Below is a list of television shows that have been made up in real television shows or other media. An early example of the show within a show format was The Jack Benny Program which had been popular on radio and took the same format to the new medium of television.
List of fictional television shows Wikipedia
30 Rock revolves around the fictional The Girlie Show (later renamed TGS with Tracy Jordan) on which most of the characters work. The fictional show was on the real American television network NBC, and the plot frequently referenced other fictional NBC programs, such as MILF Island, Gold Case, and Homonym. In later seasons, several episodes of 30 Rock were presented as though they were actually episodes of a fictional Bravo show, Queen of Jordan.Poodle Justice - about a crime-solving French poodle
Beyond Our Dreams - daytime drama centered around the lives of the ruthless Hedison family of Ashford Falls, New York
Getsumento Heiki Mina - originally a fictional anime show in Densha Otoko and later became a stand-alone anime
Ed TV - the fictional show at the center of the movie of the same name
Viking Quest - sci-fi / fantasy series starring Johnny "Drama" Chase
The Brown Hornet - a superhero program often mirroring the plot of the "Fat Albert" episode, loosely based on The Green Hornet TV show but in a sci-fi setting
Wake Up, San Francisco - Danny becomes co-host of this local morning television show in Season 2
Kujibiki Unbalance - a popular ongoing manga and anime adaptation, watched and discussed by the main characters of Genshiken
Believe in Yourself
Crawdads in Tiaras
Did Aliens Write the Constitution?
Florida: The Show
Li'l Gideon's Big House!
Why You Ackin' So Cray-Cray?
The Widdlest Wampire
World's Most Terrifying Skydiving
Atriocia's Late-Night Cinemonstrosities - parody of Elvira's Movie Macabre
Cast Iron Stomach - parody of 'Iron Chef
The Grim Show - supernatural talk show hosted by Grim; replacement for Atriocia's Late-Night Cinemonstrosities
The X-treme Adventures of Brandon and Mallory - anime series featuring characters who are eerily similar to Billy, Mandy, and Grim, plus a "helper monkey" named Dickie Galoot
The Grinder - a drama featuring lawyer Mitchard Livingsone Grinder
The Grinder: New Orleans - a spin-off of The Grinder about the romantic exploits of Mitch Grinder's brother, Rake
The K-Factor: So You Think You Can Knit?
The $99,000 Answer - game show; Ralph Kramden was a contestant
Deep Powder - drama described as Baywatch on skis; starred Joey Tribbiani, but his character was killed off after he became too demanding on the set
The Larry Sanders Show
- the late night talk show the characters of the show (of the same name) work on
Morning Chicago - local morning talk show hosted by the main character, Bonnie Malloy
Gekiganger III - fictional anime show within the anime show
Chuckles the Clown - locally produced children's show mentioned in several episodes. His death, when he is trampled by an elephant while wearing a "Peter Peanut" costume, was the basis for the episode "Chuckles Bites the Dust".
WJM-TV Evening News – Minneapolis news show on which many of the main characters worked
Dr. Zone - based on the titular character from Doctor Who, as he travels through time
Bay of Pigs Watch - parody of Baywatch
Bear on Patrol - cop show starring Fozzie Bear
EIEIO-R - parody of ER
Fairyland PD - a crime show with cases revolving around nursery rhymes and fairy tales
Gonzo and Rizzo's Amazing Discoveries
The Kermit the Frog Club - parody of The Mickey Mouse Club. During her guest appearance on Muppets Tonight, it is revealed that Cindy Crawford was once a "frogkateer".
Muppet Match-Up - parody of The Dating Game. During her guest appearance on Muppets Tonight, it is revealed that Michelle Pfeiffer "appeared as a contestant".
The Muppet Show - weekly variety show, overseen by Kermit the Frog, which included music, comedy sketches, and stunts
NYPD Green - parody of NYPD Blue
Pigs in Space - parody of Star Trek: The Original Series
Pigs in Space: Deep Dish Nine, The Next Generation - parody of later Star Trek series
Punch Teacher (from the film The Muppets)
Swift Wits - game show in the mold of Pyramid and Password, on which Muppet contestants play for pets
Veterinary Hospital - medical drama; title parodies General Hospital
Up Late with Miss Piggy - a late-night talk show
FYI - a news show for which the character Murphy Brown works
Light of Our Love (Stay Tuned for Danger)
Pirate Pete's Cartoon Lagoon
Hearts and Scalpels
Pleasantville - black and white 1958 sitcom in the movie of the same name
The Running Man - the novel and the film describe alternate versions of a game show in which convicted criminals are chased by "hunters" from the television network and can win their freedom if they evade the hunters.
The Barry Gibb Talk Show
Behind The Music: The Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew
Bill Swerski's Superfans
Church Chat with The Church Lady
Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley
The Don Zimmer Sports Spectacular - talk show hosted by actor Don Zimmer
Fernando's Hideaway - talk show hosted by actor Fernando Lamas (portrayed by Billy Crystal)
The Joe Pesci Show - talk show
Mister Robinson's Neighborhood - parody of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Pumping Up with Hans and Franz
Toonces: The Cat Who Could Drive a Car
Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer
What Up with That? - a BET talk show
Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake - talk show centering on mysteries
Talent Star - singing competition series
Jerry - a parody of the show itself; a major plot point in Season 4. It features versions of all the main characters of Seinfeld, played by different actors. Jerry lasted for 1 episode.
Super Terrific Happy Hour - a Japanese television show that featured Jerry in the opening credits
Really, You Call That Dancing?
Shake It Up Chicago
Behind the Laughter - parody of Behind the Music
Eye on Springfield - local news magazine show
Eye on Eye on Springfield - Shelbyville show highlighting the local news shows' errors
I Can't Believe They Invented It! - infomercial
The Itchy & Scratchy Show - ciolent children's cartoon; parody of Tom and Jerry
The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show
The Krusty the Klown Show - afternoon kids' showThe Sideshow Bob Cavalcade of Whimsy - name of the show when Sideshow Bob takes over
Smartline - local news roundtable show; parody of ABC's Nightline
The Worker & Parasite Show - east European cat-and-mouse cartoon aired on The Krusty the Klown Show when Itchy and Scratchy had temporarily moved to the then more popular Gabbo Show ("Krusty Gets Kancelled")
So Random! - a sketch comedy show that stars Sonny Munroe, Tawni Hart, Nico Harris, Grady Mitchell and Zora Lancaster (five of the six main characters), .
Mackenzie Falls - a teen drama that stars Chad Dylan Cooper (the sixth main character), and criticizes So Random!, saying they are not real actors (a parody of popular teen dramas, though its title is suggested by Dawson's Creek).
Jesus and Pals - a public-access talk show hosted by Jesus
The Terrence and Phillip Show - vulgar children's cartoon and live-action show
Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow
Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus
The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
The New Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
Wormhole X-Treme! - sci-fi TV program based on leaked information from the Stargate program
The series takes place behind the scenes of a live sketch comedy show (also called Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip or Studio 60) on the fictional television network NBS (National Broadcasting System), whose format is similar to that of NBC's Saturday Night Live.
The Truman Show - a reality television program at the center of the film by the same name; Truman Burbank is its unsuspecting star
Invitation to Love - soap opera watched by the residents of Twin Peaks; it often commented on the action of the plot
Conan the Librarian
Vidas de Fuego (Lives of Fire) - a telenovela that is watched by the main characters
Storm Saxon - an openly racist action hero show