Have you ever watched a show and wondered if there was something more to the story?
Well I am the exact same way, I can’t just watch and enjoy, I need to dissect every single story line. This has led me to discover some pretty crazy fan theories about a few very popular television shows.
That 70s Show
Despite having eight seasons That 70s Show happens within a four year time period. Yet it has yearly holiday episodes, and often talks about what year it is. This makes the timeline jump all over the place, not to mention a lot of the references in the show are from different time periods.
So basically there are two rational reasons for this confusing timeline. One, the writers of the show did not plan for it to go on for eight seasons so made the decision to base it in 1976 and then sort of just rolled with the punches from there.
Or the much better reason is that Eric Forman is in a coma for seasons 4 through 8, ending with his death on New Years Eve 1979.
This theory comes from the idea that in season 4 episode 15 Eric is late to pick Donna up for the prom and gets caught in a Tornado storm. Now in the episode he makes it to Donna’s work and the, then broken up couple, share a really nice moment. It is the first time in that entire season you even get a clue that they will eventually end up back together.
But what if he never made it to her work, and instead got caught in the Tornado and wound up in a comatose dream where he and Donna are in love again.
This theory is made solid by the fact that at the end of the episode Red and Kitty are watching the News and you can hear the reporter say, “A local teen is in critical condition,” the teen is Eric.
He then spends the rest of the series in this comatose state imagining what life would still be like if he was alive, that is why the time line is so messed up.
This show is great if you like your humor as dry as you like your gin. Filled with one liners that you may not catch until later in the episode, and story lines that get spread across seasons, this show is a monument to good writing.
Despite its huge fan base this show was actually cancelled in its third season and was only later brought back by Netflix for a highly anticipated season 4.
Unfortunately ratings for this season were low and fans were left very disappointed in the sudden change in theme and overall character dynamics.
But this fan theory suggests that there is a reason for the sudden change in the new season. The first three seasons are actually an altered reality that Micheal Bluth wrote as a television series about his crazy family. Making the fourth season the actual reality of their lives, the dark and sometimes depressing truth of it all.
This point is proved by the fact that in season 4 Micheal is writing a television series, and it is never mentioned in the first three seasons that he can or even wants to be a writer.
Parks and Rec
This is by far one of my favourite shows, and its seven season run has never been enough for me. So I am constantly trying to get more content out of this show. Which is why this fan theory is my absolute favorite.
Leslie Knope and her husband Ben Wyatt are stealing money from the Pawnee government. This is proven through the fact that Leslie constantly buys her friends expensive gifts, plans extravagant parties and leaves for Europe at the drop of a hat. Where would she be getting the money from?
Not to mention Ben and Leslie have both had horrible experiences with the town itself, they are constantly protested and humiliated. They have no real reason to care about the people who live in Pawnee.
This theory however is debunked because Leslie Knope is a good person who loves her town and would never do anything wrong.