From Game of Thrones to Stranger Things: 10 things you didn't know about your fav TV shows

Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin in 'Stranger Things'.
Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin in 'Stranger Things'.
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You spend hours re-watching your favourite shows and can even quote some of the best catchphrases. 

"Television series are becoming increasingly popular, especially as we find ourselves unable to leave the house and socialise. This, coupled with the colder weather, makes staying at home and binge watching something to look forward to," says Jaco Joubert, Skyworth brand manager.

But, just how well do you know your favourite TV shows?

Here are 10 TV trivia we bet you probably didn't know.

1. THE KIDS KNEW THEIR MOTHER

The opening scenes in the popular TV series How I Met Your Mother shows two teenagers sitting on a couch listening to their father tell the story of how he met their mother. These scenes, which are shown throughout all nine seasons of the series were filmed in one season, including the final scene, to ensure that the children stay the same age throughout. The two actors knew the real identity of their mother and how the show was going to end for many years and had to keep it a secret the entire time the show aired.

2. ALMOST 18

When Mila Kunis auditioned for the role of Jackie Burkhart in That 70's Show she lied about her age. The role called for the actress playing the role to be 18, but she was only 14 years old at the time. She told them she was going to be 18, she just didn’t specify when.

Wilmer Valderrama, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson
Wilmer Valderrama, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon. Center L-R: Don Stark, Tanya Roberts, Mila Kunis, Lisa Robin Kelly, Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith.

3. IT'S GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH SINGING

The gun in the logo for The Sopranos was added in to ensure that there was no misconception regarding the genre of the show. The original designer when first receiving the script believed the show was about singers, but only after reading it did he realise his mistake. 

4. GOOGLE IT

The first time Google was ever used as a verb was in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the final season of the show, Willow turns to a confused Buffy and asks: "Have you googled her yet?"

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in the hit TV series '
Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in the hit TV series 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer.'

5. THE BIG BUCKS

The four male actors in The Big Bang Theory were the highest paid television actors as of 2018. The show ran for 12 seasons and ended in 2019.

6. HIGH IQ SOCIETY

Nolan Gould who plays not-so-smart Luke Dunphy in Modern Family, is much brainier than his character. He graduated high school at 13 years old and is a Mensa member.

7. THE ONE CHOICE

Peter Dinklage was the first and only choice for the role of Tyrion in Game of Thrones. No one else was considered or approached to play the intricate character.

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in 'Game of Thr
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in 'Game of Thrones.

8. SELENA GOMEZ ALMOST SENT THOSE 13 TAPES

The role of Hannah Baker in 13 Reasons Why almost went to Selena Gomez, but she backed out and chose to be an executive producer on the show instead. The role went to Katherine Langford who auditioned and was offered the role via Skype.

9. 'IT HAPPENED IN THE SUMMER OF 1959'

To cast the popular series Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers auditioned 906 boys and 307 girls as cast options for the main characters. To audition for the show the children were asked to read scenes from the Rob Reiner directed movie Stand by Me.

10. FROM BEHIND THE CAMERA

Jason Bateman was approached to direct the first season of Ozark, but soon became interested in the character of Marty Byrde. He was meant to direct the entire first season, but due to scheduling issues he stepped back, and other directors came on board. Laura Linney, who plays Wendy Byrde, only became interested in the project after learning that Bateman would be her co-star.

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht (Source: Skyworth)