Best TV trivia of 2019

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Hard Times - S1-E3

Trivia: Budget limitations means the original plan for the Globe scene to feature a packed theatre had to be cut down, because they couldn't afford hundreds of extras with full costume starting at 5am, in order to finish before the theatre was used for a performance later in the day. Unwilling to cut the scene entirely, Neil Gaiman realised if they altered the sequence such that Hamlet was a flop, they could get away with just a few extras and work that into the dialogue.

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Trivia: The show is based on a comic books series written by Gerard Way, who was the lead singer for the band My Chemical Romance.

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Not All Men - S1-E7

Trivia: When Taissa leaves work and sees an angry man in his car repeatedly trying to jam his straw into his drink, the logo on the cup is the Busy Bee Cafe logo. The Busy Bee cafe was seen in the original Twilight Zone episode Nick of Time with William Shatner.

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Trivia: Simon Pegg's extended cameo as Hughie's father is a specific nod to the comics - the look of "Wee Hughie" in the original comics was based on Simon Pegg. Artist Darick Robertson said "it was important to capture an innocence but tough determination in Hughie. Two things that seemed to contradict each other and somehow in early sketches he kept looking too old. When I saw Simon Pegg in Spaced I thought he captured that balance perfectly." Pegg knew he was too old to play the character himself, but was happy to play his father.

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What a Night for a Dark Knight! - S1-E13

Trivia: Daphne talks about Alfred who was like an uncle to her. In DC comics, Batman's butler Alfred had a niece by the name of Daphne Pennyworth.

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Trivia: The musical score was based on ambient audio samples taken from a decommissioned Lithuanian power plant where the series was filmed.

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Hopkinsville - S2-E4

Trivia: If you look closely, that Bourbon that Captain Quinn is drinking is called "Ruppelt Bourbon", a nod to the real-life Captain Ed Ruppelt, the first Director of Project Blue Book, and who the character of Captain Quinn is partially based. Thanks to David O'Leary for the information. (00:18:20)

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Chapter 1: The Mandalorian - S1-E1

Trivia: A character very briefly mentions a holiday called "Life Day" in the pilot episode in a throwaway line. This is a rather peculiar callback to the infamously bad "Star Wars Holiday Special," which featured a fictional Wookie holiday called "Life Day."

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Trivia: Sophia Gennusa, who plays Shepherd's (Jennifer Carpenter) daughter Hannah, plays a younger version of Carpenter in the Limitless episode "Hi, My Name Is Rebecca Harris."

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Trivia: A sequel to the original film, titled "The Power of the Dark Crystal," was initially planned. However, the film spent many years in development hell with several different writers and directors being attached at different points. Eventually, French director Louis Letterier became attached to the project around 2012, and it was subsequently retooled into this prequel series for Netflix. "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" was finally released in the Summer of 2019 - almost 37 years after the original debuted in Winter, 1982.

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Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two - S1-E9

Trivia: The version of Batman played by famous Bat-voice Kevin Conroy is a darker version of that from the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. The line "the world only makes sense when you force it to" is a version of a line from that comic (also used in Batman V Superman), also "Clark always said yes to anything with a badge or a flag." There are also elements from Batman Beyond, which first aired in 1999 (hence Earth-99), in which Conroy voiced an older Bruce Wayne mentoring a new Batman. The whole scene is full of nods to other versions - describing Kryptonite as "a little souvenir from the old hometown" is a Lex Luthor line from the original Superman movie, and him describing Superman as "strange visitor from another planet, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men" comes from Superman serials from the 40s and 50s.

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Trivia: The Doctor Manhattan - themed sex toy that Laurie receives is called "Excalibur." This is a clue to Doctor Manhattan actually being Cal Abar, i.e. when he returns to his Doctor Manhattan form, he is "ex Cal Abar".

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