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[[caption-width:320:[[EarWorm Gimme a hell... gimme a yeah!]]]]

SpikeTV recently decided to bring its viewers a smart, social drama focusing on young men and their lives, loves and losses in the hallowed halls of their first university...yeah, it wasn't possible to read that with a straight face.

Blue Mountain State premiered in January of 2010, and was created and executive produced by the makers of TheSarahSilvermanProgram and ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia. It focuses on three freshmen from three very different backgrounds who find a common bond in having to deal with the WackyFratboyHijinx of BMS: Alex Moran (played by Darin Brooks) is a second-string QB who [[SecondPlaceIsForWinners enjoys all of the perks]] of being on the football team with less pain and suffering. Craig Shilo (Sam Jones III) is a phenomenal RB with an overcontrolling girlfriend who hopes to ride him to wealth and fame. Sammy Cacciatore (Chris Romano, a.k.a. "Romanski") is Alex's roommate who cons his way into the team's mascot position in hopes of scoring with the cheerleaders.

Together, they find themselves enjoying the constant boozing, partying and sexing while dealing with other staples of college life. Staples like a transgendered prostitute, a pocket pussy, drugs, strip clubs, studying for midterms and more. If you're looking for a big-honkin' caricature of college life, this might be the show.

Season Two introduces some more named characters into the cast, like Radon Randell, the freshman QB from Detroit who admits he used to be in prison and quickly becomes the Goats' new starter. And [=MaryJo=], Sammy's promiscuous sister who joins the BMS cheerleading squad in hopes of someday banging Alex.

As of 2012, the show will not be renewed for a fourth season.

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!!This show provides examples of...

* APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy: Every single Goathouse party.
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Mary Jo in Season Three
* AllWomenAreLustful: Most of the women onscreen are only too happy to make out with the nearest girl, run around in nothing but panties and a bra, and get in the pants of the star football players and coaches, regardless of whether or not they already have a partner.
* BecomingTheMask: In "Piss Test," Sammy decides that because people treat him better as the BMS mascot than as himself, he would wear the costume the whole time. However, near the end of the episode, the costume became so grotesque from overuse that no one wanted to be near him anymore.
* BiTheWay: [[spoiler: Harmon]], as confirmed in "Dic Pics".
* BingeMontage: Many times throughout the show, especially during beer pong.
* BlackAndNerdy: Radon in "Nerds," though he is not actually one himself.
* BreakTheHaughty: Thad in season three when he is suspended from the team.
* BreakoutCharacter: Thad
* TheBroCode: Alex invokes this in order to get Thad to keep quiet about [[spoiler: Alex banging Coach Daniel's ex-wife]]. However, Thad becomes confused since he considers both Alex and [[spoiler: Daniels]] his bros.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Sammy and Mary Jo.
* TheCameo: Bill Romanowski ("The Fingering")
** Brian Bosworth ("Born Again").
** MMA fighter Chuck Lidell and ESPN's Dan Patrick ("Trap Game")
* ClingyJealousGirl: Denise.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: [[spoiler: Thad after he received a concussion in Season 3.]]
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Sammy tries to avoid getting a boner in "Midterms" after [[YouDoNOTWantToKnow an incident with a razor]], so as karma would have it, the girls start actively teasing him, which only makes the situation worse.
** The majority of the Goats in "Piss Test" initially try this to pass an upcoming drug test instead of the painful-looking "oil change" method that Thad advocates. They can't even last one day.
** The entire team in "Born Again" tries to go celibate under their coach's orders. Unfortunately, the Goats end up destroying a church's volunteer team by playing full-contact in a ''touch football game for charity''.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: The Goats are on the receiving end of one of these in the national championship game against Blackwell in season 3, due to the NCAA banning Coach Daniels and most of the team's starters from participating because of rules violations.]]
* DeanBitterman: Dean Simon can apply, because although the football team does bring in a lot of recognition for Blue Mountain State, they also bring a lot of negative publicity and destruction to the school as an academic institution.
* DeconstructiveParody: Thad is one of they typical JerkJock with TestosteronePoisoning. His actions and behavior are not that much out of the ordinary for the character type, but Thad pushes it further and further to the point where early on you can tell that he's ''dangerously insane''.
* DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler: Denise.]]
* DumbJock: Literally the entire team, to the point where some are borderline illiterate. Even Alex, probably the smartest, is more of a GuileHero and otherwise pretty BookDumb.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Both Alex and Thad have one. Alex's is "Couch" because the girl to whom he lost his virginity spread the rumor that he had sex with the couch instead. Thad's is Thad because he had a lisp when he was a child and so said "I'm really sad" as "I'm really thad". His actual name is [[spoiler: Kevin]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "The Cougar."
** Aside from Alex and Craig, all the football players call Sammy "Mascot"
* {{Fanservice}}: Read the description again if you need more details.
* GayBravado / ArmoredClosetGay: Thad, depending on your interpretation.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Occurs of a lot but as of Season Three this seems to be Mary Jo's entire m.o.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Thad.
* HollywoodNerd: The only ones that appear in the show are Type 1.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Frequent with Thad, especially in some of his more sadistic moments. Forcing the freshmen to shave each other while he watches, running a race in jockstraps with Oreo's clenched in their buttocks, threatening Alex in bed in the middle of the night, the [[{{Squick}} "oil change"]]... Plus the entire "Dic Pics" episode. The list is extensive, and the trope is often played for laughs.
* [[HookersandBlow College Girls and Blow]]: Thad (and later Alex) both do a line off the stomach of a co-ed. Thad especially has a propensity towards cocaine, getting in trouble between Season 2 and Season 3 on account of drug charges, spawning [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mb04ioIEbP1qjzk4ko1_400.gif this gif]].
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Mother]]: In "Midterms," Alex offers not to spread video of the professor's mother [[spoiler:[[{{Squick}} having sex with some members of the football team]]]] in exchange for a C grade.
* IntoxicationEnsues: Craig in "The Legend of the Golden Arm." After challenging his high-school rival to a sprint to impress Denise, he looks in [[spoiler:Thad's room for steroids]] to give himself an edge and accidentally injects himself with [[spoiler:rabies. [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin Not rabies vaccine, but actual rabies!]]]]
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Thad, calling pronouncing 'sluts' as 'sloots' instead.
* JerkAss: You'd have an easier time trying to locate someone on the show that ISN'T one. The only remotely likeable current character is Alex, who while having somewhat of a sleazy vibe, does tend to show he has a heart and common sense on occasion.
** Craig in the first season seems to be the most sensitive member of the team. While everyone else enjoys getting drunk often and having sex with random girls, Craig is usually the one who stays out of trouble and remains loyal to his girlfriend.[[spoiler:Until he finds out that Denise was cheating on him.]]
* LargeHam: Thad
* LikeASonToMe: The premise of "Ransom," where a creepy obsessive fan tries to offer one of his daughters to Alex in hopes that [[spoiler:they'll produce a football-playing grandson because all his children were girls]].
** The relationship Thad seems to have with coach Marty. [[spoiler:Or at least that's what Thad likes to think.]]
** Pretty much the way coach Marty relates to the entire team. He doesn't really seem to have anyone else to care for since his son is a selfish jerk.
* MushroomSamba: "Drug Olympics" and "Vision Quest."
* NewOldFlame: Coach's ex-wife Debra.
* NoodleIncident: "...and that's the reason I can't get the smell of catnip off of my anal beads."
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Whether it's a NCAA-sanctioned drug test or even simple homework, most of the Goats players will do whatever they can to avoid honest work.
* OfCourseImNotAVirgin: [[spoiler:Denise]], after Craig stumbles upon a sex tape she made.
* OpposingSportsTeam: Inverted. Though the rival Overland University team wears black and kidnaps their goat as a prank, they seem relatively benign compared to the things the [[DesignatedHero designated protagonists]] do to their opponents, let alone each other.
* ProfessionalSlacker: Alex, to the point where he actually fights to keep his second-string job when he is in danger of becoming the starter ("Rivalry Weekend") or dropping to third-string ("There's Only One Second Best").
--> Coach Daniels (to Alex): ''"Y'know, this is the fire I've been looking for from you! I was hoping it would be for the starting job, but ehhh..."''\\
Craig (to Alex): ''"You work so hard at being lazy it's almost inspiring."''
** Alex and Radon both try joining the BMS hockey team to avoid having to take the otherwise mandatory offseason football workout. Unfortunately, their work ethic rubs off on the hockey team, which leads to them having to work even harder just so they can make the hockey team and not start for them at the same time.
** Alex's ultimate goal in life is not to go pro but to become a high school gym teacher like his dad [[spoiler: At least until "The Peak" when he realizes he could make it to the NFL and do well if he applies himself.]]
* PutOnABus" [[spoiler:Craig]] in Season Two is {{Handwaved}} as having transferred out of BMS, considering the actor playing him was arrested by the DEA for [[http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/world/smallville-star-in-drug-bust/story-e6frfkui-1225789800489 intending to sell large quantities of oxycodone]].
** The actor playing Radon Randell won't be appearing in Season Three for similar reasons.
* RealityEnsues: The RuleOfFunny only lasts for a certain amount of time, [[spoiler: as the team's indiscretions finally catch up with them at the end of season three and the program gets in serious trouble with the NCAA. They are spared the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_penalty_(NCAA) death penalty]] but Coach Daniels and most of the team's starters are prohibited from playing in the national championship game against Blackwell, who proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp the depleted Goats team.]]]]
* RuleOfFunny: Let's just say that the real NCAA would not be too happy with BMS' program. [[RealityEnsues The tail end of Season 3 addresses this, as the program does get into trouble with the NCAA.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Thad screams in a higher pitch more suited for a teenage girl than a twentysomething football player.
* ShoutOut: Many BMS episodes are either modeled after a specific genre of movie or mirror scenes from well known movies.
** The climactic scene in "Nerds" pays homage to ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''.
** The subplot of "Pay for Play" is a parody of the movie ''Film/{{Rudy}}''.
** The climactic scene in "The Fingering" is a parody of the movie ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours''.
** Thad's concussion symptoms in "The c-word" resemble the symptoms from Leonard's anterograde amnesia in the movie Memento
** The subplot of that episode with Sammy being trapped under weights is an homage to ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours''.
** Season 2 finale "Riot" is played in the style of a zombie movie.
* TakeThat: "The Death Penalty" essentially calls out the NCAA for making millions of tax free dollars at the expense of the athletes who are forced to abide by their ridiculous rules to be able to play (not the ones regarding drugs of course, but the ones regarding the athletes not receiving pay or benefits).
* TestosteronePoisoning: Whether this trope is being [[RatedMForManly played painfully straight]] throughout the show or parodied into oblivion is debatable.
** Thad. And how.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Sometimes, despite Alex's best efforts to stay off the field, the universe conspires to make him start at QB during crucial games.
* [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason]]: In "Drunk Tank," some of the team talks about their issues with each other while under the influence.
--> Larry: "I once told Thad a secret and he told my dad the next day..."\\
[[NoIndoorVoice Thad]]: "HOW IS BEING IMPOTENT A SECRET LARRY?"
* TookALevelInBadass: Harmon after getting advice from a psychic regarding Thad's constant teasing about his failure as a placekicker.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Coach mentions to Alex in the episode "Bowl Game" in the first season that winning the bowl game would get him one win closer to Joe Paterno's record for most wins by a coach in Division 1 football. At the time of the airing, Joe Pa had not reached the record yet and he had not stopped coaching.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: "The Death Penalty." The NCAA [[RealityEnsues *finally*]] investigates Blue Mountain State and has no shortage of rule violations. BMS does manage to avoid the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_penalty_(NCAA) death penalty]] but Coach Daniels and most of the starters are suspended from the national championship game, which the depleted BMS team loses. [[CurbStompBattle By a lot.]]]]

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[[caption-width:320:[[EarWorm Gimme a hell... gimme a yeah!]]]]

SpikeTV recently decided to bring its viewers a smart, social drama focusing on young men and their lives, loves and losses in the hallowed halls of their first university...yeah, it wasn't possible to read that with a straight face.

Blue Mountain State premiered in January of 2010, and was created and executive produced by the makers of TheSarahSilvermanProgram and ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia. It focuses on three freshmen from three very different backgrounds who find a common bond in having to deal with the WackyFratboyHijinx of BMS: Alex Moran (played by Darin Brooks) is a second-string QB who [[SecondPlaceIsForWinners enjoys all of the perks]] of being on the football team with less pain and suffering. Craig Shilo (Sam Jones III) is a phenomenal RB with an overcontrolling girlfriend who hopes to ride him to wealth and fame. Sammy Cacciatore (Chris Romano, a.k.a. "Romanski") is Alex's roommate who cons his way into the team's mascot position in hopes of scoring with the cheerleaders.

Together, they find themselves enjoying the constant boozing, partying and sexing while dealing with other staples of college life. Staples like a transgendered prostitute, a pocket pussy, drugs, strip clubs, studying for midterms and more. If you're looking for a big-honkin' caricature of college life, this might be the show.

Season Two introduces some more named characters into the cast, like Radon Randell, the freshman QB from Detroit who admits he used to be in prison and quickly becomes the Goats' new starter. And [=MaryJo=], Sammy's promiscuous sister who joins the BMS cheerleading squad in hopes of someday banging Alex.

As of 2012, the show will not be renewed for a fourth season.

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!!This show provides examples of...

* APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy: Every single Goathouse party.
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Mary Jo in Season Three
* AllWomenAreLustful: Most of the women onscreen are only too happy to make out with the nearest girl, run around in nothing but panties and a bra, and get in the pants of the star football players and coaches, regardless of whether or not they already have a partner.
* BecomingTheMask: In "Piss Test," Sammy decides that because people treat him better as the BMS mascot than as himself, he would wear the costume the whole time. However, near the end of the episode, the costume became so grotesque from overuse that no one wanted to be near him anymore.
* BiTheWay: [[spoiler: Harmon]], as confirmed in "Dic Pics".
* BingeMontage: Many times throughout the show, especially during beer pong.
* BlackAndNerdy: Radon in "Nerds," though he is not actually one himself.
* BreakTheHaughty: Thad in season three when he is suspended from the team.
* BreakoutCharacter: Thad
* TheBroCode: Alex invokes this in order to get Thad to keep quiet about [[spoiler: Alex banging Coach Daniel's ex-wife]]. However, Thad becomes confused since he considers both Alex and [[spoiler: Daniels]] his bros.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Sammy and Mary Jo.
* TheCameo: Bill Romanowski ("The Fingering")
** Brian Bosworth ("Born Again").
** MMA fighter Chuck Lidell and ESPN's Dan Patrick ("Trap Game")
* ClingyJealousGirl: Denise.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: [[spoiler: Thad after he received a concussion in Season 3.]]
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Sammy tries to avoid getting a boner in "Midterms" after [[YouDoNOTWantToKnow an incident with a razor]], so as karma would have it, the girls start actively teasing him, which only makes the situation worse.
** The majority of the Goats in "Piss Test" initially try this to pass an upcoming drug test instead of the painful-looking "oil change" method that Thad advocates. They can't even last one day.
** The entire team in "Born Again" tries to go celibate under their coach's orders. Unfortunately, the Goats end up destroying a church's volunteer team by playing full-contact in a ''touch football game for charity''.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: The Goats are on the receiving end of one of these in the national championship game against Blackwell in season 3, due to the NCAA banning Coach Daniels and most of the team's starters from participating because of rules violations.]]
* DeanBitterman: Dean Simon can apply, because although the football team does bring in a lot of recognition for Blue Mountain State, they also bring a lot of negative publicity and destruction to the school as an academic institution.
* DeconstructiveParody: Thad is one of they typical JerkJock with TestosteronePoisoning. His actions and behavior are not that much out of the ordinary for the character type, but Thad pushes it further and further to the point where early on you can tell that he's ''dangerously insane''.
* DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler: Denise.]]
* DumbJock: Literally the entire team, to the point where some are borderline illiterate. Even Alex, probably the smartest, is more of a GuileHero and otherwise pretty BookDumb.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Both Alex and Thad have one. Alex's is "Couch" because the girl to whom he lost his virginity spread the rumor that he had sex with the couch instead. Thad's is Thad because he had a lisp when he was a child and so said "I'm really sad" as "I'm really thad". His actual name is [[spoiler: Kevin]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "The Cougar."
** Aside from Alex and Craig, all the football players call Sammy "Mascot"
* {{Fanservice}}: Read the description again if you need more details.
* GayBravado / ArmoredClosetGay: Thad, depending on your interpretation.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Occurs of a lot but as of Season Three this seems to be Mary Jo's entire m.o.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Thad.
* HollywoodNerd: The only ones that appear in the show are Type 1.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Frequent with Thad, especially in some of his more sadistic moments. Forcing the freshmen to shave each other while he watches, running a race in jockstraps with Oreo's clenched in their buttocks, threatening Alex in bed in the middle of the night, the [[{{Squick}} "oil change"]]... Plus the entire "Dic Pics" episode. The list is extensive, and the trope is often played for laughs.
* [[HookersandBlow College Girls and Blow]]: Thad (and later Alex) both do a line off the stomach of a co-ed. Thad especially has a propensity towards cocaine, getting in trouble between Season 2 and Season 3 on account of drug charges, spawning [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mb04ioIEbP1qjzk4ko1_400.gif this gif]].
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Mother]]: In "Midterms," Alex offers not to spread video of the professor's mother [[spoiler:[[{{Squick}} having sex with some members of the football team]]]] in exchange for a C grade.
* IntoxicationEnsues: Craig in "The Legend of the Golden Arm." After challenging his high-school rival to a sprint to impress Denise, he looks in [[spoiler:Thad's room for steroids]] to give himself an edge and accidentally injects himself with [[spoiler:rabies. [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin Not rabies vaccine, but actual rabies!]]]]
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Thad, calling pronouncing 'sluts' as 'sloots' instead.
* JerkAss: You'd have an easier time trying to locate someone on the show that ISN'T one. The only remotely likeable current character is Alex, who while having somewhat of a sleazy vibe, does tend to show he has a heart and common sense on occasion.
** Craig in the first season seems to be the most sensitive member of the team. While everyone else enjoys getting drunk often and having sex with random girls, Craig is usually the one who stays out of trouble and remains loyal to his girlfriend.[[spoiler:Until he finds out that Denise was cheating on him.]]
* LargeHam: Thad
* LikeASonToMe: The premise of "Ransom," where a creepy obsessive fan tries to offer one of his daughters to Alex in hopes that [[spoiler:they'll produce a football-playing grandson because all his children were girls]].
** The relationship Thad seems to have with coach Marty. [[spoiler:Or at least that's what Thad likes to think.]]
** Pretty much the way coach Marty relates to the entire team. He doesn't really seem to have anyone else to care for since his son is a selfish jerk.
* MushroomSamba: "Drug Olympics" and "Vision Quest."
* NewOldFlame: Coach's ex-wife Debra.
* NoodleIncident: "...and that's the reason I can't get the smell of catnip off of my anal beads."
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Whether it's a NCAA-sanctioned drug test or even simple homework, most of the Goats players will do whatever they can to avoid honest work.
* OfCourseImNotAVirgin: [[spoiler:Denise]], after Craig stumbles upon a sex tape she made.
* OpposingSportsTeam: Inverted. Though the rival Overland University team wears black and kidnaps their goat as a prank, they seem relatively benign compared to the things the [[DesignatedHero designated protagonists]] do to their opponents, let alone each other.
* ProfessionalSlacker: Alex, to the point where he actually fights to keep his second-string job when he is in danger of becoming the starter ("Rivalry Weekend") or dropping to third-string ("There's Only One Second Best").
--> Coach Daniels (to Alex): ''"Y'know, this is the fire I've been looking for from you! I was hoping it would be for the starting job, but ehhh..."''\\
Craig (to Alex): ''"You work so hard at being lazy it's almost inspiring."''
** Alex and Radon both try joining the BMS hockey team to avoid having to take the otherwise mandatory offseason football workout. Unfortunately, their work ethic rubs off on the hockey team, which leads to them having to work even harder just so they can make the hockey team and not start for them at the same time.
** Alex's ultimate goal in life is not to go pro but to become a high school gym teacher like his dad [[spoiler: At least until "The Peak" when he realizes he could make it to the NFL and do well if he applies himself.]]
* PutOnABus" [[spoiler:Craig]] in Season Two is {{Handwaved}} as having transferred out of BMS, considering the actor playing him was arrested by the DEA for [[http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/world/smallville-star-in-drug-bust/story-e6frfkui-1225789800489 intending to sell large quantities of oxycodone]].
** The actor playing Radon Randell won't be appearing in Season Three for similar reasons.
* RealityEnsues: The RuleOfFunny only lasts for a certain amount of time, [[spoiler: as the team's indiscretions finally catch up with them at the end of season three and the program gets in serious trouble with the NCAA. They are spared the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_penalty_(NCAA) death penalty]] but Coach Daniels and most of the team's starters are prohibited from playing in the national championship game against Blackwell, who proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp the depleted Goats team.]]]]
* RuleOfFunny: Let's just say that the real NCAA would not be too happy with BMS' program. [[RealityEnsues The tail end of Season 3 addresses this, as the program does get into trouble with the NCAA.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Thad screams in a higher pitch more suited for a teenage girl than a twentysomething football player.
* ShoutOut: Many BMS episodes are either modeled after a specific genre of movie or mirror scenes from well known movies.
** The climactic scene in "Nerds" pays homage to ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''.
** The subplot of "Pay for Play" is a parody of the movie ''Film/{{Rudy}}''.
** The climactic scene in "The Fingering" is a parody of the movie ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours''.
** Thad's concussion symptoms in "The c-word" resemble the symptoms from Leonard's anterograde amnesia in the movie Memento
** The subplot of that episode with Sammy being trapped under weights is an homage to ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours''.
** Season 2 finale "Riot" is played in the style of a zombie movie.
* TakeThat: "The Death Penalty" essentially calls out the NCAA for making millions of tax free dollars at the expense of the athletes who are forced to abide by their ridiculous rules to be able to play (not the ones regarding drugs of course, but the ones regarding the athletes not receiving pay or benefits).
* TestosteronePoisoning: Whether this trope is being [[RatedMForManly played painfully straight]] throughout the show or parodied into oblivion is debatable.
** Thad. And how.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Sometimes, despite Alex's best efforts to stay off the field, the universe conspires to make him start at QB during crucial games.
* [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason]]: In "Drunk Tank," some of the team talks about their issues with each other while under the influence.
--> Larry: "I once told Thad a secret and he told my dad the next day..."\\
[[NoIndoorVoice Thad]]: "HOW IS BEING IMPOTENT A SECRET LARRY?"
* TookALevelInBadass: Harmon after getting advice from a psychic regarding Thad's constant teasing about his failure as a placekicker.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Coach mentions to Alex in the episode "Bowl Game" in the first season that winning the bowl game would get him one win closer to Joe Paterno's record for most wins by a coach in Division 1 football. At the time of the airing, Joe Pa had not reached the record yet and he had not stopped coaching.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: "The Death Penalty." The NCAA [[RealityEnsues *finally*]] investigates Blue Mountain State and has no shortage of rule violations. BMS does manage to avoid the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_penalty_(NCAA) death penalty]] but Coach Daniels and most of the starters are suspended from the national championship game, which the depleted BMS team loses. [[CurbStompBattle By a lot.]]]]
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10th Jan '14 8:47:41 PM kquinn0830
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* EmbarrassingNickname: Both Alex and Thad have one. Alex's is "Couch" because the girl to whom he lost his virginity spread the rumor that he had sex with the couch instead. Thad's is Thad because he had a lisp when he was a child and so said "I'm really sad" as "I'm really thad". His actual name is [[spoilers: Kevin]].

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* EmbarrassingNickname: Both Alex and Thad have one. Alex's is "Couch" because the girl to whom he lost his virginity spread the rumor that he had sex with the couch instead. Thad's is Thad because he had a lisp when he was a child and so said "I'm really sad" as "I'm really thad". His actual name is [[spoilers: [[spoiler: Kevin]].



** Alex's ultimate goal in life is not to go pro but to become a high school gym teacher like his dad.

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** Alex's ultimate goal in life is not to go pro but to become a high school gym teacher like his dad.dad [[spoiler: At least until "The Peak" when he realizes he could make it to the NFL and do well if he applies himself.]]
10th Jan '14 8:38:25 PM kquinn0830
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* TheBroCode: Alex invokes this in order to get Thad to keep quiet about [[spoiler: Alex banging Coach Daniel's ex-wife]]. However, Thad becomes confused

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* TheBroCode: Alex invokes this in order to get Thad to keep quiet about [[spoiler: Alex banging Coach Daniel's ex-wife]]. However, Thad becomes confusedconfused since he considers both Alex and [[spoiler: Daniels]] his bros.
4th Jan '14 8:52:39 AM SomeSortOfTroper
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* PlotInducedStupidity: Craig ends up cheating on the drug test by [[spoiler: using a large, white, BMS-themed fake penis and a bag of clean piss]] ''while the examiner is watching.'' Despite the fact that the examiner calls him out on it, he passes his test along with the rest of the team.
30th Dec '13 11:23:45 PM HairWhippedByHair
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* DeanBitterman: Dean Simon can apply, because although the football team does bring in a lot of recognition for Blue Mountain State, they also bring a lot of negative publicity and destruction to the school as an academic institution.


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* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Thad, calling pronouncing 'sluts' as 'sloots' instead.
30th Dec '13 11:00:12 PM HairWhippedByHair
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* BingeMontage: Many times throughout the show, especially during beer pong.


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* [[HookersandBlow College Girls and Blow]]: Thad (and later Alex) both do a line off the stomach of a co-ed. Thad especially has a propensity towards cocaine, getting in trouble between Season 2 and Season 3 on account of drug charges, spawning [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mb04ioIEbP1qjzk4ko1_400.gif this gif]].
30th Dec '13 10:47:08 PM HairWhippedByHair
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* TheBroCode: Alex invokes this in order to get Thad to keep quiet about [[spoiler: Alex banging Coach Daniel's ex-wife]]. However, Thad becomes confused


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* EmbarrassingNickname: Both Alex and Thad have one. Alex's is "Couch" because the girl to whom he lost his virginity spread the rumor that he had sex with the couch instead. Thad's is Thad because he had a lisp when he was a child and so said "I'm really sad" as "I'm really thad". His actual name is [[spoilers: Kevin]].
14th Sep '13 11:59:41 AM erforce
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** The climactic scene in "Nerds" pays homage to {{IngloriousBasterds}}.
** The subplot of "Pay for Play" is a parody of the movie {{Rudy}}.

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** The climactic scene in "Nerds" pays homage to {{IngloriousBasterds}}.
''Film/InglouriousBasterds''.
** The subplot of "Pay for Play" is a parody of the movie {{Rudy}}.''Film/{{Rudy}}''.
6th Sep '13 3:36:25 PM retepadam
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* ShoutOut: The climactic scene in "Nerds" pays homage to IngloriousBasterds.

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* ShoutOut: Many BMS episodes are either modeled after a specific genre of movie or mirror scenes from well known movies.
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The climactic scene in "Nerds" pays homage to IngloriousBasterds.{{IngloriousBasterds}}.


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** The climactic scene in "The Fingering" is a parody of the movie ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours''.


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** Season 2 finale "Riot" is played in the style of a zombie movie.
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* TakeThat: "The Death Penalty" essentially calls out the NCAA for making millions of tax free dollars at the expense of the athletes who are forced to abide by their ridiculous rules to be able to play (not the ones regarding drugs of course, but the ones regarding the athletes not receiving pay or benefits).
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