Many of us spend more time in front of the television than we’d like to admit, especially now that lockdown has given us the perfect excuse to binge-watch series after series. But, even with this increase in series binging, how many of us can call ourselves experts in all-things-series? Every show has its lesser-known facts and interesting tidbits of information that many avid bingers don’t know so we’ve thrown together some of our favourite lesser-known facts about your favourite TV series to give you even more inspiration to snuggle up in front of the TV for a binge session this weekend.
1. How I Met Your Mother: Sworn to secrecy
The opening scenes in the popular TV series How I Met Your Mother shows two teenagers sitting on a couch listening to their father tell the story of how he met their mother. These scenes (including the final scene) which are shown throughout all nine seasons of the series, were filmed during season one, to ensure that the children stay the same age throughout. The two actorswho played Ted’s children knew the real identity of ‘their’ mother and how the show was going to end for many years and had to keep it a secret the entire time the show aired.
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2. That 70’s Show: Mila Kunis’ little white lie
When Mila Kunis auditioned for the role of Jackie Burkhart in That 70’s show she lied about her age. The role called for the actress playing the role to be 18, but she was only 14 years old at the time. She told them she was going to be 18, she just didn’t specify when.
3. The Sopranos: The Bang Bang Club
The gun in the logo for The Sopranos was added in to ensure that there was no misconception regarding the genre of the show. The original designer when first receiving the script believed the show was about singers, but only after reading it did he realise his mistake.
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Google it!
The first time Google was used as a verb on TV was in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the final season of the show, Willow turns to a confused Buffy and asks ‘Have you Googled her yet?’
5. The Big Bang Theory: Big spenders
The four male actors in The Big Bang Theory were the highest-paid television actors as of 2018. The show ran for 12 seasons and ended in 2019.
6. Modern Family: Secret genius
Nolan Gould who plays not-so-smart Luke Dunphy in Modern Family, is much brainier than his character. He graduated high school at 13 years old and is a Mensa member.
7. Game of Thrones: There can be only one
Peter Dinklage was the first and only choice for the role of Tyrion in Game of Thrones. No one else was considered or approached to play the intricate character.
8. 13 Reasons Why: Selena Gomez as Hannah?
The role of Hannah Baker in 13 Reasons Why almost went to Selena Gomez, but she backed out and chose to be an executive producer on the show instead. The role was offered to Katherine Langford who auditioned and was offered the role via Skype.
9. Stranger Things: Blast from the past
To cast the popular series Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers auditioned 906 boys and 307 girls as cast options for the main characters. To audition for the show the children were asked to read scenes from the Rob Reiner directed movie Stand by Me.
10. Ozark: A change in direction
Jason Bateman was approached to direct the first season of Ozark, but soon became interested in the character of Marty Byrde. He was meant to direct the entire first season, but due to scheduling issues he stepped back, and other directors came on board. Laura Linney, who plays Wendy Byrde, only became interested in the project after learning that Bateman would be her co-star.
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