Totally Spies!

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AIRED ON 6/1/2010

Season 5 : Episode 26

Show Summary

Totally Spies is 130 half-hour episodes of fast-paced comedy and high-energy action starring three Beverly Hills teens who unwittingly become international secret agents. The girls learn to combine their schoolgirl priorities (getting homework done on time or finding the right dress for Friday's dance) with their spy duties - battling with outlandish super-villains and saving the world!

Sold in more than 100 countries, the series airs on major channels: Cartoon Network in the US (with 2 million young viewers each day), TeleToon in Canada, TF1 in France (where it is the number one animated program), Channel 4 in the UK (best performing cartoon), PRO 7, Mediaset Rete Italia, Disney Asia, Nickelodeon Australia, Fox Kids Europe, TV Tokyo, Cartoon Network Japon…

Season 2 Outline:
As the girls continue their missions with WOOHP, we are introduced to some new.. and familiar characters from season 1 episodes. The girls are attracted to an awesome new guy in Bev. High. 'David', a very nice, confident artist who enjoys everything. Clover, Sam and Alex have the hots for David, while he doesn't know. And of course, Mandy tries to steal him away from the girls to prove she's the best. We also meet Sam, Alex and Clover's mom's in the mother's day episode, 'Mommies Dearest'. And some villains from season 1 return to get revenge on the spies. A Spy is Born (Part 2), continues as the first ep in Season 2.

Season 3 Outline:
The girls all move into a beautiful Dream house they've always wanted. Jerry gets a personal WOOHP assistant, "G.L.A.D.I.S.". Mandy has the offer to join the WOOHP team. Britney from season 2's "Alex Quits" returns in season 3's "Escape From WOOHP Island", with returning villains. More will be revealed soon.

Season 4 Outline:
The Spies have been promoted to Super Spies! Following the 3-parter "Evil Promotion Much?" with Jerry's twin brother Terry escaping WOOHP custudy and leading the LAMOS against WOOHP. David returns from season 2, unexpected villains from earlier seasons also return to pay a visit to the spies.

The Totally Spies theme "Here We Go" is by Moonbaby

Characters:

Sam is very logical and has a knack finding solutions to problems. Sam does well in school and gets things done when it comes to fighting crime!

Clover is a total drama-queen! She's obsessed what everyone else is wearing and Average. When it comes to fighting crime, the big guys are no match for Clover!

Alex is the youngest member of the group. She looks up to Sam and Clover and will do anything to keep the team together. Although she's a bit clumsy (and dumb), Alex is no coward. She looks danger right in the eye. But, sometimes she acts too quickly before thinking things through.

Jerry is the Official WOOHP Director. He presses a button, and the girls are off to their missions. He's got an interesting social life!

Mandy is The Spies' Arch-Evil-Nemesis! She's constantly trying to get the spies in trouble and mainly, Make them have a bad appearance!

David is a really nice, nature loving guy who doesn't know Sam, Clover and Alex love him so much. Usually Mandy is always trying to get him away from the spies because she wants him for herself. He appears in season 2 episodes only. Returning in season 4.

Other Characters:

Arnold is the brainy-weird kid who happens to attend Beverly Hills High. He's starred in quite a few episodes, such as 'Queen for A Day' as Clover's 1-2 week' boyfriend, and W.O.W. as a member of a Mandy Fan Club! Clover accidentally joins just to find out what Arnold and his geeky friends are always up to.

Britney is the newest agent of WOOHP. She appeared in one season 2 episode 'Alex Quits', and soon a season 3 episode, 'Escape from WOOHP Island'. She is a combination of Sam, Alex and Clover. Beauty and brains as well as a normal teenager who just happens to be a Spy, but for now a different WOOHP team.

Season 1 started airing in the USA on ABC Family from Nov 2001-Sept 2002, after which the series was acquired by Cartoon Network.

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  • Totally Spies was something.

    7.0
    Ah totally Spies, as a guy, I'm not ashamed to say that I did watch this show when I was young. I still remember when the show first debuted on Cartoon network way back in the day and I was a little skeptical.



    The plot takes place in Beverly Hills, California and revolved around 3 high school girls who were students by day and spies by night (most of the time). The characters consisted of.



    -Samantha *Sam*. Initially, she was the smart and academic achieving one. However, along the way, she became a bit more of a hypocrite. Some would say she was the more level headed one of the trio. Her spy uniform color was Green.



    -Clover who was more of the valley girl stereotype. All she cared about most of the time was clothes/fashion, looking good, BOY OBSSESSED, and generally, other superficial things the stereotypical Beverly Hills girl would be. When it came to spy work, she mostly came in handing with observation skills. Her spy uniform color was red.



    -Alexandra *Alex* who was more of the clumsy, somewhat ditzy, and sporty type. She was definitely the "muscle" of the group. She wasn't very smart but she was really dependable most of the time even though she did make some mistakes during missions. When it came to spy work, she was pretty much used as the "brawn" of the group.



    Other characters included.

    -Jerry. He is the boss of the main characters and runs Woohp (World Organization of Human Protection). He usually is just their to provide the girls with their assignment, give them special gadgets to help them out, and moral support/advice. He does occasionally go out on the field and has shown he knows how to handle himself just as much as the girls.



    -Mandy. She is pretty much the person who the girls despise at school and it's not hard to seE WHY> She's rude, obnoxious, arrogant, and just an all around bitch. She also has an annoying high pitched voice that grates on your ears, especially when she throws a tantrum. I would include her friends Dominique and Caitlin but they seriously don't do anything. The only time they had a bit more screen time was in the season 4 finale special, "Totally They don't really have much to add though.



    -Arnold. He's pretty much the school nerd stereotype. He is usually seen helping either Clover or Mandy with their school campaigns or in about 2 or 3 episodes, served as a somewhat villain (he wasn't really in control when he was the villain). He seems to get along most with Sam and Alex than Clover who usually pokes at his nerdy traits and unpopularity.



    Anyway, on to the show. The show usually has the girls doing a mission that is linked to a personal problem the girls are going through in ttheir school life most of the time. In this sense, the show is kind of repetitive in that regard. Most of the villains are stupid or idiotic to be honest, and some of their reasons why they became villains are kind of dumb as well.



    But the show, at least at the time was pretty fun to watch. I mostly stayed for the action as it had quite a bit of it in the beginning. I think of this show as a kid friendly version of Charlie's Angels. I wil lsay though that I really didn't like the voice change with Jerry & Alex. The new voices did sound all that good to me and I preferred their older voice actors, especially Jerry's.



    What about their parents? Their parents are only seen a handful times in the first 2 seasons. In season 3, their mothers go out on a business vacation in Europe so the girls move into a villa house together. You don't really their parents, or at least, their mothers until the season 4 finale "Totally



    I have to admit that I do believe the show started to dwindle in quality after the season 3 premiere episode. This is just my opinion though. I still stuck around and continued to watch but I definitely like the first two seasons more. I especially didn't like much of the college episodes.



    Now onto the other things of the show. I think that my least favorite character was David, a character who was added in season 2. He was thrown in to be the love interest for all the girls which caused some slight tension in the trio. Now, David was a nice enough guy but my issue with him is that he just came off as too perfect. I don't know why, it just annoyed me a lot and it was worse when he acted oblivious to the girls obvious crush on him though I personally believe he knew of it but just kept quiet so they didn't ruin their friendship over him. Personally, I saw him as a good fit for Sam.



    My favorite villain on the show would have to be Geraldine, a former Woohp Agent who wanted to get revenge on the organization and overthrow them. Her reason for becoming a villain was pretty good and I liked her style. She's like a parody of a James Bond villain so I did enjoy her quite a bit and she makes 3 or 4 returns.



    Now to the negative.



    As I watched the show,. I do feel that the main characters can be annoying and rub people the wrong way. In season 3, I feel that the characters' personalities went more exaggerated only Sam became a much more vapid character even though she was the smart one. Alex became a lot more dumb. All the girls have that superficial, vain, shallow, type of trait that can definitely turn off some people. I mean, I guess it should be expected since the girls live in Beverly Hills but still, you can't help but notice it. They aren't as bad as Mandy as they learn their lessons in the episode (only to forget in the next) but I still believe Mandy is much worse.



    Another problem I have was the whole "spy gene" presented in season 4. Apparently, the girls were born with a "spy gene" that influenced the girls spying abilities and was the reason why they were picked to work for Woohp. I just thought the concept was stupid and felt it was better to believe that these girls were just specially trained to become spies. I wish they would have went with something a little less... I don't know. It didn't help that Jerry started referring to the girls as "Super Spies!" that just sounded lame.



    And as for the comment, "Why do all the guys look so feminine?" It's because the males follow the "bishounen" stereotype. This stereotype is that the male love interest looks youthful, thin, and non-threatening. This is usually seen in most anima shows aimed at girls.



    One other issue I had is how the girls seemed to be the center of everything for Woohp. Sometimes, you'd forget that Woohp had other agents that worked for them but you may as well have because the girls seemed to do most of the work. This is just a small nitpick I guess but it just bugged me a little that it seemed like the girls were the only active agents of the organization.



    Anyway, even though I'm not a big fan of the later seasons after season 3 at best, the show was pretty good. I'm a little double sided with the show coming back in 2013 with season 6. I mean, they were able to get the original VAs so that's a plus but it just feels weird since it was gone for so long, especially since the series finale (at the time) was pretty solid and felt like a good ending.



    Would I recommend this show? It depends. If you can try not to take the show too seriously then yes, I would.



    The only reason I'm giving it a 7 is because I really didn't care for much of the later seasons but still, a decent enough show for the time when it came out.moreless
  • Totally Spies was Totally Awesome

    9.0
    Totally Spies was one of my favorite series to watch as a kid. The plot is about three teenage girls: Sam, Alex, and Clover, who are spies and travel around the world to fight the same time, they deal with their problems as well, It is James Bond meets Sailor Moon meets The Powerpuff Girls. The animation is bold with an anime-seque designs, the characters are amiable, the action scenes are entertaining to watch, the jokes are hilarious, the music is fantastic including the theme song. Each episode might get repetitive, yet it is fun to watch.



    The series is girly, not in an annoying way. Overally, Totally Spies is a hit.moreless
  • Totally Spies? Eh, nostalgic as a kid but now not so great.

    3.0
    Totally Spies is a show about three girls: Sam, Clover and Alex. Basically they are high school/college girls who were hired by WOOHP to fight crime and they also have to deal with the challenges their daily lives throw at them.



    I do admit that I used to enjoy this show as a kid but I have recently watched a few episodes and now I think this show is actually generic and stereotypical. I think that this show should

    improve in certain areas and I will explain more in detail. Also, I have decided to add a new topic in the reviews I post in the future: Animation.



    Plot:

    Samantha 'Sam' Simpson, Clover Enwing and Alex Vasquez are three high school/college girls who are the best of friends. They are also spies for WOOHP, an organisation led by Jerry which is dedicated to fighting crime. As well as dealing with crime, these girls also have to deal with the challenges and chaos in school, especially when their arch-enemy Mandy is around!



    OK, so the plot seems like it makes sense but it is quite generic because we've already had other shows where the main characters were spies such as Kim Possible for example and it's also becoming repetitive in every episode. So now I will continue the review by talking about the main characters:



    Characters:

    The characters are stereotypical (as usual) and they pretty much have little personality. In my opinion, the characters should've had more development but I will explain in detail:



    Samantha 'Sam' Simpson: She is the stereotypical girl who is the smartest out of the gang. She's also the leader in the spy missions due to the fact that she has the brains but sometimes she's kind of bossy and rude (but not as rude as Clover or Mandy). Overall, she's pretty much the cookie-cutter good girl and I've had enough of cookie-cutter 'good girl' characters on TV already.



    Clover Enwing: She is basically the girl who's obsessed with fashion, boys and taking down Mandy in a fight. She annoys me sometimes due to the fact that she's a bit narcissistic but she is somehow there for her friends when it counts. Sometimes her catchphrases like 'whatever' and 'totally' annoy me aswell and I think she would be a better character if she wasn't a narcissistic boy-crazed freak.



    Alex Vasquez: Alex is the tomboy of the group. She is 50% boy-crazy but she's also the type of person that enjoys sports and all those kinds of stuff. Sometimes she doesn't really seem like she's friends with Sam and Clover and she's basically the third wheel of the group so that's all I have to say about her.



    Jerry: He is the leader of WOOHP and he is the one who explains the missions to the spies and stuff. I can't say much about him either other than the fact that he's a bit bossy sometimes.



    GLADIS: She's the robotic gadget distribution device and that's all I can say.



    Mandy: I hate this bitch so much. She is more of a narcissist than Clover. She's basically the queen bee and she always tries to take down Clover in their petty fights. Mandy also has her friends (Caitlin and Dominique) following her around and when they didn't show up anymore, Mandy's southern cousin Mindy became part of her little 'followers' group aswell. Mandy also treats people like shit and she looks down on them as if they're beneath her. Sometimes I don't understand why Clover doesn't put this little shit in her place. Also, Mandy is a cross between Molly Garfunkel from Nickelodeon's 'How to Rock' and Lexi Reed from Disney's 'ANT Farm'.



    Arnold: He is the stereotypical nerd and he serves as a punching bag for everyone just because he interferes with the missions.



    Villains: Most of the villains in the show are pretty stupid. They often have some of the worst reasons to eliminate the spies and they don't even put up a fight. They always lose and it just gets boring and sometimes I root for them to win because I'm fed up of seeing Alex, Clover and Sam win.



    Animation:

    The animation isn't so bad in my opinion but one of the things I must ask is: Why do the main characters wear brightly coloured spy suits? If they're spies then obviously they should wear darker suits so they can blend in with their surroundings. If an actual spy in real life wore either Sam's green suit, Clover's red suit or Alex's yellow suit then they would easily be caught and then they would be defeated in battle.



    Jokes:

    I have nothing to say in this area.



    Moral values:

    Nothing to say here either.



    Summary:

    Overall, I was planning to give this show a 5 but I've decided to narrow it down to a 3 because of the stereotypes and generic plots the creators added in the show.

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  • Only loved by Nostalgia!! They're spies yet dress in the three brightest colors in the world!!

    1.0
    I use to like this show when I was younger but now I can't even sit through a minute of it. I hate All the girls. They are the most shallow boy obsessed losers I've ever seen, later in life they would either be single or divorced if this was real life, hilariously they are all single in that episode when they go to the future. Sam is just annoying, Clover is a walking stereotype, and Alex is the stupid Token Minority who is always the third wheel in everything. The show is very repetitive, the villain does something before the opening, the girls have a normal life problem, Jerry calls them, gives them gadgets that will somehow coincidentally save them later, Terrible spying happens (They are the worst pies ever! They're spies yet dress in the three brightest colors in the world!!) They get tied up (because they are the worst spies ever) Jerry's plot device saves them, They beat the bad guy, They solve they normal life problem everyone laughs, repeat.



    I hate all the characters the girls are stuck up and shallow, Mandy and her friends (And later cousin Mindy) are bitches, Arnold's a loser. All the other guys on the show are feminine looking love interest that have no personality and stay for one episode.



    The villains have personally no personality and are complete idiots. They also have the worst motives (a guy getting rejected by a girl, wanting a guy to like her) They are generic and Saturday cartoon similar.



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  • It is a fun show to watch

    8.5
    I gotta say, the show was very exciting as it felt like you have your three average girls who try to live a double life. It was one of the shows I liked to watch when I was younger.
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