A 2012 Disney Channel Kid Com
about a blended family who adopts a dog. That can blog.
His name is Stan, and he can talk too! Once an Episode
, Stan adds a new post to his blog summing up the events of the episode in a Happy Ending
. The show won a 2013 Young Artist Award and has been renewed for a second season.
On February 3rd of 2014, the series was also renewed for a THIRD season, which is set to start recording on April.
This series provides examples of:
- A Girl and Her Dog: Although Stan is a family pet, and all three kids know he can talk, you can definitely notice a stronger bond between Avery and Stan than with any other person. Tyler did have Stan act as his wingman and later returned the favor. So we're clear, Stan a talking dog puts up with the annoying pet of his master's date and in return Tyler goes on a date with an equally annoying girl who has a poodle that Stan likes.
- Adorkable: Avery all the way. Straight A student who likes Star Wars combined with how she looks and dresses is more than enough evidence.
- Affably Evil: Avery's arch-nemesis, Karl.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Not only can Stan talk and use a computer, he can operate a blowtorch, brush his own hair off the family couch, and (briefly) drive a car.
- And Starring: "with Regan Burns [Bennett] and Beth Littleford [Ellen]"
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Avery, Tyler and Chloe.
- Also, Avery (blonde), Lindsay and Nikki (brunettes), and Chloe (redhead).
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: From the pilot, an example that gets past the radar:
Avery: Dad'll write a book, Mom will freak, and Dad will write a book about Mom freaking. There will be freaking books everywhere.
- Brilliant but Lazy/Genius Ditz: Tyler is a math genius. Actually, he is a very smart student but doesn't apply himself enough.
- The Cast Showoff: An unusual example, but Avery can juggle. And contort her body as well.
- Catchphrase: Ellen's "Good one, Ellen." when she makes a joke.
- Stan's "There's the sugar!" in his asides.
- Christmas Episode: Episode six focuses on Stan's first Christmas with his family.
- The 7th episode in season 2 is also a Christmas Episode, although It's about the kids aunt coming and Stan inviting a stray dog.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: While Bennett James is an accomplished psychologist and author, his methods in dealing with his own family have varied results to say the least. Stan even pokes at this by saying "they say that psychologist's kids are messed up be she [Chloe], seems okay." Then seconds later says "I said ok, not perfect."
- He also hints that he was somewhat mentally unstable as a child.
- The Cutie: Avery and Chloe tend to be this.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Tyler getting Avery to break rules.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Ellen, sometimes.
- Cutaway Gag: Featured in nearly every episode. The pilot include some scenes from Stan's past. Other scenes have include Ellen trying to explain she doesn't know who she is getting flowers from (Karl), Avery rapping at a talent show, etc.
- Deadpan Snarker: To be expected from Disney Channel. Avery and Stan are both great at this.
- Disappeared Dad: Its unknown as to what happened to Avery's father and how long between his departure and Ellen and Bennett getting married as well as never being mentioned.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The main character is a canine who maintains a blog about his day to day life. Not much to say beyond that.
- Most episode titles. "Tyler Gets a Girlfriend", "Stan Stops Talking", "Avery's First Crush", among others.
- Expy: Karl seems to be one of Eddie Haskell, minus the friendship aspects.
- He also does more than a little channeling of Nevell, though much less evil and vindictive.
- Chloe also has a few vibes of Zuri. Although she's a lot more tolerable.
- Fiery Redhead: Chloe.
- Five-Man Band
- Foolish Stepsibling Responsible Stepsibling: Tyler and Chloe are foolish stepsiblings to Avery's responsible stepsibling.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Bennett and Ellen first met when Tyler and Avery were toddlers, and did not take to each other. Neither one associates the other with that experience, mainly because Bennett had a beard and Ellen had dyed her hair red at the time.
- Fundamentally Funny Fruit: Happened twice in Freaky Fido:
- While Bennett and Ellen are reliving a play they did when they were younger, Bennett uses a banana as a gun.
- Avery smashes a watermelon when she is angry.
- Gamer Chick: Avery poses as one in "World of Woofcraft" then becomes one with the help of Stan.
- Gender-Blender Name: The older girl is named Avery. While it is occasionally used for girls, it is more often seen as a boy's name, especially in fiction, though it isn't a particularly popular name for either gender.
- Genre Savvy: The Parents are shown to be this, especially able to easily identify their children's tricks.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- At the end of the first episode, Stan logs out of his blog and goes onto another website, claiming it is his own "doggy treat." It turned out to actually be HOT POODLES, a clear porn reference.
- In the food truck episode:
Avery: And Tyler's still working in the food truck.
Bennett and Ellen: What?
Chloe: He has no business being a father!
Bennett and Ellen: What?!
Tyler: Not just her cabasa. I like what's up here. (points to his head)
Avery: Cabasa means head.
Tyler: Oh. Then some of my other texts do not make sense at all.
- One episode involved a reference to neutering:
Stan: This is why I never had kids. That, and I never had the desire after that weird weekend at the vet.
- Ellen and Bennett attempting to give The Talk to Avery.
- How about the fact that Ellen quite clearly mentions blood in "The Parrot Trap"?
- Good with Numbers: Tyler, of all people, is a math prodigy. This is the only skill he ever uses, even in his new job.
- Hidden Depths: Avery can juggle and is a contortionist.
- High Concept: Somewhat oddly averted, as the titular blog really only serves as a form of Book Ends for each episode. Played straight, however, in that there is a talking dog.
- Hypocritical Humor: C'mon, its a Disney show, so it's expected.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Stan and Avery apply. As can Tyler.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Avery is this in "World of Woofcraft", when she and Stan attempt to get revenge on Stan's former in-game friend, Killgore. Avery, being pretty new to game, has zero patience for Stan's plan and attacks before Stan is ready. They still defeat Killgore, who is still pretty savvy, but no match for the surprise attack.
- Motor Mouth: Lindsay which rubs off on Avery at times.
- Negative Continuity: The writers seem to go back and forth on if the family is a blended family or not. Case in point, one recent episode has Bennent remind Avery how he always told her to believe in herself...despite only having known her for a few months.
- Odd Friendship: Avery and Stan. First, Stan is a talking dog, second he not only is voiced by a grown man, but seems to have the mindset of a grown man.
- Off Model: Look at this picture◊. Does it look fake? Nope, it's actually from the intro.
- Once per Episode: Stan blogging away on the computer while everyone else is sleep. Most of the time at the end of the episode.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Happens to Stan twice in the episode "Dog with a Hog", first in a flashback he loses a movie role to a dog riding a skateboard. Then as the School Mascot, at the Homecoming Game, to Chloe on a the Rival School's Pig on a skateboard.
- Pair the Spares: Max and Karl. Even the show itself commented on how odd a pairing this is.
- Me's a Crowd: A variant, Chloe picks a "Chloe Party" for her birthday theme where the guests wear red-headed curly wigs. Chloe admits later that it wasn't a good idea as she feels everyone's making fun of her.
- Not Blood Siblings: Avery to Tyler and Chloe. Tyler and Chloe have the same father and possibly the same mother.
- Remember the New Guy: Avery and Chloe each got an additional long-time best friend in season 2.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: In Universe. Chloe said that they would call her Rockstar Rabbit because of her lunchbox. Because last year she had a red lunchbox and everybody called her the little red girl.
- Secret Keepers: The kids' grandmother join in later on.
- Self-Serving Memory: In "Karl Finds Out Stan's Secret", Bennet and Ellen flash back to embarrassing events from past episodes, but mentally dub over their lines with ones that paint them in a better light.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Avery feels this way in the episode "Dog With a Hog" when she steals the rival school's mascot when she thinks they kidnapped Stan so she can trade it for Stan, But Tyler took Stan in order to get the other school in trouble. In order to not get expelled, she proposes that sneaking the pig back in is "the right thing to do" When her mom elects to call the school, tell the truth about their pig, she replies...
- Script Wank: Stan does this in some episodes.
- Sentimental Music Cue: Shows up from time to time, mostly during Avery's sentimental moments, but sometimes for Stan too.
- Ship Tease: “Avery Dreams of Kissing Karl” is an episode-long ship tease for… well, you can guess.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Avery is this, but the only subject that is hard for her is math.
- In "A New Baby", Stan was all set to be spying, and he wore an outfit that makes him look like an agent from the OWCA.
- In "Bark! the Herald Angels Sing", Chloe asks Phil Trummer, the Bennet-James family's cranky old neighbor, if he's going to attach balloons to his house and fly away.
- In "Stan-ing Guard", Tyler tells him to get off the coffee table. Stan responds by saying "You want me on this coffee table, you need me on this coffee table!" He even says it exactly like Jack Nicholson during his Motive Rant about being perfect for a job that nobody wants.
- In "Stan Stops Talking" the Chole party feels suspiciously like one for Brave, which had came out the following year.
- In "Stan Gets Schooled" Teen Wolf is mentioned when Avery's friends, Max and Lindsey, talk about being disappointed that Stan wasn't one.
- Strictly Formula: Other than the Blog mentioned in the title, Blake Michael's long hair and the fact that it's in color are the only hints you have that this show wasn't made in 1962.
- Talking Animal
- Take That: Stan describing what it would be like to be a celebrity:
Stan: I'm gonna need an agent, sunglasses, and a political cause I don't really understand.
- Token Evil Teammate: Avery's friend Max is the closest to this.
- Wham Episode: The season one finale episode "Stan's Old Owner". Stan's former owner arrives and offers to take Stan back to meet his real canine family. He's lying, he was a scientist that was studying Stan to find out how he can talk and wanted to use him for fame and fortune. The kids find this out when they realize there's a contradiction in his story just as they're about to hand Stan over and confront him on it till he eventually reveals his true colors.
- The Halloween episode, where Stan takes advantage of a costume to talk directly to Ellen, and she confides in him that the reason she doesn't bond well with dogs is that her beloved dog ran away one day when she was little and never came back.
- You Are the New Trend: In one episode, a group of cheerleaders come to a math competition to make fun of the "math geeks." Tyler announces that he's competing and they instantly decide that math is cool.
- Zettai Ryouiki: A staple of most of Avery's wardrobe.