This Creator/{{NBC}} SitCom was a starring vehicle for [[Film/BackToTheFuture Lea Thompson]], who played [[SequentialArtist cartoonist]] Caroline Duffy. Wacky friends included [[DeadpanSnarker grim Richard]] (colorist with pretensions of being a [[StarvingArtist 'serious' artist]]), CloudCuckooLander Charlie, [[ReallyGetsAround slutty]] Annie ([[WaitingForABreak struggling actress]] and perpetual cast member of ''{{Cats}}''), and [[TheDandy dandy]] [[HandsomeLech ex-boyfriend]] Del.

Though critics found the show mediocre, it had [[CultClassic a loyal fanbase]]. It got very good ratings in its first season, largely thanks to being placed between ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/{{ER}}'' on the schedule. In its second season, it shifted to Tuesdays between ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' and ''[[{{Series.Dateline}} Dateline NBC]]'' and managed to hold its own.

Then NBC decided that ''Caroline'' was strong enough to carry a night of programming on its own and made the [[ScrewedByTheNetwork ill-conceived move]] of moving the show to Monday for its third season. Ratings fell, but the network still seemed to have faith in the show and renewed it for a fourth season, albeit with something of a ReTool; the show's main setting was moved from Caroline's apartment to an office, and several new supporting characters were introduced. It proved to be a disaster. None of the new characters stuck around, the quality of the writing dropped sharply (one plot revolved around Charlie accidentally seeing Caroline naked, then spending the entire episode trying to "be even" by streaking in front of her), and ratings nosedived. At the end of the season, NBC finally put the show out of its misery.

Animated versions of Caroline's comic strip served as BookEnds, a gimmick that wasn't exploited nearly enough. Later, the same cartoonist would use the same style for paper towel commercials.

!!Contains examples of:

* [[AsHimself As Herself]]: Joanne Worley.
* AuthorAvatar: An in-universe example, with Caroline's life providing content for her eponymous comic strip.
* BackForTheFinale: Charlie, after leaving the show early in the final season, made a return appearance in the final episode.
* BettyAndVeronica: Caroline and Julia for Richard.
** Del and Richard for Caroline. Just don't tell [[TrueArtIsAngsty angst-ridden]] DeadpanSnarker Richard he's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Betty]].
* BodySwap: In the SomethingCompletelyDifferent episode "Caroline and [[Series/TheOuterLimits1963 The Outer Limits]]''.
* CastingGag: ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' stars Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam guest starred in "Caroline and the Watch" as an old married couple.
* CatchPhrase: A shared one: when hearing something incredible Caroline would say, "Get Out!" and her friend Annie would rejoin, "I'm out!" (or vice versa). One time her employee Richard was having an art show at an all-gay gallery due to being MistakenForGay; he tells Caroline he's sold a piece for $5,000, she says, "Get out," and he responds "I'm out!", [[ComingOutStory which causes the crowd at the gallery to applaud.]]
* CelebrityParadox: Caroline makes fun of ''Film/HowardTheDuck'', a movie Lea Thompson starred in.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Remo, the owner of the restaurant which Caroline and friends frequented, appeared in the majority of episodes during the first two seasons but vanished without explanation midway through Season Three.
* ConvertingForLove: In "Caroline and the Nice Jewish Boy", Del dates a Jewish woman who apparently only dates Jewish men, so he lies and tells her he's Jewish so he can continue seeing her. He doesn't actually convert, but he ''does'' get a circumcision in order to maintain the ruse. [[spoiler:Right as he's about to go into surgery, she dumps him for another man who isn't even Jewish, but by then it's too late for Del to back out.]]
* CrossoverPunchline: The episode "Caroline and the Bad Back" ends with Niles and Daphne of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' discussing whether the most recent strip is funny.
* CutShort: The final episode ends with [[spoiler:Richard interrupting Caroline's wedding to Randy. We never find out which man she chooses.]]
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Richard resigns himself to the fact that his talent won't be recognized until after he's dead. In "Caroline and the Dearly Departed", [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated when he is reported dead due to a misunderstanding]], he becomes quite gleeful at his newfound popularity.
* DeadpanSnarker: Richard, and to some extent, Annie.
* TheDitz: Charlie.
* DownOnTheFarm: Caroline's hometown is Peshtigo, Wisconsin and there are visits to said hometown, although it's more in a region where timber is the major industry, and there is no way a near-Yooper would have an even and controlled accent like Caroline's.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Subverted. A drugged-up and about to enter surgery Richard confesses to Caroline that he loves her. Caroline is shocked... until Richard says the same thing to the nurse moments later.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Even Del, Caroline's former fiance, thinks she and Richard are perfect for each other.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Del and Richard, in order sell a piece of art from an all-gay gallery.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: [[GirlNextDoor Caroline]]
** TheLancer: [[ReallyGetsAround Annie]]
** TheSmartGuy: [[DeadpanSnarker Richard]]
** TheBigGuy: [[HandsomeLech Del]]
** TheChick: [[TheDitz Charlie]]
* GirlNextDoor: Caroline is a bland garden variety.
* {{Goth}}: Despite being blond-haired and bespectacled, Richard dresses in all black and has the stereotypically morose personality.
* HandsomeLech: Del.
* HookedUpAfterwards: [[spoiler: Annie and Del]] get together in the last two episodes.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: "Caroline and the _____ ".
* {{Joisey}}: Annie is from Paramus; her mother is very much a caricature of the Italian Jersey housewife stereotype.
* JustFriends: Caroline and Richard.
* LockedInAFreezer: Inverted - Richard gets locked in the back room of a video rental store with its owner, an elderly Asian man. This is a problem since Richard was on his way to a romantic rendezvous with Caroline.
* LoveLetterLunacy: A major plot point at the end of Season One which continues to influence events in Season Two.
* LoveTriangle: Caroline doesn't awaken to Richard's love for her until his ex-wife shows up, with Richard's [[TheBabyTrap surprise baby]] in tow.
* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Yet another female-oriented '90s sitcom with this view on relationships. One critic called CITC SexAndTheCity minus the sex.
* MistakenForGay: Richard; ironic because the actor who played him was actually gay.
** In another episode, an insurance agent believes Del and Charlie to be a gay couple; the two end up playing along with it because it will get them a better rate on their insurance.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Caroline showing Richard her naked body for the first time... not realizing that Richard is not alone.
** In "Caroline and the Killer Dad," Del changes the punchline in Caroline's strip without telling her and then has to beg a succession of editors to allow him to change it back. The first one really likes his new leather jacket. The second really likes his shirt. At the end of the episode, Caroline admits that she now thinks his punchline was funnier ... oblivious to the fact that Del and Charlie are both standing behind her in the nude.
* ObliviousToLove: Caroline to Richard throughout the first 2 seasons, Richard to Caroline in the first half of season 3.
* OppositesAttract: Cheery [[GirlNextDoor girl-next-door]] Caroline and morbid, [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan]] Richard
* PleaseDumpMe: Richard's attempts to get annoying clingy girlfriend Shelley to break up with him backfire spectacularly.
* {{Pyromaniac}}: One of Del's girlfriends turns out to be one of these. Then he makes the mistake of breaking up with her...
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: When Caroline was reading Richards memorial speech (which he had written himself) at his [[DeadArtistsAreBetter fake funeral]]
--> '''Caroline''':”As the curtain descents, far to early on this brilliant career, we remember the artist, Richard Karinsky. Indicate my body.”(she realises her mistake) “[[LastSecondWordSwap …of work.]]”(she indicates his paintings)
* ReallyGetsAround: Annie.
* RevengeOfTheNerd: Annie attempts this at a high school reunion and fails.
* RichBitch: Julia, Richard's ex.
-->'''Julia:''' When you're Italian, you're always late. ''Capisce.''\\
'''Annie:''' Hey. ''I'm'' Italian, and I'm always on time.\\
'''Julia:''' Really? I do not recall where [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] lies in the boot of Italy.\\
'''Annie:''' [''glares''] Let me get a boot, I'll show ya.
* RomanticFalseLead: Sofia Milos. Also, all of Caroline's boyfriends besides Richard.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Richard and Del
* SequentialArtist: Caroline.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Caroline's rivalry with the cartoonist of ''Cathy''.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Most of Richard and Annie's interactions.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: the final episode, ends in a cliffhanger.
* SpicyLatina: Richard's Italian ex, Julia. Emphasis on spicy.
* StarvingArtist: Richard
* StatusQuoGameShow: Richard [[spoiler: isn't allowed to keep $100,000 he wins in a contest because Caroline's strip is run in the paper sponsoring it]].
* StylisticSuck: Caroline's comic strip.
* TakeThat: ''Film/{{Baseketball}}'' was soundly mocked in the episode where Richard gets trapped in a video store. The owner anticipated it to be a huge hit and bought a mountain of copies.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: In one episode Dell got into a panic once he noticed that his new girlfriend was taller then him. He then desperately tried to keep her from noticing, HilarityEnsues.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Caroline and Annie, respectively.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Richard/Caroline/Julia.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Caroline and Richard (torturous).