* CastingGag: Jonathan Ames, private detective, discovers that [[spoiler: his real dad is MikeHammer]].
* DesignatedProtagonistSyndrome: For some, especially during the first season. Several critics' reviews of Schwartzman's performance were mixed while praising the work of Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson. One critic even went so far as to say they wish the show revolved around Danson's character George instead. [[GrowingTheBeard Luckily reviews of the second season have been more receptive of Jason Schwartzman as a lead and the show as a whole.]]
* EarWorm: "All the shadows in the city..."
* GrowingTheBeard: The second season, at least for critics.