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Wild Fan Theories About '90s Sitcoms 

CE Hudspeth
Updated March 12, 2020 19.2k votes 4.4k voters 845.7k views 11 items

What are the most out-there '90s sitcoms fan theories? Known for their (mostly) wholesome storylines and ambient laugh tracks, one would not think anyone would bother diving too deep into such shows. The Internet, however, is full of creative minds, and nothing makes that clearer than seeing what happens when folks overanalyze television shows. As a result, fans of particular shows can reap the benefits of fans with overthinking minds who know a thing or two about cooking up conspiracies. With everything '90s being all the rage these days, there are plenty of '90s sitcoms conspiracy theories to go around. Which theory below do you think is most likely to be true? Vote it to the top! If you love sitcoms, check out some new sitcoms and generate some fan theories about shows that are currently on air. 

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'Friends,' 'Seinfeld,' And 'Mad About You' All Took Place In The Same Universe
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On an episode of Mad About You, Phoebe’s twin sister, Ursula, is a waitress at a restaurant named Riff’s. Also, Jamie from Mad About You was on Friends, and she spoke to Phoebe at Central Perk, mistaking her for Ursula. That links Mad About You to Friends. 

Meanwhile, Kramer was once on Mad About You, taking over Paul’s apartment, and he mentions a comedian living across the hall – an obvious reference to Jerry, linking Mad About You to Seinfeld. This would mean they’re all closely connected.
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'Boy Meets World' Is Shown As Cory Sees It
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One thing fans of this series question is the evolution of Eric’s character, from cool older brother to comically dumb dummy. The theory says that we’re being shown things as Cory sees them, so as a kid his older brother was cool, but once he’s grown and matured, he sees how stupid he is. This could also explain the disappearance of his little sister for a couple seasons, because he was a teenager who wants nothing to do with their younger sibling.

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Bender From 'Futurama' Isn’t A Criminal Until He Meets Fry
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When the series begins, Bender is on the brink of ending his life because he found out he was making suicide booths, yet throughout the series his character is completely different. When Fry and Bender are trying to escape Leela in the head museum, Bender gets shocked by a light fitting. The theory is that this rebooted him, and since it happened in the hall of criminals, it turns him “into the lovable but highly-illegal rogue.”

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'That '70s Show' Is A Sequel To 'Happy Days'
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This theory suggests that Richie from Happy Days is Red from That '70s Show. At the end of Happy Days, Richie and Ralph head off for the Korean War, but Fonzie stays behind. Fonz was the person who always kept Richie calm, but since he wasn’t around, you flash forward 20 years and Richie is Red, embittered by his experiences. Without Fonz around, Red's relationship with his silly neighbor, Bob (Ralph) has gone kaput. The theory also makes note of the fact that Happy Days was made in the '70s and set in the '50s, while That '70s Show was made in the '90s and set in the '70s. Though not mentioned in the original theory, it’s worth pointing out that both series take place in Wisconsin, as well.

 

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