* AngstWhatAngst: Despite all the traumatic situation the Suttons go through, they somehow remain sane and normal. This is what makes them a BadassFamily.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Charles. Originally just a boyfriend of TheChick, becomes an AscendedExtra and prominent to the main storyline.
* GrowingTheBeard: As the kids age and become more important to the show's story lines, the quality of episodes noticeably increases.
* UnfortunateImplications: While Lincoln Heights does it's best to deconstruct common stereotypes of African Americans (and does an excellent job of it), it also unintentionally reinforces the belief that blacks and whites live in completely separate worlds and cannot coexist together.