Minorities in cartoons: “Sanjay and Craig”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Sanjay and Craig,” a Nickelodeon animated series.

Background

Sanjay is a 12-year-old boy, who spends his time hanging out and having fun with Craig, his pet snake and best friend. Craig can talk, but it’s kept secret from all but a few other people. In public, Craig passes himself off in various human disguises.

The duo have various wacky misadventures. One example’s in the series’ first episode, when Sanjay and Craig try to watch a butt transplant at a hospital. Yes, I know… from what I saw, “Sanjay” has more of that style of humor than sibling Nick shows “SpongeBob” or “Fairly OddParents.” However, a few sites claim the show drops such jokes later in its run.

The show’s supporting cast includes:

  • Vijay: Sanjay’s father, who runs a store.
  • Darlene: Sanjay’s mother, who works at a hospital.
  • Belle Pepper: a teen Sanjay has a crush on.
  • Hector Flanagan: an eyepatch-wearing friend of the duo.
  • Megan Sparkles: a friend of Sanjay and Craig, who’s an enthusiastic beauty pageant participant.
  • The Dicksons: teenage siblings who’re a hard rock garage band Sanjay and Craig like.
  • Remington Tufflips: an egoistical 80s action star Sanjay and Craig like.
  • Mr. Noodman: the arch-nemesis of Sanjay and Craig. He’s a high-strung, cranky neighbor. On top of that, Noodman intensely hates snakes. This is to the point of wanting to kill them on sight.

On TV/home video

The series aired from 2013 to 2016 on Nickelodeon. Three seasons of 60 half-hour episodes (or 120 individual segments) were produced.

Voice actors

Actor Maulik Pancholy voices Sanjay. Pancholy’s openly gay, and starred in the NBC series “30 Rock.”

Actor Chris Hardwick voices Craig. Hardwick’s an actor and comedian, who hosts “Talking Dead,” a discussion program about the AMC horror series “The Walking Dead.”

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