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17 Best Guest Stars on TV Shows Ever


Photo credit: Gettyimages

Photo credit: Gettyimages

To the average TV viewer, it may sometimes look like movie stars and TV stars seemingly waltz into any studio set they choose, smile big, give a few fist bumps and score some extra air time.

The audience always seems to enjoy the surprise cameo, as do the performers, who often are fans themselves.

And of course, Mr. or Ms. Superstar are certain to love the attention and fun of being on a show once in a while without having to commit to the grind or the contractual obligations of being a regular cast member.

Here are 15 of our favorites.
 

17) Richard Belzer, X-Files, The Wire, Arrested Development

Richard Belzer’s character, John Munch, has the longest run of any character in all of American TV. He’s been portraying the character since 1993 on the hit crime show Homicide: Life on the Street.

After its cancellation the character spun off into Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and from there it’s been a long and fascinating journey into one of TV’s most underrated staples.

It would probably be easier to list all of the shows Belzer hasn’t appeared on as Munch. The character pokes his head into shows like The X-Files, Arrested Developmen, and The Wire, sometimes in a serious dramatic performance and other times for a quick gag. It’s always fascinating to watch Belzer work his magic.

Munch has been on TV for 22 seasons of television, longer than both Kelsey Grammar’s Frasier Crane and Marshall Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke. He’s appeared in semi-canonical roles on a staggering nine series across five different networks, with dozens more cameo roles in others.

He’s even appeared in puppet form on The Muppets and as Belzer himself shooting an SVU scene on 30 Rock. Sadly, the character has recently been retired from SVU, meaning the long and successful career of Munch has finally come to a satisfying close.

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  • ThirtyNineWinks

    You are aware that Sarah Palin never said she could see Russia from her house? That was Tina Fey who said that. Yes, they are very hard to tell apart….

    • Guest

      You are aware that you are wrong, right?

      • ThirtyNineWinks

        Sarah Palin said “You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” Tina Fey said “I can see Russia from my house!” Palin was right, and Fey was funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGSJCDw3ZBw

  • Jim Ridgeway

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGSJCDw3ZBw

    If this isn’t close enough for you, you need to stop watching FOX news.

    • D. A. Dyer

      “You can see Russia from land in Alaska” is the same as “I can see Russia from my house.” And you believe that? Seriously? Thanks for the chuckle!

      • http://www.monicahess.com Monica Hess

        Well, maybe they figure Alaska can’t be that big? Maybe liberals don’t understand that all of Alaska isn’t in Palin’s back yard! Or, maybe they’re just idiots and don’t realize that Alaskan islands stretch out into the Pacific quite a way…even close enough to see Russia. But, we can’t expect them to look into that, can we? After all, they like being taught geography by comedians. What a pity.

    • Memphis Viking

      If this is close enough for you, you need to stop watching MSNBC.

  • FrizzHed

    As soon as it mentioned Sarah Palin, I stopped reading as she is neither the “best” of anything (except being an idiot), nor is she a “star.”

    • NotAnIdiot

      Obama drone, right?

  • TerReuv

    You are also wrong about The Brady Bunch. The mike was left on in the studio so Davy did hear Marcia. He did perform at the dance and she did not have to cancel him. He even asked her to be his date for the dance.

  • http://twistedoldloony.deviantart.com/ Twistation

    Just Shoot Me had SEVEN seasons! You call that not lasting long?

  • David J Berry

    you fucking dolts…go back and listen and watch the couric interview..she never said what you said she said….she basically said there are those in Alaska who can see Russia from there windows..which is true.I hate ignorance whenyou bloggers profess to be so bright….Tina Fey said that exact quote, not Palin…

    • Jim Rasmussen

      “I hate ignorance whenyou bloggers profess to be so bright.” … says the guy who misuses “there” for “their”.

  • NoGuff

    Stephen Hawking’s best guest spot was on Star Trek TNG. Get with it, people.

  • JOHN T. FOX

    UH YOUR BOTH WRONG. RUSSIA IS A MILE AND A HALF FROM ALASKA.

    • Jeff Brock

      ‘You’re’

      • JOHN T. FOX

        NO YOUR!

        • Jeff Brock

          I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you’re (you are) being sarcastic…and that your (see how that word works?) caps-lock key is broken.

          • JOHN T. FOX

            NOT SUCH A LONG TIME AGO, IN THIS COUNTRY, GAY MEANT HAPPY AND LARGE PRINT WAS FOR BAD EYES. I WASN’T USING THE CONTRACTION THAT YOUR USING. I WAS SPECIFIC AND CORRECT! SO GET WITH THE LITERAL PROGRAM OR BE SILENT! YOUR PREDALECTION FOR IRRELEVANCE IS NAUSATING!

          • Jeff Brock

            “you’re using”

            You were indeed not using the contraction, but “your” is the possessive of “you”,as in ‘your house’, ‘your car’ and ‘your poor spelling’ (there is no ‘a’ in predilection and nauseating has an ‘e’ in it).

            The antediluvian meaning of the word gay is correct albeit irrelevant and, nowadays, all caps means you’re screaming. Now if I started with ‘your’ as in ‘your screaming is annoying’, then THAT would be correct. I could also say “You’re screaming and that is annoying”.

            But if you are trying to say ‘the two of you are wrong’ then it’s ‘you’re both wrong’

            But, hey, don’t take my word for it, here’s a link

            http://bit.ly/1limxRF

          • JOHN T. FOX

            HEY ASSHOLE! GET A LIFE OR MAKE SILENCE YOUR PERSONAL JIHAD!

          • Jeff Brock

            Perfect use of ‘your’. Excellent. It really should be ‘make silent’, but I’m going to let that go. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

          • JOHN T. FOX

            IT FELL IN A DAY.

          • Jeff Brock

            Give or take 200 years. I’m no historian, but that book my dog is reading is “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire”. He says 200 years and I have no reason to doubt him

          • JOHN T. FOX

            IT FELL ON THEODORAS WATCH. YOUR DOG IS LIKE YOU MIGHTY UGLY! MINE IS MAGN

          • Jeff Brock

            I don’t know who that is..I’ll ask him. His name is Bazil (I adopted him and he already had that name) and he is a handsome beast. Smart too. He works as a therapy dog for sick children and at nursing homes; has a name tag with his picture on it and everything. We’re (my heterosexual wife and I) are very fond of him. Scared of guns though, but can you blame him?

          • JOHN T. FOX

            MINE I RESCUED FROM A DRUNK THAT GOT HIM FROM A CRACKHEAD. MAX IS MAGNIFICENT! PERFECTLY PROPORTIONED, NATURAL HUNTER AND EXCITED AT THE SIGHT OF A GUN IN MY HAND! 16 YEARS OLD AND COUNTING! CHOW/LABS HAVE SPOILED ME! HE ALERTS ME TO MY MOMS HEALTH. HIS SON VEGETA IS EVEN BIGGER BUT NOT MUCH OF A HUNTER. EMPERESS THEODORA, SHE LET THE VANDALS INTO ROME. JUST BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T WANT TO GET MARRIED. WE GET THE WORD VANDELISM FROM THE VANDELS. YOUR GENERATION IS SO IGNORANT IT IS NOT EVEN FUNNY!

          • Destry

            See, it took just minutes for JTF to revert to the vile name calling.

          • JOHN T. FOX

            OFF YOUR MEDS AGAIN OSOMA OBAMA CYBERSTALKER?

          • JOHN T. FOX

            YOUR A PRICK AND THAT IS THE TRUTH! YOU STRESS FORM OVER FUNCTION AND ASTHETICS OVER SUBSTANCE. JUST LIKE AN ANTI-GUN HOMO LOVING DAMN DEMOCRAT!

          • Destry

            Takes one to know one!

          • Destry

            There is nothing you can do to remedy all that is wrong with John T. Fox. Next he will regress to calling you all kinds of vile, despicable and abusive names and try to insult you with childish monikers all the while shouting it at the top of his lungs and claiming poor eyesight to justify his use of all caps, but he can read your posts just fine.

          • JOHN T. FOX

            HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OFF YOUR MEDS OSOMA OBAMA CYBERSTALKER?

          • Destry

            John T. Fox is a vile, despicable and abusive troll. Please don’t feed him. He doesn’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re” even though I’ve pointed out that out to him a number of times and he claims an IQ of 146, but it must be a negative number.

          • JOHN T. FOX

            HEY OSOMA OBAMAS CYBERSTALKER HAS FOUND AN EQUALLY SHALLOW WELL IN JEFF BROCK! HERE I THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE ONE AND THE SAME. EACH BEING EQUALLY STUPID IN THEIR COMMENTS, ALL FORM AND NO SUBSTANCE AND PRATELING ON AND ON OVER IRRELEVANCE!

          • Jeff Brock

            I get it…you spell badly on purpose. That’s diabolical. Prattling, vandalism? You’re (or Your if you don’t want to break character) a performance artist just pretending to be an idiot. You messed up a little with ‘their’…should have gone with ‘there’ or ‘they’re’.

          • JOHN T. FOX

            NO YOU DON’T GET IT! YOUR A VERY SHALLOW WELL INDEED!

  • Dorothy Hamilton Sherman

    Also missing, your proof reader.

  • Kanni Bassativa

    Just Shoot on Me lasted SIX years that IS hanging around a long time in TV world

  • Chris James

    Matt Damon on House of Lies
    Betty White on Community
    Curt Smith on Psych
    Jim Carrey on 30 Rock
    Meatloaf on House
    Also Stephen Fry on Monday’s episode of 24 made me freaking happy

  • masterc4u

    How about when KISS was on That 70′s Show?