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Series / Crash & Bernstein

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Wyatt and Crash, the two main characters.
Crash & Bernstein was a short-lived 2012 Disney XD sitcom, utilizing a mix of live-action and puppetry. Created by Eric Friedman, the series centers around a teenaged boy named Wyatt Bernstein (Cole Jensen) who, having three sisters, wishes to have a brother. For his birthday, Wyatt is taken to a Build-A-Bestie store where he creates a puppet that he names Crash (performed and voiced by Tim Lagasse), who comes to life to become the brother he always wanted. The show follows Crash and Wyatt learning to navigate this new sibling relationship, while dealing with the insanity caused both by Wyatt's sisters and Crash's own reckless behavior.

The series was quietly canceled after about two seasons. A spin-off/Retool called Commando Crash was developed but not picked up. Landry Bender, who plays one of the sisters would go on to star in the similarly short-lived Disney Channel series Best Friends Whenever.

"Let me trope about the Bernsteins!":

  • Actor Allusion: In Comic Book Crash, Amanda makes her character speak in an accent. In that episode, Oana Gregory used her Mika accent from Kickin' It.
  • An Aesop: Most post-pilot episodes have at least one.
  • Alpha Bitch: Wyatt's sister Amanda.
  • Apologetic Attacker: The vice principal in "Educating Crash"
    (Vice Prinicipal throws Crash at her door)
    Vice Principal: (picks up Crash) Sorry, I thought the door was open (opens door and throws Crash out again)
  • Are We There Yet?: Crash says this while playing a motorcycle game in episode 7.
  • Bait-and-Switch: A fairly large portion of the jokes Crash makes fall under this.
    Trent Bixby: The real reason I came to space is to find an alien. I want to capture it, and make it the mascot for my energy drink.
    Crash: Only one problem with your plan: no one has proved the existence of energy drinks!

    Crash: No! This is my baby! Crash Junior! I named him after my favorite person! Robert DOWNEY Junior!
  • Believing Their Own Lies: In "Crashy McSmartypants" Crash is mistaken for a genius and starts believing it himself.
  • Bland-Name Product: One episode has Crash 'abusing' a not-Siri app, which turns out to be a Eastern-European-thereabouts voice actor with a flawless American accent who was really answering all his queries as he was giving them!
  • A Boy and His Puppet
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Subverted but Jasmine can be huge brat if things don't go her way.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pesto.
  • Calvinball: "Crashenfest" is basically the holiday equivalent of this trope, as the song cheerfully states.
    Crash: It's a holiday with no tradition, just random stuff like toilet fishin'!
  • The Cutie: Cleo and Jasmine are this.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Jasmine; she even admitted to it in "Crash vs. Flex"
  • Disappeared Dad: It's never said what happened to the Bernsteins' dad. Finally explained in Season 2 that he was filming wildlife in Africa; there are some implications he might have become part of the main cast had the show not been cancelled.
  • Do Not Attempt: Any broadcast of a new episode when it is first aired contains this kind of disclaimer with Crash telling the audience to not destroy things like he does on the show, because the audience is not made of felt and stuffing.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Crash throwing swords through the house.
  • Exact Words: In the Season 1 Finale, the Big Bad, angry at Crash for acting like a regular puppet instead of his usual self when he shows him to his mother, orders him to "Act like Crash!". Hijinks happen.
  • Hypno Pendulum: Crash uses this and Hypnotic Eyes in this scene.
  • Hypocrite: Crash and Wyatt spend part of "Crashtagion" tormenting Cleo while she's sick feeling no guilt, but in the end when she gets back at Crash by doing the same to him while he's sick, Wyatt gets mad at her.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Monster Crash" Crash agrees with Wyatt that no one's stupid enough to buy bags of dirt, then says he also can't because he spent his money on a bag of sky (which is just an inflated Ziploc bag).
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode of Season 1 had "Crash" in it somehow. This was ditched in Season 2, however.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Justified with Crash, being the oddball puppet that he is, Crash is very slapstick-prone because of his stupidity or being a massive comic-relief character.
  • Jerkass: All of the Bernstein kids are this in some way.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both Crash and Wyatt apply:
    • Crash is reckless, irresponsible, and doesn't think before acting, but always tries to fix things when he does something wrong and realizes his mistakes.
    • Wyatt is insensitive, selfish, arrogant, gets very upset when things don't go his way, and blames stuff on others that weren't their fault (for example, when Mr. Poulos caused a blackout during a game with Wyatt that he (Wyatt) said he was going to win), but he's very forgiving, tries to do what's right, and helps those in need of it.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Crash loves playing with this.
  • Living Toy: Crash. And a durable one at that.
  • Loved by All: While not as extreme as most cases, Wyatt is adored by everyone except for his siblings (but they don't count, as that's considered normal between siblings). When Wyatt was accused of making a slandering commercial, people said what he did was wrong but acted like it was okay.
  • Meaningful Name:
  • Mistaken for Profound: In "Crashy McSmartypants" a bunch of people mistakes Crash's idiocy for genius.
  • Shout-Out: The theme song starts with, "Yo, I'mma let you finish but..."
  • Sick Episode: "Crashtagion".
  • Spoiled Brat: Jasmine.
  • The Swear Jar: Subverted. Mr. Poulos uses one to muffle out his swearing so no one hears him and is Played for Laughs.
  • Totally Radical: The intro has a hip-hop based opening.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Everyday people on the show who meet Crash just instantly accept that there's a living puppet running around.
  • Unwanted Assistance: An In-Universe example in episode 2.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Crash and Bernstein.