Streetlights are an essential part of any street
but there are generally fixed ideas on what they are
In older dramas, expect there to be Retraux
Victorian-style streetlights, which are stereotypical in British period dramas.
Streetlights usage as a plot device can take three forms:
Played for Drama
- Type 1 - The streetlight is not working. Sometimes a character will take it upon themselves to fix it, and it can be either Played for Laughs or
- Type 2 - The streetlight is being replaced, and people feel it doesn't suit the area's aesthetics.
- Type 3 - There is no streetlighting at all, and when it is put up, stereotyped ideas are used.
This is Truth in Television
, but despite that, no-one has put the lights out on this one yet
, making it not quite a Discredited Trope
[[folder:Live Action TV]]
- In My Hero, George Sunday runs for mayor in the infamous episode "The Mayor Of Northolt", just to fix a broken streetlight. However, the streetlight was not a traditional Victorian one, but a bright yellow one (the yellow 'swirling-light at night', a British thing that people mention referring to after nights out). However, once the light is fixed, everything returns to normal.