History Series / Frontline

22nd Oct '16 8:27:13 PM bakerychaz
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* AlmostKiss: [[spoiler: Mike and Domenica in ''Smaller Fish to Fry'']].

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* AlmostKiss: [[spoiler: Mike and Domenica Domenica]] in ''Smaller Fish to Fry'']].Fry''.
22nd Oct '16 8:26:26 PM bakerychaz
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* AlmostKiss: Mike and Domenica in ''Smaller Fish to Fry''.

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* AlmostKiss: [[spoiler: Mike and Domenica in ''Smaller Fish to Fry''.Fry'']].
22nd Oct '16 8:25:35 PM bakerychaz
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* AlmostKiss: Mike and Domenica in ''Smaller Fish to Fry''.
4th Nov '15 7:20:19 AM Morgenthaler
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1st Aug '15 12:12:23 AM ClatoLawa
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* BriarPatching: When Mike interviews then-Opposition Leader John Hewson, he's told that he doesn't want any questions regarding the Leadership. When Mike predictably ignores this out of a desire to look like less of a lightweight and asks the question, suggesting than Bronwyn Bishop may have a better approval rating, Hewson turns the tables and asks Mike about his press profile as compared to Brooke's, and whether he should step aside from hosting the show.


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* KickTheDog: Mike is rarely as directly involved in the unethical behaviour around him as Brooke, Marty and the producers, so the scene where he torpedoes Geoffrey's new weather-based comedy show out of jealousy is a standout.
7th Jul '15 10:27:34 PM Odon
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* SoundOnlyDeath: In "The Siege" anchorman Mike Moore interviews a hostage taker while the eponymous siege is in progress, earning high ratings for his program. Two weeks later another hostage taker rings up Moore asking for a direct interview. Moore answers the phone on live television.
-->'''Moore:''' You asked to speak to me. Well you've got the whole of Australia watching and listening. What do you want?
-->'''Hostage Taker:''' I want you to hear this. ''(screams and gunshots. Cut to credits)''.
21st Dec '14 1:22:00 AM Zadia
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* BlackComedy - Season 1 episode ''The Siege'' [[spoiler: ends with a hostage-taker calling Frontline and executing his hostages live on air.]]
* BrainlessBeauty - Brooke but Mike fits this trope more so.

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* BlackComedy - BlackComedy: Season 1 episode ''The Siege'' [[spoiler: ends with a hostage-taker calling Frontline and executing his hostages live on air.]]
* BrainlessBeauty - Brooke but Mike fits this trope more so.BrainlessBeauty: Mike.



* CharacterOutlivesActor- Following Bruno Lawrence's death prior to the filming of Season 2, his character Brian was fired due to the show's sagging ratings.
* ConvenientReplacementCharacter - Probably justified in that no TV show would get rid of its executive producer without having someone ready to step in and take over.
* DeadpanSnarker - Marty.
* DreadfulMusician - Elliot.
* DumbassHasAPoint - Mike's occasional foray into ethics. He generally has a point, but is so easily manipulated, he can be talked out of his concerns.
* EarWorm - "One Big Family"
* EvenEvilHasStandards - Marty is as unethical as anyone else on the team, but "Judge and Jury" he shows reluctance to cover an unsubstantiated story about a priest accused of rape. When Emma asks him, he admits that he, like her, is Catholic.

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* CharacterOutlivesActor- CharacterOutlivesActor: Following Bruno Lawrence's death prior to the filming of Season 2, his character Brian was fired due to the show's sagging ratings.
* ConvenientReplacementCharacter - ConvenientReplacementCharacter: Probably justified in that no TV show would get rid of its executive producer without having someone ready to step in and take over.
* DeadpanSnarker - DeadpanSnarker: Marty.
* DreadfulMusician - DreadfulMusician: Elliot.
* DumbassHasAPoint - DumbassHasAPoint: Mike's occasional foray into ethics. He generally has usually does have a point, but is he's so easily manipulated, he can be manipulated that most of the time he's either talked out of his concerns.
concerns or completely distracted.
* EarWorm - EarWorm: "One Big Family"
Family".
* EvenEvilHasStandards - EvenEvilHasStandards: Marty is as unethical as anyone else on the team, but "Judge and Jury" he shows reluctance to cover an unsubstantiated story about a priest accused of rape. When Emma asks him, he admits that he, like her, is Catholic.



* ICantBelieveImSayingThis - On one occasion, several stories have fallen through, and Emma is horrified to find herself suggest [[DreadfulMusician Elliot]] be allowed to perform a particularly horrible ten minute composition he has been begging to do for ages.
* GeniusDitz - Mike is given the answers to a gameshow's questions prior to going on. He wins the gameshow by over 100 points. At the end of the episode, he returns the envelope containing the questions, un-opened.
* GladYouThoughtOfIt - Sam regularly uses this technique on Mike.
* HypocriticalHumour - The episode where the reporters target a statistician whose new book has been misinterpreted as racist. The episode is filled with Sam, Mike and Marty making racist comments, most notably Mike's complaint about his holiday in Greece.
* IdiotHero - Mike, though IdiotProtagonist would be more accurate.
* IntoxicationEnsues - In "My Generation", Mike has a headache, and when Shelley the receptionist looks for some Panadol for him, she finds the ecstasy tablets Marty confiscated from one of the camera dudes. The ending is ''hilarious''.
* IsThisThingStillOn - Mike starts insulting one of Elliot's songs after his microphone has been cut off at the end of the show. Unfortunately, he forgets that the camera is still on him during the end credits and that there's a sign language interpreter next to him. His comments are translated accurately and reported in the following day's newspaper.
* JadeColoredGlasses - Marty and Thommo.
* MoodWhiplash - In the episode ''Keeping Up Appearances'', jokes are made of a Frontline trying to secure the rights to the story of a woman who was burned by an ex-boyfriend. Marty even comments how it was for the best because she is now $200,000 richer. Cut to the first time we are allowed to see her face in full... and it's not so funny anymore.
* NiceGuy - Mike's weatherman friend Geoffrey Salter, the only person who is both nice and stupid enough to genuinely like Mike.
* NonPromotion - When Mike demands more responsibility on the program, the executive producer grants him the meaningless title of 'International Story Coordinator': a position that involves faxing a list of the day's stories to their sister network in the UK so they can pick up any stories they want to run. Mike still manages to screw this up, thanks to Jan giving him the fax number for Channel 9's Glenn Ridge (Mike had been trying to get in touch with him about a ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'' celebrity faceoff between himself and his rivals Stan Grant and Ray Martin).
* NotSoAboveItAll - Marty and Brooke make fun of Mike for his vanity and naivety, but they can act just as petty and be just as easily manipulated.

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* ICantBelieveImSayingThis - {{Flanderization}}: Mike. In the first season he is vain and naive, but "a half-decent reporter", in Brian's own words, who was often seen trying to push genuinely newsworthy stories (such as a sweatshop expose in "We Ain't Got Dames", and a major scandal that had been covered up by half the media in the country in "Smaller Fish to Fry"), getting furious when Brian screwed him over. In the second, he manages to break his leg on a motorcycle that isn't even moving, he can't even write a letter without basic spelling errors, and it becomes a RunningGag that he doesn't pay attention to the show's stories even while presenting them.
* ICantBelieveImSayingThis:
On one occasion, several stories have fallen through, and Emma is horrified to find herself suggest [[DreadfulMusician Elliot]] be allowed to perform a particularly horrible ten minute composition he has been begging to do for ages.
* GeniusDitz - GeniusDitz: Mike is given the answers to a gameshow's questions prior to going on. He wins the gameshow by over 100 points. At the end of the episode, he returns the envelope containing the questions, un-opened.
* GladYouThoughtOfIt - GladYouThoughtOfIt: Sam regularly uses this technique on Mike.
* HypocriticalHumour - HypocriticalHumour: The episode where the reporters target a statistician whose new book has been misinterpreted as racist. The episode is filled with Sam, Mike and Marty making racist comments, most notably Mike's complaint about his holiday in Greece.
* IdiotHero - IdiotHero: Mike, though IdiotProtagonist would be more accurate.
* IntoxicationEnsues - IntoxicationEnsues: In "My Generation", Mike has a headache, and when Shelley the receptionist looks for some Panadol for him, she finds the ecstasy tablets Marty confiscated from one of the camera dudes. The ending is ''hilarious''.
* IsThisThingStillOn - IsThisThingStillOn: Mike starts insulting one of Elliot's songs after his microphone has been cut off at the end of the show. Unfortunately, he forgets that the camera is still on him during the end credits and that there's a sign language interpreter next to him.him who doesn't know that the show is completely over. His comments are translated accurately and reported in the following day's newspaper.
* JadeColoredGlasses - JadeColoredGlasses: Marty and Thommo.
* MoodWhiplash - MoodWhiplash: In the episode ''Keeping Up Appearances'', jokes are made of a Frontline trying to secure the rights to the story of a woman who was burned by an ex-boyfriend. Marty even comments how it was for the best because she is now $200,000 richer. Cut to the first time we are allowed to see her face in full... and it's not so funny anymore.
* NiceGuy - NiceGuy: Mike's weatherman friend Geoffrey Salter, the only person who is both nice and stupid enough to genuinely like Mike.
* NonPromotion - NonPromotion: When Mike demands more responsibility on the program, the executive producer grants him the meaningless title of 'International Story Coordinator': a position that involves faxing a list of the day's stories to their sister network in the UK so they can pick up any stories they want to run. Mike still manages to screw this up, thanks to Jan giving him the fax number for Channel 9's Glenn Ridge (Mike had been trying to get in touch with him about a ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'' celebrity faceoff between himself and his rivals Stan Grant and Ray Martin).
* NotSoAboveItAll - NotSoAboveItAll: Marty and Brooke make fun of Mike for his vanity and naivety, but they can act just as petty and be just as easily manipulated.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines - practically every episode, but especially ''The Siege'', ''The Simple Life'' and ''The Shadow We Cast''.
* RunningGag - Dom's crazy hairstyles.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines - PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Prowsey, the EP from season 3, who's very sexist and very blatant about it.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: Mike, dear ''God''.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines:
practically every episode, but especially ''The Siege'', ''The Simple Life'' and ''The Shadow We Cast''.
* RunningGag - RunningGag: Dom's crazy hairstyles.



* SatireParodyPastiche - Satire ''(It was an attack on all the vapid current affairs programs that were and still are showing in Australia)''.

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* SatireParodyPastiche - SatireParodyPastiche: Satire ''(It was an attack on all the vapid current affairs programs that were and still are showing in Australia)''.



* ShowWithinAShow - ''Frontline'' the current affairs show is the show within '''Frontline''' the satirical sitcom about current affair shows.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism - Clearly towards the Cynicial.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny - Elliot's songs.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute - a different EP for every season.

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* ShowWithinAShow - ShowWithinAShow: ''Frontline'' the current affairs show is the show within '''Frontline''' the satirical sitcom about current affair shows.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism - SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Clearly towards the Cynicial.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny - SoUnfunnyItsFunny: Elliot's songs.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute - SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: a different EP for every season.



* SmallNameBigEgo - Mike.
* StylisticSuck - Elliot's dreadful songs, which are inept rhyming couplets to the same perky synthesiser tune. So much so that it is impossible to imagine something so awful actually being played on network television every week - chalk it up to the RuleOfFunny.

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* SmallNameBigEgo - SmallNameBigEgo: Mike.
* StylisticSuck - StylisticSuck: Elliot's dreadful songs, which are inept rhyming couplets to the same perky synthesiser tune. So much so that it is impossible to imagine something so awful actually being played on network television every week - chalk it up to the RuleOfFunny.



* TookALevelInDumbass - Mike. In the first season he is vain and naive, but "a half-decent reporter", in Brian's own words, who was often seen trying to push genuinely newsworthy stories (such as a sweatshop expose in "We Ain't Got Dames", and a major scandal that had been covered up by half the media in the country in "Smaller Fish to Fry"), getting furious when Brian screwed him over. In the second, he manages to break his leg on a motorcycle that isn't even moving, he can't even write a letter without basic spelling errors, and it becomes a RunningGag that he doesn't pay attention to the show's stories even while presenting them.

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* TookALevelInDumbass - Mike. In TookALevelInDumbass: Mike as the first season he is vain and naive, but "a half-decent reporter", in Brian's own words, who was often seen trying to push genuinely newsworthy stories (such as a sweatshop expose in "We Ain't Got Dames", and a major scandal that had been covered up by half the media in the country in "Smaller Fish to Fry"), getting furious when Brian screwed him over. In the second, he manages to break his leg on a motorcycle that isn't even moving, he can't even write a letter without basic spelling errors, and it becomes a RunningGag that he doesn't pay attention to the show's stories even while presenting them.show continued.
16th Dec '14 2:45:59 PM ockvonfiend
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** [[spoiler:The gunshot]] at the end of "The Siege".
5th Sep '14 4:42:11 AM ClatoLawa
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''Frontline'' (Better known as ''Breaking News'' in the USA) is a satirical Australian sitcom that looks at the unscrupulous manipulation that goes on in the high-pressure world of ''current affairs'' T.V journalism. It ran for three seasons from 1994 to 1997. (Coincidentally, Frontline is also the title of a long-running American documentary series on Creator/{{PBS}}.)

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''Frontline'' (Better known as ''Breaking News'' in the USA) is a satirical Australian sitcom that looks at the unscrupulous manipulation that goes on in the high-pressure world of ''current affairs'' T.V journalism. It ran for three seasons from 1994 to 1997. (Coincidentally, Frontline is also the title of a long-running American documentary series on Creator/{{PBS}}.)
) It was created by the team that would later become known as Creator/WorkingDogProductions.


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* BRollRebus: Mike explains the concept to his GenreSavvy niece, who asks if that's why everytime they do a story about gay people they splice in footage from the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. later in the episode, the show does exactly that, preceding a story about a gay teacher allegedly sacked based on discrimination.
12th Apr '14 6:14:51 AM ClatoLawa
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* NonPromotion - When Mike demands more responsibility on the program, the executive producer grants him the meaningless title of 'International Story Coordinator': a position that involves faxing a list of the day's stories to their sister network in the UK so they can pick up any stories they want to run. Mike still manages to screw this up, thanks to Jan giving him the fax number for Channel 9's Glenn Ridge (Mike had been trying to get in touch with him about a Series/SaleOfTheCentury celebrity faceoff between himself and his rivals Stan Grant and Ray Martin).

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* NonPromotion - When Mike demands more responsibility on the program, the executive producer grants him the meaningless title of 'International Story Coordinator': a position that involves faxing a list of the day's stories to their sister network in the UK so they can pick up any stories they want to run. Mike still manages to screw this up, thanks to Jan giving him the fax number for Channel 9's Glenn Ridge (Mike had been trying to get in touch with him about a Series/SaleOfTheCentury ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'' celebrity faceoff between himself and his rivals Stan Grant and Ray Martin).



* RushedInvertedReading: A variant where Mike is supposed to be reading a book by the statistician he's supposed to be reading. Dom walks in on him doing a Magic Eye puzzle, and while he manages to replace the book, his eyes are still crossed.

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* RushedInvertedReading: A variant where Mike is supposed to be reading a book by the statistician he's supposed to be reading.interviewing that night. Dom walks in on him doing a Magic Eye puzzle, and while he manages to replace the book, his eyes are still crossed.



* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: practically everyone but poor Emma!

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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: practically Practically everyone but poor Emma!Emma, and occasionally Mike, when he's actually willing to persistently stand up to Brian or Prowsey on an issue.
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