->''"Submitted for your appoval: two troubled teens and one magic genie. Seemingly the perfect formula for mirth and mayhem."''
-->-- Chett Donnelly, imitating RodSerling in "Sci-Fi Zoned"

A 1990s television FantasticComedy series based on the [[Film/WeirdScience 1985 movie]] of the same name. {{Hollywood Nerd}}s Gary and Wyatt, unable to hook up with real girls, use a computer to "create" the perfect woman: MagicalGirl Lisa, whose powers initiate wacky adventures.

The series, which aired on the USANetwork from 1994 to 1997, changed settings from Illinois (in the original film) to California. Probably for budgetary reasons, but they could have at least [[CaliforniaDoubling pretended it was still Illinois]].
!!Tropes exhibited by this series include:

* AbsenteeActor: Chett missed a few episodes here and there, with no explanation given for his whereabouts.
* TheAce: As goofy as he could be, Scampi was always able to rein in Chett during high school and foil all of his pranks.
** In "The Bazooka Boys," Wyatt and Gary's clones do a better job of leading their lives than they do.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Unintentional example. While Movie!Lisa was very affectionate towards the boys and helped them become more confident and less socially awkward, Series!Lisa definitely has a mean streak and her JackassGenie antics (which aren't ''always'' unintentional) often seem like something that if anything would make them even ''less'' confident and more depressive. Any attempts to portray her as TricksterMentor type also fall flat thanks to StatusQuoIsGod ensuring Gary and Wyatt won't ever change in any significant way, meaning she is either really bad at the 'Mentor' part or is simply messing with them for her own amusement.
* AesopAmnesia: In "Cyrano De Brainiac," Wyatt realizes that getting turned down wouldn't be the end of the world and gains a new level of confidence. He's back to his old shy self in the very next episode.
* AdamWesting: By Creator/AdamWest himself in "Strangers in Paradise." During [[ItMakesSenseInContext a bidding war over a ceramic squirrel]], several nods are made to ''{{Series/Batman}}''.
-->[[HitFlash BID!]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Wyatt, especially early on.
* AndStarring: Vanessa Angel as Lisa
* AffectionateNickname: Gary often referred to Wyatt as "Big Guy," presumably because he was quite a bit shorter than him.
* BadassBoast: During "Searching for Boris Karloff," when the guys are preparing to use Frankenstein's laboratory to revitalize Lisa.
-->'''Wyatt:''' We're not exactly in our element here.\\
'''Gary:''' We belong here! We captured the elusive spark of life from the vast nothingness. We created a beautiful woman from that inky void, and we can do it again! [[AllMenArePerverts And maybe this time, she'll shower with us!]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: One episode revolves around the guys being given a brand new computer game by Lisa; they then blow her off completely to play the game but are disappointed that the game turns out to be too short. When they complain to Lisa -- well, she's so miffed at being ignored, she brings the video game villain to life. See also TurnedAgainstTheirMasters.
** Come on, it's basically the description of [[PunctuatedForEmphasis EVERY! DAMN! EPISODE!]]
** Or the entire series. Except for the NoirEpisode. And maybe the stuff with aliens.
* BeachEpisode: "Free Gary." The guys get to live out a ''{{Baywatch}}''-esque scenario, but it turns out Gary can't swim. When he has to save the GirlOfTheWeek, Lisa accidentally turns him into a merman.
* BigBrotherBully: Chett
* BreakTheHaughty: In season four, Chett ends up convincing Lisa to make him a successful male stripper. Everything goes great until his female fanbase begins to stalk him, his female boss forces him to have sex with her to keep his job, and finds his attempts to become a "legitimate" dancer squashed by sexist talent agents who see him as a glorified whore.
* BrilliantButLazy: Gary. In "Slow Times at Farber High," he spent hours writing cheat notes all over his body (writing backwards for his back so he could read them in the bathroom mirror) rather than just study.
* BroughtDownToNormal: In "Horseradish," Wyatt's computer gets a security upgrade, but Gary forgets the password - locking Lisa out and cutting off her magic.
* BullyingADragon: After learning about her, Chett had a habit of purposefully annoying or goading Lisa. It went as well as you'd expect.
-->"Note to self: stop pissing off the genie."
* ButtMonkey: Both male leads but especially Gary. Wyatt usually at least managed to keep some dignity even when kicked by another wish gone wrong. Chett probably qualifies too, though he (mostly) [[AssholeVictim deserves it]].
* CannotKeepASecret: In "Girl Talk," Lisa feels bad about keeping secrets from her new friend and tells her she's a genie. Unfortunately, the friend tells her sister and ultimately leads to about thirty other people (including Scampi somewhere along the line) finding out.
* CasanovaWannabe: Gary.
* CensorBox: In the Pilot, Lisa initially talked about all the incredible things she could do with her powers, and Wyatt responded with the request "Can we see you naked?" Lisa was actually completely OK granting this request, but after a bit of increasingly confused staring the boys asked why there were two CensorBox's, and Lisa explained that they'd made her to have a level of perfection that didn't exist in real women so they were there for their protection.
* {{Catchphrase}}: When Gary is proven wrong or surprised, he usually responds with "Son of a gun."
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Gary's dad, Al, was initially a lot stricter towards him and more distant towards his wife. A few appearances later, he became more of a loving BumblingDad.
* TheChewToy: Chett, especially early on.
* CityWithNoName: The town is unnamed, but somewhere in southern California.
* ClingyJealousGirl: In "Fatal Lisa," a botched wish causes Lisa to fall in love with Wyatt. She becomes increasingly clingy and possessive - to the point of making ''everyone'' else disappear to leave the two of them alone.
* ComedicSociopathy: Lisa is very casual about endangering the boys' lives or even [[DeathIsCheap temporarily killing them]].
-->'''Lisa:''' If I told you every time I put your lives in danger, we'd never get out of the house.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: In "Rock Hard Chett," a prank on Chett is about to go horribly wrong, so Lisa gives him invincibility to save his life. He finds out about his new powers when he stumbles onto and foils a bank robbery. He quickly decides to put on a costume and become a superhero. Amazingly enough, he takes it very seriously and does a great job.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Gary and Wyatt sneak onto a talk show (see below) and reveal they have a genie, Chett, Principal Scampi and a JerkJock at school feel "that explains a lot." Gary's father, however, asks, "Where'd Gary get the money for a sex change operation?"
* ContinuityNod: The boys sneak onto the the set of a talk show and appear as guests. The topic of the day? "Men who turned into women who turned into men again." See GenderBender below.
** "What Genie?" sees Wyatt and Gary going over the former's journal - referencing several past episodes.
** "Free Gary" has him reveal that he can't swim. A later episode ("It Takes a Geek") has a couple scenes involving being on a boat in a lake, so Gary is shown wearing a life-jacket.
* CourtroomEpisode: "Community Property." Wyatt and Gary fight over Lisa, leading to a cyber-court battle over who should get custody.
* CrossOver: The three male characters all appeared, voicing themselves, on another USA network show, ''{{Duckman}}'', where the villain was [[BreakingTheFourthWall planning to kill the regulars from both shows]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Gary with slasher movies, as seen in "Bikini Camp Slasher."
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Lisa is [[InsistentTerminology insistently]] referred to as a "magic genie." ([[FridgeLogic Which is weird because she's created from a computer, making her a cyber-genie...]])
* EnemyMine: Chett and Scampi had to (begrudgingly) team up in "Gary and Wyatt's Bloodsucking Adventure" and "Stalag 17."
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: "Lisa's Childhood Memories" features Chad Chimp: Ape Detective.
** "Wicked Wish" features Wyatt's mom going all [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Evil Queen]] and tries to zap Wyatt and Gary into monkeys. Only their lower halves are transformed, which Chett finds hilarious until he sees the tails.
--->"Outstanding! What do I got to do to get one?"
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: In "You'll Never Eat Brains in This Town Again," Lisa is trying to make an indie horror movie with zombies. When the student actors don't work out, she zaps up some real zombies. The zombies do what they're told and behave, but when the sun goes down, they get hungry. And one of them bites Lisa...
* {{Expy}}: The FBI characters in "Fly Boy" are patterned after [[Series/TheXFiles Mulder, Scully and the Cigarette-Smoking Man]].
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: "It's a Mob, Mob, Mob, Mob World," where the Donnellys become the Donnellis, a loving family that runs the Homeowners Association like a criminal empire. This later leads to a goofy MobWar between them and the Wallaces.
* {{Flanderization}}: Lisa, from a competent but unpredictable genie to a full-fledged IneptMage whose spells never work right.
* [[ForgotAboutHisPowers Forgot About Her Powers]]: Lisa and the boys are constantly resorting to [[ZanyScheme zany schemes]] to do things that Lisa could accomplish with one wave of her hand. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Searching for Boris Karloff" after Lisa makes a heartbroken speech over the dead body of Frankenstein's monster:
-->'''Gary:''' Uh, Lis? Can't you just, you know, zap him back to life?\\
'''Lisa:''' Oh. Yeah.
* FreakyFridayFlip: "Switched at Birth." Feeling the other doesn't appreciate their current life, Wyatt gets to enjoy time with the down-to-Earth, ''present'' Wallaces and Gary gets to enjoy parental free life with a working credit card.
* FreudianExcuse: Chett's bullying of Wyatt. A flashback in "Strangers in Paradise" shows Chett was moved into a smaller room to make way for newborn Wyatt. This is followed by a montage of moments of their parents constantly praising Wyatt and criticizing Chett.
** His grudge against Scampi, as well. At first, it just seems solely based on Scampi foiling his pranks and disciplining him, but "Stalag 16" reveals that he blames Scampi for being expelled and sent to military school.
* GenderBender: In one episode, Lisa (annoyed at the boys' sexism) gets her own back by turning the boys into girls. And nobody could forget the episode where an underage online thief steals Lisa's image, replacing it with Abe Vigoda. (Yes, TV's ''Fish''.).
** In Quantum Wyatt, Gary jumps into a phone-sex operator at the end. And in the Pilot, Gary (thinking that Lisa had left forever) told Wyatt that he wouldn't be happy unless Wyatt was a "killer babe." Cue Wyatt turning into a gorgeous blonde. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome And then cue credits before anything interesting happens.]]
** In "Bee in There", Wyatt asks Lisa to not only send himself and Gary back in time to 1987 but to leap them into their fathers a la ''Series/QuantumLeap'' so they can teach their younger selves show to throw a baseball. Gary, however, leaps into his mother. This leads his dad and Wyatt's mother to believe that their spouses are having an affair.
* GrandFinale: "[=WS4=]." Aliens invade, Gary is killed by said aliens but then [[DeathIsCheap resurrected]]; Chet and Scampi have a LukeIAmYourFather moment.
* HalloweenEpisode: "Demon Lisa." Wyatt and Gary throw a Halloween party, as Lisa is possessed by an Internet virus/demon.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Gary and Wyatt are almost always together, yet are always after girls.
* HonorBeforeReason: In "Rock Hard Chett," Chett uses his new invulnerability to become a superhero. When the wish wears off, he gets shot during a bank heist (though Lisa manages to bring him back to life just as quickly). Wyatt suggests just walking away, but Chett goes back in to save the day despite losing his powers. (He manages to talk the robbers down by convincing them their guns have already failed to stop him.)
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Chett has these moments with Wyatt and less often Gary.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: Double subverted in "It's a Wonderful Life (Without You)" when Wyatt and Lisa see a world where the former was never born. A world without Wyatt seems perfect, as Chett is a straight A overachiever, while Gary is the most popular guy in school and has a steady girlfriend. However, without Wyatt around, the parents have put so much pressure on Chett that he hates his life and is about ready to crack, while Gary was so desperate for popularity that he resorted to chronic lying and stealing.
* JackassGenie: ''Not'' Lisa (usually), but her powers seem to do this to her as well without her wanting it by making wishes come true with unnecessary caveats and in ways that cause all kinds of trouble/plot. As one of the guys once puts it, "Your magic sucks."
** Gene the Genie, played by Creator/BruceCampbell.
** Invoked in "Master Chett," where Lisa cons Chett into making three wishes and purposefully does a bad job in order to get him to stop bothering her.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Chett. While generally a {{Jerkass}} to Wyatt and Gary and often brazenly hitting on Lisa, Chett would demonstrate genuine concern and affection for Lisa. He also showed genuine care [[PetTheDog for a pet dog]] he had for an episode.
* LastMinuteHookup: "[=WS4=]" reveals that Lisa and ''[[spoiler:Wyatt]]'' had been secretly dating for some time. Course, they actually break-up before the episode is over.
* LightningCanDoAnything: How Lisa was created.
** This is the cover story the guys give Chett in "Rock Hard Chett" to explain his sudden invulnerability. When the wish wears off, Wyatt then tries to tell him, "The lightning wore off!"
* LiteralGenie: In "Cyrano Debrainac," Gary wishes for the brain of AlbertEinstein, so Lisa zaps up Einstein's BrainInAJar. Note this was after he tried to be very careful with his wording to avoid a mishap like his head being replaced by Einstein's.
* LocalHangout: The Java Man coffee shop.
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: "Oh, man! Dumped by a ______!" Usually said by Wyatt ("Oh, man! Dumped by a robot/car/fictional character!") but also by Lisa when she experiences the ultimate humiliation: "Oh, man! Dumped by [[ButtMonkey Gary Wallace]]!"
* MsFanservice: Lisa
** Her Catwoman outfit in "A Tale of Two Lisas" is probably the best example of that. Oh, my.
* MundaneWish: Despite Lisa's nearly-limitless (if temporary) powers, nearly all Gary and Wyatt's wishes are for incredibly mundane things. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] within an inch of its life in the GrandFinale after Wyatt reveals Lisa's existence to the school:
-->'''Student:''' So how come you're not, like, the richest men in the world living on an island with Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell?\\
'''Wyatt:''' We, uh, never really wished for that.\\
'''Student:''' So what did you wish for?\\
'''Wyatt:''' I [[ContinuityNod wished to be president of the chess club once]]. It didn't work out.
* MusicalEpisode: "Pirates!" Wyatt is cast as the lead in the school musical, but Lisa accidentally brings singing pirates to life, and they make Chett their leader. After four brief interludes, the episode ends with a lengthy musical number.
* MythologyGag: Why is Gary so certain that they can create a woman on a computer?
-->"I saw it in a Creator/JohnHughes [[Film/WeirdScience movie]]."
** Like in the movie, it's Gary who names Lisa.
* NewJobEpisode: "Nightmare on Chett Street" sees Chett get a job at the Java Man (which he hates) and gets fired. In "Chett's World," he's thrown out of the house until he can find a job, so Lisa creates a store selling everything he cares about. [[ItMakesSenseInContext (Course, that one turns into evolved mice trying to takeover the world.)]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Taken to an extreme in "Rock Hard Chett" when Lisa discovers a previously-unknown power to bring Chett back to life.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "Master Chett," the guys and Lisa antagonize Chett without any on-screen justification and then openly brag about how they were able to do it with a genie. They do so because they think they can wipe his memory... only to then find out that they can't. Whoops.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Unlike the movie, Lisa tells the guys she won't do anything sexual with them until they're legal. While both are nonetheless attracted to her, Wyatt is too shy to broach the subject and Gary is repeatedly rejected.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Generally enforced. Due to limitations in Lisa's powers, wishes only last a short time and everything goes back to normal no matter what the characters experienced. (Whether or not other characters remember what was going on [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the given episode]].)
** [[FreakyFridayFlip "Switched at Birth"]] discusses and defies the trope. Gary expected everything to just snap back to normal when the wish was over, so he went hog wild with Wyatt's parents' credit cards. However, Wyatt's computer was abruptly unplugged--cancelling the wish before it fully played out and forcing the characters to deal with the fallout of Gary's actions.
* NoirEpisode: "The Genie Detective"
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted. Gary and Wyatt are starting their sophomore year in the first episode and are well-into their senior year by the GrandFinale. The show did last five seasons, but its initial run was over the course of three years (barring six episodes being burned off a year later).
* OhCrap: In "You'll Never Eat Brains in This Town Again," after Lisa realizes her zombie actors are about to turn carnivorous.
-->'''Lisa:''' Uh-oh. ''(runs off)''\\
'''Wyatt:''' Before she ran out of here in a blind panic, did the all-powerful genie say "uh-oh?"\\
'''Gary:''' You heard that too, huh?
* OlderThanTheyLook: Done InUniverse during "Grampira," when Wyatt wishes for his grandmother to feel young again. Unfortunately, as a side-effect, she takes the youthful energy of anyone she touches, and it soon spreads like a virus. All the infected teenagers still look the same, but they have really become as old as senior citizens and will die if the wish isn't reversed.
* OpeningShoutOut: For most of the run, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctMqEJuqBN8 series intro]] began and ended with StockFootage from ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein''. Since "Searching for Boris Karloff" was a salute to Universal's Frankenstein movies, the opening exchange was re-created (albeit with Frankenstein instead of Pretorius).
-->'''Creature:''' You... make man?\\
'''Frankenstein:''' No. Woman!\\
'''Creature:''' Woman?
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In "Gary & Wyatt's Bloodsucking Adventure," the guys and Lisa become vampires, but substitute blood-drinking for Yoo-hoo and there's no indication that sunlight affects them. Of course, they run afoul of more typical vampires.
* OutOfFocus: With the increased emphasis on Chett in the final season, Gary and Wyatt often didn't have much to do on their own show. Many final season episodes have them reduced to subplots or just standing around and making snarky comments.
* ParentalAbandonment: Wyatt and Chett's parents are usually always away on business, leaving them the run of the house.
* ParentalBonus: During the WholePlotReference to ''TheTwilightZone'', Gary has a moment that parodies the famous climax to ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968''. Seems like a simple unrelated-ShoutOut, but as the writers knew, ''TZ'' creator RodSerling wrote a draft of the movie's script and originated said climax.
* ParentalNeglect: Chett was neglected after Wyatt was born, while Wyatt gets neglected due to work.
-->'''Marcia:''' Did we forget his birthday again?\\
'''Wayne:''' If we did, my secretary's going to be looking for a new job.
* ParentalSubstitute: Implied with Gary's parents to Wyatt. In "It's a Mob, Mob, Mob, Mob World," Al and Emily throw Wyatt a small celebration for his perfect scores on the [=SATs=], while his own parents didn't even know he had taken them. Presumably, Gary's parents kept an eye on Wyatt before Chett moved back home.
* PingPongNaivete: Lisa was created with a high IQ, but when she has to actually function in the real-world ("Horseradish," "Teen Lisa"), she tends to be clueless. Justified, because she may have intelligence and information, but no real life experience, being just created.
* PlanetOfSteves: Quite literally, recurring characters from an alien race all named Steve who wanted Lisa as their new queen.
** This is is also the plot of Rat and Mickey, two rats transformed into humans by Lisa's magic--use mind-controlling jerky to make everyone in the world act like the moronic Chett, then use humans for science experiments.
* PlotDrivenBreakdown: Lisa's powers would sometimes fail her at key moments (like during the GrandFinale).
** Especially early on, the writers would frequently drive the plot by having Lisa's spell wear off at the most inconvenient time possible.
* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: In "Sci-Fi Zoned," after a scene in which [[IronicEchoCut they say they'll always be friends]], Wyatt and Gary are then shown fighting over some school humiliations and agreeing their friendship is over.
** In "Community Property," Wyatt and Gary accuse the other of hogging Lisa, leading to a fight and a custody battle.
* ProWrestlingEpisode: In "Men in Tights," after Chett picks a fight with a nasty wrestler, Lisa gives him wrestling skills to survive it. Because he was trying to pull him out of the ring at the time, Wyatt also got half the power. Chett and Wyatt subsequently become tag-team wrestlers Uncle Slam and Paul Severe. Wrestling/KingKongBundy makes an appearance AsHimself.
* RealAfterAll: In "Free Gary," Lisa is drawn to a guy nicknamed Kahuna that seems to know everything about her, but speaks vaguely about it. She soon believes he's a genie (especially when Gary is somehow saved from a wish gone wrong), while Wyatt thinks he was just giving her pickup lines and everything else was a coincidence. [[spoiler:The last scene reveals that Kahuna is a genie.]]
* RepressedMemories: In "Fly Boy," Chett is hypnotized as part of an FBI interrogation to get to his subconscious. It turns out he remembers a lot of the weird things that have happened to him during the series.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: In "Universal Remote," the guys use it to play around with time. As Gary increasingly hogs it for his own use, Wyatt remains aware of all the loops, rewinds and fast-forwards.
* SandInMyEyes: In "Searching for Boris Karloff," after Wyatt gives a heartfelt monologue to a comatose Lisa.
-->'''Gary:''' I think I got something in my eyes.\\
'''Creature:''' Me, too.
* ScrewDestiny: Lisa gives Wyatt a watch that shows when he'll die and Gary a watch that shows when he'll lose his virginity. According to the watches, Wyatt will die in 90 years and Gary will lose his virginity in a few days. A few days later, they realize they have the wrong watches, which means Wyatt has 10 minutes to live. He avoids his death by refusing to help Chett soup up his Jeep with nitro. Then Gary ignores his destiny by having sex with a nerdy classmate.
* SecretKeeper: Chett (begrudgingly) becomes this after repeated memory wipes give him an immunity.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In "Magic Comet Ride," Lisa embarks on some training to be a better genie. In the end, her Yoda-like mentor tells her she can go to a place where all of her questions can be answered, but it would mean leaving Wyatt and Gary forever. While she admits that they're not the helpless losers they used to be, Lisa says ''she'' still needs them and won't go. Her mentor replies, "Pass the most important test of all you did."
* ShoutOut:
** The first episode acknowledges ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' and [[Film/WeirdScience John Hughes]].
** "Bikini Camp Slasher" parodies the slasher/horror genres - throwing out references to ''Film/TheExorcist'', ''Film/EvilDead2'', ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'', ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight'', ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' and ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''. (By the way, the episode premiered a good year before ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' came out. Eerie.)
** The plots of both "Quantum Wyatt" and "Bee In There" are parodies of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' and it is mentioned in the latter. For you trivia buffs, Michael Manasseri (Wyatt) appeared in the ''Quantum Leap'' episode "Return of the Evil Leaper".
** In one episode, Gary dates a cheerleader from Santo Domingo High, the high school on ''ParkerLewisCantLose'', which many of the producers had previously worked on.
** In "Lisa's Childhood Memories," an animal-themed detective yells at Chett, [[WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}} "What the hell are you starin' at?!"]]
** In "Chett's World," Lisa's magic accidentally turns two rats into humans, who then proceed [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain to try to take over the world]].
* SitcomArchNemesis: Chett and the former [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "Ass-istant]] Principal Scampi."
* SkepticismFailure: In "Girl Talk," Lisa tells her new friend Tisch that she's a genie. Tisch actually believes in a lot of supernatural-type stuff, but doesn't believe Lisa because she thought she was making fun of her. Lisa convinces her by making it rain... inside the Java Man... with men instead of rain.
-->'''Gary:''' I don't wanna even know.\\
'''Wyatt:''' I can't feel my legs.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Chett became so popular with the writers that in the final season he wound up getting more spotlight episodes than the leads.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Taken to the extreme. In several episodes, one of the guys actually got a girlfriend. But since this would've left the writers without an objective to drive future plots, she would quietly disappear between episodes.
** A more in-universe example: Lisa's magic eventually wears off, resetting things back to normal no matter how out of control the wishes make things. Her only spells that seem to be permanent are the ones that ''restore'' the original status quo, like erasing people's memories of her.
** Averted in "Master Chett," with the revelation that Chett had been mindwiped so many times by Lisa, that he had become immune to her ability to erase/alter memories. This leads to him becoming part of the group and participating in various adventures.
* SwappedRoles: In "Teen Lisa," Lisa goes to school disguised as a HollywoodHomely teenager while the boys become the world's most inept genies.
* TakeThat: In "Slow Times at Farber High," Gary's attempt to use a brain-draining machine on a nerd who humiliated him backfires when he inadvertently sucks up ''everyone's'' intelligence. At one point, he wonders where all of the now-stupid teenagers have vanished to. It turns out they've all gathered to watch ''Series/SavedByTheBell: The College Years.''
* TalkLikeAPirate: "Pirates!", of course.
* TemporaryBulkChange: One season one episode sees Wyatt wishing for larger muscles to impress an athletic girl. Lisa conjures up a suit that gives him a bodybuilder's physique, and trouble inevitably begins with Gary borrows it. Wyatt even lampshades the fact that people might be confused about his sudden musculature; Gary [[HandWave explains]] that since Wyatt was a huge nerd before, no one ever noticed his body.
* TitleDrop: During "Grampira," after realizing the effects the wish will have on everyone.
-->'''Gary:''' Grampira must be stopped!
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: After Lisa brings a video game villain to life, it promptly kidnaps her; Gary and Wyatt must fight for her release.
** Lisa herself fits this at times. In several episodes (such as the above example), she [[JackassGenie purposefully misinterprets the boys' wishes]] to teach them a lesson.
* TheUnfavorite: Chett
* TheUnreveal:
-->'''Lisa:''' Did Wyatt and Gary make me, or did the universe make me for them?\\
'''Genie Master:''' Sent by the universe to help the boys you were. All that you are, created they did.
* VampiricDraining: When Wyatt wishes for his Nana to have the energy of a teenager in "Grampira," Lisa inadvertently gives her this ability: when Nana touches a young person, she drains the youthfulness out of them, making teens act old while she gets progressively more and more energetic and excited.
* VillainDecay: The Steves were always comical, but in their first appearance, they were a true threat--effortlessly capturing the protagonists and being poised to destroy Earth. In their second appearance, they were instead quite hapless and pathetic.
* WeirdScience
* WeirdnessCensor: In "Sex Ed," Lisa takes over Farber's health class and openly performs magic in front of the class. To get around the problems of that, she zaps the other students and tells them that nothing they see in the class for the next week will seem out of the ordinary.
* WhamEpisode: "Master Chett," where Chett has developed immunity to memory wipes and learns about Lisa permanently.
* WhamLine: After Wyatt drops his grandmother off at the home, she encourages him to visit more often and to bring Lisa.
-->"But tell her to leave her magic at home. I don't need it." ''(smiles)''
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Some episodes ended with Wyatt or Gary actually getting/impressing girls, [[StatusQuoIsGod only for them to be single the very next episode]].
* WhoWritesThisCrap: In season three, episode nine, Lisa is genie-napped and the boys lose all memory of her. Wyatt, reviewing past entries of his journal, finds references to her. He lists the plots of a few past episodes to Gary and exclaims: "Who could come up with this stuff?" Gary remarks: "Oh, please, a 4-year-old could come up with this stuff."
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "Chett World" turns out to be one: the episode opens with Chett running down the street screaming for help, then telling his story to a mysterious shadowy figure. [[spoiler: Turns out it's his dad, and Chett's explaining why he should be let back into the house.]]
* WholePlotReference: Several episodes take the premise of existing shows. In "Sci-Fi Zoned," when the boys were fighting, Lisa zaps them into a world based on their favorite show, [[TheTwilightZone The Sci-Fi Zone]]. Another episode, "Quantum Wyatt," helps Wyatt figure out possible careers by spoofing ''Series/QuantumLeap''.
** "Searching for Boris Karloff" to Universal's ''[[Film/{{Frankenstein1931}} Frankenstein]]'' and [[Film/BrideOfFrankenstein its sequel]].
** "Wicked Wish" to ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. Gary lampshades it at one point.
** "Stalag 16" is mostly ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'' with a little ''Series/HogansHeroes'' thrown in.
** "Chett's World" to ''[[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers]]'', complete with Chett running through the streets and telling his story in flashback. However, instead of aliens, the threat is mind-altering beef jerky that makes everyone act like Chett.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Chett and Lisa in the final season. [[spoiler:They don't.]]
* WireDilemma: Parodied. Gary and Wyatt, [[TaughtByTelevision based on what they've seen in movies]], hesitate whether the red wire will stop the bomb or is a decoy that'll detonate it. Lisa grabs the whole bundle of wires and yanks them all out at once.
-->'''Lisa:''' You guys watch too many movies.
* WrittenInAbsence: John Mallory Asher doesn't appear "Phantom Scampi." (Point of fact, it's the only one he missed.) Gary is said to have wished for shrinking pills, leading to a brief scene of a pile of clothes and some low-level squeeking.
** Vanessa Angel was unavailable for some episodes while she was shooting the movie ''Kingpin'', so the writers wrote in various excuses for why Lisa has only one scene, including a computer hacking incident that makes her look like Abe Vigoda.