Mongrels is a BBC Three production that started airing in 2010, which is, as it says in the ads, 'a puppet show for adults'. Indeed, the show does revolve around five puppet animals who hang out in the back of an inner city pub.It was created by Adam Miller, who claims he wants 'to do for puppetry what American shows like The Simpsons have done for animation'. The show's first season ran for eight episodes from June through August 2010, and the second season of nine episodes began with a double bill on the 7th of November 2011. It was not renewed for a third season.There were some controversial claims that it was plagiarizing the Channel4 programme Pets, but those have pretty much been found to be without basis as the two shows don't really share much beyond a broadly similar concept and a few shared backroom staff.
Camp Straight: Nelson, kind of. And particularly Destiny's "gay best friend" (who is neither).
Cartwright Curse: Nelson's lovers seem to have rather short life expectancies (probably to ensure he's back to pining for Destiny by the next episode). The chicken in the first episode turned out to be psycho, head cut off; his sister was squashed by an overweight Kali; Vince's mother had a heart attack when Nelson proposed; Destiny's double was killed by the real one for stabbing her guy of the week.
Deadly Doctor: Tim the German Badger attends to the medical needs of the surrounding animals. He also appears to be a Serial Killer.
Depraved Bisexual: Possibly Marion, especially after offering a circle stroke to Nelson, and later in the episode looking forward to being gang stroked, not to mention what he did with the scare(lesbian)crow at the end, and the Cutaway Gag with George Best.
And Vince claimed that the "circle stroke" was only the second gayest thing he'd seen Nelson (aka the "Divine Miss Vulpine") do in the last 10 days. Though Nelson's also the least depraved member of the cast, so he'd just be bi.
Archie the stud Afghan hound, how he got rabies
Vince is generally just depraved, though in episode 7 he threatened to bum Nelson to death if he messed up his territory. He also apparently regularly rapes the male cat in his territory.
Disproportionate Retribution: Double subverted in episode 10. Basically, a cyclist runs over Kali's dinner (a badger, if you're interested), and she swears to get revenge upon him. She builds it up to be something huge and then... it turns out that she merely crapped on his seat. However, about five seconds later, the bicycle explodes - it turns out that Kali had planted a bomb there all along.
Flock of Wolves: Sneaking into an office, Nelson dresses up as a human in a moment of desperation to hide from an oncoming office worker, who turns out to be Tim the Badger...also dressed up as a human.
Nelson: Is it just me, or is that technically legal, yet still really very creepy?
Destiny: Still creepy.
Kali: Oh, yeah!
Helping Granny Cross the Street: Nelson the Fox helps an elderly chicken across the street. He takes the time to also ask the question of "Why did the chicken cross the road?"note The answer is: she saw a black man walking along the street and thought he might mug her, turns out she was just a casual racist
Interspecies Romance: A lot. Nelson is chasing after Destiny, in the first episode Nelson got involved with a chicken, Kali once almost got involved with a female crow, Kali's attempts to breed the "pigeox", and what Destiny did with Vince while he was in a coma.
Jerkass: Everyone at some point or another - the most consistent Jerkasses are Destiny, Kali and Vince. This can sometimes be taken even further based on Rule of Funny.
Just Following Orders: One of the hunting beagles invokes this defence when Nelson confronts them for killing foxes. However, when questioned further, he admits that they probably wouldn't have been punished if they'd refused to hunt.
Lower-Class Lout: Kali and Destiny have many characteristics of the "chav" stereotype.
Lyrical Dissonance: More often than not for the songs. Examples include Nelson's "Breaking Up Is Such a Faff", a Meat Loaf-style power ballad about how he hates his wife but is too lazy to divorce her, and Rob's sensitive ballad about wanting to murder Justin Bieber.
Nelson: "Before we start, do you have any brittle bones I should know about?"
Eileen: "No." (They proceed to get dirty)
Medium Awareness: Destiny finds a treasure map and says she's going to search for treasure, but is taken off by her owner before she can. Nelson turns to the camera and says, "Shame, sounds like it would've made a good storyline."
Mercy Kill / Dying as Yourself: Parodied in the Rabies episode when Nelson asks Marion to kill him if he goes mad but Marion's a bit too keen to kill.
In Season 2, a terminally ill beagle asks Nelson to mercy kill him. Surprisingly, Nelson actually succeeds.
Money, Dear Boy: Eamonn Holmes admits he didn't look at the script before agreeing to appear, just the fee (though that is pretty standard for Holmes as he'd be the first to admit!)
"There was a black man coming and I was afraid he might mug me."
Read The Fine Print: Nelson mistakes the intention of one of those "Adopt an endangered animal" campaigns and when explained exactly what it actually meant he comments that he should know better by now. Cue cutaway to Nelson agreeing to an iTunes update EULA and the Grim Reaper demanding his first born.
Retirony: Barney the police horse had only one day left before being put out to pasture. Then Vince cut him up.
Running Gag: Kali not thinking things through. For example, in episode 6, she makes a protest against the way humans treat pigeons, and thus she decides to sacrifice herself by throwing herself onto some pigeon spikes that have been set up. Immediately afterwards she realises that this is exactly what they would have wanted her to do...
When Nelson goes to the petting zoo, we see a dead rabbit being carried away while Garfunkel's "Bright Eyes" plays, a la Watership Down.
Situational Sexuality: Whatever happened between Nelson and Vince when stuck on that traffic island, it's not something to be mentioned in Vince's wedding speech.
Stalker Shrine: In "Nelson and the Human", Neil has one for the blonde girl, including a half-eaten biscuit she's bitten. It also turns out that Nelson has one of Destiny.
Stalker with a Crush: Nelson is one to Destiny to various extents, from being more like a Dogged Nice Guy to being especially creepy like when it's revealed he keeps track of her ovulation cycles.
Stalking Is Love: Used in-universe in the episode "Nelson and the Human": Nelson considers Neil's obsession to be the stuff of romantic comedy and tries to get Neil and the girl together. It doesn't end well.
Though characters that change Nelson's life significantly have a way of dying before the episode is over: Kieran (adopted son), the pigeox (biological offspring) and Sandra (wife/sister) and Vince's mother (Fiancee).
Suicide as Comedy: In the pilot episode, there was another character called Debbie. She was a suicidal chicken who was always considering ways in which she might kill herself. The producers decided that the character wasn't deep enough for a full series, and thus she was axed.
Kali You can acheive a hell of a lot in life without any testicles
(cut to concert)
Announcer Ladies and Gentlemen, Michael Buble!
Quantum of Solace gets one when Nelson tries to picture himself in "the iconic scene" from that film. He ends up remembering the card game from Casino Royale instead.
Too Soon: Surprisingly for this show, but it was due to unforeseen consequences. During the second season's initial run on BBC Three, episode 5 was skipped over to play the next episodes before it, most likely due to the very recent death of beloved Welsh football manager Gary Speed.