''The River'' is an American television series about an expedition to find explorer Dr. Emmet Cole, who disappeared six months ago while exploring the Amazon. It is made by the director of ''ParanormalActivity'', in the {{Found Footage|Films}} format. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} describes it as "paranormal/adventure/horror."

[[hardline]]
----
!!''The River'' contains examples of:
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: For Clark.
* AllMythsAreTrue: All the tales the main characters learned growing up are true.
* AllWebbedUp: A particularly gooey example that appears to be some kind of cocoon
* AmbitionIsEvil:
** Clark, the producer, is very ambitious.
** Jonas Beckett. He really wanted that Peabody award.
* ArcWords: "There's magic out there."
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Lincoln, albeit he CameBackWrong]].
* BigNo: When Emmet finds [[spoiler: Manny's]] body
* BilingualDialogue: Jahel only speaks Spanish but appears to understand English. Emilio, Lincoln, and Tess speak Spanish and English, but other characters (like Sammy) appear to only speak elementary Spanish.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst. Averted. [[spoiler: The Jewish dude]] isn't so lucky, though.
* BlindWeaponmaster: Or rather, [[UpToEleven a whole tribe]] of blind assassins
* BullyingADragon: A.J. frequently bullies "the ghosts" in order to get footage.
* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: Lincoln.]]
* CassandraTruth: Jahel repeatedly warns the crew not to venture into La Boiuna.
--> '''A.J.:''' [[GenreBlindness Just so we're clear]], a little girl who talks to ghosts says "[[CassandraTruth don't go]]." And we're going. [[LampshadeHanging Yeah]].
* ChekhovsGun: In every single episode. See that bear young Lincoln was holding in ''The Undiscovered Country''? Yeah, Lincoln finding the bear is going to be a major plot point later.
* ClusterFBomb: Given the network though, the whole thing is [[SoundEffectBleep bleeped out]].
** Lincoln drops one when they find the [[ManiacMonkeys monkey with the doll mask]].
** A.J. lets one out when he finds out that he has to [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes crawl into a cave]] to save the crew.
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: Lincoln has an unhealthy fear of snakes and prefers the lab to the jungle.
* ConspicuousCGI: They seem so ''proud'' of those crummy CG dragonflies!
* ConsummateProfessional: Captain Kurt Brynildson
* CreepyBasement: The interior of the ''Magus''
* CreepyDoll: En mass.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jahel.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler: Russ Landry.]]
* DisappearedDad: Emmet Cole is figuratively and literally this for his son, Lincoln.
* DrowningMySorrows: Clark after Tess and Emmet reunite.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: It doesn't look like they'll be leaving anytime soon. If ever.]]
* EatTheDog: Emmet considers this while lost in the amazon with his dog Salsa, but just can't go through with it.
* ElSpanishO: Sammy repeatedly tries to speak Spanish to Jahel.
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: Emilio
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Clark insists on filming Tess and Lincoln's first meeting; Kurt throws a man overboard for touching his guns.
* EvilBrit: Either [[spoiler: the demon that possessed Lincoln was British]] or the actor portraying him just used it as an excuse to drop his American accent.
* EyeScream: The specialty of the Los Ciegos. ("Los Ciegos" means "The blind" [[BilingualBonus in Spanish]].)
* ExcitedKidsShowHost: Lots of kids liked watching Dr. Cole's show, and got upset when he disappeared.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Jonas's punishment for filming a forbidden death rite.
* FlayingAlive: [[spoiler: Poor Manny]]
* FlyingDutchman: [[spoiler: The ''Exodus'']]
* [[FoundFootageFilms Found Footage Show]]
* GeniusLoci: [[spoiler: The river itself turns out to be one.]]
* GenreBlindness:
** The rescue team hears knocking from inside the panic room in the ''Magus'''s CreepyBasement, and they notice that it's [[SealedEvilInACan been welded shut from the outside]], and their first impulse is to cut it open. It's not TooDumbToLive, since the obvious mundane explanation is that JerkAss pirates welded their victims in there, but clearly nobody present has seen a horror movie.
** Also, let's set up camp in the middle of the jungle at a tree where someone hung a lot of {{creepy doll}}s.
* GenreSavvy: Clark finally figures out in episode four that if [[TheCassandra Jahel]] suspects something supernatural is happening, she's probably right.
--> '''Clark:''' I don't know what's possible anymore. All I know is when that girl gets scared, I listen.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Hey, it's [[ParanormalActivity Katie!]]
** And [[Series/TheDresdenFiles Harry!]]
** And [[Film/AcrossTheUniverse Max!]]
** And [[Series/TwentyFour Teri!]]
** And [[Film/StarTrek Captain Pike!]]
* HonorBeforeReason: The cameramen. Sammy [[spoiler: died for footage]] and A.J. [[spoiler: won't put down his camera to help Lena when she was injured.]]
* IfIWantedYouDead: Kurt after [[spoiler: Lincoln is shot.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Kurt to Hana. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* InfantImmortality: DoubleSubversion in "Doctor Emmet Cole". After being too tired to even move, Emmet considers killing a dog for food. But after much consideration, he doesn't go through with it.
* InUniverseCamera
* IronicEcho: From [[spoiler: possessed Lincoln:]] "There's magic out there."
* IronicNurseryTune: Used in the preview for Episode 5.
* JerkAss: AJ and Clark both come across as assholes at first, but the third episode pushes them both toward...
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* JerkassGods:
--> '''Emilio''': God hates me, I know, or he would have made [my daughter Jahel] ugly.
** [[spoiler: The Boiuna definitely qualifies. Sure, it has a reason to be pissed about people trying to steal its secrets, but it's also a sadistic asshole who makes it clear that it loves tormenting the crew.]]
* KillTheOnesYouLove: [[spoiler: Kurt must kill his fiance Hana after finding her infected with TheVirus.]]
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: For the ShowWithinAShow - "''The Undiscovered Country'', from whose bourn no traveller returns", from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'''s "To be or not to be" soliloquy. Appropriately enough the line is referring to the afterlife.
* LivingShadow: [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Corpo Seco]] is a shrieking blot of (un)living darkness.
* ManiacMonkeys: The rescue team finds a monkey in the middle of the jungle wearing a doll mask.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In Episode 7
* MeaningfulName: The ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magus Magus]]''
* MissingMom: Jahel's. Turns out she's not actually dead...
* NeverFoundTheBody: The premise
* NotHimself: Emmet realizes something is wrong with Lincoln after he tells his father he loves him. Even Emmet acknowledges this doesn't speak well of their family dynamic.
* NotUsingTheZWord
* OhCrap
** The team goes running away from the CreepyDoll tree in panic--only to end up right back in the clearing.
** Emmet realizes [[ItMakesSenseInContext he no longer has the strength to whistle.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Though the Coles' nationalities are never mentioned (and Tess measures distance in kilometers), Lincoln slips in and out of a noticeably British accent.
** After [[spoiler: Lincoln is possessed]], the actor [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent just stopped caring]], and his British accent is clearly noticeable.
* OpeningScroll
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: The crew of the ''Exodus'' appear to be completely normal at first, but are quickly revealed to be revenants forever adrift on the river until someone is available to take their place, allowing them to pass on.]]
* OverProtectiveDad: Emilio. He has good reasons though.
* ThePowerOfBlood: "It wants blood!"
* PrecisionFStrike:
--> '''Emilio''': I sailed [the ''Magus''] 23 years. A year ago, Doc is fueling up for the Amazonas. He says to me, "Emilio, you no go on this trip. Go home." I say, "Doc, [[SoundEffectBleep {{bleep}}]] you. This is my home."
** The word "fuck" is used quite a lot actually, up to a point where it happens OnceAnEpisode.
* PuppyLove: [[ShipperOnDeck Emmet]] shipped Lincoln and Lena, when they were younger.
* SanitySlippage: Emmet, particularly in Episode 7. [[AllMythsAreTrue Or is he?]]
* RainOfBlood: In Episode 7. It gets worse.
* SceneryPorn: Hawaii sure is pretty.
* [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil in the Panic Room]]
* ShaggyDogStory: The crew rescues Rabbit, and Tess even gives a big speech on her questionable past and future ethics. [[spoiler: Then a zombie gets her.]]
* {{Short Runner|s}}: Only lasted eight episodes.
* ShowWithinAShow: Dr. Cole's ''The Undiscovered Country''
* SixthRanger: Jonas
* SoundEffectBleep
* TheTeaser: A bit of ''The Undiscovered Country'' is shown before the opening credits.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: We hear one from Lincoln right before giving [[spoiler: Jonas]] an injection of epinephrine.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Lincoln, after getting very close to a lot of dead bodies
* WellDoneSonGuy: Lincoln wants Tess to be proud of him for the medical research he's doing instead of following in his father's footsteps.
* WeHardlyKnewYe:
** [[spoiler: All we really knew about Sammy before his death was that he was Jewish.]]
** [[spoiler: You guys remember Rabbit, right? [[SacrificialLamb Neither do we]].]]
* WhamEpisode: "Peaches".
* WhatHaveIDone: Emmet says this word for word in episode 7.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have to Be Caves?]]: A.J. will film in any sort of dangerous location ''except'' caves.
* WillingChanneler: Jahel. She doesn't want to let Emmet's spirit go.
* WrenchWench: Jahel
* YouHaveToHaveJews: The first thing Sammy notes is that he's the only Jew around.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Tess Cole[=/=]Clark]]. Later {{subverted}}.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: In the first ([[{{Cancellation}} and only]]) season finale, [[spoiler: everyone is on the boat safe and sound, ready to return to the regular Amazon river. But the Boiuna won't let them leave, and the river physically reshapes itself so they ''can't'' leave.]]
----