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25 Hidden Details About Cloak And Dagger Only True Marvel Fans Noticed

Cloak And Dagger is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe television series to make it on to Freeform, a network aimed at emerging adults. It might not have as large of an audience as the Netflix series, but it’s certainly earned a loyal following amongst TV and comic book fans alike.

The series follows Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) and Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) as they attempt to understand their super powers and help out their home town of New Orleans in the process. While his powers lean to the dark side of human nature, hers lean toward the light. The two create the perfect balance. They get help in their endeavors from an ally on the police force, Detective Brigid O’Reilly (Emma Lahana.)

The series is inspired by a comic book, and yes, it features super powers, but it’s also incredibly timely. The first season took on corruption in the police force while the second tackles missing women of color – and the lack of attention they receive. The social issues the writers enjoy highlighting appear obvious, but other items hide in the show.

We’ve looked out for comic book Easter eggs, pop culture references, and story points you might have missed. As a result, we’ve got 25 Hidden Details About Cloak And Dagger Only True Marvel Fans Noticed.

25 The First Time Ty And Tandy Use Their Powers

Tyrone and Tandy have no knowledge of their powers in the first episode. When the two meet at a party, touching hands results in a glowing Tandy and a shadowed Tyrone. That’s not, however, the first time their powers manifest.

Instead, eagle-eyed fans will spot the two unconsciously using their powers in the flashback sequence wherein fans see Tyrone saving Tandy during the infamous car accident. After the Roxxon energy blast hits them, Tandy glows enough for Tyrone to see her in the dark water. He also uses what becomes his teleportation power to put his hand through the roof of the car and pull her with him.

24 The Crick-Hits

Have you ever heard of the band the Crick-Hts? If you haven’t, don’t be discouraged. They appeared in a whopping two issues of Marvel comics, and not in the main timeline.

The Crick-Hits were a band that appeared in comics in 2009. They made their debut in Age Of The Sentry, which was actually stories told to Franklin Richards by his father in comic book form. Within the series the Crick-Hits made a few appearance as that universe’s version of the Beatles. A fan of the band, Tandy wore one of their tee shirts in the first episode.

23 Very Special Initials

The first episode reveals that Tandy’s job involves “finding rich kids and jacking them of their rich kid stuff.” The rich kid she targets takes her back to the house his uncle is letting him use, and there, we see sets of monogrammed towels.

Tandy takes one of those towels, but that isn’t the interesting part. Instead, it’s the initials on them. R. F. is a nod to the Marvel comic book character Richard Fisk. Richard Fisk was the son of Wilson Fisk in the comics, a character we’ve seen in the Netflix series Daredevil. He became a villain who went by the name of the Rose as he tried to eclipse his father.

22 An Important Tombstone

Cloak and Dagger show-runner Joe Pokaski isn’t shy about giving fans hints and Easter eggs. When the series premiered, he mentioned that names in the cemetery might give fans a few fun Easter eggs. There’s only one name that the audience can really make out when Ty and Tandy face off in front of a family tombstone.

The family name most prominent is that of Garth. That surname belonged to Simon Garth in the comics. Originally created in 1953 (before Marvel even became Marvel,) he was a wealthy businessman from New Orleans before becoming a zombie. His gardener took Garth’s life, but unsatisfied, cursed him as well. It was his secretary who had him resurrected.

21 The Cumberbatch Too

When Tandy and her boyfriend head to a very special dry cleaners to set up a new identity for her, there’s a rich kid there getting some clothing cleaned. When he hands over his suit, he requests cleaning of the “Cumberbatch too.”

The piece of clothing in question is a actually called a cummerbund. In formal wear, it’s the piece of a suit that goes around the waist. Cumberbatch is, of course, a reference to Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

20 The Mantle Dolls

When viewers first see Tyrone’s figure being sculpted by a machine, it’s not clear why that’s the opening shot of each act in episode three. It’s also not clear why his figure is placed on a mantle with dolls from other eras.

By the end of the first season, you know that these dolls are actually various “divine pairings” throughout history. Evita tells some of their stories while leading Damballah tours. Her aunt recalls the rest throughout the season. It takes a long time for every pairing’s story to be revealed on the show, and some fans might have missed the initial hint at what was to come for Tandy and Ty.

19 True Believers And Skeptics

Episode three reveals that Evita isn’t just a smart girl with a bit of a wild streak who’s interested in Tyrone. She also works with her aunt and knows a whole lot about the city’s occult history. In fact, she leads Damballah (a powerful loa in vodou) tours.

When Tyrone meets up with her group, Evita welcomes the “true believers and skeptics” to the tour. Old school comic book fans know Stan Lee used the catchphrase “true believers.” Lee often opened his editorials with the phrase while he was Editor-In-Chief of Marvel Comics. He also signed off with “excelsior,” though we haven’t seen that used in the series just yet.

18 Founded 1982

In episode four, Tyrone gets a little introduction to his own family history. His father is a member of the Redhawks AKA the New Orleans Indians. In real life, descendants of native New Orleans residents and people of color belong to the group. They have a huge presence during Mardis Gras celebrations and educate members of the community on their history.

In Cloak and Dagger, the chapter Ty is familiar with has a flag up that reveals they were founded in 1982. That’s a significant year because it’s also the year the characters Cloak and Dagger made their debut in a Spider-Man comic. Their own comic book series followed the next year.

17 Agent M

When shows have a heavy police (or government agent) presence, the audience gets to see a lot of files on cases and criminals. Sometimes, those files are made of nonsense in hopes that the audience isn’t looking too closely, but in the case of Cloak and Dagger, those files are made of Easter eggs.

A file examined in episode five sports a few names, one of which belongs to a real person. One of the names is Agent M. That name is actually the social media handle for Ryan Penagos, who has worked for Marvel, primarily on their website and twitter content, for years. He’s now Marvel’s VP of New Media.

16 Magic Is Just Science We Don’t Understand

Arthur C. Clarke once provided the world with an explanation for magical occurrences: it’s just science we don’t understand yet. The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves this explanation.

The phrase is used by Mina in episode six of Cloak and Dagger. It’s also, however, used by Jane Foster in the Thor movies when comparing the magic of Asgard to the science of Earth. Jemma Simmons also uses it to explain strange happenings in season one of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The scientific women of the MCU are all about logical explanations for magic.

15 STANMAN

Specialty license plates can tell you a lot about a person. In episode six, the character Stan revealed his ego with a plate that said “STANMAN.” Of course, some fans think the plate might have a more special meaning.

Just like Stan Lee’s “true believers” appearing in another episode, this might be a nod to one of Marvel’s greatest real life heroes. Fans referenced Lee as Stan “The Man” Lee for many years. Perhaps this was another shoutout for the man responsible for bringing so many iconic heroes and villains to the page.

14 Mina’s Secret Ingredient

When audiences met Mina Hess, they saw what Tandy’s life could have been like if her father hadn’t become the Roxxon scapegoat. We also spent a lot of time learning about the relationship between Mina and her catatonic father whose mind was stuck in the Roxxon explosion.

His mind was stuck on the oil rig where the last cookie Mina gave him sat on his desk. She gave him one everyday to eat at work. Her secret ingredient? Cardamom, Cardamom happens to be a natural antidepressant, important for a woman who had Tandy take a little of her hope away, and for a man stuck in a depressing situation.

13 Bowen Family Memory Vs. Bowen Family Fear

When Tandy touches someone, she can see their deepest hopes. Sometimes though, she’s not entirely sure of what she’s seeing – especially if it involves her and Tyrone combining their powers.

When Tandy and Tyrone get inside Tandy’s mother’s head, they see her father striking her mother. While it could have been written off as a nightmare with what we know of Tyrone’s power, that’s not the case. Eagle-eyed viewers would have been able to see it was a memory when they noticed that the flashback sequence in episode eight – set around the same time – showed Tandy’s mother with a swollen eye.

12 Mina Smashes The Bee

When Tandy decides to get in Mina’s head, she doesn’t just view Mina’s hopes; she also takes a little bit of it away. That results in Mina’s optimism turning into something more akin to anger.

In episode nine, right after her experience with Tandy, Mina demonstrates the change in her by squashing a bee. That alone is alarming since Mina is such an advocate for increasing the bee population. It’s even more alarming when you notice that Mina does it with one of her science books – something she treasures.

11 Stan Lee’s Cameo

Marvel movies and TV series are known for one thing outside of being comic book inspired: cameos by Stan Lee. Though other nods occurred early in the first season of the show, he also got an artistic cameo in episode nine.

As Tandy wanders around the house of one of her marks, she passes by a display of pop art. The portrait repeated in the midst of the bright colors is that of Stan Lee.

Lee appeared as art in other projects as well. He was painted in graffiti for The Runaways in season two, and his portrait appeared in the animated movie Big Hero Six.

10 Emma Lahana Has No Lines In Episode Nine

When Emma Lahana first stepped onto the scene as Brigid O’Reilly, she didn’t have any lines. The writers gave her the same opportunity to show the audience what her character was feeling without saying a word in episode nine.

This would be less significant if her character was only in a scene or two, but that’s not the case. O’Reilly spends the episode in a state of despair after discovering the body of her boyfriend Fuchs. She also lashes out at the corrupt Connors, physically attacking him when he offers a toast to the slain officer.

Showrunner Joe Pokaski thought Lahana’s performance in the episode was a good indication of what she could do as Mayhem in season two.

9 Annex Building 616

In Marvel Comics, each universe has its own specific numeric label. The continuity that most of their stories fall into doesn’t have a label like Earth-1. Instead, it’s 616. As a result, that number gets a shout out in a lot of Marvel properties.

In the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., for example, Agent Coulson’s mobile unit was designated as S.H.I.E.L.D. 616. For Cloak and Dagger’s first season, the number was assigned to one of the annex buildings in an offhand comment.

8 The Cloak And Dagger Debut

The final episode of the first season also gave us another Easter egg in the form of a numeric sequence. This one is a little harder to spot.

When Tyrone starts shutting down valves on the rig, he passes by several columns. One of them has the number sequence 1 10 1983 painted on it. That sequence is significant because the first (1) issue of Cloak and Dagger’s solo series debuted in October (10) of the year 1983. The series didn’t last long, but the characters lived on long after their first series ended.

7 Both Leads Sing On The Soundtrack

Outside of their acting roles as aspiring superheroes, Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph are also both musicians. They also both had the chance to record music for the series.

Olivia Holt performed a cover of the STYX song “Come Sail Away” for the season one finale. Her version of the song plays at the end of the episode. Two other covers of the song actually featured earlier in the hour. She recorded it specifically for the show.

The show-runner approached Aubrey Joseph to perform a song for the show, but the actor didn’t get one recorded and ready until season two. His song, “Numb” appears in episode two. Joseph wrote the song himself.

6 Tyrone Uses Darkforce Against Connors

Everyone watching the season one finale knew that Tyrone used his powers against Connors in their final showdown. What they might not realize is just how this use of his powers alludes to his comic book backstory.

In the comics, Cloak’s abilities come from another dimension, specifically, the Dark Dimension. This same dimension is where Darkforce, an ability we’ve seen used by Whitney Frost in Agent Carter and Blackout in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., originates. When Tyrone used his power against Connors, the dark tendrils enveloped Connors before making him completely disappear. He hasn’t shown up again since, hinting that the Darkforce dimension still exists.

5 Purposeful Clothing Choices

What Cloak and Dagger usually wear in the comics is very different from what they usually wear in the show. While Tyrone spends nearly all of his time in a full black cloak, Tandy wears a more revealing white costume. That color scheme has become important in the show.

In the first season, Tandy wore all white for pivotal scenes – like using her powers against an assailant in an alley. In season two, however, her outfits always have a bit of white in them, even if it’s just the print on a darker t-shirt. Likewise, Tyrone is spending more and more time wearing black.

4 Season Two’s Lighting

Just as the clothing choices have become more deliberate for Tandy and Tyrone, so has the lightning for montages that cut between the two.

When Tandy is featured, her lighting isn’t as dark as it was in season one. There are warm tones in her scenes, signaling her movement closer to hope and light, just like her powers. Tyrone, on the other hand, doesn’t have the warm tones he had in season one. Instead, he’s in a much darker place – both literally and metaphorically.

3 Maman Brigitte

Loa are deities associated with voudo. The series hasn’t delved too much into the different personas, but it might this season with the introduction of the veve (summoning symbol) for Maman Brigitte at a crime scene.

A man wrote the veve using his own drugs as his life faded, so you know it’s important. This loa was definitely chosen for a reason. She’s inspired by an Irish deity and is the only loa not to be associated with Haitian or African culture. One of her signature colors is green, and she’s associated with both fire and snakes. There are clear connections to Brigid O’Reilly.

2 A Hymn To St. Brigid

For those who don’t pay a lot of attention to soundtracks, it can be easy to miss a song playing that might be significant. In episode two of the second season, each act of the episode is led by the same song, “A Hymn To St. Brigid.”

While the song in particular references the Irish saint, the loa Maman Brigitte is named after the same person. Both mythic figures can trace their origins to the Celtic goddess Brigid. Of course, show-runner Joe Pokaski is aware of the connection between all three – and to Brigid O’Reilly. He made a note of the use of the music on twitter.

1 Foreshadowing Mayhem

Before the season two premiere of Cloak and Dagger, “Mayhem is coming,” was a common refrain for the show. The phrase was used when posters were released and when trailers premiered. The audience, even those unfamiliar with the comic book vigilante Mayhem, knew she was on the way. Set designers and costumers took a step further to signal her arrival.

In the second episode of season two, the club where several dealers lose their lives has a green strobe light that blinks in the hallway right outside their meeting room. Viewers can still see it when Ty and Tandy uncover their bodies. Brigid O’Reilly’s finger nails also look different than her Mayhem counterpart. The choice signals the audience that something is up before the reveal of two Brigids occurs.

Did you catch all of these hidden details in Cloak and Dagger? Is there something we missed that should have been on the list? Let us know in the comments.



2019-04-17 05:04:02

Amanda Bruce

Hidden Details In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Only True Fans Noticed

Here’s 10 hidden details in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse that only true fans of Marvel’s web-slingers will notice. Unlike the prior six live-action solo Spider-Man movies, Sony changed the superhero movie landscape with Spider-Verse. Not only is it a big budget animated superhero film, but it also put the focus on the Afro-Latino teen hero Miles Morales for the first time instead of Peter Parker.

Even though Into the Spider-Verse changed the usual perspective of a Spider-Man movie, it did so while introducing a much grander scope. The film is a true love letter to the history of the character, not just in how it sets up Miles becoming the friendly neighborhood hero, but also in the ways it shows the evolution of Spider-Man in all forms of media. In doing so, Into the Spider-Verse is loaded with Easter eggs, including many that don’t pertain to the wall-crawling heroes. But, the Spidey-related ones may be some of the best.

Related: Spider-Verse Is First Film To Properly Understand The Meaning of Spider-Man

Whether one is a casual fan of Spider-Man through the movies or have read every comic to ever feature someone with a spider logo on their chest, Into the Spider-Verse has something for fans of all levels. There’s references to prior movies, the comic history, and even the character’s appearances in other forms of media. Spider-Verse does move very quick though, so Screen Rant compiled a list of 10 details from the movie that only the truest fans may have caught in the theater. The video does include some SPOILERS for Spider-Verse, so watch with caution.

Now that everyone is caught up on some of Spider-Verse‘s biggest and deepest references, everyone can be up to date on the fun and possibly find even more enjoyment out of the film. Many of the details related to Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man trilogy were featured in the marketing, so it’s possible that even those who haven’t seen the movie yet are aware of some of what the animated spectacle film includes. They even lifted a line from one of Raimi’s films too.

With so much fun to be had with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it’s easy to see why the film has been as well-received as it’s been thus far. The overall reception and holiday rollout has given the film solid legs at the box office too, where it now is closing in on $300 million worldwide. Sony is already prepping for a sequel, so this won’t be the last time that Miles’ story is told in this capacity. In fact, the studio is also developing an all-female spinoff film starring Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman, and Silk. Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are expected to be heavily involved in the creative process on both movies too, so there should be plenty of opportunities for them to include more Spidey related references in future installments.

MORE: The BEST Spider-Man Moment Fans Missed in Spider-Verse



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2019-01-06 01:01:29

7 New Character Additions That Hurt Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And 13 That Saved It)

It’s been over twenty years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s groundbreaking pilot hit TV screens and it remains one the most beloved and influential shows of all time. The series subverted expectations, in the process shattering illusions of what people thought television was capable of. It forever altered the pop culture landscape, introducing audiences to a feminist icon they could truly identify with. The show popularized serialized storytelling at a time when TV programs were largely episodic and even changed the way that viewers talked by introducing them to “Buffy speak.”

By taking the idea that high school is Hell quite literally, Joss Whedon was able to use werewolves, witches, and vampires to explore themes of desire, female empowerment, and addiction. The writers personified feelings such as isolation, alienation and humiliation, using them to ground fantastical situations in those very real emotions.

Buffy was praised for a great many things, from snappy dialogue to clever plotting. However, one of the most vital elements of Whedon’s magnum opus was undoubtedly the amazing characters with which he chose to populate this world. These players were as lovable as they were relatable and the series continues to resonate with viewers of all ages. However, not all characters introduced to the series could be as awesome as Buffy, Willow, or Xander. While certain new additions had an undeniably positive effect on the series as a whole, there were also a few that BtVS would’ve been better off without.

Here are 7 New Character Additions That Hurt Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And 13 That Saved It).

20 Saved – Spike and Dru

Sunnydale got its very own Sid and Nancy when Spike and Drusilla showed up in season 2 episode “School Hard”, quickly establishing themselves as the new Big Bads in town. They were never meant to last as long as they did, but stellar performances from James Marsters and Juliet Landau gave both characters a stay of execution. These two didn’t just shake up Sunnydale, but the show’s entire mythology. They were living proof that vampires were capable of genuine emotion. Their intense bond and amazing chemistry made fans fall hard for the couple. 

Spike, of course, went on to play a much larger role in the series as a whole. Writers kept finding new ways to justify his continued existence and fans never complained, because no one wanted the vampire gone.

19 Hurt – Riley

Buffy needed to move on from Angel, but did she really have to take up with “Captain Cardboard”? Riley Finn (Mark Blucas) first appeared in the season 4 premiere, “The Freshman”, and went on to hurt the show in ways almost too numerous to list.

With him came the Initiative, which remains the storyline that most BtVS fans would rather forget.

Even after the organization was no longer part of the narrative, Riley continued to overstay his welcome. Viewers were forced to deal with his constant whining and eventually, his infidelity. These were all plot points that the show could’ve done without. It was sad when Riley helicoptered out of Buffy’s life, but only because we care about her feelings. Ultimately, no one really missed him.

18 Saved – Tara

Now this is how you create a new love interest. Oz and Willow had become one of the show’s most beloved couples and fans were as heartbroken as she was over his sudden departure. Replacing the werewolf was going to be just as difficult as finding a way for Buffy to get over Angel. However, the show chose to go in a new direction entirely with Tara Maclay, who debuted in season 4 episode “Hush”. Not only was she a woman, but she also complemented Willow in very different ways than Oz had.

Not all viewers embraced this storyline initially, but Amber Benson’s performance quickly won most of them over. Before long, fans became incredibly invested in Willow and Tara’s relationship. In many ways, they became the show’s central couple, as well as its emotional anchor.

17 Saved – Anya

Much like James Marsters, Emma Caulfield earned more time on the show through her impressive performance. Her arc wasn’t meant to last much past her first appearance in season 3 episode “The Wish”.  Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins went from human to vengeance demon and back again. She was over 1100 old, but had completely lost touch with her humanity before meeting the Scoobies.

It was more than Anya’s evolution that made her special, though. She was the character who posed the questions that most people want to ask but think that they shouldn’t. Whether ruminating on love, loss, or the simple cold truth of mortality, Anya always said exactly what she meant. Even her lack of tact was charming. The former demon brought a different perspective to the group, as well as some undeniable humor.

16 Hurt – Dawn

This is kind of a tough one, because the storyline surrounding Dawn’s existence was one of the show’s best. Her introduction in the season 5 premiere, “Buffy vs. Dracula”, was particularly genius. Dawn was dropped into the series as if she had always been there, leaving viewers wondering if they had missed earlier clues of Buffy having a sister.

Dawn herself was always little more than an annoyance to most fans.

It didn’t help that Michelle Trachtenberg played the character as younger than she was. This wasn’t all her fault, as Dawn was initially meant to be portrayed by a younger actress. The main problem wasn’t season 5 Dawn anyway. In later years, writers clearly weren’t sure what to do with her, giving Buffy’s sister one ludicrous plot line after another: “Dawn’s in trouble. Must be Tuesday.

15 Saved – Glory/Ben

Glory is one of the greatest Big Bads ever to appear on BtVS. Debuting in season 5 installment “There’s No Place Like Home”, she brought the season-long threat to a whole new level. Glory wasn’t just another demon. She was a literal god, just trying to get back to her home sweet Hell. However, it was more than just sheer power that made Glory such a great villain. Clare Kramer’s manic performance is what really set her apart.

Introduced an episode before Glory, Ben (Charlie Weber) was serviceable enough.

What really brought depth to the kind doctor was the revelation that he and Glorificus were sharing a body.

This was one of the show’s most successful twists. Seriously, no one saw it coming.

14 Saved – Wesley

While it can be argued that the character of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce was utilized far better on Angel, there’s no denying that the stuffy new Watcher was another great addition to the cast of BtVS. Debuting in season 3 installment “Bad Girls”, Alexis Denisof imbued Wesley with undeniable heart and humor, despite the character’s uptight personality.

Aside from Wesley himself, it was the dynamic between him and Giles that helped to elevate the series during season 3. We got to explore a whole new side Buffy’s Watcher. It was one thing to know about his “Ripper” past, but it was the juxtaposition of Rupert and Wesley that truly proved how awesome Giles actually was – not that we didn’t love him already.

13 Hurt – Warren

The Trio is kind of everyone’s least favorite Big Bad. However, while Jonathan and Andrew were both worthy additions to the series, Warren never had any redeeming qualities. He first appeared in season 5 episode “I Was Made to Love You” and proved himself a total creep immediately.

Although Warren started out as a punchline, he turned out to be a misogynistic monster.

Adam Busch did an excellent job of making the character incredibly unlikable, but it was Warren’s cruelty that brought season 6 to the lowest of places. “Dead Things” was one of the most brutal episodes of BtVS, and not in a good way. Plus, no Buffy fan will ever forgive him for firing the gun that took Tara’s life. Warren did a lot of damage and his character was never compelling or likable enough to outweigh that fact.

12 Saved – Oz

Fans fell in love with Daniel “Oz” Osbourne (Seth Green) around the same time that Willow did. From the moment he appeared in season 2 episode “Inca Mummy Girl”, he was pretty much smitten with her – even in her Hallowe’en costume. Unlike Xander, Oz actually realized how awesome Willow was and fans were overjoyed to see her finally properly appreciated.

Oz was so beloved, in fact, that even though he left under truly awful circumstances, many viewers were still torn when he came back for Willow. A lesser character could never have remained in fans’ hearts after such indiscretions. In the end, the writers found someone even better for Willow, but it speaks volumes that so many viewers were willing to forgive Oz after he locked himself in a cage with Veruca.

11 Hurt – Veruca

Veruca (Paige Moss) made her first appearance in season 4 episode “Living Conditions”. Oz may have thought that she was pretty cool, but viewers noticed that something was off about her.

Most Buffy fans are pretty protective of Willow and no one liked seeing her relationship with Oz threatened.

It’s not that it makes no sense that something would break up Willow and Oz. They dated in high school and many such relationships do not survive the transition to college. The main issue was the werewolf herself. Veruca was kind of over the top, from her musical performances to her evil machinations. Perhaps she was meant to be a two-dimensional mustache-twirling villain. Regardless, no one mourned Veruca after Oz ended her life.

10 Saved – Mayor Wilkins

Fans were introduced to Mayor Richard Wilkins in season 3 episode “Homecoming”. Sure, he was a major Big Bad whose ascension plans would’ve left the world in ruins, but he was also incredibly polite. BtVS has often excelled at creating villains that fans still kind of rooted for. The Mayor was one of the best, and not just because he was such a formidable opponent.

Richard’s relationship with Faith gave his character real depth. Much like the love that Spike and Dru shared with one another, the Mayor’s affections for his protégée made him much more human, which in turn made viewers care more about him. Plus, Harry Groener’s pitch-perfect performance made it impossible not to enjoy Mayor Wilkins.

9 Hurt – Kennedy

Kennedy was as much of an epic fail as Riley. The writers proved that they could craft more than one great love interest for Willow, so what happened with her? Introduced in season 7 episode “Bring on the Night”, Kennedy (Iyari Limon) was spoiled, argumentative and honestly, kind of bland. The key to a great TV relationship is making both characters compelling in their own right.

While fans came to love both Oz and Tara rather quickly, you’d be hard pressed to find many Kennedy fans out there.

There was nothing about Willow’s new girlfriend to even distinguish her from the other Potential Slayers, save her bad attitude. Willow deserved better and so did fans.

8 Saved – Faith

Shaking up things from the moment she arrived in season 3 installment “Faith, Hope and Trick”, Faith Lehane was Buffy’s dark reflection. The Slayers were incredibly different from one another and yet, undeniably two sides of the same coin. Eliza Dushku’s magnetic performance brought so much passion and energy to the role, and she had no trouble fitting in with the rest of the cast.

Faith provided new depth not only for the slayer line, but also to the idea of what it actually means to be Slayer. Before Faith’s arrival, fans had never seen a Slayer go rogue. However, it didn’t matter how far Faith went. Viewers were always hoping that she could somehow redeem herself. Thanks to her time on Angel, she was given that chance.

7 Saved – Robin

Robin Wood’s (D.B. Woodside) debut in season 7 premiere “Lessons” initially painted the new school principal as another villain lurking in the shadows. However, much like the rest of the characters on BtVS, appearances are often deceiving. Not only was Robin one of the good guys, but he was also the son of New York-based slayer, Nikki. The series teased this out slowly until fans realized the truth shortly before it was revealed.

It was a pretty genius move.

Although it’s easy to hate on Robin for his sneak attack on Spike, the vampire did off his mother, so his frustration can be understood. In the end, Robin turned out to be a great addition to the Scoobies, bringing both new perspective and an actual bag of tricks to the mix.

6 Hurt – Adam

Buffy almost always managed to deliver the goods when it came to the season-long Big Bad: compelling characters, with humor and even a bit of heart. The series excelled in that moral grey area, making viewers sympathize with villainous even as they committed unforgivable acts. Sadly, Adam (George Hertzberg) was a giant exception to this success.

The ersatz Frankenstein’s monster – or Walsh’s monster, as the case may have been – first appeared in season 4 episode “A New Man”. The only cool thing he ever really did was skewer his creator, Maggie, who was also not a great addition to the series. All in all, Adam was very powerful, but a boring villain. Defeating him required a major deus ex machina, which would’ve been fine if he had been a better character in the first place.

5 Saved – Andrew

Andrew Wells, aka Tucker’s brother, initially seemed as irredeemable as Warren Mears. When we met him in season 6 episode “Flooded”, he was a whiny coward with nothing even resembling a moral compass. After Andrew returned the following year, the first thing he did was take his best friend’s life.

Most fans weren’t happy to see him again, but somewhere over the course of season 7, this changed.

Like BtVS has done with the best of its characters – most of whom, let’s be real, have done some terrible things – the show found a way to endear him to viewers. Andrew may not have exactly been instrumental in Buffy’s battle with the First, but the former villain definitely brought some levity to a fairly dark season. He also provided an excellent example of the power of compassion.

4 Saved – Kendra

Interestingly, Bianca Lawson was originally cast in the role of Cordelia Chase. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the actress was forced to take a smaller part in BtVSIf we can all just put aside her painfully awful accent, everyone can probably admit that Kendra herself was a pretty cool addition to the series.

Fans were introduced to the other slayer in season 2 installment “What’s My Line Part 1”. She appeared initially to be another enemy, but instead proved vital in saving Angel’s life. Kendra’s existence answered important questions about the slayers and it was this new line, beginning with her, that later allowed for the introduction of Faith. The juxtaposition of Kendra and Buffy was also quite interesting, as they each approached their calling so differently. She also helped Buffy see that slaying was more than just a job.

3 Hurt – Forrest

Another irritating and useless season 4 addition, Forrest Gates (Leonard Roberts) was introduced in “The Initiative”.

He was little more than a foil for Riley and Buffy’s relationship.

Forrest’s feelings for his fellow soldier bordered on obsession and there was nothing interesting about him in his own right.Riley’s other pal Graham may have been boring, but at least he wasn’t so annoying. Forrest was self-righteous and obviously had very little going on in the way of an actual life. No one mourned him after he his passing. The worst part about Forrest’s demise was that it wasn’t even the last we saw of him, because Adam chose to reanimate his husk. Even then, he was still a total drag.

2 Saved – Jonathan

Jonathan Levinson (Danny Strong) had a continuing presence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for years after his first appearance in season 2 installment “Inca Mummy Girl”. He was always on the periphery, being picked on, rescued or taken advantage of. Prior to joining the Trio, Jonathan was at the center of season 3 episode “Earshot” and season 4 installment “Superstar”. The former was incredibly poignant and the latter, a hilarious change of pace.

Many fans were surprised to see Jonathan pulled by the dark side, but he never fully committed like his cohorts did. Less obviously evil than Warren and not as easily manipulated as Andrew, he eventually saw the error of his ways. Sadly, by the time Jonathan made an effort to redeem himself, it was too late. That opportunity was stolen from him by his best friend.

1 Saved – Angelus

None of Buffy’s greatest Big Bads were quite as personal or painful to witness as Angelus. Aside from the unfortunate implications of essentially punishing Buffy for being intimate with her boyfriend, there is no denying that the second half of season 2 was the show at its best. This was due in large part to David Boreanaz’s villainous turn.

Two people who were so in love destroying each other was utterly brutal and completely gut-wrenching. It also led to some of BtVS’s most empowering moments. Buffy was just a teenage girl shouldering the weight of the entire world. Feeling as though she had lost everything led to the epiphany that she still possessed what mattered most. Much of the series is about surviving life on life’s terms. More than just enduring this pain, Buffy managed to recover from it.

What new characters do you feel hurt or saved Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-06 04:10:54 – Jamie Gerber

20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

It’s been almost forty years since E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was first released, but this 1982 Steven Spielberg-directed gem is still going strong to this day with audiences of all ages. This wonderful film about a boy and his friend alien melted the hearts of all those who first watched it back in the early 1980s, and it still remains a most treasured family film. Its legacy is seen in every aspect of our pop culture, and it is regularly cited as people’s favorite film of all time. Only a director as visionary as Spielberg could take such a simple concept and transform it into a lasting cinematic treasure.

E.T. also helped transform the lives of those who participated in its making, sending a young Drew Barrymore into stratospheric fame and solidifying Henry Thomas as one of the most famous child actors of all time. There’s no doubt that E.T. will continue to leave its mark on future generations, and we can only hope that its perfection is respected without Hollywood grasping for a remake or an ill-advised, modern-day sequel.

If you’re a fan of this classic film or if you’re a Steven Spielberg aficionado wanting to know his tricks of the trade, you’ll be fascinated by the secrets that went on behind the scenes during the movie’s making. From the movie’s conception based on Spielberg’s life to the inspiration behind E.T.’s famous face, we have all the facts you’ll want to know about this iconic film.

With that in mind, here are 20 Crazy Details Behind the Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

20 Henry Thomas Brought Up His Tragic Past For His Audition

Landing the role of Elliott in E.T. unquestionably changed child actor Henry Thomas’ life. Having only previously done a couple of small movie parts in 1981, Thomas all of a sudden became the most famous kid in the world thanks to his on-screen adventures with his alien co-star.  

According to the Mirror, Thomas was only nine years old when he landed this role of a lifetime. In order to secure himself the part, during the audition the young actor drew upon the traumatic experience of seeing his pet dog attacked by his neighbor’s dog, which brought on real tears. Spielberg and the casting directors were immediately impressed. Being able to call upon real emotion showed the director that he could definitely act, and solidified Thomas as a genuine child talent.

19 Drew Barrymore’s Vivid Imagination Got Her Her Role

Drew Barrymore has been on the Hollywood scene for a long time, but her first big start on screen was in E.T. playing the part of Gertie. According to an interview on Ellen, Barrymore revealed that she wasn’t originally even going to audition for E.T. During her interview, Barrymore explained how she was actually trying to get a part in Poltergeist, but the director wasn’t there that day. Instead, Poltergeist’s producer, Steven Spielberg was there in his place.

She told Ellen: “I was six, and I lied my face off. I told him I was in a rock ‘n’ roll band, that I was a drummer, that I was a cook.”

After her audition, Spielberg said she wasn’t quite right for Poltergeist, but that he’d love to have her come in and audition for another project he was working on. Sure enough, he called her up soon after and gave her the part of Gertie in E.T.

18 It had a very boring title at first

When a movie becomes a huge hit, especially one that continues to garner success decades and generations after its first release, it’s hard to imagine it separately from its title. Indeed, the title of a movie becomes its first point of cultural consciousness, and there are those that last the test of time, and those that don’t.

Mention E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to anyone and they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s not only a memorable film title, it’s also become so deeply ingrained in our collective pop culture that we all know what it is even if we haven’t seen it. Well, E.T. might have faded away in the land of forgotten films, had they gone with the original title, A Boy’s Life, as noted by The New Yorker. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with A Boy’s Life, it’s not half as memorable as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

17 Harrison Ford Shot a Cameo

While Spielberg was working on getting things ready to begin filming E.T., he was still in the process of filming Raiders of the Lost Ark, which, of course, starred Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Ford dating Melissa Mathison, who was the scriptwriter for E.T., at the time.

Because of his friendship with Spielberg and his relationship with Mathison, Ford agreed to make a cameo appearance in the film.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ford’s bit part was supposed to be a kind of a joke as he was going to play against his usual type, here as an uptight school principal who would scold Elliott after the frog-releasing scene. In the final edit, the decision was made to cut the Ford scene as it didn’t fit in with the rest of the movie and it was thought Ford’s presence would be too distracting from the story line.

16 M&M’s Were Supposed To Be E.T.’s favorite candy

Reese’s Pieces surged in popularity after the release of E.T.. The candy was featured in the scene where Elliott tries lays a trail of candy to lure E.T. back to his house. Many people back then, and now for that matter, might have thought it strange that Elliott used Reese’s Pieces.

Well, according to Business Insider, the reason for the choice of sweet was down to the fact that M&Ms had refused the production permission to use its brand in the film. Culinary Lore also states that Mars Inc., which owned M&Ms, refused the filmmakers the right to use the candy because it didn’t want to be associated with aliens. This was clearly a bad call, as after the release of E.T., sales of Reese’s rose exponentially, topping the numbers sold of M&Ms for the first time ever.

15 E.T.’s Face Was Modeled On Some Famous People

E.T. is one of the most recognizable movie characters in history and one of the cutest, albeit weirdest, examples of an on-screen alien. No character had, or has since, looked like like this singular creature, and its aesthetic is all thanks to Spielberg and his incredible designer Carlo Rambaldi.

Rambaldi created the aliens for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and his talents were once again put to use in E.T.

In a special featurette called The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Spielberg reveals: “I remember saying to Carlo, here’s some pictures of Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway and Carl Sandburg. I love their eyes, can we make E.T.’s eyes as frivolous and also wizened and as sad as those three icons.” Based on these famous celebrities, we have the E.T. we all know and recognize.

14 E.T. Was Played by Three Different Actors

With today’s technology, it would be a fairly easy task creating a CGI alien to act as the main part in a blockbuster film. However, when E.T. was being made in 1982, things were not so simple According to The Vintage News, creating a believable, friendly alien back then took three mechanical puppets as well as three actors, one of whom was a young 12-year-old boy who had been born without legs.

There wasn’t always someone wearing the suit in every scene, as often E.T. was being controlled by a team of mechanical operators. However, when the alien was required to walk or move about, a small person was often behind the movements. Watching E.T. today, the alien might seem like quite a basic piece of engineering, but back then, Spielberg and his team were making technological strides.

13 Drew Barrymore Thought E.T. Was Real

Drew Barrymore was only six years old when she played the part of Gertie in E.T., and even though she was already developing into a bright, young, talented actress, she was still very much at an age where imagination and make-believe can cloud reality. Barrymore’s acting is fantastic in the film, especially for someone so young, but her great reactions to things on screen could be down to the fact that she believed E.T. was a real alien.

 The cast and crew encouraged her to believe E.T. was really alive, and she seems to have taken the bait completely.

In a behind-the-scenes featurette for the movie, Elliott actor Henry Thomas reveals: “Drew, she’s imaginative. She introduced E.T. to her mom and said ‘He’s just a little shy now. He doesn’t want to talk to you right now but he’s just a little shy.’”

12 E.T.’s Voice Comes From Raccoons, Otters, Horses, and Burps

E.T. is one of the most imitated movie characters, with people of all ages having tried at one time or another to impersonate the alien’s singular speech patterns. If you listen closely, you’ll hear that there are a lot of different elements and sounds to the alien’s voice. This wasn’t achieved by employing one spectacularly gifted voice recording artist. Instead, as we learn from the BBC, it was a talented sound designer, Ben Burtt, who collected noises from an entire array of sources and put them together to create E.T.’s voice.

As Burtt tells the BBC: “I created the voice for E.T. out of many different things, about 18 different people and animals and sound effects. There are raccoons in there, there are sea otters, there are some horses, there’s a burp from my old cinema professor from USC.” They also used the voice of a chain-smoking housewife.

11 Spielberg Dressed As A Woman On Set

Being around such a young cast, Spielberg had to ensure that there was enough fun and playfulness on set. In The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial from 1996, we learn that the director definitely didn’t take himself too seriously while on set. Apparently, around Halloween, Spielberg came to set dressed up as a lady school teacher.

As Henry Thomas remembers: “Halloween was great. He directed the whole day like that, as an old lady.”

Spielberg adds: “I didn’t have children back then in the early 1980s, and you know suddenly I was becoming a father every single day, I felt like a father and it felt good.” Spielberg certainly knew how to keep spirits high on his set, and his kind, playful personality has left wonderful lasting memories on his cast and crew.

10 A Mime Was Hired To Move E.T.’s Arms

In The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, we learn that it took a lot of work to create the alien we all know and love. Aside from having a whole team of mechanics working to ensure the creature looked real, Spielberg also hired a mime to help out E.T.’s gestures.

The director reveals: “When I saw the mechanical arms, they were really great but they were very jerky when they worked. The fingers would move, but almost too thoughtfully. And I felt E.T.’s got to have almost balletic arms, almost like the hands of a mime. So I just put it out there, can we hire a mime and we’ll put the E.T. hand makeup on a mime’s hand so the artist can really be artistic about picking things up and touching themselves and reaching out. So this is where this wonderful mime artist came to work with us.”

9 The Original Ending Was Very Different

When a movie is as beloved as E.T. is, it’s hard to imagine it being any different. Grown men and women still weep when thinking about the emotionally-charged final scene, but we could have ended up an alternative ending had Spielberg gone with his original idea.

According to actor Michael MacNaughton’s interview in Express, “The last scene was going to be all of us playing Dungeons & Dragons again, except this time, Elliott’s the dungeon master. Because he was the one that found ET, he sort of got in with the group. […] And then they would pan up to the roof and you’d see the communicator and it’s still working — in other words, Elliott is still in touch with E.T. But after they did the score and they saw what they had with the spaceship taking off and everything… How can you follow that? I mean, it was a wise choice.”

8 There Was A Dark Sequel Planned

Because E.T. did so unexpectedly well at the box-office, it’s a wonder why there was never a sequel released. Had the movie been made today, it’s almost certain that Hollywood would have tried to make it a franchise. Well, according to Syfy, there was actually a story treatment for an E.T. sequel, but it was so terrible that it never got made.

Apparently, its dark tone was done on purpose.

Spielberg was reportedly completely against the idea of a sequel to his 1982 film, saying: “Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist. I think a sequel to E.T. would do nothing but rob the original of its [purity].” Who knows, maybe someday someone will dust off the draft and attempt to make it, but Spielberg will certainly be the first to veto the project.

7 They shot the movie in chronological order for the kids

It’s a well known fact that most large-scale film projects aren’t filmed in chronological order. Due to shooting schedules, location requirements, and budget factors, it’s usually not possible to film in script-order. Well, E.T. is one of the very few exceptions to this usual Hollywood practice, as Steven Spielberg insisted that the scenes be shot chronologically.

According to TIME, Spielberg made this unorthodox decision in order to help his younger cast. The director explained: “I insisted on shooting the film in complete continuity so the kids knew, emotionally, where they had been the day before, and they pretty much didn’t have any idea of where they were going the next day. So, like real life, every day was a surprise – Drew, Henry Thomas and Robert really believed that this was happening to their lives.”

6 Robert MacNaughton’s Dungeons & Dragons love got him his part

Robert MacNaughton played Elliott’s older brother Michael in the movie, and he revealed to Express that a childhood pastime of his helped land him the role. Apparently, E.T.’s screenwriter Melissa Mathison was a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons and she was always playing it with her then husband Harrison Ford at their house.

This explains the game at the start of the film, where we see Elliott trying to join in playing D&D with Michael and his friends.

MacNaughton revealed that he too was an avid Dungeons & Dragons player, and when asked by Spielberg what his hobbies were, he told the director about his love of the game. Spielberg seemed pleased that MacNaughton’s hobbies fit with his character Michael’s pastimes, and the role became his shortly after.

5 The Film Was Shot From A Child’s Point-of-View

One of the things that you may not have noticed while watching E.T. is the fact that is is filmed from a child’s point of view. According to Filmsite, the movie was deliberately shot from a lower-angle in order to encourage younger audience members to identify more easily with the child characters on screen. It also helps adults put themselves back into the shoes of a child, encouraging them to remember how scary and threatening the taller, bigger world of adults can really be for a kid.

In fact, the only adult we ever see in full is the mother, Mary, who was played by Dee Wallace.

Otherwise, most of the other grown-ups in the movie are seen from the waist down, the way a child would see the world in front of them.

4 Real Doctors And Nurses Were Hired As Actors

E.T. is a very emotional movie. From the burgeoning friendship between Elliott and E.T. to the ending when we face the teary goodbyes between these unlikely friends, the movie is rife with sentiment. One of the most poignant, dramatic scenes is when E.T. and Elliott are lying side-by-side in the makeshift medical facility at their house, both fading away while doctors and nurses try to revive them.

According to People, the medical staff we see looking after these two friends were actually real-life medics. Spielberg contacted the UCLA Center for the Health Services in order to get information on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and he was referred to a specialist. Wanting the scene to look as real as possible, Spielberg got real-life medical staff to play out the scene in order to simulate the chaos that really happens in emergencies.

3 E.T. was inspired by real children

E.T. is one of the most lovable incarnations of an alien to grace our screens.

Part of this androgynous creature’s charm is the fact that there’s so much goofiness and childlike innocence to it.

Well, this sweet naivete, as well as E.T.’s powers, were actually inspired by the screenwriter’s interactions with children. As Melissa Mathison tells us in The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: “Many of the scenes from the movie come from my own experience being with children. For instance, what children would like [E.T.’s] powers to be. A lot of the children would mention the obvious of telepathy or telekinetic powers but I was struck by the fact that several of them mentioned that they would like this magic creature to be able to heal. And I thought it was such an incredibly poignant idea to come from a child.”

2 Spielberg Didn’t think E.T. Would Make A Lot of Money

According to Business Insider, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time– not too shabby for a low-budget film about a boy and his alien pal. While the movie became a immense success and has been hailed as the most successful film to come out of the 1980s, Steven Spielberg didn’t think it was going to be a hit with audiences.

Speaking in The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the director said: “I think E.T.’s not going to make a lot of money, I think I’m making a movie that is only going to appeal to kids. I said I’m probably making a big mistake, I’m going to make an old-fashioned Walt Disney movie about an alien and a kid and that’s all it’s going to be.”

1 The Movie Was Inspired by Spielberg’s Lonely Childhood

It’s always interesting to find out how some of our favorite movies came about, but no one would ever expect that Spielberg’s tale of a boy and an alien would stem from his own childhood experiences. In an interview with director James Cameron for People, Spielberg admitted that E.T. was “never meant to be a movie about an extra-terrestrial,” but instead about something very personal.

“It was supposed to be a movie about my mom and dad getting a divorce,” he explains.

“So I started a story, not a script per say, but I started writing a story about what it was like when your parents divide the family up and they move to different states.” Eventually, the idea for a boy and an alien friend developed from this, and the rest is E.T. history.

Do you have any other trivia to share about E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-06 04:10:51 – Steph Brandhuber

20 Mistakes In Shameless Only True Fans Noticed

Even shows as well-written as Shameless are bound to stumble now and again. After more than eight seasons of storytelling, it’s kind of expected. Just think about it; they have upwards of seven main characters at a time. Each one of these characters has their own unique backstories, personality traits, inner demons, goals, obstacles, stakes, and sets of context for each scenario that they get themselves into. In short, writing and shooting a show like this takes a lot of focus and skill.

That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be able to point out some of their biggest continuity errors, character inconsistencies, or story mistakes in hopes that they are corrected or aren’t made a second time. Luckily for the show’s creators, only the biggest fans tend to notice these things. Most viewers of Shameless don’t actually pay attention to every single detail in the show. After all, there’s a lot of Shameless. Instead, these viewers simply want to sit back, relax, and watch the latest outrageous and boundary-pushing scenario that the Gallagher family gets themselves into.

The most devoted fans, however, notice them. In fact, we even discuss them on online forums and around the water cooler at work. This list is comprised of some of the biggest mistakes that have been made throughout the eight seasons and counting of Shameless. In addition, there will be a couple of minor continuity errors that only the biggest fans would have noticed.

Here are 20 Mistakes In Shameless That Only True Fans Noticed.

20 Liam’s Inconsistent Aging

Given the fact that the majority of the first three or four years of Shameless are supposed to take place within a fairly tight timeline (roughly 2 – 4 years), it’s fair that the filmmakers have kept Liam so young. But after time started to move more quickly, it’s hard to understand why Liam just didn’t age.

In fact, he didn’t really start to age until season 7, when the filmmakers stopped using young sets of twins and hired a slightly older actor, Cristian Isaiah. This was a welcome change since Isaiah is such an engaging actor, but it did bring up more issues surrounding the true age of the character. Liam’s strange aging process tended to stand out against his older siblings, who aged far more traditionally.

19 Svetlana and Carol’s Overlong Pregnancies

Two pregnancies on Shameless fudged the laws of nature in a quite obvious way. In season 3, both Isidora Goreshter’s Svetlana and Vanessa Bell Calloway’s Carol (V’s mom) found out that they were with child. However, neither of them actually gave birth until early inseason 4. The break between season 3 and season 4 is about 2 to 3 months within the show’s timeline.

It’s easy to calculate their pregnancies being about 10 – 12 months long.

Of course, only the most devoted fans would be able to see that there was a mistake made here. And, at the end of the day, it didn’t really matter as both pregnancies were important to the story in different ways.

18 The wrong airport

The romance between Emmy Rossum’s Fiona and Justin Chatwin’s Steve may not have always been healthy, but it was certainly engaging. In fact, it’s somewhat legitimate to think that the two of them were destined for one another. Or, at least they were until Fiona really started to get her act together.

Before all that, Steve wanted Fiona to move down to Miami with him at the end of season one. He ends up purchasing a ticket for her and says that the flight with him is out of O’Hare Airport. When he ends up actually going to the airport, it’s clear that he’s actually not O’Hare, he’s at Midway Airport. Though this could have been a story decision to show what a jerk he could be, it actually ended up being a glaring mistake.

17 Debbie’s Birthday Confusion

Debbie may not have the same aging issues on the show as her little brother Liam does, but there is a bit of confusion surrounding when he actual birthday is. In one early episode, Fiona gets into an argument with Craig’s wife. During which, Fiona attempts to talk to get out of it by talking about Debbie’s upcoming birthday party.

Debbie points out that her birthday is actually in October.

However, in season seven, when Monica returns for the final time, she admits that she has never been happier since she was pregnant with Debbie in the summer. Debbie then corrects Monica, saying that she was born in December. It must be hard to get Debbie a gift, as it’s apparent that she doesn’t even know when her actual birthday is.

16 Youens Blowing A 1.8

In season eight, Lip’s Professor, Clyde Youens, gets arrested after driving under the influence. It’s said when he was pulled over, that he blew a “1.8”; which is an incredibly unrealistic number. Now, this could be police jargon, but in most locations including Chicago, a “1.8” actually means “0.18”.

If he actually blew a 1.8 he would likely have passed away or, at the very least, would have been completely physically unable to move, let alone drive. As a simple Google search will show, the highest recorded number after a breathalyzer test is “1.48 BAC”, which is, obviously, lower than a “1.8”. Either way, this proved to be very challenging for Lip, who was sponsoring Youens at the time of this incident.

15 No Punishment From Canada

One of the best attributes of Frank is his willingness to go to any extremes to make money. Usually, this is in lieu of taking an honest job and almost always at the detriment of others. This is what happened in season Eight when he decided to smuggle people out of his country and into Canada. Frank took a few migrants through the wilderness until they could be safe amongst the poutine-loving Canadians.

He was eventually caught by the Mounties.

What didn’t make sense about any of this was the fact that we saw no repercussions. One could assume that he was forever banned from the country, but he served no jail time or was given no visible fine. In fact, it was never brought up again.

14 Weather changes between snow and rain

The revelation that Frank had an older daughter from a previous relationship was one that many fans didn’t like. But none-the-less, in season 4 we were introduced to Sammi Slott, Frank’s first born. In one scene, Frank and Carl are scoping out Sammi and her funny little son, Chuckie as they pop in and out of their trailer. As Frank and Carl watch them, they experience a strange change in the weather.

Though it begins as rain in one shot, the next shows snow, and then rain again.

This is more than likely due to the fact that the scene was shot outside over a long period of time where weather could change. I n the show, where it appears to be happening in real time, this looks like a mistake.

13 How Can They All Afford Phones?

One thing that made no sense about the Gallagher family during the first few seasons of Shameless was the fact that they all could afford phones. In some cases, the characters were gifted iPhones, like Fiona in season one or Lip in season four, but even before that, they had flip-phones.

Sure, their earlier phones were cheap in comparison to the iPhones they use now, but they still had to pay for their plans. When a family is stealing food in order to survive, it’s kind of hard to imagine how they could afford these plans. Even Debbie and Carl had iPhones before either of them got jobs that could actually pay the $200 for the phone, or the $40 plus/month plan.

12 The Opening Credits Cut

One of the things that’s stayed consistent throughout Shameless‘ nine-season run is the opening credit sequence. This opening, featuringThe Luck You Got” by The High Strung, followed the entire cast as they used the same washroom throughout the day. Even though all of these characters have aged or have even been recast, like Liam, the show has maintained the credits sequence. However, they did make one rather strange cut: Karen.

For the first two seasons, Karen was actually included in the opening sequence but was replaced by Ian and Lip wrestling for season three.

Although this decision was purposeful, it does seem a bit strange that they would go to all the trouble to take Karen out and not make other changes.

11 Fiona Abandoning Her Children

In season eight, Fiona ends up moving into her very own place to better manage the building she runs. Eventually, Ford practically moves in with her, and the two live life like adults without major responsibility aside from their jobs. But as discussed earlier, Fiona actually had another massive duty: she is still her younger siblings’ legal guardian.

Before moving out, Fiona gives the responsibility to Lip, who does rise to the occasion as he believes he should. But Lip would have to legally take over that role for it to work. Technically, Fiona has abandoned her youngest siblings as her mother and father did. This could be a thought-out decision on the part of the writers, but it does feel pretty wrong.

10 Fiona’s Missing Dog

After finding out that one of her tenants had passed away, Fiona decides that she will take responsibility for the tenant’s cute little dog who, due to icky circumstances, will otherwise certainly be put down. This dog becomes a major responsibility, as well as accessory, for Fiona and sticks around for much of the eighth season of Shameless. However, come to the end of the season, as well as the ninth season so far, the dog has completely vanished.

It’s possible that the dog ran away, passed away, or is simply being watched by Debbie somehow. So far there hasn’t been any information on the animal’s whereabouts. It may as well have been teleported to another planet.

9 Southside Is In LA, Not Chicago

Most television shows and movies aren’t actually shot where they are set. For instance, Ethan Hawke’s Chet Baker biopic, Born To Be Blue, was shot in Sudbury, Ontario during a harsh winter when it was supposed to be set in a particularly hot LA. Shameless is no different, even though it practically makes Chicago’s Southside a character on the show. While it’s true that the actual Gallagher house, as well as Kev and V’s home, exists in the very location it says it does, much of the show is actually shot in Los Angeles.

This is with the exception of most exterior shots, which are shot in and around Chicago.

Almost all of the interior shots are done in L.A., and that includes everything for Kev’s famous Alibi Bar.

8 Ian Suddenly Taking His Medication

Ian’s bipolar storyline has added much progression to his character, but there have been a few glaring story issues that have come with it. One has got to be his decision to go back on his medication in season six.

Ian was once adamant about not taking his medication, which proved to have heartbreaking repercussions.

The biggest conflict that this decision caused was with his boyfriend, Mickey. In fact, Ian actually broke up with Mickey because he didn’t want to be pressured into taking his meds. However, after Mickey left, Fiona had an argument with Ian about not taking his meds which actually caused him to change his mind. It felt pretty unrealistic that Fiona could change Ian’s mind if Mickey couldn’t for so long.

7 Vee Getting Pregnant Despite Being Incapable Of It

For the first four seasons of Shameless, through trial and error, it was made abundantly clear that Shanola Hampton’s Veronica was completely incapable of having a child. This absolutely broke her heart as she wanted to raise children with her beloved Kev, played by Steve Howey.

V even got her actual mother, Carol, to be a surrogate for her and Kev’s child. Although that did end up happening, it was revealed that V suddenly was able to become pregnant as well. This wasn’t really a poor story decision. It was actually due to the fact that Shanola Hampton got pregnant in real life and it, therefore, had to be worked into the show.

6 Seeking Terry Milkovich’s Help

One of the most memorable episodes involved Lip’s relationship with a person who had been deemed a “predator.” After finding out that a person who targets young children has moved into the neighborhood, Lip decided to gather the forces to go and confront this person who turns out to be a very attractive woman.

One of the people Lip recruited, with the help of Ian, Mickey, and Carl was Terry Milkovich. Now, everyone knows that Terry is an all-around bad guy, but they should also remember that he himself was a predator.

He targeted his very own daughter, with whom Lip was having a romantic relationship at the time.

Given that this is something that Lip was well aware of, it makes no sense why Terry would be included in this escapade.

5 Carl’s Out-Of-Character Comment

It took a particularly long time for the writers to do anything meaningful with Carl. With a few heartwarming exceptions, Carl usually came across as an immature boy who took pleasure in harming other living things. However, this changed when he started taking an interest in the army and went off to military school. As soon as he came back from a break, he turned into a far more responsible and grown-up kid, even though he retained his Gallagher qualities.

However, in an early episode of season 9, Carl made a sincere comment about his love of harming living things when being asked where he’d like to intern. This choice made zero sense in relationship  the man that Carl has become, and even went against what Carol chose to do after: rescuing dogs.

4 Nessa and Melanie Did Nothing

When Jessica Szhor’s Nessa first appeared in Shameless in season 8, it seemed like her character would be involved in important storylines moving forward. After all, Jessica Szhor (Gossip Girl) was a fairly big “get” for Shameless. As time went on, it became clear that she, as well as her on-screen girlfriend Melanie, were only there as filler.

In fact, both Nessa and Melanie did absolutely nothing to affect the plot in any way. Nessa was merely there for Fiona to talk to, and Melanie was there to sort of get in the way of that. This can’t help but feel like a mistake on the part of the screenwriters, who no doubt grabbed both of these actors expecting them to fulfill a bigger role in the season. Instead, they were left behind.

3 Fiona’s Landlord error

After her younger siblings were taken from her, Fiona is able to gain legal guardian status; a role she’s essentially been playing her whole life.

In season 7, Fiona, like a landlord would, demands rent from her younger siblings unless they want to find themselves on the street.

Of course, Fiona needed to do this in order to survive, but it’s also illegal if she’s the legal guardian of someone under 18. Lip and Ian were the only two characters who Fiona could have actually charged rent to. This particular entry could be seen as either a mistake on the part of the writers or a negative character trait on the part of Fiona. For Fiona’s sake, let’s say it was a writing error.

2 Ian’s “Spartacus” Moment

Regardless of whether or not Ian’s current storyline is playing out in a way that the fans have hoped, there is no excuse for mistakes as blatant as the one in season eight. Ian’s “Church of Gay Jesus” begins to get popular, as well as being advertised on social media, Ian begins orchestrating various protests that lead to violence and destruction. Eventually, the police corner his allies and demand for the arrest of Ian. The only problem is, they don’t know what he looks like. This leads to a “Spartacus” moment where all of Ian’s supporters claim that they’re him.

How is it possible for the police, who know to arrest Ian, don’t know what he looks like?

This is the 21stcentury, and his face has been documented online and even on t-shirts!

1 Lip’s Time In College

Boy, did Lip mess up a good thing. His time in college seems to be everyone’s dream. Not only did he manage a coveted teacher’s assistant position, but he also got to live as the only guy in a sorority house. However, both of these story details are highly improbable, if not completely unrealistic.

First of all, at the time of Lip’s position, he was a sophomore undergrad. No college, especially an elite one, would hire a sophomore undergrad to be a teacher’s assistant. It simply wouldn’t happen. As for moving into the sorority house, well, it’s highly unlikely that a boy would be allowed to move in. But, hey, it did make for a good story.

What other mistakes did you catch in Shameless? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-02 04:10:16 – Dylan Parker

20 Mistakes In Glee Only True Fans Noticed

All the way from “Don’t Stop Believing” to “I Lived”, the cast of Glee inspired fans to be true to themselves and to care for others. When comparing Glee to other shows geared at young adults, it certainly had the best message. Combine this with relatable characters, hilarious dialogue and beautiful musical performances and it is understandable why it was such a phenomenon during its run. Despite all of the wonderful things that Glee accomplished in terms of equality, it is not immune to experiencing the same errors that other television shows have to deal with.

When it comes to running a show of the magnitude of Glee, it is understandable that some things slip by writers and producers. Even some of the greatest shows on television have the odd error in their episodes. If the vast majority of the show is good quality, shouldn’t all be forgiven? Do the producers really deserve a slushie in the face?

However, there are some instances where basic continuity and understanding of a character is forgotten. Most of these instances are small and would not be caught by a casual viewer. Thankfully, Glee was not only viewed by casual television watchers, but by a fierce following of Gleeks. True Glee fans know the show inside and out, and are able to quickly spot if anything is out of place.

Here are 20 Mistakes In Glee Only True Fans Noticed.

21 Sugar’s Bad Singing Disappears

Sugar Motta was certainly never winning any popularity contests. She was also not poised to win any singing competition either, but it seems Ryan Murphy forgot that point. When Sugar is first introduced in season three, she is not able to carry a tune at all. In fact, she is one of the only people to be rejected from the Glee Club, but ends up joining anyways. Despite having one of the worst voices at McKinley, she was allowed to perform with the group at various competitions.

Instead of continuing on with her awful singing voice (to match her awful personality), this aspect was dropped from her character. While never given a solo, she is featured in all-female numbers frequently, including close-ups of her singing. Unless her rich father paid for vocal surgery, it seems that showrunners forgot that she was supposed to be tone-deaf.

20 Artie’s Age Doesn’t Add Up

The backstory of Artie’s disability is not as well-developed in the series as other character arcs. Especially when it comes to maintaining continuity. The season one episode “Wheels” dives a little deeper in to how Artie ended up in a wheelchair following a car accident when he was eight years old.

While telling Tina his story, he mentions that he has been in a wheelchair for eight years, making his age sixteen.

While this normally would not raise a red flag, true fans noticed that this did not add up with Artie’s eventual graduation. It is later established that Artie is a year younger than other Glee Club members like Finn and Rachel. Yet given his age at the start of the series, he should have been poised to graduate at the same time as them. It’s a small mistake, but one that shows Artie’s true place in the series’ history.

19 Kurt Claims He Hasn’t Seen Blaine Without Hair Gel Before

Kurt and Blaine quickly became one of Glee’s best couples in the eyes of fans, but they are not immune to a simple mistake from the writers. Brittany’s dinosaur-themed prom in the third season incorporates all aspects of pre-historic life, including a ban on hair products. Considering that Blaine uses approximately sixty-five ounces of gel a day, he is very worried about everyone seeing him without product. To his own horror, he attends prom without it and everyone (including Kurt) is very shocked.

It may not look pretty, but it is certainly not new information  Blaine has been seen several times before without hair gel – during Rachel’s basement party and the “I Can’t Go For That”/”You Make My Dreams” mash-up from the “Mash Off” episode.

18 Finn’s Memorial Mistake

There are very sadder television episodes than Glee’s “The Quarterback”. The season five tribute episode to both Finn Hudson and Cory Monteith was meant to be closure for fans following the departure of their hero. With so many beautiful performances and songs, it is a shame that there was an error for fans to catch. Following all of the emotional performances, a memorial plaque featuring Finn is placed in the choir room. This beautiful memorial features a quote by Finn from the first season, as well as his life span of 1994-2013, making him 19 years old.

In episodes from the previous season, Sue refers to Finn as being 19 years old, meaning that he would have needed to be born in 1993.

Despite this error in math, there were very few people able to catch this mistake, as they were all too busy wiping away tears.

17 “Marry You” Singing Does Not Sync

For a show that spends so much time on the production of their performances, they sure do let things slip through the cracks. Glee‘s first wedding of the series features Finn’s mother Carol and Kurt’s father Burt getting hitched, with the entire New Directions singing them down the aisle. The wedding staple “Marry You” by Bruno Mars is the song of choice, with the entire group spinning and jumping down the aisle.

While this paints a beautiful picture, it seems that someone fell asleep at the wheel while editing the performance. During the final shots of Carole making her way down the aisle, the group is visible singing in the background. The audio is not even close to matching up with the lyrics they are singing.

16 Figgin’s List Of Approved Songs Is Ignored

When a principal of a school hands down orders to a faculty member, they usually need to be followed. It seems that Principal Figgins’ authority is not like in other schools, as his orders are directly disobeyed. Following their steamy rendition of “Push It” in front of the entire school, Figgins provides Will with a “family-friendly” approved list of songs that the Glee Club can perform. This list obviously severely limits which songs the group can perform, but Will unfortunately accepts it. However, the list would not be around very long.

Only two episodes later, the New Directions performs “Somebody to Love” at their first Invitational performance.

Their song choices would only continue to veer off of Figgins’ list from this point, with absolutely no repercussions.

15 Rachel’s Bedroom Doors Switch

Maintaining the continuity of the set of a television show is something diehard fans notice instantly. If a prop or piece of the room is different from week-to-week, someone will be writing about it online. To have an entire part of the room change without notice is just poor planning.

The layout of Rachel Berry’s bedroom seems to switch between seasons, and not just in the placement of furniture. During season one, her bathroom is located to the right-hand side of her bed, and no window is present in her room. However, this changes in season two when her bedroom and bathroom doors seemingly switch places, and a window magically appears in front of her desk. Is it possible that her fathers did some renovations? Perhaps, but not ones that changed around the entire house!

14 Finn Does Not Change His Music Sheets

The cast of Glee have been touted as some of the most hard-working actors in television. However, when one of their characters is given a song that they have never heard before, it would be nice if they could act as if it was brand new. When Finn and Rachel are performing the song “Smile”, Rachel hands him some music sheets in order to perform with her. Seemingly this would mean he would have to reference the sheets often, right?

Instead of frantically changing pages, Finn remains on one page of music for the entire two minute song.

Given the amount of music and lyrics in the song, it is highly unlikely that they are all contained on one page. It is much more likely that he forgot to turn them.

13 Will’s Vest When He First Met Emma

Will Scheuster’s affinity for vests is well documented. Since his first appearance on the show, he is seen as an impeccably well-dressed teacher. Given the sheer amount of vests that he must own, it stands to reason that he would forget the significance of some of them.

Emma directly states in the episode Funeral that Will’s blue-grey patterned vest is the one that he was wearing when they first met. However when a flashback to that time is shown, Will is clearly wearing a brown vest. Normally Emma’s OCD makes her a reliable source for these types of details, however this error is rather blatant. Perhaps is Will owned any other types of clothing, then this gaff could have been avoided by the producers.

12 Finn Says He Auditioned For The Glee Club

Despite all of the wholesome messages of Glee, there sure were a lot of scenes that just did not make sense– especially with how close the teachers and students were. For the strangest example of this, look no further than Will’s introduction to Finn.

Upon hearing Finn’s singing voice while he is showering, Will recruits him to the Glee Club.

The most often forgotten part of this story is that Will actually blackmails him to join the group. It also seems that Finn and the producers forgot this fact as well. While explaining his origins to the newer Glee Club members, Finn says that he auditioned with a Grease song back in 2009. Perhaps he did not want to mention the awkward moment of his teacher listening to him sing in the shower?

11 Rachel’s Awful Dancing At NYADA

Rachel’s journey to joining the New York Acting and Dance Academy following her high school graduation is filled with highs and lows. The most negative part of her journey is when she encounters Cassandra July, her dance teacher. From day one, Cassandra is hell-bent on ensuring that Rachel is run out of the school. Rachel certainly does her part, as her dancing when joining the classes is awful.

The real question is – why is her dancing so terrible after so many years of dance lessons? Apart from being a formidable dancer while in high school, she is also shown attending ballet classes while singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. She may have been nervous entering college, but that does not excuse this blatant character error.

10 Ryder Quits The Glee Club, But Doesn’t

The newer members of New Directions were certainly not the most popular members of the show. In fact, many of them did not make it past their first season. Blake Jenner’s Ryder Lynn was almost the first one to leave the Glee Club, but it seems that both he and the producers forgot about his promise to leave the group.

Following a drawn-out storyline involving Ryder being “catfished” by Unique, he is so angry and exclaims that he is leaving for good.

However, “for good” appears to only be as long as the winter break, as he is back in the club without mention during the next episode. It makes sense that if the characters were not well received that the showrunners would look to remove them, but to disregard a storyline completely and hope that audiences will forget about it is a definite mistake.

9 “Roar” Came Out In August 2013

Are you a Katy or a Gaga? It seems that the writers should be checking in on their music history instead of thinking about classifications. It was certainly one of the more forgettable numbers during the latter half of Glee’s run when the New Directions performed Katy Perry’s “Roar”. Despite it being less-than-stellar, it also appears to be a lesson in time travel by the group.

Based on this episode airing shortly after the group went to Spring Formal, it means that this performance would have been during springtime. Since Katy Perry only released “Roar’ in August of 2013, how would the group know the lyrics so well? Either Katy Perry leaked the song accidentally, or Ryan Murphy forgot to check in on release dates.

8 Sam Is Supposed To Be Left-Handed

To have one slip of character continuity over the course of six seasons is forgivable. Running a show with such a large cast must have been difficult. To directly contradict a character’s statement is just poor planning.

In a throwaway statement during the episode “100”, Sam Evans mentions that he is left-handed.

However, anytime that Sam is seen writing in classes, he is using his right hand. Furthermore, even in this episode he is seen writing with his right hand. Is it possible that Sam is ambidextrous? Possibly, but he may not even know what that word means. Perhaps producers did not think fans would notice, but the entire premise of the series takes place inside of classrooms!

7 Shelby Forgets Why She Gave Rachel Away

Broadway fans everywhere rejoiced when Idina Menzel was cast as Rachel’s biological mother. Not only because they look strikingly similar to each other, but because it meant that the world would hear her singing voice on TV. Years before “Let It Go” became popular, she would sing her heart out on Glee. Unfortunately, it seems that she may have forgotten exactly what separated her from her daughter.

In the pilot episode, Rachel establishes that her two fathers had a surrogate give birth to her. Upon first appearing, Shelby confirms this and says that she regrets giving Rachel away. However, in later episodes she says that she regrets putting Rachel up for adoption. If she had willingly become a surrogate, that does not count as adoption. While parting away with her biological daughter must have been difficult, she should get her story straight.

6 Rachel Says Her Family Never Cooks

It seems that Rachel’s character is never exactly able to tell a straight story about her family life. Overlooking the fact that her two fathers look completely different from the pilot episode, there are some continuity errors that are never addressed.

Rachel’s status as a spoiled, only child is well established. Her fathers did all they could to set her up for success, including being “committed exclusively to take-out” food and never cook at home, which she enjoys being spoiled by. If that is the case, how are her and family such adept cooks?  Rachel is seen baking numerous times for the Glee Club members, and it seems to taste good.

Her fathers cook a venison dinner for Finn’s family, which is not a dish to be taken lightly.

Perhaps they thought no one would notice, but that is what true fans do.

5 Will And Terry In High School

There is no doubt in fan’s minds that Terri Schuester became one of the craziest characters on the show. Most of things she did were morally reprehensible, but Will seemed to love her due to their relationship in high school. Or did he? When Will talks about Terri during the first season of the show, he fondly remembers their relationship as youths. They were high school sweethearts who loved each other, but seemed to grow apart in adulthood. Will becomes unhappy with how much Terri has changed, and misses how they used to be.

However, in later seasons he mentioned that he always had trouble dealing with Terri. He even confesses that he used to drink heavily in order to deal with her. That does not sound like a happy couple. Which one is it, Will?

4 Artie’s Disappearing Wheels

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Having an able-bodied actor portray a character in a wheelchair was a difficult undertaking, but Kevin McHale received a lot of praise for how he portrayed a member of the disabled community. Unfortunately, that does not mean he was immune to making wheelchair-based mistakes. When Artie is performing his first solo on the show in “Wheels”, he performs numerous wheelies and tricks while in his chair. While someone who is proficient in performing these tricks may not require assistance, McHale did.

The protective wheels at the back of a wheelchair which prevent it from falling over are visible each time he performs a trick.

However, when he is riding normally, these wheels do not exist. While instituting measures to keep an actor safe is a good practice, the continuity error is blatant.

2 Finn In Two Places At Once

With so many characters to look at in each scene, it must be difficult to pin-point where they are supposed to be in each scene. However, it should not be possible for someone to be in two places at once. During the group performance of “Beth” in “Theatricality”, the guys perform a song which Puck dedicates to Quinn. The number is enough to bring Quinn to tears, and ends up inspiring the name of their unborn child. While this is a very touching moment, no one seems to notice that Finn is actually in two places at once.

He is visible simultaneously singing the song with the rest of the guys, but in a blink-and-you-miss-it shot, he is also visible with the group sitting behind Quinn. The Lady Gaga-inspired episode does show off some cooky things, but time travel should not be one of them.

1 Countdown Clock During Basketball “Hell-O”

Glee is not a show about sports. Some of the characters happen to be involved in extra-curricular activities like football and basketball, but it is not focused on the technical aspects of games. However, it would be nice if the basic parameters of games were adhered to.

While Finn is being shown on a basketball losing-streak in the episode “Hell-O”, the elements around him are not cooperating. At one point while dribbling the ball, the countdown clock is set to 0:26. Yet, when he quickly glances at Rachel and gets distracted, he loses the ball. However the clock has now changed to counting down from 0:34. It is simple things like this that regular viewers do not notice, but the true fans will catch.

Know of any other mistakes on Glee? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-09-24 05:09:59 – Chris Lalonde

20 YA Actors Recast Mid-Franchise (That Only True Fans Noticed)



The best YA movies and TV shows appeal to audiences of all ages, because their themes are universal. We all may gladly leave our terrible teen experiences in our rearview mirror, but that doesn’t mean that we weren’t irrevocably shaped by them anyway. High school is awkward, needlessly cruel, and incredibly uncomfortable. Most feel lucky to survive the ordeal at all.

Although few franchises have or ever will soar to the heights of Harry Potter, the YA craze in film and television doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. For every failed series that begins and ends with a single movie, there are always ten more in the works. Sadly, like most adaptations, few of them ever live up to the source material.

Some actors are so intrinsic to the project that recasting them would end in utter ruin for the series. Imagine Buffy Summers or Katniss Everdeen replaced midway through the story. It simply wouldn’t have worked. However, plenty of ancillary characters are recast, particularly when the demands of the role become greater than the performer’s ability.

There are, of course, other reasons. Perhaps the actor was simply wrong for the role or maybe the studio was looking to cut corners by casting someone cheaper. There is also always the possibility of scheduling conflicts getting in the way.

Some of these replacements are more obvious than others, but there are a few that you may have missed, no matter how closely you were paying attention.

Here are 20 YA Actors Recast Mid-Franchise (That Only True Fans Noticed).

20 Richard Harris as Dumbledore in Harry Potter

Actors are often replaced due to scheduling conflicts, money, or because they weren’t a good fit for the role. However, in the case of Albus Dumbledore, the man who brought him to life in the first two Harry Potter films was unable to return. Film legend Richard Harris passed away before he could reprise the role.

Dumbledore was recast with Michael Gambon. Although Gambon’s portrayal of the wizard improved over time, most fans feel that Harris was far truer to the Dumbledore from J.K. Rowling’s beloved books, No one is ever getting over Gambon’s now infamous delivery of “Did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire?

Harris had a kindness and a sense of serenity that was completely absent from Gambon’s performance. Still, there is no arguing that the actor made the role his own.

19 Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria in Twilight

When Twilight Big Bad, Victoria, reappeared in Eclipse, she may have had the same fiery red hair and disposition, but she wasn’t portrayed by the same actress from the first two installments.

Fans weren’t the only ones shocked by the change of performer.

Rachelle Lefevre was caught completely off guard as well. Although Summit Entertainment claimed to have replaced the actress with Bryce Dallas Howard due to Lefevre’s scheduling conflicts, that’s not the end of the story.

Lefevre has stated that she was fully committed to the role and that the new part she took would only have a ten-day overlap with Eclipse’s shooting schedule. 

18 James Neate as Toby Cavanaugh in Pretty Little Liars

Pilots are rarely set in stone. From the story to the actors themselves, the first episode of any series is largely subject to changes down the line. There are many examples of actors recast after a show was picked up, like Willow in BtVS or Sookie in Gilmore Girls

Even after the pilot airs, actors are still replaced. This may go unnoticed by fans if the role is small enough. Toby Cavanaugh was a major supporting character on Pretty Little Liars and was with the show from beginning to end. In his first appearance, however, he was portrayed by a completely different actor.

James Neate won the role in the pilot, but was quickly replaced with Keegan Allen in subsequent episodes.

17 Cher (and more) – Clueless

A television continuation of Amy Heckerling’s coming-of-age ‘90s classic, Clueless began airing in 1996 and was a travesty in every sense of the word.

The unforgettable fashions, clever dialogue, and half the cast were all noticeably absent from the show.

Of course, the most glaring casting difference was that Alicia Silverstone had been replaced with Rachel Blanchard as Cher Horowitz, perhaps because they were both blondes – there were no other real similarities. Cher’s dad, played by Dan Hedaya in the movie, was replaced with Michael Lerner. Meanwhile, Paul Rudd and Brittany Murphy were recast with David Lascher and Heather Gottlieb, respectively.

The rest of the cast remained more or less intact, but Silverstone is lucky that her film deal with Columbia-Tristar saved her from having to partake in this series.

16 Solomon Trimble as Sam Uley in Twilight

The great-grandson of Levi Uley, Sam Uley was the Alpha of the pack. In reality, though, his part was usurped by an entirely different actor.

This is an example of a performer being recast after the character’s role is expanded.

Solomon Trimble portrayed the Quileute shapeshifter in Twilight, but after Sam’s part in the franchise grew, he was replaced in subsequent films by Chaske Spencer.

Sam’s role in Twilight was incredibly minor – Trimble wasn’t even credited as the character, but spoke his lines – so many fans didn’t even realize that he had been recast for New Moon. When most people remember Sam from the films, Spencer is the actor that they see.

15 Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle in Riverdale

If you’re wondering why Archie Andrews’s nemesis, Reggie Mantle, has a significantly smaller role in Riverdale than in the comics that inspired it, look no further than the actor who portrayed him. Ross Butler had an incredibly busy schedule between his work on Riverdale and another teen drama, 13 Reasons Why. The writers wanted to do more with the character, but Butler really wasn’t available.

Cut to season 2 and Butler was replaced by Charles Melton. The entire situation ended amicably, with Butler simply choosing the Netflix series over the CW drama for its sophomore outing. He was also happy to endorse Melton, explaining how grateful he was that the role of Reggie went to another Asian-American actor.

14 Lavender Brown (twice) in Harry Potter

Lavender Brown had a much smaller role in the Harry Potter films than she didn’t and was portrayed by multiple actresses across the eight movies. The issue is that the first two actresses who played the character, Kathleen Cauley and Jennifer Smith, were both black. However, when the release of The Half-Blood Prince (the book) revealed that Lavender had a larger role to play in the series, she was recast with Jessie Cave, a white actress.

Many of these actors began basically as extras who were assigned names from the book, more so than conscious casting choices.

There is no reason why Lavender needed to become white.

Her race is never explicitly mentioned in the books and it makes no sense why the character wouldn’t remain black, especially in a series so lacking in diversity.

13 Dylan Neal as Hermes in Percy Jackson

Although Percy Jackson has had five installments in book form, there were only two film made: The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters. Neither were particularly well received by fans or critics. The series follows the titular hero as he learns that he is Poseidon’s son, making him a demigod. 

Thanks to Jackson’s heritage, the book is rife with deities, several of which were recast from one film to the next.

Hermes, the Greek god of messengers and speed, among other things. His son, Luke, was one of Percy’s main antagonists. Dylan Neal played the character in The Lightning Thief, but was recast when Sea of Monsters was made.

Neal was replaced with Nathan Fillion, best known for his starring roles in Firefly and Castle.

12 Buttercup in the Hunger Games

Most fans of Suzanne Collins’s novels were at least reasonably satisfied with the The Hunger Games films. Many felt that the plot was true to the books and the characters were well cast. However, one notable exception to this was Buttercup, the “hideous-looking cat” belonging to Katniss’s sister, Prim.

In the first film, Buttercup wasn’t the shaggy, ginger-colored feline from the novels, but rather a black and white cat.

This might seem like a minute detail, but it doesn’t make much sense, especially considering the cat’s name. Not all fans may have noticed the discrepancy, but producer, Nina Jacobson, and Collins herself were unhappy with the outcome. When Francis Lawrence replaced Gary Ross as director for Catching Fire, he requested that Buttercup be recast for future installments.

11 Florenica Lozano as Eleanor Waldorf in Gossip Girl

Heads would’ve rolled if Leighton Meester had been recast as Blair Waldorf after the pilot aired. However, Eleanor Waldorf being replaced made zero noise.

In Gossip Girl’s first episode, Blair’s mother was played by Florencia Lozano. Her harsh performance gave a lot of insight into Blair as a character.

The next time we saw Eleanor, however, she had been recast with Margaret Colin. The writers also chose to go in an different direction with the character altogether, making her a much softer version of the woman we met in the pilot.

Both changes worked out well, as Colin’s work in the part made Eleanor a fan favorite for many viewers.

10 Parker Bagley as Jason DiLaurentis in Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars has actually quietly replaced quite a few members of the cast. Jason DiLaurentis is another character who was portrayed by a completely different actor in the pilot. Alison and Spencer’s half-brother was played by Parker Bagley in that, as well as another season 1 episode.

Beginning with the second season, the role of Jason went instead to Drew Van Acker.

This is somewhat common practice, especially with supporting characters. Sometimes a role is cast with no idea of how big a part the character will actually play. Perhaps once Jason became a meatier role, Van Acker was simply a better fit. Whatever the reason for his replacement, most fans prefer Van Acker.

9 Imogen Tear as Madi in The 100

Madi was introduced in the season 4 finale of The 100 as a young nightblood who was found by Clarke. She was originally played by Imogen Tear. However, when the show returned for its 5th season, the role had been given to Shadowhunters star Lola Flanery.

It’s unclear why the part was recast, as Flanery is actually younger than Tear.

Perhaps the latter was aging too quickly to remain believable or maybe she has others projects in the works. It’s also possible that Flanery just had more acting chops.

Whatever the reason, Tear was only Madi in a single episode, so fans are now accustomed to seeing the character portrayed by Flanery. Viewers were happy with her performance, so no one really questioned the decision too much.

8 Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep in Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia is one of the most adored series of all time. While the films never quite managed to recreate the magic of C.S. Lewis’s novels, first installment The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe came closest to achieving that goal. Since then, we have only gotten two more of seven books, Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader – though apparently The Silver Chair is in the works.

Reepicheep, the leader of the Talking Mice of Narnia, made his first appearance in Prince Caspian. He was Caspian’s bravest, most trusted knight and was voiced by Eddie Izzard. The actor was recast by the time Voyage of the Dawn Treader was made three years later, with Simon Pegg instead lending his voice to the mouse.

7 Pierce Brosnan as Chiron in Percy Jackson

Another character to be recast for the Percy Jackson sequel was Pierce Brosnan. In The Lightning Thief, the former James Bond played Chiron, son of Kronos and brother to Zeus, who happens to be a centaur. Chiron helped trained the young demigod characters at Camp Half-Blood.

However, Brosnan was replaced in the sequel with Anthony Stewart Head, whom Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will recognize as Watcher Rupert Giles.

There has been on and off talk of a third installment of Percy Jackson, but at this point, it would likely only go ahead with an entirely new cast.

6 Pansy Parkinson (three times) in Harry Potter

When it comes to the side characters of Harry Potter, many of them were introduced in roles involving little to no speaking, so their casting was more of an afterthought than anything else. It’s not terribly shocking that the roles were recast when the actors had more to do. Plus, the films were made over the course of about ten years, so it’s likely that not all of the original choices were available anyway.

Many of these characters had much smaller roles in the films than the books.

Draco’s gal pal, Pansy Parkinson has been played by four different actresses.

The one with whom most fans are familiar – and the one with the most screen time – is the last performer to portray her, Scarlett Byrne.

5 Linda Louise Duan as Tina Minoru in MCU/Runaways

Linda Louise Duan’s role in Doctor Strange was so small that many fans didn’t even notice that she played Tina Minoru, Nico’s villainous mother in Runaways. She was one of the masters of the mystic arts and her weapon of choice was the Staff of One. The actress was even credited as Tina Minoru.

Runaways has, thus far, made no connection between these two portrayals of the characters. Tina is portrayed by Brittany Ishibashi  on the show and certainly plays a far bigger role in the MCU than Duan ever did.

Runaways was quite self-contained over the course of its first season, but the show’s sophomore outing has promised more direct references to the MCU. We’ll have to wait and see if that includes Minoru’s involvement with Stephen Strange.

4 Krystopher Hyatt as Embry Call in Twilight

Much like his fellow shapeshifter and pack member, Sam Uley, Embry Call went through a lot of changes after a Twilight. In the first film, he was played by Krystopher Hyatt, but like Solomon Trimble, the role wasn’t credited as the character.

Once Embry’s part was expanded upon, Hyatt was replaced by Kiowa Gordon.

Just like the situation with Trimble, Hyatt’s part in Twilight was so small that casual viewers likely didn’t even realize that his character’s presence was important. When it was time for the actor to play a bigger part, he was quickly recast with Gordon. The situation is incredibly similar to Chaske Spencer, in since Gordon is the actor fans imagine when they think about Embry.

3 Anne Marie DeLuise as Jessica DiLaurentis in Pretty Little Liars

Alison’s mom was originally played by Anne Marie DeLuise, but Andrea Parker quickly took over acting duties for the role. Her husband, Kenneth was also portrayed by a different actor in the show’s first episode. He was relegated to a background character with no lines, though, so you might not remember him at all prior to Jim Abele being cast. Some of these replacements had such small parts in the pilot that most fans didn’t even notice that they were replaced in later episodes.

There was another character who changed actors after the pilot as well: Ian Thomas. Carlo Marks was the first to play Ian, but then he was recast with Ryan Merriman in the part.

2 Verne Troyer as Griphook in Harry Potter

Dumbledore may have been the most notable and noticeable replacement in the Harry Potter films, but over the course of eight of them, he was hardly the only actor recast. One replacement that went unnoticed by many fans is the character of Griphook.

The Gringotts Goblin was initially portrayed by Verne Troyer, best known as Mini Me in the Austin Powers movies. However, his voice was dubbed with that of another actor: Warwick Davis, who many fans will remember played the titular character in Willow.

By the time Griphook reappeared in the franchise, he had been replaced altogether with Davis.

Interestingly, Davis also portrayed another character in the Harry Potter films. He was cast in the role of Charms master and Head of Ravenclaw, Filius Flitwick.

1 Jonathan Morgenstern in Shadowhunters

We’ll have to wait until next year to see this recast in action, but when Shadowhunters returns, there will be a different actor playing the “reborn” Jonathan Morgenstern. Will Tudor portrayed the character up until what appeared to be his exit. However, the midseason finale revealed that not only is Jonathan alive, but his body has been damaged beyond all recognition. This means that really anyone could take over the part moving forward.

The actor taking up Jonathan’s villainous mantle will be Luke Baines. Apparently, this new iteration will be the most sinister evil that Clary and the Shadowhunters have ever faced. Sadly, we won’t be able to argue about who did a better job portraying the character until 2019.

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8 Iconic Sitcom Characters Fans Barely Noticed Were Recast (And 12 Way Too Obvious)



When it comes to sitcoms, there has been a longstanding tradition of recasting characters during a series run. Whether this happened immediately, mid-series, or in a show’s final season, it’s been an occurring theme in television since the early days of black and white programming. On some occasions, TV shows never fully recovered from a character’s recasting. Other times, the show soldiered on despite an actor’s notable absence. Surprisingly, in some cases, audiences never even noticed the switch.

The reasons behind these unexpected changes are vast. There are many instances of an actor not getting along with their co-stars and proving themselves difficult to work with. Sometimes, the replacements came because of a child who wasn’t interested in having a job at such a young age. In the infamous case of the two Beckys on Roseanne, Lecy Goranson simply wanted to go to college. In other instances, the transition is still a mystery.

Whatever the reason for the outcome, the recasting of sitcom characters still happens today, which is shocking considering how public behind-the-scenes drama is in the era of social media. It seems showrunners just become attached to their characters and would rather see an acting shift than starting from scratch…

Here are 8 Iconic Sitcom Characters Fans Barely Noticed Were Recast (And 12 Way Too Obvious).

20 Obvious: Aunt Viv (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

The Aunt Viv switch has a long and ugly history, which is unfortunate considering Janet Hubert is the obvious fan favorite. After three seasons, she left the role and was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid.

Unfortunately, Will Smith and Hubert have had a long-standing feud over the replacement, both with drastically different ideas of what went wrong. Other actors on the show, including Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks), have claimed that she was difficult on set.

While the cast loved working with Reid, audiences agreed she never lived up to Hubert’s standard. When the actors reunited recently without Hubert, the drama resurfaced, proving the tension has yet to fade.

19 Barely Noticed: Morgan (Boy Meets World)

When it comes to the Matthews children, Morgan was an undeniable cutie but she was often overshadowed by the other kids on the show. Lily Nicksay (now Gibson) portrayed the character for the first two seasons of the series.

Lindsay Ridgeway, the face you’re probably more familiar with, took over the role in season three and continued until the series ended after season seven. According to Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter), Nicksay was too young and uninterested in working.

Despite the fact that Ridgeway was three years older than Nicksay, the change didn’t make much of an impact on the show.

In a cheeky movie, both actors appeared in the series finale of the show’s spin-off, Girl Meets World.

18 Barely Noticed: Lily (Modern Family)

Lily, the adorable adopted daughter of Cam and Mitchell, was originally played by Ella and Jaden Hiller, who were mere babies at the time. They were replaced by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons in season three.

The switch was no secret, but if it didn’t happen during the internet age, the change probably would have gone completely unnoticed.

Babies change so much that it never really feels like a different actress took over the part.

Anderson-Emmons was only four when she was cast and audiences have watched her grow for the last seven years. She’s often praised for her deadpan delivery and sarcastic take on the character.

17 Obvious: Ann (Arrested Development)

Originally, the part of Ann Veal (George Michael’s painfully plain and dull girlfriend) was meant to be played by a different actress in every episode. However, Mae Whitman stuck around after replacing Alessandra Torresani in season two.

Torresani only played Egg, uh, Ann for one episode so the change wasn’t considered a big deal by fans. In fact, the switch probably would have gone unnoticed if it wasn’t for Whitman’s longstanding career in Hollywood.

By the time she joined Arrested Development in 2003, Whitman had already appeared in over 30 films and television shows, including Independence Day. Since Whitman was such a well-known face, the recasting of Ann Veal was much more obvious than it needed to be.

16 Obvious: Carol (Friends)

The role of Carol Willick-Bunch was only played by Anita Barone is the series’ second episode, but the switch to Jane Sibbett was still glaringly obvious.

This was due to the fact that the two women looked absolutely nothing alike.

Sibbet also dove in and portrayed Carol with great energy, comedic timing, and likability. Of course, Barone cannot be blamed for not matching up considering she wasn’t given the same opportunity to explore the character.

However, it will always be a shame that audiences missed the opportunity to watch Sibbet be the one to break Carol’s pregnancy news to Ross.

15 Barely Noticed: Claire Tanner (Full House)

Every Full House fan loves the third season episode when Doris Roberts shows up as Danny’s mom. However, Alice Hirson played the part of Claire Tanner twice in the first season, including the series’ pilot.

By the time Roberts made her appearance, enough time had passed that audiences probably forget they’d ever met the character before, which was lucky considering how drastically different the actors portrayed the role.

Hirson had a sweet yet stern demeanor whereas Roberts brought her classic boisterous nature to the role. It’s a shame she never came back after that first appearance.   

14 Obvious: Laurie (That ’70s Show)

The Forman’s eldest child isn’t the first character that comes to mind when you reminisce on That ’70s Show, but Lisa Robin Kelly’s portray of Laurie Forman was excellent.

Kelly left the show during the third season and wasn’t mentioned again until she briefly returned in season five.

Her return only lasted four episodes, however, and she was ultimately replaced by Christina Moore in season six. While Moore definitely had the Laurie look down, she couldn’t match up to Kelly’s comedic timing and only lasted six episodes.

Perhaps if Kelly hadn’t returned for the brief period, the transition between actors wouldn’t have been so glaringly obvious. Sadly, the character never returned during the show’s final two seasons and Kelly passed away in 2013, leaving Laurie Forman as her legacy.

13 Barely Noticed: Frank (Seinfeld)

Jerry Stiller was so iconic as George Costanza’s father, it’s hard to believe anyone else ever dared take on the role. John Randolph, known for many classic films, played Frank in one episode during season four before Stiller claimed the role.

In retrospect, it’s more surprising to think that Seinfeld ran for so long before introducing the hilarious Constanzas in season four. Stiller remained a member of the Seinfeld family from seasons five to nine and is considered one of the funniest recurring characters of the series.

In fact, John Randolph’s scenes were eventually reshot by Stiller for syndication, so there’s a good chance you’ve never even seen Randolph’s appearance.

12 Obvious: Becky (Roseanne)

The Becky swap is perhaps one of the most memorable changes in sitcom history because the show chose to have fun with it. After five seasons of Lecy Goranson playing the eldest Connor child, there was no way to replace her without turning a few heads.

Goranson left the show to attend college and the creators weren’t prepared to let the character go, so they brought in Sarah Chalke. The girls look fairly similar, which later led to a very catchy “Identical Beckys” jingle.

Goranson returned to the show in season six and in a rare move, the two actors shared the role.

This became a running gag on the series until Chalke took the part over completely during the final season. Both women returned to the short-lived Roseanne reboot, with Goranson playing Becky and Chalke portraying a brand new character.

11 Barely Noticed: Marta (Arrested Development)

Leonor Varela, aka Marta 1.0, only appeared on the show for two episodes before leaving to film a movie. She was replaced by Patricia Velasquez, aka Marta 2.0, who played the character for the rest of season one.

The fight over Marta was one of the first big conflicts between GOB and Michael, but the change happened quickly, the switch didn’t make much of an impact on the series.

The character never returned after season one. A Marta 3.0 was featured in the show’s third season, but whether or not she was supposed to be the Marta was unclear.

10 Obvious: Mindy (Friends)

In another case of “this would have gone unnoticed if one actor wasn’t famous,” Jennifer Grey originated the role of Rachel’s pre-Friends best friend, Mindy.

In season one, Rachel starts seeing her ex Barry again, despite the fact that he’s engaged to Mindy. This is a serious breach of girl code, obviously. Then, in the season two finale, the character returns for the big wedding.

Jana Marie Hupp played the bride in one of the show’s saddest episodes (we love you, Richard) and she did just fine, but audiences were definitely disappointed that Grey didn’t make another appearance on the show.

9 Obvious: Ryan (Last Man Standing)

During the first season of the Tim Allen’s latest sitcom, Last Man Standing, the character Ryan was portrayed by Nick Jonas. He gets Kristen pregnant in high school, skips town, and returns in season two as a completely different actor, Jordan Masterson.

The two men do look similar, but you can’t exactly replace a Jonas Brother without ruffling a few feathers.

Considering the whole concept of the character is that he’s a “sissy Democrat vegan,” it’s no surprise Nick Jonas moved on to bigger and better things.

Masterson is expected to return now that the show has been un-canceled by Fox.

8 Barely Noticed: Chuck (Happy Days)

The disappearance of Chuck on Happy Days was so odd it sparked an entire TV trope called the “Chuck Cunningham Syndrome”. This, of course, is when a television character disappears and is never mentioned again.

Not only was Chuck an infamous forgotten character, but in his short life, he was played by two different actors.

Richie’s older brother was originally portrayed by Gavan O’Herlihy during the first ten episodes. Randolph Roberts replaced him in the second season, showed up for two episodes, and then was never to be seen again. At least he avoided jumping the shark, like Fonzie did!

7 Obvious: Darrin (Bewitched)

The story of Samantha the witch and her normal husband, Darrin, was incredibly charming and popular, but took a serious hit when they replaced the latter.

The network probably thought replacing Dick York with Dick Sargent was clever considering they had the same first name and looked strikingly similar.

Unfortunately, looks aren’t everything. The chemistry between Sargent and Elizabeth Montgomery didn’t even come close to that of her and York.

Sadly, Dick York’s departure was due to a back injury that led to a addiction. After he left Bewitched, he remained on his back for an entire year and fell on hard times for a while. Since audiences never warmed to Sargent, the final three seasons of the show took a major ratings dip.

6 Barely Noticed: Chris (The Partridge Family)

When the wholesome story of a singing family premiered in 1970, the youngest of the clan was played by Jeremy Gelbwaks. According to rumors, he was difficult to work with, and according to David Cassidy, had a “personality conflict” with the entire cast and producing team.

Considering he was only nine at the time, it’s hard to imagine just how difficult he was, but it caused him to be replaced by Brian Forster in the second season. Forster was considered the cuter of the two, a joke that came up often long after the show ended.

However, Gelbwaks and Forster both joined for future Partridge Family reunions, so things must have improved between Gelbwaks and the cast over the years.

5 Obvious: Nanny G (Cheers and Frasier)

In season ten of Cheers, it’s unexpectedly revealed that Frasier was married before Lilith to a famous children’s performer called Nanny G.

This was incredibly bizarre, but the character was played by Emma Thompson, so it worked.

Many years later, during the ninth season of Frasier, the character is seen for the second time in a hallucination in which Frasier is confronted by his past great loves. Dina Waters donned the silly costume this time, although, it would have been iconic to see Thompson again.

Finally, in season eleven of Frasier, we see Nanny G in the flesh for the first time in 14 years. This time, she’s played by Laurie Metcalf. Naturally, Metcalf is spectacular, but the fact that Thompson never returned was disappointing.

4 Obvious: Maggie (Diff’rent Strokes)

Dixie Carter played Maggie McKinney, Drummond’s girlfriend, during seasons six and seven of the hit sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. However, the show’s ratings dropped and it was canceled by NBC.

ABC decided to pick the show back up for a final season, but Carter chose not to return, and Mary Ann Mobley took over the role.

Considering the show was on its last legs, a casting change-up only added to the decline.

It was also odd that Mobley had played a different love interest of Drummond’s during an episode in season two. Any eagle-eyed fan would have found this addition strange.

3 Barely Noticed: Marilyn (The Munsters)

Beverley Owen played the “unattractive” Munster cousin for 13 episodes before leaving the ghoulish ’60s sitcom The Munsters. She had contractual obligations to remain on the show but allegedly loathed being there. She was reportedly often found crying onset, wishing she could go back to her home in New York.

Eventually, Owen was freed from her contract and was able to return to her home and fiancé, where she started her family and quit acting.

Pat Priest took over the role for the remaining 57 episodes, however, the two looked so similar that many people didn’t even notice the change.

2 Obvious: Marcia (The Bradys)

When The Brady Bunch ended in 1974, the cast probably didn’t think they’d continue playing the iconic roles for another 17 years. Maureen McCormick reprised her role as Marcia for The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, which aired for nine episodes in 1977. She also returned for the television movie The Brady Girls Get Married (1981) and the subsequent spin-off, The Brady Brides, which lasted ten episodes in 1981. In 1988, she reprised the role one last time in the TV movie, A Very Brady Christmas.

The final Brady show, The Bradys (1990), ran for six episodes with Leah Ayres portraying the eldest Brady daughter. While members of the fictional family had been recast before (Geri Reischl played Jan in the Variety Hour and Jennifer Runyon played Cindy in A Very Brady Christmas), the Marcia change was the most notable.

 Considering the fact that Ayres looked nothing like McCormick, the change just added to the extreme discomfort of it all.

1 Obvious: Harriet (Family Matters)

The departure of JoMarie Payton as Harriet Winslow was a huge surprise considering Family Matters was created as a spin-off for her character from Perfect Strangers.

She left the show halfway through the final season, which led people to believe that there was drama surrounding her absence.

Rumors circulated over the cast’s distaste for Steve Urkel, who originally showed up in the 12th episode of the series and wasn’t meant to return. Revamping the show around Jaleel White was certainly a shock to the cast, but considering Payton remained on the series for another eight years, it’s safe to say she parted for other reasons. According to the actress, she was just ready to do something new.

Judyann Elder only portrayed Harriet for the final eight episodes, but Payton’s absence made the last days of the show a disappointment.

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20 Mistakes In Iconic Sitcoms Only True Fans Noticed



Most beloved sitcoms are riddled with errors and gaffes.

Whether it’s due to a new team of writers retconning a main character’s backstory to explore new and funnier territory, or whether it’s the more run-of-the-mill oversights inherent in having to quickly produce 20+ episodes of television a year, there’s no denying that countless re-watches of our favourite sitcoms have yielded a sizeable list of mistakes.

King of the Hill, Seinfeld, M*A*S*H, Friends, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, are just a few of the most iconic and acclaimed sitcoms ever produced.

However, they have let some errors slip by that only the eagle-eyed fans and devotees have noticed.

Sometimes these mistakes are not only forgiven but are actually welcome and vital – characters grow and evolve over time, and forgoing continuity in order to explore richer comedic, and sometimes dramatic, ground is certainly what’s called for in order to keep a series from stagnating or repeating itself.

At other times, though, these mistakes simply leaving most scratching their heads, wondering how or why the heck that happened.

Here are the 20 Mistakes In Iconic Sitcoms Only True Fans Noticed.

20 Visible Fog Machine – How I Met Your Mother

Like many rom-com shows, How I Met Your Mother followed the loves and lives of a group of 20-somethings in New York City.

However, the show had a neat framing device: the main character, Ted, now 50-something, was recounting the events that led him to meeting the mother of his teenaged kids in the year 2030.

The show juggled PG-13 bawdiness and warm fuzzies with remarkable aplomb, though the later seasons received some negative appraisal from fans and critics alike.

However, How I Met Your Mother still wasn’t immune to hiccups.

Look to the extremely visible fog machine in season 1 episode 11, “The Limo”, for proof of this.

19 Rachel’s Stand In Is In A Shot – Friends

Easily one of the most popular and acclaimed sitcoms of the ’90s, perhaps its only rival being Seinfeld, Friends similarly followed an ensemble and their loves and lives in New York City.

However, much unlike Seinfeld, Friends was several traces more sentimental; they most certainly hugged and learned.

The episode “The One with the Mugging” contains a blink and you’ll miss it error, though.

However, once you notice it, you’ll never be able to un-see it. During a scene, Rachel and Joey rush to Monica’s apartment.

During a back and forth between Joey and Monica, a strange brunette appears in Jennifer Aniston’s stead, just slightly out of frame, but obviously somebody who’s not Rachel.

Possibly she is a stand-in or a random crew member who wandered into the shot? It’s difficult to say. Either way, it’s one heck of a blunder.

18 Jerry Constantly Breaks Character – Seinfeld

To work on a show like Seinfeld was, as evidenced by many of the behind the scenes bloopers, joyous and enormously difficult – and for the same reason: the main cast was constantly ruining takes by exploding into laughter.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine Benes, was notorious for her infectious laughter, often causing the shoot to be delayed (which is no small thing due to sitcoms being time sensitive).

However, she wasn’t the only one. The main man himself Jerry Seinfeld was prone to fits of inappropriate giggling, too.

Bryan Cranston, who played the dentist Tim Whatley for a half-dozen episodes, recently revealed an interesting fact.

“When you watch the show now, you’ll see Jerry smiling constantly. That’s the best take they had, of him not actually laughing, just smiling and trying to contain himself,” he said.

17 The Ever-Changing Reasons for Homer’s Lack of Intelligence – The Simpsons

With something like 600+ episodes of television, it’s natural that The Simpsons will circle back to the same plot points in different ways.

One of the old reliable ones is answering the question: just why is Homer so dumb?

There are contradictory reasons for this, which presents something of a continuity error.

In “Lisa The Simpson”, it’s stated that men are affected by an unfortunate Simpson gene, resulting in baldness, laziness, and stupidity.

However, in “HOMR”, an episode that followed “Lisa The Simpson” a mere three years later, we find out that Homer lodged a crayon up his brain as a young boy, resulting in his low IQ.

When it’s dislodged, his considerable intelligence is fully restored, though it proves to be more of a curse than a blessing.

16 Korean Villagers Speaking English – M*A*S*H

M*A*S*H, a war sitcom, aired from 1972 to 1983, running for 11 seasons. Although it was based on the Korean War, the fact that the Vietnam War was raging on at the time no doubt ensured that M*A*S*H would frequently oscillate between the comedic and the dramatic.

It was a tightrope, for sure: even to this day, a sitcom set during a war isn’t the easiest sell.

However, this is kind of funny when you consider that M*A*S*H’s finale remains the most viewed television broadcast in history, with 125 million views.

The ensemble sitcom revolved around the trials and tribulations of the personnel at the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.

While the show was fairly historically faithful in some respects, in others, it wasn’t so much.

One such oddity being that Koreans in the villagers speak perfect English.

15 Peggy’s Mother’s Personality Transplant – King of the Hill

More down-to-earth than most animated sitcoms, King of the Hill mined a considerable amount of humor in the more conventional and mundane of situations.

Set in the fictional town of Arlen, Texas, the Hill family and the surrounding community went through their fair share of embarrassing trials and tribulations, though it was all handled with a certain amount of affection from the writers and creators, and great attention to detail and continuity.

This makes the curious case of Peggy Hill’s mother, Maddy Platter, stand out all the more.

Initially introduced in flashbacks as just an older version of Peggy Hill, she was severely retooled in a later episode, “A Rover Runs Through It”.

In this episode, she was a rancher in Montana – and much grumpier and more unforgiving than her kindly early appearances suggested.

14 Wednesday is Friday – It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Blacker than midnight’s heart, It’s Always Sunny centres on a gang of demented narcissists who run a pub in South Philadelphia.

Leagues away from the aspirational nature and romance of, say, How I Met Your Mother, It’s Always Sunny is proudly vile and mean-spirited. It is also, not coincidentally, one of the funniest sitcoms of all time.

Though its brand of off-beat humour is different from many sitcoms, like most other sitcoms, it’s still prone to some hilarious oversights and errors.

One such example is in the episode “Frank’s Brother”, the opening tells us it’s Wednesday, but they receive a letter to meet Frank’s brother, Gino, on Friday at the airport.

Strangely, they leave that very day to meet Frank’s brother at the airport – and there he is, waiting for them… on a Wednesday.

13 “Goodbye, Norman” – Seinfeld

Newman is Jerry Seinfeld’s one and only nemesis. What is the origin of their enmity and disdain? It’s never explained, but this only makes it funnier – well, that and Wayne Knight’s uncanny knack for playing a verbose and petty character.

Clearly Newman is something of a wordsmith like Jerry – only he makes a living as a simple mailman, perhaps resenting Jerry’s famous status.

As a partner in Kramer’s harebrained schemes, Newman’s greed leads him to some weird places and compromising places.

Such as in “The Bottle Deposit”, when Newman takes refuge at a farm. However, he is kicked out after having sleeping with the farmer’s daughter.

As he flees, she calls out “Goodbye, Norman,” which was a mistake on the actresses’ part. However, the producers were so amused they left it in.

12 Inconsistent Ages – Friends

Minor continuity errors and little anachronisms here and there are no big deal. However, when a show can’t seem to keep the ages of the characters straight, it’s a sign of some sloppy writing.

Sure, it’s not as much of a big deal with a frivolous sitcom, but Friends was a sitcom that relied heavily on making the core cast feel like people we’d know (or at the very least, we’d like to know) in real life.

In season 7, Friends makes a point that Rachel is the last member of the gang to turn 30. The episode also features flashbacks to the others’ 30th birthday.

However, we’re told in season 1 that it’s Joey who is the youngest of the group, at 25 years old, while Monica and Rachel are just above Joey at 26 years old.

Not only that, but Ross remained 29 years old through seasons 3, 4, and 5.

11 Black Smithers – The Simpsons

Waylon Smithers made his first appearance in The Simpsons’ third episode, “Homer’s Odyssey”.

As Mr. Burns’ obsessive devotee with his nerdy appearance and ruthlessly efficient demeanour, he’s as endearing as any Simpsons character.

Although characters take a while to find their way, there was one obvious, immediate difference between this Smithers and the Smithers to follow: he was dark skinned instead of yellow skinned.

His hair was also silver/grey, suggesting that the character was perhaps originally meant to be much older as well.

However, the character was never conceived as black in the first place. Instead, this was just a run-of-the-mill coloring mistake.

Since the show had quite the low budget at this point, the time and money necessary to correct the mistake was not an option.

10 Dale’s One Uncharacteristic Suspicion – King of the Hill

One of the great running gags in King of the Hill is that paranoid conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble never, not even for a second, suspects that his wife Nancy is cheating on him with her Native American masseur John Redcorn – despite Dale’s obviously Native American “son” Joseph.

This simple joke made for some memorably uncomfortable, touching, and gut-bustingly hilarious storylines, most particularly “Of Mice and Little Green Men”.

However, judging by the pilot episode, this almost wasn’t to be.

Consider in the pilot that when Nancy scoots off for one of her “massages,” Dale says with the unmistakably cadence of suspicion, “Nancy, you’ve been going to that healer for 12 years.”

Thankfully, this suspicion was immediately dropped for subsequent episodes, with the hilarity of those storylines left fully intact.

9 Various Anachronisms – M*A*S*H

Given that M*A*S*H aired 20+ years after the Korean War, there were bound to be some little anachronisms – that is, references or bits of pop culture that do not denote the exact setting of the show.

For instance, Radar is seen reading a copy of the Marvel comic book The Avengers. The Avengers weren’t even a thing until 1963, a full decade after the Korean War ended.

Also, for a few other episodes Godzilla is mentioned, but Godzilla wasn’t released until 1954.

In terms of military equipment, there’s also a picture of a Huey UH-1, a helicopter that was designed to serve for medical evacuations.

However, this helicopter wasn’t actually introduced into the US military until 1959. So, while it’s pretty close in terms of accuracy, it’s off by a few years.

8 Charlie’s Non-Existent Sister – It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Charlie Kelly is considered to be both the wild card and the stupid one in the gang. Though he demonstrates a level of empathy and concern for social norms that the others are sorely incapable of, making him the most lovable member of the gang.

His characterization is well-drawn and consistent from season 1 onwards.

However, there are some minor flubs in his backstory.

In the episode “Charlie Got [Assaulted]”, Charlie mentions that he has a sister. Oddly enough, this sister is never seen, mentioned, or heard of again.

This little mistake is in keeping with a lot of sitcoms, where characters mention relatives who never show up or are mentioned later.

This could be because it was something possibly to be explored later or because there’s not much in the comedy tank for Charlie having a sister.

7 The Weird Mechanics of Hank’s “Bill” Tattoo – King of the Hill

“Be True To Your Fool” is an exceptionally touching episode of King of the Hill, as it’s a great little exploration of Hank’s sometimes difficult friendship with the depressive Bill, which is a recurring theme in the series.

The premise is that when Bill gives the gang lice, they’re forced to shave their heads.

Through this, and much to Hank’s surprise, it’s revealed that Hank has a rather embarrassing tattoo on his head that simply reads, “Bill”, which was done after one drunk night years ago.

This isn’t a continuity error simply so much as it is a question of logic. How can the tattoo be a surprise to Hank after all this time?

This one’s a little odd, but overall it’s definitely forgivable.

6 The Characterizations in “There’s No Disgrace Like Home” – The Simpsons

If the coloring in the early episodes were occasionally mismatched (see: “Homer’s Odyssey), then it’s also true that the characterizations would undergo some mismatching too.

This is the case with the fourth episode, “There’s No Disgrace Like Home”.

Even the premise is wildly off-base from what we know and love about The Simpsons: Homer is deeply ashamed of his family after an embarrassing company picnic and decides to enrol them in therapy.

In this episode, while Bart, Lisa, and Marge behave like dysfunctional loons, Homer acts as the sole voice of reason.

This makes this characterization mistake undeniable, given that Homer Simpson is one of the most iconic dopes in television history.

However, the most galling role-reversal of Marge and Homer’s characters has to be when Homer sells the TV to pay for their therapy session.

5 Newman’s First Appearance – Seinfeld

Season 2’s “The Revenge” is an important episode for the series. It was the first in which we got a taste of Michael Richard’s gift for physical comedy and it was the first, well, sort of appearance of Newman.

While Kramer’s scheme to get one over the laundromat was a highlight, Newman’s first appearance left something to be desired.

In this episode, he was introduced as Kramer’s clinically depressed friend.

Wayne Knight had not yet been cast in the role, so Newman remains ill-defined and voiced by Larry David (though it was to be later re-dubbed by Wayne Knight).

Despite the re-dubbing and the valiant effort to maintain some kind of continuity, it’s clear that this despondent and pathetic figure was everything the zesty and ridiculous Newman we all know and love was not.

4 Sneakers with a Suit – How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother’s season 5 episode, “Girls Vs. Suits” is considered to be one of the best episodes the sitcom ever produced.

It’s got a lavish musical number, “Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit”, a few tantalizing glimpses into the mother’s life, and it’s a gift for the fans who had stuck around for 100 episodes.

It’s very nearly a perfect episode of television, barring one little error.

During the musical number that closes out the episode, which is performed splendidly by Neil Patrick Harris and others, there’s a brief shot of an extra who’s wearing sneakers instead of loafers.

It’s possible that it made its way into the shot by accident, as actors wearing sneakers for physically strenuous scenes is quite normal.

However, the scene still stands out.

3 In The Parking Garage, The Car Actually Wouldn’t Start – Seinfeld

Sometimes mistakes in sitcoms, movies, or any television show can lead to the best kinds of scene. The Seinfeld episode “The Parking Garage” is a great example of this.

In “The Parking Garage”, the gang spends the whole episode looking for their parked car in a parking garage. Like the previous “about nothing” episode “The Chinese Restaurant”, it’s widely considered to be a Seinfeld classic.

However, without the ultimate punchline – that once they find and hop into the car it doesn’t actually start – it’s doubtful that the episode would be as impactful as it is.

Funnily enough, tthe episode was meant to end with the gang driving off, but the car wouldn’t actually start.

It was decided that this was a far funnier ending, and so it was kept in. They were all, of course, right about this.

2 Vietnam References – M*A*S*H

In some ways, M*A*S*H commenting on the on-going Vietnam conflict was done with a degree of intelligent subtlety and emotional nuance.

As the sitcom took shape and grew in popularity, it slowly began to resemble more of a contemporary piece and less of a historical one.

This was commensurate with M*A*S*H becoming less of a sitcom and more of a drama with some comedic beats. It’s one of the oddities that still makes the show unique to this day.

There were some glaring slip ups in this regard, though.

For instance, there’s often mention of colleagues being “lost in the jungle.”

While this may sounds like something you’d hear in a movie or show based on the disputes with Vietnam, the main problem is that M*A*S*H is pointedly set during the Korean War, and there are no jungle regions in Korea.

1 Jerry’s Apartment Is Completely Different In The Pilot Episode – Seinfeld

Because Seinfeld wasn’t following the standard sitcom template, it took a while for the sitcom to truly find its feet.

When viewed today, the Seinfeld pilot and its very early episodes more resemble a mundane mumblecore flick than the intricately plotted works of sharp comedy the show is known for.

The most glaring difference of course is Jerry’s apartment, which has been a main fixture in the series where the characters to talk about nothin’ – and quietly set in motion plots that pay off splendidly in the last few minutes, of course.

His apartment underwent extremely minor and believable changes throughout the series, but its first appearance is so different in every way that it’s hard to reconcile this apartment and the one that featured in the episodes to follow.

Can you think of any other mistakes in iconic sitcoms that most fans didn’t notice? Let us know in the comments!



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