YMMV: Time Squad

  • 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 sacrifice 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!
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Child endangerment and neglect is treated in a jarringly cavalier manner throughout the series (even more jarringly cavalier than in such "adult" cartoons as Family Guy or The Simpsons): "Hate and Let Hate" is the most flagrant instance, with "Orphan Substitute" coming in a close second, and "Father Figure of Our Country" third, but Otto is involved in hazardous and/or life-threatening situations in several other episodes besides those.
    • Edgar Allen Poe's misanthropic rampage and subsequent meltdown into the morose author he's known as in literary history as seen in "Every Poe Has a Silver Lining" is not comedic hyperbole; it is a textbook example of a manic-depressive temper tantrum. Also worth nothing that the real Edgar Allan Poe was, most likely, bipolar (meaning that Poe's cheery mood was really his manic sideand that the Time Squad really didn't have to fix anything).
    • One hopes that the scriptwriters didn't do their research before writing "Out with the In Crowd," considering that Sir Henry Morton Stanley was commissioned by King Leopold the Second.
    • Some of the abuse Larry takes (particularly Tuddrussel verbally berating him for his effeminate interests and mannerisms) could be seen as homophobic — if one were to read into it as deeply as they do the Belligerent Sexual Tension between Larry and Tuddrussel.
  • Ear Worm: The sing-along promo
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: A deliberate example on Larry's case, with hour glass figure and head in the shape of a penis.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Given the show's steady stream of Ho Yay moments and its penchant for Getting Crap Past the Radar 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.