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Kid Farm is a 2011 web video series by comedian Pete Holmes.

The series details the lives of Bill and Jean Engvall (not the comedian) and their 17 kidsnote  and their daily lives.

It's essentially a spoof/Take That! at the Duggar family, the well-known family of 19 Kids and Counting; however, it's still best to proceed with caution with editing.

The series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • '80s Hair: Jean's hair is very big and very long.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: The oldest child, BJ, has some rather obvious delays and is pretty awkward, to boot.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Bill worries that his one son, Bartholomew, could be this simply because the boy likes cooking, singing and dancing. This causes him to beg for a football and some beef jerky.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Bolivia in "The Date":
    Bolivia: Daddy says I'm allergic to salad. And the liberal media. And pants.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • In the pilot episode as the school bus is pulling off to ostensibly take the children to school, it then does a U-turn and bring them all back to the Engvall front door as they're homeschooled.
    • In "The Zoo", JP scolds Bradley for urinating in the sink...without running the faucet, which he then turns on.
  • Black Sheep: Cousin Jaime, who lives a more secular lifestyle than her extended family (which is described as "sinful") and apparently her Aunt and Uncle have been informing their children she will go to Hell for it.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Played for Laughs with Jean, who years earlier had went on a date with JP and had forgotten about what happened on it, but he remembered everything, right down to the restaurant's location and what she ordered.
  • Comforting Comforter: At the end of "The Zoo", Batron places a blanket over Bill after he fell asleep watching TV and eating bacon. He thanks him without knowing who gave him the blanket, believing that it was "Bagon".
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  • Comically Missing the Point: Jean's reasoning of why they buy processed foods only in bulk, beyond it's much cheaper:
    "I mean, food doesn't grows on trees."
  • Death Glare: JP gives one at the end of the first episode after learning Jean was pregnant again.
  • Faint in Shock: BJ is so nervous after proposing to Lizzy, that he nearly faints. Jean catches him before he can.
  • Flanderization: BJ goes from being a socially awkward kid in the first two episodes to being too high-strung to string together a simple sentence. The last two episodes hardly have him speak at all.
  • The Ghost: Bagon (pronounced "Bay-gan"), who goes missing in one episode. It's eventually learned that there was no child named Began; Bill was eating bacon one night and talked in his sleep about it leading up to the confusion.
  • Happily Married: Bill and Jean, in spite of JP's jealousy and interference.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: BJ is seldom referred to by his real name Bill, Jr. Likewise, JP was only called John Paul in the first episode as was BJ's girlfriend Lizzy being exclusively called that instead of her full name, Elizabeth. Even more played straight with younger daughter BB, but that may be her actual name.
  • Mood Whiplash: In the first episode during a sweet montage of the family members bonding and having fun is soon broken by an image of Bill using hairspray on himself.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: An episode where BJ and his girlfriend Lizzy were on a chaperoned date had the girls preparing a "special meal", which consisted of shell noodles, mayonnaise, sprinkles, jelly, tater tots and even inedible things like uncooked ramen bricks and miniature toys.
  • Oh, Crap!: This was Bill and Jean's reactions to finding out about the similar Duggle family, who were expecting their 20th child, and their new show, Massive Family which will be sharing their timeslot.
  • One-Steve Limit: Apparently, the Engvalls have daughters named "Beth" and "Bethany", as well as "Belizabeth".
  • Only Sane Woman: Cousin Jaime who is sensible and grounded in reality. She even loves coming to visit because the weirdness and off-putting ways of her extended family make her own life's problems seem simple in comparison.
  • Running Gag:
    • Bill wearing the baby carriers (yes, plural).
    • People being interviewed about the Engvalls always asking how big Jean's pussy is.
    • JP obsessing over Jean or using his air horn to break up any time BJ and Lizzie get too serious (at most nothing more than a simple kiss).
  • Similar Squad: The Duggle family, the stars of fellow show Massive Family who are pregnant with their 20th child.
  • Stalker with a Crush: J.P. towards Jean, though she and Bill are usually unaware.
  • Stepford Smiler: Bill, Jean and Lizzy sport these throughout the episodes, even in the most awkward of situations.
  • Stunned Silence: A variation: Bill is so shocked by the news of the similar Duggle family with their 19 children, that he stutters out words of reassurance.
  • Token Minority: Batron, their obviously adopted Black son.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Played for Laughs with some of the behavior the Engvall children display, such as four-year-old BB drinking coffee and declaring "I'm a Daddy now!" (as the children as young as her age learn to "parent" the younger children), one of the boys expressing how sad they're going to be when "sinful" Cousin Jaime goes to Hell and most infamously, the "birthing game" when the children all coach the one child (Bartholomew) in labor.
  • The Unfavorite: Played with. While Bill and Jean are largely distant and indifferent to their many children save for B.J. arguably, their one daughter Becky is implied to be this. They not only dismiss her wish to eat vegetables due to being in physical pain from eating so much processed food and mock her wish to go to college, but they had forgotten her birthday in the first episode and "gift" her a glass of water for a present.
  • Unfortunate Names: Two names that Bill has thought out for his children are "Bagon" (pronounced "bacon") and "Barfur" (which has the double whammy of looking too similar to "Darfur" and sounds like "barfer").
  • Verbal Backspace: J.P., who still pines for "Jean—I mean, Jean! I mean Jean! I mean that person; Jean."
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Downplayed: while it was considered wacky to everyone else (BJ presented Lizzy with a large stack of mylar balloons as if it were her birthday instead, he asked her to marry him all in one word—"Lizzywillyoumarryme?"—and didn't make eye contact with her during it to boot), Lizzy herself knew what getting balloons meant. Even better, before she could answer for herself, her father preemptively said "She will".
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Some of the names are just regular names with the letter B in front of it or replacing the other letter, like Bolivia, Belizabeth and, most hilariously, Beter and Bamantha.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Pre-teen Becky knows about that vegetables are better than the bulk foods the family usually eats and wished to go to college when she gets the chance.