(Above: Gumball Watterson. Source:YouTube screenshot)
What shows would kids recommend to other kids?
“Matt Chat” is a column in which The Savvy Screener‘s Laurie Pasiuk talks to her nine-year-old son Matthew about programs he likes to watch.
In today’s article, Matt chats about the animated series The Amazing World of Gumball. Gumball Watterson is a 12-year-old boy who happens to be a blue cat. He’s also sort of a prankster, hatching all types of mischievous schemes.
The Amazing World of Gumball is now in his sixth season (205 episodes and counting), and there are many ways to watch the show. Matt likes to view it on Cartoon Network, where episodes air several times a day. If you don’t have a cable, satellite or telco subscription, you can get Cartoon Network through Hulu Live, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV or DirecTV Now.
You can also stream the first five seasons on demand with a Hulu subscription; or buy individual episodes, including those released in season six, from Amazon, starting at $1.99 each. Other providers also offer Gumball episodes for rental or purchase.
Laurie: What TV show do you want to talk about today?
Matthew: The Amazing World of Gumball.
Laurie: Why do you like it so much?
Matthew: Because it’s really, really funny.
Laurie: Why is it so funny?
Matthew: They tell hilarious jokes.
Laurie: Who is your favorite character?
Matthew: My favorite is Gumball because he’s the funniest character. He is a tween-age cat. His mother is also a cat. His father is a rabbit. Gumball gets himself into a lot of funny situations and he needs help getting out of them.
Laurie: Who helps him get out of them?
Matthew: His kind-of brother Darwin and sometimes his little sister Anais. They have to try to keep him out of trouble too, but he always gets in trouble.
Laurie: Why is Darwin his “kind-of” brother?
Matthew: Because he was Gumball’s pet fish, and he grew legs when he was accidentally flushed down the toilet bowl. Gumball’s father keeps trying to replace the goldfish as they die without Gumball noticing. When Gumball got Darwin, they clicked and that’s why Darwin wanted to get back to Gumball. He found his way back home and became Gumball’s brother.
Laurie: What’s your favorite episode?
Matthew: I would have to say the 200th. It was a special episode. Gumball and Darwin wanted to stay home and veg out all day but they had to save the world from a meteorite instead. They ignore the warnings to leave their house and the meteorite crashes down, letting loose a virus that turns their town into mutants. My favorite part was when they were so mad that they had to get out of their seats just to save their parents.
Laurie: Do you recommend this TV show to other kids your age?
Matthew: Yes, because all of the stuff that happens in it might be too violent for kids younger than me.