Television is a big part of modern life, and this means that even the characters on TV are watching TV. Often, the TV programs that are shown during a series are only contained to that fictional world and serve as an important part of the show, whilst sometimes they are just used to take up a few minutes and add a distraction from the narrative. But a few of these TV shows within TV shows brilliantly parody real life television, with some even being more enjoyable than many of the shows that you find on real life TV.
10. Everybody Loves Hypnotoad (Futurama)
Although the show doesn’t appear frequently, you can’t talk about TV shows within TV shows without mentioning the brilliant Everybody Loves Hypnotoad from Futurama. Futurama regularly has fictional TV shows (more on this later) and adverts, but one stand out is Everybody Loves Hypnotoad. This consists of nothing more than a stationary camera filming Hypnotoad and the strange noise that he makes. He is a toad with large oscillating multicolored eyes and he emits a droning hum, and this glow appears to hypnotize anyone or thing that looks into his eyes. The toad has been used outside of the show in an episode where he entered a pet contest and hypnotized the judges and audience into awarding him first place, which spawned the popular line “All hail to the hypnotoad!” It has since become an internet sensation and creator Matt Groening states that it is one of his favorite characters.