* DesignatedHero: Martin. He's loud, rude, confrontational and not the most loyal of friends. Granted, it's shown many times that he's a ''very'' insecure person (plus having a [[MamaBear mother like]] [[MyBelovedSmother Mama Payne]] surely didn't and doesn't help anything), yet it barely excuses his actions.
* HilariousInHindsight: In the 1992 Halloween episode, "The Night He Came Home", Martin jokes about it being a "dark and gloomy November...[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush Bush]] got re-elected." This counts as being doubly hilarious; not only was it not to be in 1992, but it eventually ended up [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush being accurate in 2004.]]
* IdiotPlot: "Nuttin' Goin' On But The Rent" is possibly the best example in the whole series. The gang is in a snowstorm in which, since Martin didn't pay the rent due to its [[ExactWords "increase by 5"]], they are getting evicted, there is no heat or water, neither Payne bought groceries since "it was the other one's turn", they send [[ButtMonkey Cole]] out to a pizza place ''in the middle of said snowstorm'', Martin turns away Hustle Man's food because of his pride, Cole and the pizza are frozen (and the pizza even '''shatters'''), and they even contemplate [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibalism]]...[[spoiler: all because Martin refused to pay a ''five dollar'' rent increase.]]
* {{Mondegreen}}: For the record, Tommy's last name is '''Strawn''', not '''Strong''', as so many fans initially believed.
* NeverLiveItDown / OvershadowedByControversy: Lawrence's drug use and his alleged sexual harassment of Tisha Campbell. The last season of Martin shows how much tension there was behind the scenes and the quality of the show sadly suffered for it. Even worse, despite the show being one of Fox's flagship shows at the time (and even referenced to on other Fox shows such as ''The Simpsons'' and ''Married...with Children''), during their 25th Anniversary Special in 2012, the show was overlooked completely. Meanwhile, the channel did acknowledge fellow 90s sitcom ''Series/LivingSingle'', which surely made ''their'' fans happy, but it wasn't nearly as popular or well-known to viewers in general.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Film/NapoleonDynamite Jon Gries]] and [[Series/ThirtyRock Tracy Morgan]] were co-stars before hitting it big.