YMMV / Manhattan


  • Award Snub:
    • Only nominated for two Academy Awards, with Woody Allen being snubbed for Best Director and the film somehow not being nominated for Best Picture. However, it was the snub of Gordon Willis for his amazing black and white cinematography that astounds most film historians.
    • The film was also probably Allen's best acting role, but went unnominated.
  • Awesome Music: The first 92 seconds of the film, set to George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, is one of the greatest film openings in history.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The film ends with Isaac going back to the 17-year-old high school girl he dated at the start of the film. Many years later, Woody Allen started a relationship with his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow's adopted daughter Soon Yi, whom he had helped raise.
  • Genius Bonus: "What are you telling me? That you're gonna leave Emily and run away with the... the winner of the Zelda Fitzgerald Emotional Maturity Award?"
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "I'm beautiful and I'm bright and I deserve better!"
    • The shot of Isaac and Mary sitting with the Manhattan Bridge in the background. It was even on the poster.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The sympathetic, non-judgemental portrayal of a 42 year-old man sleeping with a 17-year-old high school studentnote  is something a mainstream movie would probably not have gotten away with before or after The '70s.
    • Also, Isaac asking his ex-wife and her female lover if his son wears dresses.


  • Ho Yay: Canon between Glen Babbit and Dr. Lavro.
  • Les Yay: Canonically established between Elodie and Abby as of "The New World", and helped along by the fact that Abby was certainly drinking it in as she watched Elodie change in front of an open window in the pilot, and under the influence of some 90 proof when Elodie's putting her into bed.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Critics who watch are enjoying this show, but it continues to be ignored in general.
  • Squick:
    • In-verse, as Abby finds out some people will have phone sex even with someone else potentially listening in.
    • The show rather graphically shows the effect of Frank Winter having accidentally stepped on some old shrapnel.
    • They also show the effects of Chlorine gas on Frank's squadmates back at his trench.
    • Frank trying to outmatch the chili record, especially when the previous record holder had been a literal pig.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Sid could have become a double agent reporting back to G-2 about why Frank had been away for a year in the late 1930s, seeing as he knew Frank had betrayed him to the Army to get his group back together.
    • One possible reason for this is because the Manhattan Project really did have a spy in their midst, Klaus Fuchs. If they have plans for his story later in the series Sid spying on Frank might be irrelevant or unwieldy story-wise.
  • UST:
    • Between Dunlavey and Frank Winter's daughter.
    • Also between Charile Isaacs and Helen Prins. Resolved as of "The Gun Model", but this is hardly referenced in the finale.