Total DramaRama
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GenreComedy
Created by
Directed byKeith Oliver
Chad Hicks
Christos Katopodis
George Elliott
Voices of
Theme music composerVoodoo Highway Music
ComposerVoodoo Highway Music
Country of originCanada
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes152 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducersWren Errington
Sonia Santarelli
Running time11 minutes
Production companiesFresh TV Inc.
Corus Entertainment
DistributorCake Entertainment
Release
Original networkTeletoon (Canada)
Cartoon Network (U.S.)
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Original releaseSeptember 1, 2018 (2018-09-01) –
July 22, 2022 (2022-07-22)
Chronology
Preceded byTotal Drama
RelatedThe Ridonculous Race
6teen

Total DramaRama (originally titled Total Drama Daycare) is an animated comedy children's television series created by Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch that premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on September 1, 2018, and on Teletoon in Canada on October 7, 2018. The show, serving as a crossover prequel spin-off as well as the second spin-off of Total Drama, following The Ridonculous Race, is set in an alternate universe of Total Drama and 6teen. The series is co-produced by Fresh TV and Corus Entertainment in association with Cartoon Network, and distributed by Cake Entertainment.

Premise

The series re-introduces some of the original "Total Drama" characters in an alternate universe where they are aged down from teenagers to toddlers, being taken care of by Chef Hatchet. Each episode features dream sequences, cutaways, visual jokes, confessionals, and flashbacks.[1] A Ridonculous Race contestant, MacArthur, has made recurring appearances and several other characters from the Total Drama series and The Ridonculous Race have made cameo appearances throughout the series.

Episodes

Main article: List of Total DramaRama episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
151September 1, 2018 (2018-09-01)November 30, 2019 (2019-11-30)
251January 11, 2020 (2020-01-11)March 27, 2021 (2021-03-27)
350April 3, 2021 (2021-04-03)July 22, 2022 (2022-07-22)

Characters

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Production

The show was under production as of December 19, 2017 under the title Total Drama Daycare.[1][7][8] It first aired on Cartoon Network in the United States on September 1, 2018.[9] Jennifer Pertsch revealed in an interview with TV Kids that Fresh took "11 favorites from the original cast and aged them down to 4".[10]

On February 13, 2019, the series was green lit for a second season.[11] On June 23, 2020, Corus Entertainment announced that the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered in Canada in mid-year 2021. Revenge of the Island contestant, Lightning, and Pahkitew Island contestant, Sugar, were aged down to join the cast.[12][13]

Broadcast

Streaming

The first season is available to stream on HBO Max as of September 20, 2021.[14] The second season is also available to stream on HBO Max. The first 25 episodes of the third season were added to HBO Max on June 6, 2022.[15][16]

Reception

Critical

Total DramaRama has received mixed reviews. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the series three stars out of five and found that it was as entertaining as previous entries in the Total Drama franchise, declaring that "Total Drama fans who tune in for DramaRama will appreciate the humor in seeing these familiar characters' big personalities in little bodies."[17] The Washington Post found that "the satire that defined the “Total Drama” shows is less clever" than it had been in previous seasons, and recommended the series for ages 7 and up.[18]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of Total DramaRama
Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 51 September 1, 2018 (2018-09-01) 0.72[19] November 30, 2019 (2019-11-30) 0.37[20] 0.61
2 51 January 11, 2020 (2020-01-11) 0.47[21] March 27, 2021 (2021-03-27) 0.30[22] 0.30
3 49 April 3, 2021 (2021-04-03) 0.18[23] July 22, 2022 (2022-07-22) TBD 0.17

References

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  7. ^ Mercedes Milligan (December 19, 2017). "Pint-Sized Prequel Total Drama Daycare Announced". Animation Magazine. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Jeremy Dickson (June 4, 2018). "Corus unveils 2018/19 kids programming slate". Kidscreen. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Mercedes Milligan (August 24, 2018). "Cartoon Network Dates Adventure Time Finale Amid September Highlights". Animation Magazine. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  10. ^ Mansha Daswani (April 2018). "Jennifer Pertsch - Total Drama Daycare". TV Kids. Retrieved June 19, 2018 – via Issuu.
  11. ^ Ryan Tuchow (February 13, 2019). "CAKE, Fresh TV get more Dramarama". Kidscreen. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  12. ^ Mercedes Milligan (June 23, 2020). "Corus Ent. Bolsters Specialty Portfolios, Including Toons for All Ages". Animation Magazine. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  13. ^ Mercedes Milligan (July 31, 2020). "CAKE and Fresh TV Order Up 3rd Season of Total Dramarama". Animation Magazine. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  14. ^ "Cry Macho, Malignant, Limited Series Scenes from a Marriage, The Third Season of Doom Patrol, and Adventure Time: Distant Lands - Wizard City Arrive on HBO Max This September" (Press release). WarnerMedia. August 19, 2021. Retrieved September 3, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
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  17. ^ Emily Ashby (2018). "Total DramaRama TV Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  18. ^ "What to watch with your kids: The House With a Clock in Its Walls and more". The Washington Post. September 20, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
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