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50 FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS

 

 

Robert Stack


Unsolved Mysteries’ host Robert Stack was often skeptical of the paranormal stories that the show covered. While recording narration for the show’s segments, he would occasionally turn to his producer and exclaim “come on, Raymond!”

 

2. The set of Sesame Street was intentionally made to look like a poor inner-city block, complete with trash and decay because the original target audience was inner-city children and the producers wanted it to feel familiar.

 

3. HBO’s iconic “Band of Brothers” premiered two days before 9/11. When the attacks occurred, HBO stopped all marketing for the show, and by the end of the series, it had half the viewers it started with. It won six Emmys, a Golden Globe, and was awarded a Peabody.

 

4. The Sopranos was denied a permit to film in a New Jersey state park by a county commissioner who called the show a “disgrace to Italians”. The commissioner was later removed under corruption charges.

 

5. In Season 8 Episode 2 of ‘The Fairly OddParents’, Timmy Turner is on fairy trial for keeping his first ever wish a secret. It’s revealed that the wish was for everyone to stop aging so he could have his fairies forever. When asked how long ago the wish was made, he guesses around 50 years.

 

 

6 Walter White Jr.

Walter White Jr. never encountered Jesse Pinkman in all 62 episodes of Breaking Bad.

 

7. Red vs. Blue is the second longest running web series of all time, behind only Homestar Runner.

 

8. The Seinfeld episode, “The Contest” where the four main characters see who can go the longest without masturbating, never once contained the word “masturbation” and won an Emmy for achievement in writing.

9. Chris Hansen, who was the host of “NBC’s Dateline: To Catch a Predator” (a show that featured him conducting a sting operation on online sex predators by catching them on hidden cameras), was fired from NBC after he was caught cheating on his wife by a hidden-camera sting operation.

 

10. The pilot episode of LOST was so expensive (approximately $14 million) that the network president was fired for green-lighting it.

11 Dr. Oz show

Nearly 40% of the medical advice given on the Dr. Oz show has no scientific evidence backing it up.

 

12. Out of the 403 episodes of “The Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross, 91% of them contain at least one happy tree and 2% of them contain bridges.

13. In the World of Warcraft episode of South Park the Blizzard people made a private server for them to “film” on, and during the shoot, a random person came in and started trying to kill people, just like in the plot of the episode.

 

14. Over the course of 144 episodes, only one character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer died of natural causes. The following episode, which examines Buffy’s mourning/reaction to the first death she couldn’t have prevented, is consistently ranked as one of the best television episodes of all time.

 

15. The show ‘Firefly’ has been permanently added to the International Space Station as a form of entertainment for the station’s crews.

 

16 The Office

 

The certificate behind Michael Scott in The Office is not a degree/diploma, but a certificate of authenticity for a counterfeit “Seyko” timepiece.

 

17. There is an episode of The Cosby Show, where after consuming Cosby’s “special barbecue sauce”, women stop fighting, become passive, and become more affectionate towards their lovers.

18. ‘My Love From Another Star’ is a Korean TV show is about a 400-year-old Harvard-educated alien who falls in love with a human woman. The show is a huge hit in Korea and elsewhere; Chinese fans were hospitalized for binging on too much-fried chicken and beer (the woman character’s favorite food).

 

19. Japan has a popular TV show called “My First Errand” where little kids are sent to do minor tasks for the family on their own while a camera crew secretly follows them.

 

20. The writers of Arrested Development intended to use a different actress for Ann Veal (George-Michael’s girlfriend) in every episode in an effort to show just how forgettable and unnoticeable she was.

21 Captain Planet

 

TV series Captain Planet was the first children’s show to deal with HIV-AIDS. The episode involved a villain brainwashing a community, making them think HIV could pass on just by casual contact, making the entire town hate a young man infected by HIV, who was voiced by Neil Patrick Harris

 

 

22. There is an episode (The French Mistake) of Supernatural in which the two main characters are sent to an alternate universe in which they play the actors that play their characters on Supernatural (themselves) who are in the middle of filming an episode of a TV show called Supernatural.

23. The season 6 Blu-ray of Dexter had an unskippable trailer that spoiled that season’s finale.

 

24. The Dana Carvey Show, which aired just 7 episodes in 1996, had a writing team that included Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Bob Odenkirk, Charlie Kaufman. Robert Smigel, Dino Stamatopoulous (Starburns from Community) and more.

 

25. On Johnny Carson’s final show, Comedy Central went dark, leaving a video gone-fishing sign saying the people are out “watching Johnny Carson’s last show and so should you.”

 

26 Black Mirror


The name for the show “Black Mirror” was created after the shows creator (Charlie Brooker) noticed how being able to see your own reflection in turned off technology (iPads, television, cell phones, etc) is essentially a “black mirror.”

 

27. “House of Cards” is extremely popular in China, especially among Communist Party leaders, with one fan on social media writing about the show, “I’m just amazed that their propaganda ministry isn’t mad about this.”

28. When the creators of the TV show Sledge Hammer! learned it would be canceled, they had the main character fail to disarm a nuclear warhead, destroying San Francisco. The episode got such good ratings that ABC renewed it, so the second season had to be a prequel since the entire cast was dead.

 

29. The X-Files episode ‘Home’ which was about a murderous inbred family was loosely based on a story from Charlie Chaplin’s autobiography where a family introduced him to their quadruple amputee son by pulling him out from under a bed after which he “flopp[ed] around” while they sang and danced.

 

30. “Ed, Edd, n Eddy” was the last major animated series ever made using traditional animation techniques; the first 4 seasons were made using cel animation, and everything else since has used at least some CGI.

31 Lassie

In the 571 Episodes of Lassie, the only character that actually fell down a well was Lassie. Timmy never fell down a well.

 

32. The pilot episode of the Lone Gunmen was about a conspiracy of the US government to hijack an airline and fly it into the World Trade Center to start a profit-making war. It aired on March 4, 2001.

33. The pilot episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” was made with only $200. And that was just for the 2 cameras and some tape.

 

34. In The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the name of Uncle Phil’s law firm is “Firth, Wynn and Meyer” as a reference to the band Earth, Wind, and Fire.

 

35. Laverne from Scrubs was only killed off because Bill Lawrence was under the impression that it would be the last season of the show. He promised her actor a role, and cast her as a near identical nurse named “Shirley.”

36 Futurama

The original idea for the Futurama episode, Jurassic Bark, was to have Fry’s mother fossilized instead of Seymour, but this idea was scrapped after it was thought to be too upsetting to the audience.

 

37. There was a planned, but unmade episode of Doctor Who in which an alien would attach itself to J.K. Rowling and project her imagination on the real world. The Doctor would have battled wizards and witches to save the planet.

38. 9 out of the 10 most watched TV broadcasts in the US are the last 9 Superbowls; the only non-football entry is the final broadcast of M*A*S*H in 1983.

 

39. Bridget Loves Bernie was the highest rated TV show to ever be canceled after only one season. CBS and show creators were forced to cancel the show after receiving death threats from Jews, who were angered that the show featured a Catholic marrying a Jew.

 

40. The debut episode for Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner was called: Fast and Furry-ous.

 

41 Commander Sinclair

 

Babylon 5 switched commanders after season one because the actor playing Commander Sinclair had paranoid delusions. Creator J. Michael Straczynski kept it a secret until 2013 after the actor had passed away.

 

42. Honda sponsored an episode of Community tv show critical of product placement and guerrilla marketing. After the episode aired, 50% of viewers were more likely to buy a Honda.

43. There was a crossover episode of Cops and the X-files called X-cops. It started off as a normal episode of Cops and then things got weird.

 

44. Cartoon Network banned an episode of Cow and Chicken called “Buffalo Gals” which allegedly implied lesbian stereotypes including the Gals being mistaken for men and the line “Oh! the Buffalo Gals, a motorcycle riding gang that randomly breaks into people’s homes and chews on their carpets.”

 

45. Season Two of “24” featured a terrorist plot that originated from a London mosque. A few months after the season ended, authorities raided the mosque and found that it was indeed a terrorist hub.

46 Blue’s Clues

Blue’s Clues was one of the first shows to use software like Media 100, Photoshop and After Effects to do their animation, and were able to produce episodes four times faster than traditional methods, as a result, surprising even Adobe themselves

 

47. The third season DVDs of “The Adventures of Pete and Pete” were made but mysteriously never distributed. The creators think they are in a warehouse: “It’s recorded, we did commentary tracks with a bunch of the cast, there’s all these special extras on it. They pressed them, we saw it. Nothing.”

48. In 1990, there was a revival series of The Brady Bunch called The Bradys, which featured most of the original cast and had more dramatic storylines (e.g., Bobby becomes a paraplegic and Marcia is an alcoholic). It lasted for 6 episodes.

 

49. During the first season of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ Will Smith memorized the lines of everyone in the cast. If you go back and watch closely, you can see him lip-synching the lines of whoever was speaking in a scene.

 

50. The worst Star Trek Next Generation episode is widely regarded to be “Shades of Gray”. It was a previous clip show created due to a lack of funds left over from other episodes during the second season and the writer, Maurice Hurley, refers to it as a “piece of sh*t.”

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