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13th Oct '17 12:59:33 AM EricW
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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has had a few dork ages, although some of them are seen a bit kinder with time passing.


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** The "Kallish Era" at Disney is considered a dorky time for the franchise, with an overuse of oversized explosions, over reliance on non ranger powers, problematic characterization of rangers in certain seasons, and issues in writing quality compared with what came before. ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' was already divisive enough, but it was the next 2 (''PowerRangersMysticForce'' and ''PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'') that really exasperated the problems in this era. So much so that the followup ''PowerRangersJungleFury'' was largely forgotten, though that series now gets a consistent stamp of "Underrrated" these days. It took the franchise nearly being cancelled to jolt them out of it with the very different ''PowerRangersRPM'', but unfortunately, this was not the end of the bad times for Power Rangers.
19th Sep '17 9:57:53 AM JamesAustin
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* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' is usually held to have fallen into one after Creator/JonStewart left in 2015. His replacement Trevor Noah caused a BrokenBase among fans, and more importantly, most of the supporting talent (Creator/StephenColbert, Creator/JohnOliver, Samantha Bee, Larry Wilmore) followed Stewart and [[BreakupBreakout launched their own shows]], some of which (most notably Oliver's ''Series/{{Last Week Tonight|With John Oliver}}'' and Bee's ''Series/{{Full Frontal|WithSamanthaBee}}'') are considered to be [[SpiritualSuccessor the true heirs]] to the Stewart-era ''Daily Show'' by fans.

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* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' is usually held to have fallen into one after Creator/JonStewart left in 2015. His replacement Trevor Noah caused a BrokenBase among fans, and more importantly, most of the supporting talent (Creator/StephenColbert, Creator/JohnOliver, Samantha Bee, Larry Wilmore) Creator/SamanthaBee, Creator/LarryWilmore) followed Stewart and [[BreakupBreakout launched their own shows]], some of which (most notably Oliver's ''Series/{{Last Week Tonight|With John Oliver}}'' Tonight|WithJohnOliver}}'' and Bee's ''Series/{{Full Frontal|WithSamanthaBee}}'') are considered to be [[SpiritualSuccessor the true heirs]] to the Stewart-era ''Daily Show'' by fans.
9th Sep '17 11:04:31 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' is usually held to have fallen into one after Creator/JonStewart left in 2015. His replacement Trevor Noah caused a BrokenBase among fans, and more importantly, most of the supporting talent (Creator/StephenColbert, Creator/JohnOliver, Samantha Bee, Larry Wilmore) followed Stewart and [[BreakupBreakout launched their own shows]], some of which (most notably Oliver's ''Series/{{Last Week Tonight|With John Oliver}}'' and Bee's ''Full Frontal'') are considered to be [[SpiritualSuccessor the true heirs]] to the Stewart-era ''Daily Show'' by fans.

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* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' is usually held to have fallen into one after Creator/JonStewart left in 2015. His replacement Trevor Noah caused a BrokenBase among fans, and more importantly, most of the supporting talent (Creator/StephenColbert, Creator/JohnOliver, Samantha Bee, Larry Wilmore) followed Stewart and [[BreakupBreakout launched their own shows]], some of which (most notably Oliver's ''Series/{{Last Week Tonight|With John Oliver}}'' and Bee's ''Full Frontal'') ''Series/{{Full Frontal|WithSamanthaBee}}'') are considered to be [[SpiritualSuccessor the true heirs]] to the Stewart-era ''Daily Show'' by fans.
8th Sep '17 11:21:11 AM Sapphirea2
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** Series 6 Part 2 of the revival ("Let's Kill Hitler" through "The Wedding of River Song") is considered this by a lot of the fandom. The "Silence Will Fall" story arc was very well-received in Series 5, which introduced the Eleventh Doctor (and gave the Daleks, the most recurring antagonists in the series, a victory in the appropriately-titled episode "Victory of the Daleks") and is still widely thought of as the best series of the Moffat era. But in Series 6 the story arc became more confusing, and the SeasonFinale was regarded as unsatisfying -- in part because it left ''a lot'' of the storyline unexplained. From there, Series 7 tried to move away from the Silence arc, but then introduced the related Great Intelligence/Impossible Girl arc in its second half. The Silence arc was ''finally'' wrapped up in the post-season ChristmasEpisode, but it was an underwhelming end for Eleven (even if he was massacering Daleks left and right in the climax). In addition, there is an argument over at SeasonalRot that Series 8, the Twelfth Doctor's first season, continued this dork age -- it was not only introducing a DarkerAndEdgier, older-looking Doctor but also locking down his companion's personality (Clara spent Series 7 Part 2 as more puzzle than consistently characterized person) and running into a RomanticPlotTumor and a too-gloomy story arc in the process. (GrowingTheBeard took place in Series 9.)

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** Series 6 Part 2 of the revival ("Let's Kill Hitler" through "The Wedding of River Song") is considered this by a lot of the fandom. The "Silence Will Fall" story arc was very well-received in Series 5, which introduced the Eleventh Doctor (and gave the Daleks, the most recurring antagonists in the series, a victory in the appropriately-titled episode "Victory of the Daleks") and is still widely thought of as the best series of the Moffat era. But in Series 6 the story arc became more confusing, and the SeasonFinale was regarded as unsatisfying -- in part because it left ''a lot'' of the storyline unexplained. From there, Series 7 tried to move away from the Silence arc, but then introduced the related but even ''less'' popular Great Intelligence/Impossible Girl arc in its second half. The Silence arc was ''finally'' wrapped up in the post-season ChristmasEpisode, but it was an underwhelming end for Eleven (even if he was massacering Daleks left and right in the climax). In addition, there is an argument over at SeasonalRot that About the only stretch of Series 8, 6B-7 most fans agree is excellent is the 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor", and its very success played into Eleven's GrandFinale -- the next story to air -- getting a head-shaking reception.
** Series 8-10,
the Twelfth Doctor era, is often the subject of debates as to whether it falls under this trope or not. While Creator/PeterCapaldi's performance is generally acclaimed, this run is often criticized for his Doctor's first season, continued this dork age -- it was not only introducing a DarkerAndEdgier, older-looking Doctor but also locking down more off-putting, grouchy nature, his companion's personality (Clara spent Series 7 Part 2 as more puzzle than consistently characterized person) and running into 8-9 companion Clara Oswald (already a RomanticPlotTumor divisive character from the aforementioned Series 7B) [[CreatorsPet receiving the lion's share of the attention]], and a too-gloomy story arc lot of LoveItOrHateIt stories and concepts. A common theory from the detractors is that Steven Moffat stayed in the process. (GrowingTheBeard took place role of showrunner a bit too long, to the detriment of the writing. On the other side of the aisle are those who feel that Twelve's era had richer characterization and plotting, plus less convoluted/more satisfying {{Story Arc}}s, than Eleven's seasons in Series 9.)particular. A ''major'' factor in which side a viewer falls on is whether said fan is familiar with the ''original'' series and not just the revival -- those who are familiar with old-school ''Who'' seem more likely to appreciate the Capaldi era as a more direct continuation of the "classical" Doctors' eras than the previous revival seasons were.



** While Peter Capaldi's performance is generally acclaimed, there is a common argument that his era falls here. There is much to debate about this (he has his champions as well), but reasons cited generally include his Doctor's more off-putting, grouchy and hard-to-like nature, his companion Clara (herself a divisive character) [[CreatorsPet receiving the lion's share of the attention]], a lot of rather love-them-or-hate-them stories and the argument that Steven Moffat has stayed in the role of showrunner a bit too long to the detriment of the writing.
22nd Aug '17 6:28:41 AM VoxAquila
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*** The [[SeasonalRot infamous sixth season]] is frequently regarded as a DorkAge for the titular heroine, in which her [[spoiler:traumatic resurrection from heaven]] is explored so realistically that she loses all her (previously characteristic) warmth, passion, sense of humor and interest in the world around her, becoming a pale and often unwatchable imitation of her former self. The supporting cast doesn't get it much better, either: Willow's magic addiction metaphor is simultaneously {{anvilicious}} and a lore trainwreck given that it was never portrayed as such in prior episodes, Dawn's constant complaining got really annoying, the dissolution of Xander and Anya's marriage was forced, and Spike reached the depths of his BadassDecay, and the Trio's actions were just... stupid. At least Buffy had an excuse. In the season's favor, it did give fans "Once More with Feeling,'' widely considered the show's best episode.

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*** The [[SeasonalRot infamous sixth season]] is frequently regarded as a DorkAge for the titular heroine, in which her [[spoiler:traumatic resurrection from heaven]] is explored so realistically that she loses all her (previously characteristic) warmth, passion, sense of humor and interest in the world around her, becoming a pale and often unwatchable imitation of her former self. The supporting cast doesn't get it much better, either: Willow's magic addiction metaphor is simultaneously {{anvilicious}} and a lore trainwreck given that it was never portrayed as such in prior episodes, the blatant [[DisposableWoman fridging of Tara]], Dawn's constant complaining got really annoying, the dissolution of Xander and Anya's marriage was forced, and Spike reached the depths of his BadassDecay, and the Trio's actions were just... stupid. At least Buffy had an excuse. In the season's favor, it did give fans "Once More with Feeling,'' widely considered the show's best episode.
22nd Aug '17 6:13:57 AM RedScharlach
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* For a brief time on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Odo had his powers taken away by the founders, as one of those vehicles-for-exploring-the-Human-condition that ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is so fond of. In this case, it didn't turn out well; Odo got his powers back in a very contrived way and the whole incident was referenced precisely once (in the very next episode) and then never again. This came about during an effort late in season 4 to make major changes to the characters, with Sisko's girlfriend being imprisoned, Dukat becoming a terrorist, Worf being dishonored again, Quark also getting cut off from his people, and Kira first getting into a relationship with the First Minister of Bajor, then becoming a surrogate mother for the O'Brien's baby. As it turned out, ''every single one'' of these changes misfired badly with the fans, and Kira's becoming a surrogate mother was the only one that wasn't undone by halfway through season 5 -- and that was because her actress, Nana Visitor, was [[RealLifeWritesthePlot actually pregnant]] during production, which is why the arc was included in the first place. She delivered during production of a season 5 episode, and the plot was fairly quickly wound up thereafter.

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* For a brief time on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Odo had his powers taken away by the founders, Founders, as one of those vehicles-for-exploring-the-Human-condition vehicles-for-exploring-the-human-condition that ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is so fond of. In this case, it didn't turn out well; Odo got his powers back in a very contrived way and the whole incident was referenced precisely once (in the very next episode) and then never again. This came about during an effort late in season 4 to make major changes to the characters, with Sisko's girlfriend being imprisoned, Dukat becoming a terrorist, Worf being dishonored again, Quark also getting cut off from his people, and Kira first getting into a relationship with the First Minister of Bajor, then becoming a surrogate mother for the O'Brien's O'Briens' baby. As it turned out, ''every single one'' of these changes misfired badly with the fans, and Kira's becoming a surrogate mother was the only one that wasn't undone by halfway through season 5 -- and that was because her actress, Nana Visitor, was [[RealLifeWritesthePlot actually pregnant]] during production, which is why the arc was included in the first place. She delivered during production of a season 5 episode, and the plot was fairly quickly wound up thereafter.



* The ninth season of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', produced following the public meltdown and departure of Creator/CharlieSheen, is largely considered this due to much worse writing and extreme {{Flanderization}}: Alan becoming more immature and an even bigger mooch, Jake smoking pot and becoming even more stupid, Rose becoming more a bitch, Lindsay becoming crazier, and Berta being the only character who's stayed consistent so far. The tone is completely different, there's a much greater emphasis on ToiletHumour, and Charlie's replacement Walden is little more than a rich and more immature version of Alan and his interactions with the other characters feel very forced and unnatural. The remaining seasons improved somewhat by retooling the humor in a way that clearly took inspiration from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' (which at least was more appropriate than the toilet humor, given that Walden was meant to be a technology mogul), but it never again reached the levels of popularity it had in Seasons 1-8, and eventually ended with a widely-reviled finale that mostly just took pot-shots at Sheen.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' in its 10th and 11th seasons. They wrote Creator/LaurenceFishburne's character as a CSI 1 and tried to show things from that perspective, but being a big actor, Fishburne's character kept getting quickly promoted and allowed to do new things far too quickly for the fans. Fishburne's character arc was completed at the end of Season 11 and the character was then PutOnABus, and Season 12 reverted to the star being the team leader, which stuck for the final four seasons of the original ''C.S.I'', though it ultimately didn't fully overcome William Petersen's departure for the role.

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* The ninth season of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', produced following the public meltdown and departure of Creator/CharlieSheen, is largely considered this due to much worse writing and extreme {{Flanderization}}: Alan becoming more immature and an even bigger mooch, Jake smoking pot and becoming even more stupid, Rose becoming more a bitch, Lindsay becoming crazier, and Berta being the only character who's who stayed consistent so far.consistent. The tone is completely different, there's a much greater emphasis on ToiletHumour, and Charlie's replacement Walden is little more than a rich and more immature version of Alan and his interactions with the other characters feel very forced and unnatural. The remaining seasons improved somewhat by retooling the humor in a way that clearly took inspiration from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' (which at least was more appropriate than the toilet humor, given that Walden was meant to be a technology mogul), but it never again reached the levels of popularity it had in Seasons 1-8, and eventually ended with a widely-reviled finale that mostly just took pot-shots at Sheen.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' in its 10th and 11th seasons. They wrote Creator/LaurenceFishburne's character as a CSI 1 and tried to show things from that perspective, but being a big actor, Fishburne's character kept getting quickly promoted and allowed to do new things far too quickly for the fans. Fishburne's character arc was completed at the end of Season 11 and the character was then PutOnABus, and Season 12 reverted to the star being the team leader, which stuck for the final four seasons of the original ''C.S.I'', though it ultimately didn't fully overcome William Petersen's departure for from the role.



** Season 20 (1994-95) The first season after Hartman left (and two seasons after Carvey left), the cast was now led by the likes of Creator/AdamSandler, Creator/ChrisFarley, and David Spade, who weren't versatile enough to lead the show. Sketches often had very thin premises, many centering around the O.J. Simpson trial, and levels of sophomoric humor reached critical mass, resulting in lambasting by critics. Also, reports of behind-the-scenes turmoil, much of it involving Creator/JaneaneGarofalo (who joined the cast that year but left in disgust midway through), led to the perception of a general decay of the show. More than half the cast was replaced after the season, and a new group led by Creator/WillFerrell helped create another resurgence.

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** Season 20 (1994-95) The first season after Hartman left (and two seasons after Carvey left), the cast was now led by the likes of Creator/AdamSandler, Creator/ChrisFarley, and David Spade, who weren't versatile enough to lead the show. Sketches often had very thin premises, many centering around the O.J. Simpson trial, and levels of sophomoric humor reached critical mass, resulting in lambasting by critics. Also, reports of behind-the-scenes turmoil, much of it involving Creator/JaneaneGarofalo (who joined the cast that year but left in disgust midway through), led to the perception of a general decay of the show.decay. More than half the cast was replaced after the season, and a new group led by Creator/WillFerrell helped create another resurgence.



** Season 5 is widely reviled for the mishandling of the Barney/Robin pairing and their first break-up. After the break-up came [[TheScrappy Don]], who is said to "the guy who will marry Robin" except he's a jerk and is [[CharacterShilling shilled by the main cast]] for being [[InformedAbility funny and smart etc]]. The only positive thing about this season is "Girls VS. Suits" which introduced some very important information about the Mother and Barney's awesome dance number. Later on, Season 6 attempted to repair damage by introducing arcs of Lily and Marshall's attempts to concieve, Barney meeting his real father and Ted trying to choose between career and love.
** Season 7 is considered mediocre and boring by most due to Ted and his quest of meeting the Mother being [[OutOfFocus sidelined]] for [[SpotlightStealingSquad Barney's and Robin's relationships]]. It doesn't help that their new love interests met with mixed reception. Then after Barney had another break-up, he gets a new girlfriend who happens to be like him and it turns out in the end that [[spoiler:she's not the bride that Barney's going to marry in the wedding where Ted meets his future wife]].

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** Season 5 is widely reviled for the mishandling of the Barney/Robin pairing and their first break-up. After the break-up came [[TheScrappy Don]], who is said to be "the guy who will marry Robin" except he's a jerk and is [[CharacterShilling shilled by the main cast]] for being [[InformedAbility funny and smart etc]]. The only positive thing about this season is "Girls VS. Suits" which introduced some very important information about the Mother and Barney's awesome dance number. Later on, Season 6 attempted to repair the damage by introducing arcs of about Lily and Marshall's attempts to concieve, conceive, Barney meeting his real father and Ted trying to choose between career and love.
** Season 7 is considered mediocre and boring by most due to Ted and his quest of meeting the Mother being [[OutOfFocus sidelined]] for [[SpotlightStealingSquad Barney's and Robin's relationships]]. It doesn't help that their new love interests met with a mixed reception. Then after Barney had has another break-up, he gets a new girlfriend who happens to be like him and it turns out in the end that [[spoiler:she's not the bride that Barney's going to marry in the wedding where Ted meets his future wife]].



* For fans of scripted series, the early-mid 2000s are often held to be a Dork Age for television as a whole, as it was the decade when RealityTV first became a serious phenomenon. While the era still produced a great many well-remembered scripted series on both the broadcast networks (''Series/{{Lost}}'', ''Series/ThirtyRock'', ''Series/TheOfficeUS'') and on cable (''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', ''Series/TheWire'', ''Series/TheShield'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''), it seemed that not a day went by when a scripted show risked getting ScrewedByTheNetwork in favor of a cheaper-to-produce reality show. The decade is littered with innumerable TooGoodToLast shows that barely limped to the end of their first seasons, as well as specialty cable networks that underwent severe NetworkDecay as they tried to chase the reality TV dollar. This turned around in a big way starting in the late '00s when cable networks led by Creator/{{HBO}}, Creator/{{FX}}, and Creator/{{AMC}}, as well as the streaming service Creator/{{Netflix}}, started premiering critically-acclaimed hits that demonstrated that scripted series still had a lot of life, to the point where TheNewTens have been called a GoldenAge for television; the main concern now is that there are ''too many'' great shows for the average viewer to [[ArchivePanic keep up with]]. It helped that, around the same time, reality TV started falling into a Dork Age of its own (see below).

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* For fans of scripted series, the early-mid early-to-mid 2000s are often held to be a Dork Age for television as a whole, as it was the decade when RealityTV first became a serious phenomenon. While the era still produced a great many well-remembered scripted series on both the broadcast networks (''Series/{{Lost}}'', ''Series/ThirtyRock'', ''Series/TheOfficeUS'') and on cable (''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', ''Series/TheWire'', ''Series/TheShield'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''), it seemed that not a day went by when a scripted show risked getting ScrewedByTheNetwork in favor of a cheaper-to-produce reality show. The decade is littered with innumerable TooGoodToLast shows that barely limped to the end of their first seasons, as well as specialty cable networks that underwent severe NetworkDecay as they tried to chase the reality TV dollar. This turned around in a big way starting in the late '00s when cable networks led by Creator/{{HBO}}, Creator/{{FX}}, and Creator/{{AMC}}, as well as the streaming service Creator/{{Netflix}}, started premiering critically-acclaimed hits that demonstrated that scripted series still had a lot of life, to the point where TheNewTens have been called a GoldenAge for television; the main concern now is that there are ''too many'' great shows for the average viewer to [[ArchivePanic keep up with]]. It helped that, around the same time, reality TV started falling into a Dork Age of its own (see below).



** The Dork Age finally stated signs of slowing after John O'Hurley replaced Karn in 2006, as O'Hurley had already proven himself as a capable host on the 2000-02 version of ''Series/ToTellTheTruth''. Depending on who you ask, it ended completely either when O'Hurley [[GrowingTheBeard got more comfortable hosting]] or when Steve Harvey replaced him, [[WinBackTheCrowd bringing its ratings up]] to a level comparable to that of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' and ''Series/WheelOfFortune''. However, some longtime fans think that Harvey brought the show ''back'' into a Dork Age, as the popularity of his {{Wild Take}}s whenever a contestant gave a lurid answer were being heavily enforced by the writers, causing the questions to become HotterAndSexier as a result.

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** The Dork Age finally stated showed signs of slowing after John O'Hurley replaced Karn in 2006, as O'Hurley had already proven himself as a capable host on the 2000-02 version of ''Series/ToTellTheTruth''. Depending on who you ask, it ended completely either when O'Hurley [[GrowingTheBeard got more comfortable hosting]] or when Steve Harvey replaced him, [[WinBackTheCrowd bringing its ratings up]] to a level comparable to that of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' and ''Series/WheelOfFortune''. However, some longtime fans think that Harvey brought the show ''back'' into a Dork Age, as the popularity of his {{Wild Take}}s whenever a contestant gave a lurid answer were being heavily enforced by the writers, causing the questions to become HotterAndSexier as a result.
16th Aug '17 3:58:26 AM ClintEastwood
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** Season 11 (1985-6): The first season after Lorne's return, the entire cast was replaced again, this time with a new cast that included such famous or soon-to-be-famous names as Creator/RobertDowneyJr, Anthony Michael Hall, Randy Quaid, Joan Cusack, and Damon Wayans. However, such an eclectic group didn't work well together, and the show once again faced critical bashing and danger of cancellation. Creator/JonLovitz, Creator/DennisMiller, Nora Dunn, and A. Whitney Brown were the only cast members kept for next season, where a group of new cast members led by Creator/DanaCarvey and Creator/PhilHartman saved the show.

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** Season 11 (1985-6): The first season after Lorne's return, the entire cast was replaced again, this time with a new cast that included such famous or soon-to-be-famous names as Creator/RobertDowneyJr, Anthony Michael Hall, Randy Quaid, Joan Cusack, Creator/JoanCusack, and Damon Wayans. However, such an eclectic group didn't work well together, and the show once again faced critical bashing and danger of cancellation. Creator/JonLovitz, Creator/DennisMiller, Nora Dunn, and A. Whitney Brown were the only cast members kept for next season, where a group of new cast members led by Creator/DanaCarvey and Creator/PhilHartman saved the show.
7th Aug '17 2:10:03 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Then from season 18 (''Survivor: Tocantins'') to season 27 (''Survivor: Blood vs. Water''), the editing would [[CreatorsPet frequently be dominated]] by crazy, delusional, or arrogant [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]], leaving [[CannonFodder other tribe members invisible until their elimination]]. Oftentimes, the tribes members [[IdiotBall made bone-headed mistakes]] or [[{{Wangst}} got too stressed to continue playing]], giving the CreatorsPet an easy ride to the finals. On top of that, some of these seasons had twists that did nothing to add drama and suspense, especially the Redemption Island twist, which spent precious time on conflict between players who were already out instead of the ones still subject to the vote. The dork age finally ended with season 28 (''Survivor: Cagayan''), which added more GenreSavvy players to balance the idiots, the emotional wrecks, and the jerkass camera hogs.

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** Then from season 18 (''Survivor: Tocantins'') to season 27 (''Survivor: Blood vs. Water''), the editing would [[CreatorsPet frequently be dominated]] by crazy, delusional, or arrogant [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]], leaving [[CannonFodder other tribe members invisible until their elimination]]. Oftentimes, the tribes members [[IdiotBall made bone-headed mistakes]] or [[{{Wangst}} got too stressed to continue playing]], giving the CreatorsPet an easy ride to the finals. On top of that, some of these seasons had twists that did nothing to add drama and suspense, especially the Redemption Island twist, which spent precious time on conflict between players who were already out instead of the ones still subject to the vote. The dork age finally ended with season 28 (''Survivor: Cagayan''), which added more GenreSavvy savvy players to balance the idiots, the emotional wrecks, and the jerkass camera hogs.
26th Jul '17 11:10:59 AM Twentington
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** The show returned in 1999, at which point the Dork Age reached its peak. A brand-new, modern set was created and the new host was Louie Anderson, a gravel-voiced, overweight comedian who never looked like he wanted to be there. Plus, the game structure was tweaked to have three single-point rounds [[GoldenSnitch and a triple-point round]]. To make matters worse, teams were allowed only one strike in the Triple Round (meaning clearing the board in that round required a FlawlessVictory) and it became a one-and-done game. The only good thing that came out of this was the doubling of the Fast Money prize to $20,000 in 2001, something Anderson actually advocated. Louie was ousted a year later (something he didn't take well, predicting ''Feud'' would be canceled within the next year), but his replacement, Richard Karn wasn't that much better. Though the returning champs format was reinstated, the set was remodeled, a remix of the Combs-era theme replaced the "party" theme, and a more conventional "play to 300 points" main game replaced the broken "one strike" format in 2003, Karn's NoIndoorVoice, stiff hosting style, and over-reliance on "I'm ''doubling the points''!" catch-phrases became unbearable.
** The Dork Age finally stated signs of slowing after John O'Hurley replaced Karn in 2006, due to O'Hurley having experience as a host on the 2000-2002 revival of ''Series/ToTellTheTruth''. Depending on who you ask, it ended completely either when O'Hurley [[GrowingTheBeard got more comfortable hosting]] or when Steve Harvey replaced him, [[WinBackTheCrowd bringing its ratings up]] to a level comparable to that of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' and ''Series/WheelOfFortune''. However, some longtime fans think that Harvey brought the show ''back'' into a Dork Age, as the popularity of his {{Wild Take}}s whenever a contestant gave a lurid answer were being heavily enforced by the writers, causing the questions to become HotterAndSexier as a result.

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** The show returned in 1999, at which point the Dork Age reached its peak. A brand-new, modern set was created and the new host was Louie Anderson, a gravel-voiced, overweight comedian who never looked like he wanted to be there. Plus, the game structure was tweaked to have three single-point rounds [[GoldenSnitch and a triple-point round]]. To make matters worse, teams were allowed only one strike in the Triple Round (meaning clearing the board in that round required a FlawlessVictory) and it became a one-and-done game. The only good thing that came out of this was the doubling of the Fast Money prize to $20,000 in 2001, something Anderson actually advocated. Louie was ousted a year later (something he didn't take well, predicting ''Feud'' would be canceled within the next year), but his replacement, year). His replacement Richard Karn wasn't that much better. better -- although (unlike Anderson) he at least seemed like he wasn't just there for a paycheck, he had a stiff style that was overly reliant on [[NoIndoorVoice shouting]] the exact same {{catch phrase}}s ad nauseam, and was exceptionally poor at ad-libbing. Though the returning champs format was reinstated, the set was remodeled, a remix of the Combs-era theme replaced the "party" theme, and a more conventional "play to 300 points" main game replaced the broken "one strike" format in 2003, rule was reverted to more-or-less how the game was formatted for most of the Dawson and Combs eras, Karn's NoIndoorVoice, stiff hosting style, and over-reliance on "I'm ''doubling the points''!" catch-phrases style quickly became unbearable.
** The Dork Age finally stated signs of slowing after John O'Hurley replaced Karn in 2006, due to as O'Hurley having experience had already proven himself as a capable host on the 2000-2002 revival 2000-02 version of ''Series/ToTellTheTruth''. Depending on who you ask, it ended completely either when O'Hurley [[GrowingTheBeard got more comfortable hosting]] or when Steve Harvey replaced him, [[WinBackTheCrowd bringing its ratings up]] to a level comparable to that of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' and ''Series/WheelOfFortune''. However, some longtime fans think that Harvey brought the show ''back'' into a Dork Age, as the popularity of his {{Wild Take}}s whenever a contestant gave a lurid answer were being heavily enforced by the writers, causing the questions to become HotterAndSexier as a result.
26th Jul '17 10:56:17 AM Twentington
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** Bob retired in 2007 and Drew Carey took his place, only to find himself continuing the Dork Age for many. Among other things during Drew's first few years, there were: a moment where a contestant bid on their Showcase to the exact dollar and Drew completely undersold the momentous occasion (although this was because he rightly suggested that the contestant was employing LoopholeAbuse, it still resulted in the prize pool getting a massive overhaul), pointless celebrity cameos (including one where Jack Wagner [[ChewingTheScenery chewed the scenery]] so obtrusively that it appeared to distract a couple contestants into losing), strange gimmicks (such as an episode where all six pricing games were Plinko). There was also criticism over Carey's hosting style in general, such as "comedic" Showcase skits that often demeaned Rich (to be fair, Drew now considers these an OldShame), Drew [[MotorMouth talking way too fast]] and having fluctuating enthusiasm, and several instances where he screwed up the rules (most notoriously, the game Make Your Mark[[note]]originally called Barker's Markers[[/note]] was retired due to this). Many other crew members were randomly let go under mysterious circumstnaces after Drew took over, including producers, directors, and even Rich Fields, who was replaced by George Gray after another bevy of substitutes (although his departure was supposedly due to personal issues unrelated to the show). While some criticism of Drew still lingers, it seems that the show has largely come unto its own again as of TheNewTens.

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** Bob retired in 2007 and Drew Carey took his place, only to find himself continuing the Dork Age for many. Among other things during Drew's first few years, there were: a moment where a contestant bid on their Showcase to the exact dollar and Drew completely undersold the momentous occasion (although this was because he rightly suggested suspected that the contestant was employing LoopholeAbuse, it still resulted in the prize pool getting a massive overhaul), pointless celebrity cameos (including one where Jack Wagner [[ChewingTheScenery chewed the scenery]] so obtrusively that it appeared to distract a couple contestants into losing), and strange gimmicks (such as an episode where all six pricing games were Plinko). There was also criticism over Carey's hosting style in general, such as "comedic" Showcase skits that often demeaned Rich (to be fair, Drew now considers these an OldShame), Drew [[MotorMouth talking way too fast]] and having fluctuating enthusiasm, and several instances where he screwed up the rules (most notoriously, the game Make Your Mark[[note]]originally called Barker's Markers[[/note]] was retired due to this). Many other crew members were randomly let go under mysterious circumstnaces after Drew took over, including producers, directors, and even Rich Fields, who was replaced by George Gray after another bevy of substitutes (although his departure was supposedly due to personal issues unrelated to the show). While some criticism of Drew still lingers, it seems that the show has largely come unto its own again as of TheNewTens.
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