle Anderson (May 24, 2013). "Inside the World of "Sanjay & Craig"". Nerdist. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "About Sanjay and Craig". Nick.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Philiana Ng (April 19, 2013). "Nickelodeon Sets 'Sanjay and Craig' Premiere Date, Debuts Footage (Exclusive Video)". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sanjay & Craig Nick Press". Nickelodeon. 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ Chuck Barney (June 7, 2013). "'Sanjay & Craig' creator adapts his approach for Nickelodeon". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 12, 2013). "'Sanjay and Craig' Renewed by Nickelodeon for Second Season". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ David Weigand (May 22, 2013). "'Sanjay and Craig' review: Hysssterical". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ David Hinckley (May 25, 2013). "'Sanjay and Craig' TV Review". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ Marah Eakin (24 May 2013). "Sanjay and Craig". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ Sara Bibel (May 29, 2013). "Cable Top 25: NBA Playoffs & 'WWE Raw' Top Cable Viewership for the Week Ending May 26, 2013". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  17. ^ Sara Bibel (May 29, 2013). "Nickelodeon Draws Nearly 4 Million Viewers to 'Sanjay and Craig' Debut". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  18. ^ Emily Ashby. "Sanjay and Craig – Television Review". Commonsensemedia.org. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  19. ^ https://www.facebook.com/nickasia/photos/a.274168556027255.56983.268035966640514/429552727155503/?type=1&theater
  20. ^ Knox, David (October 29, 2013). "Airdate: Sanjay and Craig". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  21. ^ http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2013/10/nicktoons-uk-to-debut-new-animated.html
  22. ^ http://www.barb.co.uk/viewing/weekly-top-10?
  23. ^ "New Series Sanjay and Craig". 

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