YMMV: Sunset Beach

  • Ham and Cheese: There were some notable actors among its cast list, namely Lesley-Anne Down and Sam Behrens, who got clued in on the show's direction very early.
    • If Montgomery Burns mated with Yosemite Sam in a bed of canned Cheez Whiz, the resultant mutation would resemble something like Del Douglas. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
  • Jumping the Shark: Fat-suits and turkey basters. It probably won't go down as Aaron Spelling's finest hour.
    • Stuffing Maria and Benjy into the Evans house at the same time was a big mistake.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Gregory came close. Particularly in the ridiculous yet entertaining Tobias storyline.
  • Narm Charm: Yep—this was part of its charm and what made it strangely addictive.
    • Mark Wolper's patently absurd death scene. People cried. What made it rather tragic is that Mark deserved to die least of all, and certainty not at the hands of his surrogate father (or so he appeared at the time), thus depriving Sunset Beach of one of its few heroes. If Casey, say, had died then nobody would have given a toss.
    • Bette mourning the apparent passing of Annie. As scripted, it is a moving scene and well-played by Kathleen Noone—but then it starts to run on long, with the dramatic drop to the knees, clenched fists and tribal yell conveying, quite loudly, the depth of despair Aunt Bette is feeling. "DIDJA KNOW ANNIE? DIDJA KNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!??" You don't know whether to laugh out loud or cry, which is the entire show in a nutshell.
  • The Scrappy: No shortage of these, but Tiff and Sean top the list.
  • Shipping Bed Death: Couples on this show had an alarming tendency to break up if there weren't any more barriers to cross. Vanessa miscarried thanks to Virgina's attack and (temporarily) broke her engagement. Meg was more or less kicked out of Ben's home by his irritating pimple of a son. A.J. broke ties with Olivia when she crawled back into the bottle. Perhaps worst of all, Ricardo couldn't forgive Paula for not having his back during the rape trial.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: "Shockwave" is The Poseidon Adventure done on a budget. "Terror Island" speaks for itself.