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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
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Michael, Sydney, Amanda and Kimberly.
  • Guilty Pleasure
  • Growing the Beard: Once Amanda came in, but more namely in season two when the show became the trashy soap opera we all love.
  • HSQ: The complex explosion.
    • Sydney's death.
  • Mary Sue: Alison.
  • Narm: Keem-bur-lee, you must keeeel them!
    • Brooke in her final episode, who 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: Kimberly's removal of her wig and the revelation of a huge, disfiguring surgical scar on her head from brain surgery. In Melrose Place's E! True Hollywood Story, Marcia Cross admitted that fans would tug at her hair to see if it were fake.
    • Then there's also Brooke's pale ghost coming back to seduce/taunt Billy, which caused him to (temporarily) turn into a Jerk Ass.
    • In a Shout-Out to Silence of the Lambs, Michael is visiting Kimberly in jail after she blew up the complex, and she breaking through a glass door just to repeatedly stab him to death. (Un?)fortunately, it was All Just a Dream.
    • In the episode where Sydney accidentally joined a cult and she tried to leave, she is then overpowered by some other members and thrown into a locked cage built into the ground, all while screaming at the top of her lungs to be let out.
    • Peter in the mental institution, particularly when he is about to be given ECT and he keeps insisting that he is a medical doctor and not a mental patient and tries to prove it by yelling out medical terms in a desperate last-ditch effort to stop the treatments, which occur anyway.
    • How about Richard's arm popping out of his freshly dirt-filled grave and struggling to claw at some sturdy land above it? It's made even worse by the creepy, sinister music playing while this is happening.
    • The circumstances surrounding fake Christine's death, which is also considered Nausea Fuel and Squick. See more on the main page under Family-Unfriendly Death.
  • 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 being with anyone other than Amanda was 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. Many fans even blame her introduction for reason behind the show Jumping the Shark.
    • 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, compared to the other one, who, you know, was so hated by them that the producers had to get rid of her.
  • Seasonal Rot: Occurred as most of the cast got replaced.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Dr. Brett "Coop" Cooper.
  • 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.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back? / Her Back: All over the freakin' place. Kimberly and Michael, Jane and Michael, Amanda and Peter, Billy and Allison...
  • The Woobie: Pretty much every female character (as well as Matt) in varying degrees, but specifically Allison, 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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