History Anvilicious / LiveActionTV

9th Oct '17 7:13:11 PM PaulA
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* Creator/NormanLear practically pioneered the trope for American prime-time TV. ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/{{Maude}}'', ''Series/GoodTimes'', ''Series/SanfordAndSon'', ''Series/{{One Day at a Time|1974}}'', and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' were all thick with Anvilicious plots and [[AuthorTract Points To Be Made.]] So were his later series, but by then people had become less tolerant of his anvils. Then again, ''Series/AllInTheFamily,'' ''Series/SanfordAndSon,'' and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' had highly sympathetic bigots, which lightened the intended anvils in those series. Which in many ways led to the extreme right-wing and/or racist {{Misaimed Fandom}}s that followed Archie, Fred, George, etc. to the point where paid-up Democrat Carroll O'Connor {{lampshaded}} and subverted the trope in an anti-racist PublicServiceAnnouncement for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3HBR4r9r-g B'Nai B'rith]] in 1990.

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* Creator/NormanLear practically pioneered the trope for American prime-time TV. ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/{{Maude}}'', ''Series/GoodTimes'', ''Series/SanfordAndSon'', ''Series/{{One Day at a Time|1974}}'', Time|1975}}'', and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' were all thick with Anvilicious plots and [[AuthorTract Points To Be Made.]] So were his later series, but by then people had become less tolerant of his anvils. Then again, ''Series/AllInTheFamily,'' ''Series/SanfordAndSon,'' and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' had highly sympathetic bigots, which lightened the intended anvils in those series. Which in many ways led to the extreme right-wing and/or racist {{Misaimed Fandom}}s that followed Archie, Fred, George, etc. to the point where paid-up Democrat Carroll O'Connor {{lampshaded}} and subverted the trope in an anti-racist PublicServiceAnnouncement for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3HBR4r9r-g B'Nai B'rith]] in 1990.
9th Oct '17 6:53:37 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Mr. Whipple" sees Miss Brooks and her friends try to help an old man whom they believe is destitute and starving. It turns out he's a [[TheScrooge rich tycoon]] on a diet. However, the generosity of Miss Brooks and her friends so affects Mr. Whipple that he takes them out for dinner, and decides to lobby for a new school gymnasium.

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Mr."Mr. Whipple" sees Miss Brooks and her friends try to help an old man whom they believe is destitute and starving. It turns out he's a [[TheScrooge rich tycoon]] on a diet. However, the generosity of Miss Brooks and her friends so affects Mr. Whipple that he takes them out for dinner, and decides to lobby for a new school gymnasium.



* Creator/NormanLear practically pioneered the trope for American prime-time TV. ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/{{Maude}}'', ''Series/GoodTimes'', ''SanfordAndSon'', ''Series/OneDayAtATime'', and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' were all thick with Anvilicious plots and [[AuthorTract Points To Be Made.]] So were his later series, but by then people had become less tolerant of his anvils. Then again, ''Series/AllInTheFamily,'' ''Series/SanfordAndSon,'' and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' had highly sympathetic bigots, which lightened the intended anvils in those series. Which in many ways led to the extreme right-wing and/or racist {{Misaimed Fandom}}s that followed Archie, Fred, George, etc. to the point where paid-up Democrat Carroll O'Connor {{lampshaded}} and subverted the trope in an anti-racist PublicServiceAnnouncement for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3HBR4r9r-g B'Nai B'rith]] in 1990.

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* Creator/NormanLear practically pioneered the trope for American prime-time TV. ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/{{Maude}}'', ''Series/GoodTimes'', ''SanfordAndSon'', ''Series/OneDayAtATime'', ''Series/SanfordAndSon'', ''Series/{{One Day at a Time|1974}}'', and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' were all thick with Anvilicious plots and [[AuthorTract Points To Be Made.]] So were his later series, but by then people had become less tolerant of his anvils. Then again, ''Series/AllInTheFamily,'' ''Series/SanfordAndSon,'' and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' had highly sympathetic bigots, which lightened the intended anvils in those series. Which in many ways led to the extreme right-wing and/or racist {{Misaimed Fandom}}s that followed Archie, Fred, George, etc. to the point where paid-up Democrat Carroll O'Connor {{lampshaded}} and subverted the trope in an anti-racist PublicServiceAnnouncement for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3HBR4r9r-g B'Nai B'rith]] in 1990.
2nd Sep '17 1:51:37 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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'''Xander''': Good. Just so that's clear.\\

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'''Xander''': Good. Just so that's clear.\\
15th Aug '17 7:02:16 AM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Mr. Whipple" sees Miss Brooks and her friends try to help an old man whom they believe is destitute and starving. It turns out he's a [[TheScrooge rich tycoon]] on a diet. However, the generosity of Miss Brooks and her friends so affects Mr. Whipple that he takes them out for dinner, and decides to lobby for a new school gymnasium.
31st Jul '17 12:49:42 AM Piterpicher
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* An episode of ''{{Quincy}}'' when the guy pauses for effect... then declares the cause of death as Punk Rock.

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* An episode of ''{{Quincy}}'' ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' when the guy pauses for effect... then declares the cause of death as Punk Rock.
18th Jun '17 10:22:48 PM Eagal
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** In "Oxygen", the Doctor goes snti-capitalist with the subtlety of a jackhammer outside your window at 3 in the morning.

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** In "Oxygen", the Doctor goes snti-capitalist anti-capitalist with the subtlety of a jackhammer outside your window at 3 in the morning.
18th Jun '17 9:31:35 PM saintleki
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* ''Series/{{Blackish}}'' Other than the obligatory "white people are stupid and lame" message in almost every black sitcom, Blackish has numerous episodes with the message, "it's ok to be male, even masculine" and are remarkably unashamed about it.
5th Jun '17 4:08:59 AM Daftpunkfan837
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E10InTheForestOfTheNight "In The Forest of the Night"]]. Trees are good. Don't bother them. Also if a Child is hearing voices dont give them medication to stop them as they may be alien tree lifeforms

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E10InTheForestOfTheNight "In The Forest of the Night"]]. Trees are good. Don't bother them. Also if a Child is hearing voices dont give them medication to stop them as they may be alien tree lifeformslifeforms.
** In "Oxygen", the Doctor goes snti-capitalist with the subtlety of a jackhammer outside your window at 3 in the morning.
10th Apr '17 1:27:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' does this on an episode-to-episode basis about sex, and a ''scene-to-scene'' basis for [[VerySpecialEpisode the moral of the episode]].

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* ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' does this on an episode-to-episode basis about sex, and a ''scene-to-scene'' basis for [[VerySpecialEpisode the moral of the episode]].
9th Apr '17 9:19:15 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'': Several episodes written by RodSerling come off as terribly heavy-handed today ([[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E97TheGift "The Gift"]] is an {{egregious}} example, made worse by casting with UnfortunateImplications)-- but given that Serling created the show due to ExecutiveMeddling with his more socially conscious scripts ([[http://www.ithaca.edu/hs/depts/theatre/news/3163/ the story]] about his script based on the lynching of Emmett Till is a doozy), it may just be that one generation's subversive social commentary is the next generation's dropped anvil. It's easy to forget that Emmett Till's funeral was recent at the time of the script, and that having a righteous black man surrounded by corrupt racists was, well, so out of the ordinary it is amazing it aired. Sometimes it's difficult for those who grew up in the 80s and 90s to remember that some of those classic programs were on the air before (or at the very start of) the civil rights movement. It's jarring to remember that, at the time, showing non-whites as stupid, worthless, and/or actively evil was generally considered ''just fine''.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'': Several episodes written by RodSerling Creator/RodSerling come off as terribly heavy-handed today ([[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E97TheGift "The Gift"]] is an {{egregious}} example, made worse by casting with UnfortunateImplications)-- but given that Serling created the show due to ExecutiveMeddling with his more socially conscious scripts ([[http://www.ithaca.edu/hs/depts/theatre/news/3163/ the story]] about his script based on the lynching of Emmett Till is a doozy), it may just be that one generation's subversive social commentary is the next generation's dropped anvil. It's easy to forget that Emmett Till's funeral was recent at the time of the script, and that having a righteous black man surrounded by corrupt racists was, well, so out of the ordinary it is amazing it aired. Sometimes it's difficult for those who grew up in the 80s and 90s to remember that some of those classic programs were on the air before (or at the very start of) the civil rights movement. It's jarring to remember that, at the time, showing non-whites as stupid, worthless, and/or actively evil was generally considered ''just fine''.
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