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-> Are you ready? Are you ready?
-> Are you ready to clown around?
-> With Loonette and Molly, a clown and her dolly,
-> On [[TitleDrop 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 Creator/{{PBS}} and Creator/{{YTV}} in the 1990s. It featured a female clown named Loonette (portrayed first by Creator/AlysonCourt, 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". Besides playing on the couch, they would visit Loonette's Granny Garbanzo and her cat Snicklefritz, and get packages from the delivery clown Major Bedhead, usually sent by Loonette's world-traveling Auntie Macassar or Uncle Chester.

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.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Granny Garbanzo comes from "the old country," [[AlterKocker with an Eastern European accent]], exclaims "Oy!" when she's stressed or surprised, and has a lit menorah in her wagon during [[YouMeanXMas the Longest Night of the Year.]]
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Loonette is a {{Non Ironic Clown}} living in a clown world with a [[LivingToys living doll]], but refuses to believe that Dustbunnies live under the couch.
* AsideGlance: Loonette does this in "Lettuce, Turnip and Pea." and "Ping Pong Polka".
* BagOfHolding: Or rather, a couch of holding.
* BigStormEpisode: "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.
* BirthdayEpisode: Molly celebrates a straight-up birthday in "Pinch to Grow an Inch". Afterwards, all birthdays are referred to as "mirthdays", somewhat disregarding the events of said episode (see "Early Installment Weirdness" below).
** Molly later has a "mirthday" in "Where Do Clowns Come From?" in which Loonette recalls the first time they met. Later, she gives Molly a doll companion of her own (a doll version of Loonette, renamed "Bloomette").
** Major Bedhead celebrates his mirthday in "Don't Tell", with the gang throwing him a SurpriseParty.
** Granny Garbanzo celebrates her mirthday in "Happy Mirthday, Granny", but is feeling homesick from being away from the "old country". To cheer her up, the gang takes her to Clowntown for a grand celebration.
* CatchPhrase: "Package for Loonette the Clown!" from Major Bedhead and "Hey, Who made this big mess?!" from Loonette.
* CluckingFunny: 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.
* TheCouch: Of course.
* CuteMute: Molly.
* DeathIsASadThing: Loonette experiences this with a caterpillar in the episode "Full of Life."
* TheDollEpisode: Done almost every episode in the first 5 seasons with a family in a dollhouse named The Foleys.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season is the biggest topper of this trope:
** In several episodes of season 1, the background color behind the couch was either orange or blue, instead of the traditional pink.
** Also, the episodes would originally begin with Loonette and Molly waking up, before Loonette greets the viewer. Starting with season 2, each episode begins after they've already woken up.
** In four episodes ("Upsey Downsey Day", "Something's Fishy Around Here", "Ping Pong Polka", and "Snug as a Bug") of season 1, as well as the original intro sequence for both seasons 1 and 2, Molly wears yellow instead of her trademark blue dress.
** The episodes "Ping Pong Polka", "Juggling the Jitters", "Wrong Side of the Couch", and "I Feel Good" have different music playing during Loonette's clock rug stretch.
** Originally, Molly's thought bubbles were occasionally accompanied with sounds of the subject she was thinking about.
** Usually in the show, all birthdays are referred to as "mirthdays", but in season 1, Molly celebrates a straight-up birthday in "Pinch to Grow an Inch".
** Loonette's pigtails were much longer, and curlier and thin during both seasons 1 and 2, but eventually got poofier and short starting with season 3.
** The Foley Family used to make vocal sound effects during season 2, but beginning with season 3, they went back to being silent characters for the rest of their appearances.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: "And the clown jumped over the moon!"
** In the episode "Gesundheit", Loonette sneezes instead of saying her usual line. In the episode "Hiccups", Loonette hiccups during her line ("And the clown 'HICCUP' over the moon!")
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: And ''how''. The show was about a . . . big comfy couch. The clock stretch rug was a rug shaped like a clock for doing stretches.
* GenkiGirl: Loonette.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/TheBigComfyCouch Has earned its own page]].
* GirlishPigtails: Loonette's signature hairstyle.
* GoToSleepEnding: Happens at the end of every single episode. And who could blame Loonette; those 10-second tidies must really take it out of her.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Major Bedhead's bag in a couple episodes, and the couch in pretty much every episode.
* HiccupHijinks: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The episode "Hiccups."]]
* HypnoFool: In one episode, Molly refuses to take a nap. Loonette decides to try and hypnotize her, but ends up hypnotizing herself instead.
* LivingToys: Molly and the Foley Family.
* MediumBlending: 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.
* NiceHat: Uncle Chester's pith helmet, which has a weather vane on it.
* NonIronicClown: EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. Heck, even the ''sun'' had a clown nose, and so did the ''dust bunnies'' (which were alive).
* NotMeThisTime: Most of the time, Loonette is the one who made the big mess at the end, but there are a few times it's Molly.
* OnceAnEpisode: Loonette does the Clock Stretch, sings a song, reads a story, and does the 10-Second Tidy (or some variation) every episode.
* PottyFailure: "Lettuce, Turnip, and Pea" is about Molly wetting the couch and learning that while accidents happen, there's no reason to fear them happening again.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Hey...WHO. MADE. THIS. BIG. MESS?!!!"
* PunnyName: Auntie Macassar, which is a take on "antimacassar" that is laid on the arms and back of a couch. Major Bedhead is also a pun on his clown hair.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The Dust Bunnies, the Foleys, and Molly are utterly adorable.
* RummageFail: 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. [[CatchPhrase And then...]]
* ScreenShake: Used every now and then but abused in "Gesundheit".
* ShoutOut: A couple episode has a reference to the show's production company Radical Sheep.
** At the end of "1-2-3 Dizzy Dizzy Me" Loonette finds a sheep abacus and gasps: "Oh, wow! Radical...Sheep!"
** At the beginning of the Dance Academy segment "Limbo Go Sheep" the announcer introduces "Little Bo Beep (Loonette) and her pals the Radical Sheep!"
* SneezeOfDoom: The episode "Gesundheit" revolves around this trope.
* TheSpeechless: Molly only speaks in thought bubble pictures.
* StockSoundEffects: Boy howdy.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Uncle Chester replaced Auntie Macassar in Season 6.
* UnderCrank: During the "10-Second Tidy".
* VagueAge: Loonette is played by a young woman, but acts like a goofy, hyperactive child in every way, though she apparently lives alone with Molly and has [[ParentalAbandonment no parents in sight]].
* VisualPun:
** The biggest by far are the Dustbunnies, actual dusty rabbits that live under the couch.
** Molly's belly button is an actual button sewn onto her belly where a navel would be.
** In one episode Major Behdhead complains that a pair of shoes give him corns, and proceeds to pull an ear of corn out of his shoe.
* VocalEvolution: Alyson Court's Loonette voice used to sound more natural during the first few seasons, but as the actress aged, her voice became more childlike and younger-sounding.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Loonette did this a couple times. Once she did it to prank Major Bedhead.
* YouMeanXmas: The show's holiday episode entails the entire cast pulling an all-nighter in Granny Garbanzo's wagon (including Auntie Macassar) and exchanging gifts and wishes on the Longest Night of the Year, which in real life is also known as the Winter Solstice and falls on December 20 or 21.
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-->[[EveryEpisodeEnding And the clown jumped over the moon!]]
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