* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic -- The theme by Barry Gray.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Ed Bishop said in an interview that it was his understanding that the show was "big in Japan." And, well, the series happens to have been a main inspiration for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** A vastly-expensive space-telescope project fails due to a minor fault in the camera; that would never happen [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubble_telescope#Flawed_mirror in real life of course]].
** Straker's prejudice against a privately-operated moon-mining operation seems ironic given the push for privatization in the real 1980's.
** References to the ''Skydiver's'' jet "Sky One" are odd now that it's the name of a TV channel.
* SpiritualLicensee -- The 1994 video game ''UFO: Enemy Unknown'', also known as ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'', which borrowed thematically from the series to a great extent.
* ValuesDissonance -- The excessive FanService is the most obvious factor, along with military professionals wearing miniskirts (Something it shared with [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]). It also ''mostly'' falls into the "men do the fighting, women do the support roles" paradigm, but [[FairForItsDay women in positions of authority (Colonel Virginia Lake, and Lieutenants Gay Ellis and Nina Barry) are treated as competent professionals]], and engaged in some physical violence.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The use of miniatures is obvious, but Gerry Anderson and FX supervisor Derek Meddings really knew how to work with miniatures. Compare the special effects in this series to those in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' (just a couple of years before) or contemporary (or even later) ''Series/DoctorWho'' episodes; ''UFO'' looks ''astonishingly'' good in places.