• Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: A mild one, but Bob and Doug exchanging Christmas presents with each other in "Christmas Staff Party". And later in the same episode, Johnny LaRue receiving a crane shot from Santa Claus.
    • From the same episode, the entire cast singing "White Christmas" together.
    • In the next Christmas episode, the characters are genuinely worried about Johnny LaRue, since he's gone missing.
    • Anytime Floyd Robertson demonstrates anything that isn't utter contempt for Earl Camembert. In one news sketch, Earl has a coughing fit and Floyd repeatedly offers him a glass of water while looking concerned. It's not much, but it's still kinda sweet.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The season 1 episode "Ethnic Humor" is incredibly racist and hard to watch. Even Harold Ramis delivering an out-of-character apology before it begins is ruined by how he explains that he's of Polish Jewish descent and knows how much racist jokes can hurt... and then immediately becomes the butt of a "dumb Pole" joke by having John Candy and Dave Thomas physically pick up a TV and turn it because he can't figure out how to turn the power knob.
  • Ear Worm: Where to start? How about the intro, especially seasons 2-4.
    • "Koo-loo-koo-koo-koo-koo-koo-koo! Koo-loo-koo-koo-koo-koo-koo-koo!"
    • The theme for the SCTV news is pretty catchy, too.
    • Let's be honest, if you watch a sketch with catchy music enough times, there is a very good chance that it will be stuck in your head for weeks.
    • The theme songs for Identical Bellhops/Cheese Hostesses/OPEC Oil Ministers definitely count as this.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the 1977 mock PSA "So You're Dead, Now What?", Harold Ramis is shown listing signs that you may be dead. It really stops being funny in light of Ramis' actual death in February 2014.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: One sketch of "The Johnny LaRue Show" has Johnny doing "exercise" by opening and closing the fridge and jogging in place while sitting down, and at one point, he has a mild heart attack. This sketch is far less funny considering what happens to John Candy in 1994.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In their TV-themed parody of The Godfather they mercilessly satirize cable TV via the cheesy Ugazzo Home Vision network. After SCTV was canceled by NBC it ended up moving to Cinemax for its final season.
    • Another point with Ugazzo Home Vision is that it's portrayed as having third-rate programming that no American could possibly be interested in. But the demo reel includes clips of a Bollywood movie and a soccer match. Both of those have gained followings in America in recent years, making Ugazzo look like he might have actually been ahead of the curve.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Canadians know that Bob and Doug are caricatures of themselves, but that's a point of national pride after a fashion in that Canadians are well known to enjoy poking fun at themselves.
  • Misaimed Fandom: What made Bob and Doug popular.
  • Narm: Although intentional for this trope, the Zontar episode has alien cabbages invade the SCTV station.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The "Doorway To Hell" story with Wilcox and his dummy.
    • Wilcox's breakdown at the shrink's office is rather spine-chilling... or funny. Or both. You decide.
      Wilcox: (voice raises in pitch by the second) That music... that music, stop the music, shrink, stop that music now, or I'LL CRUSH YOUR NECK WITH THESE POWERFUL WOODEN HANDS!
    • The "Shock Theatre" segment where a father (Joe Flaherty) tries to tell his son a really scary story. The first one is about a girl (Catherine O Hara) who doesn't wash her face and gets too many pimples as a result. Sounds silly...until the ending. The girl's mother doesn't even recognize her, and out of fear, hacks her daughter to pieces with a meat cleaver. Ironically enough, this doesn't scare the kid. And then there's the ending where the son actually dies from being too frightened after his father tells another scary story.
  • The Woobie: Lola Heatherton, particularly in the "Bouncin' Back To You" episode.
    • There comes a point in the show in which every character becomes a woobie.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Johnny LaRue might be bossy and egotistical, but there were a handful of moments where it's hard not to feel sorry for him.
    • Points to Moe Green, who may be a "sleazy weasel" but is still picked on mercilessly and is eventually kidnapped by Leutonians and never seen again. Ditto Earl Camembert, who isn't as sleazy as Moe but is in probably one of the most abusive professional relationships ever and has his heart in the right place despite possessing an extraordinarily thick skull.