While TV shows are source of entertainment for a lot of people, there are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that would shock us all. Some TV shows have inspired real life crimes to happen while other TV shows have had to make changes due to dark circumstances regarding some of the actors. Whatever the case, some TV shows have very dark pasts. Here are the five TV shows with skeletons in the closet.
1. Breaking Bad
A lot of people suspected that Breaking Bad would inspire real crime. It absolutely did. Not too long ago, a chemistry teacher, William Duncan, was charged with cooking and selling meth. One might assume this is a coincidence, except for the fact that Walter White, the main character of Breaking Bad, is also a chemistry teacher who took up cooking meth.
2. Death Note
Death Note was first aired for American audiences on Adult Swim, which can also be found on tv packages from Bell.ca in Canada. Despite being an anime, which is what cartoons made in Japan are known as, the show gained in huge following in North America. The show follows the story of a teenager that commits mass murder by writing people’s names in a magic notebook. People took this concept and ran with it.
Students all over the United States have been busted and punished for having “Death Notes” of their own, with the names of other students in them. While this obviously can’t cause death in the way the show depicts, it’s certainly creepy to see it cropping up at all in the real world.
3. The Simpsons
Some Simpsons fans know who Troy McClure is and why he was retired. Those that don’t watch The Simpsons need to dig deeper to find out the truth. Phil Hartman did the voice work for the popular character. Unfortunately, Hartman was brutally shot and murdered by his wife, Brynn in 1998. Instead of casting a new voice for the character, Troy McClure was quietly retired and can only be seen in the background on certain scenes.
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4. Kitchen Nightmares
Gordon Ramsay is known for having a very explosive temperament. In Kitchen Nightmares, he goes to different restaurants and shops and berates the owners for not doing a good job running their business. After the program aired, one owner, Joseph Cerniglia, leaped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in New York. To be fair to Ramsay, there is no way to know for sure that the show was the cause of his suicide, but it this wasn’t the first time such a tragedy has happened.
A year after participating in another of Ramsey’s shows, Hell’s Kitchen, participant Rachel Brown from Dallas fatally shot herself. It raises concerns about how the abrasive and demeaning style Ramsey uses may affect people psychologically.
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5. Rizzoli & Isles
While TNT isn’t exactly known for its quality entertainment, it’s unfortunate to know that Rizzoli and Isles has ceased production for the time being. One of the main stars of the show, Lee Thompson Young, had been dealing with bipolar disorder. One day, he failed to show up on set. Producers of the show went to his hotel room only to find that he had committed suicide via shooting himself. It’s unclear whether Rizzoli & Isles will continue production.
These shows all have had something tragic happen that not many people like to talk about. Whether this was because of the actual show or something the show inspired, we will never know. After learning some of the dark secrets behind major TV hits, people with an international phone plan may start calling up friends and family around the world to see if they knew about the skeletons in the closet of some of their favorite shows.
Author Bio: Samantha Stainsburry is a freelance blogger from Charlottesville, VA. She’s a major history buff, and loves living in Thomas Jefferson’s hometown. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and surfing her TV for new shows among other things.
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