Western Animation / Back at the Barnyard


Back at the Barnyard is a show from Nickelodeon. It started on October 8, 2007, and ended in June 2010. Based off the 2006 movie Barnyard which features the same characters though the series seems to ignore the events of the movie (and replaces one of them) for its own continuity. Created and animated by the same people as Jimmy Neutron, and the 25th member of the popular Nicktoons brand.

The story centers around Otis, the cow in charge of running the barn, though something of an Ensemble Cast provides enough chaos to keep a steady stream of entertainment flowing through 2 seasons of 52 episodes. Otis regularly deals with scams gone awry originating from his friends or (more commonly) himself. Other instances have him functioning throughout the human world incognito or dealing with the supposedly psychotic lady next door to the barn who knows they can talk and wants to expose them to the outside world.

Nickelodeon apparently didn't think the show was doing good enough for their standards, so they dropped it to Nicktoons Network during its run, where the remainder of the episodes were broadcast. While the show was getting good reviews, it never really became that popular, but it's safe to say that this show gave it its best.


  • 24 Hour Party People: Subverted, since it's a farm they show the same animals.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: One of the three French Canadian crows wears a red hat, another one of the three crows wears a blue neckerchief, Bessie wears a cow tag on her left ear, and Abbie wears earrings and a purple bow in her braided hair.
  • All-CGI Cartoon
  • Alternate Continuity: More or less.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: The "male cow" with an udder, of course. Justified, as children think cows and bulls are two separate species.
  • Art Evolution:
    • Otis' udder becomes less jiggly in the series
    • Otis' becomes fatter in the series.
    • Freddy becomes less "hairy" in the series.
  • Blatant Lies: "We are not talking animals." "There's no such things as talking animals."
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Otis and Abby.
  • Bifauxnen: Otis is rumored to be this because of his large udder.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Bigfoot is a recurring character in the show. He is a celebrity with a hit single called "No Fear Bigfoot", dated Jessica Allspice, and became mayor with a landslide victory (though he lost the position after going into a rage from flash photography). He can also fly.
  • Body Wipe:
    • In the episode "The Tale of Two Snottys" where Otis climbs up a ladder and lands on Snotty Boy.
    • "Pigmalion": at the very end where Pig jumps into to mud. Then the screen fades to black.
    • "Robo Peck": very end,
    Joey: Smashy, Smashy, Smashy!
    • "Club Otis": Freddy's nose fills the screen
    Peck: "Head trauma!"
    Pip: "That's it come on in."
    Freddy: "Sweet"
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: They interacted with their narrator in an episode.
  • Buffy Speak: Otis.
  • Butt Sticker: In episode "The Good, the Bad, and the Snotty" after all the animals rolled out of the barn all glued together. Bessy complains about Peck being glued to her butt.
  • The Cassandra: Mrs. Beady.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Played with at the end of "Dream Birthday."
  • Catch Phrase: "Milk me."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Freddy is this Up to Eleven.
    • Otis, but to a lesser extent than Freddy.
  • The Chew Toy: Peck and Freddy. Otis to a lesser extent.
  • Chronic Villainy: Mrs. Beady.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Daisy, despite Otis helping her to raise her son, Ben.
  • Circus Episode: In "Big Top Barnyard", after accidentally injuring an entire troupe of circus performers, Otis volunteers to take over with the help of his friends. His circus features him as the ringmaster, Duke as a sheep tamer, Freddy and Peck as clowns, Pig as a sword swallower, Pip as the world's tiniest man, and Abby as an acrobat. Abby, however, is too afraid to do her part due to an accident that happened when she performed in a circus many years ago.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bessy and Mr. Beady.
    • Pip once referred to himself as a snarky sidekick. Not all that justified, though.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The male cows having udders and being able to produce milk.
    • The way Freddy admits to his parents that Peck - whom he just saved from becoming their meal - is his best friend, and his parents' reaction from this, obviously parallels word for word someone admitting to his parents that he's homosexual and introducing his partner to them.
      • What makes that one even funnier is the fact that Freddy's voice actor is gay.
  • Enemy Mine: Otis and Mrs. Beady in "Cowman: The Uddered Avenger".
  • Episode Title Card
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Invoked by Bessie towards the end of the episode, 'War of the Pranks': "Let's all have a nice end-of-the-show laugh!"
  • Expy: Abby looks surprisingly like Daisy from the source movie. She replaces both Daisy and her son.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Whenever Pip tries to hit on Bessy.
  • Fat Idiot: Snotty Boy fits this trope to a "T".
    • Pig is a less negative version.
    • Otis: He can be quite dumb at some times, and the milk in his body makes him heavy.
  • Flanderization: Otis and Bessy are probably the most noticeable examples of this.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Ben.
  • Furry Female Mane: Abbie the cow has blonde humanlike head hair and Bessie the other cow has shades of this trope. Otis the "male cow" has no humanlike head hair of any sort.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Milk me."
    • "I need privacy when I make #3!"
    • The parody of Girls Gone Wild commercials on their own.
    • In "The Haunting" the rabbit spirit comes out of Pig's anus when expelled/exorcised...yeah.
    • "As they say in British-land, BITE ME!~" Seriously, they got away with this.
    • In "Animal Farmers" Otis attaches a milk machine to his udder and says, "it's a gentle tug" until the machine sucks all the milk out of his body.
    • In the Donk E. Cheese episode, Otis mentions Eugene taking the Z-Box on a "naughty honeymoon."
    • One of Otis' umm..."human aliases" is Dick Human from Buyers Beware. And when you realize that he's doing this to scare away the titular buyers...yeah.
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: There are so many things wrong with the football game they play, someone who has never seen a single football game in their life could find at least 3 things wrong with it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Otis managed to hypnotize himself in "Hypno-A-Go-Go"
  • Horror Hunger: Freddy.
  • Housewife: Mrs. Beady.
  • Hugh Mann: Many of the animals assume the surname "Nota[animal name]" when going out in public.
  • Idiot Hero: Otis, in contrast to his film counterpart.
  • Insult Misfire: Otis does this often.
  • Keet: Freddy the ferret, pretty much.
  • Kent Brockman News: Hilly Buford.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Eugene and his friends.
  • Lampshade Hanging
  • Latex Perfection: The jewel robbers in "Chain Gang" disguise themselves this way wearing full-head rubber farm animal masks that happen to resemble Otis, Chicken, Freddy and Peck (and thus cause said main characters to be falsely arrested), though at the end the impostors are unmasked by Otis to reveal four old ladies.
  • Lighter and Softer: The movie got pretty dark at points. This...doesn't. Some episodes subvert their lighthearted laughs with dark plots though, like "Snotty's New Pet," where Snotty Boy tries to feed Pip to his snake, or "Hypno-A-Go-Go," where Otis is accidentally hypnotized to kill the farmer at the sound of the bell, and more than half of his attempts almost got Abby killed as well trying to save him.
  • Limited Social Circle
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Mertin Fargleman.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Bingo.
  • Masquerade
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: "Hello, animals of the farm. And Bessy."
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Jessica Allspice (Jessica Alba).
    • Also, a Geraldo Rivera lookalike appears in "The Big Barnyard Broadcast".
      • "Ryan Earcrust" appears, alongside a mention of hosting 26 shows that day.
      • The "Hilly Burford" newscaster character is an expy of baseball announcer Harry Carey.
  • Oblivious to Love: Otis doesn't seem to be aware that Abby likes him. Or won't admit that he likes her too.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: In "Hypno-A-Go-Go", when showing a montage of Otis trying to kill the farmer.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise
  • Rule of Drama: Overlaps with Rule of Funny, and is acknowledged in-universe.
  • Rule of Funny: The whole show seems to revolve around this trope.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Mrs. Beady.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Winky the rabbit.
  • Secret Ingredient: At the end of "Chez Pig", all of the barnyard animals ask Pig for the secret ingredient of his grandma's Truffle Pies, Pig finally gives in but when he reveals the secret ingredient, a duck shows up and quacks, completely drowning out what Pig said. However, the other animals are heard exclaiming in disgust, implying that the secret ingredient was actually disgusting.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend
  • Smelly Skunk: Pig's pet Skunky.
  • Something We Forgot: One episode closed with Duke getting carted off to the pound in the same kennel that Freddy tricked him into earlier in the episode.
  • Somewhere, a Mammalogist Is Crying: MALE. COWS. DON'T. HAVE. UDDERS.
    • And they're called bulls.
      • In one episode, Otis actually had to dress up like a bull and had to try and hide his utter. Otis' udder also pops out at random times, and he attached milked suckers on it and shot milk out of it.
  • Space Jews: The French Canadian crows.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: "Donk E. Cheeses."
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Abby for Daisy.
  • Take That: To the animals, there is no worse form of torture than to be strapped to a table and forced to watch something about kids in high school making a musical.
  • Talking Animal
  • Those Two Guys: The Pizza Twins.
  • Title Drop: An unusual example due to the context it comes up in, but still an example. In "Otis Season":
    Otis: Oh, calm down. We can saw them off Back at the Barnyard.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Abby and Bessie.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic: Played himself in an episode where Bessy is his personal shopper. Apparently, he's a horse.
  • Whole Plot Reference: A few. There were episodes parodying the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Amok Time", Caddyshack, The Exorcist, and The Chronicles of Narnia.
    • There was a special called "Cowman", which stuck fairly true to and even stole some shots from Batman.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The Narrator sometimes likes to go into his own little world.
    Narrator: Don't worry! He's fine and will soon star in my amazing go kart episode!
    Pip: I think we need a new narrator.
    Narrator: Too late, the end!
  • Verbal Tic: Snotty calls everyone "stupid", "stinky", etc., even when there's no reason to.
    • "Aliens"- the screen closes in on Otis' udder twice