Playing With / Status Quo Is God

Basic Trope: A series' status quo never changes.
  • Straight: Bob frequently loses his job, but always gets it back by the end of the episode.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The cast changes regularly, but the situation is always the same, so the show will always have the same setting.
  • Justified: The writers want the audience to be instantly familiar with the show's premise, and not have to worry about changes in the show's continuity.
  • Inverted: Every episode of the series changes the status quo, and the show follows one big arc.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • The events leading to the change in status quo were All Just a Dream, and everything is back to normal once again.
    • This time, Bob doesn't get his job back at the end of the episode, but the next episode shows him working his old job.
  • Parodied: Bob shoots his mother, and when Alice looks upon him in shock, he tells her not to worry because she'll be back by the end of the episode anyway.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes changes to the status quo stick, and sometimes they don't.
  • Averted: There is an ongoing continuity in the series. Drastic changes to the story tend to stick.
  • Enforced: The show's executives keep everything the same, because otherwise the fans would get angry at them.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: A change occurs that threatens to shake up the series' dynamics, so the characters scramble to prevent the change from messing with the show.
  • Exploited: The characters frequently go straight to the Godzilla Threshold when solving problems, because any collateral damage caused will have disappeared by the next episode and all the characters know it.
  • Defied: Bob finally asks himself why the hell he keeps going back to the job if he's so inept at it that he can't go a day without losing it. The next time he loses the job, he resolves to leave it behind and find a job that he's actually good at.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: Alice: "This show is so boring Bob, nothing ever changes here...!"
  • Deconstructed:
    • The show itself begins to grow stale and predictable because no changes ever stick around, and thus fans stop watching the show.
    • In-universe example: Alice gets excited whenever something changes in later episodes...only for it to be for naught. A few episodes later, as a result of things only seeming to change but winding up being the same, Alice winds up depressed and/or cynical.
  • Reconstructed: However, people realize that, whilst the show's continuity might remain static, it still had genuine merits, and they continue watching it.

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