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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''. The ContinuityReboot is one of the more successful -- [[InferredHolocaust and for that matter, logical]] -- cases of darkening. The original ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'' wasn't exactly {{WAFF}}y, but it did devolve into 1970s camp a lot.
* Parodied on ''{{CSI}}'' (of all places) in the episode, "A Space Oddity", where the Darker and Edgier and Bloodier and Gorier revival of a ''Franchise/StarTrek''-like show, "Astro Quest," was revealed to SF convention goers by the [[spoiler:murder-victim-to be/]]new show's producer. This ''Battlestar''-esque Edgier version was so bad that one of the con-goers leaps up and screams to the producer, "You suck!" The yeller was Ron D. Moore, creator and Exec Producer of the new ''Battlestar'' series, in a real-life StealthParody (embedded within a ParodyRetcon) of what happened to HIMSELF when he introduced the "re-imagined" BSG, back in 2002. The episode, incidentally, was written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, writers of many Battlestar episodes--who got to throw away their BSG SeriesBible and use any and all {{Technobabble}} that came to mind. During this scene, actress Grace Park (the Cylon Sharon and now-star of Yet Another Edgier and Darker remake, ''Hawaii Five-O'') was in the audience, looking equally appalled, to complete the inside joke. Between the many ''Battlestar'' references and ''Star Trek'' homages, this was certainly one of the Television's funniest moments. [[spoiler:Fortunately for the CSI 'verse the creator of the D&E&B&G version is also the episode's AssholeVictim.]]
* The 2007 [[ContinuityReboot revival]] of ''Series/TheBionicWoman''. Did we mention that it was produced by David Eick, the co-Exec Producer of the Edgier & Darker ''Battlestar Galactica''? Oh, yeah... in the show's short lifetime, BSG stars Katee Sackhoff and Aaron Douglas came in to help add that extra touch of dark.
* ''{{Blackadder}}'' Season Three. Although the humor was dark to begin with, the third season is edgier due to the absence of the slapstick of the first season and picturesque quality of the second season. In particular, Blackadder is shown to intentionally kill a larger number of people, with a higher proportion of them being undeserving. The series four had a classic case of DownerEnding.
** In fairness, Blackadder Season Three (i.e. Blackadder the Third) is in fact the only one of the four series which doesn't feature an ending where everyone dies.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The show is the essence of this trope. The TV series is a considerable case of "Darker and Edgier" than the movie, which was a high-camp spoof of horror movies. Though most viewers agree that the tone of the TV series was a marked improvement, the series continually ''topped'' itself with even moodier stories. And a Darker and Edgier [[ContinuityReboot remake]] of the original ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' movie is currently under development.
** When the TV series was rescued from cancellation, there was a sharp turn away from light comedy. The reasons for this are twofold: Buffy was figuratively ''and'' literally killed at the end of Season 5, then resurrected when the series was bought by UPN. Secondly, the series was now under Marti Noxon's purview, as series creator Joss Whedon did not return as showrunner (though he remained a producer). Every character underwent a {{deconstruction}} of their earlier, comedic roles: Buffy, having been yanked back from a blissful afterlife, became a borderline-suicidal, hedonistic loose cannon. Willow the witch began dabbling in black magic, with animal sacrifices and the like. The slacker student, Xander, did not miraculously become Cary Grant once he reached adulthood; rather, he ended up dirt-poor like the rest of his family, and he still had very little understanding of how to attract women. Giles, the fuddy-duddy who spends every evening curled up with a book, similarly had no romantic prospects; his duties as Watcher were sapping the life from him. And so on, and so forth. There were attempts to emulate Whedon's off-the-cuff meta humor, but this was an entirely different show. ''Buffy'' no longer embraced and poked fun at tropes.
** Wishverse Buffy is one of if not the darkest heroes in the Buffyverse.
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was a ''Darker and Edgier'' spin-off of ''Buffy'', dealing with more mature issues, having a higher cast turnover, and including a higher mortality rate. Like its parent show, the angst was ramped up with each passing year. By the final season, the heroes were stabbing ''each other'' with sharp weapons more often than the bad guys, and Buffy's faction had completely disowned them.
* With its ''much'' smaller quantities of humor and less likeable {{Protagonist}}s, ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' is quite a bit darker than Whedon's other work.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' presents [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19401_5-inexplicably-horrifying-episodes-classic-comedies.html 5 Inexplicably Horrifying Episodes Of Classic Comedies,]] which is about... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what the title implies]], really. The sitcoms referred to in this article include:
** ''Series/PunkyBrewster''
** ''Series/AllInTheFamily''
** ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' (twice)
** ''Series/TooCloseForComfort''
* ''Series/CSINewYork'' was ''supposed'' to be the Darker and Edgier counterpart to the LighterAndSofter ''Series/CSIMiami'': Mac Taylor lost his wife in 9/11; the lab was in a dingy 100-year old stone building; the area where the deceased were identified by their loved ones was a cramped, dark room where the corpses were lifted into the light by a hydraulic "elevator"; and liberal abuse of UnnaturallyBlueLighting (lampshaded in the pilot when Mac and H are lit by their respective filters: H is bathed in a warm orange glow while Mac is in cold blue shadow), though it only lasted one season.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' after Miriam [=McDonald=]'s departure in 2010. The ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'' franchise has gone DarkerAndEdgier many, ''many'' times over the years, starting with the transition from ''Series/TheKidsOfDegrassiStreet'' (typical crisis; friend's having a tonsillectomy and you're too young to visit them in the hospital) to ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' (typical crisis: TeenPregnancy). The producers once acknowledged that they re-made the theme song (from being performed by a children's choir to being performed by rock band Jackalope) because of the show's shift in tone during the Emma era. Once the show started featuring storylines about STD outbreaks and school shootings, it no longer felt appropriate to have a bunch of children singing the theme song. They discussed leaving the theme entirely out of ''Bittersweet Symphony pt. 2''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** After Verity Lambert's tenure where the companions enjoyed time travel for the most part and there's a happy ending every single time except in the story [[BottleEpisode where the Doctor never shows up]], John Wiles' tenure as producer was characterised by extreme and nasty DownerEndings, the Doctor [[WhatTheHellHero constantly getting called out for his more morally dubious actions]], suffering after the departure of his favourite companions, and being defined by his relative powerlessness. And unlike Lambert's tenure of producing quirky stories with [[GenreRoulette outrageous variety in setting and tone]], most of Wiles' tenure was clearly in the SpaceOpera genre, with {{Arc}}-based plots for the first time and a colossal body count. When Innes Lloyd took over he reversed a lot of these changes and [[YoungerAndHipper recast the companions and even the Doctor with younger and trendier people]].
** Season 14 amped up the gore and horror from the previous two seasons as much as possible, and combined it with the departure of the Fourth Doctor's very popular and long-serving companion Sarah Jane (in a nasty story featuring BreakTheCutie and MindRape exploiting audience fears that she would be killed off), making the atmosphere a lot less cosy. Her replacement was a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Girl]] who liked to stab people, and her relationship with the Doctor was much more distant and vertical, making the Doctor come across as a lot colder and darker. The stories also begin to take on clearly allegorical aspects that were usually absent until then, especially the InternalDeconstruction "The Face of Evil" and the political satire in "The Robots of Death" and "The Deadly Assassin" (even after the gore and horror was drastically toned down after this season, these elements stuck around). And, instead of the usual mess of science fiction, adventure yarn and GothicHorror, a whole half the stories of this season are just different genres of murder mystery (a GovernmentConspiracy-thriller NoirEpisode, TenLittleMurderVictims, and a ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' {{Pastiche}}). There was even a story in this season where the Doctor had no companion at all - and thus, no MoralityChain, meaning he was shown doing much more brutal and desperate things to survive even than usual.
** The mid-1980s period where Eric Saward went to town with his "gritty realism" ideals, which led to a lot of stories with [[BlackAndGreyMorality hardly any truly sympathetic guest characters]], [[BloodierAndGorier on-screen gore]] and [[KillEmAll almost all of the guest characters dying]], and a Doctor who tried to kill his companion in a fit of homicidal mania and developed a nasty habit of making the odd BondOneLiner.
** The last two seasons of the Classic series focused heavily on increasing the emotional realism, with characters having more realistic reactions to the also-increasing horror and gore. It also began expanding the Doctor's mythos.
** Many of the adult-fan-aimed parts of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, especially the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures and some of the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho sub-series.
** Since Creator/StevenMoffat became the head writer, the whole show has become quite a bit darker, deconstructing the Doctor's MO. Interestingly, while the stories are getting darker, the character of the Eleventh Doctor and Moff's sitcom-esque dialog had maintained humor.
** The Master's portrayal in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]''. Up until this point he had been a [[AffablyEvil charismatic and almost friendly adversary]] to the Doctor played by Roger Delgado. This was the first time the character wasn't played by Delgado, and instead was made a rotting husk at the edge of his life and driven purely by hatred, especially for the Doctor. By the same token, the Doctor has none of the compassion for the Master he had before, culminating in a fight to the death afterwhich the Doctor even admits that he hopes the Master has gone for good.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' season 3 edges things up with the Crawleys facing financial ruin, Tom & Sybil getting exiled back to England and finally the double whammy [[spoiler:deaths of Sybil and Matthew]].
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' went in this direction during its third season, delving into some pretty serious topics with the Ross/Rachel relationship and eventually having Ross [[spoiler:get drunk and sleep with another woman after mistakenly thinking Rachel wanted to break up with him.]] This didn't last, as the writers themselves felt the show had become too much like a soap opera at this point. Thus, they reduced the Ross/Rachel drama to a running joke and went in a (mostly) LighterAndSofter direction from season four onward.
* ''Series/{{Garo}}'' kicked in, reducing ''Franchise/KamenRider'' into a three-story building under its ten-story height. To be short, it is full of monsters which are far, far scarier than your average ''Franchise/KamenRider'', ''Franchise/SuperSentai,'' ''Franchise/UltraSeries,'' or ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' MonsterOfTheWeek. Oh, and getting touched by their blood begins an infection that leads to a horribly agonizing death. Their [[ThePuppetMasters hosts]] are also in tremendous agony; killing the monster kills them, and ''that is very much an act of mercy.'' These guys are called the Horrors for a reason! Not to mention all the [[HotterAndSexier nudity & sex]]. IN A TOKUSATSU SHOW!!
* ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''
** For a sitcom, this show is pretty extreme.
*** There are multiple character deaths in the series (though none are shown onscreen): George's father Manny, Uncle Joe, Angie's sister-in-law Claudia, mother Emilina and a few others.
*** At Carmen's first high school, one of her ex-boyfriends spreads a rumor which causes Carmen to become "the school whore" or more accurately "Carmen ''Ho''pez. She was unrelentlessly bullied as a result. Even after the boyfriend debunked the rumor, Carmen was still bullied, even implying that some boys tried to rape her. George and Angie knew she would never get her reputation back and Carmen went to private school.
*** George going to jail for punching his father after he called Benny a ''cabrona'' (Spanish for asshole).
*** One episode deals with Carmen running away from home and becoming a rap groupie after she and George had a pretty intense argument.
*** A school shooting occurs at Max's school, with the episode focusing on the effect it had on the students.
*** Carmen's boyfriend Jason has Roid Rage, shatters a lamp and almost attacks Carmen and George.
*** Veronica's professor/boyfriend starts stalking her and George beats him up (though only one punch is shown on camera).
*** A sexual predator moves into the neighborhood, with George rallying the neighbors together to start a riot. They calm down once they find out the predator is a woman who deeply regrets her actions. Max was later found at her house attempting to be raped on purpose.
* ''GossipGirl'' Season Four.
* The first two seasons of ''TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' had a very light-hearted, humorous tone. Season Three, though... oh dear GOD. It not only dropped Nancy Drew completely, but started off by killing Joe's fiancée in a car wreck (complete with Joe weeping over her body) and having Joe go on a RoaringRampageofRevenge in response (Last Kiss of Summer). Season Three ditched almost all the light-hearted humor, showed actual dead bodies, and involved more dangerous situations (including references to selling off Joe and a missing woman to white slavers in China — huhwhat?) and more conflict between the brothers ("Game Plan" had Frank pulling a gun on Joe). The turn confused the show's teen audience, and lost viewers.
* ''HowIMetYourMother'': Robin Sparkles → Robin Daggers.
* ''HomeAndAway'' took this direction in 2004 with the Summer Bay stalker storyline and has arguably remained the same.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'': In season 1, the mystery was finding clues, building a cup, and learning secrets about the house. Season 2 got darker, with curses and much more on the line, not to mention some more intense scenes (including [[spoiler:the main villain being sucked into the egyptian underworld]]). Season 3, and [[spoiler:characters are losing their souls, someone impersonated their mentally ill adoptive sister,]] and even the romance is becoming more intense. No wonder it's been moved to TeenNick....
* ''{{iCarly}}'': While "iPsycho" was scary yet had some awesome and humorous moments, the sequel "iStill Psycho" is probably the most dangerous situation [[DanSchneider Dan]] put the gang in.
* ''Judge Mathis'' Season 13, with more cussing with sounds of bleeps unlike previous seasons with less profanity with cuss words muted out.
* The French series ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'' is also a good example since it started out as only a parody [[CerebusSyndrome and then evolved into something more epic and tragic]] (going as far as portraying suicide).
* While ''Franchise/KamenRider'' as a whole could be viewed as the darker counterpart to ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' or ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', some entries stick out, like ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'', whose rival is his brother and both are to fight to the death, or the {{deconstruction}} ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'', whose Rider's FinishingMove is a spine rip that wouldn't look out of place in ''MortalKombat''.
** There's going to be a darker spinoff of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', based on the villain Kamen Rider Eternal. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbreujMg3Rk&feature=player_embedded See for yourself.]]
** Among the Heisei era of ''Kamen Rider'', the darkest series to date was not ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' but ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' as even in ''Kuuga'' most of the protagonists were definitely good and the main character is a by the book Showa type hero who doesn't get put down for being a WideEyedIdealist. ''Ryuki'' however has most of the Riders as bad as their monsters they fight - it's ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' as a {{Toku}} series and ''revolves'' around humans trying to kill humans more than anything else; some have sympathetic reasons for seeking the wish the winner will receive but are still trying to kill people; some are as murderous as any villain. Of thirteen Riders, fifteen if the Alternatives count, there are ''two'' that you would consider pure "good guys."
** Some believed that ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' was the darkest of the Heisei era, as you had [[AnyoneCanDie important characters dying]] on a regular basis by dissolving to ash, tragic monsters who are ''all'' as human as you or me and often are being coerced into attacking humans by the {{Big Bad}}s, one of the "good guys" being good ''purely'' in that he doesn't want the villains to kill all humans and take over the world - but outside that, he's a ManipulativeBastard who'll do ''anything'' to ''anyone'' to get what he feels he deserves, and the even ''darker'' novel (double the FamilyUnfriendlyViolence and add a dose of rape.) Regardly, both ''Ryuki'' and ''Faiz'' are commonly accepted as being the darkest rider series of them all.
** In a similar tone to the Japanese ''Kamen Rider'' series, ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' is this for North American tokusatsu. ''KRDK'' regularly dealt with betrayal, distrust, questionable motives and underlying truths in initially good-looking characters, and the {{MIB}} were "good guys" with highly questionable methods and even played a part in JTC's StartOfDarkness. It also did away with the formulaic MonsterOfTheWeek in lieu of the "season-long movie chopped into episode-length segments" format the Japanese KR series used from ''Kuuga'' through ''Kabuto.'' There was comic relief in the form of Lacey, Trent, and Aunt Grace, but Aunt Grace got ChuckCunninghamSyndrome midseason and Lacey said ScrewThisImOuttaHere once things started to get too hot. They had to deal with NeverSayDie... and did it by replacing death with ''something worse.'' While still considerably lighter than ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', ''KRDK'' deserves mention for making itself a name in tokusatsu circles as an attempt to make a US ''Kamen Rider'' without tampering with what makes a Kamen Rider a Kamen Rider by toning it down to a ''Power Rangers'' rip-off/copy.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' might have a bright [[HowDoYouLikeThemApples fruit theme]] to it, but its head writer is Creator/GenUrobuchi of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' infamy. For those not familiar with ''Madoka Magica'', the fact that he's nicknamed [[AnyoneCanDie "Urobutcher"]] and that he specifically named ''Black, Ryuki'' and ''Faiz'' as influences on ''Gaim'' should start ringing alarm bells. It starts out with Deconstructions of {{Mons}} and the KidHero before getting to a situation similar to ''Ryuki'' with multiple Riders of which only Gaim himself has a fully functional moral compass; the rest range from {{AntiVillain}}s using questionable methods for good goals to {{Social Darwinist}}s pursuing power at any cost to a {{Jerkass}} who uses his influence to pick on children. But the real trap was sprung a quarter of the way in: [[spoiler:a supporting character is turned into a monster, but unlike other recent Rider series he ''isn't saved'' and is killed despite Gaim's best efforts. The one who did the deed proceeds to rub it in by stating he did a heroic thing by eliminating a threat to innocents. And even as Gaim asserts that he [[ThouShaltNotKill can't kill]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman a human]], we find out that some of the monsters are ''also'' transformed humans - one (the first one he faced, in fact) was even a friend of his that had gone missing.]] A few episodes later makes it even worse - [[spoiler:it's a CosmicHorrorStory, the thing making the monsters had already overtaken at least one alien world (meaning that even the monsters that weren't once human were still people), and Earth will likely be overtaken within ten years.]]
* Speaking of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'': Any Queen song notwithstanding, the series was firmly in the "LivingForeverIsAwesome" camp. During the last two years, however, the plot began focusing more on Duncan's pain and alienation of being immortal; this angst eventually carried over into ''The Raven'', the ultimately doomed spin-off. One of the show's directors, Dennis Barry, suggested that the writers were dreading middle age, and that Duncan's existentialist crisis was a reflection of their collective ''mid-life'' crisis.
** Paradoxically, ''The Raven'' was an uneasy mix of this ''and'' LighterAndSofter. Amanda, the spin-off character, was intended as PluckyComicRelief character. To achieve the desired result, Amanda discovered (sixty years after the fact) that an armored truck she once robbed was actually carrying WWI battle plans, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of British troops. Despite this, the show's biggest weakness was its attempts to merge ''Highlander'' lore -- lopping off heads, etc. -- with domesticity and light comedy. There were creative differences over what the general tone should be, and the show ended on a confused coda: the male lead is transformed into an immortal. ...After being poisoned by golf balls filled with green gas by a comical bad guy.
* For ''Ki.Ka'', a German public channel aimed at kindergarten-aged kids at the least and young teens at the most, it was the teen drama ''Series/AlleinGegenDieZeit'' that crossed some borders. It treated such [[SarcasmMode wonderfully whimsical topics]] like school hostage crises, terrorism, fascism, attempted mass murder, deadly viruses, had a rather unvilified take on ethnic youths (Turks in particular), and a less-than-family-friendly death or two.
* ''Series/LincolnHeights'', an ABC Family show. For a show on a network known for soft-hearted family, teen shows it was pretty dark and gritty in the beginning. The first two seasons alone had robberies, kidnapping of minors, gang violence, prostitution, incest, racial tension, and drug use. Although by season 4 the show had [[LighterAndSofter mellowed out considerably]] and seemed to become more like a typical ABC Family show, it still remains the darkest show the network has aired.
* ABC itself after Series/KyleXY got taken off the air.
* OneEpisodeWonder ''Series/LostInOz'' is this to the Wizard of Oz [[Film/TheWizardOfOz movie]] and [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz books]].
* Creator/LouisTheroux's documentary work provides one of the rare examples of this in non-fiction: whilst his early series ''Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends'' was light and silly in tone and investigated amusingly weird and kooky subcultures (UFO nuts, pro-wrestling, swingers, bodybuilders) or in some cases took a fairly fluffy take on potentially dark subject matter (porn, Thai brides), his later documentaries have veered into much, much darker and more serious territory, including neo-Nazis, crystal meth addiction, the Coalinga centre for the treatment of paedophiles, the Westboro Baptist Church and life in prison.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has certainly gotten darker over its five year run. While DeliberateValuesDissonance has allowed them to have the hero impale someone in the back in the very first episode, most fans agree that the show [[GrowingTheBeard grew the beard]] in ''The Beginning of the End'' when Merlin takes in an innocent orphan boy and Arthur helps him escape Camelot, and it turns out that he's [[spoiler: Mordred]]. And this was just the first season.
** Merlin's CharacterDevelopment is probably the best example of this, as he started as a ConstantlyCurious oblivious teenage boy, but over the years of ShootTheDog, hiding who he is from his friends, having to deal with his problems completely alone, and [[spoiler: having Aithusa, who he hatched and considers his kin, choose his enemy over him for a yet unknown reason]], he's become an extremely dark antihero who is a StepfordSmiler and is only holding together because he's a [[{{Determinator}} absolutely focused]] on keeping his friends safe and freeing the magical people.
* ''Series/MiamiVice'' seasons 3-5 are a marked departure from the first 2 seasons. This was largely caused by ''Series/LawAndOrder'' writer Dick Wolf taking up head writer duties on the show. The Daytona was destroyed and replaced with the Testarossa, the pastel colors disappeared, the plots got much more serious (see [[spoiler:Zito's]] death), and the overall tone was much more grim.
* ''MockingbirdLane'' does this for, of all things, ''TheMunsters''.
* Mocked in an episode of ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'', where Crow writes a Christmas carol entitled "Let's Have a Creator/PatrickSwayze Christmas" (based on his favorite movie, ''Film/{{Roadhouse}}''). Needless to say, this goes downhill rather quickly, but Joel and Tom Servo draw the line at the inclusion of ''a fight scene''.
--> '''Crow''': Hey, what, like a good action sequence don't belong at Christmas?
--> '''Joel''': Well, no, it's just that I've never heard an action sequence in a Christmas carol before...
* ''ThePacific'', when compared to its companion series ''Series/BandOfBrothers''.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest season 3. [[spoiler:Carter dies and Team Machine fails to stop Samaritan from activating]].
* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' seemed to have a more mature theme compared to the previous seasons at the time. It was the first season to carry the LukeIAmYourFather trope. It was also the first season where the bad guys actually used their forces to take over all of Earth, not just aim for a single city. It was also a tragic farewell to a mentor who started it all, Zordon, who commits a HeroicSacrifice, the first death of a good guy in the series.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' is much, much, much darker than either the whole ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise or its source material ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'', going so far as to kill off a large percentage of humanity in the nuclear bombardment of a RobotWar, and deal with serious psychological repercussions of traumatic events and childhoods at times. It wasn't all doom and gloom, but even its sense of humor was sharper, relying less on random silliness and more on taking the silliness inherited from the franchise and mocking it. ''Power Rangers'' in general, by contrast, is generally the poster child for NeverSayDie, and ''Go-Onger'' was very much a silly LighterAndSofter ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, complete with monster song-and-dance numbers.
** Other Darker Power Rangers shows include ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''. ''Lost Galaxy'' features the first death of a core Ranger and the main villain ordering attacks by ''suicide bombers'' later in the season, along with the origin of the [[SixthRanger Magna Defender's]] and the ''ON-SCREEN'' death of his child. ''Time Force'' had frequent death and a complete [[DefiedTrope defiance]] of NeverSayDie, and a legion of mutants on the receiving end of FantasticRacism and the whole concept of Predestination vs. Free Will, which was a fairly dark theme throughout the series. Ironically ''Time Force'' was adapted from a sentai series that was ''MUCH DARKER''.
** ''PowerRangersSamurai'' is largely a ShotForShotRemake of the darker ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger,'' and while it loses some of the darkness (the occasional VictimOfTheWeek has his sad backstory toned down, Deker is ''so'' not Juzo) it ''adds some more of its own'' when diverging from the source material. We have villains who are made stronger by human sadness, so the enemy plans are most often "make a whole lot of people suffer." Serrator's LongGame manipulations make him a KnightOfCerebus extraordinaire. Deker is so not Juzo… [[spoiler: and has to die anyway. His last words are "Finally… I'm free."]] Dayu is brought to [[spoiler: such despair by his loss that she is able to revive Xandred with her sadness alone, and is willing to because by now she just doesn't care what happens to the world, ''or'' herself, as she doesn't resist when he absorbs her to become part human and gain immunity to the sealing symbol.]]
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' seasons V, VI and VII.
** Season VI is of particular note because it downplayed the comedy elements in favor of sci-fi horror. Despite this, many fans like it.
** Season VIII combined very dark storyline with forced comedy.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Episode 11, "The Stand" (the first episode after the show's four-month hiatus), starts the second half of Season 1 in this direction, with enough graphic war violence that NBC slapped the episode with a [[ContentWarnings Viewer Discretion Advised warning]].
* In the '70s, not long after ''Sesame Street'' was created, MAD Magazine gave us a parody with random gang violence, drugs, evictions, prostitutes, pimps and gangsters called Reality Street (the writer was a pessimist). Even the intro was changed: "Smoggy days, feeling my lungs decay. It's a street of depression, Corruption, oppression! It's a sadist's dream come true! And masochists, too! Can you tell me how to get, get away from Reality Street?"
* The [[CulturalTranslation American remake]] of ''{{Shameless}}''. William H. Macy decided to play the main character as a "realistic" unsympathetic drunk, which sapped the humor out of the show. The original ''already'' takes place in a CrapsackWorld filled with {{Dirty Cop}}s and other degenerates.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' was initially a very family-friendly show that gradually turned DarkerAndEdgier throughout its [[LongRunner ten years]] of running, taking its first attempt around season four, but the story arc is widely criticized as it doesn't fit well in the Superman background. ''Zod'' (season six premiere) ([[NamesTheSame the episode]]) has a fair bit of unnecessary violence, but ''Phantom'' (season six finale) is a serious dip with high amounts of gore and violence wherever [[EvilTwin Bizarro]] goes (EnfantTerrible alert!), and more in season seven due to increased [[RoboticPsychopath Brainiac]] activity. Season eight introduces [[InvincibleVillain Doomsday]], which is pretty much a walking terror tank. On the morality side, [[spoiler:Lana Lang]] dabbles in the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Luthor]] business around season six; [[spoiler:Kal-El proclaims "Clark Kent is dead"]] in the season eight finale, but the most shocking swerve comes in the beginning of season nine, with [[spoiler:Chloe Sullivan, previously the living embodiment of IncorruptiblePurePureness, turning into a ManipulativeBitch.]]
** Season 5 also had some darker edges to it, as the characters graduated from the high school setting, Lana and Clark's relationship frayed as the former grew closer to Lex, and [[spoiler: Jonathan Kent succumbed to a heart attack and died, leaving Clark without a supportive father figure]].
* ''SonnyWithAChance'' is a peppy teen comedy about a girl making it big in Hollywood, but the two-parter contains things like Sonny getting framed for several crimes, the main cast almost going down in a plane and [[spoiler: Sonny's attempted murder]].
* The 1994-1995 Gerry Anderson sci-fi series ''SpacePrecinct'' is a darker, more serious reworking of a primarily comedic pilot called ''SpacePolice'' that Anderson made a decade earlier.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' was announced to be Darker And Edgier than ''Series/StargateSG1''. It dealt with an all around darker atmosphere, AnyoneCanDie, along with an arc enemy intended to be even more frightening than the BodyHorror of the Goa'uld and ScaryDogmaticAliens of the Ori. Unfortunately, they forgot to [[NotQuiteDead keep them dead]], and the enemy's only advantages were soon nullified, until all they had was numbers.
** To be fair, early on ''Stargate Atlantis'' did a good job of killing or [[PutOnABus bussing]] well-liked supporting characters and a main character was even PutOnABus mid-season 2. They did start to shift away from this as the series progressed, though.
** ''Series/StargateUniverse'' in turn is a DarkerAndEdgier version of the previous two Stargate series. What makes this one significant is that the creators stated that it will be a DarkerAndEdgier Stargate ''from the get-go''. And then... They never really shut up about it and all they were ever talking about was how much darker, edgier and grittier ''Universe'' will be.
** The final two seasons of ''Stargate SG-1'' were noticeably darker than the first eight, with the good guys on the wrong side of a galactic CurbstompBattle against a NighInvulnerable enemy.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' as a franchise has received two doses of DarkerAndEdgier in the last few decades.
** The first was the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Best of Both Worlds", during which happened the battle at Wolf 359, which is in some circles referred to as "[[HarsherInHindsight The 9/11 of Star Trek]]", which is especially relevant in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. After this point, stories started focusing more on the imperfections of the Federation, which had until that point been portrayed as a Utopia.
** Notably, ''Star Trek'' did not go DarkerAndEdgier by adding a load of sex, violence, and profanity, but it did (particularly in ''[=DS9=]'') turn away from the BlackAndWhiteMorality utopia Federation and introduced some grey into the Federation and their allies and enemies.
** The second was the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, which [[spoiler:destroyed Vulcan and killed Kirk's father, years before ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is set]]. As a result, the Federation in future Treks is likely to more closely resemble the post-Wolf 359 and post-Dominion War Federation seen in ''[=DS9=]'' instead of the happy-go-lucky world of ''TOS'' and early ''TNG''.
** Another example would be ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. After ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' proved to be a hit, but went far over-budget; Gene Roddenberry was KickedUpstairs from decision-making and Robert Wise was replaced with Nicholas Meyer as director, who was unfamiliar with ''Star Trek''; and instead drew influence on the story from novels such as ''MobyDick''. The result was a dramatic, engrossing movie that got the [[GrowingTheBeard film series its legs]].
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has had several rather dark entries; among them are ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'', and ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger''.
** ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' was intended to be a DarkerAndEdgier ''Super Sentai'', about an invasion and robot terrorism, however it went to LighterAndSofter after several real life incidents happened that may or may not have been giving the show a bad rep.
** ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' is ''far'' darker than the previous series, ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' [[spoiler: with shots of the previous Shinkenger team being killed and mauled, ''very'' brutal sword duels between Takeru and [[PsychoForHire Juzo]], a BigBad who personally killed Takeru's father, {{Deconstruction}} of fealty and loyalty tropes, even class distinctions (SixthRanger Genta is initially looked down upon by Takeru and Kaoru's JerkAss attendant Tanba always insults him for being a 'mere Sushi Seller' and not a true Samurai), and a Dragon ''trying to open the [[HellGate gates of Hell]] themselves to cause a literal HellOnEarth'' for shits and giggles!]] Due to all of this, as well as balancing out with very good humor, likable characters, and extremely good action ''Shinkenger'' is considered one of the best ''Super Sentai'' ever created.
** ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' went the same way as ''Ohranger'', as it too dealt with robot terrorism and the Busters themselves can be weakened to the point where a city could be destroyed and the enetron could be stolen - and also went LighterAndSofter midway through, shifting towards being more comedy-oriented specifically involving the [[RobotBuddy BuddyRoids]]. In fact, it shifted up and down the scale a ''few'' times, so that you have Go-onger scale wackiness at some points and things that would ''never'' happen in any of the above series in others. The end in particular cements the inability to ScrewDestiny in two cases ([[spoiler: You figured no matter how many times we heard it couldn't be done, they'd find a way to save their parents and the other researchers, who were digitized within the DiscOneFinalBoss. Also, a Ranger LivingOnBorrowedTime will usually be saved. When the final curtain closes, it's official: They really ''did'' have to kill their parents with Messiah, ''and'' saving Jin isn't possible.]]) Yes, we ''are'' still talking about the same series whose wacky robots made it seem the SpiritualSuccessor to Go-Onger.
* ''Series/{{Survivors}}'': The original version's third season goes in this direction. At the very least, the characters appear to be taking a lot fewer baths.
* ''Series/TeenWolf''. The show is DarkerAndEdgier than the movie.
* ''Series/TinMan'' has DG (Dorothy Gale) going to the Outer Zone (yup, the [[SignifigantMonogram O.Z.]]) where she befriends a man who has lost part of his brain to evil experimenters, and a tortured empathic beast who seems to be a human/lion crossbreed, and the "Tin Man" of the title, a cop who wears a tin star.
** He was also locked in a metal life support box that kept him alive but awake and unable to move or talk, furthering the Darker And Edgier parallels. The whole thing is a combination of the movies, the book, and a bunch of DarkerAndEdgier twists and story details.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', a spinoff of ''Series/DoctorWho'', was billed as "Darker and Edgier" than its family-aimed parent, which amounted to quite a bit of sex and violence. While not as overt, series 2 still had far more sensitive material than could ever be shown at 7 pm, and the miniseries ''Children of Earth'' upped the depression and utter hopelessness of the show to eleven.
** And then they took it to an entirely new level with the "Series/{{Torchwood}}" Miracle Day miniseries. "Dark" doesn't begin to describe it.
* The ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' has had various installments like this.
** First there was ''Series/UltramanLeo'' in 1974, which dealt with slavery and had a KillEmAll style ending before Tomino even had his own series.
** ''Series/UltramanNexus'', which was supposed to be a DarkerAndEdgier reboot of the franchise aimed at a shonen/seinen audience, but got ScrewedByTheNetwork and placed in a Saturday Morning Kids Slot.
* ''UnitedStatesOfTara'' starts out pretty dark, but becomes an absolute CrapsackWorld in the third season.
* ''TheWestWing'': This trope happened in an odd way — since the original show had almost no on-screen violence involving the main cast, it couldn't be ramped-up: the last three seasons saw the artificial retconning of character personalities from the idealistic to the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, deleting a lot of the morality from the characters' choices to make them "grayer", a shift to RippedFromTheHeadlines crises instead of political ones, a lot more military-oriented storylines, more disasters and suspense, a lot of verbal fighting and drama to make up for the fact that there was no regular violence, making the rare instances of violence more frequent, and casting a much darker political climate over the previously sensible in-universe Washington. Needless to say, the fans saw through this ploy right away and disapproved of its artificiality, especially as seasons 3 and 4 had already done a very different, organic take on the darker and edgier convention. Oddly enough however, the show ''did'' avoid MOST (emphasis on "most") easy opportunities for inserting more sex into the show.
* As ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' progressed, werewolves, vampires, mummies and Franken-monsters passed by, not to mention that Alex's magnificent NobleDemon skills developed and Justin became a monster hunter and a MadScientist. Oh, and Max lost his conscience for an episode or two. Really. Not to mention that they apparently killed off Stevie without anyone seeming to care. Alex even made a harsh, sarcastic comment about her ''death'', then walked away happily.
** Season 4 seems to be taking it up a notch with the "Wizards vs. Angels" trilogy.
* ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' ''almost'' got this treatment: The Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot, although not picked up by NBC, was examined by a number of reviewers who almost unanimously indicated that Diana was depicted as an ultra-violent InNameOnly DesignatedHero who tortured and killed without hesitation. Villains' OffstageVillainy combined with Diana's very much ''onstage'' over-the-top brutality makes her come off as the true villain of the piece.
* ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel'' (1999) had a lot more of violence, gore and sex than Emma Orczy's original novels. Some viewers liked it as they felt that TheFrenchRevolution was a bloody and gory business in the first place, but some felt that it didn't focus much on deep love between Sir Percy and his wife and romantic sub-plots. There were also at least two heart-breaking [[DeathByAdaptation Deaths by Adaptation]].
* ''Series/BlueHeelers'' took a big one in 2004 with the station being bombed, killing Jo and Clancy, and Tom's wife raped and murdered. Dark, grisly crimes would become more of a forefront and rather than glossing over the details it became akin to something like ''[[Series/{{CSI}} CSI Mount Thomas]]'' or ''[[Series/CriminalMinds Criminal Minds Australia.]]''
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