Hilarious Mistakes In Classic TV Shows

Oct 02, 2021James Montalvo

Movie and television magic has come along way since the early days of motion pictures. Since then we've been treated to amazing film and tv shows with captivating stories and breath-taking cinematography, and it's only going to get better. For this list, however, we're taking a look at the funniest hiccups along the way to greatness, especially for tv. Here are some of the funniest mistakes from classic tv-shows you wouldn't want to miss.

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THE BRADY BUNCH

Who could forget the loveable tale of the Bradys? The blended family with three girls and their mother, all of the golden hair, and the three boys with their father took the world by storm. With its iconic intro, goofy storylines, and seemingly never-ending reboots and spinoffs, the Brady Bunch is a classic.

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THE HOUSE?

One of the most iconic parts of the show and its movies is the Brady house. Astute fans of the show recognized early on that there are huge differences between the interior and exterior of the famous Brady Bunch home. For one, the interior and exterior shots didn't match at all. Outside looked like the house was a ranch style that couldn't support a second level.

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SO THAT'S HOW THEY DID IT

They definitely trick fans. Inside the house, you'll see a classic 60s-70s feel with a sunken living space but also see stairs to a second level. How was this possible? Well, they used different houses of course. The interior was a soundstage, and the exterior was just a regular house close by. 

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RAWHIDE

You can't saw tv classics without talking about westerns. One of the most popular western tv shows back then was Rawhide. It followed the trials and tribulations of a band of drovers of a cattle drive. The show introduced us to one of the most iconic western actors and future action stars ever, Clint Eastwood. 

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WERE THEY SPONSORED?

All throughout the show, you'll see the heroic band of cattle drivers in typical western/cowboy outfits. Every now and then, however, and especially in close-ups, you'll be able to notice that the pants many of the actors wear have the same brand. While branded items weren't anything foreign in those times, Wrangler jeans weren't introduced till 1947, not the 1800s setting of the show. 

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"I LOVE LUCY"

Let's start off with a pioneering show, shall we? "I Love Lucy" was about a naive and ambitious but lacking the skill, woman named Lucy who wanted to break into show business. It ran from 1951 to 1957 and starred the real-life husband and wife duo of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The show is hailed as a timeless classic and pioneer, but it wasn't always perfect.

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HOW GOOD WAS SHE AT THE PIANO?

The young middle-class housewife in Lucy had big ambitions for showbusiness; what she didn't have was a lot of talent behind her pretty looks. We're talking about the character, not the actress okay? However, there are moments in the show where Lucy showcases amazing skill with the piano, but when she's trying to form a band, it's like she's forgotten how to play altogether.

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THREE CAMERA SET UP

As mentioned earlier, the show is considered a pioneering production. That's because "I Love Lucy" is one of the first show's to use a three-camera set up, giving viewers multiple angles to view the story from. The trouble with being pioneers is that the show was also guilty of making mistakes. During its time the three camera set up was pretty tricky.

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TOO MANY ANGLES TO THINK ABOUT

With three angles to think about the filmmakers had to be critical about how to shoot. Unfortunately or fortunately for us, they made a few mistakes as they were perfecting their craft. In the episode "Ricky's Screentest", we see Lucy ruin her husband's screen test. The blunder here is in the set. The test was supposed to be on location, but it looks like they just used their constructed back yard.

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SO THAT'S HOW CARS WORK ON STAGE

In the episode "Lucy Learns to Drive", we get to see the magic of the soundstage. If you ever wonder how they got cars to work on set without the engine noises, well they didn't. As it turns out the cars are being towed in and out of frame via a truck with a rope or wire you can barely see connecting the two.

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STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES

When Star Trek: The Original Series was first aired, people were blown away by the crew of the Enterprise. Despite this, the show only ran for three seasons before it was canceled. Who knew that it would turn out to be the beginning of one of the biggest franchises ever. In honor of that, here are some bloopers and goofs from the show that ran in the 60s. 

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SULU'S FOOD

In season 1 episode 1 of TOS, Sulu played by the fan-favorite George Takei, is getting ready to have a meal at the ship's mess hall. Another character from the show, Rand, brings him a bowl of colored cubes. Space food, I guess. In another angle of the show, the bowl miraculously transforms into a plate, then back to a bowl again. 

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MCCOY GETS BEAMED A NEW SHIRT

Hank McCoy is the Enterprise's chief medical officer. The character is famous for his one-liners that get delivered in such dramatic fashion. All credit goes to the beloved actor, DeForest Kelley who played the role so well. In season 1 episode 6, the character becomes the epicenter of a big continuity error. He's seen wearing a blue tunic in one scene, then in medical staff uniform moments later. 

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CHAINS OF TORTURE OR COMFORT?

An episode of the show was once banned in the UK for its depiction of the scene. However violent it may have seemed to be, it looks as though the proceedings weren't so bad. James Kirk, played by William Shatner, is seen chained with his arms raised in one scene during the interrogation, the next the chains have him bound with his hands behind his back. Villains, they can never make up their mind. 

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HOGAN'S HEROES

The mid-60s and early 70s gave us Hogan's Heroes. A comedy about POWs at a Nazi WWII prison. In the show, the ragtag group of Allied soldiers did everything they could to thwart the plans of their German captors. Now, I know what you're thinking, how could the words POWs, WWII and Nazi ever be associated with the word comedy. Well, it worked and it was hilarious.

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HE'S A GENERAL RIGHT?

The show's antagonist is Colonel Klink, the warden of the German POW camp. Despite his station, he still fears and answers to one man. That man is General Burkhalter or is Colonel? The show's pilot introduces him as a colonel, but then they realized that Klink shouldn't be afraid of someone who is his equal, so they promoted the character to General in the rest of the show.

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THAT'S A NICE LIGHT YOU GOT THERE

In this shot during one of the episodes of the show, we get to see a closeup of a German Officer's ride. The Mercedes Benz is your typical German upper-class vehicle, and it was well used during WWII. It's not the car that we're trying to point out though, but what's reflected on the hood. On the left, you'll see a few shadows -- the cameraman, and on the right -- you'll see a reflection of the spotlight. 

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THAT DARN LIGHT AGAIN

The sets of Hogan's Heroes must have been really dark as they seem to have used a spotlight a lot. In this scene, which is now indoors, Hogan is speaking with Colonel Klink. When the Colonel shifts the angle of his head, we see the spotlight reflected once more. 

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BONANZA 

Taking us back to the genre of beloved western tv shows is Bonanza. Chronicling the adventures of the Cartwright family, the show is NBC's longest-running western. It ran for an impressive 14 seasons before it was canceled. It picked up many awards along the way and is hailed as a western classic.

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TIRE TRACKS IN THE INTRO

The season one intro of the show can leave many to wonder whether the Cartwright family were time travelers. The intro classically starts with the map of the West Virginia territory that the family's stories take place then it bursts into flames, incomes to the boys riding their horses on screen. Its obvious that they're filming from a truck because it's leaving its tracks in its wake, just look. 

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CHECK HIS FEET

Michael Landon played 'Little Joe' Cartwright. The character's name is derived from the fact that he's the youngest son of Ben Cartwright, not because he was small. Landon wanted to make this clear, but he was indeed shorter than his castmates. Instead, Landon wore lifts and subtle platform boots to make sure that he'd not look shorter than his tv brothers. 

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Which of these classic tv shows are you a fan of the most? Do you know of any more hilarious blunders and secrets that some of the best tv shows from yesteryear are still trying to hide today? Let us know in the comment section. If you know anyone who loves classic tv shows like the ones listed above, share this article with them! For more great content check out Amomedia!

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