These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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.