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[[caption-width-right:350:The secret lives of animals revealed![[note]]Clockwise starting at 12:00: [[TheLancer Pip]], [[SassyBlackWoman Bessy]], [[GrumpyBear Duke]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Freddy]], [[TheChewToy Peck]], [[ADogNamedDog Pig]], [[ActionGirl Abby]]\\
Center: [[IdiotHero Otis]][[/note]] ]]

->''"Do-si-do and don't cha know''
->''that's just the way we animals roll!"''
-->'''--Last lines of the theme tune'''

''Back at the Barnyard'' is a show from Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}. It started on September 29, 2007, and ended November 12, 2011. Based off the 2006 movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'' which features the same characters from the film, though the series seems to ignore the events of the movie (and replaces one of them) for its own continuity. It is from the creators of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy Neutron]]'', and the 25th member of the popular Franchise/{{Nicktoons}} brand.

The story centers around Otis, the cow in charge of running the barn, though something of an EnsembleCast provides enough chaos to keep a steady stream of entertainment flowing through 2 seasons of 52 episodes. Otis regularly deals with scams gone awry originating from his friends or (more commonly) himself. Other instances have him functioning throughout the human world incognito or dealing with the [[ProperlyParanoid supposedly psychotic]] lady next door to the barn who knows they can talk and wants to expose them to the outside world.

{{Creator/Nickelodeon}} apparently didn't think the show was doing good enough for their standards, so [[ScrewedByTheNetwork they dropped it]] to [[Creator/{{Nicktoons}} Nicktoons Network]] during its run, where the remainder of the episodes were broadcast. While the show ''was'' getting good reviews, it never really became that popular, but it's safe to say that this show gave it its best.

!!''Back at the Barnyard'' provides examples of:

* TwentyFourHourPartyPeople: Subverted, since it's a farm they show the same animals.
* AbortedArc: In "The Right Cow", Bingo said he was going to come back, but he never did.
* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: One of the three French Canadian crows wears a red hat, another one of the three crows wears a blue neckerchief, Bessie wears a cow tag on her left ear, and Abbie wears earrings and a purple bow in her braided hair.
%%* AllCGICartoon
* AllPsychologyisFreudian: In "Saving Mrs. Beady", Beady is admitted into a psychiatric hospital where she's treated by Dr. Furtwangler, a short, bespectacled man who speaks in a thick German accent. Of course by the end of the episode, Freddy ends up inadvertently [[Main/{{DriventoMadness}} driving the good doctor just as crazy as Mrs. Beady is]].
* AlternateContinuity: More or less.
* AnimalGenderBender: The "male cow" with an udder, of course.
* ArtEvolution:
** Otis' udder becomes less jiggly in the series
** Pig becomes less dirty and more shiny in the series.
** Freddy becomes less "hairy" in the series.
* BlatantLies: "We are not {{talking animal}}s." "There's no such things as {{talking animal}}s."
* BelligerentSexualTension: Otis and Abby.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: Bigfoot is a recurring character in the show. He is a celebrity who's recorded a hit single called "No Fear Bigfoot", dated Jessica Allspice, and became mayor with a landslide victory (though he lost the position after going into a rage from flash photography). He can also fly.
* BodyWipe:
** In the episode "The Tale of Two Snottys" where Otis climbs up a ladder and lands on Snotty Boy.
** "Pigmalion": at the very end where Pig jumps into to mud. Then the screen fades to black.
** "Robo Peck": very end,
-->'''Joey:''' Smashy, Smashy, Smashy!
** "Club Otis": Freddy's nose fills the screen
-->'''Peck:''' "Head trauma!"
-->'''Pip:''' "That's it come on in."
-->'''Freddy:''' "Sweet"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: They interacted with their narrator in an episode.
%%* BuffySpeak: Otis.
* BusCrash: Implied with Tony Twocheeks, the former [[TheDon top boss]] of the [[TheMafia Gopher Underground]]--the new boss, Chubs Malone took him on a fishing trip that he never returned from. Given the fact that the gophers are depicted as a mafia in the story, the obvious implication is that [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt Chubs killed him and assumed his role as top boss]].
* ButtSticker: In episode "The Good, the Bad, and the Snotty" after all the animals rolled out of the barn all glued together. Bessy complains about Peck being glued to her butt.
* TheCameo: In "Get Bessy", its revealed that Bessy is the personal shopper of Weird Al Yankovic. He's not particularly bothered by the fact she's a cow, mostly because [[spoiler:he's actually a horse [[Main/{{LatexPerfection}} in a rubber mask]]]].
%%* TheCassandra: Mrs. Beady.
%%* CatapultNightmare: Played with at the end of "Dream Birthday."
%%* CatchPhrase: "Milk me."
%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Freddy is this UpToEleven.
%%** Otis, but to a lesser extent than Freddy.
%%* TheChewToy: Peck and Freddy. Otis to a lesser extent.
%%* ChronicVillainy: Mrs. Beady.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Daisy, despite Otis helping her to raise her son, Ben.
* CircusEpisode: In "Big Top Barnyard", after [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally injuring an entire troupe of circus performers]], Otis volunteers to take over with the help of his friends. His circus features him as the ringmaster, Duke as a sheep tamer, Freddy and Peck as clowns, Pig as a sword swallower, Pip as the world's tiniest man, and Abby as an acrobat. Abby, however, is too afraid to do her part due to an accident that happened when she performed in a circus many years ago.
* ControlFreak: Duke
* CreepyPhysical: Almost every appearance of the Vet in the show involves some form of torture on someone's part. Whether she's [[spoiler:performing a prostate exam on unsuspecting animals or "flushing out their brain-holes"]], the Vet always finds a way to top herself in over-the-top medical horror.
* CriminalDoppelganger: The plot of the aptly named episode "Doggelganger", wherein a dog named Baxter steals Duke's identity in order to escape from the Vet's office. Despite being shorter, thinner, and having a distinctly different voice from Duke's, he manages to fool the entire farm for a good chunk of the episode. Baxter later becomes a minor antagonist in the series, often concocting plans to get revenge on Duke.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bessy and Mr. Beady.
** Pip once referred to himself as a snarky sidekick. Not all that justified, though.
* DenserAndWackier: As opposed to the film's DarkerAndEdgier side of things, this show has tons of comedy.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The male cows having udders and being able to produce milk.
** The way Freddy admits to his parents that Peck - whom he just saved from becoming their meal - is his best friend, and his parents' reaction from this, obviously parallels word for word someone admitting to his parents that he's gay and introducing his partner to them.
*** What makes that one even funnier is the fact that Freddy's [[Creator/CamClarke voice actor]] is gay.
** "Otis Vs. Bigfoot": Otis doesn't think Bigfoot truly loves Abby, but that he just wants to eat her and then walk away and tell all his friends about it, which sounds like Otis claiming Bigfoot would love and leave her.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Shockingly averted in the episode where Pig meets his betrothed--said betrothed has a HairTriggerTemper and frequently screams at and smacks Pig around (Pig is in a love-induced haze so he just pretty much takes it). His friends are rightfully appalled by her treatment of him and plan to get the marriage arrangement dissolved because they know that if Pig marries her and snaps out of his haze afterward, he'll be unhappy and miserable for the rest of his life.
%%* EnemyMine: Otis and Mrs. Beady in "Cowman: The Uddered Avenger".
%%* EpisodeTitleCard
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Invoked by Bessie towards the end of the episode, 'War of the Pranks': "Let's all have a nice end-of-the-show laugh!"
* {{Expy}}: Abby looks surprisingly like Daisy from the source movie. She replaces both Daisy and her son.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Whenever Pip tries to hit on Bessy.
* FatIdiot: Snotty Boy fits this trope to a "T".
** Pig is a less negative version.
** Otis: He can be quite dumb at some times, and the milk in his body makes him heavy.
* {{Flanderization}}: [[AesopAmnesia Otis]] and [[TookaLevelinJerkass Bessy]] are probably the most noticeable examples of this.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Ben.
* FriendshipFavoritism: In the episode, "The Haunting," Pig gets possessed by the ghost of Winky, a rabbit who lived on the farm 150 years ago, who also captures the rest of Otis' friends. When Bessy orders Otis to suck out Winky's spirit with an ecto-vacuum, Otis objects, worrying he might suck out Pig's spirit by mistake, leading to this exchange:
-->'''Bessy:''' What are you waiting for? Get him!
-->'''Otis:''' I can't! I can't risk hurting my best friend!
-->'''Pip:''' I thought I was your best friend!
-->'''Otis:''' Right, I mean second best friend.
-->'''Abby:''' I thought I was your second best friend!
-->'''Otis:''' Uh, no, you're my best friend on the girl list.
-->'''Abby:''' You can't have a different list for girls!
-->'''Otis:''' Well, I do. It's pink and all the I's are dotted with puffy hearts.
-->'''Pip:''' Best friend coming through!
-->'''Abby:''' Best male friend.
-->'''Pip:''' Whatever.
* FurryFemaleMane: Abbie the cow has blonde humanlike head hair and Bessie the other cow has shades of this trope. Otis the "male cow" has no humanlike head hair of any sort.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Milk me."
** "I need privacy when I make #3!"
** The parody of Girls Gone Wild commercials on their own.
** In "The Haunting" the rabbit spirit comes out of Pig's anus when expelled/exorcised...yeah.
** "As they say in British-land, BITE ME!~" Seriously, they got away with this.
** In "Animal Farmers" Otis attaches a milk machine to his udder and says, "it's a gentle tug" until the machine sucks all the milk out of his body.
** In the [[SuckECheeses Donk E. Cheese]] episode, Otis mentions Eugene taking the Z-Box on a "naughty honeymoon."
** One of Otis' umm..."human aliases" is Dick Human from Buyers Beware. And when you realize that he's doing this to scare away the titular buyers...yeah.
** To say nothing of Everett's Indiana Jones expy former owner having a...*ahem* ''[[ReallyGetsAround history]]'' with [[TheChiefsDaughter chief's daughters]].
* GretzkyHasTheBall: There are so many things wrong with the football game they play, someone who has never seen a single football game in their life could find at least 3 things wrong with it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Otis managed to hypnotize himself in "Hypno-A-Go-Go"
* HorrorHunger: Freddy has a constant craving to eat Peck.
%%* {{Housewife}}: Mrs. Beady.
* HughMann: Many of the animals assume the surname "Nota[animal name]" when going out in public.
* IdiotHero: Otis, in contrast to his film counterpart.
%%* InsultMisfire: Otis does this often.
%%* {{Keet}}: Freddy the ferret, pretty much.
%%* KentBrockmanNews: Hilly Buford.
* KidsAreCruel: Eugene and his friends.
%%* LampshadeHanging
* LatexPerfection: The jewel robbers in "Chain Gang" disguise themselves this way wearing full-head rubber farm animal masks that happen to resemble Otis, Chicken, Freddy and Peck (and thus cause said main characters [[MistakenIdentity to be falsely arrested)]], though at the end the impostors are [[spoiler:unmasked by Otis to reveal four old ladies]].
** An inverse of the previous example happens in "Get Bessy", wherein Weird Al wears a mask to hide the fact that [[spoiler:he's a horse disguised as a human]].
* LighterAndSofter: The movie got pretty dark at points. This...doesn't. Some episodes subvert their lighthearted laughs with dark plots though, like "Snotty's New Pet," where Snotty Boy tries to feed Pip to his snake, or "Hypno-A-Go-Go," where Otis is accidentally hypnotized to kill the farmer at the sound of the bell, and more than half of his attempts almost got Abby killed as well trying to save him.
%%* LimitedSocialCircle
%%* MadScientist: Professor Mertin Fargleman.
* ManiacMonkeys: Bingo.
%%* {{Masquerade}}
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "Hello, animals of the farm. And Bessy."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jessica Allspice (Jessica Alba).
** Also, a Geraldo Rivera lookalike appears in "The Big Barnyard Broadcast".
*** "Ryan Earcrust" appears, alongside a mention of hosting 26 shows that day.
*** The "Hilly Burford" newscaster character is an expy of baseball announcer Harry Carey, specifically [[Creator/WillFerrell Will Ferrell's]] impersonation, crazy hair and all.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: In the episode "Mr. Wiggleplix", Pig is distraught over the fact that Otis supposedly killed his imaginary friend of the same name by [[Main/{{AnvilonHead}} dropping an anvil on his head]]. Otis reluctantly dresses up as Wiggleplix to cheer him up, only for the real Wiggleplix to show up at the end of the episode, much to Otis's disbelief. Pig explains that "he can only be seen and heard by those who truly believe, or [[Main/{{SeetheInvisible}} when flour is poured on him]]".
* ObliviousToLove: Otis doesn't seem to be aware that Abby likes him. Or won't admit that he likes her too.
* OminousLatinChanting: In "Hypno-A-Go-Go", when showing a montage of Otis trying to kill the farmer.
** Also {{invoked|Trope}} by Otis when they try to contact ghosts via CanisLatinicus.
* PaperThinDisguise
* RuleOfDrama: Overlaps with RuleOfFunny, and is [[LampshadeHanging acknowledged]] in-universe.
* RuleOfFunny: The whole show seems to revolve around this trope.
* RunningGag: For some reason, pickles seem to be a running gag throughout the show. In fact, one episode had both the main plot and climax caused because of pickles.
%%* SarcasmBlind: Mrs. Beady.
%%* SealedEvilInACan: Winky the rabbit.
* SecretIngredient: At the end of "Chez Pig", all of the barnyard animals ask Pig for the secret ingredient of his grandma's Truffle Pies, Pig finally gives in but when he reveals the secret ingredient, [[SoundEffectBleep a duck shows up and quacks]], completely drowning out what Pig said. However, the other animals are heard exclaiming in disgust, implying that the secret ingredient was actually disgusting.
%%* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend
* ShoutOut: The news reporter Hilly Burford, played by Creator/JohnDimaggio, is a very clear {{Expy}} of Will Ferrell's Harry Caray impersonation on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
* SmellySkunk: Pig's pet Skunky.
* SomethingWeForgot: One episode closed with Duke getting carted off to the pound in the same kennel that Freddy tricked him into earlier in the episode.
* SomewhereAMammalogistIsCrying: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis MALE. COWS. DON'T. HAVE. UDDERS.]]
** And they're called bulls.
*** In one episode, Otis actually had to dress up like a bull and had to try and hide his utter. Otis's udder also pops out at random times, and he attached milked suckers on it and shot milk out of it.
* SpaceJews: The French Canadian crows.
* SuckECheeses: "Donk E. Cheeses."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Abby for Daisy.
* TakeThat: To the animals, there is no worse form of torture than to be strapped to a table and forced to watch [[Film/HighSchoolMusical something about kids in high school making a musical]].
%%* TalkingAnimal
* ThatDidntHappen: In "Dream Birthday", the Farmer confesses his love for the Vet, a feeling which she seems to reciprocate. Not only have these two characters never expressed any romantic intrest towards each other up until now, they only ever interacted with each other in one previous episode.
%%* ThoseTwoGuys: The Pizza Twins.
* TitleDrop: An unusual example due to the context it comes up in, but still an example. In "Otis Season":
-->'''Otis''': Oh, calm down. We can [[Main/{{ItMakesSenseinContext}} saw them off]] ''Back at the Barnyard''.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Abby and Bessie.
* UncattyResemblance: Snotty Boy once had a pet snake who talked just like him, which Pip lampshades and considers cute. Justified because the snake mentions that Snotty Boy raised him since he hatched.
* WholePlotReference: A few. There were episodes parodying the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', ''Film/TheExorcist'', and ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
** There was a special called "Cowman", which stuck fairly true to and even stole some shots from Film/{{Batman}}.
* UnreliableNarrator: The Narrator sometimes likes to go into his own little world.
-->'''Narrator''': Don't worry! He's fine and will soon star in my amazing go kart episode!
-->'''Pip''': I think we need a new narrator.
-->'''Narrator''': Too late, the end!
* VerbalTic: Snotty calls everyone "stupid", "stinky", etc., even when there's no reason to.
** "Aliens"- the screen closes in on Otis' udder twice
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Mrs. Beady often tries to expose the animals' secret to the world to prove she's not a lunatic. Which she is, [[Main/{{HystericalWoman}} just for different reasons]].