Four years ago I did a short list of some of my favorite sitcom retcons. You can see that article here:
Retcons of course is when established continuity is disregarded or
even changed to further the current story line. They often piss people
off, but I find them fascinating. The way a show will so blatantly
disregard something that has been established in the past like we’re
supposed to forget it. Sometimes they work, let’s be honest isn’t
forgetting “The Brady Bunch Variety Show” ever happened a good thing?,
and other times they can be aggravating like the Everybody Loves Raymond episode that brought up the fact Ray and Debra had a maid when they were first married, a fact which was never mentioned before and make no sense in context with the series.
Here are some more I just love. Some small and others a little more problematic:
Will & Grace
Gee, I wonder what brought this idea up? Yeah Will & Grace
returned to network TV the other week but there was one little problem.
The show had a firm final episode which closed the book on Will &
Grace’s lives. How do you get around it? Make it a dream of course! Well
a drug induced one that Karen had anyway. Final episode basically never
happened in fact they also retconned Grace being pregnant so basically
that whole final season
This wasn’t the only retcon for Will & Grace. Besides the others I
mentioned in the other article we also had Karen’s mother. Karen
commented a couple time she’d had her mother committed and when we
finally met her she said “she was only joking” about that. Also Jack had
said he made a vow to his mother when he came out that he would never
deny who he really was. Which was a lie when we find out he never told
his mother he was gay in one memorable episode.