YMMV / Raw

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Philip actually does demonstrate some very mild symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome such as trouble making small talk, awkward in social situations, keeps private lists written around. If he does turn out to have it it'll be one of the more accurate portrayals of the condition in the media.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Dylan was either a nice subversion of All Girls Want Bad Boys for JoJo - or else a dreadfully boring Vanilla Protagonist who got in the way of Bobby and JoJo. Not helping matters was the fact that after JoJo chose him, he left her anyway assuming she picked him as the second choice.
    • Rebecca likewise was either wasted by not getting brought back for Season 2, or else too bland to be missed.
  • Cliché Storm: Jojo and Anthony. Let's see, girl marries a guy she doesn't know that well - he immediately turns into a controlling Jerkass and borderline abuser. Oh and he's foreign too.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fiona's sister Emma. Many fans expected her to be a Bratty Half-Pint and were surprised to find her so likable.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The show actually features two eventual Once Upon a Time cast members. Liam Garrigan, who plays Bobby, would go on to play King Arthur. Amy Manson, who plays Zoe in Season 5, would play Merida. Both amusingly debuted in the same season of OUAT, but never interacted on Raw.
  • Narm:
    • The scenes between Kate and Fiona in Season 2. They meet in the park talking shadily about something vague, that has the same seriousness as murder or some major crime. Turns out she just had a fling with her husband.
    • The sparring between JoJo and Dylan in Season 2 is also treated with a lot of seriousness that doesn't quite warrant what amounts to playground style taunting.
  • One True Pairing: Geoff and Pavel, with numerous YouTube videos compiling all their scenes together.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Anthony, Jojo's husband in season 5. While technically an antagonist, he's disliked for his awful accent and cliched plot.
    • Maeve was this in season 2. Fans mellowed and warmed to her in later seasons.
  • Screwed by the Network: Despite being fairly strong on the ratings, RTE has pulled the plug, due to budget concerns. Still, there's plenty of weaker shows that could have been axed instead. It was rumoured that the axe was due to RTE wanting to put more money into Love/Hate.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 2 wasn't too well received, though did fine ratings wise. Season 5 was also very unpopular, with the story between Jojo and Anthony almost universally despised.
  • Sophomore Slump: Season 2 is viewed as the weakest, due to the sudden Lighter and Softer tone that the writers clearly couldn't handle at the time. The episodes had some rather odd plots - making Dylan very mysterious only for the reveal to be that he works a second job, revealing he has a daughter who never gets seen or mentioned again afterwards etc. The low point was the Melodrama hyping up something shady between Fiona and Kate, which was given the kind of Foreshadowing usually reserved for murder or something sensational. Turns out Kate just kissed her husband once. Season 3 got better at handling the drama.
  • Squick: How do you deal with an unruly snob customer? Easy, you lace his dessert with cum.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Despite Zoe getting billing in the Season 5 opening credits, she's Out of Focus for several episodes and only functions as a Satellite Love Interest for Shane.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Any conflict between Dylan and Bobby who open a bar together is never explored - as Dylan doesn't find out about Bobby fancying his fiancee until he's been out of the country for several episodes.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Dylan wants a chef to work at his bar. He walks right past Tiny and Richard, who've just been fired, to ask Shane if he wants to leave his job in a restaurant to work in a bar. Sure, Richard's a bit of a klutz, but between him and Tiny, surely one of them could've handled bar food.
    • Ditto for when Fiona fires Richard and Tiny. Only two episodes earlier Ray had managed to nag Fiona into hiring him and thus stretching the budget. It never crosses her mind that he's the dead weight.
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