I'm trying to determine if this is just a goof in details or if Hilary Banks was actually not Phillip Banks' daughter.

If all of these facts are true, then it means Hilary was born at least two years before Phil and Vivian got engaged. It would also mean Vivian was underage when she got pregnant while Phil would have been 24.

So is this a goof or was Hilary not Phillip's daughter or did Phil and Vivian have a baby before they got married?

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    Your link says they got engaged on an episode of Soul Train. It doesn't say that is where they first met. – Legion600 Feb 12 '19 at 7:25
  • Good point, I updated the question – sanpaco Feb 12 '19 at 8:47
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    The episode aired in 1994, which wasn't 25 years after the start of Soul Train. Don Cornelius played himself as the host of Soul Train, yet he had left the show in 1993. The scrabble board doesn't have enough letters for Philip to spell out his marriage proposal. In an earlier episode Philip had said he went down on one knee to propose, yet he didn't. Goofs? Sure. Part of it is tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ComicBookTime , part of it is "the joke comes first", etc. – BCdotWEB Feb 12 '19 at 9:47
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    I'm with @BCdotWEB on this one. TV shows in the 90s (especially sitcoms) were not nearly as vigilant about these sorts of continuity errors as they are nowadays. That's not to say there was zero effort to avoid them, but there wasn't really much. – Steve-O Feb 12 '19 at 14:03
  • Seems like a really good answer. – sanpaco Feb 12 '19 at 19:35

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