Fake websites have been a long-running joke on television shows. Usually, these sites are just quickly mentioned, like the multiple fictional versions of Facebook (The IT Crowd‘s FriendFace or Degrassi‘s Facerange), or are registered domains that steer back to the show’s official site (30 Rock‘s JoanOfSnark.com). However some shows take the extra step and actually create these sites for viewers to enjoy. Here are seven of the best TV tie-in websites from Silicon Valley to Parks and Recreation.
If there’s any show that deserves its own fake website, it’s HBO’s tech comedy Silicon Valley. The Pied Piper website finds laughs in tech talk, passive-aggressive digs, and in-jokes, but the real greatness is in the crew bios. Gilfoyle’s is great — “has played drums in a series of Toronto-area first-wave-DC-influenced hardcore, thrashcore, hatecore, corecore, and corehard outfits” — but my favorite is the one for Jared, who was coxswain for the Women’s Heavyweight Crew and assistant stage manager of the opera American HerStory XX.