As a child, he was as carefree and playful like his siblings. As an adult, he is portrayed as the stereotype of the overweight, unshaven computer nerd who still lives with his mother. He showed no desire to leave his mother's house and liked to spend time by himself with his games. This was until "Lady Rainicorn of the Crystal Dimension," where he now lives in the Crystal Dimension with his grandparents Bob and Ethel as a bizarre way of gaining independence in his eyes. However, he is seen in Ooo in "Skyhooks II" and sets up a detective agency in Ooo in "Come Along With Me", indicating he had moved back.
As seen in "The Diary" and later confirmed by Jake, T.V. has the ability to play out any role and truly believe he is that person.
In the final montage of "Come Along With Me," T.V. appears to have gained some ambition and set up a detective agency in his grandparents' old headquarters with help from his siblings.
- There was an episode planned, titled "The Malteser Penguin", which was centered around T.V. being a detective. However, this episode only made it to the rough planning phase before the series announced it was ending, and thus the episode was scrapped.
T.V. has the body of an English bulldog much like his father, Jake, but he is much rounder and does not have his father's jowls. T.V.'s nose is also bright purple instead of black. He is a pastel blue color with horizontal colored stripes on the lower half of his body like his mother, Lady Rainicorn. He also has a single, small, sharply-pointed, white horn on the top of his head. In "Jake Suit," T.V. is seen to have grown purple stubble under his mouth and thick eyebrows similar to his uncle.
- T.V. has the ability to teleport from one place to another.
- He can also change colors with his horn, like his mom.
- Among his siblings, other than Jake Jr., he seems to lack the ability to fly and is seen constantly being carried by Charlie.
- T.V. can glow his horn for light, seen in "The Diary."
- He appears to be good at video games.
- "Jake Suit"
- "Time Sandwich" (fantasy)
- "Apple Wedding"
- "Jake The Brick" (cameo)
- "Summer Showers" (cameo)
- "Flute Spell"
- "Skyhooks II"
- "Come Along With Me" (no lines)
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- "Paper Pete"
- "Dungeon Train"
- "Everything's Jake"
- "The Invitation"
- "Winter Light"
- "Jake the Starchild"
- It is revealed in "Jake Suit" that he still lived with Lady Rainicorn.
- He also appears to speak English in the same episode.
- He even says he is covered by 'noobs' in Ocarina, a word often used by gamers.
- Him living at home is likely a reference to gamers living at home with their parents well into adulthood.
- TV notes in "Ocarina," "I love Dad, but he's only met me twice," referring to his two previous appearances as an adult in "Jake Suit" and "Apple Wedding." This would actually be three times if their interaction in "Jake the Dad" is counted, and though he was a puppy and may not remember it at the time, he was smart enough to speak full sentences and was aware that Jake needed rescuing then.
- As with two of the other pups, his name is possibly a reference to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where three of the protagonists names were Charlie Bucket (Charlie), Violet Beauregarde (Viola), and Mike Teavee (T.V.).
- His voice actor, Dan Mintz, is the second cast member from Bob's Burgers to appear on Adventure Time, the first being Kristen Schaal. They also play siblings in both shows.
- T.V. has made the most appearances out of all his siblings.
- In early design, instead of having a light blue hue on his upper body, he was supposed to have a green head.
—"Jake the Dad"
아빠 몸체이동! [abba momche idong!]
—"Jake the Dad"
무지개 뱅! [mujigae baeng!]
—"Jake the Dad"
Hey dad? Why don't you try jumping into a volcano?
Ugh. I'm covered in noobs.
Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraahh! Mom, when are we gonna eat?! I'm going nuts!