A 2012 Disney ChannelKid 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.
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.
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.
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.
Full House Music: Shows up from time to time, mostly during Avery's sentimental moments, but sometimes for Stan too.
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.
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?!
Upon viewing Stan's family tree, a cat is clearly visible, to which Stan embarrassingly exclaims "Don't pay that any mind. It was the Seventies!"
In the episode where Stan tries to be a school mascot, resulting in pig-napping the other school's mascot and hilarity ensuing, towards the end, Bennett looks towards Ellen, implies having "success sex", removes his shirt... to reveal he's wearing his wife's sparkly lips turtleneck. Followed up by a prison rape joke. Pushing the envelope anyone?
And this gem from "Dog Loses Girl":
Avery: You're supposed to wipe your hair out of the shower drain. Do you know how gross that is? It's like a second little head down there.
In "The Parrot Trap," it's implied that Stan has eaten the buttons off Ellen's coat. Later, he says that the parrot "scared the buttons out of him."
Then there was the time Tyler was trying to convince Avery to help him get a girl back...
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"?
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.
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. There is also the fact that Chloe seems to be the biological child of both parents; while people don't have to be married to have kids...this is a Disney sitcom.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.