- Adorkable: Tino. Comic lover, shrilly scream, and very awkward around his crush, Tasha.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Tish at the end of "Tish's Hair", where she reverts to her original hairstyle. There's three possible reasons: first is the one that she gives, where she simply decided she didn't like it or found it too goofy. A second possibility is that she became aware of the other kids styling it like that and pointedly went against the trend. A third is that she actually guessed that her friends were trying to tell her they didn't like it, she agreed with them and made up the excuse to spare their feelings.
- Anvilicious And how. Beyond so. But it's quite tastefully done, so even older audiences will actually think about the "lesson" and not just snigger their way through it. And they're useful lessons for someone of that age, too.
- Awesome Music: The theme song, sung by comedian/singer Wayne Brady (best known for Whose Line Is It Anyway? (which at the time was also an ABC show) and Let's Make a Deal).
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment There are a few of these in the series, but the most egregious example is the episode when Jennifer Love Hewitt pops out of absolutely nowhere to try to get Tino to develop a crush on her. What.
- Creator's Pet: While arguably the least popular of the main characters, Tish seemed to get a lot of episodes focused around her.
- Cult Classic: The series is mostly forgotten by casual viewers, but retains a strong fanbase of 2000's kids.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Tino's mother is widely regarded as one of, if not the, best mother in television history for how utterly understanding and supportive she is of her son and his friends, and the way she completely defied the Adults Are Useless trope.
- Genius Bonus: The first bad event that happens in The Awful Weekend is Tino breaking a shoelace. Breaking a shoelace is considered an omen of bad things to come.
Tish: "This is a story for all ages, it's called Oedipus Rex."
- Some of the books Tish reads are, really, not appropriate for her age.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: In "The Perfect Weekend", Tino looks around in a clothing store and finds a bin full of "Irregular Socks". He pulls out one that loosely resembles Finn the Human's trademark hat.
- In "Cry", the local pizzeria has a "futuristic"-styled machine that makes pizza and "prints" it. Such a thing exists.
- Ship Mates: For an event she planned, Tish suggests Tino/Tasha, Carver/Moira, Lor/Thompson and herself/Bluke. All of these pairings, except maybe Tish/Bluke, have been largely accepted by the fandom.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
- When Tino's fear of clowns becomes ridiculous, the gang attempt to help him get over it - by enrolling him at a nearby circus clown school. By the end of the episode, he says he hasn't gotten over his fear but he can at least live with it now. The lesson here is that being afraid of something is okay, as long as you don't let it take over your life.
- One episode has the gang arguing about whether or not Tino's memory of a childhood hang out spot is real. Tino is convinced it is, while the other three aren't. They go along with him anyway just to prove themselves right. After they fall out, Tish realises My God, What Have I Done? and points out exactly how stupid the fight was. Lor had been arguing through the whole episode about how if being right wasn't important, what was the point of tests. Tish responds "If we'd just taken a friendship test, we would have failed." They reconcile with Tino at once and, despite Tino turning out to be right, does not say he found the hangout - saving this from becoming a Broken Aesop. Essentially it straddles the line of a Captain Obvious Aesop, but it's one that a lot of people in real life should follow: sometimes who's right and who's wrong in an argument is not more important than being friends, and both parties should be willing to swallow their pride.
- "To Be Or Not To Be" - Friends don't become friends just because they have the same interests. It's perfectly fine for friends to have their own personal interests and hobbies. Tish abandons her friends when they make fun of her for being in a Shakespeare play. But the other cast members of the play ignore her and she realizes how miserable she is. And her friends still go to the play to support her anyway.
- It also had a more subtle one: just because something is outside of your normal area of interest, that doesn't mean it's boring or terrible. Tino's narration tells us he, Carver and Lor found the play quite entertaining and enjoyable, despite having come only to support Tish.
- "Super Kids" - There is plenty of time to achieve greatness but your childhood is only going to last so long, so it should be enjoyed while you can. Trip Nickerson, the so-called 'super kid' is bitter and lonely despite his bestselling book. Additionally, fame or recognition does not equal success. And likewise, success does not equal happiness.
- "Murph" - Not everyone will like you and you won't like everybody and that's okay and that you shouldn't obsess over the people that don't like you.
- An in-universe one happens when Tish conducts a study on human behaviour. She acts horribly to all her test subjects and they walk out on her. She then realises that - in a touch of Irony - she ended up as the subject of her own research; when you need someone's help, they respond better to positive reinforcement. Tino points out that it took her three days to learn "you catch more flies with honey than vinegar". Still a good lesson though.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Lor's mother, despite being the only other female in the house, doesn't have much of a presence and is rarely shown. It's her dad that gives her the pep talks.
- Values Resonance:
- Tino's mother explaining to Tino about what the meaning behind Be Yourself means — it's not "be yourself and they'll like you" because that leads to entitlement and false hope; it means be yourself because you shouldn't pretend to be something you aren't because you'll end up miserable.
- Ms. Tonitini is one of the earliest depictions in 2000s animated tv shows who was an aversion of Adults Are Useless and comedic Abusive Parents who was still able to be likable, wise, funny, well-rounded, and a good parent.
- This post explains some of the gender nonconforming attitude the four main characters had.
- Wangst: Tish's attempt at getting Tino to show emotions in "Cry":Tish: (weeps) I SPILLED MY CHUG-A-FREE-EE-EEZE!!!!Tino: Whate...okay, that wouldn't even be sad even if I HAD emotions.Tish: Of course it's sad! I ruined a $20 blouse!
YMMV / The Weekenders