YMMV / Fresh Meat

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Howard using a hairdryer to dry multiple ducks hung in the kitchen, all whilst trouserless.
  • Creator's Pet: Vod gets away with a lot, attracts and hooks up with tons of attractive men (many of whom inexplicably fall for her), and even when she screws other housemates over, she's usually the one who ends up getting the apology, somehow.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: When Vod brings to everyone's attention that JP paid for the lavish party they're at.
  • Ho Yay: Usually pretty strong between JP and Kingsley. Goes Up to Eleven when JP tricks Kingsley into kissing him, and when the series ends, JP convinces Kingsley to live rent-free with him.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Despite the fact that JP is utterly self-absorbed and frequently makes scathing comments, he's still the one who gets the most sympathy, be it from being exploited by his stoke "friends" or the death of his father.
    • Josie Took a Level in Jerkass in Season 2, but her life imploding over the course of the series does elicit some sympathy.
    • Vod too. See the third example of Tearjerker below. After having to grow up with a mother who calls her daughter a millstone around her neck and says she wishes she had been aborted, to her face, who can blame Vod for her behaviour?
    • Sabine's unfriendly treatment by the other house members makes you feel sorry for her, even if she isn't a very nice person to begin with. She makes a Heel–Face Turn in Series 3.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If Vod's mother hadn't already crossed it by telling Vod TO HER FACE that she wishes she'd aborted her, she definitely did when she blew up at Vod and all the other housemates in response to Vod calling her "a shit mother", half-wrecking the house in rage.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Two words. "The Beast". Basically, what happens to Chris when she drinks too much, which is a lot of alcohol, and a lot of the time. She flies into a furious rage and starts throwing things around while screaming and swearing, no matter who is in the general vicinity, and there's no way to pacify her. Vod says the best thing to do when it happens is hide under your bed until she passes out. Especially bad as it can be Truth in Television for anyone with Abusive Parents.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Because the Hulu version for America didn't license the songs, in episode 7 Vod listens to a generic Queens of the Stone Age knock-off rather than the actual band's "I Feel Like A Millionaire".
  • Tear Jerker: When JP starts outpouring his fears for his father's health and desperately asking for a hug from Oregon's horse whilst on LSD.
  • Values Dissonance: Having a private, out-of-the-way university house is an extremely coveted residence in many universities in the United States, and these kinds of houses are usually too expensive for freshmen to afford. Thus it can be hard for American viewers to sympathize when the protagonists in the pilot complain so much about having to life in the house instead of the more popular dorms, which quickly lose their appeal for many American freshmen.
  • The Woobie: Josie seems to be turning into this in the second series: Her old flame gets married to someone else, she accidentally breaks Heather's arm practicing ju-jitsu, she leaves the keys in the front door causing the house to be ransacked, and she sticks a dental drill through her subject's cheek in a practical exam. Though she did kind of bring it on herself.

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