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


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


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


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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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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