AVGN series – Accurate season list

James / September 2nd, 2013

Here’s some useless trivia. The AVGN series is often compared to traditional TV shows with “seasons.” The AVGN wikipedia page lists all these seasons by year. That makes sense because we’ve always released the episodes on DVD by year, but personally, I think the true way to list them is how they were produced. I’m always impressed with how accurate the wikipedia page usually is, but if you wanted to get real specific about when exactly these seasons began and ended, here it is.

 

PILOTS
May 2004 (Simon’s Quest and Jekyll & Hyde)
Recorded at my parent’s house, after coming home from graduating college. These two episodes were made because I was bored. I had no idea that I would be making more.
2_Jekyl-and-Hyde

 

SEASON 1
April 2006 – December 2006 (Karate Kid to Bible Games)
The year of YouTube. This is when YouTube became popular, and so did the Nerd. The Karate Kid episode was made as a one-off to close out the “trilogy” but unexpectedly got a cult following which grew. I kept making more, and saw the series progress. It changed late in the season from “Nintendo” Nerd to “Video Game” Nerd. During this year, I was living in an apartment. My full time job was editing corporate videos. The TMNT 3 movie review should never have counted as a Nerd episode, especially not TWO episodes. It was broken apart because of technical issues. It was made during the Nerd’s breif hiatus when the future was uncertain. It was originally meant to launch a side series “The Angry MOVIE Nerd” but it never happened.
14_Power_Glove

 

SEASON 2
February 2007- February 2008 (Atari 5200 to Rambo)
I moved into a new apartment and began editing wedding videos full time. Up until now, the Nerd videos were something I was doing on my free time, which had taken their toll. My life got too stressful to handle, so the Nerd series had met it’s potential end. This was when GameTrailers entered the picture, offering me compensation for the first time. I signed a 1 year contract to continue the series at 2 episodes a month.
31_BUGS_BUNNY

 

SEASON 3
February 2008 – February 2009 (Virtual Boy to Milon’s Secret Castle)
Renewed the contract with GameTrailers for another year, again with 2 videos a month. Up until now, the videos were all filmed in a corner of a room, but the Nerd’s collection expanded and outgrew itself. Mid-season, I relocated and now the series was finally given a dedicated room to film in. Being able to turn the camera around 360 degrees and show all four walls was a blessing!
52_Batman_AVGN_PART_1

 

SEASON 4
March 2009 – March 2010 (Atari Jaguar to Pong Consoles)
Another renewal. 1 year. 2 videos a month. By the end of this season, I completely burned myself out.
83_Little_Red_Hood

 

SEASON 5
May 2010 – April 2011 (Action 52 to Spielberg Games)
By this point, the series became too much like a “job”. With 2 videos a month, and less time than ever to make them, I was sacrificing my health, and felt I was beginning to make sub-par episodes. Not to mention, the AVGN Movie was getting nowhere. It was stuck in limbo. With this season, I made the announcemnet that I would be cutting down to 1 episode a month. As a result, I think they improved. The season kicked off with the longest Nerd episode to date, Action 52. A side note: I said it would come out in May, but it was released a few hours early, technically meaning it was still April. The season had some of the most epiic and ambitious episodes yet, like How the Nerd Stole Christmas and the 100th episode R.O.B. (The first episode shot in 16:9 ratio.) The final episode of the season, Spielberg Games, ended with a cliffhanger for the AVGN Movie.
100_AVGN_ROB-b

 

SEASON 6
July 2011 – December 2011 (Making of Barbie to Bible Games 3)
Originally, Speilberg Games was planned to be the last episode before the movie came out, but realizing it would take a lot longer than expected, I entered a shorter contract for 6 episodes in 6 months. The first one was a “making of” episode, but the first true episode of this season was Kid Kool. It transitioned permanently to HD with Dark Castle. It ended with Bible Games 3, before I took a long hiatus to go into main produciton on the AVGN Movie.
104_AVGN_NWC

 

SEASON 7
July 2012 – present (Schwarzenegger Games to present)
This is what I call the “Post-movie” season, meaning this is after I returned from my cross-country trip, shooting the AVGN Movie in the Los Angeles area. Schwarzenegger Games was the big comeback episode. This season has been more loose and spontaneous. I’ve been releasing the episodes on my own, roughly one every two months, while I continue to work on the AVGN Movie, all my other projects, and trying to balance my personal life. I feel very refreshed to be doing it this way. There’s been more genuine inspiration going into each and every episode. When exactly this season will end is uncertain. It could go on forever.
107_Schwarzenegger-Games

Comments

  • September 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I remember when the wikipedia page came into being. That was the first time I ever saw the Nerd episodes broken up into “seasons”. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a fan created thing. The show isn’t produced like a television series. On a TV series, they usually film an entire season and then release it. These are done on an individual basis. The DVD’s are divided up into “Volumes” which makes sense to me. Really, the only way to count them is by episode number. I do agree though, the TMNT 3 movie review should have never been counted. That should have been counted as bonus content like “The Anger Begins”, “The Final Battle” or “Ninja Baseball Batman”.

    • restlessjester

      September 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      You are right about shows that hold some sort of continuity, but magazine style shows, like the one I am currently working on refreshes it’s season annually. The shows structure has stayed the same but now the company looks at the annual revenue, etc.

    • September 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Hey Mike… check this out… http://canapictures.com

  • Syph

    September 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Go on forever? Fine by me!

    Seriously, though, I love these kind of informative posts. It’s like getting to go backstage and seeing the inner-workings. Keep things loose and keep doing it because you love doing it. It’s always the way to go!

  • September 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    awesome to know the backstory of the making of some of the episodes James. sort of a monumental day today for me and AVGN. this day last year i discovered AVGN. it changed my life in some ways. James inspired me to get more into movies and check out the lesser known obscure films. James and Mike’s videos have helped me through rough times and that’s why i thank you guys for making such awesome art.

  • ToadRoad

    September 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    You should submit the changes to wikipedia!

  • September 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    You know, I never thought of the AVGN episodes as ever being a part of a “season” or anything like that. I always figured they were produced individually of each other, with the exception to the handful of “trilogies” or “two part” episodes. I agree with Mike in that they should just be numbered, and organized/released in “volumes” like…say…Nintendo Power. :P

    • UBERM0RPH

      September 2, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      I never thought of them as seasons until the point I started buying the dvd’s. I guess I’ll have to call them “volumes” for now on :P

  • September 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Meh, fans should actually more focused on how chronologically confused the AVGN series is. I started noticing myself how off things became with the Atari 5200 episode. #20? No, no, no! That’s #18…right? It’s been off a couple episodes ever since, lol! I even tracked the misplacement all the way through to the last episode and sent James the entire list of episodes to show the mistakes that were made along the way. It’s really amusing since James has had two chronologically confused episodes. I say for a farce James out to make an episode on it. Just for the zany fun of it all. And I completely forgot you started AVGN in 2004, not 2006 when I first saw Simon’s Quest. That’s my bad. It’s been a blast taking this journey with you all these years, James. May the light shine on you for a lifetime. :)

    • September 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      And I OUGHT to proof read my own shit before I post it, lol!

    • llirium

      January 3, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Yeah, you’re right. Things are two episodes off without the two-parter TMNT 3 review, and one off if you count the current (combined) episode.

      That’s kinda messed up, and probably something The Nerd could rant about.

      For reference sake, you still got that list you send to James? Could you post it somewhere? I’m OCD about this kind of stuff.

  • thegreat81

    September 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I am enjoying your post AVGN-movie episodes better for the fact that they feel less formulaic. Maybe I’m wrong, but there seems to be more improv. Also, I am guessing the wiki-editors will be making updates to the pages based off comments from both you and Mike. They are valuable in that context.

    It’s almost been 10 years since you filmed the first AVGN pilot! What year was Cinemassacre officially created?

  • September 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I have a suggestion for you, if you’d take it. You may not read this, and it may not be my place to say, but I, and I’m sure my fellow fans as well, would be perfectly okay if you had to take a year off of AVGN episodes to focus on other, less time-consuming content, as well as to get your personal life back on track and maybe be able to put more work into the projects you really wanna work on, such as the AVGN movie and any other, more artistic endeavors you have ideas for. We have well over 100 episodes of AVGN to enjoy during this time, and there’s all the simpler content, such as reviews and so forth, that will hold our attention. As an indie filmmaker, I understand how trying and difficult it can be to make a film and, while I’m no where near your level, I understand to an extent where you’re coming from. I appreciate all the sleepless nights and hard work you’ve put into these videos for your fans, but everyone’s got moments where they need to just take a breather and sort out personal things. Thank you for all the content and hours of entertainment, as well as the bits of your personal life, that you’ve shared with us, your fans.

  • September 2, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    This is really interesting. I’m glad you’re feeling more refreshed now. How did you sacrafice your health? Were you not sleeping enough or were you not active? I’m glad your okay now though, it’s better for you to do AVGN at your own leisure.

  • taykel

    September 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I just learned some new things about the series. I have been watching this show for three years and it always amaze me when I learn about the Nerd. Long live AVGN!

    • taykel

      September 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      I mean you go AVGN! I had no idea what I just said.

  • Davoo

    September 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Here’s my personal ranking of all of them.

    >>>Pilots<<>>Season 1<<>>Season 2<<>>Season 3<<>>Season 4<<>>Season 5<<>>Season 6<<>>SEASON 7<<>>Conclusion<<< Now one important disclaimer I REALLY need to make is that the seasons I ranked low and had lots of problems with, I only like less COMPARED to the other seasons. I still love every single minute of this show from beginning to end!

    …well except for those two Christmas specials…

    Anyway, here’s to more AVGN in the future!

  • September 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I’ve always liked your Tmnt movie review. Some movies are just so unnecessarily shitty, it really looked like it had a lot of potential. I’ve always wanted that series to continue but I just thought you we’re always busy. Seeing that you’ve actively discontinued it is horrible news.

  • culwin

    September 3, 2013 at 12:35 am

    LOL the last season will go on forever… nice

  • punksterdaddy

    September 3, 2013 at 7:08 am

    This was very interesting to read. You may be joking that you could be doing this forever, but I think it’s fair to say that in some form or another, you will be.
    You are world famous as the AVGN and are THE most recognisable person from the internet.
    You may not being doing the reviews forever, but you will always be known as Angry Video Game Nerd to many of people.
    While this may seem a bit depressing to think about, you always being the Nerd?
    You have gave many people enjoyment from your videos and inspired many many others to create their own content. Including my eldest daughter.
    You seem a really humble guy and you have an ability to make your viewers feel part of what you are doing, as if they means a lot to you. As you no doubt do.
    My daughter is 15 years old, she has her Halloween party at her school next month(believe it or not) she is attending as a female AVGN and joked that it means “Angry Virgin Girl Nerd.” (I bloody hope so).
    You’ve inspired many and no matter what you decide to do in the future, this will never change.
    You have many fans here in Scotland. My family included.

  • JayRam

    September 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

    James,

    If you hadn’t found success through AVGN, which has certainly opened some doors, where do you think you’d be career-wise?

  • September 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    “the most epiic and ambitious episodes yet,”

    *epic

    You accidentally a depp :P

  • MetalHorrorNES

    September 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    That was a cool read. I never knew you did the first two vids from your parents house. That’s wikipedia for ya though! I never considered the episodes to be part of a season anyways. Just keep up the good work James and take all the time you need to make the movie and vids. Genius can’t be rushed!

  • September 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    So I guess if Angry Movie Nerd started, then that means that you would have been the Nostalgia Critic haha!

  • Katharsys

    September 4, 2013 at 2:31 am

    We appreciate how much time and effort the Nerd episodes must require, and everyone knows that family and health come first. Take your time, and know that we’re always gonna be faithfully waiting for the next installment. Thanks for your dedication, James (and Mike and everyone else too), and long live the Nerd!

  • diegowar

    September 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I’ve made the changes on Wikipedia.

  • September 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

    If this is the case, why not break up the episodes list into these seasons? It would certainly make that page a little easier to navigate and look through.

  • September 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I find really interesting to know about how did James feel making every season. Also, does someone else think that the Nerd acts a little different in the post-movie season? Like the character is more acted and a bit more histrionic? Not that I saying that as a bad thing. :)

  • LicaWolf

    September 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I think this is a better way to organize the videos, more logical. With this order, I think my favorite seasons were 3 and 4.

    About the Season 7 going on forever… I hope not–wait, hear me out–I don’t mean I want to see the Nerd gone, what I mean is that I hope that in the future something (positive of course) would mark the end and the start of other, different, seasons. I’m hoping that if there are new future episode, they will not feel the same as the current ones. I hope they’re even better (As James grows as a director/performer/editor/etc.). Remember internet is a very changing medium, James, if you plan to keep the Nerd around, you need to keep the videos fresh. What works well today, may not be enough to be relevant tommorrow.

  • September 5, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Release 3 AVGN episodes a year and I’m happy.

  • Davoo

    September 6, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Here’s my personal ranking of all of them.

    ***Pilots*** I’d say this is ALMOST the least good season. They’re fun in the context of being the foundation of the series–and for modern internet reviews as a whole–but they’ve obviously been extremely outdone since then

    ***Season 1*** In my opinion, this is the THIRD least good (meaning, there are two seasons even worse). Most of the reviews were very short and really shallow. The Nerd’s persona as ‘repressed, passive aggressive’ anger is interesting to watch though, given how he hasn’t acted quite like that since. Oh, but if this season gets to have the TMNT 3 review, then that gives it a lot more points, because I think that’s the best review ever made.

    So in general, it was a great time to develop the show, but it was still mostly stuck in ‘funny Youtube meme’ mode for the most part.

    [comment continued...]

  • Davoo

    September 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    [...comment continued]
    ***Season 4*** If this is where he started running out of steam and losing inspiration, I can definitely see it. For the first three quarters of 2009, the reviews did feel very homogenized. Still good, still funny and entertaining and interesting, but in a more ‘formulaic’ way than a ‘direct-from-the-creative-center-in-my-brain wonderful’ way. I’d say these reviews are about on par with the Season 2 videos, but this time for being too similar, instead of being too undefined.
    .
    That is, except for the latter half. Yeah, starting at around the Godzilla review, I think most of the rest of this season was as wonderful as the show gets! To be specific, the Castlevania retrospective, Little Red Hood, Winter Games, Street Fighter 2010 and Ninja Gaiden are all CLASSIC videos that felt like James was born to make. So I guess I really CAN’T notice the ‘burn out’ he was going through, after all. When you put it all together, I’d say this was the THIRD best season.
    .
    [comment continued...]

  • Davoo

    September 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    [...comment continued. Sorry, I got these a bit out of order]
    .
    ***Season 2*** So this was when he really cemented his popularity. His reviews here were good, but I feel this season feels a lot more dry and bland compared to what came after. There was a lot of experimentation and new and weird ideas being tried every which way these days. It was interesting, but again, so much of it fell a bit flat for me. I’d say this is the FOURTH least-good season.

  • Davoo

    September 6, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    OKAY I’M SORRY,

    But apparently this comment is too long to post and every time I try to post it it doesn’t work. Sooooo… here’s a link to a Google Doc where you can read it all:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/11xSnSKoQHLZMPTo3_KKcbuO_JbEpg3N1d_TE3CvhtYo/edit?usp=sharing

  • Rinji

    September 6, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Don’t say it will go on forever, that’s very very bad luck, especially for a show such as this.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    September 10, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Oh wow, that’s very interesting. As someone who’s been a huge fan and watching since the Angry Nintendo Nerd days, this was very neat to learn about.

    I can see why you didn’t do the Angry Movie Nerd, haha. You didn’t want to work yourself to death. Or maybe you decided you wanted to talk about movies as yourself.

    It’s good to hear that you feel refreshed with the current way you are working on the episodes.

  • Freddie Phillips

    September 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

    time flys when you’re watching AVGN. I cant believe it has been this many years. Thank You.

  • rizefall

    September 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Request / Question. Is it not possible to construct the AVGN Vidoes this way when you look them through on the site? Before Cinemassacre got updated to it’s current design the AVGN episodes were put under the “year label” like it is on wikipedia. I could just choose which “AVGN-year” i wanted to pick a episode from and it was easy. Right now if i want to watch an episode i have to scroll all the way down in the big big list of all the episodes, sure i could just search the name and look it on youtube but who would wanna do that when id rather watch it here on your own site? If not doing it by year at least make it look like the way you just explained here!

    Thanks for all the vidoes!

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