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A short-lived cartoon on The WB based on the comic strip Baby Blues. It lasted only 13 episodes as a midseason replacement. All released between July and August, 2000.

The show was subjected to much Executive Meddling to make it more of a Simpsons-com Family Guy clone. The strip's creators weren't too thrilled with the results and neither were most of the audience. Not only was the show a critical failure (especially when compared to the more warm comic strip), but it suffered very poor ratings. [adult swim] aired this show alongside the trio of short-lived WB network animated shows from the late 1990s into 2000 (this show, The Oblongs, and Mission Hill), but now, the show has largely faded into obscurity.


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  • Actor Allusion: In one episode, Darryl refers to Wanda's aunt who does imitations of old Saturday Night Live characters, including Julia Sweeney's "Pat" character.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played straight and subverted in one episode. Bizzy is going out with a jerkass who's "hurting inside" but is convinced to dump him by Darryl and give a nice boy a chance. The boyfriend threatens Darryl to get her back to him, he refuses and is rewarded with a beating, and Bizzy still goes back to the jerk. He gets vindicated when it's revealed that Flak, the guy who was 'hurting inside' when he was in highschool grew up to be the "actually" depressed highschool janitor.
  • Animation Bump: The episodes by Varga Studio are far more fluid compared to the ones by Sunwoo Entertainment and Rough Draft Studios.
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  • Bratty Half-Pint: Rodney
  • Canon Foreigner: The Bittermans, Darryl's co-worker Kenny, and Bizzy the babysitter.
  • Catchphrase: "Hi, Wanda, how's the baby?" is Melinda's typical greeting whenever she runs into Wanda.
    • Kenny always greets Darryl with "Hey, Cap'n...".
  • Christmas Episode: "A Baby Blues Christmas Special," which shows Darryl and Wanda struggling with the newborn Zoey and getting the hang of it by Christmas Day.
  • Daddy's Girl: Megan seems to get the least of Carl's lectures and he's even willing to have tea parties with her.
    • Zoe might be only a baby but she already has Darryl wrapped around her tiny fingers.
  • Dumb Blonde: Bizzy.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Just about everyone on the show has some form of dysfunction.
    • Carl and Melinda Bitterman have a trio of terrifying children, have to really stretch a dollar, and have a few problems with their marriage.
    • Bizzy's parents are divorced (quite messily from the sound of it) and she tends to go for the type of guy who has a future in prison.
    • Kenny has to be reminded that he has three kids, not two, and his wife seems to be developing into a Butch Lesbian with her "special friend" playing "board games" with her while he has his "me time."
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Carried over from the strip. "Ugly Zoe" further shows that having five fingers per hand is freak show worthy.
  • Game Show Appearance: In "A Baby Blues Christmas Special," Darryl dreams that he and Wanda appear on Family Feud, with both of their parents pointing out various mistakes in raising Zoey.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: The "birthday lady" sings an alternative to "Happy Birthday to You".
  • Hotter and Sexier: In an effort to appeal to the 17-25 age range, the animated series relied on more risque comedy to compete with Family Guy and The Simpsons. Fans of the original comic and the comic strip creators were not pleased with the results. Oddly enough, the show's humor is considered very tame in contrast to [adult swim]'s other shows. Yes, it does have sex references, Fanservice (The Birthday Lady), and other content not suitable for family viewing, but it's at a PG-level.
  • The Hyena: Megan, whenever Rodney or Shelby does something to piss off Carl.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Diedrich Bader as Kenny.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Carl and Rodney. Like father like son.
    • Kenny as well. With all the teasing he gives Darryl, he's actually his best friend.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Wanda sees Darryl's mother as annoying for never shutting up. Darryl has the same opinion of Wanda's father for telling boring stories, which Wanda is willing to concede.
  • Prequel: The show was set back when Zoe was just born, and is an infant throughout the series. Hammie and of course Wren are nowhere to be seen as they haven't been born yet.
  • Shout-Out: A black neighbor named Rex was prone to wearing Cosby-like sweaters.
  • The Silent Bob: Zoey. Even after being a month old, she was well-aware of what was being said around her and would react in some fashion.
  • Special Guest: One episode had Drew Carey appear as himself, though the oddness of this was Lamp Shaded.
  • Stripperific: The woman that sings the birthday song at the fun center.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: In "Ugly Zoe", Melinda says "Hi Wanda, how's the- (notices Zoe's pinkeye and cradle cap) weather?
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Shelby, the youngest of the Bitterman children, who doesn't speak and just whacks at things with his bat. If he doesn't become a serial killer, then the best he can hope for is a petty thug. Even Wanda called him "a four-year-old sociopath."
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Darryl's boss, an old man, keeps "trading in for a younger wife."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Darryl and Kenny at work, Darryl and Carl in the neighborhood.
  • The Voiceless: Shelby. His only ways of communicating are staring blankly and whacking things with his baseball blbat.
  • Yes, Virginia: At the end of "A Baby Blues Christmas Special," Darryl and Wanda wind up at a diner with Zoey and get some useful advice from a big guy with a white beard. After a moment of wondering, they see he's a truck driver and laugh it off, but the end reveals he was Santa all along.


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