Top TV Cameos - Part Two
Back in March 2010, LocateTV published a list of the Top 5 celebrities to have ever made a cameo appearance on the small screen. A few years have gone by now, so it's time for an updated version. The guys over at zencollegelife.com have helped us out by putting together their list of the most memorable TV cameos. Has your top cameo made the list? Read on...
Television is the perfect medium for actors, musicians, athletes, and others in showbiz to showcase their talents on a slightly smaller scale. Stars who want to dabble in TV can easily do so with a cameo appearance. These brief and minor appearances tend to shake things up for viewers and help increase ratings. Out of all the cameos in TV history, these 10 are some of the most memorable.
Oprah Winfrey on 30 Rock
The queen of daytime television tried her hand at comedy when she appeared on the hit NBC show 30 Rock in 2008. Winfrey gave a memorable and funny performance playing herself as Liz Lemon's neighbor on a plane flight. The women talk about many random topics and Winfrey, who keeps telling Liz to call her "Pam," makes a funny Grease reference. After the flight, Liz realized that the sedative she took on the trip made her hallucinate and believe she was talking to Oprah, but it was actually a 12-year-old girl named Pam.
Victoria Beckham on Ugly Betty
Former Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham, showed her funny side when she appeared on Ugly Betty in 2007. Posh plays herself on the comedy-drama series, and although she is supposed to be helping Vanessa Williams' character, Wilhelmina Slater, prepare for her wedding, Beckham ends up stealing the spotlight.
David Bowie on Extras
Ricky Gervais' sitcom, Extras, is based around the idea of celebrities playing "twisted" versions of themselves. Of all the hilarious celebrity cameos on Extras, David Bowie's appearance is by far the best. Bowie plays a mean and pompous version of himself, which is compounded by his song that pokes fun at Gervais.
Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee
Gwyneth Paltrow stunned viewers when she appeared on Glee and showcased her vocal chops, singing Cee-Lo's "Forget You" and Prince's "Kiss." Paltrow's outstanding cameo appearance made her singing abilities known to all, and even earned her an Emmy for best guest actress in a comedy series.
The cast of Seinfeld on Curb Your Enthusiasm
Seinfeld fans couldn't have asked for a better cast reunion than the one that happened on the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The episode features Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer who come back to film a reunion special at the request of Larry David, but little do they know that he has an ulterior motive for doing the show. He wants to use the show to get his ex-wife back, but like all Curb episodes, everything goes wrong and Larry's neuroses come out in full force.
Mark Wahlberg on Entourage
Entourage is known for its impressive showcase of guest stars, but one of the most memorable cameo appearances was its very own executive producer, Mark Wahlberg, who appeared in the hit show's fifth season. Marky Mark also appeared in the pilot episode.
Boy George on The A-Team
Culture Club frontman Boy George made one of the oddest and surprisingly most memorable TV cameos when he appeared on the action-adventure series, The A-Team. The pairing of tough guy Mr. T and flamboyant Boy George was just strange enough to get people to tune in for this specific episode.
Bob Dylan on Dharma and Greg
Dharma and Greg might have been a stinker of a sitcom, but viewers didn't turn down the chance to see the legendary Bob Dylan make a cameo appearance on the show. Dylan may have had a rather silent cameo, but it was nevertheless interesting to see the shy musician on the small screen.
Brad Pitt on Friends
Brad Pitt's first appearance on the hit show Friends turned out to be one of the most memorable cameo appearances of the whole series. Pitt gave a hilarious performance as Ross' old high school friend, Will, who ironically started an "I Hate Rachel Green Club" because she used to bully him. The on-screen tension between the once married couple adds to the awesomeness of this Thanksgiving episode.
Britney Spears on Glee
Britney Spears' cameo appearance on Glee gave the show its best-ever rating among adults ages 18 to 49. Glee paid tribute to the pop princess with renditions of her early-career hits, like Baby One More Time, Toxic, and I'm a Slave 4 U. Considering the success of Brit's first cameo, Glee would be smart to plan a second Spears appearance.