The man of melodrama was not perceived as a fit for the postwar world.
It neatly combines a gift for melodrama, a taste for dirty tricks, a powerful imagination and an important objective.
Luca Maori, attorney for Sollecito, called it “a melodrama.”
The tone veered wildly between camp, melodrama, realism, and messy amalgamations of the three.
By this time, many Desperate Housewives viewers had had enough of all the melodrama, but the show always did big well.
Exaggerated as it all was, somehow the melodrama dropped away from it and left bare, simple, hideous fact for her to confront.
Yes, there was a fine scene when I went home that night, a Broadway melodrama.
There is nothing of melodrama, nothing inconsequent, nothing exaggerated.
Could any melodrama wish for a more appropriate mise-en-scne?
The fact is, as it seems to me, that the proper place for melodrama is not the study but the stage.
1784 (1782 as melo drame), "a stage-play in which songs were interspersed and music accompanied the action," from French mélodrame (18c.), from Greek melos "song" (see melody) + French drame "drama" (see drama). Meaning "a romantic and sensational dramatic piece with a happy ending" is from 1883, because this was often the form of the original melodramas. Also from French are Spanish melodrama, Italian melodramma, German melodram. Related: Melodramatize.