History CrapsackWorld / LiveActionTV

17th Jan '17 6:52:52 PM Narsil
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** The opening credits ordinarily show the names of various longshot "fringe sciences" (psychokinesis, singularity, quantum entanglement, etc.). In an episode set in a rapidly failing future, the fringe sciences include "water" and "hope". In episodes set under an alien tyranny, the fringe sciences are such things as "Community", "Private Thought", and "Free Will".
4th Jan '17 5:43:17 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Westeros is frequently torn apart by competing factions and insane monarchs, many of whom think little of their troops abusing the peasantry, and the anarchist wildlings beyond the Wall live by fighting and stealing from their neighbours. Rape, murder, robbery, and incest are easily found everywhere. Oh, and every generation there's a winter that can last ''years'' when ''everyone'' worries about starvation. Even worse, this particular cycle, the monstrous White Walkers are waking from their long sleep to invade, but no one is preparing for it.
** Essos is perhaps worse. Valyria is still a smoking ForbiddenZone centuries after its destruction. Other places have hopeful names like Slaver's Bay and the Shadow Lands. Much of the rest is a patchwork of rival city-states and vestigial empires of decadent aristocrats completely dependent on miserable slaves and bounded by a vast grassland filled with hordes of marauding Dothraki horse-nomads who slaughter or enslave anyone who cannot flee or buy them off.
3rd Nov '16 2:30:55 AM Shadowgazer
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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': Even though it's hard to tell. The first series starts off with him accidentally lopping off his uncle's head (said uncle absolutely despised him despite not knowing him at all), and throughout the series Blackadder just keeps sliding further down the social food chain. It is a case where the ugliness of all ages is this being PlayedForLaughs. The first season is the Dung Ages pretty much with dirty, poverty, wars at the drop of a hunt, witch hunts and more dung. Even the Prince isn't safe from the violence of the time. The second season gives emphasis on the reign of terror of Queenie and how easy it is to end beheaded.

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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': Even though it's hard to tell. The first series starts off with him accidentally lopping off his uncle's head (said uncle absolutely despised him despite not knowing him at all), and throughout the series Blackadder just keeps sliding further down the social food chain. It is a case where the ugliness of all ages is this being PlayedForLaughs. The first season is the Dung Ages pretty much with dirty, dirt, poverty, dung, wars at the drop of a hunt, witch hunts and more dung. Even the Prince isn't safe from the violence much of the time. The second season gives emphasis on the reign of terror of the Queenie and how easy it is to end beheaded.up beheaded and like the first season there are equally horrible people who vy for her position. The third season has the retarded Prince living in luxury while everything outside the palace is pretty much a squalor. And the fourth well is self-explanatory considering that it was the bloodiest world in history at the time and the incompetence and sociopathy of the heads.
10th Sep '16 8:28:54 AM Shadowgazer
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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': Even though it's hard to tell. The first series starts off with him accidentally lopping off his uncle's head (said uncle absolutely despised him despite not knowing him at all), and throughout the series Blackadder just keeps sliding further down the social food chain, despite all of this being PlayedForLaughs.

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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': Even though it's hard to tell. The first series starts off with him accidentally lopping off his uncle's head (said uncle absolutely despised him despite not knowing him at all), and throughout the series Blackadder just keeps sliding further down the social food chain, despite chain. It is a case where the ugliness of all of ages is this being PlayedForLaughs.PlayedForLaughs. The first season is the Dung Ages pretty much with dirty, poverty, wars at the drop of a hunt, witch hunts and more dung. Even the Prince isn't safe from the violence of the time. The second season gives emphasis on the reign of terror of Queenie and how easy it is to end beheaded.
22nd Jan '16 10:09:40 AM Kuruni
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* ''Series/WaterlooRoad'': The review describing this show as being set in a town resembling a cross between ''Dante's Inferno'' and ''Baghdad'' was uncannily accurate. In the opinion of this editor who grew up in the same town, this only proves that the show's creators did indeed do their homework.

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* ''Series/WaterlooRoad'': The review describing this show as being set in a town resembling a cross between ''Dante's Inferno'' and ''Baghdad'' was uncannily accurate. In the opinion of this editor who grew up in the same town, this only proves that the show's creators did indeed do their homework.
11th Jan '16 8:08:07 PM Mr.Bubbles
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** Earth also becomes one during [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords The Year That Never Was]]. With the help of the Toclofane, the Master has enslaved the human race, forcing them to build monuments to him (including carving his face onto Mt. Rushmore) and millions of galactic WMDs to prepare for war with the rest of the universe. He's destroyed New York, frozen the Nile, poisoned the Caspian Sea, created radiation pits in Europe, erected fusion mills in China, and burned Japan to the ground. The entire planet is also under constant surveillance through the Archangel network. The Doctor, Captain Jack, and Martha's family all remain prisoners onboard the Valiant, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking stuck listening to the Master playing the same songs over and over again.]]
10th Dec '15 11:16:56 AM AzureOwl
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* ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'': The Badlands are a rough place. Territories and industrial resources are controlled by feudal overlords that just barely manage to maintain a balance of power with each other, a balance that is in the early stages of crumbling when the narrative begins. Peace and order are kept through force and propaganda. The majority of the population are serfs and/or slaves, owned by their Barons, and the only ticket to a better life is to join the ranks of the Clippers, becoming merciless killing machines. Roving tribes of bandits prey on the hinterlands, robbing and killing at will, and Barons only take action against them when it suits them. There are rumors and legends of a better world beyond the Badlands, but so far they're just that: rumors and legends. Escape from the Badlands means danger and uncertainty, and almost everyone has been ground down by the system too much to even want to try to escape.
6th Nov '15 5:26:21 AM damus2300
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''Series/LowWinterSun'' begins with two policemen brutally murdering a colleague-one for revenge, the other to cover his own ass from an impending Internal Affairs investigation. This is set against the hellish wastelands of modern Detroit, rife with corruption and drug trafficking.

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* ''Series/LowWinterSun'' begins with two policemen brutally murdering a colleague-one for revenge, the other to cover his own ass from an impending Internal Affairs investigation. This is set against the hellish wastelands of modern Detroit, rife with corruption and drug trafficking.
21st Oct '15 12:29:49 PM bwburke94
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The universe has some individual-story settings that qualify as full-blown Crapsack Worlds. Particularly glaring examples include Thal-[[SignificantAnagram Kaled]] War-era Skaro in "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks}} Genesis of the Daleks]]", Varos in "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros}} Vengeance on Varos]]", and Androzani in "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani}} The Caves of Androzani]]".
** Earth becomes one in "Turn Left", where Donna Noble never meets the Doctor and he drowns when [[{{Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride}} the base beneath the Thames is flooded.]] Without him around, [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones}} all but one of the people inside the Royal Hope Hospital die when it's teleported to the moon]] (including Martha Jones, Sarah Jane Smith, Luke, Maria, and Clyde), London is destroyed and Southern England is irradiated when [[{{Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned}} a replica of the Titanic falls from the sky]], sixty million Americans are killed by [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS30E1PartnersInCrime}} the Adipose]], [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem}} the Sontaran's plan]] is only narrowly stopped by the {{Torchwood}} three at the cost of their own lives, Captain Jack is stranded on Sontar, England begins [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything shipping minorities off to "labour camps"]][[note]]with [[FridgeHorror the Cybermen theme]] in the background[[/note]], and just when you think things can't possibly get any worse, TheStarsAreGoingOut.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The universe has some individual-story settings that qualify as full-blown Crapsack Worlds. Particularly glaring examples include Thal-[[SignificantAnagram Kaled]] War-era Skaro in "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks}} "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]", Varos in "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros}} "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros Vengeance on Varos]]", and Androzani in "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani}} "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani]]".
** Earth becomes one in "Turn Left", where Donna Noble never meets the Doctor and he drowns when [[{{Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride}} [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride the base beneath the Thames is flooded.]] Without him around, [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones}} [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones all but one of the people inside the Royal Hope Hospital die when it's teleported to the moon]] (including Martha Jones, [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures Sarah Jane Smith, Luke, Maria, and Clyde), Clyde]]), London is destroyed and Southern England is irradiated when [[{{Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned}} [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned a replica of the Titanic falls from the sky]], sixty million Americans are killed by [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS30E1PartnersInCrime}} [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E1PartnersInCrime the Adipose]], [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem}} [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem the Sontaran's Sontarans' plan]] is only narrowly stopped by the {{Torchwood}} three ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' team at the cost of their own lives, Captain Jack is stranded on Sontar, England begins [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything shipping minorities off to "labour camps"]][[note]]with [[FridgeHorror the Cybermen theme]] in the background[[/note]], and just when you think things can't possibly get any worse, TheStarsAreGoingOut.
1st Sep '15 4:15:37 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'': One of the biggest examples of a Crapsack ''universe'' in science fiction. The main characters are horny, greedy cowards who fly a spaceship that eats inhabited planets for food. The one who isn't horny, greedy, or a coward is undead. One of the crew is a humanoid ManEatingPlant who routinely eats people and openly warns that she'll eat her crewmates if ever there isn't anyone else to eat. Another member of the crew has been genetically imprinted with DNA from a monstrous alien carnivore, which leads to her doing things like going into a heat-state, during which she blacks out and eats people, including ''an entire theater's audience'', culminating only when she mates with and consumes a BodyDouble of her love interest. At the end of every season, things have gone from bad to worse. Of note: in Season 2, the crew cripple a being named Mantrid, unwittingly setting up his meteoric ascension to BigBad (and powerful galactic force). By the end of the season, the crew stops Mantrid, but lose several allies (including a plant-like creature and a young boy who helped them) and have unwittingly '''destroyed an entire universe''', not to mention that they've run out of gas and have to go into hibernation for years. By the end of Season 3, they've blown up two planets full of people (one "good" and one "evil" planet, but not all of the people on either planet thought the same way) in order to get enough food for the Lexx to survive.
** That, in turn, drives the plot of the next season, where the Lexx finds Earth. The crew wants to get the Lexx more food, but they end up doing more harm than good. Several innocent people are killed, one crew member sacrifices himself to stop a destructive invasion of ''killer carrot aliens'', at ''least'' three whole cities are annihilated off the face of the planet by the starship (and that's before Earth is ''blown up''), and the Lexx eventually '''dies of old age'''. The only redeeming point is that the last two surviving crew members get to travel the stars in a spiffy new mini-Lexx. Keep in mind that the ''whole series'' is intended as BlackComedy.

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* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'': One of the biggest examples of a Crapsack ''universe'' in science fiction. The main characters are horny, greedy cowards who fly a spaceship that eats inhabited planets for food. The one who isn't horny, greedy, or a coward is undead. One of the crew is a humanoid ManEatingPlant who routinely eats people and openly warns that she'll eat her crewmates if ever there isn't anyone else to eat. Another member of the crew has been genetically imprinted with DNA from a monstrous alien carnivore, which leads to her doing things like going into a heat-state, during which she blacks out and eats people, including ''an entire theater's audience'', culminating only when she mates with and consumes a BodyDouble of her love interest. At the end of every season, things have gone from bad to worse. Of note: in Season 2, the crew cripple a being named Mantrid, unwittingly setting up his meteoric ascension to BigBad (and powerful galactic force). By the end of the season, the crew stops Mantrid, but lose several allies (including a plant-like creature and a young boy who helped them) and have unwittingly '''destroyed an entire universe''', not to mention that they've run out of gas and have to go into hibernation for years. By the end of Season 3, they've blown up two planets full of people (one "good" and one "evil" planet, but not all of the people on either planet thought the same way) in order to get enough food for the Lexx to survive.
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That, in turn, drives the plot of the next season, where the Lexx finds Earth. The crew wants to get the Lexx more food, but they end up doing more harm than good. Several innocent people are killed, one crew member sacrifices himself to stop a destructive invasion of ''killer carrot aliens'', at ''least'' three whole cities are annihilated off the face of the planet by the starship (and that's before Earth is ''blown up''), and the Lexx eventually '''dies of old age'''. The only redeeming point is that the last two surviving crew members get to travel the stars in a spiffy new mini-Lexx. Keep in mind that the ''whole series'' is intended as BlackComedy.BlackComedy.
''Series/LowWinterSun'' begins with two policemen brutally murdering a colleague-one for revenge, the other to cover his own ass from an impending Internal Affairs investigation. This is set against the hellish wastelands of modern Detroit, rife with corruption and drug trafficking.



* While leagues above the world seen in the [[Franchise/RoboCop film trilogy]], the world in ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'' isn't a picnic, either, with a war in the Amazon going on (though such a war was mention in the original trilogy, too), sections of Beverly Hills and Brooklyn have been walled off, and it's perfectly legal to market plushies that double as hand grenades and steroids (with the FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that weaker kids deserve to get bullied, no less) to children, speaking English in France can land you in jail, the Italian government has fallen, and the mayor and DA are corrupt and in league with other criminals (with the latter having a fake law degree and helped to frame someone for said phony degree).



* ''{{Series/Salem}}'' is not a nice place by any means.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode the "Quickening" showed a planet the Jem'Hadar decided to make an example of. Not only was the place blasted into the Stone Age, but the people of the planet were given a genetic disease called the Blight. All are born with it-anyone who does not take their own lives first dies of it. One man, being treated well because the Blight was in its final stages, said that he was glad to have bathed and slept in a bed for the first time in his LIFE.
* This is the case for Dawn Cottrell, the high school-aged protagonist in the Made-for-TV movie ''Secret Cutting'' (or alternately known as ''Painful Secrets''). Her home life sucks; her [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] is a [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] and vindictive woman who's all about appearances and aside from belittling her daughter, also belittles her father, who struggles to show affection for his daughter and stand up for himself, and tries too hard to prove herself a better mother than hers was in spite of being just as bad. Her brother acts even more outwardly disrespectful towards her than their mother does. Life at school in no better. [[FriendlessBackground She virtually has no friends]] and [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer is constantly subjected to contempt and mockery from her more "popular" peers,]] even though she is desperate for their approval, which [[TeensAreMonsters they know about and use to their advantage.]] She believes she has a boyfriend, but all he wants her for is sex. Oh, and anytime she ''does'' try to stand up for herself,[[AllForNothing it completely backfires]] as someone always manipulates her into thinking she has no right to defend herself. To cope with it all, she begins to cut herself, which is eventually discovered initially by her only friend, who's pretty troubled in her own right, but then by her family and ''then'' the whole school after her mother lets the secret out [[JerkAss "in order for peer pressure to make you stop since you can't on your own."]] Things go from bad to worse and culminates in a desperate [[DrivenToSuicide suicide attempt.]]



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode the "Quickening" showed a planet the Jem'Hadar decided to make an example of. Not only was the place blasted into the Stone Age, but the people of the planet were given a genetic disease called the Blight. All are born with it-anyone who does not take their own lives first dies of it. One man, being treated well because the Blight was in its final stages, said that he was glad to have bathed and slept in a bed for the first time in his LIFE.
* ''Series/LowWinterSun'' begins with two policemen brutally murdering a colleague-one for revenge, the other to cover his own ass from an impending Internal Affairs investigation. This is set against the hellish wastelands of modern Detroit, rife with corruption and drug trafficking.
* ''{{Series/Salem}}'' is not a nice place by any means.
* This is the case for Dawn Cottrell, the high school-aged protagonist in the Made-for-TV movie ''Secret Cutting'' (or alternately known as ''Painful Secrets''). Her home life sucks; her [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] is a [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] and vindictive woman who's all about appearances and aside from belittling her daughter, also belittles her father, who struggles to show affection for his daughter and stand up for himself, and tries too hard to prove herself a better mother than hers was in spite of being just as bad. Her brother acts even more outwardly disrespectful towards her than their mother does. Life at school in no better. [[FriendlessBackground She virtually has no friends]] and [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer is constantly subjected to contempt and mockery from her more "popular" peers,]] even though she is desperate for their approval, which [[TeensAreMonsters they know about and use to their advantage.]] She believes she has a boyfriend, but all he wants her for is sex. Oh, and anytime she ''does'' try to stand up for herself,[[AllForNothing it completely backfires]] as someone always manipulates her into thinking she has no right to defend herself. To cope with it all, she begins to cut herself, which is eventually discovered initially by her only friend, who's pretty troubled in her own right, but then by her family and ''then'' the whole school after her mother lets the secret out [[JerkAss "in order for peer pressure to make you stop since you can't on your own."]] Things go from bad to worse and culminates in a desperate [[DrivenToSuicide suicide attempt.]]
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