Some Assembly Required is a Canadian sitcom that was created by Dan Signer, the same person who created A.N.T. Farm, The Suite Life on Deck, and Mr. Young, and aired on YTV for three seasons from 2014 to 2016. The show was made available on Netflix in 2015.
Everyday 14-year-old Jarvis Raines becomes the CEO of a toy company called Knickknack Toys when he sues a toy company over a defective chemistry set that explodes and destroys his house. To help him run the company, Jarvis hires some kids from his high school: Piper Gray, a "hacker chick"; Bowie Sherman, the smart guy of the group; Geneva Hayes, the pretty but ditzy receptionist; Malcom "Knox" Knoxford III, the company's product safety tester; and Aster Vanderberg, the self-proclaimed "King of Swag" that serves as the company's chief design officer.
This show provides examples of:
- Absentee Actor: Jarvis and Piper are the only main characters who appear in every episode.
- Bilingual Bonus
- Several characters are said to be from Meeskatania, including Mrs. Bupkes and Mr. Gournisht, both of whose surnames mean "nothing" in Yiddish. People from Meeskatania are called Meeskites, which is Yiddish for ugliness/ugly person. Meeskatania is said to border on a country called Zeeskatania; Zeeskite is Yiddish for sweetness/a sweet person.
- Depending on the Writer:
- Bowie's intelligence isn't all that consistent. In some episodes, he is quite smart despite being extremely eccentric. In other episodes, he comes across as being almost as stupid as Geneva and Knox (but only almost).
- While Geneva is always somewhat vain and habitually lazy (not to mention ditzy), her overall friendliness varies from episode to episode. In some episodes, she displays a sweet and caring side, while she in other episodes is self-centered through and through.
- Dumb Blonde: Geneva is ditzy and blonde.
- Emo Teen: Downplayed with Piper. She dresses like one, and acts more cynical than the others, but she's more of a perky goth than anything.
- Expy: The characters are obviously based upon characters from Dan Signer's previous YTV sitcom, Mr. Young. Note that this only applies to the teenage characters and that Aster doesn't have a counterpart as there are six main teens on SAR compared to only five on Young.
- Jarvis is based upon Adam, as both are the protagonists, who are teenagers put into an adult job and quickly use their youthful brains to their advantage.
- Piper and Echo are both the tomboy of the two lead female characters and are the main love interests of the protagonists. The main difference is that Piper is a Perky Goth while Echo is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and that while Adam likes Echo, Piper is into Jarvis.
- Bowie and Derby are both the goofballs of their respective group and childhood friends of the protagonists. While they're not dumb, they're not smart either and have poor common sense.
- Knox and Slab are Dumb Muscle characters who are known by nicknames derived from their last names (Knoxford and Slabinsky). While Slab is a bully, Knox is a Surfer Dude.
- Geneva is a successor to Ivy, as they are Dumb Blonde characters who play a girly counterpart to Piper and Echo. Geneva tends to be dumber and nicer than Ivy, who is somewhat of an Alpha Bitch. While Ivy is presented as a love interest only to Derby, all of the boys in SAR (except for the presumably gay Aster) are shown as having crushes on Geneva, which underscores the fact that she was only hired for her looks.
- Height Angst: A running gag with Aster. As he suffers a number of problems due to his small size.
- Heh Heh, You Said "X": When Jarvis says duty, Geneva thinks its funny and says you said doodie! (But she actually knows that he said duty with a T, as if I do work around here!)
- Hypocritical Humor: In the first episode, Piper is trying to watch a film in a movie theater, but a girl in front of her is talking to someone on her cell phone, so she asks her to shut up. The girl's response? "Do you mind? I'm on the phone!"
- Official Couple: Jarvis and Piper become this in Season 3.
- Perky Goth: Piper may be the embodiment of this trope.
- Repetitive Name: The name "Knox Knoxford" repeats the "Knox" part twice.
- Shout-Out: One episode is called "Dance Crew Evolution", in reference to Dance Dance Revolution.
- Tiny Schoolboy: Aster Vanderberg. He's visibly shorter than most people his age, and he he has many issues because of it.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Piper is the tomboy to Geneva's girly-girl.