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

A [[{{Dramedy}} seriocomic]] show about a hotshot lawyer who, following a painful divorce, moves back to his little home town of Stuckeyville, buys the local bowling alley, and opens a bowling alley/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: Tom Cavanagh 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.
* 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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