Television shows often don’t have the luxury of time and attention to detail that film productions do, which can result in the occasional hiccup making its way to air. Common mistakes that tend to plague television shows include:
- Continuity errors,
- Visible crew/equipment,
- Revealing mistakes,
- Factual errors.
Most of the time we don’t even notice these little blunders, but a blatant mistake can completely take the viewer out of the story. With the number of episodes in a television series vastly outweighing that of a feature film, there’s a lot more room for error.
Here are 10 of the biggest mistakes in popular television shows.
1. Supernatural. The long running fantasy horror series has already produced over 250 episodes making it no surprise it has had the odd slip up. The first season saw some minor gaffes including Jensen Ackles’ character calling his co-star by his real name instead of Sam.
However, one of the more prominent oversights was when the duo chased a demon onto a flight and Sam states, “If she’s possessed, she’ll flinch at the name of God. In Latin it’s Christo.” In reality, “Christo” is the name for Christ not God and it’s Greek not Latin.
2. Modern Family. The mockumentary sitcom may have nailed it in the comedy department, but even this Emmy Award winning series has had some muddled moments. In the third season, Phil Dunphy learns how to walk on a tightrope. However, two seasons earlier, he states that he was an expert tightrope walker due to his time spent at trapeze camp.
Another factual error surrounds Mitchell and Cameron’s adoption. While it’s stated a number of times that the two adopted Lily from Vietnam, this is legally impossible because Vietnam’s laws forbid a child to be adopted by a same sex couple.
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