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Once in a while, a TV show does something that actually happens in RealLife. Don't worry, it never lasts, and they soon slip back into their [[StrictlyFormula old habits]]. Rarely, other shows pick up on this, and you then get a recurring {{trope}} that accurately reflects the real world. Listed below, for your convenience, are some examples of those.

TheDarkSide of this trope (and too often the only side) occurs in RippedFromTheHeadlines.

When it's the exact opposite, you've got a bad case of RealityIsUnrealistic. If people fall for it, it's because TVNeverLies or, in the case of media conventions that audiences come to take for granted, TheCoconutEffect.

Since they are technically truth, these tropes do not need to be [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. However, ViewersAreMorons, and so writers may actually throw in justifications.

The Bastard Spawn of these two tropes gives us InspiredBy and VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory.

There's a SlidingScale of Truth In Television frequency. In one end, the amount of times the said trope is Truth In Television can be counted with fingers of one hand (for example, AirVentPassageway). On the other end of the scale, these tropes happen very frequently in Real Life (like BerserkButton).

Another way of saying the above is that a great many things happen on television that have happened at least once to someone in the world. The reason they become tropes -- and remember the principle of TropesAreNotGood here -- is because they're used in TV (et al) a ''lot'', and generally in ways that wouldn't mesh well in Real Life. So, for instance, it's certainly the case that special agents have worn Lycra (or similar) bodysuits, that people have squeezed themselves through air ducts, and that some people are cripplingly afraid of small spaces. This does not make the protagonist with a SpyCatsuit, making an AirVentPassageway escape but hampered by her FatalFlaw of claustrophobia an example of Truth In Television. To extend this even further, if we only ever saw those tropes being used together or in similarly improbable combinations, '''none''' of them would qualify as Truth because they wouldn't have ever been used in a way that was, well, Truthful. They've been hyperbolized, exaggerated and stretched to be much more exciting and dramatic than Real Life, and in doing so hardly resemble it any more at all. Which is why they're Tropes.

Also, because something may be Truth In Television does not mean we necessarily want Real Life examples of it. If a trope is listed both here and on Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease that means that while its occurrence is definitely possible or even common in Real Life, listing the examples would either be too [[Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs exhaustive and pointless]], [[FlameBait too controversial]] because Real Life is subjective, or too NSFW because it is a sex trope and while true, descriptions would be too upsetting/not Family-Friendly.

For another such example, TheMentallyDisturbed - [[CaptainObvious mentally ill people do exist]] in Real Life and therefore the trope belongs on this index. That said, real life mental illness (at least once you include the milder illnesses and degrees of it) is so common that having a list of mentally ill people would overwhelm the wiki, and some people would find being listed as examples of mental illness or instability very insulting. Another example would be pretty much any trope related to religion or its practice: for example, the ApocalypseCult and ScamReligion are both unfortunately Truth In Television, yet it's often subjective (e.g. people thinking all religions are scams, or all religions but their own are), and even in the cases where it's objectively proven (e.g. the group committed mass suicide with notes about an apocalypse, or arrests/litigation uncovered objective fraud) leveling the accusation is ''highly'' insulting.

And that's pretty much how television works. So please, before adding anything to the list below or describing any existing tropes as Truth In Television, think for a moment: is or was this used in TV kinda like it really happened? Or is there maybe kind of a lot of hyperbole on one side or the other of the equation to make it fit? If the answer to the first question is a definite yes... [[YoureInsane Go right ahead.]]

Contrast LifeImitatesArt.

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!!Tropes:
[[index]]
* TruthInTelevision/{{A-C}}
* TruthInTelevision/{{D-F}}
* TruthInTelevision/{{G-I}}
* TruthInTelevision/{{J-L}}
* TruthInTelevision/{{M-O}}
* TruthInTelevision/{{P-R}}
* TruthInTelevision/{{S-U}}
* TruthInTelevision/{{V-Z}}
[[/index]]
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