To some people, a TV show is a just a TV show. However, to others, it’s the center of their lives and like a family member. They cry tears of sadness when a character dies and tears of joy when two soulmates finally end up together. TV series have some of the most fiercely loyal fanbases. They are dedicated to their beloved series and will do anything for it. A series doesn’t have to be critically acclaimed to have an insanely passionate fanbase. Several cult classic series have lived on because their fans won’t let the show fade away. In fact, several fanbases have even waged intense fan campaigns to bring their favorite series back when it’s been cancelled prematurely and feel they’ve been wronged.
Fans also love to analyze, critique, and deconstruct their cherished shows. They love to figure out the series mysteries even when there aren’t any. Fans are often coming up with wild and outrageous conspiracy theories. Some of these theories are because of the nature of the show. Some series create longstanding mysteries that fans are dying to know. However, fans can find a conspiracy theory in any kind of show. Some of the conspiracy theories are filled with holes and make little to no sense. However, there are few theories that are so out of this world that they actually make a little sense. Here is a look a 7 TV show conspiracy theories that might be true and 8 that are definitely not.
15. Carl Winslow Killed Steve Urkel (Definitely Not)
Reginald VelJohnson is best known for his role as Carl Winslow on the sitcom Family Matters, which aired from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997. He is also known for his role as Sgt. Al Powell in the classic action film Die Hard, which was released July 15, 1988. At one point in Die Hard, Al recounts a story to John McClane about a tragic event from earlier in his career. Al says, “I shot a kid. He was 13 years old. Oh, it was dark, I couldn’t see him. He had a ray gun, looked real enough.” This theory suggests that the 13-year-old was the nerdy next-door neighbor Steve Urkel. As the theory goes, one night, Carl accidentally shoots and kills Urkel. Carl is so devastated over killing Urkel that he moves to L.A. and changes his name. He decides to remain a cop despite the tragic event but leaves his family behind.
14. The Flintstones Live In A Post-Apocalyptic World (Possible)
It’s about surviving in a post-apocalyptic world where technology is nonexistent. The world, as we know it, is no longer and the life we once lived is a distant memory. No, we’re not talking about The Walking Dead. The Flintstones revolved around a family living in the Stone Age town Bedrock. The Jetsons followed a family living in the futuristic Orbit City. Both animated sitcoms first aired in the ‘60s and were created by Hanna-Barbera. The shows have even crossed over, meaning that both exist in the same universe. This theory proposes that The Flintstones society is trying to survive a post-apocalyptic life after being bombed in a nuclear war. This explains why many of the machines that are operated by birds and dinosaurs are similar to present-day items. Additionally, The Flintstones live below the poverty line, which is why they are on earth and the richer Jetsons live in a futuristic city above the clouds.
13. That ’70s Show Is A Sequel To Happy Days (Definitely Not)
Happy Days aired from January 15, 1974 to September 24, 1984. It revolved around Richie Cuningham and his friends growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s. It starred Ron Howard and Henry Winkler. That ’70s Show aired from August 23, 1998 to May 18, 2006. It followed the life of Eric Forman and his friends living in the ‘70s. It starred Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Wilmer Valderrama, and Laura Prepon. Reddit user gulsado suggested that That ’70s Show is a sequel to Happy Days. They proposed that Richie left to fight in the Korean War and that without Fonzie’s influence, turned into a mean and gruff Red Forman. The user noted that Red also fought in the Korean War. However, gulsado did have a few details wrong. The Korean War would have been well over when Richie left the series. Additionally, Happy Days is constantly referenced throughout That ’70s Show.
12. Jessica Fletcher Is A Serial Killer (Possible)
Murder, She Wrote was an immensely popular crime drama that aired from September 30, 1984 to May 19, 1996. It starred Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective, Jessica Fletcher. Murder, She Wrote was a huge ratings success and the sweet old lady captured the hearts of viewers all over the world. However, some fans propose an alternate theory concerning “sweet old” Jessica. Some feel it’s very convenient that Jessica often discovers a dead body and is always the one to solve the mystery. Additionally, she lives in the small town, Cabot Cove, that had roughly 268 murders, which should have been considered a crisis. Many fans believe that Jessica was, in fact, a serial killer and was behind the plethora of murders that occurred in her vicinity. It does make some sense since she’d put the blame on someone else, be the hero, and use the crime as inspiration for her next bestselling novel.
11. Count Von Count Feeds On The Children Of Sesame Street (Definitely Not)
Sesame Street has been on the air since November 10, 1969. The series combines puppetry, sketch comedy, live action, and animation as a way to teach young children. The characters all serve a different educational purpose. The muppet Count von Count was first introduced on November 27, 1972. As the name suggests, his main purpose is to teach children math and, more specifically, counting. The character is based on the blood-sucking vampire, Dracula. This theory proposes that the Count was obsessed with more than just numbers. According to the theory, The Count has been abducting and feeding on the children of Sesame Street for years. He uses math to lure kids to his layer, although math seems like a poor choice for bait. This explains why the kids of Sesame Street disappear. The theory also suggests that the adults are aware of his actions but help cover up his crimes.
10. Gilligan’s Island Is Hell (Possible)
The beloved sitcom Gilligan’s Island aired from September 26, 1964 to April 17, 1967. It revolved around the crew and passengers of the SS Minnow that are shipwrecked on an island. Their attempts to leave the island are often screwed up by the bumbling goofball Gilligan. However, this theory has a different take on the events in the series. According to the theory, Gilligan’s Island is actually hell and each character represents a different deadly sin. Gorgeous movie star Ginger represents lust, millionaire Thurston Howell is greed, his wife Lovey is sloth, sweet farm girl Mary Ann is envy, The Professor is pride, and The Skipper represents both gluttony and wrath. Gilligan isn’t screwing up their attempts to leave by accident. The theory suggests that Gilligan is, in fact, the devil and is purposely interfering in their plans to escape. Additionally, Gilligan wears red throughout the entire series.
9. Friends Are All Patients In A Mental Institution (Definitely Not)
Friends aired from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004 for 10 seasons. It starred Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc. The series followed six friends living in New York as they struggle with love, life, and each other. The critically-acclaimed series was incredibly popular and is considered a cultural phenomenon. The series has a large and impressive fanbase that has analyzed the show over and over. One fan theory proposes that the six friends are actually in a mental institution and that the series is a shared dream world between the friends. The theory claims that each character had a tragic event that put them there. Ross couldn’t handle his wife leaving him, Monica couldn’t cope with being overweight, Rachel is a sociopath, Joey couldn’t handle being an only boy, Chandler went insane because of his dysfunctional parents, and Phoebe had a breakdown following her mother’s suicide.
8. Joey Is The Actual Father Of Michelle, Stephanie, And D.J. (Definitely Not)
The popular sitcom Full House aired for 8 seasons from September 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995. It revolved around a single father, Danny Tanner, that enlists the help of his best friend, Joey, and brother-in-law, Jesse, to raise his three young daughters. It starred Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin, Lori Loughlin, and Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen. Some fans of the series have proposed the theory that Joey is Michelle, Stephanie, and DJ’s real father. They point to the fact that they all have the same blond hair and blue eyes. This is in contrast to Danny’s brown hair and eyes. They suggest that Joey and Danny’s late wife, Pam, had an affair. However, it’s likely that the girls inherited Pam’s features. Fans also believe that Joey is the real father of Jesse and Rebecca’s twin boys, although that might just be genetics skipping a generation. According to this theory, Uncle Joey really gets around.
7. The Fresh Prince Is Dead (Possible)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air aired from September 10, 1990 to May 20, 1996. It starred Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself. It also starred Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, and Tatyana Ali. After getting into a fight in his hometown of Philadelphia, Will is sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in California. At first glance, this theory might seem a bit ridiculous. But the closer you look, it starts to fit together. The series is also known for its popular and catchy theme song, which explained the reason for Will moving to Bel-Air. It goes into detail about the fight and his journey to California. This theory suggests that Will died during the fight in Philly. In the song, Will takes a “rare” cab to the Banks’ mansion, which he calls his “kingdom.” According to the theory, God is driving the cab and the kingdom he arrives to is actually heaven.
6. Parks And Recreation Is A Stranger Things Sequel (Definitely Not)
The political comedy Parks and Recreation aired from April 9, 2009 to February 24, 2015. It revolved around mid-level bureaucrats working in the parks department in the fictional Pawnee, Indiana government. Stranger Things is a science-fiction series that debuted July 15, 2016 and recently released its second season. It revolves around the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the ‘80s and the bizarre occurrences. Aside from both series taking place in Indiana, fans have found another way to connect the two shows. This theory suggests that Nancy Wheeler’s boyfriend, Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), is the father of Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) because the two characters look very similar. The resemblance is uncanny but the theory is unlikely. It’s just a coincidence that the two actors look as though they could be related. Joe Keery and Ben Schwartz even appeared together in a video on The Late Late Show with James Corden in The Truth About Steve & Jean-Ralphio.
5. Breaking Bad Is A Prequel To The Walking Dead (Possible)
One show is about a chemistry-teacher-turned-ruthless-drug-lord and the other is about surviving in a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies. The critically-acclaimed series, Breaking Bad, aired from 2008 to 2013. The Walking Dead debuted in 2010 and is currently in its 8th season. Despite being seemingly very different, fans of both series have found a way to connect them. The belief is that Walter White’s blue meth is what caused the zombie outbreak. In The Walking Dead, Daryl Dixon pulls out a bag of his brother Merle’s drugs, and the blue meth is clearly visible. Also, Merle’s dealer is described as “a janky little white guy” that threatened Merle, which many fans believe is Jesse Pinkman. Additionally, in the first season of The Walking Dead, Glenn drives a car similar to Walter. In Breaking Bad, Walter returned his car to the dealership and dealt with a salesman named Glenn.
4. The U.S. Government Cancelled Firefly (Definitely Not)
Despite lasting less than one season, the cult classic Firefly remains one of the most popular series. It aired from September 20 to December 20, 2002 and starred Nathan Fillion. The space opera revolved around the crew of the spaceship Serenity and their adventures through the universe. The series was cancelled after airing 11 episodes but its dedicated fanbase has worked hard to bring the series back. A film version, Serenity, was released in 2005 and picks up where the series ended. Fans have suggested an interesting conspiracy theory as to why this cherished series was cancelled so soon. According to the theory, the U.S. government had the series cancelled because it was anti-government. The series follows a group of renegades that stand up for civil rights and fight back against the tyrannical Union of Allied Planets. Apparently, the American government felt uncomfortable with the message it was sending.
3. Zack Morris’ Fantasy World (Possible)
Saved By The Bell revolved around Zack Morris and his friends as they attend Bayside High School in California. It aired from August 20, 1989 to May 22, 1993. It was actually a reboot of an earlier series, Good Morning, Miss Bliss. It revolved around a teacher at John F. Kennedy Junior High School in Indiana. It aired from November 30, 1988 to March 18, 1989. Zack, Screech, and Lisa Turtle were all students in Miss Bliss’ class and were the only teenage cast members that were kept. This theory suggests that the events at Bayside High were all a fantasy world created by Zack. Fans of this theory point out that in Miss Bliss, Zack was not cool or popular and a bit of a dork. Additionally, Miss Bliss thwarted all of his schemes. Therefore, he creates a world where he is super popular, gets all the girls, and pulls off every scam successfully.
2. Game Of Thrones Is Really About Climate Change (Definitely Not)
The critically and commercially-acclaimed fantasy drama series Game of Thrones is already considered one of the greatest of all time. The series debuted on April 17, 2011 and is set to conclude with the 8th season. There are likely thousands of different theories regarding the series, but this seems the least likely. One theory suggests that the White Walkers represent climate change, a serious looming threat that could destroy the world, but the noble houses are too busy fighting each other for power. In fact, some characters completely deny the existence of White Walkers similar to the stance some people have on climate change. It does make some sense and does work as a metaphor. However, the set of novels was first written in the ‘90s and was heavily influenced by The Lord of the Rings and the real-life War of the Roses. It is possible but more likely, the White Walkers represent an unknown evil in general.
1. The Simpsons Are Trapped In A Time Loop (Possible)
The Simpsons first premiered on December 17, 1989 and is currently in its 29th season. The series revolves around the dysfunctional Simpsons Family and their adventures in the town of Springfield. The Simpsons is the longest-running sitcom and the longest-running animated sitcom. The series’ continuity has resulted in some fascinating conspiracy theories. This theory suggests that the town of Springfield is caught in a time loop. This is why none of the characters have ever aged. The family has ventured out of the town from time to time. Fans believe that this gives further evidence to the theory because when they visit Italy, Sideshow Bob has a wife and young child despite Maggie still being a baby for nearly 30 years. The Simpsons just can’t be stopped and has already been renewed for a 30th season.