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Western Animation: Sanjay And Craig

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 BurgersSanjay and Craig is a Nickelodeon cartoon 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.

The show also likes to stretch its TV-Y7 rating. A lot.

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Tropes present:

  • A Boy and His X: Snake in this case.
  • Abusive Parents: Mr. Noodman's father enjoys torturing his son with snakes, even when he's an adult.
    • Must be a family tradition as Noodman's grandfather does the same thing to his dad, as well as his great-grandfather, and his great great-grandfather.
  • The Ace: Remmington Tufflips
  • All Balloons Have Helium: "The Giving G"
  • Ambiguously Gay: Mr. Noodman, who possesses many flamboyant mannerisms.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Mr. Noodman.
  • Big Eater: Craig eats a whole plate of hot wings in one gulp.
  • Body Horror
    • Craig turning himself inside out in "Unbarfable".
    • Craig turning into a pizza-crazed behemoth in "Road Pizza".
  • Casting Gag: Maulik Pancholy previously played a character named Sanjay Patel on Weeds.
  • Chest Burster: Craig fakes being one in "Brett Venom, M.D."
  • Continuity Nod: Hector's resistance to throwing up from "Unbarfable" becomes a plot point in "Flip Floppas".
  • Covered in Gunge: The boys get covered in bird droppings in "Laugh Quake".
    • In "Stinkboy", Sanjay falls into a pool fills with.....stuff....and gets covered in gunge.
  • Credits Gag: Remmington Tufflips is credited As Himself.
  • 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.
  • Evil Brit: Tyson
  • Expository Theme Tune: "Looking for a pet one day / Sanjay found a talking snake..."
  • Expy: Mr. Noodman is similar to Rancid Rabbit from CatDog.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Hector
  • Fan Disservice: Noodman trying to pull off a Sexy Walk after his butt surgery.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Craig after drinking hot sauce, which makes a handy flamethrower.
  • Freaky Is Cool: Sanjay and Craig love Darlene's gross hospital stories, and in "Brett Venom, M.D." they sneak into the hospital and are fascinated by all the freaks they find there.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Numerous times.
    • Special mention goes to the episode "Partybot" which has at least two robots that dispense things in ways that look like they're pooping.
    • Also, part of the Remington Tufflips costume is a jock strap from "Going Commando 2".
  • Grossout Show: Not too over the top but there are a few cases of this.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: All Craig has to do to pass as human.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Noodman, thanks to his father.
    Craig: No wonder you're so messed up.
  • 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." Mr. Patel loses his appetite when his wife tells a gross hospital story as he's trying to eat breakfast.
  • 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."
  • Limited Wardrobe: Darlene wears her scrubs even when off-duty.
  • Little Boy Seeks Big Girl: Sanjay (12 years-old) has a crush on Belle Pepper (15 years-old).
  • Local Hangout: The Frycade. Half arcade and half wing-themed diner.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Sanjay develops a crush on Susan Loogie, who is actually Megan attempting to get him to dance with her.
  • Master of Disguise: Craig.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Sanjay is half Indian and half American.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: In "Booger Johnson", Craig can't resist trying to eat Megan's pet gerbil.
    "I can't help it. I'm a snake. He's a gerbil. That equals snack. It's nature's math."
  • Naked People Are Funny: In "Laked Nake".
  • Name and Name
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Huggle Bunny, a man who always wears a pink bunny suit and creeps almost everyone out.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Megan's mom is Mama June Shannon.
  • Noodle Incident: How Marc Summers got stuck inside the Pick-It nose for an un-determined amount of time. Also, how Tufflips managed to get all the Family Double Dare stuff (perhaps when Nick Studios sold it off), and why Harvey's living on the set.
  • Oblivious to Love: Sanjay is unaware of Megan's crush on him.
  • 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.
  • Parody Sue: Megan.
  • Pokémon Speak: In the fantasy sequence at the beginning of "Laugh Quake", Sanjay and Craig just shout their names over and over.
  • Rubber Man: Craig is this, as a snake. He can be inflated, stretched, walked on, whipped about....
  • Sanity Slippage: Sanjay has one in "Stinkboy."
  • Secret Keeper: Megan and Hector are both aware Craig can talk. Sanjay's parents may or may not know Craig can talk.
  • Shaped Like Itself: "Doors are for people who use doors."
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Noodman. Sanjay refers to him as such in one of the promos.
  • Shout-Out: "Laugh Quake" opens with an Imagine Spot stylized like Dragon Ball Z.
    • 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.
  • 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".
  • Stalker with a Crush: Megan sometimes comes off as this.
  • Tear Off Your Face: At one point in "Road Pizza" King Za eats his face off, though he's a slice of pizza and his face is made of cheese.
  • Toilet Humor
  • Tomboy: Megan's alter-ego in "Susan Loogie".
  • Totally Radical: The titular characters.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Both Sanjay and Craig love hot wings, the latter even ate them all in one gulp.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: Sanjay, Megan and Hector.
    • Craig usually takes Megan's spot sometimes.
  • Two Shorts
  • The Voiceless: Big G from "The Giving G".
  • Vocal Dissonance: In "Flip Flopas" the candy store owner Munchie is an old man with the voice and mannerisms of a 6-year-old.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In "Unbarfable".
  • We Are Not Going Through That Again: At the end of "Road Pizza" when the duo have defeated King Za and eating pizza they are confronted by the Chicken Wing King, who they ignore and he disappears.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sanjay and Craig's neighbor, Mr. Noodman, is terrified of snakes due to a childhood incident involving one.
    • 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.

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