Series / The Big Comfy Couch
Are you ready? Are you ready?
Are you ready to clown around?
With Loonette and Molly, a clown and her dolly,
On The Big Comfy Couch!
The theme song to the show

The Big Comfy Couch was a Canadian show that aired on children's networks such as PBS and YTV in the 1990s. It featured a female clown named Loonette (portrayed first by Alyson Court, then by Ramona Gilmour-Darling) with her doll, Molly. Both of them lived in a house with an enormous couch and a rug shaped like a clock, where Loonette would engage in a bizarre "clock stretch".

The series originally lasted from 1992 to 1996, five seasons. It debuted in the U.S. in 1995. It was revived for a 6th season in 2002. A 7th season was added in 2006 (with Ramona replacing Alyson as Loonette.) It has been the last so far. A total of 100 episodes were completed.

This show provides examples of:

  • Aside Glance: Loonette does this in "Lettuce, Turnip and Pea." and "Ping Pong Polka".
  • Bag of Holding: Or rather, a couch of holding.
  • Big Storm Episode: "The Big Blow Hard" has a storm of the same name hit. The characters take shelter together in Granny's cart who is well prepared for the storm. In the end, the garden is a mess but Granny tells everyone to go fly a kite and that they can clean up later.
  • Catch Phrase: "Package for Loonette the Clown!" - Major Bedhead
    • Also, "Hey, Who made this big mess?!" from Loonette.
  • Clucking Funny: Loonette pulls a rubber chicken out of the couch in a lot of episodes.
  • Crossover: The Dustbunny and Foley Family segments both crossed over when Loonette mistook one of the Dustbunnies for a doll and put it in the dollhouse.
  • Cute Mute: Molly.
  • The Doll Episode: Done almost every episode in the first 5 seasons with a family in a dollhouse named The Foleys.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: And how. The show was about a . . . big comfy couch. The clock stretch rug was a rug shaped like a clock for doing stretches.
  • Every Episode Ending And the clown jumped over the moon!
  • Genki Girl: Loonette.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
  • Hammerspace: Major Bedhead's bag in a couple episodes, and the couch in pretty much every episode.
  • Hypno Fool: In one episode, Molly refuses to take a nap. Loonette decides to try and hypnotize her, but ends up hypnotizing herself instead.
  • Medium Blending: When Loonette told a story, she was the only live-action character. The rest of the story was often told with story-page backdrops and puppets.
  • Nice Hat: Uncle Chester's pith helmet, which has a weather vane on it.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. Heck, even the sun had a clown nose, and so did the dust bunnies (which were alive).
  • Not Me This Time: Most of the time, Loonette is the one who made the big mess at the end. Though there are a few times it's Molly.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Hey...WHO. MADE. THIS. BIG. MESS?!!!"
  • Punny Name: Auntie Macassar, which is a take on "antimacassar" that is laid on the arms and back of a couch.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Dust Bunnies, of course.
  • Rummage Fail: Loonette searching for the thing she needed in the couch always led to this, with her saying "nope" every time she pulled out the wrong thing, which was about 3-4 times. All of the rejected items stayed on the floor for the duration of the show, until Loonette realized the mess she made. And then...
  • Screen Shake: Used every now and then but abused in "Gesundheit".
  • Stock Sound Effects: Boy howdy.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Uncle Chester replaced Auntie Macassar in Season 6.
  • Under Crank: During the "10-Second Tidy".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Loonette did this a couple times. Once she did it to prank Major Bedhead.
  • You Mean "Xmas": The show's holiday episode entails the entire cast pulling an all-nighter in Granny Garbanzo's wagon (including Auntie Macassar) and exchanging gifts on the longest night of the year, also known as the Winter Solstice. That date falls on December 20 or 21 in real life.