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''Sitting Ducks'' is a CGI television series that spawned from the iconic lithograph of the exact same name. It mainly centers around a [[NiceGuy good-natured]] duck named Bill, who establishes an unusual friendship with an alligator named Aldo. Said friendship is challenged by both the seperate divisions between ducks and alligators (Ducktown and Swampwood, respectively) and the obvious idea of [[FantasticRacism ducks and alligators being unable to establish any kind of friendship]]. The two of them end up in the usual SliceOfLife affair, dealing with the three slackers next door to Bill, enduring complications that [[PowerOfFriendship test their friendship]], among other hijinks. Originally shown in 2001 in Europe and was later brought to Creator/CartoonNetwork, as well as ABC in both Australia and Japan. It proved to be a surprisingly successful series in Europe, and is somewhat well-received in the US as well.
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!!This series includes examples of:

* AdaptationalHeroism: While not a character. Ducktown in the original version is a place where alligators deceive ducks to fatten up and not fly. In the cartoon series Ducktown is an actual city for ducks and has no connection to the alligators.
* {{All CGI Cartoon}}
* AlliterativeName: All the alligators have names starting with "A".
* ArtEvolution: The second season benefited from improved animation.
* BowtiesAreCool: Bill. Heck, it's all he wears.
* CannotSpitItOut: Bill has a crush on Bev and tries to tell her in one episode, but he ends up saying that he [[AccidentalInnuendo likes her pie]].
* CarnivoreConfusion: Averted. References are made to ducks being eaten by alligators (all offscreen, of course). Aldo would rather be friends with the ducks.
** The ducks, however, eat fish and salamander.
* CleverCrows: Raoul is PluckyComicRelief.
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Oh, man. Poor Aldo has to endure this in order to maintain his friendship with Bill.
* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars: In "Duck Naked" when Bill yells "I'm coming undone!" out the window in his panic that he's losing his feathers, a mother duck tells her child not to look at him.
* CreatorCameo: Bedard's lithographs appear as paintings that Bill is working on in his apartment.
* DirtyCop: Drill Sergeant Duck once spent one episode trying to manufacture a reason to arrest Aldo purely because he's an alligator.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The entire show is a massive metaphor for adult daily life in the modern United States, with quite a lot of the subtle humor going over the heads of kids, who just think it's a funny show with ducks and alligators. Specifically:
** Racial divide in the United States is heavily satirized, with ducks and alligators segregated on either sides of a lake and encouraged to be enemies. In the show, the concept of a duck and an alligator being best friends - despite the former being the prey of the either - is constantly tested.
** Bill's "friends", Ed, Oly and Waddle are jobless, immature, obnoxious, constantly broke and frequently hungry (often pillaging Bill's fridge for food) satirizing lazy, young adult potheads. They are also depicted as racist, constantly questioning Bill and Aldo's controversial friendship and at times even encouraging Bill to terminate it.
** Characters such as Raoul the crow and Fred the penguin, both of who don't fit well into duck society and culture and can come off as an annoyance, are also metaphors for immigrants in the United States. In fact, most of the population of Ducktown in general is depicted as clueless, self-absorbed and shallow.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Drill Sergeant Duck, though now she works as a police officer.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Raoul may be a JerkAss towards Bill and enjoys watching him fail at his attempts at flying, but he draws the line at seeing him get seriously hurt.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Becomes the subject of an episode when Ducktown is visited by a famous bongo player who proceeds to run around town "playing" its various odds and ends, much to Bill and Aldo's puzzlement.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Fred, who worked pretty hard to become a naturalized citizen of Ducktown, but who has to live in an apartment with the air conditioning completely turned up. Also his cousin, Gelata.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The original 1970s lithograph has three ducks which are in fact sitting on chairs. Averted in the TV series since the ducks are rarely seen sitting down for too long.
* FantasticRacism:
** Played straight with both the ducks and alligators, since the former are considered prey to the latter.
** Raoul and his fellow crows similarly look down on the ducks for being flightless.
* FunnyForeigner: Raoul, who sprinkles Spanish words into his dialogue.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Bill and Aldo.
* JerkAss:
** The slackers Ed, Oly and Waddle, of the shamelessly self-absorbed, childlike, annoying and simple-minded variety. They repeatedly cause problems and think nothing of it.
** Raoul is probably worse because he's not simply too self-centered and stupid to realise how annoying he is; he genuinely feels that having the racial ability to fly makes him so superior to the ducks that he can heckle, jeer, mock and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick empty his bowels upon]] them whenever he sees fit.
* KarmaHoudini: Ed, Oly and Waddle in most episodes: generally, at worst, they eventually lose their ill-gotten gains (Aldo took their money away when they '''sold''' a fellow duck). For the most part, though, their cheating, lying, mooching, thievery and kidnapping goes unpunished (they once got another duck '''killed and eaten''' and faced no repercussions). Raoul benefits from the trope as well, to a lesser extent.
* LicensedGame: Of the WideOpenSandbox variety, and also surprisingly difficult considering its target audience.
* MindScrew: Bill explaining the rules of Squaddo to Aldo, in addition to the very game itself.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Bill and Aldo.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Averted with Aldo, but most of the time played straight with the other alligators.
* OnlySixFaces: All the ducks look the same apart from what they wear. The alligators have it a bit worse.
** Even lampshaded by Bev herself in a flashback when people keep mistaking Bill for multiple people. His bowtie was the solution to this problem.
* PaperThinDisguise:
** To blend in with a duck picnic, Aldo wears a mask... and that's it. No attempt at hiding his huge, green body or teeth. And it ''works!''
** Also done during Bill's family game night when they're playing Squaddo.
* PalatePropping: Bill does this to an alligator in the episode "The Fly Who Loved Me".
* PluckyComicRelief: Raoul.
* PowerOfFriendship: Exactly what allows Bill and Aldo to endure the harsh criticism regarding them being pals.
* PowerOfLove: Spoofed to a great extreme when Bev defrosts Bill and his friends by kissing them.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In "Denture Adventure", Aldo gives one to Bill when the latter starts scaring everyone else with his new dentures.
-->'''Aldo:''' Say, why don't you do yourself a favor and get rid of those teeth?
-->'''Bill:''' And why would I want to do that?
-->'''Aldo:''' Because you're not yourself anymore. You're hard! You're a bully! You're...
-->(Bill bites into a corn cob, causing kernels to fly around)
-->'''Aldo:''' Disgusting.
-->'''Bill:''' You say like it's a bad thing.
-->'''Aldo:''' It is! You're scaring ducklings and chomping the furniture! And nobody likes you anymore.
-->'''Bill:''' Can I help it if everyone's jealous? At least they respect me now.
-->'''Aldo:''' Bill, buddy, they don't respect you. They're afraid of you. You know, ducks aren't supposed to have teeth. It goes against nature.
* TheSeventies: Precisely when it all began. The series' asthetics has traces of this respective era, especially in regards to the technology.
* ShoutOut: "Daredevil Duck" contains a scene which references ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' via its camera point-of-view of Bill, complete with dripping nostril.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Unfortunately. In a later episode, "Duck Lover!" Aldo's friendship with Bill is found out by the other alligators, who haze him as a result. To add to his woes, the ducks in Ducktown have lost all fear of him and are treating his disrespectfully, and even Bill is badmouthing alligators to his face. In the end, [[spoiler: he asserts both his friendship with Bill and his pride as an alligator, and proceeds to rescue and unnerve Bill by the end.]] Fair enough. Except that Bill never insulted alligators before this episode, and in all the ones that proceeded it, Aldo actually ''wanted'' the ducks to lose their fear of him so that he could feel more at home in Ducktown and make more friends. The whole thing was an excuse to put everyone back to square one, and it suffered as a result.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Poked fun at on a few notable occasions.
* ToothyBird:
** Invoked during "Denture Venture" when Bill attempts to garner respect with his new teeth. It later on becomes clear why ducks weren't meant to have teeth.
** Quack the Ripper, the legendary alligator-eating duck who serves as the boogeyman of Swampwood, proudly sports his fangs.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: Aldo and Bev convince Bill is experiencing this when Raoul gets grounded from flying for a while.
* WhatHaveIBecome: Bill in "Denture Adventure" when he uses his new teeth to gain respect only to result in him becoming a bully and causing the other ducks to become afraid of him.
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