History EarlyInstallmentWeirdness / LiveActionTV

26th Aug '16 8:38:35 PM dsneybuf
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* ''TheElectricCompany'':

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* ''TheElectricCompany'':''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'':
20th Aug '16 5:52:30 AM tiiger
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** Rachel wears an Music/{{MC5}} shirt in early episode. This seemed incongruous even at the time, but while it's not inconceivable that someone who grew up as a privileged New Yorker would be into Detroit proto-punk, the notion was never explored later on.

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** Rachel wears an Music/{{MC5}} shirt in an early episode. This seemed incongruous even at the time, but while it's not inconceivable that someone who grew up as a privileged New Yorker would be into Detroit proto-punk, the notion was never explored later on.



** Characterization and character traits would change dramatically after the first season. Picard wasn't just aloof and prim, but an outright asshole boss-from-Hell. Riker was a randy Kirk clone, Worf is considerably more feral. Data frequently ''smiles'' and openly shows amazement, befuddlement, etc. Troi's ability to sense emotions in others initially meant she herself felt the emotions, which could have the side-effect of incapacitating her (this was dropped after the pilot). Wesley's first-season persona, a whiny, annoying child, stuck in viewers' heads, and even after the character matured he still couldn't shake being the show's [[TheScrappy scrappy]].

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** Characterization and character traits would change dramatically after the first season. Picard wasn't just aloof and prim, but an outright asshole boss-from-Hell. Riker was a randy Kirk clone, Worf is considerably more feral. Data frequently ''smiles'' and openly shows amazement, befuddlement, etc.etc, and his makeup is more mime-like, creating a sort of UncannyValley effect. Troi's ability to sense emotions in others initially meant she herself felt the emotions, which could have the side-effect of incapacitating her (this was dropped after the pilot). Wesley's first-season persona, a whiny, annoying child, stuck in viewers' heads, and even after the character matured he still couldn't shake being the show's [[TheScrappy scrappy]].
19th Aug '16 8:11:13 PM kyeo
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** Angel's first appearance in the pilot has the character affect a rather snarky and smug persona. Every appearance thereafter would exhibit the stoic, broody persona that people came to associate with the character.
13th Aug '16 7:53:44 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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** Even beyond the differences in Sheldon, the first few episodes were very different from what followed. All of the "smart" characters spoke in a "fake geek" dialect, using overly-technical explanations and terms for common things (it was the other guys who referred to sex as "coitus", not Sheldon). And Penny was ''dumb'' not just less-educated than the boys, but truly stupid. While her outfits would remain fairly revealing, in the first few episodes they were practically [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Kelly Bundy]]-worthy.

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** Even beyond the differences in Sheldon, the first few episodes were very different from what followed. All of the "smart" characters spoke in a "fake geek" dialect, using overly-technical explanations and terms for common things (it was the other guys who referred to sex as "coitus", not Sheldon). And Penny was ''dumb'' not just less-educated than the boys, but truly stupid. While her outfits would remain fairly revealing, in the first few episodes they were practically [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Kelly Bundy]]-worthy. She was also much nicer and less snarky in her early appearances.


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** Amy was much more robotic in her first appearances on the show, but loosened up as time went on.
5th Aug '16 1:19:03 PM Jhonny
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** The "Sexposition" (a character rambling about backstory or his motivation while a scantily or nude clad female [or occasionally male]] is seen, usually in a brothel) were much more common in Season one than the later seasons. This has two reasons: First, characters seem to have less time to go to brothels (what with many of them being too down on their luck to do so) and second, much of the backstory is already covered and many motivations are either clear or more interesting if left unclear. Also, the writers have taken a hint from some fans [[DistractedByTheSex complaining that you can't follow the details of the plot]] with all the {{Fanservice}}

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** The "Sexposition" (a character rambling about backstory or his motivation while a scantily or nude clad female [or occasionally male]] is seen, usually in a brothel) were much more common in Season one than the later seasons. This has two reasons: First, characters seem to have less time to go to brothels (what with many of them being too down on their luck to do so) and second, much of the backstory is already covered and many motivations are either clear or more interesting if left unclear. Also, the writers have taken a hint from some fans [[DistractedByTheSex [[DistractedByTheSexy complaining that you can't follow the details of the plot]] with all the {{Fanservice}}
5th Aug '16 1:18:26 PM Jhonny
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** The "Sexposition" (a character rambling about backstory or his motivation while a scantily or nude clad female [or occasionally male]] is seen, usually in a brothel) were much more common in Season one than the later seasons. This has two reasons: First, characters seem to have less time to go to brothels (what with many of them being too down on their luck to do so) and second, much of the backstory is already covered and many motivations are either clear or more interesting if left unclear. Also, the writers have taken a hint from some fans [[DistractedByTheSex complaining that you can't follow the details of the plot]] with all the {{Fanservice}}
5th Aug '16 5:13:06 AM fearlessnikki
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''Series/GameOfThrones'':

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* ''Series/TotalDivas'':
** Season 1 had a full set of opening credits, complete with soundbites from each cast member. Starting with Season 2, only a title screen was shown and the credits were dropped.
** Season 1 had nearly all the performers referred to by their real names, with only Wrestling/EvaMarie going by her stage name[[note]]Although the Wrestling/BellaTwins were still treated as if 'Bella' was their real last name, they were referred to as Brianna and Nicole; Nattie and [=JoJo=] are likewise just nicknames of their real names.[[/note]] From Season 2 onwards, any performers are known under their character names - such as Wrestling/SummerRae, Wrestling/RosaMendes, Wrestling/AliciaFox and {{Wrestling/Paige}}. This is referenced whenever someone who was introduced in Season 1 is shown - as there will usually be a title card with both names. For example 'Ariane/Cameron'.
** Season 1 also portrayed Nattie as TheMentor and CoolBigSis of the group, there to help the other girls out. Possibly to differentiate her from {{Wrestling/Naomi}}, Nattie was shown in a far more eccentric light in Season 2 and the show amped up her rivalries with the younger women. Naomi then took on the OnlySaneMan role.
** Season 2 started showing flashbacks and incorporating far more ManipulativeEditing that hadn't been as prominent in Season 1.
** A more meta example is that Season 2 was the only time the show tried to sync up the episodes with WWE's regular programming - featuring matches built off what happened on the latest episode. In Season 3 this was gradually phased out.
26th Jul '16 8:43:29 PM Chytus
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** For the first two series of ''QI'', the 'obvious but wrong' answers were written on cards, which Stephen Fry would reveal when the answer was given as well as the sirens and flashing screens. In the very first proper episode, ''only'' the cards were used.
** The first ''BigFatQuizOfTheYear'' (in 2004) had twelve rounds, one for each month, but subsequent years had six rounds by merging the months, while adding a few bonus rounds, before the rounds became topic-based in 2010. The first year also lacks a question where Jon Snow describes a song as if it were a news story.

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** For the first two series of ''QI'', ''Series/{{QI}}'', the 'obvious but wrong' answers were written on cards, which Stephen Fry would reveal when the answer was given as well as the sirens and flashing screens. In the very first proper episode, ''only'' the cards were used.
** The first ''BigFatQuizOfTheYear'' ''Series/BigFatQuizOfTheYear'' (in 2004) had twelve rounds, one for each month, but subsequent years had six rounds by merging the months, while adding a few bonus rounds, before the rounds became topic-based in 2010. The first year also lacks a question where Jon Snow describes a song as if it were a news story.



** Characters looked very different, too. Oscar, for example, was orange, and only his head was visible. Big Bird missed most of the feathers on his head, and had the mindset of a dim-witted adult bird rather than a child. Plus, Grover was green.

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** In the earliest seasons the inner-city setting was far more pronounced, since the sounds of busy city streets were always heard in the background.
** Characters looked very different, too. Oscar, for example, was orange, and only his head was visible. Big Bird missed most of the feathers on his head, and had the mindset of a dim-witted adult bird rather than a child. During Elmo's first appearance in 1978, he was known as "Baby Monster" and had a deep, gravely voice instead of his recognizable childish one. Plus, Grover was green.



* {{Nickelodeon}} was significantly different in its early years. It didn't have commercials and its programming was more educational (with a low budget Sesame Street clone called Series/{{Pinwheel}} being their flagship series). Its ratings were dead last among cable channels, so it rebranded itself in 1984. It started airing commercials, changed its logo to the now-iconic "orange splat" logo, and changed its programming to give it a more "kids only" feel, changes that helped make it a household name.

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* {{Nickelodeon}} Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} was significantly different in its early years. It didn't have commercials and its programming was more educational (with a low budget Sesame Street clone called Series/{{Pinwheel}} being their flagship series). Its ratings were dead last among cable channels, so it rebranded itself in 1984. It started airing commercials, changed its logo to the now-iconic "orange splat" logo, and changed its programming to give it a more "kids only" feel, changes that helped make it a household name.



* On the earliest seasons on ''Series/SesameStreet'' the inner-city setting was far more pronounced, since the sounds of busy city streets were always heard in the background. Additionally characters went through massive changes as the time went on. Oscar the Grouch was orange in the first season and Grover was green in color. During Elmo's first appearance in 1978, he was known as "Baby Monster" and had a deep, gravely voice instead of his recognizable childish one.
26th Jul '16 1:13:07 PM Willbyr
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** Speaking of ''J.A.K.Q. vs. Goranger'', that movie established that various Ishinomori heroes existed in that continuity, including {{Kikaider}}, ''Series/KamenRiderV3'' and ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon''. This was never mentioned again afterwards - Super Sentai series were treated as separate universes until ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and Kamen Riders and Sentai heroes wouldn't meet until the crossover between ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDecade''.

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** Speaking of ''J.A.K.Q. vs. Goranger'', that movie established that various Ishinomori heroes existed in that continuity, including {{Kikaider}}, ''Series/{{Kikaider}}'', ''Series/KamenRiderV3'' and ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon''. This was never mentioned again afterwards - Super Sentai series were treated as separate universes until ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and Kamen Riders and Sentai heroes wouldn't meet until the crossover between ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDecade''.
20th Jul '16 4:36:05 PM karstovich2
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* Amazingly, there was a time when ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]'' was as tame as shows like ''[[TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]]'' and ''The View''. Before adopting its format of showcasing bizarre people and their torrid antics (often related to sexual matters, like infidelity, weird fetishes, sleazy sex jobs, and transsexuality), and [[TropeCodifier codifying]] the PointAndLaughShow, it tackled political and social issues in a straightfaced manner. Compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIk1_hHC1f4 this]] to its later episodes.

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* Amazingly, there was a time when ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]'' was as tame as shows like ''[[TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]]'' and ''The View''. Before adopting its format of showcasing bizarre people and their torrid antics (often related to sexual matters, like infidelity, weird fetishes, sleazy sex jobs, and transsexuality), and [[TropeCodifier codifying]] the PointAndLaughShow, it tackled political and social issues in a straightfaced manner.manner, generally from a "concerned-liberal" point of view (you may not realize this, but the reason that one of the main reasons Springer got a show in the first place was that he was a Cincinnati City Councilor and later Mayor of Cincinatti and could well have had quite a respectable--if somewhat marred by an early incident where he was caught paying for a prostitute--career in Ohio Democratic politics). Compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIk1_hHC1f4 this]] to its later episodes.
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