For most television shows, there are so many twists and turns that the writers are bound to slip up at some point. Most of the time, we turn a blind eye or forgive them for their small mistakes, but sometimes the mistakes are too big to ignore, too series-changing to deny. How do these plot holes happen in the first place? How could the show-runners not see the issues? Well, in many of the cases, they probably realized they messed up, but just said, “screw it,” and committed to the error, like that driver who cuts you off on the road and then speeds up so they’ll never have to face your rage-filled stare. These are unavoidable mistakes. But it doesn’t mean that we’re not upset about them.
You have likely seen most, if not all, of the shows on this list. We’ve tried to keep them somewhat contemporary to keep it relevant. You may have wondered about these huge plot holes yourself or maybe you’ve been in denial this whole time. We’ve chosen plot holes or just general mistakes that make us question the integrity of a TV show. Over time we start resenting the show and the writers for playing us like fools. We gave you our lives and this is how you repay us? With insolence? Well, we’re getting our revenge by reminding you of how stupid these mistakes were. While some holes are still being widened as we write, others have been forgotten, forgotten but never forgiven. Here are 15 Crappy Plot Holes That Ruined Great TV Shows.
15. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Considering that it is widely believed to be one of the better television shows ever made, the whole breathing issue in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a pretty big one. The question of whether or not vampires can breathe started in season one when Angel claims he can’t resuscitate Buffy because he “has no breath.” Later, however, we see vampire breath in the cold, we see Buffy choking vampires out and Spike even gets tortured by having his head held underwater. He passes out from this and coughs up water. So, what the heck is going on here? Can they breathe or not? We’re pretty sure the writers just forgot that vampires weren’t supposed to be able to breathe or were too lazy to find ways of working around the actors having to.
Season one of Heroes was great, wasn’t it? Well, beyond that was ok in spurts, but it never did recapture its early glory. There are two major plot holes that we have to discuss. This one is about Claire’s (Hayden Panettiere) healing powers. We learn that she got them when she started becoming a woman. She didn’t learn about them herself until she was a teenager. So then why does her mother tell her that she died as a baby in a fire and healed herself back to life? Are we to believe that Claire never got injured once after that until she was a teenager? Then there was that time that Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) and his girlfriend, Caitlyn, found themselves in the abandoned Times Square in the future. Eventually, they’re grabbed by guys in HazMat suits. Peter ends up trying to teleport them out of there, but he accidentally leaves Caitlyn behind. We never hear from her again. The story goes that the Heroes team wanted to address this, but it was shelved. That means we’re left with this huge plot hole and no explanations other than that time would have ceased to exist. Cool.
13. Walking Dead
Granted, Walkers aren’t a big problem in The Walking Dead in the last few seasons, but there are some major questions we have with the logic of the show. Remember back when they rubbed zombie guts on their bodies and essentially rendered themselves invisible to Walkers? Or remember that time Michonne was dragging around incapacitated zombies on leashes and no Walkers ever bothered her? Why the hell don’t people use these tactics more often? It’s like they forgot about the only two strategies that work. Also, we have to wonder how walkers brought down the entire United States military when a Sheriff deputy and a survivalist out of Georgia can survive so easily. Oh yeah, and what’s with this gas? How does all this gasoline stay so fresh? Ugh, so many questions.
12. Gossip Girl
In the modern whodunit mysteries, there’s a very fine line that needs to be walked to properly dupe and mislead viewers. You have to be very tricky without lying to them or making things so impractical that they make little to no sense. Sadly, that’s what happened with Gossip Girl, the impractical and no-sense-making part. The basic premise, for those who never saw the show, was a mystery person named “Gossip Girl” was spreading rumors and playing a large group of attractive rich people like a game of chess. The viewer was constantly being pulled and pushed in certain directions as they tried to guess who was the gossip girl. Keen viewers could check off certain people based on the events of the show. That’s why, when Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) was revealed to be the mystery blogger, everyone was up in arms. There were several scenes that should have made him ineligible, such as when he was alone and reading news spread by GG. Why was he acting so shocked? He was also very clearly busy during some crucial times in the show when GG was active. It made no sense. None whatsoever.
11. Pretty Little Liars
When it was revealed on Pretty Little Liars that Cece was Big A, people began double checking their mystery log books to see how they missed it. Well, the truth is, they missed it because it was nothing but a cheap trick. The writers misled viewers with several gaping plot holes. One, for example, is that A was narrowed down to having been a visitor of the Radley Sanitarium. Well, Cece was a resident. How would she have posed as Ali to get a visitor’s pass when the staff knew who Cece was and knew she was a resident? It makes zero sense.
10. Big Bang Theory
The broken elevator in Big Bang Theory is a long-running gag that fans of the show love. The live studio audience laughs and laughs every time there’s a joke about it. It’s like an old friend they’ve grown up with. The thing is, though, the writers can’t seem to decide what happened to the elevator in the first place or even when it happened. In season one, Leonard tells the group that the elevator broke two years ago. We believe him because none of the others seem to have any inside information or competing stories. Then, in season three, we learn that it was actually an experiment of Leonard’s that broke the elevator, seven years ago. Aside from the messed-up timeline, the entire group was there when the experiment blew up the elevator. Why does Leonard need to tell them when it broke? Why does Howard pretend he doesn’t know what’s wrong with it when he tries to fix it?
9. The X-Files
The starring duo in the X-Files, Mulder and Scully, have an amazing dynamic. The show was one of the best on television for a long time, but there was one thing about it that always bothered a lot of people. Calling it a plot hole might be a stretch, but it does change and flip back and forth throughout. Scully is a hardcore skeptic. We all know that from the very start. In many ways, her science-based skepticism is what drives the show forward; it certainly drives Mulder. Scully sees aliens, ghosts, monsters, witchcraft, magic, pure evil, and everything else that doesn’t exist in real life. Yet still, when a new problem pops up each week, Scully’s all like, there’s just got to be a scientific explanation for this. That’s the problem with skeptics in movies and TV. They end up looking stubborn and a little stupid because the impossible is possible.
8. Power Rangers
With the Power Rangers movie on the horizon, it seems like a perfect time to discuss the elephant in the room. How, after all those adventures, after all those missed classes because they teleported out of the cafeteria or the middle of class during the school day, did no one ever report any one of the rangers missing? Did their parents not care that they were failing their classes miserably? Were their educations not a concern? Like Billy’s a smart kid. Did no one bat an eye when he was bringing home straight Ds on his report cards? There should have been suspensions, parent-teacher meetings and maybe expulsions for the amount of absences these kids had, but there was never a peep.
7. Game of Thrones
When Robb Stark was killed in Game of Thrones, we all cried. Several seasons later, Arya was viciously stabbed many times in the gut. We held our breath. We wouldn’t lose her too, would we? But no, we didn’t. Arya ran. She went for a swim and she ran and she jumped and she parkoured her way across the city, all the while her gut was ripped wide open. She should have been long dead and bled out, but she had the strength at least to look really cool escaping the Waif. Now, this show has dragons and giants. We don’t expect it to be the most realistic, but when Arya was cured by lightly wrapping the many stab wounds, having a little nap and eating some soup, we had to stand up and say no more. We will not be taken for fools.
6. The Flash
When a superhero has powers that make him almost entirely unbeatable, you will always encounter the problem of how others will actually fight him. On TV and film, we’ve seen this with Superman for many years and now, we have it with The Flash. Barry Allen can travel damn fast, you can’t even see him when he moves. If he ran by a bad guy at the speed of light and just held his fist out, the bad guy would be killed instantly. Knowing this, why does The Flash only use his super speed to run? He runs really fast right up close to the bad guys, then stops, and proceeds to fight in normal speed. Also, how in the hell does anyone ever touch him? He should be able to react and escape any assault, yet, every episode, this guy is being punched in the face. It seems like an awful waste of cool powers. Figure it out Allen, figure it out.
5. That ’70s Show
Plenty of sitcoms screw up their timelines here and there. In cartoons, specifically The Simpsons, people just never age. But That ’70s Show really botches their timelines because they give dates and school years as reference points. Fans can easily track where the show is at any point. So, what’s the issue here? Well, the show runs through the years 1976-1979, that’s four years. The big problem is that the show ran for eight seasons. Half a year per season? Nope. There are six Christmases. Eric Forman (Topher Grace) turns 17 in the second episode, 1976. His next birthday, his 18th, doesn’t come until the sixth season… 1978. We’re confused.
We can forgive much of the scientific and police procedural plot holes in Dexter because almost every single show that deals with crime has half-truths and exaggerations littered throughout them. One thing we cannot forgive though, is Dexter’s office computer. Isn’t it weird how Dexter does online searches in his office in the police station and then, within like 24 hours, the person who was searched on the police department’s internal database goes missing? How is there no internet history searches going on? When Dexter was a prime suspect, you would think that they would give Dexter’s browser history an old look, wouldn’t they?
There are plenty of mistakes in Friends. It’s a sitcom, so we won’t get too bent out of shape about it, but holy cow did the writers never talk to each other or watch previous episodes? How are the ages so badly messed up? Joey’s 26, like Ross and Chandler, then he’s 25 and the youngest of the group, then he’s older than Rachel. Which one is it? Also, how did Ross and Monica make up their dance number, the Routine, when they were in grade 8? Are they twins now? Then there’s the fact that Ross lost his virginity twice, once to Carol and once to a cleaning lady back in college. There’s other stuff too, like Rachel being introduced to Chandler as if they’ve never met, but we know that Chandler and Rachel spent at least two Thanksgivings together at the Geller’s house when they were younger. We will say one thing. These plot holes didn’t ruin the show, they just made us question whether or not the writers were paying attention at all.
2. How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother got nine seasons in total. From the very beginning, from the very name of the show, the show-runners were working toward the introduction of the mysterious mother. How did it happen? Where is she? Why is this story so incredibly long and detailed? These were the questions we were going to have answered. It was going to be glorious. Then we got, arguably, the single worst television finale in the history of television finales. In many ways, the show is about the mother, but we know almost nothing about what happened to her. How did she die? Like seriously, what killed her? Also, why is she such an afterthought in this story that never ends. The writers can pretend they had a plan all along but it’s obvious they were flying by the seat of the pants and their pants ripped somewhere along the way. The reality of the finale is that we finally found the mom, then immediately lost her, and then got a step-mom all within a few seconds. It was like the worst childhood ever.
1. Grey’s Anatomy
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is now in its 32nd season and the mass casualties and impossibly rare diseases are still running rampant in Seattle. That alone is incredible enough to make this list. But the most amazing thing about this show is that all of these sex-crazed incompetent adults still have jobs. If they aren’t sleeping with each other, they’re sleeping with patients. Remember that one time that the doctors performed an illegal autopsy on a corpse. Not only would they be immediately dismissed from their jobs, but they would and should have been arrested and thrown in jail. Unsurprisingly, they aren’t arrested. In fact, Christina Yang (Sandra Oh), one of the criminals, becomes the head of the hospital. Great!
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