Few things are more entertaining than when TV shows and movies feature completely fictional television shows — it’s all so meta, I can barely stand it. These fake shows are typically super over-the-top and ridiculous, which only makes me desire them to be real all the more. Here are 10 of my personal favorites:
1. MILF Island (from 30 Rock)
30 Rock had a countless number of stunningly fantastic faux TV shows: Queen of Jordan, Bitch Hunter, God Cop, Dealbreakers…the list goes on and on. But the one show I could most see myself watching the hell out of is MILF Island: 25 super-hot moms, 50 8th grade boys, no rules. A perverted mix of Survivor and The Bachelor? Don’t mind if I do.
2. Sick, Sad World (from Daria)
Daria is probably the soul sister of every girl who experienced angst in the 90s, which is why Sick, Sad World holds a dear place in my emo heart. How comforting would it be to escape to your room every afternoon and watch horrifying stories about our twisted world? Way more comforting than having to deal with Quinn as a sister. Daria, we salute you and your pristine taste in TV shows.
3. Moody’s Point (from The Amanda Show)
Dawson may have had a creek, but Moody? Well, Moody had a point…and it ROCKED. What can compare to a show that gave us such gems as, “If wishes were omelets we’d all be filled with cheese and small bits of ham,” and introduced us to Taran Killam? Sadly The Amanda Show was cancelled before Moody’s Point could reach a tidy conclusion, so we’ll never know if Moody’s mom ever got down from her hot air balloon. Anyone else smell the makings of an Arrested Development-style reboot? I’m almost positive Amanda Bynes isn’t too busy.
4. Pawnee Today (from Parks and Recreation)
Everything about Pawnee is literally perfect, and psycho Joan Callamezzo only adds to this fact. Joan is the host of Pawnee Today and pretty much runs the town (suck it, Oprah). My girl JC only covers the pressing issues, like gay penguin marriage and imaginary sex scandals. Don’t lie — you could never say no to a news show that has “Gotcha” dancers and the Joan’s Book Club (The Time Traveler’s Optometrist, anyone?). If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: In Pawnee We Trust. (I’ve never said that.)
5. Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime (from Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
Billy Baldwin. That’s all I have to say about that.
6. Space Teens (from How I Met Your Mother)
While I’m not the biggest fan of Robin Scherbatsky, I can fully get behind Robin Sparkles, 80’s Canadian pop sensation. And I can ESPECIALLY get behind her stint in an educational show that also features Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Thicke. Space Teens tried to teach young Canucks about math and science, but people could never really get past those blaring innuendos. Canada’s loss, because the song “Two Beavers Are Better Than One” is way ahead of its time.
Experience Space Teens for yourself here.
7. The Hills Adjacent (from Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List)
Ok, so here’s the thing: Kathy Griffin is perfect. In season 6 of My Life on the D-List, she brought culture to a new high by introducing the world to The Hills Adjacent. First of all, tacking on “Adjacent” to a geographical location will always be awesome. Add a brilliant voice-over and death stares from Lauren Conrad, and you’ve got television gold, my friend.
8. Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. (from Friends)
Poor Joey Tribbiani. Who could have known that Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E., a buddy cop show about Mac and his robot named C.H.E.E.S.E., would have been so short-lived? I personally don’t see any flaws with its premise. In a perfect world, a) this show would exist in real life, and b) it would run for at LEAST as many seasons as Murder She Wrote lasted. Alas and alack.
9. Wake Up San Francisco (from Full House)
Imagine waking up every morning to Bob Saget’s face. In the magical world of Full House, a world where piano music plays during serious parenting moments, people actually did get to wake up to Bob Saget/Danny Tanner’s face, courtesy of Wake Up San Francisco. I don’t know of any real talk shows that feature hosts quite this upbeat and idiotic, and if you ask me, that’s a damn shame. Kelly Ripa, you need to step up your game.
Experience Wake Up San Francisco for yourself here.
10. Mock Trial with Judge Reinhold (from Arrested Development)
It’s amazing that Judge Reinhold ever had a career that involved anything OTHER than playing a judge in a mock trial TV show. From the “My name is Judge!” magazine inserts to the Hung Jury Band led by William Hung, everything about Mock Trial with Judge Reinhold is fabulous. All rise for acting’s highest honor.