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Puppy Dog Pals is a Disney Junior show that premiered on April 14, 2017. The show is created by Harland Williams, and focuses on two pups named Bingo and Rolly who go on all sorts of adventures. Other characters include Bob (their owner), Hissy (Bob's cat, who's their friend), and ARF (the robot dog).

A second season was commissioned on August 24, 2017, followed by a third on September 7, 2018.

On October 30, 2019, a fourth (potentially final) season was announced.


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  • Abandoned Catchphrase: In the early episode "A.R.F." Hissy keeps saying "I'm okay" after falling from a great height (and presumably landing on her feet, off-screen). She hasn't said it in any other episode.
  • Absentee Actor: Bingo and Rolly are the only 2 characters to appear in every episode.
    • Hissy is absent for 5 episodes in Season 1 and a good portion of episodes in Season 2.
    • Bob was absent for two episodes, "Sham-pooch"and "Father's Day Countdown".
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Appears in "The Fang Fairy".
  • Adorkable:
    • A.R.F. has this in spades, especially with Tom Kenny voicing him.
    • Bob's excitable personality also puts him in this category.
    • Bingo and Rolly definitely qualify.
  • Adults Are Useless: In "Captain Rolly", there are several grown-up dogs at the Captain Dog convention, but none of them do anything when Cupcake and Rufus try to take over their area, or when the model monorail is damaged, leaving it up to Bingo and Rolly to save the day.
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  • Adventure Duo: The two main characters.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Pups escape through one in "The Great Shirt Rescue".
  • All There in the Script: The girl in charge of the Design A Dog store is named Sunny, but it's only mentioned in the credits and not in the episode. The same goes for the characters Chloe's mom and Shannon. Oddly enough, Tara Strong voices all of them.
    • According to the credits and closed-captioning for "A Pug-Tastic Day With Grandma", Bob's Mom's name is Rosetta, although her name has never bean said on-screen.
  • Animal Talk: Bob is unable to understand Bingo and Rolly, hearing only barks. Oddly enough, A.R.F. (who Bob built) can understand them and other animals perfectly.
  • Ascended Extra: Season 2 episodes give Chloe, while still a supporting character, more prominence. In a more literal example, Lollie and her owner Ana made two appearances (one major, the other minor) in Season 2. In Season 3, they are promoted to main cast members.
  • Animation Bump: Starting With Season 3's Christmas Episode, The Series Now Boasts Brighter Animation, Characters, And Settings.
  • Award-Bait Song: "With Friends Like These" from "Friendship Feast".
  • Badass Adorable: Both Bingo and Rolly qualify due to their persistence, flexibility, and athleticism.
  • Big "NO!": Hissy did this in "Take Me Out to the Pug Game" when Bingo and Rolly were about to throw the baseball outside through the window. She tried to catch it, but it was too late.
  • Brand X: The episode "Windy City" has Wrigley Field depicted as a generic baseball stadium with a bear mascot.
    • In "Father's Day Countdown" Busch Stadium is referred to as "The St. Louis Baseball Stadium".
  • Big Friendly Dog: "Adventures in Puppy-Sitting" introduces Baby, a puppy who is younger than Bingo and Rolly, but bigger than either of them, due to the fact that she is a Great Dane puppy. She's also very playful, and quickly makes friends with Bingo, Rolly and Hissy.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Being a bit older than the pups, Hissy tries to keep their antics in control, and quickly steps up to protect them from danger.
  • Bilingual Animal: Most animals can speak as well as make their natural sounds.
  • Birthday Episode: "Her Royal Pug-Ness" for Rosetta, "Bingo and Rolly's Birthday" for the title characters, "Bob's Birthday Wish" for Bob, "A.R.F.'s Birthday" for A.R.F., and "Keia's Birthday Balloon Bash" for Keia.
    • To a lesser extent, "Valentine's Day Mix-Up" for Bonnie.
  • Brick Joke: At the beginning of "Hissy's Big Day", Hissy briefly gets caught in a garden hose. A.R.F. tries to free her, but gets caught himself. By the episode's end, we see that A.R.F. is still tangled up in the hose.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hissy is often on the receiving end of a lot of the slapstick comedy.
  • Captain Oblivious: Every human character in the show. People usually don't mind dogs running around the city and doing weird things. They can even mistake pups for toys!
  • Catchphrase: The pups have two: "Bow to the wow!" and "On your barks, get ready!"
  • Chained to a Railway: Happens to Hissy in "Hissy's Big Day": she gets stuck on a chewing gum when a train is about to hit her.
  • Character Development: Cupcake receives this in season two.
    • In "The Fang Fairy", she actually feels bad about taking Rolly's first tooth so the fang fairy can leave her a treat, and makes amends. From then on, she is far less antagonistic toward the pups, yet still aloof.
    • In "I Heart Rufus", she hurts Rufus' feelings, leading him to spend more time with Keia, which causes her to learn to be nicer to her friends.
  • Christmas Episode:
    • "A Very Pug Christmas" in Season 1.
    • "A Santa for Bob" in Season 2.
    • "Elves for a Day! / The Dreidel Dilemma" in Season 3.
  • The City: the place main characters live in.
  • Clingy Macguffin: In "The Go-Long Retriever", Bingo and Rolly are trying to get rid of their toy, but it manages to follow them anywhere.
  • Clueless Detective: In The French Toast Connection, the detective investigating the theft of all the bread from a bakery in Paris is completely incapable of finding any clues, even overlooking a literal Trail Of Breadcrumbs.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Happens quite often to many characters, but mostly to Rolly.
  • Cool Old Guy: Bulworth, a bulldog who lives at the junk yard and often aids Bingo and Rolly.
  • Cool Old Lady: Bob's mother. She is very active for a senior, and loves to play and have fun with the pups.
  • Couch Gag: Whenever Bingo and Rolly go into the doghouse before going out on a mission, there's always a little gag they do before each mission. For example, "Putting It Together" had them all anime-esque while "Bob Loves Mona" had Bingo making a deadpan remark on Rolly chewing again.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Jackie, one of the pups' friends from the dog park, helps them on their mission in "The Great Shirt Rescue".
  • Disney Acid Sequence: A lot of the songs are accompanied by weird visuals.
  • Dog Stereotype: The two leads are plucky, fun-loving Pugs.
  • Demoted to Extra: It appears Hissy and A.R.F. may be headed in this direction, as both characters' screen time has been significantly reduced compared to Season 1.
  • Exact Words: A.R.F. is programmed to clean up every mess caused by Bingo and Rolly but won't get involved when someone else causes a mess.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Rolly spoke this way in the earlier episodes, but the lisp faded away as the series went on.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Hissy is this to Bingo and Rolly.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In "A New Pup In Town", when Keia is crawling under a fence, you can see her collar falling off.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Bob and the other human characters.
  • Fun with Acronyms: A.R.F. is short for Auto-doggy Robotic Friend.
  • Genki Girl:
    • Both Nellie the parrot and Funny Bunny are excitable and full of energy.
    • Chloe's new dog Keia (introduced in season 2) is also this.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • In "Pigs And Pugs", a beginning scene shows that Bob invented a machine to clean up Bingo and Rolly. He then says that A.R.F. will go "Whoosh!" on them, followed by a blowing sound. Granted, he's just trying to get the mud off of them and clean them up, but he pretty much said "blow job" in all but name.
    • One of the hexagon shelves in Bob's house resembles the chemical structure for LSD.
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: In "Bingo and Rolly's Birthday", the pups, intent on getting each other a great birthday gift, each trade away their favorite things in return for something that goes with their brother's favorite thing (a new spring for Bingo's Captain Dog toy launcher, and a box for Rolly's stick collection). While losing their favorite things makes them both sad, they console themselves with the knowledge that they got each other something they'd really like. Luckily for them, Hissy trades some of her own favorite things to get back the items the pups traded away, to ensure her little brothers are happy.
  • Girly Girl: Keia
  • The Glomp: Keia likes to tackle-hug Bingo and Rolly.
  • Go-to-Sleep Ending: "The Naptime Chronicles" ends With Keia, then Bingo, and finally Rolly falling asleep.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Bob's sister Bonnie wears goggles as part of her archaeologist outfit, but was never seen using them.
  • Group Picture Ending: Happens in "A Santa for Bob", with Bob and Chloe's family sharing a picture.
  • Halloween Episode: "Return to the Pumpkin Patch / Haunted Howl-oween"
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Keia wears a blue sweater.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: The episode "Bob's Birthday Wish" has a running gag where Rolly has hiccups, which threatens to blow their cover when spying on Bob's sister Bonnie. In the end, he gets rid of them only for Bingo to get them.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: One appears in "Close Encounters of a Pug Kind", able to change colors at will.
  • In a Single Bound: Lollie. Despite her disability, she is able to use her front paws to jump higher than Bingo in her debut appearance.
  • Ironic Name: "Sweetie" is a pretty strange name for a skunk.
  • Is It Something You Eat?: In "The Total Yodel", both Rolly and a deer faun the pugs meet think a yodel is a kind of food.
  • Iris Out: This is not the standard method of closing the show, but I Heart Rufus has the iris closing in the shape of a heart,
  • Kangaroo Pouch Ride: happens in "Bob's Boomerang".
  • Laser Hallway: Featured in "The Great Shirt Rescue".
  • Laughing at Your Own Jokes: At the end of "Fetch That Fish!", after Bingo and Rolly have saved their new fish sister Olivia, Bingo laughs at his joke about how their mission is "fin-ally" accomplished.
  • Manchild: It's pretty downplayed considering the target demographic, but Bob tends to get frustrated and have a very small tantrum when things go poorly.
  • Mobile Fishbowl: A literal example in "Oh Brother, Where ARF Thou?" When Olivia joins in on her family's mission to locate ARF, the machine that gives Bingo, Rolly and Hissy their mission collars provides an upgrade to her fishbowl, with a rolling ball set into the underside that allows her to travel wherever she wants.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Chloe is white on her mother's side and Chinese-American on her father's side.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Bingo and Rolly look like normal enough Pugs, but Hissy is a purple and pink cat. Her colorful design clashes with the dogs more realistic ones.
  • Only One Name: With the exception of Frank and Esther Exposition, none of the human characters' surnames are ever mentioned.
  • Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females: Inverted in "Slumber Paw-ty", where Bingo and Rolly wear full pajamas, while Hissy and Keia only wear shirts. Usually averted, since Bingo, Rolly and Hissy tend to wear no clothes at all.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Rolly once fixed his toy by hitting it.
  • Pet the Dog: Cupcake shows her kinder side in "A Very Pug Christmas".
  • Phrase Catcher: "Leave us alone, Cupcake!"
  • Rimshot: In "The Great Shirt Rescue", some of pups' jokes are followed by "ba-dum-tss".
  • Scout-Out: Chloe is part of the Nature Scouts.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Within a Show: Bingo and Rolly are fans of Captain Dog, a TV show which comprises of 2D animation.
  • Sick Episode: "ARF-CHOO!" for ARF and "The Soup Search" for Bob.
  • Sixth Ranger: Season 2 adds Keia to the main cast. She is Chloe's pet. Later, Lollie was added to the main cast who is Ana's pet.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In "Special Delivery". When Bingo and Rolly hitch a ride to Bob's mom's house in the mail truck, Bingo suggests a series of complicated maneuvers that will get them over to her mailbox so they can post Bob's Mother's Day card. Rolly instead has them hide in the mail carrier's satchel, so they can simply place the card in the mailbox as they pass by.
  • Stepford Smiler: Sunny. Very energetic and perky... until the kids go home, whereupon she drops the smile in favor of a tired frown.
  • Stout Strength: Rolly is slightly pudgier than Bingo, but is shown to be the stronger of the two on several occasions.
  • Smelly Skunk: in the episode "Sham-pooch", it is mentioned that Bingo & Folly once made friends with a skunk, who ended up accidentally spraying them. Bob gave them a bath, but they were still stinky before giving them various baths before they smelled better.
    • In "A Stinky Story", Hissy gets sprayed by a skunk (off-screen, though her screaming is heard) that wandered into her and the pups' backyard.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Hissy is the only female of the main cast, at least until Keia joined in season 2, then Lollie during the same season.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: "Turkey on the Town / Friendship Feast", a Season 3 episode.
  • Those Two Guys: The couple, Esther and Frank, who seem to show up everywhere the puppies go.
  • Title, Please!: As of Season 2, title cards no longer appear onscreen.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Hissy and Keia starting in Season 2.
  • Tomato Skunk Stink Cure: In "A Stinky Story", after Hissy gets sprayed by Sweetie, this is one of the remedies Keia attempts to get rid of the smell. Needless to say, it doesn't work out so well.
  • Vague Age:
    • Bob looks like he could be anywhere from his late 20s to early 40s.
    • Chloe looks and sounds like she could be anywhere from 5-8.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes:
    • "Valentine Surprise" in Season 2.
    • "Valentine's Day Mix-Up" in Season 3.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The show's location is rather interesting. Whenever Bingo and Rolly (and sometimes Hissy) have to go somewhere faraway like France or England, they can seemingly go there and come back within the same day even though they use a plane. Several episodes do reveal the show is set somewhere in the United States.I

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