History UnreliableNarrator / LiveActionTV

18th Aug '16 12:22:32 PM wuggles
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** In season 2, Elliot is living with his mother and has limited himself to a very strict routine in order to stop himself from hallucinating. [[spoiler: Turns out that he's actually been in prison the whole time.]]
17th May '16 9:51:47 AM nielas
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* This is regularly played with on ''Series/{{Limitless}}''. Brian finds most of the mundane parts of a police investigation to be extremely boring so he will often embellish a story using standard action/spy movie tropes. A RunningGag is Brian telling the other characters how he imagines something happened, only for the other people to tell him that they were there and most of what he describes never happened. This trope is then averted whenever Brian actually narrates things for the audience as he is brutally honest about what is really going on and what he expects to really happen. His fancy stories and {{ImagineSpot}}s are a coping mechanism Brian uses to deal with the disturbing and horrifying things he experiences while the audience narration is Brian being honest to himself.
26th Mar '16 8:47:36 AM nombretomado
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* BBC sitcom ''{{Coupling}}'' had numerous examples of unreliable narrators, notably pretty much anything said by either Jeff or Jane. But the greatest example of was in the third season episode "Remember This", where Patrick and Sally's individual recollections of how they met match in many, but not all details, to great comedic effect. [[spoiler:In particular, the print of Munch's ''The Scream'' that the exceedingly drunk Sally remembers is revealed to be a mirror in Patrick's memories.]] When Jane turns up unexpectedly at Patrick's flat, the lads discuss the incident at the bar:

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* BBC sitcom ''{{Coupling}}'' ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' had numerous examples of unreliable narrators, notably pretty much anything said by either Jeff or Jane. But the greatest example of was in the third season episode "Remember This", where Patrick and Sally's individual recollections of how they met match in many, but not all details, to great comedic effect. [[spoiler:In particular, the print of Munch's ''The Scream'' that the exceedingly drunk Sally remembers is revealed to be a mirror in Patrick's memories.]] When Jane turns up unexpectedly at Patrick's flat, the lads discuss the incident at the bar:
18th Mar '16 11:44:28 PM Hossmeister
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28th Feb '16 4:30:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' often mentions his lack of any emotions in his narration, though it becomes increasingly apparent that this is not true. He's not lying to the audience so much as he simply doesn't understand a lot of human nature.

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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' often mentions his lack of any emotions in his narration, though it becomes increasingly apparent that this is not true. For example, he does clearly care about the people in his life, though with his (eventual) wife and her two kids it's also implied to be a case of BecomingTheMask. He's not lying to the audience so much as he simply doesn't understand a lot of human nature.



* Hard to prove, but Kevin of ''TheWonderYears'' may fall under this. He is recalling events to him long past, and while the broad details are likely accurate, consider that the older brother and some of the pre-Women's Lib neighborhood girls get away with a lot of hitting. Also, when unfairness, especially parental, hits Kevin, it seems to focus on him exclusively, making you wonder if his older self is letting the filters of nostalgia and occasional bitterness influence his re-telling. The premiere episode has Kevin recalling that he was a 'pretty fair athlete' while showing a perfectly thrown football pass bounce off his chest.

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* Hard to prove, but Kevin of ''TheWonderYears'' ''Series/TheWonderYears'' may fall under this. He is recalling events to him long past, and while the broad details are likely accurate, consider that the older brother and some of the pre-Women's Lib neighborhood girls get away with a lot of hitting. Also, when unfairness, especially parental, hits Kevin, it seems to focus on him exclusively, making you wonder if his older self is letting the filters of nostalgia and occasional bitterness influence his re-telling. The premiere episode has Kevin recalling that he was a 'pretty fair athlete' while showing a perfectly thrown football pass bounce off his chest.
6th Feb '16 7:07:52 AM theek01
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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.
7th Jan '16 1:26:25 PM nombretomado
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** In an episode of ''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 ''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 ''HappyDays'' had Fonzie, Chachi, Roger, & Potsie all giving differing versions of the same chain of events leading to Fonzie getting shot in the butt.
** ''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.

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** In an episode of ''SpaceCases'', ''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 ''PerfectStrangers'' ''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 ''HappyDays'' ''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.
** ''AllInTheFamily'' ''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.
19th Aug '15 10:50:41 AM TrustBen
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** Used this trope very frequently, especially in the more comedic episodes, like "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" and "Bad Blood." In "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'", one alien is named "Lord Kinbote" after Charles Kinbote, the unreliable narrator in Nabokov's "Pale Fire."

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** Used this trope very frequently, especially in the more comedic episodes, like "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" and "Bad Blood." Blood," both of which are told RashomonStyle. In "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'", one alien is named "Lord Kinbote" after Charles Kinbote, the unreliable narrator in Nabokov's "Pale Fire."
27th Jun '15 2:50:31 PM EDP
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** Telling Bashir how it was a fellow Obsidian Order agent named Elim who screwed up Garak's life. When Bashir finds Garak's mentor ([[spoiler:and father]]) Enabran Tain, he asks about this. Tain just laughs and reveals that Elim is Garak's first name. In a way, Garak was saying that his predicament is his own fault.

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** Telling Bashir how it was a fellow Obsidian Order agent named Elim who screwed up Garak's life.life, providing a number of different versions. When Bashir finds Garak's mentor ([[spoiler:and father]]) Enabran Tain, he asks about this. Tain just laughs and reveals that Elim is Garak's first name. In a way, Garak was saying that his predicament is his own fault.
26th Jun '15 1:48:39 PM MrXilla
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* An episode of ''StillGame'' features a subplot involving Winston being barred from the Clansman. As Winston recounts the events which led to him being barred, we also see what really happened. Winston makes out he politely asked Boabby to pour another pint, as he felt it was too cloudy, to which Boabby took offence and threw him out. In reality, Winston went ballistic and spat the contents of the glass over Boabby.
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