YMMV / Dog with a Blog

  • Critical Dissonance: Still chided for its basic plot and sticking to the Disney Channel formula but this is one of the most popular shows on the network right now. Until it was Screwed by the Network by being placed at the Friday night 7:30 death slot.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Max.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Avery's subplot in "Avery Vs. Class"; Always be yourself, unless you're a hard worker who stays true to instructions, in which case, you have no place in everyday life.
  • Fridge Logic: Although Avery is friends with Lindsay, and now Nikki, but in the Pilot she hasn't had company over since their families combined and moved into the same house. In that episode she says it has been over 11 months. So a good straight A student that never breaks rules, can't have company over? She either has zero friends or very strict parents. Could be a little of both when you think of how Ellen is. She is possibly being smothered by her mother, and Bennett for that matter, has somewhat cruel parents that won't let a good kid bring over her only friend. Most likely she's seen as a nerd and possibly had no friends at all until meeting Lindsay and Nikki, This would also explain why she is the closest to Stan, since she seems like the child most in need of a friend.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: This moment from the pilot in regards to the firing of Kuma, the dog that played Stan for the first five episodes who was replaced due to an incident during filming where the dog suddenly had a seizure, as well as a contract dispute with the owner:
    Avery: If we can't take care of him, we can't keep him! It's obvious what we have to do...
    Tyler: Find another dog that looks exactly like Stan and teach him how to talk!
  • Growing the Beard: By embracing the show's Narm Charm and Guilty Pleasure aspects along with generally better writing and plots.
    • Oddly enough signaled by a loss of hair when Tyler got a haircut in the Season 2 premiere.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Cat With A Blog" has Bennett a part of the Washington Generals, the episode aired only a few weeks after they had disbanded.
    • Speaking of that episode, try watching the earlier episodes when Ellen wanted a cat instead. After this episode itís not so funny.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Tyler's dismissive line against Avery's study group in the pilot, "X equals why should I care?" becomes this in light of the fact that Tyler is a math genius.
  • Idiot Plot: One episode has the kids thinking that the parents will have new kids. Despite a conversation later on, where it's made abundantly clear that they're definitely not talking about babies, they still believe so and proceed to ruin a meeting their parents are having in the most ridiculous ways possible.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Stan faces the possibility of leaving at the end of the first season. Unsurprisingly, the issue is resolved in the last few minutes and his former owner really was a kook.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Good one, Ellen!"
  • Narm: A lot of heartwarming moments come off as cheesy, especially with the Sentimental Music Cue. Additionally, the fact that the show tries to combine Denser and Wackier with realism isn't a good mix.
    • One has to wonder if the show isn't deliberately shooting for Narm Charm.
  • Narm Charm: One of the few appeals of the show.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Audrey Whitby, who was in the first episode, was later a semi-recurring character as Aubrey on Liv and Maddie. Bridget Shergalis, who was also in an episode, was also a recurring character as Stains on Liv and Maddie.
    • Francesca Capaldi would later become the offical voice of the Little Red-haired Girl.
  • Snark Bait: To the Disney Channel line-up. It's easily one of the most disliked shows in a long time, due to Idiot Plots, Narm, and generally not fitting in with the tone of the other shows. Just ask Saberspark whenever he brings up the channel's sitcom output!
  • The Scrappy: Chloe. Scenes involving her come off as either annoying, selfish, pointless, or just too unfunny. The episode involving her game of 'Chloe-Chess' comes off as just annoying and especially pointless. Most of her plots are even irrelevant with the main one. Later episodes had her mature and give her less childish jokes, and dialing back some of her nastier quirks.
    • Avery. She's extremely controlling, annoying, treats her friends poorly, a lot of her jokes (especially in season 1) tend to fall flat, and her lovelife storyline made her come off as idiotic and obsessive. She also comes off as much more of a caricature than her siblings, which is saying something. She gets much better in later seasons though.
    • Heather. an obnoxious annoying next door neighbor of Jennings who doesn't miss a chance to say how much she hates the Jennings.
    • The show itself is this to the Disney Channel line-up, considering it's the oddball of all the more comedic and serious shows. You know your show is that disliked when Saberspark, of all Youtubers, would use your show just as an excuse for him to hate Disney Channel's sitcom output whenever the channel is mentioned.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Karl's and Heather's romantic spark in "Stan Gets Married" after the two discover they have a lot in common is completely forgotten in favor of pairing Max and Karl. Though to the show's credit they at least had a spark between those two in a previous episode