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(2001–2006)

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Anachronisms 

During season 4, the shots of downtown Los Angeles are clearly from years past. BP Plaza was renamed Bank of America Plaza in summer 2004, and the Disney Concert Hall is never seen.
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Character error 

Characters often pronounce the first name of Milo Rambaldi as MY-lo. If he was a medieval Italian, it would probably be pronounced MEE-lo.
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Errors in geography 

In many of the episodes when Sydney visits other "countries", one can identify that filming took place in the US because of American telephones, traffic lights, types of signage, types of cars, architecture, door frames and door knobs in the background. Those are subtle for the most part but people living in the countries depicted feel that "something isn't quite right".
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In virtually every episode where the characters are shown sneaking around in Eastern European or Asian countries, US-style electrical outlets are visible.
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In season 3, Omnifam's office is in Zurich, Switzerland, but the distinctive Munttoren, canal tour boats and the yellow trams of Amsterdam spoil the illusion.
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In Season 3, Omnifam's office supposed to be in Zürich, Switzerland. The exterior shot right after the "Zürich" insert is a famous building in Budapest, Hungary, on the Astoria Square. The shot is borrowed from another film, Spy Game, where Budapest played Berlin. (In Season 5, when the plot moves to Hungary, another shot was used, which is correctly in Hungary - Bem rakpart, the coast of Danube in Budapest).
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Factual errors 

Many episodes feature a sequence in which a long-distance sniper uses a laser sight to hone in on a target, but a real sniper would never even consider using one. First of all, the laser gives away the presence of the sniper which, although used successfully in the show, completely defeats the purpose of a hidden sniper. Second, and more importantly, a laser sight is completely worthless to a sniper because there are so many factors that affect the trajectory of the bullet on long-distance shots - wind, altitude drop, and the Coriolis effect on very long shots to name a few - and have no affect whatsoever on the laser that the bullet would wind up being at least several feet, if not several yards, away from target the laser pinpoints!
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Revealing mistakes 

During the title sequence of Season 1, a moving automobile explodes. The hood flies off just as the tail of the car is sent upward, revealing an empty engine compartment.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

Season 2. Despite being a prisoner of the state, Irina wears peach lipstick and black eyeliner in nearly every episode.
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Plot holes 

Seasons 4 offers conflicting details in character Nadia Santos's backstory that cannot be reconciled. She was rescued from the Russian facility where she was held from birth by Michael Vaughn's father, Bill. Bill Vaughn was murdered by Irina Derevko in 1979. Based on Sydney Bristow's date of birth (April 17, 1975) and Sydney's being age 6 when Irina faked her death and returned to Russia, it is impossible for Nadia to have been born any earlier than 1982 and thus impossible for Bill Vaughn to have rescued her.
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Revealing mistakes 

In season two, Sloane's wife Emily is supposed to have had her ring finger cut off as part of the plan to fake her death and disappearance; indeed, we see that it is missing in "Phase One". However, her ring finger is visible and "intact" in several scenes in later episodes, including one in "Truth Takes Time".
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