History TakeThat / LiveActionTV

31st May '16 5:38:32 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'':
** When Hester is trying to convince Chanel that Ouija boards work, she asks if she saw "[[Film/{{Ouija}} the movie]]", to which Chanel responds, "Of course not, no one did."
** After [[spoiler: Pete]] outs himself as an accomplice of the Red Devil killers, he tries to justify it with a bit of HeWhoFightsMonsters. Grace isn't impressed.
-->'''Grace''': You're quoting ''Nietzsche''? You're already a ''murderer'', [[spoiler: Pete]]. You don't have to be a ''douche'' as well!
16th May '16 3:25:47 PM nighttrainfm
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** The Series 3 finale also features Martha suggesting the Master could be the Doctor's brother, only for the Doctor to shoot down the idea as silly and suggest she's been "watching too much television". This could be a Take That at the proposed storylines for a potential US Doctor Who series from the early 1990s in which the Master would have been the Doctor's "evil brother".

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** The Series 3 finale also features Martha suggesting the Master could be the Doctor's brother, only for the Doctor to shoot down the idea as silly and suggest she's been "watching too much television".TV". This could be a Take That at the proposed storylines for a potential US Doctor Who series from the early 1990s in which the Master would have been the Doctor's "evil brother".
4th May '16 1:20:07 AM jedidarrick
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'''Mork''': Don't look at me, I didn't give him that smutty name!\\

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'''Mork''': Don't look at me, I didn't give him that smutty name!\\name!
4th May '16 1:19:45 AM jedidarrick
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'''Mork''': He looks like he does his hair with a cuisinart! Man, he's got a road map for eyes! You could pack a family in that nose, man! I mean, look at that mouth, "Duuurrr...". They had to airbrush his entire face, are you kidding? I mean, I'm bright and cheery and this guy's got big problems!

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He looks like he does his hair with a cuisinart! Cuisinart! Man, he's got a road map for eyes! You could pack a family in that nose, man! I mean, look at that mouth, "Duuurrr...". They had to airbrush his entire face, are you kidding? I mean, I'm bright and cheery and this guy's got big problems!



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28th Feb '16 3:45:28 PM Kitchen90
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* Adam Buxton's SketchShow Mee BOX has a sketch involving [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=0DJnR5OT9UQ an interview with a fictional actor "Famous Guy"]] which has several Take Thats within. The first and most obvious is a jab at the popularity of actors, as Famous Guy is referred to as a "pretending man" and "the best at pretending". It also parodies the movie industry's constant rehashing of the same ideas with nondescript movie titles like "Horse Chase", "The Exploding Car" and "They Came From Space There". American actors trying to duplicate a UsefulNotes/{{British Accent|s}} is sent-up with Famous Guy's bad attempt at a Cockney accent. There's a more subtle jab at men's magazines in the first part of the sketch: if you pause at the "Man Magazine" you can read headlines such as "Articles about sex inside here" and "Are all feelings homosexual? Why the answer is yes". This is perhaps aimed at [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers the Daily Sport]], which has relaunched itself as being about nothing but "Sports, girls and funny stuff".

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* Adam Buxton's Creator/AdamBuxton's SketchShow Mee BOX has a sketch involving [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=0DJnR5OT9UQ an interview with a fictional actor "Famous Guy"]] which has several Take Thats within. The first and most obvious is a jab at the popularity of actors, as Famous Guy is referred to as a "pretending man" and "the best at pretending". It also parodies the movie industry's constant rehashing of the same ideas with nondescript movie titles like "Horse Chase", "The Exploding Car" and "They Came From Space There". American actors trying to duplicate a UsefulNotes/{{British Accent|s}} is sent-up with Famous Guy's bad attempt at a Cockney accent. There's a more subtle jab at men's magazines in the first part of the sketch: if you pause at the "Man Magazine" you can read headlines such as "Articles about sex inside here" and "Are all feelings homosexual? Why the answer is yes". This is perhaps aimed at [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers the Daily Sport]], which has relaunched itself as being about nothing but "Sports, girls and funny stuff".
27th Feb '16 3:00:51 AM Cindylover1969
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* ''Series/UnREAL'' is basically one big long TakeThat to ''Series/TheBachelor''. Chris Harrison did not appreciate it.
27th Feb '16 2:40:46 AM Cindylover1969
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*** As well as another jab at ''Miami Vice'', this episode contains another jab at ''Mr. Belvedere'' with an exchange between the Japanese janitor and Sledge: the janitor says he wants to get home to watch ''Mr. Belvedere'', to which Sledge replies "I guess ''somebody'' has to." [[spoiler: Just to ram the point home, [[DamnedByAFoolsPraise the ''Mr. Belvedere'' fan turns out to be the murderer]].]]

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*** As well as another jab at ''Miami Vice'', this episode contains another jab at ''Mr. Belvedere'' with an exchange between the Japanese janitor and Sledge: the janitor says he wants to get home to watch ''Mr. Belvedere'', to which Sledge replies "I guess ''somebody'' has to." [[spoiler: Just to ram the point home, [[DamnedByAFoolsPraise the ''Mr. Belvedere'' the]] ''[[DamnedByAFoolsPraise Mr. Belvedere]]'' [[DamnedByAFoolsPraise fan turns out to be the murderer]].]]
31st Jan '16 10:39:39 PM MikeW
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* In the third season of ''Series/BlueMountainState'' all of the college football team's litany of misdeeds (drugs, drinking, hazing, recruiting violations, bribery and more) finally come to roost as the NCAA launches a full investigation. In the middle of it all, one player openly asks why the NCAA cares so much about the school messing with their rules when their entire organization makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year off of college players who are legally prevented from getting any of that money for themselves.
28th Dec '15 4:08:32 PM merotoker
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* ''Series/KnightRider'' had a HUGE one on ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' in the episode "Give Me Liberty... Or Give Me Death." In a race with alternative-fuel powered cars, there is one car run on moonshine and driven by Bo and Luke Duke {{exp|y}}ies - the brothers are even named Prince (a higher rank than a duke) - and while other contestants are threatened, the Prince brothers are the only ones killed. For good measure, their car, which is the General Lee without the Confederate flag (same orange color) is blown up with them in it!

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* ''Series/KnightRider'' had a ''Series/KnightRider''
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HUGE one on ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' in the episode "Give Me Liberty... Or Give Me Death." In a race with alternative-fuel powered cars, there is one car run on moonshine and driven by Bo and Luke Duke {{exp|y}}ies - the brothers are even named Prince (a higher rank than a duke) - and while other contestants are threatened, the Prince brothers are the only ones killed. For good measure, their car, which is the General Lee without the Confederate flag (same orange color) is blown up with them in it!



* An episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', "Mr. Monk and the TV Star," has a a scene where Monk and Sharona are on the set of a ''Series/{{CSI}}'' stand-in called ''Crime Lab: SF'' while investigating their lead actor. We later see a summation bit from the show being redubbed. What we see of the scene demonstrates many of CSI's distinctive visual effects where the killer of the episode in question ''took out his own blood and froze it into a bullet mold, just so that it would melt without a trace later''.
** Another TakeThat moment happens in "Mr. Monk and the Really, ''Really'' Dead Guy," where Monk outwits the FBI's state-of-the-art computer technology, just to demonstrate that it is actual thinking and thought processing that closes cases, not computers and flashy technology.

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* An ''Series/{{Monk}}''
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episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', "Mr. Monk and the TV Star," has a a scene where Monk and Sharona are on the set of a ''Series/{{CSI}}'' stand-in called ''Crime Lab: SF'' while investigating their lead actor. We later see a summation bit from the show being redubbed. What we see of the scene demonstrates many of CSI's distinctive visual effects where the killer of the episode in question ''took out his own blood and froze it into a bullet mold, just so that it would melt without a trace later''.
** Another TakeThat moment happens in "Mr. Monk and the Really, ''Really'' Dead Guy," where Monk outwits the FBI's state-of-the-art computer technology, just to demonstrate that it is actual thinking and thought processing that closes cases, not computers and flashy technology.



*** In a similar event, some have suggested that the pretentious, overly-analytical and unpleasant nerd in "Blink" was named Lawrence as a swipe at {{BNF}} Lawrence Miles (known for being [[RuinedFOREVER extremely negative]] about the revival series).

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*** In a similar event, some have suggested that the pretentious, overly-analytical and unpleasant nerd in "Blink" was named Lawrence as a swipe at {{BNF}} {{B|igNameFan}}NF Lawrence Miles (known for being [[RuinedFOREVER [[DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER extremely negative]] about the revival series).



** Let's not overlook this line from ''The Christmas Invasion'':

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** Let's not overlook Also this line from ''The Christmas Invasion'':



* In-Universe example in ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': in the episode "Authority", Elliot Stabler arrests Merrit Rook for tricking a fast food restaurant worker to tie-up and sexually assault a female co-worker. Rook is found not guilty, then the following day, appears on a talk show about his campaign for people to not be subservient sheep, bring a live sheep on the show named "Elliot".

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* In-Universe example in ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': in the episode "Authority", Elliot Stabler arrests Merrit Rook for tricking a fast food restaurant worker to tie-up and sexually assault a female co-worker. Rook is found not guilty, then the following day, appears on a talk show about his campaign for people to not be subservient sheep, bring a live sheep on the show named "Elliot".



** It's mentioned that San Diego got nuked in a terrorist attack sometime in the past, and a covert governement group has a base in its ruins. WordOfGod has that JMS picked the city because he had been mugged and almost killed there.

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** It's mentioned that San Diego got nuked in a terrorist attack sometime in the past, and a covert governement government group has a base in its ruins. WordOfGod has that JMS picked the city because he had been mugged and almost killed there.



* A third season episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' actually has [[CelebrityParadox Mork meeting]] Creator/RobinWilliams, but before he actually meets him, Mork spends most of the episode being horrified that people think he looks like Robin, making the first part of this episode Robin doing a Take That at himself.
-->'''Mork''': Do you know what "Robin" means on Ork?\\

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* ''Series/MorkAndMindy''
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A third season episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' actually has [[CelebrityParadox Mork meeting]] Creator/RobinWilliams, but before he actually meets him, Mork spends most of the episode being horrified that people think he looks like Robin, making the first part of this episode Robin doing a Take That at himself.
-->'''Mork''': --->'''Mork''': Do you know what "Robin" means on Ork?\\



* ''Series/CommanderInChief'', the show with Geena Davis as the country's first female president, did this pretty blatantly in one episode. There was an episode where a coastal city was hit by a hurricane. Within hours, the president was there helping oversee the relief effort. Gee, I wonder who that was a swipe at? The president was later shown ''reading to children'' when an aide came up and told her something important was happening. She immediately handed the book to one of the kids to continue reading, got up, and walked away.

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* ''Series/CommanderInChief'', the ''Series/CommanderInChief''
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show with Geena Davis as the country's first female president, did this pretty blatantly in one episode. There was an episode where a coastal city was hit by a hurricane. Within hours, the president was there helping oversee the relief effort. Gee, I wonder Guess who that was a swipe at? at. The president was later shown ''reading to children'' when an aide came up and told her something important was happening. She immediately handed the book to one of the kids to continue reading, got up, and walked away.



** In season 5, Creator/ParisHilton plays a God pretending to be herself. Dean tells her that he is not a fan of Paris Hilton and has never even seen ''Film/HouseOfWax2005'', to which Sam gives him an odd look. (Jared Padalecki was actually in House of Wax with Paris Hilton.)

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** In season 5, Creator/ParisHilton plays a God pretending to be herself. Dean tells her that he is not a fan of Paris Hilton and has never even seen ''Film/HouseOfWax2005'', to which Sam gives him an odd look. (Jared Padalecki (Creator/JaredPadalecki was actually in House ''House of Wax Wax'' with Paris Hilton.)



* The "lemonlyman.com" subplot in ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "The U.S Poet Laureate" -- in which White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman stumbles upon a web-forum dedicated to him and posts on it only to be widely mocked and told he doesn't know anything about politics -- is considered something a of a TakeThat to popular online community TelevisionWithoutPity, and is reportedly based on ''West Wing'' creator Aaron Sorkin's experiences when posting on it. The members of the community are described as "hysterical", and the forum administrator as dictatorial and petty.

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* The "lemonlyman.com" subplot in ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "The U.S Poet Laureate" -- in which White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman stumbles upon a web-forum dedicated to him and posts on it only to be widely mocked and told he doesn't know anything about politics -- is considered something a of a TakeThat to popular online community TelevisionWithoutPity, Website/TelevisionWithoutPity, and is reportedly based on ''West Wing'' creator Aaron Sorkin's experiences when posting on it. The members of the community are described as "hysterical", and the forum administrator as dictatorial and petty.



* Adam Buxton's SketchShow Mee BOX has a sketch involving [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=0DJnR5OT9UQ an interview with a fictional actor "Famous Guy"]] which has several Take Thats within. The first and most obvious is a jab at the popularity of actors, as Famous Guy is referred to as a "pretending man" and "the best at pretending". It also parodies the movie industry's constant rehashing of the same ideas with nondescript movie titles like "Horse Chase", "The Exploding Car" and "They Came From Space There". American actors trying to duplicate a UsefulNotes/{{British Accent|s}} is sent-up with Famous Guy's bad attempt at a Cockney accent. There's a more subtle jab at men's magazines in the first part of the sketch: if you pause at the "Man Magazine" you can read headlines such as "Articles about sex inside here" and "Are all feelings homosexual? Why the answer is yes". This is perhaps aimed at [[BritishNewspapers the Daily Sport]], which has relaunched itself as being about nothing but "Sports, girls and funny stuff".

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* Adam Buxton's SketchShow Mee BOX has a sketch involving [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=0DJnR5OT9UQ an interview with a fictional actor "Famous Guy"]] which has several Take Thats within. The first and most obvious is a jab at the popularity of actors, as Famous Guy is referred to as a "pretending man" and "the best at pretending". It also parodies the movie industry's constant rehashing of the same ideas with nondescript movie titles like "Horse Chase", "The Exploding Car" and "They Came From Space There". American actors trying to duplicate a UsefulNotes/{{British Accent|s}} is sent-up with Famous Guy's bad attempt at a Cockney accent. There's a more subtle jab at men's magazines in the first part of the sketch: if you pause at the "Man Magazine" you can read headlines such as "Articles about sex inside here" and "Are all feelings homosexual? Why the answer is yes". This is perhaps aimed at [[BritishNewspapers [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers the Daily Sport]], which has relaunched itself as being about nothing but "Sports, girls and funny stuff".



* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has given us the [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within The Show]] ''[=MILF=] Island'', which is basically a gigantic spoof of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' that takes LowestCommonDenominator to new lows. Coincidence that ''Survivor'' comes on at the same time as ''30 Rock'' and regularly slaughters it in the UsefulNotes/{{ratings}}?

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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has given us the ''Series/ThirtyRock''
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[[ShowWithinAShow Show Within The Show]] ''[=MILF=] Island'', which is basically a gigantic spoof of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' that takes LowestCommonDenominator to new lows. Coincidence that ''Survivor'' comes on at the same time as ''30 Rock'' and regularly slaughters it in the UsefulNotes/{{ratings}}?



* ''Series/{{Medium}}'' does this to ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' when Allison investigates [[spoiler: what seems to be the spirit of a dead author going into an injured man to reunite with his wife. It turns out the "new" husband is a fraud who found the dead man's unpublished autobiography.]]

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* ''Series/{{Medium}}'' does this to ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' when Allison investigates [[spoiler: what seems to be the spirit of a dead author going into an injured man to reunite with his wife. It turns out the "new" husband is a fraud who found the dead man's unpublished autobiography.]]autobiography]].



* More of a loving parody, but the ''Series/SesameStreet'' feature "Monsterpiece Theater" parodied Beckett's much celebrated ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot'', calling it a "play so modern and so brilliant, that it makes absolutely no sense." Even the tree gets fed up with the play by the end of the sketch, and walks off the stage, muttering about how he wanted to be in ''Oklahoma'' instead.

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* ''Series/SesameStreet''
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More of a loving parody, but the ''Series/SesameStreet'' feature "Monsterpiece Theater" parodied Beckett's much celebrated ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot'', calling it a "play so modern and so brilliant, that it makes absolutely no sense." Even the tree gets fed up with the play by the end of the sketch, and walks off the stage, muttering about how he wanted to be in ''Oklahoma'' instead.



** Something bad always happen when the characters drink ("Beer Bad" and "A New Man").

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** Something bad always happen happens when the characters drink ("Beer Bad" and "A New Man").



* ''Series/MADtv''

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** The parody song "What's on TV" (a take-off on Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Without Me") is one long-winded "Take That!" against pretty much every television series of the late 90s and early 2000s. The targets are ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', ''Series/{{Becker}}'', ''Series/JustShootMe'', ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', ''Series/{{ED}}'', ''Series/YesDear'', ''Series/JudgingAmy'', ''Series/ThePractice'', ''Series/TheView'', ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', ''Series/{{JAG}}'', ''Series/BigBrother'', ''Series/AccordingToJim'', ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', ''Series/CrossingJordan'', and the channels that show them. It's capped off with "Em" declaring that ''[=MADtv=]'' is the best show on TV. [[GreenEyedMonster Wow]].

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** The parody song "What's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80McIE1vBDY What's on TV" TV]]" (a take-off on Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Without Me") is one long-winded "Take That!" against pretty much every television series of the late 90s and early 2000s. The targets are ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', ''Series/{{Becker}}'', ''Series/JustShootMe'', ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', ''Series/{{ED}}'', ''Series/YesDear'', ''Series/JudgingAmy'', ''Series/ThePractice'', ''Series/TheView'', ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', ''Series/{{JAG}}'', ''Series/BigBrother'', ''Series/AccordingToJim'', ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', ''Series/CrossingJordan'', and the channels that show them. It's capped off with "Em" declaring that ''[=MADtv=]'' is the best show on TV. [[GreenEyedMonster Wow]].



* In response to being [[ExecutiveMeddling horrifically dicked around by NBC]], Creator/ConanOBrien responded by making the last episodes of his tenure on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' almost nothing ''but'' Take Thats. [[http://tv.gawker.com/5448615/the-late-night-war-reaches-its-boiling-point-all-the-clips-you-missed Just check out the clips in this Gawker article.]]

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* In response to being [[ExecutiveMeddling horrifically dicked around by NBC]], Creator/ConanOBrien responded by making the last episodes of his tenure on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' almost nothing ''but'' Take Thats. [[http://tv.gawker.[[http://gawker.com/5448615/the-late-night-war-reaches-its-boiling-point-all-the-clips-you-missed Just check out the clips in this Gawker article.]]



* Speaking of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', host Pat Sajak is fond of Take Thats. Most of them are to the puzzle writers if they come up with something absurd like I LOVE MY PASSPORT PHOTO, or occasionally to the subject of the puzzle (for instance, saying after the puzzle I WANT MY MTV that MTV is a network that used to show music videos. He also hated the short-lived Megaword category, and was quick to let everyone know.

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* Speaking of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', host ''Series/WheelOfFortune''
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Pat Sajak is fond of Take Thats. Most of them are to the puzzle writers if they come up with something absurd like I LOVE MY PASSPORT PHOTO, or occasionally to the subject of the puzzle (for instance, saying after the puzzle I WANT MY MTV that MTV is a network that used to show music videos. He also hated the short-lived Megaword category, and was quick to let everyone know.



** The first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had the episode "Mighty Morphin Mutants," a TakeThat against rival show ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]''. They later made up when the Saban-produced ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'' had a crossover early on in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.

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** The first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had the episode "Mighty Morphin Mutants," a TakeThat against rival show ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]''.Turtles|1987}}''. They later made up when the Saban-produced ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'' had a crossover early on in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
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** And the producers of ''Homicide: Life on the Street'' had good reason to do a take that against ''ER''. Originally, ''Homicide'' was supposed to replace ''Series/LALaw'' on Thursday nights at 10:00 PM in the fall of 1994, which at the time was one of the best time slots on NBC. However, ''ER'' tested so well though that NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield decided to give that series the prized Thursday slot. The producers of ''Homicide'' felt that if ''they'' had been given that time slot instead of ''ER'', the show would not have had to constantly deal with ratings struggles which, in their minds, were the prime reasons why the show was constantly dealing with ExecutiveMeddling throughout the run.

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** And the producers of ''Homicide: Life on the Street'' had good reason to do a take that against ''ER''. Originally, ''Homicide'' was supposed to replace ''Series/LALaw'' on Thursday nights at 10:00 PM in the fall of 1994, which at the time was one of the best time slots on NBC. However, ''ER'' tested so well though well, that the executives at Creator/WarnerBros, ''ER'''s production company, campaigned NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield decided to give that ''that'' series the prized Thursday slot.slot, which he did. The producers of ''Homicide'' felt that if ''they'' had been given that time slot instead of ''ER'', the show would not have had to constantly deal with ratings struggles which, in their minds, were the prime reasons why the show was constantly dealing with ExecutiveMeddling throughout the run.
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