YMMV / The Joy of Painting

  • Fridge Brilliance: Bob Ross never actually uses the word "art" about his paintings. This might be handy to remember the next time you catch somebody trash-talking his painting skills.
  • Gateway Series: Intended by Ross, as it was his goal to encourage viewers to paint.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bob Ross's "no mistakes, only happy accidents" line sounds similar in idea to the "it's not a bug, it's a feature" meme.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Bob Ross once painted a portrait of Chuck Norris. It came to life and beat the original to death.
    • Titanium White, one of the paints Bob Ross uses is a memetic badass, due to its awesome sounding name.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Happy little Xs
    • Bob Ross is very photoshoppable.
    • PBS streamed The Joy of Painting on Twitch. Among other things, the infamously inane Twitch Chat:
      • Called for a VAC ban after particularly impressive strokes.
      • Went "RUINED" when Bob made any changes to the landscape. Similarly, went "SAVED" right at the time when Bob justified his earlier changes through further modifications.
      • Celebrated "COMEBACKS" when Bob worked his happy little accidents to his advantage.
      • Went crazy over Bob painting a happy little tree.
      • Spamming "GG" (Good Game) at the end of the show, and greeting Bob again at the start of the next show with a spam of "GL HF" (Good Luck, Have Fun)
      • Spamming "RIP Devil" every time he beats "the devil" out of his brush and laughs about it being fun or covering the camera crew.
      • If Bob's son Steve or another guest takes over for an episode, the chat will spam "#FREEBOB".
      • Similarly, the chat loves the various animals he brings on the show, and spammed "#FREEPEEP" and "#FREEHOOT" after the bird he named "Peep" and the owl he named "Hoot" were put to the side for the show to continue.
      • Spamming BibleThump (a crying face) and heart emotes when Bob goes dark about certain subjects, such as the bad times in his life.
      • Often times the chat cries like this when Bob talks about meetups he had in Central Park, and telling the viewers to come find him at the meetup next year.
      • Or when presenting an animal they knew was released into the wild and possibly long dead at time of streaming.
      • #KeepBob and #ThankYouBob for when the series was coming to an end.
      • Spamming "1D" every time he says "pull [the brush] in one direction".*
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Bob Ross's voice. There are people who tune in to or watch the series just so they have his soothing and pleasant voice to fall asleep to.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: An entire series dedicated to showing that anyone can produce a nice-looking landscape painting in no time at all with very simple techniques, and proving it over and over again.
    • It has been pointed out that Bob Ross' deep voice is very pleasing to the ear, from an ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response) standpoint.
    • People have written into the show admitting that they like to fall asleep to the sound of his voice, making this literally "Sweet Dreams Fuel". (Bob reportedly was perfectly happy about hearing about this.)
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Averted. All the paintings look like real landscapes, and the point of the show is that anybody who wants to paint can make them.