My family watched the BBC series at night when I was little. It was a BIG deal in our house as my parents were BBC sci fi fans and fans of the book. So we watched it on PBS and it was funny to me, but I was too young to get it. I read it in high school and I loved it and my friends would quote it just like we quoted Monty Python.
But I have to be honest, my scientific education really did not begin until after I was in college. I really had no idea what quantum theory was back in the 90s at all. My curiosity just began later in life. So after I had learned as much as someone with a Calc 2 math limit could really go I listened to the books again on Audible. It was only then that I realized that all of this stuff was not just nonsense and funniness...A lot of the book was making fun of the madness that is how the universe works (to the best of our knowledge).