Television has provided popular culture with a varied and abundant series of acronyms. Just in case you don’t remember English class, an acronym is a word spelled out by the first letters in a series of words. It will all come rushing back once you get dive headlong into the bit. And, in the process, you just may find out some what some famous TV acronyms actually mean.
You may remember that “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” was a spy spoof that specifically targeted early James Bond movies organizations like SMERSH. What you may never have known is that U.N.C.L.E. stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. While the good guys on the show worked for unky John Law, the villainous organization on the show was directly influenced by James Bond’s SMERSH. That organization was known as THRUSH and though it was never revealed on the show itself, a subsequent paperback tale finally divulged the secret of the acronym: Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesireables and the Subjugation of Humanity.
Did you ever know what the car in “Knight Rider” really stood for whenever it was addressed as KITT? Actually, this acronym is rather less than exciting considering its use in an action TV show. Knight Industries Two Thousand. Can you believe that?
Not what you think. An episode of “The Big Bang Theory” pits the rest of the guys versus Sheldon in a quiz bowl situation. PMS in this case stands for Perpetual Motion Squad. Sheldon’s acronym is AA by the way. It stands for Army Ants which Sheldon views as the most fearsome creatures on the planet.
The training video for working at the Krusty Krab restaurant on “SpongeBob SquarePants” boils everything you need to down to the acronym P.O.O.P. Which stands for, naturally, People Order Our Patties.
When Marge Simpson makes it her responsibility to clean up television from the violence best represented by the psychotic mouse and his hapless victim on the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon segments on Krusty the Klown’s show, she forms a group of outraged citizens that are collectively known as S.N.U.H. Which must almost certainly qualify as one of the all time worst acronyms ever, right? So what does S.N.U.H. stand for? Springfieldians for Nonviolence, Understanding and Helping.
Time and Relative Dimension in Space. Of course, if you consider yourself a “Doctor Who” fan of any dimension in any space and you don’t know this, then you are fooling yourself.
Much like the mothers (and some fathers) in Springfield, the mothers in Sunnydale finally managed to get worked up by the violence going on there all the time. Actually, while it is the discovery of the bodies of dead children that prompts the organization of M.O.O., it quickly develops into a good old-fashioned witch hunting organization looking to spread from burning books to burning witches. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” handles the sly truth that the secret to the success of such an endeavor lies in convincing those around it of its benevolence. Much like the Patriot Act, who could possibly find anything malevolent about a group calling themselves themselves Mothers Opposed to the Occult?