* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Did Amy simultaneously date Elliott and Finch to see who was a better long-term boyfriend (so she says) or did she just like having two men fighting over her? She mentioned going after the newly-promoted Kevin after dumping both of them, [[GoldDigger so she's clearly not after looks or personality in a man.]]
* AuthorsSavingThrow: Axing any marriages that happen, as most of the series' plots rely heavily on character's turbulent love lives.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Nina and Finch.
* EvilIsSexy: Amy
* HarsherInHindsight: Creator/MarkHamill being pestered by Finch over his decades-old role in ''Film/StarWars'' got a depressing parallel in ''Film/TheLastJedi''.
* HilariousInHindsight: The jokes about Donald Trump became even funnier once he became President.
* JerkassWoobie: Nina when [[spoiler: Binny dies]]
** Finch gets this every now and then, having a distant father and all that.
* PoorMansSubstitute: Subverted. For the role of Nina, creator Steve Levitan wanted an older version of Wendie Malick. When he couldn't find a suitable one, he cast Malick and made the character slightly younger.
* RelationshipWritingFumble: Elliott and Maya finally started dating but then broke up.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: In the first season, Nina's primary character trait was her bitchiness, with most of her jokes revolving around her being bitter and past her prime. In the second season, the writers began emphasizing her ditzy side a lot more, and her comedic focus shifted to her promiscuity and substance abuse issues, making the character a lot more lighthearted and fun.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Minor recurring character Persky was played by Creator/TomKenny, who is better known as ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' among others.
* TheScrappy: Maya, mainly for being so opinionated and smug.
* {{Squick}}: Wally got to spend some private time with Nina in one episode. It's implied that in addition to sex, he also masturbated while watching her.
** A 13-year-old boy tries to seduce Nina, even after she lets slip that she's about to turn 50.
* {{Tearjerker}}: When Jack's wife [[spoiler: left him for another man]]. Maya, who never liked their marriage to begin with, can't help but feel bad for him and for her sister.
** Coming in immediately after that, Jack laments how [[spoiler: he really wanted to be the kind of father for Hannah that he couldn't be for Maya, but now he'll only get to see her when her mother says so.]]