Jean G

Show generally

Deliberate mistake: Robert Brown wears a gold turtleneck sweater with his leather outfit throughout the series. Though it's more than 100 years beyond the show's 19th Century setting, he and the producers decided that he looked good in it, so allowed the anachronism to stand.

Jean G

5th Jan 2010

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Deliberate mistake: Montag's hair gets intermittently shorter, longer and shorter again (and acquires a "cow lick" that wasn't there before) near the end of the film. (Oskar Werner had clashed with Francois Truffaut and deliberately had his hair cut to spite director.)

Jean G

The Probe - S2-E17

Deliberate mistake: Amanda survives a plane crash into the ocean, hurricane winds in a life raft, then experimentation and attacks by giant microbes inside the alien probe. Yet when she and the others are rescued at the end, not one strand of hair is loose in her 1960s "beehive" hairdo. (00:49:05)

Jean G

Stinky Flanagan - S2-E21

Deliberate mistake: At the end, the U.S. Cavalry "brand" Blue finds on the mule isn't a brand at all: it's obviously been applied with white paint to make it more visible to the camera. It's also unlikely that it would be so large, or that it would be located on the animal's neck instead of on its rump. (00:46:50)

Jean G

Deliberate mistake: Fritz rescues the mud-trapped zebra and Roberta rides it across the island to the tree house, then again later in the race. Zebras, however, cannot be domesticated or ridden. To film these scenes, Disney & Co. painted a white horse with zebra stripes. (01:20:00 - 01:46:30)

Jean G

27th Apr 2008

Time Trax (1993)

Show generally

Deliberate mistake: "Treasure of the Ages": Darien delivers Mary's child during the hurricane. There's no time lapse in the scene, but somehow the kid emerges perfectly clean: no blood, no placenta - and no umbilical cord. Darien also neglects to wash his hands before reaching in to turn the breeched baby around. (Ewwwwww!) (00:45:00)

Jean G

Second City - S1-E12

Deliberate mistake: Kermani finds a nitroglycerin tablet in the suspect's apartment. Because we need to see it when he holds it for the close-up, the tablet he has is much too large to be nitro. That drug is dispensed as an extremely tiny pill designed to dissolve instantly under the tongue. (00:22:30)

Jean G

The Night of the Tottering Tontine - S2-E16

Deliberate mistake: The knife that has just killed one of the investors doesn't have a trace of blood on it. No one had time to clean it off. (00:20:00)

Jean G

19th Jan 2008

Brimstone (1998)

Pilot - S1-E1

Deliberate mistake: Coming back to Earth in 1998, Stone is amazed to see the Cincinnati Reds and the NY Yankees on TV in an interleague game. This wasn't yet possible in '98, as an American League East team could then play only a National League East team (and the Reds are NL Central). But the producers put it in anyway as their own little "fantasy baseball game," because these were their favorite teams.

Jean G

Mr. Garrity and the Graves - S5-E32

Deliberate mistake: Garrity blackmails the town citizens into paying him not to resurrect their unlamented "loved ones." Amazingly, every man in the saloon just happens to have hundreds of dollars ($500 - $1200 each) in his pocket to pay up with. In 1890 money, that's roughly equivalent to a group of modern-day bar patrons all carrying ten to thirty thousand dollars around in their pockets. The scenario was apparently used in spite of its incredibility just to more quickly advance the plot.

Jean G

Spur of the Moment - S5-E21

Deliberate mistake: The first of two twists meant to come at the end of this episode was the revelation that the mysterious dark rider chasing Anne was herself - 25 years in the future. According to writer Richard Matheson, the director chose, for some bizarre reason, to deliberately spoil this "reveal" by inserting a close-up of the rider early on, showing the viewers who she was at the outset.

Jean G

Show generally

Deliberate mistake: Though it was, overall, far more historically accurate than most TV westerns, "High Chaparral" retained one anachronism throughout its run. For safety reasons, all the coal-oil lamps and lanterns on the set contained obvious electric light bulbs rather than burning wicks.

Jean G

16th Sep 2007

The Prisoner (1967)

Once Upon A Time - S1-E16

Deliberate mistake: The credits list "Number 86" as played by John Maxim. But no such character appears in the episode. Apparently, 86 was left on the cutting room floor, but the titles weren't altered accordingly.

Jean G

10th Jul 2007

Babylon 5 (1994)

Show generally

Deliberate mistake: Though he moved freely about the station in his environmental suit, Kosh was never actually seen going through a door. He approached doors, but then, sometimes rather disconcertingly, would suddenly be shown on the other side. The reason: look closely and you'll realise his costume was too large to fit through any of the doorways on the set, so in reality the character would never have been able to move around the station.

Jean G

10th Jul 2007

Blake's 7 (1978)

Orac - S1-E13

Deliberate mistake: Because Stephen Greif tore an Achilles tendon playing squash, a stand-in had to complete his scene with Servalan in Ensor's underground complex. The result was a very odd segment in which we hear Travis' voice (pre-recorded by Greif) answering Servalan's lines, but never see him - except for an awkward shot of shuffling, black-booted feet that are all-too-obviously not Greif's.

Jean G

The Invisible Enemy - S2-E7

Deliberate mistake: Though by 1964 it was already suspected (and later confirmed by Mariner IV) that Mars has an atmosphere humans can't breathe and temperatures too low for humans to tolerate, Merritt and his crew are here exploring the planet sans spacesuits. This was "fudged" because space helmets A)are expensive, B)reflect cameras, and most importantly, C)obscure the actors' faces. (00:24:00)

Jean G

20th May 2007

Hawaii Five-O (1968)

A Bullet for McGarrett - S2-E6

Deliberate mistake: Han is shot several times as he dives from the board into the pool. But when his body is shown slowly floating back to the surface, there's not a trace of blood on him or in the water. (00:03:30)

Jean G

7th Apr 2007

Hawaii Five-O (1968)

Season 8 generally

Deliberate mistake: 8-4 "Target? The Lady": During the car chase, a crowd of real-life tourists is standing on the sidewalk, very obviously ogling the film crew as they shoot the scene. The footage was left in to avoid an expensive retake of the stunt chase.

Jean G

Situation Red - S3-E19

Deliberate mistake: We see the Air Force plane's bomb bay doors come open. But in the next shot of the plane banking, the doors are instantly closed again. (00:45:20)

Jean G

25th Jan 2007

Time Tunnel (1966)

Merlin the Magician - S1-E27

Deliberate mistake: Here, as in many other episodes, Doug and Tony are time-shifted wearing period (in this case, Viking) clothing. But they tumble into their next adventure magically wearing their left-behind 20th Century clothes again. (00:45:30)

Jean G
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Suggested correction: A comment, not a correction to your astute and correct observation about the Time Tunnel. Aside from it being episodic television that allows characters to look the same in all situations, I believe Tony and Doug keep their clothing, hair length, lack of facial hair, etc, because the Time Tunnel "remembered" the exact disposition of Tony and Doug when they first entered the Tunnel, allowing them to keep their clothing, hair length, etc., as they slip through time. Any "Time Tunnel" aficionados wishing to add more to this would make a fascinating discussion.

Scott215

A valid speculation with which I agree, but as the poster himself points out, not a correction.

Jean G

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