YMMV / Black Books

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The moment where Bernard and Fran duck under their restaurant table to find a miniature bar, complete with bartender, quite literally under everyone's feet, is surreal even by this show's standards. They barely even acknowledge it, preferring to have an argument about how boring their dinner conversation with Manny's parents is.
    • The fly in Manny's First Day. It comes in, interrupting their conversation, lands on Bernard's desk for two seconds, then gets up and flies away, shutting the door behind itself....somehow. Then Bernard and Manny immediately resume their conversation.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Manny and Bernard. Parodied in a few early episodes.
    • Also between Bernard and the hired cleaner, who turns cleaning Bernard's dusty cups rather... suggestive.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Manny and Bernard towards Jason.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Bernard, as is revealed in the final episode of the series. Part of his misanthropic behavior stems from learning that a girl he loved is dead. And it wasn't even true!
  • Mood Whiplash: The final episode's plot about deciding to go to the party takes a turn after they return where Bernard & Manny end up in an argument and Manny delivers a The Reason You Suck speech. Despite the rest of the episode still having comedic moments, it's still horrendously dark compared to the first half.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The fast food/concessions worker from "The Lockout" is a very young Tony Way, a character actor who appears in smallish parts in high-profile shows such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Game of Thrones.
    • The doctor in the first episode is none other than a young Martin Freeman, better known to modern viewers as John Watson and Bilbo Baggins.
    • The alarm technician is none other than a young Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg shows up in a later episode.
    • The shipping forecaster is played by Peter Serafinowicz, who voiced Darth Maul in Star Wars, and will be playing the Tick in the upcoming reboot of the series.
    • Trebor, the creepy Middle Eastern man who attempts to take advantage of Manny in "He's Leaving Home" is played by Omid Djalili, who appeared in the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie as the pirate Teague shoots after questioning the code (and said pirate's twin brother), and the prison warden from the first Mummy film (you know, the one who's eaten alive from the inside by a scarab until he runs headfirst into a wall, killing himself).
    • The hen party in "Elephants and Hens" is made up of Dianne, Ellie Miller and Claire.
    • There's one heck of a retroactive recognition if you watch Shaun Of The Dead after watching this - Peter Serafinowicz, Tamsin Grieg, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis and Martin Freeman all appear.
  • Seasonal Rot: Graham Linehan left after the first season, and while the show was still funny, it didn't reach the rapid-fire insanity and crude misanthropy of season 1note  nearly as often.