YMMV / Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

  • Adaptation Displacement: Most of the cast originated in a couple of stage plays, Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight and Garth Marenghi's Netherhead, performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000 and 2001 respectively. The fact that it was Edinburgh makes things ten times better.
  • Better on DVD: The sheer amount of bonus mock interviews, plus the in-character commentary, gives a much better experience than watching the show on its own.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Intentionally invoked with the song "One Track Lover".
  • Crosses the Line Twice: During "Scotch Mist" Dagless tries to make amends with the Scottish people he offended years ago by explaining he didn't like being in Glasgow as he apologises he comes off as even more bigoted. And as the Scottish people talk in plain English, the show then adds subtitles to their lines as if they were speaking incomprehensible gibberish.
    • The eyeball monster raping a man with a giant pixelated penis, and impregnating him.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The theme song, and One Track Lover.
    • The chase theme from The Apes Of Wrath. It's an absolutely classic chase theme that's tacked onto a hilariously awful chase.
  • Cult Classic: Invoked in-universe or, at least, presented as one by Marenghi. Appropriately, it has become one itself.
  • Ear Worm: One Track Lover.
  • Fair for Its Day: Garth Merenghi thinks he was this when making Darkplace in the Eighties.
    Garth: I've always been a vocal feminist. For example, I predicted that by 2040, the world would see its first female mechanic. And who knows- she might even do a decent job.
  • Idiot Plot: "Thank God I only took a tiny sip!"
  • Narm: All of the dramatic moments deliberately invoke this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: It may be because of its somewhat fake feel, but some of the content of the series manages to be genuinely terrifying in spite of its intentional hokiness.
    • One particular standout are Liz's "Black Hollow Ghost Eyes" in the first episode. They are the only part of the entire series not to suffer from Special Effects Failure, and are fairly shocking as a result.
    • Some of the interviews with Dean Learner are pretty disturbing, since he's all but stated to be a serial killer.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Pretty much the whole point of the series.
  • Too Good to Last: Both in universe and Real Life.
  • Special Effect Failure: Intentional, and honed to an art form.
  • Wangst: Much hay is made about Dagless being a 'brilliant yet troubled doctor'. Given the nature of the show and the quality of the writing, this usually translates to angsty, over-the-top brooding about ill-defined and ludicrous things.
  • The Woobie: Madeleine Wool, Liz's in-universe actor, thanks to the extremely misogynistic script, where she plays a stereotypical, hysterical, ditzy Menstrual Menace, despite having ostensibly been to "Harvard College, Yale." Madeleine herself is "missing, presumed dead, with the presumption heavily on dead." It's implied Dean Learner killed her