Television is a marathon, not a sprint, but sometimes writers feel they have to take a short cut to the finish line. It's easy to forget how hard it is to juggle all of the aspects of television production and form them into a seamless TV show. When shows fall short, however, we are quickly reminded of how difficult that balancing act can be.

Sometimes TV series make choices that defy logic and lack an explanation. Characters can disappear into thin air. The geography of the world can change in an instant. Longstanding rules of a show can be forgotten or contradicted.

This April Fool’s Day, let’s take a break from admiring the meticulous craft of TV writing and look at some of the times when our favorite series said, “Oh, fuck it.” Here are 10 Times TV Shows Did Something and Took It Back Without Explanation.

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