This week’s “minorities in cartoons” entry is “The Weekenders.” The series, about a group of friends’ weekend adventures (hence the show’s name), aired during the late 90s/early 2000s on ABC Saturday mornings, as well as Disney’s syndicated weekend lineup “One Too.”
As noted above, the show centered around the weekend adventures of four junior high school students: Tino, the default lead character of the group (since he’s the one who usually gets to break the fourth wall and speak to the audience about what’s going on); Lor, a girl who’s into sports and is the most assertive of the group; Carver, an African-American boy who wants others to view him as the “cool guy”; and Tish, an intellectual girl. The quartet all live in a fictional beachside California town.
One recurring gag of the series was the gang’s hideout, a pizza parlor, constantly remodeling and changing its theme in every episode, not keeping the same name/gimmick/etc. twice.
One episode, “The Worst Holiday Ever,” shows the gang dealing with each of them celebrating different holidays. While Lor celebrates Christmas, Carver instead celebrates Kwanzaa. Tish, meanwhile, celebrates Hanukkah. Unusually for a TV show not set in the ancient past or in a fantasy setting, the holiday Tino and his mother celebrate is revealed to be the winter solstice.
“The Weekenders” was created by Doug Langdale, who also created Disney’s amusing “Dave the Barbarian.” Tino, Lor, Tish, and Carver were voiced respectively by voice actors Jason Marsden, Grey DeLisle, Kath Soucie, and Phil LaMarr. On top of that lineup, the theme song’s sung by comedian Wayne Brady.