History RealityIsUnrealistic / LiveActionTV

12th Nov '16 5:02:28 PM nombretomado
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** The series still suffers from this trope played straight; it's not uncommon for viewers to think the show is completely unrealistic and an insult to military personnel when they don't know the characters, Wright included, are real people actually followed around by a reporter. The Marines being more vulgar and shameless than military characters portrayed in the JohnWayne-era or even newer WorldWarII films just seem unrealistic to civilians after decades of Hollywood painting the battlefield with an air of civility. Beyond this, some will still justify calling bullshit on it through the idea that Evan Wright is biased at best, and fabricating things at worst, the fact that the real Marines portrayed have no problem sitting down with him and talking about what goes on in the series seemingly irrelevant. The ''real'' Brad Colbert actually mentions this trope in one such discussion, he and the other Marines having what is essentially this entry as a conversation.

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** The series still suffers from this trope played straight; it's not uncommon for viewers to think the show is completely unrealistic and an insult to military personnel when they don't know the characters, Wright included, are real people actually followed around by a reporter. The Marines being more vulgar and shameless than military characters portrayed in the JohnWayne-era Creator/JohnWayne-era or even newer WorldWarII films just seem unrealistic to civilians after decades of Hollywood painting the battlefield with an air of civility. Beyond this, some will still justify calling bullshit on it through the idea that Evan Wright is biased at best, and fabricating things at worst, the fact that the real Marines portrayed have no problem sitting down with him and talking about what goes on in the series seemingly irrelevant. The ''real'' Brad Colbert actually mentions this trope in one such discussion, he and the other Marines having what is essentially this entry as a conversation.
10th Oct '16 9:53:54 PM spasskysteve
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** This also carried over to ''ArmyOfTwo'', which was based partially on GK and partially on actual accounts from mercenaries.
3rd May '16 12:54:25 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Lampshaded in an episode of {{Victorious}} which involves a reality show, and uses stuff they shot to make it look like Tori and Beck were into each other, which then results in Jade getting violent towards Tori. When they go to the show's producers, they claim that nothing that ever happens on reality TV is actually real.

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* Lampshaded in an episode of {{Victorious}} Series/{{Victorious}} which involves a reality show, and uses stuff they shot to make it look like Tori and Beck were into each other, which then results in Jade getting violent towards Tori. When they go to the show's producers, they claim that nothing that ever happens on reality TV is actually real.
30th Mar '16 10:42:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* In an episode of ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', Centauri women (a type of almost [[HumanAliens Human Alien]]) were depicted as being completely bald or bald except for a ponytail. They were played by actresses who wore latex caps, except for one extra who actually was bald. Supposedly, one of the production crew commented that her cap looked fake.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
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In an episode of ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', episode, Centauri women (a type of almost [[HumanAliens Human Alien]]) were depicted as being completely bald or bald except for a ponytail. They were played by actresses who wore latex caps, except for one extra who actually was bald. Supposedly, one of the production crew commented that her cap looked fake.



* Relating to Furlan again: This was picked up on in ''Series/{{Lost}}'', when fans asked why the French woman trapped on the Island by herself for 16 years (played by Furlan, again with her native accent) is speaking with a Croatian accent. The producers regularly discuss this on their podcasts for Rousseau-heavy episodes, pondering if her traumatic experiences are responsible for the accent shift.

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* Relating to Furlan again: ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
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This was picked up on in ''Series/{{Lost}}'', when fans asked why the French woman trapped on the Island by herself for 16 years (played by Furlan, again with her native accent) is speaking with a Croatian accent. The producers regularly discuss this on their podcasts for Rousseau-heavy episodes, pondering if her traumatic experiences are responsible for the accent shift.



*** She may have been "Anthony [=LaPaglia-ed=]" and had to reconstruct her accent. But then maybe the show's use of obviously non-Australian actors or Australians who had clearly been [=LaPaglia-ed=] planted the idea in people's heads that she might be American. The accent was either genuine or convincing enough that it's unlikely any Australian would call her on it if they heard it on an Australian show without knowing who she is.



* When the ''Series/MythBusters'' [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters bust a Hollywood myth]], like, say, BlownAcrossTheRoom, you can be almost certain that there will be a large portion of fans who clamor about having the myth re-tested because they're so used to seeing such myths on the media for so long that they have difficulty believing that real life won't live up to what they expect based on said myths.

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* ''Series/MythBusters'':
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When the ''Series/MythBusters'' [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters they bust a Hollywood myth]], myth, like, say, BlownAcrossTheRoom, you can be almost certain that there will be a large portion of fans who clamor about having the myth re-tested because they're so used to seeing such myths on the media for so long that they have difficulty believing that real life won't live up to what they expect based on said myths.



*** In fact, [[http://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/american-community-survey-initial-findings 1 in 3 US Somalis live in Minnesota.]]



* Parodied in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s self-referential episode "Hollywood Babylon". There's a real black-and-white ghost woman with rope burns on her neck and the producer just says "Not sure about those neck wounds, though. They need to be ''red''."

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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Parodied in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s the self-referential episode "Hollywood Babylon". There's a real black-and-white ghost woman with rope burns on her neck and the producer just says "Not sure about those neck wounds, though. They need to be ''red''."



** This is probably due to the idea that American English picked up some of the accent and flow (in addition to a lot of vocabulary) of Native American speech.



** For the [[Series/TheOfficeUK original British version]], a common point of complaint from early critics was that the PointyHairedBoss David Brent was too obviously incompetent and self-deluding to make it as the manager of the branch. The retort from the series creators was that if these critics were to go into any large organization ([[BItingTheHandHumor such as]] Creator/TheBBC) and spend just five minutes looking around, they'd run out of fingers to count the people who were just as bad if not worse than Brent but who had yet managed to make it to senior management level.

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** * For the [[Series/TheOfficeUK original British version]], ''Series/TheOfficeUK'', a common point of complaint from early critics was that the PointyHairedBoss David Brent was too obviously incompetent and self-deluding to make it as the manager of the branch. The retort from the series creators was that if these critics were to go into any large organization ([[BItingTheHandHumor such as]] Creator/TheBBC) and spend just five minutes looking around, they'd run out of fingers to count the people who were just as bad if not worse than Brent but who had yet managed to make it to senior management level.



* Deliberately avoided by the producers in the HBO adaptation of ''Series/GenerationKill''. No doubt the best example would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVV-qS7ZOA0 Captain America]], who is ''toned down'' from Evan Wright's account of things as seen in the book, for fear that the audience wouldn't believe it.

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* ''Series/GenerationKill'':
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Deliberately avoided by the producers in the HBO adaptation of ''Series/GenerationKill''. adaptation. No doubt the best example would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVV-qS7ZOA0 [[LeeroyJenkins Captain America]], who is ''toned down'' from Evan Wright's account of things as seen in the book, for fear that the audience wouldn't believe it.



* The [[LaughTrack laughter track]] on the pilot episode of ''TheMightyBoosh'' is actually a quieter version of the laughter heard on the day. However, the audience who attended felt the laughter track was too much on the filmed episode, despite it being their laughter.
* British TV show ''CardiacArrest'' was written by a practicing doctor in a hospital about his experiences as a junior doctor. It was slammed as an unrealistic portrayal of life in a hospital by critics who had never been in one.
* A frequent knock on the TV show ''{{Survivorman}}'' is that the number of times he stumbles onto a useful piece of trash or a food source seems set up. Les Stroud often states, on air, that human refuse is simply a fact of life, no matter where you go. He {{lampshade}}s this trope during an episode in Alaska, where he runs across half a salmon discarded by an eagle.

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* The [[LaughTrack laughter track]] on the pilot episode of ''TheMightyBoosh'' ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' is actually a quieter version of the laughter heard on the day. However, the audience who attended felt the laughter track was too much on the filmed episode, despite it being their laughter.
* British TV show ''CardiacArrest'' ''Series/CardiacArrest'' was written by a practicing doctor in a hospital about his experiences as a junior doctor. It was slammed as an unrealistic portrayal of life in a hospital by critics who had never been in one.
* A frequent knock on the TV show ''{{Survivorman}}'' ''Series/{{Survivorman}}'' is that the number of times he stumbles onto a useful piece of trash or a food source seems set up. Les Stroud often states, on air, that human refuse is simply a fact of life, no matter where you go. He {{lampshade}}s this trope during an episode in Alaska, where he runs across half a salmon discarded by an eagle.



* Invoked in ''Series/BurnNotice'' when Fiona's brother shows up to help Fiona survive an old foe come back to kill her. Long story short, the brother thinks Michael is Irish from an old operation and Fiona encourages him to maintain the illusion. At a certain point they need to do some recon work and are left to wonder how an Irishman will blend into an American crew. At that point Michael drops his accent and says he's done undercover work in America before. Fiona's brother remarks that Michael's American accent could use some work.

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* ''Series/BurnNotice'':
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Invoked in ''Series/BurnNotice'' when Fiona's brother shows up to help Fiona survive an old foe come back to kill her. Long story short, the brother thinks Michael is Irish from an old operation and Fiona encourages him to maintain the illusion. At a certain point they need to do some recon work and are left to wonder how an Irishman will blend into an American crew. At that point Michael drops his accent and says he's done undercover work in America before. Fiona's brother remarks that Michael's American accent could use some work.



* More from the Whedonverse -- Long after the end of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', James Marsters' real (American) accent is still rather jarring to fans of the show, as is Anthony Stewart Head's real English accent... which is closer to what Marsters adapted for the character of Spike than the one Head affected for Giles.

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* More from the Whedonverse -- ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
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Long after the end of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', James Marsters' real (American) accent is still rather jarring to fans of the show, as is Anthony Stewart Head's real English accent... which is closer to what Marsters adapted for the character of Spike than the one Head affected for Giles.



* The character of [[MagnificentBastard Tywin Lannister]] in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' was introduced skinning a stag. Viewers heartily criticised the silly fake stag and ridiculed the scene. It was a real freshly killed carcass and Creator/CharlesDance was actually skinning it on camera.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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The character of [[MagnificentBastard Tywin Lannister]] in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' was introduced skinning a stag. Viewers heartily criticised the silly fake stag and ridiculed the scene. It was a real freshly killed carcass and Creator/CharlesDance was actually skinning it on camera.
9th Mar '16 1:57:01 PM Hossmeister
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* In the early days of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Jason Alexander complained to Creator/LarryDavid of the way George was written, saying that ''no'' person could possibly sink so low as to do some particular thing, that it was completely unrealistic for one person to be that selfish and stupid. Larry informed him that he himself HAD done that very same thing in real life. This changed how Jason saw the character when he realized it is possible for a person to sink that low. Also lampshaded in an episode of ''CurbYourEnthusiasm''--playing himself, Jason complains to Larry that he always gets typecast as schmucks and assholes because of George. Larry asks what he meant, Jason says something like "Well come on, George was an asshole! He did [lists off various misdeeds of George]" to which Larry angrily replies "''I'' did those things!!!"

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* In the early days of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Jason Alexander complained to Creator/LarryDavid of the way George was written, saying that ''no'' person could possibly sink so low as to do some particular thing, that it was completely unrealistic for one person to be that selfish and stupid. Larry informed him that he himself HAD done that very same thing in real life. This changed how Jason saw the character when he realized it is possible for a person to sink that low. Also lampshaded in an episode of ''CurbYourEnthusiasm''--playing ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm''--playing himself, Jason complains to Larry that he always gets typecast as schmucks and assholes because of George. Larry asks what he meant, Jason says something like "Well come on, George was an asshole! He did [lists off various misdeeds of George]" to which Larry angrily replies "''I'' did those things!!!"
8th Mar '16 10:50:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Deliberately avoided by the producers in the HBO adaptation of ''GenerationKill''. No doubt the best example would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVV-qS7ZOA0 Captain America]], who is ''toned down'' from Evan Wright's account of things as seen in the book, for fear that the audience wouldn't believe it.

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* Deliberately avoided by the producers in the HBO adaptation of ''GenerationKill''.''Series/GenerationKill''. No doubt the best example would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVV-qS7ZOA0 Captain America]], who is ''toned down'' from Evan Wright's account of things as seen in the book, for fear that the audience wouldn't believe it.
26th Feb '16 7:35:55 AM Discar
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** Skye's character got a lot of criticism for several reasons in the pilot, among them being the fact that it was absurd a law enforcement agency like SHIELD would need a civilian hacker who had no formal training and had attacked their databases, or that someone who was homeless and living in her van would be [[MrsFanservice so pretty]]. However, both are actually quite plausible; in real life, law enforcement agencies do tend to recruit criminal hackers, even if they've previously attacked said agency, due to the fact its more practical to put them to good use then lock them up and waste their skills. As for being pretty and homeless, Skye, being someone with a safe place to sleep (her van) and, as we learn later, a boyfriend who isn't homeless, Skye would be one of the 'invisible homeless', people who are technically homeless but live relatively comfortably thanks to owning a vehicle and having friends/family they're able to crash with when needed, giving them access to showers and personal hygiene.

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** Skye's character got a lot of criticism for several reasons in the pilot, among them being the fact that it was absurd a law enforcement agency like SHIELD would need a civilian hacker who had no formal training and had attacked their databases, or that someone who was homeless and living in her van would be [[MrsFanservice [[MsFanservice so pretty]]. However, both are actually quite plausible; in real life, law enforcement agencies do tend to recruit criminal hackers, even if they've previously attacked said agency, due to the fact its more practical to put them to good use then lock them up and waste their skills. As for being pretty and homeless, Skye, being someone with a safe place to sleep (her van) and, as we learn later, a boyfriend who isn't homeless, Skye would be one of the 'invisible homeless', people who are technically homeless but live relatively comfortably thanks to owning a vehicle and having friends/family they're able to crash with when needed, giving them access to showers and personal hygiene.
27th Dec '15 11:33:46 AM Wyldchyld
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** And another set. Alexis Denisof, who played Wesley, does an upper class English accent so well fans tend to find it more realistic than his natural American one. Similarly the accent Amy Acker initially gave Fred in season 3 of ''Angel'' was found to be unrealistic by fans. According to Joss Whedon, Acker originally spoke like that (she is a Texas native) and her accent has simply faded from years of doing Shakespeare.

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** And another set. Alexis Denisof, who played Wesley, does an upper a middle class English accent so well fans tend to find it more realistic than his natural American one. Similarly the accent Amy Acker initially gave Fred in season 3 of ''Angel'' was found to be unrealistic by fans. According to Joss Whedon, Acker originally spoke like that (she is a Texas native) and her accent has simply faded from years of doing Shakespeare.
5th Dec '15 12:00:19 PM erforce
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-->--'''Bill Gannon''', ''[[Series/{{Dragnet}} Mister]]''. [[RomanAClef The story is true]].

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-->--'''Bill -->-- '''Bill Gannon''', ''[[Series/{{Dragnet}} Mister]]''. [[RomanAClef The story is true]].



** When testing the method of slowing the detonation of a bomb by cooling it with liquid nitrogen like in ''LethalWeapon2'', it turned out that not only did it work, it actually worked a lot better than in the movie. In the movie, cooling the bomb gives Riggs and Murtaugh two or three seconds of time to dive into cover, but in the test they had to wait for the bomb's battery to completely thaw before it would explode 15 minutes later. To quote Adam: "The technique used by the bomb squad is far more effective in reality than it is in the movies. When does that ever happen?"

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** When testing the method of slowing the detonation of a bomb by cooling it with liquid nitrogen like in ''LethalWeapon2'', ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', it turned out that not only did it work, it actually worked a lot better than in the movie. In the movie, cooling the bomb gives Riggs and Murtaugh two or three seconds of time to dive into cover, but in the test they had to wait for the bomb's battery to completely thaw before it would explode 15 minutes later. To quote Adam: "The technique used by the bomb squad is far more effective in reality than it is in the movies. When does that ever happen?"
30th Nov '15 4:42:52 PM ablackraptor
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* The actors portraying Fitz and Simmons in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' were criticized early on for their British accents sounding "fake". Both actors are indeed British: Iain De Caestecker is from Glasgow, Elizabeth Henstridge is from Sheffield. But, since regional British accents are rare on American shows, a lot of viewers apparently assumed they were American actors trying for more familiar [[IAmVeryBritish Edinburgh- or London-based RP accents]] and getting them slightly wrong.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
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The actors portraying Fitz and Simmons in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' were criticized early on for their British accents sounding "fake". Both actors are indeed British: Iain De Caestecker is from Glasgow, Elizabeth Henstridge is from Sheffield. But, since regional British accents are rare on American shows, a lot of viewers apparently assumed they were American actors trying for more familiar [[IAmVeryBritish Edinburgh- or London-based RP accents]] and getting them slightly wrong.wrong.
** Skye's character got a lot of criticism for several reasons in the pilot, among them being the fact that it was absurd a law enforcement agency like SHIELD would need a civilian hacker who had no formal training and had attacked their databases, or that someone who was homeless and living in her van would be [[MrsFanservice so pretty]]. However, both are actually quite plausible; in real life, law enforcement agencies do tend to recruit criminal hackers, even if they've previously attacked said agency, due to the fact its more practical to put them to good use then lock them up and waste their skills. As for being pretty and homeless, Skye, being someone with a safe place to sleep (her van) and, as we learn later, a boyfriend who isn't homeless, Skye would be one of the 'invisible homeless', people who are technically homeless but live relatively comfortably thanks to owning a vehicle and having friends/family they're able to crash with when needed, giving them access to showers and personal hygiene.
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