YMMV tropes for the TV show:
- Awesome Music: All three versions of the opening credits definitely qualifies.
- Designated Hero: Martin. He's loud, rude, confrontational, unable to accept responsibility for his actions, and not always the most loyal of friends. Granted, it's shown many times that he's a very insecure person,note yet it barely excuses his actions.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Watching the "Why Can't We Be Friends?" two-parter is now this after Thomas Mikal Ford died in 2016 from a stomach aneurysm.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- In the 1992 Halloween episode "The Night He Came Home," Martin jokes about it being a "dark and gloomy November...Bush got re-elected." This counts as being doubly hilarious; not only was it not to be in 1992, but it eventually ended up being completely accurate in 2004. Also in the same episode, Tommy ends up possessed, although it was only just a prank he and the others were pulling on Martin and at one point yells out "I'M NOT TOMMY!"
- Martin's radio station, WZUP, a play on Martin's Catch-Phrase, "Wassup?!", became defictionalized in 2011 when La Grange, North Carolina made an actual WZUP radio station.note
- Martin's Catch-Phrase, which became pretty popular, if not infamous, a few years after the show ended.
- One episode has Martin complaining that Charley Pride was the only black man in country music. Not only was that always untrue, but Darius Rucker, previously of Hootie and the Blowfish, has made quite a name for himself in the genre, even winning both a Grammy and a CMA Award.
- Idiot Plot: "Nuttin' Goin' on but the Rent". The gang is in a snowstorm in which, since Martin didn't pay the rent due to its "increase by 5," they are getting evicted, there is no heat or water, neither Martin nor Gina bought groceries since "it was the other one's turn," they send Cole out to a pizza place in the middle of said snowstorm, Martin turns away Hustle Man's food because of his pride, Cole and the pizza are frozen, and they even contemplate cannibalism...all because Martin refused to pay a five dollar rent increase.
- Overshadowed by Controversy: Martin Lawrence's drug use and his alleged sexual harassment of Tisha Campbell. The final season shows how much tension there was behind the scenes and the quality of the show suffered because of it.
- Retroactive Recognition: Jon Gries and Tracy Morgan appeared on the show before hitting it big.
- The Scrappy: Shanise, Cole's girlfriend and eventual fiancée from Season 5. She was even dumber than Cole and her jokes were way too obvious, making them painfully unfunny.
- Uncanny Valley: The later seasons' opening featured a dancing CGI Martin. It looks about like you'd expect for the time.
YMMW tropes for the Romero film:
- Strawman Has a Point: While Cuda is an abusive jerk, Martin is still a serial killer that has murdered many, many people. It's hard to completely fault him for the staking, as sympathetic as Martin is.