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26th Jun '16 10:52:29 AM Pseudowolf
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** It should also be noted that the series was also used as a platform for creator and primary writer Aaron Sorkin to put his views on display.
14th May '16 12:20:53 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The 1970s TV show ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' started off as a straightforward forensic-pathology whodunit. By the end of its run, every single episode was a soapbox rant about some political or social issue, always from a liberal POV.
* One show which was helped by this trope was ''Series/TheDailyShow.'' Under Craig Kilborn the show mostly made fun of apolitical topics like celebrities and small-town weirdos, but under Jon Stewart the show became more about serious news satire with a liberal slant, in fact becoming a major source of news for many (much to Jon's chagrin).

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* The 1970s TV show ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' started off as a straightforward forensic-pathology whodunit. By the end of its run, every single episode was a left-wing soapbox rant about some political or social issue, always from a liberal POV.
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* One show which was [[TropesAreTools helped by this trope trope]] was ''Series/TheDailyShow.'' ''Series/TheDailyShow''. Under Craig Kilborn Kilborn, the show mostly made fun of apolitical topics like celebrities and small-town weirdos, but under Jon Stewart Creator/JonStewart, the show became more about serious news satire with while also taking a more overtly liberal slant, in fact becoming a major source point of news for many view. As a result, it became a seriously respected talk show that real politicians, pundits, and newsmakers would show up on, with Stewart viewed as the 'voice of a generation' (much to Jon's chagrin).his chagrin, as he always felt that people shouldn't take a comedy show seriously as a news outlet).



* {{Tatort}} used to be a pretty straightforward crime drama / police procedural / whodunnit, but [[DependingOnTheWriter some teams]] seem to get involved in an "issue of the week" case more often than not, where the victim (or the prime suspect) "just so happens" to give reason to debate a certain - often controversial - topic. As it leads into the Sunday evening talk show, this is often taken as a hook for the debate afterwards.

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* {{Tatort}} The German series ''Series/{{Tatort}}'' used to be a pretty straightforward crime drama / police procedural / whodunnit, but [[DependingOnTheWriter some teams]] seem to get involved in an "issue of the week" case more often than not, where the victim (or the prime suspect) "just so happens" to give reason to debate a certain - -- often controversial - -- topic. As it leads into the Sunday evening talk show, this is often taken as a hook for the debate afterwards.
3rd May '16 8:32:40 AM Jhonny
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* {{Tatort}} used to be a pretty straightforward crime drama / police procedural / whodunnit, but [[DependingOnTheWriter some teams]] seem to get involved in an "issue of the week" case more often than not, where the victim (or the prime suspect) "just so happens" to give reason to debate a certain - often controversial - topic. As it leads into the Sunday evening talk show, this is often taken as a hook for the debate afterwards.
27th Mar '16 9:40:54 PM Twentington
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* Darryl Worley, after having a monster hit in 2003 with the post-9/11 anthem "Have You Forgotten?", began inserting patriotic/military themes into songs on his next albums. "Awful, Beautiful Life", despite being a SliceOfLife song, goes out of its way to mention "cousin Michael in Iraq", and the self-explanatory "I Just Came Back from a War" in late 2006-early 2007. But after that, he started to back away from the patriotism again.
* More emphatically than that is Music/TobyKeith, who, after the aggressively jingoistic "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue" in 2002, began inserting political themes into his later material. His next album (unsubtly titled ''Shock'n Y'all'' as a {{pun}} on the war term "shock and awe", which was popularized during TheWarOnTerror) contained the hit single "American Soldier" (which was at least more subtle in its patriotism) and the self-explanatory "Taliban Song". And while he backed off for a while, he returned to the patriotism well in 2009 with "American Ride", and again in 2011 with "Made in America".
13th Mar '16 11:16:30 PM MsChibi
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Think of it as a political {{Flanderization}}. See also CerebusSyndrome. See FilibusterFreefall for when it happens to a writer's overall body of work instead of just a single series.

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Think of it as a political {{Flanderization}}. See also CerebusSyndrome. See FilibusterFreefall for when it happens to a writer's overall body of work instead of just a single series.
series. See NetworkDecay and MagazineDecay, for when this happens to TV channels, radio stations, and print media. Compare WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic
5th Mar '16 10:53:32 AM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' was centered on government invasions of privacy and extreme rendition policies, had [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Mr. Fantastic]] construct Super Gitmo, and turned IronMan into a StrawmanPolitical (one who hired Nazi scientists to assassinate and clone his former teammates). This culminated with an {{Anvilicious}} bullet through CaptainAmerica's skull. However, this is a special case of almost issue tug-of-war as it had [[WriterOnBoard about a dozen writers on board]] who were all trying to express different, conflicting views and making different characters evil/incompetent accordingly.

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* ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' was centered on government invasions of privacy and extreme rendition policies, had [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Mr. Fantastic]] construct Super Gitmo, and turned IronMan ComicBook/IronMan into a StrawmanPolitical (one who hired Nazi scientists to assassinate and clone his former teammates). This culminated with an {{Anvilicious}} bullet through CaptainAmerica's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's skull. However, this is a special case of almost issue tug-of-war as it had [[WriterOnBoard about a dozen writers on board]] who were all trying to express different, conflicting views and making different characters evil/incompetent accordingly.
29th Feb '16 2:32:57 AM jormis29
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* ''Inverted'' to some degree in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. At first nearly every episode was some sort of criticism of the George W. Bush administration particularly its anti-terrorism policies with [[JerkAss Stan]] serving as a StrawmanPolitical. However, after the first season or so, political episodes have become rarer to the point that they're only a handful of episodes a season. Meanwhile Stan more often was shown in a sympathetic light (achieving, dare we say it, some degree of CharacterDevelopment), with his faults falling more under general ComedicSociopathy. All of this is generally considered [[GrowingTheBeard for the better]].
** All of which does make it frustrating when people lump the show in as being virtually the same as ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', when not only was the general style of episode always different, it is in fact much more balanced as well despite the premise seeming to be overtly political at first glance.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIWTB8POnkg Speaking of Family Guy...]] This makes sense when you learn that Seth [=MacFarlane=] created ''American Dad'' to essentially be his way to vent his political frustrations (it was created after President Bush was reelected) without letting them muddy up ''Family Guy'' too much. However, ever since, he's become more comfortable doing political things on ''Family Guy'' (some fans would say a little ''too'' comfortable,) which has left ''American Dad'' to be the more character-based and less controversial.
* Addressed on ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'', where Matt wonders when comedians and audiences became so political, and gets the response "when the plane made a sharp left at the second tower".
* When it began, ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' was a show devoted to debunking supernatural claims with a few libertarian messages thrown in. In later seasons the libertarian aspect has become the main focus of the show with the paranormal only coming up every few episodes.



* Mocked in one particularly political episode of ''Duckman:''
->'''Cornfed:''' Something funny is going on...
->'''Duckman:''' Good, I'm getting tired of all the social commentary.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' became increasingly openly political as Alan Alda became more and more directly involved in writing and producing the show. By the end of it the show was hailed as an "anti-war drama", which greatly irked fans of the [[Literature/{{MASH}} original novel]] and [[Film/{{MASH}} film]], which the earlier seasons hewed more closely to. The original was written by Richard Hooker, a real Army doctor who based the story on his own experiences in Korea, and who leaned politically right and overall was positive about American foreign intervention. His original concept was simply one of people in hellish circumstances making the best of things, whereas the later seasons of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' focused less and less on the "making the best of things" and more and more on the "hellish circumstances", with increasingly pointed barbs directed at the politicians the show blamed for creating those circumstances.
** It really didn't help matters any, when it came to Hooker's opinion of the show, that Hooker had originally based Hawkeye on himself, and Hawkeye was originally a very masculine, athletic football player type. Alan Alda was very much ''not'' this type, and over time Hawkeye's character came to resemble Alda in RealLife more and more, especially as Alda -- and, by extension, Hawkeye -- became the iconic '70s Sensitive New Man. One can imagine Hooker being displeased.
*** Hawkeye's deep, visceral anger at the idea of being ordered to carry a weapon or directly involve himself in combat in a later ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode, for instance -- the implication, in fact, being that Hawkeye was assigned to the M*A*S*H unit because he was a conscientious objector -- runs 100% counter to the original portrayal of Hawkeye and his opinions (such as they were) in the original ''Series/{{MASH}}''.



* Used, possibly subverted, in an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' where a wounded soldier serving in Iraq is brought into the hospital. Almost everybody gets involved in the political debate (except for JD who spends the entire episode reading "The Iraq War for Dummies" and the spineless Ted who takes a neutral stance). It ends with Dr. Kelso cutting off the employee discount at the hospital coffee shop to stop everybody's constant arguing about politics and get angry at him instead. The episode is very deliberate to not take any side and to treat the subject with some humour.
* The King Steve interludes in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' could be considered a form of this, although they make up about .3% of the comic and he's more [[TheCaligula Caligula]] Drift than anything else.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' went fully political for a while in the run-up to the 2008 US election, much to its detriment. It has largely gotten back to normal since the election.
** And now it's concerning itself largely with gender politics, societal misogyny and radical feminism.

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* Used, possibly subverted, in an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' where a wounded soldier serving in Iraq is brought into the hospital. Almost everybody gets involved in the political debate (except for JD who spends the entire episode reading "The Iraq War for Dummies" Inverted by ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''. Seigel and the spineless Ted who takes a neutral stance). It ends with Dr. Kelso cutting off the employee discount at the hospital coffee shop to stop everybody's constant arguing about politics and get angry at him instead. The episode is very deliberate to not take any side and to treat the subject with some humour.
* The King Steve interludes in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' could be
Shuster's original character fought everything two poor Jewish guys considered "injustice", which in his first story included a form of this, although they make up about .3% of the comic and he's more [[TheCaligula Caligula]] Drift than anything else.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' went fully
government lobbyist for a munitions company. Somewhere around WorldWarTwo he became an All-American hero who felt it would be inappropriate to have any strong political for a while in views beyond Nazism = Bad, and by the run-up to the 2008 US election, much to its detriment. It has largely gotten back to normal since the election.
** And now it's concerning itself largely with gender politics, societal misogyny
Silver Age any relationship between his world and radical feminism.reality had disappeared.

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* Comic-Strip Club was a website of several simultaneous webcomics, all of which were written by the same person. The main feature was Electronic Tigers, a full-page comedy series about college-age video-game fans; the secondary feature was Right-Left-Center, a 4-panel political strip about a talking Donkey & Elephant, representing the Democratic and Republican parties. When the 2008 American Presidential election began, RLC started taking on a bigger role, and as the election drew nearer and nearer, its role grew to a point where it became the main focus of the site. Many fans of the site (most of whom came for Electronic Tigers, the other title) were disappointed by their title being put on hiatus, and many others were also turned off by the extremely biased right-wing politics of RLC, which frequently compared Obama to a Nazi, and briefly, pointed out that the theory of evolution is "absurd". This derailment was so thoroughly unsatisfactory to readers that the web-traffic and readership tanked and the entire website went down for MONTHS. After the website was brought back up, ET was put on indefinite hiatus, while more anti-Obama RLC strips were posted, as well as several pages of a new comic project- a comic biography of Christ, as written by the website's usual writer, a born-again Christian. It should be noted that the artist was an ex-[[DCComics DC]] staffer who got fired because he tried to insert right-wing politics into everything he drew, and wasted company time arguing about the "homosexual agenda" against other people on their forums.
** Not to mention Electronic Tigers last batch of comics was mostly arguments between a calm-minded Republican and a [[StrawmanPolitical crazy, shouting Democrat.]] Those strips are so infamously biased that the [[http://butthug.com/post/21056500922/my-famous-dumb-and-so-goddamn-crazy-strip-now-in "dumb and so goddamn crazy" comic]] which was once the page image for StrawmanPolitical is supposedly a parody of Electronic Tigers.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' became far less even handed toward the end of its run; what started as a nuanced comedy of manners about an unassuming small Texas town with multiple character arcs slowly wound down into repetitive {{Author Tract}}s on Household mold problems, Shoddy [=McMansion=] construction, {{Frivolous Lawsuit}}s and ''Trans-Facism''. {{Flanderization}} set in, CharacterDevelopment slowed considerably, and Hank, who had been more of a dogged HonorBeforeReason type, gradually turned into the OnlySaneMan bordering on a conservative small town version of the SoapBoxSadie.
** {{Subverted}} somewhat unintentionally by focusing on issues almost no one actually cares about.
* The 1970s TV show ''{{Quincy}}'' started off as a straightforward forensic-pathology whodunit. By the end of its run, every single episode was a soapbox rant about some political or social issue, always from a liberal POV.
* Music/MartinaMcBride had a big hit in 1994 with "Independence Day" (a song about domestic abuse), then scored a big hit three years later with "A Broken Wing", another song about domestic abuse. After that, she changed her style to the point that nearly half of her songs were anthemic "issue songs" like "Love's the Only House" (a catchall for various domestic troubles), "It's My Time", "Concrete Angel" (''yet another'' song about abuse!), "God's Will", and so forth, while the other half was {{Glurge}}-laden songs about love and/or family.
* Collin Raye had a similar drift starting with his 1994 album ''Extremes'', most notably in the song "Little Rock" (about a brokenhearted recovering alcoholic). Later songs had him tackling the NotSoDifferent trope ("Not That Different"), general societal wrongs ("I Think About You", "What If Jesus Comes Back Like That"), etc. He kinda moved away from it after his 1997 GreatestHitsAlbum (except for the anti-child abuse anthem "The Eleventh Commandment", although unlike the other songs, it was never a single), but swung back toward it in the mid-2000s after he converted to Roman Catholicism, with songs such as the politically-charged "Never Gonna Stand for This".

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* Comic-Strip Club was a website of several simultaneous webcomics, all of which were written by the same person. The main feature was Electronic Tigers, a full-page comedy series about college-age video-game fans; the secondary feature was Right-Left-Center, a 4-panel political strip about a talking Donkey & Elephant, representing the Democratic and Republican parties. When the 2008 American Presidential election it began, RLC started taking on ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' was a bigger role, and as show devoted to debunking supernatural claims with a few libertarian messages thrown in. In later seasons the election drew nearer and nearer, its role grew to a point where it became libertarian aspect has become the main focus of the site. Many show with the paranormal only coming up every few episodes.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' became increasingly openly political as Alan Alda became more and more directly involved in writing and producing the show. By the end of it the show was hailed as an "anti-war drama", which greatly irked
fans of the site (most of whom came for Electronic Tigers, the other title) were disappointed by their title being put on hiatus, [[Literature/{{MASH}} original novel]] and many others were also turned off by the extremely biased right-wing politics of RLC, [[Film/{{MASH}} film]], which frequently compared Obama to the earlier seasons hewed more closely to. The original was written by Richard Hooker, a Nazi, real Army doctor who based the story on his own experiences in Korea, and briefly, who leaned politically right and overall was positive about American foreign intervention. His original concept was simply one of people in hellish circumstances making the best of things, whereas the later seasons of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' focused less and less on the "making the best of things" and more and more on the "hellish circumstances", with increasingly pointed out barbs directed at the politicians the show blamed for creating those circumstances.
** It really didn't help matters any, when it came to Hooker's opinion of the show,
that Hooker had originally based Hawkeye on himself, and Hawkeye was originally a very masculine, athletic football player type. Alan Alda was very much ''not'' this type, and over time Hawkeye's character came to resemble Alda in RealLife more and more, especially as Alda -- and, by extension, Hawkeye -- became the theory iconic '70s Sensitive New Man. One can imagine Hooker being displeased.
*** Hawkeye's deep, visceral anger at the idea
of evolution is "absurd". This derailment was so thoroughly unsatisfactory being ordered to readers carry a weapon or directly involve himself in combat in a later ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode, for instance -- the implication, in fact, being that Hawkeye was assigned to the web-traffic M*A*S*H unit because he was a conscientious objector -- runs 100% counter to the original portrayal of Hawkeye and readership tanked and his opinions (such as they were) in the original ''Series/{{MASH}}''.
* Used, possibly subverted, in an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' where a wounded soldier serving in Iraq is brought into the hospital. Almost everybody gets involved in the political debate (except for JD who spends
the entire website went down episode reading "The Iraq War for MONTHS. After Dummies" and the website was brought back up, ET was put on indefinite hiatus, while more anti-Obama RLC strips were posted, as well as several pages of spineless Ted who takes a new comic project- a comic biography of Christ, as written by neutral stance). It ends with Dr. Kelso cutting off the website's usual writer, a born-again Christian. It should be noted that employee discount at the artist was an ex-[[DCComics DC]] staffer who got fired because he tried hospital coffee shop to insert right-wing politics into everything he drew, and wasted company time stop everybody's constant arguing about politics and get angry at him instead. The episode is very deliberate to not take any side and to treat the "homosexual agenda" against other people on their forums.
** Not to mention Electronic Tigers last batch of comics was mostly arguments between a calm-minded Republican and a [[StrawmanPolitical crazy, shouting Democrat.]] Those strips are so infamously biased that the [[http://butthug.com/post/21056500922/my-famous-dumb-and-so-goddamn-crazy-strip-now-in "dumb and so goddamn crazy" comic]] which was once the page image for StrawmanPolitical is supposedly a parody of Electronic Tigers.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' became far less even handed toward the end of its run; what started as a nuanced comedy of manners about an unassuming small Texas town
subject with multiple character arcs slowly wound down into repetitive {{Author Tract}}s on Household mold problems, Shoddy [=McMansion=] construction, {{Frivolous Lawsuit}}s and ''Trans-Facism''. {{Flanderization}} set in, CharacterDevelopment slowed considerably, and Hank, who had been more of a dogged HonorBeforeReason type, gradually turned into the OnlySaneMan bordering on a conservative small town version of the SoapBoxSadie.
** {{Subverted}} somewhat unintentionally by focusing on issues almost no one actually cares about.
some humour.
* The 1970s TV show ''{{Quincy}}'' ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' started off as a straightforward forensic-pathology whodunit. By the end of its run, every single episode was a soapbox rant about some political or social issue, always from a liberal POV.
* Music/MartinaMcBride had a big hit in 1994 with "Independence Day" (a song about domestic abuse), then scored a big hit three years later with "A Broken Wing", another song about domestic abuse. After that, she changed her style to the point that nearly half of her songs were anthemic "issue songs" like "Love's the Only House" (a catchall for various domestic troubles), "It's My Time", "Concrete Angel" (''yet another'' song about abuse!), "God's Will", and so forth, while the other half was {{Glurge}}-laden songs about love and/or family.
* Collin Raye had a similar drift starting with his 1994 album ''Extremes'', most notably in the song "Little Rock" (about a brokenhearted recovering alcoholic). Later songs had him tackling the NotSoDifferent trope ("Not That Different"), general societal wrongs ("I Think About You", "What If Jesus Comes Back Like That"), etc. He kinda moved away from it after his 1997 GreatestHitsAlbum (except for the anti-child abuse anthem "The Eleventh Commandment", although unlike the other songs, it was never a single), but swung back toward it in the mid-2000s after he converted to Roman Catholicism, with songs such as the politically-charged "Never Gonna Stand for This".
POV.



* The webcomic ''TwistedKaijuTheater'' started out as a simple, goofy webcomic strip about lots of silly toliet humor. As the series progessed it not only got up a consistant cast and arcing plotlines, it also shifted into having more serious storylines and also providing social and political commentary. The comic began with jokes about poop and developed into a series that deals with mature themes like death, sacrifice, political ethics, family loss, and morality (although it's still pretty comedic).



* Addressed on ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'', where Matt wonders when comedians and audiences became so political, and gets the response "when the plane made a sharp left at the second tower".

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* Music/MartinaMcBride had a big hit in 1994 with "Independence Day" (a song about domestic abuse), then scored a big hit three years later with "A Broken Wing", another song about domestic abuse. After that, she changed her style to the point that nearly half of her songs were anthemic "issue songs" like "Love's the Only House" (a catchall for various domestic troubles), "It's My Time", "Concrete Angel" (''yet another'' song about abuse!), "God's Will", and so forth, while the other half was {{Glurge}}-laden songs about love and/or family.
* Collin Raye had a similar drift starting with his 1994 album ''Extremes'', most notably in the song "Little Rock" (about a brokenhearted recovering alcoholic). Later songs had him tackling the NotSoDifferent trope ("Not That Different"), general societal wrongs ("I Think About You", "What If Jesus Comes Back Like That"), etc. He kinda moved away from it after his 1997 GreatestHitsAlbum (except for the anti-child abuse anthem "The Eleventh Commandment", although unlike the other songs, it was never a single), but swung back toward it in the mid-2000s after he converted to Roman Catholicism, with songs such as the politically-charged "Never Gonna Stand for This".
* From about ''I Should've Married My Father-in-Law'' onward, singer-comedian Creator/TimWilson started to insert his right-wing Libertarian views into more of his work, such as "Brady Bill, Gunfighter Without a Gun".

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* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' went fully political for a while in the run-up to the 2008 US election, much to its detriment. It has largely gotten back to normal since the election.
** And now it's concerning itself largely with gender politics, societal misogyny and radical feminism.



* Inverted by ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''. Seigel and Shuster's original character fought everything two poor Jewish guys considered "injustice", which in his first story included a government lobbyist for a munitions company. Somewhere around WorldWarTwo he became an All-American hero who felt it would be inappropriate to have any strong political views beyond Nazism = Bad, and by the Silver Age any relationship between his world and reality had disappeared.
* From about ''I Should've Married My Father-in-Law'' onward, singer-comedian Creator/TimWilson started to insert his right-wing Libertarian views into more of his work, such as "Brady Bill, Gunfighter Without a Gun".

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* Inverted Comic-Strip Club was a website of several simultaneous webcomics, all of which were written by ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''. Seigel the same person. The main feature was Electronic Tigers, a full-page comedy series about college-age video-game fans; the secondary feature was Right-Left-Center, a 4-panel political strip about a talking Donkey & Elephant, representing the Democratic and Shuster's original character fought Republican parties. When the 2008 American Presidential election began, RLC started taking on a bigger role, and as the election drew nearer and nearer, its role grew to a point where it became the main focus of the site. Many fans of the site (most of whom came for Electronic Tigers, the other title) were disappointed by their title being put on hiatus, and many others were also turned off by the extremely biased right-wing politics of RLC, which frequently compared Obama to a Nazi, and briefly, pointed out that the theory of evolution is "absurd". This derailment was so thoroughly unsatisfactory to readers that the web-traffic and readership tanked and the entire website went down for MONTHS. After the website was brought back up, ET was put on indefinite hiatus, while more anti-Obama RLC strips were posted, as well as several pages of a new comic project- a comic biography of Christ, as written by the website's usual writer, a born-again Christian. It should be noted that the artist was an ex-[[DCComics DC]] staffer who got fired because he tried to insert right-wing politics into everything two poor Jewish guys he drew, and wasted company time arguing about the "homosexual agenda" against other people on their forums.
** Not to mention Electronic Tigers last batch of comics was mostly arguments between a calm-minded Republican and a [[StrawmanPolitical crazy, shouting Democrat.]] Those strips are so infamously biased that the [[http://butthug.com/post/21056500922/my-famous-dumb-and-so-goddamn-crazy-strip-now-in "dumb and so goddamn crazy" comic]] which was once the page image for StrawmanPolitical is supposedly a parody of Electronic Tigers.
* The webcomic ''TwistedKaijuTheater'' started out as a simple, goofy webcomic strip about lots of silly toliet humor. As the series progessed it not only got up a consistant cast and arcing plotlines, it also shifted into having more serious storylines and also providing social and political commentary. The comic began with jokes about poop and developed into a series that deals with mature themes like death, sacrifice, political ethics, family loss, and morality (although it's still pretty comedic).

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* ''Inverted'' to some degree in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. At first nearly every episode was some sort of criticism of the George W. Bush administration particularly its anti-terrorism policies with [[JerkAss Stan]] serving as a StrawmanPolitical. However, after the first season or so, political episodes have become rarer to the point that they're only a handful of episodes a season. Meanwhile Stan more often was shown in a sympathetic light (achieving, dare we say it, some degree of CharacterDevelopment), with his faults falling more under general ComedicSociopathy. All of this is generally
considered "injustice", [[GrowingTheBeard for the better]].
** All of
which does make it frustrating when people lump the show in his first story included a government lobbyist for a munitions company. Somewhere around WorldWarTwo he became an All-American hero who felt as being virtually the same as ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', when not only was the general style of episode always different, it would is in fact much more balanced as well despite the premise seeming to be inappropriate to have any strong overtly political views beyond Nazism = Bad, at first glance.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIWTB8POnkg Speaking of Family Guy...]] This makes sense when you learn that Seth [=MacFarlane=] created ''American Dad'' to essentially be his way to vent his political frustrations (it was created after President Bush was reelected) without letting them muddy up ''Family Guy'' too much. However, ever since, he's become more comfortable doing political things on ''Family Guy'' (some fans would say a little ''too'' comfortable,) which has left ''American Dad'' to be the more character-based
and by less controversial.
* Mocked in one particularly political episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'':
-->'''Cornfed:''' Something funny is going on...\\
'''Duckman:''' Good, I'm getting tired of all
the Silver Age any relationship between his world and reality had disappeared.
social commentary.
* From about ''I Should've Married My Father-in-Law'' onward, singer-comedian Creator/TimWilson ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' became far less even handed toward the end of its run; what started to insert his right-wing Libertarian views as a nuanced comedy of manners about an unassuming small Texas town with multiple character arcs slowly wound down into repetitive {{Author Tract}}s on Household mold problems, Shoddy [=McMansion=] construction, {{Frivolous Lawsuit}}s and ''Trans-Facism''. {{Flanderization}} set in, CharacterDevelopment slowed considerably, and Hank, who had been more of his work, such as "Brady Bill, Gunfighter Without a Gun".dogged HonorBeforeReason type, gradually turned into the OnlySaneMan bordering on a conservative small town version of the SoapBoxSadie.
** {{Subverted}} somewhat unintentionally by focusing on issues almost no one actually cares about.
29th Feb '16 2:20:38 AM jormis29
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' went from focusing on character and situational humor between its broad cast of supporting or recurring characters, being only partly political, to more politically centered commentary with much more focus on Huey's conversations with his friend Caesar, as well as reactions to recent news. [=McGruder=] freely admits that his raging anger against the Bush Administration hijacked the comic, though it ultimately ended because of the TV series, where most of the character and plot-driven humor that was supposed to be on the comic ended up, with most of [=McGruder=]'s attention in general.
** Oddly enough, this trope was inverted on the show itself. While the first season had most of its episodes dedicated to social issues, like the episode where a bank robbery is an allegory for the Iraq War or the episode where Martin Luther King Jr. comes out of a coma and chews out all the black people, the second season had more general stories, like Riley joining the basketball team or Robert going on a date with a crazy lady he met online. That isn't to say they didn't go after social issues, but they didn't do it as frequently or as overtly. Perhaps, if the Bush Administration hijacked the comic, the end of same sort of ''un''-hijacked the show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' went from focusing on character and situational humor between its broad cast of supporting or recurring characters, being only partly political, to more politically centered commentary with much more focus on Huey's conversations with his friend Caesar, as well as reactions to recent news. [=McGruder=] freely admits that his raging anger against the Bush Administration hijacked the comic, though it ultimately ended because of the TV series, where most of the character and plot-driven humor that was supposed to be on the comic ended up, with most of [=McGruder=]'s attention in general.
** Oddly enough, this trope was inverted on [[WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks the show show]] itself. While the first season had most of its episodes dedicated to social issues, like the episode where a bank robbery is an allegory for the Iraq War or the episode where Martin Luther King Jr. comes out of a coma and chews out all the black people, the second season had more general stories, like Riley joining the basketball team or Robert going on a date with a crazy lady he met online. That isn't to say they didn't go after social issues, but they didn't do it as frequently or as overtly. Perhaps, if the Bush Administration hijacked the comic, the end of same sort of ''un''-hijacked the show.
28th Feb '16 11:14:50 AM nombretomado
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* ''TheBoondocks'' went from focusing on character and situational humor between its broad cast of supporting or recurring characters, being only partly political, to more politically centered commentary with much more focus on Huey's conversations with his friend Caesar, as well as reactions to recent news. [=McGruder=] freely admits that his raging anger against the Bush Administration hijacked the comic, though it ultimately ended because of the TV series, where most of the character and plot-driven humor that was supposed to be on the comic ended up, with most of [=McGruder=]'s attention in general.

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* ''TheBoondocks'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' went from focusing on character and situational humor between its broad cast of supporting or recurring characters, being only partly political, to more politically centered commentary with much more focus on Huey's conversations with his friend Caesar, as well as reactions to recent news. [=McGruder=] freely admits that his raging anger against the Bush Administration hijacked the comic, though it ultimately ended because of the TV series, where most of the character and plot-driven humor that was supposed to be on the comic ended up, with most of [=McGruder=]'s attention in general.
25th Feb '16 5:00:53 PM rosvicl
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* ''TheBoondocks'' went from focusing on character and situational humor between its wide case of supporting or recurring characters, being only partly political, to more politically centered commentary with much more focus on Huey's conversations with his friend Caesar, as well as reactions to recent news. [=McGruder=] freely admits that his raging anger against the Bush Administration hijacked the comic, though it ultimately ended because of the TV series, where most of the character and plot-driven humor that was supposed to be on the comic ended up, with most of [=McGruder=]'s attention in general.

to:

* ''TheBoondocks'' went from focusing on character and situational humor between its wide case broad cast of supporting or recurring characters, being only partly political, to more politically centered commentary with much more focus on Huey's conversations with his friend Caesar, as well as reactions to recent news. [=McGruder=] freely admits that his raging anger against the Bush Administration hijacked the comic, though it ultimately ended because of the TV series, where most of the character and plot-driven humor that was supposed to be on the comic ended up, with most of [=McGruder=]'s attention in general.
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