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Series / Life with Boys

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A Wonderful Life.

Life With Boys is a Canadian Kid Com from Nelvana (one of their few non-animated works) starring Torri Webster. She plays Tess Foster who lives with her widowed father and three brothers (Gabe, Spencer and Sam). The show focuses on her quest to find the balance between her love for typical girly things and being on the wrestling team.

The show airs on YTV in Canada and Nickelodeon everywhere else, except for Australia where the show airs on ABC 3.


This show contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Sam to Allie.
  • Acting Unnatural: In "Young and Stupid With Boys", Tess and Allie are waiting to meet Sam's cute friend Adam. When Sam and Adam arrive, Allie says "Look casual". Tess and Allie then put one arm behind their heads and one foot on the table in perfect unison.
  • Adults Are Useless: Mr. Foster, but not Grandma Helen.
  • Animated Credits Opening: Starts off as a stop-motion sequence but turns to live-action near the end.
  • Alpha Bitch: Stacey and Kaylee.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Allie.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Gabe has this for Tess, especially when a guy asked her out on a bet.
  • Book Dumb: Allie.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Both Sam and Tess are Algebra prodigies.
  • Camp Straight: Sam.
  • Canada, Eh?: The show is filmed in Toronto.
  • The Casanova: Gabe.
  • Cool Loser: Averted. Tess is pretty popular since she's on the wrestling team.
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  • Crazy Cat Lady: Heather.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Torri Webster sings the theme song, "Wonderful Life" along with Canadian singer Katia Zuccarelli as a duet.
  • Different for Girls: After Tess complains at a Halloween party how easy boys have it when it comes to dating, a witch transforms her into a boy and says she will only be transformed back once she gets a girl to dance with her. Tess quickly discovers that boys have their own problems when it comes to dating.
  • Education Through Pyrotechnics: A flashback shows Allie somehow causing an explosion in a science class that turns Tess blue.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: In "Bathroom Battles with Boys", Jack takes on an embarrassing, and physically punishing, second job as a party clown to raise the extra money so Tess can have her own bathroom (and not have to share with her brothers). Tess feels incredibly guilty when she finds out.
  • The Fashionista: Allie.
  • Food Slap: In "Wrestling with Boys", the two girls Gabe is two-timing both show up on his doorstep at the same time. When he can't remember their names, they toss their drinks in his face.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Tess temporarily undergoes one in "A Perfect Life with Boys". She has had enough of her brothers leaving the bathroom dirty, hogging the remote control, and their manners at dinner every night. Tess believes to have found the solution to their problem, and invites their grandmother to stay with them. Grandma Helen gets the boys to behave by playing the 'girl card' and forcing them to treat Tess with respect. However, Tess learns that this is a two-way street, and if he brothers are going to behave like gentlemen, then she has to behave like a lady, which leaves Tess no longer sure if she even has the right to change their behaviour.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Tess and Allie.
  • I Broke a Nail: Allie was worried that, being on the wrestling team, Tess could suffer cuts, break bones, or a nail.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Episode Name With Boys.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: In "Wrestling with Boys", Tess is planning on throwing a match against the wrestling team. Allie asks whether, if the plan goes wrong, she can have Tess's sparkly black purse.
  • Insult to Rocks;
    I just realised that when I compared you to an average dog, I was being insulting to dogs.
  • Love Interest: Bobby Parelli, for Tess.
  • Missing Mom: For Gabe, Tess, Sam and Spencer.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Tess's father is a master of it, whenever Tess is about to fess up her father starts gushing about how good an example Tess is and she chickens out. She does finally give in each episode and they reach an understanding.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Tess.
  • Overprotective Dad: Jack.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Tess and Sam.
  • Popularity Food Chain:
  • Raised by Dudes: Tess was raised by her single gym coach father alongside her three brothers after their mother died. It is one of the reasons she has trouble balancing her competing tomboy and girly-girl natures.
  • The Rival: Bobby to Tess.
  • Shout-Out: "Would You Like To Dance With Boys?" has a couple instances of the environment assembling piece by piece. The Boy of the Week was Dylan Everett.
  • The Talk: Jack is notoriously bad at giving The Talk. So much so that Gabe and Sam decide they should give Spencer The Talk rather than have him be traumatized by their father.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tess and Allie.
  • Two-Timer Date: In "Girl-Entine's Day With Boys", Tess is alone on Valentines Day, so she and Allie come up with the idea of "Girl-entines day". Then she gets a date with a cute boy named Blake. But she does not want to disappoint Allie so she tries to go on a date with him and spend the night with the girls simultaneously.
  • Very Special Episode: Sam starts smoking!
  • Yandere: Heather for Mr. Foster.
  • You Go, Girl!: The first episode is all about Tess's quest to join the wrestling team.


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