YMMV / Fillmore!

  • Anvilicious:
    • The bullying episode "A Dark Score Evened" lacks the more casual writing of the show.
    • "Test of the Tested" can be seen similarly, especially as standardized tests come under more fire in Real Life. Having tons of the school's kids in total panic mode at the mere thought of a retake didn't quite help. As a result, Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The title theme, of course.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • "Test of the Tested" once you realize how Real Life standardized tests can affect kids quite similarly, and have lately come under the same kind of fire the S.A.T.T.Y.9 did in the episode for their pressure on kids for a single test.
    • Orlando Brown's whole role as Fillmore becomes this when considering the criminal activity and arrests he was later involved in.
    • In "Ingrid Third, Public Enemy #1", Fillmore comments that Wayne's school has one of the best safety patrols in the country. Come "South of Friendship, North of Honor"... Good god, what happened between those two episodes?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie: Being sympathetic criminals, some of the antagonists tend to be this:
    • Randall Julian in "To Mar a Stall"
    • Harrison in "Cry, the Beloved Mascot"
    • Malika in "Red Robins Don't Fly"
    • Oscar in "Next Stop Armageddon"
    • Biana in "Nappers Never Sleep"
    • George in "A Cold Day At X"
    • Leo/Gustav Amaddeus Douglas in "Masterstroke of Malevolance"
    • All the metal shop kids in "Two Wheels, Full Throttle, No Breaks". There reasons for stealing the scooters is so they can afford new prosthetic legs for the metal shop teacher's dog. The only reason they fall under 'Jerkass' is because they were stealing
    • Francine Bishop in "The Shreds Fell Like Snowflakes
    • Kipp in "Foes Don't Forgive"
    • Penny in "Immune To All But Justice"
    • Oskar Mabini and Robert Chestnut in "Links in a Chain of Honor"
    • Terri in "The Unseen Reflection" is a subversion in that she's simply a straight-up woobie whose seemingly malicious acts turned out to be her (eventually successful) efforts to save her and Tori from being associated with a book series that had just horribly jumped the shark.
    • Yumi and Gladys/Alexis in "Codename: Electric Haricut"
    • The vigilante perpetrators in "A Dark Score Evened" - all of them have genuinely been shafted by the system, they have a Token Good Teammate and the only one who truly qualifies as a Jerk Ass is their leader.
    • Alexandria in "Field Trip of the Just"
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped/ Values Resonance: "The Test of the Tested" became more relevant due to the problems that stemmed from Standardized Test-focused education from "No Child Left Behind", which included stifling creativity of students and lesser impact on their ability to apply them to real life. TheMysteriousMrEnter even noted on its relevance up to 2010's in his reviews.
  • Straw Man Has A Point:
    • In the episode "A Dark Score Evened", concerning a group of vigilantes targeting bullies, the head of the fashion department was given her "I'm a jerk" characterization by tearing up her assistant's fashion design and yelling at her. Here's the thing: while she could've been nicer about it, that design really WAS an abomination. Pay attention: the outfit was Capri pants and a halter top... FOR MEN. That assistant is completely insane for thinking that was a good idea.
    • Similarly, Fulsom was right to call out the protesting girl for being too disruptive, especially when her protest (that time) was demanding the entire cafeteria go vegetarian at a public middle school. Fulsom also agreed that while the girl had a right to free speech, she did not have the right when it disrupted the rest of the school (the girl was yelling very loudly and marching in a crowded hallway).
    • "The Unseen Reflection" had one of the aforementioned fangirls calling out an apathetic author for not even trying to deliver a quality story in regards to her latest book, which was awful both in terms of the plot and the grammar, and the author herself stated she wrote the entire thing on a plane trip to Milan and that she felt the girls were "taking it too seriously" (despite allowing an intense fan contest for who got the first copy of the book). The girls then point out that she should have more respect for her fans.
    • In "To Mar a Stall" a girl points out that if Fulsom had just listened to her and ordered stainless steel, this tagging wouldn't even be possible. It's underminded when we find out she's the tagger in the first place.
    • When it's pointed out to the last bully by the Bully Payback Squad that being a geek in no way stops him from being a bully, since he still used his authority over others to make them feel small...which they are called out on for doing the exact same thing a second later.
  • Too Good to Last
  • Toy Ship:
    • Fillmore and Ingrid.
    • Anza and Tehama is also picked up speed... much slower.
    • Fillmore and Penny, for an episode.
    • Possibly Wayne Liggett and his old partner, Emily Kinsey from his middle school in Tennessee. Watch Wayne's reactions when he's talking about Emily or staring at her empty desk.
    • For a No Hugging, No Kissing series there were quite a lot of cases involving young couples.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-series, several of the artistic children are presented as eccentric and unusual. One kid even dumps paint on himself as a form of art.
  • The Woobie:
    • Jamie in "Red Robins Don't Fly" and "This Savior a Snitch"...Or so he seems...
    • Wayne in the episode where Fillmore visits his new school. He's pretty much broken by the time he and Fillmore reunite and was ready to give up entirely after he got kicked off the force. Only Fillmore getting into real trouble snapped him out of it. Also Emily Kinsey is an off-camera version since we don't know what the rest of the Safety Patrol did to her but it was bad enough to make her transfer out and devastate Wayne.
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