History SpecialEffectFailure / LiveActionTV

20th Feb '17 9:36:20 PM DesertDragon
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* Inverted in ''Series/StrangerThings'' where the effects were ''too'' good for the situation at hand. When the boys give [[CreepyChild Eleven]] a makeover so she can pass as normal at school, they scrounge up an old dress and a costume wig to cover her buzzcut hair. When we first see El in her new clothes, the wig is obviously fake, but in later scenes where her looks aren't the focus, it inexplicably becomes a high-quality lace-front expertly blended into her hairline, clearly the work of a professional makeup artist and not a 12-year-old. But a few episodes later when El is disgusted with her reflection and ditches the wig, it's a cheap costume again.

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* Inverted in ''Series/StrangerThings'' where the effects were an effect was distracting for being ''too'' good for the situation at hand. When the boys give [[CreepyChild Eleven]] a makeover so she can pass as normal at school, they scrounge up an old dress and a costume wig to cover her buzzcut hair. When we first see El in her new clothes, the wig is obviously fake, but in later scenes where her looks aren't the focus, it inexplicably becomes a high-quality lace-front expertly blended into her hairline, clearly the work of a professional makeup artist and not a 12-year-old. But a few episodes later when El is disgusted with her reflection and ditches the wig, it's once again a cheap costume again.prop.
20th Feb '17 8:53:30 PM DesertDragon
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* Inverted in ''Series/StrangerThings'' where the FX were ''too'' good for the situation at hand. When the boys give [[CreepyChild Eleven]] a makeover so she can pass as a normal girl at school, they give her Will's sister's old dress and a cheap costume wig to cover her buzzcut hair. When we first see El in her new clothes, the wig is obviously fake, but in later scenes where her looks aren't the focus, it inexplicably becomes a high-quality lace-front whose hairline is blended into her scalp, clearly the work of a professional makeup artist and not a 12-year-old. But a few episodes later when El is disgusted with her reflection and ditches the wig, it's a cheap costume again.

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* Inverted in ''Series/StrangerThings'' where the FX effects were ''too'' good for the situation at hand. When the boys give [[CreepyChild Eleven]] a makeover so she can pass as a normal girl at school, they give her Will's sister's scrounge up an old dress and a cheap costume wig to cover her buzzcut hair. When we first see El in her new clothes, the wig is obviously fake, but in later scenes where her looks aren't the focus, it inexplicably becomes a high-quality lace-front whose hairline is expertly blended into her scalp, hairline, clearly the work of a professional makeup artist and not a 12-year-old. But a few episodes later when El is disgusted with her reflection and ditches the wig, it's a cheap costume again.
20th Feb '17 4:29:33 PM DesertDragon
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* Inverted in ''Series/StrangerThings'' where the FX were ''too'' good for the situation at hand. When the boys give [[CreepyChild Eleven]] a makeover so she can pass as a normal girl at school, they give her Will's sister's old dress and a cheap costume wig to cover her buzzcut hair. When we first see El in her new clothes, the wig is obviously fake, but in later scenes where her looks aren't the focus, it inexplicably becomes a high-quality lace-front whose hairline is blended into her scalp, clearly the work of a makeup artist and not four 12-year-olds. But a few episodes later when El is disgusted with her reflection and ditches the wig, it's a cheap costume again.

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* Inverted in ''Series/StrangerThings'' where the FX were ''too'' good for the situation at hand. When the boys give [[CreepyChild Eleven]] a makeover so she can pass as a normal girl at school, they give her Will's sister's old dress and a cheap costume wig to cover her buzzcut hair. When we first see El in her new clothes, the wig is obviously fake, but in later scenes where her looks aren't the focus, it inexplicably becomes a high-quality lace-front whose hairline is blended into her scalp, clearly the work of a professional makeup artist and not four 12-year-olds.a 12-year-old. But a few episodes later when El is disgusted with her reflection and ditches the wig, it's a cheap costume again.
20th Feb '17 4:25:26 PM DesertDragon
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* Inverted in ''Series/StrangerThings'' where the FX were ''too'' good for the situation at hand. When the boys give [[CreepyChild Eleven]] a makeover so she can pass as a normal girl at school, they give her Will's sister's old dress and a cheap costume wig to cover her buzzcut hair. When we first see El in her new clothes, the wig is obviously fake, but in later scenes where her looks aren't the focus, it inexplicably becomes a high-quality lace-front whose hairline is blended into her scalp, clearly the work of a makeup artist and not four 12-year-olds. But a few episodes later when El is disgusted with her reflection and ditches the wig, it's a cheap costume again.
19th Feb '17 1:22:06 AM LinTaylor
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** ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' has a recurring instance of this with [[SixthRanger Gokai Silver]]'s [[ProngsOfPoseidon trident weapon]]. Obviously the normal prop would be too fragile to use in fight scenes, so they employed a "stunt trident". The problem is that the stunt version has the prongs held together by sheets of '''black''' plastic, making it stick out like a sore thumb.
19th Feb '17 1:18:37 AM LinTaylor
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*** ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' has a similar occurrence of this, where the four Riders' costumes come in two distinct versions: the suit used for detail shots has a full vinyl bodysuit, while the "stunt suit" has fabric for the torso. While it's mostly covered up by the Riders' chest armor, it's still noticeable. While this was present back in the original ''Blade'', it was so obvious during ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' that some fans started claiming the original Blade costume had been damaged in the intervening five years and replaced with a "blue T-shirt".
13th Feb '17 5:20:32 PM AmourMitts
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* Even for a Saban show made in the 90's, ''Series/VRTroopers'' has a surprising amount of Special Effect Failures:
** Whenever Jeb sticks his tongue out, one can easily tell that the frame is frozen. Likewise whenever his eyes "pop" out in surprise.
** In "The Dognapping", the skugs carrying Jeb's cage in Grimlord's palace are clearly in front of a green screen. Their lighting is completely different from the rest of the footage.
** In "The Duplitron Dilemma", Percy being ejected from the car is shown with a flat image of him flying up and hitting the ground.
** Battle Grid Mode [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j49Ci1DqBns speaks for itself.]]
6th Feb '17 8:48:43 AM Mister6
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** The source from "Across the Sea" looks like a bad photoshop.
1st Jan '17 12:01:36 AM jormis29
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* ''Moonbase 3'', a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] sci-fi series, was criticized for its cheap-looking props and sets. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Ironically]], this was caused by efforts to be as realistic as possible; it is much more difficult to create a realistic-looking rocket, spacesuit, and whatnot than to simply use a salt shaker as a futuristic device.

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* ''Moonbase 3'', ''Series/MoonbaseThree'', a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] sci-fi series, was criticized for its cheap-looking props and sets. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Ironically]], this was caused by efforts to be as realistic as possible; it is much more difficult to create a realistic-looking rocket, spacesuit, and whatnot than to simply use a salt shaker as a futuristic device.
15th Dec '16 2:01:55 PM Midna
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* The original ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' was basically one long SpecialEffectFailure, except for the surprisingly well-done stop-motion dinosaurs.

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* The original ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' was is basically one long SpecialEffectFailure, except for the surprisingly well-done stop-motion dinosaurs.



* The ''Series/WhiteCollar'' Season 1 finale ends with [[spoiler:a parked airplane exploding]]. It's painfully obvious it was either CG or a really sloppy matte job, though to be fair the show is a relatively low budget comedy-drama that normally uses basically no special effects.

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* The ''Series/WhiteCollar'' Season 1 finale ends with [[spoiler:a parked airplane exploding]]. It's painfully obvious it was it's either CG or a really sloppy matte job, though to be fair the show is a relatively low budget comedy-drama that normally uses basically no special effects.



** The CGI they use for vehicles seems especially spotty. In "The Mile High Job" the digital matte painting that shows the landed plane depicts the road behind them going off a wild incline.

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** The CGI they use for vehicles seems is especially spotty. In "The Mile High Job" Job", the digital matte painting that shows the landed plane depicts the road behind them going off a wild incline.



* ''Series/MemphisBeat'' had a glaringly out-of-place neon marquee for a radio station slapped on top of a building in the pilot (in reality, the building in question is the headquarters of a local newspaper and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WHER_(defunct) the radio station in question]] went off the air in 1966).

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* ''Series/MemphisBeat'' had has a glaringly out-of-place neon marquee for a radio station slapped on top of a building in the pilot (in reality, the building in question is the headquarters of a local newspaper and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WHER_(defunct) the radio station in question]] went off the air in 1966).



** The struggle to pull the montage off the wall was one thing [[ThrowItIn that was not planned]], and was only supposed to be a simple swipe. However, the construction crew nailed the picture on so well that the film crew had to shoot several takes and the crew had to come in to help loosen it before Jason Gray-Stanford was able to pull it off the wall, even then with a lot of difficulty. Though the RuleOfFunny makes it look better than what was planned. The dialogue between Randy and Dr. Polanski was shot first and a few of the picture-ripping takes were stitched together, causing the continuity errors.
* The History Channel {{Miniseries}} ''America: The Story of Us'' at times. A few that particularly stick out include the steamboat that went by UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln's little raft, the log jam, and Lady Liberty's construction. Granted, they did saturate the series in CG, but it's not that conspicuous unless there's non-CG elements like people in the same frame.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' and its uniquely quirky visual design call for liberal use of bad CG and ChromaKey to heighten the show's non-realistic quality.
* Japanese drama ''Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi'' (The Amazing Deer-Man) almost always CG-animates its. While the deer simply standing and speaking is actually astoundingly realistic-looking (especially for a deer that's capable of moving its lips and tongue to effect human speech), any standard movement shots are hilariously disconnected and the deer itself is low-detail and OffModel.
* One ''Series/TheMentalist'' episode centered around a bomb blowing up a building. When there is a vision of the bomb blowing up... the CGI was painfully obvious.

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** The struggle to pull the montage photo off the wall was one thing [[ThrowItIn that was not planned]], and was only supposed to be a simple swipe. However, the construction crew nailed the picture on so well that the film crew had to shoot several takes and the crew had to come in to help loosen it before Jason Gray-Stanford was able to pull it off the wall, even then with a lot of difficulty. Though the RuleOfFunny makes it look better than what was planned. The dialogue between Randy and Dr. Polanski was shot first and a few of the picture-ripping takes were stitched together, causing the continuity errors.
* The History Channel {{Miniseries}} ''America: The Story of Us'' at times. A few that particularly stick out include the steamboat that went goes by UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln's little raft, the log jam, and Lady Liberty's construction. Granted, they did saturate the series in CG, but it's not that conspicuous unless there's non-CG elements like people in the same frame.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' and its uniquely quirky visual design call for liberal use of bad CG and ChromaKey to heighten the show's non-realistic quality.
* The Japanese drama ''Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi'' (The Amazing Deer-Man) almost always CG-animates its.its eponymous character. While the deer simply standing and speaking is actually astoundingly realistic-looking (especially for a deer that's capable of moving its lips and tongue to effect human speech), any standard movement shots are hilariously disconnected and the deer itself is low-detail and OffModel.
* One ''Series/TheMentalist'' episode centered centers around a bomb blowing up a building. When there is a vision of the bomb blowing up... the CGI was is painfully obvious.



* A Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} special on the making of ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' showed a car is pulling into the parking lot of what is presumably Creator/MNightShyamalan's studio. In a gratuitous misuse of CGI, a pair of poorly rendered gates swing open from the otherwise real background to let the car in.
* ''Moonbase 3'', a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] sci-fi series, was criticized for its cheap-looking props and sets. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Ironically]], this was caused by efforts to be as realistic as possible; it is much more difficult to create a realistic-looking rocket, spacesuit, and what not than to simply use a salt shaker as a futuristic device.
* ''Series/StarCops'', a kind of SpiritualSuccessor made a decade later, had similar problems. The wire-work and ChromaKey for the zero-G scenes were about as good as you could manage with the technology of the day -you couldn't see the wires ''most'' of the time- and the interior sets and spacesuit costumes were downright impressive, but what let them down in the end were the matte effects, which looked like they'd been cribbed from a children's non-fiction book about spaceflight. The producers also resorted to moving said matte paintings around on the backdrop to suggest spacecraft in motion when they couldn't use miniatures, which just made matters worse.
* ''Series/{{Starhunter}}'' had rather awful CGI for its spaceships and their weapons. The effects were on par with or worse than what was available nearly 10 years before production started.

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* A Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} special on the making of ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' showed shows a car is pulling into the parking lot of what is presumably Creator/MNightShyamalan's studio. In a gratuitous misuse of CGI, a pair of poorly rendered gates swing open from the otherwise real background to let the car in.
* ''Moonbase 3'', a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] sci-fi series, was criticized for its cheap-looking props and sets. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Ironically]], this was caused by efforts to be as realistic as possible; it is much more difficult to create a realistic-looking rocket, spacesuit, and what not whatnot than to simply use a salt shaker as a futuristic device.
* ''Series/StarCops'', a kind of SpiritualSuccessor made a decade later, had has similar problems. The wire-work and ChromaKey for the zero-G scenes were are about as good as you could manage with the technology of the day -you couldn't can't see the wires ''most'' of the time- and the interior sets and spacesuit costumes were are downright impressive, but what let them down in the end were are the matte effects, which looked look like they'd been cribbed from a children's non-fiction book about spaceflight. The producers also resorted to moving said matte paintings around on the backdrop to suggest spacecraft in motion when they couldn't use miniatures, which just made makes matters worse.
* ''Series/{{Starhunter}}'' had has rather awful CGI for its spaceships and their weapons. The effects were are on par with or worse than what was available nearly 10 years before production started.



** The video release was also ''very'' [[ConspicuousCG obvious]] with its CGI, especially for the earlier seasons. Although this may have been an accurate demonstration of how it went when it was naturally broadcast.

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** The video release was is also ''very'' [[ConspicuousCG obvious]] with its CGI, especially for the earlier seasons. Although this may have been an accurate demonstration of how it went when it was naturally broadcast.



** N'Grath, the insectoid crimeboss who made a few appearances in the first season sometimes had the very human legs of the actor playing him appear in the frame, since the suit only went down his tighs. They had smoke and coloured lights cover this up, but it only worked some of the time.
** The version of the Drakh that appears in one scene in Season 4 is never seen again, and for good reason: it looks like someone got ahold of Creator/RickMoranis' [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Dark Helmet]] costume and spray-painted it to look like [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Skeletor]]. Even filming it through a deliberately blurred lens can't make it look like a living creature, and not a hunk of rubber or plastic.

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** N'Grath, the insectoid crimeboss crime boss who made makes a few appearances in the first season season, sometimes had has the very human legs of the actor playing him appear in the frame, since the suit only went goes down to his tighs. thighs. They had smoke and coloured lights to cover this up, but it only worked works some of the time.
** The version of the Drakh that appears in one scene in Season 4 is never seen again, and for good reason: it looks like someone got ahold a hold of Creator/RickMoranis' [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Dark Helmet]] costume and spray-painted it to look like [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Skeletor]]. Even filming it through a deliberately blurred lens can't make it look like a living creature, and not a hunk of rubber or plastic.



** The creature in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Meat" looked embarrassingly fake in places.

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** The creature in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Meat" looked lookes embarrassingly fake in places.



** In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', the entanglement shells from ''The Warriors of Kudlak'' looked so much like jellybeans.

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** In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', the entanglement shells from ''The Warriors of Kudlak'' looked look so much like jellybeans.



** The third season episode ''The Harvest of Kairos'' is particularly exemplary. The ''better'' of the two main types of aliens seen is modelled by a rock.
*** ''The Harvest of Kairos'' can only be enjoyed as comedy.
** ''Gold'' had a particularly jarring jump cut on the teleport effect, with actor Roy Kinnear obviously moving between cuts in the foreground.

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** The third season episode ''The Harvest of Kairos'' is particularly exemplary. The ''better'' of the two main types of aliens seen is modelled by a rock.
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rock... Many will say that ''The Harvest of Kairos'' can only be enjoyed as comedy.
** ''Gold'' had has a particularly jarring jump cut on the teleport effect, with actor Roy Kinnear obviously moving between cuts in the foreground.



** In '''Dateless in San Francisco''', the hot-air balloon flying over San Francisco is obviously a still image electronically being moved across the sky of a still of the city.
** The storm in '''Up on the Roof''' has lightning flashing very slowly, almost looking like someone switching a light on and off at intervals. It doesn't help that some of the thunder StockSoundEffects sounded like they were coming from a tape recorder!
** All we see of Kimmy's pet ostrich in '''All Stood Up''' is just the head behind their fence, and it's clearly obvious it's a large hand puppet.
** Perhaps the worst offender would be Michelle's feet-growing nightmare in '''My Left and Right Foot''', with Michelle's growing feet obviously being still photos of said large feet superimposed onto Michelle being zoomed up. Then when the rest of the family is in the living room, one of the large feet sticking out the door appears to be a huge plastic prop.

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** In '''Dateless "Dateless in San Francisco''', Francisco", the hot-air balloon flying over San Francisco is obviously a still image electronically being moved across the sky of a still of the city.
** The storm in '''Up "Up on the Roof''' Roof" has lightning flashing very slowly, almost looking like someone switching a light on and off at intervals. It doesn't help that some of the thunder StockSoundEffects sounded like they were coming from a tape recorder!
** All we see of Kimmy's pet ostrich in '''All "All Stood Up''' Up" is just the head behind their fence, and it's clearly obvious it's a large hand puppet.
** Perhaps the worst offender would be Michelle's feet-growing nightmare in '''My "My Left and Right Foot''', Foot", with Michelle's growing feet obviously being still photos of said large feet superimposed onto Michelle being zoomed up. Then when the rest of the family is in the living room, one of the large feet sticking out the door appears to be a huge plastic prop.



* In ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', an animatronic second head was made for Zaphod Beeblebrox. Unfortunately, it rarely worked, and for most of the series it just sat lifelessly on actor Mark Wing Davey's shoulders. The series tried to HandWave it early on, with the actor ordering his second head to "go back to sleep".
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' itself was resistant to this syndrome, given its budget for the time, but still occasionally fell down.
** The aliens at the end of the 'Catspaw' episode are clearly puppets with very visible strings.

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* In ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', an animatronic second head was made for Zaphod Beeblebrox. Unfortunately, it rarely worked, and for most of the series it just sat sits lifelessly on actor Mark Wing Davey's shoulders. The series tried tries to HandWave it early on, with the actor ordering his second head to "go back to sleep".
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' itself was is resistant to this syndrome, given its budget for the time, but still occasionally fell falls down.
** The aliens at the end of the 'Catspaw' "Catspaw" episode are clearly puppets with very visible strings.



** They actually lampshaded it in the Corbomite Maneuver. The alien on the viewscreen looked like a big puppet, and then when Kirk and co beamed over to the mini craft to offer help after blasting it, they discovered that it really was a big puppet.
** And then there was the windsock dipped in cement. Mind, two different companies did remastered versions of "The Doomsday Machine", but neither really captured the essence of the Planet Killer with CGI. A cement-covered wind sock is actually the best effect in this case.

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** They actually lampshaded lampshade it in the Corbomite Maneuver. The alien on the viewscreen looked looks like a big puppet, and then when Kirk and co beamed beam over to the mini craft to offer help after blasting it, they discovered discover that it really was is a big puppet.
** And then there was there's the windsock dipped in cement. Mind, two different companies did remastered versions of "The Doomsday Machine", but neither really captured the essence of the Planet Killer with CGI. A cement-covered wind sock is actually the best effect in this case.



** The first appearance of wide-beam phasers, in "The Return Of The Archons", is quite ropey even for its time and budget. They appear to end arbitrarily rather than hit their targets, and a beam going behind Doctor [=McCoy=]'s arm has a gap in it much wider than said arm.

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** The first appearance of wide-beam phasers, phasers in "The Return Of The Archons", Archons" is quite ropey even for its time and budget. They appear to end arbitrarily rather than hit their targets, and a beam going behind Doctor [=McCoy=]'s arm has a gap in it much wider than said arm.



*** The Second City troop oi Toronto, Canada even lampshaded this as a gag in their show ''Khan Saga'' in the 1990's.
** In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Conspiracy", a truly horrific sequence involving phasering a guy's face off is wrecked when a hideous monster bursts from the remains of his chest, and is a weak, sad, muppety-looking thing. Plus, the way they blue-screened it into the scene couldn't possibly be more obvious.
*** In addition, earlier shots of one of the monsters were done with bad, low-frame-rate stop-motion that looked more like an effect from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]].
*** In Season 3 Episode Who Watches the Watchers, the Enterprise crew and Federation scientists study a pre-industry Vulcan-like culture. Their most advanced technology is bows, which would be fine, except the bows are obviously modern fiberglass composite compound bows covered with "primitive" rags, and the arrows are similarly modern.
** The episode ''Coming of Age'' has a matte painting that's supposed to look like it's a hallway going on for a while...instead, it looks like someone's [[http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s1/1x19/comingofage152.jpg painted a hallway on the wall]].
** Then there was the case of the Type 7 shuttlecraft, whose [[http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s2/2x07/unnaturalselection141.jpg mockup]] did not match to its [[http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s2/2x01/child006.jpg model]] counterpart.
** Similar to StockFootageFailure, the original series and ''Next Generation'' sometimes reused the same matte paintings more than once, to represent completely different planets. Similarly, spaceships models were used over and over again to represent different ships, though sometimes they were clever enough at modifying the model to make it non-obvious.

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*** The Second City troop oi of Toronto, Canada even lampshaded this as a gag in their show ''Khan Saga'' in the 1990's.
** In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Conspiracy", a truly horrific sequence involving phasering a guy's face off is wrecked when a hideous monster bursts from the remains of his chest, and is a weak, sad, muppety-looking thing. Plus, the way they blue-screened it into the scene couldn't possibly be more obvious.
*** In addition, earlier shots of one of the monsters were are done with bad, low-frame-rate stop-motion that looked looks more like an effect from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]].
*** In Season 3 Episode Who "Who Watches the Watchers, Watchers", the Enterprise crew and Federation scientists study a pre-industry Vulcan-like culture. Their most advanced technology is bows, which would be fine, except the bows are obviously modern fiberglass composite compound bows covered with "primitive" rags, and the arrows are similarly modern.
** The episode ''Coming "Coming of Age'' Age" has a matte painting that's supposed to look like it's a hallway going on for a while...instead, it looks like someone's [[http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s1/1x19/comingofage152.jpg painted a hallway on the wall]].
** Then there was there's the case of the Type 7 shuttlecraft, whose [[http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s2/2x07/unnaturalselection141.jpg mockup]] did does not match to its [[http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s2/2x01/child006.jpg model]] counterpart.
** Similar to StockFootageFailure, the original series and ''Next Generation'' sometimes reused reuse the same matte paintings more than once, to represent completely different planets. Similarly, spaceships spaceship models were are used over and over again to represent different ships, though sometimes they were clever enough at modifying the model to make it non-obvious.



** Going back to TOS, the amount of SpecialEffectFailure in ''The Arena'', especially with The Gorn, causes a lot of Narm.
*** Hey, who doesn't like ol' Golf-Ball Eyes?

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** Going back to TOS, the amount of SpecialEffectFailure in ''The Arena'', especially with The Gorn, Gorn and its golf-ball eyes, causes a lot of Narm.
*** Hey, who doesn't like ol' Golf-Ball Eyes?
Narm.



** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'''s "In A Mirror, Darkly" featured an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfbsZRbwbJ4 alternate opening sequence]], which showed the mirror universe Earth's history instead of our own. Most of the sequence was suitably awesome, but the part where the astronaut plants the Terran Empire flag on the moon is very obviously CGI pasted onto a static background and looks super out of place.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' succumbs to this syndrome in nearly every episode, whether it's flying carpets, chandelier-swinging, giant seamonkeys, or random trips to China. Almost ''all'' scenes in the sky feature blatant blue/greenscreen, especially noticeable considering the characters' outlines, and how they move at a ''completely different framerate'' from the clouds/city, etc. Another ''Waverly Place'' example is when they go into Alex's journal. It looks like the editors were testing Adobe Premiere Elements when they go inside of it. One of the characters also falls behind a wall painted like water (there wasn't even a splash!).

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** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'''s "In A Mirror, Darkly" featured features an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfbsZRbwbJ4 alternate opening sequence]], which showed shows the mirror universe Earth's history instead of our own. Most of the sequence was is suitably awesome, but the part where the astronaut plants the Terran Empire flag on the moon is very obviously CGI pasted onto a static background and looks super out of place.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' succumbs to this syndrome in nearly every episode, whether it's flying carpets, chandelier-swinging, giant seamonkeys, or random trips to China. Almost ''all'' scenes in the sky feature blatant blue/greenscreen, especially noticeable considering the characters' outlines, and how they move at a ''completely different framerate'' from the clouds/city, etc. Another ''Waverly Place'' example is when they go into Alex's journal. It looks like the editors were testing Adobe Premiere Elements when they go inside of it. One of the characters also falls behind a wall painted like water (there wasn't isn't even a splash!).



* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' opened the fourth-season episode "The Turn of the Screw" with a rollercoaster car flying off its tracks. Inevitably, they showed a POV shot from the back seat of the car as it flew through the air, and it was rather obviously superimposed footage of a normal rollercoaster ride - emphasised when one of the passengers in the front seat turned around and was clearly screaming in exhilaration rather than terror (for a start, she was ''smiling'', which seems an odd reaction to have to impending certain death).

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' opened opens the fourth-season episode "The Turn of the Screw" with a rollercoaster car flying off its tracks. Inevitably, they showed show a POV shot from the back seat of the car as it flew flies through the air, and it was it's rather obviously superimposed footage of a normal rollercoaster ride - emphasised when one of the passengers in the front seat turned turns around and was is clearly screaming in exhilaration rather than terror (for a start, she was she's ''smiling'', which seems an odd reaction to have to impending certain death).



* Similarly, ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', with a car plunging into the water. This example was less explicable, as the stunt (a car going into the water off a dock) would be trivial and cheap to do in live-action. Apparently, Creator/{{CBS}} received firesale pricing on bad car crash computer effects.

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* Similarly, ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', with a car plunging into the water. This example was is less explicable, as the stunt (a car going into the water off a dock) would be trivial and cheap to do in live-action. Apparently, Creator/{{CBS}} received firesale pricing on bad car crash computer effects.



*** Worst of all, the team was watching the ship on satellite: if the CGI wasn't up to the task they could have simply shown the blast in low-res background shots.
** In one episode a plane passing overhead causes a car bomb to explode. The explosion itself wasn't bad, but the model used to show the body during the explosion is laughably fake.
* ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' did this on purpose; one of their most notorious {{Running Gag}}s involved some random character falling from a great height -- they would pitch an obvious dummy dressed in the actor's clothes over the edge, and then JumpCut to the actor getting up from the spot where the dummy had fallen.
** ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' did the exact same thing (usually on the episodes where Al has to fix something on the roof of the house and he ends up falling).
** As did ''Series/TheGoodies'', frequently.
** ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' paid homage to this, despite being animated.
** As did WebAnimation/HomestarRunner in the sbemail ''[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail80.html stunt double]]'', again despite being an animation. (Although technically it is within the context of a movie being made by the characters; see below.)
** Done in the MeleeATrois [[Series/TheColbertReport Colbert]] / [[Series/TheDailyShow Stewart]]/O'Brien CrossOver, when an obvious stunt double of each host is thrown down the stairs by the other two. Conan lampshades it by jumping into frame too early and asking his double if he's okay -- upon which Colbert and Stewart realize they've been tricked and give chase.
** ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' used obvious dummies quite a lot, to hilarious effect.

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*** Worst of all, the team was is watching the ship on satellite: if the CGI wasn't up to the task they could have simply shown the blast in low-res background shots.
** In one episode a plane passing overhead causes a car bomb to explode. The explosion itself wasn't isn't bad, but the model used to show the body during the explosion is laughably fake.
* ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' did this on purpose; one of their most notorious {{Running Gag}}s involved involves some random character falling from a great height -- they would pitch an obvious dummy dressed in the actor's clothes over the edge, and then JumpCut to the actor getting up from the spot where the dummy had fallen.
** ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' did does the exact same thing (usually on the episodes where Al has to fix something on the roof of the house and he ends up falling).
** As did does ''Series/TheGoodies'', frequently.
** ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' paid pays homage to this, despite being animated.
** As did does WebAnimation/HomestarRunner in the sbemail ''[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail80.html stunt double]]'', again despite being an animation. (Although technically it is within the context of a movie being made by the characters; see below.)
** Done in the MeleeATrois [[Series/TheColbertReport Colbert]] / [[Series/TheDailyShow Stewart]]/O'Brien CrossOver, {{crossover}}, when an obvious stunt double of each host is thrown down the stairs by the other two. Conan lampshades it by jumping into frame too early and asking his double if he's okay -- upon which Colbert and Stewart realize they've been tricked and give chase.
** ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' used uses obvious dummies quite a lot, to hilarious effect.



** Stuntman extraordinaire SuperDaveOsborne would almost invariably be horribly injured and mutilated when his stunts went awry... or rather, a completely obvious dummy would be (often it seemed they simply stuffed an empty jumpsuit with rags, considering how it flapped and twisted in the wind as it fell from great heights).
** Hell, even Film/TheThreeStooges did this at least once (but it ''was'' rather cutting-edge then).

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** Stuntman extraordinaire SuperDaveOsborne would will almost invariably be horribly injured and mutilated when his stunts went go awry... or rather, a completely obvious dummy would will be (often it seemed seems they simply stuffed an empty jumpsuit with rags, considering how it flapped flaps and twisted twists in the wind as it fell falls from great heights).
** Hell, even Film/TheThreeStooges did do this at least once (but it ''was'' rather cutting-edge then).



* One of ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' sketches -- ''The Police Raid in Waterloo Station'' is a criminal action movie parody consisting mostly of special effect failures. Actors change clothes between shots (at least once during a shot); director's reflection gets caught by a camera; stagehands are seen hiding behind furniture or outside the airplane; walls are so thin, they shake when Benny opens a door; Benny gets a full glass of wine, starts drinking from a half-full glass, continues with a beer mug; when Benny kisses a woman, his moustache stays on her lip, then returns in the same shot; "dead" people try to straighten their clothes and jerk when stepped on; actors say wrong lines with wrong voices; the airplane and the ship are not only obvious plastic models, but a ship-sized duck swims by in one shot.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' inverted this. The costume version of Doggie Cruger, as well as Fowler Birdie and Sergeant Silverback were much more elaborate and high-tech, using similar animatronics to bring them to life as the title characters in the live-action ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movies. However, this is part of a series made infamous for its use of StockFootage, OffTheShelfFX and PeopleInRubberSuits, so they stuck out like a sore thumb to fans, being decried as too "{{muppet}}[[UncannyValley -like]]" for the series. The [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom fursuit-esque costumes]] of its ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' counterpart, ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', ironically, were considered better-constructed and more appropriate, even though they ''literally'' looked like something from Jim Henson's Creature Shop (again, YMMV on whether that's good or bad.) However, the TheyChangedItNowItSucks factor must ever be considered, as it ''is'' an American version of [[SeriousBusiness something Japanese]].
** Speaking of ''Deka,'' it took several episodes for them to get the original Doggie's mask to work right. Instead of moving with his speech, it just hung open in many a scene, giving him a ''permanent'' staring-in-shock look.
** While we're on the subject of ''Super Sentai'', ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman''/''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' featured, for its HumongousMecha, a quintet of ''very'' rubber-looking giant animals that transformed into more traditional mecha. Worse, while the lion, falcon/dragon thing and the ape were still rendered as costumes/puppets/whatever in robot mode, the wolf and wildcat had been made as stiff, unconvincing models. In order to get them moving across the landscape during the TransformationSequence, they were rendered together as utterly rubbish CGI models. The scenes where the mechs operate as individuals look like they came from something twenty years older.
** Worse were the scenes of the Rangers riding the beasts in beast mode. They were clearly models stuck to the shoulders and would wobble around like what they were. It looked ''horrible'' and would have been better if the makers had said "well, we'd ''like'' Rangers standing on Galactabeasts' shoulders but it just doesn't work."

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* One of ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' sketches -- ''The Police Raid in Waterloo Station'' -- is a criminal action movie parody consisting mostly of special effect failures. Actors change clothes between shots (at least once during a shot); the director's reflection gets caught by a camera; stagehands are seen hiding behind furniture or outside the airplane; the walls are so thin, they shake when Benny opens a door; Benny gets a full glass of wine, starts drinking from a half-full glass, continues with a beer mug; when Benny kisses a woman, his moustache stays on her lip, then returns in the same shot; "dead" people try to straighten their clothes and jerk when stepped on; actors say the wrong lines with in the wrong voices; and the airplane and the ship are not only obvious plastic models, but a ship-sized duck swims by in one shot.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' inverted inverts this. The costume version of Doggie Cruger, as well as Fowler Birdie and Sergeant Silverback were Silverback, are much more elaborate and high-tech, using similar animatronics to bring them to life as the title characters in the live-action ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movies. However, this is part of a series made infamous for its use of StockFootage, OffTheShelfFX and PeopleInRubberSuits, so they stuck out like a sore thumb to fans, being decried as too "{{muppet}}[[UncannyValley -like]]" for the series. The [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom fursuit-esque costumes]] of its ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' counterpart, ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', ironically, were are ironically considered better-constructed and more appropriate, even though they ''literally'' looked look like something from Jim Henson's Creature Shop (again, YMMV on whether that's good or bad.) However, the TheyChangedItNowItSucks factor must ever always be considered, as it ''is'' [[ForeignRemake an American version version]] of [[SeriousBusiness something Japanese]].
** Speaking of ''Deka,'' it took several episodes for them to get the original Doggie's mask to work right. Instead of moving with his speech, it just hung hangs open in many a scene, giving him a ''permanent'' staring-in-shock look.
** While we're on the subject of ''Super Sentai'', ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman''/''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' featured, features, for its HumongousMecha, a quintet of ''very'' rubber-looking giant animals that transformed transform into more traditional mecha. Worse, while the lion, falcon/dragon thing and the ape were are still rendered as costumes/puppets/whatever in robot mode, the wolf and wildcat had been made as stiff, unconvincing models. In order to get them moving across the landscape during the TransformationSequence, they were are rendered together as utterly rubbish CGI models. The scenes where the mechs operate as individuals look like they came from something twenty years older.
** Worse were are the scenes of the Rangers riding the beasts in beast mode. They were are clearly models stuck to the shoulders and would wobble around like what they were. are. It looked looks ''horrible'' and would have been better if the makers had said "well, we'd ''like'' Rangers standing on the Galactabeasts' shoulders but it just doesn't work."



*** Even worse in the teamup movie with ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'', where the big robo finishing attack isn't a gigantic CG bullet barrage or stampede of the individual mecha, but simply a few normal-looking blasts with pyrotechnics usually reserved for auxiliary weaponry.
** The toy version of the Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Titan Megazord's Mystic Dragon mode is extremely cool. The suit costume on the show... well, because the red Mystic Titan rides the dragon, it's essentially the Red Mystic Titan's torso wearing the dragon's legs and with the rest of the dragon around its belly like an inner tube. It's really embarrassing to see the rest of the dragon flop around when it lands after an attack.
** And of course, there's the [[OffTheShelfFX usage of the Bandai of America toys]] of the Ninja/Shogun Zords in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' Season 3 with the toy of Titanus. It's made worse by the White Shogun Zord being ''pink'' in the US toyline (due to a pink Ranger in MMPR whereas ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', the source of the footage, had a white one, and Bandai not wanting a FrivolousLawsuit) Also, the toy version has different logos on the Zords than the show version. This means there are some very noticeable changes in the Zords between original footage and sentai footage. The Ninjazords don't escape entirely, either (the Crane's red markings were changed to pink, for the same reason). Also, for some reason, Titanus has the otherwise-unseen Dragonzord's chestplate now.
*** There ''is'' a reason for that. Dragonzord's chestplate was mounted there in the original Ultrazord formation, and they were trying to make it as similar as possible.
*** That, and repositioning Titanus' head for the Ultrazord configuration would otherwise have left a big, unsightly gap.

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*** Even worse in the teamup movie with ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'', where the big robo finishing attack isn't a gigantic CG bullet barrage or a stampede of the individual mecha, but simply a few normal-looking blasts with pyrotechnics usually reserved for auxiliary weaponry.
** The toy version of the Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Titan Megazord's Mystic Dragon mode is extremely cool. The suit costume on the show... well, because the red Mystic Titan rides the dragon, it's essentially the Red Mystic Titan's torso wearing the dragon's legs and with the rest of the dragon around its belly like an inner tube. It's really embarrassing to see the rest of the dragon flop around when it lands after an attack.
** And of course, there's the [[OffTheShelfFX usage of the Bandai of America toys]] of the Ninja/Shogun Zords in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' Season 3 with the toy of Titanus. It's made worse by the White Shogun Zord being ''pink'' in the US toyline (due to a pink Ranger in MMPR whereas ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', the source of the footage, had a white one, and Bandai not wanting a FrivolousLawsuit) FrivolousLawsuit). Also, the toy version has different logos on the Zords than the show version. This means there are some very noticeable changes in the Zords between the original footage and sentai the Sentai footage. The Ninjazords don't escape entirely, either (the Crane's red markings were changed to pink, for the same reason). Also, for some reason, Titanus has the otherwise-unseen Dragonzord's chestplate now.
*** There ''is'' a reason for that. Dragonzord's chestplate was
now, since it's mounted there in the original Ultrazord formation, and they were trying to make it as similar as possible.
***
possible. That, and repositioning Titanus' head for the Ultrazord configuration would otherwise have left a big, unsightly gap.



** Back to ''Super Sentai'', the final battle of ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman''. It may have been TheEighties, but there is just no excuse for a fight against the insides of a PlanetEater being represented by ''the Megazord imposed over stock footage of cells dividing''.
** One that frequently affects ''Power Rangers'' involves the fact that you have three people playing the same person: the actor, the suit actor/stunt double, and the Japanese suit actor from the stock footage. It was lampshaded/handwaved with Justin of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', who apparently shot through 6 years of puberty every time he morphed (he explicitly grows; you see it in the TransformationSequence.) but there are some other examples which stand out:
*** ShesAManInJapan creates a frequent problem for Yellow Rangers, namely Trini, whose (male) Japanese suit actor was rather... gifted. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lLsdaCVk3Kk/TPSD2arXszI/AAAAAAACACM/ODWVlMhsgjY/s400/3568_540.jpg Proof.]] (Additionally, most suit actors in Japan were male, even for female rangers. Those skirts on female Ranger costumes served a practical purpose of cover-up.)
*** A kind of inverse happened during ''Lost Galaxy''. The male Yellow Ranger in ''Gingman'' was turned into the female Lost Galaxy Ranger, who was played by the rather buxom Cerina Vincent, who flattened every time she morphed. Apparently, ranger spandex is more effective than any sports bra.

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** Back to ''Super Sentai'', the final battle of ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman''. It may have been TheEighties, but there is just no excuse for a fight against the insides of a PlanetEater being represented by ''the Megazord imposed superimposed over stock footage of cells dividing''.
** One that frequently affects ''Power Rangers'' involves the fact that you have three people playing the same person: the actor, the suit actor/stunt double, and the Japanese suit actor from the stock footage. It was It's lampshaded/handwaved with Justin of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', who apparently shot shoots through 6 years of puberty every time he morphed morphs (he explicitly grows; you see it in the TransformationSequence.) TransformationSequence), but there are some other examples which stand out:
*** ShesAManInJapan creates a frequent problem for Yellow Rangers, namely Trini, whose (male) Japanese suit actor was rather... gifted. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lLsdaCVk3Kk/TPSD2arXszI/AAAAAAACACM/ODWVlMhsgjY/s400/3568_540.jpg Proof.]] (Additionally, most suit actors in Japan were are male, even for female rangers. Those skirts on female Ranger costumes served serve a practical purpose of cover-up.)
*** A kind of inverse happened during ''Lost Galaxy''. The male Yellow Ranger in ''Gingman'' ''Gingaman'' was turned into the female Lost Galaxy Ranger, who was is played by the rather buxom Cerina Vincent, who flattened flattens every time she morphed.morphs. Apparently, ranger spandex is more effective than any sports bra.



** The quote was in reference to a sequence where the protagonists were being chased by supernaturally animated everyday objects suspended from ''incredibly'' obvious wires. Another memorable sequence in the same show was a motorbike chase in which they were on pedal bikes with motorbike noises dubbed in and against an incredibly obvious "POV behind moving vehicle" blue screen.
*** And just as a footnote, Punch and Judy shows use '''glove''' puppets anyway.
* The ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' episode "Fire in Space". The wires holding Apollo and Starbuck up during the spacewalk scene probably weren't visible in the original broadcast in 1979, but they're blatantly visible in the remastered DVD release -- ''so'' visible, in fact, that one wonders why they weren't airbrushed out during the remastering.
** They probably also didn't realize at the time that the "space suits" didn't cover the skin where the sleeves and gloves didn't come together.

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** The quote was is in reference to a sequence where the protagonists were are being chased by supernaturally animated everyday objects suspended from ''incredibly'' obvious wires. Another memorable sequence in the same show was is a motorbike chase in which they were they're on pedal bikes with motorbike noises dubbed in and [[DrivingADesk against an incredibly obvious "POV behind moving vehicle" blue screen.
*** And just
screen]]. (Just as a footnote, Punch and Judy shows use '''glove''' puppets anyway.
anyway.)
* The ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' episode "Fire in Space". The wires holding Apollo and Starbuck up during the spacewalk scene probably weren't visible in the original broadcast in 1979, but they're blatantly visible in the remastered DVD release -- ''so'' visible, in fact, that one wonders why they weren't airbrushed out during the remastering.
**
remastering. They probably also didn't realize at the time that the "space suits" didn't don't cover the skin where the sleeves and gloves didn't come together.



** Additional failures in Galactica:
*** In the pilot movie, there are scenes where Zac's spaceship is missing the left side of the cockpit shortly before he's killed by Cylons.
*** Also in the pilot episode, the two Colonial Vipers fly across the screen and just before they cut the shot back inside the cockpits, a Cylon Raider comes up behind them, before they discovered the fleet of fighters waiting to jump the Battlestars. (It happens quite far away from where they find the Raiders, so it is obviously a pre-use of a spot that should have be used later.)
*** Several times throughout the series, when someone needs to use the joystick inside the Vipers, the hand on the joystick is Boomer's (a black man), even when the pilot is white.
*** In a scene where Starbuck's Viper is hit, sparks shoot out of the cockpit, but fall through the empty hole where the cockpit glass is supposed to be, never mind that he's supposed to be in space, so the sparks shouldn't ''fall'' anyway.

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** Additional failures in Galactica:
***
In the pilot movie, there are scenes where Zac's spaceship is missing the left side of the cockpit shortly before he's killed by Cylons.
*** ** Also in the pilot episode, the two Colonial Vipers fly across the screen screen, and just before they cut the shot back inside the cockpits, a Cylon Raider comes up behind them, before they discovered the fleet of fighters waiting to jump the Battlestars. (It happens quite far away from where they find the Raiders, so it is obviously a pre-use of a spot that should have be used later.)
*** ** Several times throughout the series, when someone needs to use the joystick inside the Vipers, the hand on the joystick is Boomer's (a black man), even when the pilot is white.
*** ** In a scene where Starbuck's Viper is hit, sparks shoot out of the cockpit, but fall through the empty hole where the cockpit glass is supposed to be, never mind that he's supposed to be in space, so the sparks shouldn't ''fall'' anyway.



** In the Season 3 episode "Rapture", when the sun goes nova, the characters see it framed between the natural pillars of the Temple of Five. Moment of symbolic significance... except the sunlight on the Temple comes from a source to the left and slightly behind the camera, not from the nova in the dead center of the screen. Though in the above 2 cases the RuleOfCool means it doesn't really detract from the effect.
* ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'': Leaving aside just how badly the then-state-of-the-art computer graphics have aged, any aerial battle between Hawk and Soaron inevitably features a moment when Soaron shoots at Hawk, but is unable to keep up with him. Soaron's ''laser beams'', missing their target, instead ''hit'' the ''air'' behind Hawk, as if he were running on the ground. Said ''laser'' beams ''explode on impact''. With the ''air''.
* ''Series/{{Animorphs}}'' was infamous for, among other things, particularly bad special effects. You can see the weave in Visser Three's tailscythe.
* The ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}'' miniseries was low-budget but looked fine until the dramatic appearance of the dreaded Beast of London, which was very clearly a Highland cow in silhouette. Subsequently nicknamed "Morag the Friendly Cow" by [[Creator/NeilGaiman Neil]]'s friend Creator/TerryPratchett, after a puppet on a SaturdayMorningKidsShow of the time.
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' and its infamous wall-climbing sequence. Arguably, every special effect in the show qualifies; it was intentionally high {{Camp}}.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' had a scene where Rimmer was supposed to accidentally trigger an ejector seat and be flung out of a parked spaceship. The wires involved were so obvious on screen that they added a little aerial to Rimmer's peaked cap in an attempt to disguise the line. It didn't work.
** ''Series/RedDwarf'' is full of this kind of thing, but in earlier seasons nobody minded. Then came Season 8, where Cat made a shuttle tap-dance. Poorly.
** In the late '90s, they "remastered" the first three series, which didn't actually improve anything, as the CGI effects were no better than the originals. This wouldn't be a problem, except that they ''cut several minutes'' from various episodes to make room for them.

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** In the Season 3 episode "Rapture", when the sun goes nova, the characters see it framed between the natural pillars of the Temple of Five. Moment of symbolic significance... except the sunlight on the Temple comes from a source to the left and slightly behind the camera, not from the nova in the dead center of the screen. Though in the above 2 cases cases, the RuleOfCool means it doesn't really detract from the effect.
* ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'': Leaving aside just how badly the then-state-of-the-art computer graphics have aged, any aerial battle between Hawk and Soaron inevitably features a moment when Soaron shoots at Hawk, but is unable to keep up with him. Soaron's ''laser beams'', laser beams, missing their target, instead ''hit'' hit the ''air'' behind Hawk, as if he were running on the ground. Said ''laser'' laser beams ''explode on impact''. With the ''air''.
* ''Series/{{Animorphs}}'' was is infamous for, among other things, particularly bad special effects. You can see the weave in Visser Three's tailscythe.
* The ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}'' miniseries was is low-budget but looked looks fine until the dramatic appearance of the dreaded Beast of London, which was is very clearly a Highland cow in silhouette. Subsequently nicknamed "Morag the Friendly Cow" by [[Creator/NeilGaiman Neil]]'s friend Creator/TerryPratchett, after a puppet on a SaturdayMorningKidsShow of the time.
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' and its infamous wall-climbing sequence. Arguably, every special effect in the show qualifies; it was it's intentionally high {{Camp}}.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' had has a scene where Rimmer was is supposed to accidentally trigger an ejector seat and be flung out of a parked spaceship. The wires involved were so obvious on screen that they added a little aerial to Rimmer's peaked cap in an attempt to disguise the line. It didn't work.
** ''Series/RedDwarf'' is full of this kind of thing, but in earlier seasons nobody minded. Then came Season Series 8, where Cat made makes a shuttle tap-dance. Poorly.
** In the late '90s, they "remastered" the first three series, which didn't actually improve anything, as the CGI effects were are no better than the originals. This wouldn't be a problem, except that they ''cut several minutes'' from various episodes to make room for them.



* ''Series/DarkShadows'' can be consistently fakey-lookin'. The special effects suffered horribly when actors (usually allowed only one take) fumbled their props or reacted at the wrong moment to the Green/Blue-screen menace.

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* ''Series/DarkShadows'' can be consistently fakey-lookin'. The special effects suffered suffer horribly when actors (usually allowed only one take) fumbled fumble their props or reacted at reacteat the wrong moment to the Green/Blue-screen menace.



* ''Series/LateNight with Creator/ConanOBrien'', and later O'Brien's run of ''TheTonightShow'' ran a ShowWithinaShow telenovela named ''Noches de Pasion con Senor O'Brien''. Each episode lampshades this trope when "Conando" beats up a few guys and throws them off-screen, immediately cutting to stock footage of a completely different person falling out of a random window.

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* ''Series/LateNight with Creator/ConanOBrien'', and later O'Brien's run of ''TheTonightShow'' ''TheTonightShow'', ran a ShowWithinaShow telenovela named ''Noches de Pasion con Senor O'Brien''. Each episode lampshades this trope when "Conando" beats up a few guys and throws them off-screen, immediately cutting to stock footage of a completely different person falling out of a random window.



** The quality on Oz's werewolf transformation wavered. The first time ("Phases") there was a pretty good werewolf suit, but the second time ("Beauty and the Beasts") it looked like a scary tiki mask glued onto a gorilla costume. In fact, this costume became much reviled on ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'', to the point where, when the spin-off ''Series/{{Angel}}'' decided to do werewolves, the costume designers were given this note: "Don't make it look like a gay possum."
** Soldier Xander's gun in Season 2 "Halloween" didn't even have muzzle flash.
** The Season 4 finale "Restless", contains an ''intentional'' example. The scene in Xander's dream where he's driving the ice cream truck has a very obvious greenscreen effect; the background is moving quickly, and there are artifacts around Anya when she's shown in front of the window. This was done to enhance the surreal, dreamlike quality, by creating an effect of "stillness in motion".
** [[FanNickname "Fake the Snake"]] from Season 5 episode "Shadow", which was either being represented by sub-par CGI or a big, motionless rubber model trundling along on a truck.
** The Watcher's Council building explosion in Season 7, an effect shot so embarrassing it was allowed only a split-second of screen time.

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** The quality on Oz's werewolf transformation wavered. wavers. The first time ("Phases") there was is a pretty good werewolf suit, but the second time ("Beauty and the Beasts") it looked looks like a scary tiki mask glued onto a gorilla costume. In fact, this costume became much reviled on ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'', to the point where, when the spin-off ''Series/{{Angel}}'' decided to do werewolves, the costume designers were given this note: "Don't make it look like a gay possum."
** Soldier Xander's gun in Season 2 "Halloween" didn't doesn't even have a muzzle flash.
** The Season 4 finale "Restless", "Restless" contains an ''intentional'' example. The scene in Xander's dream where he's driving the ice cream truck has a very obvious greenscreen effect; the background is moving quickly, and there are artifacts around Anya when she's shown in front of the window. This was is done to enhance the surreal, dreamlike quality, by creating an effect of "stillness in motion".
** [[FanNickname "Fake the Snake"]] from Season 5 episode "Shadow", which was is either being represented by sub-par CGI or a big, motionless rubber model trundling along on a truck.
** The Watcher's Council building explosion in Season 7, an effect shot so embarrassing it was it's allowed only a split-second of screen time.



** Angel's big failure was the attempt at redesigning vampire makeup in the pilot episode. They quickly went back to the Buffy-style stuff.

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** Angel's big The show's biggest failure was is the attempt at redesigning vampire makeup in the pilot episode. They quickly went back to the Buffy-style stuff.



* ''Werewolf'' was a '90s ''[[Series/TheFugitive Fugitive]]'' clone featuring a young man on the run because he got bitten by a wolf, and every full moon after that... well, you get the idea. The actual werewolf costume looked pretty scary and menacing -- as long as it was seen in the dark, slightly out of focus, in hand-held shots and with rapid cutting. Unfortunately in later episodes the werewolf suit was fully-lit, and appeared totally lame.
* ''Wind and Cloud'', a 2002 Taiwanese series, received an unfortunate reputation in Finland because of this. It featured an infamous magical-sonic-beam-attack of a sort... Which was basically created by having the user throw a bunch of hula-hoops at the opponent. Other special attacks were fairly similar in quality, too.
* ''Series/KnightRider'': The obligatory Turbo Boost sequences were frequently convincing, but were just as frequently lame, including at least one instance where, rather than a stunt car, what we see is plainly a matchbox toy being tossed over a miniature set -- an effect made worse by the fact that, like most ''Series/KnightRider'' merchandise, the matchbox car had the words "KNIGHT 2000" printed on it in large red letters.

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* ''Werewolf'' was is a '90s ''[[Series/TheFugitive Fugitive]]'' ''Series/TheFugitive'' clone featuring a young man on the run because he got bitten by a wolf, and every full moon after that... well, you get the idea. The actual werewolf costume looked looks pretty scary and menacing -- as long as it was is seen in the dark, slightly out of focus, in hand-held shots and with rapid cutting. Unfortunately Unfortunately, in later episodes the werewolf suit was is fully-lit, and appeared appears totally lame.
* ''Wind and Cloud'', a 2002 Taiwanese series, received an unfortunate reputation in Finland because of this. It featured features an infamous magical-sonic-beam-attack of a sort... Which was is basically created by having the user throw a bunch of hula-hoops at the opponent. Other special attacks were fairly are similar in quality, too.
quality.
* ''Series/KnightRider'': The obligatory Turbo Boost sequences were are frequently convincing, but were are just as frequently lame, including at least one instance where, rather than a stunt car, what we see is plainly a matchbox toy being tossed over a miniature set -- an effect made worse by the fact that, like most ''Series/KnightRider'' merchandise, the matchbox car had has the words "KNIGHT 2000" printed on it in large red letters.



** Pretty much every episode of Knight Rider has a multitude of special effect failures. Besides the visible ramps and cheap car bodies used for jumping scenes, every time K.I.T.T. is supposed to be driving really, really fast is actually just a sped-up scene, which becomes obvious when the vehicle is making unrealistically sharp turns at full speed. Theres also a stunt driver that looks nothing like David Hasselhoff (mainly due to his big head/hair), the console in the car and car windows disappearing and reappearing in outside shots, a clearly visible "ghost driver" wearing a weird flour-bag to conceal himself driving K.I.T.T. when the car is on autopilot, and many, many more. There was even a whole german website just listing every instance of this trope for Knight Rider.
** While the new series has been rather more impressive (if a bit UncannyValley) with its Turbo Boost and metamorphosis sequences, it seems to have a harder time with effects nowhere near as special: watch the rear window during driving scenes shot from inside KITT. The color saturation is so far off one expects to see Wile E. Coyote chasing after the Knight 3000.
* ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'' was a kids TV series, which already means it'll have a low budget. But combine that with the fact it's a horror anthology and you get some of the most awful special effects this side of the live-action ''Series/{{Animorphs}}''. Of course, kids watching it won't notice, but when watching it as an adult for nostalgia reasons, you will.
* ''Series/{{MadTV}}'' parodied this in their "Funkenstein" sketches, which [[BlaxploitationParody parody]] 1970s low-budget {{blaxploitation}} remakes of classic horror movies such as ''Film/{{Blacula}}'' and ''Blackenstein''. Some of the sketches, such as "Funkenstein vs. The Creature of the White Lagoon" and "Funkenstein vs. Nefertiti" make deliberately awful use of blue screen effects. A hilarious example is the "underwater fight scene" in "Creature from the White Lagoon", which uses video footage of an aquarium to create a lagoon.

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** Pretty much every episode of Knight Rider has a multitude of special effect failures. Besides the visible ramps and cheap car bodies used for jumping scenes, every time K.I.T.T. is supposed to be driving really, really fast is actually just a sped-up scene, which becomes obvious when the vehicle is making unrealistically sharp turns at full speed. Theres There's also a stunt driver that looks nothing like David Hasselhoff (mainly due to his big head/hair), the console in the car and car windows disappearing and reappearing in outside shots, a clearly visible "ghost driver" wearing a weird flour-bag to conceal himself driving K.I.T.T. when the car is on autopilot, and many, many more. There was even a whole german German website just listing every instance of this trope for Knight Rider.
** While the new series has been is rather more impressive (if a bit UncannyValley) with its Turbo Boost and metamorphosis sequences, it seems to have has a harder time with effects nowhere near as special: watch the rear window during driving scenes shot from inside KITT. The color saturation is so far off off, one expects to see Wile E. Coyote chasing after the Knight 3000.
* ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'' was is a kids kids' TV series, which already means it'll have a low budget. But combine that with the fact it's a horror anthology and you get some of the most awful special effects this side of the live-action ''Series/{{Animorphs}}''. Of course, kids watching it won't notice, but when adults watching it as an adult for nostalgia reasons, you reasons will.
* ''Series/{{MadTV}}'' parodied parodies this in their "Funkenstein" sketches, which [[BlaxploitationParody parody]] 1970s low-budget {{blaxploitation}} remakes of classic horror movies such as ''Film/{{Blacula}}'' and ''Blackenstein''. Some of the sketches, such as "Funkenstein vs. The Creature of the White Lagoon" and "Funkenstein vs. Nefertiti" make deliberately awful use of blue screen effects. A hilarious example is the "underwater fight scene" in "Creature from the White Lagoon", which uses video footage of an aquarium to create a lagoon.



* ''Series/TheProfessionals'' had a car going off a cliff in slow motion in one episode -- which only highlights the fact that it's driven by crash-test dummies. Even if a short-sighted audience member was fooled, one of the driver's heads falls off for no apparent reason.

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* ''Series/TheProfessionals'' had has a car going off a cliff in slow motion in one episode -- which only highlights the fact that it's driven by crash-test dummies. Even if a short-sighted audience member was is fooled, one of the driver's heads falls off for no apparent reason.



** A rather [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th401DUh8fw unfortunate submarine]] in the fifth season is conspicuous, especially since they usually have good or at least passable effects, especially since the entire shot may have been CG and looked like a screensaver or something. The worst part of that effect was that it was completely superfluous, and seemed to be ''showing off''.
*** In a way, the CGI to tell the viewer where a certain scene takes place. Really, his apartment has a view over the Eiffel Tower? This backyard somewhere outside of the town really has an unobstructed view of the Kremlin? Your band practices in an alley directly next to the Tower Bridge? Did you go for a walk to see the Sydney Opera House, even though you've been living in this city for years?

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** A rather [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th401DUh8fw unfortunate submarine]] in the fifth season is conspicuous, especially since they usually have good or at least passable effects, especially since the entire shot may have been CG and looked like a screensaver or something. The worst part of that effect was is that it was is completely superfluous, and seemed seems to be ''showing off''.
*** In a way, the CGI to tell the viewer where a certain scene takes place. Really, his apartment has a view over the Eiffel Tower? This backyard somewhere outside of the town really has an unobstructed view of the Kremlin? Your band practices in an alley directly next to the Tower Bridge? Did you go for a walk to see the Sydney Opera House, even though you've been living in this city for years?



** Compared to other [[spoiler:underwater scenes, the Island underwater]] in the Season 6 premiere [[spoiler:looks like an old screen saver.]]
** Ben's smoke-induced vision in "Dead is Dead" was terrible.
** The source from "Across the Sea" looks like a bad ''photoshop''.
* ''Space: 1999'' had some superb model shots, but was sometimes let down by lousy matte paintings.

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** Compared to other [[spoiler:underwater scenes, the Island underwater]] in the Season 6 premiere [[spoiler:looks looks like an old screen saver.]]
saver.
** Ben's smoke-induced vision in "Dead is Dead" was is terrible.
** The source from "Across the Sea" looks like a bad ''photoshop''.
photoshop.
* ''Space: 1999'' had has some superb model shots, but was is sometimes let down by lousy matte paintings.



** ''Space: 1999'' had some superb models, but some of the non-miniature effects were abysmal even for the time. In the episode ''Space Brain'', for the brain effect they filled the main command center with soap suds and had the actors flail around in it. As one review wrote: "No matter what you do, soap suds aren't scary."

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** ''Space: 1999'' had has some superb models, but some of the non-miniature effects were abysmal even for the time. In the episode ''Space Brain'', for the brain effect they filled the main command center with soap suds and had the actors flail around in it. As one review wrote: "No matter what you do, soap suds aren't scary."



* ''Series/{{Ringer}}'' had some spectacularly bad green screen of the ocean, of the boat, and of the background while characters were in the boat in its pilot. Couldn't Creator/TheCW have worked on it after getting it from CBS?

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* ''Series/{{Ringer}}'' had has some spectacularly bad green screen of the ocean, of the boat, and of the background while characters were are in the boat in its pilot. Couldn't Creator/TheCW have worked on it after getting it from CBS?



* The original ''Series/KamenRider'' was for the time practically on a shoestring budget, as many of the monsters and costumes, while good design-wise, are clearly cheaply made. Especially when compared against its rival-show ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'', which was clearly much more higher budget and primarily run by a special effects team to boot.

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* The original ''Series/KamenRider'' was for the time practically on a shoestring budget, as many of the monsters and costumes, while good design-wise, are clearly cheaply made. Especially when compared against its rival-show ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'', which was is clearly much more higher budget and primarily run by a special effects team to boot.



** The worst was the disintegration effect in the first handful of episodes. A person hit by a monster's attacks would turn into ''a giant string of beads piled in a vaguely human shape.'' Footage of the beads being pulled away by someone from offscreen was shown in fast forward. This was later replaced with people being replaced by some sort of foam sprayed in a vaguely human shape dissolving in fast forward.
** ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon'' had the most rubbery monsters in Toku history, which tend to work against the show's favour at times. The scene where Amazon is wrestling with an alligator monster is made marginally less impressice due to its rubber snout and tail constantly bending and flattening. Also, the ludicrous [[BloodierAndGorier foam and juice blood]].

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** The worst was is the disintegration effect in the first handful of episodes. A person hit by a monster's attacks would turn turns into ''a giant string of beads piled in a vaguely human shape.'' Footage of the beads being pulled away by someone from offscreen was is shown in fast forward. This was later replaced with people being replaced by turning into some sort of foam sprayed in a vaguely human shape dissolving in fast forward.
** ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon'' had has the most rubbery monsters in Toku history, which tend to work against the show's favour at times. The scene where Amazon is wrestling with an alligator monster is made marginally less impressice impressive due to its rubber snout and tail constantly bending and flattening. Also, the ludicrous [[BloodierAndGorier foam and juice blood]].



** ''Series/KamenRiderX'' is otherwise a nice, serious show... and then you get to the final battle with Apollo Geist, where his final desperation attack is... a spare Apollo Geist suit being set on fire and rolling down a hill at X-Rider.
** Going to the Heisei era, the terrible, '''terrible''' CG monster explosions in ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' and ''Series/KamenRiderAgito''. On the occasion when they ''did'' use actual explosive instead of CG, it looked ten times better.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderX'' is otherwise a nice, serious show... and then show. Then you get to the final battle with Apollo Geist, where his final desperation attack is... a spare Apollo Geist suit being set on fire and rolling down a hill at X-Rider.
** Going to the Heisei era, the terrible, '''terrible''' CG monster explosions in ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' and ''Series/KamenRiderAgito''. On the occasion when they ''did'' ''do'' use actual explosive explosives instead of CG, it looked looks ten times better.



** In ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', Kivaara has gone from her CGI rendering to being [[OffTheShelfFX a toy]] from episode 8. No attempt is made to show her lips moving or her wings flapping; we only hear the sound effect of her wings moving and the camera is simply shaken back and forth. She got better though.

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** In ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', Kivaara has gone goes from her CGI rendering to being [[OffTheShelfFX a toy]] from episode 8. No attempt is made to show her lips moving or her wings flapping; we only hear the sound effect of her wings moving and the camera is simply shaken back and forth. She got better though.



** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'': The last episode. Full stop. Oh sure, there was some bad effects before in the series. Like [=ShaUTa=]'s debut. Or the zerg-like little fish Yummies in episode 5. But those were given contexts. The awkward "flying" in the last episode, and the pseudo-Yummy pile in the same episode takes the cake for the entire series.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'': The last episode. Full stop. Oh sure, there was were some bad effects before in the series. Like [=ShaUTa=]'s debut. Or the zerg-like little fish Yummies in episode 5. But those were given contexts. The awkward "flying" in the last episode, and the pseudo-Yummy pile in the same episode episode, takes the cake for the entire series.



** Also a problem during the Canadian rebroadcasts of the Superbowl: when Global had the rights they digitally swapped any billboards appearing in the stadium with billboards advertising their own programs. This effect usually worked. If the camera moved anything other than purely horizontal, it looked '''horrible'''.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' normally had great, practical special effects. In Season 4, when [[spoiler:Habib Marwan]] died by falling off the side of a parking garage, it used an obvious horrible-looking bluescreen shot.
** Basically, the FX fails any time there's an explosion of significant magnitude in the series. The original teaser trailer for the first season ended with a (deleted) shot of the doomed airliner that crashes into the Mojave Desert going downward at a slight angle, while fire effects were superimposed on top of the (clearly not damaged) aircraft.

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** Also a problem during the Canadian rebroadcasts of the Superbowl: Super Bowl: when Global had the rights rights, they digitally swapped any billboards appearing in the stadium with billboards advertising their own programs. This effect usually worked. If the camera moved anything other than purely horizontal, it looked '''horrible'''.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' normally had has great, practical special effects. In Season 4, when [[spoiler:Habib Marwan]] died dies by falling off the side of a parking garage, it used uses an obvious horrible-looking bluescreen shot.
** Basically, the FX fails any time there's an explosion of significant magnitude in the series. The original teaser trailer for the first season ended ends with a (deleted) shot of the doomed airliner that crashes into the Mojave Desert going downward at a slight angle, while fire effects were are superimposed on top of the (clearly not damaged) aircraft.



** An episode of Season 2 suffered from a shockingly bad computer-rendered plane that clashed very badly with the show's general adherence to believable practical effects.
** A [[spoiler:suitcase nuke going off]] early in Season 6 looked pretty obviously fake, but then, it's understandable; they couldn't exactly film [[spoiler:an actual nuclear weapon exploding]].
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' -- pick a monster. Any monster. It's easier to pick out which effects ''don't'' fail (basically, the teleportation scene in the first episode). The worse offender by far, however, is [[spoiler:Nimueh's death scene, which looks very much like the same two CGI shots repeated a few times.]]

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** An episode of Season 2 suffered suffers from a shockingly bad computer-rendered plane that clashed clashes very badly with the show's general adherence to believable practical effects.
** A [[spoiler:suitcase nuke going off]] early in Season 6 looked looks pretty obviously fake, but then, it's understandable; they couldn't exactly film [[spoiler:an actual nuclear weapon exploding]].
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' -- pick a monster. Any monster. It's easier to pick out which effects ''don't'' fail (basically, the teleportation scene in the first episode). The worse worst offender by far, however, is [[spoiler:Nimueh's death scene, which looks very much like the same two CGI shots repeated a few times.]]



* Any episode of the '70s series ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' that involved our hero flying a fighter was pretty funny to watch. Due to the use of stock footage, he would fly in as many as 5 different planes during a single flight.

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* Any episode of the '70s series ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' that involved involves our hero flying a fighter was is pretty funny to watch. Due to the use of stock footage, he would fly flies in as many as 5 different planes during a single flight.



* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' parodied this with Sheriff Andy who comes out of the box with a lot of ridiculous looking CGI armor... which immediately falls apart revealing a RidiculouslyHumanRobot.

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* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' parodied parodies this with Sheriff Andy Andy, who comes out of the box with a lot of ridiculous looking CGI armor... which immediately falls apart apart, revealing a RidiculouslyHumanRobot.



* ''Series/TheStarlost'' boasted a new video process that was to allow the most spectacular visual effects ever. This process, called "Magic Cam" was a simple greenscreen effect that allowed almost all of the show's sets to be created from miniatures or matte paintings. Promotional material hailed the way that Magic Cam prevented any sort of visible matte line or haloing. This turned out to be entirely false. Matte lines, halos, wires, boom shadow, basically, if there was something you could do to ruin a visual effect, ''The Starlost'' did it.
** Made particularly sad by the extremely high quality of some of the model shots used in the opening titles (which was ruined by the lousy quality of the title graphics themselves and most of the other shots).
* In the ''Series/FawltyTowers'' episode "Basil the Rat", most of the shots of Manuel's pet "filligree Siberian hamster" used a real rat, videotaped separately from the main action and edited in. In a scene where the rat scurries across the floor it's obviously a model pulled by a nylon cord, but the main fx failure occurs in the final scene in which the rat pops its head out of a biscuit tin that Polly is presenting to [[spoiler:the health inspector]]. In this scene the rat is a very unconvincing puppet with a rotating head which is operated from beneath the tin by actress Connie Booth.

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* ''Series/TheStarlost'' boasted a new video process that was to allow the most spectacular visual effects ever. This process, called "Magic Cam" Cam", was a simple greenscreen effect that allowed almost all of the show's sets to be created from miniatures or matte paintings. Promotional material hailed the way that Magic Cam prevented any sort of visible matte line or haloing. This turned out to be entirely false. Matte lines, halos, wires, boom shadow, basically, if there was there's something you could can do to ruin a visual effect, ''The Starlost'' did does it.
** Made particularly sad by the extremely high quality of some of the model shots used in the opening titles (which was is ruined by the lousy quality of the title graphics themselves and most of the other shots).
* In the ''Series/FawltyTowers'' episode "Basil the Rat", most of the shots of Manuel's pet "filligree Siberian hamster" used use a real rat, videotaped separately from the main action and edited in. In a scene where the rat scurries across the floor floor, it's obviously a model pulled by a nylon cord, but the main fx failure occurs in the final scene in which the rat pops its head out of a biscuit tin that Polly is presenting to [[spoiler:the health inspector]]. In this scene scene, the rat is a very unconvincing puppet with a rotating head which is operated from beneath the tin by actress Connie Booth.



* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' was among the first shows on TV to use CGI (it was about 1993). They were cheap, and REALLY bad. Lampshaded some seasons later in a 'behind the scenes'-esque episode where Ares looks out a faux-moving car screaming "Cheesy blue-screen effects!"

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* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' was among the first shows on TV to use CGI (it was about 1993). They were are cheap, and REALLY bad. Lampshaded some seasons later in a 'behind the scenes'-esque episode where Ares looks out a faux-moving car screaming "Cheesy blue-screen effects!"



* ''Series/TheXFiles'' usually made their effects fairly believable, but the episode "Piper Maru", which featured a submarine that could not have been more obviously fake.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' usually made makes their effects fairly believable, but the episode "Piper Maru", which featured a submarine that could not have been more obviously fake.



** And the cat that attacks both Mulder AND Scully in "Tesos dos Bichos". It was a cat puppet, but because Gillian Anderson is allergic to cats, they had to use rabbit fur -- which Anderson reports often shed and got stuck to everything. (Presumably the crew even agreed it looked silly -- the blooper reel for that season features a clip of Mulder fighting the cat puppet set to the theme of ''GeorgeOfTheJungle''.
** In "Shapes" the onscreen transformation was great, the two times the werewolf actually appeared it looked laughably fake. To their credit, they seemed to realize this limitation and kept it offscreen almost the entire episode; Even during its two actual appearances it was either out of focus or only briefly seen running across the screen.

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** And the cat that attacks both Mulder AND Scully in "Tesos dos Bichos". It was It's a cat puppet, but because Gillian Anderson is allergic to cats, they had to use rabbit fur -- which Anderson reports often shed and got stuck to everything. (Presumably the crew even agreed it looked silly -- the blooper reel for that season features a clip of Mulder fighting the cat puppet set to the theme of ''GeorgeOfTheJungle''.
** In "Shapes" the onscreen transformation was is great, the two times the werewolf actually appeared appears it looked laughably fake. To their credit, they seemed to realize this limitation and kept it offscreen almost the entire episode; episode. Even during its two actual appearances it was appearances, it's either out of focus or only briefly seen running across the screen.



* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had an odd one when a religious fanatic defendant, upon being convicted, turned to his followers and held up his hands, which bled like Christ's wounds. The guy was actually faking it, but that was nothing compared to the special effects failure, which made it blatantly obvious they were using a green-screen. Why they even needed to I can't imagine; he was just standing in the courtroom, like he had been a moment before.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderLA'' once had 10,000 acres of badly CGI'd/cloned pot, which somehow looked even worse as a photoshopped image.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had has an odd one when a religious fanatic defendant, upon being convicted, turned turns to his followers and held holds up his hands, which bled bleed like Christ's wounds. The guy was is actually faking it, but that was that's nothing compared to the special effects failure, which made makes it blatantly obvious they were using a green-screen. Why they even needed to I can't imagine; he was he's just standing in the courtroom, like he had been a moment before.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderLA'' once had has 10,000 acres of badly CGI'd/cloned pot, pot in one episode, which somehow looked looks even worse as a photoshopped image.



* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'', in practically every episode due to its low budget. The one that stands out the most was an episode where a bunch of kids were kidnapped onto an alien spacecraft and forced to eat a horrible alien food product... which was clearly and obviously lime-flavoured jello in a bowl.
** This ended up being beneficial in ways as episodes often had to use frightening ideas and imagery (e.g. a girl suddenly standing on the other side of the window in the middle of the night) rather than special effects, which [[NothingIsScarier made it scarier]].
* ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' and its sequels had impressive special effects for a documentary, especially upon the first viewing. However after a closer inspection, it is baffling how the SFX team didn't catch some of the clearly obvious goofs. The biggest ones are:
** The shocking shift between the CG and the animatronic ''Postosuchus'' from the first episode.
** Messed up water reflections from the second episode, also, ''Diplodocus'' drinking from a bush.
*** The baby Sauropods supposedly disturb a lot of branches on the ground, however the CG dinosaurs have been animated elsewhere, so the branches are moving on their own.

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* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'', in practically every episode due to its low budget. The one that stands out the most was is an episode where a bunch of kids were are kidnapped onto an alien spacecraft and forced to eat a horrible alien food product... which was is clearly and obviously lime-flavoured jello in a bowl.
** This ended up being beneficial in ways ways, as episodes often had to use frightening ideas and imagery (e.g. a girl suddenly standing on the other side of the window in the middle of the night) rather than special effects, which [[NothingIsScarier made makes it scarier]].
* ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' and its sequels had have impressive special effects for a documentary, especially upon the first viewing. However after a closer inspection, it is baffling how the SFX team didn't catch some of the clearly obvious goofs. The biggest ones are:
** The shocking jarring shift between the CG and the animatronic ''Postosuchus'' from the first episode.
** Messed up Messed-up water reflections from the second episode, also, and a ''Diplodocus'' drinking from a bush.
bush in the second episode.
*** The baby Sauropods supposedly disturb a lot of branches on the ground, however but the CG dinosaurs have been animated elsewhere, so the branches are moving on their own.



*** Although it is not as severe as in the picture on the top of the page, you can see that the ''Iguanodon'' puppet could have been made with a longer neck

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*** Although it is not as severe as in the picture on the top of the main page, you can see that the ''Iguanodon'' puppet could have been made with a longer neck



*** The sequence of the raptors bringing down the ''Iguanodon'' has so many clipping errors, it is not funny (watch their hands and legs).
*** When the ''Utahraptor''s open their mouths, their "inner surface" becomes visible, and it has the same pattern as their outer skin.

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*** The sequence of the raptors bringing down the ''Iguanodon'' has so many clipping errors, it is not isn't funny (watch their hands and legs).
*** When the ''Utahraptor''s open their mouths, the inside of their "inner surface" models becomes visible, and it has the same pattern as their outer skin.



** Episode five: the attacking ''Koolasuchus'' doesn't open its mouth. The fleeing ''Leallynasaura'' however does, and we can see the background through its head.
*** The "allosaur", after it kills the lead female, twists its head in a very painful manner, and its jaws sink into its stiff neck.

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** Episode five: the attacking ''Koolasuchus'' doesn't open its mouth. The fleeing ''Leallynasaura'' however ''Leallynasaura'', however, does, and we can see the background through its head.
*** The "allosaur", ''Allosaurus'', after it kills the lead female, twists its head in a very painful manner, and its jaws sink into clip through its stiff neck.



* WWD special, ''The Ballad of Big Al'' brings us:

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* The WWD special, special ''The Ballad of Big Al'' brings us:



* In ''Walking with Monsters'', a gorgonospid brushes against a bush, with the bush sticking INSIDE of it while it chases a scutosaurus.

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* In ''Walking with Monsters'', a gorgonospid brushes against a bush, with the bush sticking INSIDE of it it, while it chases a scutosaurus.



* In ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', the season 3 episode that ripped off the movie ''Film/{{Species}}'', Quinn jumps into the vortex which is off screen... then he can clearly be seen standing up and walking away.
** Some monsters in ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' are painfully obvious CG. The dinosaurs aren't the worse; there were also a huge spider, a giant beetle and "spider-wasps" that are looking really out of place in a live-action series.
*** And then there was the worm...
** The "rip in the universe" effect in the episode ''As Time Goes By'' was awful.
* ''Series/CornerGas'' digitally added Oscar and Emma's car into the exterior shots of the house in the Christmas episode.
* ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' has an episode with an Emu or Ostrich running wild in the centre, which leads to several amusing effects failures. They actually managed to get a live version of the animal, but presumably it was too dangerous to let the actors interact with it. So you either get a live ostrich/emu running down a corridor dragging an obvious dummy, or human actors interacting with a hand puppet sticking over a bathroom stall. To their credit, the people involved seemed to realise this problem so the shots with the fake ostrich/emu are so obviously fake that it actually adds to the comedy.

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* In ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', the season 3 episode that ripped off the movie ''Film/{{Species}}'', Quinn jumps into the vortex which is off screen...off-screen... then he can clearly be seen standing up and walking away.
** Some monsters in ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' are painfully obvious CG. The dinosaurs aren't the worse; worst; there were are also a huge spider, a giant beetle and "spider-wasps" that are looking all look really out of place in a live-action series.
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series. And then there was there's the worm...
** The "rip in the universe" effect in the episode ''As Time Goes By'' was is awful.
* ''Series/CornerGas'' digitally added adds Oscar and Emma's car into the exterior shots of the house in the Christmas episode.
* ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' has an episode with an Emu or Ostrich running wild in the centre, which leads to several amusing effects failures. They actually managed to get a live version of the animal, but presumably it was too dangerous to let the actors interact with it. So you either get a live ostrich/emu running down a corridor dragging an obvious dummy, or human actors interacting with a hand puppet sticking over a bathroom stall. To their credit, the people involved seemed to realise this problem problem, so the shots with the fake ostrich/emu are so obviously fake that it actually adds to the comedy.



** The show is known for its rather impressive special effects, but there's just one scene in which it fails miserably. In the ''Film/DieHard'' episode "I Shrink Therefore I Am", which is filled with (mostly) very well-done effects in which people are shrunk and grown and interact with each other, a glimpse we get through a viewscreen of Noranti floating out in space rather clearly indicates the strings holding her up. Given that the scene is PlayedForLaughs, though, it may or may not be deliberate.
** Not to mention the episode "Beware of Dog" where a creature brought on board Moya has two forms: the first a very convincing animatronic puppet, and the second a goofy looking costume that the cast and crew took to calling the "Tandoori Chicken".

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** The show is known for its rather impressive special effects, but there's just one scene in which it fails miserably. In the ''Film/DieHard'' DieHardOnAnX episode "I Shrink Therefore I Am", which is filled with (mostly) very well-done effects in which people are shrunk and grown and interact with each other, a glimpse we get through a viewscreen of Noranti floating out in space rather clearly indicates the strings holding her up. Given that the scene is PlayedForLaughs, though, it may or may not be deliberate.
** Not to mention the episode "Beware of Dog" Dog", where a creature brought on board Moya has two forms: the first a very convincing animatronic puppet, and the second a goofy looking costume that the cast and crew took to calling the "Tandoori Chicken".



** The CGI used for "Jack"'s true form in "Infinite Possibilities" is much better than the physical puppet used in the earlier "A Human Reaction". Unfortunately, after he died, they switched back to the puppet for the corpse, which was particularly obvious since the CGI and physical forms were significantly different in appearance.
* ''Series/TheTroop'' uses this like there's no tomorrow. The monster effects are so cheap, it can be hard to take the show seriously, even on what was supposed to be tense moments. The fact that the show was made in 2009, only adds to the cheesiness. However, this show is [[NarmCharm supposed have the charm of old 1990's Nick shows,]] though it's still hard to cope in this year.
* ''Series/CoronationStreet'' had a huge event planned for its 50th anniversary based around a catastrophic tram crash on the street. This was generally impressively done, with a huge explosion to damage the track, with large, fiery sets and rubble following the crash. However, the actual moment of the tram crashing onto the street was mired by the incredibly goofy looking CG used for the tram (complete with the driver comically pasted into the front as it comes towards the camera).
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' had a clip where Walker jumps out of a plane, which then blows up. Or rather, features an explosion badly pasted over footage of the airplane. When shown on ''Series/LateNight'', Conan's reply was "I thought [[SelfDeprecation the special effects on this show were bad]] until I saw that plane explode on ''Walker Texas Ranger''. They just took footage of a plane and had someone hold a match in front of it."
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' generally doesn't have much in the way of special effects. Shawn notices things while wearing a funny face. But in the second season, Shawn and Gus are trying to save a dare devil's life, and one stunt takes place on top of a tower, and the green screen is painfully obvious.
* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' never did have the Greatest American Special Effects, but some episodes were downright painful. In one, Ralph has to stop some Soviet agents from getting picked up by a sub, so he collides with the sub to scare it off. The collision with the "conning tower" is laughably bad (the clearly wooden structure shakes), and it obviously takes place inside on a soundstage.
* ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'', at the climax of its second season premiere. The Blackwood Project team and mercenary John Kincaid run to escape their home, which had been rigged with enough explosives to completely destroy it. The resulting explosion as the characters reach safety is an obvious model miniature that looks poorly designed and flimsy, with thin pieces of cardboard flying around as the "building" explodes.

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** The CGI used for "Jack"'s true form in "Infinite Possibilities" is much better than the physical puppet used in the earlier "A Human Reaction". Unfortunately, after he died, dies, they switched switch back to the puppet for the corpse, which was is particularly obvious since the CGI and physical forms were are significantly different in appearance.
* ''Series/TheTroop'' uses this like there's no tomorrow. The monster effects are so cheap, it can be hard to take the show seriously, even on what was is supposed to be tense moments. The fact that the show was made in 2009, 2009 only adds to the cheesiness. However, this show is [[NarmCharm supposed have the charm of old 1990's Nick shows,]] though it's still hard to cope in this year.
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* ''Series/CoronationStreet'' had a huge event planned for its 50th anniversary based around a catastrophic tram crash on the street. This was generally impressively done, with a huge explosion to damage the track, with large, fiery sets and rubble following the crash. However, the actual moment of the tram crashing onto the street was is mired by the incredibly goofy looking CG used for the tram (complete with the driver comically pasted into the front as it comes towards the camera).
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' had has a clip where Walker jumps out of a plane, which then blows up. Or rather, features an explosion badly pasted over footage of the airplane. When shown on ''Series/LateNight'', Conan's reply was "I thought [[SelfDeprecation the special effects on this show were bad]] until I saw that plane explode on ''Walker Texas Ranger''. They just took footage of a plane and had someone hold a match in front of it."
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' generally doesn't have much in the way of special effects. Shawn notices things while wearing a funny face. But in the second season, Shawn and Gus are trying to save a dare devil's daredevil's life, and one stunt takes place on top of a tower, and the green screen is painfully obvious.
* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' never did have the Greatest American Special Effects, but some episodes were are downright painful. In one, Ralph has to stop some Soviet agents from getting picked up by a sub, so he collides with the sub to scare it off. The collision with the "conning tower" is laughably bad (the clearly wooden structure shakes), and it obviously takes place inside on a soundstage.
* ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'', at the climax of its second season premiere. The Blackwood Project team and mercenary John Kincaid run to escape their home, which had has been rigged with enough explosives to completely destroy it. The resulting explosion as the characters reach safety is an obvious model miniature that looks poorly designed and flimsy, with thin pieces of cardboard flying around as the "building" explodes.



* ''Series/HelloCheeky'' invoked this in its parody of disaster movies, ''The Blazing Bedsitter''. An underlying joke throughout the whole sketch is that the actors make up disasters going on outside the room, because they don't have any other set.

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* ''Series/HelloCheeky'' invoked invokes this in its parody of disaster movies, ''The Blazing Bedsitter''. An underlying joke throughout the whole sketch is that the actors make up disasters going on outside the room, because they don't have any other set.



* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' features an absurdly high number of fairytale creatures made with lousy CG (big offenders being the Wraith, the Ogre, and Jiminy Cricket.) While the rest of the series has very ambitious production values and lavish visuals (think ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' but with more realistic buildings, environments, etc.), the bad creature effects (especially compared to [[DuelingShows this show's competitor,]] ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', which is far more reliant on creature effects) stand out a hell of a lot more.
* ''Series/TopGear'' had this happen a few times, but most often [[StylisticSuck intentionally]] [[RuleofFunny for laughs]]. They once made an intro to a fake 60's spy show called ''The Interceptors'', which at one point cut from footage of a real boat with a real person in it to them blowing up a toy boat with a doll in it. Another time Jeremy decided to cover a camera in Vaseline so he would get "style" points for a challenge. [[EpicFail You couldn't see a thing out of the camera]].
* ''Hillside'', a shoestring budget Canadian teen drama (titled ''Fifteen'' in Nickelodeon runs during the early 90's), was rife with examples, such as a pinball machine with ''no sound effects'' and the girl's locker room being clearly the exact same room as the boy's locker room, except with pink paper scattered all over the wall.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had several episodes where the cameraman zoomed a bit too far out or angled the camera a bit too steep, causing the studio lights to be briefly seen in the shots.

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' features an absurdly high number of fairytale creatures made with lousy CG (big offenders being the Wraith, the Ogre, and Jiminy Cricket.) Cricket). While the rest of the series has very ambitious production values and lavish visuals (think ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' but with more realistic buildings, environments, etc.), the bad creature effects (especially compared to [[DuelingShows this show's competitor,]] ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', which is far more reliant on creature effects) stand out a hell of a lot more.
* ''Series/TopGear'' had this happen a few times, but most often [[StylisticSuck intentionally]] [[RuleofFunny for laughs]]. They once made an intro to a fake 60's spy show called ''The Interceptors'', which at one point cut cuts from footage of a real boat with a real person in it to them blowing up a toy boat with a doll in it. Another time Jeremy decided decides to cover a camera in Vaseline so he would he'll get "style" points for a challenge. [[EpicFail You couldn't can't see a thing out of the camera]].
* ''Hillside'', a shoestring budget Canadian teen drama (titled ''Fifteen'' in Nickelodeon runs during the early 90's), was is rife with examples, such as a pinball machine with ''no sound effects'' and the girl's locker room being clearly the exact same room as the boy's locker room, except with pink paper scattered all over the wall.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had has several episodes where the cameraman zoomed zooms a bit too far out or angled angles the camera a bit too steep, causing the studio lights to be briefly seen in the shots.



* The original ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' had a body fall out of a helicopter. A body that's managing to keep its legs straight and its arms in an "I wanna hug you" position.

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* The original ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' had has a body fall out of a helicopter. A body that's managing to keep its legs straight and its arms in an "I wanna hug you" position.



** A particularly egregious example from the show is the "Africanized Honeybee" skit from the "Brazil" episode, featuring a young boy batting low-hanging branches with a long stick whilst walking to an unknown destination. When the child inaverdently disturbs the bees, the bees attack...well they're supposed to attack. The child flails around, but with ''no bees in sight''. Almost all shots of bees are simply bees swarming around the camera, utilizing cross-cutting to create the sense that the boy is being attacked. Only two close-up shots show bees together with the boy, and one of them shows what appears to be a cloud of CG particles swirling around the boy's head. Supposedly, these particles are supposed to be bees, but they end up looking like something out of ''Film/{{Birdemic}}''. Fortunately, the other close-up of the bees with the boy is the most convincing shot of the episode, utilizing real bees with either the actual child actor or a very well-made mannequin.

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** A particularly egregious example from the show is the "Africanized Honeybee" skit from the "Brazil" episode, featuring a young boy batting low-hanging branches with a long stick whilst while walking to an unknown destination. When the child inaverdently disturbs the bees, the bees attack...well they're supposed to attack. The child flails around, but with ''no bees in sight''. Almost all shots of bees are simply bees swarming around the camera, utilizing cross-cutting to create the sense that the boy is being attacked. Only two close-up shots show bees together with the boy, and one of them shows what appears to be a cloud of CG particles swirling around the boy's head. Supposedly, these particles are supposed to be bees, but they end up looking like something out of ''Film/{{Birdemic}}''. Fortunately, the other close-up of the bees with the boy is the most convincing shot of the episode, utilizing real bees with either the actual child actor or a very well-made mannequin.



* In ''Series/BatesMotel'', a small dog Norman befriended crosses the road, (to get to Norman, who happened to *be* on the other side, okay?) only for it to get run over by a passing truck, with not so much a GoryDiscretionShot, but a Gory Discretion camera focus shift. This does not hide the fact of the dog's stunt dummy, or the fact that it does not so much fall over or flatten, as roll over stiff-legged.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': The episode "First Anniversary" , whilst liked for its storyline, was criticised for the alien women's cheap suits - people saying they looked like an oversized leotard with offcuts attached on.

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* In ''Series/BatesMotel'', a small dog Norman has befriended crosses the road, (to get to Norman, who happened to *be* on the other side, okay?) only for it to get run over by a passing truck, with not so much a GoryDiscretionShot, but a Gory Discretion camera focus shift. This does not hide the fact of the dog's stunt dummy, or the fact that it does not so much fall over or flatten, as roll over stiff-legged.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': The episode "First Anniversary" , Anniversary", whilst liked for its storyline, was criticised for the alien women's cheap suits - people saying said they looked like an oversized leotard with offcuts attached on.attached.



* [[http://media.tumblr.com/231846436fe42c7926f3b861fdf88b8a/tumblr_inline_molskcea9i1qc13oa.gif This]] moment on ''Series/TrueBlood'' where (male character) leaves through a door without moving at all.

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* [[http://media.tumblr.com/231846436fe42c7926f3b861fdf88b8a/tumblr_inline_molskcea9i1qc13oa.gif This]] moment on ''Series/TrueBlood'' where (male character) a guy leaves through a door without moving at all.



* InUniverse example in a season 2 episode of ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'': Xiomara in cast on Rogelio's current telenovela as [[ItMakesSenseInContext the lesbian lover of Eleanor Roosevelt]], and they decide to disguise Xiomara's BadBadActing by digitally adjusting her face. UncannyValley does not ''begin'' to describe the finished result.

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* InUniverse example in a season 2 episode of ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'': Xiomara in is cast on Rogelio's current telenovela as [[ItMakesSenseInContext the lesbian lover of Eleanor Roosevelt]], and they decide to disguise Xiomara's BadBadActing by digitally adjusting her face. UncannyValley does not ''begin'' to describe the finished result.
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