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Turtles All the Way Down: When Sitcoms Pay Tribute to Other Sitcoms

Last week’s Community shed light on the way that pop culture is entrenched in the collective conscious, in the form of a conversation about, of all things, Cougar Town. In the episode, Abed discusses his dilemma about making a cameo appearance on a show (as “Chad”) that he watches, calling attention to the weirdness that is watching a television show about a fictional reality that interacts with actual reality. Meta-reality aside, television writers often make these kind of pop culture references to pay homage/give credit to where credit is due for ideas. What follows are just some of our favorite examples of sitcoms mentioning other sitcoms. READ MORE