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16th Oct '17 5:01:11 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': The episode "Pledge Week" has the Tiny Toons hosting a telethon. However, nobody seems to be pledging any money, or even calling, aside from [[PrankCall a prank caller]]. In the third wraparound, after telling the viewers the wonderful stuff they could get if they pledged (including the actual Plucky), they manage to raise $0.07.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': The episode "Pledge Week" "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS2E1PledgeWeek Pledge Week]]" has the Tiny Toons hosting a telethon. However, nobody seems to be pledging any money, or even calling, aside from [[PrankCall a prank caller]]. In the third wraparound, after telling the viewers the wonderful stuff they could get if they pledged (including the actual Plucky), they manage to raise $0.07.
10th Oct '17 5:52:08 PM nombretomado
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* The most famous would be JerryLewis's ''Muscular Dystrophy Telethon''.

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* The most famous would be JerryLewis's Creator/JerryLewis's ''Muscular Dystrophy Telethon''.



* Ever since TheSeventies, Chilean public TV channels host the Chilean Telethon almost every December to donate for the "Sociedad de Ayuda al Niño Lisiado" (roughly translated as "Crippled Children Aid Society"), raising money for crippled kids. This is said to be the inspiration for JerryLewis's ''Muscular Dystrophy Telethon''; whether it was the case of not, it ''did'' doubtlessly inspire many other telethons across Latin America.

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* Ever since TheSeventies, Chilean public TV channels host the Chilean Telethon almost every December to donate for the "Sociedad de Ayuda al Niño Lisiado" (roughly translated as "Crippled Children Aid Society"), raising money for crippled kids. This is said to be the inspiration for JerryLewis's Creator/JerryLewis's ''Muscular Dystrophy Telethon''; whether it was the case of not, it ''did'' doubtlessly inspire many other telethons across Latin America.
1st Sep '17 1:22:26 AM marcoasalazarm
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* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' had an episode where the cast made a telethon to keep the show on the air, which raised only ''[[EpicFail ten cents]]''. It turned out that [[{{Jerkass}} Didjeri Dingo]] had switched the telethon's donation number so the pledgers would call ''his'' house, and he stole all of the money.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' had an episode where the cast made a telethon to keep the show on the air, which raised only ''[[EpicFail ten cents]]''. It turned out that [[{{Jerkass}} Didjeri Digeri Dingo]] had switched the telethon's donation number so the pledgers would call ''his'' house, and he stole all of the money.
1st Sep '17 1:21:22 AM marcoasalazarm
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* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' had an episode where the cast made a telethon to keep thje show on the ait, which raised only ''[[EpicFail ten cents]]''. It turned out that [[{{Jerkass}} Didgeri Dingo]] had switched the telethon's donation number so the pledgers would call ''his'' house, and he stole all of the money.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' had an episode where the cast made a telethon to keep thje the show on the ait, air, which raised only ''[[EpicFail ten cents]]''. It turned out that [[{{Jerkass}} Didgeri Didjeri Dingo]] had switched the telethon's donation number so the pledgers would call ''his'' house, and he stole all of the money.
1st Sep '17 1:19:35 AM marcoasalazarm
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* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' had an episode where the cast made a telethon to keep thje show on the ait, which raised only ''[[EpicFail ten cents]]''. It turned out that [[{{Jerkass}} Didgeri Dingo]] had switched the telethon's donation number so the pledgers would call ''his'' house, and he stole all of the money.
2nd Aug '17 12:17:48 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In "The Phantom of the Telethon", Stan steals Roger's idea for a telethon to raise finds for the CIA's torture program, leading Roger to try to sabotage it. This wasn't the first time this happened, as Roger had previously been robbed of a telethon idea telethon idea years ago by Jerry Lewis.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In "The Phantom of the Telethon", Stan steals Roger's idea for a telethon to raise finds for the CIA's torture program, leading Roger to try to sabotage it. This wasn't the first time this happened, as Roger had previously been robbed of a telethon idea telethon idea years ago by Jerry Lewis.
14th Jul '17 7:38:34 AM erforce
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* The basis of Music/{{GWAR}}'s second film, ''Skulhedface'', has the alien barbarian band hosting a "Maggothon" on their own Slavepit TV channel to gather enough souls of killed people for the World Maggot, a giant worm that's supposed to take them out of our "miserable planet" when it is satiated.
8th Jul '17 8:43:37 AM Willbyr
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10th Jan '17 6:52:19 PM nombretomado
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* Not technically a ''tele''thon, as it's not aired on television, but LoadingReadyRun holds "Desert Bus for Hope" every year to raise money for Child's Play.

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* Not technically a ''tele''thon, as it's not aired on television, but LoadingReadyRun WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun holds "Desert Bus for Hope" every year to raise money for Child's Play.
21st Dec '16 4:29:12 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey is asked to assist with a telethon. He thinks he has been invited to host and arrives in a tuxedo, but discovers that he is actually one of the volunteers assisting with answering the phones. At several points during the broadcast he attempts to attract attention from the phone bank in back, and once actually walks down to the stage.
* Parodied in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', when Lunar starts up a Telethon for Mikawa when everybody [[MistakenForDying thinks he's dying]].
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', Michael convinces Dick to host a 72 hour telethon for the tv station that they work for -- despite that it is a commercial station and not PBS.
* On ''Series/FamilyTies'':
** Steven Keaton is working a PBS Telethon when his snowbound wife goes into labor.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey is asked to assist with a telethon. He thinks he has been invited to host and arrives in a tuxedo, but discovers that he is actually one of the volunteers assisting with answering the phones. At several points during the broadcast he attempts to attract attention from the phone bank in back, and once actually walks down to the stage.
*
''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'': Parodied in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', when Lunar starts up a Telethon holdsa telethon for Mikawa when everybody [[MistakenForDying thinks he's dying]].
dying]].

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* ''Film/{{Americathon}}'': In one episode of ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', Michael convinces Dick to host a 72 hour future America, the country holds a 30-day telethon to repay its debts or risk foreclosure by Native Americans.
* ''Film/TheMuppets'': The climax involves the Muppets hosting a telethon to save their studio. [[spoiler: Thanks to the villain knocking a telephone pole down with his car, the telethon ends with them mere ''cents'' away from their goal.]]
* ''Film/{{UHF}}'': Near the end, George holds a telethon to raise funds to buy the station.

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* ''Carter Country'': In one episode, he staff at the police department puts on a telethon to raise money
for a former chief who has become quite ill. During the tv station telethon - but unbeknownst to them - local news breaks into the telethon feed to announce that they work for -- despite that it is the former chief had died. One staffer, who had refused to participate because of the former chief's racist views, sneaks onto the show to surreptitiously inform the current chief while he's in the middle of a commercial station and not PBS.
musical tribute.
* On ''Series/FamilyTies'':
** Steven Keaton is was working a PBS Telethon when his snowbound wife goes into labor.



* On an episode of ''WesternAnimatoin/TheSimpsons'' Homer flees the country after welching on a large PBS donation he made to get them to end the telethon.
* Jerry ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' works the WNET Channel 13 Telethon in the episode in which his Nana goes missing.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' telethon always tends to [[KillEmAll end with everyone dead]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', the CIA loses funding for torture, so they hold a telethon to raise funds for it.
* In one rather silly GIJoe episode, Cobra has a telethon to gather the funding they need for their next criminal operation from other crooks.
* ''Film/TheMuppets'' has the titular characters running a telethon in an attempt to buy back their studio.
* In the film ''Film/{{Americathon}}'', the country had to hold a 30 day telethon to repaid its debts or risk foreclosure.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Dr. Doofenshmirtz hosts a "Telethon of Evil," which hilariously gets [[PoesLaw mistaken for satire]] by Lawrence Fletcher.
-->Dr Doofenshmirtz: "I want your money, I'm strapped for cash! I need your money, too lazy to get a job."
* To raise funds in order to buy the station, Music/WeirdAlYankovic holds one at the end of ''Film/{{UHF}}''
* In the 1970s tv series ''Carter County'' (kind of a sitcom version of ''In the Heat of the Night'') the staff at the police department puts on a telethon to raise money for a former chief who has become quite ill. During the telethon - but unbeknownst to them - local news breaks into the telethon feed to announce that the fomer chief has died. The Tibbs-equivalent character, who had refused to participate because of the former chief's racist views, sneaks onto the show to surrepititiously inform the current chief while he's in the middle of a musical tribute.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Pledge Week" has the characters from the show hosting a telethon. However, nobody seems to be pledging any money, or even calling, aside from [[Main/PrankCall a prank caller]]. In the third wraparound, after telling the viewers the wonderful stuff they could get if they pledged (including the actual Plucky), they manage to raise $0.07.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'', Hip hijacks every television station in North America with a "Koopathon," not giving up until everyone sends him money. Luigi eventually cancels it by [[VaudevilleHook hooking him off his stage]].
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' had four episodes involving telethons and pledge weeks.
* Pearl held a PBS-style telethon on the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' presentation of ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'', in reference to that film's origin on public TV.

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* On ''Series/FullHouse'': One episode has Danny hosting a telethon at the TV station he works at. When what he plans to be a 2-minute rest ends up with him out like a light, his family has to [[TheShowMustGoOn keep the show going]].
* In
an episode of ''WesternAnimatoin/TheSimpsons'' Homer flees ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey is asked to assist with a telethon. He thinks he has been invited to host and arrives in a tuxedo, but discovers that he is actually one of the country after welching on a large PBS donation he made to get them to end volunteers assisting with answering the telethon.
phones. At several points during the broadcast, he attempts to attract attention from the phone bank in back, and once actually walks down to the stage.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': During the show's presentation of ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'', Pearl held a PBS-style telethon, in reference to the film's origin on public television.
* ''Series/{{Newhart}}'': In one episode, Michael convinces Dick to host a 72-hour telethon for the TV station they work for -- despite that it's a commercial station and not PBS.
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'': There were four episodes involving telethons and pledge weeks.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': In "The Pledge Drive",
Jerry ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' works the hosts a pledge drive at WNET Channel 13 Telethon in 13, and then has Kramer take over while he searches for his missing Nana.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In "The Phantom of
the episode in which his Nana goes missing.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' telethon always tends to [[KillEmAll end with everyone dead]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', the CIA loses funding
Telethon", Stan steals Roger's idea for torture, so they hold a telethon to raise funds finds for it.
the CIA's torture program, leading Roger to try to sabotage it. This wasn't the first time this happened, as Roger had previously been robbed of a telethon idea telethon idea years ago by Jerry Lewis.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'': One rather silly GIJoe episode, episode involves Cobra has holding a telethon to gather the funding they need for fund their next criminal operation from other crooks.
evil plan.
* ''Film/TheMuppets'' has the titular characters running a telethon in an attempt to buy back their studio.
*
''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': In the film ''Film/{{Americathon}}'', the country had to hold a 30 day telethon to repaid its debts or risk foreclosure.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'',
one episode, Dr. Doofenshmirtz hosts a "Telethon of Evil," which hilariously gets [[PoesLaw mistaken for satire]] by Lawrence Fletcher.
-->Dr Doofenshmirtz: "I -->'''Doofenshmirtz:''' I want your money, I'm strapped for cash! I need your money, too lazy to get a job."
job.
* To raise funds in order to buy the station, Music/WeirdAlYankovic holds one at the end of ''Film/{{UHF}}''
*
''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'': In the 1970s tv series ''Carter County'' (kind of a sitcom version of ''In the Heat of the Night'') the staff at the police department puts on Season 3 finale, creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich host a telethon to raise money for a former chief who has become quite ill. During the show, and Matt ends up [[KillEmAll killing everyone]] to attract donors.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle The Bullwinkle Show]]'': A "Bullwinkle & Rocky Fan Club" sketch involves Bullwinkle hosting a
telethon - but unbeknownst to them - local news breaks into for the telethon feed to announce that the fomer chief has died. The Tibbs-equivalent character, who had refused to participate club. They end up with ''minus'' ten cents, because of Rocky gave Boris a dime for the former chief's racist views, sneaks onto parking meter.
-->'''Bullwinkle:''' The number to call with your donations is "SUCKER 9-2222", or if that's busy, call "SHAKEDOWN 5-6565". That's
the show to surrepititiously inform Chinese restaurant downstairs, they'll take a message.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Missionary: Impossible", Homer flees
the current chief while he's in country after welching on a $10,000 donation he made to get PBS to end their telethon. At the middle end, it turns out the entire episode was part of a musical tribute.
Creator/{{FOX}} telethon, which Bart tries to end with a $10,000 donation.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, episode "Pledge Week" has the characters from the show Tiny Toons hosting a telethon. However, nobody seems to be pledging any money, or even calling, aside from [[Main/PrankCall [[PrankCall a prank caller]]. In the third wraparound, after telling the viewers the wonderful stuff they could get if they pledged (including the actual Plucky), they manage to raise $0.07.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'', Hip hijacks every television station in North America with a "Koopathon," not giving up until everyone sends him money. Luigi eventually cancels it by [[VaudevilleHook hooking him off his stage]].
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' had four episodes involving telethons and pledge weeks.
* Pearl held a PBS-style telethon on the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' presentation of ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'', in reference to that film's origin on public TV.
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