- Ear Worm: The very catchy title song, performed by Donny Hathaway and featuring famous women through "herstory". Lampshaded in a cutaway on Family Guy as Peter and Lois watch the "rarely seen full length version" of the lyrics.
- Just Here for Godzilla: More than a few male viewers have admitted to watching the show just to look at Adrienne Barbeau.
- Never Live It Down: Maude ran for six seasons, and was a ratings hit throughout its run, but today it is remembered for the abortion episode and little else. This was very evident when Bea Arthur died, and reporters mentioned virtually nothing else about the show. (Contrast their fond and detailed retrospectives of The Golden Girls, which has stuck far more firmly in the popular imagination.)
- For the most part, being the first show to have a legal abortion after Roe v. Wade right in the middle of the Feminist Movement was a huge deal. However, it seems more like Maude tends to get overshadowed by Arthur's and McClanahan's success on The Golden Girls, since The Golden Girls still has a huge periphery demographic of younger people, while Maude has somewhat faded from the TV landscape.
- Retroactive Recognition: Look, it's Dorothy and Blanche! But why is Blanche acting like Rose? Made even more apparent when we learn that The Golden Girls producers wanted McClanahan to play Rose and White to play Blanche; Bea Arthur wasn't interested in playing Dorothy under those conditions (calling it "Maude and Vivian meet Sue Ann Nivens") until McClanahan informed her that she would be playing the vamp, and White the nitwit. "Now that sounds interesting", Arthur replied, and you know the rest.
- Stop Helping Me!: Maude's attempts at proving she was not prejudiced tended to irk Florida quite a bit, since Florida just wanted to do her job. In Florida's first episode, Maude believed that having Florida come into the house through the back door was somehow offensive (even though that's where they parked), so Maude made Florida walk all the way around the house to the front door to bring in the groceries.
- Values Dissonance: The episode where Walter, in a drunken rage, hits Maude and gives her a black eye. Yes, he's sorry and all that, but the way she's comforting him and telling him it's OK, she knows he didn't mean it.... for a character portrayed as a radical feminist, this seems pretty jarring.