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The Music Video Show is a web series created and directed by Kiara Williams (also known as The Black in Hat), involving Kiara reviewing a different music video each week or day. Since the fourth episode, she decides whether or not she would watch the video again or her thoughts on said video. It debuted on September 23rd, 2013 and ended after 10 seasons and 300 episodes. The web series can be found here and here

The show provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Implied. Kiara says having a psychotic Santa laughing in your face is better than having her drunk father try to choke her while she's sleeping. It's later mentioned in Season 2's ending that her father abused her, and in a blind rage, killed both her parents.
  • Accentuate the Negative: She reviews music videos and points out the flaws in all of them, and whether or not they are worth repeat viewings.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: In episode 30, she puts a DV cassette tape into a VHS player.
  • Affectionate Parody: Episode 43 is Kiara as The Cinema Snob.
  • The Alcoholic:
    • Kiara is shown passed out drunk in episode 24 and is the reason why she got through three Chris Brown videos in a row.
    • When discussing Black Out's "Video Games", she claims the band's name is something she would do when she is drinking.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Many, many In-Universe examples:
    • Believes Soulja Boy made "Yaaah!" as a result of Tourettes Syndrome.
    • The bus driver in the Backstreet Boys' "Backstreet's Back" music video is high when he leaves the band in the seemingly abandoned be fair, he seems to be holding a blunt in her hand.
    • In episode 7, God is trying to kill the lead singer of Creed.
      • In another video, Creed are aliens who make music for a group of people who go to their concert and abduct them through a spaceship that is above them, yet no one seems to notice. Then, when the band kills them, they change their music for another group of people and do the same thing.
    • In episode 10, Kiara herself believes the woman crashed her car into oncoming traffic because she found her boyfriend's Creed CD collection in the glove compartment.
    • Justin Bieber is a ninja.
    • The bad Santa Claus kidnapped Brandon Flowers because his wife left him. He's not bad, he's just lonely.
      • The next episode takes it a bit further. There's a Santa Claus in jail in the Crazy Frog video while there's a psychotic one blowing up a gas station in The Killers's video.
    • The reason the Santa Claus in the Crazy Frog video has a jail cell? He has a darker side no one knows about and stores the really bad kids in it...and never lets them out.
    • Kevin Federline is a gambler. He's the reason why Britney Spears was in a bit of legal trouble in her darker years.
    • Obamacare was the reason the world looked a post-Apocalyptic Soviet America in the My Chemical Romance video.
    • Gwen Stefani is showing signs of a midlife crisis in her Hollaback Girl video.
    • James Blunt is a clone of someone cloned over and over again.
    • Alicia Keys is a Stalker with a Crush
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Episode 50 has Dylan takes away Pinkie, leaving Kiara alone.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment:
    • In episode 4:
    "So the rest of the video is just her posing...and she does a pretty good job at it. She's posing as a singer, someone we should give a crap about..."
    • In episode 15:
    "I don't know why people see Kevin Federline as a one hit wonder...I can't see this guy topping a song that went nowhere."
  • Bait-and-Switch Comparison: In episode 1, Metallica goes to a prison to perform songs for prisoners.
    "Those poor poor guys... being forced to listen to new Metallica live."
    • In episode 5:
    "So, Kevin is dressed as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. So, one half of his face is deformed and hideous...and the other is blue and scaly."
    "I don't know which band is worse. Creed or Hinder. You have one band that writes nothing but overwrought, overemotional songs that numb the brain...there is no difference between Creed or Hinder."
    • Played for Drama in episode 34 when Dylan talks about mom, resulting in Kiara pulling out a knife. "If you don't leave right now, I will slash places on your body that ARE NOT YOUR ARMS!"
  • Brick Joke: In episode 3, "The end of the world will not happen if there are no songs about playing video games all day." Cue episode 25. It didn't happen but episode 50 reveals something worse.
  • Broken Bird: Confirmed at in the end of episode 42.
  • Caustic Critic
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Watch episode 6. Now watch episode 42. Though, it's still comedic, something has changed. Then, there are episodes 49 and 50. The third season will NOT be as fun as the 1st season.
  • Cliché Storm: In-Universe. The music video in episode 7 is described as this.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In Episode 13, a crooked Santa breaks down a children's home with his motorcycle. Her response? "Uhhh, we have a chimney."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The above image has her about to smoke a LIGHT BULB. She's probably sane. Also, her love interest? A Fluttershy plushie.
  • Credits Gag: Up until Season 3, her intros would have "A (derogatory name) Productions presents".
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Glare: Gives one at the beginning of the 18th episode.
  • Designated Hero: In-Universe. She calls out Mariah Carey on this in episode 20 and Adam Levine from Maroon 5 in episode 36.
  • Downer Ending: Episode 25 ends with Kiara locking herself in a bunker with the end of the world happening offscreen. Episode 26 states it never happened. However, in episode 50, it is revealed that Kiara killed her parents and she was hiding out from the world. It's even worse when you consider the screams heard were probably her parents being killed and they were in her head.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first couple of episodes had instances of low volume, the split screens were a bit off, the split second transitions and the video was shot in front of a white wall. Starting in episode 4, there is an opening theme song and, later episodes would fix the volume issues, the split second transitions were gone, the split screen problems were worked out a bit better. In episode 26, the series was shot on a couch, instead of a white background.
    • On top of that, the first three episodes seem a bit unfinished compared to the episodes that followed. She doesn't say whether or not she would watch the video again and the video would end after a joke.
  • Emo Teen: Dylan.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • In the first episode, a bunch of prisoners listen to Metallica play songs...from St. Anger.
    "They're already in prison...haven't they suffered enough?"
  • Felony Misdemeanor In episode 8, Fall Out Boy is about to be burned alive.
    "You guys do kind of deserve it after you butchered a Michael Jackson song...and getting John Mayer to do the (guitar) solo."
  • Foreshadowing: In episode 48, there is a split second where Kiara puts a knife to Pinkie's throat. And then in episode 50, you find out who gave it to him and what happened to them.
  • Halloween Episode: Episode 5 and Episode 43.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In episode 21: "This part of the video uses split screen? Yeah, how original." Said when the video is using, and uses, split screen images.
    • In episode 27: "There's a time and place to cross dress, just not on camera." See Halloween Episode above.
  • Madness Mantra: I am the Paper Bag Princess. I am the Paper Bag Princess.
  • Mood Whiplash: In episode 25, the world is being destroyed and people are heard screaming with Kiara's face in utter hopelessness...cue the song Video Games by Black Out.
    • Episode 50. Period.
  • No Ending: Episode 38.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: The credit gag at the beginning of episode 15.
  • Put on a Bus: The second Kiara's corpse is seen in Episode 75, next to her Necronomicon.
  • Real Men Wear Pink Has a Pinkie Pie plushie shown at the end of episode 26.
  • Retcon: Despite the plot-line about Kiara's parents being deceased in the first two seasons, he mentions that in Season 3 that they dress appropriately for their time when discussing the song "Aaron's Party".
  • Sanity Slippage: Arguably happens in season 2. Although shw had a few quirks in the first season (smoking a light bulb, for one example), it wasn't too bad. However, after what happened at its season finale, something is a For one, her best friend, and love interest, are a Pinkie Pie and a Fluttershy plushie, respectively. She's also becoming a bit of an alcoholic, as noted in episode 33. Then, there was that thing that happened in episode 32 and happens through future episodes. May have something to do with that journal...This is confirmed at the end of episode 42.
    • Dylan: You have to snap out of it sooner or...(disappears)
    • It gets even worse in episode 49. See Wham Episode below. And then episode 50...
  • Shout-Out:
  • So Okay, It's Average: In-Universe. Considers the video for Separate Ways this.
  • Split Screen
  • Stable Time Loop: In episode 12, she calls herself from episode 11 to tell who could kiss the lead singer from The Darkness under the mistletoe. Her past self laughs, says she doesn't care and hangs up.
  • Take That!
    • Episode 1
    "We don't need a Meg White, we need someone who can play the drums."
    • Episode 5
    "So, one of the guys is dressed as The Phantom of the Opera. Hey, he's no Gerard Butler but, at least he can sing."
    • Episode 7
    "If I wanted to be in pain and misery, I'd go see an Irate Gamer video.
    "You guys aren't destroying Nickelback products, you're destroying products from a band that can kind of write music."
    • She gives one to Kevin Federline. "Wait, this guy isn't Vanilla Ice. This guy's not NEARLY as talented."
    • She gives one to The Real Housewives franchise after seeing K-Fed gamble what he assumes his Britney Spears's money. "If he were a woman, he would be one of the women of one of the Real Housewives shows."
    • To keep it short, the entire 15th episode is nothing but Take That jokes against Kevin Federline.
    • Episode 17 has one against Windows Vista.
    "At some point, the video freezes. This has been brought to you by Windows Vista."
    • There is a jab at Madonna in episode 18.
    "Gwen Stefani is trying to be hip for the kids, she's alienating everyone who liked her in the first place...she's trying to be Madonna...please don't be Madonna...otherwise, the midlife crisis will last for decades."
    • And from another episode: "Ah the 90s...back when Gwen Stefani was considered a musician."
    • "Now, Eddie Murphy could do something he couldn't for most of the 90s and funny."
    • During Episode 62 - "This animation is like modern day The Simpsons writing - Cheap, throwaway, and cut a whole lot of holes in terms of quality".
    • Multiple ones are given to Margaret Thatcher in Episode 65.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial
  • Tempting Fate: In episode 2:
    "First, Shaquille O Neal ruins movies for me, now he's ruined music. If there is a God, no one will give him his own video game." Cut to after the credits where she discovers something on her laptop.
  • That Came Out Wrong
    • Episode 12: "So, people. Here we go. Justin Bieber's Mistletoe." (beat) I...I didn't mean it like that."
  • The Unintelligible:
    • Describes Eddie Murphy's singing voice as this in episode 9.
  • This Is Gonna Suck
    • The first joke in episode 1: "St. Anger by Metallica. God have mercy on our souls."
    • Has her face buried in her hands when she has to look at "Hollaback Girl" in episode 18.
    • The beginning of episode 24. Full stop.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: The main reason she hates the video for Grown And Sexy - He feels the girls look worse after their changes.
    And the moral of this video is being yourself sucks - be a whore!
  • Video Review Show
  • Wham Episode : In episode 42, it has been officially confirmed that Kiara is losing her mind. And it's not Played for Laughs.
    • Episode 49 has Dylan confessed to being the Devil. And Fluttershy is not real.
    • Episode 50 has Dylan telling Kiara that Dylan killed the parents in a fit of rage. and in the last scene, Dylan takes away Pinkie.
  • Wham Line: From episode 49.
    Kiara: You put her down...
    Dylan: Don't bother. Not real.
    Kiara: But he has Flutters...
    • And then there is the last few seconds of Episode 50.
    Kiara: Pinkie? Pinkie?