* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: One production managed to change how we view the entire cast and story by performing the musical completely normally, but with the only change being Jud is played by the only black man in the cast.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: We now interrupt this storyline to tell you about how great the state of Oklahoma is.
* BrokenBase: The movie adaptation has one version filmed in 65mm TODD-AO, and one in 35mm [=CinemaScope=]. They present differing takes of each scene, leaving viewers torn over which version provides superior performances.
* DesignatedHero: The ''hero'' tries to drive a lonely, unstable young man to suicide over a girl? That's pretty messed up.
* DesignatedVillain: Jud is a big scary looking drunk, but the worst thing he ever did to deserve the scorn from Laurey was.. ask her out on a lovely night out on the town?And for that Curley tries getting him to kill himself? Eventually it all drives him over the edge into a drunken violent attack.
** Several productions subvert this by implying that Jud has every intention of raping Laurey as soon as they're alone. For those that don't though, it all comes off fairly unjust.
** In the 1955 film, Jud is shown [[ThePeepingTom sneaking around Laurey's window]] just as she's about to change clothes. Ew.
** Then there are the productions that imply that Jud has killed [[SerialKiller before the play began...]]
** Jud's commonly cut song ''Lonely Room'' can be taken in one of two ways, depending on the actor. One is a tragic man who has been rejected for so long, just wants somebody to love him but is constantly denied by the others for their selfish reasons. The other is a creepy man who will make Laurey his whether she likes it or not simply because he can.
* HilariousInHindsight: An R&H tribute that aired about a year before this movie's release contains a scene in which Gordon [=McRae=] and Florence Henderson sing, "People Will Say We're In Love". [=McRae=] went on to play Curley in the movie alongside Shirley Jones as Laurey. Henderson and Jones eventually became matriarchs of DuelingShows ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' and ''ThePartridgeFamily'', respectively.
* MagnificentBastard: Ali Hakim, in a mostly harmless way.
* MemeticBadass: Aunt Eller
* OlderThanTheyThink: A lot of the ground-breaking elements featured in this musical were also featured Hammerstein's collaboration with Jerome Kern, ''Show Boat'', almost twenty years earlier. They didn't catch on until this one, though.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It is ''really'' hard to see what the big fuss is about this show unless you know the history of theater.
* TheyJustDidntCare: The 50th Anniversary DVD presents the TODD-AO version with so much flickering and softness, and so many specks, that a lot of people consider it the ugliest DVD ever released by a major studio. To add insult to injury, the other disc presents the [=CinemaScope=] version in a way that makes it look near-perfect, despite using an inferior brand of film. Fortunately, the Blu-Ray released nine years later uses a newer 4K restoration of the TODD-AO presentation, which boasts ''much'' better picture quality than either disc of the 50th Anniversary set.