[[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds Although lots of people will swear that some of these are the greatest things ever transmitted]], with so many slots to fill, some shows end up sounding really weird.

'''''Please keep entries alphabetical to avoid accidental duplicates.'''''

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* ''[[spoiler:The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage]]'': The ghost of a pirate must help the same number of people that he killed in order to "move on", but some type of guardian ghosts prevent him from leaving the island he died on. So he gets the island's new owner to help the people. Actually not ''that'' much better than it sounds.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/OneThousandWaysToDie]]'': Lots of everyday people get killed in different gruesome ways.
* [[spoiler:"1984" Apple commercial]]: Some girl throws a sledgehammer at MS-DOS, much to the surprise of a bunch of skinheads.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/TwentyFour]]'': A [[{{Determinator}} very determined]] government agent has a really bad day.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/ThirtyRock]]'': A woman who is MarriedToTheJob is forced to add a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} to the cast of her sketch comedy show due to ExecutiveMeddling.
** The main character is a "socially retarded" nerd who loves ''Franchise/StarWars'' and can't get a date. Her best friend is a minor celebrity who beds numerous members of the opposite sex and has an ongoing rivalry with a strange black guy. Their boss is CrazyAwesome incarnate.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/TheFortyFourHundred]]'': A bunch of people abducted from random points in time come back all at once in modern day Seattle... WITH SUPER POWERS. And one of them's Jesus.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/AceLightning]]'': A show in which a superhero from a videogame comes to life as a result of a well timed [[LightningCanDoAnything bolt of lightning]]. Thirteen year old is elected as his sidekick. Chaos, an all but absent functional social life and eventual unraveling conspiracy and author avatarisation ensues. Obvious Aesop every single episode. Also fits in WesternAnimation due to being multimedia-created.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/TheAddamsFamily]]'': An independently wealthy family of semi-recluses must cope with their very weird neighbours.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'']]: Brothers with the same name team up with a self-deluded superman to survive weirdness in their home town. Told in monologue.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmesAndDoctorWatson'']]: Classic British detective stories are reimagined for the sensibilities of Soviet Russia, which in practice seems to mean less cocaine and ''even more'' homoerotic subtext.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'']]: Wisecracking guy that died comes back to life to recruit a RagtagBunchOfMisfits to help his government agency. Together, TheyFightCrime, superpowered people and have {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST with each other.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Airwolf}}'']]: A man refuses to return a helicopter he was ordered to retrieve.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{ALF}}'']]: An intergalactic furball, played by a puppet, takes refuge in a SoCal family home and wants to dine on their pet.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/{{Alias}}]]'': A supermodel genius with abandonment issues teams up with the group she thought she was working for to bring down the team pretending to be the other team. Then she goes back to working for the team she didn't know she was really working for when the real team hires the fake team to be on their team. Also, there's magic water.
* [[spoiler:''Series/AllInTheFamily'']]: An ignorant, self-destructing bigot and his occasionally self-righteous child and husband squabble about the issues of the day.
* [[spoiler:''Series/AllThat'']]: Recurring characters include a guy who's lactose intolerant, a kid who beats up a puppet, and a girl who is supposed to answer questions but just yells at people.
* [[spoiler:''Series/AlleinGegenDieZeit'']]: Terrorists searching for a hiding scientist break into a middle school. The detention class tries to stop them á la ''Series/TwentyFour''.
* [[spoiler:''Series/AlloAllo'']]: A series set in occupied France in WWII, whose protagonist is a middle-aged, adulterous Nazi collaborator. It's a comedy.
* [[spoiler:''Series/AllyMcBeal'']]: An exceptionally thin lawyer, who suffers from delusions of a dancing cartoon baby, works at a firm with her ex-boyfriend and his wife, a loveable misogynist, and a man who uses a remote control to flush toilets.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/AlmostLive'']]: An extremely low-budget provincial sketch-comedy show where rain, coffee, grunge music, and college were used as punchlines.
* [[spoiler:''Series/AmericasGotTalent'']]: People across America will do ''anything'' for a shot at fame and fortune.
* [[spoiler:''Series/AmericanGladiators'']]: Physical competition against spandex-clad bodybuilders. Modeled off ancient Roman bloodsport.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/AmericanGothic'']]: A law-enforcement official tries to gain custody of his son.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'']]: A woman is institutionalized because of her homosexuality, and a man is institutionalized for murdering his wife (a false accusation). Both are tortured by the mental hospital's staff.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'']]: Due to full disclosure laws, a real estate agent is forced to admit that the house she is selling was the scene of a gruesome murder. As per usual, the buyers move in anyway, and surprise, surprise, the place is haunted.
* [[spoiler: ''The Americans'']]: ''{{Salt}}'': the prequel series.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Angel}}'']]: A broody vampire with a soul, a former RichBitch, an UpperclassTwit, a formerly enslaved scientist, a green demon who reads people's futures when they sing Karaoke and a gang leader live in a hotel, then run a law firm. TheyFightCrime.
** Alternatively, a mass murderer claims to have reformed, but occasionally relapses. Also, all your favorite characters die.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'']]: Unsupervised kids tell horror stories.
* [[spoiler:''Ark II'']]: What ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' could be where the denizens of one Vault left their shelter to do something to help their world AfterTheEnd.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'']]: A widowed man tries to redeem a corrupt organization, but his father won't have it; meanwhile, his brother is breaking his heart and his sister is having marital problems. It's a comedy, with a heaping helping of LargeHam.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Arrow}}'']]: A man keeps up his archery skills after coming home from an extended vacation.
* ''[[spoiler: Series/TheATeam]]'': Four shell-shocked Vietnam veterans with varying levels of mental problems become criminals for hire. They get paid to help small businesses by harassing their competitors, cause massive property damage and even do illegal mercenary work.
** The Army runs around Los Angeles looking for four fugitives who endanger the lives of everyone with their horrible shooting and reckless driving.
** Army veterans who [[ATeamFiring can't shoot straight]] try to solve people's problems with cunning and violence.
* ''[[spoiler: Series/AufWiedersehenPet]]'': A mismatched gang of British builders, mostly from [[OopNorth the North of England]], bicker and get into scrapes on various international building sites.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BabylonFive'']]: A war-hero, a cynical Russian {{bi|TheWay}}sexual, a recovering alcoholic police chief and a bunch of other people start a fight with [[GodIsEvil God and]] [[EldritchAbomination The Devil,]] win, destroy the world government and take over the entire galaxy. None of that was hard. Meanwhile, the expies of [[PuttingOnTheReich Hitler]] and the new Moses get married.
** Or: ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' [[RecycledInSpace In Space!]]
*** Or ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' RecycledInSpace and ''IstanbulIntrigues'' RecycledInSpace meet ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' RecycledInSpace.
** A bunch of politicians meet on a space station to make schemes against each other. Then they team up to make schemes against giant space spiders covered in motor oil. They are very heroic.
** A lizard man, a drunken Italian, and Joan of Arc plot against each other in front of two militaristic {{Ultimate Authority Mayor}}s, the first of which is really Moses and the second of which is named after a famous CavalryOfficer. Then they all beat up space spider-demons, and then Joan of Arc and the second UltimateAuthorityMayor TakeOverTheWorld so that the two of them can get married.
*** After this, Joan of Arc's valet feels left out, the drunken Italian's valet is pleased to see Judas' head cut off, and the lizard man and the Italian become friends and then strangle each other. The UltimateAuthorityMayor then goes to heaven to talk with the space spider demons he used to fight while Joan of Arc just grows old.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Baggage}}'']]: A man/woman looking for love makes snap judgments about three potential suitors of the opposite sex based on their personal confessions. Later on, only one of the three suitors gets the chance to make a snap judgment on the original person's biggest personal confession. Punny reactions based on these revelations are inevitably [[JerrySpringer made by the host]].
* ''[[spoiler: Series/BandOfBrothers]]'': What if ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' was 7 hours long. And more people died. And it actually happened in real life.
* ''[[spoiler: Series/{{Batman}}]]'': Obviously insane rich white guy with a compulsion to label everything lives with a younger guy. They both put on tights and go out looking for other men in tights so they can rough them up.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'']]: A group of BigDamnHeroes re-enact westerns IN SPACE while fighting robots with no sense of tactics or stealth.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'']]: A group of dysfunctional people are chased by their pissed-off children. InSpace!
** Monotheists attempt to end paganism.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BeatTheClock'']]: Ordinary people do silly, timed stunts on national television. For money.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BeautifulPeople'']]: Two young teenage boys get up to lots of gay hijinks. Often in public.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BeingErica'']]: A woman meets a time-travelling therapist who helps her with her regrets.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/BeingHuman'']]: A recovering addict, a neurotic in denial, and a woman with serious confidence issues share a house in Bristol.
** The original trailer simply said "A vampire, werewolf and a ghost all share a flat in Bristol".
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheBenStillerShow'']]: A sketch comedy series, created for Creator/{{MTV}}, adapted for Creator/{{FOX}}.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Bewitched}}'']]: A girl wreaks havoc by twitching her nose and fights with her mother about who she married.
* [[spoiler:''[[Series/{{Beetleborgs}} Big Bad Beetleborgs]]'']]: Young comic fans become bug-themed superheroes thanks to a ghost that looks like a cross between Elvis Presley and Jay Leno.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheBigBangTheory'']]: Underappreciated Asexual Genius is mocked for his social difficulties despite large circle of close friends including hot neighbour.
** It's like ''Series/RedDwarf'' only ''not'' In Space! And Cat, Kryten and Lister are replaced with toned down versions of Rimmer.
** Two nerds who live across the hall from a hottie. One of them steals her mail just to get a chance to talk to her, the other gives her advice.
** Nobody likes the awesomest guy on TV.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BigBrother'']]: People are locked in a house for three months and forced to obey the whims of a hidden task-master to beg for food. Swearing and fights ensue.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BigTimeRush'']]: Four hockey players from Minnesota are gathered and brought to Los Angeles to make music and become a boy band.
* [[spoiler:''BigWolfOnCampus'']]: [[PerkyGoth A hyperactive geek-goth]], a hairy American football player, and a tomboy go on adventures together.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheBill'']]: Police work in East London. Where the cops die a lot.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie]]'': Sketch show where almost all roles are played by two really tall, upper-class men from Oxbridge.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BlackBooks'']]: The weird life and homoerotic misadventures of a sadistic drunk who owns a bookshop, his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} assistant / punching bag and their best (and only) friend.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'']]: A historical SitCom, in which every generation of a charismatic but extremely unlucky man's family both looks the same and possesses the same name, as does almost everyone else he encounters. Each man is unfortunate enough to be surrounded by half-wits, incompetents and lunatics, and is waited upon by a servant whose standards of personal hygiene are barely human at best.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Blackpool}}'']]: Murder investigation is frequently interrupted by song-and-dance numbers using well-known pop songs.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BlakesSeven'']]: A bunch of people get together on a spaceship to battle a sadistic glam goddess and her massive personal army.
* ''[[spoiler: Series/BloodOverWater]]'' (no relation to a book by the same name): Murderous thugs can't figure out which twin brother they're supposed to kill. A friend of both brothers can't decide whether or not he prefers them to a fat paycheck.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Bones}}'']]: A gorgeous but socially clueless genius anthropologist solves murders involving really icky decomposition with a street-smart and equally gorgeous wisecracking FBI agent. {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST ensues. They are helped by a socially retarded supergenius, a conspiracy-theorist slime expert, and a good-hearted, free-spirited artist.
** A crime drama which is mainly just close-ups of rotting bodies falling apart and scientists saying lengthy pieces of techno-babble. This may, if you are ''very'' lucky, be followed by just a few minutes of actual action with their BookDumb Law Enforcement Liason.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Bottom}}'']]: Two brainless alcoholic perverts beat each other up.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'']]: Immature kid grows up into a neurotic dork and marries the girl he used to torment, has the same teacher for every grade.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheBradyBunch'']]: A widow and a widower get married and bring their children from previous marriages to live together in a really big house the man designed himself. (Which nonetheless has only one bathroom.)
* [[spoiler:''Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse'']]: An educational programme that does a lot of specials about caravans.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BreakingBad'']]: [[BadassBookworm Quiet family man]] takes up a [[DrugsAreBad second job]] to pay his medical bills.
** [[spoiler:[[FinaleSeason Blood Money]]]]: [[AntiHero A DEA agent]] [[spoiler:[[HeroicBSOD suffers a panic attack]]]], [[HeroicBSOD gets scared]] [[TranquilFury and musters]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu reckless]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech valor]][[LightNovel/{{Baccano}} .]]
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'']]: [[Series/RedDwarf Arnold Rimmer]] runs a leisure centre. Chaos ensues.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'']]: All-American guy takes a 500-year-plus nap, wakes up, and promptly sets about saving the Earth from fascistic regimes with help from a talking clock, a robot with a weird VerbalTic, and a Colonel FanService. (Depending on whom you ask, it might be just as bad as it sounds. In its defense, it was popular when it first came out.)
* [[spoiler:''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'']]: A cheerleader, a nerd, a slacker, and the school librarian fight the horrors of American High School while their lives turn into a soap opera. Beloved people die with depressing regularity.
* [[spoiler:''Series/BullseyeUK'']]: People throw things. If they do it well, they might win a vehicle they can't possibly use.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/BurnNotice'']]: A spy loses his job and tries to find out why while [[WeHelpTheHelpless helping the helpless]].
** or three spies make clever plans while gorgeous women in bikinis walk around. One of the spies gives lectures.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/TheCape'']]: A cop gets fired for being too honest by a guy with the creepiest contact lenses ever. He resorts to a comic book character's wardrobe for vengeance, and is aided by a gang of carnies and a sneaky hacker who he has much sexual tension with.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Caprica}}'']]: A teenage girl is killed in a terrorist attack organized by her friends. A copy of her soul ends up in the body of a robot killing machine that will one day destroy human civilization. It's a family drama.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'']]: A group of colour-coded soldiers with very odd accents try to stop a bunch of glowing green lights from destroying all life on Earth.
* [[spoiler:''Series/CashCab'']]: In UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} [-- (and UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}!) --], taxi pays YOU!!
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Castle}}'']]: Mystery author stalks hot detective, hitting on her and making cruel jokes about murder scenes. Then he writes about it and gets ''even more'' rich and famous. She loves him for it.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Catchphrase}}'']]: Robot with a neckerchief plays charades. People get paid for solving his clues.
* [[spoiler:''Celebracadabra'']]: Pseudo-celebrities try to perform magic tricks. Seriously.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Charmed}}'']]: Women get magical powers and use them to kill people, while trying to avoid letting their cop friend know about it. God sends people to help them cover up.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/TheChase'']]: A gigantic maths teacher, a studious barrister, an icy ex-journalist and a sarcastic doctor in a tasteless suit follow people. Except they don't actually move. It's teatime entertainment, with lots of jokes about knickers.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Cheers}}'']]: A group of people meet at a bar every night. Some of them consider leaving but they usually realise that they have no life and come crawling back.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Chuck}}'']]: A HollywoodNerd gets kidnapped [[TheyFightCrime and forced to fight crime]] by a hot blonde CIA agent who wants him and a hot but grumpy male NSA agent who hates him.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'']]: A teenage girl [[NoFourthWall talks to a camera for 20 minutes]].
* [[spoiler: ''Series/TheCloser'']]: SouthernBelle who is also a CIA-trained interrogator and her quirky side-kicks fight crime.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/TheColbertReport]]'': Exaggerated right-wing pundit reinterprets the English language, itemises things that are dead to him and attempts to alert America to the increasing threat posed by bears.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ColdCase'']]: Detectives solve crimes through ''lots'' of {{Flashback}}s.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheCollector'']]: About a catholic priest who becomes the devil's repo man. A new Aesop WILL be hammered home every episode.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Columbo}}'']]: Bloke who dresses like a hobo and drives a banger follows rich celebrities, generally annoying them so much that they confess to crimes just to get rid of him.
* [[spoiler: ''Creator/ComedyCentral Roast'']]: A group of people hurl insults and tear down a mutual friend. HilarityEnsues.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Community}}'']]: Sitcom about a group of dysfunctional college students (most of whom are in their 30s) with nothing in common but their Spanish study group, in which they never study Spanish.
** Alternatively, the lives of seven friends who attend the weirdest college ever.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Continuum}}'']]: A group of democratic-republican revolutionaries attempt to overthrow a corporate-fascist dictatorship by travelling back in time from their dystopian future to the present to prevent the dictatorship from ever forming in the first place. They are pursued by a cyborg agent of the dictatorship equipped with futuristic weapons and tools who is attempting to stop them from changing the future. The cyborg, who regularly uses torture in interrogations, supports the dictatorship despite being fully aware that the dictatorship deliberately starves segments of the population as a tool of control, and teams up with the younger version of one of the future leaders of the dictatorship. The cyborg fascist is the good guy, and the freedom fighters are the villains.
* [[spoiler:''Series/CornerGas'']]: Quirky yet lovable people in rural Saskatchewan. One of them runs a gas station!
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheCosbyShow'']]: A doctor and a lawyer raise their children. Then they raise other people's children.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/CriminalMinds'']]: A group of FBI agents, including a socially awkward young genius with a schizophrenic mother, a really serious guy with family issues, and a former cop who likes to kick down doors, fly to different parts of the country in order to pretend that they are crazy people.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/CrossingJordan'']]: A Boston medical examiner with a big mouth and a big heart solves crimes with the help of her neurotic boss, a bubbly grief counselor, an Indian entomologist, an ambiguously bisexual British man, her ex-cop father, and an attractive policeman with whom she shares a lot of {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheCrystalMaze'']]: Game show where contestants make fools out of themselves to earn cubic zirconia in order to collect pieces of colored foil for adventuring days out.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{CSI}}'']]: An entomologist, a former stripper, a gambling addict, and a group of nerds and geeks perform obscure activities in a lab to musical accompaniment. TheyFightCrime...somehow.
** [[spoiler:''Series/CSIMiami'']]: Suave supercop visits crime scenes, makes wisecracks about innocent victims and plays with his sunglasses in a series of 5-minute shorts.
** [[spoiler:''Series/{{CSI NY}}'']]: A former Marine and 9/11 widower, a wisecracking cop, a Greek-American with a stalker problem and some other geeks and nerds solve crimes in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity...somehow.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/TheCube'']]: A daytime TV host who used to be in a double act with a gopher presides over the public's failure to outwit a talking geometric solid.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Cupid}}'']]: A matchmaker has to set up a certain number of couples before he can go home.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'']]: Wealthy but socially inept and neurotic perpetual victim of circumstance offends and antagonizes everyone he comes into contact with.
* [[spoiler:''Series/CuteyHoneyTheLive'']]: An InnocentFanserviceGirl and a bunch of homeless dudes fight crime
* [[spoiler:''Series/DadsArmy'']]: A group of bungling old men and a mummy's boy prepare to fight the Nazis that will probably never arrive.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheDailyShow'']]: New York comedian makes commentary on current events by playing clips, making a funny face, and occasionally launching a PrecisionFStrike.
* ''[[spoiler: Series/{{Dallas}}]]'': Three millionaire businessmen live in one house because they apparently can't afford more than one dwelling between them. One of them gets shot.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/DantesCove]]'': Set around a resort town populated by a number of users of a magic enhanced by {{Fantastic Drug}}s, and an unusually high percentage of homosexual residents who enjoy [[AllGaysArePromiscuous little more than]] [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex having as much sex as possible]]. No one can act, the writing is stilted, and everyone is gorgeous and naked.
* ''[[spoiler: Series/DaVincisInquest]]'': A coroner from Vancouver walks around a lot, talks with people on the street, and acts sarcastic towards the local law enforcement. He also wants to legalize drugs and prostitution. Which he does...''after he becomes the Mayor of Vancouver''. Based on a true story.
* [[spoiler: ''DarkOracle'']]: Two teenagers find a comic-book that lets them predict the future. Weirdness and {{Angst}} ensue.
* [[spoiler:''Series/DawsonsCreek'']]: Teenagers in Massachusetts use big words.
* [[spoiler:''Series/DeadLikeMe'']]: An apathetic virgin gets press-ganged into a dead-end job and hanging out in a diner with her dysfunctional co-workers.
* [[spoiler:''Series/DeadliestCatch'']]: Guys go out, year after year, to subject themselves to constant torture at the hands of Nature, [[MoneyDearBoy all for the sake of money]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/DeadliestWarrior'']]: Two groups of guys hit jelly babies with stuff, all the while arguing about which is better at hitting stuff until a fight breaks out.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Deadwood}}'']]: Complex compound sentences, none shorter than twenty words or containing fewer than three clauses or [[ClusterFBomb two profanities]], delivered while standing in either dust or mud.
** Alternatively: A dramatized series of ongoing philosophical debates about the relative merits and drawbacks of centralized democratic government and anarchocapitalist libertarianism.
* [[spoiler:''Series/DealOrNoDeal'']]: Watch with anticipation as people discover what is inside a suitcase.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'']]: Teenagers have hormones.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Dexter}}'']]: The main character is charming, personable, and homicidal. He's a cop by day and a killer by night...
* [[spoiler: ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'']]: A lawyer and a hippie get married on a whim. Their parents don't approve.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/DirtyJobs'']]: RealityShow involving [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra a former opera singer]] who [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity can't keep a job for more than a day at a time]].
* [[spoiler: ''Series/DirtySexyMoney'']]: A lawyer investigates the suspicious circumstances of his father's death while taking over his duty as personal lawyer to the richest family in New York City.
** When Telemundo meets Dallas.
* [[spoiler:''Series/DoctorWho'']]: An old man spends several lifetimes convincing hot young things to join him inside a box. He is routinely harassed by tin men, Nazi saltshakers and his old college buddies.
** Alternatively, a time traveller fights aliens, makes new friends and changes his face periodically.
** Still alternatively: A time-traveling scientist with no fashion sense attempts to have a jog around every rock quarry in the universe, only to find that they are frequently infested with monsters.
** Alternatively-alternatively and even more alternatively: Producers find canonical excuse to keep a popular character and just replace all the actors.
** Alternatively to all of the above: A homeless man travels around in a box and claims to have a degree in medicine.
*** [[spoiler:The First Doctor (1963-66)]]: A grumpy old man goes on educational adventures through space and time, with the first lesson being to not be an asshole. He is accompanied by his granddaughter, two of her teachers, Cressida, a downed pilot, a temple acolyte, a security agent from an interstellar empire (revealed 27 seasons later to have been built on slave labor), a teenager, a sailor, and a MadScientist's secretary.
*** [[spoiler:The Second Doctor (1966-69)]]: The old man becomes a younger hobo who travels with the sailor, the secretary, a [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything piper who forgot his pipes]], a Victorian orphan, and a genius. Sadly, [[MissingEpisode the records of their adventures are gutted]].
*** [[spoiler:The Third Doctor (1970-74)]]: A TechnicalPacifist scientist works for a military force and fights an old college buddy. He gets help from a couple of civilians, one of whom marries an activist who may or may not be extreme. Then he gets help from a reporter.
*** [[spoiler:The Fourth Doctor (1974-81]]: The scientist turns {{cloudcuckoolander}} and flies away, much to his CO's annoyance, travelling with a journalist, a physician in the military force, a JunglePrincess, a robot dog, a young lady who appears to throw centuries of her life away on a whim, a troubled genius who just lost his brother, a recently-orphaned princess who loses her civilization, and an opinionated flight attendant.
*** [[spoiler:The Fifth Doctor (1982-84)]]: A cricketer fails to save the day a lot, while in the company of the genius, the ex-princess, the flight attendant, a youth who tried to kill him, a robot who doesn't appear much, and a chemistry student.
*** [[spoiler:The Sixth Doctor (1984-86)]]: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat does time and space, only with less dancing and more {{fanservice}}. The chemistry student (now a vegetarian) either dies or marries a barbarian king and Mr. Dreamcoat escapes execution only because the powers that be owe him a favor. Then he travels with a [[NonActionGuy Non-Action Girl]] who desperately needs to [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]].
*** [[spoiler:The Seventh Doctor (1987-89)]]: TheChessmaster throws the [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on the above person]] off and raises a troubled teenager when the [[NonActionGuy Non-Action Girl]] goes off with a scoundrel.
*** [[spoiler:The Eighth Doctor (1996 TV movie)]]: A {{cloudcuckoolander}} dabbles in xenophilia, [[LargeHam meets with his old friend]].
*** [[spoiler: The War Doctor (2013)]]: The {{cloudcuckoolander}} drinks a magic potion and turns into [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Winston Smith]] to fight a war. After many years in combat, he ends up in a rickety hut arguing with a box.
*** [[spoiler:The Ninth Doctor (2005)]]: An angry, bitter man destroys a girl's place of employment and then befriends her. They pick up another companion and then send him away for making trouble, and later pick up a man whose addiction is PlayedForLaughs.
*** [[spoiler:The Tenth Doctor (2005-10)]]: The personification of BewareTheNiceOnes travels with a girl from a council estate, her ex-boyfriend, a medical student, and a temp, until he has to [[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedAmnesia neuralyze the temp]]]]. He travels alone from then on.
*** [[spoiler:The Eleventh Doctor (2010-2013)]]: An angry absent-minded professor who may be CrazyAwesome incarnate tries to stay out of trouble badly and fails to keep a hat. He spends a lot of time with [[spoiler: his family]] until they [[spoiler: die]]. After this, he pouts for a while until he meets a new friend who keeps reincarnating in his life and tries to figure out how that works.
*** [[spoiler: River Song arc]]: Boy meets girl. Girl knows boy. Girl dies. Boy meets girl’s mum. Mum meets girl. Mum and Dad get married and create girl. Girl gets kidnapped. Girl is actually parents' friend. Girl meets boy for the first time. Girl kills boy. Girl revives boy. Girl gets kidnapped again. Girl pretends to kill boy. Girl gets married to boy. Girl comes back as a ghost.
*** [[spoiler: Saxon arc]]: Politician lies about his credentials, makes it to Number Ten, gets found out, falls from grace, gets shot by his wife, and ends up homeless. It's a sci-fi.
*** [[spoiler:''Day Of The Doctor'']]: A bunch of doctors get together to fix [[MyGreatestFailure one doctor's greatest failure]]. Some guy from the future [[EarlyBirdCameo shows up to tease people]].
** [[spoiler:''K-9 and Company'']]: An ex-time-traveller turned journalist and an anachronistic robot dog face down religious fanatics.
** [[spoiler:''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'']]: An investigative journalist turned time-traveller turned investigative journalist uses tricks learned from a former road trip buddy in her efforts to save the world. She enlists [[YouMeddlingKids local teens]] to help her, without the consent or knowledge of their parents. Oh, and it is revealed in one episode that Cambridge has a genuine knight from the Crusades in its science department.
** [[spoiler:''Series/{{Torchwood}}'']]: A pack of inept sex-crazed maniacs attempt to fight aliens in Cardiff, fail repeatedly, and die often.
*** [[spoiler:''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'']]: An alien took children as drugs in the 1960s, and now it demands more. The team dissolves.
*** [[spoiler: ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'']]: Death is no longer there to cause pain and grief, and whatever sex-crazed maniacs are still around treat this like a bad thing.
** [[spoiler:''Series/{{K9}}'']]: A crazy scientist, a teenage rebel, a petty thief, and an upper class girl team up with a robot dog to fight other robots.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'']]: A semi-deranged FBI agent investigates a detective agency/bodyguard service/high-class brothel run by a [[TheChessmaster manipulative]] British businesswoman, a nerdy scientist, and an ex-cop. Moral ambiguity ensues.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Double Dare|1986}}'']]: Two teams are CoveredInGunge for fun and profit. Hosted by an [[CueIrony obsessive-compulsive neat freak]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Dragnet}}'']]: A ByTheBookCop chronicles some of his more memorable cases. [[BasedOnATrueStory Based on Hundreds of True Stories]].
** ''[[spoiler:Series/AdamTwelve]]'': The same as above, in a patrol car.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'']]: The adventures of an alcoholic fat guy with glasses.
* [[spoiler:''Series/DueSouth'']]: A Mountie and his pet wolf are kicked out of Canada for being ''too'' polite. They decide to clean up the streets of America...politely.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'']]: A family fights the government in a town that won't let the Confederate States die.
* [[spoiler:''Series/EarlyEdition'']]: A newly-divorced man in Chicago gets tomorrow's newspaper delivered a day early by an orange tabby cat.
* [[spoiler:''Series/EastEnders'']]: The miserable lives of a collection of [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional families]] in London.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'']]: A newspaper columnist hosts an hour of virtually every field of entertainment on Sunday nights for twenty-three years. One musical act draws so big an audience that they set a new record for TV viewing percentage.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'']]: A starving orphan lives inside a barrel in a slum and is regularly ostracized. It's a comedy.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheElectricCompany'']]: A cast that includes Creator/MorganFreeman, Rita Moreno, Creator/BillCosby, and a man who voiced an X-rated cartoon character teaches reading through psychedelic sketch comedy.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Elementary}}'']]: A woman becomes a companion for a recovering junkie CloudCuckooLander from England who works with the NYPD. TheyFightCrime.
** Alternatively: Creator/LucyLiu babysits a twitchy recovering addict BunnyEarsLawyer. TheyFightCrime and have mostly-platonic femdom subtext.
** Alternatively: ''Series/{{CSI}}'' starring Franchise/SherlockHolmes and Creator/LucyLiu.
* [[spoiler:''Series/EliStone'']]: A lawyer's tumor makes him see original show tunes.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Entourage}}'']]: A hot actor, his {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}}, his washed out brother, and their chubby friend, along with the actor's snarky agent and the agent's flamboyantly gay secretary have misadventures in Hollywood.
* ''[[spoiler: Series/TheEqualizer]]'': A [[CoolOldGuy retired member]] of a vaguely defined government organization decides to protect the defenseless people of New York from organized crime. He does it pretty well.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Eureka}}'']]: A law enforcement official moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest. HollywoodScience ensues.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/FamilyMatters'']]: A cop has issues with his neighbor.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Farscape}}'']]: A scientist and a Nazi commando help criminals escape on a living spaceship with a giant spacecrab pilot, then run and hide from the authorities- who are represented by a madman with NoIndoorVoice, a weirdly assertive gimp with an interest in theoretical physics, and a date rapist who sweats love potion from her cleavage.
** Quoth Creator/WarrenEllis: "[[spoiler:Farscape]] is one American's descent into Australia's S&M scene."
* [[spoiler:''Series/FatherTed'']]: An embezzler, a simpleton and an alcoholic all live under one roof with their insane housekeeper, and they all live in fear of their boss's psychopathic rages.
* [[spoiler:''Series/FawltyTowers'']]: An angry British hotelier hates his guests, lies to his wife, and physically assaults the hotel waiter. The underpaid maid is the only competent person. It's a comedy.
* [[spoiler:''Series/FindersKeepers'']]: Game show where trashing a house is profitable.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Firefly}}'']]: A pair of bitter war veterans, a sexual ambassador for hire, a [[SociopathicHero mercenary with a cunning hat]], [[WrenchWench a hot mechanic]], a childish pilot, a preacher with a MysteriousPast, a medical genius and the [[{{Moe}} cutest little]] [[AxCrazy psychotic]] [[WaifFu killing machine]] ever all get together on a ship. [[TheyFightCrime They Do Crime!]]
** {{Dramed|y}}ic {{Chin|aTakesOverTheWorld}}ese {{Western}} [[TheCaper Heist]] {{War Movie|s}} [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]
* [[spoiler: ''Series/FirstWave'']]: A former criminal on the run from the law for murdering his wife (which he didn't) teams up with a paranoid hacker/online newspaper editor who lives in a trailer, and later also some chick with a private army. {{They Fight|Crime}} [[TheyFightCrime Aliens!]] Using ancient prophecies!
* [[spoiler: ''Series/ForeverKnight'']]: [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires Vampire with a conscience]] works as a night cop, dates a mortician, and goes through a series of partners and captains. Also, he [[IHateYouVampireDad kills his vampire sire]], [[OnlyMostlyDead who goes on]] to host a late-night radio show of some sort. This all takes place in UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheFosters'']]: She's a cop keeping the peace on the streets of San Diego. She's a school principal keeping the peace in the halls. They adopt and foster emotionally-scarred teenagers.
* [[spoiler:''Series/FoylesWar'']]: A detective is very good at solving murders, but keeps having to let the killers go free so that they can help kill lots of Germans. His assistant only has one leg.
* [[spoiler:''Series/FraggleRock'']]: Furry, colorful vermin infest a mad inventor’s walls and floorboards, steal fresh produce from delusional ogres, and learn about the human world via a self-appointed ambassador.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Frasier}}'']]: A psychiatrist gets a new job. His brother, who drops by often, gets a crush on a nurse despite already being married. Craziness ensues.
* [[spoiler:''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'']]: Teenage girl spends time learning that an old army jacket and playing hookey is more important to her than academia and general adoration. Her younger brother spends the same time contemplating how it's possible to be adored at ''all''.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'']]: A street-smart teen moves in with his rich relatives.
** Alternatively: A boy's life playing outdoor sports is inverted by a group of miscreants, prompting his mother to send him away. His transport is quite unusual, but he disregards it.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Friends}}'']]: Three incredibly hot guys and three incredibly hot girls live together [[LoveDodecahedron in varying combinations]] at varying times while doing crazy stuff and drinking lots of coffee.
** Or, a ControlFreak, DeadpanSnarker, HollywoodNerd, LovableAlphaBitch, CloudCuckooLander and TheCasanova try to figure life out by never going to work, [[{{LimitedSocialCircle}} never interacting with anyone else]] and drinking lots of coffee.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Fringe}}'']]: A DHS agent, a terminally unemployed man and his mentally ill father solve mysteries with mad science and recreational drugs.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/FullHouse'']]: Widower asks a punk and a manchild to help raise his three terminally cute little girls.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/GameOfThrones]]'': [[{{Dissimile}} Like]] ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', [[{{Dissimile}} only there are few monsters,]] [[CrapsackWorld all the players are jerks,]] [[KillerGameMaster and the GM is a colossal dillhole.]]
** Alternatively: in a world with dangerously horrible weather, people fight over an uncomfortable chair.
** [[spoiler: Season One]]: A drunk guy asks his friend to do his job for him. Then he gets killed by a pig, his friend gets beheaded, a jerk ends up on the throne, and everyone starts grabbing expensive headgear and trying to tell everyone else to kneel. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ocean, a girl sets things on fire.
** [[spoiler: Season Two]]: Five guys with expensive headgear wave swords at each other. Very young girls make inappropriate friendships with older men. A bunch of guys in black take a road trip to someplace cold. Across the ocean, countless people die over a young girl's pets.
** [[spoiler: Season Three]]: Like the above, plus a wedding that many find too agressive.
** [[spoiler: Season Four]]: Jerk is murdered, leading him to be replaced by a teenager, and the leading suspect to flee the law while killing his loved ones. Three siblings discover how seemingly the world is out to get them. Across the ocean, the young girl makes plenty of people to change their jobs.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheGames'']]: Four people with a love/hate relationship are single-handedly responsible for putting on the Sydney Olympic Games and get into every problem imaginable.
* [[spoiler:''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'']]: A talentless horror writer with a [[SmallNameBigEgo huge ego]] presents (with added cast interviews) an awful television show from TheEighties that he wrote, directed, and starred in, claiming that it is a masterpiece.
* [[spoiler:''Series/GetSmart'']]: An inept spy [[TheyFightCrime fights crime]] with his girlfriend to save the world from an age-progressed Hitler and his henchman.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'']]: Kids solve mysteries with the aid of someone who never shows his face.
* [[spoiler:''Series/GilligansIsland'']]: Seven people spend three years on a deserted island driving each other up the wall and concocting {{Zany Scheme}}s to get off, almost all of which are foiled by [[TheLoad their stupidest member]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/GilmoreGirls'']]: A mother and daughter with an extremely codependant relationship live in a small town full of weirdoes, drink coffee, and speak very very quickly.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheGoodies'']]: Three Englishmen set up a "We Do Anything" agency. HilarityEnsues.
** Alternatively, Creator/MontyPython meets Film/TheThreeStooges, with the same results.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/{{Glee}}]]'': A soap opera wrapped in ''Film/HighSchoolMusical''.
** Alternately, ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' with Issues.
** Alternately, teenagers work though their angst with group karaoke.
* ''[[spoiler: Series/GoodEats]]'': A nerdy kitchen whiz enlists the help of everyone from dead politicians to obscure relatives to teach the viewing audience how to cook. He has a crush on a fairy in his refrigerator.
** Alternately, ''Series/MacGyver'' has a cooking show.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'']]: A [[TheFool lovable doofus]] with ridiculous EightiesHair fights crime with alien technology he barely knows how to use.
* [[spoiler:''Series/GreenAcres'']]: A strange city slicker couple runs a dilapidated farm in a bizarre farm community where the most admired resident is a super capable pig.
* [[spoiler:''GreenWing'']]: A hospital show in which no patients are ever seen. There's no time - the doctors and management are too busy with funny and surreal hijinks.
* [[spoiler:''Series/GreysAnatomy'']]: A hospital show where everyone is part of a giant LoveDodecahedron, which patients are occasionally dragged into. No one ever seems happy, even when they specifically state that they are happy, because of the MasochismTango of always wanting their relationship status to be the opposite of whatever it currently is.
** [[spoiler:''PrivatePractice'']]: {{Spinoff}} featuring the EnsembleDarkHorse of the previous show. The writers initially attempted to make it even ''less'' about the surgeries than its predecessor, but this plan was scrapped in order to save the show.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Grimm}}'']]: Homicide detective beats up fairy tales during his off-duty hours, frequently assisted by [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent not-quite-werewolf]] clockmaker.
* [[spoiler:''Series/HannahMontana'']]: A girl who is only famous when she wears a blonde wig overacts, a lot.
* [[spoiler:''Series/HappyDays'']]: A family deals with their three kids, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome one of whom disappears and is never heard of again]], and a biker who moves in with them.
* [[spoiler:''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'']]: A show which can't hold down a host for more than one episode, is outdated within a week of broadcast, and whose only regular cast members are an eccentric comedian and a magazine editor. ''Allegedly''.
* [[spoiler: ''Film/{{Hawking}}'']]: A nerdy university student attempts to get his degree before he dies of an incurable neurological illness. (Spoiler: he succeeds.) BasedOnATrueStory.
* [[spoiler:''Series/HawaiiFive0'']]: Standard cop show, just with [[SceneryPorn prettier scenery than most]]. Remade so you can recognize more of the actors.
* [[spoiler:''Series/HellsKitchen'']]: A British chef swears and yells a lot at people.
** [[spoiler:''Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares'']]: Said British chef goes out of his way to save near bankrupt restaurants while insulting the people working there, and their cooking.
* [[spoiler:''Series/HermansHead'']]: New York-based magazine editor leads a boring life, but his psyche is always working overtime.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Heroes}}'']]: A whole bunch of people with superpowers try to pretend that they've never heard of superheroes or supervillains while they play recreational sports with the IdiotBall.
* [[spoiler:''Series/HeyDude'']]: Teenagers get paid to wreak havoc on an Arizona ranch in the early '90s.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Highlander}}'']]: The enduring battles between people who emanate lightning after getting their heads cut off. In the end, there can be only one, except that more appear every year.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/HighwayToHeaven]]'': A hobo and an ex-cop with anger issues tell people how to live their lives in Southern California. Miracles happen.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/HitAndMiss'']]: A woman tries to balance her [[ProfessionalKiller unorthodox job]], her new family, and her love life.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'']]: The Earth blows up. HilarityEnsues.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/HogansHeroes'']]: A comedy set in Nazi Germany, wherein a cocky allied commander and his multicultural comrades subvert the Third Reich from within a prison camp with a no-escape record.
** Oh, and most of the Nazis are played by Jews who survived Nazi oppression. And German viewers love it.
* [[spoiler:''[[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Hollywood Squares]]'']]: Tic-tac-toe featuring risqué remarks to simple trivia questions.
* [[spoiler:''HolmesOnHomes'']]: Burly man invades homes, rails against stupidity.
* [[spoiler:''Series/HomeImprovement'']]: A home improvement show host tries to add more power to everything. When that fails, he consults his odd neighbor.
** A man is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about his profession, but ironically, when he tries to apply it to his life, it always blows up in his face. He hosts an informational show with a far more sensible assistant/friend whose personal life he is always making jabs at, and lives with a sarcastic and sharp-tongued companion with a set of personal tastes as different from those of the main character as possible. When faced with problems, the main character consults a highly knowledgeable but eccentric adviser whose most notable peculiarity is the fact that an essential aspect of the character is always kept off-screen. Wait, hang on...are we talking about [[spoiler: ''Series/HomeImprovement'']] or [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Frasier}}'']]??
* ''[[spoiler:Series/Homeland]]'': A beloved war hero's efforts to get justice for a group of murdered children are repeatedly thwarted by a psychotic stalker who is carrying on an affair with a married man. The stalker is the hero.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{House}}'']]: Crippled Doctor can't decide if he's Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/SherlockHolmes, or [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Nietzsche]]; solves medical mysteries to keep the crushing ennui at bay only to find that VictoryIsBoring, so he takes drugs instead.
* [[spoiler:''House Hunters'']]: Couples go comparison-shopping.
* [[spoiler:''Series/HowIMetYourMother'']]: A man tells his bored teenaged children stories about his sex life when he was younger.
** Or: A man tells his children the story of how he met a bunch of women who AREN'T their mother with the help of Series/DoogieHowserMD
** Or: A woman, her two ex-boyfriends, and their married friends stay up late drinking at their favourite bar every night for several years, until someone gets pregnant.
** [[spoiler:''TheWonderYears'']]: A man tells his bored child(ren) stories about himself when he was younger. Evidently there's nothing good on TV in the present.
* [[spoiler:''Series/HumanTarget'']]: A killer steals the identity of the Six Million Dollar Man and is helped by a former high school principal and Rorschach (or possibly Freddy Krueger). Their enemy is Judge Dredd's clone.
* [[spoiler:''Human Wrecking Balls'']]: A pair of brothers break stuff.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Hustle}}'']]: Rich, dishonest people are robbed in highly creative ways. We are supposed to believe that the thieves are the good guys.
** [[spoiler:''The Real Hustle'']]: Ordinary people are robbed, and then the money is given back.
* [[spoiler:''Series/IClaudius'']]: A man who was born into the world's most powerful family spends the entire series whining about his relatives.
* [[spoiler:''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'']]: A [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold blonde]] MagicalGirl who is a GenieInABottle annoys an astronaut for five years by calling him "Master" in order to have HappinessInSlavery and [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar sparks controversy for exposing her navel]]. She also loves folding her hands and nodding her head, usually when she knows or thinks that something is about to go wrong. Alternatively, a man finds his life centering more and more around the contents of a bottle, and it's a dream of [[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Howard Borden]] .
* [[spoiler:''I'd Do Anything'']]: Women compete for the right to wear a corset in front of thousands of people and die horribly at the hands of [[Series/{{Torchwood}} Owen Harper]], while children compete to play a miserable orphan.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ICarly'']]: A spoiled teen girl, her psychotic best friend, and the nerd next door host a webshow.
* [[spoiler:''Series/IceRoadTruckers'']]: "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Guys drive on]] [[Series/BreakingBad ice]]."
* [[spoiler:''Series/ILoveLucy'']]: A spaced-out, red-haired housewife tries to get on her husband's variety show and whines about it when she can't.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheIncredibleHulk]]'': A scientist with really serious anger management issues is a presumed dead fugitive.
* [[spoiler:''Insomniac'']]: Bald drunk tours the U.S. to prove that the freaks really ''do'' come out at night.
* [[spoiler:''[[Series/InspectorLynley The Inspector Lynley Mysteries]]'']]: A Lord with a dysfunctional personal life and a cranky, foul-mouthed junk food addict [[TheyFightCrime fight crime]] while clashing over class issues, elitism, and everything else. Somehow, they wind up [[UndyingLoyalty best friends]] and [[UnresolvedSexualTension possibly fall in love]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/InspectorMorse'']]: He's an aging alcoholic frustrated academic singleton. He's a much younger family man from the North. Together TheyFightCrime
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Interceptor}}'']]: Hide-and-seek against a helicopter containing a mad Scotsman. Don't worry, though, you have a former tennis player to help.
** Alternatively: On one team -- a sci-fi bounty hunter with a laser cannon, a quick-witted aerial ace, and their fleet of really cool black vehicles. On the other -- two hitch-hikers who are usually yuppies. You're supposed to root for the latter.
* [[spoiler:''Series/IronChef'']]: Two people play a game to see who can cook the best food in one hour. They are judged by a panel of D-list celebrities. [[{{Spoiler}} Home team wins]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheITCrowd'']]: A nerd with no social skills, an Irish drunkard, a goth who lives in a closet and a woman with no knowledge of computers work with computers in a basement.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'']]: Fraternal twins, their dad and two friends run a bar and scheme to get money and/or sex. Everybody turns against everybody else. Antagonists are a nameless waitress and a homeless former priest.
** Alternatively, a show with absolutely [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist unlikeable sociopaths for the main characters]] who all undergo {{flanderization}} and an entire episode dedicated to a mystery involving [[ToiletHumour faecal matter]]. ''And'' the occasional {{blackface}}.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{JAG}}'']]: A tall dark and handsome former Naval Aviator turned lawyer together with an equally beautiful female jarhead partner; supported by an ensemble cast led by a bald former Navy SEAL; investigates, prosecutes, and defends service members in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
** [[spoiler:''Series/{{NCIS}}'']]: A retired Marine with a redhead fetish, a lecherous playboy, a malapropping Israeli assassin, a murder mystery writer / computer nerd and online gamer, an old British doctor and a PerkyGoth with a caffeine habit work for the US Navy. TheyFightCrime!
*** [[spoiler:''Series/NCISLosAngeles'']]: Robin (of ''[[Film/BatmanAndRobin Batman and...]]''), LL Cool J, and a short white woman famous for playing a Chinese man work out of a resort that's supposed to be a secret base in the middle of Los Angeles. [[TheyFightCrime They also fight crime!]]
* [[spoiler:''Series/JeevesAndWooster'']]: Gay Victorian couple pose as upper class idiot and his more intelligent butler.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Jekyll}}'']]: A Victorian horror novel re-imagined as a modern sci-fi conspiracy with the star ActingForTwo but providing [[LargeHam enough ham for eight]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'']]: A game show which is hard to win even though they give you all the answers.
* [[spoiler:''Series/JoanOfArcadia'']]: A girl talks to {{God}}.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheJoeSchmoShow'']]: A RealityShow where [[TrumanShowPlot the only "real" thing about it is one unwitting contestant]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheJokersWild'']]: A game show where players spin a slot machine to determine their categories. {{Satan}} and Creator/HeathLedger guest star.
* [[spoiler:''Series/JonathanCreek'']]: A [[HollywoodNerd nerdy magician]] and a hot but dysfunctional journalist with a crush on him solve mysteries. Then the journalist suddenly turns blonde and skinny, but no one mentions it.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheJoyOfPainting'']]: an ex-Master Sergeant paints nothing but nature scenes.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Justified}}'']]: Cowboy lawman spouts wisecracks and shoots hillbillies in [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] rural community. Wisecracks some more with his ex-neo-Nazi, ex-preacher crimelord best friend who blows things up.
** Season Two: Cowboy lawman goes up against large woman who punishes those she loves with contaminated moonshine and ballpeen hammers.
** Season Three: Cowboy lawman goes up again a guy who dismembers dead animals, a drug-addicted albino deer, a skinny cripple with an 80s mowhawk, and a redneck with four kidneys. Features barbecue pork and bondage.
* [[spoiler:''Franchise/KamenRider'']]: Bug-themed superhero rides bikes and kicks a lot to fight monsters. And other similarly themed superheroes.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/KamenRiderV3'']]: College student becomes cyborg to avenge family, suffers from a case of HowDoIShotWeb after the previous heroes take a nuke to the face.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon'']]: FishOutOfWater chops monsters in half.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/KamenRiderSuper1'']]: Astronaut learns Shaolin style to fix his HowDoIShotWeb problems.
** [[spoiler:''Series/MaskedRider'']]: Alien prince with a Furby arrives on Earth to fight gold-masked Destro.
** [[spoiler:''Series/KamenRiderDenO'']]: A [[TheChewToy luckless klutz]] [[TimeyWimeyBall saves history]] by [[SharingABody getting possessed by]] [[FourTemperamentEnsemble one of four demons]].
** [[spoiler:''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'']]: ''Anime/YuGiOh'' the ''tokusatsu'' series!
*** [[spoiler:''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'']]: ''Anime/YuGiOh'' the ''tokusatsu'' series IN AMERICA.
** [[spoiler:''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'']]: Monster uses a cell phone to fight his own kind.
** [[spoiler:''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'']] 70s {{Retraux}} superheroes battle demons by turning into other demons. [[MusicalAssassin With MUSIC.]]
** [[spoiler:''Series/KamenRiderDecade'']] Amnesic photographer travels across dimensions and transforms into past heroes using cards.
** [[spoiler:''Series/KamenRiderDouble'']]: Two boys use USB Drives and SharingABody to fight a criminal organization who use similar drives.
*** Or: Lovable poseur and amnesiac know-it-all work at a detective agency together. They Fight Crime.
** [[spoiler:''Series/KamenRiderOOO'']]: Homeless man is made to fight for spare change.
** [[spoiler:''Series/KamenRiderFourze'']]: An OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent presses buttons to fight space monsters while making friends with people who don't want to.
** [[spoiler:''Series/KamenRiderWizard'']]: A magician uses rings to fight the monsters who tried to use him as a sacrifice.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Kings}}'']]: A FarmBoy saves the prince's life and everything goes to hell. Also known as: Ian [=McShane=] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork gets dicked over by NBC]].
* [[spoiler: ''Series/KnightRider'']] A man and his talking computer-controlled car wander the country, [[TheyFightCrime fighting crime]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Knightmare}}'']]: A DungeonMaster sends children into his dungeon to deal with problems he doesn't want to take care of himself. [[SurpriseDifficulty They almost always fail.]]
** Alternatively: Kids play a video game which has no controls, no continues, and a habit of freezing mid-level.
* [[spoiler:''Series/KyleXY'']]: A loving family raises a teenage savant who was literally born yesterday.
* [[spoiler:''Series/KtaiInvestigator7'']]: [[WunzaPlot one's an]] OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. [[WunzaPlot One's a]] [[TransformingMecha transforming cell-phone robot]]. [[TheyFightCrime They Fight Cyber Crime]]!
* [[spoiler: ''Series/LandOfTheLost'']]: A family gets lost in an acid trip. Maybe.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Land of the Lost|1991}} (1991)'']]: Remake where a family gets lost during vacation.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'']]: Inexplicably long-running series about three old [[OopNorth northerners]]. One is gynophobic, one is a short, scruffy liberal, and the other is one of [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute various]] tall, pompous conservatives. They wander around Yorkshire, argue about politics and crash things. It's a comedy.
* [[spoiler:''The Late Show'']]: Host interviews people and makes a top 10 list.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheLateLateShow'']]: Host reads mail and interviews guests with help from a robot, a horse, and puppets.
* [[spoiler:''Series/LawAndOrder'']]: Police officers investigate crimes. Lawyers argue about them in court.
*** Or, crime-solving duo helps grandfatherly mentor teach cynicism to a series of supermodels.
** [[spoiler:''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'']]: A recovering alcoholic tries to keep a CowboyCop, a closet lesbian, a gangsta rapper, and JustForFun/JohnMunch from [[ItsPersonal taking their frustrations out]] on rapists and child molesters.
** [[spoiler: later part of season 15]]: The same closeted lesbian sans likeability, an unlikeable gambling addict, and the same CowboyCop [[RecycledInSpace BUT LATINO!]] try not to take their frustrations out on rapists and child molesters. A [[OnlySaneMan snarky caffeine-addicted ADA]] tries to keep them in line.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'']]: A strange detective with an unconventional approach and his sensible partner investigate really nasty people and [[MindScrew manipulate]] them into confessing, later helped by [[SexAndTheCity Mr. Big]] and a series of lovely, feisty female partners. Then, Creator/JeffGoldblum shows up...
** [[spoiler:''Series/LawAndOrderUK'']]: Police officers investigate crimes. Lawyers argue about them in court. With wigs. And no guns.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen]]'': A SitCom / SketchComedy set in a TownWithADarkSecret, whose best-loved characters are a pair of [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous]] CorruptHick {{Serial Killer}}s and a polygamist MonsterClown who runs a CircusOfFear and [[AccidentalMisnaming calls everybody "Dave"]].
** ''[[spoiler: {{Psychoville}}]]'': A mysterious figure attempts to blackmail a group of disabled people and medical personnel.
* [[spoiler:''LegendOfTheSeeker'']]: A young woodsman embarks on a mystical quest with an elderly wizard, a [[LadyofWar beautiful woman]] who mind-rapes people with her eyes, and a reformed dominatrix. Along the way they collect magical objects, rescue villagers, and try not to doom the world by having sex.
* [[spoiler:''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'']]: Game show where AllMythsAreTrue and kids compete for the right to rob tombs, meet a talking stone head, and fail to put together a monkey statue.
* [[spoiler:''Series/LetsMakeADeal'']]: Costumed audience members exchange cash and merchandise for exotic vacations and luxurious cars, as well as smelly farm animals, massive quantities of produce, and oversized TV show props.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Leverage}}'']]: A FiveManBand of criminals. TheyFightCrime.
** Basically an updated version of those four ex-military fellows in the van above.
* [[spoiler:''Series/LieToMe'']]: An obnoxious Brit and a quirky team accuse people of lying and are usually right.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'']]: A policeman gets run over and wakes up in 1973. [[HeterosexualLifePartners His boss]] is a misogynistic, racist homophobe, he himself is and is not hallucinating everything, and he's being stalked.
** [[spoiler:''AshesToAshes'']]: Alex Drake gets seriously injured and wakes up in 1981. Somehow, she's ended up in Sam Tyler's world, working for his boss, and it's anyone's guess whether or not Alex is hallucinating the whole thing.
*** Or: A police detective gets stalked by a freaky clown who probably doesn't exist in 1981.
** [[spoiler:''Series/{{Brimstone}}'']]: Police detective gets seriously injured, travels forward in time to 1998, and meets the devil.
* [[spoiler:''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'']]: A cowboy and an Indian [[TheyFightCrime fight crime]]. Together.
* [[spoiler:''Long Ago and Far Away'']]: [[Creator/JamesEarlJones Darth Vader]] hosts children's stories from around the world.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Lost}}'']]: People stuck in a place where weird things happen and no one has any idea what's happening. Also features a soap opera set in East Asia.
** Alternately: People learn about boar hunting and killing each other brutally.
** Or: An angry MommasBoy wants to pull the plug out of a drain. His brother recruits a diverse group of people to try and stop him. They all end up dying.
* [[spoiler: ''TheLostRoom'']]: A plucky single dad finds the magic key to a NegativeSpaceWedgie and meets a cast of colorful characters on a quest to find his daughter.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MacGyver'']]: A spy who can't fire a gun helps people by using everyday items in unconventional ways.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MadMen'']]: The man in the grey flannel suit commits identity theft, votes for Nixon, and provides an object lesson in why the women's movement was a Good Thing.
** Alternately: A bunch of sexist, racist, homophobic [[{{Pun}} dicks]] get drunk, smoke and screw hot chicks a lot en route to huge paychecks.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MaddigansQuest'']]: Two boys and a baby run away and join a circus in order to fight a cockroach that doesn't exist yet.
** Alternately: [[{{Anvilicious}} Renewable energy good, radiation bad.]]
* [[spoiler:''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'']]: TeenGenius narrates the life of his severely screwed-up family through his own eyes.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/ManVsWild'']]: A man goes hiking around the world.
** Also he [[spoiler:drinks his own piss]]
* [[spoiler:''Series/MarriedWithChildren'']]: LoserProtagonist [[TheChewToy lives through hell on earth]] with his lazy red-headed wife, two bumbling kids, and a pair of annoying neighbors.
** [[spoiler:''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'']]: LoserProtagonist [[TheChewToy lives through hell on earth]] with his lazy blonde wife, one bumbling kid, one hottie genius kid and masochistic plush toy.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Martin}}'']]: A black radio DJ pisses people off.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{MASH}}'']]: A bunch of Americans living abroad in the 1950s talk and act like it's the 1970s, and crack a lot of jokes about death.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheMentalist'']]: a JerkAss ex-conman pisses people off while his short BrainyBrunette reprimands him. Plus, a stoic Asian, bumbling [[TheBigGuy big guy]], and FieryRedhead.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Merlin}}'']]: A bumbling manservant uses non-specified superpowers to protect [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold his unwitting and unappreciative master]] while taking advice on their relationship from a dragon who basically speaks in subtext (and ships them). Corny CGI ensues.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MervGriffinsCrosswords'']]: Classic pencil puzzler turned into a game show. Poor formatting turns this into the game show version of the MacguffinDeliveryService.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MiamiVice'']]: An hour long music video compilation about a set of SaltAndPepper [[CowboyCop cowboy cops]] who out-cool all the bad guys.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheMightyBoosh'']]: A glamrocking pretty boy and a [[RunningGag middle-aged]] virgin with a jazz fetish go on ridiculous, surreal adventures with an alien stoner and a talking gorilla who's supposed to be dead.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheMiddleman'']]: A young painter living with her ditzy blonde roommate is hired by a quirky superhero with a grumpy robot secretary. Memorable opponents include a super-smart gorilla, a mud monster, and a boy band.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Misfits}}'']]: Five juvenile delinquents--consisting of a nerdy arsonist, a shamed athlete, a snarky jerkass, a violent chav, and a sex-mad drunk-driver--get caught in a freak storm while on community service, and get magically lumbered with some of the most debilitating and ridiculous superpowers EVER.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MissionImpossible'']]: A {{Five|ManBand}} [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]] [[FiveManBand Band]] takes on MagnificentBastard after MagnificentBastard and wins.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MisterEd'']]: A horse talks to an architect and says nothing to anyone else.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'']]: A Presbyterian minister shows children how various things are made, sings to them, and then tells serial stories set in a kingdom in his wall.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ModernFamily]]'': An extended family allows an unseen mockumentary crew to record every detail in their lives.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MockTheWeek'']]: Seven people talk about how terrible Britain and the world is using BlackComedy.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Monk}}'']]: A man with [=OCD=] annoys everyone around him in the process of [[TheyFightCrime solving murders]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheMonkees'']]: Four teenagers sing songs, [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] and go on zany adventures.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'']]: Five educated British men make complete fools of themselves on national television until they run out of ideas, at which point their American colleague cuts bits of famous paintings out and moves them in front of the camera.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MorkAndMindy'']]: {{Cloudcuckoolander}} from space and sweet innocent young woman live together in Boulder, Colorado and seem to swing back and forth between JustFriends and a real romantic relationship for three years until they get married and give birth to Jonathan Winters.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MrBean'']]: A manchild is overwhelmed by the most basic tasks. Most of the time something goes wrong, and for some reason, instead of asking someone for help, he tries to fix everything himself, but just ends up [[FromBadToWorse making it worse]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/MrBelvedere'']]: An English butler lives in the Pittsburgh suburbs and writes in his diary about the mundane goings-on of his host family.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MrBrain'']]: A Ginza host with impossibly good hair is crushed under a building, has his brain rebuilt, and gathers a ragtag band of misfits to solve crimes by eating bananas and playing children's games.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheMunsters'']]: A caring, considerate family do their best to improve their community but are shunned and discriminated against by the rest of civilization.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheMuppetShow'']]: A variety show--starring assorted singing and dancing animals, not to mention talking food--where nearly all of the acts end in total disaster. Comes complete with its own [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] riffers.
* ''[[spoiler:Series/MurderSheWrote]]'' An elderly female author moonlights as a homicide investigator in her idyllic hometown and on the road. The author is a lovely woman, but an astonishing number of her friends, relatives, and neighbors die every year, such that her hometown has a murder rate 3 times that of Detroit in 1974. Murders are solved through keen observation skills, clever verbal traps, and convenient confessions.
** Alternatively, an elderly woman is friends with a shocking number of people in her small town, which has a reputation of being idyllic despite its sky-high murder rate. She often assists in the apprehension of the murderers, and is miraculously never harmed despite her age and the fact that many of them have weapons.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MurphyBrown'']]: Recovering alcoholic can't keep a secretary, but ''can'' keep a painter. HilarityEnsues.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MutantX'']]: Geneticist composes team of human guinea pigs to fight against a CorruptCorporateExecutive with plastic skin. Not related to the Comicbook/XMen.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MySoCalledLife'']]: A show about the problems of white, middle-class teenagers in the '90s. Is retroactively praised by people who ''weren't'' white, middle-class teenagers in the '90s.
* [[spoiler:''Mystery Diagnosis'']]: People are sick. Their doctors don't know why, until they do.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'']]: A man is stuck in a satellite orbiting earth with some robots he made out of spare parts, and they are forced to watch bad old movies while mocking them. Join the fun!
** Alternatively: A man, hated by the people he serves, is jettisoned into a spaceship. Each day, he is forced to watch torturous films that make the ones shown in ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' look mild. In a losing battle against loneliness, he builds several machines from various parts of the ship, who treat him worse than his employers. [[BlatantLies A truly sad story.]]
** Alternatively: A scientist gives poor movie recommendations to three men with nothing better to do, but they still take constant breaks to play pretend.
** Alternatively: Some people won't shut up about awful movies.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'']]: Franchise/PowerRangers in ancient Ireland.
* [[spoiler:''Series/MythBusters'']]: Two overgrown geeks and their three younger sidekicks try to prove whether urban legends are true or not by playing with an overly abused crash test dummy and [[StuffBlowingUp blowing stuff up]].
** Or: Four guys and a girl [[StuffBlowingUp blow stuff up]] -- [[ForScience all in the name of science]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'']]: SliceOfLife anime, [[{{Animesque}} only it's live-action]]. Set in American JuniorHigh with NoFourthWall.
* [[spoiler:''NewTricks'']]: A widower, a compulsive gambler, and a neurotic with OCD join forces with a dog-murderer to solve mysteries.
* [[spoiler:''Series/NickArcade'']]: A game show where kids play video games and answer trivia questions in order to win a chance at jumping around in front of a green-screen.
* [[spoiler:''Series/NightCourt'']]: A barely qualified judge rules on a series of petty crimes, while the prosecutor makes inappropriate remarks about the duty counsel, and one of the bailiffs is really tall.
* [[spoiler:''Series/NinjaWarrior'']]: 100 people fail to pass several obstacles and a rope ladder twice a year.
* [[spoiler:''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily'']]: ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' [[RecycledInSpace In Live Action!!!]]
* [[spoiler:''Series/NorthernExposure'']]: A New York doctor goes to [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Springfield]], Alaska. He tries to leave. Hilarity ensues. [[SciFiGhetto Don't call it fantasy.]]
* [[spoiler:''NowhereMan'']]: A photographer gets very convincingly [[UnPerson erased]]. Over his course of WalkingTheEarth trying to unravel the conspiracy and get his family back, he becomes less and less convinced he was ever real.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'']] : A nice Jewish math genius writes on a chalkboard and finds criminals. The first criminal they find is always dead. The second is arrested.
* [[spoiler: ''Theatre/TheOddCouple]]'': A priggish intellectually pretentious NeatFreak and a down to earth, if short tempered, slob try to live together as roommates and friends.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheOfficeUK'']]: The boring lives of a group of people who work in a paper merchant's in Slough.
** ''[[spoiler: Series/TheOfficeUS]]'': the surprisingly interesting lives of a dysfunctional group of people who work at a paper company in Scranton, PA.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/OnceUponATime'']]: After getting into a fight with her son's custodial parent, a successful woman moves back in with her single mother, who is trying to get back together with her father.
** Meanwhile, the son tries to prove that everyone in town is really from Disney's fantasy menagerie.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland]]'': Two lovers navigate an acid trip while fleeing Disney villains.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheOuterLimits'' (TOS: Demon with a Glass Hand)]] (Single episode of anthology series): An emotionless man with amnesia does everything his hand tells him, including walking into a hail of bullets. (He gets better.)
* [[spoiler:''Series/ParksAndRecreation'']]: A city government employee attempts to turn a hole in the ground into a community park, accompanied by her ObstructiveBureaucrat boss and similarly apathetic staff of subordinates.
** Alternatively, started off as a [[SpinOff clone]] of Series/TheOfficeUS. Had one character [[StalkerWithACrush completely dedicated to his ex-girlfriend]], [[CharacterDevelopment only to completely scrap his previous characterization]], instead making him into a total {{idiot| hero}}. [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Expecting us to completely forget his previous characterization in favor of this new one]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/PawnStars'']]: ''Antiques Roadshow'' as hosted by the guys from ''Orange County Choppers''.
** Or: A weird and wonderful mixture of ''{{Series/Antiques Roadshow}}'' and ''{{Series/Sanford and Son}}''.
* [[spoiler:''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'']]: Everything you know about life is wrong, and these two guys are going to tell you why. Bombastically.
* [[spoiler:''Series/PennyDreadful'']]: A Victorian adventurer, his possessed lady friend, and a Wild West performer search for the adventurer's kidnapped daughter. Meanwhile, their AmbiguouslyGay MadScientist associate is confronted by his abandoned first born.
* [[spoiler:''Series/PeepShow'']]: The humiliations and inner thoughts of an OddCouple with no social skills whatsoever.
* [[spoiler:''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'']]: A man plays pretend with living furniture. A cowboy, a hot girl, a king, a mail lady, and a man wearing nothing but swimming trunks occasionally wander in.
** Or: A chronic masturbator hangs out with talking furniture, a hot girl, and a black cowboy.
* [[spoiler:''Series/PhoenixNights'']]: A DeadpanSnarker cripple from OopNorth decides to re-open a club, only to get it burned down again next series. He then repeats the process again next series, only without the burning. Despite this, people still want a Series 3.
* [[spoiler:''PicketFences'']]: A small-town family and their acquaintances deal with increasingly offbeat visitors and criminals, all while maintaining a strong sense of values.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Pizza}}'']]: Italian-Australian pizza delivery guys regularly find themselves dealing with the sorts of subjects and people LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya would be happy to meet.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Pointless}}'']]: One half of a comedy duo encourages people to think of unpopular things, assisted by a guy whose computer doesn't work.
* [[spoiler: ''Poirot'']]: Series about a pudgy, vain immigrant who refers to himself in the third person and has an imperfect command of English. He is a clotheshorse, and is so fastidious that he once puts a handkerchief on a park bench before sitting on it. He frequently boasts about a certain part of his anatomy. His frequent sidekicks includes a bland retired officer, who says "I say!" and "Good Lord!" at every opportunity, and a secretary obsessed with filing. They Fight Crime. The series occasionally adds sexuality and angst that weren't in the original stories.
* [[spoiler:''Franchise/PowerRangers'']]: An American TV show with fight scenes made up of recycled footage from a Japanese show that somehow managed to be popular enough that most people have heard of it.
** [[spoiler:''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'']]: Teenagers become dinosaur-themed superheroes, then mythical-beast-based superheroes, then ninja superheroes, all while keeping the same costumes, even though all but one of the original members are replaced along the way.
*** [[spoiler:''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers (2010 airing)'']]: A Mook gets overwhelmed by {{Written Sound Effect}}s
** [[spoiler:''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers]]'']]: Above mentioned teenagers become kids, superheroes from an aquatic planet fight like ninjas.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersZeo'']]: Teenagers fight evil robot overlords with the power of geometric shapes.
*** Alternatively: Previously-mentioned teenagers trade in ancient dinosaur powers for Lucky Charms shapes to fight evil conquering robots.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'']]: Four teenagers and a kid fight evil pirates with {{cool car}}s.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'']]: Above mentioned teenagers go into space.
*** Alternatively: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'']]: A RagtagBunchOfMisfits go deeper into space and get lost.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'']]: Highly trained professionals fight demons that are weak against water.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'']]: Time police go back in time to stop wanted criminals from causing mass destruction.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'']]: Pollution causes ancient monsters to awaken and another RagtagBunchOfMisfits fights them with animals.
*** [[spoiler:"Forever Red"]] Previous red-colored superheroes team up to fight evil robot overlords.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'']]: A ninja master gets turned into a hamster and teaches teenagers how to become ninjas.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'']]: One of the original teenagers with attitude teaches paleontology to another group of teenagers that fight bad guys with dinosaurs.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersSPD'']] In the distant future, three space police cadets and two Robin Hoods become superheroes
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'']]: Superheroes with capes fight an EldritchAbomination using magic
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'']]: Four trained professionals, a mercury alien and some guy [[spoiler:actually an android]] travel around the world to find artifacts.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'']]: Cat-themed martial artists become superheroes and run a pizza parlor
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersRPM'']]: Seven people led by a teenage scientist try to turn off a computer.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'']]: Teenage Samurai stop evil monsters from trying to overflow a river.
** [[spoiler:''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'']]: Tiki head and WesternAnimation/WallE RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude to fight invaders. Main hero dreams of a CrisisCrossover.
*** Alternatively: Teenagers and Franchise/RoboCop's environmentally-friendly cousin use trading cards to fight insects, robots, and toxic creatures.
* [[spoiler:''Series/PressYourLuck'']]: Contestants answer low-IQ questions in order to press a button to win money. Small red things attempt to steal said money with various implements.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ThePretender'']]: A kidnap victim with a mean streak habitually lies about who he is to solve mysteries.
* [[spoiler:''PrettyLittleLiars'']]: Four teenaged girls who have almost nothing in common receive text messages from the same anonymous sender. This is part of a convoluted and intricate conspiracy.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ThePriceIsRight'']]: Randomly selected contestants win cash and prized based on their knowledge of common supermarket items.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Primeval}}'']]: College teacher is a dick to a bunch of amateurs who follow him unquestioningly. They cover up cryptid sightings and try to arrest the teacher's estranged spouse.
** Or: A divorce gone wrong results in giant reptiles running around London. Snarky government official tolerates a nutcase scientist, big game hunter, techno geek and the only successful member of S Club 7 as they appear to do a better job than the special forces. Later a PR woman with multiple personality disorder, a sexy Egyptologist and Tom from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels attempt to kill giant super evolved bats.
** Also: A whole bunch of random people chase dinosaurs that escaped from big, shiny balls of broken glass while trying to stop the main characters crazy wife who wants to commit suicide by [[spoiler:erasing the human race]].
** Alternatively: History comes to life. Then eats you.
* [[spoiler:''Series/PrisonBreak'']]: A man deliberately gets himself thrown in prison -- after having his escape plan tattooed over his entire body.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ThePrisoner'']]: Man retires from his stressful job to an exclusive and seemingly idyllic resort, but spends all his time bitching about it and refuses to join in the fun and games like everyone else.
** [[spoiler:''Series/ThePrisoner Remake'']]: [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]] {{Mind Screw}}s [[Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist Jesus]].
* [[spoiler:''PrisonersOfGravity'']]: A man is stuck in a satellite orbiting Earth with a superintelligent computer and spends his time interviewing famous scifi and fantasy authors, which he broadcasts to the world by constantly interrupting a nature program.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Profit}}'']]: Theatre/RichardIII goes [[TheNineties '90s]], has sex with his stepmom, and plays computer games naked.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Psych}}'']]: An immature slacker convinces the police that he has ESP. He and his reluctant best friend [[TheyFightCrime solve murders]] and sing a series of 80s references as they do it.
* [[spoiler:''Series/PushingDaisies'']]: A baker/necromancer brings his murdered girlfriend back to life; together with an undead dog, a cynical private eye, and a singing waitress, [[TheyFightCrime they solve gruesome yet hilarious murders.]] One-eyed synchronized-swimming aunts, homeopathic mood enhancers, and a restaurant called the Pie Hole are involved.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Pyramid}}'']]: Word association game played with a loud clock ticking in the background.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{QI}}'']]: Jeeves grills British comedians on obscure trivia. Negative scores are often allotted.
** Four British comedians are asked apparently simple questions, then mocked if they give the obvious answer.
** A British quiz game where all scores are arbitrary.
* [[spoiler:''Series/QuantumLeap'']]: A semi-amnesiac scientist travels through time with his horny, invisible friend, who carries a computer disguised as a tetris cube (sometimes a calculator).
* [[spoiler:''Series/QueerAsFolk'']]: EveryoneIsGay. Sex is abundant.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Raven}}'']]: A guy who can turn into a bird guides kids on a quest to become the best warrior.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Rawhide}}'']]: A bunch of guys take cattle out west and back in the years following the Civil War.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ReadingRainbow'']]: Celebrities read children's books accompanied by stilted animation. Hosted by [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Geordie LaForge]].
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Reaper}}'']]: A directionless twentysomething takes on a second job to pay off a debt his parents incurred. His friends help.
** The job being a hunter of escaped souls from hell.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Reba}}'']]: FieryRedhead is SurroundedByIdiots and [[DeadpanSnarker snarks about it]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/RedDwarf'']]: The last human in existence drifts through space in a vast abandoned ship. It's a comedy.
** Alternatively, angry man dies and complains about it.
** Alternatively, a young man with everything planned out is doomed to a miserable, lonely existence by his unlikeable superior. The superior is repeatedly shown that everything is his fault and that he could have been so much more, and each episode ends with a list of the other man's broken dreams and things he wanted from life, but is now half-resigned to never having. Because it's ''funneh''.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Reno 911}}'']]: A group of highly incompetent police officers are taped by a documentary crew.
* [[spoiler:''[[RetroGameMaster Retro Game Master/GameCenter CX]]'']]: A Japanese guy tries to play through [[RetroGaming old video games]]. The show also breaks to show him visiting arcades or interviewing video game developers.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Revenge}}'']]: A psychopathic young woman infiltrates a snobbish society of backbiting socialites to execute an absurdly complicated retribution plot for a legal scandal that occurred fifteen years earlier. Meanwhile, she is aided by a bisexual antisocial billionaire and courted by several clueless young men who have absolutely no idea what she's really up to. Drama ensues.
* ''[[spoiler: Series/RiverMonsters]]'': A man goes fishing.
* [[spoiler:''Series/RobotWars'']]: A game show where many contestants are rendered unable to perform motor functions.
* [[spoiler:''TheRockfordFiles'']]: ''Series/{{Maverick}}'' meets ''Series/PeterGunn''.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Rome}}'']]: A drama about life in Italy, as seen through the eyes of two soldiers.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Roswell}}'']]: ''Dawson's Creek'' with Aliens who are trying to stay hidden. While trying to keep the secret that they aren't human, they tell everyone they meet that they are aliens.
* [[spoiler:''Series/RutlandWeekendTelevision'']] A near-no budget show about a near-no budget TV station.
* [[spoiler: ''SaluteYourShorts'']]: Kids go to summer camp and harass their counselor.
* [[spoiler:''Series/SapphireAndSteel'']]: Two socially-inept gods investigate ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, defeat eldritch horrors mostly by glaring at them, and have ridiculous amounts of {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST despite allegedly existing only to do their job.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'']]: The savior of mankind goes through high school. Meanwhile, his mentally unstable mother and time-travelling uncle fight robots and criminals, a disguised robot looks for them, and [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} River Tam beats up everyone]].
* [[spoiler: ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'']]: Many educated men and women of all races, usually American, imitate the five British men discussed above but usually have their own writers and no moving paintings.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Scrubs}}'']]: Two dorky white people strive to impress their black and ''Dominican'' best friends and shed their dependence on the WellDoneSonGuy. Oh, and they save people's lives daily, but that doesn't seem enough to raise their self-esteem.
** Or: A dorky white guy with an overactive imagination's adventures in a hospital full of doctors who must've bribed their way through med school.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{SCTV}}'']]: A local television station, run by an conniving owner who fakes being wheelchair-bound, forgoes airing cheap reruns to air incompetent original programming. The most popular material is a pure filler piece starting two beer swilling idiots.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'']]: Four self-interested adults talk. About nothing.
* [[spoiler:''{{Shameless}}'']]: AlcoholicParent, the series.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Sherlock}}'']]: A sociopathic manchild teams up with a traumatised Army doctor. TheyFightCrime.
** Or, yet another [[spoiler:Franchise/SherlockHolmes]] adaptation.
** [[spoiler:"[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]"]]: a relatively normal guy going through a rough patch in his life meets a quirky, free-spirited stranger with no regard for social conventions, who brings adventure into his depressing existence.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheShield'']]: Crime fighting show notable for asking such difficult questions as 'Is the PornStache the best way to get girls?'.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheSingingDetective'']]: Murder investigation is frequently interrupted by song-and-dance numbers using well known forties songs and shots of some bloke with a skin problem {{wangst}}ing.
* [[spoiler:''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'']]: Five adventurers and an ActionGirl find themselves stuck on an inaccessible and inescapable island, yet a parade of guest stars can come and go as they please.
* [[spoiler:''Series/SixFeetUnder'']]: The patriarch of a family of morticians dies unexpectedly, but continues to appear regularly on the show. A FamilyDrama.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'']]: The adventures of a crippled former astronaut/test pilot with the world's most expensive, powerful and lifelike prosthetics.
** [[spoiler:''Series/TheBionicWoman'']]: The distaff version made possible by one of the medium's most notorious DeathIsCheap examples.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Skins}}'']]: Undermotivated British teenagers do drugs and run up their cell phone bills.
* [[spoiler:''Series/SlingsAndArrows'']]: A struggling Shakespearean theatre company is reinvigorated with the help of a director who suffered a nervous breakdown, and the bisexual ghost only he can see.
* [[spoiler:''Series/SmallWonder'']]: A man builds a lifelike android and tells everyone it's his daughter.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Smallville}}'']]: Young man [[LimitedWardrobe who never changes his clothes]] keeps refusing to fulfill his blatantly obvious destiny.
** Well meaning college dropout incapable of maintaining meaningful relationships stumbles through life and increasingly submits to his father's attempts to control his life as the series progresses.
** Franchise/{{Superman}} meets ''Series/DawsonsCreek''.
** Protagonist indirectly causes conflict by withholding the truth from others.
** GreenRocks [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Fall, Everyone Dies]]: The Series.
* ''[[spoiler: SnuffBox]]'': The adventures of a womanizing British hangman with a voice that makes you shout "[[Memes/{{Advertising}} Come on, world, I'll have you for breakfast!]]" and his time-travelling American assistant who has an absolutely deadpan voice. Both are insane.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheSopranos'']]: A suspiciously wealthy waste management executive has panic attacks, recurring dreams, extramarital affairs, and occasional bouts of violence.
* [[spoiler:''SouthOfNowhere'']]: A family with a strained relationship move to LA, which causes a rift between mother and daughter.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Spaced}}'']]: Two lazy, unmotivated slackers trick their drunken landlady into letting them rent a flat by pretending to be a couple, and spend their time bumming around aimlessly with their weird friends.
* [[spoiler:''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'']]: Gladiators get restless. Their bosses get restless. Everyone gets laid.
* [[spoiler: ''[[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man]]'']]: Popular comic book hero [[RecycledInSpace IN JAPAN!]] He also has a GiantRobot.
* [[spoiler:''Series/SpinCity'']]: A RagtagBunchOfMisfits do their darndest to make the incompetent mayor of New York City look good.
* [[spoiler:''Series/SplitSecond'']]: Game show in which three contestants earn as high a score as possible in the first two rounds, but the first player to go back down to zero in the third round is declared the champion.
** Or a ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' mimic with questions that all three players can answer -- even if the first player gives a correct response.
* [[spoiler:''Sportscenter'']]: People spout lame catchphrases while reporting sports scores.
* [[spoiler:''Series/SportsNight'']]: People talk about sports and fail at their personal lives.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Square One|TV}}'']]: A Pac-Man [[CaptainErsatz ripoff]], various music stars, a pair of police detectives, and assorted other people teach children mathematics.
** [[spoiler:''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'']]: A ripoff of those "math detective" segments.
*** "Applied Math Saves The Day"
* [[spoiler:''Series/StargateSG1'']]: A wisecracking colonel, an archaeologist who just won't die, a pretty blonde astrophysicist, and an alien revolutionary step through a big gray ring to fight snakes with glowing eyes and mechanical insects. Later, the colonel is promoted, so a new proverb-quoting colonel and an eccentric, flirty thief join up, this time to fight glowing energy beings who like to play god.
** [[spoiler:''Series/StargateAtlantis'']]: Interplanetary explorers get stranded in a flying city in another galaxy and must fight off [[RecycledInSpace space]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] that feed on human life force.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/StargateUniverse'']]: DarkerAndEdgier RagtagBunchOfMisfits get stranded on a runaway ship on the other side of the universe.
* [[spoiler:''Franchise/StarTrek'']]: Three men and four hundred extras travel through space in their futuristic living room/model UN club, going where no man has gone before.
** A space ship runs around the galaxy telling everyone to behave lest their planet be blown up. This is the ideal form of society.
** ''[[spoiler: Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries]]'': A GrumpyOldMan, a StrawVulcan, and a ChivalrousPervert with a toupée save the galaxy.
*** The StrawVulcan succumbs to a powerful mating urge and almost kills the ship's captain. (An actual ''TV Guide'' synopsis of the episode "[[spoiler: Amok Time]]")
*** A sex addict plays ComicStrip/MaryWorth to the galaxy.
** A ship from an organization that is absolutely, positively, you better believe it, ''not'' a military organization goes about obeying a strict hierarchy of ranks, carrying spectacular amounts of firepower, involving itself in imperialistic power politics and killing or threatening to kill large numbers of intelligent life. This ship has a captain who cannot stay away from alien women, an exec with absurd mathematical prowess, a curmudgeonly doctor, and an engineer who always complains that the ship cannot stand any more. There are also numerous people dressed in red shirts to indicate that they are chosen for human sacrifice to the religion of plot necessity.
** Alternatively: A crew of [[RenaissanceMen obscenely over talented people]] is ordered to get as far away from civilization as possible for five years. It quickly becomes clear that this was not a punishment, but someone upstairs being smart enough to realize the ship is a DoomMagnet.
** ''[[spoiler: Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration]]'': An enlightened old man, a young up-and-coming commander who refuses all promotions, an attractive female doctor (except for that year with the shrewish female doctor), and an android go where no one has gone before. They usually would rather not.
** ''[[spoiler: Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine]]'': A commander who never quite got over the death of his wife in the worst military loss his government ever had, a beautiful young woman with dark spots whom he keeps calling "old man," a hot-headed genius engineer, and an ambitious doctor straight out of medical school go where extremely ugly aliens have gone before and stay there. They meet a former freedom fighter (who has to get over some severe FantasticRacism, albeit with a FreudianExcuse) and a security officer who sleeps in a bucket. When the young woman with spots is murdered by a possessed CompleteMonster, she is replaced by a shrink.
*** ''Series/BabylonFive'' minus the ''Babylon 5''.
*** A beautiful young woman with spots who loves waving a weird looking weapon around falls in love with an ape obsessed with his ancestors culture because that ape is even better at waving weird looking weapons around then she is.
** ''[[spoiler: Series/StarTrekVoyager]]'': Two starships go where no one has gone before. The captain of one ship drafts everybody from the other into her organization (since they lost their ship), as well as a local and a mercenary, and then spends the series trying to go back without violating her peculiar moral code, [[DependingOnTheWriter whatever that may be]]. They all are forced to use a sophisticated computer program for medical treatment. About halfway through the series run, they pick up and draft a cyborg EmotionlessGirl who is BeautifulAllAlong.
*** Or....literally going where no one has gone before. Anybody have a map??
** [[spoiler: ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'']]: An Iowa farm boy who's dreamt of space travel all his life, his Southern-accented chief engineer/best friend, an uptight British munitions officer, a black helmsman, a gorgeous Japanese linguist ([[FakeNationality played by a Korean]]), a gregarious alien doctor who commits murder on at least two occasions, and a stoic-yet-beautiful alien commander travel space at the beginning of humanity's efforts. They meet nasty aliens and get caught up in a lot of headache-inducing time stuff.
*** Or...how Mankind got it done before the aliens started pitching in.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/StormChasers'']]: An IMAX filmmaker, a videographer, and an electrical engineer. [[TheyFightCrime They chase storms.]]
** Alternatively: A bunch of people who [[HappyRain are only happy when it rains]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/StrangersWithCandy'']]: A middle-aged junkie prostitute attends a high school where all the other students are of normal age and the principal is an insane narcissist. The teachers hate the students and angst about everything. Important lessons are introduced but [[IgnoredEpiphany nobody learns them]]. Homes are broken, lives are ruined, and every episode ends in a dance sequence.
* ''[[spoiler:The Sunset Limited]]'': [[MinimalistCast Two old men]] [[SpeechCentricWork talk]] [[RealTime for 90 minutes]] about suicide.
* [[spoiler:''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'']]: A group of kids get rid of computer viruses.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Supernatural}}'']]: Two hot, dysfunctional brothers drive around the country fighting monsters, later accompanied by a hot angel, with a revolving door of hot recurring stars/guest stars. [[TheyFightCrime They Fight Monsters]].
** A pair of smokin' brothers hate themselves and love each other so much that they ruin the apocalypse and somehow piss off both Heaven ''and'' Hell.
** Two ridiculously attractive brothers travel around the US having the most miserable lives known to mankind.
** Or, A show about two mentally-challenged underwear-model brothers trying to impress God.
* [[spoiler: ''Franchise/SuperSentai'']]: A long-running Japanese live-action superhero franchise, which involves a team of people fighting evil while wearing brightly-colored suits. Is known to American audiences for having its fight scenes adapted into an entirely different premise.
* [[spoiler:''{{Series/Survivor}}'']]: A bunch of people that have no business living with one another are thrown into the middle of nowhere and have to live with one another.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TattooedTeenageAlienFightersFromBeverlyHills'']]: Teenagers battle evil with the power of the Zodiac. Has nothing to do with ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.
** Alternatively: a poor man's ''Power Rangers''
* [[spoiler:''Series/TeenWolf'']]: Teenage boy becomes werewolf, gets better at lacrosse. Everything else gets worse.
** Remake of a 25 year old teen movie, InNameOnly, airs on MTV.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheTenthKingdom'']]: A waitress, a janitor, a golden retriever, and an obsessed ex-con chase a mirror, while pursued by three idiots who love the Bee Gees. Meanwhile, the BigBad teaches a dog how to be a man and spends the rest of her time talking to mirrors (or [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]]).
* [[spoiler:''Series/TerraNova'']]: The cop from the American ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2008}}'' and the [[JerkAss asshole]] [[ColonelBadass colonel]] from ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' travel back in time 85 million years and form [[HeterosexualLifePartners history's earliest recorded bromance]]. [[TheyFightCrime They Fight Dinosaurs]] (and an [[AngryBlackMan Angry Black Woman]]).
* [[spoiler:''Series/ThankGodYoureHere'']]: Comedians walk through a door, not knowing what's on the other side.
* [[spoiler:''Series/That70sShow'']]: Main character is nerd with a crush on tomboy. Setting is a dull city filled with rednecks. Main characters do lots of drugs.
** Or: A group of teenagers live through the 1970s. When 1980 comes they can't remember the 70s.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun]]'': A military officer working for a foreign dictator hides in a small American town under a false identity with three subordinates posing as his relatives. He regularly has sex with a local woman who doesn't know his true identity. HilarityEnsues.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ThisIsWonderland'']]: A woman named Alice chases a shy man with no pants, encounters drug addicts, gets a haircut from her AmbiguouslyGay opponent, argues with a StepfordSmiler who wants to be royalty, and sits through various bizarre trials conducted by a wannabe clown with an explosive brain.
* [[spoiler:''Film/TheThreeStooges'']]: A trio of "brothers" take odd jobs, but mostly spend half the time arguing and beating each other up.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheWalkingDead'']]: An ex-cop, a pizza delivery boy and a redneck team up with an untrustworthy ex-cop, an old man with a shotgun and a black guy to protect themselves against shambling people who like to bite things.
* [[spoiler:''Series/ThreesCompany'']]: A guy pretends to be gay so that he can live with two women to whom he is not romantically linked.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/TimeWarp'']]: People watch things in slow motion.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TopGear'']]: Three middle-aged men arse about with [[CoolCar cars]] and a whole bunch of the BBC's money.
** Or: A large, blustery man, a secret American who whitens his teeth, a man unable to drive fast, and a man(?) in a racing suit muck about with cars in an airplane hangar.
** [[spoiler:''Top Gear: The Great Adventures'']]: Same middle aged men race across countries across the world, getting injured, getting drunk, freezing their arses off, having stones thrown at them by hicks and making friends with {{Companion Cube}}s along the way.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/TowerPrep'' and ''Series/UnnaturalHistory'']] A live action show on Cartoon Network.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TrueBlood'']]: Several minorities suffering from segregation and discrimination in a middle American town fight over a girl.
** Or: Bodily Fluids discovered to be a Healing Potion and Stat Booster.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheTwilightZone'']]: The universe is really, ''really'' weird.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TwinPeaks'']]: Quirky agent with a sweet tooth visits town to solve murder mystery. Strange people from his dreams help him.
** Or: An FBI agent tries to solve a murder with the help of a midget, a giant, and a dead girl from his dreams. Spoiler: [[spoiler:''Satan'']] did it.
* [[spoiler:''Series/UglyBetty'']]: An iconoclastic woman works in an industry she hates so she can preach about it. Her father is a murderer, her best friend at work is an alcoholic, and her nephew is friendly with a minion of the BigBad.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Ultraviolet}}'']]: A former policeman, a doctor, a Gulf War veteran, and Catholic priest team up to fight vampires, while mulling over the ethics thereof.
* [[spoiler:''Series/UnbeatableBanzuke'']]: A [[HarderThanHard nigh-impossible]] GameShow from Japan whose challenges involve the use of pogo sticks, unicycles, stilts, giant seesaws, remote-controlled helicopters, and cat-shaped wheelbarrows. The grand prize is [[UndesirablePrize "honor"]].
* [[spoiler:''{{V-2009}}'']]: The government opens up relations with a foreign power, and our heroes respond by blowing up buildings. Also, there's a kid who wants to bang a lizard.
* [[spoiler:''Series/VeronicaMars'']]: A blonde high-school age female solves a crime every episode with the help of her African-American male friend, trusty dog, and protective father while she struggles to fit into the high school social scene. (Hint: it's not Nancy Drew.)
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Victorious}}'']]: A teenage girl attends a performing arts high school where she gets to sing and perform in plays, while getting into wacky situations.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}]]'': A group of hoarders travel the world looking for unique knick-knacks.
* [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Weeds}}'']]: A soccer mom's husband dies of a sudden heart attack. She decides to pursue alternate career options to keep the family afloat with the help of her eccentric chef brother-in-law, a sassy black woman, an obnoxious blonde with cancer, and her two sons, one of whom is a psychopath and the other of which is boinking a deaf chick.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheWestWing'' (or ''Series/YesMinister'') (or ''Series/TheThickOfIt'')]]: The adventures of a politician and his staff.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/TheWestWing'']]: Alternatively: Trivia enthusiast attempts to solve world's problems with help of young idealists. This involves a lot of lengthy conversations conducted whilst walking up and down corridors.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/YesMinister'']]: Alternatively: Loquacious snob works his hardest to ensure that a man never accomplishes anything of merit.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/YesMinister'']]: Alternatively: Three middle-aged men discuss politics.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/TheThickOfIt'']]: Alternatively: A minor British governmental ministry attempts to deal with public image crises while trying to avoid getting sworn at.
* [[spoiler:''Series/WheelOfFortune'']]: Contestants play Hangman with a big wheel to win money. LovelyAssistant aids in making letters magically appear.
* [[spoiler:''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego'']]: Three prepubescent kids hunt down a world-renowned thief and her gang of cartoonish {{Mooks}} all over the world.
** [[spoiler:''Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego'']]: Pretty much the same premise as above, only this time they hunt down the world-renowned thief all across the space time continuum. Oh, and her {{Mooks}} aren't as cartoonish this time around.
* [[spoiler:''The White Queen'']]: A family of witches use magic to take over their country and crush their political opponents. BasedOnATrueStory ([[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory Very loosely]]).
* [[spoiler:''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'']]: Contestants earn a gradually increasing amount of money by answering the exact same question up to fifteen times.
* [[spoiler:''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'']]: {{Cosplay}}ers compete in a pseudo-reality show to win the prize of becoming a fictional character who briefly appears in a cheesy MadeForTVMovie.
* [[spoiler:''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'']]: Four comedians try to impress a judge with a [[DropTheCow buzzer]] by making stuff up as they go along.
** US Version: Cast from an actor's self-titled sitcom act out HoYay-drenched audience suggestions through improv.
** 2013 version: Two bald guys, a tall guy and a rotating set of friends impress a woman and weird out celebrity guests through improv. HoYay, Innuendo and HilarityEnsues.
** [[spoiler: ''Series/DrewCareysImprovaganza'']]: Six comedians go to Vegas and make up raunchy stuff up on the top of their heads.
* [[spoiler:''Series/WinBenSteinsMoney'']]: Snooty emcee gambles his paycheck against the intellects of three everyday citizens, then competes against these citizens to prevent himself from going home penniless. Homoerotic humor ensues.
* [[spoiler:''{{Series/Wipeout|2008}}'']]: A game show in which the dregs of humanity are pushed onto an assault course/obstacle course/the inflatable seven circles of hell and attempt to get to the other end in the quickest time. Most are hindered by [[spoiler:''four large bouncy balls'']] that they must traverse and will eventually give them crippling back problems later in life. Anyone who is good is mocked. Anyone who is bad is mocked. Anyone who is fat will be fixated on as they are made to writhe cruelly in the mud. The entire event is presided over by an entirely unsympathetic plastic woman.
** [[spoiler:''Total Wipeout'']]: Similar concept, but the people are from a different country. A short guy who likes cars narrates.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheWire'']] A show where some of the "heroes" include a drunk Irish cop, a drug addict with a penchant for putting red hats on people, a reformed felon, and a gay stickup artist. The antagonists include a man who goes to community college and works at a copy centre, a young adult who hangs out at a wheel rim shop, a boss that doesn't have a valid driver's license, and an enforcer with a love for tropical fish.
** A cop show, but instead of solving one case per episode, they take an entire season just to resolve one. Your favorite plot may get minutes of screen development in any given hour long episode. Despite the glacial pacing, the show includes long rambling discussions in bars and devotes staggering amounts of time documenting petty office politics. Pretty much everyone is a bastard. It somehow managed five seasons despite tanking in the ratings throughout.
* [[spoiler:''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'']]: An antisocial girl torments her family, who can't stand her. She and her brothers will fight to obtain the ability to do magic tricks.
* [[spoiler:''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'']]: A look at the lives of Ohio disc jockeys during the late 70s.
* [[spoiler:''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'']]: A 20something woman hears voices and goes to the bar a lot.
** A philosophy major talks to inanimate objects. They talk back.
* [[spoiler:''Write On'']]: The misadventures of a newspaper staffed with one editor, one secretary and one daydreaming reporter who apparently got hired despite not knowing how to write well.
* [[spoiler:''Wrestling/WWERaw]]'': A CorruptCorporateExecutive tries to put on a stunt show with lots of hidden cameras. His efforts are repeatedly thwarted by numerous overweight psychopaths, underweight sex kittens, and sometimes midgets. The most popular star is [[Wrestling/JohnCena a military impostor and former poet]].
** The former star was [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin an alcoholic redneck who beat up his boss and Santa Claus]]. Both are the SpiritualSuccessor to [[Wrestling/HulkHogan a man]] who was [[FakeNationality a fake Irish-American]] who suffered a lot of self-inflicted ClothingDamage.
* [[spoiler:''Wrestling/WWESmackDown]]'': A George Jefferson lookalike and a shrill Hispanic woman try to put on a stunt show with lots of hidden cameras, only you don't see the action until three days later. One of their employees is [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker a giant zombie who skips work a lot]].
* [[spoiler:''WWE ECW on SciFi]]'': A ponytailed Jew, a Cuban businessman, the George Jefferson lookalike mentioned above and a few others try to put on a stunt show with lots of hidden cameras in which a bunch of middle-aged Irish and Italian street punks battle a crop of young bucks over who best exemplifies a violent East Coast brand of entertainment that passed out of existence for almost four years. Arguably its biggest star is [[Wrestling/CMPunk a teetotaler with no first or middle name]].
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheXFiles'']]: A paranoid nerd and an attractive doctor ([[WillTheyOrWontThey who may or may not be sleeping with each other]]) spend a lot of time trudging through forests and other out-of-the-way places in search of the truth whilst an elderly government employee smokes a lot.
** Alternate: A man and woman who get fired and/or demoted frequently argue about who's right (usually the man) while their boss looks uncomfortable, their nemesis smokes, their family and friends get killed off, and they try to deny - unsuccessfully - that they are sleeping together.
* [[spoiler:''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess]]'': Ancient Greek women beat people up and engage in [[LesYay lesbian subtext]].
** Alternatively, schizophrenic women from the nineties believe they're Greek women, beat people up, and engage in [[LesYay lesbian subtext]].
* [[spoiler:''You've Been Framed'']]: A doctor presents footage of dozens of people and animals having humiliating accidents. You're supposed to laugh at it.
* [[spoiler:''Series/TheYoungOnes'']]: Four students who hate each other live together.
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