• Hilarious in Hindsight: The television channel which comes up with the idea for EDtv is named "True TV", and its intent is to constantly air what happens in a normal person's life. A case of Defictionalization occurred in 2008 when the actual television network CourtTV changed its name to "truTV", which places a heavy focus on "caught-on-video" reality programs, just like the film!
    • Also, the movie as a whole now is funnier when the viewer realizes they're watching two of the world's greatest detectives bumble their way through a reality show. Definitely makes Season 2 look better in comparison.
  • Older Than They Think: When it was released, the film was criticized for being a derivative knockoff of The Truman Show. Most people who saw the film didn't realize that Edtv was based off a little-known French-Canadian film called Louis 19, which was made five years before either film was released and dealt with the same subject matter.
  • Retroactive Recognition: What the hell are Rust Cohle and Martin Hart doing on a reality show?
  • Values Resonance: In 1999, this film portrayed a world where an individual who tries out for a casting call, and has his life turned into a circus for the benefit of television audiences. Ten years later, in the wake of the Reality Show concept being played to death, EdTV seems oddly prescient about the entire genre.
  • Vindicated by History: The film bombed at theaters when it was released, but has gone on to become a foretelling look at the reality television craze of the 2000s.