An award-nominated live action Sketch Comedy
series created by Nick Cannon (from the later cast of All That
) that aired on Cartoon Network
. The series was previewed on New Year's Eve 2012 for the "Incredible Crew Year's Eve" special. The series' first season premiered on January 24th, 2013 and ended on April 11 of the same year.
The show stars Jeremy Shada (the same one who does voicework as Finn the Human on Adventure Time
), Brandon Soo Hoo, Shauna Case, Shameik Moore, Tristan Pasterick, and Chanelle Peloso. The show is a mixture between standard Sketch Comedy
tropes and hidden camera hilarity. Needless to say, Hilarity Ensues
.The show seemed to disappear after its season finale
, and this left many questions unanswered for months on whether or not there would be a season two, and the confusion kept on coming when the cast members started appearing in commercials and bumps. There was no news about the series for months on end. Eventually it was announced on July 29, 2013 that Incredible Crew
had been cancelled, making this the last live-action show Cartoon Network has made for its channel (the only live-action programs that air on the channel now are some of the movies shown on their Flicks
block and [adult swim]
's Thursday night shows).
Strangely, quite a few of the cast comes from Nickelodeon
, one of Cartoon Network's rival networks. Especially Nick, who still is the poster boy for TeenNick
(at the time of this anyway).
Incredible Crew has the following tropes:
- And I Must Scream: Played for Laughs in the "Prize Surprise" skit where the contestants are so overstimulated with surprise that they're frozen and turned into statues.
- Awesome but Impractical: Just like Mad, nearly every false product they advertise. Examples include Hot Dog Cereal, Nacho Tortillahose, Face Jeans, and so on.
- Big Little Sister: Shauna plays Jeremy's in the "Magical Video Game Controller" sketch.
- Body Horror: Played for Laughs in the "Perso" skit, where the characters of an 80s-esque kids show transform into letters to make up "SMILE".
- Candid Camera Prank: A few sketches see the cast interact with the public.
- The Cast Showoff: Jeremy Shada can sing very well.
- Comically Missing the Point: In the "Cola Thief" sketch, a teacher keeps her class after school because someone stole and drank 58 sodas from her cabinet, and she won't let anyone leave until the thief confesses. One of the students points out that a boy named Wyatt probably did it, but the teacher says they don't accuse anyone without proof. As if Wyatt hopped up on sugar and running around the classroom like the Tasmanian Devil isn't proof enough. Wyatt confesses after a couple minutes, but now the teacher says that somebody else stole over 300 pieces of bubblegum and wants to know whodunit, failing to see a student clearly chewing a huge wad of gum.
- Covered in Gunge: There are few sketches where one of the cast get some kind of liquid sprayed or dumped on them.
- Dead Pet Sketch: In one short skit, Tristan plays a boy whose goldfish has passed away (refrain from confusion), and his mother instinctively gets a new one. However, he is able to find out when the goldfish keeps saying, "Hey."
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Exploring Explorers of Exploration".
- Disaster Movie: Parodied remorselessly with the "Torcano" skit. The title disaster is a tornado pulling molten lava from an active volcano into itself, but by the end of the skit it is basically composed every natural disaster at once with the Overly Long Name of "Torcanoquake Blizvalanche Fireicanebees".
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: In one skit, Shada's character ventures into a ball pit and discovers rainbows...that talk.
- F Minus Minus: The teacher gives this at the end of "The Worst Thing That Could Happen During A Book Report".
- Found Footage Films: Parodied in the "Santa Claus Hunters" sketch. The premise of the sketch stars a group of kids who want to capture Santa on tape, and one part of the sketch has Chanelle freaking out and crying under a table.
- Gainax Ending: A lot of sketches end like this.
- Grossout Show: On occasion.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Kylie, the Embarrassed Girl. She seems nice at first glance, but once you do something to embarrass her...
- Incredibly Lame Pun: In the "Muffin Jets" skit, someone was bound to say someone's toast eventually.
- Insane Troll Logic: You don't know the half of it.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Michael Shin, 5th grade ninja.
- Kid Detective: The Worst Brothers Junior Detectives. Parodied in that they tear apart everything in sight.
- Ladies and Germs: "Ladies, gentlemen, werewolves."
- Large Ham: Shameik and almost every character he's played.
- Also, Olaf the Super Sensitive Viking.
- SOLAR SYSTEM WOLF CAN HOWL MUSIC!
- Laugh Track: Averted, and the jokes work better thanks to the added awkwardness.
- Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: In one sketch, Jeremy says that 100% of people in the world don't want to receive a snakebite.
- Mind Screw: The Complecatrix board game. Need we say more?
- Network Decay: Literally how the show got cancelled.
- Natch, considering it was a live-action Cartoon Network show, and it was bound to suffer this eventually.
- No Fourth Wall: In the "Smile" skit, Jeremy (while on an 80s-esque kids show) actually says, "Yeah, roll the opening title!"
- No Indoor Voice: A LOT of screaming on this show.
- Non Sequitur: Where most of the show's humor comes from.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: You'd be surprised to see how many characters harness it.
- Overly Long Name: The "Torcanoquake Blizvalanche Fireicanebees". And yet characters always insist on saying the full name.
- Parental Obliviousness: The restaurant artist kid's parents exaggerate this trope to painful extents. Their son creates paintings, makes a colorful 3D clay stickman, makes it into the newspaper, and creates a giant metal stickman, while his parents don't notice a thing.
- Rockers Smash Guitars: Santa does this at the end of What Santa's Doing Right Now.
- Rule of Cool: In one sketch, a teacher gives a lesson about interdimensional portals!
- Running Gag: A stuffed unicorn that makes one of the most annoying sounds you've ever heard.
- Severely Specialized Store: The Shorts and Spoons Warehouse. Bonus points for all customers having to buy one of each.
- Sketch Comedy
- Space Whale Aesop: Don't bring a mop to school to cut classes or otherwise everyone will mistake it for you.
- Broken Aesop: However, it's made so that the "real" moral is to not cut class.
- Stealth Pun: During a dream, Chanelle runs into a giant toe named Robert. Robert Toe.
- Super Strength: In one sketch, Shauna is able to destroy a table with one fist and also becomes a great fighter.
- Surreal Humor: A good majority of the show is just randomness.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Robby during the "Mop Robby" sketch. See Space Whale Aesop above for context.
- Tempting Fate: The Bad Luck song where a group kids rap that they don't believe in bad luck and do various things that are stated to cause it (breaking mirrors, stepping on cracks, walking under ladders, etc). Of course once they do the deeds, bad luck instantly happens to them. One of the kids gets Genre Savvy when it only comes down to two of them and backs out instantly.
- Training Montage: Parodied in the "Last Pillow Fighter" sketch; the montage is only Shauna doing three push-ups.
- Unnecessarily Creepy Robot: MIRI has this moment at the end of its sketch.
- Weirdness Censor: In "Farting Grandpa", there's several of them. In one, a Big Bad makes nothing of seeing giant flying muffins. Also, a girl is too busy dancing to notice that she's being robbed.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In the sketch, which parodies the Indiana Jones film series, Jeremy Shada said this line but replaced the snakes with grandmas.