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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
  • 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, and you would expect it to be completely unknown to an 8 year old or the target audience.
    • 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 Eighties, Keane drew it with authentic 1984-86 Plymouth Voyager styling cues; since then it's slowly morphed back into a generic wagon.


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