-->'''Sydney''': Dad, this is not something you do to a partner. My name is on the door now.
-->'''Simon''': Really? I thought that was my name twice.

''The Crazy Ones'' is a comedy which began airing in fall of 2013 on CBS. The series focuses on the Lewis, Roberts + Roberts Advertising Company, headed by Simon Roberts (Creator/RobinWilliams) and his daughter Sydney (Creator/SarahMichelleGellar). Sydney has recently been promoted to partner, which means she not only has to contend with her buffoonish and off-the-wall father on his own terms but also the charming copywriter Zach ([[Series/MadMen James Wolk]]), nebbish art director Andrew ([[Series/TheNewsroom Hamish]] [[Series/TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine Linklater]]), and ditzy assistant Lauren ([[Series/TheMindyProject Amanda]] [[Series/GossipGirl Setton]]).

The series is mostly carried by Robin [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny Doing Something Funny]] and Sarah [[StraightMan responding to it]], but it has its fair share of standard workplace comedy and father-daughter heartwarming moments.

Cancelled after 1 season.
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!!Tropes Include

* AmbiguouslyBrown: Lauren. Everyone had different theories.
-->'''Lauren''': I'm from Long Island!
-->'''Simon''': But you're our diversity hire! If anyone asks, just say you're "other." [[note]]For what it's worth, Amanda Setton is Jewish (Syrian Jewish on one side, and Ashkenazi Jewish on the other)[[/note]]
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Zach, at least early on in the series. This bugs Andrew[[note]]who actually comes from a very large and very Irish family[[/note]] because everyone thought that he was the Jewish one.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Lauren points out that an old commercial Simon did featured a British man, a French maid, and a windmill in the background, and wonders what country it takes place in. Simon points out it was the 80s and nobody cared about those things yet.
* AsHimself: Fred Melamed, the voiceover artist, plays a haughty lascivious version of himself on the show.
* BatmanGambit:
** Simon goes into a meeting with [=McDonalds=] executives knowing they plan on firing him and taking their account to another company, spins the entire situation into a sob story about the good old old days with his daughter, and leaves with a second chance at making them a better ad.
** One of Simon's techniques when dealing with an uncooperative client is the "pivot": go along with all of their requests, then convince them that it isn't working and try to make them come along to his side. [[spoiler: He tries it on Kelly Clarkson in the pilot, but she's seen it before.]]
* BerserkButton: Australia for Simon. [[spoiler: It was the cause of his last and worst bender, before him finally deciding to clean up his act]].
** [[spoiler: Although on second thought, it might have been New Zealand.]]
** St. Patrick's Day as well for Simon.
** Simon also doesn't like being accused of abandoning Sydney in a mall when she was a child.
* BiTheWay: Lauren, though Sydney suggests she's far more advanced than the rest of the group and shouldn't be labelled.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Simon is rather...''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} eccentric]]'', but damn if he's not a brilliant ad executive.
* CannotKeepASecret: Andrew.
* ChickMagnet: Zach.
* CloserToEarth: Sydney is a lot more sane than Simon, though she is learning to think more outside the box than he is.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Sydney is this to Simon.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sydney and Andrew.
* DirtyOldMan: Mr. Finger.
* TheDitz: Lauren, though she's recently been shown to have more than a few HiddenDepths.
* EarWorm: In-universe, Sydney gets a song written about her that absolutely no one can get out of their heads.
--> Sydneeeeeeey, you're one of a kind...
* EuropeansAreKinky: Helena, described as "a sexually omnivorous Mary Poppins."
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Sydney's ex-stalker Danny gains the attractions of both Lauren and Zach.
* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Kelly Clarkson has seen people try to "pivot" her before, and won't fall for it again.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In 'She's so European' Simon and Zach [[spoiler: after discovering that they are both sleeping with Helena]] have a confrontation that involves a jar of mayonnaise. They both struggle to open it while making their respective "O-faces" in front of a horrified/disgusted Sydney before the jar slips out of their hands and it falls between the men's feet, leaving a gloopy white mess on the floor.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The gang tries to mediate a dispute between their SpoiledBrat intern and her roommate over who gets the bigger bedroom. [[spoiler: They manage to convince the roommate that smaller is better only to have the intern change her mind over taking the bigger room as well. This results in the two girls launching themselves at each other across the conference table with our heroes desperately trying to keep them apart.]]
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Simon.
** TheLancer: Sydney usually, but occasionally Zach takes this role as well due to his ability to roll with and play off of Simon's eccentricity.
** TheBigGuy: Zach, when he isn't being the Lancer.
** TheSmartGuy: Andrew.
** TheChick: Lauren.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Simon, which is no surprise given who plays him.
** The show's outtakes show that James Wolk and Hamish Linklater riff fairly often as well, doing an admirable job of keeping up with Robin Williams.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Zach and Andrew. Hilariously {{Lampshaded}} when Andrew "starts seeing other people" while Zach is on vacation.
* HiddenDepths:
** When working out how to campaign for an award Simon's been nominated for, Lauren off-handedly mentions she's good at sabotaging other campaigns (citing the use of eye drops during a beauty pageant that took her competitor out of the running). She then goes on to say, in detail, how easy it'd be to take over the ad company by killing Simon and Sydney, while laughing it all off as some hilarious joke. Simon looks mighty uncomfortable that she's put that much thought into it.
*** May also cross over into ObfuscatingStupidity.
** The models, led by Adriana Lima, in "Models Love Magic" reveal that they are part of a book club and are seen knowledgeably critiquing Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis". Meanwhile Sydney, who had been holding onto the belief that she is at least intellectually superior to [[{{HollywoodHomely}} women who are much more beautiful than her]], is completely lost and sheepishly reveals that she doesn't know any of Kafka's work.
* HilariousOuttakes: If you stay until right before the credits, you will see several of what didn't get put into the show.
** This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzlWeZVBi64 one]] with Kelly Clarkson unable to keep a straight face.
** They can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLudW1zvM5eXyuVVFT7QldxNsWpNJleq24 here.]]
* [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Huge Guy, Tiny Guy]]: Gordon is much taller than his husband Timothy. Considering he's played by Creator/BradGarrett, that shouldn't be much of a surprise.
** Sydney is a foot shorter than Andrew. She needs to use a ScullyBox when she [[spoiler: kisses him in the finale]]. Even with the box, the top of her head just reaches his eyes.
* ICallHimMrHappy: Invoked when Simon is pitching an ad for an erectile dysfunction drug. Since RobinWilliams is the TropeNamer, it was probably inevitable this trope would show up sooner or later.
* {{Imprinting}}: The ducklings do this to Andrew in "Spectacular".
* IntercourseWithYou: Kelly and Zach's song from the pilot, "It's Not the Meat it's the Motion". And yes, it is a sexy song about meat for [=McDonalds=].
* IWantGrandkids: Sydney's lack of romantic success has become pretty draining on Simon.
* LadyKillerInLove: Zach gets a crush on a girl he's dating, though he hates it and wants it to stop.
** Later, it's revealed that the only woman he really loved dumped him and broke his heart.
** Happens to Zach again in the finale. He finally decides to do the grown up thing and try and pursue a proper relationship, only to realize that the tables had turned and he was the one being used.
* LargeHam: Come on, it's Robin Williams.
* LoveTriangle: Zach and Simon get into one when Helena (a client who owns a dating site) takes them as her lovers. She isn't interested in a relationship and when they get too emotionally involved, she chooses a ThirdOptionLoveInterest - the announcer for a commercial after she gets [[ArousedByTheirVoice aroused by his voice]].
* MarriedToTheJob: Sydney, to the point where she complains when forced to go on vacation.
-->'''Sydney''': So they all get to stay here and I have to go to Hawaii?
-->'''Andrew''': Do you even hear yourself right now.
* MoneyDearBoy: InUniverse: Apparently Brad Paisley will take any gig as long as he gets paid. He even records answering machine messages at 35 dollars a pop.
** Fred Melamed, the voiceover artist, as well. He agrees to do the eulogy at the funeral of a man nobody particularly liked only after Simon agrees to pay him an extortionate fee. He only speaks for all of ten seconds before sitting back down.
* MyGreatestFailure: Simon's was in "Spectacular". [[spoiler: He poured pop rocks into a lake, causing a sugary geyser and killing most of the animals in it.]]
* OnlySaneEmployee: Sydney[[spoiler:, though it's starting to become apparent that "sane" is a relative term here]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Sydney's mother walked out on her multiple times and frequently forgot about her even when the family was together. After being accused of being the neglectful parent one too many times, Simon angrily points out that although he has made countless mistakes[[note]]including, but not limited to, shipping Sydney to Phoenix in a dog crate[[/note]], he accepts and admits that he was a lousy father and is honestly trying to make up for his failings.
* ProductPlacement: The firm does work for real companies such as Allstate and [=McDonald's=].
** WordOfGod says that the show uses real products without any sponsorship or deals that would allow companies to have any say in how they're portrayed on the show so that the characters can riff however they want to about a product for good or for bad.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: Lauren is implied to be one.
** Zach has referenced more than one in his past. There's even hints that Lauren is ''his'' PsychoExGirlfriend, but neither seems to realize this.
* ReallyGetsAround: Zach has an epic sex life, if his bragging is to be believed.
* SexySoakedShirt: Andrew and Sydney get their clothes wet after the fire sprinklers go off. It leads to their ShipTease moment.
* ShinyNewAustralia: Averted by Simon, who claims that "Australia is so hot even the Nazis didn't want it."
* ShoutOut:
** The opening credits have the cast imitate famous ad campaigns.
** Two for the price of one in the outtakes at the end of episode 3 -- Simon asks Sydney "Where did you learn that DukesOfHazzard thing?" and [[ActorAllusion she replies]] "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Sunnydale]]."
** During an ad pitch to the Australian Tourist Board, Simon, Zach and Andrew dress as drag queens and dance around as an allusion to TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert. Hilariously, the Australians (where the movie originated) don't get the reference.
** The "quant's" blunt, spartan ad in "Simon Roberts Was Here" resembles the infamous "Head-On" ad campaign.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Since his first appearance, Danny Chase has gained some notoriety (of the good kind) within jingle writing circles, but his level of fame is far lower than what his Jerkass attitude would imply. He believes he's in the middle of a feud with Brad Paisley while Brad Paisley has no idea who Danny is.
* StraightGay: Gordon Lewis, Simon and Sydney's other partner at the agency.
* StraightMan: Sydney
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: The times in which Sydney tries to be serious while Simon starts cracking jokes and {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Zach and Andrew
* TitleDrop: In the Pilot, when Sydney is trying to win over Music/KellyClarkson[[note]] For those wondering, it comes from the famous Apple ad campaign also known as "Think Different".[[/note]].
* TooMuchInformation: "She's So European" focuses on this. When Sydney becomes friends with Helena, the latter shares details with her about her sex life with Zach [[ParentalSexualitySquick and Simon]], which makes Sydney extremely uncomfortable.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Danny Chase's second appearance sees him dressed garishly and greeting Lauren by dipping and kissing her without permission. He acts like a complete douche to everyone in general.
* TrueArtIsAngsty: Invoked by Simon in "Sydney, Australia" while he is trying to get Danny Chase, Sydney's stalker-ish former co-worker[[note]]who's subsequently slapped with a restraining order preventing him from getting withing 50 yards of Sydney until 2015[[/note]] (played by Josh Groban), to sell him the rights to the saccharine love song he'd written. Simon succeeds by pointing out that the material written after Sydney broke the co-worker's heart is much better than the song he's trying to buy. In the show itself this is represented by having Josh Groban sing the first song in a generic pop voice while he sings the second song in the classical baritone he's known for.
** Also the second song gets an entire club (including Sydney's current co-workers) dancing and singing along.
* WackyParentSeriousChild: Simon and Sydney.
* WellDoneSonGuy:
** Sydney, who wants to prove to her dad that she can be just as legendary an ad executive as he is[[note]]Which is tragic because her father is clearly proud and her coworkers (bar one bitchy intern) and clients know she earned her current position through merit rather than nepotism.[[/note]].
** Andrew has this relationship with Simon also, though in his case it's closer to "Well Done Employee Guy". Although he does accidentally call Simon dad in "Spectacular".
** Zach too, who tells Simon that he knows he's "number one" in 'Sixteen Inch Softball', talking right over Simon's attempt to reassure Sydney.
* TheUnfavorite: Andrew certainly feels this way.