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5th Aug '17 10:37:03 PM RavenWilder
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' parodies this. The entire show is ridiculous, but it focuses almost entirely on the (physically-possible if really unlikely) exploits of a group of mundane, if wacky, modern-day New Yorkers. But every so often they throw in a one-shot gag about time travel, [[RuleOfFunny just because]].

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' parodies this. The entire show is ridiculous, but it focuses almost entirely on the (physically-possible if really unlikely) exploits of a group of mundane, if wacky, modern-day New Yorkers. But every so often they throw in a one-shot gag about time travel, [[RuleOfFunny just because]]. Possibly explained by the show's FramingDevice being an UnreliableNarrator.
5th Aug '17 10:29:26 PM RavenWilder
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* The ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' spinoff ''BaywatchNights'' centered around Sgt. Garner Ellerbee and [[Creator/DavidHasselhoff Mitch Buchannon]] starting a detective agency and was a fairly realistic crime show. Then the low ratings prompted the producers to ditch Ellerbee, [[GenreShift turn the show into an]] ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' ripoff and have David Hasselhoff fighting aliens and mutants.

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* The ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' was ''supposed'' to be a fairly realistic drama about lifeguards, but it quickly began having plots that could have come straight from cheesy action movies, featuring casino heists, international assassins, shootouts with pirates, and oh-so-many jewel thieves. There are also a handful of episodes where supernatural phenomena like ghosts, UFO abductions, and MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Christmas elves appear and then are never mentioned again.
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spinoff ''BaywatchNights'' centered around Sgt. Garner Ellerbee and [[Creator/DavidHasselhoff Mitch Buchannon]] starting a detective agency and was a fairly realistic crime show. Then the low ratings prompted the producers to ditch Ellerbee, [[GenreShift turn the show into an]] ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' ripoff and have David Hasselhoff fighting aliens and mutants.
6th Jul '17 5:44:46 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* A Hallowe'en special of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' has Eric, in typical Eric fashion, convinced that Jack's new girlfriend is a witch. As it turns out, [[SkepticismFailure she is a witch]], and the episode builds to the attempted ritual sacrifice of Jack and Shawn. Then Eric hooks up with [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Sabrina]], who turns Shawn into a toad. (Another episode featured Sabrina, as part of a crossover, but all she did was set off SomethingCompletelyDifferent -- in the 1940's -- with no other supernatural elements.)

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* A Hallowe'en Halloween special of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' has Eric, in typical Eric fashion, convinced that Jack's new girlfriend is a witch. As it turns out, [[SkepticismFailure she is a witch]], and the episode builds to the attempted ritual sacrifice of Jack and Shawn. Then Eric hooks up with [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Sabrina]], who turns Shawn into a toad. (Another episode featured Sabrina, as part of a crossover, but all she did was set off SomethingCompletelyDifferent -- in the 1940's -- with no other supernatural elements.)



* Mild example in a HalloweenEpisode of ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', which has a main plot involving around a creepy, yet realistic story where the team pursues a serial killer involved in black market organ sales. However the episode also strongly implies that a series of misfortunes that hit Danny are due to him being cursed after trespassing on an ancient Hawaiian burial ground, and it's also implied at the end of the episode that the woman who recommended an apartment to him (that he's able to get for cheap due it belonging to one of the murder victims) is in fact a ghost.

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* Mild example in a HalloweenEpisode of ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', which has a main plot involving around a creepy, yet realistic story where the team pursues a serial killer involved in black market organ sales. However However, the episode also strongly implies that a series of misfortunes that hit Danny are due to him being cursed after trespassing on an ancient Hawaiian burial ground, and it's also implied at the end of the episode that the woman who recommended an apartment to him (that he's able to get for cheap due it belonging to one of the murder victims) is in fact a ghost.
6th Jul '17 5:16:46 PM 64SuperNintendo
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** There were a few other giant monsters, as well. Though all of them had sorta-scientific rationales behind them, they still stretched the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief by playing fast & loose with the SquareCubeLaw (more so than the relatively modest sized HumongousMecha of the title, anyway). The first OAV featured a giant monster that was created by a MadScientist doing experiments on abiogenesis that somehow [[EvolutionaryLevels rapidly evolved]] from an amoeba to a humanoid Kaiju that inexplicably had [[TheBigGuy Yamazaki's]] face. TheTV series had a Patlabor sized giant rat created by growth hormone experiments & the monster from the 3rd movie, which was a grotesque giant zombie/fish thing created from genetically altered human cancer cells & alien DNA from a meteor.

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** There were a few other giant monsters, as well. Though all of them had sorta-scientific rationales behind them, they still stretched the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief by playing fast & loose with the SquareCubeLaw (more so than the relatively modest sized HumongousMecha of the title, anyway). The first OAV featured a giant monster that was created by a MadScientist doing experiments on abiogenesis that somehow [[EvolutionaryLevels rapidly evolved]] from an amoeba to a humanoid Kaiju that inexplicably had [[TheBigGuy Yamazaki's]] face. TheTV series had a Patlabor sized giant rat created by growth hormone experiments & and the monster from the 3rd movie, which was a grotesque giant zombie/fish thing created from genetically altered human cancer cells & and alien DNA from a meteor.



* In the ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' story ''Flight 714'', we had a [[spoiler:thrilling hijack plot and Tintin & Co. being trapped on a remote island. And then out of the blue... Aliens!]]

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* In the ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' story ''Flight 714'', we had a [[spoiler:thrilling hijack plot and Tintin & and Co. being trapped on a remote island. And then out of the blue... Aliens!]]



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2nd Jul '17 11:49:05 AM corruptmalemenace
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* TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} campaigns can very easily come across this way, due to the extent of the FantasyKitchenSink being somewhat hidden at first. On the surface, at least, the setting of Golarion seems like pretty straightforward Tolkeinian High Fantasy - elves, dwarves, orcs, wizards, gods, demons, all present and correct. The technology level by default doesn't ever exceed muskets and cannon. There's teleportation and interdimensional travel but it's always portrayed in MagiBabble that squares it with the expected parameters of a High Fantasy setting. So it can be a little jarring the first time you find out that Golarion is ''also'' home to some alien lifeforms both organic and robotic that rode in on a crashing spaceship, or that some of the setting's "demigods" are actually very powerful artificial intelligences, or that one of the planets in Golarion's solar system is canonically a [[ThatsNoMoon dormant space station]], or that the planet Earth implicitly exists in the same universe and (thanks to the Public Domain) [[CosmicHorroReveal actual literal Cthulhu]] is currently asleep beneath its oceans.

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* TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} campaigns can very easily come across this way, due to the extent of the FantasyKitchenSink being somewhat hidden at first. On the surface, at least, the setting of Golarion seems like pretty straightforward Tolkeinian High Fantasy - elves, dwarves, orcs, wizards, gods, demons, all present and correct. The technology level by default doesn't ever exceed muskets and cannon. There's teleportation and interdimensional travel but it's always portrayed in MagiBabble that squares it with the expected parameters of a High Fantasy setting. So it can be a little jarring the first time you find out that Golarion is ''also'' home to some alien lifeforms both organic and robotic that rode in on a crashing spaceship, or that some of the setting's "demigods" are actually very powerful artificial intelligences, or that one of the planets in Golarion's solar system is canonically a [[ThatsNoMoon dormant space station]], or that the planet Earth implicitly exists in the same universe and (thanks to the Public Domain) [[CosmicHorroReveal [[CosmicHorrorReveal actual literal Cthulhu]] is currently asleep beneath its oceans.
2nd Jul '17 11:48:26 AM corruptmalemenace
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* TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} campaigns can very easily come across this way, due to the extent of the FantasyKitchenSink being somewhat hidden at first. On the surface, at least, the setting of Golarion seems like pretty straightforward Tolkeinian High Fantasy - elves, dwarves, orcs, wizards, gods, demons, all present and correct. The technology level by default doesn't ever exceed muskets and cannon. There's teleportation and interdimensional travel but it's always portrayed in MagiBabble that squares it with the expected parameters of a High Fantasy setting. So it can be a little jarring the first time you find out that Golarion is ''also'' home to some alien lifeforms both organic and robotic that rode in on a crashing spaceship, or that some of the setting's "demigods" are actually very powerful artificial intelligences, or that one of the planets in Golarion's solar system is canonically a [[ThatsNoMoon dormant space station]], or that the planet Earth implicitly exists in the same universe and (thanks to the Public Domain) [[CosmicHorroReveal actual literal Cthulhu]] is currently asleep beneath its oceans.
25th Jun '17 3:56:50 PM jormis29
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* Aliens once appeared in an episode of ''Series/MacGyver''. So did Sasquatch. And a Soviet psychic. Also, Time Travel. To medieval Scotland. To save his ancestor. It was AllJustADream, OrWasItADream

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* Aliens once appeared in an episode of ''Series/MacGyver''.''Series/{{MacGyver|1985}}''. So did Sasquatch. And a Soviet psychic. Also, Time Travel. To medieval Scotland. To save his ancestor. It was AllJustADream, OrWasItADream
11th Jun '17 8:24:43 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfRobinHood'' was mostly a ''{{Xena}}'' homage Fantasy, but the episode "Dragon from the Sky" was about an alien crash-landing in Sherwood and repairing his space-ship in time before the Sheriff dissected him.

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* ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfRobinHood'' was mostly a ''{{Xena}}'' ''Series/{{Xena|Warrior Princess}}'' homage Fantasy, but the episode "Dragon from the Sky" was about an alien crash-landing in Sherwood and repairing his space-ship in time before the Sheriff dissected him.
13th May '17 1:31:16 PM TonyG
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'': During the first season the stories are strictly SliceOfLife, with some elements exaggerated for laughs. The second season starts introducing overt fantasy storylines, such as a HalloweenEpisode in which Penny [[BecomingTheCostume turns into a real superhero]], and a camping trip into what turns out to be a LostWorld. The BigDamnMovie, which acts as a GrandFinale, has a plot about genetically engineered peanut people, a long way from the mundane plots the series began with.
20th Mar '17 10:46:13 PM lavendermintrose
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* ''Anime/MarginalNumber4''.
** It's a SliceOfLife show about [[IdolSinger idols]] in high school - until episode 3, when during a commercial shoot, the twins start having bad luck everywhere, and it turns out it might be ''demonic possession'' - [[spoiler: it's not. It's a hidden camera show, and they're trying to scare R. But they turn it around on the director, making it look like R killed the rest of them to stop the demon, became a demon himself along with L, and now they need another human sacrifice...]]
** [[spoiler: Subverted again]] in the ShowWithinAShow mystery drama that the boys star in. Atom's character, a young cop, gives ArbitrarySkepticism that Rui's character is his murdered partner's ghost, but accepts it - [[spoiler: but it was a lie - the young man is the partner's nephew, joining the case to catch the real murderer - Atom's character]].
** Lighter example - Rui is fond of saying this about things like Atom's [[LuckyCharm lucky underwear]].
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