YMMV / Broadchurch

  • Awesome Music: The main theme, which is incredibly beautiful and sad at the same time. It was even used in the teaser trailer for Fantastic Four (2015).
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • "I know men who'd rape you!" The line is completely over the top, and doesn't lead to anything later. It is brought back during the trial though.
    • Ellie's return home to collect her things in the final episode is a very poignant scene until she detours into the living room to step on a slug. Was it meant to convey rage, tragedy, senselessness? The problem here is it's tough to combine a squashed slug with piano music and slo-mo. (@BroadchurchSlug has its own Twitter account. #slugjustice!)
  • Broken Base: People who watched for the characters tend to really like the reveal of the killer, and how it affects everyone. Those who watched for the mystery are irritated by the lack of clues and overdose of creepy characters to what ended up being no purpose.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Series 1 toed the line, and Series 2 fully leaps over it, being largely just scene after scene of Ellie being completely miserable.
  • Evil Is Sexy: In season two, many viewers found Lee and Claire to be scorchingly hot, both together and separately.
  • Funny Moments:
    • In the middle of an argument, Ellie abruptly invites DI Hardy to dinner, her house, pick a night. You ask the boss to work, she doesn't like it but what people do. Hardy looks like he's been hit in the head with a brick. His panic when told you don't talk about work is wonderful:
      "What will we talk about?"
      "I don't know! Just say yes."
      "Thank you. Bloody hell! Knob."
    • ...And then he shows up with a bottle of wine. And flowers. And chocolates.
      "Wasn't sure what I should choose, so I just got them all.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: After David Tennant played a hero and James D'Arcy an antagonist in this show, they joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the opposite.
  • Idiot Plot: The entire courtroom plotline of Series 2 relies entirely on judge, jury and prosecution all suffering from severe, writer-inflicted brain damage. Even if Hollywood Law were not in effect, vital evidence (such as Hardy's illness, which would have prevented him from physically assaulting the defendant) goes unmentioned, timelines are ignored (Q: are we sure that the defendant's injuries did not occur before rather than after the confession? A: yes, because both events are on police camera), and the net result is a trial that takes up the whole series.
  • Narm:
    • Lee Ashworth's love of standing on distant hills to threateningly stare at people. It works pretty well the first time, but then he just keeps doing it until it's impossible to take seriously. Especially when he appears to sprint like his life depended on it to get in position a few seconds after ringing Claire's doorbell to drop her favorite dish off.
    • The show doesn't explain that in the British court system the attorneys don't wear their wigs while talking to children to make them less intimidating, so to anyone unfamiliar with it, Tom's turn on the witness stand comes off like the crew just forgot to bring the wigs that day and they went ahead anyway.
  • Seasonal Rot: Series 2 is considered to be far inferior to the first. The less compelling mystery and multiple legal faults tend to be the largest points of contention.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • When Beth Latimer asks Tom Miller for a hug.
    • "I miss his hugs."
    • Jack's breakdown and tragic suicide.
    • The town lights a bonfire on the beach in memory of Danny and as we watch, more fires start up the distance, until the whole coast is spotted with pinpricks of light.
  • Values Dissonance: The age of consent in Britain is 16, which can cause certain scenes to seem strange to people who live in areas where it is 18:
    • Jack makes a point to note that had he waited a few weeks for his 15-year-old lover's birthday, their romance would have been perfectly legal. In many places, however, the girl was more than two years too young to be having sex with any adult, even ignoring the fact that he was 40.
    • The Latimers make a big deal about the fact that their 15-year-old daughter is dating a 17-year-old. This seems weird to them because the boy is an adult. In many places, both are still seen as minors, so it doesn't seem like such a big deal.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Alec Hardy began suffering from a heart illness right after his wife cheated on him and ruined his career by losing some highly important evidence while meeting with her lover. An almost literal case of broken heart.
    • Metaphor extends into series 2. Hardy's heart heals.
  • The Woobie: Jack. Got jailed and his reputation tarnished for a consensual relationship. He married his lover only for their son to die at a young age. He moves to Broadchurch to start anew only for his conviction to resurface and get twisted, culminating in the town turning on him and forming a lynch mob when some former members of his club provide some maligned "evidence" to him being a pedophile. And even after he reveals the truth, his house is vandalized and he gets a picture of his dead son and ex-wife thrown into his face. He's Driven to Suicide, and to rub salt in the wound we get to hear Chloe complain about how she doesn't care about his funeral since she never liked him anyway, and nobody pays for basically hounding him to his death.
    • Ellie. In season 2 she has been demoted to a traffic cop, her oldest son will not talk to her and almost the whole town has given her the cold shoulder.