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It's great up here.note 

Way up here, you can breathe the air
Catch some fish
Or gaze at a bear
Hup, the Great North
Here we live, hup, hup
Here we'll stay, hup, whoo
From longest night to longest day
In the Great North
— The theme song

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.


Hup! The Great North provides examples of:

  • 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.
    • In "Keep Beef-lievin' Adventure", when Beef sees Moon looking sad, he tells him "that's an awful long face, son. You sure you're not part horse?" His voice actress, Aparna Nancherla, previously voiced a horse girl named Hollyhock in Bojack Horseman.
  • 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:
    • In the first season, a white yeti walks behind the Tobins' boat in the opening credits (right after Ham sings "Or gaze at a bear"). In the second season opening, it's a brown Bigfoot carrying a purple keytar.
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    • As explored in the Cryptid Episode "Keep Beef-lievin' Adventure," looking for Bigfoot is a big deal for the Tobin family and many Lone Moose citizens. Jerry also gets a job dressing up as Bigfoot for local parties. (Also, Moon insists on calling it Bigfoot because "Sasquatch" sounds too much like "ass crotch.")
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evolving Credits: The second season introduces many changes to the title sequence:
    • The backgrounds are much more detailed, particularly the sky and mountains.
    • A Sasquatch holding a keytar walks by in the background, rather than the Yeti seen in the first season.
    • Honeybee, rather than leaning forward with her arms around Wolf, stands next to Beef, showing that she's an official family member now.
    • Ham no longer has his eyes closed in the photo.
    • The ending shot is of the whole family playing a board game together, rather than doing different things in the same room.
    • In the Season 2 holiday episode "Dip The Halls Adventure" opening credits, the porch railing has multicolored Christmas lights wrapped around it, and stockings are hung up over the fireplace.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Ham has his eyes closed in the picture the family takes during the first season opening credits. They're open in the second season.
  • Funny Background Event: In the opening sequence, as the characters gaze at a bear in the foreground, a yeti/sasquatch walks behind them in the far background.
  • Funny Photo Phrase: At the end of "My Fart Will Go On Adventure", right before the Tobins and the Shaws are about to take a photo, Judy says, "Okay, on three! Everyone say, 'Today turned out perfectly and we didn't even have to do the shadow wedding, which is a good move cuz mom didn't even end up throwing up'!" The camera goes off before anyone else can say that, though.
  • Hippie Name: Moon.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode so far is “[Phrase X] Adventure.”
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In "Curl Interrupted Adventure," Judy refuses to put Delmar in because he's super old. She mainly does it out of arrogance because she wants to win and she thinks he's holding them back, but when Beef overrules Judy and has Delmar throw, he gets carried away by the stone and breaks his hip.
  • Kissing Cousins: In episode 6, Ham is excited about taking his cousin Becca to the school dance. Although, he only wanted to just in case all the boys would be taken (he's gay).
  • Light Girl, Dark Boy: Kathleen and Judy Tobin are blondes while Beef, Wolf, and Ham have reddish-brown hair and Moon has very dark 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. Beef's own brother is named Brian.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Not now, Londra!"
  • Quirky Town: More or less everyone who lives in or visits Lone Moose has some odd tendencies and customs.
  • 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 about a head and half a head respectively shorter than Beef, and both are at the age where they should be done growing, but it could be justified if their mother is shorter and they take after her (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".

We Literally Hate You

Judy tries to ensure Beef that she wouldn't use the word "hate" to describe people's feeling towards Beef, someone outside their R.V. threw an egg at their window and tells them they literally hate him.

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