The NBC Series
- Acceptable Targets: Deacon Frye and Reverend Gregory
- Ear Worm: The show’s infectious theme song, composed by Gospel great Andrae Crouch, will have even the most secular viewers feeling the urge to clap and sway in their “pews.”
- Memetic Mutation: "I wanna be/am finally MRS. REVEREND DOCTOR RUBEN GREGORY!!!!!" This is usually combined with No Indoor Voice.
- Tear Jerker: One of Ernie's few sympathetic moments occurs in a flashback in which he struggles to explain to a very young Thelma that her mother is never coming back.
- When counseling a suicidal young man despondent over his father's death, he confides, "I miss my wife every day."
The German/French Film
- Broken Base: The question of the Vatican's role during the Holocaust is controversial, suffice to say.
- Complete Monster: "The Doctor" is a superficially charming man who's a high-ranking Nazi SS officer intimately involved in the extermination policies of the Hitler regime. At first he personally selects German patients at mental asylums to be killed, smiling at his oblivious victims—many of them children—before sending them away to be gassed. One of those killed is the niece of his later colleague Kurt Gerstein, a conscientious SS officer who is horrified by the use of his chemicals to exterminate people instead of pests. The Doctor enthusiastically takes part in the planning and execution of The Holocaust, eventually taking up a position in a death camp. When the Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana protests the Pope's decision to stay silent about the mass murder of Jews by allowing himself to be taken to the camp, the Doctor notes that he'll be the one to "decide who is a Jew", before forcing Father Fontana to work in the crematoria to break his spirit. Gerstein tries to secure the priest's release by falsifying papers from Himmler, but the Doctor instead has Father Fontana killed and orders Gerstein's arrest. The Doctor's only regret at the end of the war as he secures safe passage to Argentina for himself through the Vatican is that he couldn't kill more people after already sending thousands to their deaths.
- Nightmare Fuel: What, exactly, did Gerstein see through the peep-hole?... Just seconds before all inside were dead?
- Retroactive Recognition: Urich Mühe, the SS Doctor, appeared a few years later as the Villain Protagonist of The Lives of Others. Interestingly, in that movie he and Ulrich Tukur basically switch roles, with the former becoming The Atoner who expresses his Rage Within The Machine and gets punished for it, and the latter as an unapologetic hardliner of the regime who becomes a Karma Houdini.