History CerebusSyndrome / LiveActionTV

23rd Jun '17 2:23:44 PM Kittencakes
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* The second season of the Argentine soap ''Rebelde Way'' took a turn toward darker storylines.

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* The second season of the Argentine soap ''Rebelde Way'' ''Series/RebeldeWay'' took a turn toward darker storylines.storylines. While the series was never shy of showing dark/mature storylines in the first season (like abusive parents, drug addiction, class differences, a terrorist-like cult scaring the kids at the school), the second season showcased kidnappings, cheating, and life-scaring operations.
31st May '17 8:13:57 PM PhantomRider
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**As for the new movies, we start with [[spoiler: the destruction of Vulcan before the eyes of Spock - both of him -]] in the first and move on to what turns out to be [[spoiler: an adaptation of "The Wrath of Khan" ''and'' the Section 31 arc at once]] for the second! It's safe to say we're not going back to "The Trouble with Tribbles" any time soon.



* This definitely happened to ''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'.

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* This definitely happened to ''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 {{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'.



* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', as one might expect for a series helmed by Creator/GenUrobuchi. While the series starts off with street-dancing teens engaging in {{Mons}} battles and the second episode sees the title character trying to use his Rider powers during his part-time jobs with [[HilarityEnsues hilarious results]], there are still the seeds of more serious plots to come like an omnipresent MegaCorp, the main character's best friend going missing (which actually kicks off the main plot). The big turning point is Episode 14, where [[spoiler:Ryoji Hase[=/=]Armored Rider Kurokage]] is KilledOffForReal; after this things get progressively darker and more serious, with [[spoiler:Micchy]] puling a massive FaceHeelTurn and literally shooting [[spoiler:Kouta]] in the back, said missing friend turning up [[spoiler:as the monster Gaim killed in the first episode]], TheReveal that Helheim is AlienKudzu that's trying to take over the planet, and [[spoiler:the Mega Corp is trying to help, but they can only save one-seventh of humanity at best]]. The show does still have some humorous moments throughout (mostly provided by the BadassGay pastry chef[=/=]Rider and one of ThoseTwoGuys), but the tone is still overall serious, and late in the series there's even a scene where those two characters [[LampshadeHanging lament that it seems like there's nothing they can do anymore]]. While the ending is [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] at worst, it's still a marked change from other ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', as one might expect for a series helmed by Creator/GenUrobuchi. While the series starts off with street-dancing teens engaging in {{Mons}} battles and the second episode sees the title character trying to use his Rider powers during his part-time jobs with [[HilarityEnsues hilarious results]], there are still the seeds of more serious plots to come like an omnipresent MegaCorp, the main character's best friend going missing (which actually kicks off the main plot). The big turning point is Episode 14, where [[spoiler:Ryoji Hase[=/=]Armored Rider Kurokage]] is KilledOffForReal; after this things get progressively darker and more serious, with [[spoiler:Micchy]] puling a massive FaceHeelTurn and literally shooting [[spoiler:Kouta]] in the back, said missing friend turning up [[spoiler:as the monster Gaim killed in the first episode]], TheReveal that Helheim is AlienKudzu that's trying to take over the planet, and [[spoiler:the Mega Corp is trying to help, but they can only save one-seventh of humanity at best]].best and is prepared to destroy the other six-sevenths so they aren't transformed into monsters]]. The show does still have some humorous moments throughout (mostly provided by the BadassGay pastry chef[=/=]Rider and one of ThoseTwoGuys), but the tone is still overall serious, and late in the series there's even a scene where those two characters [[LampshadeHanging lament that it seems like there's nothing they can do anymore]]. While the ending is [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] at worst, it's still a marked change from other ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series.series.
**Similarly, ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' starts out with Riders with hilarious designs in a story that's a pastiche of the 1980s era of video gaming. It becomes very dramatic and complex as it goes, though. It starts with a characer being KilledOffForReal in the ChristmasEpisode that had been pure wacky fun up to that point, and gets more intense from there. However, it never gets to the point where the fun is totally lost.
21st May '17 2:34:50 PM nombretomado
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* A season 3 episode of ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' had supernatural twists on torture by burning and waterboarding; pretty dark for that show.
* The second season of ''YoungDracula'' has shades of this, what with [[spoiler:multiple vampires actually getting 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.]]

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* A season 3 episode of ''{{Warehouse ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' had supernatural twists on torture by burning and waterboarding; pretty dark for that show.
* The second season of ''YoungDracula'' ''Series/YoungDracula'' has shades of this, what with [[spoiler:multiple vampires actually getting 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.]]
11th Mar '17 2:52:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/FamilyTies'': Its pilot and the early episodes were pretty much satire until becoming the trope codifier for the "Very Special Episode", such as a pre-''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' Creator/TomHanks playing a drunken uncle who comes within a hair of slugging MichaelJFox's Alex (in 1982; [[OlderThanTheyThink go figure]]). Fox later netted an Emmy for "A is for Alex", in which his friend is brutally killed by a speeding car during an errand Alex was ''supposed'' to be helping him with, but weaseled out of at the last minute. Plagued by survivor's guilt, Alex has a nervous breakdown and goes to see a clinical psychiatrist(!). This episode, along with the show's many imitators during this period, was a major motivating factor for the "no hugging, no kissing" sitcoms of the modern era.
* ''{{Franchise/StarTrek}}'' got much darker as the franchise went on, to the point where many fans (and some creators) have disavowed anything that came after The Original Series, more specifically ''Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'', which was made largely without Gene Roddenberry's input. ''Star Trek II'' introduced a more militarized Starfleet. TNG suggested the upper echelons of Starfleet were corrupt. [=DS9=] plunged the Federation into war (just the latest of many, mind you; previous wars had been kept off-screen, because Roddenberry wanted his show to focus strictly on ''exploration'', not politics) and introduced Section 31, a cloak-and-dagger outfit which had been lurking in the shadows ever since the Federation Charter was founded. VOY and ENT were darker still.

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* ''Series/FamilyTies'': Its pilot and the early episodes were pretty much satire until becoming the trope codifier for the "Very Special Episode", such as a pre-''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' Creator/TomHanks playing a drunken uncle who comes within a hair of slugging MichaelJFox's Creator/MichaelJFox's Alex (in 1982; [[OlderThanTheyThink go figure]]). Fox later netted an Emmy for "A is for Alex", in which his friend is brutally killed by a speeding car during an errand Alex was ''supposed'' to be helping him with, but weaseled out of at the last minute. Plagued by survivor's guilt, Alex has a nervous breakdown and goes to see a clinical psychiatrist(!). This episode, along with the show's many imitators during this period, was a major motivating factor for the "no hugging, no kissing" sitcoms of the modern era.
* ''{{Franchise/StarTrek}}'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' got much darker as the franchise went on, to the point where many fans (and some creators) have disavowed anything that came after The Original Series, more specifically ''Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'', which was made largely without Gene Roddenberry's input. ''Star Trek II'' introduced a more militarized Starfleet. TNG suggested the upper echelons of Starfleet were corrupt. [=DS9=] plunged the Federation into war (just the latest of many, mind you; previous wars had been kept off-screen, because Roddenberry wanted his show to focus strictly on ''exploration'', not politics) and introduced Section 31, a cloak-and-dagger outfit which had been lurking in the shadows ever since the Federation Charter was founded. VOY and ENT were darker still.
18th Feb '17 12:46:46 PM neckinhalf
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** They do this again with the 5th season, which followed the relatively lighter 4th season with [[spoiler: the study group getting out into the world and finding out their degrees were worthless, Andre leaving Shirley and taking the kids, and Pierce dying within 5 episodes.]] Things get better, but damn...
27th Dec '16 4:03:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' was fairly consistent in its [[MindScrew Mind Screwy]]-but-occasionally-light-hearted tone. ''AshesToAshes'', on the other hand, started out similar to its predecessor, but [[GrowingTheBeard grew the beard]] with its Season One finale (which revealed that [[spoiler: Alex's father had pulled a TakingYouWithMe, killed her mother, and the only reason young Alex survived was chance, not to mention the man who took her hand afterwards was Gene Hunt]]). And did it again with its season 2 finale (involving [[spoiler: a fellow "time-traveler" killing his own younger self and setting Alex up to take the fall, Gene accidentally shooting Alex, and Alex waking up in 2008 only to start seeing Gene on her television]]). Season 3 upped the ante [[FauxSymbolism into pseudo-religious]] [[AnyoneCanDie levels]], capping it off with revealing [[spoiler: EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory and [[{{Satan}} the Devil]]'s been hanging around this whole time]].

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* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' was fairly consistent in its [[MindScrew Mind Screwy]]-but-occasionally-light-hearted tone. ''AshesToAshes'', ''Series/AshesToAshes'', on the other hand, started out similar to its predecessor, but [[GrowingTheBeard grew the beard]] with its Season One finale (which revealed that [[spoiler: Alex's father had pulled a TakingYouWithMe, killed her mother, and the only reason young Alex survived was chance, not to mention the man who took her hand afterwards was Gene Hunt]]). And did it again with its season 2 finale (involving [[spoiler: a fellow "time-traveler" killing his own younger self and setting Alex up to take the fall, Gene accidentally shooting Alex, and Alex waking up in 2008 only to start seeing Gene on her television]]). Season 3 upped the ante [[FauxSymbolism into pseudo-religious]] [[AnyoneCanDie levels]], capping it off with revealing [[spoiler: EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory and [[{{Satan}} the Devil]]'s been hanging around this whole time]].
19th Dec '16 4:36:44 AM NitaBeeta
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** Then Back with revenge in the series finale, [[spoiler: After one season spent with the marriage of Barney and Robin, we learns that they divorced three years later which cause Robin to distance with the gang. Ten yars after Ted met his wife, she dies from an illness. It turns out the entire story was Ted explaining to his children that he can move on and go back with Robin.]]

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** Then Back back with revenge a vengeance in the series finale, [[spoiler: After one season spent with the marriage of Barney and Robin, we learns that they divorced three years later which cause Robin to distance with the gang. Ten yars after Ted met his wife, she dies from an illness. It turns out the entire story was Ted explaining to his children that he can move on and go back with Robin.]]
27th Nov '16 2:02:28 PM MrFebreze
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' began as an avant-garde space series with a lot of comedy and some rather astute drama subplots.Crichton was surrounded by aliens who were superior to him in every way, except for his stubborn, hopeful nature in the face of disaster. Season 3 is seriously dark. "Different Destinations" (Crichton fails to save a nunnery from gruesome deaths) and "Eat Me" (the crew is cloned and murdered by cannibals) are a tough combo back-to-back, even today. In Season Four, the aliens act as a voice to reason to Crichton, who becomes increasingly (if passively) ruthless. He essentially facilitates murder in "Prayer" and he lets the villain justify it to him by suggesting those people were close to death anyhow. If darkness is not your friend then never watch that season.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' began as an avant-garde space series with a lot of comedy and some rather astute drama subplots.Crichton was surrounded by aliens who were superior to him in every way, except for his stubborn, hopeful nature in the face of disaster. Season 3 is seriously dark. "Different Destinations" (Crichton fails to save a nunnery from gruesome deaths) and "Eat Me" (the crew is cloned and murdered by cannibals) are a tough combo back-to-back, even today. In Season Four, the aliens act behave as a voice to of reason to Crichton, who becomes increasingly (if passively) ruthless. He essentially facilitates murder in "Prayer" and he lets the villain justify it to him by suggesting those people were close to death anyhow. If darkness is not your friend then never watch that season.
27th Nov '16 2:01:52 PM MrFebreze
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' started off as a FishOutOfWater human-stuck-in-space series with a lot of comedy and some rather astute drama subplots. And then [[DarkerAndEdgier it got darker]], and [[FromBadToWorse darker]], and those dramatic subplots became featured with MindScrew... and finally by the PeaceKeeper Wars you have... er... well... [[http://www.d2o2.com/pics/galaxy/index.html this. See entry number 3]]. However the entire slide from: comedy -> drama emphasis was [[ConspiracyTheorist too well written to be a accident]], and the show kept GrowingTheBeard.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' started off began as a FishOutOfWater human-stuck-in-space an avant-garde space series with a lot of comedy and some rather astute drama subplots. And then [[DarkerAndEdgier it got darker]], subplots.Crichton was surrounded by aliens who were superior to him in every way, except for his stubborn, hopeful nature in the face of disaster. Season 3 is seriously dark. "Different Destinations" (Crichton fails to save a nunnery from gruesome deaths) and [[FromBadToWorse darker]], "Eat Me" (the crew is cloned and murdered by cannibals) are a tough combo back-to-back, even today. In Season Four, the aliens act as a voice to reason to Crichton, who becomes increasingly (if passively) ruthless. He essentially facilitates murder in "Prayer" and he lets the villain justify it to him by suggesting those dramatic subplots became featured with MindScrew... and finally by the PeaceKeeper Wars you have... er... well... [[http://www.d2o2.com/pics/galaxy/index.html this. See entry number 3]]. However the entire slide from: comedy -> drama emphasis was [[ConspiracyTheorist too well written people were close to be a accident]], and the show kept GrowingTheBeard.death anyhow. If darkness is not your friend then never watch that season.
24th Oct '16 9:27:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' remained darkly humorous to the end, but it manages to use this trope by making 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)]].

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' remained darkly humorous to the end, but it manages to use this trope by making 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 Website/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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