!!1989 Movie
* HarsherInHindsight: The second ImagineSpot at the ball game, where Gil imagines his son as a clock tower school shooter. It's played for both drama and comedy (comic in the sense that Gil is obviously imagining an over the top, absolute worst worst ''worst'' case scenario), but with how (relatively) common school shootings are perceived as being today, it pretty much eliminates the comedy.
* HeReallyCanAct: 4 of the male characters in this movie.
** First, we have Creator/SteveMartin as Gil. Gil is a loving father, but he believes that he isn't good enough, which takes Martin's trademark irritation and misanthropy into some very dark places.
** There's also Creator/RickMoranis and his portrayal of Gil's brother-in-law Nathan. All Nathan wants is to raise a prodigy, but his SuperOCD is not only PlayedForLaughs in this case, but also PlayedForDrama when he attempts to keep things orderly with Susan, his wife and Gil's sister.
** And we can't go without mentioning Creator/KeanuReeves and Tom Hulce as Tod and Larry respectively. Yes, Tod is basically [[Film/BillAndTed Ted]] with one letter in his name changed, but does so with grace and pathos, and really delivers one of the defining speeches of the movie and shows Tod's HiddenDepths subtly but clearly. And while Tom Hulce already had an Oscar nomination to his name, his performance as the perpetual but sadly aware family screw up Larry shows real depth.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Face it, ''everybody'' in this movie will end up learning a lesson about family.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The ending. It starts off with the younger kids doing a rather cheesy rendition of ''Snow White'' for a school play, and goes to a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming where [[spoiler:Gil's sister Helen gives birth]], among other things.

!!2010 Television Show
* AwardSnub: NBC made a huge push to get Monica Potter an Emmy nomination for her cancer storyline in Season 4. Sadly, she was egregiously overlooked by the Academy, though she won a Critics Choice Award and was nominated for a TCA award and a Golden Globe.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Alex. His scene with Kristina [[spoiler: after he and Haddie broke up]] was a TearJerker and one of the best moments of Season 3
** Also Drew. Positively adorkable.
** Amber, Max and most definitely Sarah.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop / UnfortunateImplications: In an episode where an aspergers child has to learn to apologize with the help of a teacher regarding his getting into a fight, the teacher showed him a tape of someone apologizing for something he did so he'd have a way to emulate how to apologize. The video she showed as the model was when Bill Clinton had a public broadcasted apology shortly before the Lewinsky Sex Scandals and Clinton impeachment hearings came about, which alongside the issue of whether Clinton was actually sincere with his apology, carried the implication that the teacher was essentially teaching the kid to fake remorse and deliver a unsincere apology.
* {{The Woobie}}: Judging by his politeness for a 14-year old boy who has been though parental abandonment and all sorts of nasty hardships, his reactions to awkward family situations, and how the audience plain loves him, Drew is fitting this trope to a T. The audience continues to beg for more of him every episode.
** Mr. Cyr as well, given Sarah's treatment of him since his introduction as a love interest and the recent re-appearance of Seth. bordering on a concerted effort to BreakTheCutie.