Top Ten TV Show Plot ClichesT.V. can be a great thing, but sometimes... it gets a bit repetitive. We all love some shows so much, that someone makes a blatant ripoff, and boom. Everybody's making a show like it. Just ask CSI or Survivor. These are the top ten cliches in T.V. show plots. Feel free to change the list as you wish!
The Top Ten TV Show Plot Cliches
Criminal Minds is my favorite crime show. Not only do they fight crime, but they use psychology to figure out the unsub (the unknown suspect)’s motives.
UGGH! There's about ten shows that fall into this category on CBS alone. You already have CSI, NCIS, other types of those two, Supernatural (if it counts), Hawaii Five-O, Bones, and only about a million more. I'm waiting for the day that crime shows completely die out because I don't like them. - Turkeyasylum
Two Words: NANCY DREW. - playstationfan66
I personally love this genre, and the cliche can be forgotten about because each show has its own plot and there aren't any rip offs except for The Glass House (which is cancelled). Survivor started it, but now there's tons of shows like this, but due to them all being distinctly different, it makes the cliche less blatant. - Turkeyasylum
All the DUN DUN DUN's though. It's annoying.
Don't even get me started. It's another show that fits in to "Detectives Fighting Crime". It's basically some British detective or something, though. It isn't much different and is probably the most overrated character because he has tons of shows about him. - Turkeyasylum
Nancy Drew is way more better than him. - playstationfan66
This makes basically any plot device completely predictable. How many times has a show become popular because of some hot guy and some hot girl? It works as a minor feat of a plot, such as in Brooklyn Nine-nine, which comes up with original and diverse material every episode; but as the full focus of the show, it makes the development stages generalised and tedious. - PositronWildhawk
Lots of shows focus on couples. Let's take a look at a few: Mike and Molly, The Big Bang Theory (not fully, but still), Melissa and Joey, and pretty much any sitcom these days. Shows like this obviously have their own plots and characters making them more unique than detectives fighting crime, so I still think this is the reason it doesn't get much notice. - Turkeyasylum
How to get a popular show:
Get a hot guy who is a jock and a hot girl who is not afraid to be herself, and gets bullied by the less pretty popular crowd, even though she dresses and acts exactly like them, they get together make out, people shun them but they reject that, to end up being friends with them and everyone wins! - ToptenPizza
I agree. Zack (or Cody) loves Maddie. - playstationfan66
Every single show seems to have one of these. Meg, Squidward, Wendy, Leonard (TBBT), and Harold are a few. The issue is that their entire plot focuses on being abused and we don't get to see much more about them. Sometimes it's for the right reasons (Wendy), other times it's wrong (Meg or Squidward). - Turkeyasylum
Fart humor... make it stop. This is directed to kids shows, such as Sanjay and Craig, and many episodes revolve around farts! It's gross and just makes little kids even more immature than they already are! Luckily, adult shows don't have them, but they do have... - Turkeyasylum
The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, and pretty much any CBS sitcom in a nutshell. They can rely on running gags too much, and new people to the show won't get them and won't get into it. Keep a close eye on this item as I expect it to go up. And keep in mind some running gags are funny (Oh my God, you killed Kenny! ) while others are atrocious (Bazinga, sorry I don't like it). - Turkeyasylum
A sex joke once in a while won't hurt, but what about an entire entourage of them? I know the shows are meant for adults, but kids also watch them. Luckily, the jokes flew over my head for a long time, but now I'm mature enough to get them. Suspects include South Park and Family Guy. Two and a Half Men is also a huge culprit. - Turkeyasylum
I wish sex never existed
The Simpsons focused on this, but it wasn't much of a cliche at the time, Now we have Family Guy, Two and a Half Men, and almost any sitcom. The plots like these get so stale it makes me puke. I prefer a show about 2 families being focused on equally. - Turkeyasylum
True Ella is a one dimensional character who only sings but I like her the only problem is that her singing gets annoying after a while
Cartoons, and even some sitcoms have them. Lately Total Drama has fallen victim to this cliche with Shawn and Ella, but other shows have them. Just ask The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, or SpongeBob SquarePants. Please, make characters have meaning to them.
Thanks for reading! - Turkeyasylum
How many Nickelodeon sitcoms feature just that? Well, Henry Danger, Nicky Ricky Dicky and Dawn, and The Thundermans are just a few.
I like some edgelords.. - TwilightKitsune
Every show has had at least one episode where girls fight boys and it's getting old. - ToptenPizza
Battles of the sexes and blackmailing episodes need to end. - RalphBob
And if it's Disney Girls Always win.
Chopped but it’s actulally good
There are some original shows like worst cooks in america(teaching ammeteur cooks) that defeat
Disney and Nick, you two need to cut it out. Nobody wants to see your cliche sitcoms taking over 90% of the channel!
Either because in a family show the youngest child is no longer young and cute, because a couple finally hooked up, or even as an excuse to write out a character. Furthermore, often the baby is a preschooler or ever a grade schooler a mere season or two later, and either way adds little or drags down the show.