The most handsome duo in TV history, Jon Hamm and Adam Scott, debuted their top-secret Adult Swim collaboration, The Greatest Event in Television History, last night. And boy was it great. Not Mad Men or Parks and Recreation great, but amusing and extremely handsome.
In the extremely meta special, hosted by a deadpan Jeff Probst, the two actors star in a shot-by-shot recreation of the opening title sequence from the 1980s detective series Simon & Simon. They even rented a helicopter crew to replicate the shot of Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker driving to San Diego. The “greatest event in television history” — a.k.a. the one-minute credit sequence — is preceded by a faux behind-the-scenes video detailing the budgetary, psychological, and professional woes that troubled the cast and crew during filming. (No joke.)
My favorite line from the special was courtesy of “director” Paul Rudd (Scott and Lance Bangs actually directed the special) discussing why he cast Scott as AJ. “I actually have only seen one episode of Parks and Rec,” he said. “I thought when we were casting, that I was getting the little Indian guy from the show.”
Keep an eye out for appearances by Megan Mullally, Paul Scheer, and Kathryn Hahn and don’t feel too bad for the bullied Scott. He got the chance to hang out with Jon Hamm!
Watch the special below:
Here’s the original Simon & Simon opening sequence: