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  • Cargo Ship: Manny and his Robot. It's almost canon.
  • Ear Worm: Some of the songs can become this.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Danny Rebus, due to his dramatic personality, being the most sympathetic of the Pranksters, and his actor's skills.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Three episodes in a row (the last three of Season 1) seem to give off a shared aesop of "Never trust or befriend anyone who has been bad but seems to have changed his ways, since they'll always turn out to still be douches in the end."
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    • The episode about Lisa's colonial ancestor, who was believed to be a traitor. It looks like it's shaping up to deliver the reasonable aesop that if an ancestor or family member does wrong, it doesn't mean that you are a bad person. But nope, Lisa's ancestor is revealed to have been a hero all along, which leaves one with the impression that having an ancestor or family member who did something wrong is a horrible fate and shouldn't ever happen to a good person.
  • Ho Yay: Not unheard of, but never explicit or likely intentional, given the show's intended target audience. Notably, when Hector and Danny become friends (it doesn't last), Danny is rather... possessive of Hector.
  • Les Yay / Foe Yay: There is a surprising amount of Lisa/Annie shipping going on.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Who would've thought that the Lin-Manuel Miranda guy who wrote Theatre/Hamilton would teach you English through rapping?
    • And how Danny Rebus would eventually become Chidi.
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    • And how Hector Ruiz would eventually become Prometheus.
  • Rooting for the Empire: The members of the Pranksters (except for maybe Francine) are arguably much more entertaining to watch than the members of the Electric Company.
  • The Scrappy: Marcus Barnes, due to
    • 1. being brought in right when Lisa left the show,
    • 2. being decidedly similar to Keith when he got the power, and
    • 3. his actor, who is thought by many to be extremely annoying.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Fans of the original thought a revival sounded promising, as the 1970s version used both short and long segments to deliver both knowledge and entertainment at no cost to either...but then they heard about all the changes, especially the part about using full-on stories and actually requiring the viewer to pay attention throughout. (Although to be fair to the new show, the fact they want viewers to increase their attention spans is actually a pretty noble cause.)
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  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The Title Sequence got an Emmy for this in 2011.
  • What an Idiot!: The Pranksters. They're supposed to be evil, but their only ambition is (as stated in the pilot) to "take over the neighborhood". The town/city, fine, as at least then you've got at least one position of actual power from which you can try to bring other places under your control...but the neighborhood?!
    • Francine alone has these moments a lot.
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