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->''"Yugi, I think I'm pregnant--and ''you're'' the father!"''
-->-- '''Tristan''' (who is [[MisterSeaHorse male]]), ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''

Subtrope of ShowWithinAShow. When a SoapOpera is depicted in works from another genre, it is nearly always done as an [[StylisticSuck over-the-top parody]] of the genre or at least as a quick portrayal of cliched forms of its tropes, including [[SoapWheel (but by no means limited to)]]:

# LoveTriangle (overlaps with nearly everything here, often becoming [[LoveDodecahedron a lot more complicated]])
# MurderTheHypotenuse, usually stemming from the LoveTriangle
# Comas (as per 1, DudeShesLikeInAComa)
# People who are unknowingly related, including LukeIAmYourFather and SurpriseIncest
# And, conversely, unknown relatives showing up, including LukeYouAreMyFather
# [[TwinTropes Twin Siblings]] (often [[EvilTwin evil]], and characters are often involved, sometimes unknowningly, in an affair with them)
# As a result of 1, confusion over [[WhosYourDaddy who a baby's parents are]]
# As a result of the above, [[TangledFamilyTree a completely incomprehensible family tree]]
# [[TwistEnding A big twist that everyone looks forward to]]
# BackFromTheDead (yet again 1)
# EasyAmnesia (Q: {{Let me get this straight}}… is there ''anyone'' here who doesn't have amnesia? A: I forget…)
# DeusAngstMachina
# A roguish, TroubledButCute hunk that all of the women want (often wearing an EyepatchOfPower).
# In 50 or more episodes, I'll die from an [[SoapOperaDisease incurable disease]]
# [[SayMyName Oh, John! Oh, Marsha!]] (a reference to the classic Creator/StanFreberg routine)
# Kids growing up within three episodes due to SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome
# LiveEpisode
# SplitPersonality
-->'''Calculon:''' Son of a bit. This is ''my'' house. But that means I'm blackmailing ''myself''.\\
'''Monique:''' Oh, Calculon, I'm afraid you have a fourth personality the other three don't know about… And it and I are lovers!
# In some versions, the theme music and various stingers will be melodramatically organ-based (akin to radio and early television soap operas)
# Australian accents are common if the show itself is British (or [[CaptainObvious Australian]]).
# By the same token, it's common if the show itself is American for the soap opera to be a Spanish-language ''{{telenovela}}''.
# A few [[BigNo Big No's]] might get sprinkled in
# And none of the above would be complete without liberal use of {{GASP}}

At least one character in the main cast will be a [[DaytimeDramaQueen regular viewer of the show]], and likely be [[ExplainingTheSoap forced to explain it]].



* The series of [[http://www.seriouseats.com/2008/08/videos-japanese-fanta-commercials.html Japanese Fanta Commercials]] featured a series of improbable and terrible teachers that the students had to put up with. One of them was Ms. "Rose Princess," a soap-opera-esque lady teacher whose class was interrupted first by her long-lost suitor suddenly reappearing in her life, then by her mother accusing her of husband-snatching.
* Commercials for UK detergent Daz take place in the fictional soap ''[[PunnyName Cleaner Close]]'', where many outlandish events occur.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/MinamiKe'' has ''Sensei and Ninomiya-kun'', a ShowWithinAShow in which every episode seems to feature ''somebody'' getting amnesia, wandering out into the street, and getting hit by a car.
** [[SayMyName "SENSEI!"]] ''[[SayMyName "NINOMIYA-KUUUUUUUUUN!!"]]''
* In ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyo Tenchi in Tokyo]]'' Princess Ayeka in one episode gets down to watch what she claims is her favorite soap opera: "''Everyone'' has amnesia!"
** In the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OAV the girls all watch a strange alien soap opera, but it doesn't get much actual screen time.
* In an episode of ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'', Gantu is seen watching a soap opera which involves a woman that has been married 25 times, and most of her previous husbands are apparently in a coma.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Whenever Security Chief Parahexavoctal of ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapgunForHire'' needs to [[WeInterruptThisProgram make an important announcement]], the program so interrupted invariably turns out to be a bizarre alien soap called "As the sneef boils".

[[folder:Eastern European Animation]]
* In ''Animation/TechnotiseEditIJa'', terrible soap operas exist in the future too, with a twist. The woman's "a robot... my heart is made of metal!" and the man reveals... "I am in fact... an alien! I don't even have a heart!" as a [[ShockingSwerve shocking twist.]]

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''newRanma'' features a show by the name of "Nurse Academy" that Kasumi (and her sisters to a lesser extent) is a large fan of. Ranma-chan is a bit confused by the interwoven plots and unrealistic actor ages, but becomes strangely fascinated...
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''Fanfic/AllYouNeedIsLove'', in order to [[BrokeEpisode raise funding]] for the Kira investigation, Matsuda begins work on a low-budget soap opera which is (''very loosely'') based [[IWroteOurStory on the lives of the Kira Taskforce]]:
--> '''Matsuda:''' Well, [[SignificantAnagram Inamo]] it turns out had an affair with Y's EvilTwin A and that A is now back in town but Y doesn't want [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Hikaru]] to know because he's afraid that A will seduce Y because they're identical and it's really hard to tell them apart.
--> '''Light:''' And let me guess Hikaru is going to sleep with both of them because he's not only gay but he's also a whore.
--> '''Matsuda:''' Um, well, I don't know if I'd use that term but what if he really can't tell the difference and then… Wow Light, you have really good ideas! You should help me write sometime!
--> '''Light:''' [[TranquilFury You know, this is excellent proof that I'm not Kira. Ryuzaki may be miserable and death-seeking but if I had been Kira then surely Matsuda would be dead by now.]]
* One ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' fanfic has Luke and Reid as fans of a soap which is [[{{Expy}} pretty much]] ''As The World Turns'' with the names changed. The two originally meet on a message board that is definitely not Soap Central and argued over their preferred pairings: Luke wants the expy Luke/Noah pairing, while Reid is an expy Luke/Reid shipper. The story pokes a lot of fun at the ShipToShipCombat / DieForOurShip and FanDumb seen on the ''[=ATWT=]'' message boards.
* There's a Wicked oneshot "Blackout" in which Elphaba and Fiyero mock a (radio) soap opera that Galinda (and Boq) are obsessed with, when the power goes off during a pivotal moment of the show. They try and predict the ending, with many of the ridiculous tropes mentioned above.
* The House MD fanfiction "Woman" has House and Cameron having a bet by trying to predict the storyline of one of House's soaps that he watches.

* The movie ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'' was all about this.
* The Daytime Drama that is the setting of ''{{Film/Tootsie}}'' fills this out, so much so that the main character's real world Reveal is assumed to just be part of the show.
* Rene Zellweger's title character in ''Film/NurseBetty'' has a brain snap after watching her husband's brutal murder and thinks she's a character on her favorite soap opera, and drives cross-country to work at the hospital the show is based in (or at least one in Los Angeles with a similar name). The DVD even includes episodes of the show in their entirety. They're only five minutes long and exist just to show clips during the movie, but there's a coherent plot running through them. Expectedly, all the soap cliches are shown in full, right down to that damn fuzzy camera.
* One of the main characters in ''The Real Blonde'' acts in an insipid daytime soap opera despite being a classically trained actor. He hates it, but likes the money enough to stay. He eventually leverages his character's popularity to get his ex-girlfriend's character killed.
* ''Film/TwentyEightDays'' had one, called ''Santa Cruz'', which has just about every cliche in spades. Hilariously portrayed because everyone in the cast who swore not to become addicted to it got hooked.
* The Australian film, ''You and Your Stupid Mate'' had the protagonists trying to get their favourite soap opera, a ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' parody, uncancelled. In the end [[spoiler: they fail and start watching a ''Series/HomeAndAway'' parody instead.]]
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' has one that shows up when Edward and Nathaniel are channel-surfing. For bonus points it features a cameo of Paige O'Hara, who voiced Belle in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* Stay-at-home dad Jack in ''Film/MrMom'' becomes so addicted to soap operas that he starts dreaming of having an affair with his neighbor Joan, with the situation played out between him, Joan, and his wife Caroline like a soap opera.
* ''Film/EarthGirlsAreEasy'' - Valerie throws her doctor fiance out of the house when he catches him cheating on her. Next morning she sits depressed in the kitchen, watching a soap opera of a doctor fooling around with a nurse on top of his comatose fiancee.

* ''Cobbers'', another ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' parody in ''Literature/JohnnyAndTheDead'', enjoyed by Johnny's grandad and the ghosts.
* The ''novelas'' described in ''Literature/AuntJuliaAndTheScriptwriter'' by Creator/MarioVargasLlosa are supposedly not too far removed from actual South American radio dramas of the time. Until, that is, the plots of the separate ''novelas'' start to merge into one...
* ''The Northern Barstows'' in the Creator/KimNewman ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' story "Literature/TheSerialMurders", a parody of ''Series/CoronationStreet''. Richard Jeperson is horrified to find he's the ''only'' member of the team who doesn't watch it. After watching a bunch of episodes as research for a case, he's even more horrified to realize he ''wants to know what happens next''.
* Amid the various British TV parodies in the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures novel ''Time of Your Life'' is ''Jubilee Towers'', a soap that saves its budget by being mostly set in and around a TV studio...
* ''Literature/TheMurderbotDiaries'' has ''Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon'', which the main character is a great fan of. The only discussion we see of the actual plot is that the colony’s solicitor apparently didn’t kill the terraforming supervisor who was the secondary donor for her implanted baby.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{House}}'' has the episode "Living the Dream", where House, a regular viewer of the hospital soap ''[[ShowWithinAShow Prescription: Passion]]'', notices a symptom in one of the actors. He then kidnaps him in order to cure him.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' has the the titular agency investigate a stabbing that was the result of a prop knife being swapped for a real one. Over the course of the episode nearly all cast members except Shawn and Lassiter are revealed as viewers. Even better, it was a Spanish-language ''{{telenovela}}'', themselves known for being over-the-top.
** The end of the episode makes the whole thing hilarious, as the only two non-viewers, Shawn and Lassiter, end up ''on the show''. Shawn runs with it, Lassiter tries. Oh, how he tries. And fails.
** What really set it over the top was the opening theme song was done ''in Spanish''! All of this makes a little more sense when you realize that James Roday (Shawn) is actually James Rodríguez, and is of Mexican descent.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' has a ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' parody with androids.
-->'''Kelly''': I wasn't with Simone that night, Brooke. I spent the night with Garry.\\
'''Brooke''': Garry? Your ex-husband Garry? My business rival? What are you telling me Kelly?\\
'''Kelly''': It's Brooke Jr.\\
'''Brooke''': What about Brooke Jr?\\
'''Kelly''': He isn't your android.
* The telenovela in ''Series/UglyBetty'', which has the added bonus in that non-Spanish speakers will have an even harder time understanding what's going on.
* The popular Quebecer TV Show ''Le Coeur à ses raisons'' (which means "The heart has its reasons") was all about that. It featured two twin sisters with HUGE breasts and no brain, [[http://bizhonours.free.fr/pics/cultes/lcasr/criquette.jpg Criquette]] and [[http://img174.imageshack.us/i/ashleypb3.jpg/ Ashley]] (played by the same actress, so when they were in the same room they used over the top gags to hide the face of one of the two characters). It also included [[http://i38.servimg.com/u/f38/11/18/18/97/brettb10.jpg triplets all played by the same actor]], a doctor (Brett), his evil twin brother (Brad) and his evil sister (Brenda) who appears in the second season. Oh, and that's [[http://bizhonours.free.fr/pics/cultes/lcasr/crystale.jpg their mom]]. The show was mainly an accumulation of clichés that you usually see in soap operas. They even had a dog, Flatsy, who they all understood. And it's all played for laughs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJY8pFVJvJo This is was it looked like most of the time]].
* An episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had her inspired by Aunt Hilda's favourite soap ''Burden of Desire'' and so opens a "Can of Worms" to make her life more interesting. Highlights include Harvey getting amnesia, a hunky janitor with an eyepatch, Libby framing Sabrina for stealing an engagement ring and two minor characters discovering they are long lost brother and sister.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had one called ''Invitation to Love'' in which [[CrystalBallScheduling the action closely mirrored the story of the show]]. A lot was filmed, but most was cut away in post production.
* ''Moody's Point'' on ''Series/TheAmandaShow'', though it's more of a parody of {{Teen Drama}}s. Bonus points for ending on a never-resolved CliffHanger.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** An early episode featured the gang watching a telenovela and making their own story as they didn't know what was going on. The scene had two women fighting and ended with one of them being thrown down a flight of stairs.
** In "The One Where the Monkey Gets Away", Rachel is watching a nameless soap opera with Marcel the monkey and explaining the gist of the plot to him.
** Joey is a crappy actor (who gets a teensy bit better with time) and gets a role in a soap that is not strictly fictional (being ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'') but the ShowWithinAShow stuff we see fits perfectly anyway... It's outlandish even for a SoapOpera (brain transplants?!)
---> '''Rachel:''' (discussing how Joey may not win a soap opera award) Come on Joey. You're going up against the guy who survived his ''own'' cremation!
* ''Besos y Lagrimas,'' a sketch parodying telenovelas on ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]''.
* Parodied like many other tropes in the 200th episode of ''Series/StargateSG1''; one concept for the rebooted ''[[ShowWithinAShow Wormhole X-Treme!]]'' was a ''Series/BeverlyHills90210''-like DarkerAndEdgier soap with young, beautiful model-actors. (It should be noted, that was before they started ''Series/StargateUniverse''.)
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' had a lot of fun with this one. The standout here is the Season 3 episode "Generalissimo," in which Jack has to deal with the fact that his Puerto Rican girlfriend's senile ''abuela'' watches the Mexican ''telenovela'' ''Los Amantes Clandestinos'', whose villain, the Generalissimo, looks exactly like him.
* Done to the extreme in the ''Series/That70sShow'' season 2 episode "Vanstock".
* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', there is the telenovela ''El Amor Prohibido'' which stars GOB's girlfriend Marta.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had an episode where the crew went back in time to Earth. Staying on board the ship, Neelix and Kes got hooked on several soap operas.
* Conan O'Brien's ''Series/TheTonightShow'' has ''Noches de Pasión con Señor O'Brien''.
* Classic ''Series/DoctorWho'' had one of these... [[RecycledInSpace FROM ANOTHER PLANET!]]
* ''Acorn Antiques'' from ''Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV'' was a parody of everything that was bad about UK soaps of the period. Mostly ''Series/{{Crossroads}}'' (the episode where the antique shop is suddenly a health spa with no explanation is a reference to something very similar happening to the Crossroads Motel), but with a few digs at ''Series/EastEnders'' (such as the tie-in single [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anyone_Can_Fall_in_Love "Anyone Can Break a Vase"]]).
* Similar to the example from ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''Dan and Becs'' had Becs land an important role on real-life Irish soap ''Fair City'', which rapidly transformed into a soap fitting of this trope, with Eastern European sex slaves, hitherto-unknown fatal illnesses and al Qaeda terrorist bombings (in a tiny Dublin bistro).
* In ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'', one of the main characters is the star of a ''Series/DawsonsCreek''-esque soap opera called ''Mackenzie Falls''.
* One of these was even a major plot point of the fifth season of ''Series/NipTuck''. Just the name tells you everything: ''Hearts'n'Scalpels''
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' had a parody of K-Dramas entitled ''Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive'', or ''Taedo''. It featured accidental BrotherSisterIncest, assassins, FunWithSubtitles, [[{{Doppelganger}} doppelgangers]], IncurableCoughOfDeath, and Wrestling/{{Edge}}.
* An episode of ''Series/{{ALF}}'' had ALF writing for a soap opera, with a lot of the storylines taken from the Tanners day-to-day life, but soapified. Then the family asked him to stop using them for material, and his scripts got blander ... so the executives soapified them ''further''. Cue the family suspecting that the outrageous stuff now in the soap really happened.
-->'''ALF''': I even cut out the sex...\\
'''Kate''': What sex? Who had sex?\\
'''ALF''': I said I cut it out!
* In the sixth season of the popular Israeli satire show ''Eretz Nehederet'', every episode ended with a GagDub of some Arabic soap opera. The series was titled ''En Gvul laAhava'' (‘Love Is Boundless’), written with a font [[ForeignLookingFont resembling Arabic script]]. A rather casual CrowningMomentOfFunny was when one of the character’s daughter called her father ‘[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall pathet]]’ (a word coined by ''Eretz Nehederet'' in a series of sketches joking about Israeli teens), and her father complained it’s ‘[[GenreSavvy all because of television]]’.
%%* ''Series/{{Soap}}''.
* Creator/StephenColbert was discussing how some soap operas are now including (obscenely obvious) {{product placement}}, and the segment rapidly devolved into this with the appearance of his {{evil twin}}.
* ''{{Series/SCTV}}'''s ongoing soap opera parody ''The Days of the Week'' was a surprisingly understated example of this trope.
* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' has a sketch that purports to be an Australian soap opera. It gets increasingly surreal, ending with Fry's character admitting to Laurie's that they've been having an affair ("You mean we've been sleeping together all this time... behind my back?") and then giving as an excuse that he'd just discovered that he was his own father.
* A season 7 episode of ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' had Eric, who was off from work recovering after open-heart surgery, sitting around the house watching a soap opera about a woman named Maria with alien DNA in her stomach.
* Spoof news programme ''Series/TheDayToday'' does occasional features on ''The Bureau'', a spoof soap opera set in a bureau-de-change of all places, where the staff all sleep with each other, get savagely beaten up, have drug overdoses and get fired as a matter of routine. All in less than 6 minutes of clips.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' had three of the characters suddenly become engrossed in a soap called ''Tears of Tomorrow'' and then move on to ''another'' soap when the first got cancelled (not-so-coincidentally at a time when cancelling long-running soaps was making headlines). The CreditsGag is a reenactment of ''Tears of Tomorrow'', which crams in a lot of the soap conventions mentioned in the main article within a space of ''30 seconds''.
* Season 5 of ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' included a Telenovela challenge where the queens had to act out scenes from a mock Latin soap, ChewingTheScenery like there's no tomorrow.
* ''The Bowmans'' in the ''Radio/HancocksHalfHour'' episode of the same name, which as the title suggests, is blatantly ''Radio/TheArchers''. When Tony's character proves to be the most popular thing in it ''after'' the writers DroppedABridgeOnHim, they quickly give him a BackupTwin.
* ''Seducción Salvaje'' in the ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' episode of the same name, is an over-the-top telenovella, which leads inevitably to a TrappedInTVLand plot.
* Implied in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' in the episode "[[Recap/SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame The Great Game]]", where Sherlock watches day-time tv and winds up yelling at it.
--> '''Sherlock''': No, no, [[BigNo NOOOOOO]]! OF COURSE he's not the boy's father! [[SherlockScan Look at the turn-ups on his jeans!]]
* ''Series/HopeAndFaith'' features an actress who was just fired from her soap "The Sacred and the Sinful" and replaced with TheOtherDarrin. The season 1 finale parodies this even further, featuring a soap style plan to humiliate Faith on live TV.
* Lorenna in ''Series/TheBrothersGarcia'' is addicted to telenovellas as a RunningGag. One episode even has her trying to set the world record for longest time spent watching them.
* ''Series/{{Telenovela}}'' takes place behind the scenes of the telenovela ''Las Leyes de Pasion''.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Hilariously, in "The French Mistake" Sam and Dean are transported into [[RealWorldEpisode a reality where their life is a TV show]]. Dean is [[FauxHorrific absolutely horrified]] to discover that his actor starred in the soap drama ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (which is an actual show that Creator/JensenAckles starred in).
-->'''Dean:''' Sammy, this reality is bad. We need to get out of here.
* An early episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' has Bartlet, in bed with the flu, watching soap operas and commenting that the characters seem to have a lot of free time in the middle of the day, then pointing out that the woman who's supposed to be a surgeon has changed her clothes [[UnlimitedWardrobe quite a few times]] in one afternoon.
* ''Series/{{Insecure}}'' has ''Due North'', a parody of {{prime time soap}}s like ''Series/{{Empire}}'', about a black slave involved in a clandestine romance with her master. This one is so elaborate that the writers actually wrote 13 episodes, along with creating a set and casting Regina Hall and [[Series/{{Scandal}} Scott Foley.]]

* Technically, it's a Soap Within a Music Video, but the music video for Music/FooFighters' "Long Road to Ruin" contains one of these, where the members of the band and Rashida Jones portray both the characters and the actors who play the characters. So really, it's a Soap Within a Show Within a Music Video...?
* Eminem has an interlude aptly named "Soap" on his first album, ''The Slim Shady LP''.
->"Squire Montgomery!"
-->"What do you want from me Roger?!"
->"I knew it was you all along messing around with my dear Veronica..."
-->"Wait a minute, you hold it right there, me and that woman love each other"
->"-LOVE?! What do you know of love?"
-->"We were destined to be together, I met her on the beach.."
->"Are you out to destroy me?"
-->"No Roger, that's not what I want to do. I LOVE HER! And we're going to be together."

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* The daytime television show that Calvin watched in one strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
-->"Oh, Mary, you look ravishing in that skimpy negligee!
-->Mmm ... darling, don't you wish we were married?
-->But we are! ... or did you mean to each other?
-->I've got to have you! Let's [[MurderTheHypotenuse murder our spouses]]!
-->Murder?! You sick animal! I love it when you talk that way! Come here!"
** Calvin then commented that he learns things staying home that he would ''never'' find out about in school.

* ''Medical Center of Love'' on ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey''. Just one scene includes two [[TheReveal reveal]] [[TwistEnding twists]] and 3 characters declaring the secrets they've discovered from reading other people's diaries. By the end of the episode/virtual reality adventure in the Room of Consequences, Erica is practically pulling her hair out in frustration. "How do you soap opera people live like this day in and day out?!"
* ''Radio/EdReardonsWeek'': The main character's friend is a director whose latest blockbuster films are a trilogy about a dolphin named Dermot, who is in love with his human trainer. The clips the audience hears are all melodramatic twaddle. The trainer goes blind at one point ... and then Dermot donates his corneas to her.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' has ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heJrK751zi8 Lords and Ladies]]''.
** And in ''Max Payne 3'', there's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvSDEe_jjNA&feature=related Amor e Damas]]'', a parody of Latin American ''telenovelas''.
* In ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'', Dr. Nefarious tends to short out and channel one of these whenever he gets angry.
** In one of the vid-comics, Qwark is watching one when he's interrupted by the arrival of his trainer, Helga. Hilariously, it seems to be the exact same one Nefarious broadcasts.
** ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools of Destruction]]'' later named the show "Lance & Janice", and implied it to be a very popular LongRunner.
* On the Silver Strip in ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', you can go to the cinema and see a film which is practically every cliché line by line. It is incredibly funny.
* The intro to ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'' flips though several TV channels, one featuring two people who yell at each other, [[SlapSlapKiss slap each other in the face and then kiss]] to swelling music.
* The intermission sequences in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'' have the player character eating popcorn and watching a cheesy soap opera involving vampires called ''The Immortal and the Restless''.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner's ''Caleb Rentpayer'' has shades of this, particularly in regards to its soundtrack and time slot. The only drama shown, however, is a spoof of ''Series/{{Dallas}}''' "Who Shot J.R.?" episode, though the resolution is suitably absurd (it was [[spoiler:Homestar]]).

* The soap opera in ''[[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]]'' hasn't received a title yet, but [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1101.php we have a vague idea of its plot]] and as of this writing, [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1109.php it has ensnared three different characters]].
* SpriteComic ''Oldskooled'' has the ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''-based soap "[[http://oldskooled.comicgenesis.com/archive.html?date=20010219 All My Ninjas]]" in one arc. It's irresistible to anyone save [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]], who'd rather drink beer and gets annoyed that the bartender would rather watch the soap than do his job. Besides scenes from the show, we see Mario's attempts to put a stop to things.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'''s ''All My Circuits''. (Formerly the TropeNamer.)
** Starring [[LargeHam Calculon]], whose character mentions having six [[EvilTwin evil identical septuplets]], and no less than ''four'' [[SplitPersonality split personalities]].
*** Best shown by the episode's recap:
--->"Let me get this straight. Does anyone '''not''' have amnesia?"
--->"I don't remember."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' from the episode "Bart's Dog Gets an F":
-->A disheveled priest interrupts two lovers (male boss and female employee) in an office.\\
'''Woman''': Father Mcgrath, I thought you were dead!\\
'''Father Mcgrath''': I was!
** Bumblebee Man is a regular character in a Mexican Spanish-language soap, and his character appears to suffer divorce, infidelity, property damage with the expected melodrama.
** The series 11 episode "Pygmoelian" revolves around a soap called ''It Never Ends''.
** During the teachers' strike in season six, Jimbo watches a soap with his mom:
--> (''sobbing'') I just can't believe Stark would stoop to that right in the middle of Montana and Dakota's wedding.
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E20TheBoyWhoKnewTooMuch The Boy Who Knew Too Much]]", Bart watches a TV show episode of [=McGarnigal=] that bears a striking similarity to his situation.
* The long-lost 1990 Saturday morning cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' has ''Trudy and the Beast'', which stars wolf-man actor Billy Headstone as the eponymous Beast, who seems to be having an affair with a married woman. Cleofatra loves to watch [=TatB=] since [[CelebCrush she has a crush on Billy]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' has ''Beautiful People, Horrible Lives''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has ''All My Parents' Offspring'' (parody of ''Series/AllMyChildren''), ''Kissy Kissy Goo Goo'' and ''All My Biceps'' (Jorgen's favorite show starring Wanda's identical but somehow hotter sister Blonda).
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' has ''The Young and the Featherless''.
* ''The Loved and the Loveless'' on ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', which the entire cast watches.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' had one with a gun toting Mexican priest/assassin (''Los Dias y Las Noches de Monsignor Martinez''). It looked awesome.
** '''[[CatchPhrase Vaya... con DIOS!]]'''
** [[http://video.adultswim.com/king-of-the-hill/signor-martinez.html This sums it up pretty well.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger watches what's supposed to be ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'', but the only scene we ever see is the two main women slapping each other and calling each other "bitch" in turn. The scenery changes sometimes, but they are always doing the same thing.
* Everyone in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Sick Day" passes around [[{{Mundangerous}} a cold]], and while recovering, they all watch the same soap opera:
-->'''Killigan''': Can you believe Belisha and Brock switched brains?
-->'''Drakken''': I know! So does that mean the wedding's off?
** In another episode, Kim and Ron are bemusedly watching a ShipTease scene that parallels their own pre-OfficialCouple situation at the time:
-->'''Ron:''' Oh please, are they still teasing that Charity and Dannie are gonna get together?
-->'''Kim:''' Like that's ever gonna happen. It would end the series.
* In the 1980s ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon, Krang is shown to have a specific fondness for a soap opera of the "Oh John! Oh Marsha!" variety. In fact, that's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pretty much all the show seems to be]].
** Master Splinter has picked it up in [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 toon]]. It's briefly {{lampshaded}} in the CGI movie (made doubly funny with VA Mako's delivery), and ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' starts with him watching a man say "I'm not your stepbrother - I'm your ''[[UnsettlingGenderReveal half-sister]]''!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Perry the Platypus watches an unnamed soap opera on his days off. What we see of it definitely fits the trope.
** Doofenshmirtz interrupted a Football match to keep seeing his Telenovela: El Matador de Amor. Describing it as "three simultaneous story lines that interconnect... Genius! Anyway, the last episode was a cliffhanger...s".
* The Autobots of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' were partial to ''[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/As_the_Kitchen_Sinks As the Kitchen Sinks]]'', which features drama such as an affair between Donna and Gordon, Sheryl's will (which Jack apparently didn't know about), and (in a deleted line), the will actually belonging to Bob, who named Katy as his successor!
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', the kids end up on a deadly game show on an alien planet, while their parents back home frantically try to rescue them (having found out via Earth's sudden reception of all nine billion galactic TV channels) and berate Jimmy's dad Hugh for watching ''[[RecycledInSpace Andromeda 90210]]'' instead of the game show. Naturally, he ends up on the set at the very end and saves the day by answering the trivia question correctly:
-->'''Meldar:''' How many {{evil twin}}s were hatched from Dakota's birth sac on the popular daytime drama ''Andromeda 90210''?
-->'''Hugh:''' It's impossible to answer, because Dakota's evil twin wasn't hatched, she was [[EvilKnockoff cloned]] by Dr. Meldak's [[ClingyJealousGirl jealous wife]]'s ex-husband's [[TangledFamilyTree former lovechild]]! ''[[CaptainObvious Duh!]]''
* Grim of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' is addicted to the show ''[[Franchise/MyLittlePony My Troubled Pony]]''. Two [[StockParody Stock Parodies]] for the price of one!
** Another episode had him watching "Love Problems".
--> "I love you... but I have a problem."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode, "Star Crossed Circuits", Darkwing's new super computer is convinced that "she's" a character from a Soap Opera called, "The Young and the Brainless" and that she's in love with Darkwing.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'', the only TV channel they can get shows Russian soap operas, which Debbie feels... none-too-excited about, at first. Later, when Eliza comes to ask her something:
-->'''Debbie:''' Shh! [[ExplainingTheSoap Yuri just told Svetlana that he's leaving her for Olga!]]\\
'''Eliza:''' You don't speak Russian.\\
'''Debbie:''' You are so young -- the language of soap opera is universal.
* The "Customer Service" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' has Speedy becoming hooked on a Spanish soap opera.
--> '''Speedy:''' Dr. Jimenez has a twin brother? What will Lindsey say? She already sold her hacienda. She has enough on her plate already.
--> '''Daffy:''' Is Dr. Jimenez the bad guy?
--> '''Speedy:''' No, Philip is the bad guy. Dr. Jimenez is wonderful! He's a father!
* ''WesternAnimation/JetsonsTheMovie'': Jane, Rosie and Astro are watching "All My Androids". All three are in tears as "Galaxina threatens to pull the plug on her romance".
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', "The Inconveniencing": Grunkle Stan becomes an unlikely fan of a soap called ''The Duchess Approves'', which airs on the Black and White Period Piece Old Lady Boring Movie Channel.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' features the telenovela ''El Amor De La Pasión El Amor'', of which Rex is a fan and whose actors are seen in one episode to be just as overly dramatic as the characters they portray.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Kid TV" has Phil and Lil act out a soap opera titled, ''The Teeny and the Tiny''. The plot of the story shown apparently involves Lil preparing to have her brain removed, while Phil tries to talk her out of the operation. Angelica mistakes this for a different kind of {{opera}}, and plays a singing waitress dressed as a {{Valkyrie|s}}. The same episode has Stu briefly switching to a soap, where a girlfriend says something about her boyfriend finally regaining his memory.
* ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' has Angelica watching a soap while in hospital with a broken nose, where a character's brain is 'melting'. She quotes the girl's MadnessMantra to make the doctors think she has brain damage.
--> "The couch is on vacation. The sky is green. The pillows are hungry."
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a medical drama called ''Under the Knife''. Connie laments that her mother, who's a doctor, doesn't let her watch the show at home because it's not scientifically accurate. Given Connie's remark that ''Under the Knife'' is supposed to be "satire", it seems to be an in-universe parody of soap operas.
-->'''Male Nurse:''' How did his legs... ''get into his brain?!''
** Later on, [[spoiler: Peridot]], of all people, ends up hooked on a Canadian summer-camp drama called ''Camp Pining Hearts''. Or rather, hooked on [[UpToEleven one episode for 78 hours]]. At first, Steven decides not to tell her there's more than one episode. Eventually, she watches more, as she and Steven agree that season 5 was terrible, and she even gets [[spoiler: Lapis Lazuli]] into it.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has "Hospital of Horrors", which based on dialogue, appears to be horror themed, given that in a ZombieApocalypse episode, background character Millie states her zombified friend had eyes like a character from the show and another episode has a reference to giving someone a transfusion of poodle blood.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': In ''Inspector Gadget's Last Case'', Dr. Claw is quite the fan of ''All My Offspring.''

* Italian comedy program ''"Mai Dire Reality"'' ("Never Say Reality [Show]") spoofed this with the reality show-spoof "Il divano scomodo" ("The Uncomfortable Sofa"), that has its participants [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin forced to stay on an uncomfortable sofa during the whole show]] when one of its participants, Bamma, a [[strike: whore]] girl with the hobby of prostitution suddenly jumps off the couch for no other reason than switching the TV on, in order to watch an episode of ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' (since it's still inexplicably popular in Italy). Cue the GagDub:
--> '''Ridge Forrester:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Brooke... I'm your]] ''[[MindScrew grandpa."]]''
* The whole plot of the DonaldDuck comic series by Silvia Ziche, "Il Papero Del Mistero" (Duck Mystery). Scrooge [=McDuck=] wants to renew his TV channel's program so he employs the whole Duck and friends family to star in a soap opera with an over-the-top plot based on improvisation.
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' has "Patemi" (Worries). It includes, among other things, cyber-ninjas. To be honest, this was after the director was, essentially, slightly mentally zombified.
* Harold, Franchise/{{Batman}}'s mechanic, was once shown to be a fan of a soap, something that the prim and proper [[BattleButler Alfred]] chastised him for. Later shown to be HypocriticalHumor as Alfred begins riffing on the show, with obvious knowledge of previous plot points.