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Left to right: Wolf, Honeybee, Beef, Judy, Ham, and Moon.

Way up here, you can breathe the air
Catch some fish
Or gaze at a bear
Wow
Hup, the Great North
Here we live, hup, hup
Here we'll stay, hup, whoo
From the longest night to longest day
In the Great North
— The theme song
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The Great North is an American Animated Sitcom created by Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, and Minty Lewis, with Loren Bouchard as one of the executive producers, for the Fox Broadcasting Company, which stars Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, and Will Forte.

The show takes place in Lone Moose, Alaska, where a single dad, Beef Tobin, juggles his life keeping his kids close together, including being involved in his only daughter Judy's artistic dreams, in the local mall.

The series had two sneak previews on January 3 and 17, 2021; the regular premiere was set for February 14 but was delayed by a rain delay of the 2021 Daytona 500. The series instead premiered on February 21, 2021, with the subsequent two episodes being made available for early release on Hulu and Fox's website.


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  • Actor Allusion: The show's first boat Couch Gag (see below) is "You Yacht-a Know", a Shout-Out to the song "You Oughta Know" by cast member Alanis Morissette.
  • Advertising by Association: The show is advertised as "from the producers of Bob's Burgers", and the artwork and animation style of the two shows are similar.
  • Animal Theme Naming: The Tobins' eldest son, Wolf, and his fiancée, Honeybee.
  • As Herself: Judy's Imaginary Friend is Alanis Morissette, who lends her own voice.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: A yeti walks behind the Tobins' boat in the opening credits (right after Ham sings "Or gaze at a bear").
  • Birthday Episode: The pilot episode takes place on Judy's sixteenth birthday.
  • Casting Gag: Alyson, the storekeeper who flirts with Beef, is voiced by Megan Mullally who is married to Beef's voice actor, Nick Offerman, in real life.
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  • Coordinated Clothes: Subtle, but "Alaska twins" Judy and Ham wear a blue coat with green pants and a green coat with blue pants respectively.
  • Couch Gag: During the intro where the Tobins are on their boat, there's another boat in water that always has a different Punny Name every episode.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The main cast sings the theme song of the show in the opening.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Beef and Ham. Meat products also show up with Beef’s catchphrase (“Hot dog!”) and Moon’s Establishing Character Moment, which has him mad about some bologna he was drying on the roof.
  • Embarrassing Animal Suit: Moon wears a bear snow suit.
  • Everybody Knew Already:
    • After his wife left him, Beef went into full denial and told his children that their mom got eaten by a bear, but they all know the truth and pretend to believe him so he doesn't have another meltdown. By the end of the first episode, he finally comes to terms with his wife leaving him and moves on.
    • Ham comes out as gay to his family, but Moon points out they already know because he already came out to them a bunch of times and he keeps forgetting.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode so far is “[Phrase X] Adventure.”
  • Light Girl, Dark Boy: Kathleen and Judy Tobin are blondes while Beef, Wolf, and Ham have reddish-brown hair.
  • LOL, 69: Alyson flirts with Beef by pointing out that the total of his purchase ends with sixty-nine cents.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Beef and Wolf are father and son, but a viewer could mistake them for brothers at first glance.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: How the town of Lone Moose was found. The early settlers of the town (who were actually headed for Florida) resorted to cannibalism to survive the winter, before realizing there was plenty of edible wildlife around.
  • Odd Name Out: Judy is the only one to have a normal name in the family where her father's name is Beef, her brothers names are Wolf, Ham, and Moon, and Wolf's fiancée's name is Honeybee.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Not now, Londra!"
  • Signs of Disrepair: A moose gets inside the Tobin's house and gets some of the balloons that spelled out "Happy Sixteenth Birthday" tangled up on his antlers, ending up spelling out "SEXI".
  • Teens Are Short: Downplayed. 16-year-old Judy and 17-year-old Ham are shorter than Beef, but only by a few inches, and both are presumably still growing (adult Wolf is slightly taller than his dad).
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Beef's description of the Tobin family as a whole in the first episode.
    Beef: From the day we chew ourselves off our mother’s umbilical cord to the day a wild animal eats us, we are fighters, born to wrestle nature itself into submission year after glorious year.

Ooh, I like the part where we say "Hup".

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