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Series / A to Z

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A to Z is a sitcom series from the fall 2014 season about Andrew Lofland and Zelda Vasco and their relationship. The narration from the first episode says they dated for "8 months, 3 weeks, 5 days, and 1 hour" and the series is a detailed documentary of their relationship. A digital preview of the first episode was released. The series was canceled, meaning only 13 episodes were produced.

This series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Asian and Nerdy: Lora and Dinesh work in tech support for Wallflower. Lora is Chinese while Dinesh is Indian.
  • Book-Ends: The first episode starts and ends with the narrator stating the lifespan of the relationship.
  • Black Best Friend: Stephie for Zelda.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Zelda is not looking for a relationship at the start of the series, but agrees to date Andrew by the first episode's end.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The show is called "A to Z", for many reasons:
    • The main characters are Andrew and Zelda.
    • Each episode is named after a letter of the alphabet. Starting with A, and presumably ending with Z (though the series' cancellation makes that impossible).
    • It's meant to be a complete breakdown of the relationship, from start (A) to end (Z).
  • Establishing Character Moment: The CEO for Wallflower, an online dating site, reads out a touching letter from yet another couple who got married and had children thanks to the site. She then proceeds to crumple up the letter, angrily expressing how every happy couple costs the site money.
  • Advertisement:
  • Foregone Conclusion: They will date for 8 months, 3 weeks, 5 days, and 1 hour.
  • Granola Girl: Inverted. Although Zelda was raised by hippies, she herself went exactly the opposite way and became a lawyer, believing heavily in order, and shies away from fantastical stuff like destiny.
  • Halloween Episode: "E is for Ectoplasm."
  • Honey Trap: Lydia sets up recreational items like foosball tables and massage chairs around the office to catch employees slacking off. Then she falls for the one set up by Wallflower's corporate representative. Twice.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The first episode is called "A is for Acquaintances", and the series will follow the alphabet.
  • Manipulative Bastard/Pointy-Haired Boss: Lydia will go to great lengths to make sure the company is running smoothly and that she is respected while not caring about the wellbeing of her employees.
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  • Mistaken for Gay: Initial reaction of Andrew to Zelda, when Zelda's date is a girl.
    Andrew: Oh! So you're...
    Zelda: Bye!
    Andrew: Bye? Or like...
    Stu: Bi
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  • Those Two Guys: Lora and Dinesh pop up around the Wallflower office to provide commentary about each episode's plot.
  • Working with the Ex: Lora and Dinesh dated some time in the past before breaking up because Dinesh came on too strongly too soon.


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