History SomethingCompletelyDifferent / LiveActionTV

18th May '16 2:37:03 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''NewsRadio'' had two episodes which, while not actually changing the format of the show or the characterization of the leads, instead changed the setting (by way of a clever set redress). The characters act as if nothing is different. The 3rd season finale was set on a radio station in space, and the 4th season finale was set on the Titanic, and roughly followed the plot of the hit 1997 film. These episodes, naturally, do not follow series continuity, especially since both involve the deaths of nearly all of the main characters.

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* ''NewsRadio'' ''Series/NewsRadio'' had two episodes which, while not actually changing the format of the show or the characterization of the leads, instead changed the setting (by way of a clever set redress). The characters act as if nothing is different. The 3rd season finale was set on a radio station in space, and the 4th season finale was set on the Titanic, and roughly followed the plot of the hit 1997 film. These episodes, naturally, do not follow series continuity, especially since both involve the deaths of nearly all of the main characters.
3rd Apr '16 5:03:16 PM nombretomado
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* The sitcom ''MadAboutYou'' did an entire episode in one take, with Paul and Jamie sitting outside of the bedroom door waiting for Mabel to fall asleep.

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* The sitcom ''MadAboutYou'' ''Series/MadAboutYou'' did an entire episode in one take, with Paul and Jamie sitting outside of the bedroom door waiting for Mabel to fall asleep.



* On one April Fool's Day, Alex Trebek (host of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'') and Pat Sajak (host of ''WheelOfFortune'') switched places.

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* On one April Fool's Day, Alex Trebek (host of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'') and Pat Sajak (host of ''WheelOfFortune'') ''Series/WheelOfFortune'') switched places.



* ''FamilyMatters'' did one episode as if it were a trashy Jenny Jones-like talk show.

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* ''FamilyMatters'' ''Series/FamilyMatters'' did one episode as if it were a trashy Jenny Jones-like talk show.
2nd Apr '16 11:21:32 AM nombretomado
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* The ''EastEnders'' episode dated 31/01/2008 featured only one character, Dot Branning, recording a message for her husband. This was due to [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the actor playing the husband suffering a stroke]]. The episode made this editor [[TearJerker cry into a cushion]].

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* The ''EastEnders'' ''Series/EastEnders'' episode dated 31/01/2008 featured only one character, Dot Branning, recording a message for her husband. This was due to [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the actor playing the husband suffering a stroke]]. The episode made this editor [[TearJerker cry into a cushion]].
1st Apr '16 10:12:58 PM nombretomado
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* One of the biggest offenders being ''TheDrewCareyShow'' having April Fools Day episodes, live episodes, and the like.

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* One of the biggest offenders being ''TheDrewCareyShow'' ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' having April Fools Day episodes, live episodes, and the like.
19th Mar '16 3:28:48 AM Hossmeister
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28th Feb '16 2:34:27 PM nombretomado
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* ''MurderSheWrote'', especially in the later years, had multiple "Jessica-light" episodes focusing on recurring characters (e.g. reformed GentlemanThief Dennis Stanton; MI6 agent Michael Hagarty) or supposedly based on one of Jessica's books.

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* ''MurderSheWrote'', ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', especially in the later years, had multiple "Jessica-light" episodes focusing on recurring characters (e.g. reformed GentlemanThief Dennis Stanton; MI6 agent Michael Hagarty) or supposedly based on one of Jessica's books.



** Yet another episode featured Dowling doubting his deductive powers when the police arrest the wrong man on his reasoning. This doubt causes him to congure up a consulting detective...none other than SherlockHolmes.
* ''[[ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From The Sun]]'' with the two-part AlternateUniverse episode set in New York City. Then there's the episode "Dick and Harry Fall Down a Hole". The title says it all. They also did [[TheDocumentary a documentary episode]].
* ''{{Moonlighting}}'' featured an episode spoofing ''The Taming of the Shrew'' entitled "Atomic Shakespeare", written entirely in Iambic Pentameter.

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** Yet another episode featured Dowling doubting his deductive powers when the police arrest the wrong man on his reasoning. This doubt causes him to congure conjure up a consulting detective...none other than SherlockHolmes.
* ''[[ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From The Sun]]'' ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' with the two-part AlternateUniverse episode set in New York City. Then there's the episode "Dick and Harry Fall Down a Hole". The title says it all. They also did [[TheDocumentary a documentary episode]].
* ''{{Moonlighting}}'' ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' featured an episode spoofing ''The Taming of the Shrew'' entitled "Atomic Shakespeare", written entirely in Iambic Pentameter.
2nd Feb '16 11:12:03 AM PuritanPhysicist
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': "X-Cops" (which was shot as an episode of the show ''Series/{{COPS}}''), "Post-Modern Prometheus" (black and white), "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" (told through [[TheRashomon conflicting flashbacks]]), "Bad Blood" (also told in conflicting flashbacks), "Triangle" (split-screen), and "Humbug" (first comedy episode).

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': "X-Cops" (which was shot as an episode of the show ''Series/{{COPS}}''), "Post-Modern Prometheus" (black and white), "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" (told through [[TheRashomon conflicting flashbacks]]), "Bad Blood" (also told in conflicting flashbacks), "Triangle" (split-screen), and "Humbug" (first comedy episode).episode), and "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster" (a {{deconstruction}} of the OurWerebeastsAreDifferent genre).
15th Jan '16 12:06:00 PM Anddrix
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*** Welles introducing the episode was a network mandate, as [[ViewersAreMorons they were horrified that the audience would change channels if they saw the show in Black and White, let alone with with Willis and Sheppard playing different characters]]. The writers response was to have Welles do an introduction praising the show for pushing the envelope for doing an episode that was 80% black and white footage.

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*** Welles introducing the episode was a network mandate, as [[ViewersAreMorons they were horrified that the audience would change channels if they saw the show in Black and White, let alone with with Willis and Sheppard playing different characters]].characters. The writers response was to have Welles do an introduction praising the show for pushing the envelope for doing an episode that was 80% black and white footage.
1st Jan '16 6:43:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Coupling}}'' did this enough so that it practically became the norm. Episode quirks include the following: One told first from the point of view of Jeff talking to an Israeli woman who speaks no English, which then switched to an Israeli perspective where the Hebrew dialogue is in English, the English dialogue is in gibberish, and we find out what she's really saying; One that takes place entirely in a split-screen perspective after a break-up, where one-half of the screen is devoted to each member of the break-up; And the one that narrates the same nine and a half minutes from three different perspectives.
* Jimmy Olsen's DayInTheLimeLight episodes on ''{{Smallville}}'' have been taking on a style like this. "Noir" was a FilmNoir parody, and the most recent was done in the style of a spy thriller. Fans have noted they are some of the weakest episodes in the series.

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* ''{{Coupling}}'' ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' did this enough so that it practically became the norm. Episode quirks include the following: One told first from the point of view of Jeff talking to an Israeli woman who speaks no English, which then switched to an Israeli perspective where the Hebrew dialogue is in English, the English dialogue is in gibberish, and we find out what she's really saying; One that takes place entirely in a split-screen perspective after a break-up, where one-half of the screen is devoted to each member of the break-up; And the one that narrates the same nine and a half minutes from three different perspectives.
* Jimmy Olsen's DayInTheLimeLight episodes on ''{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' have been taking on a style like this. "Noir" was a FilmNoir parody, and the most recent was done in the style of a spy thriller. Fans have noted they are some of the weakest episodes in the series.



* ''TheWestWing'' had the seventh season episode "The Debate", which was a real time presidential debate between Santos and Vinick shot in one take. It was pretty freaking amazing.

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* ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' had the seventh season episode "The Debate", which was a real time presidential debate between Santos and Vinick shot in one take. It was pretty freaking amazing.
10th Nov '15 5:58:36 PM randomsurfer
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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': The season four finale is a DreamSequence in which Booth and Bones are married and running a bar, with most of the cast working for them.

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
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The season four finale is a DreamSequence in which Booth and Bones are married and running a bar, with most of the cast working for them.


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** The 200th episode is presented as a film that 1940s actors David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel star in, where all the characters have the same names as their usual ones but differ wildly in characterization.
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