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19th May '16 12:40:16 PM bt8257
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[[caption-width-right:331: [[VisualPun Ahh...]] ''[[VisualPun much]]'' [[VisualPun better]].]]

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The key to this trope is seeing a dramatic "before and after" difference along the life of a series. The element can sometimes be attributed to a single, outstanding episode that defines the show. Other times it is just a general improvement, like the TropeNamer ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Fans of the series noticed a sharp increase in quality and consistent stories and it coincided with Commander Riker, Jonathan Frakes, growing a beard[[note]]This was for his part in the NorthAndSouthUS miniseries, which was filmed between seasons 1 and 2. Frakes liked the beard so much he kept it.[[/note]] and helping the show gain its own identity, even though it still took a little more time before it really took off. The term has spread into internet vernacular to the point that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=iSwAinUFoLs#t=49s Frakes has even brought it up]]. History repeated itself a few years later when fans noted a marked improvement in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' after lead actor Avery Brooks grew a beard (and shaved his head, to boot).

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The key to this trope is seeing a dramatic "before and after" difference along the life of a series. The element can sometimes be attributed to a single, outstanding episode that defines the show. Other times it is just a general improvement, like the TropeNamer ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Fans of the series noticed a sharp increase in quality and consistent stories and it coincided with Commander Riker, Jonathan Frakes, growing a beard[[note]]This was for his part in the NorthAndSouthUS miniseries, which was filmed between seasons 1 and 2. Frakes liked the beard so much he kept it.[[/note]] and helping the show gain its own identity, even though it still took a little more time before it really took off. The term has spread into internet vernacular to the point that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=iSwAinUFoLs#t=49s com/watch?v=iSwAinUFoLs&t=49s Frakes has even brought it up]]. History repeated itself a few years later when fans noted a marked improvement in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' after lead actor Avery Brooks grew a beard (and shaved his head, to boot).
20th Apr '16 12:37:32 PM Berrenta
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The opposite of JumpingTheShark, Growing the Beard is the definitive moment when a series begins to become noticeably better in quality. This often involves a new writer or other creative person coming on board, the happy discovery of a [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular character]], or the exit of a [[ExecutiveMeddling meddling executive]], or simply realizing what works. In general, this is where the franchise starts to find its voice. Getting someone new into a series with an ''abysmal'' beginning can be difficult, as they only have one's word that "[[ItGetsBetter it gets a lot better, really]]." Can occasionally accompany a downplay or removal of [[TheScrappy less popular characters]].

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The opposite of JumpingTheShark, Growing the Beard is the definitive moment when a series begins to become noticeably better in quality. This often involves a new writer or other creative person coming on board, the happy discovery of a [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular character]], or the exit of a [[ExecutiveMeddling meddling executive]], or simply realizing what works. In general, this is where the franchise starts to find its voice. Getting someone new into a series with an ''abysmal'' beginning can be difficult, as they only have one's word that "[[ItGetsBetter "[[SlowPacedBeginning it gets a lot better, really]]." Can occasionally accompany a downplay or removal of [[TheScrappy less popular characters]].
20th Apr '16 10:27:18 AM Berrenta
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[[caption-width-right:331: [[VisualPun Ahh...]] ''[[VisualPun much]]'' [[ItGetsBetter better]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:331: [[VisualPun Ahh...]] ''[[VisualPun much]]'' [[ItGetsBetter [[VisualPun better]].]]
19th Apr '16 4:59:02 AM ManEFaces
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Also note that just because a series eventually grows a beard doesn't mean it was actually bad to start with. Being SoOkayItsAverage is sometimes the worst offense a show can have before it evolves, or it takes a season or two of being just "good" before it develops the myth arc it became famous for. For example, ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' may have needed some time to develop into a truly great piece of work, but it was still an excellent and clever strip from the very beginning.

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Also note that just because a series eventually grows a beard doesn't mean it was actually bad to start with. Sometimes it's just a case of smoothing out any elements of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. Being SoOkayItsAverage is sometimes the worst offense a show can have before it evolves, or it takes a season or two of being just "good" before it develops the myth arc it became famous for. For example, ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' may have needed some time to develop into a truly great piece of work, but it was still an excellent and clever strip from the very beginning.
1st Mar '16 6:58:11 PM Confession0791
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1st Mar '16 6:55:24 PM Confession0791
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[[caption-width-right:331:''[[VisualPun Much]]'' [[VisualPun better]].]]

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1st Mar '16 2:00:58 AM StFan
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-->-- '''Midori''', ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' episode 13

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-->-- '''Midori''', ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' ''Anime/MaiHime'' episode 13
28th Feb '16 3:40:33 PM bt8257
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Take note that this is not a requirement with every series. They may have just [[{{Cancelled}} fallen away unnoticed]]. Maybe it started at a high quality and there is no dramatic difference in quality as mentioned, unless it only [[JumpedTheShark went downhill from there]].

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Take note that this is not a requirement with every series. They may have just [[{{Cancelled}} fallen away unnoticed]]. Maybe it started at a high quality and there is no dramatic difference in quality as mentioned, unless it only [[JumpedTheShark [[JumpingTheShark went downhill from there]].



Also note that just because a series eventually grows a beard doesn't mean it was actually bad to start with. Being [[SoOkayItsAverage So Okay It's Average]] is sometimes the worst offense a show can have before it evolves, or it takes a season or two of being just "good" before it develops the myth arc it became famous for. For example, ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' may have needed some time to develop into a truly great piece of work, but it was still an excellent and clever strip from the very beginning.

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Also note that just because a series eventually grows a beard doesn't mean it was actually bad to start with. Being [[SoOkayItsAverage So Okay It's Average]] SoOkayItsAverage is sometimes the worst offense a show can have before it evolves, or it takes a season or two of being just "good" before it develops the myth arc it became famous for. For example, ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' may have needed some time to develop into a truly great piece of work, but it was still an excellent and clever strip from the very beginning.
24th Jan '16 12:15:30 AM eroock
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The opposite of JumpingTheShark, '''Growing the Beard''' is the definitive moment when a series begins to become noticeably better in quality. This often involves a new writer or other creative person coming on board, the happy discovery of a [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular character]], or the exit of a [[ExecutiveMeddling meddling executive]], or simply realizing what works. In general, this is where the franchise starts to find its voice. Getting someone new into a series with an ''abysmal'' beginning can be difficult, as they only have one's word that "[[ItGetsBetter it gets a lot better, really]]." Can occasionally accompany a downplay or removal of [[TheScrappy less popular characters]].

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The opposite of JumpingTheShark, '''Growing Growing the Beard''' Beard is the definitive moment when a series begins to become noticeably better in quality. This often involves a new writer or other creative person coming on board, the happy discovery of a [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular character]], or the exit of a [[ExecutiveMeddling meddling executive]], or simply realizing what works. In general, this is where the franchise starts to find its voice. Getting someone new into a series with an ''abysmal'' beginning can be difficult, as they only have one's word that "[[ItGetsBetter it gets a lot better, really]]." Can occasionally accompany a downplay or removal of [[TheScrappy less popular characters]].
15th Jan '16 11:13:04 AM Munolik
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The key to this trope is seeing a dramatic "before and after" difference along the life of a series. The element can sometimes be attributed to a single, outstanding episode that defines the show. Other times it is just a general improvement, like the TropeNamer ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Fans of the series noticed a sharp increase in quality and consistent stories and it coincided with Commander Riker, Jonathan Frakes, growing a beard[[note]]This was for his part in the NorthAndSouthUS trilogy, which was filmed between seasons 1 and 2. Frakes liked the beard so much he kept it.[[/note]] and helping the show gain its own identity, even though it still took a little more time before it really took off. The term has spread into internet vernacular to the point that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=iSwAinUFoLs#t=49s Frakes has even brought it up]]. History repeated itself a few years later when fans noted a marked improvement in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' after lead actor Avery Brooks grew a beard (and shaved his head, to boot).

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The key to this trope is seeing a dramatic "before and after" difference along the life of a series. The element can sometimes be attributed to a single, outstanding episode that defines the show. Other times it is just a general improvement, like the TropeNamer ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Fans of the series noticed a sharp increase in quality and consistent stories and it coincided with Commander Riker, Jonathan Frakes, growing a beard[[note]]This was for his part in the NorthAndSouthUS trilogy, miniseries, which was filmed between seasons 1 and 2. Frakes liked the beard so much he kept it.[[/note]] and helping the show gain its own identity, even though it still took a little more time before it really took off. The term has spread into internet vernacular to the point that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=iSwAinUFoLs#t=49s Frakes has even brought it up]]. History repeated itself a few years later when fans noted a marked improvement in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' after lead actor Avery Brooks grew a beard (and shaved his head, to boot).
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