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"The gang paddles frantically, with Locke yelling at them to pull (which makes no sense) or move, and I'm giggling so hard I'm going to get the hiccups. Miles says, "I think they want their boat back," and I have to pause the TV to catch my breath, even though the music is trying to tell me this is a desperate serious scene and in no way at all funny."
Dexter: On episode 8.02, "Every Silver Lining", the first scene is an old video of Harry talking about how he took young Dexter to a crime scene (at his request) to shock him out of his "problem". Instead of that, he says Dexter was fascinated with it, and then he starts crying. It's supposed to be heartbreaking, but it's hilarious instead.
Happy Days: The 1978 episode "Richie Almost Dies" – where Richie suffers a severe concussion in a motorcycle accident and is unconscious for days – was intended as a Tear Jerker. Instead, critics often considered the episode full of narm for its over-the-top acting and script (e.g., Fonzie having a total emotional breakdown when he begs God to let Richie live) and the incorporation of a very late-70s pop tune (Suzi Quartro's "Find Strength in Your Friends") while a montage of Richie clips plays as the Cunninghams and the other regulars sit somberly in the living room.
Dallas: The Season 8 season finale, "Swan Song" features the supposed death of Bobby Ewing (after Patrick Duffy wanted to leave the series) after he is struck by a car driven by a suicidal Katherine Wentworth. The narm kicks in during the final scene, where all of the major cast players – Pam, Jenna and the Ewings – are at Bobby's bedside, tearfully saying their goodbyes. A Tearjerker scene devolves into narm with bad acting and obviously fake tears from several of the actors (particularly J.R.) as Bobby whispers his final words, "I love you" to both Pam and Jenna before he loses consciousness and the EKG flatlines.
The Season 1 episode "The Lord Is My Shepherd," which – in addition to some panning the over-the-top emotional acting of Michael Landon and Karen Grassle as their characters, Charles and Caroline Ingalls, mourn the death of little Charles Frederick Ingalls – some also consider laughable because Laura decided to climb a mountain to "get closer to God" and to persuade Him to exchange her for her late brother … in southern Minnesota (where there's not a mountain in sight).
The Season 4 finale, "I'll Be Waving As You Drive Away," earned its place on the yuksters' narm parade via the particularly dramatic scene where Mary wakes up one morning and realizes, to her horror, she has gone blind, with Charles breaking down in tears upon this realization. Melissa Sue Anderson's acting – particularly her, "I can't see! I CAN'T SEE, PA!!!!" screams – is not seen as heartbreaking but comedy due to what is seen as an over-the-top performance.
Reality shows in general can often seem narmy with the way they play ridiculously dramatic music whenever there's some minor conflict, even though said music wouldn't be used in any movie or TV series except for in the most dramatic parts.
The vampire's death in the episode "The Tale of the Night Shift" was made hilarious because of his high-pitched girlish screaming and because the burning body falling off the side of the building was clearly a dummy.
"The Tale of the Bookish Babysitter" had the scene where the kid encountered the witch in the castle and the witch's subsequent death.
"The Tale of the Dark Music" features the bully's punches on Andy.
"The Tale of the Many Faces": When the two girls simply grab Madame Visage and she makes no attempt to break free, and they easily defeat her while she pathetically screams. So the girls have been working as slaves for her all this time and all they needed to do was simply hold her?
In episode "A late delivery from Avalon", when the faux-King Arthur Laments:
"I was responsible...Their armor was not strong enough to protect them... Their horses were on fire!"
In the episode "Moments of Transition," the denouement, in which Neroon makes a Heroic Sacrifice, is just packed with Narm, especially since it turns into a three-way Ham-to-Ham Combat between Neroon, Delenn, and Shakiri.
War Without End, Part 1: Ivanova's distress call from the future. Narm-tastically over-the-top.
The climactic scene in the River Of Souls telemovie in which the souls possessing Dr. Bryson leave his body; a dramatic scene, up until Ian Mc Shane slumps over catatonic in the dorkiest way possible.
Then there's the time Logan seems to get the "Virus," which stops him and Max from touching — but OOPS! NO. It's just chicken pox.
Then there's Brain's repeated pining over Max. She'd normally beat someone for pining over her, but she appears to think that the Max/Brain ship is possible. Let us note that Brain's a rather fat computer nerd. In Hollywood shipping, relationships like that just don't work if the fat computer nerd isn't the lead.
Jessica Alba. Beautiful. Quite good at acting. But never ask her to cry. If she does, then it will push the narm Up to Eleven.
The season 4 episode "Volunteers", where the victim rants about how he's going to sue the people who attacked him and buy a "Rolls-Royce wheelchair and enough crack to last a lifetime."
That one seems deliberate.
The episode "In Vino Veritas". It's a rare moment where something is funnier because it's Too Soon. Chevy Chase's impression of Mel Gibson is priceless.
The opening statement in "Talking Points", in which the defense attempts to make his case by tossing out random racial epithets and saying that the jury "probably wants to beat the crap out of him".
The short-livedLaw & Order: LA had at least one. The detectives are questioning the victim's parents and ask if she has been behaving oddly. The mother, who is sobbing in a non-narmful way, opens her mouth to say...."She deleted me on Facebook". Cue hysterical laughter from everyone in the room.
The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Authority", guest starring Robin Williams was a brilliant episode, but it had its Narm moments. They exploited Robin's ability to do voices and used it as a plot point. Or the pillow fight scene; then again, maybe that was supposed to be funny in a disturbing way.
"Happy Burger"? That's the most generic name for a fictional fast food restaurant ever. You'd think the writers for this show could come up with something clever.
"Ripped": Eliot finally sits down with a shrink and talks about the source of his scary, scary rage. And one of the early incidents was... when his dad, himself a rageaholic, smashed young Eliot's diorama. Note to writers: few dramatic revelations are successful when centered around words like "diorama."
Eliot's wife giving birth in the car accident. It might have been dramatic if the last two (or more) seasons hadn't been pulling more and more unbelievable plots twists halfway through the episode until you knew something "dramatic" would happen Once per Episode. On the other hand, the extrication was marvelously done, probably because it used real NYFD firefighters.
And then there's "Responsible," which, on a show all about sex crimes and child abuse, is about the horrors of... teenage drinking. It must be seen for the funeral scene of two teens who died in a car crash, which delivers the most hilarious eulogies since Heathers. Only, that probably wasn't what the writer was aiming for...
"Closet": Olivia, holding the Idiot Ball, asks why a suspect's sexuality was such a big deal. (He was an active pro football player.) This is a woman who has probably dealt with more gay bashing and sexuality-based crimes than most people have read about, or seen outside Law & Order SVU.
Olivia Benson, when it comes to dealing with victims, is so made of Narm that she comes off as creepier than the Monsters of the Week.
"Sweet mother of God... it's the carjack rapist!" This comes from a Cold Opening and the extremely nonplussed way the operator says it in doesn't help.
Then there's the pedophile who claimed "our numbers are growing and yours are shrinking!"
Nononononononono. Nothing can possibly beat "The monkey is in the basketball!" Made even worse because a sexual crimes division is dealing with animal smuggling. Just watch it. The narm is underlined when they open the basketball and the monkey climbs out and hugs Captain Cragen.
One description for that episode: "When a dead woman is found with an exotic bird..." It make you wonder if SVU got involved, then where the fuck was she storing that bird?
Fans of the show have adopted that as a general phrase of disbelief in relation to the show, i.e., "oh, that episode was good, but I'm calling some monkey basketball on [this ludicrous plot point]..."
In the same episode, the bad guy in a level of James Bond villainy kills a witness by unleashing a hyena into his apartment. How do we know the hyena has killed and eaten his victim? Because the hyena coughed up all his bling.
Then he rushes the bench and has to be restrained. It's supposed to be serious, but it's over the top.
Any time the bad guy starts using his "rape voice".
Example: Special Guest Martin Short attempting to growl out "Best sex I ever had!" Made worse because his character was a fake psychic. (This example not spoilered because, frankly, why else would Martin Short be onLaw And Order?)
Dizzer, a Card-Carrying Villain of a DJ who was Pretty Fly for a White Guy and whose creed was "Wrecking decks and getting sex." When questioned about a girl he slept with at a party, he replied, "Which one?" His response to being asked about child support?
"My baby mamas are just glad their babies look like me."
"Is there any reason you can think of that they sodomized your husband with a banana?"
Kathleen Stabler's intervention in "Crush". The fact that we're still rooting for Olivia after that reminds us why we still watch this show.
The episode with Jesse Mc Cartney (yeah, really; that's narmish enough on its own) involved the acronym "FATH"—"first and true husband." This led to some wacky misunderstandings regarding an instant message (the detectives thought the victim was talking about her father, etc).
Even narmier in that episode is when McCartney's character arrives at his girlfriends apartment to find out if the rumors that she got pregnant were true. The two proceed to hug and cry. An emotional scene but at one point during it, it looks as if McCartney is sniffing her hair.
An episode revolving around an alleged mentally-challenged rapist builds to a court scene which builds decent tension and pity, then completely narms it up by showing the sentence.
Every bit of "Bedtime" after the first 15 minutes. It's like the writers had a contest going to see how much narm they could cram into a single episode.
In "Torch", about a suspicious house fire, Jo Marlowe says "There's one witness we haven't questioned. The house." Investigating the house with an expert was actually a good idea, but did she have to suggest it in those words?
Law & Order: Criminal Intent, "The Good Child". A murderer and his murderous mistress are betrayed by the mistress's kleptomania, as she stole an eggcup from the murder scene. The episode ends with the murderer being dragged away by the police, screaming "Eggcup!" over and over again.
In one episode, Nicholls is conducting a very emotional, soft-spoken interrogation of a somewhat-sympathetic serial killer, when Stevens suddenly feels the need to yell "DID COURTNEY SCREAM!?" Calm down, will you?
The crowning moment is in the Season 5 opener. Caine, for some reason known only to himself, is crouched in the Rodin's Thinker pose next to the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, and part of the tune is playing. Long helicopter shot of this, Caine getting up and putting on the sunglasses, and the "YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!" kicking in.
In isolation, this scene must be a Crowning Moment of Narm. Horatio Caine takes his sunglasses off just so he can dramatically put them back on.
In CSI: Crime Scene Investigation "Cats in the Cradle", whilst the two girls give their version of events, the line "Quick, girls! Take the cat and run!" must be intended to be dramatic. It isn't.
The little girl having committed murder to steal a cat is narm in of itself.
CSI: NY, season three, episode one. Stella is alone, doing the slow firearm stalk after a Serial Killer. It's supposed to be a tense scene. Stella is Ms. Fanservice, however, and her midriff becomes inadvertently exposed (or maybe advertently exposed). That is quite distracting.
To anyone who knows anything about actual murder scenes, from hard-boiled homicide detectives to forensic medicine students to readers of David Simon, almost every single minute of CSI is an exercise in unending ridiculousness.
Torchwood is filled with these. One example is in the second episode, when Jack Harkness stands over all that remains of the sex-obsessed Monster of the Week, a small pile of dust, and wistfully says, "travel halfway across the universe for the greatest sex, still end up dying alone." It's like a line from a bad porn film.
What about the last episode of Series 1? You know, where a giant demon from the seventh circle of hell appeared in the last ten minutes for no adequately explained reason?
In the episode "Meat," the narmy line "What have they done to you my dear friend?" is uttered. John Barrowman's delivery of the line just makes things worse.
And from the same episode: "Give Rhys all my love and I'll see you tomorrow," delivered as a low, angry hiss. Jack seems to be a magnet for these lines
Any time — any time — in "Something Borrowed" when Gwen insists she's having a baby. Or refers to the alien egg thing as a baby... or even says 'baby'. It's the accent.
Her facial expression on showing Jack her engagement ring. Half cheeky surprise and half Tom Welling-style ACTING HARD face.
Ianto and Jack. Naked hide and seek. Series two. Some parts of that scene was meant to be humorous. Some weren't, but oh, how they were.
Jack's "We're outside the government, beyond the police" line.
Adam is rewriting Captain Jack's memory of his father and brother; Jack desperately tries to hold on with some awful delivery.
"MUM JOINS US!!"
Ianto being cutie-broken in the same episode was cripplingly hilarious.
Any time Ianto cries. He's...he's not a pretty crier.
When Gwen confesses to cheating on Rhys and the Retcon kicks in, it becomes hilarious when she's trying to get him to forgive her; it turns from pleading for forgiveness to annoyed demands coupled with slapping him on the face to wake him up. Hilarious.
Despite being terrifying in context, the scene in "Children of Earth" when the Colonel comes to the realization that the 456 is shooting up on children.
Even funnier is Jack's giving orders to a crowd of panicking people who aren't at all listening when the virus is released.
The episode "Cyberwoman," wherein the pizza girl who has had the brain of Ianto's old girlfriend-turned-Cyberwoman implanted into her (or something) tearfully recounts, at gunpoint, the time they went to the beach and had cheese toasties. If there is an award for the least poignant and dramatic phrase in the known universe, then "cheese toasties" is a strong contender.
In one of the more boneheaded (sorry) episodes, Wishbone once did a series of three short stories from African American folklore. The first one was the story of Anansi, The Trickster Spider. Fair enough, Wishbone wore an adorable spider costume. The second was a rather dramatic slave trade story. In it, winged Africans were forced onto ships to be sold, violently shedding their wings after being captured. The third one was the story of a plantation rebellion and in it, Wishbone, clad in a little doggie style plantation slave outfit liberates human actors. He even calls them "Brother". Its heart is in the right place, but it's just so bizarre.
There was also a Romeo and Juliet episode that featured Wishbone romancing a human actress and ended with Wishbone playing dead like dogs do with his legs stiffly sticking up in the air while the human cast talked about what a tragedy it was.
Wishbone was playing Sherlock Holmes, and at one point he trots into the scene with his voice actor laughing. Watson asks him what the matter is, and he responds in between giggles, "I can't tell you, Watson! It's too funny!" His next line should have been, "I'm really a dog!"
Also the scene (based on one in the original short story) where Sher-bone comes in and Watson doesn't recognize him because he's in "disguise." You want Watson to say: "Sorry. I thought you were a different talking dog."
It gets better. Several novelizations of episodes were released. They featured more of the original literature's text, but still integrated Wishbone as a dog into the story. For example, in A Tale of Two Cities, as Darnay (played by Wishbone) gets out of his coach, he muses that he needs a private moment with a tree; and it is noted that he can only trot at his (human!) wife's ankle height when they walk together.
What about his adaptation of David and Goliath? Near the end, David is to take down Goliath headshot style. Cut to a scene of Wishbone as David, with his paw up in the air, spinning a sling around his head.
The revelation that the Romulan senator realizes Sisko's carefully-made forgery was fake in the excellent Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "In the Pale Moonlight" would have had more impact if the senator had not used that exact moment to channel the spirit of Jack Torrance. It also doesn't help that it was seized upon by the denizens of the internets and completely memed to death, as depicted here: 
An earlier example of Star Trek Narm changed the course of an entire species. When Star Trek: The Next Generation began, Gene Roddenberry was involved in the series and trying as hard as he could to make it match the feel of the original series. Thus came the new "big menace for the Federation", the Ferengi, who hooted and howled like monkeys, cracked energy whips, and dressed in furs. It would have fit in perfectly with the original series's cheesy Sci-Fi of the day; to new audiences, it just looked ridiculous. The Ferengi were quickly retooled into being a mostly comedy relief species and, ironically, probably became a favorite race of the series because of it.
The best and worst Star Trek: Deep Space Nine example occurs during the climax of "In the Hands of the Prophets." The episode itself was good — one of the few truly good episodes of the first season, in fact — but Sisko's slo-motion "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!", complete with dropped pitch, at the most tense moment was jarringly funny.
In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Broken Link," Odo returns to the Great Link for judgment. He's later thrown to the surface of Great Link "ocean," gasping, shouting, and thrashing around, before washing up on shore, naked and unconscious. The scene is meant to show that something is wrong and the Great Link has rejected him, but it just looks like a ridiculously bad swimmer with a leg cramp instead!
What, are you all out of your minds?! End of watch? It's the end of everything! WHAT ARE YOU, ROBOTS?! Wound up, toy soldiers?! Don't you know when you're dying?! Watch and regulations and orders? What do they mean?"
A special mention to the lovely ladies from the episode "Spock's Brain":
"Brain and brain! WHAT IS BRAIN?!!!"
Spock's rather out-of-character moment near the end of "The Cage"
"THERE! ARE! FOUR! LIGHTS!". It's not the sentence itself that's Narmy, it's how Patrick Stewart delivers it. He shouts it in defiance, when he could have said it normally and with steel in his voice. Honestly, you'd expect more from Patrick Stewart.
Deanna sensing "great joy and gratitude" in the pilot episode. Also most other scenes where Deanna uses her empathic ability fall into this category, particularly in the early seasons.
In "Night Terrors," we are subjected multiple times to Deanna floating through a cloudy, green-screen dreamscape with arms outstretched, desperately shouting, "WHERE ARE YOOOOOUUU??? I'M TRYING TO FIND YOOOOOOUUU!!!"
In Marina Sirtis's defense, she does not hesitate to name "The Green Flying Troi Episode" as her least favorite to fans at every opportunity. She was well aware of how cringe-worthy those scenes were but the director and writers were unable to provide anything better at the time.
"Angel One," in which Riker is temporary ambassador to a matriarchal society which wears sexy clothing; he sleeps with the female ruler and then campaigns for equal rights for men.
"Home Soil", which is one long narmfest of an episode - from the three terraformers (the young female one who spends almost the entire episode crying, the young male one with the oh-so-'80s mullet, and the older one who gets most of their dialogue and borders on ham with his delivery of lines such as "I CREATE LIFE... I DO NOT TAKE IT!"), to the cast asking each other rhetorical questions over and over for most of the story, to the entire bridge crew feeling free to chip in and comment during the initial first contact dialogue between humans and the "microbrain" inorganic lifeform serving as the episode's antagonist. Special bonus points go to Dr. Crusher, whose delivery of the line "Life - force! Do - you - under-stand - us!?" is excruciating.
Going back to the original series, the episode "Charlie X". The ending of this episode is particularly narmtacular. The episode had a good concept, but the delivery of Charlie's final lines is... hilariously awesome. "I want to stay... stay... stay..." is not bad in concept; but when the actor sounds utterly bored and is trying to drop his voice 20 octaves below what it's normally been, the laughs start coming.
From TOS, "The Omega Glory" (especially the climax) and "And The Children Shall Lead" <shudder>.
Special mention in the latter where Kirk looks like he's suddenly come down with a bad case of the runs right before the children's power takes effect on him. And then there's the "I'm losing command" scene in the turbo lift.
Kirk's "No Blah Blah Blah" line from "Miri." Did he have to sink to their level?
TNG had "Sub Rosa," in which Beverly Crusher is hopelessly in love with someone who lives in a candle, who has been the lover of almost every female in her family line. This person is killed when the candle is blown out!
That's not the narmy bit. The true narm is in the ghost sex, the hammy, Harlequin-novel-esque dialogue, and Ned Quint.
The most narmy bit of all is the truly appalling, cliched and usual US TV obsession with portraying everything Scottish, including the colony where much of this episode is set, as Brigadoon. This colony even deliberately makes its weather like theme-park Scotland. We never knew of Dr. Crusher's Scottish heritage before, nor noticed Brigadoonish behavior from her, but she canonically grew up here.
Crusher's line "What, what's happening to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee?"
The crew's opponent is defeated when Data and Geordi sneak out in the dead of night and dig up an old lady's grave. Let that sink in for a moment.
Voyager was loaded with them, but the topper has to be this:
"Get the cheese to Sickbay!"
In the episode "Twisted," the ship is being crushed by a mysterious space wave and Janeway falls unconscious after accidentally touching the phenomenon. While the other officers stand around discussing how to save the ship, she suddenly sits bolt upright, gasps, "it's tALkiNg tO MEEEE," and then falls back down on the couch.
In the episode "Prototype" Torres describes how she created a prototype robot. She dramatically told Janeway that when she "installed that module, the prototype looked up at me, and asked me for programming."
As pointed out in a nitpicker's guide, the triumphant moment in TNG season 5 episode "Disaster" where Picard and two children heave themselves through a doorway after escaping a stuck turbolift before it fell and climbed up the shaft, is wrecked if you realise that the ladder goes all the way up. They could have climbed a little higher and just stepped through.
Tasha Yar's farewell speech in the episode "Skin of Evil". It's intended to be a Tear Jerker and likely affects many tropers that way, but not all of them.
"Will Riker. You are the best!" "Geordi. In those moments I felt the most despair, you took my hand and helped me to see things differently." "My friend Data. You see things with the wonder of a child."
Same (unsatisfactory) episode: That ink stain on Yar's cheek in sickbay when Dr. Crusher tries to bring her back kills the drama of those scenes.
Pretty much any use of the term "Cardy", which sees a good deal of use in Deep Space Nine, including an utterance of "Cardy bastards". It's serious Fantastic Racism, but it sounds so silly.
Attempts to show The Seventies' Battlestar Galactica to someone unaccustomed to science fiction result in uncontrollable laughter when any character says "frak", especially during serious moments. It's hard to do this even with someone who is accustomed to science fiction; nor is it all that easy to get into watching it oneself, since, you know... it's Narm, and it simply is ridiculous.
Crew Specialist Cally's cry of "Talk to me, motherfracker!" during a quiet moment with Chief Tyrol on the surface of Kobol. Shouting "Frak you" to her would be rapist in the Astral Queen also qualifies.
The Season 3 episode "Unfinished Business" has an interesting emotional moment between Lee Adama and Starbuck when their sparring turns to embrace and Starbuck whispers, "I missed you". Lee, however, forgot to take off his mouth guard for that scene and sputters out a faint "Ah mufft yoo".
The creepy music from the finale of Season 3 that only got creepier when you realized that it could only be heard by four people, who turned out to be Cylons, lost its effect when everyone started dramatically reciting the lyrics to "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan.
Grace Park (Boomer, Sharon) apparently has "grunt" mistaken for "roar." After headbutting plate glass, she literally yells "RAAAARRR!"
From Season 4:
"They killed my cat!"
Season 4 also gives us an argument where two characters attempt a big Cluster-Frak Bomb. It's supposed to be dramatic, and it comes to blows; but hearing two grown men yelling "Frak!" every other word is a bit much.
All of this is trumped by Starbuck and Anders' Slap-Slap-Kiss scene in "Ties That Bind":
"I don't want to fight, Sam. I want to frak. You don't get it, do you? I'm not the same girl you married. All I want to do right now is frak. Really frak, like it's the end of the world and nothing else matters. So come on, Sam. Make me feel something. I dare you."
In the New Caprica episodes when Cally is in a holding cell, she shouts (or rather, says more loudly than usual), "You stupid frakked up toaster". It was never convincing.
In the finale, Cavil's final words and actions, as a firefight has broken out when the Cylons think they've been betrayed, is to yell "Frak!" put a gun in his mouth, and pull the trigger. It comes out of nowhere.
There is an explanation, and it was supposed to come out of nowhere. But it's still not very sensible of him.
From what was otherwise the dramatic climax of the Caprica pilot:
Daniel: You mean, only the Gods have power over death. Well, I reject that notion. I reject that notion!
In regards to Zoe, any seriousness of a scene where she and another character are face to face is compromised because Alessandra Torresani goes cross-eyed whenever looking anyone in the face close up.
Once, her eyes dart around wildly (perhaps trying to avoid going cross-eyed?), which makes her seem mildly psychotic.
Many scenes in Heroes might qualify. One that almost certainly does has to be when Hiro confronts Nathan Petrelli at a press conference and asks what he's going to do about an upcoming prophecy. When Nathan tells him that there is nothing to do and drives off, he leaves Hiro in the dust shouting, "You not a hero! You a bi-ran! You a bi-ran! Bi-ran!" (That's "villain" for the Engrish-impaired.) In the audio commentary, Masi Oka notes that the third repetition of the phrase made it, for him, hilarious.
Hiro often has incredibly moving Japanese, that is utterly butchered by the show's own subtitles. "We are taking this sword!" — his friend, eyes askance "We?" See? utter gibberish. Hiro's we is a sort of "the group of superheroes I belong to!" sort of we. It kinda indicates that he's headed off the deep end. The English kills the whole scene, because it seems like Hiro's we just includes his friend (whom the Japanese was not including).
Several of the oddly drawn facial expressions on the characters in both the online comics (particularly the last scene in Chapter 56) and Isaac's paintings are wonderfully Narmful.
Any serious scene Mr. Muggles is a part of. It's so, so hard to take Sylar seriously with a cute, smiling Pomeranian tucked under one arm. Also, if Sylar kills that stupid dog, then it'll be hard for some people to regard him as a villain for the rest of the series.
The scene with the rental guy in "The Eclipse, Part 1"...who the hell would ever react like that?
"She filled me in pretty good, you serial killin' scum of the earth! ...I should kill you right now! I'd be a bona fide hero!"
Elle and Sylar are narm-y in that scene, too.
There are disproportionately ominous church bells playing over the scene.
Sylar's bizarre breathy, rushed way of talking in that episode. We know you know how to talk like a regular person, dude; you were doing it just fine, and hilariously, when paired with Bennet. Come on.
This may have been intended as black humour, but there's the scene in 'Cautionary Tales' where Mohinder turns to Elle and asks bluntly, "Have you killed many people?"
In Volume 4, Sylar flashes back to the day his father sold him in a diner and watches his biological dad do the dread telekenetic-finger-slice across mommy's forehead. The music in the background and the pretentious and Sin City-esque colour filter on the blood raise the bathos levels so high that not even Zachary Quinto's incredible acting talents can save the scene from corniness.
The lead-in to this scene is Luke telling Sylar that maybe it's a good thing he's repressed painful memories. Sylar responds, "No, it eats away at your soul!"
In "Six Months Ago," Sylar shrieked "It's the evolutionary imperative!!" as he whanged Brian Davis on the head.
Although HRG is normally a Bad Ass, his "pulling the trigger" face sometimes resembles an "I'm taking a really big poop" face.
Sendhil Ramamurthy, who plays Mohinder, seems to find many of his own scenes Narmtastic. He has mocked the endless references to his father's death and research; and on episode commentary tracks, he frequently goes into Mystery Science Theater 3000 mode during Mohinder scenes.
In the Volume 4 finale, Angela Petrelli's inhuman wails upon discovering Nathan's dead body.
For those who haven't seen it, it's like a Guinea Pig about to start an anime battle.
Sylar's Gollum-style conversation with his mother in Volume 4.
Linderman waxing lyrical about pot-pies in a clichéd (slightly camp) Affably Evil manner:
"Voila! A pot pie. Wholesome, warm, healthy. That's, of course if you can live without the cream sauce"...... [seeing Nathan pull a gun on him] "Now you can't have any of my pot pie".
Near the end of season 1, Sylar had just recently acquired Ted the nuclear man's powers. This is a big deal, considering the future paintings showing a destroyed NYC along with an exploding man. At the end of the episode, Sylar is playing with his powers as he gazes over the city. Then he says, "Boom." That's it? You're a nuclear bomb, and all you say is "boom!"?!
Sylar's taco line in the third season premiere.
From Ted, a quote hilarious when heard out of context:
A normal occurrence on several Perp Sweating scenes in many a Crime Time Soap that happens to state that New Media Are Evil, at least to anyone who has some understanding of this new media. Moreso after a few years have passed, and we get to hear Ice-T refer to videogames as "magical rape land" in reruns long after any fear is long gone.
John From Cincinnati had a few. One example is when Butchie calls his ex-girlfriend on the cell phone and insults her, making her hang up in his face. A few minutes later, he calls her again only to repeat the same insult. He repeats the process a few times.
One particularly tense scene near the end of the first season of The Wire had emotionally-torn drug dealer D'Angelo repeatedly shouting "Where's Wallace?" at his boss. In some countries, this can get undermined because Wallace is the long form of Wally, and there are "Where's Wally?" books . . .
In North America, they're the "Where's Waldo?" books. But Wally was the original name, and many countries call him that. In France he's called Charlie.
Cyber-Seduction: His Secret Life, in which a teenage boy looking at softcore pornography while drinking Red Bull is treated like his having a hardcore drug addiction.
Made all the Narmier because the actress playing the mother, Kelly Lynch, has done full frontal nudity in other films.
The best part about the movie? It's trying to be a colossal, prudish guilt trip on guys who have an interest in girls; but it shows damp, toned, boy flesh at every opportunity. It's like softcore porn for hardcore feminists.
There's a Lifetime Movie of the Week entitled My Stepson, My Lover. It ended with the stepson/lover completely paralyzed in a wheelchair.
The second season finale of The O.C., in which an incongruous vocal track (the refrain from Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek") starts playing the instant Marissa shoots Trey in the back and continues playing as he slowwwwwly registers that he's bleeding, turns around, looks at her in shock, and then keels over. It started out shocking, but the music was stretched out too long. Saturday Night Live parodied the hell out of this scene in a sketch nicknamed ''Dear Sister'', and it then became a meme multiplying and mutating all over Youtube. None of the parodies are as hilarious as the original.
This could apply to most death scenes in The O.C. that try to be emotionally gripping, since most of them seem to involve Marissa.
Especially funny because of Marissa's completely flat and hilariously badly-acted "oh my God, stop, you're killing him" when she first enters the room and sees Trey and Ryan fighting.
In the Masters Of Horror episode "Right to Die", there's a tender scene in which a married couple - not hugely wealthy, not in showbiz or anything, just an ordinary married couple - take a bath together. They're gazing into each others' eyes, smiling gently in close-up...and then the camera pulls back to reveal that the wife is sporting the most comically enormous set of breasts imaginable. If you didn't know better, you'd think this was a The Naked Gun-style sight gag. As it is, it destroys any claim the scene might have had to emotional realism. It also lets you know just why this particular actress was hired; the rest of the episode demonstrates it wasn't for her thespian talents).
There is so much narm in MacGyver that it could have its own page.
Almost every Very Special Episode ends up being so over the top that it almost trivializes the issue in question. Teenage prostitution, poaching, drugs, racism, sexism, corporate corruption, pollution, and much, much more - all were handled in a completely anvilicious manner. The show always portrayed the issues in a one-sided, black and white manner, in such a way that they became comedy. When Richard Dean Anderson was giving a speech about poaching at the end of an episode, there was simply no way to react but to laugh at the sheer narminess of it all.
In one episode, Jack Dalton was having nightmares surrounding his brainwashing on a nightly basis and usually woke up in a cold sweat. One of those times he woke up, he ended up just having a normal morning with MacGyver. He was waving his hand around to make a point when he noticed he was holding a gun. "Hey, where did that come from?" He then notices the symbol on MacGyver's pitcher is the same as his trigger, shoots it (with the show suggesting that MacGyver also got shot even though he was holding it away from his body), and then wakes up. Again.
The show had a bit of a focus shift over time, for the worse. In the first season, MacGyver dealt with terrorists, corrupt politicians, Renegade Russians, and such. By the fifth season, he was dealing with... small time mobsters, corrupt small store owners, and street gangs. It's hard to take it seriously when MacGyver's issue of the week is counterfeit baseball cards.
The way a slum lord is exposed for what he is in one episode was by... someone making a graffiti painting of him as some giant monster eating dilapidated buildings.
A rumble between two street gangs involving guns had both sides line up in plain view, side by side, twenty feet away each other. It made one wonder about their survival instincts when they set themselves up so perfectly to insure that nobody was going to survive without divine intervention.
During the episode about MacGyver's traumatic childhood experience with guns, the drama of the dying kid got undermined by MacGyver's doing a full body conversion of a couple of bicycles as the kid lay there bleeding.
The ultimate narm moment was the revelation of MacGyver's long lost son MacGruber?. With as much effort as was put into portraying MacGyver as the epitome of clean living, it all sort of fell apart by showing that he had insufficiently protected, premarital sex in college. Whoops.
Earlier episodes establish that young MacGyver was a leather-jacketed motorcycle-riding loose cannon on the edge. If you started watching during a street-gang season, however, you might have missed that subtle point.
At first glance, the Nanashi from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, are probably the most menacing, demonic-looking Mooks in Sentai history. This falls apart the second you see them in action. Not only are they just as ineffectual as any other Mooks, but they also have ludicrous electronically distorted voices. The costumes they wear, while quite nice to look at, are rubbery & have bits that flop around when they flail helplessly with their deceptively nasty-looking swords.
In Choujuu Sentai Liveman , when Guildos has just been revealed to be a robot, he stumbles around on a cliff until he trips on a rock and falls off said cliff. This would be horrifying if it weren't for the cheap robo-Guildos costume and the inanimate dummy that take Guildos' place as he falls to his doom
Power Rangers has a couple. There's the destruction of the Thunderzords (complete with a clearly low budget and a over the top NOOOO). There's the death of Alex in the first episode of Time Force, during which Erin Cahill desperately overacts Jenn's emotional reaction; her slo-mo noooooo is funny every time it's shown, and it's shown a lot in flashbacks.
Pink Rangers are good at Narm. Operation Overdrive's Rose is usually only used for exposition purposes. Then she gets an episode requiring her to do some real emotion, and we learn why. Watch her after Tyzonn's apparent death, and you'll forget all about Jen's Slow Mo Big "NO!"forever.
Power Rangers is full of them. Many occurred in Turbo when the producers took footage from a 20th anniversary parody season and tried to play it seriously. We were expected to feel great suspense when the Rangers were baked into a giant pizza.
A special narm award goes to Zeo's "Another Song and Dance." Tommy and Tanya are put under a spell. It's played as serious because it leaves Tommy unable to operate his voice-controlled Red Battlezord. But the spell they're under is one that makes it so they can't stop singing...
Another standout moment comes from the episode "The Ninja Encounter, Part 2," just after the introduction of Rocky, Adam, and Aisha. By this point Jason, Zack, and Trini were being represented by stock footage and some hilariously unconvincing voice actors. Austin St. John's regular voice was Narmtastic enough but...
"Jason": Zordon whats happening?
Zordon: I have been monitoring this dangerous situation, Jason. What concerns me the most is the Terrorblossom's threat to reproduce itself.
"Jason": Aw man! Can he do that?
Zordon: It's going to try.
In Samurai, children are used on a comparatively regular basis, most often for flashbacks to Jaden and Antonio's childhood. The child actors' inability to replicate American accents or say lines realistically turns what was written as touching scenes about friends that think they'll never see each other again into something absolutely hilarious.
Any time the Power Rangers strike a pose whilst trying to be intimidating. Bonus points if they throw in a couple of HHHHYYYYAAAAAHHHHS!
That episode of Power Rangers in Space where Mooks get into the ship and unhook Zhane's life support, causing him to flatline. Not only did Andros apparently Just Know the instant it happened when he was outside the ship, but cue his slow-motion drop to his knees with bonus "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! YOU are going to PAY for this!"
Megaforce has Red Ranger Troy, who delivers almost every line more robotically than the Sixth Ranger RoboKnight. All sorts of Narm ensues. In The Human Condition, his Narm even sets up the other rangers for their own moments of Narm:
On the old soap opera First Love, a cliffhanger episode was supposed to end with Rosemary Priz's character telling Patrica Barry's character that "Chris cracked up his plane." She misread it as "Chris crapped up his plane." Even Barry laughed. On camera.
Watching Jack scream every time he got emotional made me laugh, hate him more and more, and start cheering for everyone else he was fighting against, no matter who it was. I don't think you're supposed to feel that way for a main character.
This from the episode "Dr. Linus":
"Dude you're gonna BLOW up!"
Another Hurley line from the episode "LAX":
"YOU'RE NOT SAVING HIM, YOU'RE DROWNING HIM!"
Thanks, Hurley. That wasn't obvious at all.
Also from "LAX," there's Dogen's quip:
"I don't like the way English tastes on my tongue."
Dogen is a rich source of Narm, given his tendency to deliver everything in the most absurd way possible.
A lot of police officers lol'd at Jack asking Ana Lucia how long it would take to build an army. Cops =/= Generals.
Doubly silly because there is an experienced soldier among the survivors, and there was no reason to go to Ana Lucia over him.
The line itself is delivered nicely, but the way the music swells up for no reason when (Sawyer says "We're taking the sub") makes the whole thing seem over-the-top and ridiculous.
Desmond X running over Locke X with his car and driving away. And then, several episodes later, he goes back and tries it AGAIN, only pausing long enough to beat Ben X into enlightenment.
When Kate is telling her husband why they can never be together:
Kate: "Taco night?! I don't DO taco night!"
"We have to go back, Kate! WE HAVE TO GO BACK!"
A Latin-American VA-induced one is Locke's voice in the Mexican Spanish dub. He can't be taken seriously once you realize that his VA is the same that did voiceovers for Bill Cosby of all people!
Half of Daniel's lines in season five, as he explains how time travel works to a truly absurd degree, until it seems like the writers literally thought they were inventing the entire concept. "When we first met, did I have a scar on my neck? No. Because that was my past."
"Hush Little Baby", an episode of the BBC daytime medical soap Doctors, had Ruth being threatened during a confrontation by an angry pedophile over the surrogate mother of his baby... with a fork◊. Yes, he was in a commercial kitchen store room, which explains why he had a fork, but it was still ridiculous.
"I'VE GOT RIGHTS!"
One episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles had Cameron walking around wearing Scary Shiny Glasses - except that these were the absolutely gigantic shades worn by motorcycle police officers, on itty-bitty waif-child Summer Glau. The result was silly. These glasses were so huge that, on the DVD Commentary for that episode, Glau said they didn't even fit her head and had to be tied in place behind her ears.
Profiler, a few episodes before the last one: The federal-law-enforcement-high-up-gone-rogue played by Gregory Itzin is having a clandestine meeting with two other people on a park bench, at night, as part of his mysterious, sinister plan. He tells them not to look at each other so they won't look suspicious. So they talk while blatantly not looking at each other, sitting up rigidly, staring straight ahead. Itzin is dressed in all in shiny black leather, from his snap-brim fedora to his pants to his shoes.
Any of the scenes from Walker, Texas Ranger that were chosen for Late Night With Conan O'Brien's "Walker Texas Ranger Lever." The one that comes most prominently to mind is the scene in which a child is standing on a ladder and the father of the child urges him to jump down to "overcome his fear," and the father steps out of the way and lets the child fall to the ground. Cue Conan feigning horrible shock and lying down on the guest couch.
A later episode revealed a clip that they had been hesitant to use for the segment (remember the clips are all out-of-context): Haley Joel Osment arriving with Walker somewhere and just as soon as he's greeted the others, says, "Walker told me I have AIDS." End clip. The audience reaction of shock-and-awwww was such that Conan hilariously feigned guilt and stared out the "window" of the set.
Then there's the one where Walker tastes the ground, looks up and declares, "plane crashed here".
"God, you BORE me! And you do not want to get me bored..."
With its abundance of Moral Dissonance and the utterly straight portrayal of Cordell "God-Mode Sue" Walker, the series is a veritable goldmine of pure, unrefined Narm.
One funny point, taken overall: Walker seems to bust a meth lab every other episode. You'd think criminals would have moved out of his area of influence after the first twenty or so.
There was also the episode with the Satanic cult. On Halloween, a mother sends her son out trick-or-treating. She then turns on the radio and hears a report about a Satanic cult abducting children. Within seconds, she runs out to see the cult has painted a perfect pentagram on the ground and are in a van driving off with her son while cackling.
Lots of Smallville moments apply, but one of the Narmiest has to be the next-to-last scene in the episode "Persona" when Lex decides to step outside in the rain and do some Primal Scream Therapy and cry. Yes, he'd just ordered the death of his cloned brother, but good god it was hilarious. It was meant to call back to another episode where he was younger and did the same thing. That was also narmy but, to long term fans, it made sense.
The 7th season finale just had to have one more narmful moment. When Clark runs into the Krypton lab (don't ask how) and faces his nemesis, who is trying to kill him as a baby and who has already beat Kara into submission — what is the first thing he says?
"You're going to fix Lana!"
WHAT?! Even Brainiac doesn't seem to know how to respond to Clark's first thought being Lana when he has a dagger to Baby Clark's cute tummy.
Chloe and Jimmy's tango was either the funniest or the most painful thing ever.
James Marsters talking in his natural accent as Brainiac. Something about his American accent is amusing, which makes every time he has a serious scene with Clark Narm-tastic.
Season 8, episode 3, Oliver goes through being poisoned and flashes back to his days on the island where he honed his archery skills. Later, when he's angry that Clark kept knowledge from him, he accuses Clark of never having had to overcome a difficult situation (because his powers make everything easyor impossible), and he shouts, "There were mosquitoes...EATING ME ALIVE!" Probably the height of unintentional hilarity of the series as a whole.
How about Robin Williams giving a speech as a Strawman Political advocating progress for progress' sake at an Earth Day event? And he's cheered until Mother Earth comes along!
Dr. Phil: "What gives you the right to imprison your wife in the basement?!" It doesn't sound all that hilarious; but Phil delivered it rather melodramatically, and the ads for that particular episode repeated it endlessly.
"Did you stab the baby? ...Twice?" Now, there is nothing funny about murdering babies. But it's certainly an... interesting phrase to cut to commercial with when you have no idea what the hell he's talking about.
When Cold Case is good, it's a Tear Jerker. When it's not, it's this. One good example of Narm comes from the third season premiere, "Family," where the detectives look into the case of a high school senior who was killed at the same prom where a newborn baby — his daughter — was dumped in a trash can. When the mother and daughter finally reunite, what does the mom say?
Flashbacks to Melinda's horrible high school experience. They kept 29-year-old Jennifer Love Hewitt, but tried to make her look sixteen by giving her the worst hairdo possible. Then she would talk to ghosts in the middle of the corridor instead of, say, an empty classroom. Naturally, the other kids teased her. JLH's subsequent attempts to cry resulted in more hilarity.
Jekyll with James Nesbitt gets increasingly Narmy as Hyde takes over.
"I LIIIVE in your SOOOOOOUUUUULLL!!! Like a CAAAAAGED BIRD!!! But SOMETIMES, the DOOOOOR is left OOOOOPEN!!"
Chuck. Every time he decides to get anywhere with Sarah, BAM—Bryce Larkin. It's supposed to be a dramatic moment, every time. They put Matthew Bomer's name in the opening credits, guaranteeing that either we get a flashback episode or he's gonna appear in the end. It's usually the latter. No surprise.
24. twice during day 4, the son of the Secretary of State gets brought into CTU under suspicion of working with the terrorists. Each time, he cries and whines to most hilariously Narmy levels. "YOU CAN'T DO THIS TO ME! THIS IS ILLEGAL!" It gets even worse towards the end of the season with The Reveal that "the secret he's been holding back", which CTU has spent hours torturing him to get him to divulge, is that he's bisexual.
Wayne Palmer's cerebral hemorrhage in series 6 is quite narmish to some.
On Day 2, a U.S. general relevant to the plot was named Colonel Samuels... kind of difficult not to mentally fill in "Colonel Sanders."
Jack Bauer's well-known shouting usually falls under the Rule of Cool, but two moments on Day 4 stick out: his Big "NO!" when Habib Marwan falls to his death, which he yells up at the sky like a werewolf and the fact that the critical nuclear device was called "the nuclear football." Maybe this is Truth in Television - regardless, hearing Jack violently demand "WHERE IS THE FOOTBALL?" is freaking hilarious.
The latter third of Day 2 focuses on three Middle Eastern countries being framed for an attack on the US. Except the producers really didn't want to upset any Middle Eastern people, so the dialogue has to tie itself in all kinds of knots to avoid ever naming those countries.
In the fifth season of Desperate Housewives, Bree Hodge comes home from a catered party to Orson sitting at the dining room table. He is hungry, and hasn't eaten because she didn't make dinner. She points out that it's after midnight and she got caught up talking to a famous radio personality. Orson insists that she make a pot roast—because she promised. He sits at the table as she turns on the stove and begins chopping vegetables. She starts crying as she works.
In a TV Series about The Odyssey, one of the main characters, before committing suicide because of one of Odysseus' men, spins around screaming "NO!!!"
Armand Assante as Odysseus himself.
"POSEIDOOOOOOOONNNNN! WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM MEEEEEEE?!"
Also, when Penelope tries to stop Odysseus' mother from drowning herself, she gives a Narmtastic Big "NO!" complete with melodramatic hand movements.
The Patrick Stewart TV movie Safe House, when his ex-DIA character Mace meets his live-in maid/caretaker Andi (played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley), this conversation takes place:
Mace: "What kind of a name is Andi for a girl?"
Andi: "It's short for Andrea. What kind of a name is Mace?"
Especially narmy is the gun is loaded with bullets which don't pierce the water.
Excessive angst and unsubtle tearjerking can create Narm (we laugh so that we do not cry), and so there's a lot of inappropriate laughing when watching Supernatural. The Most Pathetic Christmas Ever (tm) does it for some. The ending of "Heart" is another: It's Old Yeller, but with cleavage!
The racist Ghost Truck in Route 666 was laughable.
In the episode "Fallen Idol," a man was in his house, late at night. He just sent the maid home for the evening, and he hears something behind him. He turns around, gasps in horror and says "It's you!? You're supposed to be dead!" The ghost? ABRAHAM LINCOLN! With the most narmish expression of unbridled rage on his face, too.
That's pretty clearly a joke, though (it was a comedy episode)
The entire fifth season finale. Especially that moment where Dean puts on 'Rock of Ages' by Def Leppard to break up the non-fight between Michael and Lucifer. It's especially funny because he trundles up in the Impala so slowly!
In the season 4 episode "When The Levee Breaks," there is a scene where Sam tells Dean to say what he's thinking (that Sam is a monster). He hisses, "Say it!", reminiscent the narmful scene in Twilight in which Edward says the same. Credit is given to Supernatural, though; after that line, the scene ends in one of the saddest ways up to that point: Sam walking out on Dean voluntarily, leaving him alone and crying on the floor.
Season 6's opening episode "Exile on Main Street": the scene where Dean is lying on a bed while hallucinating that Azazel kills Lisa and feeds Ben demon-blood. Dean's desperate cries and sweaty face, the wobbly camera effect, and Lisa's "it's all your fault" are what really sell the hokeyness.
Boss Leviathan Dick Roman's own personal form of You Have Failed Me, "Bibbing". It should be horrifying, he's essentially forcing his underlings to devour themselves. However, "bib" is just such a stupid word that it immediately kills the intensity any scene it's uttered in. It doesn't help that the first time we see him do it to someone, he has his secretary dress them up with a handkerchief first.
The leviathans in general tend to be pretty narmy. They don't seem to be able to go a single scene without mentioning that they eat people. Their big plan is to make humans lazy and fat. And then there's all the jokes about their leader being named Dick...
While the Dick jokes were certainly intentional, it comes back to bite them in the ass in the season finale when a very emotional scene is wrapped up with the line: "Go get Dick, but not to scratch some itch, do it because it's the job" Was Bobby talking to hunters, or prostitutes?
Pretty much almost every car/angst scene with the two brothers come down to this. Some will say the obsession with these car scenes by certain fans is the reason the show's still running, so one can't complain. Still, some people have to change the channel when these scenes come on due to the sheer excess of Narm and second hand embarrassment.
The eighth season episode where Mulder finally comes back but seems to be dead ends with what should be an incredibly brutal scene of Scully collapsing to her knees and giving a Big "NO!", with Gillian Anderson demonstrating that she's one of a diminishing number of actors who can pull it off. Except, before that, the script makes her shout "This is not happening!" because a guy at the beginning of the episode said it, and it's the title of the episode, so it means...something. It just comes off as utterly Out of Character. Though there are some fans who believe that line works, and it's the "Noooooo!" that doesn't.
In the season two première, there is a flashback scene revealing, from young Mulder's point of view, the circumstances of the night Samantha was abducted. The scene plays out in a very tense manner and carries its own emotional weight gracefully until young Mulder starts screaming out Samantha's name.... in slow motion. "SAAAAMAAAANTHAAA!"
In one season eight episode, there's a flashback that shows Mulder telling Scully that she the reason she can't have children is because her ova were removed and are being stored in a government warehouse. This scene was appropriately heart breaking until Scully responded with, "You found them?" The narm had nothing to do with melodrama—Gillian Anderson executed the line wonderfully. It was just that it sounded hilarious in context.
Donnie Pfaster's (luckily very short) "metamorphosis" in the otherwise excellent episode "Irresistible".
In "Irresistible", Donnie Pfaster's transformations are blink-and-you'll-miss-it and it can be argued that they weren't real and were only caused by the stress factor. However, Donnie's demonic looks are really cheesy in the sequel "Orison".
The last part of the Belgian programme ''man bijt hond has amateur stage players try playing a scene from a feuilleton. This is always outrageously funny because the actors are hamming it up every scene and don't sound natural at all. It's So Bad, It's Good at its very best. The jury is still out on whether the actors are deliberately trying to make their scenes sound lame, or if they're just genuinely bad. Considering the poor quality of the rest of the show, the latter is quite likely.
Bonekickers. Lines such as 'I have an Etruscan spear and I'm not afraid to use it!' from supposedly serious archaeologists.
National Geographic's Fight Science — the little monologues at the end of each segment involving the "winning" martial artist trying to sound tough while shadow-boxing, getting out of breath as they monologued.
Discovery Channel's "Challenge of the Fire Beasts". Especially its opening narration. To wit:
The fire beasts were united by only one thing... the fire.
"He won't answer my phone calls and I CAN'T DRIVE!"
"He died a horrible death because I had incredible sex!"
Every single episode contains some elements of narm.
Singapore's early attempts at English-language drama were considerably marred, and even put on hold for nearly a decade, all thanks to one narm-tastic line in the soap-opera-esque series Masters Of The Sea. The premise holds together well on its own - rival shipping companies with all their dark dealings and hidden secrets make up the plot - but then the dominative matriarch responsible for much of this ill will (making her the Big Bad by default) relates to her successors her basic strategy:
The BBC show Being Human has a main character who's a werewolf. We see him change into a werewolf several times, with the occasional flash of his naked body mutating and writhing to the sounds of bloodcurdling screams and crunching bones. At the end of this fantastically gritty transformation... we get a guy in a bad werewolf suit.
Ashlee Simpson's attempt at lip syncing through her Saturday Night Live performance being ruined when they played the wrong song was funny. That she reacted by doing a "hoedown" and then wandering offstage as the band continued to play? Hilarious.
Xena: Warrior Princess is usually campy enough to avoid this trope, but it occurs in a few episodes where it takes itself too seriously. The sixth season episode "The Haunting of Amphipolous" in particular is made of narm.
The Spider Orphenoch's headphones. At one point, he broods seriously to the sound of Biggie Smalls singing, "Rub ya clits if ya love hip hop!" In his first appearance he was killing people to Kriss Kross!
Kamen Rider Black RX suffered from this once. Kotaro spends most of the episode being beaten up by the bad guys and had to transform to Biorider. Large Ham and the WTF nature of the scene reduced it to Narm.
Criminal Minds tends to have its narm moments during the villain's reveal. One villain was a man with a split personality. The other personality was a very feminine woman. It was probably meant to be scary, but - a grown man walking and talking like a southern belle?
Hey, it can happen...
"Soul Mates" featured a pair of sexual predators with a thing for teenaged girls discussing how they liked their hamburger meat "fresh" and "rare" in a flashback. It started off creepy and ended up hilarious, doubly so because the first phrase uttered after the flashback was "You think that's funny?".
From the same episode, Morgan drags the one of the pair they have in custody into a couple verbal scuffles while trying to interrogate him. A couple of his remarks (case in point, Morgan presses him on the implications that the two are romantically attached to each other, the unsub says Morgan has no idea what he's talking about, and Morgan's deadpan response is "You're right - I have absolutely no idea what it's like to be in love with another man") can come off as either low blows, under the circumstances, or just exchanges that wouldn't be out of place in a... less serious series.
If it isn't a Tearjerker to you, "True Night" is probably this, just because they had Frankie Muniz playing a violent psychotic.
"Shades Of Gray." Disturbing episode in which the team realizes the one who killed a little boy was said boy's sociopathic few-years-older brother, on top of that a Manipulative Bastard in the making. The only real problem with the revelation of the killer is the flashback to the murder. The elder brother has been working on a model plane, and the little brother wants to play with it. He ends up dropping and shattering it, which is the trigger for the murder. Realizing that it's practically a reenactment of a certain episode ofArthurUp to Eleven and in which the younger sibling was sorry, complete with screaming "I told you not to touch it!", makes it either a lot worse, or... well, funny.
A scene at the end of the episode, where Prentiss notices the boy's anger problems, leading to the realisation that he's the killer, is a slightly milder point of narm. Prentiss had given him some chips and he had trouble opening the bag...so he starts banging the bag against the table. Instead of coming off as a disturbing sign of a kid who has trouble controlling his temper, it comes off as slightly funny in a "Why on Earth is he doing that?" kind of way.
Frank and Jane's suicide at the end of the Season 2 finale. Surely everyone knew that was fake.
In "Sex, Birth, Death", the team interview a troubled teen named Nathan Harris about local murders of prostitutes. Nathan insists that he didn't kill them, but admits that he felt a desire to. In interrogation, this happens:
Morgan: The prostitutes we spoke to said you would hang around, watching them. Did you fantasise about having sex with them?
Nathan: (angrily) NO, I fantasised about KILLING them!
It makes perfect sense in context for him to say this, because he wants to get across the idea that he's turned on not by thoughts of having sex with women, but thoughts of killing them, and that really scares him, but the delivery makes it sound like he thought that fantasising about killing them is better than fantasising about having sex with them.
In "Remembrance of Things Past", Rossi brings a box of files about a serial killer who was never caught. When Morgan asks him what it's in it, he gives the hilariously cheesy response of "evil."
In the season seven premiere, "It Takes a Village," when Morgan is testifying about Emily's "death" the man questioning asks if he did what he did for revenge, and he replies, "No, it was for justice." The line makes sense in context, but how often "justice" is used as a rationalization on TV shows when the doer was really seeking revenge, combined with the manner in which the line was delivered made it hilarious.
In the episode "Seven Seconds", when the mother of the six-year-old girl missing in a mall is pleading for her return. It crosses the line into Narmalicious territory when the mother chokes up while delivering the laughably cheeseball line, "The other day Katie told me she was ready to ride a big girl's bike...<voice breaking>...without training wheels." Also, the flashback to the girl's cousin in the video arcade.
From the episode 19 of the fifth season, Hotch meets a gang of drug dealers who use illegal immigrants to pass drugs. They are quite... mean spirited. But it would be more intimidating if they didn't all have a tattoo of the letter "L", stylized exactly like THE "L" in Death Note.
Near the end of "Charm and Harm" the villain is trying to drown a woman in a body of water, all the while screaming "How does that feel? SHUT UP! I'M GONNA KILL YOU!"
The episode opens with the villain eating dinner in front of a woman he's holding captive and has just recently tortured. The creepiness of the scene is somewhat undermined by the fact that the unsub takes a number of bites from an obviously empty fork.
Spit is just flying all over the place when the killer starts freaking out at the end of "In Heat".
"Somebody's Watching" - "Don't call me Maggie, YOU DON'T KNOW ME!"
Near the end of "Extreme Aggressor," the victim briefly gets away, but since she neglects to immediately lift her makeshift blindfold, she runs into a pole.
The killer in "Profiling 101" was nicknamed the Womb Raider. That was also the name of Tomb Raider porn parody.
An episode had a guy saying, "Oh my God, I think you broke my back" with as much inflection as if he were complaining about the weather.
The whole Staged Car Crashes = Symbolic Rape thing from "Paradise".
The beginning of an episode of House where a young man suffers a seizure while operating an ATV, resulting in his going off the road and hitting a large gas tank, and everything EXPLODING! It was meant to be serious, but it seemed like something better suited for The A-Team or MacGyver.
Amber's death at the end of Season 4. Considering she was intentionally written as an unlikable character, it's easy to be unsympathetic about it.
Season 5 episode "Let Them Eat Cake," has a fitness guru have a nightmare where she is... well, essentially crushed by fat people. As weird as that is, it's not the narm. The narm was the Catapult Nightmare when she bolts upright and awkwardly screams something along the lines of "GET THEM OFF ME" two more times than any actual person would.
It may have been just a dream sequence, but still, the scene with House taking out a horde of zombies is really over the top.
House: Good thing I brought my axe-cane.
In an episode of Monk, an old woman is attacked by a man. She escapes and runs to a man dressed as Santa. She says, "That man just tried to rob me!" "Santa" says "I know" and bludgeons her in the head with a pipe.
It possibly becomes even funnier if you realize that this is the second episode of Monk in which the killer has dressed up as Santa. What is it with San Francisco's murderers and Santa?
The opening scene in one episode of Hill Street Blues contains vintage Narm. A man is being booked at the police station and his wife follows him in, livid at the trouble he's gotten into. He protests his innocence, but she's not buying it. She shouts this:
"Why don't you tell them about the night you broke parole with Lester Goober?"
She continues to scream "Lester Goober!" about a dozen times as he becomes increasingly angry. He lunges at her, and she grabs a cop's gun from a nearby desk and shoots him to death. This scene was unintentionally hilarious because of the name "Lester Goober."
Also, several narmy moments in "Grey's" happen before Meredith and Derek's romp at the "Prom," while they're arguing. First, Meredith breaks into a speech about not being all right and presses "I am not. Alright" in a confusingly British accent. Then there's McDreamy's acidic and almost scary "YOU THINK I WANNA LOOK AT YOU????"
There's an opening scene that's Narmful in a joke with a punchline sort of way. A man calls a woman's house, asking for a Naomi he met at the bar because he was given that number, and the woman assumes it was a man simply given the wrong number by an uninterested woman. The man keeps calling, and the woman slowly becomes increasingly annoyed until she notices that her dog is dead. When the man mentions the dead dog, her annoyance quickly turns to fear, realizing that he's right there. Suddenly he grabs her and stuffs her in the closet. The punchline? Naomi was dead in the closet all along!
See, this is what happens when a serious show decides to plagiarize Rat Race.
Kyle XY: In one episode, as he and Jessi are exploring a cabin in the woods, Kyle exclaims, "Is that a closet?" as though a closet is a highly unusual thing to find in a house. It's not so much the line itself but the way he said it that made it Narm. (And that says a lot about the way he said that line.)
Sea Change had a couple of scenes from the episode "Looking Forward To The Past":
The first, which hilariously invoked the Narm, had Laura trying to make lemon butter from her ex-boyfriend's book of recipes, until she comes across something she didn't expect. Cut to Miranda walking in on Laura crying over the book, asking her what's wrong, and getting this immortal line in response: "Oh, he named the sticky date pudding after me!"
Then you get Laura opening the door of her office to find Karen screaming at Angus, "Pregnant? You got another woman pregnant?" Even with context, the cut between scenes makes the whole thing sound like it came out of nowhere, and it doesn't help that Angus looks like he has no idea what she's talking about.
In the NBC miniseries Meteor, there is a scene where Dr. Chetwyn (portrayed by Jason Alexander) is angry and stressed out over the situation he's in, and snaps at the people around him. While this was meant to be a serious scene, Dr. Chetwyn yells and looks up into the air the exact same way George Costanza would have, which ruins the moment.
Speaking of NBC miniseries, "Impact" was Narmish to anyone who knows astrophysics, from the bright and low-flying meteor shower on. The geography can get funny, too — astronomers in Arizona and astronomers in Berlin (what's left of it) can observe everything going on at the same time!
No, not the electromagnetic field. They said "gravity fluctuations," which is even MORE ridiculous (gravity is constant to the amount of mass. Gravity can't fluctuate without massive changes in that)! Also, the scene with the ship being sucked off of the water, but the water not moving at all was pretty narmy.
In the BBC version of Robin Hood, the death of peasant girl Kate's brother was meant to be a tragic, heart-rending event, and it perhaps would have been...if it weren't for the spectacle of Kate's utterly bizarre HAIR◊. It's impossible to even concentrate on the scene, let alone be moved by it, when you're fixated on the fact that the actress looks like she's wearing a basket on her head. It became something of a meme in the fandom, earning Kate the name "Braid-Face."Not that concentration would have helpedin this case.
He keeled mah bruthah!
Then there's Tuck. The writers of the show drop the "Friar" part of his name and refer to him as "Brother" Tuck. For the record, this is historically accurate, considering there was no such clerical position as "friar" until many years after King Richard's reign. The problem is that Brother Tuck was played by David Harewood...a black actor. So we end up with a group of white Merry Men (Djaq is already gone) who are constantly referring to the only black guy in England as a "brother." It's utterly hilarious, particularly since Harewood takes his role oh so very seriously.
The episode with her Grandmother's funeral. The way Sookie snaps at Mrs Fortenberry for taking a pie out of the fridge is just hilarious for Anna Paquin's delivery and the fact that she uses the Full Name Ultimatum too. Also her randomly shouting "shut the fuck up!" when she's giving her speech because of everyone's thoughts. Imagine being at a funeral and someone's giving a speech but then randomly shouts at you to "shut the fuck up". Oh Sookie.
In the second season, any time Sookie or Tara look at that awful picture of Gran. Often, sad music plays, and the actresses have a pained expression as they mourn the old lady and remember how it was back then. The problem: Some guy behind the scenes had the brilliant idea to photoshop Gran to make her look younger. Apparently, they decided that it would be best to hire an amateur who sucks at Photoshop and who probably never heard of it before coming into work. The picture looks like Gran during her first time on crack trying hard to do something that resembles a smile. The worst part is that the camera keeps zooming in on that awful picture as if they're proud of their shitty work.
Tara's alcoholic mother, upon having coffee spiked with alcohol spilled all over her, starts sucking her clothing, yelling "It's the demon, honey! It's the demon!" It's supposed to be sad, but it's just funny... which makes it just sad again.
Almost any time Sookie or Bill open their mouths... especially if they're together... especially if Bill's calling Sookie "SOOKAH!!!".
"Thyat will NOT be NYECCESSERAH!" Bill is priceless.
What about his love declaration to Sookie?
"Ah will not ap'holhojahze foh whyat yu ave ahwakhen in meh, Sookeh."
No, really. That is how he sounds.
For the record, Bill is supposed to have an Old-Timey Southern Accent, in the vein of Gone with the Wind. But it comes out wrong, and he sounds more like Foghorn Leghorn. Still an old-timey Southern accent, but it's lacking a certain something. His accent usually blends in, but whenever he tries a particularly heavy or oddly-worded line, you will roll your eyes.
"Ah ahym not hyuhman, Sookeh. Ah ayhm vhaympire."
There's one line from the Channel 4 trailer for the show that is amusing — and sad if you know the show's premise.
"A vampire cares about only one thing. Drinking. Your. Blood!"
There's this one werewolf named Cooter who gets killed. Next episode, his girlfriend is trying to explain to her boss what happened while blubbering and sobbing. Then, all of a sudden, this immortal line:
"THEY KILLED MY COOTER!"
Beat Panel and then...uncontrollable laughter. Everyone else in the room during this scene deserves an award for making it through without cracking.
The Season 6 episode with the classy title "Fuck The Pain Away" gives us out-of-nowherecaveman-fairy vampire sex.
The 1979 Ian McKellen version of Macbeth. Specifically, Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. The part in the banquet scene where Macbeth has gone (in this version) berzerk at the sight of Banquo's ghost, and she tells the other guests to leave? She practically shrieks the line. Nooo, nothing suspicious happening at all...
Stargate Universe: The beginning of the pilot, featuring a Private-Ryan-esque scene with background screams, hurt people, and too-close-to-an-explosion abrupt silence - because the cast was being launched through a stargate too quickly and landed on their asses. Granted, some of the cast did get hurt; but still, it's hard to take seriously, especially since this is the event that launches the series.
Having a United States Senator played by the actor who played Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore was Narmish.
In the episode "Sabotage," Camile's frenzied "YOU WERE GONE FOR HOURS!" Classic narm.
In the teen Soap Opera "Rebelde", there's an episode where Teo, the heroic nerd, and Giovanni, the complete moron, are trapped in a burning cellar. They discover a passage leading out, but for some reason, Teo can't escape, so Giovanni goes through it and promises to look for help. Giovanni spends quite some time walking around the roofs and looking for a way to get back to ground level. The situation is very serious as Teo is in real danger, but somehow the producers missed the point that absolutely everything Giovanni has done throughout the series has been for comedic purposes and it's not appropriate to suddenly put him on a dramatic situation. Result: Giovanni walking around the roofs for a couple of episodes instantly becomes a Crowning Moment of Funny, especially if you had missed the previous episode and you didn't know why on hell Giovanni was there.
The fact that such a dramatic moment is one of the funniest moments of the series says something about its quality.
"Its a suicide bombing, Bones: everyone dies a little." Not even David Boreanaz could pull that line off.
Watching Goblet of Fire on ABC Family in December. Just try watching the depressing ending and seeing CGI Santa Claus on the bottom of the screen reminding you that it's 25 Days of Christmas.
Many years ago, VH-1 ran a Behind the Music episode on the Village People. At one point, the narrator intoned, in the kind of completely serious voice usually reserved for car crashes or drug overdoses, "Some people began to suspect there were homosexual undercurrents to their songs." WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!
Sanctuary in the episode "Kali, Part II" Will attempted to contact a god-like abnormal. It went something like this:
Yo Gabba Gabba manages to have this. Normally it would be overlooked because it is a show for preschoolers. But in the episode "Careful," Plex is temporarily shut down because he was hit by a snowball by Muno. Everyone else proceeds to sing about not throwing things at friends. Was there ice in that snowball, or is Yo Gabba Gabba trying to eliminate snowball fights?
Dollhouse: "Omega, why did you hit me with a pipe?" Alan Tudyk's calm delivery makes Alpha sound less like he's honestly shocked by an attack that he never even considered could happen, and more like he's asking her why she hasn't fed the dog.
There was a microwave instructional video played in some home economics classes that showed a girl putting a donut in a microwave. After she pressed the start button, the video then showed footage of the atomic bomb exploding.
A local TV station in Columbus, Ohio once aired a negative review of the film 1941, given by a strait-laced newscaster. She tried to be indignant as she asked, "What is so funny about the inability to make a bowel movement?" but came off as unintentionally hilarious.
Mentally-ill Selwyn in Moses Jones explains that some thugs, who he refers to as demons, "Ironed him! With a... [long pause]... iron!" It's probably the accent.
From Farscape: when Crichton discovers the reason why Zhaan was an imprisoned convict, he decides to shout the information back at her. Twice. "You killed the man you were having sex with!" The line is bad enough, but the way he stresses the words makes it sound as though he considers having sex with someone is just as horrific as killing them afterwards.
A lot of Ben Browder's line deliveries can count as this.
Each time a cast member yelled "STARBURST!" to send one of the leviathans into overdrive was rather painful considering Starbursts are a brand of candy. After a while, it's hard not to imagine the characters demanding a lollipop or a gummy fruit whenever they shout the word.
Moist reacts to a vision where he apparently personally drove Adora Belle Dearheart smoking with the same terror as he did from learning that he unintentionally drove people, including her father to suicide. OK, smoking is bad, but the impact is rather wasted after the previous visions. It may go better with the Rule of Symbolism, though, for Adora's smoking is obviously symbolic.
In contrast to the character's subtle menace in the book, Mr. Gryle the banshee spends most of his screen-time screaming and ranting in the hammiest possible way. It doesn't help that his costume looks like he just fixed some wings to a suit. And then he's blown up by a swarm of burning letters, of all the damn things.
Angel 3-15 "Loyalty": Wesley talks to the Loa, which apparently takes the form of a giant anthropomorphic hamburger. Just...look at it.
The climactic scene of the Miami Vice episode "Calderone's Return, Part 2". Tubbs corners Jose Calderone, the druglord who killed his brother in New York. With Calderone's daughter watching, Tubbs (and Crockett, who had been caught by the kingpin) take out two of his guards. Calderone turns to fire at Tubbs, but Crockett empties an entire clip from a submachine gun in his direction. The next image we see is Calderone sitting on the ground by his pool, raising his hands in slow-motion and shrugging his shoulders, as if he's asking "Why did you do that?" before he slowly moves backwards into the pool. Combined with his daughter's ridiculous screams (complete with her clenching her fists really hard in front of her when she yells), it comes off as absolutely hilarious.
Also keep in mind that, had the show ended at this point (the series was in danger of being cancelled when it premiered, so the episode served as a sort of finale), it would have been with Crockett and Tubbs sailing home. During this end credit sequence, Philip Michael Thomas looks like he's about to throw up over the side of a speedboat.
And please don't miss the part where Tubbs had formed a relationship of sorts with said daughter, which was obviously rather marred by his participation in her father's death—so the ending scenes are scored with "What's Love Got To Do With It?" Awesome. There should be a category for Musical Narm.
(Donatello zaps the little vampire girl with a ray of ultraviolet light) Little vampire girl(unaffected and unimpressed): You idiot, it's the Holy Solar Orb we're afraid of, not cheap tanning salon light. Donatello(astonished): But it's practically the same thing!
Let's get this straight: those vampire kids know enough about human technology to know what tanning salons are, yet they still refer to the Sun by an archaic and mystical-sounding name?
An episode of One Life to Live had a couple driving off to get married. They had been planning this for several weeks, complete with numerous anvils about how happy and in love they were and the wonderful life they were going to have together. . .only for her to unbuckle her seat belt when she dropped the box containing their wedding rings. A few seconds later, the car to crash into the river.
The Scrubs episode "My Cabbage" has, early on, an explanation of germs spreading showing with a green glow. OK, it's a little silly, but it's used silly at first anyways, so it's OK. Then at the end, as the screw-up intern is leaving and touches a patient leaving the hospital, they bring it back for drama. Which would still be fine. Then the patient touches her face and looks so much like an grandmother version of The Hulk that the drama just turns into full-on hilarity.
There is a moment in Season 9 that is potentially Narm if you know the series far too well. It's a regular dramatic moment, with Turk trying to stop a patient from dying. The problem is the music. It's the same music they used for when JD and Turk were practicing their slow-motion running way back in Season 4.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans just love to mock the scene in the season one finale when Angel tells Xander that he can't perform CPR on Buffy because, being a vampire, he has no breath. Except that they had been running down a tunnel for a while, and David Boreanez is audibly winded as he says the line.
Dark!Willow's "bored now". It was supposed to be horrifying and a reminder of the awesome creepiness that was Vampire Willow. With Miss Hannigan playing Dark!Willow like she was sleepwalking, it didn't really have the intended effect.
Speaking of Vampire Willow, there is a scene in The Wish after Vampire Willow and Xander die, and the Master and Buffy are literally pushing people from one side to the other in an effort to get to each other. Dramatic to the point of funny, the scene probably defines narm.
Watch as one of the vampires in "School Hard" seems to purposely swerve into the path of a cart kicked in his general direction.
In season 7, after Buffy and Xander get back from their dates and people start joking about Xander's penchant for hooking up with demon women, Giles gets angry at everybody and chides them quite loudly about their unseriousness. Then he uses the flash cards he made for Chao-Ahn to make his point.
Dark magic gets you high, as in you literally float up to the ceiling. Fantastic.
Buffy and Riley's scene at the end of "Who Are You", mostly due to Riley's dialogue.
For Canadian viewers only, Spike's trigger in Season 7, since it's the same tune as the old kids' show "The Friendly Giant." Imagine if the First turned Spike evil by singing "It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood" or "Sunny Days, Sweeping the Clouds Away..." and you'll have an idea of how Canadians saw that scene.
Spike singing "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" would have been even creepier.
There was one episode in Season 1 in which it looked like the enemy would be a talking puppet. (It turned out not to be the enemy, but there was still a talking puppet! And it was horny!)
There's the scene in the episode "Angel" right after Buffy finds out that Angel is a vampire, in which Buffy throws Angel out her living room window. While her mom was home.
From Season 7's "Showtime" there's Andrew saying "two men enter, one man leaves" as Buffy begins to fight the Turok-Han. It Makes Sense in Context but Andrew says it right in the middle of a big dramatic confrontation and it comes across as genuinely serious, rather than the frequent nerdy references Andrew is known for. It seems like the show is trying to play it straight rather than using it for parody.
Most Buffy and Angel-centric episodes are bound to have cheesy dialogue, with optional Fauxlosophic Narration.
"It's not the demon in me that needs killing, Buffy. IT'S THE MAN!"
Season Six: Dawn is an attention seeking kleptomaniac, Giles walks out, Xander leaves Anya at the altar because he's afraid they'll end up like his parents, Anya sleeps with Spike after she returns to being a demon, Spike takes off after trying to rape Buffy, Buffy is near-fatally shot, and Tara is killed immediately after reuniting with Willow, who had just kicked her addiction to dark magic. All of these twists and drama bombs occur in such rapid succession that looking back, it's almost hilarious, in the same way an overwrought soap opera is.
When Buffy is turned invisible, she tries to talk to Dawn, who shrieks out the quite inexplicable line "How am I supposed to talk to you when I can't see you?" One wonders how this girl handles talking on the phone.
Got to put in a special mention on this one. In a Very Special Episode about child abuse, there is a boy in Stephanie's class who keeps showing up to school covered in bruises. When questioned, he says he "fell down some stairs". He finally confesses the truth to Stephanie:
Tipping the Velvet - the BBC adaptation... Oh god, SO MUCH NARM. There's nothing wrong with the acting, but the BBC for some reason got very overexcited and tried to fill what was essentially a period drama with special effects. This includes slowmo, fastmo, PEOPLE RANDOMLY TURNING NEGATIVE WHEN KISSING EACH OTHER...
Nan's somewhat stupid narration. Yes, they had to simplify the story to make it easier to understand for people who hadn't read the book. But the narration did make her sound hopelessly naive and a bit on the wrong side of thick.
The fight scene between Marc Antony and a teenage Octavian on Rome was quite hilarious, although it certainly wasn't intended as such.
Las Vegas: the fifth season episode "My Uncle's a Gas" ended with a bunch of thieves releasing some sort of toxic gas into the casino, causing everyone to panic and pass out. Our hero, Danny, attempts to single-handedly bring down the bad guys, but passes out before he can...in slow-motion...to the mournful strains of Gary Jules' "Mad World." It's an aggressively silly show anyway, but this was just spectacular.
In Dexter, anything to do with Dexter's fear that his son is a burgeoning serial killer. Reason being, he's one! He just took his first steps. Oh no, a child was scratched and it's possible that he did it. Clearly that was due to his lust for pain rather than him not having proper motor skills yet. If that kid's out for blood at his age he needs to team up with Stewie Griffin.
This seems to be just a result of Dexter overreacting, rather than anything that seemed a legitimate concern. Dexter doesn't really know what normal behavior is and he was already anxious about the kid turning out like him, so it's not too surprising that he might misinterpret his son's behavior, and it's played for comedy. That said, it was a little cheesy.
Episode seven of the third season of Fringe revolved around the presence of a serial kidnapper who used the hormones of small children to keep himself from aging. Yet, every time he donned his silver mask, he bore a slight resemblance to Kilroy from Styx's most iconic music video.
Fringe's usual tone being a combination of deadly serious, goofy and just plain weird, it's often difficult to pin down a bona fide narm; many fans however felt Olivia's episode-and-a-half possession by the soul of William Bell was about as close as the show has come to a true narm moment, since the plotline was meant to be taken as seriously as anything else on the show.
A scene where a man turned porcu-bat dramatically flew off the top of a building near the end of Season 4 might also be cited for narmishness; supposed to be serious yet goofy-charming-weird, just came off as embarrassing to some viewers. (When something's too embarrassing even for Fringe, that's probably saying something.)
The apparent Big Bad of the third season, the alternate universe Walter Bishop, is chilling, menacing, and altogether pretty scary. Or they would be, if it was possible to take anyone seriously when they're being called Walternate. Punny portmanteau names are not conducive to drama.
One of the victims in a first-season episode hallucinates being attacked by a swarm of razor-edged butterflies. It's a bizarre notion, even for Fringe, but the kicker is when the butterflies of DOOM make him leap out a twentieth-story window in slow motion, with oddlygorgeous music playing in the background. The whole thing is just so damn weird you don't know whether to laugh or be horrified anyway.
The constant use of "bitches." Bonus points when it's in a text message and Capitalized.
Emily being chased at Homecoming and yelling for help. Stunning though she may be, Shay Mitchell is no Jamie Lee Curtis in this department.
Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets is a true crime show on the cable channel Investigation Discovery. Murder cases, narrated in the (entirely fictional) voices of the murder victims. Exactly how did they fail to notice just how narmy this would be!?
"I once saw a cat kill a bird just for fun. ... I know it's the way of nature, but it's not the way of humanity."
Somewhere in the Beyond, the victims are watching that show and screaming "I'd never make such terrible puns!"
Glee has a few scenes like this, although whether or not the writers are trying to be serious in any of these moments is debatable:
Quinn's introduction in The Purple Piano project comes with her turning completely goth with pink hair, nose ring, and a Ryan Seacrest tattoo on her back. It is quite hilariously cringe worthy, just like a good majority of this show.
One of the most cringe-making examples was during the Defying Gravity sing-off between Rachel and Kurt. When Kurt misses the high note towards the end of the song, he makes such a weird, helium-high, almost robotical Mal-function!! sound that all inherent tragedy/sympathy in the scene is lost. It's more like "Woah, that was f*cking weird!", than "Aw, bless his heart." That coupled with his shiny, disappointed-post-ejaculation-face compounds the effect.
This is however, justified later in the episode when it's revealed that Kurt threw the song on purpose.
So he says. But nothing justifies making embarrassing, freakish noises like that.
During Duets: When Artie is calling Brittany out on her using him for his voice and for not realising how important losing his virginity was for him, he leaves her in the hallway and wheels away...at which point it can be seen his back wheels had flashing rainbow lights. It completely ruined the scene, since they most definitely weren't there before this scene. Also, the awkward moment when Brittany had to lift him out of his chair and carry him bridal-style to the bed so they could have sex. I know it was necessary, but she looked just a little bit silly.
Kurt's coming out to Mercedes in the third episode was pretty narmtastic in that his closet was rather see-through. Especially since people had been warning Mercedes earlier on in the episode to stop crushing on him because he was so obviously gay.
Quinn's pregnant girl version of "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" is also ruined by the fact that it's painfully obvious that the pregnant dancers weren't actually pregnant. No girl who is that heavily pregnant can dance like that. In the same way, Bohemian Rhapsody became narm when they decided to cut from Vocal Adrenaline's performance to Quinn giving birth. The whole this was so cheesy and quite frankly bizarre that it became hilarious.
Could be that the writers knew that it was badly conceived but just didn't care; Artie's comment after the pregnoids come in but before they perform is almost a lampshade.
Artie: This is offensive.
Kurt and Blaine's slow motion gay run.
Even the actors notice that this was a little too weird to be taken seriously. Chris Colfer himself said that the scene was 'too gay even for me'.
What probably should've been a touching Tear Jerker of a goodbye in the "Somewhere Only We Know" number ends up becoming hilarious due to Blaine's overdone "crying" face, which looks more goofy than sad.
Every single time Blaine cries or has a dramatic scene. Cases in point: When he talks to Kurt about being conflicted in his sexuality in season 2's "Blame It On The Alcohol", and the entire "Fighter" performance from season 3's "Big Brother".
In Funeral when Sue reveals her sister has died as an explanation for her recent behavior is supposed to be stunning, but her behavior had already been more and more screwed up as season 2 progressed so it made for a terrible, yet hilarious, excuse.
Blaine's facial expressions in Last Friday Night...who am I kidding? His facial expressions whenever he sings are hilarious.
Kurt's presidential debate speech is rather heartfelt and touching until he utters a line equating gym dodgeball to modern-day stoning.
In season one, when Finn sincerely sang "Stand by You" to the ultrasound of what he was led to believe was his and Quinn's baby. Then his mom comes in to see what he's doing, and the scene does a 180-degree turn.
There was also that scene in season one where Quinn sings 'You Keep Me Hangin On', a tortured love song in a way that makes it seem it's about Rachel despite the fact that in only the previous scene Quinn was confronting Rachel about her feelings for Finn who was Quinn's boyfriend at the time. To most people this was narm, but to the Faberry shippers it was glorious.
iCarly comes up with at least a few of these every season. It's usually part of the webshow. Occasionally parodied and it becomes Narm Charm.
So does Victorious. An example being "Beck's Big Break", when the obnoxious lead star of a movie, Melinda Murray, is quarreling with Tori who is trying to convince her to let Beck back on the film, she yells "GET OUT!", which was the cue of one of the cast members, who then shoots a crossbow that goes through Melinda's hand. It shouldn't be funny, but given how much the rest of the cast hated her, it turns out to be.
"Who Did It To Trina?": Jade's side of the story has Tori acting completely out of character to Trina, very angrily demanding her Cuddle-Me-Cathy doll back and saying that she would kill her. And punching Sinjinn then spitting on him. And then just before she leaves, she looks at Jade and says, "...Why can't I be pretty like you?"
The latin-American children's show Nubeluz was chock-full of Narmy songs. Not only the songs were almost idiotically childish (as in, it's a kid's show, but there are still some limits), but one of the two female hosts seen pouting like a little girl at every single thing. The worst case is the song aboutboundaries and risks"Cuidado" ("be careful!"): the lines supposed to teach kids An Aesop about not letting strangers touch them inappropriately are ruined because, instead of making the girl look plucky and determined to not let others walk over her, she looks so very whiny and cross-eyed. Way to ruin the lesson, lady.
The most prominent example is Rick pushing Terri and she falls and her head hits a rock. This can be as devastating as the show projects, but because Reality Is Unrealistic it falls here and gets more narmtastic. She actually hits cinder blocks; in the middle of the park. To top it all off, before he pushed her, Rick was kicking the ground; it even got a Fan Nickname, "baby-kicks".
"Are we gonna party? I think I need another bracelet."
"I'm gay. I'm totally, totally gay."
"I'm just a big, stupid loser."
"You're a robot, Liberty. A walking, talking computer." Judging from that flat, wooden delivery, Mia must be one too.
And before that, there was Eli's meltdown in Drop the World: "YOU RIPPED MY HEART OUT!"
After Riley consults a man on how to "cure" his homosexuality, he tells Fiona about it at school. Fiona responds negatively, and says something along the lines of "Riley, you can't cure being gay" Riley in turn SHOUTS back with "TOO BAD YOU CAN'T CURE BITCH!".
What Would You Do? doesn't always have the most amazing acting. For instance, the test on "mothers forcing their daughters to get their stomach stapled" featured the actor playing the daughter, who delivered the ridiculous line "WURY ARE YOU ASHAMED OF ME!? UUUUUURRR HURR HHURR HURR HURR!!"
Oz features some classic "playing a retarded person" acting from Scott William Winters as Cyril O'Reily, which is sometimes played for laughs (with his childlike voice), but at other points, you're supposed to take it seriously. Any scene where he goes berserk and starts flailing around like a crazed loon tends to have a bit of Narm attached to it.
Hudson's speech to Mrs Bridges in the Upstairs Downstairs episode where he becomes infatuated with Lily the housemaid. With Hudson's gloomy demeanour it's entirely in character. However, it comes across as if they wanted to make him look like a cape-swirling villain crowing about his crime and is rather cringeworthy when you consider his position and beliefs about personal dignity. Because of her age it also makes him look perverted and a bit of a Dirty Old Man. The series is filmed in an old-fashioned, teleplay style and the acting is rather wooden to modern audiences, but this is far and away the most Narmful scene they ever came up with because the acting style can't handle the subtleties of Hudson's feelings for Lily.
The ABC Family movie Cyberbully. The focus of the film is a nasty rumor that was started by a girl using a fake internet profile to masquerade as cute boy. The main character falls for this and then attempts to kill herself, but can't get the child safety cap off before her friend arrives to stop her. The solution to this problem is apparently getting the government to pass legislation to ban trolling minors on the Internet. Yes, that was the actual solution to the movie.
The "Boys Beware" TV PSA from the 50's on the EVILS OF THE GAY! (Seen here). See Doug Walker's reaction here.
In episode 14 of Choujin Sentai Jetman, Kaori tells Ryu that no matter how he may feel about her, she will always love him. Gai, who is in love with Kaori, responds to this by furiously driving off on his motorcycle, crashing it, and then sobbing his eyes out as he demands to know why he can't be the one in Kaori's heart. A bit too melodramatic to really work.
The Hallmark miniseries of Jason and the Argonauts. The scariness of Pelias is diminished as soon as Dennis Hopper takes his helmet off, wearing what can best be described as a Raggedy Ann wig◊. And that's before we get to the performance of the main actor. The Argo is less wooden than he is.
On Pan Am, Kate is frustrated with her sister Laura seemingly still acting like a child. When Laura refuses to admit it, she shouts "You're wearing bunny slippers! YOU'RE WEARING BUNNY SLIPPERS!" The delivery just makes it sound like she considers this an act akin to robbing a bank or something. Not helping is Laura's response of "I like them!"
Mexican telenovela La Rosa de Guadalupe may be the best example of this trope. The series features a single-episode story dealing with contemporary teen issues (and a few episodes dealing with an Adult Fear every now and then), ranging from drugs usage to "My mother uses Facebook". The point of it is being a "modern take" of old telenovelas similar to this one, as at the plots of the episodes are always resolved due to the characters' commitment to the Holy Virgin of Guadalupe. Needless to say, in a typical telenovela-fashion, incredibly cheesy acting is to be expected, unrealistic portrayals of a lot of groups are shown, scriptwriting seems to be nonexistent, and the moral manipulation is just freaking evident. It has unfortunately achieved a quite strong following for the series per se, but still for half the audience it's their favorite comedy show (there was an episode addressing cosplay and the anime subculture, with... disastrous results). This blog entry sums it up nicely.
Hoarders is loaded with Narm, but one example stands out: "Darth Vader Mr. Potato Head! What is wrong with you people?"
An Australian telemovie, Panic At Rock Island, is a gold mine for unintentional hilarity.
"I know where you live, obviously." This line is delivered by a standover guy who's already present in the hapless victim's house. Exactly how the hell Vince Colosimo delivered this line with a straight face is beyond me.
"We can't have that infection getting loose in this hospital." This line is delivered by the protagonist. Would be nice and dramatic ... if he wasn't standing next to his buddy, a doctor who knows he has already been exposed to the supervirus standing right next to him with what appears to be a sort of satisfied smirk on his face.
"I can't tell you this over the phone. Meet me on the roof." Cut straight to the roof, where the conversation continues.
The paranormal documentary series The Most Terrifying Places in America has plenty of cheesy puns and horror-movie cliché lines in its relentlessly hammy narration. But one particularly standout narm line came from the fifth incarnation while introducing a haunted library: "Even the Dewey Decimal system can't help you now!"
Primeval has a scene where protagonist Matt fights an arboreal dinosaur. Problem is that it looks like he is waving his knife at nothing (they didn't have the both of them in the same shot, which makes things worse). Its made worse by the fact it hardly even looks like a dinosaur.
For those who don't believe in doomsday paranoia, shows like Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Bunkers are definitely So Bad, It's GoodGuilty Pleasures, due to the overwrought narration of the potential doomsday scenarios.
Once Upon a Time is generally well-written and well-acted, but when Grumpy tells Snow not to take the potion that will erase her memories of the Prince, his line of "I need my pain. It makes me who I am. It makes me Grumpy." was groan-worthy and completely ruined all of the drama in that scene.
The ending of "An Apple Red As Blood" is supposed to be very shocking and dramatic, but since Emma and Henry are basically having a tug-of-war over a magical apple turnover, it just comes off as silly. (Seriously, can you even say "magical apple turnover" without at least cracking a smile?)
In "And Straight on 'Til Morning," one of the Lost Ones threatens Hook that their leader rips the shadows from those who lie to him, punctuating it with a drawn out "Rrrrrrrrip." that undercuts the gravity of the threat.
Blue Bloods gives us a terribly done scene in the first episode where the young protagonist meets up with family and friends on the street and then one friend out of nowhere remarks "can't be easy, after burying your brother". Did we forget to mention there was no build-up to her saying that and it happened on the middle of the street. Obviously meant as dramatic but ended up making many laugh at the ridiculousness of it.
Charmed season 3 finale had a very sad scene where Piper dies in the emergency room which gets promptly ruined as soon as Leo arrives and starts weeping over the body. Brian Krause has never been a convincing crier but good lord.
The episode "Ex Libris" has a subplot about a father trying to get justice for his daughter's murder. Only problem is the actor playing the father shows absolutely no emotion whatever throughout the entire episode and at the end when the murderer confesses he says his lines like he couldn't care less.
The actors playing the Kazi Demons from "Sense And Sense Ability" - overdoing it to the point of making most pantomime villains cringe.
The BBC TV adaptations of The Chronicles of Narnia are arguably So Bad, It's Good but the actress playing the White Witch (Barbara Kellerman) takes the cake; she chews the scenery up, gobbles it down, spits it out and then swallows it again for good measure. What's worse is the same actress plays the Hag from Prince Caspian and the Lady of the Green Kirtle in The Silver Chair, and yes she does the same over-the-top pantomime performance throughout; she cannot sound legitimately angry, and when she tries she comes across as comical.
The actor playing Peter in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe lacks any kind of presence considering he looks younger than all three actors playing his younger siblings. And that's not to mention him spouting lines like "by golly" and "by jove" in scenes meant to be serious.
The dramatic drop to the ground; sad only in the first viewing.
To be honest whenever Rick has a mental breakdown (crying on the floor when he thinks his family is dead or Shane's death) it can come off as Narm. Of course there's no way to have a "dignified" or "cool" mental breakdown in real life, but it can seem a bit silly on TV. See Reality Is Unrealistic.
On the Reality ShowScream Queens, this occurs frequently with the performances of some of the more hopeless contestants. When it's especially bad, the show often cuts to a Reaction Shot of the other contestants laughing backstage, and sometimes edits the footage to make it funnier; for example, one contestant's especially theatrical performance was overlaid with a grainy, black-and-white filter and made to look like a silent film.
Tuxedo Kamen's henshin from Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. It's nothing but a minute of a guy changing into a nice suit! And when he's done, he dramatically holds his cape over his face like he's Batman and says his name in a deep voice. Oh, and nice boxers, Mamoru.
"I was just thinking of the distances we travel... yet how far we still have to sail as men." Possibly the most mocked line in the series. Plus Horatio is hugging a rope while saying that.
The slow-motion Say My Name "BUUUNTIIING!!!" that Horatio yells out while chasing the surly seaman of the week through the woods.
The last two episodes of The Tudors are somewhat undermined by Jonathan Rhys Meyers' attempt to convey Henry's elderly and infirm status, which consists mainly of talking in an almost comically hoarse voice and sprinkling his lines with lots of odd pauses. (It also doesn't help that the makeup department seems to have suddenly decided to age Henry about 15 years, even though the Time Skip leading up to the two episodes in question was more like two years, tops.)
Friends could get pretty narmy at times, especially in the first couple seasons:
The Ross/Joey/Chandler plot in "The One With George Stephanopoulos." It's a melodramatic plot about Ross being weepy and teary-eyed over the fact that it's the seven year anniversary of him losing his virginity.
"The One Where Nana Dies Twice": The melodramatic scenes in the bedroom and immediately after the funeral really don't gel with the comedic scenes of the remaining episode. They certainly aren't helped by the fact that (a) this was only the eighth episode of the series (far too early for a "death episode") and (b) we never saw or even heard of Nana before this episode. And we only heard her mentioned once or twice afterwards.
Rachel kissing ross at the end of "The One With The Prom Video" is a borderline example. The scene itself is very well done, but the lead-in to it (Rachel realizing that Ross wanted to take her to her high school prom after her date supposedly ditched her) is pretty questionable. Was that really a believable reason for why Rachel would suddenly decide to kiss him, even though she was pretty mad at him before?
How I Met Your Mother: In the near-to-finale episode 'Sunrise', we have a scene that signifies Ted finally letting Robin go, it is an emotional development 9 seasons in the making. Unfortunately, it was depicted as Robin flying away as the sun rises and it looks a bit ridiculous.
Mad Men: Whenever someone cries in "The Suitcase".