- Harsher in Hindsight: The final panel of the MAD satire "thirtysuffering" is a fantasy of the characters in their eighties. The first speech bubble goes to eightysomething "Hairy," i.e. Gary - the only one of the regulars to be killed off.
- "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Watching it now makes it seem hopelessly quaint. However it was one of the first TV dramas to confront more adult topics that normal people might face.
- Spiritual Adaptation: Just like Parker Lewis Can't Lose was the "real" adaptation of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, this is often considered The Big Chill for the small screen despite that movie also getting an "official" adaptation in Hometown, which lasted half a season.
- Unintentional Period Piece: The series is remembered primarily for being associated with the 'Baby-Boomer' demographic along with some of the more common 80s tropes.
YMMV / thirtysomething