Network Sideswipe

A Take That!, like one would do to a Dueling Show, directed at another show on the same network.

If it's directed at the network itself, it's Biting-the-Hand Humor.


  • On the final telecast of The $20,000 Pyramid, a series of joke subjects were presented on the Pyramid board if, in Dick Clark's words, the show wanted to save a little money. One of them was "Hit Shows on NBC-TV."

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus
    • Episode 28 ends with everyone being hustled off the set to make way for Horse of the Year Show.
    • The abortive "Conjuring Today" sketch is followed by a man complaining about TV showing "rubbish like that and Horse of the Year Show."
  • The three stars of The Goodies - Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie - were Cambridge contemporaries of Pythons Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and Eric Idle (all six wrote for and/or starred in the 1964-73 radio series I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again), while Terry Jones and Michael Palin starred with Garden and Oddie in the (now wiped) 1967 sketch series Twice a Fortnight. As such, the Goodies included several friendly digs at the Pythons when the two series aired together on BBC television in the early 1970s.note 
    • In "Invasion of the Moon Creatures", Graeme switches on the TV and sees the Monty Python's Flying Circus opening titles, then immediately switches off because he's missed the Moira Anderson programme he wanted to see.
    • At the end of The Goodies and the Beanstalk, John Cleese makes a Cameo Appearance as a genie; Tim tells him to push off, at which point he shouts "Kids' programme!" and vanishes. And then Tim traps him in his lamp (a tin of beans) and they all laugh.
    • The Goodies' Star Safari Park in "Scatty Safari" includes four groaning Gumbies as an attraction, seen standing in the middle of the road accompanied by John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell" march (used as the theme to Monty Python's Flying Circus) as Graeme angrily gestures to them to clear the road.
    • In "Cunning Stunts", as Tim and Graeme try to recruit a replacement for the dismissed Bill, one applicant is a brass band (heard but not seen) who strike up the "Liberty Bell" march only to have the door slammed on them as Graeme grumbles, "Ruddy Band of the Coldstream Guards!"

  • On Match Game '78, McLean Stevenson's daughter Jennifer was brought up on stage. Host Gene Rayburn asked if she knew the name of her dad's new show that fall (it was In The Beginning). She didn't. She was asked if she knew what network it was on. Again, she didn't know. Gene replied "It begins with a 'C'." Jennifer piped up "B.S.!" The audience and panel roared with laughter, and Gene commented "Jennifer...I think you're gonna be in showbiz..."

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Discovery Kids

  • After South Park aired their episode "Cartoon Wars, Part I", in which they issued a Take That! at Family Guy, they were contacted by the writing staff of the other FOX animated comedies saying that they disliked Family Guy as well, leading to the Lawyer-Friendly Cameo with Bart Simpson joining Cartman in his quest to take Family Guy off the air in Part II.
  • Bones: Intern Colin Fisher gets fed up and outs himself as a Sci Fi Geek:
    "I love it all: Star Trek, Star Wars, Buffy, Xena, AKIRA. I even watch Fringe."
  • Family Guy
    • At the end of "Three Kings", Peter remarks "Now stay tuned for whatever FOX is limpin' to the barn with", which was American Dad!.
    • In "Family Gay", Peter enters a horse in the Quahog Derby, where all the horses are named after cancelled FOX shows. Peter names his horse Til Death (which was then still running), saying that he's gonna "shove it down America's throat".


  • In the Pilot of Teen Wolf, Scott's mother worries about him having a new girlfriend, and says she won't be on "some show with a pregnant teenager." Teen Mom also airs on MTV.

  • The Bullwinkle Show: During the brief period where the show was hosted by a Bullwinkle puppet, the moose often made jokes about Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, which came after the show on NBC's Sunday night lineup.
    Bullwinkle: And now, friends, stay tuned for The Bullwinkle Show, which will continue for the next three-and-a-half hours over most of these stations. The Bullwinkle Show is broken into segments, you know; the Walt Disney segment, the Car 54, Where Are You? segment, the Bonanza segment, and many others. So keep tuned, as The Bullwinkle Show presents the National Broadcasting Company!
    • There's also this joke from one story arc:
    Bullwinkle: This is an ethical dilemma fraught with portent.
    Rocky: What does this mean?
    Bullwinkle: I dunno, I heard it on Meet the Press.