Created By: SonofRojBlakeOctober 7, 2011 Last Edited By: IAmATropistAugust 17, 2013

Everyone's Been In It

The show(s) on every actor\'s CV

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Needs A Better Title. There are some shows which, by virtue of being long running and having an ever changing cast of incidental characters, need to hire a LOT of actors. So many, in fact, that after a while it seems like practically working actor in the country has appeared on the show at one time or another, sometimes several times.

In the UK, examples include The Bill and Casualty.

Not sure what US examples there'd be.

Note: this trope is NOT about shows who have managed to rope in big stars in high-profile guest roles (e.g. The Simpsons). It's for shows which have dozens of transient bit parts, and which turn up early in the CV of practically every actor in a given country.
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  • October 7, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Oh, like Doctor Who.
  • October 7, 2011
    lunarkweh
    Probably the different incarnations of Law And Order would qualify on this side of the Pond.
  • October 7, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • October 9, 2011
    MorganWick
    I feel like we have or used to have this. I think there was a joke about the number of Equity members to show up on The Bill on the wiki a loooooong time ago.
  • October 10, 2011
    PaulA
    ^ The Bill page has that joke on it.
  • October 10, 2011
    Lavalyte
  • October 10, 2011
    ladygem
  • October 10, 2011
    fulltimeD
    The Tribe for New Zealand child actors.
  • October 10, 2011
    KingZeal
    EDIT, Nvm
  • October 10, 2011
    Duncan
    Almost all New York actors have appeared on Law And Order or Sex And The City, as both were shot here.
  • October 10, 2011
    surgoshan
  • October 24, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    It's not really the Hey It's That Guy Show, because often at the time the show is made, the people involved aren't famous... yet. The Kevin Bacon of Shows kind of works, but not really, I think.

    So far, then: UK - The Bill, Grange Hill, Casualty US - Law and Order, Sex and the City NZ - Hercules, Xena, The Tribe (for kids)

    Any more? And any hats?
  • October 24, 2011
    LaplacesKyton
    The Daily Show is a lot like this for US comedians. It launched the careers of Stephen Colbert, Ed Helms, Steve Carell, Lewis Black, Rob Corddry and John Hodgman. And maybe Kristen Schaal? I don't remember if she did Conchords before or after she was a correspondent.
  • October 24, 2011
    LaplacesKyton
  • October 24, 2011
    LaplacesKyton
    Also The Mickey Mouse Club, though its products tend to be more pop stars than actors.
  • October 24, 2011
    CodeMan38
    Saturday Night Live is another one of these for US comedians.
  • November 24, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    Any more for this? From a UK perspective, it seems like there wouldn't have been any comedy films made in the 1980s or 90s if there hadn't been Saturday Live.
  • November 24, 2011
    cityofmist
    Not a TV show, but it's become difficult to find a major British actor who hasn't been in any of the Harry Potter films.
  • November 25, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    Any hats?
  • November 25, 2011
    cityofmist
    Well, it's clearly not ready to launch, because none of the examples have been added.
  • November 28, 2011
    AgPrv
    Interminable Australian soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away do this a lot, suggesting Australian acting only has a very small talent pool and people have to double up lot.
  • November 28, 2011
    Jhimmibhob
  • November 30, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    I'm wondering if Coronation Street would also count?
  • November 30, 2011
    chiyaa
    Another example that isn't a TV show... but I challenge you to find a Studio Ghibli movie that doesn't have at least one Hey Its That Guy character.
  • December 1, 2011
    Twilord
    Stargate's SG 1 and Atlantis kinda do this, hell Stargate as a whole does this.

    Hell Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Robert Picardo, Connor Trinneer... I'll stop now... Morena Baccarin...
  • December 1, 2011
    CrimsonZephyr
    King Crimson is an example for prog-rock musicians from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.
  • December 14, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    Ooh, I hadn't considered bands. The Cure's lineup sometimes seems to consist of anyone in England who could play an instrument in the 80s.

    Any hats?
  • December 14, 2011
    Jhimmibhob
    Won't be hat-ready until it gets rewritten from a proposal to an actual article draft, and adds the worthwhile suggestions. The actual idea and examples though, are thoroughly trope-worthy.
  • December 14, 2011
    Jhimmibhob
    Bands are an excellent idea.

    • During the '70s and '80s, Rainbow and Whitesnake were virtually temp jobs for musicians who were between stints in more notable groups.

  • December 14, 2011
    Jhimmibhob
    Sports
    • The St. Paul Saints are an independent baseball team that's become the go-to place for famous players who are temporarily out of the majors for some reason: contract holdout, rehab, shaping up for a comeback, etc.

  • December 14, 2011
    henke37
  • August 15, 2013
    XFllo
    ...
  • August 16, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    @ Jhimmibhob Don't look at me: I've got a half-dozen other YKTTWs in progress, three crowners going, and I'm working on the Useful Notes: Homophobia page (which had seven "Motion to Discard" tags when last I looked). i do agree we have something here, though.
  • August 16, 2013
    Koveras
  • August 16, 2013
    DracMonster
    Almost all of these are going to be Long Runners -- this is almost something of a Sub Trope to that. (Or Sub Trivia?)
  • August 16, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    • It's a common joke that the only actors Canda has have all appeared on Degrassi at one point or another. Even Drake got his start on the show, playing nice, down to Earth, (and eventually wheelchair bound) Jimmy Brooks (not that he would admit that).
  • August 16, 2013
    DracMonster
    Maybe change the title to On Everyones Resume. This doesn't have to be restricted to actors and shows.
  • August 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Yeah, current title could also be confused for your mother.

    ... I'm so sorry, it was just sitting there. I had to.
  • August 16, 2013
    DracMonster
    ^ The Spy salutes you, sir!
  • August 16, 2013
    Lophotrochozoa
    Isn't this All Star Cast but more specific? If not, that trope should be mentioned in the description.
  • August 16, 2013
    Downtown
    In Scotland from the early 80s to 2005ish pretty much every actor had appeared in ITV crime drama Taggart (the most notable exception being David Tennant)
  • August 16, 2013
    DAN004
    @ Lophotrochozoa: It can be different - the cast may roll out and in again; the show may not have all of the cast being stars at any point, but so many stars have been working in it. Just in different time beings.

    Anyways I'd up On Every Star'sResume.
  • August 17, 2013
    robinjohnson
    • Played with on Extras, where Andy is asked by a fellow unsuccessful actor if he's at least been in Casualty. Andy says yes, he has been in casualty... but, on further questioning, he didn't mean the TV series. ("Casualty" is British-English for "the emergency room").
  • August 17, 2013
    Himbeergeist
    • During a long run, every better-known crime series will have featured the same long list of American B-list actors (and occasional A-listers) due to a high demand of bodies/murderers/suspects of the week.
  • August 17, 2013
    DAN004
    And btw, this shall fall into Trivia.

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