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19th May '16 8:06:13 PM nombretomado
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* ''In the Blitzgiving episode of MyNameIsEarl'': Most trailers will always show footage from the flashback scenes, giving you the impression the show is just about an idiot doing stupid things.

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* ''In the Blitzgiving episode of MyNameIsEarl'': ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': Most trailers will always show footage from the flashback scenes, giving you the impression the show is just about an idiot doing stupid things.
19th May '16 8:05:50 PM nombretomado
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* BBC's ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' show wasn't much better. One trailer had Merlin dramatically reveal to the court that he was a wizard. In the actual episode, no one believed him and the scene had no impact on the plot.

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* BBC's ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' show wasn't much better. One trailer had Merlin dramatically reveal to the court that he was a wizard. In the actual episode, no one believed him and the scene had no impact on the plot.



* ''MyNameIsEarl'': Most trailers will always show footage from the flashback scenes, giving you the impression the show is just about an idiot doing stupid things.

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* ''MyNameIsEarl'': ''In the Blitzgiving episode of MyNameIsEarl'': Most trailers will always show footage from the flashback scenes, giving you the impression the show is just about an idiot doing stupid things.
8th May '16 9:26:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''HellsKitchen'': A trailer for one episode of Season 4 did a rather spectacular version of this. The trailer showed that one chef sliced off a portion of his thumb, the team couldn't find it, and mentioned that two professional critics were attending that night's service - with the narrator all but saying that the severed portion of finger would end up on a critic's plate. As it turned out, the finger incident happened in the first part of the show, and was already resolved by the time dinner service rolled around - there was never any risk involved.

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* ''HellsKitchen'': ''Series/HellsKitchen'':
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A trailer for one episode of Season 4 did a rather spectacular version of this. The trailer showed that one chef sliced off a portion of his thumb, the team couldn't find it, and mentioned that two professional critics were attending that night's service - with the narrator all but saying that the severed portion of finger would end up on a critic's plate. As it turned out, the finger incident happened in the first part of the show, and was already resolved by the time dinner service rolled around - there was never any risk involved.



* Late in ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''' run the trailers practically guaranteed that a particular episode was the finale of the series. Turns out Hercules ''did'' retire...for about five seconds.
* ''HomeImprovement'' during its last few seasons was notoriously misleading with its advertisements. In the season 6 premier, Jill catches her her oldest son, Brad, in a compromising position with his girlfriend Angela. The advert for the episode shows the pair getting caught in the act and Jill asking, "What if Angela gets pregnant?", followed immediately by a glimpse of Brad's serious expression -- and a ''shocked'' look from his mother (heavily implying that a TeenPregnancy plot is about to unfold.) The reality? [[spoiler: Brad and Angela never actually have sex in the first place, Jill's statement about pregnancy is actually spoken to her husband (to convince him to have "the talk" with Brad), and her "shocked reaction" is in response to Brad yelling at her and storming out of the room.]] Not that you'd know it, of course.

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* Late in ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''' ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''' run the trailers practically guaranteed that a particular episode was the finale of the series. Turns out Hercules ''did'' retire...for about five seconds.
* ''HomeImprovement'' ''Series/HomeImprovement'' during its last few seasons was notoriously misleading with its advertisements. In the season 6 premier, Jill catches her her oldest son, Brad, in a compromising position with his girlfriend Angela. The advert for the episode shows the pair getting caught in the act and Jill asking, "What if Angela gets pregnant?", followed immediately by a glimpse of Brad's serious expression -- and a ''shocked'' look from his mother (heavily implying that a TeenPregnancy plot is about to unfold.) The reality? [[spoiler: Brad and Angela never actually have sex in the first place, Jill's statement about pregnancy is actually spoken to her husband (to convince him to have "the talk" with Brad), and her "shocked reaction" is in response to Brad yelling at her and storming out of the room.]] Not that you'd know it, of course.
7th May '16 1:29:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''GameOfThrones''': Trailers and promotional material for Season 4 heavily featured King Joffrey Baratheon. Joffrey died in Episode 2 (out of ten). Several scenes in the trailer referring to "the king" or Cersei Lannister referring to her son were revealed to be really about Joffrey's younger brother and successor, Tommen.

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* ''GameOfThrones''': ''Series/GameOfThrones''': Trailers and promotional material for Season 4 heavily featured King Joffrey Baratheon. Joffrey died in Episode 2 (out of ten). Several scenes in the trailer referring to "the king" or Cersei Lannister referring to her son were revealed to be really about Joffrey's younger brother and successor, Tommen.



* ''GilmoreGirls'': A season four episode featuring Rory and Paris on Spring Break had a promo from {{Creator/TheWB}} which almost asserted that they would become a couple during a SweepsWeekLesbianKiss scene and managed to get a ''New York Post'' writer to write a hilarious and badly-researched article dissecting said promo and getting most of the sexualities of the characters all wrong. In reality the kiss was PlayedForLaughs (Paris just wanted to experience Spring Break at its most heightened absurdity, and Rory stumbled around confused after it happened).

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* ''GilmoreGirls'': ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': A season four episode featuring Rory and Paris on Spring Break had a promo from {{Creator/TheWB}} Creator/TheWB which almost asserted that they would become a couple during a SweepsWeekLesbianKiss scene and managed to get a ''New York Post'' writer to write a hilarious and badly-researched article dissecting said promo and getting most of the sexualities of the characters all wrong. In reality the kiss was PlayedForLaughs (Paris just wanted to experience Spring Break at its most heightened absurdity, and Rory stumbled around confused after it happened).



* ''Gotham'': A Season 1 episode trailer made it look like Bruce finding the future Batcave would be a major plot point. In reality, that scene probably lasted less than a minute, and was at the very end of the episode.
* ''GreysAnatomy'': In the trailer for the fifth season opener, Nurse Rose told Dr. [=McDreamy=] that "I'm carrying your child." In the actual episode, [[spoiler: she immediately follows those words with an admission that she was only kidding.]]

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* ''Gotham'': ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': A Season 1 episode trailer made it look like Bruce finding the future Batcave would be a major plot point. In reality, that scene probably lasted less than a minute, and was at the very end of the episode.
* ''GreysAnatomy'': ''Series/GreysAnatomy'': In the trailer for the fifth season opener, Nurse Rose told Dr. [=McDreamy=] that "I'm carrying your child." In the actual episode, [[spoiler: she immediately follows those words with an admission that she was only kidding.]]
3rd May '16 12:50:38 PM TVRulezAgain
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* ''{{Victorious}}'' did this multiple times during its run.
** One year, Nickelodeon aired promos for "Crush Week" starring Music/JustinBieber and the ''Victorious'' girls. One of the new episodes to premiere that week was "The Wood". The promos hinted the possibility of Tori and Beck becoming "more than friends" (read: a couple), showing a scene of her calling Beck on her phone, expressing love and offering to tickle his tummy. Almost immediately, fans of the Beck and Jade pairing that is currently present on the show raged and bashed the thought of said idea. Then, when the episode aired, it had next to nothing to do with love or pairings. It was a fusion of two clips-one with Tori calling her aunt about their puppy, another with Beck ordering a pizza. This made Jade think Tori was hitting on Beck, causing them to [[HilarityEnsues ensue hilarity]]. Thus, the Beck/Jade shippers got worked up for nothing.
*** Although at least that was what actually happened in the episode itself, with a reality show cutting those two conversations together in-universe, it wasn't created by the promo department.

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* ''{{Victorious}}'' ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' did this multiple times during its run.
** One year, Nickelodeon aired promos for "Crush Week" starring Music/JustinBieber and the ''Victorious'' girls. One of the new episodes to premiere that week was "The Wood". The promos hinted the possibility of Tori and Beck becoming "more than friends" (read: a couple), showing a scene of her calling Beck on her phone, expressing love and offering to tickle his tummy. Almost immediately, fans of the Beck and Jade pairing that is currently present on the show raged and bashed the thought of said idea. Then, when the episode aired, it had next to nothing to do with love or pairings. It was a fusion of two clips-one with Tori calling her aunt about their puppy, another with Beck ordering a pizza. This made Jade think Tori was hitting on Beck, causing them to [[HilarityEnsues ensue hilarity]]. Thus, the Beck/Jade shippers got worked up for nothing.
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nothing. Although at least that was what actually happened in the episode itself, with a reality show cutting those two conversations together in-universe, it wasn't created by the promo department.
2nd May '16 9:59:59 AM JadeEyes1
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* Bravo is notoriously bad for doing this with their reality TV shows. Misleading episode descriptions, cut n' paste editing, mismatched dialogue--they've used every trick in the book.

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* Bravo is notoriously bad for doing this with their reality TV shows. Misleading episode descriptions, cut n' paste editing, mismatched dialogue--they've audio --they've used every trick in the book.
2nd Apr '16 11:23:22 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Eastenders}}'' during the early 00s featured a number of intentionally misleading trailers. For example, one suggested that Saskia would kill club owner Steve; when the actual episode rolled around, the exact opposite happened. Much later, after Matthew was framed by Steve for Saskia's murder, a specially filmed trailer suggested that Matthew would get his revenge by setting up explosive death traps -- in reality, his actual revenge plan was slightly less violent.

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* ''{{Eastenders}}'' ''Series/EastEnders'' during the early 00s featured a number of intentionally misleading trailers. For example, one suggested that Saskia would kill club owner Steve; when the actual episode rolled around, the exact opposite happened. Much later, after Matthew was framed by Steve for Saskia's murder, a specially filmed trailer suggested that Matthew would get his revenge by setting up explosive death traps -- in reality, his actual revenge plan was slightly less violent.
28th Mar '16 5:49:03 AM DalekExterminer
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* ''Gotham'': A Season 1 episode trailer made it look like Bruce finding the future Batcave would be a major plot point. In reality, that scene probably lasted less than a minute, and was at the very end of the episode.
19th Mar '16 1:46:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheBigBangTheory'':

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* ''TheBigBangTheory'': ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':



* The early 2000's show ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' on TheWB kept employing this trope week after week to the point where ''it actually played a large part in causing the show's demise'' in the eyes of many critics, in retrospect. To elaborate, the show centered around the full-grown daughter of Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} fighting crime alongside ComicBook/BlackCanary and the former ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture...or today (the show was kinda vague about it), with guidance from [[{{BattleButler}} Alfred]], while a manipulative HarleyQuinn hid in plain sight, and plotted to avenge TheJoker by getting back at the Bat-Family. Cool...except that the show kept promising "Next week...*cut to silhouetted images of Batman or a Batarang on a wall*" and promising that Batman would be returning to Gotham, with much hype and fanfare...and then every week it'd turn out that the trailer had just lied. The show employed this sooo much, and so shamelessly, that viewers en masse got sick and tired of being lied to every week, and the vast majority stopped watching by midseason. The ratings got so abysmal that the show was suddenly yanked off the air without warning (not that anyone was watching by that point), though TheWB ''did'' air the already-filmed season finale as the GrandFinale a few months later.

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* The early 2000's show ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' on TheWB kept employing this trope week after week to the point where ''it actually played a large part in causing the show's demise'' in the eyes of many critics, in retrospect. To elaborate, the show centered around the full-grown daughter of Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} fighting crime alongside ComicBook/BlackCanary and the former ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture...or today (the show was kinda vague about it), with guidance from [[{{BattleButler}} [[BattleButler Alfred]], while a manipulative HarleyQuinn hid in plain sight, and plotted to avenge TheJoker by getting back at the Bat-Family. Cool...except that the show kept promising "Next week...*cut to silhouetted images of Batman or a Batarang on a wall*" and promising that Batman would be returning to Gotham, with much hype and fanfare...and then every week it'd turn out that the trailer had just lied. The show employed this sooo much, and so shamelessly, that viewers en masse got sick and tired of being lied to every week, and the vast majority stopped watching by midseason. The ratings got so abysmal that the show was suddenly yanked off the air without warning (not that anyone was watching by that point), though TheWB ''did'' air the already-filmed season finale as the GrandFinale a few months later.
19th Mar '16 7:36:56 AM Hossmeister
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