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Here's a Just for Fun index of Tropes that would make a cool title for a TV Show (any kind), with a brief description of what the resulting show would be like.
To any TV executives who may be reading this, you are free to help yourself to these pitches under these conditions:
Alternately, a family of mythical trolls find themselves living next to a group of internet trolls. Hilarity Ensues.
Alternate Reality Game - A Five-Man Band of teenagers find a new PC game and put it in their computer. They begin playing, and then they find that the game actually transports them to different dimensions, and a new dimension is featured each week. Despite its popularity, it is cancelled Firefly-style, but also gathers a huge cult following and gets its own Big Damn Movie as well as several sequels.
Amazon Chaser: An action-packed series about a CIA agent chasing after a Super Villain who is hiding out in the Amazon rain forest.
Alternatively, a man is sent on a quest to find an Amazonian princess.
Alternatively, an Amazonian beauty pageant that's supposed be based on five criteria: talent, intelligence, inner beauty, physical beauty, and badassery. However, the judges usually end up choosing the winner or Miss Amazonian Beauty based on physical beauty alone.
Armed with Canon - A historical drama set during the Crusades. A small band of soldiers struggle to reconcile their Christianity with the horrors of war being committed in the name of their God.
A fanfiction where the canon characters put aside their differences to either begin a merciless crusade to slay every Mary Sue and Original Character that has entered their 'verse, or (if it's a Mad Science setting) build a giant can(n)on which will revert their world to a canon-only version, while a group of sympathetic Original Characters try to escape or stop them.
A web show where geeks tear apart disliked sequels and spin-offs of popular media and point out parts that don't fit with the canon of the original story.
Alternately, a reality show in which adults of various ages return to high school and live as present-day teenagers do. Basically, a concept flip of ''That'll Teach 'Em".
Bad Boss - A Reality TV parody, specifically of The Apprentice, where the contestants believe themselves to be in a simple clone show. The Boss, who is always shown as a silhouette, sets them ludicrously impossible tasks every week. Cancelled after the first season when the 'winner' sued the TV company that made it.
But probably would have been cancelled anyway, unless the contestants were told the title was something other than Bad Boss.
Badly Battered Babysitter - A drama regarding stressed out members of Child Services and other public servants that work with children.
Alternatively, a sitcom or cartoon show about a cranky babysitter having to watch the children of a mad scientist and other villains; she has to try to keep them under control while also protecting them from vigilant "heroes" who Would Hurt a Child.
Bald of Evil - a reality show where flowing-locked heroes are shaved and sent into difficult situations to test their moral fiber.
Alternatively, a show about a group of fledgling superheroes trying to make it big...while working in a sandwich shop?
Bishonen Line - A reverse harem show about an innocent girl surrounded by beautiful men from various transportation companies.
Bizarre Alien Biology - A medical drama set in the far future in a fledging human colony on a distant planet. The human doctors in the emergency constantly receive alien patients from passing ships, nearby planets, and the planet's native communities, and they struggle each week as they try to figure out how to diagnose and treat such unusual beings.
Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: A comedy about a Knight Templar who assumes all smart people are evil and deals with them accordingly. Speaking which, anyone uses a word longer than 2 syllables is a witch and according to the main character, problems are best solved by brute force. Always.
Breast Plate - Pile fruit cocktails, whip cream, and whatever else, on a lovely girl's bare breasts, and see which guy can eat fast enough to expose both her nipples. A show that's only officially aired in Sweden, and an American pastor was forced to retire when he was caught with recordings of this show. (Close to the idea of Body Sushi. From Japan, naturally.)
Alternatively, a show about the first openly female knights in a traditionally male-dominated kingdom who strive to prove that they can kick ass and still be feminine.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer - A successful attorney wakes up one morning to find that he has sprouted bunny ears. He then decides to start defending Mad Scientists as he searches for a cure.
Call Back - A Reality TV program which randomly pairs up Loser Guys with Alpha Bitches. The guys ask the women out, and the women all tell them to wait by the phone because they'll call "sometime before Saturday night" to let them know. In an inversion of the usual "endurance" contest, the first guy to realize he's being played, gain self-respect and do something more productive with his time, is the winner.
Camera Abuse: Ever wonder just what cameramen go through to get that perfect shot? Watch as courageous film crews risk life and limb to bring the action to your living room. Reality TV, along the lines of Deadliest Catch or Dirty Jobs, but with cameramen, and focuses on the lack of respect or recognition as well as the discomfort and physical danger.
Catfight - Like a fancy cat show, except the cats compete in claw-to-claw combat. Mysteriously cancelled after one episode.
Alternatively, a sitcom about a "normal" girl being forced to move in with her Crazy Cat Lady friend, Odd Couple style arguements and shenanigans ensue.
Conveniently Empty Building - Our host and a crack team of designers help relocate businesses that have lost their building due to fire, condemning, or foreclosure by taking a standard, empty (but structurally intact) building and designing it to the business's needs.
Cool Garage - Celebrities and other people showing off their rides. The first episode features Jay Leno.
Cowboy Bebop at His Computer - Japanese live-action sitcom about a straight couple in their late 30s, both with corporate jobs, constantly getting into trouble, only for the day to be saved by their neighbor, a Japanese male college student obsessed with American popular culture, known only as Cowboy Bebop.
Alternatively, a parody of a Christian Fantasy show about a staunch priest who gets transported into a Dungeons and Dragons type fantasy world as punishment after he persecutes a groups of kids playing a roleplaying game, and him trying to figure out how to get home in-between trying to convert people and dealing with the fact that there are a bunch of active gods in this world and none of them are his.
Cute Bruiser - That's the English name for it, anyway. It's a gag manga about a normal kid who finds out a girl is moving in next door. She's cute. She's smart. She has a thing for manga. She can...punch holes through reinforced steel??? Yes, wouldn't you know it, she's actually a superhero in disguise. She fights crime, giant monsters and the Vice Principle of the high school by night and as the author would have it, our poor protagonist is caught up in the craziness with no hope of escape.
Darkest Hour - A psychological reality show where in 20 real people are unknowingly trapped in a large building. The electricity, internet and phone lines are cut-off from 9pm to 7am, all exits are locked from the outside, and one of them may be a serial killer. Tension between the contestants rises and suspicion mounts as the contestants slowly begin to disappear. The worst part? None of them know it's all just a show.
Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male - a chilling expose' on battered husbands. Decried by parts of the feminist movement as "male propaganda," but leads several counties to review and upgrade their domestic abuse laws.
Driving Stick - A Game Show filmed in real-time, with one contestant at a time and only one prize - a brand-new car equipped with a manual transmission. To win it, the contestant must drive it over an urban course to a predetermined finishing point, to driving-test standards, within the show's 22 minute runtime.
Enforced Method Acting - A down-on-his-luck actor by the name of Jim Malcolm has just gotten a small acting gig, and his Deadpan Snarker roomie, Razz Foredhoeder soon finds out that Jim has a bizarre form of Dual-Personality Disorder, in which his secondary persona becomes whomever he is playing! Hilarity Ensues.
Every Car Is a Pinto: Fox Sports 1 series about 1970s cars that are just now being seen as classics.
Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory - A couple of would-be televangelists try to find religious subtext in numerous pop culture franchises and use these "revelations" to convert people. Doesn't even last a season.
Alternatively, an adult cartoon comedy about a fantasy world where the races - Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Orcs, etc. - all hate each other but have to trade and ally with each other in the face of a greater threat.
Femme Fatale - French action thriller show about a professional killer woman starring Isabelle Adjani as the killer.
Five-Man Band - They've been together since they were a teenage garage band, but it's ten years later, and their failure to break out of the local scene is slowly causing the band to fall apart. Can they make it big, or are they doomed to lose their dream, and the best friends they ever had along with it?
Five-Token Band - Spinoff of Glee. Fed up with Finn and Rachel always getting the solos and wanting to try an edgier sound, Kurt, Mercedes, Artie, and Tina quit show choir and form their own garage band along with a blind drummer.
Flying Brick - A Sitcom about a stone golem trying to make it as a pilot in the airline industry.
Foot Focus (now-defunct) - A crime show about a brilliant investigator who is able to deduce minute details about people simply by looking at their feet. To make the plot work, the show is set in Hawaii and practically all the characters encountered wear sandals. After too many complaints about people being forced to have bare feet by fans, the detective becomes proficient in shoes as well, leading to a higher rating when the plots become more original.
Foreigner for a Day - Reality show in which one person is granted diplomatic immunity for 24 hours.
For the Evulz - An Animesque French cartoon about a teen general who gets all his plans for invasion by playing RTS and FPS games and defeats the Evil Empire... to promptly take the empty spot of emperor and run down the field the other way (and proceeds to switch sides whenever they win). The good and bad guys are dumbstruck and an under-the-table plan begins. Said to be a comedy, but political intrigue keeps the Code Geass fanbase watching and allows the first story arc to finish.
Fridge Logic - A show hosted by Alan Fridge about the how logic really works, odd in that he keeps bring up rumors about TV shows he's supposedly in the know about and celebrities he supposedly knows.
Fridge Horror - A horror series about a boy who, upon opening his refrigerator, was exposed to a ray of pure energy that boosted his intelligence and caused him to realise how cruel the world he lives in is. Now, he has to live everyday life knowing all the horrors of it.
Frills of Justice - Designers try dressing up cop uniforms. Only good for the laughs.
Alternatively, hard-boiled female cop has to join a team of younger anime Magical Girls to help fight monsters on a crime spree.
Gayborhood - A wacky indie comedy where an Unlucky Everydude moves into a new apartment and realizes too late that he's in the local gay neighborhood. He eventually befriends a group of gay guys, falls for one of them, meets a sweet girl at his new job, and discovers his own bisexuality. The film becomes a Sundance darling.
Alternatively, a show hosted by intelligent martial artists who teach the audience fighting moves and the science and reasoning behind why they have to be or should be done a specific way and will sometimes debates about which technique is better.
Alternatively, a kid named Bruiser aspires to become a Mad Scientist or might just already be one.
Geographic Flexibility - A hilarious game show that reveals just how inept many people are at finding locations (including their own country) on a map. Thrill to the sight of contestants searching for Chicago in Antarctica, or trying to find the edge of the world on a globe.
Getting Crap Past the Radar - A spoof comedy about a desperate burglar who enlists the help of a idiotic policeman to help him rob people's houses.
Alternatively, a show where people try to test security officers and devices by trying to smuggle in things they're not supposed to have. The team includes an inventor, a magician/sleight-of-hand expert, and a smooth-talking con artist.
Have You Seen My God? - One day, the Holy Trinity disappears from heaven and the apostles and archangels (who are next in the chain of command) send a ragtag team of misfit angels to find them, believing they'll never complete their mission. The misfit angels wander through alternate dimensions, large and confusing cities, and even go to Disney World as they go on their quest.
Healing Shiv - A Prison Drama starring a doctor, on HBO. Has to deal with Prison politics, and mysterious diseases and injuries. Critically acclaimed. Contains at least one F-word per minute in an average episode.
Her Code Name Was Mary Sue - A surprisingly well written spy drama, with a three-dimensional protagonist, who stays competent, and only turns into The Ace several seasons in, when it's clear she has the experience to be this good. Fans still mock the title, though.
Hey, It's That Guy! - A game show where actors with long credit lists recreate scenes from movies they were in, using the characterization of a different character they played. Contestants have to guess the movie/show for cash and prizes.
Hide Your Lesbians - A tacky reality show about trying to pass off gay women as straight. Those who don't think it's offensive are just unimpressed. It's canceled after just a few episodes.
Hilarity Ensues - Soap Opera about a stand up comic... diagnosed with Hilarititus. Dramedy that quickly develops a Broken Base since nobody can determine which situations are deliberate parodies and which are not. Particularly the series finale, wherein the comic has a psychotic breakdown on stage and dies.
Alternatively, a show where a team sets up funny scenarios based on viewer suggestions and waits to see if hilarity does indeed ensue.
Ho Yay - A show about rap and hip hop. Never gets why people laugh at the name.
Foe Yay - A dark comedy on Showtime where a superhero and a supervillain are forced to share an apartment. Over the course of the series, they discover that they could be more than just enemies.
Holier Than Thou - Game Show in which religious fundamentalists compete to answer trivia questions about their holy books, deliver impromptu sermons, and convert atheists. Wild Mass Guessing is a Catholic-specific Spinoff in which Catholics have to answer questions regarding the most obscure points of their church's theology and practice.
Humans Are Bastards - History channel show chronicling the lowest points of human brutality, torture, mistreatment, genocide, and other general bastard-ness. Each episode has at least one segment about the Nazis. It's the History Channel after all.
Humans Are the Real Monsters: A spin off show of Humans Are Monsters, which focuses on current events, psychology, and sociology as well as history and much like its precedessor has a example involving nazis at least Once per Episode. But unlike Humans Are Bastards, it also focuses on stupidity just as much as cruelty and has many Take Thats at the series Rousseau Was Right. It had started as an environmentalist show which usually talked about dangerous animals being hunted near extinction.
Alternatively, a show about monsters trying to survive against mobs of angry humans.
Invisible Main Character - A goofy Sitcom about a protagonist who is always invisible to both their peers and the audience, so their voice is the only evidence of their existence (other than the large amounts of junk food that go missing from the pantry).
It Just Bugs Me - Participants in this wacky show think they're entering a support group for their entomophobia... until they look inside the snack box!
Joker Immunity - TV Spinoff of The Dark Knight (ignoring Author Existence Failure). A Torchwood-esque TV show that focuses on the Joker's antics in Gotham City. The twist is that the Joker is immortal and dies in increasingly creative ways at least five times an episode and tries to hide it from his Five-Bad Band of followers as they wreak havoc in Gotham. James Marsters makes appearances as Mr. J's ex-boyfriend, with whom he has a torrid affair behind Harley Quinn's back.
Alternatively (or expanding on that idea), a wacky sitcom about a quirky all-powerful alien king and his family moving to earth and their dealings with their ordinary next-door neighbors.
Lampshade Hanging: A game show where contestants have to hang as many actual lampshades as possible before time runs out. The losers then have to explain why they didn't win.
The Legions of Hell - An apocalyptic comedy about a band of demons sent to destroy earth and their wacky hijinks that occur as they try to complete their mission.
Lesbian Vampires - Bravo series about... lesbian vampires. Gets criticized by the media as "exploitative fluff" but quickly spawns a series of related franchises.
Goes on HBO and breaks ratings records, as the plots boil down to "90% Girl-on-Girl Is Hot, 10% vampire stuff."
Lethal Diagnosis - A medical drama, set in twelfth-century Europe, in which a team of physicians diagnoses every case, from ingrown toenails to cancer, as "imbalanced humours" and invariably prescribes massive doses of emetics, laxatives and leeches, or torturing out the demons.
Alternatively, a darkly humorous anime where a creepy Genre Savvy eternally young girl cons and manipulates pedophiles into doing what she wants before she reveals their secret to everyone and/or brutally murders them. The narrator/main character is a normal young girl who was being abused by her uncle before Loli killed him and tries to befriend and aid her even though she's disturbed by her methods.
Alternatively, a show about a pair of magic pants that grant their owner's (a ragtag bunch of students) wishes - the catch is that the pants shrink a size for every wish you make in a 24 hour period so you have to Be Careful What You Wish For.
The Magic Poker Equation - A small group of poker-playing witches and wizards travel the globe and use their magic to win poker games in the world's swankiest casinos.
The Magic Poker Equation - A camera crew follows Antonio Esfandiari (aka The Magician) around as he wins obscene amounts of money playing poker.
Mega Manning - the Mega Man metaseries retooled as a half-hour TV cartoon. The show would spend time on major events in the series such as Dr. Wily betraying Dr. Light, Haruka Hikari giving birth to twins and the oldest one (Hub) dying, and finally, Sonia Strumm being blackmailed into working for the bad guys.
Alternately, a story about hitting Peyton Manning with a gigantor ray.
More alternately, a recently-retired Peyton Manning's weekly NFL talk show on HBO, featuring himself, always wearing turtlenecks and suit jackets, and a weekly alternating guest in wing chairs in front of a black wall.
Mega Neko - A documentary on cats, including the various roles, and ways they have affected mankind throughout history.
Alternatively, a documentary specifically about the history of cats in Japan.
Alternatively, a wacky anime about a normal family and their size-changing cat who fights kaiju in Tokyo.
Mighty Whitey - A racist superhero show that folded after a single episode. Ruined the director and the regular cast.
Mighty Whitey - A cartoon on Adult Swim. 100 years ago, a small white alien who looks like Play-Yan-Kun visited Earth. Now, he came back, and discovered the Creativity Movement. Thinking that the religion was founded because they thought he was a deity after seeing "The White Man's Bible", he decides to become the title superhero to live up to his standard as a superhero. Of course, as it is in real life, the Creativity Movement is a white supremacist religion, and both his superhero identity and his human identity, Sam White, spread the idea that Creativity isn't racist. Hilarity Ensures.
Alternatively, a documentary about female fans of serial killers and other criminals real and fictional.
Alternatively, a documentary about girls who are fans of Monster High and other series/toylines where the characters are weird and different.
Alternatively, a horror/comedy show about a perky girl who becomes a fan of a monster after he unintentionally saves her from a human bad guy. He is forced to live with her when he gets injured and the monster hunters come after him, and then his monster "friends" show up and move in with them too. Hilarity Ensues.
Monster of the Week - Nostalgic documentaries about famous fictional monsters, from Japanese rubber suits to B-movie legends.
Most Common Superpower - Hero derives his powers from having no class. His weaknesses are culture and sophistication.
The Mountains of Illinois - One day, mountains randomly appear in the middle of Illinois, and a Five-Man Band of plucky, quirky, but incredibly attractive people decide to investigate why it happened. Eventually, They Fight Crime in the mysterious mountains while they search for their cause.
Terry Bisson wrote a story a story about an "Uplift" where this happened.
Naked in Mink - Any lady can win a fur coat of her choice if she is willing to wear nothing else (save for shoes, jewelry, a purse, and panties if it's a jacket) in public for a certain amount of time, depending on the value of the coat. Bodyguards for the contestants stay mostly off screen, unless PETA harasses her, or if some guys try to rough her up. Some fans consider the bodyguards beating up those people the best part of the show.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast - A series about the high school adventures of Maximilien Robespierre, Typhoid Mary, Joseph Stalin, and Ted Bundy, drawn together by their unfortunate names and the social isolation as a result.
A Nazi by Any Other Name: A Black Comedy about a gang of neo-Nazis travelling to different European countries, trying to dupe people into joining their cause by dressing up their goals in fancy rhetoric and pretending to be more heroic and respectable than they really are. Very unflattering in it's portrayal of nationalism and authoritarianism.
No Fourth Wall - A lucky couple wins a free house... little realizing the incompetence of the architects building it! But the fine print says they must stay in their new home for at least two years before moving out. Will they survive when the neighbors can see everything that goes on in their family? And more importantly, will their marriage?
Only Sane Man - Sitcom about a successful stockbroker who accidentally gets on the wrong bus one day and ends up in an insane asylum. Hilarity Ensues as he tries every episode (and fails) to either escape or prove his sanity.
Personal Gain Hurts - Would you expect any less from spitting cobras? But while you're avoiding their painful venom, don't forget to watch out for the spikes, tigers and other hilarious hazards as you attempt to grab dollars from a pile of money before it sinks into the quicksand.
Princess Classic - A European princess takes a day job as the conductor for her country's orchestra. Although a drama, it draws in a lot of viewers for its biting humor in the vein of Frasier (the Small Reference Pools inversion, not the screwball plots).
Psycho for Hire - Docudrama about the challenges faced by the mentally ill as they try to find gainful employment.
Pungeon Master - A man in a clown suit cheers up strangers he thinks look depressed by haranguing them with a non-stop barrage of puns. The only way to make him stop is to laugh. Which do you value more... your sanity, or your dignity?
Pure Energy - Stereotypical "manly" show where a group of crazy guys take basic appliances and try to add MORE POWER. Occasionally features Tim Allen.
A product placement laden 90s cartoon made by Pure Energy brand batteries about a superhero who fights crime by using said batteries to power himself up and transform into the grotesquely muscular powerhouse of a man that was depicted on the packaging of the batteries at the time.
Put on a Bus - A bunch of people get on a bus and realize that while it's always moving, it never actually goes anywhere, leaving them stuck in a state of limbo. At the end of the series, they finally get to their destination to find that no time has passed in the outside world, but they've changed a lot.
Robo Family - Faux-retro domestic Sitcom starring a family of Real Lifenon-humanoid robots. Dad's a welding arm in a car factory, Mom's a bread slicer, teenage son's a FIRST competition 'bot and the baby of the family's made out of Lego.
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies - A Wipeout-inspired game show. Five contestants work together to navigate a giant maze. Another contestant works the traps and sends in the monsters. If the navigators complete the maze, they win. If they "die", the dungeon-master wins. Ten thousand dollars per winner on the line.
Save Point - An anime about two two boys, a girl, and a robotic dog who travel into 'The Elektrik Network', a realm in cyberspace under attack from a mysterious type of virus known as Virek. Getting into 'The Elektrik Network' is done through use of computer terminals known as 'Save Points'.
Scare Chord - A special looking at some of the best horror film tunes.
Screwed by the Network: a porn parody of "those awesome shows you loved as a kid, but they got f**ked by The Network." Shows are represented by hot girls in the show's most reconizable costume (skintight, semitransparent, and crotchless, of course), and The Network is represented by an old guy with a pointy hairdo.
Secret Project Refugee Family - Anime about a family of genetically engineered super soldiers that escaped from a top secret government facility, and must stay one step ahead of their pursuers. Often called "The IncrediblesAS AN ANIME" by the people doing the dub (4Kids, who else?), though few of its actual fans, who feel that comparison is looking at the "family" aspect and nothing else (not the least of which is the decidedly non-kid-friendly subject matter, necessitating the Macekre to end all Macekres).
Signature Style - A documentary on the historical significance of Signatures. Hosted by Will Smith, John Hancock himself.
Stable Time Loop - A man tries to go back in time to change history, but every time he does, he comes back to find that nothing has changed, so he starts losing his sanity. Cancelled after three episodes.
Stock Dinosaurs - Animated show for kids from the early 1990s about dinosaur heroes whose hobby is 8-figure racing. Cattle Drive knock-off.
Stylistic Suck - A bunch of fashion critics and designers bash any dresses they don't like. The audience rarely agrees with them unless it's a dress from The Eighties.
Suetiful All Along: A girl feels that her sister, Susan is favored by her parents and better than her at everything. She struggles and strives to be be more like her and gain the love and appreciation of her own family, only to realize not only is Susan just another flawed human being, but that family loved her all along and that in many ways she is just like her sister.
Surfer Dude - Wilson from Orange County, CA is riding the waves when a thunderstorm moves up. He is hit by lightning while still surfing, but he survives and discovers he got super powers which he uses to fight crime, and at the same time, he's working on winning the heart of the girl he loves who until then prefers to hang out with her friends and the jocks from school. Either animated or a sitcom.
This Is Your Premise on Drugs - Advertisement vignettes created to advertise shows. It takes shows and a drug or two, recommended on the internet, and show what X show would look like if on Y drugs. Not necessarily if all the characters are on those drugs, but sometimes.
Those Two Guys - Sitcom about two men named "Guy" and their run ins with amazing people in an ordinary town.
Those Wacky Nazis - A sitcom with Nazis as main characters. Idiot Nazis. Lasted maybe half a season, and considered lucky to last that long.
Too Dumb to Live - This show invites the audience to nominate their less than intelligent acquaintances, then sets lethal traps in and around the home and office of the chosen candidate! Will Bob fall for the "Do Not Step On" signs marking the new minefield in his backyard? It doesn't matter, there are so many he can't help but trigger one sometime!
Too Kinky to Torture - A game show on HBO that tests just how far peoples BDSM tastes can go. Based on a Swedish show with a completely different name... and a sexier host.
Translation Convention - An inside look at what really goes on at linguistics meetings... mostly, erudite discussions about how to render the word "Schaudenfreude" in nearly-extinct Native American languages.
Trojan Prisoner - A sci-fi series about technologically advanced aliens and the prisons that contain them ("Mr Warden... one of these new men is actually an android from Mars. You have less than a week to find out which one.. and you'd better not break procedure.")
Weirdness Coupon Reality tv show in the style of Trigger Happy TV, whoever picks up the coupon has entered the game and will spend the next hour suffering in ways inexplicable to them at the hands of the show's crew
While wildly popular the show gets canceled after one season due to legal troubles
What Could Have Been - A documentary series on HBO that talks about famous Hollywood projects that were/are stuck in Development Hell, and the lives of actors and directors that didn't make it big there. Won a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Emmy.
Alternatively, a TV show that looks at different events in history and what the world might be like if things went different.
Wheel of Pain - Game shows. Medieval torture. Two great tastes together at last.
You Fail Biology Forever - Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? with creationists attempting to answer the most ridiculously easy questions on biology. Side perk: Cheapest prize indemnity insurance ever.
You Fail Logic Forever - A debate game show. Losers get mocked for being so dumb. One of the first contestants was a fox news commentator. No one from that channel has been on since.