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20th Feb '17 6:54:41 AM PF
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* The ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series has gone on a wild roller coaster of this. When it came out, it immediately became on of the definitive games of [[UsefulNotes/The16BitEraOfConsoleVideoGames The 16-bit Era]] and put the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis into a fierce [[UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars competition]] with Nintendo. During the time of the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, his popularity dipped because the series was strangely on main series hiatus, only existing through spinoffs such as ''VideoGame/SonicR'' and an enhanced remake of ''VideoGame/Sonic3DFlickiesIsland''. Come the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast, Sonic regained the spotlight with the leap to 3D, with ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' and ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' was wildly popular and highly acclaimed, but subsequent games would take their flaws, such as [[PolygonCeiling dodgy camera and controls]] and GameplayRoulette, and cause the series to slowly slide into a bad reputation for its flawed 3D games and an annoying fanbase. This was exacerbated by the over-the-top DarkerAndEdgier ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', the infamous ObviousBeta ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' and the shameful PortingDisaster of [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1 the original game]], causing the series to fall into SnarkBait.\\

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* The ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series has gone on a wild roller coaster of this. When it came out, it immediately became on one of the definitive games of [[UsefulNotes/The16BitEraOfConsoleVideoGames The 16-bit Era]] and put the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis into a fierce [[UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars competition]] with Nintendo. During the time of the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, his popularity dipped because the series was strangely on main series hiatus, only existing through spinoffs such as ''VideoGame/SonicR'' and an enhanced remake of ''VideoGame/Sonic3DFlickiesIsland''. Come the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast, Sonic regained the spotlight with the leap to 3D, with ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' and ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' was wildly popular and highly acclaimed, but subsequent games would take their flaws, such as [[PolygonCeiling dodgy camera and controls]] and GameplayRoulette, and cause the series to slowly slide into a bad reputation for its flawed 3D games and an annoying fanbase. This was exacerbated by the over-the-top DarkerAndEdgier ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', the infamous ObviousBeta ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' and the shameful PortingDisaster of [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1 the original game]], causing the series to fall into SnarkBait.\\
19th Feb '17 11:56:19 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* At the dawn of the TurnOfTheMillennium, Creator/ArchieComics seemed poised to finish its long slide from MainstreamObscurity into plain obsolescence, its squeaky-clean characters and its [[RetroUniverse perpetual 1950s setting]] having grown increasingly out of touch with younger readers, and its efforts to [[WereStillRelevantDammit keep up with the times]] doing little more than [[SnarkBait render it a laughingstock]]. Something funny happened in the 2010s, however: for the first time since TheFifties, Archie became genuinely hip. It started in 2010 when the company relaunched their adventure series ''Life with Archie'' as a more mature take on the characters, with storylines dealing with marriage, financial problems, homosexuality, and gun violence. This was followed in 2013 by ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'', a horror story featuring the characters battling a ZombieApocalypse; its success and critical acclaim saw its writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, promoted to chief creative officer the following year[[note]]Ironically -- and as if to drive home just how much the company had changed -- Aguirre-Sacasa had previously been [[ScrewedByTheLawyers hit with a cease-and-desist letter]] by the company in 2003 for writing a gay-themed Archie stage play.[[/note]], along with a [[ComicBook/ArchieComics2015 modernized reboot]] of their flagship series by Creator/MarkWaid and a GothicHorror [[ComicBook/ChillingAdventuresOfSabrina rendition]] of ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch. By 2017, Archie Comics' comeback culminated with the TV show ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' on Creator/TheCW.

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* At the dawn of the TurnOfTheMillennium, Creator/ArchieComics seemed poised to finish its long slide from MainstreamObscurity into plain obsolescence, its obsolescence. Its squeaky-clean characters and its [[RetroUniverse perpetual 1950s setting]] having had grown increasingly out of touch with younger readers, and its efforts to [[WereStillRelevantDammit keep up with the times]] doing had done little more than [[SnarkBait render it a laughingstock]]. laughingstock]] and the butt of jokes about being TwoDecadesBehind. Something funny happened in the 2010s, however: for the first time since TheFifties, in decades, Archie became genuinely hip. It started in 2010 when the company relaunched their adventure series ''Life with Archie'' as a more mature take on the characters, with storylines dealing with marriage, financial problems, homosexuality, and gun violence. This was followed in 2013 by ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'', a horror story featuring the characters battling a ZombieApocalypse; its success and critical acclaim saw its writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, promoted to chief creative officer the following year[[note]]Ironically -- and as if to drive home just how much the company had changed -- Aguirre-Sacasa had previously been [[ScrewedByTheLawyers hit with a cease-and-desist letter]] by the company in 2003 for writing a gay-themed Archie stage play.[[/note]], along with a [[ComicBook/ArchieComics2015 modernized reboot]] of their flagship series by Creator/MarkWaid and a GothicHorror [[ComicBook/ChillingAdventuresOfSabrina rendition]] of ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch. By 2017, Archie Comics' comeback culminated with the TV show ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' on Creator/TheCW.
19th Feb '17 11:55:04 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* {{Superhero}} comics have been on this path for years. They were one of the few comic book genres that survived UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode, although they had to censor themselves, and were the more successful comics throughout the {{UsefulNotes/The Silver Age|Of Comic Books}} and {{UsefulNotes/The Bronze Age|Of Comic Books}}. During the later parts of the '80s, ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' was a successful deconstruction of the superhero genre, while ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' and ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' were grittier takes on ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Seeing this, many comics went DarkerAndEdgier, leading to the UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. Unfortunately, most of the dark material, while popular at first, got old. UsefulNotes/TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996, caused by a number of factors (such as the failure of ' ''ComicBook/DeathMate'', and the overuse of collectors editions/crisis crossovers), made many companies such as Creator/ValiantComics die, and even Creator/{{Marvel}} filed for bankruptcy. By 2001, comic book sales were only 67 million, their lower point in years. Marvel and DC focused on their movies, while Creator/DarkHorseComics and Creator/ImageComics focused on licensed and genre material. However, with the popularity of Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse and similar films, as well as lots of successful TV adaptations and new diverse titles like ''[[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Ms. Marvel]]'' and ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2011}}'', superhero comic books have had a significant rebound.

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* {{Superhero}} comics have been on this path for years. They were one of the few comic book genres that survived UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode, although they had to censor themselves, and were the more successful comics throughout the {{UsefulNotes/The Silver Age|Of Comic Books}} and {{UsefulNotes/The Bronze Age|Of Comic Books}}. During the later parts of the '80s, ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' was a successful deconstruction of the superhero genre, while ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' and ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' were grittier takes on ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Seeing this, many comics went DarkerAndEdgier, leading to the UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. Unfortunately, most of the dark material, while popular at first, got old. UsefulNotes/TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996, caused by a number of factors (such as the bursting of the speculator bubble, the failure of ' ''ComicBook/DeathMate'', and the overuse of collectors editions/crisis crossovers), made many companies such as Creator/ValiantComics die, and even Creator/{{Marvel}} filed for bankruptcy. By 2001, comic book sales were only 67 million, their lower point in years. Marvel and DC focused on their movies, while Creator/DarkHorseComics and Creator/ImageComics focused on licensed and genre material. However, with the popularity of Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse and similar films, as well as lots of successful TV adaptations and new new, diverse titles like ''[[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Ms. Marvel]]'' and ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2011}}'', superhero comic books have had a significant rebound.
* At the dawn of the TurnOfTheMillennium, Creator/ArchieComics seemed poised to finish its long slide from MainstreamObscurity into plain obsolescence, its squeaky-clean characters and its [[RetroUniverse perpetual 1950s setting]] having grown increasingly out of touch with younger readers, and its efforts to [[WereStillRelevantDammit keep up with the times]] doing little more than [[SnarkBait render it a laughingstock]]. Something funny happened in the 2010s, however: for the first time since TheFifties, Archie became genuinely hip. It started in 2010 when the company relaunched their adventure series ''Life with Archie'' as a more mature take on the characters, with storylines dealing with marriage, financial problems, homosexuality, and gun violence. This was followed in 2013 by ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'', a horror story featuring the characters battling a ZombieApocalypse; its success and critical acclaim saw its writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, promoted to chief creative officer the following year[[note]]Ironically -- and as if to drive home just how much the company had changed -- Aguirre-Sacasa had previously been [[ScrewedByTheLawyers hit with a cease-and-desist letter]] by the company in 2003 for writing a gay-themed Archie stage play.[[/note]], along with a [[ComicBook/ArchieComics2015 modernized reboot]] of their flagship series by Creator/MarkWaid and a GothicHorror [[ComicBook/ChillingAdventuresOfSabrina rendition]] of ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch. By 2017, Archie Comics' comeback culminated with the TV show ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' on Creator/TheCW.
16th Feb '17 1:54:22 PM AgentS7
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** Nintendo seems to have hit another low with their UsefulNotes/{{Wii U}}, which has fallen to last place behind the UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}} and UsefulNotes/XboxOne despite a one year head start. This is largely due to their attempt to [[WinBackTheCrowd win back]] core gamers while [[MisaimedMarketing still trying to appeal to casuals simultaneously]], not to mention with the apparent lack of innovation (the primary controller resembles a tablet), and the shift in consumer electronics development (for easy porting) results in the [=PS4=] and Xbox One using standardized PC hardware. Whilst it does have an audience with hardcore gamers and Nintendo fans, the casual fans have moved on to other products like smartphones and casual games in PC or the more mainstream consoles. The Wii U was, however, partially rescued [[KillerApp by the success of games]] like ''Videogame/HyruleWarriors'', the fourth game in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series, and the SleeperHit ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''.

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** Nintendo seems to have hit another low with their UsefulNotes/{{Wii U}}, which has fallen to last place behind the UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}} and UsefulNotes/XboxOne despite a one year head start. This is largely due to their attempt to [[WinBackTheCrowd win back]] core gamers while [[MisaimedMarketing still trying to appeal to casuals simultaneously]], not to mention with the apparent lack of innovation (the primary controller resembles a tablet), and the shift in consumer electronics development (for easy porting) results in the [=PS4=] and Xbox One using standardized PC hardware. Whilst it does have an audience with hardcore gamers and Nintendo fans, the casual fans have moved on to other products like smartphones and casual games in PC or the more mainstream consoles. The Wii U was, however, partially rescued By the time [[KillerApp by the success of successful games]] like ''Videogame/HyruleWarriors'', the fourth game in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series, and the SleeperHit ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' came out, it was already too late for the console.



** The SurvivalHorror genre originated as a nifty response to the technological limitations of fifth-generation consoles, and produced a mountain of {{killer app}}s for the young UsefulNotes/PlayStation console, most notably ''VideoGame/{{Resident Evil|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Silent Hill|1}}'', which were among the premier game franchises in the second half of the '90s. In the TurnOfTheMillennium, however, the genre was squeezed out by rising budgets and the homogenization of the AAA game industry; both ''Resident Evil'' and ''Silent Hill'' went through {{Dork Age}}s brought on by attempts to compete with shooters, and other series likewise withered and died. However, starting in the late '00s, the genre made a comeback in the indie realm, with games like ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', ''VideoGame/DayZ'', ''VideoGame/{{Slender}}'', and the ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' games being well-received and spawning a wave of new horror efforts. With ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' being a smash hit critically and commercially, with many even considering it the best game of the entire [[UsefulNotes/TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]], the genre is on its way back to being a success with mainstream developers as well. This was further reinforced with the announcement of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard''.

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** The SurvivalHorror genre originated as a nifty response to the technological limitations of fifth-generation consoles, and produced a mountain of {{killer app}}s for the young UsefulNotes/PlayStation console, most notably ''VideoGame/{{Resident Evil|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Silent Hill|1}}'', which were among the premier game franchises in the second half of the '90s. In the TurnOfTheMillennium, however, the genre was squeezed out by rising budgets and the homogenization of the AAA game industry; both ''Resident Evil'' and ''Silent Hill'' went through {{Dork Age}}s brought on by attempts to compete with shooters, and other series likewise withered and died. However, starting in the late '00s, the genre made a comeback in the indie realm, with games like ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', ''VideoGame/DayZ'', ''VideoGame/{{Slender}}'', and the ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' games being well-received and spawning a wave of new horror efforts. With ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' being a smash hit critically and commercially, with many even considering it the best game of the entire [[UsefulNotes/TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]], the genre is on its way back to being a success with mainstream developers as well. This was further reinforced with the announcement runaway success of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard''.
15th Feb '17 10:21:00 AM erforce
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has varied in both popularity and quality, constantly going from being a CultClassic to being a mainstream phenomenon. ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was moderately popular during its original 1966-69 run, but was cancelled after a low budget third season. The series was later revived as a 22 [[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries episode animated series]]. While the first [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture film]] received mixed reviews, it was enough to get another sequel, ''Film/StarTrekTheWrathOfKhan'', which was wildly considered the best film of the franchise and helped create a film series, albeit [[StarTrekMovieCurse one of varying quality]]. Later, another series, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was released, and became an iconic show, lasting 176 episodes and seven seasons. The popularity ended up spawning two shows: ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. While both were popular, they never achieved the status of ''The Next Generation''. The franchise hit a low point in the early 2000s, with the box office failure and poor reception of ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' and the low ratings, lukewarm reception, and cancellation of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. However, ''Film/StarTrek'', a reboot of the franchise was a success both critically and commercially, and ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' continued the streak, even though it resulted in a BrokenBase. A new TV series is scheduled for 2017.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has varied in both popularity and quality, constantly going from being a CultClassic to being a mainstream phenomenon. ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was moderately popular during its original 1966-69 run, but was cancelled after a low budget third season. The series was later revived as a 22 [[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries episode animated series]]. While the first [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture film]] received mixed reviews, it was enough to get another sequel, ''Film/StarTrekTheWrathOfKhan'', ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', which was wildly considered the best film of the franchise and helped create a film series, albeit [[StarTrekMovieCurse one of varying quality]]. Later, another series, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was released, and became an iconic show, lasting 176 episodes and seven seasons. The popularity ended up spawning two shows: ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. While both were popular, they never achieved the status of ''The Next Generation''. The franchise hit a low point in the early 2000s, with the box office failure and poor reception of ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' and the low ratings, lukewarm reception, and cancellation of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. However, ''Film/StarTrek'', a reboot of the franchise was a success both critically and commercially, and ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' continued the streak, even though it resulted in a BrokenBase. A new TV series is scheduled for 2017.
8th Feb '17 11:01:00 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* Terence Rattigan. Ask any critic or theater buff in the '40s and '50s, and they'd probably list Rattigan - author of '' Film/TheDeepBlueSea'', ''Film/SeparateTables'' and ''Film/TheWinslowBoy'', among others - as one of England's great playwrights, a master of witty dialogue and refined, well-plotted drama. Just a decade later, with the advent of the "Angry Young Men" (John Osborne, Harold Pinter, etc.) and their more emotional, formally fluid and class-driven work, Rattigan became despised for the very qualities that he'd been praised for. After decades of disfavor, critics in the '90s began analyzing Rattigan's plays through the prism of personal identity and sexual repression, viewing thematic content previous generations had ignored or dismissed. With frequent revivals and film adaptations of his work, Rattigan has regained his reputation.

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* Terence Rattigan. Ask any critic or theater buff in the '40s and '50s, and they'd probably list Rattigan - author of '' Film/TheDeepBlueSea'', ''Film/SeparateTables'' and ''Film/TheWinslowBoy'', among others - as one of England's great playwrights, a master of witty dialogue and refined, well-plotted drama. Just a decade later, with the advent of the "Angry Young Men" (John Osborne, Harold Pinter, etc.) and their more emotional, formally fluid and class-driven work, Rattigan became despised for the very qualities that he'd been praised for. After decades of disfavor, critics in the '90s began analyzing Rattigan's plays through the prism of personal identity and sexual repression, viewing thematic content [[ValuesResonance previous generations had ignored or dismissed.dismissed]]. With frequent revivals and film adaptations of his work, Rattigan has regained his reputation.
15th Jan '17 12:59:11 PM RAraya
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* Big-budget, theatrical superhero movies have risen and fallen several times. The 1940s and '50s saw ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', and ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' movie serials ride the original comic book boom onto the big screen, but that trend crashed roughly alongside the Comics Code Authority bringing about the end of the Golden Age of superhero comics, and superhero movies were relegated to low-budget made-for-TV fare for twenty years (with the odd exception like 1966's Adam West TV spinoff ''Film/BatmanTheMovie''). The success of Richard Donnor's ''Film/{{Superman}}'' in 1978 revived interest, as did 1989's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', but each was followed by only one well-received sequel, two poorly-received ones, and a decade each of [[FollowTheLeader B-grade imitators]] like ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'', ''Film/HowardTheDuck'', and ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' which were generally poorly received by critics and audiences. In 1998, ''Film/{{Blade}}'' was released and ended up being a SleeperHit. Then in the early [[TheAughts 2000s]], the genre began a slow-building but powerful and long-lasting resurgence with the ''[[Film/XMenFilmSeries X-Men]]'' and ''[[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Spider-Man]]'' film franchises. In TheNewTens, the release calendar has been dominated by big budget superhero adaptations such as Christopher Nolan's ''The [[Film/BatmanBegins Dark]] [[Film/TheDarkKnight Knight]] [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises Trilogy]]'' and [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel's sprawling Cinematic Universe]], and there appears to be no end in sight.

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* Big-budget, theatrical superhero movies have risen and fallen several times. The 1940s and '50s saw ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', and ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' movie serials ride the original comic book boom onto the big screen, but that trend crashed roughly alongside the Comics Code Authority bringing about the end of the Golden Age of superhero comics, and superhero movies were relegated to low-budget made-for-TV fare for twenty years (with the odd exception like 1966's Adam West TV spinoff ''Film/BatmanTheMovie''). The success of Richard Donnor's Donner's ''Film/{{Superman}}'' in 1978 revived interest, as did 1989's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', but each was followed by only one well-received sequel, two poorly-received ones, and a decade each of [[FollowTheLeader B-grade imitators]] like ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'', ''Film/HowardTheDuck'', and ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' which were generally poorly received by critics and audiences. In 1998, ''Film/{{Blade}}'' was released and ended up being a SleeperHit. Then in the early [[TheAughts 2000s]], the genre began a slow-building but powerful and long-lasting resurgence with the ''[[Film/XMenFilmSeries X-Men]]'' and ''[[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Spider-Man]]'' film franchises. In TheNewTens, the release calendar has been dominated by big budget superhero adaptations such as Christopher Nolan's ''The [[Film/BatmanBegins Dark]] [[Film/TheDarkKnight Knight]] [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises Trilogy]]'' and Trilogy]]'', [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel's sprawling Cinematic Universe]], Universe]] and the nascent DC Film Universe, and there appears to be no end in sight.



* Hard-R comedies first took off in the late 1970s, with films like ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'' pushing major boundaries in terms of what constituted "good taste"[[note]]Although, technically, 1972's ''Film/PinkFlamingos'' still holds the record for "raunchiest movie ever made", and unlike most European comedies of the era, these had a plot and could be shown at a regular movie house.[[/note]] and becoming hit films in the process. Unfortunately, a saturation of films in the early '80s, many of which relied solely on VulgarHumor rather than witty writing, dissolved the genre just before ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' and ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' led family-friendly humor to dominate comedy. During that time, the decidedly tamer comedy of "teen films" like ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' in the late '80s and some of the works of actors like [[Creator/PaulReubens Paul "Pee-Wee" Reubens]], Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/RobinWilliams, and Creator/AdamSandler became the norm for more mature audiences. However, ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' sardonic Gen X-fueled approach to adult humor made it a sleeper hit and the hard-R comedy came back in 1998 when ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' became a surprise critical and commercial hit. The genre thrived for the next three or four years with such box office bonanzas as ''Film/AmericanPie'' and ''Film/ScaryMovie''. While the new wave's over-emphasis on high school- and college-centered comedy (what with the audience for such movies moving on to adulthood) and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' brand of humor influencing family films like ''Film/{{Shrek}}'' threatened to dissolve the genre yet again, the films of Creator/JuddApatow, starting with the 2005 hit ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'', proved that such films could be just as popular with adults as with teenagers, even pre-teens.

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* Hard-R comedies first took off in the late 1970s, with films like ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'' pushing major boundaries in terms of what constituted "good taste"[[note]]Although, technically, 1972's ''Film/PinkFlamingos'' still holds the record for "raunchiest movie ever made", and unlike most European comedies of the era, these had a plot and could be shown at a regular movie house.[[/note]] and becoming hit films in the process. Unfortunately, a saturation of films in the early '80s, many of which relied solely on VulgarHumor rather than witty writing, dissolved the genre just before ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' and ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' led family-friendly humor to dominate comedy. During that time, the decidedly tamer comedy of "teen films" like ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' in the late '80s and some of the works of actors like [[Creator/PaulReubens Paul "Pee-Wee" Reubens]], Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/RobinWilliams, and Creator/AdamSandler became the norm for more mature audiences. However, ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' sardonic Gen X-fueled approach to adult humor made it a sleeper hit and the hard-R comedy came back in 1998 when ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' became a surprise critical and commercial hit. The genre thrived for the next three or four years with such box office bonanzas as ''Film/AmericanPie'' and ''Film/ScaryMovie''. While the new wave's over-emphasis on high school- and college-centered comedy (what with the audience for such movies moving on to adulthood) and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' brand of humor influencing family films like ''Film/{{Shrek}}'' threatened to dissolve the genre yet again, the films of Creator/JuddApatow, starting with the 2005 hit ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'', proved that such films could be just as popular with adults as with teenagers, even pre-teens. And while the "second golden age of raunchy comedies" died down during the mid-2010s in favor of more family fare, some movies have successfully pushed the envelope like ''Sausage Party'', ''Mike & Dave'' and ''Bad Moms''.



* After his [[Film/GodzillaFinalWars last film]] in 2004, ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' has received very little public or internet attention. But once footage and trailers for [[Film/{{Godzilla2014}} the 2014 reboot]] started being released in December of 2013, Godzilla started trending very often on social network sites, leading to revived interest in the franchise specifically (hence why many of the films were brought back into circulation after [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes years with no home video releases]]) and the {{Kaiju}} genre in general (hence the sustained interest in ''Film/PacificRim'' and the ContinuityReboot for ''Franchise/{{Gamera}}'').

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* After his [[Film/GodzillaFinalWars last film]] in 2004, ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' has received very little public or internet attention. But once footage and trailers for [[Film/{{Godzilla2014}} the 2014 reboot]] started being released in December of 2013, Godzilla started trending very often on social network sites, leading to revived interest in the franchise specifically (hence why many of the films were brought back into circulation after [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes years with no home video releases]]) and the {{Kaiju}} genre in general (hence the sustained interest in ''Film/PacificRim'' and the ContinuityReboot for ''Franchise/{{Gamera}}'').
12th Jan '17 2:36:53 PM RAraya
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* The NBA experiences this around every two decades. It gained notoriety in TheSeventies with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but in TheEighties, the only place you could see basketball was on scattered late-night broadcasts. UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan took the sport to worldwide popularity as TheNineties unfolded, but his eventual retirement left a huge void in its popularity at the TurnOfTheMillennium. While it is currently nowhere near its '90s peak, [=LeBron=] James has given the league enough buzz to rival football and baseball in national attention. The internet and exemplary talent from abroad like Dirk Nowitzki (who is easily the best known non-soccer team sport athlete in his native Germany) have also helped the NBA garner a significant international fanbase, something which the NFL, despite its dominance of American professional sports in the 2010s, is still struggling to find.

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* The NBA experiences this around every two decades. It gained notoriety in TheSeventies with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but in TheEighties, the only place you could see basketball on TV was on scattered late-night broadcasts. UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan took the sport to worldwide popularity as TheNineties unfolded, but his eventual retirement left a huge void in its popularity at the TurnOfTheMillennium. While it is currently nowhere near its '90s peak, [=LeBron=] James has given the league enough buzz to rival football and baseball in national attention. The internet and exemplary talent from abroad like Dirk Nowitzki (who is easily the best known non-soccer team sport athlete in his native Germany) have also helped the NBA garner a significant international fanbase, something which the NFL, despite its dominance of American professional sports in the 2010s, is still struggling to find.



* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. They started during the war years, but fizzled out by TheSixties due to the departures of most of its creative team.[[note]]The final cartoon made under the original management was a rare Cool Cat (no, not [[Film/CoolCatSavesTheKids that one]]) cartoon called ''Injun Trouble''.[[/note]] In the '70s and '80s, the original ''Looney Tunes'' shorts were repackaged for FirstRunSyndication during the GloryDays of after-school kids' shows and Saturday morning cartoons, renewing their popularity among young people. But this too died out as newer, fresher programs were made available to kids. Along came ''Film/SpaceJam'', which combined classic ''Looney Tunes'' humor with a story accessible to 1990s youth thanks to the involvement of Michael Jordan. The buzz was so large that home video markets put out some of the original shorts in [[http://looney.goldenagecartoons.com/DVDvideo/VHS/videostarsofsj.html VHS compilations]] to get kids to better familiarize with the classic characters, and today the film is remembered on the Internet as a FountainOfMemes. Between the Creator/CartoonNetwork's "June Bugs" marathons, ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' and multiple original TV shows on that channel, the ''Looney Tunes''[='=] popularity has been on-off since then.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. They started The characters became popular during the war years, but fizzled out by TheSixties due to the departures of most of its creative team.[[note]]The studio closed between 1964 and 1967 (the void filled by [=DePatie=]-Freleng), before closing for good in 1969. The final cartoon made under of the original management series was a rare Cool Cat (no, not [[Film/CoolCatSavesTheKids that one]]) cartoon called ''Injun Trouble''.[[/note]] In the '70s and '80s, By then however, the original ''Looney Tunes'' shorts were had ben repackaged for FirstRunSyndication during (cartoons made before 1948) as well as (in the GloryDays case of after-school kids' shows and the post-1948 material) Saturday morning cartoons, cartoons (and later prime-time specials), renewing their popularity among young people. But this too died out as newer, fresher programs were made available to kids.with the "toy shows" of the 1980s. Along came ''Film/SpaceJam'', which combined classic ''Looney Tunes'' humor with a story accessible to 1990s youth thanks to the involvement of Michael Jordan. The buzz was so large that home video markets put out WB[[note]]Which by then regained the pre-1948 shorts[[/note]] released some of the original shorts in [[http://looney.goldenagecartoons.com/DVDvideo/VHS/videostarsofsj.html VHS compilations]] to get kids to better familiarize with the classic characters, and today the film is remembered on the Internet as a FountainOfMemes. Between the Creator/CartoonNetwork's "June Bugs" marathons, ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' and multiple original TV shows on that channel, shows, the ''Looney Tunes''[='=] popularity has been on-off since then.
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* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'': The series was huge in the mid '90s, with both critics and gamers praising it to no end. And, while ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'' may not have had the impact the first two games had,[[note]]it was, after all, released two months after ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' - by which time, 2D platformers were perceived as a thing of the past[[/note]] the series remained popular, though the critical praise tapered a bit drawing closer to the TurnOfTheMillennium, with other formerly less hyped games being favored on the whole in retrospect. Opinions really began to shift following the release of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', which many reviewers panned for being a uninspired FetchQuest, and by the mid-2000s a full-fledged HypeBacklash had set in, with it becoming trendy among critics and gamers to badmouth the series. Most retrospectively attribute this to spite over Rare's decision in late 2002 to leave Nintendo for Microsoft, while others point to a well-publicized quote by Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto proclaiming that the series was all graphics and no gameplay. Regardless, the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series found its way onto many "Most Overrated Games of All Time" lists and was seen as a prime example of all that was wrong with the mid '90s shift to 3D. Fortunately, the backlash subsided greatly after ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' became a massive critical and commercial success. And the series' reputation has, since, returned to greatness among critics and gamers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'' was for years ''the'' [=MMORPG=] for people. Eventually, however, ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' became more popular. Over the years, it had difficulty staying mainstream with the increasing amount of [=MMOs=] being made. The upcoming ''Everquest Next'' has renewed interest with many people, especially as it's [[UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}} due for consoles]].

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* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'': The series was ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games were huge in the mid '90s, mid-'90s, with both critics and gamers alike praising it to no end. And, while While ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'' may not have had the impact the first two games had,[[note]]it had,[[note]]It was, after all, released two months after ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' - ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', by which time, time 2D platformers were perceived as a thing of the past[[/note]] past.[[/note]] the series remained popular, though the critical praise tapered a bit drawing closer to the TurnOfTheMillennium, with other other, formerly less hyped less-hyped games being favored on the whole in retrospect. Opinions really began to shift following the release of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', which many reviewers panned for being a uninspired FetchQuest, and by the mid-2000s a full-fledged HypeBacklash had set in, with it becoming trendy among critics and gamers to badmouth the series. Most retrospectively attribute this to spite over Rare's decision in late 2002 to leave Nintendo for Microsoft, while others point to a well-publicized quote by Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto proclaiming (one that he later [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2010/06/17/e3-2010-shigeru-miyamoto-likes-donkey-kong-country-after-all?page=3 backed away from]]) dismissing the series was all graphics and no gameplay. as pure style over substance[[note]]"''Donkey Kong Country'' proves that players will put up with mediocre gameplay as long as the art is good."[[/note]] Regardless, the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series found its way onto many "Most Overrated Games of All Time" lists lists, and was came to be seen as a prime example of [[PolygonCeiling all that was wrong wrong]] with the mid '90s shift to 3D. VideoGame3DLeap in the mid-'90s. Fortunately, the backlash subsided greatly after ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' became a massive critical and commercial success. And success, the series' reputation has, since, returned returning to greatness among critics and gamers.
* For years, ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'' was for years ''the'' [=MMORPG=] for many people. Eventually, however, ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' became more popular. Over popular, and over the years, years it had difficulty staying mainstream with the increasing amount of [=MMOs=] being made.in an increasingly crowded MMO landscape. The upcoming ''Everquest Next'' has renewed interest with many people, especially as it's [[UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}} due for consoles]].
11th Jan '17 2:56:45 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The 1978 film ''Film/TheDeerHunter'' won five UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Picture and Best Director for Michael Cimino, and was acclaimed as one of the first great movies about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and the impact it had on the people who fought in it. Then Cimino went and [[CreatorKiller sank an entire studio (as well as his career)]] with his follow-up, the critically ravaged BoxOfficeBomb ''Film/HeavensGate''. The backlash against Cimino in the wake of ''Heaven's Gate'' was so severe that it stained the reputation of ''The Deer Hunter'' for quite some time. There was a period of time in the early-mid '80s when it was uncool in film critic circles to like that film, as many critics tried to explain how they'd been "suckered in" by Cimino. The [[http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=940CE4D61638F93AA25752C1A966948260 more charitable]] said that he'd made a DealWithTheDevil for its success. As the debacle of ''Heaven's Gate'' fell further into the past, however, the film eventually regained its reputation as one of the great Vietnam War movies. While their remains a minority of critics ([[https://web.archive.org/web/20110721174514/http://www.film4.com/features/article/oh-deer-oh-deer-oh-deer most notably]] Creator/MarkKermode) who hate the film, many others have since reevaluated their negative positions on it, and it was added to the Library of Congress in 1996 and made AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies list in both [[AFIS100Years100Movies 1998]] and [[AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition 2007]] (actually climbing 26 spots on the latter list). Helping its reputation further is the fact that ''Heaven's Gate'' has itself [[VindicatedByHistory come in for reappraisal]] over the years, especially after the [[ReCut director's cut]] premiered in 2012 at the Venice Film Festival, with critics who only knew the film from its 1981 theatrical cut surprised at how good it was and arguing that its re-edit after poor press screenings had obscured a genuinely great film.

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* The 1978 film ''Film/TheDeerHunter'' won five UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Picture and Best Director for Michael Cimino, Creator/MichaelCimino, and was acclaimed as one of the first great movies about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and the impact it had on the people who fought in it. Then Cimino went and [[CreatorKiller sank an entire studio (as well as his career)]] with his follow-up, the critically ravaged BoxOfficeBomb ''Film/HeavensGate''. The backlash against Cimino in the wake of ''Heaven's Gate'' was so severe that it stained the reputation of ''The Deer Hunter'' for quite some time. There was a period of time in the early-mid '80s when it was uncool in film critic circles to like that film, as many critics tried to explain how they'd been "suckered in" by Cimino. The [[http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=940CE4D61638F93AA25752C1A966948260 more charitable]] said that he'd made a DealWithTheDevil for its success. success, while others suggested that it was never any good in the first place and was popular more for its subject matter than anything.\\\
As the debacle of ''Heaven's Gate'' fell further into the past, however, the film eventually regained its reputation as one of the great Vietnam War movies. While their remains a minority of critics ([[https://web.archive.org/web/20110721174514/http://www.film4.com/features/article/oh-deer-oh-deer-oh-deer most notably]] Creator/MarkKermode) who still hate the film, many others have since reevaluated their negative positions on it, and it was added to the Library of Congress in 1996 and made AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies list in both [[AFIS100Years100Movies 1998]] and [[AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition 2007]] (actually climbing 26 spots on the latter list). Helping its reputation further is the fact that ''Heaven's Gate'' has itself [[VindicatedByHistory come in for reappraisal]] over the years, especially after the [[ReCut director's cut]] premiered in 2012 at the Venice Film Festival, with critics who only knew the film from its 1981 theatrical cut surprised at how good it was and arguing that its re-edit after poor press screenings had obscured a genuinely great film.
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