A 1993-96 NBC sitcom about recovering alcoholic John Hemingway, the night shift manager of a bus station in St. Louis. Other characters include John's assistant, Mahalia Sanchez; lunch counter attendant Dexter Walker; janitor Heavy Gene; hooker Carly Watkins; cops Adam Hampton and Eve Eggers; John's AA sponsor, Chester; and starting in season 2, a nurse named Catherine Merrick.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* ActorAllusion: Larroquette is a recovered alcoholic himself.
** In one episode he finds himself joining in when two bus riding Trekkers insist on speaking [[StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock Klingon]]
* AngryBlackMan: Dexter (to John)
* BuildingOfAdventure: Pretty much the entire series takes place inside the bus station.
* CompanionCube: The carnival sign "This Is a Dark Ride" John hangs in his office.
* {{Crossover}}: "More Changes" features John calling into {{Series/Frasier}} [[{{Series/Cheers}} Crane]]'s radio show for some relationship advice.
* DeadpanSnarker: Everyone
* DisgustingPublicToilet: The bus station has one of these as a RunningGag.
-->'''John''': ''People'' did that? Bears, I could imagine. But ''people''?
* TheEponymousShow
* EverythingIsRacist: Dexter, who especially plays it up around John.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The show's tone was lightened after the first season.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: A wedding with a Literature/{{Cinderella}} theme.
* FatalFlaw: John Hemingway's (recovering) alcoholism.
* {{GIRL}}: In TheTeaser of an episode John goes to an internet lesbian chatroom pretending to be a woman.
-->'''John (typing):''' What are you talking about?
-->'''Girl 1:''' ''[something mundane]''
-->'''John:''' Sounds hot.
-->'''Assorted girls:''' MAN IN THE FORUM! LOG OFF!! LOG OFF!!
* GirlySkirtTwirl: The normally tough cop Eve is a bridesmaid for a Cinderella themed wedding, and twirls around the room in her dress, accidentally tripping over a chair.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Carly
* InstantCosplaySurprise: Happens to the John, who refuses to dress up for a charity collection... until MsFanservice [[FavoritismFlipFlop purrs like a kitten]]. [[GilliganCut Cue next scene]] and audience laughter as John is standing there dressed like a duck.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: "John's Lucky Day" features a guest spot by Charlie Robinson, John's former ''Series/NightCourt'' co-star. Harry Anderson later turns up in "Cosmetic Perjury."
* MsFanservice: Carly, for obvious reasons
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: John Hemingway's last name may be a ShoutOut to Creator/ErnestHemingway, particularly considering John has a masters degree in English literature.
* PunnyName: A double pun with police partners Adam Hampton and Eve Eggers (Adam & Eve/Ham & Eggs)
* SheCleansUpNicely: Eggers. After all, she is [[{{Amadeus}} Constanze Mozart]].
* SpicyLatina: Mahalia
* TheSponsor: John had as his AA sponsor David Crosby, perhaps the Poster Boy for rock star addicts. Once at the start of a meeting Crosby admitted he had had fallen off the wagon, leading John to respond: "My ''sponsor'' needs a '''sponsor'''?"
* TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity: John wins an electric car. He charges it at home, where he gets free electricity included in his rent. His landlord complains and cuts him off, so John starts charging it at the bus station where he works.
* ThematicThemeTune: [[http://youtu.be/hNOnl5gev3g The Skrewy St. Louis Blues]]; basically no lyrics (just scat), but the title alone is very appropriate to the show.
* ThoseWackyNazis: The B plot in one episode centred around John being forced to rent a bus to a group of neo-Nazis.
* VehicularSabotage: In one episode, John is forced to rent a bus to group of neo-Nazis. After spending the episode trying to find a way to avoid this, he finally admits that the law says that he '''must''' rent them a bus. He then adds that the law doesn't say anything about '''not''' shoving a screwdriver through the gas tank as he holds up a screwdriver.
* WorkCom: The majority of the action takes place in the bus station and/or to the employees thereof.
* WorldOfSnark
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