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Like High School only at Fat camp

Huge is an ABC Family network television series developed by Winnie Holzman, of My So-Called Life fame, with her daughter Savannah Dooley, based on the young-adult novel of the same name by Sasha Paley. The hour-long drama series revolved around seven teens sent to a summer weight-loss camp called Camp Victory. In addition to the usual teen drama it examined issues of body image and societal expectations on weight. Unfortunately, it was canceled in October 2010 after 10 episodes.

This series provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation/Expansion: The TV series takes the basic premise and setting of the book, which is essentially an ad for weight-loss camp, and gives it a body-positive message instead.
  • Adorkable: Ian
  • All Love Is Unrequited: See Love Dodecahedron, below.
  • Alpha Bitch: Chloe
  • Ambiguously Gay: Alistair, to the other kids. He prefers to see people as individuals rather than pay attention to gender, but we do know he has a thing for Trent.
  • Asexual: Poppy. Quite possibly the first character on American television to identify as such.
  • Be Yourself: The show is Anvilicious regarding the need to accept your own body and identity.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Amber, who has the entire male population of the camp (not to mention George, one of the counselors) fawning over her. Unfortunately she can't seem to acknowledge it due to her skewed perception of her weight.
  • Big Eater: The camp attempts to repress such behavior.
  • Bookworm: Becca is seen reading a book at least once every episode. She also writes in her diary in runes.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Alistair can be seen as this and Poppy has her moments.
  • Cool Old Guy: Dr. Rand's father
  • Dead Pan Snarker: Will
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Shay
  • Embarrassing First Name: Dante Piznarski. One has to wonder how 'Piz' is more dignified.
  • Fat and Proud: Will. And the entire message of the show is against shaming fat people and being proud of yourself no matter what your weight is.
  • Fat Camp: Camp Victory
  • Fat Idiot, Fat Bastard, Fat Slob: Totally averted. If anything the real 'villain' of Huge is the societal idea that being fat makes you a bad person.
  • Hollywood Darkness: All of the outdoor nighttime scenes look like daytime, only more blue.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Dante likes Chloe, who likes Trent. Will likes Ian, who likes Amber, who likes George, who likes her back, but doesn't think they should pursue a relationship because she's a camper and he's a counselor. All of this makes Poppy grateful that she's asexual.
  • Magical Native American: George is chosen to lead the Spirit Quest because his grandfather was Native American, under the assumption of this trope. However, when George calls his grandfather for advice, it turns out he's dead. Not very helpful.
  • Meaningful Rename: Alistair takes the name 'Athena' as his spirit name during the spirit quest. The other boys alternately use it as a term of derision and affection, although he doesn't use it on a regular basis.
  • My Beloved Smother: Danielle's family. However, Danielle doesn't seem to mind and has a panic attack the moment they leave.
  • Show Within a Show: "Love Handles", a reality TV show akin to 'Who Wants To Marry a Millionaire''.
  • Short Runner: Lasted a grand total of ten episodes.
  • Shrinking Violet: Becca
  • Straw Feminist: Will
  • Supreme Chef: Dr. Rand's father
  • Transgender: Alistair/Athena is implied to be transgender or genderqueer. The season 1 finale starts to explore this storyline more than the previous episodes. Too bad that was the last episode...
  • Vision Quest
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Caitlin and Danielle were introduced in the first and second episodes, respectively. Both of them seemed like interesting characters, but they were each Put on a Bus by the end of the episode in which they were introduced.