History BreakingTheFourthWall / LiveActionTV

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.
22nd Feb '16 1:10:03 PM skidoo23
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]] has the Doctor realize that without the TARDIS, he's stuck on Earth as a human. Then call it rubbish. ''Then apologize to the camera''.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]] has the Doctor realize that without the TARDIS, he's stuck on Earth as a human. Then call it rubbish. ''Then apologize to the camera''.camera'' (though in the scene he's meant to be saying that to Martha).



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], Oswin, in her last moment on screen, looks directly at the camera.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], Oswin, in her last moment on screen, looks directly at the camera.camera when she says "remember [me]".
** "She Said, He Said," an online prequel to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] has both Clara and the Doctor addressing the audience directly, although technically Clara never actually looks right into the camera; the Doctor, however, does.



*** 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.

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*** "Deep Breath" has the Doctor look directly at us after the Half-Face Man is dealt with.
*** 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.
hiding. And he intones the title of the episode straight into the camera.
*** 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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*** 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.)
21st Feb '16 2:33:59 PM GrammarNavi
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* Similarly, one ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode had Carter whistling the show's music after meeting Pete. (Originally she was supposed to whistle the MacGyver theme- she was in the elevator with O'Neill / Richard Dean Anderson / Macgyver [really would've been no fourth wall there]- but when she couldn't remember the tune, she ad-libbed with the Stargate theme.)

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* Similarly, one ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode had Carter whistling the show's music after meeting Pete. (Originally she was supposed to whistle the MacGyver Series/MacGyver theme- she was in the elevator with O'Neill / Richard Dean Anderson / Macgyver [=MacGyver=] [really would've been no fourth wall there]- but when she couldn't remember the tune, she ad-libbed with the Stargate theme.)
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.
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