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->''Whenever my life gets me so down,\\
I know I can go down\\
To where the music and the fun never ends!\\
As long as the music keeps playin', you know what I'm sayin',\\
You know that I can find a friend...\\
At the Roundhouse!''


The oft forgotten show of the two-hour-long {{Snick}} block back in TheNineties, with the other three being ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'', ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', and ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark''.

Basically, ''Roundhouse'' was {{Nickelodeon}}'s version of the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''-type sketch show featuring a young cast of performers and crazy sketches with average to low production values. It was, in most respects, Nickelodeon's first attempt at a SpiritualSuccessor to their hit 80's sketch show ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' (which was cancelled two years prior). Unfortunately, its DarkerAndEdgier tone compared to most other Nick shows prevented it from reaching the popularity of the former series, and it was soon replaced by the far more popular (and [[LighterAndSofter kid-friendly]]) ''Series/AllThat''.

Set in the titular train roundhouse, the cast would entertain the audience -- both the live, present one and those watching at home -- with skits based around popular culture, as well as musical and dance acts, with a FramingDevice of the Anyfamily family and what they went through day by day.

The show ran from Snick's debut in 1992 until 1994 (although it remained in reruns until 1996), and it was conceived by Buddy Sheffield of ''InLivingColor''. No relation to ChuckNorris' most powerful attack.

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!! This show provides examples of:
* AerithAndBob: The characters in the ''[[Franchise/PowerRangers Mighty Groovin' Flower Power Rangers]]'' skit are Rainbow, Sunshine, Moonbeam and [[OddNameOut Carl]] (who just joined the team).
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: The TropeNamer is spoofed in season 2 with a sketch called ''Film/TheCryingGame: The Early Years''. It's about a baby boy in the infirmary talking about a baby girl that he was attracted to. Until the nurse came to change her diaper, and we find out that she's actually a boy (played by castmember Seymour Green).
-->'''Mark''': "Someone must have taped that bow to his head by mistake! I was making passes at a GUY!!!"
* AmericanGothicCouple: In the gang violence episode, John and Shawn stick their heads into a cutout of this painting and muse about social progress.
* AudienceParticipation: An odd case - sometimes the actors will do some stuff in the audience, such as the "Sally Jessy Rafael" parody character introduced in season 2's "Best Friends", and the "Stupid People's Choice Awards" in the school dropout episode. One of the few cases of audience involvement was in the talent show episode, where they got two random people as "judges" for the talent show and called them [[Series/FamilyTies Tina Yothers]] and [[Series/FamilyMatters Urkel]]. Castmates [[ThoseTwoGuys Seymour Green and Alfred Carr]] would also do some warm-ups with the audience before filming began (one of these for the ChristmasEpisode appeared on their commercially-released video ''2's A Crowd'').
* BaitAndSwitch: The season 3 premiere about equality parodied the Energizer commercials' use of this trope, with two separate bits of the dad watching a "Curtain Music/RodStewart" concert on ''Empty V'' and a commercial for "Crack Flags" (a spray for when you have a bug up your butt). Both instances, they would be interrupted by the mom waxing StrawFeminist phrases like "Why can't the post office send fe-mail? And mailmen should be called 'person-persons'!"
-->''Still going. Nothing outlasts the Feminizer. She keeps going, and going... and going.''
* BigDamnMovie: See TitleTheAdaptation below.
* BitingTheHandHumor: The cast occasionally spoofed (fellow Viacom affiliate) MTV with "Empty-V".
** The GrandFinale spoofed the Creator/{{Snick}} block as "Schnick", used as a plot device as Ivan tries to save the show.
** Season 4's "Paper Hat Head" episode spoofed the channel's Kids Choice Awards with the "Stupid People's Choice Awards". Besides Ivan, the other nominees were Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger for ''Film/LastActionHero'' and Creator/WhoopiGoldberg for [[TakeThat "you name it!"]]
** They've also spoofed other Nickelodeon shows as well, most notably fellow SNICK show ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' (as ''Flem and Stinky'').
* BlackComedy: Some of their humor occasionally dips into this.
-->'''Natalie''': Tonight on ''Evil Eye-witness News'', a toddler walks under a ladder and promptly falls prey to a hit and run big wheel!
* BreakoutCharacter: David Sidoni's "Dumb Kid" recieved a lot more prominence starting in season 3. Not to [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]] levels, but still.
* BumblingDad: Especially in the disasters episode, in which he moves his family to a place that's ''extremely'' prone to earthquakes and mudslides.
* BuffySpeak: In one episode, Dad says something like "Flying out of windows like... things that fly out of windows!"
* CatchPhrase / SharePhrase: "Reprise the theme song and roll the credits!"
** Fun note: During the second taping of the final episode, they actually said "Reprise the theme song and roll the reruns!" but used the first taping's catchphrase in editing.
** Principal Dubose (Mark with a cardboard speaker over his head) has "This is just a reminder..."
** Ed [=McMayonnaise=] (also Mark) tends to say "Fabulous!" a lot, almost to the extent of a VerbalTic.
* ChristmasCreep: Parodied in the time episode, where a store called "Needless Markup" advertises their [[http://youtu.be/9v1imiyzK7c?t=1m38s pre-Christmas sale]]. Micki {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by saying it's not even Thanksgiving yet.
* ChristmasEpisode: Among other things, it spoofed YetAnotherChristmasCarol with the Ghosts of Christmas Specials, who had to make their visitation quick because they had to make a ''SavedByTheBell'' appearance in less than an hour.
** The episode also features a string of [[ParodyCommercial Parody Commercials]] for non-existent Christmas Specials, including "How DavidLynch Stole Christmas" ("You're a weird one, Mister Lynch.") and "Shirley [=McClane=]'s 'It's A Wonderful Afterlife'".
* CirclingBirdies: In the natural disasters episode, Ivan takes a tumble during a mudslide, and Shawn says that she can tell he's injured because of the tweeting birdies, prompted by Natasha holding a mobile of stars over Ivan's head.
** In the stress episode, during the "Anvil"[[note]]parody of Advil[[/note]] sketch, Ivan is clonked with an anvil and says that he sees "stars," as a castmate spins a mobile with [[VisualPun cutouts of actors]] around his head.
* ClicheStorm: [[invoked]] Horror film tropes are parodied to hell and back with the RealTrailerFakeMovie ''Hellraiser Freddy The Thirteenth Halloween Chainsaw Massacre On Elm Street 12'': [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore "You've seen it all at least eleven times."]]
* CoolChair: Dad's. In one commercial/interview, the actor who played Dad said he could even drive that thing in the water.
* CoolOldLady: Grandma or an aunt sometimes.
* CurseCutShort: In the natural disaster episode, during ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' parody, one of the questions was about the famous CatchPhrase made famous by ''Film/LastActionHero''. The answer, as said by Mark, was "Hey! I paid 7 bucks to see this piece of-" '''*BZZ*''' "Ohh sorry we ran out of time!"
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to just about any other Nick show being made at the time, dishing out some pretty heavy-handed humor (see GettingCrapPastTheRadar below) and featuring a relatively adult ensemble cast (a good portion of which was over the age of 21). Not to mention the titular "roundhouse" - which was a pretty (literally and figuratively) dark setting for what was supposed to be a kid's show. This is most likely the reason why the show never really took off with viewers, as it was pretty quickly replaced with the far more kid friendly (and better-remembered) ''Series/AllThat'' after airing for only two years and four seasons ([[BittersweetEnding at least it got a proper finale]]).
* DartboardOfHate: In the Christmas episode, during the HollywoodGiftwrap segment, Amy opens a gift wrapped in this manner and finds a [[TakeThat Shannon Doherty]] dartboard. This wasn't the first ''90210''-related Take That on the show and it ''definitely'' wasn't the last.
* EatTheDog: In the intolerance episode, Ivan has an ImagineSpot about visiting his foreign crush's (Amy) house. During the visit, Amy shows him their puppy. Ivan remarks, "Wow, what a cute little puppy! Can I feed him?" to which the mother replies "Of course, we are fattening him up for dinner." This causes Ivan to freak out, causing the Imagine Spot to end.
* EndOfSeriesAwareness: See "NoFourthWall" below.
* TheEveryman: It's right there in their last name -- "Anyfamily".
** They go and take that [[OverlyLongGag a step]] [[UpToEleven further, too]]. The family of Anyfamily lives on Anystreet, in Anytown, USA, and the kids attend Anytown Junior High School, class of [[YearX 19Anyyear]].
* FantasticRacism: The intolerance episode takes this trope to its LogicalExtreme, as it treats those with "innie" and "outie" belly buttons as different races. The main plot involves the Anyfamily son, who is an "outie" struggling with his feelings for a girl who is an "innie".
* FlippingTheBird: In the intolerance episode during the Race Krispies ParodyCommercial, Mark does this after asking Ivan how many fingers the former is holding up. [[ThinkOfTheCensors It's obscured with a piece of cardboard,]] but still.
* FollowTheBouncingBall: Done in the ChristmasEpisode in the sketch mentioned below under SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein. The "lyrics" are printed on a long curtain sheet manned by two stagehands while Micki provides the "bouncing ball" part with a tennis ball attached to a stick.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The climax of the school dropout episode features Sidoni hiding from police behind a restroom door. If you look closely, you'll see that the back of the door is signed by the entire cast (it was likely to be auctioned off later for charity).
* GameShow: Another popular format for sketches. Just about every popular game show at the time got spoofed over the show's four-season run.
* {{Gasshole}}: Dad, who's constantly asking people to pull his finger.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: [[invoked]] Lampshaded in the ''Creator/JerryLewis and Clark'' sketch, which opens with him being referred to as "France's favorite comic".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Every episode, they manage to do something.
** There was the beauty pageant episode, where Natalie puts a pair of balloons on her chest to be Dolly Parton (a gag that comes up multiple times during the show's run).
*** In the season 3 episode on self-image, she shows up again (this time played by Julene) in aid of the Anyfamily daughter's ACupAngst. The latter is then handed a special bra that's guaranteed to "turn those wimpy flapjacks into double-D cupcakes". The daughter's friends assure her that "they're" getting really big and pointy, [[BaitAndSwitch before it's revealed that they're actually referring to two giant pimples growing on her nose]].
** The sports episode of season one also uses this gag, the "Sheebok Pump" training bra, to attract guys. After one of the balloons on the bra accidentally gets popped, Julene "grows" a new one, to which an astonished Ivan goes, "Wow, I wonder if they make one for guys, too!"
** There was one memorable quote in the beauty pageant episode:
--->'''John''': Don't get mad, get Pest-Off!
** From the same episode, the song "Airbrain" contains this line sung by the guys:
--->''Brains are great until we find organs of another kind.''
** The talent show episode from season 3 contains this quote from the "B.U.T.T.U.G.L.Y." sketch:
--->'''Munoz''': If you can't get the girl, you can always play your own instrument.
** In the self-esteem episode, Amy plays a short word association game as part of her [[FunWithAcronyms "coolness aptitude test"]] with the "coolness inspectors" from Empty-V. After pairing WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy and WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead, Amy pairs Music/{{Madonna}} with AnythingThatMoves.
** Among other things, the show managed to avert the NoPeriodsPeriod trope in the feminism episode, combined with AllPeriodsArePMS. This was confined to a single sketch, a ParodyCommercial for "Cramprin", a medication that gives ''guys'' the cramps. John and Ivan are just gullible enough to mistake it for candy, and leave the sketch all emotional.
--->'''Micki''': Because if you're gonna have cramps...
--->'''Shawn''': Why not make them suffer too?
--->'''Natalie''': Cramprin is available at the AF-PMS Mini-Mart, open 24 hours a day, closed 7 days a month.
*** According to Heather Sheffield (in the book ''Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon''), the MoralGuardians wouldn't let the show touch on menstruation, and when they finally let them do it, they had to be very overt about it.
** In the school dropout episode, Ivan (during the Tattleship segment) says [[AccidentalInnuendo "Ohhhh, I took a]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext bullet to my cruiser!"]] [[invoked]]
* GraduateFromTheStory: The GrandFinale has the kids graduate from Anytown Junior High.
* GranolaGirl: Julene has played this type several times, such as the school episode's "New Age Math" sketch, as one of the "Mighty Groovin' Flower Power Rangers" in "History of the Anyfamily" and pretty much her entire role in the summer camp episode.
* GroinAttack: Parodied in the "Tele-Quick" segment in the time episode:
-->'''Julene''': Antics on ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''!
-->'''Ivan''': AHHH MY GROIN!!
* HereWeGoAgain: One episode revolved around the dad acting like Music/ElvisPresley after getting hit by a flying videotape. By the end of the episode the mom was able to [[StatusQuoIsGod revert him back]] by hitting him on the head. At first it looks like he's back to normal, [[spoiler:until, to the family's bewilderment, he starts acting like Marilyn Monroe!]]
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: The parents are named Dad Anydad and Mom Anymom.
* HongKongDub: Parodied with every ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' parody that the show does, where the characters are "dubbed" by some of the other actors, who have their backs turned to the camera. In the trouble episode, it's ''Speed Limit Racer''; in the intolerance episode it's ''Speed Racist'', and in the LiveEpisode it's ''Speed Eraser''.
* HollywoodGiftwrap: In the ChristmasEpisode, Shawn gives a monologue about going to a special school where she learned to wrap the box and the top separately. This is followed by Amy opening a box wrapped in such a manner, which holds the [[DartboardOfHate Shannon Doherty Dartboard]]. In the background Ivan can be seen trying to rip apart a more complex present.
* IAmSong: "We're A Family", "TV Head", "Be Popular", "Bark Baby Bark", "Defender Of The Universe", "I'm A Bully" and "Stage Mother".
* IAmWhatIAm: The song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC0COyB11xI "I Only Want To Be Me."]]
* IGotARock: Mentioned at the end of the ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' parody ''Jealousy'' where John says, "Join us next week when we have two kids who got candy bars on Halloween and one who got a rock."
* IWantSong: "I Can Dream", "Be A Rebel", "Still Waiting For Love", "Talk To Me", "I Want To Be A Success," "Trying To Reach You" and "Could It Be You".
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Shows up in "TV On Trial" where Alfred and John do a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody in the second act. They show up again in the third act where this happens:
-->'''Alfred''': Bones, this man has a broken arm!
-->'''John''': Dangit Jim, I'm a doctor not... I'm a doctor.
* ImagineSpot: A couple; these are triggered by cast members waving their hands in front of the camera. On at least one occasion ImagineSpotting came into play.
** This was parodied in the divorce episode: After an ImagineSpot involving Shawn as "Music/{{Madonna}} Reed", there is a scene with Lisa and Shawn in which the former worries about John being all alone.
-->'''Lisa''': "Just imagine what his life is like.
-->'''Shawn''': Let's see.
-->''({{Beat}})''
-->'''Lisa''': I said, imagine what his life is like!
-->''(We then see Ivan and Seymour sitting on the other side of the stage, implying that they were supposed to wave their hands to cue the ImagineSpot)''
-->'''Ivan''': Hey! We just did a dream sequence.
-->'''Seymour''': Yeah, we're on a break.
-->'''Shawn''': Oh, forget it, we'll do it ourselves!
-->''(Lisa and Shawn join hands and wave their arms to cue in the next sketch)''
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld: The LiveEpisode ends with a discussion in this form. Ivan decides to learn from his mistake but scores with Natasha anyway. A news reporter asks him what he'll do next. His reply:
-->'''Ivan''': Well first [[RealitySubtext I'm gonna say hi to Dominic]], and then I'm gonna reprise the theme song and roll the credits!
* ImNotADoctorButIPlayOneOnTV: Quoted vertabrim by Mark during the lead-in to the Anvil sketch in the stress episode.
* InsaneProprietor: The dad, for his garage sale. The sketch ends with him getting carted away.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: The mistakes episode did this, as a guardian angel (Mark) shows Ivan what would happen if the latter won his little league championship. Except that Mark made all of that up, and reminds Ivan that there are no second chances.
** The ChristmasEpisode did this as well. A brief sketch involves Shirley Maclaine (Jennifer) pondering what would happen if she was never born again.
* LargeHam: The entire cast of guilty of this at some point or another, although, with Roundhouse, it might be intentional.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The good luck episode revolves around the son wanting to audition for the show ''Claptrap'' (a SelfParody). He is given a callback after getting a wedgie, and insists that his underwear is lucky and vows to never change them. [[spoiler:By the time he's prepared for the audition though, his underwear has become too crusty for him to dance properly. The producers give him another chance anyway - all he has to do is read a title card showing the CatchPhrase, but he ends up mangling it.]]
* LiveEpisode: The "Mistakes" episode in season 4.
* MicDrop: In the environmentalism episode, Alfred and Seymour (as "Sister Future and Brother Nature") do this [[OverlyLongGag multiple times in the course of about two and a half minutes]].
* MultiPartEpisode: Season 4 had a two-parter involving time travel.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Another popular gimmick for their skits.
* NoFourthWall: At least once per episode during the entire show's run, but the final episode completely destroys whatever this show had left of its fourth wall.
-->'''Ivan''': "Cancelled shows, graduation, terminated? Either this is a really convoluted show about endings or we're-"
-->'''Nicoll''': "Cancelled! Hello, you didn't get the memo?"
* OcularGushers: Natalie Nucci's "Sally Blubbers" character, at least in her first appearance (during the pilot).
* OffToSeeTheWizard: The episode about running away from home takes on this form. Among the references worked in are a BrickJoke about "Oreos and [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]]", [[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Shannon Doherty]] as the Wicked Witch, and references to the bands Toto and Kansas.
* PaperThinDisguise: Subverted, at one point in the episode where Ivan plans to fake his parents' divorce, the dad comes up to their front door holding a moustache up to his face and speaking in a fake Italian accent. Ivan recognizes him right away, because, in his own words, "most normal men don't come to the door in [[CoolChair an easy chair]]."
* ParodyCommercial
* PreviouslyOn: The second part of season 4's "History of the Anyfamily" opens with one of these, narrated by Bryan. He wraps it up with "Which brings us to this week's show!" Cue the theme song starting up again.
-->'''Bryan''': WE ALREADY DID THAT!!
* ProtestSong: "Let's Make Peace".
* {{Pun}}: The usual basis for parody commercials among other things. One notable example was the mom doing laundry and "separating the whites from the colors with new Apart Tide."
** The second time travel episode alone featured Calamity Music/JanesAddiction, Jesse Music/JamesBrown, Miracle Fro, Creator/JerryLewis and Clark, Betsey (H.) Ross Perot, [[SilentMovie silent but]] [[{{Gasshole}} deadly films]], [[Franchise/PowerRangers Flower Power Rangers]]...
* RapidFireComedy: When it wasn't working on the week's {{A|nAesop}}esop.
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: This ''is'' Roundhouse we're talking about. ''[[Film/FreeWilly Fry Willy]]'' from the StrawFeminist episode comes to mind.
* RewrittenPopVersion: {{Inverted|Trope}}. The first episode's closing number "Back Where We Belong" is music director Benny Hester's composition "Restless Nights" (from the 1991 album ''United We Stand/Divided We Fall'') with episode-specific lyrics.
* RunningGag: A few episode-specific ones.
** For example, in the season 1 sports episode, literally every ParodyCommercial would be punctuated by Julene going, "(product name) is the official (OverlyNarrowSuperlative description of said product) of the U.S. Olympian Team!", followed by a snippet of Music/JohnWilliams' OlympicGames fanfare.
** The Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock showing up in the new kid episode, only to be chased off by Dad.
** The natural disaster episode had David N., Natalie, Mark and Lisa singing a parody of ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' theme song explaining what was happening to the family at the moment ("Well after the commercial break the folks were still alright / but the house had slid for miles in the middle of the night"). At the beginning of act 3, John gets fed up with their singing:
-->'''John''': I know the Supreme Court said we had a right to parody, but enough is enough!
* SelfDeprecation: One episode did this with a ShowWithinAShow entitled ''Claptrap''. What little we see of it revolves heavily on ToiletHumor, such as "Hex-lax". Shawn also calls the show out because their version of Mom does nothing but StayInTheKitchen, before going back to making "whatever it is [she]'s been stirring since episode 2" (leading in to the Yucky Charms sketch).
* SeverelySpecializedStore: In the politics episode, Sidoni's AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents look for envelopes at the mall. The map indicates a store named [[OverlyLongName "Gee, I Can't Believe There's a Store in This Mall That Sells Nothing But Envelopes, Can You?"]].
* ShoutOut: Every pop culture reference on the show is either this or a TakeThat. And there are so, so many of them.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Tons''. Special mention goes to the early episode "TV On Trial" which actually uses these as a plot device along with {{Parody Commercial}}s.
* SilentCredits: See VerySpecialEpisode below.
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: Take a wild guess.
* SketchComedy
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: The ChristmasEpisode had a ParodyCommercial for a fake album entitled ''Holi-Dazed And Confused'', "featuring all the carols nobody really knows the words to!" They render "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" as:
-->It came upon a midnight clear\\
Hmm hmm hmm hmm.. old!\\
Dununannuh (etc)... ''harps of gold!!''
* StealthPun: In the LiveEpisode, the Anykid's name is Casey. He loses the little league game he's playing for. [[spoiler:It's a reference to the poem "Casey at the Bat".]]
* StockParodies: One episode was a spoof of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
** Another was a WholePlotReference based on ''Cinderella''.
* StudioAudience: Like most Nickelodeon shows.
* StylisticSuck: WordOfGod has said that it was intended to give the feel of a bunch of kids putting on a show with no real props.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Shawn Daywalt does this during the song "We're A Family" from the first episode:
-->I can cook your food, and I can sew a stitch\\
Don't you cross me up, cause I can be a...\\
difficult person to get along with.
** Happens again in the Christmas special - the mom is reading a Christmas card for atheists, which reads: "You're a firm non-believer, but time will soon tell / Cause you'll soon change your mind when you're dead and in H-E-double-two-hicks."
** "Beans, beans, good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you... ({{Beat}}) like them!"
** The GreenAesop episode had Seymour and Alfred rapping about the environment. At one point during the segment, Alfred goes:
-->Recycle all your papers, all your can and all your grass\\
And if you don't believe me, you can kiss my...\\
Yeah, you get the picture, peace!
** And the song "Breaking Out" in the self-image episode features this gem:
-->All I seem to grow are hideous zits\\
I wish just once, I could drop my....\\
'''Amy''': physical attributes to give me more confidence.
* SuperstitionEpisode: Season 4 had one, and in true ''Roundhouse'' fashion the basic superstition-related tropes are played around with (such as the "Moron Salt Lick" when Ivan spills a salt shaker, and the film ''[[Film/GrumpyOldMen Grumpy Omen]]'').
* TakeThat: At pretty much ''everything''. If it was part of pop culture at the time the episode was written, odds are, it got mocked.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Zig-zagged from time to time. Sometimes the closing songs will (at least vaguely) be related to the episode, such as "Talk To Me" and "Do Not Care", and sometimes they don't:
** In the self-image episode, Amy backs out of a scheduled appearance on ''Empty V'' due to her stress over how she looked causing her to break out in hives. John remarks to the ''Empty V'' host that she's "probably off singing about what she learned from this experience." That song, "Just A Dream", has little to do with the events of the episode.[[note]]Which is understandable, as it wasn't specifically written for the show, but by Music/{{Madonna}} (!) and Pat Leonard for the former, who never recorded it (this was pointed out by Shawn after Amy finished singing)[[/note]]
** The below-mentioned school dropout episode had the {{silly love song|s}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BALHJEydSQU "Could It Be You"]]. {{Justified|Trope}}, since the episode revolved around the Anyfamily son being unable to understand things due to dropping out of school.
* ThatsAllFolks: Besides the obvious "Reprise the theme song...", the TropeNamer showed up at the end of the "Letters Home From Great Wars As Read By Cartoon Characters" sketch where Sidoni did a Porky Pig impression.
* TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX: The TropeNamer (Music/{{Prince}}) is parodied in the Cinderella episode, where the Prince Charming is represented by Prince - they at first refer to him as "the singer formerly known as Prince but now represented by this symbol" (holds up a sign with the Prince symbol while a riff plays in the background) but later on they just hold up the sign with the riff playing.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: [[Creator/CaseyKasem Crazy Kasem]] (Sidoni) and his Amazonian wife Clean Kasem (Julene) in the ''Solid Mold'' sketch.
* TitleTheAdaptation: Spoofed with ''Weather Channel -- The Movie'', which featured an AllStarCast: See Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts as a solar eclipse!
* TragicDropout: PlayedForLaughs in an season 4 episode. Ivan (coaxed with pressure from "Give Up With People") decides to quit school so he can become a professional skateboarder. [[spoiler:He ends up missing the big skateboard competition he's been vying to attend, because he accidentally boarded a train headed for Dumbcluck, Egypt.]]
* TropaholicsAnonymous: They're fond of this trope as well.
** The second episode of season 4 had one with [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvises]]. (The BStory of that episode involved the dad acting like Elvis after getting hit by a VHS.)
** The trouble episode had one about ''Film/WaynesWorld'' addicts, entitled ''Wayne's World Anonymous Youth'' ([[FunWithAcronyms W.W.A.Y.]])
-->'''Lisa''': My name is Sheila.
-->'''Guys''': Party on, Sheila!
-->'''Lisa''': And if I were president, I'd be...
-->'''Guys''': Babe-raham Lincoln! Shwing!
** The self-image episode did this as well, as Amy attends one of these for people with low self-esteem. Turns into a subversion, as everyone else in the group realizes that they're better off than her because she had hives all over her body.
** They even did one of these about ''cheerleading addiction'', which the instructor is also revealed to have by the end of the sketch.
** The superstition episode had one about "Ramblers Anonymous". ItMakesSenseInContext.
* {{Troperiffic}}: And how.
* VerySpecialEpisode: The show was quite skilled at juxtaposing {{sketch comedy}} with mature, real-life issues, but none of their efforts were quite as effective as the season 3 gang violence episode. This being ''Roundhouse'', the episode was filled with the normal pun-based MundaneMadeAwesome RapidFireComedy (bullet-proof tests, ''Series/DennisTheMenace To Society'', John and Shawn as the AmericanGothicCouple, and [[ToiletHumor "gunderwear"]], to name a few). However, the ending had [[spoiler:it turn out to be AllJustADream of the Anyfamily son, who realizes the problem still exists in the "real world" and finds that the CatchPhrase doesn't work this time. He then wanders off confused just as the credits -- [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped which start with a text reminder that "Gang violence is no joke"]] -- start to roll silently.]]
** There were also episodes about [[GreenAesop environmentalism]], natural disasters, conflict, divorce, feminism, self-image, justice, intolerance, and war. While they weren't as blunt about it as the gang violence episode, there was no shortage on comedy and they all got the message across nicely.
** Of course, they also did a few parodies as well. For example, the divorce episode featured an ImagineSpot of the father marrying the homeroom milk monitor, which is then framed as an Series/AfterschoolSpecial entitled ''My Stepmom, My Classmate''. The sports episode also had a fake teaser for a special ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' episode where a character gets... [[AndThatsTerrible jock itch]].
-->"''Beverly Hills 90210'' is the official [[{{Wangst}} pointless, overacted]] [[TakeThat teenage soap opera]] of the U.S. Olympian Team!"
* WaxingLyrical: In the dropout episode, as Ivan is about to board the train he thinks is headed for the skateboard contest, he spots Micki and goes "Hey, [[Music/{{Help}} she's got a ticket to ride and she don't care!]]"
** Subverted in the war episode. At the end of a ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' parody called ''The Prize Is Too High'', host John says to Sidoni, "Congratulations, you just won yourself a war. Johnny [Bryan], tell them what it's good for." Bryan replies, "Absolutely nothing!" Cue everyone breaking into the song.
* YourTelevisionHatesYou: Done in the above-mentioned gang violence episode. After the son is accosted by two gangs in school, he talks to the dad about it, who replies, "What's the matter with kids these days? Where do they get these ideas?" We are then treated to a string of parodies related to the Aesop, such as ''[[Series/TheArsenioHallShow Arson Hall]]'', ''[[Series/NorthernExposure Northern Explosion]]'', and ''[[Series/ThePartridgeFamily The Cartridge Family]]'' (which [[NamesTheSame shares its name]] with an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'').
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[[TheStinger Reprise the theme song and roll the credits!]]

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->''Whenever my life gets me so down,\\
I know I can go down\\
To where the music and the fun never ends!\\
As long as the music keeps playin', you know what I'm sayin',\\
You know that I can find a friend...\\
At the Roundhouse!''


The oft forgotten show of the two-hour-long {{Snick}} block back in TheNineties, with the other three being ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'', ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', and ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark''.

Basically, ''Roundhouse'' was {{Nickelodeon}}'s version of the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''-type sketch show featuring a young cast of performers and crazy sketches with average to low production values. It was, in most respects, Nickelodeon's first attempt at a SpiritualSuccessor to their hit 80's sketch show ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' (which was cancelled two years prior). Unfortunately, its DarkerAndEdgier tone compared to most other Nick shows prevented it from reaching the popularity of the former series, and it was soon replaced by the far more popular (and [[LighterAndSofter kid-friendly]]) ''Series/AllThat''.

Set in the titular train roundhouse, the cast would entertain the audience -- both the live, present one and those watching at home -- with skits based around popular culture, as well as musical and dance acts, with a FramingDevice of the Anyfamily family and what they went through day by day.

The show ran from Snick's debut in 1992 until 1994 (although it remained in reruns until 1996), and it was conceived by Buddy Sheffield of ''InLivingColor''. No relation to ChuckNorris' most powerful attack.

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!! This show provides examples of:
* AerithAndBob: The characters in the ''[[Franchise/PowerRangers Mighty Groovin' Flower Power Rangers]]'' skit are Rainbow, Sunshine, Moonbeam and [[OddNameOut Carl]] (who just joined the team).
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: The TropeNamer is spoofed in season 2 with a sketch called ''Film/TheCryingGame: The Early Years''. It's about a baby boy in the infirmary talking about a baby girl that he was attracted to. Until the nurse came to change her diaper, and we find out that she's actually a boy (played by castmember Seymour Green).
-->'''Mark''': "Someone must have taped that bow to his head by mistake! I was making passes at a GUY!!!"
* AmericanGothicCouple: In the gang violence episode, John and Shawn stick their heads into a cutout of this painting and muse about social progress.
* AudienceParticipation: An odd case - sometimes the actors will do some stuff in the audience, such as the "Sally Jessy Rafael" parody character introduced in season 2's "Best Friends", and the "Stupid People's Choice Awards" in the school dropout episode. One of the few cases of audience involvement was in the talent show episode, where they got two random people as "judges" for the talent show and called them [[Series/FamilyTies Tina Yothers]] and [[Series/FamilyMatters Urkel]]. Castmates [[ThoseTwoGuys Seymour Green and Alfred Carr]] would also do some warm-ups with the audience before filming began (one of these for the ChristmasEpisode appeared on their commercially-released video ''2's A Crowd'').
* BaitAndSwitch: The season 3 premiere about equality parodied the Energizer commercials' use of this trope, with two separate bits of the dad watching a "Curtain Music/RodStewart" concert on ''Empty V'' and a commercial for "Crack Flags" (a spray for when you have a bug up your butt). Both instances, they would be interrupted by the mom waxing StrawFeminist phrases like "Why can't the post office send fe-mail? And mailmen should be called 'person-persons'!"
-->''Still going. Nothing outlasts the Feminizer. She keeps going, and going... and going.''
* BigDamnMovie: See TitleTheAdaptation below.
* BitingTheHandHumor: The cast occasionally spoofed (fellow Viacom affiliate) MTV with "Empty-V".
** The GrandFinale spoofed the Creator/{{Snick}} block as "Schnick", used as a plot device as Ivan tries to save the show.
** Season 4's "Paper Hat Head" episode spoofed the channel's Kids Choice Awards with the "Stupid People's Choice Awards". Besides Ivan, the other nominees were Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger for ''Film/LastActionHero'' and Creator/WhoopiGoldberg for [[TakeThat "you name it!"]]
** They've also spoofed other Nickelodeon shows as well, most notably fellow SNICK show ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' (as ''Flem and Stinky'').
* BlackComedy: Some of their humor occasionally dips into this.
-->'''Natalie''': Tonight on ''Evil Eye-witness News'', a toddler walks under a ladder and promptly falls prey to a hit and run big wheel!
* BreakoutCharacter: David Sidoni's "Dumb Kid" recieved a lot more prominence starting in season 3. Not to [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]] levels, but still.
* BumblingDad: Especially in the disasters episode, in which he moves his family to a place that's ''extremely'' prone to earthquakes and mudslides.
* BuffySpeak: In one episode, Dad says something like "Flying out of windows like... things that fly out of windows!"
* CatchPhrase / SharePhrase: "Reprise the theme song and roll the credits!"
** Fun note: During the second taping of the final episode, they actually said "Reprise the theme song and roll the reruns!" but used the first taping's catchphrase in editing.
** Principal Dubose (Mark with a cardboard speaker over his head) has "This is just a reminder..."
** Ed [=McMayonnaise=] (also Mark) tends to say "Fabulous!" a lot, almost to the extent of a VerbalTic.
* ChristmasCreep: Parodied in the time episode, where a store called "Needless Markup" advertises their [[http://youtu.be/9v1imiyzK7c?t=1m38s pre-Christmas sale]]. Micki {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by saying it's not even Thanksgiving yet.
* ChristmasEpisode: Among other things, it spoofed YetAnotherChristmasCarol with the Ghosts of Christmas Specials, who had to make their visitation quick because they had to make a ''SavedByTheBell'' appearance in less than an hour.
** The episode also features a string of [[ParodyCommercial Parody Commercials]] for non-existent Christmas Specials, including "How DavidLynch Stole Christmas" ("You're a weird one, Mister Lynch.") and "Shirley [=McClane=]'s 'It's A Wonderful Afterlife'".
* CirclingBirdies: In the natural disasters episode, Ivan takes a tumble during a mudslide, and Shawn says that she can tell he's injured because of the tweeting birdies, prompted by Natasha holding a mobile of stars over Ivan's head.
** In the stress episode, during the "Anvil"[[note]]parody of Advil[[/note]] sketch, Ivan is clonked with an anvil and says that he sees "stars," as a castmate spins a mobile with [[VisualPun cutouts of actors]] around his head.
* ClicheStorm: [[invoked]] Horror film tropes are parodied to hell and back with the RealTrailerFakeMovie ''Hellraiser Freddy The Thirteenth Halloween Chainsaw Massacre On Elm Street 12'': [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore "You've seen it all at least eleven times."]]
* CoolChair: Dad's. In one commercial/interview, the actor who played Dad said he could even drive that thing in the water.
* CoolOldLady: Grandma or an aunt sometimes.
* CurseCutShort: In the natural disaster episode, during ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' parody, one of the questions was about the famous CatchPhrase made famous by ''Film/LastActionHero''. The answer, as said by Mark, was "Hey! I paid 7 bucks to see this piece of-" '''*BZZ*''' "Ohh sorry we ran out of time!"
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to just about any other Nick show being made at the time, dishing out some pretty heavy-handed humor (see GettingCrapPastTheRadar below) and featuring a relatively adult ensemble cast (a good portion of which was over the age of 21). Not to mention the titular "roundhouse" - which was a pretty (literally and figuratively) dark setting for what was supposed to be a kid's show. This is most likely the reason why the show never really took off with viewers, as it was pretty quickly replaced with the far more kid friendly (and better-remembered) ''Series/AllThat'' after airing for only two years and four seasons ([[BittersweetEnding at least it got a proper finale]]).
* DartboardOfHate: In the Christmas episode, during the HollywoodGiftwrap segment, Amy opens a gift wrapped in this manner and finds a [[TakeThat Shannon Doherty]] dartboard. This wasn't the first ''90210''-related Take That on the show and it ''definitely'' wasn't the last.
* EatTheDog: In the intolerance episode, Ivan has an ImagineSpot about visiting his foreign crush's (Amy) house. During the visit, Amy shows him their puppy. Ivan remarks, "Wow, what a cute little puppy! Can I feed him?" to which the mother replies "Of course, we are fattening him up for dinner." This causes Ivan to freak out, causing the Imagine Spot to end.
* EndOfSeriesAwareness: See "NoFourthWall" below.
* TheEveryman: It's right there in their last name -- "Anyfamily".
** They go and take that [[OverlyLongGag a step]] [[UpToEleven further, too]]. The family of Anyfamily lives on Anystreet, in Anytown, USA, and the kids attend Anytown Junior High School, class of [[YearX 19Anyyear]].
* FantasticRacism: The intolerance episode takes this trope to its LogicalExtreme, as it treats those with "innie" and "outie" belly buttons as different races. The main plot involves the Anyfamily son, who is an "outie" struggling with his feelings for a girl who is an "innie".
* FlippingTheBird: In the intolerance episode during the Race Krispies ParodyCommercial, Mark does this after asking Ivan how many fingers the former is holding up. [[ThinkOfTheCensors It's obscured with a piece of cardboard,]] but still.
* FollowTheBouncingBall: Done in the ChristmasEpisode in the sketch mentioned below under SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein. The "lyrics" are printed on a long curtain sheet manned by two stagehands while Micki provides the "bouncing ball" part with a tennis ball attached to a stick.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The climax of the school dropout episode features Sidoni hiding from police behind a restroom door. If you look closely, you'll see that the back of the door is signed by the entire cast (it was likely to be auctioned off later for charity).
* GameShow: Another popular format for sketches. Just about every popular game show at the time got spoofed over the show's four-season run.
* {{Gasshole}}: Dad, who's constantly asking people to pull his finger.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: [[invoked]] Lampshaded in the ''Creator/JerryLewis and Clark'' sketch, which opens with him being referred to as "France's favorite comic".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Every episode, they manage to do something.
** There was the beauty pageant episode, where Natalie puts a pair of balloons on her chest to be Dolly Parton (a gag that comes up multiple times during the show's run).
*** In the season 3 episode on self-image, she shows up again (this time played by Julene) in aid of the Anyfamily daughter's ACupAngst. The latter is then handed a special bra that's guaranteed to "turn those wimpy flapjacks into double-D cupcakes". The daughter's friends assure her that "they're" getting really big and pointy, [[BaitAndSwitch before it's revealed that they're actually referring to two giant pimples growing on her nose]].
** The sports episode of season one also uses this gag, the "Sheebok Pump" training bra, to attract guys. After one of the balloons on the bra accidentally gets popped, Julene "grows" a new one, to which an astonished Ivan goes, "Wow, I wonder if they make one for guys, too!"
** There was one memorable quote in the beauty pageant episode:
--->'''John''': Don't get mad, get Pest-Off!
** From the same episode, the song "Airbrain" contains this line sung by the guys:
--->''Brains are great until we find organs of another kind.''
** The talent show episode from season 3 contains this quote from the "B.U.T.T.U.G.L.Y." sketch:
--->'''Munoz''': If you can't get the girl, you can always play your own instrument.
** In the self-esteem episode, Amy plays a short word association game as part of her [[FunWithAcronyms "coolness aptitude test"]] with the "coolness inspectors" from Empty-V. After pairing WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy and WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead, Amy pairs Music/{{Madonna}} with AnythingThatMoves.
** Among other things, the show managed to avert the NoPeriodsPeriod trope in the feminism episode, combined with AllPeriodsArePMS. This was confined to a single sketch, a ParodyCommercial for "Cramprin", a medication that gives ''guys'' the cramps. John and Ivan are just gullible enough to mistake it for candy, and leave the sketch all emotional.
--->'''Micki''': Because if you're gonna have cramps...
--->'''Shawn''': Why not make them suffer too?
--->'''Natalie''': Cramprin is available at the AF-PMS Mini-Mart, open 24 hours a day, closed 7 days a month.
*** According to Heather Sheffield (in the book ''Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon''), the MoralGuardians wouldn't let the show touch on menstruation, and when they finally let them do it, they had to be very overt about it.
** In the school dropout episode, Ivan (during the Tattleship segment) says [[AccidentalInnuendo "Ohhhh, I took a]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext bullet to my cruiser!"]] [[invoked]]
* GraduateFromTheStory: The GrandFinale has the kids graduate from Anytown Junior High.
* GranolaGirl: Julene has played this type several times, such as the school episode's "New Age Math" sketch, as one of the "Mighty Groovin' Flower Power Rangers" in "History of the Anyfamily" and pretty much her entire role in the summer camp episode.
* GroinAttack: Parodied in the "Tele-Quick" segment in the time episode:
-->'''Julene''': Antics on ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''!
-->'''Ivan''': AHHH MY GROIN!!
* HereWeGoAgain: One episode revolved around the dad acting like Music/ElvisPresley after getting hit by a flying videotape. By the end of the episode the mom was able to [[StatusQuoIsGod revert him back]] by hitting him on the head. At first it looks like he's back to normal, [[spoiler:until, to the family's bewilderment, he starts acting like Marilyn Monroe!]]
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: The parents are named Dad Anydad and Mom Anymom.
* HongKongDub: Parodied with every ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' parody that the show does, where the characters are "dubbed" by some of the other actors, who have their backs turned to the camera. In the trouble episode, it's ''Speed Limit Racer''; in the intolerance episode it's ''Speed Racist'', and in the LiveEpisode it's ''Speed Eraser''.
* HollywoodGiftwrap: In the ChristmasEpisode, Shawn gives a monologue about going to a special school where she learned to wrap the box and the top separately. This is followed by Amy opening a box wrapped in such a manner, which holds the [[DartboardOfHate Shannon Doherty Dartboard]]. In the background Ivan can be seen trying to rip apart a more complex present.
* IAmSong: "We're A Family", "TV Head", "Be Popular", "Bark Baby Bark", "Defender Of The Universe", "I'm A Bully" and "Stage Mother".
* IAmWhatIAm: The song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC0COyB11xI "I Only Want To Be Me."]]
* IGotARock: Mentioned at the end of the ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' parody ''Jealousy'' where John says, "Join us next week when we have two kids who got candy bars on Halloween and one who got a rock."
* IWantSong: "I Can Dream", "Be A Rebel", "Still Waiting For Love", "Talk To Me", "I Want To Be A Success," "Trying To Reach You" and "Could It Be You".
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Shows up in "TV On Trial" where Alfred and John do a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody in the second act. They show up again in the third act where this happens:
-->'''Alfred''': Bones, this man has a broken arm!
-->'''John''': Dangit Jim, I'm a doctor not... I'm a doctor.
* ImagineSpot: A couple; these are triggered by cast members waving their hands in front of the camera. On at least one occasion ImagineSpotting came into play.
** This was parodied in the divorce episode: After an ImagineSpot involving Shawn as "Music/{{Madonna}} Reed", there is a scene with Lisa and Shawn in which the former worries about John being all alone.
-->'''Lisa''': "Just imagine what his life is like.
-->'''Shawn''': Let's see.
-->''({{Beat}})''
-->'''Lisa''': I said, imagine what his life is like!
-->''(We then see Ivan and Seymour sitting on the other side of the stage, implying that they were supposed to wave their hands to cue the ImagineSpot)''
-->'''Ivan''': Hey! We just did a dream sequence.
-->'''Seymour''': Yeah, we're on a break.
-->'''Shawn''': Oh, forget it, we'll do it ourselves!
-->''(Lisa and Shawn join hands and wave their arms to cue in the next sketch)''
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld: The LiveEpisode ends with a discussion in this form. Ivan decides to learn from his mistake but scores with Natasha anyway. A news reporter asks him what he'll do next. His reply:
-->'''Ivan''': Well first [[RealitySubtext I'm gonna say hi to Dominic]], and then I'm gonna reprise the theme song and roll the credits!
* ImNotADoctorButIPlayOneOnTV: Quoted vertabrim by Mark during the lead-in to the Anvil sketch in the stress episode.
* InsaneProprietor: The dad, for his garage sale. The sketch ends with him getting carted away.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: The mistakes episode did this, as a guardian angel (Mark) shows Ivan what would happen if the latter won his little league championship. Except that Mark made all of that up, and reminds Ivan that there are no second chances.
** The ChristmasEpisode did this as well. A brief sketch involves Shirley Maclaine (Jennifer) pondering what would happen if she was never born again.
* LargeHam: The entire cast of guilty of this at some point or another, although, with Roundhouse, it might be intentional.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The good luck episode revolves around the son wanting to audition for the show ''Claptrap'' (a SelfParody). He is given a callback after getting a wedgie, and insists that his underwear is lucky and vows to never change them. [[spoiler:By the time he's prepared for the audition though, his underwear has become too crusty for him to dance properly. The producers give him another chance anyway - all he has to do is read a title card showing the CatchPhrase, but he ends up mangling it.]]
* LiveEpisode: The "Mistakes" episode in season 4.
* MicDrop: In the environmentalism episode, Alfred and Seymour (as "Sister Future and Brother Nature") do this [[OverlyLongGag multiple times in the course of about two and a half minutes]].
* MultiPartEpisode: Season 4 had a two-parter involving time travel.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Another popular gimmick for their skits.
* NoFourthWall: At least once per episode during the entire show's run, but the final episode completely destroys whatever this show had left of its fourth wall.
-->'''Ivan''': "Cancelled shows, graduation, terminated? Either this is a really convoluted show about endings or we're-"
-->'''Nicoll''': "Cancelled! Hello, you didn't get the memo?"
* OcularGushers: Natalie Nucci's "Sally Blubbers" character, at least in her first appearance (during the pilot).
* OffToSeeTheWizard: The episode about running away from home takes on this form. Among the references worked in are a BrickJoke about "Oreos and [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]]", [[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Shannon Doherty]] as the Wicked Witch, and references to the bands Toto and Kansas.
* PaperThinDisguise: Subverted, at one point in the episode where Ivan plans to fake his parents' divorce, the dad comes up to their front door holding a moustache up to his face and speaking in a fake Italian accent. Ivan recognizes him right away, because, in his own words, "most normal men don't come to the door in [[CoolChair an easy chair]]."
* ParodyCommercial
* PreviouslyOn: The second part of season 4's "History of the Anyfamily" opens with one of these, narrated by Bryan. He wraps it up with "Which brings us to this week's show!" Cue the theme song starting up again.
-->'''Bryan''': WE ALREADY DID THAT!!
* ProtestSong: "Let's Make Peace".
* {{Pun}}: The usual basis for parody commercials among other things. One notable example was the mom doing laundry and "separating the whites from the colors with new Apart Tide."
** The second time travel episode alone featured Calamity Music/JanesAddiction, Jesse Music/JamesBrown, Miracle Fro, Creator/JerryLewis and Clark, Betsey (H.) Ross Perot, [[SilentMovie silent but]] [[{{Gasshole}} deadly films]], [[Franchise/PowerRangers Flower Power Rangers]]...
* RapidFireComedy: When it wasn't working on the week's {{A|nAesop}}esop.
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: This ''is'' Roundhouse we're talking about. ''[[Film/FreeWilly Fry Willy]]'' from the StrawFeminist episode comes to mind.
* RewrittenPopVersion: {{Inverted|Trope}}. The first episode's closing number "Back Where We Belong" is music director Benny Hester's composition "Restless Nights" (from the 1991 album ''United We Stand/Divided We Fall'') with episode-specific lyrics.
* RunningGag: A few episode-specific ones.
** For example, in the season 1 sports episode, literally every ParodyCommercial would be punctuated by Julene going, "(product name) is the official (OverlyNarrowSuperlative description of said product) of the U.S. Olympian Team!", followed by a snippet of Music/JohnWilliams' OlympicGames fanfare.
** The Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock showing up in the new kid episode, only to be chased off by Dad.
** The natural disaster episode had David N., Natalie, Mark and Lisa singing a parody of ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' theme song explaining what was happening to the family at the moment ("Well after the commercial break the folks were still alright / but the house had slid for miles in the middle of the night"). At the beginning of act 3, John gets fed up with their singing:
-->'''John''': I know the Supreme Court said we had a right to parody, but enough is enough!
* SelfDeprecation: One episode did this with a ShowWithinAShow entitled ''Claptrap''. What little we see of it revolves heavily on ToiletHumor, such as "Hex-lax". Shawn also calls the show out because their version of Mom does nothing but StayInTheKitchen, before going back to making "whatever it is [she]'s been stirring since episode 2" (leading in to the Yucky Charms sketch).
* SeverelySpecializedStore: In the politics episode, Sidoni's AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents look for envelopes at the mall. The map indicates a store named [[OverlyLongName "Gee, I Can't Believe There's a Store in This Mall That Sells Nothing But Envelopes, Can You?"]].
* ShoutOut: Every pop culture reference on the show is either this or a TakeThat. And there are so, so many of them.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Tons''. Special mention goes to the early episode "TV On Trial" which actually uses these as a plot device along with {{Parody Commercial}}s.
* SilentCredits: See VerySpecialEpisode below.
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: Take a wild guess.
* SketchComedy
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: The ChristmasEpisode had a ParodyCommercial for a fake album entitled ''Holi-Dazed And Confused'', "featuring all the carols nobody really knows the words to!" They render "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" as:
-->It came upon a midnight clear\\
Hmm hmm hmm hmm.. old!\\
Dununannuh (etc)... ''harps of gold!!''
* StealthPun: In the LiveEpisode, the Anykid's name is Casey. He loses the little league game he's playing for. [[spoiler:It's a reference to the poem "Casey at the Bat".]]
* StockParodies: One episode was a spoof of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
** Another was a WholePlotReference based on ''Cinderella''.
* StudioAudience: Like most Nickelodeon shows.
* StylisticSuck: WordOfGod has said that it was intended to give the feel of a bunch of kids putting on a show with no real props.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Shawn Daywalt does this during the song "We're A Family" from the first episode:
-->I can cook your food, and I can sew a stitch\\
Don't you cross me up, cause I can be a...\\
difficult person to get along with.
** Happens again in the Christmas special - the mom is reading a Christmas card for atheists, which reads: "You're a firm non-believer, but time will soon tell / Cause you'll soon change your mind when you're dead and in H-E-double-two-hicks."
** "Beans, beans, good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you... ({{Beat}}) like them!"
** The GreenAesop episode had Seymour and Alfred rapping about the environment. At one point during the segment, Alfred goes:
-->Recycle all your papers, all your can and all your grass\\
And if you don't believe me, you can kiss my...\\
Yeah, you get the picture, peace!
** And the song "Breaking Out" in the self-image episode features this gem:
-->All I seem to grow are hideous zits\\
I wish just once, I could drop my....\\
'''Amy''': physical attributes to give me more confidence.
* SuperstitionEpisode: Season 4 had one, and in true ''Roundhouse'' fashion the basic superstition-related tropes are played around with (such as the "Moron Salt Lick" when Ivan spills a salt shaker, and the film ''[[Film/GrumpyOldMen Grumpy Omen]]'').
* TakeThat: At pretty much ''everything''. If it was part of pop culture at the time the episode was written, odds are, it got mocked.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Zig-zagged from time to time. Sometimes the closing songs will (at least vaguely) be related to the episode, such as "Talk To Me" and "Do Not Care", and sometimes they don't:
** In the self-image episode, Amy backs out of a scheduled appearance on ''Empty V'' due to her stress over how she looked causing her to break out in hives. John remarks to the ''Empty V'' host that she's "probably off singing about what she learned from this experience." That song, "Just A Dream", has little to do with the events of the episode.[[note]]Which is understandable, as it wasn't specifically written for the show, but by Music/{{Madonna}} (!) and Pat Leonard for the former, who never recorded it (this was pointed out by Shawn after Amy finished singing)[[/note]]
** The below-mentioned school dropout episode had the {{silly love song|s}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BALHJEydSQU "Could It Be You"]]. {{Justified|Trope}}, since the episode revolved around the Anyfamily son being unable to understand things due to dropping out of school.
* ThatsAllFolks: Besides the obvious "Reprise the theme song...", the TropeNamer showed up at the end of the "Letters Home From Great Wars As Read By Cartoon Characters" sketch where Sidoni did a Porky Pig impression.
* TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX: The TropeNamer (Music/{{Prince}}) is parodied in the Cinderella episode, where the Prince Charming is represented by Prince - they at first refer to him as "the singer formerly known as Prince but now represented by this symbol" (holds up a sign with the Prince symbol while a riff plays in the background) but later on they just hold up the sign with the riff playing.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: [[Creator/CaseyKasem Crazy Kasem]] (Sidoni) and his Amazonian wife Clean Kasem (Julene) in the ''Solid Mold'' sketch.
* TitleTheAdaptation: Spoofed with ''Weather Channel -- The Movie'', which featured an AllStarCast: See Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts as a solar eclipse!
* TragicDropout: PlayedForLaughs in an season 4 episode. Ivan (coaxed with pressure from "Give Up With People") decides to quit school so he can become a professional skateboarder. [[spoiler:He ends up missing the big skateboard competition he's been vying to attend, because he accidentally boarded a train headed for Dumbcluck, Egypt.]]
* TropaholicsAnonymous: They're fond of this trope as well.
** The second episode of season 4 had one with [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvises]]. (The BStory of that episode involved the dad acting like Elvis after getting hit by a VHS.)
** The trouble episode had one about ''Film/WaynesWorld'' addicts, entitled ''Wayne's World Anonymous Youth'' ([[FunWithAcronyms W.W.A.Y.]])
-->'''Lisa''': My name is Sheila.
-->'''Guys''': Party on, Sheila!
-->'''Lisa''': And if I were president, I'd be...
-->'''Guys''': Babe-raham Lincoln! Shwing!
** The self-image episode did this as well, as Amy attends one of these for people with low self-esteem. Turns into a subversion, as everyone else in the group realizes that they're better off than her because she had hives all over her body.
** They even did one of these about ''cheerleading addiction'', which the instructor is also revealed to have by the end of the sketch.
** The superstition episode had one about "Ramblers Anonymous". ItMakesSenseInContext.
* {{Troperiffic}}: And how.
* VerySpecialEpisode: The show was quite skilled at juxtaposing {{sketch comedy}} with mature, real-life issues, but none of their efforts were quite as effective as the season 3 gang violence episode. This being ''Roundhouse'', the episode was filled with the normal pun-based MundaneMadeAwesome RapidFireComedy (bullet-proof tests, ''Series/DennisTheMenace To Society'', John and Shawn as the AmericanGothicCouple, and [[ToiletHumor "gunderwear"]], to name a few). However, the ending had [[spoiler:it turn out to be AllJustADream of the Anyfamily son, who realizes the problem still exists in the "real world" and finds that the CatchPhrase doesn't work this time. He then wanders off confused just as the credits -- [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped which start with a text reminder that "Gang violence is no joke"]] -- start to roll silently.]]
** There were also episodes about [[GreenAesop environmentalism]], natural disasters, conflict, divorce, feminism, self-image, justice, intolerance, and war. While they weren't as blunt about it as the gang violence episode, there was no shortage on comedy and they all got the message across nicely.
** Of course, they also did a few parodies as well. For example, the divorce episode featured an ImagineSpot of the father marrying the homeroom milk monitor, which is then framed as an Series/AfterschoolSpecial entitled ''My Stepmom, My Classmate''. The sports episode also had a fake teaser for a special ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' episode where a character gets... [[AndThatsTerrible jock itch]].
-->"''Beverly Hills 90210'' is the official [[{{Wangst}} pointless, overacted]] [[TakeThat teenage soap opera]] of the U.S. Olympian Team!"
* WaxingLyrical: In the dropout episode, as Ivan is about to board the train he thinks is headed for the skateboard contest, he spots Micki and goes "Hey, [[Music/{{Help}} she's got a ticket to ride and she don't care!]]"
** Subverted in the war episode. At the end of a ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' parody called ''The Prize Is Too High'', host John says to Sidoni, "Congratulations, you just won yourself a war. Johnny [Bryan], tell them what it's good for." Bryan replies, "Absolutely nothing!" Cue everyone breaking into the song.
* YourTelevisionHatesYou: Done in the above-mentioned gang violence episode. After the son is accosted by two gangs in school, he talks to the dad about it, who replies, "What's the matter with kids these days? Where do they get these ideas?" We are then treated to a string of parodies related to the Aesop, such as ''[[Series/TheArsenioHallShow Arson Hall]]'', ''[[Series/NorthernExposure Northern Explosion]]'', and ''[[Series/ThePartridgeFamily The Cartridge Family]]'' (which [[NamesTheSame shares its name]] with an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'').
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[[TheStinger Reprise the theme song and roll the credits!]]
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** They've also spoofed other Nickelodeon shows as well, most notably fellow SNICK show ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' (as ''Flem and Stinky'').



* BreakoutCharacter: David Sidoni's "Dumb Kid" recieved a lot more prominence in season 3. Not to [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]] levels, but still.

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* BreakoutCharacter: David Sidoni's "Dumb Kid" recieved a lot more prominence starting in season 3. Not to [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]] levels, but still.



** The principal (Mark with a cardboard speaker over his head) has "This is just a reminder..."

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** The principal Principal Dubose (Mark with a cardboard speaker over his head) has "This is just a reminder...""
** Ed [=McMayonnaise=] (also Mark) tends to say "Fabulous!" a lot, almost to the extent of a VerbalTic.



* DarkerAndEdgier: The show was this compared to just about any other Nick show being made at the time, dishing out some pretty heavy-handed humor (see GettingCrapPastTheRadar below) and featuring a relatively adult ensemble cast (a good portion of which was over the age of 21). Not to mention the titular "roundhouse" - which was a pretty (literally and figuratively) dark setting for what was supposed to be a kid's show. This is most likely the reason why the show never really took off with viewers, as it was pretty quickly replaced with the far more kid friendly (and better-remembered) ''Series/AllThat'' after airing for only two years and four seasons ([[BittersweetEnding at least it got a proper finale]]).

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The show was this compared Compared to just about any other Nick show being made at the time, dishing out some pretty heavy-handed humor (see GettingCrapPastTheRadar below) and featuring a relatively adult ensemble cast (a good portion of which was over the age of 21). Not to mention the titular "roundhouse" - which was a pretty (literally and figuratively) dark setting for what was supposed to be a kid's show. This is most likely the reason why the show never really took off with viewers, as it was pretty quickly replaced with the far more kid friendly (and better-remembered) ''Series/AllThat'' after airing for only two years and four seasons ([[BittersweetEnding at least it got a proper finale]]).



* GameShow: Another popular format for sketches.

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* GameShow: Another popular format for sketches. Just about every popular game show at the time got spoofed over the show's four-season run.


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* GraduateFromTheStory: The GrandFinale has the kids graduate from Anytown Junior High.
* GranolaGirl: Julene has played this type several times, such as the school episode's "New Age Math" sketch, as one of the "Mighty Groovin' Flower Power Rangers" in "History of the Anyfamily" and pretty much her entire role in the summer camp episode.


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* ProtestSong: "Let's Make Peace".
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--->'''Mark''': "Someone must have taped that bow to his head by mistake! I was making passes at a GUY!!!"

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--->'''Mark''': -->'''Mark''': "Someone must have taped that bow to his head by mistake! I was making passes at a GUY!!!"



--->''Still going. Nothing outlasts the Feminizer. She keeps going, and going... and going.''

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--->''Still -->''Still going. Nothing outlasts the Feminizer. She keeps going, and going... and going.''



* BlackComedy: Some of their humor occasionally dips into this.
-->'''Natalie''': Tonight on ''Evil Eye-witness News'', a toddler walks under a ladder and promptly falls prey to a hit and run big wheel!



* GameShow: Another popular format for sketches.



* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: The parents are named Dad Anydad and Mom Anymom.



* SelfDeprecation: One episode did this with a ShowWithinAShow entitled ''Claptrap''. What little we see of it revolves heavily on ToiletHumor, such as "Hex-lax".
* SeverelySpecializedStore: In one bit, two AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents look for envelopes at the mall. The map indicates a store named [[OverlyLongName "Gee, I Can't Believe There's a Store in This Mall That Sells Nothing But Envelopes, Can You?"]].

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* SelfDeprecation: One episode did this with a ShowWithinAShow entitled ''Claptrap''. What little we see of it revolves heavily on ToiletHumor, such as "Hex-lax".
"Hex-lax". Shawn also calls the show out because their version of Mom does nothing but StayInTheKitchen, before going back to making "whatever it is [she]'s been stirring since episode 2" (leading in to the Yucky Charms sketch).
* SeverelySpecializedStore: In one bit, two the politics episode, Sidoni's AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents look for envelopes at the mall. The map indicates a store named [[OverlyLongName "Gee, I Can't Believe There's a Store in This Mall That Sells Nothing But Envelopes, Can You?"]].


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* ShowWithinAShow: ''Tons''. Special mention goes to the early episode "TV On Trial" which actually uses these as a plot device along with {{Parody Commercial}}s.


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* WaxingLyrical: In the dropout episode, as Ivan is about to board the train he thinks is headed for the skateboard contest, he spots Micki and goes "Hey, [[Music/{{Help}} she's got a ticket to ride and she don't care!]]"
** Subverted in the war episode. At the end of a ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' parody called ''The Prize Is Too High'', host John says to Sidoni, "Congratulations, you just won yourself a war. Johnny [Bryan], tell them what it's good for." Bryan replies, "Absolutely nothing!" Cue everyone breaking into the song.
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** In the self-esteem episode, Amy plays a short word association game with the Empty-V people. After pairing WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy and WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead, Amy pairs Music/{{Madonna}} with AnythingThatMoves.

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** In the self-esteem episode, Amy plays a short word association game as part of her [[FunWithAcronyms "coolness aptitude test"]] with the Empty-V people."coolness inspectors" from Empty-V. After pairing WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy and WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead, Amy pairs Music/{{Madonna}} with AnythingThatMoves.
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** In another episode, Ivan is clonked with an anvil and says that he sees "stars," as a castmate spins a mobile with [[VisualPun cutouts of actors]] around his head.

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** In another the stress episode, during the "Anvil"[[note]]parody of Advil[[/note]] sketch, Ivan is clonked with an anvil and says that he sees "stars," as a castmate spins a mobile with [[VisualPun cutouts of actors]] around his head.



** In the self-esteem episode, the cast plays a word association game. After pairing WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy and WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead, they pair Music/{{Madonna}} with AnythingThatMoves.

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** In the self-esteem episode, the cast Amy plays a short word association game. game with the Empty-V people. After pairing WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy and WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead, they pair Amy pairs Music/{{Madonna}} with AnythingThatMoves.



* ImNotADoctorButIPlayOneOnTV: Quoted vertabrim by Mark during the lead-in to the Anvil sketch in the stress episode.



* RewrittenPopVersion: {{Inverted|Trope}}. The first episode's closing number "Back Where We Belong" is composer Benny Hester's album track "Restless Nights" with episode-specific lyrics.

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* RewrittenPopVersion: {{Inverted|Trope}}. The first episode's closing number "Back Where We Belong" is composer music director Benny Hester's album track composition "Restless Nights" (from the 1991 album ''United We Stand/Divided We Fall'') with episode-specific lyrics.



* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: In the self-image episode, Amy backs out of a scheduled appearance on ''Empty V'' due to her stress over how she looked causing her to break out in hives. John remarks to the ''Empty V'' host that she's "probably off singing about what she learned from this experience." That song, "Just A Dream", has little to do with the events of the episode.[[note]]Which is understandable, as it wasn't specifically written for the show, but by Music/{{Madonna}} (!) and Pat Leonard for the former, who never recorded it (this was pointed out by Shawn after Amy finished singing)[[/note]]

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* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Zig-zagged from time to time. Sometimes the closing songs will (at least vaguely) be related to the episode, such as "Talk To Me" and "Do Not Care", and sometimes they don't:
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In the self-image episode, Amy backs out of a scheduled appearance on ''Empty V'' due to her stress over how she looked causing her to break out in hives. John remarks to the ''Empty V'' host that she's "probably off singing about what she learned from this experience." That song, "Just A Dream", has little to do with the events of the episode.[[note]]Which is understandable, as it wasn't specifically written for the show, but by Music/{{Madonna}} (!) and Pat Leonard for the former, who never recorded it (this was pointed out by Shawn after Amy finished singing)[[/note]]



* TinyGuyHugeGirl: [[Creator/CaseyKasem Crazy Kasem]] and his Amazonian wife Clean Kasem in the ''Solid Mold'' sketch.

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* TinyGuyHugeGirl: [[Creator/CaseyKasem Crazy Kasem]] (Sidoni) and his Amazonian wife Clean Kasem (Julene) in the ''Solid Mold'' sketch.
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* TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX: The TropeNamer (Music/{{Prince}}) is parodied in the Cinderella episode, where the Prince Charming is represented by Prince - they at first refer to him as "the singer formerly known as Prince but now represented by this symbol" (holds up a sign with the Prince symbol while a riff plays in the background) but later on they just hold up the sign with the riff playing.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: [[Creator/CaseyKasem Crazy Kasem]] and his Amazonian wife Clean Kasem in the ''Solid Mold'' sketch.
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* IGotARock: Mentioned at the end of the ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' parody ''Jealousy'' where John says, "Join us next week when we have two kids who got candy bars on Halloween and one who got a rock."
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** There was the beauty pageant episode, where one of the girls puts a pair of balloons on her chest to be Dolly Parton (a gag that comes up multiple times during the show's run).
*** In the season 3 episode on self-image, she shows up again in aid of the Anyfamily daughter's ACupAngst. The latter is then handed a special bra that's guaranteed to "turn those wimpy flapjacks into double-D cupcakes". The daughter's friends assure her that "they're" getting really big and pointy, [[BaitAndSwitch before it's revealed that they're actually referring to two giant pimples growing on her nose]].

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** There was the beauty pageant episode, where one of the girls Natalie puts a pair of balloons on her chest to be Dolly Parton (a gag that comes up multiple times during the show's run).
*** In the season 3 episode on self-image, she shows up again (this time played by Julene) in aid of the Anyfamily daughter's ACupAngst. The latter is then handed a special bra that's guaranteed to "turn those wimpy flapjacks into double-D cupcakes". The daughter's friends assure her that "they're" getting really big and pointy, [[BaitAndSwitch before it's revealed that they're actually referring to two giant pimples growing on her nose]].



--->'''John''': "Don't get mad, get Pest-Off!"
** This quote from the song "Airbrain" from the beauty pageant episode:
--->'''The guys''': "Brains are great until we find organs of another kind."
** The talent show episode from season 3 contains this quote:
--->"If you can't get the girl, you can always play your own instrument."

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--->'''John''': "Don't Don't get mad, get Pest-Off!"
Pest-Off!
** This quote from From the same episode, the song "Airbrain" from contains this line sung by the beauty pageant episode:
--->'''The guys''': "Brains
guys:
--->''Brains
are great until we find organs of another kind."
''
** The talent show episode from season 3 contains this quote:
--->"If
quote from the "B.U.T.T.U.G.L.Y." sketch:
--->'''Munoz''': If
you can't get the girl, you can always play your own instrument."


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*** According to Heather Sheffield (in the book ''Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon''), the MoralGuardians wouldn't let the show touch on menstruation, and when they finally let them do it, they had to be very overt about it.


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* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Shows up in "TV On Trial" where Alfred and John do a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody in the second act. They show up again in the third act where this happens:
-->'''Alfred''': Bones, this man has a broken arm!
-->'''John''': Dangit Jim, I'm a doctor not... I'm a doctor.
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* AudienceParticipation: An odd case - sometimes the actors will do some stuff in the audience, such as the "Sally Jessy Rafael" parody character introduced in season 2's "Best Friends", and the "Stupid People's Choice Awards" in the school dropout episode. One of the few cases of audience involvement was in the talent show episode, where they got two random people as "judges" for the talent show and called them [[Series/FamilyTies Tina Yothers]] and [[Series/FamilyMatters Urkel]]. Castmates [[ThoseTwoGuys Seymour Green and Alfred Carr]] would also do some warm-ups with the audience before filming began (one of these for the ChristmasEpisode appeared on their commercially-released video ''2's A Crowd'').



* DarkerAndEdgier: The show was this compared to just about any other Nick show being made at the time, dishing out some pretty heavy-handed humor (see GettingCrapPastTheRadar below) and featuring a relatively adult ensemble cast (a good portion of which was over the age of 21). Not to mention the titular "roundhouse" - which was a pretty (literally and figuratively) dark setting for what was supposed to be a kid's show. This is most likely the reason why the show never really took off with viewers, as it was pretty quickly replaced with the far more kid friendly Series/AllThat after airing for only two years.
* DartboardOfHate: In a Christmas episode, one female character opens her Christmas gifts and shouts, "Wow, a [[TakeThat Shannon Doherty]] dartboard!"

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The show was this compared to just about any other Nick show being made at the time, dishing out some pretty heavy-handed humor (see GettingCrapPastTheRadar below) and featuring a relatively adult ensemble cast (a good portion of which was over the age of 21). Not to mention the titular "roundhouse" - which was a pretty (literally and figuratively) dark setting for what was supposed to be a kid's show. This is most likely the reason why the show never really took off with viewers, as it was pretty quickly replaced with the far more kid friendly Series/AllThat (and better-remembered) ''Series/AllThat'' after airing for only two years.
years and four seasons ([[BittersweetEnding at least it got a proper finale]]).
* DartboardOfHate: In a the Christmas episode, one female character during the HollywoodGiftwrap segment, Amy opens her Christmas gifts a gift wrapped in this manner and shouts, "Wow, finds a [[TakeThat Shannon Doherty]] dartboard!"dartboard. This wasn't the first ''90210''-related Take That on the show and it ''definitely'' wasn't the last.



* HongKongDub: Parodied with ''[[Anime/SpeedRacer Speed Limit Racer]]'', where the characters are "dubbed" by some of the other actors, who have their backs turned to the camera.
** They do this again in "Intolerance" with ''Speed Racist''.
** And in "Roundhouse Live" with ''Speed Eraser''.

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* HongKongDub: Parodied with ''[[Anime/SpeedRacer Speed Limit Racer]]'', every ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' parody that the show does, where the characters are "dubbed" by some of the other actors, who have their backs turned to the camera.
** They do this again in "Intolerance" with
camera. In the trouble episode, it's ''Speed Racist''.
** And
Limit Racer''; in "Roundhouse Live" with the intolerance episode it's ''Speed Racist'', and in the LiveEpisode it's ''Speed Eraser''.



-->'''Ivan''': Well first I'm gonna say hi to Dominic, and then I'm gonna reprise the theme song and roll the credits!

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-->'''Ivan''': Well first [[RealitySubtext I'm gonna say hi to Dominic, Dominic]], and then I'm gonna reprise the theme song and roll the credits!



** The ChristmasEpisode did this as well. A brief sketch involves Shirley Maclaine pondering what would happen if she was never born again.

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** The ChristmasEpisode did this as well. A brief sketch involves Shirley Maclaine (Jennifer) pondering what would happen if she was never born again.



* PreviouslyOn: The second part of season 4's "History of the Anyfamily" opens with one of these.

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* PreviouslyOn: The second part of season 4's "History of the Anyfamily" opens with one of these.these, narrated by Bryan. He wraps it up with "Which brings us to this week's show!" Cue the theme song starting up again.
-->'''Bryan''': WE ALREADY DID THAT!!
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* TitleTheAdaptation: Spoofed with ''Weather Channel -- The Movie'', which featured an AllStarCast: See Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts as a solar eclipse!


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* ThatsAllFolks: Besides the obvious "Reprise the theme song...", the TropeNamer showed up at the end of the "Letters Home From Great Wars As Read By Cartoon Characters" sketch where Sidoni did a Porky Pig impression.
* TitleTheAdaptation: Spoofed with ''Weather Channel -- The Movie'', which featured an AllStarCast: See Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts as a solar eclipse!
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