Created By: moocow1452 on March 8, 2012

See you next Tuesday

Things happen on Tuesday in TV land.

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Whenever a day is needed to casually mark time, it's almost always going to be a Tuesday. While there is no one reason behind that, it's save to assume that it's because Tuesdays are perceived as the least connected to the weekend, Monday being straight after the weekend, Wednesday being the halfway point, and Thursday being overshadowed by Friday.

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  • March 8, 2012
    chicagomel
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer aired on Tuesday, and they even lampshaded it in 'Once More With Feeling'. "Dawn's in trouble, must be Tuesday".
  • March 8, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    Truth In Television: Sep 11th, sadly.

    A Bat Man comic book released right around this time had a bit of a Funny Aneurysm Moment when, after a particularly grueling evening of crime-fighting, someone asked Batman what he would call a night like that. The Caped Crusader blandly replied, "Tuesday."
  • March 8, 2012
    reub2000
    I thought this was about Country Matters.
  • March 8, 2012
    Wackd
    "Tuesdays Are Important" would perhaps be more apt, for reasons mentioned above.

    Also, this feels like it's just "Characters mention Tuesdays" or "things happen on Tuesday", which feels dangerously close to People Sit In Chairs.
  • March 8, 2012
    cygnavamp
    • There was a movie about a European tour group called If Its Tuesday It Must Be Belgium.
    • On My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Twilight says she writes a letter to Celestia every Tuesday.
    • In Star Trek Generations, the new starship Kirk visited didn't have everything it needed. The parts were coming in Tuesday.
    • Not quite sure if it counts, but on Mister Rogers Neighborhood, King Friday XIII and Queen Sara Saturday named their son Prince Tuesday. He was born on a Tuesday. (April 14, 1970)
  • March 8, 2012
    randomsurfer
    There's an old joke about a man who finds a ticket for a pair of shoes he had brought in to get resoled 20 or 30 years previously. He takes the ticket to the shop asking about whether his shoes are still there (expecting that they'd be long gone). The proprietor looks in the back and tells the customer that he had found the shoes. The punchline of the joke is, "They'll be ready Tuesday!"
  • March 8, 2012
    SKJAM
    Popeye: Wimpy's catchphrase, "I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today." Sometimes subverted when today was Tuesday.
  • March 8, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
  • March 8, 2012
    YouKeepUsingThatWord
    Well, Sunday people might think you're making a church reference, Saturday or Friday they might think it's a weekend thing, and Monday it might be because you hate Mondays.

    So all that's left, if you want an otherwise meaningless day of the week, is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Maybe people just like the sound of Tuesday? Or is it a coincidence? (I remember in Baron Munchausen, they had Wednesday )
  • March 8, 2012
    MorganWick
  • March 9, 2012
    AgProv
    Isn't this more "getting crap past the radar", as "See you next Tuesday" (or indeed, "See you next Thursday") is so often shorthand for "Isn't this person a total idiot?" I mean, think of what it almost spells... See. ("C") You ("U") Next, ("N") Tuesday/Thursday. ("T").
  • March 9, 2012
    moocow1452
    I didn't want to go immediately for the obvious Everything Happens On Tuesday, Tuesday Is The Center Of The Universe, and figured I might as well get some crap past the radar while I still could, and the title seems to have left an impression as far as traffic goes.

    I think it's outside of people sit on chairs because it's has an abnormally high usage in fiction when you want an average day with no cultural bias. Plus it is kinda fun to say.
  • March 9, 2012
    cygnavamp
    • Another MLP:FIM example. When Twilight Sparkle is visited by her future self, she turns out to be from next Tuesday.

    • Include Tuesdays With Morrie whether you change the title or not

    • In Real Life, Tuesdays are dedicated to John the Baptist in the Eastern Orthodox Church

    • Mardi Gras = Fat Tuesday

    • Tuesday is a popular day for elections in the U.S.

    Also, don't know if it's worth mentioning, but the day was named after the Norse God of single combat. Also, while Greek and Spanish speakers consider Tuesdays to be unlucky, they're considered very lucky in Judaism.
  • March 9, 2012
    wanderlustwarrior
    I could think of examples for other days that make me think maybe this is just a memory bias to one of seven days of the week.
  • March 10, 2012
    Catbert
    I hate to say it, but this isn't a trope. This is just a list of things happening on Tuesday. When you have only seven days to work with, odds are pretty good that something will happen on one of those seven days. You could do the same sort of list with any other day of the week.
  • March 10, 2012
    moocow1452
    ^ Ok, there are 15 examples on the list for a Tuesday being thrown out casually as an average day for someone. What do we have for Wednesday?
  • March 10, 2012
    Blork
    I just did a few searches on IMDB for the days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, here are the results:

    Tuesday: Titles (Exact) : 15 Titles (Partial): 82 Characters: 6 Quotes: 353

    Wednesday

    Titles (Exact): 11 Titles (Partial): 72 Characters: 20 Quotes: 254

    Thursday

    Titles (Exact): 9 Titles (Partial): 51 Characters: 5 Quotes: 276

    So Tuesday does come out ahead here (except for character names, where Wednesday is the clear winner), but a) it's not that huge a lead, b) it's still dwarfed by the other four days, so at best we're saying Tuesday is the fifth most interesting day out of seven, and c) IMDB's search counts references to Mardi Gras, which skews the results in favour of Tuesday - there aren't as many shows set on Ash Wednesday or... something involving Thursday.

    I'm going to have to agree with the people who are saying this is just People Sit On Chairs On A Tuesday.
  • March 10, 2012
    Catbert
    "thrown out casually as an average day"

    That's the thing: The examples are too casual. There is no reason to think it is any more significant than Wednesday or Thursday.

    Now, Monday I can buy in the context of the Hating On Monday trope idea that someone has, and if there were a Thank God Its Friday trope I could buy that, but I'm not buying that Tuesday is any more important than the other mid-week days.

  • March 10, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • For some reason Tuesday is pretty much the agreed on release day for new DVDs.
  • March 11, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^That's a completely Chairs example IMO. DVDs and CDs drop on Tuesdays, Comic Books on Wednesdays, films on Fridays (with the occasional exception usually involving a Holiday Weekend).
  • March 11, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • The Woman In Black Kipp's son drew a little picture for his father of his trip away -- starting on Tuesday and ending on Friday.
    • Yet another MLPFIM example: "Baby Cakes". When Pinkie is offered the job of go-to babysitter for the twins, she immediately declines. When the little darlings murmur her name in their sleep, she relents and says "I have some free time next Tuesday."

    ...is Tuesday significant to the film industry itself?
  • March 13, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    If you consider Monday as the first day of the work week, when people have to deal with whatever arose over the weekend, it makes sense to schedule things, especially business, for Tuesday. There's also the propensity for certain government/bank holidays(Presidents' Day, MLK Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, the UK's August Bank Holiday) to fall on Mondays, making Tuesday the next available day for business.
  • March 13, 2012
    moocow1452
    So if People Sit On Chairs for Tuesday being the day of choice when to throw something weird at someone, should we try and retoo for when weirdness happens on a weekly basis? Like the Buffy example?
  • March 13, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    • In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (the claymation one), Hermie the elf schedules one of his fellow elves for a dental appointment a week from Tuesday.

    For some reason, Tuesday does seem to carry importance. I wonder why this is? As mentioned above, US elections typically take place on Tuesdays. I sense this is more than People Sit On Chairs.
  • March 14, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    From Wikipedia: "Tuesday was the earliest day of the week which was practical for polling in the early nineteenth century: citizens might have to travel for a whole day to cast their vote, and would not wish to leave on Sunday which was a day of worship for the great majority of them." This possibly applies to other events (not just voting, but any kind of appointment).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuesday#Common_occurrences
  • March 14, 2012
    reub2000
    People Sit On Chairs because they're more comfortable than sitting on spikes. Just because there is a reason for something, doesn't mean it has any storytelling significance.
  • March 14, 2012
    Blork
    In the UK elections traditionally happen on a Thursday, some countries use other days, others don't have a single standard day of the week for elections. We can easily make up a list of stuff that happens on any given day of the week, but unless there is some kind of significance to the day itself this is not a trope.
  • March 21, 2012
    sgamer82
    • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic episode "It's About Time", a Twilight meets her badass looking future self.
      Twilight: Is there some sort of epic pony war in the future or something?
      Future Twilight: Actually, I'm from next Tuesday morning. But that's not important right now.
  • March 22, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    I still don't get how this is a trope when there's no significance to Tuesday as opposed to any other day. Surely it would be a trope if the Tuesday-happenings were all a reference to something? Or "sad stuff happens on Tuesdays" or "it rains on Tuesdays".

    Otherwise we may as well have tropes for every reference to time and date made in fiction, like Its Three O Clock or Autumn Time or Stuff Happens In April. Which is obviously absurd.
  • March 23, 2012
    teababe27
    In the hentai game Bible Black, the effects of the protagonist's first magic spell happen on a Tuesday.
  • March 23, 2012
    pokedude10
    I don't see how this is a trope. There is no inherent meaning to a day being Tuesday.
  • March 23, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    ^unless it's a trope that given a random day of the week for something to happen, Tuesday is picked much more than 1/7th of the time.

    Ren And Stimpy visit the futuristic "House of Next Tuesday".

  • March 23, 2012
    Catbert
    ^So you have research and statistical analysis to back that up, yes?

    If this gets published, it is going to be in TRS rather quickly.
  • March 24, 2012
    Blork
    "Tuesday is picked much more than 1/7th of the time."

    Let's check. Repeating the IMDB quotes search test, but this time for all seven days. The number of quotes containing each day of the week is:

    Monday: 347 Tuesday: 355 Wednesday: 254 Thursday: 276 Friday: 541 Saturday: 550 Sunday: 580

    So in total, that's 2903 quotes containing a mention of a day of the week. Tuesday counts for 355 of these, or 12.22% of the total quotes, that's slightly less than one in eight.
  • March 24, 2012
    NESBoy
  • March 27, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    I happen to think there's SOME reason that Tuesday is picked in particular (because I know I've seen tons of references to Tuesday), but there's just no supporting evidence. At this point, this is People Sit On Chairs.

    Edit: I also think the IMDB results are non-indicative; IMDB only records memorable quotes, which would likely not include casual references to Tuesday such as many of the examples listed here.
  • March 30, 2013
    HaggisMcCrablice
    Apparently, on Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated, Mrs. and Mrs. Blake only make love on Tuesday.
  • March 30, 2013
    Folamh3
    This definitely strikes me as People Sit On Chairs. There's no particular narrative meaning attached with "Tuesday", so there's no need for this.
  • March 30, 2013
    McKathlin
    If there is a trope here, it needs to be further defined. Is this about people saying "Tuesday" to mean "just a typical day" (which is the trope in effect behind the naming of But For Me It Was Tuesday, but not the same trope)? Or is this about special things that happen on Tuesdays, which is trivia rather than trope (and trivia not closely related to media at that)? Or is this about something else?

    Either way, See You Next Tuesday is not a good title for this, as the red-herring reference to Country Matters is misleading.
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