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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Fran not telling Bernard that the only woman he ever loved is still alive? Terrible. Fran furnishing a ridiculously large collection of evidence that the woman was still alive? Hilarious.
  • 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.
  • 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.