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Series: Nowhere Boys
What happens when an arrogant sports-fanatic, a socially-clueless but intelligent dork, an anti-social, sarcastic emo and a food-obsessed average kid find themselves lost together in a world where no one knows who they are? Worse, that world is their own hometown, but everything is just slightly different, including the fact that there's no record they exist?

That's Nowhere Boys, a show about what happens when four schoolkids with nothing in common are thrown together, after an accident on a school excursion in the Australian bush. When Jake, Andy, Felix and Sam find their way back into town, they are forced to solve the weird mystery about their seeming erasure from existence. Like a fun version of The Breakfast Club with a distinct sci-fi flavour, it is a show distinguished by great character development and clever dialogue pulled-off by strong young actors.

This series provides examples of:

  • Agent Mulder: Felix.
  • Agent Scully: Andy.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Andy. The character was created by Tony Ayres, who himself has an Asian background. It consequently has a realistic portrayal of a kid from a Singaporean migrant family, rather than a shallow stereotype.
  • Asian Rudeness: Andy's nini.
  • Attention Whore: Sam.
  • Big Eater: Sam. The kid even eats cream for itchy crotch by accident.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Viv in the alternate universe. She's much nicer in the original one.
  • Chekov's Gun: Plenty, most obvious being the song Felix composes in his first scene.
  • Cliff Hanger: the last episode, in a big way.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Basically everyone, but particularly Felix, Ellen and Phoebe.
  • Demonic Possession: a restoring demon (ie. a demon trying to 'restore' the natural order of things) is responsible for the hoards of animals that keep attacking the boys. It later starts possessing people.
  • Emo Kid: Felix, complete with his playlist of Heavy Metal songs he's composed himself. Although he actually identifies as a Goth.
    • Ellen in the original universe. In the alternate universe, she's part of the same social scene as (and best friends with) Mia.
  • The Everyman: Sam is an average kid with a popular girlfriend.
  • Fallen Princess: Gender Flipped. Sam does not take his sudden loss of popularity terribly well.
  • Fanboy: Andy is a massive Bear Grylls fanboy.
  • Fanservice: Felix spends some time in an episode with no pants on, and Andy and Jake have a shirtless scene in an early episode.
  • Forgotten Anniversary: Downplayed. In the first episode, Sam initially fails to realise it's his and Mia's one year anniversary. She doesn't get angry, but she's clearly not thrilled.
  • Four Element Ensemble: Intentionally, and stated in-script.
    • Felix represents fire
    • Andy represents water
    • Sam represents air
    • Jake represents earth
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sam — sanguine, Jake — choleric, Felix — melancholic, Andy — phlegmatic. Unusually, the elements choleric and melancholic temperaments generally correspond to are reversed (Felix representing fire and Jake representing earth in the Four Element Ensemble).
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom/Red Eyes, Take Warning: The dogs under Demonic Possession. People the demon possesses also show this, but only at first, for a couple of seconds.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: everything turns out to be the result of a spell Felix cast to 'unmake' his brother's paralysis, which also unmade all their existences.
  • It's All My Fault: Felix blames himself for his brother's paralysis, as he was pressuring Oscar to climb a tree with him when he had his fall.
    • Later, Andy blames himself for getting them into their situation, as he talked Mr. Bates out of cancelling the trip for fear of an oncoming storm. Jake talks him out of it.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: The boys find themselves in a universe where they never existed. Played straight in Andy's case, as he finds his family get along much worse without him. Inverted in Felix's and Jake's cases, as their families are happier/better off in the alternate universe (Sam's is more or less the same).
  • Jerk Jock: Jake at first. Trent Long, who replaces him as school athletic hero, through and through. Also arguably Sam, but he's more air-headed and self-obsessed than actually malicious.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jake, and also Phoebe.
    Jake: Wow. You're being nice.
    Phoebe: It'll pass.
  • KidAnova/Leisure Suit Larry: Sam considers himself irresistible to girls. It's implied, in the original universe, he's correct. In the alternate one... not so much.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: All four kids.
  • Parental Substitute: Played with. Phoebe takes the role of the boys' legal guardian and they end up staying with her, but it takes them a long time to trust her and she outright claims: "I don't do maternal or breakfast."
  • Replacement Goldfish: Played with. Sam's parents had another child shortly after the time of his birth, called the same name. However, they don't know he exists to be replaced.
  • Rescue Romance: Ellen falls for Andy after he saves her from being hit by a bus.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Episode 9. The excursion that brought them into an alternate universe is being held again, and the boys go to see if they can get home again by following the same path they took last time. They massively debate this, arguing over whether they really want to go home and whether they're better off trying to help Phoebe find her sister and her sister's magic to get home, and eventually decide to stay the night in the park. only for Roland, the man who lives in the park, to tell Mr. Bates where they are and them to be dragged back.
  • Shout-Out: Two brothers named Felix and Oscar.
    • Possibly a coincidence, but the witch (or at least they think she's a witch) the boys meet is named Phoebe.
  • The Unfavorite: Felix regards himself as this. He even says, about the alternate universe, "Here my family actually like me."
  • Wham Shot: the Unmaking Spell being in both Phoebe's (or rather, Alice's) book of shadows, and Felix's.
  • What Would X Do?: How Jake uses Andy's Bear Grylls obsession to talk him into searching a dumpster for food, despite his germphobia.
  • World of Snark
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Andy's first hypothesis is that everyone has forgotten the kids because of a mass hysteria, however this is quickly shown to be wrong.
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Noah And SaskiaAustralian Television ShowsNumber 96

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