Big Time Rush is a NickelodeonSitcom about a boy band created by Scott Fellows (You know? The dude behindNed's Declassified School Survival Guide and Johnny Test). Fairly standard fare, spiced up with fresh faces and decent music. Debuted in November 2009, and ended on Thursday, July 25, 2013.Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan are four hockey players from small-town Minnesota. James dreams of becoming a pop star, so when Gustavo Rocque, the ridiculously stuck-up producer for Rocque Records, comes to their town looking for talent, he gets all of his friends to audition with him. Unfortunately, Gustavo hates him but loves Kendall, who doesn't do the whole rich and famous act. But, in the end, he agrees to record some demos in Los Angeles as long as Rocque takes his friends, too, and makes them a singing group. They find out they only have three days to become a passable band, and proceed to ensue hilarity. Needless to say they manage to succeed and the series chronicles the foursome rise to stardom.The series finale aired in July 2013 in the U.S. with the extended episode "Big Time Dreams". Also had a TV movie, Big Time Movie where the band tours England and, in the process, foils a plot to take over the world.
Actor Allusion: Buddha Bob is the good-natured janitor who also gets to be the boys' mentor figure time by time. With a proper haircut and shave, he will remind anyone of another janitor from Polk Middle School.
In "Big Time Wedding", the man from immigration headquarters removes his glasses in a familiar fashion (like a certain Vice Principal...) He even persecutes the same janitor character like he did in their previous show.
In "Big Time Video", Marcos the photographer berates the boys that their video was horrible, saying "My dead chihuahua could do better!" Carlos Alazraqui (who plays Marcos) voiced the Taco Bell chihuahua that died in 2009. The episode aired mid-2010.
In "Big Time Cartoon", Daran Norris, who portrays Buddha Bob also portrayed Cosmo in The Fairly Oddparents. When Buddha Bob is hit and starts thinking he's Cosmo, he slips into the voice he uses for Cosmo.
Lucy's middle name is Elizabeth, which is Malese Jow's first name.
Adorkable: Logan. Occasional lab coat, check. Brain of the group, check. Almost always wears suit/necktie/t-shirt, check. Cute? DOUBLE CHECK.
Adults Are Useless: Subverted with the regular cast, since Kelly, Gustavo and Kendall's mom help to solve the problems. Played straight with Griffin's marketing team (at some point they suggested Big Time Rush merchandise with Toilet scrubs, horse shampoo and the wrong catchphrases for the dolls).
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In "Big Time Jobs", the high tech coffee maker named Cal that Carlos had to deal somehow became sentient and tried to cover the earth in foam. Carlos and Kelly eventually destroyed it after it called Kelly weak.
Although this could be zig-zagged with her relationship with Kendall. Kendall's the one who comes up with the crazy schemes, talks back to Gustavo, and don't forget his display of 'bad boy' in "Big Time Bad Boys".
All Guitars Are Stratocasters: "Big Time Rocker" features Kendall playing a Gibson Les Paul and Gustavo the Gibson Flying V, though Lucy does not play the iconic Stratocaster; lampshaded when Kelly says she doesn't know how to play the guitar, and Gustavo and Kendall respond that it doesn't matter, you just have to be loud.
Book Ends: The series opens with the boys running away from a bunch of screaming girls, James claiming that the next time this happens, it will be when he's famous. The boys running away from screaming fangirls is the last thing we see them doing in season one.
Bound and Gagged: Jett by Kendall in "Green Time Rush" and by doing so, the two won the environment challenge for school.
Griffin: A little wheeling, a little dealing... and poison.
Griffin: Remember: Big Time Rush, Rocktober... poison.
Butt Monkey: Logan. When the guys are worried that Wayne Wayne will have someone kicked out of the band, James remarks that he thinks it'll be Logan... Whilst crouching right next to him. Later, Gustavo and Griffin remark that they thought Logan would be the one kicked out of the band, Griffin going so far as to use the intercom so that Logan would hear him.
Logan was also sat on by Gustavo and ran over by a horde of fangirls. Boy can't catch a break.
In "Big Time Break", Logan goes through a lot of trouble just to get a lecture from his favorite math celebrity teacher just to find out she's a crazy feminist and, latter, getting beaten up by a bunch of girls.
In "Welcome Back Big Time", Logan does several weeks of school work in a day - not just his own, but the rest of the group's too. All James and Kendall do is something very minute so they could claim the work was their own, but Carlos just signs his name.
Somehow their teacher doesn't put 2 and 2 together when Carlos' project includes a working laser.
In "Big Time Moms," it is revealed that Logan's real name is Hortense, but James' mother makes him change it.
In Big Time Movie Logan gets shot by tranquilizing dart guns... three times.
In "Big Time Pranks", the guys hold a prank contest among all of the Palm Woods tenants and Logan is the first one to be disqualified. Funny thing is, nobody even pranks him, he actually pranks himself.
Cool Car: The Big Time Rush Mobile, a 1966 Pontiac GTO Convertible.
Call Back: In the pilot, one of the platinum awards Gustavo received was for "Yard Squirrel Christmas". This doesn't become mentioned again until "Big Time Christmas".
And in "Big Time Beach Party" Griffin notes that BTR's first number one single was in Kerplankistan. In "Big Time Wedding", the band is visited by the king from said country.
Also from the "Big Time Beach Party" Camille mentions James's tendency to go off on the whole kissing thing... which they had done in "Big Time Girlfriends".
In "Big Time Rocker" Camille has the plan to hide from the cops by taking a flight to Peru to raise Alpacas, just like Logan did in "Big Time Mansion" to hide from Gustavo.
And Carlos has now cemented this as his role, when the boys end up going back to Minnesota and pursue some other dreams. Logan wants to be a doctor, Kendall wants to be a hockey player, but Carlos? He wants to be a superhero called something related to meteors, but presently unnamed.
Logan can approach this territory at times, namely when he's completely freaking out.
Griffin, of the Eccentric Millionaire-type.
Griffin: Lolo, I'm transferring you to Missile Defense.
For clarification, Lolo is a chimpanzee. And even heface palmed at that one.
Comically Missing the Point: Gustavo. In the pilot, Kendall responds to Gustavo saying James had no talent by turning this against Gustavo, pointing out his last hit was ten years ago. Gustavo indignantly replies that his last hit wasn't ten years ago, it was nine.
Continuity Nod: When the boys are finally forgiven by Mrs. Magikowski (the old lady who let them use her car to drive to the auditions) for not shoveling her walk. Instead they offer to mow her lawn. When that fails, they give her their butler, Sebastian.
The show is actually chock full of them. Many things from the pilot get brought up again sometime later in the show.
In "Big Time Dreams" Logan lists off the odd things that happened to them the last time they had full hour specials.
Covered in Kisses: Logan, after Camille the method actress is "in character" (read: making sure no other girls go near Logan) by kissing him all over.
Crossover: Surprisingly, with Sponge Bob Square Pants in "Big Time Beach Party". Or at least a crossover with the live action segments, as Patchy the Pirate suddenly shows up to hang out with Carlos and Logan to find buried treasure.
Possibly even more surprisingly, with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in "Bel Air Rush", featuring the return of Alfonso Ribeiro as an expy of Carlton Banks.
With Marvin Marvin, where the boys are replaced with alien spies.
The Danza: Kendall is played by Kendall Schmidt, Logan by Logan Henderson, Carlos by Carlos Pena, and James by James Maslow.
Dawson Casting: The guys are about 3-4 years older than the standard sophomore/junior high school age, as is Erin Sanders who plays Camille.
Surprisingly, Ciara Bravo who plays Katie. She's fourteen, but she's playing a 12 year old.
Demoted to Extra: All of the cast members who appeared in the video for "The City Is Ours". Okay, so they are technically extras in the music video, but the video in the show features Camille, Jo, the Jennifers & Guitar Dude far more prominently that the actual full-length video that was released, which is more or less a longer edit of the one seen in the show.
James and Carlos are the "Hollywood Super Party Kings of Hollywood".
Logan: You said "Hollywood" twice.
James: You bet I did.
Disguised in Drag: When Logan crossdresses to get into an all-girl's school, he not only passes the "lobby test" but is hit on by a male actor only seconds after putting on the disguise.
In another episode Kendall and Jo don disguises to avoid paparazzi, one of these disguises is Kendall as a girl and Jo as a guy.
In "Big Time Crush" Logan dresses up as a old lady in an attempt to help Carlos get a girlfriend, which went horribly wrong... Later on, he meets up with a cute girl while in grandma disguise and THAT goes horribly wrong...
In "Big Time Songwriters" James claims that he can come up with lyrics to a love song if he was singing to a girl, unfortunately for Logan he was the only person available at the time, so Logan got dressed up in a blouse and wig.
In "Big Time Prom", in order to escape from his date's bodyguards, James changed clothes with Camille. Camille ended up in a tuxedo, and James in a burgundy ball gown.
Distaff Counterpart: Logan decides to find a date on [Science Match.Date] and finds Lindsey during "Big Time Double Date". Their matching algorithms are a little too accurate.
"Big Time Crush". All four of them end up not having dates to a romantic movie. Turns later into Ho Yay and Crowning Moment of Funnywhen all of them agree to watch a kiddie movie about a unicorn instead.
"Big Time Prom Kings" The night ends in embarrassment for everyone. Jo's father (who had forbade her from going as punishment due to missing a curfew) finds out about Kendall's scam and bust the two before they can get to dance using SWAT connections no less. Carlos gets beat up by the Jennifers when he breaks up with the one he was going out with. And James and Logan wind up voted King and Queen of the Prom with the former Dragged into Drag in an attempt to get away from his date's bodyguards..
While James helps Logan ask Camille to the dance, he wound up accidentally asking (at least) five girls to the dance and all of them said yes.
Even The Chimp Is Ashamed: In "Big Time Demos", Griffin decides that he's going to reassign his hit-predicting chimpanzee to his company's missile defense division. Everyone looks at him like he's insane and then the chimp face palms.
In "Big Time Beach Party", the band gets to go to Griffin's beach house when they got a number one single (Griffin never mentioned where it had to be)note The single was No.1 in Kerplankishtan.
In "Big Time Wedding" the king of Kerplankistan only tells the priest to marry his daughter with whomever was wearing the ceremonial garb not knowing that James and Dirt Boy exchanged clothes during the scuffle.
The character Aubrey Stewart from "Big Time Prom" is Kristen Stewart, right down to her last name and the assumption that she's always expressionless.This is subverted when she finally breaks out in tears after James admits the real reason he asked her to prom.
In "Big Time Blogger", Gustavo scuttlebuts a typo that he hates Brussels instead of brussel sprouts. Jean-Luc Varn Darn is absolutely not meant to be Creator/Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Extreme Omnivore: Annie from "Big Time Beach Party", who eats raw clams, shell and all except not really.
In "Big Time Break", James flashes his washboard abs multiple times.
Two different daydream sequences in "Big Time Party" where Logan imagines himself in a James Bond spy movie complete with a tuxedo.
"Big Time Concert" really delivered. A notable occurrence is during Gustavo's extreme concert preparation which for no reason involved the boys getting sprayed with water with their mouths wide open while wearing generic camouflage gear.
Flowers for Algernon Syndrome: Parodied when James decides to steal Logan's smarts after Logan "steals" his swag. He has a huge montage where he solves complicated math problems on two humongous boards while Camille is looking on in shock, but when the montage is over, he doesn't know what any of it means and assumes it's a recipe for toast.
Also, "Big Time Reality" does this for "Big Time Double Date." In "Big Time Reality," James and Carlos fight each other, Logan and Camille break up and make up with passionate kisses, Kendall tries to solve a problem. "Big Time Double Date" makes their fictional reality show personalities somewhat real.
James throwing away the phone number of sweet and gorgeous Heather Fox to make Carlos feel better in "Big Time Secret."
James: Supermodel spokesgirls will come and go. I hope. But best friends are forever.
James again in "Big Time Break," turning down a role in a television show because Camille didn't get the part with him.
Pretty much the entire "Big Time Single" episode, where, after Kendall's girlfriend moves to New Zealand, the other three guys get girlfriends just so they can get dumped, feel Kendall's pain, and be able to empathize with him. Made better by the fact that James and Carlos are so distraught by their break ups that Logan and still-upset Kendall must help pull them back together.
Gaussian Girl: When the boys flashback to seeing Jo for the first time in hockey gear.
Officer: But I better not catch you anywhere near Hawk Records. Or next time...there will be no bail. Gustavo: Yes, sir, mister commissioner. We will stay away from Hawk Records. [Cut to the group at Rocque Records.] Gustavo: Okay. How do we get back into Hawk Records?!
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: James and Katie who are shown together in their own adventures. James even states that Katie is like a sister to him.
But in "Big Time Fan" James is convinced that Katie has a crush on him (Katie downright says she doesn't have one).
This is almost epitomized (in a platonic way) when Katie and Freight Train work together in Big Time Jobs.
Hypocritical Humor: In "Big Time Bad Boy", Mrs. Knight tells Katie not to judge people without getting to know them. Seconds later, she does that exact thing, when she sees the Palmwood's bearded maintenance guy and jumps to the conclusion that he's an axe murderer. Granted, he was swinging an axe around and it appeared to have blood on it (the axe was used to cut a jelly doughnut in half), but still.
In "Big Time Secret," after Carlos rages at James for keeping the fact that his camp crush, Heather Fox, liked him back, from him, Kendall says, "See! This is why you should never keep secrets from your friends"...right before sneaking off to figure skating practice with Camille.
Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode is titled "Big Time ____" except for "Welcome Back Big Time", "Green Time Rush", and "Bel Air Rush".
In Joke: In Big Time Dreams, one occurs that is so subtle only few viewers will understand it. The guys have a plan to get Carlos a date for the awards, and the first lady that catches him is his date. Alexa Vega ends up catching him, and it's funny because they're engaged in real life.
Gustavo: Oh, and remember when I bumped into Kendall and spilled my oatmeal?! Hahaha!
(Kendall turns around with an oatmeal stain on his shirt.)
Kendall: Yeah, because it happened like two minutes ago.
Ironic Echo: In "Big Time Love Song", Carlos, Logan and Kendall try to win Jo's affections. After Carlos fails, Logan tries his attempt[note]Camille stops him[/note] and he replies that he calls a do-over, and Kendall replies he can't. Then Kendall tries to go after Jo, but Freight Train carries him away and the roles are reversed.
Laugh Track: Parodied in "Big Time Double Date", when there's an audience track out of nowhere and the boys look confused everywhere. Lampshaded when its the spy-ear catching the sounds. With good timing no less.
Let's Just Be Friends: Invoked in "Big Time Love Song" when Jo states that she has a boyfriend and tells that she and BTR to be friends. But while BTR fight, Camille goes to Jo and states that she doesn't have one. Jo admits she said it cause she didn't want to deal with all the fighting everyday.
In "Big Time Rocker" James and Carlos want to avert being in the Friend Zone with Lucy, but because of their actions, they get there.
In "Big Time Bad Boy", she suckered the hotel staff out of their money and watches at Poker.
In "Big Time Mansion", when Mrs. Knight is bummed about Kendall growing up and remarks that she'll have to get used to an empty nest, Katie points out that she's sitting right next to her, who then retorts that Katie hasn't needed her since she learned to win at Five Card Stud.
In "Big Time Fever" when Bitters tells Katie that she can't operate her snow cone stand on Palmwoods property, she places it on a platform suspended over the ground so that she's technically not on it.
In "Big Time Beach Party": The boys try to cash in on Griffin saying that if they ever had a number one record, he'd let them use his beach house, but he points out that it was in Keplankistan. James immediately invokes this by pointing out that Griffin never said where the record had to be number one.
In "Big Time Wedding", James having accidentally given a marriage proposal is thought to be safe since it wasn't on Kerplankistan soil. Then the king reveals exactly why he has a dirt boy on him.
Lovable Jock: The four of them were in the hockey team. Especially Kendall, who said many times he would be playing hockey professionally if he wasn't in the band.
My Beloved Smother: James' mother in "Big Time Moms". Subverted because she's really lonely and she never gets to see her son. At the end of the episode, the band plans to make sure the two see each other.
Never Say "Die": During "Big Time Guru", Carlos thinks he has 24 hours to live, and explicitly refers to death and dying during the episode while a chilled-out Gustavo writes a song so bad that Kendall and Kelly hire an insult comic to pose as a music producer and insult the song by saying it was so bad that it made him want to kill himself. Subverted both times.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: The series makes regular references to real life celebrities and creates celebrity caricatures for parody. One notable exception is Dak Seebon, from "Big Time Photo Shoot".
Only Sane Man: Kendall is more down to earth than the rest of the band, barely.
The Other Darrin: Spencer Locke was replaced by Kelli Goss as Jennifer 2 (the blonde one) when the former was filming Resident Evil: Afterlife. While Locke whould return for the Jennifer role and Goss gets another background character role, the positions were reversed for the second half of Season 2.
In "Big Time Girlfriends", James tells Kylenote the boy who's taking Katie to a movie (which James thinks is Kiss and Tellthat Katie is like a sister to him and does not want Kyle to be making out with her.
In "Big Time Break", Carlos' dad staples Bitters' tie to the desk while they try to find Carlos' hockey helmet when Bitters won't let them see the security tapes. Also take note that the father is a policeman.
Jo's father works for the CIA, and his at first presented as a strict father, but when Jo goes to prom behind his back, he use's CIA Force to drag her and Kendall out. Basically he's an Expy of Stan Smith.
Serious Business: Hockey. Kendall actually has a spit take when he finds that Jo isn't a fan, Carlos and James do the same thing when Kendall mentions it to them.
For Carlos, it's corn dogs. He ends up dumping a girl when she admitted she hated them.
Scary Black Man: Freight Train. The man wears size 18 shoes and is 7 feet tall!
Subverted, as he is eventually revealed to be a Gentle Giant when he tells the boys how 'touched' he'd be if someone sang him the song they were recording in "Big Time Love Song", and by the apparent soft spot he has for Katie in "Big Time Jobs". Not to mention that he helps them out on many occasions.
Shirtless Scene: James flashes his washboard abs multiple times in "Big Time Break".
James and Kendall are both shirtless while swimming in "Big Time Terror", though the water pretty much covers everything up to their shoulders. We do get a nice shot from James, though, after he's propelled out of the pool and clinging to the rafters from Gustavo jumping in.
And both James and Carlos are shirtless during a scene in "Welcome Back Big Time".
In "Big Time Reality" Kendall is shirtless for several long seconds as he comes out of the pool.
Shorter Means Smarter: Subverted. While it's true that James, the tallest, is not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, Kendall is fairly witty, and Logan is supposedly nearing genius level, throw little Carlos into the mix and everything's screwed up. (As you would expect from him.)
Slap-Slap-Kiss: A literal example, as Camille often slaps, then kisses Logan, and is likely to do either one at any time.
Played straight in "Big Time Double Date" when Camille and Logan transition from heatedly arguing to heatedly kissing after being knocked into each other.
Slash Fic: The second Nickelodeon greenlit this show... oh it was on. Just check out their fanfiction.net page.
It's around 33% of the total on fanfiction.net. And 51% of all romance fanfics.
Smelly Skunk: Gustavo's nemesis Hawk sends him one in "Big Time Sparks" and he spends the entire episode trying to get it out of his studio. The boys show up and capture it in a few seconds (common occurence back home apparently), allowing Gustavo to take his revenge by having it snuck into Hawk's limo. While Gustavo was lucky enough not to get skunked, Hawk wasn't so fortunate.
Something about a Rose: James decided to ask the princess of Kerplankistan on her thoughts on which BTR guy she'd marry, all while giving her a white rose (he states that he couldn't get a red one). He learned the very hard way that by doing so, he was giving her a marriage proposal.
Take That: Possibly with Lolo, the hit-predicting adviser chimp. Having an animal that doesn't know the first thing about music chosen to predict the next hit song seems to be a blatant strike against the music industry itself promoting artists predicted to be big yet doomed to fail.
There's also the jab on gurus Kelly makes in "Big Time Guru". She states that they were rock 'n roll poison and mentions how bands break upnote Directly referring to both The Beach Boys and The Beatles once they "latch onto spiritual guidance and go to Tibet".
"Big Time Reality" was an entire episode devoted to bashing reality shows.
"Big Time Girl Group" could be considered one to fanfics (Written by younger audiences) about girl bands coming to Palm Woods and getting together with BTR...
Took a Level in Badass: In a villainous example, Hawk. In his first appearance, he sends a skunk to Gustavo in an attempt to stink up Rocque Records. By "Big Time Concert" he pulls off a magnificentplan that nearly puts Rocque out of business!
Town with a Dark Secret: Played for laughs, when the boys moved to Bel-Air they discover it has ridiculously strict rules, and when they can't stand it, they can't move out because no one is allowed to leave Bel-Air to maintain its reputation.
The trailers for "Big Time Concert" show that the group gets kidnapped and locked in a room before their first big concert. Then shows the four singing with hundreds of fans around them on a stage.
In "Big Time Halloween", the announcer asks, "Can they change back...before their big night?" and then it shows Gustavo using his hot boy band machine to transform the boys back to normal, then performing their song at Griffin's Big Night of Fright. Then, in the episode, due to Gustavo not having sufficient energy in his machine, the boys transform back into monsters.
In "Big Time Break Up", almost all of the main plot was shown in the promos, and the music video for "Worldwide" was released before the actual episode aired, which showed Jo leaving.
Villainous Breakdown: Kennedy, a producer who has it out for Big Time Rush and refuses to have them on her show (bumping them for no good reason, even when the show is running short) finally loses it at the end of the episode. She yells that she'd rather have blank air and be fired than let them be on her show while aiming laser pointers at them.
The Voiceless: Just like in his previous work, there's Abdul and Jessica (Griffin's assistants). As usual this is lampshaded when Abdul speaks for the first time in "Green Time Rush".
Katie: (after seeing Abdul speak for the first time) So THAT's what he sounds like.
Gustavo and Kelly: Ahhh....
We Want Our Jerk Back: Kelly and Kendall invoke this during "Big Time Guru", when they realize that a mellow Gustavo can't write a good song.
What the Fu Are You Doing?: Carlos in "Big Time Bad Boy" when he attempts to break a board over his head and knocks himself out. Twice.
Would Hit a Girl: Played with In the "Big Time Pranks" when Gustavo and Kelly are pretending to be each other, Gustavo laughs at Kelly's attempting to mock him, but she punches him, and he falls to the floor, followed by this:
Kelly: And you can't punch back, because I'm a girl.
You Need to Get Laid: In "Big Time Concert" when Kendall, Logan & Carlos return to the Palmwoods, Logan and Kendall are embraced by Jo and Camille, whilst Carlos gets the same reaction from Lightning the Wonder Dog. He immediately remarks that after they get the band back together and get a new record deal, he really needs to get a girlfriend.