[[caption-width-right:320:Pretty wires, and running around with briefcases. The show in a nutshell.]]
'''''Bugs''''' is a mid-1990s British techno-espionage TV series, intended to be ''Series/TheAvengers'' for a new decade. TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugs_(TV_series) has the facts]]. Absolutely laden with HollywoodScience tropes, and quite prone to SoBadItsGood.
It died out pretty horribly due to awkward soap-opera elements being forced in. The fourth series in particular was half-dead from the start and only made worse by poor scheduling.
!!''Bugs'' provides examples of the following tropes:
* AppliedPhlebotinum: ''In spades'', such as the miracle foodstuff that can be grown cheaply in large quantities which just happens to be [[spoiler:toxic if exposed to UV]], or (in a charity special) a machine capable of ''controling'' the lottery draw.
* ArcadeSounds: In "Assassins, Inc.".
* AirVentPassageway: Ed's entrance in "Assassins, Inc.".
* BeepingComputers: In the Bugs universe, even the Windows 95 "pipes" screensaver renders with a loud BIP-BIP-BIP-BIP...
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Ros. When armed with Beckett's Jeep in "Out of the Hive" ([=S1E1=]), she decides the most efficient way to reach someone the other side of a roundabout is simply to drive over it.
** Played entirely straight on too many occasions to count.
** Averted in "Assassins, Inc."; Ros zooms in on some blinkenlichten on a mainframe to demonstrate recovering the data being displayed, but they remain fuzzy, and she explicitly notes that the camera framerate wasn't anywhere near high to get it all.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: And how! They establish this with a midair explosion in the very first episode. No, it doesn't hit anything. Simply losing road contact makes it blow up.
* ExactTimeToFailure: In almost every single episode. Usually coupled with a MagicCountdown.
* FacialDialogue: Necessitated by voice-triggered bombs.
* FloorboardFailure: Ed is cornered on a weak roof and challenges his pursuer to come and get him.
* HowDidYouKnowIDidnt: Ros defusing a bomb attached to an uncooperative Ed.
-->'''Ed:''' You took long enough working out what to pull out.\\
'''Ros:''' Who worked it out? I guessed.
* InstantSedation: Of all the tropes this series plays straight, this one is notably averted. In "Gold Rush", two characters, [[spoiler:a RedShirt and Ed]], are shot in the neck with tranquiliser darts, but it takes near enough half a minute for the sedative to take effect.
* LastNameBasis: Beckett. Oddly, not for the others in the team.
* MagicalComputer: "Assassins, Inc." has a voice-activated mainframe that seems to be lifted straight from ''Star Trek''.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: "Assassins, Inc." starts with Beckett doing a simple data-wiping job. [[spoiler:Hey, where did the evidence to convict this week's villain go?]]
* OnceIsNotEnough: Perpetrated by most of the main characters, who take turns being taken hostage. The gold medal goes to Bureau 2 chief "Jan" for doing this ''several times during the same episode'' ("Identity Crisis"), without once stopping to pick up the stunned guard's weapon.
* OnlyOneName: Ed
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The then-new London Docklands, where many of the outdoor scenes were filmed, helped with this.
** Ros Henderson -- Ego; most likely to take the lead.
** Nick Beckett -- Superego; relatively speaking.
** Ed -- Id; carefree.
* ViewerFriendlyInterface: On every computer used. Complete with cheesy mid-'90s CGI!
* WrenchWench: Ros. They all use gadgets, but she's the one most likely to have tinkered them into existence.