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23 Facts That Will Probably Alter Your Perception Of These TV Shows

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1. In Game of Thrones, the Night’s Watch furs are actuallyrugs from Ikea.

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Costume designer Michele Clapton said, “We cut, and then we shaved them,

and then we added strong leather straps.”

2. John Krasinski filmed the footage of Scranton, Pennsylvania, that appears during the opening credits of The Office.

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After being cast as Jim, he visited Scranton in order to get a feel for the city and to interview people at a real paper company.

3. The tutu Sarah Jessica Parker wears in the opening credits of Sex and the City cost only $5.

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Costume designer Patricia Field said she found the iconic piece in a bargain bin right before filming the opening credits.

4. Matt LeBlanc dislocated his shoulder while filming the Friends episode “The One Where No One’s Ready.”

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In the scene where Joey and Chandler fight over the chair, Joey lurches and lands in it. During one take, LeBlanc missed the chair and used his shoulder to break his fall.

5. Jay Jackson, best known for playing Perd Hapley in Parks and Rec, was a newscaster IRL.

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Jackson spent 22 years as a reporter at KCAL 9 News in Los Angeles.

6. Stranger Things was originally titled Montauk because of the Montauk Project, a conspiracy theory about psychological experiments being conducted on children.

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There are rumors that the US government conducted psychological warfare experiments in Montauk, Long Island, during the mid-1980s.

7. While filming Gilmore Girls, Alexis Bledel didn’t like coffee, so her cup was always filled with soda.

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Meanwhile, Lauren Graham’s cup was always filled with coffee.

8. Queen Elizabeth II’s mother was such a big fan of The Golden Girls that the cast was asked to recreate scenes for her, live at the London Palladium.

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The cast appeared at the 1988 Royal Variety Performance.

9. The “Previously, on Lost…” voiceover before every episode was voiced by Lloyd Braun, an ex–ABC executive who originally greenlighted the show.

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Braun was fired before Lost even aired after he allowed the show to spend close to $12 million on the pilot.

10. Seth Green based the voice of Chris from Family Guy on the serial killer Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs.

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Green’s friend dared him to do his Buffalo Bill impression at his Family Guy audition and it just stuck.

11. The reason every episode of SNL begins with the phrase “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night” is because when the show first started, there was another show also named Saturday Night Live.

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The rival series was called Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell and began the exact same year as SNL. It only ended up lasting one season.

12. On The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, sometimes the hometown dates aren’t at a contestant’s actual home.

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Some contestants have held their hometown date at a relative’s house instead.

13. Taylor Hicks received more votes to win American Idolthan Ronald Reagan did during the 1984 presidential election.

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Hicks received 63 million votes, while Reagan received 54.5 million votes.

14. Matthew Broderick was offered the role of Walter White in Breaking Bad before Bryan Cranston.

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Both Broderick and John Cusack turned down the role before it was eventually offered to Cranston.

15. In the How I Met Your Mother episode “Something Blue,” the engagement that happened behind Robin and Ted was real.

The extras were related to one of the writers and were big fans of the show.

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The extras were related to one of the writers and were big fans of the show.

16. In Grey’s Anatomy, real surgeons are sometimes brought in to perform the surgeries whenever you see an extreme close-up of a doctor’s hands.

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The organs seen on the show are real cow organs.

17. Ted Danson spent two weeks attending a bartending school in California to prepare for his role as Sam in Cheers.

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Rhea Perlman, who played Carla, was sent to the Bull & Finch pub to watch the bar in operation. The Bull & Finch was later renamed Cheers after the show.

18. Even though Modern Family‘s Luke isn’t the smartest, Nolan Gould graduated from high school at age 13.

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He’s a member of Mensa and has an IQ of 150.

19. While filming The X-Files, Gillian Anderson had to standon an apple box because she’s so much shorter than David Duchovny.

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Anderson is around 10 inches shorter than Duchovny. The apple box used to help reduce the height difference became known as the “Scully Box” by fans.

20. In Boy Meets World, Shawn and Eric rarely had scenesalone together because Rider Strong and Will Friedle had trouble keeping a straight face.

They would automatically make eye contact and start laughing hysterically.

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They would automatically make eye contact and start laughing hysterically.

21. The Bayside High School set from Saved by the Bell was also used in That’s So Raven and iCarly.

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In That’s So Raven the high school is even called Bayside.

22. In The O.C., the Cohens’ pool was actually only 4 feet deep.

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During pool scenes, the actors would be on their knees.

23. And finally, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead may take place in the same universe.

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Merle had a stash of Heisenberg’s blue meth and the description of his drug dealer matched Jesse. Glenn also stole a red Dodge Challenger, the same car Walt Jr. bought

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