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Our cast (clockwise from center: Christine, Edgar, Rose, and Rankle

Christine: We've all had a late-night guest or a hungry little critter craving a bedtime snack, but midnight is no time to get lazy - and the kitchen of the perfect hostess never sleeps.
Rankle: Who is she talking to?!
Episode 1.
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The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell is, to boil it down to its bare essence, Martha Stewart meets the Addams Family meets Sesame Street. It follows Christine as a sort of artsy-domestic home artisan, making treats and crafts along with a collection of colorful creatures (themselves artfully created and puppeteered by the Jim Henson Studios): Rose (a slovenly and libidinous patchwork reanimated creation made of essentially roadkill), Rankle (the prissy and sarcastic mummy of an ancient Egyptian cat), and Edgar (an earnest, awkward humanoid wolflike creature recovering from an addiction to human flesh and blood).


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  • 13 Is Unlucky: The month is unknown but Rose's birthday, as featured in episode five, is on the thirteenth and falls on a Friday.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The title itself counts as this with all the hard "C" sounds.
  • Asshole Victim: Evelyn is shown to be snobbish and unpleasant before her Axe-Crazy side is shown, but she meets her demise in episode six.
  • Big Eater: Rose and Edgar both have big appetites.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: One of Rose's hands is a fork.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A recurring gag is that Christine will often give instructions for making her dishes to us, the audience, but other characters like Rose and Rankle will shake their heads quizzically, wondering who she's talking to.
  • Cats Are Superior: Rankle is very haughty and doesn’t hesitate to remind others that he was once worshipped in Ancient Egypt. With the comebacks he throws at other characters, Rankle can also count as Cats Are Snarkers.
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  • Conspicuous CGI: The exterior shots of the mansion, though brief, come off as this.
  • Costume Porn: Christine wears some stunning dresses on the show.
  • Disney Death: Rose dies in the last episode, stabbed by Evelyn. She gets better, through the judicious application of lightning.
  • Do Wrong, Right: In episode 2 Christine discovers that Rose, Rankle, and Edgar have been torturing their neighbor, Mr. Ketchum, with a suspended blade in their basement. She chides them because the blade wasn’t securely attached and not because they kidnapped and tortured someone in the first place.
  • Evil Redhead: Christine’s cousin Evelyn counts as this.
  • Evil Smells Bad: Edgar is suspicious of Norman because of this. It also plays into Norman’s Ambiguously Evil status and the implication that he’s a serial killer.
  • Fairytale Motif: Episode three shows Christine preparing wolf paw doughnuts to take to her grandmother and leaving the house in a red dress with a cloak to match. While not lampshaded its clearly a reference to Little Red Riding Hood.
  • The Fashionista: Vivienne has traits of this, giving fashion advice and helping Christine pick out fabric and colors for her evening dress.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Technically Christine does more baking than cooking but the same principle applies.
  • Flowers of Romance: Norman and Vivienne’s boyfriend both bring bunches of flowers as gifts.
  • Food Porn: And how! The treats that Christine makes on the show are something to behold.
  • Freaky Is Cool: Basically the whole premise of the show.
  • Friend to Bugs: One of Christine’s housemates is a giant hairy spider named Lucille.
  • Gasshole: The first thing that Rose does after she’s reanimated a second time is passing gas rather loudly.
  • Gentle Giant: Edgar is the biggest and the strongest character but he's actually quite shy and the least violent.
  • Girls Love Chocolate: Christine often bakes chocolate treats and Rose is always happy to eat them.
  • The Hero's Birthday: While she's not the lead character, Rose's birthday drives the plot in episode five.
  • Informed Wrongness: In episode four, Vivienne tells Christine that Evelyn tried to kill Lucille. However, in the previous scene when Evelyn was snooping around in Christine’s room, it’s clear that she didn’t come close to killing Lucille but reacted the way most people would upon finding a giant hairy spider on the floor.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: Vivienne, being a ghost, doesn’t have the number of costume changes as Christine does. Averted in episode 6 when Vivienne greets her beau wearing a shiny backless dress for their night out on Halloween, showing off what appear to be gunshot wounds.
  • Lady in Red: Four of Christine’s outfits are red including the evening dress she wears for her dinner date with Norman.
  • Meganekko: Christine occasionally wears safety goggles that look like vintage cats eye glasses.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Rankle has noticeably blue eyes but it’s unknown if they were that blue (if at all) prior to his mummification and resurrection.
  • Perky Goth: The aesthetic of the show is something like this.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Christine has a few pink outfits, but Rose plays this straight because her hair bow is pink as are most of the treats, decorations, and gifts at her birthday party in episode 5. It’s also fitting because Rose means “pink” in French.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Christine and Vivienne.
  • Really Gets Around: Rose apparently has frequent rendezvous with the neighborhood dogs and an inanimate garden gnome.
  • Scenery Porn: The series primarily takes place inside a mansion where Christine lives and makes good use of some beautifully decorated rooms.
  • Self-Made Orphan: It’s strongly implied that Evelyn purposefully started the house fire that killed her parents.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: Norman, who we meet in Episode 3, apparently preys on sex offenders.
  • Sweet Tooth: Norman states in episode three that he usually prefers sweet dishes over savory ones.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Christine sees her own evening dress in episode 3 and makes an elegant hat in episode 4.
  • True Blue Femininity: At least two of Christine’s outfits are blue.
  • The Unintelligible: Bernard the basement monster speaks in growls, though Rose understands him and they talk back and forth the most.
  • Quirky Household: Christine, a human baker, is sharing her home with a reanimated raccoon, a resurrected Egyptian cat, a werewolfish beast, a ghost, and a monster in the basement.
  • X Days Since: 8 days since the last fatality. If they make it two more days, they get banana splits!


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