''Boris'' is an [[ItalianMedia Italian]] comedic TV series produced by Creator/{{FOX}}. It's a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''-esque satire of the Italian TV series production process revolving around an awful melodrama named ''Eyes of the Heart 2'' (the sequel of another equally awful series which was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cut off after only two episodes, but which the network execs believe was only penalized due to its time slot]]) and the unlucky, [[DysfunctionJunction disfunctional]] troupe of the same a neurotic director, self-serving and self-centered stars, an incompetent and coke-addicted photography director, a dishonest executive producer, slave interns and more. It parodies much that's wrong with the production process of the mainstream networks: politics, blatantly dishonest product placement, [[ClicheStorm cut-and-paste cliché plots]], extreme ExecutiveMeddling and worse, but even when it's not actively making fun of something, the quirky cast manages to keep the funny coming.

Not entirely unlike ''Series/ThirtyRock'', but exquisitely Italian.

The show has had three seasons so far, having followed the production of the two seasons of ''Eyes of the Heart 2'' and later of the [[FollowTheReaper blatant ripoff]] of American {{MedicalDrama}}s ''Medical Dimension''.
There is also [[TheMovie a movie]], concerning the same crew involved in the production of the InUniverse movie ''Young Ratzinger''.

[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Some of the characters involved with the production]] are:

* Alessandro, direction assistant intern and often [[AudienceSurrogate the viewpoint character]].
* René Ferretti, neurotic director who all-too-often has to [[PolishTheTurd fix up the mess to get to the end of the day]].
* Arianna Dell'Arti: assistant director and OnlySaneMan.
* Itala, the [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl wino]] log secretary.
* Duccio Patanè, coke-addicted chief of photography, most often found on a couch not doing his work.
* Augusto "Slurs" Biascica, ignorant and violent set electrician.
* Stanis la Rochelle and Corinna Negri, protagonist actors of ''Eyes of the Heart'', [[ThePrimaDonna fickle and immature and too often the cause of the troubles of the day]], later partially replaced by Cristina Avola Burkstaller and [[MsFanservice "Thighs" Karin]] in season two (of both the actual Boris series and the InUniverse one), and by Fabiana Hassler for season three's ''Medical Dimension''.
* Diego Lopez, network delegate who has to relay the bad news from the higher-ups while [[ProfessionalButtKisser keeping those higher-ups happy]].
* Lorenzo, photography intern, local slave and perpetual ChewToy.
* Sergio Vannucci, dishonest executive producer.

The series is named after director René's lucky charm goldfish the last of a long line of such. It's, in what some may see as a fit of {{Irony}}, produced by Rupert Murdoch's Fox Italia/Sky.

[[http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_(serie_televisiva) The Italian side of The Other Wiki]] has quite a bit more about it.


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* AffablyEvil: Claudio, the young, nice and enthusiast network delegate that keeps supporting Renè and his idea of quality for ''Medical Dimension''. However, it was chosen by Cane to lure Renè into it and making him just do another ''The Eyes of the Heart''. [[spoiler: Or so it looks like, but in the end we find out it's subverted: Cane was playing both Claudio and Renè, since he plans to sabotage ''Medical Dimension''. Claudio leaves as soon as he finds out.]]
* AssPull: A staple of the plots of the InUniverse shows.
* AxCrazy: Mariano Giusti, a (InUniverse) recurring guest star who has the villain role of The Count in ''Eyes of the Heart'', is certifiably insane and destructively violent (a fact the troupe tries to defuse by leaving Alessandro to keep him calm a thing he does under Mariano's threat of death by baseball bat mauling).
--> '''Mariano''': "No, no, no! It seems to me like the only one between you and me who's ''trying'' not to get me to beat you up is ''me''- the one that, eventually, ''will end up beating you up!''
** It must also be noted that Mariano, between season one and two, have some kind of epiphany that makes him a nicer and softer person. The quote above takes place ''after'' that epiphany. We only see a glimpse of him before it, and it's him burning down the stage.
* BadBadActing
* BigBad: Dr. Cane might count as this. He doesn't want to stop the protagonists, but causes all the meddling that trobules them. [[spoiler: Fits the trope in season three, when he's actively planning to make Renè's work a disaster, see ScrewedByTheNetwork below]]. However, he only does that to please the
* BiggerBad: The audience.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: ''The Eyes of the Heart 2'' was supposed to have one. The scene is cut before is filmed and we never know much about it, but could you really immagine how could Stanis having a dreams of him singing on a tractor could have ever made sense?
** [[spoiler: In season three, ''The Eyes of the Heart 3'' actually has a musical number in it.]]
* CastingGag: Stanis is known for playing Corelli in ''The Eyes of the Heart''. His actor, Pietro Sermonti, is known for playing a doctor in another italian series, ''A Doctor in the Family''.
* CatchPhrase: Stanis's "very italian", his way to complain about anything he doesn't like, and "not italian" (for a short while, in season two, "anglosaxon") is how he says something is good. It gives us the hylarious line
-->'''Stanis''': I don't know, I think that Shakespeare... Is a bit too much italian...
* ChekhovsGun: And [[ChekhovsGunman gunman]], used constantly in ''The Eyes of the Heart 2''. The truth is that the scriptwriters prefer looking at the previous episodes to find something they can use instead of actual writing. These don't stop them (to praise themselves) and the director (to avoid further questions) to pass them as this trope.
* ClicheStorm: Everything ever written by the InUniverse series scriptwriters, who even have text macros for certain actor expressions (especially "astonished", tied to F4 on their word processor's keyboard and used liberally).
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: ''Machiavelli'', a fiction directors are assigned to when producers just want them out. Subverted, however, since Renè gets quite fond of the idea and leaves ''The Eyes of the Heart 2'' of his own will to do ''Machiavelli''.
* DarkestHour: 3x12, "Into the Network", [[spoiler: Renè is utterly destroyed and can't do anything anymore, not even keep the actors, and by the end of the episode he leaves the set himself.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The three scriptwriters.
* EvilTwin: In ''The Eyes of the Heart'' Corelli has one.
* ExecutiveMeddling: abundant and expected InUniverse. Entire storylines are forced upon the shows, removed, fixed "after the fact" (in one notable case by forcing the troupe to reshoot a controversial episode ending one year after the fact, with all of them scrambling to get all the details right for the airs-next-week deadline).
* FauxAffablyEvil: Dr. Cane, once he finally appears. He acts cheerfully with Renè, but he's just [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]].
* Foil: ''Dimension Six'', a show created to rival ''Medical Dimension''. [[spoiler: We find out, however, that they were never supposed to air together, they made both as quality fiction to show one at random and make it fail, to cancel the other.]]
* Foreshadowing: Season two (and three) shows the characters in an aquarium, with Lorenzo unwillingly breaking the glass in the end. In season three Lorenzo unwillingly breaks Renè's aquarium.
** Which is in itself another brilliant foreshadowing: Federer (the goldfish Renè bought for the new series) is lost and replaced with another random one [[spoiler: as ''Medical Dimension'', we will find out, loses is purpose and becomes just a series like any other. That the replacement turns out to be Boris, the fish bought for ''The Eyes of the Heart'', only makes it more brilliant, since Renè will end actually turning it in ''The Eyes of the Heart 3''.]]
** A quite lighter one: in season three a repented scriptwriter advises, to do a good job, to never make more than three season. It hinted that it would the series' last season (may count as LeaningOnTheFourthWall).
** The opening says "I'll use the eyes of the heart/ As the blind doctor says/ when he operates on patients" [[spoiler:''The Eyes of the Heart 3'' has the main character becoming blind but resolving to operate nonetheless. Cue TitleDrop.]]
* GilliganCut: Whenever René, Stanis or someone else is praising the scriptwriters' work (it must be noted that, in the first case, said praises are BlatantLies), we immediately get to see how they actually work. See RealLifeWritesThePlot for an example.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Renè, after finding out the truth about ''Medical Dimension'' and losing the last bit of faith in television he had, decides to purposefully go back to ''The Eyes of the Heart''.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Renè''': We are fucking done with quality! We want ''shit''!]]
* HilarityEnsues: Constantly.
* HopeSpot: Curiously, when it looks like Renè will lose the job. Not being tied to ''The Eyes of the Heart 2'' makes him consider doing some quality work again, but in the end the show is succesful, so he keeps the job and the money. He eventually leaves for ''Machiavelli'', but season three shows it's just another one of those. The season itself turns in yet another one with ''Medical Dimension''.
** The whole season three is one for Renè.
* HypocriticalHumor: The scriptwriters claiming they really need an holiday. While sunbathing. Or fishing. Or doing anything but working.
* KickTheDog: When Renè meets at last Dr. Cane, after [[spoiler: being told the EvilPlan. He cheerfully tells Renè that, since ''Dimension Six'' failed like ''Medical Dimension'' was supposed to, Renè's series will never be aired at all.]] He ends it with a gift, a little box containing "the future". [[spoiler: The box is empty.]]
* LargeHam: Renè. Pannofino is good at doing that sort of characters.
* MoneyDearBoy:
** Orlando Serpentieri, a renowned actor, joins the cast. When Alessandro asks him why, after playing Shakespeare, would he do that, he answers honestly that between Shakespeare and ''The Eyes of the Heart 2'' there's something called "loan".
** Renè himself: he started ''The Eyes of the Heart'' believing it would be something good, but then kept working on it only because he was payed to. However, he keeps feeling guilty about it and dreaming of doing something good again, and eventually moves out of it at the end of season two.
** Duccio was like Renè, except he's perfectly okay with it and doesn't move out.
** Unusually, averted by Lopez, who seems to sincerely like ''The Eyes of the Heart 2''
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: In the season one episode "''Like Lars von Trier"'', everyone is forced to work naked on-set to assuage Corinna's insecurities during the shooting of a sex scene.
* {{Nepotism}}: Averted, then played straight. René refuses to let Fabiana be the star of ''Medical Dimension'' as [[spoiler:she's secretly his daughter and he doesn't want to be accused of this]], but [[spoiler:he later has to ask them to take the role as the network's designated replacement proves to be utterly incompetent]].
* MeaningfulName: Biascica's last name literally means 'slurs' (as in 'to slur', the speech impediment) a thing he does liberally.
* MsFanservice: The entire role of "Thighs" Karin, due to InUniverse ExecutiveMeddling.
* [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed No Politicians Were Harmed]]: In season one and two they talk about how politics and elections influence the series, but no actual politicians is ever mentioned (a throwaway comment about lega nord is the closest we get). Season three averts it with Berlusconi.
* NoEnding: In the end [[spoiler: we don't know if Arianna and Alessandro stayed in touch, or if he followed the scriptwriters' trail or started working on something better, we don't know where all the main characters went, except Duccio and Renè. The last shot has him pondering about answering a phone call (Lopez calling him to work on ''The Eyes of the Heart 3'', but he doesn't know it), but it ends before showing us if he does.]]
** Although played straight in the series, the trope is ultimately averted overall, as we do get a proper conclusion in [[TheMovie Boris - The Film]]
* ThePrimaDonna: ''all'' actors in ''all'' of the InUniverse series.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: In-Universe with "Medical Dimension". One of the screeptwriters hears random sentences from the other two talking about anything (except, of course, "Medical Dimension") and writes them verbatim. The plot is litterally whatever was happening in their life at that point.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Literally: Boris is the last one of a long line of lucky charm goldfishes René insists on bringing on set. Additionally, the last episode of season one involves Boris's [[spoiler:apparent]] death (after being fed a piece of lard) and the frantic search for a replacement so that René won't notice the death. [[spoiler:Boris gets better in the end, though.]]
* RunningGag: The eral's ring is a main plot point in ''The Eyes of the Heart 2''. Despite no one knowing exactly why.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Invoked by Lopez as the reason ''The Eyes of the Heart'' was so poorly received and cancelled. It might or might not be true: it ''was'' that bad, however the sequel is just as bad and it's however quite succesfull.
** [[spoiler: It's also Dr. Cane's EvilPlan in season three: he leaves Renè free to work on a fiction following actual criteria of quality (or the nearest thing he can get), but ''Medical Dimension'' is planned to air the same night the champions' league's on, so no one will watch it and it'll prove that "a new television isn't only possible, but not even desirable".]]
* SelfDeprecation: ''The Eyes of the Heart 2'' (supposedly the first one too) and ''Medical Dimention'' have three male screeptwriters, just like ''Boris''. They do not come out in a good light, let's put it this way.
* ShoutOut: Numerous (all of these from The Other Wiki's page).
** ''My Africa (part 1)'' includes a parody of ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s iconic eye-opening season 1 shoot.
** Again in ''My Africa (part 1)'', Corinna's arrival on the set has numerous elements that recall Kate Winslet's arrival on the titular ship of ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''.
** The beating of Lorenzo in ''The Daughter of Mazinga'' is a recreation of "Gomer Pyle"'s beating in ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.
** In ''Caught by the network'', the network exec gives Lopez an empty blue box, recreating the same scene and subsequent fadeout from ''Film/MulhollandDrive''.
** In ''The Deaf-mute, the Senator and the Future of Our Country'', the ghosts of René's mentors appear in much the same way as the Force ghosts do in [[Franchise/StarWars Return of the Jedi]].
** Split-screen cuts in the episode ''Use the Force, Ferretti'' are an homage to [[Series/TwentyFour 24]]. Also obviously the name of he episode
** On that note, a ton of episode titles are obvious or less-than-obvious citations from movies, such as ''The Sky over Stanis'' (a pun on the original title of Wim Wender's "Wings of Desire", 'the sky over Berlin'); ''No Logo''; ''Use the Force, Ferretti''; ''The Importance of Being Well-Liked by Lawyers''; ''Back To The Future''; ''Stanis Must Not Die''.
** Also, in the last episode, characters tell Alessandro "wax on, wax off" to remember his role as a slave (a case of BeamMeUpScotty, since the phrase used, "metti la cera, togli la cera", is not the actual translation in the movies, "dai la cera, togli la cera").
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Season three, in the last episodes, becomes a steep one for Renè.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Played with: Stanis actually ''is'' the biggest name in the cast, but that still makes him not even nearly as important as he thinks he is.
* StockScream: Used to shot a suicide scene.
* TakeThatAudience: The producers need to cut everything even slightly ethically complex or ambiguos, also the whole fact that they don't want anything new just, at the very best, something that ''looks'' new but is the same story all over again.
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: Karim]] does not appear in season three, [[spoiler: until she is brought back for ''The Eyes of Heart 3''.]]
* TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised: although the series ended with its third season in 2010, the aptly titled 2011 feature "Boris - The Film" serves as the proper finale. Being it a theatrical release, it overlaps with [[TheMovie The Movie]].
* TitleDrop: "Use the Force, Ferretti" in season two, every episode in season three.
** In-universe [[spoiler: in ''The Eyes of the Heart 3'', Corelli is blind but says he will keep doing his job using "the eyes of the heart... 3". Renè thinks Stanis adding the number is overdoing it, but they haven't time for another one.]]
* UltimateJobSecurity: Almost ''everyone'' has it, as literally everyone on the set is protected by (and is there because of) some politician or other person-in-power. This becomes later a plot point as Lopez and Sergio force René to pick someone to fire to cut costs, and he has to pick the one with the "least" protection.
* WhamEpisode: 3X11, "Stopper", [[spoiler: when we find out ''Medical Dimension'' is just Dr. Cane's EvilPlan.]]
* WhamShot: Claudio telling Renè he's leaving and that "''Medical Dimension'' is a trap."
** Also, 3x13 ("Back to the Future- Part 1"), we already saw Renè [[spoiler: asking the screenwriters for "their usual shit", but we only get the true extent of his HeelFaceTurn when he tells what they are about to shot: ''The Eyes of the Heart 3''.]]