YMMV / Time Squad

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: At the ending of "Day of the Larry" episode, is the final Larry the real one or an imposter who took his place? Did the real Larry come back. According to Word Of God he does.
    • Are JT Laser and Lance just pragmatic Jerkass who only try to accomplish their mission or are they straight-up villains who take pleasure in putting Tuddrussel, Larry and Otto in danger ? The latter seems more relevant.
    • In "Ex Marks the Spot" episode, does Tuddrussel still view Larry as a friend or does he share his feelings? Larry's last line seems to indicate they got a Relationship Upgrade.
      • Same episode why did XJ5 help Larry ruining the dinner? Was it only because he hated Tuddrussel and Sheila's relationship or was it for Larry's same reasons and refused losing Sheila to Tuddrussel ?
    • In "Lewis And Clark And Larry" episode, was Larry only exploring with Lewis for helping his relationship with Clark ? Or was it because Larry took interest in him?
  • Ambiguously Bi: Maybe. Tuddrussel had been shown to be attracted to several women in the series. Then there is his relationship with Larry.
  • Award Snub: Was nominated for five Annie Awards between 2001 and 2002 (Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late Night Animated Television Production, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television Productionnote , Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Productionnote , Outstanding Character Design in an Animated Television Productionnote , and Outstanding Production Design in an Animated Television Productionnote ) and won none of them.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The robot disco sequence in "Day of the Larrys" (which almost parallels the famous sequence on The Simpsons episode "Homer's Phobia" where Homer takes Bart to a steel mill that turns into a gay dance club after work). It had nothing to do with the plot (It's not even explained how Otto and Tuddrussell got into Studio 3K in the first place if there's a bouncer at the door who throws out anyone who's not on the list — since said bouncer tried to kick out Larry), and, if the show's penchant for packing gay subtext in is anything to go by, that scene was put there to see how far the writers can go before the censors step in and say, "That's enough!" (or as a Censor Decoy for something that was already a problem with the censors in pre-production, which sadly, we never find out). Apparently, for the writers, that wasn't far enough, as they pushed further and harder in "Ex Marks the Spot."
  • Designated Villain: Tuddrussell in "Planet of the Flies" is treated as irresponsible because he swatted a fly in the past, which leads to flies taking over the world. How was he supposed to know that would happen? Later, he is chided by Larry for interfering when he kills a giant fly attacking a medieval town, even though they were there to kill the fly!
  • Critical Research Failure: Yes, even a show like this one managed to flub it up. For one, they said Shakespeare was of Medieval England. The time he was writing (16th-17th century) is actually considered to be part of the English Renaissance, LONG after the Medieval times.
  • Die for Our Ship: Averted with Sheila. Some Tuddrussel/Larry fans actually like her for being a badass and competent Time cop. Most of slash fics portray her like being more a Shipper on Deck instead.
  • Ear Worm: The sing-along promo
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sheila and XJ5 as well as Lewis and Clark.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The most popular is definitely Tuddrussel and Larry. Episodes such as "Larry Upgrade," "Ex Marks the Spot," "Hate and Let Hate," and "Horse of Horrors" can be used as evidence that the show writers were trying to make this pairing canon.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • In "Love at First Flight", Otto asks Larry and Tuddrussel, "In what year was the Magna Carta written?" Larry answers randomly yet confidently: "1895" (the correct answer for the Magna Carta is 1215). "Why would Larry pick that year?" you might ask. 1895 is the year that English writer, Oscar Wilde, was convicted and put on three trials for homosexuality that spring.
    • In "Ivan The Untrainable," Otto asks Larry if he would like to play with his American Founding Fathers action figures with him. He then says that he could be Francis Lightfoot Lee, who is depicted as a toy in a powdered wig, with makeup, and with rather feminine looking hand gestures. Francis Lightfoot Lee was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and reportedly a closeted homosexual.
    • "Eli Whitney's Flesh Eating Mistake" might seem a bit random by having Whitney create flesh eating robots with the intent of "helping mankind" but it could also serve as an analogy for his creation of the cotton gin: Whitney was an abolitionist who hoped that his invention would reduce dependency on slavery. Instead, by removing the most labor intensive part of the cotton production process but doing nothing about picking it, producers simply reassigned those slaves to picking cotton and the increased profitability allowed them to massively ramp up production, causing the number of slaves in the cotton industry to quintuple over the next 50 years, which indirectly led to the American Civil War.
  • Growing the Beard: Most viewers have claimed "Every Poe Has a Silver Lining" (the episode with Edgar Allan Poe being a cheerful children's author) as the episode which turned the show from So Okay, It's Average to so good it's awesome (or the only good episode in the series).
  • If It's You, It's Okay: A possible interpretation of Larry's "crush" on Cleopatra, but that's mainly due to her fashion sense. Once again, when Cleopatra is shown with Ceasar, he doesn't care about it.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Sister Thornly seemed like a typical Jerkass of a nun at first, until it was revealed that she treated the orphans as slaves in "The Orphan Substitute".
  • Periphery Demographic: Par for the course for most Cartoon Network original programming, but this show stood out as being a radar-dodger that packed as much as it could within the span of two seasons (when most Cartoon Cartoons spread it out between three and four — five to six, if it's a Cash Cow Franchise, like Codename: Kids Next Door or a critical/audience darling, like Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls).
  • Ship Tease: If the show became a bit more recognized after it's been canceled (or even in its second and final season), that's mainly due to the many Ho Yay hints between Larry and Tuddrussel (especially in such episodes as "Ex Marks the Spot" and "Hate and Let Hate"). The two are described at times as a couple within the series itself, making this one of the few kids' shows that acknowledged the homosexual vibe it exuded (and the only one where no one would be shocked or offended by the slash fanfiction, as the actual show put out more blatant homosexual innuendo than any amateur writer-cum-cartoon fan can and ever will).
  • Ship Mates: It is not rare that Tuddrussel/Larry fans also like Lewis and Clark.
  • Significant Reference Date: The first episode, "Eli Whitney's Flesh Eating Mistake" aired on June 8th, 2001, which deals with Larry and Tuddrussel taking Otto from the 21st century to help them. A year later, on June 7th, 2002 the season 2 episode "Love At First Flight" airs. The significance? The episode deals with Otto's birthday, and when you stop to look at it the shows one year anniversary.
  • So Okay, It's Average: While still a pretty fun cartoon to watch, it's more remembered for its blatant homosexuality (It wasn't until Steven Universe and Clarence did CN have official gay couples though) than for being as good as many of its Cartoon Cartoons contemporaries with reason.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Edgar Allan Poe's problem. Instead of writing horror stories, he writes insanely saccharine children's poetry in a house that makes the inside of Santa's workshop look tame.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Tuddrussel can also be seen as one as he does things that do not meet the standards of being a Time Cop as he often makes history even worse than it was. He is also disliked for his blatant selfishness as well as his mistreatment and abuse towards Larry. Though he is more of a Base-Breaking Character.
  • The Woobie:
    • Otto is one such woobie due to the fact that he is an orphan whose parents are either dead or have neglected him and on top of all that, he lived in an orphanage that was run by an abusive nun who frequently abused and punished Otto for reading and brushing up on history and education like kids should do. He also has to deal with the many antics of Tuddrussel and Larry and is often burdened with the task of correcting history and having to carry the weight of the time squad's missions on his shoulders.
    • Larry 3000 can also be seen as one. He has worked for many politicians, diplomats, and kings, which makes up quite an extensive resume but has been reduced to janitorial work which he hates doing. He also has to deal with constantly cleaning up after Tuddrussel and Otto frequently and Tuddrussel constantly insults and abuses Larry even after Larry does nice things to Tuddrussel.
    • One episode managed to make Al Capone—yes, THAT Al Capone—into one. His particular "time mission" sees him forcing his gang to switch places with the clowns of Chicago: they'll commit the crimes, while he and his men become children's entertainers. It turns out that as a boy, he had an absolutely horrible clown named Jojo come to his birthday party and ruin his special day, which drove poor little Al to tears and damaged him for life. This sets him apart from many of the other historical figures in the show, who had selfish or silly reasons for not fulfilling their particular role in space-time. Similarly, seeing history right itself in the form of Chicago's clowns attending his own son's birthday party, and the boy absolutely overcome with happiness, is enough to melt anyone's heart. That's right—this show managed to make a mass-murdering mobster with a huge criminal record a Woobie. THAT is good writing.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: The show gets a lot of flak from viewers for being similar to Mr. Peabody & Sherman with a robot and a Time Cop instead of a talking dog.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: A deliberate example on Larry's case, with hour glass figure and head in the shape of a penis.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: All of three main characters.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Given the show's steady stream of Getting Crap Past the Radar and Ho Yay in only a matter of 26 episodes, no sane, competent network censor would dream of airing this series without making some adjustments — but this show aired on Cartoon Network, so any argument over whether or not it's for kids is invalid.
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