The Craziest TV and Movie Mistakes of All Time


There is something magical about getting lost in a good movie or TV show. However, if you’re not careful, there are many ways your sense of immersion can be broken.

And nothing ruins that sense of immersion like a glaring mistake that the actors, showrunners, and directors failed to catch in time. Once you see these major errors, it’s tough to ever look back on your favorite movies and shows the same way ever again.

What are the craziest television and movie mistakes of all time, though? Keep reading to discover the answer!

Name confusion in Supernatural

Across its many seasons, Supernatural ended up building an impressive universe full of powerful lore. Things were a bit looser in the first season, though, leading to a very memorable mistake.

In the episode “Provenance,” the character Dean calls his brother “Jared,” seemingly referring to the first name of the actor. This is the kind of goof that happens all the time in filming and is usually caught quickly and reshot. In this case, the embarrassing mistake made it all the way to the finished episode.

Time travel in Stranger Things?

Generally, the details in Stranger Things are perfect. The showrunners go out of their way to do things like dress the cast in authentic 1980s clothing. However, one pivotal part of the very first episode ended up being a major anachronistic mistake.

It all has to do with the Dungeons & Dragons Demogorgon piece the kids are playing with in that first episode. Throughout the season, the Demogorgon was a kind of metaphor for the otherworldly evil they were fighting. However, the Demogorgon figure the kids are using wasn’t made until 1984, which means they would not have been able to play with it in 1983 when the first season was set.

A breakfast switcheroo in Pretty Woman

Some movie mistakes are harder to notice than others. Once you do, though, you’ll never be able to not notice the mistake.

For example, Pretty Woman features a scene where Julia Roberts is eating breakfast. What she’s eating, though, depends on when you look at the screen. One moment, it’s a croissant. But once the camera cuts away and then comes back to Roberts, she’s suddenly eating a pancake!

The Stormtrooper bonking his head

While the franchise has gone in some weird directions (for good or for bad), nobody can deny that the first Star Wars movie is one of the most influential films in all history. However, it was far from being a perfect movie.

How can we tell? In one scene, as Stormtroopers file into the control room, one of them bumps his head on the door. This goof made it into the final cut of the film, and the scene has even been homaged in other Star Wars movies (for example, Jango Fett bangs his head going into his ship in Attack of the Clones). 

Starbucks in Westeros?

Game of Thrones takes place not only in what appears to be the past but in a different kind of world altogether, one where seasons can last many long years. That means anything modern is going to stick out like a sore thumb in this brutal show.

However, things got a bit laxer in the final season, leading to a hilarious goof where a Starbucks cup is clearly visible in the background. It was digitally removed later on, but this scene is still referenced by both those who love and hate the show as a hilarious goof.

Bullet holes in Pulp Fiction

If you remember Pulp Fiction, you likely remember a scene where characters played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson survive a hail of bullets fired at them. And Jackson’s character thinks the bullets missing them was a matter of divine intervention.

However, you might not be able to miss the bullets ever again when you pay close attention to the screen. Look closely and you’ll notice the bullet holes are already in the walls even before the scene where the gun gets fired!

Maggie’s picture in The Simpsons

There aren’t too many animation mistakes in The Simpsons, but when they’re bad, they’re really bad. And a perfect example of this occurs in the episode “Maggie Makes Three” when Marge goes to tell Homer that she is pregnant with baby Maggie.

Look closely, and you’ll notice there is already a framed picture of Maggie in the scene as Marge breaks the news to Homer. And when producers noticed the error, we can only imagine they emulated Homer by uttering their very best “D’oh!”

Osama bin Laden in Breaking Bad

Sometimes, people forget that Breaking Bad was supposed to be a period piece. Specifically, the show took place in 2007. But towards the end of the show, both a writer and showrunner Vince Gilligan forgot about this detail in a big way.

We can see this when bad guy Jack Welker dishes to his nephew about the death of Osama bin Laden. Just one problem: the terrorist was killed in 2011. When another writer ended up asking Gilligan about the flub, the showrunner admitted there was no way to reconcile the mistake with the show being a period piece.

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