'''''Switch!''''' and its successor, '''''Switch Reloaded''''' are German comedy shows, which parody other TV shows (and occasionally, movies) from [[GermanMedia Germany]], the [[AmericanSeries United States]] and sometimes other nations. The sketches are pretty short - just like what you'd get if you [[TitleDrop switch]] the channel all the time.

Unrelated to the American CrimeAndPunishmentSeries with Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner.

Some of the shows parodied by ''Switch!'':
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}''
* ''Series/{{ER}}''
* ''Series/{{Flipper}}''
* The [[MultinationalShows German version]] of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''
* ''Series/{{Quincy}}''
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
* ''Series/TheWaltons''
* The ''Literature/{{Winnetou}}'' films
* ''Series/TheXFiles''

Some of the shows parodied by ''Switch Reloaded'':
* ''Series/{{Bones}}''
* ''Series/CSIMiami''
* ''[[Series/{{House}} Dr. House]]''
* ''Series/LaskoDieFaustGottes''
* ''Let's Dance'' ([[MultinationalShows German version]] of ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'')
* The [[MultinationalShows German version]] of ''Series/{{Solitary}}''.
* The [[MultinationalShows German version]] of ''Series/{{Supernanny}}''
* ''Das Supertalent'' ([[MultinationalShows German version]] of ''AmericasGotTalent'')
* ''[[MultinationalShows Germany's]]'' ''[[Series/AmericasNextTopModel Next Top Model]]''
* ''Series/{{Stromberg}}''
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''
* ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}''
* ''Wer wird Millionär?'' ([[MultinationalShows German version]] of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'')
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!! Tropes:

* AdultsDressedAsChildren:
** Hoecker and Nadolny, regularly.
** ''Everyone'' in the SK-Babies parody (think ''Scrubs'' but with special unit policemen)
* TheAllegedCar: The successor model of the VW Golf PinkFloyd, the VW Golf {{Genesis}}, and the VW Golf BonJovi: The VW (sorry, that should be [[BlandNameProduct WV]]) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pr4r5_2DmI Bata Illic]]!
* AppealToForce: In a parody of a memetic German ad.
--> LargeHam: "Wait a bit!" (presents three glamourous photos) "My house! My car! My wife!"
--> Other guy (presents three not so glamourous photos): "My house! My car! My wife! Oh yeah... and that's my gun! And with that, I take your house, your car, and your wife!"
* ArgentinaIsNaziland: The ''Goodbye Großdeutschland'' sketches, a SpinOff of the ''[[ThoseWackyNazis Obersalzberg]]'' sketches, and at the same time a parody of ''Goodbye Deutschland! Die Auswanderer'', a DocuSoap about German emigrants.
* AsianAirhead: Mi Lei Long Di Do Di Delü, music channel moderator
* AsHimself: Hoecker does this when they are spoofing ''Genial daneben'', a [[CelebrityEdition Celebrity]] GameShow in which he belongs to the regular cast.
* AxCrazy: Mona Sharma as Natalie Imbruglia.
* BestialityIsDepraved: They have to guess the word "zoo" on ''Hot Streak'', so the first player starts with "you like animals, don't you?", and the second player suspiciously counters, "What do you mean by that?", and it ends with, "But that happened just one time!"
* CalvinBall: Langeoog-Lochen and other games suggested by Hoecker are this.
* CampGay: The prisoners in "Hinter Gitterchen - der Männerknast" (behind little bars - the men's prison).
* CatchPhrase: Several.
* ClusterFBomb:
** [[Series/{{Tatort}} Kommissar Schimanski]] [[UpToEleven ups the real deal to eleven]].
** The punk girl in the ''Dingsda'' parody.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: CampGay fashion designer Rudolph Mooshammer, when seeing a picture of a starving naked African kid, is shocked about the kid lacking fashionable clothes.
* CrossOver: What about the {{Film/Terminator}} [[XMeetsY meets]] Creator/LouisDeFunes?
* TheDanza: "Alle und wir" has Tim as Tim, Tom as Tom, Lola as Lola [[OverlyLongGag and so on]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Hier ist ''Deutsche Welle Polen'', mit Übertragung in Farbe! Und bunt!" (Untranslatable - "in Farbe" and "bunt" both mean "in color".)
* DepravedBisexual: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCTT5udffh4 In their Nena parody.]] She finds five love letters in his jacket - two by Ines, three by Klaus. Defenestration of his stuff follows.
* DetectiveAnimal: Taken UpToEleven in their ''Series/InspectorRex'' parody with "Polizeiobst Melanie" - Melanie being a melon!
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: ''Switch'' often seems to spare no effort to catch the ''feel'' of the shows they are spoofing, like creating sets that look uncannily close to the real ones.[[note]]If the show spoofed is from the same TV channel or channel group, the set may perhaps even ''be'' the real thing![[/note]] Another example is that somehow parodies of AmericanSeries actually ''sound'' as if they were dubbed.
* TheDitz[=/=]DumbBlonde: Many female moderators, especially if played by Susanne Pätzold.
* ElectionNight: Parodied, of course. The guy responsible for the pie diagrams decides to give all parties different colors than they have IRL which he finds more aesthetic, also doesn't care for their actual percentages in favor of more pleasing sizes, and even leaves out one big party completely.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Hanni of the young Christians calling Manni a "dummyhead".
* TheFundamentalist: Parodied with the "young Christians".
* GermanHumor
* GranolaGirl: When she was still together with Robin, Lale was a hippie who liked to meet with her other hippie friends, making music with a didgeridoo and baoding balls... Robin wasn't into it.
* HistoricalInJoke: FidelCastro had UsefulNotes/CheGuevara killed because he (Fidel) couldn't pronounce his (Che's) name, after drinking so much rum and smoking so many cigars.
* HurricaneOfPuns: In the ''Lindenstraße'' (weekly soap) parody, a few GossipyHens decide to make fun of the Chinese guy Gung, since many German words end in -gung.
* IkeaErotica: Again, ''Deutsche Welle Polen'' once.
* TheIngenue: The young Christians.
* KentBrockmanNews: The [[NewsParody parodies]] of ''Heute'', the NewsBroadcast from the channel [[GermanTVStations ZDF]]. And after the real ''Heute'' did introduce a virtual studio, ''Switch!'' gleefully incorporated it into its spoofs.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''Alle und wir'' (everyone and us), a parody of [[SoapOpera Daily Soaps]]. With [[ThemeNaming Tim, Tom, Jim, Lola, Lale and Lolita]], [[RunningGag but still without Robin]]... but many, many others.
* MerchandiseDriven: In-story, the SpiceGirls. "Kauf doch unsern Scheiß!" (Buy our shit!) They even sell their own ''wheelchair''.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Nelly van Sale and Mister Snoot, parodying various sales channels.
** Also, a candidate in ''WettenDass'' (very popular German show where people bet that they can achieve something CrazyAwesome, like recognizing the color of crayons by taste) bets that he can take ten glasses and put them, in just ten minutes, NEXT to each other - with his four helpers!
* NoSwastikas: Quite remarkably for a German show, this is subverted to RefugeInAudacity levels in ''[[HistoricalInJoke Obersalzberg]]'' (a parody of ''Series/{{Stromberg}}'', the German version of ''TheOffice''). Here, none other than AdolfHitler is the {{Expy}} for the Stromberg/Brent-character. And swastikas are ''everywhere'' in plain sight: On the wall papers, on coffee mugs, as patterns on clothes...
* PaperThinDisguise: The comedians play the game "Who am I?" (where you put a sticky note with the name of a famous person on your forehead). One of them (a bald guy!) guesses correctly that he's supermodel Claudia Schiffer and says it out loud. Then, suddenly fans of Claudia ask for his autograph, and a photographer pays him to shoot a topless photo. Until the sticky note falls off...
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Creator/FriedrichNietzsche stating his famous "God is dead" (sorry, I meant: "God! Is! DEAD!!!"). Parodies an infamous German telephone sex ad with a dominatrix saying (rather {{narm}}y): "Ruf! Mich! AN!!! " - "Call me now!")
* PunnyName: Bülbül Hekmek.
* [[RecycledInSpace Recycled In Medieval Times]]: Last episode of first season. Complete with BurnTheWitch ("Sorry, I had to practice") and ''[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Das althe verhacksthückthe Teutsch]]''.
* RunningGag: "Hoecker, you're out!" - "But why?", which is "Hoecker, sie sind raus!" - "Ja, wieso das denn?" in German.
* {{Ruritania}}: ''Deutsche Welle Polen'' shows how Westerners would imagine a [[NationalStereotypes stereotypical]] TV show from a former WarsawPact country (like UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} in this case).
* [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Turkish Woman]]: Bülbül Hekmek of ''TRT Früstük''.
* SpeechImpediment: Martina Hill as ''RTL Punkt 12'' anchorwoman Katja Burkard, or while telling hilarious nonsense about the stock market as Anja Kohl.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Bernhard Hoëcker, to show that [[ItsPronouncedTroPAY his name is pronounced Ho-ecker, not Höcker]], since in German, usually oe = ö.
* TheStoic: Heidi Pršblybzçka, anchorwoman of ''Deutsche Welle Polen''.
* StylisticSuck: ''Deutsche Welle Polen''.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: After Mona Sharma left the show, her characters Nelly van Sale and Hanni were replaced by Kelly van Sale and Fanni.
* {{Telepathy}}: Used by the team "telepathy sisters" on their parody of ''Hot Streak''. Of course, they don't really have trouble to win.
* TeleporterAccident: In a news report about low-cost beaming (as a parody of low-cost flying). We meet a woman who literally lost her tongue, her husband who's reduced to a head, and another woman who gained a second nose on her arm. [[BrickJoke Which she got from another TV moderator, as we see later.]]
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Heidi regularly informs us how she feels (excited, frex). From looking at her face, you could never tell..
* ThemeNaming: The young Christians are named [[ShoutOut Hanni, Nanni]] and Manni. ''Alle und wir'' also uses this.
* ThoseWackyNazis: ''Obersalzberg'' (see NoSwastikas)
* TimmyInAWell: In the ''Franchise/{{Lassie}}'' parody, natch. It turned out he fell down a and broke his .
* TrueArt: Parodied with a "theme evening" of German-French TV station [[GermanTVStations arte]]. The theme? "The dung heap".[[invoked]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: Mona Sharma was [[BurnTheWitch burned]] in the medieval version of "Facts, facts, facts", but returned in later seasons.
* TheUnintelligible:
** German singer Herbert Grönemeyer (somewhat TruthInTelevision). [[GenerationXerox And his mother too.]]
** Hoecker appeared as a candidate wearing a funny nose on ''Jeopardy!'' Essentially, you could only understand the vowels of his speech. This went on for a while, then the showmaster asked him to take off the fake nose. Which he did. And then you saw (er, heard) that he always talked like that.
* VillainousMonologue: In their ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' parody. The villain has captured Gabrielle, then talks a lot about how he's going to kill her, immediately, right now... giving Xena enough time to arrive and save the day. Which genuinely surprises [[GenreBlind the villain.]]
* VisualPun:
--> Narrator: And now... Winnetou II!
--> (A second Winnetou appears.)
--> Winnetou II: Have you seen Winnetou III?
--> Winnetou I and Old Shatterhand: No...
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: A [[PlayedForLaughs deliberate]] example is Hoecker, whose height is 159 cm, playing Thomas Gottschalk, a famous show host who in RealLife is 193 cm tall.[[invoked]]
* WildlifeCommentarySpoof: In one case, the "animals" in question are landmines!
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