10 Most Memorable TV Cameos

Television is the perfect medium for actors, musicians, athletes, and others in showbiz to showcase their talents on a slightly smaller scale. Stars who want to dabble in TV can easily do so with a cameo appearance. These brief and minor appearances tend to shake things up for viewers and help increase ratings. Out of all the cameos in TV history, these 10 are some of the most memorable.

  1. Oprah Winfrey on 30 Rock

    The queen of daytime television tried her hand at comedy when she appeared on the hit NBC show 30 Rock in 2008. Winfrey gave a memorable and funny performance playing herself as Liz Lemon's neighbor on a plane flight. The women talk about many random topics and Winfrey, who keeps telling Liz to call her "Pam," makes a funny Grease reference. After the flight, Liz realized that the sedative she took on the trip made her hallucinate and believe she was talking to Oprah, but it was actually a 12-year-old girl named Pam.

  2. Victoria Beckham on Ugly Betty

    Former Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham, showed her funny side when she appeared on Ugly Betty in 2007. Posh plays herself on the comedy-drama series, and although she is supposed to be helping Vanessa Williams' character, Wilhelmina Slater, prepare for her wedding, Beckham ends up stealing the spotlight.

  3. David Bowie on Extras

    Ricky Gervais' sitcom, Extras, is based around the idea of celebrities playing "twisted" versions of themselves. Of all the hilarious celebrity cameos on Extras, David Bowie's appearance is by far the best. Bowie plays a mean and pompous version of himself, which is compounded by his song that pokes fun at Gervais.

  4. Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee

    Gwyneth Paltrow stunned viewers when she appeared on Glee and showcased her vocal chops, singing Cee-Lo's "Forget You" and Prince's "Kiss." Paltrow's outstanding cameo appearance made her singing abilities known to all, and even earned her an Emmy for best guest actress in a comedy series.

  5. The cast of Seinfeld on Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Seinfeld fans couldn't have asked for a better cast reunion than the one that happened on the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The episode features Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer who come back to film a reunion special at the request of Larry David, but little do they know that he has an ulterior motive for doing the show. He wants to use the show to get his ex-wife back, but like all Curb episodes, everything goes wrong and Larry's neuroses come out in full force.

  6. Mark Wahlberg on Entourage

    Entourage is known for its impressive showcase of guest stars, but one of the most memorable cameo appearances was its very own executive producer, Mark Wahlberg, who appeared in the hit show's fifth season. Marky Mark also appeared in the pilot episode, but this time he and Ari, played by Jeremy Piven, finally got to go at it.

  7. Boy George on The A-Team

    Culture Club frontman Boy George made one of the oddest and surprisingly most memorable TV cameos when he appeared on the action-adventure series, The A-Team. The pairing of tough guy Mr. T and flamboyant Boy George was just strange enough to get people to tune in for this specific episode.

  8. Bob Dylan on Dharma and Greg

    Dharma and Greg might have been a stinker of a sitcom, but viewers didn't turn down the chance to see the legendary Bob Dylan make a cameo appearance on the show. Dylan may have had a rather silent cameo, but it was nevertheless interesting to see the shy musician on the small screen.

  9. Brad Pitt on Friends

    Brad Pitt's first appearance on the hit show Friends turned out to be one of the most memorable cameo appearances of the whole series. Pitt gave a hilarious performance as Ross' old high school friend, Will, who ironically started an "I Hate Rachel Green Club" because she used to bully him. The on-screen tension between the once married couple adds to the awesomeness of this Thanksgiving episode.

  10. Britney Spears on Glee

    Britney Spears' cameo appearance on Glee gave the show its best-ever rating among adults ages 18 to 49. Glee paid tribute to the pop princess with renditions of her early-career hits, like "Baby One More Time," "Toxic," and "I'm a Slave 4 U." Considering the success of Brit Brit's first cameo, Glee would be smart to plan a second Spears appearance.

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