History ShownTheirWork / LiveActionTV

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:
1st Jun '16 2:46:44 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:
** The original miniseries presented Juffre as a small village, which is what it was like when Alex Haley visited it in the 20th century. Subsequent research, however, has since proven that during the 18th century Juffre was a thriving large town and major port for commerce on the river. Many Europeans such as the Portugese and the English themselves had trading missions in or around Juffre - as the opening voiceover narration explains, they were trading European guns to the Mandinka tribes in exchange for slaves, which fueled an increasingly aggressive demand for more slaves. Thus the Mandinka were familiar with firearms and used them regularly. Kunta Kinte himself was also probably quite well educated, and would have to have been able to speak three or four different languages from living in a major trade hub.
** The original miniseries knew that the Mandinka were warriors, but subsequent research revealed that they were actually mounted warriors who regularly rode horses. Europeans even visited the Mandinka to learn horse-training techniques from the Africans. Thus in the remake, learning to ride a fiery stallion is a major step shown in warrior training, and the Mandinka are regularly shown riding horses. Even for the pivotal scene when Kunta is captured by slavers, in the remake he is fleeing riding his horse but it gets shot out from under him. This aspect of Mandinka culture continues to reverberate for Kunta and his family in America: Kunta makes his first escape attempt by stealing the plantation-owner's prize horse that few others can master. Later, he gets his new job as a coach rider again because he is skilled at dealing with horses. Kunta tries to impart as much of this aspect of Mandinka heritage to his daughter as he can, making Kizzy go through long hours of training so she can jump onto a horse at a moment's notice and ride it to freedom some day. Her training pays off and she does quickly steal and ride a horse, [[spoiler:[[YankTheDogsChain but like her father, even with a horse she doesn't get far]]]].
18th May '16 2:24:11 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'', similarly, has a reputation for HollywoodScience, but in a snippet of ''CSINewYork'' a tech taking out a hard drive for evaluation was shown switching the jumper before putting it in the external enclosure, a small detail anyone not in the know would not likely catch. Especially surprising given the sad prevalence of HollywoodHacking on the show.

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'', similarly, has a reputation for HollywoodScience, but in a snippet of ''CSINewYork'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' a tech taking out a hard drive for evaluation was shown switching the jumper before putting it in the external enclosure, a small detail anyone not in the know would not likely catch. Especially surprising given the sad prevalence of HollywoodHacking on the show.
6th Mar '16 10:29:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''FoylesWar'' creator Creator/AnthonyHorowitz ensured that all the WWII period details in this show were thoroughly researched. Most episodes are inspired or directly based off actual people, events, or wartime organizations.

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* ''FoylesWar'' ''Series/FoylesWar'' creator Creator/AnthonyHorowitz ensured that all the WWII period details in this show were thoroughly researched. Most episodes are inspired or directly based off actual people, events, or wartime organizations.



* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' is frequently praised as one of the more accurate portrayals of police work, with a good eye and ear for details and dialogue often found within the Baltimore Homicide Unit as well as the cases they worked and the chain of command in the police department. Similar to ''TheWire'', many lines of dialogue are taken word for word from David Simon's book.

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* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' is frequently praised as one of the more accurate portrayals of police work, with a good eye and ear for details and dialogue often found within the Baltimore Homicide Unit as well as the cases they worked and the chain of command in the police department. Similar to ''TheWire'', ''Series/TheWire'', many lines of dialogue are taken word for word from David Simon's book.



* ''{{Underbelly}}'', based on the book series and newspaper article, actually worked with members of Task Force Purana to get the story right, [[RuleOfDrama except when it wasn't]].

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* ''{{Underbelly}}'', ''Series/{{Underbelly}}'', based on the book series and newspaper article, actually worked with members of Task Force Purana to get the story right, [[RuleOfDrama except when it wasn't]].



* ''TheWestWing'', although not without its errors, was a surprisingly candid and realistic portrayal as the sorts of conflicts and obstacles any presidential administration must run into on a daily basis, no doubt due to the fact that former Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan were advisers to the show. Some episodes were based on one character having to teach another character (and, by extension, the audience) about certain aspects of the federal government (e.g. Sam teaching C.J. everything she needs to know about the U.S. Census).\\

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* ''TheWestWing'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', although not without its errors, was a surprisingly candid and realistic portrayal as the sorts of conflicts and obstacles any presidential administration must run into on a daily basis, no doubt due to the fact that former Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan were advisers to the show. Some episodes were based on one character having to teach another character (and, by extension, the audience) about certain aspects of the federal government (e.g. Sam teaching C.J. everything she needs to know about the U.S. Census).\\



* ''TheWire'' is known for its accurate portrayal of Baltimore, police procedure, slang, and based many of its characters on actual police and criminals of the Baltimore area. Furthermore, its portrayal of a newsroom has been touted as the most accurate ever shown on television. And this says nothing of its portrayal of politics, schools, and unions.

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* ''TheWire'' ''Series/TheWire'' is known for its accurate portrayal of Baltimore, police procedure, slang, and based many of its characters on actual police and criminals of the Baltimore area. Furthermore, its portrayal of a newsroom has been touted as the most accurate ever shown on television. And this says nothing of its portrayal of politics, schools, and unions.



** ''TheWire'' is currently being taught in a number of universities in a variety of fields, from law to sociology to film studies. A sociologist has described ''TheWire'' as the best sociological text ever written.

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** ''TheWire'' The series is currently being taught in a number of universities in a variety of fields, from law to sociology to film studies. A sociologist has described ''TheWire'' it as the best sociological text ever written.
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