Boris is an Italian comedic TV series produced by 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 30 Rock]], 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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* 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!''
* 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).
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65vj-dCqLq8 the opening]], from comedic rock group [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elio_e_le_storie_tese Elio e le Storie Tese]]. Also notable since, even while the whole song is sung by Elio, each line is in-character dialogue for one of the characters above (and lip-sync'd by them in the opening).
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The three scriptwriters.
* 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).
* HeyItsThatVoice: René's actor, Francesco Pannofino, is the Italian voice of many Hollywood actors, including George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas, Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump and CSI's William L. Petersen (Gil Grissom).
* HilarityEnsues: Constantly.
* 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.
* ThePrimaDonna: ''all'' actors in ''all'' of the InUniverse series.
* 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.]]
* ShoutOut: Numerous (all of these from The Other Wiki's page).
** ''My Africa (part 1)'' includes a parody of {{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 {{Titanic}}.
** The beating of Lorenzo in ''The Daughter of Mazinga'' is a recreation of "Gomer Pyle"'s beating in FullMetalJacket.
** In ''Caught by the network'', the network exec gives Lopez an empty blue box, recreating the same scene and subsequent fadeout from 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''.
* 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.
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