'Glee' on 'The Office': When TV Shows Talk About Other TV Shows

More

Last night's The Office centered around the Dunder Mifflin staff gathering to watch an episode of Glee. On the surface the plot point seems remarkable, considering The Office and Glee air on rival networks (NBC and Fox, respectively). Why would NBC promote another network's hit show during an episode of its highest rated comedy?

But as Zap2it points out, it's not the first time one TV show has focused a plot point around another series (though Glee's part in last night's Office storyline may be the most substantial). Friends famously wove Days of Our Lives and Baywatch into Joey's life, the characters on Scrubs quoted the Gilmore Girls, and 30 Rock even put Tracy Jordan in the Cash Cab. Seinfeld's reference is also a classic:

The all-time best use of another show as a plot point came in the Season 6 episode "The Beard." Jerry is ashamed to tell his new girlfriend that he watches "Melrose Place," and per usual, the lie spirals out of control, to the point that Jerry takes a polygraph test to prove he doesn't know what's happening with Billy, Amanda, Allison et al -- which he fails spectacularly. We don't see footage from "Melrose Place," but we hear its theme music as the gang sits down to watch an episode, during which Jerry says, "Oh, that Michael, I hate him! He's just so smug."


Read the full story at Zap2It.

Here is the Seinfeld clip:

Jump to comments
Presented by

Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Why Are Americans So Bad at Saving Money?

The US is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In