Beloved Disney Series Is Making A Surprise Comeback
Hit Disney series Phineas and Ferb is coming back with two new seasons, totaling 40 brand new episodes.
Fans of the Disney show Phineas and Ferb got some good news today as the studio announced they are bringing the animated series back for a revival. Deadline reports that creator Dan Povenmire and Disney Branded Television reached a deal and made the announcement about the show at the Television Critics Association panel. There will be 40 new episodes, which amounts to two new seasons.
The deal between the two parties also includes the renewal of Povenmire’s current project, Hamster & Gretel, for its second season, uniting the creator with the brand. Disney’s Phineas and Ferb was a very popular and critically acclaimed show, and making such a strong deal with its creator shows the studio knows his value. His work helped shape the childhoods of many of today’s adults.
The original show aired for four seasons and totaled 129 episodes, as well as two specials and two feature-length movies. Disney+ airs all things Phineas and Ferb, which makes sense because the show helped build the Disney Channel on cable. It is unclear where the new revival episodes will be aired, with the choices including the cable network and its affiliates like Disney Junior, or Disney+, the streaming service.
Disney’s Phineas and Ferb is about two boys who are stepbrothers, the intelligent and resourceful Phineas and the strong, mostly silent Ferb, and their backyard adventures as they fill the days of summer vacation. Phineas is always enlisting Ferb’s help in building elaborate projects while his sister and Ferb’s stepsister, Candace, tries to foil their plans by alerting their mother to the boys’ activities. Unfortunately for Candace, and much to the delight of viewers, the boys always seem to be able to make their creations disappear right before their mom can see them.
Each episode of the Disney show has a subplot about Phineas and Ferb’s pet platypus Perry, known in espionage circles as Agent P, and his exploits against the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz, whose mad devices all end with the suffix “-inator.” As Agent P does battle with Dr. Doofenshmirtz, events contrive to hide or eliminate Phineas and Ferb’s building creations before their mother can get home. The two plots always intertwine in clever ways to foil Candace and upset the plots of Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
The original show was hailed for its good writing, which entwines clever dialogue, pop culture, fourth-wall-breaking, meta-humor, and irreverent comedy that can appeal to all ages. It aired from 2008 to 2015, and the most recent movie was the Disney+ original Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against the Universe in 2020. The enduring popularity of the show can be seen in the many musical tributes featuring its songs that have been made by fans on social media, including TikTok, the popular video app.
It took 16 years to get a studio like Disney to produce the original Phineas and Ferb episodes, but the endeavor turned out to be well worth it and established a relationship between the producers and the show’s creator. It’s a good thing for fans that we didn’t have to wait another 16 years for a revival.