* {{Moe}}: Whenever Barbara was shown covered in soot after cleaning their stove, half the male population of England would have fought each other for her.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Tom, for his [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish attitude]]. He can be extremely callous to Barbara and sometimes the Leadbetters too--when Margo and Jerry have a major row, all he can think about is how it affects his prospects for getting "his" spinning wheel. Even Richard Briers said he didn't like Tom very much.
* ValuesDissonance:
** Several instances of casual racism: Tom pulling "slant eyes" for a "Confucius Say" joke, Margo being horrified into panic at the thought of Arab neighbors[[note]]to be fair this one ''is'' meant to be seen as a character flaw, as part of Margo's general snobbishness, but it's revealing of the attitudes still prevalent at the time and it's doubtful the joke would be used in this politically-correct age[[/note]], and if you pay attention you can see that Margo has an apron with a racist caricature of a black person printed on it.
** Margo describing Snetterton as a "[[DepravedHomosexual deviant]]".
* TheWoobie: Barbara, especially towards the end when Tom starts to show his [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero true colors]].