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The adventures of an average family; a boy, a girl, a dog, a cat, a mouse and ...err, a piece of cheese. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Boy girl dog cat mouse cheese, guess you're stuck with me!
Boy girl dog cat mouse cheese, guess we're family!
The theme song
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Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese is an animated comedy for the BBC that premiered on CBBC on October 31st, 2019. The series was developed from an original concept by Jeff Harter, and is a co-production between Cloudco Entertainment, WatchNext Media, and Kavaleer Productions.

The show centers around a boy, a girl, a dog, a cat, a mouse, and a piece of cheese, all respectively named after what they are, who are living together as a Dysfunctional Family.

The series can be watched on the CBBC website.

In June 2019 (yes, before the show even premiered), the series was renewed for a second season.


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  • Achievements in Ignorance: Dog runs up a vertical tree trunk because he hasn't stopped to think about what he's doing. As soon as it's pointed out to him how high he is, he clings to the tree and is unable to move.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": And a cat named Cat, and a boy named Boy, and so on...
  • Aesop Amnesia: The family learn several times to work together to overcome problems, but they've always forgotten this by the next episode.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Mouse's Bicker Bot tries to murder the family after Cheese spills her soda on it.
  • Alpha Bitch: "Cat Beard" introduces Lila, Girl's school nemesis, who mockingly calls her "the queen of nerds", and threatens to shut down Girl's after-school cosplay club if elected class president.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Boy and Girl are both dark-skinned, and they're definitely not white, but it remains unknown what their ethnicities are.
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  • An Aesop: Mouse attempts to invoke this by building a robot which will only let the family play a co-op video game if they work together and don't argue, to teach them teamwork. This backfires spectacularly when the robot turns evil, but the family learn the intended aesop anyway by working together to defeat the robot.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Mouse claims that the wheel was a gift from aliens.
  • Babysitter from Hell: Miss Molly makes the family work non-stop cleaning, cooking, and even giving her a manicure. She also has a very creepy relationship with Boy.
  • Balloon Belly: In "Pen Pals", Boy bakes great-tasting cookies, but only for his pen pal Gretchen. His siblings pretend to be Gretchen so they can get the cookies for themselves, and get quite fat in the process.
  • Balls of Steel: Boy uses his diary as a codpiece to protect himself from a Groin Attack from some bullies.
  • Big Ball of Violence: The argument over scooters turns into this.
  • Big Stupid Doo Doo Head: The insults the characters use are usually quite silly.
  • Birthday Episode: "The Cheese Ball" is this for Cheese (even though she technically doesn't actually have a birthday).
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Boy likes Gretchen's cookies even though everyone else thinks they're horrible. Cat can also be seen licking at cookie crumbs on the floor.
  • Black Comedy Burst:
    • While Boy is pretending to be the hero Boysteros he sees an old lady trying to feed the birds, but struggling to break a baguette into pieces. He helps her by ripping the bread in half and chucking it at the birds, which impresses the old lady so much that she faints. The next shot is of her being lifted into an ambulance
    • In a montage, Miss Molly makes the family dig two holes the size and shape of graves. Later, they're shown at night and they're filling in those holes.
  • A Bloody Mess: The group use ketchup to fake Cheese's death when pretending to be vampires.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: While in the dark not only do the characters' eyes light up, they turn yellow and pointed with slit pupils.
  • Camping Episode: "Camp Champs" has the boys and girls racing to get to the top of Bear Mountain by the end of the weekend. Since it's a long trip, both teams have to camp.
  • Cheeky Mouth: Boy and Girl have their mouths on the side of their heads when shown from the side.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Inverted. At the start of "The Cheesy Diary" Boy laments that he can't burp. This comes into play later when Chad challenges him to a burping contest.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Dog cleans the bathroom so well that Boy says he could eat in it. Dog says that he actually can't, food in the bathroom is against the rules because it creates crumbs.
  • Companion Cube: All of the guests at Cheese's dance party are inanimate pieces of cheese with stuck on googly eyes.
  • Cool Shades: Chad and the other cool kids wear these.
  • Cowardly Lion: In the first episode, Boy is clearly terrified of the "Shadow Realm", but when he thinks his family is in trouble he still goes to rescue them.
  • Crossword Puzzle: Miss Molly is show doing a crossword and has to the clue "loud and mean" for five letters. She writes "Molly" in the gap.
  • Cucumber Facial: Miss Molly makes the family give her a makeover, including cucumber slices over her eyes.
  • Cutting the Knot: Mouse uses the secret ending of the video game as an incentive to get everyone else to finish it. When the group eventually destroy the game, they lament that they'll never get to see the ending. Girl then realises that she could have just looked up the ending online. To add insult to injury, it's not even that good.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: When the other characters are cooking lunch to Miss Molly's recipe Boy comes in and says "It smells... Well, it definitely smells!".
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: The girls' mother is red-haired and Ambiguously Brown.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?:
    • Mouse creates a story about Gretchen having to wear a metal suit to protect her from sunlight, which Girl thinks is stupid. Later she finds out that Boy bought the story she says to his face "You actually believed that?". While she doesn't actually say the trope name, she's clearly thinking it.
    • In her school president campaign speech, Lila calls the whole class idiots, then immediately tries to backtrack.
  • Dinky Drivers: "Smoothie Operators" has Mouse driving an ice cream tuck.
  • Dinner Deformation: Happens to Cat after she eats a stack of books in "The Cheesy Diary".
  • Dog Walks You: When Dog tries to walk two cats he gets dragged around and beaten up by them.
  • Don't Look Down: While Dog is up a tree Girl deliberately says this, intending for Dog to look down and get scared, which he does.
  • Door Slams You: Cheese tells Cat off for sleeping in front of a door and shoves her out of the way. Boy then opens the door and squashes Cheese against the wall.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The Smith twins briefly appear in "Cheesy Diary" before they are officially introduced in "Scoot or be Scooted".
  • Easily Impressed: Boy sees Chad and the cool kids punching a pinata, so he kicks it instead and breaks it. For some reason, Chad is hugely impressed by this and invites him to join his group of friends.
  • Economy Cast: Each episode generally only involves the six title characters, with the occasional extra speaking line.
  • Ejection Seat: Dog turns the toilet seat into one in "Game of Throne" to stop people from taking too long in the bathroom.
  • Eleventy Zillion: Dog says that the pedigree cats Queen and Sheba are worth "like a squajillion dollars".
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Boy got the nickname "Butt Boy" after his trousers ripped while he wasn't wearing underwear.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The title... pretty much tells you all you need to know who the main characters are.
  • Expospeak Gag: When Mouse sees the naked mole rat he calls it "a heterocephalus glaber", which is the binomial classification for naked mole rats.
  • Extreme Doormat: In "Cat Walkers", Dog can't say no to Boy, which ends up in him walking some mean cats. Girl takes it upon herself to teach him how to say "no".
  • Extreme Omnivore:
    • In "The Cheesy Diary", Cat eats a stack of books and a quill.
    • While camping, Girl and Cheese find a blueberry bush, but try to eat entire branches rather than just the blueberries.
  • Eye Am Watching You: Dog doesn't trust the naked mole rat and makes this gesture towards it before leaving.
  • Fainting: The "woman swooning over manly man" variant of this is deconstructed. Boy helps an old lady feed the birds by ripping up her bread for her, and she's so impressed she faints. We then see her being lifted into an ambulance on a stretcher.
  • Fancy Camping: Instead of camping the boys decide to "glamp", so in their tent they have a TV, microwave, hot tub, bidet, and many other comforts.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Cat (female) and Dog (male).
  • Finger-Tenting: Girl does this when coming up with a plan to stop Boy from pretending to be Boysteros.
  • Fingore: While constructing a scooter for Cat, Boy hits his finger with a hammer and it swells up. Later, we see that all of his fingers are swollen, implying that he hit them all.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the intro, one of the shots with the characters in the same poses has them in the bathroom; Boy is sitting on the toilet with his pants down.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • The guys:
      • Id: Boy.
      • Ego: Dog.
      • Superego: Mouse.
    • The girls:
      • Id: Cat.
      • Ego: Cheese.
      • Superego: Girl.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Girl and Boy are always trying to one-up each other, but they care about each other and even enjoy bickering. At the end of "Boy's Friend" they are shown canoeing together and arguing heatedly, but then they suddenly stop to acknowledge how much they're enjoying the trip out. Both of them then get straight back to arguing.
  • Funny Animal: Dog and Mouse both act human apart from a few Furry Reminders. All the other animals which have been shown so far have not been anthropomorphic at all.
  • Funny Background Event: Cat is involved in these in most of the scenes she's in.
  • Furry Confusion: Downplayed in "The Dog Who Cried Wolf", when Dog actually meets a gang of three street dogs. While Dog can walk on his hind legs and talk, the street dogs stay mute and always walk on all fours.
  • Furry Reminder:
    • Dog has a compulsion to obey any commands given to him such as "roll over" or "fetch". He also chases his tail and the postwoman, who he sees as his nemesis. According to Cheese, he also drinks from the toilet and pees on the lawn.
    • Mouse has comparatively few Furry Reminders compared to Dog, however there is one in "Happy Game", where the girls plan to catch him in a Mouse Trap with Cheese as the bait.
  • Gasshole:
    • Inverted. Boy is unable to burp even when he tries to, though he later overcomes this by drinking a whole can of fizzy pop at once.
    • In "Scoot or Be Scooted", while attempting to train Cat, Cheese tells her to relax. Cat relaxes too much and farts in Cheese's face.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Including the parents, the entire family consists of four males and four females.
  • The Ghost: Aside from background photographs, Mom and Dad are never seen nor heard.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Inverted. When the group watch a horror film, Boy is the only one who is scared, while the others, including Girl, think it's boring.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Subverted when Girl asks Boy whether Gretchen is his girlfriend. Boy's response is "Ew, gross!", but he then starts crying and collapses on the floor because Gretchen already has a boyfriend.
  • Girls vs. Boys Plot:
    • In "Game of Throne", the bathroom is separated into two halves, one for the girls and one of the boys. The group that goes to the other side first loses.
    • "Camp Champs" has the boys and girls trying to get to the top of Bear Mountain in a weekend. If either team doesn't make it by the deadline, they lose.
  • Girls with Moustaches: When Boy sets up an odd-job business, one of the jobs he gets given is to cut someone's wife's beard.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Cheese is trying to break the world record for the highest note ever sung. Her voice shatters glass and pops balloons.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Dog rubs himself on the ceiling, then stops and thinks about what he's doing for a second and falls.
  • Groin Attack: While Boy is playing the hero he confronts the Smith Twins, who are throwing balls at another kid. The twins rapid-fire the balls at his crotch in response, but Boy uses his diary as an impromptu codpiece and so is unaffected.
  • Group Hug: Defied. Mouse suggests one but everyone else refuses, so Mouse claims that he didn't want one anyway.
  • Guinness Episode: "World Record Records" has the family trying to break some world records.
  • Gum In Hair: Mouse pops Girl's giant bubblegum bubble and the gum goes all over her hair. Mouse mentions that she might have to shave her head to get all the gum out.
  • Half-Identical Twins: The Smith twins dress alike and look almost exactly the same, the only differences being that the female one has long hair and pierced ears.
  • Hand Behind Head: In "Cat Walkers", Mouse does this when he can't get his Nose Hose 6000 to work properly.
  • Head Pet: Cat often sits on the other characters' heads.
  • Hellish Pupils: While in the tunnels under the basement the characters repeatedly see yellow eyes with slit pupils approaching. Subverted, since it's just the other family members.
  • I Love the Smell of X in the Morning: While the family are cooking up a lunch which resembles a witch's brew, Miss Molly says "I love the smell of burnt blubber in the morning!".
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: When Cheese becomes a bestselling author she tells Cat that she won't let the fame get to her, then starts acting like a diva and bellowing for coffee.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Boy's cookies are so delicious that the rest of the family become addicted to them and cook up a zany scheme to get more.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Boy mentions that he discusses rearranging his sock drawer with Gretchen.
  • Ironic Echo: Dog sets up a siren to shame people if they take too long to use the toilet. When the boys confess to Dog that they hate his rules the siren goes off again as Dog leaves the room, because it's him who's now feeling ashamed.
  • Ladies and Germs: Mouse once addresses the group as "People! Animal! Dairy-based food product!".
  • Last-Second Showoff: The Smith twins have a big lead at the last lap of the scooter race, so to taunt the protagonists the girl twin stops and looks at her phone. She's then taken surprised at how fast Cat is and loses the race.
  • Lawful Stupid: In "Game of Throne", Dog insists on the bathroom rules being kept, even though many of the rules are somewhat pointless, and even though he's the one who made them.
  • Left the Background Music On: Girl explains to Boy that he doesn't need to pretend to be someone he's not to get people to like him, with an accompanying violin playing in the background. They both then look around to see Mouse playing a tiny violin.
  • Lethal Chef: Gretchen. According to Mouse, the cookies she makes "taste the way Grandma smells".
  • Long Title: The title is six (short) words long.
  • Mailman vs. Dog: Dog sees the mailwoman as his sworn enemy. This may has something to do with her using a taser on him when he rushes to the door.
    Dog: Mailwoman, tormentor of that strange hole in the door, I have a special delivery... YOUR DOOM!
  • Mouse Trap: In "Happy Game", the girls come up with a plan to catch Mouse which involves a mouse trap baited with Cheese.
  • Nature Tinkling: Dog goes to the toilet on the lawn. He's embarrassed when Cheese finds out about it.
  • Neat Freak: Dog acts like one when he's in charge of the bathroom, keeping it spotless and getting upset if anyone makes it dirty. When he buys a portaloo he is disgusted to find that it wasn't cleaned before it was sold to him. Strangely enough, he doesn't have this trait in other episodes, so it may just be down to his adherence to rules.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: The actress who plays Captain Calisto is a jerk in real life, which the family learns the hard way once they get the chance to meet her.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted, several references are made to using the toilet and one episode centres around the bathroom.
  • Noodle Incident: Girl once started a fire by trying to load the dishwasher.
  • No Water Proofing In The Future: Cheese spills her soda on the Bicker Bot, causing it to malfunction and turn evil.
  • Number Two: Chad refers to Boy as his Number 2 while Boy is part of his group.
  • Ocular Gushers: This is standard when anyone cries (which happens a lot).
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Girl tricks Miss Molly into leaving the house and locks her out, but as soon as he truns around. Miss Molly is right behind her again. It seem that only character who can do this is Miss Molly, as the others are shocked and confused as to how she got back in.
  • Oh, Crap!: Girl has this reaction when she realizes that she has to train Cat for the relay race against the Smiths.
  • Order vs. Chaos: When the bathroom is split the boys' side is spotless but governed by too many rules, while the girls' side is messy but more fun. The downsides of both are shown, and eventually everyone agrees to compromise.
  • Pac-Man Fever: The game Mouse gets for the family to play is pixellated and makes the standard bleeping sounds. Justified, since the game is acknowledged in-universe to be old and not very good.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Girl uses one to spy on Boy when he's pretending to be Boysteros. It consists of a false beard, newspaper, and nothing else.
  • Personality Swap: Dog and Cheese change personalities in "Imitation Game".
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Cat has pink coloring on her body and tail, and she wears a pink collar; Mouse has blue coloring on his ear, and on the lower half of his body.
  • Potty Emergency: Mouse has one at the start of "Game of Throne" due to the girls hogging the bathroom. Dog deliberately makes it worse by pouring water into a glass, to encourage him to go and take back the bathroom.
  • Prehensile Tail: Mouse is shown using his tail to close the postbox.
  • Reality Ensues: The boys show of their glamping to the girls by drinking tea they've just made, but as they don't wait for it to cool down they all burn their tongues.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Played with, since it's the person asking the question which makes the blunder, not the person answering it.
    Mouse: He feels that way about us, and we're stealing cookies from him? Whose stupid idea was this?!
    Cheese: Yours, ya dingbat.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: When Boy confronts Chad he tells him "Move over, Rover, Boy's taken over". Chad is just confused as to why Boy is suddenly speaking in rhyme, and who Rover is.
  • Rimshot: In the first episode, Girl makes a "bu-dum-tssh" sound to emphasize a joke she's just made.
  • Roar Before Beating: Girl, Mouse, and Dog accidentally walk into a lion's cage, the lion roars before chasing them which gives them time to get away.
  • Rubber Hose Limbs: The characters frequently wiggle their arms as if they have no joints.
  • Scary Stitches: Mouse has a line of stitches running around his middle and another one on his ear. It's not clear why he has these, though the different coloured sections of his body indicate that he could be a Frankenstein's Monster-esque creature or a stuffed toy come to life, given he has a tag on his ear.
  • Secret Test of Character: While Mouse and Cheese are pretending to be Gretchen, Girl gets them to ask Boy what he thinks of his family, hoping that he'll criticise them so Girl can use this against him later. However, Boy says that he really cares for his family and would do anything for them, though he does find them annoying sometimes.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In "World Record Records", after Mouse puts the others through a hellish training regime in order to get them to break records, they learn that the world record book he was reading is from 1983, and that the records they were trying to break have been broken several times over by now. Naturally, the others are NOT happy with Mouse.
  • Shaking the Rump:
    • Cheese does this while dancing at her underground dance party.
    • Lord Blastoboon's Warrior Butt Dance consists of him doing this and not much else. Hilarity Ensues when Boy has to learn the dance to help Girl out at a cosplay contest.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Dog's description of the naked mole rat: "Ugh, they're so naked!".
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shy Bladder: Dog adds a Toilet Timer and Shame Siren to the toilet to encourage people to hurry up. What he doesn't realize is that this puts Boy and Mouse under so much pressure that they can't actually use the toilet.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Boy and Girl constantly insult, mock and belittle each other, though it's mostly surface level and it's shown that they actually do care about each other and even enjoy their rivalry.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: The female characters are just as prone to slapstick and gross-out humor as the males.
  • Speak in Unison: The Smith twins sometimes do this to emphasise how in sync they are.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Cat only speaks in meows, but the other characters can understand what she says.
  • Spit Take: Cheese does this when trying to play a co-op game with Boy.
  • Stalker Shrine: Boy constructs one for Gretchen which contains all the presents she's sent him.
  • Stink Snub: While arguing the characters will sometimes use insults like this, such as "stink machine" and "booger breath".
  • Stock Sound Effect: A stock red-tailed hawk call can be heard at the start of "Camp Champs".
  • Suddenly Voiced: While Cat did technically have a voice before, in "Confidence Cat", she starts speaking in full sentences instead of either single words or meows.
  • Surreal Humor: Just watch the intro.
  • Team Pet: Unlike Dog and Mouse, Cat acts mostly like the animal she's based on. Because of this she fulfils the "pet" role.
  • Technobabble: When Mouse mentions wiffle ball, ping pong and croquet Girl thinks he's using this and tells him to stop showing off.
  • Technology Uplift: Mouse tries to explain what a scooter is to Cat and starts talking about the origin of wheels, which he holds were a gift from Ancient Astronauts.
  • Tempting Fate: Mouse says that his Friendbot 2000 is much safer than the old Friendbot 1000. Immediately after he says this, the robot explodes.
  • This Is My Side: When the boys and girls get sick of having to share the bathroom, they split it in two! The girls' side becomes one big party with no rules, but the boys' side is the complete opposite.
  • Toilet Humour: Constant.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In "World Record Records" Mouse is acting as a coach and insults everyone, breaks Girl's toys and even threatens Cheese with violence, all under the guise of motivation. By the end of the episode he learns that he shouldn't have pushed everyone so hard and goes back to being nicer.
  • Training Montage: A montage shows the characters training Cat to ride a scooter.
  • Trauma Button: When Boy was younger he went to school with no underwear and his trousers ripped, so everyone called him "Butt Boy". This comes back to haunt him when he has to be the back end of Girl's Lord Blastoboon costume, which has a prominent butt, and has to perform a bottom-wiggling dance. He's naked inside the costume since it's so hot, and to make matters worse the costume's butt falls off and so everyone can see his. This leads to him getting called "Butt Boy" again, this time by Captain Calisto's actress.
  • Twinkle In The Sky: Dog accidentally pushes Cat down a hill on a scooter. She travels up a ramp and is launched into the air, where she disappears with a twinkle.
  • Twitchy Eye: Characters will sometimes get one if they're particularly upset or angry.
  • Two Men, One Dress: Girl's Blastoboon costume is large enough for two people, with her in the front end and Boy in the back end. Boy is reluctant to wear the costume because Blastoboon has a prominent butt, and he remembers being called "Butt Boy" at school.
  • Unsound Effect: Boy can't whistle, so when he's trying to whistle for Dog he just shouts "Whistle!".
  • Underwater Fart Gag: Implied. The boys are in a hot tub (without any bubbles) in their glamping tent. They notice some bubbles appearing near Dog, who first looks surprised, and then embarrassed.
  • Unimpressive Progress Reveal: Mouse is shown zooming along in the relay race, complete with Speed Stripes. The camera then pans out to show that he's only about a metre from the starting line and moving at a snail's pace.
  • Ultimate Lifeform: Mouse reveals in "Cat Confessions" that he had secretly tried to create the "ultimate family unit" by combining the DNA of all the family members. It was a failure, with the resulting abomination somehow only inheriting the cast's worst qualities.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating:
    • Boy tries to apologise to Dog for making him feel bad about his bathroom rules. However, whenever he mentions the bathroom war, Girl butts in to gloat over how she won.
    • The entire family do this after they win the race against the Smiths. It's justified, because the Smiths have spent the entire episode taunting them.
  • Visible Odor: The girls plan to use Cheese to capture Mouse and force him to give up the game he's confiscated from them. In their plan, Cheese is drawn with a green trail coming off her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Apart from Cat, every member of the family seems to spend all their time arguing with and insulting everyone else, however when it comes down to it they'll do anything to protect each other.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Implied when Cheese eats one of Gretchen's cookies and she then runs off to the bathroom.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Whenever Cat coughs up a hairball it's shown in all its glory.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The characters try to exploit this to get Miss Molly to leave. At first Boy thinks she's afraid of vampires, but when they all pretend to be vampires she's not impressed. However, when Mouse sets his mechanical ants on her she runs away screaming, revealing that she's afraid of insects.
  • Widget Series: And the title is just the beginning.
  • Word Salad Title: Well, just look at it.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: Girl is able to identify Dog in the dark due to the way his breath smells.
  • You Never Asked: Mouse reveals that he has a 3D printer which can make a costume for Girl in two minutes. Girl is angry that he never told her this before, since she makes 30 costumes a year for conventions. Mouse responds that she never asked.

 
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