YMMV / The Fast Show

  • Acceptable Targets - The Fat Sweaty Coppers.
  • Heartwarming Moments - The Competitive Dad's son defending him against his own abusive father, who then storms out. Looks like it's going to be an inversion, as the Dad begins to berate his son, waiting until his father is out of earshot before breaking down and hugging him out of pride. (This gets a huge round of applause from the studio audience.)
    • Several of the Ted and Ralph sketches, possibly due to Ralph very much being The Woobie. A notable example is in the final episode, when (a very, very drunk) Ralph sings Elvis's Burning Love to Ted in the middle of the latter's local. Despite Ted's friends pointing and laughing at the hilarity of a Lord trying to sing karoke, Ted can't help smiling fondly.
  • Fountain of Memes
  • Retroactive Recognition: Mark Williams now perhaps better known (especially abroad) for playing Mr Weasley in the Harry Potter movie franchise, and Caroline Aherne for appearing in The Royle Family. Paul Whitehouse was already well-known for working with Harry Enfield. Also, there's Colin McFarlane, who went on to play Commissioner Loeb in The Dark Knight Saga. One sketch even features a young Amy Winehouse.
  • The Woobie: Several characters are woobies some or all of the time.
    • Ralph is a major woobie; you just spend the whole time wanting to hug the poor thing. The most woobie-ish moment without a doubt is when Ralph and Ted start talking about the time he ended up in the hospital:
      Ralph: A lot of people are frightened of... mental illness.
      Ted: Your parents told everyone you had the flu, sir.
      (Both wipe their eyes.)
    • Ted is a woobie too after his wife dies.
    • Archie, the pub bore, clearly just wants someone to talk to. He mentions that his dog is sick, and, at one point, he tells someone that he's thought about committing suicide, 'but the words of Frank keep coming back to me in my hour of need'. It becomes worse when you realise that the songs he always goes on about clearly mean something to him, if they have actually saved his life.
    • Rowley Birkin is a woobie in the sketch were he talks about a woman he loved dying. When he finishes, he says his catchphrase in a sad, quiet voice, and there is an agonised look in his eyes as the camera slowly pans backwards.
      Rowley: And I held her in my arms... (Agonising pause; Rowley looks so sad) ... I'm afraid I was very drunk.