YMMV: Dad's Army

  • Accidental Innuendo: Something Lance Corporal Jones was prone to. For example, describing an mutinous American sailor being whipped -
    "And that was the noise that he ejaculated while he was being flogged, sir."
  • Ear Worm: Who hasn't quietly hummed the end theme while advancing with fixed bayonet during an army exercise?
  • Fridge Brilliance: An example is detailed in Graham McCann's behind-the-scenes biography of the show. A BBC executive recounts stopping by to watch a taping of the show in its first season, and initially finding it utterly baffling and unfunny. He then admits that it all immediately clicked together and became hilarious once he realized that Mainwaring was the Captain and Wilson was the Sergeant, rather than the other way around as he'd previously thought and as would initially seem to be the case when looking at the characters at first glance.
  • Growing the Beard: The first two seasons are pretty good (though large portions of the second are sadly lost), but the show really hit its stride in the third season, when it moved into colour and got a much bigger location budget.
  • Ho Yay: Between Mainwaring and Wilson - episodes occasionally forced them to share a bed. This was always Played for Laughs.
    • Combined with Big Lipped Alligator Moment in one episode with Frazer and Mainwaring, when Frazer tells a dramatic bedtime story as the platoon sleep in a shed ("The Story of the Auld Empty Barn"note ). As he dramatically builds up to the end, he seems, for no apparent reason, to be stroking Mainwaring's left nipple.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mainwaring is extremely pompous but it is impossible not to feel sympathy for him at times.
  • Memetic Mutation: "They don't like it up 'em!" and the opening sequence with the swastika arrows aimed at Britain—this is often referenced by the tabloids (and the opening credits of Have I Got News for You) for stories about the European Union.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • When reciting 'Eenie meenie miney mo', Pike renders the second line as "Catch a nigger by the toe" which would have been the way the rhyme went both in the 1940s where the show was set and the 1960s when it was written.
    • The episode "Absent Friends", which involves the platoon trying to capture a suspected IRA member, is sometimes omitted from broadcast because of the stereotypical portrayal of the Irish. Before that, it would be left out of broadcast schedules because of The Troubles.
    • The episode "The Making Of Private Pike" has his Girl of the Week reveal her nastier side and call him "retarded", making an already brutal beatdown sound even worse nowadays.
    • Hodges attempting to blackmail Mrs Pike for sex in "High Finance" isn't treated as something normal or acceptable, but by the same token a punch from Wilson is treated as being the end of the matter, unlike today when it would almost certainly result in criminal charges.
  • The Woobie: Private Godfrey, especially in the case of "Branded".