YMMV / Zits

  • Acceptable Targets: Both teens and adults are lampooned from the opposite perspective.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Pierce! Cloudcuckoo Lander, animal lover, and Deadpan Snarker.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: One of the earliest strips is Jeremy musing on how his generation didn't have the life changing events his parents' did (such as the Kennedy assassination and the moon landing). This was before 9/11.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One arc involved Jeremy teaching Walt how to use the computer's new voice recognition software. Walt says, "Call the plumber" believing that the computer would do so. Thanks to technology marching on, apps such as Siri, Cortana, or Alexa would fulfill Walt's desire to have voice recognition software obey his requests.
  • Values Dissonance: In a mid-90's strip, Jeremy sees his dad smoking a cigar. Walt explains that one of his patients gave them out in celebration of a new baby, and then asks Jeremy "What do you think? Pretty cool, huh?" Not exactly something you'd expect to hear a responsible dad say to his son, especially in times of so many anti-drug campaigns.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Some think that the creators are still able to perfectly capture teenage and parent life without feeling like you're watching a rerun from a really old sitcom, despite the fact that the comic began in 1997 and that the creators haven't raised a teenager in quite a while. Others think the strip is a printed slurry of lazy, decades-old stereotypes and a 60-something man's Oedipal Complex.