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2015 series

  • Absentee Actor: Season 2 does this twice:
    • First with its premiere, which only follows Phil and Carol after they have left Tucson. The rest of the cast is not seen until briefly at the end of the following episode.
    • The mid-season premiere, "Pitch Black", features none of the show's main cast. It instead follows Mike after he splashes down in the middle of the ocean.
  • Author Appeal: Will Forte is a huge fan of The Kinks, and their songs have popped up multiple times throughout the show's run:
  • Cast Incest: Gail has a relationship with Gordon during the time the group moves to Malibu. Mary Steenburgen (Gail) played the mother of Will Ferrell (Gordon) in Stepbrothers. Furthermore, she plays his step-mother (the wife of his biological father) in Elf.
  • The Cast Showoff: Mary Steenburgen really plays the accordion. Which is why Gail is frequently seen playing it.
  • The Danza: Mel Rodriguez plays Todd Rodriguez (last name mentioned by Phil in "The Big Day").
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  • Dyeing for Your Art: Will Forte really did shave half of his head for a season. Mel Rodriguez also followed suit, though for a shorter time.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Kristen Schaal ate about 50 real crickets on set because nobody told her they also had fake ones made of candy.
  • Executive Meddling: Averted, surprisingly. According to Kristen Schaal the only demand the higher-ups at FOX made was that there be no visible bodies shown. Other than that, the team has full creative freedom.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine:
  • Production Posse: Former Saturday Night Live cast members Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Chris Elliott, Fred Armisen, and Martin Short have appeared on the show.
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