We've already gone through how plotholes in TV shows can be the worst, but at least they can usually be explained away via the use of TV logic, deleted scenes or being a total nerd.
But then there are times when TV shows completely lose the plot, literally. The writers forget their own show's history and end up creating huge continuity errors.
Clearly they hoped people just wouldn't notice. But they know what fans are like though, right? That's not exactly the kind of thing we let slip by. Brace yourselves: it's going to get geeky up in here.
1. Friends: How old are they, again?
It's hard to remember your own age sometimes, let alone fictional characters'. But you'd think the writers would have set in stone the main Friends cast's dates of birth from the beginning, wouldn't you?
However, their ages change constantly throughout the show. The first time Ross mentions his birthday to Joey, he says it's in December. But a few seasons later, he says it's on October 16. He was also 29 for around three seasons. What gives?
Also, in season 7's 'The One Where They All Turn 30', they celebrate Rachel's birthday, saying she's the last to reach the milestone. However, Joey is actually the youngest. In season 1, he says he's 25, while Rachel is 26. What's going on??
2. The Big Bang Theory: Why doesn't Howard remember how the elevator broke?
We all know the running joke of the broken lift in Leonard, Sheldon and Penny's apartment building. It's been out of service since it began, and provides a recurring gag where they always have to climb the stairs as no-one has bothered to fix the elevator (Howard's gone to space but he can't fix a faulty lift).
But, in season 1's 'The Nerdvana Annihilation', Leonard explains to Howard how the lift has been broken for two years. Then, in season 3's 'The Staircase Implementation', Leonard tells Penny they were the ones who broke it in a scientific experiment seven years previously.
So, not only does the timeline not work, but why does Leonard have to explain to Howard what happened, when Howard was very much there when it broke in the first place? Did he just forget? We're pretty sure we'd remember accidentally blowing up an elevator. How many elevators does a person blow up in their lifetime?
3. Gossip Girl: How the hell is Dan Gossip Girl?
The big, big reveal that Dan Humphrey was Gossip Girl all along in the show's finale was SO ludicrous that we published a whole article about just how bonkers it was.
Unless the writers conceived of Dan as a complete and utter sociopath from day one, this just doesn't work at all. They tried to make it have some semblance of sense by explaining how Dan literally wrote himself into the main characters' narrative, which included writing snarky commentary on his relationships with Serena, Blair etc.
This could have been a super cool gamechanger had it made sense. But why was he so shocked at GG's latest update back in season 1, especially as he was alone at the time? Why would he spread rumours about his 15-year-old sister's sex life? Why would he out himself as a cheater in season 2?
And people complain about Lost writers making it up as they went along.
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: So, can vampires breathe or not?
We're not sure if Joss Whedon had any idea what he was doing when it came to vampire rules, or if he was just trolling us from the beginning.
Either way, Angel reveals in season 1 that he can't resuscitate Buffy because vampires don't breathe. Okay, makes sense. He's dead and all. But then, he can speak right? Lungs are kinda needed for that.
Alright, we can let that one pass. Maybe vampires have enough magic in them so that speaking's all fine and good. But how come Spike smokes more cigarettes than the entire cast of Mad Men put together?
Plus, vampires in the show appear to be strangled as a method of attack quite often. If they can't breathe, then surely that's useless? So, this all begs the question: was Angel just being a total dick to Buffy all along?
5. The Simpsons: Didn't the old Simpson family home burn down?
Alright, maybe we're being a bit silly in placing a cartoon in this list, especially one that so liberally changes its backstory whenever it wants. We're still annoyed with that whole 'Homer and Marge met in the 1990s' episode.
But this one also grinds our gears. In 'E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)', Homer and the family run away from a duel with a mad cowboy, and retreat to the farmhouse where he grew up.
But hang on, didn't he and Grandpa burn down the very same farmhouse in earlier episode 'Grandpa vs Sexual Inadequacy'?
Perhaps Grandpa took on the Sherlock logic when it comes to quickly and easily rebuilding a home and making it look exactly like it did before?
6. Doctor Who: The whole UNIT dating balls-up
We're about to go full nerd, here. And we're also going back to old-school Doctor Who for this continuity snafu.
In layman's terms, Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor was exiled to Earth by the Time Lords. He fought off alien invasions etc with the help of UNIT – a military organisation led by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Okay, still with it.
These stories aired in the 1970s, but were always implied to take place in the near future (so probably around 1979/1980). However, the Brigadier returned to the show for a guest appearance in the 1983 story 'Mawdryn Undead' – and says he left UNIT in 1976. So, the dates simply don't add up.
Though it could be just thrown aside as an incorrect date given by the Brigadier, Doctor Who fans are a passionate bunch. There have been all kinds of further episodes, novels, short stories, audiobooks and comics which have tried to explain away why this wrong date occurred. Just read this in-depth Wikia page dedicated to the "problem" if you want to get lost in time yourself.
7. Scrubs: How did JD and Turk meet, again?
With a friendship as tight as JD and Turk's, you'd think they would remember exactly how they met. Hell, we wouldn't be surprised if JD wrote a musical about it.
In season 2's 'My Kingdom', Turk tells JD that he was a dork from the moment he met him, and then we see a flashback of various times JD was a total geek, including how he introduced himself after turning up at their dorm room on their first day of college.
So, how come in season 4's 'My Changing Ways', JD and Turk reminisce about their time together as roommates, but this flashback shows Turk showing up at the dorm, meeting JD who's now at a computer wearing a wizard's hat? Are we watching an alternate timeline? Or were their memories as bad as the writers'?
8. Saved by the Bell: Zack's whole backstory makes zero sense
SBTB was actually a semi-spinoff from the series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, which contained some of the same characters but took place in a different place entirely. Only four characters transferred to SBTB and all kinds of details were different. For instance, Jessie was often referred to as Zack's oldest friend despite not existing in Miss Bliss.
At first, Miss Bliss wasn't considered canon with SBTB at all, but then SBTB was so popular in season 1 that the network wanted more episodes. And so, Miss Bliss began airing to pad out the rerun episode count, and was retitled as The Junior High Years.
This resulted in the series history making zero sense. Especially when the reruns had new intros with Zack reminiscing about his school days. Fans wondered why Jessie and Kelly weren't there, and why Zack's childhood was drastically different.
This led to some fans speculating that SBTB is actually Zack's dream life, as he's nowhere near as cool in Miss Bliss, and his parents were divorced. In SBTB, his parents are together and he's the coolest dude alive. What a mess.
9. Red Dwarf: Why does Lister have his appendix out twice?
The appendix is a pointless organ at the best of times. But how unlucky would you be to have two? Apparently, Dave Lister did.
In series two's 'Thanks for the Memory', Rimmer says that because Lister gave him eight months of his memory, he had his appendix out twice, once for Lister and once for himself. However, in series 6's 'Legion', Legion actually removes Lister's appendix for a second time.
Fans have speculated over whether Lister regrew his appendix due to his various adventures involving DNA modification, time travel and being erased from history and brought back again.
But then co-creator Doug Naylor later revealed at a convention that Lister simply had two appendixes. Hmm, whatever you say, Doug…
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