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->''"George is a monkey, and he does things we can't do."''
-->--the [=PBS=] Kids show

Curious George is a series of books and a TV spin-off, plus a movie, based on the character by Margret and H.A. Rey. George is a monkey who is found overseas in Africa by "The Man With the Yellow Hat," a father-figure who takes the monkey home with him to his apartment in the city. HilarityEnsues when the monkey is treated like a human child, rather than a pet. The books and series are marketed to the preschooler/early reader group and attempt to give children an early grasp on patterns and other bits of necessary information about life.

!!''Curious George'' in print
The original books are as listed below. There have also been a number of pastiche works, most of them out of print for years.
* ''Curious George'' (1941).
* ''Curious George Takes a Job'' (1947).
* ''Curious George Rides a Bike'' (1952).
* ''Curious George Gets a Medal'' (1957).
* ''Curious George Flies a Kite'' (1958).
* ''Curious George Learns the Alphabet'' (1963).
* ''Curious George Goes to the Hospital'' (1966).

!!''Curious George'' at the movies
Curious George has been adapted into two feature films:
* ''Curious George'' (2006)
* ''Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!'' (2010)

!!''Curious George'' on television
''Curious George'' is an EdutainmentShow adaptation that debuted on PBS in 2006. The show depicts George using science, math, and engineering concepts to solve problems on a level consistent with preschool-age children. [[note]]The page quote arose from the TV show in a conscious attempt to discourage preschoolers from causing trouble or endangering themselves by imitating George's monkey shenanigans.[[/note]]

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! The ''Curious George'' franchise includes examples of:

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[[folder:General Tropes applying to the books, TV show, and movies]]
* AdultsAreUseless: The Man With the Yellow Hat often leaves George to his own devices. Let us repeat: ''George is a'' '''monkey'''.
* BlackBeadEyes: In the books; also in the [[ImagineSpot Imagine Spots]] in the television show.
* CuriousAsAMonkey: TropeNamer
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* GreatWhiteHunter: The Man with the Yellow Hat's role in the first book, where he captured George for an American zoo.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Maggie.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Creator/FrankWelker as George in the movie and TV series.
* HotTeacher: Maggie.
* NoNameGiven: The Man With the Yellow Hat, until the movie, which revealed his name to be Ted Shackleford.
* NiceHat: The Man With the Yellow Hat, natch.
* PersonWithTheClothing: The Man with the Yellow Hat.
* YouMustBeThisTallToRide: One book has George go to an amusement park but being too small ride on a roller coaster or play with bunnies in the petting zoo. He then has a dream that he grew to five times his previous size, only to find he's now too big to fit on the roller coaster and too large to play with the bunnies safely.
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[[folder:The TV Series]]
* AerithAndBob: There are seven baby bunnies that belong to Bill. Their names are Fuzzy, Whitey, Brownie, Spotty, Black Ears, Cotton Tail... and Herbert Nenninger.
* ApesInSpace: Thanks to Professor Wiseman, George has gone on multiple space missions, one of them involving a spacewalk.
* Canon: Depending on how you see it, the show can either be a direct continuation of the books or the movie (despite the man's name isn't Ted, though WordOfGod seems to heavily imply the books) since Curious George is a simple enough concept that doesn't have much continuity to begin with. "Monkey lives with human, gets into mischief"
* CaretakerReversal: Occurs in a few of the tv series episodes.
* ChristmasSpecial: ''A Very Monkey Christmas''.
* DontTryThisAtHome: See the above page quote; used with the twist that the only death-defying stunts George does are his monkey antics.
** The "George can do things you can't do" warning got used less often as the series went on and George's adventures increasingly involved solving problems without his wreaking havoc.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: In "Ice Station Monkey," George and the Man with the Yellow Hat travel to Antarctica to find an entire colony of chinstrap penguins.
* [[FreeRangeChildren Free-Range Children and Monkeys]]: George often wanders through the city and countryside without the Man in the Yellow Hat's supervision despite the fact that '''George is a monkey'''. Not only that, but also all of the recurring children characters (Betsy and Steve in the city, Bill and Allie in the country) are generally left to their own devices without a responsible adult in sight.
* GenderFlip + RaceLift + AgeLift: In the books, Prof. Wiseman was an old white guy. In the show, ''she's'' a 30-something black woman. See also BlackAndNerdy.
* GoshDangItToHeck: In the episode "Water to Ducks," the Man with the Yellow Hat sees George and Bill's runaway wading pool hurtling towards him and lets fly with an "Oh, my hat!"
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Bill, who always has to point out how George is a city kid.
* ImagineSpot: A frequent occurrence, George's daydreams are usually depicted in thought balloons and involve an ArtShift in which characters are drawn in the style of the ''Curious George'' books.
* InsufferableGenius:
** Especially in the earlier seasons, Bill would routinely insist that there is a "proper way" to perform just about anything from sailing toy boats to squeezing water out of mops.
*** He does own up to having holes in his knowledge base, such as when he had to learn how to dance and when he came up with an ill-advised plan to get rid of a beehive (involving mud, a catapult, and a wetsuit) that would have resulted in disaster had he been allowed to go through with it.
*** The biggest gap in Bill's knowledge is that he has yet to realize that George is a monkey and not a typical "city kid," which is how Bill thinks of him.
** To a lesser degree, George's city friend Steve thinks that all of his own ideas and solutions are genius simply because of what he perceives to be his elevated status as a fifth grader.
* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: In "Monkey Down Under," George and the Man with the Yellow Hat go on an Australian outback safari. Yes, they see wallabies. Yes, they see koalas, emus, and dingoes. The bulk of the episode, however, deals with George's interactions with a kangaroo and her joey.
* LargeHam: Chef Pisghetti. Not only does he employ an exaggerated Italian accent, but he also copes with most of his restaurant's problems by loudly and melodramatically proclaiming that he will never cook again.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: The typically capable, confident, and uncannily polymathic Man In The Yellow Hat (and George, natch) spends a day with Prof. Wiseman in the park, frantically trying to prevent her from having to lift a finger, because she needs to relax. Due to what many viewers suspect is a serious crush on the Professor, the Man completely bumbles every attempt to pamper her, which she gleefully fixes each time.
* MeaningfulName:
** Professor Wiseman, whose scientific area of expertise appears to be ''everything''.
** George's country neighbor Clint Quint, who is a [[Film/{{Jaws}} fishing enthusiast]].
** Also applies to the Quint family name (Mr. Quint and his four siblings are quintuplets) and to the first name of his sisters Sprint (a track runner) and Mint (a US Treasury official).
* NamedLikeMyName: Professor Wiseman's associate Professor Einstein, who noted in his first appearance that he's not ''that'' [[AlbertEinstein Einstein]]. Wiseman's other associate, Professor Pizza, likewise felt obligated to clarify that he's not ''that'' pizza and was not involved with its invention.
* {{Narrator}}: In the show.
* NeatFreak: Hundley the lobby dog likes things to be orderly and dignified. He is therefore regularly horrified by George's ability to mess things up without any effort.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: As "Vacuum Monkey," George vacuums up every loose object in sight, including rare stamps, Charkey's dog biscuit, birdseed, and a winning lottery ticket.
* OncePerEpisode: George's curiosity would always get him in trouble. [[AllIsWellThatEndsWell Then he would do something heroic, and all would be forgiven]].
* PluckyGirl: Allie, who is spirited and almost as inquisitive as George. In her first appearance, Allie remains remarkably upbeat when she winds up stuck in a tree and has to depend on George to get her down.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: In the episode, "Bill's Bunnies." Also other various animals like baby ducks and Gnocchi the cat.
* RubeGoldbergDevice: When George unwittingly ends up bidding $100 for a pair of mittens after getting into an auction war, the group begs the event organizers to let them re-auction the items, only to discover the other bidder has left, and the others scramble to find him before The Man gets yanked off stage. Instead, they could have just found the guy first and had him pay the $100 in exchange for them.
* ScaryShadowFakeout: George becomes scared of the dark until The Man with the Yellow Hat tells him that the monsters are just the same objects as they are in the light and gives him a nightlight.
* ShirtlessScene: Only happened once in the episode Curious George Sees Stars, where the Man in the Yellow Hat is seen in his swim trunks.
* SpoilerTitle: In "Curious George Takes a Job", guess what he does. And in "Curious George Takes Another Job", guess what he does again.
* TheUnintelligible: George only makes monkey noises rather than spoken language.
** Other characters usually understand him easily by observing his gestures, the tone of his monkey noises, and the situational context.
** For the audience, the Narrator helpfully explains George's thoughts and motivations.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Although one-shot characters sometimes remark, "Hey, it's a monkey!" upon seeing him, George doesn't seem to attract as much attention as one might expect from a freely roaming exotic animal in a Western society.
** Occasionally lampshaded by the city firefighters, who wonder why they never get any "normal" calls whenever they respond to a call that's George-related.
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[[folder:The Movies]]
* AdaptationExpansion: TheMovie, especially the character of Ted.
* TheChewToy[=/=]TheWoobie: Ted spends most of the movie going between these two.
* CrazyPrepared: The theater's phone tree has an option for ''Klingon''.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Ted in the movie, when things don't go well for him.
** Junior. Actually Junior is ''made'' of this.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: During Ted's exchange with an unseen and unheard angry motorist, Ted yells back, "Well, that's physically impossible for me to do!"
* InkSuitActor: Most of the main characters resemble their voice actors (e.g. Maggie to DrewBarrymore, Mr. Bloomsberry to DickVanDyke) with the notable exception of Ted, who looks nothing like Creator/WillFerrell and exactly like The Man With The Yellow Hat.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ivan.
* MythologyGag: The ship George rides on back to the city is the "H. A. Rey".
* TheNoseKnows: Ivan.
* {{Sequel}}: ''Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey'' - DirectToVideo
* SatelliteLoveInterest: The teacher.
* SingleIssueLandlord: Only in TheMovie.
* SuperCellReception: Ted's phone go off in the depths of Africa and he comments about the "strong signal" before answering it. Then again, the movie seems to enjoy lampshading and breaking the fourth wall every so often.
* TheOtherDarrin: In TheMovie Ted was voiced by Will Ferrell; in the {{Sequel}} he was voiced by Creator/JeffBennett
* TheUnfavorite: Junior.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Junior.
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