YMMV / Shortland Street

  • Anvilicious: Happens from time to time. The series has touched on various political and social issues in New Zealand from drug use to teenage driving. In some cases, Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • Ass Pull: You really would think someone would have mentioned a live volcano in Ferndale at least once prior to the show's 25th Anniversary, wouldn't you?
  • Dork Age: The first half of The New '10s were not the show's finest years. Boring storylines coupled with awful characters and repeated attempts to recapture the magic of Joey and Ethan led to an unnecessary number of antagonistic or otherwise creepy and unlikable characters, old characters brought back retaining few of their old traits, no respect for the show's heritage, lazy, uninspired writing and Critical Research Failure led to the show's ratings slipping. Luckily, new writers and a new production crew seem to have turned the show around, as evidenced by a very well-received 25th anniversary episode.
    • An example of this in the early years of the show was the 1995-1996 period where most of the original cast had left and were replaced with characters who while not as outright awful as the ones from 2010-2015 were still incredibly dull and unmemorable with a few exceptions here and there. For example, Dr Mc Kenna was replaced with the unpopular Julia Thornton who was written out of the show within a year of getting there and was replaced with David Kearney as the clinic's CEO. While Michael Mc Kenna and David Kearney are well-remembered, popular characters, Julia... isn't.
    • Happened again in 2000, with most of the cast being written out in 2001 and replaced by new characters entirely. In fact, very few characters from the 90's lasted past 2001 with only a small handful sticking around.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Many characters over the years have become this, most notably Nick Harrison, whose original character was retooled from a drug-abusing badboy into a goofy good guy with a comedic side. A similar thing happened to Shortland Street's IT guy Damo Johnson- originally created to be a goofy nuisance and run-ins with popular characters such as Chris Warner and Mo Hannah, Damo became one of the more popular characters of the mid 10's because of his amusingly socially incompetent personality, rather than in spite of it. Damo became so popular in fact that his sporadical appearances were streamlined into a more regular role.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Olivia Tennet's character Tuesday laments to Sophie McKay (played by Kimberley Crossman) that she doesn't want to be seen as "a violin-playing music nerd." Tennet went on to portray a violin-playing teen genius in Power Rangers RPM.
    • On Shortland Street, Olivia Tennet played the daughter of drug addict Guy Warner (played by Craig Parker). In Underbelly NZ: Land of the Long Green Cloud, she plays Julie Theilman, a real-life drug runner and heroin addict.
  • Hollywood Homely: Five words: Marton Csokas as Leonard Dodds.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • From the very first episode: "You're not in Guatemala now, Dr. Ropata."
    • "Please tell me that is NOT your penis!" Explanation 
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: When he first appeared, Lionel Skeggins was a pretty obnoxious guy. Cue a romance with Kirsty Knight and a personality change to make him less annoying, and Lionel became a fan favourite for the rest of his time on the show.
    • TK went from being a fan-favourite, to a scrappy, to being a case of this trope in the course of 10 years. At the end of 2016, TK reverted back to his original personality, becoming more laid-back than the aggressive, unpopular alpha male he had become.
    • Harry Warner became less of a caustic brat in his teen years. While this can be chalked up to Harry growing up, it can also be Depending on the Writer too, since his new personality coincided with new writers coming aboard the show.
    • Realistically, a whole cast version of this trope happened between 2014 and 2015. After several years of trying to craft the next big villain and instead giving us a cast full of backstabbers and unlikable jerks, new writers took over and crafted several new fan-favourite characters and even gave new life to previously disliked characters.
  • Take That!: The writers as of 2016-2017 absolutely LOVE this trope. In the space of a year, their targets have included, but are not limited to: nerds, feminists, vegans, Social Justice Warriors, materialistic teenage girls, promiscuous teenage girls, spinsters and network administrators.
  • Too Cool to Live: Several popular characters who've died over the years including Carmen Roberts, Steve Mills and more recently, Craig Valentine.
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