Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

What Do The X-Files, Arrested Development, Law & Order, The Wire and Sesame Street All Have In Common?


They were all set in the same universe. At least it would appear that way if you take into account one specific character: Detective John Munch, played by Richard Belzer.

You might recognise him as this guy.

richard belzer - john munch

The man not the pooch.

Look familiar? That’s probably because over a period of around 20 years he appeared in a total of 453 different episodes, in 10 different television shows.

Yup, that’s right, 10 DIFFERENT TELEVISION SHOWS. Which therefore means that Munch is either TV’s biggest in-joke or he’s the character glue that holds it all together, proving once and for all all of the above TV shows belong in the same universe.

Which is astonishing. It also opens up some interesting theories about Sesame Street, what with it appearing in the exact same world as The X-Files. Could the infamous puppet show actually be set in a far of alien world or third dimension? Only Detective John Munch will ever really know for sure.

Here’s Richard Belzer himself explaining the whole thing. Sort of.

Here's all of the shows that he's popped up in so far:

  1. Homicide: Life On The Street

  2. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

  3. Law & Order

  4. The X Files

  5. Arrested Development

  6. The Beat

  7. The Wire

  8. Sesame Street

  9. 30 Rock

  10. Jimmy Kimmel Live!


X FIles.png

The X-Files Officially Returning For 6 New Episodes


Brilliant And Bizarre TV Crossovers


The TV shows and films most likely to give UK viewers nightmares


Sesame Street's Big Bird Takes On Hip Hop Classic


Sesame Street Unveils Jurassic Cookie


David Duchovny: "Hank Moody Would Probably Hate Me"



Everything you can expect from Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror

What you need to know for Season 3

21 Oct 2016

Tom Cruise acted out his entire career with James Corden

A few good men who have all the right moves

by Tom Fordy
20 Oct 2016

This is the episode The Simpsons became shit

A scientific investigation into the slow, gradual death of a TV institution

by David Cornish
18 Oct 2016

'The One Where Chandler Dies' is the darkest Friends recut yet

Could this supercut BE any more existential?

by Joe Ellison
17 Oct 2016

League of Gentlemen could be making a 'Brexity' return

Mark Gatiss thinks Britain has become a "local country for local people"

by Tom Fordy
13 Oct 2016

Marvel meets the Wire: why everyone's talking about Luke Cage

Marvel's latest is breaking the internet

04 Oct 2016

Everything you need to know about Netflix’s Amanda Knox

The new Making A Murderer is here

29 Sep 2016

Awesome data breakdown of Simpsons characters by word count

Every Simpsons supporting character, ranked by words spoken

29 Sep 2016

Watch James Corden and Owen Wilson take on Usain Bolt in the 100m

Pretty much the race of the century

28 Sep 2016

Matt LeBlanc confirmed for two more series of Top Gear

Joey's taking the wheel for a while longer

by Paddy Maddison
26 Sep 2016