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The 10 Best ‘What If?’ Alternate Reality TV Episodes

Disney’s upcoming present What If? seems to be at what would occur if in style Marvel tales got here with a twist. Like, what if Spider-Man had joined the Incredible 4, or Peggy Carter was Captain America? The present, based mostly on a comic book e book sequence, is now a part of a protracted development of TV reveals making their very own alternate actuality, or “what if,” episodes. We’re gonna check out a few of the greatest.

In our video (above) and listing, we’ve picked a few of our favourite “what if” episodes from tv. After all, we might by no means embody all of them—in a single case, an merchandise is about a complete sequence as a result of we couldn’t presumably slim down the very best one! (You would possibly be capable to guess.) Make sure you tell us your favourite “what if” episodes within the feedback, and don’t overlook your evil goatee.

A scene from Heroes’ “Five Years Gone.”
Picture: NBC

10. Heroes: “Five Years Gone”

The primary, and arguably solely good, season of Heroes had Hiro and Ando journey 5 years into the longer term to a actuality the place they’d did not cease Sylar from blowing up New York Metropolis. Heroes are hunted, Peter’s received a candy scar, and his brother Nathan is the fascist president of the US…and likewise Sylar in disguise. It was a darkish and dreary have a look at what might’ve been if saving the cheerleader hadn’t, in truth, saved the world.

Angels Assemble.
Picture: CW

9. Legends of Tomorrow: “Legends of To-Meow-Meow”

On the entire reverse finish, you’ve received Legends of Tomorrow. Within the foolish however nonetheless impactful midseason finale, John Constantine adjustments historical past by going again and saving his boyfriend. This results in a sequence of “timey-wimey” alternate realities the place the Legends are ‘80s-style motion bros, Charlie’s Angels…and, after all, puppets. It would’ve been bizarre, however solely the Legends might make one thing like this work.

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Catra and Adora share an uncommonly tender second throughout She-Ra.
Picture: DreamWorks

8. She-Ra and the Princesses of Energy: “Remember/The Portal”

The latest addition to our listing, She-Ra’s third season ended with a bang when a portal took our heroes to a actuality that gave them issues they’d misplaced. For instance, Adora and Catra had been buddies once more, and Glimmer had her father again. But it surely didn’t take lengthy for our heroes to understand you possibly can’t have all the things, forcing them to make the last word sacrifice to make issues proper.

Caeser could have gone too far this time.
Picture: Syfy

7. Xena: Warrior Princess: “When Fates Collide”

Xena’s actuality was turned the other way up extra occasions than we will rely, however the closing one may be the very best. On this episode, Julius Caesar (one among Karl City’s many appearances) forces the Fates to alter historical past so Xena turned his ally and queen. After all, one go to from Gabrielle modified all the things. It options the return of almost each fan-favorite character, and a few long-time Xena followers select to look at it after the sequence finale, because the “true” ending of the present.

Can’t outrun this one.
Picture: CW

6. The Flash: “Flashpoint”

Barry Allen’s greatest remorse was that he was by no means in a position to save his mom. However in a single actuality, he did. “Flashpoint” takes place in a world the place each of Barry’s dad and mom are alive and he will get to dwell a reasonably regular life. However it could’t final, and in the end he has to sacrifice his dream world for the actual one. It’s heartbreaking as a result of Barry is aware of going again means dropping his mom over again.

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Lisa and Homer share a second throughout “Lisa’s Wedding.”
Picture: Fox

5. The Simpsons: “Lisa’s Wedding”

The Simpsons and Futurama each dabbled in “what if” storylines. “The Farnsworth Parabox” was about realities created by the flip of a coin, and “Bart to the Future” was surprisingly ahead-of-its-time with its President Trump jokes. However “Lisa’s Wedding” carried the most important punch. Younger Lisa consults a fortune teller about her love life and sees a future the place she falls in love with a complicated British man who admires her however can not settle for her household. In the long run, Lisa chooses her household over him and calls off the marriage.

“Not it.”
Picture: NBC

4. Neighborhood: “Remedial Chaos Theory”

Very similar to Futurama’s “Anthology of Interest,” which featured a “what if” machine telling a number of potential tales, Neighborhood dove into six timelines in 21 minutes, all centering round one query: “Who’s going to get the pizza?” The outcomes ran the gamut from awkwardly regular to pure chaos, resulting in the creation of the present’s Darkest Timeline…full with evil goatees. It was a series-defining episode for Neighborhood and resulted in some killer memes.

Does the pet need to play?
Picture: WB

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “The Wish”

Truly, it might not be a beautiful life. This season three episode begins with Cordelia wishing that Buffy had by no means come to Sunnydale. She’s then whisked away to a actuality the place vampires—together with Willow and Xander—have taken over the city, and the resistance is actually dying out. Not solely is it thought-about a staple “what if” episode, it additionally featured the debut of Anya, who went on to turn into a key a part of the present.

Donna makes a tough choice.
Picture: BBC

2. Physician Who: “Turn Left”

Like many companions, Donna’s life modified eternally the moment she met the Physician. However what if she hadn’t? That’s the plot of “Turn Left,” a strong episode the place the destiny of your entire universe hinges on that fateful encounter. With out assembly Donna, the Physician dies, sparking a nightmare actuality the place alien invasions drag the world right into a bleaker, extra dystopian future. Donna has to sacrifice all the things, together with her personal life, on the promise that…at some point….she and the Physician will come collectively and save the world.

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What simply occurred?
Picture: CBS

1. Star Trek: All of It

We couldn’t decide only one “what if” episode from Star Trek, so we determined to honor each single one among them. Whether or not it’s the evil, chaos-filled timeline of “Mirror Mirror,” Star Trek: Voyager’s “Year of Hell,” or the pulp fiction sci-fi alternate world of Star Trek: Deep Area 9’s stunning “Far Beyond the Stars,” Star Trek outlined the artwork of alternate realities, and utilizing selections from potential worlds to higher inform the alternatives we make on this one.

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