YMMV: Li'l Abner

  • Anvilicious: Shameless. But usually still hilarious.
  • Deader Than Disco: The strip fell into this pretty hard. For a couple of decades (40s-60s), it was the most popular comic strip in America by a mile, with an estimated daily readership of 70 million in the US alone (back when the country's population was ~180 million.) The strip produced omnipresent merchandise and even a few live-action films. Al Capp was called the modern-day Mark Twain. Characters from the strip, such as Daisy Mae, Sadie Hawkins, Lena the Hyena were part of the Small Reference Pools. It also spawned an extremely successful spinoff character, the Schmoo, which was a cultural phenomenon in its own right. The main reason it died off in popularity was because of its complete alienation of the baby boomer generation. Al Capp became increasingly conservative in his later years, and the strip started taking regular potshots at the civil rights movement, hippies, and anti-war protesters, including an infamous feud with John Lennon. Perhaps even worse, in 1971, Al Capp got caught in multiple near-simultaneous sex scandals that led to many newspapers dropping the strip out of protest. Due to these two factors, the strip's popularity plummeted in the 70s, until it finally ended in 1977. The result is that today, the strip is a footnote in the history of American pop culture if it's even remembered at all.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Capp took Refuge in Audacity regularly; the YMMV part is exactly which elements of Lil Abner qualify according to the observer. The astounding imbecility of... well, everybody? The casual use of Ms. Fanservice? The frequently-ludicrous plots? The puns? There's something here for everybody!... to be offended by. However, in the best traditions of this trope, Capp would keep piling it on until a critic either left angry or admitted that it was Actually Pretty Funny.