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Titus (TV sitcom)

  • Executive Meddling: FOX wanted Erin and Titus to break up (a la Dharma and Greg), but Titus refused (as he based his show on real-world events) in a way that offended the executive who suggested it, which resulted in all promotion suddenly being pulled, leading to a drop in ratings and cancellation. Now considered Hilarious in Hindsight (in a dark and twisted way) in light of Titus's divorce from Erin Carden. The story of how Titus lost his show is explained on The Voice in My Head (and the story of how he lost Erin is detailed in Love is Evol and mentioned en passant in Neverlution and The Voice in My Head).
  • In Memoriam: The real Ken Titus was honored in the episode "The Pendulum" (where Titus is in a coma and Ken, played by Stacy Keach, is narrating the story in the Neutral Space) with a clip from a visit he made to the set where he sat in the Neutral Space chair and said "There's about 10% of truth to any part this..." with Christopher laughing in the background going "Right..."
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Stacy Keach is invariably described as being one of the kindest, sweetest actors anyone can hope to work with in direct contrast to the magnificent bastard that is Ken Titus.
  • Missing Episode: Aired out of order, but you get the sense that they were changed because they were originally going to be taken out entirely, as both episodes only aired at the end of the season; while there was only a light storyline, it still created some skewed continuity. They were held back because of how extreme the subject matter got.
    • "The Wedding" was moved five episodes down to the end of the second season because the episode involved domestic violence in a church (Juanita's new husband punches her in the face and Juanita shoots him).
    • "The Protector" takes place in the middle of the third season but was moved to the end (after the "Insanity Genetic" two-parter) because it dealt with child molestation (Erin's niece Amy reveals that she was molested by a family friend who turns out to be the father of a boy who sexually harasses her at school).
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Played straight with Titus's mom, who was played by three different actresses (Christine Estrabrook, Frances Fisher, and Connie Stevens) during the show's short-run, as well as the psychiatrist dating her who only appeared in two episodes.
    • Averted with Erin's family, as all of them were played by the same actors in such episodes as "The Perfect Thanksgiving" and "Deprogramming Erin" (though Amy didn't appear in "The Perfect Thanksgiving").
  • Reality Subtext: Titus's real father, Ken Titus, died in mid-second season and Christopher got some time off to take care of things. The first episode upon returning involved Christopher and Ken (played here by Stacy Keach) being manipulated by Erin to take a road trip together, each thinking the other was dying. The real Christopher had to take a break a few times because he felt really uncomfortable doing an episode about the death of his father.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • Most of what happens to Titus in the series actually happened to him in real life (the bonfire incident, his mom's suicide, Titus going insane on an airplane following his mom's suicide, Titus being abused by his first girlfriend, Titus living with a hard-drinking, chain-smoking, five-times divorced, womanizing father who always crushed his self-esteem and called him a "wussy"). Members of Titus's family had to sign waivers because of how close it came.
    • And another instance was with actor Zack Ward, who plays Titus's half-brother Dave. Ward is an incredibly white guy who's married to a hot Asian girl, and the producers found that so hilarious, they gave his character an Asian girlfriend named Nancy (first seen on "The Last Noelle").
    • Jokes and stories that were featured in the show but weren't referenced in "Norman Rockwell" would pop up in later stand-up routines by Titus as events that apparently really happened. The story of Christopher's conception (Juanita's boyfriend yelling outside the room), the seminar where Christopher starts to understand his dad better and others.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • Titus offended a network executive, leading to events being manipulated until Fox had an excuse to cancel the series. It became one of the many short-lived replacement shows for Family Guy when Family Guy got UnCancelled and Peter named off all the shows that aired en lieu of their show between 2002 and 2005 on the episode "North By North Quahog."
    • Managed to be screwed again years later. Fox refused to give up the show's rights or revive it, even if Titus paid for it himself.
  • Too Soon: Averted, as they portrayed Titus and the rest of the gang being mistaken for terrorists on an airplane only several months after 9/11. From the DVD commentary: "If we're not funny, the terrorist win."
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Tommy was almost played by Steve Carell.
    • Originally (and according to the DVD commentary), "Insanity Genetic, Part 2" (and, by proxy, the series) was going to end with the revelation that Titus's Neutral Space was actually his room in the mental hospital he was staying after his airplane meltdown and that his sitcom was really Titus acting out his entire life up until he was committed while two security guards watched it on closed-circuit TV, with one of them saying, "Doesn't this guy ever shut up?"

Titus (1999 movie)

  • Casting Gag: Titus, the guy who brutally murders a bunch of people and serves their remains as food, is played by Anthony Hopkins.