History ShownTheirWork / LiveActionTV

11th Jan '18 4:34:43 PM ClintEastwood
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** The show started out as an educational program, and hence there would be historical stories where a lot of research was done. There is a myth about "The Aztecs" that for the sake of decency the costumes weren't accurate, when in fact they were thoroughly researched.
** After being refused permission to film in the London Underground, due to safety concerns, the production team had David Myerscough-Jones design sets for ''The Web of Fear'' based on photos of the Tube tunnels. The result was so good the BBC received legal threats from the London public transport authorities, who assumed they'd done a bit of illegal location filming.
** Many of the smarter Tom Baker era stories really went out of their way to explain real principles being used in the plots, be they linguistics (Grimm's Law is used in both "The Face of Evil" and "State of Decay" and namechecked in the latter), physics ("The Robots of Death" explains the buoyancy physics of the Storm Mine and has the Doctor explain to Leela how HeliumSpeech works), biology ("The Ark in Space" holds the distinction of being the first ever broadcast media about endoparasitology with the Doctor spouting off then cutting-edge research), robotics ("The Robots of Death" uses [[RippedFromTheHeadlines then-new]] science about the UncannyValley), philosophy ("City of Death" goes into reasonable detail here and it's PlayedForLaughs) and occasionally even hermeticism ("Image of the Fendahl" and arguably "Logopolis"). This was especially common in Season 18, edited by a former science editor who wanted to use science that 'wasn't laughed at by actual scientists' (though, in practice, he mostly used it as a jumping off point for MagicFromTechnology).
** "Pyramids of Mars" is based around the myth of Set/Sutekh from Myth/EgyptianMythology, but in the broadest possible strokes (for the sake of fitting it into a ''Doctor Who'' plot), incorporating plenty of influence from Christian {{Satan}} mythology and CosmicHorror. However, Robert Holmes was a keen researcher and snuck in several GeniusBonus references to the original myth. For instance, Set in mythology was the god of 'deserts and storms', and when the Doctor takes Sarah to Sutekh's version of 1980, the planet is a stormy desert. Later, Sutekh growls that his brother Horus condemned him to 'a life of darkness and impotence', when in the original myth Set was believed to be impotent, and Horus had ripped off one of Sutekh's testicles.

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** The show started out as an educational program, and hence there would be historical stories where a lot of research was done. There is a myth about "The Aztecs" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs The Aztecs]]" that for the sake of decency the costumes weren't accurate, when in fact they were thoroughly researched.
** After being refused permission to film in the London Underground, due to safety concerns, the production team had David Myerscough-Jones design sets for ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear'' Fear]]" based on photos of the Tube tunnels. The result was so good the BBC received legal threats from the London public transport authorities, who assumed they'd done a bit of illegal location filming.
** Many of the smarter Tom Baker Creator/TomBaker era stories really went out of their way to explain real principles being used in the plots, be they linguistics (Grimm's Law is used in both "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil The Face of Evil" Evil]]" and "State "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay" Decay]]" and namechecked in the latter), physics ("The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath The Robots of Death" Death]]" explains the buoyancy physics of the Storm Mine and has the Doctor explain to Leela how HeliumSpeech works), biology ("The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace The Ark in Space" Space]]" holds the distinction of being the first ever broadcast media about endoparasitology with the Doctor spouting off then cutting-edge research), robotics ("The Robots of Death" uses [[RippedFromTheHeadlines then-new]] science about the UncannyValley), philosophy ("City ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death" Death]]" goes into reasonable detail here and it's PlayedForLaughs) and occasionally even hermeticism ("Image ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E3ImageOfTheFendahl Image of the Fendahl" Fendahl]]" and arguably "Logopolis")."[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis Logopolis]]"). This was especially common in Season 18, edited by a former science editor who wanted to use science that 'wasn't laughed at by actual scientists' (though, in practice, he mostly used it as a jumping off point for MagicFromTechnology).
** "Pyramids "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars" Mars]]" is based around the myth of Set/Sutekh from Myth/EgyptianMythology, but in the broadest possible strokes (for the sake of fitting it into a ''Doctor Who'' plot), incorporating plenty of influence from Christian {{Satan}} mythology and CosmicHorror. However, Robert Holmes Creator/RobertHolmes was a keen researcher and snuck in several GeniusBonus references to the original myth. For instance, Set in mythology was the god of 'deserts and storms', and when the Doctor takes Sarah to Sutekh's version of 1980, the planet is a stormy desert. Later, Sutekh growls that his brother Horus condemned him to 'a life of darkness and impotence', when in the original myth Set was believed to be impotent, and Horus had ripped off one of Sutekh's testicles.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Other than the neural implant, all the ColdBloodedTorture practices Gul Madred uses on Captain Picard in "Chain of Command: Part II" are taken directly from Amnesty International archives. Creator/PatrickStewart, who is a strong supporter of Amnesty International, was pleased by this.
** For the episode, "The First Duty," the trope is displayed in a more philosophical sense with it being screened for the US Air Force Academy to illustrate how its honour code is to be followed.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
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Other than the neural implant, all the ColdBloodedTorture practices Gul Madred uses on Captain Picard in "Chain "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand}} Chain of Command: Part II" Command]]" are taken directly from Amnesty International archives. Creator/PatrickStewart, who is a strong supporter of Amnesty International, was pleased by this.
** For the episode, "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E19TheFirstDuty}} The First Duty," Duty]]", the trope is displayed in a more philosophical sense with it being screened for the US Air Force Academy to illustrate how its honour code is to be followed.
19th Dec '17 4:58:37 AM Danzence
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** For the episode, "The First Duty," the trope is displayed in a more philosophical sense with it being screened for the US Air Force Academy to illustrate how its honor code is to be followed.

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** For the episode, "The First Duty," the trope is displayed in a more philosophical sense with it being screened for the US Air Force Academy to illustrate how its honor honour code is to be followed.
10th Dec '17 11:33:34 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'''s research and accuracy became better through the years the show was running, though inaccuracies could always be found. Having a [[SemperFi Marine Corps]] veteran as its [[DonaldPBellisario creator, executive producer, and show runner]] probably helped. Being BackedByThePentagon probably helped a great deal too. They did sometimes cite real military case law.

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'''s research and accuracy became better through the years the show was running, though inaccuracies could always be found. Having a [[SemperFi Marine Corps]] veteran as its [[DonaldPBellisario [[Creator/DonaldPBellisario creator, executive producer, and show runner]] probably helped. Being BackedByThePentagon probably helped a great deal too. They did sometimes cite real military case law.
29th May '17 9:23:46 PM nombretomado
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** Another example is ''WKRPInCincinnati'', in its depiction of the (pre-Clear Channel) radio-broadcast industry.

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** Another example is ''WKRPInCincinnati'', ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', in its depiction of the (pre-Clear Channel) radio-broadcast industry.
27th May '17 12:05:04 PM nombretomado
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** It should be noted that none of the starring characters who are military lawyers became that without having prior military service: Harm started out as an aviator, Mac was an administrative officer, and Bud was from the beginning a public affairs officer. AJ started out as a [[UsefulNotes/NavySEALS Navy SEAL]], served in TheVietnamWar in that capacity, and was transferred later to surface warfare. Sturgis began his career as a submariner. This makes for interesting characters, as opposed to MildlyMilitary straight-out-of-law-school-graduates, as they can relate to and interact differently with the various communities in the Naval Services. This is not completely unrealistic as the Department of the Navy has a law degree program which allows officers in the Navy & Marine Corps to earn a law degree at an accredited law school on Uncle Samís dime, conditioned that they fulfill service obligation following graduation, which must be within three years. Suffice to say, this program is quite sought after and competitive to enter.

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** It should be noted that none of the starring characters who are military lawyers became that without having prior military service: Harm started out as an aviator, Mac was an administrative officer, and Bud was from the beginning a public affairs officer. AJ started out as a [[UsefulNotes/NavySEALS Navy SEAL]], served in TheVietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar in that capacity, and was transferred later to surface warfare. Sturgis began his career as a submariner. This makes for interesting characters, as opposed to MildlyMilitary straight-out-of-law-school-graduates, as they can relate to and interact differently with the various communities in the Naval Services. This is not completely unrealistic as the Department of the Navy has a law degree program which allows officers in the Navy & Marine Corps to earn a law degree at an accredited law school on Uncle Samís dime, conditioned that they fulfill service obligation following graduation, which must be within three years. Suffice to say, this program is quite sought after and competitive to enter.
22nd Apr '17 9:35:45 AM Fireblood
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* ''Series/ChicagoJustice'': {{Subverted}} {{in universe}} by "See Everything". The defense attorney, knowing that wearing a niqab can increase the risk of getting diabetes, and consequently increase the risk of vision problems, attempts to discredit an eyewitness who regularly wears a niqab while in public. Stone takes a risk and asks her more about her condition. She's had Type I diabetes for at least thirteen years before she started wearing the niqab, and her vision is still good.
4th Nov '16 5:08:54 PM PhysicsPhil
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** The show's spiritual predecessor, ''Series/YesMinister'', was also equally realistic of its portrayal of Whitehall and Civil Service machinations, due to the fact that they actually had inside information and anecdotes from senior civil servants. A good example is the episode "The Moral Dimension", where the main plot point - smuggling in alcohol to a diplomatic conference in [[{{Qurac}} Qumran]] - is based on an actual event.

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** The show's spiritual predecessor, ''Series/YesMinister'', was also equally realistic of its portrayal of Whitehall and Civil Service machinations, due to the fact that they actually had inside information and anecdotes from senior civil servants. A good example is the episode "The Moral Dimension", where the main plot point - smuggling in alcohol to a diplomatic conference in [[{{Qurac}} Qumran]] - is based on an actual event. Even most of the minor characters were [[{{NoCelebritiesWereHarmed}} recognisable pastiches]] of real people or groups.
20th Oct '16 1:09:36 PM CheeseDogX
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** While the physics in Stargate are a bit wonky they clearly put work into keep consistency. For instance ordinary Stargates can only dial within a galaxy so their limits are probably in the tens of thousands of light-years. When they build the McKay-Carter Gate Bridge to join the Milky Way and Pegasus galaxies they use with 34 Stargates, which matches perfectly since the distance between the two galaxies is 3 million light years which means, 34 times the diameter of the Milky Way.

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** While the physics in Stargate are a bit wonky they clearly put work into keep consistency. For instance ordinary Stargates can only dial within a galaxy so their limits are probably in the tens of thousands of light-years. When they build the McKay-Carter Gate Bridge to join the Milky Way and Pegasus galaxies they use with 34 Stargates, which matches perfectly since the distance between the two galaxies is 3 million light years which means, 34 times the diameter of the Milky Way. Carter also had a pretty accurate (if dumbed-down) explanation of red shift in one episode.
2nd Oct '16 12:41:21 PM ErikModi
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** One episode featured the creepy, haunting call of the loon to cap off one action scene. Horror movies and TV shows frequently use loon calls to add a creepy atmosphere, [[MisplacedWildlife even when set in areas where there are no loons.]] This episode was set in Duluth, Minnesota, and the loon is the Minnesota state bird (no, not the mosquito).
1st Jun '16 2:46:58 PM sanfranman91
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* According to [=LeVar=] Burton, one of the key reasons why''Series/{{Roots}}'' [[Series/{{Roots|2016}} was remade in 2016]] was that the intervening four decades' worth of historical scholarship have greatly refined understanding of the story's time periods (much of this scholarship was outright inspired by the original miniseries). Among these refinements:

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* According to [=LeVar=] Burton, one of the key reasons why''Series/{{Roots}}'' why ''Series/{{Roots}}'' [[Series/{{Roots|2016}} was remade in 2016]] was that the intervening four decades' worth of historical scholarship have greatly refined understanding of the story's time periods (much of this scholarship was outright inspired by the original miniseries). Among these refinements:
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