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The Greatest Moments from Every Greatest Event in Television History

January 22, 2014  |  2:30pm
The Greatest Moments from Every <i>Greatest Event in Television History</i>

Adam Scott’s The Greatest Event in Television History specials are a celebration of insanely detailed effort for no particular reason. So get ready for the final special, which airs Thursday at midnight on Adult Swim (and will once again feature Paul Rudd), with this insanely detailed celebration of their insanely detailed efforts. As Jeff Probst would say: “Welcome…to this.”

Episode 1

Show Intro Being Remade: Simon & Simon

Quality Adam Scott Headshot:

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Key Jeff Probst Line: Throwing it over to himself.

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Key Cast Tension: Jon Hamm refuses to meet Adam Scott, from the very beginning of the production straight through to Hamm’s death.

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TV Writer Jon Schroeder’s Appearance, Just To Say “No”: Probst: “We visited with the tallest doctor in Los Angeles, to ask him if you could recreate something as iconic as the Simon & Simon opening credit sequence.”

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Most important note-based sight gag: After constant delays and meltdowns, director Paul Rudd quits the project, leaving only this letter behind:

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Most unnecessary use of green screen: in place of creating period costumes, right down to a Gerald McRaney-level mustache for Jon Hamm.

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Most elaborately rehearsed element: The fake orca kiss…

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...complete with a giant fake orca head:

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Episode 2

Show Intro Being Remade: Hart to Hart

Quality Adam Scott headshot:

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Key Jeff Probst Line: The flawless setup for the big event.

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Key Cast Tension: Adam Scott and Amy Poehler battle for status throughout the production, at one point only getting coaxed out of their trailers by leaving at exactly the same time…

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...and then battling to be the last one to step onto set.

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TV Writer Jon Schroeder’s Appearance, Just To Say “No”: Probst, confirming the first special’s failure: “We went to the tallest television expert in North Hollywood to find out if Simon & Simon was in fact The Greatest Event In Television History.”

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Most important note-based sight gag: Dr. Bell Taint (David Wain) puts Scott and Poehler through a make-or-break therapy session to save the production and asks each of them to write 15 memories about the other person on a Post-It note. Adam’s note:

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Amy’s note:

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Most unnecessary use of green screen: “Do you see what she’s doing?” “Do you see what he’s doing?”

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Most elaborately rehearsed element: The jump-onto-bed stunt, filmed at the height of Scott/Poehler bickering.

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Episode 3

Show Intro Being Remade: Too Close for Comfort

Quality Adam Scott headshot:

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Key Jeff Probst Line: Apologizing right at the top.

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Key Cast Tension: Catherine O’Hara thinks they’re in Star Wars Episode VII and Jon Glaser’s addicted to cocaine, but the biggest and most private tension is Adam Scott’s fear of sitting, which can only be resolved by the disinterested ghost of Jon Hamm.

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TV Writer Jon Schroeder’s Appearance, Just To Say “No”: Cameraman: “You think it’s possible for this [recreation of Too Close for Comfort’s intro] to be The Greatest Event?”

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Most important note-based sight gag: A carryover from Event #2, where once again Paul Scheer plays Adam’s lawyer, and proudly displays his autographed photo of Vin Diesel at all times.

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Most unnecessary use of green screen: Scott’s special chair, which he’s used on all previous movie and TV projects, to hide his crippling fear of sitting.

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Most elaborately rehearsed element: Jon Glaser wants his version of Too Close for Comfort’s couch fall to be “as elegant as Ted Knight did it”, which leads to intensive preparation led by lead stunt coordinator Channon Flowers (Seth Morris) and involving rigs like this:

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