YMMV / The Goode Family

  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
    Ubuntu: I like you.
    Tanya: I heard you on the radio. I'm not scared of you anymore.
    Ubuntu: Dance with me?
    Tanya: I'd like that.
  • Cult Classic: It gained quite a bit of popularity after it was cancelled (and viewers were able to watch episodes in order).
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The scenes where Che tries to kill other animals because he is being unintentionally starved by his owner can be really hard to watch.
  • Growing the Beard: Some viewers feel this is what happened to the series after its pilot.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The series was canceled after one season, in spite of the mixed reviews.
  • Squick: Gutterball, Charlie's grotesque pet. Heck, his entire species is this.
  • Tearjerker: In episode 6, where Gerald briefly abandons his family to undertake a misguided cause.
    Ubuntu: You can't leave! Who am I gonna open jars for?!
  • Unacceptable Targets:
    • Less "unacceptable" and more "unfunny." While King of the Hill was more of a knowing self-parody of conservatives that also depicted them as regular people instead of simple caricatures, the Goodes' characterization relied more on broad stereotypes of liberals, without as much of the down-to-earth relatability that made Hank Hill and his circle likable even to viewers who didn't share the same outlook. As a result, conservatives didn't find the show satirical enough, liberals just found it unfunny and boring, and neither side was able to really get attached to the characters.
    • Played straight with Che. There's definitely nothing funny about animal starvation.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: As mentioned above, part of show's problem was that the Goodes are fundamentally progressive, if a bit overbearing, people who ultimately want what's best for the world at large, making it difficult for audiences to laugh at their expense.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Che.
    • The other pet owners in the Goode's neighborhood.
    • Ubuntu, via Fridge Horror, if his parents' explanation of his origin story is anything to go by. His parents assumed that since he was a white South African, his blood parents were terrible people, and they resolved to prove that with conscientious parenting they could undo his blood parents' evil and make him a functioning member of society. It's extremely doubtful that his parents' parenting style wouldn't leave Ubuntu with extreme self-image issues and feelings of self-loathing.