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->''"If we can put a man on the Moon, then we can put a man with AIDS on the Moon. [[ThatCameOutWrong And pretty soon, we'll be able to put everyone with AIDS on the Moon!]]"''
-->--'''Creator/SarahSilverman''', ''The Sarah Silverman Program''

''The Sarah Silverman Program'' was a 2007-10 SitCom starring Creator/SarahSilverman, created by Creator/DanHarmon and Creator/RobSchrab of ''Website/{{Channel 101}}'', ''ComicBook/ScudTheDisposableAssassin'' and ''Series/{{Community}}'' fame along with Silverman herself.

The show's humor is predominantly based on [[BlackComedy satirizing conventional "family-friendly" or wholesome television programs.]] The show was originally titled with European English, as "The Sarah Silverman Programme". It was shown on ComedyCentral in the United States, for three seasons consisting of six episodes each, then it was canceled.

Comedy Central then [[{{Uncancelled}} decided to bring it back]] for a third season after {{Logo}} decided to co-fund it, apparently only because the show features a StraightGay couple (who are actually played by straight actors). The show was cancelled again, after Comedy Central seemed to give up on it.

Silverman played a sometimes-[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold sweet]] sometimes-{{jerkass}} but [[AdamWesting always oblivious version]] of [[AsHimself herself]], similar to her persona from her [[{{sitcomic}} stand-up routine]]. She is unemployed and supported by her sister, a nurse (Laura Silverman), who is dating a cop (Jay). She has two gay neighbors, Brian and Steve, or "gaybors" as her Nana calls them.


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!!This show provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbuseMistake: The weird accidents happening to Laura. [[spoiler: She only needed glasses.]]
* ActingForTwo: The young actress who plays Sarah's daughter in "Not Without My Daughter" is the same actress who plays the child version of Sarah in the {{Pilot}} and other episodes.
* AdamWesting
* AllTakeAndNoGive: Sarah. Oh god, Sarah. She is a lazy freeloader who has all of her money and her apartment provided to her by her [[MealTicket sister]], a hard-working nurse, and for this Sarah gives zero gratitude.
* AlliterativeName: Sarah, natch.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted in that Sarah is shown on the toilet in the title sequence.
* BerserkButton: Sarah befriends a homeless guy she knew in high school. When she mentions his mother 'queefing' he goes crazy and tries to kill her. He is stopped by Brian who TookALevelInBadass and stops him with [[IKnowKarate the karate he had learned.]]
** Jay ''hates'' slang. (Except for "redonkulous".)
* BlackHoleSue[[invoked]]: Sarah, [[PlayedForLaughs played entirely for laughs]]
* BlackLikeMe: Parodied. The plot of an entire episode involves Sarah getting into an argument over whether it's harder to be black or Jewish. Sarah spends the rest of the episode in Al Jolson-style {{blackface}}. When people react with disgust and outrage at the blackface, she mistakes this as actual racism towards black people, because of course her disguise is [[PaperThinDisguise flawless]], so it couldn't possibly be that. It's later revealed that the black man she got into the argument with spent the same amount of time in a false hooked nose, a yarmulke, glued-on side curls and a T-shirt that read "I <3 MONEY!" in [[TheBackwardsR faux-Hebrew text]]. Just like Sarah, he mistakes any hatred he gets for his costume as people hating on Jews.
* BrainlessBeauty: Sarah, though not so much brainless as outright insane (though she's still pretty brainless).
--> "How can someone this crazy have such nice skin!?"
* ButtMonkey: Jay is this to Sarah, and sometimes to the other characters as well, especially Brian and Steve. Jay may come off as a little cocky but he ''never'' does anything remotely deserving of the treatment he receives from the other characters.
* TheCastShowoff: Silverman's musical talents are naturally put to good use in many episodes.
* ClassReunion: Sarah attends one of these, with God as her date.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Sarah.
* ComedicSociopathy: One of Sarah's specialties.
* ComingOutStory: Sarah tries to help Steve's parents accept him for being gay. Of course she does this by explicitly describing his sex life and then giving them acid.
* CondescendingCompassion: Sarah with Fred Blorth, constantly [[CharacterShilling shilling]] herself for helping him (she even brings it up on the ceremony on which '''Jay''' was celebrated) ostentatiously pitying him, and making fun of his mother on tv. The reason to help Fred in the first place was jealousy of Jay's spotlight for his charity.
* CringeComedy
* CrossOver: Mini Coffee originally appeared in the failed Website/{{Channel101}} pilot ''[[http://www.channel101.com/episode/344 Thriller Chiller Theatre]]''.
* CouchGag: The opening monologue and the pictures shown are different for each episode.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Jay may be goofy and bumbling most of the time, but you should '''never''' underestimate [[BunnyEarsLawyer his skill as a cop.]] Case in point: he stopped a hitman [[ImprobableWeaponUser using a slice of lemon.]]
* CryingWolf: Season 2, Episode 10, ''Patriot Act''. Sarah attacks and accuses many bearded folks of being OsamaBinLaden. Obviously, they're not. Laura grows tired of it, and demands that Sarah just control herself, no matter what she thinks she sees. Later, while riding her [[http://thevinylvillage.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/us-games-24-inch-hopper-pe-bouncing-ball.jpg green sit-and-bounce,]] [[spoiler:Sarah actually ''does'' cross paths with Bin Laden, who is getting ready for a round of tennis.]]
* TheCutie: Laura.
* DeadTVRemoteGag: Pilot episode.
* DivineRaceLift:
** {{God}} has appeared twice in this series as a [[MagicalNegro black man]], but as of yet has not stolen the moon.
** Initially, Sarah mistook God for His own BlackBestFriend.
* ADogNamedDog: Or, in this case, Doug.
* DownerEnding: Oh god, Breve...
* EggSitting: Jay and Laura try to put Sarah through this to give her a chance to prove that she's capable of raising her baby herself. The egg rolls out of Sarah's hand and breaks on the floor the moment Laura lets go of it.
* EndOfEpisodeSilliness: Some of Sarah's episode-ending conversations with her dog veer in this direction.
* TheEponymousShow
* FagHag: Her best, if not only friends are the gay couple next door, though she seems to forget that they're even gay sometimes.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: Sarah's, literally.
* FrivolousLawsuit: Sarah sues HomeAlone. Not the makers of it, the movie itself. The judge points out that you can't sue a movie, which is an amorphous concept. She ends up winning the case anyways.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Parodied. One episode revolves around Brian and Steve attempting to stop [[TheFundamentalist pro-life activists]] from blowing up an abortion clinic, and it's shown that Sarah has had quite a few abortions herself.
* GroinAttack: The first season finale ends with Sarah getting kicked in the crotch by some kid with leukemia.
** Steve gets hit in the crotch over and over again after he says he's an atheist.
** Sarah actually ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kicks God in the groin]]''.
* HasAType: Steve feels temptation for other chubby men.
* UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode: Parodied with Sarah's super safe censored television channel.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Sarah's father, before leaving, went so far as to murder her imaginary friend with a baseball bat in front of her.
* [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act]]: [[spoiler: Averted. Dougie kills a certain [[AdolfHitler Austrian art student]] and saves Sarah's life, incidentally preventing the Holocaust too.]] She admonishes him for messing with history, but lets him off easy considering all the good he did.
* HughMann: Subverted. [[spoiler:Brian and Steve]] try to impersonate one another in an attempt to convince Brian's father that they did not [[spoiler:change bodies after touching a Chinese dragon phone at the same time,]] but this fails, as [[spoiler:he himself is actually a Chinese hooker who switched bodies with him through the same means.]]
* ImpromptuTracheotomy: Sarah's aesop for an episode.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
--> '''Girl:''' What do you know about talent? You're unemployed, single, over 30 and you severely overestimate your cuteness!
--> '''Sarah:''' I choose to be over 30!
* InformedJudaism: Sarah and her sister are mentioned as being Jewish several times in the show.
* InsaneProprietor: Sarah makes one when promoted to supermarket manager, using her alleged mental retardation.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Sarah thinks of herself as one in ''A fairly attractive mind''.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Many subplots, and, occasionally, entire plots, are built around the [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this trope.
* {{Jerkass}}: Sarah.
* LesbianCop: Tig.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Laura and Jay.
* ManChild: Sarah is a female version of this.
* MatzoFever: Sarah is well aware she is [[BuffySpeak "sort of cute in a Jewy kind of way."]]
* MundaneWish: God grants Sarah a wish for her IWantSong, and she wishes for...a funny fart.
* NoBisexuals: Averted in that Brian thinks he might be bi instead of gay in one episode.
-->'''Sarah:''' I learned today ... gay, bisexual, it really doesn't matter, because at the end of the day they're both gross.
* OpeningNarration: "Hi, I'm Sarah Silverman and I'm just like you..."
* PottyEmergency: She relieves herself in a public mailbox.
* PunBasedTitle: Many episodes feature these.
* RadishCure: Inverted in the episode Muffin' Man when Steve tells Brian to drink a Tab soft drink Brian doesn't really want, Brian pretends to become obsessed with Tab. Steve reciprocates and it becomes an escalating war.
* RefugeInAudacity / RefugeInVulgarity
* {{Retirony}}: Sarah's childbirth would be the last to the doctor, who was planning to retire and live happily with his family thereafter. And he gets burned to death by the EldritchAbomination Sarah borned.
* ShoutOut: Christopher Eccleston appears in a clear ''Series/DoctorWho'' parody.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Laura and Jay.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Brian says he's bisexual, and by bisexual, we mean he glues pictures of Steve's head over the bodies of girls in bikinis. He doesn't know what to make of it.
* SitcomArchNemesis Jay to Sarah. Jay is generally a nice guy but Sarah resents having to compete with him for her sister's attention.
* SitComic
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: Can almost be said of the whole show due to it being a BlackComedy as stated above, but specifically Sarah's little intentionally lame jokes and puns.
** Jay's 'gentle' comedy.
* SpitTake: Jay let's out a massive one, all over Tig, when he finds out that Sarah has replaced his favourite children's show host.
* SpoofAesop: Every episode ends with one.
* StageMom: Sarah with "Heather", [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane who may be her childhood self]].
* StonersAreFunny: Brian and Steve.
* StraightGay: Brian and Steve.
** To the point that for the first two seasons they had to [[HaveIMentionedIAmGay regularly remind the audience that they were gay.]] The most the couple had ever done on screen had give a hyper-manly fist-bump.
** They come off much more as overweight nerds than CampGay. In fact, their nerdiness is much more important to their characters than the incidental fact of their sexuality.
** In DVD commentary Brian mentions that he didn't know the two characters were supposed to be gay until well into the 1st season. It was an afterthought, apparently.
* SugarBowl: In spite of the show being a BlackComedy, Valley Village is very much an idealistic place to live.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In the episode "'Positively Negative'" Sarah has this interaction with a third grade class she is educating about AIDS awareness
--> '''Class:''' Good morning, Mrs. Silverman.
--> '''Sarah:''' Sarah, please. Mrs. Silverman was my mom, and she was a bitch!
* ToiletHumor: This show has it in spades.
** In the pilot, Sarah accidentally [[PottyFailure poops on herself]] while attempting to make a fart joke.
** Sarah and a young girl sing about pooping at the mall.
** The plot of an entire episode is about the consequences of Sarah licking her dog's anus.
** Steve farts in Jay's police cruiser after Jay complains that Steve shouldn't have called 911 just to have Jay give him a ride.
** "Whatever happened to that white dog poop from TheSeventies?"
** Sarah's attempts to queef are part of an episode's plot.
* UndisclosedFunds: Non-monetary variation when Sarah writes down the number of sex partners she has had instead of saying the number aloud.
** Played with in another episode when Sarah says, "Maybe this will change your mind", writes something on a piece of paper (presumably a monetary amount) and slides it over face down. When turned over it says: "Please!"
* UnkemptBeauty: Sarah.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* ViewersAreMorons: lampshaded.
* WTHCostumingDepartment[[invoked]]: When Sarah is trying to dress up prettily.
* WhoopiEpiphanySpeech: Subverted in that Sarah never learns anything, at least not anything true, sensible or worthwhile.


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