[[caption-width-right:300:"It's a puppet show... for adults."]]

''Mongrels'' is a [[Creator/TheBBC 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 [[{{Muppet}} 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' 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 Creator/Channel4 programme ''Series/{{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.

!!''Mongrels'' contains examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Vince has eaten at least five of his kits and caused another one to become roadkill.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Destiny.
* AllJustADream: Used twice in the final episode of series one [[spoiler: and subverted just as quickly when the dreams are shown to be about things that actually happened]].
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Apparently foxhunting beagles, even if they were just following orders, according to them.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:The Guide Dog at the end of episode 3.]]
* AnimalTalk: Why Nelson couldn't talk to the humans on ''{{Springwatch}}''.
** Though strangely a number of celebrities in the cutaway scenes seem to understand the animals.
* AscendedExtra: Season 2 saw some background characters getting some characterisation and more speaking roles.
* AxCrazy: Vince is a violent fox who freely murders and beats people.
* BerserkButton: Nelson and [[GrammarNazi poor grammar]], see [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p008xy8j here]]. Also, Vince if anyone ever so much as insinuates that he may be a c***, or insults his mother.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Destiny somewhat fits the bill, though she's not very good at the 'pretending to be nice' part.
* BlackComedy:
** Literally, Vince EatsBabies (the first time his own) in at least two episodes.
** Seemingly averted in the episode where Nelson marries his sister:
--->'''Marion:''' ''(after Nelson's wife dies)'' Sorry about the ah, kids.
'''Nelson:''' No, turns out it's impossible to get pregnant if she penetrates ''you''.
** But played straight less than a minute later when Destiny uses powder on her fleas:
* BlackComedyRape: When Vince and his bride-to-be first met, she "felt an instant spark". Namely, he tased her, then raped her while she was unconscious.
** Vince has threatened to rape Nelson a few times, and it's implied he has done so in the past. This is treated as if it were humorous.
* BritishBrevity: Though at eight episodes a series it's over by two episodes as opposed to the usual six but under US season lengths by a lot.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Nelson marries his sister in episode six.
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: The show has one OnceAnEpisode. Subverted once though, when Nelson attempts to sing a love song to Destiny and she walks off as the number begins.
-->'''Nelson:''' [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall But...it's this week's song]]!
* CampStraight: Nelson, kind of. And particularly Destiny's "gay best friend" (who is neither).
* CartwrightCurse: Nelson's lovers seem to have rather short life expectancies (probably to ensure he's [[StatusQuoIsGod back to pining for Destiny by the next episode]]). The chicken in the first episode [[spoiler: turned out to be psycho, head cut off]]; his sister [[spoiler: was squashed by an overweight Kali]]; Vince's mother [[spoiler: had a heart attack when Nelson proposed]]; Destiny's double [[spoiler: was killed by the real one for stabbing her guy of the week]].
* CatUpATree: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Marion:
-->'''Marion:'''I'm a cat stuck up a tree, I'm such a cliché.
** In Season 2 Episode 5, Kali wonders if a plot about Nelson's lost vegetables is a good way to "start it this week".
* CatchPhrase:
-->'''Vince:'''"Did you just call me a c***?"
* CatsHaveNineLives: Parodied in the third episode
* ClusterFBomb: Vince, although [[SoundEffectBleep censored.]]
* ConspiracyTheorist:
-->'''Partially-Seen Familiar-Sounding Fox:''' 6 Million Dead! Not a single gas chamber!\\
'''Nelson:''' Yes, yes. Alright, [[Series/TheBasilBrushShow Basil]]. [[GoLookAtTheDistraction Look! A gray heron!]]\\
''(Nelson flees)''
* CouchGag: Every episode (much in the vein of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'') has a soundbite played over the production date after the credits.
* CountryMatters: Vince's favorite word.
* CrapsackWorld
* CutawayGag: Lots and rather frequently.
** [[TropesAreNotBad Not that that's a bad thing of course.]]
* CuteKitten: Subverted with Marion, and parodied with his barely legal girlfriend.
* CyanidePill: The foxhunting beagles end up committing suicide that way.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Rob compulsively masturbates when stressed, which isn't a good trait in a performing chimp.
* DeadpanSnarker: Kali, and sometimes Nelson and Destiny.
* DeadlyDoctor: Tim the German Badger attends to the medical needs of the surrounding animals. He also appears to be a SerialKiller.
* DepravedBisexual: Possibly Marion, especially after offering a circle stroke to Nelson, and later in the episode looking forward to being [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization gang stroked]], not to mention what he did with the [[spoiler:scare(lesbian)crow at the end]], and the CutawayGag with George Best.
** And Vince claimed that the "circle stroke" was only the ''second'' gayest thing he'd seen Nelson (aka the [[WholesomeCrossdresser "Divine Miss Vulpine"]]) do in the last 10 days. Though Nelson's also the least depraved member of the cast, [[BiTheWay so he'd just be bi]].
** [[spoiler: Archie the stud Afghan hound, how he got rabies]]
** Vince is generally just depraved, though in episode 7 he threatened to [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale bum Nelson to death]] if he messed up his territory. He also apparently regularly rapes the male cat in his territory.
*** [[SituationalSexuality What happens on the island, stays on the island]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: 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.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Does this a lot, though not in a very subtle way.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]/parodied in Episode 3, with petting as an equivalent of sex.
--->'''Nelson:''' We are being stroked day in, day out, whether we consent to it or not! How could it be any worse?!\\
'''Marion:''' Well, we could literally be being forced into having sex with people.\\
'''Nelson:''' Oh, that's right, you just blow the whole subtext!
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Parodied in episode 9 - after Destiny is brushed off by a dog she fancies, she starts hitting him and generally treating him like crap... and it works. It even ends up being the topic of [[OnceAnEpisode that episode's]] [[BusbyBerkeleyNumber song]].
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A]] [[StealthPun Pigeon]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHim On Her]]: At the end of episode 6, Sandra (Nelson's [[BrotherSisterIncest sister/wife]]) runs away. As she does so, [[ItMakesSenseInContext an incredibly overweight Kali is dropped out of the window]], and ends up killing her.
* [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude He's Like In A Coma]]: Destiny becomes... attached to Vince when he's knocked unconscious in episode seven.
* EasyEvangelism: Deano the dove in the second episode manages to convert Marion and Vince to Christianity with little trouble.
* EnfantTerrible: Vince's first evil act was shooting his grandmother for her pension book.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler:Vince]] certainly acts like a puppydog around his... [[BerserkButton until someone insults her]]
** Kali also went nuts on Harry Hill for killing her mom on tv.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Kali's boyfriend and mother, both killed by people.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Vince might be a unrepentant racist, thief, murderer, and rapist, who assaults and mutilates other animals for kicks, but he draws the line at joining the BNP.
** Also, Kali actually cried for a man that she killed,[[spoiler: when it was revealed he had a pregnant wife and child.]]
* FakeBand: Vermin, a group of random animals who always play the songs in every episode.
* FantasticRacism: Vince is racist against chickens. He even sings an upbeat song about how much they suck.
* FemaleFelineMaleMutt: Inverted - Destiny is a female dog, and Marion is a male cat.
* FlockOfWolves: Sneaking into an office, Nelson [[ItMakesSenseInContext 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.
* FourthWallMailSlot: [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcthree/2010/07/mongrels-vince-and-nelson-answer-your-questions.shtml here]].
* FoxChickenGrainPuzzle: In the first episode where Nelson takes Wendy (a chicken) on a date, 'wins' a bag of grain then takes her to a lake where a sign says "Two Occupants per Boat" and gives a [[MediumAwareness tired look to camera.]]
** Nelson "solves" it by throwing the grain at the boat owner's head, knocking him out.
* FunnyAnimal: Yes and yes.
* FurryReminder: Not frequently as the characters are usually played close to their species' traits but happens to Nelson and Destiny on occasion.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: The song "Everybody loves a Lesbian"
* GoldDigger: In the episode "Nelson and the Human", Destiny marries an old, mean-spirited and half-blind dog for his squeaky toy pig.
* TheGrimReaper: Makes an appearance in Episode 3.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: Kali seems very interested in [[HoYay what happened between Nelson and Vince]] when they were stuck on the island.
* HairTriggerTemper: Vince.
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Almost the second Marion's underage girlfriend Lollipop [[JailbaitWait comes of age]] [[{{Squick}} (four weeks old)]] he proceeds to make out with her while Destiny, Nelson, and Kali all tilt their heads.
-->'''Nelson:''' Is it just me, or is that technically legal, yet still really very creepy?\\
'''Destiny:''' Still creepy.\\
'''Kali:''' Oh, yeah!
* HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet: 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[[/note]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Kali.
* HollywoodTourettes: Vince claims such in the second episode of series 2 [[spoiler: except when singing karaoke]].
* HumansAreBastards: Not that the animals (except maybe Nelson) [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist are any better.]]
* IdenticalStranger: Nita to Destiny in "Kali and the Urinary Infection".
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All episodes so far have the pattern "<character> the <adjective>" i.e. Kali the Genetic Engineer or Marion the [[LampshadeHanging Superfluous Feed Character]].
* ImagineSpot: Used liberally
* InterspeciesRomance: A lot. Nelson is chasing after Destiny, in the first episode Nelson got involved with a chicken, Kali once almost got involved with a [[spoiler: female]] crow, Kali's attempts to breed the "pigeox", and what Destiny did with Vince while he was in a coma.
* JailbaitWait: Part of the third episode revolves around this.
* {{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 RuleOfFunny.
* JustFollowingOrders: One of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName 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.
* LowerClassLout: Kali and Destiny have many characteristics of the "chav" stereotype.
* LyricalDissonance: More often than not for the songs. Examples include Nelson's "Breaking Up Is Such a Faff", a Music/MeatLoaf-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 Music/JustinBieber.
* MayDecemberRomance: Nelson with Vince's mother.
-->'''Nelson:''' Before we start, do you have any brittle bones I should know about?
''Eileen:''' No. ''(they proceed to get dirty)''
* MediumAwareness: 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."
* MercyKill[=/=]DyingAsYourself: 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. [[spoiler: Surprisingly, Nelson actually succeeds.]]
* MurderSuicide: [[spoiler:In the ending of "Nelson and the Human", Nelson's romantic comedy-inspired attempts to pair Neil up with the woman he's stalking ends with Neil killing the woman, her boyfriend, and himself.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: "Oh god, I'm part of the problem..."
** Also when Kali kills a delivery boy with a bomb and experiences genuine remorse [[spoiler: when she finds out he had a family.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: It's probably not a coincidence that Kali is named for the Hindu goddess of destruction.
* {{Narcissist}}: Destiny falls in love with the smell of her own ass.
* NegativeContinuity: In the final episode of season 1, Destiny dies, yet in season 2 she's alive and well once again.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Parodied in the Season 2 finale, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLtp2cP3O68 with a montage of all the characters who have died on the show.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Completely and utterly averted with a few C-list celebrities appearing as themselves.
* NonIndicativeTitle: None of the main characters are actually mongrels.
** The episode "Kali and the Urinary Infection" is about pretty much everything other than the aforementioned illness. This gets lampshaded.
* NonMammalMammaries: Mainly PlayedForLaughs and appear on quite a few female characters but averted for [[spoiler:birds whose the lack of external genitalia is a plot point for an episode]].
* OneShotCharacter: Lollipop is central to Marion's story in episode three, but is never seen again after this (although her [[YouLookFamiliar puppet gets recycled in episode eight]])
** Sandra as well, though her disappearance makes sense because she was killed at the end of the epsiode.
* OrphanedPunchline: "...and nailed it to her face!"
* OverlyLongGag: When Nelson's French pen pal comes to stay, he goes through a lot of thinking noises before comes up with the English word he wants. Lampshaded by Marion.
* RacistGrandma: With Nelson and an Elderly chicken.
-->"Why did the chicken cross the road?"\\
"There was a black man coming and I was afraid he might mug me."
* ReadTheFinePrint: 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 GrimReaper demanding his first born.
* RefugeInAudacity: 98% of all jokes will hide in the refuge and never come out.
* RepressedMemories: Nelson of his grandfather getting torn apart by beagles.
* {{Retirony}}: Barney the police horse had only one day left before being put out to pasture. [[spoiler: Then Vince cut him up.]]
* RunningGag: 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 [[MartyrWithoutACause 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...
** Marion making a statement, then adding the complete opposite of that statement behind his hand. Example: "[[{{Hamlet}} To be or not to be, that is the question.]]" *behind hand* "That is ''not'' the question."
* SadistShow
* ShoutOut: The second episode in season two has Nelson and Marion as Creator/SimonPegg and Nick Frost in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''. Also, name of the Richard O'Brien-voiced dog doing the [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Time Warp]] parody was Riff Raff.
** Marion was once flatmates with [[Series/BeingHumanUK a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost]].
** When Nelson goes to the petting zoo, we see a dead rabbit being carried away while Garfunkel's "Bright Eyes" plays, a la ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown''.
* SituationalSexuality: Whatever happened between Nelson and Vince when stuck on that traffic island, it's not something to be mentioned in Vince's wedding speech.
* StalkerShrine: In "Nelson and the Human", Neil has one for the blonde girl, including a half-eaten biscuit she's bitten. [[spoiler:It also turns out that Nelson has one of Destiny.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: Nelson is one to Destiny to various extents, from being more like a DoggedNiceGuy to being especially creepy like when it's revealed he keeps track of her ovulation cycles.
* StalkingIsLove: 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. [[MurderSuicide It doesn't end well.]]
* StatusQuoIsGod: Almost played literally straight as in the first episode Marian is [[FateWorseThanDeath neutered]] the next episode he is told that if he converts to Christianity [[EasyEvangelism Jesus himself will sew his testicles back on with golden thread.]]
** Though characters that change Nelson's life significantly have a way of dying before the episode is over: [[spoiler: Kieran (adopted son), the pigeox (biological offspring) and Sandra (wife/sister) and Vince's mother (Fiancee)]].
* SubvertedKidsShow: Played straight if you feel [[Franchise/TheMuppets puppetry is]] [[Theatre/AvenueQ something that can]] [[AnimationAgeGhetto only appeal to kids]] otherwise there's little analogous to a kids show besides puppets.
* SuicideAsComedy: 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.
* TakeThat:
-->'''Kali:''' You can acheive a hell of a lot in life without any testicles!\\
''(cut to concert)''\\
'''Announcer:''' Ladies and Gentlemen, Michael Buble!
** ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' gets one when Nelson tries to picture himself in "the iconic scene" from that film. He ends up remembering the card game from ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' instead.
* TrainingMontage: Spoofed in episode three:
-->'''Destiny:''' This isn't a training montage, it's a trip to the opticians set to music!
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: Presumably the subject of Nelson's erotic short story.
* UnrequitedLove: Nelson/Destiny.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Marion's Siamese "wife" turns out to be a neutered tomcat.
* VillainousBSOD: Kali, of all characters, goes through one after killing a delivery boy, [[spoiler: that had a family.]]
* VorpalPillow: Subverted when a beagle with lung cancer asks Nelson for a MercyKill and he tries smothering with a pillow. It takes a massive pile of pillows to kill him.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: The Series 2 finale.
-->'''Marion:''' It would seem, that we got drunk, and fell asleep in a rubbish barge, on the Thames.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Nelson, also known as The Divine Miss Vulpine
* XDaysSince: Episode four has a petting zoo whose sign is "days free of E.Coli 3", then later someone altering the sign to zero.
* {{Yandere}}: Nita in "Kali and the Urinary Infection" obsesses over Nelson and gets downright murderous towards anyone who might possibly be a rival for his affections.
* YouLookFamiliar: Several puppets external to the main cast get re-used in different roles, either as a OneShotCharacter or as extras. This is probably down to budgeting, mind.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Subverted. Nelson uses this to communicate with Rob the chimpanzee when they first meet, leading Rob to think that Nelson doesn't know normal English and respond in the same way.
* ZombieApocalypse: Parodied in one episode, only instead of "zombies", read "male dogs driven crazy by Destiny's pheromones".