TV Show Review: Fillmore!

Details: Aired from 2002 to 2004. There are twenty-six episodes total with each episode at around thirty minutes long with commercials. Couldn’t find an official site so here’s the site:

Score: 6.8/10

Fillmore! was part of a block of cartoons on ABC Disney that aired over a decade ago. I loved these cartoon at the time, especially Recess. These were classic examples of cartoons that targeted kids, but had enough depth and jokes for adults. Fillmore! was a good example of this, though I don’t think it was anywhere near as good as Recess.

Fillmore! is about a hall monitor named Fillmore and his partner as they investigate and enforce justice at their high school. Think police procedural, except with high school kids and high school oriented crimes.

This show follows the police procedural genre to the last detail. Every episode is a standalone story that is generally told in three parts: discovery of the crime, investigation of the crime, and the resolution of the crime. The characters are your classic crime/police procedural characters. You have your loyal partner, your angry police sergeant, an even angrier police chief, and a whole slew of your standard witnesses and criminals who they question and investigate. Fillmore! does an exemplary job transporting the genre over to a high school setting and creating a kid friendly show.

The stories told are also as complex as stories you’d find on CSI or Law and Order, except that the crimes are generally things like destroying science projects or shooting someone with spit balls. What’s hilarious is how seriously the show takes each situation. Characters treat every crime the same way characters on CSI would. For example, a kid guilty of repeatedly drawing graffiti all over the place is place in permanent detention and forced to take classes through television. This kid is treated like Hannibal Lector, except that he get to go home after schools over.

Overall, this is a fun show. There are ample twists and action (mostly chase scenes, little to no actual violence). If you’re the type of person who enjoys CSI and cartoons, Fillmore! is right up your alley. At the very least, Fillmore is good for training children to enjoy shows like CSI and Law and Order.

Score: 6.8/10

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