YMMV / 21 Jump Street

The Series

  • Ear Worm: The theme song.
    Say JUMP! Down on Jump Street!
  • Actor Allusion: in season 2's You Oughta be in Prison, Hanson and Penhall play bodyguard to a teen movie idol who got his first role as a victim in a slasher movie. Johnny Depp's first role was in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street as one of Freddy Kruger's victims.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When Hanson (undercover) is trying to get into an illegal car race, another competitor (who doesn't know him) tries to taunt him with "What, did your Daddy buy you this car?". Harsher when you realize Hanson inherited the car, that used to be his father's, because, as revealed two episodes later, his father was murdered.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The episode "Fear and Loathing with Russell Buckins", in which Hanson's bad-boy storyline plays as a PG-rated version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Johnny Depp would later star in the film version of said novel.
  • Ho Yay: In "The Dragon and the Angel", Hanson is shot in the line of duty and Penhall tells Hanson, "If I could kiss it and make it better, I would." It's an egregious example when one considers where Hanson was shot.
  • Narm:
    • The theme song, especially of the first season.
      You're gonna learn something when we see you after school!
    • The end credits, which entirely consist of a hand flipping through a high school year book. It was probably meant to make viewers feel nostalgic about their own high school time, but because never was shown more of the unidentified person looking through the book than the hand, it felt as a dismembered hand; and no picture shown in the book had any relevance to any character or event ever appearing in the show, eliciting a "WTF do the credit have to with the show?".
  • Playing Against Type : Many watchers of the episode "The Education of Terry Carver" got a hell of a shock when Jonathon Crombie (who both then and now is the definitive image for the one and only Gilbert Blythe) suddenly pulled a knife and raped the title character.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Featured many actors in guest roles, who later became famous.
  • Stoic Woobie: Tom Hanson is pretty stoic by nature, and goes through so much that you really feel for him. He's particularly stoic in season 2's "Orpheus 3.3" in which his girlfriend, Amy, is shot and killed during a convenience store holdup, and he initially suppresses any sadness he might feel.

The Film

  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Schmidt tries to shut up a family friend at the store who almost blows his cover in front of Eric by shoving her against a table of shoes, and then saying she tried to grab his dick.
    • When the coach got his dick shot off. After he stops complaining a bit, they go "is that it?!" and point to half a hot dog. He then tries to grab it with his mouth. Also brings this certain quote to mind: "You shot him in the dick! That's not cool, Butters!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Captain Dickson.
  • Ho Yay: Jenko and Schmidt; they both frequently "wrestle" with one another in the film, and the movie makes a point of how Schmidt is unable to ask anyone to the prom without screwing up or chickening out. Him asking Jenko is the only time he does it without error.
    • The Ho Yay from the series gets taken Up to Eleven in the movie when Hanson and Penhall get shot and as they lay dying, they both profess their mutual admiration for one another.
  • Memetic Mutation: The top comment under the HFS video is "I can't masturbate to this". In some circles of the internet that reference has become an all-purpose expression of a WTF reaction.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Johnny Simmons as Billiam, the student who first shows just what the HFS drug does. It's hilarious.
    • Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise reprising their roles from the show.
  • Popularity Polynomial: Played with. Using both backpack straps = desperately uncool in 2005, simply how you carry a backpack in 2011.
    • According to a surprisingly in-depth investigation done by Slate, the shift was already well underway by 2005. But the movie's putting it out there was what led to the article in the first place...
  • Retroactive Recognition: Dakota Johnson, Dave Franco, and Oscar winner Brie Larson, all of whom became stars of their own accord after this movie.
  • The Scrappy: Schmidt's mom is known for being pretty annoying.
  • Signature Scene: Schmidt fucked the captain's daughter.
  • Squick:
    • At the climax, Schmidt shoots off Mr. Walters' dick, and the latter tries to pick it up with his mouth.
    • Schmidt's romance subplot with Molly can be this if you're put off by the 7-year age difference.
      • At least the film goes out of its way to specify that Molly's 18, to ward off potential pedophilia accusations.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A Jerk Jock bully running into his former victim while they're at a police academy and becoming friends while they help each other overcome their weaknesses would be a pretty good film on its own.
  • What an Idiot!: Schmidt's mother — despite being told on multiple occasions that Schmidt and Jenko are undercover and she can't tell anyone, she still tells a family friend who cannot keep a secret. As a result, she nearly blows his cover. It's no wonder Schmidt decides to shove her in stacked boxes to shut her up.