TV’s most amusing vanity plates, from 'Breaking Bad' to 'Kitchen Nightmares'

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In real life, most people think that vanity plates are something that only annoying, snobby, or stupid people have. But on TV, vanity plates are almost always worth a laugh. Whether you dig reality TV, sitcoms, or gritty dramas, the vanity plates featured on famous TV shows are bound to make you chuckle (or at least crack a small smile).

"Breaking Bad"

There have been multiple examples of vanity plates over the course of the show's five-season run. Before Jesse started cooking with Walt, he cooked with a friend and went by the name Captain Cook. Not surprisingly, Jesse's license plate reflected his illegal activities. It read "THE CAPN."

Saul Goodman's car has the plate LWYR UP (good advice for most characters on the show who don't want to wind up dead or in jail). And in one episode, Walt blows up a car owned by a rich jerk, which had plates that read KEN WINS. Ken definitely did not win in that episode.

"Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares " (UK Version)

In one episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay faced off against "executive chef" Alex Scott from the restaurant La Lanterna. Scott's car had a custom numberplate, which read "A1 Chef," a claim made laughable by Scott's dirty kitchen filled with food that came out of packets. Gordon called up his celebrity chef friends and asked if they want to buy the numberplate. None were that conceited.

"The Office" (US Version)

In one episode of "The Office," traveling paper salesman Todd Packer is revealed to have a car with a license plate that read "WLHUNG." For some reason, everyone thought that he's really into the song stylings of William "She Bangs" Hung. Packer was not amused.


In one episode of "Seinfeld," Kramer accidentally received a vanity plate that was supposed to go to a proctologist. The plate read "***MAN," and people in the neighborhood started calling Kramer exactly that when he passed by; he didn't seem to mind.

"The Simpsons" and "Heroes"

Not surprisingly, characters on these two different TV shows both shared the same custom license plate: "NCC 1701." For people who didn't watch "Star Trek" when they were growing up, NCC-1701 was the number plastered on the outside of the Starship Enterprise. On "The Simpsons," the car with the NCC 1701 plate was the owner of the local comic book shop. On "Heroes," it was Kaito Nakamura, played by George Takei. Takei played Hikaru Sulu on the original "Star Trek" TV series.
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