History Series / QueenForADay

14th Jul '17 5:07:59 PM Gimere
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But opinions varied. While some praised ''Queen'' for helping the unfortunate and showcasing the generosity of America, both contemporary and modern critics bashed it for being a sickening spectacle for ratings that only gave anything helpful to the '''winner''' basically a crass, trashy, exploitative RealityShow (long before the term existed) that explicitly played on people's misery.

Modern viewers have also noted that Bailey was often downright patronizing toward the contestants, if not openly insulting while they talked about a myriad of unfortunate events such as losing their homes or suffering through terrible medical problems, he threw out sarcastic barbs and jokes at their expense. Thus, what was seen as wholesome back then comes off as downright creepy and sleazy today.

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But opinions varied. While some praised ''Queen'' for helping the unfortunate and showcasing the generosity of America, both contemporary and modern critics bashed it for being a sickening spectacle for ratings that seemingly only gave anything helpful to the '''winner''' basically a crass, trashy, exploitative RealityShow (long before the that term existed) that explicitly played on people's misery.

Modern viewers have also noted that Bailey was often downright patronizing toward the contestants, if not openly insulting while they talked about a myriad of unfortunate events such as losing their homes or suffering through terrible medical problems, he threw out sarcastic barbs and jokes at their expense. Thus, what was seen as wholesome back then comes off as downright creepy and sleazy today.
in modern times.



* 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.
* BittersweetEnding

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* AdultsAreUseless : 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.
* BittersweetEnding
problems.



* DeterminedWidow : Once per episode.
* 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.
* GoodIsOldFashioned
* HealthcareMotivation : Once per episode.
* HopeCrusher : The basic premise AND a great alternative title for the show

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* DeterminedWidow : DeterminedWidow: Once per episode.
* 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.widows.
* HealthcareMotivation: Once per episode.

* GoodIsOldFashioned
* HealthcareMotivation : Once per episode.
* HopeCrusher : The basic premise AND a great alternative title for the show show.



* LittlestCancerPatient : Not in a literal sense, of course, but contestants with very sick children in need of financing usually won.
* MonochromeCasting : Everybody is very, very white.
* MoneyDearBoy : Everybody, really, but the "expert" co-hosts most of all.
* 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 generalised sadness.

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* LittlestCancerPatient : LittlestCancerPatient: Not in a literal sense, of course, but contestants with very sick children in need of financing usually won.
* MonochromeCasting : MonochromeCasting: Everybody is very, very white.
* MoneyDearBoy : MoneyDearBoy: Everybody, really, but the "expert" co-hosts most of all.
* MoodDissonance : 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 ?? 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 generalised sadness.



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

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



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

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* ShootTheShaggyDog : ShootTheShaggyDog: If this trope were a game show, this would be it.
13th Jul '17 3:20:51 PM glickmam
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Debuting on the radio on April 30, 1945 as ''Queen for Today'' on the Mutual Broadcasting System with Ken Murray as host and with John Masterson producing the show through his production company, John Masterson Productions, 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 through KTSL-TV, whose owner, Don Lee, also owned KHJ-AM, Mutual's West Coast flagship station.

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Debuting on the radio on April 30, 1945 as ''Queen for Today'' on the Mutual Broadcasting System with Ken Murray as host and with John Masterson producing the show through his production company, John Masterson Productions, 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 through KTSL-TV, whose owner, Don Lee, also owned KHJ-AM, Mutual's West Coast flagship station.
Los Angeles affiliate.
4th Jul '17 12:50:30 PM glickmam
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The show proved to be so popular that it got national television exposure on Creator/{{NBC}} from January 1956 to September 1960, then over the weekend moved to Creator/{{ABC}} and continued until October 1964. When the show moved to NBC, The Raymond R. Morgan Company also signed on as a production company and co-produced the first two seasons until 1958, after which John Masterson resumed sole production and formed the dummy company Queen for a Day, Inc. to hold the show's copyright. Two {{Revival}} attempts, a 1969-70 syndicated run helmed by
Dick Curtis and produced and distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation, and a 2004 Creator/{{Lifetime}} one-off hosted by Mo'Nique and produced by The Gurin Company, both ended in failure.

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The show proved to be so popular that it got national television exposure on Creator/{{NBC}} from January 1956 to September 1960, then over the weekend moved to Creator/{{ABC}} and continued until October 1964. When the show moved to NBC, The Raymond R. Morgan Company also signed on as a production company and co-produced the first two seasons until 1958, after which John Masterson resumed sole production and formed the dummy company Queen for a Day, Inc. to hold the show's copyright. Two {{Revival}} attempts, a 1969-70 syndicated run helmed by
by Dick Curtis and produced and distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation, and a 2004 Creator/{{Lifetime}} one-off hosted by Mo'Nique and produced by The Gurin Company, both ended in failure.
4th Jul '17 12:49:48 PM glickmam
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* INeedAFreakingDrink: In most of the circulating episodes, Jack Bailey looks and sounds like a man who had a few shots beforehand. It might also explain his great skill at being a {{Jerkass}}. Bailey was actually a member of UsefulNotes/AlcoholicsAnonymous while the show was in production.

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: In most of the circulating episodes, Jack Bailey looks and sounds like a man who had a few shots beforehand. It might also explain his great skill at being a {{Jerkass}}. Bailey was actually a member of UsefulNotes/AlcoholicsAnonymous Alcoholics Anonymous while the show was in production.
2nd Jul '17 7:15:13 PM glickmam
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The show proved to be so popular that it got national television exposure on Creator/{{NBC}} from January 1956 to September 1960, then over the weekend moved to Creator/{{ABC}} and continued until October 1964. When the show moved to NBC, The Raymond R. Morgan Company also signed on as a production company and co-produced the first two seasons until 1958, after which John Masterson resumed sole production and formed the dummy company Queen for a Day, Inc. to hold the show's copyright. Two {{Revival}} attempts, a 1969-70 syndicated run helmed by [[WesternAnimation/TheCattanoogaCats Dick "Motormouse" Curtis]] and produced and distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation, and a 2004 Lifetime one-off hosted by Mo'nique and produced by The Gurin Company, both ended in failure.

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The show proved to be so popular that it got national television exposure on Creator/{{NBC}} from January 1956 to September 1960, then over the weekend moved to Creator/{{ABC}} and continued until October 1964. When the show moved to NBC, The Raymond R. Morgan Company also signed on as a production company and co-produced the first two seasons until 1958, after which John Masterson resumed sole production and formed the dummy company Queen for a Day, Inc. to hold the show's copyright. Two {{Revival}} attempts, a 1969-70 syndicated run helmed by [[WesternAnimation/TheCattanoogaCats by
Dick "Motormouse" Curtis]] Curtis and produced and distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation, and a 2004 Lifetime Creator/{{Lifetime}} one-off hosted by Mo'nique Mo'Nique and produced by The Gurin Company, both ended in failure.



** TheAnnouncer: Gene Baker on NBC, John Harlan on ABC.
** GameShowHost: Jack Bailey is the most recognizable.
** LovelyAssistant: Several models handed the Queen her prizes.

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** TheAnnouncer: Gene Baker on Mutual and NBC, John Harlan on ABC.
ABC, and Carl King in syndication.
** GameShowHost: Ken Murray, Jack Bailey is the most recognizable.
Bailey, Dick Curtis, and Mo'Nique.
** LovelyAssistant: Several models handed the Queen her prizes. Among them were Barbara Lyon, Beverly Sassoon, Msxine Reeves, Darlene Stuart, and Dorene Georgeson. In addition, during the televised versions, there was the position of fashion commentator added. During the network runs, it was Jeanne Cagney, while in the syndicated run, it was Nancy Myers.
2nd Jul '17 6:49:22 PM glickmam
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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.

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.

The show proved to be so popular that it got national television exposure on Creator/{{NBC}} from January 1956 to September 1960, then over the weekend moved to Creator/{{ABC}} and continued until October 1964. Two {{revival}} attempts, a 1969-70 syndicated run helmed by [[WesternAnimation/TheCattanoogaCats Dick "Motormouse" Curtis]] and a 2004 Lifetime one-off hosted by Mo'nique, both ended in failure.

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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.

''Series/ThePeoplesCourt''.

Debuting on the radio on April 30, 1945 as ''Queen for Today'' on the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network with Ken Murray as host, host and with John Masterson producing the show through his production company, John Masterson Productions, 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.

market through KTSL-TV, whose owner, Don Lee, also owned KHJ-AM, Mutual's West Coast flagship station.

The show proved to be so popular that it got national television exposure on Creator/{{NBC}} from January 1956 to September 1960, then over the weekend moved to Creator/{{ABC}} and continued until October 1964. When the show moved to NBC, The Raymond R. Morgan Company also signed on as a production company and co-produced the first two seasons until 1958, after which John Masterson resumed sole production and formed the dummy company Queen for a Day, Inc. to hold the show's copyright. Two {{revival}} {{Revival}} attempts, a 1969-70 syndicated run helmed by [[WesternAnimation/TheCattanoogaCats Dick "Motormouse" Curtis]] and produced and distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation, and a 2004 Lifetime one-off hosted by Mo'nique, Mo'nique and produced by The Gurin Company, both ended in failure.






* INeedAFreakingDrink: In most of the circulating episodes, Jack Bailey looks and sounds like a man who had a few shots beforehand. It might also explain his great skill at being a {{Jerkass}}.

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: In most of the circulating episodes, Jack Bailey looks and sounds like a man who had a few shots beforehand. It might also explain his great skill at being a {{Jerkass}}. Bailey was actually a member of UsefulNotes/AlcoholicsAnonymous while the show was in production.
* LighterAndSofter: 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.



* MonochromeCasting : Everybody is very, very white

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* MonochromeCasting : Everybody is very, very whitewhite.



* 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.
* TheShill : Jack Bailey and his co-hosts

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* 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.
* TheShill :
TheShill: Jack Bailey and his co-hostsco-hosts.
16th Feb '17 4:26:13 AM MeepieV
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* CondescendingCompassion: Guess who. This series could be called "Condescending Compassion: The Game Show"
* Cutekitten: or puppy.

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*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.

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* 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.

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* 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
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*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.

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* 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.




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*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.

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* 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

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* 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
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* 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.

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

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*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.

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*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.
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