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[[caption-width-right:350:They look [[WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2020}} the same]], but [[InNameOnly they're]] ''[[CloudCuckooland very]]'' [[JerkAss different]].]]

->''"If you're looking for me,\\
You'd better check under the sea,\\
Cause that is where you'll find me...\\
Underneath the sealab\\
Underneath the water\\
At the bottom of the sea..."''

''Sealab 2021'' is one of the first Creator/AdultSwim original shows, which parodies the 1970s animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2020}}'' (and, to a lesser extent, the entire genre of [[LimitedAnimation crudely-animated]] [[TheSixties 60s]] and [[TheSeventies 70s]] cartoons produced by Creator/HannaBarbera) through combining recycled footage and animations with a GagDub. The show lasted from November 2000 to April 2005 with a total of fifty-two 15-minute-long episodes over four seasons.

Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, the series recasts the crew of the titular undersea colony as a group of extremely unstable individuals, all of whom are too crazy or TooDumbToLive. Several episodes end with the destruction of Sealab as a result of the crew's hijinks (directly or indirectly).

Major characters include:
* '''Captain Hazel "Hank" Murphy''', the unhinged leader of Sealab, who has the mentality and attention span of a six-year-old. After voice actor Harry Goz died, Murphy was replaced with:
* '''Captain Bellerophon "Tornado" Shanks''', an overbearing former football coach (voiced by Harry Goz's son, Michael Goz).
* '''Quentin Q. Quinn''', a black TokenMinority scientist who is usually the only character with [[OnlySaneMan half a brain]] (though he isn't above picking up the IdiotBall and/or inexplicably becoming a MadScientist... or, um, Film/{{Shaft}}). As established in two episodes, [[spoiler:he's a cyborg]].
* '''Debbie Dupree''', an easily offended, promiscuous blonde marine biologist who later becomes Quinn's on-again off-again girlfriend.
* '''Debbie Love''' (or "Black Debbie"), the schoolteacher and the only other black person on Sealab.
* '''Jodene Sparks''', the scheming radio operator who never leaves his chair, even when scuba-diving. It's not entirely clear if he's actually chair-bound, just really lazy or pulling off a scam by claiming a disability (especially since the answer changes between episodes). He plays the OnlySaneMan from time to time, but being criminally insane stops him from doing so as frequently as Quinn.
* '''Marco Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar Gabriel Garcia Marquez''' (voiced by Erik Estrada), a Latin lothario. He was originally the OnlySaneMan, but this was quickly dropped.
* '''Derek "Stormy" Waters''', a [[TheBrainlessBeauty boyishly handsome idiot]] who seems to always end up in OddCouple situations with Quinn.

Minor characters include Hesh Hepplewhite, a sarcastic engineer and aspiring rap artist who frequently speaks in ghetto-slang and/or refers to himself in the third person; Dolphin-boy, a rotund human child who only speaks dolphin; Dr. Ilad Virjay, the station's medical doctor and Hindu-rock icon; and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Ted]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin from Accounting]].

Adam Reed and Matt Thompson initially created the idea while working for Cartoon Network as production assistants; they found tapes of ''2020'', wrote new dialogue for them, and presented the idea to the network. It passed on the idea in 1995, but reconsidered the idea five years later (around the time it had started to develop [adult swim]). As a result of this approach, Reed and Thompson made the show's pilot and several episodes from the first couple of seasons using StockFootage from ''Sealab 2020''; they replaced the original [[GreenAesop banal environmentalist plot lines]] with BlackComedy and other weirdness, then edited the footage (and added in some original touches of their own). A notable exception to this approach occurs with the episode "7211", which remade one of the original ''Sealab 2020'' episodes with the ''2021'' cast and played it completely straight -- but there's a clue to the viewers that something is up with this remake: after the captain of the sub [[EnemyMine decides to team up with Murphy despite holding a grudge against him]], a '70s-era title card which says "PLACE COMMERCIAL HERE" is displayed. (During the end credits of the episode, Sealab explodes. [[RunningGag Again.]])

Midway through the show's run, Harry Goz (the voice actor for Captain Murphy) died, which caused a major change in tone for the entire series. The one-off crazy elements of the earlier episodes were dropped, and after Captain Murphy [[PutOnABus left Sealab to fight in]] [[Franchise/{{Dune}} the spice wars]], he was replaced with the slightly-more-sane Captain Shanks (who, as noted above, was portrayed by Harry Goz's son). The series retained its trademark surrealism while experimenting with long-form storylines (including as Debbie's relationship with Quinn, the saga of Marco's apparent death, and the introduction of Sharko, Marco's half-shark/half-human son). These episodes also featured more original animation than stock footage, and it's easy to see the shift in tone from earlier seasons. In its typical surreal fashion, the last episode featured a series of fourth-wall-breaking scenes involving the characters as actors who know Sealab is a TV show, and the show faded to black with the promise of airing a trailer for a new horror film starring the characters.

Filled with surreal humor and [[SeinfeldianConversation meandering]], [[RandomEventsPlot random]], [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent nonsensical]] stories, Sealab helped set the tone for the emerging Creator/AdultSwim, and its [[FollowTheLeader influence can be felt across the first several years of the program.]]

This show now has a [[Recap/{{Sealab2021}} Recap]] page in progress.

Adam Reed went on to helm ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the latter of which had a FakeCrossover with this show in "Sea Tunt"

!! Oh, there go my tropes again:

* ActorExistenceFailure: Harry Goz, the voice of Captain Murphy, died after two seasons. The character was PutOnABus out of respect.
* AdmiringTheAbomination: Dr. Virjay calls the predator that attacks Sealab in one episode "a perfect killing machine" and is honored to be one of its victims.
* AmnesiaDanger: "In the Closet" where Beard Guy forgets how to fix things because of his concussion.
* AncientConspiracy: The Exalted and Supreme Brotherhood of Neptune, keepers of the Infinity Trident. Also, for a given value of "ancient," the [[GreedyJew five Jew bankers]] that control international finance.
* AsideGlance: In the "Happy Cake" episode, Marco does a very obvious one to the audience when Captain Murphy says he can't see the squid on the radar.
** 'Mouse Brain' actually gives a quick wave to the audience at one point in "I, Robot (Really!)"
* BackToFront: The episode "Shrabster". Lampshaded when Quinn (or possibly his V.A. Brett Butler) says he liked this episode, especially when it was on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
* BilingualBonus: Some of Marco's lines, where he speaks Spanish.
* BizarroUniverse: Which in this series, is a universe where everyone shouts [[VerbalTic "Bizarro!"]] a lot and is even weirder and more insane than the main cast.
* BlackComedy: Not usually, but it is visited from time to time.
--> '''Narrator''': Dead African child indeed! ...''[laughter]''...[[HilariousOuttakes I'm sorry, I'm sorry. It's just so fucking awful...]]
** Also, when Debbie is trying for a baby:
-->'''Sparks''': I got something for ya.\\
'''Debbie''': What is it?\\
'''Sparks''': A book.\\
'''Debbie''': What's the book called?\\
'''Sparks''': Literature/AModestProposal.\\
'''Debbie''': And what's the book about?\\
'''Sparks''': (beat) ''Eating babies.''
* BlandNameProduct: Happy Cake Oven for Easy Bake Oven.
* BottleEpisode: "Fusebox", which only showed Sealab in the middle of a blackout [[spoiler: until the end]]
* BuildingOfAdventure: Sealab itself was touted as this in "Tourist Season"
* CallBack: A few episodes after the Bizarros show, Stormy introduces himself as "I'm Regular Stormy!"
* CharacterOutlivesActor: Technically, Captain Murphy didn't die; he just left the station to lead the rebels in [[Literature/{{Dune}} "The Great Spice Wars"]].
* ChekhovsGun: Stormy's Douché watch in "Lost in Time", originally shown to showcase Stormy's stupidity (he sets it fifteen minutes fast), later [[spoiler: revealed to have a two-way radio that they use to reach the Stormy and Quinn of that timeline.]]
* ChestBlaster: Robot Murphy's "D-cups...full of justice!" in "I, Robot, Really".
* ClusterFBomb: The FCC agent that shut down Murphy's pirate radio station in "Radio Free Sealab". Ironically, Murphy made a point to run a profanity-free show, his violation was all about broadcasting without a license.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: Parodied in "Red Dawn"
* ComicallyMissingThePoint : Stormy manages to do it twice in one conversation when the others try explaining why calling someone "Black Debbie" isn't a good thing,
--> '''Quinn''': Listen man, you're missing the point. What if everyone started calling you "White Stormy"?
--> '''Stormy''': You mean... there's a Black Stormy? [[note]]SubvertedTrope, in that there really is a Black Stormy, namely [[RecycledInSpace Space Stormy]][[/note]]
** And a 3rd time five minutes later, after driving said Debbie into an angry rant with his unwitting racism.
--> '''Stormy''': Man, don't go out there. That black chick is crazy!
* ConcussionsGetYouHigh: In one episode, the crew is trapped in a malfunctioning storage closet. Beard Guy comes in to fix the problem but Captain Murphy beats his head in. Upon briefly regaining consciousness, he displays this trope.
-->'''Beard Guy:''' I got my think a concussion. Now must remember not fix stuff. Gonna lay down back, cuz our concussion have us sleepy.\\
'''Debbie:''' Uh, should Beard Guy be asleep with a concussion?\\
'''Quinn:''' No, absolutely not.
* CouchGag: When the second zero in the ''Sealab 2020'' logo turns into a one at the end of the opening, a different sound effect accompanies the change every episode
* CousinOliver: Parodied with "Sharko", introduced in season 4 as the product of Marco's illicit love affair with a shark, repeatedly summarized as "He put his human penis in her shark-gina".
** It was probably one of the few times in which this trope was purposefully invoked. Sharko left a few episodes later. He came BackForTheFinale and promptly got hit by Shanks's 'Captain's Log' to cheers from the audience.
* CreditCardPlot: Kicks off the plot of "The Policy". Sparks convinces Murphy to get a credit card and buy junk with it, then convinces him to send the rest of the crew on a wild goose chase so he can commit InsuranceFraud.
* CreditsGag: Mike Lazzo's name is anagrammed.
* CrossoverPunchline: "Murphy Murph and the Feng Shui Bunch" ends with the entire episode revealed as a video game--and the players are [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Meatwad and Master Shake]].
* {{Cyborg}}: Quinn reveals himself as one in "I, Robot". A later episode, "I, Robot, Really", has most of the cast getting robot bodies.
* DeathWorld: The titular "Isla de Chupacabra".
** I believe you mean Happy Funtime Island.
-->Quinn: Who the hell named it that?
-->Shanks: Rambo.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
--> '''Marco''':"I have the energy of a bear that has the energy of two bears!"
* DiabolicalMastermind: Sparks has the rather frequent tendency to hatch evil schemes, including (but not limited to) making millions in life insurance by killing the Sealab crew, addicting them to a medicine made from a deadly neurotoxin, and blackmailing Quinn into turning him into 'Sparkimus Prime,' the chainsaw-handed robot. Also, in what turned out to only have been a daydream of Captain Murphy's Sparks has a secret mountain stronghold, complete with a veritable army of henchmen.
* DirtyCommunists: The episode "Red Dawn" as a whole. Quinn ''tries'' to point out all the flaws in communism, but ends up in jail for his efforts.
* ElectrifiedBathtub: Quinn encounters one in "Waking Quinn"; one is used to off Captain Murphy in "Policy".
** Taken UpToEleven in the former when Stormy will ''not'' stop tossing electrified objects into it while attempting to help Quinn. Complete with XRaySparks.
* EverythingExplodesEnding: Nearly every episode ends with Sealab exploding. Sometimes it's justified by the plot, but sometimes it's just RuleOfFunny.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Quoted above.
* EyeCatch: Parodied in "7211", with the "Place Commercial Here" title card
* FantasticVoyagePlot: Parodied in "Craptastic Voyage" where Quinn, Debbie and Stormy have to enter Shanks's body to destroy a tumor since he won't let Virjay operate on him.
* ForeignerForADay: In the episode "Let 'Em Eat Corn", Capt. Shanks has Sealab declared a sovereign nation (to get out of paying income taxes), which sets off a wave of increasingly goofy sub-secessions amongst the crew. By the end of the cartoon, even Stormy's furniture and bathroom fixtures (which he claims are robots known as "Change-A-Trons" and "Plumb-bots") have declared their independence.
* FreakyFridayFlip: "Brainswitch"
** Played with in that it's clear to the audience pretty much from the start that Quinn and Stormy have not switched brains but everyone up to and including Stormy seems convinced because he used a few big words and said he felt smarter.
* GagDub: The early episodes are constructed from entire scenes of ''Sealab 2020'', just dubbed over with new dialog.
** Flipflopped in "7211", which was a word-for-word redub of a ''Sealab 2020'' story, told totally straight. Until midway. Then back immediately after. And again at the end, anyway.
* {{Gaslighting}}: In "Happy Cake" Sparks reveals that he has been enacting a secret plan to drive Captain Murphy crazy. As part of this he threw his [[BlandNameProduct Happy Cake Oven]] into the ocean and was having the orphans pee in Murphy's bed. [[spoiler: In this specific case, the whole episode is revealed to be a dream of Capt Murphy, although it is totally within Spark's character to be doing this anyway.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The entire Feast of Alvis episode (see ExecutiveMeddling).
* GrandFinale: "Legacy of Laughter", presented as a glitzy Q&A/season premiere/movie trailer premiere.
* GratuitousNinja: Scuba ninjas.
* HandshakeSubstitute: Respek Knuckles! (in "Sharko's Machine)
* HardWorkMontage: Parodied in "Sharko's Machine"
* HeadDesk: One episode has Sparks performing this while Captain Murphy rambles on about a video game.
* HomePornMovie: Not quite home, but when Stormy asked the ASHDTV to show him porno bloopers, it showed him one featuring Debbie and, based on context clues, Hesh. Debbie is more offended that they don't believe that her breasts are real.
* IControlMyMinionsThrough: Sparks reveals his minions to Marco and tries to recruit him.
* IdenticalStranger: In addition to the Bizarros (and the Groovies), there are the folks on Spacelab, who are identical in name, personality, and, except for skin tone differences, appearance.
** Also, for some reason, they all have breasts.
* InMediasRes: Many episodes. Lampshaded in the late series episode "Shrabster", which plays out like the movie Film/{{Memento}}, with the announcer from {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} cutting in frequently with "Earlier...!"
* JiveTurkey: Name-dropped by Kid in "Return to Oblivion"
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: The Knights of Mars, a "cadre" of "knights" charged with enforcing [[{{Malaproper}} Martian law]], seem to uphold the laws of the "sacred red planet" primarily by beating the asses of suspected thieves.
* KillEmAll: For the first season, it happened OnceAnEpisode. They dropped that particular RunningGag but a few later episodes would still end with everyone dying or just one or two characters dying.
* KillerRabbit: The Gloops, by way of constant farting.
-->'''Quinn:''' Methane Sulfate. Apparently they release it when they're angry. Or threatened. Or just whenever.
** Although they can also attack on command.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Subverted in "Little Orphan Angry", where the character turns out to be a ConMan.
* MachineMonotone: The Bebop Cola machine from "All That Jazz".
--> '''Bebop Cola Machine''': (singing, but in monotone) And I say to myself, I need exact change.
* MayContainEvil: The addictive titular "herbal dietary supplements" in "Stimutacs".
* MockCousteau: One episode had such a character who seemed to like to compare things to wombs.
* MushroomSamba: Brought on by multiple near-death experiences via electrocution. This particular episode is probably the strangest episode of the entire series... which says a lot.
-->'''Whale''': Ah... mercury. Sweetest of the transition metals.
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: Kicks off the plot of "Chickmate". Debbie eventually decides she doesn't need a baby: the other crew members are {{Man Child}}ren enough for her.
* NPlusOneSequelTitle: ''Sealab 2021'', the spinoff/sequel of ''Sealab 2020''
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Besides "Marco," Marco's name consists of the names of two famous Spanish speakers smushed together: Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar being 13th-century nobleman and soldier El Cid, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a famous Colombian author.
* NegativeContinuity: Pretty much every episode ends with the destruction of Sealab and the death of her crew. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the first episode.
--->'''Marco:''' Once again your stupidity has killed us all!
** As the series went on, [[ContinuityCreep more and more episodes would be referenced]] (including episodes in which everyone died) or they would show a ContinuityCavalcade every now and then. The last few episodes had the closest thing to a linear continuity as the series got. For instance, Sharko was the focal point of the one and only story arc in the entire series.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore:
-->'''Stormy:''' The reason I hate Marc is, he's a mailbox head?\\
'''Murphy:''' Oh yeah, real original, jerkface!
* NotNowKiddo: In "No Waterworld", Debbie Dupree is repeatedly silenced by being told "The men are talking!" as a RunningGag.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Sparks when he tries to claim he is paralyzed from the waist down, hence why he is always sitting. Debbie tests this by ''jamming a battle axe'' into his legs. He eventually admits that he is just really lazy.
* OffModel: Several shots from the stock footage are almost unrecognizable (especially notable is one of Marco which looks like a Hispanic WesternAnimation/HeMan). As the series used more and more new, Flash-animated footage, it became less and less common to use the more OffModel shots.
* TheOner: Of sorts. The episode Fusebox has only shot showing the outside of Sealab for the whole episode. The only thing that changes visibly is when [[RunningGag Sealab explodes at the end.]]
* OneSteveLimit: An AvertedTrope, thanks to "Debbie" and "Black Debbie". They {{Lampshade}} the fact that "Debbie" is not called "White Debbie" for laughs.
* OnlySixFaces: It's pretty obvious that all the background characters tend to have reused faces, hair, etc.
* OverlyLongGag:
** "UH-OH", which goes on for what feels like several minutes. Twice. And almost a third time if not for direct intervention. On two separate occasions.
** "It is... Bizarro!"
* PackagedAsOtherMedium: The second season DVD provides the page image for this trope, with a cover inspired by ''Uncanny X-Men #100''.
* ParodySue: Hesh in Dearly Beloved Seed. Even more so by the end, when the whole episode is revealed to be some kid's (possibly mcheshpants420, the writer of the episode, who may or may not be Hesh's VA mc chris) fanfiction.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: "Article 4" centers around everyone using affirmative action to get promoted to captain. The only ones that don't by the end are Murphy (already captain), Quinn (has too much pride), Stormy (too stupid), and Allen (as the article actually ''discriminates'' against Asians).
* PrecisionFStrike: Subverted in the episode "7211", which is a redub of an episode of the original ''Sealab 2020'', and thus doesn't contain any swearing from the characters. When the CreditsGag comes up, you'd expect the ObligatorySwearing to come up, but all that is said is Captain Murphy going, "Hmmmmmmmm, m'kay."
* ProductPlacement: Parodied in some episodes that feature constant and intrusive advertisements for the fictional "Grizzlebee's" restaurant chain.
** The Bebop Cola episode was revealed at the end to just be a commercial pitch.
* QuarterHourShort: One of the earliest Creator/AdultSwim cartoons to employ this.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The replacement of Murphy by Shanks, as noted above.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Squishface, until she and her offspring start threatening Sealab's existence by eating their harvest and farting methane sulfate. Even then, Murphy's still on her side and goes to war with the others.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Other than the show occasionally mentioning it, and Quinn showing off a chest plate full of lights in one of the first episodes, you'd almost forget that Quinn is a robot.
* RidingTheBomb: Quinn at the end of "Red Dawn" since he found out the president and his brother banged Debbie.
-->"Nobody shucks my corn but ''meeeee''!!"
* RunningGag: [[StuffBlowingUp Sealab blows up.]] [[OnceAnEpisode A lot.]]
* ScarySurpriseParty: "Der Dieb" ends like this: the whole episode, which involved Murphy going mad with power and accusing Quinn of theft, ending up with him beaten up and nearly dead, was all for a surprise birthday party they threw for Quinn. The kicker? [[spoiler: It wasn't even his birthday]]
* SeeYouInHell: Used surprisingly calmly and straight when Captain Murphy realizes that he is about to be murdered by Sparks in "Policy". He then proceeds to bring down Sparks with him. And Sparks even admits to it being a distinct probability. And they do in fact meet in hell.
* SeinfeldianConversation: "I, Robot" is about Quinn rushing to prevent Sealab's imminent destruction, while literally everyone else is busy talking about the implications of a baboon's brain being successfully transplanted into a robot body. For the record, Murphy would like his robot body to have chainsaw hands.
** He also wants it to resemble Adrienne Barbeau.
* SelfDeprecation: The Season 1 finale combines this with WhoWritesThisCrap and LampshadeHanging throughout, culminating in this exchange [[AllJustADream at the end]]
-->"That Sealab show is funny!"
-->"Only sometimes."
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: "Lost in Time" Combined with GroundhogDayLoop in the same episode because, naturally, they kept not setting it right.
* ShoutOut: The show has frequent pop culture references, often subtle and/or obscure. Among them:
** ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. There's a scene that copies the dialog between Kurtz and Willard line for line. Right up until the wet willy. The entire episode was inspired by ''WesternAnimation/WakingLife''.
** There's a small cleaning robot which is identical in every way to a non-floating version of VINCENT from ''Film/TheBlackHole''.
** The avatars series creators Adam Reed and Matt Thompson use for themselves in the faux behind the scenes episodes are actually from the 70's ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' clone ''WesternAnimation/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKids''.
** One episode references the short story "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_Ibis The Scarlet Ibis]]".
** Hesh's desire for metal teeth in "Happy Cake" is a nod to Jaws from the Film/JamesBond entries ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' and ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''.
* SkintoneSclerae: In [[OffModel most of]] the ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2020}}'' footage, everyone (except Captain Murphy, oddly) has these. As the series used more and more new, Flash-animated footage, it became less and less common.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''.
** Some see ''{{VideoGame/SpaceStation13}}'' as a video game version of Sealab 2021 IN SPACE!
* SubvertedKidsShow: Especially in the early episodes.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Parodied when Shanks fights a Kraken offscreen in "Neptunati".
* TakeOverTheWorld: The side story to "Happy Cake" has Sparks secretly building an army for this. He tries to recruit Marco as a henchman and Hesh unsuccessfully tries to volunteer for the same position.
* TakeThat: A brief one toward ''Series/StargateSG1'', when Quinn suggests that having your only black character be a primitive alien outsider who carries a "space spear" is racist.
* TakeThatAudience: Captain Shanks' fourth wall-breaking rant against the predicted fan backlash against his character, culminating in "And if you don't like it... you can go watch [[AccentOnTheWrongSyllable anny-may]]."
** This was particularly mean-spirited because the episode aired right when Creator/AdultSwim was axing anime left and right to make room for original programming.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Subverted in "Vacation". Marco leaves some tamales outside Quinn's door and tells Debbie that they should leave without bothering him because he'll probably be "busy with that hooker for awhile." Cue Debbie's outraged "WHAT?!? A HOOKER?!??" and several minutes of people going "Uh-oh!" Finally:
-->'''Debbie:''' I cant believe hes with a hooker!
-->'''Marco:''' No, no! Hes watching ''Series/TJHooker''.
-->'''Debbie:''' I thought you said he was with a hooker.
-->'''Marco:''' No, hes watching ''T.J. Hooker''. On television.
-->'''Marco:''' (laughs)
-->'''Debbie:''' (laughs)
-->'''Marco:''' (laughs)
-->'''Debbie:''' (laughs)
-->'''Marco:''' (laughs) ... with a prostitute.
-->'''Debbie:''' WHAT!?!
* TheChewToy: Dolphin Boy and all of Pod 6. Especially all of Pod 6.
** AssholeVictim: [[RunningGag Pod 6 are jerks]].
* TheVoiceless: The drummer in Virjay's band.
* ToFallenFriends: Captain Shanks celebrates the day of the deaths of his brothers by drinking.
* TooDumbToLive: Pretty much everyone except Quinn. Although even he is not always immune.
* TrustBuildingBlunder: "Isla de Chupacabra" has this as its central plot. Shanks dragged everyone to the titular island to build up the team by having them hunt the Chupacabra together. It doesn't go well.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Takes place in 2021.
* UnderwaterBase: The Sealab colony itself.
* UnderwaterCity: The Sealab colony [[ForeignerForADay declared itself a sovereign state]] in the episode "Let 'Em Eat Corn". Blame Shanks -- or Sparks!
* UnfortunateNames: Fatass [=McBlobbicus=]. Quinn doesn't even believe it's a real name, and the other kids are just insulting him when they say it until his name is pointed out on the roster.
* UrExample: This show is basically a prototypical example of TheAbridgedSeries, as it splices parts of ''WesternAnimation/SeaLab2020'' with a GagDub, exaggerating the characters' personalities and generally parodying the original, although it was produced with the permission of the owners of the original show.
* WhenTreesAttack: The Stormy-eating tree in "Isla de Chupacabra".
* WildlifeCommentarySpoof: The Frenchman's monologue in "Happy Cake".
* WorthIt: Stormy making a [[AllPeriodsArePMS period]] joke in front of Debbie was worth getting thrown into a dungeon.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: A rejected episode entitled "Quinnmas" would have been one of these plots, revolving around ghosts staging an intervention for Quinn and his alcoholism. They dropped it when they realized it wasn't a very good episode.
* YouMeanXmas: "Feast of Alvis" is a parody of {{Christmas Episode}}s. Due to ExecutiveMeddling, every religion was replaced by a fictional equivalent. For example, Jesus was replaced with Alvis, a cowboy whose total dissimilarity to Jesus just makes the obvious parallel all the funnier.
-->'''Sparks''': How can you worship that guy! He killed a man!\\
'''Murphy''': Hey, only for revenge! 'Vengeance is mine', quoth Alvis, and then he shot that guy right in the freakin' face!
** Celebrated, of course, with an over-abundance of the traditional gifts of ham, firearms, and whiskey. Then again, 7030's offices were located in Atlanta, which is in the Bible Belt. "Alvistide" isn't so far around the bend in some parts of the country.


::[-''Do you want the mustache on, or off?''-]\\
[-''Off, please.''-]\\
[-''Too bad.''-]