The new Melrose Place "has the potential to be as addictive, and phony, as a can of Pringles potato crisps," said Matthew Gilbert in The Boston Globe. This "trashy" remake of the original '90s series, which premiered Tuesday night on the CW network, "is just a mess of gossipy plot lines about adultery, murder, and secrets," and "if it has a moral compass, the arrow is stuck pointing down, to hell."
"Few shows before or since" the original Melrose Place "have been able to top" it, said Roberto Bianco in USA Today. The new Melrose is just a "collection of pretty, hard-bodied young things, most of whom can't act their way out of a Birkin bag." But if "you want to know what the well-heeled in L.A. are wearing these days, or what clubs they're attending, this is the show to watch."
The CW's updated Melrose Place, said David Hinckley in the New York Daily News, does "wisely retain some of the elements that worked in the original, like characters who are interesting without being deep." And it is a "pleasure" to watch "deliciously sleazy drama performed by professional actors, instead of the amateurs on 'reality' shows."