Celebrity High-Five: Childrens Hospital's Erinn Hayes on Her 5 Favorite TV Shows

You may not recognize Erinn Hayes in the photo above—in fact, you'd be forgiven for assuming we were running a Celebrity High-Five with Tina Fey's younger cousin—but if you're a fan of good comedy, I'm willing to bet you've had a few laughs thanks to Hayes' zany character Dr. Lola Spratt on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital.

In addition to the wacky late-night comedy, Hayes' other credits include roles and appearances on Parenthood, Two and a Half Men, and Suits. Earlier this year, she appeared alongside Julia Stiles, David Cross, and America Ferrara in an indie film called It’s a Disaster, and made a cameo as Vince Vaughn's wife in the movie The Watch, which came out in July.


Here are Hayes' five favorite TV shows, in no particular order.


Yo Gabba Gabba!


"Having two little kids, I watch a ton of kids' shows. It's not that they watch a lot of television, but when they get hooked on a show, it's the only one they EVER want to watch. For two years that show was Yo Gabba Gabba!, so I was stoked. In fact, I'm kind of bummed they moved on. I miss Brobee with his funky long arm, and DJ Lance Rock with his sweet moves. They teach lessons in a way that doesn't insult the intelligence of the children or the adults in the room, and Biz Markie teaches the kids (me) how to beat box. I may have to have another kid."


The Wire


"Straight-up amazing. Everything about this show was so brilliant, and one day I'll make my kids watch it and finally tell them why we have a teddy bear named after my favorite lovable drug dealer, “Bodie.” I can still go from peaceful to a state of rage in no seconds flat talking about how few awards this show won."



Seinfeld


"The greatest sitcom. It felt so different. People talking about the kinds of stupid things normal people talk about. Big, out-there, hilarious characters who were still real. Re-watching the first season, you see how the show really came into its own. So few networks give a show a chance these days to find itself, Seinfeld is a perfect example of something just getting better and better."



The Monkees


"There used to be marathons when I was a kid and my brother and I would always stay home to watch the whole thing. I'm aware that my love of the show is tied to those weekends and I haven't re-watched it in awhile, but I remember them being surreal, funny, and stupid in an “Audience, aren't we stupid?” kind of way. So I stand by this answer. Let the comments fly. Also, my mom once rode around for a day on a scooter with Micky Dolenz, so in your face!"



Louie


"Every week I'm blown away and thankful by what FX allows Louis C.K. to do. He takes the traditional half-hour show and breaks all the rules. There might be only one storyline (there's usually always two or three), long sections that have almost nothing going on except him listening to music or something (that's usually the first thing to go in the editing room), and remember the scene in the car with him and Melissa Leo? WHAT??!! Incredible. So glad everyone involved had the balls to let him do what he wanted; TV is better for it."


What do you think of Hayes' picks? Did any of them surprise you?


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I watched Yo Gabba Gabba once and it was everything she said. I'd take it over Spongebob any day. Does anyone watch Spongebob anymore?

Oh, I watched The Monkees when I was a kid on Nick at Nite and I had a couple of their LPs. I had a thing for Mike (beanie) but Davy (shortest) sang the best. :)
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I'm impressed!
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luv erin

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Erin Hayes is awesome. The inclusion of both 'The Wire' and 'The Monkees' is fantastic. It was great hearing "The Monkees" during the meth cooking scene on 'Breaking Bad' this week. "Children's Hospital" must be a fun job -- they get to work with the Fonz!
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Erin Hayes is awesome. The inclusion of both 'The Wire' and 'The Monkees' is fantastic. It was great hearing "The Monkees" during the meth cooking scene on 'Breaking Bad' this week. "Children's Hospital" must be a fun job -- they get to work with the Fonz!
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I'm not one of those people that get off on people doing things that push the boundaries. I mean if it's still funny then okay, I don't have anything against it but the whole "oh he did not just say that" kind of thing doesn't add anything for me. I guess it does for some people so I could understand them liking Louie and thinking it's great but in all honesty it's so over hyped and the writing's way to sloppy to keep me watching. I haven't seen any of the recent episodes and don't think I'm missing anything.
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I always confuse her and Erin Cahill.
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I recognize Erinn Hayes from Childrens Hospital and Worst Week, and if it weren't for the former, I would have found her a limited actress due to the latter. Worst Week was a show I was kinda arm-twisted into watching and it was just so mediocre that the entire cast seemed to take a beating from the horrible writing.



HOLY CRAP HER FIRST SHOW IS YO GABBA GABBA! This is your brain on drugs, Erinn, and now your kids' brains on drugs!



From that to The Wire to Seinfeld to The Monkees to Louie, that's amazing. I hear some therapists offer medication to deal with those sudden personality swaps. ;-) No, j/k, that's awesome, I love when people have strong tastes in many different kinds of shows instead of just embracing one kind.

Anyway, great list, keep being awesome, find more (and better) work soon, get the CH gang to write you more scripts the way it was in season 1.
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The lady is FIIIIIINE.... and have good TV taste.

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It's true you don't have to be a kid to appreciate Yo Gabba Gabba!
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