- Audience-Alienating Premise: Easily one of the most notorious cases of this in television history.
- Bile Fascination: Perhaps the only reason the show is still remembered.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Mother refuses to talk to anyone else besides Dave because she's afraid she would be put on display in the Smithsonian Institute, or put on "...the Johnny Carson show." The show would be the subject of much ridicule from Carson.
- Poor Man's Substitute: No offense to Jerry Van Dyke, but he does seem to be playing the same sort of character his brother played in The Dick Van Dyke Show.
- So Bad, It's Good: The show is simply too bizarre to pass up. But...
- So Okay, It's Average: The majority of it is just kind of bland and doesn't really do much with its wild premise.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Quite a few more gag and story opportunities would have been opened up if Manzini also knew about the car being possessed. Instead, Mother gets no one to work off except Dave, which got old by the end of the pilot.
- Values Dissonance: Besides the fact it's a '60s sitcom, it's a little strange to see a classic, vintage automobile treated like The Alleged Car rather than a museum piece. Dave acts a little similar to an enthusiast, at least.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The premise of the show (and the fact it made it onto NBC's schedule) would seemingly suggest there was a lot of LSD going around the TV industry in 1965.
YMMV / My Mother the Car