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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 ''the'' sketch show that former ''Nickelodeon'' viewers will remember, next to ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' and ''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 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:
* 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!!!"
* 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".
* BumblingDad: Especially in the disasters episode, in which he moves his family to a place that's ''extremely'' prone to earthquakes and mudslides.
* 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.
* 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'".
* 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!"
* DartboardOfHate: In a Christmas episode, one female character opens her Christmas gifts and shouts, "Wow, a [[TakeThat Shannon Doherty]] dartboard!"
* EndOfSeriesAwareness: See "No Fourth Wall" 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 19Anyyear.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Every episode, they manage to do something.
** 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]].
** 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!"
** 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."
** 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.
** 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.
* 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!]]
* 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."]]
* 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".
* InsaneProprietor: The dad, for his garage sale. The sketch ends with him getting carted away.
* LargeHam: The entire cast of guilty of this at some point or another, although, with Roundhouse, it might be intentional.
* 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-"
-->'''David N.''': "Cancelled! Hello, you didn't get the memo?"
* OcularGushers: Natalie Nucci's "Sally Blubbers" character, at least in her first appearance (during the pilot).
* 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
* {{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."
* 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.
* 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!
* 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?"]].
* ShoutOut: Every pop culture reference on the show is either this or a TakeThat. And there are so, so many of them.
* SilentCredits: See VerySpecialEpisode below.
* SketchComedy
* 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!
* TakeThat: At pretty much ''everything''. If it was part of pop culture at the time the episode was written, odds are, it got mocked.
* TitleTheAdaptation: Spoofed with ''Weather Channel -- The Movie'', which featured an AllStarCast: See Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts as a solar eclipse!
* 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.
* {{Troperiffic}}: And how.
* VerySpecialEpisode: About gangs. The ending had it turn out to be AllJustADream of the Anyfamily son, but when he realizes the problem still exists in the "real world", he finds that the CatchPhrase doesn't work this time; he wanders off confused and the credits -- which start with a text reminder that "Gang violence is no joke" -- roll silently.
** There were also episodes about [[GreenAesop environmentalism]] and natural disasters.
* 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!]]