Everyone knows that television isn’t an exact representation of reality. One of the most unrealistic aspects of television shows is home security. On any number of shows, home protection is largely ignored. Some homes are better than others. For example, shows with wealthy characters, like Two and a Half Men, tend to have extensive home security systems. However, the vast majority of homes on TV are woefully unprepared for any number of common dangers that threaten any household.
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Here is a quick list of the least secure homes from your favorite TV shows, past and present.
Monica’s Apartment from Friends
There was a lot to envy on the 1990s megahit TV show Friends. Attractive people with attractive friends living in New York City while working amazing jobs. If they weren’t so much fun to watch, you almost would have hated them. One aspect of the show that induced envy for many was Monica’s apartment.
A spacious, rent controlled, 2-bedroom apartment in the middle of Greenwich Village? Even 20 years ago (when the show first premiered), the rent on that apartment would have easily been a small fortune. In 2013, it’s estimated the Friends apartment would cost approximately $5,000 a month. Due to rent control, Monica allegedly paid $200 a month!
Home Security Mistakes
For most people, New York City is synonymous with crime. While the city has seen dramatic decreases in crime over the past decade, this trend didn’t start until long after Friends had begun filming. Despite the city’s previous reputation, the friends on Friends didn’t seem too worried about crime. Here are a few of the home security issues of the Friends apartment:
- The front door is NEVER locked.
- Multiple, unaccounted for keys. (It was a joke in the series finale that all the Friends had keys to Monica’s apartment.)
- They don’t know their neighbors.
742 Evergreen Terrace from The Simpsons
As the home of America’s favorite family, 742 Evergreen Terrace has witnessed its fair share of hilarity and disaster. Nearly every sort of disaster has happened at 742 Evergreen Terrace from a sinking foundation to catching fire. The Simpson family has been robbed, shot at, vandalized, and more. Having gone through so much, you’d think the family would know a few things about home security. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Here are just a few of the security problems at the Simpson home:
- No home security system.
- Large windows that make it easy to see inside the home.
- Despite living in a high threat area, the Simpsons take no additional precautions against bear attacks, Sideshow Bob, or rampaging mobsters.
The Tanner Home from Full House
Lasting for nearly 8 years, Full House was once the undisputed king of family-oriented network sitcoms. The show launched the careers of Bob Saget, John Stamos, and the Olsen twins. Full House was set in San Francisco, which allowed a bit of flavor to be injected into the otherwise bland depiction of American family life. One of the more charming facets of the show was the Tanner’s amazing house.
Believe it or not, the Full House house is a real. You can find it at 1709 Broderick Street in San Francisco. The house was sold in 2006 for $1.8 million. I hope the new owners upgraded the security on their new home. The clean cut world occupied by the Tanners didn’t seem to include any basic security precautions. Here are a few of the mistakes that could have led to disaster in Full House.
- NO LOCKED DOORS! (What is it with TV shows and this habit?)
- Don’t know their neighbors. (With the exception of Kimmy Gibbler.)
- No visible home security measures of any kind.
- Huge windows that let anyone clearly see inside.