"We've spent the last year and a half searching for the greatest event in television history," says Jeff Probst in the introduction to the final installment of Adam Scott's The Greatest Event in Television History series. "Three times we thought we'd found it. But three times we were wrong. Shit-brown wrong." Previous versions of the series — which offers wonderfully pointless shot-for-shot recreations of credits sequences from old TV shows — had tackled Simon & Simon, Hart to Hart, and Too Close for Comfort.
What, in the end, is truly the "greatest event in television history"? A remake of the opening credits to 1980s cross-dressing sitcom Bosom Buddies, which is best remembered for launching the career of Tom Hanks (and, to a significantly lesser degree, that of costar Peter Scolari). To make this dream come true, Scott enlisted the aid of Paul Rudd, who turns out to be a hardcore method actor insanely committed to getting the early-80s aesthetic just right.
From there, this fourth installment of The Greatest Event in Television History series offers the usual antics: A wildly troubled production, a few big cameos, and a slavishly faithful recreation that ties it all together. Unfortunately, it sounds like this really is the final installment; in an interview with Splitsider, Adam Scott said that while the videos are "really fun" and "fun to make," he's ready to move on. It was good while it lasted.
Watch the previous installments in the Greatest Event in Television History series:
1. Hart to Hart, starring Jon Hamm:
2. Simon and Simon, starring Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz:
3. Too Close for Comfort, starring Jon Glaser, Catherine O'Hara, Kathryn Hahn, Chelsea Peretti, and Jason Mantzoukas:
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