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Series / Call Me Kat

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Call Me Kat is a 2021 sitcom starring Mayim Bialik, Swoosie Kurtz, Kyla Pratt, Cheyenne Jackson and Leslie Jordan on Fox. The series is, at heart, a Trans-Atlantic remake of the British sitcom Miranda created by Miranda Hart with the the central concept changed from a joke shop to a cat café, though most of the characters and set-up remain.

Kat (Mayim Bialik) is a 39-year-old single woman unsatisfied with life and tired of her mother's constant nagging to find a man to settle down with. She decides to leave her job as a professor at the University of Louisville in her Kentucky hometown, take a leap of faith, and use the money her mother saved for her wedding to open a cat café in Louisville with her friends.

Call Me Kat includes the following tropes

  • Actor Allusion: One of the cat cafe residents, an old one-eyed cat who has been around for years, is finally adopted. Owing to her disability she wears a cute little eyepatch. Fans of the surreal drama Pushing Daisies might remember Swoozie Kurtz's turn there as a dotty old aunt figure who wore a colorful, decorative eyepatch—owing to a nasty mishap with cat-box litter.
    • On the season premiere, Kat mentions not appreciating "those shows where 'fashion experts' accost people on the street and tell people how hideous they look." Then she fantasizes about being a host of Wear What You Want and accosting a woman wearing sweat clothing, interrogating her, and concluding to the woman the title advice. Mayim Bialik was one of the few celebrities made over on What Not to Wear.
    • The season two premier features an appearance by some of the Blossom cast, with Kat being a fan of the show since a child. She asks about "the girl with the flower hat" and they say she's hosting quiz shows now.
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  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Kat's mother is eager for her to find a husband, even announcing she will even pay a volunteer money to marry her daughter to a room full of people as Kat attempts to wrestle the microphone from her.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Kat does this in her narration to the audience, often forgetting who she's meant to be talking to.
  • Christmas Cake: Shelia fears her daughter Kat is becoming this at age 39.
  • Confetti Drop: Kat throws a handful of confetti while sitting on the couch.
  • Every Episode Ending: At the end of each episode, the action stops for a moment so that each actor can break character and wave to the camera. This is a practice picked up from Miranda, itself a throwback to British sitcoms like Are You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo!.
  • Foreign Remake: Of the British series Miranda.
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  • Imaginary Enemy: Kat occasionally sees Brigitte, her mental image of Max's French ex-girlfriend, appear in front of her to say something insulting.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Phil bakes some sticky buns laced with marijuana oil for his mother's glaucoma, but then gets them mixed up with the regular buns for the café. Randi suggests that each take one from each batch to see which have pot. Phil ends up taking a pot sticky bun and acts high the rest of the day.
  • Killed By The Adaptation: When the series opens, Kat's dad has recently passed away. Miranda's dad, though he appears less frequently than her mum, is alive and well (and her parents' active sex life is part of what makes them Amazingly Embarrassing Parents to Miranda).
  • Noodle Incident: Phil did something to Matthew McConaughey at the 1996 Tennessee State Fair. No details are given, but McConaughey's still furious.
    Joey Lawrence: You know, when I mentioned Phil's name? He threw his golf clubs in the lake and headbutted Ted Danson!
  • Vague Age: Sheila refuses to give her real age, even to Kat. Instead, she says things like "older than a seedling, but younger than the moon."