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19th May '16 1:07:30 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [[RockosModernLife Rocko]] in the episode "Ed is Dead", where he thinks Bev killed Ed during an argument. Cue RearWindowInvestigation, and TheReveal that [[spoiler: what actually got destroyed and buried was only a meatloaf ''sculpture'' of Ed, and that Ed was at the doctor's having a wart removed from his butt.]]

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* [[RockosModernLife [[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife Rocko]] in the episode "Ed is Dead", where he thinks Bev killed Ed during an argument. Cue RearWindowInvestigation, and TheReveal that [[spoiler: what actually got destroyed and buried was only a meatloaf ''sculpture'' of Ed, and that Ed was at the doctor's having a wart removed from his butt.]]
1st Apr '16 11:33:41 AM eroock
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A protagonist is caught in a situation where he is forced to watch a crime (or what [[StabTheSalad he thinks]] is a crime) but is powerless to do anything to stop it. Later on he may be [[CassandraTruth unable to prove a crime has occurred]], or he may find himself [[HeKnowsTooMuch targeted by the killer looking to eliminate any witnesses]].


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A protagonist is caught in a situation where he is forced to watch ForcedToWatch a crime (or what [[StabTheSalad he thinks]] is a crime) but is powerless to do anything to stop it. Later on he may be [[CassandraTruth unable to prove a crime has occurred]], or he may find himself [[HeKnowsTooMuch targeted by the killer looking to eliminate any witnesses]].

6th Nov '15 8:19:07 PM nombretomado
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* The season 6 episode "Point of View" of ''Series/CSINewYork'' pays homage to the ''RearWindow'' where Mac Taylor is severely injured during the pursuit of a suspect and is confined to his apartment, observing the neighbors. Mac witnesses a shady deal similar to L.B. Jeffries and his suspicion of his murderous neighbor.

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* The season 6 episode "Point of View" of ''Series/CSINewYork'' pays homage to the ''RearWindow'' ''Film/RearWindow'' where Mac Taylor is severely injured during the pursuit of a suspect and is confined to his apartment, observing the neighbors. Mac witnesses a shady deal similar to L.B. Jeffries and his suspicion of his murderous neighbor.
25th Jun '15 2:52:09 PM randomsurfer
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* In a Halloween episode of ''Series/TheJeffersons'' Louise happens to look across the street into another apartment and witnesses a murder; the murderer is dressed as a giant white rabbit. Nobody believes her but the rabbit saw her seeing him and tracks her down.
23rd Jun '15 4:40:03 PM calmestofdoves
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* In what should be the most ridiculous possible example, '''but isn't''', 2003's ''Mimic3Sentinel'' was pitched as ''[[RecycledInSpace "Rear Window ]]'' [[RecycledInSpace with ]]''[[RecycledInSpace giant cockroaches"]]''. Here, the protagonist is confined to his house by an acute immune system disorder ''caused by'' the last outbreak of the giant cockroaches. Surprisingly watchable, and easily the best of the ''Mimic'' movies; ''Rear Window'' is apparently a Bullet Proof Script.

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* In what should be the most ridiculous possible example, '''but isn't''', 2003's ''Mimic3Sentinel'' ''Film/Mimic3Sentinel'' was pitched as ''[[RecycledInSpace "Rear Window ]]'' "RearWindowHomage [[RecycledInSpace with ]]''[[RecycledInSpace giant cockroaches"]]''. Here, cockroaches]]." In the movie, the protagonist is confined to his house by an acute immune system disorder ''caused by'' caused by the last ''last'' outbreak of the giant cockroaches. Surprisingly watchable, and easily the best of the ''Mimic'' ''Film/{{Mimic}}'' movies; ''Rear ''Film/Rear Window'' is apparently a Bullet Proof Script.
23rd Jun '15 4:31:54 PM calmestofdoves
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May or may not lead to a RearWindowInvestigation.

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May or may not lead to a RearWindowInvestigation. Often features in the RearWindowHomage.
6th Feb '15 3:37:02 PM foxley
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* ''Series/That70sShow'': In "To Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young Too Die", Fez is stuck in wheelchair with a sprained ankle in the Foreman's house. Watching next door with binoculars in the hope of seeing Midge naked, he becomes convinced that Bob has murdered Midge.

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* ''Series/That70sShow'': In "To "Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young Too Die", Fez is stuck in wheelchair with a sprained ankle in the Foreman's house. Watching next door with binoculars in the hope of seeing Midge naked, he becomes convinced that Bob has murdered Midge.
6th Feb '15 3:29:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''BodyDouble''
* ''{{Disturbia}}'' (2007), where the protagonist is confined to his house by a house-arrest legband.

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* ''BodyDouble''
''Film/BodyDouble''
* ''{{Disturbia}}'' ''Film/{{Disturbia}}'' (2007), where the protagonist is confined to his house by a house-arrest legband.



* ...and then along comes ''{{Abominable}}'' to disprove that theory, where the villain-across-the-street is none other than ''Bigfoot''. Yeah.
* In ''SorryWrongNumber'', a crossed line causes an invalid to [[ExactEavesDropping overhear]] two people planning to kill her.
* ''ClubhouseDetectives'' is a kid-friendly version from the 90s, where a kid spots the murder from the bathroom window, and tries to convince his mom and the police. Since this is a kids movie, AdultsAreUseless and they have to take matter into their own hands.
* In ''{{Burglar}}'', based on ''[[Literature/BernieRhodenbarr The Burglar in the Closet]]'' by Lawrence Block, Whoopi Goldberg's character is hiding in a closet during a burglary when she witnesses an extended bed-rattling session, followed by a killing. She isn't able to see the face of the murderer, however.
* In the third ''HomeAlone'' movie, the protagonist is home sick from school and witnesses the burglary of a neighbor's home, but can't get anyone to believe him.
* ''TheOtherSideOfTheStreet'' is 2004 Brazilian film. Regina, a lonely and retired grandmother, defies social expectations maintaining a very active lifestyle in Rio de Janeiro's urban life. She does this largely by supplying the police with tips on criminal activities in the area. When she witnesses what she believes is a murder across the street, she tries to obtain incriminating statements from the supposed perpetrator but in the process her whole world changes...
* In the movie ''TheBayBoy'', the main character witnesses a murder through a store window by a crooked cop, but is scared by the cop into not telling anyone.

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* ...and then along comes ''{{Abominable}}'' ''Film/{{Abominable}}'' to disprove that theory, where the villain-across-the-street is none other than ''Bigfoot''. Yeah.
* In ''SorryWrongNumber'', ''Film/SorryWrongNumber'', a crossed line causes an invalid to [[ExactEavesDropping overhear]] two people planning to kill her.
* ''ClubhouseDetectives'' ''Film/ClubhouseDetectives'' is a kid-friendly version from the 90s, where a kid spots the murder from the bathroom window, and tries to convince his mom and the police. Since this is a kids movie, AdultsAreUseless and they have to take matter into their own hands.
* In ''{{Burglar}}'', ''Film/{{Burglar}}'', based on ''[[Literature/BernieRhodenbarr The Burglar in the Closet]]'' by Lawrence Block, Whoopi Goldberg's character is hiding in a closet during a burglary when she witnesses an extended bed-rattling session, followed by a killing. She isn't able to see the face of the murderer, however.
* In the third ''HomeAlone'' ''Film/HomeAlone'' movie, the protagonist is home sick from school and witnesses the burglary of a neighbor's home, but can't get anyone to believe him.
* ''TheOtherSideOfTheStreet'' ''Film/TheOtherSideOfTheStreet'' is 2004 Brazilian film. Regina, a lonely and retired grandmother, defies social expectations maintaining a very active lifestyle in Rio de Janeiro's urban life. She does this largely by supplying the police with tips on criminal activities in the area. When she witnesses what she believes is a murder across the street, she tries to obtain incriminating statements from the supposed perpetrator but in the process her whole world changes...
* In the movie ''TheBayBoy'', ''Film/TheBayBoy'', the main character witnesses a murder through a store window by a crooked cop, but is scared by the cop into not telling anyone.



* There was a ''{{Goosebumps}}'' book involving this trope.

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* There was a ''{{Goosebumps}}'' ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book involving this trope.



* ''TheUnusuals'' has an episode along these lines.
* ''{{Psych}}'': The episode "Mr. Yin Presents" was filled with references to Creator/AlfredHitchcock'' including a point where the characters in the show are forced to portray Hitchcock film alter egos. Shawn, at one point, plays James Stewart (and manages a convincing Stewart voice to boot) by sitting in a wheelchair on a "set" created by the villain.

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* ''TheUnusuals'' ''Series/TheUnusuals'' has an episode along these lines.
* ''{{Psych}}'': ''Series/{{Psych}}'': The episode "Mr. Yin Presents" was filled with references to Creator/AlfredHitchcock'' including a point where the characters in the show are forced to portray Hitchcock film alter egos. Shawn, at one point, plays James Stewart (and manages a convincing Stewart voice to boot) by sitting in a wheelchair on a "set" created by the villain.



* Happens to Daisy in ''DowntonAbbey''.

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* Happens to Daisy in ''DowntonAbbey''.''Series/DowntonAbbey''.



* The season 6 episode "Point of View" of ''CSINewYork'' pays homage to the ''RearWindow'' where Mac Taylor is severely injured during the pursuit of a suspect and is confined to his apartment, observing the neighbors. Mac witnesses a shady deal similar to L.B. Jeffries and his suspicion of his murderous neighbor.

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* The season 6 episode "Point of View" of ''CSINewYork'' ''Series/CSINewYork'' pays homage to the ''RearWindow'' where Mac Taylor is severely injured during the pursuit of a suspect and is confined to his apartment, observing the neighbors. Mac witnesses a shady deal similar to L.B. Jeffries and his suspicion of his murderous neighbor.



* ''TheReturnOfTheSaint'' episode "Signal Stop" has a variation where a woman on a train reports a murder being committed in an empty building next to the line.
* The now-forgotten 1979-80 ABC sitcom ''TheLastResort'' had an episode about this; see a vintage promo for it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNZ4W_oHzyw here]].

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* ''TheReturnOfTheSaint'' ''Series/TheReturnOfTheSaint'' episode "Signal Stop" has a variation where a woman on a train reports a murder being committed in an empty building next to the line.
* The now-forgotten 1979-80 ABC sitcom ''TheLastResort'' ''Series/TheLastResort'' had an episode about this; see a vintage promo for it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNZ4W_oHzyw here]].



* An episode of ''KateAndAllie'' had Chip looking out his bedroom window and believing he saw a murder. The episode plays out similar to ''RearWindow'' until it's revealed that the "murderer" was a magician and what Chip saw was him practicing a trick.

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* An episode of ''KateAndAllie'' ''Series/KateAndAllie'' had Chip looking out his bedroom window and believing he saw a murder. The episode plays out similar to ''RearWindow'' ''Film/RearWindow'' until it's revealed that the "murderer" was a magician and what Chip saw was him practicing a trick.
1st Feb '15 2:30:40 AM foxley
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* ''Series/That70sShow'': In "To Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young Too Die", Fez is stuck in wheelchair with a sprained ankle in the Foreman's house. Watching next door with binoculars in the hope of seeing Midge naked, he becomes convinced that Bob has murdered Midge.
29th Nov '14 2:36:40 AM foxley
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** In "Unfriendly Chat", Adam is on video chat with a woman he has never met before when she is strangled.
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