YMMV: The Oprah Winfrey Show

  • Creator Worship: One of the largest sources of Snark Bait. It ain't called "The Church of O" for nothing.
    • She has such a massive influence on the people who watch her show that you could ask anyone who's ever worked at a bookstore, and they would probably have a story about a customer who wanted to purchase a book, but had no idea what the book looked like, or what it was even about. All the customer knows is that "Oprah said it was an amazing book" so they had to have it. Heck, the beef industry sued her for defamation simply because she said she was going to stop eating beef due to Mad Cow Disease fears (which would most likely cause hundreds of thousands of people to stop eating beef as well, just because Oprah was going to stop).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In a 2004 episode titled, "The Fat One In the Family", we met a young woman who was very fat while her much slimmer sister was loved due to her looks and her own father acted cold towards her due to her weight. A few years later in an update show, we learned that she opted for gastric bypass surgery, loss over 200 pounds, was much happier with her life (and family relations) and now had a husband, which she said that she probably wouldn't have if she didn't lose the weight. However, come a 2013 "Where Are They Now?" episode, we learn that she cannot have children, which she always wanted and it's something she explains is due to her gastric bypass.
  • HSQ: On episodes where she gives a ridiculous amount of stuff away, like her "Favorite Things" episodes and the episode where everybody in the audience got a free trip to Australia. The last few episodes of that nature had paramedics on standby.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "It's ♪JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHN TRAVOOOOOOOOOOOOOLTA~!♪" (the captions add the notes to show she's using a sing-song voice)
    • "YOU ARE GOING TO AUUUUUUUUUSTRAAALIA", more common among Australian audiences.
  • Never Live It Down: Tom Cruise jumping on her couch become this for both people involved.
    • Putting the phony memoir A Million Little Pieces on her list. She was pissed when the truth came out.
  • Snark Bait: She is often parodied in comedic works. Staple gags involve her up-and-down weight, the audience finding prizes under their seats and her almost cultlike status among American housewives.
    • Plus her questionable attempts to become an actress, although her roles are usually well-received among critics.