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Catch up on R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet before its return Fri Nov 23 at 9/8c

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We have some good news for fans of R. Kelly’s endearingly epic hip-hopera Trapped in the Closet. During a recent interview with Time Magazine, R. Kelly declared: “‘Trapped in the Closet’ is forever.” Thank gawd, because we don’t want to live in a world without Sylvester and Twan and Cathy and if we never find out what’s in the package, we just might expire. Luckily for us then, brand-new chapters of Trapped in the Closet are premiering Friday, November 23 at 9/8c only on IFC.

The new chapters bring more suspense, mystery and drama – plus lots of unexpected twists. Hopping aboard for this next installment are two new faces, both played by R. Kelly: Dr. Perry, a therapist at Rufus and Cathy’s church guiding them through marriage counseling; and Beeno, a powerful underworld kingpin.

But before you get wrapped up in all new chapters, get caught up on previous chapters of the inspiring cultural phenomenon with back-to-back episodes starting Thanksgiving Day at 10am/9c. Plus, freshly launched today, IFC.com is hosting all of the previous Trapped in the Closet chapters, along with in-depth character profiles and in the coming weeks, behind-the-scenes footage. After the on-air premiere, IFC.com will feature one new chapter each day online. So click here to watch all things Trapped.

And don’t forget that an exclusive sneak peek of the new installment, Chapter 23, is available now on the Trapped site.

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All new chapters of Trapped in the Closet premiere on IFC on Friday, November 23 at 9 pm ET/PT

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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.

Watch an all new chapter of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet

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Are you ready to be Trapped in the Closet? We sure hope so, because we are bringing R & B legend R. Kelly’s sprawling, wild and wacky hip-hopera back to IFC’s air on November 23 (9/8c). We know you’re going to want to recite every line, mouth along with every denial, make every heartfelt plea for understanding. The new chapters bring more suspense, mystery and drama – plus lots of unexpected twists. Hopping aboard for this next installment are two new faces, both played by R. Kelly: Dr. Perry, a therapist at Rufus and Cathy’s church guiding them through marriage counseling; and Beeno, a powerful underworld kingpin.

To get you ready for this momentous return of Trapped in the Closet to IFC, we’ve prepared Chapter 23. It recaps some of the many many many highlights from the first 22 chapters of Trapped (which you can watch here on our all-new Trapped site). Watch, learn, memorize, and get ready to get Trapped:

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Trapped in the Closet returns to IFC in November

Get a sneak peek at season two of Whisker Wars, airing Fri Nov 23 at 10/9c

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Happy Bearded Presidents Day! How are you celebrating? Lincoln log building contest? A Rutherford B. Hayes bathtub gin drinking party? A Benjamin Harrison pie potluck? Maybe a Grover Cleveland taco fiesta? Wait, did you not know that today was a national holiday? Don’t worry, we are happy for you to share in our celebration of bearded patriots. In honor of today being Bearded Presidents Day, we have decided to give fans a sneak peek of the new season of Whisker Wars.

In the clip below, former two-time World Champion Jack Passion finds himself at a crossroads after losing his world renowned title last year. Shaken by the upset, Passion takes out the hair clippers and contemplates whether he should fight his way back to the top or kiss the world of competitive bearding goodbye. Yep, season two of Whisker Wars is bringing the drama, which is why you should definitely tune in for its premiere on November 23rd at 10/9c.

Want to catch up on the action before the new season starts? Fans can get their Whisker Wars fix by catching marathons of the first season on IFC on the below dates:

Thursday, November 22 at 7am ET/PT & 8pm ET/PT
Friday, November 23 at 4pm ET/PT

Watch a sneak peek of season two of Whisker Wars:

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Whisker Wars returns to IFC on Friday, November 23rd at 10pm ET/PT.

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