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  • Adorkable:
    • Cricket's a very excitable, happy-go-lucky child, eager to learn about city life.
    • Tilly's a bit of a weird one, but you can't help but love her.
    • Nancy Green can fall into this at times when she gets really close with her kids, or tries too hard to hide something.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Whether Cricket is either a cheery country boy who wants to get everyone to know him and his family or if he is just a mischievous kid who wants to cause trouble on both sides of the fence while getting away from all the troubles he caused.
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  • Ass Pull: The set-up for "Impopstar"; Cricket just happens to be the spitting image of international pop star Zillon Brax, something that no one in Big City has ever noticed until this episode. Even Officer Keys, one of Zillon's biggest fans, never once in all his encounters with Cricket noticed the uncanny resemblance between them.
  • Awesome Art: The show sports some truly fluid animation.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The main title music (performed by "The Mowgilis") can come off nostalgic to those who find it closely similar to the main theme of Harvey Beaks, which was performed by Ego Plum.
    • The ending theme sung by Cricket's VA. Like the title music, it manages to capture that nostalgic childhood feel.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • In both sides, many find Cricket in between funny and entertaining, while detractors find him not only just annoying, but rather obnoxious as he causes trouble among in between his family and towards everyone and to point out that he is subject of Karma Houdini, as whenever he causes damage to the property in any given episodes, will often get away scot-free, especially if he's with the Greens. Green Christmas was notably the notorious one, as the episodes had listed all of the bad things that Cricket had caused throughout the last few episodes, which only give a good reason to considered him as naughty. Although others did point out that even if he did cause such a mess, he is likely to make up for the damages.
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    • While many find Tilly more tolerable than Cricket, others find her to be dull, weird, or just too one-dimensional.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In "Welcome Home", when Cricket and the others are looking a way to get to Gramma’s house, he takes a look under the manhole to see the sewer filled with alligators. Cricket quickly moves on and it's never mentioned for the remainder of the episode.
    • In "Tilly Tour", Tilly takes Gramma Alice to a place underneath the train bridge to see a cat-rat-raccoon-bird hybrid. Considering how grounded the show generally is, this stuck out as truly odd.
  • Cargo Ship: Cricket with Barry Cuda, he gets so obsessed with it, especially the song, that it annoys the family that causes them to destroy it as possible.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The coffee house barista Gloria is one of the most well-liked characters for being a relatable, sympathetic Deadpan Snarker. The love for her only increased when the show gradually revealed her Hidden Depths and had her go through a good deal of Character Development.
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    • Officer Keys is well liked for his Nice Guy personality, and for generally averting the trend of animated cops being corrupt or incompetent.
    • Chip Whistler, for his Love to Hate personality and being a solid Foil to the Greens, as well as being played by Paul Scheer. He seems to devolve from this as of Season 2, setting him up as an official Big Bad.
    • Benny, Kiki, and Weezie, namely for offering some of the show's funnier moments.
    • Gabriella Espinosa, first introduced in "Valentine's Dance", later returning in "Gabriela's Fella", namely for her sweet personality and Relationship Upgrade with Cricket, and being played by Jenna Ortega.
    • Zillon Brax from "Impopstar", given the fact he's Cricket's splitting image, and even shares his Cloudcuckoolander personality. Also his Ax-Crazy fan Amaryllis.
    • Rick from "The Van", for being a considerate nice guy. Many people felt bad for him when his van was eaten by Marcus.
  • Designated Hero: Many consider Cricket green this heavily, along with his family considering the shenanigans that harm or even ruin a lot of things in big city. That also includes Gloria's life. There's also cricket's Aesop amnesia that makes him continue his selfish and Jerkass habits.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • It shares one with Phineas and Ferb, mostly due to the fact that both are lighthearted shows taking place in a big city. It also help that Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Perry the Platypus made an appearance in the Random Rings shorts.
    • It shared one with Star vs. the Forces of Evil, after both were presented in the 2018 Comic Con, one image is a close example.
    • The creators worked on Harvey Beaks, another slice of life show with eccentric characters, which naturally caused fans of the latter to overlap.
    • The show now seems to have developed one with both DuckTales (2017), Amphibia and The Owl House, largely thanks to being heavily promoted alongside the three other shows. Though for The Owl House, it has a tendency to swing between this and Fandom Rivalry due to Greens ' Adored by the Network status.
  • Growing the Beard: A lot of people agree that the show improved near the end of Season 1, carrying on into Season 2. This is attributed to episodes focusing more on Character Development, backstories, and an increase in continuity.
  • Ho Yay: Minor recurring characters Alexander and Terry are all but explicitly stated to be a couple.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The Reveal that the Greens' house is threatened every generation becomes this in Season 2 when Chip is intent on destroying it rather than selling it, which is an even worse threat than the past.
    • Gloria's crush Kevin not showing up in "Valentine's Dance" becomes this in "Big Resolution", when she gets rejected by him.
    • Nancy liberating that dairy farm only to get arrested in "Uncaged" seems like a good crack-up, but once you find out in "Chipocalypse Now" she was doing such because the company was threatening the country farm, it becomes much sadder.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Idiot Plot: Bill suffers this big time in "Wild Side". If he had just taken Cricket out of Big City into the forest to go camping like tradition, none of the episode's events would've happened.
  • Informed Wrongness: "Urban Legend". It was Gramma's house first! She has the right to keep strangers off her property!
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Chip's Nightmare Face at the very end of "Reckoning Ball", almost with a hint of "Here's Johnny!" to boot.
    • The librarian in "Quiet Please", but especially where she almost attacks Cricket for making noise after finally finding a book his image, without him even knowing.
  • Moe: Cricket, Tilly, Remy, and many of the other kids in Big City are just so small and cute, you just can't help but want to hug them most of the time they're onscreen.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Chip crosses this in "Chipwrecked" when he takes over the coffee shop and kicks everyone out. He also plans to tear down the Green house next, which could put an end to the family's longtime legacy if they don't find a way to save it. He crosses it even further in "Chipocalypse Now" when he's banned from Big City and attempted to kill Cricket and his family out of fury.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • In "Steak Night":
      • When Cricket and Tilly spotted chewed-up gum underneath the seat, Cricket was willing to try some and stretches a wad into his mouth.
      • Tilly tried to provide some food that the rats found, which was an old moldy slice of pizza that she tried to put it in her mouth before being stopped by Bill.
    • In "Mama Bird", Tilly tried feeding like what the mother bird would do their baby chicks, by devouring a stack of worms into her mouth and literally chewing with.
    • In "Skunked", after Mark launched Cricket into the pavement from the middle of the street, Cricket accidentally crushes the cockroach that Cricket found and rescued, with Mark attempting to revive it by giving it CPR, which he used his lips to do it.
    • While at the end of the same episode, one of the skunks sprayed in his mouth, after trying to protect Gloria from getting caught. Which left an extremely bad taste.
  • Never Live It Down:
  • Periphery Demographic: This show has quite a number of adult fans.
  • Spiritual Successor: Even though this show is related to neither one of these ones, many compare it to Harvey Beaks and Clarence, due to it also being a grounded, slice-of-life show.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: It's no doubt the song "Burgs' and Fries" from "Fast Foodie" is a parody of "Be Our Guest".
    • The Barry Cuda song sounds an awful lot like it's being sung by Little Richard, with fans comparing it to either "Tutti Frutti" or "Long Tall Sally."
  • Wangst: Chip Whistler's very prone to this, justified because he's basically a spoiled little kid in the body of an adult in his 40's that is extremely selfish. An example of this is when his father told him that he'll be fired, unless he apologizes to the Green family in "Reckoning Ball", causing him to drop himself on the floor and start pounding his arms and legs while sobbing like a kind of little kid.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • There's a number of background characters that would've gotten any chance of being more notable without being used once before disappearing in the mists of time. In most cases, as a newly-introduced character, who is a voiced by guest star usually appears once, while the same happened to those not voiced by a guest star.
    • Poor Gloria. She may be part of the main cast, but hardly ever gets used in any merchandise, and has yet to appear in a single short or have her own musical number. Even after moving in with the Greens, she rarely gets involved in any of their adventures, to where Bill even lampshades this in "Sellouts" by saying he often forgets she lives with them now.
    • Poor Nancy. She may be the toughest of the Greens, but remains the only member to this day who is unaware of Chip Whistler's plot to force them out of town. Even though he's at least aware of her existence, she has not once seen him face-to-face, even in the unexpectedly dark Society-on-Edge Episode of Season 2. She does get a much bigger role in the next episode, however.
    • And where the heck was Chip's dad during the events of "Chipocalypse Now"? Did he even see Chip try to murder Cricket and his family on live TV??
    • Even after her Relationship Upgrade with Cricket, Gabriella has rarely been used, as to the point to as why she even there when writers rarely made her anything but interesting. Possibly because her voice actor was busy with her other animated Disney show and a lot of other non-Disney projects.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The show starts displaying shades of this as it becomes more and more continuity-driven, to the point even dark episodes can be interspersed.
    • In "Blood Moon", the animals (except Phoenix and Dirtbag) are turned into man-eating zombies and the Greens are almost Eaten Alive.
    • Expect a lot of this to occur whenever Chip Whistler is around, beginning S2. The largest example would be his Nightmare Face at the very end of "Reckoning Ball", while an even bigger example would be the climax of "Chipocalypse Now", where Chip becomes a complete psycho when the mayor bans him, and especially when Cricket and his family nearly die.
  • The Woobie:
    • Remy, a lonely, sheltered rich kid with controlling parents who never had friends until meeting Cricket and Tilly.
    • Tilly, particularly in "Mama Bird", where she spends the entirety of the episode trying to care for a nest of lost, baby birds, only for them to repeatedly ignore her in favor of the less responsible Cricket.
      • Also for "Cricketsitter", when she tried her best to get Cricket to listen to her and keep him out of harm's way without breaking Bill's trust.
    • Bill. A single father that often struggles to keep his chaotic family under control.
    • Gloria, who constantly has to deal with Cricket and Tilly's antics disrupting her cafe. Her Woobie status would get even worse in "Critterball Crisis", where Cricket accidentally destroys her miniature Eiffel Tower replica and nearly loses her job. Then there is "Elevator Action", where she almost left Big City. It gets much worse when she and Cricket lose their jobs and Big Coffee is closed, thanks to Cricket's feud with Chip.
    • Cricket becomes one in "Phoenix Rises", after Phoenix runs away. He becomes an even bigger example when he realizes him being led to believe Chip changed his ways led up to Big Coffee being shut down, something he ultimately feels drastically sorry for.
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