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  • Anvilicious: Lampshaded and mocked to death in "A New Leaf", where Robbie acknowledges that the episode was a Drugs Are Bad episode and tells the audience they should avoid using drugs not because of the dangers of addiction and the life-threatening consequences of overdose, but so that television shows would stop feeling pressured into doing shoddy anti-drug episodes.
  • Awesome Music: "I'm the Baby, Gotta Love Me."
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Baby's a pretty popular character.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans understandably try to forget all about the Downer Ending Grand Finale where everyone dies.
  • Genius Bonus: Earl's job is pushing trees, which are largely made up of wood. Paper's made from wood, so he's really a paper pusher (a slang term for a low-level office worker).
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the episode "And the Winner Is..." Earl has a nightmare where the world ends as a result of him being elected as Chief Elder. In the Grand Finale, Earl causes the end of the world (albeit inadvertently).
    • "The Last Temptation of Ethyl" deals with her temporary Near Death Experiences in "The Afterlife." After the Grand Finale, it's safe to say that she and everyone else have gone there for good.
    • Any episode with the Framing Device of future paleontologists finding the Sinclairs' stuff and (wrongly) guessing what happened becomes this after you guessed it, that ending. Now you know why their stuff was all found in the same places where it was used in the show's present day - this world died both suddenly and soon!
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In one episode where Earl becomes a TV executive in charge of producing new shows, he creates a Diabetes-Flavored mindrot called "Box Full of Puppies". These days "Box Full of Puppies" comes in the form of overly-cute YouTube videos featuring kittens and puppies, as well as the Animal Planet series Too Cute.
  • Ho Yay: Spike and Robbie in a big way. Apart from their friendship being the only consistent relationship Robbie has with anyone outside of his family, Robbie "experiments" with being an herbivore (treated as a metaphor for homosexuality, amongst other things) and later on runs away to live with Spike in the woods, where they plan on eating plants together; on Spike's end, his idea of a plausible explanation for Robbie's sudden (faked) death begins with "He was standing naked in a field." Robbie and Spike may be bi as Robbie did ask if "it was true," what they said about herbivore girls, and a running joke was his tendency to "pick up girls" at places like the mini golf course.
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  • Informed Wrongness: In "License to Parent", Earl's attempt to renew his "parenting license" had him deal with a number of situations in truly horrible ways. However, one of the situations was his child receiving a vaccination. The other parents simply encouraged their children to be brave, or bribed them with rewards. Earl told Baby a number of symptoms that could supposedly happen if he didn't get his shot. This was treated as horrible, despite the fact that what he was doing was basically just telling his child the truth: he could get really sick if he didn't get the shot.
  • It Was His Sled: Everyone died. The end.
  • Lost Aesop: In "I Never Ate for My Father," Robbie's experimentation with vegetarianism is treated as a metaphor for homosexuality, and the whole two-parter episode is about how parents should still love and respect their kids for it. However, the metaphor gets lost when Robbie shows some reluctance to eat certain plants...only to eagerly dive in when he catches the attention of an attractive vegetarian Granola Girl.
    • Though it could have easily been a metaphor for drugs as well, given the means Earl finds Robbie's vegetables and how the club he goes to is vaguely hippie themed.
  • Memetic Mutation: "We're gonna need another Timmy!" (Also counts In-Universe.)
  • Moral Event Horizon: Richfield crosses it in the final episode, when he brushes off the fact that his and his employees' actions have doomed the world because said actions have given the company its "biggest third quarter ever" while the apocalypse is a "fourth quarter problem". Made even scarier by the fact that this is a rather accurate depiction of modern business tycoons.
  • Rainbow Lens: * The episode "I Never Ate For My Father" treats vegetarianism like a combination of drug use and homosexuality.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • As depressing as the series finale, "Changing Nature," is, at the same time, it makes a very good point: We have to take good care of environment and can't just take nature for granted, or else we'll end up going extinct like everyone on the show.
    • The episode "Baby Talk" makes a lot of good points about what can happen when Moral Guardians protest over every little obscene thing on TV and in real life.
    • "Out of the Frying Pan" delivers a nice Aesop about the perils of child stardom, as well as a nice Take That! to stage parents everywhere.
    • "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" shows the consequences of letting one's religious beliefs influence their decisions and that it is wrong to discriminate against people for having different beliefs.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: It was one of many shows that tried to copy the success of The Simpsons (back in The Simpsons' Golden Age). The Simpsons made note of it on the episode "Black Widower" and Dinosaurs itself called itself out for being a clone of a popular show. note 
    • Somewhat averted in that the show actually began development before The Simpsons premiered. It was originally intended to be Jim Henson's follow-up to Labyrinth and would have had a more serious slant to it. Then The Land Before Time opened and Henson decided to go in a more comedic direction.
  • Uncanny Valley: Some people feel find the dinosaur costumes to be unsettling and creepily lifelike, especially the eyes and teeth.
  • Watch It for the Meme: "We're gonna need another Timmy" and the Kill 'Em All ending are mostly what the show is known for nowadays.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Dinosaurs was a lot like The Simpsons in its early days, in that the show looked like it could be for kids (The Simpsons had childish, crude animation and artnote  while Dinosaurs had puppetry and animatronics), but the writing and subject matter both shows took on was very adult for something that looked like kiddie fare.
    • The show itself lampshaded this. One episode has Earl watching a sock puppet sitcom on TV that noticeably contains a lot of adult humor, but Fran dismisses it as just a kids show. Earl explains to Fran that the sitcom may look like a kids show because the characters are puppets, but it's actually better-suited for adults because of the witty dialogue that has a risqué slant to it that older viewers will readily understand.
    • Downplayed somewhat, like most of Henson productions work the show is meant to be for general audiences some humor may fly over kid's heads but for the most part its suitable for all viewers.
    • In the first episode, Earl says "what the hell" and "oh, god".
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?:
    • During the 2016 US Presidential campaign, someone did a compilation of clips from the episode where B.P. Richfield ran for the position of Chief Elder comparing him to Donald Trump. The result speaks for itself, and twenty years before it even happened!
    • Entire war plotline in Nuts For War was made during the first Gulf War, but became lumped together with 2003's Invasion of Iraq due to controversies of both wars being about oil.

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