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  • Applicability: Cindy the two-headed girl - where one head is nice and the other is aggressive - could be considered a parallel to someone with bipolar disorder or other mental illness.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Brittany gets some hate for her Alpha Bitch tendencies but the reveal that she's really a Type A Tsundere for Lloyd is divisive. Some feel it doesn't justify her bullying, while others are more sympathetic to a preteen who doesn't know how to process their feelings.
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    • Eddie gets some love for being a Deadpan Snarker and getting a lot of good lines. However he's also the bad influence who gets Lloyd into trouble and rarely apologises for his worst moments. The worst of them is when he causes destruction on Douglas's cousin's farm and his first instinct is to make up a good excuse to cover it up rather than trying to fix it.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song.
  • Fair for Its Day: The below-mentioned "Neither Boy Nor Girl" does have some issues in the writing, but it does address the concept of androgyny and choosing one's gender years before transgender issues started to get more traction in the media.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: An eye shaped robot with a British Accent and a bit ditzy. This sounds familar...
  • Ho Yay: Lloyd and Eddie, sometimes with their friendship seeming like a romance with Eddie as a bad influence. Douglas and Kurt also get this too, especially in the Feud Episode, which has some unfortunate parallels to Romeo and Juliet.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Halloween episode. Would it be safe to say Francine crossed the Moral Event Horizon in that episode? She may be a little kid, but you'd have to be a complete sociopath to do what she did with a clear conscience. Though Boomer did help with it.
    • The episode where Norah dates another man, who is revealed to be wearing a mask. Although he's quickly shown to not be evil, the scene where Lloyd first sees his real face is quite startling.
  • The Scrappy: Francine gets very little love from fans, due to being a Bratty Half-Pint who uses her powers to terrorise Lloyd and his friends. Francine rarely has to learn lessons about being nice to Lloyd, whereas he's frequently learning them about being nice to his little sister. Many fans view the scene where Francine overhears Lloyd wishing she'd never been born as Laser-Guided Karma instead of the Moral Event Horizon for Lloyd it's shown as.
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  • So Okay, It's Average: There's a reason why it never got the same recognition as Recess, despite being made by the same people.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • The Fantastic Racism episode drops a very heavy handed but still valuable lesson about the nature of prejudice. Kurt and Douglas's families get caught up in a legendary feud between their species and it affects their children's friendship. Kurt and Douglas quickly realise that holding onto past prejudices is a silly notion and scold their parents for it.
      Douglas: "My ancestors might have been from Cerebellian, but I am from Intrepidville. And I choose to be friends with Blobulans, Earthlings, Verdigrians or what have you."
    • Another good anti-prejudice moral is found when everyone suspects that Norah's date is after her. It turns out he was only trying to pass for a Verdigrian to avoid the kind of prejudice they all came up with. A not-so-subtle but still powerful message against judging someone by their appearance or because they have a different background.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Lloyd's telling Cindy off at the school dance is very hard to watch. Sure her other head was mean to him, but he had no reason to yell at the nice head too. Afterwards she sits crying, wondering in vain if Lloyd was just joking.
    • Nora's date having his identity exposed. Everyone had assumed he was a monster based off how he looked, and he is reduced to tears by the situation.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The episode "Neither Boy Nor Girl" tries to tackle gender issues. You can tell it was written years before discussions of gender roles, sexuality, and transgender identities started coming into the public eye. The new kid at Lloyd's school, Zoit, is part of a species that gets to choose their sex when they turn thirteen. Both the boys and the girls try to influence their decision by having them do stereotypically gendered activities. As if enjoying sappy movies or belching contests has anything to do with being a boy or girl. While Zoit does eventually call them out, it's less about unnecessarily gendering things and more the fact nobody should be telling them which to picknote . In the end Zoit chooses not to tell anyone what their decision was, teasing that everyone will only find out if they develop a crush. Which implies if they like a girl they must be a boy, and vice versa.
    • Francine's treatment of Lloyd is clearly bullying and goes well beyond the 'harmless kid stuff' it was treated as during the early 2000s. She tortures him with her powers and is hardly ever disciplined by her mother. These days it's quite clearly abuse, and it certainly would be shown as such if the abuser wasn't a cute little girl.
  • Values Resonance: The episode where Kurt detaches his head from his body to become a better jock is even more relevant with all the discussions of toxic masculinity. Although Kurt becomes a better player without his head, he becomes a complete Jerkass without the head's kindness and empathy.

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