: Everything on TV is fake. Faker than fake.

12-02-07, 10:29 AM

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Who is Tommy Westphall?
Tommy Westphall was an austistic child on the TV series St Elsewhere who, it was revealed in the closing moments of the final episode of that series, had dreamt the entire run of the show.

What's this about his Mind?
St Elsewhere has direct connections to twelve other television series - many of them direct crossovers of character to and from the series. Others make mention of specific parts of the St Elsewhere fictional universe, placing them within the same fictional sphere.

If St Elsewhere exists only within Tommy Westphall's mind, then so does every other series set within the same fictional sphere.

Some of the links are direct - characters cross over from television series to television series all the time, it's a long-time television tradition. Some series spin off entire other series, obviously expanding their fictional universes.

Some connections are indirect - fictional places, character names, awards, newspapers, cigarette brands, companies place some shows within the same fictional universe.

There isn't necessarily any rhyme or reason with having one series connect to another. There is no attempt to have any crossover consistency either within the series themselves or here as we discover more connections.

Tommy's mind is a tricky thing to decipher.

Basically, most of the stuff on TV is a product of a fictional autistic child's imagination.

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12-02-07, 01:27 PM
Whoever did this has far too much time on his hands...

The only part I have trouble following is why they would include any shows (and their respective spin-offs) that came long before St. Elsewhere?

12-02-07, 01:57 PM
Yeah, well St. Elsewhere might have been all in an autistic kid's head, but Newhart (http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/63849/detail/) was all in Bob Hartley's dream (or nightmare).

12-02-07, 02:21 PM
I have a solution to the entire problem. I never watch network TV. There have been innumerable acclaimed series that I have never seen a single episode. These things are written for an audience of 9-12 year olds. Why waste your time at all?

12-02-07, 03:11 PM
Dkoz, In a country where network news, programming and electronic games are designed to control and direct your thinking as the Handicapper General would like, your above statement is heresy.

12-02-07, 03:18 PM
If you have ever been to a commercial shoot (I have) you would not buy anything advertised on TV.

When you see a child actor practicing there facial expressions that is all it took for me.