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'''''Sit Down, Shut Up''''' was an animated series that first aired on Creator/{{Fox}} as part of their Sunday night animation block, premiering April 19, 2009. It is based on a sitcom of the same name from Australia, which was cancelled after 1 season.

The show is about a group of oddball, misfit teachers. It follows the many misadventures they have during their work day. It uses animation superimposed on live-action background shots.

The show is created by the same people behind ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment.'' Josh Weinstein, a creative talent for a number of years behind ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' as well as his own short-lived show, ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'' is also involved. Many talents from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' are involved in the show as well, including many of the voice actors. When it first premiered, the {{pilot}} received mainly negative reviews from national critics. Subsequent episodes were received similarly, with its rating dropping as well. Eventually, because of its poor reception and ratings, it was [[{{Cancellation}} canceled]] from airing on FOX primetime after four episodes. The rest of the episodes (along with the four episodes from primetime) aired at midnight (eastern standard time) on FOX in the months after the network cancelled ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' and needed filler to air while waiting for the premiere of ''The Wanda Sykes Show''. Eventually, FOX stopped airing the reruns at midnight in favor of reruns from the canceled live-action sitcom ''Brothers''. ''Sit Down Shut Up'' aired on Creator/ComedyCentral from May 2010 to July 2010, with the episodes "Pilot" and "High School Confidential" [[BannedEpisode banned]] for reasons unknown (most likely content, even though Comedy Central has aired [[SouthPark worse adult animated shows]] [[UglyAmericans than]] [[{{Brickleberry}} this]]).

As of November 2014, the show is rerunning on CartoonNetwork's AdultSwim line-up on Sunday nights at 8:00pm EST, bumping the back-to-back episodes of ''KingOfTheHill'' to 8:30pm and 9:00pm.

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!!Tropes:

* ActivistFundamentalistAntics: Miracle: "Look Larry, I'm idealistic, ok? I believe in doing things that're ''un''realistic, or have no effect. That's who I am."
* ActorAllusion: On the episode "Hurricane Willard," one of the pictures on Willard's enemy chart is Fonzie, the ''HappyDays'' character made famous by Willard's voice actor, Henry Winkler.
** An anti-drug poster in the hallway also depicted Fonzie, and Willard insisted "it's still relevant".
* AmbiguouslyGay: Andrew [=LeGustambos=], even though it was established that Andrew is bisexual.
** Stuart too, what with his trying to date Larry, kissing him on two different occasions and all.
* AnimatedAdaptation
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Whatever it is that Happy speaks, although he speaks perfect English in the last couple episodes.
* BigOlUnibrow: Ennis has one.
* BreakfastClub: Parodied on "Back in Time".
* ButtMonkey: Willard Deutschebog.
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: Miracle is dressed like one when she goes back to high school.
* CatchPhrase: Strangely parodied. ("I need a catch phrase!")
* ClipShow: Used in the fourth episode.
* ColdOpening
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: ''"I was the 'Whoop-de-do Kid'." -gasp- "You were a kid?"''
* CompanionCube: Ennis and the raffle ball cage in "Miracles Are Real." He later gets it on with some windshield wipers in "High School Confidential."
** Helen and any of her various partners. She actually prefers the company of objects or robots, probably because they can't judge her.
* CrossdressingVoices: Principal Sue Sezno is voiced by Kenan Thompson. Yes, ''that'' [[Series/KenanAndKel Kenan Thompson.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: When the staff do a (bad) interpretation of ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' the sign outside on opening night refers to it as a musical three times, so it reads "High School Musical: The Musical (A Musical)".
* DepravedBisexual: Andrew [=LeGustambos=].
* TheDitz: Miracle and Stuart.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Miracle is always barefoot.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Miracle. Also Helen.
* DumbBlonde: Miracle.
* EvilRedhead: Marie.
* FightClubbing: The Pillow Fight Club, down to rules 1 and 2.
** Actually, when Sue says she thought the first rule was not to talk about Pillow Fight Club, Miracle chastises her with, "Then how are we having this conversation? ''Think'', Sue." The first rule is actually about proper pillow stuffings.
* FlowerInHerHair: Miracle.
* {{Flashback}}
* FunnyForeigner: The janitor, Happy.
* FunWithSubtitles: The translator whenever Happy talks.
* GagBoobs: On Stuart of all people (after he took Helen's estrogen medication, believing they were steroids and when he was pretending to be his own sister), which are [[{{Gainaxing}} quite bouncy]].
* GirlishPigtails: Miracle has these in a flashback to her high school days. She wears them again when she has to actually go through high school, and again in Pillow Fight Club.
* GISSyndrome
* GoodNewsBadNews: Sue Sezno does this.
* GranolaGirl: Miracle is a prime example.
* HelloNurse: Miracle, so much so every school fair she has a "mouth massage" booth that always has long lines.
* HippieTeacher: Miracle Grohe. Subverted in that she's a Conservative Christian, or at least a [[StrawmanPolitical parody of one.]]
* HotForTeacher: When Miracle goes back to high school to finally graduate, she and Larry are caught kissing.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Sue Sezno is this on quite a few occasions.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Ennis's "little nut sack."
* {{Jerkass}}: Ennis Hofftard.
* {{Keet}}: Stuart Proszakian.
* KavorkaMan: Ennis, except he's not that ugly and somewhat in shape.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: A lot in "High School Musical Musical", but they actually do this more often than not.
* LimitedAnimation: There's hardly any background animation at all.
* LimitedWardrobe
* TheLongList: Larry's list of dying career fields in "H.S. Confidential".
* MissingEpisode: "Math Lab," which was originally supposed to air after "Back in Time," but due to its content (and the fact that the show wasn't bringing in the big ratings that FOX wanted it to), the show was cancelled after the fourth episode. "Math Lab" -- and the other eight episodes that were supposed to air on primetime Sunday after ''TheSimpsons'' -- ended up airing on late Saturday night when FOX was trying to fill the void left behind when ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' was cancelled.
** Also, when the show aired on Comedy Central, the pilot episode and "High School Confidential" never aired.
* MonsterClown: Or in this case, Prison Clown. Stuart Proszackian was a clown who entertained at prisons before he was hired as an assistant principal. He demonstrated this in episode two, where in order to cheer up Larry he appears in a prison-striped clown outfit and sings "Someone Sent You A Prison Clown."
* MediumAwareness
* MsFanservice: Miracle.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Pillow Fight Club.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Miracle.
* NoodleIncident: Naked Miracle and the Papier Mache Monkey in the {{Flashback}} that was never shown due to content issues.
* OnlyInFlorida
* PornStache: Ennis wears one in his dating class advertisement.
* PunnyName: Everyone.
* SassyBlackWoman: Sue Sezno is a bit of a toned down version of this, but she still fits.
* SnapBack: Certain things that happen in an episode, like Willard losing his job or being evicted from his apartment, are never mentioned in the episodes after.
* StrawmanPolitical: Miracle manages to be this of ''both'' the {{Hippie}} ''and'' Christian evangelicals.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Sue is not up to no good at the school's auto shop.
* TeensAreShort
* TheEighties: Parodied in the episode "Back in Time."
* UltimateJobSecurity: Miracle is supposed to be a science teacher, yet she knows very little about science.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: The whole cast.
* UnusualEuphemism: Miracle's breast are refer to as "Miracles".
** Actually, they're using the possessive: Miracle's Are Real
** In the same episode, however, Ennis did refer to them as "chesticles" and "sweater puppies".
* VomitDiscretionShot: In "Math Lab" the meth addicts were getting nauseous and just when they were about to blow chunks, the scene suddenly cuts to the main cast changing into a different clothes. Larry, hoping to show the world a negative effects of drugs, yells "wait, they cut that!?", Stuart proclaimed that it was "really gross".
** [[spoiler:and they didn't vomit because of meth. It was because they ate the spoiled food Miracle and Willard prepared.]]
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Miracle's storage space for the student starvation drive.
** As well as Sue's for the Willard Death Pool and her raffle ticket.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Larry and Miracle are set up for this.
** Helen and Andrew, too, especially in the last episode's break-up-make-up plot. Andrew: "If you were a woman or even a man, I'd totally kiss you." Helen: "And if you were a robot or a chair, I'd consider it."
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