Watching a television series from the 80s or 90s in the present day can be pretty jarring. Characters lack the modern conveniences that we take for granted today. In light of this, a recent online discussion talks about various TV Tropes from the past that aren’t unacceptable today.
Running Through The Airport To Confess Love For The Protagonist
If someone were to run through an airport in 2023, they’d be immediately tackled by security for being a potential safety risk. Most airports have various TSA checkpoints and security check-ins; a non-passenger can’t reach a terminal.
Misunderstandings Caused By A Lack Of Communication
We’ve seen countless TV episodes centered around a basic miscommunication. Someone’s in a hurry, so they say something without context or explanation, and other characters are confused. Today, things can be cleared up with a simple phone call or text: “Hey, I’m running late, but here’s what I really meant.”
Episodes that highlight a series’ first 100 shows double as a way to celebrate a show’s success while also padding out the episode count without costs. More often than not today, people skip clip shows while watching their favorite past sitcoms on Netflix.
Very Special Episodes
Another type of episode that isn’t seen today is the “very special episodes” that deal with mature and serious themes that are usually out of character for the show. The government funded them as a way to make a public service message.
Game Show Hosts Kissing Female Contestants
While some may have viewed it as a cute and innocent gesture, there’s no denying this practice was too creepy. According to some TV fans, Bob Barker of The Price is Right used to have women reach into his pocket for a $100 bill.
Jokes About Spousal Abuse
“One of these days, Alice…straight to the moon.”
The famous line from The Honeymooners was a metaphor for abusing your spouse. There is no way anyone could get away with that today on television.
Head Injuries Causing Amnesia
The worst part was when a second head injury would cure the amnesia! That’s not how this works; constant head injuries are how you get long-term brain damage.
Whether it’s figuring out how the overweight husband married the attractive size 0 wife or mocking the weight of people who are nowhere near overweight, fat jokes used to be a staple of sitcoms. Thankfully, they have fallen out of practice today.
The Idiot Husband/Dad
A common trope in the 90s, and even early 2000s, was the incompetent idiot dad. He couldn’t cook, clean, or do anything right at all.
The Creepy Stalker Getting The Girl
There are many examples to choose from: Pepé Le Pew and his unwanted advances towards the female cat in Looney Tunes. Steve Urkel was constantly chasing Laura Winslow despite her constant rejections. It arguably taught an unhealthy lesson to men.
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