Series / The Loop

A short lived comedy series on FOX airing from 2006 to 2007. The show focuses on Sam Sullivan, a young professional hired straight out of school by an airline company. Initially the focus of the series was Sam balancing his social life with his responsibilities, the second season became a more standardized Work Com, and most of the non-work cast was written out of the show. This change didn't save the show, and the second season was cut short.

This show provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Sam's crush on Piper.
  • Acceptable Targets: An episode is built around the fact that fat people are often considered this.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Derek goes out of his way to establish the fact that he is straight. That being said, he does enjoy musical theatre, Sex and the City and is attracted to James Spader. Plus he spanked Sam.
  • Catch Phrase: Darcy's "I went to M.I.T."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Lizzie and Piper in between the first and second seasons. Particularly jarring because Sam's crush on Piper is the major subplot of the first season.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Sully.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: NOT Meryl.
  • Fat Suit: Sam dons one in order to experience what his overweight passengers experience on his planes.
  • Fetish Fuel: Darcy, on her date with Derek Tricoli.
  • Genre Shift: Mild example, but between the first and second seasons, the premise of the show was Sam balancing a healthy social life and his job. The second season effectively shifted to a full-fledged Work Com, complete with most of the cast that wasn't affiliated with his job being written out of the show.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Snobby Derek Tricoli works for Goldman Sachs. Two years later, the firm's reputation would suffer due to the 2008 financial crisis.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Darcy, though Sam isn't incompetent by any means.
  • Jerk Ass: Derek Tricoli.
  • Long Distance Relationship: Piper, which is part of the reason for her UST with Sam.
  • Product Placement: The central theme of one episode.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Thanks to Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, very unresolved.