The FOX Series:
Originally intended as a show for HBO, the new version of the show was picked up by FOX in 1992 and aired on Sunday nights opposite 60 Minutes. It was made up of short films introduced by Stiller and the cast, playing themselves "hanging out" around Hollywood. In these segments, Stiller was often joined by guest stars that included Sarah Jessica Parker, Bobcat Goldthwait, Dennis Miller and Colin Quinn.
In the sketches, Stiller specialized in spoofing celebrities, including U2 singer Bono, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Cruise. Many of these characterizations became trademarks of the series.
- "Melrose Heights 902102402," a parody of teen shows like Melrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210 that were popular on FOX at the time.
- "Skank," a family sitcom starring an angry and offensive sock puppet.
- "Ask Manson," where Charles Manson (Odenkirk) offers advice to fans from his jail cell.
- "The Grungies," a Monkees-inspired sitcom about a group of deadbeat grunge musicians.
Where to Find It:
- The show won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing for a Variety or Music Program in 1993 - after it had been canceled and was off the air.
- Judd Apatow, a producer and writer on the series, became a successful comedy director with films like The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up.
- The cast reunited for the Aspen Comedy Arts Festival in 1999.