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.
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 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.
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.
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.