So we have MysteryOfTheWeek, where the heroes solve a new mystery every week. And we have MonsterOfTheWeek, when the heroes fight a new bad guy every week. We even have PatientOfTheWeek, when the heroes are doctors and they help out a new sick person every week.

And then there's this guy. He's not dead or in danger of dying-- he's just [[TheWoobie troubled]] in some way. Maybe he's angry at God because his wife died, or he's in debt and needs help, or [insert touching story here]. Whatever the problem, our main character has to figure out how to help him. [[OneShotCharacter And then the Woobie promptly disappears]], and [[IndexOfTheWeek next week]] our hero finds someone like him [[StatusQuoIsGod all over again]]...

These series tend toward being spiritual and {{glurge}}y, but really it's up to the skill of the writer.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{xxxHolic}}'': The heroes go about, helping addicts of various types.
* In ''LightNovel/BalladOfAShinigami'', Momo the shinigami finds some way to relieve the pain of the dead or the ones they are leaving behind each week.
* ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' has A LOT of these.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is mostly this sort of thing in the beginning, with the heroine helping people solve their issues through dancing.
* Basically, every other OneShotCharacter in the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime is one. It get annoying after a while, as the Senshi are perfectly fine helping out the character they barely know, but they spend no time with their actual friends. Remember [[BrotherChuck Naru]]? Usagi probably does not.
* ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'' combines this with MysteryOfTheWeek. Most episodes feature people in incredibly unfortunate circumstances due to the effects of various mushi. Then Ginko arrives, figures out what kind of mushi he's dealing with and sees if he can help. Sometimes, he can't.
* ''Manga/HibikiNoMahou'' has these, one of whom is Hibiki herself.
* Characters in ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' are this, except most of them [[DownerEnding don't get happy endings]], while others receive {{Gainax ending}}s.
* Each ''Anime/HellGirl'' episode would focus on various troubled characters who is tormented by someone else, and how they are eventually driven to make a DealWithTheDevil to send their tormentors to hell.
* This trope is one of two main gimmicks of ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'', along with {{Magic Kiss}}es. Every arc revolves around at least one character with a hard life - usually one of the titular witches - that Yamada needs to help. The series is not afraid to play the JerkassWoobie card, though - many of the woobies of the week are rather uncooperative or even villainous until Yamada finds out what is troubling them and gets through to them.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/HighwayToHeaven''
* ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel''
* The similarly-premised ''Twice in a Lifetime'', where an angel allows a one-shot character to revisit a moment in his life when things started going wrong.
* ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'': A bunch of animal figurines that may or may not be God annoy heroine Jaye into helping strangers on a weekly basis.
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'': Joan helps a new stranger every week at the suggestion of God himself.
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'': "Distressed ghost who refuses to pass on" of the week.
* On ''Series/FantasyIsland'', each week a different group of guests come to the island and learn some sort of life lesson
* ''Series/TheLoveBoat'' likewise has a new set of guests every week, all of them looking for love on the cruise ship.
* ''Series/QuantumLeap'' has this built into its premise: Bakula jumps into a new body every episode, and that person, or someone around him, is ''always'' in distress. The series catchphrase, his mission, is to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong; once that's accomplished, he leaps into the next body. It's heavily implied to be the result of divine intervention.
* ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', the episode where the cops go undercover and there's this chick who's all introverted but seems to know about the crimes that are going on, and she's all disturbed. Turns out she's psychic.
** Season 4, an episode called "Haunts in a New Age"... A psychic teen says she can predict when an arsonist will next strike during a Halloween dance.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has an interesting twist on this, combining [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monster]], [[VictimOfTheWeek Victim]], '''and''' Woobie of the Week into a single package. The MOTW is created by a human "Switcher" using a device called an Astro Switch; the Switcher is someone with a grudge who's so hell-bent on revenge that they're blinded to the fact that the Switch will eventually kill them. So instead of just beating up the MOTW, Fourze and his team reach out and try to befriend the Switchers so that they know there's somebody who cares.
* Its predecessor ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' had a similar format where the Monsters of the Week were {{Jerkass Genie}}s who took the Victim's wish and warped it for their own ends, usually Woobie-fying them in the process. Protagonist Ryotaro would try to help the victims, initially taking some flak from some of his allies who insisted his only job is to protect the timestream, but his response was that helping the victims was part of that job too.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' -- not every episode has Mike and the others helping someone in need, but many do, particularly in the first few seasons. The standard formula is TwoLinesNoWaiting with the Woobie being the A Plot and the progress of the MythArc being the B Plot, or sometimes vice versa.