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11 Best Shows Within Shows

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Inserting a show within a show gives TV writers a chance to take a few shots at themselves for a change, or to take an audacious shot directly at you as a viewer of TV. Or sometimes, it's just a good excuse to use the word "inbreastigator," because it's kind of hard to slip that into dialogue.

11 Aqua Teen Hunger Force

The challenge for the Aqua Teen writers is coming up with a show premise that is somehow more ridiculous than the show that it's within. So when you cut back to the talking milkshake holding hands with the talking meatball in their New Jersey living room, you feel that you've shifted back to reality.

9 Family Guy

This Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Tyler Perry vehicle lasted about three minutes before issues with egos led to this all-grunting standoff.

8 Tom Goes to the Mayor

Some shows are directly helpful to communities, like this one, or the one where they turn depressed, crumbling homes into extravagant wonderlands surrounded by depressed, crumbling homes.

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