History DarkerAndEdgier / LiveActionTV

31st Jan '16 2:11:31 PM Josef5678
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* ''Series/GossipGirl'' Season Four.
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Robin Sparkles → Robin Daggers.
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* OneEpisodeWonder ''Series/LostInOz'' is this to the Wizard of Oz [[Film/TheWizardOfOz movie]] and [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz books]].
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* ''Series/MockingbirdLane'' does this for, of all things, ''Series/TheMunsters''.
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* ''Series/TeenWolf''. The show is DarkerAndEdgier than the movie.
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* %%* ''Series/TeenWolf''. The show is DarkerAndEdgier than the movie.
31st Jan '16 2:08:33 PM Josef5678
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** There's going to be a darker spinoff of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', based on the villain Kamen Rider Eternal. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbreujMg3Rk&feature=player_embedded See for yourself.]]
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** %%** There's going to be a darker spinoff of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', based on the villain Kamen Rider Eternal. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbreujMg3Rk&feature=player_embedded See for yourself.]]

** And then they took it to an entirely new level with the "Series/{{Torchwood}}" Miracle Day miniseries in 2011. "Dark" doesn't begin to describe it. It may have gotten too dark though, as of now (2014) there is no information on new Torchwood.
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** And then they took it to an entirely new level with the "Series/{{Torchwood}}" Miracle Day miniseries in 2011. "Dark" doesn't begin to describe it. It may have gotten too dark though, as of now (2014) in 2014, there is was no information on new Torchwood.
31st Jan '16 2:07:10 PM Josef5678
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* GameOfThrones is notably darker than its already dark source material, ASongOfIceAndFire. Whereas the show likes to focus on the violence and sex (and rape), and famously declaring "If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention.", the books remain idealistic, with several of the shows more cynical characters still attempting to be heroes.
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* GameOfThrones ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is notably darker than its already dark source material, ASongOfIceAndFire.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Whereas the show likes to focus on the violence and sex (and rape), and famously declaring "If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention.", the books remain idealistic, with several of the shows more cynical characters still attempting to be heroes.

* The first two seasons of ''TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' had a very light-hearted, humorous tone. Season Three, though... oh dear GOD. It not only dropped Nancy Drew completely, but started off by killing Joe's fiancée in a car wreck (complete with Joe weeping over her body) and having Joe go on a RoaringRampageofRevenge in response (Last Kiss of Summer). Season Three ditched almost all the light-hearted humor, showed actual dead bodies, and involved more dangerous situations (including references to selling off Joe and a missing woman to white slavers in China — huhwhat?) and more conflict between the brothers ("Game Plan" had Frank pulling a gun on Joe). The turn confused the show's teen audience, and lost viewers.
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* The first two seasons of ''TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' had a very light-hearted, humorous tone. Season Three, though... oh dear GOD. It not only dropped Nancy Drew completely, but started off by killing Joe's fiancée in a car wreck (complete with Joe weeping over her body) and having Joe go on a RoaringRampageofRevenge in response (Last Kiss of Summer). Season Three ditched almost all the light-hearted humor, showed actual dead bodies, and involved more dangerous situations (including references to selling off Joe and a missing woman to white slavers in China — huhwhat?) and more conflict between the brothers ("Game Plan" had Frank pulling a gun on Joe). The turn confused the show's teen audience, and lost viewers.

* ''Series/{{iCarly}}'': While "iPsycho" was scary yet had some awesome and humorous moments, the sequel "iStill Psycho" is probably the most dangerous situation [[DanSchneider Dan]] put the gang in.
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* ''Series/{{iCarly}}'': While "iPsycho" was scary yet had some awesome and humorous moments, the sequel "iStill Psycho" is probably the most dangerous situation [[DanSchneider Dan]] Creator/DanSchneider put the gang in.

* While ''Franchise/KamenRider'' as a whole could be viewed as the darker counterpart to ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' or ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', some entries stick out, like ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'', whose rival is his brother and both are to fight to the death, or the {{deconstruction}} ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'', whose Rider's FinishingMove is a spine rip that wouldn't look out of place in ''MortalKombat''.
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* While ''Franchise/KamenRider'' as a whole could be viewed as the darker counterpart to ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' or ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', some entries stick out, like ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'', whose rival is his brother and both are to fight to the death, or the {{deconstruction}} ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'', whose Rider's FinishingMove is a spine rip that wouldn't look out of place in ''MortalKombat''.''Franchise/MortalKombat''.

* Speaking of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'': Any Queen song notwithstanding, the series was firmly in the "LivingForeverIsAwesome" camp. During the last two years, however, the plot began focusing more on Duncan's pain and alienation of being immortal; this angst eventually carried over into ''The Raven'', the ultimately doomed spin-off. One of the show's directors, Dennis Barry, suggested that the writers were dreading middle age, and that Duncan's existentialist crisis was a reflection of their collective ''mid-life'' crisis.
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* Speaking of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'': ''Series/{{Highlander}}'': ** Any Queen song notwithstanding, the series was firmly in the "LivingForeverIsAwesome" camp. During the last two years, however, the plot began focusing more on Duncan's pain and alienation of being immortal; this angst eventually carried over into ''The Raven'', the ultimately doomed spin-off. One of the show's directors, Dennis Barry, suggested that the writers were dreading middle age, and that Duncan's existentialist crisis was a reflection of their collective ''mid-life'' crisis.

* In the '70s, not long after ''Sesame Street'' was created, MAD Magazine gave us a parody with random gang violence, drugs, evictions, prostitutes, pimps and gangsters called Reality Street (the writer was a pessimist). Even the intro was changed: "Smoggy days, feeling my lungs decay. It's a street of depression, Corruption, oppression! It's a sadist's dream come true! And masochists, too! Can you tell me how to get, get away from Reality Street?"
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* In the '70s, TheSeventies, not long after ''Sesame Street'' ''Series/SesameStreet'' was created, MAD Magazine gave us a parody with random gang violence, drugs, evictions, prostitutes, pimps and gangsters called Reality Street (the writer was a pessimist). Even the intro was changed: "Smoggy days, feeling my lungs decay. It's a street of depression, Corruption, oppression! It's a sadist's dream come true! And masochists, too! Can you tell me how to get, get away from Reality Street?"

* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' was announced to be Darker And Edgier than ''Series/StargateSG1''. It dealt with an all around darker atmosphere, AnyoneCanDie, along with an arc enemy intended to be even more frightening than the BodyHorror of the Goa'uld and ScaryDogmaticAliens of the Ori. Unfortunately, they forgot to [[NotQuiteDead keep them dead]], and the enemy's only advantages were soon nullified, until all they had was numbers.
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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' was announced to be Darker And Edgier than ''Series/StargateSG1''. It dealt with an all around all-around darker atmosphere, atmosphere in which AnyoneCanDie, along with an arc enemy intended to be even more frightening than the BodyHorror of the Goa'uld and ScaryDogmaticAliens of the Ori. Unfortunately, they forgot to [[NotQuiteDead keep them dead]], and the enemy's only advantages were soon nullified, until all they had was numbers.

** The second was the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, which [[spoiler:destroyed Vulcan and killed Kirk's father, years before ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is set]]. As a result, the Federation in future Treks is likely to more closely resemble the post-Wolf 359 and post-Dominion War Federation seen in ''[=DS9=]'' instead of the happy-go-lucky world of ''TOS'' and early ''TNG''. ** Another example would be ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. After ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' proved to be a hit, but went far over-budget; Gene Roddenberry was KickedUpstairs from decision-making and Robert Wise was replaced with Nicholas Meyer as director, who was unfamiliar with ''Star Trek''; and instead drew influence on the story from novels such as ''Literature/MobyDick''. The result was a dramatic, engrossing movie that got the [[GrowingTheBeard film series its legs]].
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** The second was the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, which [[spoiler:destroyed Vulcan and killed Kirk's father, years before ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' ''Star Trek TOS'' is set]]. As a result, the Federation in future Treks is likely to more closely resemble the post-Wolf 359 and post-Dominion War Federation seen in ''[=DS9=]'' instead of the happy-go-lucky world of ''TOS'' and early ''TNG''. ** Another example would be ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. After ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' proved to be a hit, but went far over-budget; over-budget, Gene Roddenberry was KickedUpstairs from decision-making and Robert Wise was replaced with Nicholas Meyer as director, who was unfamiliar with ''Star Trek''; and instead drew influence on the story from novels such as ''Literature/MobyDick''. The result was a dramatic, engrossing movie that got the [[GrowingTheBeard film series its legs]].

* ''Series/TinMan'' has DG (Dorothy Gale) going to the Outer Zone (yup, the [[SignifigantMonogram O.Z.]]) where she befriends a man who has lost part of his brain to evil experimenters, and a tortured empathic beast who seems to be a human/lion crossbreed, and the "Tin Man" of the title, a cop who wears a tin star.
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* ''Series/TinMan'' has DG (Dorothy Gale) going to the Outer Zone (yup, the [[SignifigantMonogram [[SignificantMonogram O.Z.]]) where she befriends a man who has lost part of his brain to evil experimenters, and a tortured empathic beast who seems to be a human/lion crossbreed, and the "Tin Man" of the title, a cop who wears a tin star.
6th Jan '16 2:05:04 PM Sapphirea2
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** Since Creator/StevenMoffat became the head writer, the whole show has become quite a bit darker, deconstructing the Doctor's MO. Interestingly, while the stories are getting darker, the character of the Eleventh Doctor and Moff's sitcom-esque dialog had maintained humor. ** With the introduction of the Twelfth Doctor the show has become noticeably darker, for example with Clara and the Doctor having numerous arguments, Clara literally throwing TARDIS keys in a dream state, and dead people in Heaven are also shown, with the infamous "Don't cremate me" line. Peter Capaldi also gives a far darker portrayal of the Doctor than the last couple of incarnations and isn't quite as afraid of people dying anymore.
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** Since When Creator/StevenMoffat became the head writer, writer and the Eleventh Doctor was introduced, the whole show has become became quite a bit darker, deconstructing the Doctor's MO. MO and featuring a StoryArc in which his enemies sincerely believe he will be the undoing of the universe. Interestingly, while the stories are getting get darker, the whimsical character of the Eleventh Doctor and Moff's sitcom-esque dialog had maintained humor. ** With the introduction of the Twelfth humor. The ''Twelfth'' Doctor the show has become noticeably darker, for example with though...Series 8 alone had Clara and the Doctor having numerous arguments, Clara literally her throwing his TARDIS keys into a volcano in an attempt to blackmail him over [[spoiler: her boyfriend's death]] (good thing it was in a dream state, state), and the season's BigBad imprisoning dead people in a false Heaven are also shown, with (a stretch that included the infamous "Don't cremate me" line. Peter Capaldi line) as a precursor to turning them into an army of Cybermen. Creator/PeterCapaldi also gives a far darker portrayal of the Doctor than the last couple of incarnations and incarnations; this one isn't quite as afraid of people dying anymore.anymore. Over time it becomes clear he is actually amazingly empathetic and compassionate, and he grows warmer and more whimsical in Series 9...just in time for near-nonstop emotional trauma involving many near-death experiences for him ''and'' Clara and the long-term consequences of many of his decisions. This culminates in a three-episode closing arc in which his inability to cope with both a cruel betrayal and [[spoiler: Clara's actual death]], exacerbated by imprisonment in a torture chamber, result in him temporarily becoming TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. A most BittersweetEnding follows.
31st Dec '15 6:29:46 AM autoslizer
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* GameOfThrones is notably darker than its already dark source material, ASongOfIceAndFire. Whereas the show likes to focus on the violence and sex (and rape), and famously declaring "If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention.", the books remain idealistic, with several of the shows more cynical characters still attempting to be heroes.
4th Dec '15 8:26:40 PM Luppercus
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* ''Series/{{Chespirito}}'': Most of Chespirito’s first episodes were family friendly slapstick comedy and light-hearted jokes with his classic characters like Chavo, Chapulin Colorodado, Dr. Chapatin, etc. Later seasons of Chespirito changed the tone and focus only in former thieves Chompiras and Botija with much more adult-oriented plots, sexual innuendos, social issues and adult humor i.e. Darker and Edgier. Cast member Maria Antonieta de las Nieves even said that Chespirito’s motivation for the change in tone was because of this trope.
1st Dec '15 8:16:52 AM babyhenchy1
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** ''Series/JessicaJones'' continued this, and is even at times darker than the original ''Series/{{Alias}}'', especially given [[spoiler: in the comics, Killgrave subjected Jessica to MindRape, made her BrainwashedAndCrazy, and [[ForcedToWatch made her watch as he raped other women]], but didn't actually rape Jessica herself. In the series, [[AdaptationNameChange Kilgrave]] did make her a SexSlave.]]
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** ''Series/JessicaJones'' ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' continued this, and is even at times darker than the original ''Series/{{Alias}}'', especially given [[spoiler: in the comics, Killgrave subjected Jessica to MindRape, made her BrainwashedAndCrazy, and [[ForcedToWatch made her watch as he raped other women]], but didn't actually rape Jessica herself. In the series, [[AdaptationNameChange Kilgrave]] did make her a SexSlave.]]
28th Nov '15 11:57:06 PM Anicomicgeek
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** ''Series/JessicaJones'' continued this, and is even at times darker than the original ''Series/{{Alias}}'', especially given [[spoiler: in the comics, Killgrave subjected Jessica to MindRape, made her BrainwashedAndCrazy, and [ForcedToWatch made her watch as he raped other women]], but didn't actually rape Jessica herself. In the series, [[AdaptationNameChange Kilgrave]] did make her a SexSlave.]]
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** ''Series/JessicaJones'' continued this, and is even at times darker than the original ''Series/{{Alias}}'', especially given [[spoiler: in the comics, Killgrave subjected Jessica to MindRape, made her BrainwashedAndCrazy, and [ForcedToWatch [[ForcedToWatch made her watch as he raped other women]], but didn't actually rape Jessica herself. In the series, [[AdaptationNameChange Kilgrave]] did make her a SexSlave.]]
27th Nov '15 2:25:45 AM Shadowgazer
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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' Season Three. Although the humor was dark to begin with, the third season is edgier due to the absence of the slapstick of the first season and picturesque quality of the second season. In particular, Blackadder is shown to intentionally kill a larger number of people, with a higher proportion of them being undeserving. The series four had a classic case of DownerEnding. ** In fairness, Blackadder Season Three (i.e. Blackadder the Third) is in fact the only one of the four series which doesn't feature an ending where everyone dies.
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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' Season Three. Although the humor was dark to begin with, the third season is edgier due to the absence of the slapstick of the first season and picturesque quality of the second season. In particular, Blackadder is shown to intentionally kill a larger number of people, with a higher proportion of them being undeserving. The series four which is the darkest had a classic case of DownerEnding. ** In fairness, Blackadder Season Three (i.e. Blackadder the Third) is in fact the only one of the four series which doesn't feature an ending where everyone dies. Also from a certain point of view it combines this with DenserAndWackier, with memorable moments of absurd humour like George rising from the dead until he realised he got shot and then falling back dead.
26th Nov '15 10:06:11 PM Anicomicgeek
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** ''Series/JessicaJones'' continued this, and is even at times darker than the original ''Series/{{Alias}}'', especially given [[spoiler: in the comics, Killgrave subjected Jessica to MindRape, made her BrainwashedAndCrazy, [[ForcedToWatch made her watch as he raped other woman]], but didn't actually rape Jessica herself. In the series, [[AdaptationNameChange Kilgrave]] did make her a SexSlave.]]
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** ''Series/JessicaJones'' continued this, and is even at times darker than the original ''Series/{{Alias}}'', especially given [[spoiler: in the comics, Killgrave subjected Jessica to MindRape, made her BrainwashedAndCrazy, [[ForcedToWatch and [ForcedToWatch made her watch as he raped other woman]], women]], but didn't actually rape Jessica herself. In the series, [[AdaptationNameChange Kilgrave]] did make her a SexSlave.]]
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