* AcceptableHardLuckTargets: Carmen, the nerds.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Two words: ''Mary Cherry''. Full stop.
* FanPreferredCouple: Sam and Brooke. WordofGod confirmed that, had there been a Season 3, Sam was supposed to come out, so it could have happened.
** Sam/Harrison is also more popular than Brooke/Harrison.
* FoeYay: Sam and Brooke.
* HollywoodHomely: Done on most of the non-popular girls at some point or other, especially when they go to school with [[ImprobableHairstyle horrendously bad bad bed hair.]]
* LesYay: Sam and Brooke, Carmen and Lily.
* RetroactiveRecognition: You'll be seeing Leslie Bibb all over the place in later years, even as [[HilariousInHindsight Gwyneth Paltrow's]] [[Film/IronMan co-star.]]
** Wentworth Miller gets a one-shot role in the episode "[[Film/AllAboutEve All About Adam]]".
** Although she had already participated in some films and series, Creator/JaneLynch makes an appearance in an episode of the second season, before becoming well known for the movies directed by Creator/ChristopherGuest in which she took part and [[{{Series/Glee}} another television production]] of Creator/RyanMurphy.
* UnnecessaryMakeover