Best TV mistakes of 1974

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The People vs. the Fonz - S11-E11

Factual error: When the Cunninghams are talking about Fonz's trial, Mr. Cunningham can be seen wearing a digital watch. Digital watches didn't exist in the 50's.

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There's No Place Like Home (2) - S5-E6

Other mistake: At the very end, Mr. Hanson is seen walking toward the church. Because of his stroke, he's slow and unsteady. We see several close-ups of his feet, showing how he's struggling. Two of those shots are the same footage. It's obvious, because you see that he drags his foot over a small stick in the road and stumbles - and in both shots, it is *exactly* the same.

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They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be... - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: While Tony Vincenzo is eating, his butter knife instantly turns into a fork in the next shot.

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It Ain't Half Hot Mum picture

Class of 1945 - S7-E5

Continuity mistake: In "Twenty-one today" (4-8) Williams says that he grew up in an orphanage and didn't know who his parents were, but in this episode he says that his father was a coal miner in South Wales.

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Willona, the Fuzz - S5-E6

Other mistake: JJ says that everybody else in the office just has to look at their watch when the boss asks them the time but he has to go outside down the block because he can't afford a watch. Throughout the whole scene, you can see a wristwatch on his right wrist. He even raises his arm where his sleeve moves to his elbow to show it. It looks like a pretty expensive watch too.

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terry s
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Revealing mistake: The actor that played Barney Miller, Hal Linden, was left handed and did everything left handed. However, they always put his gun on his right hip with the handle facing the right. A lefty cannot conveniently pull the gun this way.

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terry s
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Factual error: There is no physical way that Steve Austin could perform most of his superhuman feats of strength in the ABC television series, due to the fact that they simply replaced his arm and legs, but didn't rebuild or reinforce the rest of his skeleton and muscles to handle the physical loads. Interestingly, author Martin Caidin (creator of Steve Austin in his novel, "Cyborg") actually did describe an incredibly complex whole-body rebuild that included vertebral reinforcement and ribcage and pelvis replacement, which were far more factual than the subsequent ABC television interpretation. ABC only accepted the series on the condition that it was less technical for their audience.

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Chico and the Van - S2-E6

Visible crew/equipment: While Ed, Chico, and Louie are at the diner, when Anita pours Louie some coffee Chico comments that she's a strange girl, and in the next shot the boom mic dips into view at the top of the screen.

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Rhoda (1974)

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Continuity mistake: In an episode of Mary Tyler Moore (from which Rhoda spun off) entitled "Rhoda's Sister Gets Married," Rhoda's sister Debbie, predictably, got married. In the show Rhoda, Rhoda had only one sister, Brenda, who was not married, nor had she ever been.

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The Horse Race - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Galen, Burke, and Virdon enter the village, Gregor's hands are far apart grasping the bars of the prison cart as they pass. Quick cut back to Gregor and his hands are closer together, holding bars that are next to each other.

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