The Most Infamous Mistakes Made on TV Shows
When you’re making a hit TV show, there are endless details to manage to make sure everything runs smoothly. The slightest set adjustment, line change, or camera shift can have unfortunate consequences.
One mistake can launch discussion boards and memes of epic proportions as viewers binge and over analyze their favorite TV shows. That's why these flubs from some of your favorite shows stand out as the most infamous mistakes of all time.
True Blood’s DVDs From the Future
Fangtasia, the vampire bar in the supernatural drama True Blood, wasn't always the bloody watering hole we saw in the show. In the 1980s, Fangtasia was a boring, geeky video rental shop. During a flashback, brooding vampires Eric and Pamela traded in their black leather and loud music for popcorn and Twizzlers.
The One Where Everyone’s Apartments Are Numbered Differently
Friends was the first show of its kind to portray members of Generation X in all their ‘90s glory. The plot was simple: Six people in NYC drink coffee, stay indoors and rip each other's life choices to shreds. Sadly, their slacker mentality may have been shared by the show's production staff, as Friends made some major blunders throughout their 10 seasons.
The Wonky Deer in The Walking Dead
A low-budget and poor design decisions led to The Walking Dead's most memeable moment. The odds were always stacked against the show, as devoted fans craved big-budget visuals reserved for major network productions. But out of all the cheesy explosions and campy zombie carnage, nothing compares to the janky deer from Season 7.
Seinfeld’s Dysfunctional Car
Not every blooper is cause for outrage from die-hard fans. Sometimes, a blooper can even help a show be funnier than intended. On Seinfeld's The Parking Garage episode, the foursome is on the hunt for their missing car. After a series of freakouts and poor choices, the gang finally finds the car.
Cheddar the Corgi’s Changing Coat
Producing a show with a large cast of secondary characters can be difficult. When you're trying to bring a character back into an episode, you have to make sure the actor is available. Otherwise, it'd be pretty obvious if a different actor was cast for someone else's role.
Strange Future Technology in Stranger Things
It seems that the lovable group of misfit boys on Stranger Things who can't seem to escape supernatural terrors may have also managed to time travel. If they haven't, then what’s the explanation for the walkie-talkies they use throughout the first season?
Seven Years of High School on That '70s Show
On That ‘70s Show, fans relived their most awkward teenage moments through the cast's hilarious storylines. Forman, Jackie, Kelso, Hyde, Donna and Fez laughed, cried and smoked their way throughout high school in Wisconsin. But exactly how long were they in high school for, anyway?
Will Rapidly Ages on Will & Grace
Speaking of questionable timelines, in Season 7 of Will & Grace, Will battles an identity crisis ahead of his 37th birthday. We know, Will going through an identity crisis is as routine as Karen entering a room and immediately insulting Grace's wardrobe.
The One Where Joey Isn’t the Youngest Friend Anymore
Another Friend-ly blunder occurs during Rachel's 30th birthday episode. The gang gathers by the cake to usher Rachel into her third decade, only she gets cold feet over aging. Join the club, amirite? To calm their grieving Friend, Phoebe, Ross, Monica, Chandler and Joey all share their 30th birthday stories.
Daenerys, Mother of Herbal Tea
After the glorious (and gory) Battle of Winterfell in the last season of Game of Thrones, the surviving characters celebrated their triumphant victory. From the looks of it, the kitchen crew in Winterfell provided plenty of meat, wine, and ...Starbucks?
Maggie Simpson’s Picture from the Future
In a classic episode from The Simpsons' 6th season, Homer explains to Bart and Lisa why there weren't any photos of Maggie in the family album. A few flashbacks later, Homer reveals he took her photos to his office to create an adorable motivational collage.
How I Met Your Mother in Los Angeles
One day at MacLaren's, the pub where the characters of How I Met Your Mother can be found regularly, Marshall discovers Woody Allen is at a restaurant downtown. What follows is an ego-driven race to see who knows the fastest route to the restaurant. The episode revolves around the question of which character knows their way around New York City the best, which makes the blooper even better.
Melisandre’s Missing Magical Necklace
On Game of Thrones, the mysterious Red Priestess Melisandre wielded powerful magical abilities. One of her more striking powers was her claim to have lived for centuries while somehow maintaining her youthful appearance. Viewers even caught a glimpse of her true form in Season 6, when she briefly removed the magic necklace that kept her young.
Is Quagmire Really That Old?
Character age continuity issues aren’t only problematic on TV shows with living actors. On Family Guy, a similar continuity error counters an episode's entire plot. In Underage Peter, Griffin and his friends go out on a typical late night booze bender, only this time the town suffers major damage.
Jamie Lannister’s Magically Repaired Hand
Fans are hungry for bloopers on their favorite shows wherever they can find them. Even in promo photos. Take Game of Thrones, for instance. The internet called foul play when an image of Jamie Lannister hugging his sister with both hands appeared.
The One Where Time Zones Don’t Exist on Friends
This mistake on Friends is out of this world. Seriously. When the show completely dismisses the existence of time zones, it must take place in an alternate universe. Back in Season 3, Monica gets a very generous tip from a wealthy customer, who later asks her on a dinner date.
The Broken Timeline in Big Bang Theory’s Broken Elevator
On The Big Bang Theory, one of the longest running gags was their building's broken elevator. There were even attempts, courtesy of an acquired time machine, to fix the clunky lift. With each attempt to fix the elevator, the timeline gets more convoluted.
Carrie’s Bizarre Bus Passengers
During the opening credits of Sex and the City, a colorful Carrie Bradshaw makes her way down a busy NYC block. As she struts down the street in her tutu, a crowded bus with an ad for her sex column drives through a puddle, soaking Carrie.
The One Where Monica’s Body Double Makes an Appearance
The storyline isn't the only thing that can cause mistakes on the show. Sometimes a camera angle can catch more than the viewers expected. Take this casual Friends scene in Central Perk with Phoebe and Monica. In an instant, the camera cuts from Phoebe and Monica to Phoebe and Monica's stand-in.
McDreamy’s Nightmarish CPR
Do they have medical experts on call over at Grey's Anatomy? There are so many medical inaccuracies on this program it's hard to believe it's a show about doctors. One major blunder happens when Meredith nearly drowns while helping a patient and gets knocked into a body of water by accident.
Mulder’s Mysterious Wedding Ring
On The X-Files, Fox Mulder was a brooding F.B.I. detective who investigated paranormal phenomena. All that brooding and crime solving left little time for him to date, let alone marry, making him a chronically mysterious and single detective.
Two Guys, One Actor on Sex And The City
On Sex and The City, Carrie Bradshaw wore a lot of shoes and dated a lot of men in New York City. The shoes were always expensive, unique and rarely worn twice, but some of the men were quite similar to each other. So similar, in fact, that they were sometimes the same exact person.
Sometimes I like to think that the two different characters Justin Theroux played on "Sex and the City" were actually one man testing out his grifting abilities pic.twitter.com/SDRGo3LCON— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) June 6, 2018
A John Hancock Gone Wrong on The Office
A celebration was in order when Dunder Mifflin launched their very own website. Of course, because this is The Office, a simple office party turned into a series of competitive hijinks to determine who could plan the best party. Spoiler alert: It wasn't Michael, who failed to order a decent pizza, kidnapped the delivery boy and had a series of emotional outbursts.
Redecorating in Bikini Bottom
In Bikini Bottom, your house isn't only where you go to sleep at night: It's a statement piece. Spongebob lives in a pineapple, Patrick lives under a rock and Squidward lives between them in a moai from Easter Island. All three of these homes are perfect representations of each character.
Mad Men Dines at a Restaurant From the Future
One of Mad Men’s greatest achievements was astute attention to detail throughout the series. Historical authenticity was a major concern to the showrunners, so characters, sets and plots had to expertly represent life in the 1960s.
Dexter’s Incomplete Execution
On Dexter, forensic technician and vigilante serial killer Dexter entertained millions of loyal viewers. By day, Dexter analyzed blood splatter patterns from crime scenes. By night, he served his appetite for bloodlust by killing criminals that slipped through the justice system.
Waylon Smithers’ Changing Appearance
Most characters on The Simpsons experience drastic life changes throughout the show. Apu gets married and has eight children. Milhouse's parents get divorced. Ned Flanders loses his wife in a tragic accident and raises his children solo. And then there's Waylon Smithers.
Who knew Smithers was black before he was white? pic.twitter.com/izf2PtUmjY— Nadir (@BLAKC_URB) February 18, 2017
Breaking Bad’s Rambunctious Roof Pizza
On Breaking Bad, pizza is a topic that can raise a lot of eyebrows. Yes, the show is actually about a chemistry teacher that produces meth to make some extra cash. But Walter White's legend status wasn't cemented in his extracurricular activities. It came as soon as he perfectly launched an entire pizza onto his roof in a fit of rage.
Your Name Is Really Jerry, Jerry
Early in Parks and Recreation, we meet Jerry, the clumsy yet lovable oaf in the Pawnee office. He confesses that his name is actually Gary, but hasn’t corrected anyone ever since a senior staffer called him 'Jerry'. This is a perfect representation of Jerry; a forgettable character that doesn't want to ruffle feathers around the office.
Lost’s Mysterious Gray Blob
J. J. Abrams' work on Lost ushered in a wave of conspiracy-driven shows watched by die-hard fans. Online discussion boards filled with fan theories about the show were everywhere. It became a sport to see what clues you could learn from re-watching each episode.