Top 10 TV show-related iPhone apps

Apr 25, 2011
Tech

When you’re really digging a television show, a single, 60-minute weekly episode hardly seems like enough. Fortunately, most top shows now come with websites, Twitter feeds and mobile apps that allow you to further explore favorite characters. In that vein, we have assembled a list of the top TV show-related iPhone apps. So if you […]

When you’re really digging a television show, a single, 60-minute weekly episode hardly seems like enough. Fortunately, most top shows now come with websites, Twitter feeds and mobile apps that allow you to further explore favorite characters. In that vein, we have assembled a list of the top TV show-related iPhone apps. So if you are looking to check out the preview for an upcoming episode or explore alternative endings for a show, we’ve got you covered.

There are few shows currently on television that enjoy a more hard-core following than Glee. And for all the closeted show choir individuals bopping to the music there is the Glee Karaoke app for $0.99. It allows you to belt it out along with your favorite Glee numbers – Gwyneth Paltrow has nothing on you!

Many fans of Glee are also likely to follow American Idol. One of the most successful shows on TV in the last decade, American Idol has produce several big names stars, and you could be next. Playing American Idol: The Game ($1.99), you can subject yourself to Simon Cowell-style judging.

Dexter is among the darkest shows on air. Its namesake character goes about his day as a clean cut member of the Miami Police Department, but fills his nights as a vigilante, murdering criminals. Dexter the Game ($5.99) lets players get in on the action, surveying crime scenes, analyzing evidence and tracking targets.

Network television is crowded with commentary-spouting pundits, but Stephen Colbert still manages to stand out. And so does his $1.99 iPhone app, The Colbert Report’s The Word. The app allows you to search all the Colbert Report shows dating back to 2005, neatly organized in clips that are just snarky enough to satisfy.

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Oprah Winfrey is the queen of television – her show has launched the careers of writers, entertainers and self-help gurus, and spawned a lifestyle brand that now includes OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. The Oprah Mobile app ($0.99) posts all upcoming television show guests, as well as written news articles, photos and audio clips from her various media outlets.

If you love The Simpsons, you’ll love The Simpsons Arcade app ($0.99). It combines all the lovable goofiness of the show’s characters into an entertaining game. Basically, you will be helping Homer chase sprinkle donuts around Springfield – what’s not to love?

Our other favorite animated television characters – those of South Park – are also put through ridiculous shenanigans in South Park Mega Millionaire ($0.99). The game-show style app is set in Japan, where you will subject the boys to a series of humiliating tasks such as roller skating through life-threatening obstacle courses to win money. Crude but funny, just like the show.

Tina Fey is one of the most recognizable faces in entertainment, and the Scene It? 30 Rock app ($1.99) doesn’t disappoint. Test your trivia knowledge about the cast and characters of the popular NBC sitcom with 30 distinct games and 15 different puzzle types, either alone or with friends via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi multiplayer.

Some networks have too many entertaining programs to narrow it down to just one. AMC, home to Mad Men, Breaking Bad and others, is one such example. So we decided to give them to you all at once with the free AMC Mobile app, which will connect you with videos, blogs and other fans. Ditto for the free CWTV app, which has everything you could possible need related to hit shows Gossip Girl, 90210 and America’s Next Top Model.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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