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I used to believe that the TV show Matlock was a cooking program, because in Swedish "matlock" means "food lid".
I used to believe that when you turned off the tv all the people inside on the show you were watching stopped what they were doing and waited until you turned it back on to finish what they were saying.
I loved to watch Blues Clues as a kid. You know how Steve would say stuff like "Where was that clue again?" And then you'd hear a bunch of kids go "Right there!"
I always thought those were the voices of other kids who were watching the show at the same time as me.
And- it gets better- I thought that by yelling my answers directly into the TV speaker, this enabled other kids around the world to hear me.
I used to believe the tv serie "Doctor Who" was a spin off from James Bond... (until I saw an episode)
I used to think all television shows were made at the tv station on the hill of my home town.
I used to belive Ellen DiGenerous and Martha Stewart were the same person!
I also though Ellem DiGenerous was Ellen THE generous, because she gave gifts and so was "gererous"
As a tot, I believed that anything on telly was completely fictional.
I loved watching Star Trek, but I was always asking my dad, 'How can they afford to send the actors, cameras, and sets into space?'
I thought "make believe" in Mr. Rogers was "maple leaf".
I used to think that 'black comedy' was show like Family Matters and The Cosby Show.
When i was about 5 my grandparents were big fans of the show "The Young and The Restless" which is a soap opera.
Well, i used to get annoyed because i wanted to watch cartoons and they just had to watch "The Young and The Rest Of Us"
When I was little, I watched Pokemon obsessively. (I still love Pokemon to this day, though I'm not a fan of the 4kids dub...) Well, at the end of season one, they had a Pokerap, where they would rap the names of the Pokemon... I was so little, I didn't even know what rap meant, and I thought they said "Wrap". I pictured guys going around in a jeep wrapping any pokemon they see in tinfoil!
There was a cartoon on "Sesame Street" about a bellhop who had to carry 8 steamer trunks down 8 flights of stairs. I've seen this 'toon enough times on YouTube to know that I misinterpreted it badly as a kid, and as a result I used to be scared of it. I used to believe that as he was carrying the trunks (which I mistook for just being mere suitcases), he was falling down the stairs only to a certain floor (the 6th, maybe), and that there was an elevator next to the stairs on that floor that he tried using, only to find out that the elevator didn't work and he fell down the shaft, floor by floor (with each floor labeled a different number.) There was really no elevator and no elevator shaft he fell down, but somehow I didn't think this as a kid.
On "Sesame Street", there was a song called "Big Kids Cry". It was about three "tough kids" (they looked like Muppet versions of a typical biker gang, heavy metal band, punk band, etc.) who sang about how it's okay for anyone to cry no matter who they are and how old they are. When I was a kid, I thought they were crying because they misbehaved (and that crying itself was a misbehavior), so I was scared of that song as a result.
Wow, this is probably a weird, obscure belief. When I was about 4 or 5 years old I saw an episode of "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" where a little girl was getting a check-up at a doctor's office, and the little girl was in her underwear when the check-up took place. I believed it was "wrong" that someone would allow a child (or anyone for that matter) to be shown in his or her underwear on TV. I didn't realize back then that that's how people were supposed to be seen during a check-up at a doctor's office. Even when I found out that that's the way people were supposed to be seen during a check-up, I didn't know why this was because as a kid, the only things I remembered my doctor checking that was below my waist was my heart (and the occasional shot in the arm) and usually he'd just slip his stethoscope under my shirt instead of having me take it off (at least that's what I thought...)
my sister thought that soap operas were called soap boperas! HAHAHA!
My mum told me when she was little, her and sisters used to believe The Borrowers were real! Much to their parents delight they would literally lift the floorboards to prove it!
That "Twim Peaks" and Northern Exposure were the same show.
I thought that the anime Yu Yu Hakasho was called "Yu Yu Hockey Show"
I used to watch "Quantum Leap" with my Dad every time it was on. Of course, you think TV shows are real when you're a kid, so I started developing a fear that Sam would leap into ME. After a little while, my fear turned into happiness, because it meant he was there to fix a mistake in my life. One day on a car ride, I turned to my dad and said "Dad, if I start acting different some day, make sure you do whatever I say, because it will make our lives better." He looked completely confused. I told him it would just be Sam inside of me, and not to worry if it looked like I was talking to nobody (meaning Sam's hologram friend Al). My dad had no idea what I was talking about for a good ten minutes, and then burst out with "Oh! Quantum Leap!"
I used to believe that when the hosts of Sale of the Century waved at the cameras when the show was ending, that they were actually waving goodbye to me. I used to wave back at them.