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[[caption-width-right:333:From the left: Maggie Winnock, Henry Griffin, and Jasper Bartlett.]]
A 2010 [[LiveActionTV live action show]] on Creator/CartoonNetwork about a globe-trotting teen named Henry Griffin who must now adjust to living in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. and attend Smithson High School, which is connected to a museum. Along with his cousin Jasper and their schoolfriend Maggie, [[TheyFightCrime they solve history's mysteries.]] As of 11/20/2010, the show has been cancelled.
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!!This show contains examples of:
* AcademyOfAdventure
* ActionGirl: Maggie, if the FightScene in "Thor's Slammer" was any indication of where her character is going.
* AirVentPassageway: Used by Henry, Jasper, and [[spoiler: Uncle Brian ]] in ''Past, Presidents and Future''
* BeneathSuspicion: Ambassador Tolo's PR representative.
* BookEnds: Shown in "The Liberian Candidate".
* BoundAndGagged: The [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villains Of The Week]] in this show employ this relatively often, one example being in "Maximum Insecurity" when Jasper is tied to a chair and gagged with his own sock while being held hostage.
* BrainyBrunette: Maggie.
* CannotTellAJoke: Henry in spades.
* CeilingCling: Henry does this in "The Fountain of Truth".
* TheCheerleader: Subverted when [[spoiler: the 'dumb cheerleader' turned out to be incredibly smart, and was dosing the team with the 'fountain of youth' in secret. The reason she pretended to be dumb was so boys would like her]].
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Chekhov's Muffins.]]
** And [[strike: Chekhov's]] Houdini's [[spoiler: Key in "Now You See Me"]].
* ContinuityNod: There was a lot of this in "Past, Presidents, and Future".
* CounterfeitCash: [[spoiler: [[spoiler: The money found at the end of "Public School Enemies"]].
* TheCracker: Part of the FiveBadBand in "Maximum Insecurity".
* CutShort: The SeasonFinale had set up WhatCouldHaveBeen the start of season two.
* DawsonCasting: Italia Ricci (Maggie) is 24. A bit of a stretch for someone playing a high schooler, but she makes it work.
* DeadlyGas: A bordeline case used in Professor Morneau's greenhouse.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Maggie and the female professor/scientist in "Thor's Slammer".
* EdutainmentShow: Sometimes, such as in "Griffin Gang" and "Sleeper in the Box," which were based on the Pony express and Sputnik, respectively. Other episodes... not so much.
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: Surprisingly [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Smithson High is reasonably sized, considering the fact that it's connected to a museum.
* FakingTheDead: Henry does this in [[spoiler: "Now You See Me" to get E.W. to show himself to them]].
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: '''Completely and utterly averted!'''
* {{Fanservice}}: Seeing Maggie wearing an old west showgirl dress in "The Griffin Gang". Until Jasper makes her [[FanDisservice show those ugly teeth dentures...]]
** The show seems to find any excuse it can to get Henry shirtless. Even when he's ''not'' shirtless, we still get plenty of glimpses of tummy due to the fact that pretty much ''every'' acrobatic move Henry does culminates in his shirt riding up - usually quite a bit higher than the move would normally result in, but hey, I don't hear anyone complaining.
** Henry and Jasper in suits.
* FemaleGaze: After it's mentioned in a roundabout way that Henry goes commando ("It's a formal dance Henry, so wear underwear!"), the camera follows his bum as it walks upstairs for a little longer than necessary.
* FishOutOfWater: Henry lived in pretty much everywhere on Earth except in urban society.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Henry (choleric), Jasper (phlegmatic/sanguine), and Maggie (melancholic).
* FunWithAcronyms: Inverted with the DOUM Room.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/UnnaturalHistory Has its own page.]]
* GoingCommando: It's been hinted that Henry does this. See FemaleGaze.
* GirlOfTheWeek: Two is a pattern, by the way.
* GreenEyedEpiphany: Jasper spends most of one episode in a jealous sulking when he suspects that Henry's taking Maggie to the eclipse viewing. What happens [[VirginSacrifice is much worse]].
* GranolaGirl: Maggie, to an extent.
* HauntedHouse: E.W.'s definitely felt like one at first, minus the run down look.
* HeroicBSOD: Maggie in "Maximum Insecurity". [[ShipTease Henry makes her feel better about it.]]
* HollywoodHacking
* INeedNoLadders: Henry all the way. The other two of the trio get into it too, although Jasper is [[GeekPhysiques less than pleased]].
* JustAKid: In "The Griffin Gang".
* JerkJock: Hunter
* KissingCousins: Henry/Jasper is the most popular pairing in the fandom. [[JustifiedTrope It's not exactly]] [[ShipTease unwarranted.]]
* LampshadeHanging: "Henry, please tell me you've been in the exact same situation before and have some kind of astounding escape plan." [[spoiler:He does.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Or more precisely, [[spoiler:Henry-guided blowdart.]]
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Anyone who's ever been to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. knows that it's not the National Museum Complex but the ''Smithsonian'' or the ''National Mall''.
* LeParkour: Part of Henry's basic skillset. This does beg the question of how he knows it if he's never really lived in a city, but let's chalk it up to RuleOfCool.
** It's more of a case of AllThereInTheManual. On the website it explains that Henry learned parkour in Paris, probably only visiting.
* LinkedListClueMethodology: Episodes that focus on Henry's godfather Dante tend to involve this.
* MeaningfulName: An AdventurerArchaeologist named Henry. [[Franchise/IndianaJones Where have I heard of this before...]] Also, Smithson High is named after the founder of the Smithsonian Institution, which, as every good Indy fanboy knows, keeps the dangerous magical artifacts out of the hands of the crazies. In real life, the Smithsonian is simply the largest museum in America; pious skeptic Ales Hrdlicka's been dead longer than most people here have been alive.
** There's Sven Erickson who studied the impact of vikings on American history. Considering the most well known viking is Leif ''Ericson''...
* MightyWhitey: Henry has apparently lived with members of every African and Asian culture and excelled at all their skills, though we don't know how good he was in comparison to the natives. Of course, this ''does'' leave him with problems being a standard North American teenage boy. It's not clear if this is supposed to be a DeconstructedTrope or not.
* MyGreatestFailure: Working on the rocket with Jasper, according to Maggie.
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: Upon being introduced to Maggie by Jasper the first thing Henry asks him afterwards is if he's asked her out yet.
* NerdsAreSexy: Jasper.
* NoMacGuffinNoWinner: [[spoiler: Henry destroys a rare plant so no one will be able to abuse the powerful stimulant it produces.]]
** Actually, [[spoiler: he saves one of the seeds for someone responsible enough to study it.]]
* NobodyHereButUsBirds: Played straight to lure the bad guys around the museum in "Maximum Insecurity". [[spoiler: Well, they thought it would work, till Jasper fails to do so. Played straight later in the climax.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: See TheCheerleader.
* OneOfUs: One of the producers of the show [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=raonkyeayxthdw01dcaheda6&page=3#52 posts on this site's forums!]]
** Mike Werb [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=raonkyeayxthdw01dcaheda6&page=5#113 posts on it too!]]
* OutOfOrder: Subtle hints of this.
* PerpetualFrowner: Professor Morneau.
* PlayingAgainstType: Before Unnatural History Kevin G. Schmidt (Henry) had a recurring role in ''The Young And The Restless'' and a minor part DisneyChannel Original Movie. Meanwhile Italia Ricci (Maggie) was cast in the likes of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' and ''SecretGirlfriend''.
* PlayingSick: Henry does this in "The Griffin Gang" to this to [[spoiler: get out of the school when it is under lockdown due to a mysterious disease to get the cure from the medical repository]].
* PowerTrio: Henry (id), Jasper (superego), and Maggie (ego).
* PottyFailure: Jasper. [[JustifiedTrope Justfied]] in that he was six and [[ItMakesSenseInContext hanging in a net from a tree]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Henry is obsessed with figuring things out and steadfastly refusing to be tied down by convention, while Jasper is preoccupied with fitting in and doing what his father tells him (for the things his father pays attention to, at least).
* SailorEarth: When they're not writing Jasper/Henry [[KissingCousins slash]], fanfic authors enjoy pairing up the already hinted [[PairTheSmartOnes Maggie/Jasper]] relationship, and writing in an OC (usually very well-travelled as well) to act as a LoveInterest to Henry. These can stray into MarySue territory.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[GirlOfTheWeek Hoshi's]] introduction.
* [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed By Being On The Network]]: It's not a bad show, and if it were on almost any other network, it could be well-received. But because it's airing on '''Creator/CartoonNetwork''', no matter how much they promote the show a lot of viewers aren't willing to give it a chance.
** AnimationAgeGhetto, for live-action.
* ShipSinking: Maggie has said that "boyfriend land" is the one place she will not go with Henry.
** One of the two places. The other was the [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking boys' locker room]].
* ShipTease: Hints of this, alternating between [[UptightLovesWild Henry/Maggie]], [[PairTheSmartOnes Jasper/Maggie]], and [[KissingCousins Henry/Jasper]].
* ShirtlessScene: Henry gets a lot of them, being a MightyWhitey and all.
* SlashFic: Henry/Jasper (Hesper/Jasry). It should be noted that this started after only three episodes aired.
* SlowMotion: Just for RuleOfCool.
** However, the slow motion used in the show lacks quality. It's choppy instead of smoothly flowing.
* TakeThat: To TheJonasBrothers. The only time they're mentioned, they're [[EekAMouse hiding from a group of mice]], and one of them can clearly be heard yelling "Mommy!"
* TalkingToHimself: Henry is a big offender. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Jasper.
* ThreeAmigos
* ToBeContinued: Strangely, the season finale ended with a (literal) stamp of this, even though the plot of the episode wrapped up. It's questionable if the second season would actually start with [[spoiler: the three of them solving some mystery in the Gobi.]]
** [[ScrewedByTheNetwork So much for season 2]]...
* ToiletHumor: Occasionally.
** Occasionally?
** Occasionally.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Jasper's known Maggie almost all his life. When he asks her out, she just [[SarcasmFailure stares at him and walks away]].
* TheUnreveal: "Maximum Insecurity" started off with Jasper and Henry making a deal that whoever got the better exam scores would plan their weekend. After an offer from Mr. Bartlett to excuse them from taking the test so they could fit in both plans, Henry refuses because he'd already studied so hard. We never see how the boys do. Most assume [[BookDumb Henry]] [[TheAce got the better score]].
* VerbalTic: Henry [[Main/SelfDemonstratingArticle does not]] really use contractions.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld
* WellDoneSonGuy: Jasper.
* WhamLine: From "Now You See Me", after E.W. leaves:
-->'''Matt''': Huh, weird. Houdini's real name was '''''E'''''rik '''''W'''''eisz.
* WhatDoTheyFearEpisode: "Public School Enemies". See WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Canned after its first season.
** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=raonkyeayxthdw01dcaheda6&page=8#198 And the second season and beyond sounds so much interesting]]. The whole first season sounds like exposition {{Filler}} compared to it.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Henry is scared of driving after crashing a jeep in his childhood. [[spoiler: He gets over it.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler:Henry has absolutely no problem with hitting the first episode's villain. It helps that she has, by this point, tried to kill him multiple times.]]
* XMeetsY: ''Film/NationalTreasure'' meets ''Literature/HarryPotter'', minus the magic.
** ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' meets ''Film/NationalTreasure'' meets ''Literature/HarryPotter''?
*** Plus a little ''WesternAnimation/MartinMystery'' for the inappropriate UST between Henry and Jasper.
** One of the commercials for the show calls it "a cross between ''TheHardyBoys'' and ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' with ''NationalTreasure'' thrown in for good measure".
*** [-[[RecycledINSPACE IN HIGH SCHOOL!]] [[OverlyLongGag IN A MUSEUM!]]-]
* YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou: Said word-for-word by Henry to Dean Bartlett after the outbreak is cured in "The Griffin Gang."
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