* ActorAllusion: ''SaturdayNightLive'', where Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a cast member in the '80s, runs a sketch mocking Selina, which she defuses by appearing on the show herself.
* DevelopmentHell: In 2007 ABC rejected a proposed American version of ''The Thick of It'' that would have centered around a newly elected congressman. Various networks expressed intererest in adapting ''The Thick of It'' after ABC passed, with HBO eventually picking the show up and changing the lead character from congressman to Vice President.
* FakeAmerican: Creator/HughLaurie appears in season 4, playing Tom James, and American politician.
* FakeNationality: The Finnish Prime Minister and her husband are played by the British Sally Phillips and the Canadian Dave Foley.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Oh look, it's [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Elaine]] and [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Buster]]!
** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Neelix]] is in charge of investigating Selina's corruption.
* PlayingAgainstType: Patton Oswalt as a sleazy lech and [[spoiler:serial sexual abuser]].