As long as it’s written and directed well, television can be an extremely entertaining art that allows TV people to flex their creative muscles while we sit back and enjoy whatever it is that has fallen out of their heads. It’s a win-win situation! Well, there are some people out there who think they can make some of our favorite television franchises even more interesting by concocting some absolutely outrageous theories that we know you’re going to enjoy.
One main thing we really enjoy about these theories is that they’re taking an existing artistic property and allowing completely different people to be creative with them. If you’re a real creative, all you could ever want is for your work to inspire others to create as well. All of the creators of these television shows can rest assured that they’ve passed their creative capacity onto someone else.
Now, we’re not trying to say that any of these theories are accurate, but we have to admit that they’ve definitely enhanced our enjoyment of a few of these shows. Once you read them, it’s impossible to get them out of your head. Ready to become a full-on television conspiracy theorist? Let’s get started!
15. The Jetsons And The Flintstones Live In The Same Future
They’re both rather old cartoons at this point, so to bring you up to speed, The Flintstones were a prehistoric family that lived in a town called Bedrock, while The Jetsons were a family from the future. Well, that’s what we’ve been told anyway. There are some fans out there who have theorized that they actually both take place in the future, but The Flintstones are lower class, while The Jetsons are upper class. This would mean that in this future, the poor are forced to live on the ground while the rich live in the sky, using their various forms of technology to live a much easier life than the poor. For example, The Jetsons have a robot maid and a flying car, while The Flintstones have to ride a car that they push with their own feet and have to use animals as household equipment. Well, this just ruined both of those shows for me!
14. The Fresh Prince Actually Died
The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air was such a popular show that there are entire swathes of people who could recite the theme tune for you right now. However, there are some who believe that that exact theme tune hides a secret message that most of us are overlooking. These people say that, rather than ending up with his aunt and uncle in Bel Air, the fresh prince is actually dead. In the theme tune, Will Smith raps that when he gets beaten up on a basketball court, his mother makes him move to somewhere posher and therefore safer to live with family. The reason he only gets to see his parents here and there is because they only visit his grave on rare occasions, meaning he’s left with the dead members of his family instead — a pretty grim look at what’s otherwise a fairly optimistic show, if you ask us.
13. None Of The Babies In Rugrats Actually Exist
This theory states that due to her rather detached father and mother, Angelica recedes into herself and creates a fantasy world where she has people to play with. You may be wondering why she creates a group of babies rather than some children her own age? Well, that’s because this theory gets pretty dark. At one point, the various babies that Angelica “imagines” did exist, but they all sadly met their end. Chuckie died while he was still young, which is why he’s constantly wound tight and anxious. Tommy was a stillbirth, driving his father to stay in the basement all day creating toys for the son he never truly had. Phil and Lil’s parents had an abortion, meaning that Angelica had to pick either a boy or a girl. Unable to decide, she landed on identical twins. Pretty messed up, right? Some people just can’t let us have nice things!
12. House Is A Grownup Version Of Doogie Howser
While we’re sure that many of you have heard of House, some of you may not have heard of Doogie Howser. Starring a very young Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie, the show took a look at what life would be like for a genius child who decides to go into medicine, becoming a trained doctor by the time he’s fourteen. Look, we know it’s far-fetched, but then, aren’t most hospital television shows? House isn’t that perfect either, as it seems to imply that pretty much every medical problem is borderline impossible to solve. Well, House is a doctor obsessed with the minute details, something that leads him to be an insufferable human being with an addiction. Some people believe that the stress of having so much responsibility at such a young age leads Doogie to drugs and that he eventually grew up to be the cynical Dr. House. Presumably, his descent into drugs left him disgraced, and he had to change his name.
11. Samurai Jack Takes Place In The Same World As Powerpuff Girls
Believe it or not, but there are some who believe that the bubblegum world of The Powerpuff Girls is actually just a precursor to the post-apocalyptic world that Samurai Jack lives in. People claim that Jack looks just like the professor, which has led some to believe that this is the professor from The Powerpuff Girls. Adding further truth to this theory is the fact that Townsville from The Powerpuff Girls looks similar to the setting in Samurai Jack, with the post-apocalyptic city even containing billboards that were first seen in Townsville. It’s theorized that perhaps, The Powerpuff Girls failed, meaning that the world was left in complete devastation and chaos, with only the professor left to try and pick up the pieces that have been left behind by his daughters. Sadly, the creator of Samurai Jack has debunked this theory, but then, he would say that, wouldn’t he?
10. The SpongeBob Squarepants Characters Are Mutants
What you can see in this image is Bikini Atoll or at least the SpongeBob Squarepants representation of it. SpongeBob and his misfit friends all live underneath it, hence why they live in a place named Bikini Bottom. In the mid to late ’40s, the US spent a lot of time testing nuclear weapons at the atoll, including some being set off under the water. Some people theorize that the reason SpongeBob and his friends are so weird, along with the fact that they can talk and interact with each other, is because they’ve been mutated by the various experiments done by human beings. While the makers of the show have probably stated in the past that this isn’t true, we like to think that this one is correct. Why else would they have set the show anywhere near Bikini Atoll? We reckon the only reason to do this is to connect it to the nuclear testing there.
9. Courage Was Always Just A Dog
Okay, this one is our favorite theory on the list because unlike some of the others ones, this one actually makes a lot of sense without making you suspend your disbelief. For those of you who haven’t seen the cartoon, Courage The Cowardly Dog is all about a dog who has to constantly look after his fairly oblivious and sometimes neglectful owners from various forms of monsters. They live in a house together in the middle of nowhere but will often go on trips together. Some believe that rather than being an accurate portrayal of this family’s life, it’s actually just what life looks like through the eyes of this dog. The reason it seems like they live in the middle of nowhere is that he’s never taken for walks and he sees everyone as a threat to his owners, as many dogs do! See, doesn’t it make a lot of sense?
8. Dr. Claw Is Inspector Gadget
Does anybody else think that it’s a bit of a weak move to have a bad character in a show and never have that character’s face revealed? It adds a certain level of mystique, but it’s cheap in a lot of ways as well. What we’re saying is, it doesn’t take a high level of writing ability, and it just allows audiences to come up with insane theories like this. Unlike the television show, the theory manages to explain some of the unanswered questions from the series, such as why inspector gadget has robot parts. Some believe that the real Inspector was left disfigured in a horrible accident and was replaced by a robot version of himself, who now seeks revenge on Inspector Gadget for leaving him insane, with no job and no family. We don’t know about you, but we think that’s enough to make anyone vow revenge, if we’re being honest.
7. Toby Is The Scranton Strangler
Did anybody else feel really sorry for Toby when watching The Office? We never really understood why he was so disliked by Michael and why every other character found it awkward to be around him. Maybe, if he was treated like a normal human being, he’d be a lot more comfortable when he was around the people in his office. Well, if one audience fan theory is to be believed, he probably deserved much worse. His depressing demeanor certainly points to a man who has nothing to lose, especially when you think about how regularly throughout the series Michael reminds him that nobody loves him. On top of that, you may be surprised to find out that Toby has made numerous remarks regarding how he would kill somebody, usually with very little remorse. Go back and take a look if you don’t believe us! You could argue he’s just joking, but isn’t that what he’d want you to think?
6. Tom & Jerry Is Nazi Propaganda
Once a television show made for children is out for a certain amount of time, the world starts to find little things in between the lines that start to blur exactly what the whole point of the show was. A lot of people say that it’s just to entertain children, but then a lot of the audience will go another way, arguing an insane conspiracy theory. Tom & Jerry has been around for a long time, starting just one year into the Second World War, which some believe connects it to the conflict. What you may not know is that British soldiers were nicknamed “Tommies” at the time, while German soldiers were nicknamed “Jerries.” Now, who is the smaller but ultimately smarter character who constantly outwits and brutally hurts the opposing character? Sure, it’s not conclusive proof, but it certainly seems like quite the coincidence to have happened so close to the war.
5. Charlie Brown Has Cancer
Before we get into the actual meat of the theory, it’s not surprising to us that this is quite possibly the theory that best represents the mentality of the show. This guy is quite possibly the unluckiest human being to ever exist in a cartoon, so it makes sense that audiences would come up with the most depressing theory. Charlie Brown is a rare cartoon character, as he lives in a world filled with flaws and the normal responsibilities that plague people in the real world. He’s also sad beyond his years, as he always seems to be down. Well, some believe that the perpetually bald child actually has cancer. In fact, others go even further, saying that none of the show is actually real and takes place inside the head of Charlie Brown, who is safely tucked away on his deathbed. We’re not sure about you, but this has ruined any chance of us enjoying Peanuts anymore.
4. The Fairly Oddparents Is About Anti-Depressants
When we were younger, we really enjoyed watching The Fairly Oddparents because it was incredibly weird and gave us a bit of childhood surrealism that also had an injection of the adult world at times as well. If you watched the show, you may remember that Timmy would often get upset to find that his fairies would be leaving him when he was older, but this was changed in a single episode. Someone noticed that in one episode, this was changed to “You’ll have your fairies until you no longer need them.” In fact, he finds out through time travel that they’ll be with him once he’s in his twenties. We also know that the fairies appeared when all of his problems did, Vicky especially. It isn’t too ridiculous to think of the two fairies as being an analogy for anti-depressants then! Kind of ruins the fun aspect of the show, doesn’t it?
3. Or It’s About S——l Abuse
Why are all of the theories of this show so depressing? We know it had adult jokes, but this feels like it’s going too far! So, if you’re not totally sold on the antidepressant theory, then we’ve got something equally depressing, if not even more depressing, for you to take a look at. The theory goes that Timmy Turner once had actual Godparents who died in a tragic accident. The woman who looks after him, Vicky, is horrible to him and slaps him around. His teacher, who is obsessed with finding his “fairies,” is actually a child molester who’s constantly attacking Timmy when he can. To escape this horrendous reality, he spends his life pretending that his fish are his fairies that can grant his every wish and take him away from the life that he hates. People have way too much time on their hands to come up with this sort of stuff.
2. Zack Morris Lives In A Dream World
While we weren’t around when Saved By The Bell first appeared, we must admit that we watched quite a few reruns when we were younger, usually before we had to go off to school ourselves, dreaming about how our lives could be like those at Bayside High School. Well, according to some fans, the show was already a dream in the first place. As many fans have pointed out, the theme tune is unlike any episode of Saved By The Bell, describing a day at school that would plague a nerdy underachiever. This is what Zack’s life is really like, and Zack Morris has had to imagine a much better life to deal with what he has to go through. Haven’t you ever wondered why these people have ended up in a best-selling band? All go to Hawaii together? Not being funny, but this guy can literally stop time. That’s not possible in the real world.
1. Breaking Bad Is A Prequel To The Walking Dead
While most of the other theories on this list seem to be the collected ramblings of a group of creative fans, this one appears to have been set in place by the creators of the show! During the first season of The Walking Dead, there are a handful of nods to another famous AMC series, namely, Breaking Bad. The first of these is hidden in Merle’s stash of drugs above, where we can clearly see the blue crystal meth that Walter White was so famous for creating. Another easter egg is the car that Glenn drives in The Walking Dead, as it looks almost identical to the car that Walter White buys for his son before having to take it away to destroy it. Toward the end of the first season, Daryl is talking about a dealer that Merle once had, and his description sounds eerily like Jesse Pinkman. This is enough for some people to believe that the two shows share the same universe, one before and one after a zombie apocalypse.
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