The show focuses on Byron, a wild radio host and his wife/producer/former Army soldier Rachel who live together with Byron's intelligent but easily rattled son Owen and Rachel's rebellious daughter Blair. Together, the family....
Without warning, usually three times an episode, a loud horn will blare. When it does, the actors stop what they're doing as the studio audience gets to vote on three options for what happens. The actors return to the set, unaware of the result until they're told they have to do next.
Just Roll With It contains examples of:
- Ad Lib: One of the show's constants as the actors often have to make up some jokes and dialogue to go with the surprise choices.
- Alliterative Name: Blair Bennett. Also Byron Blatt.
- Almighty Mom: A wonderful twist when Gator has a huge fight with his mom and moves in with the family. Tired of his antics, Byron goes to confront Gator's mom with a speech to put her in her place...but thanks to the audience vote, she's being played by Tobie Windham's real mother with him obviously unable to keep from laughing and not wanting to say such insulting lines.
- The best part is Mrs. Windham just standing there with a smug smile as if daring her son to go ahead with the insults.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Owen and Blair feel Rachel and Byron are this. The latters' attempts to prove they're not just make it worse.
- Bait-and-Switch: Bryon and Rachel put together some "snail smoothies" for the kids to drink with Owen and Blair naturally freaking out about it. Just as the drinks about to be served, it's announced the adults have to drink the smoothies instead.
- The vote options end with what looks like a guy falling through the roof and that's that. Then Owen gets hit by bird poop as it turns out the audience vote was a tie.
- Birthday Episode: "The Birthday War" for Owen and Blair.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Happens a lot as the actors react to the audience choices.
- Rachel yells "I just got cleaned" after a wild scene.
- Owen is put in a wild ninja-setting. When asked why he came to a ninja temple, he replies "the director told me to walk in here..."
- When Byron has a snake wrapped around his neck, Blair reads a card about the snake's history and how it's actually a protected species and "Me reading this out loud is the only way we can do this bit."
- Christmas Episode: "Merry Christmas, Mr. Gooch"
- Cold Open: Each episode begins with a prologue of the cast welcoming the audience to the show and explaining the voting element.
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot:
- Owen sighs about how he hates having his dad do a wildly over the top birthday party complete with him as a goofy character ever year. He finally breaks it to his dad he's outgrown it..and his dad reveals he's hated doing it for years and only did because he thought Owen loved it.
- Blair is upset about Owen getting close to classmate Ruth, relating she and Ruth were once best friends but when Ruth moved a grade ahead, she stopped talking and Blair figured she dumped her as being too old. When the two finally talk, Ruth reveals she had assumed it was Blair who wanted to stop being friends and they realize they wasted time on a misunderstanding.
- The gang get themselves stuck in an elevator with Rachel, Owen and Blair each thinking they somehow contributed to it. In the end, Byron has to admit the elevator company had called him up hours ago to tell him the elevator was broken and not to be used but he was too busy admiring his new robot to pay attention.
- Corpsing: A constant on the show with the actors unable not to break up laughing at some of the stuff they have to go through.
- Crazy-Prepared: As it's the studio audience who decides what happens in a scene, the producers and set people have to be ready for any outcome. Thus, in the behind the scenes videos during voting, the viewers can glimpse some of the unused concepts from a giant hamster wheel to a pack of pro wrestlers standing ready.
- A pack of designers were all set to redress a hallway to look like either a ninja temple, an Old West bar or a pirate tavern in minutes (the ninja temple won).
- Didn't Think This Through: Byron's radio partner, Gator, gets this a few times.
Gator: This way, you have a one hundred percent chance of celebrating a kid winning!Rachel: But we also have a one hundred percent chance of the other kid sad that they lost!Gator: ...Okay, I think your math is off because that's two hundred percent...
- When the family is trapped inside an elevator, Gator breaks in to help them out...with a cannon that fires a t-shirt. When that miserably fails, Gator admits he had no other plan.
- Gator decides to change the brackets at a karate tournament so Owen and Blair face each other in the finals.
- Eat That: Some challenges include things like Blair making a sandwich with her feet for someone to eat, snail smoothies and Rachel and Byron blindfolded and having to feed each other at a restaurant.
- Enforced Method Acting: In-universe and how. The point of the show is how the cast is pushed into wild stunts and having to "just roll with it."
Owen: This is not what we rehearsed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday...
- Moments have included being sprayed with paint; drumming in paint as a full marching band walks in; dance-offs in an elevator whose walls keep closing in; fighting a sumo wrestler; and Rachel handcuffed to a security guard.
- The actor playing Owen had spent several days rehearsing a scene in the school hallway with a guy in a dog suit. When the altered scene begins, he finds he's now in a ninja temple.
- The Halloween episode has the actors playing Byron and Rachel confused when a creepy girl in a black dress keeps popping up right after they've sent her outside. They're literally screaming when it turns out it's a pair of twin sisters.
- Eskimos Aren't Real: At Halloween, Gator says he and his mom "always go as our favorite mythological creature: the horse."
- First-Name Basis: Owen and Blair call their respective stepparents by name instead of "Mom" or "Dad", respectively.
- Foregone Conclusion: When Rachel walks a tight rope over a pool of goo, everyone knows what's going to happen.Blair: Mom, just get to the good part and fall off!
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Almost literally when the family get a toilet and Blair says "I apologize for what I'm going to put you through. I may be small..."
- Hoist by His Own Petard: A few times.
Byron: I told you to be nice, now you gonna pay.
- Blair puts together a disgusting meal for Byron on his radio show including live bugs and other gross items. At which point a "caller" suggests Byron prepare a meal for Blair with even grosser items.
Byron: I am now regretting every one of my taunts.
- The adults prep a "snail smoothie" talking of how "it's good protein"...then learn they have to drink it.
- Insane Troll Logic: Owen has a tendency to take one tiny incident and blow it totally out of proportion. Such as how he thinks a lack of an invitation to a party will lead him to become a river-side hermit attacked by the FBI.Rachel: Owen! You're doing that thing that got us kicked off the airplane that one time again!
- Live Episode: The series does a one-hour Halloween special live which means instead of just the studio audience, the home viewers get to vote on things as well.
- Lovable Jock: Big Jim may be rather dumb but he's also very good-hearted. He goes out of his way to tell the school not to blame Owen for Jim failing a test as Owen prevented him from cheating and that's more important.
- Maintain the Lie: Gator asks Rachel and the kids to join him at his high school reunion as he's been bragging for years to classmates on being a rich guy with a family.
- Mood Whiplash: When Rachel is to be honored at a military ceremony, it looks like Blair's attempts to get out of it (like faking going to a friend's party) are just her embarrassed. But Blair confesses she hates hearing the story of her mom saving other soldiers because it's terrified her how close Rachel came to dying.
- My God, You Are Serious: Tutoring basketball star Big Jim, Owen bursts out laughing at a high schooler asking "what are fractions?" He stops when he realizes how Big Jim has been given a pass on schoolwork for years due to his basketball skills.
- Noodle Incident: Rachel and Byron will both make mentions of stuff they've done from the former's military missions to the latter's wild stunts.
- Seeing Through Another's Eyes: In "Karate Wars IV: Dawn of the Karate Wars", the "Eyeball Swap Obstacle Course" that Blair and Owen participate in have them wear helmets with special cameras that see out the opposite wearer, so it would appear they're seeing through each other's eyes.
- Shout-Out: "Gater's Reunion" has one to House where Owen pretends to be a child psychic to helps the FBI solve crimes.
- Rule of Three:
- The "audience vote" usually occurs three times an episode, sometimes more.
- Thanks to a hole in the roof, Owen has some bird poop fall oh him. He moves a few feet over and a larger pile of poop then falls. He then moves a few feet from there and a massive dump of poop falls on him.Rachel: That's a big hole.Byron: That's a big bird.
- Third-Person Person: Big Jim is this but everyone just accepts it.
- This Is Gonna Suck: A constant reaction of the cast when they realize what wild stunt they have to perform.
Byron: Nothing good ever happens with goggles.
- Even a guest star playing Rachel's old army buddy gets it as he mutters "oh, brother" when he reads the stage direction on how he has to put on goggles after a vote.
- Unwinnable by Design: On a game show, the family have to spin a wheel containing donuts, several of which are packed with disgusting flavors. Each one hopes they get the "good" donut in a spin. It's after each has consumed a horrible treat that they're informed there was no "good" donut at all.
- And that's our show!