YMMV: Rumpole of the Bailey
- Genius Bonus: Rumpole peppers his conversations and speeches with snippets of poetry and more allusions to literature than you can shake a stick at. Attentive viewers will find everything from Shakespeare to Wordsworth to The Scarlet Pimpernel (and that twice in the same scene).
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show became a big hit with American PBS viewers when it was packaged as part of that network's Masterpiece Theatre spinoff Mystery!.
- Magnificent Bastard: Rumpole develops into one of these over time.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: John Mortimer, used Rumpole as a way to critique what was wrong with British society especially in "Rumpole and the Reign of Terror" and "Rumpole Misbehaves" where he shows what's wrong with draconian terrorism laws and Anti Social Behavior Orders (ASBOS)
- The way the judges are portrayed as hostile and blatantly biased, one wonders if Mortimer was trying to tell Parliment and the Bar Council that some judicial reform was needed
- What an Idiot: Quite a few people in Chambers—not to mention most of the judges—but Rumpole frequently has to extricate Sam Ballard and Claude Erskine-Brown from messes of their own making.
- Women Are Wiser: Female barristers and judges (e.g., Liz Probert, Fiona Allways, Phillida Erskine-Brown, Mrs. Justice Appleby) are always shown as intelligent and highly competent at their jobs, and foes worthy of Rumpole's steel. Bumbling barristers and dimwitted judges are always male. Even female criminals (such as April Timson in "The Female of the Species" or the killer in "The Angel of Death") are shown as far more skillful and composed than the foolish, cowardly male crooks Rumpole usually defends and exposes.