Mr. Young is a Canadian teen sitcom made by YTV which debuted in 2011 about a teenaged prodigy named Adam Young who is teaching a high school science class. On the way, he runs into an old friend, gets hounded by a bully, falls in love with a student, and tries to convince the principal that he has valuable contributions to make to Finnegan High School.The show has become highly popular, is adored by YTV, and gets a LOT of crap past the radar.
Bait and Switch: In "Mr. Scooter", Tater says "it would be terrible if when I opened this [mailbox], a boxing glove would come out and punch me in the face". He opens it... and finds a letter from Ireland.
Derby: Got it. You're looking for a scaly, leathery, prehistoric beast. Mrs. Byrne: *appearing out of nowhere* You called? Adam and Derby: AAAA!
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In "Mr. Club", the secret club has a variety of penalties for infiltrators who don't fulfill the requirements to join the club: "The infiltrator must DYE... his coat the proper shade of grey if he wishes to join the club", "he will be BURIED... in debt once he pays the fine", "we will be forced to END HIS LIFE... time membership", and finally "he will be dunked naked into a tank of great white sharks".
Covert Pervert: Adam is generally more chivalrous than not (it's a children's show, after all) but sometimes dwells on things in a way that definitely crosses a line.
Echo: Will it be visible with the naked eye?
Adam: (spacing out) Naked... naked... naked.
When Adam finds out that Echo's career profile suggested she be a nurse, he daydreams of her in a short-skirted nurse's uniform and spends the rest of the episode doing ludicrous things to try and convince her to wear it.
In Mr. Masterpiece, Derby daydreams about his past daydreams.
Dying Declaration of Love: Adam attempts this in "Mr. Meteor", but doesn't get far enough before he gets knocked out by a rock.
Early Installment Weirdness: Derby in the first episode actually sticks up for Adam when the rest of the class mocks him for being a kid teacher, which seems odd in light of later episodes where he's the one who insults Adam the most. He also seemed actually interested in science class, albeit only because he thought it would allow him to build a Frankenstein's Monster, whereas in later episodes he falls asleep the moment anything science-related is mentioned. Principal Tater also seemed more like a No Respect Guy who gets spat on for no real reason, in contrast to his later portrayals as Too Dumb to Live and by his own admission having no principles, scruples, ethics, or morals of any kind.
Enemy Mine: Adam and Tater team up to stop Derby from becoming superintendent in "Mr. Candidate", and against ARTHUR in "Mr. Roboto" and its Sequel Episode, "Mr. Roboto 2.0".
"Fantastic Voyage" Plot: In "Mr. Heart", Adam and Derby shrink down and enter Echo's body to cure her cold so that she can go to the Valentine's Day dance with Adam. At the end of the episode Echo, not knowing what the shrink ray is, accidentally shrinks Adam, Derby, and herself. The three are then unknowingly swallowed by Slab, who is seen entering the bathroom as the credits roll.
Fawlty Towers Plot: Mr. Elderman is a subversion; no one except Derby ever finds out that Mr. Elderman and Mr. Young are the same person.
"Freaky Friday" Flip: "Mr. Switch." Adam ends up in Echo's body, Echo in Derby's, Derby in Slab's, Slab in Ivy's, Ivy in Dang's and Dang in Adam's. Considering the show's usual track record, the implications of the body swaps are kept remarkably tame.
Well, they did have Adam-in-Echo's-body attempting to check out his/her own ass. And failing miserably.
Derby's restaurant Booties in "Mr. Elephant" has Ivy waiting tables in a tight shirt with the restaurant's name where Male Gaze was already going to be looking, not unlike a certain famous restaurant chain.
In "Mr. Picture Day," Echo's explanation of prom night is a bit suggestive.
Here We Go Again: In "Mr. Moth", Echo wakes up from a dream in which Adam turned into a moth. When she wakes up, she finds Adam teaching the exact same lesson as he was in the dream. Then subverted when that itself turns out to be Derby's dream... within Adam's dream... within a peacock's dream.
Hollywood Nerd: For a guy that skipped ten or so grades, Adam's pretty attractive.
Also, Derby's actor is pretty hot for his loser character.
Karma Houdini: Preston Pickles attempted to murder Derby, but hasn't seemed to have gained any comeuppance.
The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In "Mr. College", Adam pretends to know a group of college students, and comes up with: "Bucky, Boomer, Scooter, Duke, Fat Joey, Loogie, Knuckles, Sparkles, Other Duke, Chip, Crazy Eddie, Honest Edd, Fonzie, The Captain, El Heffe, Pancake Pete, Cobra, Little Mickey, and that guy? Never seen him before."
In another episode, Tater calls Adam the worst teacher the school ever had, and Adam asks if he's even seen some of the other teachers, like Mrs. Strawperson, a scarecrow, Monsieur Marionette, a marionette, and worst of all, M. T. Chair, a guy who is late for everything.
Long Hair Is Feminine: Adam tends to be very drawn to Echo's hair, having once asked her if he could cut off a lock to keep in his pocket. When his mind is swapped into her body, Adam/Echo stands there playing with Echo's hair with a vapid grin, saying "hair preeetty" until the other characters jog him out of it.
Mundane Fantastic: Most of the time the show seems close enough to reality (or at least a crapsack reality), many of its more bizarre events being explained away by Adams very advanced inventions (most of which are at least theoretically possible), dream sequences or elaborate jokes played by others, Adam even dismisses the existence of magic as purely fictitious at least twice so far. However Mrs Byrne is somewhere in her thousands, Dang is able to move at superhumanly fast and even appear inside space and computer programs, several monsters do exist in this universe, including a giant Chicken and Cyclops, Adam and Echo met aliens in one episode, multiple times the cast seemingly and causally break the laws of reality and strange things occur in Finnegan High from supernatural creatures walking the halls to portals to underworld appearing for the sake of a joke.
In "Mr. Double Date," Echo realizes that Adam might be the guy for her, and she for him. Too bad Derby talked him out of stepping up and taking Echo out himself and the notion is lost in a night of pool and scarecrows.
Token Nonhuman: ARTHUR, Mrs. Strawperson, and Sasquawk (a robot, scarecrow, and giant chicken respectively).
Too Dumb to Live: Derby is an idiot, Ivy is also an idiot, Mr. Tater is even more of an idiot, and Slab is utterly brain-dead, the latter two needing to check to verify their own names.
Echo, who is the smartest girl in Adam's class, while not stupid, but you'd think she would notice Adam likes her earlier than she did.
Somewhat justified, in that its made clear on several occasions she is quite gullible, and highly oblivious (she often fails to see through paper thin disguises and doesn't notice clear implications of what she or others say.) So she's not as smart as some would say, she mealy seems to be smarter because she's surrounded by idiots.
Voices Are Mental: Zig-zagged in "Mr. Switch". Adam in Echo's body, Echo in Derby's body, Ivy in Dang's body, and Derby in Slabb's body use the voices belonging to their current bodies, but Dang in Adam's body and Slabb in Ivy's body use the voices belonging to their original bodies.