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14th Apr '18 7:18:04 PM nombretomado
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[[InUniverseExamplesOnly Please list examples of Nostalgia Filters worn in works]]. Pretty much any genre or form is subjected to this in RealLife, so such examples aren't really necessary. Plus, such examples are [[FlameBait very prone to age stereotyping]], which we don't want on this page. [[noreallife]]

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[[InUniverseExamplesOnly [[Administrivia/InUniverseExamplesOnly Please list examples of Nostalgia Filters worn in works]]. Pretty much any genre or form is subjected to this in RealLife, so such examples aren't really necessary. Plus, such examples are [[FlameBait very prone to age stereotyping]], which we don't want on this page. [[noreallife]]



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13th Apr '18 10:03:19 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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** In his review of ''Film/TruthOrDare'', he decides to look up the cast members to see if they were famous for anything, as he was pushing forty and was out of the loop on teen culture. He was surprised to learn that they made a [[Series/TeenWolf TV adaptation]] of ''Film/TeenWolf'' (''Truth or Dare'' starred one of that show's lead actors, Creator/TylerPosey), a movie that he thought sucked, and used that film as proof that younger generations shouldn't always listen to people like him when they tell them that everything made in TheEighties was golden.
5th Apr '18 8:06:41 PM crazysamaritan
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* ''Film/TheGleanersAndI'': The locals in the cafe talk about what gleaning used to be like and that it's a dying art.
12th Mar '18 6:12:40 PM AmuckCricetine
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** Though "The Day of the Doctor" seems to show that most of the Time Lords weren't actually bad, just the leaders like [[EmperorScientist Rassilon]].

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** Though "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor" Doctor]]" seems to show that most of the Time Lords weren't actually bad, just the leaders like [[EmperorScientist Rassilon]].



* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Dana Carvey's recurring Weekend Update character, the GrumpyOldMan, parodies this by being nostalgic for the ''bad'' things about the past, such as having no water filters, no air conditioning, no improved technology, and even no Christmas Caroling.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "The Incredible World of Horace Ford" has a toy designer who keeps lapsing into daydreams of his idyllic childhood while ignoring his slowly collapsing present. [[spoiler:In the end, it turns out he was repressing the memory of the day the other kids beat him up because they weren't invited to his birthday party, and he's forced to come to grips with the brutal truth that his childhood wasn't nearly the fairyland he wanted to believe it was.]]
** The Season 1 episode, "Walking Distance", had an advertising executive in Manhattan go back to the small town of his youth to relive parts of his childhood. While his childhood is shown as having been a happy time, his father tells him that it doesn't have to be the best time of his life and he can be equally happy with his current life in New York.
** In the comical episode "Once Upon a Time" Buster Keaton plays a janitor to a scientist in 1890 who uses a time-machine helmet to travel to a more peaceful, less hectic time - and ends up in the much worse (1960) present. He encounters a scientist who wishes to go back to the good old days of 1890, where they both end up back in. The janitor is glad to be back, but within a week the scientist laments the lack of all the amenities he knew.
** In "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville," a CorruptCorporateExecutive makes a DealWithTheDevil to go back in time and re-live the fun of making his fortune. The lovely Cliffordville from his memories is not nearly as nice in reality, however, and the girl he always reminisced over is much less attractive and charming also. The Devil he made the deal with mocks him for indulging in this trope after he accuses her of altering the past, telling him that the past is exactly how it was--it's his own fault for not remembering it right.

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Dana Carvey's Creator/DanaCarvey's recurring Weekend Update character, the GrumpyOldMan, parodies this by being nostalgic for the ''bad'' things about the past, such as having no water filters, no air conditioning, no improved technology, and even no Christmas Caroling.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "The ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS4E117TheIncredibleWorldOfHoraceFord The
Incredible World of Of Horace Ford" Ford]]" has a toy designer who keeps lapsing into daydreams of his idyllic childhood while ignoring his slowly collapsing present. [[spoiler:In the end, it turns out he was repressing the memory of the day the other kids beat him up because they weren't invited to his birthday party, and he's forced to come to grips with the brutal truth that his childhood wasn't nearly the fairyland he wanted to believe it was.]]
** The Season 1 episode, "Walking Distance", "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E5WalkingDistance Walking Distance]]", had an advertising executive in Manhattan go back to the small town of his youth to relive parts of his childhood. While his childhood is shown as having been a happy time, his father tells him that it doesn't have to be the best time of his life and he can be equally happy with his current life in New York.
** In the comical episode "Once "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E78OnceUponATime Once Upon a Time" Buster Keaton A Time]]" Creator/BusterKeaton plays a janitor to a scientist in 1890 who uses a time-machine helmet to travel to a more peaceful, less hectic time - and ends up in the much worse (1960) present. He encounters a scientist who wishes to go back to the good old days of 1890, where they both end up back in. The janitor is glad to be back, but within a week the scientist laments the lack of all the amenities he knew.
** In "Of "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS4E116OfLateIThinkOfCliffordville Of Late I Think of Cliffordville," Of Cliffordville]]", a CorruptCorporateExecutive makes a DealWithTheDevil to go back in time and re-live the fun of making his fortune. The lovely Cliffordville from his memories is not nearly as nice in reality, however, and the girl he always reminisced over is much less attractive and charming also. The Devil he made the deal with mocks him for indulging in this trope after he accuses her of altering the past, telling him that the past is exactly how it was--it's his own fault for not remembering it right.



* In Season 7 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', various Scoobies come under a LoveSpell. Xander has a FlashbackCut to a horde of spell-crazed women trying to murder him and Cordelia in Season 2's "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." Cut back to Xander sighing happily. "Good times."

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* In Season 7 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', various Scoobies come under a LoveSpell. Xander has a FlashbackCut to a horde of spell-crazed women trying to murder him and Cordelia in Season 2's "Bewitched, Bothered "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E16BewitchedBotheredAndBewildered}} Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered." Bewildered]]". Cut back to Xander sighing happily. "Good times."



* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Space Seed," the crew revives a 21st-century dictator named Khan Noonien Singh. Kirk, Scotty, and Bones practically fanboy over him, speaking with much admiration about how he was the best of the warlords, because he wasn't ''as'' brutal as the rest, and [[ManOfWealthAndTaste he had a respect for culture and knowledge]]. Spock tries to remind them that they're still talking about ''a totalitarian autocrat'' and that "did not commit quite as many atrocities" is really not a basis for such praise. They brush him off until, surprise surprise, Khan and his superhuman followers (and a traitorous lieutenant) take over the ship and treat the crew brutally.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': The episode "Relics" has Picard and Scotty drinking together and reminiscing about their first starships (The Stargazer and the original Enterprise, respectively). Both bask in nostalgia for the earlier days and fondness of the old times, but Picard admits that the Stargazer is, in basically every aspect, inferior to the Enterprise-D, and Scotty eventually gets disgusted with himself for getting so hung-up on the past, realizing it's time he moved on.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Space Seed," "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed}} Space Seed]]", the crew revives a 21st-century dictator named Khan Noonien Singh. Kirk, Scotty, and Bones practically fanboy over him, speaking with much admiration about how he was the best of the warlords, because he wasn't ''as'' brutal as the rest, and [[ManOfWealthAndTaste he had a respect for culture and knowledge]]. Spock tries to remind them that they're still talking about ''a totalitarian autocrat'' and that "did not commit quite as many atrocities" is really not a basis for such praise. They brush him off until, surprise surprise, Khan and his superhuman followers (and a traitorous lieutenant) take over the ship and treat the crew brutally.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': The episode "Relics" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E4Relics}} Relics]]" has Picard and Scotty drinking together and reminiscing about their first starships (The Stargazer and the original Enterprise, respectively). Both bask in nostalgia for the earlier days and fondness of the old times, but Picard admits that the Stargazer is, in basically every aspect, inferior to the Enterprise-D, and Scotty eventually gets disgusted with himself for getting so hung-up on the past, realizing it's time he moved on.



* "It Was A Very Good Year", sung by FrankSinatra. A song being sung by an old man reminiscing over various periods in his life and the women he enjoyed.

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* "It Was A Very Good Year", sung by FrankSinatra.Music/FrankSinatra. A song being sung by an old man reminiscing over various periods in his life and the women he enjoyed.



** In the episode "You're Getting Old", as soon as Stan turns ten, he ends up hearing and seeing all the "[[YoungerAndHipper new and hip]]" stuff around him to be literally "shitty," ranging from tracks from band called "Tween Wave" featuring nothing but funky beats with fart sounds in the background to seeing turds in movie trailers and in various parts of the town. A doctor explains that changing tastes are normally just part of getting older, but something's gone wrong and it's causing Stan to see ''everything'' as shit, even things older people normally enjoy ("It's a disorder we call 'being a cynical asshole'."). [[spoiler: It completely alienates him from his friends.]] In the second part to this episode, [[spoiler:he has to resort to taking alcohol in order to stop seeing things as shit.]]
** Also makes up the plot of "4th Grade". After moving up a grade in class, the boys dislike it and wish they could still be in the 3rd grade instead as things were so much better back then. At the very end, Kyle realizes that it's a load of bull and they hated the 3rd grade just as much as the 4th.
** Also briefly mocked in "Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants", the first episode produced after the tragedies of September 11th, 2001 in New York, New York, Arlington, Virginia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It opens with the boys at the bus stop wearing gas masks. Kyle remarks, "Remember when life used to be simple and cool?" To which Cartman replies, "... Not really."
** The Season 20 StoryArc is a giant commentary on this very subject. One part of the season's BigBadEnsemble, the [[FantasticFruitsAndVegetables member berries]], are talking grapes that constantly reminisce about nostalgic things (especially nostalgic pop culture), and they invoke a sense of euphoria in whomever consumes them thanks to this nostalgia. However, the moment the berries suddenly begin to say things like "'member when there weren't so many immigrants in this country?" and "'member when marriage was just between a man and a woman?", Randy Marsh, who had been eating the berries, suddenly stops and goes "what the hell is up with these berries?", showing that not all nostalgia is inherently good, as, similar to the ''Grand Theft Auto V'' example above, some people's idea of the "good old days" are the days when open prejudice against certain people was considered socially acceptable. Member berries have also been made into wine and may be responsible for [[spoiler: Gerald's massive TookALevelInJerkass]] and [[spoiler: continued interest in Mr. Garrison's presidential campaign]]. This parodies both Creator/DonaldTrump's presidential campaign (particularly the "Make America Great Again" concept) and the CreativeSterility that overtook popular culture in TheNewTens, with most popular mainstream entertainment being adaptations, sequels, reboots, remakes, and {{Genre Throwback}}s instead of fresh concepts.

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** In the episode "You're "[[Recap/SouthParkS15E7YoureGettingOld You're Getting Old", Old]]", as soon as Stan turns ten, he ends up hearing and seeing all the "[[YoungerAndHipper new and hip]]" stuff around him to be literally "shitty," ranging from tracks from band called "Tween Wave" featuring nothing but funky beats with fart sounds in the background to seeing turds in movie trailers and in various parts of the town. A doctor explains that changing tastes are normally just part of getting older, but something's gone wrong and it's causing Stan to see ''everything'' as shit, even things older people normally enjoy ("It's a disorder we call 'being a cynical asshole'."). [[spoiler: It completely alienates him from his friends.]] In the second part to this episode, [[spoiler:he has to resort to taking alcohol in order to stop seeing things as shit.]]
** Also makes up the plot of "4th Grade"."[[Recap/SouthParkS4E11FourthGrade 4th Grade]]". After moving up a grade in class, the boys dislike it and wish they could still be in the 3rd grade instead as things were so much better back then. At the very end, Kyle realizes that it's a load of bull and they hated the 3rd grade just as much as the 4th.
** Also briefly mocked in "Osama Bin "[[Recap/SouthParkS5E9OsamaBinLadenHasFartyPants Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants", Pants]]", the first episode produced after the tragedies of September 11th, 2001 in New York, New York, Arlington, Virginia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It opens with the boys at the bus stop wearing gas masks. Kyle remarks, "Remember when life used to be simple and cool?" To which Cartman replies, "... Not really."
** The Season 20 StoryArc is a giant commentary on this very subject. One part of the season's BigBadEnsemble, the [[FantasticFruitsAndVegetables member berries]], are talking grapes that constantly reminisce about nostalgic things (especially nostalgic pop culture), and they invoke a sense of euphoria in whomever consumes them thanks to this nostalgia. However, the moment the berries suddenly begin to say things like "'member when there weren't so many immigrants in this country?" and "'member when marriage was just between a man and a woman?", Randy Marsh, who had been eating the berries, suddenly stops and goes "what the hell is up with these berries?", showing that not all nostalgia is inherently good, as, similar to the ''Grand Theft Auto V'' example above, some people's idea of the "good old days" are the days when open prejudice against certain people was considered socially acceptable. Member berries have also been made into wine and may be responsible for [[spoiler: Gerald's massive TookALevelInJerkass]] and [[spoiler: continued interest in Mr. Garrison's presidential campaign]]. This parodies both Creator/DonaldTrump's UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump's presidential campaign (particularly the "Make America Great Again" concept) and the CreativeSterility that overtook popular culture in TheNewTens, with most popular mainstream entertainment being adaptations, sequels, reboots, remakes, and {{Genre Throwback}}s instead of fresh concepts.
5th Mar '18 12:49:44 PM tromag
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', King Robert is fond of reminiscing about the good old days, before he was king. His brother Renly eventually gets sick of this and asks him exactly which days he's talking about - the time when the entire country was plunged into a bloody civil war, the time when [[TheCaligula Aerys]] roasted people alive because of the voices in his head, or the time when dragons went around burning villages to the ground. Of course [[{{Hypocrite}} Renly]] then proceeds to contribute to a war by [[TheEvilPrince attempting]] to [[TheUsurper usurp]] the throne after his brother's death...

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', King Robert is fond of reminiscing about the good old days, before he was king. His brother Renly eventually gets sick of this and asks him exactly which days he's talking about - the time when the entire country was plunged into a bloody civil war, the time when [[TheCaligula Aerys]] roasted people alive because of the voices in his head, or the time when dragons went around burning villages to the ground. Of course
** This is somewhat subverted, in that Robert was a BloodKnight who really ''did'' find the earlier era of war and destruction more to his liking, and was frustrated by years of peace. Ironically, after his death,
[[{{Hypocrite}} Renly]] then proceeds to contribute to a war by [[TheEvilPrince attempting]] to [[TheUsurper usurp]] the throne after his brother's death...throne.
4th Mar '18 8:48:24 PM nombretomado
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** Averted, and examined, with [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5140-The-Simpsons-Is-Still-Funny-Pt-1 his treatment]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. While going over the older seasons, Bob noticed that most of the episodes he thought were comic gold as a kid didn't age well, while the episodes he thought were boring when they first aired became much better now that he was [[ParentalBonus old enough to appreciate the humor]]. He concludes that ''The Simpsons'' didn't jump the shark like its fans thought it did, but rather, its fans grew up and their tastes in humor changed, and the show didn't change with them. Plus, there's the fact that the show, a broad satire of the greater pop culture, is [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece a relic]] of a time stretching from roughly 1950-2000 when pop culture was largely monolithic[[note]]As in, most mainstream Americans, apart from those on the cultural fringes, watched the same three or four TV {{networks}} and the same movies, received the same news, listened to the same music, read the same books, et cetera.[[/note]] the early '00s, the time most commonly cited as when ''The Simpsons'' "stopped being funny", is also the time when the internet and cable television fragmented pop culture into a million little shards and {{subculture}}s.\\

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** Averted, and examined, with [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5140-The-Simpsons-Is-Still-Funny-Pt-1 his treatment]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. While going over the older seasons, Bob noticed that most of the episodes he thought were comic gold as a kid didn't age well, while the episodes he thought were boring when they first aired became much better now that he was [[ParentalBonus old enough to appreciate the humor]]. He concludes that ''The Simpsons'' didn't jump the shark like its fans thought it did, but rather, its fans grew up and their tastes in humor changed, and the show didn't change with them. Plus, there's the fact that the show, a broad satire of the greater pop culture, is [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece a relic]] of a time stretching from roughly 1950-2000 when pop culture was largely monolithic[[note]]As in, most mainstream Americans, apart from those on the cultural fringes, watched the same three or four TV {{networks}} and the same movies, received the same news, listened to the same music, read the same books, et cetera.[[/note]] the early '00s, the time most commonly cited as when ''The Simpsons'' "stopped being funny", is also the time when the internet and cable television fragmented pop culture into a million little shards and {{subculture}}s.UsefulNotes/{{subcultures}}.\\
19th Feb '18 5:17:01 AM Sapphirea2
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* The podcast ''80s All Over'' was created by critics Drew [=McWeeny=] and Scott Weinberg partially as a response to this trope getting in the way of genuine discussion and analysis of cinema of TheEighties, noting that only about 35-40 films of the decade they grew up in were regularly celebrated/revived. The format has them look at the decade '''month by month''', revisiting every major and most of the minor U.S. film releases that came out and seeing "what worked then, what endures now" (as the intro puts it). As they track the trends and styles that rose and fell over the decade, they freely admit that for all the movies that have aged well -- famous hits, ones that were big in the day but have ''not'' entered SmallReferencePools, and ones that just flew under the radar -- there are plenty that haven't (they've noted more than once that they're dreading having to revisit ''Film/TopGun'', and have a grudge against most of the teen sex comedies of the era for their morally abhorrent lead characters and alarming treatment of women), and take the time to put their success or lack thereof into the larger socio-political context of the decade.
17th Feb '18 9:42:26 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' - Britta rents out the 50s-theme diner she works at for the gang to throw a PulpFiction theme birthday party for Abed. When Abed doesn't show and time drags on, the owner points out that it's cutting into prime time for nostalgia-themed diners - after the evening news when frightened customers seek "the comforting foods and soothing music of a pre-racial America".

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' - Britta rents out the 50s-theme diner she works at for the gang to throw a PulpFiction ''Film/PulpFiction'' theme birthday party for Abed. When Abed doesn't show and time drags on, the owner points out that it's cutting into prime time for nostalgia-themed diners - after the evening news when frightened customers seek "the comforting foods and soothing music of a pre-racial America".
12th Feb '18 8:23:16 PM nombretomado
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* On an episode of ''WelcomeToNightvale'', guest host Leonard Burton hates that anything has changed from the way things used to be, including the sun moving in the sky.

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* On an episode of ''WelcomeToNightvale'', ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightvale'', guest host Leonard Burton hates that anything has changed from the way things used to be, including the sun moving in the sky.
26th Jan '18 2:05:45 PM KagSwirby
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* This trope is played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', when Vince apparently does not notice that his brother (who was revered by Vince's peers around his age) was a stereotypical nerd, remembering instead how "cool" he used to be. The other kids later realise that it only made sense since no 'cool' older kid would ever have willingly played with them when they were younger.

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* This trope is played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', when Vince apparently does not notice that his brother (who was revered by Vince's peers around his age) was a stereotypical nerd, remembering instead how "cool" he used to be. The other kids later realise realize that it only made sense since no 'cool' older kid would ever have willingly played with them when they were younger.
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