YMMV / Nathan Barley

  • Acceptable Lifestyle Targets: Annoying, shallow and superficial tech-savvy hipsters.
  • Better on DVD: There are various subtle plot threads
  • Ear Worm: "Bad, to have a bad uncle/Bad, to have a bad uncle"...
  • Foe Yay: Between Dan and Nathan, sort of. Nathan worships the ground he walks on and seems to have a crush on him, but Dan completely hates him.
  • Ho Yay: Between Dan and Jones, despite limited screentime on the part of Jones. In all their scenes together, Jones is either trying to help Dan, cheer him up, or support his hatred of Nathan. In their final scene together, seeing Dan is on the verge of a breakdown, Jones plays his version of a lullaby to Dan to help him sleep until he passes out himself, and then keeps the music running to avoid Dan being woken up. Despite having a room of his own, Jones curls up on the couch next to Dan, and when Dan wakes up he calls for him. When he spots Jones on the couch beside him Dan stares at him contemplatively for several moments, which distract Dan so much he can't hear the loud obnoxious lullaby music.
  • Misaimed Fandom: both in-text and metatextual; Dan's article satirising the hipsters he's surrounded by sees them venerate him as their icon in the show. On a meta-level, the show is clearly meant to savagely spoof a certain kind of irritating hipster, but that particular audience ended up becoming the show's biggest fans.
  • What an Idiot: Toby could be described as a regular idiot (i.e. a little dimwitted but harmless enough) while most of the RAPE crew are genuinely completely bereft of intelligence and appear to be in a state of arrested development.
  • The Woobie: Poor, high-strung Pingu.
  • Take That, Audience!: Morris and Brooker were almost certainly taking a few swipes at the obnoxious hipsters who deify them.