Many people believe that simply getting exposed to the world of television will make them instantly popular, even if they are a Geek with no friends.
For people who do manage to get themselves exposed in the local news or something similar, it only lasts very briefly, usually in seconds. This is where the old saying "15 minutes/seconds of fame" comes into play. People who do get themselves exposed to the world will usually either say hello to their mother or do something extremely stupid or moronic to make their short exposure much more glamorous; they think people will remember them for a long time, when in fact people will quickly forget them and move on. If this happens, the person may sometimes try to bug people into remembering that he or she was on TV.
- One episode of Hell Girl had a man tracking down and murdering a bunch of people who did this during a news report talking about the death of his wife and son in an accident.
- The Powerpuff Girls comic book story "Drama-O-Rama" (DC Comics, issue #48) has Sedusa staging a reality TV show throughout Townsville, knowing that everybody—even the girls—will be mugging for the cameras so much that she'll be able to rob Townsville blind.
- Crank: High Voltage had a guy flaunt Eve's panties to the camera.
- Mike Teevee, the TV junkie from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He thinks that getting himself shrunk in order to appear on Wonka's screens is totally worth it!
- Marco in Animorphs uses this trope at one point to let an Andalite general know that the entire Andalite civilian population is watching their conversation before the general has time to say anything in front of them that he won't be able to take back. As an unfortunate consequence, humanity's first direct words to the larger universe are, "Hey, everybody! Howard Stern rules! Yah!"
- In one episode of Dinosaurs, there's a TV report about a meteor about to fall on the Sinclair home. Earl and the kids look out the window and wave at the camera as the meteor plummets towards them.
- Dead Ringers once had a sketch where John Prescott does this.
- One sketch in Mr. Show has a news crew reporting on a roller coaster that's killing people, to the point where people are leaving town and boarding up their doors to try to get away from the roller coaster. Naturally, when the news crew is reporting from the line, all those people are there and waving at the camera.
- In Babylon 5 episode "And Now For A Word" humans and aliens on the title station move behind a reporter on the station as she is filming.
- In Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting, when Kermit informs Grover that he's trying to do a news report and Grover then sees that he is on television, Grover shouts "Hello mom! Thank you for letting a monster into your living room."
- In The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show, during the first shot of the control room, Fozzie looks to the camera and says, "Hi, mom."
- Both My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope have an InsideProbe episode featuring the main cast of their respective series. Earl also has an episode of Series/COPS (fittingly called Our COPS Is On!) that has the main characters treated like hometown celebrities
- Girls' Generation: Yuri on Entertainment Tonight News.
Soooyoung: I actually personally really like Girls' Generation.MC: Is there someone you like in particular?Sooyoung: Personally... They're all trying to show me their merits and charm... but Yuri who is right in front of me.MC: Can someone be more tacky?Yuri: (waves to the camera) Mom, I'm on TV!
- Fundies Say the Darndest Things: Usually inverted in that the fundies say things over news reels or get quoted on news websites only to appear on the site afterwards. However, there was the case of Xiao-Feng-Fury (see Rogues Gallery), who made national news over her Macy's incident.
- From Sonic Adventure 2 (in 4 minutes): "I told you, my name is SHADOW! *sees camera* Hey I'm on TV! *waving* Hi, mom!"
- NFL Films compiled a montage of players doing this, set to music ... the Hi Mom Aria.
- Parodied in Family Guy where Chris is interviewed by the local news. He asks to say hello to his mother, Lois. He does so while turning away from the camera and saying hello to his mother who is only a few feet away from him.
- Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob's Last Stand". One Bikini Bottomite overdoes it while the news reporter is not amused.
Bill: Hi Mom, hi Dad. Hey Dr. Slieen. [SpongeBob is seen running away from jellyfish in the background] Hey Jennifer, hey Sally, hey Francis, hey Mable, hey Julie, hey Abigail.
- Twice Upon a Time: Rod Rescueman shouts "Hey look, I'm on camera!" when he sees himself on Ibor's screen, just before Ibor knocks him out.
- An Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy episode had Augie bragging to a friend that Doggie Daddy was a TV star. Owning up to it, Augie films Doggie Daddy in various and unsuccessful feats of daring with the idea of getting a TV station to show it. At the end, Doggie Daddy is not only on TV, he's in the TV.
- The Real Ghostbusters episode "Halloween II 1/2" had Slimer say "Hi, ma" while testing the camera Egon strapped to him in order to spy on Samhain's fortress.
- Cartoon Planet: One of Space Ghost's musical interludes Everybody Wants To Be Space Ghost" begins with this...
Everybody wants to be Space Ghost / Everybody near and far / Hey, ma, look at me / I'm on TV / Everybody wants to be a star
- The Magic School Bus: While on Gerri Poverri's show, after he finishes speaking, Tim briefly turns to the camera to say "Hi mom!".
- Of course this happens all the time in Real Life, much to the dismay of the local news reporter on scene. Most people who see a news reporter in the street will usually pass by in the distance waving their arms or making silly faces. Other people may try this closer to the camera.
- There was one occasion where (off camera) a reporter attacked or shoved some people interfering with their news report who were hovering on top of the reporter.