The 10 Best TV Show Cameos in History

What can be better than getting your weekly fix of your favorite TV show, you ask? Why, getting all that and a bag of chips, i.e. an ultra-special guest star cameo that just leaves you mouth agape. In recent times, there have been plenty of A-list movie stars to appear in TV shows, since everyone’s gotten round to acknowledging that TV has come a long way.  Sure, there’s still the occasional bad apple among TV shows, but, for the most part, the medium garners far more respect nowadays than it did two decades ago. That’s why today we’re bringing you a list of the ten best TV show cameos in history. Which one’s your favorite?

1. Oprah on 30 Rock

Over the years during it which it aired, 30 Rock saw so many great TV show cameos that we could’ve filled out the list with this series alone. Tina Fey’s Liz meets up with Oprah on a plane back to NYC and decides to change her life around, following Oprah’s advice. Obviously, at the end of the flight, she realizes she’d been hallucinating throughout the trip…

2. Stephen Hawking on The Big Bang Theory

Want to see someone outsmart The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon? Then you have got to watch out for that one very special episode, which guest stars none other than brilliant mind Stephen Hawking. Hawking doesn’t even appear that often on TV, so this is a big deal right here.

3. Michael Jackson on The Simpsons

No, seriously – you didn’t know that Michael Jackson had a cameo on The Simpsons? Well, that’s okay. The appearance had to be kept a secret for legal reasons – Michael was actually credited as John Jay Smith on the end credits. But that is, indeed, him, voice acting as Leon Kompowsky, the patient of a mental clinic who’s convinced he is Michael Jackson.

4. LL Cool J on House

If you’re a genuine hardcore fan of House MD, then you may remember the first episode of the 2nd season featuring none other than iconic rapper LL Cool J. The performer acted the part of a former rapper turned psycho killer at the hands of schizophrenia. The artist hadn’t done much acting before, yet managed to be thoroughly convincing here.

5. David Copperfield on Scrubs

One time, as Dr. John J.D. Dorian nods off into one of his regular fantasies, suddenly, out of the blue, renowned magician David Copperfield appears. Just like that! J.D, meets Copperfield in a bar, shows him some lame magic trick, which, of course, Copperfield bests with a trick of his own. No wonder!

6. Mark Wahlberg on Entourage

Mark Wahlberg, perhaps one of the most underrated talented actors in Hollywood, actually makes several appearances in Entourage. By far the most memorable one is the one in the pilot – if you never got into Entourage, the cameo in itself is a reason to give the show a chance.

7. Conan O’Brien on The Office (US version)

Blink and you miss the TV talk show host’s cameo on the Valentine’s Day episode in season 2 of the U.S. version of The Office. In the episode, Michael Scott goes to visit Rockefeller Center and ends up chasing after a woman whom he thinks is Tina Fey. While it turns out she’s not, Conan O’Brien inconspicuously passes Scott by – without being noticed, of course.

8. Britney Spears in Glee

Not many would have expected this, but Britney Spears did a great job delivering some (particularly well written zingers) on an episode of Glee. How did this come about? Britney one day asked Murphy if he’d like to use some of her music on the show. Cut to: here’s Britney busting her acting chops. Not bad, Ms. Spears, not bad!

9. George Lucas on The O.C.

During an episode titled “The O. Sea” of the once popular show’s second season, Seth tries to sell George Lucas a graphic novel. That’s right – George Lucas himself, playing himself. The cameo is fun for a load of reasons, not the least of which being the chance to see Lucas acting: doesn’t happen that often, you know?

10. Brad Pitt in Friends

What else could we have picked to top off our list of TV show cameos? Brad Pitt as the special guest star of “The One with the Rumor” was dashing, slightly insane, and a bit of a jerk – and we loved every single second of it. In the episode, he reminds everyone of their strained relationships in high-school, not without causing some serious chuckles along the way.

Some of Phoebe Buffay’s Best Moments on “Friends”

Tomorrow, on July the 30th, will be Lisa Kudrow’s birthday. We at This Blog Rules wish her a heartfelt happy birthday and can’t wait to see her rock the new decade (can you believe she’s turning 50?) as awesome as she’s ever been. And since we’ve been covering the Friends show recently as well, it was about time to compile a great retrospect on some of Phoebe’s best moments on TV. After all, it’s hard to choose from so many funny and awesome scenes, and this is exactly why we love her. Some fans of the show have argued that compared to the other characters, Phoebe is irrelevant, but we who like her obviously disagree. She is the embodiment of weirdness (much like the character of Jessica Day in the ongoing show “New Girl”), so she makes everyone feel good about their awkwardness. The fact that there are people out there not in love with Phoebe is beyond me.


So, without further ado, this is our list of the best moments with or by Phoebe from all the years of the show. First of all, no such list can begin without Phoebe’s famous “Smelly cat” songs. Whenever you see her play that song on the guitar, you can’t help but smile, no matter how bad your day has been. Seriously, you should try it as the perfect antidote to a bad day. You don’t need to re-watch the entire series, but just look up that song on Youtube. For now, let’s take a moment to remember Phoebe’s evergreen chorus:

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, what are they feeding you?

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, it’s not your fault…

They won’t take you to the vet.

You’re obviously not their favorite pet.

You may not be a bed of roses.

And you’re no friend to those with noses.

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, what are they feeding you?

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, it’s not your fault…

Remember, the same Phoebe who was singing this song was also going on about giving birth to her brother’s babies, and about the spirit of the old woman. Oh, and the other song she sang to those children, about how the farmer kills an animal and grinds the meat into hamburgers, is also to be remembered fondly, of course. She definitely had a special sense of music – as could be seen in that episode when Ross is playing the bag pipes and she tries to sing along by screeching. The first seasons caught her in a special kind of weirdness that seemed to have mellowed out as the show’s seasons advanced.


Another great moment featured our heroine changing her name to Princess Consuela Banana Hammock. The best part of it is that she convinced (or inspired) her partner, Mike, to change his name as well. To “Crap Bag”. Yes, you read that right. Luckily, the phase wasn’t a permanent one and she returns to her own name after finding the new one a bit impractical in this place called the real life. But she deserves a sincere kudos for trying (and delighting us while at it).

The list of Phoebe’s best moments should continue with that one time when she was at her wedding and preparing to go outside into the snow. Chandler asks her: “Won’t you be cold?” and she replies by saying “Oh, no! It’s ok, I’ll be my something blue!” Or that moment in the season 9 premiere, when she explains to Rachel how she views herself as the master puppeteer of the entire group. You just can’t help not loving her when she pulls something like that with the most relaxed and ordinary air in the world. How about you? What were you favorite Phoebe moments? Leave a comment below, we’d be happy to hear from you.

5 Picture Perfect Romantic Comedy Couples

It doesn’t take more than one Meg Ryan – Tom Hanks movie to tell that those two have really got some great on-screen chemistry. They simply work great together and make sparks fly off the screen. But, you know what? No matter how much Hollywood seems to obsess over them, they’re not the only ones able to bring to life perfect romantic comedy couples. In fact, we’ve got five other pairings all lined up for you. They’re witty, cute, sexy, funny and just perfect for those nights in when all you crave is a bit of romance and light-hearted comedy.

1. Zooey Deschanel and Joey Gordon-Levitt

She’s been embodying the manic pixie dream girl movie trope for years now. He’s a TV child star who graduated to a full-fledged, outspoken, articulate indie star in his own right. They both have great acting chops and a lot of on-screen credibility. So seeing them together in 500 Days of Summer just seemed like the logical thing to do. We, for one, never get tired of seeing them in that movie (again and again and again…), so we’d be beyond thrilled if they ever chose to work together again.

2. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

She’s simply a darling: America’s sweetheart, funny, pretty, and simply an all-round wonderful person, it seems. He’s dashing, to say the least. They make up one of those perfect romantic comedy couples that no one ever saw coming, by all accounts. However, in 2014 they shot their third film together: Serena, set in the times of the Great Depression. Like their previous two efforts, here’s hoping this one, too, gets an Academy Award nod.

3. Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant

He’s not exactly the nicest guy in the world, but she’s the prototypical sweetheart – and one with great flair for romantic comedies (she also makes a great pair with Richard Gere, for that matter). Put together, for the rom-com classic Notting Hill, they sparkled. Unlike Love, Actually, another one of Grant’s forays into rom-com territory, there’s nothing particularly innovative about the one in which he stars alongside Ms. Roberts – save for their amazing chemistry, of course.

4. Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger

At the time when 10 Things I Hate about You came out, no one gave it credit to be more than your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy. Most people were unable to predict the staying power this movie proved over the years. Yet here we are, in 2014, gushing over the great way in which the Heath Ledger – Julia Stiles pair works on screen. Of course, it helps that Ledger has garnered the aura of Hollywood legend since (through his unfortunate and untimely demise). He was undoubtedly an amazing actor and one whom we would have loved seeing teamed up with Julia Stiles again.

5. Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater

If you were born in the 1990s, you might have never heard of this gem of a movie, titled True Romance and starring by-now Hollywood A-listers Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater. At the time when the movie was made, they were just young hopefuls, but boy did they make for one of them perfect romantic comedy couples! If you haven’t seen the movie, go out and grab a DVD copy and stockpile on the popcorn. In the film, the two play Clarence and Alabama, a couple who manages to convince the viewers that they’ve known each other since forever – even though they actually met one night ago. There’s definitely great chemistry at play here and both actors accurately manage to convey vulnerability, passion, and a long-lasting sense of love between their respective characters.

5 New Horror Movies You Probably Don’t Know Yet

Today, the horror movie genre seems to be kind of forgotten, at least compared to how popular it used to be 25 to 20 years ago. Back in the 90s (and raise your hand if you’re a 90s kid too), movies like The Exorcist (1973), The Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) or Halloween (1978) or The Shining (1980) would, sometimes literally, take our breath away. Don’t even get me started on the whole Poltergeist series – it fascinated and scared me for months after seeing it. But our receptivity to horror movies seems to have dwindled away somewhat ever since the rise of fantasy movies with magic and dragons and all that jazz. Sure, it could be argued that not even fantasy movies are as popular as they were 10 or 5 years ago, that the world kind of had its fill of Harry Potters and Frodos. But if we are considering the popularity still enjoyed by the universes created by Terry Pratchett and George R. R. Martin, I don’t think the theory stands at all.


Horror movies, on the other hand, seem to be definitely not that popular anymore, and even though new ones still come out every now and then, declaring yourself as a fan of the genre is becoming more and more an indie move, cool only (or mainly) in its obsolete charm. You definitely don’t see as many popular culture musings over them, as many fan clubs or reenactments inspired by them, or any thematic festivals. On this note, let’s bring into light a few nice recent horror movies which deserve a shot. Who knows, maybe you’ll actually like them and give the entire genre another sot afterwards.

Rigor Mortis (Hong Kong, 2013)

In this movie, a broke and washed-up artist moves into a haunted apartment building, feeling quite desperate and suicidal. To make things even worse, the building he moved into is populated by ghosts and ghost hunters and Taoist exorcists and things just seem to be getting weirder and weirder. What’s interesting about this one is that, unlike most horror movies who need to be very bloody and gory to produce any effect, this one manages to scare the living bajeesus out of you through mostly psychological hints and suggestions.

Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

This Australian movie is actually a sequel to the first Wolf Creek and features a serial killer and demented torturer called Mick, who kidnaps tourists in the wild and murders them. It’s a classic suspense and tension-ridden flick, almost as good as they used to make them in the good old days of horror movies.

Carrie (2013)

A remake of the Stephen King classic, Carrie is actually a horror which has every chance of conveying a deeper social meaning regarding bullying. Or at least bring this sad phenomenon more into mainstream consciousness. Only that anti-bullying campaigns are definitely more mainstream than horror movies seem to be lately, so on second thought, perhaps not.

We are what we are (2013)

Another movie which is a bit more on the subtle side, actually, and these seem to be the best. There’s nothing wrong in enjoying a simple slasher every now and then, but the horror movies that seem to make a deeper impression on us are still the ones where the actual horrific details are implied or guessed rather than shown in full light. This one is centered on a family history ripe with dark secrets and with the internal struggle after the young daughters attempt to make a clean break with tradition.

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Last, but not least, this little gem of a horror movie (pictured all the way up) definitely deserves a spot on our list. To all nostalgic 90s kids reading this post, Chucky is back! The movie wasn’t a compilation of the old ones, as some fans suspected, but it was actually a continuation of the story, to the delight of many of us. If only for the cult icon value, this is definitely a movie you should try watching, with good company and plenty of popcorn.

3 Amazing SF Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Were Inspired by Books


3 SFWhenever you read a science-fiction novel, words become images in an instant. All classical limits are defied, and therefore a never-ending land of possibilities is thus revealed. Here are 3 amazing SF movies you probably didn’t know were inspired by books. Before the film industry learned how to do so many wonderful things as far as special effects are concerned, our parents and grandparents and grand grand parents were mesmerized while spending their summer holidays reading Jules Verne’s amazingly adventure SF novels. They needed no movie to show them how to imagine everything they were reading about, despite the fact that Jules Verne was talking about worlds nobody had ever heard of.

But as cinema evolved, SF books had to, just had to be screened.

 Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey

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Movie director Stanley Kubrick shook hands with writer Arthur C. Clarke, and had written a SF novel together that was instantly turned into a film. The result of their teaming up is none other than 2001: Space Odyssey, which was released in both forms in 1968. Kubrick’s intention was of sheer penetration of the audience’s subconscious, with no verbal distractions in the way. The emotional and conceptual content was to be transmitted through images only. Not classical SF ones representing sticky aliens and huge spaceships. He worked with Douglas Trumbull from NASA in order to render the exact movements of a human body in space. He also hired over 40 people on the set who had to make sure that every detail and density described in the book existed in the movie as well. All this grace is enriched by Richard Strauss’ music, underlining the grandeur of the space in such a sensitive, yet grand perspective. This is definitely one of the most amazing movies ever made.

Ray Bradburry and Francois Truffaut’s Farenheit 451

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The novel Farenheit 451 was written by Ray Bradburry and turned into a film by Francois Truffaut. This short novel began as a love letter that Bradburry wrote to books. From here it turned into an anti-totalitarianism and anti-censorship critique. The movie, starring Oskar Werner as inquisitor Guy Montag and Julie Christie as Clarissa, the one true free and fragile spirit that makes Guy question his own non-liberal ideas and beliefs. The movie is less faithful to the book as far as the romance story is concerned so that the audience can have something more obvious reason to cry. Nevertheless the bleak atmospheres of the book, as well as the never-ending tension are faithfully contained in the film, too.

Despite the fact that it was written 61 years ago, Farenheit 451 is a steadfast cultural bench and Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11 is a clear statement underlining this tribute.

Anthony Burgess and Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange

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Yes, Stanley Kubrick again! But this time with a different writer and not such a perfect coordination than his other movie mentioned above. The Clockwork Orange dispute is an eternal one because of the fact that no one has enough arguments to sustain which one was better. They are works of genius, but taken separately. There’s something different about them. Burgess’ book was released in 1962 and Kubrick’s movie in 1971 and they both are absolute masterpieces.

While Burgess accepted he felt frustrated because of the fact that none of his following books had the same success, Kubrick has no regrets whatsoever. Malcom McDowell was definitely the only man form this planet who could have portrayed the malefic Alex and his ultra-violent deeds in an unknown future with familiar references. It’s hard to talk about this book or about this movie using concrete words. It’s all about the atmosphere, the strange language they use, the tension and the incredible paradoxes. This time we have Beethoven’s 9th symphony to sharpen our emotions.