[[caption-width-right:280:Dharma & Greg, [[CaptainObvious naturally.]]]]

->'''Greg:''' You wanna have children?\\
'''Dharma:''' Yeah, unless you wanna have 'em!

[[ManicPixieDreamGirl Freewheeling, eccentric nymph Dharma]] and laid-back, sensible lawyer Greg meet one morning, fall in love and marry later that afternoon. The rest of the show centers on this mismatched relationship, the wackiness of Dharma's (and now Greg's) life, and the reluctant attempts by Dharma's hippie parents and Greg's rich [=WASPish=] parents to get along.

Ran for five seasons (1997-2002), and was especially successful in its first three, but also critically divisive. Whether you responded to it or not depended on whether you thought Jenna Elfman's kooky antics were charmingly silly or hopelessly contrived. Dharma and her family believe in every possible aspect of several new age belief systems, bordering on FantasyKitchenSink. Actor Thomas Gibson had little impact on the critical reception, since 99% of his job was playing the straight man to everybody else in the show -- after the pilot, Greg instantly loses most of his quirky personality.

Years after the show ended, the couple had a cameo on ''TwoAndAHalfMen'', bitter and on the brink of divorce. Given the amount of episode plots revolving around the couple role-playing in public, this should be taken with a grain of salt.

This show is notable for debuting the current brand of Creator/ChuckLorre Vanity Plates, which can be found on [[http://www.chucklorre.com/ ChuckLorre.com]].

!!This show provides examples of:
* AerithAndBob: Right in the title.
* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: In one episode, Dharma and a teenaged guest pretend to be German tourists who can't speak or understand English. Anyone who tries to talk to them gets a response in gibberish. Finally, a saleswoman says, in ''real'' German, "Kann ich dir helfen?", meaning "Can I help you?" There are two mistakes here. Firstly, she is speaking informal German, which is only used with children, family, and very close friends -- never with a customer. Secondly, she is using the singular form of "you" when talking to two people. What she should have said is, "Kann ich Ihnen helfen?"
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther
* BetaCouple: Jane and Pete, though their six-week marriage was a PairTheSpares moment due to not wanting to be alone on Valentine's Day. The Montgomeries and Finkelsteins also fit this trope from time to time.
* BourgeoisBohemian: Dharma's parents.
* ButICantBePregnant: Abby (Dharma's mother) thinks she's entering menopause and turns out to be pregnant.
* TheCameo: Bob Dylan
** And K.D. Lang
** Dick Clark
** Lyle Lovett
* TheCastShowoff: Jenna Elfman apparently once considered becoming a drummer. Dharma has multiple episodes in which she shows off her skills.
** Well, she auditioned once for the band (not [[Music/TheBand that one]]) of Bob Dylan.
* CloudCuckooLander: Larry usually.
** Edward has his moments too.
* CoitusUninterruptus: Dharma and Greg when Kitty walks in.
* DeadAir: Happens when Dharma creates a pirate radio station. She gets into an argument with Greg for several seconds before realizing she's left dead air and panics, bringing out all the instruments she has on the table.
* DeadpanSnarker: Pete
** Also Marlene
** And Edward, usually to Larry
* ElSpanisho: Well, "ein German-en", really, during the German tourist gags.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Myron Lawrence Finkelstein
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Gregory Clifford Montgomery; Dharma Freedom Finkelstein
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: Dharma and Greg first saw each other as eight-year-olds, on the same train they met on twenty years later.
* FourthDateMarriage: They're self-aware about it at least- they rationalise that with their tattered past relationships, getting married might be the impetus they need to stay together.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Every episode. Watch carefully during the end credits.
* TheFunInFuneral
* FullyAbsorbedFinale: Also doubles as a DistantFinale. Dharma and Greg turn up in ''TwoAndAHalfMen'' (another Chuck Lorre production) as potential buyers of [[spoiler:the recently-deceased]] Charlie Harper's house. Their marriage...isn't doing so well.
** Which creates a CelebrityParadox on that show since in a previous episode Charlie happenend upon an episode of ''D&G'' on late night tv.
* {{Garfunkel}}: Thomas Gibson. The show's draw is HilarityEnsues, which leaves little room for TheStraightMan to get much focus. Though Greg was not without his quirks, most episodes centering on his problems were overshadowed either by Dharma's reaction, a demonstration of how his parents messed him up in this particular instance, and sometimes even the B-plot of an episode. Ouch.
* GranolaGirl: Dharma and Abby
* GreenEyedMonster: Kitty invokes this in Edward to restart their love life in "The Tooth is Out There" by bribing the valet to flirt with her.
* HippieVan: Dharma's old-school hippie-parents have a VW van, which is usually either broken down or in the process of breaking down.
* ICallHimMrHappy : Greg named Dharma's breasts [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyle_and_Erik_Menendez "Lyle and Erik."]]
--> They're a coupla killers!
* InterClassRomance: Dharma and Greg have a lot of similarity to the story type, but it's actually an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] in that, though Dharma's parents live the hippy lifestyle, they aren't doing that badly for themselves financially.
* InvisiblePresident
* ISOStandardUrbanGroceries: {{Lampshaded}} in one episode, where it's mentioned that every time Greg does the groceries he buys a baguette even though no one eats it.
* KarmaHoudini: Spider the self-defense teacher from "Instant Dharma".
* LawOfInverseFertility: When Dharma is trying to have a baby, [[spoiler:her mother has an accidental pregnancy when she thinks she's menopausal]].
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: One episode focuses on Dharma and Greg trying to win a contest by having sex on the steps of the courthouse during the last episode of Seinfeld.
** Dharma and Jane (respectively) have a running competition to see who can have sex in the weirdest place without getting caught. The reward is a ceramic duck.
-->'''Edward:''' "That's not a duck, it's a goose."
-->'''Dharma:''' "Yes, but Captain, my Captain, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar ''goose'' does not rhyme]]."
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Dharma to Greg.
* MeatVersusVeggies: Abby is a vegan, which is a source of problems in some cases. It doesn't help that her husband Larry is a fanatical meat lover.
* MistakenForGay: Greg's mom and his then fiancee are mistaken for a lesbian couple by Abby, during a flashback episode.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Greg's interpretation of virtually every popular song.
-->"I got a black magic woman and she's tryin' to take a pebble out of me! Yeah!"
-->"We are family! I got all my systems on three!"
-->"I wanna rock and roll all night! And part of every day!"
* NameAndName
* NaughtyByNight: Greg
* NewAgeRetroHippie
* NotRightInTheBed: One episode has Dharma become possessed by a dead woman who never lost her virginity. Somehow Greg is not surprised that she begins smoking cigars in bed.
* NudeNatureDance: In one episode, Dharma dances naked on TV to celebrate springtime.
* ObnoxiousInLaws
* OddCouple: One of the basic themes of the show
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Kitty Montgomery. Even Edward only calls her Katherine when he's issuing her an ultimatum.
** And in "The Parent Trap" when he's extremely angry with her.
** Also Larry.
* OnlySaneMan: Greg
** His dad also counts, although he has long since resigned himself to the insanity around him and occasionally joins in.
* ParentalSexualitySquick: Averted by Dharma. Played straight by Greg.
* PutOnABus: Jane disappears after a single appearance in the fifth season.
* RunningGag: Larry's short term memory, specially when calling or answering the phone. Also, when someone steps out in the Filkenstein's yard, they are warned to watch out because their goat's been sick.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl
* ScreamingBirth
* ShoutOut: The name of Marlene's cat.
-->Dharma: "Greg, have you met Leonardo di Catrio?"
* SlobsVersusSnobs
* StraightMan: Greg
* TheSnarkKnight: Pete
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Many episodes featured a subplot involving either the Finkelsteins, the Montgomeries, or Jane and Pete.
* UptightLovesWild: And vice versa.
* VanityPlate: Chuck Lorre started his here.
* WhamEpisode: Dharma realizing that her early childhood was not quirky and fun - it was just unhealthy.
** The episode in which [[spoiler: after reconciling their marriage, both Dharma and Greg get into a horrific car crash at the end]].