YMMV: The Jack Benny Program

  • Fair for Its Day: The portrayal of Rochester.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: One commentator has analyzed which moments got the longest laughs from the studio audience.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In a 1941 radio episode, Jack is bragging about a big party he's having and saying there will be a lot of big movie stars there. Mary asks him to name one- Jack refuses to answer. She badgers him to name one until he says, "All right- Rodney Dangerfield!" At the time it was just a funny name his writers made up, but now...
    • One 1939 show (back when it was "The Jello Program") has Don pretend to get the sponsored product wrong; when Jello is clearly described to him, he guesses it's Grape Nuts. Three years later, Grape Nuts would become the show's actual sponsor.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Yyyyyyyyyeeeeeeesssssss?" To the point that many people now have no idea where it came from, or maybe think The Simpsons invented it. Or like RiffTrax, seem to think it came from Harvey Korman, if their riff of Love that Car! (which used Frank "Yeeeeesssssssss? Guy" Nelson as the uncredited narrator) is any evidence.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In an elaborate example of Jack's numerous Take Thats, after reading a radio critic's lament about how comedy of the day relied too heavily on insults, Jack invited said critic to his show (which was being broadcast from Palm Springs that day), and showed him just how awful comedy would be if there were no insults.
    • Done again in a Recycled Script television episode with the lamentation coming from the reverend Billy Graham.