YMMV / The Weird Al Show

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Al simply an unintentionally insensitive Cloud Cuckoolander, or is he something much worse?
    • With the above in consideration, are his disgusting Nutrition Break segments just a testament to his weirdness, or is he deliberately trying to make the audience poison themselves?
  • Ear Worm: "Ooooohhhhhh this is a story 'bout a guy named Al..."
  • Fridge Horror: The Guy Boarded Up In The Wall.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The few who still remember this show are mostly dedicated Weird Al fans, many of whom are willing to look past the glaring flaws just because it has Weird Al in it.
    • A great deal of fans can only stand to watch the show on DVD with the commentary on, because they find much more pleasure in listening to Al and company make fun of the show than to actually watch it on its own.
  • Informed Wrongness: In "The Competition", both Al and Uncle Raphie lose the "best kids show host" award because they didn't play fair, but there were no known rules given, so it's hard to determine what constitutes as "playing fair".
  • Moral Event Horizon: Al is a bit of a jerk, but one particular episode has him force guest star Tahj Mowry to play guinea pig to his new invention, giving him a dinosaur foot. At the end of the episode, he's still around, yelling to the audience that Al must be stopped. Al isn't a jerk, he's a supervillain!
    • There's also the time Val Brentwood kidnapped a boy band to sabotage Al's competitor. Al was at first upset, but quickly decided to force them to play for him.
  • Narm: Mary Yankovic's (Al's mom) atrocious acting in the talent show episode. Al himself makes a crack about this on the commentary.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The seizure-inducing Ear Booker Productions vanity plate at the end of each episode seems to invoke this trope. The soundtrack is an edited version of "Bite Me," the hidden track from Al's 1992 album Off The Deep End.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The show was filmed in the same building as The Tonight Show, and Al would often troll the halls trying to get Leno's guests to do a scene. A remarkable number of them agreed, like Drew Carey and Bill Mumy.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The show's director, Peyton Reed, would later go on to helm Ant-Man.
  • Strawman Has a Point: In The Competition, there's no stated rules for the contest, so it's hard to say what criteria would count for not playing fair. Further more, Al for once did try to be the bigger person and did choose to just run his show properly...until Uncle Ralphie actively began to harass him on the set of his show with no immediate repercussions. We're supposed to see Al and Ralphie as equally culpable of breaking the imaginary rules and Fred Huggins as morally superior simply because he didn't cheat...but Fred Huggins also wasn't the victim of any sabotage. He was literally ignored and basically seems to have won by default simply because he's such a loser nobody would ever bother him. Dovetails nicely with Broken Aesop in that the real lesson seems to be less "Play fair" and more "It's easy to avoid being bullied if you're so pathetic nobody will try."
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Al admitted on the commentary he hadn't cleared the rights for "Firestarter" for his "Bad Haircut" parody, hence the song is intentionally written as a sound alike.
  • The Woobie: Cousin Corky gets the worst of Al's jerkassery. He tricks her into doing all his chores then abandons her to go on vacation, he aggressively forces her to take part in his talent show, and is just flat out insensitive to her. Plus it's clear she has some kind of self esteem issues.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: It's hard to root for Al, described in the commentaries as "like Pee Wee Herman without the charm."
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