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  • Harsher in Hindsight: This skit features a young Britney Spears lashing out an obnoxious cameraman. Years later, she would become very irritated by the paparazzi swarming her.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The 1950s version was especially popular in Australia, where "new" episodes aired well into the 1960s. Many of the cast members did successful tours there in 1959 and 1960 after the show was cancelled, surprising their Australian fans due to having physically matured since the original episodes were produced.
    • This has continued well into the modern era. Almost nothing has been heard of in Australia about the 1970s or the 1990s versions, but nostalgic fondness remains for the original to the point that its theme song has become a Sacred Cow in the annals of television theme history due to it being included in every Disney compilation soundtrack released, which led to the 2017 incarnation being harshly criticized there as it features a heavily reworked mix of the song.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Lisa Whelchel from the largely forgotten 1970s version.
    • JC Chasez of *NSYNC fame was a Mouseketeer of the 90s version from seasons 4 through 7. Chasez’s future bandmate Justin Timberlake would join the cast for the show’s final two seasons.
    • Young Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were Mouseketeers during the last two seasons of the 90s revival. The former's sister Jamie Lynn also made a cameo in her Mouseketeer profile.
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    • A young Ryan Gosling was also a Mouseketeer alongside Justin, Britney, and Christina and even debuted in the same season as them.
    • Keri Russell was another Mouseketeer during the nineties.
    • Roberta Shore on Annette, who later played Joyce on Father Knows Best.
    • Jason Priestley starred in the MMC serial of Teen Angel a year before Beverly Hills, 90210.
    • His 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty was in also in an MMC serial, ''The Secret of Lost Creek'.
    • Deedee Magno Hall was a cast member on the 1990s revival from seasons 1-4. She would later be known for her work on Broadway and as Pearl on Steven Universe.
    • Rhona Bennett was a cast member from seasons 4-7. She later turned to acting on Jamie Foxx's eponymous sitcom and is now known for being a member of En Vogue.
    • Skeeter was one of the adult co-hosts from the 90s revival.
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    • Before becoming a lawyer, Carl E. Douglas was a Mouseketeer.
    • Bobby Burgess from the 1950s version later had a long career as a dancer on The Lawrence Welk Show.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Leonard Maltin noted on the Treasures collection that the show would seem "quaint" by today's standards.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Admit it... no matter what version you grew up with, you got sad every time the show signed off with the slower "Alma Mater" version of the show's theme song.
    • The 1977 special The Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World, featuring the 1970s revival cast, has a LOT of sad moments. A majority of it has the Mouseketeers arguing with each other, which is surprisingly out of character compared to the show itself and its other versions. The worst moment comes when Nita tries to help out on a camping trip, but ends up forgetting to tie the tent ropes, resulting in them being pulled away by a nearby van. All of the kids harshly yell at her, with one of them outright calling her a scrambled-brained idiot. If that wasn't bad enough, the adults don't do much to defend or comfort her, even though Ronnie Schell tries to tell her it's okay. Despite this, Nita is left alone sobbing, and runs away. The other Mouseketeers realize how harsh they were and set out to find her. However, Nita, not wanting to be found, keeps running whenever she sees them approaching, as she thinks they're still mad at her. Later, the scene transitions to her all alone at night, whilst looking at a poster of her and all of her friends, as the Alma Mater plays in the background. Eventually, Jo Anne Worley approaches her and tells her that everybody is sorry, and the final performance at Cinderella Castle goes on. Even though things work out in the end, we don't really see the Mouseketeers apologize to her; it cuts to the performance after Jo's scene with Nita.
  • Values Dissonance: Expected since the original version was promoting fifties ideals. The first serial showed a boy and a girl learning about jobs at an airport... with the boy learning to become a pilot and the girl a stewardess.