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Series: Ground Floor

Ground Floor is a 2013 TBS comedy about financial businessmen created by Bill Lawrence and Greg Malins. It follow Brody, an up-and-coming money manager, and Jenny, a working-class building supervisor, as they build a relationship.

It stars Skylar Astin as Brody Carol Moyer and Briga Heelan as Jenny Miller as well as Rory Scovel, Rene Gube, James Earl, Alexis Knapp and John C. McGinley as... other people in the building.

Tropes:

  • Actor Allusion: A sick Mansfield refuses to go to the hospital because:
  • The Cast Show Off: Skylar Astin frequently gets to show off his singing skills almost (but not quite) to the point of Once an Episode.
  • Cast the Expert: When you realize that they would need someone who can sing flawlessly to play Heather, or else the "pitchy" gag wouldn't work. Out of all the 25-to-35-year-old actresses that wanted to play the part, were known to the target audience, and can sing really well, they picked Anna Camp.
  • Casting Gag: Okay, which genius came up with the brilliant idea of casting Anna Camp as Skylar Astin's ex-girlfriend, or were they trying to send a message?
    • Episode 7 has Skylar Astin, Alexis Knapp and Anna Camp get up on stage and sing together.
  • Drunk with Power: Harvard puts himself in charge of the building support staff when Jenny temporarily becomes Mansfield's assistant. He immediately launches into a version of the famous Glengarry Glen Ross speech using Pop Tarts as an incentive. He's Hoist by His Own Petard soon enough, though, as everyone walks out as he's talking (taking the Pop Tarts with them) leaving him to deal with 'New Phone Day' on his own. He ends up accidentally locking himself in a cage.
    Harvard: "My mom was right. I'm going to die alone in a cage."
  • Fag Hag: Tori apparently spends a good portion of her time hanging around gay guys and has a legion of gay Twitter followers.
  • Hidden Depths: Mansfield initially comes across as an egotisticalnote  banker who is intent on making as much money as possible without much care for others. But as the show goes on, it becomes clear that he dearly loves his family, appreciates employees (like Brody) who care about their clients, and thinks about his employees' well-being in his own way. He even dotes on Jenny to a certain degree and goes out of his way to make sure Brody is treating her properly.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Threepeat loaded his resume with BS accomplishments that he assumed no one would examine in any sort of detail. Unfortunately, Mansfield did just so and asks Threepeat to act as a Mandarin interpreter for a potential Chinese client. Cue Threepeat desperately trying to learn Mandarin in a day.
  • In Mysterious Ways: Mansfield has demonstrated that he can predict events before they happen and can sense when expensive wine is being mixed with cheap soda 34 floors away.
  • Insult Backfire: Harvard posts a video of Brody singing on the toilet onto YouTube in an attempt to humiliate him, but the video becomes a viral hit with loads of positive comments.
  • Like a Son to Me: Mansfield more or less states outright that he sees Brody as the son he never had, to the jealousy of Threepeat.
  • Master of Your Domain: Mansfield is intent on maintaining absolute control of his environment, even his own bodily functions. Unfortunately, viruses aren't particularly receptive to his form of discipline. Also, Jenny is one of the few people who isn't completely cowed by Mansfield's bluster and is actually able to take charge when he's sick.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Harvard, in a fit of jealousy over Brody's perfect present for Jenny, digs a hole in a park to try a recreate one of Jenny's happiest childhood memories and is questioned about it by a cop. Unfortunately, Harvard's answers unintentionally make him sound like a murderer trying to hide a body.
    Harvard: "I bought her a present and she hated it, and I got pretty upset about it. So I said to myself: 'This is the answer! Dig a hole. Make it big enough so she can get inside!' She is going to die!"
  • One Hour Workweek: Mansfield only works three days a week, but it's only because he worked tirelessly to build his company up to a point where it can work with only minimal input from him. He uses his off days to spend time with his wife and daughters that he didn't have in the past.
    • The maintenance staff are seen doing as little work as possible and dropping everything once they're on break. Tori even spends most of her working hours sleeping.
  • Papa Wolf: Mansfield doesn't even need to be on the same floor to terrify Harvard after the younger man unknowingly goes on a date with his daughter.
  • Prince Charming Wannabe: Harvard is convinced that Jenny will eventually realize that she is truly in love with him, ignoring the fact that she only sees him as a friend and that everyone is genuinely put off by his attempts at wooing her.
  • Production Posse: An unusual example with Briga Heelan. She was cast in both Undateable and Ground Floor when they were in pre-production but chose to stick with Ground Floor while her role in Undateable was recast. Then production hiccups led to Undateable being delayed and the producing teams of the two shows both wanted Heelan badly enough that they worked out a scheduling agreement that allowed her to return to Undateable and take on the role of Nicki on a recurring basis. Both of these shows are executive produced by Bill Lawrence.
    • Then, of course, there's John C. McGinley, who famously starred as Dr. Cox on Scrubs and now stars as Mr. Mansfield on Ground Floor.
    • Rory Scovel made an appearance on Undateable as an annoying neighbor the gang goes to war against.
  • Type Casting:
    • Heather is Aubrey in a few years' time.
    • Mansfield is Dr. Cox as a businessman.
    • Stacie becomes Tori - the "sexy coworker".
  • The Stoner: It's implied that Harvard is at least a little high most of the time.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Tori only comes into the office to sleep after spending the night clubbing and is only seen awake when she's goofing off with the rest of the maintenance staff.
    Jenny: "Threepeat, you know who's fluent in Mandarin is Tori."
    Threepeat: "Are you serious? Can you spare her for a day so she can teach me?"
    Jenny: "Spare her? We don't even know what she does!"

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