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Our five favorite William Shatner songs

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As Star Trek Week continues on IFC we can’t help but recall our deep and abiding love for Captain Kirk and the man who played the heck out of him, William Shatner. Now Shatner is not only an excellent actor, but he also directed one of the films we are playing tonight “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier,” where the crew of the Enterprise (or, more accurately, the Enterprise-A) finds religion. Smart, attractive, talented and spiritual, what’s not to love about the man? And we haven’t even mentioned the singing. Man, can Shatner sing.

Here are our five favorite William Shatner songs:

5. “Major Tom (Coming Home)”

4. “Bohemian Rhapsody”

3. “Common People”

2. “Rocket Man”

1. “Fuck You”

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“Star Trek: The Voyage Home” airs on IFC tonight at 5:15 PM ET; Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:45 AM ET; Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8:15 AM ET; Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 3:15 PM ET; Thursday, Nov. 15 at 12:00 PM ET; Friday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 AM ET; Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 3:15 PM ET; Monday, Nov. 26 at 12:00 AM ET; Friday, Nov. 30 at 8:45 AM ET; “Star Trek: The Final Frontier” airs on IFC tonight at at 8:00 PM ET; Thursday, Nov. 8 at 12:45 AM ET; Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5:45 PM ET; Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 AM ET; Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:45 AM ET; Thursday, Nov. 15 at 2:45 PM ET; Friday, Nov. 16 at 6:00 AM ET; Friday, Nov. 16 at 1:45 PM ET; Saturday, Nov. 17 at 12:45 AM ET; Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 12:00 AM ET

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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.

Get ready Trekkies: Introducing Star Trek week

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A long time ago in a galaxy far far away ….wait. That’s not right. We’re not showing that Disney film! We’re showing “Star Trek.” This Saturday we are kicking off a whole week’s worth of awesome with “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” at 8/7c. In the first foray of the popular television show onto the silver screen, Adm. Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and crew embark in the overhauled Enterprise to find an intelligent entity called VGER.

Then on Sunday we’re re-airing “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” at 5:15 p.m. ET followed by “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” at 8/7c where Ricardo Montalban stars as the ultimate evil villain Khan, who may or may not be Chaka Khan’s cousin. While you should definitely watch, whatever you do, don’t let him near your ears.

Starting Monday we’ll be throwing “Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock” into the mix starting at 8/7c. In the third installment, Captain Kirk and the crew steal the old Enterprise and head for Vulcan to reunite the mind and body of Mr. Spock. Why? It may not be logical, but it’s the right thing to do.

After you vote, tune in on Tuesday at 8/7c for “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” where Spock, Captain Kirk and the Enterprise time-travel to modern-day San Francisco to bring humpback whales to the 23rd century. That’s right: Whales, motherfucker! So much better than watching election results.

On Wednesday, who ever is the new President of the United States, we will be watching “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” at 8/7c. This time a renegade Vulcan makes Kirk, Spock, McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and the Enterprise go to a planet at the center of the galaxy.

While “Star Trek V” was called “The Final Frontier,” fear not, because we have another installment of the film franchise on Thursday: “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” kicks off at 8/7c. This time Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the Enterprise encounter sabotage on the way to peace talks with the Klingon Federation.

Capping off the week we have a surplus of Captains. In “Star Trek Generations,” Capt. Kirk and Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) team up to thwart mad Dr. Soran’s (Malcolm McDowell) quest for the Nexus of joy. Fans of the old school and new school Star Trek can hold hands and tune in together at 8/7c.

But that’s not all folks! On Saturday, we inaugurate Star Trek: The Next Generation as commander of the film franchise. AT 8/7c we’re showing “Star Trek: First Contact” with Captain Jean-Luc Picard at the helm with William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) at his side. They and their crew set off to stop the half-robot Borg from sabotaging a historic rocket flight in 2063.

Finally, on Sunday, we’re showing “Star Trek: Insurrection” at 8/7c. In the final Star Trek: The Next Generation film, to uphold the principles of his Starfleet oath and save an alien race, Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) defies Federation orders.

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“Star Trek: The Motion Picture” airs Sunday at 8/7c; “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” airs Sunday at 8/7c; “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” airs Monday at 8/7c”; “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” airs Tuesday at 8/7c; “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” airs Wednesday at 8/7c; “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” airs Thursday at 8/7c; “Star Trek Generations” airs Friday at 8/7c; “Star Trek: First Contact” airs Saturday at 8/7c; “Star Trek: Insurrection” at 8/7c

What to watch on IFC: October 29 – November 4

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There’s a hurricane ablowin’ on the east coast, earthquakes in Los Angeles and Arkansas, and a snow storm in the Great Lakes region. This is Mother Nature’s way of saying stay inside and watch IFC.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Get in touch with your inner vigilante when we show “Punisher: War Zone” at 8/7c. Everyone’s favorite anti-hero comes to life in this film with Ray Stevenson playing Punisher who leaves a mob boss Billy Russoti (Dominic West) horribly disfigured. This causes the criminal to change his name to Jigsaw and set out for revenge.

Tuesday

Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve Eve when we show “Creepshow” at 10:15 p.m. ET/ 9:15c. The tale of terror comes from two masters of horror: George “Night of the Living Dead” Romero and Stephen “Carrie” King. King weaves together five tales inspired by 1950s comic books include a nagged professor (Hal Holbrook) and a tycoon (E.G. Marshall) with cockroaches.

Wednesday

It’s Halloween and we’re going to do our best to scare the pants off of you by showing the scariest movie ever: “The Exorcist.” Starting at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 CT we’re airing “The Exorcist” back-to-back for your terrifying viewing pleasure. It’s so scary it will make your head spin backwards!

Thursday

To inaugurate November, we’re showing Tim Burton’s delightfully weird and wonderfully dark “Edward Scissorhands.” It stars Johnny Depp as a deceased inventor’s unfinished creation who becomes an instant celebrity when a cheery suburbanite (Dianne Wiest) brings him home to her family, including her daughter Winona Ryder. It starts at 8/7c.

Friday

Friday Night Frights gets twisted when we show “Strangeland” starring Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider as a psychopath who uses the Internet to lure gullible teens to his basement hideaway. It’s kind of like Craig’s List, but way more terrifying. Tune in at 8 p.m. ET or 11:45 p.m. ET.

Saturday

Attention Trekkies: We are showing “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” at 8/7c. It’s the OG Enterprise crew with Adm. Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and crew heading out aboard the overhauled Enterprise to find an intelligent entity called VGER.

Sunday

Don’t beam us up, Scotty, we want to feel the Wrath of Khan when we show “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” at 8/7c. Everyone’s favorite intergalactic travelers Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and the Enterprise crew battle an old foe (Ricardo Montalban) who blames Kirk for the death of his wife.

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