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Basic Trope: Some Hollywood hack gets something wrong again.

  • Straight: The creators of Generic Science Show generally get things like units of measure wrong.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The creators of the show tend to get only obscure things wrong.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Shown Their Work
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • But that was just to get the FCC off their backs, and they're back to their old antics within a few weeks.
    • See Dan Browned.
  • Parodied:
    • The opening narration openly admits that they don't do a lick of research.
    • Alternatively: They do the research, then replace all the correct details with incorrect ones on purpose.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • The show's lack of research causes people to become genuinely interested in the subject matter - to the point where they're willing to do their own research.
    • See Dan Browned.
  • Zig Zagged: They increased the quality, but that was just to appease the FCC. But even after that period ends, the quality is still higher overall.
  • Averted: The work is fairly accurate, but makes no attempt to go into detail.
  • Enforced: "Ah, I've got too much to do - I don't have time to research that science stuff!"
  • Lampshaded:
    • "You sure this is how it actually happened?"
    • "Yes, we know it wouldn't really happen this way. Just go with it."
  • Invoked:
  • Defied: The producers decide to actually do their research before the show starts airing.
  • Discussed: "Are you sure we can halve the cooking time by doubling the temperature?" "No; and frankly the colossal mess we're about to make is the sole reason why we even have viewers. Now, did the recipe say degrees Kelvin or Fahrenheit?" "Eh, lets flip a coin!"
  • Conversed: "Generic Science Show? Oh, goody, another person who thinks they're talking truth."

Back to Shown Their Work...I mean, Did Not Get the Girl...that is, Did Not Do the Research.

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