A friend is struggling to remember a word. It was for a parody of X which is also a good example of X. For example a parody of westerns which is also a good western in its own right. There are some comedy bands who do parodies of various genres of music that are also good examples of their genres. He came across this word in a review he read some time, has a decent vocabulary and we've been through the obvious : burlesque etc. He thinks the exact meaning was something that was both a parody and a sincere example of the thing that it's parodying.

eta: I obviously haven't phrased myself well. An example he gave was the film "Isn't It Romantic" which parodies romantic comedies while still being a good romantic comedy. (tips hat to Mari-Lou) Another example might be Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias whose song "Heads down no nonsense mindless boogie" - a parody of bands like Status Quo was really popular with Quo fans.

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    Sorry, but this question sticks in my craw. A parody cannot be a parody and also be an example of what is not being parodied. If you remove the parody elements, it ain't a parody anymore. It's just the thing itself. – Lambie May 26 at 16:36
  • @Lambie If you consider a parody of a comedy film, it could well be classed as a comedy film. OP is getting into tricky waters when they consider whole classes (parodying Westerns as a whole). – Edwin Ashworth May 26 at 16:50
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    What @Lambie said. But you might just be thinking of something like homage or tribute - something that shows respect or attests to the worth or influence of another [artistic work].](merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homage) – FumbleFingers May 26 at 16:50
  • 'Galaxy Quest for example if you remove all the homour you would still have a decent SF film.' But then you're addressing the question [What is] 'a word for a parody that would also be a good example of the thing parodied if all the humour was removed'. If the film is a good example of the genre as it stands, I think you're confined to comedy. // The occasional allusion to a previous daft film doesn't stop a newer film being a good example of a genre. But it would hardly be a parody. – Edwin Ashworth May 26 at 16:53
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    'One man's parody / emulation is another's court-case'. – Edwin Ashworth May 27 at 10:15