- Awesome Music: Lisa's rendition of Jump by The Pointer Sister's. Especially when Malik's family join in. What a way to propose to someone!
- Designated Hero:
- Early on, Tessa's teenaged angst and stand-offish personality can make her come off as too much of a jerk towards the suburban folk surrounding her, especially when many try to be nice and she responds with nothing but hostility. As time goes on she quickly becomes much nicer and so avoids this.
- George sometimes falls into this as well, being a hypocrite a lot of the time with Tessa or the Chatswinites. He also comes across as a questionable parent when uprooting or drastically altering his daughter's life based on his own freak-outs and romantic whims (no less than three times in two seasons), and never warning her about any of these major life changes or discussing them with her.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Dalia is emerging as this.
- Fair for Its Day: One season 1 episode introduces a transgender friend of Tessa's from New York, Gladys, who is also a homeless prostitute. Though Tessa's wording hasn't aged well (calling her a 'lady man', a 'dude', and similar) and she in-part uses her as a prop, she's also nothing but nice to Gladys, cites her struggle on the street as a real cause for the Suburbanites to be raising money for, and for the most part uses her choice of pronoun.
- Foe Yay: Tessa and Dalia, George and Sheila
- Hollywood Homely: Tessa In-Universe, because she's not all dolled up like most the girls her age. Played Straight with Lisa because they try to make her look more homely, but Allie Grant while previously Hollywood Pudgy on Weeds, is now near adulthood and is quite attractive.
- Les Yay: A one-sided example: It seems like Lisa has an unrequited crush on Tessa, especially in the second season. Although Tessa certainly has her moments...
- Lisa: Wanna make out ?Tessa: (looking disappointed, pointing at mouth) Gum.
- Relationship Writing Fumble: Many people find George and Tessa's chemistry to be a bit more romantic than father/daughter. Probably not helped by Tessa calling him by his real name instead of 'dad' most of the time.
- Squick: Ryan's father telling him that he has a great body. He tells it... looking at him in the eyes... while the mother is looking at them both.
- Tear Jerker: The ending of the S1 finale where Tessa realizes she wishes she had her mother there in town with her, and she feels that her mom's never really thought of her.
- Also the S2 finale: All the couples are broken up (except for Lisa and Malik), nobody's talking to each other, and while Alex and Tessa enjoy time together, George plays Alex's song to Dalia - who he quite shortly presumably will also lose, despite them both admitting they feel more like father and daughter than her real father ever did...
- Narrowly averted with the S3 finale—-it seems like it will be a finale in the manner of the previous seasons, but has a Surprisingly Happy Ending.
- What an Idiot!:
- In Tessa's eyes, everyone in town except her. Cue numerous Idiot Ball episodes.
- Canonical example: the suburbanite watering his lawn. In the pouring rain. Who merely smiles and waves when Tessa points this out.
- Tessa's dad also qualifies since fictional plastic suburbia where everyone is shallow, manipulative, morally bankrupt and mind-numbingly stupid, is hardly a fantastic place to raise a teenage daughter. At worst (if he is in fact concerned about bad influences) he should be interested in moving her to a different suburb, rather than stubbornly ignoring all the crazy so as not to move back to the city.
- The Woobie: Lisa to some. When we have a genuinely sweet girl who is constantly walked all over by her family (her mother gave her cat up for adoption for Pete's sake!), we run into this trope. To say nothing of the fact that she is either ignored and/or bullied by most of the school population - will someone just give this girl a hug and stat! It also doesn't help that she's an Extreme Doormat so, yeah...
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Sheila in "Sweet Sixteen". Lets see she goes out of her way to nurse George back to health after he puts his back out and at first he seems grateful, but then Dallas shows up and instills fear in him by telling him about a man who Sheila had been looking after who died he actually died of old age. Whilst George's paranoia about the issue is completely justified Dallas smugly gloating about bringing it all up to spite Sheila seems rather... cold. So basically Sheila went out of her way to help someone, expecting nothing in return and her thanks - having what could only be considered a traumatic incident thrown in her face! and we're supposed to be rooting against her?
YMMV / Suburgatory