History GrowingTheBeard / LiveActionTV

20th May '17 3:43:33 PM KizunaTallis
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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'':
** It started out as an underwhelming clone of ''Series/TheOffice'' (it's from the same creators) set in a government office instead of a corporate one. Luckily, it quickly developed past this, thanks in large part to Creator/AmyPoehler's portrayal of hopelessly naive and idealistic main character Leslie, and the emergence of Creator/ChrisPratt and Nick Offerman as {{Breakout Character}}s. The show's all-inclusive political humor (poking fun at the workings of government without making any stances) helped set it apart too.
** While the show was certainly very good throughout the second season, it takes an even sharper upswing at the end of the season when Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider) [[PutOnABus leaves]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ben]] (Adam Scott) and [[ThePollyanna Chris]] (Rob Lowe) join the cast. The third season episode "Harvest Festival" is considered by many fans and critics to be the definitive beard-growing moment of the series.

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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'':
** It started out
''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' was originally conceived as an underwhelming a clone of ''Series/TheOffice'' ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' (it's from the same creators) set in a government office instead of a corporate one. Luckily, it quickly developed past this, thanks Reception to the first season was lukewarm at best, so the show went through a major retooling for its second, and found more of its own voice and identity in the process. Thanks in large part to Creator/AmyPoehler's portrayal of hopelessly naive Leslie (who [[CharacterizationMarchesOn stopped being]] a gender-flipped rehash of Michael Scott and idealistic main character Leslie, and became more of her own character), the emergence of Creator/ChrisPratt Creator/ChrisPratt's Andy and Nick Offerman Creator/NickOfferman's Ron as the {{Breakout Character}}s. The Character}}s, and the ensemble cast in general coming together more strongly, the show's all-inclusive political humor (poking fun at the workings of government without making any stances) helped set it apart too.
** While
style also greatly improved. Fitting enough, when the show aired in Germany, the entire first season was certainly very good throughout cut out. By the second end of the season, it takes an even sharper upswing it's outgrown its EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and come into its own identity. It grew the beard further in Season 3 with the introductions of Ben and Chris, adding some more variety and chemistry to the cast after getting rid of the bland and uninteresting Mark at the end of the season when Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider) [[PutOnABus leaves]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ben]] (Adam Scott) and [[ThePollyanna Chris]] (Rob Lowe) join the cast.second season. The third season episode "Harvest Festival" is considered by many fans and critics to be the definitive beard-growing moment of the series.
18th May '17 5:56:18 PM Zaptech
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** The show didn't truly start to get good until about midway through its first season (about the time when [[spoiler: Derek Reese shows up]]).
** Not to mention that around the beginning of the 2nd season, John Connor grew a freakin' ZZ Top size beard.

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** The show didn't truly start to get good until about midway through its first season (about the time when [[spoiler: Derek Reese shows up]]).
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** Not to mention that around the beginning of the 2nd season, John Connor grew a freakin' ZZ Top size beard. In particular, the series began to focus more heavily on John himself and his role as a savior, as well as using [[RobotGirl Cameron]] more prominently and making the cat-and-mouse time travel warfare between future John and Skynet and an unnamed third machine faction a central theme.
15th May '17 6:13:02 PM sviraman
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** Originally ordered for 16 episodes, "Gotham" was later bumped up to a full 22-episode season. The "extra run" can be seen as the beard's first appearance. It had a shift in tone that carried over to the following seasons and featured the first multi-episode villain (The Ogre) in a fairly standalone arc, moving away from baddie-of-the-week format. The Ogre arc is also responsible for the "rebirth" of Barbara Kean, who went on to become one of the series' most exciting characters.
21st Apr '17 5:04:42 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* ''Washington Week in Review'' was, for over three decades, a male and pale establishment which grew increasingly dull over the years, especially when Ken Bode was in charge. That all changed when Bode was handed his walking papers in 1999, to be replaced with Gwen Ifill, who would become equal to, even surpass, Bode's predecessor Paul Duke as the face of the show. Ifill vowed to ensure that the show would spend more time looking forward, even going so far as to shorten the title to simply ''Washington Week'', and the show would quietly yet effectively abandon its "male and pale" phase in favor of a more diverse cast which included female journalists, journalists of color, and even younger journalists than had been appearing. Combined with Ifill's honest approach to journalism, the result was a livelier, more attractive political program that helped boost PBS's reputation for reliable, balanced, and real journalism. Ifill was so respected for it that since her death the series has not had a permanent host.

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* ''Washington Week in Review'' was, for over three decades, a male and pale establishment which grew increasingly dull over the years, especially when Ken Bode was in charge. That all changed when Bode was handed his walking papers in 1999, to be replaced with Gwen Ifill, who would become equal to, even surpass, Bode's predecessor Paul Duke as the face of the show. Ifill vowed to ensure that the show would spend more time looking forward, even going so far as to shorten the title to simply ''Washington Week'', and the show would quietly yet effectively abandon its "male and pale" phase in favor of a more diverse cast which included female journalists, journalists of color, and even younger journalists than had been appearing. Combined with Ifill's honest approach to journalism, the result was a livelier, more attractive political program that helped boost PBS's reputation for reliable, balanced, and real journalism. Ifill was so respected for it that since for months follwoing her death the series has did not had have a permanent host.
21st Apr '17 3:05:53 AM Silverblade2
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*** Definitely a good episode, but most fans would debate it being near-perfect. There are a LOT of contenders even in Season Two.



*** Several reasons: television was produced differently, Dr Who had a decent core of popularity and there was less opportunity for television shows. It's not like today when anyone can throw anything onto Netflix and whatever is popular stays around.

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*** Several reasons: television was produced differently, Dr Who ''Doctor Who'' had a decent core of popularity and there was less opportunity for television shows. It's not like today when anyone can throw anything onto Netflix and whatever is popular stays around.



** It's debatable whether this trope can even apply to a series that got 15 episodes. The entire first season could presumably have varied in tone as much as the episodes we got did.
15th Apr '17 6:38:59 PM nombretomado
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** When it started out in 1996 with Craig Kilborn, it made fun of the news media but it didn't have any particular focus; it seemed like a generic news-parody show, or basically Creator/ComedyCentral's [[FollowTheLeader answer to]] [[TheSoup Talk Soup]]. Jon Stewart's arrival in January 1999 changed everything, as Stewart's vision of the show was less about mocking celebrities and their scandals and more about hard-hitting political satire with a left-wing slant, which led to the show becoming more serious-minded with its humor and interviews. This last bit began to attract major political figures, elected and retired, to the show to be interviewed by Stewart, who evolved into quite the capable interviewer; notably, three sitting heads of state (Presidents Pervez Musharraf of UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}} in September 2006, [[IronLady Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf]] of UsefulNotes/{{Liberia}} in April 2009, and ''freakin' '''UsefulNotes/BarackObama''''' in October 2010) have sat down with him.

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** When it started out in 1996 with Craig Kilborn, it made fun of the news media but it didn't have any particular focus; it seemed like a generic news-parody show, or basically Creator/ComedyCentral's [[FollowTheLeader answer to]] [[TheSoup [[Series/TheSoup Talk Soup]]. Jon Stewart's arrival in January 1999 changed everything, as Stewart's vision of the show was less about mocking celebrities and their scandals and more about hard-hitting political satire with a left-wing slant, which led to the show becoming more serious-minded with its humor and interviews. This last bit began to attract major political figures, elected and retired, to the show to be interviewed by Stewart, who evolved into quite the capable interviewer; notably, three sitting heads of state (Presidents Pervez Musharraf of UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}} in September 2006, [[IronLady Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf]] of UsefulNotes/{{Liberia}} in April 2009, and ''freakin' '''UsefulNotes/BarackObama''''' in October 2010) have sat down with him.
6th Apr '17 10:33:24 AM PeaceAndLove
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* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'''s first season, while very well-received, got hit with some criticism about pacing issues; namely, the fact that certain episodes moved at a sluggish pace and weren't all that riveting. Apparently the writers were listening, because Season 2 was better received; each episode moved at a much smoother pace.
27th Mar '17 11:28:40 AM DarkWillow
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*** Not amongst a lot of the Angel fans. This show is probably notable in that it doesn't have a Grow the Beard moment at any point - it maintains a very consistent level of quality from start to finish in most areas but especially character and plotting.



*** Season Two of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is widely regarded as one of the show's best from start to finish. IF there was any point the show had a beard growth moment (and it's a big if, considering the quality of the series' worst episodes is better than most television), it was 'Prophecy Girl' where the first season's villain is defeated and Buffy is drowned but revived. The episode showed it was capable of a lot more than the episodes in the first season, despite some of them being much more deserving of praise than some fans give them.



*** Definitely a good episode, but most fans would debate it being near-perfect. There are a LOT of contenders even in Season Two.



*** Several reasons: television was produced differently, Dr Who had a decent core of popularity and there was less opportunity for television shows. It's not like today when anyone can throw anything onto Netflix and whatever is popular stays around.



** Series 5 (the first with Creator/MattSmith) was a bit uneven in it's first three episodes with Smith obviously still trying to get a handle on the character (though the Eleventh Doctor's berserk attack on a Dalek in episode 3 gives a foreshadowing). The two parter "The Time of Angels" / "Flesh and Stone" is where Smith nails the character and suceeds properly to the legacy of Creator/DavidTennant's hyper popular Tenth Doctor. Smith never looks back and the rest of his tenure is generally considered to be an excellent portrayal of the character.

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** Series 5 (the first with Creator/MattSmith) was a bit uneven in it's first three episodes with Smith obviously still trying to get a handle on the character (though the Eleventh Doctor's berserk attack on a Dalek in episode 3 gives a foreshadowing). The two parter "The Time of Angels" / "Flesh and Stone" is where Smith nails the character and suceeds succeeds properly to the legacy of Creator/DavidTennant's hyper popular Tenth Doctor. Smith never looks back and the rest of his tenure is generally considered to be an excellent portrayal of the character.


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** It's debatable whether this trope can even apply to a series that got 15 episodes. The entire first season could presumably have varied in tone as much as the episodes we got did.
17th Mar '17 6:18:33 PM Kadorhal
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* The original ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' changed from a soap opera about a BigScrewedUpFamily to a major PrimetimeSoap after the premiere of its SpinOff, ''Series/KnotsLanding''. With "Who Shot J.R.?" it became ''the'' PrimetimeSoap of the 80's.

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* The original ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' changed from a soap opera about a BigScrewedUpFamily to a major PrimetimeSoap after the premiere of its SpinOff, ''Series/KnotsLanding''. With "Who Shot J.R.?" it became ''the'' PrimetimeSoap primetime soap of the 80's.TheEighties.
28th Feb '17 3:13:35 PM pyramidjerry333
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* The original ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' changed from a soap opera about a BigScrewedUpFamily to a major PrimetimeSoapOpera after the premiere of its SpinOff, ''Series/KnotsLanding''. With "Who Shot J.R.?" it became ''the'' PrimetimeSoapOpera of the 80's.

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* The original ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' changed from a soap opera about a BigScrewedUpFamily to a major PrimetimeSoapOpera PrimetimeSoap after the premiere of its SpinOff, ''Series/KnotsLanding''. With "Who Shot J.R.?" it became ''the'' PrimetimeSoapOpera PrimetimeSoap of the 80's.
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