YMMV / Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

The 2016 series

  • Creepy Awesome: Bart, the holistic assassin.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Samuel Barnett dyed his hair for Dirk Gently. What color is it remains up to debate.
  • Ear Worm: "First Things First" by Neon Trees.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • When Amanda is smashing up a police car with the Rowdy 3 after first meeting them, she suffers another pararibulitis attack. They all crowd around her, you expect something bad to happen since they feed on people's fear... then they end up helping her, by sucking the negative energy out of her and causing the attack to stop.
      Marty: You don't have to put up with that shit anymore.
      [Amanda gives them all a small but grateful smile]
      • Technically, this is not the first time they fed on her and ended an attack. The first time was in the grocery store parking lot, after they'd been stalking her for an episode-and-a-half, and after which they brought her home unharmed along with her groceries. It's made clear that feeding on her pararibulitis attacks sustains them while giving her relief. It's very symbiotic, which is heartwarming.
    • Todd coming back to Dirk after the case is over.
    • The last scenes of the finale before the cliffhanger: Dirk, Todd, and Farah start the titular detective agency, Amanda is dancing happily with the Rowdy 3, and Ken and Bart travel together.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The series lives on this, especially towards the end of its first season.
  • Iron Woobie: The Blackwing projects. They've lived their lives as experiments by the CIA and suffer trauma from it, but they still try to live their lives the way they want to.
  • Les Yay: The way Tina fangirls over Farah and constantly asks her along on investigations seems like a developing crush.
  • Lost in Medias Res: The first episode rapidly introduces a number of unexplained plot points which are resolved throughout the season.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The CIA program, Blackwing. They experimented on people who have special abilities and the program gets revived at the end.
    • Pararibulitis. A nerve disease that causes painful hallucinations that feel completely real and it can kill you. In fact, it is heavily implied that the disease killed Todd and Amanda's aunt.
      • And the first season ends on a particularly harrowing note: as Amanda tearfully calls him to tell him that her and the Rowdy Three are being taken by Blackwing, Todd contracts it himself. The final scene where he lies in a fetal position, screaming in agony, hands burning, as Amanda desperately tries to ask where he is, is horrifying.
    • The creepy, wide-eyed stare and jerky head movements of the girl in the house Todd returns the dog to. It gets worse when you realize the girl is Lydia Spring...body swapped with the dog.
  • Tear Jerker: In the penultimate episode, Todd finding out that Dirk lied to him and tells him not to speak to him again after the case is over.
    • Zimmerfield's death in episode 6. And Estevez's reaction to it. It is clear in the following episodes that his death deeply affected him and drove him partly insane.
    • Todd and Amanda's relationship breaking down in episode 6 after he tells her the truth about what he did. After seeing how close they were, and how much he cared about her, seeing it all fall apart is upsetting.
    Amanda: You are exactly the piece of shit everyone says you are.
  • The Woobie: Every damn character.
    • Dirk explicitly tells Todd he's never had a friend in his whole life.
    • Todd made some deeply selfish mistakes in the past that harmed himself as well as other people in his life. As a result, he fully believes himself to be a screwup and a terrible person and thinks that nothing he ever does will be able to atone him. When he develops Pararibulitis at the end of season 1/start of season 2, he tells Farah that he believes he deserves it.
    • Due to her disease, Amanda is forced to live a sheltered life confined to her house, unable to even go outside and get groceries without the risk of a hallucination. As such, she is fully dependent on her brother. Made even worse by the revelation that Todd lied about having her disease and being cured, meaning she has to live with the fact that she will suffer from it for the rest of her life.
    • Bart is a borderline-feral assassin who has never experienced normal human life and doesn't understand the concept of friendship.
    • Ken, an ordinary electrician, is forcibly dragged into the plot by Bart's attempting to kill him under the assumption that he's Dirk Gently. He later bonds with Bart, only to be captured by Project Blackwing and held captive for two months and counting.