!! In the TV series:
* EarWorm: "You take the good / you take the bad / you take 'em both / and then you have..."
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Nancy [=McKeon=] as Jo is one of the most famous examples in TV history. She was an overnight sensation who completely changed the dynamic of the show, [[{{GrowingTheBeard}} helping to make it a viable commodity]].
* FoeYay: A good number of fans see this in Jo and Blair due to the... interesting chemistry that sometimes shows up during their fighting.
* HollywoodPudgy: Joan Rivers infamously dubbed the cast members "The '''Fats''' of Life" following an appearance at the Emmys one year.
** In reality, Lisa Whelchell had gained a bit of weight early in the show, but nothing too out of the ordinary for a teenage girl. Mindy Cohn, on the other hand, was, incidentally, losing weight and had to be hidden under baggy clothes.
* RetroactiveRecognition: The guest cast throughout the series is packed with then-unknowns including Helen Hunt, Mayim Bialik, Richard Grieco, David Spade, Seth Green, Jami Gertz, Richard Dean Anderson, Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald--oh, yeah, and ''George freakin' Clooney.''
** Nancy McKeon played the title character's single mom in ''SonnyWithAChance'' many years later.
* TearJerker: Many moments. Jo's were especially tear-worthy.
** The sudden death of Natalie's father went beyond the usual VerySpecialEpisode. Its impact on Natalie spanned a couple of episodes.
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