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22nd Mar '17 7:08:32 AM Briguy52748
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* ''WKRPInCincinnati'': The 1980 episode "In Concert," in the wake of a tragic incident at a December 1979 TheWho concert in (where else) Cincinnati, where 11 people were trampled to death in a stampede prior to the concert. The real-life events are set within the context of the show's fictional universe, with station personnel engaged in their usual banter and fun and games in promoting the concert in the first act, and then coming to grips with the events of the concert in the second act and vowing to call for action. The episode went on to earn critical acclaim from many who saw the episode, calling to attention a dangerous phenomenon that had fortunately never happened anywhere else.
18th Mar '17 12:11:19 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "The Late Shaft" pretty much based its entire story around the [[TheTonightShow Jay Leno]]-Creator/ConanOBrien debacle over at Creator/{{NBC}}, with a dash of David Letterman's affair/blackmail story thrown in for good measure. NathanFillion was a guest on ''Jimmy Kimmel Live'' that night...

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* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "The Late Shaft" pretty much based its entire story around the [[TheTonightShow Jay Leno]]-Creator/ConanOBrien debacle over at Creator/{{NBC}}, with a dash of David Letterman's affair/blackmail story thrown in for good measure. NathanFillion Creator/NathanFillion was a guest on ''Jimmy Kimmel Live'' that night...
5th Mar '17 6:19:04 PM omega05
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* A variation occurred on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. In the middle of a space battle between the Defiant and some Klingon warships, a civilian transport decloaked and was promptly blown away by Worf, thinking it was an attacker. The episode, "Rules of Engagement", focused on Worf being on trial over the incident. A similar incident, involving a US AEGIS cruiser and an Iranian civilian airliner flying through the middle of a battle and getting shot down took place, and the captain ended up on trial for it... back in 1988, almost a decade before this episode aired.

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* A variation occurred on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. In the middle of a space battle between the Defiant and some Klingon warships, a civilian transport decloaked and was promptly blown away by Worf, thinking it was an attacker. The episode, "Rules of Engagement", focused on Worf being on trial over the incident. A similar incident, involving a US AEGIS cruiser and an Iranian civilian airliner flying through the middle of a battle and getting shot down took place, and the captain ended up on trial for it... back in 1988, almost a decade before this episode aired. Incidentally, the writers of that episode went on to write for ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''.
5th Mar '17 10:42:17 AM marcoasalazarm
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** An earlier story mocked the divorce of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman through a war between two blocks named after the actors.
28th Feb '17 11:25:58 AM DracoKanji
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* Season 16's "Intimidation Game", which conflates the [=GamerGate=] controversies of late 2014 with, of all things, ISIS terrorist activity and kidnappings. This episode is infamous for drawing the ire of both sides of the debate.

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* Season 16's "Intimidation Game", which conflates the [=GamerGate=] controversies of late 2014 with, of all things, ISIS terrorist activity and kidnappings. This episode is infamous for drawing the ire of both sides of the debate. Not least of which was because the episode treated the terrorist gamers as being unable to separate the games from reality (including the POV of the would-be killer having a ''HUD''), when previous episodes that dealt with gaming and violence went out of their way to say no, video games don't make you a deluded killer.
21st Feb '17 10:42:19 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Season 5's Faith Militant is a radical perversion of an existing major religion, and consists mostly of young black-clothed men who didn't find meaning in their previous lives. Together they enforce their radical and homophobic notions wherever they go. Well...
13th Feb '17 4:13:08 AM EDP
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* This is the reason Manga/TigerMask was never allowed to win an actually existing wrestling title: as the show was set in as close as to real life as possible, whenever he took part to the World Big League or challenged a champion for his title something made him quit, not give his best, or, when he faced Dory Funk Jr. for the NWA Heavyweight Championship, win in such a way the title didn't pass to him.
12th Feb '17 3:43:26 AM Juicehead_Baby
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[[caption-width-right:333:''[[Music/ColePorter In olden days, an online stalking was looked on as something shocking\\
But now, God knows, anything goes!]]'']]
8th Feb '17 3:13:48 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/{{Cyberbully}}'' is ABC Family's attempt to make a "realistic" drama about a real issue teens face. (in this case, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin cyberbullying]]).

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* ''Film/{{Cyberbully}}'' ''Film/Cyberbully2011'' is ABC Family's attempt to make a "realistic" drama about a real issue teens face. (in this case, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin cyberbullying]]).
29th Jan '17 10:44:15 AM LongTallShorty64
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* Creator/IdaLupino's FilmNoir, ''Film/TheHitchHiker'' was based on hitchhiking murderer, Billy Cook.
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