List of fictional television shows
Below is a list of television shows that have been made up in real television shows or other media. Characters who work in television are interesting to viewers. An early example of the show within a show format was The Jack Benny Program which had been popular on radio and took the same format to the new medium of television.
- 1 30 Rock
- 2 Babylon 5
- 3 Densha Otoko
- 4 Ed TV
- 5 Entourage
- 6 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
- 7 Full House
- 8 Genshiken
- 9 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
- 10 Harry Hill's TV Burp
- 11 Home Improvement
- 12 The Honeymooners
- 13 Joey
- 14 The Larry Sanders Show
- 15 Martian Successor Nadesico
- 16 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
- 17 The Muppet Show and Muppets Tonight
- 18 Murphy Brown
- 19 Nancy Drew
- 20 Newhart
- 21 Nip/Tuck
- 22 Pleasantville
- 23 The Running Man
- 24 Saturday Night Live
- 25 Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
- 26 Seinfeld
- 27 Shake It Up
- 28 The Simpsons
- 29 Sonny With a Chance
- 30 South Park
- 31 SpongeBob SquarePants
- 32 Stargate SG-1
- 33 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
- 34 That Mitchell and Webb Look
- 35 The Truman Show
- 36 UHF
- 37 Ugly Betty
- 38 V for Vendetta
- 39 See also
- 40 References
- 41 External links
30 Rock revolves around the fictional The Girlie Show (later renamed TGS with Tracy Jordan) on which most of the characters work. The fictional show was on the real American television network NBC, and the plot frequently referenced other fictional NBC programs, such as MILF Island, Gold Case, and Homonym. In later seasons, several episodes of 30 Rock were presented as though they were actually episodes of a fictional Bravo (U.S. TV channel) show, Queen of Jordan.
Interstellar Network News (ISN) is a fictional TV news network in the Babylon 5 universe.
Getsumento Heiki Mina was originally a fictional anime show in Densha Otoko and later became a stand alone amine.
- Ed TV is the fictional show at the center of the movie of the same name.
- Viking Quest - sci-fi / fantasy series starring Johnny "Drama" Chase
- Five Towns - drama series starring Johnny "Drama" Chase
- The Brown Hornet - A superhero program often mirroring the plot of the "Fat Albert" episode Loosely based on "The Green Hornet" TV show but in a Sci-Fi setting.
In season 2, Danny becomes co-host of a local morning television show, Wake Up, San Francisco.
Within the world of Genshiken, Kujibiki Unbalance is a popular ongoing manga and anime adaptation, watched and discussed by the main characters.
- Cast Iron Stomach - Parody of Iron Chef.
- Love Problems
- The Extreme Adventures of Brandon and Mallory - Anime series featuring characters that are eerily similar to Billy, Mandy, and Grim, plus a "Helper Monkey" named Dickie Galoot.
- Atriocia's Late-Night Cinemonstrosities - Parody of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
- The Grim Show - Supernatural talk show hosted by Grim. Replacement for Atriocia's Late-Night Cinemonstrosities.
The K-Factor: So You Think You Can Knit? is a fictional TV show on Harry Hill's TV Burp.
- Deep Powder - TV drama that starred Joey Tribbiani. The show was described as Baywatch on skis. His character was killed off after he became too demanding on the set.
The Larry Sanders Show is a late night talk show the characters of the show (of the same name) work on.
- Chuckles the Clown - Locally produced children's show mentioned in several episodes. His death, when he is trampled by an elephant while wearing a "Peter Peanut" costume, was the basis for the episode Chuckles Bites the Dust.
- WJM-TV Evening News – Minneapolis news show on which many of the main characters worked
- The Muppet Show – the weekly variety show, overseen by Kermit the Frog, which included music, comedy sketches, and stunts
- Bay of Pigs Watch - parody of Baywatch
- Bear on Patrol - cop show starring Fozzie Bear
- EIEIO-R - parody of ER
- Gonzo and Rizzo's Amazing Discoveries
- The Kermit the Frog Club, parody of The Mickey Mouse Club. During her guest appearance on Muppets Tonight, its revealed that Cindy Crawford was once a "frogkateer".
- Muppet Match-Up, - parody of The Dating Game. During her guest appearance on Muppets Tonight, it is revealed that Michelle Pfeiffer "appeared as a contestant".
- NYPD Green - parody of NYPD Blue
- Pigs in Space - parody of Star Trek: The Original Series
- Pigs in Space: Deep Dish Nine, The Next Generation - parody of later Star Trek
- Punch Teacher (from The Muppets)
- Veterinary Hospital - medical drama, title parodies General Hospital
- FYI - a news show Murphy works for
- Light of Our Love (Stay Tuned for Danger)
- Book Talk
- Pearl's Kitchen
- Pirate Pete's Cartoon Lagoon
- Vermont Today
- Hearts and Scalpels
- Plastic Fantastic
Pleasantville is a black and white 1958 sitcom in the movie of the same name.
- The Running Man The novel and the film describe alternate versions of a game show in which convicted criminals are chased by "hunters" from the television network and can win their freedom if they evade the hunters.
- Bill Swerski's Superfans
- The Barry Gibb Talk Show
- Behind The Music: The Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew
- Church Chat with The Church Lady
- Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley
- Debbie Downer
- The Don Zimmer Sports Spectacular - talk show hosted by actor Don Zimmer
- Fernando's Hideaway - talk show hosted by actor Fernando Lamas (portrayed by Billy Crystal)
- The Joe Pesci Show - talk show
- Mister Robinson's Neighborhood - parody of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
- Pumping Up with Hans and Franz
- Toonces: The Cat Who Could Drive a Car
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer
- Wayne's World
- What Up with That?, A BET talk show.
- Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake, talk show centering on mysteries.
- Jerry, a self-parody of the show itself. A major plot point in Season 4 of Seinfeld. Features all the characters of Seinfeld but played by different actors. It lasted for 1 episode.
- Super Terrific Happy Hour, a Japanese television show that featured Jerry in the opening credits.
- Shake It Up Chicago
- Really, You Call That Dancing?
- Behind the Laughter (parody of Behind the Music)
- Eye on Springfield - local news magazine show
- Eye on Eye on Springfield - Shelbyville show highlighting the local news shows errors
- I Can't Believe They Invented It! - infomercial
- The Itchy & Scratchy Show - Violent children's cartoon (parody of Tom and Jerry and *The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show
- The Krusty the Klown Show (afternoon kids' show)
- The Sideshow Bob Cavalcade of Whimsy (name of the show when Sideshow Bob takes over)
- Smartline (local news roundtable show, parody of ABC's Nightline)
- The Worker & Parasite Show (east European cat-and-mouse cartoon aired on The Krusty the Klown Show when Itchy and Scratchy had temporarily moved to the then more popular Gabbo Show) (Krusty Gets Kancelled)
- So Random! - a sketch comedy show that stars Sonny Munroe, Tawni Hart, Nico Harris, Grady Mitchell and Zora Lancaster (five of the six main characters), .
- Mackenzie Falls - a teen drama that stars Chad Dylan Cooper (the sixth main character), and criticizes So Random!, saying they are not real actors (a parody of popular teen dramas, though its title is suggested by Dawson's Creek).
- Jesus and Pals - a public-access talk show hosted by Jesus
- The Terrence and Phillip Show - vulgar children's cartoon and live-action show
- Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow
- Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus
- The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
- The New Adventures of Mermaidman and Barnacleboy
- Wormhole X-Treme! - sci-fi TV program based on leaked information from the Stargate program
The series takes place behind the scenes of a live sketch comedy show (also called Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip or Studio 60) on the fictional television network NBS (National Broadcasting System), whose format is similar to that of NBC's Saturday Night Live.
Truman Burbank is the unsuspecting star of The Truman Show, a reality television program at the center of the film by the same name.
- Storm Saxon - an openly racist action hero show
- Mary Ann Watson (2008), "TV on TV", Defining visions: television and the American experience in the 20th century, Blackwell, p. 140, ISBN 978-1-4051-7053-6
- Semel, Paul (2006). "Shows Within Shows", MSN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- Moore, Frazier (July 7, 1992). "Show-within-a-show: A product of the Make-Believe Network", Associated Press. Reprinted in Spartanburg Herald-Journal, p. C4. Convenience link.
- (February 1, 1999). "TV eating itself: small screen navel-gazing from The Simpsons to Seinfield", The Observer, p. 2.