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19th Jan '16 3:36:28 PM DrOO7
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* ''Series/OneLifeToLive''. Rape victim Marty Saybrooke runs to the home of her friend Rev. Andrew Carpenter. As she starts to knock on the door, ''it starts to swing open''(revealing itself to be a prop), forcing the actress to pull back on her knocking so as not to ruin the take. Where it not for the fact that you can see the door opening (thanks to countless Website/YouTube viewings), you could easily view the subsequent awkward, hesitant tapping on the door as a sign of Marty's wrecked emotional state.
27th Dec '15 2:04:09 PM nombretomado
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* Any episode of the '70s 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 ''TheSixMillionDollarMan'' ''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.
28th Oct '15 2:57:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{MadTV}}'' parodied this in their "Funkenstein" sketches, which [[BlaxploitationParody parody]] 1970s low-budget {{blaxploitation}} remakes of classic horror movies such as ''{{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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* ''Series/{{MadTV}}'' parodied this in their "Funkenstein" sketches, which [[BlaxploitationParody parody]] 1970s low-budget {{blaxploitation}} remakes of classic horror movies such as ''{{Blacula}}'' ''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.
16th Oct '15 2:33:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* One ''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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* One ''TheMentalist'' ''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.

* A {{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.
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* A {{Nickelodeon}} 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.

* The final season of ''FullHouse'' (1994-1995) is ripe with this:
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* The final season of ''FullHouse'' ''Series/FullHouse'' (1994-1995) is ripe with this:

* ''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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* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' ''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!).

* ''HannahMontana'' doesn't use special effects often (except when [[DrivingADesk driving cars]]), but when it does, you can expect it to fall under this trope. One blatant example is from an early episode, where Miley/Hannah blows the fakest-looking bubblegum bubble imaginable.
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* ''HannahMontana'' ''Series/HannahMontana'' doesn't use special effects often (except when [[DrivingADesk driving cars]]), but when it does, you can expect it to fall under this trope. One blatant example is from an early episode, where Miley/Hannah blows the fakest-looking bubblegum bubble imaginable.

** ''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).
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** ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''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).

* ''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''.
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* ''CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'': ''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''.

* In ''Terminator: TheSarahConnorChronicles'', the fully-CGI Terminator endoskeletons are arguably less convincing than the fully-mechanical muppet used in the climax of the original ''{{Terminator}}'' film, but definitely more convincing than the stop-motion used in that film. To be fair, though, you'd ''expect'' CGI on any budget to look less realistic than an animatronic model that is ''actually real''.
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* In ''Terminator: TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', the fully-CGI Terminator endoskeletons are arguably less convincing than the fully-mechanical muppet used in the climax of the original ''{{Terminator}}'' ''Film/TheTerminator'' film, but definitely more convincing than the stop-motion used in that film. To be fair, though, you'd ''expect'' CGI on any budget to look less realistic than an animatronic model that is ''actually real''.

* ''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 ''TheCW'' have worked on it after getting it from CBS? * ''{{Sanctuary}}'', as a SciFiChannel original series, runs into this with the goofy-looking muscle suit that a lead actor wears when he's turned into a hulking freak. * 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 ''ReturnOfUltraman'', which was clearly much more higher budget and primarily run by a special effects team to boot.
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* ''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 ''TheCW'' Creator/TheCW have worked on it after getting it from CBS? * ''{{Sanctuary}}'', ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', as a SciFiChannel original series, runs into this with the goofy-looking muscle suit that a lead actor wears when he's turned into a hulking freak. * 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 ''ReturnOfUltraman'', ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'', which was clearly much more higher budget and primarily run by a special effects team to boot.

* ''Rose Red'' had an equally unconvincing rat puppet appears as a CatScare in its third installment. Its gaping mouth in close-up is obviously plastic, and doesn't even have a rodent's buck teeth. To make matters worse, the real rat shown scampering away from the scene is a different shade of gray-brown. * In ''The Adventures of William Tell'', the famous crossbow bolt that pierces the apple in the first episode is quite obviously riding a very visible wire. This wouldn't be so bad if that shot hadn't been used in the opening credits every single week. * ''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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* ''Rose Red'' ''Series/RoseRed'' had an equally unconvincing rat puppet appears as a CatScare in its third installment. Its gaping mouth in close-up is obviously plastic, and doesn't even have a rodent's buck teeth. To make matters worse, the real rat shown scampering away from the scene is a different shade of gray-brown. * In ''The Adventures of William Tell'', ''Series/TheAdventuresOfWilliamTell'', the famous crossbow bolt that pierces the apple in the first episode is quite obviously riding a very visible wire. This wouldn't be so bad if that shot hadn't been used in the opening credits every single week. * ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' ''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!"

* ''{{Blackadder}}: The Cavalier Years'' briefly features a baby who is an obvious doll. Why they didn't just have it wrapped in cloth is a mystery. * ''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.
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* ''{{Blackadder}}: ''Series/{{Blackadder}}: The Cavalier Years'' briefly features a baby who is an obvious doll. Why they didn't just have it wrapped in cloth is a mystery. * ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'', ''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.

* ''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:
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* ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'' ''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:

* ''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."
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* ''WalkerTexasRanger'' ''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."
14th Oct '15 1:10:22 PM StFan
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* ''{{Raven}}'' tries not to use special effects all that much, but when it does, it smashes into this trope -- ''hard''. It includes such things as "floating" orbs of fire, "demons", who look exactly like what's playing them (namely blokes standing around in robes), and people "disappearing", or being "brought back" in flashes of light.
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* ''{{Raven}}'' ''Series/{{Raven}}'' tries not to use special effects all that much, but when it does, it smashes into this trope -- ''hard''. It includes such things as "floating" orbs of fire, "demons", who look exactly like what's playing them (namely blokes standing around in robes), and people "disappearing", or being "brought back" in flashes of light.
4th Oct '15 4:27:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/BeingHuman'' has excellent werewolf transformation sequences. The werewolf post-transformation... is rather less so.
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* ''Series/BeingHuman'' ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' has excellent werewolf transformation sequences. The werewolf post-transformation... is rather less so.
4th Oct '15 9:49:10 AM supergod
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* ''Series/TheStarlost'', sometimes called the worst science fiction series ever made, 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.
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* ''Series/TheStarlost'', sometimes called the worst science fiction series ever made, ''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.
15th Sep '15 2:38:18 PM Conradus
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*** Hey, who doesn't like ol' Golf-Ball Eyes?
6th Sep '15 10:41:51 AM nombretomado
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* Similarly, ''{{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, ''{{NCIS}}'', ''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.
24th Aug '15 9:54:58 PM Cindylover1969
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** Several viewers have drawn unflattering comparisons between Juliette's baby daughter and the one seen in ''Film/AmericanSniper''.
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** Several viewers have drawn unflattering comparisons between Juliette's baby daughter and the one seen in ''Film/AmericanSniper''. ''Film/AmericanSniper'', which may have led writer-producer Debra Fordham to share [[https://twitter.com/DebraFordham/status/631515902987632640 this picture of the tot]].
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