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Series / Allegra's Window

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Allegra's Window is a preschool TV series that aired on Nick Jr. from October 24, 1994 to October 28, 1996. The show consists of Allegra going through her daily life as a little girl and learning important lessons along the way. Usually, those lessons would be through fun activities and music for children to enjoy. The mini segments during the episodes include a bird family who sings sometimes, and another one including the conversations between a tuba and a bass instrument. During the end of each episode, Allegra would reflect on all the lessons she has learned as she sits at her window.

Despite being successful, the show ended after three seasons due to Jumbo Pictures (the show's production company) being purchased by Disney in 1996.


Allegra's Window has the following tropes:

  • Babysitting Episode: One episode revolves around Allegra and Rondo's parents going out for the evening, and they hire Mr. Cook to come over and babysit, much to their excitement. They end up wearing him out by the end of the night.
  • Big Brother Bully: Rondo sometimes acts this way towards Allegra.
  • Big Eater: Riff is obsessed with food, especially if the food in question was prepared by Mr. Cook.
  • Bootstrapped Theme: "What A Wonderful Day", a song sung in the first episode, is used as the theme for the entire show. It's heard in snippets in most episodes and is used in instrumental form for the closing credits.
  • Catchphrase: Several.
    • Riff: "Meow-za!".
    • Encora: "Do-re-mi, Delivery! ENCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORA at your service!"
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: When everyone secretly arranges to get a guitar for Riff as a gift, Allegra inadvertently tells to him about their plans. Lindi gets very angry with her as a result, calling her a big mouth.
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  • Cats Are Snarkers: Riff is easily the most sarcastic of the main cast.
  • Chickenpox Episode: In the episode "Lots of Turkey Pox", Allegra comes down with a case of the Turkey Pox, and is upset that she has to miss the big craft project at daycare. Luckily, Lindi goes back and forth since dogs can't catch the disease, and tells her how to participate from home.
  • Christmas Episode: "Waiting For Grandma" and "Mr. Cook's Christmas"
  • Genki Girl: Encora. Allegra and Lindi are mild examples.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: In one episode, Allegra pretends she’s a superhero called Awesome Allegra. In the same episode, Riff gets stuck in the fence, and Allegra tries to help him get out. Due to the embarrassment of the situation, Riff asks Allegra not to tell anyone what happened, and Allegra, reluctantly keeps her promise. Afterwards, she laments about not getting treated like a hero and receiving a gold medal. Riff overhears this and that night comes over with a medal for her. It was made out of construction paper and glitter rather than gold, but it was enough for Allegra.
  • Hates Baths: Lindi hates baths. Justified seeing that she's a dog. Allegra ends up spending an episode showing her that Baths Are Fun.
  • Height Angst: Allegra felt this way in the episode "Small is Beautiful" when she's always being told "she’s too little". She can't play with her brother’s toys or assist Mr. Cook in his diner. Poor Allegra. But later on in the episode, she learns that small is sometimes the best size to be...
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham:
    • Allegra hates blue Zutabagas without trying them. She decides to try the Zutabagas after the encouragement of her family and friends, and she ended up liking the vegetable.
    • In one episode, Allegra throws a tea party for everyone in the neighborhood, but Rondo refuses to go, even though everyone else, including his best friend, Riff, is going. Allegra finally has a talk with Rondo, using her experience with blue Zutabagas as a comparison. She's finally able to persuade him to go when she mentions that he can finally show off that card trick he learned and had been trying to show everyone for the entire episode. He ends up having fun along with everyone else.
  • Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: In the episode "Copy Cat, Copy Cat, Go Away", Allegra copies her older brother Rondo.
  • Kids Prefer Boxes: The children of Hummingbird Alley certainly feel this way in the episode "A Box Divided".
  • Large Ham: Encora and Riff respectively. Mr. Cook & Poco maybe even more so.
  • Multicolored Hair: Allegra has hair of many different colors. Her mother has it as well. In-universe this type of hair is called "doodles."
  • Musical Theme Naming: Many of the characters have names related to music:
    • Allegra's name comes from "allegro", a term used to get the musician to perform in an upbeat manner.
    • Allegra's brother Rondo's name means the way a piece of music is organized.
    • Riff's name refers to a repeated progression of chords in a song.
    • Reed's name comes from an object used to produce sound for specific instuments.
    • Miss Melody's last name comes from the word meaning "a sequence of notes".
    • Clef's name comes from clef notes.
    • Sonata's name refers to a piece of music played as a solo.
  • Nephewism: In the show's second season, we're introduced to Mr. Cook's nephew, Poco, who ends up joining Allegra at daycare. It's mentioned Poco's mother (whom we never see) works full time, so his uncle babysits him during the day.
  • Not My Lucky Day: Allegra experiences this in the episode "Allegra Has a Bad Day". Allegra first starts her day by awakening late, seeing a cloudy sky and then knocking a drum over at Reed's workshop.
  • Performance Anxiety: In one episode, Allegra is given the chance to perform a song in front of the neighborhood along side Rondo and Riff, but she gets so nervous beforehand, she ends up getting the hiccups. Reed finds her before the show and manages to cure her hiccups as well as her stage fright. However, by the time they're supposed to go on, Rondo and Riff are now both nervous and Allegra has to snap them both out of it.
  • Reused Character Design: In appearance, Allegra's brother looks like a purple Doug with red hair.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: A word like "savvy" may be a bit of a stretch in a preschool show like this, but Rondo's the calmer older brother to Allegra's Energetic Girl.
  • Sick Episode: There have been several.
    • Allegra comes down with a case of the turkey pox, and is upset that she has to miss the big craft project at daycare. Luckily, Lindi goes back and forth since dogs can't catch the disease, and tells her how to participate from home.
    • One episode has Allegra getting some things for Rondo when he's sick with a cold.
  • Sticky Situation: Discussed in one episode. Reed musically recalls when Rondo and Riff were younger and playing hide n' seek. He ended up finding the two of them in a pot of glue and they were stuck together for a week.
  • Stop Copying Me: In one episode, Allegra's admiration for her brother becomes annoying when she begins to mimic his every action.
  • Supreme Chef: Everyone loves to get food from Mr. Cook, especially Riff.
  • Time Out: Allegra and Rondo are both put in a time out by their mother in one episode when they get too rowdy at breakfast, and the rest of the episode revolves around the importance of following rules.
  • Third-Person Person: Poco talks this way. Justified since he's two years old, and since he's related to Mr. Cook, who also does.
  • Verbal Tic: Lindi often barks or howls when she speaks. Riff often calls people "man" as well.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Both Mr. Cook and his nephew, Poco, speak with a strange accent that can only be described as vaguely European. What part of Europe is anybody's guess.


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