If you don’t understand what I mean by “Part 2: The Parents”, this is the part where I talk about the parents. Even as a youngster I thought the parents of the Rugrats were good characters. They were developed and important parts of the show.
Didi and Stu Pickles were Tommy’s parents. They were good and fair people, but they were awful at watching kids. Maybe that’s why they always volunteered to have the kids over at their place, because it wasn’t a big deal? They literally stuck all the kids in a play area and just left them alone. I would definitely be a parent if that’s all you had to do. But then again, the writers made sure to include moments that would deter any child from wanting to grow up and have kids. Like the time when Angelica forced Stu to wait on her day and night.
Chaz Finster was Chuckie’s dad. He was a nervous parent, mirroring the characteristics of Chuckie. I forget what happened to Chuckie’s mom, but I’m pretty sure she died. A kid’s show wouldn’t be complete without a dead parent somewhere in the mix. Like I mentioned previously, Chaz got re-married to Kira, mother of Kimi. This plot line wasn’t really believable since Chaz wasn’t exactly a looker. And where did they meet? I don’t get it. I think the creators started to get lazy around this point. They also introduced a new baby brother for Tommy around the same time. But he’s not worth delving into. Trust me.
I touched on Betty and Howard Deville in my previous post. They’re the prime example of “opposites attract”. Betty has a very strong personality; she’s loud, big, and somewhat masculine. You could guess that Howard is not any of those things, and you’d be right. I have a feeling the twins are going to be so messed up when they’re “All Grown Up”.
Drew and Charlotte were Angelica’s parents. They royally screwed Angelica up by not giving her a baby brother or sister and spoiling her. Drew is Stu’s older, more successful brother. Their dad Lou lived at Stu’s house. He was the worst babysitter of all because he always fell asleep. I believe that side of the family was of Christian descent and Didi’s parents were Jewish. Which made it perfect for holiday episodes. I actually learned most of my Passover information from the Rugrats Passover Special. So normal. No one was left out except those Kwanza weirdos. But I bet anything that Susie mentioned Kwanza. I just know she did. Ugh that show was so PC.
Also one weird thing about all the grandparents on the show is that they were already 100 years old. How old were they when they had their kids? I mean, my grandparents were probably in their 40’s when I was born. I could never relate to Tommy, who was one year old, having older grandparents than me.
All of the parents were friends with each other which gave me high hopes for being an adult. I figured I would have lots of other friends with kids that my own kids could play with but I think that was slightly misleading. Apparently you have to go out and make friends yourself, which is just way too much work.