YMMV / The Family Circus

  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The producer's name on the Easter special is named Edward F. Cullen.
  • Snark Bait: Due to extremely saccharine and dated themes and humor.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Quite possibly the biggest example in comics.
  • Tear Jerker: Even the online comics snark community found the tribute to Thel Keane to be rather touching.
  • Values Dissonance: A lot of the humour in parodies like Dysfunctional Family Circus comes from the fact that the original strips can often be read as promoting traditionalist values to the point of being retrograde. For example, this strip's meaning is (hopefully) that the two statements are one and the same.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The occasional attempts at referencing current events and pop culture. In general the comic's done a good job keeping on top of kiddie trends, using it as background detail most of the time, but elsewhere you get such oddities as Dolly dressing up as Sarah Palin for Halloween 2008 — and that one wasn't even presented as a joke.
    • That same Halloween Billy was dressed as Iron Man, but for some reason colored as if he was Spider-Man.
      • Oddly inverted in the Halloween 2012 comic, where Billy declares he wants to go out as "Tactical Sergeant Tarkus from the Blood Ravens 4th Company in Warhammer 40,000." Even for 40k fans that's a ridiculously obscure reference (he has only appeared once), and 40k itself is almost completely unknown outside of geek culture, let alone by the average Family Circus reader.
    • In the mid-'80s when the Chrysler minivans first came out, the family traded their generic station wagon in for one. For the rest of The '80s, Keane drew it with authentic 1984-86 Plymouth Voyager styling cues; since then it's slowly morphed back into a generic boxy '60s/70s wagon.