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  • Acceptable Targets: Alcoholics. While he usually deserves the punishment, watching Lahey slur his words and fall down while screwing his life up and being ridiculed by everyone can be seen as a disservice to those who truly struggle with alcohol addiction and the loved ones they hurt.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Not at first, but season 4 and onwards flanderize the Boys, courtesy of Took a Level in Jerkass and Lahey is still as much of a Jerkass as before that it gets hard to root for any party.
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  • Ending Fatigue: The season 8 finale. The boys get arrested... then there's still ten minutes worth of wrap-up. It makes Lord of the Rings feel like a blink and you'll miss it moment.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Bubbles was originally not meant as a major character, but his moments in the first season were so popular that they expanded his role further to what it is today. Creator Mike Clattenburg has gone as far as saying if Bubbles wasn't on the show, it wouldn't have lasted long.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show has become huge in Ireland since its Netflix debut, to the point of the cast doing a live tour there. It is most likely connected to the similarities in tone it has with Irish classics such as Father Ted.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Oh My Fuck Boys, We Killed Lahey & Randy", the penultimate episode of season 11, was released a little over half a year before Mr. Lahey's actor John Dunsworth passed away.
    • Season 6 'Three Good Men Are Dead' features a plot in which Officers George Green and Ted Johnston attempt murder on Lahey, Randy and Phil by making it look like an accident. As of 2017, two of the actors portraying the titular Three Good Men have passed away, with the actor playing Shitty Bill also having passed away, Three Good Men really are dead.
  • Ho Yay: Julian tries to persuade Ricky to marry Lucy by telling him a lie that people think he's gay because he won't marry her. The plan backfires when Ricky's stupidity causes him not only to believe that he is gay, but also wonder whether he and Julian are both gay.
    • Julian often dates women, but other characters repeatedly make insinuations about the relationship between him and Randy. Julian will usually deny it once, then ignore further references. In one of the films, Julian even goes so far as to let Mr. Lahey believe that he and Randy are dating in order to manipulate him.
    • Cory and Trevor hook up with two transvestites and unconvincingly deny having done anything with them, spy on J Roc through his bedroom window (while he happens to be "getting changed"), and are easily convinced by Julian and Ricky to service the male clients of Julian's massage parlor.
      • In an early episode, they also insist that it's gay for two men to hug each other after seeing Ricky and Julian do so, but by the end of the sixth season, they hug and say they love each other — and then Trevor breaks down and cries because he misses Cory after Ricky separates them.
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    • And then in Season 10, Cory tries to hire gay male strippers for Jacob's stag party, although that could be chalked up to Jacob's ambiguous wording and Cory being really stupid.
  • Idiot Plot: The majority of the time, the plots are rather far fetched and silly, but they're still practical to the situation they're facing. Season 7 just takes it a little far when they decide to build a track for a toy train to transport their drugs over the border to the USA. There are literally dozens of ways they could have made this easier, like simply filling a garbage bag, going into the woods, and throwing it across the border at night time. The fact that their 'henchmen' were able to spend enough time there to make the track without getting caught just proves they could have pulled it off that way.
  • Memetic Mutation: Many of the "Rickyisms." You'll still hear Canadians calling them "ja-lop-en-o" chips.
    • "Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam!!!"
    • "I'm gonna pay you $100 to fuck off."
  • Nightmare Fuel: Conky again. Played for laughs with the ominous music that accompanies him, but the viewer is never quite sure whether Bubbles is in control of him.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Trina Lahey was played by Ellen Page, years before she starred in Juno.
  • The Scrappy: Barb's enforcer in season 10, Candy. A bridge was thankfully dropped on her.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Season 7 is largely considered to be roughly on the same level as the others, but some parts of the fanbase dislike it due to the wackier plot and the return of Conky (see Idiot Plot above).
    • In Season 8, the plots are a little less silly, more in-line with seasons before 7. The character traits are more exaggerated than ever, which is good, bad, or indifferent depending on who you ask.
    • Season 10 manages to achieve this even for people who liked the aforementioned two. The show suddenly took a much more cruel tone, with a sharp uptick in the number of rape jokes, Donna's character being turned from a fairly well-rounded depiction of a Transgender person to a transphobic stereotype, and the two guest stars falling completely flat for many. If your stoner show has Snoop Dogg on it and he looks bored out of his skull, you did something wrong. Luckily seasons 11 and 12 were much better received.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • Several interview segments in the Out of the Park series are obviously greenscreened; the quality of the compositing in better in some cases than in others, but the perspective is a dead giveaway (the background is often too big for the characters).
    • In season 8, scenes set in Ricky's indoor ice rink have some rather fake-looking foggy breath added in.
  • Squick: Dirty ol' piss jugs.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The end of Season 4 set up some impressive Character Development for Cory and Trevor, as well as potential for all kinds of new plots when they finally repay Ricky and Julian for all the years of abuse and use the Boys' drug money to buy the park for themselves. Unfortunately, come Season 5 everything's back to the way it was, as Barbara Lahey tricked Cory and Trevor into thinking they were buying the park, stole the drug money and used it to pay off Sunnyvale's debts without having to sell it.
    • The Season 11 storyline of Lahey being Ricky's father could've led to some interesting character developments. Such a shame Status Quo had to come in full effect by undoing the plot twist.
  • Vindicated by Cable: While the show has always been a national treasure for Canadians, it was a Cult Classic at best in all other countries. Since its release on Netflix, it has steadily grown in popularity outside of its home state and has received several Netflix original specials as a result.
  • What Could Have Been: Some showrunners have said that Season 5 was originally planned to be the series finale. Season 5 ends with Ricky having a heart attack, which he eventually recovers from when Lahey gives him CPR. Given that a major theme in the show's early days was Julian's desire to leave the park while his friendship to Ricky guilted him into staying, it's possible the original script had Ricky die so that Julian could finally move on.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The final few seasons took a noticeable drop in quality, but the Netflix revival ones have both been well received by fans.


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