* AccidentalAesop: Although most of the show's many Aesops are clearly presented and framed, some are shown rather than stated. For example, Rod and Nicky are proof that being great friends doesn't make two people good roommates.
** The updated version of "For Now" which changed "George Bush is only for now!" to "George Bush ''was'' only for now!" actually reinforces the message that "Nothing lasts forever."
** A subtle one is that there's a key difference between setting a goal and putting heavy emphasis on finding one's purpose. Brian wants to be a comedian and get paid for it, for example, and Kate longs to set up a monster school, but Princeton simply wants to find his purpose and wants it yesterday. The lesson being that this is an easy way to make yourself miserable -- whereas if you have an actual dream, you might just get it.
* AlternateAesopInterpretation: "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist": Either, yes, everyone's a bit racist, and rather than being hypocrites by getting mad about "little things," we should let 'em slide and save our anger for the big kinds of racism, or everyone's a little bit racist, and being in denial about it rather than admitting it won't help us get over it.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In the finale, some productions have [[spoiler:Nicky tell Rod that he "knows [Rod's] type" after introducing a potential boyfriend who looks, acts and has nearly the same name as him (Ricky). This could be taken to mean either Nicky wasn't so ObliviousToLove after all or that he was ComicallyMissingThePoint]].
** He also constantly remarks ''...but I'm not gay'' while (not so) subtly convincing Rod to come out in "If You Were Gay". Meaning he probably knows Rod would be interested if he mistook him for homosexual.
* {{Anvilicious}}/SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Everyone's a little bit racist, and the Money Song in particular.
** Some of the overt "lessons" may be justified by the show's premise of being "Sesame Street for adults."
** One of the overall messages in the show though, that wasn't as lighthearted as the rest were presented was that not everyone knows their purpose. Some people may never find out what their calling is. And that's okay.
* ApprovalOfGod: The show was visited by Jane Henson (Jim's widow), Cheryl Henson (his daughter), and Creator/FrankOz over the course of its run, and they all loved it.
* AwesomeMusic: Almost every song is pure comedy gold, with "The Internet is for Porn" and "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" being prime examples.
** There's even a few excellent tearjerking songs, like "There's a Fine, Fine Line" and "For Now".
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: "I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today". While it ''does'' show how truly horribly unfunny Brian is, his unfunniness was already established.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: ''The internet is for porn, the internet is for porn... Why you think the net was born? Porn, porn, porn!''
** ''There's a fine, fine line between love and a waste of time...''
** ''Shaaaaaaaaaa-din-froy-duh!''
* DieForOurShip: [[spoiler:Poor Ricky gets a fair amount of this from Rod/Nicky shippers, despite only appearing at the end of the musical and pretty much being a gay version of [[NiceGuy Nicky]]]].
* EarWorm: Nearly every song, really.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Rod and Nicky, as well as Trekkie. Mostly because their songs are the ones that have become the most [[MemeticMutation memetically widespread]] ("If You Were Gay" and "The Internet Is for Porn", respectively), and also because a lot of us grew up with the [[Series/SesameStreet characters that they're shamelessly parodying]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist", "You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You're Making Love)"
** Somewhat averted with "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" in that the song ultimately preaches a higher level of tolerance and peace in the world through a "don't sweat the small stuff" mentality.
*** "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" promotes a GreyAndGrayMorality view of racism, or maybe even BlackAndGrayMorality. Either of those is very different from the BlackAndWhiteMorality more common to racism in fiction, especially racism in fiction aimed at children like ''Series/SesameStreet''. The Aesop of "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" isn't necessarily incorrect or immoral, but it is still family unfriendly.
*** BlackAndWhiteMorality about racism? That carries a lot of UnfortunateImplications. You're a little bit racist!
*** Also, given that racism is a learned behavior, stating that is the [[PeerPressureMakesYouEvil normal thing to be]] to children, who haven't necessarily learned it yet, would be very unfriendly. And that is assuming the premise is even true in the first place; if not, is someone who [[UnfortunateImplications isn't racist weird]]?
** Also the respective aesops of "The Money Song" and "For Now" are surprisingly family friendly.
** In a way, "Schadenfreude" is one of these too. ("Sure it's not nice ... but everybody does it!")
** "In volatile market, only stable investment... is porn!" (And this is actually true if you're able to invest wisely.)
* FridgeBrilliance: During the wedding scene, when Gary suggests that Rod's gay, the first one to voice surprise is Christmas Eve. Why? Because Rod had previously confided in her that [[IHaveThisFriend his "friend"]] might be gay and in the closet--chances are, Eve put two and two together and realized he was actually talking about himself.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In the song "Purpose" Gary fears he's fulfilled his purpose and "is on a long slow walk to the grave". Gary Coleman is now dead.
* HilariousInHindsight: A ''Series/SesameStreet'' parody with a song called "The Internet Is for Porn". Fast forward to 2011, which Sesame Street's official Website/YouTube channel being hacked and pornographic videos being uploaded.
* HoYay: Nicky and Rod, of course! [[Series/SesameStreet Big surprise]] [[{{Expy}} there]]. [[{{Fanservice}} And then you have things like]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2r6-DmOoRY this]].
* MemeticMutation: TheInternetIsForPorn, a {{Trope Namer|s}}, and also very popular material for [=AMVs=] on Website/YouTube.
** Pick any anime character ever made ever, and there will be three different [=AMVs=] featuring them: 1. Them singing about their lack of underwear. 2. Them convincing their friend to come out of the closet, as well as a video of their friend trying to convince ''them''. 3. How much they [[JapaneseRanguage ruv]] someone, but also want to kill them in equal measure. there are no exceptions to this rule.
*** It doesn't need to be anime--this troper found the videos mentioned in 2 for Doctor Who, the Avengers, The Road To El Dorado (which is a cartoon but not anime)....
*** [[RecursiveParody Even applies to]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqcYJzc6lKw Bert and Ernie]].
* NightmareFuel: "Purpose"/"Propose"
* SignatureSong: "The Internet is for Porn"
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs
* ValuesDissonance: According to the "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" song, intentionally telling jokes designed to insult a ethnic group, and using an ethnic slur while doing so, is only a "little racist", like unintentionally using an [[SocietyMarchesOn outdated term]] to refer to an ethnic group. And to be clear, it was "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polack Polack]]" jokes, and the teller was Gary Coleman, so there was no NWordPrivileges.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: '''IT SERIOUSLY ISN'T!!!'''
* TheWoobie: Everyone. They are '''fuzzy'''. And '''{{angst}}y'''. How can you not want to give them a hug?
** Even the ''porn addict'' is a woobie!
** The only exceptions are the Bad News Bears and Lucy (who are the closest things to actual villains in the story).
*** But then again, Lucy [[spoiler: almost dies and literally looses her head twice]], so even she might get some sympathy by the end.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The Hungarian production of the show is considered the best Hungarian localization of any work in recent years. The most significant change was the replacement of Gary Coleman with Music/MichaelJackson; this was in part because Gary is all but unknown in the country, and mostly because Hungary has almost no black population and thus no one to play the role. In the original book, Jacko ended up on Avenue Q after two six-year-olds sued him for his entire estate; after the Pop King's death it was adjusted to say that he faked his own death to escape from his creditors.
** Also a bit of LuckyTranslation in the Hungarian production: Trekkie Monster is [[DubNameChange renamed]] Kuki Mumus. "Kuki" is a slang word for "penis", perfectly fitting his perverted personality, and it sounds exactly like "Cookie".