Like many of my fellow Millennials, Nicktoons were a big part of my childhood. One of the biggies that still sends me into a nostalgia spiral is Doug. This cartoon about an awkward, not-so-cool kid who moves to a new town has a special place in my heart, and it’s not just because I loved that so many of the characters were wacky colors. And it’s definitely not just because I have a soft spot for Doug’s sweater vest.
Doug was formative because we can all relate to feeling like the loser underdog like Doug often was, but he almost always managed to find a way to redeem his embarrassing, stressful situations one way or another. So, I guess I’m saying that Doug gave all of us a little hope! You can get picked on, screw things up and always embarrass yourself in front of your crush– Patti Mayonnaise, which sounds like something you’d order on a fast food menu–and you can still come out on top. Serious life inspiration right there.
Anyway, if you’re like me and have a lot of love for Doug, check out these 12 memorable moments from the show!
Patti MayonnaisePatti was the best. She was sweet and sporty and had a cute lil' Southern twang. Oh, and Doug totally had the hots for her. Honestly, I can't say I blame him.Source: Doug/Nickelodeon
Judy, My QueenI wanted to be Judy when I grew up. Seriously, she just seemed like the height of cool. She was such a drama queen, never took off her sunglasses and she always had A+ snark.Source: Doug/Nickelodeon
Doug's Overactive ImaginationOkay, I think that Doug's fantasy sequences are some of the best parts of this entire show. They're so over the top and ridiculous. I mean, sometimes it's a great fantasy where he's either super macho or a rock star or manages to get Patti to fall in love with him. But most seemed to be paranoid delusions of people hating him for the rest of his life. Damn Doug, calm down.Source: Doug/Nickelodeon
Quailman And All Those Other Alter EgosSpeaking of overactive imaginations, remember all of Doug's alter egos? Quailman is the most memorable, of course, because who can forget a kid who wears his tighty whiteys outside of his shorts? But Doug's James Bond and Indiana Jones fantasy persona also made some pretty regular appearances on the show. This kid...Source: Doug/Nickelodeon
Skeeter Being Rad As HellI loved Skeeter! I mean, he and Doug balanced each other out so well. Doug is so uptight and Skeeter was so chill and cool and wore gigantic pants. What's not rad about that? For some reason I and a lot of other kids always assumed that Skeeter would be black in real life, and the creator Jim Jinkins pretty much confirmed that to be true. In retrospect, I'm pretty sure that I just assumed that because he was really cool and had a knack for beat boxing...yikes. 'Sup, stereotypes?Source: Doug/Nickelodeon
That Banana PizzaSo there was one episode where Doug and Patti were partners in a class cooking project. Patti--bless her heart--was totally clueless about cooking. She thought separating two eggs meant physically placing two eggs far away from each other. Well, at some point their project goes haywire and, somehow, the pizza they were making combined with a banana mixture. The result was actually surprisingly good and I swear that I've wanted to try that combination ever since. I should really get around to that soon.Source: Doug/Nickelodeon
Roger Klotz...Had IssuesWhat a bully, right? Just because you wear a leather jacket and black boots in 6th grade doesn't mean that you have to make Doug's life a living hell. I mean, this dude went all the way to Doug's house during the weekend just to tell him that he can't dance. That is some Draco Malfoy levels of desperation. I think his only endearing moment was when he had a crush on Doug's sister, because he turned into a total sap.Source: Doug/Nickelodeon
Porkchop, The Ideal PetThis dog could pretty much do everything but talk. He danced, played music, painted...and he also managed to be really snarky despite not being able to talk. Not sure how they pulled that off, but Porkchop was just a really sassy cartoon dog.Source: Doug/Nickelodeon
Mr. Dink And His Ridiculously Expensive ItemsRemember Mr. Dink? Doug's next door neighbor who was always buying super hi-tech tool and creating all these random contraptions? I mean, his trademark saying was "very expensive" which tells us that he probably wasted most of his income with ridiculous products that always managed to break down or explode. I mean, this dude got a grill that was shaped like his face, as you can see to your left. What was up with this dude?Source: Doug/Nickelodeon
Doug's Fear Of Liver And OnionsRemember the episode when Patti was having a birthday party and said that liver and onions were on the menu? And Doug freaked out because he was afraid of liver and onions...until he finally tried them. Then he rolls up to Patti's house, all ready to grub on some liver and onions and they're really just eating hot dogs and french fries. Patti was just joking about the liver and onions...oy vey.Source: Doug/Nickelodeon
The Beets, AKA The Best Fictional Band Of All TimeHow cool were The Beets? I mean, I think that they were loosely based off of The Beatles, but I'm talkin' super loosely because they have nothing in common...because The Beets were a billion times cooler, of course. There was a great episode in which Doug and Skeeter miss this big Beets concert and are super bummed about it and are eating away their sorrows at The Honker Burger. But then The Beets roll up to the joint and rock out with them. Goals.Source: Doug/Nickelodeon
Doug's Move To DisneyFor some reason, Doug moved from Nick to Disney and...a few things changed. The clothes were just a little upgraded and the plot lines got weirder, but it was still watchable. I don't know, some fans get really salty about the Disney version for whatever reason. But the one thing I agree with is that Doug on Nick was straight up classic.Source: Doug/Disney
Which Doug character was your favorite? Did you like it better on Nick or Disney? Tell us in the comments!