True Jackson, VP is a Nickelodeon Kid Com about 15-year-old True Jackson, played by Keke Palmer who is appointed vice president of youth apparel at the fashion house MadStyle. It was created by Andy Gordon, who executive produced Just Shoot Me! and NewsRadio. Supporting characters include Mr. Madigan (Greg Proops) her kooky boss and CEO of MadStyle; Amanda (Danielle Bisutti), True's bitter rival; Lulu (Ashley Argota), True's spacey yet brilliant best friend; and Ryan (Matt Shively), True's other friend who often disrupts the workplace with his oafishness. There's also her crush Jimmy (Robbie Amell) and camp receptionist Oscar (Ron Butler).
True must deal with all the trappings of the adult workplace; jealous co-workers, deadlines, regular meetings all on top of being a normal teenager attending school. And of course, since this a kids show, wacky hi-jinks ensue when both of her personal and professional life combine.
The show did alright for Nickelodeon, but apparently not up to the standards set by some of the bigger live-action shows on the network. Episodes also took awhile to air, as the show ended with 2 seasons and 60 episodes over about a three year period, probably due to Executive Meddling, progressively being Screwed by the Network, or that the two supporting actors were busy with other shows like Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures and The Troop.
This show contains examples of:
- Accidental Kiss: Between Jimmy and True in "The Prototype".
- Adults Are Useless: Averted, two of the adult characters, Mr. Madigan and Oscar, are actually treated with some modicum of respect and usefulness.
- Alpha Bitch: To a degree, Amanda. Also, Pinky Turzo and Kyle Sandbox at True's school.
- An Aesop: Most episodes end this way, with True learning a valuable lesson.
- Air-Vent Passageway: Ryan and Lulu try to escape out of MadStyle's basement through one.
- Ambiguously Gay: Oscar and single-episode character Simon Christini.
- Apathetic Teacher: Ms. Park
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Ryan's last name is Laserbeam. Also, Kyle Sandbox is the name of True's rival in "The Fifth of Prankuary" and "Class Election".
- Asian Airhead: Lulu
- Subverted, since Lulu is shown to actually be really smart, but still acts goofy.
- As Himself: Justin Bieber and Care Bears on Fire in True Concert, John Cena in Pajama Party.
- Book-Ends: The first episode's end shot before the credits, ends with True outside her door, smiling before closing it marked "Vice President". Last episode ends the same way, except it's marked "President".
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Just about every main character uses True's "You said what now?!" throughout the course of the series.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Mr. Madigan, of course.
- Butt-Monkey: Kopelman, for sure, before Mr. Madigan retired.
- Even his nephew gets this treatment, just because he was related to Kopelman.
- Amanda had become the butt monkey just as much as Kopelman later on, culminating in her age regression by the Fountain of Youth and ensuing wedding postponement or cancellation and forced firing from Mad Style.
- Catch-Phrase: "YOU SAID WHAT NOW?!" and "Not even!"
- Chain of Deals: One episode had this plot, whose purpose was to obtain the recipe for Mr. Madigan's favorite pistachio ice cream.
- Christmas Episode: "Holiday Parade"
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Lulu, when she's around her boyfriend Mikey J.
- Closet Geek: True Matchmaker reveals that Amanda and Oscar are secretly fans of "Space Plantation".
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Lulu fits this trope to a T.
- Easily Forgiven: True is easily forgiven for her mistakes, but to be fair she's usually honest about her mistakes.
Carla (sarcastically): Thanks for helping me out, Dad.Karl Gustav: I'll buy you a pony.Carla: Okay!
- Parodied in the episode Trapped in Paris when Karl Gustav doesn't bother to help his daughter, whom True and her friends locked in a trunk until he catches them.
- Evil Laugh: Mr. Madigan in The Fifth of Prankuary: "Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to laugh diabolically and back out of the room."
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: In Trapped in Paris, True and her friends stop Ryan from marrying Karl Gustav's daughter by sending a chandelier crashing down on the minister.Karl Gustav: It's a tragedy!Minister: I'm okay!Karl Gustav: Not you, the chandelier! I made that at camp!
- Fanservice: Amanda is no stranger to this trope.
- Fashion Show: Regularly, even as part of meetings to show of new designs.
- Freudian Excuse: When Amanda was in high school, she was a "dork" that got bullied a lot, particularly by the most popular girls in school—this is probably at least part of the mean why she's so mean as an adult.
- Genius Ditz: Lulu—while she may act rather hyper and goofy, it turns out that she's actually very intelligent.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Oscar, the Ambiguously Gay receptionist wore a "Frankie Says Relax" shirt in the beginning of the "Flirting With Fame" episode, in reference to Stage Gay group Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Ryan: It's because of that trip to the pond in the third grade where that swan bit me in the...
- Averted in this exchange in Keeping Tabs:
Ryan: Yeah, I just couldn't think of the word for a second there.
- Girl Posse: The Pinks, a clique of mean girls led by Pinky Turzo, played by Jennette McCurdy.
- Grand Finale: In the end, Amanda gets age-regressed into a 10-year-old after falling into the Fountain of Youth and True becomes the new boss at Max Style after Max retires to start a family with his wife, with a new staff comprising of teenagers in addition to Lulu, Ryan and Jimmy including Lulu's boyfriend Mikey J and Ryan's on-off crush Kelsey with the only adult in the staff being Kopelman.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Episodes often times start with the word "True".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Amanda may be mean and do anything for status, but she's not so bad when you get to know her. She may not admit it, but she cares for True deep down.
- Kid Com
- Large Ham: Ryan.
- Mr. Madigan constantly acts over the top.
- Karl Gustav from Trapped in Paris is an example of Evil Is Hammy.
- Lethal Chef: True.
- Meaningful Name: Oscar R. Eception.
- Not in the Face!: Karl Gustav whimpers this in Trapped in Paris after Mr. Madigan beats up his mooks. Mr. Madigan does get him in the face... by honking his nose.
- Once an Episode: Kopelman bashing.
- True telling colorful stories of her parents and various relatives.
- Only Sane Man: True, for the most part as she's the most level-headed out of the main cast. When not her, it's usually Oscar.
- Playing Hard to Get: Kelsey does this to Ryan.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: "True Mall," an episode that introduces plenty of new characters and is set in Mad Style's store at the mall.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: After Jimmy accidentally kisses True. Also doubles as a Funny Moment.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Greg Proops, Ron Butler and Robbie Amell.
- Running Gag: Several, from True quoting her parents, to Kopelman getting picked on, and Jimmy's fixation on mail and delivering.
- Sassy Black Woman: True, sometimes.
- Satellite Love Interest: Jimmy. We barely know anything about him beyond being Max's nephew, a delivery boy and being True's love interest. He has hobbies, but not much in the personality department.
- Ship Tease: True and Jimmy. They end up having an Accidental Kiss in "The Prototype" and admit to wanting to be more than friends with each other in "True Valentine," only to be broken up again in the next episode "True Date," due to Mr. Madigan's "no dating employee" policy.
- The two do finally share a real kiss in "True Kiss" and finally begin the "Timmy" (True and Jimmy) relationship.
- Shout-Out: According to his astronaut father, Jimmy's real name is Tiberius.
- Space Western: One exists in the universe called "Space Plantation."
- Special Guest: From other Nickelodeon shows, such as Tom Kenny, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress, and Stefán Karl Stefánsson.
- Studio Audience
- Suck E. Cheese's: Snackleberry Junction.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Karl Gustav in Trapped in ParisKarl Gustav (to his lackeys): Guys. We talked about this. Show some initiative. THEY'RE ESCAPING!!
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Amanda, with the sweet side coming out every so often.
- The Voiceless: Kopelman.
- ¡Three Amigos!: True, Lulu and Ryan.
- Triang Relations: Surprising averted with the main three kid characters, each have love interests of their own.
- Two Girls and a Guy: True, Lulu and Ryan.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Well, it IS a show that takes place in a fashion company.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Mad Style instituted a "no employee dating" rule, thus driving True and Jimmy to put a hold on potential relationship.
- Vapor Wear: In the episode "Red Carpet", True's top at the Stunty awards has a "headlights" thing going on.
- Wacky Guy: Ryan.
- Walking Away Shot: In episode "The New Kid" at the beginning after the theme song.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Oscar in the series finale. When True takes over Mad Style, she hires only kids, and there's another receptionist seen working where Oscar should be, so what? Did True just fire one of the nicest guys working there? It could be possible that he left on his own accord than fired by True, however.
- Worse with Context: When Oscar and Amanda are discussing why Amanda keeps losing assistants.Oscar: You made your last assistant pick up your dry cleaning.
Oscar: It was in Canada.