History Series / Soap

8th May '17 9:04:44 AM MrItty
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In regards to Benson's character. He's known for disliking his job and his catch phrase is "You want me to get that?" whenever the doorbell rings. However, in the first few episodes of the show, he is very adamant that being the butler is ''his'' job and he won't let anybody else do what he's supposed to (e.g. in one episode he trips Burt up before he can answer the door because that's his {Benson's} job).

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In regards to Benson's character. He's known for disliking his job and his catch phrase is "You want me to get that?" whenever the doorbell rings. However, in the first few episodes of the show, he is very adamant that being the butler is ''his'' job and he won't let anybody else do what he's supposed to (e.g. in one episode he trips Burt up before he can answer the door because that's his {Benson's} (Benson's) job).
16th Jan '17 1:17:23 AM GnomeTitan
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* ButNotTooGay: Justified. The show was made in the 1970s. Though it features explicitly gay characters, the closest any homosexual relationships get is romance with hugging and subtext.
* CampGay: Jodie is ''extremely'' camp at the very start of the show, but after a few episodes this softens down a lot. Since he seems to play it up around Burt, it's likely he's doing it to intentionally make Burt uncomfortable.

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* ButNotTooGay: Justified. The show was made in the 1970s. Though it features explicitly gay characters, the closest any homosexual relationships get is romance with hugging and subtext.
subtext. This is understandable as the show was made in the 1970s.
* CampGay: Jodie is ''extremely'' camp at the very start of the show, but after a few episodes this softens down a lot. Since he seems He tends to play it up around Burt, it's likely he's doing it to intentionally make the slightly homophobic Burt to tease him, as he notices it makes him uncomfortable.



* PreviouslyOn: "Confused? You won't be.... after this episode of ''Soap''."

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* PreviouslyOn: Used for comedic effect. The codensed montage of the previous epsiode accentuates the absurdity of the plot. The narrator closes the montage with "Confused? You won't be.... be after this episode of ''Soap''."''Soap''" - but of course the viewer is only likely to be even more confused.
15th Jan '17 12:03:31 PM bjex
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-->--The OpeningNarration, as read by '''Rod Roddy'''.

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-->--The -->--Season One's OpeningNarration, as read by '''Rod Roddy'''.
7th May '16 3:53:59 PM nombretomado
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Created by Susan Harris (who wrote most of the episodes and later created ''TheGoldenGirls''), ''Soap'' is a late 1970s sitcom on Creator/{{ABC}} that both parodied and emulated the serial storytelling style of the SoapOpera. It was perhaps the first SitCom to include a StoryArc of any significance, and as such is still a rarity even today.

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Created by Susan Harris (who wrote most of the episodes and later created ''TheGoldenGirls''), ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''), ''Soap'' is a late 1970s sitcom on Creator/{{ABC}} that both parodied and emulated the serial storytelling style of the SoapOpera. It was perhaps the first SitCom to include a StoryArc of any significance, and as such is still a rarity even today.
28th Apr '16 10:41:46 PM CosmoKessler297
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* BreakoutCharacter: Benson starts out in a relatively minor, supporting role, but quickly becomes one of the main character. He finally left to become the protagonist of his own show.

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* BreakoutCharacter: Benson starts out in a relatively minor, supporting role, but quickly becomes one of the main character. characters. He finally left later on to become the protagonist of his own show.



* CliffHanger: Many, but arguably the voiceover at the end of the last episode of the first season was the most memorable. Just after Jessica is found guilty images of Chester, Burt, Corinne, Jodie, and Benson appear onscreen.

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* CliffHanger: Many, but arguably the voiceover at the end of the last episode of the first season was the most memorable. Just after Jessica is found guilty guilty, images of Chester, Burt, Corinne, Jodie, and Benson appear onscreen.



** In one episode Danny accidentally drops an apple. The cop was okay.

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** In one episode episode, Danny accidentally drops an apple. The cop (and his horse) was okay.



* EscalatingBrawl: One of the several openings shows a brawl that starts with Burt trying to get in front of Chester for the family photo, but ends up involving all except the Major (who is too out of it to notice), Billy (who considers himself the OnlySaneMan in his family, and sits watching amused by it all) and [[OnlySaneMan Benson]] (who steps back and shakes his head disapprovingly as they fight).

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* EscalatingBrawl: One of the several openings shows a brawl that starts with Burt trying to get in front of Chester for the family photo, but ends up involving all except the Major (who is too out of it to notice), Billy (who considers himself the OnlySaneMan in his family, and sits watching watching, amused by it all) and [[OnlySaneMan Benson]] (who steps back and shakes his head disapprovingly as they fight).



* {{Flanderization}}: In the early seasons Danny isn't overly bright, but not the imbecile that he becomes in later episodes.

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* {{Flanderization}}: In the early seasons seasons, Danny isn't overly bright, but not bright. But he definitely isn't the imbecile that he becomes in later episodes.



** Jodie. Though in all fairness, [[InformedAttribute this was probably necessary]], as he was seen with women just as often as he was seen with other men. This was lampshaded in series four when he talks to a psychiatrist who doesn't believe he's gay after Jodie informs him that he's had a child with one woman and is currently in love with another.

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** Jodie. Though in all fairness, [[InformedAttribute this was probably necessary]], as he was seen with women just as often as he was seen with other men. This was lampshaded in series season four when he talks to a psychiatrist who doesn't believe he's gay after Jodie informs him that he's had a child with one woman and is currently in love with another.



* HotForTeacher: Billy has an affair with his teacher, Leslie.
* IfICantHaveYou: After Billy turns Leslie down she first goes suicidal and then tries to kill him repeatedly. PlayedForLaughs as nobody notices.
* InjuryBookend: Played With. Chester has amnesia due to brain surgery gone somewhat wrong. He gets a bonk on the head and remembers his life, but then very quickly gets another bonk and forgets everything again.

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* HotForTeacher: Billy has an affair with his teacher, Leslie.
Leslie. But...
* IfICantHaveYou: After Billy turns Leslie down down, she first goes suicidal suicidal, and then tries to kill him repeatedly. PlayedForLaughs as nobody notices.
* InjuryBookend: Played With. Chester has amnesia due to brain surgery gone somewhat wrong. He gets a bonk on the head and remembers his life, but life. But then very quickly gets another bonk and forgets everything again.



** In season two, Jodie is about to jump of a Golden Gate Bridge {{expy}} and talks to himself about how it all went wrong. Alice walks over to him and tells him to shut up because he's interrupting her suicide attempt and now her suicide letter is muddled up. They decide to become friends.

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** In season two, Jodie is about to jump of a Golden Gate Bridge {{expy}} and talks to himself about how it all went wrong. Alice walks over to him and tells him to shut up because as he's interrupting her suicide attempt and now attempt, with her suicide letter is muddled up.up in the process. They decide to become friends.
28th Apr '16 10:18:24 PM CosmoKessler297
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* BillyNeedsAnOrgan: Danny gets shot through both his kidneys when he's in the police. Mary can't give one of hers because it could severely weaken her. Jodie offers up his as he's healthy and Danny's full-blood brother, then it turns out he isn't and Mary reveals that Danny's real father is [[spoiler:Chester]], who is convinced to give up one of his kidneys to save Danny.

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* BillyNeedsAnOrgan: Well, not Billy. Danny gets shot through both his kidneys when he's in the police. Mary can't give one of hers because it could severely weaken her. Jodie offers up his as he's healthy and Danny's full-blood brother, then it turns out he isn't and Mary reveals that Danny's real father is [[spoiler:Chester]], who is convinced to give up one of his kidneys to save Danny.
28th Apr '16 10:12:21 PM CosmoKessler297
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Created by Susan Harris (who wrote most of the episodes and later created ''TheGoldenGirls''), ''Soap'' was a late 1970s sitcom on Creator/{{ABC}} that both parodied and emulated the serial storytelling style of the SoapOpera. It was perhaps the first SitCom to include a StoryArc of any significance, and as such is still a rarity even today.

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Created by Susan Harris (who wrote most of the episodes and later created ''TheGoldenGirls''), ''Soap'' was is a late 1970s sitcom on Creator/{{ABC}} that both parodied and emulated the serial storytelling style of the SoapOpera. It was perhaps the first SitCom to include a StoryArc of any significance, and as such is still a rarity even today.
12th Apr '16 7:31:07 PM Discar
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* MeetTheInLaws: Danny brings home his fiancees to meet his parents twice; both times it went badly. The first time he was engaged to TheDon's bratty daughter and they hated each other. The second time she was black (Danny and his parents are white) and much tension ensued. When her parents came over to meet the Campbells the mothers agreed that it was a horrible idea for the two of them to get married, and ultimately Polly (the fiancee in question) broke it off with Danny.
19th Mar '16 8:39:58 AM Hossmeister
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19th Jan '16 11:12:49 AM tandra88
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* UnpleasantParentReveal: In order to get out of the mafia Danny has to kill someone, so the mafia will have something on him. The good news is that he gets to kill the person who killed his own father - which is news to Danny, he though his father died of natural causes. It turns out that his father was also in the mafia, and had been killed by [[spoiler:Danny's stepfather Burt]] when Danny's father tried to muscle in on his construction business.
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