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Fancy Nancy with her family.
Fancy Nancy is a Disney Junior show which premiered on July 13, 2018. It is based on the titular books by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, and to quote the description:

"Fancy Nancy is a young girl with a larger than life personality, who adores all things fancy. She always dresses extravagantly, wearing boas, tutus, ruby slippers, fairy wings, and fuzzy slippers. Nancy loves using big fancy words such as 'iridescent', 'ecstatic', and 'extraordinary' and anything in French. She has redecorated her bedroom with everyday items, such as feather boas, Christmas lights, paper flowers, and hats. Her favorite doll is named Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier. Nancy captures hearts by nearly getting caught up in the glitter, but, in the end, always discovering what's truly important. In Nancy's opinion, her family is ordinary and dresses rather plainly, so Nancy decides to hold a class in the art of fanciness for her family. They oblige, and Nancy helps to dress them in bows, ornaments, top hats, and gaudy scarves. "Ooo-la-la!" Nancy cries in delight. 'My family is posh! That's a fancy word for fancy.'"


The showrunners for the series are Jamie Mitchell and Krista Tucker, both from Special Agent Oso and Sofia the First. Each episode comprises two Quarter Hour Shorts. The show was renewed for a second season a month before the show's premiere. The show's first episode is available on the Disney Junior YouTube channel in America.

This show provides examples of:

  • All-CGI Cartoon: Like most Disney Junior shows, the show is CGI, though it's more notable here since the show is animated at the same studio Sofia The First is.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: One of Nancy's drawings in her room implies she went through this phase. JoJo is now going through this phase as well.
  • Alliterative Name: Nancy's mother is named Claire Clancy.
  • Award-Bait Song: "It's A Gift"
  • Alpha Bitch: Grace.
  • Big Eater: JoJo, Doug Clancy, and Lionel.
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  • Black Best Friend: Bree.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: The episode "Vive La Revolution" presents this scenario. It involves a fence being built around Oaky the oak tree since Nancy's mother, who's in charge of the committee that approved the decision, says it's for everyone's safety when Rhonda broke her arm climbing too high and falling too high. Nancy doesn't approve of this since it means a lot to them and that one injury shouldn't result in something like this. A compromise is reached, and as long as they don't climb too high, the tree stays as is.
  • Bowdlerize : This nursery rhyme version of "Deck The Halls" swaps out "gay" for "best". This is justified though considering the Disney Junior audience.
  • Catch-Phrase: Nancy's catchphrase is "Ooo-la-la", and pretty much anything that sounds fancy.
    • Nancy claims to be "practically an expert" on whatever activity she's about to undertake in almost every episode.
  • Cerebus Callback: In "Shoe La La", a running gag has Nancy acting rather dramatically about not getting a pair of fancy red shows, eventually culminating in her wearing a funeral outfit, in a scene that's black comedy. She wears the same outfit in "Au Revoir Jean Claude", only this time to Jean Claude's funeral, which isn't played for laughs.
  • Character Development: Nancy becomes more thoughtful, empathetic, and generous at the end of Season 1. This begins in "Nancy's Costume Clash," when she realizes she is gloating over a coin toss, and continues into "Mon Amie...Grace," where she offers Grace a chance at a Heel–Face Turn. This sort of growth is common in Disney Junior shows, which have a habit of Growing the Beard in their later episodes.
  • Christmas Episode: "Nancy And The Nice List" revolves around Nancy wanting to get on Santa's nice list in order to get a special bike.
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: Nancy oftentimes uses the phrase "Sacre bleu!" when distressed. Which sounds innocent enough when translated, but is generally treated as profanity.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: "Nancy Hops To It" makes Rhonda and Wanda more distinct, specifically with the former having more of a "take charge" attitude and the latter more morally conscious.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Nancy's voice actress, Mia Sinclair Jenness, performs almost all of the theme tune, "Add a Little Fancy."
  • Easter Special: The show has an Easter special in the form of "Easter Bonnet Bug A Boo/Easter Bunny Stakeout". The former segment involves Nancy dealing with bugs that get in her Easter bonnet for a contest while the latter involves Nancy and her friends trying to find the Easter bunny.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Nancy's envelope stamps have glitter, and she can't imagine "plain" stamps on letters.
  • Film Noir: In "The Case of the Disappearing Doll," Nancy slips into an Imagine Spot in this style, complete with the use of old-timey detective slang.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Nancy loves feather boas, and uses them to make things and people fancy.
  • Friendly Enemy: While Grace often antagonizes Nancy, there are times she can be neutral/civil towards her. She even willingly took part in Nancy's strike to save Oaky .
  • Girly Girl And Tomboy: Nancy and JoJo. Rhonda and Wanda are also this to a much subtler degree.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Due to being a toddler, JoJo has various stuffed toys, including a beloved sock monkey.
    • Nancy had Miss Moo, a plush cow that could make animal noises, though she gives it away to Bree's younger brother Freddy.
  • Good Parents: Nancy's parents are kind and caring to her.
    • Margie and Frank were implied to be this for Claire as well.
  • Gratuitous French: Nancy loves peppering her speech with it, with a quick aside to the preschool-age audience on what the words mean.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Nancy occasionally dips into this. In "Nancy's Supreme Night Out" , she's shown being jealous when Bridgette gives Jojo better treatment over her at the pizza restaurant. In "Nancy's Friendship Faux Pas" , she's shown being jealous when Bree keeps inadvertently ignoring her when they hang out with Megan. A more literal example in that she has green eyes.
  • Halloween Episode: "Nancy's Costume Clash/Nancy's Ghostly Halloween" follow this. The former involves Nancy trying to have a standout costume at Lionel's party, while the latter involves Nancy's imagination getting the better of her when she thinks a ghost is interrupting their trick or treating.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Nancy's Ghostly Halloween", Nancy tells JoJo not to let her imagination run away with her. Funnily enough, not very long afterwards, Nancy and Bree let their imaginations run wild when they mistake JoJo for a ghost.
  • Imaginary Friend: Nancy once had an imaginary friend called Genevieve. When she tells JoJo about this in "Nancy vs Dudley," JoJo at first doesn't get it, but finally creates an imaginary friend called Dudley. Then, she gets annoyed when JoJo wants to play with Dudley instead of her, even though she hadn't initially wanted to include JoJo in her fun in the first place.
  • Imagine Spot: A major component of the series often has Nancy going into a fantasy on how easy things will be. It's not as easy as she thinks.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nancy can be considered this. She's vain, egotistical, and somewhat insensitive. She's also fiercely loyal and compassionate, not hesitating to help others when things go wrong.
    • Now that the end of season 1 is approaching, she has become more empathetic and caring in recent episodes.
  • Large Ham: It's not uncommon for Nancy to show her more over the top side when she doesn't get what she wants.
  • Malaproper: In "Nancy vs Dudley," JoJo misconstrues the Eiffel Tower as the "Awful Tower." At first, Nancy is annoyed, but later after she realizes that she wants JoJo to play with her and asks what she wants to play, she quite happy to agree with JoJo's request: "Let's build the Awful Tower."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Nancy has good intentions, but her attempts to be fancy can sometimes annoy others around her. She then comes to realize the error of her ways.
    • She also has these moments when she does wrong things such as letting JoJo take the blame for a mess.
  • Never Say "Die": Interestingly enough, this is played straight and averted in "Au Revoir Jean Claude". Jean Claude, the family fish, dies, and Nancy tries to hide the truth from Jojo, only saying that he went into high heaven. Jojo then discovers that he dies, and everyone else then flat out says "die" afterwards.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Nancy's favorite color is fuchsia. She wears many colors in her wardrobe, but pink is a shade that appears in all her outfits.
  • Posthumous Character:
    • Nancy's grandmother on her mother's side, Margie Clancy, passed away before the start of the series.
    • Mrs. Devine mentions having late husbands.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Downplayed. Nancy has a large vocabulary, but it only shows in a few "fancy" words every episode or book.
  • Sick Episode: In "Mademoiselle Mom", Nancy takes over house duties for the day when her mother becomes sick.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Nancy, the titular protagonist, has red hair and green eyes.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Rhonda and Wanda.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Nancy's fantasy in "Mon Amie .... Grace?" turns Grace into this where, because she thinks they're best friends, she follows Nancy everywhere , even in the bathroom and closet .
  • Title, Please!: Unusual to other shows, Nancy says the episode’s name at the start, but the title does not appear onscreen.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Rhonda and Wanda.
  • Title Theme Tune: "Fancy Nancy. Ooh la la! Fancy Nancy..."
  • Two Shorts: Each episode is composed of two segments of 11 minutes each.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes : "Nancy, La Poete/Mon Amie.... Grace?" serves as the show's Valentine's Day episode, with the former segment about Nancy trying to overcome writer's block to write a poem for a Valentine's Day poetry contest , while the latter segment is about Grace thinking that she and Nancy are best friends when she gets a valentine actually meant for Bree.

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