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Watch a sneak peek at the first episode of “Maron”

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Comedian and podcaster Marc Maron’s new scripted comedy series,”Maron,” premieres Friday, May 3 at 10pm ET/PT on IFC. But just because the show doesn’t premiere until May doesn’t mean you can’t take a sneak peek now.

As you undoubtedly know, “Maron” is based on Marc’s life and WTF podcast, and each half-hour episode chronicles Marc’s day-to-day struggle to maintain relationships out in the world and away from his podcast audience and his beloved trio of cats. In this sneak peek we see Marc, well, struggling. Why is he struggling? Because Marc Maron has issues. He knows it, we know it, fans of his WTF podcast know it. But things in Marc’s life are going pretty well lately because he’s been talking to a doctor and really opening up and learning to share. It’s good for his mental health, plus he might finally find out why his cat is barfing.

Watch as Marc opens up in a new trailer for “Maron” and tune in for the premiere on Friday, May 3 at 10/9c:

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“Maron” premieres on IFC on Friday, May 3rd at 10/9c

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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 “Cheat Day,” the new trailer for “Maron”

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Marc Maron is pretty open about the fact that he has a lot of issues. He was an angry, drunk, self involved, twice divorced, compulsive mess for most of his adult life, but with the popularity of the podcast he does in his garage and a life of sobriety, his life and career are turning around. Now those issues give him a lot to talk about on his WTF podcast. Because while Marc has a lot of issues, sharing his thoughts, opinions and feelings definitely isn’t one of them. That’s why guests on WTF feel so comfortable opening up to share their thoughts, opinions and feelings too. Did you hear the episode of WTF where he made Louis CK cry? On his new show, the aptly titled “Maron,” which premieres Friday, May 3 at 10 pm ET/PT on IFC, Marc shares even more about himself and while the show isn’t entirely autobiographical, it is definitely ripped from the headlines of Marc’s life.

Watch this new trailer called “Cheat Day” and if you don’t know what a cheat day is

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Watch the new trailer for “Maron” right now

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“Marc, there’s a homeless man going through your trash!” “That’s not a homeless man, that’s my dad.” Welcome to Marc Maron’s world, a world that we will all be invited into when “Maron” kicks off on IFC on May 3rd at 10/9c.

Fans of Marc Maron’s popular WTF podcast know a lot about the host because in the course of his interviews, as he digs for personal information about his guests, he doesn’t shy away from revealing details about his own life. But in our new scripted comedy series, which is based on Marc’s life, he steps way outside the garage, including Marc’s day-to-day struggle to maintain relationships other than the ones with his podcast audience and his beloved trio of cats. In the show Marc stars as himself, along with Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People, Damages, This Must Be the Place) as his father, Nora Zehetner (Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy) as his girlfriend, Andy Kindler (Bob’s Burgers, Everybody Loves Raymond) as his loyal friend and Josh Brener (The Internship, Silicon Valley) as his assistant.

Want to see more? Watch the new trailer and set your iCal alert for the premiere of “Maron” on May 3 at 10/9c:

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