* AcceptableLifestyleTargets: Women under 30 are portrayed as Russell-fodder and not much else.
** Husbands who love sports are portrayed as hopeless at anything even remotely unisex.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Jennifer the OnlySaneMan being pushed to her breaking point from dealing with an idiot boyfriend, apathetic neighbors and a lecherous acquaintance, or does she hang out with these people to indulge her superiority complex?
** Did Russell greencard-marry Timmy out of kindness, or to indulge his homoerotic sense of dependency on him?
*** Jeff admits that this is his interpretation of Russell.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Timmy and Russell, due to the fandom being split between which one it considers TheScrappy and EnsembleDarkhorse, whether it's both of them, or is it neither?
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Timmy.
** Jeff and Audrey, due to having [[SpotlightStealingSquad taken over]] the primary couple stuff from Adam and Jennifer.
* FanPreferredCouple: Russell and Audrey's sister, due to the fact that she was one of the few women he really cared about and wasn't just using for sex.
* FridgeHorror: Adam's stupidity might be the result of minor brain-damage, due to the possibility that his Hippie mother continued to take mind-expanding drugs during pregnancy! Considering what we see of her, there is ''nothing'' that rules this possibility out!
** Evidence of Jennifer's porn-career surfaces at the end of an episode.
** Adam and Jennifer are portrayed as being very much in love, but there's plenty of evidence that they secretly hate each other and their relationship is purely superficial. How long will their marriage last when their looks fade away?
* GrowingTheBeard: Many fans agree that the show became more entertaining after it started focusing primarily on Jeff and Audrey.
* HollywoodHomely[=/=][[HollywoodPudgy Pudgy]] Liz is treated as being hideously ugly and extremely overweight when she is neither. Later seasons focus more on her unpleasant personality, and criticisms of her body are limited to what cannot be seen on screen (such as having one breast longer than the other)
** Also applies slightly when Adam and Jennifer film themselves having sex and are disgusted when they watch it. While a lot of their disgust revolves around the awkwardness of their sex, they take the time to remark how awful they look. Adam remarks that he needs to hit the gym and Jennifer shouts, "We are not tan!,"... even though they clearly are.
** Adam and Jeff or Adam and other:
*** Adam is fascinated by Jeff's half-naked looks on an old photo, and wants Jeff to find him good-looking on the similar photo he had made of himself. He also asked Jeff to do like he was Audrey.
*** Jeff introduced Adam to the idea of getting special birthday sex from his lady. Adam decided to take it as a challenge and that he could get a better deal. Wording it poorly, he said "every year I'm doing it, I'll be thinking of you." The next day they're openly discussing birthday deals and Adam announces that he has two, loudly asking Jeff "Is my two a little hard for you to swallow?" which turns a few heads.
*** Russell steals the homemade love coupons Adam made for Jennifer, placing them into coworker's stockings, and no one will give them back to Adam unless he agrees to fulfill the coupon's contents like an obligational contract. He ends up giving one guy a massage, doing a slow dance with a gay coworker, and it's implied that will do something very raunchy with the same guy do get back the coupon he wanted to give Jennifer the most.
*** Adam is embarrassing Jen at a full cafe by showing off his cheerleading skills. His last cheer is "We're pirate, not sailors, but pirates, but pirates. There's no need to remind us" ::shakes his ass:: "That the football team's behind us." which amuses Russell and Timmy greatly.
** Timmy and Russell are the worst of friends with a Schadenfreude relationship and frequently sabotage each other's dates. However, Russell accidentally hitting on Timmy is a running gag throughout the series that starts almost immediately after Timmy is introduced in season 3 and culminates spectacularly in the finale episode.
*** Russell attends a party he made Timmy beg to get an invite for and thanks the host by hitting on the guest of honor's girlfriend. When confronted, Russell says he couldn't have hit on her because he's Timmy's boyfriend. When Timmy loudly dumps him, the guest of honor hooks Russell up with his gay friend Matt.
*** When Timmy is dating Allison and gets cut off from the psychical aspect of the relationship, Russell points out that Timmy is sexually frustrated and offers to "help relieve the pressure," and Timmy said he didn't care how soft and ladylike his hands were, no.
*** In season 3, when Timmy gets tired of Russell wasting his time on setting up dates and working on cancelled projects, he decided to work for Audrey, who's growing increasingly irritated with her secretary. It's played off and worded intentionally to sound as if Timmy was cheating on Russell and Audrey is cheating on Tanya. Russell is swayed back in Russell's favor when their "2 month anniversary" is brought up, and Audrey says "You're never going to leave him, are you?"
*** In one episode, Timmy and Russell have their hands on each other's knees under the table mistaking each other for their dates and hold hands, even after their dates leave. Timmy tells Jeff and Adam about it, much to Russell's dismay. By the end of the episode, Jeff, Adam, Audrey, and Jennifer watch Timmy and Russell get stuck in an extremely suggestive position on a rolling chair after tripping while playing Mannequin Head Hockey in a cookie shop.
*** Russell gets a girlfriend who is Timmy's DistaffCounterpart. At one point, Russell tells Timmy that Indians with British-accents are his "type," backed up by the time he chased after Timmy's arranged fiance, and encourages his girlfriend to look more and more like Timmy. Later, he accidentally hits on Timmy.
*** Russell asks Timmy to marry him in the last episode, to keep him from begin deported. When the pastor asks if they want to seal it with a kiss, Russell puckers up and closes in, but Timmy's not having it. Jeff makes it known that he always suspected Russell was gay for Timmy, that now it's legal and not just in his head.
*** Looking at Jeff and Audrey's baby in the finale, Russell asked Timmy if they should adopt one. Timmy said he wasn't ready to be a father. Russell joked that Timmy would be the mom.
* JerkassWoobie: Russell becomes this when Audrey tells him that her sister doesn't feel the same way about him as he does towards her. Although Russell tries to play it cool, it's obvious that he's completely heartbroken by the news.
** Although some people consider it to be a case of LaserGuidedKarma due to Russell's poor treatment of women. This is even lampshaded by Audrey herself.
* KickTheDog: Audrey has a kick the dog moment in the episode "Reunion" where she and Jeff travel to Nebraska to attend her high school reunion. Audrey intends on rubbing it in her classmates' faces that she lives in New York City and has a great life, but when it turns out that most of her high school classmates have gone on to have rich, fulfilling lives she becomes depressed that she's unable to gloat like she wanted to. Audrey definitely comes across as rather shallow and mean-spirited in that episode.
* MagnificentBastard: Jeff in several episodes. He has shown himself to be quite capable of deception and tricking others into doing his bidding.
* SoOkayItsAverage: This seems to be the general opinion of television critics regarding the show. When the show was canceled in May of 2013, many journalists noted their surprise that the show managed to last for seven seasons due to the fact that it never had high ratings and it had narrowly avoided being canceled several times before. Other people have remarked that while many people ''like'' the show, virtually nobody considers it to be their ''favorite'' show.
** As the show ended, the response was still the same, describing it as a solid show that never really set the world on fire, but did have a steady, dependable run that gave them a deep enough episode count to, again, have a steady, dependable (and therefore highly profitable) run in syndication.
*** The ongoing & post-cancellation popularity of the show is similar to Series/MadAboutYou, a 90's NBC Sitcom that also focused around a childless couple in New York. It was also overshadowed in pop culture by larger shows like Seinfeld & Friends but occupied a niche that gave the cast & crew about 7 seasons of work.
* TheScrappy: Timmy.
** On the other hand, some fans actually consider ''Russell'' this due to how much of a selfish Jerkass he is (although his recent character development has begun to lessen this), with Timmy's passive-aggressive [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] at how utterly inept Russell to be both deeply refreshing and making him something of an EnsembleDarkhorse.
** Timmy is more of an AscendedExtra, having started out as a one time role that was too popular to let go of, and he was asked to become a regular.
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Russell and Audrey's sister.
* TheWoobie: Adam becomes this in the later seasons. He's so naive and good-natured that he honestly believes that Russell and Jeff are his friends, when in reality they just like to make fun of him.