YMMV / Cathy

  • Adaptation Displacement: Averted. Few are familiar with the cartoon specials.
  • Arc Fatigue: How some feel Cathy and Irving's relationship. Some think that it should have ended in some way years before they finally tied the knot.
  • Broken Base: Should Cathy and Irving have ever married? On one hand, Cathy's shtick back in The '70s and The '80s was that she was a single working woman. On the other, some feel that the sheer amount of Will They or Won't They? was going way too long. (For decades) and the amount of back-and-forth was just annoying, and that them finally tying the knot gave the strip some much needed progress.
  • Fair for Its Day: As mentioned below, the premise is fairly generic today - a day in the life of a single working woman, Hilarity Ensues. In the 70s? This wasn't a common sight.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: As noted, when the strip appeared in the 1970s, the idea of a newspaper comic with an adult, single, female protagonist (and a working one at that) was rather unheard of. By the end of its run, however, it too often seemed behind the times, presenting men and women in a stereotypical fashion which seemed outdated and somewhat sexist.
    • At one point, Cathy comic strips were just as common a sight on office walls (and doors) as Dilbert strips were. This is how much people related to Cathy in the day.
  • Ugly Cute: Cathy
  • What an Idiot!: In one strip, Cathy somehow managed to use laundry detergent instead of shampoo. How?