History GrowingTheBeard / LiveActionTV

6th Jul '16 7:01:06 AM pinkdalek
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** Creator/TomBaker's first story, "Robot", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows greater thematic attention to detail than the Pertwee era ever did. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'', after four episodes of this, came "The Ark in Space"; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different and much better show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a [[ByronicHero scaryish]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. "Robot" is where the Tom Baker era starts, but "The Ark in Space" is where it ''starts''.

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** Creator/TomBaker's first story, "Robot", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows greater thematic attention to detail than the Pertwee era ever did. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'', after four episodes of this, came "The Ark in Space"; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different and much better show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a CreepyGood, [[ByronicHero scaryish]] brooding]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. Most fans will say that, although "Robot" is where the first Tom Baker era starts, but episode, "The Ark in Space" is where it ''starts''.the Tom Baker ''era'' starts.
6th Jul '16 12:36:48 AM babyhenchy1
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* Many people believe TV itself grew the beard at the TurnOfTheMillennium. This perceived improvement in the quality of TV in general is often believed to have begun with [[GenreTurningPoint the 1999 debut]] of ''Series/TheSopranos'', followed in the 2000s with series like ''Series/TheWire'', ''Series/MadMen'', ''Series/{{LOST}}'', and ''Series/BreakingBad'' leading a wave of quality shows the likes of which had never been seen before, ushering in what some are calling a golden age of TV.

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* Many people believe TV itself grew the beard at the TurnOfTheMillennium. This perceived improvement in the quality of TV in general is often believed to have begun with [[GenreTurningPoint the 1999 debut]] of ''Series/TheSopranos'', followed in the 2000s with series like ''Series/TheWire'', ''Series/MadMen'', ''Series/{{LOST}}'', ''Series/BreakingBad'', and ''Series/BreakingBad'' ''Series/GameOfThrones'' leading a wave of quality shows the likes of which had never been seen before, ushering in what some are calling a golden age of TV.
5th Jul '16 5:18:29 PM pinkdalek
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** Creator/TomBaker's first story, "Robot", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows greater thematic attention to detail than the Pertwee era ever did. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'', after four episodes of this, came "The Ark in Space"; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different and much better show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a [[ByronicHero scaryish]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. "Robot" is where the Tom Baker era starts, but "The Ark in Space" is where it ''starts''.
28th Jun '16 8:22:16 AM Sapphirea2
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** Series 9 is this for the Twelfth Doctor[[note]]The Eleventh Doctor's first season is universally regarded as his strongest, so he never grows the beard[[/note]]. Creator/PeterCapaldi is a great actor, but his Doctor wasn't fully baked in the early episodes of Series 8: He's too cantankerous, his constant insults of Clara's appearance felt mean-spirited, and his hatred for soldiers seemed out of character. And its StoryArc turned Clara into a SpotlightStealingSquad via belated CharacterDevelopment, cutting in on the Doctor and his enemies. But he gradually became more lighthearted and socially-awkward rather than cranky or purposefully mean, and less disdainful of the military. His "beard" is a hoodie -- which belongs to Capaldi himself -- that he first dons in the 2014 Christmas special between seasons (his original outfit has a starched white shirt; when it's swapped out Capaldi starts to seem [more] comfortable in the role). Series 9 features multi-part stories similar in length and tone to those of the classic series, balancing brooding, deliberately-paced character drama with energetic comedy and action as old and new characters explore ''big'' concepts: the loneliness of immortality, the struggle to maintain peace, ChronicHeroSyndrome, etc. "The Girl Who Died" / "The Woman Who Lived" and "The Zygon Invasion" / "The Zygon Inversion" are regarded as some of the show's strongest work in many seasons. Penultimate episode "Heaven Sent" was acclaimed as one of the best episodes '''ever''' immediately: Laser-focused on the Doctor's anguish and struggle when he's TrappedInAnotherWorld with no "company" save a voiceless enemy, it confirms just how awesome the character and Capaldi's performance are -- even debate over how well the finale "Hell Bent" wrapped things up couldn't wipe the triumphs of this season off the table.

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** Series 9 is this for the Twelfth Doctor[[note]]The Eleventh Doctor's first season is universally regarded as his strongest, so he never grows the beard[[/note]]. Doctor. Creator/PeterCapaldi is a great actor, but his Doctor wasn't fully baked in the early episodes of Series 8: He's too cantankerous, with his constant insults of Clara's appearance felt feeling mean-spirited, and his hatred for soldiers seemed out of character. And its The StoryArc turned Clara into something of a SpotlightStealingSquad via belated CharacterDevelopment, cutting in on the Doctor and his enemies. But he gradually softened into someone lighthearted, just socially-awkward, and became more lighthearted and socially-awkward rather than cranky or purposefully mean, and less disdainful of the military. His "beard" is a hoodie -- which belongs to Capaldi himself -- that he first dons in the 2014 Christmas special between seasons (his original outfit has a starched white shirt; when it's swapped out Capaldi starts to seem [more] comfortable in the role). Series 9 features experimented with multi-part stories similar in length and tone to those serials of the classic series, balancing brooding, deliberately-paced character drama with energetic comedy and action as old and new characters explore ''big'' concepts: the loneliness of immortality, the struggle to maintain peace, ChronicHeroSyndrome, etc. action. In particular, "The Girl Who Died" / "The Woman Who Lived" and "The Zygon Invasion" / "The Zygon Inversion" are regarded as some of the show's strongest work in many seasons. Penultimate years and penultimate episode "Heaven Sent" was acclaimed as one of the best episodes '''ever''' immediately: Laser-focused on the Doctor's anguish and struggle when he's TrappedInAnotherWorld with no "company" save a voiceless enemy, it confirms just how awesome the character and Capaldi's performance are -- even are. Even debate over how well the finale "Hell Bent" wrapped things up and whether the LighterAndSofter ChristmasEpisode that followed was ''too'' light couldn't wipe the triumphs of this season off the table.
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.
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