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  • Adored by the Network: Among the other Disney series such as Big Hero 6: The Series and DuckTales (2017), they renewed the series for a second season before it premiered.
    • It was able to start off with a week worth of premieres that ranged from June 18th to 22nd, similar to DuckTales, the series had start off with the first episode (the two 11 minute segments) was being released on the Disney Now App and on YouTube on June 8, ten days before its initial release on the channel.
    • As of late, Disney XD loves to air the show multiple times a day, even having weekend marathons.
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    • When "Uncaged" premiered after the Disney Channel premiere of Moana, it got 925,000 views. A month later, and Disney Channel would increase its airtime to 4 times a day, and airs more than any animated series in regular Disney Channel airtime.
    • As of 2021, the show has been known to air around six to twelve times a day. It seems to have become the successor to Phineas and Ferb.
    • Matter of fact, the show has the most animated shorts out of any other Disney cartoon, having over thirty by the end of 2020.
    • In April 2021, the show became the most-watched series on Disney+ Latin America, surpassing The Simpsons and Miraculous Ladybug.
    • As of mid-2021, the show has become the only animated series on Disney Channel other than Miraculous to air every single day instead of only airing when new episodes are premiering, unlike Amphibia and The Owl House.
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  • Age-Gap Romance: A meta reference. Chris Houghton, who voices Cricket, is in his early thirties, while Cricket's girlfriend Gabriella is voiced by the 17-year old Jenna Ortega.
  • Ascended Extra: Gloria was supposed to be just one of many secondary characters, but the production team quickly saw the potential in her and she slowly began to apear more and more until she practically became a new member of the family.
  • Banned Episode: The episode "Bleeped" was never shown in Southeast Asia due to its plot heavily involving swearing.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Pretty much everyone in the main cast, but most notably Chris Houghton, get to do a showstopper in the Christmas Episode. A few minor musical numbers pop up from time to time for them as well, such as the "Funtopia" song in "Park Pandemonium".
    • Zeno Robinson gets to show off his rapping skills in "Okay Karaoke".
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  • Channel Hop: The series was moved from Disney XD to Disney Channel before it even premiered. However, reruns would start airing on Disney XD in September 2018.
  • Credits Pushback: The end credits are pushed toward the bottom for commercial ads despite having a rather catchy ending tune. The second season takes this even further by adding commercial breaks right after the theme song and removing the credits song all together and having the credits appear along the bottom in the last 30 seconds of an episode, to give more room time for commercials.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Cricket is a 10-year old boy voiced by the 30-year old Chris Houghton. His sister Tilly, who is 11-12, is voiced by Marieve Herington, also in her 30s.
    • Remy is voiced by Zeno Robinson, who is in his 20s.
    • A lot of the minor child characters are voiced by adults as well, such as 30-year old director Monica Ray voicing Kiki.
    • Averted with Benny, who is voiced by child actor Luke Lowe.
  • Descended Creator: Series co-creator Chris Houghton voices Cricket.
    • His brother Shane voices most of the unnamed male characters that appear in many episodes.
    • As stated above, director Monica Ray voices Kiki.
  • Distanced from Current Events: From May to October 2020, the episode "Cricket's Shoes" was pulled from reruns (along with its sister episode "Feud Fight") in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, as it involved Cricket catching the flu and going outside when he shouldn't, and sneezes on Bill twice and gets his germs on him.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Chris Houghton said on his Tumblr that he actually broke down during the scene in "Phoenix Rises" when Cricket is upset that Phoenix may be gone for good.
  • Fake American: Andre Robinson had to fake a truly accent-free voice when playing Young Bill in "Greens' Acres" (though he used his real African accent during his one line as Young Russell).
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  • Invisible Advertising: In the promo for the final two episodes of Season 2's "middle ten", the only episode it did not use any clips from was "Chipwrecked". This was done deliberately to avoid spoiling the dark nature of the episode and especially to hide the big cliffhanger at the end.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • As of today, there are no home media releases of the series, with only digital platforms such as iTunes and Disney+ for distribution.
    • Also, the Big City Greens episode of Disney's Magic Bake Off has not yet been streamed to Disney+, along with the Shortsgiving special.
  • Meaningful Release Date:
    • The episode "Quiet Please", which has sign language, came out on September 19, 2020. September is Deaf Awareness Month.
    • "Date Night" was aired the day before Valentine's Day in 2021. Coincidentally, it plus "Valentines Dance" two years prior are both Gabriella episodes.
    • "Ding Dongers" and "Animation Abomination" were released on the first day of Spring.
    • "The Van" and "Bat Girl" will be released on Passover 2021.
    • "Cousin Jilly" and "Gloria's Cafe" will premiere on Easter Vigil.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Cricket's name was used similarly on another character in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as mentioned above and the other one was ironically named by a mobile phone company, Cricket Wireless.
    • There's another show where the central location is also called Big City.
    • "Cricket" is also the name used for a little sister to a fairy chef.
    • While Tilly's name is loosely named after a store that spelt "Tilly's".
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Explained from Out of Order, the series' first trailer led many to believe that the Welcome Home episode was the first chronological episode, but instead, Space Chicken (a pilot episode) had aired first, as the said episode did not air until later after the release.
  • No Export for You: The first episode was uploaded on YouTube, but only those who live in the US can watch it.
    • The "Bee Tree" Short was spotted on the Canadian Disney Channel, But can be seen by anyone who lives in Canada until it was released later in the US.
  • The Other Darrin: A voice director variant. During the first season, the show's creators, Chris and Shane Houghton, were the voice directors initially but due to them being too busy running the show, Monica Ray took over as voice director in season 2.
  • Out of Holiday Episode:
    • "The Gifted" is a Father's Day episode, yet it aired on July 11, 2020.
    • "Big Resolution" is a New Year's Eve episode, yet aired on January 30, 2021.
  • Out of Order: The series first trailer, that previewed "Welcome Home", should’ve had aired first instead of "Space Chicken", since that's the first episode that chronologically starts the series and the characters off, while the latter was actually a pilot episode, which had a very awkward head start to introduce the characters and the series with at first since The Greens had already arrived to the city and had gotten some experience of the city already.
    • To add salt to the wound, one of the co-creators had posted a picture on Twitter that listed episodes with the production codes that Disney Channel had shuffled up all of the episodes from their original order, concluding that it had been airing out of order from the start.
    • And then following after "Phoenix Rises", any continuation about Nancy since she returned at the end of the said episode, was held off by two holiday themed episodes.
    • Disney+ completely rearranges all Season 1 episodes, sometimes changing the segments around as well. For example, "Welcome Home" is the first episode with "Space Chicken" paired with it, and "Gramma's License" was paired with "Supermarket Scandal" and listed as the tenth. According to Chris Houghton, the Disney+ order is the official chronological order of the season; however, it is not the original production order.
    • The Disney+ version of S2 is completely out of order than it aired on TV, as it's vastly out of production order. For instance, "Chipocalypse Now" is the very first episode listed, despite not happening until Episode 21. Episode 20 before it is listed as Episode 29.
    • The Season 3 episode "Squashed" aired in October 2021, which is fitting considering it's a Halloween-themed episode, but Word of God confirmed it wasn't actually the Season 3 premier and that the rest of the season wouldn't air until further notice. Though in this case, it was justified because Season 3 wasn't finished yet at the time and the development team wanted "Squashed" to avoid being an Out of Holiday Episode.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Paul Scheer, a comedian known for playing characters his image, plays Chip Whistler.
    • Ed Begley Jr. is known for playing very smart yet very smug characters. Here, he plays Chip Whistler's father, Mr. Whistler, who is the total opposite of his jerkass son: A calm, friendly, and hard-working farmer who expects the best out of people.
  • Playing Gertrude: Artemis Pebdani, who voices Alice Green, was born in 1977, making her younger than Bob Joles (voice of Bill, born 1959) and Wendi McLendon Covey (voice of Nancy, born in 1969).
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Since the breakout of COVID-19, a lot of the animated shorts mention the Greens are stuck at home, such as the Broken Karaoke songs "Stuck at Home" and "Where Are All the Monsters?", the "Shortsgiving" special, and the description for Lip Switch.
  • Recycled Script:
    • The plot of "Cricketsitter" is similar to The Simpsons episode "My Sister, My Sitter".
    • The plot of "Hurt Bike" is similar to the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "I Had an Accident".
    • The plot of "Quiet Please" is a complete G-rated parody of the film A Quiet Place.
    • The plot of "Okay Karaoke" is similar to The Loud House episode "Really Loud Music".
    • The plot of "The Room" is similar to the Gravity Falls episode "Carpet Diem".
    • The plot of "Bleeped" is similar to the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Sailor Mouth".
    • The plot of "Fast Foodie" is similar to the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Supersize Me".
    • The plot of "Spaghetti Theory" is similar to The Simpsons episode "22 Short Films About Springfield".
  • Release Date Change: The release date was originally scheduled for 2017 before being moved to Spring 2018 on Disney XD, but ended up being moved to Summer of the same year for Disney Channel, and Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer took its former place.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The series was put in place before it was officially green-lit by Disney in 2012, at that time, Chris was currently working on Gravity Falls, while Shane had worked on other projects, just before they went to Nickelodeon to work on Harvey Beaks in 2015, as there was no official news of the series until four years later into 2016. Although the production of the pilot episode was produced in between 2014 and 2015, while all others were roughly produced in much of 2015 onto 2017.
  • Schedule Slip: The show has recently been renewed for a second season before its premiere, but has since entered a long hiatus after the Season 1 finale with no official release for the season until November 16, a good eight months later.
  • Screwed by the Network: Despite its Adored by the Network status, the show has fallen victim to this a few times:
    • It had no episodes for eight months between the Season 1 finale and the Season 2 premiere, and most recently, there were no new episodes between February and July 2020 because of the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic slowing production. And when episodes do air, they either are released one episode per week or in a "bomb" format. It doesn't help that it eventually releases short series in-between the hiatuses. Currently, 2019 and 2020 are tied for the fewest episodes premiered with a grand total of 15 each.
  • Series Hiatus:
    • The show went on hiatus for eight months after the Season 1 finale from March to November.
    • After the last of the first ten of Season 2 ("Garage Tales"/"Animal Farm"), the show went on hiatus from February to July, with shorts released in-between. This is because of Disney Channel's new binge watching strategy as confirmed by co-creator Chris Houghton on Tumblr, where they have to finish storyboarding, recording and editing about 8-10 episodes instead of one or two, which could take about 3-5 months or longer, and have them released all at once. This is also due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, resulting in production being temporarily halted and the crew was confined to their homes to finish the work from there, as part of attempting to slow the rate of those catching the sickness.
    • The show went into another hiatus from the mid-season finale "Chipwrecked" to "Chipocalypse Now", from September 19th, 2020 to January 16, 2021.
  • Short Run in Peru: As shown here, the Christmas special , "Green Christmas", airs in Asia on December 6, 2019, with its US debut on December 7.
  • Talking to Himself: There are several points in the series in which a cast member voices someone else besides their assigned character role.
    • Colton Dunn voices Russell Remington and the Greens' neighbor Brett.
    • The voices of the other two Cyber Knights are done by Cricket and Remy's actors.
    • The short blue neighbor of the Remingtons in "Mansion Madness" is voiced by Cricket's actor.
    • Gloria's three friends in "Clubbed" are voiced by hers, Tilly's and Andromeda's voice actors.
    • In "Animal Farm", Marjorie, Melissa, Herbert and Miss Brenda are each voiced by the voice actors of the four nuclear Greens (Cricket, Tilly, Bill and Alice, in that order), with the second and fourth voicing the chickens.
    • Cricket's voice actor, show co-creator Chris Houghton, also voices Phyllis in "Park Pandemonium", Ron the security guard in "Tilly Style", and an animated caricature of himself named Topher in the animation studio Cricket and Tilly visit in "Animation Abomination".
    • Andre Robinson voices Bill and Russell's young selves in "Greens' Acres".
    • Tilly and Russel's actors voice the other two members of Nancy's former biker gang in "Trailer Trouble".
    • Benny's voice actor, Luke Lowe, has also voiced the bratty kid Bryan in "Present Tense".
  • Time-Shifted Actor: In "Green's Acres", Bill, Nancy and Keys' younger selves are voiced by Andre Robinson, Candace Kozak and Jason Maybaum respectively, instead of their regular voices.
  • Troubled Production: The COVID-19 Pandemic resulted in production being slowed a bit and impacted greatly, leaving the crew to continue from their homes.
  • Video Source: Has its own page.
  • Voices in One Room: Though the voice actors typically record their lines separately (and since the coronavirus pandemic they're confined to recording in their bedroom closets), there are moments when they come to record together. For example, in "Dream Weaver", Chris and Marieve recorded their dialogue together in the scene where Cricket messes with Tilly's dream.
  • The Wiki Rule: Big City Greens Wiki
  • What Could Have Been / Working Title:
    • The series was originally going to be called Country Club. Also, it was supposed to premiere on Disney XD in Spring 2018 before being moved to Disney Channel, along with the release date being pushed back to Summer 2018.
    • An early concept art of the series when the show was originally named Country Club shows some notable changes in the characters' designs, while Cricket's design remained unchanged except he appeared a bit rough on certain portions of his design and his original name was "Bucket".
      • Tilly was slightly taller than her actual height in the series, she originally wore a dress with flowers, while her facial appearance appeared a bit aged up as she had puffy cheeks.
      • Bill originally wore a straw hat and overalls similar to what Cricket wears, while his head shape appeared rock like.
      • Gramma Alice originally was in a wheelchair while her facial appearance is closely similar to Randl's Mom from Harvey Beaks.
      • Remy’s design depicted him, having a bigger head shaped has a little strands of hair, a bit taller, and seen with a portable laptop.
    • While another concept art showed three stages of character design change:
      • Remy appeared almost more like his current one, except his hair was shorter, had slightly long head, and he does not wear a sweater.
      • While the Greens looked closely like their final version with a few minor changes.
      • The episode Welcome Home was originally paired with Space Chicken, while there were a list of episodes that were released randomly out of order. Both episodes were paired with each other on Disney+.
    • Big Coffee was originally called "Cafe de Urbana".
    • Cricket's naughty musical number in "Green Christmas" originally had a scene where he put on a red costume and wear horns, similar to Krampus. Understandably, it was scrapped.
    • Originally, Cricket launching a chicken into space in "Space Chicken" was to get everyone to remember his name, but the plot got changed to focus more on his relationship with Bill. The only remnant of the original plot was Cricket saying, "My name's Cricket! I'm your new neighbor!" after Gloria drops him off at the house.
    • Cheap Show originally had a gag where live action versions of the show's voice actors would've made a cameo, but it was cut for being too expensive.
    • A scene in "Chipwrecked" has a woman walking a man like a dog. Shane Houghton said the scene was different, where it was originally where a woman walking a dog, and they were covered in coffee, but the dog was changed to a human man on all fours because the higher-ups didn't want to show a dog drinking coffee (coffee being poisonous to dogs).
    • For the episode "Animation Abomination", there was going to be a production coordinator to show how animation is made, but couldn't be represented. As such, Gloria took on a similar type of role by being an intern since she's otherwise not qualified for the job.
    • There exist an episode in the show's first season that, to date, seems to be the only episode that was completely scrapped. It was called "Hands-On History", and it would've featured Mark Hamill as a character named "Dr. Ponderstein", a sinister curator who ran a museum, which would've resulted in the conflict; with Cricket and Remy being at odds at how Ponderstein was teaching kids. However, the Houghton brothers thought Remy's character in the script was "too unlikeable", and they couldn't find a way to make the episode any good, even with constant rewrites, leading to it eventually being left on the cutting room floor. This was slightly alluded to in "Chipocalypse Now" when Cricket accuses Remy of signing the destruction petition and Remy admits he never once betrayed Cricket.
  • Word of God:
  • Write What You Know: Much of the series settings and the characters was heavily based off of Shane’s and Chris’s experience of their early life, who both grew up from a rural Michigan area, and had moved to city like Los Angeles after graduating college, as what they claimed to be much of life changing difference between learning about the urban life from rural life, for example, they mentioned about the hairstyle that Cricket has, is what Chris wore as a child as well as the name that also came upon as well as the character, while Bill was loosely based off the creator's father-in-law while Gramma Alice was based off of their real life grandmother, who also had the same name as the character, and had lastly mentioned about the Greens Family pets, Phoenix, a dog similar to the creator's dog that they had, while the cat was similarly compared to the Creator’s grandmother's cat, while Tilly was lastly mentioned of being amalgamation, who they remembered her being similar to a numerous of neighbors they knew of.
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