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''Sam & Cat'' is a Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} teen sitcom, created by Creator/DanSchneider. It is a SpinOff from both ''Series/ICarly'' (Sam Puckett, played by Creator/JennetteMcCurdy), and ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' (Cat Valentine, played by Music/ArianaGrande). With the end of ''iCarly'' approaching, the network was looking to create a new show for Jennette to star in (continuing the tradition of making shows with actors from the previous show, and Jennette's contract formed at the start of ''iCarly'' gave her her own show no matter what). It eventually settled on this {{crossover}} SpinOff.

Sam, after Carly moves away to Italy, has decided to wander the country. Leaving UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, she arrives in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, where she meets Cat. After a day of hijinks that end in the two bonding, as well as being awarded a life time of free cheeseburgers, Sam and Cat decide to live together after Cat's grandmother goes to live in a old folks home. During the day the two babysit three kids, Max, Chloe, and Darby, who were supposed to be babysat by Cat's grandma, the mom, happy with how the two babysat, offers to let them do it again which leads to them starting a babysitting business.

It was greenlit for 20 episodes that were filmed in early 2013 and the first episode premiered on June 8, 2013, with the last episode of this order coming out in November. Nick ordered an additional 20 episodes on top of the original order, which began airing on January 4th, 2014. Unfortunately, on April 4th, 2014 the series was put on "[[http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/future-of-nickelodeon-series-sam-cat-in-limbo-amidst-behind-the-scenes-drama/ permanent hiatus]]," likely due to problems on set. [[http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/sam-cat-wont-cancelled-nickelodeon/ The series was officially cancelled in mid-July]], and the final episode aired on July 17 with 35 of the planned 40 episodes produced. Read Ariana's Facebook/[=TwitLonger=] post on the subject [[http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s2fke0 here]].

Not to be confused with ''[[ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]]''.
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!!This show contains examples of:

* AbsenteeActor: ''Cat'' for most of "[=#StuckInABox=]."
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Melinda, the kids' mom in the pilot, does ''not'' look like a mother of three.
* AbusiveParents: Butler's mom. She won't let Butler enjoy his childhood because good things keep happening to him, so she want him to participate the texting competition so she can get the prizes.
** Goomer's mom, after she found out he's a professional fighter.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When a kid turns out to be accident prone, Sam is amused while Cat says [[DudeNotFunny it's not funny]]. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Said kid gets his head stuck in a toilet]], Cat struggles not to laugh.
* AdultFear: Sam's situation in "[=#SuperPsycho=]." A young friend is kidnapped by someone you know is a murderous psychopath who outright tells you that she's ''never'' going to return them. It's no wonder Sam is so desperate she goes to [[EnemyMine Nevel for help]].
* AIIsACrapshoot: The robots at Bots can be this sometimes.
--> '''Red bot''': Eventually all humans will die and robots will rule the earth! ({{Beat}}) Enjoy your meal!
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Rita Rooney, the first woman ever with eyes on Goomer ''and enough moves to give Sam a hard time.''
* AluminumChristmasTrees: [[http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/12/22/china%E2%80%99s-robot-waiters-no-tipping-necessary/ There is an actual restaurant in China with robot waiters.]]
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Butler's mom should count. It's no wonder why people are annoyed by her.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The black hair colorist in "[=#MotorcycleMystery=]." Apparently, it's contagious, because when he colors up Dice and Goomer's hair, they start engaging in some kind of teenage salon chat:
--> '''Goomer:''' (''showing Dice a magazine'') Hey, check out Bieber's abs!\\
'''Dice:''' (''gasping'') He must ''live'' at the gym!
** And yes, Goomer also shows it to the stylist, who looks quite appreciative.
*** The salesman at the Fresno Girl Doll shop has many effeminate mannerisms and speech patterns.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In #Motorcycle Mystery, Dice lists the symptoms of the drink additive intended to help her study: Extreme memory loss, unconsciousness, and loose stool.
* ArtisticLicenseSports: In "[=#GoomerSitting=]" it is highly unlikely that Goomer would be allowed to fight after such an obvious showing of impairment, not to mention then knocking out the ref.
** Let's not even get started about whether or not he is mentally competent enough to fight at all.
*** ArtisticLicenseLaw: In "[=#PeezyB=]" he says he has ''a driving license.'' Then in "[=#MyPoober=]" he DrivesLikeCrazy, but no more than your generic movie action hero. Letting the homeless guy live in the back is something else though.
* BabysitterFromHell: {{Subverted|Trope}} in "[=#Pilot=]." Despite their existing characterizations, both Sam and Cat are shown to be good babysitters after everything has calmed down. During the initial chaos, however, Sam forgets Darby, the baby, in the bush and at the nursing home, and she allows Max and Chloe, with Darby strapped in the basket, to take an electric scooter for a joyride.
** BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Later episodes have them be a mix of being bad babysitters and being battered babysitters.
* BaitAndSwitch: Cat and Sam take an accident prone boy to Bots where multiple dangers are shown (a man losing his pet tarantula, and fishermen carrying loaded spearguns one of which has a loose trigger). Instead of one of those hurting him, a Bot accidentally squirts him with cheese.
* BavarianFireDrill: Sam pulls one in "[=#FavoriteShow=]" (pretending to be the network president's daughter) so she can get the production crew on ''That's a Drag'' to move all the set pieces to her and Cat's apartment. And to save Dice from being detained by security.
* BerserkButton: Anyone who watched ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' knows that Sam doesn't play if you provoke her or her friends.
** Don't cross Cat between her and her bibble, or she'll have a fit.
** Don't make fun of Dice around Goomer. Heck, don't hurt anyone that he cares about or he'll knock you out.
** A less palpable one, but messing with one of the kids they babysit will piss them off (unless they don't like that kid, of course) and cause them to take that person on. Shown in "[=#Lumpatious=]" (they get mad at Jepson) and "[=#Texting Competition=]" (Sam enters the competition to spite Butler's mom).
* BilingualBonus: In a bonus scene in "[=#MyPoober=]":
--> '''Sam (at Cat)''': Si no encontramos nuestra piña llena de dinero tendré que agarrar las tijeras y cortarse los dedos de los pies!
--> '''Translation''': If we don't find our pineapple full of money I will have to grab the scissors and cut off your toes!
** Freddie and Cat briefly flirt in Spanish in "[=#TheKillerTunaJump=]."
** In "[=#BrainCrush=]," Sam yells orders to a children's karate class ''in Japanese''.
* [[BittersweetEnding Bittersweet]] [[SubvertedTrope (But Funny)]] [[BittersweetEnding Ending]]: Even though the title characters (really only Sam) won the texting competition in "[[TitleDrop [=#TextingCompetition=]]]," their award is a cheap [[spoiler:toy]] speed boat. Hate to be them right now.
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: The Yerbanian hot sauce in "[=#GoomerSitting=]" on a pizza burns through the pizza and the plate
* BrandX: Parodied; Sam points out that a ShowWithinAShow can't use actual Pear computers, so they use Banana computers instead.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Sam's idea of meatball ingredients in "[=#MadAboutShoe=]."
--> "We got beef, pork, lamb, veal, buffalo, squirrel, and gopher."
* BriefAccentImitation: Sam does a whole pile of these, from English and mid-Atlantic to creepy Hannibal Lecter-type.
** Cat contracts the accident victim's exaggerated lisp in "[=#MadAboutShoe=]."
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Evident in various episodes.
* BuffySpeak:
--> '''Sam:''' How was school?\\
'''Cat:''' Learny.
* TheBusCameBack: Sam's twin sister, Melanie, appears in "[=#Twinfection=]."
* TheCameo:
** Sinjin from ''{{Victorious}}'' in "[=#BlooperEpisode=]."
** Crazy Steve from ''DrakeAndJosh'' makes an appearance at the mental hospital in [=#SuperPsycho=]. This would have caused Sam to mistake him for [[Series/ICarly Spencer]], but he's conveniently wearing a mask.
* CardboardPrison: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Prison (somewhere near Seattle)]]. Not just the AirVentEscape but the fact that Nora can get ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext her chicken into the prison]]'' to act as distraction.
* CharacterTitle: Well, of course.
* ChekhovsGun: Combined with RuleOfThree in "[=#RevengeOfTheBritBrats=]" when the titular brats present Sam and Cat with three gifts. A tin of bibble (which they steal back and plant evidence on Sam's bed), a motorcycle helmet (they spraypaint Sam's bike and blame it on Cat), and a toilet plunger (Sam and Cat get back at them by faking Cat's murder with it).
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Cat, in all her {{Cloudcuckoolander}} glory, does this when Sam says she's planning to go wherever her motorcycle takes her:
-->'''Cat:''' But I thought the person controlled the bike.
** Upon seeing Goomer's mother for the first time, up until then unaware she was his ''adoptive'' mother and black:
-->'''Sam:''' That is not how I pictured her.
-->'''Cat:''' [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller Yeah, I thought she'd be taller.]]
* CompanionCube: Mr. Purple to Cat.
* ContinuityNod: Lots of them.
** Sam's motorcycle is the same one that Spencer gave her in "iGoodbye".
*** Sam mentions that Carly left for Italy.
*** Dice, Cat and a shop-owner recognize Sam as being from ''iCarly''.
*** All gags involving Inside Out Burger is a continuation of the Inside Out Burger pranks done by ''iCarly''.
*** Sam mentions Freddie and brings back the [[ImprovisedWeapon Butter]] [[EpicFlail Sock]] in "[=#ToddlerClimbing=]".
*** In "[=#TheKillerTunaJump=]: The Reunion Special" Freddie tells Cat about how he used to work on the ICarly web series.
*** The title "[=#WeStealARockStar=]" mimics the IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming from ''[=iCarly=]''.
** In "[=#TheBritBrats=]," Cat hasn't gotten over her Bibble addiction since "Tori Goes Platinum". Of special note, they ensured that the minor detail of bibble originating from England is maintained here.
*** Cat's Nona was first mentioned in "Star Spangled Tori", and now makes her appearance in the series.
*** Remember how Cat failed as a make up artist in ''Victorious''? Well in ''Sam & Cat'' this was semi-continued. Cat tried to make Dice look younger in "[=#ToddlerClimbing=]." It would've been believable, if they were in the 1940's (mentioned by Sam). In the next episode, Sam tried making Dice look like a teenager, (he's 12) and wound up making him look like hippie.
*** Also from ''Victorious'', Cat's obsession with an online shopping catalog leads to her ordering "underwear that floats!" One ep of ''Sam and Cat'' has two kids making prank phone calls, leading to a mention of "poof panties".
**** The same ep has Cat running pizza through a juicer, when Sam does something similar in this show. With the addition of root beer.
*** In "[=#TheKillerTunaJump=]," Cat going "you mess with the cat, you get the whiskers!" calls back to a similar {{malaproper}} from Vice Principal Dickers in "The Breakfast Bunch".
*** When playing hide and seek in "[=#MommaGoomer=]," Cat counts from one to ten but forgets three, which happened a couple of times on ''Victorious''.
*** Cat's got every right to overreact to Robbie singing to Sam - he's singing the "I think you're swell" song that ''he wrote for Cat in the first place!''
*** Cat's thing for online shopping finally gets brought up in "[=#DroneBabyDrone=]."
** "[=#RevengeOfTheBritBrats=]" is a sequel to "[=#TheBritBrats=]."
** Early on in the following episode, "[=#MotorcycleMystery=]," Sam mentions she finally got all the pink paint (from one of the Brit Brats' pranks) off her bike.
** The hazard room from "[=#SecretSafe=]" plays an important role the following season in "[=#BlueDogSoda=]."
** Cat's love of shoes pops up again in "[=#WeStealARockStar=]".
* ContinuitySnarl: The show is also infamous for a minor number of inconsistencies with the merged canon of ''iCarly'' and ''Victorious'', i.e. Sikowitz not recognizing Sam even though they did not interact in the crossover, yet both were present during the rap battle (since it happened several years prior, it was for a few minutes tops and it was Sikowitz, this is easily handwaved).
** In "[=#RevengeOfTheBritBrats=]," Goomer knows about Gwen and Ruby, as well as the events from their first appearance, yet that took place before Sam and Cat met him. Goomer wasn't even there when Dice lost $500, and when Cat lost her bike.
*** It's not impossible that Dice, Sam or Cat simply told him about it - he did appear the episode after, so that'd be the kind of thing Sam would brag about.
** Considering that the NickVerse as a whole can't decide if ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' is in canon or is a sitcom in-universe, this was gonna crop up sooner or later.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: {{Averted|Trope}} in the first episode. True to form for both characters, it's painfully obvious that neither Sam nor Cat has the slightest clue how to perform CPR...and yet, they still manage to save the guy.
* CreepyMonotone: Clarise's father. Cat even calls him out for it.
* {{Crossover}}: The title characters coming from ''Series/ICarly'' and ''Series/{{Victorious}}''. (Fortunately Cat never met Fawn Leibowitz, or she'd think Sam had a(nother) twin sister.) It's planned to be a more long lasting one than "iParty With Victorious."
** Also the series' only one-hour special, "[=#TheKillerTunaJump=]: The Reunion Special" (includes Jade, Freddie and Robbie).
** In one episode [[{{Series/Zoey101}} Stacey Dilsen]] resurfaced again, now as a college student.
** In another [[{{Series/Zoey101}} Coco]] appears in the airport while Sam, Cat and two kids are about to board a plane. Yes, she still works at PCA and she reveals that Carl married (and later divorced) her and proposed to her mother.
* CurbStompBattle: Goomer vs three muggers. He even manages to stare down the last mugger into unconsciousness.
** Sam, Goomer, and [[BewareTheNiceOnes Cat]] give one to [[InformedAbility professional MMA fighter]] John Zakappa.
* CutShort: Out of 40 episodes ordered, "only" 35 (or 36, depending on if you count "[=#TheKillerTunaJump=]" as two regular episodes or one hour-long show) were filmed. Likewise it didn't have proper [[NoEnding ending]] either as this had happened in the middle of the series.
* DancePartyEnding: "[=#Twinfection=]".
* DiagonalBilling. Averted. Unlike ''Series/ShakeItUp'', JennetteMcCurdy's names appears first in the credits instead of with Music/ArianaGrande. This is likely due to the show being at first a vehicle for Jenette before Ariana was added after ''Victorious'' was cancelled.
* DoYouWantToHaggle: Sam vs Dice for hot sauce: Sam wins. Cat vs Dice for yoyos: Dice wins.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Averted. The show's theme song, "Just Fine", is performed by Michael Corcoran rather than one of the leads which makes it unique in that it's the first show Dan's made since ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' that didn't have one of the main characters sing it (''iCarly'''s was briefly done by Avril Lavigne, but Miranda Cosgrove's version replaced it). Even odder when you consider that one of the leads is popular recording artist Ariana Grande.
** According to an interview, Jennette and Ariana were offered to sing the theme, but the duo felt that the show should focus more on comedy over music, hence why there's less singing then ''Victorious''.
* DrillSergeantNasty: We get the coach variant with Bubs Dixon in "[=#KnockOut=]." She has a ''cattle prod!''
* DuckSeasonRabbitSeason: Used by Sam to "resolve" the conflict about Nona's bedroom.
* DumbassHasAPoint: In "[=#RevengeOfTheBritBrats=]," Goomer, of all people, points out that the British twins stole Cat's can of Bibbie so she gets mad at Sam and sprayed Sam's motorcycle pink so she gets mad at Cat, thus ruining their friendship. It was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Sam and Dice.
** It's even weirder considering that Goomer never even met the British girls.
* DumbMuscle: Goomer.
* EnemyMine: Sam and Cat with Nevel in "[=#SuperPsycho=]".
* EpisodeTitleCard: While their parent shows had them very occasionally, this show uses them on every episode (except for "[=#Pilot=]").
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The sole purpose of Gwen and Ruby's schemes is to make their victims feel humiliated and look stupid, not for someone to get killed. They imply that someone got killed as a result of one of their schemes, which was completely undesirable.
* [[EvilBrit Evil Brits]]: The eponymous Brit brats, Gwen and Ruby.
* EvilerThanThou: Cat was adamant about keeping Sam away from [[{{Victorious}} Jade]] to prevent something like this. All blown out of proportion, of course.
* EvilTwin: While Sam is this to to Melanie, in "[=#Twinfection=]" Sam convinces Cat that she had the title infection and had an evil twin. Sam tells Melanie to be ten times as bad as Sam usually is.
* ExactWords: In ''[=#SuperPsycho=]'' Nora threatens to give Dice "the hose" if he doesn't do what she says. And that it turns out she is ''literally'' just throwing brand new sets of hoses into the hole Dice is in.
* {{Expy}}: Dilben seems to be this to [[Series/ICarly Nevel Papperman]]. Hell, he's even played by an actor named River Alexander (though he's not related to Reed Alexander in any way, other than the oddly similar names).
* FakeShemp: Stand-ins for [[{{Series/Victorious}} Tori, Beck, Jade, Robbie and Andre]] appear in "[=#MommaGoomer=]." They have their backs facing the audience for Sikowitz's lesson on "backwards acting".
** Creator/JerryTrainor is NOT Crazy Steve in "[=#SuperPsycho=]."
* FanDisservice: "[=#DroneBabyDrone=]" starts with Sam mentioning that she ripped the shirt off some guy. Then he shows up in person...
* {{Fanservice}}: In "[=#DollSitting=]", Cat wears a red genie costume that reveals her chest.
* {{Flanderization}}: Either Gibby has become more stupid, or he's willing to give information to anyone even if they were enemies to him before like Nora [[spoiler:or Nevel]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The prison visit in "[=#SuperPsycho=]" has not-PaulSimon yelling [[WaxingLyrical "Slip out the back, Jack!"]] [[spoiler:Nevel slips out the back later.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: In "[=#NewGoat=]," the 'Elderly Of The Month' at Elderly Acres is [[TheAmandaShow Mr. Oldman]].
** Fans also are allowed to send in photos of themselves into the show, which are then put in various backgrounds. Some fans have started a challenge where they'll try and find the photos before the show reveals where they actually are.
** In "[=#FirstClassProblems=]", the listing of the babysitting rules Cat shows to Sam, the fifth rule [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]].
--> Rule 5: "You should not freeze-frame on this. Click 'Play' and continue watching the show."
* FunnyForeigner: Done with Skullcrusher's friend Hector. We're never told ''which country'' exactly he's from.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Inverted in "[=#BlueDogSoda=]."
--> '''Cat''': (hyperventilating) I can't calm down unless you slap me! (Sam does.) ({{Beat}}) So what do we do?
* GoneHorriblyRight: Cat when she believes she turned Dice into a monkey in "[=#DollSitting=]."
* GRatedDrug: Dice sells baggies of celebrity hair. Sam suggests that Cat's constant sniffing of Justin Bieber's hair is affecting her behavior.
** Even worse is her Bibble addiction, because ever since she got addicted to it, there came a point where she pawned all of her Nona's jewelry after she ran out of money.
*** And apparently Cat is addicted to presents, to the point where she makes a new holiday in order to get some, and can not stop herself from opening them. It gets so bad that she starts opening Goomer's present without meaning to and has a hard time stopping. And she takes medication, I'm sorry I mean "special vitamins", for it. Just how many addictions does Cat have?
** While the titular Blue Dog Soda doesn't really count, the illegal brewing business Sam and Cat set up should sound familiar.
* GroinAttack: [[DumbMuscle Goomer]] suffered from this in "[=#GoomerSitting=]". Unusually though, while it definitely hurt, it didn't fully incapacitate him (and it also partially fixed his vision problems, caused earlier in the episode)... the BerserkButton probably helped.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Wouldn't be a Dan Schneider show if it didn't have [[Radar/SamAndCat its own page]]
* HalloweenEpisode: "[=#DollSitting=]."
* HammerspaceHideaway: Apparently the hide-a-bed is this. How else does one explain Nonna successfully folding it closed with Sam and Cat both still inside?
* HarmfulToMinors: "[=#KnockOut=]" opens with Sam fixing a chainsaw next to a five-year-old kid. Then Cat calls her over for something, and she ''lets the kid hold the chainsaw.''
* HehHehYouSaidX: "[=#ToddlerClimbing=]":
--> '''Sam''' All of those negative reviews came from the same IP address!\\
'''Cat''': *sputters* Heh heh, I Pee...
* HypercompetentSidekick: Sam is this to Cat, who is pretty ditzy, usually when it comes to common sense stuff; Downplayed though, as even Sam herself can be careless and aggressive.
** Dice plays this trope straighter.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Sam showed utter disgust in urinals and calling boys gross in "[[{{iCarly}} iOwe You]]". Fast forward to Los Angeles and she has a urinal mounted above her headboard, where she even contemplates using it in the future.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The episode titles are in the form of [[http://samandcatnews.com/2013/02/12/sam-and-cat-hashtag-titles/ #TwitterTags]].
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Dice and Goomer. Even though Goomer is Dice's client, they almost like father and son.
* {{Irony}}: First, we have "[=#FavoriteShow=]", which is not only the second episode of the series, but mirrors the cancellation of ''{{Series/Victorious}}'' with that of ''That's a Drag''. Fast forward to a year later, and [[HistoryRepeats this show suffers the same fate as Victorious by kicking the bucket without a proper finale]].
* JesusTaboo: Averted. Cat does make religious/biblical references in two episodes, and they are very accurate (apart from "the three wise guys" and "King Solo Man" anyways).
* KarmaHoudini: Even though it was an accident, Sam and Cat are this for being rewarded with free cheeseburgers for life after letting two kids they were supposed to be watching take a joyride, which in turn caused a guy to collapse from the stress of chasing them. That sort of thing isn't uncommon in Dan Schneider shows, though.
** Not to mention there were no consequences whatsoever for Max and Chloe robbing Inside Out Burger.
** The parent in "[=#TextingCompetition=]" gets away with gluing Sam's hand to Cat's foot with no punishment outside of losing the competition.
** Sam returns to this role with gusto in Episode 6, doing a series of small but insulting things to Cat throughout the episode, and still winds up getting a bedroom. This can be explained, however, by Cat being the type to forgive and forget easily.
** In "[=#MotorcycleMystery=]," Sam and Cat kidnap Hector (a friend of the thief) despite them promising to return him if the thief gave her the motorcycle back, which he did. So they basically got away with kidnapping.
** In "[=MagicATM=]" this is even Lampshaded ("We learned nothing!").
** In "[=#MadAboutShoe=]" Sam impersonates a nurse and she and Cat jump through a (closed) window to escape as part of their successful attempt to steal a hospitalised girl's pink shoe so Cat can have the matching pair (ItMakesSenseInContext). So that's theft, impersonation and destruction of hospital property... and do they get caught? Er, no.
** In "[=#FirstClassProblems=]" Goomer & Dice escape from airport security guards after Goomer throws two glasses of chocolate milk at them, even causing a lock down of the airport. After doing so however, not only were they not arrested by airport police, but they seemed to have escaped wanted charges as well.
** In "[=#WeStealARockStar=]" Sam, Cat and Dice all kidnap rock star Del Deville after accidentally knocking him out, and then after a whole episode of holding him prisoner in their apartment, he is released after hearing Cat play a (copyrighted) guitar riff and asking her to use it in a new song of his. This is literally the second time in the series Sam and Cat have gotten away with kidnapping. Fortunately karma does show itself sometime after Deville's new album is released when he is sued for copyright infringement over use of the guitar riff, and loses the case.
* KickTheDog: Goomer's mom's comment when she learns Goomer is an MMA Fighter was really nasty
-->'''Goomer's Mom:''' "When I adopted you, I should've kept the receipt."
* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: Invoked and parodied when Sam takes a kid out to see a horror movie rated R. The kid doesn't ''show'' any emotional distress, but he says: "That movie messed me up, man!"
* ItIsDehumanizing: Nora calls Dice 'it' after kidnapping her, showing all he is to her is a way to hurt Sam.
* LampshadeHanging: This bit from the pilot:
-->'''Cat:''' We sort of have this whole fun odd couple dynamic. Built in conflict. Lots of potential for more adventure.
** In "[=#FavoriteShow=]," Sam and Cat are watching TV, and:
-->'''Sam:''' See, on TV, they're not allowed to use real Pear computers, so they replace the pears with a banana.
-->'''Cat:''' That's so clever!
** Later on, their favorite show is canceled, and Cat cries over how insane it is for a network to cancel a big hit show without even giving it a proper finale, which is of course what happened to ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' ([[HarsherInHindsight and]] ''SamAndCat'' [[HarsherInHindsight itself, as it turned out]]).
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Sam explains to Cat that ''That's a Drag'' uses nonexistent Banana computers instead of Pear because it's a TV show and they have to use ParodyNames to avoid copyright issues. (If you don't get it, Dan swaps out the Apple brand name with Pear.)
** In "[=#DroneBabyDrone=]," Sam mentions that they ordered size 62 men's underpants. When asked why, Cat explains that it would make a great sight gag. Also in that episode, when at the Zapathon headquarters, they have a driver named Frank who is a reference to Frank Zappa. Sam complains that "kids are not going to get this."
* LighterAndSofter: Than ''{{Victorious}}'' in particular.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: A lot of jokes around Sam and Cat's relationship is this. "[=#PeezyB=]" even has the caught cheating argument.
* LocalHangout: The restaurant Bots, similar to Nozu and Groovy Smoothie.
** Notable is that it apparently uses a set from ''Drake and Josh'', according to the Sam and Cat Wiki.
* LoggingOntoTheFourthWall: Sam and Cat's babysitting service has an actual website [[http://www.samandcatssuperrockinfuntimebabysittingservice.com/index.php here]].
* ManChild: Goomer, to ridiculous levels.
* MommasBoy: Goomer, big time.
* MoodSwinger: Nora has devolved into this since her last appearance, now having a habit to flip flop between her silly FauxAffablyEvil and psychopathic fury in a heartbeat.
* NeverSayDie: "[=#RevengeOfTheBritBrats=]". Sam and Cat cotton on to the brats' ploy to drive a wedge between them, and get the idea to escalate the conflict to "fatal levels" just to counter-troll them. Essentially they fake Cat's death without actually calling it "death".
* NiceHat: Dice is never without one.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Invoked in "[=#BabysitterWar=]" when Sam finds a JustinBieber impersonator... who promptly gets hit with a frozen chicken.
** There's no such explanation for the appearance of SimonAndGarfunkel in "[=#SuperPsycho=]" though.
** And then there's the FrankZappa lookalike in "[=#DroneBabyDrone=]."
--> '''Sam''': [[LampshadingTheObscureReference "Kids are not gonna get this!"]]
* NoEnding: Considering it ended four episodes before the original forty-episode order was completed, [[spoiler:ending the entire series with Cat in jail for assaulting a hair model and Sam turning Nona into her personal servant by lying about Cat's whereabouts isn't really how anyone wanted it to end]].
* NoFourthWall: "[=#BlooperEpisode=]" has the main cast using their actual names as they're on their lunch break during filming the show. And Ariana uses her natural hair and voice throughout.
* NoIndoorVoice: Coach Bubs Dixon.
* NonSequitur: In "[=#DroneBabyDrone=]" while the Zapathon employee is talking with the landlord, Cat suddenly asks everyone if anyone drops their pants and sticks their butts in an open refrigerator.
* OddCouple: Sam and Cat, even said word for word by Cat.
* OhCrap: Sam has a big one in "[=#SuperPsycho=]" when she's told that Nora escaped prison and is possibly on her way to take her revenge.
* OldMediaPlayingCatchUp: After the Twitter/Facebook hybrid "The Slap" being featured on ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', the show seems to be heading even more into promoting Twitter style social media, with the episode titles taking the form of [=#HashTags=].
* {{Omake}}: ''The Lil' Sam and Cat Show'', hosted by FunSize cartoon versions of Sam and Cat, and filled with behind-the-scenes stuff, more on guest stars, and reveals of those {{easter egg}}s.
* OnlySaneMan: Dice.
* OutOfFocus: Hollywood Arts is no longer shown since ''Victorious'' ended but Cat still goes there.
* ParodyAssistance: Anthony Heald in "[=#SuperPsycho=]" ''really was in Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''!
--> [[MythologyGag "Do not touch the glass... I just cleaned it."]]
* PowerTrio:
** BeautyBrainsAndBrawn:
*** Beauty: Cat
*** Brains: Dice
*** Brawn: Sam (though far from unattractive or stupid herself)
** BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Sam,Dice,and Cat respectively.
** NiceMeanAndInBetween:
*** Nice: Dice (likes taking in stray animals, is much more patient with Goomer than Sam is with Cat, and has the least Jerkass moments in the main Power Trio)
*** Mean: Sam
*** In-between: Cat (is very sweet unless she wants something (like in "[=#MadAboutShoe=]"), is InnocentlyInsensitive, and is [[BewareTheNiceOnes harmless until you piss her off]] .
** ThreeAmigos
** TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Like in ''Series/{{ICarly}}'', only with Cat replacing Carly as the nice one and Dice replacing Freddie as the Butt Monkey.
** WithAFriendAndAStranger
* PowerWalk: Played for laughs at the end of "[=#RevengeOfTheBritBrats=]" with the title characters.
* PreemptiveDeclaration: "I'm sorry I pushed you off the bench."
* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: Nora seems to think so. [[spoiler:Didn't pan out that way though.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sam and Cat's landlord (the actual one) when he finally appears in "[=#DroneBabyDrone=]." Sure he resorts to throwing ''flashbangs'' to snuff out scuffles, but he's eventually reasoned with.
* RecycledPremise: "[=#BabysittingWar=]" will remind anyone who had seen {{iCarly}}'s "iSaw Him First" with a babysitting theme instead, including the outwitting/bribery competition, a male "casualty", and being called out for the pettiness of the conflict by a third party who suggests that the duo stick together.
** "[=#MommaGoomer=]" also replicates "iWanna Stay with Spencer" and "Helen Back Again" where the protagonists must weave a web of lies to prevent the departure of a major character (therefore setting up the conflict), then this major character proves himself to the conflict-character and gets to stay with the protagonists.
* RedOniBlueOni: Cat has a fun, passion personality while Sam is cool. Sam has a tough, hotheaded personality while Cat is calm. This depends on the situation.
* RequiredSpinoffCrossover:
** Elsewhere, the title characters have a scene with Sikowitz in his classroom.
** "[=#TheKillerTunaJump=]" brings together Jade and Robbie from ''{{Victorious}}'' and Freddie from ''{{iCarly}}''.
** [[{{iCarly}} Gibby, Nora and Nevel]] in "[=#SuperPsycho=]."
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "[=#DroneBabyDrone=]" references the Amazon Prime Air delivery-by-remote-controlled-helicopter service.
* RunningGag: Cat thinking Sam's last name is Puckle as opposed to Puckett.
** Except for "[=#MadAboutShoe=]," when the hospitalised girl who owns the shoe Cat stole (long story) asks her who she is; in a whispered conversation Sam tells Cat not to use her real name. Thus ensues:
--> '''Cat''': Well... I'm Sam Puckett!\\
'''Sam''' ''(slapping her forehead)'': The ''one'' time she gets the name right...
** At least she's closer than Goomer who thought it was Pickle.
** That recurring hobo who's supposedly actually doing very well.
** Mentioning Cat's bra, chest, or bra size.
** Randy. Y'know, the kid who's always going "it's ''Randy''!"
* TheScrappy: {{In-Universe}}, nobody likes Jepsen from "[=#Lumpatious=]" which is understandable since he acts like a prideful jerk towards everyone.
* SelfDeprecation: Partially inverted as Sam's talking about herself.
--> '''Dice:''' Aren't you Sam from ''{{Series/ICarly}}''?\\
'''Sam:''' Nah, that chick is way hotter than me.
* ShaggyDogStory: "[=#FirstClassProblems=]." [[spoiler:After nearly half the passengers board before Sam and Cat, Goomer unwittingly sabotages the entire first class flight.]]
* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: Averted. Sam is 19 and goes to 'online school' and most of their babysitting happens after Cat gets home from school.
** Lampshaded in the episode "[=#FavoriteShow=]."
* ShoutOut:
** "[=#SalmonCat=]" is one giant shout out to ''LaverneAndShirley'', a '70s sitcom about two female roommates who got into wacky situations. The episode features guest appearances by both Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, Sam and Cat recreate the famous intro to the theme song ("Schlemiel! Schlimazel!"), and the apartment buildings that Williams and Marshall's characters live in are named after their characters (Feeney and De Fazio).
** "We have to give him [[Franchise/StarWars C-3PO]]!"
** In "[=#FavoriteShow=]," at the beginning there's a list of shows on the TV that are made up of old shows from Creator/DanSchneider such as ''{{Series/Zoey101}}'' and ''{{Series/DrakeAndJosh}}''.
*** Which is odd, considering all Creator/DanSchneider shows are set in the same universe, as evidenced by Pear products and ''Galaxy Wars''.
** "[=#FavoriteShow=]" has Cat make a shout out to the ComicBook/WonderTwins.
-->'''Cat:''' Roommate powers activate!
** In "[=#TheBritBrats=]," the two girls' uncle who drops them off says goodbye by saying ''Series/{{Cheers}}''. Sam replies by saying ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', and Cat replies by saying ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
** [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} "Shut up and take my money!"]]
** [[WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBobSquarePants}} "Look for SpongeBob's Pineapple."]]
*** [[Film/{{Zoolander}} ''"What is this? A speedboat for ants?"'']]
** "[=#BabysittingCommercial=]" has Sam make a shout out to one of the villains of Batman.
-->'''Sam:''' Hey, Joker, you just missed Batman.
** "[=#MotorcycleMystery=]" is essentially ''TheHangover'' that centers on Cat.
** "[=#SecretSafe=]" has Dice ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext dancing for money (in birthday parties)]]'', referencing the Tina Turner song "Private Dancer".
--> '''Sam:''' [[Music/ThePolice You don't have to put on the red tights!]]''
** When Dice catches the odor of the "pee-can", he makes the SkywardScream "[[Film/StarTrek CAAAAAAN!]]''
*** Cat screams [[Series/TheBradyBunch "Oh, my nose!"]] when hit in the face with a chicken puck.
** The creepy guy from "[=#DollSitting=]" keeps calling it [[TheSilenceofTheLambs Clarice.]]
** The titular "[=#Twinfection=]," according to Sam, is when you're bitten and it turns into an EvilTwin. [[Film/ArmyOfDarkness Hmmm.]]
** Cat being afraid of what happens if Sam and Jade met in "[=#TheKillerTunaJump=]" recalls several Tweets Dan Schneider made about the subject, especially when the finale of ''iCarly'' was airing.
*** A man dressed as Music/RingoStarr as seen from the album [[Music/TheBeatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band]] is giving the drum roll when Sam[[note]][[spoiler:Actually Cat in disguise]][[/note]] is about to jump the tuna.
** "[=#MadAboutShoe=]" goes for 70's references
*** Nona's past lovers include pro basketball legend [=Bob McAdoo=] and [[RhymesOnADime the poet laureate of game shows]] Nipsey Russell. Perhaps they knew WhereDaWhiteWomenAt
*** The key intersection on Cat's StringTheory board honors 70s mime duo [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shields_and_Yarnell Shields and Yarnell]].
** Sam and Cat's illegal brewing business in "[=#BlueDogSoda=]" has Goomer and Dice wearing [[Series/BreakingBad very familiar-looking protective gear and eyewear.]]
** In "[=#FresnoGirl=]," the doll salesman (excuse me. Fresno girl doll adviser) looks suspiciously like Ken.
** "[=#SuperPsycho=]" is very similar to ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs,'' including [[AxCrazy Nora]] keeping her victims in a pit, threatening them with 'the hose', and wanting to create wigs from their hair (similar to Buffalo Bill, who made suits from human skin), Sam and Cat getting help from Nevel, and the confrontation at the end.
*** Also, the inmates in the second cell Sam and Cat pass appear to be [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel]].
** Del Deville gets a mask that makes him look like [[TheDarkKnightRises Nolan!Bane]].
*** Sam's 'books' "Three Months Later" and "Three Months After That" mimic the naming style of [[FiftyShadesOfGrey a rather notorious series of fanfic-turned-novels.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: ''That's a Drag'' fills this role until it's cancelled, after which they switch to ''Toilet Wars''.
* SpecialGuest: Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams aka LaverneAndShirley in "[=#SalmonCat=]."
** [[HappyDays Scott Baio]] in "[=#MagicATM=]."
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Inverted. This was why Cat thought a guy named Robert T. Farmer was a farmer--she thought the "T" stood for "The".
* SpinOff: A dual spin-off, from ''Series/{{ICarly}}'' and ''Series/{{Victorious}}''. It's one of the first live action shows (if not ''the'' first ever) to be like this.
* SpitTake: Subverted - Cat does a ''[[WaterfallPuke waterfall take]]'' instead when Sam mentions that ''she just sent Nona to the retirement home''.
** Played straight later in "[=#Twinfection=]." ''Twice''.
* SpoiledBrat: Delbin, the [[spoiler:fake]] building manager's son.
** He's nothing on the daughter of the parents in "[=#Babysitting Commercial=]."
* StageMom: Butler's mom, natch.
--> "I'm his mom. ''And'' his manager. I'm a ''[[BuffySpeak momager]].''"
* StepfordSmiler: [[TakeThat Usually someone in a particularly professional field]], like the Fresno Girl doll adviser and the Zapathon 'problem popper' PR guy.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Sophia Grace Brownlee's sister Rosie, aka the "[[FanNickname hype girl]]", never sang along with Sophia or even said much of anything in those videos, until she appeared in this show.
* StringTheory: Cat makes a corkboard version in "[=#MadAboutShoe=]."
* TakeThat: In the second episode, Sam and Cat discover their favourite television show was cancelled without a finale episode, despite being a massive hit. The plot of this episode is their attempts to get the show back on the air. The same thing happened to Dan Schneider's last television series, ''{{Victorious}}'', and then again to [[HilariousInHindsight this very show]].
** There's also one about how producers don't cancel shows, even though many blame them.
** The manic soda-banning government guy in "[=#BlueDogSoda=]."
* TastesLikeFeet:
--> '''Sam''': "Peanut butter on a hot dog! I call it PB-on-Ween."\\
'''Cat''': "How's it taste?"\\
'''Sam''': "Like ''butt.''"
* TheTeamBenefactor: Dice is this to the girls, and can give them anything they need from gadgets to clients, etc.
* TeensAreShort: How short? Jennette [=McCurdy=] is 5' 2" and she's ''still'' the taller one ([[{{iCarly}} well, this time anyway]]).
* TerribleArtist: Sam in TheStinger of "[=#BlueDogSoda=]." While the kid they're babysitting can carve several different animals from cheese, all of Sam's carvings can best be described as ''rocks''.
* TimeSkip: Takes place after some point in ''{{iCarly}}''.
** PlayedForLaughs in "[=#WeStealARockStar=]", when the aftermath of the events shows Sam reading "Three Months Later", and after a second skip, "Three Months After That". Turns out ''they're just the titles''.
* TitleDrop: Well, duh. Like it's the first time they did that. Some episodes are like this too.
* ToiletHumor: Used a multiple times every episode.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Personality wise Sam is the Tomboy and Cat the Girly Girl. Look wise they are about the same, though Cat is shown in dresses while Sam is in Jeans and T-shirts.
** This is highly emphasized by the way they style their room.
** Also, Melanie is the Girly Girl to Sam's Tomboy.
* TotallyRadical: Nonna, as seen in episode 3. And how!
* TrailersAlwaysLie: In the commercials for "[=#TextingCompetition=]" it seemed like an old friend of Dice's would be a obstacle for Sam in the tournament, however he doesn't effect the main plot and mostly interacts with Dice, and even then, there's no overall conclusion to it.
** The commercials for "[=#BabysittingCommercial=]" make it seem like it would be about Sam and Cat trying to make a commercial for their babysitting service since they only used scenes from the "commercial". The episode was really about Dice fearing that he would lose custody of his dog to the dog's original owner who is a snooty girl, wanting to use the dog in a fancy dance competition. The babysitting commercial only appears at the beginning of the episode and doesn't really serve any purpose except to set off the events of the plot.
* UnfortunateName: "[=#FirstClassProblems=]." The last name Baum is an awkward one to have in an airport.
* UnusualEuphemism: While we do hear 'pee' and 'poop' regularly, they carried over 'wazz' from ''{{Victorious}}''. There's even one use of [[RefugeInAudacity 'shazz']].
* TheVoiceless: Sophie, the youngest of the three children Sam and Cat take care of for most of "[=#BabysitterWar=]." [[spoiler: In the end she does talk and settles it - it's a tie.]]
* WalkingTheEarth: Sam apparently intended to do this before deciding to stay with Cat in "[=#Pilot=]." (Well, riding the Earth on a motorcycle anyway.)
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In "[=#TheKillerTunaJump=]," Robbie shows up without [[CompanionCube Rex]] by his side. No one of the ''Victorious'' cast wonders where the puppet is. To boot, Robbie ''really'' can't go anywhere with Rex or else he goes crazy.
* WhenEldersAttack: "[=#SalmonCat=]." [[spoiler:LaverneAndShirley going at it!]]
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Averted. Cat states their zip code is 90291, which would place their residence in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Venice Beach]].
* WholeCostumeReference: Cat's Halloween costume is straight out of ''IDreamOfJeannie''.
** Nora at the start of "[=#SuperPsycho=]" is straight up [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Sarah Connor.]] Nevel [[spoiler:goes for the double whammy in both [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal's]] InstitutionalApparel and the suit and hat he wears after his escape.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Goomer is terrified of robots ([[CompressedVice but seems to be over it]] by "[=#PeezyB=]" though).
* TheWorfEffect: Invoked when Sam takes on Rita Rooney in "[=#KnockOut=]" - while Sam does win, this is the first time we've seen her seriously work towards it, rather than the CurbStompBattle we've come to expect.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Bubs Dixon can be seen reading ''Catch-23''.
* WunzaPlot: Parodied in the initial promo.
-->'''Cat''': I play a cop on the edge who makes his own rules!
-->'''Sam''': No, you don't. That's not what you play.
-->'''Cat''': And she plays a lonely doctor who's fed-up with the system!
-->'''Sam''': I don't play a doctor, and I don't care about the system.
-->'''Cat''': And together we fly a starship in search of friends and moondust!
* YoungEntrepreneur: Dice will sell pretty much anything weird. Episode 1: celebrity hair (he even collects some from Sam). Episode 2: hats with fake state names. In 3: [[DoubleWeapon spifes ie. spoons with knives on the other end.]]
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