History SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped / LiveActionTV

7th May '16 3:36:12 PM nombretomado
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* The episode of ''Raising Dad'' where Sarah decides she wants a nose-job. Even TheBeautifulElite can have bad self-images and constant teasing and joking can push someone into trying to change themselves when it's not needed. Think of that stunningly beautiful popular girl who wanted her ears pinned back, her jawline altered and fuller lips (and this is after she'd already gotten a nose job) and remember how fragile someone's self-esteem can be. Emily constantly teases Sarah about having a big nose but she then hears exactly what happens during plastic surgery and is horrified that Sarah wants to do that to herself.
* ''TheGoldenGirls'', as one of the first shows to depict middle-aged (and one elderly) women living together, dropped a number of important and groundbreaking Anvils:

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* The episode of ''Raising Dad'' ''Series/RaisingDad'' where Sarah decides she wants a nose-job. Even TheBeautifulElite can have bad self-images and constant teasing and joking can push someone into trying to change themselves when it's not needed. Think of that stunningly beautiful popular girl who wanted her ears pinned back, her jawline altered and fuller lips (and this is after she'd already gotten a nose job) and remember how fragile someone's self-esteem can be. Emily constantly teases Sarah about having a big nose but she then hears exactly what happens during plastic surgery and is horrified that Sarah wants to do that to herself.
* ''TheGoldenGirls'', ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', as one of the first shows to depict middle-aged (and one elderly) women living together, dropped a number of important and groundbreaking Anvils:
7th May '16 12:16:33 PM nombretomado
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* In the episode "Girl Fight' of the ''{{The George Lopez Show}}'', deals with bullying. Carmen's ex-boyfriend calls her a slut, and she is being bullied by everybody. It would be Anvilicious, but by the end of the episode, Carmen is still being bullied, and has to be taken out of school. To this troper, it is a solid lesson on how damaging rumors can be, and how reputations can be easily broken. In the era of cyberbulling, it is especially important.

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* In the episode "Girl Fight' of the ''{{The George Lopez Show}}'', ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'', deals with bullying. Carmen's ex-boyfriend calls her a slut, and she is being bullied by everybody. It would be Anvilicious, but by the end of the episode, Carmen is still being bullied, and has to be taken out of school. To this troper, it is a solid lesson on how damaging rumors can be, and how reputations can be easily broken. In the era of cyberbulling, it is especially important.
23rd Apr '16 5:20:08 PM comicwriter
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* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' had "Mistaken Identity", where Will and Carlton get arrested by some cops who think the boys are driving a stolen car. The episode ends with the message that while most cops are good, upstanding people who just want to uphold the law, there are unfortunately many cops who are bullies and racists that will use their authority to pick on minorities. And no, being BlackAndNerdy isn't gonna help you when you're confronted by these types of people.
19th Mar '16 8:26:18 AM Hossmeister
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1st Mar '16 9:26:24 PM Gravidef
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* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' offered an important one in the episode "Denise's Friend." As the title suggests, one of Denise's friends has a medical problem that could be an STD, and refuses to tell her parents until she knows what she's dealing with. Cliff diagnoses the issue (it's a minor bladder infection that can be easily cured with antibiotics), but is upset by the girl's fear of her parents, so he and Clair sit their own children down and promise that they can always come to them with their problems, no matter what they are. To test the theory, the kids come up with some hypothetical situations that might upset Cliff and Clair (such as Theo borrowing Cliff's car or Denise spending the night alone with a boy in his home). This is when the anvil drops: Cliff and Clair outright admit that in those situations, they'd be angry. In the sitcom genre, it's easy to slip into the "I'll love you no matter what" trope--but you know what? If you do really stupid, dangerous, or generally unsafe things, your parents are ''going'' to be mad at you, and will probably punish you with good reason. That doesn't mean they don't love you--it means that they're ''doing their job as parents.'' It's not subtle, but it makes the point (and bucks the sitcom trend) clear as day.
27th Feb '16 8:06:15 PM jormis29
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* ''Judge John Deed'''s episode "Popular Appeal" is very little other than [[TakeThat one giant middle finger]] aimed at ''BigBrother'' (and shows of its ilk) and the perennial media circus that surrounds it. Creator/TheBBC frequently airs repeats of it up against the ''Big Brother'' finale. The final summing up is what makes the episode, in which the producers of a reality show called ''Dungeon'' are made to face manslaughter charges after a contestant is killed on-screen (it's made fairly clear that [[RatingsStunt that was the the producers' hope]] - ''Dungeon'' seems to amount to a more calculated version of the Stanford Prison Experiment). They were found guilty.

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* ''Judge John Deed'''s ''Series/JudgeJohnDeed'''s episode "Popular Appeal" is very little other than [[TakeThat one giant middle finger]] aimed at ''BigBrother'' ''Series/BigBrother'' (and shows of its ilk) and the perennial media circus that surrounds it. Creator/TheBBC frequently airs repeats of it up against the ''Big Brother'' finale. The final summing up is what makes the episode, in which the producers of a reality show called ''Dungeon'' are made to face manslaughter charges after a contestant is killed on-screen (it's made fairly clear that [[RatingsStunt that was the the producers' hope]] - ''Dungeon'' seems to amount to a more calculated version of the Stanford Prison Experiment).StanfordPrisonExperiment). They were found guilty.



* ''FullHouse'' teaches us that ''any'' problem can be solved by talking it through, that your friends and family will be there for you no matter what, and that ''any'' situation can be improved by a hug.

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* ''FullHouse'' ''Series/FullHouse'' teaches us that ''any'' problem can be solved by talking it through, that your friends and family will be there for you no matter what, and that ''any'' situation can be improved by a hug.
8th Feb '16 3:42:12 PM Premonition45
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** The TOS episode "The Omega Glory" is polarizing, [[AmericansHateTingle particularly with international fans]], but it pulls no punches about how dangerous blind patriotism and nationalism can be.

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** The TOS episode "The Omega Glory" is polarizing, [[BrokenBase polarizing]], [[AmericansHateTingle particularly with international fans]], but it pulls no punches about how dangerous blind patriotism and nationalism can be.
17th Jan '16 10:30:04 AM nombretomado
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* ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Olivia Benson's speech in the episode "Babes" about why teenagers shouldn't have babies is as anvilicious as they come. However, since the plot was RippedFromTheHeadlines about a club of teen girls who all wanted to get pregnant together, some viewers thought it a ''desperately'' needed anvil. (This was less true after the revelation that those headlines were false, the "pregnancy club" never existed, and the whole thing was made up by an assistant principal with an overactive imagination.) But that doesn't excuse the fact that 20% of all teenage pregnancies are planned.

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* ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Olivia Benson's speech in the episode "Babes" about why teenagers shouldn't have babies is as anvilicious as they come. However, since the plot was RippedFromTheHeadlines about a club of teen girls who all wanted to get pregnant together, some viewers thought it a ''desperately'' needed anvil. (This was less true after the revelation that those headlines were false, the "pregnancy club" never existed, and the whole thing was made up by an assistant principal with an overactive imagination.) But that doesn't excuse the fact that 20% of all teenage pregnancies are planned.
28th Nov '15 11:25:12 AM nombretomado
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* The basic premise of ''{{Scrubs}}'' means that [[AnAesop Aesop]]s are going to occur every episode, but that doesn't stop episodes like "My Old Lady", "His Story", "My Screw Up", "My Life in Four Cameras", "My Way Home", and "My Musical" from being widely loved.

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* The basic premise of ''{{Scrubs}}'' ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' means that [[AnAesop Aesop]]s are going to occur every episode, but that doesn't stop episodes like "My Old Lady", "His Story", "My Screw Up", "My Life in Four Cameras", "My Way Home", and "My Musical" from being widely loved.
24th Nov '15 8:44:30 AM Kirayoshi
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inverson"]]. The Doctor delivers an impassioned plea to Kate Stewart and Bonnie (a Zygon impersonating Clara) to avert war. It is a veritable anvil chorus, and it is awesome.
-->"Because itís not a game, Kate! This is a scale model of war. Every war ever fought, right there in front of you. Because itís always the same. When you fire that first shot, no matter how right you feel, you have no idea whoís going to die! You donít know whoís children are going to scream and burn. How many hearts will be broken. How many lives shattered. How much blood will spill until everybody does what they were always going to have do from the very beginning. Sit down and talk!"

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inverson"]]. The Doctor delivers an impassioned plea to Kate Stewart and Bonnie (a Zygon impersonating Clara) to avert war. war. It is a veritable anvil chorus, and it is awesome.
-->"Because --->"Because itís not a game, Kate! This is a scale model of war. Every war ever fought, right there in front of you. Because itís always the same. When you fire that first shot, no matter how right you feel, you have no idea whoís going to die! You donít know whoís children are going to scream and burn. How many hearts will be broken. How many lives shattered. How much blood will spill until everybody does what they were always going to have do from the very beginning. Sit down and talk!"
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