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(1991–1994)

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Man-O-Steel Man is an obvious reference to the real comic book hero, Superman.
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The Funnie's neighbors are the Dinks. Their name stems from the acronym D.I.N.K. which stands for "double income, no kids". This is a slang term that refers to a childless couple where both people work and are, therefore, more affluent than families with dependents.
Doug's vice principal Mr. Bone is based on Don Knotts.
Doug is left-handed.
Doug's favorite band, "The Beets", is an obvious reference to The Beatles, most notably the lead singer (who bears a striking resemblance to John Lennon) and the drummer (who bears a similar resemblance to Ringo Starr)
The origin of the character Patti Mayonnaise is the combination of the names of two girls Jim Jinkins had a crush on in school.
Originated as a book called "Doug Got a New Pair of Shoes".
In the pilot episode, Doug originally wrote in a "diary", instead of a "journal". In later episodes Doug would get annoyed whenever another character referred to his journal as a diary.
A poster above Doug's bed shown prominently in many episodes features a sinking ship with the phrase "LOOSE LIPS..." emblazoned above the ship. This is actually a famous World War II-era propaganda poster, depicting a sinking ship with the words "LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS" discouraging civilians from carelessly talking about friends or relatives fighting abroad, as supporters of the enemy could overhear conversations and relay any useful information from the conversation, such as troop position and formation, to the enemy's advantage.
The name of Doug's unseen principal, Mr. Buttsavich, was the name of Jim Jinkins' elementary school principal.
The character of Skunky Beaumont is mentioned frequently in the old Nickelodeon episodes but never actually appears. He DOES appear in the later Disney-produced episodes, however.
In the episode where Doug and Skeeter form a garage band, they wear oversized suits to a gig at a birthday party, a homage to the Big Suit worn by David Byrne of the Talking Heads in Stop Making Sense (1984).
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Two obvious Richmond refrences (where creator Jim Jinkins was born) include: Moody School (Moody Middle School in Henrico County) and Four Leaf Clover Mall (Cloverleaf Mall in Richmond, Virginia).
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Sometimes, Doug would write up comic books of himself when he "daydreams". One of them is Quail Man, though not a reference to any pre-existing comic book hero, but Quail Man wears his underwear over his pants, poking fun at most heroes in comic books that have an "underwear" shape design on their costumes.
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Doug moves to 21 Jumbo Street, the street is named after the production company, Jumbo Pictures Inc.
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Judy Funnie's name may come from the poem "Shakespeare's Sister" written by Virginia Woolf. In the poem, Woolf states that if Shakespeare had had a sister, her name would have been Judith. Furthermore, Shakespeare himself had a daughter named Judith. Since Judy Funnie is obsessed with Shakespearean plays, it is possible that this is why her name is Judy.
In the episode where Skeeter moves into his basement, and all subsequent episodes, one of the posters on his walls is the Jumbo Pictures logo.
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Skeeter's address is 1492 Ocean Blue. This is a play on the old "In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue" rhyme.
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The appearances of Doug an Pork Chop are based on animated characters in a commercial for the USA Network.

In the commercial, a guy who looks like Doug is completing a bank of TV's in the shape of the United States. He puts the last one on with a grunt of effort. Then his dog hits the remote, and "USA Network" appears on the monitors. The dog gets very excited and runs into the next screen, where he points out whatever the network's slogan was at the time. The dog is a lot smaller and differently proportioned than Pork Chop, but the similarities to Doug's appearance are undeniable.
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When Doug returns from his grandmother's house, the bus line he returns on is called Beagle, an obvious parody of Greyhound (both are dog breeds.)
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The movie character Smash Adams is based on James Bond.
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The number 47 is referenced numerous times. For example, it is Doug's locker number, it's used on many street signs, and the liver and onions meal is meal #47 on the restaurant's menu.
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The only of three original Nicktoons not to star Cheryl Chase.
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Nematodes are mentioned in many different Nickelodeon cartoons, including "Doug" "Ren & Stimpy" "Hey Arnold!" "Aah! Real Monsters!" And "Sponge Bob Square Pants"
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