YMMV: The Little Rascals

  • Bizarro Episode: "Mama's Little Pirate" and "Shrimps for a Day"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Several.
    • Jackie Cooper and Miss Crabtree; in the case of Jackie Cooper, Hal Roach oversaw his contract being sold to another film studio in order to ensure Cooper continued success.
    • Alfalfa, Spanky and Darla also count.
  • Fair for Its Day: Buckwheat comes off as an Ethnic Scrappy to modern viewers, but having a black character accepted as an equal by his white peers was still a huge step forward then.
    • Stymie is easier to accept; he may be poor and illiterate, but he is easily the smartest Rascal of the gang before Spanky took over that role.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "Fish Hooky," the kids decide to write phony sick notes to their teacher in order to play hooky. Stymie suggests saying he has Pneumonia on his. Matthew Beard (the actor who played Stymie) died of pneumonia in 1981.
  • Heartwarming Moments: "Teacher's Pet", full-stop. Jackie hitches a ride to school with a kind, attractive young woman and tells her all about his plot to make his new teacher, Miss Crabtree (whom he assumes to be a mean old hag) absolutely miserable on the first day of class, complete with a complex scheme to leave school early with his friends...not knowing that the young woman *is* Miss Crabtree, and that she was planning a cake and ice cream party for the students for their first day back at school. When he finds out after they spring their plot to get out of class, his friends go back into the classroom and fess up and get cake/ice cream. But Jackie, horrified that he had unwittingly badmouthed the teacher to her face, opts to sit under a nearby tree in the playground and cry over what he had done. At which point, Miss Crabtree comes out with two plates of cake and ice cream for Jackie, as well as an unspoken willingness to both forgive him and offer him a second chance.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Robert Blake as the second Mickey.
  • Seasonal Rot: Many fans would say that the MGM shorts made from 1938 to 1944 fall under this trope.
  • Values Dissonance: Some modern viewers are put off by Darla's wriggling and vamping, especially in the musical numbers.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Buckwheat is a boy, though an unrelated character with the same nickname was previously played by a girl.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: The Flory Dory act from "Our Gang Follies of 1936" was a parody of a popular Edwardian musical comedy called "Floradora."

Tropes specific to Hanna-Barbera's version:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Pete's Big Break", Buckwheat is shown operating a makeshift movie camera while the kids rehearse for the TV commercial. His voice actor, Shavar Ross, grew up to become a respected filmmaker.

Tropes specific to the 1994 movie:
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: For some fans of the original shorts, the fact that the children aren't poor and look like yuppies may stop them from seeing this version.
  • Ear Worm: "We got a dollar, we got a dollar, we got a dollar, hey hey hey hey..."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Nothing beats a buck on a duck!" American college football's first playoff tournament came down to a match-up between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oregon Ducks.
  • Moment of Awesome: Alfalfa punched Butch into the mud.
    • Darla kicks Waldo out of his own car.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Waldo is an arrogant, spoiled Jerk Ass, but he becomes truly unsympathetic when he uses tire spikes against Alfalfa and Spanky in the race, a potentially dangerous trick. Darla even calls him out on it. And then Kicks him out of his own racer.

Tropes specific to the 2014 movie: