Spike TV 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.