is a sitcom set in Ireland
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 Chris O'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.
This show provides examples of:
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Liam and Debra lapse into this from time to time. For example, when Martin is trying to ask his art teacher to the school dance, Debra walks up and hands him a spare pair of underpants, stating that he can't handle school milk.
- 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.
- Artistic License – Geography: Played for laughs. Martin and Padraig seem to believe that most of the world's landmarks are in Dublin.
- Author Avatar: Martin and Sean are this for Chris O'Dowd.
- Awesome McCoolname: Padraig's Imaginary Friend is called Crunchie 'Danger' Haystacks.
- Bland-Name Product: Readybix for Weetabix, right down to the collection of tokens from the box in exchange for a bicycle. Weight Wishers is stated to be an affordable version of Weight Watchers. Series 2 adds "Toilet Drake", a substitute for Toilet Duck and series 3 adds Body Margarine as a cheaper competitor for Body Butter.
- The Bully: Conner and Jonner Bonner. Declan Mannion as well, but he is also willing to be a Bully Hunter for a fee.
- Bumbling Dad: Liam, particularly his attempt to explain "The Birds and the Bees" to Martin.
- Corrupt Church: Parodied with the altar boys. They run a scam modelled after The Mafia where they steal communion wafers and change from collection plates.
- Cloud Cuckoo Land: Boyle itself.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Martin.
- Crazy-Prepared: Martin always carries a magnifying glass and a bag of marshmallows for whenever the need should arise.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Subverted in an early episode where Martin "playing with himself" involves a table football game. Played straight later after he begins to hit puberty.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sean Murphy. Martin's mother as well.
- Death Glare: Sinead does this to the moon.
- Eccentric Townsfolk: The Moones are probably the sanest people in Boyle, which really says something.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Martin falls into this every couple of lines.
- Embarrassing Nickname: In season 2, Liam starts calling Dessie "Lifewrecker"
- 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.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: When Martin's parents have their 20th wedding anniversary, Martin discovers that the appropriate gift is china. Martin believes that this means something Chinese, as opposed to crockery, so he gets them a katana.
- 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.
- New Old Flame: Liam meets his ex-girlfriend while on holiday in "The Sunny Southeast". She holds raves in her hotel room despite being 43.
- Nice Hat: Martin's red and white striped wooly hat. Sean wears an identical one.
- No Periods, Period: "What do you mean the moon's gonna make me bleed?! I'll make the moon bleed!"
- Oh Balls
- Poor Man's Porn: Women's tennis, animated shampoo commercials and Cosmopolitan magazine.
- 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.).
- Real Song Theme Tune: "Where's Me Jumper?" by the Sultans Of Ping FC. Fairly apt, considering the lead singer is synonymous with Cloud Cuckoo Lander in Ireland.
- 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.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: One kids spraypaints the word "Graffity" on the walls of the school. The teacher is mad at him, not for vandalising the school, but for misspelling the word graffiti.
- The Snark Knight: Trisha.
- 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.
- Spiritual Successor: A show broadcast on British tv, set in Ireland with an Irish cast and crew lampooning the country? Now where have we seen this before? The two share numerous cast and some crew too. Director Declan Lowney worked on both shows, and Ian Fitzgibbon who directed Season 2 of Moone Boy played the sarcastic Father Jessop in Ted.
- Teen Pregnancy: Fidelma gets knocked up by the keyboard player of the church choir.
- Verb This!: In a Funny Background Event, a teacher's car has been overturned and spraypainted with the phrase "Drive This!"