History Anvilicious / LiveActionTV

8th Apr '18 9:59:46 AM nombretomado
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** ''Series/FamilyMatters'' was just as bad, especially during its first six or so seasons. With the episodes "Like A Virgin" and "The Gun" being the most {{Egregious}} examples.

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** ''Series/FamilyMatters'' was just as bad, especially during its first six or so seasons. With the episodes "Like A Virgin" and "The Gun" being the most {{Egregious}} JustForFun/{{Egregious}} examples.



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'': Several episodes written by 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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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'': Several episodes written by Creator/RodSerling come off as terribly heavy-handed today ([[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E97TheGift "The Gift"]] is an {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{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''.
17th Feb '18 12:48:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''PowerRangersMegaforce'' has the episode "Robo Knight" where the Rangers are appalled that humans are polluting the earth, the [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]] are created as a direct result of a toxic factory polluting the earth, and the SixthRanger is introduced whose sole mission in life is to punish those who pollute the earth. About every third line hammers home the message, just in case kids didn't get it.

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* ''PowerRangersMegaforce'' ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' has the episode "Robo Knight" where the Rangers are appalled that humans are polluting the earth, the [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]] are created as a direct result of a toxic factory polluting the earth, and the SixthRanger is introduced whose sole mission in life is to punish those who pollute the earth. About every third line hammers home the message, just in case kids didn't get it.
12th Feb '18 7:06:33 PM nombretomado
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* The (very short-lived) ''TheWeirdAlShow'', thanks to a rampaging case of ExecutiveMeddling, had one specific lesson for each episode to teach, and that lesson was mercilessly repeated to the point of drawing attention to it in voice-overs before each commercial break. Half of the enjoyment of the DVD release comes from the scathing commentary of Al and others on the anvilicious display of insipid points.

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* The (very short-lived) ''TheWeirdAlShow'', ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow'', thanks to a rampaging case of ExecutiveMeddling, had one specific lesson for each episode to teach, and that lesson was mercilessly repeated to the point of drawing attention to it in voice-overs before each commercial break. Half of the enjoyment of the DVD release comes from the scathing commentary of Al and others on the anvilicious display of insipid points.
27th Jan '18 3:51:00 AM jormis29
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** ''House of Payne'' was the same way: drug use, the pitfalls of teen sex, teen pregnancy, STD's, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, sexual abuse, divorce, cancer, choosing family over career, going back to school at an older age, pursuing your dreams ONLY AFTER your family is grown and out of your house, autism, interracial relationships, the evils of single parenting, not being a selfish JerkAss, guns, skipping school, the importance of having the Christmas Spirit (complete with a visit from Madea), death, etc.

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** ''House of Payne'' ''Series/HouseOfPayne'' was the same way: drug use, the pitfalls of teen sex, teen pregnancy, STD's, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, sexual abuse, divorce, cancer, choosing family over career, going back to school at an older age, pursuing your dreams ONLY AFTER your family is grown and out of your house, autism, interracial relationships, the evils of single parenting, not being a selfish JerkAss, guns, skipping school, the importance of having the Christmas Spirit (complete with a visit from Madea), death, etc.
10th Dec '17 2:58:48 PM lakingsif
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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' could be retitled "Charlie Booker spends an hour yelling at you about how technology is ruining the world". Also, humans apparently inherently suck and tech is making it worse. It's a wonder Booker hasn't just burned his house down and taken over the Unabomber's old shack by now.

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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' could be retitled "Charlie Booker "Creator/CharlieBrooker spends an hour yelling at you about how technology is ruining the world". Also, humans apparently inherently suck and tech is making it worse. It's a wonder Booker Brooker hasn't just burned his house down and taken over the Unabomber's old shack by now.
30th Nov '17 2:55:15 PM CrypticMirror
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' when the guy pauses for effect... then declares the cause of death as Punk Rock.

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* An episode of ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' ''Series/QuincyME'' when the guy pauses for effect... then declares the cause of death as Punk Rock.
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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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.
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