- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: A frequent joke, and usually Lampshaded, such as Helen bursting into a rendition of "Nasty Boys" when talking about then-US enemies. Bob merely stared in shock and asked, "Helen....?"
- Society Marches On / Technology Marches On: Inevitable with society, since it was strictly The 80s, but also technology, such as cordless phones being new.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Changing the format from a freewheeling political sketch comedy to a strict "Weekend Update" style didn't help to revitalize NNTN.
YMMV / Not Necessarily the News