It's Saturday o'clock
Come on, get on your feet
The world's our dance floor
Our moves are sweet
We're Harvey Kids
Gonna run, run, run this street
—The Do It Yourself Expository Theme Tune
This cartoon follows the exploits of The Harvey Girls—Audrey, Lotta, and Dot (Stephanie Lemelin, Lauren Lapkus, Kelly McCreary respectively)—the inseparable bestest of best friends the in the whole world. From having multiple flavors of ice cream, to playing a fun game of ball, to having a box of cereal, they will do whatever they can to make Harvey Street a better place.
Rallying up the cast are:
- The Bloogey Boys:
- Smith also plays Bobby the Elder, a wise man...erm, kid who acts as the leader of the Street.
- Danny Pudi as Tiny, a third-grader who's really, well, tiny.
- Grey DeLisle as:
- Jamaal Hepburn as Gerald, the new kid in town.
This series contains examples of the following tropes:
- Adjacent to This Complete Breakfast: In the commercial for the Super Sweeto Cavity Blast'Ems cereal (see Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs below), one of the taglines is "Part of what could be called a breakfast!"
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Tiny's full name is revealed to be Tinaceous T. Tonner, which has a pretty cool ring to it.
- Bait-and-Switch: When faced with a faux Zombie Apocalypse, Audrey says that she has an idea... which is for ice cream cones made of potato chips that she writes down on a piece of paper, then she says that she has an idea for how to fix their problem.
- Bee Afraid: "Moby Dot" centers around Dot's attempts to photograph an elusive "Pearl Tormentor" hornet when it terrorizes the neighborhood.
- Big "NO!": Dot's reaction to the Pearl Tormentor stinging her nose and escaping in a flashback.
- Billy Needs an Organ: Parodied in "The Great Brain Robbery", where a flash forward of Melvin's potential future shows him as an old man who needs a butt transplant if he wants to ever fart again. Unfortunately, the only compatible donors are the Harvey Girls, who turn him down.
- Bizarre Taste in Food:
- In "Wary Lotta & the Chamber of Secrets", one of the fake secrets that the Harvey Girls make up to prevent Gerald's parrots from revealing Lotta's crush on him is that he eats banana pickle tacos with ketchup for breakfast. However, it turns out he actually does.
- In "VHMess", The Bow admonishes Tiny and Fredo for respectively putting salt and butter on their popcorn before covering hers with chocolate syrup.
- Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: In "The Lice Storm", one of Audrey's attempts to get rid of the lice she contracted from Todd is soaking her hair with hot sauce. She yells in pain, then put some sauce on a taco and eats it, making her breathe fire.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Tiny suggests that everyone in Harvey Street would develop superpowers like growing, or flying, or "growing and flying".
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: During Lotta's excuse for trying to avoid doing Halloween once the sun goes down:Lotta: It's getting dark, and, see, I only do daytime Halloween. You know, decorating, costumes, shoving your head into a bucket of ice-cold water for apples and almost drowning. Nice, safe stuff.
- Calvinball: Playing kickball with Harvey Street rules is essentially a never-ending game of making everything up on the spot. It isn't until the last episode of the first season that they get to finish their first match. In the following episode, Zoe admits that she purposely designed the rules this way so the kids could never win.
- Canon Foreigner: Bobby, The Bow, Fredo, Frufru, and Pinkeye were characters created for the show. Also played with, since the "Audrey", "Lotta", and "Dot" of this show are not the originals, but original characters that just happen to have the same names and similar looks.note
- Also, Audrey didn't have a sister in the comics and shorts.
- Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs: Super Sweeto Cavity Blast'Ems. It's so sweet that the commercial included the warning "This cereal will definitely cause cavities", and the product had to be taken off the market after one single hour.
- Cliffhanger: The final episode of the first season opens with the theft of the Harveson statue's hand and a threat that Harvey Street will be stolen at noon. As the kids panic over the threat and paranoia turns them against each other, the Harvey Girls discover that while they were distracted with trying to maintain order, their trailer clubhouse has been stolen... by Audrey's sister, Zoe!
- Comically Missing the Point: In "Pretty in Pinkeye", the montage of Dot giving Pinkeye a makeover includes Dot trying to brush his unkempt teeth. He takes the toothbrush... and bangs it against his teeth, not knowing how to use it at all.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: In "Cereal", the punishment for eating the whole box of Super Sweeto Cavity Blast'Ems is wearing an itchy pantsuit.
- Cry Cute: Dot in "The Secret Strife of Pets".
- Dartboard of Hate: In "War and Trees", Dot's file on the Bloogey Boys contains a picture of Melvin shooting spitballs at a firing range target that is a silhouette of Audrey.
- Distant Reaction Shot: In "While You Weren't Sleeping", the kids lighting up the neighborhood renders it visible from space.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The Harvey Kids and the other residents of the street perform the theme song.
- Dreadful Musician:
- Lotta is comically depicted as this at the end of "Cheer and Present Danger". Her piano playing and singing unintentionally antagonizes a flock of pelicans, who attack the girls and chase them away.
- In "Raccoon Hoarder Picture Show", Audrey is shown to be terrible at playing the harmonica. She uses the fact that she's self-taught as a threat.
- Dresses the Same: Lotta and Frufru end up both dressing as bunnies for Halloween in "Harveyween", though Lotta's costume is self-made and Frufru's is store-bought.
- Epic Fail: In "Weekend at Audrey's", when Audrey breaks the girls' Cuddleature, she follows Dot's instructional video on how to fix it. It takes her 68 attempts to get it looking semi-functional again.
- Even the Rats Won't Touch It: In "Trade Wreck", not even the raccoons want Melvin's sponge cake that he dyed red to pass off as red velvet.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Guess...
- Exact Words: Dot's lecture to Fluffy in "The Secret Strife of Pets", after making it live in a square of duct tape:Dot: If you must be allowed in our pristine, uninfested headquarters— (yelling to Audrey and Lotta), and I still think Fluffy should stay outside forever— (back to Fluffy) then this is your space. Do not step or shed over the line. [Fluffy hocks a hairball on her tunic] Fine. I never mentioned vomiting, so well-played.
- Excited Show Title!: Harvey Girls Forever!
- Exorcist Head: The Bow, not wearing a costume, quickly spins her head to numerous degrees in "Harveyween".
- Eye Scream:
- Poor Pinkeye, whose nickname very clearly comes from his condition.
- He also gets glitter in his good eye in "War and Trees" when the girls release a glitter-filled balloon in the Bloogey Boys' treehouse.Pinkeye: Hey! That was my good eye!
- In "Campfire Weekend", when he cries, his mucus comes out of his pinkeye.
- In "While You Weren't Sleeping" his good eye swells shut when he's sleep-deprived.
- In "The Great Brain Robbery", the first offense that Audrey lists off on Melvin's Long List of infractions is burping in her eye, causing it to burn and become red and irritated.
- At the end of "Pretty in Pinkeye", Pinkeye touches his eye to Dot's during their dance routine, causing her to contract his condition.
- Fire-Breathing Diner:
- In Lucretia's fantasy sequence at the beginning of "Clinging in the Rain", the Harvey Girls are stuck under a giant taco. Audrey's obvious solution is to eat their way out, but it's so spicy that her tongue catches fire and turns to ash. After Lucretia (as a superhero here) eats the whole thing, she lets out a small, flaming burp.
- Happens to Audrey again in "The Lice Storm"; see Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce above.
- Four-Fingered Hands
- Free-Range Children: With Audrey, Lotta, and Dot protecting Harvey Street, this isn't surprising.
- Freudian Trio: Audrey (Id), Lotta (Ego), and Dot (Superego).
- Funny Background Event: When Dot says that she has a perimeter search saved for the next time a bird of prey carries off Tiny, he appears in the background getting grabbed by a hawk. He appears in the next scene saying that he spent his morning escaping from it, and in a later scene it grabs him again.
- Fun with Acronyms: In "The Secret Strife of Pets", Dot suggests that the girls name the rodent they found Fluffy, which stands for "Furry Lost Ugly Flea Farm Yuckiness".
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Fredo and Pinkeye are often on better terms with the Harvey Girls when Melvin isn't around. Dot and Pinkeye go as far as to develop an Odd Friendship.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Audrey and Lotta want to be this in "Cereal".
- Halloween Episode: "Harveyween".
- Handy Feet: In "Harveyween", Lotta is shown to have used her feet to knit her bunny costume when her hands got tired. Later in "The Fandom Menace", she's shown using her foot to refresh her computer while trying to get Crush 4U tickets.
- I Got Bigger: In the Harvey Girls' origin episode, this is almost word-for-word Lotta's explanation how, overnight, she went from being Tiny's size and strength to The Big Girl.Lotta: I had a growth spurt.
- Impact Silhouette: In "My Sectional Romance", Dot makes this in a bush.
- Insistent Terminology: According to Dot, she's wearing a tunic, not a dress.
- It Tastes Like Feet: When Melvin eats his dyed sponge cake, he says that it tastes like math homework.
- Lampshade Hanging: Dot's attempt at observational humor includes a joke about how it seems like the cast doesn't have parents.
- Last Episode, New Character: The ending to the season 1 finale, "The Monsters Are Due On Harvey Street" reveals that Audrey has a sister.
- The Season 2 finale, "Where the Streets Have No Games", continues that by revealing that Richie Rich exists in this universe.
- Minimalist Cast: Not counting background characters, there are a total of twelve main characters.
- Mustache Vandalism: A flashback in "The Great Brain Robbery" shows Melvin doing this to the Harvey Girls' Horn-A-Corn dolls, then the girls themselves.
- Mythology Gag:
- Lotta calls her pre-growth spurt self "Little Lotta", in reference to the original character from the comics.
- When Dot gives Audrey a comic book with Audrey as a Thud and Blunder protagonist, it has the old Harvey "clown" logo in the corner like actual Harvey Comics had.
- In "Pretty in Pinkeye", Audrey's offscreen attempt at making a flaming trampoline burns her hair in a way that causes it to resemble that of her comic counterpart.
- Harvey Street itself, as well as its founder, is named after Harvey Comics.
- Zoe calls the Harvey Girls "Little Audrey", "Little Dot", and "Little Lotta", in reference to all three of their original comic incarnations.
- Named After Somebody Famous: In "Babies Day In", Lotta names the raccoon babies she takes in Sarah, Jessica, and Parker.
- Nested Ownership: Lucretia's doll of herself has its own, smaller doll.
- New Season, New Name: In season 2, the show is now called Harvey Girls Forever!
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot:
- In "Harveyween", Audrey's Halloween costume is a "vampire-zombie-ghost-werewolf".
- Lotta's character in "It's a Wonderful LARP" is a half-fairy princess, half-bunny barbarian.
- Noodle Incident:
- In "Raiders of the Lost Park", Fredo reveals that he wears his cape to hide that he somehow developed a third buttock when Stu tried to give him a wedgie and it went horribly wrong.
- "The Fandom Menace" opens with Audrey finishing telling Dot about a recent experience proving to her that hawks and goldfish don't make good roommates. Later, Audrey mentions that Zoe tricked her into buying 20 acres of land in Montana.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up
- Not in Front of the Parrot: "Wary Lotta and the Chamber of Secrets" involves the Harvey Girls trying stop Gerald's parrots from revealing Lotta's secret crush on him.
- "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Parodied in "Elder Skelter" when Frufru tells Audrey about a dream she had where she was wearing sweatpants.
- No, You: In "The Great Brain Robbery", after Melvin recovers from a life-changing Brain Freeze:Melvin: Harvey Girls, I'm so happy to see you!
Audrey: No, we're happy to see you! Wait, what?
- Ocular Gushers: Comes from Gerald in "The Monsters Are Due on Harvey Street" when he sings a sad song about saying goodbye to Harvey Street.
- Odd Friendship: Dot and Pinkeye bond over their mutual love of classical music and ballet. Though Dot is still put off by Pinkeye's gross habits.
- Of Corpse He's Alive: In "Weekend at Audrey's", Audrey accidentally breaks the girls' new Cuddleature and after putting it back together takes it to a party pretending that it still works. In the end, it turns out that all of the kids barring Lucretia were doing the same with their Cuddleatures because they break very easily.
- Only Known by Their Nickname:
- Pinkeye's real name is revealed to Hubert Mackenzie Willingham in "Cereal."
- Tiny's real name is revealed to be Tinaceous T. Tonner in "Tiny Danger."
- The Bow almost reveals her real name in "The Secret Strife of Pets", but Audrey cuts her off.
- Only One Name: Majority of the cast with a few exceptions such as Pinkeye.
- Our Founder: A golden-colored statue of the founder of Harvey Street, "Harvey H. Harveson"— it plays a crucial role in the "Harvealis" in one episode and is at the center of the conflict in the Season 1 finale.
- ...Or So I Heard: In "While You Weren't Sleeping", when the Harvey Girls plan to use the 200 Snug-Jamas that Frufru ordered to cure the sleep-deprived kids.Audrey: For once, Frufru's shopping obsession is a good thing.
Dot: (picking up one of the pairs of Snug-Jamas) Hideous.
Lotta: Why would you do that to clothes?
Audrey: Yes, they're ugly, but they're also super comfy. [chuckles] Or so I've heard.
[Lotta smiles, Dot looks incredulous]
Audrey: Okay, fine, I have a pair at home.
- Power Trio:
- Planet of Steves: The Bow names all of her pets "Ripley".The Bow: Believe it or not.
- Prehensile Hair: In "The Great Brain Robbery", Audrey's topknot turns into an arm that she prepares to punch Melvin with, but then uses to gauge his condition when he gets a serious Brain Freeze.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In "War and Trees" when Audrey demands that Melvin apologizes to Tiny:Melvin: There are two things I will never do: learn to write cursive and apologize.
Audrey: Oh, well, uh, if we're getting real, [chuckles] when I wrote "Have a great summer" in your yearbook last year, I wasn't... being... genuine!
- A bit later:
- Race Lift:
- Dot was Caucasian in the original Harvey comic books.
- Gerald was also Caucasian in the original Little Lotta comic books.
- Rain, Rain, Go Away: "Clinging in the Rain" is about the Harvey Girls being stuck in their clubhouse on a rainy day. The girls are so used to playing outdoors that they experience Cabin Fever almost immediately, so Lucretia tries to get close to them by teaching how to play indoors.
- Rascally Raccoon: The raccoons are frequent pests on Harvey Street with their constant stealing of everybody's stuff. In "Raccoon Hoarder Picture Show", the Harvey Girls decide to figure out where the raccoons are hiding at and track them to an abandoned playground. It's revealed that the raccoons steal things for their children to play with.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning:
- Audrey's eyes turn red when Pinkeye reveals that he traded for the Horn-A-Corn toys the girls wanted so Melvin can destroy them.
- Frufru twice in "FruLess".
- Dot for one moment in "Citizen Cape".
- Retraux: Every episode opens with either the Harvey Girls emblem or a mugshot of one of the girls, the latter being a throwback to cartoons in the early and mid-1900s usually opening with a mugshot of the main character.
- Rule of Three: Invoked in "It's a Wonderful LARP": Dot says that Audrey sometimes takes things too far, so Audrey challenges her to name three distinct occasions. We're shown the girls attempting to row a boat to Japan in the middle of a storm, Lotta and Dot trying to balance a massive stack of rectangular blocks with Audrey on top before the whole thing gives, and the girls running from what seems to be a failed attempt at a homemade spa.Audrey: [sighs blissfully] We have fun.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Zoe, Maria, and Stu wear matching yellow-orange, purple and white outfits, with Zoe adding light green shoes for contrast.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Melvin does this in "The Monsters Are Due on Harvey Street."
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: "My Sectional Romance" ends with the Harvey Girls and Bloogey Boys deciding to put the couch in the park because it can't fit in either the former's trailer or the latter's treehouse, then it turns out it had a wasp nest in it.
- Ship Tease: Audrey and Melvin have this at the end of "War and Trees" when they both order the same ice cream. In "The Great Brain Robbery", one of the things that Melvin planned on doing to mess with the Harvey Girls was marrying Audrey.
- Episode titles in season 1 include "War and Trees", "While You Weren't Sleeping", "The Secret Strife of Pets", "It's a Wonderful LARP", "New Kid on the Block", "My Sectional Romance", "Campfire Weekend", "Girls Just Wanna Save Fun", "FruLess", "Citizen Cape", "Tiny Danger", "A Matter of Life and BFF", "Cheer and Present Danger", "Wary Lotta & the Chamber of Secrets", "The Great Brain Robbery", "Can't Purr-y Love", "Elder Skelter", A More Perfect Reunion", "Clinging in the Rain", "Raccoon Hoarder Picture Show", "Pretty in Pinkeye", and "The Monsters Are Due on Harvey Street".
- Episode titles in season 2 include "Raiders of the Lost Park", "Weekend at Audrey's", "Boy Story", "Puzzle, Puzzle, Toil and Trouble", "Treasure of the Sierra Harvey", "Babies Day In", "The Lice Storm", "Mission: ImpossiBow", "The Fandom Menace", "Moby Dot", "The Cheer Hunter", "I Wanna Crush Your Hand", "Beyond Thunder Dot", "10 Things I Hate About Ew", "Something's Glotta Give", "Afternoon Contrite", "Can't Harvey Wait", "Bring It Prawn", "Hover, May I Board With Danger", "Free Gilly", "That Thing You Dot!", and "Where the Streets Have No Games".
- Tiny's costume in "Harveyween" is Voltron, albeit altered a bit to be symmetrical.
- At the end of "It's a Wonderful LARP", the Bloogey Boys are LARPing based on the Show Within a Show Professor When.
- In "Clinging in the Rain", Dot attempts to write a novel while stuck indoors, but all she manages to write is "All rain and no play makes Dot a dull girl." over and over. In that same episode, Lucretia approaches the girls by saying "Play with me if you want to live."
- In "My Sectional Romance," when Pinkeye is about to pelt the Harvey Girls with whip cream balloons he says this gem:Pinkeye: "Harvey Girls, come out and staaaaayyyy!"
- In "Raiders of the Lost Park", Audrey mentions that Zoe once attempted to mail her to Abu Dhabi. Later, Audrey and Zoe's competitions include "Vs." screens reminiscent of arcade fighting games.
- In "Hover, May I Board With Danger", Stu dresses up as Criss Angel in his Mindfreak attire. A part of the Mindfreak song can even be heard during it.
- Slice of Life
- Smelly Skunk: The local skunk, Billy.
- Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: An episode centers around a stray cat who appears to like everybody on Harvey Street except for Lotta.
- Speak of the Devil: In "Harveyween", there is an urban legend basically a homage of Bloody Mary called "Muddy Barry".
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Audrey and The Bow don't understand the use of the phrase "sleeping with the fishes" as a Deadly Euphemism, because "fish are solid bedtime companions."
- The Talk: In "Raiders of the Lost Park", Zoe mentions she gave this to Audrey, much to the latter's chagrin.
- ¡Three Amigos!: Audrey, Dot, and Lotta.
- To Be Continued: A modern-day take on this shows up in some episodes with a card that reads "BRB!".
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Audrey's Tomboy to Lotta's Girly Girl, leaving Dot in the middle.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her tomboyishness, Audrey enjoys glitter and boy bands as much as the other Harvey Street Girls.
- Town Girls: Lotta is Femme, Audrey is Butch, and Dot is Neither.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Melvin's is blueberry muffins.
- Troubled Fetal Position: In "Cereal", The Bow goes into this when it's discovered that the Super Sweeto Cavity Blast' Ems box is empty.
- Tuckerization: Zoe has a crush on Mike Yank from 5th period. Mike Yank is the show's story editor.
- The Un-Smile: Frufru cracks one in "FruLess" that horrifies the Harvey Girls.
- Wacky Sound Effect: In season 2, there are a lot of cartoony sound effects.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: In "The Great Brain Robbery", Melvin has a Brain Freeze-induced epiphany that leads to him trying to atone for his past actions and be nice to the Harvey Girls, but they get tired of his new personality and try to get him back to normal.
- Wham Episode: The season one finale reveals that Audrey has a sister that had no prior appearances or mention before.
- Wicked Wasps: Mentioned above, the ending of "My Sectional Romance" reveals that the reason the owners of the couch threw it out despite it being in seemingly pristine condition is that there a wasp nest in it.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: In "Elder Skelter", Audrey has to settle a dispute between Melvin and Fredo when the latter objects to the former wanting to change the "s" in the Bloogey Boys' name to a "z".
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: Not actually a Christmas Episode, but "The Great Brain Robbery" has Melvin getting a Brain Freeze and being confronted by the Scoop of Back in the Day (Lotta), the Scoop of Right Here, Right Now (Dot), and the Scoop Who's Yet to Come (Audrey), who convince him to atone for his past actions.
- You Monster!: In "The Great Brain Robbery", Lotta says this to Melvin when Audrey points out one of his many offenses is tying Lotta's stuffed bunnies into a chain.Lotta: And it was a double knot, you monster!
- Zombie Apocalypse: Parodied in "While You Weren't Sleeping"; Audrey hates nightfall hampering her plans, so the kids light up the neighborhood so they can stay up later. However, almost immediately after midnight hits, the lack of sleep causes everyone to enter a zombie-like state (except for Dot and Lotta, who took disco naps beforehand, while Audrey is temporarily able to fend it off).
- And remember kids, try not to grow up.