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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Johnny LaRue suddenly waking up and blurting out "You couldn't tell she was 11, I swear!" during Mr. Science with Johnny LaRue.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The intro, especially seasons 2-4.
    • "Koo-loo-koo-koo-koo-koo-koo-koo! Koo-loo-koo-koo-koo-koo-koo-koo!"
    • The theme for the SCTV news is pretty catchy, too.
    • Let's be honest, if you watch a sketch with catchy music enough times, there is a very good chance that it will be stuck in your head for weeks.
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    • The theme songs for Identical Bellhops/Cheese Hostesses/OPEC Oil Ministers definitely count as this.
    • "Who made the egg salad sandwiches?"
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One sketch of "The Johnny LaRue Show" has Johnny doing "exercise" by opening and closing the fridge and jogging in place while sitting down, and at one point, he has a mild heart attack. This sketch is far less funny considering John Candy's real life fatal heart attack in 1994.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • A mild one, but Bob and Doug exchanging Christmas presents with each other in "Christmas Staff Party". And later in the same episode, Johnny LaRue receiving a crane shot from Santa Claus. From the same episode, the entire cast singing "White Christmas" together.
    • In the next Christmas episode, the characters are genuinely worried about Johnny LaRue, since he's gone missing.
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    • Anytime Floyd Robertson demonstrates anything that isn't utter contempt for Earl Camembert. In one news sketch, Earl suffers a coughing fit on the air and Floyd repeatedly tries to get him to drink some water while seeming concerned. It's not a big gesture, but it is an affectionate one, and it's really sweet considering how much these two usually bicker.
      • In a meta sense, a filmed live stage show in the 1990s featured Levy and Flaherty redoing the first ever news sketch, complete with rabid reindeer and "He's living with a girl he's not even married to!" bit. The crowd goes wild upon hearing the names Floyd Robertson and Earl Camembert, and after the sketch ends, the camera cuts to Levy and Flaherty making their way backstage excitedly talking about how they slayed it and congratulating each other. Consider that the two of them have been Heterosexual Life-Partners since SCTV and it gets even cuter!
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    • Another meta example- the cast generally has nothing but nice things to say about each other (many of them worked on each others' shows after SCTV) and the crew, especially costume designer Juul Haalmeyer, makeup artist Bev Schechtman, and hair stylist Judy Cooper-Sealy (all of whom also worked on shows with them after SCTV).
    • While the 1982 Emmy acceptance fiasco is mostly hilarious, the very end of Joe Flaherty's acceptance speech is the cutest thing ever.
    Joe Flaherty, thanking people for the award: ... And my daughter, Gudrun. Hello, Gudrun! (Cat Smile)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In their TV-themed parody of The Godfather they mercilessly satirize cable TV via the cheesy Ugazzo Home Vision network. After SCTV was canceled by NBC it ended up moving to Cinemax for its final season.
    • Another point with Ugazzo Home Vision is that it's portrayed as having third-rate programming that no American could possibly be interested in. But the demo reel includes clips of a Bollywood movie and a soccer match. Both of those have gained followings in America in recent years, making Ugazzo look like he might have actually been ahead of the curve.
    • CCCP1 broadcasts a game show called Uposcrabblenyk, apparently based of the board game. That episode was one of the ones broadcast on NBC- which, three years later, would debut an actual Scrabble game show.
    • One segment of Great White North had the brothers talking about Star Wars, and Bob lamented that he wouldn't be able to buy all his tickets for upcoming films at once. He specifically wonders aloud if "Star Wars 30" will cost $6 a ticket. While the price of tickets has long since gone past that price mark, he wasn't so far off with his prediction of the total number of films, considering that Disney made it clear that they are intent on releasing Star Wars films and spinoffs annually for the foreseeable future.
    • Given the trouble that "Alex Trebel" had with Margaret Meehan during the "High Q" sketches, it was funny when an actual woman named Margaret Meehan appeared on Jeopardy! in 2004 (unlike her fictional namesake she was good enough to win two days in a row).
  • Ho Yay: Pick any Levy/Flaherty character duo. Sammy Maudlin and Bobby Bittman are probably the most easily read as a couple.
    • Bobby plants a kiss directly on Sammy's lips in their very first appearance together not three minutes after kissing him on the cheek and giving him a big hug as a greeting. Sammy doesn't look like he's objecting in the slightest.
    • The news team delves into Foe Yay on a regular basis. Earl's clueless attempts to get Floyd's attention and amuse him that just end up annoying him are very reminiscent of a little kid with a crush, and then there's the times Floyd displays actual affection or at least concern for Earl...
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Canadians know that Bob and Doug are caricatures of themselves, but that's a point of national pride after a fashion in that Canadians are well known to enjoy poking fun at themselves (the fact it was written and portrayed by Canadians certainly helps).
  • Misaimed Fandom: What made Bob and Doug popular.
  • Narm: Although intentional for this trope, the Zontar episode has alien cabbages invade the SCTV station.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The "Doorway To Hell" story with Wilcox and his dummy.
    • Wilcox's breakdown at the shrink's office is rather spine-chilling... or funny. Or both. You decide.
      Wilcox: (voice raises in pitch by the second) That music... that music, stop the music, shrink, stop that music now, or I'LL CRUSH YOUR NECK WITH THESE POWERFUL WOODEN HANDS!
    • The "Shock Theatre" segment where a father (Joe Flaherty) tries to tell his son a really scary story. The first one is about a girl (Catherine O Hara) who doesn't wash her face and gets too many pimples as a result. Sounds silly...until the ending. The girl's mother doesn't even recognize her, and out of fear, hacks her daughter to pieces with a meat cleaver. Ironically enough, this doesn't scare the kid. And then there's the ending where the son actually dies from being too frightened after his father tells another scary story.
  • Tear Jerker: Clay Collins' storyline in "The Days of the Week" is surprisingly serious to the point of bringing a tear to your eye. The short version is that Clay has a terminal disease and wants to marry Sue Ellen within two weeks, only to learn that he has until Saturday to live.
    • The very last SCTV News segment ever aired kind of qualifies. Earl's last day on the news coincides with the last day of a sound engineer for Count Floyd's show. Guess who Floyd decided to say goodbye to. (Bonus points for Earl's epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Floyd being met with Floyd essentially telling Earl to go to hell and leaving for the remainder of the sound guy's party. Earl delivers one last defeated "And that's the news," removes his mic, and storms off set. That's the last we see of the news team.)
      • Arguably even worse when you realize that for all of the hell Floyd put him through, Earl still sat valiantly by Floyd's side for eight years. Earl and Floyd are introduced in the very first episode, and almost every episode since featured an appearance from one or both of them, and the last we see of them is them arguing and Floyd reminding Earl that yes, he still hates him, and Earl with his feelings clearly hurt. Again. Poor Earl.
    • The entire "The Great White North Palace" wraparound. Long story short: Guy Caballero takes advantage of Bob and Doug's popularity. It backfires on him, the McKenzies, and SCTV. Bob and Doug lose their jobs at the end. note 
    • The last full episode of The Sammy Maudlin Show, wherein Sammy attempts to remake himself to be better in touch with the 1980s. He brings in four annoying gimmicky comedians, called the Zanies (including one who was meant to be a parody of Howie Mandel, played by Martin Short), attempts a dancing intro that requires dexterity and athleticism that leaves him needing to take oxygen hits for a while, and the show ends with Sammy's set literally crashing down around his ears as he gives a speech about how he never wants to see another Maudlin Zany again in his life and should never have tried to makeover his show. Arguably made worse by the lack of William B. Williams (who was fired) and Bobby Bittman (though probably only because Eugene Levy, who played Bittman, was appearing as Henry Kissinger), who were omnipresent on the Maudlin Show for years.
  • The Woobie: Lola Heatherton, particularly in the "Bouncin' Back To You" episode.
    • There comes a point in the show in which every character becomes a woobie.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Johnny LaRue might be bossy and egotistical, but there were a handful of moments where it's hard not to feel sorry for him.
    • Points to Moe Green, who may be a "sleazy weasel" but is still picked on mercilessly and is eventually kidnapped by Leutonians and never seen again. Ditto Earl Camembert, who isn't as sleazy as Moe but is in probably one of the most abusive professional relationships ever and has his heart in the right place despite possessing an extraordinarily thick skull.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Between the hairstyles (Eugene Levy's afro and Joe Flaherty's season one wings and swoopy bangs being particularly obvious examples), the fashion (Earl Camembert's suits and glasses), the cultural references (an entire episode-long wraparound plot spoofing the Cold War), and the Values Dissonance (Lin Ye Tang, anyone?), this show could have only been made in the 1970s and early 80s. Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty even reference this on a DVD commentary, while watching a sketch where Dave Thomas plays another, entirely different, offensive Asian caricature.
    Joe Flaherty: You think we could get away with this today?
    Eugene Levy: (completely deadpan) I doubt it, Joe.
  • Values Resonance: While it's for entirely selfish reasons, Johnny LaRue wanting to secure "the gay vote" in his city council campaign comes off as quite progressive and forward-thinking for the time.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: The Sammy Maudlin Show was a parody of Sammy & Company, Sammy Davis Jr.'s short-lived 1975 daytime talk show, which featured the real William B. Williams as the announcer/sidekick.


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