The show focuses on a young boy named Justin, his Imaginary Friend Squidgy and their friend, a girl named Olive. In each episode Justin faces some type of problem or issue. Then Olive will take Justin and Squidgy on an adventure through different cultures, countries and time periods. The adventure somehow leads Justin to the solution to his problem. Then he and Squidgy return home to fix whatever triggered the adventure in the first place.
Beginning on June 24, Netflix has commissioned Justin Time GO!, a new version of the series described as follows: "A young boy's imagination takes him throughout the world and history, where he learns life lessons and has tons of fun with two make-believe friends."
Justin Time features examples of...
- Ambiguously Brown: Olive may be Asian, or part Asian. It's hard to tell with the animation and it's never elaborated upon.
- Anachronism Stew: The show does occasionally fall into this, in spite of its best efforts.
- Designated Villain: Sammy has in universe examples whenever he shows up in Justin's imagined adventures. Though more ignorant or antagonistic than villainous, and more than once genuinely misunderstood, an aliased version of Sammy will show up and often be the crux example for the lesson to be learned. Occasionally, he represents the frustrations that Justin is having at the time, but alias-Sammy will always part with Justin on good terms in the end.
- Of note, so far, this is the only time that Sammy interacts with Olive and Squidgy; he'll never do so out side of an adventure, not even with Squidgy.
- Cheerful Child: Justin.
- The Faceless: Justin's parents.
- Averted with Justin's mom, who does appear on screen sometimes. Though when she does, she has a bad case of the Uncanny Valley. Same with Justin's dad.
- Girlish Pigtails: Olive.
- Iconic Outfit: Justin wears shorts in all situations. In the snow he more or less wears an odd male variation of Tights Under Shorts.
- Imaginary Friend: Squidgy. And Olive. It starts to fall into Fridge Horror a little when you realize Justin has no friends that are real...at least that we've seen.
- Though, in "Hoedown Hootenanny, he mentions he's going to go see some friends in the park. In "Go!", he gains a consistently showcased new friend in Sammy.
- A bit averted here. Squidgy is usually not seen when Justin's parents are around. To put it that way, this trope actually fits.
- Keet: Squidgy. Sammy, too, in his best moments.
- Leitmotif: Each of the three main characters gets a short one in the opening credits.
- Luminescent Blush: In the episode "Marcello's Meatballs," Justin and Squidgy congratulate Olive for making a really tasty spaghetti dish and she visibly blushes, averting her gaze away from Justin. She then smiles at him and he smiles back.
- Master Actor: When he shows up, Sammy can play well with whatever role that Justin's adventures might take him. He's been an outlaw, an overconfident famous Skier, a Dastardly Whiplash in a bowler hat, a great Russian thief, and a misunderstood squire with his heart in the right place, to name a handful of examples.
- Magic Skirt: Olive turns this into an art form. The most notable example is when she did this in a hula skirt, despite being dragged across a beach.
- Most Writers Are Adults: Justin is supposed to be 6 and 1/2 years old. And yet, when he goes on adventures with Olive, the two tend to act a good deal older than they're supposed to be, especially Olive.
- Mr. Imagination: Justin.
- Miss Exposition: Olive.
- Pun-Based Title: A direct-to-DVD movie shares the same name, and a book in the Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger uses the same pun — It's Justin Time, Amber Brown.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Squidgy.
- About two other cartoon animals—and counting—share this trait. (Both are not on Sprout Channel nor are they affiliated with NBC Kids whatsoever.) And might I add that Squidgy will talk to any animal but snakes—he hates snakes. See Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? below.
- Title Theme Tune: "Around the world / Together we're Justin Time!"
- Viewers Are Goldfish: Justin certainly seems to be. The lesson of the day is done at least twice in each episode: once at Justin's home and once during the adventure.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes??: Squidgy. Subverted because of his major fear of snakes.
- Youthful Freckles: Olive.