History GrowingTheBeard / LiveActionTV

25th Jun '16 5:55:08 PM DevinMeenan
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** Spike's arrival in Sunnydale proved a noticeable upswing, but the true beard-growing moment was probably the resurgence of Angelus, cementing the shift from MonsterOfTheWeek episodes to a darkly comedic, character-driven series. TrueArtIsAngsty, after all, right?

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** Spike's Spike and Drusilla's arrival in Sunnydale proved a noticeable upswing, but the true beard-growing moment was probably the resurgence of Angelus, cementing the shift from MonsterOfTheWeek episodes to a darkly comedic, character-driven series. TrueArtIsAngsty, after all, right?
11th Jun '16 4:04:29 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' really comes into its own with "Denna" (1x08), where the series becomes darker, more dramatic and a bit, erm, kinkier. Season 1 as a whole, however, follows your bog-standard "Find the MacGuffin and defeat the DarkLord" fantasy plot. The second season takes things more literally as Richard grows a beard, as a reference to the [[SwordOfTruth second book]]. Then Cara, a bi-sexual warrior who used to fight for the Dark Lord, joined the band of heroes and provided DeadpanSnarker sarcasm, and the plot took a turn for the ''very'' interesting. Bog-standard fantasy no more!

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* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' really comes into its own with "Denna" (1x08), where the series becomes darker, more dramatic and a bit, erm, kinkier. Season 1 as a whole, however, follows your bog-standard "Find the MacGuffin and defeat the DarkLord" fantasy plot. The second season takes things more literally as Richard grows a beard, as a reference to the [[SwordOfTruth [[Literature/SwordOfTruth second book]]. Then Cara, a bi-sexual warrior who used to fight for the Dark Lord, joined the band of heroes and provided DeadpanSnarker sarcasm, and the plot took a turn for the ''very'' interesting. Bog-standard fantasy no more!
2nd Jun '16 2:44:21 AM Doug86
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* ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' was a popular but lightweight period drama through Series 1 and 2. The decision to take the show into the post-Edwardian era and WorldWarOne gave the show a more serious tone that pleased both viewers and critics. American critics also applauded the departure of the characters Sarah and Thomas, who proved to be deeply unpopular in the States.

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* ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' was a popular but lightweight period drama through Series 1 and 2. The decision to take the show into the post-Edwardian era and WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI gave the show a more serious tone that pleased both viewers and critics. American critics also applauded the departure of the characters Sarah and Thomas, who proved to be deeply unpopular in the States.
15th May '16 5:54:56 PM nombretomado
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** The main reason ''MarriedWithChildren'' decided to abandon all traces of subtlety and go for all-out farce was that ''{{Roseanne}}'' [[DuelingShows was airing at the same time]], and it cornered the "Realistic {{Deconstruction}} Of Idyllic [[TheEighties 1980s]] Sitcom Families" market far more effectively, so the producers of ''MarriedWithChildren'' decided to [[{{Flanderization}} go into overdrive]]. As a result, it became ''very'' popular with [[{{Demographics}} young men]], who (as Katey Segal noted in the ReunionShow) don't tend to watch sitcoms, and that's why it lasted for so long. It probably would have been cancelled much sooner otherwise.

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** The main reason ''MarriedWithChildren'' it decided to abandon all traces of subtlety and go for all-out farce was that ''{{Roseanne}}'' ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' [[DuelingShows was airing at the same time]], and it cornered the "Realistic {{Deconstruction}} Of Idyllic [[TheEighties 1980s]] Sitcom Families" market far more effectively, so the producers of ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Married...'' decided to [[{{Flanderization}} go into overdrive]]. As a result, it became ''very'' popular with [[{{Demographics}} young men]], who (as Katey Segal noted in the ReunionShow) don't tend to watch sitcoms, and that's why it lasted for so long. It probably would have been cancelled much sooner otherwise.
20th Apr '16 2:17:51 PM TotalDramaRox97
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* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' started out fairly good in Season 1, but starting in Season 2 there were noticeable changes in quality for the better. The show started using better audio effects, most of the victims were less sympathetic, the narrator, Ron Perlman, developed from a blunt but fairly stiff narrator to a full blown DeadpanSnarker, the puns became a lot funnier, the deaths became a lot more interesting to watch, and they put a lot more diversity into their segments with each one feeling noticeably different.

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* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' started out fairly good in Season 1, but starting in Season 2 there were noticeable changes in quality for the better. The show started using better audio effects, most of the victims were less sympathetic, the narrator, Ron Perlman, developed from a blunt but fairly stiff narrator to a full blown DeadpanSnarker, the puns became a lot funnier, the deaths became a lot more in-depth and interesting to watch, and they put a lot more diversity into their segments with each one feeling noticeably different.
20th Apr '16 2:15:50 PM TotalDramaRox97
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* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' started out fairly good in Season 1, but starting in Season 2 there were noticeable changes in quality for the better. The show started using better audio effects, most of the victims were very unsympathetic, the narrator, Ron Perlman, developed from a blunt but fairly stiff narrator to a full blown DeadpanSnarker, the puns became a lot funnier, the deaths became a lot more interesting to watch, and they put a lot more diversity into their segments with each one feeling noticeably different.

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* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' started out fairly good in Season 1, but starting in Season 2 there were noticeable changes in quality for the better. The show started using better audio effects, most of the victims were very unsympathetic, less sympathetic, the narrator, Ron Perlman, developed from a blunt but fairly stiff narrator to a full blown DeadpanSnarker, the puns became a lot funnier, the deaths became a lot more interesting to watch, and they put a lot more diversity into their segments with each one feeling noticeably different.
20th Apr '16 2:15:23 PM TotalDramaRox97
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* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' started out fairly good in Season 1, but starting in Season 2 there were noticeable changes in quality for the better. The show started using better audio effects, most of the victims were very unsympathetic, the narrator, Ron Perlman, developed from a blunt but fairly stiff narrator to a full blown DeadpanSnarker, the puns became a lot funnier, the deaths became a lot more interesting to watch, and they put a lot more diversity into their segments with each one feeling noticeably different.
10th Apr '16 4:12:25 PM GoldenSandslash
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** Most viewers agree that ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' was just finding its voice in either the third season (which was a tight, serialized full-season {{arc}} in the style of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'') or the fourth (where Manny Coto became showrunner, made a bunch of {{Authors Saving Throw}}s[[note]]with the Temporal Cold War, the Vulcans, and so on[[/note]] and started organizing the show to tie it in better with [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]][[note]]with the ongoing arc of increased inter-species cooperation, increased hostility with Romulans (to lead up to the Romulan War), and establishment of the Coalition of Planets (as the League-of-Nations-esque predecessor to the Federation)[[/note]]). Unfortunately, the show was cancelled at this point, so we'll never know if the beard would've stayed on. General consensus, however, is the beard fell out with the controversial (and widely hated) finale episode.

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** Most viewers agree that ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' was just finding its voice in either the third season (which was a tight, serialized full-season {{arc}} in the style of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'') or the fourth (where Manny Coto became showrunner, made a bunch of {{Authors Saving Throw}}s[[note]]with the Temporal Cold War, the Vulcans, and so on[[/note]] and started organizing the show to tie it in better with [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]][[note]]with the ongoing arc of increased inter-species cooperation, increased hostility with Romulans (to lead up to the Romulan War), and establishment of the Coalition of Planets (as the League-of-Nations-esque predecessor to the Federation)[[/note]]). Unfortunately, the show was cancelled at this point, so we'll never know if the beard would've stayed on. General consensus, however, is the beard fell out with the controversial (and widely hated) hated finale episode.
9th Apr '16 12:11:02 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* In its first season, ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' was a fun show, if occasionally uneven. The second season tightened up the spy plots, improved the action scenes, better-integrated the spy and non-spy elements of the show, and introduced mytharc elements, making it into a show capable of delivering 42 minutes of continual awesome.

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* In its first season, ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' was a fun show, if occasionally uneven. The second season tightened up the spy plots, improved the action scenes, better-integrated the spy and non-spy elements of the show, and introduced mytharc MythArc elements, making it into a show capable of delivering 42 minutes of continual awesome.
1st Apr '16 12:20:02 PM Brutusness
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* Whilst the first season of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' struggled with a few aspects of the show's unusual tone to start with, the second season really hits its stride with the introduction of Frank as a regular, as well as changing Dee from the voice of reason to a neurotic, amoral mess like the rest of the gang and emphasising various aspects of the others (Charlie's [[ManChild immaturity]], Dennis' [[TheSociopath sociopathy]]). ''Dennis and Dee Go On Welfare'' is generally seen as the definitive beard-growing moment.

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* Whilst the first season of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' struggled with a few aspects of the show's unusual tone to start with, the second season really hits its stride with the introduction of Frank as a regular, as well as changing Dee from the voice of reason to a neurotic, amoral mess like the rest of the gang and emphasising various aspects of the others (Charlie's [[ManChild immaturity]], Dennis' [[TheSociopath sociopathy]]).sociopathy]], Mac's... [[ArmouredClosetGay confusion]]). ''Dennis and Dee Go On Welfare'' is generally seen as the definitive beard-growing moment.
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