YMMV / Lois and Clark

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: There is a serial killer living right under Superman's nose and he never even notices. Jimmy Olsen may seem innocent at first glance, but by the end of the series he has a substantial body count going on. In pretty much every episode, Jimmy is professing his love for a girl and by the end of the episode he'll have won her over only for her to vanish without a trace in the next episode. Even plot armored characters aren't safe from him, Lois's sister goes from a central storyline to never heard from again! (To be fair, this could just mean he's a shit boyfriend who can't keep a girlfriend worth his life.)
  • Arc Fatigue: From the first attempt at the wedding, to the actual wedding finally happening, takes eleven episodes. While annoying on DVD, this must have been intolerable in 1996.
    • It was, particularly since the first attempt at the wedding had been intended and promoted as the actual wedding. At the last minute the network insisted that they change it, for fear that people would stop watching after Clark and Lois finally tied the knot. Say "frog-eating clone" (or just "clone") to a FoLC (Friend of Lois & Clark) and watch what happens.
  • Broken Base: Particularly fans of The Adventures of Superboy TV series, which was probably axed by Warner Bros. to avert the possibility of two competing Superman shows. While nobody will claim that Superboy was a milestone of television, it left a bad taste in many fans' mouths which still persists today.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Soul Mates", which involves Lois & Clark jumping between Hollywood History time periods. Each time, Clark is a heroic rogue with a mild-mannered alter-ego, while Lois is trapped in a Shotgun Wedding by Tempus.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Tempus is a fan-favorite villain.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: In the DVD commentary on the Episode "Season's Greedings", writer and actor Dean Cain said that it was really fun for him and the rest of the cast to act like greedy children. The message he intended to send is that it is a bad thing to be greedy (or at least a bad thing to be very greedy). It did look very fun being greedy, and the character did not suffer any penalty for greed because their greed was a result of the Toy Man's evil toys. So the overall plot has the characters having fun by being assholes, and getting away with it because they have an excuse. The episode was entertaining.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Mindy Church was never caught onscreen; many fanfics have her receive comeuppance in some way, whether it happens between Seasons 3 and 4 or in stories beyond Season 4.
    • What became of Cat Grant.
  • Hello, Attorney!: Mayson Drake (Season 2) and Angela Winters ("The People Vs. Lois Lane").
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "The Night Before Mxymas", Mr. Mxyzptlk (Howie Mandell) asks Superman, "So, are we ready to make a deal?"
    • In "Resurrection", Lois and Clark disguise themselves as greasers in order to sneak into a prison visitor's area. Their aliases? Angel and Spike.
    • Fred Willard makes guest appearances as a U.S. Presidential candidate. We all know how well that went...
    • In "Don't Tug On Superman's Cape," Lois has an Imagine Spot where Clark acts like James Bond and she's stuck in the role of a Bond Girl. Teri Hatcher would actually go on to play one not long after the show ended.
    • The Final Episode aired on June 14, 1997, the same month and day that another Superman adaptation would come out 16 years later.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Lex Luthor.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The government agent from "Double Jeopardy".
  • Seasonal Rot: The fourth and last season is generally considered as weak due to the aforementionned Arc Fatigue and Denser and Wackier plots.
  • Strawwoman Has A Point: The D.A. Mayson Drake dislikes Superman but is in love with Clark Kent. In her first appearance Superman asks her why she dislikes him and gives several legitimate reasons for a clean official to dislike him:
    Mayson Drake (to Superman): "Do you have a license to chase criminals? Do you read them their rights? If you injure someone are you insured?"
    • She also discusses how Clark is standing up for the law despite the inherent risks, and says how she'd like to see Superman do that without his powers. To her, Superman isn't a real hero because he's not human, or at least is not with all human weaknesses.
    • Sadly, the last thing she learns is they're the same person.
  • The Woobie: Alternate!Clark, who's bullied by Lana Lang, never became Superman, and had his Lois disappear.