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YMMV: The Goodies
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Although not an animated series, as previously mentioned it was very much like one in demeanour, meaning that it was played for children in Australia. Episodes like "Sex and Violence" were accordingly not shown there at all.
  • Ear Worm: One of the interviewees on "Return of the Goodies" said that Bill could have been a songwriter, presumably a serious one, because of his "ear for melody". Judging by The Goodies' discography, which was mostly written by Bill, they might have been well right.
    • Nee-ded, Nee-ded...oh, goodie, that's niiiice...
    • Also, that damn string jingle (stringle?). String, string, string, string, everybody loves string...
    • Not to forget The Funky Gibbon and its 2010 remix
    • And the theme tune itself ("Goody goody yum yum!"); once that's in your head it'll be there for days afterward.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: A line in the episode "Scatty Safari" (the episode where the Goodies add Rolf Harris to their "Star-Safari Park"), describing Rolf Harris as "gregarious" and "often found with the young generation", is extremely uncomfortable in hindsight, given Harris was found guilty of several counts of paedophilia in 2014.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While The Goodies is rarely repeated on the BBC after the series ended, simply because the BBC's main controller of the eighties didn't like them, The ABC in Australia repeated them extensively throughout the 1980s and 1990s, giving them a continuous Australian fan base since the show originally aired.
    • Thanks to digital television, they're still going.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bill Oddie is now mainly known for formerly hosting Springwatch and being a devoted birdwatcher and environmentalist; at the beginning of "The End", he starts shooting at songbirds out of the window. In "Animals", he mows down pigeons with an Uzi.
    • Bill was already slightly known for his birdwatching (The Goodies File has a spoof ornithology section by him); this was probably always intended as a playing-against-type gag.
  • Weird Al Effect: Most notably the "Beans Boy" ads.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: A source of great fustration for the team. The concentration of cartoon like visual humour led the BBC to labelling The Goodies as a children's show, and then getting uptight about any 'unsuitable' material.

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