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  • Adored by the Network: Even though it only aired on Cartoon Network for two months, they aired to their hearts content. When the series first aired on the channel, it wasn't long until the network aired the show beyond its weekday slot at 5p, it later expanded to 7a, 1:30p and 2p and had frequent reruns on weekends, that was until August 2013, when the series was suddenly and completely pulled from the channel with zero explanation.
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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Contrary to what the theme music would suggest, Corey does not steal words from Trina's diary, but rather he takes inspiration from them. This is actually a plot point in the episode "Space Jammin'"
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Lyon Smith, who provides the voice for Corey, does all his own singing.
    • Bryn McAuley also gets to show off her singing voice whenever Laney gets the lead role in a song, like “Please Come Back” and “You’re So Untrue”.
  • Casting Gag: Megan Fahlenbock as the voice of the fraudulent Goth wannabe and faux-feminist Candy Jams in "Girl Fest" is quite ironic given her best known role is a genuine Goth girl with a fiercely independent demeanor.
  • Channel Hop: In America. The first 13 episodes premiered on Cartoon Network and the next 13 premiered on their app. The aformentioned 13 episodes eventually aired on Boomerang.
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  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: The second half of the show’s single season was promoted by Cartoon Network as the show’s second season.
  • Creator's Favorite:
    • Both Todd Kauffman and Mark Thornton place Trina as their favorite character. As for Grojband's members, Todd Kauffman has stated that his favorite to be Kon while Mark Thornton's is Laney.
    • Todd Kauffman has stated his favorite songs to be "Your Card" (also known as "Love, It's in My Heart") from "It's in the Card" and "Yesterday" from "Rockersize".
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Todd Kauffman has called "Smash Up Terby" his favorite episode to make.
  • Creator's Oddball: Compared to Fresh TV’s previous animated series (6teen, Total Drama, and Stōked), Grojband stands out as unusual in that its main characters are younger, its tone is more surreal and self-aware, its writing contains less PG elements, and it’s a Two Shorts show. This is attributable to the fact that the series is created by a different pair of people than the other shows.
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  • Dawson Casting: With the notable exception of the Groupies, all of Grojband's teen and child characters are voiced by adults at least in their 20s. For instance, Bryn McAuley was only about 10 years older than 13-year-old Laney when she started voicing her.
  • Descended Creator: Nick Mallory's voice actor, Graeme Cornies, is one of the show's main composers and the guy the writers put all the show's song lyrics though first as a test run. He also performs the voice heard in the Wicked Cool Transitions.
  • Diagnosis of God: According to the creators, Corey has both OCD and ADHD. In the show, this leads to him having to book a gig any chance he can, not being able to stick to one genre, and becoming obsessed with defeating Trina in a video game after she won in "Dueling Buttons".
  • Executive Meddling: The reason why the series was transformed from full 22-minute episodes as originally conceived (and done by the Fresh TV cartoons before them) to an 11-minute Two Shorts format. Also, the intro and theme song were shortened for similar reasons, since the executives at Cartoon Network wanted to make more room for commercial airtime. However, the creators have gone on record stating they feel the episodes getting shortened was a good thing as they believe it improved the pacing and energy.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: The show's fans are commonly dubbed as "Grojfans".
  • Flip-Flop of God: The series constantly flip-flops on whether The Newmans' male version of Laney is called Larry or Lenny. Word Of God would later confirm that his name was originally Larry (hence why he's referred to as such during the series' run), but it was retconned to Lenny later as to better fit the idea of him being a gender-flipped Laney. Funny enough, "Lenny" was the character's name in the Latin American dub before the retcon.
  • Invisible Advertising: The show's fate once August 2013 rolled around, thanks to CN shoving the series to their online app, having apparently decided the show existed solely to be early summertime filler while kids were busy playing outdoors and the original productions they had set for debut later in 2013 (like Uncle Grandpa and Steven Universe) were being getting ready for launch.
  • Missing Episode: "No Strings Attached", albeit in certain states mainly due to some of its dialogue being deemed a little too edgy by kid show standards.
  • No Export for You:
    • Up until 2015, the remaining episodes of season 1 could only be seen on television in France, Italy, Australia, Latin America, Poland, and the UK. This was later subverted however, as Boomerang aired all the remaining 13 episodes of season 1 in the late Winter and early Spring of 2015.
    • The DVDs for Season 1 can only be brought from Mexico, almost all of South America, and Australia.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: The contest-winning "Wicked Cool Transitions" from the website, which Teletoon then showed during episode runs.
  • Only So Many Canadian Actors: As a CanCon series, Grojband is required to only use Canadian actors, with many recognizable names from a variety of places popping up, like the renowned Alyson Court, former child voice actress Bryn McAuley, prominent anime dub actor Lyon Smith, and Sergio Di Zio of Flashpoint fame. In fact, of all the main characters, only Tim Beresford (voice of Kon) doesn't really qualify for the trope.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In the Polish dub, Mina Beff was initially voiced by Krystyna Kozanecka. After her abrupt passing on November 20, 2013, Joanna Pach resumed Kozanecka's role for the rest of the series.
    • In the Spanish dub, Trina Riffin's voice actress was Cynthia Chong for the first 18 episodes, but Alondra Hidalgo took over the role for the remainder of the series afterwards.
  • Out of Order:
    • Many episodes from the first half of the series were broadcasted completely out of order on Cartoon Network. "Smash Up Terby"/"Queen Bee" is the 1st episode but is aired as the 8th episode; "Monster of Rock"/"One-Plant Band" is the 2nd episode but is aired as the 6th episode; and "Creepaway Camp"/"Zoohouse Rock" is the 3rd episode but is aired as the 7th episode.
    • Teletoon also aired the first half of the series out of order, although in a different manner than Cartoon Network. For instance, "Monster of Rock"/"One-Plant Band" was the first episode to debut in Canada rather than the sixth.
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  • Schedule Slip: See Series Hiatus below. The slip was so bad that the single 26-episode season ended up being stretched out into a 2-year airtime.
  • Series Hiatus: The series went on a very long mid-season hiatus on both Cartoon Network and Teletoon, and it was possibly even longer thanks to Uncle Grandpa premiering. CN had decided to essentially shelve the series after "Six Strings of Evil" due to a lack of interest in it from them until they decided to finally put the rest of the show on their app (and later Boomerang), while Teletoon was simply copying their actions and waiting to see what CN did with the show.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • When the series first aired in the United States on Cartoon Network in June 2013, they would air a new half-hour episode (later changed to just one 15-minute segment, with the remaining half being a re-run of one of the previously-aired 15-minute segments) every weekday for an entire month. After the first 13 half-hour episodes were shown on CN, new episodes were put on hold. It was supposed to return to CN the following Spring, and it did, but NOT on the actual channel. Instead, the remaining 13 episodes of Season 1 were released on CN's mobile app on March 31, 2014. They eventually aired on television in the United States nearly a year later... on CN's sister station, Boomerang. Boomerang continued airing re-runs of the series until that July, when it left American TV airwaves altogether. And it wasn't until THAT happened when the series was officially announced to have been cancelled.
    • Grojband's fate on Teletoon is an unusual case. Due to Canadian Content laws, Teletoon aired reruns of the show fairly regularly, but since they were pretty much deciding to just imitate whatever Cartoon Network did with the show, they too delayed the second half of the series until 2015. And unlike CN, they didn't have any app to shove the series onto during the time inbetween, so Teletoon pretty much only reran the first 13 episodes.
  • Short Run in Peru: Despite being created in Canada, the series premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network first in June 2013, and only came to Teletoon on a few months later in September (by that time, CN had already finished the first half of the series and had put the show on hiatus). However, like CN, Teletoon also delayed the second half of the season for nearly 2 years, debuting it in March 2015 - a month after it had already begun on Boomerang - in response to CN finally broadcasting the rest of the series.
  • Talking to Himself: The members of the Newmans are voiced by their Grojband counterparts, which also leads to Crossdressing Voices.
  • Trolling Creator: When asked where Peaceville was located, co-creator Todd Kauffman said it was in the same state as Springfield. However, it's generally agreed the show is probably set somewhere in Ontario.
  • What Could Have Been: A lot of details regarding the show's behind-the-scenes development process has been revealed by the creators through their blogs and social media.
    • Corey's voice actor would've been Graeme Cornies (who voices Nick Mallory) and his original name was Tre Trippin.
    • Laney was originally going to be the band's drummer, which would have immediately made her an Expy of Kim Pines.
    • The show was originally intended to have a one-minute long theme song that explained the plot better, but got cut down to 20 seconds due to Cartoon Network wanting more commercial airtime instead. A leica reel of it can be found here on one of the creator's Youtube channels.
    • The pilot of the show (which later became the basis for the episode "Smash Up Terby") shows off several elements not present in the main show. A few of these include:
      • The fact that the show was supposed to have full 22 minute long episodes; these got cut down to two 11-minute episodes per half hour. Because of this, the version of the song "Tire Tracks" is longer than the version aired in the actual show.
      • The implicit presence of Corey and Trina's father, who has not appeared in the show at all; speaking of family, their last name is stated as being "Trippin" instead of "Riffin" at one point.
      • Mina has a different voice actor than in the main show.
      • The plot point of getting Trina's diary back to her, which is Hand Waved in the actual series.
    • Early concept art reveals Corey originally had brown Anime Hair and lacked his signature hat; Laney had longer hair, a green jacket, and sunglasses; and Trina had a ponytail, a visible midriff, and wore pink lipstick.
    • Early sketches for The Newmans show that Carrie and Kim were originally drawn with breasts (although in their debut episode "Creepaway Camp", this detail is kept on Carrie), while Lenny had facial hair. Also, Kim originally had Hartman Hips similar to those of Carrie and a completely different hairstyle.
    • The creators have revealed numerous ideas they had for the second season had it occurred:
  • The Wiki Rule: Grojband Wiki.
  • Word Of God: Co-creator Todd Kauffman has revealed quite a lot about the characters and a number of significant insights about the show from answering fan questions on his Tumblr, as well as on Twitter:
    • The Blue Star of Rocklympus seen in "Six Strings of Evil" has a counterpart called the Pink Star, which is currently in Trina's possession and was responsible for transforming her from the sweet girl she was to the evil psycho we see in the show. Both Stars came to Peaceville specifically to find Corey and Trina.
    • Corey and Trina are raised by a single father, and they don't have a mother; he adopted them on his own. However, Mr. Riffin is unaware of how nasty Trina really is.
      • Corey and Trina's real parents are not dead, rather they are gods of Rocklympus who gave them up to protect them from the Blue Star and the Pink Star, which would make Corey and Trina demigods and also explain a lot about what we see from them in the show.
      • Their unusual hair color is not dyed; it's entirely natural.
      • Corey has subconscious feelings for Laney.
    • Laney was the one who came up with the idea for creating Grojband, originally so that she could spend more time with her crush Corey. It's also why she's Grojband's (self-proclaimed) band manager
    • Kin and Kon are bilingual and speak fluent Japanese. Additionally, the blonde hair of Kon's Newmans' counterpart Konnie is dyed.
    • Mina puts up with Trina's abuse because she believes that the original nice and sweet Trina she knew in her childhood is still somewhere inside and because she enjoys riding on Trina's popularity at school.
    • On his Tumblr, Todd Kauffman gave his insights on the nature of Corey and Laney's kiss in "Curse of the Metrognome."
    As far as the kiss goes, we left it unresolved on purpose. It happened so close to the end of season one we felt we didn’t have enough time to develop any sort of satisfying relationship between them. They need a full season to explore it. Plus we wanted to leave the fans hanging in a sense. Leave them wanting more so to speak.
  • Working Title:
    • The series itself had several of these, including Garage Band, Hard Core, Angst, and That's What She Said.
    • The original title for "Indie Road Rager" was "In-D 400".
    • The original title for "Girl Fest" was "Girl, You'll Be a Festival Soon".
    • The original title for "A-Capella-Lips Now" was "Unplugged".
    • The original title for "Soulin' Down the Road" was "Christrina", a reference to Christine.
    • The original title for "Curse of the Metrognome" was just "Metrognome".

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