YMMV / Duckman

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Occasionally, such as Gecko briefly gaining the ability to speak and smoke a pipe in "The Amazing Colossal Duckman".
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Too many instances to count. As with Family Guy (a show that might be considered its spiritual successor), curious viewers watching their first episode of Duckman should keep two tallies - one for the number of times you laugh, and one for the number of times you feel insulted and/or begin to vomit. If the first tally is larger than the second, you're a fan.
  • Cult Classic: Still a highly respected show by those who remember it. This show predated South Park by over three years, and Family Guy by five, and it's not farfetched to say that the seeds for those shows can be seen in Duckman. It was never a huge sensation when it originally aired, but Jason Alexander chalks it up to the fact that it was so far ahead of its time.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song, as they often are.
    • "We're Off on the Road to Dendron".
  • Foe Yay: Played for Laughs on occasion with Duckman and King Chicken's antagonism. Particularly, there's their interaction while drunk and making amends in "Cock Tales for Four", which is lampshaded.
    King Chicken: You know this means, don't you?
    Duckman gives King Chicken an uneasy expression.
    King Chicken: No, not that. It means...we're friends.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Lampshaded in "Bev Takes a Holiday". Charles and Mambo ask Bernice how she plans to have enough energy to be a mom and a Congresswoman. Bernice replies that she'll take power naps in the bathroom like Strom Thurmond. Immediately, a disclaimer appears on the screen, stating to disregard the joke if Strom Thurmond has died around the time of the episode's premiere (or rerun).
    • Doubly funny as this episode was rerun on Comedy Central the day after Strom Thurman died. Possibly done so deliberately.
    • Before he died, Jim Varney voiced Walt Evergreen, president of a tobacco company. Varney died of lung cancer in 2000.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Cellar Beware", Duckman mumbles in his sleep, "Sssh, Hillary, not so loud. What if Bill hears you?" Considering the Lewinsky scandal three years later, I don't think it's Hillary we have to worry about having an affair...
    • "Sperms of Endearment" features a gag about Cornfed being contractually guaranteed at least 10 seconds of screen-time per episode. When the show finally ended, Gregg Berger did miss a couple episodes, but he still appeared more than any other character besides Duckman.
    • "Das Sub" features a Shout-Out to Comedy Central's Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, with Duckman saying, "They look at you and see what they wanna watch. They look at me and know it's the wrong channel." After Duckman ended, though, reruns turned up on Comedy Central.
    • "Ride the High School" sees Duckman pass out after getting repeatedly beaten up. When he comes to, he sees three Bernices. Pretty funny after Beverly (the third sibling) was introduced in Season 4. On a similar note, Bernice remarks in "From Brad to Worse" that she's fresh out of sisters.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Duckman's behavior and antisocial attitude stems from the fact he still misses his wife, and that she was the only person who could keep him in line.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • "Joking the Chicken" featured a take-off of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" which played, appropriately enough, during a 2001: A Space Odyssey parody.
    • "The Gripes of Wrath" has a musical parody of the song "Holiday for Strings", aka the theme to "The Red Skeleton Show".
    • During a couple episodes of season 4, Bernice was accompanied by a brief Leitmotif which sounded very similar to the Wicked Witch of the West's theme from The Wizard of Oz.
    • And the Friends theme was parodied in "With Friends Like These".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Fluffy and Uranus are deliberately this as to annoy Duckman. Also counts as the In-Universe versions of The Scrappy.
    • The ending song to "America, The Beautiful" can be this or Narm Charm, depending on the viewer.
  • What an Idiot: Invoked in "A Civil War" when Duckman declares that Val couldn't have killed her husband. Besides other evidence littering the office, he inadvertently presses the play button on a tape recorder on her desk. The tape plays: "Val, put down that gun! You're my wife, don't shoot!" Duckman grabs the tape recorder and smashes it: "I can't hear myself think!"
    Cornfed: Duckman, you're overlooking evidence that no detective, not even you, should be able to miss.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The show made by the nice people who brought us Rugrats, and despite having offensive language, politically-incorrect subject matter, rampant female fanservice, and sex-related jokes that could've easily given the show a TV-14 rating, it somehow got a TV-PG. With that said, Duckman is one of the few Klasky Csupo works that isn't kid friendly.