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7 Facts You Didn't Know About 'Recess' That Will Make You Say "Scandalous"


Recess is one of the best cartoons that has ever been made. Sure, it was fun for kids to watch, but there was actually a lot more going on in this little cartoon than anyone actually noticed.


The show started back in 1997 and quickly it became one of the most important shows for us to watch. There was just something about these outcasts trying to fit into their school that felt very real. The characters all felt so familiar to us, and we could relate to at least one of them.


Whether you were more like the leader of the group, T.J, the tough but lovable Spinelli, or the quiet and anxiety-ridden Gus, there was a character for everyone. Fitting in wasn't always easy in school, but Recess was able to point out a lot of stuff we were all going through and help us feel a little less alone.


Here are 7 things you didn't know about the hit Disney show Recess!  

They actually used kids for voices

Unlike most other cartoons, the voices of the kids were actually children. The only character who wasn't was Spinelli, but obviously that's fine because she was perfect the way she was.

Gretchen was technically in The Avengers

It was just for a minute, but the actress who voiced Gretchen in Recess played the waitress in The Avengers. So Gretchen got up close and personal with Captain America... Lucky lady!


Blossom was on the show


Mayim Bialik actually plays 'Kurst the Worst'. She is featured in a few episodes, including the one where TJ gives out joke Valentines.

These aren't the only crazy facts about the show...

There is a Disney Crossover no one noticed


Owl from Winnie the Pooh appears in an episode when the kids are on the school yard at night.

Principal Prickly was based on a real person

He is supposed to look like Gene Shalit, the movie critic.

The gang originally looked a lot different

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It's pretty normal for cartoon characters to change a little bit over time, but most of the characters went through a dramatic shift after the pilot. All except Mikey, who only got a new pair of shoes.

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The show was a lot deeper than a lot of kids really understood


Looking at the cliques of school isn't all that new, but the way they did it was totally one of a kind. There was a literal throne on the playground with an actual "king". The way they represented the groups always resonated with kids more than other shows. Probably because each character seemed to be well-rounded and have this good backstory and wasn't just a stereotype that needed to get filled.

The show was pretty important for a lot us who grew up in the 90s and early 2000s. Let us know in the comments who your favorite character was!