History SeriousBusiness / LiveActionTV

26th Jul '16 3:14:41 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* On ''Series/TheWire'', the annual basketball game between the East Side and West Side drug crews is such serious business that the entire neighborhood in which it is held shuts down for the day, and the leader of one of the crews thinks nothing of paying $20,000 to hire a ringer for his team.

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* On ''Series/TheWire'', the ''Series/TheWire'':
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annual basketball game between the East Side and West Side drug crews is such serious business that the entire neighborhood in which it is held shuts down for the day, and the leader of one of the crews thinks nothing of paying $20,000 to hire a ringer for his team.



* On ''Series/TheCosbyShow,'' Cliff takes petanque with Dr. Harmon very seriously.
** Pinochle, too. The episode featuring a pinochle tournament shows him coming in second as a serious blow to his pride.

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* On ''Series/TheCosbyShow,'' Cliff takes petanque with Dr. Harmon very seriously.
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seriously. Pinochle, too. The episode featuring a pinochle tournament shows him coming in second as a serious blow to his pride.



* Just about any sitcom episode focused on an upcoming dance will portray it as SeriousBusiness. Expect the main character to be practicing day and night for the event, and for the sake of conflict, expect to see some boastful {{Jerkass}} in direct competition with him to claim the name of "Best Dancer." Even if the dance in question is just a simple charity event for the main character's workplace.
* Just about any KidCom episode focused on an upcoming Student Council election will treat it this way. Expect the candidates (except, of course, for the show's main character) to all have these ridiculously elaborate campaigns that would put even a U.S. Presidential Campaign to shame. Expect one of these competing candidates to be a {{Jerkass}} or AlphaBitch plotting to blackmail the main character (for whatever reason). And expect the election results to be practically nationally televised. See also: AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil.
** On an episode of ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', this is taken UpToEleven. The editor of the school paper grills the candidates on their positions on administration policies ranging from the dress code to anti-drug locker sweeps before settling on an endorsement, while one of the candidates plots to assassinate her rivals to clear the field. Though in that candidate's defense, [[GreenRocks she wasn't that]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mentally stable]].

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* Just about any sitcom episode focused on an upcoming dance will portray it as SeriousBusiness. Expect the main character to be practicing day and night for the event, and for the sake of conflict, expect to see some boastful {{Jerkass}} in direct competition with him to claim the name of "Best Dancer." Even if the dance in question is just a simple charity event for the main character's workplace.
* Just about any KidCom episode focused on an upcoming Student Council election will treat it this way. Expect the candidates (except, of course, for the show's main character) to all have these ridiculously elaborate campaigns that would put even a U.S. Presidential Campaign to shame. Expect one of these competing candidates to be a {{Jerkass}} or AlphaBitch plotting to blackmail the main character (for whatever reason). And expect the election results to be practically nationally televised. See also: AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil.
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On an episode of ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', this is taken UpToEleven. The the editor of the school paper grills the student council candidates on their positions on administration policies ranging from the dress code to anti-drug locker sweeps before settling on an endorsement, while one of the candidates plots to assassinate her rivals to clear the field. Though in that candidate's defense, [[GreenRocks she wasn't that]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mentally stable]].
5th Jun '16 2:15:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' has Pretzel Day. What's Pretzel Day, you ask?

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* ''[[TheOfficeUS ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' has Pretzel Day. What's Pretzel Day, you ask?



* Anything that is the subject of an episode of ''PushingDaisies'' is extremely serious business (enough to make people commit murder over it), including but not limited to dog breeding, circus performance, and fried chicken.

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* Anything that is the subject of an episode of ''PushingDaisies'' ''Series/PushingDaisies'' is extremely serious business (enough to make people commit murder over it), including but not limited to dog breeding, circus performance, and fried chicken.
2nd Jun '16 12:10:40 PM Eddy1215
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* ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'': The first mystery has the gang unraveling a secret conspiracy of middle-schoolers who run an organized criminal enterprise... to fuel their arcade game addiction. They have built an actual cult around the game, in which they trade secret codewords to organize, hold ominous rallies in abandoned warehouses and take on the identities of their favorite characters from the game.

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* ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'': The first mystery has the gang unraveling a secret conspiracy of middle-schoolers who run an organized criminal enterprise... to fuel their arcade game addiction. They have built an actual cult around the game, in which they trade secret codewords to organize, hold ominous rallies in abandoned warehouses and take on the identities of their favorite characters from the game.game.
* In one episode of ''Series/NickyRickyDickyAndDawn'', the quadruplets' parents refused to take them to an amusement park because one of them ''forgot to flush the toilet''.
19th May '16 4:23:02 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* On many television shows, HighSchool is depicted as SeriousBusiness. Though, to be fair, this is a NewerThanTheyThink trope. It only really began around the time SavedByTheBell premiered.

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* On many television shows, HighSchool is depicted as SeriousBusiness. Though, to be fair, this is a NewerThanTheyThink trope. It only really began around the time SavedByTheBell Series/SavedByTheBell premiered.
25th Mar '16 8:30:29 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Jared on ''Series/OpenHeart'' is very serious about the volunteer program. And ''especially'' serious about restocking his supply closet.

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* Jared on ''Series/OpenHeart'' is very serious about the volunteer program. And ''especially'' serious about restocking his supply closet.closet.
* ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'': The first mystery has the gang unraveling a secret conspiracy of middle-schoolers who run an organized criminal enterprise... to fuel their arcade game addiction. They have built an actual cult around the game, in which they trade secret codewords to organize, hold ominous rallies in abandoned warehouses and take on the identities of their favorite characters from the game.
20th Feb '16 1:58:16 AM Doug86
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* Played straight by [[ABitOfFryAndLaurie Fry and Laurie]] in their 'John and Peter' sketches where they treat running their health sauna in Uttoxeter as if they were running a multi-national corporation. They also inverted this trope with their 'Tony and Control' sketches in which MI5 agents treat terrorist attacks and defections with as much emotion as they do ordering coffee.

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* Played straight by [[ABitOfFryAndLaurie [[Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie Fry and Laurie]] in their 'John and Peter' sketches where they treat running their health sauna in Uttoxeter as if they were running a multi-national corporation. They also inverted this trope with their 'Tony and Control' sketches in which MI5 agents treat terrorist attacks and defections with as much emotion as they do ordering coffee.
15th Dec '15 8:50:50 AM CheeseDogX
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** Pinochle, too. The episode featuring a pinochle tournament shows him coming in second as a serious blow to his pride.
12th Dec '15 10:18:24 PM Greenygal
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Spelling Bees are SeriousBusiness, complete with a ShellShockedVeteran Spell Master and a Young Cub trying to reach the top... of Spelling! The episode was devoid of the usual hijinks and focused the humor on the absurdity of the subject. One of the series' better episodes.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Spelling Bees {{Spelling Bee}}s are SeriousBusiness, complete with a ShellShockedVeteran Spell Master and a Young Cub trying to reach the top... of Spelling! The episode was devoid of the usual hijinks and focused the humor on the absurdity of the subject. One of the series' better episodes.
5th Nov '15 11:01:58 AM DalekExterminer
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* Lampshaded on a regular basis in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', where everything from comic conventions to couch seats are immensely important to Sheldon.
13th Oct '15 3:06:47 AM WillBGood
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Spelling Bees are SeriousBusiness, complete with a ShellShockedSenior Spell Master and a Young Cub trying to reach the top... of Spelling! The episode was devoid of the usual hijinks and focused the humor on the absurdity of the subject. One of the series' better episodes.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Spelling Bees are SeriousBusiness, complete with a ShellShockedSenior ShellShockedVeteran Spell Master and a Young Cub trying to reach the top... of Spelling! The episode was devoid of the usual hijinks and focused the humor on the absurdity of the subject. One of the series' better episodes.
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