The Creepy TV Show Fan Theories Quiz


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TV fans take their shows seriously — they even come up with their own story lines. But sometimes those theories pass inventive and get plain creepy. Try not to get too spooked as you take this quiz on some of the strangest TV show fan theories.

According to one fan hypothesis, the star of "Murder, She Wrote" is actually one of these.

Some fans believe that Jessica Fletcher not only solves murders, but also commits them. How else would she so neatly wrap up so many tough cases?

Who plays writer and detective Jessica Fletcher in "Murder, She Wrote"?

Angela Lansbury plays the plucky author who lives in the tiny town of Cabot Cove, Maine.

According to fan speculation, why is Charlie Brown so down in the dumps?

Charlie Brown is always so unhappy because he's dying of cancer, according to some fans. The sad diagnosis also explains his mysterious lack of hair.

What is the name of Jon Arbuckle's pet dog?

One fan theory suggests that Jon and Odie don't actually exist, and all of Garfield's interactions with the pair are made up because he is slowly starving to death. Creepy.

Which "Sesame Street" character is a cold-blooded killer?

Ever wonder why the human children in "Sesame Street" don't stick around for long? Some fans surmise that they are being killed by the Count in order to quench his thirst for blood.

Who is the blond-haired charmer that stars in "Saved by the Bell"?

Zack Morris rules Bayside on the show. Or is the entire show all in his head, as some fans like to speculate?

What series inspired "Saved by the Bell"?

"Saved by the Bell" was a spinoff inspired by "Good Morning, Miss Bliss." In the original series, Miss Bliss always managed to catch Zack — who was much less cool at the time — before he could pull off his famous schemes.

What type of creatures are Ruby and Max in their eponymous show?

In "Ruby and Max," a cartoon rabbit named Ruby watches over her little brother. One creepy fan theory suggests that the reason you never see parents on the show is because both of the young bunnies are actually dead.

Which president allegedly had the show "Firefly" cancelled?

Cult-favorite "Firefly" was cancelled in 2002 after just 11 episodes. The show features a group of renegade outlaws fighting for civil rights, which (of course) inspired President George Bush to have the series axed to avoid an uprising among the populace.

Who is the cab driver in "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air", according to some fans?

Remember that fight in the title sequence of "Fresh Prince"? Some fans believe Will actually died in the fight, and instead of heading to Bel Air, he took a taxi ride straight to heaven with God at the wheel.

What year did "The Simpsons" premiere?

"The Simpsons" hit the airwaves in 1989 and is one of the longest running shows in history, yet none of the main characters have aged. Some fans think Springfield is in a time loop, which means that residents can't age, but those outside of the city experience time normally.

How old is Bart Simpson?

After more than 500 episodes, Bart is 10 and will always be 10 — if the time loop theory is correct, that is.

Where does SpongeBob SquarePants live?

SpongeBob lives in Bikini Bottom, which is located beneath the island of Bikini Atoll.

What happened at the real-life Bikini Atoll?

Bikini Atoll was the site of numerous nuclear tests throughout the '40s and '50s. That explains, of course, why SpongeBob and all of his friends are mutants and why pineapples are able to grow so successfully under the sea in that area.

Who is the real star of "Hey Arnold!" in one fan theory?

If one popular fan theory is correct, the star of the series is Helga, not Arnold. Not only is much of the story told from Helga's point of view, but she is also the only character to perform regular monologues.

Why is Arnold's head so misshapen, according to one hypothesis?

Fans speculate that Arnold's grandparents on the show are actually his real parents. Their advanced age caused a genetic mutation when he was born, resulting in a football-shaped head.

What do the characters in "Winnie-the-Pooh" represent?

One theory proposes that each character in the classic children's series represents a mental disorder, with Pooh as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Eeyore as depression and Christopher Robin as a person with schizophrenia who thinks he can talk to stuffed animals.

True or false: The concept of Pooh and friends as mental disorders came from a mental health journal.

In December 2000, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an article entitled "Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood," which compared the characters to mental illnesses.

What do the fairy godparents represent in "The Fairly Oddparents"?

One premise suggests the godparents represent antidepressants Zoloft and Prozac because they only show up to make Timmy feel better when he is feeling down.

What are the names of the fairies in "The Fairly Oddparents"?

Cosmo and Wanda watch out for 10-year old Timmy Turner and help protect him from evil babysitter Vicky.

Who is the only child in "Rugrats" who is still living, according to rumor?

Some fans speculate that all the babies in "Rugrats" exist only in Angelica's mind and represent the dead babies of her parent's friends.

Which "Friend" was never part of the gang at all, if you believe one alternate ending that went viral?

One fan theory suggests Phoebe is a homeless drug addict who never actually knew the other friends at all, but simply made up all of the stories in her mind while staring through the window at Central Perk.

What sitcom is a secret spinoff of "Happy Days"?

One Redditor posits that "That '70s Show" is nothing more than a spinoff of "Happy Days."

What state are both "Happy Days" and "That '70s Show" set in?

The cast of "Happy Days" grew up in Milwaukee. After Richie and Ralph went to war, they returned to their home state of Wisconsin and became Red and Bob on "That '70s Show."

What do Batman's villains represent in "Batman: The Animated Series"?

One fan theory suggests the famous villains don't exist. They are real only in Batman's head, where they represent his inner demons.

Which character on "SpongeBob SquarePants" represents greed, if the "seven deadly sins" theory is correct?

One fan theory speculates that the characters on the show represent the seven deadly sins, with Patrick as sloth and Mr. Krabs as greed.

Fans also apply the "seven deadly sins" theory to "Gilligan's Island." Which character represents pride?

The Professor is pride; Mr. Howell is greed; and Ginger is lust — if the theory holds true.

What is the name of the vessel in "Gilligan's Island"?

The three-hour tour on the S.S. Minnow turned into a multiyear excursion. Or the guests all perished in rough seas, and Gilligan is really the devil who foils every attempt to "make it home."

What drives the villains on "Scooby-Doo" to behave the way they do?

Some fans posit that the villains on "Scooby-Doo" are mild-mannered professionals who have lost their careers thanks to a severe economic depression, driving them to crimes they wouldn't normally commit.

Where do the Flintstones live?

Fred and the gang live in the town of Bedrock, but some fans suggest the show is set in a post-apocalyptic future rather than in the past. Others suggest "The Jetsons" actually takes place at the same time, with the "haves" living high in the sky and the "have-nots" scraping by on the ground.

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