Melrose Place : When did it stop being great for you?

When did it stop being great for you?

For me, it was when Kimberly blew up the apartment building and then we were supposed to feel sorry for her. I love Marcia Cross, but Kimberly was a nut case who deserved to go to prison.

I quit watching for good when they killed off Sidney, who was my favorite character

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When pretty much all of the original characters were gone, and it was like watching a new show that I had no interest in.

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I agree Catnip (FYI my furballs love you :)

I felt the 5th season was a long sad demise of my guilty pleasure. One by one so many of the elements that gave the show the right chemistry left. Sixth season was just too much of a change too fast (although I did get into the 7th season season and it's return to the MP roots of a smaller cast with more interaction between all of them. Another plus is having fun, sultry Lexi as a villain was a big improvement over Taylor, IMO.)

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Focusing so heavily on Bobby Parezi and his mind-numbingly boring business storyline was a fatal mistake. The fourth season was fun but you could see the wheels beginning to fall off, though Kimberly, Sydney and Michael always gave great performances. My memory is that the fifth season is where the show just completely fell apart. Kimberly became isolated and trapped in a tedious health storyline with only Megan and Michael for company, Alison and Jake were paired together despite a total lack of chemistry, etc. It just wasn't any fun.

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Totally agree re Bobby Parezi. I'm in season four right now and that storyline is way too long and drawn out and dull. The whole idea of Amanda supposedly being in hiding from the Parezi family is ridiculous, but I could accept that if it led to a great storyline. Instead, we are subjected to Bobby and his lawyer and talk about a cable company for way too many episodes.

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I can't watch the show after that either, it all became just too ridiculous. It probably would've been a better series finale if it had ended there with everybody blown up.

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Many say it started to go downhill in Season 4. For me officially, it was probably almost mid Season 5.

I didn't mind storylines like Jane and Sydney "killing and burying" Richard. Probably because it was nice to see those two work together and it was ridiculous but kind of funny.

But stuff like Taylor's obsession with Peter and the weak way Amanda and Peter broke up really brought the season down big time.

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I agree with the masses on season 4 being the season where everything fell apart.

Seasons 5 and 6 were even worse but I do think with season 7 being the last season of the show that they were at least trying to salvage what was left of it in the hope that it would it go out with a bang but sadly the damage had already been done.

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the moment richard's hand popped out of the dirt I was done.

White lightening+Black Hammer

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For me, it was fun until the very end.
I enjoyed the entire run

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The last season was like pulling teeth. I watched it but it wasn't as enjoyable from the early years. Once Rhonda and the blonde left. The show got more exciting. Once Jennifer and Sam Megan came on. I stilled watched cause there were some regulars left. But yeah

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Really?

I thought the last season was an injection of life compared to the ABSOLUTELY dire season six.

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in its original run i believe i stopped watching regularly somewhere in early season 6. i remember still catching an episode here and there, including the series finale (in which i had no idea what was going on and who were most of the characters).
years later i watched all the way through the end in reruns, i was curious what i missed. it was still moderately a fun guilty pleasure but more and more characters departed and replaced by mostly uninteresting new ones, and the one character that stayed for the entire run (Michael) became increasingly cartoonish. and i absolutely HATED the Matt postmortem journal storyline.

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In all honesty - mid-season four. The first half is pretty enjoyable, except, you know, for all characters being alive after a big explosion, but Darren Star leaving the ship it just started to lose that snappy writing. Characters just got plain annoying, storylines dragged and then they went all-out camp at the end of the season with the "Betsy"-storyline.

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When Kyle and Taylor came on and most of the original characters left. I liked Taylor, but not a fan of Kyle even though RE was so cute. I pretty much stopped watching. I returned back off and on in the last season. The characters except for Eve, were so boring!

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The second Allison got with Jake. WTF.

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Never. Even though the show had its ups and downs, I never stopped loving it for what it was: a campy, over-the-top, primetime soap.

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Honestly, I was so invested when I was watching it that I didint start to hate it until the last season. But looking back It was never the same after season 3/4:(

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When Billy turned into a jerk.

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When Allison left. For me, she was the anchor of the show and it wasn't the same without her.

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How was Alison the anchor? Jake?

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Alison easily had the most screen-time during the first few seasons of the show, and the Alison/Billy relationship was at the center of a lot of the drama.

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Alison easily had the most screen-time during the first few seasons of the show, and the Alison/Billy relationship was at the center of a lot of the drama.


Not to mention that the Alison/Amanda frenemy relationship was a driving force of the show - it's obvious that they tried to replace this relationship with Sam in season six (just substitute Alison in the helicopter crash) and then with Jane in season 7. All their scenes literally try to vibe off the whole dynamic between Alison/Amanda.

I loathed Alison in its original run, but I've started appreciating what she brought when I've rewatched. All shows need that sort of character.

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Not to mention that the Alison/Amanda frenemy relationship was a driving force of the show


That too.

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Season 6. Most of the regulars left and we were stuck with Kyle getting a lot of storylines which killed my interest. I didn't like Kyle or his jazz club.

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I would say it started to go downhill with season 4. The problem for me was that the show became an "all-bitch"-show, none or very few of the characters were friendly to each other (except the ones that were sleeping together at the moment). In season 3 the balance was exactly right between friendships/relationships/enemies.

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I would say it started to go downhill with season 4. The problem for me was that the show became an "all-bitch"-show, none or very few of the characters were friendly to each other (except the ones that were sleeping together at the moment). In season 3 the balance was exactly right between friendships/relationships/enemies.



I'm on season 4 of my rewatch through Melrose Place. The only friendship that was damaged was Jane and Jo's. The main obvious change was Jo isolating herself from everyone except Matt that season. She didn't even get a proper send off. Everyone else was friends though.

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That might be true, maybe my memory is failing me and it was more towards the 5th season. But by the 4th season the show was very heavy on villains with Richard, Michael, Kimberly, Brooke, Amanda, Jack Perezi, HayleyStill a good season, but the balance was not as good as in the second half of season 2 and season 3.

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Season 3 had more villains than season 4. Season 3 had Kimberly, Reed's parents (including the nanny with them), the cult, Michael, Peter, Caitlin, Amanda, Brooke, Alison when she was drunk, Amanda's father, the woman working for Amanda's father that killed him, the crazy gay cop that harassed Kimberly and Jo, and that guy Matt dated at the end of season 3 who killed his wife. Thinking about this, I'm wondering if this is why season 3 is the most fan favorite of them all. It was never dull during season 3. As I'm rewatching season 4 it's alright. Hayley isn't really a villain by the way. He was wanting to break up Brooke and Billy, but his direction changed and fell in love with Alison. I wish they would have brought back the cult during season 4. Sydney's character becomes dull when she gets with Bobby in season 4. I do agree season 4 isn't as good as the previous two seasons. It is however a lot better than seasons 5 thru 7.


Edit: I can't believe I forgot these two villains from season 3. Chris and Jess. They had big story arcs too that year. I'm sure there's probably more villains from season 3 I'm forgetting as well.

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As I'm rewatching season 4 it's alright. Hayley isn't really a villain by the way.


Season four was good and right on track until the winter finale where Sydney drugs Jane so she has a stroke. After that it just basically treads water for a few episodes and then of course they go completely crazy with the Betsy plot and Jane/Sydney plotting to murder Richard.

Season five they try to slow the show down and, according to the show runner at the time (Frank South), "ground it more in reality" except the plots are still as crazy as ever which creates this sort of weird paradox in the writing.

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I think the main problem with season 4 is Bobby's character. He's dull. The writers made him sort of a main character since he interacts with quite a few characters on the show. He did nothing for Sydney's character. It's a shame too because Laura is the type of actress like Marcia that can do basically any kind of story due to their talent. One of the main reasons I like season 3 a lot is because Sydney had these fun interesting stories and Laura's portrayal in the character is spot on to the situation.

As for season 5, the only real crazy stories I can think of off the top of my head was Sydney throwing herself down a flight of stairs to get back at Amanda and Taylor hitting herself making it look like Peter was abusive. Season 5 begins the change of tone Melrose Place was in the previous years. The craziness was watered down to nothing and the actors / actresses from the beginning left. It wasn't Melrose Place. Season 7 they tried to bring the craziness back with Lexi and Eve, but it wasn't the same.
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