Playing With: One-Hour Work Week

Basic Trope: A character is stated to have some kind of job, but the audience rarely, if ever, witnesses it.
  • Straight: Alice is mentioned as being a high-profile attorney, but the audience never actually sees her meeting with clients or anything work-related.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice is occasionally seen at the end of her workday, finishing up some paperwork.
    • Sometimes Alice is seen at work, sometimes at home, sometimes out and about.
  • Justified:
    • Being Personal Isn't Professional
    • Alice does the majority of her work from home, and only occasionally goes into her firm's office.
    • Alice has a sinecure job: she gets a title and a paycheck, but doesn't actually do work.
  • Inverted:
    • Ostensibly, Alice has a personal and social life outside of work, but she only ever seems to be at work.
    • Alice is sometimes shown working, despite supposedly being unemployed.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • The boring-paperwork aspect of her career is still largely ignored.
    • Alice ends up working from home, or becoming a housewife, so she should be at home most of the time, but isn't.
  • Parodied: Alice literally works for only one hour of each week.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • All employed characters spend a realistic amount of time working.
    • Every character in the work is unemployed.
  • Enforced: Being a lawyer actually isn't as exciting as Hollywood Law would have the audience believe; most of the day involves large volumes of paperwork and sifting through dusty old books. Since no one would want to watch that, the focus is placed on more exciting aspects of Alice's life.
  • Lampshaded: "I probably should be at work, but what the heck...you only live once!"
  • Invoked:
    • Alice's law firm allows her to do the paperwork from home, and come to the office less often. So she has all this extra time to spend with her family, or do whatever she likes.
    • Alice knows she isn't monitored very much, so she takes time out of her workday to do non-work-related things like shopping.
  • Exploited: This is a way of having Alice Kicked Upstairs.
  • Defied: Alice finds the home environment too distracting to do her work in, so she goes to the office to get her work done.
  • Discussed: "What? You thought I had a job? How could I go on all these adventures and be employed?"
  • Conversed: "What does Alice do again?" "Who cares? It's not worth watching on TV!"
  • Untwisted: In one episode, Alice is seen at a computer in a generic office setting, but it turns out that she is doing something unrelated to work.

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