If you've ever watched the film Pleasantville, then you've noticed a film cliche that has been used ad nauseam. It's the moment when the TV. chimes in with information that is somehow pertinent to whatever experience the main character is going through at the time. In some cases, the show actually provides exposition and explains the plot. So here's a look at a few films that utilized this tactic.


Pleasantville was a modern day Adam and Eve story starringTobey Maguireand Reese Witherspoon. They playtwo teens who are transported into an idealistic TV show where nothing ever goes wrong.

Their guide/representation of God is Don Knotts who communicates with the two through the T.V. Here's a clip of the banter that ensues.

Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle

Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle was the surprise stoner film that was all about the munchies. The entire plot basically began with two television commercials. Not only did the two friends, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn), get a good laugh out of a "just say no" to drugs commercial, they also got the idea to satiate their hunger, by watching a White Castle hamburger commercial. Talk about product placement.

Waking Life

Waking Life is a little known film by Richard Linklater that is completely animated and features the unnamed Main Character (Wiley Wiggins) bumping into an endless train of random people who give him theirphilosophy about life.

So it makes sense that when the Main Character turns on the T.V. or goes to the Movies, he gets more unsolicited philosophy to screw with his head even further. Around 4:06 in the clip below, a woman on television explains the worlds of dreams, which is coincidental because that's exactly where the Main Character has been trapped for the entire film.

Dr. Who

This is technically cheating since Dr. Who is a television show, but in the episode, "Blink", the entire storyline was basically described by the television. It featured The Doctor (David Tennant) and his companionMartha Jones (Freema Agyeman) guiding a bewildered Sally Sparrow (Carey Mulligan) in her quest to stop the Weeping Angels.

In the clip below, one of the most classic lines about time travel was uttered by The Doctor. "It's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly, time-y wimey stuff." In any case, the line and the episode are brilliant and if it wasn't for the T.V., the episode would be nearlyDoctor-less.

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