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Western Animation / O'Grady

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Not easy to believe that this stuff is real
Sometimes it's kinda cool but mostly just annoying
Paranormal world, I guess it's a weird place
Kelly Osbourne, "O'Grady Theme Song"

O'Grady was an original animated series, produced and aired by Noggin as part of its nighttime programming block for teens, called "The N." The show revolved around four normal teenagers in a suburban town. In each episode, the teens must cope with a different paranormal phenomenon that they call the "Weirdness". Kevin, Abby, Harold, and Beth's lives are complicated enough, and the "Weirdness" adds a hilarious twist.


This series contains examples of:

  • Ambiguously Brown: Abby has a darker complexion than the other characters, but her heritage is never explained or hinted at.
  • Apathetic Teacher: Mr. Lipschitz is almost always emotionless when dealing with his students. When he does seem to care about his students, it's due to the Weirdness rather than genuine concern.
  • Brutal Honesty: In one episode the weirdness caused people to blurt out the truth.
  • Catholic School Girls Rule: In "Cut the Cord," Harold is partnered with a Catholic school girl named Misty for a big brother/sister program, and he tries to resist falling in love with her.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Iris, a foreign exchange student with an obsession for techno music and a love of chocolate boarding on addiction.
  • Compliment Backfire: Pete actually openly adored the new outfit Abby got at the end of one episode. Unfortunately, the weirdness that episode was forcing everyone to compliment or agree whenever they tried to talk someone down. Nobody told her that The Weirdness had worn off already, so naturally she assumed that was what was happening and took it as a grievous insult.
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  • Couch Gag: In the early episodes, Kevin and Abby open the show with different dialogue and different toppings on their pizza each week. Also, each episode begins with the O'Grady logo changing itself to correspond with The Weirdness displayed in each different episode (for example, the logo clones itself in the "Clones" episode).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually in exchanges between Kevin and Abby. But in most cases, Kevin is often the repeat snarker.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Abby does this often with Pete Klesko on purpose.
  • Drunk with Power: Phillip says this in the episode "remotes".
  • Egg Sitting: With electronic dolls, in the aptly-named episode Robo-babies.
  • Emo Teen: Derrick, the guy Abby likes in the episode, "Big Jerk on Campus".
  • Granola Girl: Beth and her mother are both obsessed with health food.
  • Maybe Ever After: It's painfully obvious Kevin and Abby have a thing for each other that they both refuse to admit. It's never fully resolved, but the end of the series finale "Frenched" features Kevin giving Abby his CD as a romantic gesture, seemingly starting a new chapter in their relationship.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Kevin and Abby are friends, but they are always arguing and trying to one-up each other.
  • Weirdness Magnet: The entire town is cursed to attract a new weird phenomenon every few days.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In one episode, Harold helps out the Driver's Ed class by convincing the teacher to show a bunch of incredibly bloody movies about the dangers of bad driving. The movies are so horrific Iris goes up to Harold at one point and calls him a sick, twisted individual.
    • Kevin does this to Beth when the school finds out she made an agreement for everyone to get new computers in exchange for going a month without sugar, without getting anyone's consent beforehand.
      Kevin: What have you done, Beth?
  • With Friends Like These...: Kevin and Abby frequently tend to screw things over for one another.