YMMV / The Black Donnellys

  • Actor Allusion/Retroactive Recognition: Joey Ice Cream and Samson are Marine buddies.
  • Cargo Ship: Kevin/his jacket, Kevin/cereal, and Kevin/Sean's car have their supporters.
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome: Snow Patrol's "Open Your Eyes" played at the end of the pilot, in its entirety, to a montage of Kevin and Tommy killing the mob bosses, Jimmy being arrested, Sean in the hospital, sad Jenny, and Joey Ice Cream narrating.
    • Even better is the unaired version which used Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)."
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Tommy and Jenny, by far
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Two separate plot points ended up, probably coincidentally, coming up years later in longer-running, higher-profile TV series:
    • The Reveal that the Donnellys' mother may have set up Bobby to be killed is reminiscent of a similar reveal on Sons of Anarchy
    • Nicky pulling a coup in which he poisons both his boss' drink and his own, vomiting his own up later was almost exactly the same thing Gus Fring ended up doing on Breaking Bad.
  • Tear Jerker: A few times, notably Tommy, Kevin, and Jimmy finding Sean after he's attacked, and the ending of the last episode.