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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Apparently Indians don't find the action-movie depiction of their former spiritual leader in the spoof trailer "Gandhi II" all that funny...
  • Billing Displacement: Most posters and other promotional materials would give one the impression that Victoria Jackson's role is significantly greater than Michael Richards'. She was more famous than Richards at the time, what with Seinfeld having just come out.
  • Crosses the Line Twice
    • Raul's cruelty towards the animals on his show would be disheartening if it weren't so cartoonishly absurd. Among other things, he throws a turtle at the ceiling to make it "stick" (which apparently works) and tosses poodles outside his apartment window to try and make them fly— with a visible pile of dead poodles outside the building.
    • Stanly letting a kid drink from a high-pressure firehose. So painful... yet so awesome.
    • Gandhi 2 revels in Comically Missing the Point and every second of it is wonderful.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies". Helped by the original song being an Ear Worm in its own right.
    • "UHF", the movie's title theme.
    • "Fun Zone", played at the beginning of the "marble in the oatmeal" scene. Helps that Al has taken to playing the full version before every live concert of his.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Kuni only appears in a few scenes but he's one of the most popular characters in the film, not only for having some of the most quotable lines, but also his and his students' Big Damn Heroes moment near the end. He's enough of a fan favorite that Gedde Watanabe even reprised the role in an episode of The Weird Al Show years later.
    • Raul Hernandez as well. Although he only appears in two scenes, he manages to be hilarious.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Concerning the Like Reality Unless Noted entry on the main page: Everybody wants to be on Stanley's show, because he's Crazy Awesome; the FCC probably was more concerned about Fletcher's corruption by the end of the movie; the "Satan" seen on Town Talk could have just been a guy dressed up; nobody probably watched Philo's show (or took it seriously enough to actually try and make plutonium at home); it's possible that Stanley or someone else hired Raul (in an earlier draft, he was supposed to bring the package in when George and Bob arrive at U-62, as a mailman, but due to Trinidad Silva's death, that had to be dropped); the adult content was clearly scheduled for the watershed; and the shop teacher probably wasn't in his right mind to begin with.
    • Plus, everybody probably loves U62 BECAUSE it's so weird & unusual. It was something fresh that folks had never seen before. Remember, this was before reality TV and things like TLC took off; in 1989, the Big 3 broadcast nets were still mainly the choices for original programming—Fox hadn't really taken off yet, and cable was a wasteland of reruns mainly, so having a local station create its own, homegrown programming that takes up most of its broadcast day would be pretty cool.
    • Also, those shows about bestiality probably don't actually SHOW everything (or have a lot of pixellation-action going on) and the Strip Solitaire game probably stops once someone's in their underwear. Once your outer-garments are removed, you lose.
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    • While American TV has a watershed (which America calls "safe harbor") it's not really enforced that much since it's a big country with six time zones (nine if you count territories), but late-night is still a tad more lenient.
      • Of course, a small rural UHF station would likely be broadcasting to only one time zone.
    • Why did that disheveled looking old man buy all that stock with his windfall? Well, his first appearance asking George for change established that he had money, as he was able to pay George the dollar in exchange. He may not be a homeless bum after all, but a very eccentric and dedicated coin collector. Aside from that, it could also have been a Because You Were Nice to Me moment, as George had happily given him the change while down on his luck, whereas R.J. Fletcher just groused about the bum.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: On the DVD, released in 2002, Al praises Michael Richards by saying "You could turn a camera on him and tell him to go nuts for two minutes." Four years later, Michael Richards had a (cell phone) camera turned on him during a standup show and went nuts on two black audience members by screaming every conceivable racist obscenity he could... for two minutes.
  • Ham and Cheese: Kevin McCarthy hadn't done many comic roles before, but he understood just how silly the movie is supposed to be and is clearly having every bit as much fun with it as everyone else. Weird Al says on the commentary that after nearly every take, McCarthy would instantly drop character and burst into laughter (and, presumably, start flossing bits of the scenery out of his teeth).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: It's difficult to watch a movie in which Weird Al is best friends with Michael Richards and Victoria Jackson after he's admitted to cutting ties with both of them once their respective racist tendencies came out (Richards with his racist rant, Victoria Jackson's "Obama is a secret Muslim!" tirade). This extends to the commentary track, in which both drop in.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The scene where Bob reveals that U62 is number one in the ratings, thoroughly stunning George. 25 years, almost to the day, after this film was released, Weird Al's 2014 release Mandatory Fun would be his first number one album in Real Life.
  • Heartwarming Moments: When George introduces himself to Pam, she blows up in frustration that she's been working there for two years as a receptionist when she's really a reporter. What does George do? Add news segments to the lineup that she can cover and, during the segments, Pam is clearly happy and in her element.
  • He Really Can Act: Subverted. Al knew he was not an especially good actor and asked that the studio hire him an acting coach so he'd "suck a little bit less." His stone-faced performing in the opening Indiana Jones parody prove that they were not wasted.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Watch Raul's Wild Kingdom and tell me he's not eerily prescient of Cesar Milan.
    • Kevin McCarthy played a TV studio owner similar to (but not as evil as) R.J. Fletcher in the Columbo episode "Requiem For A Falling Star".
    • Gandhi 2 is an Actionized Sequel to a film about the life of a famous religious figure. This is before Family Guy did the same for Jesus. Or, for that matter, before AI-driven war freak Gandhi of Civilization was a thing.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Fletcher's son Richard. He may be an incompetent suck up, but when you see how badly his father treats him it's hard not to feel a little sorry for him.
    • Probably the only reason R.J. Fletcher doesn't get arrested for kidnapping after his otherwise brutal Humiliation Conga. The old bum who reveals that he played a huge role in Fletcher's downfall even gives Fletcher a warm hug and offers a shoulder to cry on. Awwwww...
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "YOU'RE FIRED! GET OUT!!!"
    • "SUPPLIES!"
    • From the DVD commentary: "CUT TO:"
    • The Rambo parody has found a home among fans of ProtonJon, thanks to Jon's use of an edited version of the scene as his "countermeasures" for raids he gets on Twitch.
  • Nausea Fuel: Emo Phillips getting his thumb cut off and casually spewing blood all over the place. A couple of deleted scenes were even worse!
    • The first was darkly humorous note . The second was just plain gross note .
  • Nightmare Fuel: Philo's true form. The effect was done by the same people behind Large Marge.
  • Older Than They Think: In the Spatula City ad, one of the gags is Sy Greenbloom saying, "I liked their spatulas so much, I bought the company." To younger viewers, this is merely a nonsensical gag, but it's actually based on a famous ad campaign for Remington from 1979.
  • Tear Jerker: A short but sweet one when George is told that U62 is going to be flat broke mere days after he's started managing it. His look of utter defeat is one of Weird Al's few genuinely good acting moments.
    George (defeated): I never should've taken this job.
    Al (on the commentary): I'm remembering when my dog died!
  • Values Resonance: This incredibly heartfelt article from GamesRadar describes UHF as a precursor to all of the things that would eventually make YouTube and web-based content so great: U62 celebrates, even encourages, the exact kind of individual quirkiness that mainstream media is so (seemingly) opposed to, and can be seen as a safe haven for “otherness” where everyone shares a mutual respect for being themselves. Even the more questionable characters like Kuni and Noodles are treated with the utmost respect and are never used as the butt of a joke. George's solution to save the station by selling stock to the townspeople even reads as a primitive form of crowdfunding.
    • Also, the premise of a network that broadcasts series or movies that no other channel would broadcast sounds very similar to that of many streaming systems such as Netflix, Hulu and others, which broadcast series or movies that no other channel would, albeit neither as insane as the movie does.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Putting the movie up against the huge blockbuster season of 1989 did it no favors at the box office, but it found a bigger and more appreciative audience on home video.
  • Woolseyism:
    • For some reason, the Italian version omits the "Hey baldy!" exchange during the "Gandhi II" skit, making it look like Gandhi flips out for no reason at all.
    • The same happens in the Latin American Spanish dub, except it was replaced with "Hey Ghandi!" instead.


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