History SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped / LiveActionTV

16th Oct '16 10:03:34 AM VoxAquila
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** At the end of his arc, Bubbles delivers a message for all bereaved: "Ain't no shame in holding on to grief, as long as you make room for other things too."
30th Sep '16 7:03:48 PM kquinn0830
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** "Blood Is Thicker Than Mud" has Carlton rejected from a black fraternity because the pledge leader considers him a "sellout" for being so rich and preppy. Carlton tells him that even if he doesn't display any stereotypically black traits, he's just as black as everyone else and the pledge leader is the real sellout for adhering to the belief that all blacks have to act a certain way.
17th Sep '16 9:37:06 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* ''Series/TheWestWing'' was known for its dogged sense of [[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism political idealism]], but it wasn't afraid to tackle political issues head-on--especially not during the [[Creator/AaronSorkin Sorkin]] years. Almost all of its most highly-regarded episodes got that way because they drop ''some'' important anvil regarding political issues in the 21st century, making it impossible to misread their political intent. Most of them wouldn't be nearly as effective if they were subtle about it.
** "Ellie": Telling the truth is a moral responsibility, even if the truth isn't always politically convenient.
** "In this White House" and "And It's Surely to Their Credit": Serving your country as a public servant is always a noble undertaking, even if you may not always agree with the administration in charge. Also, political differences are never an excuse for refusing to treat someone with dignity and respect; if two people really love their country, they can find common ground and work together.
** "A Proportional Response" and "Lord John Marbury": Being the most powerful country on Earth is a responsibility and a burden, not a distinction to be flaunted in the faces of one's enemies. When entrusted with the power to rule the world, a nation has a duty to use that power for good. That means acting with restraint and mercy, resisting the temptation to seek revenge, and always ending wars before they start.
** "In Excelsis Deo": If a country can afford to send its soldiers to die in wartime, it can afford to keep those same soldiers fed and clothed in peacetime. Veterans' devotion to their country deserves to be repaid.
** "Isaac and Ishmael": If you want to beat terrorists, start by refusing to let them scare you, and being open to more than one idea. Also: [[OlderThanTheyThink terrorism has a very, very long history]], and [[EvilWillFail most of it consists of terrorists decisively losing]]; terrorists are ultimately just desperate thugs and fanatics whose ideas are doomed to be lost in the dustbin of history. Considering it was a VerySpecialEpisode released just a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks, that was a message that America ''really'' needed to hear.
16th Sep '16 7:03:50 AM hszmv1
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*** "Rocks and Shoals" from a season earlier. WarIsHell because despite all the politics, when it boils down to it, the men on the battlefield are often loyal honorable soldiers you would be glad to call your ally... if they weren't forced to be your enemy.
23rd Jul '16 12:49:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Extras}}'' took on the "celebrity is bad" Aesop as well, but in a different way. The finale special is pretty darn [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy-handed]] in telling us that being a celebrity isn't worth it, if you've betrayed the only people who cared about you, celebrity or not. Making fun of ''BigBrother'' and their ilk in the process? [[HilarityEnsues Just bonus.]]

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* ''Series/{{Extras}}'' took on the "celebrity is bad" Aesop as well, but in a different way. The finale special is pretty darn [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy-handed]] in telling us that being a celebrity isn't worth it, if you've betrayed the only people who cared about you, celebrity or not. Making fun of ''BigBrother'' ''Series/BigBrother'' and their ilk in the process? [[HilarityEnsues Just bonus.]]
27th Jun '16 9:59:37 AM ShorinBJ
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*** To whit, Nichols had seriously considered quitting until she met a fan urging her to stay, saying she was a strong positive role model for African-Americans. Who was that fan? ''Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.''.

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*** To whit, wit, Nichols had seriously considered quitting until she met a fan urging her to stay, saying she was a strong positive role model for African-Americans. Who was that fan? ''Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.''.
27th Jun '16 9:56:52 AM ShorinBJ
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** "A Taste of Armageddon" drops three important anvils: First, WarIsHell, or more accurately, war is ''supposed'' to be hell, so that people will want to avoid it. Second, [[AssInAmbassador as annoying as diplomacy can be]], it is more preferable than waging war]]. And third, [[AMillionIsAStatistic handling war with detached intellectual coldness]] makes them easier to start and prolong, as [[ForeverWar the Vendikar-Eminiar "war" had lasted for]] ''[[ForeverWar 500 years]]'' before the ''Enterprise'' crew came along.

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** "A Taste of Armageddon" drops three important anvils: First, WarIsHell, or more accurately, war is ''supposed'' to be hell, so that people will want to avoid it. Second, [[AssInAmbassador as annoying as diplomacy can be]], it is more preferable than waging war]].war. And third, [[AMillionIsAStatistic handling war with detached intellectual coldness]] makes them easier to start and prolong, as [[ForeverWar the Vendikar-Eminiar "war" had lasted for]] ''[[ForeverWar 500 years]]'' before the ''Enterprise'' crew came along.
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.
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