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When I was 5, my father put a TV antennae on the roof of our house (this was the early 70's and we only had the rabbit ears until then). A few weeks later, my favorite TV show at the time had its series finale. For the longest time, I would beg my father to take the antennae off the roof, knowing for sure that if it was gone, my show would come back on.
I believed that if I watched a television program I was helping it stay on the air. Conversely if I didn't watch a show that I wanted to stay on the air, I was contributing to it possibly being cancelled.
I believed that a television show would wait for me if I was delayed in getting to the room to watch it.
Whenever I used to see, "To Be Announced" in the TV Guide I thought it was some type of religious show. I pictured singing ladies in dresses walking down stairs and talking about God. I didn't realize it meant the channel didn't know what program was going to be on. Unfortunately, I was in my 20's when I finally figured it all out. My family still hassles me about this. (It really did sound like the name of a chuch show).
when i was a kid i used to think that if you were in the middle of watching a tv show and you turned off the tv, that when you turned it back on later, it would still be at the same spot in the same show like it was a movie put on pause... i think i believed this because my brother and i were watching some cartoon one day and turned off the tv to go outside and play, and when we came back in hourslater, we turned on the tv again and it was the exact part of the exact same episode of the exact same show we had been watching earlier. it was obviously just a wayyyy coincidental fluke, but from there on out i thought that's how tv worked.
When we got a cable TV one of the channels you had to pay extra for was scrambled so that the image was black-and-white and upside-down. I convinced my little sister that it was the Australian TV.
when i was little, i used to believe that the presenters on tv could actually hear you. whenever they would ask a question to the audience, i used to reply by talking into the grills at the back of the tv (where the heat is relesed.) i also thought that the canned laughter was your que to laugh and would force myself to laugh whenever it came on!
I used to believe that all the actors I saw on t.v got phone calls one day telling them they have to act. I was a shy kid and did not want to be an actress so I dreaded the day someone would call my house to tell me I need to act on a t.v show.
I used to believe that black-and-white TV was there for you to colour in, I got in so much trouble when I put crayon on my Nanna's telly, then realise that the pictures moved too fast for me to colour them all in!
I used to believe that people (cartoon characters aswell) on the TV could hear you if you shouted loud enough, so everytime i saw a charcter i liked, i yelled at the screen and wondered if they heard...
I used to believe that things would come out of the tv if i went of the screen i would wait for hours to see it come out.
if you broke the glass on the tv, the cartoons could come out, or you could go in there with them
I used to think that when you turned off the TV, it paused like a video. I remember having a temper tantrum when I was younger. I was watchin a cartoon and my mum said we had to go shopping and that the show would still be on later. A few hours later and I discovered the news was on, I was so angry cuz someone had unpaused the TV.
Remember the "Wonderful World of Disney" that used to come on ABC? Well, now I know it aired on Sunday no duh, but I really thought the announcer was saying something like "The Wonderful World of Disney proudly presents... Beauty and the Beast...Someday at 7:00, only on ABC!!!"
When he was really saying "Sunday" at 7:00.
On account of this, I thought I had to keep waiting and waiting until "someday" ABC decided to finally air Beauty and the Beast. So instead of watching it on Sunday, I'd be in front of the TV on weekdays to be terribly dissapointed and finally came to the conclusion that ABC was fibbing. I thought it was some kind of joke and I always wondered who the wise guy was. It took a whole lot of coaxing from my babysitter one "Someday" to find that i didn't have to wait and that ABC was not a big, fat liar, decieving poor little kids like me.
when my cousin was little (like 5) she was in a dance class. one day we were watching people dance on the t.v she wanted to go in the tv and dance too. she ran to her room and put here dance clothes on she ran to the living room and stared crying when her mom told her she could not go in the tv and dance with the people
my mom said that if i watched tv for too long my head would turn square shaped. I definately thoght that this was true when i was little and there was even a time when i was sure my head was going square.
when i was younger, the tv had to 'warm up' before it could actually show anything on screen..when you turned it on, it was just white noise..and then the national anthem would play then all the shows would start to air..and whenever i got too close to the tv or touched the screen, my mother told me that the tv would suck my blood if i touched it or came too close to it..i actually thought that up until i moved to north america...
I used to believe that if you took a polaroid of a television screen that the polaroid as it developed would continue to play out the scene!
When I was really little, we only had basic cable (17 channels or so), and there were only a select few shows that I was allowed to watch (Sesame Street, Polka Dot Door, Mr. Dress-up), and of course, my parents watched the news from time to time, and my dad watched golf. So, logically, I believed that these were the only shows in existence, and each show had its own channel. So, it made perfect sense to me to say "Can someone please turn the TV to Sesame Street" on any day, at any time.......and I'd be upset if it wasn't on, lol.
I used to think that whenever a character died in a show or moive, that the actor playing the character died. I used to think that acting must be a stupid job, cause one day you'd have to die, just to make the story.