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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Too Cool to Live: Several popular characters who've died over the years including Carmen Roberts, Steve Mills and more recently, Craig Valentine.