History Series / Dateline

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.'''''
4th Jan '17 10:08:56 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* CoolCar: One of the predators had a customized Nissan Ultima. Even Hansen said "That's quite a car you've got out there", before telling him to [[{{Catchphrase}} have a seat.]]


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* PreAsskickingOneLiner: All together now: "Why don't you have a seat right over there?"
1st Jan '17 2:51:22 PM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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The series would 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 would 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.]]
30th Dec '16 10:02:39 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Michael Warrecker (the guy with the [[SarcasmMode delightful]] screenname "can_i_rape_you_anally") is one of the creepiest predators on the show, mostly because he has a rape {{fetish}}.
30th Dec '16 9:59:01 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* AlwaysMale: The pedophiles featured on the show.
29th Dec '16 10:13:49 PM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* FalseReassurance: When confronting pedophiles, Chris Hansen often tells them "I'm not going to arrest you". Then, as soon as they leave the house, they get arrested by the police. [[ExactWords After all, he's not the one doing the arresting.]]

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* FalseReassurance: When confronting pedophiles, Chris Hansen often tells them "I'm not going to arrest you". Then, as soon as they leave the house, they get arrested by the police. [[ExactWords After all, he's Hansen's not the one doing the arresting.]]
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