- Audience-Alienating Premise: Poobala.com noted this trope on their page for the show. It suggests that a happily married and contented Rhoda may've alienated some viewers who liked her original characterization (a Deadpan Snarker with low self-esteem and dating troubles) better. However, as they said, attempting to put Rhoda back the way she was on The Mary Tyler Moore Show definitely made things worse.
"...people might not like the happy and contented Rhoda but they also don't necessarily want to see her happiness shattered and her marriage ruined!"
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Six words: "Hello, this is Carlton, your doorman."
- Hollywood Pudgy: Brenda constantly refers to herself as fat, just like Rhoda used to.
- More Popular Spinoff: At least in Britain, where this proved to be more successful than the parent show.
- Retroactive Recognition:
- Seasonal Rot: Starting with the third season, where Rhoda and Joe have an explosive argument that leads to a separation. By the end of the season, they've divorced (it's finalized at the start of season four). While the writers felt this was a better direction for the Rhoda character, the viewers disagreed and the show never recovered.
- Shipping Bed Death: One of the rare examples where the audience was fine with a They Do scenario, but the writers weren't. Their solution to their problem ended up killing the show with a divorce plotline that consumed the entire third season in a failed attempt at a Re Tool.