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** Xander gets in a fight with vampire Harmony in Season 4. After threatening each other with their new and improved skills, they ... [[Funny/BuffyTheVampireSlayer get in a slap fight, with hair-pulling and shin-kicking]]. In slow motion. With dramatic music. It ends in a dual headlock truce. "Okay... on three." Done to explicitly mock the show's often unrealistic fight scenes.

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** Xander gets in a fight with vampire Harmony in Season 4."[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E7TheInitiative The Initiative]]". After threatening each other with their new and improved skills, they ... [[Funny/BuffyTheVampireSlayer get in a slap fight, with hair-pulling and shin-kicking]]. In slow motion. With dramatic music. It ends in a dual headlock truce. "Okay... on three." Done to explicitly mock the show's often unrealistic fight scenes.





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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0c1e9NkY7M Lobster migration]] from BBC. Complete with an epic orchestral score worthy of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
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* Subverted in one episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Kenneth the NBC page's blazer is accidentally destroyed and his only way to get a replacement is to beat his rival in an epic contest called a "page-off". Just as all the NBC pages are gathered to watch the hotly anticipated battle begin, Pete the producer arrives. He puts a stop to the silly event, points out that there are plenty of unused jackets available for Kenneth, and angrily orders all the pages back to work.
* Done a lot on the PBS mini series ''The 1900 House''. The new residents of the 1900 house would have a moment of awesome mundanity whenever something that would have been commonplace to an everyday family in 1900 (but unusual in 1999) happened. "The chicken laid an egg!" "I made toast! (without electricity)" or, conversely, when something that would be odd in 1900 happened. "I bought shampoo!" "I'm not wearing underwear!"
* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' does this at times by making tasks out of everyday tasks. Put a million dollars on the line, and even things like pouring wine can become dramatic as teams race to finish them first.
* Humorously done by ''American Eats'', a food documentary, to provide a dramatic introduction to the hamburger.
* Parodied (like everything else) in ''Series/AngieTribeca''.
** Not only is detective Geils a longtime admirer of ventriloquism, but apparently ventriloquists are world-famous celebrities who collect trophy wives and go on sold-out world tours.
** In one episode, Dr. Elderweiss slowly descends downstairs on a powered stairlift seat all while dramatic rock music plays.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0c1e9NkY7M Lobster migration]] from BBC. Creator/TheBBC. Complete with an epic orchestral score worthy of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
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* Subverted in one episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Kenneth the NBC page's blazer is accidentally destroyed and his only way to get a replacement is to beat his rival in an epic contest called a "page-off". Just as all the NBC pages are gathered to watch the hotly anticipated battle begin, Pete the producer arrives. He puts a stop to the silly event, points out that there are plenty of unused jackets available for Kenneth, and angrily orders all the pages back to work.
* Done a lot on the PBS mini series ''The 1900 House''. The new residents of the 1900 house would have a moment of awesome mundanity whenever something that would have been commonplace to an everyday family in 1900 (but unusual in 1999) happened. "The chicken laid an egg!" "I made toast! (without electricity)" or, conversely, when something that would be odd in 1900 happened. "I bought shampoo!" "I'm not wearing underwear!"
* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' does this at times by making tasks out of everyday tasks. Put a million dollars on the line, and even things like pouring wine can become dramatic as teams race to finish them first.
* Humorously done by ''American Eats'', a food documentary, to provide a dramatic introduction to the hamburger.
* Parodied (like everything else) in ''Series/AngieTribeca''.
** Not only is detective Geils a longtime admirer of ventriloquism, but apparently ventriloquists are world-famous celebrities who collect trophy wives and go on sold-out world tours.
** In one episode, Dr. Elderweiss slowly descends downstairs on a powered stairlift seat all while dramatic rock music plays.
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* Pick an NBC reality show. The word "is" is... ''(20 seconds later)'' ...contractually obligated to have a pause that is... ''(we'll be right back)''... ''(after commercials)'' ...longer than the show itself. Most could, in fact, be comfortably edited to run in a half-hour TimeSlot instead of an hour... if the network were willing to give up the extra {{commercials}} (yeah, right) and the whole idea wasn't to fill up as much UsefulNotes/PrimeTime as possible as cheaply as possible.
** ''Series/TheBiggestLoser'' is usually TWO hours long, and probably 45 minutes is devoted to...each contestant stepping on the scale. "Your final weight is..." ''Random numbers flash on the screen...shocked face from contestant/trainer...cut to commercial.'' Frequent viewers can usually predict exactly when commercial breaks are going to happen.
** Most reality TV in general. It's actually about people cooking, or living an even more empty and meaningless life than most in a house, or whose aspiration is to get to wear clothes for a living. Just putting many of those concepts on television in the first place constitutes this trope, and they don't shy away from more traditional forms of it either.
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* Subverted in one episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Kenneth the NBC page's blazer is accidentally destroyed and his only way to get a replacement is to beat his rival in an epic contest called a "page-off". Just as all the NBC pages are gathered to watch the hotly anticipated battle begin, Pete the producer arrives. He puts a stop to the silly event, points out that there are plenty of unused jackets available for Kenneth, and angrily orders all the pages back to work.
* Done a lot on the PBS mini series ''The 1900 House''. The new residents of the 1900 house would have a moment of awesome mundanity whenever something that would have been commonplace to an everyday family in 1900 (but unusual in 1999) happened. "The chicken laid an egg!" "I made toast! (without electricity)" or, conversely, when something that would be odd in 1900 happened. "I bought shampoo!" "I'm not wearing underwear!"
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* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' does this at times by making tasks out of everyday tasks. Put a million dollars on the line, and even things like pouring wine can become dramatic as teams race to finish them first.
* Humorously done by ''American Eats'', a food documentary, to provide a dramatic introduction to the hamburger.
* Parodied (like everything else) in ''Series/AngieTribeca''.
** Not only is detective Geils a longtime admirer of ventriloquism, but apparently ventriloquists are world-famous celebrities who collect trophy wives and go on sold-out world tours.
** In one episode, Dr. Elderweiss slowly descends downstairs on a powered stairlift seat all while dramatic rock music plays.



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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]] presents the sight of the Tenth Doctor and Captain Jack Harkness running through hallways with their [[BadassLongcoat coats]] flapping behind them, set to SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic.



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* Pick an NBC reality show. The word "is" is... ''(20 seconds later)'' ...contractually obligated to have a pause that is... ''(we'll be right back)''... ''(after commercials)'' ...longer than the show itself. Most could, in fact, be comfortably edited to run in a half-hour TimeSlot instead of an hour... if the network were willing to give up the extra {{commercials}} (yeah, right) and the whole idea wasn't to fill up as much UsefulNotes/PrimeTime as possible as cheaply as possible.
** ''Series/TheBiggestLoser'' is usually TWO hours long, and probably 45 minutes is devoted to...each contestant stepping on the scale. "Your final weight is..." ''Random numbers flash on the screen...shocked face from contestant/trainer...cut to commercial.'' Frequent viewers can usually predict exactly when commercial breaks are going to happen.
** Most reality TV in general. It's actually about people cooking, or living an even more empty and meaningless life than most in a house, or whose aspiration is to get to wear clothes for a living. Just putting many of those concepts on television in the first place constitutes this trope, and they don't shy away from more traditional forms of it either.

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* Pick an NBC reality show. The word "is" is... ''(20 seconds later)'' ...contractually obligated to have a pause that is... ''(we'll be right back)''... ''(after commercials)'' ...longer than the show itself. Most could, in fact, be comfortably edited to run in a half-hour TimeSlot instead of an hour... if the network were willing to give up the extra {{commercials}} (yeah, right) and the whole idea wasn't to fill up as much UsefulNotes/PrimeTime as possible as cheaply as possible.
** ''Series/TheBiggestLoser'' is usually TWO hours long, and probably 45 minutes is devoted to...each contestant stepping on the scale. "Your final weight is..." ''Random numbers flash on the screen...shocked face from contestant/trainer...cut to commercial.'' Frequent viewers can usually predict exactly when commercial breaks are going to happen.
** Most reality TV in general. It's actually about people cooking, or living an even more empty and meaningless life than most in a house, or whose aspiration is to get to wear clothes for a living. Just putting many of those concepts on television in the first place constitutes this trope, and they don't shy away from more traditional forms of it either.
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* While most of ''Planet Earth'' is nothing but sheer awesomeness, the ending section of one episode features the aerial ''camera crew'' climbing into the helicopter in ''dramatic slow motion''.
* ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'': One of the lines in the epic rock theme song is "Drive four-on-the-floor!". Because, well, cars.

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* While most of ''Planet Earth'' ''Series/PlanetEarth'' is nothing but sheer awesomeness, the ending section of one episode features the aerial ''camera crew'' climbing into the helicopter in ''dramatic slow motion''.
* ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'': One of the lines in the epic rock theme song is "Drive four-on-the-floor!". four-on-the-floor!" Because, well, cars.



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* According to ''Series/{{Tosh 0}}'', everything is cooler... ''[[http://tosh.comedycentral.com/video-clips/everything-looks-cooler-through-a-fisheye-lens through a fisheye lens!]]''
* On ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'', the ChaseScene between Eric and Steven. A high-speed scooter chase is bad enough, but what propels it squarely into this trope is the background music. [[MortalKombat MORTAL KOMBAAAAT!]]

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* According to ''Series/{{Tosh 0}}'', ''Series/Tosh0'', everything is cooler... ''[[http://tosh.comedycentral.com/video-clips/everything-looks-cooler-through-a-fisheye-lens through a fisheye lens!]]''
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* On ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'', the ChaseScene between Eric and Steven. A high-speed scooter chase is bad enough, but what propels it squarely into this trope is the background music. [[MortalKombat [[VideoGame/MortalKombat MORTAL KOMBAAAAT!]]KOMBAAAAT!]]
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-->-- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FArZxLj6DLk#t=1m19s "Rhymenoceros"]] from '''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'''

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-->-- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FArZxLj6DLk#t=1m19s "Rhymenoceros"]] from '''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'''
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--> '''Ian [=McKellen=]:''' REMOVE the OLD WHEEL!

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--> '''Ian -->'''Ian [=McKellen=]:''' REMOVE the OLD WHEEL!



* Subverted in one episode of ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'': Kenneth the NBC page's blazer is accidentally destroyed and his only way to get a replacement is to beat his rival in an epic contest called a "page-off". Just as all the NBC pages are gathered to watch the hotly anticipated battle begin, Pete the producer arrives. He puts a stop to the silly event, points out that there are plenty of unused jackets available for Kenneth, and angrily orders all the pages back to work.

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* Subverted in one episode of ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'': ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Kenneth the NBC page's blazer is accidentally destroyed and his only way to get a replacement is to beat his rival in an epic contest called a "page-off". Just as all the NBC pages are gathered to watch the hotly anticipated battle begin, Pete the producer arrives. He puts a stop to the silly event, points out that there are plenty of unused jackets available for Kenneth, and angrily orders all the pages back to work.



** At least one time it was done on purpose: in a season 3 episode, dramatic swelling music was used when Sheridan declared Ivanova...the official Babylon 5 Sneak.

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** At least one time it was done on purpose: in a season 3 episode, dramatic swelling music was used when Sheridan declared Ivanova... the official Babylon 5 Sneak.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Happens all the time, with a hero who believes that ordinary humans are the most wonderful beings in the universe, and that everything is in the details. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow Placing a glass of water on the floor]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentandtheDoctor looking at the stars]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol singing]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime talking to a baby]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks adjusting a bow tie]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Happens all the time, with a hero who believes that ordinary humans are the most wonderful beings in the universe, and that everything is in the details. details.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "Army of Ghosts"]]: Cybermen ripping their way through plastic sheeting, with their {{leitmotif}} blaring away.
** Just from the Eleventh Doctor alone, we have:
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow Placing a glass of water on the floor]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentandtheDoctor [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor looking at the stars]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol singing]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime talking to a baby]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks adjusting a bow tie]].



* [[PlayedForLaughs Played for all the laughs possible]] in an episode of ''Series/TheITCrowd''. It revolves around Moss being accepted as a contestant on the gameshow Series/{{Countdown}}, where he does very well. Which leads to him being inducted into an exclusive "nightclub", where he's given the name Word, for those who made it through 8 episodes. Roy is suitably amused when Moss takes him to the club and has a "confrontation" with another member who acts very tough and goes by the name Negative One. Things escalate until Negative One challenges Moss to a game of "Street Countdown" to settle things - a parody of Film/FightClub.



* [[PlayedForLaughs Played for all the laughs possible]] in an episode of ''Series/TheITCrowd''. It revolves around Moss being accepted as a contestant on the gameshow ''Series/{{Countdown}}'', where he does very well. Which leads to him being inducted into an exclusive "nightclub", where he's given the name Word, for those who made it through 8 episodes. Roy is suitably amused when Moss takes him to the club and has a "confrontation" with another member who acts very tough and goes by the name Negative One. Things escalate until Negative One challenges Moss to a game of "Street Countdown" to settle things - a parody of ''Film/FightClub''.



--> If you could see yourselves... We had it all. We have fucked up bigger and better than any generation that came before us. We were so beautiful... We're screw-ups. I plan on staying a screw-up until my late twenties, or maybe even my early thirties. And I will shag my own mum before I let her.... or anyone else take that away from me!

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--> If --->If you could see yourselves... We had it all. We have fucked up bigger and better than any generation that came before us. We were so beautiful... We're screw-ups. I plan on staying a screw-up until my late twenties, or maybe even my early thirties. And I will shag my own mum before I let her.... or anyone else take that away from me!



---> '''Referee:''' If I let you go out there with a broken finger, I'll lose my Bagging Referee's License... And I can't remember the name of the website I downloaded it from.

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---> '''Referee:''' -->'''Referee:''' If I let you go out there with a broken finger, I'll lose my Bagging Referee's License... And I can't remember the name of the website I downloaded it from.



** When Creator/LeVarBurton is riding on a train, he discovers that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0M-X70-MvM "The shower's in the toilet!"]].

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** When Creator/LeVarBurton is riding on a train, he discovers that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0M-X70-MvM "The shower's in the toilet!"]].toilet!"]]



* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Brief Candle" features a scene of epic mass waking-up, complete with the heroic action theme!
** Season 1 as a whole was pretty over the top with its abuse of their score, and "Brief Candle" is probably the worst episode in that regard. Comparing the musical score in a later season episode to "Brief Candle" is an interesting experience.
** Similarly, the episode "Touchstone" includes a scene of heroic power-cable coupling. Now, the heroic power-cable-hooking-up ''is'' going on in a blizzard, so...
* The ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "First Contact" features several completely unnecessary pans across the entire city with stirring theme music playing loudly in the background, which cut to Rodney and Daniel Jackson doing something mundane like looking at security recordings. It's so overblown that it's almost certainly [[LampshadeHanging intentional]]. This '''is''' ''Stargate'', after all.
** It was actually reused special effects from the season 1 episode "The Storm", where its use was far more appropriate. So it wasn't so much "intentional" as "cheaper".
** According to the commentary, it was done specifically because the PowersThatBe realized how boring having Rodney and Daniel view security footage and look through storage containers would be, so they decided to spice it up a bit. Definitely on purpose.
* Despite all the flak it received from its fans, there's one thing ''Series/StargateUniverse'' did very much right: making a solar-powered spacecraft awesome in a sci-fi show with a large variety of exotic power sources. [[spoiler:By having it '''[[HolyShitQuotient DIVE INTO A GODDAMN STAR]] TO RECHARGE ITS BATTERIES'''.]]

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* ** The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Brief Candle" features a scene of epic mass waking-up, complete with the heroic action theme!
** *** Season 1 as a whole was pretty over the top with its abuse of their score, and "Brief Candle" is probably the worst episode in that regard. Comparing the musical score in a later season episode to "Brief Candle" is an interesting experience.
** *** Similarly, the episode "Touchstone" includes a scene of heroic power-cable coupling. Now, the heroic power-cable-hooking-up ''is'' going on in a blizzard, so...
* ** The ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "First Contact" features several completely unnecessary pans across the entire city with stirring theme music playing loudly in the background, which cut to Rodney and Daniel Jackson doing something mundane like looking at security recordings. It's so overblown that it's almost certainly [[LampshadeHanging intentional]]. This '''is''' ''Stargate'', after all.
** *** It was actually reused special effects from the season 1 episode "The Storm", where its use was far more appropriate. So it wasn't so much "intentional" as "cheaper".
** *** According to the commentary, it was done specifically because the PowersThatBe realized how boring having Rodney and Daniel view security footage and look through storage containers would be, so they decided to spice it up a bit. Definitely on purpose.
* ** Despite all the flak it received from its fans, there's one thing ''Series/StargateUniverse'' did very much right: making a solar-powered spacecraft awesome in a sci-fi show with a large variety of exotic power sources. [[spoiler:By having it '''[[HolyShitQuotient DIVE INTO A GODDAMN STAR]] TO RECHARGE ITS BATTERIES'''.]]



* In the ''Series/StickStickly'' TV special ''Stuck'', Stick clipping out coupons is done at SuperSpeed with inspirational music blaring in the background.



* In the Series/StickStickly TV special ''Stuck'', Stick clipping out coupons is done at SuperSpeed with inspirational music blaring in the background.

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* In the Series/StickStickly TV special ''Stuck'', Stick clipping out coupons is done at SuperSpeed with inspirational music blaring in the background.


* Parodied in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' where an episode began with a melodramatic portrayal of Dr. Cox's four-year-old son Jack receiving minor stitches on his forehead complete with epic music with Dr. Cox threatening Turk (who is doing the stitches) coldly that he better succeed. Once Turk finishes and everything is okay, Dr. Cox declared "The Surgeon lives!"
** Another parody in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', also involving Dr. Cox, is J.D.'s imagined flashback of Dr. Cox in his intern days as a head-swaying, rebellious punk-rocker intern who responds to a colleague's greeting with, "Shut-up jackass. I ''rock''!!".

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* Parodied in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' where an ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
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episode began with a melodramatic portrayal of Dr. Cox's four-year-old son Jack receiving minor stitches on his forehead complete with epic music with and a rapt audience. Dr. Cox spends the whole time threatening Turk (who is doing the stitches) coldly that he better succeed. Once Turk finishes and everything is okay, finishes, Dr. Cox declared "The Surgeon lives!"
looks over his work, pauses, and then declares "the surgeon lives!" to cheers.
** Another parody in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', also involving Dr. Cox, is J.D.'s imagined flashback of Dr. Cox in his intern days as a head-swaying, rebellious punk-rocker intern who responds to a colleague's greeting with, "Shut-up jackass. I ''rock''!!".

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** In the episode "The Paradise Syndrome", amnesiac captain Kirk's knowledge of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, oil lamps, and irrigation reinforces his status as a god among a native American tribe. [[ItMakesSenseInContext (Yes, a native American tribe. Yes, their presence on the planet actually makes sense in context.)]]


* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Happens all the time, with a hero who believes that ordinary humans are the most wonderful beings in the universe, and that everything is in the details. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow Placing a glass of water on the floor]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentandtheDoctor looking at the stars]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol singing]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime talking to a baby]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks adjusting a bow tie]] have all been transformed into both [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments of awesome]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Happens all the time, with a hero who believes that ordinary humans are the most wonderful beings in the universe, and that everything is in the details. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow Placing a glass of water on the floor]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentandtheDoctor looking at the stars]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol singing]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime talking to a baby]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks adjusting a bow tie]] have all been transformed into both [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments of awesome]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]].tie]].


* Not that it wasn't epic already, but Roy and HG managed to make Eric Moussambani's ridiculously slow swim in Sydney even more epic. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zjCc_VyxM4&fmt=18 YouTube, anyone?]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzwU8_E13oQ Epic Shogi!!]] Note the name of the video; apparently trope awareness has gone global.

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* Not that it wasn't epic already, but Roy and HG managed to make Eric Moussambani's ridiculously slow swim in Sydney even more epic. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zjCc_VyxM4&fmt=18 YouTube, anyone?]]\n* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzwU8_E13oQ Epic Shogi!!]] Note the name of the video; apparently trope awareness has gone global.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N28aB52NFuc Lobster migration]] from BBC. Complete with an epic orchestral score worthy of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N28aB52NFuc com/watch?v=D0c1e9NkY7M Lobster migration]] from BBC. Complete with an epic orchestral score worthy of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.



* Johnathan Burking of ''Series/AmericasGotTalent'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeN_m3UmPZo makes baton twirling look awesome]]. With fire.



* Anyone who thought the diabolo couldn't be awesome, obviously wasn't watching the 2009 Grand Final of ''Australia's Got Talent''; otherwise they would've seen this kid: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7iWcjnGcw8 William Campbell.]]

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* Anyone who thought the diabolo couldn't be awesome, obviously wasn't watching the 2009 Grand Final of ''Australia's Got Talent''; otherwise they would've seen this kid: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7iWcjnGcw8 [[https://youtu.be/eRl9wSQrkMk?t=63 William Campbell.]]



** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMJxjYRXYkU trailer]] for the sequel with UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson gives ''poking a child's cheek'' this treatment.

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** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMJxjYRXYkU trailer]] trailer for the sequel with UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson gives ''poking a child's cheek'' this treatment.



* The TitleSequence of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' shows his normal morning sequence, but filmed in a way to seem like horrific and brutal parts of a murder sequence: a blood orange is viciously sliced then viscerally disemboweled, dental floss pulled like a garotte, [[ThereWillBeToiletPaper a small cut while shaving]] has us watch the slowly spreading blood... watch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utqoFsMYPKs here]].

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* The TitleSequence of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' shows his normal morning sequence, but filmed in a way to seem like horrific and brutal parts of a murder sequence: a blood orange is viciously sliced then viscerally disemboweled, dental floss pulled like a garotte, [[ThereWillBeToiletPaper a small cut while shaving]] has us watch the slowly spreading blood... watch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utqoFsMYPKs here]].blood.



** Barney plays this trope straighter than an arrow with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WDmEZP9Czg his video resume]]. The other characters [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] on it.

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** Barney plays this trope straighter than an arrow with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WDmEZP9Czg his video resume]].resume. The other characters [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] on it.

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** Also from ''Angel'', Gavin Park is an ObstructiveBureaucrat who focuses on using legal means to hamper and fight Angel and his team, unlike other people at Wolfram & Hart, who focus on grandiose {{Evil Plan}}s, demons, and assassins; as he [[StatingTheSimpleSolution points out]], they could put Angel Investigations out of business simply by informing the government of Angel's UndeadTaxExemption, and his plan to have Angel evicted from the Hyperion Hotel only fails because his [[TheRival rival]] Lilah gives Angel the documents he needs purely to spite him.


* Hilariously parodied in the "[[NewWorldOrder nWo]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxe2tHkhNY0 Saturday]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk28owPoJ4o&feature=relmfu Night]]" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePBH8P9ehGI segments]] of ''WCW Saturday Night'', which would see an nWo member take on a {{Jobber}} in a five-minute match; each and every move done by the nWo member would be augmented by over-the-top special effects, replayed from at least 5 different angles, and get thunderous, deafening applause and cheers from the (nonexistent) crowd.

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* Hilariously parodied in the "[[NewWorldOrder "[[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxe2tHkhNY0 Saturday]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk28owPoJ4o&feature=relmfu Night]]" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePBH8P9ehGI segments]] of ''WCW Saturday Night'', which would see an nWo member take on a {{Jobber}} in a five-minute match; each and every move done by the nWo member would be augmented by over-the-top special effects, replayed from at least 5 different angles, and get thunderous, deafening applause and cheers from the (nonexistent) crowd.



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* In the Series/StickStickly TV special ''Stuck'', Stick clipping out coupons is done at SuperSpeed with inspirational music blaring in the background.

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* [[PlayedForLaughs Played for all the laughs possible]] in an episode of ''Series/TheITCrowd''. It revolves around Moss being accepted as a contestant on the gameshow Series/{{Countdown}}, where he does very well. Which leads to him being inducted into an exclusive "nightclub", where he's given the name Word, for those who made it through 8 episodes. Roy is suitably amused when Moss takes him to the club and has a "confrontation" with another member who acts very tough and goes by the name Negative One. Things escalate until Negative One challenges Moss to a game of "Street Countdown" to settle things - a parody of Film/FightClub.


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** To be fair, the first couple episodes were less about "let's just goof off" and had some very interesting analysis of what they were seeing. Things devolved quickly and just got worse when the 2nd season moved from a 30 minute slot to an hour, at which point they just started reshowing the same footage 10 times to fill the extra time, and brought on such guests as Metallica to up the "cool factor". One of the 2 hosts did seem like he wanted to explore the "science" of what they were filling, but [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the producers and editors weren't having any of that]].


* In ''Series/MadMen'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGm5ef2mU0Q Don Draper lighting a cigarette]].
* In one of the episodes of the original ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' comes the most badass line in all of live action television. The scenario; A package, upon delivery to an influential government office exploded violently, killing one person and maiming his secretary. [=McGarett=] needs to know if the package was tampered with at any point during the journey. So he asks the courier if he fell asleep at any point, or went to the bathroom, or let the package out of his sight. After a while, the courier holds up his hand and [=McGarett=] stops asking questions. He then delivers his line; "Sir. With respect. I take my duties as a courier Very. Seriously." You can hear the capital letters in his words. Bad. Ass. [[MundaneMadeAwesome Courier.]]
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRhTeaa_B98 Lazy Sunday]], an extremely bombastic, hard-hitting and hardcore-style rap about... a guy sleeping in till late on a Sunday and then deciding to go see ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' with a friend. Their decision to get some snacks before they enter the theatre to avoid price-gouging is played as if it were an example of both planning a heist ("Don't want security to get suspicious!") and flashy, conspicuous over-consumption ("Reach in my pocket, pull out some dough / Girl acted like she never seen a ten before!").
** There's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMIWug_ibVk a sequel]]. It's equally, if not more, hard-hitting. This time, it involves brunch at a French restaurant and taking in a show of the ''Film/SisterAct'' musical on Broadway.
* News Promos. ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'' parody this mercilessly.
** And then ''The Daily Show'' brought us us ''[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=178209&title=the-news-better-run this]]''.
** And then, on election night, they went further! '''[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=209508&title=Indecision-2008:-America%27s-Choice---Stephen%27s-Distractions CHUCK! JUICE IT!]]'''
** '''THE FINAL ENDGAME ALPHA ACTION GO TIME LIFT-OFF DECIDE-ICIDAL HUNGRY MAN'S EXTREME RAW POWER ULTIMATE VOTESLAM SMACKDOWN '08 NO MERCY: JUDGEMENT DAY '08... [+'08!+]'''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F9qo0tnh3c This promo for WITI TV-6 News Update]] is possibly one of the most overdone promos ever created. It looks like an action-packed 80s {{police procedural}}.
** [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]] [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Versus]] [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] in '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Bi9TKESkI THE RUMBLE IN THE AIR CONDITIONED AUDITORIUM]]'''.
* ''Series/TheDayToday'', which did the over-the-top title sequence gag throughout every show in early 1994. And then [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuCAQnWyAiQ&feature=related turned it up to 11]] for ''Series/BrassEye''. They then managed to go SerialEscalation by making the DVD menus ''even more exciting''.
* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', where Les Nessman's promo for the farm news was so massively, enormously overblown that it was an IncomingHam ''all by itself''.
** Anything Les did was like that. Parodied yet further in one episode when Nessman, going for pretentiousness turned UpToEleven, breaks in on Venus' set to introduce an obituary "breaking news" item with "Ask not for whom the bell tolls..." Venus, sitting behind him, whacks his gong, making Les jump. Even better, Nessman comes in with "And now, Les Nessman's ... ''Death Watch''," and he turns around and [[spoiler: gestures for Venus to hit the gong ''again''.]]



* ''Series/ICarly'': During the Gibby-Nora fight scene, Gibby gets smacked into a wall. He stands up, brings his hand to his mouth, look at the blood, and... takes his shirt off. All while epic music plays in the background.
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' where an episode began with a melodramatic portrayal of Dr. Cox's four-year-old son Jack receiving minor stitches on his forehead complete with epic music with Dr. Cox threatening Turk (who is doing the stitches) coldly that he better succeed. Once Turk finishes and everything is okay, Dr. Cox declared "The Surgeon lives!"
** Another parody in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', also involving Dr. Cox, is J.D.'s imagined flashback of Dr. Cox in his intern days as a head-swaying, rebellious punk-rocker intern who responds to a colleague's greeting with, "Shut-up jackass. I ''rock''!!".
** In "My Friend the Doctor", Dr. Cox (who has a hurt back) bends down and picks up his badge off the floor, in slow motion and set to "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias. Carla was impressed because he did the whole thing with a casual cocky grin on his face, even though he was in excruciating pain and she knew it.
* Hilariously parodied in the "[[NewWorldOrder nWo]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxe2tHkhNY0 Saturday]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk28owPoJ4o&feature=relmfu Night]]" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePBH8P9ehGI segments]] of ''WCW Saturday Night'', which would see an nWo member take on a {{Jobber}} in a five-minute match; each and every move done by the nWo member would be augmented by over-the-top special effects, replayed from at least 5 different angles, and get thunderous, deafening applause and cheers from the (nonexistent) crowd.
* The TitleSequence of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' shows his normal morning sequence, but filmed in a way to seem like horrific and brutal parts of a murder sequence: a blood orange is viciously sliced then viscerally disemboweled, dental floss pulled like a garotte, [[ThereWillBeToiletPaper a small cut while shaving]] has us watch the slowly spreading blood... watch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utqoFsMYPKs here]].
* The reality show ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' likes to toss in special effects during editing -- objects appear in a blast of lightning instead of being brought out normally, etc. Granted, the show is about people coming up with concepts for superheroes, so it's thematic, but when the object is a boring old laptop, it just decreases the "reality" portion of the program.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Journey to Babel", in which Sarek is introduced, Sarek's shuttlecraft slowly arriving in the hangar gets louder, more dramatic music than even most battles.
** For that matter, many TOS episodes featured people walking along corridors to rising orchestra music. Dum da DUM DUM...
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' pilot, "Encounter at Farpoint", tried to make the separation of the saucer section from the primary hull be a thing of awesome majesty, what with the swelling theme music and the multiple camera angles. The fact that the separation happened so slowly made it even more awesome.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the Doctor's dream transformation into the Emergency Command Hologram, complete with a closeup on his lapel as the four pips appear dramatically one by one to heroic music. Janeway even comments "Nice touch" upon seeing it.
* Japanese example: ''Series/IronChef''. Dramatic orchestral music is used for almost all the musical cues, and the lead cameraman is apparently in love with crane shots that pan over the entire kitchen.
** They use Instant Replay on a cooking show.
** [[http://takeshikaga.ytmnd.com The dramatic yellow bell pepper eating by Chairman Kaga.]]
** "[[{{Spinoff}} In the immortal words of my uncle...]] '''''[[GratuitousFrench ALLEZ CUISINE!]]'''''"
** You will never look at the movie ''Backdraft'' the same way again after watching that show. (Not that ''Backdraft'' wasn't kind of {{Narm}}ful to begin with, but the show borrows its music.)
** The thing that ''really'' makes the show go over the top, at least in the English translation, is the way the announcers treat every competition as though it were the Super Bowl. The announcers are ''sportscasters'', determined to pump the drama up to eleven as they call the play-by-play. Taken UpToEleven in commercials for ''Iron Chef America'', which sometimes resemble -- deliberately -- promos for big-time ProfessionalWrestling events.
** The orchestra playing dramatic music ascending into Kitchen Stadium with Masahiko Kobe in every battle he's in.
** When boxing commentator and self-admitted non-cook Kenji Fukui was first asked to commentate, he couldn't understand why they'd need him for a cooking show, or what he'd say. "The knife goes up! The knife goes down!" However, once on set he quickly realized that the frenetic action together with his frequent need to ask Yukio Hattori what the chefs were doing gave him the material he needed to keep the show going.
* Pick an NBC reality show. The word "is" is... ''(20 seconds later)'' ...contractually obligated to have a pause that is... ''(we'll be right back)''... ''(after commercials)'' ...longer than the show itself. Most could, in fact, be comfortably edited to run in a half-hour TimeSlot instead of an hour... if the network were willing to give up the extra {{commercials}} (yeah, right) and the whole idea wasn't to fill up as much UsefulNotes/PrimeTime as possible as cheaply as possible.
** ''Series/TheBiggestLoser'' is usually TWO hours long, and probably 45 minutes is devoted to...each contestant stepping on the scale. "Your final weight is..." ''Random numbers flash on the screen...shocked face from contestant/trainer...cut to commercial.'' Frequent viewers can usually predict exactly when commercial breaks are going to happen.
** Most reality TV in general. It's actually about people cooking, or living an even more empty and meaningless life than most in a house, or whose aspiration is to get to wear clothes for a living. Just putting many of those concepts on television in the first place constitutes this trope, and they don't shy away from more traditional forms of it either.
* Parodied in the ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' game "Improbable Mission," which puts an everyday task to ''Series/MissionImpossible'' drama standards and plays it for laughs.
** The same goes for their "[[PrivateEyeMonologue Film Noir]]" game, which is always placed in a mundane setting and usually ends up in a detective-versus-detective GambitRoulette to accomplish an everyday or pointless task.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' played inspirational/awe-inspiring music when Adam and Jamie successfully created a lead balloon.
** In a 2010 commercial for the show, they play ''Ave Maria'' to things blowing up in slow motion.
** The show couldn't have existed for so long without this trope. It lived and breathed it. Myth isn't true? Replicate it anyway and bring on the [[BlowingStuffUp high explosives]]! Myth was true but still not quite enough? [[UpToEleven make the explosion even bigger]]! The final 2 seasons served only to kick things up even further, adding epic new music and "science" graphics to illustrate what the boys were talking about.
* The entire Series/CSIVerse does this with lab work, which is shot in fast-paced montages and pounding beats while lab techs take samples and look at slides. ''Series/CSIMiami'' is also infamous for Horatio Caine's....*GlassesPull*...witticisms.
* The original ''Series/{{CSI}}'' hangs a lampshade on it in one episode when it turns out [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn the forensics montage music was coming from Hodges' iPod]].
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* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' at many, many points, including Brian taking Marsha's coat, and heroically [[PowerWalk power walking]] it into the bedroom with stirring, heroic music from ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]''.
** An [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2tLKjeOstg epic gunfight]] of everyone pointing their fingers at each other, with slo-mo, gun jams, anguished "deaths", and {{Big No}}s, leading to a classical music soundtrack to highlight the senseless waste of it all.
* Spoofed in ''{{Series/Seinfeld}}''. Elaine starts dating an aspiring author whose manuscript she's editing, until he neglects to put an exclamation point in a message that her friend had a baby. This causes Elaine to go a little overboard in adding exclamation points to the book, which her boss chews her out for while reading some samples in a mock-dramatic narration.
** And then there's George's 2 MPH scooter chase, which ends when he figures out it's faster to just run.
** The foot race between Jerry and Duncan Meyer at the climax of "The Race." A short dash between two high school nemeses is done entirely in slow motion, has the theme from ''Film/{{Superman}}'' playing throughout, and is treated as such SeriousBusiness in-universe that there's an entire crowd gathered and a lot of celebration once it's completed.



* The ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Monday Night Football" uses this technique as the main characters try not to find out who won the Super Bowl.
** Barney plays this trope straighter than an arrow with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WDmEZP9Czg his video resume]]. The other characters [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] on it.
** Barney is made of this trope. "We're building an snowman in Central Park. It's LEGENDARY!". Also, sometimes the others react like this to Barney's revelations that are either not shocking at all and/or not surprising at all.
** In one episode, Ted and Marshall have a sword fight to decide who gets to keep the apartment.
* Done a lot on the PBS mini series ''The 1900 House''. The new residents of the 1900 house would have a moment of awesome mundanity whenever something that would have been commonplace to an everyday family in 1900 (but unusual in 1999) happened. "The chicken laid an egg!" "I made toast! (without electricity)" or, conversely, when something that would be odd in 1900 happened. "I bought shampoo!" "I'm not wearing underwear!"
* While most of ''Planet Earth'' is nothing but sheer awesomeness, the ending section of one episode features the aerial ''camera crew'' climbing into the helicopter in ''dramatic slow motion''.
* ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueForce'', which makes the {{Rescue}} genre much cooler then it has any right to be.
** Sequel ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueFire'' takes it UpToEleven with fire fighting. And by fire fighting I mean freezing a giant monster consisting of one or several thematic objects on fire and then firing from a [[HumongousMecha giant truck or plane or helicopter that roars like a dragon or screams like an eagle]] a car driven by the protagonist that is also '''on fire''' which crashes through the aforementioned frozen monster, thereby extinguishing the fire. Explosively.



* ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' is a ScienceShow built around this trope.

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* ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' is a ScienceShow built around Today's generation of game shows exploit this trope.with unrealistic tension, epic music and dramatic light and camera work. Examples include ''Iron Chef, In It To Win It, Deal Or No Deal'' and ''Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'' (a game of multiple choice questions).
* Sir Creator/IanMcKellen once did "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhEL0ioJwKQ#t=1m58s Instructions on changing a flat tire]] [[LargeHam in his most theatrical voice]]".
--> '''Ian [=McKellen=]:''' REMOVE the OLD WHEEL!
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N28aB52NFuc Lobster migration]] from BBC. Complete with an epic orchestral score worthy of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
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* Subverted in one episode of ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'': Kenneth the NBC page's blazer is accidentally destroyed and his only way to get a replacement is to beat his rival in an epic contest called a "page-off". Just as all the NBC pages are gathered to watch the hotly anticipated battle begin, Pete the producer arrives. He puts a stop to the silly event, points out that there are plenty of unused jackets available for Kenneth, and angrily orders all the pages back to work.
* Done a lot on the PBS mini series ''The 1900 House''. The new residents of the 1900 house would have a moment of awesome mundanity whenever something that would have been commonplace to an everyday family in 1900 (but unusual in 1999) happened. "The chicken laid an egg!" "I made toast! (without electricity)" or, conversely, when something that would be odd in 1900 happened. "I bought shampoo!" "I'm not wearing underwear!"
* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' does this at times by making tasks out of everyday tasks. Put a million dollars on the line, and even things like pouring wine can become dramatic as teams race to finish them first.
* Humorously done by ''American Eats'', a food documentary, to provide a dramatic introduction to the hamburger.



* In what is possibly the most awesome (and random) channel ident ever, [[Creator/TheBBC BBC1]] brings us [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB-REla0Sgc dogs doing stunts]] to a soundtrack that seems to have been borrowed from an action movie.
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' has one of these in the episode "Mystery Spot". Sure it was awesome when Sam drove the Impala, cleaned the weapons, and (especially) stitched his own bullet wound in a TimePassesMontage, but the dramatic music didn't really work with the other scenes of Sam brushing his teeth, eating chicken, and making his bed. That's right, Sammy, you show that bedspread who's a badass!

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* Parodied (like everything else) in ''Series/AngieTribeca''.
** Not only is detective Geils a longtime admirer of ventriloquism, but apparently ventriloquists are world-famous celebrities who collect trophy wives and go on sold-out world tours.
**
In what is possibly the most awesome (and random) channel ident ever, [[Creator/TheBBC BBC1]] brings us [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB-REla0Sgc dogs doing stunts]] to a soundtrack that seems to have been borrowed from an action movie.
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' has
one of these in the episode "Mystery Spot". Sure it was awesome when Sam drove the Impala, cleaned the weapons, and (especially) stitched his own bullet wound in episode, Dr. Elderweiss slowly descends downstairs on a TimePassesMontage, but the powered stairlift seat all while dramatic rock music didn't really work with the other scenes of Sam brushing his teeth, eating chicken, and making his bed. That's right, Sammy, you show that bedspread who's a badass!plays.



* [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus In 1970 the British Empire lay in ruins...]]
** It's... Bicycle Repair Man!!
** "Good evening and welcome to another edition of ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjiR2GkXK2Q Storage Jars]]''!"
** "A scotsman on a horse!" [cue applauding audience]
** "In 1943, a group of British Army Officers working deep behind enemy lines, carried out one of the most dangerous and heroic raids in the history of warfare. But that's as maybe." Cut to a sketch about a soldier trying to resign from the army because it's dangerous.
* ''Series/TopGear'':
** It's never just a shot of a guy standing next to a stationary car, it's a desaturated shot of a guy standing next to a stationary car with forced perspective so he looks like a midget and the shot has been flipped upside down so you aren't quite sure which is the car and which is the reflection of the car in a puddle and also there is stirring orchestral music and a brief jump cut to some sort of atmospheric local wildlife before coming back to the car.
** Lampshaded in the show's opening, where Jeremy narrates three brief clips from the coming episode, which are usually three very non-epic things like eating food, pointing at things, or wearing hats.
** Whenever the team gets a sportscar in the studio, they ''must'' test how fast it goes around their track. And since none of the trio are professional racers, they have a special crew-member who drives every car for them. But this crew-member's identity is completely covered up, to the extent that the racer wears fully concealing clothing, and he is always introduced by Clarkson listing off two improbable "facts" about this mysterious being, before stating that all they really know is that he is called The Stig.
* A Creator/DiscoveryChannel show called ''Time Warp'' consists entirely of guys running around with high-speed cameras and filming random things, ''but very slowly''. Most things look significantly cooler when shot in 5000 FPS. The great thing about the show is they don't even ''pretend'' they're doing it for some higher scientific purpose, like the ''Series/MythBusters'' do. They straight up admit that they're just doing what they do because it's [[RuleOfCool really, really cool]].
* On ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', in a bathroom Lana Lang [[ImportantHaircut cuts her hair]] three inches . . . And she's ready for the world!!!!
* Did anyone else notice Danko's surprisingly emphasized shaving scene at the beginning of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''' "Cold Snap"?

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* [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus In 1970 The UK version of ''Series/TheApprentice'' uses a dramatic piece of music called ''The Fury of Schmidt'' as a sort of surrogate theme tune. Very powerful, and it's used significantly more often than ''Dance of the British Empire lay Knights'' in ruins...]]
** It's... Bicycle Repair Man!!
** "Good evening and welcome to another edition
some series - series 3 uses ''The Fury of ''[[https://www.Schmidt'' more or less exclusively. Usually sets the tone pretty well, but in the 1st episode of the Junior Apprentice, it - like Rhys Rosser's suit - somehow doesn't quite fit. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjiR2GkXK2Q Storage Jars]]''!"
** "A scotsman on a horse!" [cue applauding audience]
** "In 1943, a group of British Army Officers working deep behind enemy lines, carried out one of
com/watch?v=QlOa80Y7nTw Particularly jarring when it properly kicks in at the most dangerous and heroic raids in 1:00 mark.]]
** Near
the history start of warfare. But that's as maybe." Cut to a sketch about a soldier trying to resign from each episode, the army because candidates are shown arriving for their next briefing with Lord Sugar. Usually this is shot relatively straightforwardly, but occasionally it's dangerous.
* ''Series/TopGear'':
** It's never just a shot
full of a guy standing next to a stationary car, it's a desaturated shot artistic shots of a guy standing next to a stationary car with forced perspective so he looks like a midget the London dawn and the shot has been flipped upside down so you aren't quite sure which is the car and which is the reflection of the car in a puddle and also there is stirring orchestral music and a brief jump cut to some sort of atmospheric local wildlife before coming back to heavenly choirs.
** Incidentally,
the car.
** Lampshaded in the show's opening, where Jeremy narrates three brief clips from the coming episode, which are usually three very non-epic things like eating food, pointing at things, or wearing hats.
** Whenever the team gets a sportscar in the studio, they ''must'' test how fast it goes around their track. And since none
US version of the trio are professional racers, they have a special crew-member who drives every car for them. But this crew-member's identity is completely covered up, to the extent that the racer wears fully concealing clothing, and he is always introduced by Clarkson listing off two improbable "facts" about this mysterious being, before stating that all they really know is that he is called The Stig.
* A Creator/DiscoveryChannel show called ''Time Warp'' consists entirely of guys running around with high-speed cameras and filming random things, ''but very slowly''. Most things look significantly cooler when shot in 5000 FPS. The great thing about
the show is they don't even ''pretend'' they're doing it for some higher scientific purpose, like the ''Series/MythBusters'' do. They straight up admit that they're just doing what they do because it's [[RuleOfCool really, really cool]].
* On ''{{Series/Smallville}}'',
absolutely drowning in a bathroom Lana Lang [[ImportantHaircut cuts her hair]] three inches . . . And she's ready for the world!!!!
* Did anyone else notice Danko's surprisingly emphasized shaving scene at the beginning of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''' "Cold Snap"?
this trope.



* ''Series/TheTonightShow with Creator/ConanOBrien'': TWITTER TRACKER TWITTER TRACKER TWITTER TRACKER!!!!
* ''The Tonight Show with Creator/JimmyFallon'' occasionally has a game segment called ''The Wheel of Musical Impression, where his guests are told to sing a song in the style of another singer. This normally would be a simple comedy skit, except that Jimmy specifically picks expert singers as guests for this particular game, often resulting in this trope. For example, witness a simple nursery song, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_04ZrNroTo The Wheels on the Bus]], being turned into [[https://youtu.be/ss9ygQqqL2Q?t=133 an epic soul ballad]].
* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' pulls out deep, OminousLatinChanting, full of terror and drama for...someone looking thru a microscope. To be fair it was her creeping on the genes of a helpless girl but still.
* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Brief Candle" features a scene of epic mass waking-up, complete with the heroic action theme!
** Season 1 as a whole was pretty over the top with its abuse of their score, and Brief Candle is probably the worst episode in that regard. Comparing the musical score in a later season episode to Brief Candle is an interesting experience.
** Similarly, the episode "Touchstone" includes a scene of heroic power-cable coupling. Now, the heroic power-cable-hooking-up ''is'' going on in a blizzard, so...
* The ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "First Contact" features several completely unnecessary pans across the entire city with stirring theme music playing loudly in the background, which cut to Rodney and Daniel Jackson doing something mundane like looking at security recordings. It's so overblown that it's almost certainly [[LampshadeHanging intentional]]. This ''is'' Stargate, after all.
** It was actually reused special effects from the season 1 episode "The Storm", where its use was far more appropriate. So it wasn't so much "intentional" as "cheaper".
** According to the commentary, it was done specifically because the PowersThatBe realized how boring having Rodney and Daniel view security footage and look through storage containers would be, so they decided to spice it up a bit. Definitely on purpose.
* Despite all the flak it received from its fans, there's one thing ''Series/StargateUniverse'' did very much right: making a solar-powered spacecraft awesome in a sci-fi show with a large variety of exotic power sources. [[spoiler:By having it '''[[HolyShitQuotient DIVE INTO A GODDAMN STAR]] TO RECHARGE ITS BATTERIES'''.]]
* Subverted in one episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Kenneth the NBC page's blazer is accidentally destroyed and his only way to get a replacement is to beat his rival in an epic contest called a "page-off". Just as all the NBC pages are gathered to watch the hotly anticipated battle begin, Pete the producer arrives. He puts a stop to the silly event, points out that there are plenty of unused jackets available for Kenneth, and angrily orders all the pages back to work.



* A season 4 episode of the re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has a short but very dramatic scene featuring William Adama brushing his teeth with a mean look on his face.
* In what is possibly the most awesome (and random) channel ident ever, [[Creator/TheBBC BBC1]] brings us [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB-REla0Sgc dogs doing stunts]] to a soundtrack that seems to have been borrowed from an action movie.



** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5oc-70Fby4 Here]]
* An off-air example: In ''Series/DirtySexyMoney'', it was decided that they would discover that one of the Darling children was actually the illegitimate child of Letitia and Dutch. Dutch's legitimate son, Nick, had been romantically involved with Karen Darling. The production meeting on this one addressed the [[BrotherSisterIncest gorilla in the room]] by writing the word "INCEST" on the board in huge letters and then dramatically X-ing it out. [[spoiler:Brian turned out to be the illegitimate one, perhaps hinted at by the fact that he himself has an illegitimate son.]]
* When the first self-righting mechanism was accidentally discovered on ''Series/RobotWars'', it was subject to no fewer than ''six instant replays, each from a different angle''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=QuHnNXpWld0 Observe]].
* [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/63320/cosmos-the-lives-of-the-stars#s-p1-so-i0 Take a look]] at the intro to the ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'' episode "The Lives of The Stars", by Creator/CarlSagan. Ominous music, startling shots, slow motion, sudden violence, all at larger-than-normal scale... Most epic, significant apple pie making ''ever''. And then it turns to perfectly average baking and serving. If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe...
** He does it again when he describes a nigh-magical ability to transcend time itself and learn from all the great teachers, explorers, scientists, and and other minds of history, by...reading. And he really does make it come across as that awesome. And he's ''right''.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMJxjYRXYkU trailer]] for the sequel with UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson gives ''poking a child's cheek'' this treatment.
* On ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'', the ChaseScene between Eric and Steven. A high-speed scooter chase is bad enough, but what propels it squarely into this trope is the background music. [[MortalKombat MORTAL KOMBAAAAT!]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' took a (quite literal) CookingDuel between the eponymous character and a {{Masquerade}} monster, and used dramatic camera angles, [[SpeedStripes speed-lined]] ingredient chopping, and gratuitous usage of the show's [[ThemeMusicPowerUp rock theme]] for actual battles to boost the action of preparing a bowl of soup to epic levels. Considering the normally serious tone of the show, this skirted dangerously close to {{Narm}} levels. Though to be fair, cooking mastery was a major part of the lead's character.
* The opening credits of the US version of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' feature energetic rock music playing over mundane things like photocopying, phone calls and the water cooler bubbling.
* Humorously done by ''American Eats'', a food documentary, to provide a dramatic introduction to the hamburger.
* NBC's game show ''Series/MinuteToWinIt''. You know it fits this trope when there's epic music playing complete with OminousLatinChanting, and yet all the challenges consist of [[SarcasmMode epic tasks]] like ''emptying a tissue box!'' Later episodes have eased up on this, however.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5oc-70Fby4 Here]]
Here]].
* ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' is a ScienceShow built around this trope.
* An off-air example: In ''Series/DirtySexyMoney'', it was decided that they would discover that one of the Darling children was actually the illegitimate child of Letitia and Dutch. Dutch's legitimate son, Nick, had been romantically involved with Karen Darling. The production meeting on this one addressed the [[BrotherSisterIncest gorilla in the room]] by writing the word "INCEST" on the board in huge letters and then dramatically X-ing it out. [[spoiler:Brian turned out to be the illegitimate one, perhaps hinted at by the fact that he himself has an illegitimate son.]]
* When the first self-righting mechanism was accidentally discovered on ''Series/RobotWars'', it was subject to no fewer than ''six instant replays, each from a different angle''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=QuHnNXpWld0 Observe]].
* [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/63320/cosmos-the-lives-of-the-stars#s-p1-so-i0 Take a look]] at the intro to the ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage''
episode "The Lives of The Stars", ''Series/BlackBooks'' parodies this, by Creator/CarlSagan. Ominous music, startling shots, slow motion, sudden violence, all at larger-than-normal scale... Most epic, significant apple pie making ''ever''. And then it turns featuring Manny's walk to perfectly average baking a nearby ice-cream stand to get two ice creams on a hot day filmed and serving. If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent acted as if it were the universe...
** He does it again when he describes a nigh-magical ability
preamble to transcend time itself and learn from all the great teachers, explorers, scientists, and and other minds of history, by...reading. And he really does make it come across as that awesome. And he's ''right''.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMJxjYRXYkU trailer]] for the sequel with UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson gives ''poking a child's cheek'' this treatment.
* On ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'', the ChaseScene between Eric and Steven. A high-speed scooter chase is bad enough, but what propels it squarely into this trope is the background music. [[MortalKombat MORTAL KOMBAAAAT!]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' took a (quite literal) CookingDuel between the eponymous character and a {{Masquerade}} monster, and used dramatic camera angles, [[SpeedStripes speed-lined]] ingredient chopping, and gratuitous usage of the show's [[ThemeMusicPowerUp rock theme]] for actual battles to boost the action of preparing a bowl of soup to epic levels. Considering the normally serious tone of the show, this skirted dangerously close to {{Narm}} levels. Though to be fair, cooking mastery was
a major part of the lead's character.
* The opening credits of the US version of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' feature energetic rock music playing over mundane things like photocopying, phone calls and the water cooler bubbling.
* Humorously done by ''American Eats'',
shoot-out in a food documentary, to provide a dramatic introduction to the hamburger.
* NBC's game show ''Series/MinuteToWinIt''. You know it fits this trope when there's epic music playing complete with OminousLatinChanting, and yet all the challenges consist of [[SarcasmMode epic tasks]] like ''emptying a tissue box!'' Later episodes have eased up on this, however.
Tarantino movie.



* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has Fred cleaning stuff
* A season 4 episode of the re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has a short but very dramatic scene featuring William Adama brushing his teeth with a mean look on his face.
* ''{{Series/Victorious}}'': At the very end of "Freak the Freak Out", Sikowitz sings Number One by Ginger Fox. And then proceeds to pay homage to ''Film/{{Flashdance}}'' by banging on a chair while wet. His portrayer, Eric Lange, said that this has been his favorite scene on the show to shoot yet.
* ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' has no less than 4 (and counting) elaborate jingles, featuring flaming robot skeletons, lasers, a triceratops, etc. This is all for a segment where Craig reads emails and tweets.
* A sketch from ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'', based on a news story about Starbucks and the right to bring guns in their stores. Kimmel takes it to its logical conclusion when he orders a coffee at gunpoint. RefugeInAudacity occurs at the end when he [[spoiler:shoots a man at the door as he walks out]].

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* ** ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has Fred cleaning stuff
stuff.
* A season 4 episode Parodied on ''Series/ChappellesShow'', where Dave shows us that everything is better in... slow motion. Except for dropping a deuce.
* Happens frequently on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', especially when Morgan is involved. Most notably in the deceptive ColdOpen
of the re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has a short but very pilot episode. A series of dramatic scene featuring William Adama brushing closeups of what looks like an assault team gearing up for a dangerous mission...which turns into Chuck trying to sneak out the window of his teeth bedroom to escape the unwanted birthday party his sister is giving him. Played with a mean look on his face.
* ''{{Series/Victorious}}'': At
even ''further'' with Morgan hanging from the very end of "Freak windowsill and almost falling during the Freak Out", Sikowitz sings Number One by Ginger Fox. entire conversation when they're caught. And then proceeds he stands up because the room is on ''the ground floor''.
** [[spoiler: Later on, after Ellie and Awesome have Clara, they put her in her crib in her room and then get ready
to pay homage to ''Film/{{Flashdance}}'' by banging on a chair while wet. His portrayer, Eric Lange, said do something they haven't done in the three months since she was born, complete with specially chosen outfits...sleeping through the night]].
** [[spoiler: When the CIA rebuilds the Buy More they staff it with agents who run the place super efficiently, mopping up spills
that this has been his favorite scene on barely hit the show to shoot yet.
* ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' has no less than 4 (and counting) elaborate jingles, featuring flaming robot skeletons, lasers, a triceratops, etc. This is all for a segment where Craig reads emails
ground, catching things that fall with dramatic cartwheels and tweets.
* A sketch from ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'', based on a news story about Starbucks
backflips, and generally making the right to bring guns in their stores. Kimmel takes it to its logical conclusion when he orders a coffee at gunpoint. RefugeInAudacity occurs at place seem like it's fallen into the end when he [[spoiler:shoots a man at Twilight Zone. Morgan eventually rings the door as he walks out]].original crew back to make it seem more normal.]]



** Leave it Greendale Community College to beta test a new smartphone app that allows you to rate other people and turn into a dystopian society segregated by rating.
* Parodied on ''Series/ChappellesShow'', where Dave shows us that everything is better in... slow motion. Except for dropping a deuce.
* Parodied on an episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', in which Crow T. Robot practices ''EXTREEEEEME YOGA!'' and Tom Servo is into ''EXTREEEEEEME PHILATELY!''. Mike Nelson tried to get in on the action by eating ''EXTREEEEEEME RICE!'', but the bots blithely informed him that there was nothing extreme about it.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' gets a new cane. Cue awesome music, dramatic camera angle and slo-mo (and his trainers synchronize with Wilson's).
* The ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode "The Same Old Story" features a scene, complete with tension-building "thriller music", of a scary, sheet-filled cabinet opening!
* In 1979-1980, Philadelphia station KYW tried something different. They tried... [[https://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=3D44E9BF39B8BA9D DISCO NEWS]]! Some people may consider it the greatest local TV news decision ever, while others may consider it incredibly ridiculous.
* Sir Creator/IanMcKellen once did "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhEL0ioJwKQ#t=1m58s Instructions on changing a flat tire]] [[LargeHam in his most theatrical voice]]".
--> '''Ian [=McKellen=]:''' REMOVE the OLD WHEEL!
* In the ''Series/CornerGas'' episode "Face Off," Oscar and Emma get ready to drive to the hockey game, but they can't be sure the car will start because it's been making funny noises lately. As Oscar starts the car, we see dramatic close-ups of his hands and hear epic music.

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** Leave it to Greendale Community College to beta test a new smartphone app that allows you to rate other people and turn into a dystopian society segregated by rating.
* Parodied on ''Series/ChappellesShow'', where Dave shows us that everything is better in... slow motion. Except for dropping a deuce.
* Parodied on an episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', in which Crow T. Robot practices ''EXTREEEEEME YOGA!'' and Tom Servo is into ''EXTREEEEEEME PHILATELY!''. Mike Nelson tried to get in on the action by eating ''EXTREEEEEEME RICE!'', but the bots blithely informed him that there was nothing extreme about it.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' gets a new cane. Cue awesome music, dramatic camera angle and slo-mo (and his trainers synchronize with Wilson's).
* The ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode "The Same Old Story" features a scene, complete with tension-building "thriller music", of a scary, sheet-filled cabinet opening!
* In 1979-1980, Philadelphia station KYW tried something different. They tried... [[https://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=3D44E9BF39B8BA9D DISCO NEWS]]! Some people may consider it the greatest local TV news decision ever, while others may consider it incredibly ridiculous.
* Sir Creator/IanMcKellen once did "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhEL0ioJwKQ#t=1m58s Instructions on changing a flat tire]] [[LargeHam in his most theatrical voice]]".
--> '''Ian [=McKellen=]:''' REMOVE the OLD WHEEL!
*
In the ''Series/CornerGas'' episode "Face Off," Off", Oscar and Emma get ready to drive to the hockey game, but they can't be sure the car will start because it's been making funny noises lately. As Oscar starts the car, we see dramatic close-ups of his hands and hear epic music.



* An episode of ''Series/BlackBooks'' parodies this, by featuring Manny's walk to a nearby ice-cream stand to get two ice creams on a hot day filmed and acted as if it were the preamble to a major shoot-out in a Tarantino movie.
* ''Series/ModernMarvels'' takes the stuff you probably don't think about even once in a single day (copper, paint, concrete, etc) and somehow makes it absolutely captivating.
* The Cat from ''Series/RedDwarf'' has a very high opinion of his own awesomeness, and will utilise his yowling, theatrical CatchPhrase to emphasise such occasions as walking down a corridor.
* The UK version of ''Series/TheApprentice'' uses a dramatic piece of music called ''The Fury of Schmidt'' as a sort of surrogate theme tune. Very powerful, and it's used significantly more often than ''Dance of the Knights'' in some series - series 3 uses ''The Fury of Schmidt'' more or less exclusively. Usually sets the tone pretty well, but in the 1st episode of the Junior Apprentice, it - like Rhys Rosser's suit - somehow doesn't quite fit. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlOa80Y7nTw Particularly jarring when it properly kicks in at the 1:00 mark.]]
** Near the start of each episode, the candidates are shown arriving for their next briefing with Lord Sugar. Usually this is shot relatively straightforwardly, but occasionally it's full of artistic shots of the London dawn and the music of heavenly choirs.
** Incidentally, the US version of the show is absolutely drowning in this trope.
* On the Science Channel, ''Monster Bug Wars'' shows footage of various RealLife creepy-crawlies preying on one another. It backs up these miniature confrontations with ominous narration, an action-flick score (suspense chords, dramatic fight music, even somber oh-the-humanity dirges for the aftermath!) and ''sound effects'' of snarling big cats, squealing pigs, and ''Film/JurassicPark''-dino roars. All while being [[ShownTheirWork incredibly educational.]]
* This was a frequent criticism of ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'', in which the characters would frequently charge around making [[CharacterFilibuster dramatic speeches]] about how what they were doing was The Most Important Thing Ever and acting as if The World Will Literally End If We Don't Get This Right. They did the same thing in Creator/AaronSorkin's previous show, ''Series/TheWestWing'', but the key difference between the two was that ''The West Wing'' was set behind the scenes at the White House, where the characters frequently ''were'' dealing with issues of major importance, while these characters were working behind the scenes at... a TV comedy show. And so, could probably take themselves and what they were doing a lot less seriously.

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* An [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/63320/cosmos-the-lives-of-the-stars#s-p1-so-i0 Take a look]] at the intro to the ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'' episode "The Lives of ''Series/BlackBooks'' parodies this, The Stars", by featuring Manny's walk Creator/CarlSagan. Ominous music, startling shots, slow motion, sudden violence, all at larger-than-normal scale... Most epic, significant apple pie making ''ever''. And then it turns to a nearby ice-cream stand to get two ice creams on a hot day filmed perfectly average baking and acted as if it were the preamble to a major shoot-out in a Tarantino movie.
* ''Series/ModernMarvels'' takes the stuff
serving. If you probably don't think about even once in a single day (copper, paint, concrete, etc) and somehow makes it absolutely captivating.
* The Cat
wish to make an apple pie from ''Series/RedDwarf'' has scratch, you must first invent the universe...
** He does it again when he describes
a very high opinion of his own awesomeness, nigh-magical ability to transcend time itself and will utilise his yowling, theatrical CatchPhrase to emphasise such occasions learn from all the great teachers, explorers, scientists, and and other minds of history, by...reading. And he really does make it come across as walking down a corridor.
*
that awesome. And he's ''right''.
**
The UK version of ''Series/TheApprentice'' uses a dramatic piece of music called ''The Fury of Schmidt'' as a sort of surrogate theme tune. Very powerful, and it's used significantly more often than ''Dance of the Knights'' in some series - series 3 uses ''The Fury of Schmidt'' more or less exclusively. Usually sets the tone pretty well, but in the 1st episode of the Junior Apprentice, it - like Rhys Rosser's suit - somehow doesn't quite fit. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlOa80Y7nTw Particularly jarring com/watch?v=gMJxjYRXYkU trailer]] for the sequel with UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson gives ''poking a child's cheek'' this treatment.
* The entire Series/CSIVerse does this with lab work, which is shot in fast-paced montages and pounding beats while lab techs take samples and look at slides. ''Series/CSIMiami'' is also infamous for Horatio Caine's....*GlassesPull*...witticisms.
* The original ''Series/{{CSI}}'' hangs a lampshade on it in one episode
when it properly kicks in at turns out [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn the 1:00 mark.forensics montage music was coming from Hodges' iPod]].
* News Promos. ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'' parody this mercilessly.
** And then ''The Daily Show'' brought us us ''[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=178209&title=the-news-better-run this]]''.
** And then, on election night, they went further! '''[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=209508&title=Indecision-2008:-America%27s-Choice---Stephen%27s-Distractions CHUCK! JUICE IT!]]'''
** '''THE FINAL ENDGAME ALPHA ACTION GO TIME LIFT-OFF DECIDE-ICIDAL HUNGRY MAN'S EXTREME RAW POWER ULTIMATE VOTESLAM SMACKDOWN '08 NO MERCY: JUDGEMENT DAY '08... [+'08!+]'''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F9qo0tnh3c This promo for WITI TV-6 News Update]] is possibly one of the most overdone promos ever created. It looks like an action-packed 80s {{police procedural}}.
** [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]] [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Versus]] [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] in '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Bi9TKESkI THE RUMBLE IN THE AIR CONDITIONED AUDITORIUM]]'''.
* ''Series/TheDayToday'', which did the over-the-top title sequence gag throughout every show in early 1994. And then [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuCAQnWyAiQ&feature=related turned it up to 11]] for ''Series/BrassEye''. They then managed to go SerialEscalation by making the DVD menus ''even more exciting''.
* The TitleSequence of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' shows his normal morning sequence, but filmed in a way to seem like horrific and brutal parts of a murder sequence: a blood orange is viciously sliced then viscerally disemboweled, dental floss pulled like a garotte, [[ThereWillBeToiletPaper a small cut while shaving]] has us watch the slowly spreading blood... watch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utqoFsMYPKs here]].
* An off-air example: In ''Series/DirtySexyMoney'', it was decided that they would discover that one of the Darling children was actually the illegitimate child of Letitia and Dutch. Dutch's legitimate son, Nick, had been romantically involved with Karen Darling. The production meeting on this one addressed the [[BrotherSisterIncest gorilla in the room]] by writing the word "INCEST" on the board in huge letters and then dramatically X-ing it out. [[spoiler:Brian turned out to be the illegitimate one, perhaps hinted at by the fact that he himself has an illegitimate son.
]]
** Near * ''Series/DoctorWho'': Happens all the start of each episode, the candidates are shown arriving for their next briefing time, with Lord Sugar. Usually this is shot relatively straightforwardly, but occasionally it's full of artistic shots of the London dawn and the music of heavenly choirs.
** Incidentally, the US version of the show is absolutely drowning in this trope.
* On the Science Channel, ''Monster Bug Wars'' shows footage of various RealLife creepy-crawlies preying on one another. It backs up these miniature confrontations with ominous narration, an action-flick score (suspense chords, dramatic fight music, even somber oh-the-humanity dirges for the aftermath!) and ''sound effects'' of snarling big cats, squealing pigs, and ''Film/JurassicPark''-dino roars. All while being [[ShownTheirWork incredibly educational.]]
* This was
a frequent criticism of ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'', in which the characters would frequently charge around making [[CharacterFilibuster dramatic speeches]] about how what they were doing was The Most Important Thing Ever and acting as if The World Will Literally End If We Don't Get This Right. They did the same thing in Creator/AaronSorkin's previous show, ''Series/TheWestWing'', but the key difference between the two was hero who believes that ''The West Wing'' was set behind ordinary humans are the scenes most wonderful beings in the universe, and that everything is in the details. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow Placing a glass of water on the floor]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentandtheDoctor looking at the White House, where the characters frequently ''were'' dealing with issues of major importance, while these characters were working behind the scenes at... stars]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol singing]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime talking to a TV comedy show. And so, could probably take themselves baby]], and what they were doing [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks adjusting a lot less seriously.bow tie]] have all been transformed into both [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments of awesome]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]].



* The American version of ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' tends to suffer from this a lot. The narrator makes everything from reading a menu to the ethnic heritage of the owner like some Earth-shattering revelation of God and the over-the-top music only adds to this. Downright abrupt changes into dramatic music can occur at anything from verbal fights to Ramsay quickly turning his head. And if something ''really'' crazy is implied to happen, the camera may cut, go in and out of focus and jump as many as three times within two seconds. This is quite different from the British version, which is way more laid back.
* Red or Black - a 'game' (in the loosest sense of the word) show that has just (Sept 11) started on ITV in Britain. Take 256 audience members, and have them guess red or black in a series of contests that are 50/50 between the 'red' option and the 'black' (although the need to lose exactly half every time means those at the back of the queue get no choice). The last contestent then guesses Red or Black on a giant proto roulette wheel to win "ONE MILLION POUNDS"! There is no skill - each challenge is as close to 50/50 as the producers can get (One show included jousting on top of cars, tightrope walker race, top golfers Rory [=McIlroy=] and Lee Westwood trying to hit a gong in a lake, and picking a place at a table set for 32. Each had a hidden jelly/jello, and on the word they all lifted the cloches to reveal if it was red or black). Yet each round is turned into an Olympian contest – the winning colour jelly was revealed by the colour of the table top. The cloth was removed by ATTACHING IT TO A MOTORBIKE AND PULLING! AWESOME! Cue interviews with tearful members of the losing half, people upset at being knocked out in round two, and then asking the survivors what their strategy is in the next round. And do these epic contests take place in a normal studio? NO, THIS IS AWESOME, so it starts in Wembley arena (USians – think Madison Square Gardens) before the remaining 128 are bussed to a Stately Home for games in the grounds. The final 8 re-enter the studio to an X-Factor style set up, complete with mini-bio films of each, where a more famous people are used to determine red or black, until the high drama finale with the “Red or Black wheel”, all to the sort of effects usually reserved for the winner of “..got talent”, where at least they had to be good at something!
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF_uOgyBK1c Watch the Football]]!
** And also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MFtl2XXnUc Coming up on "The Gift Shop Sketch..."]]
** Subverted for laughs in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhVJhRhJbJE Coverage of People Buying A House And Then Living In It]]", in which the titular show is clearly ''supposed'' to do this for the process of house-hunting (in the vein of property shows such as ''Location, Location, Location''), but both the host and the participant obviously realise just how teeth-grindingly mundane the process actually is and make no effort to conceal how utterly bored they are by having to make a television program about it.
* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' is essentially a subversion of this trope, and so on the occasions they deliberately invoke it they usually take RefugeInAudacity.
** In one episode, the MonsterOfTheWeek is beaten when he is defeated by [[spoiler: his life threatening allergy to peanuts]], which had been hurled across the room, in slow motion, in an against all odds, life or death situation, with stirring music ...
** In the series 2 finale, it is revealed that a side character has inherited the ''utterly awesome power of'' ... lactokinesis. Which is the ability to control milk with ones mind, in case you're not familiar with latin. Curtis is later saved by [[spoiler: being lactose intolerant]], which get even more ridiculous when that information is revealed in a PreAsskickingOneLiner.
** In one episode Nathan, in an attempt to save the local youth from a life of cardigan wearing religious types, delivers a heartfelt and RousingSpeech, complete with orchestral swells and tearful pride about ... the virtues of being a drunken idiot.
--> If you could see yourselves... We had it all. We have fucked up bigger and better than any generation that came before us. We were so beautiful... We're screw-ups. I plan on staying a screw-up until my late twenties, or maybe even my early thirties. And I will shag my own mum before I let her.... or anyone else take that away from me!
* In one episode of ''Series/ReadingRainbow'', when Creator/LeVarBurton is riding on a train, he discovers that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0M-X70-MvM "The shower's in the toilet!"]].
* An episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' was merciless with both playing this straight and inverting it in a Swine Trek sketch: Because of the presence of a mysterious musical robot outside the ship, everything gets appropriate music. Doctor Strangepork gets a celebratory fanfare on his entrance. First Mate Piggy gets {{stripperiffic}} music when she tries to leave. And Captain Link Hogthrob repeatedly gets LosingHorns.
* UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins did this with being alive at all in the "Waking Up In The Universe" episode of ''Growing Up In The Universe''.
* Some of the characters in ''Series/JustShootMe'' played paintball in one episode. Dennis had a temporary falling out with Jack (who was on his team) after accidentally shooting him, only to redeem himself later by saving Jack from the blast of shaken up soda can as if it were a grenade, ruining his shirt and making him unable to attend a party. The scene played out as if Dennis were a soldier dying in Jack's arms.
* According to ''Series/{{Tosh 0}}'', everything is cooler... ''[[http://tosh.comedycentral.com/video-clips/everything-looks-cooler-through-a-fisheye-lens through a fisheye lens!]]''



* Part of ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''[='=]s DVD BonusMaterial is what is supposedly Tuxedo Mask's origin. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALhzfSyVGmc Here]] is Mamoru suiting up as his costumed alter-ego... depicted in the style of a TransformationSequence.



* ''Series/SoRandom'' has a segment called Anime Brothers; two of the male cast members dress up in clothes not unlike Goku's gi, wear massive plastic wigs, and are enthusiastic about things like Opening! A Juice Box! or Brushing our Teeth!
* Happens frequently on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', especially when Morgan is involved. Most notably in the deceptive ColdOpen of the pilot episode. A series of dramatic closeups of what looks like an assault team gearing up for a dangerous mission...which turns into Chuck trying to sneak out the window of his bedroom to escape the unwanted birthday party his sister is giving him. Played with even ''further'' with Morgan hanging from the windowsill and almost falling during the entire conversation when they're caught. And then he stands up because the room is on ''the ground floor''.
** [[spoiler: Later on, after Ellie and Awesome have Clara, they put her in her crib in her room and then get ready to do something they haven't done in the three months since she was born, complete with specially chosen outfits...sleeping through the night]].
** [[spoiler: When the CIA rebuilds the Buy More they staff it with agents who run the place super efficiently, mopping up spills that barely hit the ground, catching things that fall with dramatic cartwheels and backflips, and generally making the place seem like it's fallen into the Twilight Zone. Morgan eventually rings the original crew back to make it seem more normal.]]
* One episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' has Earl take part in a Bagging Tournament. It is treated as very serious sport (Except by the main characters) as well as taking lots of of digs at the concept.
---> '''Referee:''' If I let you go out there with a broken finger, I'll lose my Bagging Referee's License... And I can't remember the name of the website I downloaded it from.
** Also mocked by Catalina"
---> '''Randy:''' They did it, they won!
---> '''Catalina:''' We can go home now!
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N28aB52NFuc Lobster migration]] from BBC. Complete with an epic orchestral score worthy of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* In a 1980s ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' parody of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and its first four films, the ''Enterprise'' has been converted [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xoob5a_saturday-night-live-star-trek-v-the-restaurant-enterprise_fun into a seafood restaurant]]. Thus, the usual dramatics must be applied to things like condiment shortages ("The dispenser is jammed, captain. It will take days to repair!").
* ''Series/RetroGameMaster'': Arino's "Game Center CX! Kachou, on!" has gotten progressively more dramatic over the years.
* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' does this at times by making tasks out of everyday tasks. Put a million dollars on the line, and even things like pouring wine can become dramatic as teams race to finish them first.
* Most TV cooking shows are rather boring: the host takes some ingredients, puts them in a pot and/or oven for a while, and talks a lot. Then along came Alton Brown with ''Series/GoodEats''...
* ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'': One of the lines in the epic rock theme song is "Drive four-on-the-floor!". Because, well, cars.

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* ''Series/SoRandom'' has The ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode "The Same Old Story" features a segment called Anime Brothers; two of the male cast members dress up in clothes not unlike Goku's gi, wear massive plastic wigs, and are enthusiastic about things like Opening! A Juice Box! or Brushing our Teeth!
* Happens frequently on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', especially when Morgan is involved. Most notably in the deceptive ColdOpen of the pilot episode. A series of dramatic closeups of what looks like an assault team gearing up for a dangerous mission...which turns into Chuck trying to sneak out the window of his bedroom to escape the unwanted birthday party his sister is giving him. Played with even ''further'' with Morgan hanging from the windowsill and almost falling during the entire conversation when they're caught. And then he stands up because the room is on ''the ground floor''.
** [[spoiler: Later on, after Ellie and Awesome have Clara, they put her in her crib in her room and then get ready to do something they haven't done in the three months since she was born,
scene, complete with specially chosen outfits...sleeping through the night]].
** [[spoiler: When the CIA rebuilds the Buy More they staff it with agents who run the place super efficiently, mopping up spills that barely hit the ground, catching things that fall with dramatic cartwheels and backflips, and generally making the place seem like it's fallen into the Twilight Zone. Morgan eventually rings the original crew back to make it seem more normal.]]
* One episode
tension-building "thriller music", of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' has Earl take part in a Bagging Tournament. It is treated as very serious sport (Except by the main characters) as well as taking lots of of digs at the concept.
---> '''Referee:''' If I let you go out there with a broken finger, I'll lose my Bagging Referee's License... And I can't remember the name of the website I downloaded it from.
** Also mocked by Catalina"
---> '''Randy:''' They did it, they won!
---> '''Catalina:''' We can go home now!
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N28aB52NFuc Lobster migration]] from BBC. Complete with an epic orchestral score worthy of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* In a 1980s ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' parody of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and its first four films, the ''Enterprise'' has been converted [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xoob5a_saturday-night-live-star-trek-v-the-restaurant-enterprise_fun into a seafood restaurant]]. Thus, the usual dramatics must be applied to things like condiment shortages ("The dispenser is jammed, captain. It will take days to repair!").
* ''Series/RetroGameMaster'': Arino's "Game Center CX! Kachou, on!" has gotten progressively more dramatic over the years.
* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' does this at times by making tasks out of everyday tasks. Put a million dollars on the line, and even things like pouring wine can become dramatic as teams race to finish them first.
* Most TV cooking shows are rather boring: the host takes some ingredients, puts them in a pot and/or oven for a while, and talks a lot. Then along came Alton Brown with ''Series/GoodEats''...
* ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'': One of the lines in the epic rock theme song is "Drive four-on-the-floor!". Because, well, cars.
scary, sheet-filled cabinet opening!



%%* ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace''
* Most TV cooking shows are rather boring: the host takes some ingredients, puts them in a pot and/or oven for a while, and talks a lot. Then along came Alton Brown with ''Series/GoodEats''...



* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': In "The Reichenbach Fall", Moriarty is acquitted of breaking into the Tower of London, despite being seen on camera doing it, and is let go. It's obvious he's heading to 221B for a confrontation with Sherlock. So what does our hero do? Make tea, in the most awesome way possible.
* Parodied (like everything else) in ''Series/AngieTribeca''.
** Not only is detective Geils a longtime admirer of ventriloquism, but apparently ventriloquists are world-famous celebrities who collect trophy wives and go on sold-out world tours.
** In one episode, Dr. Elderweiss slowly descends downstairs on a powered stairlift seat all while dramatic rock music plays.
* Today's generation of game shows exploit this with unrealistic tension, epic music and dramatic light and camera work. Examples include ''Iron Chef, In It To Win It, Deal Or No Deal'' and ''Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'' (a game of multiple choice questions).
* ''Series/SamuraiGourmet'' subtly presents this as its central concept, with barely a hint of self-parody. Kasumi is a recent retiree who sets about seeking pleasure in his copious free time. The pleasure generally comes in the form of food, and although this comes with plenty of FoodPorn, it's notable that most of the food is really rather humble. It's Japanese ComfortFood, but when the circumstances are right, Kasumi goes [[OrgasmicallyDelicious over the top]] in his appreciation of it. The mundanity is highlighted in several episodes.
** In "Pasta the Samurai Way", when Kasumi accidentally dines at a ''haute cuisine'' Italian place, he does enjoy the food, but only after he gets over the stifling atmosphere and brings it down to his level.
** "Anniversary Oden" threatens Kasumi's enjoyment when he realizes that his wife's menu choices are far more adventurous than his.
** In "Croquettes of the Heart", Kasumi seeks out the same no-frills croquette he remembers from his youth. When a sale starts, he is tempted to try the most expensive croquette on offer, but he decides that the one that comes with memories attached tastes better.

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* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': In "The Reichenbach Fall", Moriarty is acquitted of breaking into the Tower of London, despite UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins did this with being seen on alive at all in the "Waking Up In The Universe" episode of ''Growing Up In The Universe''.
* In one of the episodes of the original ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' comes the most badass line in all of live action television. The scenario; A package, upon delivery to an influential government office exploded violently, killing one person and maiming his secretary. [=McGarett=] needs to know if the package was tampered with at any point during the journey. So he asks the courier if he fell asleep at any point, or went to the bathroom, or let the package out of his sight. After a while, the courier holds up his hand and [=McGarett=] stops asking questions. He then delivers his line; "Sir. With respect. I take my duties as a courier Very. Seriously." You can hear the capital letters in his words. Bad. Ass. [[MundaneMadeAwesome Courier.]]
* Did anyone else notice Danko's surprisingly emphasized shaving scene at the beginning of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''[='=] "Cold Snap"?
* ''Series/{{House}}'' gets a new cane. Cue awesome music, dramatic
camera doing it, angle and slo-mo (and his trainers synchronize with Wilson's).
* The ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Monday Night Football" uses this technique as the main characters try not to find out who won the Super Bowl.
** Barney plays this trope straighter than an arrow with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WDmEZP9Czg his video resume]]. The other characters [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] on it.
** Barney
is let go. made of this trope. "We're building an snowman in Central Park. It's obvious he's heading to 221B for a confrontation with Sherlock. So what does our hero do? Make tea, in LEGENDARY!". Also, sometimes the most awesome way possible.others react like this to Barney's revelations that are either not shocking at all and/or not surprising at all.
** In one episode, Ted and Marshall have a sword fight to decide who gets to keep the apartment.

* Parodied (like everything else) ''Series/ICarly'': During the Gibby-Nora fight scene, Gibby gets smacked into a wall. He stands up, brings his hand to his mouth, look at the blood, and... takes his shirt off. All while epic music plays in ''Series/AngieTribeca''.
** Not only
the background.
* Japanese example: ''Series/IronChef''. Dramatic orchestral music
is detective Geils a longtime admirer of ventriloquism, but used for almost all the musical cues, and the lead cameraman is apparently ventriloquists are world-famous celebrities who collect trophy wives and go on sold-out world tours.
in love with crane shots that pan over the entire kitchen.
** In one episode, Dr. Elderweiss slowly descends downstairs They use Instant Replay on a powered stairlift seat all while cooking show.
** [[http://takeshikaga.ytmnd.com The
dramatic rock music plays.
* Today's generation
yellow bell pepper eating by Chairman Kaga.]]
** "[[{{Spinoff}} In the immortal words
of game shows exploit this with unrealistic tension, epic music and dramatic light and camera work. Examples include my uncle...]] '''''[[GratuitousFrench ALLEZ CUISINE!]]'''''"
** You will never look at the movie ''Backdraft'' the same way again after watching that show. (Not that ''Backdraft'' wasn't kind of {{Narm}}ful to begin with, but the show borrows its music.)
** The thing that ''really'' makes the show go over the top, at least in the English translation, is the way the announcers treat every competition as though it were the Super Bowl. The announcers are ''sportscasters'', determined to pump the drama up to eleven as they call the play-by-play. Taken UpToEleven in commercials for
''Iron Chef, In It To Win It, Deal Or No Deal'' and ''Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'' (a game of multiple choice questions).
* ''Series/SamuraiGourmet'' subtly presents this as its central concept,
Chef America'', which sometimes resemble -- deliberately -- promos for big-time ProfessionalWrestling events.
** The orchestra playing dramatic music ascending into Kitchen Stadium
with barely Masahiko Kobe in every battle he's in.
** When boxing commentator and self-admitted non-cook Kenji Fukui was first asked to commentate, he couldn't understand why they'd need him for
a hint of self-parody. Kasumi is cooking show, or what he'd say. "The knife goes up! The knife goes down!" However, once on set he quickly realized that the frenetic action together with his frequent need to ask Yukio Hattori what the chefs were doing gave him the material he needed to keep the show going.
* A sketch from ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'', based on
a recent retiree who sets news story about seeking pleasure in his copious free time. The pleasure generally comes in Starbucks and the form of food, and although this comes with plenty of FoodPorn, it's notable that most right to bring guns in their stores. Kimmel takes it to its logical conclusion when he orders a coffee at gunpoint. RefugeInAudacity occurs at the end when he [[spoiler:shoots a man at the door as he walks out]].
* Some
of the food is really rather humble. It's Japanese ComfortFood, but when the circumstances are right, Kasumi goes [[OrgasmicallyDelicious over the top]] characters in ''Series/JustShootMe'' played paintball in one episode. Dennis had a temporary falling out with Jack (who was on his appreciation of it. The mundanity is highlighted in several episodes.
** In "Pasta the Samurai Way", when Kasumi
team) after accidentally dines at a ''haute cuisine'' Italian place, he does enjoy the food, but shooting him, only after he gets over to redeem himself later by saving Jack from the stifling atmosphere blast of shaken up soda can as if it were a grenade, ruining his shirt and brings it down making him unable to his level.
** "Anniversary Oden" threatens Kasumi's enjoyment when he realizes that his wife's menu choices are far more adventurous than his.
** In "Croquettes
attend a party. The scene played out as if Dennis were a soldier dying in Jack's arms.
* ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' took a (quite literal) CookingDuel between the eponymous character and a {{Masquerade}} monster, and used dramatic camera angles, [[SpeedStripes speed-lined]] ingredient chopping, and gratuitous usage
of the Heart", Kasumi seeks out show's [[ThemeMusicPowerUp rock theme]] for actual battles to boost the same no-frills croquette he remembers from his youth. When action of preparing a sale starts, he is tempted bowl of soup to try epic levels. Considering the most expensive croquette on offer, but he decides that normally serious tone of the one that comes with memories attached tastes better.show, this skirted dangerously close to {{Narm}} levels. Though to be fair, cooking mastery was a major part of the lead's character.



* Happens all the time in ''Series/DoctorWho,'' with a hero who believes that ordinary humans are the most wonderful beings in the universe, and that everything is in the details. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow Placing a glass of water on the floor]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentandtheDoctor looking at the stars]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol singing]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime talking to a baby]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks adjusting a bow tie]] have all been transformed into both [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments of awesome]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]].

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* Happens The American version of ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' tends to suffer from this a lot. The narrator makes everything from reading a menu to the ethnic heritage of the owner like some Earth-shattering revelation of God and the over-the-top music only adds to this. Downright abrupt changes into dramatic music can occur at anything from verbal fights to Ramsay quickly turning his head. And if something ''really'' crazy is implied to happen, the camera may cut, go in and out of focus and jump as many as three times within two seconds. This is quite different from the British version, which is way more laid back.
* In 1979-1980, Philadelphia station KYW tried something different. They tried... [[https://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=3D44E9BF39B8BA9D DISCO NEWS]]! Some people may consider it the greatest local TV news decision ever, while others may consider it incredibly ridiculous.
* ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' has no less than 4 (and counting) elaborate jingles, featuring flaming robot skeletons, lasers, a triceratops, etc. This is all for a segment where Craig reads emails and tweets.
* In ''Series/MadMen'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGm5ef2mU0Q Don Draper lighting a cigarette]].
* NBC's game show ''Series/MinuteToWinIt''. You know it fits this trope when there's epic music playing complete with OminousLatinChanting, and yet
all the time challenges consist of [[SarcasmMode epic tasks]] like ''emptying a tissue box!'' Later episodes have eased up on this, however.
* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' is essentially a subversion of this trope, and so on the occasions they deliberately invoke it they usually take RefugeInAudacity.
** In one episode, the MonsterOfTheWeek is beaten when he is defeated by [[spoiler: his life threatening allergy to peanuts]], which had been hurled across the room,
in ''Series/DoctorWho,'' slow motion, in an against all odds, life or death situation, with a hero who believes stirring music ...
** In the series 2 finale, it is revealed
that ordinary humans are a side character has inherited the ''utterly awesome power of'' ... lactokinesis. Which is the ability to control milk with ones mind, in case you're not familiar with latin. Curtis is later saved by [[spoiler: being lactose intolerant]], which get even more ridiculous when that information is revealed in a PreAsskickingOneLiner.
** In one episode Nathan, in an attempt to save the local youth from a life of cardigan wearing religious types, delivers a heartfelt and RousingSpeech, complete with orchestral swells and tearful pride about ... the virtues of being a drunken idiot.
--> If you could see yourselves... We had it all. We have fucked up bigger and better than any generation that came before us. We were so beautiful... We're screw-ups. I plan on staying a screw-up until my late twenties, or maybe even my early thirties. And I will shag my own mum before I let her.... or anyone else take that away from me!
* ''Series/ModernMarvels'' takes the stuff you probably don't think about even once in a single day (copper, paint, concrete, etc) and somehow makes it absolutely captivating.
* On the Science Channel, ''Monster Bug Wars'' shows footage of various RealLife creepy-crawlies preying on one another. It backs up these miniature confrontations with ominous narration, an action-flick score (suspense chords, dramatic fight music, even somber oh-the-humanity dirges for the aftermath!) and ''sound effects'' of snarling big cats, squealing pigs, and ''Film/JurassicPark''-dino roars. All while being [[ShownTheirWork incredibly educational.]]
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': In 1970 the British Empire lay in ruins...
** It's... Bicycle Repair Man!!
** "Good evening and welcome to another edition of ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjiR2GkXK2Q Storage Jars]]''!"
** "A Scotsman on a horse!" [cue applauding audience]
** "In 1943, a group of British Army Officers working deep behind enemy lines, carried out one of
the most wonderful beings dangerous and heroic raids in the universe, history of warfare. But that's as maybe." Cut to a sketch about a soldier trying to resign from the army because it's dangerous.
* An episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' was merciless with both playing this straight
and inverting it in a Swine Trek sketch: Because of the presence of a mysterious musical robot outside the ship, everything gets appropriate music. Doctor Strangepork gets a celebratory fanfare on his entrance. First Mate Piggy gets {{stripperiffic}} music when she tries to leave. And Captain Link Hogthrob repeatedly gets LosingHorns.
* One episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' has Earl take part in a Bagging Tournament. It is treated as very serious sport (Except by the main characters) as well as taking lots of of digs at the concept.
---> '''Referee:''' If I let you go out there with a broken finger, I'll lose my Bagging Referee's License... And I can't remember the name of the website I downloaded it from.
** Also mocked by Catalina:
--->'''Randy:''' They did it, they won!\\
'''Catalina:''' We can go home now!
* Parodied on an episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', in which Crow T. Robot practices ''EXTREEEEEME YOGA!'' and Tom Servo is into ''EXTREEEEEEME PHILATELY!''. Mike Nelson tried to get in on the action by eating ''EXTREEEEEEME RICE!'', but the bots blithely informed him
that there was nothing extreme about it.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' played inspirational/awe-inspiring music when Adam and Jamie successfully created a lead balloon.
** In a 2010 commercial for the show, they play ''Ave Maria'' to things blowing up in slow motion.
** The show couldn't have existed for so long without this trope. It lived and breathed it. Myth isn't true? Replicate it anyway and bring on the [[BlowingStuffUp high explosives]]! Myth was true but still not quite enough? [[UpToEleven make the explosion even bigger]]! The final 2 seasons served only to kick things up even further, adding epic new music and "science" graphics to illustrate what the boys were talking about.
* Pick an NBC reality show. The word "is" is... ''(20 seconds later)'' ...contractually obligated to have a pause that is... ''(we'll be right back)''... ''(after commercials)'' ...longer than the show itself. Most could, in fact, be comfortably edited to run in a half-hour TimeSlot instead of an hour... if the network were willing to give up the extra {{commercials}} (yeah, right) and the whole idea wasn't to fill up as much UsefulNotes/PrimeTime as possible as cheaply as possible.
** ''Series/TheBiggestLoser'' is usually TWO hours long, and probably 45 minutes is devoted to...each contestant stepping on the scale. "Your final weight is..." ''Random numbers flash on the screen...shocked face from contestant/trainer...cut to commercial.'' Frequent viewers can usually predict exactly when commercial breaks are going to happen.
** Most reality TV in general. It's actually about people cooking, or living an even more empty and meaningless life than most in a house, or whose aspiration is to get to wear clothes for a living. Just putting many of those concepts on television in the first place constitutes this trope, and they don't shy away from more traditional forms of it either.
* The opening credits of the US version of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' feature energetic rock music playing over mundane things like photocopying, phone calls and the water cooler bubbling.
* While most of ''Planet Earth'' is nothing but sheer awesomeness, the ending section of one episode features the aerial ''camera crew'' climbing into the helicopter in ''dramatic slow motion''.
* ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'': One of the lines in the epic rock theme song is "Drive four-on-the-floor!". Because, well, cars.
* Part of ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''[='=]s DVD BonusMaterial is what is supposedly Tuxedo Mask's origin. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALhzfSyVGmc Here]] is Mamoru suiting up as his costumed alter-ego... depicted in the style of a TransformationSequence.
* ''Series/ReadingRainbow'':
** When Creator/LeVarBurton is riding on a train, he discovers that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0M-X70-MvM "The shower's in the toilet!"]].
** Maybe you never thought even ''Series/ReadingRainbow'' could make getting a library card awesome, but '''''BEHOLD!''''' In an animated sequence, Conan the Librarian (not the one from ''{{Film/UHF}}'') forges a library card for a young boy, bequeathing it unto him with all the portent of a legendary artifact.
* The Cat from ''Series/RedDwarf'' has a very high opinion of his own awesomeness, and will utilise his yowling, theatrical CatchPhrase to emphasise such occasions as walking down a corridor.
* ''Red or Black'' - a 'game' (in the loosest sense of the word) show that has just (Sept 11) started on ITV in Britain. Take 256 audience members, and have them guess red or black in a series of contests that are 50/50 between the 'red' option and the 'black' (although the need to lose exactly half every time means those at the back of the queue get no choice). The last contestent then guesses Red or Black on a giant proto roulette wheel to win "ONE MILLION POUNDS"! There is no skill - each challenge is as close to 50/50 as the producers can get (One show included jousting on top of cars, tightrope walker race, top golfers Rory [=McIlroy=] and Lee Westwood trying to hit a gong in a lake, and picking a place at a table set for 32. Each had a hidden jelly/jello, and on the word they all lifted the cloches to reveal if it was red or black). Yet each round is turned into an Olympian contest – the winning colour jelly was revealed by the colour of the table top. The cloth was removed by ATTACHING IT TO A MOTORBIKE AND PULLING! AWESOME! Cue interviews with tearful members of the losing half, people upset at being knocked out in round two, and then asking the survivors what their strategy is in the next round. And do these epic contests take place in a normal studio? NO, THIS IS AWESOME, so it starts in Wembley arena (USians – think Madison Square Gardens) before the remaining 128 are bussed to a Stately Home for games in the grounds. The final 8 re-enter the studio to an X-Factor style set up, complete with mini-bio films of each, where a more famous people are used to determine red or black, until the high drama finale with the “Red or Black wheel”, all to the sort of effects usually reserved for the winner of “..got talent”, where at least they had to be good at something!
* ''Series/RetroGameMaster'': Arino's "Game Center CX! Kachou, on!" has gotten progressively more dramatic over the years.
* When the first self-righting mechanism was accidentally discovered on ''Series/RobotWars'', it was subject to no fewer than ''six instant replays, each from a different angle''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=QuHnNXpWld0 Observe]].
* ''Series/SamuraiGourmet'' subtly presents this as its central concept, with barely a hint of self-parody. Kasumi is a recent retiree who sets about seeking pleasure in his copious free time. The pleasure generally comes in the form of food, and although this comes with plenty of FoodPorn, it's notable that most of the food is really rather humble. It's Japanese ComfortFood, but when the circumstances are right, Kasumi goes [[OrgasmicallyDelicious over the top]] in his appreciation of it. The mundanity is highlighted in several episodes.
** In "Pasta the Samurai Way", when Kasumi accidentally dines at a ''haute cuisine'' Italian place, he does enjoy the food, but only after he gets over the stifling atmosphere and brings it down to his level.
** "Anniversary Oden" threatens Kasumi's enjoyment when he realizes that his wife's menu choices are far more adventurous than his.
** In "Croquettes of the Heart", Kasumi seeks out the same no-frills croquette he remembers from his youth. When a sale starts, he is tempted to try the most expensive croquette on offer, but he decides that the one that comes with memories attached tastes better.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRhTeaa_B98 Lazy Sunday]], an extremely bombastic, hard-hitting and hardcore-style rap about... a guy sleeping in till late on a Sunday and then deciding to go see ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' with a friend. Their decision to get some snacks before they enter the theatre to avoid price-gouging is played as if it were an example of both planning a heist ("Don't want security to get suspicious!") and flashy, conspicuous over-consumption ("Reach in my pocket, pull out some dough / Girl acted like she never seen a ten before!").
** There's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMIWug_ibVk a sequel]]. It's equally, if not more, hard-hitting. This time, it involves brunch at a French restaurant and taking in a show of the ''Film/SisterAct'' musical on Broadway.
** In a 1980s parody of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and its first four films, the ''Enterprise'' has been converted [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xoob5a_saturday-night-live-star-trek-v-the-restaurant-enterprise_fun into a seafood restaurant]]. Thus, the usual dramatics must be applied to things like condiment shortages ("The dispenser is jammed, captain. It will take days to repair!").
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' where an episode began with a melodramatic portrayal of Dr. Cox's four-year-old son Jack receiving minor stitches on his forehead complete with epic music with Dr. Cox threatening Turk (who is doing the stitches) coldly that he better succeed. Once Turk finishes and
everything is okay, Dr. Cox declared "The Surgeon lives!"
** Another parody in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', also involving Dr. Cox, is J.D.'s imagined flashback of Dr. Cox in his intern days as a head-swaying, rebellious punk-rocker intern who responds to a colleague's greeting with, "Shut-up jackass. I ''rock''!!".
** In "My Friend the Doctor", Dr. Cox (who has a hurt back) bends down and picks up his badge off the floor, in slow motion and set to "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias. Carla was impressed because he did the whole thing with a casual cocky grin on his face, even though he was in excruciating pain and she knew it.
* Spoofed in ''{{Series/Seinfeld}}''. Elaine starts dating an aspiring author whose manuscript she's editing, until he neglects to put an exclamation point in a message that her friend had a baby. This causes Elaine to go a little overboard in adding exclamation points to the book, which her boss chews her out for while reading some samples in a mock-dramatic narration.
** And then there's George's 2 MPH scooter chase, which ends when he figures out it's faster to just run.
** The foot race between Jerry and Duncan Meyer at the climax of "The Race". A short dash between two high school nemeses is done entirely in slow motion, has the theme from ''Film/{{Superman}}'' playing throughout, and is treated as such SeriousBusiness in-universe that there's an entire crowd gathered and a lot of celebration once it's completed.
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': In "The Reichenbach Fall", Moriarty is acquitted of breaking into the Tower of London, despite being seen on camera doing it, and is let go. It's obvious he's heading to 221B for a confrontation with Sherlock. So what does our hero do? Make tea,
in the details. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow Placing most awesome way possible.
* On ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', in
a glass bathroom Lana Lang [[ImportantHaircut cuts her hair]] three inches . . . And she's ready for the world!!!!
* ''Series/SoRandom'' has a segment called Anime Brothers; two
of water the male cast members dress up in clothes not unlike Goku's gi, wear massive plastic wigs, and are enthusiastic about things like Opening! A Juice Box! or Brushing our Teeth!
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' at many, many points, including Brian taking Marsha's coat, and heroically [[PowerWalk power walking]] it into the bedroom with stirring, heroic music from ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]''.
** An [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2tLKjeOstg epic gunfight]] of everyone pointing their fingers at each other, with slo-mo, gun jams, anguished "deaths", and {{Big No}}s, leading to a classical music soundtrack to highlight the senseless waste of it all.
* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' pulls out deep, OminousLatinChanting, full of terror and drama for... someone looking thru a microscope. To be fair it was her creeping
on the floor]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentandtheDoctor genes of a helpless girl but still.
* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Brief Candle" features a scene of epic mass waking-up, complete with the heroic action theme!
** Season 1 as a whole was pretty over the top with its abuse of their score, and "Brief Candle" is probably the worst episode in that regard. Comparing the musical score in a later season episode to "Brief Candle" is an interesting experience.
** Similarly, the episode "Touchstone" includes a scene of heroic power-cable coupling. Now, the heroic power-cable-hooking-up ''is'' going on in a blizzard, so...
* The ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "First Contact" features several completely unnecessary pans across the entire city with stirring theme music playing loudly in the background, which cut to Rodney and Daniel Jackson doing something mundane like
looking at security recordings. It's so overblown that it's almost certainly [[LampshadeHanging intentional]]. This '''is''' ''Stargate'', after all.
** It was actually reused special effects from
the stars]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol singing]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime talking season 1 episode "The Storm", where its use was far more appropriate. So it wasn't so much "intentional" as "cheaper".
** According to the commentary, it was done specifically because the PowersThatBe realized how boring having Rodney and Daniel view security footage and look through storage containers would be, so they decided to spice it up a bit. Definitely on purpose.
* Despite all the flak it received from its fans, there's one thing ''Series/StargateUniverse'' did very much right: making a solar-powered spacecraft awesome in a sci-fi show with a large variety of exotic power sources. [[spoiler:By having it '''[[HolyShitQuotient DIVE INTO A GODDAMN STAR]] TO RECHARGE ITS BATTERIES'''.]]
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Journey to Babel", in which Sarek is introduced, Sarek's shuttlecraft slowly arriving in the hangar gets louder, more dramatic music than even most battles.
** For that matter, many TOS episodes featured people walking along corridors to rising orchestra music. Dum da DUM DUM...
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' pilot, "Encounter at Farpoint", tried to make the separation of the saucer section from the primary hull be a thing of awesome majesty, what with the swelling theme music and the multiple camera angles. The fact that the separation happened so slowly made it even more awesome.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the Doctor's dream transformation into the Emergency Command Hologram, complete with a closeup on his lapel as the four pips appear dramatically one by one to heroic music. Janeway even comments "Nice touch" upon seeing it.
* This was a frequent criticism of ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'', in which the characters would frequently charge around making [[CharacterFilibuster dramatic speeches]] about how what they were doing was The Most Important Thing Ever and acting as if The World Will Literally End If We Don't Get This Right. They did the same thing in Creator/AaronSorkin's previous show, ''Series/TheWestWing'', but the key difference between the two was that ''The West Wing'' was set behind the scenes at the White House, where the characters frequently ''were'' dealing with issues of major importance, while these characters were working behind the scenes at... a TV comedy show. And so, could probably take themselves and what they were doing a lot less seriously.
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' has one of these in the episode "Mystery Spot". Sure it was awesome when Sam drove the Impala, cleaned the weapons, and (especially) stitched his own bullet wound in a TimePassesMontage, but the dramatic music didn't really work with the other scenes of Sam brushing his teeth, eating chicken, and making his bed. That's right, Sammy, you show that bedspread who's a badass!
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF_uOgyBK1c Watch the Football]]!
** And also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MFtl2XXnUc Coming up on "The Gift Shop Sketch..."]]
** Subverted for laughs in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhVJhRhJbJE Coverage of People Buying A House And Then Living In It]]", in which the titular show is clearly ''supposed'' to do this for the process of house-hunting (in the vein of property shows such as ''Location, Location, Location''), but both the host and the participant obviously realise just how teeth-grindingly mundane the process actually is and make no effort to conceal how utterly bored they are by having to make a television program about it.
* A Creator/DiscoveryChannel show called ''Time Warp'' consists entirely of guys running around with high-speed cameras and filming random things, ''but very slowly''. Most things look significantly cooler when shot in 5000 FPS. The great thing about the show is they don't even ''pretend'' they're doing it for some higher scientific purpose, like the ''Series/MythBusters'' do. They straight up admit that they're just doing what they do because it's [[RuleOfCool really, really cool]].
* ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueForce'', which makes the {{Rescue}} genre much cooler then it has any right to be.
** Sequel ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueFire'' takes it UpToEleven with fire fighting. And by fire fighting I mean freezing a giant monster consisting of one or several thematic objects on fire and then firing from a [[HumongousMecha giant truck or plane or helicopter that roars like a dragon or screams like an eagle]] a car driven by the protagonist that is also '''on fire''' which crashes through the aforementioned frozen monster, thereby extinguishing the fire. Explosively.
* ''Series/TheTonightShow with Creator/ConanOBrien'': TWITTER TRACKER TWITTER TRACKER TWITTER TRACKER!!!!
* ''The Tonight Show with Creator/JimmyFallon'' occasionally has a game segment called ''The Wheel of Musical Impression, where his guests are told to sing a song in the style of another singer. This normally would be a simple comedy skit, except that Jimmy specifically picks expert singers as guests for this particular game, often resulting in this trope. For example, witness a simple nursery song, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_04ZrNroTo The Wheels on the Bus]], being turned into [[https://youtu.be/ss9ygQqqL2Q?t=133 an epic soul ballad]].
* ''Series/TopGear'':
** It's never just a shot of a guy standing next
to a baby]], stationary car, it's a desaturated shot of a guy standing next to a stationary car with forced perspective so he looks like a midget and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks adjusting the shot has been flipped upside down so you aren't quite sure which is the car and which is the reflection of the car in a bow tie]] puddle and also there is stirring orchestral music and a brief jump cut to some sort of atmospheric local wildlife before coming back to the car.
** Lampshaded in the show's opening, where Jeremy narrates three brief clips from the coming episode, which are usually three very non-epic things like eating food, pointing at things, or wearing hats.
** Whenever the team gets a sportscar in the studio, they ''must'' test how fast it goes around their track. And since none of the trio are professional racers, they
have a special crew-member who drives every car for them. But this crew-member's identity is completely covered up, to the extent that the racer wears fully concealing clothing, and he is always introduced by Clarkson listing off two improbable "facts" about this mysterious being, before stating that all they really know is that he is called The Stig.
* According to ''Series/{{Tosh 0}}'', everything is cooler... ''[[http://tosh.comedycentral.com/video-clips/everything-looks-cooler-through-a-fisheye-lens through a fisheye lens!]]''
* On ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'', the ChaseScene between Eric and Steven. A high-speed scooter chase is bad enough, but what propels it squarely into this trope is the background music. [[MortalKombat MORTAL KOMBAAAAT!]]
* ''{{Series/Victorious}}'': At the very end of "Freak the Freak Out", Sikowitz sings Number One by Ginger Fox. And then proceeds to pay homage to ''Film/{{Flashdance}}'' by banging on a chair while wet. His portrayer, Eric Lange, said that this has
been transformed into both [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments his favorite scene on the show to shoot yet.
* Hilariously parodied in the "[[NewWorldOrder nWo]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxe2tHkhNY0 Saturday]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk28owPoJ4o&feature=relmfu Night]]" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePBH8P9ehGI segments]]
of awesome]] ''WCW Saturday Night'', which would see an nWo member take on a {{Jobber}} in a five-minute match; each and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]]. every move done by the nWo member would be augmented by over-the-top special effects, replayed from at least 5 different angles, and get thunderous, deafening applause and cheers from the (nonexistent) crowd.
* Parodied in the ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' game "Improbable Mission", which puts an everyday task to ''Series/MissionImpossible'' drama standards and plays it for laughs.
** The same goes for their "[[PrivateEyeMonologue Film Noir]]" game, which is always placed in a mundane setting and usually ends up in a detective-versus-detective GambitRoulette to accomplish an everyday or pointless task.
* The reality show ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' likes to toss in special effects during editing -- objects appear in a blast of lightning instead of being brought out normally, etc. Granted, the show is about people coming up with concepts for superheroes, so it's thematic, but when the object is a boring old laptop, it just decreases the "reality" portion of the program.
* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', where Les Nessman's promo for the farm news was so massively, enormously overblown that it was an IncomingHam ''all by itself''.
** Anything Les did was like that. Parodied yet further in one episode when Nessman, going for pretentiousness turned UpToEleven, breaks in on Venus' set to introduce an obituary "breaking news" item with "Ask not for whom the bell tolls..." Venus, sitting behind him, whacks his gong, making Les jump. Even better, Nessman comes in with "And now, Les Nessman's ... ''Death Watch''," and he turns around and [[spoiler: gestures for Venus to hit the gong ''again''.]]

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* ''The Tonight Show with Creator/JimmyFallon'' occasionally has a game segment called ''The Wheel of Musical Impression, where his guests are told to sing a song in the style of another singer. This normally would be a simple comedy skit, except that Jimmy specifically picks expert singers as guests for this particular game, often resulting in this trope. For example, witness a simple nursery song, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_04ZrNroTo The Wheels on the Bus]], being turned into [[https://youtu.be/ss9ygQqqL2Q?t=133 an epic soul ballad]].

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* Happens all the time in ''Series/DoctorWho,'' with a hero who believes that ordinary humans are the most wonderful beings in the universe, and that everything is in the details. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow Placing a glass of water on the floor]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentandtheDoctor looking at the stars]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol singing]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime talking to a baby]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks adjusting a bow tie]] have all been transformed into both [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments of awesome]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]].


* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' at many, many points, including Brian taking Marsha's coat, and heroically [[PowerWalk power walking]] it into the bedroom with stirring, heroic music from ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''.

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* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' at many, many points, including Brian taking Marsha's coat, and heroically [[PowerWalk power walking]] it into the bedroom with stirring, heroic music from ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''.''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]''.

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