YMMV / Doug

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The entire show is this due to the fact that it is a narrative of events through the eyes of one kid writing about these events into his journal. As a result, his opinions on a person will affect how they are portrayed in each episode.
    • One theory is that Doug is crazy.
      • Said blog also speculates that Roger has rickets and really just wants to be friends (at the very least) with Doug, but doesn't know how to make friends.
    • Alternately, Roger is secretly/obliviously gay and has feelings for Doug. He bullies Doug to compensate for this. See Ho Yay below for details.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Doug's Quailman fantasy in Doug's 1st Movie. Then again, it's a Doug movie, and it wouldn't be complete without Quailman.
    • Mr. Bone talking on the phone in "Doug Goes Hollywood" and Breaking the Fourth Wall to tell the viewer to mind their own business.
  • Broken Base: Disney's Doug. It caused the fanbase to break into separate camps (not counting the ones who have seen one version, but not the other): the ones who loved the Nickelodeon version and despised Disney's version, the ones who thought Disney's version was okay but preferred Nickelodeon's version, and the ones who thought the Disney version was no different than the Nickelodeon version and actually admit to liking both.
    • Same with the movie. Some like it, some 'F'really'' don't like it.
  • Cliché Storm: Doug's 1st Movie is a slight example.
  • Designated Villain: Often Guy from Disney's Doug. While he may be egotistical, Guy's actually a fairly nice...well, guy, it's Doug's feelings for Patti and chronic insecurity that lead him to see Guy as a jerk. Subverted in the movie, where he actually is flat-out antagonistic towards the group.
    • In the Nickelodeon run, the villain in his (solo) Quailman fantasies is either Roger or Mr. Bone.
    • Roger is usually the villain of Doug's fantasies by default whether or not he has any antagonistic notions in the episode.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Mr. Dink, Roger, and Judy are considered some of the funniest characters in the series.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: You may get a pass if you say that you like both the Nickelodeon and Disney iterations of the series equally or say that Disney's Doug was good in its own right. It's when you say that you think the Disney's Doug was better than Nickelodeon's Doug that you get slapped upside the head by the fanbase.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The Disney's Doug episodes don't exist in the eyes of the Nickelodeon Doug fans.
  • Genius Bonus: Doug's sister, Judith "Judy" Funny, has been established as a huge Shakespeare nut in several episodes. Which is why she's named after Sheakespeare's daughter, Judith Quiney (née Shakespeare). Just to drive the point home, her mother always insists on calling her "Judith".
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Doug Gets Busted" is this, since it consists of Doug thinking he destroyed the science lab with his volcano project. This episode probably wouldn't be made today with bomb threats and school shootings becoming more rampant.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Doug insisting that "It's a journal, not a diary!"
    • In one Nick episode, Patty worries she got her hair cut too short. (Actually, it really looks no different, so it's essentially an Informed Flaw.) Regardless, fast-forward to the Disney years and... well, Patty didn't seem to mind her short hair then.
    • In the pilot episode, "Doug Can't Dance", one of the kids at the costume party is dressed like Mickey Mouse, as well as Roger's cat, Stinky, in the episode "Doug Says Goodbye" at another costume party. Fast forward a few years, and the mouse owns Doug.
    • With him, the mouse acquires Skeeter's Quailman alter ego Silver Skeeter. Fast forward another few years, and the mouse acquires Marvel Comics and with them Silver Surfer.
  • Ho Yay: Roger seems almost...obsessed...with Doug.
    • This is ALL from "Doug's on TV."
      Roger: "Oh, and Funnie, if I were you, I'd bring a saddle to school tomorrow... because the kids are gonna be RIDING YOU ALL DAY!!!"
      • Then there's this exchange between the two, sitting on the couch watching the burning of embarrassing tapes. Yeah, THAT has no subtext these days...
      Doug: "This bowl of popcorn ain't big enough for the both of us, "Rowdy Roger."
      Roger: "Watch it, 'Hoss!' I may have to rope and hogtie you. Don't forget, I've got the record!"
      Doug: "Well, rooty-toot-toot to you too!"
      Roger: "Well, yippie-ti-yo-ti-yay to you!"
      • And after an oh-so-appropriate pause, when Doug notes Roger is eating all the popcorn...
      Roger: "Look, 'Hoss,' don't make me ride you around the room."
    • From another episode: "Looks like everybody's paired up but us, Funnie. Guess that means we're partners."
    • Doug even seems to imagine this as a possibility. In his imagine spots, Roger has dressed as a girl and put a love note in Doug's locker, kissed Doug on the head, and said such things as "Ooo, I think I'm in loooove. Isn't he just darling?"
    • Roger was the one to organize an anniversary party for Doug, and when Doug is flattered, quickly proclaims, "Yeah, uh, well, it doesn't mean we're getting married or anything..!"
    • After Roger gets over his rather short-lived crush on Judy, he promptly gives Doug the bunch of flowers he was carrying.
    • "My Fair Lady" has Roger butting in to join Doug's group and pretty much adhering to his side. He even wants to sit next to Doug on the ferris wheel, and Doug has to try pretty hard to convince him not to.
    • Female version: In "Doug's a Big Fat Liar", Patty goes to a dance with "Melvin", really Judy in drag. Seems innocent enough, but when the whole ruse is revealed, Patty isn't even upset! She even says "Melvin" is the best dancer at the hoedown and continues to dance with Judy throughout the rest of the episode. Also, they share Judy's room in an episode of the Disney series.
  • Hollywood Pudgy:
    • Connie. While she was a bit thicker than the other girls in the Nick series, she wasn't the "wide load" she was hyped up to be. Averted in the Disney series.
    • Played with in an episode about Doug himself: He comes back after a couple weeks eating junk food at his grandmother's and realizes he's gained a good amount of weight. He slims down to his previous weight to avoid embarrassment at an upcoming pool party with his friends, only to still see himself as pudgy. Fortunately Judy informs him that's how he's always looked and to not worry about it. As it turns out, everyone else at the party has similar concerns about how they look in swimsuits, so initially nobody has any fun until Doug breaks the ice!
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "There's a bomb in the lasagna!" Note 
    • "You broke my grill!? You broke MY GRILL!? YOU BROKE MY GRILL!?" Note 
    • Beeyoouuu Note 
    • I didn't choose the Doug life, the Doug life chose me (in relation to "I didn't choose the thug life")
  • Moral Event Horizon: Mr. Bluff crosses it in the Christmas Special. While his anger at Porkchop for biting his daughter is understandable, he ignores Doug's pleas and tells him that he hates dogs because they don't understand the concept of money.
  • Mis-blamed: There are a number of fans who whine about Disney's changes to the series. Actually, the only thing Disney did was buy the rights to the series (and Jumbo Pictures, the show's production company), produce it, and air it on ABC. Pretty much everyone who worked on the Nick series worked on Disney's series as well.
    • Some fans criticize the Disney episodes for "replacing all the voice actors". Only Billy West's characters (Doug and Roger) were replaced; everyone else kept their voice (however in some international dubs; all or almost all of the voices were replaced).
  • Nightmare Fuel: The camping episode featured a creepy, surreal imaginary sequence of monsters lurking in the woods.
    • The "YOU BROKE MY GRILL?" scene, in which Mr Dink transforms into a monster.
    • An in-universe example (though the episode probably freaked out some viewers as well). The episode with the movie The Abnormal. Of course it turned out to be Nightmare Retardant at the end...
    • The Halloween episode of the Nick series.
    • Doug's fantasy as a possibly-homeless sock peddler in "Doug's Lucky Hat" could be this to those viewers who were mature enough to understand it.
  • Older Than They Think: Listen to the opening title song. Now listen to John Denver's Dancing with the Mountains released in 1980. Just sayin'.
    • Doug himself appeared in a couple commercials before getting his own show. He appeared as an unnamed character in a Florida Grapejuice ad in 1988, and he and Porkchop appeared in an ad bumper for the USA Network in 1990.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show was pretty popular among adults, especially among parents who wanted their kids to watch it.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: A game based on the Disney show was released for Game Boy Color, and featured Doug and Porkchop searching for Patti while wandering around Bluffington and doing tasks for various characters (collecting stuff to beam to aliens for the Sleech brothers or running errands for Judy, for example). Unfortunately, the whole game was an extremely dull fetch-quest, and the only action - minigames featuring Quailman - left a lot to be desired.
  • Retroactive Recognition: People tend to forget that Billy West originally voiced Doug and Roger. Likely has to do with the fact that another show with West premiered at the same time and gained greater recognition.
  • The Scrappy: Many fans didn't care for Ms. Newberry, the substitute teacher from "Doug's New Teacher" given her refusing to allow Doug a fair shake and believing Roger of all people when he told her Doug was a troublemaker. Even worse, when Doug came into the teacher's lounge and earnestly tried to talk to her to convince her that she was mistaken about him and he wished they could get along, what did he receive from her in response? A cold, silent stare.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Doug was one of the very first Slice of Life animated shows, and was very influential. However, this has caused many shows to use the exact same format, making most of the tropes Doug made popular in the 1990s become cliche now.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Doug Flies a Kite" is about the importance of the KISS principle, which can not only be applied to kite but any other kind of system.
    • In one episode Doug comes home from a summer stay with Grandma and all the junk food made him quite hefty. He learns an end-of-the-summer pool party is being held by Beebe in two weeks, and he kills himself to lose weight for the party. Once he hits his normal weight, he realizes he's always been a little heavy and that depresses him. But going to the party he sees no one was having fun because everyone had some form of body image issues and didn't want to be seen in their bathing suit, even the slim and athletic Patty. So discarding his self-conscious feelings, he threw off his shirt and jumped in, inspiring everyone to do the same.
  • Squick: In "Doug Can't Dance", a girl at the party is dressed as a donut...with the hole right through her!
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The theme song itself is a Suspiciously Similar Song version of "Little Bitty Pretty One" by Thurston Harris
    • The show often uses Suspiciously Similar Song versions of movie themes.
    • The amusement park Funkytown is usually accompanied by an appropriate Suspiciously Similar Song version of the famous Lipps Inc. song.
    • In one episode Skeeter plays a dangerously close soundalike of "U Can't Touch This."
    • In "Doug's New School" during a fantasy with aliens there's a sound alike of The X-Files theme.
    • In "Doug's Lost Weekend", the "game over" ditty in the Spacemunks video game is a parody of the Song of the Volga Boat Men.
  • Tear Jerker: Doug's Christmas Story.
    • Patti's Dad Dilemma.
    • The scene in Judy's Big Admission where Judy's in tears because she thinks she didn't get admitted into Vole University. She really needs a hug, which Doug gives her.
    • Meta example: The deaths of both Alice Playten (Beebe) and Doris Belack (Mrs. Dink and Ms. Wingo) were this for many fans. To make matters worse, not only did they both die the same year (2011), but it also happened to be the same year Doug turned twenty.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: While Disney's Doug lasted three years, some fans were simply turned off by the change. Of course, others did enjoy it (especially those who didn't have cable, or had never heard of Nickelodeon's version).
    • Ironically, the first episode of the Disney show had Doug suffering from this reaction to all the changes going on around him.
    • The cast of the Mexican Spanish dub was changed for the Disney version, too. Well, mostly.
  • Toy Ship: Doug and Patti, both in sixth grade at the start of the series and only just finished seventh grade in the final episode.
  • Ugly Cute: Herman Melville, the Lucky Duck Lake monster from The Movie.
  • Values Dissonance: In "Doug's Christmas Story," we see Al and Moo creating a smoke bomb that looks like a cupcake. After Columbine, the idea of kids creating state of the art weaponry probably wouldn't sit too well with audiences.
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