Best TV trivia of 2009

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The 100th - S5-E4

Trivia: This episode is the 100th episode of The Middle. Everyone in Orson is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Orson.

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Trivia: Co-star Chevy Chase was reportedly sometimes difficult to work with on-set, as he didn't understand the show's style or humor. He also repeatedly clashed with series creator Dan Harmon over creative differences, leading to a number of high-profile public feuds during production of the first three seasons. As a result, Harmon was fired from the show and didn't participate in Season Four. Chase decided to leave the show at the end of Season Four, and Harmon was subsequently rehired as the rest of the cast rallied behind him and demanded he be allowed to return. Nevertheless and despite their differences, Harmon gave Chase a prolonged cameo in the season five opener "Repilot," as the two had settled their conflicts in the meantime and he wanted to give Chase something of a proper send-off. Chase reportedly even later asked to return to the show for its sixth and final season, but ultimately was unable to, as his character had been "killed off" to explain his absence in season five.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Trivia: The living room of the TV show "Dat's What I Was Tellin' You Before" Roberta was watching in the cutaway is the same living room as the Smith house has in American Dad. Another cartoon created by Seth MacFarlane just like this one. (00:09:40)

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Trivia: Despite the series being a critical darling and winning a number of prestigious awards, it was quietly cancelled during its third season in 2011, and network Showtime never gave a reason why the plug was pulled. Star Toni Collette has stated as recently as 2017 that she was still frustrated that the show had been cancelled, as she loved the series and the cast and thought it would have gone on at least a few more seasons.

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Vampire Weekend - S2-E6

Trivia: Castle's Halloween costume is of Malcolm Reynolds, played by Nathan Fillion in the short-lived TV show "Firefly." Alexis asks him: "Didn't you wear that like five years ago?" Serenity, the film based on Firefly, was released 5 years before this episode aired.

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Trivia: This is not the first time that Laura Vandervoort, who stars as Lisa, has played the part of a glamorous female alien as she was Kara (aka Supergirl) Superman's cousin in Smallville.

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Trivia: The show is based on creator Ian Brennan's experience in show choir at Prospect High School in Illinois.

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Halloween - S2-E6

Trivia: Matt Besser, who plays Mitchell's boss, is the grandson of Joe Besser, one of the Three Stooges.

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Trivia: In Epitaph II: The Return, Alpha asks Tony, "Why would someone do something so horrible to that face?" He was speaking about the tech on Tony's face, but it was also a reference to season 1 when Alpha sliced up Tony's face with a knife.

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Trivia: The promo poster has Alice peeking through a rabbit hole. But there are no rabbit holes in the mini series whatsoever, even in the dialogue. Alice falls down to Wonderland by using a looking glass.

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Trivia: In 2014, the series creators and network were sued for emotional distress by the family of a man named Andy Abarca. Abarca had been killed in a shooting, and actual photos from his autopsy were used in the opening credits montage of the show, evidently without any permission from his family. His mother and sister just happened to stumble across the show on one night in 2013 and were greeted with grisly images of their deceased relative. It was evidently allowed as autopsy photos are considered public documents. As of 2018, there have been no updates on the case.

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Black Swan - S1-E4

Trivia: His wife's comment in the opening title sequence that he is "the Shakespeare of cheesy dad humour" is a nod to the fact that Joseph Fiennes played the lead in "Shakespeare in Love". (00:06:15)

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Trivia: The Doctor comes to Nevada in search of "A bowl of chili. The sort you only ever got in an American diner before 1962." During the 1960s, Chasen's Restaurant in Hollywood made a chili that became highly sought-after by celebrities (Elizabeth Taylor had some flown to Rome when she was making "Cleopatra."). Diners started changing their chili recipes in attempts to duplicate Chasen's secret recipe. This is why The Doctor had to go back to the 1950s in search of a bowl of old-fashioned American chili. (00:01:30)

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Trivia: Bradley Walsh had never seen the original American series before being offered his role.

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Trivia: Evan was originally written as Hank's best friend. But when Paulo Costanzo was cast, his physical resemblance to Mark Feuerstein inspired Andrew Lenchewski to turn the characters into brothers.

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The Lawyer, The Lemur and the Little Listener - S2-E2

Trivia: When Phil comes over to Linda's apartment, she said she watched 4 back-to-back episodes of "Alf." Show creator, Victor Fresco, wrote 4 episodes for "Alf."

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Go for the Green - S1-E4

Trivia: Tenaya 7 whistles "The Farmer and the Dell" before she appears to fight the mobsters. The infamous western outlaw Billy The Kid was rumored to whistle that tune before drawing his guns.

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Money Becomes King - S3-E9

Trivia: Much of the episode takes place in a coffee shop called Coffee Bucks. Coffee Bucks was also the coffee shop in Sacred Heart Hospital on Scrubs. Bill Lawrence, the creator of Cougar Town also created Scrubs.

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Trivia: In one scene, Callen mentions that he was shot on May 5th. This is actually the airdate of "Legend: Part 2", the NCIS crossover episode in which Callen's shooting happened.

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