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** At one point, Xena met Ulysses who was [[Literature/TheOdyssey on his way home from Troy]]. Later, they [[Literature/TheIliad fought alongside the Greeks at Troy]].
** Both Gabrielle and Aeolus are present at the birth of Jesus, and don't run into each other. Gabrielle also considers running off with a foreign poet named David (who's writing psalms as he and his friends travel), until she finds out he's married.

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** At one point, Xena met Ulysses who was [[Literature/TheOdyssey on his way home from Troy]]. Later, they [[Literature/TheIliad fought alongside the Greeks at Troy]].
** Both Gabrielle and Aeolus Iolus are present at the birth of Jesus, and don't run into each other. Gabrielle also considers running off with a foreign poet named David (who's writing psalms as he and his friends travel), until she finds out he's married.

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* ''Series/{{Frontier}} is ostensibly set in Canada during the late 1700s, but there are many elements that wouldn't appear for decades later or in some cases had disappeared earlier.
** Captain Chesterfield has a beard, despite the fact that all British soldiers of the era were clean shaven and facial hair wouldn't start to become acceptable in the British military until the 1830s.
** Dialogue frequently uses terms that either weren't coined yet, or were in use but with a different meaning. Grace refers to a character as "paranoid," a term that wasn't coined until 1848. In the same scene she uses the phrase "self destruct," which was in use by then but only in technical writing; it wouldn't enter everyday vernacular until the 1960s with NASA.
** Some redcoats are seen donning shakos, which debuted in 1790 in Hungary and were adopted by other nations in the early 1800s. Shakos largely replaced tricornes, which most of the redcoats do (correctly) wear. The shako wearers also have uniforms that are much closer to the Napoleonic Wars era.
** Many extras and a few named characters wear top hats, the earliest known top hats were made in 1796 but wouldn't become popular until the 1830s.
** The intro has several tin soldiers with flags, most of them are incorrect for the era:
*** The Redcoat's flag has the Northern Irish cross, which wasn't added to the Union Jack until 1801.
*** The Declan figure has a Métis flag, which didn't debut until 1814.
*** The Frenchman's flag is correct assuming the series takes place before the Tricolour was adapted, but the French had been out of the picture in Canada for decades by the time the series takes place.


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** As pointed out in the DVDCommentary, the tapestry on the wall behind Viserys during his introduction in "Winter is Coming" shows two ships blasting away at each other with cannons.
** Despite the series' well-established ConLang, the slogan "Kill the Masters" is written in English language and script in both "Oathkeeper" and "The House of Black and White" when Meereenese should be writing Low Valyrian in glyphs similar to those Talisa uses in Season 3. This is likely RuleOfPerception, since even characters who speak entirely in ConLang can read it effortlessly.


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* ''Series/{{Legion}}'': In season 4, when Syd lives a second childhood with Melanie and Oliver, the setting seems to be a mixture of fairy tale, Victorian era, and late 20th century.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZone1959S1E3MrDentonOnDoomsday Mr. Denton on Doomsday]]", the town bully Dan Hotaling forces the alcoholic Al Denton to sing "How Dry I Am" for a drink. The episode is set in the Old West, but the song as we know it probably didn't come into existence until around 1919 or so.
** Deliberately used in "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E66Two Two]]". The man wears what appears to be a Confederate uniform but military posters showing tanks and planes are seen in the ruined city. Nuclear weapons were responsible for destroying the city and the world. The woman wears what appears to be a Soviet uniform. The discarded rifles that he and the woman find are {{Ray Gun}}s.
** In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS4E117TheIncredibleWorldOfHoraceFord The Incredible World of Horace Ford]]", a poster for the 1938 film ''The Toy Wife'' is seen on Randolph Street in 1935.


* {{Series/Xena|WarriorPrincess}} and {{Series/Hercules|TheLegendaryJourneys}}: In their Universal TV series, live in a world where not only are [[AllMythsAreTrue all myths and legends true]], but are also all happening within a few seasons of each other. The Argonauts sailed just a few years before Julius Caesar ruled, and Hercules was old friends with [[{{Dracula}} Vlad Tepes]] who mentions being with war with the Ottoman Turks (you know... In AncientGreece).

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* {{Series/Xena|WarriorPrincess}} and {{Series/Hercules|TheLegendaryJourneys}}: In their Universal TV series, live in a world where not only are [[AllMythsAreTrue all myths and legends true]], but are also all happening within a few seasons of each other. The Argonauts sailed just a few years before Julius Caesar ruled, and Hercules was old friends with [[{{Dracula}} Vlad Tepes]] who mentions being with war with the Ottoman Turks (you know... In AncientGreece).UsefulNotes/AncientGreece).


** The Knights of Byzantium in Season 5 are an ancient KnightTemplar order who use medieval arms and armour for no apparent reason than to have a cool scene involving Buffy fighting knights on top of a moving Winnebago.

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** The Knights of Byzantium in Season 5 are an ancient KnightTemplar order who use medieval arms and armour for no apparent reason than to have a cool scene involving Buffy fighting knights on top of a moving Winnebago. To compound this, the Byzantine Empire - the Eastern Roman Empire, which survived until 1453 - didn't ''have'' a tradition of knighthood (similarly functioning heavy cavalry, yes. Western mercenaries, knights included, yes. A tradition of knighthood, no), much less Templar style ChurchMilitant orders. The closest they came to it was when the 4th Crusade conquered Constantinople in 1204 and established the Latin Empire of Constantinople until it was reconquered by the Byzantines in 1261.

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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' took place in [[TheFifties 1952]], and mostly stayed within that era...with one notable exception. Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange), the owner of "Elsa's Cabinet of Curiosities" (aka the titular freak show), sang [[Music/DavidBowie David Bowie's]] "Life on Mars?" in several episodes (it turned out to be oddly appropriate, given the lyrics' mentioning "the freakiest show" and oblique references to characters and events in the series). The song wouldn't be released until 1971. To complete the anachronism, Elsa is even dressed and made-up like Bowie in the music video for "Life on Mars" whenever she performs the number.


*** The Globe Theatre is holding productions at night, even though plays were performed in the daytime in the Elizabethan era, which is why theatres like the Globe were open to the sky.

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*** The Globe Theatre is holding productions at night, even though plays were performed in the daytime in the Elizabethan era, which is why theatres like the Globe were open to the sky.[[note]]However, shooting on location at the real Globe, which stages its plays solely in the daytime, meant that the show had very little daylight shooting time to use, explaining the anachronism.[[/note]]


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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]] is set in 1913, but:
*** Tubular metal scaffolding (of the kind that John dislodges with a thrown cricket ball in order to save a woman and child from a [[PianoDrop falling piano]]) wasn't in widespread use in the UK before the 1930s. Before that, wooden scaffolding was employed, the poles lashed together with rope or something similar.
*** In the opening shot of the scene with the schoolboys at machine gun practice, a large, white, modern, articulated semi truck can be seen driving along from left to right in the background. [[{{Blooper}} Whoops.]]


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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode "The Shakespeare Code"]]:
*** The Globe Theatre is holding productions at night, even though plays were performed in the daytime in the Elizabethan era, which is why theatres like the Globe were open to the sky.
*** The architecture of [[BedlamHouse Bedlam Hospital]] is about a century out of date.



* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': Based on the legend of Myth/KingArthur a supposed king of dark age Britain - has [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory people of various races in what would, at the time, have been a Celtic Britain]] as well as armour and architecture from the late medieval period and YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe (justified given that few people would want to hear it in Old Celtic, Old English, or even Middle English without subtitles), with the worst example being lighting candles with matches (strike matches weren't invented until 1805!). However, the programme-makers have repeatedly stated that the show is supposed to be set in [[AlternateHistory a "fantasy" imaginary Britain]] and isn't intended to be accurate.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': ''Series/Merlin2008'': Based on the legend of Myth/KingArthur a supposed king of dark age Britain - has [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory people of various races in what would, at the time, have been a Celtic Britain]] as well as armour and architecture from the late medieval period and YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe (justified given that few people would want to hear it in Old Celtic, Old English, or even Middle English without subtitles), with the worst example being lighting candles with matches (strike matches weren't invented until 1805!). However, the programme-makers have repeatedly stated that the show is supposed to be set in [[AlternateHistory a "fantasy" imaginary Britain]] and isn't intended to be accurate.



* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In "Heart's Desire", UsefulNotes/{{Oregon}} is still a territory in 1872. In reality, it became a state in 1859.



* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In "Heart's Desire", UsefulNotes/{{Oregon}} is still a territory in 1872. In reality, it became a state in 1859.

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In "Heart's Desire", UsefulNotes/{{Oregon}} is still a territory in 1872. In reality, it became a state in 1859.



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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In "Heart's Desire", UsefulNotes/{{Oregon}} is still a territory in 1872. In reality, it became a state in 1859.


** InUniverse: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E2CarnivalOfMonsters "Carnival of Monsters"]], the Doctor and Jo travel to what appears to be a ship from 1928. Only every twenty minutes, it gets attacked by a plesiosaur. The Doctor deduces from this that he's in a miniscope, a sort of futuristic [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatBritishSeaside pier attraction]], assembled as a tableau by aliens who really didn't care whether or not the "Tellurian: creatures in their show all existed at the same time in reality (and realised that watching humans running away from giant lizards is [[YouBastard fairly entertaining]]).

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** InUniverse: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E2CarnivalOfMonsters "Carnival of Monsters"]], the Doctor and Jo travel to what appears to be a ship from 1928. Only every twenty minutes, it gets attacked by a plesiosaur. The Doctor deduces from this that he's in a miniscope, a sort of futuristic [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatBritishSeaside pier attraction]], assembled as a tableau by aliens who really didn't care whether or not the "Tellurian: "Tellurian" creatures in their show all existed at the same time in reality (and realised that watching humans running away from giant lizards is [[YouBastard fairly entertaining]]).



* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook:''
** The "Posh Dancing" sketch has congas and disco mixed with the world of Literature/PrideAndPrejudice.
** The "Cavemen Pathologist" sketches has, as the name suggests, cavemen who are pathologists. Of course, being cavemen they lack the terminology or technology to do a crime scene reconstruction, only managing to figure their victim was killed "some time before now", and in the attempt wind up killing their only witness. Not to mention the part where the caveman constable mutters that the development of stone-based technology is a "double-edged sword", much to the confusion of him and his partner.


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* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook:''
** The "Posh Dancing" sketch has congas and disco mixed with the world of Literature/PrideAndPrejudice.
** The "Cavemen Pathologist" sketches has, as the name suggests, cavemen who are pathologists. Of course, being cavemen they lack the terminology or technology to do a crime scene reconstruction, only managing to figure their victim was killed "some time before now", and in the attempt wind up killing their only witness. Not to mention the part where the caveman constable mutters that the development of stone-based technology is a "double-edged sword", much to the confusion of him and his partner.


* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Deliberately invoked by the show's production team to give the show a timeless feel. Much like ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Gotham'' is a mashup of different time periods.

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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Deliberately invoked by the show's production team to give the show a timeless feel. Much like ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/Batman1989'', ''Gotham'' is a mashup of different time periods.


* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Unintentional. The show hasn't aged well with a lot of futuristic gadgets outpaced by the modern cellphone.


* Done deliberately in the sitcom ''TheGoldbergs'', set in an intentionally unspecified part of the 1980's. Justified in that all of the stories are presented as childhood memories in the mind of the show's protagonist, who admits to being an UnreliableNarrator.

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* Done deliberately in the sitcom ''TheGoldbergs'', ''Series/TheGoldbergs'', set in an intentionally unspecified part of the 1980's. Justified in that all of the stories are presented as childhood memories in the mind of the show's protagonist, who admits to being an UnreliableNarrator.


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** The Doctor likes to {{enforce|dTrope}} this trope himself sometimes, in order to impress people. Why would you have [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar Roman Centurions and Victorian Reptile Women]] battling [[InSpace space-monks]] armed with lightning swords? Because it's [[RuleOfCool cool]]. Add to that the fact that the Doctor himself wears AwesomeAnachronisticApparel all the time, and that the TARDIS' interior design esthetics deliberately [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology run the gamut]] from what look like [[GenreThrowback interwar era]] [[RaygunGothic pulp sci-fi]] flight controls to completely contemporary-looking LCD-style viewscreens and absurdly futuristic holographic projectors and nanotechnology-based room reconfiguration systems. The trope doesn't just extend to Time Lord-developed technology, but their own cultural esthetics as well, which are halfway between CrystalSpiresAndTogas and DaysOfFuturePast PunkPunk.

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** The Doctor likes to {{enforce|dTrope}} this trope himself sometimes, in order to impress people. Why would you have [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar Roman Centurions and Victorian Reptile Women]] battling [[InSpace space-monks]] armed with lightning swords? Because it's [[RuleOfCool cool]]. Add to that the fact that the Doctor himself wears AwesomeAnachronisticApparel all the time, and that the TARDIS' interior design esthetics aesthetics deliberately [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology run the gamut]] from what look like [[GenreThrowback interwar era]] [[RaygunGothic pulp sci-fi]] flight controls to completely contemporary-looking LCD-style viewscreens and absurdly futuristic holographic projectors and nanotechnology-based room reconfiguration systems. The trope doesn't just extend to Time Lord-developed technology, but their own cultural esthetics aesthetics as well, which are halfway between CrystalSpiresAndTogas and DaysOfFuturePast PunkPunk.



** InUniverse: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E2CarnivalOfMonsters "Carnival of Monsters"]], the Doctor and Jo travel to what appears to be a ship from 1928. Only every twenty minutes, it gets attacked by a plesiosaur. The Doctor deduces from this that he's in a miniscope, a sort of futuristic [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatBritishSeaside pier attraction]], assembled as a tableau by aliens who really didn't care whether or not the 'Tellurian' creatures in their show all existed at the same time in reality (and realised that watching humans running away from giant lizards is [[YouBastard fairly entertaining]]).

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** InUniverse: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E2CarnivalOfMonsters "Carnival of Monsters"]], the Doctor and Jo travel to what appears to be a ship from 1928. Only every twenty minutes, it gets attacked by a plesiosaur. The Doctor deduces from this that he's in a miniscope, a sort of futuristic [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatBritishSeaside pier attraction]], assembled as a tableau by aliens who really didn't care whether or not the 'Tellurian' "Tellurian: creatures in their show all existed at the same time in reality (and realised that watching humans running away from giant lizards is [[YouBastard fairly entertaining]]).



-->'''[[Series/{{Today}} Mere]][[Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire dith]] [[TheCameo Vieira]]:''' Crowds lined the mall today as Holy Roman Emperor UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill returned to the Buckingham Senate on his personal mammoth.

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-->'''[[Series/{{Today}} --->'''[[Series/{{Today}} Mere]][[Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire dith]] [[TheCameo Vieira]]:''' Crowds lined the mall today as Holy Roman Emperor UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill returned to the Buckingham Senate on his personal mammoth.



* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'': The granddaddy of the Futuristic Western Sci-fi genre.

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* Used intentionally in ''Series/{{Westworld}}''. The setting is a [[ThemeParkVersion theme park based on the Wild West]], so most guests likely won't notice. Among other things, the mechanical pianola plays songs like Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" and The Rolling Stones's "Paint it Black", while Dr. Ford mentions that he included some Gertrude Stein references in an old cannibal cult leaders' quotes for fun.
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''Series/TheWildWildWest'': The granddaddy of the Futuristic Western Sci-fi genre.



* The Family Channel Zorro series, ostensibly set in Spanish California (no later than the early 1820s) was riddled with them: Sgt. Garcia, in a Christmas episode, remembers asking Santa Claus for presents in his childhood; St. Nicholas (not yet "Santa Claus") didn't become known even to east coast Americans of English background until slightly after that. Women serve on a jury. A young woman modeled on Annie Oakley mentions that she learned sharpshooting in her parents' Wild West Show, a form of entertainment not invented until the late 19th century.
* Used intentionally in ''Series/{{Westworld}}''. The setting is a [[ThemeParkVersion theme park based on the Wild West]], so most guests likely won't notice. Among other things, the mechanical pianola plays songs like Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" and The Rolling Stones's "Paint it Black", while Dr. Ford mentions that he included some Gertrude Stein references in an old cannibal cult leaders' quotes for fun.

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* The Family Channel Zorro ''Zorro'' series, ostensibly set in Spanish California (no later than the early 1820s) was riddled with them: Sgt. Garcia, in a Christmas episode, remembers asking Santa Claus for presents in his childhood; St. Nicholas (not yet "Santa Claus") didn't become known even to east coast Americans of English background until slightly after that. Women serve on a jury. A young woman modeled on Annie Oakley mentions that she learned sharpshooting in her parents' Wild West Show, a form of entertainment not invented until the late 19th century.
* Used intentionally in ''Series/{{Westworld}}''. The setting is a [[ThemeParkVersion theme park based on the Wild West]], so most guests likely won't notice. Among other things, the mechanical pianola plays songs like Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" and The Rolling Stones's "Paint it Black", while Dr. Ford mentions that he included some Gertrude Stein references in an old cannibal cult leaders' quotes for fun.

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