Best documentary TV mistakes of all time

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Joey (2004)

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Joey and the Big Move - S2-E17

Visible crew/equipment: When Joey is leaving his old house, you can see a part of a boom mike at the top of the screen (over the doors).

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Factual error: In the episode, "Professor Blackjack", Manny puts a stack of one hundred dollar bills on the card table for the professor to bet. The bills are the new ones issued a few years ago with the enlarged portrait of Benjamin Franklin. The scene is supposed to take place in 1961.

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T-Rex Returns - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Theo hits the fence it becomes snapped a bit but in the next shot you can see him preparing to charge at the fence again, and it is whole again.

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Exotic Animal Keeper - S3-E13

Continuity mistake: While Mike is cleaning out the armadillo's hay, just before he finishes the second one you can see the amount of hay in the bin is a few inches from the top of the bin. The next shot goes to a close up of him removing more hay but the amount of hay now in the bin is a bit below the top.

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Series 11 Episode 1 - S11-E1

Continuity mistake: During the police car challenge, Richard Hammond is taking his homemade police car around the track on a timed lap (with extra points for flamboyant driving). As he rounds the Hammerhead corner, the makeshift stinger (that's a spike strip for the colonials) on the front of his car breaks off and is left behind. He then drives through a stack of boxes, getting one caught on the remains of the stinger mounting. As he approaches the second-to-last corner, the box has gone and the stinger is now back on the front of the car. In the final shot as his car limps across the finish line, the stinger is once again missing and the box has returned. Clearly footage from a different lap was substituted in.

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Other mistake: If you look on Disk Three, in the Features section, select "Behind the Tunes", you'll see three titles: "Too fast, too furry-ous", "Blanc Expressions", and "Merrie Melodies: Carl Stalling and Cartoon Misic". Misic? Just to be sure I unloaded the DVD player software and rebooted. Nope, still there. How did THAT get past quality control? Should be "music", in case you're wondering.

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Kevin Provance
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Coffin Punch - S6-E19

Continuity mistake: Jamie and Adam are shooting at Police badges to see which one would potentially stop a bullet. When they get to the third badge, it is held up to the camera. It says 'Jamie Hyneman' on the badge. The badge is then shot, and shown again to the camera. This time the engraved writing on the badge has changed to 'Adam Savage'.

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Continuity mistake: In the episode where they overhaul a 1976 blue van, there is a shot of the white donor van being carted away. Yet later on in the same episode, the white donor van is back in the workshop.

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Factual error: The episode centers around a Dr. John R. Brinkley who in Oct 1917 performed surgery to insert goat testicles into people. The program states that the doctor broadcast on the radio to all 50 states. In 1917 the USA only had 48 states.

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Sean Casey at the Bat - S3-E7

Factual error: The Dominator is shown parked in front of the Coyote Bluff Cafe. The caption shows "Rapid City, South Dakota". Problem is, the Coyote Bluff Cafe is located in Amarillo, Texas.

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Scotland - S5-E3

Continuity mistake: At dinner the two male guests in the forefront both have a full plate of food and a man in a brown shirt is pouring gravy on his meal. In the next shot the two men are shown serving themselves for the first time.

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