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* The short-lived sitcom ''Series/SledgeHammer'' was filled to bursting with examples of Take That. Series creator and executive producer Alan Spencer had a deep-rooted contempt for other television sitcoms, and frequently expressed it with digs at ''Series/MrBelvedere''. Ironically, both programs aired on the same network, Creator/{{ABC}}.
** Nobody on ''Mr. Belvedere'' took it lying down, either. While series star Christopher Hewett kept relatively quiet on the matter, co-star Bob Uecker did several Take Thats of his own against Spencer when he guest starred on ''Series/TheTonightShow''.
** Another episode featured Sledge's reaction upon meeting a ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' version of himself: "An hour with ''you'' would be hell!" (This was '''another''' ABC show.)
** Sledge is once shown shooting a TV set in response to the announcement of a ''Series/MiamiVice'' episode.
** In "All Shook Up" (where Sledge goes undercover to find out who's murdering {{Elvis impersonator}}s), Dori tells him he's going after an impersonator from Dallas and before one from Miami. "Between ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' and Series/{{Miami|Vice}}? What a terrible place to be," he comments (all three shows aired on Fridays at 9pm that season).
*** As well as another jab at ''Miami Vice'', this episode contains another jab at ''Mr. Belvedere'' with an exchange between the Japanese janitor and Sledge: the janitor says he wants to get home to watch ''Mr. Belvedere'', to which Sledge replies "I guess ''somebody'' has to." [[spoiler: Just to ram the point home, [[DamnedByAFoolsPraise the ''Mr. Belvedere'' fan turns out to be the murderer]].]]
* This is pretty much the basic format of Joel [=McHale's=] hosting on ''TheSoup'', particularly that of his fellow shows on the GuiltyPleasures-saturated E! (especially ones featuring [[Creator/KimKardashian a certain gluteally-blessed Armenian-American socialite]]). The fact that he clearly has so much fun doing it as opposed to sounding bitter or jaded helps him avoid the usual traps.
* In the smart cop drama ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' impressionable Detective Bayliss became awed after interviewing an emergency-room doctor about the death of a patient and said, "It's like she was doing God's work," he enthused. "How can we compare?" Not long after, his cynical, veteran partner, Detective Pembleton was sick of it. "You want glory? Go work at Series/{{ER}}," he snapped. "Homicide's fine by me." A not so subtle jab at the wildly popular hospital show.
** And the producers of ''Homicide: Life on the Street'' had good reason to do a take that against ''ER''. Originally, ''Homicide'' was supposed to replace ''Series/LALaw'' on Thursday nights at 10:00 PM in the fall of 1994, which at the time was one of the best time slots on NBC. However, ''ER'' tested so well though that NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield decided to give that series the prized Thursday slot. The producers of ''Homicide'' felt that if ''they'' had been given that time slot instead of ''ER'', the show would not have had to constantly deal with ratings struggles which, in their minds, were the prime reasons why original cast members Jon Polito, Ned Beatty, and Daniel Baldwin were ordered dropped from the series so early in the run.
* Near the end of ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', there was an episode with an elderly British spy who said "We in [=MI5=] thought James Bond was a sissy." Creator/PierceBrosnan was in the running to play James Bond when Roger Moore left the role, but had to back out due to commitments to ''Remington Steele''. [[Film/GoldenEye It all worked out in the end...]]
* The second-to-last episode of ''Riptide'' had the team helping out an obvious-but-stupid version of ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' (the show that beat it in the ratings).
* ''Series/KnightRider'' had a HUGE one on ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' in the episode "Give Me Liberty... Or Give Me Death." In a race with alternative-fuel powered cars, there is one car run on moonshine and driven by Bo and Luke Duke {{exp|y}}ies - the brothers are even named Prince (a higher rank than a duke) - and while other contestants are threatened, the Prince brothers are the only ones killed. For good measure, their car, which is the General Lee without the Confederate flag (same orange color) is blown up with them in it!
** After ProductDisplacement enforced by General Motors declared the words Pontiac, Trans Am and everything related off limits, the writers responded by having KITT (the lead talking car) praise rival Ford Motor Company's founder's choice of colour.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', "Mr. Monk and the TV Star," has a a scene where Monk and Sharona are on the set of a ''Series/{{CSI}}'' stand-in called ''Crime Lab: SF'' while investigating their lead actor. We later see a summation bit from the show being redubbed. What we see of the scene demonstrates many of CSI's distinctive visual effects where the killer of the episode in question ''took out his own blood and froze it into a bullet mold, just so that it would melt without a trace later''.
** Another TakeThat moment happens in "Mr. Monk and the Really, ''Really'' Dead Guy," where Monk outwits the FBI's state-of-the-art computer technology, just to demonstrate that it is actual thinking and thought processing that closes cases, not computers and flashy technology.
* Speaking of which, an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had Lennie disgusted at a lab tech, saying "Those crime scene guys are highly overrated. The problem is, they all think they're cops." A fairly clear dig at ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and other {{Forensic Drama}}s. More than a few cops feel that way in RealLife too.
** On another episode after arresting a wannabe mafioso who did a lousy job covering his tracks, one of the police officers looked at the other and said something to the effect of "It's ''Series/TheSopranos.'' Makes them all think they're invincible."
** A later episode featured a [[{{Cult}} sinister, scientology-like cult]] that was portrayed as litigious, greedy, psychologically and possibly physically abusive, kept secret files on their own people, and were ''strongly'' suspected of [[DrivenToSuicide driving the victim to her death]] [[spoiler: however, this particular Take That ended on a rather weird note: not only was the cult not directly responsible for her death, the real killer ''joined them in order to find peace'', and one of the prosecutors quips that ''he'' might be involved in the influential cult as well]].
*** The confusion may be resolved by noting that this episode was [[strike:RippedFromTheHeadlines]] inspired by a real-life case. Naturally, a few details were changed to avoid litigation.
** The series finale didn't even try to hide the fact that they were ripping from the 4chan/Anonymous headlines, with the main antagonist's online screename literally being "moot". In particular, one of the suspects (trying to be "moot") was stand-in for one of moot's longtime rivals, a pedophile rival message board owner who had a history of trying to destroy 4chan via spam bots flooding 4chan with spam for his rival website.
** An early episode had a spoiled, rich, adult man firmly under his mother's thumb. He got sent to Riker's Island for breaking bail (by taking his children to Barbados on vacation). The DA's office decided to send in an informant to very carefully ''not'' elicit information as the rich man broke under the unpleasant pressure of prison.
---> '''Schiff:''' Who can we send in?
---> '''Stone:''' We've got an armed robber... a landlord... they're both ripe for deals.
---> '''Schiff:''' Send in the armed robber. The jury will find him more sympathetic than a landlord.
** The show was also a fan of doing episodes where they mocked existing shows, ranging from "TheRealWorld" (cast member kills another cast member, manipulated by a corrupt MTV executive), ''Series/RescueMe'' (two episodes were done that criticized that show's take on firefighters), Nip/Tuck (plastic surgeon accidentally kills a patient), and the various TLC shows about families with large numbers of kids.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' features as a recurring character an obnoxious, loudmouthed, blond cable news anchor named "Faith Yancy", no points for guessing who she's an Expy of.
** Yet another episode featured a video blogger named [=WeepingWillow17=] who owned a stuffed monkey puppet and got kidnapped, obviously based on ''WebVideo/{{Lonelygirl15}}'', a series co-created by one Miles Beckett. The episode in question also featured a scene where an amateur video maker named Miles was criticised for including too many cuts; his show was described as "visual masturbation", with "no depth, no theme, no narrative..." Ouch. Just in case the viewers didn't get it, the videos were then compared directly to [=WeepingWillow17=].
** CI somehow managed to deliver a Take That to Tom [=DeLay=] on both the show and in real life.
* Ironically, on an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' itself, when a reality TV crew was filming the [=CSIs=] while they were working, Grissom remarked that there were too many forensic crime shows on TV.
** Never mind that William Peterson, TV's Gil Grissom, was against the splintering of the CSI franchise, even refusing to appear in character with anyone from the ''Miami'' cast.
** The [[Series/TwoAndAHalfMen Chuck Lorre]] written episode "Two And A Half Deaths" was a long "Take That" against Cybill Shepherd, Roseanne Barr, and Brett Butler, all of whom Lorre worked with in the past.
* In ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'':
--> '''Tom''': Well, Entertainment 720 is dead. It's up in company heaven along with Pets.com, Blockbuster, and Ask Jeeves. My company is no better than a company where you ask a fake butler to Google things for you.
* In the first two episodes of ''The Best Years'', Dawn was a former teen actress whose never-seen ShowWithinAShow existed solely to poke fun at ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''. In one case, it actually parodied a specific ''Degrassi'' episode. When Dawn gets cast as Lady Macbeth in a college play, she can't understand the role at all, and says, "if Lady Macbeth were buying her first bra or discovering the dangers of under-age drinking, I could do this." The producer of ''The Best Years'' worked on ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' for almost its entire run, and a few of the ''D:TNG'' cast has shown up on guest roles -- in fact, on The-N's website, Jay from ''Degrassi'' was on one of the clips they showed from Dawn's TV role -- so this could be more of an AffectionateParody.
* Fandom is divided on whether the episode "Love and Monsters" is an AffectionateParody and loving tribute to the things that make ''Series/DoctorWho'' fandom special, or just a huge TakeThat to its fans. The truth is it's kind of both; the 'good' fans are presented as being slightly geeky and socially awkward but fundamentally decent and good people who come together, make connections, are inspired creatively and even fall in love as a result of their fandom, whereas the 'bad' fans are humourless jobsworths who treat fandom as a joyless ritual, establishing pecking orders and sucking all the life and creativity out of the whole thing for the sake of their own ego-fulfillment. It might not be coincidental that it is sometimes suggested that the Absorbaloff is based on Ian Levine, a well-known fan who [[SmallNameBigEgo arguably represents more than a few of these negative traits]].
** Prior actors of the Doctor bicker non-stop whenever [[TimeyWimeyBall they happen to meet each other]]. Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton turned this bickering into an art during convention appearances, and Colin Baker and Peter Davison have traded insults on DVD commentaries.
** The third season finale also clearly flipped the bird at the American government when the Doctor manages to turn back time a whole year to avoid a vast majority of the deaths that occurred...and stops ''just'' short of saving the US president as well; with the Doctor specifying that "everything is back to normal." This aspect is arguably justified in it being clearly established that the TimeyWimeyBall effect that allowed him to do this only kicked in ''after'' the President was killed -- however, said President's depiction as a [[StrawCharacter arrogant, buffoonish jackass]] who bore a certain resemblance to a certain then-current President definitely belongs here -- and vitriolic comparisons made in that vein on the US DVDCommentary fuel the fire even more.
** Also, the Series 1 two-parter "Aliens of London"/"World War Three" had aliens take over the British government and contrive a situation so they would be given access to nuclear launch codes under the pretense of stopping nonexistent "massive weapons of destruction."
** Let's not overlook this line from ''The Christmas Invasion'':
-->'''Harriet Jones, Prime Minister:''' You may tell the President this, and please use these exact words: He's not my boss and he's ''certainly'' not turning this into a war. [[note]] That line was also a bit of a shot at Tony Blair who (in the show's canon) had preceded Jones as PM. Blair's critics often accused him of being little more than a lackey for his "boss" George W. Bush. Its a BrokenAesop anyway, since she opens fire and destroys the aliens after the Doctor defuses the situation.[[/note]]
** The Series 3 finale also features Martha suggesting the Master could be the Doctor's brother, only for the Doctor to shoot down the idea as silly and suggest she's been "watching too much television". This could be a Take That at the proposed storylines for a potential US Doctor Who series from the early 1990s in which the Master would have been the Doctor's "evil brother".
** Finally, there is this classic moment in "The Parting of the Ways," where Russell T Davies expresses his ambivalent and nuanced feelings regarding the TV movie's claim that the Doctor was part human:
---> '''Rose:''' But that makes them... half-human!
---> '''Dalek Emperor:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis THOSE WORDS ARE]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis BLASPHEMY]]''!
---> '''Daleks:''' Do not blaspheme! Do not blaspheme! Do not blaspheme!
** During the moment in "The Almost People" where the Doctor's Ganger is going through the memories of previous regenerations, there is this line most likely aimed at the fans still bitter about Creator/DavidTennant leaving the show.
---> '''Ganger''': Hello, I'm the Doctor...[pauses] NO, LET IT GO! WE'VE MOVED ON!
** Moffat, notably not a fan of Website/{{Twitter}}, makes a dig in ''The Bells of St. John''
---> '''The Doctor''': Just think of it. Thousands of people, trapped in the Wifi, unable to escape, crying for help.
---> '''Clara''': Isn't that basically Twitter?
*** Also from "The Bells of St. John", this time aimed at the Tenth Doctor;
---> '''Clara''': What chapter are you on?
---> '''George''': 10
---> '''Clara''': 11's the best. You'll cry your eyes out.
* In-Universe example in ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': in the episode "Authority", Elliot Stabler arrests Merrit Rook for tricking a fast food restaurant worker to tie-up and sexually assault a female co-worker. Rook is found not guilty, then the following day, appears on a talk show about his campaign for people to not be subservient sheep, bring a live sheep on the show named "Elliot".
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' was not shy about insulting other works:
** The series took a big swing at ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' this way[[note]]''Deep Space 9'' was alleged by some to have been plagiarised from an early ''B5'' pitch[[/note]], when Ivanova complained about a gift shop on the station: "This isn't some deep-space franchise, this station is ''about'' something!" For added humor, the line was written by PeterDavid, best known as one of the most talented ''Franchise/StarTrek'' tie-in writers, and he was surprised that Creator/JMichaelStraczynski was actually going to use it.
** Said episode also saw the appearance of the infamous "Ba-bear-lon 5" teddy bear. Later on, David and Straczynski would trade {{Take That}}s over teddy bears.
** As well, a TV Guide writer with the last name Jarvis predicted after watching the pilot movie that the show, planned from the beginning as a single story told over five seasons, wouldn't last a month, resulting in the occasional line such as "The Jarvis toilets are acting up again." The fourth season finale, the first episode written after JMS knew for sure that he would get to tell the whole story, takes a far more direct approach: it ends with a simple shot of text on a black background that says, ''"Dedicated to all the people who predicted that the Babylon Project would fail in its mission. Faith manages."''
** It's mentioned that San Diego got nuked in a terrorist attack sometime in the past, and a covert governement group has a base in its ruins. WordOfGod has that JMS picked the city because he had been mugged and almost killed there.
** At the start of the second season, ExecutiveMeddling made the creators sex up Ivanova's appearance. She started wearing redder lipstick and had her hair loose instead of pulled back. When Garibaldi came out of his coma and returned to duty, he commented on her 'new look'. Ivanova snapped back "With everything that's been going on around here I'd think you'd have other things on your mind besides my look!" Take That, Executive Meddlers!
** During the first battle with The Shadows Delenn says that it is hopeless. Sheridan replies "No offense but I've heard that before." Which is a polite way of saying, "I'm ''Starkiller'' and all you Minbari better be grateful for it too."
* Most of ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' was a TakeThat directed to ''everyone'' who annoyed [[WriterOnBoard Aaron Sorkin]], but ''SelfDeprecation'' drove the show as much as TakeThat.

** The character of Harriet is partly a TakeThat on Kristen Chenoweth, Aaron Sorkin's ex-girlfriend. They devoted an entire episode to recreating Chenoweth's photo shoot for ''FHM'', and having the male senior writers lambast her for it. Sorkin also uses the trope to get the final word on an argument regarding Chenoweth's decision to appear on ''The 700 Club'' ([[http://web.archive.org/web/20080302113916/http://www.kristincanada.com/library/magazines.php which she later regretted]]) by recreating the scenario with Matt and Harriet, but he stepped it up several notches in the episode '4am Miracle' when Harriet was blamed for Matt's drug problem (which began after she rejected his advances because he was acting like a stalker) and later has a breakdown on a film set out of guilt for how mean she has been to Matt. It is worth noting, however, that Harriet is also portrayed as a balanced, caring woman that Sorkin's alter ego never fell out of love with.
** The entire concept of the pilot is a massive TakeThat towards ABC (which cancelled ''Series/SportsNight'') and NBC (which ran ''Series/TheWestWing'', from which Sorkin quit). Matt Albie, the Sorkin self-insert, is an incredibly talented writer. People can't get over how talented he is. He's so talented and classy that they've just got to repeat it over and over again. Sadly, his intelligence and outspokenness are far superior to that of the network, which fires him, after which point his show steadily declines until they are forced to come grovelling back to him. Later, Jordan fights to pick up a pilot for a show written about the UN with striking similarities to ''The West Wing'', gushing over the excellent scripting.
*** It's also worth noting that pretty much the entire second half of season two of ''Series/SportsNight'' is a series of {{TakeThat}}s against ABC, culminating in the line "Anybody who can't make money off ''Series/SportsNight'' should get out of the money-making business." Never mind the fact that ABC had actually stuck with ''Series/SportsNight'' for two full seasons and spent a great deal of money advertising and promoting the show, despite the fact that its ratings were consistently poor.
** Also at former ''West Wing'' writer Rick Cleveland, with whom Sorkin had a public feud over "In Excelsis Deo", an episode which the two co-wrote. Cleveland is written into ''Studio 60'' as Ricky Tahoe. Ricky is time and again characterised as a hack, a nasty little man who publically ostracised Matt over a controversial statement Matt had made. He ultimately leaves the show with a crappily written pilot script, petulantly taking the entire writing staff with him.
* A third season episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' actually has [[CelebrityParadox Mork meeting]] Creator/RobinWilliams, but before he actually meets him, Mork spends most of the episode being horrified that people think he looks like Robin, making the first part of this episode Robin doing a Take That at himself.
-->'''Mork''': Do you know what "Robin" means on Ork?\\
'''Mindy''': What?\\
''Mork whispers to Mindy''\\
'''Mindy''': That's disgusting!\\
'''Mork''': Don't look at me, I didn't give him that smutty name!\\
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And later...\\
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'''Mork''': He looks like he does his hair with a cuisinart! Man, he's got a road map for eyes! You could pack a family in that nose, man! I mean, look at that mouth, "Duuurrr...". They had to airbrush his entire face, are you kidding? I mean, I'm bright and cheery and this guy's got big problems!
** The episode "Mork's Mixed Emotions" had a brief TakeThat against Creator/SteveMartin. Mork, after a wild night of overwhelming emotions, bursts into the record store and throws a cardboard cut-out of Steve across the room and yells Steve's trademark "EXCUUUUUUUUUUSE MEEEEEEE!". Perhaps not really intended as a Take That, since Steve and Robin are friends in real life, but it sure comes off as one.
** And one of the more bizarre episodes was a TakeThat against commercial television, with Mork becoming a zombie consumer and then having a nightmare about all his friends becoming tools of the advertisers. Of course, [[BrokenAesop being on a commercial network, they had to add a coda that "advertising is okay and it's up to the consumer to decide whether to buy or not."]] It even had a FourthWall breaking ending, with Mork saying "If there's something on television you don't want to watch, you can simply just press this butt-"... followed by the screen shrinking down to a dot like when older [=TVs=] turned off.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has a pretty mean TakeThat against ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' disguised as a compliment.
--> '''J.D.:''' I love ''Grey's Anatomy''. It's like they took our lives and put it on TV.
** They did another one against ''Series/{{House}}'', when Keith mentions seeing a disease on ''House'' and Cox goes on a rampage.
*** But they also did the episode "My House", which definitely falls in the AffectionateParody category.
** In the episode "My Own Worst Enemy," J.D. wins a "Who-Cares-y" award from Doctor Cox, and thinks "Suck on that, Tony Shalhoub". Zach Braff has been nominated for a Best Actor Emmy twice, and lost to Shalhoub both times.
*** And in "My Jerks" JD delivers a ''very'' meta-textual speech at the end in which he says "now, I know we never do great come medical awards season - well, except for Dr. Shalhoub, he wins everything".
* A poster for the showings of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' season 4 on Sky said in big letters ANSWERS ARE COMING and underneath in much smaller letters [Unless you have Virgin Media or Freeview]! To clarify, {{Sky1}}, the channel that premiered seasons 3-6 of ''Lost'' in the UK, was pulled from Virgin Media between 2007 and 2008 after a dispute between Sky and Virgin.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'', possibly in retaliation to Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich expressing their disdain with the series and stressing their uninvolvement with it at every opportunity, pulled a TakeThat against their next movie ''Film/IndependenceDay'' in the episode "Politics":
-->'''Daniel''': Senator, we have reason to believe that the Goa'uld are about to launch an attack, in force, in ships. \\
'''Kinsey''': Then I think they'll regret taking on [[AmericaSavesTheDay the United States military]]! \\
'''O'Neill''': Oh, for God's sake... \\
'''Daniel''': Oh, you're right! We'll -- we'll just [[EverythingIsOnline upload a computer virus]] into the mothership!
** In the episode "Family Ties," Jacek expresses his disappointment at the SGC facility to Samantha Carter. What follows sounds like meaningless banter, unless you know that the SG-1 series was in its last season, and had been replaced with the show ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' by [[Creator/SciFiChannel the SyFy network]].
-->'''Carter''': The truth is the Stargate program just doesn't get the support it used to from the people in charge.\\
'''Jacek''': Why not? \\
'''Dr. Bill Lee''': (yells, from the background) Eureka! \\
'''Dr. Bill Lee''': (as they turn to look at him) One down, twelve to go! \\
'''Jacek''': That's too bad because after all your Stargate program has accomplished for [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall this network]] of planets, I'd think that the decision makers would show it the respect it deserves.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' had a deleted scene (filmed, but not included) in "Miller's Crossing" where Sheppard and Ronon are watching TV in a motel when ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' (the version running concurrently with ''Atlantis'' in RealLife) comes on. Ronon watches it for a bit, and then tells Sheppard "We need to help those people." Sheppard tells him it is just a TV show and people write TV shows to make life more exciting, then jabs at them by saying their lives are more interesting than those of the ''Galactica'' characters.
* One of the later episodes of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' featured a rather savage attack on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' (the fact that the episode was titled "Murder Among Friends" should have been enough of a hint) in the form of a ShowWithinAShow called "Buds", among whose cast there was, of course, the requisite murder. And murderer. This was because TPTB were angry that CBS executives had [[ExecutiveMeddling inexplicably moved the show ]] from it's comfortable Sunday-night timeslot where it had been a ratings powerhouse for nearly a decade, to Thursday nights, opposite ''Series/{{Friends}}'', where it was now being slaughtered.
** There's also the series finale, which could be a very symbolic Take That. The episode involves the murder of a radio station manager who is murdered after deciding to gain younger viewers by firing all employees over a certain age and switching the format from classical music to hard rock (symbolism much?) The title? ''' ''Death by Demographics'' ''' (''Murder She Wrote'' was moved to Thursdays and fed to the sharks because it wasn't picking up enough 18-39 viewers.)
** There was an obvious spoof of then-rival ''Cagney & Lacey'' on ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' -- the cops of the week were female partners, one blonde and one dark, both with rather outrageously blue-collar accents, shown as almost constantly on the phone trying to solve personal/family issues.
** And another episode took place on the set of ''Danger Doctor'' - an obvious ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' spoof. Jessica became involved because the writers had ''stolen one of her stories''.
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' was apparently the subject of so much ExecutiveMeddling from the Broadcast Standards and Practices that series writer Darin Morgin parodied him in the episode "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me," with a segment about how a demon drives a Broadcast Standards & Practices guy insane. This eventually results in the hilarious line, "You will not get away with this! The final scene is gratuitously violent! Aliens would not carry an Uzi! They are a superior race and they would not carry or utilize automatic weapons! I will not approve this! ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I am Broadcast Standards and Practices!]]''"
* The second series of ''Series/{{Extras}}'' was largely a Take That towards sitcoms that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant don't like -- primarily catchphrase-based, broad and unnaturalistic shows such as ''Series/LittleBritain''.
** And the Christmas special series finale was greatly pointed at ''Series/BigBrother''.
** Gervais and Merchant have noted, however, they were not attempting to label people who do "broad" comedy as being bad, but that you shouldn't settle for less if you want to aspire to greater things. Granted this does not mean they necessarily like such shows, but it's not quite as venomous as the show would make you think...
** Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse aimed a Take That at Extras with a bemused couple watching a tv show featuring a Stephen Merchant sound-a-like ranting about how he's good friends with Ben Stiller.
* ''Series/CommanderInChief'', the show with Geena Davis as the country's first female president, did this pretty blatantly in one episode. There was an episode where a coastal city was hit by a hurricane. Within hours, the president was there helping oversee the relief effort. Gee, I wonder who that was a swipe at? The president was later shown ''reading to children'' when an aide came up and told her something important was happening. She immediately handed the book to one of the kids to continue reading, got up, and walked away.
** They actually ''did'' work in a shot at ''Series/TheWestWing'' -- they had Geena Davis' president handle an almost-identical situation to Martin Sheen's President Bartlett. The situation was similar enough to be a "Our fictional prez is better than your fictional prez" moment.
* In contrast, it's not very hard to find Take Thats in favor of the Bush administration in ''Series/TheUnit'':
** ''First Responders'': Muslim terrorists hijack a plane full of European businessmen that were looking for US investment in their countries.
** ''Non-Permissive Environment'': Spanish authorities ask the Unit to assassinate a terrorist, then call the assassination off because they want to negotiate with him instead, and then try to arrest the team members when they kill him anyway.
** ''The Wall'': The French Army is a bunch of asses that prefer to see a war criminal going away instead of cooperating with the Americans.
* In ''Series/SpecialUnit2,'' one of the main characters explain to the newbie that every monster legend she has ever heard of is true -- [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer except vampires, they're complete fiction]].
* Many people see the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Malleus Maleficarum" as a TakeThat against ''Series/{{Charmed}},'' since it includes The Book of Shadows and a group of witches who arguably looked and acted like the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' girls.
** The episode "Hollywood Babylon," which is an ''AffectionateParody'' of the show itself, contains some {{Take That}}s aimed at different groups.
*** They do both {{Take That}}s and ExecutiveMeddling with the CW executives, when the horror movie's producers and director all die horribly. Eric Kripke claims that every request that the executive producer made was an actual request that the writing staff received from the CW execs, which included making the show LighterAndSofter, among other things. Gary Cole's character was the first to die--''on the film's set in the middle of shooting'', no less.
*** Jensen Ackles, who got his first break on Days of Our Lives, has his character Dean make a few jokes about how terrible daytime TV is.
** There are a few examples in the episode "Monster at the End of the Book."
*** The episode contained a thorough TakeThat to Sam/Dean shippers. Sam and Dean find a series of books that document their lives exactly. Sam then mentions that there's fan fiction of the series. And we get the following exchange:
---->'''Dean''': What's a slash fan?
---->'''Sam''': As in...Sam-slash-Dean. '''Together.'''
----> Long pause as it slowly dawns on Dean what Sam means.
---->'''Dean''': Like...''together'' together?
----> '''Sam''': Yeah.
----> '''Dean''': They ''do'' know we're brothers, right?
----> '''Sam''': Doesn't seem to matter.
----> '''Dean''': Aw, come on. That... That's just SICK!
*** Sam and Dean want to know how Chuck knows enough about them to be writing these books. At one point Dean demands to know why Chuck wouldn't tell them that he is a Prophet.
----> '''Chuck''': It was too preposterous, not to mention arrogant. I mean, writing yourself into the story is one thing, but as a prophet? That's like, [[Creator/MNightShyamalan M Night]] level douchey-ness.
*** To show they're not immune to criticism themselves, the writers also took potshots at examples of their own bad writing.
** There's the episodes "Ghost Facers" and "Criss Angel is a Douche Bag," the latter of which has a Criss Angel {{expy}} with his own reality show.
** At the beginning of season five's "Free to Be You and Me," as Dean kills a vampire: "Eat it, Literature/{{Twilight}}!"
** "Changing Channels," the episode where the Trickster throws Sam and Dean into different TV shows, contains {{Take That}} to ''Series/CSIMiami''.
---> '''Dean'''" Calm down? I'm wearing sunglasses at night. You know who does that? No talent douchebags.
*** The episode also contains a borderline TakeThat and AffectionateParody of ''Series/GreysAnatomy''. (It's established that Dean is an unabashed fan of ''Dr. Sexy, MD'', the ShowWithinAShow which resembles ''Series/GreysAnatomy''.) A specific moment of Dr Sexy/Greys involved a plot point about a ghost who was only alive in the eyes of an obviously crazy Doctor. Sam mocked 'Dr Sexy' for being a medical drama with supernatural elements, while a fangirling Dean claimed it was still compelling. There's other instances of AffectionateParody for the original ''Series/KnightRider'', Japanese game shows, and old-school sitcoms.
** In season 1, Dean asks Sam, "Who do you think is the hotter psychic: Patricia Arquette, JenniferLoveHewitt, or you?" This is a TakeThat towards the two other psychic shows running at the time (''{{Medium}}'' and ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' respectively).
** In season 5, Creator/ParisHilton plays a God pretending to be herself. Dean tells her that he is not a fan of Paris Hilton and has never even seen ''Film/HouseOfWax2005'', to which Sam gives him an odd look. (Jared Padalecki was actually in House of Wax with Paris Hilton.)
** In the season 6 mind bender "The French Mistake", the angel Balthazar transports the characters Sam and Dean to a parallel world where they are mistaken for two actors named Jared and Jensen, who star in a TV series called Supernatural. So, the actors are playing characters who then assume the identities of the actors who are playing them. The big TakeThat comes though when one of that season's bad guys, Virgil, travels to the parallel world and "kills" actors who are portraying Eric Kripke and Robert Singer, Supernatural's producers, along with Misha Collins, the actor who plays the angel Castiel on the show.
* ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' took friendly jabs at the competition on occasion. Beakman, on letting his mom do a challenge: "But none of the other TV [[Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy science guys]] let their moms do stuff!" His mom replies with the JumpOffABridgeRebuttal.
** In the last episode, the show managed to pull off the mother of all {{Take That}}s.
-->'''Beakman''': You wrench 'em, I'll drench 'em, let's Macarena!\\
'''Everyone in the entire friggin world, including the makers of the song''': '''''LET'S NOT!'''''
* The "lemonlyman.com" subplot in ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "The U.S Poet Laureate" -- in which White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman stumbles upon a web-forum dedicated to him and posts on it only to be widely mocked and told he doesn't know anything about politics -- is considered something a of a TakeThat to popular online community TelevisionWithoutPity, and is reportedly based on ''West Wing'' creator Aaron Sorkin's experiences when posting on it. The members of the community are described as "hysterical", and the forum administrator as dictatorial and petty.
** ''The West Wing'' also pretty savagely attacked Dr. Laura Schlessinger, prominent critic of homosexuality, with their own "Dr. Laura" character in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-zhNiGlogQ this]] clip.
** Considering the subject matter and political bias of the writer, the West Wing had fewer Take Thats than you would expect. However, Bartlett's reelection opponent is an obvious {{expy}} of George W. Bush. However, in the end he's shown to be a gracious decent if dim-witted sort. Aaron Sorkin seems incapable of writing genuinely hostile or immoral antagonists unless they're an expy for someone who's wronged him personally.
** While TWW usually avoided direct potshots at government institutions, "Ways and Means" gave CJ a truly hilarious one:
--->'''C.J.''': Leo, we need to be investigated by someone who wants to kill us just to watch us die. We need someone perceived by the American people to be irresponsible, untrustworthy, partisan, ambitious and thirsty for the limelight. Am I crazy or is this not a job for the U.S. House of Representatives?
* ''Series/MurphyBrown'' was famous for mocking politician UsefulNotes/DanQuayle with attacks ranging from subtle to outright. It got to the point that when the titular character became pregnant and decided to raise her child as a single mother, Quayle took the opportunity to publicly denounce single motherhood. ''Murphy Brown'' gave it right back by having Murphy tearfully complain to Frank that Quayle was mocking her lifestyle. Frank, incredulous at Murphy's trauma, responded simply, "Murphy, it's ''Dan Quayle''." In the following episode, Murphy responds in an apparently mature way by having a special edition of ''FYI'' focused on several kinds of families... then hires a truck to dump several tons of potatoes on Quayle's front door.
* British TV show ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' did this a few times to ''[[Franchise/StarWars Phantom Menace]]'' in series two. For example a parody of the end scene of ''Return of the Jedi'', except instead of Anakin's body being burned, it was a set of boxes of Star Wars memorabilia. Ironically, George Lucas's company gave the series leave to use music cues, etc to do this with because of the homages and shout outs in the first series.
* [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]]'s ''Worst Person In The World'' segment on {{MSNBC}} -- an, ah, ''enthusiastic'' expansion of an old Radio/BobAndRay routine -- consisted of nothing but {{Take That}}s. Unsurprisingly, the most frequent "winner" of the title was Olbermann's arch-rival in political commentary shows, Bill O'Reilly of Fox News.
** However, Olbermann did "ban" O'Reilly from the lists for two months following the murder of Dr. George Tiller, believing that O'Reilly's show indirectly drove Tiller's murderer to commit the act and, because of that, Billo could no longer be considered "funny." He finally put Bill back on the lists to dispel rumors that MSNBC forced him to stop mentioning O'Reilly.
*** And [[FoeYay because he missed him.]]
** When Olbermann returned to TV with his self-titled ESPN2 program, the segment came back as "Worst Persons In The Sports World". Other than a few shots at the staff of WFAN radio in New York (a competitor to ESPN's New York radio station), Olbermann has avoided taking on other media personalities.
* The short-lived series ''The Book of Daniel'' was basically one long Take That on, well, practically everything, but mostly religion, as it concerned a priest named Daniel Webster who has visions of [[Literature/TheBible Jesus]]. You'd think that would be more than enough, but the show also gives the priest an alcoholic wife ''and'' a gay Republican son ''and'' a teenage druggie daughter ''and'' an adopted Chinese son who's dating a girl whose parents hate Asians ''and'' a brother-in-law who runs off with church funds and abandons his family ''and'' a lesbian sister-in-law ''and'' a female bishop who is sleeping with Daniel's married father ''and'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a mother with Alzheimer's disease.]]
** ...it was basically crystallized UpToEleven smoked through a TakeThat bong.
* Season four of ''Series/TheWire'' features a despicable cop who completely guts the one unit in the department that's actually doing real work. His name is Marrimow, after an editor at the Baltimore Sun who producer David Simon grew to despise during his time there.
** Simon then takes it one step further by introducing an unlikeable, two-faced newspaper editor in the fifth season based off of the real Marrimow:
---> James Whiting: I don't want some amorphous series detailing society's ills.
** The police, upon finding out that drug kingpin Stringer Bell is channeling much of the drug proceeds into buying real estate after it's been laundered and become untraceable "Stringer Bell is something worse than a drug dealer. He's a real estate developer."
* ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' once had a TakeThat against the game show ''Series/TwentyOne'', where Dick Van Dyke's character went on a corrupt game show called ''Thru The Roof'', featuring soundproof booths. He noted that it was difficult to breathe in the booths.
* Adam Buxton's SketchShow Mee BOX has a sketch involving [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=0DJnR5OT9UQ an interview with a fictional actor "Famous Guy"]] which has several Take Thats within. The first and most obvious is a jab at the popularity of actors, as Famous Guy is referred to as a "pretending man" and "the best at pretending". It also parodies the movie industry's constant rehashing of the same ideas with nondescript movie titles like "Horse Chase", "The Exploding Car" and "They Came From Space There". American actors trying to duplicate a UsefulNotes/{{British Accent|s}} is sent-up with Famous Guy's bad attempt at a Cockney accent. There's a more subtle jab at men's magazines in the first part of the sketch: if you pause at the "Man Magazine" you can read headlines such as "Articles about sex inside here" and "Are all feelings homosexual? Why the answer is yes". This is perhaps aimed at [[BritishNewspapers the Daily Sport]], which has relaunched itself as being about nothing but "Sports, girls and funny stuff".
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Beyond a Joke", Kryten drives a tank into a virtual reality adaptation of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''. According to the accompanying article in the Magazine/RadioTimes, the sentiment was: "Can't the BBC do anything later than the eighteenth century?" Judging by [[SeasonalRot how well that season was received]]... probably not.
** An in universe example from the same episode. The fussy, obsessive nature of entire 4000 series of androids are a caricature of their creators ex-fiance, Kryten included.
** The episode itself had Kryten compare something thoroughly unsurprising to ''TalesOfTheUnexpected''.
** ''The Last Day'' has Kryten speculate he might have just realised the value of friendship. Lister instructs him to can the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' crap.
** In "Back To Reality", when the crew are hallucinating that they've been playing ''Red Dwarf: The Total Immersion Video Game'' very badly, we see a brief snatch of the next players, who are supposedly doing "better". Lister is a stereotyped American action hero, Kryten is just a bald human in a mechanoid suit, and Cat and Rimmer simply don't appear very distinctive. Now look at Grant Naylor's criticisms of the failed US pilot...
* ''Brookside'': In its final months, the writers had a drug dealer named Jack Michaelson show up and later get lynched in the last ever episode. It was a TakeThat against Michael "controller of Channel 4, as opposed to the Moonwalk guy" Jackson, who had cancelled the show. The finale ended with the longest-serving character giving a thinly veiled rant about TV and society, before vandalizing the titular "Brookside Close."
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has given us the [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within The Show]] ''[=MILF=] Island'', which is basically a gigantic spoof of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' that takes LowestCommonDenominator to new lows. Coincidence that ''Survivor'' comes on at the same time as ''30 Rock'' and regularly slaughters it in the {{ratings}}?
** ''30 Rock'' has also been happy to dance on the corpse of ''Studio 60'', most notably in their parody of the infamous episode which features Timothy Busfield's Director touring the studio with a writer from the "golden age." ''30 Rock'' cast Tim Conway as an aged and irrelevant old hand from 30 Rock's past, being led around by Kenneth the Page, while Conway spouts such lines as "We called that the Jew room!" in reference to the writers' room.
** During the second season episode "Rosemary's Baby," ''30 Rock'' also took a shot at the career of former ProductionPosse recurring guest star Rachel Dratch, whose film ''Spring Breakdown'', about a group of 30-something women who go on spring break and attempt to relive their college experiences, was having trouble finding a distributor at the time. During the episode, a senile former comedy writer (played by Creator/CarrieFisher) pitches a film about... cougars going on spring break. Even for Creator/TinaFey, who's very well-respected but [[NiceCharacterMeanActor known to be kind of be a bitch]], that's just cold.
** "Creator/LeeMarvin vs. Derek Jeter" delivers a Take That at Liz, which is very shocking given that she's Tina Fey's AuthorAvatar. Liz seems very flippant when the subject of affirmative action comes up, and states that a black co-worker got his job because of his race while as a white woman, she had no such advantage and had to work hard to find success. At the end she is told that she owes her entire career to programs designed to help ''women'', such as Title 9, a revelation that humiliates her.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' hands out {{Take That}}s on a regular basis, most memorably when host Jon Stewart was invited onto the CNN political op-ed show ''Crossfire'', as a really, ''really'' ill-judged ratings grab. Stewart announced right off the top that he was no-one's 'monkey', and proceeded to demonstrate by spending the entire hour attacking the hosts, accusing them of irrelevance, partisan hackery, and just generally a complete lack of journalistic integrity. He wound up by calling one of the hosts a 'dick' to his face. Not entirely coincidentally, ''Crossfire'' was cancelled a few months later.
** ''Series/TheColbertReport'' took the idea and ran with it. [[Awesome/TheColbertReport White House Correspondents' Association]], anyone?
* Interestingly, on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' during the Franchise/StarWars portion of the Colbert Green Screen Challenge, Star Wars [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] Jar-Jar Binks makes an appearance, asking who would represent democracy, and hopes it's not that annoying boy from the desert wasteland who later joined the empire. He then whispered [[GeorgeWBush Darth W Vader]]. He even goes as far as poking fun at himself in the scene. Now why can't Jar-Jar be more of a DeadpanSnarker in Star Wars?
** And now 'the new Crossfire' - Jim Cramer. It's not an interview, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=221516&title=Jim-Cramer-Unedited-Interview-Pt.-1 it's an execution]].
** On his part in getting Crossfire canceled, Stewart said he had no idea that all he had to do to get a show canceled was say that it was hurting America. He then announced that ''Series/AccordingToJim'' was hurting America.
* One episode of ''BigWolfOnCampus'' featured a Werewolf-Slayer named "Muffy". Three guesses [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer who]] she's supposed to be poking fun at.
** In another episode, they poke fun at ''Film/TheLostBoys''. And, who was the special guest of that episode? None other than Corey Haim.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' aimed a few Take Thats at programme planners, who had irritated the team by moving the programme about in the schedules seemingly at random. Among the brickbats include John Cleese's comment in the second series "I'd like to be in programme planning, unfortunately I've got a degree" and an extended sketch in the third series were penguins were discovered to be more intelligent than programme planners.
** The ''Python'' team also aimed a few Take Thats at former employer David Frost; in one instance parodying him as the narcissistic Timmy Williams whose TV show credits proclaimed him as sole writer, followed by a neverending list of names under "Additional Material".
** Don't forget all the Take Thats aimed at British politicians in specific ("Number 26: Margaret Thatcher's brain") and in general ("It was never our intention to imply that politicians are weak-kneed, political time-servers who are concerned more with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems of government...").
* A TV movie about the making of ''Series/GilligansIsland'' was narrated by the original show's cast: except for Tina Louise, who was the only surviving cast member to not participate. It's probably not a coincidence that she's portrayed as a bitchy, slutty moron in stark contrast to the downright saintly portrayals of everyone else.
* When you blend improv and network-to-network taunting, you get this: For the suggestion "trivial reasons to hold news conferences" in [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Scenes From A Hat]], Wayne Brady said that he would announce UPN's Fall-season lineup.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrnu2Uh9Mwc&feature=channel_page]]
** As opposed to all the times they like flinging it at each other, or the host. Or at the director. A fabled Website/YouTube item shows Wayne and Brad about to sing the theme tune for a sitcom. An audience member suggested 'Cosby and Hitler'. This was rejected. During the actually-used song, Ryan (as Cosby!) throws a Nazi salute and goosestep; Colin shakes his head no.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJfeTAm65NE
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}'', Shawn mentions he would make up for skipping a camping trip with his dad by saying he will go over to his dad's house and "Maybe watch a couple of episodes of ''Series/TheMentalist''." ''The Mentalist'' is a blatant rip-off of ''Psych'', albeit more serious and better funded.
** In the season 4 premiere of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' has another Take That against [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qf8M57we1I The Mentalist]].
--->'''Shawn''': You've seen Series/TheMentalist, right?
--->'''Canadian Cop''': Yes.
--->'''Shawn''': It's like that.
--->'''Gus''': Except that guy's a fake.
--->'''Shawn''': Right, if I was a fake psychic it would be eerily similar.
--->'''Gus''': Exactly the same.
--->'''Shawn''': A virtual carbon copy.
*** As a possible retaliatory Take That, a character on ''Series/TheMentalist'' has an intense dislike of pineapple on his pizza - pineapple being a signature RunningGag of Psych.
** Shawn seems to like this trope. A tribute commercial to Monk has Shawn saying that Monk is the second most observant person he knows- well, third, next to the Mentalist.
** Shawn and Gus (and sometimes minor characters) also take frequent pot shots at Chad Michael Murray, to the point that it could be considered a RunningGag. The writers definitely have something against himóin "Yang 3 in 2D," Mary goes on a ''rant'' about it in his video diaries:
--->'''Mary''': "What is the deal with ''Series/OneTreeHill''? I donít understand. Itís like aÖitís like a [[PoorMansSubstitute poorly executed]] ''Series/DawsonsCreek.'' Why are they doing that? Donít even get me started on Chad Michael Murray. [{{beat}}] Too late. Iím going to start in. He had dead eyes."
* ''Series/{{Medium}}'' does this to ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' when Allison investigates [[spoiler: what seems to be the spirit of a dead author going into an injured man to reunite with his wife. It turns out the "new" husband is a fraud who found the dead man's unpublished autobiography.]]
** "Who do you think I am, the Ghost Whisperer?" was also said on an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}''.
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' itself had an entire episode dedicated to knocking ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' in general and the StalkingIsLove aspect of it in particular. In it, Melinda has to help out a teenage girl who believes one of her classmates is a vampire, because of the weird stuff that's been happening around her. This being ''Series/GhostWhisperer'', it of course turns out that she's actually being haunted by the ghost of a friend who'd died after they'd lost contact and was [[ChildhoodFriendRomance upset that they'd never be able to have a relationship]].
* Creator/JimHenson's ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' delivered one to ''UnsolvedMysteries'', which played in the same timeslot on another network. After being asked how they keep their material so fresh, the host of "Mysteries Which Haven't Been Solved Yet" answers that they have four mysteries that they show over and over again. "Luckily, nobody seems to notice."
--->'''Earl''': "Why are we even watching this show anyway? I wanna watch the puppet show on the other channel!"
--->'''Fran''': "That's a kid's show."
--->'''Earl''': "Not so! They do some very sophisticated juxtapositions of reality!"
--->'''Fran''': "It'll last a year."
* From VH-1's ''World Series of Pop Culture'':
-->'''Contestant''': I'll take "The Talented Baldwin Brothers"
-->'''Host''': All questions in this category are about Alec Baldwin.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow''
** JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf from are the anthropomorphic personifications of this trope.
** A moose tried to get on the show, saying his name was "Mickey". Kermit shooed him away, saying that [[Creator/{{Disney}} Mickey Moose]] was a dumb name.
* The fourth series of ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' is maligned [[SeasonalRot for]] [[ReplacementScrappy many reasons]], not always entirely fairly. But was totally worth it to hear a line that in one fell swoop buried the failed attempt at an American version. Steve to Jane: "Jane, could you stop doing this? Could you stop just wandering through my front door? Because this is not, I repeat NOT, an American sitcom!"
* When Heather Locklear debuted as Catlin on ''Series/SpinCity'' and declares that Mike isn't going to push her around, Mike replies "Let's not get overly dramatic - this is not some cheesy soap opera" - a clear TakeThat at Locklear's previous show, ''Series/MelrosePlace''.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' ended with the characters and suspects describing in detail how useless and unreliable luminol is; luminol is one of the most popular pieces of ForensicPhlebotinum on ''Series/{{CSI}}''. Pretty funny given the ridiculous stuff the Bones lot occasionally get up to solve a case - their magical computer thingy is legendarily absurd.
** Yes, but the magical computer thingy is only used to demonstrate scenarios instead of flashbacks or just talking about it, or use as a just a regular - albeit, expensive and absurd - computer; they never rely on the computer or what it produces as evidence or in any court case, it's always physical evidence. CSI just takes luminol as straight "if it's there, it's a solid nail in the coffin".
* More of a loving parody, but the ''Series/SesameStreet'' feature "Monsterpiece Theater" parodied Beckett's much celebrated ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot'', calling it a "play so modern and so brilliant, that it makes absolutely no sense." Even the tree gets fed up with the play by the end of the sketch, and walks off the stage, muttering about how he wanted to be in ''Oklahoma'' instead.
** They also parodied ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' by having muppets hold notes for exceedingly long periods and naming an odd number of sequels.
* As much SelfDeprecation as a TakeThat: On a crossover episode with ''PicketFences'', ''Series/ChicagoHope'' gave a bitter nod to then-ratings powerhouse ''Series/{{ER}}''. When Kathy Baker's guest-star character became frustrated at what Chicago Hope's doctors were telling her, she irately declared, "We could have gone to the ''other'' one!" The hospital director's reply? "We ''never'' mention the other one." Mentioned or not, ''ER'' eventually buried its onetime head-to-head Thursday night competitor.
** Heh. Series/{{ER}} even took a swipe at ITSELF. An episode that had a doctor who worked with a news crew hovering outside the hospital and giving incorrect information to the public had a character commenting, "Ugh. TV doctors."
* The ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Harm's Way" starts off with a video apparently made to introduce new Wolfram & Hart employees to the firm. It lists off three companies that are clients of Wolfram & Hart: [[Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension Yoyodyne]], [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Weyland-Yutani]]... and News Corp, parent corporation of FOX, the network that {{screwed|ByTheNetwork}} ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' a year earlier.
** Also any time Lorne mentions Creator/AndrewLloydWebber.
* ''MST3K'' does this all the time.
-->'''Crow''': This movie is like ''Film/{{Porkys}}'', [[{{Dissimile}} only without the charm]].
** They also subverted it, with a deliberately unfunny "lampoon" of ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle''.
** They also had a history of doing this to Leonard Maltin. In the episode "Laserblast", Dr. Forrester mentions that Maltin gave this movie 2 and a half stars. Mike and the bots then take out his movie guide and mock him during the credits. In the episode "The Undead", they find out he gave the movie three stars. Mike dressed up as him and apologizes. Maltin actually got back at them by appearing on the show and suggesting that Mrs. Forrester force them to watch ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', which he actually also liked (though he admitted it put two of his book editors in intensive care).
** Morrissey [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQR78U6zvGI Tupperware]].
** Show creator Joel Hodgson considered fellow prop comic Gallagher something of an arrogant dick after a pre-[[Series/MysteryScienceTheatre3000 MST3K]] encounter, and would regularly drop Take Thats on him.
* ''Series/ICarly'' has an entire episode setup as a shot at the Creator/DisneyChannel (transparently disguised in-universe as the "Dingo Channel") for ripping off stuff the creator of ''iCarly'' had done, to the point where the characters invade the bowels of the studio, and steal Creator/WaltDisney's (or his closest FictionalCounterpart) cryogenically frozen head.
** To top it off, the stuff the Dingo Channel creates is said to be completely bland, stale, and devoid of anything even remotely resembling entertainment value.
*** Disney seems to have fired back. Notice ''Series/SoRandom'''s resemblance to ''Series/AllThat'' in ''Series/SonnyWithAChance''. The resemblance is because one of the creators of ''Series/AllThat'' is the creator of ''Series/SonnyWithAChance''.
*** Another funny thing about that is that there's a studio called Creator/{{Dingo|Pictures}} ''[[Creator/DingoPictures Pictures]]'' that steals ideas from Disney.
** They actually kind of {{lampshade|Hanging}}d that (sort of), with Spencer commenting on the stupidity of the adults on the Dingo Channel shows, [[HypocriticalHumor only to have Carly remind him that he forgot to put on his pants...]]
** In case you still have doubts about the reference to Disney: In Europe, "Dingo" is the French name for Goofy.
*** And then there's "iCarly Saves TV," a subtlety-free TakeThat to network television's idea of TV for kids.
** Another Take That was aimed at the fans (or more specifically, the ones who are constantly nagging about Seddie or Creddie pairings) during the episode "iStart A Fan War", by showing them as crazy losers who don't care about the show itself, only about the {{Shipping}}.
* Music/DemiLovato claimed she was a victim of this after Disney made a joke about eating disorders on an episode of ''Series/ShakeItUp''. This was only shortly after Demi left Disney, partially due to her struggles with bulimia. Lovato took to Twitter to criticize the channel for it's insensitive choice in humour. Whether it was actually a "take that" to her remains unclear as Disney refused to comment.
* On the Creator/ComedyCentral game show ''Series/WinBenSteinsMoney'', whenever a contestant [[Series/{{Jeopardy}} phrased an answer in the form of a question]], Ben would force that contestant to wear a DunceCap for the remainder of the show.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had one episode where Mulder bought pirated AlienAutopsy footage. Scully believes that it looks hokier than the Fox autopsy. Turns out it's real. Another had them take a shot at then Oscar winning ''Film/ForrestGump'', when the Smoking Man twists the upbeat "Life is like a box of chocolates..." metaphor into a real downer.
** "Life is like a box of chocolates: a cheap, thoughtless perfunctory gift no one ever asked for. Unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. You're stuck with this undefinable whipped mint crap that you mindlessly wolf down when there's nothing else left to eat. Sure, once in a while there's a peanut butter cup or an English toffee but they're gone too fast and the taste is fleeting. So you end up with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and teeth shattering nuts. And if you're desperate enough to eat those then all you've got left is an empty box, filled with useless brown paper wrappers."
* There was an episode of the Christian superhero show ''Bibleman'' where Scott Baio ([[Series/CharlesInCharge former co-star]] of the actor who played Bibleman) is heavily implied to work for Satan.
* The first episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has Gibbs talking to a security guard when arriving at a crime scene.
--> '''Gibbs''': "Gibbs, NCIS. "
-->'''Guard'''"Is that like CSI?"
--> '''Gibbs''':"Only if you're dyslexic."
* ''{{Buffyverse}}'':
** ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' both take [[AffectionateParody shots at each other]], and HilarityEnsues.
** Arguably the best one was in "Tabula Rasa" when, upon losing his memories, Spike believes that he is a vampire with a soul, a good guy on a quest for atonement who [[Series/{{Angel}} "helps the helpless"]]. Buffy replies, "A vampire with a soul? How lame is that?"
** "The Girl In Question" gives us this:
--> '''Angel''' : "How'd she (Buffy) ever fall for a centuries-old guy with a dark past who may or may not be evil?"
** In [[Series/{{Angel}} Spike: After The Fall]] a character complains about [[Series/{{Charmed}} "that awful show with the three witch sisters."]] The bad guy thinks it's great.
** Something bad always happen when the characters drink ("Beer Bad" and "A New Man").
** In Season 4 of ''Buffy'', when Giles asks Buffy\Faith who's president she replies they're testing to see if it's really her, not a concussion. Could easily be either of them.
** The Season 8 comic series of ''Buffy'' started over a year before the success of ''another franchise that featured a human girl in love with a vampire'', so no-one thought much about the BigBad of the season being named Twilight, with Buffy's only interaction with the villain coming before the other series became well known. But when they come face to face for the first time since then, Buffy points out the she did the whole Human-Girl-In-Love-With-a-Vampire thing first, and her vampire was so much better than the other one.
** Spike has his dislike of his rival for Buffy's affections programmed into the Buffybot.
--> '''Buffybot:''' Angel's lame. His hair goes straight up, and he's bloody stupid!
** Along with ties to fictional corporations like Weyland-Yutani and Yoyodyne, Wolfram & Hart also works with Newscorp.
** Season seven just got petty with this with one of the first potential slayers killed is a girl in Germany wearing black leathers and red hair, ala Sydney Bristow of ''Series/{{Alias}}''. That would have been enough but the techno music and spy cutting left utterly no doubt who the show was slamming.
* Towards the end of its run, ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' took so, so, SO many shots at everything from Fox to ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.
** Lampshaded in one episode where GOB makes a reference to do-gooding George Michael as "Opie", the narrator (Creator/RonHoward, who played Opie) promptly calls him out on it.
** Inverted with a yet another nice ActorAllusion.
-->'''The Narrator''': No one was making fun of [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Griffith]]. I can't emphasize that enough.
* ''Series/MockTheWeek'' is about 28 minutes of this per half-hour episode, but the August 29, 2009 example takes the prize for being the most...direct. Dara O'Briain, the host, had fluffed his "That's right, the answer is [X]" several times, and announced "Just in case this gets on one of those outtake clip shows, Anne Robinson's a cunt."
* An episode of ''Series/WonderShowzen'' had a character played by Creator/DavidCross say, "Git-r-done" right before being executed. Two other episodes had the show make fun of redneck humor with David Cross' character dressing similar to his real life rival Creator/LarryTheCableGuy.
* ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited'' did the episode "Critical", which, during the course of the episode, pretty much took as many lines from all the critics that bashed it and put them in the characters' mouths. Gina's rant at Chapel? Pretty much lifted straight from newspapers.
** Similarly, when it was clear that the show wouldn't last the season, they named their final episode "Friends". [[Series/{{Friends}} Guess which show they were up against]] during their entire run.
* An episode of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' had Lou Grant stuck babysitting Bess Lindstrom. She wants to watch TV, so he asks about 'The Clancy Clan'. Bess unenthusiastically describes it as a show about a family that has a lot of kids, and they have all these laughs because...they have all these kids. Lou notably did not ask : What's Their Story?
* Jeremy Clarkson on ''Series/TopGear'' cannot resist a Take That against Al Gore's movie ''AnInconvenientTruth'' (about global warming causing the polar ice to thin) after he and co-presenter James May have successfully ''driven'' across the sea ice to the North Pole. But Clarkson is about as un-PC as they come, and it's part of his charm.
* On ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Nathan Fillion mocks ''Series/CSIMiami'' almost every week. ''CSI: Miami'', of course, is their main timeslot competition.
** He also got in a good shot during the 2009 Emmys, during his appearance as Captain Hammer.
* The vampire romance ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' has evil vampire Damon read ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' and [[YourVampiresSuck makes several insults about its myths]].
--> '''Caroline''' Why don't you sparkle?
--> '''Damon''' Because I live in the real world, where vampires burn in the sun.
** He also has a very poor opinion of Twilight's male lead, Edward Cullen, as he stated earlier on that very same episode.
** There is also a subtle one where her vampire boyfriend Stefan hasn't called Elena for a few days.
--> '''Elena''' I'm not going to be one of those girls who just breaks down without a boy in her life.
** Werewolves are mostly extinct except in "books and really bad movies." Another Twilight dig.
*** WordOfGod has also said this is a reference to the Kevin Williamson movie ''Film/{{Cursed|2005}}''.
** Stefan realizes Elena is watching him sleep.
--> '''Stefan''' You're staring.
--> '''Elena''' I'm gazing.
--> '''Stefan''' It's creepy.
--> '''Elena''' It's romantic.
* ''Series/AttackOfTheShow'' got a pretty good one in against ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' when it [[http://g4tv.com/videos/41784/Kevin-Pereira--Olivia-Munns-Twilight-Spoof/ points out the stupidity of dating a vampire]]!
* An episode of ''Series/MADtv'' had SantaClaus (played by Michael [=McDonald=]) erasing a kid's memories of himself. Santa remarked that while he was erasing memories, he wanted the audience to forget about a show called ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. In another sketch, Martin Short (who guest starred on ''Series/MADtv'' and was a cast member on ''SNL'' in the mid-1980s), "Live from New York!" and is told that that's another show.
** In an episode cold opening, George W. Bush (played by Will Sasso) calls for a manhunt against Chris Kattan after seeing ''Film/CorkyRomano''. ''And'' in another episode cold opening, Nicole Parker insults an old man who only came on ''Series/MADtv'' because he thought Creator/JimmyFallon was a cast member on the show.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''
** It has taken shots at ''Literature/HarryPotter'' ("great, now we're accessorizing with ugly") and ''Twilight''.
** InUniverse. Harper's puppet show to Alex.
* A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKdtN01DeIw February 1976 Showcase skit]] on ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' took a potshot against Creator/{{NBC}}.
* During a late season episode of ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', a young member of the Huxtable family approaches Heathcliff wearing a [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]] mask, and Cliff snaps at her to take it off. At the time, ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' was losing its ratings battle with ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and Bart Simpson was considered a bad role model for young children.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have fired back numerous times, most notably when "Bleeding Gums" Murphy does a cameo on the Cosby show. The children complain that wedging him in as a grandfather makes no sense, and Cosby degenerates into nonsensical ramblings instantly while Bleeding Gums just looks around nervously.
* When Fox executives complained that ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' should have aliens because it was a sci-fi show, Joss gleefully inserted a carnival barker claiming that "aliens are among us!" It turned out to be a mutated cow fetus. Note this was in [[RefugeInAudacity the last filmed episode of the series.]]
* One episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has Prentiss explaining that the poor preservation of a crime scene was due to "the crime scene investigators" who "all want to play cop instead of just being scientists". And where exactly were they working the case? Yes, [[Series/{{CSI}} Las Vegas]].
** The episode ''JJ'' [[spoiler: was intended to be JJ's last episode and is a TakeThat to CBS for trying to get rid of AJ Cook (The actress who plays JJ). They transfer JJ, making it beyond everyone's control. Then the quote at the end spoken by JJ talks about "taking the high road" and "not wanting to be angry" and just about leaving family, like the team (and the cast) so obviously were. Fortunately JJ returned to the show after all]].
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' creator Sherwood Schwartz named the Castaways boat The Minnow after Newton Minow made his famous "vast wasteland" speech.
* Promos for ''Monsterquest'' have shown Bigfoot and a swamp-creature living casually in suburbia, with the caption "If they lived among us, there would be no quest". This may be a TakeThat against ''Lost Tapes'', a competing cryptid-themed show with the tagline "Do they live among us?"
** The poor quality of the promo costumes may also be a TakeThat, as ''Lost Tapes'' monsters are usually pretty fake-looking.
* When Ronnie Barker of ''TheTwoRonnies'' complained that ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' was full of {{Filth}}, the ''NTNOCN'' team responded with a glorious sketch that showed what a typical ''Two Ronnies'' episode would be like if they actually ''said'' what they meant, rather than the constant {{Double Entendre}}s. The best bit? It was written by a disgruntled ''Two Ronnies'' scriptwriter. Barker wasn't amused; Ronnie Corbett ''was''.
* In response to being [[ExecutiveMeddling horrifically dicked around by NBC]], Creator/ConanOBrien responded by making the last episodes of his tenure on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' almost nothing ''but'' Take Thats.
** Hell, that entire ''week'' was a [[LensmanArmsRace rapidly accelerating arms race]] of Take Thats from every side of the late night war. [[http://tv.gawker.com/5448615/the-late-night-war-reaches-its-boiling-point-all-the-clips-you-missed Just check out the clips in this Gawker article.]]
** One segment on the new Conan show is "Alex Trebek Has Gone Insane", which uses ManipulativeEditing on clips from {{Jeopardy}} to replace all the answers with [[WordSaladHumor utter nonsense]]. Most of the time, the contestants just stand there in stunned silence and fail to give the question, until 7 segments later, when someone buzzes in with "What is Scientology?" and gets it right.
* Though not cocky enough to actually name specific shows, the host of ''Weird Creatures'' openly admits that most other nature programs' animal-encounter footage is staged. He occasionally pokes fun at such contrived "lucky chance encounters", as when he introduces a small lizard in extreme close-up, then has the camera pull back to reveal that it's a captive animal kept at a nature reserve (because the wild ones had proven too elusive to film that day).
* A lot of Creator/CraigFerguson's jokes on ''[[Series/TheLateLateShow The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson]]'' are (admittedly mostly joking) {{Take That}}s towards CBS and TV in general. He has also said a direct TakeThat to ''Series/{{MASH}}'', saying that his upcoming Robot Skeleton Sidekick will be the "the most awesome thing not just in late-nite television, but in all television, ever!"
** It's become one of Ferguson's catchphrases. These days, when he feels he's been mean towards someone who didn't deserve it, he'll often inverse this trope, jokingly saying things along the lines of "Take that, nice woman in the audience!", or "Take that, single mothers!".
* ''GoodNewsWeek'' has one of these about every five minutes, besides news stories politics and religion get the worst. It's not uncommon for someone to comment "we're going to have pissed off everyone by the end of the episode" this just results in more TakeThat's.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'', besides its frequent parodies of just about everything, has featured a couple {{Take That}}s against ''{{Glee}}'':
-->'''Jeff''': ''(sobbing)'' I hate Glee. I just don't understand the appeal at all.
-->Modern Warfare: '''Jeff''': Write some original songs!
** Jeff and Britta ''fondly remembered'' a time when they filled in for Greendale's Glee club, who ''died in a bus crash''. Their version consisted of melodramatically going "sing sing singaling ling ling" for several minutes. For which they apparently won "lots of awards".
** Dan Harmon went above and beyond in Season 3, devoting an entire episode to parodying ''Glee''. Though it is surprisingly more subtle than one would expect with emphasis on smaller details (the ascending level of chairs, the never mentioned piano player, Mr. Rad's sweater vests, the clipped dialogue delivery, the constant mash-ups and remixes and an apparently endless supply of costumes and props that come out of nowhere), there are some more blatant moments (Jeff shouting "Not liking Glee club doesn't make us bullies and implying that is reverse bullying", characters constantly talking about regionals, the extreme seriousness with which they take the club).
** Ironically, ''Glee'' (which never retaliated) wound up being the one to get six seasons and a movie. LaserGuidedKarma, anyone?
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' itself took a shot at ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' in the episode "Theatricality", where Principal Figgins informs Tina that she must abandon her Goth look due to the pseudo-vampirism caused by the popularity of the book series.
** Also a barrage of Take Thats in "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle" in the top ten losers of the year.
** ''Glee'' also took shots at Music/BritneySpears and Creator/LindsayLohan ("You have Britney and her shaved head, Lindsay Lohan looks like something out of lord of the rings" - Emma Pillsbury, season 1, episode 14) before having them both guest star on the show in later seasons!
** Even after Britney appeared, they took shots at her in season 4, having a whole episode dedicated to parodying her depression back in 2007.
*** Some argue the episode was to show how the star bounced back in spite of this depression, however.
** It was taken UpToEleven in the episode "Guilty Pleasures" in which Jake wants to perform a song by ChrisBrown, and upon learning this the girls of the Glee Club (even shy girl Marley) corner him to change his mind because of how much they hate him, particularly Tina, who states with a yell "the dude is a psychopath!" (Ironically, they don't have a problem with his doing "My Prerogative" by ''another'' singer called Brown known for beating up his partner.)
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'''s Bob and Doug [=McKenzie=] were created as a Take That to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In Canada, the show ran two minutes longer than in the U.S. (due to fewer commercials). The [[ExecutiveMeddling CBC required]] SCTV to fill these two "extra" minutes with "distinctively Canadian content." The writers and performers mocked this idea: "What do you want us to do? Throw up a map of Canada and sit there wearing tuques and parkas?" They ended up doing exactly that to prove their point of how ridiculous the CBC mandate was... and ended up creating [[SpringtimeForHitler the most popular characters in the show's history]].
* ExecutiveMeddling led to an example during the first season of Series/WKRPInCincinnati. CBS wanted more broad, kid-friendly comedy in the show. Producer Hugh Wilson wrote "Fish Story" to give them what they wanted while showing how wrong they were - a broad farce with silly costumes (Herb in the WKRP "carp" costume fighting the WPIG pig), pratfalls, and contrived explanations. Wilson hated the episode, and wrote it under a pseudonym as the last episode in CBS' initial 13-episode order. The Take That backfired, as [[SpringtimeForHitler the episode got great ratings]], and has always been one of the fans' favorite episodes.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' had an interesting in-universe Take That. Ted finds out that his ex-fiance's ex-boyfriend made a movie called ''The Wedding Bride'', which is a retelling of the whole marital drama between the trio except blatantly skewed in favor of the ex-boyfriend. To Ted's horror, the main antagonist of the film is called "Jed", and is played up to be the biggest, most unsympathetic {{Jerkass}} in the history of the world.
** There is also a TakeThat at ''Series/{{Friends}}'' in an episode where the guys go to a coffee shop.
-->'''Ted:''' So I guess that settles it.
-->'''Marshall:''' Yep.
-->'''Barney:''' Hanging out in a coffee shop, not nearly as much fun as hanging out in a bar.
** In an episode where Ted imagines what the future will be like, when he imagines a good future he's reading a newspaper with the headline "Al Gore signs new bill into law." Later, when he imagines a horrible future, the headline says "Bush elected for surprise third term".
** There's also one aimed at George Lucas:
--> '''Marshall:''' I can't believe you threw up in your Stormtrooper helmet.
--> '''Barney:''' Eh... I did something worse in it after ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' premiered.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' aimed a number of Take Thats, notably at Terry and June (with Oh Crikey!) and at Channel 4. "Alternative lifestyle Neil? You're about as alternative as Channel 4"
* ''UnnaturalHistory'' took a shot at Music/TheJonasBrothers in "Curse of the Rolling Stone". The only time they're mentioned, they're [[EekAMouse hiding from a group of mice]], and one of them can clearly be heard yelling "Mommy!"
** Made even more hilarious when you realize that the actor who plays Henry (Kevin Schmidt) is the older brother of Kendall Schmidt, who is one fourth of NICKELODEON'S premier boy band, and one of the stars on the show ''Series/BigTimeRush''--which is, of course, Nick's answer to JONAS.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' was forced by studio execs, early in its run, to include Paris Hilton as a guest star. Later in the same season, they're cracking Paris Hilton jokes. A great Take That at both Hilton and the network.
* During the 1990s, the late Jeremy Beadle hosted several popular game shows and comedy programmes on British TV. He was the original presenter of ''You've Been Framed'', a TransatlanticEquivalent to ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''. Later, he moved onto a short-lived show called ''Beadle's Hotshots'', where the public would film their own parodies of popular television and send them to him to broadcast. One of the best remembered of these was "You've Fallen Over", a TakeThat which implied that ''You've Been Framed'' consisted mostly of stupid clips of people falling over, and that the "home videos" sent in were all staged.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has had a couple of pretty overt jabs at ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Very early on there's a scene where all of the characters break down laughing at the idea that they should all start fighting crime and saving the world (although that could just be superhero stories in general). But S2 has a wimpy SoapboxSadie champagne socialist rich-boy who jumps to the conclusion that he might become the most important of the characters... and instantly gets killed off. And the villain of the S2 Christmas episode is a handsome dark-haired guy who wants to be the most powerful person in the world, collects other people's powers but mostly uses telekenesis... and is an utterly pathetic douchenozzle who dies ludicrously well before the end of the ep through stupidly misusing one of his own powers. Anyone get the idea that the writers don't like a certain trustafarian male nurse or a certain guy named after a watch brand?
* On the last episode of the game show ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'', Chuck Woolery addressed the show's cancellation and said, "I kept telling 'em, "Look, find somebody else to do it, it'll be a huge hit. Look what happened to ''Series/WheelOfFortune''!" This is, of course, a reference to Chuck's having left ''Wheel of Fortune'' in 1981 over a salary dispute.
* Speaking of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', host Pat Sajak is fond of Take Thats. Most of them are to the puzzle writers if they come up with something absurd like I LOVE MY PASSPORT PHOTO, or occasionally to the subject of the puzzle (for instance, saying after the puzzle I WANT MY MTV that MTV is a network that used to show music videos. He also hated the short-lived Megaword category, and was quick to let everyone know.
** A particularly epic one came April 29, 2013: On an episode taped in New York City, Pat hauled out a giant soft drink cup and took a drink from it, to poke fun at New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's policies against soft drink sizes.
* The last episodes of ''LateNight'' hosted for Creator/DavidLetterman are full of ''Take That'' moments against Creator/{{NBC}}, but the finale include a subtle one: "The World's Most Dangerous Band", led by Paul Shaffer, played as a musical interlude the song titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3AjfobLpws&feature=related#t=07m51s We Gotta Get Out Of This Place]]. The lyrics of this [[TheSixties sixties']] song say: "We gotta get out of this place / If it's the last thing we ever do / We gotta get out of this place / Girl, '''there's a better life for me and you'''".
* MorecambeAndWise had a long-running faux feud with Des O'Connor, with Take Thats on almost every show. (In a Julius Caesar sketch:
-->"The people in the Colosseum are rioting!"
-->"Des O'Connor wasn't singing, was he?"
-->"No we'd thrown him to the lions- but they threw him back.")
* One episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', in which Mr. Feeny starts a lunchtime radio show at school, took some shots at a few then-contemporary musicians:
-->'''Mr. Feeny:''' ''(over the school intercom)'' And now, because the halls of our school beat with the lively heart of contemporary youth, here is the happening sounds of Mr. Music/MichaelBolton!
-->'''Everyone:''' Aaaaaaaaahhhhh!
-->'''Cory:''' Make it stop! Make it stop!
-->'''Shawn:''' It's hard to cut the wires with a plastic spoon!
-->'''Cory:''' Just rip the whole speaker down!\\
Later:
-->'''Mr. Turner:''' If you guys are serious about [taking over the radio show], I'll talk to Feeny after lunch.
-->'''Mr. Feeny:''' ''(over the school intercom)'' And now for you kiddos, Menudo!
-->'''Mr. Turner:''' I'll talk to him ''now''.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' had this happen at various points in the show's history.
** The first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had the episode "Mighty Morphin Mutants," a TakeThat against rival show ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]''. They later made up when the Saban-produced ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'' had a crossover early on in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' had the trading card game Dragon War, which makes a mockery of ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' and dragon-based monsters such as the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. The cards get turned into a monster which is promptly destroyed by the Power Rangers. Doubles as an example of WereStillRelevantDammit.
** ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' was aired around the time ''Naruto'' was popular, and spent quite a lot of time mocking Naruto's concepts of Sharingan, Rasengan, and other types of powers.
** They've even mocked themselves on occasion- ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'''s MilestoneCelebration "Forever Red" featured a TakeThat at the [[NeverLiveItDown infamous]] episode of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' where the Rangers got baked into a giant pizza.
* On a 1980 episode of ''Real People'', one of NBC's few primetime hits in that era, one of the hosts, John Barbour, joked "If you base a TV show on another TV show, it's called a spinoff. Unless you work for ABC, in which case it's called a ripoff." "Oh, that's incredible!" responded Sarah Purcell, referring to that network's {{Dueling Show|s}}.
* During the MTV Awards in 2003, when Gollum of Lord of the Rings accepted his award, he went on a profane-filled rant, ripping apart the entire movie cast, and even ripped into [[Literature/HarryPotter Dobby]]. Anyone wanna sign Gollum up for his own talk show?
* On the Duct Tape Island Survival episode, the Series/MythBusters had this advice: [[TakeThat Don't]] [[Series/ManVsWild drink your own urine]].
* On the episode "Charlie and Kate Battle Over A Patient" of Anger Management, Charlie enters Patrick's workplace wearing a shirt similar to that of Charlie Harper from ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''. They insult the shirt, and Charlie ends it by throwing the shirt away, saying how he'll '[[ChuckLorre chuck]] it'.
* In the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Tiger, Tiger", A frigate has been taken over by terrorists and Harm and his girlfriendís ten year old kid is cut off in the hangar.
-->'''Josh Pendry''': '''Film/UnderSiege!''
-->'''Lieutenant Commander Harmon Rabb''': ''What?''
-->'''Josh Pendry''': ''StevenSeagal in Under Siege. He got the Pentagon on a satellite radio from a life boat.''
-->'''Lieutenant Commander Harmon Rabb''': ''Well, [[ThisIsReality unfortunately this isn't a movie]], Josh. These lifeboats have satellite radios with an emergency beacon and a short-range voice transmitter. We could activate one. The CoastGuard would come, but before we could inform them of our situation, who knows what these terrorists are likely to do.''
-->'''Josh Pendry''': ''It's so cool in the movie.''
-->'''Lieutenant Commander Harmon Rabb''': ''Well, I'm sure it was.''
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' had an episode called "Three Wishes," in which Endora does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin to Darrin - granting him three wishes. The real meaning is about ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', which stole many ideas from ''Bewitched''.
** ''Series/LostInSpace'' also took a potshot at Jeannie in "The Thief From Outer Space". The titular character and Dr. Smith spend most of the episode fighting over a magical genie bottle. At the end, it's revealed to the horror of both men and the Jupiter II crew that the genie is an overweight, shrill woman who is unnervingly creepy about satisfying their desires. The genie is shoved back into her bottle and is promptly forgotten about. The only one who takes any interest in her is The Robot, who proceeds to lean over to the bottle, pick it up...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny and tell her his life story]].
* ''Series/RemoteControl'', the TV trivia game show that was MTV's first venture out of music videos, took a potshot at similar game show ''Series/CouchPotatoes'' shortly after the latter debuted. One of the skits in between episodes of a "best of" marathon featured the new ''Remote Control'' hostess thinking she had walked onto the set of ''Couch Potatoes'' after host Ken Ober described the rules for her... at which point Ober openly accused ''Couch Potatoes'' of ripping them off.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' gets on the "bash ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''" bandwagon right in the first episode when Oliver and Tommy are eying a girl at a party.
-->'''Tommy''': She looks like the girl from ''Twilight''.
-->'''Oliver''': What's ''Twilight''?
-->'''Tommy''': You're so better off not knowing.
* In the second-season premiere of ''Series/{{Smash}}'', the characters read the review of the (disastrous) Boston preview of ''Bombshell''. It says that the musical numbers are great but are sabotaged by Julia's writing. Julia is the MarySue of former showrunner Theresa Rebeck, whose ControlFreak tendencies, particularly in the writing department, were widely considered to have adversely affected the show's first season.
* Two different sketches on ''Laugh-In'' made fun of the other two networks.
** In a quick sketch, we hear the voices of cast members Alan Sues and Henry Gibson as network executives. One has just pitched a show and the other likes it and wants to call it "Laugh-In". The first says it's already taken and suggests they call it "Hee Haw". To ram the point home, the only thing we see is a door labeled "CBS Program Development".
** In a little longer sketch, Dan Rowan and [[ItMakesSenseInContext Sammy Davis, Jr.]] are Mexican stag film producers talking about the recent slump in the stag film economy and that they're stuck with their first full-length film. As the sketch ends, Sammy suggests that [[spoiler: they sell it to California school boards under the title LeaveItToBeaver]]. Dan quips "Makes no difference. We put it on ABC, nobody gonna watch it, anyway."
* Sketch show ''Series/{{MADtv}}'''s parody song "What's on TV" (a take-off on Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Without Me") is one long-winded "Take That!" against pretty much every television series of the late 90s and early 2000s. The targets are ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', ''Series/{{Becker}}'', ''Series/JustShootMe'', ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', ''Series/{{ED}}'', ''Series/YesDear'', ''Series/JudgingAmy'', ''Series/ThePractice'', ''Series/TheView'', ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', ''Series/{{JAG}}'', ''Series/BigBrother'', ''Series/AccordingToJim'', ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', ''Series/CrossingJordan'', and the channels that show them. It's capped off with "Em" declaring that ''[=MADtv=]'' is the best show on TV. [[GreenEyedMonster Wow]].
* In season 3 of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', they seemed to be throwing these toward Shannen Doherty as Prue is PutOnABusToHell. In "Sin Francisco", she was possessed by the Deadly Sin of Pride, turning her into a raging egomaniac. "Look Who's Barking" turns her into a literal female dog, and she also was responsible for destroying Piper's wedding in "Just Harried." It seemed like everybody was grateful to see her leave.
** The episode "Witch Wars" features a demonic reality game show of the same name, where the objective is to kill witches on television while a demonic audience watches. Naturally there are a few digs at reality shows in general, and ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' in particular.
* An episode of ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast2012'' (''Basic Instinct'') has this exchange-
--> '''J.T.''': Call that CSI guy again.
--> '''Catherine''': CSU. [[Series/{{CSI}} CSI is a TV show]].
* In ''Series/ScotchAndWry'', Frankenstein's monster is rather unimpressed by his bride:
-->"I see Avon didnae call...Did your mother come fae Ireland or were yer teeth ay that colour?"
* ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'':
** "There's a place for fatuous flippant would-be humorous inanities, and that place is on NoelsHouseParty."
** "There is a place for smutty innuendo, Constable Kray, and that place is on ''BirdsOfAFeather.''"
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' does one to it parents show ''Series/{{Cheers}}''. In the parent show Sam and Diane have a vicious argument only for Sam to ask "Are you as turned on as I am?", to which Diane responds "More!", and [[TheBigDamnKiss they kiss]]. When Frasier tries this when arguing with a coworker, it is met with a horrified "NO!"
* In an episode of ''Series/DogWithABlog'', the eponymous TalkingAnimal Stan says that he in order to be a celebrity, he will need an agent, sunglasses, and a political cause that he doesn't really understand.

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-->'''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Statler]]''': 'Ah, the beauty of live-action. Makes you feel like you're really there, doesn't it?
-->'''Waldorf''': Yeah, I can be bored to death from the comfort of my own home!
-->'''Both''': Doh-ho-ho-ho-ho!
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