History CerebusSyndrome / LiveActionTV

13th Jun '16 9:21:41 PM Ainzee
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* The second season of ''YoungDracula'' has shades of this, what with [[spoiler:multiple vampires actually getting slayed, including one who had been a recurring sympathetic character, Vlad being revealed to the TheChosenOne, and the series ending on what was probably meant to be a dramatic cliffhanger.]] Unfortunately, the set-up in the first season was so bizarre that it never quite worked (the constant SpecialEffectsFailure didn't help). The first series was more of a vampire pastiche/parody with a lot of silly humour, which worked a lot better.

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* The second season of ''YoungDracula'' has shades of this, what with [[spoiler:multiple vampires actually getting slayed, slain, including one who had been a recurring sympathetic character, Vlad being revealed to the TheChosenOne, and the series ending on what was probably meant to be a dramatic cliffhanger.]] Unfortunately, ]]
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the set-up in show was miraculously {{UnCanceled}}, the first third season was so bizarre that it never quite worked (the constant SpecialEffectsFailure didn't help). The began exploring darker themes. [[spoiler: Such as seeing a character we first series was more of saw as ''twelve year old boy'' trying to ''murder'' his father and sister.]]
**[[spoiler: This trend reaches
a vampire pastiche/parody climax in Series 4, with a lot the main character biting Erin to save her from death, killing one of silly humour, which worked a lot better.his closest friends in cold blood, and spiraling into something disturbingly similar to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything crippling alcoholism.]]]] [[spoiler: We also get some incredibly disturbing NightmareFuel, with the antagonist ''unhinging her jaw'' and Vlad ''bleeding from his eyes, ears, nose, and hands.'' Oh, also, [[IHateYouVampireDad Erin hates him.]]]]
20th May '16 2:48:48 PM wuggles
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* Season 4 of ''Series/TheMindyProject'' is much more serious than the first three seasons, which have been compared to a RomanticComedy in tone. [[spoiler: In this season, Mindy and Danny are dealing with raising a child together as well as their upcoming marriage. Danny wants Mindy to quit her job and become a {{housewife}} and raise their large family, however Mindy doesn't want to give up her new fertility clinic. This leads to extensive arguments and the eventual break-up of their relationship.]]
26th Apr '16 10:03:25 PM TheRoguePenguin
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23rd Apr '16 10:15:28 AM twilicorn
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** The episode in which Edith was almost raped on her birthday, made such an emotional impact with fans, that the actor who played the rapist got massive hate-mail.

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** The episode in which Edith was almost raped on her birthday, Notably, "Edith's 50th Birthday" made such an emotional impact with fans, that the actor who played the rapist got massive hate-mail.
12th Apr '16 6:39:03 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' remained darkly humorous to the end, but it manages to use this trope by making the main character less and less sympathetic in each season. As Walt becomes corrupted by the drug trade, the tone of the show becomes even darker and more tragic than it was in seasons past, feeling more like a modern Shakespearean tragedy by the conclusion. It has become so well known for this trope that TheOnion [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/breaking-bad-creator-thinking-maybe-next-season-sh,29445/ even ran a parody article announcing that the show would take "a dark turn" in its forthcoming season (in contrast to the "lighthearted" tone of the show up til now)]].

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' remained darkly humorous to the end, but it manages to use this trope by making the main character Walter White less and less sympathetic in each season. As Walt becomes corrupted by the drug trade, the tone of the show becomes even darker and more tragic than it was in seasons past, feeling more like a modern Shakespearean tragedy by the conclusion. It has become so well known for this trope that TheOnion [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/breaking-bad-creator-thinking-maybe-next-season-sh,29445/ even ran a parody article announcing that the show would take "a dark turn" in its forthcoming season (in contrast to the "lighthearted" tone of the show up til now)]].now)]].
**Its prequel spinoff ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' goes down the same route too. The show does have the same black comedy as ''Breaking Bad'', but the tone gets darker as Jimmy starts doing shadier things and inches closer to becoming Saul while Mike starts getting involved with the cartels.
20th Mar '16 6:09:17 PM nombretomado
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* This definitely happened to ''BoyMeetsWorld'' in the later seasons. Around the kids' senior year of high school, it went from being a light-hearted comedy about puberty to being more or less a Dramedy with a lot of angst, inner turmoil and {{Very Special Episode}}s. It never did lose its 4th-wall leaning, LampshadeHanging charm, though. The tone shifted as early as Season 2, when they brought in Mr. Turner and Topanga went from 'weird kid' to 'viable romantic option'.

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* This definitely happened to ''BoyMeetsWorld'' ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' in the later seasons. Around the kids' senior year of high school, it went from being a light-hearted comedy about puberty to being more or less a Dramedy with a lot of angst, inner turmoil and {{Very Special Episode}}s. It never did lose its 4th-wall leaning, LampshadeHanging charm, though. The tone shifted as early as Season 2, when they brought in Mr. Turner and Topanga went from 'weird kid' to 'viable romantic option'.
18th Mar '16 8:32:51 PM Hossmeister
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15th Feb '16 6:45:41 AM MacronNotes
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* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' became much more serious in the second season. TheUnfrozenCaveManLawyer aspect of Buck's character had run its course by the end of the first season. Gone were his constant humorous references to the 20th Century (i.e [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece teaching the people of the 25th century how to "get down"]]). The "{{Disco}} Era" feel and look of the show also abruptly disappeared with the change of setting to outer space. Also, Ardala and the Draconians were now friends of Earth. So gone was the serio-comic sexual tension. Buck was no longer a swinging ladies man who cracked jokes while fighting. It was evident that Buck now took his relationship with Wilma Deering seriously as he should have done from the start. No longer being a quirky maverick prone to setting out on his own, he became a more serious team oriented character who just followed orders from TheCaptain. Even TWIKI was no longer a goofy sidekick and not only did he become more grumpy, but he also lost his signature speech impediment. He had a different voice to reflect this. Also, in keeping with the new WagonTrainToTheStars style format, there were no more SpaceBattle scenes. There were also fewer [[BigBad outright villains]], most episodes revolving around mysteries instead of conflict. Also, Buck became more preachy (his very serious sermon in ''Time of the Hawk'') as well as angsty when problems couldn't be solved without violence.

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* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' became much more serious in the second season. TheUnfrozenCaveManLawyer the LikeADuckTakesToWater aspect of Buck's character had run its course by the end of the first season. Gone were his constant humorous references to the 20th Century (i.e [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece teaching the people of the 25th century how to "get down"]]). The "{{Disco}} Era" feel and look of the show also abruptly disappeared with the change of setting to outer space. Also, Ardala and the Draconians were now friends of Earth. So gone was the serio-comic sexual tension. Buck was no longer a swinging ladies man who cracked jokes while fighting. It was evident that Buck now took his relationship with Wilma Deering seriously as he should have done from the start. No longer being a quirky maverick prone to setting out on his own, he became a more serious team oriented character who just followed orders from TheCaptain. Even TWIKI was no longer a goofy sidekick and not only did he become more grumpy, but he also lost his signature speech impediment. He had a different voice to reflect this. Also, in keeping with the new WagonTrainToTheStars style format, there were no more SpaceBattle scenes. There were also fewer [[BigBad outright villains]], most episodes revolving around mysteries instead of conflict. Also, Buck became more preachy (his very serious sermon in ''Time of the Hawk'') as well as angsty when problems couldn't be solved without violence.
2nd Jan '16 9:42:39 AM Cameron178
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* ''Series/AgentsofShield'': [[spoiler: The Hydra reveal. Enough said.]]


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* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': The show was already dark, it became darker once [[spoiler: John Gilbert showed up and Stefan struggled with his blood addiction. Once Katherine and Klaus came, things got worse. Then, Alaric was revealed to be a supernatural serial killer, Elena died and became a vampire, and things went straight to Hell.]]
6th Dec '15 9:16:23 AM hamonrye
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** One of the spin-offs, ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'', has a distressing tendency to 'get serious' in Season Five. In "The Duke of Squigman", what begins with Squiggy sleepwalking (and morphing into an aristocratic Englishman) turns solemn when Squiggy finally admits to himself that he's a loser. The whole point of his character's comedy is that he's unaware of what a joke he is.
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