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  • Accidental Innuendo: The British Admiral Richard Howe is nicknamed "Black Dick".
  • Awesome Music:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: John Paul Jones is definitely one of the more memorable guest stars, thanks to being a complete badass and is played by none other than Liam Neeson.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The show didn't have any romance, aside from the historical figures who were married in real life, but pretty much everyone is on board with the Sarah/James ship.
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  • Foe Yay: You could say this is how James and Sarah started out.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Henri's dream comes true as he gets to go back to France to live with his idol—only to have the French Revolution break out and said idol thrown into prison less than a decade later.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The rap verse of the opening theme may bring Hamilton to mind.
    • And Andrew Rannells voiced Alexander Hamilton long before starring in said musical.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Benedict Arnold, who is constantly fighting off inquiries into his finances and conduct by the Continental Congress and is constantly at odds with figures such as General Horatio Gates. Indeed, his contributions to the revolution are often a thankless endeavor despite his unquestionable skill and high regard from General Washington. He certainly loses this status though after his betrayal of West Point to the British, a position given to him with Washington's blessing. Fittingly, he is reviled by every figure who had come to respect him afterward, and is much too eager to see the defeat of the man who had been his greatest defender.
  • Memetic Mutation: Averted for the most part in the show itself; played straight on the "commercial break" segments.
    • "Let's play a round of Continental Cartoons!"
    • "Time for Now & Then—-comparing life to the 18th and 21st centuries!"
  • Narm:
    • Aaron Carter's rapping in the theme song. Also the "ooh-yee-aah".
    • Some of the voice acting by the various American or British delegates seen in the series can get quite over the top and hammy.
  • Narm Charm: The opening theme, especially the aforementioned rap. Is it ridiculous and over-the-top? Yes. If you play it in a room full of people who grew up on this show, will they all immediately jump in to sing along with great passion? Hell yes.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The reaction of some fans when the series aired in syndication, in which various segments from the PBS airings were cut out.
  • Toy Ship: James and Sarah.
    • When they can use being engaged as a cover story to get out of trouble, it is past the toy age.
  • The Woobie: James, Henri, and Moses when they explain their pasts.
    • Sarah when her cousin dies. And Tom himself at the moment.
    • Everyone in this series gets Woobified at one point or another. Especially the historical characters.
      • Oddly enough, Lafayette escapes this, as nothing about his backstory is brought up. His father was killed in the French and Indian war when Laf was a baby, his mother died when he was 12 (which is one reason he bonded with fellow orphan immigrant Alexander Hamilton), and he never met one of his daughters, as she had not been born when he left France and died in infancy well before he could get back. Additionally, one of his best friends is killed in action the year after Yorktown while working on an anti-slavery project, and Lafayette himself eventually ends up getting driven out of France by the very people he tries to help, and spends seven years in prison in Austria. Yet the most trouble we hear about or see is his getting shot in the leg during his first battle.


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