While I was looking on the Internets last night for the full extent of “The Cosby Show “doorbell joke” (I was bored, don’t ask), I stumbled upon TVtropes. It was a fascinating database full of information about TV shows and movies, and the themes that they employ. And it was awesome. Now, I know what you all are thinking thinking.
You’re thinking, “Huh. Seems mildly amusing. Kind of a waste of time, but interesting.” Which is exactly what I thought last night, until I looked at the clock and realized it was 3:00 in the morning and that I had been idly looking through stuff for 3 hours.
I realized then that TVtropes isn’t just a database of thematic knowledge. It’s an insane database of thematic knowledge that goes on forever. Anything that you care to think of, TVtropes has categories showing the tendencies of the show, as well as its strong suits and the influences it pulled from. It helps you realize how weird and wonderful and cliche everything we watch truly is!
And the extensive categorization! OMG! Cross linking between every TV show and mvoie you care to look at! I didn’t even care that Home Improvement and Everybody Loves Raymond and The Cosby Show shared the “Henpecked Husband” theme, but I sure do now!
I did not fully realize how many plot holes and cliches existed in 24, but I sure do now!
All in all, finding TVtropes last night was a fascinating way to be amused by all of the cliches we fill TV and film with, and to find out interesting things about all of my favorite shows. For a TV fiend like me, it was a hilarious and insightful look into the stuff I watch.
Here’s the link. Check it out.