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Western Animation: Little Bill
Little Bill is an animated children's show created by Bill Cosby and Chris(tine) Nee (Doc McStuffins) which aired on Nick Jr from 1999 to 2004. It stars William Glover Jr., or "Little Bill" for short, an inquisitive and imaginative 5-year-old living in Philadelphia. He lives with his father "Big Bill", mother Brenda, and siblings Robert and April. He also has a pet hamster named Elephant. There is also Little Bill's great-grandmother "Alice the Great", who often teaches him life lessons.

The show is animated with a construction paper style, similar to Blues Clues or South Park.

Tropes, tropes, zoopity zopes!

  • Audience? What Audience?: The end of each episode.
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: From "I Got a Letter":
    Big Bill: Here's one for me, and another for me...and another for me...Oh! Little Bill! Here's one for you!
  • Birthday Episode: Split in two: "The Birthday Present" and "The Birthday Party", both pertaining to Fuchsia. Another episode has Alice the Great's Birthday.
  • Redheaded Best Friend: Andrew Mulligan.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Dr. Winthrop Klinkscales is introduced as Ms. Murray's fiance, and he is said to work at the children's hospital. Guess who is charged with treating Little Bill's broken arm in a later episode.
  • Christmas Episode: "Merry Christmas, Little Bill."
  • Cool Old Lady: They don't call her "Alice the Great" for nothing.
  • Creator Cameo: Bill Cosby himself, in the title sequence, as well as a few guest spots as Captain Brainstorm.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Bill, in one episode: "I'm going to find my thing!"
  • Episode Title Card: Someone reads it, and someone else who is with them repeats it.
  • Eye Glasses: Bobby, as well as Ms. Murray, Little Bill's teacher.
  • Forgiveness: "When Friends Get Mad"'s moral. In the episode, Kiku accidentally ruins Little Bill's picture by spilling water on it. She apologizes but Little Bill retaliates by crumpling up her picture on purpose. He refuses to apologize to her and has to sit in time out. At home, his parents help him understand that what Kiku did was an accident and she didn't mean to. The next day, Little Bill apologizes for what he did and Kiku did it.
  • First Name Ultimatum: Bobby gets them a lot, and usually because he has spoken out of turn.
  • Good Parents
  • Happy Birthday to You: Bill Cosby wrote an original birthday song for this show.
  • Halloween Episode: "The Halloween Costume" and "The Haunted Halloween Party."
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Monty. Unlike most examples of this trope, Monty is introduced in the first episode, and he has a recurring role.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Little Bill and Bobby. Little Bill signs his library card as "Little Bill Glover."
  • Meta Guy: At the end of every episode Little Bill sums up the episode's aesop to the viewers, prompting a member of his family to ask him who he's talking to.
  • Parrot Exposition: Every title is said by one of the adults and then Little Bill and/or his friends will repeat it.
  • Performance Anxiety: "The Stage Trick".
  • Sequel Episode: It is normal for this show's two eleven-minute shorts to be directly connected. For instance, one episode covers a ride to the amusement park, and the following episode shows what happens at the park.
  • Shout-Out: Captain Brainstorm is a fairly obvious send up of Captain Video.
  • Slice of Life: Since this is a show for young children, it's no surprise.
  • Sick Episode: Elephant and Little Bill each get one.
  • Stop Copying Me: Subverted. In the episode "Copy Cat", Little Bill and friends are playing farm. Andrew wanted to be a rooster and so did Little Bill. When Little Bill pretended to be the rooster to wake everyone up, Andrew got mad at Little Bill and called him a copycat, believing that Little Bill was copying him. Little Bill wasn't really copying him. He just wanted to do the same thing because they're friends and they have similar interests.
  • Title Drop: In a show with a five-year-old protagonist, it can't always be helped.
  • Title Scream: In the Title Sequence, Little Bill's siblings, his classmates, and finally, Little Bill himself.
  • Token White: Andrew Mulligan and family.
  • The Tonsillitis Episode
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: One episode had Little Bill begging his parents for a Captain Brainstorm video game. When he finally got it, he and his friends were rather disappointed at its primitive nature, preferring to use their imaginations to create their own Brainstorm adventures instead.
  • Wedding Day: "The Ring Bear"; "Ms. Murray's Wedding".
  • World of Snark: Little Bill's whole family.
  • Youthful Freckles: Andrew has these.

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