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There is a guy named Matthew Santoro. He has a YouTube channel where he posts a lot of fun facts and trivia that you probably didn't know. He uploaded a video called '10 Scarily Plausible TV Show Theories!' a few months ago and I thought I'd share them with you.

1. 'Rugrats' Never Happened

The theory is that all the Rugrats in the films were just a figment of the oldest Rugrat, Angelica's imagination. Chuckie died a long time ago, along with his mother, which is why his father, Chas, is always a nervous wreck. Tommy was a stillborn, which is why his father, Stu, is always making toys for his son who never got a chance to live. The DeVilles had an abortion and since Angelica couldn't figure out whether it was a boy or a girl, she created the twins. And that's why Angelica can speak to both children and adults.

2. 'Samurai Jack' and 'Powerpuff Girls' Share Universes

This theory is that the TV shows, Samurai Jack and The Powerpuff Girls took place in the same universe. First of all, Genndy Tartakovsky did the artwork on both series. The Powerpuff Girls were created by Professor Utonium to use their superpowers to fight evil. The city they defend is Townsville, USA. Samurai Jack is about a displaced samurai who struggles against an evil demonic wizard named Aku. The show is set in a distant dystopian future and the destroyed city resembles Townsville, and this can be seen in the picture above.

'Samurai Jack' returns on Adult Swim in 2016!

3. 'Magic School Bus' Kids Grew into The Planeteers

The theory is that the kids in Magic School Bus grew up to be the Planeteers from Captain Planet. Both shows are about the importance of science and are about learning. When put together, the Planeteers look a lot like the Magic School Bus kids, as you'll see above.

Feel the nostalgia!

4. 'Gilligan's Island' Seven Deadly Sins

The theory says that the characters from Gilligan's Island all represent the seven deadly sins. The Professor is pride, Mary Ann envies Ginger's looks, while Ginger is lust incarnate, Mr, Howell, with his trunk of cash is greed, Mrs. Howell embodies sloth, because she does nothing on the island, and the Skipper is gluttony and wrath, because he is a big guy and hits Gillian with his hat almost every episode.

5. 'West Wing' is in an Alternate Universe

The theory is that the show, The West Wing, took place in an alternate universe where former president Richard Nixon was impeached instead of pardoned, due to many fans wondering where President Bartlett fits in among the long line of presidents and how a Democrat could be nominated at that time in presidential history.

6. Ned Stark is not Jon Snow's father in 'Game of Thrones'

The theory is that Jon Snow is actually the son of Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark's sister. Both Kit Harrington and Sean Bean, who portray Snow and Stark respectively, both have questioned whether Snow is actually the son of Ned Stark.

I'm not saying anything else, since you can barely name anyone on the show with a name you can remember.

'Game of Thrones' returns to HBO April 2016!

7. 'Spongebob' Characters are Mutants

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The theory is that all the characters in Spongebob are mutants. The show takes place in Bikini Bottom, under the real location of Bikini Atoll, which is where nuclear tests took place in the 1940s and '50s. The inhabitants of Bikini Bottom were affected by the nuclear tests, turning them into mutants, which is why the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom act so strangely (in The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water, everyone in Bikini Bottom goes insane because they found out they couldn't eat some burgers).

8. 'Scooby-Doo' Takes Place in a Depression

The theory is that the original Scooby-Doo show was set after a horrible economic depression. That's why everything is abandoned and falling apart and why the villains are people that would normally be well-respected. Professors, museum curators, and celebrities, all of which have fallen on hard times, would then don a monster or ghost get-up and haunt their former workplace.

9. 'Happy Days' Leads to 'That '70s Show'

The theory is that That '70s Show was a sort of spinoff of Happy Days. The characters of Richie and Ralph went off to the Korean War, while Fonzie stays behind. Richie, without Fonzie, who kept him cool, comes back from the war 20 years later, and now goes by Red. Ralph, now known as Bob, has a fractured relationship with Red, because the glue that was the Fonz is gone.

10. 'Jetsons' and 'Flintstones' are set in the same society

The theory is that the Jetsons and the Flintstones are two portions of the same society. The Jetsons live in a picturesque future version of suburban life. The Flintstones live in Bedrock. The Flintstones have constructed a way of life similar to that of their long dead ancestors. That would explain the talking animals, as in the future, these creatures would be synthetic. Animals in this world would have died off, so they utilized robot animals, and used them like kitchen appliances.

And in 1987, there was a crossover episode called 'The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones'. The episode involved time travel, but it might have not been time travel at all.

OH JEEZ IM TIRED. Well, I'm done here.


Which was your favorite theory?


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