Ok, not everyone likes the first series of Melrose Place, but I must be in the minority.
I would have to say that the series was a bit more substantial at the start and was not as outrageous and sensational as it became the following season (and only got more so).
Season 1 did a good job of introducing us to the residents of Melrose place, to Shooters and to D & D Advertising.
The main characters are Billy, Allison, Jake, Sandy, Michael, Jane, Matt, Rhonda (I don't think I've missed anyone) with small appearances by Kimberley and Amanda (towards the end of the season).
All the characters are developed quite well with the exception of Sandy, they don't seem to know what to do with her. One minute she has a strong Texas accent, the next it's gone! One minute she can't live without Jake, the next she's moving away (without even saying goodbye to him or any of the other residents in person). So as you may have guessed she disappears from the series after a dozen episodes.
Her character is replaced with a new one called Jo, who is actually an improvement.
Enough about the series, if you are looking into buying this you probably know a bit about the series anyway.
Specifically about this DVD set - there are no extras! Not a thing, the menus aren't even animated. In the USA there were some extras (but not many) but for some reason in the UK they have left these out.
Speaking of left out. If you glance at the episode guides on TV.com you will be able to see all the music used in the show such as U2 and The Cure, not in this set! All the contemporary music has been replaced, usually discreetly but one or twice it is obvious that some editing has had to take place to hide the change in music (such as in the pilot episode where Micheal is singing in the kitchen whilst making breakfast, his lips are still shown singing the original song but his voice is singing complete gibberish!)
So the 2 stars deducted are for
Overall though I am happy with the set and will be buying season 2 when it becomes available.
Hope my review has been of some use.