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"I got sweat in my eyes
Lost a bet and got bit by a hundred flies
I fell out a big old tree
Hit every branch and scraped up both my knees
I got chased by dogs, licked by a frog
Got a rash on my legs, dropped a dozen eggs
I got splinters in seven and ten
And tomorrow, I'll do it all again"
"Do It All Again"
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Big City Greens is an animated comedy series produced for Disney Channel, created by Chris and Shane Houghton (colloquially known as the Houghton Brothers), who both previously worked as writers on Harvey Beaks. Rob Renzetti (My Life as a Teenage Robot) served as an executive producer on the first season. The show premiered June 18, 2018.

The series revolves around the adventures of Cricket Green, a mischievous and enthusiastic country boy who moves to a big city named...well, Big City, along with his family-man father Bill, his placid yet silly sister Tilly, his no-nonsense grandmother Alice, and eventually joined by his reckless and tough divorced mother Nancy, and how his curiosity affects his out-of-place family and the friendship they develop with their neighbours.

The supporting cast features Remy Remington, Cricket's well-off Black and Nerdy best friend, and Gloria, an antsy and cynical, but ultimately good-hearted girl who works at the coffee shop right next to the Greens' house. The Greens also frequently battle their arch-nemesis, Chip Whistler, the CEO of rival company Wholesome Foods who is jealous of their work, and is always plotting to run the Greens out of Big City for good, but his plans are usually, if not always, thwarted.

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The series was greenlit for a second season a month ahead of its premiere which premiered on November 16, 2019. A third season was commissioned on January 13, 2021.


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  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Often when characters look behind them (usually with Cricket or Tilly), their heads turn all the way around so that they completely face backwards.
  • Absentee Actor: Cricket and Tilly are the only characters who appear in all of the episodes. However, they do not appear in all of the shorts.
    • Bill was absent from "Remy Rescue", "Critterball Crisis", "Gargoyle Gals", "Cyberbullies", "Coffee Quest", "Forbidden Feline" and "Gabriella's Fella", and made a non-speaking appearance in "Wishing Well". Only his voice was heard in "Cricket's Tickets".
    • Alice was absent from "Bear Trapped", "Remy Rescue", "Critterball Crisis", "Supermarket Scandal", "Paint Misbehavin'", "Cyberbullies", "Coffee Quest", "Night Bill", "Trailer Trouble", "Skunked", "Clubbed". "Gabriella's Fella", "Cricket's Tickets" and "Hurt Bike". She had a non-speaking appearance in "Wishing Well".
    • Kiki and Benny appear without Weezie in "Swimming Fool", "Winner Winner", "Flimflammed" and "Cricket's Tickets", while Benny and Weezie appeared without Kiki in "Valentine's Dance".
  • Accidental Public Confession: In "Cricketsitter", while Cricket is waiting in the X-ray room, Tilly accidentally leans on the microphone:
    Doctor [as Tilly accidentally leans on the microphone button]: He must have taken a pretty hard hit. What happened?
    Cricket: Huh?
    Tilly: Well, I guess I can tell you, but this is one of those doctor-patient confidentiality things. So, I was supposed to look after Cricket, but he kept doing a lot of crazy stuff, so I had to scare him a little bit, but instead he got hurt, and it's all my fault, and I'm so overwhelmed that I might fall asleep. [Tilly falls asleep on the button]
    Doctor: What? Wake up!
    Tilly [wakes up]: Oh, wow, it makes me feel so much better to get that off my chest.
    Cricket: What?!
    Tilly: Cricket, no no no no! You weren't supposed to hear that!
    Cricket: I thought you were looking after me, but you were only looking after yourself!
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: While Cricket is mighty proud of starring in a commercial in "Cricket's Kapowie", it's Tilly who lets stardom go to her head, and she's just an extra. However, she takes her role as "Girl Eating Donut" far too seriously, acting like a prima donna as she tries to find her character.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Griffin McElroy's minor character appearance as the Pepper Merchant from "Feud Fight" sees him once again play a sketchy merchant who sells odd wares. He even uses the same voice.
    • In a meta sense; Dr. Enamel lets off a "Wocka Wocka", the catchphrase of Fozzie Bear, his alleged voice actor.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Pre-series, Alice was quite dumbstruck when she sees Bill almost lost part of his hand to the hay baler and caught for selling counterfeit arcade tokens with Nancy, all while trying to earn enough money for the farm.
    • After foreclosing the farm, Bill was forced to move his family in with his mother, in the only known area left of their farmland, otherwise they'd be living in the gutter.
    • Bill was genuinely horrified when he saw Cricket nearly get killed by Chip's helicopter on the megastore roof; it's a good thing he safely caught him when he jumped off (and shouted that somebody had better catch him in return).
  • An Aesop: Almost every episode has one, mostly relating to whatever problem the Greens have. Has its own page.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Tilly thinks their goat has the spirt of a dog, and enters her in the local dog show.
  • All There in the Script: The blue guy in the two-guy duo along with Terry is named Alexander.
  • The Alleged Car: The Greens' Kludge truck has seen better days, and is on the verge of falling apart in "Car Trouble". Everyone is at first excited to get it replaced by a high-tech smart car, but they eventually miss their old car and get it back before it's taken to Mars.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Almost everyone has skin of wild colors including violet, blue, green, and inhumanly reddish pink, mixed in with a minority of colors that can pass as normal skin tones. The Greens themselves are bright yellow, not unlike most of the cast of The Simpsons.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Chris Houghton hinted Cricket has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; this is obviously noticeable throughout "Quiet Please". Tilly is also implied to be autistic.
  • Anatomy Anomaly: Just almost with the entire characters who excludes noses, some background characters had some odd-shaped heads.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Nearly every single episode ends with this, given the nature of family values.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Cricket, who's named after an insect.
  • Animation Bump:
    • The intro is more fluid and has better detailed shading than most of its episodes.
    • The show's animation becomes smoother and fluid with less choppy lines post-2019. One change in particular is Cricket's animation, having a slightly taller body, shorter head with less of an angle and rounder at the top, and his pocket buttons have more volume. as shown here. Also, the characters' pupils have gotten smaller, especially Cricket's, Tilly's and Gramma's, and even the expressions have improved with even more exaggerated faces. This continues into Season 2 which introduces a whole new range of emotions, as well as improved lip movements and expressions the early episodes didn't even have the ability to animate back then.
    • Even the backgrounds and designs of the episode title cards have gotten a whole lot better since day one. Especially the title cards for "Flimflammed" and "Greens' Acres", which are done with GLORIOUS shading and drop shadows, something the early title cards completely lacked.
  • Answer Cut:
    • From "Welcome Home":
    Cricket: How big can Big City be?
    (Staggered Zoom to an overview literally showing how big it is)
    Cricket: Eugh. Just felt a chill go down my spine.
    • From "Fill Bill":
    Tilly: I'm sure we're all thinkin' the same thing, folks: Is there even an award high enough to honor such a stunnin' performance!?!
    (Cut)
    Bill: Wow, sixth place!
    • From "Quiet Please":
    Cricket: But where in the city are we gonna find a place with an endless catalogue of books?
    (Cut to the Greens at...)
    Cricket: Oh, the library!
  • Apple of Discord:
    • The tickets Cricket wins in "Cricket's Tickets".
    • The last remaining leg of the turkey in the Chibi Tiny Tales short "Turkey Tussell".
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • In "Blue Tater" when Cricket lists off what the kitchen applinces in the food truck would do:
    Cricket: (at the fridge) This could fall on someone! (at the deep fryer) This could burn someone's face off! (at the salt shaker) And this could...um...get in your eyes and sting 'em!
    • Played with in "Bear Trapped", with the lesser offense occurring in the middle:
    Cricket: Bears are a menace; they'll terrorize the innocent, rifle through our garbage, and if left unchecked, will eventually destroy this good city!
  • Art Evolution: The animation is much smoother and more detailed post-2019, which even carried on into Season 2. Notice Cricket, Tilly and Gramma's pupils have gotten a bit smaller like how most of the adults have and Keys' mustache is longer and has round tips, and the animation is less choppy and more fluid. Even the characters' expressions have improved, which is extended into the second season.
  • Artistic License:
    • No seafood would ever serve literal (and live) fish meals like Sea Fusion does.
    • Everything that happens in the library in "Quiet Please" is completely unrealistic, with what the librarians do thanks to their enhanced hearing, and Bill getting banned from every library in the world in the end.
  • Art Shift:
    • In "Remy Rescue", the scene where Cricket and Tilly chase Remy's limo back to his mansion is done in the style of Google Maps.
    • In "Parade Day", Cricket's plans to reroute the parade to Big Coffee are done in the likeness of children's doodles.
    • In "People Watching", each of the Greens' stories about passersby is drawn in a different style. Cricket's is an Animesque action-adventure show; Gramma's is done as woodcut illustrations; and Tilly's is a Retraux 1930s cartoon. Bill, the least imaginative of the group, does his stories as Stick Figure Animations, but then begins incorporating some of the others' story ideas, which appear in their respective styles.
    • The same Stick Figure Animation for Bill's story is used for Cricket's Engineered Heroics plan in "Skunked".
    • In "Clubbed", Andromeda's plan to cure Gloria's "amnesia" shifts to the style of a blueprint.
    • The video game scenes in "Level Up" are in Minecraft-esque Stop Motion CGI.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: The Pepper Merchant that sells ghost peppers to Gramma in "Feud Fight" has a green topknot and long red beard that makes his head look like a jalapeño pepper.
  • At Arm's Length: In the climax of "Chipwrecked", Chip has his bouncer squad dismantle the cafe much to Cricket's shock; he tries to stop him, but one bouncer holds him back by an arm and tosses him to Bill.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: This is one of Cricket's problems, but taken Up to Eleven throughout "Cheap Snake". Believing what he saw in a commercial to "no think, just do", he uses said advice when buying Snakey and doing whatever he believes will like, which contrasts with Remy's true advice. It goes horribly wrong to the point where Snakey devours the animals — Cricket included, and he realizes the error of his ways and passes Snakey to Remy.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: In "Cricketsitter", when Tilly uses a Scare 'Em Straight approach to discourage Cricket from doing dangerous stunts with a bucket, Tilly disguises Cricket in a soldier's uniform and rushes him to the Big City medical center:
    Desk Nurse: There's a 45-minute wait.
    Tilly: This brave soldier will be dead in 45 minutes! His wounds need attention now!
    Desk Nurse: What happened?
    Tilly: He's real hurt, see? [Tilly touches Cricket's right arm]
    Cricket: Owwww!
    Tilly: We're losing him!
    Desk Nurse: Oh my, right this way, please.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Before "Bear Trapped", Cricket had a aversion towards bears as somehow explained in Space Chicken, he would set up bear traps despite of bears being nonexistent in the city, at least until "Bear Trapped".
    • Subverted when Tilly tames and befriends her and names her Daisy, believing that she's hungry, misunderstood and scared of humans, and she actually turns out to be Beary Friendly.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: In one episode, Tilly wears a sheet over her head to trick everyone into thinking that the food was haunted. Too bad she forgot to put in eye holes.
  • Bee Afraid: In the Bee Tree Short, when Tilly and Cricket encountered a single bee while climbing up the tree, which went into Tilly, who kept still while Cricket frantically calls for helping until the bee leaves from Tilly’s face but went to sting Cricket’s face.
  • Befriending the Enemy: In "Friend Con", Cricket and Tilly set up a friendship between Bill and Chip, convinced that he's changed since the events of "Reckoning Ball", in an attempt to help Bill make new friends since the move to Big City. Unfortunately to them, Chip is still evil, and was only using the friendship to ruin Bill's big speech.
  • Be Yourself: Tilly learns this in "Tilly Style".
  • Big Bad: Chip Whistler, who's constantly scheming to exact revenge on the Greens. His desire for the Green family farm and running the Greens out of Big City kick-starts much of the plot of Season 2.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • The whole family plays this in "Elevator Action" to save Gloria's car from getting towed after her parking meter expires, and in "Impopstar" to save Cricket from Amaryllis.
    • Tilly becomes one in "Remy Rescue" as part of a Brick Joke to free Cricket from Vasquez so he can stop Remy from leaving for boarding school.
    • Phoenix becomes one in "Cricket's Shoes" to protect the Greens from an angry herd of dogs.
    • Keys, OF ALL PEOPLE, becomes this in "Reckoning Ball" to protect the Greens and stop Chip from destroying their house and vowing to arrest him for attempting murder. He becomes this again in "Heat Beaters" when he sees Cricket and Remy delusional and nearly dying from a heatstroke, and quickly takes them home.
    • Alice becomes one in "Shark Objects" to save Cricket from getting killed by the lifeguard because of his shark prank.
    • Bill becomes a last-minute one in "Quiet Please" by pulling a heroic sacrifice to give the obliviously noisy Cricket the gift of reading, while simultaneously costing his own.
  • Big Fancy House: The Remingtons' Mansion classifies as this. It's so big that Gramma gets lost inside it.
  • Big "NO!": All over the place.
    • Cricket delivers one in "Steak Night" when he sees he left the family steak on the subway and the train takes off.
    • By Gramma in "Blue Tater" when Cricket touches the titular potato.
    • Bill in "Swimming Fool" when a family wants to bathe in the hot tub and potentially see him nude, then by Cricket in the end of his Daydream Surprise when he sees he fell apart in the water.
    • A musical one is done by the hot dog vendor in "Gramma's License" when Gramma's car crashes his stand.
    • Gramma lets out one as a child in "Family Legacy" when her dad is about to sell the farm.
    • Done by the leader of the Cyber Knights in "Cyberbullies" when Cricket and the gang destroy her drone.
    • Cricket lets out a string of them in "Rated Cricket" as he witness a woman make out with a skeleton in Kiss of Death.
    • Done by a little boy in "Blood Moon" when he gets attacked by the zombie farm animals.
    • Twice in "Big Deal". First by a little boy when Bill takes off with the fishing rod he wanted. Then Louis gives one when Cricket destroys the giant TV.
    • Andromeda lets out two of them in "Sleepover Sisters" when she and Tilly realize they fell asleep and didn't form their Psychic Link.
    • Cricket in "Trailer Trouble" when the Stingers steal Nancy's trailer.
    • By Gramma in "Park Pandemonium" when she misses Officer Keys' slip-up at the pothole thanks to Tilly.
    • Gramma delivers another in "Cricket's Biscuits" as she sees what appears to be the kids falling off a building.
    • Gramma screams a third in "Axin' Saxon" when Tilly drops her sword into the water.
    • Cricket delivers one in "Bad Influencer" as he plows away Remy's no limit card before he pays for a cruise with Itchaboi.
    • Cricket lets out another big no in "Green Christmas" when he is being dragged out of the store after the Mall Santa pronounces him naughty.
    • In "Greens' Acres", the young Bill lets out one when Alice thinks of selling the farmland to Quisling.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": In "Raccooned", Gramma screams "SHUT UP!!!" to stop Cricket and Bill's arguing and call them out for making things worse.
  • Big "YES!": In "Park Pandemonium", Bill screams four in succession as he tries to toss a Whisbee. He then screams a more triumphant one, coupled with Skyward Scream, when he finally impresses the teens who own it.
  • Birds of a Feather: Cricket and Gabriella instantly hit it off with each other due to their shared troublemaker backgrounds, to the point of becoming a couple.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Some episodes end on a sad note with at least some positivity.
    • "Tilly's Goat": Melissa is kicked out of the dog show, but she does get an honorary award from Cricket.
    • "Backflip Bill": Bill manages to get his confidence back and completes his routine; he places 6th, but at least he had fun.
    • "Bear Trapped": Cricket releases Daisy into the sewers and promises to write to her.
    • "Fill Bill": The Greens are banned from Seafusion forever, but at least Bill manages to prove he's still himself. And despite that, they hated that place anyway.
    • "Coffee Quest": The coffee beans are returned and Cricket's debt is cleared, but he is hesitant to leave Gloria so she makes him stay by blaming him for a mess she willingly causes, which they soon both slightly regret over.
    • "Big Deal": The Greens don't get the TV, the hoarders ignore the meaning of his Rousing Speech and they can't go home to have their Thanksgiving dinner because they spent so long at the store that the food might be spoiled by now. Cricket saves the day by using prepackaged store food while they watch the big game on the giant TV, and even Louis joins them.
    • "Valentine's Dance": Cricket's chance to dance with Gabriella is rejected because he constantly avoided her, and loses the chance to experience what love is. However, since Gloria's date never showed as well, they decide to dance it out together.
    • "Green Streets": Keys reverts to his childish self and goes easy on Cricket, but he cannot let him off scot-free and forces him into cleaning all the litter he dropped.
    • "Sleepover Sisters": Tilly and Andromeda fail to form their psychic link, but one look at the pictures they took reminds them of all the fun they had and realize they're closer than ever before.
    • "Skunked": The skunks are out-stinked and Cricket is called a hero, but due to his act at protecting Gloria, he gets stinked himself.
    • "Cricket's Place": Cricket realizes that living alone is not what it's cracked up to be and returns to his family.
    • "Volunteer Tilly": Tilly decides to do her part and gives all the animals a true place they belong to.
    • "Shark Objects": Nancy gives herself a talking-to, causing Cricket to realize his shark prank was beyond life-threatening, and vows to never do it again.
    • "Dream Weaver": Cricket returns his family's dreams to normal, but due to his sleepless night, he's too exhausted to spend the day with them.
    • "Present Tense": Remy's birthday is nearly ruined thanks to Cricket repeatedly ditching him to win tickets for a T. rex and ruins his cake in return, but he decides to make up for it by doing everything Remy wants, which includes getting their pictures taken in a Japanese photobooth.
  • Black and Nerdy: Remy is unambiguously black in an Amazing Technicolor Population and has many nerd stereotypes down pat.
    • Tilly's friend Andromeda is a nerdy, eccentric conspiracy theorist and can be assumed to be African-American due to her voice actress.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • The Greens' pickup is a Kludgenote .
    • Grandma Alice's car is made by Abraham Motors, a pun on Lincoln Continental.
    • Splish soda, a parody of Sprite.
    • Chip Whistler's Wholesome Foods, a parody of Whole Foods Market.
  • Book-Ends:
    • "Fill Bill" begins with the Greens entering a seafood restaurant for dinner and ends with them getting banned for good and kicked out.
    • The first scene of "Green Streets" has Cricket on the front lawn happy; the last scene has him picking up trash from the lawn looking sad.
    • "Green Christmas" ends with the first scene of the episode done in reverse; it starts with a pan down from the sky to the house, and ends with a pan up from the house to the sky.
    • "Dream Weaver" starts with Cricket waking up in the middle of the night excited while his family is sleeping; the episode ends with him worn out and tired while his family wakes up excited.
    • "I, Farmbot" starts and ends with Cricket and Bill at Overhaüls.
    • Near the end of the first ten of Season 1, Cricket gets a job at Big Coffee; before the last ten of Season 2, he gets fired.
    • A literal case with "Quiet Please"; the episode starts and ends with the episode title appearing on the cover of a book.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: There are certain instances where other characters would say Cricket's famous "Bingo-bango."
    • In "Uncaged", Nancy says it in the flashback.
    • In "Friend Con", Gramma says it as she sees the Farm Con swag.
    • In "Gabriella's Fella", Remy says it when Vasquez offers to join him as a Shipper on Deck.
    • In "Chipocalypse Now", Chip says it as his plan to destroy Elkins Street is going perfectly.
  • Bottle Episode:
    • The episode "Dream Weaver" takes place completely inside the Greens' house, with occasional shifts to the dream sequences.
    • "Swimming Fool" has the only location being the Community Center pool, while "Photo Op"'s only location is the Big City Mall, and it is completely indoors.
    • "Space Chicken" takes place entirely at the Green's house. "Family Legacy" and "Level Up" follow suit, with a brief scene at Big Coffee in the latter.
    • "Rated Cricket" is set only at a movie theater.
    • "Winner Winner" and "Valentine's Dance" take place completely inside the community center.
    • "Blood Moon" is this, unusual since it's a double-length episode, with the episode set entirely around the Greens' main territory (preferably their house and the Elkins building). "Forbidden Feline" and "Cricket's Place" follow suit.
    • "Urban Legend" is likewise only set at the Greens' house, with short scenes of the street and hardware store.
    • "Garage Tales" is set entirely in the Greens' garage, hence the title. It does however shift to Gramma's flashbacks, and has a brief scene in her bedroom at the end.
    • "Desserted" is set entirely inside the restaurant the Greens visit, particularly the table they sit at.
    • "Cheap Show" takes this Up to Eleven, being that the entire episode is a complete jab at this. The whole episode is set in the Greens' living room because "production costs" were low, and Cricket even lampshades this at one point.
    Cricket: I need to experience somethin' new, with an actual location, and people!
  • Bowdlerise: On Disney Channel Asia airings, all mentions of G-rated swearing ("gosh", "darn", "heck", "dang", etc.) have been cut and/or muted out.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • A mild example with Bill in "DIY Guys". Bill prides himself on being self-reliant and not asking for help, but when he goes to a hardware store, it's too big and confusing for him to find what he's looking for, and steadfastly refuses to ask the employees for help finding it. Eventually he is forced to ask for help when a shelf full of toilets threatens to fall on him.
    • Chip Whistler, the Jerkass manager of Wholesome Foods, gets thoroughly humiliated every time he tangles with the Greens. He chips his teeth the first time; it gets fixed whenever he meets the Greens again, but no matter how unbreakable he says his new teeth are, they get chipped again every time. This seems to stop when he gets a platinum filling.
  • Breather Episode:
    • The action-packed "Coffee Quest" followed by the tearjerking "Phoenix Rises" are preceded by "Dinner Party". They are then followed by the nightmare-fueling "Blood Moon", which precedes "Big Deal".
    • The rather scary "Hiya Henry" is paired with the comedic "People Watching".
    • The suddenly dramatic and shocking ending of "Reckoning Ball" is immediately followed by the relaxing, lighthearted comedy of its sister episode, "Clubbed". It also comes after "Green Christmas".
    • The infamous "Wild Side" is paired with the wackiness of "Level Up".
    • The comedic "Quiet Please" is paired up with the plot-heavy "Chipwrecked"; this is continued into "Chipocalypse Now", which is then followed by "'Rent Control".
    • "Times Circle" stands out from most other episodes because it's not generally plot-driven or adventure-based; instead it focuses on the Greens visiting the titular location and doing different activities.
    • "Okay Karaoke" doesn't have any major plotlines, instead focusing on the Greens and Remy going out for karaoke and Tilly trying to find the right music genre that suits her.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In "Remy Rescue" when Tilly sees Vasquez escaped because she left him unguarded to find a board game, she sneaks into the vents; this becomes important later on when Remy is caught and hustled out the door, as she falls out of the vents and glomps onto Vasquez, freeing Cricket long enough to stop Remy.
    • In "Homeshare Hoedown", Gloria sets up a Share B&B appointment for the Greens on her phone; near the end, Cricket realizes because of such, Gloria will be getting the money and not him.
    • In "Quiet Please" when Cricket is distracted, he spots Phyllis, accidentally causes her to laugh, resulting in her snatched. Near the end, the same exact thing almost happens to himself.
  • Broken Pedestal: The episode "Dolled Up" has Tilly become interested in a doll store's tea party's VIP Cantaloupe Sinclair and hopes to hang out with her. She is devastated when she discovers Cantaloupe always forces others what to do out of their dissatisfaction, and calls her out.
  • Buses Are for Freaks: In "Welcome Home", the Greens ride a bus to gramma's house and finds that everyone there is some sort of weirdo.
  • But I Read a Book About It: In "Welcome Home", Cricket claims to be an expert on the Big City, even though he's never been there, because he read a book about it once.
  • Butt-Monkey: Life seems determined to make Gloria miserable.
  • Calvinball: Cricket and Tilly invented "Critterball", a combination of baseball and dodgeball. Their next door neighbor Brett watches them and admits to not knowing what's going on despite watching for an hour.
  • Captain Ersatz: In "Parade Day", one of the floats is Crabby Tabby, based on Garfield, and another resembles the Genie from Aladdin.
    • "Hiya Henry", Gramma Alice's old ventriloquist dummy which Tilly uses in her ventriloquist act, resembles Howdy Doody wearing a green sweater.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • In "Harvest Dinner" when Cricket and Gramma are tasked watching a pie by Bill, they think he gave them the job because he doesn't trust them to get paprika (despite neither of them wanting to do it earlier). When they come back later on, they discover the pie had been stolen by the mean rooster in their absence.
    • In "Flimflammed", Cricket doesn't believe Gramma when she tells him he's been scammed by a Con Man.
  • Cats Are Mean: In Secret Cat, when Tilly and Cricket are trying to feed Gramma’s other cat, who’s not shown entirely, winds up grabbing and clawing Cricket's face so badly that he unsuccessfully tried to remove from under the couch before being knocked out while dragged under the couch.note 
  • Celestial Deadline: If a Green family member takes on their family Rite of Passage but fails to complete it before the sun goes down, they won't be a Green anymore, and they'd have to change their last name to something else.
  • Central Theme:
    • Moving to a new place can be hard, but you'll get used to it, ranging from Cricket and his family moving from the countryside to the Big City to Gloria moving from the suburbs to same place.
    • Family and its true meaning also serves as a theme to the show.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Since Chip's introduction, the show tends to switch between whether it's the usual adventure/comedy, a comedy with some dramatic or tearjerking moments mixed in, or on occasion, completely dramatic and dark.
  • Character Development: Cricket has slowly evolved into a more responsible and mature personality as the series went. Note that in one episode of the first season he hates doing chores, but later on he is able to do his chores and yardwork with no complaints and handle at his job better. Early on in Season 2, he scams everyone with a fake wishing well which he learns is wrong, and is able to see right through Itchaboi's scam in "Bad Influencer" thanks to learning said lesson. Also, his viewing of Chip changes from market rival to failing joke to complete enemy over the course of just two and a half seasons. And note how he acts around Gabriella after they become a couple; when he first saw her, he could barely even get a sentence out; now he speaks to her and hangs around her with no problem.
  • Chastity Couple: Cricket and Gabriella are a variation of this; when she asks him if he wants to date her, she only wants to tell other people they're dating and not do anything super romantic that instant. He tells her he's cool with that and accepts. This is exampled in "Date Night" as how they saw the rich folk being romantic, possibly because they're too young for that just yet.
  • Chariot Race: In "Night Bill", when Cricket and Tilly find that their dad is taking a night job to provide better stuff for his family, they confront Bill's boss Jyle, challenging him to a chariot race reminiscent of Ben-Hur, with Bill in danger of being committed to an ironclad 5-year job contract if he loses. Cricket shakes up a couple cans of Beef-Up protein drinks, which propels Bill across the finish line.
  • Cheeky Mouth: Basically shows up almost 90% whenever characters are talking when in profile view or positioned diagonally from behind.
  • The Chew Toy: Chip becomes this In-Universe by Cricket in "Chipwrecked". It all changes however once he starts taking over Elkins Street in the end.
  • Christmas Episode: The season 2 episode "Green Christmas". It is also a Musical Episode.
  • Closed Circle: In "Blood Moon", crazed animals surround the Greens, along with Remy, his bodyguard Vasquez, and Gloria, in the house. It becomes a Trapped with Monster Plot when the animals find a way in; they escape to the apartment building next door, but the animals follow them there. It turns out Bill engineered the whole thing by leaving the barn door open because he wanted to spend Halloween together with the kids, but it got out of hand.
  • Clucking Funny: Cricket tries to get one of the family chickens launched into outer space in "Space Chicken". The chickens end up running amok on the streets, scaring passersby.
  • Cold Open: The double-length episodes begin with these unlike the others.
  • Comical Angry Face: Bill has one, which is called, according to Tilly, "the disappointed face".
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • In "Space Chicken", Bill asks the kids that since they're still adjusting to the new neighbors since moving to Big City, they should try and make a good impression around them; however, Cricket misinterprets his advice and literally tries to impress the neighbors by launching a chicken into outer space.
    • In "Cricket's Kapowie", Cricket is led to believe the "kapowie" Donny Tinseltown says he has is his hair, after he calls it his "statement piece". When he accidentally shears it, it causes him to believe he lost his kapowie and freak out.
    • In the Random Rings short "Telemarketer Calls the Greens", Cricket and Tilly get a telemarketing call from a woman named Trish who is advertising a "go solar" campaign and sell solar panels, but the kids mishear her and think "going solar" will give them superpowers to fight crime. Only Gramma realizes the meaning of the call, and forces Trish to hang up to the kids' disappointment.
  • Community-Threatening Construction: Chip is intent on destroying the Greens' house, which is an even worse threat to their legacy like how it suffered many times before.
    • He almost wrecks it to pieces with a wrecking crane in "Reckoning Ball", but Keys interfered, causing him to hit part of the roof instead.
    • In the Multi-Part Episode of Season 2, Chip demolishes Big Coffee and the apartment complex and replaces them with a megastore over the Greens' farmhouse, and the house itself is set to be torn down and replaced with a parking lot.
  • Companion Cube: In "Cricketsitter", Tilly has one in the form of a burlap sack with a face on it which she named "Saxon". She talks to it, and pretends that it talks back to her by speaking in a gruff voice. Saxon goes on to be a regular "character".
    • She also tends to imagine that random things like a dirty car or a cloud looks at her and talks to her.
  • Compressed Hair: Cricket's ancestor Bixby has a shoulder-length mullet which somehow manages to fit underneath his raccoon hat.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Andromeda, the girl Tilly tries to befriend in "Gargoyle Gals". Tilly makes up a story about the gargoyles across the street coming to life to get her to stay over.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: When Cricket and Remy are caught sneaking around in Gramma's room, she makes Cricket and Remy kiss her on the cheek.
  • Cope by Creating: Gloria copes with sadness and extreme stress by painting and is happy to explain how she felt when she painted each work as well as what she was coping with at the time. Unfortunately, she's a Butt-Monkey and nobody sees any beauty in her paintings until Cricket adds crude drawings of common objects to the canvases. The very fact that her paintings got no attention without the help of a small annoying child does not escape her notice.
  • Costume Evolution: Cricket starts wearing shoes with his outfits more frequently in Season 2, reflecting his maturing and Character Development.
  • Counterfeit Cash: In "Desserted", Cricket knew his family wouldn't go along with his plan to get a free meal, so as a failsafe, he replaced all of Bill's money with fake cash, aptly titled "Cricket Bucks", which have no monetary value, so that there's no way out.
  • Counting Sheep: Cricket tries it in "Sleepover Sisters". Unfortunately, he only has one sheep to count.
  • Country Mouse: The Green Family, who previously left countryside and into the city.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In "Harvest Dinner", Tilly is tasked with buying paprika, which Cricket and Gramma, who have to guard the pie cooling in the window sill, feel jealous about. After failing to beat her to it, they then plot to exchange the paprika she bought for a papaya they accidentally bought. Tilly, however, knew they would try something like that, so she took the paprika out of the bottle beforehand and put it in her pocket.
  • Credits Gag: As Fozzie Bear gets credited for Doctor Enamel in "Hurty Tooth", Eric Jacobson is credited as Fozzie's "Personal Handyman".
  • Cringe Comedy: Just about everything that sets upon in the show.
  • Crying Wolf: In "Volunteer Tilly", Cricket and Gramma decide to prank Bill. Eventually, Bill becomes wise to them and ignores them when they ask him to leave the bathroom and help them. Unbeknown to Bill, Cricket and Gramma are cornered by a crazed Chihuahua and are unable to flee due to the oil they poured on the floor as part of their next prank. By the time Bill comes out, the two are badly mauled.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • In "Uncaged" when Gramma is annoyed at Nancy, she starts to say, "You can take your differences and shove 'em up your--!" before Remy cuts in.
    • In "Hiya Henry" when Cricket persuades Tilly into finding something different, Henry adds, "Find something respectable instead of stickin' your hand on someone's—" only to get stopped by Tilly because "We're at the dinner table!"
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Though the show is not truly serialized and sticks to Slice of Life, it often shows shades of this territory. The first big example of this would be "Reckoning Ball", which sets him up as the official Big Bad of the show when he tricks the Greens and his dad into thinking he's changed so he can take over as the Wholesome Foods CEO. It all culminates in "Chipwrecked" when he seizes control of Big Coffee and plots the destruction of the Green house, resulting in the show's very first Multi-Part Episode.
    • Shane Houghton claimed on his Twitter the continuation after "Chipwrecked" may be even darker. This happens to come true thanks to the war over the house, Chip going full-on loco, and especially the scene where Cricket and his family nearly die.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Cricket Versus" and "Swimming Fool" is both for Cricket.
    • "Cricketsitter", "Tilly's Goat", "Mama Bird" and "Forbidden Feline" are mainly for Tilly.
    • "Backflip Bill", "Fill Bill", "DIY Guys" and "Night Bill" are mainly for Bill.
    • "Remy Rescue" is one for Remy.
    • "Gramma’s License" and "Suite Retreat" are mainly for Gramma.
    • "Critterball Crisis" is mainly for Gloria.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: When Cricket's singing fish Barry Cuda is attacked, his theories of who did it and why are shown in black-and-white.
  • Deranged Animation: Becomes more common post-2019 and especially into Season 2, complete with a wider range of crazy facial expressions.
  • Demonic Dummy: In "Hiya, Henry", Tilly finds an old ventriloquist dummy and decides to use it for a talent show. Everyone enjoys Tilly's act... except for Cricket, who is terrified of the dummy and eventually thinks it's out to get him. He eventually attacks the dummy in the middle of the talent show and tears it apart. Realizing what he's done, Cricket takes the dummy's place in Tilly's act.
  • The Dentist Episode: "Hurty Tooth" has Cricket taken to the dentist because of a rotten tooth. He is at first freaked out because of horror stories Gramma told him about doctors taking anything they can, but Cricket eventually relents due to how painful the tooth has become, as well as being scared by the sight of Gramma's dentures.
  • Description Cut:
    • From "Tilly Tour":
    Gramma: I bet the boys are sorry they missed this.
    Tilly: Yeah. They're probably still on the couch watchin' TV.
    (Cut to Cricket and Bill floating helplessly in the flooded bathroom)
    • From "Blood Moon":
    Bill: Well, at least we all made it outta there.
    (Cut to Gloria still upstairs, screaming and being surrounded by the zombie animals, who attack her)
  • Destination Ruse: In "Photo Op", Bill takes the Green family to the mall to get their photo taken at the family portrait studio by tricking them into thinking that they're going to the food court. When Cricket, Tilly, and Gramma find out the truth, they spend the rest of the episode trying to escape to the food court before Bill can find them and take them back.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In "Valentine's Dance" when Cricket discovers what love really is from Nancy and Alice, he feels confident enough to dance with Gabriella and accept their potential love. But as it turns out, Gabriella only wanted to be Just Friends, and since Cricket constantly avoided her, she asked Remy instead to his shock and disappointment. Fortunately, she's Just Friends with Remy, and in "Gabriella's Fella", Cricket is successful this time and she becomes his girlfriend.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Cricket often fails to consider the flaws of his plans.
    • In "Supermarket Scandal", he manages to sell fake produce, not knowing until too late what would happen if the visitors eat them.
    • In "Homeshare Hoedown", he thought letting guests stay over for Share B&B would easily let money pour in, discovering moments later he has to commit to the job and treat them to whatever need and want they ask for. Bill even lampshades this earlier when trying to warn him how difficult it will be.
    • In "Hiya Henry", Cricket's fear of the titular dummy leads him to bury him out in the backyard, not knowing Phoenix would dig him out much later.
    • In "Desserted", Cricket's plan to get a free meal goes as this: order a big meal beforehand, and take the Crispy's Sundae Challenge, which involves wolfing down a 50-pound sundae in one hour. Problem is, he didn't tell anyone about it prior to the dinner, and he makes the family order so much food that they're too full to even eat the sundae. To make matters worse, he knew his family wouldn't go along with his plan, so he switched all of Bill's money with fake cash so there's no way out.
    • Lampshaded in "Gramma Driver" when Cricket's prank call backfires on him.
      Cricket: I can't believe that yet again, my actions have had consequences!
    • In the Random Rings short "Cricket Pranks Chandler", Cricket's prank call to Chandler Kinney by impersonating Santa almost works...until she reveals unauthorized Santa impersonation is extremely illegal.
  • Dinner Deformation: In "Cheap Snake", Cricket's new pet snake eats the farm animals, which are clearly visible inside its body. Eventually, Cricket himself ends up inside it.
  • Disney Acid Sequence:
    • The last part of the "Good Deeds" song in "Green Christmas" becomes this.
    • "Okay Karaoke" has this for each of the Green's songs, to go appropriately with the music genre of their choice.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Cricket's girlfriend Gabriella. He finds out in "Gabriella's Fella" she's a troublemaking prankster just like him, both sharing similar incidents over blabbing a comedic offensive word over the intercom, and is happy to play pranks with him but turns that down in favor of her imminent vacation to Montreal. She also wears mismatching shoes, like how he doesn't wear shoes at all, and she hates painting murals, like how he hates doing chores. Both also share the same blue clothing, albeit hers are a bit darker and more vibrant.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In "Barry Cuda", Tilly almost marries Phoenix and Cynthia before Cricket interrupts with Barry Cuda; since both animals are female, making it a lesbian marriage. However, knowing Tilly, she could very well be pretending.
  • The Dog Bites Back: By "Chipwrecked", Cricket has stopped taking Chip seriously and continuously mocks him like a joke. This comes right back at him when Chip seizes control of Big Coffee.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": In "Cheap Snake", Cricket buys a snake and names it Snaky.
  • Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Project: Bill plans to renovate Gramma's bathroom while she's away in "Tilly Tour". Unfortunately, Cricket's attempts to help result in the bathroom flooding and getting wrecked. With only one hour to fix everything, Bill only manages to return it to its previous state.
  • Double-Meaning Title:
    • One episode is called "Friend Con". It is short for "Friend Convention", but it could also refer to conning a friend, meaning to scam them. In other words, it refers to Chip conning his friendship with Bill.
    • "Suite Retreat". It refers to a trip to a hotel, and the fact Gramma is trying to get the Greens to retreat back home.
    • "Uncaged" refers to Nancy being released from jail and the zoo animals being inadvertently released from the zoo.
  • Dramatic Drop: Done twice in "Axin' Saxon". In the first time, Tilly drops her cup when she sees Saxon torn to pieces, then picks it up and throws it harder to invoke Dramatic Shattering. Then, as she threatens to throw Gramma's sword off a bridge, Nancy confesses to being the one who broke Saxon, and the revelation causes Tilly to drop the sword anyway.
  • Driven to Suicide: In "Cyberbullies", Remy comes to Cricket holding a battered Kiki, apparently having found her laying in the middle of the road claiming she has "no will to live" after being hacked by the Cyber Knights.
  • Drop-In Character: Remy. He's pretty much the only member of Cricket and Tilly's friendship circles who shows up at the house on a regular basis.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The animation in the early-produced episodes is slightly deranged than the rest of the series; for instance, whenever a character blinks, their eyelids are the same color as their skin, when in the rest of the show, the lids are a slightly darker shade than the skin. Also, Cricket's head shape is Off-Model in some scenes.
    • In "Space Chicken", all the chickens are different colors (white, yellow, brown), when in the rest of the series, the chickens are all white.
    • In "Critterball Crisis", Dirtbag the cat is colored red, while in the rest of the series, he is colored beige.
    • The first short series for the show, "Country Kids in the City", was the only short series that used the show's traditional hand-drawn animation. From "Random Rings" and onward, the shorts were animated digitally by Adobe Flash.
    • "Blood Moon", the show's first double-length episode, is oddly a Bottle Episode, as the Greens only stay around their street address and the three main buildings on it, mostly inside their house before they escape to the Elkins building, going no place further. Since the second double-length episode, "Uncaged", more places outside the Green house were visited.
    • Since "Space Chicken" was produced back in 2014 as a pilot, there are many things that set it apart from the series. Specifically Tilly isn't very talkative and Gramma is more aggressive, the former being the case the Deuteragonist was originally going to be Remy before that role was given to Tilly.
    • When we first see Remy's family's helicopter, it is piloted by Vasquez's lookalike father, Vasquez Sr. He hasn't appeared since then, and the helicopter is not piloted by Vasquez himself.
    • In "Space Chicken", Tilly is shown to sleep during the day, something not acknowledged or shown throughout the rest of the series.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Is the case of the more intense episodes, as the Greens go through a rather serious problem and must face it, encountering hindrances along the way, before they finally win in the end.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: Cricket, who is shown most of time being seen without wearing any shoes like the rest of the cast has. When he's forced to wear shoes in "Photo Op", he treats it as a great indignity, especially since Bill tricked the family into getting their photo taken under the pretense of going to the food court.
  • Elevator Failure: In "Elevator Action", Gloria is trapped in an elevator with the Greens after Cricket pushes all the buttons too hard.
  • Empathic Environment:
    • In "Dinner Party" as the Greens and Remingtons' dinner goes downhill, the weather outside becomes dark and rainy with lightning, then when Cricket and Remy help them make up, it becomes a beautiful sunset.
    • In "Green Christmas", the falling snow depends on Cricket's mood throughout the episode (regular snow = normal, happy, giving; no snow = goofy, disbelieving, naughty; blizzard = sad, regretful, depressed).
  • Engineered Heroics: In "Skunked", Cricket brings skunks inside the café so that he can look like a hero when he shoos them away and get free muffins. Unfortunately, the skunks won't cooperate, thereby derailing his whole plan (as he assumed he could get them to leave just by telling them to).
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: In "Uncaged", Cricket and Tilly accidentally free all the animals in the zoo and have to get them back inside.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The titular name of the city that the Greens move to is literally named Big City.
  • Exact Words: Chip is forced by his father to apologize to the Greens and make amends. This doesn't mean he's not hating them anymore.
  • Evil Plan: Chip's is to run the Greens out of Big City forever.
  • Eyeless Face: Bill's old friend Joe, first seen in "Friend Con", has very bushy eyebrows but no visible eyes.
  • Eye Recall:
    • Happens to Gramma in "Family Legacy" when she has a flashback to her childhood.
    • Phoenix does it in "Phoenix Rises" as we find out what she did while she ran away.
    • Andromeda has one in "Clubbed" as she recalls what Gloria said.
  • Family Theme Naming:
    • Most members and certain animals of the Green Family have a short I sound in their names (Cricket, Tilly, Bill, Alice, Phoenix, Melissa, Miss Brenda, Bixby, Archibald). The only exception is their mother Nancy.
    • The Remingtons all have names that start with R (Remy, Rashida, Russell).
  • Feud Episode: "Dinner Party". The Greens invite the Remingtons for dinner, with Cricket hoping that it will make his and Remy's families best friends like them. Unfortunately, the differences between the grownups are too great, and they end up fighting against each other in a football game in the rain. Even Cricket and Remy get caught up in the rivalry, but then realize that they're still best friends, and ask for the rivalry to stop.
  • 15 Minutes of Fame:
    • In "Impopstar", Cricket is mistaken for a singer who looks just like him, and is treated to a day of fame; however, he gives it all up in the end.
    • The side story in "Pool's Gold" has Bill become praised as a hero for saving a drowning pool child, resulting in the poolgoers showering him with gifts. However, when one gift too many causes Bill to sink, Mark the hero comes out of nowhere and rescues him, leaving all attention to go to him instead.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Cricket and Gloria slowly become friends over the course of the first season.
  • Fish out of Water: Downplayed. The entire family is this to the modern, bustling metropolitan Big City. It's clear from the intro that Bill was a farmer. Even their house is a small, homely shack right next to a coffee shop and a unnamed building on the right. However, the Greens have shown that they are familiar with various aspects of city life, such as how the metro works.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: In "Garage Tales", Cricket is revealed to be a flat-Earther, which initiates an argument between him and Bill.
  • Food Fight:
    • The episode "Feud Fight", surprisingly enough, in which Cricket's war with Chip at the farmer's market escalates into one.
    • The episode "Dolled Up" climaxes with one, initiating by Tilly calling Cantaloupe out for her controlling behavior.
  • Foregone Conclusion:
    • As far as Chip's schemes to shoo the Greens out of Big City go, the Greens must keep their house and stay in the city 'til series' end, and they cannot die either, given that it appears in Cricket's imagined future in "Time Crisis" and the Greens are alive and well. Big Coffee and the apartment complex also have to stay standing, despite suffering detonations, as they both appear in the same scene. Unfortunately, this isn't the cause with Big Coffee, as it remains vacant after being rebuilt.
    • Also judging by this Twitter post and the promo for the first half of the final ten of S2, it's come clear that the Greens will have won the battle and saved their home, given that their house and street are perfectly intact in both instances.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In "Supermarket Scandal", Bill warns Cricket not to sell the fake produce because those who eat them will turn against them and ruin their reputation. In the end, it's Chip Whistler who does exactly that.
    • In "Harvest Dinner" when Cricket and Gramma are asked by Bill to watch a pie in the window, Cricket complains, "What's it gonna do, run away?" Sure enough, it does run away — thanks to a mean rooster stealing it thanks to nobody watching it.
    • In "Bad Influencer", Itchaboi refusing a hug from Remy when he meets him on his ship foreshadows his presence there as a hologram.
    • The last line of Tilly's verse in the opening number of "Green Christmas" foreshadows the a-plot of the episode, specifically Cricket's selfish issue.
    Tilly: But holidays are best when folks don't think just of themselves!
    • In "Reckoning Ball" when Chip confesses his issue with his dad firing him if he doesn't apologize, Bill reassures him that he needs to prove himself worthy before he accomplishes his goal, and it can be whatever he wants in life. Chip appears to think and smile at what he said before he starts the apology, which foreshadows his true nature.
      • Before that, when Cricket is attacking Chip when he returns to apologize, he happens to correctly predict what he's going to do as that was proven in the final scene of the episode.
      Cricket: Chip's here to apologize...supposedly.
      • Note how Gramma was the only one who remained suspicious and angry when the family signs the forgiveness contract, showing she knows Chip is secretly up to something.
    • In the ending of the same episode, Chip vandalizes a photo of the Greens with negative stickers, some of which hint at later events:
      • In particular, Chip puts a sad-faced emoji over Cricket's face; Cricket ends up adapting a similar expression as the emoji in the ending of "Chipwrecked" after Chip costs him his job.
      • He puts a skull over Tilly's face, foreshadowing him almost killing the Greens with a helicopter in the climax of "Chipocalypse Now".
      • He puts a thumbs-down next to Bill, which hints at the false friendship he forms with him in "Friend Con".
    • In "Time Crisis", when we first see Remy practicing for his violin audition, he comes to an abrupt stop in the music. He claims it's a weird ending, but rolls with it. Later on, it's revealed there's more to the music than just one single page.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum:
    • "Bad Influencer" reveals Remy has a "no limit" card which allows him to purchase anything at will without any cash. However, the card hasn't been seen nor used since that episode, especially after Big Coffee remains vacant and it could be the key to reopening it.
    • Bill gets smartphones for Cricket, Tilly and Gramma in "Gramma Driver", but they never used them since that episode. It's possible Bill took them back having seen they're not ready for them based on what they did (Gramma gave her Swyft customers a horrid time, Cricket's prank call backfired, and Tilly, being Hopeless with Tech, tried to "free" the electronic assistant).
    • Cricket and Tilly get bikes from Bill earning money from his brief job at Beef Up in "Night Bill", but aside from a brief cameo in "Reckoning Ball", they were never seen again. Justified as they'd rather choose Bill over fancy things.
    • Despite starting a roof garden in "Level Up", the Greens were never actually seen gardening from it, aside from a brief appearance in "Tilly Style", and it eventually gets destroyed by Chip in "Chipocalypse Now".
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The character designs have four fingers on their hands and three toes on their feet, with the exception of Chip who has four toes.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Cricket (sanguine), Tilly (phlegmatic), Bill (melancholic)and Grandma (choleric).
  • Free the Frogs:
    • In "Fill Bill", Cricket frees the octopi from the tank of a seafood restaurant.
    • "Uncaged" reveals that Nancy went to jail for freeing cows from an industrial dairy. To prove that they're just as rebellious as she is, Cricket and Tilly try to free an orangutan from the zoo, but end up freeing all the other animals as well.
  • Free-Range Children: Cricket and Tilly are allowed to go through Big City without adult supervision whenever they want. Same goes for Remy and other child characters.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In one particular scene of every episode, a literal hidden Easter egg can be located in a hard-to-notice area. This is a decision playfully made by Chris Houghton during production.
    • When Cricket enters the X-ray machine in "Cricketsitter", you can briefly see a metal plate on the back of his skull.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Tilly shows this in spades. Not only is she close with all the farm animals, she once befriended sewer rats in a subway. It is to the point she chooses to praise the pop-up moles in a whac-a-mole game in "Present Tense", and is utterly horrified when Bill plays the game correctly and whacks them.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: In "Swimming Fool", Tilly makes a working oxygen tank out of a milk bottle.
  • Gag Haircut: In "Cricket's Kapowie", Cricket tries to shave off a cowlick, but ends up shaving a huge swatch off the middle of his head. He goes to a hair salon to get it fixed, but the hairdresser ends up shaving his whole head instead.
  • Gainax Ending: The final shot of "Quiet Please" has the librarian read a storybook of the episode in the same library the episode is set in, and shushes the viewer.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Cricket in "Valentine's Dance" vows not to let himself fall in love, thinking that love makes one soft and takes away one's freedom. A girl asks him to dance, and he freaks out when he realizes he's fallen in love with her.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: We meet Cricket's personal devil and angel in "Well Wishing". The devil appears first, and Cricket is wary of him at first, because he looks like, well, a devil. The angel appears two hours later because the devil had him tied up, and starts annoying him until he does the right thing.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • In "Shark Objects", Cricket wants to play a prank where the beachgoers think there's a shark in the water. Unfortunately, it works so well they think there's actually a shark there, to the point where he almost gets killed.
    • In "Quiet Please", Cricket finally finds a book that fits his interest, but this in turn causes him to completely forget the restriction against noise, and almost loses the gift of reading forever because of it.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Is used frequently on occasion.
  • Go to Your Room!: In "Space Chicken", Cricket is grounded and sent to his room as punishment for the chickens destroying the Big Coffee property.
  • Grumpy Bear: Gloria. Though between her crushed dreams and the constant string of bad luck she endures at every turn, you can't blame her.
  • Halloween Episode: "Blood Moon", in which a lunar eclipse during Halloween makes the farm animals go savage, ruining the Greens' trick-or-treating.
  • Heel–Face Mole: Chip becomes this throughout "Reckoning Ball".
  • Here We Go Again!:
    • "Cheap Snake" ends with Cricket passing Snakey to Remy, only to find a new pet, a scorpion which pokes his eye out.
    • "Hurty Tooth" begins with Cricket having a toothache. After going to the dentist and having it removed, Cricket reveals that he also has a screw stuck in his foot, and Bill calls for a doctor.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Attempted by the Greens in the climax of "Blood Moon" as they willingly resign themselves to be devoured by the zombified farm animals, but the blood moon ended, sparing them.
    • Bill pulls one in the climax of "Quiet Please", letting out the loudest scream yet to save the oblivious Cricket from getting kicked out of the library for making noise, resulting in him getting banned instead.
  • High-Dive Hijinks: Cricket tries to jump off the high dive at the community pool in "Swimming Fool", but gets scared when he looks down. He eventually gets over his fear after jumping from the rafters, much higher up than the diving board.
  • Hired to Hunt Yourself: In "Green Streets", Cricket and Officer Keys are looking for a litterbug, which turns out to be Cricket himself, who had been carelessly tossing things around, revealed after he reviews the surveillance camera footage.
  • History Repeats:
    • Every generation in the Green family, something bad happens that threatens the farm to be sold. The kids then do something to encourage the old folks to not give up on their place, and with that, the farm is saved. They then place a key element from their time in a suitcase and bury it in the backyard, to serve as a warning for their future members.
    • The cycle seems to be broken as of the current generation thanks to Chip, since the family must work together, and the house has to be saved more than once. Also, instead of selling the farm, Chip wants to destroy it, meaning he could end the house's legacy forever if the Greens don't fight back.
  • Honesty Aesop:
    • In "Supermarket Scandal", the Greens open their family market but cannot seem to bring in any customers; when approached by the soon-to-be Big Bad Chip Whistler who offers to fill out a shipment, Bill can only fill out half the order and declines. When Bill is not around, Cricket promises to fulfill the order and he and Tilly make various fake produce out of household objects, and they make a really big deal and Chip pays them. Unfortunately, Bill warns them anyone who eats the fake produce would turn against them and ruin their reputation (which is what Chip himself does in the end), prompting the family to buy back all the fake food and lose all the money earned in return. Bill admits in the end he enjoyed Cricket's showperson pizzazz from the start, and he's free to use it as long as its honest, prompting Cricket to find a way to sell the fake food after all.
    • In "Hiya Henry", Tilly finds Gramma's old ventriloquist dummy and decides to use such as her talent for Big Coffee's open mic. However, Cricket is increasingly afraid of the dummy and is constantly freaked out whenever it's around, but he cannot bring himself to tell Tilly he doesn't like it because he's worried it would hurt her feelings. His fear eventually gets the better of him and destroys the dummy right in the middle of Tilly's act, which in turn ruins her fun and disappoints her anyway, and she points out that if he told her in the first place, none of this would've happened.
  • Hopeless with Tech: The Greens haven't used electronic devices due to living out in the open for almost their whole life.
    • In "Coffee Quest", Cricket tries to call Tilly on Gloria's smartphone, but doesn't even know how to use it.
    • When Bill gives the Greens smartphones in "Gramma Driver", Gramma and Cricket easily get used to theirs, while Bill is unable to cancel a call with his initially. Tilly stands out the most, as she literally believes the phone's virtual assistant is the essence of a real person trapped inside the phone, and tries to "free" it by trying to destroy the phone just after buying it.
  • How We Got Here: "Feud Fight" starts in the middle of the fighting at the farmer's market, then flashes back to how it all got started.
  • Hypocrite:
    • In "Harvest Dinner", Cricket and Gramma protest against Bill asking Tilly to get some paprika for his stew, despite neither of them wanting to do it earlier.
    • In "Green Streets" after Cricket discovers a litterbug has gone loose, he convinces Keys to become tough and "cast away his humanity", and give whoever it is a severe punishment. But when Cricket finds out he was the litterbug all along, he ultimately regrets his decision and begs Keys to go easy on him, realizing he was right.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Andromeda asks Tilly how the latter dares to spy on her while she's spying on other kids.
  • I Ate WHAT?!:
    • The Sea Fusïon meals in "Fill Bill" are rather exaggerated to the point of using real animals, such as a literal fish taco, a live octopus in a burger, and actual seaweed as spaghetti.
    • In "Green Streets", Keys tries to eat a bread bowl.
    • In "Cricket's Biscuits", Cricket and Tilly use various substitutes to attempt to replicate Gramma's butter biscuits. Their results are not very good.
  • I Have No Son!: Played for Laughs in "People Watching" when Gramma threatens to disown Bill if he messes up his story.
  • I Want My Mommy!: In "Cricketsitter", Bill says one when the doctor was about to inject a needle into him, he wind up screaming and shouting this then later passing out, although the doctor did mention it to the kids.
  • Identical Grandson: In "Family Legacy", Gramma tells Cricket and Tilly stories of the Greens through the ages, all of which look like Bill, Cricket and Tilly in the flashbacks.
  • Identical Stranger: "Impopstar" introduces Zillon Brax, a pop singer who looks very much like Cricket except he has darker colored hair, ear piercings and his teeth are completely straight.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode title is approximately one to two words long, with a minimum of two syllables, and sums up what the plot is going to be about. An exception would be "Mages & Mazes".
  • Ignored Epiphany: In the climax of "Big Deal", Cricket learns his lesson and convinces the hoarders with a Rousing Speech on celebrating Thanksgiving the true way...then they get called away for another sale going on at Hudkins. The only ones who absorb the message are his family.
  • Imagine Spot:
    • In "Photo Op", Tilly gets Literal-Minded about going to the food court, and imagines being put on trial by anthropomorphic food items, gleefully eating pieces of the jurors and the judge.
    • In "Supermarket Scandal", upon being told what's going to happen to those who eat the fake food, Cricket imagines angry customers using Torches and Pitchforks to drive the Greens out of Big City. Naturally, Chip Whistler does just that in the end.
    • In "Barry Cuda", Cricket has stories on why each member of his family wanted to destroy his singing novelty fish. Tilly was jealous of the fish's singing, Gramma saw a scary movie about sharks and was afraid of fish, and Bill was an old friend of the fish who got jealous when he became best friends with Cricket. All three were shown in black and white.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Gramma's Feel Better Butter Biscuits, which she only makes when someone gets hurt and needs to feel better. Cricket and Tilly try to get Gramma to make more by pretending to get hurt, and failing that, trying to get her recipe book.
  • Imprinting: In "Mama Bird", the kids find a fallen blue jay nest, and Bill warns them that when the eggs hatch, the chicks will think whatever they see first is their mother. Tilly wants the chicks to think she's their mother, and starts carrying the eggs around; when they finally do hatch, they imprint on Cricket instead.
  • In Another Man's Shoes: In "Cricket's Shoes", Cricket is sick and needs the family to do all the things he had to do that day. So Tilly fills his shift at the coffee shop, Gramma hasd to take Remy to the trampoline park, and Bill has to do a crazy dare where he runs through the dog park while wearing meat.
  • Inner Monologue Conversation: Most of the episode "Quiet Please" becomes this when the Greens rely on American Sign Language and pantomiming whenever they need to say something, to avoid getting caught by the Scary Librarian.
  • Innocuously Important Episode:
    • At first, "Family Legacy" seems like another regular adventure where the kids and Gramma search for treasure from their ancestors to stop the farm from being sold; but once Chip begins his Community-Threatening Construction on it in Season 2, the episode becomes much darker.
    • Same goes for Gloria needing money to pay her rent in "Flimflammed"; she loses it when she and Cricket get fired in "Chipwrecked".
    • "Reckoning Ball" becomes this much later into Season 2; see it again and you'll know why Gloria says it's Cricket's fault Big Coffee got shut down. Not to mention Chip would've been the same if he didn't take "his" advice to begin with.
  • In-Scene Title Text: The Episode Title Card is done this way, appearing on a foreground element at the beginning of each episode.
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual:
    • In "Critterball Crisis", Ms. Cho removes Gloria's barista hat as she fires her.
    • In "Friend Con" after Bill learns the truth about Chip, he takes his hat back from him to symbolize the end of their friendship.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Cricket resents Gloria calling his drawings scribbles. They're doodles, thank you very much.
    • Cricket and Gabriella keep reminding Bill their first date as a couple is NOT a date.
  • Internal Reveal: In "Friend Con", Cricket and Tilly overhearing Chip confessing to his Mooks his true nature of befriending Bill is what causes them to realize he tricked them into thinking he's sorry and is still evil. Of course, if the audience had seen the Cliffhanger of "Reckoning Ball" to begin with, they already knew it all along.
  • The Internet Is for Cats: In "Bad Influencer", Tilly shoots a video of Bill teaching how to grout tiles, but gets distracted by the family cat. She decides to have the cat be with Bill as he works, but the cat bites him. Tilly assembles the footage into a silly video concentrating on the mishaps with the cat, to Bill's consternation. In the end, they reach a compromise and do a straight how-to video, but with a cat filter on Bill's face.
  • Introductory Opening Credits: The theme song features a zoom-in on each of the four main Green family members standing outside their house doing something with their name displayed beside them — Cricket, Tilly, Bill and Gramma, in that order. During "Chipocalypse Now", they were replaced with a single scene for Chip Whistler.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • "We'll have lots of fun, if you think it's fun to lose!" from "Backflip Bill".
    • "You go easy on this litterbug, and they'll keep on littering and littering until we're up to our eyes in trash!" from "Green Streets".
    • "Put in the work and reap the rewards" from "Reckoning Ball".
    • "Bingo. Bango." from "Chipocalypse Now".
  • Irony:
    • In spite of wanting to prove Gramma wrong about Bill's gymnastics, Cricket ends up becoming Gramma.
    • Nancy and the kids vow to keep the escaped animal rampage a secret from Bill and Gramma, unaware they saw the whole thing and are proud of them being let off the hook.
    • Cricket cannot bring himself to reject Gabriella, but in the end, she rejects him.
    • Itchaboi's message is to spread positivity and negate the hate, yet it makes his viewers haters themselves.
    • Bill suggests a trip to the library to teach Cricket about reading, yet he gets banned from it.
    • In spite of wanting to run the Greens out of Big City, Chip gets run out himself.
    • Cricket was successful in getting a mate, but Gloria was not.
  • Irrational Hatred: In "Bear Trapped", Cricket talks about how bears are a menace that could destroy the city if left unchecked. Moments later, he casually admits that he's never actually encountered a bear before, making his dislike of them completely unfounded.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Cricket during his Melancholy Musical Number in "Green Christmas" when he realizes everything was nobody else's fault but his own. Of course, the audience knew all along.
    • Cricket admits it was indeed his fault Big Coffee got shut down by Chip thus costing his and Gloria their jobs, thanks to believing Chip changed and being the first to sign the forgiveness contract in the first place.
  • Jenny's Number: In "Gridlocked", when Tilly squirts the mud off the car with the fire engine's nozzle, its license plate number is T8675309.
  • Jerkass: The waiter in "Fill Bill". He refuses to believe Bill when he says he's not a tourist, and talks him into ordering the biggest and most exotic meal on the menu, so he can watch Bill try to stomach it all (which makes it very satisfying when he gets caught in the flood when Cricket breaks the octopi tank, washing him out to the docks outside).
  • Jump Scare:
    • A raccoon does one at the very end of "Raccooned".
    • Cricket gives two of them in "Blood Moon", once to Bill and again to Gloria.
  • Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films:
    • Parodied in "Rated Cricket", where Cricket wants to see a movie titled Kiss of Death, which from the poster looks like an action-horror movie about a motorcycle riding skeleton. When he finally sneaks into the movie, however, he finds it's actually a Paranormal Romance about a woman in love with the skeleton. Cricket is horrified, not by the violence or gore he was expecting, but by all the kissing, both on screen and in the theater.
    • In "Sleepover Sisters", Tilly and Andromeda try to keep awake all night. As a "nuclear option", Andromeda plays a horror movie titled Sleepover Slasher about a monster that attacks sleepovers, which horrifies them enough to not want to fall asleep. Unfortunately, a sleep-deprived Cricket (he can't sleep without Tilly's snoring) breaks into their room, and they think he's the monster from the movie.
  • Kneel Before Zod: In "Cyberbullies", when Cricket, Tilly, Remy, Bennee, Kiki, and Weezee are playing video games, the Cyber Knights take the space coins from Cricket's squad. When Cricket stands up to the Cyber Knights, they demand that he bows down before them, and Cricket challenges their drone minicopters to a duel with his kite, and his friends come at the last minute, using their kites to bring down the drone mini-copters one by one.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Chip Whistler beginning with his Community-Threatening Construction in Season 2, and taken far past eleven in "Chipwrecked"/"Chipocalypse Now".
  • Last-Second Chance: In "Feud Fight", Cricket gives one to Chip, convincing him to put their differences aside and make a Heel–Face Turn, but Chip sees this as him forfeiting the match and attacks him.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well:
    • In "Photo Op", Bill (in an attempt to justify tricking the family into having their picture taken) tells Tilly that lying is okay if it's for a "fun surprise". Tilly spends the rest of the episode telling lies to people, punctuating each one with "Surprise!"
    • In "Reckoning Ball", Chip takes Bill's advice to heart and makes amends with the Greens, and becomes the new CEO. The problem is, he never stopped hating them, and they've only just helped him into assisting his scheme to run them out of town soon.
  • List Song: The end song "Do It All Again" (as quoted at the bottom of the page) lists several mishaps the singer goes through throughout the day.
  • Literal-Minded: The Green kids at times.
    • In "Photo Op", Tilly imagines the food court to be a courtroom where anthropomorphic food put her on trial.
    • Cricket's bucket list in "Cricketsitting" is a list of fun things to do with a bucket. He finds Tilly's notion of a list of things to do before you die morbid.
  • Little "No":
    • Nancy delivers one in "Trailer Trouble" when she sees the Stingers outside her trailer.
    • Tilly gives one in her head in "Volunteer Tilly" when she realizes she has to give all the pets away.
  • Local Hangout: Big Coffee, the cafe right next door to the Green house. Until Chip shut it down.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Nancy is the only nuclear Green member who has not yet encountered Chip Whistler and currently remains unaware of his presence to this day, even in "Chipwrecked". However, Chip is at least aware of her existence.
    • Chip's dad has no idea his son is still evil since the promotion to CEO.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Remy Remington, who would rather hang out with Cricket and Tilly than take boring lessons.
  • Loony Fan: Amaryllis in "Impopstar", who has a crush on Zillon Brax, with a warehouse room full of dismembered mannequins and a locket full of everything Zillon ever threw away.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • In "Cricket Versus", Cricket has to fight the most dangerous creature around, but can't find any due to being in a city, seemingly ruining his chances of being on the quilt, until he realizes that the most dangerous creature in the city is Granny, who had fought a bear and won, which Granny agreed counted.
    • In "Parade Day", Cricket can't go watch the parade because he has to work at the café. Then he learns about law-mandated 15 minute breaks and decides to use his to go and watch the parade, yelling "Loophole, loophole, loophole!" at Gloria as he does.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: The cheerful and upbeat end credits song "Do It All Again" is about the singer experiencing several disasters as their day goes on.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Chip becomes this to the Greens and his dad in the climax of "Reckoning Ball".
  • Meaningful Echo: From Big Deal: "Today's supposed to be about bein' thankful for what'cha got, not gettin' upset over what'cha don't got." First it's from Bill to Cricket; the second time, it's from Cricket to the hoarders.
  • Mid-Season Twist:
    • In the 18th episode of Season 1, Cricket keeps his Big Coffee job for good, and the Greens' mother Nancy is released from prison.
    • In "Reckoning Ball", the 5th episode of the first 10 of Season 2, Chip tricks the Greens and his father into thinking they've forgiven him for his mistakes and assumes full control of Wholesome Foods, establishing him as the official Big Bad as he plots to run the family out of town forever.
    • In "Friend Con" (the 14th episode), the Greens realize Chip is still evil.
    • In "Chipwrecked", the last of the middle ten of Season 2, Chip bribes Ms. Cho into seizing control of Big Coffee, Cricket and Gloria lose their jobs, and he now plots to expand Wholesome Foods territory to where the Green house currently stands.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon: The second third of "Quiet Please" is implied to become this, after the Greens are warned not to make one more sound by the Scary Librarian, leaving them to communicate through sign language and charades to Tilly's request. From that point, almost all their dialogue is delivered through their thoughts (usually as translations to what they are saying with sign language), and there are only three major points of talking. Regular speaking resumes once they leave the library in the end.
  • Minor Living Alone: In "Cricket's Place", Cricket and Remy rent an apartment so Cricket doesn't have to do chores at home and so Remy doesn't have to rely on Vasquez any more. After one night of partying, the apartment is a mess, and Cricket refuses to clean up because that would be doing chores. Remy bails, finding living by himself to be too much, while Cricket ends up destroying the apartment due to him irresponsibly banging on a sewer pipe that breaks open as a result. In the end, Cricket moves back home, realizing that chores or not, it's best to be with family than living alone.
  • Missing Mom:
    • The mother of Cricket and Tilly is absent from the family throughout the first half of Season 1. In the "Cricket Versus" episode, she was noted for wrestling a wolverine somewhere between the honeymoon and the wedding.
      • In "Mama Bird", after the blue jay finds her hatched baby birds, Tilly and Cricket mention that they can't wait until their mom gets back, hinting that she may still be alive (or at least that they think she is).
      • "Phoenix Rises", the mid-season one finale, reveals that mom had been in jail and had just gotten out.
      • Nancy Green is now a recurring character in the second half of the first season.
    • Chip Whistler's mother is never seen nor mentioned, aside from an offhand mention by Cricket in "Feud Fight".
  • Mistaken For An Impostor: In "Tilly Tour", the laundromat woman comes across what appears to be Tilly and Alice pulling a Totem Pole Trench, but it's actually an unknown tourist who looks like Tilly.
  • Mistaken for Servant: In "DIY Guys", Cricket is mistaken for a worker at a large hardware store because the employees all wear overalls like his. He is put in charge of the forklift, and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Mock Meal: In "Supermarket Scandal", a supermarket manager offers to sell the Greens' produce on his store, but Bill can't fill the order and declines. Cricket then makes fake produce to fill out the manager's order and get the money, painting ordinary objects to look like fruits and vegetables. Bill points out the obvious flaw in his plan — namely, that people will try to eat the fake food and get angry at them for being duped — so Cricket and Tilly have to round up the fakes before anyone finds out. Naturally, Chip Whistler ends up being the one who eats the fake food, chipping his tooth and becoming their enemy like Bill predicted.
  • Mooks: The Wholesome Foods employees are usually loyal to Chip, but his two closest ones are Greg and Rose. He fires them in "Chipwrecked", replacing them with a bouncer squad.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • "Reckoning Ball" seems to end with Chip making a Heel–Face Turn and becoming friends with the Greens, but it suddenly becomes darker when Chip reveals he only used their kindness to make them think he changed so he can seize control of Wholesome Foods and proceed with his revenge without his dad interfering.
    • In "Quiet Please", a wild and comedic episode where the Greens have to avoid making even the slightest of noises in the presence of the Scary Librarian, while simultaneously trying to find the perfect book for Cricket, suddenly takes a turn for the worse when Cricket finally finds one and suddenly forgets the restriction against noise upon doing so, and was about to be obliviously banned because of it until Bill interferes.
    • In the climax of "Chipocalypse Now", Cricket and the Greens cower in fright when Chip attempts to murder them with his helicopter, but seconds later Cricket's horror instantly shifts to sheer determination when he realizes a Fatal Flaw and faces him down, as the helicopter skids get caught on the phone lines.
  • More Than Mind Control:
    • In "Bad Influencer", Itchaboi uses vlogs and cheesy slogans to convince his viewers to "be mirabulous" and "negate the hate", while at the same time, sways everyone into only listening to him and dismiss anyone who refuses to follow him as "haters". Near the end, he comes close to having Remy living on a cruise ship, but Cricket telling him to listen to his own thoughts and he'll be his friend either way snaps him out of it.
    • In "Wild Side", failing to take Cricket into the woods to go camping on one certain day a year causes him to undergo "the itch", which turns him into a feral boy with animal instincts. Throughout the episode, he manages to capture Remy and holds him hostage, and manipulates him into becoming feral like him. Then he manipulates Bill into doing whatever makes "him" happy, turning him feral as well. By episode's end, all of the Greens are feral.
  • Movie-Theater Episode: "Rated Cricket", in which Cricket tries to sneak into a movie named Kiss of Death while the others go to a kids movie.
  • The Moving Experience: In "Gabriella's Fella", Cricket is upset to learn Gabriella has to leave for Montreal right as they are starting to bond, thinking she's moving there and is going to leave him forever. Fortunately, he is relieved when she reveals she's not moving there, she's just going on vacation there with her family and will be right back. She reveals the news just after he accepts her love and becomes her boyfriend.
  • Multi-Part Episode: The last third of Season 2 focuses on a Darker and Edgier plot where the Greens' home is threatened to be torn down by Chip and replaced with a new supermarket; it starts in the climax of "Chipwrecked", and continues into the following double-length episode, "Chipocalypse Now".
  • Musical Episode: "Green Christmas" and "Okay Karaoke".
  • Musical World Hypotheses: This show seems to use a mixture of the Alternate Universe and Diegetic types. In "Green Christmas", the latter was even lampshaded several times throughout.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Cricket in "Backflip Bill" when he realizes he abused Bill's gymnastics training and became like Gramma did when she trained Bill in his youth.
    • Cricket in "Green Christmas" where after some hesitation, he finally realizes everything led up to now were all because of his selfishness and it is indeed no one else's fault but his, and nearly ruined the holiday as a result.

    Tropes N to Z 
  • Nerdy Bully: The Cyber Knights are a group who intimidate Cricket's friends by hacking their electronic devices. Cricket is immune to their threats by not owning any devices, thus having nothing for them to hack.
  • Never My Fault:
    • When Chip Whistler breaks his tooth with thanks to taking a bite of Cricket's fake fruit, he blames the Greens for giving him such when really, it's his own fault for breaking it in the first place for disobeying Cricket's warning.
    • Cricket also claims the "unforeseen circumstances" during his first attempt to reroute Big City's parade to Big Coffee weren't his fault, when the trouble was caused by him after he adjusted the second barricade and a barricade truck appears out of nowhere and crashes as a result.
    • Cricket does agree that it was indeed his fault for Gloria and himself losing their jobs and Big Coffee getting shut down, when really, this all happened out of the blue thanks to Chip getting right past them.
  • Never Recycle a Building: The Green house has remained in its exact spot for generations, and is the sole item of its farmland still standing when Big City got built around it. Despite some deterioration, it still stands to this day. The goal of the Greens is to make sure it stays every single generation to come.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The series trailer prominently features the Greens' move to Big City, when really, "Space Chicken" ended up airing first; the true first episode, "Welcome Home", didn't air until eight episodes later.
    • The promo for "Okay Karaoke" heavilly focuses on the musical numbers, when the episode is generally about Tilly trying to find the right type of music to express herself.
  • New Year Has Come: The episode "Big Resolution" has the Greens celebrate New Year's Eve in Times Circle and Cricket helps Gloria confess her love to her longtime crush Kevin.
  • Nice Guy: The Greens' neighbor, Brett. He's one of the few people to respond positively to their antics.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between:
    • The Green kids and Remy come off as this. Tilly is the nicest of the three, and the Morality Pet to Cricket, who's also nice but a rambunctious troublemaker. Remy stays in-between due to watching out for Cricket and being more impulsive than Tilly. Cricket slowly evolves into nice territory as the series goes.
    • The grown-up Greens are this too. Bill is good-natured and friendly; Alice is short-tempered and brash, and Nancy is also caring but more assertive than Bill.
    • There's also some of Cricket and Tilly's female friends. Gabriella is friendly and approachable, Gloria is bossy and high-strung, and Andromeda is level-headed and suspicious of many things but also very friendly. Gloria slowly evolves into nice and in-between territory as the series goes.
    • There's also some recurring adult male characters. Officer Keys is the goofy and lazy police officer, Chip Whistler is the conniving and scheming Corrupt Corporate Executive, and Vasquez is tough and assertive but deep down truly values Remy as both his master and friend.
  • Nightmare Face:
    • "Reckoning Ball" closes on one, courtesy of Chip, complete with a titanium filling in his teeth. It is considered one of the darkest and scariest scenes in the show to date.
    • Gloria briefly has one in "Flimflammed" when chasing after a petrified Cricket.
    • Chip gets another in the climax of "Chipocalypse Now" when he is about to kamikaze Cricket and the Greens, though it's not as threatening as the "Reckoning Ball" one.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Chip Whistler has bouffant yellow hair, runs a conglomerate, and is prone to firing his employees. Ring any bells?
  • No Indoor Voice: One of Cricket's problems. He even says in "Quiet Please" that being quiet is way too hard for him to do.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Tilly's dream mermaid children audience and Cantaloupe Sinclare are the only characters in the series with visible eye colors.
  • Noodle Implements: In "Blue Tater", Gramma needs snake venom, dirt from a freshly dug grave, and sour cream to perform her ritual. She already has the first two ingredients in her purse, but Tilly keeps eating the sour cream.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Cricket broke something of Bill's, but what was it?
    • Someone keeps leaving flowers on top the graves Gramma made for her dolls and she has no idea who keeps doing it.
    • Don't ask Community Sue why she doesn't have a trophy for '97.
  • No OSHA Compliance: In "Park Pandemonium", Cricket encounters playground designer Wyatt, who has designed a boring playground, Foamland, and inspires him to be reckless and have fun. Using said knowledge, they construct the rather unsafe Funtopia, which falls apart almost minutes after opening thanks to Bill's flawed Whisbee toss.
  • The Noseless: The character designs exclude noses of any kind, with Grandma Alice (who has a beak-like mouth) being the exception to this.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: By the end of "Chipocalypse Now", Chip is banned from Big City for good, and Gloria cannot afford her rent and moves in with the Greens'. What's most important about this is Big Coffee is rebuilt, but still closed and up for rent, and she and Cricket remain jobless.
  • Oddly Visible Eyebrows: The characters' eyebrows are always drawn over their hair.
  • Odd Name Out: The members of Nancy's former biker gang are named Skids, Leadfood, Lord Chrome, and Dan.
  • Official Couple: Cricket and Gabriella begin dating since the events of "Gabriella's Fella".
  • Off-Model: Episodes animated by Rough Draft Korea tend to slip through this, such as Cricket and Tilly's bodies appearing slightly taller and wider and their arms becoming bigger and fatter. Especially noticible throughout "Cricket's Biscuits" where Cricket's head is sometimes decreased, and Tilly'e eyes appear twice as large. Averted mostly with Sugarcube's episodes, which are almost perfectly accurate.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • In "Hurty Tooth", Dr. Enamel somehow manages to pull Cricket's tooth out offscreen at an unknown point while he was giving a Rousing Speech on the lesson he learned. Cricket is surprised by this.
    • The Greens finally going to the street fair in "Cheap Show", all while the camera is focused just on the living room as we hear what they do from outside.
  • Off to Boarding School: Almost happens to Remy in "Remy Rescue" when his parents catch him ditching his violin lessons to hang out with Cricket and Tilly.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has its own page.
  • One Episode Fear: In "Urban Legend", the townsfolk are afraid of Gramma because she pretends she's a wicked swamp witch to shoo them away, but they've never been scared of her before or since that episode, nor has Gramma ever pretended to be a swamp witch in turn.
  • 1-Dimensional Thinking: In "Photo Op" when Cricket and Tilly are trying to get to the food court but Bill is stopping them, they don't bother to steer around him or when he stops the train, get out and run past him.
  • Only Sane Man: The Greens have their moments.
    • In "Blue Tater", Tilly was the only one who did not believe in the blue tater's bad luck curse, and in "Green Christmas" she was the only one who knew what Christmas was truly about.
    • In "Reckoning Ball", only Gramma straight-up doesn't trust Chip when it's time to sign the forgiveness contract, as she knows he's secretly up to something.
    • In "Bad Influencer", Cricket, of all characters, was the only one who didn't fall for Itchaboi, and immediately saw through his act.
    • In "Wild Side", Gramma was the only one who didn't get manipulated to be feral by Cricket, instead contolling herself and going wild by her own choice.
  • The Oner: The "Country Kids in the City" shorts are all just one continuous and uninterrupted shot.
  • Out-Gambitted: In "Harvest Dinner", Cricket and Gramma accidentally buy a papaya instead of a paprika and have no time to go back to the store, they distract Tilly and switch their papaya with the paprika she bought and make it home...but the jar is mysteriously empty. As it turned out, Tilly knew the paprika would be switched, so she stuffed it in her pocket for safe-keeping.
  • Overprotective Parents: Remy's parents. When they find out Remy has been hanging out with Cricket, they immediately send his bodyguard over to recover him, and make plans to send him to boarding school that same day. According to Remy, they also decide "everything" for him, making him take various lessons he doesn't even want or like. After he stands up to them in "Remy Rescue", this becomes averted.
  • Pac Man Fever: A rare example of this being done with the graphics rather than the sound; the video games that Cricket and Remy play clearly have advanced sound, even having voice acting, but the games are shown in intentionally primitive, blocky CGI, something more befitting the Nintendo 64 than this universe's version of the Nintendo Switch.
  • Parental Title Characterization: Curiously, Cricket calls Bill and Nancy by the formal terms "Dad" and "Mom", while Tilly calls them by the more childish terms "Papa" and "Mama".
  • Perfection Is Impossible: Tilly learns this lesson in "Green Mirrror".
  • Persona Non Grata:
    • In the end of "Fill Bill", the kids' octopus freeing and Gramma accidentally flooding the seafood restaurant the family visits results in them getting banned from going back there forever. Though they don't seem to mind, as they didn't like that place anyway. The ban was still in effect by "Cheap Show".
    • In "Quiet Please" when Bill takes the heat for Cricket making noise in the library, he gets permanently banned from all libraries globally.
    • In the climax of "Chipocalypse Now", Chip finally gets his comeuppance for trying to run the Greens out of Big City by getting banned from Big City himself forever.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy:
    • Cricket and Tilly's friends, Weezie and Kiki, follow this color scheme, as Weezie's skin is dark blue whereas Kiki's is bright pink.
    • Gloria's parents also follow this color scheme, as Mr. Sato's skin is light blue whereas Mrs. Sato's is bright pink.
  • Plain Palate: Bill Green claims that his favourite food is "water" because it's good enough for his plants and that vanilla ice cream is "too spicy".
  • Police Are Useless: Officer Keys. While he does have rare moments of competence, he is generally oblivious to any possible crimes happening around him, and is terrible at doing his job.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: In "Coffee Quest", Gloria's parrot shows how lonely she is by repeating things like "I'm so lonely, I miss home" and "Gotta get more ice-cream, can't believe I ate the whole thing again."
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: Season 1 had "Paint Misbehavin'"; Season 2 had "I, Farmbot".
  • Potty Emergency: In "Elevator Action", Bill warns Cricket not to drink too much soda because it makes him want to go to the bathroom. Sure enough, Cricket has to go really bad when they're all stuck in the elevator.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: In "Chipocalypse Now" when Chip is attempting to murder the Greens with his helicopter and Cricket immediately sees a Fatal Flaw in doing so.
    Cricket: COME AND GET ME, CHICKEN!!!
  • Prince and Pauper: "Impopstar" has Cricket do this with his celebrity doppelganger, Zillon Brax.
  • Psychic Link:
    • Tilly and Andromeda tried to form one in "Sleepover Sisters".
    • Cricket has one with Phoenix to learn where she is, as revealed in "Phoenix Rises".
    • Tilly used this to find out what's wrong with Melissa in "Tilly's Goat", and to find the baby birds in "Mama Bird".
  • Puppy Love: Cricket and Gabriella are only ten, but that doesn't stop them from being sweethearts with each other.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Brett hasn't appeared since Season 1.
    • In "Chipwrecked", Greg and Rose are fired and replaced with a bouncer squad.
    • Subverted in "Gabriella's Fella"; Gabriella's not moving to Montreal, she's just going there for a family vacation. To make it more interesting, she got on an actual bus.
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • Chip tricks both the Greens and his dad into thinking he apologized and seizes control of Wholesome Foods, but this did not save his reputation on the internet, and as of now, people are still boycotting the stores.
    • Even though the Greens save their home like they do every generation in "Family Legacy", this doesn't mean it will remain invulnerable, as it will be threatened once again this generation by Chip. A lot.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Bill often plays this role, setting up the moral figure to the children, usually Cricket. Nancy also takes up this role some times.
    • Community Sue becomes this in "Gabriella's Fella", revealing she understood Cricket's situation with Gabriella and discovered she has feelings for him.
    • Mayor Hansock becomes one in the climax of "Chipocalypse Now", when he feels moved by the pressures of the cityfolk and decides to let the Greens stay, and permanently bans Chip from Big City.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • In "Fill Bill", Bill gives one to the snobby waiter of Sea Fusïon upon realizing he doesn't need to change himself to fit in and he already does just by being different.
    • In "Bad Influencer", an influenced Remy gives one to Cricket when he refuses to accept Itchaboi's lifestyle thus deeming him a "hater".
  • Recycled Soundtrack:
    • The music played at the Splish stand in the first episode is used again in "Friend Con" during the BigTech presentation.
    • The whistling banjo theme in "Space Chicken" as Cricket is pulling the chicken's slingshot back is reused for when he and Bill are fixing the roof in "Reckoning Ball".
    • The rock music with harmony vocals used for Cricket, Tilly and Nancy's hangout in "Uncaged" is reused in "Date Night" as Cricket and Gabriella are pranking the rich folk.
    • The musical cue in "Wishing Well" from when Cricket goes to Snuggly Pete's is reused for when the kids and Gloria arrive at Times Circle in "Big Resolution".
    • The song "Don't 4-Get Me" used during the Failure Montage in "Clubbed" is used again in "Tilly Style" when Tilly reveals her glitzy look.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Cricket is the red to Tilly's blue, and Gramma is the red to Bill's blue.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Happens to Cricket and Gabriella in the climax of "Gabriella's Fella".
  • Repetitive Name: Cricket's friend Remy's last name is Remington. Cricket lampshades this in the episode he learns it.
  • Retail Riot: In "Big Deal", the Greens go to Price Busters for a Thanksgiving Day sale. Inside the store, shoppers are fighting each other tooth and nail for merchandise, the poor clerks unable to keep the peace. (One poor soul has been tied to a ceiling fan.) The manager orchestrates the chaos from his office; since he has to work during Thanksgiving, he aims to ruin everyone else's holiday as well.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Watch the episode "Reckoning Ball" again and you'll know why Chip is getting the Greens to accept his apology.
    • The reveal that Bill let the animals out on purpose in "Blood Moon" takes on a whole new meaning now that the viewers know the truth.
  • Rite of Passage: In "Cricket Versus", Cricket has to perform the Green rite of passage: to fight the toughest critter around, pinning it for the count of three before sundown. Unfortunately, the city is short on vicious critters, so it looks like Cricket will never get to be a Green, until he realizes that the toughest critter in the city is Gramma herself. He manages to pin her just as the sun goes down, winning the fight.
  • Rock Beats Laser: In "Cyber Bullies", Cricket and his friends manage to destroy the Cyber Knights' drones with ordinary paper kites.
  • Saving the Orphanage: The show happens to combine the "home" and "farm" portions of this. Every generation, something happens to the farm which threatens it to be sold, and the kids have to convince the old folks to not back down and keep it open. Chip Whistler is also trying to destroy the house rather than sell it, and it comes into effect when he plots to replace it with a new supermarket and it's up to the Greens to fight for what's right before they lose the farm's legacy forever.
  • Scare 'Em Straight: In "Cricketsitter", Tilly attempts this with Cricket (who is attempting numerous reckless deeds involving buckets and was not listening to anyone). It backfires when Cricket gets his shoulder disloated.
  • Scary Librarian: The librarians in "Quiet Please", but the leader takes the cake. She has rather good hearing and can snatch anyone who makes even one sound, even sneezing. She even sneaks up on them like a spider.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy:
    • In "Hiya Henry", Cricket cannot bring himself to tell Tilly he doesn't like the titular dummy as it would hurt her feelings. When he destroys it in the middle of her act, this does hurt her feelings, and he would've solved it sooner if he just told her.
    • In "Valentine's Dance", Cricket stuck to a "boys forever" rule up until he met Gabriella, and is unable to break her heart upon falling in love with her. Once he learns what love was, Gabriella rejects him right when he considers dancing with her, because he avoided her so much in the first place, unintentionally fulfilling his rule in turn. He does act disgusted and claimed he didn't want to dance with her anyway, but is internally heartbroken.
  • Selfless Wish:
    • In "Green Christmas" when Cricket finally realizes the error of his ways, he encounters the real Santa who gives him a magical gift which can be anything he wishes for. Cricket uses said wish to get Tilly back on the nice list, instead of a present as intended, as that's all she ever wanted. This eventually gets himself on the nice list as well, because he put Tilly's needs before his.
    • Played for Laughs in "Wishing Well" when Tilly refuses to spend the money Cricket earned for her and instead dumps it all into the well he made, because there isn't anything she would buy more than a wish.
  • Serial Escalation: The series began with the Greens moving to Big City and fitting in with their surroundings; over the course of the first season, we get huge events, such as Cricket getting a job, the Greens' mother released from prison, Gloria revealed to be Not So Different, and the largest example would be the Greens almost got devoured by their animals on Halloween. Come Season 2, we get even more events such as more of the Greens' backstory, romantic relationships being established, and most importantly, Chip's Community-Threatening Construction.
  • Sewer Gator: One foils Cricket's attempt to travel through the sewers in "Welcome Home".
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Cricket is a mischievous troublemaker, compared to his kinder and more collected sister Tilly.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Some characters mentioned in the description for upcoming episodes are nowhere to be seen in the episode promos, but do appear in promotional stills released to Twitter.
    • For instance, the trailer for "Chipocalypse Now" completely avoided showing Gloria, despite playing a big role in the episode before it, possibly to hide The Reveal she betrayed Cricket and got a job at Wholesome Foods. The mayor wasn't featured either.
    • The official promo for "Okay Karaoke" completely avoids showing Kara Okay's appearance.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: "Valentine's Dance" ends with Cricket finally agreeing to dance with Gabriella, only for her to call him off because he acted weird around her throughout the episode.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Certain episodes have the Greens vanish during the more serious and villainous moments; in "Reckoning Ball" for example, after the signing of the forgiveness contract, the Greens are absent for the rest of the episode, to build up to what Chip does in the final scene.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Cricket and Tilly have yet to be shown attending school.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The license plate of the Greens' truck is A114.
    • “Parade Day” features two floats that look like Garfield and The Genie.
    • In "Gridlocked", when Tilly squirts the mud off the car with the fire engine's nozzle, its license plate number is T8675309.
    • "Paint Misbehavin'" contains a pair of references to Homestar Runner: Tilly's version of coffee is skim milk and gummi bears, a reference to the Strong Bad Email, "bedtime story." Cricket later displays a painting based on Trogdor.
    • "Big Deal" has Cricket throwing a mallet to a giant TV screen, spoofing the famous 1984 Apple ad.
    • "Night Bill" has the Greens race against Bill's boss in office chairs, in a parody of the chariot race from Ben-Hur.
    • The final scene of "Cricket's Place" where it's revealed Cricket was telling the events to a woman at the park on a bench references the Framing Device of Forrest Gump.
    • The CGI video game sequences in "Level Up" are in the style of Minecraft.
    • A Freeze-Frame Bonus in "Present Tense" features a claw machine at the arcade full of a bunch of stuffed animals of characters from other Disney Television Animation shows, such as Rufus from Kim Possible, Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb, Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls, Wander from Wander over Yonder, Star from Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Sprig from Amphibia, and King from The Owl House.
    • The entirety of "Quiet Please" is a G-rated parody of the 2018 horror movie A Quiet Place.
    • One episode in Season 2 has Cricket and the gang play a Dungeons & Dragons parody.
  • Sleep Deprivation: In "Sleepover Sisters", Tilly and Andromeda try to stay awake all night thinking it could give them psychic powers. Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself unable to sleep without Tilly's snoring, and after failing to fall asleep by other means, breaks into their sleepover. Tilly and Andromeda, having watched a scary movie in an attempt to stay awake, think Cricket is the monster from the movie and attack him. All three end up asleep at sunrise.
  • Slippery Swimsuit: Bill gets his trunks sucked off by the jets on the hot tub in "Swimming Fool". He has to cover himself with his hat as he runs over to the locker room to grab a towel.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs:
    • Cricket (slob) versus the Big Bad Chip Whistler (snob).
    • "Dolled Up" has Tilly (slob) become rivals with Cantaloupe Sinclare (snob).
    • Initially Cricket (slob) was irked by Gloria (snob), but they eventually bonded and grew into close friends over the series.
  • Slow "NO!": Cricket screams this in "Skunked" when he jumps in front of Gloria to take the skunks' stink attack, and in "Cricket's Kapowie" when Bill turns on the fan and reveals his bad haircut.
  • Slumber Party: Tilly and Andromeda have one in "Sleepover Sisters".
  • Smelly Skunk: The skunks Cricket brings inside the café in "Skunked" are shown spraying from their scent glands, which comes out as a green liquid. According to a "skunk expert" (Tilly), if the skunks get too agitated, the liquid builds up and eventually bursts forth like a literal stink bomb.
  • Society-on-Edge Episode: The Multi-Part Episode near the end of Season 2 focuses on the Greens dealing with Chip Whistler carrying out a Wholesome Foods expansion plan, which involves taking over Big Coffee and plotting to build another store right where their farmhouse currently stands, which threatens their longtime legacy and the treasure that has been in their family for generations.
  • So Much for Stealth: In "Quiet Please", Cricket gets so hung up on a graphic novel that he completely forgets he's supposed to be quiet, and comes within two seconds of being caught by the librarian without knowing, leaving Bill to perform a Heroic Sacrifice so he can escape.
  • Space Whale Aesop:
    • If you keep avoiding someone who wants to dance with you, they will eventually refuse to dance with you themself.
    • When your child gets a wild urge one day a year and you don't give them a proper camping trip, this causes them to turn into a feral Wild Child.
    • Not taking your opponent seriously and mocking them over their always failing schemes will eventually cause them to bite right back at you.
  • Special Edition Title:
    • "Blood Moon" has a Halloween themed version of the opening, with red tinting, spooky details added, and brief flashes of creepy things spliced in.
    • "Chipwrecked"'s end credits do not use the happy ending theme "Do It All Again" over shots of the Greens' house and surroundings; in its place is a shot of the now-closed Big Coffee at night with a slow, ominous theme, to reflect Chip succeeding with his plan in the end.
  • Special Guest:
    • Griffin McElroy plays the Pepper Merchant in "Feud Fight", and his performance is heavily reminiscent of Garfield the Deals Warlock.
    • Raven-Symoné as Maria Media, local news reporter in "Breaking News".
    • Wallace Shawn as Jyle, Bill's boss on "Night Bill".
    • Jenna Ortega as Cricket's crush Gabriella in "Valentine's Dance".
    • Fozzie Bearnote  as Cricket's densist Dr. Enamel on "Hurty Tooth".
    • Ed Begley Jr. as Chip Whistler's dad Mr. Whistler in "Reckoning Ball".
  • Spin Attack: In "Coffee Quest", Tilly gives Chip the "Tilly Tornado". She doesn't actually hit him, but it works perfectly as a distraction while Gloria and Cricket get away.
  • Status Quo Is God: In the end of "Coffee Quest", Cricket and Gloria successfully deliver the coffee beans to Big Coffee and Cricket is finally out of debt, but both are upset as they will miss each other's company, so Gloria causes an accident and puts the blame on Cricket so he doesn't have to leave. Becomes subverted in "Chipwrecked" however, when the cafe is bought out by Chip causing Cricket (along with Gloria) to lose his job for real.
  • Subbing for Santa: In the Chibi Tiny Tales short "Christmas Crashers", Cricket and Gramma play a prank to cage Santa on Christmas Eve, but because Cricket does not have the key to free him and he needs to complete his deliveries, Cricket, Gramma and Tilly fill in for him while Bill frees him at home.
  • Subways Suck: The Greens take the subway in "Steak Night". Cricket leaves the package with the steaks on the station, which causes a bomb scare. Tilly, meanwhile, befriends the rats that dwell there.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: In "Wild Side", Cricket is revealed to have an annual "itch" that causes him to be obsessed with outdoors, so Bill has to take him camping in the woods to calm him down. But when he tries a poorly made backyard campout with flashlights as the fire, it causes Cricket's itch to reach high levels, turning him into a ballistic feral child.
  • Superstition Episode: "Blue Tater", in which Cricket finds a blue potato, which Gramma says will curse its owner with bad luck. Soon, bad things start happening, and both Cricket and Bill come to believe the potato is cursed, but then Tilly points out that all the things that went wrong were because of Cricket freaking out about the bad luck, and she claims that we make our own luck.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: In "Axin' Saxon", Nancy accidentally destroyes Saxon by putting him in the washing machine. When Tilly assumes Gramma did the deed (as Gramma had insulted Saxon earlier), Nancy goes along with that assumption, not wanting to lose her daughter's love, up until Tilly threatens to throw away Gramma's prized sword in retaliation.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Unlike most media with a rich son of a CEO antagonist, Chip doesn't just get away with whatever he wants. His public actions turn customers and employees against him. When he inherits his father's company, it is noted that the stores are being boycotted. When you are a bad enough person, people won't care about who you know, and in fact knowing you reflects poorly on your connections.
    • In "Backflip Bill", when Bill does his gymnastics floor routine, it looks quite impressive until he messed up the landing at the end. And despite everybody applauding his performance, he gets sixth place. He also mentions at the end that now that he fulfilled his childhood dream he's going to retire from gymnastics due to his body being sore since he only restarted gymnastics recently and his body isn't as flexible as it was.
    • In "Gramma's License", despite Gramma successfully obtaining her driver's license, her license has several restrictions on it due to her poor eyesight and her age.
    • In "Tilly's Goat", despite heroically saving the dog show judge's dog from being crushed, Melissa doesn't win the dog show (because she's a goat, and had been doing terribly for the entire contest). The judge adds that, with all the damage Cricket caused trying to sabotage the competition, the kids are lucky she's not calling the police.
    • In "Bear Trapped", Cricket brings Daisy to live in the sewers, and overflows the tunnel (with him in it) in order to get Officer Keys and the animal control officers away from her. Immediately after, Cricket suffers a very nasty fever, due to his exposure to sewer water.
    • "Rated Cricket": Cricket wants to see a PG-13 rated movie, Kiss of Death. But he only sees the poster for the movie, and assumes it's some sort of a thriller; once he actually gets to see the flick, he realizes the movie is a teen horror/romance drama, and he's uncomfortable by what it shows.
    • In "Coffee Quest", Chip, having tracked Cricket and Gloria to the latter's apartment, loudly threatens them to come out. This results in one of Gloria's neighbors yelling at him to shut up (and throwing a boot at him), since it's the middle of the night, and he has work in the morning.
    • "Harvest Dinner": Cricket and Gramma are tasked by Bill to watch a pie in the window while he's cooking and when Tilly goes to the store to get paprika for the stew, but they find it's not a "real" job and decide to beat her to the store and get the paprika first. Sure enough, watching the pie was a real job — and once they step away and with nobody there to watch it, the pie is left vulnerable to any dangers that could ruin it, and is indeed stolen by the mean rooster. Once they get home, they realize the pie disappeared in their absence, and Bill angrily calls them out for disobeying him and not doing their job.
    • "People Watching": In Nancy's story, she describes a woman who got a job as a window washer... only to discover she had a fear of heights. The woman wore a blindfold so she wouldn't be able to tell how high up she was, and proceeded to wash every window on the building. Then she took off the blindfold... and discovered that, due to not being able to see what she was doing, she'd done a terrible job of washing the windows.
    • "Valentine's Dance": Cricket finally embraces his feelings for Gabriella, and announces that he's ready to accept their "love"... only for Gabriella to turn him down, stating that she only wanted to dance, and doesn't "love" him (she doesn't even know his name). She also points out that he's been acting weird all evening (mostly by running away from her). Just because someone asks you to dance with them doesn't mean they're in love with you, and repeatedly running away from them and acting strange whenever they try to talk to you is pretty much guaranteed to erase what little interest they had in you to begin with.
    • In "Cricket's Biscuits", Gramma would always make biscuits for her family whenever they get really hurt so they can feel better. After Cricket triggers a booby trap in Gramma's room and gets everyone hurt, Gramma makes more of her biscuits for everyone and then Cricket tells everyone they should go to the hospital since while the food makes them feel good, it doesn't make their bodies better from their injuries.
    • In "Quiet Please" when Bill sees Cricket about to be attacked by the librarian without even knowing it, he tries to warn him...while standing a hundred feet behind him, while his back is turned. He doesn't even turn his head. This prompts a Heroic Sacrifice, and the librarians attack Bill behind the oblivious Cricket, who never looked up once throughout all of this.
  • Take That!: Believe it or not, "Cheap Show" is a complete jab at low-budget cartoons.
  • Taking the Bullet: In "Skunked", Cricket jumps in front of Gloria to protect her from getting sprayed by skunks.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Bill warns Cricket in "Supermarket Scandal" anyone who eats the fake produce will turn against the family and ruin their reputation. Then Chip Whistler eats it...
    • In "Cricket's Place" after Cricket and Remy get their new apartment, Cricket vows to do NO. CHORES. EVER. AT ALL. PERIOD. Guess what happens next day!
  • Thanksgiving Episode: "Big Deal" which is about the Greens spending Thanksgiving Day in a warehouse store for an all-day sale. In the end, Cricket learns that spending time with family is more important than buying a new TV.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Cricket's girlfriend Gabriella is about half a head taller than he is, around the same height as Tilly.
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: In an instrumental variation, each of the Green family gets their own title card.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: In "Green Christmas", Cricket tries to do some last-minute good deeds to get on the nice list, and then he cuts to the front of the line to see Santa, ripping his pants off. The store Santa tells Cricket he's going on the naughty list, and Cricket gives up trying to be good, going on a malicious Grinch-like pranking spree, where Tilly is wrongfully accused of vandalizing the tree in the Big City plaza. Later, when Cricket remorsefully sits down on a bench, he meets the real Santa, who gives him a wish. Cricket wishes that Tilly can make it back on the nice list again.
  • Thin-Line Animation: The art style for the show.
  • Three Lines, Some Waiting: Some episodes involve the entire family going to a certain location then splitting off into their own substories. Often, these storylines will climax at all of them uniting at the end in a giant disaster.
  • Those Two Guys: Cricket and Tilly.
    • Also Bill and Gramma.
  • To Be Continued: "Chipwrecked" ends on one.
  • Toilet Humor:
    • In "Night Bill", when Bill takes on a night job for Jyle:
    Bill: Sorry, sir, it's just that sometimes people don't want to buy the product, and well... I don't want to be rude.
    Jyle: Dang it, Green, that's a number 2 mindset. We don't do number 2 here. And if you drink as much Beef-Up as I do, you'll never do number 2 again!
    • In "Gabriella's Fella", Gabriella is forced to paint Community Sue's mural because last week, she got on the intercom and said the word "dookie". Cricket also had a similar encounter the month before when he blabbed the word "trash butt", but was only sent home with a letter.
    • In "Green Christmas", one of the trees Bill puts around the house is attached to a plunger and sticks out of the toilet bowl. Gramma also removes it and asks Nancy to hold it while she goes.
  • Token Minority: Out all of the other characters, Remy and his parents counts as this, as he's the only one that has the brown skin that can overtly identify him as African-American.
  • Too Dumb to Live. Remy in "Tilly's Goat". Despite being extremely allergic to dogs, he insists on going to the local dog show, and petting every dog there.
  • Too Important to Walk: The Cyber Knights in "Cyber Bullies" move around in hoverboards. When the power runs out on them, they complain about having to walk, and do so very awkwardly.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: In "Urban Legend", the neighbors form a mob to get the "swamp witch" (Alice trying to shoo away passersby). But first they stop to buy torches and pitchforks at the hardware store.
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot: "Blood Moon" involves a lunar eclipse during Halloween (the titular blood moon), which makes the farm animals go crazy and attack the Greens.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • All promos of episodes after "Chipwrecked"/"Chipocalypse Now" show the Greens inside their house and at Big Coffee perfectly intact, giving away they win the battle against Chip in the latter and save their home. The Twitter posting for the first part of the final ten of Season 2 shows Big Coffee logoless, giving away it does not reopen.
    • The January 2021 promo spoils the final scene of "Pool's Gold" with Cricket and his family in the flooded hotel closet.
    • The promo for "Okay Karaoke" spoils a scene from Tilly's song, but did not play it to avoid revealing the music genre she chose.
    • The "Chipocalypse Now" promo spoils the climax which shows Cricket jumping off the roof to avoid getting killed by Chip's helicopter.
  • Trail of Bread Crumbs: When Alice gets lost in the Remingtons' mansion in "Mansion Madness", she uses a roll of toilet paper to leave a trail. Unfortunately, Cricket finds it and puts it away, leaving Alice lost again.
  • Trash the Set:
    • Early on in "Reckoning Ball", a portion of the Greens' rooftop was destroyed by Chip's wrecking crane, but quickly repaired afterward.
    • In "Chipocalypse Now", both Big Coffee and the Elkins building are blown up to bits.
  • Tropey, Come Home: In "Phoenix Rises", Cricket's dog Phoenix runs away, and the Greens try to find her. Turns out Phoenix caught the scent of Mrs. Green, recently out of prison; she gives Phoenix a motorcycle ride and brings her back.
  • Trumplica: Chip Whistler, the super-rich man with the extremely suspicious hair.
  • Truncated Theme Tune: A shorter version of the theme song was introduced on weekend mornings since 2020, to make room for more commercial time.
  • Two-Headed Coin: Tilly's lucky penny in "Blue Tater" is actually two pennies glued together so that it always lands on heads.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode:
    • "Blood Moon", the Halloween Episode, is quite intense, given that the animals turn into zombies and the Greens, Remy and Gloria are nearly eaten.
    • Then there's "Reckoning Ball", which focuses on the villain, Chip. Not much of it is dark to begin with, but it's the final scene that's the icing on the cake.
    • And then came "Chipwrecked", the last of the middle ten. Sure it has a few lighthearted moments, but once it gets to the whole last three minutes, things completely go downhill. It is immediately followed by the even darker "Chipocalypse Now", where the Greens must fight Chip to save their home, their street, their Local Hangout, and most importantly, their legacy. Things get much worse when Chip goes full-on psycho and Cricket and the Greens nearly die.
  • The Unintelligible: Mrs. Cho, Cricket and Gloria's boss, who mostly speaks in grunts. The one time that she needed to give a more detailed instruction, she had it written down on her smartphone.
  • The Unreveal:
    • In "Tilly Tour", whatever belonging of Bill's that Cricket broke.
    • We never get to see the street fair in "Cheap Show", likely because of the episode's extremely low production budget. When the Greens finally go in the end, all we get is a 30-second shot of the living room.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Greens all become this in "Reckoning Ball".
  • Valentine's Day Episode: "Valentine's Dance". The Greens go to the community center Valentine's Day dance, where Cricket fights falling in love, Tilly plays Cupid, and Alice and Nancy are chaperones (with Alice taking her duties too seriously).
  • Very Special Episode:
    • "Cyberbullies" is a special episode about bullying and what to do to deal with it. A clip was even released to YouTube under Disney Channel's "Use Your Voice" promotion.
    • "Bad Influencer" is one about internet influencing and who you meet may turn out to be not so friendly.
    • Both "Friend Con" and "Flimflammed" have to deal with scamming, with the former focusing on a false friendship, and the latter through money conning.
    • "Bleeped" focuses on swearing and profanity.
  • Victory by Endurance: In "Winner Winner", Tilly unwittingly enters a boxing match and, not wanting to hurt anyone, keeps dodging until her opponent becomes too tired to keep fighting.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Expect things to get really dark whenever Chip Whistler shows up.
  • Villain Episode: "Reckoning Ball" focuses largely on Chip.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Happens a lot with the child characters.
    • Cricket is only ten years old, but sounds at least 30, courtesy of Chris Houghton.
    • Remy is also Cricket's age, but has a clear adultlike high-pitched voice for his age.
    • Weezie has a rather low voice for a kid his age, like he should be at least in his mid teens.
    • Andromeda sounds like she's a Sassy Black Woman at least 30-40.
    • Gregly sounds absolutely nothing like his age.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • Tilly's voice has gotten slightly deeper and less childlike after the first ten of Season 1.
    • Cricket sounds slightly higher-pitched in the more recent episodes.
  • The Voiceless:
    • Terry, the purple man of the two-guy duo, does not speak.
    • Chip's female Mook Rose has yet to utter a single word onscreen.
  • "Wash Me" Graffiti: One episode's subplot is Tilly noticing a dirty car with this kind of graffiti written on it's back while the family is stuck in a traffic jam, and Cloudcuckoolander that she is she acts as if the car actually was asking her to wash it (the fact the rear lights look like a sad face with all of the grime piled on them helps). She eventually takes over a fire truck's water cannon to do the washing, and the car looks "happy" after she sprays it.
  • We Can Rule Together: In the climax of "Coffee Quest", Chip tries to tempt Gloria into working with him at Wholesome Foods. Naturally, she refuses.
  • We Need a Distraction:
    • In "Critterball Crisis", Cricket needs a distraction while he retrieves the balls from Gloria's locker. Tilly and Remy then act out a melodramatic breakup scene in the café.
    • Tilly does it again in "Coffee Quest", distracting Chip with the "Tilly Tornado" (she just spins around) while Gloria and Cricket get away.
  • Whodunnit: "Barry Cuda", where Cricket's novelty talking fish (the titular Barry Cuda) is attacked, and he suspects Tilly, Bill and Gramma. Turns out it was all three of them, since they found it annoying. Cricket then finishes the job himself because he loves his family even more.
  • Wham Line:
    • In "Blood Moon":
    Bill: Oh, I didn't think it would be this bad.
    • At the very end of "Reckoning Ball":
    Chip: Yup, that was pretty nice of me. But now, things are gonna change.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Cricket's problem throughout "Valentine's Dance".
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Gramma to Cricket and Bill in "Raccooned" when she admonishes them for their arguing and they only made everything worse.
    • Bill to Cricket in "Homeshare Hoedown" when he tried to drive Val and Justin out.
    • Cricket to Bill in "Blood Moon" after realizing he was responsible for letting the animals out for the sake of not wanting them to trick-or-treat without him, and things went downhill from there.
    • Bill to Cricket and Gramma in "Harvest Dinner" when he calls them out for disobeying him and not watching the pie, resulting in it stolen in their absence.
    • Bill to Cricket in "Desserted" when his idea of a free meal only made things worse.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: In "Chipocalypse Now", the Greens' house is scheduled to be demolished by Chip at the stroke of midnight that night.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The show takes place in the generic "Big City", and yes, that's the actual name of the city. It is never said what state it is.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Even Alice Green, who is typically tough as nails, is afraid of snakes.
    Gramma: You didn't tell me your pet was one of them devil worms! How do they move around with no legs?
    Remy: Actually, they move their muscles and scales in a lateral—
    Gramma: DON'T YOU LECTURE ME WHILE I'M PANICKING!
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Often shows up whenever a character is excited or shocked. Since 2019, this is now commonly used.
  • A Wizard Did It: Invoked in "Winner Winner". Cricket tries to find out what's on the other side of a locked door. When he finally finds out, he's so disappointed he makes up a story about what's there and says a wizard blocked the entrance so nobody will be able to go there again.
  • With Lyrics: When Gramma does her takeover of the theme song, recapping hardships of her childhood.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "Quiet Please" is an entire G-rated parody of the horror movie A Quiet Place.
  • The Worm That Walks: A person Cricket tries to talk to on the bus in "Welcome Home" turns out to be a pack of rats hidden inside a hoodie.
  • Working Off the Debt:
    • After the events of "Critterball Crisis", Cricket has to work at the café with Gloria in order to pay for the mess he made.
    • In "Coffee Quest", after Mrs. Cho tears up the debt, just when it looks like Cricket and Gloria will go their separate ways, Gloria knocks over some mugs and vandalizes the café with Mrs. Cho reinstating the debt so Cricket can work there and be friends with Gloria.
  • Worst News Judgement Ever: In "Breaking News", the news crew covering Bill's watermelon say there's nothing else happening. At that moment, a car speeds by chased by police, the driver yelling "I just robbed a bank!" The crew ignore it completely.
  • Worthless Treasure Twist: In "Family Legacy", Cricket, Tilly and Gramma go looking for the Green family treasure buried in the backyard, all the way Gramma telling stories of how the family farm was almost sold each generation. When they do find it, it's a box full of seemingly useless mementos — a watch from Gramma's father, aviator goggles from her aunt, and Gramma's own shovel. Just when Gramma is about to sell the farm, Cricket and Tilly figure out that the items on the box are actually a reminder of how the younger Greens always save the day when the adults have given up, making Gramma realize that the Green family treasure is the farm itself.
  • X Meets Y: Doug meets Little House on the Prairie. Or alternatively, Hey Arnold! meets The Beverly Hillbillies (minus the wealth part in the latter).
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • In "Breaking News", Cricket manages to avoid stealing the spotlight and gives Bill's watermelon the attention it deserves... only to eventually accidentally push it out the window, destroying it.
    • Subverted in "Quiet Please". Cricket finally finds a book he likes, but thanks to his inability to stay quiet, he almost lost it forever before Bill intervened.
  • You Are Grounded:
    • Not said verbally, but it's implied Cricket got grounded in "Space Chicken" for destroying the Big Coffee property by attempting to launch a chicken into space, prompting Bill to send him to his room for the rest of the day.
    • In one of Cricket's segments in the Disney "Holidays Unwrapped" event, some time earlier, Cricket opened his presents before Christmas morning, resulting in him punished.
    • In "Shark Objects" When Nancy gives herself a talking-to to make Cricket realize the dangerous consequences of his shark prank, she grounds herself for a month.
    • In the stand-alone compilation special "Shortsgiving", Bill finds out Cricket prank called Raven-Symone from the Random Rings shorts and punishes him into working the projector for the rest of the show.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In addition to the Amazing Technicolor Population, many people have abnormally colored hair.

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Cricket broke the fourth wall

Tilly remarks Cricket "broke the fourth wall" during the blackout -- literally, the fourth wall.

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