History Series / QueenForADay

16th Feb '17 4:26:13 AM MeepieV
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* CondescendingCompassion: Guess who. This series could be called "Condescending Compassion: The Game Show"
* Cutekitten: or puppy.

to:

*BittersweetEnding
* CondescendingCompassion: Guess who. This series could be called "Condescending Compassion: CondescendingCompassion: The Game Show"
* Cutekitten: or puppy.
game show version of this trope.



* HopeCrusher : The basic premise AND a great alternative title for the show



* StepfordSmiler and StepfordSuburbia: Played straight in the commercial hosting sections, averted like crazy in the sections with the contestants, to the point that - if it wasn't a gameshow featuring real people - you'd consider it a deconstruction. The women are very polite, sweet and well-groomed 50s surburban housewife-types who spend a lot of time smiling out of politeness. But the contestants are clearly real human beings with complex inner lives and mixed emotional reactions to being on the show.

to:

* StepfordSmiler and StepfordSuburbia: Played straight in the commercial hosting sections, averted like crazy in the sections with the contestants, to the point that - if it wasn't a gameshow featuring real people - you'd consider it a deconstruction. The women are very polite, sweet and well-groomed 50s surburban housewife-types who spend a lot of time smiling out of politeness. But the contestants they are also clearly real human beings with complex inner lives and mixed emotional reactions to being on the show.show.
* SofterAndLighter: Could be seen as a lighter and softer version of a reality show. The premise might be pretty unsettling in itself, but the audience (if not the host) seemed to genuinely want to see the contestants happy, and the show is very subtle and indirect when it subjects its participants to public humiliation. Nobody is putting anybody's head in a fishtank full of spiders.



* TrustMeImAnX : There was a vet who would regularly appear in order to shill pet food.
* TheWoobie : You won't be allowed to compete unless you fit this trope.

to:

* TrustMeImAnX : There was a vet who would regularly appear in order to shill explain why your pet food.
* TheWoobie : You won't be allowed to compete unless you fit this trope.
needs branded pet merchandise.
16th Feb '17 3:59:02 AM MeepieV
Is there an issue? Send a Message


*AdultsAreUseless : The contestants of ill and disabled children clearly care about them, but are often in such a financially vulnerable position that they see appearing on a sadistic gameshow to be a legitimate solution to their problems.



* Cutekitten: or puppy.



*GoodIsOldFashioned



* MoodDissonance : After being crowned [[TitleDrop Queen for a Day]], the contestant was expected to sit on a throne and listen to a five minute in-show commercial about all the consumer items that she'd just won, while pretending to be really excited and thankful about the benefits of things like aluminium cookware and dog treats. You'd expect the queen to feel really excited and happy about winning, right ?? Well, no. Remember that the winners have usually just suffered significant personal tragedies and usually only appear on the show because they are in desperate need of help for their family, and they've just been put through this gruelling and humiliating ordeal on the vague hope they'd get the desired item. A lot of the time, the Queens are fighting off tears while sitting on the throne, and not tears of joy. That is, unless you define "tears of joy" as tears which are 5 percent joy, 40 percent relief at winning and 55 percent general sadness distress.

to:

* MoodDissonance : After being crowned [[TitleDrop Queen for a Day]], the contestant was expected to sit on a throne and listen to a five minute in-show commercial about all the consumer items that she'd just won, while pretending to be really excited and thankful about the benefits of things like aluminium cookware and dog treats. You'd expect the queen to feel really excited and happy about winning, right ?? Well, no. Remember that the winners have usually just suffered significant personal tragedies and usually only appear on the show because they are in desperate need of help for their family, and they've just been put through this gruelling and humiliating ordeal on the vague hope they'd get the desired item. A lot of the time, the Queens are fighting off tears while sitting on the throne, and not tears of joy. That is, unless you define "tears of joy" as tears which are 5 percent joy, 40 percent relief at winning and 55 percent general sadness distress. generalised sadness.
*MoodWhiplash: Lots and lots, as you'd expect given that it is continuously juxtaposing tales of personal tragedy with advertisements for holidays and dog food.




to:

*ShootTheShaggyDog : If this trope were a game show, this would be it.



* StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism: Maybe. But there were a surprising number of young widows with a single child on the show.

to:

* StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism: Maybe. But Very likely, given that there were a surprising number of young widows with a single child on the show.



* TrustMeImAnX : There was a vet who would regularly appear in order to shill pet food
* ValuesDissonance: There are about as many lesbians, references to premarital sex

to:

* TrustMeImAnX : There was a vet who would regularly appear in order to shill pet food
food.
* ValuesDissonance: There are about as many lesbians, references TheWoobie : You won't be allowed to premarital sex compete unless you fit this trope.
16th Feb '17 3:33:39 AM MeepieV
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* FalseWidow: Contestants never talk about running away from abusive husbands to live with their family, or falling pregnant out of wedlock, or getting abandoned by (or abandoning) their husbands because the relationship wasn't emotionally or [[HideYourLesbians sexually ]] satisfying. But there are a lot of very brave widows.



* MoneyDearBoy : Everybody, really, but the "expert" co-hosts most of all.



* RealityEnsues : The contestants tend to be extremely sweet, but are a lot shyer and more awkward than you'd expect them to be, if you grew up associating fifties housewives with Madmen-style advertising.



* RealityEnsues : The contestants tend to be extremely sweet, but are a lot shyer and more awkward than you'd expect them to be, if you grew up associating fifties housewives with Madmen-style advertising.
* StepfordSmiler and StepfordSuburbia: Played straight in the commercial hosting sections, averted like crazy in the sections with the contestants, to the point that - if it wasn't a gameshow featuring real people - you'd consider it a deconstruction. The women are very polite, sweet and well-groomed 50s surburban housewife-types who spend a lot of time smiling out of politeness. But the contestants are clearly real human beings with complex inner lives and mixed emotional reactions to being on the show.

to:

* RealityEnsues : The contestants tend to be extremely sweet, but are a lot shyer and more awkward than you'd expect them to be, if you grew up associating fifties housewives with Madmen-style advertising.
* StepfordSmiler and StepfordSuburbia: Played straight in the commercial hosting sections, averted like crazy in the sections with the contestants, to the point that - if it wasn't a gameshow featuring real people - you'd consider it a deconstruction. The women are very polite, sweet and well-groomed 50s surburban housewife-types who spend a lot of time smiling out of politeness. But the contestants are clearly real human beings with complex inner lives and mixed emotional reactions to being on the show. show.
*TheShill : Jack Bailey and his co-hosts
*StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism: Maybe. But there were a surprising number of young widows with a single child on the show.


Added DiffLines:

*TrustMeImAnX : There was a vet who would regularly appear in order to shill pet food
*ValuesDissonance: There are about as many lesbians, references to premarital sex
16th Feb '17 3:06:23 AM MeepieV
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[IllGirl Ill Boy or Girl]]: At least once per episode. Ill boys seemed to have a very slight advantage.

to:

*CondescendingCompassion: Guess who. This series could be called "Condescending Compassion: The Game Show"
*DeterminedWidow : Once per episode.
*HealthcareMotivation : Once per episode.
* [[IllGirl Ill Boy or Girl]]: At least once per episode. Ill boys seemed to have a very slight advantage.advantage over ill girls.



* MonochromeCasting : Everybody is very, very white



* StepfordSmiler and StepfordSuburbia: Played straight in the commercial hosting sections, averted like crazy in the sections with the contestants. The women are very polite, sweet and well-groomed 50s surburban housewife-types who spend a lot of time smiling out of politeness. But the contestants clearly are clearly real human beings with complex inner lives and mixed emotional reactions to their situation.

to:

*RealityEnsues : The contestants tend to be extremely sweet, but are a lot shyer and more awkward than you'd expect them to be, if you grew up associating fifties housewives with Madmen-style advertising.
* StepfordSmiler and StepfordSuburbia: Played straight in the commercial hosting sections, averted like crazy in the sections with the contestants.contestants, to the point that - if it wasn't a gameshow featuring real people - you'd consider it a deconstruction. The women are very polite, sweet and well-groomed 50s surburban housewife-types who spend a lot of time smiling out of politeness. But the contestants clearly are clearly real human beings with complex inner lives and mixed emotional reactions to their situation.being on the show.
16th Feb '17 2:48:25 AM MeepieV
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[IllGirl Ill Boy or Girl]]: At least once per episode. Ill boys seemed to have a very slight advantage.



* MoodDissonance : After being crowned [[TitleDrop Queen for a Day]], the contestant was expected to sit on a throne and listen to a five minute in-show commercial about all the consumer items that she'd just won, while pretending to be really excited and thankful about the benefits of things like aluminium cookware and dog treats. You'd expect the queen to feel really excited and happy about winning, right ?? Well, no. Remember that the winners have usually just suffered significant personal tragedies and usually only appear on the show because they are in desperate need of help for their family, and they've just been put through this gruelling and humiliating ordeal on the vague hope they'd get the desired item. A lot of the time, the Queens are fighting off tears while sitting on the throne, and not tears of joy, either.

to:

* LittlestCancerPatient : Not in a literal sense, of course, but contestants with very sick children in need of financing usually won.
* MoodDissonance : After being crowned [[TitleDrop Queen for a Day]], the contestant was expected to sit on a throne and listen to a five minute in-show commercial about all the consumer items that she'd just won, while pretending to be really excited and thankful about the benefits of things like aluminium cookware and dog treats. You'd expect the queen to feel really excited and happy about winning, right ?? Well, no. Remember that the winners have usually just suffered significant personal tragedies and usually only appear on the show because they are in desperate need of help for their family, and they've just been put through this gruelling and humiliating ordeal on the vague hope they'd get the desired item. A lot of the time, the Queens are fighting off tears while sitting on the throne, and not tears of joy, either. joy. That is, unless you define "tears of joy" as tears which are 5 percent joy, 40 percent relief at winning and 55 percent general sadness distress.


Added DiffLines:

* ProductPlacement : the show spent about 15 minutes focusing on the contestants and 25 minutes selling various products.


Added DiffLines:

*StepfordSmiler and StepfordSuburbia: Played straight in the commercial hosting sections, averted like crazy in the sections with the contestants. The women are very polite, sweet and well-groomed 50s surburban housewife-types who spend a lot of time smiling out of politeness. But the contestants clearly are clearly real human beings with complex inner lives and mixed emotional reactions to their situation.
16th Feb '17 2:17:08 AM MeepieV
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* MoodDissonance : After being crowned [[TitleDrop Queen for a Day]], the contestant was expected to sit on a throne and listen to a five minute in-show commercial about all the consumer items that she'd just won, while pretending to be really excited and thankful about the benefits of things like aluminium cookware and dog treats. You'd expect the queen to feel really excited and happy about winning, right ?? Well, no. Remember that the winners have usually just suffered significant personal tragedies and usually only appear on the show because they are in desperate need of help for their family, and they've just been put through this gruelling and humiliating ordeal on the vague hope they'd get the desired item. A lot of the time, the Queens are fighting off tears while sitting on the throne, and not tears of joy, either.
4th Feb '17 7:25:04 PM glickmam
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** TheAnnouncer: Gene Baker on NBC, John Harlan on ABC.
24th Jul '16 10:26:18 AM Gimere
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* LongRunner: Nineteen. And a half. Freaking. Years. In daytime. Five days a week. Most of it helmed by someone who looked and acted quite like an alcoholic, but could've simply been...
15th Jul '16 11:00:22 AM glickmam
Is there an issue? Send a Message


GameShow where four (sometimes five) women shared their stories of woe in front of an audience and emcee, such stories ranging from a dearly-departed husband to a son crippled with polio. After all the ladies finished, the audience would applaud for the woman they wanted to see become "Queen for a Day". The winner (determined by the famous [[ThingOMeter Applause Meter]]) received not only what she had originally asked for, but a slew of other prizes furnished by the show's sponsors. The show was created and executive produced by John Masterson, who would later enjoy greater success as the creator of ''Series/ThePeoplesCourt''. It was produced by John Masterson Productions alongside The Raymond R. Morgan Company from 1956-1958, and MCA Television from 1958-1964.

to:

GameShow where four (sometimes five) women shared their stories of woe in front of an audience and emcee, such stories ranging from a dearly-departed husband to a son crippled with polio. After all the ladies finished, the audience would applaud for the woman they wanted to see become "Queen for a Day". The winner (determined by the famous [[ThingOMeter Applause Meter]]) received not only what she had originally asked for, but a slew of other prizes furnished by the show's sponsors. The show was created and executive produced by John Masterson, who would later enjoy greater success as the creator of ''Series/ThePeoplesCourt''. It was produced by John Masterson Productions alongside The the Raymond R. Morgan Company from 1956-1958, and MCA Television from 1958-1964.
15th Jul '16 10:59:55 AM glickmam
Is there an issue? Send a Message


GameShow where four (sometimes five) women shared their stories of woe in front of an audience and emcee, such stories ranging from a dearly-departed husband to a son crippled with polio. After all the ladies finished, the audience would applaud for the woman they wanted to see become "Queen for a Day". The winner (determined by the famous [[ThingOMeter Applause Meter]]) received not only what she had originally asked for, but a slew of other prizes furnished by the show's sponsors. The show was created and produced by John Masterson, who would later enjoy greater success as the creator of ''Series/ThePeoplesCourt''.

Debuting on April 30, 1945 as ''Queen for Today'' on the Mutual radio network with Ken Murray as host, the show was originally broadcast from New York. A few months into the run, the show moved to Los Angeles and was given its more familiar title; Murray was replaced by Jack Bailey, and beginning in 1948 the show was simulcast on television in the local Los Angeles market.

to:

GameShow where four (sometimes five) women shared their stories of woe in front of an audience and emcee, such stories ranging from a dearly-departed husband to a son crippled with polio. After all the ladies finished, the audience would applaud for the woman they wanted to see become "Queen for a Day". The winner (determined by the famous [[ThingOMeter Applause Meter]]) received not only what she had originally asked for, but a slew of other prizes furnished by the show's sponsors. The show was created and executive produced by John Masterson, who would later enjoy greater success as the creator of ''Series/ThePeoplesCourt''.

''Series/ThePeoplesCourt''. It was produced by John Masterson Productions alongside The Raymond R. Morgan Company from 1956-1958, and MCA Television from 1958-1964.

Debuting on April 30, 1945 as ''Queen for Today'' on the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network with Ken Murray as host, the show was originally broadcast from New York. A few months into the run, the show moved to Los Angeles and was given its more familiar title; Murray was replaced by Jack Bailey, and beginning in 1948 the show was simulcast on television in the local Los Angeles market.
This list shows the last 10 events of 11. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Series.QueenForADay