The Rectangular-Shaped Crystal Ball: The Times TV Shows Predicted the Future

Although many of the shows that we enjoy watching today are focused on delving into the past (The Crown, Wild Wild Country, Downton Abbey), a sizable number of other shows are focused on imagining our future. These sci-fi or fantasy dramas are popular because they allow us to see a particular take on the future that creative minds have dreamed up.

Although showrunners and writers are bound by the constraints of time, money, and network approval, many of the TV shows that we know, and love have inadvertently predicted the future. You may not realize how close the plot of some TV shows come to reality, so today we’re here to explore the large and small aspects of our lives that have been predicted by Hollywood writers.

The Simpsons – President Trump

In 2000, a solid 15 years before Donald Trump descended the golden escalator in Trump Tower to announce his bid for the presidency of the United States, The Simpsons predicted that he would one day run for President.

The storyline followed Bart in the episode “Bart to the Future”, as he explores what his life in the future would be like. As you may have guessed, he didn’t amount to much, but the show showed Lisa about to take the reins of the presidency from Donald Trump. Their prediction was so accurate it was almost eerie — they even showed him riding down the Trump Tower escalator. The only difference was that he was accompanied by Homer Simpson, not Melania.


Parks and Recreation – The 2016 Cubs World Series Win

One of the most interesting things that Parks and Recreation did during its seven season run was to jump forward three years at the end of season six, and continue into season seven three years ahead of the air date. It gave writers enough leeway that they could concoct zany storylines about what technology would look like in the future.

Although one could say that the fictional company Gryzzl is a pretty good representation of what Facebook looks like today, their most accurate prediction was that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series in 2016 — a really wild prediction considering that their 2016 win broke a 108-year losing streak.

The Year of the Sex Olympics – Reality TV

Reality TV really came of age in the 1990s and 2000s, so it’s remarkable to see a show predict its existence — as well as our response to it — as early as 1968.

The show that first brought reality TV into our public consciousness was called The Year of the Sex Olympics, and it was an obscure TV movie released by the BBC in 1968. In the movie, the elite in control of the media film TV program that follows the lives of people left to fend for themselves on a remote island, which sounds a lot like the long-running hit American show Survivor.

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