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Sit Down, Shut Up was an animated series that first aired on Fox as part of their Sunday night animation block, premiering April 19, 2009. It is based on a sitcom of the same name from Australia, which was cancelled after 1 season.

The show is about a group of oddball, misfit teachers. It follows the many misadventures they have during their work day. It uses animation superimposed on live-action background shots (similar to what The Amazing World of Gumball would do a scant two years later).

The show is created by the same people behind Arrested Development. Josh Weinstein, a creative talent for a number of years behind The Simpsons as well as his own short-lived show, Mission Hill is also involved. Many talents from Arrested Development are involved in the show as well, including many of the voice actors. When it first premiered, the pilot received mainly negative reviews from national critics. Subsequent episodes were received similarly, with its rating dropping as well. Eventually, because of its poor reception and ratings, it was canceled from airing on FOX primetime after four episodes. The rest of the episodes (along with the four episodes from primetime) aired at midnight (eastern standard time) on FOX in the months after the network cancelled MADtv and needed filler to air while waiting for the premiere of The Wanda Sykes Show. Eventually, FOX stopped airing the reruns at midnight in favor of reruns from the canceled live-action sitcom Brothers. Sit Down Shut Up aired on Comedy Central from May 2010 to July 2010, with the episodes "Pilot" and "High School Confidential" banned for reasons unknown (most likely content, even though Comedy Central has aired worse adult animated shows than this).

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From November 2014 to January 2015, the show reran on Cartoon Network's [adult swim] line-up on Sunday nights at 8:00pm EST, bumping the back-to-back episodes of King of the Hill to 8:30pm and 9:00pm.


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  • Activist Fundamentalist Antics: Miracle: "Look Larry, I'm idealistic, ok? I believe in doing things that're unrealistic, or have no effect. That's who I am."
  • Ambiguously Gay: Stuart, what with his trying to date Larry, kissing him on two different occasions and all.
  • Anything That Moves: Ennis isn't exactly picky when it comes to women. During the hurricane episode, he says he's going to "go trolling for grandmas".
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Whatever it is that Happy speaks, although he speaks perfect English in the last couple episodes.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Willard briefly becomes a dictator when most of the town is trapped in the school during a hurricane, and almost leads everyone to their deaths because he loves the power so much he'd rather die than give it up. He redeems himself in the end by going out into the flooded streets to save Miracle's baby.
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  • Bare Your Midriff: Miracle wears a short long-sleeved white shirt that opens her belly button.
  • Barefoot Loon: Miracle is a lighthearted version of this trope: ditzy, New-Agey, and perpetually barefoot.
  • Breakfast Club: Parodied on "Back in Time", along with other 80's movie cliches.
  • Body Horror: Willard's health issues, among other things he needs medication just to keep his kidneys inside his body.
  • Butt-Monkey: Willard Deutschebog, to almost uncomfortable levels. At one point, he was reduced to living inside the school bell, and considered this an upgrade.
  • Catholic School Girls Rule: Miracle is dressed like one when she goes back to high school.
  • Catch-Phrase: Strangely parodied. ("I need a catch phrase!")
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Every faculty and staff member except Sue Sezno and Larry Littlejunk.
  • Comically Missing the Point: "I was the 'Whoop-de-do Kid'." -gasp- "You were a kid?"
  • Companion Cube: Ennis and the raffle ball cage in "Miracles Are Real." He later gets it on with some windshield wipers in "High School Confidential."
    • Helen and any of her various partners. She actually prefers the company of objects or robots, probably because they can't judge her.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Principal Sue Sezno is voiced by Kenan Thompson. Yes, that Kenan Thompson.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: When the staff do a (bad) interpretation of High School Musical the sign outside on opening night refers to it as a musical three times, so it reads "High School Musical: The Musical (A Musical)".
  • Dysfunction Junction: Just about the entire school faculty and student body is completely incompetent.
  • Drugs Are Bad: The school tried to send this message in one episode by making an anti-drug special, but not only did this fail, Larry ended up in a turf war with a high-voiced drug lord named Sweetie Pie.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Larry's last name is "Littlejunk". He tries to insist on being called "Larry L".
  • Fight Clubbing: The Pillow Fight Club, down to rules 1 and 2.
    • Actually, when Sue says she thought the first rule was not to talk about Pillow Fight Club, Miracle chastises her with, "Then how are we having this conversation? Think, Sue." The first rule is actually about proper pillow stuffings.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Miracle, in typical Granola Girl fashion.
  • Fun with Subtitles: The translator whenever Happy talks.
  • Gag Boobs: On Stuart of all people (after he took Helen's estrogen medication, believing they were steroids and when he was pretending to be his own sister), which are quite bouncy.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Miracle has these in a flashback to her high school days. She wears them again when she has to actually go through high school, and again in Pillow Fight Club.
  • G-Rated Drug: Heart attacks, if you can belive it. Willard has a massive heart attack after a huge binge on candy, and has an amazing near-death experience, which sounds so incredible all the kids at the school want to have one too and begin overeating. While this is bad enough, the heart attack craze coincides with the Florida public school fitness tests which Larry desperatly wants them to pass.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Miracle, so much so every school fair she has a "mouth massage" booth that always has long lines.
  • Hippie Teacher: Miracle Grohe. Subverted in that she's a Conservative Christian, or at least a parody of one.
  • Hot for Teacher: When Miracle goes back to high school to finally graduate, she and Larry are caught kissing.
    • The Whoop-De-Do Kid Willard Deutschebog in his youth also counts.
  • Hypocrite: Sue Sezno is this on quite a few occasions.
  • The Long List: Larry's list of dying career fields in "H.S. Confidential". As this was written during the financial crisis of 2008, Larry concludes that the only careers with any future were "Sharecropper" or "butt wiper".
  • Monster Clown: Or in this case, Prison Clown. Stuart Proszackian was a clown who entertained at prisons before he was hired as an assistant principal. He demonstrated this in episode two, where in order to cheer up Larry he appears in a prison-striped clown outfit and sings "Someone Sent You A Prison Clown."
  • Noodle Incident: Naked Miracle and the Papier Mache Monkey in the Flashback that was never shown due to content issues.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Sue Sezno is a bit of a toned down version of this, but she still fits.
  • Snap Back: Certain things that happen in an episode, like Willard losing his job or being evicted from his apartment, are never mentioned in the episodes after.
  • Strawman Political: Miracle manages to be this of both the Hippie and Christian evangelicals.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Sue is not up to no good at the school's auto shop.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Miracle is supposed to be a science teacher, yet she knows very little about science.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Miracle's breast are refer to as "Miracles".
    • Actually, they're using the possessive: Miracle's Are Real
    • In the same episode, however, Ennis did refer to them as "chesticles" and "sweater puppies".
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In "Math Lab" the meth addicts were getting nauseous and just when they were about to blow chunks, the scene suddenly cuts to the main cast changing into a different clothes. Larry, hoping to show the world a negative effects of drugs, yells "wait, they cut that!?", Stuart proclaimed that it was "really gross".
    • They didn't vomit because of meth. It was because they ate the spoiled food Miracle and Willard prepared.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Miracle's storage space for the student starvation drive.
    • As well as Sue's for the Willard Death Pool and her raffle ticket.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Larry and Miracle are set up for this.
    • Helen and Andrew, too, especially in the last episode's break-up-make-up plot. Andrew: "If you were a woman or even a man, I'd totally kiss you." Helen: "And if you were a robot or a chair, I'd consider it."

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