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The Greatest Event in Television History

The Greatest Event in Television History

Photo Credit:  Cartoon Network
  • Premiered: 
    October 11, 2012
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  • Network: adult swim
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sketch)
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: parody

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Plot Synopsis

THE GREATEST EVENT IN TELEVISION HISTORY is a series of adult swim specials that stars Adam Scott spoofing '80s TV shows. The first special went behind the scenes, as Jon Hamm and Scott recreated the opening credits from SIMON & SIMON, with Paul Rudd portraying the director, Paul Scheer playing a protestor named Simon A. Simon, and Megan Mullally as Cecilia Simon. The second special, a 30-minute program that aired at midnight on Thursday, June 6, 2013, featured Amy Poehler and Scott playing millionaire sleuths Jennifer and Jonathan Hart from HART TO HART. On Thursday, November 7, 2013 at midnight ET/PT, adult swim premiered the third installment of THE GREATEST EVENT IN TELEVISION HISTORY, starring Adam Scott, Catherine O'Hara, Jon Glaser, Chelsea Peretti, and Kathryn Hahn attempting to recreate the opening credits of TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT. They're joined by Jeff Probst, Jon Hamm, Paul Scheer, and more.
After three failed attempts, Adam Scott finally thinks he nailed THE GREATEST EVENT IN TELEVISION HISTORY, as the fourth installment premiered on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at midnight ET/PT on adult swim. In this final attempt, Adam Scott and Paul Rudd re-enacted the opening credits of BOSOM BUDDIES, with help from Gillian Jacobs and Aidy Bryant.


  • Adam Scott - Jameson Parker/A.J. Simon (Special #1); Robert Wagner/Jonathan Hart (#2); J.M.J. Bullock/Monroe Ficus (#3); Peter Scolari/Henry Desmond (#4)
  • Paul Rudd - Director (Special #1); Tom Hanks/Kip Wilson (#4)
  • Gillian Jacobs - Donna Dixon/Sonny Lumet (Special #4)
  • Aidy Bryant - Wendie Jo Sperber/Amy Cassidy (Special #4)
  • Jon Hamm - Gerald McRaney/Rick Simon (Special #1); Ghost (#3)
  • Megan Mullally - Mary Carver/Cecilia Simon (Special #1)
  • Paul Scheer - Simon A. Simon (Special #1); Trace Goron (#3)
  • Amy Poehler - Stefanie Powers/Jennifer Hart (Special #2)
  • Catherine O'Hara - Nancy Dussault/Muriel Rush (Special #3)
  • Jon Glaser - Ted Knight/Henry Rush (Special #3)
  • Chelsea Peretti - Deborah Van Valkenburgh/Jackie Rush (Special #3)
  • Kathryn Hahn - Lydia Cornell/Sara Rush (Special #3)
  • Jeff Probst - Host (Special #3)
  • Jason Mantzoukas - Director (Special #3)
  • Seth Morris - Stunt Coordinator (Special #3)