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Humorously Flawed TV and Movie Listings

Updated on July 19, 2014

Every day newspapers and hospitality brochures across the globe provide consumers with guides that make our television viewing decisions easier. And most of the time these handy print guides are reliable, no-nonsense materials. But every now and then the people that write them print some big goofs. The following clippings are from my personal collection, and while a few might seem a bit irreverent, I present them for entertainment purposes. I hope you get a good-humored kick out of them as I have.

This first guide listing reminds us that there is truth in advertising.

While this one shows us that sometimes truth is in the eye of the guide writer.

Proving what we all suspected but were just too patriotic to say.

I used to watch The X-Files religiously, but to think I missed this enthralling episode!

Typically, I loathe "Arthur", but I'd give up coffee a week to see this episode.

Why clowns scare some and Jersey white trash terrifies us all.

Yes, I remember hearing some talk about this back in November of '08!

Because honesty is the best policy.

Nope, I've never trusted that Elmo.

I'm assuming this writer isn't a huge fan of women's talk shows?

There are three or four versions of this particular movie listing circulating the 'net. Makes you wonder if the writers may be in the tiny majority of people who have never even once seen this movie?

Yes, it is the name of an actual character from the show! But it is still good fodder for a dirty mind.

Must be something in the water...

When the newspaper owners are too cheap to hire a proof-reader, it shows, it truly, truly does.

I thought I watched this movie; but I don't remember the plot being anything like this!

This Hub ©July 19, 2014 by Beth Perry


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  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    billybuc, thank you so much! And it makes me happy it made you laugh!

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    Bill Holland 

    4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I'm going to enjoy following you. This was hilarious and a great way to end my day. Thanks for the belly laughs.

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    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    travmaj, I wonder how popular the WOO would have been had they used similar descriptions all along? lol

    I'm glad you enjoyed the collection and thanks much for dropping by!

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    4 years ago from australia

    This is so amusing, all of it. The wizard of Oz seems to have changed scripts since I saw it. Loved it, thank you.

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    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    Thanks DDE!

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    Devika Primić 

    4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Great note made here and I am glad to have stopped by.

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    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    Jodah, I guess it was bound to happen somewhere, what with a character bearing that name. The temptation was probably too great, lol.

    Thanks much hon and appreciate you dropping in!

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    John Hansen 

    4 years ago from Queensland Australia

    This was so funny Beth, especially 'The Sopranos' reference .."something fishy" hehe. I think they should always use proof readers. I know a lot of hubbers who would love the job. Voted funny.

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    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    Oh yeah! lol

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    Lana Adler 

    4 years ago from California

    Finally - the truth about Jersey Shore!! :-D

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    Hi Torrs13, that's true, but these goofs do making reading more interesing! Thanks for dropping by :)

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    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    heidithorne, thank you very much!

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    Tori Canonge 

    4 years ago from North Carolina

    Poor Arthur!!! I would hate to see the episode where he is roadkill! It amazes me that people get hired to write this stuff and then they completely make it sound absurd sometimes. Too funny!

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    Heidi Thorne 

    4 years ago from Chicago Area

    These are as bad as Jay Leno's headlines reports! Oh dear! And I definitely missed that X-Files episode, too.

    Thanks for putting a chuckle in my AM. Voted up & funny!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    OP, hey there and I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

    These things are found all over the place, from newspapers to those tv listings they put in motels and hospitals and the movie guides they give out to airline passengers. I love to read and also like collecting the funny stuff. Thanks much for dropping in :)

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    Hi Kevin and thanks much. Yeah, you're such a sweetie - one of the few people I can't even imagine cursing!

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    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    Hey Nell! I think you may be onto something there, lol Thanks much for dropping in!

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    Old Poolman 

    4 years ago

    Great job, I loved it. A little humor after watching the news is always a good thing. Where in the heck did you find all of these?

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    The Examiner-1 

    4 years ago

    It was interesting Beth and somewhat funny. Sorry, I do not have a dirty mind so I missed that one and Sesame Street drives me crazy so that went over my head. I did share it.


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    Nell Rose 

    4 years ago from England

    LOL! I love the yak yak yak! funny stuff! I have noticed a few when I look at the TV and see the reviews at the bottom of the screen, sometimes I think they must be drunk or something!


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