Episodes vary in length from one to five minutes, and feature a situation in which the dad reacts to the minutia of life, be it breakfast cereal, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Christmas decorations, even spoiler-laden movie reviews. Episodes are full of local color.
Episodes can be viewed here.
- Abusive Parents: Jeffy's (Dad's son Brandon's best friend) are implied to be borderline abusive/neglectful parents. The inordinate amount of time he spends at Pittsburgh Dad's house (Even when Brandon isn't home) seems to confirm this.
- It's also been implied that Dad had a rather strict and negligent upbringing himself by 'Paps', although Dad is prone to exaggeration.
- Accidental Misnaming: Dad is practically guaranteed to butcher the name of any celebrity that he isn't a fan of.
- (Trying to pronounce former Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmanzadeh's name) "T.J. Hakuna Matata? T.J. Mazda Miata?"
- The Alcoholic: Dad's sister-in-law Linda and her husband Rick, as well as Jeffy's mother are all implied to be this.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Dad has an elaborate system of arbitrary rituals and superstitions that he believes directly influence the performance of the Pittsburgh Steelers while he watches them on television.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done on rare occasions for humorous effect.
- Brick Joke: During a Steelers' game, Dad mentions having a pillow that plays "Hungry Like the Wolf" (among several other musical trinkets). Several weeks later, when the Steelers fall behind early in a playoff game against the Jaguars, Dad punches a pillow in frustration and it starts playing "Hungry Like the Wolf".
- "Ah, jeez!"
- "You know what's next right? X." Usually X is a bug Dad hates.
- Caustic Critic: Rips the first Twilight movie and The Hunger Games to shreds. Is a little more charitable with The Avengers.
- Censored for Comedy: Dad's ClusterFbomb during the 2017 game against the New England Patriots consists of a series of extended bleeps intersected with the words "ding dongs", "Gisele", "gluten-free", "bike lanes", and Kylo Ren.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Anytime Pittsburgh Dad talks about religion, you can expect to hear about priests, nuns, fish frys, altar boys, and such.
- Corpsing: Although not appearing in the final cuts, Outtake videos posted on the channel reveal that Wooten and Preska frequently have to reshoot scenes many times due to breaking into fits of laughter.
- The Dreaded: Lady Elaine from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (of all things) was this for Dad, with him going so far as to refer to her as the Devil when she appears on screen.
- For Want of a Nail: Played for laughs in the episode "Dad Goes Back to the Future", where Dad uses the De Lorean from Back to the Future to prevent Tom Brady from becoming an NFL quarterback. The episode ends with him finding out that the changes he made to the past resulted in Jeffy having a twin brother, much to Dad's horror.
- Friendly Rivalry: Zig-zagged; while he normally can't stand his neighbor Tom, Dad does seem to enjoy trash-talking with him during the NFL season (though it appears to be largely one-sided). Surprisingly, Tom seems to take it all well, considering he once stayed on the phone for three hours after a night game to listen to Dad make jokes at the Baltimore Raven's expense. In another episode, Dad answered the phone after the Steelers lost to the Ravens to hear Tom mock him in return (though he retaliated by stealing Tom's mail).
- The Ghost: All other characters are people off-screen the dad reacts to.
- Hypocritical Humor:
Pittsburgh Dad: Hey Simmons, quit that trash-talkin'! They's just kids out there! I remember in high school, you struck out in kickball. Loser!
- From the episode "Little League":
"Cash me ousside" Girl: Cash me ousside, how bout dat?Pittsburgh Dad: "Cash me ousside, how bout dat?" Well, that ain't proper English. Her language needs fixed.
- From the episode "Dad Reacts to the Dr. Phil Show"
- Incest Is Relative: Played for laughs when watching Game of Thrones:Pittsburgh Dad: Wait! Who is Jon Snow and the dragon girl? Brandon, stay the hell away from Aunt Linda!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the recent episode Jeffy, Dad notices Jeffy, who has been outside wandering around after being left home alone by his parents. He offers him some ice cream and seems to genuinely care about him (Though he tells him to come in through the garage).
- Laugh Track: Added for stylistic reasons. According to Word of God, they tried it without a laugh track and the dialogue just came across as mean-spirited. Still, some episodes (like the movie reviews) are done with no laugh track. Dropped in later episodes.
- Last-Second Word Swap: From the the episode "Pittsburgh Dad on the Incline"Pittsburgh Dad: Only time I ever come down the Southside is to go to Hoo-'s pitching for the Buccos tonight?
- Literal-Minded: Dad assumes that Magic Mike is about a magician named Mike when his wife convinces him to take her to see it.
- Manly Tears: Dad sheds tears of Joy when the Steelers beat the New England Patriots for the first time in seven years.
- He also gets emotional when he takes his last ride on Kennywood's Log Jammer.
- Moral Myopia: Accuses his mailman of stealing coupons from his mail, then does the same thing to Tom in a later episode out of sheer pettiness.
- Mundane Utility: In "Dad Goes Back to the Future", the first thing he does with the De Lorean is to go shopping at Hills (a department store that has been out of business since 1999).
- No Name Given: Thus far, the main character hasn't been given a name.Lampshaded in several episodes.
- Only Sane Man: The main character certainly considers himself to be this, and may very well be.
- Frequently averted since he once took his rivalry with Tom so far that he even trash talked him over the phone during a holiday, and his refusal to quit bothering Michael Keaton at Hoss' certainly is an aversion.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Upon finding out that the Steelers' chances of making the playoffs depend on the Cleveland Browns winning a game, Dad immediately dons a Browns' jersey in desperation.
- Overprotective Dad: Gives his 14-year-old daughter the third degree when he finds out that she's going on a date.
- Product Placement: There are a number of themed episodes showcasing regional businesses, such as Eat 'n' Park, Giant Eagle, and Kennywood, as well as iconic national chains such as McDonald's
- Running Gag: The family's church is always raising money to get air conditioning installed, but never actually gets it.
- Serious Business: The Steelers. God help you if you're a Ravens fan.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Ravens fan next-door neighbor Tom.
- Swear Jar: The jar doth overflow when Pittsburgh Dad laid down an Atomic Cluster F-Bomb in response to an unfavorable call in the December 17, 2017 Steelers vs. Patriots game.
- Tempting Fate: Any time that Dad begins commenting on how well the Steelers are doing in a game, you can be sure that things are about to take a turn for the worse.
Pittsburgh Dad: What's this guy's name? Ned? Now that one's easy. I'm just going to pay attention to him the entire show. (Sound effects of Ned Stark being decapitated on the television) Never mind.
- Another instance comes from the episode "Every Dad Watching Game of Thrones":
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: If Dad's comments are anything to go by, his daughters have this dynamic (older sister Mandy is the Girly Girl and younger sister Jessica is the Tomboy).
- The Un-Reveal: Dad's real name is never revealed, even in situations where it would logically come up. This is occasionally played for laughs.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In Pittsburgh vernacular, Dad is a bit of a jagoff.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Discussed. Dad comments on how Magic Mike's underwear is, in his opinion, a desecration of the American flag.