Needs a Better Description Subtrope of Locked in a Freezer One of the greatest ways to create tension in a Family Drama or even a Comedy show is to trap one or some of the main characters in a mine. May have a storyline in which one of the characters becomes a miner.
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
- The Waltons
- The Andy Griffith Show had one to bring Barney and Thelma Lou closer together.
- Blue Heelers, leading to a culmination of the UST between PJ and Maggie.
- In one episode of Kung Fu Caine is forced into working a mine as a part of a Chain Gang; naturally they get trapped underground.
- In an early episode of Little House on the Prairie Pa goes away to find a way to earn money & send it home while his wife & daughters hold down the farm; he meets a couple of other men on the road and they all end up working the mines. One was an experienced "powder monkey:" he's the guy who carries the dynamite and sets off the explosions.
- An episode of Blake's 7 had Avon and Servalan trapped in a mine (leading, naturally, to an Enemy Mine scenario).
- Star Trek: The Original Series.
- "The Devil in the Dark" takes place almost entirely in the pergium mining colony on the planet Janus VI. The Enterprise crew has to hunt down a monster that's killing the miners.
- The last part of "The Cloud Minders" takes place in a zenite mine. Captain Kirk and his nemesis square off as Kirk tries to prove that zenite gas is causing the zenite miners to suffer mental problems.
- The episode Manbearpig from South Park.
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