Everybody who knows me IRL knows that I am, truly, obsessed with conspiracy theories. I don’t necessarily believe in them, though I did once make a pretty compelling argument about how the moon landing might have been fake, but that’s besides the point. I just think the idea of something being not entirely as it seems is super interesting and a little eerie to me. What can I say, I love to be too scared to sleep at night! I also spend a lot of time looking up random fan theories about TV shows and, honestly, some of them are actually believable.
Even though a lot of these are just ~theories~ that haven’t been proven, they really do make you think about what your fave TV shows are actually about. Is Spongebob Squarepants just about a sea sponge, or actually about the dangers of nuclear testing??? I realize that I sound ridiculous, but just take a look at all of these crazy theories that will totally change the way you view your favorite TV shows.
The Rugrats Took Place In Angelica's ImaginationThis is perhaps the most famous TV conspiracy theory, but I'll explain it in case you don't know. The popular theory explains that the entire series of Rugrats took place in Angelica's imagination. She invented the idea of the other babies to boss around because she was so neglected by her parents – basically, the theory says no one in the show existed besides Angelica. If you really think about it, it actually makes a little bit of sense. According to this theory, Chuckie died in the car crash with his mother, which is why his dad is always an anxious mess, and Tommy was a stillborn, which is why his dad is obsessed with making toys for his unborn child. I'm SORRY if I just ruined your childhood. Image Source
Will From The Fresh Prince Is DeadThis one is really sad. Everybody remembers Will Smith's first TV show The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, where a teen goes to live with his rich aunt and uncle in California, right? But have you ever heard the theory that Will's character (also named Will) is actually dead? This theory comes entirely from the opening sequence, where he gets into a fight with a group of guys in a basketball court. Some believe he actually died after that fight, and him getting sent to his aunt and uncle's hour was actually him going to heaven. It's pretty far-fetched, but just believable enough to make me a little sad every time I hear the theme song. Image Source
The Flinstones And Jetsons Take Place In The Same Time PeriodEven though it appears that The Flintones takes place in the stone age and The Jetsons take place somewhere in the distant future, that might not actually be the case. Some cartoon fans believe that the popular tv shows The Flinstones and The Jetsons actually take place in the same time period after a nuclear war, where some people went to live in space (The Jetsons) and others stayed on Earth (The Flinstones). Weeeeeiiiiirrrdddd. Image Source
Spongebob Was A MutantIf you were a child of the '90s/ early 2000s, odds are you didn't go a day without watching an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. Some fans suggest that Spongebob and all of his friends were actually normal fish that acquired the ability to speak after an underwater nuclear test in the ocean. It get's even weirder: Bikini Bottom, where Speongebob lives, is named after Bikini Atoll, a nuclear testing site from the '40s. So, this theory actually does make sense. Image Source
Lizzie McGuire Was SchizophrenicHonestly....this one makes a little bit of sense. One Reddit user pointed out that Lizzie McGuire's animated alter-ego was actually a symptom of schizophrenia. The theory states "We can see that Lizzie is hearing voices that no one else can. The most obvious is her animated alter-ego, who appears throughout the series and movie whenever Lizzie is stressed. Schizophrenic responses often become more heightened when the person is stressed." They also believe that her BFF Miranda was also just a figment of her imagination, which is why she isn't on the show towards the end. I don't really think this is what the writers intended, but it makes for a pretty interesting commentary on how people respond to mental illness. Image Source
Charlie Brown Had CancerI may or not be crying right now, but another popular cartoon theory is that Charlie Brown is actually about a little boy with cancer, who dreams up all of his friendships. Again, there is very little to support this theory, besides the fact that Charlie doesn't have any hair, which could mean he went through chemotherapy. There was never a concrete answer about if this theory was true or not, although there was an episode in 1990 where Charlie encounters a friend who is diagnosed with leukemia. Image Source
Ash From Pokemon Is In A ComaIt seems like every theory is about our favorite childhood cartoons, right? Another conspiracy is that Ash, the main character from Pokemon, is actually a little boy in a coma, who is dreaming about his adventures with Pokemon, who aren't actually real. This can explain why Ash stays the same age for the entirety of the series. You can read this VERY in-depth theory here, if you are interested. Image Source
Which one of these fan theories shocked you the most? Tell us in the comments!