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21st Jun '17 6:39:05 AM JamesAustin
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* ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties'' starring James Cagney came out in the late 30s. They didn't even try. Literally, it was a conscious decision not to recreate the actual look of the actual 20s. The two female leads sport some fashion elements of the '20s, but overall still look like they're from the '30s.
* ''Film/SidAndNancy'', made in the mid-eighties, but set in the late-seventies ([[TheSexPistols of course]]), has some rather obvious 'eighties cars, including an '80-82 Cadillac limo in 1975, and an '84-'85 Honda Civic. Strangely the latter does have correctly lettered number plates for the year ('old' P-reg in British car parlance).

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* ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties'' ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties1939'' starring James Cagney came out in the late 30s. They didn't even try. Literally, it was a conscious decision not to recreate the actual look of the actual 20s. The two female leads sport some fashion elements of the '20s, but overall still look like they're from the '30s.
* ''Film/SidAndNancy'', made in the mid-eighties, but set in the late-seventies ([[TheSexPistols ([[Music/SexPistols of course]]), has some rather obvious 'eighties cars, including an '80-82 Cadillac limo in 1975, and an '84-'85 Honda Civic. Strangely the latter does have correctly lettered number plates for the year ('old' P-reg in British car parlance).
9th Jun '17 10:35:46 PM MeekGazelle
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]]: At the beginning, as the out-of-control TARDIS is tumbling over London, the Millennium Dome and London Eye are clearly visible, in what is later revealed to be 1996.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]]: At the beginning, as the out-of-control TARDIS is tumbling over London, the Millennium Dome and London Eye are clearly visible, in what is later revealed to be 1996. It can still be assumed that the TARDIS crashes through the sky in 2005 (the year of the last scene in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime the previous episode]]), then time-travels to/crash-lands in 1996.
4th Jun '17 10:28:17 AM nombretomado
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** A notepad late in the game has a list of some Deus Ex tropes, despite TVTropes barely existing back then.

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** A notepad late in the game has a list of some Deus Ex tropes, despite TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes barely existing back then.
25th May '17 10:50:11 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''Film/{{Lymelife}}'' is a case where it's clear the director had more of a general period than specific time in mind. The film's mention of the Iranian hostage crisis clearly sets it in 1979, but it contains references to ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' which wasn't released until 1980, and the Falklands War, which didn't occur until 1982.

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* ''Film/{{Lymelife}}'' is a case where it's clear the director had more of a general period than specific time in mind. The film's mention of the Iranian hostage crisis clearly sets it in 1979, but it contains references to ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' which wasn't released until 1980, and the Falklands War, which didn't occur until 1982.
22nd Apr '17 8:42:53 PM nombretomado
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* On one occasion in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' a character directly quoted ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. The problem with this? [=SOTF=] v3 is set in 2007, a year before the film even came out.

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* On one occasion in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' a character directly quoted ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. The problem with this? [=SOTF=] v3 is set in 2007, a year before the film even came out.
13th Apr '17 11:32:33 PM LinTaylor
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* The video game-themed ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' normally averts PacManFever, but there's a noticeable exception that crosses with this trope: a FlashBack to 2010 shows the main character playing ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 7: Fated Retribution'', a game which didn't come out until 2016[[note]]This is more than likely [[{{Dualvertisement}} intentional]], since Bandai Namco is the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise's biggest sponsor and the home release of ''Tekken 7'' was on the horizon when that episode aired[[/note]].
9th Apr '17 10:13:48 AM nombretomado
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** Anime-wise, there's a reference to ''[[LightNovel/MariasamaGaMiteru Maria-sama Ga Miteru]]'', and in Watangashi in most medias, the doll tends to resemble a ''RozenMaiden''.

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** Anime-wise, there's a reference to ''[[LightNovel/MariasamaGaMiteru Maria-sama Ga Miteru]]'', and in Watangashi in most medias, the doll tends to resemble a ''RozenMaiden''.''Manga/RozenMaiden''.
13th Mar '17 4:24:28 PM AthenaBlue
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]]: At the beginning, as the out-of-control TARDIS is tumbling over London, the Millennium Dome and London Eye are clearly visible, in what is later revealed to be 1996.
13th Mar '17 4:22:18 PM AthenaBlue
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* Star Wars toys also pop up in movies set before their release in the background, like a 2002 released 12-inch Tauntaun in Film/{{Fanboys}} set before the release of Film/ThePhantomMenace. Most prominently are the Master Replica lightsabers produced in the mid-2000s that appear nearly everywhere when someone has a lightsaber, but stand out in the German comedy ''[[Film/{{Friendship}} Friendship!]]'' that is set directly after TheGreatPoliticsMessUp and are noticeably different to the cheaper looking toys that were available at the time.

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* Star Wars ''Franchise/StarWars'' toys also pop up in movies set before their release in the background, like a 2002 released 12-inch Tauntaun in Film/{{Fanboys}} ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' set before the release of Film/ThePhantomMenace.''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Most prominently are the Master Replica lightsabers produced in the mid-2000s that appear nearly everywhere when someone has a lightsaber, but stand out in the German comedy ''[[Film/{{Friendship}} Friendship!]]'' that is set directly after TheGreatPoliticsMessUp and are noticeably different to the cheaper looking toys that were available at the time.



* Creator/StephenKing's ''Series/StormOfTheCentury'', set in 1988, nonetheless has a prominent Product Placement scene involving a late '90s Mac laptop.

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* Creator/StephenKing's ''Series/StormOfTheCentury'', A fairly common trope in the reconstruction scenes in true crime documentary shows (lower budget admittedly), especially with obviously out of place cars. In line with the trope the authenticity of the vehicles, and police cars especially, will usually be related to how far back in time the scene shows, and how many major styling eras it passes.
* Sharply averted on ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. Since Oliver was shipwrecked and stranded on an island for five years, upon his return, much of the humor comes from just how much things have changed, and him being clueless to such things as ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', Zack Galifinakis, and the like.
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' hit a similar musical snag. The final episode of series 1 (which aired in March 2009) had a flashback that took place "two years earlier" (making it early 2007), but then had the song "Mercy" by Duffy playing on the radio in the diner (released in February 2008.) When fans told director Colin Teague about his, he tried to explain it away by saying that it was a local late night radio show which was playing up-and-coming artists.
* Jimmy's [[TheAllegedCar Suzuki Esteem]] in ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' is far too beat-up and junky for what would've been a five-year-old car at most in 2002.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' was often criticized for this. They went through a lot of effort to strive for historical accuracy, but occasionally would push it aside for the sake of RuleOfCool or RuleOfDrama. The most common complaint was that the songs they used were a year or two off (for example, a story took place in 1984, but they used a song that was released in 1987.)
* ''Series/TheDeal'' has scenes
set between 1983 and 1994. Absolutely no attempt has been made to disguise any outdoor or non studio set scenes. Particular jarring are scenes set outside the Houses of Parliament, where the actors are dressed for 1983, but the cars, pedestrians, buildings and street signs are all 2003.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the William Hartnell-era story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase"]], Ian is shown singing along to the chorus of Music/TheBeatles' "Ticket to Ride", showing he already knows the lyrics. His [[AlienAbduction abduction by the Doctor]] was
in 1988, nonetheless November 1963, and "Ticket to Ride" wasn't released until February 1965 (when "The Chase" was made).
** The Jon Pertwee era
has a prominent Product Placement scene involving lot of notorious present-day future -- it's presumably set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture but the fashions, technology, cars, phones, social politics and zeitgeist are just 1971. It's so bad that there's an ongoing FanWank about whether this era happens in the 80s or the 70s, that the revival series chucks huge amounts of deliberately contradictory information into, just for laughs.
** An example of present-day ''future'' - in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode "The Shakespeare Code"]], the Doctor babbles happily about ''Literature/HarryPotter'', telling Martha that she's going to love getting to read the last book (which had not been released at that point and was at the time being heavily hyped). Problem is, ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' was released in July 2007 in real life, and Martha's "home" time period is early 2008.[[note]]Martha's home time isn't specifically stated -- which is why the writers forgot -- but following the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon "Aliens of London"]], in which the Doctor tried to return Rose to the time she left and was
a late year out, all "present day" episodes must still be that year out, at least until [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]]. There isn't a point where you can reverse this and say maybe a season took ''less'' than a year, because all the Christmas episodes from [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]] to [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned"]] take place on successive Christmases.[[/note]]
* In the WildTeenParty episode of ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' (set in 1980, filmed in 1999), several of the male extras have obvious
'90s Mac laptop.bowl haircuts.
** In the DVD extras, Judd Apatow recalls having told the main character actors; "You got the part- don't cut your hair".
** Some of the settings, such as the fast food restaurant Sam and Cindy visit in "Girlfriends and Boyfriends" look unusually hip and modern for 1980-1981. Justified, since (to preserve realism) the show generally used real life locations for filming rather than studio sets.
** Daniel's rusty, beat-up Firebird is a model that would've been new at the time.



* ''[[HomicideHunter Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda]]'', since it covers cases from all through Kenda's career, frequently runs into this in the recreations. All the vehicles are contemporary to when the show was produced (2011 - on), and thus you see may a case set in the late 1980s where police cars not only have modern styling but LED lightbars and a supposedly low-income hotel has a 42" LCD flatscreen TV in the lobby.



* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' (the UK version, that is) had a glaring error only noticeable to roadgeeks - a WRTL 2600 streetlight [[http://www.leedsstreetlight.co.uk/LEEDS36.jpg like this one]] was seen in one shot - and it wasn't even around in 1973. More noticeable anachronisms that the production team forgot to cover up in post include cable TV junction boxes at the roadside and modern air conditioning units on the side of buildings.



* Creator/StephenKing's ''Series/StormOfTheCentury'', set in 1988, nonetheless has a prominent Product Placement scene involving a late '90s Mac laptop.



* UpstairsDownstairs often uses patterns and colours in the clothing and sets that belong more in the late 60's and early 70's than Edwardian England. Particularly obvious examples appear in some of Lady Marjorie's dresses in the first season.
* In the WildTeenParty episode of ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' (set in 1980, filmed in 1999), several of the male extras have obvious '90s bowl haircuts.
** In the DVD extras, Judd Apatow recalls having told the main character actors; "You got the part- don't cut your hair".
** Some of the settings, such as the fast food restaurant Sam and Cindy visit in "Girlfriends and Boyfriends" look unusually hip and modern for 1980-1981. Justified, since (to preserve realism) the show generally used real life locations for filming rather than studio sets.
** Daniel's rusty, beat-up Firebird is a model that would've been new at the time.

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* UpstairsDownstairs ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' often uses patterns and colours in the clothing and sets that belong more in the late 60's and early 70's than Edwardian England. Particularly obvious examples appear in some of Lady Marjorie's dresses in the first season.
* In the WildTeenParty episode of ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' (set in 1980, filmed in 1999), several of the male extras have obvious '90s bowl haircuts.
** In the DVD extras, Judd Apatow recalls having told the main character actors; "You got the part- don't cut your hair".
** Some of the settings, such as the fast food restaurant Sam and Cindy visit in "Girlfriends and Boyfriends" look unusually hip and modern for 1980-1981. Justified, since (to preserve realism) the show generally used real life locations for filming rather than studio sets.
** Daniel's rusty, beat-up Firebird is a model that would've been new at the time.
season.



* A fairly common trope in the reconstruction scenes in true crime documentary shows (lower budget admittedly), especially with obviously out of place cars. In line with the trope the authenticity of the vehicles, and police cars especially, will usually be related to how far back in time the scene shows, and how many major styling eras it passes.
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' (the UK version, that is) had a glaring error only noticeable to roadgeeks - a WRTL 2600 streetlight [[http://www.leedsstreetlight.co.uk/LEEDS36.jpg like this one]] was seen in one shot - and it wasn't even around in 1973. More noticeable anachronisms that the production team forgot to cover up in post include cable TV junction boxes at the roadside and modern air conditioning units on the side of buildings.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' was often criticized for this. They went through a lot of effort to strive for historical accuracy, but occasionally would push it aside for the sake of RuleOfCool or RuleOfDrama. The most common complaint was that the songs they used were a year or two off (for example, a story took place in 1984, but they used a song that was released in 1987.)
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' hit a similar musical snag. The final episode of series 1 (which aired in March 2009) had a flashback that took place "two years earlier" (making it early 2007,) but then had the song "Mercy" by Duffy playing on the radio in the diner (released in February 2008.) When fans told director Colin Teague about his, he tried to explain it away by saying that it was a local late night radio show which was playing up-and-coming artists.
* Series/TheDeal has scenes set between 1983 and 1994. Absolutely no attempt has been made to disguise any outdoor or non studio set scenes. Particular jarring are scenes set outside the Houses of Parliament, where the actors are dressed for 1983, but the cars, pedestrians, buildings and street signs are all 2003.
* Sharply averted on ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. Since Oliver was shipwrecked and stranded on an island for five years, upon his return, much of the humor comes from just how much things have changed, and him being clueless to such things as ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', Zack Galifinakis, and the like.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the William Hartnell-era story "The Chase", Ian is shown singing along to the chorus of Music/TheBeatles' "Ticket to Ride", showing he already knows the lyrics. His [[AlienAbduction abduction by the Doctor]] was in November 1963, and "Ticket to Ride" wasn't released until February 1965 (when "The Chase" was made).
** The Jon Pertwee era has a lot of notorious present-day future - it's presumably set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture but the fashions, technology, cars, phones, social politics and zeitgeist are just 1971. It's so bad that there's an ongoing FanWank about whether this era happens in the 80s or the 70s, that the revival series chucks huge amounts of deliberately contradictory information into, just for laughs.
** An example of present-day ''future'' - in "The Shakespeare Code", the Doctor babbles happily about ''Literature/HarryPotter'', telling Martha that she's going to love getting to read the last book (which had not been released at that point and was at the time being heavily hyped). Problem is, ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' was released in July 2007 in real life, and Martha's "home" time period is early 2008.[[note]]Martha's home time isn't specifically stated - which is why the writers forgot - but following the episode "Aliens of London", in which the Doctor tried to return Rose to the time she left and was a year out, all "present day" episodes must still be that year out, at least until "Planet of the Dead". There isn't a point where you can reverse this and say maybe a season took ''less'' than a year, because all the Christmas episodes from "The Christmas Invasion" to "Voyage of the Damned" take place on successive Christmases.[[/note]]
* ''[[HomicideHunter Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda]]'', since it covers cases from all through Kenda's career, frequently runs into this in the recreations. All the vehicles are contemporary to when the show was produced (2011 - on), and thus you see may a case set in the late 1980s where police cars not only have modern styling but LED lightbars and a supposedly low-income hotel has a 42" LCD flatscreen TV in the lobby.
* Jimmy's [[TheAllegedCar Suzuki Esteem]] in ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' is far too beat-up and junky for what would've been a five-year-old car at most in 2002.
10th Mar '17 2:05:32 PM Madrugada
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The BellisariosMaxim can sometimes be applied with regard to location shoots and incorrect background details. Sometimes there just isn't time or money to get ''everything'' right. It's also impossible to control everything when working in a public setting; you may have to put up with pedestrians and other people who aren't part of the film's crew (and therefore aren't in costume) appearing in the background if you don't have the money or clout to get exclusive use of a public area. Still, it's fun to spot them...

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The BellisariosMaxim can sometimes be applied with regard to location shoots and incorrect background details. Sometimes there just isn't time or money to get ''everything'' right. It's also impossible to control everything when working in a public setting; you may have to put up with pedestrians and other people who aren't part of the film's crew (and therefore aren't in costume) appearing in the background if you don't have the money or clout to get exclusive use of a public area. And even if you do, changing the street signs, billboards, and skyline isn't an option for a film made on location. Still, it's fun to spot them...
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