History Series / TheOprahWinfreyShow

8th Dec '16 9:46:04 PM Xtifr
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'''''The Oprah Winfrey Show''''' (1986--2011), which (along with its host) was often called simply '''''Oprah''''', was one of the most (if not the most) popular and influential daytime talk shows in the history of television, to the point where [[TropeCodifier most people probably think about Oprah when they think of a daytime talk show]]. It's also the longest-running and highest-rated show in that genre. Basically, just about everybody in the United States and no small number of people elsewhere know who Oprah is.

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'''''The ''The Oprah Winfrey Show''''' Show'' (1986--2011), which (along with its host) was often called simply '''''Oprah''''', ''Oprah'', was one of the most (if not the most) popular and influential daytime talk shows in the history of television, to the point where [[TropeCodifier most people probably think about Oprah when they think of a daytime talk show]]. It's also the longest-running and highest-rated show in that genre. Basically, just about everybody in the United States and no small number of people elsewhere know who Oprah is.
10th Nov '16 3:09:27 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* BleachedUnderpants: ''Oprah'' was much more of a PointAndLaughShow in its early years (much like ''Donahue'', its direct inspiration), but the decision was made to go "upmarket" shortly after a glut of new point-and-laugh shows emerged in [[TheNineties the mid-nineties]], such as ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' and ''Ricki Lake'', and began to threaten her ratings dominance. It worked; she would survive all of those rivals except for ''Springer'' and ''Maury Povich''.

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* BleachedUnderpants: ''Oprah'' was much more of a PointAndLaughShow in its early years (much like ''Donahue'', its direct inspiration), but the decision was made to go "upmarket" shortly after a glut of new point-and-laugh shows emerged in [[TheNineties the mid-nineties]], such as ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' and ''Ricki Lake'', and began to threaten her ratings dominance. It worked; she would survive all of those rivals except for ''Springer'' and ''Maury Povich''.Povich.''



* ConspicuousConsumption: Not often (which is surprising because Oprah is one of the richest people in America) but she had a three day weekend event to honor famous African-American women throughout history (such as Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King,etc.), in which each of the women had their own waiter and all of them were given a diamond as a party favor.

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* ConspicuousConsumption: Not often (which is surprising because Oprah is one of the richest people in America) but she had a three day weekend event to honor famous African-American women throughout history (such as Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King,etc.King, etc.), in which each of the women had their own waiter and all of them were given a diamond as a party favor.



* GrandFinale: The final three episodes. The first two were surprises for her held in the United Center in Chicago, filled with an AllStarCast of guests bidding her farwell. The final episode was simply Oprah on stage, thanking her fans and her staff.

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* GrandFinale: The final three episodes. The first two were surprises for her held in the United Center in Chicago, filled with an AllStarCast of guests bidding her farwell.farewell. The final episode was simply Oprah on stage, thanking her fans and her staff.
3rd Nov '16 8:53:09 PM tyrekecorrea
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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Oprah's favorite young poet/prophet/inspirational figure [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattie_Stepanek Mattie Stepanek]], who died at the age of 14 from muscular dystrophy and was the only one of his equally-afflicted siblings to survive past the age of four, is on the path to sainthood.



* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Oprah's favorite young poet/prophet/inspirational figure [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattie_Stepanek Mattie Stepanek]], who died at the age of thirteen from muscular dystrophy and was the only one of his equally-afflicted siblings to survive past the age of four, is on the path to sainthood.



* YouKeepUsingThatWord: The website. "Stem cell research" in the media usually refers to research involving any kind of stem cell when talking about advancements, but is typically short for embryonic stem cell research when talking about controversies ([[CaptainObvious since it is the controversial kind]]). Unfortunately, in the description for one episode, the website uses it both ways in the same article. In the episode, Michael J. Fox and Oprah spoke in favor of embryonic stem cell research into Parkinson's disease, then Dr. Oz completely [[http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Oz-on-the-Medical-Benefits-of-Stem-Cells-Video disagreed]], calling the stem cell debate "dead" in favor of (a description of what is clearly, though he doesn't call it by name) induced pluripotent stem cells rather than embryonic stem cells, while showing the general process on a brain. Oprah's website [[http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/Dr-Oz-and-Michael-J-Fox_1 summarized]] this as "Using a brain, Dr. Oz illustrates how stem cells may help cure chronic illnesses", but in the more thorough description said, "Thanks to recent scientific discoveries, Dr. Oz says stem cells aren't the only solution." Apparently the alternative solution to "stem cells" is induced pluripotent ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stem cells]]''.
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: The website. "Stem cell research" in the media usually refers to research involving any kind of stem cell when talking about advancements, but is typically short for embryonic stem cell research when talking about controversies ([[CaptainObvious since it is the controversial kind]]). Unfortunately, in the description for one episode, the website uses it both ways in the same article. In the episode, Michael J. Fox and Oprah spoke in favor of embryonic stem cell research into Parkinson's disease, then Dr. Oz completely [[http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Oz-on-the-Medical-Benefits-of-Stem-Cells-Video disagreed]], calling the stem cell debate "dead" in favor of (a description of what is clearly, though he doesn't call it by name) induced pluripotent stem cells rather than embryonic stem cells, while showing the general process on a brain. Oprah's website [[http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/Dr-Oz-and-Michael-J-Fox_1 summarized]] this as "Using a brain, Dr. Oz illustrates how stem cells may help cure chronic illnesses", but in the more thorough description said, "Thanks to recent scientific discoveries, Dr. Oz says stem cells aren't the only solution." Apparently the alternative solution to "stem cells" is induced pluripotent ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stem cells]]''.
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16th Aug '16 1:10:46 AM AgProv
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* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[ValuesDisssonance/Other they point to the paradox that there is heavy advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.

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* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[ValuesDisssonance/Other [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ValuesDissonance/Other they point to the paradox that there is heavy advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.
16th Aug '16 1:08:59 AM AgProv
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* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[ValuesDisssonance they point to the paradox that there is heavy advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.

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* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[ValuesDisssonance [[ValuesDisssonance/Other they point to the paradox that there is heavy advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.
16th Aug '16 1:03:52 AM AgProv
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* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[ValuesDisssonance/{{Other}} they point to the paradox that there is heavy advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.

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* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[ValuesDisssonance/{{Other}} [[ValuesDisssonance they point to the paradox that there is heavy advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.
15th Aug '16 3:08:35 PM AgProv
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* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[ValuesDisssonance/{{Advertising}} they point to the paradox that there is heavy advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.

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* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[ValuesDisssonance/{{Advertising}} [[ValuesDisssonance/{{Other}} they point to the paradox that there is heavy advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.
15th Aug '16 2:57:51 PM AgProv
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* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[ValuesDisssonance/{{Advertising}} they point to the paradox that there is ''heavy'' advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.

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* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[ValuesDisssonance/{{Advertising}} they point to the paradox that there is ''heavy'' heavy advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.
15th Aug '16 2:57:11 PM AgProv
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* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[ValuesDisssonance/{{Advertising}} they point to the paradox that there is ''heavy'' advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.
8th Jun '16 5:02:36 AM DesertDragon
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* TheUnfairSex: In one episode, Oprah brought on a sexuality expert to discuss infidelity. When the expert suggested that women cheat in relationships just as often as men, she received disbelieving catcalls from the normally well-behaved audience. She shot back by asking them who they think the cheating men are sleeping with; is there just [[ReallyGetsAround one single woman]] they all share?
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