These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Ari and the headmaster share a moment in Season 4 when Ari goes over to the headmaster's house to try to convince the headmaster to let his son into the same private school as his sister, Ari tearfully acknowledges what he did to make the board not want to let his son in, the headmaster then confesses to Ari that he has a 'special' son who works in the mail room at another agency, he then tells Ari that if he gives him a better job at his agency he'll let Ari's son into the school.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Ari quickly became one of the most popular characters in the show, and gained more prominence in the show during the second season.
Eccentric and temperamental director Billy Walsh was also quite popular with fans of the show.
Epic Fail: Medellin almost killed Vince's career, and looks like it may have killed Billy Walsh's.
Foe Yay (Ari's admonitions of Lloyd usually involve something sexual)
Ari: That was a great speech, Lloyd. Yeah, if I was 25 and liked cock, we could be something.
Ari's admonitions of pretty much everyone involve something sexual.
Hilarious in Hindsight: Ari's remark about NBC when Drama's worried they might cancel his new show, Five Towns.
Ari: They gave Joey two seasons, NBC don't cancel shit.
Jerkass Woobie: Ari becomes one in "The Beginning Of The End" - When Mrs. Ari tells him that she's started seeing someone else, he looks utterly crushed.
Its debatable but complaints about the show going downhill surfaced somewhere around season 3.
Many fans have agreed that season 7 is the show's low point, criticizing it for losing much of its warmth and humor and becoming a Darker and Edgier drama. As a result of the fans' complaints, Season 8 returned to a tone more in line with the earlier seasons, with a greater focus on humor and heartwarming moments.
Strawman Has a Point: Verner Vollstedt may have been trying to get Vince to quit Smokejumpers, but he makes legitimate points about Vince's acting & forces him to step up his game.
The Woobie: Dana Gordon in Season 8. She and Ari rekindle their old romance after Ari and his wife seperate. Dana falls back in love with Ari and wants to have a child with him even though she's nearly 40 years old. But in the end Ari realizes that he's still in love with his wife and breaks off his relationship with Dana, leaving her heartbroken.