History ComicStrip / ForBetterOrForWorse

7th Jan '18 7:40:59 PM MackWylde
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* CentralTheme:
** The power of family and friends.
** Life is not perfect but ''for better or for worse'' things will turn out fine.


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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Goes back and forth but in the long run its probably aiming more on the idealistic end due to its amount of heart and themes.
28th Nov '17 8:46:05 PM Nicoaln
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: April uses Elizabeth's bra as a slingshot. When Elizabeth tells on her, Elly is too busy laughing to immediately say anything.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: ActuallyPrettyFunny:
** At one point, Lawerence and Michael create and act as superheroes named after bodily functions and noises. Elly scolds them for being gross, then walks into the kitchen and starts laughing.
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April uses Elizabeth's bra as a slingshot.slingshot to [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext shoot koosh balls at the dog]]. When Elizabeth tells on her, Elly is too busy laughing to immediately say anything.
6th Nov '17 3:35:21 AM YankeeDave
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** Sadly, this is TruthInTelevision (or truth in comics, as it were). Elly and John's attitude is VERY common among real-life parents of their generation.
26th Oct '17 3:37:00 AM Jabroniville
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Used and averted.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Used and averted.A lot of cases (the family was based off of Lynn's), but often averted, which often provoked surprise from people, who assumed they knew a lot about the "lives behind the lines":


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** Played straight examples include Lynn's son seeing a car crash, then discovering that the victim was someone he knew, Lynn's desire for another child (but unwillingness to actually go through the physical struggle yet again) resulting in the birth of April in the comic, and ''numerous'' real-life arguments, comments and jokes said by people Lynn knew (such as the time Michael said "don't get your panties in a bunch" to his own mother).
5th Oct '17 6:24:41 PM foxley
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* TongueOnTheFlagpole: Elizabeth gets her tongue stuck on a flagpole ''after'' her mother warned her of the risk. Her reasoning (after Mom painfully peels her tongue off the frozen metal)? "I wanted to see if it was ''true''!"
11th Sep '17 10:28:11 AM gemmabeta2
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** Although sometimes Johnson messes up on this and let some Canadiana through the filter. Most famous being the case when she depicted milk being sold in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_bag plastic bags]] (which is only done in Ontario, Quebec, and parts of Minnesota). She ended up getting an incredible number of letter over that.
10th Sep '17 11:04:52 AM Brainbin
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*** The Later Years: The present day as of the production of the cartoon, the TurnOfTheMillennium. Michael is a young adult, graduated from university and in a serious relationship with Deanna Sobinski (they would marry in late 2001). Elizabeth is in her late teens, and April is a rambunctious child doing her best to exhaust her aging parents.

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*** The Later Years: The present day as of the production of the cartoon, the TurnOfTheMillennium. Michael is a young adult, graduated from attending university and in a serious relationship with Deanna Sobinski (they would marry in late 2001). Elizabeth is in her late teens, and April is a rambunctious child doing her best to exhaust her aging parents.
10th Sep '17 10:57:44 AM Brainbin
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** A two-season, sixteen-episode AnimatedSeries which aired 2000-01 on Creator/{{Teletoon}}, produced by Funbag Animation. Although produced by a different studio, several of the voice actors from the Lacewood specials returned for this series, which helped to provide some continuity with them. The show featured a unique variation on the ThreeShorts format: each episode would focus on a specific theme, introduced in a short live-action segment by none other than Lynn Johnston herself. We would then see one example of this theme in a six-minute cartoon segment depicting each "era" of the comic:

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** A two-season, sixteen-episode AnimatedSeries which aired 2000-01 on Creator/{{Teletoon}}, produced by Funbag Animation. Although produced by a different studio, several of the voice actors from the Lacewood specials returned for this series, which helped to provide some continuity with them. The show featured a unique variation on the ThreeShorts format: each episode would focus on a specific theme, introduced in a short live-action segment by none other than Lynn Johnston herself. (And yes, [[RuleOfThree for the sake of completion]], one of these themed episodes was indeed a ChristmasEpisode.) We would then see one example of this theme in a six-minute cartoon segment depicting each "era" of the comic:
10th Sep '17 6:45:23 AM Brainbin
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** A two-season, sixteen-episode AnimatedSeries which aired 2000-01 on Creator/{{Teletoon}}, produced by Funbag Animation. The show featured a unique variation on the ThreeShorts format: each episode would focus on a specific theme, introduced in a short live-action segment by none other than Lynn Johnston herself. We would then see one example of this theme in a six-minute cartoon segment depicting each "era" of the comic:

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** A two-season, sixteen-episode AnimatedSeries which aired 2000-01 on Creator/{{Teletoon}}, produced by Funbag Animation. Although produced by a different studio, several of the voice actors from the Lacewood specials returned for this series, which helped to provide some continuity with them. The show featured a unique variation on the ThreeShorts format: each episode would focus on a specific theme, introduced in a short live-action segment by none other than Lynn Johnston herself. We would then see one example of this theme in a six-minute cartoon segment depicting each "era" of the comic:
10th Sep '17 6:34:50 AM Brainbin
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** A series of six half-hour specials in [[TheNineties the early '90s]], produced by Creator/LacewoodProductions, which also aired on Creator/{{CTV}}. Three of these were holiday specials (including ''another'' ChristmasSpecial, a Halloween Special, and a Valentine's Day Special), and three were "normal" episodes. Michael was in high school and Elizabeth was a preteen, with infant April now completing the Patterson family. Given that he was the right age for a lot of juicy storylines, the specials tended to focus more on Michael over the rest of the family.

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** A series of six half-hour specials in [[TheNineties the early '90s]], produced by Creator/LacewoodProductions, which also aired on Creator/{{CTV}}. Three of these were holiday specials (including ''another'' ChristmasSpecial, a Halloween Special, and a Valentine's Day Special), and three were "normal" episodes. Michael was is in high school and Elizabeth was is a preteen, with infant April now completing the Patterson family. Given that he was the right age for a lot of juicy storylines, the specials tended to focus more on Michael over the rest of the family.
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