Sitcoms are a staple for many mainstream TV channels. Whether or not reruns of long-ago ended exhibits or scheduled episodes of recent ones, sitcoms virtually assure viewers. And because the years go by, fan theories pile up about shared universes, character crossovers and imagined eventualities. A few of these theories are decidedly darkish and embody The Recent Prince being lifeless, Phoebe imagining all 10 seasons price of Buddies episodes and the foursome from The Huge Bang Principle planning to begin an apocalypse.
On this checklist are 10 extra far-out theories which have seen the sunshine for the reason that airing of a few of the hottest sitcoms in historical past.
10 Welcome to Jurassic Park
26 years in the past, viewers worldwide have been handed one of many bleakest sitcom collection finales of all time. Dinosaurs, a present that was admittedly unusual but in addition humorous, ended with a few of the characters sparking an Ice Age that led to the inevitable extinction of their species. Why did it occur? Due to greed and ongoing ignorance. Trying again now, this unhappy ending to a well-liked present foreshadowed what is going on in our time: unhealthy choices taking an excessive toll on the environment and ever-decreasing sources. The ultimate line, “Goodnight. Goodbye.” is particularly haunting.
Dinosaurs ran from 1991 to 1994 and whereas it didn’t spark a number of fan theories on the time, there’s one principle nonetheless circulating the depths of the web. It states that the present is ready in a post-apocalyptic future wherein genetically engineered dinosaurs have taken over the planet after wiping out most of human civilization. The remaining people are principally hunters and are dominated by the super-intelligent dinosaurs.
Sound acquainted? The speculation relies on a “Jurassic Park”-type situation and have become widespread after the film’s launch in 1993.
9 The reality about aliens revealed on Frasier
Frasier gave us 11 seasons of hilarity centered round two brothers, Frasier and Niles Crane. Initially, the present wouldn’t have centered on Frasier Crane, to keep away from ‘unfair’ comparisons to its predecessor, Cheers. Nonetheless, Paramount hated the unique concept of Crane being a paralyzed media mogul and insisted on the present constructing on the prevailing Cheers viewers. There are a number of homages to Cheers within the script that made their method into the present all through the seasons, and a number of visitor appearances by Cheers forged members.
A present that runs this lengthy is certain to have a number of theories hooked up to it and Frasier is not any exception. As soon as of the craziest theories includes the late John Glenn’s cameo position throughout one of many present’s earlier episodes. Glenn was the primary American to orbit Earth and he seems on Frasier Crane’s radio present as himself. He takes over the present and talks about his house expertise. He then goes off on a humorous tangent a few authorities cover-up of the existence of aliens.
This let to many followers believing that Glenn wasn’t simply taking part in a component on a present, however that he used the chance to disclose the reality about alien life.
8 Cheers is a rip-off
Cheers is the place the above-mentioned Frasier Crane was first launched, alongside a bunch of different beloved characters. Cheers ran for 11 seasons and premiered method again in 1982. It virtually didn’t see its second season, nonetheless, because it was very almost cancelled throughout its first airing.
There have been a large number of theories surrounding the present together with that the bar was an ideal place for Norm and Cliff to arrange prostitutes with potential purchasers. One other principle that gained a number of traction is the one which claims the present is a rip-off of a lesser identified sitcom referred to as Park St. Below. This sitcom was produced for a neighborhood Boston viewers and premiered three years earlier than Cheers. Its focus was on an underground Boston bar owned by an ex-Purple Sox participant. The remainder of the forged included a cheeky dark-haired worker, civil servant, token “old-timer” and a neighborhood psychiatrist.
Those that purchased into the speculation of Cheers being a rip-off of Park St. Below really feel that these similarities are too apparent to disregard.
7 The Melmacians could have sparked a conflict
ALF, also called Gordon Shumway, crash-landed on TV screens in September 1986. ALF is an alien from the planet Melmac with an urge for food for cats to fill his eight stomachs. The present ran for 99 episodes and ended with a cliff-hanger that was solely resolved when a TV film was launched in 1996. There have been short-lived plans for a reboot in August 2018, however the concept was shortly scrapped.
There was additionally ALF: The Animated Collection that aired between 1987 and 1989. This gave rise to a principle that connects ALF and the Melmacians to the tragedy that befell the ThunderCats from Thundera. The speculation goes that the aliens of Melmac would have despatched ships to planets apart from Earth, together with Thundera. Contemplating the Melmacians’ urge for food for cats, they’d have seen the ThunderCats as a meals supply. The following battle then led to a conflict giving rise to the evil Mumm-Ra.
6 Steve Harrington’s son
Parks and Recreation aired between 2009 and 2015 and had a reunion particular on 30 April 2020. It’s a political satire sitcom and have sparked a bunch of untamed fan theories together with Leslie Knope (performed by Amy Poehler) being extraordinarily wealthy and Jerry Gergich being a cult chief. And who might neglect the lasting principle that Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) is Andy from Toy Story as a result of they share the identical first identify, love guitars and are each ‘infantile’.
One of many crazier rumors nonetheless is the one which maintains Jean-Ralphio Saperstein (Ben Schwartz) is the son of none apart from Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) from Stranger Issues. Each exhibits are set in Indiana, and the 2 characters do resemble one another in an uncanny method. Some followers have taken the speculation even additional by claiming that Pawnee, the city wherein Parks and Rec is ready, is an inversion of the Upside Down and that Jean-Ralphio is its resident Demogorgon.
5 Balki was a sleeper agent
Good Strangers that includes Larry Appleton and his distant cousin, Balki Bartokomous, ran for 8 seasons. It spawned a profitable spin-off, Household Issues, that aired between 1989 and 1998. Good Strangers launched the “Dance of Pleasure” that co-stars Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot carried out one final time off-screen for the studio viewers after the closing credit of the collection finale in 1993.
This light-hearted sitcom attracted a really darkish fan principle as some mused that Balki could have been a sleeper agent for a terrorist cell. This principle was constructed across the storyline that noticed Balki arrive from the fictional island of Mypos, discover a job on the Chicago Chronicle alongside his cousin, befriend a policeman and marry a flight attendant.
This all means, in keeping with the speculation, that Mypos might have been part of Al Qaeda and that Balki might have garnered beneficial data from the outstanding newspaper, his police officer pal and his flight attendant spouse while planning ‘the right terrorist assault.’
4 The Tanners are in limbo
One can’t consider Full Home with out picturing Jesse Katsopolis and his picture-perfect smile or the adorably cute Michelle Tanner performed by each Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The present didn’t come with out real-life controversy, although. Amongst different issues, John Stamos was convicted of a DUI and entered a rehab facility. Jodie Sweetin admitted in 2006 that she had develop into hooked on meth shortly after the present led to 1995. The grownup actors typically received excessive on set and John Stamos needed Mary-Kate and Ashley fired at one level.
The fan theories in regards to the present are as darkish because the controversies. Some consider that ‘Uncle Joey’ is the actual father of Danny Tanner’s three daughters. Others declare that Michelle Tanner by no means existed, because of her famous absence within the reboot Fuller Home. The speculation has it that Michelle was invented as an imaginary daughter by Danny to deal with the grief of dropping his spouse.
The creepiest principle maybe is the one which claims Pamela Tanner was the one one to outlive the deadly automobile crash and that the Tanners are caught in limbo with a demon within the type of Michelle holding them from transferring on. The ‘proof’ comes within the type of Michelle convincing Jesse to remain on the Tanner’s home as a result of she’s ‘sick’ and Danny’s love pursuits all the time disappearing to forestall him from transferring on from Pam.
3 Susan faked her personal loss of life
Seinfeld is a love-it or hate-it type of sitcom, however an inventory like this may be incomplete with out mentioning a minimum of considered one of its persistent fan theories. As soon as of the stranger rumors surrounding the present is the one which compares the characters to grown-up variations of the Peanuts characters, George as Charlie Brown, Elaine as Lucy, Jerry as Linus, and Kramer as both Pig-Pen or Snoopy.
There are theories that declare Kramer is a widow dwelling off an inheritance from his deceased spouse and developing with outlandish enterprise concepts to maintain his thoughts off his grief. Or, in keeping with followers, he might simply be a drug seller.
A darkish principle involving George Costanza alleges that his fiancé, Susan, faked her personal loss of life with the assistance of her dad and mom to flee a life with George. Her loss of life on the present comes after she licked the poisonous adhesive on low cost marriage ceremony invitation envelopes chosen by George.
2 Unofficial prequel
Married… with Youngsters was as soon as referred to as the crudest comedy on primetime tv by a dad and mom’ advocacy group, due to the present’s outrageous and someday stunning moments. This features a drunken Santa parachuting into the Bundy household’s again yard and inflicting fairly a stir by dying. There may be additionally an episode devoted to PMS and through one other episode Al and Peggy are videotaped whereas getting busy in a motel. All of this added to the present’s ‘trashy’ status, however audiences liked it regardless.
Ed O’Neill, who performed Al Bundy, went on to star in one other sitcom: the vastly widespread Fashionable Household. This quickly led to a fan principle suggesting that Married… with Youngsters is an unofficial prequel to Fashionable Household. Al Bundy, now Jay Pritchett, is divorced from Peggy and in a second marriage with Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. He had a son and daughter in Married… with Youngsters and in addition has a son and daughter in Fashionable Household who some followers consider share comparable traits throughout the 2 exhibits.
1 Organized crime syndicate… of previous women
The Golden Women premiered in September 1985 and acquired essential approval for the biggest a part of its 7-season run. The sitcom gained a number of awards together with an Emmy Award for every of its 4 essential characters. The present ended after Bea Arthur made the choice to go away, and the finale was watched by greater than 27 million viewers in Might 1992. The center of the present is the group of 4 older women, Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia, who share a house in Miami. Many hijinks and adventures ensue.
Michael Harriot from The Root has shared his personal hilarious fan principle on Twitter, digging additional into the present’s characters and its ‘hidden agenda’. Which, in keeping with Harriot, is that the women have been a part of an organized crime syndicate.
His ‘proof’ consists of The Golden Women debuting in 1985 which was the start of the crack cocaine epidemic. He additionally theorizes that Rose was the top of the group and that she murdered her personal husband for insurance coverage cash. Blanche’s father might have simply been a pimp, contemplating his outfits, mannerisms, and method of talking. To prime all of it off, Blanche’s job as an artwork seller might have offered the right cowl for drug dealing.
Dorothy would have been the handler of day-to-day enterprise and Sophia saved the police off their path by burning down the nursing dwelling she lived in.