History TheSmurfettePrinciple / LiveActionTV

20th Mar '16 9:37:40 AM XSpectreGreyX
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* ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}: Season 2 has just ''one'' random, unnamed Yakuza lady. She's apparently the only female Mook in the entirety of Hell's Kitchen, since every other goon is a guy or masked and not obviously a woman. Though given the complexity of the stunts in the show, as well as the need for the Yakuza to at least ''appear'' Japanese, the showrunners likely had a limited pool to choose from.

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* ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}: 2015}}'': Season 2 has just ''one'' random, unnamed Yakuza lady. She's apparently the only female Mook in the entirety of Hell's Kitchen, since every other goon is a guy or masked and not obviously a woman. Though given the complexity of the stunts in the show, as well as the need for the Yakuza to at least ''appear'' Japanese, the showrunners likely had a limited pool to choose from.
20th Mar '16 9:35:34 AM XSpectreGreyX
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* ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}: Season 2 has just ''one'' random, unnamed Yakuza lady. She's apparently the only female Mook in the entirety of Hell's Kitchen, since every other goon is a guy or masked and not obviously a woman. Though given the complexity of the stunts in the show, as well as the need for the Yakuza to at least ''appear'' Japanese, the showrunners likely had a limited pool to choose from.
7th Feb '16 9:07:10 PM brb1006
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* For Studio 100's Series/KabouterPlop series. Kwebbel was the only female gnome seen in the show for the first couple of years until Smal got introduced in 2000. More female gnomes were seen in the movies.

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* For Studio 100's {{Creator/Studio100}}'s Series/KabouterPlop series. Kwebbel was the only female gnome seen in the show for the first couple of years until Smal got introduced in 2000. More female gnomes were seen in the movies.
5th Feb '16 7:58:07 PM brb1006
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* For Studio 100's Series/KabouterPlop series. Kwebbel was the only female gnome seen in the show for the first couple of years until Smal got introduced in 2000. More female gnomes were seen in the movies.
7th Dec '15 10:19:38 PM Cindylover1969
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* ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' is a remake of classic ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'', which is about an elite squad of police in Hawaii. The remake {{Gender Flip}}ped Kono in order to have a girl among the lead characters.

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* ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' is a remake of classic ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'', which is about an elite squad of police in Hawaii. The original didn't have a female regular until the final season, and even then Lori Wilson only appeared in ten episodes. The remake {{Gender Flip}}ped Kono in order to have a girl among the lead characters.
20th Nov '15 11:23:44 AM crazysamaritan
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* ''Series/{{Taskmaster}}'' had this for the first series. The two hosts are male, as are four of the contestants, leaving Roisin the token woman of the show.

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* ''Series/{{Taskmaster}}'' had this for the first series. ''Series/{{Taskmaster}}'': Hosts Alex Horne and Greg Davies ask questions from a panel of five contestants. The two hosts are male, as are four of the contestants, leaving Roisin the token woman of the show.only female contestant is Creator/RoisinConaty.
23rd Oct '15 8:22:01 PM physics_one
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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', the earliest version of the Justice League includes Clark, Author, Victor, Bart, Oliver, and Chloe. This group defied FiveManBand, and even allowed Chloe to be romantically involved with someone outside the group.

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', the earliest version of the Justice League includes Clark, Author, Arthur, Victor, Bart, Oliver, and Chloe. This group defied FiveManBand, and even allowed Chloe to be romantically involved with someone outside the group.
24th Sep '15 7:42:26 AM biscuitlion
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* ''Series/{{Taskmaster}}'' had this for the first series. The two hosts are male, as are four of the contestants, leaving Roisin the token woman of the show.
22nd Apr '15 9:34:52 AM crazysamaritan
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* In ''{{Series/QI}}'', one host asks questions of four panelists (three guests and one regular). Rarely is there more than two female guest panelists, and often none. Jo Brand finds herself as representing the Smurfette Principle on the show on a regular basis, and so have Sandi Toksvig and Sue Perkins.



* In ''{{Series/QI}}'', one host asks questions of four panelists (three guests and one regular). Rarely is there more than two female guest panelists, and often none. Jo Brand finds herself as representing the Smurfette Principle on the show on a regular basis, and so have Sandi Toksvig and Sue Perkins.

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* In ''{{Series/QI}}'', one host asks questions of four panelists (three guests and one regular). Rarely is there more than two female guest panelists, and often none. Jo Brand finds herself as representing the Smurfette Principle on the show on a regular basis, and so have Sandi Toksvig and Sue Perkins.
22nd Apr '15 9:25:35 AM crazysamaritan
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* ''Series/MockTheWeek'' has two teams of three panelists (two of which are guest panelists) and one host. The three regulars are all male, and the relatively few female comedians means it is hard to get more than one female guest panelist.



* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':''Franchise/StarTrek'': For a world with supposed complete gender equality, this applies to most ''Trek'' series.



** For a world with supposed complete gender equality, this applies to most ''Trek'' series. ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' started with three women - after the security chief died, all that were left were in rather stereotypically feminine roles as the doctor and counselor. Recurring females were Keiko (botanist), Ogawa (nurse), Ro Laren and Guinan. Only the latter two were of any real importance, and the first eventually settled into the role of O'Brien's wife.
** Much improved in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' which had a female first officer (Kira) and female science officer (Dax), though the number of women was still in the minority. Unfortunately, however, the science officer role was not [[spoiler:replaced after Jadzia Dax's death - the new Ezri Dax]] was another counselor.
** Further improved in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', with Captain Janeway (who later became admiral), Main Engineer TwoferTokenMinority Torres (who was Klingon, female and half Hispanic), and little girl-who-evolves-into-god Kes, who was later replaced by science "Überbabe" Seven of Nine. The main villain for the first two series turned out to be Seska, a manipulative Cardassian spy, and the surprisingly non-annoying child character was Naomi (her mom, originally a RecurringCharacter before falling OutOfFocus despite her daughter remaining prominent, was a scientist).
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had a female first officer/science officer (T'Pol), and a female comm officer/linguist (Hoshi).
** Interestingly [[EqualOpportunityEvil villains don't suffer this problem]]: ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had the Female Shapeshifter, and Kai Winn as [[BigBad Big Bads]] and the Dominion has plenty of female Vortas. The Borg equally have plenty of female drones and are led by the Queen. In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' there was Planet Angel 1, led by women and Tasha Yar's home planet, complete with Tasha's sister. There were the Duras sisters, aka ''The Magnificent Four.''

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** For a world with supposed complete gender equality, this applies to most ''Trek'' series. ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' started with three women - [[TwoGirlsToATeam two who are bridge crew]] - and after the security chief Tasha Yar died, all that were left were in rather stereotypically feminine roles as there was only Counselor Troi on the doctor and counselor. bridge. Recurring females were Keiko (botanist), Ogawa (nurse), Ro Laren and Guinan. Only female characters at least existed, defying the latter two were of any real importance, and trope for the first eventually settled into the role of O'Brien's wife.
entire ship.
** Much improved in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' which had a female first officer (Kira) and female science officer (Dax), though the number of women was still in the minority. Unfortunately, however, the science officer role was not [[spoiler:replaced after features only one Starfleet officer: Jadzia Dax's death - Dax. Since the new Ezri Dax]] was another counselor.
space station is owned by a partnership of Bajorans and the Federation, the primary cast is TwoGirlsToATeam, with Kira Nerys acting as Sisko's second-in-command.
** Further improved Almost {{averted|trope}} in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', with where Captain Janeway (who later became admiral), Main is the only female bridge member for many seasons. Chief Engineer TwoferTokenMinority Torres [[TwoferTokenMinority (who was Klingon, female and half Hispanic), Hispanic)]], Kes and little girl-who-evolves-into-god Kes, who was later replaced by science "Überbabe" Seven of Nine. The Nine are all part of the main villain cast, and are stationed on the bridge for part of the first two series turned out to be Seska, a manipulative Cardassian spy, and the surprisingly non-annoying child character was Naomi (her mom, originally a RecurringCharacter before falling OutOfFocus despite her daughter remaining prominent, was a scientist).
time.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had a finally [[AvertedTrope averts the trope]] with TwoGirlsToATeam. The bridge crew consists of several men, female first officer/science officer (T'Pol), and a female comm officer/linguist (Hoshi).
** Interestingly [[EqualOpportunityEvil villains don't suffer this problem]]: ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had the Female Shapeshifter, and Kai Winn as [[BigBad Big Bads]] and the Dominion has plenty of female Vortas. The Borg equally have plenty of female drones and are led by the Queen. In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' there was Planet Angel 1, led by women and Tasha Yar's home planet, complete with Tasha's sister. There were the Duras sisters, aka ''The Magnificent Four.''
(Hoshi).



* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' features four aliens sent to Earth to study mankind, after having learned some about Earth from its popular culture. They maintain occasional communication with the "Big Giant Head", who decided that only one of the four sent to Earth needed to be "[[TheChick The Woman]]".
* Both the U.K. and U.S. versions of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' feature four players, all of whom are almost always male. Only one episode in 18 series featured one male and three female performers. This is not helped by both Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles appearing in every episode of the last 11 series, meaning the best the women could achieve was parity with the male performers. Lampshaded in one episode during a game of ''Scenes From A Hat'' in which the scene was "Bad Times to Kiss Someone". Since all the players were male, when the game ended, Colin Mochrie asked if they could get some women on the show. This is a common issue on similarly structured comedy shows.
* Almost all {{Panel Game}}s contain one, or no, women.
** Only two episodes of ''Series/{{QI}}'', the Domesticity episode and the Girls and Boys episode, have featured two females on the same panel; this was lampshaded in the latter, which included a question on why there weren't more women as guests on the show (the excuse was that test audiences laugh less at female comedians). Out of approximately 87 different guests over 9 series, 21 of them have been female, and only 7 of those have made more than one appearance. Historically, Jo Brand has pretty clearly served the role of the token female, having appeared 27 times as of series I (the most appearances of any guest panelist, tied with Sean Lock). Sandi Toksvig, however, started appearing in at least two episodes a year as early as series G, and Sue Perkins has also started to appear more regularly (twice in series I, and will appear in three episodes in series J), making them the {{Affirmative Action Girl}}s of the show.
** Seems to have been changed for "J" series - "Jack and Jill" had two women and "Jam, Jelly and Juice" had an unprecedented female ''majority'' -- Jo Brand, Sue Perkins and Liza Tarbuck.
** The biggest offender is probably ''MockTheWeek'', since all four recurring panelists (out of six) are male and the host is as well, and has never featured more than one female comedian on the same panel; out of 51 guests to appear on the show, 16 have been women. In fairness, there is a paucity of female comedians already, so it's not necessarily the fault of the people who make the programmes.
** ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' often averted this, with a 50/50 split of the 4 panelists. The guests on the show are a trio, all imitating the same person, but have been both females and males.
** Almost always averted in ''Series/MatchGame'' (at least the 70's versions). Brett Somers was nearly always the top middle spot, and there were usually two women (with Richard Dawson in the middle) on the bottom tier.
** The BBC recently announced a new rule that all their panel shows would have at last one female participant from now on, effectively making the Smurfette Principle a literal law.
* Pick any jury on any other talent show. So You Think You Can Dance: 2 men, 1 woman. America's Got Talent: 2 men, 1 woman. The Sing-Off: 2 men, 1 woman. The Voice: ''3'' men, 1 woman.
** ''SoYouThinkYouCanDance'' has fluctuated; Nigel and Mary are permanent judges, but others have come and gone, so on any given episode the third could be a man or a woman.

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* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' features four aliens sent to Earth to study mankind, after having learned some about Earth from its popular culture. They maintain occasional communication with the (male) "Big Giant Head", who decided that only one of the four sent to Earth needed to be "[[TheChick The Woman]]".
* Both the U.K. and U.S. versions In ''{{Series/QI}}'', one host asks questions of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' feature four players, all of whom are almost always male. Only one episode in 18 series featured one male and three female performers. This is not helped by both Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles appearing in every episode of the last 11 series, meaning the best the women could achieve was parity with the male performers. Lampshaded in one episode during a game of ''Scenes From A Hat'' in which the scene was "Bad Times to Kiss Someone". Since all the players were male, when the game ended, Colin Mochrie asked if they could get some women on the show. This is a common issue on similarly structured comedy shows.
* Almost all {{Panel Game}}s contain one, or no, women.
** Only two episodes of ''Series/{{QI}}'', the Domesticity episode and the Girls and Boys episode, have featured two females on the same panel; this was lampshaded in the latter, which included a question on why there weren't more women as
panelists (three guests on the show (the excuse was that test audiences laugh less at female comedians). Out of approximately 87 different guests over 9 series, 21 of them have been female, and only 7 of those have made one regular). Rarely is there more than one appearance. Historically, two female guest panelists, and often none. Jo Brand has pretty clearly served the role of the token female, having appeared 27 times finds herself as of series I (the most appearances of any guest panelist, tied with Sean Lock). Sandi Toksvig, however, started appearing in at least two episodes a year as early as series G, and Sue Perkins has also started to appear more regularly (twice in series I, and will appear in three episodes in series J), making them the {{Affirmative Action Girl}}s of the show.
** Seems to have been changed for "J" series - "Jack and Jill" had two women and "Jam, Jelly and Juice" had an unprecedented female ''majority'' -- Jo Brand, Sue Perkins and Liza Tarbuck.
** The biggest offender is probably ''MockTheWeek'', since all four recurring panelists (out of six) are male and the host is as well, and has never featured more than one female comedian on the same panel; out of 51 guests to appear on the show, 16 have been women. In fairness, there is a paucity of female comedians already, so it's not necessarily the fault of the people who make the programmes.
** ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' often averted this, with a 50/50 split of the 4 panelists. The guests on the show are a trio, all imitating the same person, but have been both females and males.
** Almost always averted in ''Series/MatchGame'' (at least the 70's versions). Brett Somers was nearly always the top middle spot, and there were usually two women (with Richard Dawson in the middle) on the bottom tier.
** The BBC recently announced a new rule that all their panel shows would have at last one female participant from now on, effectively making
representing the Smurfette Principle a literal law.
* Pick any jury
on any other talent show. So You Think You Can Dance: 2 men, 1 woman. America's Got Talent: 2 men, 1 woman. The Sing-Off: 2 men, 1 woman. The Voice: ''3'' men, 1 woman.
** ''SoYouThinkYouCanDance'' has fluctuated; Nigel
the show on a regular basis, and Mary are permanent judges, but others so have come Sandi Toksvig and gone, so on any given episode the third could be a man or a woman.Sue Perkins.
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