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PBS Hilariously Lampoons The Sad ‘State Of TV’ With Fake Ads To Inspire Donations

PBS Hilariously Lampoons The Sad 'State Of TV' With These Fake Ads...

As I entered my local subway station this morning, one particular ad stood out: The Culture Network’s (hmm, is that a real channel?) new reality show The Dillionaire, presumably inspired by other niche entrepreneur-oriented reality shows like Duck Dynasty and Pawn Stars.

The “Life’s a pickle” tagline caught my eye as particularly corny.

But then I looked to the right of the poster and all was made clear:

“The fact you thought this was a real show says a lot about the state of TV,” the adjacent ad read with an arrow pointing to Dillionaire. Guilty as charged.

It turns out this poster is part of a series of ads New York City’s PBS station, Thirteen, has rolled out this week in an effort to inspire donor support for “quality programming.”

The other posters in the series are equally hilarious and pitch-perfect in their mockery of today’s “reality”-crazy TV world. Unrealistic-yet-somehow-realistic shows like Knitting Wars and Bayou Eskimos get their place alongside the critical tagline.

Entertainment Weekly got a hold of the other posters that will run this month. Enjoy below and feel depressed that these all could conceivably be actual shows:

Bad Bad Bag Boys

Knitting Wars

Bayou Eskimos

Married to a Mime

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