What does it mean when a project is “grounded” and “realistic”?


When I hear an announcement of a new TV show, movie, cartoon, etc., it sometimes states that it is going to be a “grounded” and/or “realistic” take on the original. What do they mean by that?

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Grounded and realism means that characters face consequences for their actions. There won’t be any massive shootouts without consequence, events will tie into each other in a way that reflects how the real world would function if said events happened.

It’s much harder to write convincingly, but the payoff is a far better realised world that you can believe in, in a way that less grounded or realistic shows can manage.