Weird Years was a Canadian series that originally aired in 2006 on YTV. The show follows the Dorkovitch family, who have immigrated from the ficitional country of Kryobia to North America and their misadventures. The family includes Donko, the eccentric plumber and father. His wife Magda, the deli butcher and mother of twins Ivan and Nadia. His ancient mother Zozo, and finally, the pet goat Rasputin.
The series was cancelled shortly afterward in 2007, with a total of 27 episodes released. The series had never been released on home video, but it can be viewed on Youtube.
Tropes that apply to this series:
- All There in the Manual: If The Other Wiki is believed, then the Dorkovitches moved to Happy Valley, Labrador.
- Camp Gay: Rasputin the goat. As revealed in "The Bears and the Bees".
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- "Infoodelity", Donko was eating food from Danny Jeng's mother rather than Zozo's food. The whole thing was treated as an affair.
- "Requiem for a Screen" treated Ivan's addiction to a computer game as if it was drugs.
- Funny Foreigner: Donko, Magda and Zozo. Averted with Ivan and Nadia since they were born in the New World.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Wingnut 5000" had Magda defeating one of the rogue robots by pulling down its undergarmets. Revealing two perculiarly placed lugnuts.
- Happily Married: Donko and Magda has a healthy relationship.
- Lethal Chef: Nadia once pointed out that while Magda is an excellent butcher, she is a terrible cook. Magda adds that none of the women in her family can cook and marry into other families for that reason.
- Only Sane Woman: Nadia seems to be the most grounded in reality compared to the rest of her family.
- Revolving Door Revolution: Kryobia's tourist slogan is "Our people are always revolting". An actual example involved a revolution that involved Yuri the Yak Herder, whom brought Kryobia in the Dark Ages with his crazy ideas, like replacing all the blue hats with red hats. Donko's father led a rebellion and was thought of the be dead, where shortly afterward Yuri was overthrown.
- Ruritania: The fictional country of Kryobia, where the Dorkovitches hailed from.
Magda: Get away from her you glitch.
- "Requiem for a Screen" has several video game shout outs, from Tomb Raider to Donkey Kong.
- "Wingnut 5000" has Magda fighting one of the robots Aliens-style
- Strip Poker: Magda and Donko was shown playing this game in a flashback, but they were caught by the twins. Since then, they were taught the opposite, Dress Up Poker.
- Supreme Chef: Zozo, which she had her own restaurant back in Kryobia in her younger days and became a celebrity chef in "Zozo Stewart".