Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Reality shows fly under my radar; I don't even consider them for Toobworld unless they somehow work themselves into another show's plotline. (Like 'Big Brother' [USA] on 'Yes, Dear'. 'Big Brother' [UK] would work because of 'Dead Set', but that goes into the Zombie TV dimension.)

So when DCI Ian Reed said he was going home to watch 'America's Next Top Model' during the second episode of 'Luther', I remembered that 'The Big Bang Theory' had a plotline in which Howard and Raj tracked down the house where the show's models lived.

It made me wonder how many other shows acknowledge 'America's Next Top Model' as being a TV show in Toobworld. And I was surprised by how many.....

"Six Feet Under: The Dare (#4.7)" (2004)

- Edie says she's been watching too much America's Next Top Model.

"Gilmore Girls: Super Cool Party People (#6.20)" (2006)

- Sookie tells Lorelai, that she wanted to film an audition video for the show.

"Veronica Mars: Welcome Wagon (#3.1)" (2006)
- Parker and Mac are gonna watch "top model"

"Heroes: Chapter Twelve 'Godsend' (#1.12)" (2007/II)

- Zach asks Claire if she's auditioning for America's Next Top Model when she asks him to videotape her by the bridge.

"Shark: Starlet Fever (#1.14)" (2007)
- Julie gets asked to try out for America's Next Top Model.

"Family Guy: No Meals on Wheels (#5.14)" (2007)

- The Griffins watch it on TV

"The King of Queens: China Syndrome, Parts 1 and 2 (#9.12)" (2007)
- Deacon and Danny discuss this show

"Psych: And Down the Stretch Comes Murder (#2.5)" (2007)

- "You forget to Tivo 'America's Net Top Model?'"

"Californication: Pilot (#1.1)" (2007)
- mentioned by Hank

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: America's Next Top Paddy's Billboard Model Contest (#4.3)" (2008)

- Mentioned by the gang throughout the episode

"The Big Bang Theory: The Panty PiƱata Polarization (#2.7)" (2008)
- Penny turns Leonard, Raj and Howard on to it, causing Howard to try to find the house the models stay in

"Smallville: Turbulence (#8.16)" (2009)

- Mentioned by Chloe

"True Blood: Scratches (#2.3)" (2009)
- Arlene tells Sam that Lisa gave Coby a nose piercing after watching America's Next Top Model.

"Nurse Jackie: Health Care and Cinema (#1.12)" (2009)

- mentioned in dialogue

"Gilmore Girls: Go, Bulldogs! (#7.6)" (2006)
- When Luke comes back from date with Susan, April and Lane are watching ANTM on tv.

Of course, 'Family Guy' belongs in the Tooniverse, so there has to be animated versions of Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker, and all the contestants. 'Smallville' takes place in the 'West Wing' TV dimension; and since the "Godsend" episode of 'Heroes' takes place after the show created its own TV dimension timeline with the "Collision" episode, it also has its own version of the modeling show.

I didn't realize there were that many shows, and I saw most of them. I guess with ANTM being a reality competition show, my mind just blocked it out......


1 comment:

Andy said...

I saw that. I thought it was kind of strange he said "America's Next Top Model" instead of "Britain's Next Top Model." There is a British versions and both are shown on LIVING TV in the UK.