- Actors: Andrew Shue - Courtney Thorne-Smith - Heather Locklear - Josie Bissett - Thomas Calabro.
- Director: Barbara Amato.
- Format: DVD.
- Format Size: Fullscreen.
- Runtime: 1452 Mins.
A nighttime soap opera about the lives, careers, trials and tribulations of a group of young people living in an apartment building in the trendy neighborhood of Melrose Place. The show was a spin off of Beverly Hills 90210
and starred Heather Locklear as the scheming Amanda Woodward, head of her own advertising agency and owner of the apartment building.In its second season, Melrose Place
turned up the heat, resulting in a funnier, sexier series. Alison (Courtney Thorne-Smith) continues to see Billy (Andrew Shue), Jake (Grant Show) moves in with Jo (Daphne Zuniga), and Jane (Josie Bissett) divorces Michael (Thomas Calabro), who shacks up with Kimberly (Marcia Cross). That leaves Matt (the underused Doug Savant), who has an affair with a sailor; Amanda (Heather Locklear), who sets her sights on Jake; and Sydney (Laura Leighton), who sets hers on Michael. A lot changes during the year: Sydney turns to prostitution, Jo kills in self-defense, Amanda and Jo catch a voyeur in the act, and Michael and Kimberly end up in the hospital when he crashes their car. Though Michael recovers after a few episodes, Kimberly slips into a coma and then disappears. Michael is told she´s died; fortunately for fans, he was misinformed. Kimberly eventually returns, but though she looks the same, she isn´t. Turns out, she´s now a certifiable loony--and she intends to make Michael pay. As she memorably tells Sydney in the season finale, "You´re looking at human garbage... when Michael´s dead, God´s gonna do a jig."
By the end of the second year, one marriage will have taken place, while another will be called off at the last minute. After an entertaining, if overly earnest first season, Melrose Place had found its footing. The acting isn´t always first-rate--the crying scenes are particularly unconvincing--but 31 episodes in one year must have been draining on the cast (most dramas top out at 23). Guest stars include Parker Stevenson as a high-tech millionaire, Gina Gershon as a waitress/call girl, Linda Gray as Amanda´s estranged mother, and future X-Men star Famke Janssen as a high-class hooker. --Kathleen C. Fennessy