History BreakingTheFourthWall / LiveActionTV

16th Aug '16 2:16:39 PM Morgenthaler
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** And in the episode "The Play's The Thing" Joxer, as the producer of a particularly horrendious play, is left hanging from the ceiling as the main characters walk off to watch [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffus, the Bacchae Slayer]], yells 'Hello?! You guys?! Hey! I'm the producer! Anybody?! Hello?! ''I'm gonna tell my brother!!!'.'' Now, the character does have two brothers, but neither of them would be very useful here, nor is he very close to them. The ''actor's'' brother, on the other hand, is Sam Raimi, the executive producer (with Robert Tapert) of ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' (Joxer's final line coincides with the credit for Raimi and Tapert coming on screen).

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** And in the episode "The Play's The Thing" Joxer, as the producer of a particularly horrendious play, is left hanging from the ceiling as the main characters walk off to watch [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffus, the Bacchae Slayer]], yells 'Hello?! You guys?! Hey! I'm the producer! Anybody?! Hello?! ''I'm gonna tell my brother!!!'.'' Now, the character does have two brothers, but neither of them would be very useful here, nor is he very close to them. The ''actor's'' brother, on the other hand, is Sam Raimi, the executive producer (with Robert Tapert) of ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' (Joxer's final line coincides with the credit for Raimi and Tapert coming on screen).



* ''NorthernExposure'' does this in the episode "War and Peace," when Maurice gets into a duel with the visiting Russian chess player. [[spoiler:Just before the shooting starts, Joel holds up his hands, silences everyone, and announces that the show "play[s] to a very sophisticated audience" unlikely to buy the story that Maurice would kill his opponent in a duel or be killed himself. The rest of the characters then chime in about the implausibility of the plotline.]]

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* ''NorthernExposure'' ''Series/NorthernExposure'' does this in the episode "War and Peace," when Maurice gets into a duel with the visiting Russian chess player. [[spoiler:Just before the shooting starts, Joel holds up his hands, silences everyone, and announces that the show "play[s] to a very sophisticated audience" unlikely to buy the story that Maurice would kill his opponent in a duel or be killed himself. The rest of the characters then chime in about the implausibility of the plotline.]]



* ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' earned its namesake from Ned giving the audience advice in every single episode.

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* ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' earned its namesake from Ned giving the audience advice in every single episode.



* One episode of ''GrowingPains'' had Ben dream he was a character on a TV series; he suddenly found himself interacting with the actors instead of his family, even calling them by the actors' real names.
* One episode of ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' ended with the cast inviting guest star Moises Arias to take their picture. They then showed him their album containing pictures taken by all their guest stars. [[spoiler: Of course, since the guest stars took the pictures, they didn't appear in any of them.]] Then everyone leaves except David Henrie, who says he likes to stay behind after shooting to play with the props.

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* One episode of ''GrowingPains'' ''Series/GrowingPains'' had Ben dream he was a character on a TV series; he suddenly found himself interacting with the actors instead of his family, even calling them by the actors' real names.
* One episode of ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' ended with the cast inviting guest star Moises Arias to take their picture. They then showed him their album containing pictures taken by all their guest stars. [[spoiler: Of course, since the guest stars took the pictures, they didn't appear in any of them.]] Then everyone leaves except David Henrie, who says he likes to stay behind after shooting to play with the props.



* ''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.

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* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' 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.



* At the end of an episode of ''YesDear'' has Jimmy saying "How hot is that?" while looking straight into the camera.

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* At the end of an episode of ''YesDear'' ''Series/YesDear'' has Jimmy saying "How hot is that?" while looking straight into the camera.
12th Aug '16 9:46:59 AM LondonKdS
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** An advert featuring The Second Doctor had him advising children to "hold mummy's hand if she's frightened" during an upcoming episode. It ended with him hearing shouting off-camera and rushing off to help.

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** An advert featuring The A unique-footage trailer for "The Web of Fear" had the Second Doctor had him warning children that the story would be even scarier than usual and advising children them to "hold mummy's hand if she's frightened" during an upcoming episode.frightened". It ended with him hearing shouting off-camera and rushing off to help. The visual of the trailer is lost, but the soundtrack was used for a [[https://youtu.be/HRBWOTFNotM fan-animation project]].



** In the Classic episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani "The Caves of Androzani"]], the villain repeatedly turns to the camera and gives exposition soliloquies. WordOfGod says that this wasn't intended -- the actor had misunderstood the stage directions in the script, but the [[ThrowItIn director liked the effect it gave and had the actor continue doing the scenes in that manner]]. At the end of the episode after the Doctor regenerates, this new incarnation of the Doctor speaks to the camera when he says the last half of the line "Change my dear, and it seems not a moment too soon."

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** In the Classic episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani "The Caves of Androzani"]], the villain repeatedly turns to the camera and gives exposition soliloquies. WordOfGod says that this wasn't intended -- the actor had misunderstood the stage directions in the script, but the [[ThrowItIn director liked the effect it gave gave]] and had told the actor continue to keep doing it, as it made the scenes in that manner]]. story similar to a classical theatre piece and played on the similarity of the plot to early-modern revenge tragedies. At the end of the episode story after the Doctor regenerates, this new incarnation of the Doctor speaks to the camera when he says the last half of the line "Change my dear, and it seems not a moment too soon."



*** In the ColdOpen of ''Before The Flood'' he pretty explicitly explains the bootstrap paradox directly to the audience. At one point he even encourages viewers to google the term. The ensuing opening credits features the Doctor playing along on his guitar on the soundtrack. At the end of the episode he also looks at the audience and shrugs.

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*** In the ColdOpen of ''Before The Flood'' he pretty explicitly explains unambiguously breaks the fourth wall to deliver a lecture to the audience on the [[StableTimeLoop bootstrap paradox directly to the audience.paradox]]. At one point he even encourages viewers to google the term. The ensuing opening credits features the Doctor playing along on his guitar on the soundtrack. At the end of the episode he also looks at the audience and shrugs.
16th Jul '16 6:49:33 PM skidoo23
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]] ends with the Eleventh Doctor smiling right at the viewer while another character intones "Doctor Who".



*** In the ColdOpen of ''Before The Flood'' he pretty explicitly explains the bootstrap paradox directly to the audience. At one point he even encourages viewers to google the term. At the end of the episode he also looks at the audience and shrugs.

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*** In the ColdOpen of ''Before The Flood'' he pretty explicitly explains the bootstrap paradox directly to the audience. At one point he even encourages viewers to google the term. The ensuing opening credits features the Doctor playing along on his guitar on the soundtrack. At the end of the episode he also looks at the audience and shrugs.



*** His companion, Clara, isn't averse to this. In "Hell Bent" she tells Ohila that she has no plans of telling her the private message she had just given the Doctor, "or anybody else." When she says this her eyes flick towards the camera and the viewer. (This is easier to notice when watching in HD, due to the dim lighting of the scene.)

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*** His companion, Clara, isn't averse to this. In "Hell Bent" she tells Ohila that she has no plans of telling her the private message she had just given the Doctor, "or anybody else." When she says this her eyes flick towards the camera and the viewer. (This is easier to notice when watching in HD, due to the dim lighting of the scene.)) Doubles as a metafictional moment as Creator/JennaColeman has steadfastly refused to reveal what it is Clara supposedly said to the Doctor.
14th May '16 10:01:58 AM nombretomado
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* At the end of the ''JustShootMe'' episode "Erlene and Boo", Dennis goes to bed with Nina's half-sister Erlene, played by Brooke Shields. Halfway through the scene, Shields breaks character and questions why her character would sleep with him. Laura San Giacomo (Maya) informs her that David Spade had paid off the writers to have his character end up with beautiful women.

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* At the end of the ''JustShootMe'' ''Series/JustShootMe'' episode "Erlene and Boo", Dennis goes to bed with Nina's half-sister Erlene, played by Brooke Shields. Halfway through the scene, Shields breaks character and questions why her character would sleep with him. Laura San Giacomo (Maya) informs her that David Spade had paid off the writers to have his character end up with beautiful women.
3rd Apr '16 5:05:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''The Mighty Boosh'' breaks the fourth wall constantly, in fact the first series features an intro by Howard and Vince in character, in front of a velvet curtain, suggesting it's all a stage play. This would make sense, since in season 1 Howard and Vince work in a zoo, but but in season 2 they're sharing a flat with two other zoo residents, Naboo the shaman and Bollo the gorilla. In season three they run a shop together. Also, in the intro to 'Charlie', Howard introduces fictional actor Simon McFarnaby, who then goes on to play another character in the show

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* ''The Mighty Boosh'' ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' breaks the fourth wall constantly, in fact the first series features an intro by Howard and Vince in character, in front of a velvet curtain, suggesting it's all a stage play. This would make sense, since in season 1 Howard and Vince work in a zoo, but but in season 2 they're sharing a flat with two other zoo residents, Naboo the shaman and Bollo the gorilla. In season three they run a shop together. Also, in the intro to 'Charlie', Howard introduces fictional actor Simon McFarnaby, who then goes on to play another character in the show



* On ''FamilyMatters'', Steve Urkel once literally broke the fourth wall by putting a cannonball through it. The screen shattered to reveal a bunch of electronic components reminiscent of the inside of a TV, then Urkel popped up and asked the viewer if they've seen the cannonball he lost. (The episode was originally broadcast in 3D, and viewers who wore special 3D glasses saw Urkel "reach through the TV screen" as though to grope for the lost cannonball.)

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* On ''FamilyMatters'', ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Steve Urkel once literally broke the fourth wall by putting a cannonball through it. The screen shattered to reveal a bunch of electronic components reminiscent of the inside of a TV, then Urkel popped up and asked the viewer if they've seen the cannonball he lost. (The episode was originally broadcast in 3D, and viewers who wore special 3D glasses saw Urkel "reach through the TV screen" as though to grope for the lost cannonball.)



* ''Music/TheMonkees'' did this frequently. One episode had a story where the band needs a great idea to get out of a bad situation, and Micky Dolenz literally walks out of the set, past the production crew, and leaves the studio to go to the writers' room. The writers (who are all stereotypical old Asian men) quickly come up with something for Micky, who returns to the set and suddenly throws the page away as terrible.

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* ''Music/TheMonkees'' ''Series/TheMonkees'' did this frequently. One episode had a story where the band needs a great idea to get out of a bad situation, and Micky Dolenz literally walks out of the set, past the production crew, and leaves the studio to go to the writers' room. The writers (who are all stereotypical old Asian men) quickly come up with something for Micky, who returns to the set and suddenly throws the page away as terrible.



* In an episode of ''GreenAcres'', Lisa's lemonade causes a giant beanstalk to grow in the Douglas' backyard. Eb climbs it and claims a "Green Giant" lives on top, which drops canned vegetables on command. When Mr. Douglas' asks Mr. Kimball how this could have happened, he replies "You're in a TV commercial!", then picks up a can and smiles at the camera. It was AllJustADream though.

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* In an episode of ''GreenAcres'', ''Series/GreenAcres'', Lisa's lemonade causes a giant beanstalk to grow in the Douglas' backyard. Eb climbs it and claims a "Green Giant" lives on top, which drops canned vegetables on command. When Mr. Douglas' asks Mr. Kimball how this could have happened, he replies "You're in a TV commercial!", then picks up a can and smiles at the camera. It was AllJustADream though.
31st Mar '16 1:05:10 PM gurkle2
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* The sitcom ''Unhappily Ever After'' broke the fourth wall regualarly. In fact, almost every episode they acknowledged that they were characters on a sitcom. They would address the audience, talk to the camera, mention what the subject of the episode was, etc.

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* The sitcom ''Unhappily Ever After'' ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'' broke the fourth wall regualarly. In fact, almost every episode they acknowledged that they were characters on a sitcom. They would address the audience, talk to the camera, mention what the subject of the episode was, etc.
23rd Mar '16 1:39:08 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''NewsRadio'' did this in the Titanic ParodyEpisode where Dave and Mr. James comment about the lack of peril around them as the "ship" sinks. They say it was probably due to the production team blowing the special effects budget on the previous breakroom scene.

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* ''NewsRadio'' ''Series/NewsRadio'' did this in the Titanic ParodyEpisode where Dave and Mr. James comment about the lack of peril around them as the "ship" sinks. They say it was probably due to the production team blowing the special effects budget on the previous breakroom scene.



* ''{{UFO}}'' ("Mindbender"). GreenRocks make Commander Straker start to hallucinate that he's an actor in a sci-fi television series. As he remembers being Straker, but can clearly see the cameras and backstage crew around him, he naturally starts to go insane.
* ''KenanAndKel'' had a subtle one. In an episode where an X-Ray reveals that Kel's chest is orange in the inside, Kenan remarks:

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* ''{{UFO}}'' ''Series/{{UFO}}'' ("Mindbender"). GreenRocks make Commander Straker start to hallucinate that he's an actor in a sci-fi television series. As he remembers being Straker, but can clearly see the cameras and backstage crew around him, he naturally starts to go insane.
* ''KenanAndKel'' ''Series/KenanAndKel'' had a subtle one. In an episode where an X-Ray reveals that Kel's chest is orange in the inside, Kenan remarks:
5th Mar '16 10:02:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Space 1999}}'' has one in the episode "Black Sun." After a series of miraculous events result in a feelgood ending, Professor Victor Bergman starts to walk up a corridor, then turns and salutes the camera with his cigar.

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* ''{{Space ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' has one in the episode "Black Sun." After a series of miraculous events result in a feelgood ending, Professor Victor Bergman starts to walk up a corridor, then turns and salutes the camera with his cigar.
23rd Feb '16 4:49:29 PM skidoo23
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* ''Series/TheSaint'': Early seasons (specifically the black and white ones) begin with Simon Templar addressing the audience about the locale or circumstance he's in. A character would then usually start talking to him and the plot would begin. Simon would then break the fourth wall one more time as the Saint halo appeared over his head, launching the opening credits. For the rest of the episode, Simon would no longer break the fourth wall.
22nd Feb '16 1:13:51 PM skidoo23
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** Also in "The Name of the Doctor," the character of Clarence, when intoning the Whispermen poem, looks right into the camera.



*** 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. And he intones the title of the episode straight into the camera.

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*** 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. And As the episode begins, he intones the title of the episode straight into the camera.camera, as well.



*** 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.

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*** 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. The episode also features the Doctor's narration throughout, something the series never otherwise features; however, as the episode progresses we learn he's actually speaking to [[spoiler: the now-dead Clara]] during these sequences.
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