Imaginary TV: 10 Shows-Within-Shows We Wish Were Real

By TV.com Staff

Sep 30, 2011

Last week's episode of Community featured two awesome-sounding fake TV shows—Cougarton Abbey and Inspector Spacetime—that we found ourselves wishing we could watch in real life. Which of course got us thinking, "What other fake TV shows from within real TV shows do we wish were actual shows?" Behold:


MILF Island from 30 Rock

Twenty-five super-hot moms, fifty eighth-grade boys, and no rules, plus Rob Huebel as a Jeff Probstian host. We're with Pete on this one: must-watch.


Cookie Party! from The Sarah Silverman Program

Sarah and Laura Silverman’s favorite show appears to be a cookie-baking competition that's sort of like Top Chef on acid (and a bunch of other drugs). Fun fact: Sarah Silverman Program co-creator Rob Schrab plays Cookie Party! host Mini Coffee.


Hearts 'n Scalpels from Nip/Tuck

A medical show for people who think Grey's Anatomy is too subtle, Hearts 'n Scalpels stars Aidan Stone (Bradley Cooper) as sexy plastic surgeon Dr. Clift.


Mock Trial with J. Reinhold from Arrested Development

This one started out as a simple courtroom show about a judge named Judge Reinhold—played, naturally, by real-life actor Judge Reinhold. But once washed-up American Idol wannabe and pop-culture curiosity William Hung came on-board as the leader of the house band, William Hung and his Hung Jury, so did we.


Single Female Lawyer from Futurama

We're not talking the "actual" Single Female Lawyer that Lrrr from Omicron Persei-8 loved so much, we're talking Fry's interpretation of the Ally McBeal ripoff. Chock full of drama clichés, Leela's plastic eye falling off her face, and Bender's gripping reinterpretation of the theme song, it would probably be better than what Futurama has become.


Itchy and Scratchy from The Simpsons

A classic! In the world of The Simpsons, the cat-and-mouse cartoon is somehow deemed acceptable for children, who find the sadistic violence within it hysterical. We think it'd be a perfect addition to Adult Swim's lineup.


Exposé from Lost

One of the worst episodes of Lost not involving Jack on vacation in Southeast Asia actually featured something pretty cool: a faux-show about strippers who solve crimes. We repeat: Strippers. Who solve crimes. The glimpse we saw through Lost left us with a doozy of a cliffhanger: Did the mystery of Mr. LaShade's (Billy Dee Williams) secret identity, The Cobra, remain a mystery, or did Autumn and Crystal, ahem, expose him as the bad guy? And just who the heck is The Scorpion!?!? Find out on the next episode of Exposé, which will never air!


Celebrity Zillions from Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

Watching celebrities (or convincing facsimiles) scramble for money that's being thrown by a Tony Clifton-esque "Zillionaire" suspended above them would be plenty entertaining. But the icing on the cake is that bald referee who shrieks like a cat.


Invitation to Love from Twin Peaks

During the first season of Twin Peaks, the fictional soap opera Invitation to Love was featured in every episode. Like Itchy and Scratchy, the fictional soap contained themes and motifs from *actual* Twin Peaks episodes. If we could Lynch-out daily to a soap opera this involved, we... probably would.


The Valley from The O.C.

The O.C.'s constant flirtation with the meta lead to its introduction of The Valley, the never-seen but often mentioned teen drama that all the characters watched... and which sounded absolutely ridiculous. While Summer and Seth exchanged charming bedroom repartee, their counterparts on The Valley seemed to be engaging in sub-90210 levels of poor decision-making (even worse than Marissa's). Essentially a running joke, the existence of The Valley was supposed to serve as a reminder of what The O.C. wasn't. In hindsight, though, The Valley couldn't be much worse than The O.C.'s second season. So, we'll take it!


Your turn! Which fake TV shows from real TV shows do you wish were actual TV shows?

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  • sumorabbit Jan 30, 2012

    All glory to the Hypnotoad.....

  • JamesLeyva Nov 03, 2011

    There's also

    All My Circuits from Futurama

    Fast Animals Slow Children from Family Guy

  • JamesLeyva Nov 03, 2011

    Actually it would be cool to see a full length episode of The Krusty The Clown Show

  • elthandiel Oct 03, 2011

    I'm so glad you mentioned The Valley. As soon as I read the title of the article, that's the show that popped into mind. Then it was Gold Case from 30 Rock. Ahh 30 Rock, so many episodes, so many laughs. God bless you Tina Fey.

  • FusterCluck1 Oct 03, 2011

    There's another one from 30 Rock: The game show Gold Case.

    http://30rock.wikia.com/wiki/Gold_Case

  • dragon22a Oct 03, 2011

    Wormhole X-treme from Stargate SG1

  • ArjunaJenning Oct 03, 2011

    Lost's episode Expose was actually pretty awesome.

  • charliesmess Oct 02, 2011

    Isn't "Inspector Spacetime" basically Dr. Who?

  • TrevPlatt Oct 02, 2011

    Are you seriously asking that question?

  • charliesmess Oct 03, 2011

    haha damn. excuse my laziness.

  • enrisimp Oct 02, 2011

    In Icarly they watch a show celebrities underwater i don't know if it's real but most of other shows are copies of real ones Inspector Spacetime of Community is the same as Doctor Who.

  • lucianoabc Oct 02, 2011

    MILF Island and no TGS? Seriusly?

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