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12th Jul '17 12:39:44 PM Scandia
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* TheLoad: J.T. often played this role, since he was very book-dumb, as well as having little common sense or people skills. However, he did not endanger his family as much as Karen did when he did stupid things- hence he is only the Load and not the Millstone.
11th Jul '17 2:09:39 PM glickmam
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* PutOnABus: Cody disappeared late into Season 5, initially without explanation. (As stated above, actor Sasha Mitchell was accused of domestic abuse - though this turned out to be unfounded. As Creator/WaltDisney had purchased ABC around the same time, it was felt that it would create bad publicity for their family friendly image if Mitchell remained on the show.) Season 6's "Bonjour Jean-Luc" would later explain that he had gotten a job in Russia. (Of course, while the first episode of the season to be produced, it was the ''last'' one to be aired - thus prompting some confusion.)

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* PutOnABus: Cody disappeared late into Season 5, initially without explanation. (As stated above, actor Sasha Mitchell was accused of domestic abuse - though this turned out to be unfounded. As Creator/WaltDisney Creator/{{Disney}} had purchased ABC around the same time, it was felt that it would create bad publicity for their family friendly image if Mitchell remained on the show.) Season 6's "Bonjour Jean-Luc" would later explain that he had gotten a job in Russia. (Of course, while the first episode of the season to be produced, it was the ''last'' one to be aired - thus prompting some confusion.)
19th Apr '17 10:09:42 AM Ymirsdaughter
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** It does come in handy on occasion, like when he couldn't say no to his friends even though he wanted to and she came to his rescue by refusing to let him.
17th Apr '17 2:37:39 PM themisterfree
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* ConspicuousCG: In the intro sequence, the ocean you see at the end is CG and superimposed over the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain (which doubled as the fictional theme park for the intro).



** The opening does, however, hilariously suggest Port Washington has a theme park, complete with roller coaster. The closest coaster that could even be applicable is about two hours away in Gurnee, Illinois (also not on an obvious ocean coastline, mind, and not even close enough to Lake Michigan to count)

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** The opening does, however, hilariously suggest Port Washington has a theme park, complete with roller coaster. The closest coaster that could even be applicable is about two hours away in Gurnee, Illinois (also not on an obvious ocean coastline, mind, and not even close enough to Lake Michigan to count)count); the park was actually Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA (with the [[ConspicuousCG parking lot covered up by the CGI ocean]]). (It should be noted that Time Warner held half of Six Flags at the time; they ended up acquiring the whole company in 1993, but sold it off in 1998; they still however have licensing agreements in place regarding Warner-owned properties.)
7th Apr '17 1:14:22 PM jccw227
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* MyBelovedSmother: Carol starts to become a mild version of this trope to Mark when he starts getting older, which annoys and embarrasses him as he wants to be more independent.
26th Feb '17 2:03:21 PM nombretomado
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** Teaching Mark in a way to stand up to the class star (a la TheKarateKid). While Mark (who loses) gains his classmate's respect, Mark's teacher continues to shoot off his mouth, belittle Mark and even physically shove Cody. Cody suggests an exhibition match where he proceeds to knock the guy all around the mat.

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** Teaching Mark in a way to stand up to the class star (a la TheKarateKid).''{{Film/The Karate Kid|1984}}''). While Mark (who loses) gains his classmate's respect, Mark's teacher continues to shoot off his mouth, belittle Mark and even physically shove Cody. Cody suggests an exhibition match where he proceeds to knock the guy all around the mat.
8th Jan '17 8:44:29 AM SirVancelot131
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** Carol, especially in Al's eyes early in the series. At one point in one of the first episodes, Al tearfully announces she's running away because she can't cope with her mother's overbearing behavior. This is quickly averted, however, as she sees that Carol will fill a much-needed mother role one left behind when Al's biological mother ran off, never to be seen again quite well.

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** Carol, especially in Al's eyes early in the series. At one point in one of the first episodes, Al tearfully announces she's running away because she can't cope with her mother's overbearing behavior. This is quickly averted, however, as she sees that Carol will fill a much-needed mother role one left behind when Al's biological mother ran off, never to be seen again quite well.well
*** Later on in the series after Mark becomes a teenager, he begins to see Carol as this, going far enough to ask Frank to ban her from his basketball games. This of course leads into Carol disguising herself so she can go anyway, and getting caught of course, leading to a heart-to-heart between mother and son.
21st Dec '16 9:07:46 AM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: The attitude popped up every now and then, usually in one-shot characters, but was ultimately subverted with Cody, who is a virgin, completely forward and unashamed about the fact, and never portrayed as uncool or loserish for it. The general tone of the show seemed to be that "saving yourself for the right one" was an admirable choice for men and women alike.
24th Oct '16 1:54:33 PM Furienna
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* StereotypeFlip: This show flips the stereotypes of the BrainyBrunette and the DumbBlonde. Dana is the snarky and brainy sister, who is very close to becoming a Straw Feminist. Karen is not always ''dumb'', but she mostly seems to only think about boys, clothes and her appearance. But unlike what you might think, Dana is the blonde and Karen is the brunette.
21st Aug '16 8:49:48 AM mlsmithca
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: J.T. is pathalogical about this at times. Averted by Cody, who's hellbent on waiting for "the dudette of his dreams".



* AttemptedRape and DateRapeAverted: At least five episodes, where each of the teen-aged girls in the series are targeted (Dana, Karen and Al):

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* AttemptedRape and DateRapeAverted: AttemptedRape: At least five episodes, where each of the teen-aged girls in the series are targeted (Dana, Karen and Al):



* {{Beware the Nice|Ones}}/[[BewareTheSillyOnes Silly Ones]]: Cody is such a friendly, goofy guy, but he also knows kickboxing... very well.

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* {{Beware the Nice|Ones}}/[[BewareTheSillyOnes Silly Ones]]: BewareTheSillyOnes: Cody is such a friendly, goofy guy, but he also knows kickboxing... very well.



* ButtMonkey: J.T. and Mark.

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* ButtMonkey: ButtMonkey:
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J.T. and Mark.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome - An amazing ''three'' instances, which is rare even for silly TV shows:

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome - An amazing ''three'' ''four'' instances, which is rare even for silly TV shows:



** Make that ''four'' instances. At the end of the fifth season, Jake "Flash" Gordon (Jeff Juday), a goofy employee of Frank's, came to live with the family. The character was intended to be a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement for Cody]]. Season six rolled along, but there was never any mention of Flash.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Cody.
** DumbassHasAPoint: He sometimes ''did'' have good advice, though, to a point where that in itself became a RunningGag and at one point {{Lampshaded}} by J.T.

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** Make that ''four'' instances. At the end of the fifth season, Jake "Flash" Gordon (Jeff Juday), a goofy employee of Frank's, came to live with the family. The character was intended to be a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement for Cody]]. Season six rolled along, but there was never any mention of Flash.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Cody.
** DumbassHasAPoint: He sometimes ''did'' have good advice, though, to a point where that in itself became a RunningGag and at one point {{Lampshaded}} by J.T.
Flash.



* [[CreativeClosingCredits Creative Opening Credits]]: The opening for the last season makes it seem like the entire cast took turns in a photo booth.

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* [[CreativeClosingCredits Creative CreativeClosingCredits: Opening Credits]]: The credits rather than closing, but the opening for the last season makes it seem like the entire cast took turns in a photo booth.



* DumbassHasAPoint: Cody sometimes ''did'' have good advice, to a point where that in itself became a RunningGag and at one point {{Lampshaded}} by J.T.



* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: This dynamic could be seen with both Karen and Dana and JT and Dana.
** To a degree, the Lamberts can be considered the foolish siblings to the Foster's responsible.

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* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling:
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This dynamic could be seen with both Karen and Dana and JT and Dana.
** To a degree, the Lamberts can be considered the foolish siblings to the Foster's Fosters' responsible.



* GeekyTurnOn: A SlapSlapKiss trivia challenge between the geeky kid and his girl friend turned into a makeout session.
** Not to mention J.T. falling for WrenchWench Sam.

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* GeekyTurnOn: GeekyTurnOn:
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A SlapSlapKiss trivia challenge between the geeky kid and his girl friend turned into a makeout session.
** Not to mention J.T. falling for WrenchWench Sam.



* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Averted with Dana and Karen as they usually get along but played straight in the episode "Sister Act".

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* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry:
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Averted with Dana and Karen as they usually get along but played straight in the episode "Sister Act".



* [[MyGirlIsNotASlut My Sister Is Not A Slut]]: In Season 6's "It Didn't Happen One Night," Karen never used the s-word, but in getting the truth about Al's date with a cute guy named Kyle into the open, she made it clear that Al was neither "easy" nor sleeping around with all the guys. Had Karen refused it would likely have been [[PapaWolf Frank]] who would have enforced the original "My Girl Is Not A Slut" wording of the trope if he would have found out in time to save Al.

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* [[MyGirlIsNotASlut My Sister Is Not A Slut]]: MyGirlIsNotASlut: Sibling version. In Season 6's "It Didn't Happen One Night," Karen never used the s-word, but in getting the truth about Al's date with a cute guy named Kyle into the open, she made it clear that Al was neither "easy" nor sleeping around with all the guys. Had Karen refused it would likely have been [[PapaWolf Frank]] who would have enforced the original "My Girl Is Not A Slut" wording of the trope if he would have found out in time to save Al.



* OhCrap: When Mark and a couple of his friends (one of whom is the fat kid from ''Film/KindergartenCop'') settle down in the garage to watch a pornographic video called ''The Naughty Nurses'' - and Frank and Carol return home from a car trip early.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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When Mark and a couple of his friends (one of whom is the fat kid from ''Film/KindergartenCop'') settle down in the garage to watch a pornographic video called ''The Naughty Nurses'' - and Frank and Carol return home from a car trip early.



* [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge/LiveActionTV Roaring Rampage of Revenge]]: Frank, in the Season 7 episode "Phoney Business," after finding out a television commercial producer tricked Al into starring in a phone sex hotline commercial. In addition to threatening to throw him from a high-story window, he rips apart the office looking for the master video of the commercial and threatens to tell his boss unless the commercial is pulled at once; earlier, he threatened to beat Rich to within an inch of his life after finding out he knew what was going on, and also implies to J.T. that he also has harsh punishment coming.

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* [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge/LiveActionTV Roaring Rampage of Revenge]]: RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Frank, in the Season 7 episode "Phoney Business," after finding out a television commercial producer tricked Al into starring in a phone sex hotline commercial. In addition to threatening to throw him from a high-story window, he rips apart the office looking for the master video of the commercial and threatens to tell his boss unless the commercial is pulled at once; earlier, he threatened to beat Rich to within an inch of his life after finding out he knew what was going on, and also implies to J.T. that he also has harsh punishment coming.



* ShoutOut: To ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', of all shows. Frank complains that he feels like Al Bundy when the kids are pestering him for money, echoing the way every ''Married...'' episode began with Al giving money to each of his freeloading family members.
** In one episode about a not-so-amusing Christmas party, the audience knew two acquaintances of T. J.: [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead a pair of stupid and obnoxious teenagers with very peculiar voices and laughters]].[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3tEwECxDVU]]

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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To ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', of all shows. Frank complains that he feels like Al Bundy when the kids are pestering him for money, echoing the way every ''Married...'' episode began with Al giving money to each of his freeloading family members.
** In one episode about a not-so-amusing Christmas party, the audience knew two acquaintances of T. J.: [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead a pair of stupid and obnoxious teenagers with very peculiar voices and laughters]].see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3tEwECxDVU]]com/watch?v=t3tEwECxDVU two acquaintances of J.T.]]: [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead a pair of stupid and obnoxious teenagers with very peculiar voices and laughters]].



%%*** If by "true logo" you mean the ones in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsRaFhEnFy8 this episode]], then, no. Definitely not. Not only is PWHS' colour scheme green and white (or green and tan for the jackets), when this troper was at the school (only a few years after the show starting airing), the logo on the jacket was a PW (not a W, which makes no sense), and the school was not written on the back.



* VerySpecialEpisode: A couple, although an unusually subtle one happened when J.T. finds out he has dyslexia. It was basically one scene of drama (as he realizes his trouble in reading) and the remainder making some mild GallowsHumor on the subject.
--> J.T.: ''"It's confirmed. I have dyslexia."''
--> Carol: ''"Thank God! I knew you couldn't be ''that'' stupid!"''

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* VerySpecialEpisode: A couple, although an VerySpecialEpisode:
** An
unusually subtle one happened when J.T. finds out he has dyslexia. It was basically one scene of drama (as he realizes his trouble in reading) and the remainder making some mild GallowsHumor on the subject.
--> J.---> '''J.T.: ''"It's :''' It's confirmed. I have dyslexia."''
--> Carol: ''"Thank
dyslexia.
---> '''Carol:''' Thank
God! I knew you couldn't be ''that'' stupid!"''stupid!



* XMeetsY: ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' meets ''Theatre/TheOddCouple''.
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