The days of television being seen as a smaller, cheaper, or less ambitious sibling to movies are long gone, as some of the best writers, actors, and directors are turning their talents to the small screen. But they’re also required to churn out countless hours more every year – for fans, that means plenty of tiny mistakes and laughable errors you don’t want to miss.
Here is our list of 10 TV Show Mistakes You totally Missed.
Creator Vince Gilligan’s story of a chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin was carefully planned, which means major mistakes are hard to find. As Breaking Bad built towards its second season finale, Walt was forced to break into his partner Jesse’s house, and steal his stash. With Jesse and his girlfriend in a heroin-fueled haze during the visit, it must be a crew member awarding himself a hard-to-miss cameo, peeking around a door frame as Walt makes a fast exit.
Orange is the New Black
Complicated doesn’t begin to describe the relationship between Orange is the New Black heroine Piper Chapman and her ex-girlfriend Alex. Aside from being the one responsible for landing Piper in prison, fans could have seen early on that Alex wasn’t to be trusted based on her tattoos alone. The first episode of the Netflix series gave a clear look at the salt shaker on Alex’s left shoulder that would last for the rest of the series. Or would it? Two episodes later, it’s changed its position, returning to its original angle from then on.
Creator Matthew Weiner knew that setting a TV series in the early 1960s would mean plenty of fact-checking, but Mad Men has been noted for several mistakes and inconsistencies. Gadgets that weren’t invented yet, or modern sayings are on thing, but Weiner has admitted a few are more embarrassing. When Joan mentioned a reservation at the famous New York restaurant Le Cirque, food buffs called foul, since it didn’t open until 1974. The creator first blamed actress Christina Hendricks for ad-libbing the line, but would later admit it was an oversight, and a “terrible error.”
Game of Thrones
It didn’t take long for Prince Joffrey to prove he wasn’t born to lead once he took the throne in Game of Thrones‘s first season. Among the most surprising twists was releasing Barristan Selmy from the king’s guard without warning. The proud knight didn’t go quietly, forcing the rest of the king’s knights to draw their blades. No blood was spilled, but the standoff was enough to rattle one of the guards, as one can clearly be seen shaking and struggling to sheathe his sword without ruining the entire shot. In hindsight, the humor probably helped break the tension in the throne room.
House of Cards
With Frank Underwood having climbed to the rank of Vice President in the first season of House of Cards, the second season finale saw him claim the Oval Office for himself. To do it, he sends a typewritten letter to the president, offering to take the fall for his scandal. Using an Underwood typewriter raises the drama of the scene, but it also means Frank lets a typo slip through. Although he narrates the letter as “staring at the desk,” the letter clearly shows the word “started.” Where’s spell check when you need it?
Better Call Saul
Fans of Breaking Bad were all too happy to see an origin story of attorney Saul Goodman, but the timeline meant Better Call Saul would have to be set in the year 2002, with Breaking Bad taking place seven years later. The showrunners did a good job of keeping new model cars and technology out of the fiction – but they weren’t perfect. The background of one scene includes the AT&T logo, but it’s actually the logo introduced in 2005 – in 2002, the sign should have featured the company’s previous “Death Star” insignia.
Sons of Anarchy
The boys of Sons of Anarchy may have won over fans with their criminal adventures, but masterminds they’re not. That usually isn’t a problem, but it also means that Opie makes more work for himself than he has to, breaking into a car in the second season. He’s using a slim jim properly, sliding it into the window casing to pop open the lock. But from the interior shot, it’s obvious that the car is already open, with the door lock shown in the raised, unlocked position.
Every movie and TV fan knows that no matter how intimate or personal a performance or scene may be, there are dozens of producers and crew behind every camera. But it’s the director’s job to make sure that the casual viewers never actually sees them. Sometimes, that’s easier said than done. For instance: an episode of Homeland that required a Saudi diplomat be interviewed in a window-filled building in broad daylight. The scene may be gripping, but it’s hard to not be distracted by the entire crew reflected in his glasses against the sunny background.
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Jessica Lange’s leading lady Elsa in season 4 of American Horror Story had a more tragic backstory than most, having lost both of her legs. Her prosthetic legs are hidden under stockings for most of the show, until the series finale. When her dream of superstardom is briefly dashed, Elsa collapses to the floor in hysterics. Apparently, the editors determined there wasn’t any point in pretending her legs were still prosthetic, simply hoping fans no longer cared about keeping up appearances.
It’s not really fair to criticize the Dunphy clan for their mistakes, since Phil’s flawed thinking is what made him a Modern Family fan-favorite to begin with. He has his successes, though: like making his family proud by learning to walk a tightrope in Season 3. He makes his dream come true by the episode’s end, but… it shouldn’t have been a dream to begin with. Two seasons earlier, Phil revealed he was already an expert at the tightrope, thanks to his time spent at trapeze camp. Maybe all those knocks to the head finally caught up with him?
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