!!YMMV tropes for the TV show:
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: All three versions of [[https://youtu.be/kF4H5vZ-Km4 the]] [[https://youtu.be/LICew-bwFHM opening]] [[https://youtu.be/bjImwACuh7w credits]] definitely qualifies.
* DesignatedHero: Martin. He's loud, rude, confrontational, [[NeverMyFault 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]]Plus having a [[MamaBear mother like]] [[MyBelovedSmother Mama Payne]] surely didn't and doesn't help anything.[[/note]] yet it barely excuses his actions.
* HarsherInHindsight: Watching the "Why Can't We Be Friends?" two-parter is now this after Thomas Mikal Ford died in 2016 from a stomach aneurysm.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the 1992 Halloween episode "The Night He Came Home," Martin jokes about it being a "dark and gloomy November...[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush Bush]] got re-elected." This counts as being doubly hilarious; not only was it not to be in 1992, but it eventually ended up [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush being completely accurate in 2004]]. Also in the same episode, Tommy ends up [[spoiler:possessed, although it was only just a prank he and the others were pulling on Martin]] and at one point yells out ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} "I'M NOT TOMMY!"]]''
** Martin's radio station, WZUP, a play on Martin's CatchPhrase, "Wassup?!", became [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalized]] in 2011 when La Grange, North Carolina made an actual WZUP radio station.[[note]]Albeit it's Spanish language instead of R&B/hip-hop.[[/note]]
** Martin's CatchPhrase, which [[https://youtu.be/JJmqCKtJnxM became pretty popular]], [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny 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 [[Music/ChuckBerry 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.
* IdiotPlot: "Nuttin' Goin' on but the Rent". The gang is in a snowstorm in which, since Martin didn't pay the rent due to its "[[ExactWords increase by 5]]," they are getting evicted, there is no heat or water, neither Martin nor Gina bought groceries since "[[NeverMyFault it was the other one's turn]]," they send [[ButtMonkey 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 [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibalism]]...[[spoiler:all because Martin refused to pay ''a five dollar'' rent increase]].
* OvershadowedByControversy: 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.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Film/NapoleonDynamite Jon Gries]] and [[Series/ThirtyRock Tracy Morgan]] appeared on the show before hitting it big.
* TheScrappy: Shanise, Cole's girlfriend [[spoiler: and eventual fiancée]] from season five. She was even ''dumber than Cole'' and her jokes were way too obvious, making them painfully unfunny.
* UncannyValley: 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:
* StrawmanHasAPoint: [[spoiler: 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.]]