Life imitating art is one thing, but there are times when TV is bizzarely prophetic.
News analysts and televisual psychics are paid to forecast the future, yet rarely are their predictions as accurate as some of those tabled by dramas and sitcoms.
These shows aren't trying to tell us what's going to happen in the world. Usually their writers dream up entertaining or shocking scenarios for kicks, and the fact some of them have come to pass says a lot about the state of the world we live in.
Whether it's foretelling the career paths of world leaders, prophesying the scandals ahead for certain public figures, or guessing the outcome of major sporting events, TV series from both sides of the Atlantic have proven that, occasionally, there can be prescience behind the fiction.
A certain Fox series about a yellow-skinned family has been doing precisely this for years, but let's just hope that The Walking Dead is wrong about the world one day being overrun by reanimated corpses and manicas with baseball bats.