Netflix Makes a VICTORiOUS Move

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Victorious, stylized as VICTORiOUS, used to be a popular show among children and teenagers when it was on air on Nickelodeon from March 2010 to February 2013 (3 Seasons) and now it’s been brought back on Netflix. Victorious is about aspiring singer, Tori Vega (Victoria Justice), who attends Hollywood Arts High School and gets into wild situations with her friends every day. The series won the Favorite TV Show award at the 2012 and 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards.  

Victorious involves a pretty stereotypical high school friends cast. The cool friend, Tori (Victoria Justice), the silly friend, Andre (Leon Thomas III), the nerdy friend, Robbie (Matt Bennett), and the charming friend, Beck (Avan Jogia). They all make not-so-smart decisions, a ton of jokes, and go to an arts school, which gives them a good reason to break out into song quite often. 

Many fans blamed Ariana Grande’s “Sam and Cat” project for the show ending, the real reason it got cancelled was because Ariana Grande “chose to do a solo tour instead of a cast tour. If we had done a cast tour Nickelodeon would have ordered another season of Victorious while Sam & Cat filmed simultaneously but she chose otherwise,” said Victoria Justice. 

After the show ended, there was no way of watching it, as no streaming services picked it up. Recently though, Netflix picked up the show and old fans are excited because they’ve been waiting for them to put more shows from their childhoods onto the popular streaming service. Many fans have expressed that want other shows such as Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, Phineas and Ferb, Big Time Rush, and many more to be put on Netflix through social media posts and messages to Netflix’s social media accounts. 

Many shows that people want on Netflix are already on Hulu, which is cheaper, but Netflix is more popular, so more people use it. Netflix has 139 million subscribers with its most popular plan being $12.99 per month, but Hulu only has 25 million subscribers while its most popular plan is only $5.99 per month, according to CNN and The Verge. 

Netflix picking up Victorious was a big gesture that made many of their subscribers’, myself included, ecstatic, and now it’s the only streaming service with the show and can now better compete with Hulu.  

“I was excited because I watched it as a kid and having it on something as accessible as Netflix made me happy because I finally have a way to watch it,” Kamryn Pflug-Lor, 10, Omaha North High Student.  

While watching the show I felt nostalgia and the 10-year-old in me was jumping with joy. As I continued to watch the show, I realized that it’s not as great as I remember. The script is corny, and the acting is cringeworthy. They use made up words and phrases such as “cheese-wiz” and “what the helicopter.” During one scene, the main character, Tori Vega (Victoria Justice), was worried and said the word “gulp” instead of gulping. 

There are characters that make you forget about the bad parts of the show such as Andre Harris (Leon Thomas III), who’s always cracking jokes and bringing feel-good vibes to the scenes. There’s also Mr. Sikowitz (Eric Lange), who is eccentric and can always turn the scene around immediately with an unexpected tone or comment. 

One thing about the show that’s genuinely good is the music. Most of the songs were written by different song writers but Victoria Justice was the main performer in all of them. A good amount of the songs also featured the Victorious cast. The songs are mostly typical pop songs that would appeal to pre-teens because of their lyrics about friends, love, revenge, and much more. 

The show also uses a lot of wordplay and humor that sounds like it was thought of by a middle schooler. One example is a scene where Beck (Avan Jogia) says to his girlfriend, Jade (Elizabeth Gillies), “I can’t believe how jealous you get,” to which she responds, “Oh so you think I’m ugly,” all while the stock laughing soundtrack was playing. 

Victorious is a feel-good show with bad humor, cringey acting, and good music. I would rate it a 4 out of 10. I loved the show as a child and I still like to watch it for the nostalgia, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone that hasn’t watched it before. 

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