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''Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place'', [[OfficiallyShortenedTitle eventually renamed]] ''Two Guys And A Girl'' from the third season onwards, (and not to be confused with [[TwoGuysAndAGirl the trope of the same name]]) was a SitCom which ran for four seasons on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1998 to 2001.

Centering around [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin two guys and a girl]] who have been [[TrueCompanions best friends since college]] - Pete Dunville (Richard Ruccolo), the neurotic architecture student, Michael "Berg" Bergen (RyanReynolds), an aimless grad student and Sharon Carter ([[Series/{{Monk}} Traylor Howard]]), a tough career-woman with a soft centre. Living in the same apartment block in UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, the three friends are struggling to cope with life after college. Sharon is torn between money and a job that she hates, Pete is going through relationship troubles in his continuous search for "The One", and Berg is changing majors as often as he changes the experimental drugs he is taking to earn extra money.

After the first season, the supporting cast underwent an overhaul, introducing Johnny Donnelly (NathanFillion), the jukebox repairman with a mutual attraction to Sharon, Ashley Walker (Suzanne Cryer), the sarcastic medical student beating out Berg to be the top of their class, and later in the season, [[NoNameGiven Irene]] (Jillian Bach), Pete's StalkerWithACrush & a love for cats. The third season saw the show undergo a further retool, as Pete & Berg stopped working at Beacon Street Pizza and the titular Pizza Place was dropped from both the series itself & the show's title.
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!!Tropes used by the series:

* AdamWesting: Robert Goulet.
* BitterWeddingSpeech: Subverted; a drunk Pete starts to give one, but quickly meanders away from that & begins rambling about where he's at right now.
* BlatantLies: Sharon, in her job as spokesperson for a chemical company.
* BrilliantButLazy: Berg.
* ButtMonkey: Pete in the beginning, Berg in later seasons.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Mr Bauer & Bill after Season 1. Melissa was justified, in that she & Pete had broken up by the end of the season.
* CloudCuckooLander: In early seasons, Mr Bauer & pre-CharacterDevelopment Berg. When Irene (Jillian Bach) showed up, she took on the role.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Ashley does this to Johnny.
* CompensatingForSomething: Roger, Berg's rival for Irene in Season 4, is quite clearly as hostile as he is towards Berg due to [[OneHeadTaller Berg standing nearly a foot taller than him]] & his jealousy over Berg's relationship with Irene.
* CrazyCatLady: Irene
* CrazyMemory: The first season had Mr Bauer, who would tell stories about his life that were all actually plots of popular movies, or stories he'd seen in documentaries.
* TheDitz: Berg.
* DawsonCasting: Subverted and played straight. In the beginning of the series the main characters were supposed to be around 24. They were played by 22 year old Ryan Reynolds, 26 year old Richard Ruccolo and 32 year old Traylor Howard, but they made it believable. In the second season however Reynolds was paired off with the 31 year old Suzanne Cryer and it did show.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the second episode of the third season, with an entire subplot devoted to Berg realising he's too old to keep working at the pizza place after the new employee refers to him as "Sir".
* DeadpanSnarker: Ashley; although all of the other main characters had their moments.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Season 1 episodes were all self-contained & aired out of order (Pete breaks up with Melissa in the fifth episode, but are still dating 3 episodes later; Berg starts Medical School in the second episode, but doesn't come to the decision to become a doctor for another 10 episodes), and were built around the Pizza Place. In Season 2, the episodes began to show more continuity & were built around the character's relationships, and the secondary characters of Season 1 were replaced with the ones that lasted until the end of the series.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: Berg tried to prevent Pete from discovering that Pete's new girlfriend had his [Berg's] name tattooed on her.
* EvilCounterpart: Season 2's Halloween episode (See below)
* EverybodysDeadDave: In the season 2 Halloween episode, a Berg doppleganger killed all of the supporting and primary cast (With the exception of the real Berg, who was killed by Pete who thought it was the the doppleganger), for the sole reason of getting the pizza place, and "all the pizza [they] could want". Cue ominous thunder and lightning, maniacal laughter & a death glare at the camera. The episode ended on a parody of the "On the next..." teasers, where it cut to the various sets, all abandoned.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero[=/=]TheLancer: Pete & Berg, alternating depending on the episode. Berg also falls under TheMedic.
** TheChick[=/=]TeamMom: Sharon
** TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheMedic[=/=]TokenEvilTeammate: Ashley.
** TheBigGuy: Johnny
** SixthRanger: Irene
* {{Flanderization}}: Ashley's {{Jerkass}} tendencies in the later half of Season 2.
* FreakyFridayFlip: The season 3 Halloween episode saw a MadScientist switch Pete's brain with Ashley's and Berg's brain with Sharon's, and the only one who can help them is Johnny.
* FridayNightDeathSlot: After Creator/{{ABC}} moved it to Friday, they tried moving it back to midweek as a two-week test to see if anyone would watch. It failed and the show was canceled.
* FunnyAnsweringMachine: Pete & Berg have two over the series.
** Season 2: "Hi, you've reached 976, Pete & Berg. If you're over 18, leave us a message. If you're under 18 and have your parent's permission, you may ''also'' leave us a message." ''[BEEP]''
** Season 3: "Hi, you've reached Pete & Berg, we're not here right now, so leave us a message. BEEP." ''[{{Beat}}. Pete & Berg start sniggering]'' "Okay, that was a joke. Leave a message after the beep. BEEP." ''[{{Beat}}. Pete & Berg start sniggering again]'' "Okay, this one's for real." ''[BEEP]''
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The basis for an entire plot - Johnny bought a camcorder, and whilst messing around with it at a restaurant, an elderly woman starts choking in the background with Pete (Fireman) & Berg (Doctor) being completely oblivious to it whilst dicking around in front of the camera. Sharon performs the Heimlich Maneuver, and Peter & Berg are subject to repeated mocking throughout the city after the footage is broadcast on the local news & points out who they are & their professions.
* GeniusDitz: Berg
* GranolaGirl: Sharon was one when she first met Pete & Berg. It's part of the reason she's so disgusted with herself for working at a chemical company.
* HalloweenEpisode: Had three that really ran with the concept:
** "Two Guys, a Girl and a Psycho Halloween": A psycho killer that looks like Berg is killing off the main characters one-by-one. [[spoiler:Turns out to be [[TheDrewCareyShow Mimi]] in disguise, trying to get her own show... and all the pizza she can eat.]]
** "Halloween 2: Mind Over Body": A mad scientist switches Pete and Ashley's brains and then Berg and Sharon's, and it's up to [[BookDumb Johnny]] to fix it. HilarityEnsues.
** "The Satanic Curses": Jealous of their [[TrueCompanions True Companionship]], Irene summons Satanic powers to curse Berg, Pete and Sharon. Berg becomes increasingly deformed, Pete grows Ashley's head on his shoulder and Sharon grows a penis. [[spoiler:And it's bigger than Johnny's]].
* IBangedYourMom: Pete does this to Berg in Season 4.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Following the lead of the show's original title, most episodes in the first couple of seasons used a variant of "Two Guys, a Girl and ______".
* JerkAss: Sharon had her moments. One memorable one:
--> Pete: (about a rollerblader) I hope he twirls into a bus.
--> Sharon: God Pete, that's so mean. ''[{{Beat}}]'' I was thinking ''open trench''.
** Ashley really takes the cake when it comes to being a JerkAss though, sometimes she's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but not often.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Finally averted, with the first season being released on DVD in April 2012, and the remaining three seasons scheduled to follow later in the year. ''Over a decade after the show went off the air'', and long after RyanReynolds & NathanFillion have achieved greater popularity with other roles.
** NoExportForYou: But only in Europe.
* KillEmAll: Parodied in the Season 2 HalloweenEpisode.
* TheLadette: Sharon, but more so Shawn.
* LanguageOfLove: Played on when Pete falls in love with a beautiful woman who only speaks French.
* LimitedSocialCircle: Lampshaded by Berg, when Pete thinks he's in love with Sharon, Berg warns Pete against pursuing her because if she doesn't feel the same way, then it could destroy the dynamic of the group & he [Berg] just doesn't have the time to find new friends.
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: The second Halloween special had a mad scientist switch Berg & Sharon's brains. Berg plays this trope straight, when he bemoans being in Sharon's body before he realises ''he's in Sharon's body'' and tries to run off to the bathroom to look at himself naked. Pete & Ashley had their brains switched too, but didn't invoke this trope.
* MidseasonReplacement: Season 1.
* MoneyDearBoy: Sharon's stated reason for working at a chemical company despite hating herself for it.
* MultipleEndings: "The Internet Show" saw each couple suddenly faced with a pregnancy scare. Four endings were shot and in a promotional gimmick, viewers got to vote online before the episode aired to decide which ending would be chosen. (The other three were shown as a bonus before the end credits, however.) One ending was no one being pregnant, so each of the alternatives - [[spoiler:Ashley leaving Pete, Berg and Irene happily reconciled, and Johnny and Sharon committed to trying to have a baby]] - were all on the table instead of just two out of three. For Berg/Irene, [[spoiler:Berg vowed to be there for Irene, but the cliffhanger would've been her not knowing if the baby was his or Roger]]'s. For Pete/Ashley, [[spoiler:Ashley is still going to leave, but Pete vows to "not let the dingo take his baby"]]. For Johnny/Sharon, simply a married couple having a baby and the happiest ending of the bunch. Viewers' pick? [[spoiler:Pete/Ashley]].
* NeatFreak: Pete.
* NeverLiveItDown: {{In-Universe}}, Berg's academic probation in Season 3 [[NiceJobBreakingItHero for nearly killing a diabetic patient whilst sleep deprived]]. He outright states that he can't win any arguments with Pete anymore, since that'll just get thrown back in his face.
* NeverMyFault: Ashley is the biggest offender.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In Season 3, Berg gets drunk at a bachelor auction & makes an ass of himself. With everyone at the hospital making fun of him over this, he proceeds to work non-stop in an attempt to regain his co-workers respect, before his superior makes him go home to get some rest... Only for there to be an outbreak of food posoining in the hospital cafeteria requiring Berg to keep working due to the lack of healthy doctors. Surprisingly, he stays on top of the situation & impresses the rest of the staff, until this trope kicks in & in his tired state, makes a mistake that nearly kills a diabetic patient, getting him placed on academic probation for the rest of the season.
* NoDialogueEpisode: ''The One Without Dialogue'' where we track the characters dealing with physical tasks that don't require any dialogue (except for a dream sequence dance scene)- Johnny needs to fix a toilet, Sharon needs to rescue [[LostWeddingRing her wedding ring]], Pete chases after a woman on the subway etc. All the jokes come from their struggles with physical objects rather than dialogue.
* NoNameGiven: Irene's last name is never mentioned once in the series.
* NonActionDressRip: Sharon's boyfriend Johnny rips the poofy sleeves off her hideous bridesmaid's dress, turning it ito something quite wearable.
* OfficiallyShortenedTitle: As noted above, but ''SaturdayNightLive'' parodied this, suggesting a {{spinoff}} called ''And a Pizza Place''.
* OldShame: {{In-Universe}} - Sharon finds Berg's (An embarrassing advert Berg modelled in during college) in Season 2's ''Two Guys, a Girl and a Proposal'', and Berg sets out to get her back, only for Sharon to be one-step ahead of him in his search the entire time. [[spoiler:Until he finds a picture of Sharon pre-comprehensive cosmetic surgery with the help of the her hometown's librarian, and tricks Sharon into thinking he's given up.]]
* OneHeadTaller: RyanReynolds (Berg) & NathanFillion (Johnny) are both at the six foot two mark, whilst Traylor Howard (Sharon) is five foot five & Jillian Bach (Irene) is five foot two. Naturally, the show paired Sharon with Johnny & Berg with Irene.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
** Berg, although his full-name (Michael Eugene [[spoiler:Lesley]] Bergen) is revealed & both his parents appear and use his first name.
** Germ.
* OpenSaysMe: Subverted. Pete tries to get into Ashley's apartment when there's a leak in it, by throwing himself against the door. He fails miserably but soon realises that the thing that stung him in the side [[WeHaveTheKeys was the key.]]
* OnTheNext: Parodied in the Season 2 Halloween episode.
* OutOfOrder:
** The entire first season, except for the pilot, suffers from this. Notably - Pete breaks up with Melissa in episode 5, but are still shown dating several episodes later in the season; and Berg decides to go to medical school in the penultimate episode of the season, but several episodes prior to that make reference to him already being a med-student. This was not fixed for the 2012 DVD release, ''despite'' the long defunct Trouble (The UK station which aired the series) showing them in as close to a logical order as possible.
** The thirteenth episode of Season 3, "Bridesmaid Revisited" should have aired as the ninth episode of the season, as evidenced by Ashley still living with Pete & Berg following her break-up with Berg in the eighth episode & Ashley moving in with Sharon & Johnny in the ninth episode to air. Much like the Season 1 DVD release, the Season 3 DVD includes the episodes in the order they aired.
* PutOnABus: Melissa after Season 1.
* RealMenWearPink: Pete's two jobs in Season 3 - Fireman, and make-up salesman. In a subversion, he's not particulary manly anyway and after starting as a fireman, he accidentally leaves his make-up bag at the station, but rather than being mocked over his other job, he's asked by the station chief to give his daughter (Having grown-up with a MissingMom) a makeover & displays a snobbish attitude to over-the-counter cosmetics & makeovers.
* {{Retirony}}: Played straight in "Two Guys, a Girl and a Psycho Halloween", where an old cop (thinking our trio's claim of a killer is just a silly prank) states it's his last night on the job and then leaves to go to his retirement party.
-->'''Berg:''' [[LampshadeHanging Well, he's dead]].
* RichBitch: Ashley can come off as this, due to coming from a very well-off family.
* SayMyName:
** From ''Two Guys, a Girl and a Celtic Game''
--> ''[Pete[=/=]Sharon walks into Pete & Berg's apartment, and sees the 1981 NBA Championship banner hannger over the mantle.]''
--> '''Pete[=/=]Sharon''': BBBBEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGG!!!
--> ''[Cut to aerial shot of Boston on the "...EEERRRR..."]''
** From ''Two Guys, a Girl and a Landlord''
--> ''[Berg sees Claus - the fish he had managed to teach to fetch - frozen in his fishtank.]''
--> '''Berg''': Claus?
--> ''[Cut to aerial shot of Boston.]''
--> '''Berg''': CLAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSS!!!
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: As stated above, it was sent to the FridayNightDeathSlot. Guess what happened.
** Subverted later on in the season, though, as noted above. Unlike the other Friday sitcoms, ABC did move the series back to its previous night as a test for renewal. Didn't work out, though.
* SeriesFauxnale: "The Internet Show," where a brand of condoms is reported to be very faulty and each of the three couples is concerned about a possible pregnancy. Fans were given the choices of Berg/Irene, Pete/Ashley, Johnny/Sharon or no pregnancy at all. A vote online saw [[spoiler:Pete and the departing Ashley winning]] (while the other filmed endings were shown at the end as a bonus). This was all designed to lead into a new season, but ABC cancelled the series.
* ShoutOut: Frequently, in season one - Mr Bauer would frequently see films & documentarys, and then tell the events of what he had seen to Pete, as if it was his life.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Berg gets a few of them. Most memorable [[CrowningMomentOfFunny when Johnny waits for him in the dark]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext with a popsicle.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: Irene towards Pete. [[spoiler:At least until after she started dating Berg]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The intro theme in the first two seasons is a variation of the instrumental of "Blister In The Sun" By the Violent Femmes.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: After Johnny accidentally suggests that ''The Boys of Fire Island'' was a perfect film for fire fighters like Pete and him, this happens:
--> '''Sharon''': What are you guys going to see?
--> '''Johnny''': Not gay porn!
* TheUnfavorite: Pete is this to Bill after Berg starts medical school.
--> ''Pete & Berg have both asked for the afternoon off, but Bill will only let one of them go.''
--> '''Pete''': Look, Bill - My big presentation is tonight, I just need a few more hours to practice. I'm telling you, if I get this... Look, this one moment could decide my entire future.
--> '''Berg''': I have a quiz.
--> '''Bill''': Okay; Berg, see you tomorrow.
* ThreePlusTwo
* TokenEvilTeammate: Ashley
* TropeNamer: TwoGuysAndAGirl
* {{Tsundere}}: Marti.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: This is very oddly averted when ALL THREE (Ryan Reynolds, Richard Ruccolo, and Traylor Howard) end up being paired off with OTHER people which is unusual for the trope.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs
** Pete started working at the titular pizza place, whilst trying to move into architecture; realised he hated the field & inadvertently got a job as a job counselor and later a make-up salesman, before becoming a fireman.
** Berg worked alongside Pete at the pizza place, whilst taking part in numerous medical experiments; spent a period looking for a career before becoming a med student/Doctor.
** Sharon was spokesperson for a chemical company, before quitting & moving into charity work, eventually going to law school while working as a legal assistant.
** Johnny was introduced as a jukebox repairman, which was retconned into being a general handyman; before becoming the building superintendent & later a fireman.
** Parodied with Mr Bauer in season 1, as he would continuously tell Pete tales from his life, all of which were clearly popular movies, or stories from from documentaries about famous figures.
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where the Hell is Beacon Street Pizza?]]: There is no Beacon Street Pizza in RealLife Boston. Didn't stop RyanReynolds from trying to find it on a trip there whilst promoting ''Film/VanWilder'', though.
* WholePlotReference: A RunningGag with Mr Bauer in Season 1, with him repeatedly claiming that the plots of popular movies (Such as ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', for example) are actually tales from his life.
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''Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place'', [[OfficiallyShortenedTitle eventually renamed]] ''Two Guys And A Girl'' from the third season onwards, (and not to be confused with [[TwoGuysAndAGirl the trope of the same name]]) was a SitCom which ran for four seasons on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1998 to 2001.

Centering around [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin two guys and a girl]] who have been [[TrueCompanions best friends since college]] - Pete Dunville (Richard Ruccolo), the neurotic architecture student, Michael "Berg" Bergen (RyanReynolds), an aimless grad student and Sharon Carter ([[Series/{{Monk}} Traylor Howard]]), a tough career-woman with a soft centre. Living in the same apartment block in UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, the three friends are struggling to cope with life after college. Sharon is torn between money and a job that she hates, Pete is going through relationship troubles in his continuous search for "The One", and Berg is changing majors as often as he changes the experimental drugs he is taking to earn extra money.

After the first season, the supporting cast underwent an overhaul, introducing Johnny Donnelly (NathanFillion), the jukebox repairman with a mutual attraction to Sharon, Ashley Walker (Suzanne Cryer), the sarcastic medical student beating out Berg to be the top of their class, and later in the season, [[NoNameGiven Irene]] (Jillian Bach), Pete's StalkerWithACrush & a love for cats. The third season saw the show undergo a further retool, as Pete & Berg stopped working at Beacon Street Pizza and the titular Pizza Place was dropped from both the series itself & the show's title.
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!!Tropes used by the series:

* AdamWesting: Robert Goulet.
* BitterWeddingSpeech: Subverted; a drunk Pete starts to give one, but quickly meanders away from that & begins rambling about where he's at right now.
* BlatantLies: Sharon, in her job as spokesperson for a chemical company.
* BrilliantButLazy: Berg.
* ButtMonkey: Pete in the beginning, Berg in later seasons.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Mr Bauer & Bill after Season 1. Melissa was justified, in that she & Pete had broken up by the end of the season.
* CloudCuckooLander: In early seasons, Mr Bauer & pre-CharacterDevelopment Berg. When Irene (Jillian Bach) showed up, she took on the role.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Ashley does this to Johnny.
* CompensatingForSomething: Roger, Berg's rival for Irene in Season 4, is quite clearly as hostile as he is towards Berg due to [[OneHeadTaller Berg standing nearly a foot taller than him]] & his jealousy over Berg's relationship with Irene.
* CrazyCatLady: Irene
* CrazyMemory: The first season had Mr Bauer, who would tell stories about his life that were all actually plots of popular movies, or stories he'd seen in documentaries.
* TheDitz: Berg.
* DawsonCasting: Subverted and played straight. In the beginning of the series the main characters were supposed to be around 24. They were played by 22 year old Ryan Reynolds, 26 year old Richard Ruccolo and 32 year old Traylor Howard, but they made it believable. In the second season however Reynolds was paired off with the 31 year old Suzanne Cryer and it did show.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the second episode of the third season, with an entire subplot devoted to Berg realising he's too old to keep working at the pizza place after the new employee refers to him as "Sir".
* DeadpanSnarker: Ashley; although all of the other main characters had their moments.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Season 1 episodes were all self-contained & aired out of order (Pete breaks up with Melissa in the fifth episode, but are still dating 3 episodes later; Berg starts Medical School in the second episode, but doesn't come to the decision to become a doctor for another 10 episodes), and were built around the Pizza Place. In Season 2, the episodes began to show more continuity & were built around the character's relationships, and the secondary characters of Season 1 were replaced with the ones that lasted until the end of the series.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: Berg tried to prevent Pete from discovering that Pete's new girlfriend had his [Berg's] name tattooed on her.
* EvilCounterpart: Season 2's Halloween episode (See below)
* EverybodysDeadDave: In the season 2 Halloween episode, a Berg doppleganger killed all of the supporting and primary cast (With the exception of the real Berg, who was killed by Pete who thought it was the the doppleganger), for the sole reason of getting the pizza place, and "all the pizza [they] could want". Cue ominous thunder and lightning, maniacal laughter & a death glare at the camera. The episode ended on a parody of the "On the next..." teasers, where it cut to the various sets, all abandoned.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero[=/=]TheLancer: Pete & Berg, alternating depending on the episode. Berg also falls under TheMedic.
** TheChick[=/=]TeamMom: Sharon
** TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheMedic[=/=]TokenEvilTeammate: Ashley.
** TheBigGuy: Johnny
** SixthRanger: Irene
* {{Flanderization}}: Ashley's {{Jerkass}} tendencies in the later half of Season 2.
* FreakyFridayFlip: The season 3 Halloween episode saw a MadScientist switch Pete's brain with Ashley's and Berg's brain with Sharon's, and the only one who can help them is Johnny.
* FridayNightDeathSlot: After Creator/{{ABC}} moved it to Friday, they tried moving it back to midweek as a two-week test to see if anyone would watch. It failed and the show was canceled.
* FunnyAnsweringMachine: Pete & Berg have two over the series.
** Season 2: "Hi, you've reached 976, Pete & Berg. If you're over 18, leave us a message. If you're under 18 and have your parent's permission, you may ''also'' leave us a message." ''[BEEP]''
** Season 3: "Hi, you've reached Pete & Berg, we're not here right now, so leave us a message. BEEP." ''[{{Beat}}. Pete & Berg start sniggering]'' "Okay, that was a joke. Leave a message after the beep. BEEP." ''[{{Beat}}. Pete & Berg start sniggering again]'' "Okay, this one's for real." ''[BEEP]''
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The basis for an entire plot - Johnny bought a camcorder, and whilst messing around with it at a restaurant, an elderly woman starts choking in the background with Pete (Fireman) & Berg (Doctor) being completely oblivious to it whilst dicking around in front of the camera. Sharon performs the Heimlich Maneuver, and Peter & Berg are subject to repeated mocking throughout the city after the footage is broadcast on the local news & points out who they are & their professions.
* GeniusDitz: Berg
* GranolaGirl: Sharon was one when she first met Pete & Berg. It's part of the reason she's so disgusted with herself for working at a chemical company.
* HalloweenEpisode: Had three that really ran with the concept:
** "Two Guys, a Girl and a Psycho Halloween": A psycho killer that looks like Berg is killing off the main characters one-by-one. [[spoiler:Turns out to be [[TheDrewCareyShow Mimi]] in disguise, trying to get her own show... and all the pizza she can eat.]]
** "Halloween 2: Mind Over Body": A mad scientist switches Pete and Ashley's brains and then Berg and Sharon's, and it's up to [[BookDumb Johnny]] to fix it. HilarityEnsues.
** "The Satanic Curses": Jealous of their [[TrueCompanions True Companionship]], Irene summons Satanic powers to curse Berg, Pete and Sharon. Berg becomes increasingly deformed, Pete grows Ashley's head on his shoulder and Sharon grows a penis. [[spoiler:And it's bigger than Johnny's]].
* IBangedYourMom: Pete does this to Berg in Season 4.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Following the lead of the show's original title, most episodes in the first couple of seasons used a variant of "Two Guys, a Girl and ______".
* JerkAss: Sharon had her moments. One memorable one:
--> Pete: (about a rollerblader) I hope he twirls into a bus.
--> Sharon: God Pete, that's so mean. ''[{{Beat}}]'' I was thinking ''open trench''.
** Ashley really takes the cake when it comes to being a JerkAss though, sometimes she's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but not often.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Finally averted, with the first season being released on DVD in April 2012, and the remaining three seasons scheduled to follow later in the year. ''Over a decade after the show went off the air'', and long after RyanReynolds & NathanFillion have achieved greater popularity with other roles.
** NoExportForYou: But only in Europe.
* KillEmAll: Parodied in the Season 2 HalloweenEpisode.
* TheLadette: Sharon, but more so Shawn.
* LanguageOfLove: Played on when Pete falls in love with a beautiful woman who only speaks French.
* LimitedSocialCircle: Lampshaded by Berg, when Pete thinks he's in love with Sharon, Berg warns Pete against pursuing her because if she doesn't feel the same way, then it could destroy the dynamic of the group & he [Berg] just doesn't have the time to find new friends.
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: The second Halloween special had a mad scientist switch Berg & Sharon's brains. Berg plays this trope straight, when he bemoans being in Sharon's body before he realises ''he's in Sharon's body'' and tries to run off to the bathroom to look at himself naked. Pete & Ashley had their brains switched too, but didn't invoke this trope.
* MidseasonReplacement: Season 1.
* MoneyDearBoy: Sharon's stated reason for working at a chemical company despite hating herself for it.
* MultipleEndings: "The Internet Show" saw each couple suddenly faced with a pregnancy scare. Four endings were shot and in a promotional gimmick, viewers got to vote online before the episode aired to decide which ending would be chosen. (The other three were shown as a bonus before the end credits, however.) One ending was no one being pregnant, so each of the alternatives - [[spoiler:Ashley leaving Pete, Berg and Irene happily reconciled, and Johnny and Sharon committed to trying to have a baby]] - were all on the table instead of just two out of three. For Berg/Irene, [[spoiler:Berg vowed to be there for Irene, but the cliffhanger would've been her not knowing if the baby was his or Roger]]'s. For Pete/Ashley, [[spoiler:Ashley is still going to leave, but Pete vows to "not let the dingo take his baby"]]. For Johnny/Sharon, simply a married couple having a baby and the happiest ending of the bunch. Viewers' pick? [[spoiler:Pete/Ashley]].
* NeatFreak: Pete.
* NeverLiveItDown: {{In-Universe}}, Berg's academic probation in Season 3 [[NiceJobBreakingItHero for nearly killing a diabetic patient whilst sleep deprived]]. He outright states that he can't win any arguments with Pete anymore, since that'll just get thrown back in his face.
* NeverMyFault: Ashley is the biggest offender.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In Season 3, Berg gets drunk at a bachelor auction & makes an ass of himself. With everyone at the hospital making fun of him over this, he proceeds to work non-stop in an attempt to regain his co-workers respect, before his superior makes him go home to get some rest... Only for there to be an outbreak of food posoining in the hospital cafeteria requiring Berg to keep working due to the lack of healthy doctors. Surprisingly, he stays on top of the situation & impresses the rest of the staff, until this trope kicks in & in his tired state, makes a mistake that nearly kills a diabetic patient, getting him placed on academic probation for the rest of the season.
* NoDialogueEpisode: ''The One Without Dialogue'' where we track the characters dealing with physical tasks that don't require any dialogue (except for a dream sequence dance scene)- Johnny needs to fix a toilet, Sharon needs to rescue [[LostWeddingRing her wedding ring]], Pete chases after a woman on the subway etc. All the jokes come from their struggles with physical objects rather than dialogue.
* NoNameGiven: Irene's last name is never mentioned once in the series.
* NonActionDressRip: Sharon's boyfriend Johnny rips the poofy sleeves off her hideous bridesmaid's dress, turning it ito something quite wearable.
* OfficiallyShortenedTitle: As noted above, but ''SaturdayNightLive'' parodied this, suggesting a {{spinoff}} called ''And a Pizza Place''.
* OldShame: {{In-Universe}} - Sharon finds Berg's (An embarrassing advert Berg modelled in during college) in Season 2's ''Two Guys, a Girl and a Proposal'', and Berg sets out to get her back, only for Sharon to be one-step ahead of him in his search the entire time. [[spoiler:Until he finds a picture of Sharon pre-comprehensive cosmetic surgery with the help of the her hometown's librarian, and tricks Sharon into thinking he's given up.]]
* OneHeadTaller: RyanReynolds (Berg) & NathanFillion (Johnny) are both at the six foot two mark, whilst Traylor Howard (Sharon) is five foot five & Jillian Bach (Irene) is five foot two. Naturally, the show paired Sharon with Johnny & Berg with Irene.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
** Berg, although his full-name (Michael Eugene [[spoiler:Lesley]] Bergen) is revealed & both his parents appear and use his first name.
** Germ.
* OpenSaysMe: Subverted. Pete tries to get into Ashley's apartment when there's a leak in it, by throwing himself against the door. He fails miserably but soon realises that the thing that stung him in the side [[WeHaveTheKeys was the key.]]
* OnTheNext: Parodied in the Season 2 Halloween episode.
* OutOfOrder:
** The entire first season, except for the pilot, suffers from this. Notably - Pete breaks up with Melissa in episode 5, but are still shown dating several episodes later in the season; and Berg decides to go to medical school in the penultimate episode of the season, but several episodes prior to that make reference to him already being a med-student. This was not fixed for the 2012 DVD release, ''despite'' the long defunct Trouble (The UK station which aired the series) showing them in as close to a logical order as possible.
** The thirteenth episode of Season 3, "Bridesmaid Revisited" should have aired as the ninth episode of the season, as evidenced by Ashley still living with Pete & Berg following her break-up with Berg in the eighth episode & Ashley moving in with Sharon & Johnny in the ninth episode to air. Much like the Season 1 DVD release, the Season 3 DVD includes the episodes in the order they aired.
* PutOnABus: Melissa after Season 1.
* RealMenWearPink: Pete's two jobs in Season 3 - Fireman, and make-up salesman. In a subversion, he's not particulary manly anyway and after starting as a fireman, he accidentally leaves his make-up bag at the station, but rather than being mocked over his other job, he's asked by the station chief to give his daughter (Having grown-up with a MissingMom) a makeover & displays a snobbish attitude to over-the-counter cosmetics & makeovers.
* {{Retirony}}: Played straight in "Two Guys, a Girl and a Psycho Halloween", where an old cop (thinking our trio's claim of a killer is just a silly prank) states it's his last night on the job and then leaves to go to his retirement party.
-->'''Berg:''' [[LampshadeHanging Well, he's dead]].
* RichBitch: Ashley can come off as this, due to coming from a very well-off family.
* SayMyName:
** From ''Two Guys, a Girl and a Celtic Game''
--> ''[Pete[=/=]Sharon walks into Pete & Berg's apartment, and sees the 1981 NBA Championship banner hannger over the mantle.]''
--> '''Pete[=/=]Sharon''': BBBBEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGG!!!
--> ''[Cut to aerial shot of Boston on the "...EEERRRR..."]''
** From ''Two Guys, a Girl and a Landlord''
--> ''[Berg sees Claus - the fish he had managed to teach to fetch - frozen in his fishtank.]''
--> '''Berg''': Claus?
--> ''[Cut to aerial shot of Boston.]''
--> '''Berg''': CLAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSS!!!
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: As stated above, it was sent to the FridayNightDeathSlot. Guess what happened.
** Subverted later on in the season, though, as noted above. Unlike the other Friday sitcoms, ABC did move the series back to its previous night as a test for renewal. Didn't work out, though.
* SeriesFauxnale: "The Internet Show," where a brand of condoms is reported to be very faulty and each of the three couples is concerned about a possible pregnancy. Fans were given the choices of Berg/Irene, Pete/Ashley, Johnny/Sharon or no pregnancy at all. A vote online saw [[spoiler:Pete and the departing Ashley winning]] (while the other filmed endings were shown at the end as a bonus). This was all designed to lead into a new season, but ABC cancelled the series.
* ShoutOut: Frequently, in season one - Mr Bauer would frequently see films & documentarys, and then tell the events of what he had seen to Pete, as if it was his life.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Berg gets a few of them. Most memorable [[CrowningMomentOfFunny when Johnny waits for him in the dark]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext with a popsicle.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: Irene towards Pete. [[spoiler:At least until after she started dating Berg]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The intro theme in the first two seasons is a variation of the instrumental of "Blister In The Sun" By the Violent Femmes.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: After Johnny accidentally suggests that ''The Boys of Fire Island'' was a perfect film for fire fighters like Pete and him, this happens:
--> '''Sharon''': What are you guys going to see?
--> '''Johnny''': Not gay porn!
* TheUnfavorite: Pete is this to Bill after Berg starts medical school.
--> ''Pete & Berg have both asked for the afternoon off, but Bill will only let one of them go.''
--> '''Pete''': Look, Bill - My big presentation is tonight, I just need a few more hours to practice. I'm telling you, if I get this... Look, this one moment could decide my entire future.
--> '''Berg''': I have a quiz.
--> '''Bill''': Okay; Berg, see you tomorrow.
* ThreePlusTwo
* TokenEvilTeammate: Ashley
* TropeNamer: TwoGuysAndAGirl
* {{Tsundere}}: Marti.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: This is very oddly averted when ALL THREE (Ryan Reynolds, Richard Ruccolo, and Traylor Howard) end up being paired off with OTHER people which is unusual for the trope.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs
** Pete started working at the titular pizza place, whilst trying to move into architecture; realised he hated the field & inadvertently got a job as a job counselor and later a make-up salesman, before becoming a fireman.
** Berg worked alongside Pete at the pizza place, whilst taking part in numerous medical experiments; spent a period looking for a career before becoming a med student/Doctor.
** Sharon was spokesperson for a chemical company, before quitting & moving into charity work, eventually going to law school while working as a legal assistant.
** Johnny was introduced as a jukebox repairman, which was retconned into being a general handyman; before becoming the building superintendent & later a fireman.
** Parodied with Mr Bauer in season 1, as he would continuously tell Pete tales from his life, all of which were clearly popular movies, or stories from from documentaries about famous figures.
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where the Hell is Beacon Street Pizza?]]: There is no Beacon Street Pizza in RealLife Boston. Didn't stop RyanReynolds from trying to find it on a trip there whilst promoting ''Film/VanWilder'', though.
* WholePlotReference: A RunningGag with Mr Bauer in Season 1, with him repeatedly claiming that the plots of popular movies (Such as ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', for example) are actually tales from his life.
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13th Apr '13 10:44:14 PM darkrage6
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* SeriesFauxnale: "The Internet Show," where a brand of condoms is reported to be very faulty and each of the three couples is concerned about a possible pregnancy. Fans were given the choices of Berg/Irene, Pete/Ashley, Johnny/Sharon or no pregnancy at all. A vote online saw [[spoiler:Pete and the departing Ashley winning]] (while the other filmed endings were shown at the end as a bonus). This was all designed to lead into a new season, but ABC cancelled the series - leaving the show with a massive DownerEnding thanks to the cliffhanger.

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* SeriesFauxnale: "The Internet Show," where a brand of condoms is reported to be very faulty and each of the three couples is concerned about a possible pregnancy. Fans were given the choices of Berg/Irene, Pete/Ashley, Johnny/Sharon or no pregnancy at all. A vote online saw [[spoiler:Pete and the departing Ashley winning]] (while the other filmed endings were shown at the end as a bonus). This was all designed to lead into a new season, but ABC cancelled the series - leaving the show with a massive DownerEnding thanks to the cliffhanger.series.
5th Apr '13 4:36:58 AM Austin
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* {{Flanderization}}: Ashley's {{Jerkass}} tendencies in the later half of Season 2.
11th Mar '13 4:05:38 PM TypoKiller
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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Following the lead of the show's original title, most episodes in the first couple seasons used a variant of "Two Guys, a Girl and ______".

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Following the lead of the show's original title, most episodes in the first couple of seasons used a variant of "Two Guys, a Girl and ______".
6th Feb '13 5:24:56 PM MarkLungo
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Centering around [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin two guys and a girl]] who have been [[TrueCompanions best friends since college]] - Pete Dunville (Richard Ruccolo), the neurotic architecture student, Michael "Berg" Bergen (RyanReynolds), an aimless grad student and Sharon Carter ([[Series/{{Monk}} Traylor Howard]]), a tough career-woman with a soft centre. Living in the same apartment block in Boston, the three friends are struggling to cope with life after college. Sharon is torn between money and a job that she hates, Pete is going through relationship troubles in his continuous search for "The One", and Berg is changing majors as often as he changes the experimental drugs he is taking to earn extra money.

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Centering around [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin two guys and a girl]] who have been [[TrueCompanions best friends since college]] - Pete Dunville (Richard Ruccolo), the neurotic architecture student, Michael "Berg" Bergen (RyanReynolds), an aimless grad student and Sharon Carter ([[Series/{{Monk}} Traylor Howard]]), a tough career-woman with a soft centre. Living in the same apartment block in Boston, UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, the three friends are struggling to cope with life after college. Sharon is torn between money and a job that she hates, Pete is going through relationship troubles in his continuous search for "The One", and Berg is changing majors as often as he changes the experimental drugs he is taking to earn extra money.



* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where the Hell is Beacon Street Pizza?]]: There is no Beacon Street Pizza in RealLife Boston. Didn't stop RyanReynolds from trying to find it on a trip there whilst promoting ''VanWilder'', though.

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* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where the Hell is Beacon Street Pizza?]]: There is no Beacon Street Pizza in RealLife Boston. Didn't stop RyanReynolds from trying to find it on a trip there whilst promoting ''VanWilder'', ''Film/VanWilder'', though.
12th Jan '13 2:14:14 PM ChrisDV
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* OutOfOrder: The entire first season, except for the pilot, suffers from this. Notably - Pete breaks up with Melissa in episode 5, but are still shown dating several episodes later in the season; and Berg decides to go to medical school in the penultimate episode of the season, but several episodes prior to that make reference to him already being a med-student. This was not fixed for the 2012 DVD release, ''despite'' the long defunct Trouble (The UK station which aired the series) showing them in as close to a logical order as possible.

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* OutOfOrder: OutOfOrder:
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The entire first season, except for the pilot, suffers from this. Notably - Pete breaks up with Melissa in episode 5, but are still shown dating several episodes later in the season; and Berg decides to go to medical school in the penultimate episode of the season, but several episodes prior to that make reference to him already being a med-student. This was not fixed for the 2012 DVD release, ''despite'' the long defunct Trouble (The UK station which aired the series) showing them in as close to a logical order as possible.possible.
** The thirteenth episode of Season 3, "Bridesmaid Revisited" should have aired as the ninth episode of the season, as evidenced by Ashley still living with Pete & Berg following her break-up with Berg in the eighth episode & Ashley moving in with Sharon & Johnny in the ninth episode to air. Much like the Season 1 DVD release, the Season 3 DVD includes the episodes in the order they aired.
12th Jan '13 6:01:25 AM ChrisDV
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* CrazyCatLady: Irene
11th Jan '13 2:32:37 PM ChrisDV
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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the second episode of the third season, with an entire subplot devoted to Berg realising he's too old to keep working at the pizza place after the new employee refers to him as "Sir".
19th Dec '12 4:26:43 PM TypoKiller
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** Parodied with Mr Bauer in season 1, as he would continuously tell Pete tales from his life - All of which were clearly popular movies, or stories from from documentaries about famous figures.

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** Parodied with Mr Bauer in season 1, as he would continuously tell Pete tales from his life - All life, all of which were clearly popular movies, or stories from from documentaries about famous figures.
19th Dec '12 4:15:58 PM TypoKiller
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* MultipleEndings: "The Internet Show" saw each couple suddenly faced with a pregnancy scare. Four endings were shot and in a promotional gimmick, viewers got to vote online before the episode aired to decide which ending would be chosen. (The other three were shown as a bonus before the end credits, however.) One ending was no one being pregnant, so each of the alternatives - [[spoiler:Ashley leaving Pete, Berg and Irene happily reconciled, and Johnny and Sharon committed to trying to have a baby]] - were all on the table instead of just two out of three. For Berg/Irene, [[spoiler:Berg vowed to be there for Irene, but the cliffhanger would've been her not knowing if the baby was his or that Roger]]'s. For Pete/Ashley, [[spoiler:Ashley is still going to leave, but Pete vows to "not let the dingo take his baby]]. For Johnny/Sharon, simply a married couple having a baby and the happiest ending of the bunch. Viewers' pick? [[spoiler:Pete/Ashley]].

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* MultipleEndings: "The Internet Show" saw each couple suddenly faced with a pregnancy scare. Four endings were shot and in a promotional gimmick, viewers got to vote online before the episode aired to decide which ending would be chosen. (The other three were shown as a bonus before the end credits, however.) One ending was no one being pregnant, so each of the alternatives - [[spoiler:Ashley leaving Pete, Berg and Irene happily reconciled, and Johnny and Sharon committed to trying to have a baby]] - were all on the table instead of just two out of three. For Berg/Irene, [[spoiler:Berg vowed to be there for Irene, but the cliffhanger would've been her not knowing if the baby was his or that Roger]]'s. For Pete/Ashley, [[spoiler:Ashley is still going to leave, but Pete vows to "not let the dingo take his baby]].baby"]]. For Johnny/Sharon, simply a married couple having a baby and the happiest ending of the bunch. Viewers' pick? [[spoiler:Pete/Ashley]].
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