Western Animation / Out There


Out There chronicles the coming-of-age misadventures of socially awkward Chad, his little brother Jay, and his best friend Chris. Living in the small town of Holford, the boys wander its surreal, bleak landscape waiting out their last few years of adolescence. Along the way, viewers meet Chad's conservative parents, Wayne and Rose, as well as Chris's single mother, Joanie, and her disastrous boyfriend, Terry. They also meet the object of Chad's affection, Sharla.

Unfortunately, IFC has decided not to renew the cartoon for a second season.

Not to be confused with the webcomic with the same name.

See also Future-Worm!, another animated series from the creator of Out There made for Disney XD.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Destiny's fond of giving these out.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: The whole premise of the episode "Quest for Fantasy".
  • Blood Brothers: Chris and Chad, via a hilariously kludged and sincere ceremony.
  • Burger Fool: Chad gets a job at an ice cream shop, complete with goofy hat and abusive coworkers.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Chris and Chad wet themselves as a result of the Springoween prank pulled on them.
  • Butt Monkey: Chris ends up humiliated more than any other character in the show.
  • Call Back: The girl who says she should've made out with Chris before he died is Henrietta Miller, with whom Chris wanted to escape in the first episode.
  • Cartoon Creature: It's pretty indeterminate what species the people in this world are or even why Chad and his family don't look like the others.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Chris.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Terry, as well as numerous recurring background characters.
  • Cringe Comedy: The whole damn show.
  • Disappeared Dad: Chris's father, who's "not around anymore."
  • Enemy Mine: After Joanie guilts them into taking part, Chris and Terry work together to weasel out of a father-son bonding activity.
  • Epic Fail: Chris' escape plan in the first episode, especially if you compare the version he imagined with what actually happened. It is but the first of many times this trope occurs.
  • Extraverted Nerd: Chris is a textbook example of this trope.
  • Fake High: Those aren't aphrodisiacs, Chris. Those are multi-vitamins. Now get out of the shrubbery and put your clothes back on.
  • Fauxlosophic Narration: Chad tends to do this a lot. He'll go into a spiel at the beginning, middle or end of almost every episode. Sometimes all three, usually in an attempt to sound more adult and profound.
  • Flashback: Wayne had some... interesting experiences before he settled down. It sometimes leads to misunderstanding his son.
  • Funny Foreigner: Terry. He may or may not be a Mexican.
  • Furry Denial
  • Halloween Episode: "Springoween"
  • Happier Home Movie: Chris apparently has a video that's just his dad mowing the lawn.
  • High School:
  • High-School Dance: The 'Give Peace a Dance Dance'
  • I Want My Mommy: Chris, while trying to make a speech, accidentally trips and mutters "Mommy . . ." into the microphone which allows him to get picked on for the rest of the episode.
  • Imagine Spot: Jay has these on a fairly regular basis.
  • It's a Costume Party, I Swear!: Part of Henrietta and Troy's prank on Chad and Chris in "Springoween."
  • Jerk Jock: Troy Royal.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Destiny. Chad becomes enthralled with her at first, but later realizes she's a kaleidoscope of a girl he wasn't ready for.
  • Only Friend: Chris and Chad are this to each other in most episodes.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Chris and Terry are in perpetual competition for Joanie's affection. Chris can occasionally put this aside like in "Joanie Loves Terry" and "Viking Days".
  • Slice of Life: This series is a great example of a modern-day animated slice of life television show.
  • Rated M for Manly: Sharla's father is a stereotypical lumberjack type who practices taxidermy as a hobby. The episode which features him, "Viking Days", is itself an examination of this trope.
  • Scare 'Em Straight: In "The Great Escape" Wayne tries this on Chad by giving him a presentation on drugs.
  • Skyward Scream: Chris does this in "Springoween".
  • Tastes Like Purple: "Nobody ever talked about the taste of shame. It was metallic."
  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: Terry mistakes a random stranger on the street for his long-lost friend, Cheeto.
  • World of Funny Animals: Though confusingly, the characters themselves refer to themselves as human and occasional background elements also contain humans.