History UnreliableNarrator / LiveActionTV

14th Jan '18 2:57:44 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Leverage}}'' has "The Rashomon Job", in which each of the characters recounts how it was they who stole the golden dagger. In the end, Nate tells the (mostly) true version of what happened and reveals who really stole the dagger. One running gag is everybody messing up Sophie's British accent. By [[CloudCuckooLander Parker]], her dialogue has degenerated into gibberish.
** There's also how each member of the team remembers the security chief as a bad-ass who nearly caught each of them and even firing off a gun. In Nate's version, the man was a total bumbling fool with a crush on Sophie and only stumbled onto what the gang was doing by accident.

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* ''{{Leverage}}'' has ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
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"The Rashomon Job", in which each of the characters recounts how it was they who stole the golden dagger. a dagger and, in doing so, evaded a wily security chief. In the end, Nate tells the (mostly) true version of what happened and reveals who really stole the dagger.dagger, and how the security chief was a bumbling fool who had a crush on Sophie and only stumbled onto the various schemes by accident. One running gag is everybody messing up Sophie's British accent. By [[CloudCuckooLander Parker]], her dialogue has degenerated into gibberish.
** There's also how each member of the team remembers the security chief as a bad-ass who nearly caught each of them and even firing off a gun. In Nate's version, the man was a total bumbling fool with a crush on Sophie and only stumbled onto what the gang was doing by accident.
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4th Dec '17 9:59:16 AM MikeW
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** There's also how each member of the team remembers the security chief as a bad-ass who nearly caught each of them and even firing off a gun. In Nate's version, the man was a total bumbling fool with a crush on Sophie and only stumbled onto what the gang was doing by accident.
11th Oct '17 10:45:27 AM randomtroper89
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* Several TV shows have had a RashomonStyle episode.
** ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' opened with the end of a particularly nasty marital argument. When Mary complains to her friend, she was being a pleasant wife and her husband was in an inexplicably nasty mood. When he complains to his coworkers, he came home to find her unusually lazy and nagging. The audience then gets to hear from the goldfish what actually happened: they'd both had bad days, and took it out on each other.
** In an episode of ''Series/SpaceCases'', when Catalina is asked to describe what happened with the Ion Storm, Harlan acts completely and utterly worthless and it's actually her who saves the day. When this flashback finishes, everyone says "...wait that's not what happened" and they ask for Harlan's version, which is...more or less the same thing but with Harlan presented as the hero and Catalina being useless and her obsession with Suzee being exaggerated.
** An episode of ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' have Larry, Balki, and their neighbor give differing stories to the police about an incident. Each version has the teller as the hero.
** An episode of ''Series/HappyDays'' had Fonzie, Chachi, Roger, & Potsie all giving differing versions of the same chain of events leading to Fonzie getting shot in the butt.
** ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' had a Rashomon episode where an incident was seen from the points of view of all four principals - Edith's version was the objective, accurate one, of course.
** ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Tall Tales" is a TheRashomon episode, with Sam and Dean telling their own version of the previous events to their ParentalSubstitute Bobby - and often end up arguing over who's telling the story and the exact details of what occurred. It is eventuality revealed that a Trickster (a minor god of chaos) has been messing with their relationship in order to distract them from the case at hand, so most of the narrative consists of whichever brother is speaking portraying himself as a suave, dedicated professional searching earnestly for the truth, while painting the other in decidedly uncomplimentary colors. In Sam's narration, Dean appears as a slutty, gluttonous pig with no standards, while Dean portrays Sam as a prissy, super-sensitive do-gooder with CampGay mannerisms. They end up working together to defeat the Trickster and sincerely apologizing for their behavior after closing the case.
** ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
*** In the fourth-season episode "The Novocaine Mutiny", Frank and Hawkeye give wildly differing accounts of the same event.
*** The series finale segment in which Hawkeye - via flashback - describes the bus ride with the chicken to Sidney, is a powerful example; made powerful due to the frighteningly awesome reveal later on.

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* Several TV shows have had a RashomonStyle episode.
**
''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' opened with the end of a particularly nasty marital argument. When Mary complains to her friend, she was being a pleasant wife and her husband was in an inexplicably nasty mood. When he complains to his coworkers, he came home to find her unusually lazy and nagging. The audience then gets to hear from the goldfish what actually happened: they'd both had bad days, and took it out on each other.
other.** In an episode of ''Series/SpaceCases'', when Catalina is asked to describe what happened with the Ion Storm, Harlan acts completely and utterly worthless and it's actually her who saves the day. When this flashback finishes, everyone says "...wait that's not what happened" and they ask for Harlan's version, which is...more or less the same thing but with Harlan presented as the hero and Catalina being useless and her obsession with Suzee being exaggerated.
** * An episode of ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' have Larry, Balki, and their neighbor give differing stories to the police about an incident. Each version has the teller as the hero.
** * An episode of ''Series/HappyDays'' had Fonzie, Chachi, Roger, & Potsie all giving differing versions of the same chain of events leading to Fonzie getting shot in the butt.
** * ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' had a Rashomon episode where an incident was seen from the points of view of all four principals - Edith's version was the objective, accurate one, of course.
** * ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Tall Tales" is a TheRashomon episode, with Sam and Dean telling their own version of the previous events to their ParentalSubstitute Bobby - and often end up arguing over who's telling the story and the exact details of what occurred. It is eventuality revealed that a Trickster (a minor god of chaos) has been messing with their relationship in order to distract them from the case at hand, so most of the narrative consists of whichever brother is speaking portraying himself as a suave, dedicated professional searching earnestly for the truth, while painting the other in decidedly uncomplimentary colors. In Sam's narration, Dean appears as a slutty, gluttonous pig with no standards, while Dean portrays Sam as a prissy, super-sensitive do-gooder with CampGay mannerisms. They end up working together to defeat the Trickster and sincerely apologizing for their behavior after closing the case.
** * ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
*** ** In the fourth-season episode "The Novocaine Mutiny", Frank and Hawkeye give wildly differing accounts of the same event.
*** ** The series finale segment in which Hawkeye - via flashback - describes the bus ride with the chicken to Sidney, is a powerful example; made powerful due to the frighteningly awesome reveal later on.
8th Oct '17 1:41:48 PM nombretomado
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* Occasionally used in ''TheMiddle''. A scene will go surprisingly well, considering things rarely if ever go well for the characters. Frankie will then voice over "OK, that's not really what happened," and show the much worse thing that actually happened.

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* Occasionally used in ''TheMiddle''.''Series/TheMiddle''. A scene will go surprisingly well, considering things rarely if ever go well for the characters. Frankie will then voice over "OK, that's not really what happened," and show the much worse thing that actually happened.
3rd Sep '17 11:10:03 AM tiiger
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* In an episode of ''Series/TheUnit'', Jonas tells his nephew a story about his father, a Korean war veteran who had recently been posthumously awarded the Silver Star. After returning from duty, he gets a white woman to buy Jonas a Coke from a whites only cafe. Two men, one of them carrying a gun, take exception to this and threaten him, but he's able to deescalate the situation. The onscreen depiction of the encounter ends with Jonas and his father walking away, the camera lingering on the Coke can, which Jonas has left behind for no apparent reason. Jonas's niece can tell he's not being entirely truthful, so he tells her what really happened: the men attacked Jonas's father and he killed them in self-defense, after which he and Jonas fled the scene, Jonas forgetting about his Coke.

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* In an episode of ''Series/TheUnit'', Jonas tells his nephew a story about his father, a Korean war veteran who had recently been posthumously awarded the Silver Star. After returning from duty, he gets a white woman to buy Jonas a Coke from a whites only cafe. Two men, one of them carrying a gun, take exception to this and threaten him, but he's able to deescalate the situation. The onscreen depiction of the encounter ends with Jonas and his father walking away, the camera lingering on the Coke can, which Jonas has left behind for no apparent reason. Jonas's niece can tell he's not being entirely truthful, so he tells her what really happened: the men attacked Jonas's father and he killed them in self-defense, after which he and Jonas fled the scene, Jonas forgetting about his Coke. Jonas tells his niece that her brother isn't ready to hear the real story.
3rd Sep '17 11:09:21 AM tiiger
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* In an episode of ''Series/TheUnit'', Jonas tells his nephew a story about his father, a Korean war veteran who had recently been posthumously awarded the Silver Star. After returning from duty, he gets a white woman to buy Jonas a Coke from a whites only cafe. Two men, one of them carrying a gun, take exception to this and threaten him, but he's able to deescalate the situation. The onscreen depiction of the encounter ends with Jonas and his father walking away, the camera lingering on the Coke can, which Jonas has left behind for no apparent reason. Jonas's niece can tell he's not being entirely truthful, so he tells her what really happened: the men attacked Jonas's father and he killed them in self-defense, after which he and Jonas fled the scene, Jonas forgetting about his Coke.
29th Aug '17 10:04:41 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/MrRobot'' is told almost entirely through the eyes of the main character, Elliot, so we only see what he sees and know what he knows. He also has issues with his mental health, and at certain points, actively questions his own sanity and how much of what he's seeing is really there. He thinks he's being followed by MenInBlack, but isn't sure if that's true of if he's making that up. He also purposely replaces the name of the company E Corp with EvilCorp because he hates them so much, so whenever any character mentions it, we hear “Evil Corp” instead of what they're actually saying. At the end of the first season, we also find out that [[spoiler: Mr. Robot is his father, and also died years ago, and Elliot was hallucinating him the whole time. And Darlene is actually his sister]]. He's just as shocked as the audience.

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* ''Series/MrRobot'' is told almost entirely through the eyes of the main character, Elliot, so we only see what he sees and know what he knows. He also has issues with his mental health, and at certain points, actively questions his own sanity and how much of what he's seeing is really there. He thinks he's being followed by MenInBlack, TheMenInBlack, but isn't sure if that's true of if he's making that up. He also purposely replaces the name of the company E Corp with EvilCorp because he hates them so much, so whenever any character mentions it, we hear “Evil Corp” instead of what they're actually saying. At the end of the first season, we also find out that [[spoiler: Mr. Robot is his father, and also died years ago, and Elliot was hallucinating him the whole time. And Darlene is actually his sister]]. He's just as shocked as the audience.
20th Jul '17 9:26:39 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* The ''{{Series/Farscape}}'' episode "The Ugly Truth" has four of the characters being successively interrogated about the destruction of an alien spacecraft by angry compatriots of the aliens who assume that any difference in the stories must be deliberate lies. While we can see that the characters are consciously or subconsciously framing events to make themselves look better, the central character Crichton finally delivers a KirkSummation about how memory is fallible and no one person's description of something will ever be totally accurate. Notably, the aliens claim that this cannot be, as they always remember things in the same way.

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* The ''{{Series/Farscape}}'' episode "The Ugly Truth" has four of the characters being successively interrogated about the destruction of an alien spacecraft by angry compatriots of the aliens who assume that any difference in the stories must be deliberate lies. While we can see that the characters are consciously or subconsciously framing events to make themselves look better, better (or in one case all mispronounce the alien race's name the same way), the central character Crichton finally delivers a KirkSummation about how memory is fallible and no one person's description of something will ever be totally accurate. Notably, the aliens claim that this cannot be, as they always remember things in the same way.
28th May '17 11:20:20 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The Blu-ray extras of the history of Westeros are narrated by various characters, each with a biased view of the events they describe. For example: Tywin Lannister views his Sack of King's Landing as a just action to end the war and restore order, while Robert Baratheon sees it as a NecessaryEvil, Ned Stark views it as a terrible crime, and Viserys Targaryen calls it an unjust betrayal. All of them have a point.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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The Blu-ray extras of the history of Westeros are narrated by various characters, each with a biased view of the events they describe. For example: Tywin Lannister views his Sack of King's Landing as a just action to end the war and restore order, while Robert Baratheon sees it as a NecessaryEvil, Ned Stark views it as a terrible crime, and Viserys Targaryen calls it an unjust betrayal. All of them have a point.point.
** Roose claims that Robb ignored his counsel at every turn. However, Robb only rejected his unquestionably evil advice (like flaying people) and in fact did listen to Roose's less sinister plans. For example, he agreed with having Ramsay retake Winterfell. The only adjustment Robb made to the plan was that he wanted Theon brought back to him alive so that ''he'' could be the one to take Theon's head.
30th Apr '17 3:10:52 PM MikeW
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** Each one thinks it was the other who initiated the romance in the first place.
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