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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.
  • Cult Classic: Invoked in-universe or, at least, presented as one by Marenghi. Ironically enough, has become one itself.
  • Ear Worm: One Track Lover.
  • Idiot Plot: "Thank God I only took a tiny sip!"
  • Jerkass Stu: Dr. Rick Dagless, M.D.
  • Marty Stu: Dr. Rick Dagless, M.D.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Pretty much the whole point of the series.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Intentionally So Awful It's Awesome. See also So Unfunny It's Funny.
  • 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

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