Bunk'd (seasons 1 & 2)

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Bunk'd (seasons 1 & 2)
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🎵“Here we go, we’re leaving the city behind right now. Let’s gather by the campfire light and sing this song. KIKIWAKA!”🎵
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 21 – 23 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: July 31, 2015 - 2024 (Overall)
July 31, 2015 – May 24, 2017 (seasons 1 & 2)
Network(s): Disney Channel
Created by: Pamela Eells O'Connell
Distributed by: Disney - ABC Domestic Television
Starring: Peyton List
Karan Brar
Skai Jackson
Miranda May
Kevin Quinn
Nathan Arenas
Nina Lu
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 42
Previous show: Jessie

Bunk'd (also known Bunk'd: Learning The Ropes for the last two seasons) is a Disney Channel sitcom that's a spin-off of Jessie, which is also a Disney Channel sitcom. Season 1 consists of 21 episodes and premiered on July 31, 2015 and ended on May 20, 2016. Season 2 also consists of 21 episodes and premiered on August 23, 2016 and ended on May 24, 2017.

Plot

Emma, Ravi and Zuri leave their luxurious penthouse in New York City to spend their summer at Camp Kikiwaka, a summer camp in Maine where their parents first met. With their new friends, they are in for a blast.

Why These Seasons Rock

  1. These seasons is faithful to its parent series Jessie.
  2. Fun and entertaining plot.
  3. Catchy theme song.
    • There are also several episodes (such as Tidal Wave) that show off Kevin Quinn’s awesome guitar and singing skills.
  4. The Ross Kids being at summer camp is an interesting concept.
  5. The Ross Kids are still their old selves.
  6. The new characters are funny, likable and have unique personalities.
    • Lou is a farmer girl.
    • Tiffany is a child prodigy.
    • Jorge is a goofy boy.
    • Gladys is a cynical camp runner.
    • Hazel is Gladys' crazy niece and Emma’s new rival.
    • Xander is Emma’s guitar playing boyfriend.
    • Griff is a former juvenile delinquent with a heart of gold.
  7. Awesome set designs that look very realistic.
  8. Decent acting.
  9. Nice humor that has the same standards as the humor in Jessie.
  10. Unlike most modern Disney Channel sitcoms, the laugh track is actually well used and doesn't play at almost every line.
  11. Some of the characters from Jessie make guest appearances such as Luke, Bertram and Christina.
    • Even though he’s not the main character, Luke guest stars in the episodes, "Luke's Back" and "Luke Out Below".
      • Speaking of which, "Luke Out Below" was Cameron Boyce's final role as Luke Ross before his death in 2019.
  12. The show can also be serious and emotional at time.
    • In "Dog Days of Summer", Lou finds out her dog died and almost leaves camp because of said reason.
    • In "Xander Says Goodbye", Xander's father wants him to leave camp to do football training and Emma doesn't want him to leave.
    • In "Live From Camp Kikiwaka", Emma, Xander, and Lou host a live stream to save the camp from closing down.
  13. Xander is a good love interest for Emma.
  14. Hazel feuding with Emma as Xander's love interest is very funny.
  15. It shows kids what it's like to go to a summer camp.
  16. The woodchuck salute is clever.
  17. These seasons teaches good morals, such as "real friends are better than online friends", "don't judge a book by its cover" and "work as a team'.
  18. It is the first Disney Channel series to pass the four season mark, though the last five seasons we're not well received.

Bad Qualities

  1. The series has experienced a massive decline in quality in the last five seasons.
    • In Season 3, Xander, Tiffany, Jorge, Gladys, Hazel (though she made a guest appearance in season 4) and Griff (season 2) are removed without any explanation and are replaced with three pointless new characters, Destiny, Matteo and Finn. To make matters worse, said characters from the first two seasons aren't even mentioned, like they never even existed in the first place!
    • Season 4 is even worse, as Emma (although she did guest star in the season 5 premiere), Ravi, and Zuri are removed from the series entirely, more pointless characters are introduced, Ava, Gwen and Noah, from this season through season 7, Bunk'd is considered its own separate show rather than being part of the Jessie franchise.
    • Season 5 is no better, if not worse, as Gwen (though she return in the episode "Crushin' It") is removed without any explanation and another pointless character is introduced, Parker Preston, who is extremely annoying and unlikable (he does get better in seasons 6 and 7 but not that much).
    • Season 6 removed Ava, Matteo, and Finn (though he made a guest appearance in the episode "Finn It To Win It"), with being replaced with more unnecessary characters Winnie, Jake, and Bill.
  2. It's not quite as strong as Jessie, despite its faithfulness to it.
  3. Jessie never made a guest appearance.
  4. Tries to be hip and current at times, with modern slang like "besties" and "OMG" and the campers using smartphones.
  5. It sometimes teaches bad morals for instance In the episode "The Ones That Got Away", Zuri suggests to Tiffany that they try to win the fishing contest by cheating, thankfully they ended up getting in trouble.
  6. Like in Jessie, most of the characters have stereo-typical personalities, such as Emma having the dumb blonde stereo-type.
  7. Some unlikable characters such as Gladys, Hazel, Zuri, and Jorge (sometimes).
  8. While decent, the acting can be a bit amateurish.
    • The humor can be weak and forced at times.
    • Like in Jessie, the humor can be very random and inappropriate for it's target audience.
  9. There is some potty humor from time to time for example:
    • Jorge farting in "Welcome to Camp Kikiwaka", the first episode of the show.
    • Lou's line "my belly button could be a hot tub for a gnat" in "Friending with the Enemy".
    • Tiffany's line "don't get your adult diaper in a bunch" in "Can You Hear Me Now?".
  10. The episodes ''Camp Kiki-slasher and ''Fog'd In'' can be scary for younger viewers, which got both of those episodes banned in Malaysia, United Kingdom, Brazil, and MENA countries.
  11. Some bad episodes, even before season 3.
  12. One minor character, Timmy, is portrayed as nothing more than a Butt-Monkey.

Reception

The first two seasons of Bunk'd received mixed to positive reception from Jessie fans. However, the fact that Luke wasn't made part of the main cast and Jessie never made a guest appearance was disappointing for fans.

Trivia

  • The first 3 seasons of the series is a spin-off of Jessie.
  • Unlike in Jessie, Luke Ross is not part of the main cast, despite guest starring in two episodes. The reason for this is because Cameron Boyce was busy filming the Disney XD sitcom Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything at the time.
  • Unlike most Disney Channel spin-offs, which premiere after the parent series ends, Bunk'd premiered before Jessie ended.
  • The series went on a hiatus after its first season's fourth episode aired in August 2015 so that Jessie could air its final five episodes. After the series finale of Jessie aired in October 2015, the series resumed in November 2015 with its first season's fifth episode.
  • The series is Nina Lu and Nathan Arenas' first acting jobs.
  • Peyton List and Miranda May were both born on April 6. The former in 1998 and the latter in 1996.
  • Seasons 1 and 2 both premiered in the summer and ended in the spring. Ironically, they both consist of 21 episodes.
  • Kevin Quinn, Nina Lu, Nathan Arenas, Mary Scheer, Tessa Netting and Lincoln Melcher all left the series after Season 2 and were replaced by three new cast members Mallory James Mahoney, Raphael Alejandro and Will Buie Jr.
  • Peyton List, Karan Brar and Skai Jackson left the series after Season 3.
  • The series was originally going to end after Season 3, but later got renewed for a fourth season that premiered in June 2019 and is going to end in 2024.
  • Cameron Boyce passed away on July 6, 2019 from a seizure in his sleep.

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