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The Golden era.
"Fresh out the box,
Stop, look, & watch,
Ready yet? Get set,
It's Allllll That!"
Soup, the announcer

Nickelodeon's third ensemble skitcom (following You Can't Do That on Television and Roundhouse), bearing a strong resemblance to the format of Saturday Night Live or MADtv (like its predecessors did to Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and In Living Color!, respectively). Created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin and produced by Dan Schneider. Ran from April, 1994 to October, 2005. A little more than a decade, complete with a full cast exodus about halfway through, followed by four seasons, again like SNL... but without an Eddie Murphy-type cast member to keep things afloat until Lorne came back, which in this case "he" (Mike Tollin & Brian Robbins) never did.

Launched the careers of: Amanda Bynes (who starred in What I Like About You and several films before retiring from acting due to mental health issues), Kenan Thompson (who actually managed to make the cast of Saturday Night Live in the mid-2000's and is now the longest-running cast member in the shows history, surpassing Darrell Hammonds), Kel Mitchell (who auditioned for SNL around the same time as Kenan Thompson, but never made it, disappointing a lot of old-school Nick fans who wanted to see Kenan and Kel do sketch comedy together again, Nick Cannon, Gabriel Iglesias, and Jamie Lynn Spears. Also launched Dan Schneider into being a major behind-the-scenes headliner for Nickelodeon and arguably, the wave of dueling tween/teen KidComs on both Nickelodeon and Disney Channel.


Led to (chronologically): KaBlam!, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show, The Nick Cannon Show, Zoey 101, and Just Jordan. And further down the family tree came Drake & Josh and eventually iCarly, Victorious and Sam & Cat.

The NickSplat block on TeenNick was originally named "The 90s Are All That" for it, and the show itself serves as the headliner.

This show contains examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Subverted in Good Burger, played straight in everything else on the show.
  • Affectionate Parody: "What Do You Do?" Parody of fellow-Nick show Figure It Out, on which most of the All That cast appeared at least once... Bynes, Denberg, & Tamberelli were even regular panelists. The name itself sounds like an older Nickelodeon game show, "What Would You Do?"
  • Always Someone Better: Baggin' Saggin' Barry experience this when meeting his rival and later-girlfriend Baggin' Saggin' Mary. Old man Clavis even pointed this out while giving Barry some encouragement.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Tandy Spork started off as a one-off character, being quickly rejected as a replacement for Mandy in "Cooking with Randy and Mandy". She is brought back in Season 4 as Dulmont Junior High's Home Ec teacher and appears alongside the other faculty members.
    • Janitor Gaseous was mentioned by name a few times in early seasons, but never actually appeared. Eventually, he becomes another regular to the Dulmont Junior High faculty in Season 4, being portrayed by Danny.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In the Cold Open to the Season 4 premiere, Danny, Kristy, and Leon are portrayed as fans of the show whom the then current cast members (Amanda, Lori Beth, Kel, Josh, and Kenan) invite to join them.
  • Aside Glance:
    • Ishboo will occasionally give a very mischievous smile to the camera when he gets someone to perform some of his weirder foreign customs, a hint that he's just really messing with them.
    • Whenever Coach Kreeton feels like things might go his way, he will chuckle for a couple of seconds before turning his face to the camera and utter a very sinister "Goooood...".
  • Ax-Crazy: Quite a few of the characters.
    • who doesn't really care about property damage and is actively a danger to pretty much everything.
    • Mark Saul's most common character - an Ax-Crazy kid named Stuart who ties up people and takes over their jobs with insane gusto before leaving atop some imaginary animal once his charade's found out. It started with him as a nutso hall monitor and just grew more psychotic from there.
    • Miss Piddlin. Her assistant Julio is deathly afraid of her and constantly in a state of panic.
    • From the relaunch era, Jack DeSena's RANDY QUENCH, VOLUNTEER FIREMAN! Slightly justified, as he apparently forgets to take his medication on a regular basis.
  • The Backstage Sketch: The show began each episode with the cast getting up to wacky hijinks in the green room before the show. The sketches even had their own Catch-Phrase, with the panicked stage manager informing them they have five minutes until the show starts.
  • Bag of Holding: Baggin' Saggin' Barry had a baggy pair of pants that functioned like this. He had everything in his pants which could possibly fit, and several that couldn't (e.g., an airplane when he kept tripping the airport metal detector until the plane left without him.) In the last sketch featuring him, he found a rival, Baggin' Saggin' Mary, who had the same gimmick, and became his Love Interest. Surprisingly, there was rarely any Rummage Fail situation with either.
  • Balloon Belly: Twice. First time was during an original era Okra sketch in which a girl demonstrated a "talent" of being able to drink a huge amount of tomato juice, which first shows her becoming visibly bloated, then lead to squicky results of her stomach apparently exploding, which thankfully wasn't shown on screennote . Then once during a Randy Quench skit during the relaunch era, where Randy mistakenly thinks a girl is having trouble breathing and puts an oxygen mask on her, causing her mid section to become humorously gigantic (this too leads to a "boom!", but thankfully in this case we see the girl a few seconds later being perfectly fine aside from her clothes being both tattered and strangely intact all at once).
  • Bank Toaster: In a Superdude skit involving the superhero having to thwart a bank robbery by an evil Costume Copycat, when Superdude is incapacitated and the the villain has taken all the bank's money, the villain turns around at the last minute to steal one of the bank's free toasters, as well. The villain's balked escape gives Superdude enough time to recover and defeat his foe with his magnetic butt that pulls the toaster (and the villain who won't let go of it) back to him.
    Superdude: You should've let go of the toaster, but you HAD to be greedy, didn't you?
  • Bat Deduction / Insane Troll Logic:
    • Anything involving Detective Dan, if he even decides to go that far before arresting people.
    • One sketch involved Coach Kreeton accusing Ear Boy of stealing the school mascot because he's got huge ears and goes to school. Miss Fingerly was no better, accusing Ear Boy based on the fact that he eats fish with fish sauce.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Disrespecting, derogating, or deriding peas in front of Ms. Piddlin.
    • Don't ask Ashley a stupid question, and DO NOT ask her why she is so mean to everyone.
    • Randy doesn't like vegetables (he won't even put chocolate on them), and he definitely doesn't like it if anyone claims they like chocolate more than him.
  • Big Eater: Fat Cop
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • "Ask Ashley!" Appears to be a sickeningly sweet little girl but has a major temper whenever she is asked idiotic questions (which is all the time).
    • The lemonade stand girl played by Katrina. Another sweet little girl who sells lemonade but finds ways to get people to give her much more than she should be earning through trickery (with Inelegant Blubbering as a last resort).
    • In general, Katrina and Amanda tended to play these types of characters, being the youngest of the cast members at the time. Amanda's debut had her act so obnoxiously cute that it repulsed the rest of the cast until a trap she set for for Kevin revealed that she wasn't so sweet.
  • Blessed with Suck: Boring Man, Bucket Man, LAMOS
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: As the show went on, more and more characters and cast members started borrowing Ask Ashley's "Thaaaaat's me!" including Coach Kreeton and Danny.
  • Breakout Character: Cast-wise, Kenan, Kel, and Amanda were the breakouts of the cast. They eventually got their own spinoffs.
    • Good Burger's main character Ed (played by Kel) originally appeared in a sketch called "Dream Remote" where a boy (Josh) uses said remote to order a large amount of pizzas. Ed was the delivery guy and the creators loved Kel's voice for the character so much that Good Burger was created.
  • Breast Expansion: See the Randy Quench entry under Balloon Belly. In another sketch, a superheroine called Megabutt who, as her name suggests, inflated her butt like a balloon.
  • Brick Joke: Several sketches had their own Brick Joke, but in a Cold Open for Season 4, Elvis and professional wrestlers ended up coming into the Green Room and attacking the big ear of corn because the scarecrow that was keeping them away was blown up. One of the skits near the end of the episode had recurring teacher Ms. Fingerly unwittingly attract Elvis and professional wrestlers into her class room, leading her to be attacked as well.
    • The introduction for 'Ask Ashley' gets longer and more maudlin every time.
  • Burger Fool: Ed, of Good Burger. Inverted in that he loves his job.
  • The Butler Did It: A Detective Dan skit has a butler stealing in the background while the detective tries to find the culprit.
  • Butt-Monkey: Stage Manager Kevin, Danny Tamberelli (when playing himself) and Coach Kreeton.
    • Just about anyone can be this depending on their role, but the above three especially fall into this trope. A lot of Josh Server's characters do as well.
      • Christy Knowings acknowledged in a recent interview that Josh and Danny were the cast members whose characters were tortured on a regular basis.
    • Don't forget Fuzz from Have a Nice Day with Leroy and Fuzz.
    • Kyle Sullivan from the Relaunch Era.
  • Bystander Syndrome: When Stuart kidnaps Ask Ashley and takes over her show, the cops find her tied up and gagged next to the camera lady.
  • The Cameo: The late Chris Farley making a few cameos in one episode.
    • Sinbad as Ishboo's dad.
  • Catch-Phrase: Like the number of stars in the sky.
    • If there is only one thing originating in this show that will endure in our popular culture for decades to come, it is: "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?"
    • If not that one then this one: "Five minutes! Five minutes! The show starts in five minutes!"
    • Coach Kreeton has quite a few: "You're hurtin' me in ways I can't understand!", "My happiness is a memory!", "Hehe...hehehe...hehehehe...goooooood...", "All the life I live is sad."
    • "REPAIR MAN MAN Man man man...."
      • "REPAIR BOY BOY Boy boy boy...."
    • "Dear Ashley," That's ME!
    • "Jupiter!"
    • "I'm Detective Dan."
    • "This is a classroom, not a X!" or "The classroom is no place for X!" (X is usually a Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness word)
    • A couple more from Good Burger: "I'm a dude, he's a dude, she's a dude, 'cause we're all dudes!", and "That'll be eight bucks."
    • A few from the Relaunch Era: "[Verb] later!" from 'Bridget's Slumber Party', "Incoming!" from '2 Gether 4 Ever', "Kumquat! Jerk." from "Crazy Cab Driver", and "Here comes me!" from 'Randy Quench, Volunteer Fireman'.
  • The City vs. the Country: 'Oven Lovin' with Percy and Buford'
  • Cloudcuckooland: Ishboo's "foreign land" has some seriously bizarre traditions.
  • Cloudcuckoolanders: Half of the recurring characters as well as the cast itself.
    Why are you throwing sponges at the wall?
    Because I ran out of pork chops.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: The '90s Are All That airs this show without the musical guest performances. Since this necessitates the additional removal of sketches leading into the performances, and the cast saying goodbye after the song, several episodes end abruptly.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Many, many examples but Detective Dan had the most
    Mother (Lori Beth): THIS IS OUR HOUSE! WE LIVE HERE!
    Detective Dan: So if you live here, then why are you robbing your own house?!
    • Second to Detective Dan is Ed.
    Robber: Uh, yeah, I'd like, Good Burger, uh, Good Cheese, and, uh, all the money in the cash register!
    Ed: "One Good Burger with one Good Cheese, and all the money in the cash register!" (Watching all the other customers flee) Hey, where're you going, dude? (Turns back to robber) You're number 73. That'll be eight bucks.
    Robber: No! This is a robbery!
    Ed: Okay, $2.50.
  • Comically Serious: Lori Beth Denberg when giving Vital Information
  • Companion Cube: The Big Ear of Corn predates the Cube by at least a decade.
  • Corpsing: Once in awhile, Kenan will have a hard time keeping a straight face either due to one of his lines or the reaction of his cast mates, in one instance even laughing out of character. This mostly happens when he's playing Lester Oaks Construction Worker in a Good Burger sketch or Pierre Escargot.
    • One of said moments happened between Kenan and Kel during a Good Burger skit. Kenan as Lester Oaks called Ed "CRUNCH BUNNY!" During the Anniversary Special, the same thing happened when Kenan used "crunch bunny" again.
  • Cousin Oliver: Kianna Underwood, Denzel Whitaker, & Lil' JJ, all new cast members for the final season of the show.
  • Crazy Cultural Comparison: The Ishboo sketches. Though it's implied to be an act on Ishboo's part.
  • Crazy Homeless People: Lori Beth Denberg's character Connie Muldoon was conceptualized as one of these, being a crazy woman who tends to wander in and out of establishments at random, though she's a subversion as she apparently has a home, we just never see it. Denberg admits that she thinks Connie Muldoon would probably be institutionalized somewhere if she existed in real life.
  • Crossover: Sometimes characters from certain sketches make appearances in sketches that otherwise have nothing to do with them (examples include Superdude saving Good Burger from a robber, Jack Campbell showing up on Cooking With Randy and eating all the chocolate and Stuart kidnapping Ask Ashley so he can take over her show).
    • Taken to it's extreme during the 10th anniversary special in which Coach Kreeton, Abby Rhodes, Principal William Baines Pimpell, Jack Campbell, Detective Dan, Buzz, Caffy, and Randy Quench end up in the same skit. As Principal Pimpell puts it toward the end...
    • In the Season 7 episode where Amanda Bynes guest stars, Penelope Taynt, her number one fan please from The Amanda Show breaks into the All That set to meet her.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ms. Fingerly is a teacher who makes too many bad puns and sings songs clearly meant for preschoolers. She is also capable of matching Ishboo's father at Hookey-Doo (A type of duel from the Foreign Land), out-rocking a popular punk band, and teaching a class with an arrow in her gut.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Spirit of The Unreal World who is a ghost of a cheerleader who got her head stuck in a barbecue fork.
  • Deconstructive Parody: "Have a Nice Day with Leroy and Fuzz" shows how a normal kid would react to having to deal with an annoying puppet who champions things that children tend to dislike like homework and chores like those seen on shows like Sesame Street.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "I'm Detective Dan." Often inserted randomly in sentences despite him having introduced himself already.
  • Destination Defenestration: A favorite gag across the entire run of the show. Be it hapless people being thrown out of windows, accident prone fools falling out of windows, or most often particularly off-kilter characters throwing themselves out of windows, the writers seemed to think that flying out of a window among the funniest ways you could write a character out of a scene. This occasionally carried over to Kenan & Kel and The Amanda Show as well.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: At the beginning of a Repairman sketch, a couple (played by Josh and Alisa) are having a date until the boyfriend starts hollering when a (supposedly) attractive woman. The girlfriend is not pleased.
    Josh: Woah! Check her out! Zow-weeee!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Cheese Police skits are pretty much drug busts with the drugs replaced with cheese.
    • The translations for the various French phrases of Pierre Escargot may come off this way. For example:
      May I jump up and down on your sausages? (When Pierre starts saying the English translation, he says, "May I jump up and down on your...", but then stops and says, "I'm not saying it!" before making a silly laugh.)
  • Don't Explain the Joke: One Boring Man sketch used this trope:
    Hypnopants: (After revealing his Hypnobot) That's right, Boring Man. Stare into my bot. Get it? Because that's a robot and bot is short for "robot" and normally, I would say, "stare into..."
    Boring Man: You know what, yes, I get it, I get it, I get it. Bot, butt, yes, yes. Who's the Boring Man around here?
  • Doom It Yourself: Repair Man-man-man-man-man's modus operandi.
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: One of the Baby Chat sketches did this so Chester could trick Lulu into expressing disapproval of public funding of private schools.
  • Easy Impersonation: In one Superdude sketch, an impersonator was able to make all the people at a bank think she was the real Superdude even though she was a little white girl without powers while the real deal is a large black guy who can bend steel. The real Superdude is completely baffled by this.
  • Edutainment Show: Completely subverted: "Everyday French," "Vital Information," "Don't Do This @ Home/School," "Peter & Flem," "Leroy & Fuzz," and every classroom sketch.
    • Although "Everyday French" was peppered with real French words that Pierre says before repeating the phrase, this time in English.
    • And to an extent, "Cooking with Randy & Mandy".
    • Conversely, every kid knew what "lactose intolerant" meant after every Super Dude sketch... thanks to Amanda Bynes (and before her, Katrina Johnson), and many more kids knew who Ross Perot was after seeing the Earboy sketches.
  • End-of-Series Awareness: The final episode contains a lot of references to the show's eventual cancellation.
  • Exact Words: In one cold opening, Kenan uses a magic basketball grants wishes to meet Michael Jordan. When he makes his shot, he is greeted by a plumber with the same name.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The gist of the lyrics is "sit down and watch this show, because we are here to entertain you".
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Well, what do you expect when entering a game show called "You Can't Win"? Even when one of the contestants happens to guess correctly the host just claims he didn't hear him
  • Flanderization: Detective Dan started off as a by the books police officer who happened to be incredibly stupid. As the show went on, he became a lot more insane, doing things such as going to the bathroom in an air vent and tickling the crooks he was arresting.
    • Ed in "Good Burger" went from making minor mistakes on the orders or was just unsanitary to being completely Literal-Minded. This was for the better though as he became a lot funnier after that.
    • Jerry Futile only made 2 appearances, but he was a lot more wacky and hammy in his second appearance. Also in his first appearance he wasn't vocal about how impossible it was to win
  • Full-Name Basis: Several characters tend to insist that they be referred to by their full name. These include:
    • Connie Muldoon, sometimes adding "of the Muldoons!" Because of how often she appears in Good Burger sketches, Ed subverts the trope by simply calling her Connie.
    • Lester Oaks, who, on top of his full name, insists that his occupation "Construction Worker" be added.
  • Funny Foreigner: Ishboo; Pierre Escargot.
    • Ziegfried (the cab driver from the Relaunch).
  • Genki Girl: Josh as Tandy Spork. Randy once asked if she was on medication.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Although most of the translations for Pierre Escargot were pretty innocent sounding, quite a number of them could seem a bit dirtier. Kenan seemed to be aware of it too. In one episode, he struggled to stay in-character as he said "Please stop biting my tennis balls!"
    • There was one USS Spaceship sketch where after Officer Ulcer failed to get the ship running, he says "Piece o crap". So they literally got crap past the radar.
    • One Baggin', Saggin' Barry skit includes this piece of wisdom.
      "You gotta reach down deep in your pants and pull out things you never knew you had."
    • The background posters during Vital Information were actually quite dirty (I.e. "To Milk cow: Kiss cow, grab udder, yank.")
    • One early sketch had Alisa having a sneezing fit. Kel asks what's wrong, and it turns out Alisa is allergic to wool. They think it might be Kel's socks, so he takes them off and tosses them off. Alisa's still sneezing though- so they think it might be Kel's shirt. No good- maybe Kel's pants. At this point, Kel's in his boxers and Alisa's still sneezing. Turns out a shepherd brought his sheep to the taping.
    • Amanda asks for a flashlight. Josh Server says "Oh, I have one in my pocket." Later in the same skit, Amanda Bynes stands over Danny Tamborelli in a suggestive manner, before ripping out his still beating heart. She is then nearly groped by one of the other guys, as she tries to pull out Danny's Tonsils.
    • A customer asks Ed "Change for a dollar?" and he replies "Okay" and starts performing a striptease.
    • In one sketch, Coach Kreeton calls his son a "misfired chromosome".
      • In another, when shown a Voo Doo Doll in his likeness, Coach Kreeton says it looks more like "Bozo came to the ghetto".
    • In The Secret World of Alex Sax sketch, Ross Perot says, "You got real SAX appeal."
    • A subtle one in a Season 10 '2 Gether 4 Ever' sketch- high school senior Heather Darling introduces her parents, who have been married "for almost 17 years".
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Claudia.
  • G-Rated Drug: SUGAR AND COFFEE!!. Naturally overlaps with Klatchian Coffee and Must Have Caffeine.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Bernie Kibbitz
  • Hair-Trigger Temper:
    • Ashley in "Ask Ashley." To be fair, everyone that writes in really are Too Dumb to Live.
    • Miss Piddlin gets set off every time she feels no one appreciates her peas. The problem is that anything outside an absolute love for them can set her off with one pea lover getting thrashed because she gave him too much peas.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Even though Boring Man's only power is boring people, he's able to defeat Hypno Pants and his goons with little difficulty because he's so boring that anyone he talks to instantly falls asleep.
  • Heroic Bystander: Shows up in a Superdude sketch. Milkman shows up at Dullmont Junior High with both a pair of guards armed with milk-filled squirt guns and a device that can drain superpowers. He uses it to turn Superdude into a little boy, who is then stuffed into a locker. Before Milkman can leave to begin a crime spree, though, several people stand up to him: a nerd (played by Kel) grabs the device and throws it to Penny Lane, who reverses the effects and brings Superdude back to normal. But the real hero of the moment is none other than Miss Fingerly—when Milkman commands his minions to squirt Superdude with milk, she throws herself in front of the hero to deflect the beverage, then charges the men, disarming them and sending them running.
  • Heroic Wannabe: sort of, with Repairmanmanman and Randy Quench, who both believe they're helping people, when they're really just causing chaos.
    • And Detective Dan, though he was a registered police officer.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Mavis & Clavis
    • Kenan and Kel were more real life examples. Their chemistry in the show led to producers greenlighting a spinoff.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Whenever Miss Piddlin feels that her peas are being disrespected, steam will start pouring out of her neck before going off on her unfortunate victim.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Cheeseburger Doyle sketches tend to be filled with food/eating puns.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Ms. Hushbaum, the "Loud Librarian".
    • There was one sketch from Season 9 involving the Rougenecks that used this trope
    Buford: One time, a tick bit me in my butt.
    Buford: Oh, Pa, Betty Jo done called me a moron.
    Clem: Betty Jo, don't call your brother a moron.
    Buford: You tell her, Pa.
    Clem: Shut up, moron.
  • Infomercial: Parodied in the Toby Braun products.
  • Informed Judaism: Josh Server tells Santa he's Jewish during the Christmas episode. Not that that stops him from asking him for a new computer.
  • Inherently Funny Words: Lampshaded in a sketch celebrating the show's millionth use of "cheese" (& 30 seconds after that ceremony ended, the millionth use of "pants")
  • Insistent Terminology: Lester Oaks, Construction Worker insists on being called by both his name and his occupation.
    Ed: Goodbye, Lester Oaks.
    Lester Oaks, Construction Worker: Construction Worker!
    • Likewise, REPAIR MAN MAN MAN MAN MAN MAN insists on everyone doing the fake echo when saying his name.
    • It is not Principal Pimple. It's Principal William (Wheeze) Baines (Wheeze) Pimpell!
  • Interactive Narrator: "Know Your Stars" (also an Unreliable Narrator), and one particular "Ask Ashley"
  • Jerkass: Coach Kreeton, not to mention Laneesha and Latanya.
  • Karma Houdini: Leroy from Have a Nice Day with Leroy and Fuzz.
  • Kiss-Kiss-Slap: Brad and Heather from '2 Gether 4 Ever'.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Miss Fingerly, the school teacher played by Lori Beth Denberg, who rattles off completely incorrect information in all of her lessons and talks as though they're fact. Subverted in that she's mentioned at least once that she knows it's all totally wrong, she just doesn't seem to care.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Parodied with Superdude. He's lactose-intolerant, so of course every single villain he fights is based on a dairy product.
  • Large Ham: So, so, many.
    • REPAIRMAN-MAN-Man-man-man-man-man!!!
    • Pretty much any role Lori Beth played.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Laneesha and Latanya were dictionary-perfect examples of the ratchet stereotype before it even had a proper name.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Ms. Piddlin (Kenan) had a tendency to do this to Julio (Josh) and the students.
  • May–December Romance: Coach Kreeton dating Abby Rhodes in the 10th Anniversary.
    Coach Kreeton: And even though I'm seventy-five, and you're NINE-TEEN! Ahhhaaahahaha!
  • Meaningful Name: Principal Pimpell, Miss Hushbaum, Jerry Futile...
    • To say nothing of Ear Boy, Pizza Face, and Four-Eyes.
    • "Stuart" is a variant of "Steward," someone who fills in for another in their duties, which is exactly what Stuart forcibly does.
  • Middle School: Dullmont Junior High
  • Monster Mash: The Unreal World is a sketch about a pretty boy vampire, a ghostly cheerleader whose head was stuck on a barbecue fork, a Frankenstein's monster, a werewolf accoutant, a frozen decapitated head, a sassy mummy, a wicked blonde witch with long fingernails and a female zombie sitting on a couch.
  • The Movie: Good Burger
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Kel.
    • Josh. Lampshaded when a fan asked if he could give her his shirt. He complied. Nearly every Detective Dan sketch had him stripped down to his boxers.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Alisa.
  • Muppet: Fuzz, Dead Spice, Oswald, Cheeseburger Doyle
  • Nepotism: Lampshaded and Double Subverted when Jamie Spears enters the cast: Shane accuses her of having no talent, but she is able to shrink him down to the size of an avocado just by thinking, as well as styling Lisa's hair by breathing on it. When her powers fail to impress the cast, however, she simply bribes them with $5000 each.
  • News Parody: "Vital Information," "Channel 6 1/2 News," "Channel 6 1/2 Sports"
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Lisa Foiles as Venice Hyatt.
  • No Indoor Voice: Ms. Hushbaum, taken Up to Eleven
    • In the later years, SUGAR AND COFFEE!! So much shouting.
    • Ask Ashley's rants.
  • Not So Different: Ed and the Complaint Dept lady.
  • Not This One, That One: Two basketball team captains picking their teammates pass over the Butt-Monkey for various "players" you'd expect to be much worse, including inanimate objects. The final choice of "you" first appears to be him, but it's the cameraman.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Somewhat implied with Ishboo in the early episodes. Whenever he gets someone to do some of the more ridiculous customs, he will look at the camera and give the audience a "Just as Planned" smile.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: One Superdude sketch had a villianess, played by Amanda Bynes, impersonating Superdude (Kenan Thompson). Nobody could tell the difference, except Superdude himself, of course.
  • Police are Useless: Detective Dan, Jack Campbell, "Cheese Police"
    • Sometimes the officers accompanying Detective Dan fall into this.
    • Fat Cop, as he's more focused on food.
  • Potty Emergency: One Good Burger sketch did this joke.
  • Psycho for Hire: "Repairman-man-man-man-man-man!"
  • Race Lift: One of the more notorious aspects of the show. The original cast was hugely praised for being half African-American. The final cast had exactly one member who was black.
    • Cupid in '2 Gether 4 Ever' was played by Shane Lyons (a big white guy) in Season 9 and Denzel Whitaker (a short black guy) in Season 10. Gets lampshaded in one sketch.
  • Ragdoll Physics: For scenes that involve characters being tossed around or going through a lot of pain, a very obvious ragdoll is used.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Superdude who makes it a habit of letting villains and civilians know about his favorite hobbies, accompanied with a Squee!, during his introduction.
    Superdude: I also enjoy...three-bean salads and...clipping coupons for shoes.
  • Reunion Show: Two of them, both still during the show's run:
    • During season 5, the "100th episode" was a live broadcast with Lori Beth Denberg reprising Vital Information one last time, plus interviews with ex-cast members Angelique Bates, Alisa Reyes, & Katrina Johnson.
    • Just before season 10. Server, Thompson, Mitchell, & Tamberelli performed with the current cast, Cannon made a videophone cameo, & several other ex-cast members appeared in backstage party segments.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: The “Life With Peter & Flem” sketches.
  • Rule of Cool: The Big Ear of Corn, as Lampshaded in an intro sketch.
  • Rule of Funny: The green room sketches have this a lot. An example from Season 4 is the scarecrow:
    Kenan: Aw, man. That scarecrow wasn't supposed to protect the Big Ear of Corn from crows, it was supposed to protect the Big Ear of Corn from Elvis and professional wrestlers!
    Lori Beth: Elvis and professional wrestlers?
    Everyone except Kenan: Huh?
    (An Elvis impersonator and two professional wrestlers storm into the room and steal the Big Ear of Corn)
    • And an example from Season 10, Truth or Bear?:
    Christina: Kianna. Do you have... a hamster in your pocket?
    Kianna: Hah, no.
    Christina: You have to tell the truth.
    Kianna: Ok... (fishes a hamster out of her pocket)
    Kyle: I'll take dare.
    Kianna: Sorry Kyle, we're not playing Truth or Dare.
    Christina: Yeah, we're playing Truth or Bear.
    Kyle: Ok... then I guess I'll take bear!
    (he gets mauled by a bear)
  • Rule of Three: TONS of examples.
    • The Okrah sketches usually had three guests per sketch.
    • The Good Burger sketches had three customers per sketch.
    • Repair Man (MAN MAN MAN) usually tried to repair three things.
    • Lori Beth/Danny usually gave three pieces of Vital Information.
    • Ashley would usually answer three questions.
    • Pierre Escargot would give three French phrases, which he would then repeat in English.
    • "Life with Peter and Flem" gave three contrasting examples of what Peter and Flem would do.
    • In the "Complaint Department" sketches, three customers would complain about what they bought.
    • "Know Your Stars" gave three "facts" about the star.
    • "Vocabulary With Lisa and Oswald" from the later seasons had three vocabulary words.
    • Superdude almost always introduces himself by listing three of his special powers followed by three of his hobbies.
    • Dr. K had three listeners call in.
  • Sadist Show: The appropriately named game show "You Can't Win!" (which actually was the title of a game show parody done on Saturday Night Live during the 1979-1980 season [season five])
    • Another game show had the loser (Danny) punished in various ways, such as being covered in honey and "tickled" by a bear, or being strapped to a rocket and shot into space.
    • The Channel 6 1/2 News sketches tended to see Josh Server playing an on-location reporter being consistently abused by whatever surroundings he happened to be in. (For example, nearly freezing to death in the North Pole and being attacked by a polar bear.)
    • The sketch, "Have a Nice Day With Leroy and Fuzz", which parodies kids shows along the vein of Sesame Street. And which always ends with the sarcastic Leroy (played by Leon Frierson) using some kind of "creative" way of beating up the annoying blue puppet named Fuzz, as a Running Gag.
  • Sadist Teacher: Coach Kreeton
    "Sit in your seats, and get ready to suffer!"
  • Scary Librarian: Well, not really scary. Just really loud enough to startle everyone.
  • Serious Business: Peas for Miss Piddlin.
  • Severely Specialized Store: A variation appears in a skit with a retail store that sells only a single pair of pants.
  • Shout-Out: In addition to the countless pop culture references: Amanda Bynes' father is a dentist; at least 2 green room sketches featured Amanda performing oral surgery, plus 1 "Ask Ashley" has her screaming at the audience to brush their teeth, & a one-off sketch features Josh Server as a crazy dentist called "Dr. Bynes."
    • One sketch featured Ishboo going to the doctor's. When taking a look in his ears, the doctor briefly saw none other than The Ren & Stimpy Show.
      • A later sketch shows doctor checking Ishboo's nostrils and again seeing the cartoon duo.
    • One Coach Kreeton sketch was filmed on a set for Gullah Gullah Island. Coach Kreeton acknowledges this after several failed attempts to rescue a cat from a tree.
      "Crazy Gullah Gullah tree!"
    • Coach Kreeton is a fan of Bewitched and he anytime he mentions the show, he will attempt (and fail) to do Samantha's nose twitch. He also watches Baywatch and Melrose Place, which he admits he loves because everyone hates each other.
    • The intro originally contained a shout out to SNL and the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" with Soup saying "Not quite live, but ready for prime time."
    • Jimmy Bond sketches are rather obviously James Bond for kids.
    • The Wizard of Cos, for The Wizard of Oz and, at the end The Cosby Show.
    • The Unreal World is a parody of The Real World, but with monsters.
  • Special Guest: Only season 7 had them weekly (including return episodes with Bynes & Thompson). In the other 9 seasons, though, Chris Farley, Sinbad, Sherman Hemsley, Dr. Joyce Brothers, & post-Amanda Show Drake Bell all appeared, amongst numerous others. And every single episode had a musical guest.
  • Spin-Off:
    • Though several shows (listed above) exist because of All That, the only true spinoffs are Kablam! (via Action League NOW!) & The Nick Cannon Show (via the LaTanya character).
    • The Amanda Show is also a spinoff of All That, due to the combined facts that it was created by Dan Schneider (who produced All That), stared Amanda Bynes, and had frequent crossovers with All That when both shows were on the air.
  • Spiritual Successor: So Random!, which was produced by Brian Robbins, one of the creators of All That and Incredible Crew, created by Nick Cannon, a former All That cast member.
  • Spot the Imposter:
    • Stuart. The premise is that he would be doing his job, or rather screwing it up in the most craziest way until he is eventually outed as having kidnapped the original job owner and trying to replace him. Hilariously, he's the one who outs himself via a Suspiciously Specific Denial.
    • Parodied in one Superdude sketch, where a tiny white girl attempted to impersonate him and demonstrated her super-strength by tearing a piece of paper in two.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: One of Pierre Escargot's phrases translates to "Oh no! The babysitter exploded!"
  • Superman: Superdude, complete with Clark Kenting form "Mark Cant" (and even Parental Bonus girlfriend "Penny Lane")
    • Speaking of Parental Bonus - Penny Lane, Abby Rhodes, "Heeeere's Johnny!" after Superdude chops a hole through a door,....Nickelodeon has always been chock full of this trope.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: How Stuart got caught at the end of every sketch.
    Police Officer: (after all the customers complain about the crazy things he did) Is all of this true?
    Stuart: Of course not. I wouldn't dream of kidnapping the real checkout guy, tying him up, stealing his uniform, and hiding him underneath that counter.
  • Take That!: After a caller continuously tries to get the cast to fall for the "Is your refrigerator running?" prank, Kyle angrily tells him to "try your dumb prank on some Disney Channel show 'cause we're too smart to fall for it!"
  • That's All, Folks!
  • Those Two Guys: The two old guys Mavis and Clavis.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The people who write letters to Ashley always ask her about blatantly simple things. She lampshades it by screaming about how moronic they are.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate (Randy & Mandy), Peas (Miss Piddlin), Sugar & Coffee (Buzz & Caffy), Bacon (Thelma Stump), Everything (Fat Cop), Good Burger (Ed), Pork on a stick (Earboy), Pizza (Ross Perot)
    • Ketchup (Randy's guest chef, played by the late Chris Farley).
  • Translation: "Yes": Pierre Escargot gives us the following:
    "De la pootay le c'est il y a signe de la pootay poo de pootay de Patrick Duffy angion Patrick Swayze a la boonyaie de c'est soir nightcourt." Translation 
  • Translator Buddy: In the Spice Boys, Hairy Spice (Danny Tamberelli) is this to The Unintelligible Mumbly Spice (Josh Server).
  • The Un-Reveal:
    • We never find out where Ishboo comes from. Though on a T-shirt his dad (played by Sinbad) brought him, it's actually called Foreign Land and the country resembles Antarctica.
    • "What's with the echo?"Repairman's responses 
  • Useless Spleen: Averted in sketch where a character shows and tells about his friend's recently removed spleen. He ends his presentation with something along the lines of "Humans are incapable of surviving without their spleen," at which point his friend gets worried and then collapses.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Superdude is lactose-intolerant. Naturally, his foes include Cow-Boy, Butter Boy, Yo-Girl, the Dairy Godfather, & Arch-Enemy Milkman (the former 3 all played by Kel Mitchell & the latter 2 both being Josh Server).
  • Word-Salad Humor: In "Everyday French with Pierre Escargot," most of the "educational" French phrases are word salads, such as "Please remove your banjo from my belly button."
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Josh and Kenan tried to help Kevin pull a prank on the girls for once, only for it to backfire when the girls attack him while he was hiding in the giant object he was supposed pop out of.

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