Fictional TV characters and the real TV shows they love

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TV fans love it when they have something in common with their favorite characters. Sometimes, it's a band or a sense of style, but more often than not, it's a shared love for a TV show. Though the following TV characters are fictional, they all have love for TV shows that are very real.

Ben Wyatt from "Parks and Rec" loves "Game of Thrones"

In fourth season of "Parks and Rec," a depressed Ben is still sad about his breakup with Leslie. A co-worker asks him why he's so down, jokingly asking if "Game of Thrones" got canceled. Nerdy Ben retorts back, "They would never cancel 'Game of Thrones.' It's a crossover hit. It's not just for fantasy enthusiasts. They're telling human stories in a fantasy world!"

In Season 5, Leslie's unity quilt has a square dedicated to Ben's two greatest loves: calculators and "Game of Thrones."

Kano the Bodyguard from "The Venture Bros." loves "Top Chef"

Kano is an interesting character. He is silent, never speaking during the show's first two seasons. But in the third season episode "ORB," Kano speaks for the first time when he thinks that Brock has been sent to kill him.

It turns out Kano is something of a chatterbox, despite (or perhaps because of) his previous vow of silence. His favorite TV show is "Top Chef," a reality show he's eager to talk about with Brock. Kano's interest in "Top Chef" makes a lot of sense: His character is obsessed with baking and chocolate recipes.

Abed from "Community" loves "Cougar Town"

Abed's love for "Cougar Town" is a central plot point in the "Community" episode "Critical Film Studies." Abed is such a huge "Cougar Town" fan that he was given the chance to be a background extra on an episode of the show but had a bit of a freakout when he couldn't reconcile the "meta-ness" of being a fan of the show while also being a character on the show. He later freaked out after watching the too-short series that inspired "Cougar Town," a fictional British series called "Cougarton Abbey."

Sheldon Cooper from "The Big Bang Theory" loves "Star Trek" and "Star Trek: TNG"

Given the fact that one episode of "The Big Bang Theory" revolved around Sheldon having a conversation with a Spock action figure, it's safe to say he's a fan of "Star Trek" in general.

Fans will recall Sheldon also used be a big fan of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," as a young Sheldon really connected with the character of Wesley Crusher, played by Wil Wheaton. But when Wheaton failed to turn up at a convention where Sheldon was in attendance, it kickstarted a whole chain of events that turned Wil Wheaton into Sheldon's mortal enemy.

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