First Watch: Gravity Falls – “Tourist Trapped” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Whenever I ride in the back seat of my grandparents’ truck with my little cousin, I can expect to be subjugated to one of the three ‘family networks’ that they get on the television they have hooked up in the back. On this particular occasion, it was the Disney channel–and I was certainly not prepared for the amount of enjoyment I was about to experience. That fateful ride introduced me to one of the more enjoyable cartoons I have seen in my adult life: Gravity Falls.

I love this show.

Gravity Falls tells the tale of the twelve-year old Pines twins–Dipper (Jason Ritter) and Mabel (Kristen Schaal)–who are sent to spend the summer with their great-uncle, “Grunkle” Stan (Alex Hirsch),  in Gravity Falls, Oregon. Stan runs a museum of oddities known as the Mystery Shack–which, for some reason, evokes memories of the carnival from Sam & Max Hit the Road–with such exhibits as the “Sascrotch”, the “Grizzlycorn”, the “World’s Most Distracting Object” and the “Rock-That-Looks-Like-a-Face Rock”, how could you not want to visit?

That’s not all Gravity Falls has to offer, though. In his (Grunkle-mandated) efforts to help maintain the Mystery Shack, Dipper stumbles across a diary filled with notes on the mysterious happenings and strange creatures that frequent the small town of Gravity Falls. These odd occurences give form to the show: something weird happens in Gravity Falls and then Dipper and Mabel must figure out a way to deal with the situation (usually with the help from the book) so that they can learn about the secret ‘dark side’ of Gravity Falls.

While I had seen a few scattered episodes of Gravity Falls before I sat down to watch it from the beginning, the pilot episode does a nice job of setting up the show and letting the viewers know what to expect from the rest of the season. It’s worth noting that the voice actor for Grunkle Stan is actually the creator of Gravity Falls and previously The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack–another cartoon that developed a fairly decent-sized cult following with adults.

Unfortunately for fans of Gravity Falls, Disney has been airing new episodes in irregular intervals–the first season of the show started on June 15th of last year and has yet to finish. Since the first season hasn’t finished and Hulu doesn’t have access to the content, it’s a bit difficult to pick up and watch. With any luck, Gravity Falls will develop a large enough following that Disney develops a more reliable release schedule for this elusive gem.

  • Rating: “I love this show.”
  • Comment: Gravity Falls is a gem of a show with enough charm to make me ignore the fact that it’s on the Disney channel.
  • You might like Gravity Falls if you like: cartoons, family friendly shows, cryptozoology, The Marvelous Misadventures of FlapjackAdventure Time

Gravity Falls is currently in its first season and airs Fridays on Disney.

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I'm a guy who spends way too much time playing board games and watching television with his friends. View all posts by Daniel

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