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Top Picks: 9 TV Show Name Badges

Posted On:2014-05-15 12:07:18

1. Doctor Who

The Doctor (in this episode played by Matt Smith)is an intergalactic man of mystery and a being that knows no boundaries in time, space or even dimensions. However the great Time Lord himself has worn a name badge, despite not really having a name or even being human.

In the episode Closing Time we see The Doctor take on the role of a shop assistant in a store that has been taken over by the cyber men. In the episode he seems bemused by the fact that he has been handed a badge with this ‘name’ on it. He says: ‘I'm The Doctor; I work in a shop now. I am here to help. Look, they gave me a badge with my name on it in case I forget who I am. Very thoughtful as that does happen.’


2. Spongebob Squarepants

The loveable, yet slightly annoying sea sponge that lives in Bikini Bottom, the programme is intended for kids but it is easily a guilty pleasure for adults too.

Renowned for his dedication to the Krusty Krab as a fry cook, SpongeBob is at a loss in the episode Missing Identity. In this episode a customer brings it to SpongeBob’s attention that he doesn’t have a name tag on, on the same day as uniform inspections. Squidward tells SpongeBob he should retrace his steps, which, of course, he takes literally. He finally finds his badge, which was on his shirt the whole time, he had just put his shirt on backwards!

Our favourite line from the episode is said by SpongeBob: ‘Oh, Squidward, it's terrible! It's the most terrible thing that's ever happened to me. I lost my name tag.’ A truly committed name badge wearer, we feel your pain Spongebob!


3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is the slayer, a job for which there is no name badge, supposedly being a secret identity and all. It also does not come with a salary, meaning that over the seven seasons of the series Buffy has had to take on several forms of employment, coming with some interesting and unforgettable name badges.

Anne: This episode kicks off season 3 after Buffy has just killed the love of her life, and brooding vampire, Angel. At the end of season 2 Buffy was kicked out of the house by her mother and told not to return, forcing her to leave Sunnydale and move to LA. During her time there she gets a job as a waitress but to stop people from finding her she takes on her middle name ‘Anne’.

DoubleMeat Palace: Struggling with money issues Buffy has to take a job at the local fast food restaurant the Doublemeat Palace to make ends meet (no pun intended); for which she needs to wear an over the top uniform complete with a trainee name badge.

Life serial: During this episode Buffy is trying to find a place in the ‘normal’ world. Her final attempt is to be a shop keeper at Giles and Anya’s shop, the Magic Box. This badge is one of our favourites as it has the line ‘ask me about curses’ on it, not something we see across our name badges!

And then there was Oz’s (Seth Green) ‘name’ badge in Fear Itself, an interesting costume choice!

4. Lost


There is no way that Lost can be summed up in one paragraph. The basic premise is that a bunch of people crash onto an island and some crazy stuff happens within the six series, but we are here to talk name badges.

In Everybody Hates Hugo/ Everybody Loves Hugo, Hurley can be seen in his Mr Cluck’s uniform, sporting a name badge with the name Hugo on it. He gets caught stealing some chicken drumsticks and instead of waiting to be fired Hurley quits, which despite an initial panic attack after the event is an easy decision having just won the jackpot on the lottery. He then goes on to buy Mr Cluck’s and becomes the owner. Although this scene is just a snippet of the mad ride that is lost, Hurley’s Mr Cluck’s uniform is definitely unforgettable.


5. Walking Dead


Walking Dead is the series nightmares are made of; featuring violence and disturbingly real looking zombies. Luckily we have the protagonist Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) who is introduced in his Sheriff’s uniform. The series is about a zombie breakout which causes everyday life to stop and citizens to live in fear.

Rick Grimes, who is the Sheriff before the breakout, continues to wear his uniform, some believe this is a symbol of authority and some believe it is to remain a comforting safety figure in the eyes of the surviving. The name badge he wears is typical to the job he is in, however the popularity of the series has made it a well-known piece of costume.

And of course there is Nick… "One of them has a name tag, so we thought they all should." Mika referring to Nick and naming the other walkers.


6. Scrubs

Scrubs is the medical comedy-drama that ran for eight series.  Although most doctors wear name badges, which is nothing out of the ordinary, our attention is drawn to the Janitor, who for nearly all of the series is known only as the Janitor, amongst a host of other aliases such as Dr. Ján Ĩtor, Nigel, Efrem, Klaus, Chief of Medicine and Tommy, to name a few.

In the episode ‘My Finale’ the janitor, after years of tormenting the lead character J.D, the lead character. reveals his true name SPOILER ALERT (there is no such thing as a spoiler alert thanks to the internet but you have been warned!) which is Glen Matthews. This was dismissed by fans as a passer-by refers to him as Tommy seconds later. Since the episode aired the creator Bill Lawrence has confirmed that Glen Matthews is in fact the true name of the Janitor.

This is funny because throughout the whole series the Janitor, Glen, wears a name badge that simply says ‘The Janitor’.


7. Friends,375x360.png


The highly successful American sitcom that follows six main characters Rachel Green (Jennifer Anniston), Monica Geller (Courtney Cox), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt le Blanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and Ross Geller (David Schwimmer).

In the episode titled The One With the Girl Who Hits Joey, we see Ross move into his new apartment and is quickly greeted by a neighbour. This meeting goes sour when said neighbour attempts to get Ross to give $100 towards a goodbye gift for the building’s handyman. As Ross has only just moved in he sticks by his ‘principles’ and refuses to give up the money. He throws a house warming party thinking this would soften the relationship between him and his neighbours. It is at his own party that he puts on not one, but two name badges, one reading ‘Dr Geller’ and the other ‘Ross’. Unfortunately, nobody attends as they are all at Howard the Handyman’s farewell party, including Phoebe who was supposed to be going to Ross’s. Ross turns up and of course makes things worse by tucking into Howard’s cake.  Phoebe attempts to help by starting off a speech with: ‘Who here likes Ross? Of course you don't like him! He-he didn't give you any money, he raised his own hand when I asked, "Who here likes Ross," and he's wearing two nametags!!’

Unlike Phoebe, we think the more badges the better!


A name badge decided the name of Ross and Carol’s baby, Ben!


8. The Inbetweeners


The Inbetweeners is the hilarious, crude, English teen ‘sitcom’ based around the lives of four teenage boys experiencing your average coming of age problems and those that are not so average.

In the first episode we are introduced to the lead character, Will McKenzie (Simon Bird) who narrates the entire series. The episode follows Will on his first day of school which is a whole different environment compared to his former private school. As a new student Will is made to wear a name badge that reads ‘My name is Will, stop me and say Hello.’ Obviously this causes much ridicule, even from his soon to be best friend Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas), who is forced by the Head Teacher (Greg James) to ‘hang around’ with him: ‘But sir... Look at his blazer, for starters. He's got an actual briefcase. His shoes are clumpy; his hair's a bit gay and that badge... I mean the badge alone...’

Clearly he should have had the badge made by us!


9. The Simpsons


One badge that you probably missed is Homer Simpson’s, due to his various trouble making escapades he often skips work or has a new temporary job. However fans of the longest running, animated programme in the English language, will have noticed that time to time Homer sports a little white, or sometimes blue, name tag as part of his work wear at the nuclear power plant.

It is unknown what is on the name tag as in true cartoon style the text is in fact straight or wiggly lines with a box that implies there is a picture. In an interview with the show’s creator, Matt Groening, he states that Homer has held 188 jobs in the first 400 episodes, so we are sure this is not the only name tag Homer has worn.

Have you noticed any unusual, funny or iconic name badges on your favourite shows, if so, let us know by commenting or send us a tweet @melubatweets.



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Posted On: 2014-04-09 09:10:15
Name badges are used to identify a person and often their job title as well; they are part of everyday working life for many of us. As a result of their appearance in so many day-to-day routines they are often used as part of a character’s costume in films to make them seem realistic, however these name badges soon become as iconic and memorable as the character themselves. Here are just a few of those, hard to forget, name badges (how many do you recognise?)...



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