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Spend All Day With “Wilfred”

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There’s just something about “Wilfred.” Whether it’s the pot smoking dog or the overarching strangeness of a lead character in a TV show being dressed as a pot-smoking dog, people just can’t stop watching “Wilfred.” If you haven’t gotten sucked into the weird world of “Wilfred” yet, here’s the general idea: Sarah is a fit, attractive, intelligent and funny girl. She is a real catch and boy-next-door Adam thinks he has hit the jackpot …until he meets Wilfred. Wilfred is Sarah’s beloved dog, who is more than a little protective of his owner. They’ve both been hurt by a string of failed relationships and Wilfred has come out the worse for wear. He’s arrogant, manipulative and prone to more than a dog’s share of psychological hang-ups and a serious pot habit. He’s also a guy dressed up in a dog costume.

The show is a hilariously strange and demented little gem that is incredibly addictive. IFC aired the original Australian version back in the day, and when FX launched a re-boot, we started streaming the show online so everyone could see the show in all its original oddball glory. Now we’re taking down season one for the moment, but if you haven’t watched it yet, don’t worry, we are showing a marathon all day on Sunday July 31st beginning at 12pm/11c. Tune in then to watch the misadventures of a misanthropic pot smoking dog and the people who love him/tolerate him.

“Wilfred” airs on IFC on July 31

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Rhett & Link: Cry Baby Cry

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When filming commercials for local businesses, Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, know that passion sells. While working with business owners to create memorable ads for “Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings,” the duo frequently ask the business owners to tap into their deep and abiding love of cats, dogs, hair dos, car washes, etc. to offer prospective clients a heartfelt and stirring reason to patronize their small business. It is passion that drives business owners to, say, start a Super Schmuttle or dress up as the Founding Fathers and rap (badly). But what’s the best way to prove you are really and sincerely passionate about your company? Tears.

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New episodes of “Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings” air on IFC on Fridays at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET

Five Reasons to Love “Young, Broke & Beautiful”

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A new episode of “Young, Broke & Beautiful” premieres tonight at 11 p.m. ET. If you haven’t seen the show yet, get with the program. Literally. Broke-Ass Stuart is leading us on a tour of some of the hidden gems that dot the U.S. from San Diego to New Orleans to Boston and everywhere in between. If that’s not enough to convince, you here are five more reasons to love “Young, Broke, & Beautiful”. Tune in tonight for Stuart’s trip through Boston:

1. Lord Chaz:

2. He hangs out with Dan Deacon:

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3. He brown bags his booze, just like us:

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4. He really puts the “broke ass” in “Broke Ass Stuart”:

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5. He hangs out with the best people. Like, Mink Stole:

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New episodes of “Young, Broke, & Beautiful” air on IFC on Fridays at 11 p.m. ET

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