Fridge Brilliance: The 7-11 clerk in "Catnip And Trust" who ditches work to make up with his girlfriend later reveals that, after the ordeal, they went right out and got married. This may seem like a one-off gag until you remember that Las Vegas is famous for it's drive-through chapels.
Fridge Horror: In "Possession," the usually wimpy Hunter starts torturing Snack as a result of Sarmoti encouraging him to be a predator. Could he have known that bullying victims becoming violent and torturing small animals were the early signs of a person becoming a serial killer!?
Genius Bonus: In the episode "Catnip And Trust," Sierra tells the school recruiter how she wrote an essay on "the role of lions in early Christianity." Anyone who knows what ancient Romans did to Christians knows that the lions' role was not a flattering one.
The pilot episode has a scene where Sierra snarks at a knockoff of The Lion King, the movie that had previously convinced show runner and former Disney CEO Jeff Katzenberg, who considers the film his masterpiece, to angrily leave the company to start DreamWorks.
Larry's joke about being a new generation of parents who "had a lot of fun so you don't have to" predicted the animosity between American millennials in The New '10s and baby boomers, with millennials citing their selfishness for crippling the economy, not preparing them for the real world and then blaming everything it all on the younger generation.
Heartwarming Moments: A surprisingly sincere one at the end of "Possession" where Sarmoti tries to make peace with Tom the antelope so as to teach Hunter that the greatest warriors know when to show restraint and that violence isn't the answer. The two them walk home, hand-in-hand. Of course, the whole thing is undermined by Samoti then framing Tom for stealing Blake and Victoria's TV, but hey, at least he didn't use violence!
DreamWorks apparently really likes the "catnip as a drug" joke, as Shrek 2 has a scene where Puss In Boots gets busted for it.
Hype Aversion: DreamWorks plugged the show out the wazoo during the 2004 Olympics to the point where everyone was already sick of it when it finally premiered.
Magnificent Bitch: Sierra in "One Man's Meat..." when she fakes crying to con Sarmoti out of some money he won from her boyfriend in poker.
Moral Event Horizon: Tom the white trash antelope crosses this when he encourages his son to beat up on Hunter.
Overshadowed by Controversy: The show had the misfortune to debut almost immediately after the real life Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy was allegedly attacked onstage by one of his tigersnote It was later revealed that Horn actually had a stroke, and the tiger was attempting to carry him offstage. Despite their insistence that the show continue, many felt it much too awkward at the time. A joke Lampshading this appears in "Possession" where one white lion is shunned because of something unspeakable.
So Okay, It's Average: The consensus is that for every slew tired and predictable jokes, there's about one good one.
Sierra is clearly hurt by her parents not believing that the catnip in her room isn't her's (it's later revealed to be Sarmoti's) and even starts trembling as she fights back tears.
"I didn't want to drugs before, but now maybe I will!"
Snack when he (rightfully) assumes that Candy dumped him. It gets Played for Laughs later.
Sierra gets another one when she breaks down crying and throws a mini-tantrum after she failed to win her boyfriend's money back from Sarmoti in a poker game. Subverted in that she was faking it to milk her grandfather's sympathy.
True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-Universe. Kate's feminist group encourages her to paint her feelings in a free-form painting. One of her group members (and, a little later, Hunter) recognize it as "anger, with a touch of hope" and the two laugh before sobbing in each other's arms, all while Larry stares at the thing, completely baffled.
"Bring out the copper kettle..."
Uncanny Valley: That state-of-the-art CGI doesn't really hold up 10+ years later. Most of the problems with early computer animation, such as plastic-looking humans, awkwardly-patched fur and "dead" eyes plague this show. The designs of the big cats, meanwhile, all have an odd mix of realistic animal anatomy, human facial features (lions should not have lips!) and cartoon proportions. Some of the more exaggerated characters, such as Sierra and Roy, fair a bit better.