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28th Jan '18 2:50:44 PM tigerstar
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* Averted on ''Series/TheMorecambeAndWiseShow'' where the two protagonists, for no reason which was ever explained other than RuleOfFunny, shared a bed...

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* Averted on ''Series/TheMorecambeAndWiseShow'' where the two protagonists, for no reason which was ever explained other than RuleOfFunny, shared a bed...bed. Ernie Wise took inspiration from Creator/LaurelAndHardy in their short ''Early to Bed''.
23rd Jan '18 4:18:40 PM Gorank
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* This is implied in "[[Literature/{{Goldilocks}} Goldilocks and the Three Bears]]" -- how else could Papa Bear's bed be too hard, but Mama Bear's too soft? (Of course, nowadays there are beds with adjustable hardnesses on each side, but still.)

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* This is implied in "[[Literature/{{Goldilocks}} Goldilocks and the Three Bears]]" -- how else could Papa Bear's bed be too hard, but Mama Bear's too soft? (Of course, nowadays there are beds with adjustable hardnesses on each side, but still.)) Also justified, as the fact that they need different mattress firmnesses is probably ''why'' they have separate beds.
23rd Dec '17 9:40:28 AM CaptainTedium
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967'' depicted Reed and Sue sleeping in separate beds in the episode "The Terrible Tribunal" in spite of them being married.
13th Dec '17 5:14:11 AM MCanter89
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The result was this trope. Although as noted above it wasn't strictly forbidden to show men and women in bed together, in practice, it almost never happened, at least not after 1934. Couples of any type were never shown in bed together, even if they were married, even if the work in question featured them having children. If couples were shown in a bedroom, they were consigned to a pair of twin beds, usually with a nightstand in between so you didn't imagine them ever pushing the beds together when we weren't watching. Exactly ''where'' [[FridgeLogic all those onscreen kids came from was]] [[BellisariosMaxim not a question you were supposed to ask]].

This trope carried over to television in the 1950s, and remained in effect until censorship standards loosened and The Hays Code became a dead letter in the 1960s, replaced by the MPAA ratings system for films and FCC censorship for television. The first live-action TV couple to share a bed on television, who were not already married in real life, were Darrin and Samantha Stephens on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. By the early '70s, the trope had been discarded entirely on such series as ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' and ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow''.

While mostly a DeadHorseTrope now, it might crop up from time to time in parody. It might also be used as a shorthand indicator that a married couple's relationship is in trouble. Nowadays if a couple is depicted as doing this it represents that [[SexlessMarriage they have a very distant or antagonistic relationship]]. A reversal of this trope occurs when the characters ''aren't'' in a romantic relationship, but ThereIsOnlyOneBed. Not related to ExiledToTheCouch.

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The result was this trope. Although as noted above it wasn't strictly forbidden to show men and women in bed together, in practice, practice it almost never happened, at least not after 1934. Couples of any type were never shown in bed together, even if they were married, even if the work in question featured them having children. If couples were shown in a bedroom, they were consigned to a pair of twin beds, usually with a nightstand in between so you didn't imagine them ever pushing the beds together when we weren't watching. Exactly ''where'' [[FridgeLogic all those onscreen kids came from was]] [[BellisariosMaxim not a question you were supposed to ask]].

This trope carried over to television in the 1950s, 1950s and remained in effect until censorship standards loosened and The Hays Code became a dead letter in the 1960s, replaced by the MPAA ratings system for films and FCC censorship for television. The first live-action TV couple to share a bed on television, who were not already married in real life, were Darrin and Samantha Stephens on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. By the early '70s, the trope had been discarded entirely on such series as ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' and ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow''.

While mostly a DeadHorseTrope now, it might crop up from time to time in parody. It might also be used as a shorthand indicator that a married couple's relationship is in trouble. Nowadays Nowadays, if a couple is depicted as doing this this, it represents that [[SexlessMarriage they have a very distant or antagonistic relationship]]. A reversal of this trope occurs when the characters ''aren't'' in a romantic relationship, relationship but ThereIsOnlyOneBed. Not related to ExiledToTheCouch.



* Done as a throwaway gag on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Eliot's WASP-ish, emotionally distant father comes to visit, and says that her mother is having the bedroom redecorated...but he's keeping his the same.

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* Done as a throwaway gag on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Eliot's WASP-ish, emotionally distant father comes to visit, and says that her mother is having the bedroom redecorated... but he's keeping his the same.



--> '''The Doctor:''' But bunk beds are cool! It's a ''bed'' with a ''ladder''!

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--> '''The -->'''The Doctor:''' But bunk beds are cool! It's a ''bed'' with a ''ladder''!



* Played with on ''Series/FatherTed'' - Ted and Dougal have twin beds in the same room, again for no evident reason other than RuleOfFunny.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' has an episode where a grandmother dies and convinces her grandson to commit suicide to join her in the afterlife...what's really important though is that the parents sleep in single beds.

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* Played with on ''Series/FatherTed'' - Ted and Dougal have twin beds in the same room, again for no evident reason other than RuleOfFunny.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' has an episode where a grandmother dies and convinces her grandson to commit suicide to join her in the afterlife... what's really important though is that the parents sleep in single beds.



* Zig-zagged in ''Series/GreenAcres'' - The Douglases had no furniture when they first moved into Green Acres and for a short time temporarily rented Mr. Haney's single cots. A little later, Lisa brings over their lavish double bed.

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* Zig-zagged in ''Series/GreenAcres'' - The Douglases had no furniture when they first moved into Green Acres and for a short time temporarily rented Mr. Haney's single cots. A little later, Lisa brings over their lavish double bed.



** George and Shannon slept in separate rooms during a date before the events of the series, to [[ShipperOnDeck Jessica's]] disappointment. [[spoiler: If they had slept in the same room, most of the series would most likely not have happened since Shannon/Sayo Yasuda's secret would have gotten out because George would have seen Shannon/Sayo's mutilated sexual organs (as well as the strong implication that Sayo was [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender designated male at birth]])]].

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** George and Shannon slept in separate rooms during a date before the events of the series, to [[ShipperOnDeck Jessica's]] disappointment. [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If they had slept in the same room, most of the series would most likely not have happened since Shannon/Sayo Yasuda's secret would have gotten out because George would have seen Shannon/Sayo's mutilated sexual organs (as well as the strong implication that Sayo was [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender designated male at birth]])]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Pinkie Pie's somewhat... old fashioned parents are shown to sleep like this. The fact that they have four kids (and strongly suggest theirs was a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage) means this can't have damaged their relationship any.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Pinkie Pie's somewhat... old fashioned old-fashioned parents are shown to sleep like this. The fact that they have four kids (and strongly suggest theirs was a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage) means this can't have damaged their relationship any.
8th Dec '17 3:38:24 PM RedScharlach
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* Gregory and Paula from ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'' are newlyweds however sleep in seperate ''rooms'', which is unusual even by Victorian standards. Considering Gregory's [[{{gaslighting}} ulterior measures]] it makes more sense he'd keep her distant.

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* Gregory and Paula from ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'' are newlyweds however sleep in seperate separate ''rooms'', which is unusual even by Victorian standards. Considering Gregory's [[{{gaslighting}} ulterior measures]] it makes more sense he'd keep her distant.
16th Nov '17 1:16:14 AM jormis29
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* Examined and parodied in ''Film/AlienTrespass'', where one couple ''does'' have separate beds, but share one for a romantic interlude.
* Used to contrast the protagonist's two marriages in ''Film/TheCaptainsParadise''.
* ''Film/AChristmasStory'' shows Ralphie's parents with the twin bed setup as he cleverly hides the BB gun advert in his mother's magazine.
* A strange example in ''Film/{{Giant}}''. Bick and Leslie do this later in their marriage, even though they started by sleeping in the same bed and are still HappilyMarried.
* ''Film/AGuideForTheMarriedMan'' depicted married couples in twin beds while husbands and their girlfriends used double beds.



* ''Film/TheThinMan'', which is from the 30s, though they [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get much crap past the radar]] in dialogue anyway. And there was that [[BabiesEverAfter time on the train]].



* Examined and parodied in AlienTrespass, where one couple ''does'' have separate beds, but share one for a romantic interlude.
* ''Film/TheThinMan'', which is from the 30s, though they [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get much crap past the radar]] in dialogue anyway. And there was that [[BabiesEverAfter time on the train]]..
* ''Film/AChristmasStory'' shows Ralphie's parents with the twin bed setup as he cleverly hides the BB gun advert in his mother's magazine.
* A strange example in ''Film/{{Giant}}''. Bick and Leslie do this later in their marriage, even though they started by sleeping in the same bed and are still HappilyMarried.
* Used to contrast the protagonist's two marriages in ''Film/TheCaptainsParadise''.
* ''Film/AGuideForTheMarriedMan'' depicted married couples in twin beds while husbands and their girlfriends used double beds.



* Zig-zagged in ''Film/SnowWhite'' where though the Dwarves sleep in separate (named) beds, Snow white, apparently, pushes several together to sleep upon, thereby making one bed.
3rd Oct '17 2:06:42 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* Zig-zagged in ''Series/GreenAcres'' - The Douglases had no furniture when they first moved into Green Acres and for a short time temporarily rented Mr. Haney's single cots. A little later, Lisa brings over their lavish double bed.
* The Howells slept single on ''Series/GilligansIsland''.
28th Sep '17 12:45:41 AM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/ImagersPortfolio'' series by L.E. Modesitt Jr, all married imagers are ''required'' to have separate quarters from their spouses. This is because Imagers sometimes Image in their sleep, which could be dangerous for anyone else in the room. This rule only applies to the literal act of sleeping, as several married Imagers (including the main characters in both subseries) are shown to have children.

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* In the ''Literature/ImagersPortfolio'' ''Literature/ImagerPortfolio'' series by L.E. Modesitt Jr, all married imagers are ''required'' to have separate quarters from their spouses. This is because Imagers sometimes Image in their sleep, which could be dangerous for anyone else in the room. This rule only applies to the literal act of sleeping, as several married Imagers (including the main characters in both subseries) are shown to have children.
28th Sep '17 12:44:59 AM PaulA
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* In the ''Imager's Portfolio'' series by L.E. Modesitt Jr, all married imagers are ''required'' to have separate quarters from their spouses. This is because Imagers sometimes Image in their sleep, which could be dangerous for anyone else in the room. This rule only applies to the literal act of sleeping, as several married Imagers (Including the main characters in both subseries) are shown to have children.

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* In the ''Imager's Portfolio'' ''Literature/ImagersPortfolio'' series by L.E. Modesitt Jr, all married imagers are ''required'' to have separate quarters from their spouses. This is because Imagers sometimes Image in their sleep, which could be dangerous for anyone else in the room. This rule only applies to the literal act of sleeping, as several married Imagers (Including (including the main characters in both subseries) are shown to have children.
24th Sep '17 3:44:41 AM TroperNo9001
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* This is implied in "[[Literatre/{{Goldilocks}} Goldilocks and the Three Bears]]" -- how else could Papa Bear's bed be too hard, but Mama Bear's too soft? (Of course, nowadays there are beds with adjustable hardnesses on each side, but still.)

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* This is implied in "[[Literatre/{{Goldilocks}} "[[Literature/{{Goldilocks}} Goldilocks and the Three Bears]]" -- how else could Papa Bear's bed be too hard, but Mama Bear's too soft? (Of course, nowadays there are beds with adjustable hardnesses on each side, but still.)
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