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[[caption-width-right:330:"Isn’t there some way to do this that preserves our essential laziness?"]]

->'''Carver:''' It's the crazy backwards universe again--\\
'''Tino:''' Where cats chase dogs and [[HypocriticalHumor sitcoms are funny?]]

An animated series, aired in 2000, created by Doug Langdale, and ran for four seasons. It followed the lives of four friends: DeadpanSnarker Tino Tonitini, {{The Smart G|uy}}irl Petratishkovna "Tish" Katsufrakis, {{Tomboy}} Lor [=MacQuarrie=], and not so cool CoolLoser Carver Descartes. Oddly enough, despite having four school-age children in the main roles, the show hardly (if ever) touches on aspects of school life, since stories nearly always begin on Friday afternoon and end on Sunday evening.

Staying away from broad and cartoonish plots, the show [[SliceOfLife takes a more subtle route]], with much of the humor deriving from its many one-liners ([[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl and Tino's screams, of course]]).

Noted for its surprisingly good writing, averting the LimitedWardrobe (unusual for an animated show) and for [[NoFourthWall often breaking the fourth wall]]; the audience is addressed directly by (usually) Tino, as a Narrator of sorts, with other characters also taking on this role or even {{lampshading}} it on occasion. Also has quite a set of OnceAnEpisode recurring gags, such as the seemingly indecisive [[LocalHangOut pizza place]] (never having the same name or theme twice), Tino's Mom serving highly questionable food, and of course "[[CatchPhrase Later Days!]]" One other reason this show stands out is the aversion of the AdultsAreUseless trope - showing that adults ''can'' be useful and ''still'' have a good show.

The full series was released on DVD as a Disney Movie Club exclusive in February 2013.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Tish in "Celebrity". Although Carver did teach her how to act the part.
* {{Adorkable}}: Tino
* AdultsAreUseless: One of the few children's shows that actually averts this trope and shows that it's not always the case; Tino's mom in particular is ''very'' in touch with her kid and always knows the right things to say about whatever problem Tino is facing at the time. Likewise, the other characters' parents are shown to be {{reasonable authority figure}}s in their own way, and still know about their kids.
* AesopAmnesia: More than one episode has Lor learning that she doesn't have to change herself to get the attention of her crush, Thompson. She never seems to fully pick it up despite going through the same plot two or three times. Thompson himself calls her out on it in the season 3 episode "Tutor", even [[ContinuityNod referring to the previous episodes]] ("Makeover" and "Brain Envy", from each of the previous seasons) where Lor acted the same way:
--> '''Thompson:''' Lor, I'm flattered that you wanted to impress me, but we've been through this over and over. Remember when you tried the girly thing, and then the brainy thing?\\
'''Lor:''' Vaguely...
** Tish often has episodes focusing on her desperation to be mature.
* AffectionateNickname: Tish's parents affectionately call her "little sweet bean" (possibly a botched translation of the much more common "sweet pea").
* AlliterativeName: Tino Tonitini.
** As well as his near-clone, Tony Tordalero.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Parodied in "Party Planning", where Lor and Tish try to convince Tino and Carver of this fact to help them attract girls more effectively. As an "instructional video", they show them an old film clip of a (fictional) 1950's heartthrob actor, whose attractive "mysteriousness" comes from the fact that [[MumblingBrando he mumbles all of his lines, and nobody can understand a word he says]].
* AmbiguouslyBi: Carver is obsessed with fashion (especially shoes), is utterly mortified when he thinks Lor ''might'' have a crush on him and it's been suggested that he tries on his sister's clothes. He also got caught buying a women's fur-lined bathing suit in one episode, and [[NotWhatItLooksLike nervously explained]] that it was for his sister.
** With the Lor thing, though, it seems to be a case of IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship. Also, being a {{Crossdresser}} doesn't make him bi. It could be that he's gender-variant.
* AmicablyDivorced: Tino's parents. While Tino's dad doesn't visit very often, his relationship with his mom still seems to be friendly enough that they can have a friendly dinner now and then with her new boyfriend.
* AscendedMeme: InUniverse, "Tishing" becomes this.
* BadBadActing[=/=]DullSurprise: Lor whenever she tries to act or lie.
** Take this scene from "''Radio Drama''" for example:
---> '''Lor:''' (''deadpan'') "After all these years I finally feel truly alive."
---> '''Tish:''' Umm... that was great Lor, but do you think you could try reading it with some, you know, emotion?
---> '''Lor:''' OH, SURE, RIGHT, YEAH, I GOT IT, OKAY! (''same deadpan tone'') "After all these years I finally feel truly alive."
---> '''Tish:''' Greeeeeaaaat. One more time.
---> (''Roughly four hours pass'')
---> '''Lor:''' (''monotonous'') "After all these years I finally feel truly alive."
---> '''Tish:''' Okay, we'll come back to this scene... maybe.
* BareYourMidriff: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lor_4653.png Lor's pink-and-white-striped shirt does this.]]
* TheBGrade: Subverted in ''"Imperfection"''; Despite getting straight A's, Tish does have an overreaction -- about a teacher's comment regarding her perfectionist tendencies.
** ''Inverted'' in "Brain Dead". This trope usually entails the "nerd" overreacting to a low score, while his/her friends wonder what's so bad. In "Brain Dead", Tish tries to brush off her "B" grade, but her friends are hesitant to accept the fact that she didn't get an "A". This leads the group attempting to give Tish a new ''reputation'', since she could no longer be the "nerd".
* BigEater: Carver. Also, Tish's mother; when she hangs out with them in "The New Girl", she wins a chili dog eating contest.
* BilingualBonus: The show is set in a place called Bahia Bay. Guess what the Spanish word "bahía" means? [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "Bay"]].
* BlackBestFriend: Carver
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The group as a whole is a mixed example: [[FieryRedhead Lor]], [[BrainyBrunette Tish]], [[DarkSkinnedBlonde Tino]], and [[BlackBestfriend Carver]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Pru, a spoilt, whiny AlphaBitch who hangs out with the group for one episode because her old friends [[FelonyMisdemeanor didn't buy her a present on Flag Day.]]
* ButtMonkey: Tino on occasion.
* TheCameo: JenniferLoveHewitt in "My Punky Valentine", whom the guys try to get Tino to notice so he can take his mind off of his crush on the punk girl Tasha. At the end, she even gets to say[[note]](cracking up while doing so in what [[ThrowItIn might not have been a scripted moment]]: "Ha ha ha! I feel like such a dork...")[[/note]]the show's...
* CatchPhrase: "Later days!"
** Also, Tish's mother frequently exclaims "Is what I say!" after her English is corrected.
** Parodied with DJ Jan "The Man" Testeverde's super-annoying catchphrase "Hey, ''yowza'', dudes!", that he ends almost every sentence with. Carver was actually amazed when Jan went a whole minute ''without'' saying it.
* TheCelebrityLie: ''"Band"'', where Carver blurts out that Chum Bukkit would dedicate their upcoming show to the four of them.
* TheChewToy: The unseen Chloe Montez must be the unluckiest person alive.
--> '''Carver''': Mrs. Duong asked me to help her find Chloe Montez. She's dressed as contact lens and she fell on the floor in the bathroom so no one can find her.
* TheConscience: Tino's mom. Tino can also be this among his friends, [[NotSoAboveItAll when he's not being the neurotic 12-year-old he is]].
* ConsolationBackfire:
--> '''Tino:''' Um, is this dinner or a science experiment?
--> '''Tino's mom:''' Go on. It won't bite you.
--> '''Tino:''' [[DeadpanSnarker That works out nicely, since I don't plan to bite it either]].
* ContinuityNod: There are quite a few mentions of Chum Bukkit song "suffused elephant quaff winces exasperating" throughout the series. The name came from the season 1 episode "Band" when Carver tried to write a message to the band and, because of his [[RunningGag bad handwriting]], that's what they thought it said.
** Actually, the show was always brilliant at this. Many throwbacks to in-jokes, events and even character traits built up over the course of the seasons are subdued enough to slip by viewers without an eye out for them.
* CrackDefeat: "Talent Show": Lor plays guitar. Bluke throws hams into the air. Bluke wins the ribbon. Go figure.
* CreepyChild: ''Never'' put Carver's brother Todd and his friend Quinty together.
** Also Frances, the girl who's always saying that she likes pointy things and giggling.
* DaddysGirl: Lor, kinda. The fact that her mom is only onscreen in a handful of episodes probably helps.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Tino
* DeadpanSnarker: Tino is excellent at this. [[LampshadeHanging He even wins "Most Sarcastic" in the Yearbook Awards.]]
--> '''Tino:''' Um, is this dinner or a science experiment?
--> '''Tino's mom:''' Go on. It won't bite you.
--> '''Tino:''' [[ConsolationBackfire That works out nicely, since I don't plan to bite it either]].
** Of course, he gets it from his mother. Leading to at least one [[SnarktoSnarkCombat incredibly snarky catty dinner scene]] between them per episode.
---> '''Tino:''' Mom, I don't know if you noticed, but I was sort of trying to force you and Dixon together earlier.
---> '''Ms. Tonitini:''' Huh? Really. Gosh, I didn't notice at all, because my head was encased in a block of wax.
** All the main characters have shades of this. The Tonitinis definitely win first prize, but Lor, Tish and Carver are not far behind.
** Let's not forget the perpetually deadpan woman who runs the Foods of the Worlds exhibit.
** During the series finale "Tino's Dad"[[spoiler: where Tino's old man comes to visit (instead of their usual other way around) for the first time in eight years, and the guy dishes out some pretty good zingers.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The charity organization, Helpers Helping the Helpless.
* DifferentInEveryEpisode: The pizza restaurant has a different theme and the museum offers a sample of a different exotic food in each episode. For that matter, so does Tino's mom, with her... bizarre cooking.
* TheDitz: Lor... kind of. In "Real Fake" she takes it to the extreme when she's acting like a teen in a TV show when the gang are being filmed by a documentarist. ItMakesSenseInContext.
** Bluke isn't [[{{Metaphorgotten}} the brightest bulb in the knife drawer either.]]
** "The Tao of Bluke" reveals that he's really just simple, rather than stupid as revealed at the episode's end when they won pizzas instead of the pool table.
--> '''Bluke:''' I think we won the best prize...I mean with a pizza, you can split it five ways, but how are you going to split a pool table?
* DreadfulMusician: One episode has the four about to go to Carver's house when they hear his little brother screaming. Only, it turns out it's actually his big sister Penny having a singing lesson.
* DreamWithinADream... Within a Dream: In "Brain Dead".
-->'''Tish:''' ''NOW CUT THAT OUT!''
* DrowningMySorrows[=/=]GRatedDrug: In the "Celebrity" episode in which Tish becomes a local celebrity, she can be seen drowning her sorrows in Chug-A-Freezes when she realizes she's not famous anymore. She even asks for another, but the man at the counter tells her he thinks she's had enough.
* DumbBlonde: Pru; as well as Bluke, sort of.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Lor's family doesn't have many personal problems or anything like that. But Lor has so many brothers that it reaches the double digits, and quite frankly she admits that she does not know how many brothers she has. That has to count for something. She has somewhere between thirteen and sixteen.
* FeudEpisode: "''Taking Sides''"
* FreeRangeChildren: They're allowed to go everywhere in Bahia Bay on the weekends it seems. They never run into any issues where their parents specifically forbid them from going somewhere. It's possible that since they're in middle school and they rarely travel alone that their parents will think they're okay.
** One episode ("Cravasse of Dreams") has them hiking for almost an entire half-day.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: "''Sense and Sensitivity''"
* FiveTokenBand: Black Carver, Scottish-American Lor, Eastern European Jewish Tish, and Italian-American Tino (whose family is apparently also pagan)
* FlatJoy: One of the problems with Lor's BadBadActing. Tish fixes it later by having Tino say she's still under the zombie curse.
* FreakierThanFiction: In the episode "Radio Drama", Tish makes the gang dress-rehearse the play, even though it's only being recorded for radio. While this is used as a BrickJoke, some radio drama producers actually do this to help get the actors into character.
* FunnyForeigner: Tish's mother, whose main purpose was to mangle "kiss and make up" into "kitchen my cup", among many other English phrases.
* GamerChick: Lor. Tish sometimes plays them as well.
* GenreSavvy: Tino's mom. Lampshaded in "Vengeance":
-->'''Tino''': "How do you know something's up?"
-->'''Tino's Mom''': "Oh, it just seems like you always have some kind of problem by Saturday night."
* GetOut: Tino combines this with LaughingMad in "Croquembouche." When the others vote for Carver to be their spokesperson in the Foods of the World competition, Tino gets extremely jealous, and when Carver asks him if he's angry, Tino throws them all out of the house in between bouts of hysterical laughter.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In "Shoes of Destiny", this trope is taken literally, by having Tino use it as an acronym. When Carver starts describing himself as "C.A.R.P." (Cool And Radically Popular), Tino responds, "Good thing you don't want to be '''C'''ool, '''''R'''ich'' '''A'''nd '''P'''opular."
** In a few episodes, it's hinted that Carver is a closeted cross-dresser. In "Never Say Diorama", when he went shopping for fur-lined bathing suits with Lor, they bump each other and everything drops out of their bags, Lor finds a women's bathing suit in her shopping bag that she didn't remember buying and Carver nervously explained "It's for my sister!". Then in "Celebrity", when he tried to help the kids give Tish a girly makeover, Tino eventually had to ask him why his closet was full of girls' clothes (again, he nervously explained that it was "for a Halloween costume").
** In "My Punky Valentine":
-->'''Shoe Store Clerk:''' You know, back in my day, we used to shave our eyebrows.
-->'''Carver:''' No wonder [[VirginityTropes your species went extinct.]]
** A line in the episode "Cry" went past the radar only because it was very, very subtle:
-->'''Lor:''' A small bundle of twigs could beat up Captain Dreadnought. [[note]]"bundle of twigs" means faggot[[/note]]
* GibberishOfLove: Tino sometimes does this when around a really pretty girl. Also, Carver struggles to speak to "The Cool Kids", although that's not due to love so much as envy.
** Lor with Thompson. Nuff said.
* TheGhost: The frequent mentions of [[ButtMonkey Chloe Montez]], who we never do get to meet.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Quite possibly the TropeNamer despite [[ThisIndexIsNotAnExample not applying in any sense except]] [[DeadpanSnarker Ms. Tonitini's]] sarcastic remark.
* GreekChorus: Tino. He actually pauses the show at several points to provide commentary.
* HideAndNoSeek: In one episode, Tino's divorced parents need to discuss him. Tino obligingly goes upstairs. "I'll just go organize my collection of ''Things That Aren't My Parents Having A Private Conversation''."
* HowWeGotHere: "The Most Awful Weekend"
* HyperventilationBag: Tino does this once. According to Lor, it was for at least 20 minutes.
* IAteWhat: Occasionally one of the characters will eat something from the Foods of the World exhibit at the museum before it's revealed that it was made from something gross or unusual. Also, when Carver ate that 40-year-old pickle which was in Lor's savings in ''"Lor's Will"'', which became a RunningGag for that episode.
** Not to mention Tino's mom's exotic dinners, which is another RunningGag for the series.
--> '''Dixon:''' This chicken sure is good!
--> '''Ms. Tonitini:''' That's not chicken, that's frog.
--> (''Tino and Dixon spit out the food'')
--> '''Ms. Tonitini:''' Hey, frog has less than a third the fat of chicken!
--> '''[[DeadpanSnarker Tino]]:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh yeah? So does asphalt]].
--> '''[[DeadpanSnarker Ms. Tonitini]]:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh, great. Thanks for giving away the dessert surprise]].
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: When Carver races against a JerkJock, he loses by a couple of inches...only for Tish to point out that Lor beat both of them, ''running backwards''. [[ItMakesSenseInContext The JerkJock then decides he won't make them give his grandmother a spongebath.]]
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Tino Tonitini and Tony Tordalero]]. Thankfully, it's easy to tell them apart when they say something; the only word Tony knows to say is "Sure."
--> '''Ms. Tonitini:''' Now if I'll ever break you I'll know where I can get spare parts.
** There's also Summer Schwartz, who looks just like Tino, only a girl.
* InformedJudaism: Tino is an Informed Pagan; aside from a Solstice celebration in lieu of Christmas, we don't hear anything about it.
** Although it ''is'' mentioned in two separate episodes; his mother celebrates ''both'' Solstices. And the Vernal Equinox.
** Tish is a straightforward example. In the Holiday special, it's mentioned that she celebrates Hanukkah, but there are no other indications throughout the series of her family's religion.
* InWithTheInCrowd: ''"The Lone Wolves Club"'', where Tino is secretly given a series of embarrassing tests by the aforementioned club. At the end, he finds out that the club is just made up of geeks.
* IneptAptitudeTest: ''"Careers"''
* IronicInversion: ''"Talent Show"''. Lor is a finalist, while Tish is conspicuously absent.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: In "Lor's Will", Tish uses the excuse "I have to go paint... my... lawn," after thinking Lor 'betrayed' her.
** "Look... up in the sky! It's the Lor signal! The President needs me!"
*** "And she'll need her trusty sidekick, Carver Lad!"
* {{Jerkass}}: Percy and Ruby, two kids from the gang's school, sometimes come off as this.
** Brie and Colby.
* JerkJock: Laird
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Carver can be pretty selfish and obsessed with being one of the popular kids, but he's a good guy at heart.
* KnifeNut: Frances likes pointy things.
* KindHeartedSimpleton: Bluke. In one episode, he happily lends Tino his shoe, no questions asked. When Tino asks him, "Don't you even want to know why?", Bluke answers, "Everybody needs shoes!"
* TheLadette: Lor is about as close to this trope as a 12-year-old girl can get on a kid's show.
* LargeHam: Tino, when he isn't being a DeadpanSnarker. The others can get it on this too.
* LeftHanging: "Croquembouche": so, who won the food contest anyway?
* LethalChef: Tino's mom, though where she gets the ingredients and how she prepares them are extremely questionable, the result is at least edible, most of the time. This overlaps with the IAteWhat RunningGag as well. Lampshaded by Tino in "Vengeance" when he tries to eat a very sticky green jelly-like food which ends up sending his spoon ricocheting across the room:
--> '''Tino:''' I think your cooking may have military applications.\\
'''Tino's mom:''' Watch it...
** Knowing this, the kids eat several pot scrubbers assuming that they are just more of her bizarre food.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Tino's dad shares his son's looks and neurotic obsessions. And his GirlyScream. As Tino's mother observes:
--> "It's like a cloning experiment GoneHorriblyRight."
* LimitedWardrobe: Amazingly, this is ''averted.'' Notable for a Western Animation cartoon. Throughout an episode, the characters' clothes change after each day begins, similar to RealLife. They avoid UnlimitedWardrobe, because they each have the same four or five outfits that they continue to wear throughout the show's run.
** Despite having a full wardrobe of different clothes for each character, each had their own color scheme. Tish usually wore purple, Carver wore yellow or green, Lor usually wore grey or red, and Tino wore blue. TruthInTelevision, as lots of people have a favorite color that they genuinely wear a lot.
* LocalHangout: The pizza place with the [[RunningGag ever-changing name]], the mall, or the arcade.
* LovableJock: Lor.
* LovableNerd: Tino and Tish, although the former comes off as more so then the latter.
* MadnessMantra: Does "I like pointy things" count?
* {{Malaproper}}: Tish's mom tends to do this very often. "Now why don' you kitchen my cup?" "You mean 'kiss and make up'?" "Is what I say!"
* TheMakeover: In the episode titled, well, "Makeover", Lor gets one when she's told that she has to do so in order to get her crush Thompson to notice her. She eventually goes back to her usual appearance, much to Thompson's relief.
** Tish, in the episode where she become a local celebrity, courtesy of Carver (who apparently ''owns'' the clothes that Tish wears).
* MamaBear: Tino's mom is a more [[GenreSavvy on-the-ball]] version of this trope.
--> (''Tino is leaving with his friends on a trip'')
--> '''[[UnderstandingBoyfriend Dixon]]:''' You want to get in the car and follow them, don't you?
--> '''Tino's mom:''' I'll settle for tracking them via the homing device I implanted in Tino's skull when he was born.
--> '''Dixon:''' (''laughs'')
--> '''Tino's mom:''' ...
--> '''Dixon:''' [[LampshadeHanging Okay, why are you not laughing?]]
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Lor and Tino (or Carver). Also Dixon and Tino's Mother on occasion.
** It doesn't help that Carver keeps female clothing in his closet.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Lor has something like fourteen brothers. Even she can't track of them, in part because her parents apparently repeated some of their names two or three times.
--> '''Tino:''' Okay, let's start all over. There's Jamie, Neil, Kirk and...how many Dannys?
--> '''Lor:''' Two. Or three?
* MeaningfulName: When Tish is having an identity crisis after [[TheBGrade getting a B]], she goes to get help from her parents, who reveal that every person in TheOldCountry receives a MeaningfulName at birth. They re-name her to Petratishkovna so she wouldn't be saddled with an identity due to her name.
** It turns out her name means "girl with one nose."
** There's also the minor character Dot Cardigan. No points for guessing what she wears.
* {{Meganekko}}: Tish.
* MenDontCry: Tino is mocked in "Cry" for crying while watching ''RomeoAndJuliet'' in school. Taken to ludicrous extremes when he has an ImagineSpot of himself as a girl.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Lor's grandma. Mr. [=McQuarrie=] can carry her around on his shoulders.
* MuseumOfBoredom: The aforementioned "Foods of the World" exhibit. Although it's not the exhibit so much as the server's monotonous delivery; apparently the gang really likes the various foods enough to keep coming back.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Frances. Not only does she have an obsession with pointy objects, her laugh is also scary.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The kids are a big fan of a Chinese action film star named "Jimmy Pang", who's apparently a parody of JackieChan.
* NoFourthWall: The main characters (and Tino's mom) are fully aware that they are in a television show.
--> '''Tish:''' "I would recite an "Ode To My Rotten Friends" for you, but it has some words in it I can't say on TV."
* NoReallyItsOkay: ''"Tish's Hair"''
* NoodleIncident: There is a pool trick Ms. Katsufrakis does called ''mishkin tubelhauser'' that involves: "[[NoodleImplements six cats, one pair flame-proof pants and a piano filled with sausages]]."
--> '''Mr. Katsufrakis''': One time, mishkin tubelhauser goes just little bit wrong. Is reason we had to leave Old Country.
* OneOfTheKids: Tish's mother goes into this in "The New Girl". Justified in that she actually didn't really ''have'' a childhood.
* OneSteveLimit: An aversion, which is PlayedForLaughs. Lor apparently has more than one brother named "Danny", and sometimes even has a hard time remembering how many "Dannies" there are. Why her parents decided to give two (or more) of their children the same first name is anyone's guess.
** [[Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete Maybe the same reason there's two Petes?]]
** Also, Tino loses the "Best Tino" award to Tino Rabinowitz.
* OppositesAttract: Tino has a crush on a punk girl named Tasha in "My Punky Valentine".
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: In one episode, one of the yearbook superlatives is "Best Tino." The main character didn't even win it.
* PacManFever: Averted. In the episode "Shoes of Destiny" Lor and Tino are playing a game involving space robots fighting. The sounds match up to the movements, and when Carver shows up, the Konami pause sound even plays as the screen goes blank!
** Not to mention, anyone with a keen ear can recognize the sound effects - plenty of which actually come from ''SuperMarioBros''.
* ParentalBonus: As with almost every cartoon, references most kid won't get show up in the dialogue. For example, in one episode when Tish was babysitting Carver's brother, Todd, she tries to read ''Theatre/OedipusRex'' to him (she even described it as a story for [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids kids of all ages]]).
** The episode "To Be or Not to Be" sort of advertises the Shakespeare play ''A Midsummer Night's Dream''.
* ParentWithNewParamour: Tino's mom dates Dixon, who often gets along with the gang. And in a rare instance for cartoons, not only did he [[ContinuityNod appear in future episodes]] instead of just being a one-shot character, they also didn't immediately jump to the two of them going straight to marriage.
* PerfumeCommercial: Tish imagines herself in one in "Celebrity".
* PersonAsVerb: ''"To Tish"''. See SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.
* PutMeInCoach: Many episodes, but often subverted.
* RunningGag: Many, including the indecisive pizza place, Carver's terrible penmanship, Tish's mom's broken English, Tino's mom's cooking, and the exact number of Lor's siblings, among others.
** Also, the "Foods of the World" exhibit at the Anthropology Museum. They usually are completely irrelevant to the plot.
*** With the completely deadpan server. "Couscous - the food so nice, they named it twice."
** The coach answering his door in his robe or towel in front of the gang, because he thought the [[GirlScoutsAreEvil girl scouts]] or salespeople are bothering him again.
* {{Ruritania}}: Tish's family may be from here.
* SarcasmBlind: Bluke.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Tino, of course. The rest of the gang calls it his "squeaky scream". Carver also has this, to some extent.
* SelfDeprecatingHumor: The series itself is a bit self-effacing, often poking fun at its own format. The characters lampshade how their character designs are fairly odd looking, with Tino's head being compared to a pumpkin, and Carver pointing out he resembles a pineapple. And in profile, Tino's a lollipop, and Carver's a paintbrush. It's also worth nothing that the show LOVES to make fun of the E/I requirements.
--> '''Lor:''' Wow, what would we do without TV? We might have to learn these lessons for ourselves!
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Tish, to the extent that in the episode ''"To Tish"'', her name ''literally'' becomes synonymous with this trope.
* ShoutOut: Somewhat randomly, many to famous French writers & thinkers. Obviously, one of the main characters is named Carver 'Rene' Descartes; more subtle are the girl named Cheri Montaigne, and the discussion of François Rabelais in the episode where Tish tries to be more mature (which is even thematically relevant!)
* ShowStopper: Parodied.
-->'''Lor''': "You knocked over a light and set the stage on fire."\\
'''Carver''': "Which stopped the show!"
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Teen Canyon''. It even helps the main cast sometimes with their issues.
* SliceOfLife: For the most part, it's about average kids doing average things.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Tish, but of course.
* SniffSniffNom: Every time Tino's mom ever cooks anything.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Well, to a certain extent. Each of the four main characters have their share of embarrassing moments, yet they rarely carry over into other episodes. There are some exceptions, including Lor's attempts to change to get Thompson's attention (see AesopAmnesia). This may also explain why Mrs. Duong is pregnant for ''the entire series''.
* StealthPun: The arcade's motto is "The Gamiest Place on Earth!" ''Gamy'' actually means "foul-smelling".
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: From the episode "Crushin' Roulette", when Lor is interviewing the "Strings N Things" store owner:
-->'''Lor''': "Question 1, are you happy with your appearance?"
-->'''Owner''': "I haven't had plastic surgery!"
-->'''Lor''': "Question 2, do you enjoy travel?"
-->'''Owner''': "I do not travel! Who told you I visited former Soviet Unions?"
-->'''Lor''': "Question 3, what would you do if you had a million dollars?"
-->'''Owner''': "I have never been paid for espionage! You can prove nothing! Go away! We are closed!"
* TakeFive: ''"Tino's Dad"'': Tino's mom wished to speak with her ex and tells Tino to do "that thing upstairs." Tino's reply? "Subtle as a train wreck, Mom."
-->'''Tino''': "Well, guess I'll go organize my collection of things that are not my parents having a private conversation."
* TeamMom: Tino's mother, whose advice is pretty much there to solve their problems every episode. Tish's mom also hangs out with the kids in one episode.
* TeamSpirit: Parodied in ''"Sitters"''
* TeenGenius: Tish.
* ThemeTuneCameo: In one episode, Tish's dad plays an instrumental version of the theme on his cello. In another, Carver can be heard singing "I'm living for the weekend" under his breath.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: In "Follow the Leader," Tino checks an answering machine. His Mom left him this message:
--> '''Ms. Tonitini:''' Hi, hon, Dixon and I are heading out to the movies and there's a seaweed casserole in the oven.
--> '''Tino:''' Oh rats, I wanted to ask her --
--> '''Ms. Tonitini:''' -- Oh, by the way, don't worry. The power will go to Lor's head and the guys will realize that it's better to think for yourself. ''{Tino starts picking his ear}'' Please get your finger out of your ear.
--> '''Tino:''' She is freaking me out.
--> '''Ms. Tonitini:''' Don't get freaked out. Kiss kiss.
* TheUnReveal: The Katsufrakis family's "Old Country" in ''"Celebrity"''.
--> '''Documentary Narrator:''' Tish's parents, a university professor and a roller derby star, emigrated to the US from a country which our research staff was unable to determine how to pronounce. Or even locate on a map.
* {{Tomboy}}: Lor, obviously.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Lor and Tish, lampshaded a couple of times.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: In "Hair", the gang take Tish to a play to try and avoid running into anyone from school...the play is extremely weird, and every time a character asks a question, they begin playing shuffle-board. Even Tish thought it sucked. [[invoked]]
* TwitchyEye: Sometimes Tino gets one, most notably in "Cry" where he gives up his emotions, and the gang tries to get him angry. Lor and Carver get this when they are unable to say the word "homework" on the weekend.
** Frances has a small eye twitch as part of her "I like pointy things" routine.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Tish and Frances used to be friends...then one day, Tish went to visit Frances and she become the "I like pointy things" kid.
* VerbalTic: Tony Tordellaro only says "sure".
** Mrs. Duong can't seem to go for a sentence without adding the word "help" in there somewhere.
** A lot of characters seem to have a tendency for saying "Kiss kiss" before leaving.
* VindicatedByHistory: A rare in-universe example of this trope. The characters visit an amusement park named for Nikola Tesla, who is explicitly described as a pioneer of alternating current and the inventor of radio (his rival to the claim, Marconi, is explicitly dismissed). This was one of the earliest pop culture references to Tesla, and the beginning of his Vindication, which continues to the present day.
* VisitByDivorcedDad: Series finale ''"Tino's Dad"''.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: ''"Sense and Sensitivity"''
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Clowns?]]: Tino has a severe fear of clowns.
* [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs Why Do You Keep Changing Themes?]]: They occasionally acknowledge that the pizza place had a different theme the previous week. Sometimes it even changes themes after ''just one day''.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Bluke?
* WrenchWench: Tino's mom would sometimes be shown working on her car.
* VocalEvolution: Lor's voice is higher in season 4.
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