History Series / Dateline

20th May '17 11:53:45 PM Statzkeen
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** [[http://nation.foxnews.com/cheating/2011/06/29/catch-predators-chris-hansen-caught-video-cheating-his-wife This is even better.]]
*** Considering the [[TabloidMelodrama source]] of that story, its authenticity is questionable. What's more, considering we haven't heard any more developments after Chris's denial, it's shaping up to be false.
15th May '17 3:22:13 PM TomPhanto
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--> '''David Schumacher:''' I don't wanna be on the news [[VerbalTic dawg]].
--> '''Chris:''' Well, it's a little late for that dawg.



* DirtyCoward: A few predators have run away once they saw Chris and some others have cried and begged for mercy when they were about to get arrested.



* TooDumbToLive: Special mention should go to John Kennelly who was caught entering the house naked and was caught having another explicit chat with a decoy less than 24 hours later.

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* TooDumbToLive: Special Any predator that's seen this show and still shows up could count, but special mention should go to John Kennelly who was caught entering the house naked and was caught having another explicit chat with a decoy less than 24 hours later.
8th May '17 5:13:19 PM TomPhanto
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* AffablyEvil: Most of the predators are this when they are caught.

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* AffablyEvil: Most of the predators are this surprisingly polite when they are caught.



* DirtyOldMan: Some of the predators.

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* DirtyOldMan: Some of the predators.predators are middle-aged or older.
* TheDreaded: Chris Hansen is this to the predators. Once Hansen enters the room, the predator knows it's all over.



* LaserGuidedKarma: Every single predator after the show started working with law enforcement is arrested and has their personal lives exploited on national television.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Most predators when they realize their attempts to have sex with a minor has cost them their lives.



* OlderThanTheyLook: The decoys.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: The decoys. They're legally old enough to date the men that enter the room, but due to their appearance, they could easily pass as an underage teen.
16th Apr '17 5:23:32 PM nombretomado
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The series returned to the spotlight in 2004, when a segment Chris Hansen did with the group Perverted Justice catching men attempting to arrange sexual encounters with underage teenagers, "To Catch A Predator," garnered a huge amount of publicity. This led to a whole series of ''Dateline'' "To Catch A Predator" specials and a spin-off, "To Catch A Predator: The Raw Tapes", which shows longer versions of the confrontations between Chris Hansen and the predators. Controversy was sparked, mostly by accusations of entrapment by lawyers for the accused predators and a high profile suicide of one man caught in the sting (but who did not appear on the show, having discovered prior to his death that he had been nailed in a sting operation). The show and Chris Hansen ultimately achieved MemeticMutation, with parodies appearing on different shows like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', ''{{Squidbillies}}'', etc. Whether because of the legal controversy, the increased popularity making it harder[[note]](the last sting only caught 7 men, where earlier ones had ensnared dozens)[[/note]] to lure men to the houses, or because the "demographics" of the alleged predators had declined,[[note]](earlier stings caught doctors, teachers, programmers, a rabbi, etc., but later ones nabbed unemployed or menial laborers)[[/note]] no new TCAP segments were produced after 2007. According to a Facebook comment in 2009, it might return someday. If so, it will likely be without Chris Hansen, who recently had [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/07/chris-hansen-sexts-cheating_n_892597.html his own embarrassing scandal.]]

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The series returned to the spotlight in 2004, when a segment Chris Hansen did with the group Perverted Justice catching men attempting to arrange sexual encounters with underage teenagers, "To Catch A Predator," garnered a huge amount of publicity. This led to a whole series of ''Dateline'' "To Catch A Predator" specials and a spin-off, "To Catch A Predator: The Raw Tapes", which shows longer versions of the confrontations between Chris Hansen and the predators. Controversy was sparked, mostly by accusations of entrapment by lawyers for the accused predators and a high profile suicide of one man caught in the sting (but who did not appear on the show, having discovered prior to his death that he had been nailed in a sting operation). The show and Chris Hansen ultimately achieved MemeticMutation, with parodies appearing on different shows like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', ''{{Squidbillies}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'', etc. Whether because of the legal controversy, the increased popularity making it harder[[note]](the last sting only caught 7 men, where earlier ones had ensnared dozens)[[/note]] to lure men to the houses, or because the "demographics" of the alleged predators had declined,[[note]](earlier stings caught doctors, teachers, programmers, a rabbi, etc., but later ones nabbed unemployed or menial laborers)[[/note]] no new TCAP segments were produced after 2007. According to a Facebook comment in 2009, it might return someday. If so, it will likely be without Chris Hansen, who recently had [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/07/chris-hansen-sexts-cheating_n_892597.html his own embarrassing scandal.]]
14th Apr '17 6:31:08 PM Usagi1992
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* PedophilePriest: A number of predators caught have been religious figures, such as ministers, rabbis, etc. No literal priest though.

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* PedophilePriest: A number of predators caught have been religious figures, such as rabbis, ministers, rabbis, etc. No literal priest though.
12th Mar '17 10:47:21 AM nombretomado
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Recurring segments include ''The Dirty Dozen'' (in which it takes a critical eye to health inspection scores of various fast-food restaurants), CouldThisHappenToYou stories, as well as full length episodes dealing with TrueCrime mysteries (the show has done so many episodes about murder cases involving well-to-do, adulterous suburban types, it was nicknamed "If You Marry a Doctor, You Will Die"). Many of the episodes are narrated by Keith Morrison, whose voice can be described as "[[MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]] as-a-creepy-old-man".

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Recurring segments include ''The Dirty Dozen'' (in which it takes a critical eye to health inspection scores of various fast-food restaurants), CouldThisHappenToYou stories, as well as full length episodes dealing with TrueCrime mysteries (the show has done so many episodes about murder cases involving well-to-do, adulterous suburban types, it was nicknamed "If You Marry a Doctor, You Will Die"). Many of the episodes are narrated by Keith Morrison, whose voice can be described as "[[MisterRogersNeighborhood "[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]] as-a-creepy-old-man".
7th Mar '17 6:55:54 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ThreeWaySex: A disturbing example. There was a married couple who wanted to have sex with one of the decoys (though only the husband showed up at the house).
20th Feb '17 9:21:01 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* GenreSavvy: Some predators will try to search the house for adults, especially camera crews.

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* GenreSavvy: Some predators will try to search the house for adults, especially camera crews. Of course, they can't be ''[[DownplayedTrope that]]'' genre savvy if they showed up at the house in the first place.
15th Feb '17 1:36:55 AM Zalis
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** They did once have online contact with a married couple who [[ThreeWaySex wanted to meet]] one of the purported teenagers, but only the husband actually showed up. One expert Hansen spoke to said that while female predators do exist, they tend to pursue children or minors they personally know, rather than seeking anonymous encounters online.
9th Jan '17 1:25:58 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* AwesomeMcCoolName: '''''STONE.'''''

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* AwesomeMcCoolName: AwesomeMcCoolname: '''''STONE.'''''
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