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Western Animation: Peg + Cat

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.
  • Anachronism Stew: Occasionally, episodes can feature dinosaurs, Beethoven, superheros, outer space, and medieval settings.
  • An Aesop: Although the show was created to teach kids about math, there are other lessons taught as well, such as not judging others based on their size and sharing and such.
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: In "The Tree Problem," when Cat is stuck in a tree (see Cat Up a Tree below), Peg opens up a present that she received, hoping for something that might save Cat and finds a giant coloring book and a kaleidoscope. Deciding that she can stack them up to reach Cat, she asks Cat if he's thinking what she's thinking and Cat quickly replies "No."
  • Argument of Contradictions: Ludwig von Beethoven and the Three Bears have one of these in "The Play Date Problem" and then follow it up with another about the best way to argue.
  • Babysitting Episode: "The Baby Problem" has Peg and Cat babysitting Baby Fox for Mrs. Sheep. Soon after, the little tyke gets into trouble by building and climbing a very tall contraption.
    • Brainy Baby: The said baby fox had built the contraption tower.
  • Big Friendly Dog: The resolution of "The Big Dog Problem" — the big dog that's standing in front of the mailbox that Peg and Cat keep running away from is just one of these and even helps them to reach the mailbox so that they can mail their really important letters once they make friends with it.
  • Catch Phrase: Ramone will usually show up, do something to help out, and mention offhandedly, "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.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Police Chief Toad has them.
  • Edutainment Show
  • Evil Laugh: Discussed during the end-tag of "The Straight and Narrow Problem" when Cat comments that "Villains have weird laughs" and Peg says, "I know, right?"
  • Expressive Ears: Cat has them; they can get quite droopy when he's sad about something.
  • A Girl and Her Cat
  • Genius Bonus: In the background, you can usually see clouds shaped like infinity symbols and erased formulas that most 6-7 year olds wouldn't even have heard of.
  • 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"
    • Episode Title Card: A character (or more) would show up to announce the title of the episode and then comment on it.
  • Inherently Funny Words: The mention of underwear causes laughter, most notably during the in-between episode segments.
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: In "The Sleepover Problem," Peg declares that her sleepover is going to be the best sleepover ever.
  • 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 Pig's usually silent, but when he sings he bursts into a rich operatic tenor that wouldn't be out of place in an opera.
  • 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.
  • Name and Name: A variant.
  • Nice Hat: Peg has a wool hat that she is rarely seen without. In "The Mega Mall Problem, she is (briefly) willing to let her neighbor dress her up in a pink dress with frills, pink shoes and pink bow, but insists that "The hat stays."
  • 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.
    • The "Problem Solved" song is typically sung twice an episode, once for a relatively small problem and a second time with the main problem of the episode.
  • The One With: Each episode is titled "The ______ Problem"
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • The titular Arch Villain in "The Arch Villain Problem", who's obsessed with arranging everything in arches. He reforms in "The Straight and Narrow Problem", but then he becomes obsessed with arranging everything...straight and narrow.
    • The Pig falls into this category from time to time, usually when triangles are involved.
  • 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.
    • In "The Mega Mall Problem," when Peg complains about not being able to see to dance because she's wearing a zebra mask, Cat goes Yoda on her: "Your eyes can play tricks on you. Trust them, do not." (Though, technically, "Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them." was actually Ben Kenobi's line in the original film.)
    • "The Arch Villain Problem / The Straight and Narrow Problem" features a scene-changer that's a star (the one on Super Peg + Cat Guy's outfits) zooming forward against a spinning spiral, ala Batman. At the end of the episode, they tell us to watch them again, "Same Peg time, same Cat channel."
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In "Another Tree Problem," the reason that Peg wants to borrow Ramone's giraffes is not because Cat is stuck in a tree again. No, absolutely not.
  • Title Theme Tune: "We're Peg + Cat, na na na na..."
  • Tomboy: Peg doesn't like to wear dresses and is often willing to be part of the action or getting dirty.
  • Totally Radical: The Teens who often sprinkle their language with "totally" and other hip terms.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Although he is prone to crying, Richard often remarks this when he's attempting to prevent waterworks caused by problems.
  • 20% More Awesome: Averted in "The Three Friends Problem" when Cat draws a graph indicating that Peg used to like him to infinity and now she only likes him to "about this much" (very low point on the graph) but likes Big Dog instead to infinity. Peg tells him that while there are lots of things that can be compared on a graph, her feelings for him can't be compared to her feelings for Big Dog or anyone else and that he'll always be totally special to her. Later, they both sing about it.
  • 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" and "The Big Dog Problem" showcase the mother fully.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Ramone regularly changes from one job to another.

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