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Run of the Mills is a Cartoon Network original animated television series. It was created by Dynasti Noble.

Summary

Two parents, a stay-at-home dad and a nurse, struggle to deal with the lives of having 19 kids in Zuckerman, Texas, a fictionalized version of Houston.

Characters

Main

  • Samuel Duck Mills, Jr. (voiced by Tom Kenny) is the father of the bunch and even a stay-at-home one. It is revealed that he is named after his grandfather, Samuel Duck Mills. He is the oldest of four siblings: fraternal twin Pamela, Kenneth, Daphne, and P.J. (Patrick Joshua). He is 52 years old. He was born in Tanner, Ohio.
  • Alyson Felicity Mills (née Beals) (voiced by Danielle Fishel) is the mother of the bunch and a nurse. She is the only member of the Mills family who doesn't have the first name that start with S and a middle name that starts with D. She is born in Clover, Vermont. She had eleven siblings: Harriet, Lincoln, Pearl, Garfield, Yvonne, Arthur, Peggy Kate, Cole, Diane, Lawrence, and Joy-Anna, who currently died from epilepsy in her sleep 2 years after Shiloh was born. When she was 18 years old, she first gave birth to oldest child Sarah. She is 51 years old. In "Aunt Pearl", she has come from a long line of large families.
  • Susan Daniella Mills (voiced by Isabella Acres) is the eleventh child of Samuel and Alyson. She is 17 years old. She is diagnosed with OCD at age 7 and is very germaphobic. She spends months wearing surgical gloves. She has the same brain mixed with Petunia from Happy Tree Friends.
  • Stephanie Dawn Mills (voiced by Eva Bella) is the twelfth child of Samuel and Alyson. She is 16 years old. In "Coming Out of the Closet", Stephanie admits that she is bisexual.
  • Sebastian Derek Mills (voiced by Sean Giambrone) is the thirteenth child of Samuel and Alyson. He is 14 years old. He is diagnosed with autism at age 5.
  • Shiloh Deborah Mills (voiced by Lily Mae Silverstein) is the fourteenth child of Samuel and Alyson. She is 12 years old. She keeps a retainer on her teeth at age 11.
  • Sean Dennis Mills (voiced by Hudson West) is the fifteenth child of Samuel and Alyson. He is 10 years old.
  • Simon Dean Mills (voiced by Finn Carr) is the sixteenth child of Samuel and Alyson. He is 8 years old and is the fraternal twin brother of Sadie. He, like her sister, is diagnosed with ADHD at age 5. He is a few minutes older than Sadie.
  • Sadie Delilah Mills (voiced by Madeleine McGraw) is the seventeenth child of Samuel and Alyson. She is 8 years old and is the fraternal twin sister of Simon. She, like her brother, is diagnosed with ADHD at age 5. She is a few minutes younger than Simon.
  • Shane Dexter Mills (voiced by O'Neill Monahan) is the eighteenth child of Samuel and Alyson. He is 7 years old.
  • Sophia Dakota Mills (voiced by Naomi Hansen) is the nineteenth child of Samuel and Alyson. She is 5 years old.
  • Sawyer Declan Mills is the upcoming baby son and the twentieth child of Samuel and Alyson. In the season finale, "The 20th Child", he makes his debut as a newborn baby.

Recurring

  • Sarah Destiny Ward (née Mills) (voiced by Ashley Johnson) is the oldest daughter of Samuel and Alyson. She had a husband named Lucas and had two kids: Isabelle and Ginger. She is 31 years old and works as a fast food restaurant employee.
  • Samuel Duck Mills III (voiced by Scott Menville) is the second child of Samuel and Alyson. He had a wife named Jahruti. He is 30 years old and works as an elementary school teacher.
  • Sierra Dianne Stein (née Mills) (voiced by Maia Mitchell) is the third child of Samuel and Alyson. She had a husband named Gregory. She is 28 years old and works at a shopping mall.
  • Savannah Dana Brinski (née Mills) (voiced by Kat Cressida) is the fourth child of Samuel and Alyson. She had a husband named Franklin. She is 26 years old and works as a nail salon employee.
  • Stuart Donovan Mills (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is the fifth child of Samuel and Alyson. He had a wife named Yuri. He is 25 years old.
  • Scott Dominic Mills (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) is the sixth child of Samuel and Alyson. He had a wife named Katherine. He is 24 years old.
  • Silas Dylan Vaughan (née Mills) (voiced by Jason Ritter) is the seventh child of Samuel and Alyson. He had a wife named Amelia. He is 22 years old.
  • Sheila Daisy Perez (née Mills) (voiced by Lauren Lapkus) is the eighth child of Samuel and Alyson. She had a husband named Pablo. She is 21 years old.
  • Spencer David Mills (voiced by Max Burkholder) is the ninth child of Samuel and Alyson. He had a wife named Hayleigh. He is 19 years old.
  • Steven Damien Mills (voiced by Jonathan Morgan Heit) is the tenth child of Samuel and Alyson. He had a wife named Zara. He is 18 years old.
  • Aiden Delany (voiced by Sean Marquette) is Sarah's nonbinary husband. He is an Irish Catholic.
  • Teagan Delany (voiced by Rylee Alazraqui) is Sarah and Aiden's oldest daughter. She is 9 years old.
  • Kevin Delany (voiced by Dexter Hobert) is Sarah and Aiden's son and the middle child. He is 7 years old.
  • Clover Delany (voiced by Juju Journey Brener) is Sarah and Aiden's youngest daughter. She is 3 years old.
  • Jahruti Mills (née Appa) (voiced by Aparna Nancherla) is Samuel's Indian-American wife.
  • Gregory Stein (voiced by Phil LaMarr) is Sierra's African-American husband who loves sports and rap music.
  • Franklin Brinski (voiced by Jeremy Shada) is Sophia's husband.
  • Yuri Mills (née Okashi) (voiced by Anna Akana) is Stuart's Japanese-American wife.
  • Katherine Mills (née Cooper) (voiced by Debi Derryberry) is Scott's wife.
  • Amelia Mills (née Vaughan) (voiced by Ariel Winter) is Silas' wife.
  • Pablo Perez (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama) is Sheila's Hispanic husband.
  • Hayleigh Mills (née Willard) (voiced by Grey DeLisle) is Spencer's wife.
  • Zara Mills (née Barrett) (voiced by T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh) is Steven's African-American wife.
  • Josephine Joy "Jojo" Barrett (voiced by Willow Smith) is Zara's 16-year-old sister.
  • Day'Marr Barrett (voiced by Caleb McLaughlin) is Zara's 13-year-old brother who plays the saxophone.

Minor

  • Pamela Ewing (née Mills) (voiced by Tori Spelling) is the fraternal twin sister of Samuel, Jr. She decided to stay with the Mills family because her siblings (excluding Samuel, Jr.) recently moved to different states so that they can find better jobs. She is now recently divorced and her husband, Eugene works as a real estate owner who recently stayed in Layton, Ohio, the place where Samuel, Jr. and his siblings were born in.
  • Bridget Liu (née Ewing) (voiced by Vanessa Marshall) is the daughter of Pamela and the cousin of the Mills children who works as a high school teacher. She is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and happens to be 29 years old. She is now married to Jin Liu, an Asian-American who is of Chinese descent whose job as an artist at an art museum. They recently moved to Brighton Hills, Kentucky.
  • Jin Liu (voiced by Matthew Moy) is Bridget's husband who works at an art museum.
  • Cho Liu (voiced by Haley Tju) is Bridget and Jin's 10-year-old daughter.
  • Khan Liu (voiced by Matthew Zhang) is Bridget and Jin's 8-year-old son.
  • Ming-Ming Liu (voiced by Lauren Tom) is Bridget and Jin's 7-year-old daughter.
  • Xao Liu (voiced by Ian Chen) is Bridget and Jin's 4-year-old son.
  • Hillary Beals (née Convey) (voiced by Jennifer Coolidge) is Alyson's mother who has 12 children. Her husband, Irving died from a stomach virus at an older age and started grieving over his death.
    • Yvonne: April 5, 1973
    • Arthur: July 13, 1976
    • Peggy Kate: October 10, 1979
    • Cole: March 8, 1981
    • Diane: August 4, 1984
    • Lawrence and Joy-Anna: April 1, 1986

Character Gallery

List of episodes

List of Run of the Mills episodes

Tropes

[_] = Spoilers!

  • A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: It all started where Alyson and Samuel Jr. had two children and a baby, until they had more children.
    • Flashback to [before Joy-Anna dies], she and Felix had a girl, a boy and a baby girl.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Aerith and Bob: Felix and Joy-Anna children's are named Tatiana, Orville and Crimson, with Crimson being a non-common name.
  • Alliterative Family: Samuel, Jr. named all of his children with first names that start with S and middle names start with D.
  • All There in the Manual:
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Sophia teases her older siblings by singing in a mocking tone as she blows a raspberry to her. (e.g. "Yooo-ooou suuu-uuuck!")
  • Arson, Murder and Jaywalking: Stephanie admits that Steven exposes pedophiles, sick pricks, and possible rapists, is against gaming companies scamming people and loves kittens.
  • Berserk Button: Steven usually comes pissed off when someone comes into his bedroom, specifically Susan and Stephanie, unless Spencer comes in.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Steven can be nice, but if you come into his room, he will get angry at you.
  • Bi the Way: Stephanie, somehow. In "Coming Out of the Closet", she has two love interests: Marjorie Crampton and Lars Ferris.
  • Big Brother Bully: Subverted with Shane III, Stuart, Scott, Silas, Spencer, and Steven. Shane III is a jerkass towards his younger siblings, Stuart, Scott and Silas fight with each other, Spencer is very obnoxious towards Steven and Steven usually gets mad whoever comes into his room.

Steven: Actually, me and my older brothers are not jerks anymore. Shane III can be bossy, Stuart, Scott and Silas argue, Spencer is a huge jerk towards me and I get mad whenever someone comes into my room.

  • Big Brother Instinct: The older male Mills children are polite and caring towards their younger siblings while Shane has a tendency to take care of Sawyer.
  • Cool Old Guy: Hillary's husband [before he died].
  • Disco Dan / Fan of the Past: Alyson's siblings are, in fact, obsessed with anything from the past decades they grew up with such as growing up with TV shows, movies, video games, books and cartoons from said past decades. (e.g. Alyson grew up with '70s and '80s cartoons and music, Harriet is a fan of the '60s and '70s, Yvonne is obsessed with the '80s and '90s, Peggy Kate and Cole are huge '90s kids, Lawrence and Joy-Anna are children of the late '90s to early 2000s)
  • Embarassing Nickname: Harriet is being called "Harry", Stephanie is being called "Steph", Ashleigh is being called "Asher" or just "Ash" and Bridget is being called "Bridge".
  • Expy:
  • Family Theme Naming: Same as Alliterative Family.
  • Gender-Bender Name: Franklin's name is usually "Frankie" and "Frances", since it was a girl's name.
    • Sheila's roommate is named Ashleigh, nicknamed as "Asher" or just "Ash".
  • Hallucinations: [Joy-Anna is, in fact, a hallucination and a figment of Alyson's imagination.]
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Whatever Happened to Joy-Anna?", Lawrence and Joy-Anna poke fun of Soapmuel Sphereshorts (a parody of Spongebob Squarepants) for being born in 1986 even though they are, in fact, born the same year Soapmuel was born in.

Joy-Anna: What kind of bar of soap can be born in 1986? How dumb!

Lawrence: Yeah. This show is too corny. He is 12 when he gets a job at the Trusty Slab and 13 when he learns how to drive a boat! Soapmuel looks like an adult!

    • In "Eighteen Candles", Susan calls out her younger siblings for not doing things on what adults should be doing (such as drinking alcohol, using explicit language, watching R-rated movies, etc.), yet she does the things adults are doing.

Susan: You underage brats are not allowed to be doing on what adults like me, my older siblings and my parents do!

    • In "Church", Sophia teases her by calling her a "bloody braceface", but Stephanie tells her stop calling her that as she (Stephanie) calls her (Sophia) an "annoying brat".

Sophia: You're on your period! (singsongs mockingly) You're a bloody braceface! [blows raspberry]

Stephanie: STOP CALLING ME THAT YOU ANNOYING BRAT!

Sophia: Never, you poo-poo butt!

Stephanie: That's it! I'm telling mom and dad!

    • "The First Day of Being a Teenager" had this in a same vein as "Eighteen Candles". Shiloh starts criticizing her younger siblings for being underaged and are not allowed to wear make-up, fishnets, high heels and have iPhones, yet she has an iPhone, wears high heels, fishnets, and make-up. Later on, she criticized a 12-year-old student for not having an iPhone despite the fact that she has one.

Shiloh: You're 12 and you don't have an iPhone? Pathetic! I got an iPhone for my 13th birthday! You don't need one because iPhones are for teenagers only! You can only be 13 years old if you have an iPhone!

  • Invisible to Normals: [Joy-Anna, who appears as a hallucination after she died 2 years after Sophia's birth.]
  • Irony:
  • Letter Motif: Same as Alliterative Family and Family Theme Naming above. Every Mills family member, excluding Alyson and the relatives, had first names that start with S and middle names that start with D.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: The Mills had 19 children, the Beals family had 12 children, Samuel Jr. had 4 siblings, and the Liu family had 5 children.
  • Missing Mom: [Joy-Anna died from epilepsy in her sleep, leaving her husband to marry another woman.]
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Gladonna, which was the Beals sisters' favorite singer, was, in fact, a parody of Madonna.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: [Joy-Anna. Only Alyson, Susan, Stephanie, Shiloh, Sophia, and Alyson's mother and siblings can see her.]
  • Odd Name Out: Alyson is the only Mills family member to not have A in her name.
    • There is not only having Tatiana being the only child of Felix and Joy-Anna to not have "O" in her name, but Orville being the only child of Felix and Joy-Anna to not have "N" in his name.
  • Only-Child Syndrome: The first-born children used to be only children, until their mothers are pregnant.
    • Samuel III's son, Malik is the only child of the family whom he and his girlfriend gave birth to when they graduated college.
    • Niamh's cousin, Jade doesn't need any siblings, but treats Niamh like a sister.
    • Tatiana, Orville and Crimson's stepbrother, Aaron Paulsen.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Felix and Joy-Anna, [before the latter's death], had Tatiana (born 2009), Orville (born 2011) and Crimson (born 2015). Orville is the only boy in the family.
  • Pun-Based Title: The show's title is basically a pun of the phrase, "run-of-the-mill".
  • Romancing the Widow: Felix, [who is a widower like his mother], falls for a divorced woman as he marries her.
  • Rule of Funny:
  • Spiritual Successor: It is now the spiritual successor of Bringing Up Bates and 19 Kids and Counting.
  • Theme Initials: Samuel, Jr. names every single child with S.D.M. initials. For example: the first name that starts with an S and the middle name that starts with a D.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Simon and Sadie.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Ashleigh is a tomboy while Sierra is a girly girl.

Trivia

  • Run of the Mills, the show title is based on the phrase called "run-of-the-mill".
  • Samuel Jr., Samuel III, Savannah, Stuart, Silas, Sheila, Steven, Susan, Sebastian, Sean, Simon, Sadie, and Sophia had brown hair and Alyson, Sarah, Sierra, Scott, Spencer, Stephanie, Shiloh, Shane and Sawyer had blonde hair.
  • Alyson, Sarah, Savannah, Stuart, Silas, Spencer, Susan, Sebastian, Sean, Simon, Sadie, Sophia and Sawyer had blue eyes and Samuel Jr., Samuel III, Sierra, Scott, Sheila, Steven, Stephanie, Shiloh, and Shane had brown eyes.
  • Alyson, Samuel III, Savannah, Scott, Spencer, Susan, Sebastian, Sean and Sophia are the only Mills family members to have freckles.
  • Sarah, Sheila and Stephanie are the only Mills females to have beauty marks.
  • The Mills family members had birthdates:
    • Samuel, Jr.: December 25, 1967
    • Alyson: April 22, 1968
    • Sarah: November 10, 1987
    • Samuel: June 30, 1988
    • Sierra: March 9, 1991
    • Savannah: May 13, 1992
    • Stuart: February 19, 1994
    • Scott: January 6, 1995
    • Silas: August 11, 1996
    • Sheila: October 15, 1997
    • Spencer: May 4, 1999
    • Steven: August 14, 2000
    • Susan: November 5, 2001
    • Stephanie: April 2, 2003
    • Sebastian: July 12, 2004
    • Shiloh: September 20, 2006
    • Sean: December 17, 2008
    • Simon and Sadie: October 23, 2010
    • Shane: June 17, 2012
    • Sophia: September 28, 2013
    • Sawyer: April 18, 2020
  • The Beals children had birthdates:
    • Harriet: December 1, 1960
    • Lincoln: June 20, 1962
    • Pearl: September 3, 1964
    • Garfield: February 14, 1967
    • Yvonne: April 5, 1973
    • Arthur: July 13, 1976
    • Peggy Kate: October 10, 1979
    • Cole: March 8, 1981
    • Diane: August 4, 1984
    • Lawrence and Joy-Anna: April 1, 1986
  • It is revealed that Irving died in December 20, 1997 and Joy-Anna died in September 10, 2016.

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