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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 weirdo, 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.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The entirety of "Uncaged". The episode has Bill and Gramma completely distrust Nancy for being an ex-convict and display harmful messages about her and not apologize for it. The problem is that Nancy was imprisoned for a non-violent crime and the topic of the law system in the US is a very weighty topic and it's pretty damaging for kids who have a loved one in jail for minor offences to see how despised someone who paid their debt to society is. Needless to say, many people were put off by the premise of that episode.
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  • 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 finds 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 gets away scot-away, 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 will 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.
    • 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. He seems to devolve from this as of Season 2, setting him up as an official Big Bad.
    • Benny, Kiki and Wheezie, namely for offering some of the show's funnier moments.
    • 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.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
  • 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 needing her money to pay her rent in "Flimflammed" becomes this when Chip swindles Ms. Cho into giving him the cafe, resulting in her and Cricket fired.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One episode of Muppet Babies (2018) called "Doctor Fozzie" had, well, Fozzie being a doctor. Cut to six months later, and Fozzie himself would voice a dentist.
    • In one short, Tilly calls the library to ask if they have any "kitty cat murder mystery" books, and when they don't, she suggests that they write one. Maybe she should check out Felidae?
    • Remy's voice actor, Zeno Robinson , would go onto voice Goh in the English dub of Pokemon Journeys , which came out in the United States on June 12, 2020. One month later, this show would have the episode "Grandma Driver", with Bella and Bash being expies of Jessie and James. Bonus points for Grandma's Japanese voice actress having the same Japanese voice actress as Meowth.
    • The Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Morpholomew", which is a crossover with American Dragon: Jake Long had Lao Shi (voiced by Keone Young ) briefly date Mrs. Hasagawa (voiced by Amy Hill ) . They would eventually voice Gloria's parents in this series.
  • 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!
  • Moe: Cricket and Tilly. In fact, most of the Big City kids qualify.
  • 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.
  • 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", When 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 a CPR, which he used his lips to do it.
  • Never Live It Down:
  • Older Than They Think:
    • While this isn’t the first time to have a show that portrays a countryside family that moved into a city, an example from a Hey Arnold! character, Stinky Peterson whose family once lived in the countryside and had moved into the city while living in a weathered down shack. note 
    • There's also The Beverly Hillbillies, which also had a family from the country move to the city. The feisty grandmother, especially!
  • One-Scene Wonder: The couple using ASL in "Quiet Please".
  • Spiritual Successor: Many compare it to Harvey Beaks and Clarence, due to it also being a grounded, slice-of-life show.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The Cyber Knights, who appeared in "Cyberbullies", had not returned to get the revenge against Cricket and the others.
    • There's a number of background characters that would've gotten any chance of being more notable without being a 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 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.
  • What an Idiot!: Has its own page.
  • 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.
    • Cricket becomes one in "Phoenix Rises", after Phoenix runs away.

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