It’s said that you can tell a TV series is strapped for ideas when they resort to parodying another show’s basic structure, puns, content and everything about said show. That’s right, a good old PARODY EPISODE! Wew! Lame as they usually are, no one is denying their effectual lameness because they’re knowingly ironic and generally better than whatever they’ve been doing because there was obviously no hurry to get on with the actual storyline.

After watching the new Law & Order themed episode of Community that aired on Thursday, and enduring (and kind of liking) the horrible cliché’s — after all Ice T is the epitome of a cliché — it became sort of likeable. In a so-bad-it’s-good kind of way, of course. After all, wouldn’t we all like to pretend we work alongside Detective Stabler for 20 minutes?

Community loves getting meta (remember their Glee-inspiring singalingaling episode?), so we’re going to take a look at 5 of the good and not-so-good parody episodes, from Scrubs to Sesame Street. So much wit.