Related Videos

Top 10 TV Creepypastas

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Brandon Stuhr. Sometimes, there’s a dark side to your favorite television show. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 TV Creepypastas. For this list, we’re taking a look at many of the dark stories that the Internet has to offer about our favorite television shows. In order to make this list, the creepypasta has to be based on a television show or television in general. No video game creepypastas this time. Special thanks to our users MichaelMaikeru64 and Chris Cadwalder for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest.

You must register to a corporate account to download this video. Please login

Script written by Brandon Stuhr.

Top 10 TV Creepypastas

Sometimes, there’s a dark side to your favorite television show. Welcome to, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 TV Creepypastas.

For this list, we’re taking a look at many of the dark stories that the Internet has to offer about our favorite television shows. In order to make this list, the creepypasta has to be based on a television show or television in general. No video game creepypastas this time.

#10: Garfield Hallucination Theory
“Garfield” (1978-)

Starting our list off is a classic and one of the few entries on our list with a leg to stand on. This story says that Garfield is actually a stray cat who is suffering from hallucinations due to extreme starvation. As such, John and Odie are figments of his imagination, as is all the food his character is known to eat. The supposed evidence to this theory is a short one-week comic strip that “Garfield” cartoonist Jim Davis created during the Halloween of 1989. Here, our titular cat awakens in his abandoned house. Since it is the future, Odie and Jon have long since passed away and Garfield is left starving and alone. The strip tackles the ideas of taking life for granted and denial.

#9: He’s Just a Dog
“Courage the Cowardly Dog” (1999-2002)

Similar to the Garfield Hallucination Theory, the creepypasta revolving around this animated horror comedy alleges that “Courage the Cowardly Dog” takes a very different approach to an animal’s view of the world. Normally, each episode of the series involves Courage protecting his masters from some kind of outside force. This theory states that Courage and his masters, elderly couple Muriel and Eustace, don’t actually live in the Middle of Nowhere and that any villains they encounter are actually just human visitors unfamiliar to a dog who doesn’t get to see the outside world much. These would be because his masters are older and cannot out take him out for far or frequent walks. Another theory takes things even further, stating that the family is actually in Hell, with Courage protecting Muriel, who represents humanity, from Eustace, who respresents Satan. That would certainly explain all the supernatural and paranormal monsters they run into.

#8: Scooby Doo Post-Depression Theory
“Scooby Doo” series (1969-)

Our next entry is a shockingly realistic one. Based around the original “Scooby Doo: Where are You” series from the 1960s, the theory posits that the cartoon is actually set during a severe economic depression. In order to cope, even well-known and otherwise well-off people like professors, business-owners and movie stars resorted to stealing and performing crimes under the cover of monster disguises so they wouldn’t get caught. This theory is quite possible, especially when you consider how rarely the Mystery Machine gang actually helps someone stay in business.

#7: The Cul-de-Sac is Purgatory
“Ed, Edd n Eddy” (1999-2009)

Its time to revisit the cul-de-sac. While the animated series follows a trio of kids who try to scam their way to the top of the dead end in which they live, the theory about what it’s really about takes a different path. Here, the Peach Creek cul-de-sac is actually a form of Purgatory in Ed, Edd, n Eddy’s world, meaning that each of the children have died at distinctive points of time. For example, it’s believed Eddy came during the Great Depression and met his end trying to swindle the other children, and thus brought that trait into the afterlife. Along with Sarah, Ed then perished in a car wreck over a decade later, while Edd died in an experiment gone wrong in the mid-‘80s. So, if you believe in this theory, the bottom line would seem to be… don’t come to this neighborhood.

#6: Dead Air and Big Imagination
Candle Cove (1971-72)

Unique to this list, this is the only entry not actually based on a real show. We couldn’t leave out “Candle Cove” though. This creepypasta tells the story of a supposed children’s television from the early ‘70s. Many local children tuned into the show, consistently being entertained by characters like Janice and Pirate Percy week after week but also suffering from similar nightmares. However, at the end of the tale it is revealed that “Candle Cove” never actually existed, and that the fans of the show were merely watching white noise and static on the television. Everything they thought they were watching, including the characters, setting, etc. were all imagined. The story was quickly spread around the Internet starting in 2009 and has become one of the most widely known creepypastas.

#5: Hey Arnold Is Non-Fiction
“Hey Arnold” (1996-2004)

In a normal episode of this animated TV series, we follow a young boy named Arnold who lives with his grandparents in the make-believe city of Hillwood. However, the theory that goes along with it speculates that the series is not fiction, that it’s set in New York and that Arnold’s grandparents are actually his parents. Due to their age and mental instability, they told Arnold he was an orphan. Due to their age, Arnold suffered several physical and psychological problems, some of which caused the unique deformation of his head, and others of which make him imagine a world with his own friends. To top things off, the creator of “Hey Arthur allegedly based the show’s premise on a real-life boy he met and he’s been thus accused of profiting from this poor child’s story.

#4: Ash’s In a Coma
“Pokémon” franchise (1997-)

Ash tried to be the very best Pokemon Master there ever was. This creepypasta explains why the general themes, tones, and pacing change after Ash is struck by lightning early on in the anime series. In the first episode, when Ash steals Misty’s bike to take Pikachu to the hospital, a lightning accident renders Ash immobile and, as the theory goes, puts him in a coma. He is found days later and his highly medicated dreams allow him to become a Pokemon master. So the first few episodes are his brain trying to make his dreams come true all while being able to move around in a perilous world. More evidence to support the theory comes from the fact that Team Rocket’s offensive towards Ash soon becomes quite lax. Unfortunately, if he was ever to realise he was in a coma and wake up the shock to his brain would cause monumental damage.

#3: Squidward’s Suicide
“SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-)

Suicide is never the answer. This creepypasta made its way to the Internet in 2010, ruining childhoods everywhere. The story starts with a Nickelodeon production team that reviews a new episode but is then horrified by gory images akin to snuff images that are intermixed with the self-inflicted death of Squidward by shotgun. We were going to give this spot to the Spongebob Nuclear Testing Theory, but Squidward’s Suicide gives even more darkness to an already depressing character. While it is dark and way beyond depressing, the mystery surrounding the tale makes it an intriguing one as well.

#2: Dead Bart
“The Simpsons” (1989-)

Now this is one show that has no short of creepypasta stories around it. But by far the most popular story is “Dead Bart,” which tells the tale of an infamous lost episode of “The Simpsons” from the first season in which one of the main characters, Bart Simpson, meets his death. As the episode reaches the final two acts, the world becomes distorted and eventually crumbles away, but not before shots of tombstones with the names of Simpsons guest stars, some of whom hadn’t even lent their voices to the series yet. While the theory has been proven false, the original poster stated that even Simpsons creator Matt Groening became disturbed when hearing about this so-called lost episode.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Episode 23.5
“Hetalia: Axis Powers” (2009-13)

Set in a Post-Apocalyptic Future
“The Flintstones” (1960-66)

Multiple Personality Disorder
“Powerpuff Girls” (1998-2005)

All in Dexter’s Head
“Dexter’s Laboratory” (1996-2003)

#1: Angelica Made Them All Up
“Rugrats” (1991-2004)

What if all of our favorite Rugrats were not even real? Okay, well technically, since they’re animated, they aren’t, but in the world of the TV series, they are supposed to be. While the details involving Angelica are different between each version, the main point of the theory is that almost of all the main “Rugrats” characters are just the hallucinations of this slightly older female antagonist. The evidence to support this theory is based on the character traits of each of the toddler’s parents. For example, Chuckie is always a nervous wreck because he and his mother actually died in a car crash, and to make up for Tommy being stillborn, Uncle Stu never stops making toys. Such a theory stating that Angelica may be imagining them all just goes to show how impressionable children can really be. Whether you believe the theory or not, we are sorry for ruining your childhood.

Do you agree with our list? What is your favorite TV Creepypasta? For more conspiring top tens published every day, be sure to subscribe to

Sign in to access this feature

Related Blogs