YMMV / Melrose Place

  • Angst? What Angst?: So you have experienced this massive explosion, your friends and colleagues are injured, some seriously, a woman died, you know that it wasn't an accident and all of your personal belongings are destroyed. A devastating and difficult to move on from event, right? Hardly; everyone just picked up, began rooming with one another and went on with their lives within an episode or two, well except for Peter, Kimberly and Alison.
  • Dork Age: Season six. Sydney and Kimberly are dead, Taylor and her complicated love life are among the main storylines, Billy has more screen time, we are treated to a host of new characters and a lot of the show's charm is gone.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: With frequent and near-universal backstabbing, moral ambiguity, and bed hopping, Melrose Place could elicit this trope in the eyes of the audience and longtime fans, who have seen these storylines over and over again.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Michael, Sydney, Amanda and Kimberly were exponentially popular amongst fans.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: A good number of fans of the original series don't acknowledge anything that happened in the reboot.
  • Fridge Logic: How exactly did Jake manage to escape the boat filled with bombs and dynamite before it exploded? The button was pushed just as he had discovered them.
  • Guilty Pleasure: While not winning many awards for writing, the show got its audience on its sheer soapiness.
  • Growing the Beard: Once Amanda came in, but more namely in season two when the show became the trashy soap opera we all love.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The episode where Kimberly blew up the complex that was originally to air in the season 3 finale (which was pushed back due to the then-recent Oklahoma City bombing) ended up airing on September 11, 1995.
    • What happened to Bruce Teller, who was Driven to Suicide look worse now that Stanley Kamel has died.
    • Alycia Barnett, Peter's one-time girlfriend, died while talking on a car phone as she was behind the wheel. Odd at the time, more relevant nowadays given how many people who have been injured or killed due to talking/texting on their phones while driving.
    • One season three episode had a drunk-driving Alison run down a young man who, although injured, ended up surviving. Several years later, the same incident happened to Amy Locane, who played Sandy on the show, only one of the other people in the other car didn't survive and she went to prison for a few years as a result.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The complex explosion.
    • Sydney's death.
  • It Was His Sled: The season 3/4 Melrose Place bombing is probably the most well-remembered event in the show's history.
  • Moral Event Horizon: You would think that Brooke, who the writers had brought in as a rival to Alison for Billy's affections and was basically set up to give us a character to root against, would have already had this after her treatment of Alison, namely the disaster of her being fooled into producing one particularly insensitive ad campaign that unintentionally made fun of the suicide of a client's mother. However, what really caused her to go into this was her going through Amanda's personal files and not only finding out about her abusive ex-husband and that she faked her death to get away from him, but also contacting him to invite him to L.A. so he can find her again, just so she could blackmail her into promoting her over Alison and which pushed the reset button on Amanda's Heel–Face Turn. After that, any fans she may have had turned on her.
  • Narm: Keem-bur-lee, you must keeeel them!
    • Brooke in her final episode, whom we are supposed to feel sorry for, but due to her actions over the season and the hilarious "scrunchy face" she gave that was supposed to show that she's upset and about to cry, it came off as this.
    • As powerful (and heartbreaking) as Sydney's death was, Craig's reaction comes off as this. Interestingly enough, the actor doing the Spanish dub of that scene provided more raw and genuine emotion in his portrayal over the original English acting scene.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Peter and Taylor throughout much of season five.
    • The whole Jane/Michael/Kimberly Love Triangle, which also doubles as an Arc Fatigue.
    • Peter and Amanda being with anyone other than the other one is regarded as this.
  • The Scrappy: Brooke is arguably the first person that comes to mind. She was so unpopular with fans, the producers had to kill her off just to appease them due to the level of hatred her character received.
    • Taylor is another contender, due to her scheming ways, her rather sick reason for pursuing Peter and having too much airtime in what is widely regarded as the worst season of the show.
    • Samantha is considered this among the fandom as well, due to both her and her worthless, ex-con deadbeat father (the best example of the MALE scrappy of MP) running down Sydney at her wedding AND that fans considered her too bland and a far more boring wife for Billy.
  • Seasonal Rot: Seasons 6 & 7, after most of the show's original cast were replaced by Suspiciously Similar Substitute after Suspiciously Similar Substitute.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Plenty of occasions, but Jake and Alison was the best example. The two of them were friends for the past four years when, out of nowhere, they fell in love, Alison became pregnant, they were married and Alison was forced to terminate the pregnancy due to medical reasons. Come the end of the season, they were split up, Alison left L.A. and Jake decided to go live with his ex-girlfriend and their son in Ojai.
  • Tear Jerker: Kimberly's death, especially with her blanking out and collapsing and her mother's reaction. Even through all their faults, when Michael says goodbye, he begins to break down.
    • Sydney's "death" also counts. Then there is Craig's reaction, even with his subsequent Wangsting, he was genuinely heartbroken over it and ended up killing himself over his grief.
    • The end of Jo, Alison and Amanda's respective baby storylines; Jo is forced to give her son up to protect him from his father's parents, Alison is forced to terminate her pregnancy due to it endangering her health and the latter suffers a miscarriage twice.
    • Amanda's childhood was pretty sad, as seen in the "Holiday on Ice" episode, which has her visiting her past and reliving her single father walking out on her for a business trip on Christmas Eve. She is then seen consoling her childhood self as she's sobbing her heart out and trying to convince the girl that her father does love her/them.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Dr. Brett "Coop" Cooper. Having been introduced with a potential revenge storyline against Michael as retribution for ex-lover Kimberly's death, the show dropped it after several episodes. Ultimately spending half a season being begrudging business partners with Michael and Peter, Brett didn't have much to do, except fight with Peter, Michael, and ex-wife Lexi.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Kimberly is supposed to be one of the main antagonists of the show. While some of her acts can't be forgiven, mainly the fact that she willingly started a relationship with a married Michael, her past, the mistreatment she suffered at the hands of Michael and other people on the show, her moments of clarity, remorse and genuine concern (especially in season five) and her ultimate Downer Ending made her a lot more sympathetic to fans than the writers probably intended.
  • Wangst: Dear Lord, Craig in season 6. On one hand, it was understandable (becoming a sudden widower, especially in such a violent way, does do that to a person), but on the other hand, the writers took it Up to Eleven and let him wallow in misery throughout the season, culminating in him being Driven to Suicide in the season's penultimate episode.
  • What an Idiot: The general fan reaction towards Michael after he forgave Kimberly for running him over, especially after she sent him to jail later in the season. Even worse, when he told Kimberly he knew it was her all along, what is his "punishment" for her? They began making love.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Jane's supershort, lopsided "pixie" cut throughout much of season four was universally hated/mocked by the fandom, with many believing she had it cut by a lawnmower.
    • Perhaps an even worse overall look went to Sydney from that same season, whose hair and wardrobe was trapped in the 1960s.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: All over the freakin' place. Kimberly and Michael, Jane and Michael, Amanda and Peter, Billy and Alison...
  • The Woobie: Pretty much every female character (as well as Matt) in varying degrees, but specifically Alison, Jo and Sydney, who occasionally was also a Jerkass Woobie.
    • Kimberly was also a Jerkass Woobie. Some of her behavior was truly wretched, but given her past and what Michael put her through, she often came off as sympathetic.
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