Frequently abbreviated as TWoP, Television Without Pity is a site on the web that offers detailed review of specific television reality shows and dramas, most of the time by scornful comments, on top of forums where members can talk about countless television related issues.
The website started through reviewing the TV show Dawson’s Creek and was initially named Dawson’s Wrap; afterwards it widened its range and altered its names to Mighty Big TV prior to deciding on the latest name. The website is famous for its broad usage of the term “snark” to express its emblematic style of sardonic review; with their official saying “Spare the snark, spoil the networks”, taken from the popular saying “Spare the rod, spoil the child”.
Several producers and actors have been identified to visit the site. Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing posted in the forums, where his experience is deemed to have motivated the episode “The U.S. Poet Laureate”; in which the episode focuses on a character that posts something on his fan site and is fervently attacked by forum members for his violation of forum rules and his beliefs. In disparity, Rob Thomas, maker of Veronica Mars, has completely embraced the message board society of TWoP; with a conversation thread in the forum of his show, open to straightly talk with viewers.
In recent years, the Television Without Pity posters have prearranged “TARCon”, a viewing party in New York City for the Amazing Race’s final season. The group has been attended by a lot of contestants of the show from the past and current seasons. Tubeelzebub, the website’s mascot, more often called “Tubey” is a demonic TV set sated with horns along with a pointed tail. Queries can be requested of Tubey and are occasionally answered in the site’s section “Ask Tubey”.
Television Without Pity’s reviews vary in style, where some recappers write briefer, short reviews, while some write more absurdly, in some instances inserting situations of their personal life. As expected, every style draws different readers, with others preferring to utilize the website as information for missed episodes, and some favoring the humorous ones, which can be similarly enjoyable to people who have seen the episode.
The website’s forums are popular for elaborate rules and strict moderation. Consequently, the society has at times been condemned as cliquey, self-regulatory, and elitist. Television Without Pity has explained that this policy is required to guarantee decorum, although a lot of banned members oppose the claim.