->''"[Carole Lombard] came to me when I was deciding whether or not I should do "Series/ILoveLucy", and she told me to 'give it a whirl'. And that's what I did. [[ForWantOfANail Then she came to me when I was deciding whether or not to sell Desilu]]. She told me I was done being a star, that it was time to start ''making'' stars. She knew I could do it, said I was the only one who could. (laughs) There's a reason everybody loved Carole."''
-->'''Lucille Ball''', [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=220395 in her 1986 interview]] with [[InsistentTerminology Baba Wawa]]

An AlternateHistory work by user "@/{{Brainbin}}" of AlternateHistoryDotCom, ''That Wacky Redhead'' explores the cultural side of the genre, showing how a different path taken in American television history could have altered not only popular culture, but also the wider world.

Creator/LucilleBall, beloved comedienne, star of the classic 1950s sitcom ''Series/ILoveLucy'', and entrepreneur as the head of her television studio, [[Creator/DesiluStudios Desilu]], is visited in a dream by her late friend Carole Lombard. Once before, Lombard had persuaded Ball to "give [television] a whirl" and star in what would become ''I Love Lucy''; Lombard's second visit, in late 1966, marks the PointOfDivergence. Ball is on the verge of selling Desilu to media conglomerate [[Creator/{{Paramount}} Gulf+Western]], but Lombard warns her away from it, assuring Ball that her destiny is to remain a studio chief.

The rest of the timeline chronicles what changes have been wrought, and ''[[TitleDrop all on account of That Wacky Redhead!]]''

Read it [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?p=5297075#post5297075 here]] or on Website/CounterFactualDotNet [[http://www.counter-factual.net/upload/showthread.php?t=20322 here]].[[note]]He's currently re-posting it from the ''start''; expect it to be a while until it syncs back up to the AlternateHistoryDotCom version.[[/note]] An indexed version can be found [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/timelines/that_wacky_redhead here]].
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!!This work contains examples of:

[[folder:For Want Of A Nail]]
* In our timeline, ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' was ScrewedByTheNetwork in favor of ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''. In this timeline, it's the other way around, and the creator of ''Laugh-In'' quits... butterflies from which means no ''Laugh-In'' appearance by [[spoiler:RichardNixon, and because the 1968 presidential election was so close, the lack of his television appearance is enough to change enough voters' minds relative to our timeline that Hubert H. Humphrey wins instead]].
** It should be mentioned that there's a '''second''' nail involved with this point: The moment that this particular butterfly spawned was when [=NBC=] wanted to move ''Star Trek'' to the 7:30PM slot on Mondays... while pushing ''Laugh-In'' to ''8'':30. Lucy stepping in and speaking for Star Trek's behalf is what ultimately settled the argument, thus setting ''that'' particular stone.
* As part of being a studio-head full time, Lucy dropped out of ''Yours, Mine, and Ours'' and, unable to find a replacement actor to fill her role, scrapped it all together. But, there's more. Without this film, ''Series/TheBradyBunch never gets made''. (Creator/SherwoodSchwartz created it to capitalize on the success of the film IOTL.)
** That isn't the only show to be butterflied away due to changes with a movie: due to ''Film/{{MASH}}'' being a box-office failure ITTL, ''Series/{{MASH}}'' the ''show'' is never made.
* As part of the deal that would bring ''Series/DoctorWho'' to the states, Desilu also buys the US syndication rights to the back catalog--along with copies of all the tapes. Since Desilu is well aware of the money to be made in syndication, they carefully preserve these tapes for reairing as [[InSpiteOfANail the era of junking old tapes at the BBC comes and goes]]. When the BBC figures out what a mistake they've made, Desilu can just send copies over to the BBC. That's right. ''The lost episode fiasco is'' '''''averted'''''.
** [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=9231593&postcount=3819 To an extent.]][[note]]5th response.[[/note]]
* As a side note, you know how Creator/TomBaker is considered '''the''' Doctor IOTL? Creator/JonPertwee fills that role ITTL.
** [[SarcasmMode Tom Baker as the Doctor?]] [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Please.]] [[spoiler: Jim Dale]] [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=6465165&postcount=1480 on the other hand...]]
* It goes without saying, but because ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' is handled with more care in this timeline, the show goes through some changes as well: "The City On The Edge of Forever" becomes the season 1 finale, bad episodes like "Spock's Brain", "Assignment: Earth" and "The Omega Glory" aren't produced, going to a season 5, "[[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries Yesteryear]]" being made an episode proper...
* Because the Apollo 13 mission went off with out a hitch ITTL, [[{{Film/Apollo13}} the 1995 movie]] is butterflied away.
** On a similar note, a recent update reveals that the Iranian Revolution never happened ITTL. Which means no [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_hostage_crisis Iran hostage crisis]], which means no "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Caper Canadian Caper]]", which means, ultimately, no {{Film/Argo}}.
* ''So many'' changes occur to ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' (the most obvious being the ITTL title being "The Journey of the Force"), that it would be better to just [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7229983&postcount=2428 link to the chapter]].
* [[ItMakesSenseInContext Thanks to NBC fighting with Johnny Carson]], ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' never got made.[[note]]Specificly, IOTL, when Carson's contract was up for renewal in 1975, he got NBC to agree to airing the "Best of Carson" compilations during weekdays, leading to Dick Ebersol and Lorne Michaels creating "[=NBC=]'s Saturday Night", later becoming SNL. ''Guess what didn't happen ITTL''?[[/note]]
* While it isn't made 100% clear why, guess what else has been butterflied away? [[spoiler:''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'']].
* "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7450336&postcount=2670 Brand New Hollywood, Same Old Industry]]" also establishes some big film changes, including (but not limited to): as opposed to the original timeline, Creator/StanleyKubrick does '''not''' make the film adaptations for ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' and ''Film/BarryLyndon''[[note]]Although [[WordOfGod they]] ''[[WordOfGod do]]'' [[WordOfGod eventually get made]], without Kubrick they don't get the acclaim they did IOTL.[[/note]], ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' never gets made, Creator/RalphBakshi gets to ''properly'' make an animated trilogy on ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'', the first two ''[[{{Film/TheGodfather}} Godfather]]'' films never got the Oscar for best picture, and [[spoiler: [[Creator/GeorgeLucas George and Marcia Lucas]] (along with Lucasfilm Limited) sue Creator/ParamountPictures over "breach of contract, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation."]]
* Aside from not being titled ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Those Were the Days'' has some interesting changes thanks to the different timeline it was made in. [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5541450&postcount=413 Take a]] [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5728055&postcount=621 look.]]
* "Computer Space" is considered the "first video game", not "Pong". Thanks "Moonshot Lunacy"!
* While it's not explained if he still experienced cerebral edema[[note]]brain swelling[[/note]] ITTL, another name to add to the "Saved by the Timeline" list is [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=6874644&postcount=2044 none other than]] Creator/BruceLee!
* ''Creator/StevenSpielberg'' directs ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' and ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''.
* Michael Billington becomes the next Bond after George Lazenby, not RogerMoore.
* A more literal example relates to ITTL's "Coming Soon to a Theater Near You! [[spoiler:With Creator/RogerEbert and Creator/GeneSiskel]]": [[spoiler: Siskel and Ebert's coin toss to see who got top billing went in Ebert's favor ITTL.]]
* In 1969, PBS gets $2'''5''' million in funding for its creation, not the eventual $22 million it got under the Nixon administration IOTL.[[note]]The planned funding was $20 million, but Nixon wanted to cut it in ''half'' IOTL. Thank's in part to a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q testimony]] [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]] gave, it was then decided to make it the $22 million.[[/note]]
* Creator/GeorgeLucas's plans for his big franchise [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7278382&postcount=2504 take a different turn]]:
--> Tentative plans to air some form of continuation to ''Journey of the Force'', perhaps in the form of a [[Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial holiday special]], were nixed by none other than George Lucas, who refused to condone such a [[MoneyDearBoy blatant cash grab]] as long as none of said cash would be filling his coffers.
* Aside from (obviously) no ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5853675&postcount=768 Day and Night]]" reveals that Bob Barker ultimately does '''not''' become the host of ''ThePriceIsRight''; consequently, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_James Dennis James]] becomes the host of both daytime and nighttime versions.
* CBS, ''very'' desperate, gave ''Creator/GeorgeCarlin'' his own variety show in 1980. It became [[spoiler:the ''Turn-On'' to "The Creator/RichardPryor Show"'s ''Laugh-In''.]]
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' is named ''Texas Tea'' (or just ''Texas''), and the Ewing family is called the Walsh family (and John Ross "Jock" Ewing and J.R. are called Thomas R. Walsh, Sr. and T.R., respectively).
* Jumping back to 1968 for a minute, [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5351938&postcount=53 this]] coverage of the 1968 presidential election reveals that one of the factors in [[spoiler:Humphrey's lead]] was "[[spoiler:the announcement of a bombing halt in their quagmire of [[TheVietnamWar an overseas conflict]], and a resulting peace conference.]]"[[note]][[spoiler:Nixon's people, seeing that he was going to lose, weren't able to pull out of those talks as opposed to IOTL.]][[/note]]
* IOTL, a clerical error in 1974 caused ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' to fall out of copyright. [[WordOfGod One guess]] as to what happened ITTL...[[note]]So, you're probably wondering if this changes anything. Trust me, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19918_6-terrible-decisions-that-gave-us-great-movie-moments_p2.html it does]].[[/note]]
* [[spoiler:[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7699696&postcount=2873 "20th Century Fox is actually in a pretty bad way ITTL."]][[note]]Last response.[[/note]]]]
* In regards to another big bombshell of the timeline[[note]]Involving [[spoiler:"Franchise/StarTrek" post TOS and Next Voyage]].[[/note]], I'm just going to say the words "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5381436&postcount=102 this page]]", "last response", and "[[spoiler:not happening]]".
** Though later comments indicate that it is less solid than it first seems. [[spoiler: It refers ''specifically'' to the '''OTL''' Star Trek spin-off/sequel series/movies, not to Star Trek on TV or the big screen ''in general'']]. Beyond that, it has also been confirmed that [[spoiler: Star Trek ''will'' have further appearances in ''other'' media -- tabletop gaming, for instance]].
* [=SelectaVision=] does ''better'' than in IOTL: a projected 200,000 figure in the beginning of 1978, with over ''250,000'' being shipped New Years Day with over 100 launch titles.[[note]]IOTL, only 100,000 were sold in 1981, with only 50 launch titles.[[/note]]
** Let's not forget a little fact: it came out in 1977 ITTL. IOTL? ''[[AlternateTechline 1981]]''.
* [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike Hello, readers.]] How much do you know about microwave power? Google it. Look at the results, now to me, now to the results, now back to me. Look again. [[spoiler:[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7753682&postcount=2895 The concept has become discredited.]]]]
** Now, Google "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident Three Mile Island accident]]". Look down. Now up. [[spoiler:That too is no more.]] I'm doing a parody. (insert Old Spice theme here)
* Thanks to [[spoiler:Lucas winning the Trial of the Century]], [[spoiler:Paramount]] ends up owing a ''billion dollars''. Even pending appeal the $100 million bond is enough to put the company's futures in doubt.
* Creator/RobinWilliams never overcame his cocaine addiction. [[spoiler:This wound up killing him.]]
** Subsequently, although the specifics aren't known yet, [[spoiler:WordOfGod says that Music/JohnLennon ''doesn't die'']]; at least, [[spoiler:on December 8, 1980]]. Nope; ''Williams'' takes that [[spoiler:date]].
* Thanks to [=ABC=] being in such dire straights ITTL, they were convinced to pick up ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' for syndication (after agreeing to air "The Muppets Valentine Show") in 197''4'', two years before the show's OTL premiere.[[note]]Plus, OTL's ''Muppet Show'' was produced under [=ATV=], a UK television company, due to no American television companies being interested.[[/note]]
* You know the "Miracle On Ice"[[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYscemhnf88 Where the US hockey team managed to beat the Soviet Union with a score of 4-3]].[[/note]]? [[spoiler:Well, replace "United States" with "Canada", and "4-3" with "5-4".]][[note]]It helps that [[spoiler:the 1980 Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver ITTL]].[[/note]]
** Speaking of the Olympics, [[spoiler:we do ''not'' boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow]].
-->The international reaction [to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan] was overwhelmingly hostile, but President Reagan did not choose to pursue heavy sanctions against the USSR, or even [[spoiler:agree with a proposed boycott of the Moscow Olympics]], as part of a gentleman’s agreement that had emerged between the two superpowers – the Soviets would turn the other cheek to the continued American military presence in Iran, so long as the United States ceded any interests in Afghanistan, formally establishing both states in their respective spheres of interest and extending the Iron Curtain across the Caspian Sea to the Indus Valley.
* Jumping back a bit, wanna know the background information of ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Battlestar Galactica]]'' in a "Moonshot Lunacy" world? [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=6570042&postcount=1726 See here.]][[note]]Of note, although the actual number isn't revealed until "Evening in America", is the fact that it lasts '''five seasons'''.[[/note]]
** Although it goes without mention, it still doesn't hurt to address this: No. Galactica. 1980.
* Due to ''[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Monty Python and Camelot]]'''s moderate success, investors were interested in doing a second film. That fell apart because of the Pythons not liking any of ''their'' suggestions, and the only idea ''they'' liked was the one that the investors refused to do. Long story short, [[spoiler:''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' is never made]].
* To make a ''[[WhamEpisode long]]'' story short, as of 1984, Paramount (thanks in part to [[spoiler:losing ''Lucasfilm v. Paramount'', having to pay $1,000,000,000 in damages[[note]]which they could only afford to pay '''1/10th of''' due to only having a $100 million bond kept in escrow after the 1980 ruling[[/note]], and Charles Bluhdorn dying of a heart attack two days later]]) ultimately [[spoiler:no longer exists]].
** Subsequently, [[spoiler:Desilu was sold Paramount's half of the lot "at a bargain price", meaning the famous "Wall" that separated them would come down]].
--->Lucille Ball, along with George and Marcia Lucas, would [[spoiler:cut this ribbon in a grand ceremony featuring many Desilu ''and'' Paramount stars and staffers, past and present]]. Ball famously quipped: "If [[spoiler:this wall]] can finally come down, maybe there’s hope for [[spoiler:the one in Berlin]], too."
* Film/ApocalypseNow winds up being a more faithful adaptation of Literature/HeartOfDarkness ITTL (even being named after the book). It also has the [[SarcasmMode high honor]] of being '''[[spoiler:one of TTL's biggest box office bombs]]'''.
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[[folder:In Spite Of A Nail]]
* The era of tape wiping still occurs, even for Series/DoctorWho (except it was spared any permanent damages thanks to the deal with Desilu).
** Well... ''sort of''. "The Feast of Steven"[[note]]The ChristmasEpisode of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan The Dalek's Master Plan]]"[[/note]] still winds up being wiped before Desilu could step in. As such, that particular episode is the ''only'' missing episode for Doctor Who.
* The creation of home video ''and'' the Home Video Wars still happen.
* UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan still becomes president, [[spoiler: albeit the 38th. Sorry, UsefulNotes/GeraldFord]].
* Music/TheBeatles still end up breaking up by 1970.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_Bunker#Viewer_reactions The Archie Bunker Vote]]? [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5728055&postcount=621 Yep]], still a thing ITTL.
* The Magnavox Odyssey is still a video game console that comes out in 1972, "graphical overlays" and all.
* In regards to Music/{{Queen}}: "The membership of Queen, and the circumstances of its formation, are largely identical to OTL."
* ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' and ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' are still made.
** Plus "Moonraker"'s score is generally the same as the OTL version [[spoiler: despite John Barry recording it in the UK ITTL[[note]]He couldn't IOTL because of being a tax exile from the United Kingdom at the time.[[/note]].]]
* Unfortunately, ITTL's 1972 Olympics suffered [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_massacre the same tragedy]] as IOTL.
* In spite what was mentioned above, "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5853675&postcount=768 Day and Night]]" (which gave "a more comprehensive picture of all that was available to American (and Canadian) television audiences in the early 1970s") revealed little changes ITTL in that regard.
* Creator/CarlSagan still gets to make ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'', [[spoiler:albeit with help from [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]]].
* The Oil Crisis of 1973 still happens.
** Also, the Greenpoint oil spill also occurs [[spoiler:but is discovered in ''1976'', instead of OTL's 1978.]]
* Despite ''The Greenpoint Dilemma'' being a factor in killing the concept of [[spoiler:microwave power, microwave ''ovens'' stick around.]][[note]][[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7776442&postcount=2922 Confirmation; 8th response.]][[/note]]
* "{{Series/Dallas}}" may be called "Texas", but we still end up asking that famous question: "Who Killed J.R"- er, "Who Killed ''T.R''"?
* While [[spoiler:''Deep Space'' isn't a Star Trek spin-off]] (Herb Solow vetoed it when suggested), it still has some similarities to our [[spoiler:Tartikoff/Roddenberry-[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine involved space-station show]]... such as a resident merchant alien character whose name begins with 'Qu' and ends with 'rk']].
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' still ends by 1981, [[spoiler:with the added bonus of it being picked up in 1974 by [=ABC=].]]
* Despite [[spoiler:Canada]] going against the USSR and the score this time being [[spoiler:"5-4"]], we still have the "Miracle On Ice".
* Guess what, the Soviet Union still invades Afghanistan.
* Amazingly enough, Charles Bluhdorn winds up [[spoiler:dying of a heart attack as IOTL]], within the ''same time frame''[[note]]IOTL: February 20, 1983. ITTL: February 25, 1983[[/note]].
* Due to "Here's Lucy" not being made (allowing for the surname "Carter" to be used) and because Lucille Ball decided to play [[spoiler:[[Franchise/StarTrek the President of the United Federation of Planets]] for "Star Trek: The Next Voyage"]] ''with'' said surname, guess what? [[spoiler:[[NamesTheSame We still have a President]] [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter Carter]] [[NamesTheSame ITTL!]]]]
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* ActorAllusion: A ''casting'' version in-universe: After [[spoiler: JimmyStewart]] was picked to play [[{{Film/Superman}} Pa Kent]], "the production team could not resist the opportunity to stunt-cast Ma Kent, choosing [[spoiler: Donna Reed (Stewart’s one-time co-star in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', his personal favorite film)]] for the role".
--> "On-set lore had [[spoiler: Stewart]] continuously flubbing his lines by referring to [[spoiler: Reed]]’s character as “Mary” instead of “Martha”."
* AllohistoricalAllusion: IOTL, there ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen would've]]'' been a televised Franchise/StarTrek / Series/DoctorWho crossover (albeit with Series/StarTrekEnterprise and the 10th Doctor), but plans for it fell apart.
** The date ElvisPresley and Desilu reached a licensing agreement that allowed him to be featured prominently in a couple episodes of ''[[HappyDays Rock Around the Clock]]'' was August 16, 1977. You know. The day he ''died on the toilet'' IOTL?
** The response from ''[[{{Film/Apollo13}} Aquarius]]'' to Houston's inquiry about any problems with landing on the moon? "No, Houston, we haven’t had a problem here."[[note]]Or, as it may end up down the line, "[[BeamMeUpScotty Houston, we don't have a problem.]]"[[/note]]
** Similarly to the Elvis allusion, the date of the {{Futureshadowing}} Barbara Waters/Lucille Ball interview that opens the timeline is the date that ''Life With Lucy'' premiered IOTL.
** GeorgeLucas finds a use for the phrase "NeverTellMeTheOdds", [[spoiler:just not in [[TheEmpireStrikesBack a movie]].]]
** What do Music/JohnLennon and Creator/RobinWilliams have in common? [[spoiler:The date December 8, 1980]].[[note]][[spoiler:Lennon died on that day IOTL because of Mark David Chapman shooting him. Instead, TTL sees Williams dying via a cocaine overdose.]][[/note]]
** We still have a saying involving a president traveling to a foreign land as part of improving foreign relations: "Only Reagan could go to [[spoiler:Moscow]]."[[note]]TTL's "Only Nixon could go to China".[[/note]]
** A subtle one: TTL's "Battlestar Galactica" (simply known as "''Galactica''") ends in ''1980''. ...[[DontExplainTheJoke get]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galactica_1980 it?]]
** [[WordOfGod It's pointed out]] that [[{{In-universe}} the ceremony in 1984]] ITTL that concerned [[spoiler:Desilu being sold Paramount's half of the lot]] was similar to the one in 1967 IOTL that concerned the reverse: [[spoiler:Paramount being sold Desilu]].
* AlternateHistory: Obviously.
* AllThereInTheManual: Sometimes, info regarding the timeline can only be found in the footnotes.
** Other times, it's in the comment responses [=Brainbin=] gives.
* [[spoiler: AprilFoolsDay]]: "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7479564&postcount=2712 Appendix E: A Taste of Pi, Part I: Fostering an Obsession]]"[[note]][[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7483007&postcount=2723 Confirmation.]][[/note]]
* {{Anvilicious}}: [[{{In-universe}} The Star Trek 3rd season episode]] "Bondage and Freedom" uses a planet where a black ruling class keeps white slaves to comment on race relations. It's about as subtle as it sounds.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: [[{{InUniverse}} Actually,]] compared to the OTL version, ''[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Monty Python and Camelot]]'' is more historically accurate in regards to medieval times.
* AWorldHalfFull / [[WorldHalfEmpty Empty]]: Thanks to Desilu not merging with Paramount changes occur both positively '''and''' negatively to the world (in the sense of pop culture), to keep things brief.
-->'''[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7229983&postcount=2428 Brainbin:]]''' I ''told'' you I wasn’t writing a utopia!
** As a point of reference, [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5602657&postcount=496 "The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same"]] points out how "race relations are ''generally'' better" in 1971-2 ITTL, just ''generally''.
** Also, the economy is in "better absolute shape" in ITTL's 1975.
** Despite NASA going through difficulties, it's still a LOT better than OTL's NASA. [[spoiler:And, given that John Glenn, who promised to revitalize the space program, won the 1980 election...]]
* BookEnds: It has yet to happen, but Brainbin has said the last post will bring us back to the 1986 interview that opened the timeline.
* BittersweetEnding: Thanks to Desilu picking it up, ''Series/NightGallery'' fares a tad better ITTL... but because of the more vigorous production schedule, Creator/RodSerling ends up dying a few months ''earlier'' than IOTL.[[note]]For the curious: IOTL Death: June 28, 1975. ITTL Death: January 7, 1975[[/note]]
** "Those Were The Days" had one as the SeriesFinale[[note]]Keep in mind, it's essentially "The Stivics Go West", but it's ''really'' the series finale[[/note]]:
-->"Thus, the series concluded with Richard and Gloria departing Astoria, Queens, along with their son Michael, to the sunnier pastures of California (as so many Americans before them had done); Richard had accepted tenure at a small liberal arts college in the Bay Area, and Gloria had already arranged for interviews in hoping to secure a new management position at one of any number of the retail establishments there. Archie and Edith, by contrast, [[EmptyNest were now left alone at 704 Hauser St]]. The poignant final shot of the series finale framed the two, having retreated to their iconic living room chairs after saying their final goodbyes, and gazing into nothingness, overcome with their emotions, as if thinking “[[AndThenWhat Well, what now?]]”."
** ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' has one too: "Boss Lady", aka. [[spoiler:Lucille Ball]] finally gets to appear on the show... only for [[spoiler:Lucy-style]] antics to occur...
-->"The episode, naturally, ended with [[TrashTheSet the Muppet Playhouse in a wreck]], and [[spoiler:Ball]] livid to the point of incomprehensible babbling. Kermit, meanwhile, pledged to take his show on the road, instead."
** The timeline ''itself'' is set to end this way, with the final post going to take us back to the 1986 interview where Lucy announces she's retiring.
* {{Bowdlerized}}: Pointed out [[TvTropesWillRuinYourLife in-universe]], NBC's early 1970's nickname is referred to as "Negroes, Blacks, and Coloreds".
* BreatherEpisode: In between "Fight the Power"[[note]]Which, along with describing ''The Greenpoint Dilemma'', explains [[spoiler:how microwave power fell out of favor ITTL]].[[/note]] and "Appendix C, Part IV: [[spoiler:The Trial of the Century]]" is "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7810754&postcount=2934 You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby]]", which details ITTL's Women's Lib movement. [[spoiler:Well... up to the last paragraph, anyway...]]
* ButterflyOfDoom: What seem like minor changes can have big effects down the line.
** Played with: the world is surprisingly altered for what might at first seem to be a relatively minor pop-cultural change -- but the resulting history is no worse than ours (in some ways, it is even a ''[[InvertedTrope better]]'' world), just different.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: An interesting variation: various shows and movies IOTL have different titles ITTL.
** Examples include: "The Journey of the Force" instead of "Star Wars", "Galactica" instead of "Battlestar Galactica", "Those Were The Days" instead of "All in the Family", "Greased Lightning" instead of "Grease", ect.
** Creator/{{Atari}}? Surely you meant [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=6924090&postcount=2084 Syzygy]]? ... [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No, really.]]
** [=VCR=]s[[note]]Videocassette recorders[[/note]]? Nope, V'''T'''Rs[[note]]Video'''tape''' recorders[[/note]].
* CallBack: Response-wise: [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5818526&postcount=700 The last post]] to cover ITTL's Franchise/StarTrek franchise brings up [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5301702&postcount=7 a post]] from ''waaay'' back:
-->'''Brainbin''': To answer this question, posed to me over four months ago: "How will Star Trek change?" ''There'' is your answer. ''That'' is how. There you go.
* TheCameo: The person who discovered buckminsterfullerene ITTL was none other than Dr. Thomas W. Anderson... also known as ''[[spoiler:Tropers/{{Thande}}]]''.[[note]][[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7760968&postcount=2909 Confirmation; 7th response.]][[/note]]
* [[spoiler:Film/CannibalHolocaust]]: Interestingly, although [[spoiler:this film]] isn't made ITTL, several ones ''like'' it are.
* CastingGag: In 1978, the President of Desilu, [[TitleDrop That Wacky Redhead]] herself, plays the role of the President [[spoiler:[[Franchise/StarTrek of the United Federation of Planets]]]] in [[spoiler:"Star Trek: The Next Voyage"]]. It's also a [[AllohistoricalAllusion cross-timeline gag]]: IOTL, Lucille Ball called President [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter Carter]] in... "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lucy Calls The President]]". ITTL, [[spoiler:[[NamesTheSame she]] ''[[NamesTheSame is]]'' [[NamesTheSame President Carter]]]]!
** ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' does sort-of the same thing: She's the owner of the Muppet Playhouse. [[spoiler:She's even the guest star in the SeriesFinale.]]
** So, why was [[spoiler:Tropers/{{Thande}}]] TTL's discoverer of buckminsterfullerene? "[[WordOfGod [P]erhaps (at least in part) because it is an achievement tied closely to his (OTL]] ''[[WordOfGod and]]'' [[WordOfGod TTL) alma mater.]]"
* CharacterTitle: The timeline is named after the person who makes the change possible, Lucille Ball.
* ContestedSequel: In-universe, Star Trek acquires one in the form of [[spoiler:a '70s miniseries Star Trek: The Next Voyage, with many fans disparagingly calling it either "Star Trek: The Soap Opera" or, more to the point, "Soap Trek".]]
* CousinOliver: This comes up in both "''Barefoot in the Park''" and "''The Bill Cosby Show''". Ironically, this happens despite the [[Series/TheBradyBunch trope namer]] not existing.
* ClusterBleepBomb: Thanks to "Censorface" to providing this trope on "[[spoiler:The Creator/GeorgeCarlin Show]]".
* CreatorKiller: [[spoiler:[[{{In-universe}} "Turn-On" for George Schlatter.]]]]
** And by recent info, it seems [[spoiler:his plans to sue Paramount]] have done some serious damage to [[spoiler:Creator/GeorgeLucas]]' reputation in Hollywood. ...although, given that [[spoiler:he won said trial, that may change]]...
* CurbStompBattle: As IOTL, the Soivet Union ''dominates'' the 1980 Summer Olymics, ultimately earning 50 medals. [[spoiler:Why not OTL's ''80''? Well, you can thank East Germany and the USA for participating instead of boycotting the games.]]
* DavidVersusGoliath: How the [[spoiler:Canada]]-USSR 1980 Olympic hocky game was described: [[spoiler:Canada]] being David, the USSR being Goliath.
** This is also how ''[[spoiler:Lucasfilm v. Paramount]]'' is described, at least going by C. A. Baxter's book ''David and Goliath: The Authorized Account of [[spoiler:Lucasfilm v. Paramount, the Trial of the Century]]''.
* DuelingMovies: ''Film/TheChinaSyndrome'', about a nuclear power plant accident, and ''[[{{In-universe}} The Greenpoint Dilemma]]'', about a microwave power plant accident, come out within months of each other in 1979. ''China Syndrome'' flops big time, lacking the resonance of the [[spoiler:Three Mile Island disaster (which doesn't happen here)]] and tripping over the different political dynamic of environmentalism [=ITTL=].
* DealWithTheDevil: A self-described methophorical one: in order to get a Democratic majority in the House of Represntatives in 1980, the Democratic Party had to welcome [[spoiler:George Wallace and his "schismatic Alabaman faction" back]] into it.
* DeweyDefeatsTruman: The troubled production on "The Journey of the Force" (plus some gossip floating around Hollywood) cause some of the trade papers (like ''The Hollywood Reporter'' and ''Variety'') to label the movie "Lucas' Folly". And then it became a smash.
* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: Rather than being incidental, this is the entire focus of the timeline.
* FamousLastWords: "Punch my time card, boss! We’re going on a looong skiing trip in the Middle East this weekend!" - [[spoiler:Creator/RobinWilliams]][[note]]Well, it's the closest we're going to get concerning [[spoiler:him]].[[/note]]
* FanNickname: An in-universe example: Desilu is known as the "House That [[HaveGunWillTravel Paladin]] Built".
** Conversely, Paramount has "The House on the Other Side of the Wall".
** [[spoiler: "Star Trek: The Next Voyage"]] has "[[spoiler:Soap Trek]]" and "[[spoiler:Star Trek: The Soap Opera]]".
** The American run of Doctor Who (from season 8 to season 12) is considered the "Yank Years" of the show.
** The popularity of space that came about from the space program is most often referred to as "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5385206&postcount=108 Moonshot Lunacy]]", with a fan-base of "Moonshot Lunatics" (or "Moonie Loonies").
* FiveSecondForeshadowing: It's pointed out that "[t]he ''New York Post'' went with the most regrettable headline possible (in hindsight), '[[spoiler:BLOODIED BLUHDORN]]', when they emphasized the damage [[[spoiler:losing the 1983 trial]]] had done to [Charles Bluhdorn]" about a paragraph before it's revealed that [[spoiler:he died of a heart attack two days later]].
* FollowTheLeader: Its popularity on AlternateHistoryDotCom has led to several other pop culture–focused timelines springing up. One such example is "[[WebOriginal/DirtyLaundryAnAlternate1980s Dirty Laundry: An Alternate 1980s]]".
** In-universe, [[spoiler:[[Creator/{{TBS}} Ted Turner]]]] decided to take cues from Creator/LucilleBall in creating [[spoiler:his]] media empire.
-->'''[[spoiler:Ted Turner]]''': I look at the example set by Miss Ball at Desilu, and I think: "Well gee, now there's a ''great'' way to get started".
* FootnoteFever: As a result of the timeline becoming more and more detailed, this follows hand-in-hand. As a point of reference, [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7450336&postcount=267 this post]] has '''30'''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''Maybe'', but: "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5634707&postcount=520 As far as]] ''[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5634707&postcount=520 you]]'' [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5634707&postcount=520 know]], [[spoiler:'Leningrad' may never become an obsolete term ITTL]]".[[note]]Though ''within the context of the TL proper'', that is less of a spoiler/foreshadowing than it might seem. [[spoiler: WordOfGod is the the TL will end in 1986 -- even if the USSR falls [[InSpiteOfANail roughly on schedule]]]], it wouldn't have the slightest effect on ''That Wacky Redhead''.[[/note]]
** More in-line with the boundaries of the timeline itself, we have this bit from the end of "Appendix C, Part IV: [[spoiler:The Trial of the Century]]":
-->More pressing for Paramount, and indeed, for every studio in Hollywood, was that all the details of [[spoiler:the case were now a matter of public record – and in an election year, the gory details of Hollywood accounting being laid bare to the voting public had dangerous, and previously unforeseen, consequences]]...
** "Appendix A, Part VII: The Search for More Money" ends with a scene at Desilu Studios, which ends with Lucy considering the idea of a [[spoiler:Star Trek miniseries]] after seeing the success of Series/{{Roots}}. [[spoiler:And then "Star Trek: The Next Voyage" is announced.]]
* FromBadToWorse: A self-described example for [[spoiler:Paramount]]: two days after [[spoiler:the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Lucasfilm Limited (5 to 4) in ''Lucasfilm v. Paramount'' and awarded them $1,000,000,000 in damages]], it was discovered that [[spoiler:Charles Bluhdorn ''died of a heart attack'']].
* {{Futureshadowing}}: The 1986 interview ''in spades''.
* GenreKiller: [[{{In-universe}} Two things]] are attributed to the "death" of the variety genre ITTL: [[spoiler:"The Creator/GeorgeCarlin Show", and the death of Creator/RobinWilliams]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: Since it's implied that [[spoiler:Creator/GeorgeCarlin]] deliberately went over the top in... his "''vocabulary''" on "[[spoiler:The Creator/GeorgeCarlin Show]]" to "demonstrate the absurdity of censorship regulations", this trope is in effect. There ''is'' a reason it's considered the next ''Turn-On''.
-->"[H]is little experiment, to put it bluntly, went horribly right. Several network affiliates did not return to show after its first commercial break – this on top of over a dozen that had refused to air the show in the first place."
* GrandFinale: In-universe, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]] has one in "These Were the Voyages".
* HarsherInHindsight: In-Universe, the "[[spoiler:Who Shot [[Creator/RobinWilliams Robin]]]]" sketch on "The Creator/RichardPryor Show".
** The ''New York Post'' using the headline "[[spoiler:BLOODIED BLUHDORN]]" as a means of emphasizing the damage [[spoiler:losing the 1983 trial]] did to him.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sulu]] preforms one in "[[spoiler:Star Trek: The Next Voyages]]".
* HistoryRepeats: In a way, that is how "[[spoiler:The Creator/GeorgeCarlin Show]]" is described:
-->If ''Richard Pryor'' could be described as ''Laugh-In'' for a new decade, the inevitable rush of imitators that followed in its wake naturally included a ''Turn-On''.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: This is why the counterpart to ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' (spoofing ''The Greenpoint Dilemma'' instead of ''Zero Hour'') is called ''Catastrophe!'' instead of ''Disaster!''
* InsistentTerminology: Barbara Walters is generally referred to as [[ElmerFuddSyndrome "Baba Wawa"]].
* InTheStyleOf: Funnily enough, the chapter "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7062682&postcount=2250 Love in the Afternoon]]" (which covers daytime programing, like {{Soap}}[[note]]Yes, it's actually a primetime spoof of daytime programming, but the same logic applies.[[/note]]), begins and ends like {{Soap}}.
* {{Irony}}: "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=9728464&postcount=4028 I love that, all this time after the PoD,]] [[spoiler:[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=9725059&postcount=4018 the Paramount and Desilu lots are finally united after all.]]]]"
* ItsAllAboutMe: Creator/WilliamShatner gets a bad, ''bad'' case of it, due to ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek's]]'' greater success.
* LamePunReaction: [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5385206&postcount=108 Behold]]:
-->'''Gene Kranz''': Say, Jim... would you say this is the dawning of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquarius/Let_the_Sunshine_In the age of Aquarius]]?
-->'''Jim Lovell''': [[SarcasmMode That’s amazing, Gene... we can actually hear the hundred million groans coming from Earth all the way up here.]]
* LostForever / MissingEpisode: The "Feast of Steven" episode of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan The Dalek's Master Plan]]". Due to Desilu stepping in to buy the syndication rights to ''Doctor Who'' '''after''' this episode got wiped, this is TTL's only missing episode.
* MagnumOpus: A minor example, but [[{{In-universe}} Brainbin]] considers "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5991564&postcount=852 Into The Final Frontier]]" to be "one of [his] very finest posts".
* NamesTheSame: [[{{In-universe}} As pointed out]] in the narrative, [[spoiler:Creator/GeorgeLucas' lawyer]] [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Taylor]] and [[spoiler:Hon. [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Warren J. Ferguson]]]].
* NeverTellMeTheOdds: Ironically said by [[spoiler:Creator/GeorgeLucas]] to [[spoiler:Andy Taylor, his lawyer, after being told how small his chances of winning his lawsuit against Paramount were]].
* NonIndicativeTitle: "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7229983&postcount=2428 Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!]]". ''[[SarcasmMode Obviously]]'' brings [[spoiler: Star Wars]] to mind, right?
* OneEpisodeWonder: Just like its counterpart in our timeline, ''Turn-On'' does not have a lengthy run. [[spoiler: And it ruins producer George Schlatter's career to boot.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: In the in-universe ''Star Trek'' finale [[spoiler: this is why Kor (established as Kirk's ArchEnemy over the course of five seasons) makes a HeroicSacrifice to defend the ''Enterprise'' from the Romulans.]]
* OpinionChangingDream: The change in timeline's happens because Ball has a dream wherein the ghost of Carole Lombard tells her to stay a producer, similar to the actual dream she had that encouraged her to do ''I Love Lucy''.
* OriginalCharacter: It took 75 posts, but the first usage of this trope came in the form of [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7474867&postcount=2702 Kirk Allen]], [[spoiler: the ITTL casting choice for Film/{{Superman}} instead of Creator/ChristopherReeve]].
-->'''Brainbin:''' Allen is an original character - the first to be introduced so far for this timeline, but not the last!
* [[PetTheDog Pet The Hound Dog]]: "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=6504329&postcount=1574 Lonely at the Top]]" reveals some beneficial changes to the life of Music/ElvisPresley. To name one specific change: he switched managers (from Colonel Tom Parker to Tom Hulett) which results in him going on his way to have international tours ''and'' starring in the ''AStarIsBorn'' remake (opposite Music/BarbraStreisand).
** Plus [[WordOfGod it's stated]] that his marriage with Prescilla lasts a few years longer ITTL (thanks to a ''second'' child and no drug addiction).
*** '''Plus''' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking he appeared in an episode of]] ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' (netting him an Oscar).
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: A crossover between ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'' (Creator/JonPertwee as the Third Doctor), complete with a female American companion played by [[Series/FawltyTowers Connie Booth]], intended to relaunch ''Doctor Who'' in a new format and introduce it to the American overseas market. ''It works.''
* PromotedFanboy: [[{{In-universe}} David Gerrold]], much as he did in our timeline goes from science fiction fan to science fiction writer on ''Star Trek''--and then he goes further.
* PunBasedTitle: "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=6840412&postcount=2001 The Roots of the Mini-series]]". [[Series/{{Roots}} That is all.]]
** Same goes for "[[http://alternatehistory.net/discussion/showpost.php?p=7842541&postcount=2958 Appendix C]], [[Film/ANewHope Part IV]]: [[spoiler:The Trial of the Century]]".[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke G-get it, because it's declared the fourth Appendix C entry, w-when it's... it's the first released, actually... ...heh...]][[/note]]
* {{Retcon}}: A minor one: Since [[spoiler: the post concerning The Trial of the Century]] is labeled "[[http://alternatehistory.net/discussion/showpost.php?p=7842541&postcount=2958 Appendix C, Part IV]]", three previous posts were declared also part of "Appendix C" in the footnotes: "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=6072208&postcount=988 Another Night at the Movies]]", "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7229983&postcount=2428 Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!]]", and "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7450336&postcount=2670 Brand New Hollywood, Same Old Industry]]"[[note]]Parts I, II, and III respectively.[[/note]].
* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: Democratic North Carolina senator [[spoiler:Andy Griffith]].
* SeasonalRot: Naturally, this comes up a lot. This timeline's version of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' suffers it in its fifth and final season, as opposed to our timeline's version, which suffered it (as well as underfunding) in its third and final one. [[invoked]]
** Same applies to "Those Were The Days".
* '''ShownTheirWork''': The amount of research [=Brainbin=] puts into this is ''staggering''. It helps that, among other credentials, [[OneOfUs he's a troper]].
** For example, Creator/StanleyKubrick really almost was the guy to adapt the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings trilogy]] to film in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
** This is shown incredibly in "[[http://alternatehistory.net/discussion/showpost.php?p=7842541&postcount=2958 Appendix C, Part IV:]] [[spoiler:The Trial of the Century]]". It helps that [=Brainbin=] had [[WebOriginal/DirtyLaundryAnAlternate1980s Andrew T]], a lawyer, as a legal consultant.
* ShoutOut: The post concerning TTL's Franchise/StarTrek merchandise? "Appendix A, Part VII: [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} The Search for More Money]]".
** One of Elvis' international tours was to Saudi-Arabia, "whose oil sheiks had apparently [[Film/TheGodfather made him an offer he couldn’t refuse]]".
** "Appendix C, Part IV: [[spoiler:The Trial of the Century]]" had a lot of Series/{{Matlock}} references... [[WordOfGod which was done because]] [[spoiler:the show doesn't exist ITTL]].
* SimpleCountryLawyer: This is ''literally'' how Andy Taylor, [[spoiler:Creator/GeorgeLucas']] lawyer, is described.
-->"Andy Taylor was, in fact, a “simple country lawyer”, from rural Maryland (which also qualified him – [[NamesTheSame like his television namesake]], who hailed from the fictional town of [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Mayberry, North Carolina]] – as being from the South)."
* TheSixties, TheSeventies, and (currently) TheEighties: The current time-span of the timeline (specifically 1966 to 1983).
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The appendix entries, which either (currently) discuss ITTL's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise (the Appendix A entries), "serious alternate history" (the Appendix B entries), anything Creator/GeorgeLucas related ((retroactively) the Appendix C entries) or [[spoiler:nothing, as it was an AprilFoolsDay post]] (the Appendix E entry).
* StatusQuoIsGod: Interestingly, [[spoiler:''Lucasfilm v. Paramount'' [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=8541977&postcount=3440 being overruled in 1982]] by the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals]] is an attempted in-universe example.
-->[[spoiler:Certainly, it seemed that the dispassionate judges, stubbornly unimpressed with provocateurs such as the “rogue accountant” C.A. Baxter, were far more willing to back the ''status quo'', and the major studios, than the populist juries.]]
** Why "attempted"? [[spoiler:George and Marcia Lucas decide to go to ''the Supreme Court'' to appeal the ruling]]. [[WhamEpisode Oh boy...]]
* StealthPun: The title of the [[spoiler:AprilFoolsDay post]] "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7479564&postcount=2712 Appendix E: A Taste of Pi, Part I: Fostering an Obsession]]" written by forum member [[spoiler:"'''e of pi'''"]].
* TheStinger: An unusual example: [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=6973724&postcount=2130 Appendix A, Part VII: The Search for More Money]] uses a scene of Desilu Studios (the date being February 7, 1977) as one of these[[note]]Usually, if there's a scene of Desilu Studios used, it's to ''open'' a post.[[/note]].
** Although, [[{{Foreshadowing}} given how it ends with]] Lucy mulling over the idea of a [[spoiler:Star Trek miniseries]]...
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: President John Glenn plans to find a middle ground between Reganomics and the Great Society]]
* TemptingFate: Thanks to ''Laugh-In'' being ScrewedByTheNetwork, when promoting ''Turn-On'', Schlatter boasted that "''Turn-On'' is going to make ''Laugh-In'' look like Lawrence Welk". And... well...:
-->Well, he was right... so much so, that one might say he was a little ''too'' on-the-nose. “Turn-On” premiered on ABC on February 5, 1969, a Wednesday, at 8:30. [[ForegoneConclusion It was cancelled]] [[OneEpisodeWonder fifteen minutes later.]]
** Actually, this fate was tempted in an earlier chapter:
--->Schlatter was enraged; he decided to teach the network a lesson and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere abandoned "Laugh-In" to its fate, quitting as showrunner]] to focus on a show he was developing for ABC called "Turn-On", '''which would have a strong counter-cultural bent that, he was sure, would attract audiences in even greater numbers than "Laugh-In" had'''.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: DefiedTrope in this timeline as, thanks to better funding and scrutiny by [[spoiler:the Humphrey Administration]], the Apollo 13 moonshot goes off without a hitch.
* TitledAfterTheSong: "[[AllInTheFamily Those Were the Days]]"
** "[[HappyDays Rock Around the Clock]]"
** ''[[{{Film/Grease}} Greased Lightning]]''
* ToughActToFollow: [[{{In-universe}} Ratings wise]], it took some time until something was able to pass the "47 rating" set by "These Were the Voyages": ''Series/{{Roots}}''.
* TrashTheSet: Done in ''Series/TheMuppetShow'''s SeriesFinale. It helps that the guest star was [[spoiler:[[TitleDrop That Wacky Redhead]] herself]].
* TheTroubles: As discussed in [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7645631&postcount=2833 this post]][[note]]It's the last response.[[/note]] and in [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=6128942&postcount=1084 this post]], [[spoiler:this has been butterflied away ITTL]].
* TWordEuphemism: The author never refers to "[[TheVietnamWar the V-word]]" explicitly, only referring to it as an "overseas quagmire", as part of an InJoke about how that topic tends to dominate American-penned AlternateHistory timelines set in this period. [[spoiler:It helps that it apparently ended in 1969 through peace talks.]]
** [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7642287&postcount=2822 It's been revealed]] that [=Brainbin=]'s going to use "the 'overseas quagmire' approach" with [[spoiler:Princess Diana]].
** He also used this approach with [[spoiler:[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the]] [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine four]] [[Series/StarTrekVoyager modern]] [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise spinoffs]] that came after OTL's [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]]].[[note]][[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5381436&postcount=102 Last response]], but be forewarned: [[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode It's a doozy]].]][[/note]]
* VindicatedByCable: [[{{In-universe}} Currently,]] [[WordOfGod thanks to its copyright being renewed in 1974 ITTL]], [[SubvertedTrope it looks like]] [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19918_6-terrible-decisions-that-gave-us-great-movie-moments_p2.html this won't happen]] to ''[[spoiler:Film/ItsAWonderfulLife]]''.
* WaxingLyrical: Occasionally. For instance the [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=220395&page=103#2044 potted biography of Bruce Lee]] suddenly breaks into the theme to ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', then smoothly carries on as if nothing had happened.
* WilhelmScream: [[spoiler:"[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7454614&postcount=2681 No, I think I'm going to spare the good people of TTL the Wilhelm Scream (well, beyond its original appearances in 1950s B-movies, anyway).]]"]][[note]]16th response.[[/note]]
* WhamEpisode: "[[http://alternatehistory.net/discussion/showpost.php?p=7842541&postcount=2958 Appendix C, Part IV:]] [[spoiler:The Trial of the Century]]". [[spoiler:Paramount lost the trial, with damages of '''one billion dollars''' awarded... in ''1980'' dollars]].
** Think the next post, "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7875816&postcount=2987 Triumph and Tragedy]]", will be lighter? Well, surprise: [[spoiler:Creator/RobinWilliams '''dies''']]![[note]]While, on the flip side, [[spoiler:Music/JohnLennon ''doesn't'']].[[/note]]
** And now we have [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=8541977&postcount=3440 Appendix C, Part V: The Studio Strikes Back]]. Near the end, it stated that in 1982, [[spoiler:''Lucasfilm v. Paramount'' gets overruled by the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals]] and in response, [[spoiler:George and Marcia Lucas decide to appeal this by going to ''the Supreme Court'']].
--->'''[=Brainbin=]''': As might be expected, it sets the scene for some [[spoiler:major battles to be fought]] in the future.
*** Which is ultimately followed up in [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=9725059&postcount=4018 Appendix C, Part VI: Rendering of the Verdict]]: [[spoiler:The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Lucasfilms, awarding them $1,000,000,000 in damages]], and Charles Bluhdorn winds up [[spoiler:dying of a heart attack ''two days later'']]. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also, it's revealed that]] [[spoiler:[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a sequel to ''Journey of the Force'' is set to be released in the summer of 1986]]]][[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking .]]
* WhamLine: "Where No Man Has Gone Before" both opens and ends with one:
-->"'That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.' - '''Neil Armstrong''', on the surface of the Moon, July 21, 1969." [[note]][[spoiler:[[NotHisSled As written.]]]][[/note]]
--> "Returning to Earth on July 24, they were all personally welcomed home by President [[spoiler: Hubert H. Humphrey]]..."
** There's also one in "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7479564&postcount=2712 Appendix E: A Taste of Pi, Part I: Fostering an Obsession]]", [[spoiler: albeit, it's... [[AprilFoolsDay weird]]]]:
--->Finally, as the President left the rally, making his way down the ropeline, shaking hands and expressing his unmatched charisma, Hinckley saw his opening and took it. Opening the box he had smuggled into the event, Hinckley let loose with the first of six [[spoiler:9” diameter '''lemon curd pies''']], and then a second before being wrestled to the ground by courageous onlookers and restrained by the Secret Service.
** "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7450336&postcount=2670 Brand New Hollywood, Same Old Industry]]", while at first seeming like just another ITTL Oscar post, drops one of the bigger bombshells of the timeline:
--->Less than 72 hours after George and Marcia Lucas had won their Oscars for ''The Journey of the Force'', [[spoiler: they (on behalf of their studio, Lucasfilm Limited) filed suit against Paramount Pictures for breach of contract, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation. [[OhCrap Thus began the Trial of the Century...]]]]
** Two from "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7875816&postcount=2987 Triumph and Tragedy]]", appropriately enough:
--->In celebration of another job well done, Pryor and Williams headed to their favourite haunt, the Medina nightclub in Century City, to pursue a weekend-long bender in the private backrooms. [[spoiler:Two would enter the glittering, ''Arabian Nights''-style façade that night, but only one would leave. Robin Williams died of a cocaine overdose early in the morning of December 8, 1980; the funeral was held shortly before Christmas, with a visibly shaken Pryor delivering the eulogy.]]
** From [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=9725059&postcount=4018 Appendix C, Part VI: Rendering of the Verdict]]:
-->Unsurprisingly, stock prices for all the Gulf+Western subsidiaries [[spoiler:plummeted precipitously as a result of the verdict]]. There would be no further appeals, as there had been after the 1980 ruling; [[spoiler:the conglomerate was on the hook for a billion dollars]]. [[FromBadToWorse Then the situation went from bad to worse.]] [[spoiler:Two days after the verdict was handed down, on February 25, 1983 (a Friday), Charles Bluhdorn was found dead in his bedroom at age 56. The cause of death was a massive heart-attack; observers ranging from his closest intimates to his fiercest critics judged that the shock of the verdict had essentially killed him.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In-universe, Creator/StevenSpielberg opted against directing a third ''Film/JamesBond'' film ("tentatively planned as ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''") in lieu of pursuing other films/genres.
** This is not the only example; WordOfGod is that such 'sub-[=PODs=]' are sprinkled through the timeline
*** For example, Tartikoff toyed with making [[spoiler: his and Roddenberry's ''Deep Space'' series into a Star Trek spin-off]], but Herb Solow vetoed it.
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!!The tropes that have been effected by butterflies[[note]]Whenever there's mention of a trope "not existing", we're referring to [[TropeNamers its OTL name]]. It's kinda unlikely to ''completely'' erase a trope from existence.[[/note]]:
[[folder:Doctor Who]]
* Any of the tropes from Modern Who[[note]]AliensOfLondon, BowtiesAreCool, EverybodyLives, TheMissusAndTheEx, PerceptionFilter, TheSlowPath, TimeyWimeyBall[[/note]]: Although the timeline is going to end in 1986 (with Lucy's interview), it's a given that ''if'' the show gets uncancelled ITTL, it will be a different creature compared to the OTL version.
* FiveRoundsRapid: [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=8645095&postcount=3541 Due to]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons The Daemons]] never being made[[note]]10th response[[/note]], [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=8660047&postcount=3548 so does this trope]][[note]]4th response[[/note]].
** ReversePolarity: Surprisingly enough, despite this, The Doctor ''still'' brings up "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=5428158&postcount=178 [reversing] the polarity of the neutron flow]]" ITTL.
* ImmuneToBullets: Gone since the first serial of the Fourth Doctor[[note]]played by [[spoiler:Jim Dale]][[/note]] would ''not'' be the same as "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]".
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[[folder:Monty Python and the Holy Grail]]
* HelpHelpThisIndexIsBeingRepressed: Stays as the trope naming scene, "or something very much like it", is still in the film ITTL.
* '''The rest of the tropes'''[[note]]AndThereWasMuchRejoicing, TheCoconutEffect, HolyHandGrenade, InherentInTheSystem, IShallTauntYou, ItGetsBetter, KillerRabbit, TheKnightsWhoSaySquee, NotQuiteDead, OnlyAFleshWound, OnlyAModel, SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer (and LadyNotAppearingInThisGame), SomeCallMeTim, StrangePondWoman, TheseQuestionsThree, WithThisHerring[[/note]]: They're, like a certain parrot, dead. Why? Well...
** The main reason being the Pythons themeselves. Given how unpredictable they can be (and are), it is ''very'' unlikely that they would create the same material as IOTL, and as such not create the OTL tropes.
** A secondary reason, that only effects stuff like TheCoconutEffect and OnlyAModel, is that the film actually ''had a budget'' here.
--->The long-awaited second film to be produced by the troupe (the first had been a compilation of popular sketches)[[note]]that film being "And Now For Something Completely Different", which currently doesn't have a trope page[[/note]] was finally released in 1974, after repeated delays for additional fundraising, re-writes, and re-shoots. American investors wielded considerable influence on the ultimate shape of the film at every stage of development – beginning with the title.
** There's also accounting for stuff like the film being more historically accurate and such.
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[[folder:Star Wars]]
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway: Becomes "Once Upon a Time, in a Faraway Galaxy...".
* TheDogShotFirst: While TTL-Han may ''not'' shoot TTL-Greedo here, George Lucas is ''definitely'' not the same person here who would give birth to this trope...
* ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge: Stays.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Because "Stormtrooper" predates the POD and mooks in media ''always'' miss the protagonists, it stays.
* JediMindTrick: They are called "Jedi-Bendus" ITTL, not "Jedi", so the trope name would either be "Jedi-Bender" or "Jedi-Bending". Because pun.
* LetTheBullyWin: Gone.
* LukeIAmYourFather: "[[WordOfGod [A]lmost certainly gone]]" [[{{In-universe}} as]] TTL-Darth Vader is almost certainly a different character (and, as IOTL, he ''wasn't'' Luke's father in the original draft).
* LukeNounverber: Becomes "Annikin Nounverber".[[note]]Due to Luke's ITTL name being Annikin Starkiller.[[/note]]
* MayTheFarceBeWithYou: Since MAD Magazine (the TropeNamer) still exists ITTL, it's a given that so does this.
* ThatsNoMoon: [[spoiler:Instead of a moon-shaped base, it's a base ''on'' a moon.]] Or, simply put, [[spoiler:the trope doesn't exist because it '''''is''''' a moon]].
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Stays.
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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent / SomethingCompletelyDifferent: It's been established that the trope-naming line still exists ITTL. So... yeah.
* AngelsPose: ''Series/CharliesAngels'' still exists ITTL... but as The Alley Cats. So, this trope is more than likely called "Alley Cats Pose".
* Any of the ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' related tropes[[note]]ApocalypseHow, ApocalypseNot, ApocalypseWow, ColonelKilgore[[/note]]: The film ITTL [[spoiler:is a more faithful adaptation of Literature/HeartOfDarkness (even being named such), and is actually ''one of the largest box-office bombs in history'']]. So, none of the named tropes exist ITTL.
* Any of the [[spoiler:''Franchise/IndianaJones'']] tropes[[note]][[spoiler:IndyEscape, IndyHatRoll, IndyPloy, ItBelongsInAMuseum, TempleOfDoom, WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes]][[/note]]: [[spoiler:"[[WordOfGod All of the]] ''Indiana Jones''-named tropes are gone, [[{{In-universe}} obviously.]]"]]
* Any of [[Film/{{Mash}} the]] ''Series/{{MASH}}'' [[Series/AfterMash related]] tropes[[note]]AfterShow, GungHolierThanThou, McLeaned, SuicideIsPainless[[/note]]: Due to the problems surrounding the making of the film ''plus'' the film bombing, any tropes that could've been created from these series aren't.
* Any of the ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' tropes[[note]]BlessedAreTheCheesemakers, WeAreStrugglingTogether[[/note]]: Since [[spoiler:the movie is an ex-movie here (having never been made), the two tropes it would've named are gone]].
* Any of the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' tropes[[note]]CommonKnowledge, EveryYearTheyFizzleOut, HappyFunBall, TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer, WhiteLikeMe, WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell[[/note]]: Once again, NBC fighting with Johnny Carson prevented the show to be made ITTL. So, no tropes from it exist.
** Which, sadly, also goes for those created by ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''[[note]]MissionFromGod, PuttingTheBandBackTogether, SunglassesAtNight[[/note]].
* Any of the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' tropes[[note]][[spoiler:GrowingTheBeard, KlingonPromotion, LowerDeckEpisode, PatrickStewartSpeech, ResistanceIsFutile, WhoopiEpiphanySpeech, TheWorfEffect, TheWorfBarrage, WorfHadTheFlu]][[/note]]: Well, [[spoiler:that show doesn't exist ITTL due to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''' better state of affairs ITTL]]. So, take a guess.
** Any of [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan the]] [[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome Star]] [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Trek]] [[Film/StarTrekGenerations film]] tropes[[note]]TheNeedsOfTheMany, SpaceWhaleAesop, InTheOriginalKlingon, DroppedABridgeOnHim[[/note]]: More than likely gone due to ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s different state of affairs ITTL.
--->'''[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=7169794&postcount=2355 Brainbin]]''': [[{{In-universe}} I admit]], I do lament butterflying ''The Wrath of Khan''. And parts of ''The Search for Spock''. And most of ''The Voyage Home''. And... [[TrollingCreator that's all[.]]] [[{{Emoticon}} B)]][[note]]8th response[[/note]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: This trope would more than likely have a different name ITTL due to [[spoiler:[[Series/HappyDays Chuck sticking around]]]].
** After [[WordOfGod some deliberation]], the ITTL equivalent has been given the name "Vanishing Cop Epidemic", after ''[[Series/BarneyMiller Captain Miller]]''[[note]]the ITTL name of the show[[/note]]. It's been reasoned that since the show has it's share of characters being introduced and then forgotten (something that carried over from IOTL), it would make sense that it would be the TropeNamer here.
* CousinOliver: Since The Brady Bunch never got made, this trope doesn't exist.
** As for the TTL counter-part, we have "Baby Grant Syndrome" ([[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=6030082&postcount=921 due to]] "''Barefoot in the Park''" caving to public pressure and deciding to add in the titular baby in during, what would wind up being, the show's last season).
* {{Dramedy}}: More like "Tragicomic".
** Keep in mind that while {{Dramedy}} is OlderThanTheyThink, it's completely likely that ITTL the trope would be more associated with the "Tragicomic" name.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Although [[spoiler:Series/MorkAndMindy has been butterflied away]], WordOfGod states the trope would still be named due to [[spoiler:the time Creator/RobinWilliams spent on ''The Richard Pryor Show'']].
* JumpingTheShark: [[spoiler:Fonzie isn't the same kind of character ITTL (which can be seen just from the fact he's called "Mash" here), and ''certainly'' isn't the kind of guy who'd do the trope naming stunt.]] [[{{In-universe}} So, there's that.]]
* TropesInSpace / RecycledInSpace: Word of God is that while the TropeNamer, ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', still has a sci-fi parody sketch, the phrase "Pigs in Space" [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=6277714&postcount=1282 does not exist]] [[note]]2nd response[[/note]].
* WeCanRebuildHim: While it ''still'' isn't made clear what caused [[spoiler:''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' to not be made ITTL]], what ''is'' clear is that [[spoiler:due to that, this trope doesn't exist]].
** {{Fembot}}: [[spoiler:No ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', no ''Series/TheBionicWoman''.]]
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