Originally Posted by archiguy
No, the show is just recycling plotlines from past seasons. Maybe it just appears to be "getting better" because they've had so much practice telling the same stories over and over.
That isn't always a bad thing. If you do the formula right, it can actually be part of the appeal.
I'll admit, I'm a huge fan of Phineas and Ferb - even with no kids around. Talk about a formula:
- Phineas: "I know what we're going to do today......where's Perry?"
- Perry jumps into some secret passage to mission headquarters to get his orders regarding something Dr. Doofenshmirtz is up to.
- The boys begin a dramatic build, be it an elevator to the moon or a roller coaster through town.
- Isabella shows up with her Fireside Girls troop and asks Phineas "Whatcha doing?"
- Their sister, Candice, makes plans to bust them, all while trying to make plans with her boyfriend, Jeremy.
- Perry shows up at Dr. Doofenshmirtz's Evil Inc. headquarters, gets trapped and has to listen as Doofenshmirtz monologs about his plans for the latest "...inator" he has built in an attempt to rule the tr-state area. This might be a "traffic duplicinator", which causes traffic jams his towing company can clear (for a fee) or a "dehydratinator", which kills his neighbors plants so the doctor's own dying plants won't look so bad.
- The kids finish the build and there is a music montage in the process of enjoying the oceanfront beach in the backyard, finding Atlantis or playing on the largest mini golf course.
- Perry and Doofenshmirtz have a big showdown which results in the the "...inator" being destroyed, but not before being activated...
- Meanwhile, Mom arrives home and Candice attempts to get her to the back yard in time to see what the boys have been up to, but...
-...the activation of the "...inator" causes the boy's build project to disappear without a trace before their mom can see it.
- The boys spot Perry, who by this point has returned home.
- Occasionally, the show may cut to an old man and his wife. The wife is angry that he has made some kind of investment, while lacking an essential ingredient, such as a mini golf course with no golf course or a monkey basketball team with only one monkey. At that moment, the "...inator" results in the golf course dropping onto the property or the monkey being duplicated enough times to create a team.
- Candice is disappointed, but it turns out Jeremy has had a great time with her all day riding the boy's log flume, exploring their funhouse or getting to eat ice cream from cows they took to the moon.
If they do it right, as the show above does, they can literally have the same chain of events every show, yet have it still be entertaining to watch. "House" was built on that principle.
It's a tough line to balance, though. It can easily become "meh", like with the CSI's if not down well.