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* Episode ''A Bullet for Bullock'' of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is told from Bullock's POV and narrated by him, following the general format of a straightforward 40s detective story. Although the entire show is Neo-Noir looking anyway.

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* Episode ''A Bullet for Bullock'' of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is told from Bullock's POV and narrated by him, POV, following the general format of a straightforward 40s detective story. story and even has jazz music to match. Although the entire show is Neo-Noir looking anyway.normally.
23rd Jun '17 2:17:47 AM Luppercus
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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainSimianAndTheSpaceMonkeys'' has an episode with the crew in a rainy noir movie-looking planet getting involve in a ''Film/MalteseFalcon'' plot.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainSimianAndTheSpaceMonkeys'' has an episode with the crew in a rainy noir movie-looking planet getting involve involved in a ''Film/MalteseFalcon'' [[Film/TheMalteseFalcon Maltese Falconish]] plot.
23rd Jun '17 2:15:11 AM Luppercus
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* Episode ''A Bullet for Bullock'' of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is told from Bullock's POV and narrated by him, following the general format of a straightforward 40s detective story. Although the entire show is Neo-Noir looking anyway.


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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainSimianAndTheSpaceMonkeys'' has an episode with the crew in a rainy noir movie-looking planet getting involve in a ''Film/MalteseFalcon'' plot.
28th May '17 7:17:37 PM arilicious
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%%* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' season 6, episode 11, "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)"

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%%* * ''Series/OneTreeHill'' season 6, episode 11, "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)"Me)" shows the characters in the 1940s, with everything paralleling their current lives.
4th Apr '17 6:01:19 PM nombretomado
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* The [[PixarShorts ''Cars Toon'']] "Mater: Private Eye". Private investigator Mater must solve a case about counterfeit tyres and track down the whereabouts of Tia's sister, Mia, who's been car-napped.

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* The [[PixarShorts [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts ''Cars Toon'']] "Mater: Private Eye". Private investigator Mater must solve a case about counterfeit tyres and track down the whereabouts of Tia's sister, Mia, who's been car-napped.
30th Mar '17 11:50:30 AM rafi
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Dial N for Nerder", while not done in black and white, uses noir music cues and has scenes which mirror famous noir films, most notably the supermarket scene from ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''. The A and B plots reflect that, with the former concerning [[FilleFatale Lisa]] and Bart's attempts to cover up their involvement with the accidental death of a classmate, while Marge suspects Homer of cheating (on his diet). Homer even wears a fedora and trench coat, and the end credits are in the style of ''Series/{{Columbo}}''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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episode "Dial N for Nerder", while not done in black and white, uses noir music cues and has scenes which mirror famous noir films, most notably the supermarket scene from ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''. The A and B plots reflect that, with the former concerning [[FilleFatale Lisa]] and Bart's attempts to cover up their involvement with the accidental death of a classmate, while Marge suspects Homer of cheating (on his diet). Homer even wears a fedora and trench coat, and the end credits are in the style of ''Series/{{Columbo}}''.
21st Mar '17 4:37:23 PM AthenaBlue
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* The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio ''The Maltese Penguin'', an AffectionateParody where Frobisher's PrivateEyeMonologue often humorously contradicts what he's actually doing.

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* The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio ''The "The Maltese Penguin'', Penguin", an AffectionateParody where Frobisher's PrivateEyeMonologue often humorously contradicts what he's actually doing.



* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': "Postage Due" sees Miss Brooks search for a vanished postman wearing a trench coat and narrating the action with a PrivateEyeMonologue.



* The season 7 ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Charmed Noir".

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* The ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'' episode "Joe Cartwright, Detective" dealt with Little Joe being reprimanded by Ben and Hoss for his obsession with reading detective novels, but he ultimately finds himself in the middle of a real mystery when he hears a pair of businessmen who are plotting to rob the bank at night when no one is around. When Little Joe tries to tell Hoss about this, [[{{Not Now Kiddo}} Hoss just blows him off]], but when he does listen, [[{{Cassandra Truth}} he just thinks that the businessmen are just doing their typical job.]] Of course, it's when Hoss and Joe listen in on the businessmen talking about their bank robbery plans that Hoss starts to believe Joe.
* The seventh season ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' episode ''As Time Goes By'' contains a parallel noir universe in Cory and Topanga's closet.
* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "The Blue Butterfly", jumps back and forth between regular Castle, and Castle reading a diary of a 1940s-era P.I., done noir, of course.
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The season 7 ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Charmed Noir".



* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk And The Leper" seemed to have borrowed from FilmNoir and even broadcast the episode in black and white.
* The show ''Series/RadioActive'' had a noir episode with Morgan as the detective, giving her own PrivateEyeMonologue. It included a direct riff on ''Film/ToHaveandHaveNot'''s famous 'whistle' line.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin"]] was written as one due to the challenge the script posed -- Creator/TomBaker had been begging for a story without a companion he could [[TheWatson explain the plot to]], and the producer decided to give him just ''one'' (in order to prove to him it wouldn't work).
The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk And The Leper" seemed writer was then forced to have borrowed from FilmNoir come up with a new way of having the Doctor tell the story, which naturally led to the idea of him narrating, which he associated with the PrivateEyeMonologue, and even broadcast so a one-shot noir story was the obvious genre choice. It's an interesting {{Pastiche}} in that the serial uses lots of the tone, storytelling and aesthetic noir tropes, but it avoids the big giveaway [[GarnishingTheStory garnishes]] everyone associates with noir, to the point where it's possible to watch the episode without realizing what it's doing.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol "The Happiness Patrol"]] was originally going to be a black-and-white noir pastiche called "The Crooked Smile".
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan "The Angels Take Manhattan"]], both being a mystery episode set
in New York with all the accompanying cinematographic effects, and with the central conceit that the Doctor can find out what to do next from a detective novel of the events.
* ''Series/FatherDowlingMysteries'' had an episode where the case of the week involved a [[StylisticSuck really bad]] detective story loosely based on Father Dowling and Sister Stephanie, and every now and then, the narrative changed to a
black and white.
white film showing the events in the book, which mirrored the actual investigation.
* The show ''Series/RadioActive'' had a noir ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode 20 of season 2 ("Brown Betty") combined this with Morgan as a MusicalEpisode that's right, a film noir musical. Justified in that it was a [[FramingDevice story within a story]] told by a drugged Walter to Olivia's niece.
* A subversion in
the detective, giving her own PrivateEyeMonologue. It included a direct riff ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Of Course": TheTeaser plays like this, with Barney on ''Film/ToHaveandHaveNot'''s famous 'whistle' line.the PrivateEyeMonologue but the rest of the episode is in the show's usual style.



* The ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Noir". They went full-on noir here -- black and white, period costumes, references to noir-era "Superman", and a noir-ish storyline.

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* The ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' "The Big Nap" an episode "Noir". They went full-on noir here -- of ''Series/MamasFamily'' where after watching detective movies on TV for a week, Mama dreams she is a private detective hired to find a client's missing mother.
* The ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick", where Al pretends to be a noirish private eye after getting a measly job working as the real detective's janitor and cleaning up his office. He is invited to a private party by a sultry dame who mistakes him for the real deal and where he has to solve an unexpected murder, and the {{Private Eye Monologue}}ing is roundly spoofed. After solving the mystery it turns out it was AllJustADream.
* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk And The Leper" seemed to have borrowed from FilmNoir and even broadcast the episode in
black and white, period costumes, references to noir-era "Superman", and a noir-ish storyline.white.



%%* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' season 6, episode 11, "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)"
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': "Postage Due" sees Miss Brooks search for a vanished postman wearing a trench coat and narrating the action with a PrivateEyeMonologue.
* "Shadow Play" was a NoirEpisode in season 4 of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars''. Under the influence of prescription drugs, Spencer hallucinates while watching a FilmNoir movie. In her DreamSequence, Toby is a PI, Hanna is a switchboard operator, and Mona and Ezra are cooperating against the girls, while demostrating some ShipTease.
* The first season finale of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' (1989) called "Play it Again, Seymour" both uses and spoofs noir tropes. Sam is cast as a P.I., in the typical old fashioned office, takes the case of a beautiful bombshell in distress, dances to a 1940s-style band, and leaps into a body that even resembles and dresses like Humphrey Bogart.
* The show ''Series/RadioActive'' had a noir episode with Morgan as the detective, giving her own PrivateEyeMonologue. It included a direct riff on ''Film/ToHaveandHaveNot'''s famous 'whistle' line.



* ''Series/FatherDowlingMysteries'' had an episode where the case of the week involved a [[StylisticSuck really bad]] detective story loosely based on Father Dowling and Sister Stephanie, and every now and then, the narrative changed to a black and white film showing the events in the book, which mirrored the actual investigation.
* A subversion in the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Of Course": TheTeaser plays like this, with Barney on the PrivateEyeMonologue but the rest of the episode is in the show's usual style.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode 20 of season 2 ("Brown Betty") combined this with a MusicalEpisode that's right, a film noir musical. Justified in that it was a [[FramingDevice story within a story]] told by a drugged Walter to Olivia's niece.
* The first season finale of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' (1989) called "Play it Again, Seymour" both uses and spoofs noir tropes. Sam is cast as a P.I., in the typical old fashioned office, takes the case of a beautiful bombshell in distress, dances to a 1940s-style band, and leaps into a body that even resembles and dresses like Humphrey Bogart.
* The seventh season ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' episode ''As Time Goes By'' contains a parallel noir universe in Cory and Topanga's closet.

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* ''Series/FatherDowlingMysteries'' had an The ''Series/SledgeHammer'' episode where the case of the week involved a [[StylisticSuck really bad]] detective story loosely based on Father Dowling and Sister Stephanie, and every now and then, the narrative changed to a black and white film showing the events in the book, which mirrored the actual investigation.
* A subversion in the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Of Course": TheTeaser plays like this, with Barney on the PrivateEyeMonologue but the rest of the episode is in the show's usual style.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode 20 of season 2 ("Brown Betty") combined this with a MusicalEpisode that's right, a film noir musical. Justified in that it was a [[FramingDevice story within a story]] told by a drugged Walter to Olivia's niece.
* The first season finale of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' (1989) called
"Play it It Again, Seymour" both uses and Sledge", which specifically spoofs the Creator/HumphreyBogart Sam Spade noir tropes. Sam is cast as films. After getting suspended Sledge decides to become a P.I., in private detective, and the typical old fashioned office, takes FemmeFatale who comes to him for help frames him for the case murder of her husband, all the while he's assisted by a beautiful bombshell in distress, dances to a 1940s-style band, and leaps into a body that even resembles and dresses like Humphrey Bogart.
SpiritAdvisor of Bogart himself.
* The seventh season ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode ''As Time Goes By'' contains a parallel "Noir". They went full-on noir universe in Cory here -- black and Topanga's closet.white, period costumes, references to noir-era "Superman", and a noir-ish storyline.



* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' season 6, episode 11, "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)"
* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "The Blue Butterfly", jumps back and forth between regular Castle, and Castle reading a diary of a 1940s-era P.I., done noir, of course.
* The ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'' episode "Joe Cartwright, Detective" dealt with Little Joe being reprimanded by Ben and Hoss for his obsession with reading detective novels, but he ultimately finds himself in the middle of a real mystery when he hears a pair of businessmen who are plotting to rob the bank at night when no one is around. When Little Joe tries to tell Hoss about this, [[{{Not Now Kiddo}} Hoss just blows him off]], but when he does listen, [[{{Cassandra Truth}} he just thinks that the businessmen are just doing their typical job.]] Of course, it's when Hoss and Joe listen in on the businessmen talking about their bank robbery plans that Hoss starts to believe Joe.



* [[Creator/DisneyChannel Playhouse Disney]]'s ''[[Franchise/WinnieThePooh The Book of Pooh]]'' did this in "The Case of the Disappeared Donkey," with Tigger as detective "Stripey [=McSnarl=]" and doing the monologue bits, at times annoying or confusing the other characters.
-->'''Tigger''': So you wanna play games, do ya'?
-->'''Pooh''': Well, I suppose I could play some games. Pooh sticks is very nice. Oh, and so is croquet.
-->'''Tigger''': He was playing dumb and he was good at it. But not as good as I was.
* The ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick", where Al pretends to be a noirish private eye after getting a measly job working as the real detective's janitor and cleaning up his office. He is invited to a private party by a sultry dame who mistakes him for the real deal and where he has to solve an unexpected murder, and the {{Private Eye Monologue}}ing is roundly spoofed. After solving the mystery it turns out it was AllJustADream.
* The ''Series/SledgeHammer'' episode "Play It Again, Sledge", which specifically spoofs the Creator/HumphreyBogart Sam Spade noir films. After getting suspended Sledge decides to become a private detective, and the FemmeFatale who comes to him for help frames him for the murder of her husband, all the while he's assisted by a SpiritAdvisor of Bogart himself.
* "The Big Nap" an episode of ''Series/MamasFamily'' where after watching detective movies on TV for a week, Mama dreams she is a private detective hired to find a client's missing mother.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The serial "The Deadly Assassin" was written as one due to the challenge the script posed - Creator/TomBaker had been begging for a story without a companion he could [[TheWatson explain the plot to]], and the producer decided to give him just ''one'' (in order to prove to him it wouldn't work). The writer was then forced to come up with a new way of having the Doctor tell the story, which naturally led to the idea of him narrating, which he associated with the PrivateEyeMonologue, and so a one-shot noir story was the obvious genre choice. It's an interesting {{Pastiche}} in that the serial uses lots of the tone, storytelling and aesthetic noir tropes, but it avoids the big giveaway [[GarnishingTheStory garnishes]] everyone associates with noir, to the point where it's possible to watch the episode without realising what it's doing.
** The story "The Happiness Patrol" was originally going to be a black-and-white noir pastiche called "The Crooked Smile".
** "The Angels Take Manhattan", both being a mystery episode set in New York with all the accompanying cinematographic effects, and with the central conceit that the Doctor can find out what to do next from a detective novel of the events.
* "Shadow Play" was a NoirEpisode in season 4 of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars''. Under the influence of prescription drugs, Spencer hallucinates while watching a FilmNoir movie. In her DreamSequence, Toby is a PI, Hanna is a switchboard operator, and Mona and Ezra are cooperating against the girls, while demostrating some ShipTease.



* A ''Webcomic/DamagedTape'' strip aptly titled "Dave Noir", where Dave discovers he has a PrivateEyeMonologue playing in his head ([[spoiler:it ends up being, however, that he has schizophrenia]]).



* A ''Webcomic/DamagedTape'' strip aptly titled "Dave Noir", where Dave discovers he has a PrivateEyeMonologue playing in his head ([[spoiler:it ends up being, however, that he has schizophrenia]]).
* ''DreamKeepers Prelude'' [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=157 A brief fantasy]]

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* A ''Webcomic/DamagedTape'' strip aptly titled "Dave Noir", where Dave discovers he has a PrivateEyeMonologue playing in his head ([[spoiler:it ends up being, however, that he has schizophrenia]]).
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%%* ''DreamKeepers Prelude'' [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=157 A brief fantasy]]



* [[Creator/DisneyChannel Playhouse Disney]]'s ''[[Franchise/WinnieThePooh The Book of Pooh]]'' did this in "The Case of the Disappeared Donkey," with Tigger as detective "Stripey [=McSnarl=]" and doing the monologue bits, at times annoying or confusing the other characters.
-->'''Tigger''': So you wanna play games, do ya'?
-->'''Pooh''': Well, I suppose I could play some games. Pooh sticks is very nice. Oh, and so is croquet.
-->'''Tigger''': He was playing dumb and he was good at it. But not as good as I was.



* The children's show ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' had Sam Spud, Par-Boiled Potato Detective. The bits were frequently a HurricaneOfPuns as everything Sam narrated was literally true. The absurdity of it was always [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by a child watching the show, only to be assured by their mother that the show was educational and, thus, should be good for them... somehow.



* ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' has a game called Film Noir, in which the players (typically Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie) would narrate for one another.
* The children's show ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' had Sam Spud, Par-Boiled Potato Detective. The bits were frequently a HurricaneOfPuns as everything Sam narrated was literally true. The absurdity of it was always [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by a child watching the show, only to be assured by their mother that the show was educational and, thus, should be good for them... somehow.

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* ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' has a game called Film Noir, in which the players (typically Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie) would narrate for one another.
* The children's show ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' had Sam Spud, Par-Boiled Potato Detective. The bits were frequently a HurricaneOfPuns as everything Sam narrated was literally true. The absurdity of it was always [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by a child watching the show, only to be assured by their mother that the show was educational and, thus, should be good for them... somehow.
12th Mar '17 1:45:05 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Moonlighting}}'' episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice".

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* %%* The ''{{Moonlighting}}'' ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice".
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* ''MetalGearSolid4'' had a Noir Level, though it was more a homage to classic CloakAndDagger spy stories than detective noir.

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* ''MetalGearSolid4'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' had a Noir Level, though it was more a homage to classic CloakAndDagger spy stories than detective noir.
6th Mar '17 5:24:02 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* The eleventh installment of the ''ComicBook/{{Valhalla}} series, "The Magic Mead", is this, having Odin himself acting as the [[PrivateEyeMonologue monologue sprouting]] HardboiledDetective protagonist to boot.

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* The eleventh installment of the ''ComicBook/{{Valhalla}} ''ComicBook/{{Valhalla}}'' series, "The Magic Mead", is this, having Odin himself acting as the [[PrivateEyeMonologue monologue sprouting]] HardboiledDetective protagonist to boot.
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