- 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....?"
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: A comedy sketch on Not Necessarily the News features an adult Jay North from Dennis the Menace as rage-filled and Ax-Crazy about being typecast as his childhood role. It is very hard to watch in light of the later revelations about the abuse North suffered at the hands of his aunt and uncle while filming that series. And the difficulty of dealing with it as both a child and adult lead to some very, very dark thoughts. Let's just say that North is not entirely acting as he screams and threatens bystanders with his ax...
- 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