'''Basic Trope''': A series' status quo never changes.
* '''Straight''': Bob [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity frequently loses his job]], but always gets it back by the end of the episode.
** NegativeContinuity: All drastic changes will be reverted without any explanation.
** StrictlyFormula: When the repetition of the storyline elements decreases the likelihood of additional changes.
** Bob frequently [[EndOfTheWorld destroys the entire world]], but it's always replenished by the end of the episode.
** The cast changes regularly, but the situation is always the same, so the show will always have the same setting.
** The status quo does change, but very slowly or only through season premieres and finales.
** 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.
** The writers want viewers who stop watching the show to be able to jump back in at any time and not be confused over anything.
* '''Inverted''': ''Every'' episode of the series changes the status quo, and the show follows one big arc.
** The show introduces a BlitheSpirit as a main character and quickly sets him/her up to convince Bob's boss that Bob is just a BunnyEarsLawyer.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** The events leading to the change in status quo were AllJustADream, 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.
** Bob shoots his mother, and when Alice looks upon him in shock, he tells her not to worry because [[BreakingTheFourthWall she'll be back by the end of the episode anyway]].
** The status quo is literally a god, and doing anything that is against the status quo is grounds for TheScourgeOfGod.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Sometimes changes to the status quo stick, and sometimes they don't.
* '''Averted''': There is an actual ongoing continuity in the series. Drastic changes to the story tend to stick, and are not just conveniently reset at the end.
** [[ExecutiveMeddling The show's executives keep everything the same]], [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks because otherwise the fans would get angry at them]].
** The channel the show runs on airs reruns in a random order. Having any sort of continuity between episodes will cause the show to cease to make sense among people who aren't up to date.
** "Don't worry, I'm sure all of our problems will be solved by the end of today or tomorrow. [[ResetButton Everything will be back to normal like always]]."
** "Isn't it odd how we have been the [[NotAllowedToGrowUp same age]] ''[[ComicBookTime since forever]]''?"
** IgnoredEpiphany: When the character rejects change.
** 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 GodzillaThreshold 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, [[NegativeContinuity nothing ever changes here...!]]"
** The show itself begins to grow stale and predictable because no changes ''ever'' stick around, and thus fans stop watching the show altogether.
** 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.
** [[WeWantOurJerkBack Even changes that would unambiguously be for the better are reset at the end of the episode. As a result, the characters live in a world in which nothing can EVER get better]].
* '''Reconstructed''': However, people realize that, whilst the show's continuity might remain static, it still had genuine merits, and they continue watching it.
* '''Played For Laughs''': ButtMonkey, when it involves a character instead of the entire series.
* '''Played For Drama''': [[MediumAwareness Alice]], realizing that the status quo is god, murders several characters under the justification that they'll come back anyway.
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