17 Things Commonly Portrayed In TV Shows And Movies That Really Are Not Common At All

17 Things Commonly Portrayed In TV Shows And Movies That Really Are Not Common At All

We've all had that moment while watching a TV show or movie when we saw something portrayed on screen that made us say to ourselves, "That doesn't happen like that in real life!"

Leonardo DiCaprio, in a yellow shirt, points while holding a drink and a cigarette, in a scene from "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."
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Recently, Reddit user rustyyryan wanted to know about those "that never happens IRL" moments when they asked: "What American thing is not that common but shown in many Hollywood movies/TV shows?"

A man and a woman are sitting on a couch facing a television, with the man holding a remote control
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The thread got over 5.2K responses. Below are the top, best, and most-often repeated comments:

1."Empty parking spaces on city streets."

A yellow taxi is parked on a quiet city street lined with brownstones and greenery, with people walking on the sidewalk in the background

2."Moms making huge breakfasts that no one eats."

A hearty breakfast spread featuring an assortment of breads, pastries, fruits, cheeses, cured meats, and beverages, including milk, juice, and coffee

3."I noticed that no one has screens on their windows on TV. Where I live the bugs would carry you away."

A person is opening a window, with green foliage visible outside. The image focuses on their hands and the window frame

4."The houses and apartments shown do not represent the living conditions of most folks."

Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and others share a meal and conversation around a dining table in a cozy kitchen setting

5."Classes last longer than for the teacher to say something pithy, ask someone a question and then hear the bell ring. School buses don't honk for your lollygagging ass. If the bus stop is empty, they keep driving."

Ryan Gosling, seated on a desk, talks to students in a classroom with a green chalkboard and posters of famous leaders on the wall

6."Leaving a bunch of beer bottles or shot glasses on the bar so we know that they're drunk. In real life, the bartenders take away the empties."

Two women sit at a bar, one holding a martini and the other with a drink

7."Halloween party costumes are much more elaborate on TV compared to real life."

Scene from "How I Met Your Mother" with characters in costumes at a Halloween party. Ted is in a hanging chad outfit, Marshall as a bull, and Lily as a princess

8."The idea that you could be like six months behind on rent before they threaten to evict you, or six months behind on the power bill before they cut off your electricity. Maybe it used to be like that, but it sure isn’t anymore."

A close-up of a "Late Rent Notice" document with a pen placed on its surface
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9."Abrupt endings to conversations or phone calls without saying bye."

Amanda Seyfried as Karen Smith holds a phone to her ear with an astonished expression in a scene from the movie "Mean Girls"

10."Nobody ever has to ask someone to repeat themselves in a movie. I probably say, 'What?' about 60 times a day."

Kaley Cuoco, as Penny, exclaims, "WHAT?!", while Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons, stands beside her in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory"

11."People in a bar ordering a 'beer.' In real life, the server would likely be exasperated and ask about brand/kind and quantity."

Terry in a sports jersey says, "TERRY, I'LL HAVE A BEER DRINK." to Jake and Gina at a bar with drinks

12."Being able to talk and have a conversation in a loud bar with music playing."

Donald Glover and Zazie Beetz sitting on a couch in a dimly lit club. Donald wears a casual T-shirt while Zazie is in a striped shirt

13."Women having sex while wearing a bra the whole time. That's the first or second thing I take off of her."

Jude Law and Cameron Diaz lying in bed, both looking perplexed. Diaz is in a lacy bra, while Law is shirtless. Scene from a movie

14."Shoes on the bed."

Person in blue jeans and red sneakers reclining on a patterned bedspread with a smartphone nearby. Image taken from above

15."At schools, teachers give assignments like normal people and don't shout it at the class as they're departing after the bell rings."

Tina Fey as Ms. Norbury in a classroom, leaning on a desk with books and papers, with a chalkboard behind her displaying math-related content
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16."Presents where the box lid is wrapped separately from the rest of the box."

An open gift box with a ribbon on the lid, placed against a red background

17."On Law and Order, when the police come and people keep doing their drone jobs. Sorry, but the most exciting thing in my day is a visit by the police, so I’m stopping everything, offering coffee, asking lots of questions, and ratting out my neighbors on unrelated things!"

Richard Belzer in a black suit and sunglasses hands a document to a man in casual sportswear with a smile, standing near a window with a cityscape view

18."Cars exploding in a crash."

A white car is overturned and engulfed in flames on a street at night, with large clouds of smoke rising into the sky

19.And lastly, "Kids dressed up for school. Most teenagers today wear a baggy sweatshirt or a large T-shirt to school."

Barbie Ferreira, Alexa Demie, and Sydney Sweeney stand in a bathroom. Alexa and Sydney are facing each other, engaged in a conversation

You can read the original thread on Reddit.

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.