History BreakingTheFourthWall / LiveActionTV

15th Dec '15 3:09:57 AM JimmyTMalice
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** Creator/PeterCapaldi does this frequently as the Doctor: *** In the prologue of ''Listen'' he could conceivably be talking to himself, but he still addresses the camera while talking about his theory of perfect hiding. *** In the ColdOpen of ''Before The Flood'' he pretty explicitly explains the bootstrap paradox directly to the audience. *** In ''Heaven Sent'', at one point he says "I'd be nothing without an audience" and gives the camera a sly glance as he rushes around the TARDIS.
2nd Dec '15 4:18:33 PM AlienPatch
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Corrected problems with spaces
27th Nov '15 3:08:56 PM AlienPatch
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* In the Mexican soap-opera LaRosaDeGuadalupe, is one of the most offender of this trope. Until late 2013, the main character of one of the stories shown in that soap-opera goes and says the moral and the council of it. Now, not only the character says it, but also stares directly at the camera to say it, as it was talking directly at the audience.
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* In the Mexican soap-opera LaRosaDeGuadalupe, LaRosaDeGuadalupe is one of the most offender biggest offenders for use of this trope. Until late Up until 2013, the main character of one in an episode of the stories shown in that soap-opera goes and says show talks to the audience to explain [[AnAesop the moral and of the council of it. Now, not only the character says it, but also stares directly at the camera to say it, as it was talking directly at the audience.chapter.]]
18th Nov '15 5:44:51 AM Silverblade2
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] includes a widely debated moment where Martha Jones appears to smile directly into the camera, though the context of the scene strongly implies that this is the point of view of the Doctor not the audience.
16th Nov '15 8:03:30 AM FF32
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* Occurs several times, to a mild degree, in ''{{Blackadder}}''.
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* Occurs several times, to a mild degree, in ''{{Blackadder}}''.''Series/{{Blackadder}}''.

* ''HappyDays'': At the end of the final episode, Howard is giving a wedding toast. At one point he turns to the camera and thanks the viewers for "being a part of our family".
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* ''HappyDays'': ''Series/HappyDays'': At the end of the final episode, Howard is giving a wedding toast. At one point he turns to the camera and thanks the viewers for "being a part of our family".
25th Oct '15 4:44:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''ThePrisoner'' has a variation in the episode "A, B, and C", where Number Six is drugged so that his dreams can be manipulated to discover why he resigned. Eventually he catches on and retains control of his last dream, and when it seems the answer will finally be revealed he states "We mustn't disappoint the people watching," referring equally well to the actual characters and the audience.
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* ''ThePrisoner'' ''Series/ThePrisoner'' has a variation in the episode "A, B, and C", where Number Six is drugged so that his dreams can be manipulated to discover why he resigned. Eventually he catches on and retains control of his last dream, and when it seems the answer will finally be revealed he states "We mustn't disappoint the people watching," referring equally well to the actual characters and the audience.
11th Oct '15 11:38:29 AM bwburke94
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** Done very subtly in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E3Gridlock "Gridlock"]] when the Face of Boe's last four words are "You are not alone." This is later revealed to be a reference to the Master who is disguised as Professor Yana whose last name is an acronym of the four words. Thing is, the only reason for the Face of Boe to be so cryptic rather than saying something genuinely useful like "The Master is alive" is because the Face of Boe was deliberately hiding information from the audience so that there could be a big reveal in the season finale.
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** Done very subtly in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E3Gridlock "Gridlock"]] when the Face of Boe's last four words are "You are not alone." This is later revealed to be a reference to the Master who is disguised as Master's disguise of Professor Yana Yana, whose last name is an acronym of the four words. Thing is, the only reason [[note]]barring time paradox-related reasons, given that the Face of Boe is implied to be a future Jack Harkness[[/note]] for the Face of Boe to be so cryptic rather than saying something genuinely useful like "The Master is alive" is because the Face of Boe was deliberately hiding information from the audience so that there could be a big reveal in the season finale.
22nd Sep '15 6:31:41 AM Panhandle
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**It went further: The premiere of a season was broadcasted live, with all the pressure that it involves being played for laughs. At the commercial break, a little interview with the director was shown, with him saying how great being live was, and that he wished all the episodes could be that way. First thing in the next block one characters tells the other to start fumbling the lines, because “the director is wanting to do this live every week and I can’t handle that.”
16th Aug '15 4:19:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* The 2000s remake of ''RandallAndHopkirkDeceased'' features a memorable moment when the ghost, Marty Hopkirk, is talking to his after-life mentor, Professor Wyvern. He asks what Wyvern truly looks like. With all of the comic menace that only Creator/TomBaker can impart, Wyvern replies, "Trust me, Marty. You don't want to know. ''You really don't want to know''." Upon which, both Hopkirk and Wyvern turn to stare fearfully at the audience... * From 1950 to 1958, Creator/GeorgeBurns was breaking the fourth wall on ''TheBurnsAndAllenShow''. In every episode, he spoke directly to the audience while predicting events later in the episode and reporting on events that he (as a character in the episode) shouldn't know about. In many of the later episodes, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXIW3kjWpu0 he was seen watching the other characters on television.]] In fact, the term "breaking the fourth wall" is a massive understatement when applied to this series. George Burns did some crazy things on this show that have rarely (if ever) been replicated:
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* The 2000s remake of ''RandallAndHopkirkDeceased'' ''Series/RandallAndHopkirkDeceased'' features a memorable moment when the ghost, Marty Hopkirk, is talking to his after-life mentor, Professor Wyvern. He asks what Wyvern truly looks like. With all of the comic menace that only Creator/TomBaker can impart, Wyvern replies, "Trust me, Marty. You don't want to know. ''You really don't want to know''." Upon which, both Hopkirk and Wyvern turn to stare fearfully at the audience... * From 1950 to 1958, Creator/GeorgeBurns was breaking the fourth wall on ''TheBurnsAndAllenShow''.''Series/TheBurnsAndAllenShow''. In every episode, he spoke directly to the audience while predicting events later in the episode and reporting on events that he (as a character in the episode) shouldn't know about. In many of the later episodes, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXIW3kjWpu0 he was seen watching the other characters on television.]] In fact, the term "breaking the fourth wall" is a massive understatement when applied to this series. George Burns did some crazy things on this show that have rarely (if ever) been replicated:

* ''SamAndCat'', Episode "[=#FirstClassProblems=]". Cat shows Sam a list of babysiting rules containing the following:
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* ''SamAndCat'', ''Series/SamAndCat'', Episode "[=#FirstClassProblems=]". Cat shows Sam a list of babysiting rules containing the following:

* ''TheState'' had a sketch which subverted this, purporting to be a revolutionary new SitCom that ''showed'' the fourth wall. A wall was moved in front of the set, blocking the audience's view of the scene.
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* ''TheState'' ''Series/TheState'' had a sketch which subverted this, purporting to be a revolutionary new SitCom that ''showed'' the fourth wall. A wall was moved in front of the set, blocking the audience's view of the scene.

* ''RutlandWeekendTelevision'', by ''Monty Python'''s own Eric Idle, had many examples of this, mostly making itself evident through LampshadeHanging, MediumAwareness and a lot of LeaningOnTheFourthWall, but it turned this into a joke with the "[[RageAgainstTheAuthor Trapped By The Writer]]" skit. It goes from being funny when the characters realize that everything they say or do is scripted, to [[HilarityEnsues hilarious]] when the writer realizes that he can make the characters do anything he desires them to, and consequently [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity goes mad with power]].
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* ''RutlandWeekendTelevision'', ''Series/RutlandWeekendTelevision'', by ''Monty Python'''s own Eric Idle, had many examples of this, mostly making itself evident through LampshadeHanging, MediumAwareness and a lot of LeaningOnTheFourthWall, but it turned this into a joke with the "[[RageAgainstTheAuthor Trapped By The Writer]]" skit. It goes from being funny when the characters realize that everything they say or do is scripted, to [[HilarityEnsues hilarious]] when the writer realizes that he can make the characters do anything he desires them to, and consequently [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity goes mad with power]].

* In a ''{{Scrubs}}'' episode, JD shows up in an Italian suit, and he asks Carla what she thinks of it. She says something derogatory, and JD goes "Well it doesn't really matter what you think, it's what ''you'' think that counts," as he turns to the camera. Scene change, and Elliot's standing there, commenting on that he doesn't really fill it out. Once again, JD brushes this off and goes "Well it doesn't matter what you think either, it's whether or not ''America likes it'' as he looks into the camera again. [[FourthWallPsych Scene change]] and an Italian tailor is standing there going "Of course I like it, I made it! And it's ''Amerigo!''"!
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* In a ''{{Scrubs}}'' ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode, JD shows up in an Italian suit, and he asks Carla what she thinks of it. She says something derogatory, and JD goes "Well it doesn't really matter what you think, it's what ''you'' think that counts," as he turns to the camera. Scene change, and Elliot's standing there, commenting on that he doesn't really fill it out. Once again, JD brushes this off and goes "Well it doesn't matter what you think either, it's whether or not ''America likes it'' as he looks into the camera again. [[FourthWallPsych Scene change]] and an Italian tailor is standing there going "Of course I like it, I made it! And it's ''Amerigo!''"!

* In a rather bizarre episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', a playwright with the ability to bring his characters to life and destroy them if they get unruly erases RodSerling during Serling's trademark epilogue (though Serling topped and tailed every episode of the first season and all but one episode of the entire run[[note]]season four's "Jess-Belle" is the only episode with no closing narration by the great man[[/note]], this is the first episode where he actually appears on screen). ** The episode is "''A World of His Own''" (1960). Keenan Wynn plays the playwright. The producers felt they could do something like this as it was the (first) season finale and they could lighten up a bit.
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': ** In a rather bizarre episode episode, "A World of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', His Own" (1960), a playwright (Keenan Wynn) with the ability to bring his characters to life and destroy them if they get unruly erases RodSerling Creator/RodSerling during Serling's trademark epilogue (though Serling topped and tailed every episode of the first season and all but one episode of the entire run[[note]]season four's "Jess-Belle" is the only episode with no closing narration by the great man[[/note]], this is the first episode where he actually appears on screen). ** The episode is "''A World of His Own''" (1960). Keenan Wynn plays the playwright.screen). The producers felt they could do something like this as it was the (first) season finale and they could lighten up a bit.

** In the fourth season finale, Will's character decides to move back to Philadelphia. In the 5th season premiere, he is forcibly abducted by network executives (the door on the van said NBC Star Retrieval, complete with the peacock logo), tossed in a van, driven back to Bel-Air, and the show returned as it was in a no-fourth-wall instance of the ResetButton. Why? Because the series is "The Fresh Prince of ''Bel-Air''", not "The Fresh Prince of Philadelphia". *** In the very next scene, Jazz asks who would be playing Vivian that season, to which an inexplicably 5-year-old Nicky tells him it's the same person as the last season. When Jazz asks [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome why Nicky is five now when he was a toddler in the previous episode,]] Will just shrugs, to which Jazz says he's going back on the streets where things make sense.
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** In the fourth season finale, Will's character decides to move back to Philadelphia. In the 5th season premiere, he is forcibly abducted by network executives (the door on the van said NBC Star Retrieval, complete with the peacock logo), tossed in a van, driven back to Bel-Air, and the show returned as it was in a no-fourth-wall instance of the ResetButton. Why? Because the series is "The Fresh Prince of ''Bel-Air''", not "The Fresh Prince of Philadelphia". *** Philadelphia". In the very next scene, Jazz asks who would be playing Vivian that season, to which an inexplicably 5-year-old Nicky tells him it's the same person as the last season. When Jazz asks [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome why Nicky is five now when he was a toddler in the previous episode,]] Will just shrugs, to which Jazz says he's going back on the streets where things make sense.
15th Jul '15 9:21:41 AM XTC
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* ''{{Raising Hope}}'': At the beginning of the 2nd half of the episode "Throw Maw Maw From the House", Maw Maw is shown in a nursing home. She turns to the camera and begins recapping the previous episode. Cut to a pair of orderlies asking each other what she is doing. The camera cuts back to show Maw Maw is talking to the wall next to her. So, in addition to breaking the fourth wall, they [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade on it]] as well. The same episode ends with Maw Maw saying to the camera: "Tune in next week for the exciting conclusion. (laughs) Just kidding. No, you can't stretch this crap into a three-parter."
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* ''{{Raising Hope}}'': At the beginning of the 2nd half of the episode "Throw Maw Maw From the House", Maw Maw is shown in a nursing home. She turns to the camera and begins recapping the previous episode. Cut to a pair of orderlies asking each other what she is doing. The camera cuts back to show Maw Maw is talking to the wall next to her. So, in addition to breaking the fourth wall, they [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade on it]] as well. The same episode ends with Maw Maw saying to the camera: "Tune camera: -->'''Maw Maw''': Tune in next week for the exciting conclusion. (laughs) ''(laughs)'' Just kidding. No, you can't stretch this crap into a three-parter."
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