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  • Acceptable Targets: BBC Radio DJs, namely some guy called Tony and another bloke called Jim.
    • The rivalry between BBC1 and BBC2 was also present, with the show throwing jabs at the former network.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Although not an animated series, it was very much like one in demeanour, meaning that it was played for children in Australia. Episodes like "Sex and Violence" were accordingly not shown there at all until several years after.
  • Ear Worm: One of the interviewees on "Return of the Goodies" said that Bill could have been a songwriter, presumably a serious one, because of his "ear for melody". Judging by The Goodies' discography, which was mostly written by Bill, they might have been well right.
    • The young Bill Oddie, in 1965, was thought of by record companies as having the talent and presence to be a "straight" singer-songwriter. Unfortunately his first single was banned by the BBC for allegedly "violent" content (it was a Who-style rock number about Mods and Rockers) and his second, a 1966 tribute song to World Cup winning squad member Nobby Stiles, was dropped after both Manchester United and Stiles' manager threatened to sue. Oddie then reverted to radio comedy.
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    • Nee-ded, Nee-ded...oh, goodie, that's niiiice...
    • Also, that damn string jingle (stringle?). String, string, string, string, everybody loves string...
    • Not to forget The Funky Gibbon and its 2010 remix.
    • And the theme tune itself ("Goody goody yum yum!"); once that's in your head it'll be there for days afterward.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The episode "Scatty Safari", where the Goodies add Rolf Harris to their "Star-Safari Park", describing Harris as "gregarious" and "often found with the young generation", is extremely uncomfortable in hindsight, given Harris was found guilty of several counts of paedophilia and sentenced to prison in 2014.
    • Not to mention the Pied Piper sequence where the plague of Rolf Harrises are said to "[bite] the babies in their cradles".
    • A similar situation occurs in "The Stolen Musicians" the super villain who has kidnapped the Goodies tries to bully them into cooperating with him by threatening to lock them in a prison cell with Rolf Harris if they don't. The Goodies' reactions of abject horror at this threat seem uncanilly appropriate now, not to mention the Foreshadowing effect of the episode placing Harris in a prison cell to begin with.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While The Goodies is rarely repeated on the BBC after the series ended, simply because the BBC's main controller of the eighties didn't like them, The ABC in Australia repeated them extensively throughout the 1980s and 1990s, giving them a continuous Australian fan base since the show originally aired.
    • Thanks to digital television, they're still going.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bill Oddie is now mainly known for formerly hosting Springwatch and being a devoted birdwatcher and environmentalist; at the beginning of "The End", he starts shooting at songbirds out of the window. In "Animals", he mows down pigeons with an Uzi.
    • Bill was already slightly known for his birdwatching (The Goodies File has a spoof ornithology section by him); this was probably always intended as a Playing Against Type gag.
    • In "Gender Education" (a.k.a "Sex and Violence"), a radio station lambasts the Goodies for their supposedly obscene sex-ed film. He then says "And now... the shipping broadcast."
    • The 'Robinson's Paper' advert skit when you look at some modern adverts.
    • "Bunfight at the OK Tea Rooms", having a gold-rush type boom town when a reservoir of cream is found in Cornwall, now that there's a prospect of a 'Lithium-rush' in the same county.
  • Signature Scene: The giant kitten climbing the Post Office Tower in "Kitten Kong".
  • Values Dissonance: The series featured some racial stereotypes that wouldn't be suitable to air today.
    • "Charity Bounce" crams a ton of these into about 60 seconds, as the Goodies' whirlwind world tour passes through South Africa, which was at the time still in the midst of apartheid:
      • The Goodies pass a road sign that says "Stay White".
      • The South Africans are shows using zebra crossings by jumping only on to the stripes that match their own skin color (i.e. the blacks only step on the black stripes, the whites step only on the white stripes.)
      • A South African man is shown playing a piano. All the white keys of the piano are on one end of the piano and all the black keys are at the other end. The man, who is white, is only playing the white keys.
      • The South Africa sequence features a guest character, Minion, who had previously been caught up in an explosion and was charred from head to toe. He gets stopped at a checkpoint by a South African cop. The cop produces a white piece of card and compares Minion's skin to the card. Based on this, he doesn't think Minion is white. The cop then flips the card over revealing it's black on it's reverse side. This time, he seems to think that Minion's charred skin matches the color on the card - he thinks Minion is black. At this point, the cop and all his colleagues start whaling on Minion with their clubs.
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    • In one of their ad sequences the camera pans over a series of asian men wearing outfits of various professions. The sequence is narrated: "If you need Mr. Lee-Fong the butcher, or Mr. Hong-Chi the dentist, or Mr. Lin-Chang the plumber...", etc., etc. All building to the punchline: "You can find them all in The Yellow Pages." After being shown this sketch as part of a programme about '70s television, Bill Oddie freely admitted that it was a cheap joke in the first place.
    • The scene in "The End" where the three of them find religion has Bill converting to Islam... with the aid of some shoe polish.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Most notably the "Beans Boy" ads.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: A source of great fustration for the team. The concentration of cartoon like visual humour led the BBC to labelling The Goodies as a children's show, and then getting uptight about any 'unsuitable' material.

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