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Series / The John Larroquette Show

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A 1993–96 NBC sitcom starring John Larroquette (Night Court) as recovering alcoholic John Hemingway, the night shift manager of a bus station in St. Louis.

Other characters include John's assistant, Mahalia Sanchez (Liz Torres); lunch counter attendant Dexter Walker (Daryl Mitchell); janitor Heavy Gene (Chi McBride); high-class escort Carly Watkins (Gigi Rice); beat cops Adam Hampton (Lenny Clarke) and Eve Eggers (Elizabeth Berridge); and starting in season 2, a nurse named Catherine Merrick (Alison LaPlaca).


This show provides examples of:

  • AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: Played with and lampshaded when John's boss sends in his ne'er-do-well nephew to be trained by John. The nephew is played by Bobcat Goldthwait so this is to be expected.
  • Angry Black Man: Dexter (to John)
  • Building of Adventure: Pretty much the entire series takes place inside the bus station.
  • Companion Cube: The carnival sign "This Is a Dark Ride" John hangs in his office.
  • Crossover: "More Changes" features John calling into Frasier Crane's radio show for some relationship advice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: The bus station has one of these as a Running Gag.
    John: People did that? Bears, I could imagine. But people?
  • The Eponymous Show: Though Larroquette wanted it to be called Crossroads
  • Everything Is Racist: Dexter, who especially plays it up around John.
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  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: A wedding with a Cinderella theme.
  • Fatal Flaw: John Hemingway's (recovering) alcoholism.
  • G.I.R.L.: In The Teaser of an episode John goes to an internet lesbian chatroom pretending to be a woman.
    John (typing): What are you talking about?
    Girl 1: [something mundane]
    John: Sounds hot.
    Assorted girls: MAN IN THE FORUM! LOG OFF!! LOG OFF!!
  • Girly Skirt Twirl: The normally tough cop Eve is a bridesmaid for a Cinderella themed wedding, and twirls around the room in her dress, accidentally tripping over a chair.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Carly
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: Happens to John, who refuses to dress up for a charity collection... until Ms. Fanservice purrs like a kitten. Cue next scene and audience laughter as John is standing there dressed like a duck.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Carly, for obvious reasons.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: John Hemingway's last name may be a Shout-Out to Ernest Hemingway, particularly considering John has a masters degree in English literature.
  • Punny Name: A double pun with police partners Adam Hampton and Eve Eggers (Adam & Eve/Ham & Eggs)
  • Recovered Addict: John Hemingway is a recovering alcoholic, having given it up that very day. Going to AA meetings is a regular part of the first season but dropped after that.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Eggers. After all, she is Constanze Mozart.
  • Shout-Out: The nephew of John's boss is named Bob Barker.
  • Spicy Latina: Mahalia
  • The Sponsor: John had as his AA sponsor David Crosby, perhaps the Poster Boy for rock star addicts. Once at the start of a meeting Crosby admitted he had had fallen off the wagon, leading John to respond: "My sponsor needs a sponsor?"
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: John wins an electric car. He charges it at home, where he gets free electricity included in his rent. His landlord complains and cuts him off, so John starts charging it at the bus station where he works.
  • Thematic Theme Tune: The Skrewy St. Louis Blues; basically no lyrics (just scat), but the title alone is very appropriate to the show.
  • Theme Naming: The two police officers are name Adam Hampton and Eve Eggers. For additional fun their surnames contain the words "ham" and "eggs", frequently referred to as "Adam and Eve" in Hash House Lingo.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: The B plot in one episode centred around John being forced to rent a bus to a group of neo-Nazis.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: In one episode, John is forced to rent a bus to group of neo-Nazis. After spending the episode trying to find a way to avoid this, he finally admits that the law says that he must rent them a bus. He then adds that the law doesn't say anything about not shoving a screwdriver through the gas tank as he holds up a screwdriver.
  • Work Com: The majority of the action takes place in the bus station and/or to the employees thereof.
  • World of Snark