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19th Sep '13 11:20:02 AM justanid
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-->''"[[CruelToBeKind Spare the snark, spoil the networks]]."''

A TV recapping/discussion site featuring '''very''' snarky commentary.

If you believe some TV shows are so good that they must never be made fun of, [=TWoP=] is not for you. However, if you recognize that even your favorite show has much which is deserving of mockery, you'll like [=TWoP=].

The site's forums are notable for requiring posters to [[YouMakeMeSic conform to standard written English]]. All-caps, no-caps, or [[XtremeKoolLetterz textspeak]] will get a poster warned or banned. Flames and "talking about the boards on the boards" are prohibited, and [[{{YMMV/TelevisionWithoutPity}} that's just the tip of the iceberg]].

Formerly known as MightyBigTV. Read it [[http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/ here.]]

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!!'''Tropes:'''
* AccentuateTheNegative: The entire purpose of the site is to review and discuss TV shows in as snarky a fashion as possible, so naturally this is going to result in a fair bit of focussing on the bad bits over the good bits. Depending on the reviewer and the show, however, this can sometimes tip into [[{{Hatedom}} outright negativity]], often with no readily apparent justification. On the other hand, when is show is doing what it does best well, the praise can be quite strong.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Recap of ''{{Smallville}}'' episode, ''Roulette''.
-->Multi-task? Multi-task?! Woman, I just saved a [[BusFullOfInnocents bus full of nuns]], burned [[{{Superman}} an S into the sidewalk]], and got my eyebrows done! Don't talk to me about multi-tasking!
* AtomicFBomb: Omar G's reaction to Clark wiping Chloe's memories in ''{{Smallville}}'', ''Abyss''.
* BerserkButton: As an example of the moving into {{Hatedom}}, even mentioning the show ''SeventhHeaven'' on the site after a certain point could send the reviewers into a frothing rage.
* CausticCritic: The recappers.
* {{Fandom}}: [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Guess.]] Many on the site are huge Buffy fans (the recaps for ''{{Ringer}}'' in particular demonstrate this) and there will be allusions and guest appearances from the characters given half a chance.
* {{Fauxlosophic Narration}}: Jacob, whose 30-page recaps can go on for pages and pages about philosophy and symbolism and literature without once mentioning the actual show he is recapping.
* FauxtivationalPoster: they have a thread for these on their recreational forum which must be one of the prime places to find it on the 'Net
* GrammarNazi: The moderators.
** The recappers once suffered from this. Unavoidable when your webmaster and her friends are all [[IvyLeagueForEveryone ivy-league]] English majors.
* InsultToRocks: Tippi Blevins said this during the recap for ''{{Smallville}}'' episode ''Prophecy''.
-->It's [[{{Narm}} so over-the-top, so awful]], that calling it cartoony would be an insult to cartoons.
* IRejectYourReality: Lampshaded in the ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]/Series/{{Angel}}'' reviews. Strega chooses to believe [[JamesMarsters Spike]] is off causing mayhem in some foreign nation, unaware that he's replaced by some dull lookalike named [[BadassDecay Brad]].
** In one ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' recap, Demian refers to Chris's female sex partner as a man because he insists that Chris is gay.
* InJoke / MemeticMutation: Numerous.
** Some of the recappers would occasionally slip up and admit that they were being pressured by the site maintainers to come up with these as well as numerous CatchPhrase options when they did a show's reviews, as a sort of marketing.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Flounce.
* TheManIsStickingItToTheMan: How do they manage to remain ruthless when they are owned by Bravo and, since the takeover, choose to spork mostly NBC Universal-produced properties?
* NotImportantToThisEpisodeCamp: The thread for ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is the TropeNamer, as used in a post on "Mr. Monk is on the Run, Part II"
* TheNicknamer: Tippi Blevins calls Clark "[[DarkerAndEdgier Emo Blur]]" and "[[DumbMuscle Super Doofus]]".
* {{Portmanteau}}: "Porquettishly"
** The site's mascot, "Tubeelzebub" (shortened to Tubey).
* PetTheDog: Whenever a recapper praises a specific element or moment of an otherwise-bad episode.
--> "I do know, however, that Melissa Benoist sounds absolutely lovely in this little bit, so good for her."
--> Demian, "Glease" recap.
* PrecisionFStrike: Strega usually avoids gratuitous swearing, but she loathed [[Series/{{Angel}} Fred]] and extreme sappiness. Both of those things were exemplified by "Mr. Feigenbaum," Fred's stuffed bunny, which Strega thought was designed purely to make her extra cute and sympathetic. Paraphrased slightly:
-->"I really hate that fucking rabbit."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [=TWoP=]'s forum is legendary for causing Creator/AaronSorkin to rip his hair out and base [[TheWestWing an entire episode]] around eviscerating the site and their perceived ill-treatment of him.
* RunningGag: The [[SelfServingMemory majestic TWoP Tower offices]]!
** [[Series/{{Farscape}} Hands on the puppet!]]
** [[{{Shipping}} Ganya or death!]]
** The [[Series/{{Angel}} David Boreanaz quote of the day]].
** Adding fake nicknames to the cast of ''Dawson's Creek'' every week.
** [[DawsonsCreek Dawson Leary]] as a [[ArmoredClosetGay closet]] [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation homosexual]] who lusts for co-star John Wesley Shipp.
* ShoutOut: PlayedForLaughs. Any line of dialogue which includes a name or reference to something the recapper is known for (no matter how obscure) is jokingly declared a "Shout out."
** Demian has at least two from ''Series/{{Charmed}}''- in one episode, Piper said 'Fricking ever-useless Elders!' ('ever-useless Elders' was one of his catch phrases when recapping) and in another, the entire episode revolved around a Darklighter named Damien who was trying to kill Leo (Demian's least favourite character). He was overjoyed.
** ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' featured a gay couple named Demian and Barnes.
** Keckler's recaps of ''Sereis/StarTrekEnterprise'' dubbed [[TheCaptain Captain Archer]]'s ready room porthole the "Weight Of The World Window" for his habit of staring contemplatively through it in times of momentous or weighty decisions. Somewhere late in the series, Archer turned away from it to [[TheEngineer Commander Tucker]] and said "Weight of the world, Trip," leaving Keckler briefly stunned in mid-recap.
** Midway through the fourth and final season of the 2000s-era ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'', one of the members of the colonial Quorum of Twelve was named Jacob (same as the recapper). [[spoiler: To the possible delight of those who disliked the real Jacob's metaphorical ramblings in his DoorStopper-sized recaps, the fictional Jacob was eventually [[TakeThat shot to death during an attempted coup d'etat]].]]
* {{Spork}}: The recappers' supposed weapon of choice.
* StrawmanPolitical: Some of the recappers weren't exactly afraid to make their political opinions clear. Could be expected when commenting on actual strawman characters in the shows, but when a ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' recap gets interrupted to bitch about then-President Bush, you know there's straw in them thar hills.
* SuckinessIsPainful: Sars resigning from the ''Dawson's Creek'' recaps in its final season, pleading concern for her stomach lining.
** Sara M resigning from doing ''Series/{{House}}'' recaps.
** In a recap much shorter than his usual (which admittedly [[DoorStopper isn't saying much]]), recapper Jacob Clifton dumped reviewing ''Series/DoctorWho'' midway through Series 6, because he preferred Russell T Davies' mythic arcs to Moffat's interlocking puzzle plots, and objected to the characterization of Eleven and Amy.
** Jacob Clifton also quit ''UglyBetty'' in mid-season 3, after an admittedly pretty terrible episode.
** Omar G gave an unprecedented F (the worst before was a D) to the [[TheScrappy Lana]]-heavy ''Requiem'' in ''{{Smallville}}'' and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fled]].
*** He came back two episodes after that, but when ''[[JumpingTheShark Doomsday]]'' comes around, he decides to permanently stay away from ''Smallville''.
* TheUnFavorite: They will cheerfully and unashamedly play favorites.
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-->''"[[CruelToBeKind Spare the snark, spoil the networks]]."''

A TV recapping/discussion site featuring '''very''' snarky commentary.

If you believe some TV shows are so good that they must never be made fun of, [=TWoP=] is not for you. However, if you recognize that even your favorite show has much which is deserving of mockery, you'll like [=TWoP=].

The site's forums are notable for requiring posters to [[YouMakeMeSic conform to standard written English]]. All-caps, no-caps, or [[XtremeKoolLetterz textspeak]] will get a poster warned or banned. Flames and "talking about the boards on the boards" are prohibited, and [[{{YMMV/TelevisionWithoutPity}} that's just the tip of the iceberg]].

Formerly known as MightyBigTV. Read it [[http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/ here.]]

----
!!'''Tropes:'''
* AccentuateTheNegative: The entire purpose of the site is to review and discuss TV shows in as snarky a fashion as possible, so naturally this is going to result in a fair bit of focussing on the bad bits over the good bits. Depending on the reviewer and the show, however, this can sometimes tip into [[{{Hatedom}} outright negativity]], often with no readily apparent justification. On the other hand, when is show is doing what it does best well, the praise can be quite strong.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Recap of ''{{Smallville}}'' episode, ''Roulette''.
-->Multi-task? Multi-task?! Woman, I just saved a [[BusFullOfInnocents bus full of nuns]], burned [[{{Superman}} an S into the sidewalk]], and got my eyebrows done! Don't talk to me about multi-tasking!
* AtomicFBomb: Omar G's reaction to Clark wiping Chloe's memories in ''{{Smallville}}'', ''Abyss''.
* BerserkButton: As an example of the moving into {{Hatedom}}, even mentioning the show ''SeventhHeaven'' on the site after a certain point could send the reviewers into a frothing rage.
* CausticCritic: The recappers.
* {{Fandom}}: [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Guess.]] Many on the site are huge Buffy fans (the recaps for ''{{Ringer}}'' in particular demonstrate this) and there will be allusions and guest appearances from the characters given half a chance.
* {{Fauxlosophic Narration}}: Jacob, whose 30-page recaps can go on for pages and pages about philosophy and symbolism and literature without once mentioning the actual show he is recapping.
* FauxtivationalPoster: they have a thread for these on their recreational forum which must be one of the prime places to find it on the 'Net
* GrammarNazi: The moderators.
** The recappers once suffered from this. Unavoidable when your webmaster and her friends are all [[IvyLeagueForEveryone ivy-league]] English majors.
* InsultToRocks: Tippi Blevins said this during the recap for ''{{Smallville}}'' episode ''Prophecy''.
-->It's [[{{Narm}} so over-the-top, so awful]], that calling it cartoony would be an insult to cartoons.
* IRejectYourReality: Lampshaded in the ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]/Series/{{Angel}}'' reviews. Strega chooses to believe [[JamesMarsters Spike]] is off causing mayhem in some foreign nation, unaware that he's replaced by some dull lookalike named [[BadassDecay Brad]].
** In one ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' recap, Demian refers to Chris's female sex partner as a man because he insists that Chris is gay.
* InJoke / MemeticMutation: Numerous.
** Some of the recappers would occasionally slip up and admit that they were being pressured by the site maintainers to come up with these as well as numerous CatchPhrase options when they did a show's reviews, as a sort of marketing.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Flounce.
* TheManIsStickingItToTheMan: How do they manage to remain ruthless when they are owned by Bravo and, since the takeover, choose to spork mostly NBC Universal-produced properties?
* NotImportantToThisEpisodeCamp: The thread for ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is the TropeNamer, as used in a post on "Mr. Monk is on the Run, Part II"
* TheNicknamer: Tippi Blevins calls Clark "[[DarkerAndEdgier Emo Blur]]" and "[[DumbMuscle Super Doofus]]".
* {{Portmanteau}}: "Porquettishly"
** The site's mascot, "Tubeelzebub" (shortened to Tubey).
* PetTheDog: Whenever a recapper praises a specific element or moment of an otherwise-bad episode.
--> "I do know, however, that Melissa Benoist sounds absolutely lovely in this little bit, so good for her."
--> Demian, "Glease" recap.
* PrecisionFStrike: Strega usually avoids gratuitous swearing, but she loathed [[Series/{{Angel}} Fred]] and extreme sappiness. Both of those things were exemplified by "Mr. Feigenbaum," Fred's stuffed bunny, which Strega thought was designed purely to make her extra cute and sympathetic. Paraphrased slightly:
-->"I really hate that fucking rabbit."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [=TWoP=]'s forum is legendary for causing Creator/AaronSorkin to rip his hair out and base [[TheWestWing an entire episode]] around eviscerating the site and their perceived ill-treatment of him.
* RunningGag: The [[SelfServingMemory majestic TWoP Tower offices]]!
** [[Series/{{Farscape}} Hands on the puppet!]]
** [[{{Shipping}} Ganya or death!]]
** The [[Series/{{Angel}} David Boreanaz quote of the day]].
** Adding fake nicknames to the cast of ''Dawson's Creek'' every week.
** [[DawsonsCreek Dawson Leary]] as a [[ArmoredClosetGay closet]] [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation homosexual]] who lusts for co-star John Wesley Shipp.
* ShoutOut: PlayedForLaughs. Any line of dialogue which includes a name or reference to something the recapper is known for (no matter how obscure) is jokingly declared a "Shout out."
** Demian has at least two from ''Series/{{Charmed}}''- in one episode, Piper said 'Fricking ever-useless Elders!' ('ever-useless Elders' was one of his catch phrases when recapping) and in another, the entire episode revolved around a Darklighter named Damien who was trying to kill Leo (Demian's least favourite character). He was overjoyed.
** ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' featured a gay couple named Demian and Barnes.
** Keckler's recaps of ''Sereis/StarTrekEnterprise'' dubbed [[TheCaptain Captain Archer]]'s ready room porthole the "Weight Of The World Window" for his habit of staring contemplatively through it in times of momentous or weighty decisions. Somewhere late in the series, Archer turned away from it to [[TheEngineer Commander Tucker]] and said "Weight of the world, Trip," leaving Keckler briefly stunned in mid-recap.
** Midway through the fourth and final season of the 2000s-era ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'', one of the members of the colonial Quorum of Twelve was named Jacob (same as the recapper). [[spoiler: To the possible delight of those who disliked the real Jacob's metaphorical ramblings in his DoorStopper-sized recaps, the fictional Jacob was eventually [[TakeThat shot to death during an attempted coup d'etat]].]]
* {{Spork}}: The recappers' supposed weapon of choice.
* StrawmanPolitical: Some of the recappers weren't exactly afraid to make their political opinions clear. Could be expected when commenting on actual strawman characters in the shows, but when a ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' recap gets interrupted to bitch about then-President Bush, you know there's straw in them thar hills.
* SuckinessIsPainful: Sars resigning from the ''Dawson's Creek'' recaps in its final season, pleading concern for her stomach lining.
** Sara M resigning from doing ''Series/{{House}}'' recaps.
** In a recap much shorter than his usual (which admittedly [[DoorStopper isn't saying much]]), recapper Jacob Clifton dumped reviewing ''Series/DoctorWho'' midway through Series 6, because he preferred Russell T Davies' mythic arcs to Moffat's interlocking puzzle plots, and objected to the characterization of Eleven and Amy.
** Jacob Clifton also quit ''UglyBetty'' in mid-season 3, after an admittedly pretty terrible episode.
** Omar G gave an unprecedented F (the worst before was a D) to the [[TheScrappy Lana]]-heavy ''Requiem'' in ''{{Smallville}}'' and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fled]].
*** He came back two episodes after that, but when ''[[JumpingTheShark Doomsday]]'' comes around, he decides to permanently stay away from ''Smallville''.
* TheUnFavorite: They will cheerfully and unashamedly play favorites.
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7th Aug '13 4:07:20 PM tsstevens
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* {{Fandom}}: [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Guess.]] Many on the site are huge Buffy fans (the recaps for ''{{Ringer}}'' in particular demonstrate this) and there will be allusions and guest appearances from the characters given half a chance.
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* NotImportantToThisEpisodeCamp: The thread for ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is the TropeNamer, as used in a post on "Mr. Monk is on the Run, Part II"
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