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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 a large cast, 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
  • Charmers
  • Chicken Girls
  • Flunky's Upset
  • Good Luck Have Fun
  • 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.
  • Minor Living Alone: Allen after his father shoots himself. He doesn't want to move back in with his mother as it would mean leaving Attaway and his friends.
  • Prequel: 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.
  • Put on a Bus: Jo's fate remains ambiguous. Cathy narrates in the finale that Jo left Attaway after her "family and friends split in different directions" and sent postcards from her travels, but that Cathy never saw her again. It's implied in Holiday Spectacular that Nellie knows her aunt Jo, so she might not have strayed that far.
  • The '60s: Set in 1963 and 1964.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Jo is the Tomboy to Cathy's Girly Girl.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Alice is very vain and she is also very feminine in an unconventional way. Cathy was this way initially.

    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.

    Crazy Fast 
Location: Attaway
Starring: Kamri Noel McKnight

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.
    • It’s no longer ambiguous as the third season premiere which takes place in 2022, reveals that Chloe has a wife.
  • 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.
  • Offscreen Romance: Ryan and Tiffany had broken up by the end of season 2. In season 3, we learn got married at some point off screen.
  • Sadist Teacher: Miss Rose mocks her students and enacts cruel and unusual punishment on them (like sending them to the "crypt").
  • Second-Hand Storytelling: Because season 3 takes place several decades after season 2 (loose ends and all) with zero returning cast membersnote , we are simply told what happened to those characters instead of getting to see it play out onscreen, with only the adult versions of Tiffany (and Chloe in Stage Fright) shown.
  • Time Skip: The third season takes place 27 years after the second season.

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.

Location: Attaway / Millwood

  • Put on a 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.

  • 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).
  • Disappeared Dad: Theo mentions that his dad left, and he goes by his mother's maiden name Barnes, which could mean they were never married.
  • 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 realizes something is off about Flora and Charlie when the two start spending time together, as they usually don't get along.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Flora, about the environment in particular.
  • Tears of Blood: All vampires weep them, which is logical enough.
  • 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 (especially since in the meantime both her parents have died, which she learns to her sorrow).

    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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Pretty much all of the main characters are this to some extent, but Kate and Luca bring the fantasizing Up to Eleven as they seem to really believe in magic at times and speak cryptically to each other.
  • 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.
  • Dream Sue: Diana with her princess dreams. Could also apply to Cassie and Morgan.
  • Education Mama: Diana often talks about her mother being on her case about academics, which causes her to have Workaholic tendencies.
  • Sadist Teacher: Ms Dawson.
  • 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 appeared 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 they were between the ages of 14-18 in 1963 they should be 69-73 in 2018.
    • If Randi was born in 1964, she would have turned 18 in 1982. However in Dirt, a news article says she was a Millwood High student in the late 80s.
    • 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.
    • The side character of Evan played by Tariq Brown appears to be both Tiffany's brother in 1994 Crown Lake and a present-day Attaway High student in Zoe Valentine.
    • Crown Lake season 3 implies Nellie is a fugitive no one has seen or heard from since she was accused of arson in the 90s... except we already saw adult Nellie reconnect with Junior in Holiday Spectacular after a bad divorce, and she's on social media, so she doesn't seem to be hiding from anything.
  • 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 (Cathy is sidelined away from the main action in season 3), Mani (Sky moves to Australia), and Chicken Girls (well duh).
  • 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.
    • Junior gets put through everything from alcoholism to vampire attacks.
  • 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.
  • Identical Grandson: A relative variation. It is canon that Jo and Rhyme (both played by Annie LeBlanc) look alike as Lampshaded by Junior. It turns out Rhyme's mother Molly is Jo's cousin.
  • 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.