Over my countless series watching years, I’ve noticed how shows have a tendency to overlap here and there. To the untrained series watcher, nothing is amiss. However, square-eyed individuals such as myself are able to pick up on various little things – like how characters from different shows often share the same name. I’ve always wondered if the writers are too lazy to come up with new ones, or if they do this on purpose to give us TV addicts something to feel cool about.
How many of you have been in that situation where you realize that two characters from different shows share the same name? I know I get pretty giddy when I make the connection, except not a lot of people share my enthusiasm… I am often met with blank looks and apathy when I share my little golden nugget of news, but I feel like if you’re reading this blog you’ll be more appreciative of my ‘eureka’ moments. And if not, then I guess you can always just keep scrolling.
Now, I’m sure there are way more TV name doubles out there, but these are just the few that I have managed to pick up on:
Dr. Shepherd (Grey’s Anatomy) vs. Dr. Shephard (Lost)
Chuck (Chuck) vs. Chuck (Gossip Girl) vs. Chuck (Pushing Daisies)
Eric Foreman (House) vs. Eric Forman (That 70’s Show)
Dr. Mark Sloan (Grey’s Anatomy) vs Dr. Mark Sloan (Diagnosis: Murder)
J.D. (Scrubs) vs J.D. (Charmed)
Rachel Green (Friends) vs Rachel Greene (E.R.)
Arya (Game Of Thrones) vs Aria (Pretty Little Liars) – we could even carry on by saying that Aria’s surname is Montgomery which is the same as Addison Montgomery from Grey’s/Private Practice but that might be taking it a bit too far.
Annie (Community) vs Annie (90210)
Ted (Scrubs) vs Ted (HIMYM)
Phoebe (Charmed) vs Phoebe (Friends)
Lois (Smallville) vs Lois (Malcolm in the Middle)
Whether it’s just coincidence or done on purpose, I can’t help but feel a slight sense of achievement when I make the connections between characters. It’s quite a fun little game to play and I would love to hear of any others you may know!
To the writers of these shows…
I see what you did there 😉