!!The movies provide examples of:
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: A given.
** "Dogs in the Yard" and "I Sing The Body Electric" from the original, "Hold Your Dream" from the remake.
** "Is It OK If I Call You Mine" is also very heartfelt.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Paul [=McCrane=] would again play his heartfelt song, "Is It OK If I Call You Mine", 30 years later during a guest appearance on the TV show ''Series/HarrysLaw'', and the performance contributed to him winning a Primetime Emmy Award.
* MemeticMutation: The title song was used for the 2001 Flash animation "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1DpKC0c5mM The MAME Song]]".
* SoOkayItsAverage: How most critics have felt about the remake, especially compared to the original with its stronger social commentary.

!!The musical version provides examples of:
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: "Fame", clearly. The full version of "Bring on Tomorrow" is another.
* EarWorm: ''"FAME! I'm gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn how to fly!"''
* FridgeLogic: Wait, a performing arts high school, and not ONE gay kid?!
* HollywoodPudgy: Mabel, depending on the actress. She can be any size, but the point is, she's fat for a dancer.
* HoYay: "Can't Keep it Down" is full of it. In some productions, Nick and Joe Vegas HoYay it up during the Romeo and Juliet scene with Serena.
** Not to mention that Serena is half-convinced Nick is gay.
--> ''"You'll probably go off to New Haven and meet some guy and forget all about me!"''
* TearJerker:
** "In L.A" for Carmen.
** "These Are My Children" for Ms. Sherman.
** The full version of "Bring on Tomorrow" when Schlomo [[spoiler: dedicates the performance to Carmen, who's just died of a drug overdose.]]

!!The series version provides examples of:
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: "Life Is A Celebration" is a good place to start.
* BizarroEpisode: The Wizard of Oz episode. Ironically, the show's renditions of the classic songs seem to be how people discover the show on Youtube.
* EarWorm: ''All over the place.'' That many of the songs were written by Michael Cruz, who also wrote original songs for fellow MGM musical series ''Series/KidsIncorporated'' should tip you in.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The very first episode has Lori Singer's character, Julie Miller, learn that she's supposed to dress differently to fit in at a new school, rather than expect other students not to pick on her for trivial things. Only Bruno points out that picking on her for being different is unfair. To make matters worse, part of the reason she changes school is because her parents divorced, not because she really wants to go to that performing arts school in particular.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The series proved far more popular in UsefulNotes/{{Europe}} and especially the [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} United Kingdom]] (including multiple chart hits) that it did in its native USA; to the point that it played a role in Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer and LBS Communications partnering to [[{{Uncanceled}} continue production]] [[ChannelHop in first-run syndication]] after the series was canceled by Creator/{{NBC}} in 1983.
* HilariousInHindsight: The Season 5 episode "Self Defense" (focusing on several of the girls wanting to learn karate after the School of the Arts is repeatedly vandalized) becomes this to a degree considering Nia Peeples' next major role saw her get plenty of opportunity to use her karate skills on ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''.
* {{Narm}} : On occasion. Some episodes are available on YouTube. Some of the actors veer into LargeHam territory, and on occasion the vocal performances are cringe-worthy. Granted, it ''was'' TheEighties.
* RealLifeRelative: Debbie Allen's husband, then-San Diego (now [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Los Angeles]]) Clippers guard Norm Nixon, appeared in the Season 3 episode "Heritage").
* RetroactiveRecognition[=/=]YouLookFamiliar: Nia Peeples appeared in Season 2's "Sunshine Again" in a minor role before joining the cast for Season 4 as Nicole Chapman.
** Glenn Gordon Caron wrote the series 4th episode ("''Alone in the Crowd''"). Caring would later go on to create the series ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' and ''Series/{{Medium}}''.
* TearJerker: Many entire episodes, examples include "Help from My Friends" and "Who Am I Really".
** "Go Softly Into The Morning" might be the biggest as it [[VerySpecialEpisode deals with a heavy subject matter]] (drunk driving) and a prominent character is [[McLeaned killed off]] as a result. The song "See Your Face Again" from that same episode also falls into this territory after the passing of its vocalist, Carrie Hamilton.
** The song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6pEcaIsOgE "Come What May"]] (not [[Film/MoulinRouge that one]], an original song composed for the show) in particular is also heartbreakingly gorgeous.
** The [[spoiler: death of Bruno's father]] in Season 3.
--> For the rest of your life, he'll be the first one to hear every song you write.
** "Tough Act to Follow", even moreso when you consider that [[RealitySubtext the actor playing Mr. Crandall had just died.]]