- Acceptable Targets: JJ frequently mocked Bookman's weight.
- EVERYONE mocked Bookman's weight. Even his wife!
- Alderman Fred Davis was also heavily disliked by the Evanses, save James and JJ.
- JJ also disliked Alderman Davis after James' death. In a memorable episode, J.J. completely destroyed Davis in front of a podium of political peers. It backfired though, because this made more people vote for him.
- Anvilicious: S.O.P. for Lear Sit Coms, pre-Three's Company.
- Ear Worm: The theme song. I DEFY you to deny it.
- Fair for Its Day: In addition to the VD episode, Florida's dismay of the eponymous "Black Jesus" painting, which she considered blasphemous. Her pushback on the idea of a non-white Jesus would've been far more common during the 1970s, especially with someone of Florida's age. Though she seemed to be less dismayed by the Race Lift than the fact that JJ made Jesus look like Ned The Wino.
- Harsher in Hindsight : During the season 5 episode "Breaker Breaker," Willona says to a depressed Michael, "You've been moping around like you're Farrah Fawcett and you found a bald spot on the top of your head." Fawcett died in 2009, after a battle with cancer, including chemotherapy.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: In one episode, Thelma dates an African named...Ebay.
- Hollywood Pudgy : Comments are sometimes made about Florida's weight. While she's thicker than Willona or Thelma, she's about a size 16 and looks like a middle-aged mom.
- MST3K Mantra: Where did JJ keep getting his art supplies?
- Sometimes they were given to JJ by the people who wanted artwork done (Alderman Davis, Sweet Daddy Williams, the bank president in that one episode, to name a few.)
- In the first season, it's indicated that JJ sometimes stole his art supplies.
- Memetic Mutation: "Daaamn... DAAAMN... DAAAAAAAMN!"
- Seasonal Rot: The season where Florida is Put on a Bus.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Poverty, wellness, and mental health were the biggest issues addressed. The episode wherein James is diagnosed with hypertension was especially important, as many health problems were almost never spoken of in black communities at the time.
- A classic example was the topic of sex education. The show handled it pretty well, and avoided Anvilicious commentary.
- Tear Jerker:
- Season 3's "J.J.'s Fiancée" leaves the fate of, well, J.J.'s fiancée, Diana (who is revealed to be a heroin addict, unknown to J.J.), to the imagination of the viewer when she fails to answer his calling for her during the closing scene. note
- James' death in the Season 4 premiere is probably one of the more jarring ones for a 70s sitcom.
- Ugly Cute: J.J.'s appearance. The opinion varies from episode to episode. While he's attractive enough (Kavorka Man) to pick up women, most characters—namely Michael, Thelma and even Florida—comment otherwise. It's Played for Laughs when addressed and doesn't seem to bother him.
- Values Dissonance: In an episode where Florida is out of town, Thelma is overwhelmed with trying to do all the household chores by herself. Her two brothers sit back and watch her scramble, making fun of her for how badly she's doing and complaining about her cooking. At no point do any of them act like the boys could or should help out with the chores — it seems to be accepted by everyone that housework is for women only. (While James does tell the boys to stop making fun, he doesn't tell them to start helping, nor does he help out himself.)
- Values Resonance: One episode has J.J. being accused of a crime, only for the police to admit that the actual crook is a short, rotund, light skinned black boy who looks nothing like him apart from the exact same wardrobe. With all the complaints about police racial profiling nowadays, this plot sadly feels all the more relevant.
YMMV / Good Times