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The parodic adventures of the members of the AlternateHistoryDotCom discussion board. Imagine ''Franchise/StarTrek'' if everyone on board was a pornography-obsessed stoner. And every episode was that "Mirror, Mirror" one.

The basic setting is that the ragtag crew of the ''MES AH.com'' travel between parallel Earth [[AlternateUniverse Alternate Universes]], or timelines, exploring them for no better reason than to find booze and porn. Occasionally these timelines are serious, plausible scenarios, but more commonly they are jokey, unrealistic, magical or parodic situations, such as alternate Earths overrun by psychopathic lesbians or Charlton Heston film characters.

The show's main influences include Series/RedDwarf, Literature/{{Discworld}} and {{Sliders}}. It has, oddly, "outlived" many real TV shows, having recently begun its fifth season with over 120 episodes produced.

New episodes of the Series are published on the main AH.com site, viewable only by members, but the Series has now acquired its [[http://mes-ah.com/ own site]], where [[http://mes-ah.com/episodes/ remastered versions of the old episodes]] will gradually be posted, complete with snazzy new title card artwork. The complete overview of the series can also be found on [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/stories/ah.com_the_series this page]] of AH.com's wiki (including an [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/stories/complete_list_of_ah.com_the_series_episodes episode guide]]).

The series also has a [[Characters/AHDotComTheSeries character page]].
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!!''AH.com: The Series'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* TwoDSpace: Averted quite well in the space battles depicted. Of course it helps that the special effects budget consists of the reader's imagination.
* AffectionateParody: Many episodes use one of these as the basis of their setting.
* AlienSpaceBats: Recurring antagonists of the crew.
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: Commonly referenced due to the frequent use of a victorious South (the Confederate States of America) in AlternateHistory.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Subverted. The crew is about three-quarters American but is run by a Canadian, Doctor What. Also, most timelines lack a powerful USA (if only because [[DividedStatesOfAmerica Balkanised Americas]] are more interesting Alternate History possibilities).
* AuthorAvatar: Most of the authors of episodes are also characters on the ship. Some of them write themselves in a balanced way or don't mention their own character much at all. Rather more are subject to MarySue syndrome, or as it is known on the Board, Characterwank.
* BerserkButton: Several characters have these, most notably Flocculencio's tendency to go AxCrazy whenever anyone mentions the name of his nemesis Justin Pickard.
* {{BFG}}: The actual name of the plasma firearms used by the AH.commers.
* BigNo: after the crew saves the Multiverse in "Hair Today, Gotterdammerung Tomorrow", Doctor What asks Leo to bring the ship to an universe where all men are dead and all women are desperate for sex. Leo reveals that, due to the emergency they were in, he had to dump the data, including the address to that universe. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Cue the Big No]].
* BritainIsOnlyLondon: Even though some of the writers are British, for a while the only episodes set in Britain were by non-Britons, thus leading to this being played straight.
* ButtMonkey: The recurring characters Chingo360 and Alt. Luakel, who are constantly trying to get their old ship back, failing, and returning to dead-end jobs in a mall on the Hub of the Multiverse.
* TheCaptain: Subverted; the AH.com Ship's captain, Doctor What, is a goofy screwball who leads the crew more through charisma and imagination than command ability.
* CatchPhrase: Lots of these. Some examples :
** Doctor What: [[ChivalrousPervert "I find that strangely arousing."]]
** Ward: [[{{Jerkass}} "Get your head out of your ass, boy!"]]
** Thande: [[BigDamnHeroes "Daring Commando Raid??"]]
** GBW: "[[ParodiedTrope Sorry]], [[InsaneTrollLogic logic and reason]], [[AvertedTrope I know...]]"
* CharacterisationMarchesOn: Typically with the more minor characters. Also, everyone has tended to become less AxCrazy over time.
* TheChewToy: Luakel. Before he joined the crew, Othniel was often used instead.
* CityOfAdventure: The Hub of the Multiverse, [[SpaceStation sort of]].
* ContinuityPorn: Anything written by Merry Prankster. Also the season three finale, "Hair Today Gotterdammerung Tomorrow", which tied together threads started in about seven earlier episodes.
* CoolAirship: Of course. For example, the ''Ludendorff'' from "Sealions on an Airship".
* CoolOldGuy: Ward, despite being a villain.
* CoolStarship: The AH.com Ship and [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/stories/ships_of_the_ah.com_series its sister ships]], such as the CF.net or AV.net.
* CunningLinguist: Leo Caesius.
* DependingOnTheWriter: In the earlier seasons, much less noticeable later on.
* EvilCounterpart: The Mirror Crew, who in the finest traditions of this role are all equipped with goatees. Also became the crew's Opposite Gender Counterparts in the singularly disturbing episode "Genderbender Mirror".
* ExpansionPackPast: Everyone, due to flashback episodes filling in how different characters joined the crew. The ship itself has a BelatedBackstory that only comes at the end of season one.
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: Discussed and then justified--it turns out that the ship's consoles are packed with explosives, because its original builders wanted to have the ability to detonate the console of a treacherous crewman in a YouHaveFailedMe fashion.
* ForeShadowing: when the Administratum says that the Luakels are all clones that tend to destroy everything in the timelines they are sent to, Doctor What mentions that the Luakel he knows has parents and all of that. [[spoiler:It is a plot point, because the AH.com Luakel is the original one.]]
* FunnyForeigner: Played with. The Board has a very international audience so this can only be used ironically. We meet entire planets' worth of people acting according to their national stereotypes thanks to a nefarious virus.
* GadgeteerGenius: Dave Howery.
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Chingo and Alt-Luakel. No matter how clever their ZanyScheme to get themselves out of their dead-end BurgerFool jobs at the Hub, they're always back there again by the end of the episode.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Doctor What's children by Atta]].
* HumansAreWhite: Averted. While the majority of the crew are, indeed, various shades of pink, there are at least three non-white crewmembers - G.Bone (interracial), Flocculencio (Indian), and Psychomeltdown (the ''other'' sort of Indian) as well as many non-white guest stars.
* InnBetweenTheWorlds: Ouroboros, the "Pub in the Hub of the Multiverse", functions in this capacity, although it's technically in an ATL of its own not a separate dimension. Other locations serve similar purposes: it's implied that crosstime traffic is quite widely used in certain timelines and certain locations, for example the orbital city of Singapore, have developed into crosstime ports.
* LampshadeHanging: Every cliché of AlternateHistory and SpeculativeFiction has been lampshaded at least once.
* LaserGuidedKarma: a non-lethal one. In "Teens On A Ship", Ward infects most of the members of the AH.com ship with a "teenifying virus" to transform everyone into a kid. At the end of the episode, the AH.com happily get their revenge, and soon it is Ward and the others who are being teenified.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The Rafeks.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The AH.com Ship alone has a crew of about twenty regulars, not including the (often many) guest characters and recurring enemies and allies that appear in a typical episode. Often a writer chooses to focus on just a small number of crewmen to take centre stage for an episode.
* LowerDeckEpisode: "Second Stringers", along with to a lesser extent other episodes by Michael.
* MacGuffin: Usually "vital engine parts" (which we never hear of again) fulfil this role in driving the crew to explore a timeline searching for replacements.
** Alternately, porn and booze.
* MadScientist: Both Thande (chemistry) and Torqumada (biology and medicine), who often compete. Dave Howery occasionally evokes more of a Mad ''Engineer'' persona.
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman -- Used with the mirror crew in "Genderbender Mirror". Most eye-forkingly so with Female Mirror Luakel.
* TheMultiverse: Given the jokey alternate history premises behind most episodes, this trope is the broad setting of the series, in addition to outer space. The trope is commonly referred to by its name.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Doctor What, having suffered memory loss, helps a bunch of Neandertals that nearly destroyed his homeworld escape death from Ward. The Neandertals proceed with their plans to kill Ward and then eliminate all humanity from the Multiverse.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:when they get sent back to the past, their presence is what makes the Machine clone Luakels.]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Three examples stand out. The Asian Lesbian Ninjas in Leather from the episode "Genderbender Mirror". The Nazis Riding Dinosaurs, led by Cyborg Himmler and Golden Throne Hitler, in the middle of the hollow Earth, in "Dinos and Nazis and Deros, Oh My". And then there's "Hair Today Gotterdammerung Tomorrow", which features an interstellar virus ship being foiled by having its bomb bay doors blasted shut at the last minute by an F-16. Which is being piloted by Elvis. Who is the World Emperor and religious icon of the timeline in question.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Averted, both with Alyson Hannigan (who half the crew lusts after) and Keira Knightly (who is the subject of the other half's... affections).
* NoFourthWall: Varies, but tends to increase as the series progresses; one fourth-season episode is technically about what happens when the writing staff goes on strike and the [[ExecutiveMeddling Editor in Chief]] is forced to get... ''[[AxCrazy sub-par]]'' replacements.
* OfficialCouple -- Landshark and Iron Yuppie. Later, also Dave Howery and Keira Knightley (don't ask).
* OnlySaneMan: GBW's usual role on the ship.
* [[PutOnABus Put On A Crosstime Ship]] -- Often used due to former forum regulars, previously chosen to be crewmembers, leaving the Board. Crewmen Abdul Hadi Pasha and DMA were removed in this way - both eventually returned in real life, but only DMA was restored to the crew, Abdul Hadi Pasha instead being used in guest roles.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Some characters gain new catchphrases or attributes based on what their real life counterparts have been doing on the forum.
* RedShirt: Lampshaded with the CF.net's security goons, Federation X, Gedca and Fortyseven. All three are Trekkie forum members in real life, so naturally they wear red shirts as they go into battle. Yet subverted in that, while invariably defeated, they always survive. [[spoiler:That is, until the big battles at the end of the second season, which kill two of them]].
* LaResistance: Many episodes involve the AH.commers helping the Resistance from a timeline overthrow their oppressors, whether these be the Spanish Armada, [[Creator/HPLovecraft Hollywood Cthulhu]], or Barney the Dinosaur.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Averted with the ship's computer Leo Caesius' android avatar, who is a SteamPunk, obviously metallic humanoid robot. Played straight, however, with the super-sexy assassin droids Bill and Hillary (...yes) seen in the episode "Hey Hey We're The Monkeys".
* RunningGag: So many that we're forced to link to the AH.com wiki to list them. Most are [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/running_jokes running jokes on the forum the Series is based on]], but others are [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/stories/series_running_jokes unique to it]].
* SecondLawMyAss: Leo Caesius to some extent, especially after he gets infected with a virus in the episode "Leo Atrox".
* ShoutOut:
** The stories make frequent references to stuff that takes place on the AH.com discussion board, including various AH.com running gags and memes.
** The episode "Heart of Steel" includes references to "[[SFDebris the magic meeting room]]" and "[[HotShots Why did I bring helium instead of air?]]"
* SpinOff:
** ''AH.com the Next Generation'', written by and starring newer board members, "screened" in 2009 and 2010, but was LeftHanging later on. It featured a smaller crew of multiverse explorers aboard a newer ship, the ''MES Stranger'', and the definite rooting of the MES ship crews in the lore as the allies and employees of [[TruceZone The Hub of the Multiverse]].
** Also, via CommediaDellArteTroupe; AHDotComTheCreepyTeenYears, AH.com Wars and Luaky Commer (being parodies of HighSchool series, Franchise/StarWars and ''Literature/HarryPotter'' respectively.)
* SpiritualSuccessor: As a TimeSkip sequel to both AH.com The Series and AH.com The Next Generation, a new series titled "AH.com Enterprise" has been in the development stages since December 2013. The new series is meant to be part {{revival}} and part sequel to the first two series. (There are even some early plans of a {{crossover}} miniseries for the 10th anniversary of the first show - it would apparently feature the older crews and the newer crews from all three shows teaming up to go save the multiverse together.)
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler:after the war with the [[AlienSpaceBats ASBs]] at the end of season 4, the crew and the ship get sent to the Big Bang (the start of the multiverse) and accidentally give the Alien Space Bats some ideas, as well as giving the Machine the DNA for cloning Luakel.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: Psychomeltdown with Alyson Hannigan. Later brought to high levels of squickery when [[spoiler:Psycho's [[GenderBender GenderBendered]] MirrorUniverse counterpart went insane and declared s/he WAS Alyson Hannigan - especially since s/he continued to maintain this even after partly changing back to a man]]. In later episodes, also used with several characters - both crewmen and recurring villains - with Keira Knightley.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: happens many times.
* SwissArmyGun: The 'BFG' weapons were eventually revealed to be this, in order to explain DependingOnTheWriter continuity issues with the weapons fire being described differently in different episodes.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: The ASB s (Alien Space Bats).
* TakeAThirdOption: In "The Cult of the Swamp God", after a few members of the crew are forced to compete in a LARP due to a computer glitch, they are given the option to take one item from the LARP world. Dave Howery has to choose between a Bag of Holding and Keira Knightley. In the end, he chooses to put Keira in the Bag of Holding and take the Bag.
* TakeThat:
** Common targets are AlternateHistory authors HarryTurtledove and SMStirling, and of course TheOtherWiki.
** A take that is given to german videogame censorship (CommandAndConquer Generals?) by having Germany use "Cyborg Robots With Green Blood"
* TechnoBabble: Used ironically. Notably, a powerful enemy weapon is said to use 'technobabblyon particle beams'.
** A term borrowed from ''Sev Trek'', a Franchise/StarTrek parody webcomic.
* TeleporterAccident: All the time, but usually played for laughs. There is the odd exception, such as "To A Theatre Near You", where it is used for drama.
* TheSlowPath: [[spoiler:what the main characters have to do when they accidentally send the [=AH.com=] into the future from the Big Bang, without themselves inside.]]
* TheVerse: "AH.comverse". The two newer series, AH.com The Next Generation and AH.com Enterprise, also use the same setting.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Hermanubis and Imajin on the Hub, Shadow Knight and Scarecrow on the ''Mercator'', and Flocculencio and Michael on the AH.com.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Occasional villains. So relentlessly studied in AlternateHistory that they are invariably used in an ironic or deliberately cartoonish way. Usually associated with their (historical) plan to invade England, Operation Sealion, which is generally acknowledged to be so badly conceived that even Hitler wasn't crazy enough to order its implementation.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Inevitably, Doctor What. The only interrogator who managed to wring information out of him was his own counterpart from another timeline, Docteur Quoi. And that was by holding lesbian porn up just out of his reach.
* {{Unobtainium}}: Used as the actual name of the fuel that the Shift drive runs on, lampshaded mercilessly. Usually to be found in asteroid field mazes haunted by an entire race of psychopathic Pac-Men.
* UnusualEuphemism: Although ordinary swearwords are used liberally, occasionally "fenk" shows up, possibly because "''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined every]] [[Series/{{Firefly}} other]]'' sci-fi series has a blatant made-up alternative to fuck !"
* VillainEpisode: The "Counterfactual" miniseries and the later episode "Whatever Happened to the CF.netters?"
* VitriolicBestBuds: Pretty much everyone on the AH.com, but particular vitriolic pairings are Flocculencio and Michael, Psychomeltdown and Michael, and Matt and Weapon M.
* WaveMotionGun: The CF.net Ship has one of these. It's so rarely used that a running joke is that it takes an entire season's worth of episodes to charge up.
* XMeetsY: Basically, ''Franchise/StarTrek'' meets ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', with the wackiness of ''Series/DoctorWho'' and comedic sensibilities of ''Series/RedDwarf'' added for seasoning.
* ZanyScheme: Ward's plan to infect the AH.com crew with a 'teenifying virus' in the episode "Teens on a Ship" (lampshaded in that the usually dark and gritty villain Ward admits he's just in a cartoonishly evil mood), and also the AH.commers' plan to pay for repairs by getting demeaning jobs in "Temps".

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