- Audience-Alienating Premise: For a lot of people, the basic concept of "leave 40 children unsupervised in a ghost town to see if they build a society" sounds more like an attempt to replicate Lord of the Flies than enjoyable reality television.
- Crosses the Line Twice: Having the kids cut off the heads of chickens in order to eat? Brutally uncomfortable. Having Jared give a goofy smile as he holds up the decapitated hens and say, "We sped up the natural process of life and death and gave these suckers a short cut"? Straight-up Bathos in its purest form.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Jimmy is one of the most well-liked contestants due to having the most common sense despite his extremely young age. Fully knowing that he isn't exactly cut out for the whole show's premise and choosing to leave when he had the chance. JonTron probably helped out in his popularity. Even though it has been quite a few years and Jimmy has grown up, Jimmy is still rather well-liked due to being a surprisingly nice, sweet, funny and cool with many of his fans wishing him well. Even wanting to see more of him because not only did he bounce off pretty well with Jon and overall was quite enjoyable.
- Fountain of Memes: Practically anything that comes out of Jared's mouth is prime meme material. His aforementioned "short cut" line with the chickens and his exclamation about how "today has been the worst day in three years" are stand-out examples.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Jon Jafari's interview with Jimmy, the youngest of the kids who were on the show, revealed that the it really was about as creepy, unsafe, and morally questionable as all the detractors thought. All forty kids were forced to use one poorly-dug outhouse, were made to feed themselves (and ate very unhealthily as result), slept on barely adequate beds in freezing temperatures with no heat, bathed only once, had the bare minimum of supervision (consisting mainly of being given water, not for their benefit, but to keep them from passing out from dehydration on camera), were extremely frightened of Jonathan Karsh, and had little to no privacy, often being filmed while they were having emotional breakdowns because it made for good footage.
- Overshadowed by Controversy: The show is most known for accusations of child endangerment and being an Immoral Reality Show. Other than some minor bruises and burns, however, there were no major issues for the most part. Although as JonTron's interview with Jimmy shows, the controversies and the issues the detractors had was not exactly unfounded. It was also revealed that some of the kids drank bleach and needed to get their stomachs pumped, which naturally wasn't mentioned at all.
YMMV / Kid Nation