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.
That scream in opening theme song sounds an awful lot like the scream that cost Howard Dean the Democratic primaries in the 2004 Presidential election.
Les Lye's Senator Lance Prevert is a lot funnier when you realize he's more or less like Canadian mayor Rob Ford.
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 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.