Dream Season

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Dream Season is a way for fans to eradicate what they feel to be a disappointing or upsetting season.


The prime-time soap Dallas did this in the 1985-1986 season. The character of Bobby had been killed off in a car accident at the end of the 1984-1985 season, a move that proved very unpopular with the viewers. Dallas scriptwriters created a storyline which featured Pam, his wife, waking up to find Bobby in the shower with the realization that the storylines of the preceding season, including the accident, were nothing more than a lengthy dream sequence.

In its last episode, the medical drama St. Elsewhere (which ran for six seasons) implied that the entire series had been a dream season.[1]


Beauty and the Beast (TV) fanworks often turn Catherine's death into either Catherine and/or Vincent's bad dream, thus ignoring the show's last one and a half seasons and the whole Diana problem.


  1. See Final Episode section of the "St. Elsewhere" page on Wikipedia. (Accessed 14 Feb 2012)