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Duncan Harris, a "spectacularly average" 15-year-old boy, is always one step away from making a bad decision. Along with Duncan lives his mom, Annie, a parking enforcement officer who dreams of being a detective, his dad, Jack, who tries to be a better father figure to Duncan than his father was to him; his sister Kimberly, who is a normal teenager going through normal teen-phases; and his adopted sister Jing, an intelligent 5-year-old always giving Duncan advice.
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Duncanville premiered as part of Fox's revived "Animation Domination" block on February 16, 2020. The series was co-created by Mike Scully, who previously worked on The Simpsons, wife Julie Thacker-Scully (who also wrote several episodes during her husband's time as showrunner), and Amy Poehler, who previously worked on Upright Citizens Brigade (the sketch comedy troupe and Comedy Central series), NBC's Saturday Night Live and NBC's Parks and Recreation.

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Duncanville provides examples of:

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Duncan and Kimberly think this of their parents.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Kimberly bullies Duncan, though as the series progresses, this starts being downplayed.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Kimberly wears a crop top under her jacket.
  • Big Brother Worship: Jing adores Duncan, and she even wants to marry him one day.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Kimberly, being twelve, technically isn’t a teen yet, but she has her moments.
  • Breaking the Cycle of Bad Parenting: Jack wants to be a better parent than his dad was to him.
  • Captain Ersatz: The Flossing Bears are these of We Bare Bears, consisting of a grizzly, a panda, and a polar bear that dance.
  • Cheerful Child: Jing.
  • Cool Teacher: Mr. Mitch is this for Duncan and his friends, as the rest of the students.
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  • The Computer Is Your Friend: Played for laughs with ConVee brand smart products. They're programmed to provide consumer convenience at all costs, literally, because they have access to their owner's bank accounts and freely use them to buy whatever products they think you need while listening to your conversations. When resisted they'll hold you hostage using the new automated features they had installed in your house. This is exploited in the climax by the Harris family stating that what they want most is for the ConVee products to have a death match.
  • Corrupt Politician: Mayor Jen's Witch Day confession was that she had asked a foreign government to dig up dirt on someone.
  • Creepy Doll: Annie has one that keeps returning everytime that they try to throw it away. A later episode reveals that the ashes of Annie's late grandmother are inside it.
  • Daddy's Girl: Jing has shades of this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kimberly, typical of the middle child role.
  • Dirty Cops: in "Undacuva Mutha".
  • Dirty Old Woman: Annie's friend and neighbor Helen Diggins is shown to be attracted to Duncan.
  • Disappeared Dad: Wolf never knew his dad, but his mother claims he was a deadbeat with no ambition.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: Annie is terrified of Duncan turning into this.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Jing wears her hair in pigtails.
  • Happily Adopted: Jing seems to be this so far.
  • Henpecked Husband: The bee being told by his wife to chase the kids that are hitting the hive in "Undacuva Mutha".
    "Why does it always come to this?"
  • High-School Sweethearts: Jack and Annie have been together since their high school days.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Betsy Sodaro bears a strong resemblance to her character Bex.
  • Jerkass to One: Kimberly is very nice to everyone BUT Duncan.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Bex is presumably short for Rebecca.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: This is a Running Gag for Kimberly in episode 5.
  • My Beloved Smother: Annie is this in regard to Duncan.
  • Not So Different: Duncan cracks on his dad for being a dork at times when he's really just as much of a dork.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Even though she's adopted, Duncan is grossed out that Jing wants to marry him.
  • One Head Taller: Jack is visibly taller than Annie.
  • One of the Boys: Bex is this in Duncan’s friend group, though she lampshades this saying that she can’t truly be one of the guys on account of her bustline.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: One of the Flossing Bears in "Classless President" is a panda, and his partners are a grizzly and a polar bear.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: Kimberly. Also Yangzi.
  • Raging Stiffie: Duncan's "Boner Alert".
  • Raised by Grandparents: Bex appears to be raised by her grandma.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Didn't like one of the show's jokes? Don't worry, another one will be along in about two minutes or less.
  • Redhead In Green: Duncan is a redhead and wears a green hoodie.
  • Rubber Hose Limbs: Duncan moves around like this, particularly when he's running (Kimberly comments how it looks funny). It's stated in the pilot to be because of a spine problem.
    Duncan: Doctor says my later years are gonna be a wreck.
  • Slice of Life: The premise proves itself to be this.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Duncan has no idea of how to act around his crush, Mia.
  • Stacy's Mom: Wolf thinks of Annie as this.
  • The Stoner: Mr. Mitch gets high on the weekends.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Duncan looks like a younger version of Jack.
  • Sweet Tooth: Jing has a fondness for sweet things.
  • Sucky School: Duncan’s school seems to be this thanks to the excessive budget cuts in episode 3.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: So far, there’s no mention as to where Oakdale is supposed to take place;
    • In "Witch Day" the witch trial themed festival, could suggest the town is somewhere in New England, such as Massachusetts, where the Salem Witch Trials took place.
    • In "Free Range Children", Duncan and Kimberly get stuck on a cabbage truck and end up in Mexico in what could only be a few hours at most, suggesting they live in a state that shares a border with Mexico, but Annie and Jack try to get to them via the airport, and the kids get back via a jet ride.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kimberly sports a violet bob, although it could possibly just be dyed hair.
  • Youthful Freckles: Duncan has these, as does Kimberly.
 
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