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Round House
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Whenever my life gets me so down,
I know I can go down
To where the music and the fun never ends!
As long as the music keeps playin', you know what I'm sayin',
You know that I can find a friend...
At the Roundhouse!

The oft forgotten show of the two-hour-long Snick block back in The Nineties, with the other three being Clarissa Explains It All, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?.

Basically, Roundhouse was Nickelodeon's version of the Saturday Night Live-type sketch show featuring a young cast of performers and crazy sketches with average to low production values. It was the sketch show that former Nickelodeon viewers will remember, next to You Cant Do That On Television and All That.

Set in the titular train roundhouse, the cast would entertain the audience — both the live, present one and those watching at home — with skits based around popular culture, as well as musical and dance acts, with a Framing Device of the Anyfamily family and what they went through day by day.

The show ran from Snick's debut in 1992 until 1996, and it was conceived by Buddy Sheffield of In Living Color!. No relation to Chuck Norris' most powerful attack.

This show provides examples of:

  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": The Trope Namer is spoofed in season 2 with a sketch called The Crying Game: The Early Years. It's about a baby boy in the infirmary talking about a baby girl that he was attracted to. Until the nurse came to change her diaper, and we find out that she's actually a boy (played by castmember Seymour Green).
    Mark: "Someone must have taped that bow to his head by mistake! I was making passes at a GUY!!!"
  • Bait and Switch: The season 3 premiere about equality parodied the Energizer commercials' use of this trope, with two separate bits of the dad watching a "Curtain Rod Stewart" concert on Empty V and a commercial for "Crack Flags" (a spray for when you have a bug up your butt). Both instances, they would be interrupted by the mom waxing Straw Feminist phrases like "Why can't the post office send fe-mail? And mailmen should be called 'person-persons'!"
    Still going. Nothing outlasts the Feminizer. She keeps going, and going... and going.
  • Big Damn Movie: See Title: The Adaptation below.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: The cast occasionally spoofed (fellow Viacom affiliate) MTV with "Empty-V".
  • Bumbling Dad
  • Catch Phrase / Share Phrase: "Reprise the theme song and roll the credits!"
    • Fun note: During the second taping of the final episode, they actually said "Reprise the theme song and roll the reruns!" but used the first taping's catchphrase in editing.
  • Christmas Episode: Among other things, it spoofed Yet Another Christmas Carol with the Ghosts of Christmas Specials, who had to make their visitation quick because they had to make a Saved by the Bell appearance in less than an hour.
    • The episode also features a string of Parody Commercials for non-existent Christmas Specials, including "How David Lynch Stole Christmas" ("You're a weird one, Mister Lynch.") and "Shirly McClane's 'It's A Wonderful Afterlife'".
  • Cool Chair: Dad's. In one commercial/interview, the actor who played Dad said he could even drive that thing in the water.
  • Cool Old Lady: Grandma or an aunt sometimes.
  • Dartboard of Hate: In a Christmas episode, one female character opens her Christmas gifts and shouts, "Wow, a Shannon Doherty dartboard!"
  • End of Series Awareness: See "No Fourth Wall" below.
  • The Everyman: It's right there in their last name — "Anyfamily".
    • They go and take that a step further, too. The family of Anyfamily lives on Anystreet, in Anytown, USA, and the kids attend Anytown Junior High School, class of 19Anyyear.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Every episode, they manage to do something.
    • There was the beauty pageant episode, where one of the girls puts a pair of balloons on her chest to be Dolly Parton (a gag that comes up multiple times during the show's run).
      • In the season 3 episode on self-image, she says, "Wanna turn those wimpy flapjacks into double-D cupcakes?" presumably in response to the Anyfamily daughter's A-Cup Angst.
    • The sports episode of season one also uses this gag, the "Sheebok" training bra, to attract guys.
      • With the added comment near the end of the sketch from one of the guys: "Wow, I wonder if they make one for guys, too!"
    • There was one memorable quote in the beauty pageant episode:
      John: "Don't get mad, get Pest-Off!"
    • This quote from the song "Airbrain" from the beauty pageant episode:
      The guys: "Brains are great until we find organs of another kind."
    • The talent show episode from season 3 contains this quote:
      "If you can't get the girl, you can always play your own instrument."
    • In the self-esteem episode, the cast plays a word association game. After pairing Ren and Stimpy and Beavis and Butt-Head, they pair Madonna with Anything That Moves.
  • I Am What I Am: The song "I Only Want To Be Me."
  • Insane Proprietor: The dad, for his garage sale. The sketch ends with him getting carted away.
  • Large Ham: The entire cast of guilty of this at some point or another, although, with Roundhouse, it might be intentional.
  • No Fourth Wall: At least once per episode during the entire show's run, but the final episode completely destroys whatever this show had left of its fourth wall.
    Ivan: "Cancelled shows, graduation, terminated? Either this is a really convoluted show about endings or we're-"
    David N.: "Cancelled! Hello, you didn't get the memo?"
  • Parody Commercial
  • Pun: The usual basis for parody commercials among other things. One notable example was the mom doing laundry and "separating the whites from the colors with new Apart Tide."
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: When it wasn't working on the week's Aesop.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: This is Roundhouse we're talking about. Fry Willy from the Straw Feminist episode comes to mind.
  • Severely Specialized Store: In one bit, two Amazingly Embarrassing Parents look for envelopes at the mall. The map indicates a store named "Gee, I Can't Believe There's a Store in This Mall That Sells Nothing But Envelopes, Can You?".
  • Shout-Out: Every pop culture reference on the show is either this or a Take That. And there are so, so many of them.
  • Silent Credits: See Very Special Episode below.
  • Sketch Comedy
  • Stock Parodies: One episode was a spoof of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Studio Audience: Like most Nickelodeon shows.
  • Stylistic Suck: Word of God has said that it was intended to give the feel of a bunch of kids putting on a show with no real props.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Shawn Daywalt does this during the song "We're A Family" from the first episode:
    I can cook your food, and I can sew a stitch
    Don't you cross me up, cause I can be a...
    difficult person to get along with.
    • Happens again in the Christmas special - the mom is reading a Christmas card for atheists, which reads: "You're a firm non-believer, but time will soon tell / Cause you'll soon change your mind when you're dead and in H-E-double-two-hicks."
    • "Beans, beans, good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you... (Beat) like them!"
  • Take That: At pretty much everything. If it was part of pop culture at the time the episode was written, odds are, it got mocked.
  • Title: The Adaptation: Spoofed with Weather Channel — The Movie, which featured an All-Star Cast: See Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts as a solar eclipse!
  • Troperiffic: And how.
  • Very Special Episode: About gangs. The ending had it turn out to be All Just a Dream of the Anyfamily son, but when he realizes the problem still exists in the "real world", he finds that the Catch Phrase doesn't work this time; he wanders off confused and the credits — which start with a text reminder that "Gang violence is no joke" — roll silently.
  • Your Television Hates You: Done in the above-mentioned gang violence episode. After the son is accosted by two gangs in school, he talks to the dad about it, who replies, "What's the matter with kids these days? Where do they get these ideas?" We are then treated to a string of parodies related to the Aesop, such as Arson Hall, Northern Explosion, and The Cartridge Family (which shares its name with an episode of The Simpsons).

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