History GrowingTheBeard / LiveActionTV

8th Jul '17 3:44:44 PM LentilSandEater
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* ''Series/ICarly'': Season 2, where [[CharacterDevelopment Freddie's a much rounder and mature character]], [[IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime old jokes fall into disuse]], the plots are better and the comedy starts growing more mature. Season 1 was OK, but season 2 is where the series really got good.
** [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking It's also in widescreen.]]
** Even towards the halfway point and end of Season 1, the show started growing a more mature stubble with more drama/comedy episodes such as iHeartArt, iHateSam'sBoyfriend, iDon'tWanttoFight, and iMightSwitchSchools all airing immediately in that time frame.

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* ''Series/ICarly'': Season 2, where [[CharacterDevelopment Freddie's a much rounder and mature character]], [[IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime old jokes fall into disuse]], the plots are better and the comedy starts growing more mature. Season 1 was OK, but season 2 is where the series really got good.
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good. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking It's also in widescreen.]]
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]] Even towards the halfway point and end of Season 1, the show started growing a more mature stubble with more drama/comedy episodes such as iHeartArt, iHateSam'sBoyfriend, iDon'tWanttoFight, and iMightSwitchSchools all airing immediately in that time frame.
8th Jul '17 3:39:48 PM LentilSandEater
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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.
5th Jul '17 4:27:06 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* The first season of ''Series/Fraiser'', while still very good, suffered from inconsistent characterisation, an obnoxiously loud audience that wooped and cheered at the slightest joke, and overall didn't do enough to set itself apart from its parent show ''Series/Cheers''. It wasn't until the second season episode "The Matchmaker," that the show demonstrated the wit, wordplay, timing and farcical storylines it would become famous for.

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* The first season of ''Series/Fraiser'', ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', while still very good, suffered from inconsistent characterisation, an obnoxiously loud audience that wooped and cheered at the slightest joke, and overall didn't do enough to set itself apart from its parent show ''Series/Cheers''.''Series/{{Cheers}}''. It wasn't until the second season episode "The Matchmaker," that the show demonstrated the wit, wordplay, timing and farcical storylines it would become famous for.
5th Jul '17 4:23:41 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* The first season of ''Series/Fraiser'', while still very good, suffered from inconsistent characterisation, an obnoxiously loud audience that wooped and cheered at the slightest joke, and overall didn't do enough to set itself apart from its parent show ''Series/Cheers''. It wasn't until the second season episode "The Matchmaker," that the show demonstrated the wit, wordplay, timing and farcical storylines it would become famous for.
17th Jun '17 9:55:55 PM jormis29
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* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' grew the beard when Jerry Orbach joined the cast as Lennie Briscoe. Fan opinion is divided as to whether it stayed good or kind of lost it after Dick Wolf was forced to create some female characters and Michael Moriarty left/Sam Waterston joined.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' grew the beard when Jerry Orbach Creator/JerryOrbach joined the cast as Lennie Briscoe. Fan opinion is divided as to whether it stayed good or kind of lost it after Dick Wolf was forced to create some female characters and Michael Moriarty left/Sam Waterston joined.
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.
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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.
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