History GrowingTheBeard / LiveActionTV

11th Apr '18 12:49:08 AM Scoutstr295
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* As noted above, ''Series/TheSopranos'' is often credited as Growing the Beard for the medium of television itself. The show grew its own beard in the first season episode "College", which ended with Tony ruthlessly kill a snitch in witness protection -- an act that no TV protagonist had ever done before at that time.

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* As noted above, ''Series/TheSopranos'' is often credited as Growing the Beard for the medium of television itself. The show grew its own beard in the first season episode "College", which ended with Tony ruthlessly kill killing a snitch in witness protection -- an act that no TV protagonist had ever done before at that time.
11th Apr '18 12:47:57 AM Scoutstr295
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* As noted above, ''Series/TheSopranos'' is often credited as Growing the Beard for the medium of television itself. The show grew its own beard in the first season episode "College", which ended with Tony ruthlessly kill a snitch in witness protection -- an act that no TV protagonist had ever done before at that time.
9th Mar '18 3:23:38 PM AmuckCricetine
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* While the first season of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' doesn't have any episodes that are widely regarded as clunkers, it also doesn't have very many regarded as classics. Season 2, despite several episodes that misfired quite badly, started taking more risks, developed a more coherent overall storyline, and dropped the generally superfluous Gan in favour of the more memorable Orac.


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* Whilst the first season of ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' is still very entertaining, but it doesn't become a truly classic sitcom until Mary Millar takes over as Rose and David Griffin joins the cast as Emmett at the start of Season 2.
25th Feb '18 4:24:30 AM AmuckCricetine
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** Michael Richards also cites "The Statue" as the episode where Kramer started growing a beard.

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** Michael Richards Creator/MichaelRichards also cites "The Statue" as the episode where Kramer started growing a beard.
24th Feb '18 3:31:45 PM AmuckCricetine
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** For classic series fans, the first appearance of the Daleks in the second story was a massive step up after a mostly dull introduction story featuring cavemen. At least, that's how it's viewed now - the caveman story was considered good when it was first shown, but it is overshadowed by what followed it.

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** For classic series fans, the first appearance of the Daleks in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks the second story story]] was a massive step up after [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild a mostly dull introduction story featuring cavemen.cavemen]]. At least, that's how it's viewed now - the caveman story was considered good when it was first shown, but it is overshadowed by what followed it.



** And then the introduction of the Third Doctor coincided with the show's change to both color production and a noticeable upward shift in its production value, as well as the introduction of more adult storylines.

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** And then the introduction of the Third Doctor in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace Spearhead from Space]]" coincided with the show's change to both color production and a noticeable upward shift in its production value, as well as the introduction of more adult storylines.



** The 2005 season began with several "testing the waters" episodes, but the sixth episode, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek]]" is often cited as the revival's "growing the beard" moment, in part because it reintroduced the franchise's signature enemy, and up to this point some argued that Doctor Who didn't feel like Doctor Who without the Daleks. It should also be observed that the episodes prior to "Dalek", while generally agreed to be extremely well-made and entertaining, had one of the [[DarkerAndEdgier Darkest and Edgiest]] Doctors ''ever'' fighting a bunch of incredibly {{Camp}}y and goofy monsters (homicidal recycling bins and dummies, farting [[ReplicantSnatching Replicant Snatcher]] [[AcceptableTargets fat-people]] aliens, a zombie granny and a RichBitch plastic surgery disaster, all fairly threatening but all PlayedForLaughs) which did not really reflect his character as the Doctor or allow it to live up to its full potential, or even properly imitate the mood of the original series (in which comedy monsters were [[SpecialEffectsFailure mostly unintentionally achieved]]). "Dalek" gave the new Doctor his first entirely serious enemy, allowed him to delve into the depths of his character's inner ruthlessness and alienness in order to stop it, and gave him a fantastic [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewing]] spiteful rant at the Dalek done so well that it came to dominate the Ninth Doctor's character. After this moment the Ninth Doctor's tenure continued with similarly dark monsters (such as the Empty Child) and more dramatic episodes (the {{Deconstruction}} episode about the previously goofy Slitheen, a story about Rose using time travel to save her dead father, and explorations of the Doctor's previously unknown [[BiTheWay sexuality]]).

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** The 2005 season began with several "testing the waters" episodes, but the sixth episode, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek]]" is often cited as the revival's "growing the beard" moment, in part because it reintroduced the franchise's signature enemy, and up to this point some argued that Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' didn't feel like Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' without the Daleks. It should also be observed that the episodes prior to "Dalek", while generally agreed to be extremely well-made and entertaining, had one of the [[DarkerAndEdgier Darkest and Edgiest]] Doctors ''ever'' fighting a bunch of incredibly {{Camp}}y and goofy monsters (homicidal recycling bins and dummies, farting [[ReplicantSnatching Replicant Snatcher]] [[AcceptableTargets fat-people]] aliens, a zombie granny and a RichBitch plastic surgery disaster, all fairly threatening but all PlayedForLaughs) which did not really reflect his character as the Doctor or allow it to live up to its full potential, or even properly imitate the mood of the original series (in which comedy monsters were [[SpecialEffectsFailure mostly unintentionally achieved]]). "Dalek" gave the new Doctor his first entirely serious enemy, allowed him to delve into the depths of his character's inner ruthlessness and alienness in order to stop it, and gave him a fantastic [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewing]] spiteful rant at the Dalek done so well that it came to dominate the Ninth Doctor's character. After this moment the Ninth Doctor's tenure continued with similarly dark monsters (such as the Empty Child) and more dramatic episodes (the {{Deconstruction}} episode about the previously goofy Slitheen, a story about Rose using time travel to save her dead father, and explorations of the Doctor's previously unknown [[BiTheWay sexuality]]).



** The Season 1 finale of ''Series/RedDwarf'' ("Me^2") definitely stands out as a 'growing the beard' moment; it was the first real 'spotlight' episode for Arnold Rimmer and was the first time we got to crawl inside his head (via the subplot regarding Rimmer's final words before dying) towards Rimmer's inferiority complex and his deep-seeded self-loathing, leading to Rimmer becoming more of a sympathetic and fleshed-out character.

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** The Season 1 finale of ''Series/RedDwarf'' ("Me^2") ("[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIMe2 Me2]]") definitely stands out as a 'growing the beard' moment; it was the first real 'spotlight' episode for Arnold Rimmer and was the first time we got to crawl inside his head (via the subplot regarding Rimmer's final words before dying) towards Rimmer's inferiority complex and his deep-seeded self-loathing, leading to Rimmer becoming more of a sympathetic and fleshed-out character.



** Basically, Star Trek series tend to take two seasons or so to find their footing and figure out their tone, before really Growing the Beard usually somewhere around their third season.

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** Basically, Star Trek ''Star Trek'' series tend to take two seasons or so to find their footing and figure out their tone, before really Growing the Beard usually somewhere around their third season.
24th Dec '17 12:02:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/SportsCenter'' has been a daily staple of {{ESPN}} since the network debuted in 1979, but the show really became big in the mid-'90s, with a batch of humorous, CatchPhrase-spouting anchors led by the duo of [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] and Dan Patrick, also including [[Series/TheDailyShow Craig Kilborn]], Kenny Mayne, Rich Eisen, and Stuart Scott.

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* ''Series/SportsCenter'' has been a daily staple of {{ESPN}} Creator/{{ESPN}} since the network debuted in 1979, but the show really became big in the mid-'90s, with a batch of humorous, CatchPhrase-spouting anchors led by the duo of [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] and Dan Patrick, also including [[Series/TheDailyShow Craig Kilborn]], Kenny Mayne, Rich Eisen, and Stuart Scott.
20th Dec '17 10:41:37 PM TimeLordVictorious
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** "Salvation" and "Devil's Trap" the Season 1 finale two-parter helped further shape ''Supernatural'' into the show fans know and love, with the first usage of "Carry On Wayward Son", the first confrontation with Azazel AKA The Yellow-Eyed Demon, and [[BreakoutCharacter Bobby Singer's]] first appearance.
** For Jeremy Carver's run, "As Time Goes By" qualifies with its introduction of the Men of Letters and Abaddon, one's of the show's more popular villains. Up until that point, Season 8 had caused divison amongst the fanbase with its RomanticPlotTumor, even more arguments between Sam and Dean, and the plot being all over the place. "As Time Goes By" establishes that Supernatural could still introduce [[WorldBuilding new aspects, storylines, and characters]] to the show and make them work.
4th Dec '17 2:33:08 PM marymichael
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** ...until series four rolled around, and [[spoiler:[[JumpingTheShark Sherlock was revealed to have a secret sister that he repressed, and a also-repressed secret dead best friend that the sister killed that he remembered as a dog, and Moriarty survived his suicide except no he didn't, except yes he did, and Mary was alive and also a spy, and on, and on, and on...]]]]
6th Nov '17 8:37:03 AM NicoleIlieva
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*** Many consider the very first proper case of GrowingTheBeard to be the season 2 episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E9TheMeasureOfAMan}} The Measure of a Man]]" which dealt with resolving the issue whether [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan-favorite]] android Data was a sentient being with rights. The episode is considered one of the best not only for TNG, but the entire franchise as well.
31st Oct '17 11:51:49 AM ClintEastwood
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** It started out better than ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' but still suffered from the same issue that show did: villains. Weather Wizard was hammy and killed off, as were Multiplex and Mist. But then " [[Recap/TheFlash2014S1E4GoingRogue Going Rogue]]" came and with it... Captain Cold. With its introduction of a compelling villain, fractures in the Team Flash dynamic (with the reveal that Cisco had created the cold gun), great use of Felicity Smoak (who at this time had begun her descent into fan hatred on Arrow), and an ending promising more Rogues to appear, Episode 4 would begin growing the beard for the show.

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** It started out better than ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' but still suffered from the same issue that show did: villains. Weather Wizard was hammy and killed off, as were Multiplex and Mist. But then " [[Recap/TheFlash2014S1E4GoingRogue "[[Recap/TheFlash2014S1E4GoingRogue Going Rogue]]" came and with it... Captain Cold. With its introduction of a compelling villain, fractures in the Team Flash dynamic (with the reveal that Cisco had created the cold gun), great use of Felicity Smoak (who at this time had begun her descent into fan hatred on Arrow), and an ending promising more Rogues to appear, Episode 4 would begin growing the beard for the show.
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