Tucked away in the rolling hills of Indiana, far from big city life, this isolated, tight-knit community lives by its own set of rules. The Ridge is a place where a guy can have a yard full of pet grizzly bears, use dynamite recreationally and hold family demolition derbies.
The code of life on the Ridge is simple: respect the Lord, love your family and watch each other's backs.
Porter Ridge contains examples of:
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Averted. The local biker gang consists of very nice people who do charity work and visit prisons. Terry, deciding this sounds like too much work when all he wants to do is ride bikes, decides to form his own gang with his neighbors.
- Badass Beard: All the male cast, except for Terry.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: When Terry and Danny Bob fix a cop's car, they take it for a test drive to pick up coffee and donuts. Averted with the actual cop though, who doesn't eat donuts.
- Down in the Dumps: The series is set in a junkyard.
- Every Episode Ending with Terry and co sitting around the campfire.
- Everything's Better With Bears: Jeff "the Bear Man" is Terry's neighbour and keeps numerous bears in his house and garden.
- Malaproper: Terry.
- No Name Given: Whenever the characters pop into town, it is always captioned as "Nearest Town". The last names of Kayla, Danny Bob and "Dirty" Andy are never captioned, although they are mentioned once of twice.
- Serious Business: The race in Episode 2.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Dog Killer Ridge, rival ridge to Porter Ridge, owned by the Sciscoe family. Terry's wife Connie is friends with Mrs Sciscoe.
- Third Wheel: Jeff "the Bear Man" goes on a date with his neighbor, the first since his wife died some time back. It is interrupted by "Elvis" Larry, who has lost his keys.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Terry Porter hardly ever wears a shirt. When he does, it is usually undone to the waist. Lampshaded one rainy day:Terry: I hate it when it rains because I have to put on a shirt.Danny Bob: I love it when it rains because you have to put on a shirt.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Terry is petrified of them.