Thinly veiled references to real-life crimes have been a constant on TV for years. (See: basically every Law & Order episode.) Here are the weirdest examples.
Homeland, “Separation Anxiety”
The season premiere saw CIA hitman Peter Quinn give a sobering monologue chastising the agency for their lack of strategy against ISIS. Days later, the terrorist attacks in Paris happened. Prophetic.
Scandal, “The Lawn Chair”
This episode mirrors the Ferguson situation so closely — a white cop shoots a 17-year-old black man, outrage ensues — that it’s almost too hard to watch.
South Park, “Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants”
Mere months after 9/11 happened, South Park aired an episode where the boys are accidentally shipped to Afghanistan and Cartman fights Bin Laden. Too soon? Yes. That was the point.
Frasier, “Good Samaritan”
Frasier gets arrested after offering a woman a lift. Turns out she was a hooker, and not really a “she.” It aired around the time Eddie Murphy was caught “giving a ride” to a transsexual prostitute.