History TakeThat / LiveActionTV

23rd Apr '18 2:56:16 PM JadedStreak
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** The episode "Mork's Mixed Emotions" had a brief TakeThat against Creator/SteveMartin. Mork, after a wild night of overwhelming emotions, bursts into the record store and throws a cardboard cut-out of Steve across the room and yells Steve's trademark "EXCUUUUUUUUUUSE MEEEEEEE!". Perhaps not really intended as a Take That, since Steve and Robin are friends in real life, but it sure comes off as one.

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** The episode "Mork's Mixed Emotions" had a brief TakeThat against Creator/SteveMartin. Mork, after a wild night of overwhelming emotions, bursts into the record store and throws a cardboard cut-out of Steve across the room and yells Steve's trademark "EXCUUUUUUUUUUSE MEEEEEEE!". Perhaps not really intended as a Take That, since Steve and Robin are were good friends in real life, but it sure comes off as one.
23rd Apr '18 10:48:35 AM JamesAustin
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* In response to being [[ExecutiveMeddling horrifically dicked around by NBC]], Creator/ConanOBrien responded by making the last episodes of his tenure on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' almost nothing ''but'' Take Thats. [[http://gawker.com/5448615/the-late-night-war-reaches-its-boiling-point-all-the-clips-you-missed Just check out the clips in this Gawker article.]]

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* In response to being [[ExecutiveMeddling horrifically dicked around by NBC]], Creator/ConanOBrien responded by making the last episodes of his tenure on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' ''Series/TheTonightShowWithConanOBrien'' almost nothing ''but'' Take Thats. [[http://gawker.com/5448615/the-late-night-war-reaches-its-boiling-point-all-the-clips-you-missed Just check out the clips in this Gawker article.]]]]
* A lot of Creator/CraigFerguson's jokes on ''Series/TheLateLateShowWithCraigFerguson'' are (admittedly mostly joking) {{Take That}}s towards CBS and TV in general. He has also said a direct TakeThat to ''Series/{{MASH}}'', saying that his upcoming Robot Skeleton Sidekick will be the "the most awesome thing not just in late-nite television, but in all television, ever!"
** It's become one of Ferguson's catchphrases. These days, when he feels he's been mean towards someone who didn't deserve it, he'll often inverse this trope, jokingly saying things along the lines of "Take that, nice woman in the audience!", or "Take that, single mothers!".



* A lot of Creator/CraigFerguson's jokes on ''[[Series/TheLateLateShow The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson]]'' are (admittedly mostly joking) {{Take That}}s towards CBS and TV in general. He has also said a direct TakeThat to ''Series/{{MASH}}'', saying that his upcoming Robot Skeleton Sidekick will be the "the most awesome thing not just in late-nite television, but in all television, ever!"
** It's become one of Ferguson's catchphrases. These days, when he feels he's been mean towards someone who didn't deserve it, he'll often inverse this trope, jokingly saying things along the lines of "Take that, nice woman in the audience!", or "Take that, single mothers!".
23rd Apr '18 10:42:09 AM JamesAustin
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* An episode of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' had Lou Grant stuck babysitting Bess Lindstrom. She wants to watch TV, so he asks about 'The Clancy Clan'. Bess unenthusiastically describes it as a show about a family that has a lot of kids, and they have all these laughs because...they have all these kids. Lou notably did not ask : What's Their Story?

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* An episode of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' had Lou Grant stuck babysitting Bess Lindstrom. She wants to watch TV, so he asks about 'The "[[Series/TheBradyBunch The Clancy Clan'.Clan]]". Bess unenthusiastically describes it as a show about a family that has a lot of kids, and they have all these laughs because...they have all these kids. Lou notably did not ask : What's Their Story?ask, "What's their story?"



* The vampire romance ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' has evil vampire Damon read ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' and [[YourVampiresSuck makes several insults about its myths]].
--> '''Caroline''' Why don't you sparkle?
--> '''Damon''' Because I live in the real world, where vampires burn in the sun.

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* The vampire romance ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' has evil vampire Damon read made these against ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' into an art form:
** Evil vampire Damon read ''Twilight''
and [[YourVampiresSuck makes several insults about its myths]].
--> '''Caroline''' ---> '''Caroline:''' Why don't you sparkle?
--> '''Damon''' ---> '''Damon:''' Because I live in the real world, where vampires burn in the sun.



** There is also a subtle one where her vampire boyfriend Stefan hasn't called Elena for a few days.
--> '''Elena''' I'm not going to be one of those girls who just breaks down without a boy in her life.
** Werewolves are mostly extinct except in "books and really bad movies." Another ''Twilight'' dig.
*** WordOfGod has also said this is a reference to the Kevin Williamson movie ''Film/{{Cursed|2005}}''.

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** There is also a subtle one where her Elena's vampire boyfriend Stefan hasn't called Elena her for a few days.
--> ---> '''Elena''' I'm not going to be one of those girls who just breaks down without a boy in her life.
** Werewolves are mostly extinct except in "books and really bad movies." Another ''Twilight'' dig.
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dig. WordOfGod has also said this is a reference to the Kevin Williamson movie ''Film/{{Cursed|2005}}''.



--> '''Stefan''' You're staring.
--> '''Elena''' I'm gazing.
--> '''Stefan''' It's creepy.
--> '''Elena''' It's romantic.

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--> '''Stefan''' ---> '''Stefan:''' You're staring.
--> '''Elena''' ---> '''Elena:''' I'm gazing.
--> '''Stefan''' ---> '''Stefan:''' It's creepy.
--> '''Elena''' ---> '''Elena:''' It's romantic.
23rd Apr '18 10:32:21 AM JamesAustin
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--> '''Mulder:''' ''[reading a Bible passage written on the wall in blood]'' "He who eats of my flesh, and drinks of my blood, shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day." They have the same feeble literal grasp of The Bible as all those big-haired preachers do.

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--> ---> '''Mulder:''' ''[reading a Bible passage written on the wall in blood]'' "He who eats of my flesh, and drinks of my blood, shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day." They have the same feeble literal grasp of The Bible as all those big-haired preachers do.
23rd Apr '18 10:30:31 AM JamesAustin
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had ''Series/TheXFiles'':
23rd Apr '18 10:29:50 AM JamesAustin
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had one episode where Mulder bought pirated AlienAutopsy footage. Scully believes that it looks hokier than the Fox autopsy. Turns out it's real. Another had them take a shot at then Oscar winning ''Film/ForrestGump'', when the Smoking Man twists the upbeat "Life is like a box of chocolates..." metaphor into a real downer.
** "Life is like a box of chocolates: a cheap, thoughtless perfunctory gift no one ever asked for. Unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. You're stuck with this undefinable whipped mint crap that you mindlessly wolf down when there's nothing else left to eat. Sure, once in a while there's a peanut butter cup or an English toffee but they're gone too fast and the taste is fleeting. So you end up with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and teeth shattering nuts. And if you're desperate enough to eat those then all you've got left is an empty box, filled with useless brown paper wrappers."

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had had
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one episode where episode, Mulder bought pirated AlienAutopsy footage. Scully believes that it looks hokier than the Fox autopsy. Turns out it's real. real.
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Another had them take a shot at then Oscar winning ''Film/ForrestGump'', who at the time had just won the Oscar, when the Smoking Man twists the upbeat "Life is like a box of chocolates..." metaphor into a real downer.
** "Life --->'''Smoking Man:''' Life is like a box of chocolates: a cheap, thoughtless perfunctory gift no one ever asked for. Unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. You're stuck with this undefinable whipped mint crap that you mindlessly wolf down when there's nothing else left to eat. Sure, once in a while there's a peanut butter cup or an English toffee but they're gone too fast and the taste is fleeting. So you end up with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and teeth shattering nuts. And if you're desperate enough to eat those then all you've got left is an empty box, filled with useless brown paper wrappers."



--> '''Mulder:''' [reading a Bible passage written on the wall in blood] "He who eats of my flesh, and drinks of my blood, shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day." They have the same feeble literal grasp of The Bible as all those big-haired preachers do.

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--> '''Mulder:''' [reading ''[reading a Bible passage written on the wall in blood] blood]'' "He who eats of my flesh, and drinks of my blood, shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day." They have the same feeble literal grasp of The Bible as all those big-haired preachers do.
22nd Apr '18 8:49:46 AM AmuckCricetine
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*** In a similar event, some have suggested that the pretentious, overly-analytical and unpleasant nerd in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Blink]]" was named Lawrence as a swipe at {{B|igNameFan}}NF Lawrence Miles (known for being [[DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER extremely negative]] about the revival series).

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*** In a similar event, some have suggested that the pretentious, overly-analytical and unpleasant nerd in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Blink]]" was named Lawrence as a swipe at {{B|igNameFan}}NF Lawrence Miles Creator/LawrenceMiles (known for being [[DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER extremely negative]] about the revival series).



** Also, the Series 1 two-parter "Aliens of London"/"World War Three" had aliens take over the British government and contrive a situation so they would be given access to nuclear launch codes under the pretense of stopping nonexistent "massive weapons of destruction."

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** Also, the Series 1 two-parter "Aliens of London"/"World "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree World War Three" Three]]" had aliens take over the British government and contrive a situation so they would be given access to nuclear launch codes under the pretense of stopping nonexistent "massive weapons of destruction."
22nd Apr '18 8:43:31 AM AmuckCricetine
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* Near the end of ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', there was an episode with an elderly British spy who said "We in [=MI5=] thought James Bond was a sissy." Creator/PierceBrosnan was in the running to play James Bond when Roger Moore left the role, but had to back out due to commitments to ''Remington Steele''. [[Film/GoldenEye It all worked out in the end...]]

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* Near the end of ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', there was an episode with an elderly British spy who said "We in [=MI5=] thought James Bond Film/JamesBond was a sissy." Creator/PierceBrosnan was in the running to play James Bond when Roger Moore Creator/RogerMoore left the role, but had to back out due to commitments to ''Remington Steele''. [[Film/GoldenEye It all worked out in the end...]]



** Fandom is divided on whether the episode "Love and Monsters" is an AffectionateParody and loving tribute to the things that make fandom special, or just a huge TakeThat to its fans. The truth is it's kind of both; the 'good' fans are presented as being slightly geeky and socially awkward but fundamentally decent and good people who come together, make connections, are inspired creatively and even fall in love as a result of their fandom, whereas the 'bad' fans are humourless jobsworths who treat fandom as a joyless ritual, establishing pecking orders and sucking all the life and creativity out of the whole thing for the sake of their own ego-fulfillment. It might not be coincidental that it is sometimes suggested that the Absorbaloff is based on Ian Levine, a well-known fan who [[SmallNameBigEgo arguably represents more than a few of these negative traits]].
*** In a similar event, some have suggested that the pretentious, overly-analytical and unpleasant nerd in "Blink" was named Lawrence as a swipe at {{B|igNameFan}}NF Lawrence Miles (known for being [[DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER extremely negative]] about the revival series).
** Prior actors of the Doctor bicker non-stop whenever [[TimeyWimeyBall they happen to meet each other]]. Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton turned this bickering into an art during convention appearances, and Colin Baker and Peter Davison have traded insults on DVD commentaries.

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** Fandom is divided on whether the episode "Love and Monsters" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters Love & Monsters]]" is an AffectionateParody and loving tribute to the things that make fandom special, or just a huge TakeThat to its fans. The truth is it's kind of both; the 'good' fans are presented as being slightly geeky and socially awkward but fundamentally decent and good people who come together, make connections, are inspired creatively and even fall in love as a result of their fandom, whereas the 'bad' fans are humourless jobsworths who treat fandom as a joyless ritual, establishing pecking orders and sucking all the life and creativity out of the whole thing for the sake of their own ego-fulfillment. It might not be coincidental that it is sometimes suggested that the Absorbaloff is based on Ian Levine, a well-known fan who [[SmallNameBigEgo arguably represents more than a few of these negative traits]].
*** In a similar event, some have suggested that the pretentious, overly-analytical and unpleasant nerd in "Blink" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Blink]]" was named Lawrence as a swipe at {{B|igNameFan}}NF Lawrence Miles (known for being [[DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER extremely negative]] about the revival series).
** Prior actors of the Doctor bicker non-stop whenever [[TimeyWimeyBall they happen to meet each other]]. Jon Pertwee Creator/JonPertwee and Patrick Troughton Creator/PatrickTroughton turned this bickering into an art during convention appearances, and Colin Baker Creator/ColinBaker and Peter Davison Creator/PeterDavison have traded insults on DVD commentaries.



** Also this line from ''The Christmas Invasion'':

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** Also this line from ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion'':Invasion]]":



** The Series 3 finale also features Martha suggesting the Master could be the Doctor's brother, only for the Doctor to shoot down the idea as silly and suggest she's been "watching too much TV". This could be a Take That at the proposed storylines for a potential US Doctor Who series from the early 1990s in which the Master would have been the Doctor's "evil brother".
** Finally, there is this classic moment in "The Parting of the Ways," where Russell T Davies expresses his ambivalent and nuanced feelings regarding the TV movie's claim that the Doctor was part human:

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums The Series 3 finale Sound of Drums]]" also features Martha suggesting the Master could be the Doctor's brother, only for the Doctor to shoot down the idea as silly and suggest she's been "watching too much TV". This could be a Take That at the proposed storylines for a potential US Doctor Who series from the early 1990s in which the Master would have been the Doctor's "evil brother".
** Finally, there is this classic moment in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays The Parting of the Ways," Ways]]", where Russell T Davies Creator/RussellTDavies expresses his ambivalent and nuanced feelings regarding the TV movie's claim that the Doctor was part human:



** During the moment in "The Almost People" where the Doctor's Ganger is going through the memories of previous regenerations, there is this line most likely aimed at the fans still bitter about Creator/DavidTennant leaving the show.

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** During the moment in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E6TheAlmostPeople The Almost People" People]]" where the Doctor's Ganger is going through the memories of previous regenerations, there is this line most likely aimed at the fans still bitter about Creator/DavidTennant leaving the show.



*** Also from "The Bells of St. John", this time aimed at the Tenth Doctor;

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*** Also from "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn The Bells of St. John", Saint John]]", this time aimed at the Tenth Doctor;



* The second series of ''Series/{{Extras}}'' was largely a Take That towards sitcoms that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant don't like -- primarily catchphrase-based, broad and unnaturalistic shows such as ''Series/LittleBritain''.

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* The second series of ''Series/{{Extras}}'' was largely a Take That towards sitcoms that Ricky Gervais Creator/RickyGervais and Stephen Merchant Creator/StephenMerchant don't like -- primarily catchphrase-based, broad and unnaturalistic shows such as ''Series/LittleBritain''.



** The show with Geena Davis as the country's first female president, did this pretty blatantly in one episode. There was an episode where a coastal city was hit by a hurricane. Within hours, the president was there helping oversee the relief effort. Guess who that was a swipe at. The president was later shown ''reading to children'' when an aide came up and told her something important was happening. She immediately handed the book to one of the kids to continue reading, got up, and walked away.

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** The show with Geena Davis Creator/GeenaDavis as the country's first female president, did this pretty blatantly in one episode. There was an episode where a coastal city was hit by a hurricane. Within hours, the president was there helping oversee the relief effort. Guess who that was a swipe at. The president was later shown ''reading to children'' when an aide came up and told her something important was happening. She immediately handed the book to one of the kids to continue reading, got up, and walked away.



* British TV show ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' did this a few times to ''[[Franchise/StarWars Phantom Menace]]'' in series two. For example a parody of the end scene of ''Return of the Jedi'', except instead of Anakin's body being burned, it was a set of boxes of Star Wars memorabilia. Ironically, George Lucas's company gave the series leave to use music cues, etc to do this with because of the homages and shout outs in the first series.

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* British TV show ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' did this a few times to ''[[Franchise/StarWars Phantom Menace]]'' ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' in series two. For example a parody of the end scene of ''Return of the Jedi'', except instead of Anakin's body being burned, it was a set of boxes of Star Wars memorabilia. Ironically, George Lucas's company gave the series leave to use music cues, etc to do this with because of the homages and shout outs in the first series.
2nd Apr '18 12:40:33 AM Synchronicity
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* ''TakeThat/TheGoodPlace''
28th Feb '18 7:57:22 PM nombretomado
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* A poster for the showings of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' season 4 on Sky said in big letters ANSWERS ARE COMING and underneath in much smaller letters [Unless you have Virgin Media or Freeview]! To clarify, {{Sky1}}, the channel that premiered seasons 3-6 of ''Lost'' in the UK, was pulled from Virgin Media between 2007 and 2008 after a dispute between Sky and Virgin.

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* A poster for the showings of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' season 4 on Sky said in big letters ANSWERS ARE COMING and underneath in much smaller letters [Unless you have Virgin Media or Freeview]! To clarify, {{Sky1}}, {{Creator/Sky1}}, the channel that premiered seasons 3-6 of ''Lost'' in the UK, was pulled from Virgin Media between 2007 and 2008 after a dispute between Sky and Virgin.
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