10+ Fan Theories About TV Shows That MIght Be True

You may know and love these shows, but have you had a good long think about them?

What if there was a glaring bit of subtext that went over your head? The next time you watch these, you should see if these theories actually hold up.

1. "SpongeBob SquarePants"


Bikini Bottom is canonically located under Bikini Atoll, a radioactive bomb site.

Could this explain all the talking sea life? And why Sandy has chosen to live under the water?

2. "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"


The characters might be uglier than we think. Why?

In 'High School Reunion Part 2' Dee, Mac and Dennis perform a beautifully choreographed dance.

But turns out they just think that, and they're actually terrible.

3. "Samurai Jack"

The theory is that Samurai Jack, who wanders a post-apocalyptic world, is actually the professor from The Powerpuff Girls.

Samurai Jack would be a prequel.

4. "Breaking Bad"

Is Walter White actually Malcolm from Malcolm in the Middle? The theorists believe so!

They're both very bright at chemistry, have big egos and a striking similarity to Bryan Cranston. Need I say more?

5. "Pokémon"

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Did Ash find the fountain of youth?

The shows been running for 22 seasons and Ash is still 10 years old. The theory is that he is immortal.

Maybe the first episode can explain this.

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He sees a bird Pokémon later revealed to he Ho-oh, a legendary Pokémon who can grant wishes.

Maybe Ash's greatest wish was to forever be catching and training Pokémon.

6. "Sherlock"


Sherlock is actually related to to...Mr. Spock! And it's actually confirmed!

In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Spock says, "An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the solution."

That's a Sherlock Holmes quote!


So, it's one of the fan theories that actually panned out.

We win this one, everyone!

7. "Dexter’s Laboratory"

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Here we have yet another morbid fan theory.

It suggests that Dexter actually manufactured his family after accidentally killing them with another experiment.

8. "Scooby-Doo"


This one is a bit depressing, but the theory goes that the gang is actually trying to escape being drafted into the war.

They're just trying to be kids!

9. "The Simpsons"


Lisa's not the only smart one. She's just the only one who chooses to embrace it.

Homer, Marge, and Bart all show signs of genius. But maybe they choose ignorant bliss instead.

10. "That '70s Show"


The fan theory suggests that Eric has been in a coma ever since the tornado episode.

And in the last episode, he returns to say goodbye and then he dies.

11. "Futurama"

Bender has a whole different personality after the first episode of the show.

People think that happened because after he was electrocuted in the Hall of Criminals, he reboots to a criminal.

12. "The Walking Dead"

If you ever wanted to know what happened before The Walking Dead, then you don't have to wonder for much longer.

Fan theories suggest that Breaking Bad is the prequel to the zombie show.

13. "Rugrats"


The theory goes that Angelica dreamed up all of her friends so she could boss them around.

As an only child with distant parents, she could have very well had an active imagination.