The “will they/won’t they” trope is a overused and tired
Sometimes TV writers mess with their audience and write episodes that were all a dream. While the episodes themselves are fun and very creative, they usually ret-con a storyline or character motivations. Here are 10 TV episodes that were all a dream
1. “The Sting” from Futurama. Leela, Bender, and Fry go to the Bee Planet to steal some space honey, while one of the bees stings Fry and he goes into a coma. Leela is filled with guilt because she couldn’t save Fry, but it’s soon revealed that Leela is in a coma, not Fry, and the whole episode was a dream.
2. “And Then There Was Shawn” from Boy Meets World. The episode is a lot like the movie Scream. The gang is trapped in their high school as a serial killer is stalking them. The episode is revealed as Shawn’s dream. Bonus: Jennifer Love Hewitt makes a cameo appearance in the episode.
3. “The Last One” from St. Elsewhere. The series finale of St. Elsewhere was revealed that it was all of dream or fantasy of a little boy with autism. The characters and hospital were all trapped in a snow globe.
4. “Normal Again” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s revealed that everything we know about the TV show was a dream and Buffy Summers is in a mental institution. The episode ends ambiguously and we never really find out whether or not the TV show is a dream or if Buffy is a mental patient.
5. “The Last Newhart” from Newhart. The series finale of Newhart reveals that it was completely the dream of Dr. Bob Hartley from The Bob Newhart Show, Bob Newhart’s previous sitcom.
6. “Da Boom” from Family Guy. The Griffins survive Y2K and live in a post-apocalyptic world. At the end of the episode it was revealed that it was a dream, but not from a character on Family Guy, but from the TV show Dallas. It was a parody of a popular episode from the primetime soap opera from the ’80s.
7. “Return to Camelot” from Dallas. It was revealed that the death of a very popular character at the end of season eight was all a dream, thus making the entirety of season nine a dream, too.
8. “Into That Good Night” from Rosanne. The series finale of Rosanne revealed that its finale season was a dream. The Connors didn’t win the lottery and Dan died of a heart attack.
9. “G.I. Jeff” from Community. Jeff Winger worries about turning 40, so he fantasizes about being part of G.I. Joe. The entire episode is animated.
10. “Perchance to Dream” from Batman: The Animated Series. Bruce Wayne doesn’t want to be Batman anymore, while he lives in a dream world where his parents are still alive, he’s engaged to Selina Kyle, and someone else is Batman. It’s revealed that Batman is trapped in the Mad Hatter’s evil dream machine.