Sometimes a TV show's best moments are the unplanned ones, the ones that are so good they don't -- can't -- make it to air. Thankfully, certain series (mainly comedies) have made it a practice to share these hilariously unscripted gems in the form of gag reels, giving fans a peek at the hijinks that happen on set but have to be left on the cutting room floor.
Below we've compiled a list of our favorite such moments -- Saturday Night Live not included since it's a live show and deserves its own story entirely -- because nothing beats actors nailing a line so hard the rest of the cast breaks in two.
An indestructible vase. Gladys and The Nightman Cometh. The vaguest résumé in the history of résumés. Enough loogies to put T.J. Miller's dribble takes to shame. This Season 4 reel is a masterpiece. Best part: Always Gladys
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
SVU goofs, where a serious show gets a little less serious. Best part: "You smell great."
Curb Your Enthusiasm
"These laughs are from their bellies," one commenter points out. "Where it hurts so bad that almost no laughter can fully come out." Spot on, and Larry David's laugh is particularly infectious. Best part: JB Smoove
The Erlich Bachman-meets-"Action Jack" Barker scene is one of Silicon Valley's all-time greats. Tasked with improvising the best ageist put-downs he could, T.J. Miller more than delivered, rattling off dis after dis in front of an incredibly stone-faced Stephen Tobolowsky. The take that aired is brief and hysterical. But this glorious, nearly five-minute-long compilation of outtakes is even better, showcasing the burns that didn't make the cut and giving a quirky cultural history of America in the process. Best part: "Genesis the book or Genesis the band? Because I know it wasn't Sega Genesis."