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The 8 Most Spot-On Reality Show Spoofs

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Reality TV shows practically beg viewers to make fun of them. I mean, Teresa Giudice couldn’t have been serious when she flipped over a table… right? This genre is filled with over-the-top moments like this because who would watch otherwise? And that’s why there are so many parodies and spoofs out there.

Take Comedy Bang! Bang!, for example. IFC brought together some actual reality TV stars for a hilarious spoof of Big Brother meets Top Chef meets The Bachelor meets…does it matter? Because as the video points out, they’re all the same. But that doesn’t mean all reality TV spoofs are created equal.

Here’s to the videos, TV shows and movies that upped the ante in poking fun at the real-world casts we love to mock.

1. “Reality House,” Comedy Bang! Bang!

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Reality House might be the most confusing fake reality show out there. Val Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars, Lucy Aragon from The Bachelor, Nadia Turner from American Idol, Ozzy Lusht from Survivor, Reza Farahan from The Shahs of Sunset, and Brooke Williamson from Top Chef had no idea what they were supposed to do when they were all brought together to live in a house. Was it a competition show? A Bad Girls Club-style spinoff? A cooking show? Who knows?


2. American Dreamz

Remember when Mandy Moore was a thing? Well, when she was, she became the next American pop singer…in the movie American Dreamz, a big-screen spoof of the American Idol-obsessed culture. Now it’s all about The Voice, but this was back when American Idol, too, was a thing. So, what happens when the President of the United States (Dennis Quaid) needs to prove to the country that he’s not having a mental breakdown by guest judging the hottest reality singing competition show? A terrorist plot to eviscerate him happens, that’s what.


3. America’s Kidz Got Singing, 30 Rock

Jenna Maroney makes Simon Cowell look like a saint. At least he didn’t suggest the American Idol singers go jump back up their mothers when they went flat. This show-within-a-show brought out the worst in us. At one point, we were practically egging Maroney on to further annihilate the kids with her words. It just goes to prove that people don’t always come to watch the talent. They come to watch them get knocked down a couple pegs.


4. Real Housewives of New Jersey, South Park

The most famous and hilarious lines to ever come out of a Real Housewife of New Jersey was, “muff cabbage.” And they didn’t even say it! That’s how good South Park‘s spoof is of the reality spin-off. It’s so famous and, actually, pretty accurate that it’s now permanently linked to Teresa, Carlina, Dina and Danielle. What can they say? It’s a Jersey thing. You non-Jersians wouldn’t understand.


5. The Onion’s Sex House

The Real World, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Jersey Shore and Big Brother are all really just about getting a bunch of horny people together to have sex. So the folks behind The Onion decided to cut out all the extraneous dialogue and drama, and cut right to the chase. Sex House sees what happens when a group of sex fiends are forced to live with each other in one house with nothing else to do than to get it on with each other. Sounds great, right? I can’t imagine why MTV or VH1 didn’t want this one for their slates.


6. Burning Love

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If we had a nickel for every time someone got busy with The Bachelor, let’s just say we could retire and move to our own private island by now. But there’s even way more scandals to be had on Burning Love. It’s the same old story: a handsome firefighter is looking for love, so, naturally, he dates 15 women at once and slowly sends home the ones he doesn’t want. As you can see, he develops some real connections with these ladies.


7. The Hotwives of Orlando

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Tawny, Shauna, Veronica, Phe Phe, Crystal and Amanda are not your average housewives. They are so catty, so ruthless, so into throwing cocktails at each other that the Real Housewives ain’t got nothin’ on them. If you cross these gals from Hulu, they won’t hesitate to reduce you to the scared little person you are. They always speak their minds, and their minds think your “not a whore.”


8. “The Real Housewives of Disney,” SNL

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Lindsay Lohan may have been a hot mess, but she helped make this SNL sketch gold! There are so many bankable moments and GIF-worthy lines that we’re overcome by all the hilarity. If being a lush is as fun as Cinderella makes it out to be, then sign us up for a lifetime membership. But, life isn’t a Disney movie, and The Real Housewives of Disney have real-world issues to deal with…like dealing with the fact that you have to drink because your Prince Charming husband is living a lie. It sure does make for some huge laughs, though!

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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