One thing that I absolutely love in TV shows and movies that is SUPER hard to get right is a fourth wall break – AKA, when a character looks at or speaks to the camera.
Of course, there are classics like Fleabag and Ferris Bueller's Day Off that constantly break the fourth wall as part of the format, and mockumentary-style shows like The Office that do the same.
But I'm talking about fourth wall breaks in shows and movies where it doesn't happen often. Like in Phineas and Ferb, when Dr. Doofenshmirtz made this meta joke about Perry's role on the show, and Perry looked right at the "camera."
Or on Living Single, when Regine looked at the camera after a reference was made to Kim Fields' role in The Facts of Life as a fun nod at the audience.
Sometimes it's even more explicit, like in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, when Basil and Austin speak directly to viewers after addressing the fact that time travel movies often don't make much sense.
One of my favorite examples of breaking the fourth wall comes at the end of Season 2 of Skins, when the camera zooms in on Effy and she smiles and waggles her eyebrows at the camera, showing that the next season is going to focus on her and her friends.
Now it's up to you! What's your favorite example of a fourth wall break in a TV show or movie? Let us know in the comments below and you could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!