Western Animation: Baby Blues
A short-lived cartoon on The WB based on the comic strip Baby Blues. It lasted only 13 episodes as a midseason replacement. All released between July and August, 2000.The show was subjected to much Executive Meddling to make it more of a Simpsons-cum-early Family Guy clone. The the strip's creators weren't too thrilled with the results and neither were most of the audience. [adult swim] aired this show alongside the trio of short-lived WB network animated shows from the late 1990s into 2000 (this show, The Oblongs, and Mission Hill), but now, the show has faded into obscurity.
This show contains examples of:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played straight and subverted in one episode. Dizzy is going out with a jerkass who's "hurting inside" but is convinced to dump him by Darryl and give a nice boy a chance. The boyfriend threatens Darryl to get her back to him, he refuses and is rewarded with a beating, and Dizzy still goes back to the jerk. He gets vindicated when it's revealed that Flak, the guy who was 'hurting inside' when he was in highschool grew up to be the "actually" depressed highschool janitor.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Rodney
- Canon Foreigner: The Bittermans, Darryl's co-worker Kenny, and Bizzy the babysitter.
- Catch Phrase: "Hi, Wanda, how's the baby?" is Melinda's typical greeting whenever she runs into Wanda.
- Kenny always greets Darryl with "Hey, Cap'n...".
- Christmas Episode: "A Baby Blues Christmas Special," which shows Darryl and Wanda struggling with the newborn Zoey and getting the hang of it by Christmas Day.
- Game Show Appearance: In "A Baby Blues Christmas Special," Darryl dreams that he and Wanda appear on Family Feud, with both of their parents pointing out various mistakes in raising Zoey.
- Hotter and Sexier: In an effort to appeal to the 17-25 age range, the animated series relied on more risque comedy to compete with the early episodes of Family Guy and The Simpsons (which, under Mike Scully's reign as showrunner, was becoming raunchier and more cartoony, much to the displeasure of longtime fans). Fans of the original comic and the comic strip creators were not pleased with the results.
- The Hyena: Megan, whenever Rodney or Shelby does something to piss off Carl.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Diedrich Bader as Kenny.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Carl and Rodney. Like father like son.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Wanda sees Darryl's mother as annoying for never shutting up. Darryl has the same opinion of Wanda's father for telling boring stories, which Wanda is willing to concede.
- Prequel: The show was set back when Zoe was just born, and is an infant throughout the series. Hammie and of course Wren are nowhere to be seen as they haven't been born yet.
- Real Song Theme Tune: "It's All Been Done" by Barenaked Ladies.
- Shout-Out: A black neighbor named Rex was prone to wearing Cosby-like sweaters.
- The Silent Bob: Zoey. Even after being a month old, she was well-aware of what was being said around her and would react in some fashion.
- Special Guest: One episode had Drew Carey appear as himself, though the oddness of this was Lamp Shaded.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Shelby, the youngest of the Bitterman children, who doesn't speak and just whacks at things with his bat. If he doesn't become a serial killer, then the best he can hope for is a petty thug.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Darryl and Kenny at work, Darryl and Carl in the neighborhood.
- The Voiceless: Shelby.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Darryl's boss, an old man, keeps "trading in for a younger wife."
- Yes Virginia: At the end of "A Baby Blues Christmas Special," Darryl and Wanda wind up at a diner with Zoey and get some useful advice from a big guy with a white beard. After a moment of wondering, they see he's a truck driver and laugh it off, but the end reveals he was Santa all along.