History DealWithTheDevil / LiveActionTV

24th Apr '16 12:29:30 PM ParkedCarAnne
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*''TheHauntingHourTheSeries'' had the episode "Long Live Rock and Roll", where a garage band frontman named Holden visits a music shop owned by Sir Maestro, a former rock and roll star (who looks like Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones and is almost dressed like Slash from Guns 'n Roses) who quit the music business [[EvenEvilHasStandards because of how corrupt it is]] ([[HypocriticalHumor yet has no problem with what he's doing]])[[note]]and it's implied later in the episode that Sir Maestro doesn't limit himself to collecting the souls of aspiring musicians. He targets anyone who wants power, from athletes to people who want to be rich to anyone with political aspirations[[/note]] and sells Holden a golden electric guitar that once belonged to Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, and Kurt Cobain (implying that these three talented guitarists got their talent from Sir Maestro and [[FridgeHorror died or had their careers ruined when they refused to give Sir Maestro what he wanted]]), but Holden doesn't have the money, so Sir Maestro takes whatever Holden has and has him sign a contract promising he'll pay for the rest. When Holden learns of what he's done, Sir Maestro targets Holden's friends, Tibbs and Squiggy, with similar offers and forces them to play for him forever (because ''The Haunting Hour'' is a kids'/family show and censors these days are wary of referencing anything that could be religious, they don't directly say that Sir Maestro is going to take their souls, but given what type of story this is, viewers can easily draw that conclusion) and Holden gets out of the contract by trying to beat Sir Maestro in a guitar duel.
**"Headshot", another ''Haunting Hour'' episode, is also a DealWithTheDevil episode, only it's more based on ''The Picture of Dorian Grey''.
14th Apr '16 10:57:26 AM Ambaryerno
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** Pretty much ''everyone'' who tries to cut a deal with Scorpious finds themselves in one of these. The only reason he played fair with Moya's crew when Crichton infiltrated his Command Carrier intended to destroy it and the wormwhole project, is because Rygel really ''is'' that shrewd of a negotiator and politician.
15th Mar '16 6:27:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* Too many episodes of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' to count, sometimes involving a literal pact with Satan and sometimes not. Because the show was an anthology, this was one of the few shows where the Faust doesn't escape at the last minute due to ContractualImmortality. (To be fair, some 16th-century Faust stories have Faust avoid Hell.)

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* Too many episodes of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' to count, sometimes involving a literal pact with Satan and sometimes not. Because the show was an anthology, this was one of the few shows where the Faust doesn't escape at the last minute due to ContractualImmortality. (To be fair, some 16th-century Faust stories have Faust avoid Hell.)



** The 80s ''Tilight Zone'' revival has a comedic variation, "I of Newton". A mathematician (Sherman Hemsley) accidentally summons a demon through an equation he was working on, and the demon (Ron Glass) announces that the man's soul is already forfeit, unless he can give a question the demon can't answer or a task he can't perform. [[spoiler:Hemsley is allowed to ask two (well, three, but one gets wasted..) questions about the demon's powers, from which he ascertains that the demon can travel anywhere in the multiverse, and can find his way back from anywhere he has traveled.]]

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'':
** The 80s ''Tilight Zone'' revival has There's a comedic variation, "I of Newton". A mathematician (Sherman Hemsley) accidentally summons a demon through an equation he was working on, and the demon (Ron Glass) announces that the man's soul is already forfeit, unless he can give a question the demon can't answer or a task he can't perform. [[spoiler:Hemsley is allowed to ask two (well, three, but one gets wasted..) questions about the demon's powers, from which he ascertains that the demon can travel anywhere in the multiverse, and can find his way back from anywhere he has traveled.]]



** In ''Crazy as a Soup Sandwich'', a man gets help escaping a demon to whom he owes his soul. [[spoiler:Said help turns out to be a bigger demon.]]
** ''Time and Teresa Golowitz'' has an interesting variant: the deal is offered to someone who has just died, and the deal is not for the person's soul. A music composer is offered to be allowed to revisit a moment in his past to have another chance with a popular girl in school in exchange for simply coming "down below" once in awhile to share his music. He agrees, but learns afterward that his tampering with history (preventing a shy girl's suicide and causing her to be a successful singer in the present) is apparently frowned upon "top side", necessitating that he spend a little while "lying low" in Hell for a bit. To be fair, it's implied to be a [[AHellOfATime nice place in Hell]] (possibly Limbo) and he's told that the arrangement is only temporary.
** NBC's 1980s short-lived sketch comedy program "The New Show" had a series of quick "Twilight Zone" blackout skits doing the show's standard bits. In one, the Devil grants a man's wish to become the most powerful man in the world - to his horror he finds he's become Jimmy Carter at the lowest point in his term. Also he's in an extraterrestrial zoo.

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** In ''Crazy "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich'', Sandwich", a man gets help escaping a demon to whom he owes his soul. [[spoiler:Said help turns out to be a bigger demon.]]
** ''Time "Time and Teresa Golowitz'' Golowitz" has an interesting variant: the deal is offered to someone who has just died, and the deal is not for the person's soul. A music composer is offered to be allowed to revisit a moment in his past to have another chance with a popular girl in school in exchange for simply coming "down below" once in awhile to share his music. He agrees, but learns afterward that his tampering with history (preventing a shy girl's suicide and causing her to be a successful singer in the present) is apparently frowned upon "top side", necessitating that he spend a little while "lying low" in Hell for a bit. To be fair, it's implied to be a [[AHellOfATime nice place in Hell]] (possibly Limbo) and he's told that the arrangement is only temporary.
** * NBC's 1980s short-lived sketch comedy program "The New Show" had a series of quick "Twilight Zone" blackout skits doing the show's standard bits. In one, the Devil grants a man's wish to become the most powerful man in the world - to his horror he finds he's become Jimmy Carter at the lowest point in his term. Also he's in an extraterrestrial zoo.
15th Mar '16 6:21:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* The entire premise of the series ''GoodVersusEvil'': our heroes try to persuade victims into exercising the escape clauses of aptly-named "Standard Faustian Contracts" to save their souls.
* The short-lived 1977 series ''AYearAtTheTop'' was an allegedly comic look at a two-man garage band (played by Greg Evigan and ''David Letterman'' band leader Paul Shaffer) who sold their souls to the son of the Devil for a year of super-success as rock stars.
* The premise of ''FridayThe13thTheSeries'' is based on a Deal With the Devil made by the uncle of the protagonists, and their efforts to recover the cursed antiques that he sold as part of the deal.

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* The entire premise of the series ''GoodVersusEvil'': ''Series/GoodVersusEvil'': our heroes try to persuade victims into exercising the escape clauses of aptly-named "Standard Faustian Contracts" to save their souls.
* The short-lived 1977 series ''AYearAtTheTop'' ''Series/AYearAtTheTop'' was an allegedly comic look at a two-man garage band (played by Greg Evigan and ''David Letterman'' band leader Paul Shaffer) who sold their souls to the son of the Devil for a year of super-success as rock stars.
* The premise of ''FridayThe13thTheSeries'' ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' is based on a Deal With the Devil made by the uncle of the protagonists, and their efforts to recover the cursed antiques that he sold as part of the deal.



* In a ''WKRPInCincinnati'' episode, the frustrated employees try to form a labor union. Carlson's mother, who owns the station (and only bought it for the tax writeoff), threatens to shut it down or sell it rather than negotiate. Station manager Andy Travis laments at one point, "I would make a deal with the Devil to keep this station open!" Finally everything is resolved, and we learn Travis has made a secret deal -- with Mrs. Carlson.

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* In a ''WKRPInCincinnati'' ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' episode, the frustrated employees try to form a labor union. Carlson's mother, who owns the station (and only bought it for the tax writeoff), threatens to shut it down or sell it rather than negotiate. Station manager Andy Travis laments at one point, "I would make a deal with the Devil to keep this station open!" Finally everything is resolved, and we learn Travis has made a secret deal -- with Mrs. Carlson.



* One episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'' has Al Bundy selling his soul to the Devil for the opportunity to take the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl. Al is drafted by the Bears and has a spectacular season, but when the Bears finally get to the Super Bowl, the Devil tells Al that it's time to hand over his soul. When Al protests, the Devil points out that he only agreed to let Al take the Bears to the Super Bowl, not actually play '''in''' the Super Bowl.

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* One episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has Al Bundy selling his soul to the Devil for the opportunity to take the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl. Al is drafted by the Bears and has a spectacular season, but when the Bears finally get to the Super Bowl, the Devil tells Al that it's time to hand over his soul. When Al protests, the Devil points out that he only agreed to let Al take the Bears to the Super Bowl, not actually play '''in''' the Super Bowl.



* Played straight in an Emmy-nominated episode of ''TheMonkees'' called "The Devil and Peter Tork." Peter (the innocent, lovable [[TheFool "dummy"]] of the group) unwittingly sells his soul to a man named [[{{Satan}} "Mr. Zero"]] in exchange for a beautiful gold harp, and the ability to play it. The Monkees soon realize who "Mr. Zero" is, and desperately fight to have the Devil spare Peter's soul. [[spoiler:In the end, Mike wins the battle for him in court, in which he proves that Mr. Zero didn't give Peter the ability to play the harp at all, stating, "if you love music, you can play music."]]

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* Played straight in an Emmy-nominated episode of ''TheMonkees'' ''Series/TheMonkees'' called "The Devil and Peter Tork." Peter (the innocent, lovable [[TheFool "dummy"]] of the group) unwittingly sells his soul to a man named [[{{Satan}} "Mr. Zero"]] in exchange for a beautiful gold harp, and the ability to play it. The Monkees soon realize who "Mr. Zero" is, and desperately fight to have the Devil spare Peter's soul. [[spoiler:In the end, Mike wins the battle for him in court, in which he proves that Mr. Zero didn't give Peter the ability to play the harp at all, stating, "if you love music, you can play music."]]



* ''TheComicStripPresents'' episode "Demonella" features the devil offering a record producer success, wealth and power in exchange for [[spoiler:his mother's recipe for chicken soup]].
* In the Halloween episode of ''{{Bottom}}'', Richie attempts to sell his sells in exchange for twenty years of unlimited sex. All he gets is a visit from Hedgehog's daughter and a flaming rear courtesy of the 'sprouts Mexicaine'.
* One episode of ''TheMightyBoosh'' has Howard sign a contract with The Spirit of Jazz in exchange for musical talent.

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* ''TheComicStripPresents'' ''Series/TheComicStripPresents'' episode "Demonella" features the devil offering a record producer success, wealth and power in exchange for [[spoiler:his mother's recipe for chicken soup]].
* In the Halloween episode of ''{{Bottom}}'', ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', Richie attempts to sell his sells in exchange for twenty years of unlimited sex. All he gets is a visit from Hedgehog's daughter and a flaming rear courtesy of the 'sprouts Mexicaine'.
* One episode of ''TheMightyBoosh'' ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' has Howard sign a contract with The Spirit of Jazz in exchange for musical talent.



* Subverted on an episode of ''JonathanCreek'', in which Lenny Spearfish ''believes'' that he's sold his sold to the devil in exchange for wealth, power and immortality, only for Jonathan to discover that all the "miracles" that happen to him were in fact [[spoiler:orchestrated by MI5. Having recently discovered that Lenny's wife was the illegitimate and unacknowledged daughter of a royal, they were commissioned to ensure that she was provided for. This not only involved rigging up a buried treasure in her back garden, but also protecting her against the criminal that her husband managed to enrage whilst high on his newfound success]].

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* Subverted on an episode of ''JonathanCreek'', ''Series/JonathanCreek'', in which Lenny Spearfish ''believes'' that he's sold his sold to the devil in exchange for wealth, power and immortality, only for Jonathan to discover that all the "miracles" that happen to him were in fact [[spoiler:orchestrated by MI5. Having recently discovered that Lenny's wife was the illegitimate and unacknowledged daughter of a royal, they were commissioned to ensure that she was provided for. This not only involved rigging up a buried treasure in her back garden, but also protecting her against the criminal that her husband managed to enrage whilst high on his newfound success]].



* ''CutthroatKitchen'' continues the trend. In the Halloween episode, "[=SaBOOOOOtage=]", Alton auctions off a deal with the Devil in the first round - a promise that they won't be eliminated in the first round (if they normally would be, Alton will tell the judge to eliminate someone else instead.) Alton does warn the chefs that the Devil will take payment in the second round (in addtion to the cash from the auction) - and that payment is [[spoiler: the ability to bid on sabotages for the rest of the competition.]] The chef that won the auction [[spoiler: benefited from it, as he would have been eliminated the first round - but was then cut in the second round.]]

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* ''CutthroatKitchen'' ''Series/CutthroatKitchen'' continues the trend. In the Halloween episode, "[=SaBOOOOOtage=]", Alton auctions off a deal with the Devil in the first round - a promise that they won't be eliminated in the first round (if they normally would be, Alton will tell the judge to eliminate someone else instead.) Alton does warn the chefs that the Devil will take payment in the second round (in addtion to the cash from the auction) - and that payment is [[spoiler: the ability to bid on sabotages for the rest of the competition.]] The chef that won the auction [[spoiler: benefited from it, as he would have been eliminated the first round - but was then cut in the second round.]]
7th Feb '16 3:28:13 PM Geoduck
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* Played for laughs in the Alice Cooper episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Cooper acts as an agent for the devil, offering a contract that will give the muppet who signs it anything they want. Gonzo is ecstatic, but can't find a pen. ("I'll sell my soul for a pen! No, I have other plans for that.") Ms. Piggy goes through with the deal for great beauty, but is turned off by what Cooper considers beautiful. After giving Piggy a refund, Cooper radios the devil to report...

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* Played for laughs in the Alice Cooper Music/AliceCooper episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Cooper acts as an agent for the devil, offering a contract that will give the muppet who signs it anything they want. Gonzo is ecstatic, but can't find a pen. ("I'll sell my soul for a pen! No, I have other plans for that.") Ms. Piggy goes through with the deal for great beauty, but is turned off by what Cooper considers beautiful. After giving Piggy a refund, Cooper radios the devil to report...
27th Nov '15 4:33:10 PM nombretomado
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* On ''SaturdayNightLive'' a hair-dresser who sold her soul takes Satan (Jon Lovitz) to ''ThePeoplesCourt'' for [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/86/86ccourt.phtml breach of contract]], and the Prince of Darkness tries to defend himself by pointing out the obvious.

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* On ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' a hair-dresser who sold her soul takes Satan (Jon Lovitz) to ''ThePeoplesCourt'' for [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/86/86ccourt.phtml breach of contract]], and the Prince of Darkness tries to defend himself by pointing out the obvious.
25th Nov '15 10:37:36 AM VinceM
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** NBC's 1980s short-lived sketch comedy program "The New Show" had a series of quick "Twilight Zone" blackout skits doing the show's standard bits. In one, the Devil grants a man's wish to become the most powerful man in the world - to his horror he finds he's become Jimmy Carter at the lowest point in his term. Also he's in an extraterrestrial zoo.


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** The Thanksgiving Day episode had segments where characters from various films sit at a dinner table. Pitch the Devil from "Santa Claus" gives thanks for his new clients, including the cast of "Friends".
26th Aug '15 5:10:59 PM nombretomado
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* Played for laughs in the Alice Cooper episode of ''TheMuppetShow'', Cooper acts as an agent for the devil, offering a contract that will give the muppet who signs it anything they want. Gonzo is ecstatic, but can't find a pen. ("I'll sell my soul for a pen! No, I have other plans for that.") Ms. Piggy goes through with the deal for great beauty, but is turned off by what Cooper considers beautiful. After giving Piggy a refund, Cooper radios the devil to report...

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* Played for laughs in the Alice Cooper episode of ''TheMuppetShow'', ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Cooper acts as an agent for the devil, offering a contract that will give the muppet who signs it anything they want. Gonzo is ecstatic, but can't find a pen. ("I'll sell my soul for a pen! No, I have other plans for that.") Ms. Piggy goes through with the deal for great beauty, but is turned off by what Cooper considers beautiful. After giving Piggy a refund, Cooper radios the devil to report...
22nd Jul '15 10:49:12 AM WillBGood
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* In ''Series/Salem'', this is the source of the witches' powers, in line with the traditional view of things.

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* In ''Series/Salem'', ''Series/{{Salem}}'', this is the source of the witches' powers, in line with the traditional view of things.
13th Jun '15 4:41:57 PM ShorinBJ
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** It must [[ItRunsInTheFamily run in the family]]: [[spoiler:Mary gave permission for the Azazel to enter her house, which he used to poison Sam with demon blood (in 1983, the year that she died) in exchange for John to be alive again]], John makes a deal with the YED in the first episode of season two: his soul and a mystical gun made by Samuel Colt for Dean's life. When Sam dies in ''All Hell Breaks Loose'', Dean summons a crossroads demon and trades his soul in order for Sam to live again and while he failed, Sam still tried to make any deal he could in order to save Dean from hell. ''God'', that family is screwed up.
** Another surprisingly depressing example occurs for Bela in season 3's "Time Is on My Side." [[spoiler:She was fourteen, it's implied her father was abusing her sexually, the Crossroads Demon (in form of a child) killed them for her and the ending is her hearing the hellhounds coming to get her.]]

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** It must [[ItRunsInTheFamily run in the family]]: [[spoiler:Mary gave permission for the Azazel to enter her house, which he used to poison Sam with demon blood (in 1983, the year that she died) in exchange for John to be alive again]], John makes a deal with the YED Azazel in the first episode of season two: his soul and a mystical gun made by Samuel Colt for Dean's life. When Sam dies in ''All Hell Breaks Loose'', Dean summons a crossroads demon and trades his soul in order for Sam to live again and while he failed, Sam still tried to make any deal he could in order to save Dean from hell. ''God'', that family is screwed up.
** Another surprisingly depressing example occurs for Bela in season 3's "Time Is on My Side." [[spoiler:She was fourteen, it's implied her father was abusing her sexually, the Crossroads Demon (in form of a child) killed them her parents for her her, and the ending is her hearing the hellhounds coming to get her.]]
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