If you're a TV fan, then you really ought to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon clicking around TVTropes.org. In addition to housing lots of trivia and interesting facts about your favorite TV shows, there is also a great community where TV fans speculate wildly about various programs. Some of the fan theories are downright crazy, while others are quite plausible. Here is a selection of some TV Tropes user theories about popular TV shows; if they are true, they would completely change everything about your favorite series.
"Psych": Chief Vick has known the truth about Shawn all alongShawn Spencer isn't a real psychic, he just pretends to be one for the Santa Barbara PD. His psychic schtick hides his extraordinary powers of perception. The only people who know Shawn is lying about being a psychic in the show's early seasons are Shawn's best friend Gus and his father, Henry.
But according to one fan theory, Henry told Chief Vick about Shawn's ruse in the show's very first episode. Given what fans know about Henry's morals and personality, this seems to make sense. Shawn has a criminal record, but he also has received a perfect score on the detective's exam. Laying all of the cards on the table may have been Henry's way of getting Chief Vick on board with Shawn's scheme. Vick may just need to pretend she "believes" Shawn so that she can have plausible deniability in case Shawn's secret hits the press.
"Arrested Development": The narrator works for the Bluths
According to a fan theory, the narrator of the show is a PR person for the Bluth family. The footage from the show is all for a planned reality show, and the PR guy is trying to find a way to shine a favorable light on the family's questionable actions. This would explain why the narrator is almost always trying to clarify why characters are doing certain (often ridiculous) things.
"Frasier": Frasier never finds love because he ends up with LilithThe one issue that many fans had with "Frasier" is that the titular character never had any lasting, interesting relationships with women. This made it hard for fans to get invested in Frasier's flame of the week. This fact is addressed by Martin in the ninth season episode "Don Juan in Hell: Part 2," when he tells Fraiser, "It's not easy coming up with happy talk every time you can't make it work with a woman."
But perhaps there was a good reason that Frasier never found true love during the show's eleven seasons. One fan theory suggests that after the events of the series, Frasier got back together with Lilith. She was the only female character who was constantly involved in his life over the course of the show. Additionally, there was an episode of "Cheers" that featured a brief flashforward sequence where Lilith was Frasier's widow.
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia": Charlie is Charlie from "Flowers for Algernon"This fan theory is unlikely but interesting. At the end of "Flowers for Algernon," Charlie leaves New York in search of a place where he can get a fresh start (and he may have changed his last name as part of that plan). Perhaps he found a job cleaning in a pub, where his "friends" played along with his memories out of pity. Charlie is an impossibly bad speller, often using images instead of words. Maybe Charlie kills rats because they remind him of Algernon.