The movies provide examples of:
- Awesome Music: A given.
- "Dogs in the Yard" and "I Sing The Body Electric" from the original, "Hold Your Dream" from the remake.
- "Is It OK If I Call You Mine" is also very heartfelt.
- So Okay, It's Average: How most critics have felt about the remake, especially compared to the original with its stronger social commentary.
The musical version provides examples of:
- Awesome Music: "Fame", clearly. The full version of "Bring on Tomorrow" is another.
- Ear Worm: "FAME! I'm gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn how to fly!"
- Fridge Logic: Wait, a performing arts high school, and not ONE gay kid?!
- Hollywood Pudgy: Mabel, depending on the actress. She can be any size, but the point is, she's fat for a dancer.
- Ho Yay: "Can't Keep it Down" is full of it. In some productions, Nick and Joe Vegas Ho Yay it up during the Romeo and Juliet scene with Serena.
"You'll probably go off to New Haven and meet some guy and forget all about me!"
- Not to mention that Serena is half-convinced Nick is gay.
- Tear Jerker:
- "In L.A" for Carmen.
- "These Are My Children" for Ms. Sherman.
- The full version of "Bring on Tomorrow" when Schlomo dedicates the performance to Carmen, who's just died of a drug overdose.
The series version provides examples of:
- Awesome Music: "Life Is A Celebration" is a good place to start.
- Bizarro Episode: The Wizard of Oz episode. Ironically, the show's renditions of the classic songs seem to be how people discover the show on Youtube.
- Ear Worm: All over the place. That many of the songs were written by at least one person who also wrote original songs for fellow MGM musical series Kids Incorporated should tip you in.
- Tear Jerker: Many entire episodes, examples include "Help from My Friends" and "Who Am I Really".
- "Go Softly Into The Morning" might be the biggest as it deals with a heavy subject matter (drunk driving) and a prominent character is killed off as a result. The song "See Your Face Again" from that same episode also falls into this territory after the passing of its vocalist, Carrie Hamilton.
- The song "Come What May" (not that one, an original song composed for the show) in particular is also heartbreakingly gorgeous.