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.
Critical Dissonance: The critics almost universally love the show, while the normal audience is split between absolutely hating it, and loving it along with the critics. Additionally, the show gets very poor ratings, with its highest rated episode getting just over 1 million and most episodes getting 0.8 million viewers, which is somewhat low even for HBO's standards.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Ray, who began as just 'Charlie's friend' and grew into a popular character, to the point of being promoted to a series regular for season 2.
Adam, too, given his increased, sympathetic presence in Season 2.
Hype Backlash: It got a LOT of this, mainly as a result of the "voice of a generation" quote (which was taken out of context). Perhaps the most legitimate, ongoing criticism is that of the lack of diversity in the cast; as an article at Nerve pointed out it's weird even for privileged, white 20-somethings to have such a homogenous group of friends when they live in a city as diverse as New York. (Granted, this is a problem with a lot ofshows set inthe Big Apple, but most of them had older casts.)
Les Yay: between Marnie and Jessa, they make out during an attempted threesome in one episode (and seem a lot more into each other than the guy who propositioned them) and because of this some of their earlier fighting/dislike of each other seems more like UST
Marnie and Hannah even though it's mostly friendly.
Memetic Mutation: "I think I may be the voice of a generation." Though not in the best way, as it was widely misunderstood as an earnest statement by the show's creator through the character, when it's really ludicrous babbling while high on opium.
Nausea Fuel: You will never look at Q-Tips in quite the same way again.
Reality Subtext: This article suggests that Hannah and Sandy's conversation about her essay (he says nothing happens, she argues that what happens is that "a girl’s whole perspective on who she was, and her sexuality, changed") could be a pre-emptive response to criticism of the episode "One Man's Trash." Though it could just as well apply to several other episodes, or the series as a whole.
What an Idiot: While it has already been established that Hannah has No Social Skills, her impious behaviour at David's funeral stands out. She actually does try to act appropriately, but then she winds up expressing concern only for herself and her book project, in front of the widow, no less. Adam has to call her out several times during that story-arc.