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24 Times Movies And TV Shows Just Completely Ignored Their Own Timelines

It's not that hard to make a character pregnant for nine months, people!

A while back, I did a post on TV shows and movies ignoring their own timelines, and oh boy, did the commenters have some more examples. Here are 24 times TV shows and movies completely rewrote their timelines and it made no damn sense!


1. In The Office, when the show originally stated that Jim had started before Pam, then switched it:

Jim tells Pam he told Michael he had a crush on her when she first started, then seasons later Jim says "Do you remember what you said to me on my first day?"

"In The Office Season 2, Episode 13, Jim mentions to Pam that he had a crush on her when she first started working at the office, but in Season 4, Episode 3, they have a conversation about the first moments they knew they liked each other, and that it was on Jim's first day, when Pam showed him to his desk."


2. In Friends, when Phoebe went from not being pregnant to being super pregnant over the span of six weeks:


"What about when Phoebe has the triplets? It was the same time as Ross’s relationship with Emily and he keeps saying he’s only known her six weeks, but in that time Phoebe has gone from not being pregnant to literally enormous! She then has the baby right after their wedding which is meant to have been a month or so later, so her pregnancy was three months?!"


3. In Harry Potter, when Snape was middle-aged, even though he should've been in his early thirties if he was the same age as James and Lily:

Snape in the first film
Warner Bros / Everett Collection

"Snape was too old by about 20 years. But I’m willing to overlook this because, you know, Alan motherfreaking Rickman."


4. In Reign, when Francis's little brothers aged really fast:

Henri and Charles as kids in season 1, then Charles as a full adult in Season 3 and Henri as an adult in Season 4
The CW

"In Reign, Francis has two younger brothers. When we first see them in early seasons, they're both children...about 8 or 9. Only a couple of years pass between seasons, yet when they appear again when Charles becomes King, they seem to have aged at least 10 years."


5. In Community, when Shirley was only pregnant for six months:

Shirley realizing she's pregnant around Halloween because Ahbed says she was ovulating then, then giving birth in May

"In Community, Shirley gets pregnant around Halloween and has her baby during finals, which is usually early May!! Six months or so!"


6. In Teen Wolf, when they kept changing when the fire happened, and getting confused on the characters' ages:

Stiles tells Scott Derek's family died in a fire 10 years ago, and then in a later episode Derek says it was 6 years ago

"Everything about the Teen Wolf timeline. They could never decide how long ago the fire took place — was it six years or ten? Or how old any of their characters were — in flashbacks of the house fire, Peter is played by his usual actor, a man in his mid thirties. In flashbacks that supposedly took place like a year before the house fire, he's played by an actor in his early twenties. And they show birth certificates and hospital records for characters that get their ages wildly wrong as well. Malia should have been like 13 according to her records shown on screen. Or how many months had passed at any given time — there was a time or two when they showed more full moons than there should have been given how many months had supposedly gone by."


7. In Beverly Hills, 90210, when they had a junior year twice:

the characters starting their junior years in Season 1 and 2

8. In Days of Our Lives, when Belle went from 5 to 15 super fast:

Belle as a toddler and a teenager a year later

"Belle on Days of Our Lives went from 5 to 15 in months!"


"Omg, Belle! I watched one summer and she and the rest of her friends were in high school. I come back the next summer and they were all in their mid-twenties, married, and pregnant. They clearly had quite an eventful year."


9. In Gossip Girl, when Rufus and Lily seemed to meet AFTER Dan and Serena were born despite having a child together who's older than Dan and Serena:

Rufus and Lily
Giovanni Rufino / The CW / Courtesy Everett Collection

"They reference Rufus and Lily’s time together (and his time touring in general) being anywhere during the early to mid '90s, and it’s alluded to being way before both Dan and Serena were born. But if they were juniors in '07-08 when the show premiered, that would have put them being born right at '89 or '90. Although this is said to be the time when Dan was bedding groupies and that’s how he met Lily, Serena’s mom. So both these people just had babies and were out partying in tour buses? Lily makes several references to her groupie days. But it all would have been when she supposedly had a newborn infant daughter at home...The timeline just does not make sense."


10. In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, when Amy seems to be pregnant for over nine months:

Amy heavily pregnant at Halloween in a pumpkin costume, then giving birth at least 6 months later

"It is established that she is fairly pregnant (enough to be showing during Halloween, putting her at around 4–5 months if we push it), and yet that heist goes all the way through Easter...and then she doesn’t give birth for several months after that."


11. In Pretty Little Liars, when they kept changing when Toby's mom died:

Toby sees his mom when he's a teenager, but then a flashback establishes his mom died when he was a kid

"Pretty Little Liars had so many inconsistencies that you could probably write an entire post about them. One that comes to mind is the death of Toby’s mother. In earlier episodes, it’s established that Toby was a teenager when she died. A few seasons later, we see Bethany push her off the roof. Bethany and Charlotte are kids in this scene. Since Charlotte is older than Alison (and Toby), that means he would’ve been really young when his mom died."


12. In M*A*S*H, when the characters were supposedly fighting in the war longer than the actual war went on:

photo of the cast of M*A*S*H
20th Century Fox / Everett Collection

"The show ran for about three times the length of the Korean War."


13. In Sex and the City, when Aiden met someone new, got married, and had a baby in a year and a half:

Carrie sees Aiden with a baby

"In Sex and the City, when they had Aiden appear less than a year and a half after his breakup with Carrie with a wife and a baby that’s at least 3 months old. Technically that’s enough time, but since they also made a big deal about other characters saying how hard Aiden took the breakup and how badly she messed him up, it seems pretty fast for him to have happily gotten married and had a kid."


14. In Friends, when Rachel was pregnant for over a year:

Rachel discovers she's pregnant at Monica and Chandler's wedding in May,  then is super pregnant on Valentine's day, and gives birth in April

"If they establish that Monica and Chandler married in May, and then Rachel had her baby in April (according to Google, Emma was born on April 4), then she was pregnant at least 11-12 months. Also, when she can't leave her baby to go to Phoebe's b-day dinner, it's Halloween, and they mention Emma is about 3 months... which also doesn't make sense because then she would've been born in July-August which would mean she was definitely pregnant for over a year."


15. In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, when Hitchcock and Scully looked vastly younger in the '80s than they did in the '70s:

Hitchcock and Scully looking similar to the present-day in the '70s and then as hot young cops in the '80s

"When Scully says that he took diet pills in the ‘70s, and it flashes back to him and Hitchcock looking almost the same as they do now, but then there’s an entire episode about them being two young hot cops in the ‘80s."


16. In Pan, when it seemed to be set AFTER Peter Pan despite being a prequel:

Peter, Wendy, and her brothers in the Disney Peter Pan in the early 1900s, and Blackbeard and Pan in the prequel in the 1930s
Disney / Warner Bros. Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

"It's always annoyed me that Peter Pan is supposed to be set in the Victorian period to early 1900s, but the prequel Pan is set during the 1930s and the World Wars. Peter never ages and all that, but he can't time travel. What were they thinking?"


17. In Black Panther, when Steve and Bucky *should* have been in Wakanda for the events of the film:

Bucky walks out of a tent and sees Shuri

"When did Captain America and Bucky go to Wakanda? If It’s right after Civil War, they’d be on the plane at the beginning of Black Panther."


18. In The Greatest Showman, when years went by and P.T.’s kids never got older:

P.T.'s daughters at the same age at the start and end of the film
20th Century Fox


19. In the Big Bang Theory, when the timeline of neither of Bernadette's pregnancies made sense:

Bernadette says "We'll find another time to tell him I'm pregnant" on Valentine's day, then gives birth on December 15

"On The Big Bang Theory, Bernadette knows she is pregnant on Valentine's Day, but doesn't give birth until December 15 (Amy's birthday, which is established as the same day The Force Awakens opened)."


"Also her second pregnancy is WAY shorter. She says in a November episode that she’s going to her 16-week appointment, but then at the beginning of March, it’s her due date. I have nothing better to do, so I counted. That would actually be about 30 weeks if the 16 week thing was accurate, which is 10 weeks early."


20. In Outlander, when Marsali and Fergus's baby aged super fast:

Marsali and Fergus with their two kids at Brianna's wedding

"Outlander had Marsali and Fergus's firstborn age about three years between when Bree got pregnant and her wedding, when her baby can't have been more than a few months old."


21. In Bones, when Daisy got very pregnant, very fast:

Daisy walking in super pregnant saying "Agent Booth!"

"In Bones, Booth is in prison for what seems a few months, gets out and Daisy, his colleague's ex, is suddenly nine months pregnant."


22. In Twilight, when Carlisle and Esme looked much older than they were suppsoed to:

Carlisle and Esme at Bella's wedding
Summitt Entertianment

"Carlisle and Esme look like they’re in their late thirties. I actually read that this was an intentional casting choice made by the director, who thought it looked more reasonable for slightly older people to adopt teenagers. I’m still not happy about it. Carlisle was turned at 23, Esme at 27. Their young age and established status were part of the Cullens’ weirdness factor to the people of Forks. As much as I love Peter and Elizabeth, casting them in these roles took away an important aspect of the narrative."


23. In Modern Family, when Lily seems to be older than Jay and Gloria's marriage, despite them having been married when Cam and Mitch adopted Lily:

Jay telling Gloria these have been the best 10 years of his life, and then a picture of Lilly with an arrow and the words "12 years old?"

"Modern Family Season 9 drives me nuts! In the same season, we see Jay and Gloria celebrating their 10 year wedding anniversary...we learn that Lily is now 12 years old! How is that possible? By that timeline, she should be 9 or 10 at the most!"


24. And finally, everything about That '70s Show, but especially when there were five Christmas episodes over 4 years:

screenshots from the Christmas episodes in Seasons 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7
20th Century Fox / Everett Collection

"They had five Christmas episodes for a show that was supposed to take place over four years!"


"Did that not just piss you off? You know damn well the last season was technically 1980 cause they didn’t have a license plate sticker on the Vista Cruiser."


"Re: That '70s Show, the creators wanted to get to Star Wars (released in 1977) as soon as possible. They had no idea the show would be popular enough to get to 5+ seasons, so they wrote themselves into a corner."


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