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  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Aimee-Leigh and Baby Billy's performance of "Misbehavin'" in the fifth episode is just plain this.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The first episode ends with the Gemstones, after a blackmail exchange gone south, accidentally run over one of the blackmailers, with the Gemstones appropriately horrified. Then they see one of the other blackmailers is still there, with the camera panning to her attempting (and failing) to avoid being run over by the Gemstones car moving in reverse, setting the stage for the Black Comedy to come in subsequent episodes.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: As predicted, Walton Goggins steals the show as the grotesque yet tragic "Baby" Billy Freeman. Critics frequently single the character out for praise due to Goggins' performance, his creepy appearance and the character's complexity.
  • Fandom Nod: Many people thought that Kelvin was Jesse’s son, so the writers included a line about that.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Eli Gemstone is a Holier Than Thou Hypocrite who is clearly into religion more for profit than for genuine spirituality, is a ruthless and opportunistic businessman, and dominates and bullies his children mercilessly. But he also clearly loved his wife Aimee-Leigh and is genuinely heartbroken and grieving over her death. Episode 5 of the first season also suggests that he used to be a lot kinder and more sincere, but age, ruthlessness and bitterness have warped him.
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    • Baby Billy Freeman is a selfish snake-in-the-grass for whom lying is second nature, but he leads a pitiable life as he tries to reclaim his glory days and return to the stage. Like Eli, he's also grieving for Aimee-Leigh.
    • Jesse is a bit less this trope, as he's probably the biggest jerk in the show and we're not really supposed to view the difficulties he gets into as much more than him receiving his comeuppance. But for all his faults he does love his family and appears to have been genuinely hurt and betrayed that his son Gideon left the family for Hollywood (though the show also makes it clear that Jesse had plenty of responsibility for the hard feelings between them as well).
  • Older Than They Look: Kelvin is substantially younger than Jesse, whilst the two actors are only 7 years apart.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Jesse and Judy very much look like siblings, with their wide face shape and dark brown hair. Kelvin, not as much.
  • Tear Jerker:
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    • Eli expressing to Kelvin how he doesn't believe that he can continue on without Aimee-Leigh.
    • Having a crisis of faith Kelvin driving Keefe away.
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