These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Growing the Beard: Many fans-and critics-agree that while the pilot was pretty terrible, the show has gotten a lot more enjoyable. Seems to be moving out of YMMV territory as far as the general population goes. See We Don't Suck Anymore.
Hollywood Homely: Averted. Amber is presented as a snarky emo-teen with no outwardly interest in fashion or the like. When one of the popular jocks asks her to the dance, however, the shock is less that it happens (both at school and at home), and more that she's ready to date (and have romantic activities).