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Professionally produced YouTube channel whose main product is a number of interconnected short-form Teen Drama series set in and around the fictional places of Attaway, Millwood, Crown Lake and their eponymous schools. The major innovation, besides structuring its' output in that way rather than creating a single hourlong Teen Drama series with Loads and Loads of Characters, is using already internet-famous teens as actors who would bring their own existing following to the shows and become eligible for their SAG-AFTRA cards in return although more recent series have used actors with prior professional experience.

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Brat series include:

  • Afterschooled
  • Attaway Appeal
  • Attaway General
  • Baby Doll Records
  • Brobot
  • Flunky's Upset
  • Hotel du Loone
  • On the Ropes
  • Overnights
  • Stage Fright

    A Girl Named Jo 
Location: Attaway, Crown Lake, New York
Starring: Annie LeBlanc, Addison Riecke, Taylor Mosby

In 1963, Attaway, prim and proper Cathy Fitzroy’s life is turned upside down when she meets Jo Chambers, Together, the two amateur sleuths will uncover the dark secrets of their town… secrets that involve their own families.

  • Awful Truth:Jo learning of her mother's affair causes her family to fall apart.
  • Doorstep Baby: Henry and Debbie leave their daughter on the Chambers' doorstep, although they end up taking her back.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Cathy and Junior won't end up together.
  • Interclass Friendship: Jo and Cathy
  • Prequal: To Chicken Girls both through the framing device and showing the creation of Allen's Arcade.
    • Also one to Dirt as the origins of the Roach Gang is revealed as well as how Junior got involved with the gang
  • Posthumous Character: The story is told through the journal of Cathy Fitzroy, Monica from Chicken Girls' deceased grandmother.
  • The '60s: Set in 1963 and 1964.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Jo is the Tomboy to Cathy's Girly Girl.

    Boss Cheer 
Location: Attaway
Starring: Tessa Brooks, Tristan Tales, Sofie Dossi

When a scandal erupts at Boss Cheer, a new pair of coaches takes over.

    Chicken Girls
We are a girl gang, like birds of a feather
Location: Attaway
Starring: Annie LeBlanc, Hayden Summerall, Brooke Elizabeth Butler

The Chicken Girls have been dancing together forever. But this year, everything’s changing.

By season three the dance team plot element has been dropped and the show focuses on being a high school drama about friendship and relationships.

  • Aerith and Bob: Of the main characters there is Rhyme, Birdie (Aerith) and Ellie, Quinn (Bob)
  • Ascended Extra: The character of Effie from Spring Breakaway joined the show in Season 4.
    • Luna's role in the show has increased over each season
    • In season 1 Monica was a background character on Power Surge by Season 2 she is a central character in that seasons conflict (her family losing the arcade) and then completely disappears in season 3
  • Ambiguously Bi: Rooney, between her relationships with boys and seeming interest in Stephanie. Canon bi at the end of Season 4.
  • Character Overlap: For the first six season Harmony appeared on both this show and Mani. Until Mani was cancelled after season 5 and Harmony joined the Chicken Girls cast as a regular.
    • Chicken Girls season 2, Overnights and Baby Doll Records run concurrently with characters crossing over plotline influencing each show.
      • After Overnights finished Stephaine joined Chicken Girls as a regular.
      • Season 7 of Chicken Girls and Rooney Last Roll also run concurrently with Rooney appearing across both shows.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Rhyme and T.K. attempt one. It doesn't work out
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Several characters have just disappeared between seasons.
  • Closet Key: Stephanie to Rooney.
  • Coming-Out Story: Rooney in Season 5 and Layla in Season 7
  • Continuity Snarl: Season 4 confirms that Rooney and Birdie are Sophomores and Tim a Junior despite all three attending middle school at the same time as the chicken girls.
  • The Bus Came Back: T.K returns for Season 6 after being absent for season 4 and 5.
  • Demoted to Extra: Rhyme, T.K. Wes and Astrid in season 7.
  • Dude Magnet: Rhyme. She has dated T.K, Tim Sharpe, Drake, Ezra Grant and Wes, and Robbie and Jesse had crushes on her.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Season 1 and 2 are centered around the dance team this is completely dropped by season 4.
  • Growing Up Sucks: A plot point in season 1 as both Rhyme and Quinn feel like everyone else is growing up and leaving them behind.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: In Season 3, each episode is named after a musical. (e.g. "Mamma Mia", "Little Shop of Horrors", "Wicked" and "Bye Bye Birdie")
  • Informed Abilities: The dance team is supposed to be good, but their dancing is awkward, stiff and out of time. Acknowledged by the cast when they react to season 1
    • Brooke: "Brat took the hint. They were like they can't dance. Not one of them is coordinate enough."
  • Love Triangle: At least once every season
    • Season 1, Rhyme and TK are childhood best friends with crushes on each other, but Rhyme starts dating Tim Sharp.
    • Also season 1, The Love Dodecahedron variant in Ellie likes Henry but he still likes his ex Rooney, but Rooney had moved on to Hamilton.
    • In Season 4, Rhyme persuades a new relationship with Ezra but still has feeling for T.K
    • Season 5, Astrid and Rhyme both have crushes on Wes.
    • T.K return in season 6 puts a strain on Rhyme relationship with Wes becomes a Love Dodecahedron when T.K's girlfriend Sadies arrives in Attaway.
    • In season 7 both Bel and Claire have crushes on Eggy and each date him at different points during the season. Involves into a Love Dedecahedron mid-way through the season when P.K starts to having feeling for Claire. At the end of the season Eggy starts dating Simone
    • The above Love Dedecahedron gets even more complicated in Season 8. Eggy is dating Simone but still has lingering feelings for Claire. P.K and Gus are also in Love with Claire and Simone develops feelings for Layla.
  • New Friend Envy: Quinn is jealous of Ellie's new friend Kayla and sees her as proof that the chicken girls are growing apart. It's hinted that Rhyme feels the same way after Kayla gets the third spot on the dance team instead of her, becomes an Aborted Arc after Rhyme replaces Rooney on the team.
    • In season 7 Harmoney feels this way towards Bel. It's not helped by Bel being increasing antagonist towards her, and Katie and Brittany openly choosing to be friends with Bel over Harmony.
  • Put On The Bus:
    • T.K moves to Texas during season 3
    • Kayla transfers to Crown Lake during season 4.
    • Ace moves to L.A during season 4
    • Hamilton also moved to L.A between season 4-5
    • The majority of the cast after season 6, as the show is retooled to focus on Harmony
  • Revolving Door Casting: While the show was known for Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, season 7 sees an entire cast turnover as the show is retool for Harmoney to become the main character and former main characters Ryhme, T.K., Ellie, Rooney, Astrid and Wes are Demotedto Extra.
  • Shipper on Deck: Everyone is rooting for Rhyme and T.K to get together
    • Deconstructed in season 7. Eggy and Bel's parents have been shipping them together since birth, going as far to name them Edward and Isabella. It's heavily implied that neither of them has any romantic feelings towards each other and are only dating as it's what is expected of them.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Ellie with all her love interest.
  • Weight Woe: In season 6 Quinn develops an eating disorder after not making it on the cheerleading team
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite being younger then the main characters Harmony is always giving advice.

    Crazy Fast 
Location: Attaway
Starring: Kamri Noel Mc Knight

Violet Reed has to go back to public school after getting banned from playing tennis and decides to start a track team.

  • Child Prodigy: Violet was number 10 in the country at 15. She had been the youngest and most advanced tennis player on her team. Her dad pulled her out of school in second grade to focus on tennis.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's what gets Violet kicked off the court.

    Crown Lake 
Location: Crown Lake, Attaway
Starring: Francesca Capaldi, Emily Skinner, Kyla-Drew, Lilia Buckingham

When Eleanor "Nellie" Chambers shows up at Crown Lake Academy, she knows this school is her ticket to a new & better life. But she also knows fitting in and learning the ropes isn’t going to be easy. Until she finds a guide.

  • The '90s: Set in between 1994 and, of course, 1995.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Nellie's dad, Junior.
  • Alpha Bitch: Tiffany St. Martin.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Chloe in season 2 is rather obviously crushing on Lola and figuring out her sexuality, but it has yet to be explicitly said out loud.
  • Ambiguous Situation: At the end of Season 1, it's unclear what was apart of the hazing and what was Real After All. It's also not clear who the "Heather" Lucy mentions in the Season 2 finale is.
  • Boarding School: Set at the prestigious Crown Lake Academy.
  • Big Bad Friend: Lucy Quinn, as a favor to "Heather" in exchange for her acceptance to Crown Lake after getting expelled from her previous school.
  • Broken Pedestal: In the Season 2 finale Nellie discovers much to her disappointment, that her deceased mother Dana was a bully at Crown Lake Academy.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: As a part of the Initiation Ceremony.
  • Collective Identity: The Season 1 Final reveals that all the girls at Crown Lake. Are Heather Masterson it’s a ride of passage, the previous new girl has to give the next new girl the Heather journal and so on, while the other girls send her notes with challenges and orders.
  • Girl Posse: Tiffany, Becca, and Erin.
  • Gossipy Hens: Pretty much the basis of the show. See also Tiffany's friend group, especially Becca.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Tiffany scoffed at the idea of the Internet revolutionizing the way people connect with the world.
  • Missing Mom: Nellie's mother, Dana, died a year before the beginning of the series.
  • Sadist Teacher: Miss Rose mocks her students and enacts cruel and unusual punishment on them (like sending them to the "crypt").

Location: Millwood

  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: At the start of episode six, Luke tells Sabrina he is worried that Daniel is using again, by the end of the episode Daniel has overdoses.


  • Put On The Bus: Sky moves to Australia between seasons 3 and 4.
    • Dylan, Chris and Goth girl are absent for season 5.

    Red Ruby 
Location: Millwood
Starring: Daniella Perkins, Michael Campion, Ricky Garcia, Madisyn Shipman

Decades ago, a group of Millwood students were presumed dead after a collapse in the cave they were exploring. Years later, they show up in town, having not aged a day…and with a taste for blood.

  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Maya appears to be a single mother, backed up by the fact that Theo seemingly goes by her maiden name Barnes.
  • Chekhov's Classroom: Subverted, the history class introduces the idea of vampire but Mr James ultimately dismisses it as folklore.
  • Daywalking Vampire: The vampires walk around in daylight with seemingly no problem (although they often wear sunglasses to hide their red eyes).
  • Fatal Attractor: Theo's love interests Ruby and Annabelle both being vampires.
  • Green Aesop / Space Whale Aesop: A bit of a Script Wank one about the dangers of fracking, the implication being that vampires will come out of the ground if corporations keep drilling holes.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: At the end of season 1 everyone but Theo has had their memories of vampires erased.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship / Romance: Ruby laments that Theo can grow old, get married, have children, and live a normal life whilst she will be stuck as a teenager forever. (Also she would be his mom's age if she were human).
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Theo realised that something is off about Flora and Charlie when the two start spending time together.
  • Soap Box Sadie: Flora, about the environment in particular.
  • Wham Shot: the final shot of season 1 shows Annabelle's fangs
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Although the other vampire teens seem to have mostly accepted their new lifestyle, Ruby struggles a lot with the pain of not just immortality, but having disappeared for almost 40 years.

    Rooney's Last Roll 
Location: Attaway
Starring: Indiana Massara, Kio Cyr, Riley Lewis

  • Call-Back: While in a fight with Quinn about Jackson, Rooney brings up when Hamilton cheated on her with Quinn back in Season 3 of Chicken Girls.
  • Lost Love Montage: The intro to every episode features Rooney reminiscing on her relationship with Stephanie, who has left for college.
  • Product Placement: The miniseries is sponsored by Extra, and many scenes feature characters pulling out the branded gum to chew and offer each other.
  • Spin-Off: The sister show variety to Chicken Girl. Rooney, Quinn and Wes all make the crossover from Chicken Girls and are joined by Kit from Attaway General.

Location: Millwood
Starring: Enya Umanzor, Vereena Sayed, Denzel Dion

Fiona Simpson, a defiant and angry high school student, finds herself stuck.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Definitely Fiona.
  • Caught on Tape: Fiona records Jane saying she doesn't see herself staying with AJ for long since she's only dating him for the sake of having a boyfriend and wants to date a senior anyway. Backfires when AJ believes Jane was just saying that to make Fiona feel better.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Set-up at the end of Season 1.
  • Girl Posse: Jane, Tara, and Lottie.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The premise of the show, seemingly induced by Fiona breaking a clock and seemingly broken by AJ and Fiona kissing.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Season 1 closes with Fiona-as-Calvin saying "What the-" before it cuts to the Stuck logo.
  • Love Triangle: Fiona, Jane, and AJ.
  • Slipstream Genre: Bizarre, magical things happen for seemingly random reasons (breaking a clock, a kiss, a stare-down). The rules have yet to be explained, if they'll be explained at all.
  • Straw Nihilist: Fiona temporarily becomes one in “A Mischevious Day”, showing 3 days of her doing whatever she wants because none of her actions matter since the day will just reset.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Calvin is black and gay.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Fiona has become distant from AJ and Jane.

    Sunnyside Up 
Location: Sunnyside Court (in Rhyme's fictional world)
Starring: Nia Sioux, Kaycee Rice, Nina Lu

Rhyme puts her writer's cap on to create a fictional story that follows Lily McKay and her newfound friends as they form an unconventional girl gang on Sunnyside Court.

  • Comical Overreacting: Pearl screams at any minor inconvenience.
  • Daddy Didn't Show: Lily's father fails to show up to SNUGGLE (science fair) and she ends up deciding to go to STEM camp with Avery instead.
  • Has Two Dads: Mila.
  • Interactive Narrator: Lily is aware of Rhyme, the narrator and creator, and talks to her, particularly when she is exasperated.
  • Nested Story: The story created by Rhyme from Chicken Girls, who narrates and is shown writing on her laptop at the beginning and end of the season.
  • Shrinking Violet: Avery.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: The audience never actually sees Lily's father but she constantly receives texts, gifts, and letters from him from being abroad. She tries to make money to visit him over the summer.

    Total Eclipse 
Location: Millwood
Starring: Mackenzie Ziegler, Lauren Orlando, Emily Skinner

Reality and fantasy collide for Cassie, Kate and their friends at Millwood High.

  • Alpha Bitch: Diana at first.
  • Daydream Surprise / Cope by Pretending: The main characters play pretend to the extreme:
    • Cassie daydreams about being in space, Kate believes she’s a witch, Diana has a fantasy about being a princess, Jenna imagines she’s a superhero, and Morgan pretends to be an adult. Luca also "practices" witchcraft, but a darker version.
  • Education Mama: Diana often talks about her mother being on her case about academics, which causes her to have Workaholic tendencies.
  • Silent Scapegoat: Cassie frames herself for Jenna’s shoplifting of Vanilla & Sage due to her financial issues after Kate gets blamed and fired.

    Zoe Valentine 
Location: Attaway
Starring: Anna Cathcart, Diego Velazquez, Carter Southern

Attaway Freshman, Zoe Valentine struggles to define her own identity at school and home after the loss of her sister to cancer.

Brat films include:

  • Chicken Girls: The Movie
  • Holiday Spectacular
  • Spring Breakaway
  • Intern-in-Chief

Other media:

    Reality shows 
  • Brat Chat
  • The Talent Show

  • Attaway Looks
  • Brat Radio
  • Fast Friends
  • Fly So High
  • Wednesday Wisdom

    Deleted series 
These series were released prior to Chicken Girls and most of them except Keys take place outside of the Brat universe.

  • Cody & Lexy
  • The Pain of Painting
  • Misshaps
  • My Not So Sweet 16
  • Keys
  • Sheltered
  • Spot the Dog

Tropes found in one or more Brat series include:

  • Character Overlap: Character crossover are common across all the shows the most notable one is Junior. To date Junior has appared in Red Ruby, Chicken Girls, Total Eclipse, Crazy Fast, Zoe Valentine, Crown Lake, Dirt, Holiday Spectacular, and A Girl Named Jo
  • Continuity Nod: Characters that appear over multiple shows will sometimes make references to plot points of other shows
    • In Chicken Girls and Overnights Stephanie references being on the Student council. Something that was shown in Flunky's Upset
    • Also in Chicken Girls Tim tells Ace that Holly got Matilda fired from the Attaway Appeal which happened in Attaway Appeal.
    • The Giant Attaway Fire of 1950 is first mentioned during Chicken Girls season 2. The fire is the central mystery of A Girl Named Jo season 1. Gets mentioned again during season 7 of Chicken Girls when Claire starts researching Attaway's history.
    • In A Girl Named Jo Cathy reveals that the Fitzroys wealth comes from her great-great-grandfather's auto plant. This is expanded on during season 7 of Chicken Girls when Claire (Cathy's Great-Niece) looks into her family history.
    • Also in the above Chicken Girls episode Junior shows Claire an old photo album full of photos from A Girl Named Jo
  • Continuity Snarl: All the shows and movies take place in Attaway, Millwood and Crown Lake, which messes up the continuity, particularly when it comes to ages and locations.
    • Attaway Appeal establishes that the school attended by the characters of Chicken Girls in season 1 is Attaway High but season 3 of Chicken Girls opens on the girls first day at Attaway High.
    • Junior, Cathy, and Lawrence were all high schoolers at the same time in 1963 and -64, but present-day Junior is maybe in his sixties and is still in work while Cathy and Lawrence are much older. Assuming Junior, Cathy and Lawrence are between the ages of 14-18 in 1963 they should be 69-73 in 2018.
    • A location example would be the distance between Attaway and Crown Lake. The characters in Stage Fright not only go to Attaway General Hospital despite being in Crown Lake, they are shown walking between the two when in previous shows and movies, the two places were at least a bus ride away.
    • Junior's is rebranded as Junior's Juice during season 5 of Total Eclipse but is back to being a coffee shop for Chicken Girls season 7.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Characters often come and go on Brat, but it's also not unlike them to subtly (or not-so-subtly) re-focus protagonists, such as in A Girl Named Jo, Mani, and Chicken Girls.
  • Depending on the Writer: Certain characters who appear in multiple shows will have different personalities depending, often on what the show needs them to be.
    • Autumn is a Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold in Dirt and Zoe Valentine and an Alpha Bitch in Total Eclipse and Chicken Girls.
    • While Chris (Mani) and Monica (Chicken Girls) were both secondary antagonists of their respective series, their guest appearances on Afterschooled takes this Up to Eleven by portraying them as Enfant Terribles.
  • Disposable Love Interest: Many characters flip through love interests as actors come and go.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Flunky's Upset and Attaway Appeal feature phallic imagery and references to porn. Something that channel has since steered away from as they focused their context towards a tween audience. While later shows have dealt with more serious/mature topics (Dirt and Zoe Valentine) they have been careful to do it in a way that it is still suitable for their younger audience.
  • Girl Posse: In several shows.
  • Jitter Cam
  • The Mountains of Illinois: It's heavily implied that Attaway is somewhere in the Great Lakes region when it couldn't be more obviously Southern California.
  • Posthumous Character:
    • A Girl Named Jo is told through the journal of Cathy Fitzroy, Monica from Chicken Girls' deceased grandmother.
    • Zoe Valentine opens with Cleo Valentine's funeral.
  • Prequel: A Girl Named Jo is set in 1963 and Crown Lake is set in 1994, all the others are set in The Present Day late 2010s.
  • Shared Universe: All shows and movies take place in the fictional towns of Attaway, Millwood, and Crown Lake, to the point where shows that take place outside of the Brat universe were deleted if released prior to Chicken Girls or Retconned into taking place in the Brat universe.
  • Show Within a Show: Hotel du Loone
  • Tangled Family Tree: The Fitzroys/Roaches are becoming this
    • While it never directly acknowledged in Chicken Girls: Robby, Monica and Claire are second cousins. As the three are the great-grandchildren of Russel and Virginia Fitzroy.
    • River Roach from Dirt is also Robby's cousin (and by extension Monica and Claire's second cousin.)
  • That Nostalgia Show: A Girl Named Jo, set in 1963 and Crown Lake, set in 1994.

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