All your favourite shows don’t exist

24 Jul

All of your favourite TV shows and movies…

…never really existed.

The reasons why?

Movie Bob at the Escapist Magazine had a really good discussion on it (seriously, check the link), but every single television show and movie that has had some major fanbase existed in the head of…

Tommy Westphall.

Who is Tommy Westphall?  Outside of clicking the link to find out, Tommy was a minor character on the hit TV series St. Elsewhere.  In the final episode of the series, it was revealed that the entirety of St. Elsewhere, from the buildings to the doctors to the patients, existed in the head of this young autistic boy.  That in and of itself isn’t that big, but think of this.  Back in the 80’s, it was hugely popular to have characters from one TV series appear in another TV series.  Hell, I remember people wanting to see Simon and Simon appear in an episode of Magnum P.I.  As it happened, characters from St. Elsewhere appeared in Homicide: Life on the Street.  It spirals from there.

Essentially, the universe inside Tommy’s head includes, but is not limited to:

  • All Star Treks
  • The Buffy-verse
  • Firefly
  • Aliens
  • Predator
  • Law & Order
  • Doctor Who
  • Red Dwarf

So all the shows you like and watch with a great passion…

Thank Tommy Westphall for that.


Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Fun, randomness


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