- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The mole's impromptu musical number in "Thumbelina". It's the only musical number in the episode, and it's given plenty of build-up, but it contributes absolutely nothing to the story.
- Complete Monster: Much like her literary counterpart, the Wicked Witch sets up a gingerbread to lure in innocent children, whereupon she captures them, fattens them up and eats them before using their carved out hearts to bake more gingerbread, stating that it's what she likes to do, so it is what she's going to do. Upon capturing Hansel and Gretel, she promptly cooks and eats a boy imprisoned with Hansel, planning on eating him and his sister for her coming feast day.
- Crosses the Line Twice: The stepsisters in Cinderella tell an old classmate of Cinderella's, who wanted to pay her a visit, that she died. When Cinderella asks who was at the door, the stepsisters tell her it was an old classmate of her's, and that he wanted to ask one of her stepsisters out, and that he said she could "drop dead".
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Beals played Cinderella and her Prince in the show's retelling of the story. They would later play lovers in the fairytalesque The Thief and the Cobbler (the notorious Miramax cut, anyway). Even funnier is that TATC reverses their roles, as a princess and a poor tailor.
- Narm Charm: The cheesy special effects, costumes, and sets just add to the experience.
- Older Than They Think:
- In hindsight, one could say that Pinocchio is an Expy for Pee-Wee Herman. However, Pinocchio was made in 1983, when Pee-Wee was just starting to come into his own at Los Angeles comedy clubs.
- In Aladdin, the Genie of the Lamp had a grille before Snoop Dogg and others made them cool.
- The Played for Laughs episodes often goof on fairy tale characters and conventions, sometimes with Parental Bonus pop culture references. This was years before the Disney animated canon began doing so, much less the Shrek films. Moreover, many actors who participated in this series went on to those or similar works!
- Special Effect Failure:
- The white beams the "evil sorcerer" shoots out of his hands in The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers are a bit jarring in an episode of otherwise fairly convincing (and creepy) special effects.
- All the special effects in "Rapunzel", adding to the general Narm of the episode.
- Squick: The mole's attraction to Thumbelina. It's uncomfortable enough in the original story, but it's given a bit more creepy subtext in this version. Especially his line about "spoonin' in the gloomin".
- Tastes Like Diabetes: The "Rapunzel" episode has some very, very sappy moments.
YMMV / Faerie Tale Theatre