Left to right: Hector, Sanjay (the human), Craig (the snake), and Megan.
Okay, so here's the pitch. It's the adventures of a kid and his talking pet snake. Not good enough for you? Well, how about we bring in the creators of the surreal 90s sitcom The Adventures of Pete & Pete and the man behind a nightmare fuel-filled dark comedy called The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack as key producers? Oh, I see we've got your attention.Created by Jim Dirschberger, Andreas Trolf, and Jay Howell — the latter of which worked as a character designer for Bob's Burgers — Sanjay and Craig is a Nickelodeon cartoon - the 33rd entry in Nickelodeon's well-known Nicktoons series - about a 12-year-old boy named Sanjay (Maulik Pancholy), his talking pet snake named Craig (Chris Hardwick), and the trouble they get into while running around their suburban town of Lundgren. Other main characters include Sanjay's Mom (a doctor) and Dad (owner of an electronics store), his best friends Megan and Hector, and his crush, Belle Pepper.Despite being a pretty successful show, a lot of people bad-mouthed the show. Sharing the same premiere time-slot with My Little Pony didn't help, either. That said, was it really that bad? To a lot of viewers, yes. But as a whole, despite having a handful of the gross-out humor, it really wasn't a badly-made show. We can only wonder what will people see in it 10 years from now...The show also likes to stretch its TV-Y7 rating.A lot.Now has a character sheet.
Annoying Laugh: A plot point in "Laugh Quake". Each of the title characters thinks the other has an annoying laugh, so they try to remedy it by going to a comedy club, where they are eventually kicked out. Later, both get crapped on by a bird, trying (and ultimately failing) to hold in their laughter, which eventually starts a chain reaction.
Artistic License - Biology: In "Day of the Snake" Sanjay tastes an extremely volatile drop of wing sauce, causing his tongue to turn to ash and fall apart revealing a bone frame. Later on Craig milks an obviously male falcon with an udder.
Demoted to Extra: Megan has only appeared in one episode in Season 2 so far. (Two, if you list the episodes by Production Order) Belle, however, has gotten more screentime and development than Megan this season, and appears in almost every episode of Season 2 so far.
Disappeared Dad: We never see Megan's father, which is the biggest mystery of the show.
Erotic Eating: In a flashback in "Blackout" Darlene did this with spaghetti while on a dinner date with Vijay. Well... at least they found it erotic.
I Lied: In "Dog Wave" Sanjay makes a deal with Noodman that the latter won't call animal control on Sanjay's dogs if Sanjay can replace Noodman's blueberries, only for Noodman to go back on his word.
I'm Not Hungry: In "Brett Venom, M.D." Vijay loses his appetite when his wife tells a gross hospital story as he's trying to eat breakfast.
It Tastes Like Feet: In "Flip Flopas" when the gang eat Frycade wings and the Flip Flopas make them taste bad, Craig comments they taste like "sewer toots".
Ironic Echo: Megan is practicing CPR on a dummy, to which Craig says "I believe they prefer to be called 'stupid people'." After shooing them out of the room, she says, "Dummies, or should I say, stupid people."
Jerkass: Mr. Noodman. He hates snakes and children and plots to get rid of Craig. He's also loud and obnoxious.
Tyson is also a jerk to Sanjay when it comes to winning Belle's affection.
Noodle Incident: How Marc Summers got stuck inside the Pick-It nose for an un-determined amount of time (which, given that he has obsessive-compulsive disorder in real life, must have been hell for him, but Nickelodeon probably didn't want to mention that), and was it around the same time that Harvey got packed away as well? As for how Tufflips got the set, he said he bought it from a Belgian donkey smuggler, who presumably bought it from Nickelodeon Studios (which would explain why Double Dare 2000's set looked so hideous and different from the original set).
Or Was It a Dream?: In "Dream Rangers", Sanjay and Craig dream that Bell is kidnapped by Noodman. When she doesn't appear the next day, they assume the dream is real and they have to have it again so they can rescue her.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Everyone is fooled into thinking Craig is human when dressed in clothing, with some even confusing him with an armless kid.
The name of their town is Lundgren, after 80's action hero Dolph Lundgren (the Russian guy from Rocky IV and the live action He-Man movie).
"Trouble Dare" serves as one big, sloppy love letter to Family Double Dare, complete with Marc Summers and Harvey reprising their roles.
In "Hot Sauce Boss" Sanjay and Craig create rival hot wing food truck with Chicken Chuck called "Wing Tang Clan", called for their tangy wing sauce. Hector is sent to spy on them so he's dressed as Solid Snake and even uses the box disguise, if very poorly.
Spit Take: Sanjay does one through his nose and ears ten seconds into "Brett Venom, M.D." after hearing one of his mom's nurse stories.
Spoonerism: Averted. Some folks have noticed the syllables in "Sanjay" can be spoonerized is "Jay-san" (Jason), but there is no connection. "Sanjay" is a common Hindu name for males, meaning "victorious".
In "Blackout" it's revealed Darlene is scared of the dark and being in dark places causes her to freak out. She gets over it.
"YEAH!" Shot: The title duo, at the end of the opening segment.
You Just Ruined the Shot: In "Be Like Tufflips", Sanjay, in a Remmington Tufflips costume, sees a film crew setting up for a commercial at Tufflips' home and, thinking they're bad guys, goes on the attack. The crew, thinking Sanjay is the real Tufflips, go along.