Acceptable Political Targets: The slobbish father, Lance Prevert, is a Senator. Specifically, a Canadian Senator note Unelected, appointed for life, notoriously prone to chronic absenteeism, and even more notoriously just a rubber stamp on nearly all government actions — Canadians frequently have serious debates about either eliminating the senate, or reforming it radically. (an even more acceptable target). Originally, the writers wanted Lance Prevert to be a prime minister, but they thought American audiences wouldn't get it, so they made him a Senator since U.S. and Canadian Senators have more in common than people may think.
Ear Worm: The opening theme, a Dixieland rendition of the William Tell overture.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While the show was a success in Canada, it was a cultural phenomenon when it hit the United States of America and the green slime on the show became associated with Nickelodeon.
Harsher in Hindsight: George Bush Shoots The Wrong Quail, from "Mistakes," comes off a bit more harshly in retrospect after George W. Bush's Vice President, Dick Cheney, did aim at the wrong target during a quail hunt and consequently shot a friend in the face.
Klea Scott, a cast member from 1982-1984, went on to star in several American network shows including Brooklyn South.
And Rekha Shah, a minor cast member in 1986 and 1989, starred in the Canadian teen soap opera "Hillside", which was broadcast on Nickelodeon in 1990-1991 as Fifteen.
Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Modern day viewers who are accustomed to more recent kid-focused sketch shows like successor series All That may have a hard time appreciating how revolutionary YCDTOTV was in the 80's.
Values Dissonance: The show's title was very prophetic, when you think about the stuff it did on television that you totally can't do now:
The Firing Squad sketches. No way they'd show a trigger-happy dictator hell-bent on executing a kid these days.
The earlier episodes had no problem with showing adults smoking on-camera in front of the kids, which would cause today's Moral Guardians to have apoplectic fits.