Let’s face it: Our universe is simply not cool enough for a movie. We don’t have superheroes or aliens or TV stars that happen to be anthropomorphic, alcoholic horses, so we assume most movies and TV shows exist in their own universes like snow globes we can shake when we’re too tired to read. It turns out, though, that some of those snow globes are awfully crowded.

Scream and Clerks

Scream 3

(Dimension Films)

Jay and Silent Bob are briefly seen in Scream 3 touring the studio where Stab 3 is being filmed and harassing Courteney Cox. It turns out it’s just this universe where people obsess over movies and we’re the weird ones.

Dawson’s Creek and Californication

Dawson's Creek

(Sony Pictures Television)

Not one but two Dawson’s Creek characters, David Wilder and Todd Carr/Ronny Praeger (the latter clearly a fake name after the onetime movie director pivots to porn), show up in Californication, which makes sense because the creator used to be a writer on Dawson’s Creek in possibly one of the whiplashiest promotions in Hollywood. The show Dawson’s Creek also exists in the Californication universe, but it does on Dawson’s Creek, too. It’s very complicated.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Star Wars

Phantom Menace

(20th Century Fox)

E.T. recognizes a child dressed as Yoda for Halloween, suggesting he comes from a galaxy far, far away, but it goes way deeper than that. Three members of E.T.’s species later appear in The Phantom Menace, and Expanded Universes gonna expand, so there’s way too much information about that out there for those nerdy enough to seek it.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and 30 Rock

30 Rock


Further deepening the talking animals extended universe, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and 30 Rock share several minor characters, including a construction worker who ends up dating Titus and an apathetic drugstore cashier named LaDonica. It’s understandable because Tina Fey was the brains behind both shows, but what are the chances Bojack didn’t guest star on Tracy Jordan’s show?

Spy Kids and Machete

Spy Kids

(Dimension Films)

The Spy Kids have an uncle named Machete played by Danny Trejo, for whom things subsequently go very bad, apparently. Robert Rodriguez has confirmed that they are, in fact, the same character, but “alternate universe” versions of him, unsettlingly suggesting the Spy Kids multiverse.

The John Munch Universe

Arrested Development

(20th Century Fox)

Everyone’s favorite normal-butted Law & Order detective has appeared everywhere from Arrested Development to The X-Files to The Wire to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. No wonder the legal system works so uncommonly well in those series. It must also be pointed out, again, that this means John Munch also knows about the talking animal stars.

Conan the Barbarian and the Cthulhu Mythos

Conan the Barbarian

(Universal Pictures)

Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, was part of a whole circle of writers Lovecraft invited to collaborate on his Cthulhu mythos, so Howard’s stories reference “the Old Ones” and Lovecraft’s mention Cimmeria. Does this mean Arnold is an otherworldly monster? Probably. What man could be that jacked?

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