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  • Cable television programs were formerly honored by an annual award ceremony called the CableACE Awards. "ACE" stood for "Awards for Cable Excellence", which would mean that the expanded name of the awards was the Cable Awards for Cable Excellence Awards. In keeping with this redundancy, in some years the awards were simultaneously broadcast on multiple channels (in 1990: American Movie Channel, BET, Bravo, CNBC, the Discovery Channel, the Family Channel, Lifetime, Movietime, Nickelodeon, Sports Channel America, TBS Superstation and TNT). The awards themselves were eliminated in 1998 because they were considered redundant to the Emmys, where cable programs had come to be competitive.
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  • A Travel Channel show called a sauce "Shoyu Soy Sauce". Shoyu is the Japanese word for soy sauce.

  • The 10th Kingdom- "The mythical tenth kingdom - spoken of only in myth."
  • In the pilot episode of 30 Rock Kenneth describes The Girly Show to a tour group as "a real fun ladies' comedy show for ladies."
  • 'Allo 'Allo!:
    • There are several references to being "disguised as a woman of the opposite sex".
    • Fraulein Von Kinkenrotten is one of Helga's "most intimate female girlfriends".
    • Avoided when Maria is not permitted to disguise herself as a small girl - because she is a small girl.
  • When Josh Server describes the audition process on All That he says that the obstacle course was full of obstacles.
  • The opening theme to The Aquabats! Super Show! points out that it's a TV show.
  • Babylon 5, Season 4, Episode 2 opens with a voice-over: "Personal Log, January 8th, 2261, Dr. Stephen Franklin recording"... Not a classic example of the trope, but a close cousin, unless you typically record entries in other peoples' personal logs.
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  • The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon, when he's wishing to enter another's apartment (or, sometimes, closed-off room)-
    *Knockknockknock* "Penny!"
    * Knockknockknock* "Penny!"
    * Knockknockknock* "Penny!"
  • Big Time Rush has several examples, usually said by James. The most notable one being "The Hollywood Super Party Kings of Hollywood".
    Logan: You said "Hollywood" twice.
    James: You bet I did.
  • From A Bit of Fry and Laurie:
  • Bones:
    • The Season Six finale featured a completely obnoxious young bowling prodigy who, by obsessively keeping track of her progress from game to game, predicted that by 2026 she'd be the bowling "World Champion of the World." Lampshaded by Brennan:
    Brennan: That's a redundant statement.
    Amber: I'm so good they have to say it twice!
    • Later, her colleagues list the "telltale signs" for the socially-challenged Brennan:
      Booth: Well, look, I’m fine with it, Bones, really. I have zero problems with it, but... that guy is gay.
      Brennan: He is not gay.
      Booth: Please. Double cheek kiss, tight Italian suit...
      Sweets: ...Coldplay...
      Booth: Never married...
      Sweets: Coldplay!
    • The bucket list Angela gives intern Oliver Wells in "The Lady on the List" to improve his behavior:
    1. Don't be a douche.
    2. Really, don't be a douche.
    3. Work and play well with others, so I'm not perceived as a douche.
  • Boy Meets World:
    • >Knockknockknock<Feeny!>Knockknockknock<Mr. Feeny!>Knockknockknock<Feeeeneeey!
    • When Cory tries to write his wedding vows:
      Cory: Sometimes two people who love each other are in love, and because of that love, they love each other.
  • The Boys (2019): The name of Black Noir. "Noir" in French means black. So his name is "Black Black".
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
    • In "Lockdown", Jake Peralta makes ultra clear he sent an e-mail with his condolences to Captain Holt from his PERSONAL e-mail.
      Amy: Hey, did you send that from your personal or work account?
      Jake: Personal... It's a personal matter involving a personal friend and his personal uncle.
      Amy: So you remembered to turn off your signature, right?
      Jake: [Oh, Crap! all over his face] Oh, no!
    • In episode "The Night Shift", Amy finds out Rosa is sneaking out and lying about it and she gets really exasperated — because of all the lying.
      Amy: Cool, maybe we can mill around and small talk about how some of us are big lying liars who lie all the time like a bunch of liars, Rosa.
    • "Terry's Kitties": Jake and Terry track down a suspect to the Club International of Brighton Beach International Club. Jake points out that the redundancy in the name indicates how sleazy the place is.
    • "The Big House, Part 2": Captain Holt, who is gay, but undercover as a straight man visiting his spouse in prison, describes her as his "female wife".
    • "Kicks": Jake talks about stuff he kept thinking about while he was in prison. Mainly food, but checks himself when he realizes his girlfriend is present as well. So — sex, sex with her and them doing sex with foreplay.
      Jake: All I thought about day and night were the things I wished I was eating. And you, Amy. I thought about you a lot. Sex with you, just us doing sex with foreplay.
      Amy: Great save, babe.
    • "The Crime Scene": Jake is dealing with a particularly difficult murder case which he's emotionally invested in. In one scene, he storms out with this gem: "I guess it really does take your closest friends to make you realize that you have crap friends that are idiots and are dumb and idiots! I'm solving this."
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel:
    • In the Buffy episode "Hush", Willow, in her Wicca group, suggests that they try using actual magic for a change. They all give her a look, then one of them says:
      "Oh yeah, then we could all get on our broomsticks and fly around on our broomsticks."
    • When Buffy unwittingly meets Vampire Willow in "Doppelgangland":
      Buffy: You know what? I like the look. It's, um... it's, it's extreme, but it, it, it looks good, you know, it's a... leather thing, and, uh... I said extreme already, right?
    • Buffy about being killed:
      Buffy: If Xander kills himself, he's dead.
    • One episode in Season 2 of Buffy is named "Killed By Death". Although by "Death", we mean "Death".
    • In Season 9:
      Faith: So all we have to do is get inside ... survive ... bust your pals out ... survive ... and get us all to a safe dimension. Alive.
    • Over on Angel Wesley once broke out:
      Wesley: We manly men will gather round and kill it to death.
    • In After The Fall on Gunn's field report: "We cooperated with each other, worked together and used teamwork."
  • In the Burn Notice episode "Better Halves", Nicky says, "They're always carrying guns at all times."
  • Candid Camera has the Catchphrase of "Don't be surprised if sometime, somewhere, someplace when you least expect it, someone steps up to you and says... 'Smile, you're on Candid Camera.'" The latter two, "somewhere" and "someplace" mean essentially the same thing.
  • El Chapulín Colorado had an episode titled "El cadaver muerto de un difunto que falleció al morir". note 
  • In one episode of El Chavo del ocho:
    Don Ramon: I'd rather die than lose my life!
    • The wise phrase uttered by characters every now and then: "La venganza nunca es buena: mata el alma y la envenena".note 
  • Cheers
    • Frasier once said to Diane, "So you think that I'm repetitive, that I repeat myself, that I say things over and over?"
    • In another episode, Dr. Frasier Crane is explaining his son's name to Woody by telling him that his first name is Frederick, his middle name is his wife Lilith's last name, and his last name is Frasier and Lilith's last names, hyphenated. The actual name (Frederick Sternin Sternin-Crane) is bad enough, but since Lilith already hyphenated her maiden name with Frasier's when they got married, Woody interprets this to mean that the child is named Frederick Sternin-Crane Sternin-Crane-Crane.
  • Chuck had the C.A.T. Squad show up in episode 4x15. That's the Clandestine Attack Team. Squad.
  • Invoked by Dawn in the City Guys episode "Frisky Business", when Cassidy insults her with a crack about her "cheese hips" (after the two girls decide to be honest, which causes more problems than it solves):
    Dawn: At least when I go to a freak show, you know, they don't say "hey, freak! You want to be in our freak show, you freak"!
  • A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All stars "Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Toby Keith, Feist, John Legend, Willie Nelson, Jon Stewart, Santa and Stephen Colbert". Bizarrely, if you think hard enough about it, given the character break during the last song, this makes sense.
  • On Community, Vaughn says his greetings and salutations three different ways every time, a habit that the study group likes to make fun of.
    • Britta has a tendency towards this, with gems such as "Hm, calling for help. A classic call for help" or "an escaped convict has escaped".
    • In the Dungeons & Dragons episode this bit of dialogue occurs:
      Jeff: I take my throwing knife and I throw it, knife-style.
    • Meta Example: In February 2018, about three years after Community ended, Joel McHale became the host of his own Netflix sketch comedy show titled The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale. Need we say more?
  • In the Corner Gas episode "Outside Joke", Brent is excited about the gas station's new windshield washer fluid because, "It's red! The old stuff was blue! We used to sell blue, now we're selling red!"
  • In Danger 5, Pierre reveals that one of Hitler's schemes is the production of 'golden superweapons… made of gold'.
  • The Day Today often featured sentences mangled into redundant loops, to add to the appearance that the show was live (and also for Rule of Funny).
    "This report from Eugene Fraxby who's got the story with him reports"
    "This is Sports Desk, with me, Alan Partridge, and it's a special desk of sport now, as we look back at some of the sporting highlights of the last sporting season. So lie down, relax, and let the sports commence!"
    • Even the soundtrack was not immune; it would occasionally end episodes with the music repeating like a broken record during the final note.
  • In Deadwood when the newspaper wants to publish that the cure for the plague bothering the town will be distributed gratis, Al Swearingen demands it must say "Free Gratis".
  • Doctor Who:
    • A misread line by First Doctor William Hartnell while showing Ben & Polly the TARDIS gives us this from "The Smugglers":
      The Doctor: You see that scanner? That is what I call a scanner, up there.
    • In the non-canon parody The Curse of Fatal Death (where the title also is an example):
      The Master: And it will be a deadly vengeance... It will be the deadly vengeance of deadly revenge! [Evil Laugh]
      • The title of "The Curse of Fatal Death" is probably a reference to the title of "The Deadly Assassin". However, its writer, Robert Holmes, always maintained that it wasn't redundant: there have been many incompetent assassins.
    • And this audio drama song, where Six is the very model of a Gallifreyan Buccaneer:
      The Doctor: I’ve liberated planets and delivered them from total war/ Saved Earth, Manussa, Dulkis, Skonnos, Earth, Tigella, Earth once more...
    • In "The Happiness Patrol", the Doctor introduces Ace to the Kandyman as an expert in calorificationnote , incinerationnote , carbonisationnote  and inflammationnote .
    • "The End of the World" gives us this, overlapping with Shaped Like Itself:
      Rose: They're just so alien. The aliens are so alien. You look at them... and they're alien.
    • "The Age of Steel": This conversation on how Cybermen will make everything in life redundant, stopping humans from being human:
      Cyber Controller: I will bring peace to the world. Everlasting peace. And unity. And uniformity.
      The Doctor:: And imagination? What about that? The one thing that led you here. Imagination? You’re killing it dead.
      Cyber Controller: What is your name?
      The Doctor: I’m the Doctor.
      Cyber Controller: A redundant title. Doctors need not exist. Cybermen never sicken.
      The Doctor: But that’s it! That’s exactly the point! Oh, Lumic, you’re a clever man. I’d call you a genius, except I’m in the room… but everything you’ve invented you did to fight your sickness. And that’s brilliant. That is so human. But once you get rid of sickness and mortality, then what’s there to strive for? Eh? The Cybermen won’t advance. You’ll just stop. You’ll stay like this forever. A metal Earth with metal men and metal thoughts. Lacking the one thing that makes this planet so alive. People. Ordinary, stupid, brilliant people!
    • "The Sontaran Strategem"/"The Poison Sky": Former child prodigy Luke Rattigan gets extremely upset whenever anyone refers to his invention as the "ATMOS System".
      Rattigan: Yeah, well, you see, that's a tautology, 'cause ATMOS stands for Atmospheric Omission System, so you're saying "Atmospheric Omission System System". Do you see, Mister "Conditional Clause"?
    • "The Eleventh Hour": Rory Williams finds himself slightly concerned because the Doctor has just demanded the aliens who were threatening to destroy Earth return (so he can tell them off), which leads to him saying:
      "Actual aliens, deadly aliens... aliens of death..."
    • "Cold Blood": The Doctor, to Malohkeh:
      "You've been working down here, by yourself, all alone?"
    • "Vincent and the Doctor": With a little help from the psychic paper, the Doctor introduces himself to Dr. Black as being from "the Ministry of Art... and Artiness".
    • "Kill the Moon": The Doctor calls the weird spider-things on the Moon's surface "giant, single-celled, prokaryotic bacteria". ("Prokaryotic" means single-celled, and bacteria are single-celled by definition.)
    • "Spyfall": The Doctor, sending a message to her old MI6 contact about the situation, describes it as follows:
      "Big crisis. Major crisis. Serious crisis. Big serious crisis."
  • In the Farscape episode "Revenging Angel", John Crichton's "Letterman list" of reasons to live.
    • Also, in "Crichton Kicks", Rygel is listing Crichton's obsessions:
      Rygel: Wormholes. Aeryn. Earth. Aeryn. Scorpius. Aeryn. I'm out of fingers.
  • Ted interrupting the Sheep Of The Year contest in Father Ted: This competition is a SHAM! And a FRAUD! And a... SHAM!"
  • Frasier: Niles during the plot of "IQ", while under the influence of particularly strong anti-allergy medication.
    Frasier: Niles, Niles, that medication it's, it's affecting your speech - you've just taken a second dose of it, for God's sakes you're going to make a fool out of yourself!
    Niles: Oh well you should talk! Look at your shaky hands and your twitchy eyes! *GASP* You were up all night drinking coffee all night last night, weren't you?
  • And of course the speech for Monica and Chandler's wedding that Joey wrote for Monica and Chandler for their wedding on Friends.
    Joey: We are gathered here today on this joyous occasion to celebrate the special love that Monica and Chandler share.
    [Monica and Chandler look impressed]
    Joey: It is a love based of giving and receiving as well as having and sharing. And the love that they give and have is shared and received. And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and love and have... and receive.
    [later]
    Joey: Okay, you guys, I've got a little more written... are you ready?
    Chandler: Yeah, yeah. Okay.
    Joey: When I think of the love that these two givers and receivers share, I cannot help but envy the lifetime ahead of having and loving and giving... and then I can't think of a good word for right here.
    Monica: How bout receiving?
    Joey: Yes!
  • Game of Thrones: From "The Ghost of Harrenhal":
    Cersei: Aren't you always so clever, with your schemes and your plots!
    Tyrion: Schemes and plots are the same thing.
  • Happens a lot in Garth Marenghis Darkplace, thanks to Garth Marenghi’s... unique writing:
    • Garth exposes just how little he actually knows about the medical field when he names his Author Avatar Dr. Rick Dagless, M.D.; that expands to Doctor Rick Dagless Medicinae Doctor. Real doctors choose one or the other.
    • This exchange:
      Liz: Look! The mist is retreating!
      Sanchez: She’s right! The mist is retreating!
      Dagless: You’re right! It is retreating!
  • An episode of Get Smart had the following dialog:
    Chief: Let's see it.
    Max: See what?
    Chief: The blazer you brought back from Hong Kong.
    Max: The blazer I brought back from Hong Kong?
    Chief: That blazer is the secret weapon you were sent to Hong Kong for.
    Max: That blazer is the secret weapon I was sent to Hong Kong for?
    Chief: That's no ordinary blazer.
    Max: That's no ordinary blazer?
    Chief: It's a laser blazer.
    Max: It's a laser blazer? Do you know what you're saying?
    Chief: I'm positive! I keep hearing it twice!
  • Gilmore Girls:
    Taylor: Mhmm, just what I thought. This is not the proper permit for this kind of business. This is a type 24B otherwise known as a cart, kiosk, cart/kiosk permit. This is not valid for your business.
    Troubadour/Veggie Guy: Whys it say it twice?
    Taylor: Hmm?
    Babette: You said cart kiosk cart kiosk!
    Lorelai: It's repetitive.
    Rory: And redundant.
    Lorelai: It's repetitive.
    Rory: And redundant!
  • From the Glee episode "Night of Neglect":
    Dustin Goolsby: I'm handsome, I'm good-looking and I'm easy on the eyes. Also, I'm gorgeous.
    • Also, Jesse's line in "Hello":
      Jesse: I'm getting a full ride to the University of California, Los Angeles. Maybe you've heard of it. It's in Los Angeles.
  • Sophia from The Golden Girls did this several times. For example: "I know a lot of old people. They're all the same. They're cranky, they're demanding, they repeat themselves. They're cranky, they're demanding."
  • German kids' show Hallo Spencer once had the band looking for "a female lady singer, for singing".
  • On Happy Endings, Dave describes a new girl he's seeing as a "hot, funny, sweet, hot, nice girl." Penny says "You said hot twice," to which Dave replies, "She is hot twice, the other things are just words I used to space out the hots."
  • On the episode of Have I Got News for You immediately following Margaret Thatcher's death, Jeffrey Archer's tribute saying the late prime minister "was a giant and she will remain a giant, and in history she will remain a giant," was utterly destroyed by BRIAN BLESSED: "Jeffrey Archer—not only a terrible writer but also a terrible writer."
  • A common gag in Horrible Histories. ""The sugary paste in all new Tudor Sugar Paste Toothpaste is made up of sugar in a paste!"
  • House of Anubis
    Mr.Sweet: Your opponents have already set a match for three days time.
    Jerome: But that's only three days away!
  • How I Met Your Mother: "Sandcastles in the saaaaand..."
  • A category on a 90s/early 2000s Jeopardy! episode was the trope name, word for word. They brought it back again on November 3rd, 2010.
  • K.C. Undercover: K.C. and her family work for a spy organization called "The Organization".
  • The Kids in the Hall: Lopez! Lopez! Lopez! Lopez! Lopez! Lopez! Lopez! Lopez!
  • Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire
  • In Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John extols the virtues of encryption:
    John Oliver: Encryption can protect the things most important to us: Financial information, health records, dick pics, trade secrets, classified e-mail records, dick pics, physical location, the physical location of our dicks, critical information, dick pics, and pictures of our dicks.
  • Often crops up when parodying overly long side effect lists — from a fake antidepressant ad on The Late Edition:
    ... nosebleeds, prolapse, verrucas, chlamydia, forgetfulness, shingles, forgetfulness, and suicide.
  • At the beginning of every episode of Law & Order: UK the announcer mentions "the Crown Prosecutors who prosecute the offenders".
  • Lexx's musical episode:
    "Two hearts are as one heart
    and this one heart has two"
  • MA Dtv
    • The Rocket Revengers sketches (a parody of low-budget live-action films) used it twice in a single Catchphrase:
      RR Leader: Rocket Revengers are ready to rocket! Right, Rocket Revengers?
      The Rest: Right!
    • A sketch involved Alex Borstein agreeing with what someone was saying, via "Also, I <etc>, too, as well."
    • The fake commercial for the Wonder Rake 5000. Apparently it's the best rake you can use to pick up pine cones.
  • Married... with Children
    • In the April Fools' Day episode where Al suspects that Jefferson is a spy, he asks him to play a game of "Name the Presidents" to prove his authenticity as a U.S. Citizen. Jefferson runs through the entire list ten times, but the only one Al can name for him is "Dwight. D. Eisenhower."
    • Additionally, in the episode where Al is kept from playing by his softball team, he makes his family sing a little song he came up with as penance for their compliance before he's willing to sub in for an injured player. The lyrics? "D is for da many pies he made us... A is for the apple in his eye... D is for da dish he made da pies in... D is for the apple in his eye... Why? Because we love you. Put them all together and it spells Daddy."
  • Radar from M*A*S*H occasionally employs a variation of this, as when describing how nonplussed he was to enter the showers and encounter "female personnel of the opposite sex" who were "naked without any clothes on".
    • On one occasion, the P.A. announcer informed the camp that Yom Kippur services would be held "for all Jewish personnel of the Hebrew faith".
  • May I Please Enter? contains the line "And Amy, you look really good dressed up as that firefighter you're dressed up as!"
    • Colonel Potter's favorite movie is My Darling Clementine, because it "has the three things that make a movie great: horses, cowboys, and horses."
  • From the very first episode of The Mentalist: "He irks me. He's irksome."
  • Done for memory by Holly Walsh in Mock the Week 7.9.
    What is amnesia? Is it A, memory loss, A, memory loss, or 4, the Battle of Hastings?
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus
  • In an episode of Moonlighting when multiple characters repeat similar stories to Maddie and David, Maddie asks if they're from the Department of Redundancy Department.
  • From Mystery Science Theater 3000, "The Human Duplicators":
    Dr. Forrester: With tongue firmly planted in cheek we move forward with this week's Invention Exchange.
    TV's Frank: It comes from the crazy mixed-up files of one Dr. Clayton Forrester.
    Dr. Forrester: And from the button-down mind of TV's Frank.
    TV's Frank: It's from the breezy irreverent viewpoint of Dr. Clayton Forrester.
    Dr. Forrester: And from the slightly skewed perspective of TV's Frank.
    TV's Frank: It's from the twisty, bent brain of Dr. Clayton Forrester.
    Dr. Forrester: And from the wacky whimsical way of TV's Frank.
    TV's Frank: It's from the...
    Crow: WILL YOU JUST GET ON WITH IT?
  • During the first season of NCIS the show was called Navy NCIS, essentially making it Navy Naval Criminal Investigation Service. The network was initially afraid civilian viewers wouldn't know what "NCIS" stood for. An alternative explanation is that the CBS was worried about viewers mistaking the show for a CSI spinoff. This, of course, would require the viewer to misspell an acronym. If it's true, it's lampshaded by Tony early on:
    Some guy: NCIS… is that like CSI?
    Tony: Only if you're dyslexic.
  • Korean drama Nine: Nine Time Travels. So, how many time travels?
  • From The Office (US):
    Phyllis: Michael wasn't invited on Ryan's camping trip. Toby went, but Michael couldn't go. [smirk] Michael wasn't invited.
    Dwight: Well I don't know about that, because she certainly seems to enjoy making love making with me.
    Michael: Why don't we ask [the spirit world] if Darryl is a bad friend who backstabs people in the back?
  • In Orange Is the New Black, Pennsatucky has the following reaction to the idea of the inmates going on a hunger strike to protest the prison conditions:
    Pennsatuckey: Well, that's just super stupid. And dumb. And mean and cruel and stupid. And, yeah, I said "stupid" twice, only to emphasize how stupid that is!
  • Planet Ajay: Bud, an American astronaut who first appears in the episode "Spaceman" after crash landing on Planet Ajay, refers to the United States as the "United States of the US of A" a couple of times in that episode. Since "US of A" is short for "United States of America", Bud is really just saying "United States of the United States of America".
  • Power Rangers: Lieutenant/Detective Stone hates to repeat himself. He HATES to repeat himself.
  • On Psych:
    Juliet: You disturb me. And your theory on this murder disturbs me. And you disturb me.
    Lassiter: You said that twice.
    Juliet: Yes.
    • Also:
      Shawn: Judgement day? It sounds bad. That's like... the day that you're judged.
  • From Pushing Daisies episode "Pigeon":
    Chuck: Ned, do you remember before when I said all the things I learned about you?
    Ned: Jealous. Romantic. Jealous. I felt I had to say it twice.
    • Lily and Vivian's synchronized swimming duo is known as the Darling Mermaid Darlings. The travel agency Chuck used in the pilot was the Boutique Travel Travel Boutique.
      • A travel boutique run by... Dee Dee.
  • From QI:
    Stephen: Battology means pointlessly repeating the same thing over and over again. Battology means pointlessly repeating the same thing over and over again.
  • Red Dwarf:
    Kryten: ... My short-term memory has been erased. This I ascribe to the proximity of Starbug's magnetic coils. In addition, due to proximity of the magnetic coils, my short-term memory has been erased. This, combined with the erasure of my short-term memory, has left me extremely disoriented.
    • Also his response to Cat's plan that they drop the defensive shields:
      Kryten: A superlative suggestion, sir, with just two minor flaws. One, we don't have any defensive shields. And two, we don't have any defensive shields. Now I realize that technically speaking that's only one flaw, but I thought that it was such a big one that it was worth mentioning twice.
      • And in the true spirit of redundancy, the spirit of the gag was recycled for another gag later in the same episode as the first gag:
        Cat: Well, I say let's break out the laser cannons and give 'em both barrels.
        Kryten: An adroit suggestion sir, with just two minor drawbacks—
        Cat: OK, forget it!
      • And in a later episode, after the one where he used it twice, Kryten used the same gag that he'd used twice in one episode (before this one) again (possibly because his short term memory had been erased):
        Cat: There's only one solution: let's climb into the jet-powered rocket pants and junior-birdman the hell outta here!
        Kryten: An excellent and inventive suggestion, sir, with just two tiny drawbacks: a) We don't have any jet-powered rocket pants; and b) there's no such thing as jet-powered rocket pants outside the fictional serial Robbie Rocket Pants.
    • The Rimmer Experience starts off badly and deteriorates from there.
      Rimmer: Welcome to the Rimmer Experience: a world of wonder, excitement, and... wonder.
    • Everybody's dead, Dave. Everybody, Dave, is dead. Dave, everybody's dead.
    • Four thousand six hundred and ninety-one irradiated haggis.
    • The episode "White Hole" sees time repeat itself, with the crew aware of it as it happens but unable to stop it. Cat asks "what is it?", prompting the robotic android Kryten's exposition in which he explains what is happening. Cat asks again "what is it?" and the entire exposition scene repeats itself. Eventually time stops repeating and Cat says "what is it?...just kidding", but then that gets repeated when the phenomenon recurs (again).
  • Roseanne actually makes fun of this one at the end of season 8. Darlene & David are doing a ridiculous magazine quiz, with DJ on the couch. One of the questions is "Do you ever feel like you live the same moment twice?" after which NuBecky and Mark walk through. Then the question gets repeated. Then NuBecky and Mark walk through. Then the question gets repeated.
  • Royal Canadian Air Farce:
    Jack Layton: Canada needs a new kind of strong. A new stronger strong with a strongly strengthening strong strength.
  • A reporter from a Saturday Night Live skit, reading off the criminal record of the kids from Scooby Doo:
    Prior convictions include 4 counts of meddling, 12 counts of meddling in the second degree, 2 counts of vehicular meddling, meddling across state lines, and last, but certainly not least, sodomy! I'm sorry.. I misread that.. it's "meddling", I apologize.
    • From another episode hosted by Martin Short:
      Jackie Rogers Jr: This is the most effective memory enhancement drug on the market. It will improve your short-term memory. It will improve your long-term memory. And most of all, it will improve your short-term memory.
  • From the Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe episode about kids' TV:
    "Of course, many presenters got their starts on children's TV, including Chris Tarrant, Noel Edmonds, Dennis Nielsen, Philip Schofield, Cat Deeley, Dennis Nielsen, Jimmy Savile, and Dennis Nielsen."note 
    • And kids loved that kind of repetition.
    • You mean like Tele-again-again-tubbies?
  • A very early episode of Scrubs explains that since most residents owe a buttload of money, they have to do unconventional things to make ends meet. Stealing things from the hospital (fruit cups, toilet paper, etc) is mentioned a few times, the third time it's "or you can well ... you know." A notable exception is Elliot who, because she had wealthy parents, didn't have any loans to pay and was still being supported by them at the time.
  • On Seinfeld, Jackie Chiles would sometimes end his rants with three words that essentially mean the same thing in context.
    Jackie: This is a clear violation of your rights as a consumer! It's an infringement on your constitutional rights! It's outrageous, egregious, preposterous!
  • In Selfie, when Henry is excited about an upcoming 10K, he greets Eliza with "Good morning on this very good morning, Eliza."
  • "The Awesome Board of Awesomeness" from the ESPN2 show SportsNation.
  • Happens in a Stargate SG-1 episode.
    • Teal'c: We must act now, and once and for all destroy the Goa'uld image as gods forever.
    • Also in the episode Memento the hyperdrive buffer has burned out and cannot be fixed.
      Colonel William Ronson: There is no redundancy for that particular system.
      Jack O'Neill: So, you're saying there's no redundancy?
    • The title of First Prime itself. A Literal translation would be First First.
      • And the title of the show (what do you think the SG in Stargate SG-1 stands for, anyway?).
  • In Stargate Universe episode "Twin Destinies", the scientists are reporting of Destiny's sustained damage.
    Adam Brody: There are dozens of systems at the brink of failure. Weapons, shields.
    Dr. Lisa Parker: Well, they're operating.
    Adam Brody: At mission critical levels. We're down to one last... everything. There's practically no redundancy.
    Dr. Dale Volker: Practically no redundancy.
    Adam Brody: Wasn't funny the first three times!
  • The State: The Bearded Men of Space Station 11 (not word for word, but the gist of it):
    But, I'm not an alien.
    Well, then, you can't have a beard.
    But, he has a beard.
    Then, he's an alien.
    No, I'm not.
    Yes, you are.
    No. I'm not.
    Then, you can't have a beard.
    But, I have a beard.
    Then, you're an alien.
    He's not, he's from Pittsburgh.
  • Sun Trap:
    • Introducing, the newly appointed department head, Woody:
      Woody: Trust me, if there's one thing I'm good at, it's finding parrots; that's if there's one thing I'm good at; and trust me, if there is, it's finding parrots.
    • And...
      Woody: Believe me, I'm the right man for the job; or don't believe me, it's up to you; but I'm the right man for the job, believe me.
    • ...and...
      Woody: Trust me, if there's one thing I'm good at, it's clearing my friends' names of the murder of pretend pop stars; that's if there's one thing I'm good at; and, trust me, if there is...
      Brutus, Melody and Zorro: GET ON WITH IT!!!
  • From Supernatural
    • This gem:
      Dean: You know who spies on people, Cas? Spies.
    • Not to mention:
      Dean: I observe with my eyes.
    • Assbutt anyone?
    • One from Crowley:
      Crowley: You betrayed me? No one in the history of torture's been tortured with torture like the torture you'll be tortured with.
  • Super Sentai does this with a lot of the names using both English and Japanese that mean the same thing.
  • Invoked by Stiles on Teen Wolf, when Coach Finstock wants to know where Jackson is and why he didn't show up for morning practice.
    Coach: Stilinski! Jackson?
    Stiles: Sorry, coach, I haven't seen him since the last time I saw him.
    Coach: And when was that?
    Stiles: Last time I saw him? It was definitely the time I saw him last.
  • Jamie in The Thick of It: "Tom is going to get a pint glass in his eye, and a pool cue up his arse, and... another pool cue in his other fuckin' eye!"
  • Ann Curry of Today, as popularized by The Soup.
  • Ultraman R/B has Ultraman Orb Dark whose full name is Ultraman Orb Dark Noir Black Schwarz. Noir and Schwarz both mean "black" in French and German respectively. Isami (hilariously) notes this as "repeating the same words all over again" since the name literally translates to "Ultraman Orb Dark Black Black Black".
  • Wheel of Fortune has had a few redundant puzzles over time, including CHURCH HYMN, FIREPLACE MANTEL, STAR CONSTELLATION and BABY DUCKLINGS.
  • In Yes, Minister, the Department of Administrative Affairs. Their job is to administer the administration. Also a specialty of Sir Humphrey.
  • From The Young Ones:
    • "Demolition":
      Maggie: And now, I'm gonna be looking at what it's like to be a young unemployed adult! Because—more young adults are becoming unemployed on account of they can't find work! Basically, the problem is this: if you haven't got a job, then you outta work! And that means only one thing— unemployment!
    • "Bomb" (This one gets lampshaded by Rick):
      Old Man in Post Office: Things were certainly different before these new fangled changes.


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