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17. 'Coach'

Why more shows haven't taken the piss out of the sketchy semi-pro world of college athletics we'll never understand. But until the networks catch up with the reality, there's always Coach, the long-running (nine seasons!) sitcom starring Craig T. Nelson as the head of a fictional Minnesota Division I-A program. Nelson and his assistant coaches, played by Jerry Van Dyke (brother of Dick) and Bill Fagerbakke (future voice of the equally dim character Patrick on Spongebob Squarepants) mine the machismo of aging football fanatics for good-natured guffaws at the expense of anyone who's ever slipped into their school colors and shouted until their throats went sore.

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