Critical Research Failure: Van Earl Wright occasionally referring to Willie Gault as an "Olympic Gold Medalist" whenever the two would show up to commentate on a major happening at Polk. Gault never competed in the Summer Olympics, though he did go to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary as a member of the U.S. Bobsled Team, even though he ended up on the sidelines the whole time. The one year that Gault would've been in the Summer Games was 1980, the year the United States, along with many other nations, boycotted the Games, taking place in Moscow, out of protest of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. In the days leading up to the Games, Philadelphia staged what was officially known as the Liberty Bell Classic, but is also referred to as the Olympic Boycott Games, as many of those boycotting countries took part. The Classic exclusively consisted of track and field events. Gault won a gold medal in the 4x100 meter relay, and a bronze medal in the 100 meter sprint in a USA sweep of the podium. The gold medal is the one the writing staff mistakenly thought Gault won at an actual Olympics. Gault, though, was a member of the Chicago Bears when they won Super Bowl XX over the New England Patriots.
Moze in some episodes, most notably in School Plays.
Cookie as well, especially around Season 3, where he began to take interest in Lisa Zimo after she had stopped having her crush on him and changed her appearance. His tendencies to overreact to a lot of things as well as screwing up a lot (especially causing Ned to fail his exam in Study Hall) didn't help the cause either, reaching Took a Level in Dumbass red flags.
Gordy also qualifies, as he was elevated from a recurring role in the first season to a starring role in the second and third seasons.
Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The Class Clown episode. While it is true that being amusing can lighten the tension in a School Environment, the episode encourage the viewer to clown around, even if it results in you getting in trouble.
The show frequently uses puppets and unconvincing People in Rubber Suits to portray various animals, and sometimes rather obvious dummies representing characters doing painful stunts. It seems that this is largely done on purpose, considering the cartoony nature of the show to begin with.
In the Pep Rallies episode, Cookie jumps onto a powerful trampoline and is launched through the gym's roof and lands outside the school. This was done using a computer model. However, immediately after Cookie crash landed outside of school the model flipped into an upright position.
This is actually invoked in one episode where Moze thought she'd knocked out two of Coconut Head's teeth. The "teeth" are obviously pieces of white breath mints that have been cut to resemble teeth. Since audiences were used to the terrible effects, the audience just assumed it was his teeth. Then it was revealed that it really was breath mints in-universe as well.
At the end of the "Guide to: Notebooks", Sweeney is hanging from a harness in his classroom. Gordy and Ned are in the room with him. Gordy swipes a caramel apple out of Sweeney's hand, and proceeds to spin him around like a tornado. As the screen goes to an Iris Out transition to go to commercial, you can look through the editing effect of Sweeney rapidly spinning around, and see Don Creech, the actor who played Sweeney, completing his first rotation, flailing his arms and legs, and screaming in a panic.
Suspiciously Similar Song: The first chords of the tune that plays when Ned is explaining his tips to the audience sound a lot like the main riff of "I Can't Explain" by The Who.