History DownerEnding / LiveActionTV

10th Dec '17 2:56:27 PM lakingsif
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** ''The National Anthem'': the Prime Minister is forced to have sex with a pig as ransom for a kidnapped princess. A year later, it's clear that the events of the episode have, if anything, helped him politically ... but as a person, he is still completely and utterly ruined (as is his marriage). And to top it off? [[ShootTheShaggyDog Turns out the princess was physically fine all along]] and had been freed half an hour before he actually did the act, meaning he did it for nothing.
** ''Fifteen Million Merits'': the protagonist's love interest is forced into the porn industry, and the protagonist himself, despite his rallying against the system, is absorbed and assimilated by it and is clearly miserable in his new role as a TV star.
** ''The Entire History of You'': a marriage is destroyed thanks to the protagonist's jealous paranoia being fueled by a memory-recording device.
** ''White Bear'': the protagonist, guilty of abetting a child murderer, is stuck in an AmnesiaLoop wherein she is tortured for the entertainment of the masses - all the while having no memory of the crime she's being punished for.
** ''White Christmas'': both protagonists end up on the receiving end of DisproportionateRetribution, each stuck in his own version of IronicHell.
** Even ''Be Right Back'', which is the only episode with something approaching a BittersweetEnding, is emotionally devastating: a woman is unable to let go of her dead partner and keeps his clone locked in the attic, only letting their daughter see him on special occasions.
** ''Men Against Fire'': a soldier learns that the enemies he's been fighting (which looked like mutant zombies to him) were actually regular humans being destroyed as part of a eugenics scheme; he and his fellow soldiers had been fitted with implants that made regular people look like monsters, so they could kill without compunction. Not only that but he'd consented to it prior to signing up. After having his memories wiped he's discharged from the military and goes back alone to his cold, empty home.

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** ''The National Anthem'': ''Recap/BlackMirrorTheNationalAnthem'': the Prime Minister is forced to have sex with a pig as ransom for a kidnapped princess. A year later, it's clear that the events of the episode have, if anything, helped him politically ... but as a person, he is still completely and utterly ruined (as is his marriage). And to top it off? [[ShootTheShaggyDog Turns out the princess was physically fine all along]] and had been freed half an hour before he actually did the act, meaning he did it for nothing.
** ''Fifteen Million Merits'': ''Recap/BlackMirrorFifteenMillionMerits'': the protagonist's love interest is forced into the porn industry, and the protagonist himself, despite his rallying against the system, is absorbed and assimilated by it and is clearly miserable in his new role as a TV star.
** ''The Entire History of You'': ''Recap/BlackMirrorTheEntireHistoryOfYou'': a marriage is destroyed thanks to the protagonist's jealous paranoia being fueled by a memory-recording device.
** ''White Bear'': ''Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteBear'': the protagonist, guilty of abetting a child murderer, is stuck in an AmnesiaLoop wherein she is tortured for the entertainment of the masses - all the while having no memory of the crime she's being punished for.
** ''White Christmas'': ''Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteChristmas'': both protagonists end up on the receiving end of DisproportionateRetribution, each stuck in his own version of IronicHell.
** Even ''Be Right Back'', ''Recap/BlackMirrorBeRightBack'', which is the only episode with something approaching a BittersweetEnding, is emotionally devastating: a woman is unable to let go of her dead partner and keeps his clone locked in the attic, only letting their daughter see him on special occasions.
** ''Men Against Fire'': ''Recap/BlackMirrorMenAgainstFire'': a soldier learns that the enemies he's been fighting (which looked like mutant zombies to him) were actually regular humans being destroyed as part of a eugenics scheme; he and his fellow soldiers had been fitted with implants that made regular people look like monsters, so they could kill without compunction. Not only that but he'd consented to it prior to signing up. After having his memories wiped he's discharged from the military and goes back alone to his cold, empty home.
6th Dec '17 4:58:31 PM nombretomado
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* Oddly enough, for a tween comedy like ''Series/ICarly'', it had a downer ending in "iGo Nuclear". Carly, distraught over getting a poor grade for a solar-powered electric scooter, takes desperate measures to avoid going on a camping trip for extra credit. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin And by desperate measures, that means using nuclear chemicals.]] [[IdiotPlot From an escaped criminal.]] Just when things were going great for the girl, beans were spilled and the criminal was arrested. Cue a tent on a miserable, rainy night. The teacher's pan flute playing barely made it better. WTF, DanSchneider? WTF?

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* Oddly enough, for a tween comedy like ''Series/ICarly'', it had a downer ending in "iGo Nuclear". Carly, distraught over getting a poor grade for a solar-powered electric scooter, takes desperate measures to avoid going on a camping trip for extra credit. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin And by desperate measures, that means using nuclear chemicals.]] [[IdiotPlot From an escaped criminal.]] Just when things were going great for the girl, beans were spilled and the criminal was arrested. Cue a tent on a miserable, rainy night. The teacher's pan flute playing barely made it better. WTF, DanSchneider? Creator/DanSchneider? WTF?
6th Dec '17 4:55:42 PM nombretomado
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** It's pretty safe to say that DanSchneider is the king of the comedy Downer Ending.

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** It's pretty safe to say that DanSchneider Creator/DanSchneider is the king of the comedy Downer Ending.
10th Oct '17 5:12:19 PM ANTMuddle
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* The GrandFinale of ''Series/TheShield'' saw a number of them, but a special mention goes to Ronnie for being the fall guy for the Strike Team's crimes in Vic's immunity deal (since Vic could secure immunity for only one of them).
8th Oct '17 1:02:14 PM nombretomado
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** "Inner Tube". After a cold-ridden Doug works up the guts to go to where Carrie's having her meeting and apologize to her, when he does, she throws water onto his face and venomously says "You make me sick!" (which is in sharp contrast to his [[TheHoneymooners Honeymooners]] fantasy where she gladly accepts his apology). On top of that, at the episode's end, they show him in a parody of the football movie ''Brian's Song'' with a voiceover that says "But when they think of him, it's not how he died that they remember - but how he lied. How he did lie!".

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** "Inner Tube". After a cold-ridden Doug works up the guts to go to where Carrie's having her meeting and apologize to her, when he does, she throws water onto his face and venomously says "You make me sick!" (which is in sharp contrast to his [[TheHoneymooners Honeymooners]] ''[[Series/TheHoneymooners Honeymooners]]'' fantasy where she gladly accepts his apology). On top of that, at the episode's end, they show him in a parody of the football movie ''Brian's Song'' with a voiceover that says "But when they think of him, it's not how he died that they remember - but how he lied. How he did lie!".
28th Sep '17 3:57:55 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheOrville'': "About A Girl" ends with the Moclan court [[spoiler: ordering that the baby undergo sex reassignment]].

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* ''Series/TheOrville'': "About A Girl" ends with the Moclan court [[spoiler: ordering that the baby undergo sex reassignment]].reassignment, against the wishes of Bortus but in line with his mate's preference]].
25th Sep '17 11:48:59 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheOrville'': "About A Girl" ends with the Moclan court [[spoiler: ordering that the baby undergo sex reassignment]].
9th Sep '17 11:10:25 PM JakeDSnake
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** "It's a Good Life" (but, due to MandatoryHappiness, it's a ''good'' ending!)

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** "It's a Good Life" (but, due to MandatoryHappiness, the fact HappinessIsMandatory, it's a ''good'' ending!)
28th May '17 12:11:14 AM KMBytes
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** In the Season Eight finale House has faked his death, can never practice medicine again and has just a few months left with his best friend Wilson before Wilson dies. At least they had [[CoolBike some nice harleys]].
21st May '17 2:34:43 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Warehouse13}}'' season 3 ends on a complete downer. [[BigBad Sykes]] is stopped, but only after bringing a bomb-like artifact into the Warehouse. Which goes off before the team can disarm it. The season ends with Steve, H.G. and Mrs. Frederick dead, the Warehouse destroyed and most of the artifacts vapourised. (There's a [[ResetButton reset astrolabe]] introduced in the 4th season premiere to undo most of this, naturally, but it's pretty dark for a mostly-light show.)

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* ''{{Warehouse13}}'' ''Series/{{Warehouse13}}'' season 3 ends on a complete downer. [[BigBad Sykes]] is stopped, but only after bringing a bomb-like artifact into the Warehouse. Which goes off before the team can disarm it. The season ends with Steve, H.G. and Mrs. Frederick dead, the Warehouse destroyed and most of the artifacts vapourised. (There's a [[ResetButton reset astrolabe]] introduced in the 4th season premiere to undo most of this, naturally, but it's pretty dark for a mostly-light show.)
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