Moone Boy is a sitcom set in Ireland in 1989 and moves into The Nineties.Martin Moone is 12 years old and lives in the village of Boyle, County Roscommon. Joined by his Imaginary Friend, Sean Murphy (played by ChrisO'Dowd), Martin comes up with a different Zany Scheme each week to navigate the obstacles that are put before him. The youngest of four children, he has to contend with three older sisters, as well as the perils of school.
Ambiguously Gay: Martin's best friend Padraic in several episodes, such as when he caddies for Liam and gives him a "supportive" pat on the butt. On the other hand, he gets a girlfriend on his first day of secondary school, though this is thanks to having a knowledge of Dirty Dancing
Generic Name: Sean Murphy calls Martin out on giving him such a "safe" name and compares Padraig's imaginary friend's name.
Genius Ditz: Padraig, despite being a fairly scatterbrained kid, has surprising knowledge on some subjects.
Martin is this as well. He picks up the Romanian language in a ridiculously short period of time, having spent an afternoon with a Romanian family and figures out on his own that Fidelma is pregnant, something the rest of his family fail to spot.
Glory Days: Liam was once the greatest handball player in Boyle, until The Leech broke his hand with a rock he carved into the shape of a ball.
Hidden Depths: Liam reveals in the second season that he is fluent in Irish.
Hot for Teacher: On his first day of secondary school, Martin develops a crush on his art teacher.
Imaginary Friend: Sean Murphy is this to Martin. In addition to this, many of the other children around Boyle have them and they appear to be capable of interacting with each other.
Irish Travellers: A family of them moves into the field next to the Moones' house. While Debra and Liam get everything off the lawn so it won't be stolen, the usual tropes regarding stereotypical travellers are subverted; They're a fairly well-meaning family and Martin even gets his first kiss from the daughter.
Lethal Chef: Trisha's method of cooking is just throwing sausages, rice and random vegetables into a pot until the bag the rice comes in dissolves.
Name's the Same: While on holidays in Donegal, the Moones visit the house of Packie Bonner. Just turns out not to be the Ireland goalkeeper. Liam decides not to tell the others this and instead keeps up the illusion that they are at the home of the footballer.
Nice Hat: Martin's red and white striped wooly hat. Sean wears an identical one.
Present Day Past: Invoked with some of the Shout Outs being to more modern works, but not in such ways that they are directly done (for example, Padraig's art class name is "iPod", Liam's nickname at the bank is "The Rubber Bandit", etc.).
Reference Overdosed: Chock full out Shout Outs to pop culture from The Eighties and the early part of The Nineties, as well as some to more recent works, such as a banner at a school disco displaying the phrase "God is our DJ", referring to "God Is A DJ" by Faithless.
Something We Forgot: When the Moones go on holiday to Donegal, around halfway there they realise that they left the immersion on and drive all the way back. Later, they realise they left Padraig behind when they return home.