Series: Blue Mountain State
recently decided to bring its viewers a smart, social drama focusing on young men and their lives, loves and losses in the hallowed halls of their first university...yeah, it wasn't possible to read that with a straight face.
Blue Mountain State premiered in January of 2010, and was created and executive produced by the makers of The Sarah Silverman Program
and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
. It focuses on three freshmen from three very different backgrounds who find a common bond in having to deal with the Wacky Fratboy Hijinx
of BMS: Alex Moran (played by Darin Brooks) is a second-string QB who enjoys all of the perks
of being on the football team with less pain and suffering. Craig Shilo (Sam Jones III) is a phenomenal RB with an overcontrolling girlfriend who hopes to ride him to wealth and fame. Sammy Cacciatore (Chris Romano, a.k.a. "Romanski") is Alex's roommate who cons his way into the team's mascot position in hopes of scoring with the cheerleaders.
Together, they find themselves enjoying the constant boozing, partying and sexing while dealing with other staples of college life. Staples like a transgender prostitute, a pocket pussy, drugs, strip clubs, studying for midterms and more. If you're looking for a big-honkin' caricature of college life, this might be the show.
Season Two introduces some more named characters into the cast, like Radon Randell, the freshman QB from Detroit who admits he used to be in prison and quickly becomes the Goats' new starter. And MaryJo, Sammy's promiscuous sister who joins the BMS cheerleading squad in hopes of someday banging Alex.
In 2012, the show was not renewed for a fourth season. However, in 2014, the show's cast and creative team started a Kickstarter fund in order to make a movie to serve as the Grand Finale
This show provides examples of...
- A Party Also Known as an Orgy: Every single Goathouse party.
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: Mary Jo in Season Three
- All Women Are Lustful: Most of the women onscreen are only too happy to make out with the nearest girl, run around in nothing but panties and a bra, and get in the pants of the star football players and coaches, regardless of whether or not they already have a partner.
- Artistic License – History: Thad's video tribute to the life of Coach Daniels, where he plays all the characters including Daniels at 5 years old and Daniels' mother, an Italian butter churner.
Alex: (to Daniels) Is any of this even close to being true?
Coach Daniels: I was born in New Jersey and my mother was a secretary.
- Becoming the Mask: In "Piss Test," Sammy decides that because people treat him better as the BMS mascot than as himself, he would wear the costume the whole time. However, near the end of the episode, the costume became so grotesque from overuse that no one wanted to be near him anymore.
- Bi the Way: Harmon, as confirmed in "Dic Pics".
- Binge Montage: Many times throughout the show, especially during beer pong.
- Black and Nerdy: Radon in "Nerds," though he is not actually one himself.
- Break the Haughty: Thad in season three when he is suspended from the team.
- Breakout Character: Thad
- The Bro Code: Alex invokes this in order to get Thad to keep quiet about Alex banging Coach Daniel's ex-wife. However, Thad becomes confused since he considers both Alex and Daniels his bros.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Sammy and Mary Jo.
- The Cameo: Bill Romanowski ("The Fingering")
- Brian Bosworth ("Born Again").
- MMA fighter Chuck Lidell and ESPN's Dan Patrick ("Trap Game")
- Captain Ersatz: Zigzagged. Blue Mountain State is stated to participate in the NCAA and real life schools such as Georgia Tech and Penn State are mentioned. However, BMS, their conference, and all the teams they play are fictional.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Denise.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Thad after he received a concussion in Season 3.
- Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: Sammy tries to avoid getting a boner in "Midterms" after an incident with a razor, so as karma would have it, the girls start actively teasing him, which only makes the situation worse.
- The majority of the Goats in "Piss Test" initially try this to pass an upcoming drug test instead of the painful-looking "oil change" method that Thad advocates. They can't even last one day.
- The entire team in "Born Again" tries to go celibate under their coach's orders. Unfortunately, the Goats end up destroying a church's volunteer team by playing full-contact in a touch football game for charity.
- Country Mouse: Harmon.
- Alex, who is from Wyoming, averts this trope.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Goats are on the receiving end of one of these in the national championship game against Blackwell in season 3, due to the NCAA banning Coach Daniels and most of the team's starters from participating because of rules violations.
- Dean Bitterman: Dean Simon can apply, because although the football team does bring in a lot of recognition for Blue Mountain State, they also bring a lot of negative publicity and destruction to the school as an academic institution.
- Deadpan Snarker: Alex.
- Deconstructive Parody: Thad is one of they typical Jerk Jock with Testosterone Poisoning. His actions and behavior are not that much out of the ordinary for the character type, but Thad pushes it further and further to the point where early on you can tell that he's dangerously insane.
- Depraved Bisexual: Denise.
- Dumb Jock: Literally the entire team, to the point where some are borderline illiterate. Even Alex, probably the smartest, is more of a Guile Hero and otherwise pretty Book Dumb.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Both Alex and Thad have one. Alex's is "Couch" because the girl to whom he lost his virginity spread the rumor that he had sex with the couch instead. Thad's is Thad because he had a lisp when he was a child and so said "I'm really sad" as "I'm really thad". His actual name is Kevin.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: "The Cougar."
- Aside from Alex and Craig, all the football players call Sammy "Mascot"
- Fanservice: Read the description again if you need more details.
- FanDisservice: In the opening credits, there's a shot of a beautiful cheerleader bending over, followed immediately by a closeup of an overweight man's butt crack
- Gay Bravado / Armored Closet Gay: Thad, depending on your interpretation.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Occurs of a lot but as of Season Three this seems to be Mary Jo's entire m.o.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Thad.
- Hollywood Nerd: The only ones that appear in the show are Type 1.
- Homoerotic Subtext: Frequent with Thad, especially in some of his more sadistic moments. Forcing the freshmen to shave each other while he watches, running a race in jockstraps with Oreo's clenched in their buttocks, threatening Alex in bed in the middle of the night, the "oil change"... Plus the entire "Dic Pics" episode. The list is extensive, and the trope is often played for laughs.
- College Girls and Blow: Thad (and later Alex) both do a line off the stomach of a co-ed. Thad especially has a propensity towards cocaine, getting in trouble between Season 2 and Season 3 on account of drug charges, spawning this gif◊.
- Hypocritical Humor: Blackwell's players tell the media that their win against a BMS team with most of the starters and coaches suspended should not be questioned because they played by the NCAA's rules, unlike BMS. In the next scene we see them, they're drinking and snorting cocaine, exactly what got BMS in trouble with the NCAA.
- I Have Your Mother: In "Midterms," Alex offers not to spread video of the professor's mother having sex with some members of the football team in exchange for a C grade.
- Intoxication Ensues: Craig in "The Legend of the Golden Arm." After challenging his high-school rival to a sprint to impress Denise, he looks in Thad's room for steroids to give himself an edge and accidentally injects himself with rabies. Not rabies vaccine, but actual rabies!
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Thad, calling pronouncing 'sluts' as 'sloots' instead.
- Jerk Ass: You'd have an easier time trying to locate someone on the show that ISN'T one. The only remotely likeable current character is Alex, who while having somewhat of a sleazy vibe, does tend to show he has a heart and common sense on occasion.
- Craig in the first season seems to be the most sensitive member of the team. While everyone else enjoys getting drunk often and having sex with random girls, Craig is usually the one who stays out of trouble and remains loyal to his girlfriend.Until he finds out that Denise was cheating on him.
- Large Ham: Thad.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The karma that BMS has been building up over three seasons ends up being so heavy on the negative end, they lose the national championship game in the third season.
- Like a Son to Me: The premise of "Ransom," where a creepy obsessive fan tries to offer one of his daughters to Alex in hopes that they'll produce a football-playing grandson because all his children were girls.
- The relationship Thad seems to have with coach Marty. Or at least that's what Thad likes to think.
- Pretty much the way coach Marty relates to the entire team. He doesn't really seem to have anyone else to care for since his son is a selfish jerk.
- Mushroom Samba: "Drug Olympics" and "Vision Quest."
- New Old Flame: Coach's ex-wife Debra.
- Noodle Incident: "...and that's the reason I can't get the smell of catnip off of my anal beads."
- Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Whether it's a NCAA-sanctioned drug test or even simple homework, most of the Goats players will do whatever they can to avoid honest work.
- Of Course I'm Not A Virgin: Denise, after Craig stumbles upon a sex tape she made.
- Only Sane Man: Alex and Craig switch off on this trope depending on the episode.
- Opposing Sports Team: Inverted. Though the rival Overland University team wears black and kidnaps their goat as a prank, they seem relatively benign compared to the things the designated protagonists do to their opponents, let alone each other.
- Played straight with Blackwell.
- Professional Slacker: Alex, to the point where he actually fights to keep his second-string job when he is in danger of becoming the starter ("Rivalry Weekend") or dropping to third-string ("There's Only One Second Best").
Coach Daniels (to Alex): "Y'know, this is the fire I've been looking for from you! I was hoping it would be for the starting job, but ehhh..."
Craig (to Alex): "You work so hard at being lazy it's almost inspiring."
- Alex and Radon both try joining the BMS hockey team to avoid having to take the otherwise mandatory offseason football workout. Unfortunately, their work ethic rubs off on the hockey team, which leads to them having to work even harder just so they can make the hockey team and not start for them at the same time.
- Alex's ultimate goal in life is not to go pro but to become a high school gym teacher like his dad At least until "The Peak" when he realizes he could make it to the NFL and do well if he applies himself.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Almost all of the main characters have shades of this trope, but Thad takes the cake over everyone else.
- Put on a Bus" Craig in Season Two is Handwaved as having transferred out of BMS, considering the actor playing him was arrested by the DEA for intending to sell large quantities of oxycodone.
- The actor playing Radon Randell won't be appearing in Season Three for similar reasons.
- Reality Ensues: The Rule of Funny only lasts for a certain amount of time, as the team's indiscretions finally catch up with them at the end of season three and the program gets in serious trouble with the NCAA. They are spared the death penalty but Coach Daniels and most of the team's starters are prohibited from playing in the national championship game against Blackwell, who proceeds to curbstomp the depleted Goats team.
- Also the Main Characters Antics hurt the Schools reputation
- Rule of Funny: Let's just say that the real NCAA would not be too happy with BMS' program. The tail end of Season 3 addresses this, as the program does get into trouble with the NCAA.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Alex when the team, Mary Jo and Coach Daniels gang up on him when they are all in the drunk tank.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Thad screams in a higher pitch more suited for a teenage girl than a twentysomething football player.
- Shout-Out: Many BMS episodes are either modeled after a specific genre of movie or mirror scenes from well known movies.
- The climactic scene in "Nerds" pays homage to Inglourious Basterds.
- The subplot of "Pay for Play" is a parody of the movie Rudy.
- The climactic scene in "The Fingering" is a parody of the movie 127 Hours.
- Thad's concussion symptoms in "The c-word" resemble the symptoms from Leonard's anterograde amnesia in the movie Memento
- The subplot of that episode with Sammy being trapped under weights is an homage to 127 Hours.
- Season 2 finale "Riot" is played in the style of a zombie movie.
- The Stoner: Harmon.
- Take That: "The Death Penalty" essentially calls out the NCAA for making millions of tax free dollars at the expense of the athletes who are forced to abide by their ridiculous rules to be able to play (not the ones regarding drugs of course, but the ones regarding the athletes not receiving pay or benefits).
- Testosterone Poisoning: Whether this trope is being played painfully straight throughout the show or parodied into oblivion is debatable.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: Sometimes, despite Alex's best efforts to stay off the field, the universe conspires to make him start at QB during crucial games.
- They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason: In "Drunk Tank," some of the team talks about their issues with each other while under the influence.
Larry: "I once told Thad a secret and he told my dad the next day..." Thad
: "HOW IS BEING IMPOTENT A SECRET LARRY?"
- Took a Level in Badass: Harmon after getting advice from a psychic regarding Thad's constant teasing about his failure as a placekicker.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: Coach mentions to Alex in the episode "Bowl Game" in the first season that winning the bowl game would get him one win closer to Joe Paterno's record for most wins by a coach in Division 1 football. At the time of the airing, Joe Pa had not reached the record yet and he had not stopped coaching.
- Wham Episode: "The Death Penalty." The NCAA *finally* investigates Blue Mountain State and has no shortage of rule violations. BMS does manage to avoid the death penalty but Coach Daniels and most of the starters are suspended from the national championship game, which the depleted BMS team loses. By a lot.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Thanks to Coach Daniels, Alex realizes this at the end of "The Peak".