Peg + Cat
features a young girl named Peg along with her feline companion named Cat
. Together, they explore numerous colorful settings and introduce children to basic math concepts with music. The show made its PBS Kids
debut on October 7, 2013.
Tropes featured in Peg + Cat
- A Cat Named Cat: And a pig called Pig, little chicken named Little Chicken, a group of teens called The Teenagers (or, The Teens, for short) and many other examples.
- Babysitting Episode: "The Baby Problem" has Peg and Cat babysitting Baby Fox for Mrs. Sheep. Soon after, he little tyke gets into trouble by building and climbing a very tall contraption.
- Catch Phrase: Ramone will usually show up, do something to help out, and mention off-handedly, "I do what I can."
- Cat Up a Tree: In a pair of episodes, Cat gets stuck in a tree which become the main problem of both episodes. Later on, an episode called titled "Yet Another Tree Problem" showcases the same trope.
- Couch Gag: Every episodes intro has Cat doing something related to the episode's topic while Peg sings the theme song. The background often changes a bit to reflect the episode's theme as well.
- A Girl and Her Cat
- Genki Girl: Peg often announces and solves problems with pep.
- Gentle Giants: The giant couple who offer to have lunch with practically everyone!
- Good Luck Charm: Peg always keeps a sparkly marble (among other things) in her hat and occasionally gives it a quick toss before solving a difficult problem.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: "The _______ Problem"
- The Klutz: Cat indirectly helps Peg by tripping over objects. However, his blunders are not always beneficial to the situation.
- Large Ham: Peg is just as boisterous as most young girls. She has at least one freak out per episode.
- The Mentor: Peg and Cat often turn to Ramone if they're stuck with an issue at hand. Interestingly, Ramone appears to be a few years older than the protagonist rather than being an adult.
- The Musical: The whole show features singing, from a ditty for solving problems to a tune just for the episode.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Cat is always found with Peg but occasionally Richard the alien or the Pig tags along to help.
- Non-Nude Bathing: The "Bathroom" segments showcase that Peg bathes in her swimsuit.
- Once per Episode: When whatever problem starts to overwhelm Peg, she starts "totally freaking out." It takes Cat holding up both hands toward her in a warding-off pose to get Peg to realize that she needs to count backwards from 5 to calm down.
- Shout-Out / Parental Bonus: In "The Big Gig Problem", Ramone demonstrates subtracting 1 from 11 (and that this is like counting backwards) on an amplifier that goes up to 11.
- Tomboy: Peg doesn't like to wear dresses and is often willing to be part of the action or getting dirty.
- Trying Not to Cry: Although he is prone to crying, Richard often remarks this when he's attempting to prevent waterworks caused by problems.
- Totally Radical: The Teens who often sprinkle their language with "totally" and other hip terms.
- Vague Age: The Pirates are roughly Peg's size, and tend to act like children who don't yet fully grasp concepts like "sharing" or "personal property"... but two of them have visible stubble.
- The Voice: At first played straight with Peg's mom whose voice checked in during the bathroom segments, but then "The Birthday Problem" showcases the mother fully.