The Loop (TV)
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Currently, there have been 5 series and 2 specials.
This work contains examples of:
- A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: Just about, but it's the older sister who has the baby.
- Action Mom: JANICE. Technically a Badass Grandma.
- Also her mother Madge, making her a Badass Great-Grandma.
- Adorkable: Liam
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Les/Leslie should count as one of these, but Liam thinks overwise.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Michael in the first three series.
- Anything That Moves: Donald and Jacqeline. And the Spanish bartender, Mateo.
- Blatant Lies: Pretty much EVERYTHING that comes out of Geoff's mouth. Somewhat subverted in the fact that he does actually seem to have a degree of success in his lies, such as everything to his mother and the claim of knowing 5 languages.
- British Accents: Unsurprisingly, as the town the series is set in is almost entirely populated by tourists and expats even in Real Life.
- British Brevity: Each series is only 6 episodes long, apart from Season 2, which is 8 episodes. 9 if you count the special that follows directly on from it.
- Calling the Old Woman Out: Micheal delivers a verbal smackdown to his grandmother Madge pointing out that reason she's horrible to others isn't because she's old but because she is genuinely a nasty person.
- Camp Gay: Kenneth.
- Casanova: Mateo.
- Character Focus
- Chivalrous Pervert: Weirdly, Donald and Jaqueline. They do seem to care about people despite thier Anything That Moves mentality, and are some of the nicer people in the cast.
- Christmas Episode
- Contrived Coincidence: Over five series and two specials, everyone seems to go on holiday at the same time, on the same days. Granted, some of them are staying for two weeks, which gives a larger margin for error in some cases, but it's still there.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mick, Madge, Gavin, Janey...let's just say everyone.
- Disability as an Excuse For Jerkassery: Madge probably only gets away with many of the things she says because she's elderly and in a mobility scooter all the time. Though she doesn't really need the scooter as she's not really infirm, she's just lazy.
- Double Entendre: Almost everything Donald and Jacqueline say.
- Family Business: After Madge and Mel get married, and Mel later dies, Mel's sunbed business looks like becoming this.
- Family Disunion: There are so many arguments!
- Fan Disservice: A big part of the show involves seeing fat and unattractive people in swimsuits...just like holidays in real life.
- Flair Bartending: Mateo attempts this. He smashes every bottle he juggles, but acts like nothing's happened.
- Funny Foreigner
- Giftedly Bad: A lot of the karaoke singers - just like in Real Life - when it's not being played for hearwarming, that is.
- Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: Martin in Series 3.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Largely averted with Mateo, who generally uses Spanish during seduction attempts.
- Hand or Object Underwear: Goes hand-in-hand with the example further down.
- Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Ocassionally.
- Hypocrite: A lot the characters a lot of the time, but a shining example happens as a Continuity Nod in the fourth series. In Series 2, Mick was in massive financial trouble, but when Janice got on at him about it, he kept saying things to the effect of "We're on holiday, we can just push it aside for now". Fast forward to Series 4, and he's deriving quite great enjoyment from Madge being in the same boat.
- Innocent Innuendo: Madge confuses Beef Medallions with beef curtains. Mick's reaction to this is utterly hilarious.
- Insult to Rocks: When Liam is compared to "One of those rats who can't get out a maze but keeps trying", Natalie is scolded and told "But rats are intelligent."
- I Take Offense to That Last One: When Martin gives his Reason You Suck Speech to Brandy, She seems pretty unfazed until he calls her unattractive.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Janey's young male admirer, who seems blind to the fact she's already married.
- Lower Class Lout: Mick can easily into this trope; he was a benefit's cheat claiming disability allowance falsely for years, and is incredibly tight with his money, usually only doing something outside the hotel if it's free.
- Multigenerational Household: Grandparents, parents and children all going on holiday together.
- Mood Whiplash: The end of the Christmas Special contrasts wildly with all funny scenes that came prior.
- Naked People Are Funny
- Naked People Trapped Outside: Mateo, after a rather vigorous waxing session.
- Not to mention Martin in series 3.
- Need a Hand - or A Handjob? : Hilariously played with with Mateo in series 4.
- Never Gets Drunk: Most of the characters, despite the all-inclusive bar leading to them all drinking to excess regularly. Hangover on the other hand kicks in all the time.
- Averted in Season 4 with Maureen's daughter Maureen.
- Pool Scene - Multiple times an episode - the pool is the main characters' hangout of choice.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Madge uses her age as an excuse to be horrible to others, which her grandson eventuall points out has more to do with her being just a nasty person than being old.
- Stalker with a Crush: Jack towards Janice. It gets quite creepy in series 5.
- Spit Take: Done by Mick. See Accidental Innuendo.
- The Character Died with Him: Mel in Series 4.
- Teen Pregnancy: 'Telle in Series 1
- Vacation Episode: Every episode, unsurprisingly.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Heavily Invoked in the case of Les/Leslie. He is quite probably the nicest, least selfish and least confrontational person in the entire cast.
- World of Snark
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