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29th Jan '13 7:54:13 AM FastEddie
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An episode of a TV show, especially a CrimeAndPunishmentSeries, focusing on a particular subculture. Accuracy is optional, since the only research that goes into the episode is [[RippedFromTheHeadlines reading the paper]]...especially when [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer even the paper wasn't right]]. This is also common on [[MedicalDrama Medical Dramas]] with the subculture having a connection to the PatientOfTheWeek. {{Sitcom}}s occasionally use this trope when one of the characters gets mixed up in a strange new crowd or dates someone who is.

The most important aspect of this trope is how the subcultures are ''always'' presented in a horrifically stereotyped manner. They aren't just [[AcceptableTargets average people with non-mainstream interests]]. Rather, they are [[StrawLoser total creeps with no social skills unrelated to their hobby]], which dominates their whole lives. For example, if it's a sexual subculture, they'll wear fetish gear to the supermarket and make inappropriate come-ons to the main character. If it's gamers ({{video|Games}} or {{tabletop|Games}}), they'll play to the point of addiction, [[BasementDweller live with their parents]] well into their 30's, possibly [[MurderSimulators imitate the violence they commit in the game]], and are probably [[NerdsAreVirgins virgins]]. If it's UsefulNotes/{{Neo-Pagan|ism}}s, they'll wear ridiculous Goth or New Age clothing and talk about casting spells and "cursing" people they don't like. To ''real'' people within these subcultures, the misconceptions and poor research on these shows can be either a source of SnarkBait or a BerserkButton.

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!!Examples:

* ''TheBill'' featured a guy playing an "Assassins" style game using a realistic looking paint gun in public. People who play these sort of games do not use realistic weapons. One guy from the Oxford University Assassin's Guild did that and encountered some armed police.
** The 'armed police' problem also happened with Glasgow's Assassin's Guild.
** HumansVsZombies players have had basically the same problem.
** All this has led to something called Deathgame, practiced in Sweden, where you "kill" your opponent(s) with fruits and vegetables.
* ''CSINewYork''
** The episode dealing with Water Wars. Again, someone uses a realistic looking water pistol.
** They also dealt with LeParkour.
** There was also the "Down the Rabbit Hole" episode which dealt with SecondLife. This spanned over two episodes rather than the usual one.
** And one about "vampire cults" who drink each others' blood. [[spoiler: Surprisingly, no vampires committed the crimes. The episode treated vampirism like an unpopular but venerable religion.]]
** Yet another episode involved the owners of [[TheDollEpisode adult dolls]] (although it turned out that the doll ownership was irrelevant to the murder). Basically, ''CSINewYork'', like all of the shows in the CSIVerse, is pretty much in love with this trope.
* Many of the cases on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' have dealt with some sexual fetish, subculture, or hobby.
** The famous episode "Fur and Loathing", set at a furry convention began it all. The portrayal of furries caused considerable controversy in that fandom. The episode was even a {{Jump The Shark}} moment for some, who saw it as the start of a freak-a-week format.
** An episode where the victim, a powerful casino owner, was an adult baby in his spare time.
** "Slaves of Las Vegas" introduced viewers to Lady Heather and her BDSM club. Lady Heather actually became a well developed (if only sporadically recurring) character.
** A murder-at-the-''Star''-''Trek''-convention storyline, albeit with the [[CaptainErsatz serial numbers filed off]]. Trekkies, Trekkies everywhere...
* The ''CSIMiami'' episode dealing with videogames, in which the characters had to actually play the game in question to find out its plot, which was necessary for them to solve the cause. Why they don't just look up its plot online is anyone's guess. There's also a notable level of NewMediaAreEvil in the episode. In the episode, a video games company decides that a good advertising tactic for their GTA clone (which somehow [[PacmanFever still had "levels" and "points"]]) is to [[WhatAnIdiot give teenagers submachine guns and have them rob a bank]], with bonus points if there's a police officer inside and for rape.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' does this quite often. There has been episodes about competitive arcade gaming, role-playing teens, pony play fetishists, and karaoke singers (with actual former American Idol contestants).
** Mostly averted in the episode dealing with black metal, though. Some of the stranger excesses of the subculture are brought to the fore, but Bones's psychiatrist is revealed to have a history in the scene and Booth compares the distaste over it to his dad's distaste for punk. The most significant error they make is that, while virtually everything regarding extreme black metal is true to a degree, the death metal subculture really isn't as violent or cult-like as the Norwegian black metal scene that clearly inspired the events of the episode. Furthermore, few death metal bands wear corpse paint, or use fake names, and only a handful are satanic.
** They applied the zero-research attitude to Wicca.
** This also gets annoying when Sweets (the psychiatrist) "analyzes" the subculture in question, and ends up pretty much generalizing the entire subculture and assuming everyone who's a part of it thinks and acts exactly the same.
* One of the defining examples was "Next Stop, Nowhere," a.k.a, "the punk rock episode of ''{{Quincy}}''." In the '80s HardcorePunk subculture, the episode spawned the slur "[[TheQuincyPunk Quincy punk]]," applied to scene members and bands who personified the old Music/SexPistols stereotype of the sloppy, antisocial, mohawked/spiky-haired punk rocker. This was at a time when hardcore was about dressing normal, playing tight, and maintaining a positive or at least thoughtful attitude.
* In one episode, only one cop on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had heard of foot fetishes.
* The [[Franchise/LawAndOrder franchise]] as a whole (The Mothership, SVU, and [[LawAndOrderCriminalIntent CI]]) tends to treat sports fans this way.
* One ''PushingDaisies'' episode focuses on a murder at a rent-a-friend agency. The actual customers are portrayed sympathetically, but Ned eventually decries the whole enterprise as useless, because while the patrons may enjoy it for a time, "deep down they never stop thinking of themselves as weirdos who need to be fixed".
* Most crime shows had a vampire-related episode at some point of time.
** ''Series/CriminalMinds'' even did some namedropping by referencing ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. At least they didn't portray the subculture as the ''cause'' of the culprit's murderous ways; it was made very clear that the killer was suffering from a rare mental illness that provoked obsession with blood-drinking, and had likely had it since childhood.
** Hilariously, an episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' did this with a vampire wannabe cult (mind you, in a show where vampires were very real). At one point, Angel (the resident good guy vampire) is complaining about how these kids know nothing about vampires, don't know how they dress... and pauses as a guy walks by [[CrowningMomentOfFunny dressed exactly the same as him.]] At the end of the episode, Buffy has to save the vampire wannabes from the real vampires, who mostly just want to kill them and feed off them.
** ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' also did an episode about vampire wannabes. It starts off as a funny TakeThat against ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', but, this being ''Supernatural'', suddenly gets a lot darker, [[spoiler: when Dean discovers the vampires themselves are pushing the recent vampire obsession, to get more willing victims for a vampire army]].
* An episode of ''Series/TheMentalist'' featured a young Wiccan, who naturally came under suspicion when one of her peers was killed in a ritualistic fashion. An especially aggravating case as half the facts spouted about Wicca were blatantly wrong. Contemporary Pagan religions often appear in shows like this, and rarely do the writing staff seem to feel any compulsion to actually research them first.
* A sixth-season episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' used ''bloggers'' as the Sick Sad Subculture. Seeing as everyone and their grandmother has a blog these days, seeing it portrayed as a crazy new subculture was... odd. The show wasn't explicit that ''all'' bloggers were exhibitionist freaks, but it was pretty clear that the particular patient was taking it waaaaaaay too far (compulsively documenting literally everything except her bowel movements and even leaving her medical decisions up to popular polling among her readers)
* The [[TheSixties late-60's]] revival of ''{{Dragnet}}'' used [[NewAgeRetroHippie the hippie counterculture]] as a recurring subculture-of-the-week in a number of poorly researched episodes. The most infamous of these is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0zgIzqgxFU "Blue Boy" episode]], for its {{Narm}}y take on LSD. Joe Friday references in dialogue the notorious urban myth about teenagers tripping on acid blinding themselves by staring at the Sun.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** One episode had the detectives practically declare an adult had to be a pedophile... because he collected Transformers.
** In one episode, several of them express incredulity over the theory cited by a colleague that a man might be gay even though he has a wife.
** In another episode, the idea that someone could be bisexual rather than straight-out gay seems to be [[NoBisexuals bizarrely unheard of]], sparking more astonishment from the characters.
* In ''[[NipTuck Nip/Tuck]]'' the client/patient of the week was often part of some strange subculture.
* The whole point of the {{MTV}} reality show ''Series/TrueLife'' seems to be to subvert this, as they visit the lives of people involved in various subcultures regularly. More often than not, though, it winds up as a double-subversion.
* The Wiccans featured in ''TrueBlood's'' fourth season are presented this way, as if the entirety of the writers' research was browsing an occult shop for twenty minutes.
* Toyed with in the ''{{Futurama}}'' episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"; the antagonist Melllvar is an obsessive Trekkie, and the episode goes on to explain that in the past, Trekkies became their own religion and started a devastating war that forced the show itself to be banned.
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An episode of a TV show, especially a CrimeAndPunishmentSeries, focusing on a particular subculture. Accuracy is optional, since the only research that goes into the episode is [[RippedFromTheHeadlines reading the paper]]...especially when [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer even the paper wasn't right]]. This is also common on [[MedicalDrama Medical Dramas]] with the subculture having a connection to the PatientOfTheWeek. {{Sitcom}}s occasionally use this trope when one of the characters gets mixed up in a strange new crowd or dates someone who is.

The most important aspect of this trope is how the subcultures are ''always'' presented in a horrifically stereotyped manner. They aren't just [[AcceptableTargets average people with non-mainstream interests]]. Rather, they are [[StrawLoser total creeps with no social skills unrelated to their hobby]], which dominates their whole lives. For example, if it's a sexual subculture, they'll wear fetish gear to the supermarket and make inappropriate come-ons to the main character. If it's gamers ({{video|Games}} or {{tabletop|Games}}), they'll play to the point of addiction, [[BasementDweller live with their parents]] well into their 30's, possibly [[MurderSimulators imitate the violence they commit in the game]], and are probably [[NerdsAreVirgins virgins]]. If it's UsefulNotes/{{Neo-Pagan|ism}}s, they'll wear ridiculous Goth or New Age clothing and talk about casting spells and "cursing" people they don't like. To ''real'' people within these subcultures, the misconceptions and poor research on these shows can be either a source of SnarkBait or a BerserkButton.

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!!Examples:

* ''TheBill'' featured a guy playing an "Assassins" style game using a realistic looking paint gun in public. People who play these sort of games do not use realistic weapons. One guy from the Oxford University Assassin's Guild did that and encountered some armed police.
** The 'armed police' problem also happened with Glasgow's Assassin's Guild.
** HumansVsZombies players have had basically the same problem.
** All this has led to something called Deathgame, practiced in Sweden, where you "kill" your opponent(s) with fruits and vegetables.
* ''CSINewYork''
** The episode dealing with Water Wars. Again, someone uses a realistic looking water pistol.
** They also dealt with LeParkour.
** There was also the "Down the Rabbit Hole" episode which dealt with SecondLife. This spanned over two episodes rather than the usual one.
** And one about "vampire cults" who drink each others' blood. [[spoiler: Surprisingly, no vampires committed the crimes. The episode treated vampirism like an unpopular but venerable religion.]]
** Yet another episode involved the owners of [[TheDollEpisode adult dolls]] (although it turned out that the doll ownership was irrelevant to the murder). Basically, ''CSINewYork'', like all of the shows in the CSIVerse, is pretty much in love with this trope.
* Many of the cases on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' have dealt with some sexual fetish, subculture, or hobby.
** The famous episode "Fur and Loathing", set at a furry convention began it all. The portrayal of furries caused considerable controversy in that fandom. The episode was even a {{Jump The Shark}} moment for some, who saw it as the start of a freak-a-week format.
** An episode where the victim, a powerful casino owner, was an adult baby in his spare time.
** "Slaves of Las Vegas" introduced viewers to Lady Heather and her BDSM club. Lady Heather actually became a well developed (if only sporadically recurring) character.
** A murder-at-the-''Star''-''Trek''-convention storyline, albeit with the [[CaptainErsatz serial numbers filed off]]. Trekkies, Trekkies everywhere...
* The ''CSIMiami'' episode dealing with videogames, in which the characters had to actually play the game in question to find out its plot, which was necessary for them to solve the cause. Why they don't just look up its plot online is anyone's guess. There's also a notable level of NewMediaAreEvil in the episode. In the episode, a video games company decides that a good advertising tactic for their GTA clone (which somehow [[PacmanFever still had "levels" and "points"]]) is to [[WhatAnIdiot give teenagers submachine guns and have them rob a bank]], with bonus points if there's a police officer inside and for rape.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' does this quite often. There has been episodes about competitive arcade gaming, role-playing teens, pony play fetishists, and karaoke singers (with actual former American Idol contestants).
** Mostly averted in the episode dealing with black metal, though. Some of the stranger excesses of the subculture are brought to the fore, but Bones's psychiatrist is revealed to have a history in the scene and Booth compares the distaste over it to his dad's distaste for punk. The most significant error they make is that, while virtually everything regarding extreme black metal is true to a degree, the death metal subculture really isn't as violent or cult-like as the Norwegian black metal scene that clearly inspired the events of the episode. Furthermore, few death metal bands wear corpse paint, or use fake names, and only a handful are satanic.
** They applied the zero-research attitude to Wicca.
** This also gets annoying when Sweets (the psychiatrist) "analyzes" the subculture in question, and ends up pretty much generalizing the entire subculture and assuming everyone who's a part of it thinks and acts exactly the same.
* One of the defining examples was "Next Stop, Nowhere," a.k.a, "the punk rock episode of ''{{Quincy}}''." In the '80s HardcorePunk subculture, the episode spawned the slur "[[TheQuincyPunk Quincy punk]]," applied to scene members and bands who personified the old Music/SexPistols stereotype of the sloppy, antisocial, mohawked/spiky-haired punk rocker. This was at a time when hardcore was about dressing normal, playing tight, and maintaining a positive or at least thoughtful attitude.
* In one episode, only one cop on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had heard of foot fetishes.
* The [[Franchise/LawAndOrder franchise]] as a whole (The Mothership, SVU, and [[LawAndOrderCriminalIntent CI]]) tends to treat sports fans this way.
* One ''PushingDaisies'' episode focuses on a murder at a rent-a-friend agency. The actual customers are portrayed sympathetically, but Ned eventually decries the whole enterprise as useless, because while the patrons may enjoy it for a time, "deep down they never stop thinking of themselves as weirdos who need to be fixed".
* Most crime shows had a vampire-related episode at some point of time.
** ''Series/CriminalMinds'' even did some namedropping by referencing ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. At least they didn't portray the subculture as the ''cause'' of the culprit's murderous ways; it was made very clear that the killer was suffering from a rare mental illness that provoked obsession with blood-drinking, and had likely had it since childhood.
** Hilariously, an episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' did this with a vampire wannabe cult (mind you, in a show where vampires were very real). At one point, Angel (the resident good guy vampire) is complaining about how these kids know nothing about vampires, don't know how they dress... and pauses as a guy walks by [[CrowningMomentOfFunny dressed exactly the same as him.]] At the end of the episode, Buffy has to save the vampire wannabes from the real vampires, who mostly just want to kill them and feed off them.
** ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' also did an episode about vampire wannabes. It starts off as a funny TakeThat against ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', but, this being ''Supernatural'', suddenly gets a lot darker, [[spoiler: when Dean discovers the vampires themselves are pushing the recent vampire obsession, to get more willing victims for a vampire army]].
* An episode of ''Series/TheMentalist'' featured a young Wiccan, who naturally came under suspicion when one of her peers was killed in a ritualistic fashion. An especially aggravating case as half the facts spouted about Wicca were blatantly wrong. Contemporary Pagan religions often appear in shows like this, and rarely do the writing staff seem to feel any compulsion to actually research them first.
* A sixth-season episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' used ''bloggers'' as the Sick Sad Subculture. Seeing as everyone and their grandmother has a blog these days, seeing it portrayed as a crazy new subculture was... odd. The show wasn't explicit that ''all'' bloggers were exhibitionist freaks, but it was pretty clear that the particular patient was taking it waaaaaaay too far (compulsively documenting literally everything except her bowel movements and even leaving her medical decisions up to popular polling among her readers)
* The [[TheSixties late-60's]] revival of ''{{Dragnet}}'' used [[NewAgeRetroHippie the hippie counterculture]] as a recurring subculture-of-the-week in a number of poorly researched episodes. The most infamous of these is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0zgIzqgxFU "Blue Boy" episode]], for its {{Narm}}y take on LSD. Joe Friday references in dialogue the notorious urban myth about teenagers tripping on acid blinding themselves by staring at the Sun.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** One episode had the detectives practically declare an adult had to be a pedophile... because he collected Transformers.
** In one episode, several of them express incredulity over the theory cited by a colleague that a man might be gay even though he has a wife.
** In another episode, the idea that someone could be bisexual rather than straight-out gay seems to be [[NoBisexuals bizarrely unheard of]], sparking more astonishment from the characters.
* In ''[[NipTuck Nip/Tuck]]'' the client/patient of the week was often part of some strange subculture.
* The whole point of the {{MTV}} reality show ''Series/TrueLife'' seems to be to subvert this, as they visit the lives of people involved in various subcultures regularly. More often than not, though, it winds up as a double-subversion.
* The Wiccans featured in ''TrueBlood's'' fourth season are presented this way, as if the entirety of the writers' research was browsing an occult shop for twenty minutes.
* Toyed with in the ''{{Futurama}}'' episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"; the antagonist Melllvar is an obsessive Trekkie, and the episode goes on to explain that in the past, Trekkies became their own religion and started a devastating war that forced the show itself to be banned.
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28th Jan '13 4:53:31 PM Madrugada
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* [[AcceptableReligiousTargets Religion]], as it's presented in media, could fill a subtrope of this by itself. The idea that most religious people ascribe to a belief system but don't make their lives revolve around it will almost never be brought up. A [[ChurchMilitant church parishoner]] will gun down a reporter about to expose a church secret [[KnightTemplar if it's "God's Will" that it be done]]. This goes double for any non-UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}} religion, since in American media being non-Christian is automatically suspect. All UsefulNotes/{{Buddhis|m}}ts (especially if they're not Asian) will be introspective sorts with NewAgeRetroHippie tendencies who drop pearls of Eastern wisdom at random, all [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslims]] will be [[TheFundamentalist fanatical fundamentalists]] ready to kill in the name of Allah, UsefulNotes/{{neo-pagan|ism}}s will look like either {{crazy cat lad|y}}ies or teenage {{goth}}s and offer up curses, charms and hexes, and UsefulNotes/{{atheis|m}}ts will all be [[HollywoodAtheist sour, immoral and arrogant]].
* Whenever a GayBar is featured on a show that doesn't regularly deal with LGBT people, it's almost always a freak show of stereotypes, rather than average people going for a drink with friends in a comfortable atmosphere and/or hoping to meet someone of the same gender.



* Many of the cases on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' have dealt with some sexual fetish, subculture, sexual fetish, hobby, sexual fetish or sexual fetish.

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* Many of the cases on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' have dealt with some sexual fetish, subculture, sexual fetish, hobby, sexual fetish or sexual fetish.hobby.



** Almost as well-known as "Fur and Loathing", "Slaves of Las Vegas", which introduced viewers to Lady Heather and her BDSM club. Lady Heather actually became a well developed (if only sporadically recurring) character.
** More recently, they pulled off a murder-at-the-''Star''-''Trek''-convention storyline, albeit with the [[CaptainErsatz serial numbers filed off]]. Trekkies, Trekkies everywhere...
* The ''CSIMiami'' episode dealing with videogames, in which the characters had to actually play the game in question to find out its plot, which was necessary for them to solve the cause. Why they don't just look up its plot online is anyone's guess. There's also a notable level of NewMediaAreEvil in the episode. Basically, a video games company decides that a good advertising tactic for their GTA clone (which somehow [[PacmanFever still had "levels" and "points"]]) is to [[WhatAnIdiot give teenagers submachine guns and have them rob a bank]], with bonus points if there's a police officer inside and for rape. Feel free to {{facepalm}}.
** In fact, feel free to [[http://adf.ly/D6BW3 TRIPLE facepalm]]: GTA does have points, but its missions are only ''roughly'' increasingly difficult the longer you play. Rockstar would never give teens Tommy guns and tell them to rob banks, otherwise they would be dissolved as soon as the government find out. And bonus points for killing police officers and raping people is not going to sell a game.

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** Almost as well-known as "Fur and Loathing", "Slaves of Las Vegas", which Vegas" introduced viewers to Lady Heather and her BDSM club. Lady Heather actually became a well developed (if only sporadically recurring) character.
** More recently, they pulled off a A murder-at-the-''Star''-''Trek''-convention storyline, albeit with the [[CaptainErsatz serial numbers filed off]]. Trekkies, Trekkies everywhere...
* The ''CSIMiami'' episode dealing with videogames, in which the characters had to actually play the game in question to find out its plot, which was necessary for them to solve the cause. Why they don't just look up its plot online is anyone's guess. There's also a notable level of NewMediaAreEvil in the episode. Basically, In the episode, a video games company decides that a good advertising tactic for their GTA clone (which somehow [[PacmanFever still had "levels" and "points"]]) is to [[WhatAnIdiot give teenagers submachine guns and have them rob a bank]], with bonus points if there's a police officer inside and for rape. Feel free to {{facepalm}}.
** In fact, feel free to [[http://adf.ly/D6BW3 TRIPLE facepalm]]: GTA does have points, but its missions are only ''roughly'' increasingly difficult the longer you play. Rockstar would never give teens Tommy guns and tell them to rob banks, otherwise they would be dissolved as soon as the government find out. And bonus points for killing police officers and raping people is not going to sell a game.



** This tendency reached its nadir when they applied the same zero-research attitude to Wicca.

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** This tendency reached its nadir when they They applied the same zero-research attitude to Wicca.



* In one episode, only one cop on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had heard of {{foot f|ocus}}etishes.
** The [[Franchise/LawAndOrder franchise]] as a whole (The Mothership, SVU, and [[LawAndOrderCriminalIntent CI]]) tends to treat sports fans this way.

to:

* In one episode, only one cop on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had heard of {{foot f|ocus}}etishes.
**
foot fetishes.
*
The [[Franchise/LawAndOrder franchise]] as a whole (The Mothership, SVU, and [[LawAndOrderCriminalIntent CI]]) tends to treat sports fans this way.



* Most crime shows can attest to having had a vampire-related episode at some point of time.

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* Most crime shows can attest to having had a vampire-related episode at some point of time.



** ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' also did an episode about vampire wannabes. It starts off as a funny TakeThat against ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', but, this being ''Supernatural'', suddenly gets a lot darker, [[spoiler: when Dean discovers the vampire themselves are pushing the recent vampire obsession, to get more willing victims for a vampire army]].

to:

** ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' also did an episode about vampire wannabes. It starts off as a funny TakeThat against ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', but, this being ''Supernatural'', suddenly gets a lot darker, [[spoiler: when Dean discovers the vampire vampires themselves are pushing the recent vampire obsession, to get more willing victims for a vampire army]].



* A sixth-season episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' used ''bloggers'' as the FreaksOfTheWeek. Seeing as everyone and their grandmother has a blog these days, seeing it portrayed as a crazy new subculture was... [[{{Narm}} odd.]] The show wasn't explicit that ''all'' bloggers were exhibitionist freaks, but it was pretty clear that the particular patient was taking it waaaaaaay too far (compulsively documenting literally everything except her bowel movements and even leaving her medical decisions up to popular polling among her readers)
* The [[TheSixties late-60's]] revival of ''{{Dragnet}}'' used [[NewAgeRetroHippie the hippie counterculture]] as recurring freaks-of-the-week in a number of poorly researched episodes. The most infamous of these is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0zgIzqgxFU "Blue Boy" episode]], for its [[SoBadItsGood spectacularly]] [[{{Narm}} narm-y]] take on LSD. Joe Friday references in dialogue the notorious urban myth about teenagers tripping on acid blinding themselves by staring at the Sun.
* One episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' had the detectives practically declare an adult had to be a pedophile... because he collected Transformers.
** ''SVU'' seems to have a particularly strange deficiency in this area. As well as the example above, the cops who are supposed experts in this field often seem ludicriously ill informed about even the most general sexual behaviour and cultures. In one episode, several of them express incredulity over the theory cited by a colleague that a man might be gay even though he has a wife. In another episode, the idea that someone could be bisexual rather than straight-out gay seems to be [[NoBisexuals bizarrely unheard of]], sparking more astonishment from the characters.

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* A sixth-season episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' used ''bloggers'' as the FreaksOfTheWeek.Sick Sad Subculture. Seeing as everyone and their grandmother has a blog these days, seeing it portrayed as a crazy new subculture was... [[{{Narm}} odd.]] odd. The show wasn't explicit that ''all'' bloggers were exhibitionist freaks, but it was pretty clear that the particular patient was taking it waaaaaaay too far (compulsively documenting literally everything except her bowel movements and even leaving her medical decisions up to popular polling among her readers)
* The [[TheSixties late-60's]] revival of ''{{Dragnet}}'' used [[NewAgeRetroHippie the hippie counterculture]] as a recurring freaks-of-the-week subculture-of-the-week in a number of poorly researched episodes. The most infamous of these is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0zgIzqgxFU "Blue Boy" episode]], for its [[SoBadItsGood spectacularly]] [[{{Narm}} narm-y]] {{Narm}}y take on LSD. Joe Friday references in dialogue the notorious urban myth about teenagers tripping on acid blinding themselves by staring at the Sun.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
**
One episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' had the detectives practically declare an adult had to be a pedophile... because he collected Transformers.
** ''SVU'' seems to have a particularly strange deficiency in this area. As well as the example above, the cops who are supposed experts in this field often seem ludicriously ill informed about even the most general sexual behaviour and cultures. In one episode, several of them express incredulity over the theory cited by a colleague that a man might be gay even though he has a wife. wife.
**
In another episode, the idea that someone could be bisexual rather than straight-out gay seems to be [[NoBisexuals bizarrely unheard of]], sparking more astonishment from the characters.



* Arguably the whole point of the {{MTV}} reality show ''Series/TrueLife'' is to subvert this, they visit the lives of people involved in various subcultures regularly.
** More often than not, it winds up as a double-subversion.

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* Arguably the The whole point of the {{MTV}} reality show ''Series/TrueLife'' is seems to be to subvert this, as they visit the lives of people involved in various subcultures regularly.
**
regularly. More often than not, though, it winds up as a double-subversion.



* Toyed with in the ''{{Futurama}}'' episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"; the antagonist Melllvar an obsessive Trekkie, and the episode goes on to explain that in the past, Trekkies became their own religion and started a devastating war that forced the show itself to be banned.

to:

* Toyed with in the ''{{Futurama}}'' episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"; the antagonist Melllvar is an obsessive Trekkie, and the episode goes on to explain that in the past, Trekkies became their own religion and started a devastating war that forced the show itself to be banned.
26th Jan '13 9:34:08 PM DesertDragon
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* Whenever a GayBar is featured on a show that doesn't regularly deal with LGBT people, it's almost always a freakshow of stereotypes rather than average people simply going for a drink with friends and/or hoping to meet someone of the same gender.

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* Whenever a GayBar is featured on a show that doesn't regularly deal with LGBT people, it's almost always a freakshow freak show of stereotypes stereotypes, rather than average people simply going for a drink with friends in a comfortable atmosphere and/or hoping to meet someone of the same gender.
9th Jan '13 10:51:21 AM DesertDragon
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An episode of a TV show, especially a CrimeAndPunishmentSeries, focusing on a particular subculture. Accuracy is optional, since the only research that goes into the episode is [[RippedFromTheHeadlines reading the paper]]...especially when [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer even the paper wasn't right]]. This is also common on [[MedicalDrama Medical Dramas]] with the subculture having a connection to the PatientOfTheWeek.

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An episode of a TV show, especially a CrimeAndPunishmentSeries, focusing on a particular subculture. Accuracy is optional, since the only research that goes into the episode is [[RippedFromTheHeadlines reading the paper]]...especially when [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer even the paper wasn't right]]. This is also common on [[MedicalDrama Medical Dramas]] with the subculture having a connection to the PatientOfTheWeek.
PatientOfTheWeek. {{Sitcom}}s occasionally use this trope when one of the characters gets mixed up in a strange new crowd or dates someone who is.
2nd Jan '13 8:27:17 AM Masem
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* Toyed with in the ''[=Futurama=]'' episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"; the antagonist Melllvar an obsessive Trekkie, and the episode goes on to explain that in the past, Trekkies became their own religion and started a devastating war that forced the show itself to be banned.

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* Toyed with in the ''[=Futurama=]'' ''{{Futurama}}'' episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"; the antagonist Melllvar an obsessive Trekkie, and the episode goes on to explain that in the past, Trekkies became their own religion and started a devastating war that forced the show itself to be banned.
2nd Jan '13 8:26:52 AM Masem
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* Toyed with in the ''[=Futurama=]'' episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"; the antagonist Melllvar an obsessive Trekkie, and the episode goes on to explain that in the past, Trekkies became their own religion and started a devastating war that forced the show itself to be banned.
12th Dec '12 8:46:19 PM DesertDragon
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* Whenever a GayBar is featured on a show that doesn't regularly deal with LGBT people, it's almost always a freakshow of stereotypes rather than average people simply going for a drink with friends and/or hoping to meet someone of the same gender.
29th Nov '12 7:30:10 PM Morandir
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* An episode of ''Series/TheMentalist'' featured a young Wiccan (a new-age form of witchcraft) who naturally came under suspicion when one of her peers was killed in a ritualistic fashion. An especially aggravating case as half the facts spouted about Wicca were blatantly wrong. Neopagan religions often appear in shows like this, and rarely do the writing staff seem to feel any compulsion to actually research them first.

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* An episode of ''Series/TheMentalist'' featured a young Wiccan (a new-age form of witchcraft) Wiccan, who naturally came under suspicion when one of her peers was killed in a ritualistic fashion. An especially aggravating case as half the facts spouted about Wicca were blatantly wrong. Neopagan Contemporary Pagan religions often appear in shows like this, and rarely do the writing staff seem to feel any compulsion to actually research them first.
19th Oct '12 7:08:58 AM DesertDragon
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Episodes of a CrimeAndPunishmentSeries focusing on a particular subculture. Accuracy is optional, as the only research that goes into the episode is [[RippedFromTheHeadlines reading the paper]]...especially when [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer even the paper wasn't right]]. This is also common on [[MedicalDrama Medical Dramas]] with the subculture having a connection to the PatientOfTheWeek.

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Episodes An episode of a CrimeAndPunishmentSeries TV show, especially a CrimeAndPunishmentSeries, focusing on a particular subculture. Accuracy is optional, as since the only research that goes into the episode is [[RippedFromTheHeadlines reading the paper]]...especially when [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer even the paper wasn't right]]. This is also common on [[MedicalDrama Medical Dramas]] with the subculture having a connection to the PatientOfTheWeek.
1st Oct '12 2:38:39 PM nitpickeryandsuch
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* [[AcceptableReligiousTargets Religion]], as it's presented in media, could fill a subtrope of this by itself. The idea that most religious people ascribe to a belief system but don't make their lives revolve around it will almost never be brought up. A [[ChurchMilitant church parishoner]] will gun down a reporter about to expose a church secret [[KnightTemplar if it's "God's Will" that it be done]]. This goes double for any non-UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}} religion, since in American media being non-Christian is automatically suspect. All UsefulNotes/{{Buddhis|m}}ts (especially if they're not Asian) will be introspective sorts with NewAgeRetroHippie tendencies who drop pearls of Eastern wisdom at random, all [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslims]] will be [[TheFundamentalist fantical fundamentalists]] ready to kill in the name of Allah, UsefulNotes/{{neo-pagan|ism}}s will look like either {{crazy cat lad|y}}ies or teenage {{goth}}s and offer up curses, charms and hexes, and UsefulNotes/{{atheis|m}}ts will all be [[HollywoodAtheist sour, immoral and arrogant]].

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* [[AcceptableReligiousTargets Religion]], as it's presented in media, could fill a subtrope of this by itself. The idea that most religious people ascribe to a belief system but don't make their lives revolve around it will almost never be brought up. A [[ChurchMilitant church parishoner]] will gun down a reporter about to expose a church secret [[KnightTemplar if it's "God's Will" that it be done]]. This goes double for any non-UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}} religion, since in American media being non-Christian is automatically suspect. All UsefulNotes/{{Buddhis|m}}ts (especially if they're not Asian) will be introspective sorts with NewAgeRetroHippie tendencies who drop pearls of Eastern wisdom at random, all [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslims]] will be [[TheFundamentalist fantical fanatical fundamentalists]] ready to kill in the name of Allah, UsefulNotes/{{neo-pagan|ism}}s will look like either {{crazy cat lad|y}}ies or teenage {{goth}}s and offer up curses, charms and hexes, and UsefulNotes/{{atheis|m}}ts will all be [[HollywoodAtheist sour, immoral and arrogant]].



** All this has led to something called Deathgame, practised in Sweden, where you "kill" your opponent(s) with fruits and vegetables.

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** All this has led to something called Deathgame, practised practiced in Sweden, where you "kill" your opponent(s) with fruits and vegetables.



* The Wiccans featured in ''TrueBlood's'' fourth season are presented this way, as if the entirety of the writers' reasearch was browsing an occult shop for twenty minutes.

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* The Wiccans featured in ''TrueBlood's'' fourth season are presented this way, as if the entirety of the writers' reasearch research was browsing an occult shop for twenty minutes.
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