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I used to believe the tv serie "Doctor Who" was a spin off from James Bond... (until I saw an episode)
When I was little, I was told that on movies and shows, the actors were just playing a game, and later went home, and had regular lives like normal people.
My logical, though mistaken, assumption was that when cartoons were over, cartoons went home and had regular lives. The reason I never saw cartoons anywhere was because they lived in a separate cartoon world.
I used to believe that Telly from "Sesame Street" was hiding in my front closet and that if I opened it he would be there on his pogo stick talking about triangles
When I was about 8 years old, I used to watch a few TV programs from time to time. One of them was "Please Don't Eat The Daisies", which was a short lived sitcom about a family with four boys (two of them twins), similar in style to the Brady Bunch that came out a few years later. In "Daisies", the mother was a bit "bubble headed", a little wacky/silly. Somehow I had the idea that when a mother had a lot of kids, it kind of drained her, to the point where if she had too many she'd become really stupid. So I warned my mother not to have any more children (I was the oldest of 2). She asked me why and I said "because I wouldn't want you to become stupid." Needless to say, I went to bed without any dinner that night. I still believed it was true until I was a few years older and I asked a few "careful" questions of my school science teacher, to later learn how silly the idea was. ;-)
When I was very young and watched Sesame Street, I thought Sesame Street was a real street in my city that I could go to. When My mom and I were out driving around I would look at each street we passed to see if I could see Big Bird and Oscar and the whole crew. I really wanted to go hang out with them.
I could never understand how Unsolved Mysteries would be able to film things as they happened, but that the police could never get there quick enough to find out what happened. It was years before I learned that they were recreations!
I used to believe there were loads of Wombles, until about a minute ago...
When I was little I asked my older brother why The Beverly Hillbillies always said "Don't come back now, ya hear?" after the show. He said it was because there was a button on the back of the tv that you could push and watch the show over again. I asked him to show me so that I could watch King Kong, but he refused saying that I would make the Beverly Hillbillies have to do their program all over again. I was pretty old before it occurred to me that that was a big fat lie.
I used to believe that Cookie Monster really ate cookies. When I got older, I knew he couldn't eat them but I thought he had a hole in his mouth that you couldn't see (his mouth is black) and that he crumbled up the cookies and brushed the crumbs into the hole. I was skipping class one day a couple of years ago and flipped on the TV. Their was Cookie Monster trying to eat a Converse All Star high top sneaker. I was so devastated to find out that I was wrong. He crumbled up the shoe and when he thought no one was looking, he threw it under the counter. I saw it though! I can't believe that Cookie was lying to us all those years. He doesn't eat the cookies at all! He just crumbles them up and brushes them out of his mouth! It's horrible!
I used to believe that Eric Estrada was a woman. I heard the name as "Erica Strada" the first time, and just assumed this was a woman until I saw it in print as "Eric".
I used to think that when Ernie on Sesame Street woke up and smacked, that he always woke up with a cookie in his mouth. I always wondered how I could do that.
When I was a kid I used to watch Wheel of Fortune a lot. Whenever somebody spun the wheel and it landed on "Bankrupt" I thought that they really did lose everything they had (house, car, bank accounts, etc.)
I used to believe that when I watched televison, the people on the screen were actually behind my tv set. So I would always go sit behind the tv when my favourite show was on. Thinking that the rest of my family could see me on the screen in my favourite show.
My parents used to watch Dance Fever (70s show where couples would disco in fancy costumes and compete). I always wondered how the couples knew what moves to make. I thought they made it up as they go along. And if the lady jumped and the guy caught her, well he just happened to look at the right moment and catch her on time.
I used to believe that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle were real and that I should fear ninja's breaking into our home.
I used to believe that shows like Little House on the Prairie and Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman were actually filmed back in the times the shows were based in.
I used to become VERY confused when I was little and my mom would watch crime shows. Whenever there was a reanactment I would ask my mom how the directors do that, because I thought it was the actual crime taking place. I would ask her how they knew where to be to film it and why they never tried to help the victim. She would tell me to be quiet so she could hear the tv, this went on on until I could read. XP
I once thought that there were little mice under the wheel on Wheel of Fortune making the wheel move
I used to believe that everytime i saw a helicopter the A-team were in it on their way to fight the baddies!
I was told by my cousin that every car park that had the words 'max headroom' above the entrance had in fact been visited by the 80's computer generated head on TV - Max Headroom.