* In ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Al started an anti-feminist organisation known as the '''N'''ational '''O'''rganisation of '''M'''en '''A'''gainst '''A'''mazonian '''M'''asterhood, or NO MA'AM. The spacing and apostrophe are of course just for show.
** In Brazil, they're known as [=SEM ELAS=] (without female "them" - the pronoum has no gender-neutral equivalent in Brazilian Portuguese) or '''S'''ociedade '''E'''tílica de '''M'''aridos '''E'''scapando do '''L'''ar '''A'''trás de '''S'''exo (Etilical Society of Husbands Escaping Home for Sex)
** The Russian remake ''Series/HappyTogether'' set in Yekaterinburg, Russia, has this organization named '''B'''ortsy '''E'''katerinburga '''Z'''a '''B'''esposchadnoe '''A'''bsolutnoe '''B'''aboistreblenie (fighters of Yekateriburg for merciless absolute gynocide), abbreviated as BEZ BAB (without broads).
** There's also Marcy's MoralGuardian group '''F'''eminists '''A'''gainst '''N'''eanderthal '''G'''uy (''Neanderthal Guy'' is a show that Al likes).
* In one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye has been made Officer of the Day and has to wear the requisite armband. He then claims that it means he is '''O'''livia '''D'''e Havilland.
* ''Series/GetSmart'' had the organisations CONTROL and KAOS, neither of which stood for anything.
* Chandler's job in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' required him to pay attention to the '''W'''eekly '''E'''stimated '''N'''et '''U'''sage '''S'''ystems, as well as the '''A'''nnual '''N'''et '''U'''sage '''S'''tatistics.
** Also on ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey gets cast on "Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.", where the latter is a '''C'''ybernetic '''H'''umanoid '''E'''lectronically '''E'''nhanced '''S'''ecret '''E'''nforcer. Joey fails to realise this isn't just a happy coincidence.
* In an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Rimmer is attacked by a creature which removes all his anger, and leaves him suggesting that they humanely rehabilitate the beast. To that end he proposes an organisation known as the '''C'''ommittee for the '''L'''iberation and '''I'''ntegration of '''T'''errifying '''O'''rganisms and their '''R'''ehabilitation '''I'''nto '''S'''ociety. He himself recognises that the acronym could be a problem.
** In ''Cassandra'', Rimmer mentions that the name of the Canaries convict army is said to be an acronym of '''C'''onvict '''A'''rmy '''N'''early '''A'''ll '''R'''etarded '''I'''nbred '''E'''vil '''S'''heepshaggers.
* In ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', Del buys some headed notepaper for the business. He initializes everything, because "Modern businesspeople only speak in initials." Their company is '''T'''rotter's '''I'''ndependent '''T'''raders, and Rodney has a '''D'''iploma '''I'''n '''C'''omputerization. Lampshaded when Rodney comments:
--->'''Rodney''': Del, thanks to your high profile, we now have a company called "Tit" and a director with "Dic" after his name.
** Another episode has Del's talk that he dreams to one day walk out onto a balcony with their company's initials in giant letters above him. Rodney snarks how appropriate it is that he dreams about being under a 20ft sign calling him a "Tit".
* An episode of ''MST3K'' plays with the long, awkward acronyms often adopted by charities, by having both of the bots participate in walkathons for WALKATHON ('''W'''alkers '''A'''t '''L'''arge '''K'''inetically '''A'''ltruistic '''T'''hrough '''H'''ygiene '''O'''r [[ShoehornedFirstLetter '''N'''owledge]] and HELPING CHILDREN THROUGH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. (Which is ''not'' the name of an organization, but actually the ''acronym'' for his organization's name. The name itself is about four sentences long, borders on absolute gibberish, and doesn't fit very well on a T-shirt, either: '''H'''i '''E'''veryone, '''L'''et's '''P'''itch '''I'''n '''N''' '''G'''et '''C'''racking '''H'''ere '''I'''n '''L'''ouisiana '''D'''oing '''R'''ight, '''E'''h? '''N'''ow '''T'''hen, '''H'''ateful, '''R'''ich, '''O'''verbearing '''U'''gly '''G'''uys '''H'''url '''R'''oyally '''E'''verytime '''S'''omeone '''E'''ats '''A''' '''R'''adish, '''C'''arrot, '''H'''ors d'oeuvre, '''A'''nd '''N'''ever '''D'''oes '''D'''ishes. '''E'''ventually, '''V'''ictor '''E'''ats '''L'''unch '''O'''ver '''P'''eoria '''M'''it '''E'''in '''N'''euesberger '''T'''od. )
** The movie in this episode was "[[TheIncrediblyStrangeCreatures The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies]]." [[spoiler:There were no incredibly strange creatures or mixed-up zombies.]]
** Then there is the '''SOL''' itself. In-canon, it stands for '''S'''atellite '''O'''f '''L'''ove, like the Lou Reed song, but also for [[DoubleEntendre a vulgar idiom]] that describes Joel/Mike and the 'Bots predicament quite well.
** The movie ''Agent From HARM'' had Mike and the Bots have a blast coming up with [=HARM=]'s acronym.
* One can not help suspect that the name of the '''C'''elestial '''I'''ntervention '''A'''gency from ''Series/DoctorWho'', which frequently flouts the all-important [[AlienNonInterferenceClause law of non-interference]], is not unintentionally reminiscent of a certain terrestrial organization.
** ''Series/DoctorWho'' also has the military unit U.N.I.T., for '''U'''nited '''N'''ations '''I'''ntelligence '''T'''askforce. The ExpandedUniverse took this further: the French branch is called N.U.I.T. (French for "night"; '''N'''ations '''U'''nies...), in Russia it's O.G.R.O.N. (for '''O'''perativnaya '''G'''ruppa '''R'''asvedkoy '''O'''byedinyonnih '''N'''atsiy, which roughly translates as "United Nations Reconnaissance Operations Group", but also happens to be the name of a ''Series/DoctorWho'' monster), and one novel set in World War II featured an equivilent organisation called L.O.N.G.B.O.W. (for '''L'''eague '''O'''f '''N'''ations '''G'''lobal '''B'''izarre '''O'''ccurences '''W'''atch).
*** According to the fact book ''A History of the Universe in 100 Objects'', UNIT was named after signs put up on roads to direct the crew to location filming sites.
** In the revived series, as of the fourth season, the organization has been renamed to the "'''UN'''ified '''I'''ntelligence '''T'''askforce, in response to some issues the ''actual'' United Nations had with the name (Though not with the UN affiliation, for whatever reason).
** The start of the fourth series in April 2008 coincides with the online game NationStates renaming its fictional United Nations into the "World Assembly", due to similar objections. The close timing is coincidental as both must have been legally threatened well ahead of time, but it is possible that this was part of the same "trademark clean-up" effort at the UN.
** What about the TARDIS? '''T'''ime '''A'''nd '''R'''elative '''D'''imension '''I'''n '''S'''pace.
*** Or '''T'''ethered '''A'''erial '''R'''elease '''D'''eveloped '''I'''n '''S'''tyle, depending on who you ask.
*** And the War Lords had the SIDRAT, or '''S'''pace and '''I'''nter-'''D'''imensional '''R'''obot '''A'''ll-purpose '''T'''ransporter.
*** Or anyone who has seen the recent episode, "The Doctor's Wife": '''T'''ime and '''R'''elative '''D'''imension '''''I'''s '''S'''exy''
** One of the books has the ''S''t ''O''scar's ''D''atabase ''I''nformation ''T''erminus, sometimes called "The facility that dare not speak its acronym"
** LINDA, the '''L'''ondon '''I'''nvestigation ' '''N''' ' '''D'''etective '''A'''gency.
*** Which first appeared during Creator/RussellTDavies's time as writer of ''Why Don't You...'', as the '''L'''iverpool '''I'''nvestigation '''N''' '''D'''etective '''A'''gency.
** The Creator/BigFinish audio ''Minuet In Hell'' is a remake of a FanFic audio, relocated from RegencyEngland to America, TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. For much of it, [[GoAmongMadPeople the Doctor is locked in a mental institution]] called the '''B'''righam '''E'''lisha '''D'''ashwood '''L'''aboratory of '''A'''lternative '''M'''entalities; the original version, of course, used the ''real'' [[BedlamHouse Bedlam]].
** The new series takes the "use letters from within the words" cheat to its logical conclusion with ATMOS, which stands for "'''ATM'''ospheric '''O'''missions '''S'''ystem". (With bonus IncrediblyLamePun.)
*** And the "inventor" would get annoyed when people referred to it as the [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "ATMOS System"]]
*** In the same story, U.N.I.T's new name (changed due to legal concerns with the real United Nations) was revealed as '''UN'''ified '''I'''ntelligence '''T'''askforce.
** In the 1973 episode "The Green Death" the meglomaniac computer which plans to take over the world was called BOSS (Bimorphic Organisational Systems Supervisor). "My creators found it amusing. I find it...[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast appropriate]]."
** In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', when Sarah describes what former companions are doing, she mentions "Dorothy [[OnlyOneName something]]" who now runs an organisation called '''A''' '''C'''haritable '''E'''arth.
** Also there's [[spoiler:Professor Yana, whose actually TheMaster in human form. The Doctor is then reminded of The Face of Boe's dying words: '''Y'''ou '''A'''re '''N'''ot '''A'''lone.]]
** Averted with [[ArcWords TORCHWOOD]], which is actually more like "Fun With Anagrams": rearranged, the letters spell "Doctor Who."
** No mention of TOMTIT from The Time Monster: Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time
* S.A.M. from ''Series/SesameStreet'', which stands for '''S'''uper '''A'''utomatic '''M'''achine. Those who were severely freaked out by him as children would argue '''S'''atan's '''A'''utomaton of '''M'''alice would be more accurate.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' example quoted above is, in fact, a lampshading of a long-running gag where the anchor would read the full name of an organization when it is first introduced, and acronym it as "NAMBLA", e.g. "Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or ''NAMBLA''". Of the ''10 F*** ing Years'' montage played sparingly throughout 2006, one showed the scale of just how many times this joke has been used (even after ignoring the countless times Craig Kilborn did). There were, of course, variations--they created fictional organizations that could be abbreviated as NAMBLA and then identified themselves as members of such; they created portmanteaus of NAMBLA and other acronyms (NAMBLOPEC), or just pronounced it funny (NAMBLA during an Ice Age? N-n-A-a-a-M-m-B-b-L-A-a-a.)
** Jon Stewart eventually ends the segment by apologizing for any distress he's caused the North American Man-Boy Love Association -- "or, as it's more commonly known, [=UNICEF=]."
** They've also done this with organizations that were already abbreviated ("The AARP, or NAMBLA",) and during the Mark Foley scandal, there was "The National Man/Boy Love Association, or 'Congress'."
** One other segment had a correspondent who supposedly forms a group called "'''N'''ews '''A'''ctivism '''M'''eans '''B'''etter '''L'''iving for '''A'''ll."
** Also, when they had a [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-june-11-2001/fruit-juice-pt--2 panel]] of "experts" from fictional organizations '''C'''itizens '''O'''ffering '''C'''rucial '''K'''nowledge, and "Gaywad", which actually doesn't stand for anything.
* Humorously done in an episode of ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' when Drake wins a contest to go skydiving. The skydiving instructor gives Drake the directions on what to do in five easy steps - '''S'''quat, '''P'''ray, '''L'''eap, '''A'''aah (the shout you make as you go down) and '''T'''ouchdown. The final acronym doesn't exactly give you the best encouragement.
* According to the novelization of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration's'' {{pilot}} episode, Geordi [=LaForge=] is wearing a '''V'''isual '''I'''nstrument and '''S'''ensory '''O'''rgan '''R'''eplacement. Geordi comments that he sometimes wonders how long it took them to come up with that one.
** Inverted in the Original Series; several parts of the Engineering Room set were stencilled with the acronym '''GNDN''' to indicate that a studio set '''G'''oes '''N'''owhere and '''D'''oes '''N'''othing.
* In ''Series/EightIsEnough'', the youngest member of the family, Nicholas, mentions a mnemonic for all the names of the eight kids in the family, by age: ''Dumb Martians Just Sit Nearby Eating Tender Noodles'' which stands for David, Mary, Joanief, Susan, Nancy, Elizabeth, Tommy and Nicholas.
* '' '''S'''exo y '''O'''tros '''S'''ecretos'' ("'''S'''ex and '''O'''ther '''S'''ecrets")
* ''TheManFromUNCLE'' is a classic example; the titular organization's acronym stood for '''U'''nited '''N'''etwork '''C'''ommand for '''L'''aw and '''E'''nforcement, while their enemy organization THRUSH was the '''T'''echnological '''H'''ierarchy for the '''R'''emoval of '''U'''ndesirables and the '''S'''ubjugation of '''H'''umanity.
** Note that the acronymization for "THRUSH" is of questionable canonicity. In the series, no such expansion of the name was ever given. The "Technological Hierarchy" acronym derives from several ExpandedUniverse U.N.C.L.E. novels by author David [=McDaniel=]. However, not only is the "United Network Command" expansion of "U.N.C.L.E." canonical, but series creators Sam Rolfe and Norman Felton [[CreditsGag included an acknowledgment]] of the organization's help in every episode's end credits: "We wish to thank the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement without whose assistance this program would not be possible."
** The straight meaning of ''uncle'' led to several uncle-related jokes in the series. However, in dubbed versions sometimes the acronym was also translated. In Latin-America the series became ''El agente de CIPOL'', where the acronym stood for ''"Comisión Internacional Para la Observancia de la Ley"'', a close aproximation of the original meaning. All the uncle-related jokes were kept, however... and were rendered nonsensical.
* ''Series/BrassEye'' goes to town with this trope. The acronym either resembles a rude word (such as SHADT for Schools Heightened Aversion Drug Therapy and FUKD for Free the UK from Drugs) or a [[InherentlyFunnyWords nonsense word]] (the best being GEFAFWISP for Global Ensortium for A First World Iniative on Scientific Practice).
** Another funny WordPlay from the pedophilia special refers to the H.O.E.C.S. [[DontExplainTheJoke (hoax)]] games that pedophiles use to physically interact with children through the Internet.
* According to the ''LookAroundYou'' episode on maths, it stands for the gibberish phrase '''M'''athematical '''A'''nti-'''T'''elharsic '''H'''arfatum '''S'''eptomin.
* ''{{UFO}}'' (the 1970's live-action series by the Andersons) had SHADO ('''S'''upreme '''H'''eadquarters '''A'''lien '''D'''efence '''O'''rganisation). Its symbol was a silhouetted man casting a shadow, and was pronounced "shadow" by its members. There's also a talking radar satellite called SID ('''S'''pace '''I'''ntruder '''D'''etector) and of course U.F.O (pronounced "u-fo" by Commander Straker and the usual way by everyone else). If you don't know [[FlyingSaucer what that stands for]], then you're spent the past half-century as an [[AlienAbduction alien abductee]] in [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]].
* The GerryAnderson series are generally big on acronyms. From ''Series/{{Stingray 1964}}'', we have WASP (World Aquanaut Security Patrol): from ''Series/TheSecretService'', BISHOP (British Intelligence Service Headquarters, Operation Priest); from ''Series/{{Joe 90}}'', WIN (World Intelligence Network) and BIG RAT (Brain Impulse Galvanoscope, Record And Transfer). To name but a few.
* In ''Series/KnightRider'', Michael and co. worked for the '''F'''oundation for '''L'''aw '''A'''nd '''G'''overnment. Despite the catchy acronym, they only use "FLAG" a couple of times on screen, preferring to say "The Foundation".
** On the other hand, there was K.I.T.T himself ('''K'''night '''I'''ndustries '''T'''wo '''T'''housand)
*** And his [[EvilTwin evil prototype]] K.A.R.R. ('''K'''night '''A'''utomated '''R'''oving '''R'''obot)
*** And in the 2009 {{Revival}}, it was '''K'''night '''I'''ndustries '''Three''' '''T'''housand.
* Several ''Series/RobotWars'' contestants used this trope for naming their robots, by far the most hilarious was S.M.I.D.S.Y ('''S'''orry '''M'''ate '''I''' '''D'''idn't '''S'''ee '''Y'''ou).
** That particular robot was constructed by a team of bikers. "Sorry mate, I didn't see you," is the traditional excuse give by car drivers when they cut off or sideswipe a biker.
* From ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** In ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', the group backing the heroes is EAGLE, the '''Ea'''rth '''G'''uard '''Le'''ague.
** ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' takes playing card ranks ('''J'''ack, '''A'''ce, '''K'''ing, '''Q'''ueen) and arranges them into something pronounceable. Sounding vaguely like "Joker" doesn't hurt.
** In ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'', the first syllables of the Carrangers' surnames ('''Ji'''nnai, '''Do'''mon, '''U'''esugi, '''Shi'''nohara, '''Ya'''gami) spell out the Japanese word for "automobile", '''jidousha'''.
** In ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'', the first letters of the original Megarangers' surnames ('''D'''ate, '''E'''ndou, '''N'''amiki, '''J'''ougasaki, '''I'''mamura) spell out '''denji''', or "electromagnetic".
** In ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', the first syllables of the Hurricanegers' surnames ('''Shi'''na, '''No'''no, '''Bi'''to) spell out '''shinobi'''.
** In ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', the first syllables of most of the Ozu siblings' names ('''Ma'''kito, '''Ho'''uka, '''U'''rara, '''Tsu'''basa, '''Kai''') spell out the Japanese word for "magician", '''mahoutsukai'''.
** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'': '''B'''orn-to '''O'''uterdimension and '''M'''echanic x '''P'''itcrew-type '''E'''NGINE-support '''R'''obot, or BOMPER, the team's robot buddy.
*** And the first syllables of the Go-ongers' surnames (Sousuke '''E'''sumi, Ren '''Ko'''usaka, Saki '''Ro'''uyama, Hanto '''Ji'''ou, Gunpei '''I'''shihara) spell out the Japanese pronuciation of "ecology", '''ekorojii'''. When Hiroto and Miu '''Suto''' join the team as {{Sixth Ranger}}s, it becomes '''ekorojiisuto''' (ecologist).
** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' has two: First, the main teams' surnames (Daigo '''K'''iryu, Ian '''Yo'''rkland, Nobuharu '''U'''dō, Sōji '''R'''ippukan, Amy '''Yu'''zuki) spell out '''kyouryu''', the Japanese word for "dinosaur". Their first names along with the SixthRanger and the first of a few {{Guest Star Party Member}}s ('''D'''aigo, '''I'''an, '''No'''buharu, '''S'''ōji, '''A'''my, '''U'''tsuemimaru, '''R'''amirez) make the ''English'' word '''dinosaur'''. (It's not clear if or how the remaining guest Rangers can fit into an acronym.)
** Western adaptation ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has had their share of this too:
*** The [[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Dekarangers]] had "SPD" [[SigilSpam stamped everywhere]] (for '''S'''pecial '''P'''olice '''D'''ekaranger), so the adapted season was simply ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' ('''S'''pace '''P'''atrol '''D'''elta). There was also a two-parter where the villain was looking for a '''S'''eries '''O'''ne '''P'''rocessor/'''H'''yper '''I'''ntelligent '''E'''ncryptor, which the Rangers realized too late was referring to Sophie, a RobotGirl they just expelled.
*** When the Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive jetted around the world, they used the '''S'''pecial '''H'''ydro-'''A'''ero '''R'''econ '''C'''raft - aka the SHARC.
*** The title of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' (the adapted version of ''Go-onger'') [[AllThereInTheManual wasn't explained in the show]], but it stands for '''R'''acing '''P'''erformance '''M'''achines. And while PropRecycling is the norm on these shows, few were as blatant as a van unashamedly emblazoned with "GO-ONGER" on the side, explained as standing for '''G'''round '''O'''utdoor '''O'''perational '''N'''etwork '''G'''eneral-purpose '''E'''xplorational '''R'''over.
* In ''SpinCity,'' a con man (Charlie's dad, as a matter of fact) manages to get the mayor to write his organization, '''C'''onvicts '''A'''re '''S'''aved by '''H'''orses a check, and asks him to just use the acronym.
** Also in ''SpinCity'', in the name of equality, the Mayor broadcasts his intention to eradicate '''P'''rejucide, '''M'''alice, & '''S'''mall mindedness, as the camera zooms in to frame only him and those three letters. Paraphrasing: "There's no need for it. It's like half the city goes mad every month."
** Same thing in ''Series/ThirtyRock'', only there the alleged charity is the "Chicago All Saints Hospital."
*** In another episode, Liz went to a [=GE=] retreat with Jack. She was excited about going to lunch until she discovered that "lunch" was a class called '''L'''ego '''U'''tilization for '''N'''egating '''C'''risis '''H'''ierarchies. After this, she got the chance to go to "class", which turned out to be '''C'''onsuming '''L'''unch '''A'''nd '''S'''imple '''S'''ocializing.
** The [[BastardOperatorFromHell BOFH]] is fond of this trick, inventing the '''C'''harlotte '''A'''mchip '''S'''chizophrenics '''H'''ospice in the knowledge that the Boss can't spell 'schizophrenics'. (Charlotte, of course, being the wife of that new contractor, '''R'''oger...)
** This gag was also used several times by a conman on TheBeverlyHillbillies.
* ''TheMiddleman'' has a subversion with '''[=O2STK=]''', the '''O'''rganization Too '''S'''ecret to '''K'''now. (or '''WTHWWF''', '''W'''hoever '''T'''he '''H'''eck '''W'''e '''W'''ork '''F'''or, depending on the time period.)They play this straight with one of the Middleman's gadgets, the '''B'''io-harmonic '''U'''niversal '''M'''ulti-'''M'''odular '''E'''motional '''R'''erouter ('''B.U.M.M.E.R.'''). Guess what it does?
** The most mysterious one, however, concerns [[spoiler:'''F.A.T.B.O.Y''' Industries, who in fact stands for the '''F'''ederated '''A'''gents of '''T'''yranny, '''B'''etrayal and '''O'''ppression's '''Y'''oke - just you wait for the 13th episode...]]
* The occasional ''[[Series/TheColbertReport Colbert Report]]'' segment ''Stephen'' '''''R.A.P.S''''', which stands for '''RAPS''' '''A'''nd '''P'''ositive '''S'''peaking.
* An episode of Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer had an organization known as '''M'''others '''O'''pposed to the '''O'''ccult.
** And naturally lampshaded it.
--->"Oh... and ''nice'' acronym, Mom!"
* It's too early to know if this acronym is intentional, but in the ''{{Dollhouse}}'' episode "Getting Closer" (2x11), Caroline (the future Echo) and Bennett first meet on the campus of the '''T'''ucson '''I'''nstitute of '''T'''echnology.
* The "Mr. Neutron" episode of ''Monty Python's Flying Circus'' had the American agency the '''F'''ederal '''E'''gg '''A'''nswering '''R'''oom, actually the cover for the '''F'''ree world '''E'''xtra-'''E'''arthly '''B'''odies '''L'''ocation and '''E'''xtermination center.
* In an episode of PushingDaisies, the Norwegian detective team's mobile crime lab's full name is the '''M'''obile '''I'''nvestigative '''L'''ab '''F'''acility (made even funnier by the fact that it's referred to as "Mother" throughout the entirety of the episode).
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had a team of {{SpaceMarine}}s called [=MACO's=] (for '''M'''ilitary '''A'''ssault '''C'''ommand '''O'''perations). Which gave them an excuse to wear a cool mako shark on their arm patch.
* An episode of ''Series/CornerGas'' makes acronyms a running joke. The crew form the The '''C'''ommittee '''T'''o '''C'''onvince '''A''' '''Y'''oung '''D'''octor '''T'''o '''L'''ive '''I'''n '''D'''og '''R'''iver. Lacey is naturally unimpressed with the crew's insistance of calling it by such cumbersome acronym of '''C.T.C.A.Y.D.T.L.I.D.R''', even when Brent suggests just calling it the "Kitkatytidlur."
* The original ''Series/KamenRider'' fought the evil organization SHOCKER, which was a GratuitousEnglish acronym for '''S'''acred '''H'''egemony '''O'''f '''C'''ycle '''K'''indred '''E'''volutional '''R'''ealm.
** And ''Series/KamenRiderX'' gave us GOD, the '''G'''overnment '''O'''f '''D'''arkness. That probably [[UnfortunateImplications wouldn't go over too well]] outside Japan...
** ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' has a meta-example, as "Decade" is derived from "DCD" - '''D'''ata '''C'''ard'''d'''ass, the company that makes the CardBattleGame ''Ganbaride'' from which several key elements of Decade (like his TransformationTrinket and the cards that power it) are derived.
** TheMovie of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has the terrorist organization NEVER, which our heroes learn is short for [[spoiler: '''[[NotUsingTheZWord NE]]'''[[NotUsingTheZWord cro-O]]'''[[NotUsingTheZWord VER]]''']].
** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' also has WBX, which is implied to stand for... Double '''B'''oiled E'''X'''treme!
** ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' involves a police unit formed to fight mysterious monsters called the '''S'''quad '''A'''gainst '''U'''nidentified '''L'''ifeforms.
** For a version with syllables, the names of Series/KamenRiderOOO's various Combos were mashups of the Medals that made them up. Usually they were just nonsense words, but in the franchise MilestoneCelebration movie, he used his usual '''Ta'''ka (Hawk) Medal with I'''ma'''gin (from ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'') and '''SH'''OCKER (see above) Medals; making [=TaMaShii=] Combo ("tamashii" being the Japanese word for "spirit" or "soul").
* Alan B'Stard aka ''Series/TheNewStatesman'' had a lucrative con with a number of bogus charities including '''C'''hristian '''A'''pproach to '''S'''ociety '''H'''andbooks following '''C'''roatian '''A'''nd '''S'''erbian '''H'''elpline and later '''C'''entral '''A'''mazonian '''S'''piritual '''H'''ealers. He is later called on it in a television interview and a list is read out.
--> '''Alan''':''(Talking on the Telephone)'' Yes, it is a lot to write on one cheque. ... Well, why not just write the initals: C-A-S-H.
* ''FamilyMatters'' has the fictional '''I'''llinois '''O'''ccidental '''U'''niversity.
** Also, Carl Winslow's middle name is Otis, making his initials spell "COW". This has been explicitly pointed out on at least one occasion.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Marshall and Lily buy an apartment on a new trendy neighborhood named Dowisetrepla. Only too late do they realize that it stands for '''Do'''wn '''Wi'''nd of the '''Se'''wage '''Tre'''atment '''Pla'''nt.
** In another episode, Robin wins the '''L'''ocal '''A'''rea '''M'''edia '''A'''ward, whose initials Lily pronounces as "Lame-ah."
* Filth ? The [[MoralGuardian Mary Whitehouse]] Story: Her husband had interrupt the first meeting of her newly formed organisation, whispering in her ear the self?defeating nature of the acronym of the new movement: Clean Up National Televison. The ?National? was quickly removed.
* On ''That70sShow'', in an episode, Jackie becomes a SLOPP: she joins the '''S'''ingle '''L'''adies '''O'''f '''P'''oint '''P'''lace. In another episode, Donna blurts out "Good ol' VD", but then corrects herself when she realizes it has other meaning than '''V'''alentine's '''D'''ay.
** Fez stands for '''F'''oreign '''E'''xchange '''S'''tudent, with the "z" being "poetic license".
* A ''TheBigBangTheory'' episode has Leonard, Howard, Raj and Leslie team up against Sheldon on a science competition. The formers' team is called '''P'''erpetual '''M'''otion '''S'''quad. The latter's team is called '''A'''rmy '''A'''nts. Dr. Gablehauser, who hosted the competition, was clearly not amused, but didn't comment.
** In "The Bus Pants Utilization", the guys are developing Leonard's idea for a new smart phone app. Sheldon suggests naming the app "the '''S'''urprisingly '''H'''elpful '''E'''quation-'''L'''inked '''D'''ifferential '''O'''ptimized '''N'''umerator", and pretends the acronym was unintentional.
* Lindsay from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' mentioned a charity organisation called "HOOP". While the name itself sounded innocent, it was in fact for an anti-circumsicion thing, and stood for "'''H'''ands '''O'''ff '''O'''ur '''P'''enises". And then, when the show was about to be canceled, Michael and George Senior {{Jossed}} the idea of an eventual ChannelHop, saying that the '''H'''ouse '''B'''uilders '''O'''rganisation refused to work with the Bluth Company.
** The name of the episode? S.O.B.s, which also stands for [[http://saveourbluths.com/ Save Our Bluths]], a fan site [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dedicated to saving the show]]. The web address even flashed across the screen at one point in the episode.
** For years, the Bluths made fundraisers for an illness called TBA. Which, at first, was simply meant to be a notice that they hadn't decided on the disease yet, and it was '''T'''o '''B'''e '''A'''nnounced. And then there's Maeby who fakes a terminal illness which she calls "BS" (pretty self-explanatory).
** And then, there's MRF on Rita's bracelet, first thought to stand for '''Mr''' '''F''', then revealed to stand for [[spoiler: '''M'''entally '''R'''etarded '''F'''emale]].
* In ''RuPaul's Drag Race'', Ru repeatedly reminded the contestants of the qualities the show's winner would have to have: '''C'''harisma, '''U'''niqueness, '''N'''erve and '''T'''alent.
* The ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' tends to use this and GratuitousEnglish to name its various monster-fighting organizations, such as...
** '''M'''onster '''A'''ttack '''T'''eam from ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman''.
** '''T'''errible monster '''A'''ttacking '''C'''rews from ''Series/UltramanAce''.
** '''Z'''ariba of '''A'''ll '''T'''errestrial from ''Series/UltramanTaro''.
** '''M'''onster '''A'''ttacking '''C'''rews from ''Series/UltramanLeo''.
** '''M'''ysterious '''Y'''onder '''D'''efense '''O'''rganization from ''Film/UltramanZearth''.
** '''U'''niversal '''M'''ultipurpose '''A'''gency from ''Series/UltramanTowardsTheFuture''.
** '''W'''orldwide '''I'''nvestigation '''N'''etwork '''R'''esponse (pronounced as ''Winner'') from ''Series/UltramanTheUltimateHero''.
** ''Series/UltramanTiga'' and ''Series/UltramanDyna'' share '''G'''lobal '''U'''nlimited '''T'''ask '''S'''quad.
** ''Series/UltramanGaia'' has '''G'''lobalcentric '''U'''niversal '''A'''lliance against the '''R'''adical '''D'''estruction, which has a branch call e'''X'''panded '''I'''nterceptive '''G'''uards.
** '''H'''i-tech '''E'''arth '''A'''lert and '''R'''escue '''T'''eam from ''Series/UltramanNeos''.
** '''E'''lite '''Y'''oung '''E'''xpert '''S'''quadron from ''Series/UltramanCosmos''.
** '''T'''errestrial '''L'''iberation '''T'''rust (prounced "tilt") from ''Series/UltramanNexus''.
** '''D'''efense '''A'''ction '''S'''quad '''H'''eroes from ''Series/UltramanMax''.
** '''G'''uards for '''U'''tilit'''Y''' '''S'''ituation from ''Series/UltramanMebius''. Which then takes it a step further with their '''M'''uch '''E'''xtreme '''T'''echnology of '''E'''xtraterrestrial '''O''''''R'''igin equipment.
* The first movie of Brazilian group Casseta & Planeta: an anarchist is trying to name his group. First option goes "PIROC" (something like "PRIC" - "No, not that! Who'll want to get into the PRIC?!"). The following two, "METE" and "CHUPA" ("put in" and "suck"), are only liked by their depraved hostage. So he decides to put something that would encompass each member of the group - '''P'''arty '''A'''narcho-'''N'''ationalist '''A'''nti-meat (a radical vegetarian) '''C'''arlos (surname of the other guy) - '''PANAC''', which with an "a" at the end would be "dork" in Portuguese (the hostage thought it fit the group perfectly!).
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kids_From_C.A.P.E.R./ The Kids from C.A.P.E.R.]] (1976) "The '''C'''ivilian '''A'''uthority for the '''P'''rotection of '''E'''verybody, '''R'''egardless!"
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': While playing to TheMenInBlack trope, Mr. Bennet denied working for the government by saying "I'm not a part of any organization with initials". Fans promptly played with it by adopting the FanNickname OWI ("'''O'''rganization '''W'''ithout '''I'''nitials"). Bennet was also commonly referred to in official media as HRG, short for "(the man with the) '''H'''orn-'''R'''immed '''G'''lasses".
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has the N.I.D. The initials are always sounded out, and no one ever mentions what it stands for. When a fan asked him, actor Michael Shanks replied: "Nid."
** It means '''N'''ational '''I'''ntelligence '''D'''epartment, according to the Stargate Wiki.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' gave us '''F'''riendly '''R'''eplicator '''An'''droid.
*** The third season finale had this:
---->'''[=McKay=]:''' Look, why don't we just wait until Area 51 finishes the P.W.A.R.W.s?
---->'''Weir:''' ''(sighs)'' Which one's that again?
---->'''Sheppard:''' '''P'''lanetary-'''W'''ide '''A'''nti-'''R'''eplicator '''W'''eapons.
** SG-1 has a lot of acronyms in regular use as it focuses on a military organisation, but the seriousness of the meaning varies a bit, as seen with the IDC ('''ID'''entification '''C'''ode) being transmitted using a GDO ('''G'''arage '''D'''oor '''O'''pener).
** The thing that opens the Stargate is a DHD ('''D'''ial '''H'''ome '''D'''evice)
* ''TheGoldenGirls'' gives us [[ReallyGetsAround Blanche E. Devereaux]].
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' has a recurring skit of a college group called '''K'''appa '''K'''appa '''K'''appa Sorority. The girls are more than aware of what the initials can also stand for... and one of them is black.
** A rival sorority of theirs is named '''Z'''eta '''I'''ota '''T'''au
* An episode of ''Series/PawnStars'' on which somebody bought a boat used "'''B'''ust '''O'''ut '''A'''nother '''T'''housand" (to refer to the incessant expensive repairs and maintenance often needed for used boats).
** This backronym has also been referenced, appropriately enough, on ''Series/DeadliestCatch''. With all the repairs that are done to the crab boats, it's surprising it's not used ''more'' often.
* ''SuperRobotRedBaron'' has the '''S'''ecret '''S'''cience '''I'''nvestigation, a peace-keeping organisation that the heroes are a part of.
* In TheOffice, Dwight remembers to '''K'''eep '''I'''t '''S'''imple '''S'''tupid while doing sales.
** He also tries this when listing the qualities that make him an excellent worker, using his own name. [[http://waylandl.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/dwight_schrute1.jpg It doesn't work out as well.]]
* The [=H2IK=] sequence in ''Series/DefyingGravity'' basically means "Hell if I know". It just makes the people saying it sound like they know what they're doing.
* A ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch had four kids in a kids' show with the first letters their names referred were on their shirts, each one referring to a particular virtue: '''F'''riendship, '''U'''nity, '''C'''aring, and '''K'''indness.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' has a couple examples:
** The KFC space simulator computer S.A.N.D.E.R.S. ('''S'''ystematic '''A'''ndroid '''N'''etwork '''D'''iode '''E'''nergy '''R'''ocket '''S'''ystem).
** A second example is the C.C.C.P ('''C'''ity '''C'''ollege '''C'''osmic '''P'''rogram), a GeniusBonus when you realize that '''C.C.C.P.''' are actually the English letter imitation of the Cyrillic name for the USSR. "C.C.C.P." was placed on the helmet of the first man Russia actually sent into space.
* The 2001 revival of ''CardSharks'', which had a Las Vegas-themed set and [[InNameOnly virtually nothing in common]] with previous versions of ''Card Sharks''. As a result, it quickly earned the FanNickname of "[=CaSINO=]", which stood for "'''Ca'''rd '''S'''harks '''I'''n '''N'''ame '''O'''nly".
* ''Averted'' by ''LostInSpace''. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_B-9 According to Wikipedia]], the full designation of the Robot from Lost In Space is the ''B-9, Class M-3 '''G'''eneral '''U'''tility '''N'''on-'''Th'''eorizing '''E'''nvironmental Control '''R'''obot''. How did the creators of a mid-Sixties camp SF show resist the temptation to dub the thing '''"G.U.N.Th.E.R."'''?
* ''MadanSenkiRyukendo'' has the '''S'''hoot '''H'''ell '''O'''bduracy '''T'''rooper organization, or SHOT, which its titular heroes belong to. Another fine example of GratuitousEnglish.
* MyNameIsEarl has '''B'''lack '''L'''adies '''O'''f '''W'''restling, which Joy's black sister Liberty Washington becomes a member of.
* An ''Series/AllThat'' sketch had the '''L'''eague of '''A'''mazing '''M'''agnificent '''O'''utstanding '''S'''uperheroes.
* In one of the recurring "Celebrity Secrets" segments aired during LateNight With Creator/ConanOBrien, John Tesh claimed his last name was also an acronym for his goal in life: '''T'''ickle '''E'''very '''S'''ingle '''H'''uman.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwj05qyprlI A skit]] from the Belgian sketch comedy show ''Als ’t maar beweegt'' features Belgium’s latest entry to [[EurovisionSongContest Eurovision]], the Flemish answer to {{ABBA}} comprised of '''S'''tephanie, '''H'''erman, '''I'''ngrid and '''T'''ony.
* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' features a '''M.A.R.I.N.E.S.''' chant.
-->M: Mean as Hell!
-->A: All the Time!
-->R: Rough and Tough!
-->I: In the Mud!
-->N: Never Quits!
-->E: Every Day!
-->S: Semper Fi!
* The title of ''ANTFarm''. It stands for "'''A'''dvanced '''N'''atural '''T'''alents, and the word "ant" is used to refer the students who make up the A.N.T. Farm program.
* On ''Series/BurnNotice'', when Fiona was in prison she met a merchant inmate named "Ayn" who boasted of being able to provide '''A'''nything '''Y'''ou '''N'''eed.
* ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfBeansBaxter'' featured the NebulousEvilOrganization the '''U'''nderground '''G'''overnment '''L'''iberation '''I'''ntergroup, or '''U.G.L.I.''' for short.
* Series/{{Maude}}: Arthur creates the '''F'''athers '''A'''gainst '''G'''ay '''S'''ociety.
* From the Pilot of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
-->'''Maria Hill:''' What does "S.H.I.E.L.D." stand for, Agent Ward?\\
'''Agent Ward:''' '''S'''trategic '''H'''omeland '''I'''ntervention, '''E'''nforcement, and '''L'''ogistics '''D'''ivision.\\
'''Maria Hill:''' And what does that mean to you?\\
'''Agent Ward:''' It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out "Shield".
** Also played with in some of the episode titles, such as "T.R.A.C.K.S." and "T.A.H.I.T.I." -- neither of which are explained.
*** "T.A.H.I.T.I." however is shown to be an in-universe acronym.
* ''LoisAndClark'' met several of them in the episode where [[LexLuthor Lex Luthor's]] ex-wife was inducing people to hate ''{{Superman}}''. One of them was '''S'''uperman '''T'''yranny '''O'''ver '''P'''eople.
* ''Series/MrYoung'' parodies this with ARTHUR-the '''A'''rtificial '''R'''obotic '''T'''eenager '''H'''ippopotamus '''U'''mbrella '''R'''rainbow.
* In the 1970s, TV Ontario aired a children's series called ''Cucumber'', which stood for '''C'''hildren's '''U'''underground '''C'''lub of '''U'''nited '''M'''oose and '''B'''eaver for '''E'''nthusiastic '''R'''eporters.
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