* AdaptationDisplacement: While it's more of a [[SpinOff spin-off]] than a [[TheMovie film version]], the original TV series did not last very long and was not as popular as the movies, leading many people to believe that the franchise only exists as a movie trilogy.
* AcceptablePoliticalTargets: The Beirut council seen in the first film is a practical who's who of AcceptablePoliticalTargets - communists, Islamists, military dictators, and... whatever the hell [[CloudCuckoolander Gaddafi]] was.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: In ''33⅓'' the music in the background during the starting of the ''[[Film/TheUntouchables Untouchables]]'' shootout parody.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The repeated torment Nordberg (played by O.J. Simpson) suffers is either this or becomes [[HilariousInHindsight even funnier]], depending on your viewpoint. Especially the line that he "wouldn't hurt a fly" spoken by his on-screen wife. In the network TV version, when Frank, after unknowingly shutting down Nordberg's life support system and not noticing where the rushing hospital staff are headed, says "Just be glad you're not that guy's wife."
** Basically true with all things OJ in the series.
** During the cop car opening credits in 33 1/3 at one point it's flying around LA and headed straight for the tallest building only to sideswipe it at the last moment. Still very disturbing.
** O.J. Simpson playing a cop.
** The Hubble Space Telescope appearing on a "Wall of Failures" [[HistoryMarchesOn back before its mirror was fixed]].
** In "2½", Frank casually mentions that he and Jane are ancient history, like the Democratic party. Guess who got elected only one year after this movie came out.
* NightmareFuel: The "Manchurian candidates" for Vincent Ludwig's plot in the first movie, who go blank-faced and robotically intone: "I....must kill....[Name]" once they're "triggered." It's fairly frightening for younger viewers - particularly when it's revealed that Ludwig's final sleeper agent is [[spoiler: Jane]]!
* OneSceneWonder: Numerous examples, though John Houseman's driving instructor from the first film is a particular standout. Also, Music/WeirdAlYankovic appears in all three films in this capacity.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Believe it or not, the woman who sings the hilariously depressing blues number in the second film is a heavily made-up Vitamin C.