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->''"This is a whole new brand of weird."''
-->--'''Ed''', to Phil

A [[{{Dramedy}} seriocomic]] show airing on Creator/{{NBC}} from 200004 about a hotshot New York attorney named Ed Stevens (Tom Cavanagh) who, following a painful divorce, moves back to his little home town of Stuckeyville, Ohio, buys the local bowling alley, and runs it in conjunction with his law firm.

Basically ''NorthernExposure'' without the FishOutOfWater elements, this show went for a sense of eccentric whimsy, which was usually genuine and smile-inducing ("Hey! You like sex? Come to the Festival of Ducks!").

Had an odd first episode - the entirety of the {{pilot}} was presented as a "Previously On..." intro and they started with episode 2.

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Provides examples of:
* ArtisticTitle
* AutomobileOpening: Through the town of Westfield, NJ, [[CaliforniaDoubling playing the part of]] Stuckeyville, OH.
* BerserkButton: "I am a Lawyer. I own a bowling alley. They are not the same thing." - Ed's standard response to being called 'The Bowling Alley Lawyer'.
* BetaCouple: Michael and Nancy.
* BigEater: Ed is a proud member of the local restaurant's "Two Pie Club".
* TheBigGuy: Kenny played by Mike Starr.
* BowlingForRatings
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Ed. Mike counts as a Bunny Ears Doctor.
** Given the nature of most of the other characters, though, their quirkiness probably seems tame by comparison.
* CaliforniaDoubling: New Jersey for Ohio.
* CatchPhrase
** "Ten bucks if you..."
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Phil
* CoolLoser: Warren Cheswick, Molly.
* DevotedToYou: Ed to Carol.
* DisabledCharacterDisabledActor: Daryll Mitchell, who played Eli Cartwright Goggins on the show, was actually paraplegic.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Ed to Carol at times.
* EccentricTownsfolk: The show thrives on this trope.
* FakeAmerican: Creator/TomCavanagh is Canadian.
* HollywoodNerd: Warren (Justin Long), who would go on to date Drew Barrymore and be the Mac Guy in real life.
* {{Joisey}}: Exterior Stuckeyville town scenes were filmed in Westfield NJ, some locals were hired as "Stuckeyville Extras".
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: No [=DVDs=] have been officially released due to music-licensing issues.
* NeverWinTheLottery: One of Ed's cases concerned co-workers being sued after they tricked a fellow worker into thinking he had won the lottery - who then told off the Boss and quit his job before he found out that he hadn't.
* NobodyOverFiftyIsGay: Subverted with the elderly and cantankerous Charlie Hudson, who is somewhere in his seventies (and dying). His lover is about the same age.
* QuirkyTown: Come on, they named it ''Stuckeyville''.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Phil's actor left briefly to do a candid camera style show, so did Phil himself.
* RealSongThemeTune: "Next Year" by the Music/FooFighters
* RunningGag: The ten dollar bets.
** Phil and his zany schemes.
** The name Godfrey.
* ShoutOut: The name of Ed's old law firm (Farmer & Sheehan) is an in-joke reference to "Late Show with DavidLetterman" stagehands Pat Farmer and Kenny Sheehan. (The series was produced by Letterman's company, Worldwide Pants.)
* StageMagician: Stuckeyville Sam.
* TheBet: Ed and Mike's classic $10 bets.
* {{Unrequited Love Switcheroo}}: A few times with Ed and Carol before [[spoiler: [[TheyDo they finally get together]]]]. S1: Ed --> Carol then Carol --> Ed. S2/Early S3: Ed --> Carol. Late S3: Carol --> Ed. Though, late season 3 is the most straightforward example.
* WhatHaveWeEar: Stuckeyville Sam does this to Ed at the end of the episode "The World of Possibility".
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Ed and Carol. They [[spoiler:will]].
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