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10 of the Best TV Pranks
From the elaborate schemes to the simple tricks, TV shows have played host to some epic pranks. In honor of April Fools' Day, see 10 of the best practical jokes from television, ahead.
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In an office full of tomfoolery, Jim Halpert found a way to take things to the next level. Starting a bit of a tricky tradition, Jim encased Dwight's stapler in Jell-O, inspiring future gelatinous tricks around Dunder Mifflin.
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Ashton Kutcher kicked off Punk'd on a high note with the series premiere in 2003, when he pulled a fast one on Justin Timberlake. With a team by his side, Kutcher convinced the singer that he owed nearly $1 million in back taxes and that all of his belongings and even his pets were being taken as a result.
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Rachel found herself in hot water in Friends' seventh season after teaching Ben a variety of pranks and tricks, guaranteed to anger his father, Ross. To get back at her, Ross and Ben hatch an elaborate stunt in which "Ross" is seen suffering a dangerous fall down the stairs, only for it to be revealed that a stuffed dummy that looks like Ross was the one who fell.
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The rivalry between Cheers and Gary's Olde Towne Tavern found its resolution on the battlefield of pranks. Over the course of various "Bar Wars" episodes, elaborate stunts take place in a quest for the reigning pub, including a famous bit in which Rebecca walks into her office only to find it packed with sheep.
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Jenna had some worthy adversaries in the writers in 30 Rock's sixth season. She got into a prank war with the likes of Lutz, Frank, and Toofer, complete with body dye and trash-digging.
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Parks and Recreation
What better way for the gang to officially welcome Ben to the Department of Parks and Recreation than by pranking him? Led by April and Andy, the city employees successful haze Ben, while his attempt to get them back hardly goes smoothly.
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How I Met Your Mother
Marshall reluctantly teamed up with Barney in How I Met Your Mother's first season for an extended prank war with Clark Butterfield, the businessman working across the way from Goliath National Bank.
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The janitor's gotta have a little fun! Over the course of Scrubs' nine seasons, the janitor pulled off dozens of pranks, largely tricking J.D. with the help of his mop.
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Murphy Brown's famed fight with then-Vice President Dan Quayle came to a head in the show's fifth season. After Quayle criticized the fictional character for being a single parent, he was written into Murphy Brown's plot, as Murphy and her pals prank the politician by dumping a truckload of potatoes outside of his house.