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  • Game of Thrones:
    • The show can hardly be mentioned in an article or review without someone mentioning the insane amounts of sex and nudity on the show. Clearly it has more than any other series on television, right? I mean, it must. Its reputation is that it's basically The Lord of the Rings but with boobs in every scene. There is nudity, and yes, it can be fairly pervasive at times, but the show actually has far less nudity and sex than many other premium cable series like Rome, True Blood, The Tudors and Spartacus. It's just that most people don't expect sexuality from fantasy, since it's usually perceived as a kid-friendly genre. Some of this reputation is also the result of the show "spicing up" scenes of exposition with sex or nudity in its early episodes - even that is somewhat overplayed, though.
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    • The primary setting of the show is not "The Kingdom of Westeros", it's "The Seven Kingdoms" — a confederation of seven previously independent kingdoms that lie on the continent of Westeros. Westeros also isn't just a stand-in for Medieval Britain; while it does include several realms that are analogous to regions of Britain note , several of its realms are also analogous to parts of continental Europe.note 
    • It's starting to become common knowledge that poor Robb Stark was murdered at his own wedding, along with his bride and unborn son, in an event known as the Red Wedding. The murdering part is true (unfortunately, for all three, at least in the series), but it was emphatically not Robb's own wedding that became the infamous Red Wedding. He and his wife Tallisa (Jeyne in the novels) had already gotten married in a small, private ceremony, an act which broke Robb's vow to Walder Frey that he would marry one of his daughters. In fact, the reason they were murdered in Frey's hall was due to this broken vow, so it would make no sense that Robb himself would be married at House Frey. It was Robb's uncle, Edmure Tully, who was getting married that night, to make amends for Robb's breach of contract. Chris Martin of Coldplay got this one wrong by writing a song about the Red Wedding which called it "the wedding of Robby Stark", and even sang it surrounded by Game of Thrones cast members and no one caught it!
  • Everyone "knows" that Walter White of Breaking Bad started cooking meth because he was uninsured, and needed money to pay for his cancer treatments; many people like to point this out as a way of taking potshots at the American healthcare system, especially since the Affordable Care Act was first being discussed around the time that the show began. Actually, the show never said that Walt was uninsured, and he started his meth business so that he could leave money for his family after his death. He didn't get treatment (at first) because his doctors told him that his cancer was inoperable, and he didn't want to suffer through chemotherapy. When he did start his treatments, he did it because his family insisted, not because he finally had the money.
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    • Furthermore, his insurance would have covered some treatment, just not very good treatment. The treatment that he opts for is not covered, and although he has already started cooking by this point, some old friends offer him a job with insurance that would cover the more expensive treatment. He rejects this offer (which would have solved both his medical bill issues as well as vastly improving his financial situation) in favour of cooking meth, because, as the show goes on to repeatedly prove, his Fatal Flaw is his Pride.
  • The Land of the Lost is not Earth in the distant past.
  • Common Knowledge from Star Trek:
    • The only thing everyone knows about Vulcans from Star Trek (apart from the pointy ears) is that they have no emotions. They in fact have very strong emotions—often described as more powerful than that of humans, to the point that, when combined with their strength, it led to anarchy that nearly destroyed them. This is why their culture now encourages all Vulcans to suppress emotion and act on logic. Their stoic nature is cultural, not genetic. To see what Vulcans would be like without this cultural aspect, just look to the Romulans, an offshoot of the Vulcans directed their aggression outward and became interstellar conquerors. (Some Vulcans do purge their emotions through the discipline of Kohlinar, but this is very rare. In fact, both Spock and Tuvok embarked on this path, and both failed.)
      • Another widely-known thing about Vulcans among fans was that they're noble Space Elves who are above such things as prejudice and acting immorally. This interpretation became such a widespread belief that the Vulcans as seen on Star Trek: Enterprise were derided as being "wrong" because they would do things like manipulate, be prejudiced against other species, and otherwise act in a manner quite different from being paragons of virtue. The reality is that they were never portrayed as being morally superior to humans at all; the one time the Enterprise visited Vulcan in the original series, Vulcans were shown demonstrating resentment, planning betrayal, plotting manslaughter, and jealousy, all wrapped up in a veneer of being "logical" and that behaviour wasn't seen as anomalous by the other Vulcans present. Spock even congratulated T'Pring on her conniving.
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    • Not only does no character in Star Trek ever actually say the specific line "Beam Me Up, Scotty!", people often forget that chief engineer Montgomery Scott wasn't the one who usually had the job of beaming crewmen up. That was a guy named Mr. Kyle that no one remembers. That said, Scotty did do the job on occasion, and Kirk even gave the order “Scotty, beam us up” in at least two episodes.
    • Beam down to a planet wearing a red shirt and you die, right? Unless you're Scotty or Uhura, of course. Well, even staying on the ship wasn't a guarantee of survival for those poor hapless extras, and death did not care about the color of your uniform top. Plenty "redshirts" were actually wearing command gold and science blue, and not all of them died. In fact, a shocking number of them not only survived but lived to appear again. Check for names like Leslie, Riley, Kelowitz, DeSalle, Farrell, et al.
      • This video argues persuasively that red is actually the safest color to wear if you're an extra in a landing party. While it's true more redshirts died than others wearing other colors, the percentage of deaths among them is much lower, because most landing parties had multiple security guards (wearing red) and only a handful of command or science personnel. Episodes like "The Devil in the Dark" featured whole security teams who survived the entire episode. The reason it seems like redshirts are always doomed to die is that we only focus on the ones who died and forget about the ones who lived. We also tend to lump gold and blueshirt deaths in with the "redshirts". In fact, percentage-wise, goldshirts have a much worse track record, with almost half the non-regulars in goldshirts in landing parties not making it back, while nearly two thirds of the redshirts who beamed down to planets made it back in one piece.
    • Kirk was a hot space cowboy who played by his own rules and seduced gorgeous alien babes, right? What, he didn't? Well, not as much as people like to remember. In fact, while women did seem to fall for him a good bit, he rarely fell for them and even more rarely did he seduce them. Actually, most of the times when Kirk seduced a woman, it was due to them being the Villain of the Week, and him trying to protect his ship and crew by playing the part of a male Femme Fatale. The times where he genuinely fell for a woman, he never treated it as a random tryst either, but took the relationship very seriously, though said relationship would inevitably end with Kirk regretfully having to move on because of his devotion to his duty. Also, he was kind of a hardass about breaking the rules, and came down pretty hard on his crew when they did break them. Of course, in the films he did commit nine violations of Federation law, but this was all in the course of trying to save Spock's life, and he fully expected to be booted from Starfleet as a result. Kirk was emphatically not a space cowboy who played by his own rules, but by all means a professional officer who was Married to the Job and took the regulations and responsibilities of his station very seriously, and would at most slant somewhat towards the "Good" option whenever he was placed in situation where he had to choose between To Be Lawful or Good.
    • Present in almost every Star Trek game is the concept that phasers and other beam weapons work best against enemy shields and torpedoes work best against the enemy's hull. This idea doesn't appear in any episode or film. In fact, "Tears of the Prophets" had a planet's defense grid open an attack on the combined Alpha Quadrant force with torpedoes and finish off ships with beam weapons, which implies the opposite is true.
    • Bring up the name "Wesley Crusher" in a room full of Star Trek fans and you are certain to be met with groans and eye-rolls, along with accusations that he was "always" the one to save the ship or solve the problem. This actually only happened six times during the course of the series, but to some, the fact that he was so young makes even six incidents like this six too many. There were actually more instances of Wesley screwing up, lacking confidence or even being the problem than being the one to save everybody.
    • There is also no such thing as a "Vulcan death grip". The phrase itself is used by Spock to intimidate someone by claiming that such a thing exists, but he is explicitly lying about it (which also contradicts another thing "everybody knows" about Vulcans; namely that they never lie). The confusion probably stems from the fact that there is a neck pinch that's used several times throughout the franchise by the Vulcans, but this only renders someone unconscious.
    • In the wake of Star Trek: Discovery producers announcing that they will be "doing away" with the old "Roddenberry Rule" about conflict, Trekkies everywhere began to cry that the series was ruining Roddenberry's vision. Unfortunately, much about that rule is this trope. Gene Roddenberry did indeed have a rule that petty personal conflict between humans (or, as some interpreted it, Starfleet officers) was not to happen; that we would have "risen above" such concerns. However, this only applied to series set in the 24th Century, as he specifically came up with this rule during the creation of ''Star Trek: The Next Generation". He never thought it would, or should apply to the original series. Not to mention this "rule" was frequently ignored, or written around, even while Roddenberry was alive, as it sucked potential drama out of almost every situation. Another element of common knowledge surrounding this trope is that it was elevated to mean humans never had any conflict of any sort, which clearly was never the case, but some fans still insist that was a thing at some point.
    • It's been a long-held fan belief that the shapes of the uniform badges on the original series represented the crew members' respective starships, with the Enterprise being the only one to have the well-known delta symbol that would later be used throughout Starfleet. It turns out, however, that this wasn't supposed to be the case. All starships (with the exception of the Exeter, which was an error that was left in) used the delta symbol- the non-delta badges represent other assignments like merchant marine ships, starbases, or deep-space outposts.
  • Not every Gilligan's Island episode involved the castaways trying to escape the island, only about a third of them. Many episodes dealt with them trying to avoid being killed by tropical storms or some other threat, while a surprisingly large number were about things like having a costume party or a beauty pageant.
    • Also, everyone knows that all potential rescues/escapes failed because of Gilligan's screw-ups, and the castaways should have just eaten Gilligan, right? Actually, in the 37 episodes that involve some chance of getting off the island, Gilligan is only legitimately "at fault" for the failure 17 times. Screwing up 17 rescues probably would make you unpopular, granted, but there were also a large number of episodes where Gilligan saves the castaways from disaster, or headhunters, or some other deadly peril. There are also several instances where the escape plan was fatally flawed, but the flaw wasn't noticed until Gilligan had "screwed it up," inadvertently saving their lives. Also several rescue attempts were only possible because of Gilligan.
    • There's also the common joke "How come the Professor could build a nuclear reactor out of coconuts, but he couldn't fix the hole in the boat?" In the first place, the Professor never built a nuclear reactor, and in the second place, the boat was completely destroyed in episode 8.
      • Others who were aware the boat was destroyed want to know why he couldn't, in the words of "Weird Al" Yankovic, "build a lousy raft." In fact, he did so in at least one episode...and Gilligan sank it.
  • In 588 episodes of Lassie, Timmy never actually fell down a well. To be fair, a quick visit to that trope's page indicates that he did manage to get himself into pretty much every other dangerous situation a small child conceivably could.
  • Jokes about Lost often ask why "the fat guy," Hurley, never loses any weight on the island despite having a meager food supply. In actuality, the survivors of the plane crash had a variety of food to choose from, including boar and fish, and a research station full of consumer food was discovered in season 2. A Loose Change parody documentary on the fourth season DVD makes fun of this idea by asking how Hurley and the others retained their weight despite allegedly being stranded on a deserted island with little food.
    • Also, the show takes place over a much shorter time than it was aired. Seasons 1-4 took place over 108 days (this is specifically mentioned as how many days after Oceanic Flight 815's crash the Oceanic Six were rescued.)
    • At least one episode shows that Hurley has a horrible food problem; he's eating junk food from the mysterious sources (they got an airdrop once!) left and right.
      • It even gets lampshaded in one episode. Hurley finds a box of crackers and starts wolfing them down, even after Ben tries to stop him by pointing out that they're over 30 years old.
    • And before the group found the junk food, Hurley specifically (and indignantly) tells Charlie that he has, in fact, shed quite a few pounds while on the island - it's just harder to notice such changes when they're such a small proportion of his total body weight than it would be if he were thinner.
    • It's common knowledge the show spent its six seasons introducing "mysteries", and then failed to solve any of them. Actually, even in the beginning, the mysterious happenings often sparked heated arguments between the characters about whether a non-denominational higher power was sending them signs and portents, or whether they were just seeing things that weren't there because of the emotional scars they suffered in the flashbacks. In the end, both arguments are right: two higher powers caused the mysteries, in order to play on the characters' emotional baggage and make them pawns in a cosmic con and/or game. While it's arguable if a show about trying to grapple with God's ineffable design can escape from A Wizard Did It territory, in any case, the mysteries were still definitively solved.
    • It's also common knowledge the show never explained why Walt was special. Except they did. He was special because he was born with special powers. They don't reveal the science behind it, but in later seasons it's shown to be something that just happens to some people, like Miles Straume, and also in the numerous works of fiction the show alluded to, like Carrie or Force-sensitives from Star Wars. Numerous people throughout all six seasons are told they're "special" and that they belong on the Island; Walt was simply one more.
  • The panel show QI has debunking things considered Common Knowledge, then explaining the facts, as its central concept. They still mess up on occasion, and at one point retroactively awarded points that contestants should have received in earlier shows (Alan Davies got something like 500 points).
  • In the show Doctor Who the main character's name is not, in fact, Doctor Who. It's just 'the Doctor'. Admittedly, this is partly the show's own fault for using 'Dr. Who' or 'Doctor Who' as the character's name in the credits over 19 seasons, but it can be rather irritating to fans when people don't seem to know who they're talking about until you add the extra word.
    • This's a bit more complex than it looks; the Doctor seems to have an affinity for the word "who", using it on their car's licence plates, and occasionally using a non-English translation as a pseudonym. Two characters have actually called the Doctor "Doctor Who", WOTAN and Missy, with Missy claiming it's their real name, one they chose themselves, though the Doctor's own description of their real name speaks more of it being something that operates by fairytale logic. And the first question, the oldest question in the universe, is "Doctor who?"... and the Doctor will not answer it directly, no matter the stakes; there's only one time, and one reason, they could give their real name.
    • Also, the TARDIS has the shape of a Police Box, not a Phone Booth (though it does have a non-working phone on the outside, and the Ninth and Eleventh Doctors have been shown operating a working phone attached to the TARDIS console).
    • And almost all non-fans of the show know the Daleks as "The evil robots from Doctor Who," unaware that they're actually mutated aliens with robotic exoskeletons. This includes the writers of the Oxford English Dictionary. note 
      • This may arise from the story "Destiny of the Daleks" which refers to the Dalek/Movellan War as "two races of robots engaged in a stalemated war". However, the episode was written by Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks, and it shows the Doctor finding a Dalek mutant and has Romana say the Daleks were once humanoid, so the episode is at most implying that these particular Daleks have become robotic and is not claiming that this is a general characteristic of Daleks.
      • This is actually related to a more general misunderstanding of what a robot is. Especially if they're giant (though it doesn't apply in this case... except it kinda does).
      • And everybody knows that Daleks were always foiled by stairs until they were given the ability to hover in 2005. Really, Daleks have been shown to hover up stairs in "Remembrance of the Daleks," implied to be able to hover as far back as "The Chase" and have been implied to be able to move up and down stairs anyway even further back in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth."
    • There are a couple of ones involving Gallifrey Mean Time. Although it is never stated, it's more or less assumed that whenever the Doctor visits Gallifrey, the year is the year of the Doctor's birth plus the Doctor's age. This is never contradicted, since the writers like to refer to previous Gallifrey stories in the current one. However during the interregnum in the 1990s, it almost became fanon that Gallifrey Mean Time is in the Earth's distant past; there's really nothing to support this.
      • In fact, in show there's probably more in the original series to indicate that it's "present day". Both Omega stories, "The Three Doctors" and "Arc of Infinity", have events affecting Gallifrey and Earth at the "same time".
    • Much of the things which people think came in with the New Series in 2005 are actually Older Than They Think. For example, it is thought the Doctor never showed romantic feelings to anyone before Rose. The First Doctor had romantic feelings towards Cameca, an elderly Aztec woman in "The Aztecs", the 6th story. His proposal to her is accidental, but he does appear genuinely sad at leaving her and keeps the brooch she gives him.
  • On Starsky & Hutch, the heroes' chief informant Huggy Bear had a lot of different jobs over the course of the show, but pimp was not one of them.
  • Steve Martin was never a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live; between his first appearance on the show in 1976 to today, he only appeared in 24 episodes. Then again, it's an easy mistake. He hosted the show 2-3 times per season between 1976 and 1980, except for the 1978-1979 season in which he hosted one episode that year. Not to mention, "The Festrunk Brothers" is one of the show's most iconic sketches.
  • The Muppet Show
    • The show did not have guest hosts, it had guest stars. Kermit was the permanent host. Not helped by the fact that in the 2011 film, the Muppets do need a celebrity host for the telethon, but though they do get Jack Black as the host (against his will), he serves more as a guest star while Kermit does his usual hosting duty. Then again, this is justified, due to the fact that Black was only there against his will.
    • Additionally, Rowlf was not a member of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. He was part of the orchestra which included most of the Electric Mayhem, and has occasionally played piano alongside other members, but has rarely performed with all five original members. In part because Rowlf and Dr. Teeth were both performed by Jim Henson, and their instruments are similar (Rowlf plays piano, Dr. Teeth plays keyboard, and has sometimes played piano).
    • The episodes with Vincent Price and Alice Cooper are often referred to as Halloween episodes, yet while the episodes are both horror-themed, neither are Halloween episodes. The holiday isn't even mentioned in those episodes. The Alice Cooper episode did go out the week before Halloween, but the Vincent Price episode was first broadcast in January.
  • Detectives Jimmy McNulty and William "Bunk" Moreland of The Wire are a classic pair of wise-cracking buddy cops who work the BPD's Homicide Unit, right? Well, sort of. Though Bunk and McNulty are very close friends, they're only partners in the first season, and only Bunk consistently works as a homicide detective for the entirety of the show. note  Even in Season 1, the two men spend surprisingly little time investigating crimes together, since McNulty spends the majority of Season 1 heading up the special Barksdale task force.
  • Ah, Seinfeld, the "show about nothing". Except it isn't about nothing. This is one of the most subversive examples, because Jerry Seinfeld himself, series co-creator Larry David, and indeed most of the people involved with it, all blatantly said that the show was "about nothing". The in-series pilot that Jerry and George write together, based on fictional Jerry's life, is also reputedly "about nothing". But the show itself was actually about the frustrating minutiae of the everyday life, work and romance of the urban single American. For a show "about nothing", they sure had a lot of continuing plot arcs and recurring nemeses.
    • Everyone knows that George Costanza is an only child. Except he isn't; he mentions having a brother at least twice. The writer of one of the episodes (The Parking Space) was Larry David, so it can be assumed it isn't a continuity error, and this is never contradicted in any future episode.
    • George is frequently described by fans as a portly, balding loser who can't get women, and yet has more sex partners than the average man. In truth, George rarely complained about not being able to attract women, he just complained about how quickly his relationships seemed to go sour, or in some cases how he seemed unable to get away from a woman who wanted him, but in whom he was not/no longer interested. This was in contrast to Jerry, who would always find some token flaw in his dates and use it as an excuse to stop seeing them.
  • Dawson's Creek is so well known for having adults well into their 20's playing teenagers that it's the Trope Namer for Dawson Casting. However, the show itself actually averts this trope, with the core cast, anyway. James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams, Katie Holmes, and Joshua Jackson were all actual teenagers playing 15-year-olds when the show began. The trope didn't come into play with the show itself until the later seasons when you had actors well beyond their teens playing high school students, such as nearly 30 year old Meredith Monroe playing a high school student.
    • Beverly Hills, 90210 plays with this trope, however. While a lot of the actors were well beyond their teens, there were some actual teen actors such as Jennie Garth (who was 18 when the show began) playing high school students.
  • Judge Judy: Judge Judy has never used a gavel in over 5000 episodes. Despite this, numerous people claim to remember her using a gavel frequently. However,not a single clip of her doing show has ever been found. In fact, the only "evidence" appears to be single picture in Google Image Search which shows her with a gavel, but it is likely from an ad or promo and not a still from a real episode.
  • Everyone knows that Dateline cancelled their "To Catch a Predator" investigations as a result of the controversy generated by the suicide of Rockwall County, TX, D.A. Louis Conradt during the program’s Murphy, TX investigation. Except....not. After 12 investigations (three of them done after Conradt’s suicide) spanning three years, the staff of Dateline, including Chris Hansen, felt the story had run its course, and it was time to move on to other stories. While it is true that Conradt’s suicide generated considerable controversy for the program, it was not the reason Dateline stopped running "To Catch a Predator."
  • The 1995 BBC miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is famous for a scene where Mr. Darcy comes out of the lake in his Sexy Soaked Shirt, so much so that a (rather frightening) statue was made of it years later. Problem being, the scene of him walking out of the lake? Never happened. We see him dive into the lake, swim underwater, and then the next time we see him, he's already out of the water and his shirt is nearly dry.
  • In the lead-up to the short-lived Birds of Prey's debut, it was reported that Bruce Thomas would reprise his role from the Batman OnStar Commercials as Batman for the pilot. Thomas himself however rebuked this, saying that it wasn't him.
  • Parodies or depictions of the infamous Happy Days scene featuring the Fonz Jumping the Shark frequently depict the shark jumping at whoever is performing the stunt. In the actual scene, the shark stayed in the water the entire time, making the scene less exciting than you were led to believe.
  • Mark Goodson and Bill Todman did not create The Price Is Right. Bob Stewart developed it in 1954 while overseeing a local New York City show called The Sky's The Limit. He saw an auction house barker conduct a contest where people made bids on items of merchandise. Whoever was closest to the item's price without going over got to buy the item at its winning bid price. Stewart shopped the show around (under the name Auction-Aire) with no success until Monty Hall brokered a meeting for him with Goodson-Todman in 1956.
    • Contrary to what many people seem to think and what the Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows says, the final segment of the current CBS show is not the "Showcase Showdown." Since 1972, it has simply been called the "Showcase." In 1975, the "Showcase Showdown" was introduced when the show expanded to an hour to determine who goes to the Showcase via spinning the Big Wheel.
  • The Power Rangers' favorite hangout in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was not called "Ernie's Juice Bar". It was the Angel Grove Youth Center, which happened to include a juice bar run by a man named Ernie. Ernie didn't own the juice bar, as it wasn't a private business; it was one of several amenities offered by the local Youth Center, which was (by all appearances) a public recreational facility run by the city of Angel Grove. In fact, in Turbo and In Space, it other people running. This confusion likely arises because of "Ernest's Juice Saloon" in a season two time travel episode.
    • Also in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Zedd's putties had a weak point in their chest, which leads people to think they were a downgrade. But the Z had to be struck multiple times with very powerful blows, like flying kicks, or two people delivering a hard punch to the Z. Well, at least until villain decay sets in.
    • "Why don't they just call their zords and finish the monster when ti's small?" One of Zordon's rules is to never escalate a battle unless Rita forces you to, there's a practical reason for that too. Monsters often appear in the city, and calling the Megazord to take it out quickly would do more damage. Also, Zordon has made a few exceptions when the Rangers were on the ropes, like when he told them to use their zords to crush Samurai Fan Man while he was still small. Regardless, they waited until he grew large to call their zords, and every zord combination except the Ultrazord got its ass handed to it.
  • The Ultra Series suffers very badly from this due to its extreme Mainstream Obscurity.
    • Many people will say that Ultraman is a single long-running series featuring multiple incarnations of the eponymous character...Yeah, except Ultraman only ran for 39 episodes from 1966-1967 and all his "incarnations" are completely different individuals from completely different series that are sometimes not even related at all to the original Ultraman.
    • Many will also tell you Ultraman is made on a painfully low budget. In reality, the series was one of the most expensive TV shows of all time when it debuted (although Japanese shows are made on lower budgets compared to US shows), as it used the exact same kinds of special effects tactics used in movies of the period (also a strong case of "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny as many of these were groundbreaking for their time).
    • The Colour Timer was created to protect the budget from going overboard, right? Wrong! The Colour Timer was a last-minute addition made because the series' writers realized Ultraman had no weaknesses, so the Colour Timer was created for the sake of drama. The budget control is completely nonsensical as some episodes feature multiple fights and special effects scenes that go well over three minutes.
    • The Ultras always battle a giant rampaging Monster of the Week at the end of every episode and kill them with a beam to the face, correct? Not quite. While kaiju certainly make up the majority of the foes and the Behemoth Battles are certainly a major attraction, the Ultra heroes have met plenty of non-kaiju as well (mainly aliens; although many of them are able to turn giant-sized or get turned that way). Additionally, some Ultras have fought human-sized foes, thanks to their Sizeshifter abilities; not to mention some of the Monsters of the Week are spared or even protected if they're peaceful or non-malicious. The only Once per Episode of the franchise is that the main character needs to become the series' title hero; fights are only semi-obligatory. And to top it off, some Monsters of the Week are recurring foes of the Ultra heroes every bit as iconic in Japan as the heroes are, not one-shot characters (although many start off that way).
    • Every defense team is a hopeless Failure Hero that constantly needs an Ultraman to save the day, correct? Not really. The Hero Secret Service of every series does often need an Ultra hero's help to defeat the Monster of the Week, but at the same time, the Ultras wouldn't be able to win in the first place without them, as they can kill lesser monsters, whittle the main threat down, and even save the Ultra. Additionally, the defense teams have been able to defeat monsters without help from an Ultra (it just takes longer), and the Ultras utterly emphasize that they don't want humans to become dependent on them, thus will only appear to save the day once human effort has been totally exhausted and nothing else can be done. The defense teams are not there to pad time, but to support the heroes and fight alongside them.
  • British Childrens' TV of the 70s - blimey were they trying to Get crap past the radar or not? Drugs references in The Magic Roundabout, all those double entendre names such as Roger the Cabin Boy, Seaman Staines and Master Bates in Captain Pugwash (the title itself taken from an Australian term for Oral Sex) and that infamous episode of Rainbow which featured comments about 'playing with twangers' and references to female host Jane's 'maraccas'. Basically just a non-stop stream of filth aimed at innocent children, right? Wrong. The clip seen on youtube of Rainbow containing the double entendres was never a broadcast episode but just filmed as a private joke for an end of shoot party, only intended to be shown to the production staff. The names in Captain Pugwash are all totally made up (The cabin boy was called Tom, there was a Master Mates and there was no evidence that Pugwash was a slang term for oral sex) and creator John Ryan successfully sued people who said so. Finally, the reason for the surreal nature of The Magic Roundabout is that it was originally a French series but when the British bought it, the deal didn't include the soundtrack or scripts, only the visuals, so writer and actor Eric Thompson treated it as a Gag Dub, and all his family have confirmed that the strongest drug Eric Thompson ever took was asprin.
  • Similar to the above example, it was widely believed that Soupy Sales did a lot of Getting Crap Past the Radar in his live-action show. While he denies making any risqué sexual jokes, there is proof of one incident - Soupy asking his young viewers to "check their mommies' purses and find all the funny-looking pieces of green paper" to send him by mail. It's Common Knowledge that Soupy was being naively greedy, and that it cost him his job. The truth of the matter is, the whole affair was always intended, and understood by all but the nuttiest Moral Guardians to be a joke, albeit in bad taste for the time. He was winking and playing the whole time, and the often-forgotten punchline "I'll send you a postcard from Puerto Rico!" makes it clear that the audience was in on the joke. And he continued hosting the show for two years afterwards, his only reprimand was a slap on the wrist.
  • In VR Troopers the Skugs can only be defeated by touching each other, so one Skug would be invincible, right? Wrong! On multiple occasions, JB and Kaitlin have dispatched individual Skugs with their blasters and JB has even used his laser lance to take out a whole platoon of Skugs at once whenever he felt like There's No Kill Like Overkill. Despite this, there have been parodies of VR Troopers where Grimlord sent down a single Skug and it was either damn near indestructible or at least gave them a lot of trouble. In the actual show, a simple blast from a VR laser pistol would have done the job.
  • The Monty Python team were all public schoolboys from well off families, right? Well...while none of them were from families that were exactly destitute and all went to good schools, it certainly wasn't the case that they were all born into luxury. Only three of the team, John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin, went to public schools, and while Eric Idle went to a boarding school, this was on a charitable basis as his mother was widowed just after the war.
  • It's "well-known" that Father Ted ended due to the death of lead actor Dermot Morgan. But in reality, the show was already over by the time he died; it was just a coincidence. Nor was it the reason the last episode's ending omitted Ted committing suicide. Truth is, it was changed because the writers didn't think it was funny enough.

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