* EnfantTerrible: All of the kids have their moments but middle child and only boy Hammie really sticks out. He intentionally seeks out destructive activities, goes out of the way to prank Zoe (though she dishes it right back at him), grosses out anyone in range of him, pesters people constantly, and doesn't think twice about the consequences. Zoe is starting to branch out of this stage and Wren is still too young to settle firmly into it.
* HarsherInHindsight: In a couple early strips, Wanda was shown to be a fan of Mel Gibson (or rather, [[MrFanservice his buns]]). Obviously, this was before Gibson's first anti-Semetic rant incident.
* PeripheryDemographic: The strip is popular even among those who aren't parents — including, apparently, [[http://www.enquirer.com/columns/kiese/2000/07/27/jki_kiesewetter_network.html teenage girls]].
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Unlike the strip, the show was fused with crass humor and language aimed squarely at older audiences, but this seemed to turn off fans of the actual comic, and the show didn't have much of an audience to grab outside of that fanbase.
* BrokenBase: Some people who weren't familiar with the strip thought it was a decent show in it's own right, while others that grew up with the strip disliked it for how much it changed the story to the point where it barely even resembled the original strip.