Examples of {{Actor Allusion}}s in LiveActionTV.
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* ''ActorAllusion/{{Castle}}''
* ''ActorAllusion/HowIMetYourMother''
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* On ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', Charlie Harper is watching ''{{Glee}}'', and notes that the "woman in the red jumpsuit [[CelebrityParadox freaks him out]]". Jane Lynch, who plays the jumpsuit-wearing cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester on ''Glee'', also plays Charlie's psychologist.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Johnny Galecki's character Leonard Hofstadter had a brief relationship with a woman played by Sara Glbert. He previously played her character's husband [[spoiler:/brother-in-law]] on ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''.
** In ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', Kaley Cuoco's character Bridget plays Anne Frank. In ''The Big Bang Theory'', Kaley Cuoco's character Penny plays Anne Frank.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
** In one episode, Dick (played by John Lithgow) gets himself and Mary thrown off a plane when he looks out the window and breaks down screaming, ''"There's something on the wing!"'' (It's then explained to him that that's just the ''engine''.) In a later episode, the human form of the Big Giant Head (played by Creator/WilliamShatner) complains that during his flight in, there was something on the wing, to which Dick muses, "The same thing happened to me!" William Shatner was in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", in which his character has the same reaction to a ''gremlin'' on the wing; in ''Film/TheTwilightZoneTheMovie'', John Lithgow played the same role.
** In another episode, Dick launches into a tirade about how much he hates rock and roll music, which toward the end is copied almost word-for-word from one of the speeches made by Lithgow in ''{{Footloose}}''.
** Another blink-and-you-miss-it moment came when Mary (played by JaneCurtin) gave a long, lingering look at some people cosplaying as Coneheads at a convention. Curtin had played Prymaat Conehead in "The Coneheads" series of sketches on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', as well as other media (including [[Film/{{Coneheads}} the 1993 film]]).
* In an episode of ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine'', Christine yells 'Get out!' and shoves Barb's chest. This is an allusion to [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis Dreyfus]]' most famous character, Elaine from Series/{{Seinfeld}}.
* At the beginning of ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'', Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) runs the insane asylum. [[spoiler: By the end, she's a patient there, who's been wrongly institutionalized for years.]] Lange received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a wrongly institutionalized woman in the 1982 film ''Frances''.
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', a [[strike:{{redshirt}}]] [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] PluckyComicRelief Engineer comments that Kevin Sorbo's character "looks like a Greek God or something". Sorbo had previously played the title character in ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''.
** It gets better. During season five, removing a wall panel near the floor behind the desk in Captain Hunt's office/quarters reveals a compartment. In this compartment are:
---->1. A rack of force lances.
---->2. Hercules' sword.
---->3. Hercules' loincloth.
---->4. The wig Sorbo wore as Herc.
::The expression on Sorbo's face suggests that some EnforcedMethodActing was going on here...
*** What's even funnier about that scene is that there is this heroic music swell as he pulls out the sword, then it abruptly cuts out and he says something akin to "it's a long story", sets it aside and pulls out the force lances.
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "What's My Line" had Buffy telling Kendra "Back off, pink ranger!" Sarah Michelle Gellar's stunt double was the suit actor for the american filmed footage of the Pink Ranger in the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
** At the end of the same episode, Buffy advises Kendra not to watch the in-flight movie if it has dogs or Chevy Chase in it. This is probably a reference to the Chevy Chase film, ''Funny Farm'' in which Creator/SarahMichelleGellar had an uncredited cameo.
** The first full episode featuring Dawn starts with her writing in her diary, much like ''HarrietTheSpy'' (the film of which starred Michelle Trachtenberg, aka Dawn).
* On an episode of ''Series/TheATeam'', Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck reacts to a full-costumed Cylon(from ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'') walking by at a movie studio. The actor who portrayed Face, Dirk Benedict, played Starbuck on ''Galactica''. (This shot was used in the TitleSequence montage for two and a half seasons.)
** In one episode the team uses a book written by a Dr. Dwight Pepper. Two of the main cast were Dwight Schultz and George Peppard.
** One episode from the last season featured Stockwell (Robert Vaughan) being captured by an old friend-turned-traitor played by David McCallum. The two starred together on ''The Man From U.N.C.L.E.''
*** Said episode was appropriately called "The Say Uncle Affair", a nod to the show and its tendency to title all their episodes "The ________ Affair".
* In ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "Too Many Christmas Trees", Steed receives a Christmas card from old partner-in-crimebusting Cathy Gale. He notes with surprise that the card has been sent from Fort Knox. (Honor Blackman, who played Cathy, left the series to appear as Pussy Galore in the Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', in which Fort Knox featured prominently.)
* In an episode of the 1994-95 revival of ''Burkes Law'' entitled "Who Killed the Movie Mogul?", Amos Burke and his partner/son Peter go to a movie memorabilia shop to question the owner, the daughter of this episode's murder victim. While they're waiting for her, Amos notices a movie poster for the 1953 version of "The War of the Worlds". He mentions it's one of his favorite movies and adds "Whatever happened to the fellow who starred in that?" and the camera cuts to the lower portion of the poster which reads 'Starring Gene Barry'.
* In the pilot episode of ''CrossingJordan'', the leader of the anger management group asks Jordan what she's angry at. She replies "...and then of course, there's all the crap I see in my line of work: people killed by drunk drivers, psychos who murder innocent people for no reason, injustice." Jordan was, of course, portrayed by Jill Hennessy, whose character, Claire Kincaid, was previously killed off ''Series/LawAndOrder'' when her car was hit by a drunk driver.
* On an episode of ''{{Frasier}}'', Niles briefly plays a part of the finale to Schubert's A major sonata D.959, also known as the theme song to ''Series/{{Wings}}'', on the piano. ''Wings'' was another Angell, Casey and Lee production that KelseyGrammer once guest-starred on as, surprise, Frasier Crane. Niles and Daphne's son David was named as a tribute to the late David Angell, who was killed in the September 11 attacks.
** In one 2004 episode Frasier's ex-wife, the children's entertainer Nanny G, asks him if he has any idea what it's like playing the same character for twenty years. Of course, Kelsey Grammer knows ''exactly'' what it's like, having played Frasier since 1984.
* Though possibly coincidental, in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' LeaMichele's character is shown singing "On My Own" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. Michele has often discussed being offered the role of Eponine (who sings that song) in the ''Les Mis'' revival but turning it down in favor of ''Spring Awakening''. She got her start in musical theatre by playing the role of young Eponine on Broadway as a child.
** In fact, she's singing "On My Own" because it's the song she sang for her audition in ''{{Glee}}''.
** Many fans talked about the resemblance between LeaMichele and Idina Menzel. [[spoiler: It was revealed during second-half of season 1 that Idina Menzel's character is LeaMichele's character biological mother]]. They both sing another song from ''Les Miserables''.
** If we consider that both Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth's characters are after the same guy (they both had some kind of feelings for [[spoiler: Will Schuester]]), it reminds us of another [[Theatre/{{Wicked}} famous love triangle involving those actresses]].
** When Victor Garber takes a break from his usually cool, hard-hitting persona to play Will's dad, he expresses his regret at never going to law school [[spoiler: and at the end of the episode decides to apply]]. This is a shout-out to Victor Garber's portrayals of lawyers in many movies and TV shows (''Film/LegallyBlonde'', ''EliStone'', etc...)
** Victor Garber is also known for his work in Broadway musicals (e.g., ''Assassins''), thus his appearance in a show all about music and musicals is another LampshadeHanging in an already overly-meta show.
** In the pilot episode, when Sandy sees Will at the linen store, his reaction is identical to that of [[Film/GroundhogDay Ned Ryerson]] every time he sees Phil in the street. Sandy's last name is Ryerson too (though WordOfGod says that the name "Sandy Ryerson" was scripted before the actor was cast).
** In the second episode, when Terri flicks the kitchen lighter with a very smug attitude (as opposed to her needy, slightly hysterical character) it could be an allusion to Jessalyn Gilsig's role in ''Heroes'' as Meredith Gordon, the smug and self-confident woman with the power to control fire and create a small flame from her hand.
** The online recap of "The Rhodes Not Taken," the episode in which Kristin Chenoweth guest-starred, shows Kristin's character hitting one of Chenoweth's famous "Cheno Notes." The narrator Finn comments with admiration, "Theatre/{{Wicked}}." Rhodes also mentions her dream of making it to Broadway. In her second appearance, Kristin says that she's going to create the first all-white rendition of "TheWiz", and she sings the solo for "Home" from the same musical.
** Also, Will and Terri are in a tiny [[PushingDaisies Pie Shop]] when he thinks of Chenoweth's character.
** Terri's sister asks if her baby will be black, a reference to Jessalyn Gilsig's character (Gina Russo) in NipTuck.
** In Sectionals, Mercedes sings a song from Dreamgirls; Amber Riley auditioned for Dreamgirls.
** In episode 4, Kurt performs [[BeyonceKnowles Beyoncé]]'s "Single Ladies" in his basement along with Tina and Brittany (Played by Heather Morris), who is one of Sue's Cheerios and not friends with him. She would have no in-universe reason for this, the real purpose being a ShoutOut to Heather Morris' role as one of Beyoncé's backup dancers in Single Ladies. Heather Morris actually started out in ''Glee'' as only being there to teach them that dance, and then later got the role as Brittany when it turned out they still needed a third cheerleader.
** [[NeilPatrickHarris Bryan Ryan's]] vocal exercises as he enters the theater sound [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog horribly]] familiar.
*** That same character did magic tricks, Neil Patrick Harris is an assumed illusionist.
*** It seems particularly familiar when that character says [[Series/HowIMetYourMother "Awesome"]].
** In Episode 21, "Funk," it is revealed that Rachel is a vegan after the members of Vocal Adrenaline egg her in the parking lot. Lea Michele is a vegan in real life who has appeared in ads for PETA.
** In "Home" April sings part of "A House is not a Home". KristinChenoweth sings the song in the revival of ''Theatre/PromisesPromises''.
** Kurt singing "Defying Gravity" is a reference to Chris Colfer's having been denied the opportunity to perform it earlier in life.
** The show regularly {{lampshade|Hanging}}s Finn's lack of dancing ability, in reference to Cory Monteith's notoriously bad dancing.
** Borders on AdamWesting, with Barry Bostwick and MeatLoaf playing conservative strawmen who want Sue to protest the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
** Magenta was played by an actress named Patricia Quinn in TheRockyHorrorPictureShow. [[FridgeBrilliance Quinn]] Fabray [[InvertedTrope plays Magenta]] in the Rocky Horror Glee Show.
** In Never Been Kissed, Blaine, played by DarrenCriss, the lead actor and songwriter for ''AVeryPotterMusical'', tells Karofsky that he's "Not Alone," the title of a recurring track from the musical.
* In an episode of ''GoodnightSweetheart'', a drunken Gary, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst, nearly falls through a bar flap when it's raised, but catches himself just in time. Nicholas Lyndhurst played Rodney in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', whose brother Del Boy, played by David Jason, once famously fell through a bar flap when he didn't realise it was raised and tried to lean against it.
** Del Boy was also originally ''supposed'' to catch himself just in time, but Jason argued that it wouldn't be funny enough unless he fell through instead. Judging by the number of times the clip has been repeated it seems he was right.
* ''{{Greek}}'': "Oh, look! ''{{Frasier}}'''s on!" says Casey (played by Spencer Grammer, Kelsey's daughter).
** Also, Rusty's [[spoiler:ex-girlfriend]] Jen K. says living with her roommate is like "living with {{lonelygirl15}}." Jen K is played by Jessica Rose, aka... {{lonelygirl15}}.
** And another: "...which is why I think Ferris Bueller is our generation's Gatsby," says Ashleigh to Dean Bowman (played by Alan Ruck, who played Cameron in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''). And in a later episode the dean drives a red Ferrari with a date named Sloane...
** And a really, ''really'' obscure one: Lizzi's gushing over ''Literature/GreatExpectations'': "Little orphans are so cute!" Senta Moses, who played Lizzi, played Molly in an original touring production of ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''. ...don't look at me like that, [[OlderThanTheyLook she is old enough]]...
** In a later episode, the Beta Zeta's are putting on a skit based on ''TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants''. Someone remarks on the attractiveness of the actor who played Kostas. Casey doesn't seem to agree. Michael Rady, who played Kostas, plays Max, Casey's boyfriend at the time.
* ''GroundedForLife'' had one, where a couple of ex-[=NFL=] players were watching the Super Bowl at the Finnertys' house. One of them said something to the effect of "I love watching it here! It's like I'm actually there on the field!"
* In a late season 2 episode of the ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' remake, Max (Masi Oka) confronts a serial killer he's been hoping to help put away for some time. He does exactly the same thing -- except in a more improvisational way -- that Oka's character Hiro Nakamura did to Sylar, his serial killer nemesis, in the season 1 finale of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* In ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' Frank, in an effort to become well again in a short period of time, takes an unsafe amount of prescription drugs and is institutionalised after wandering the streets of Philadelphia. While in the mental ward, a series of events plays out very similarly to those of ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' in which Danny [=DeVito=] played the minor role of Martini. Most notable similarities include a nurse garbed much like Nurse Ratched, and a deaf, dumb and blind Indian, whom Frank tries to convince to throw a drinking fountain through a window.
* In an episode of ''Series/HappyEndings'', Brad, played by Damon Wayans Jr., mentions that before they were married, his wife used a picture of "one of the guys from ''InLivingColor''" as a placeholder for him. In Living Color was created by and starred Damon Wayans Sr. as well as [[TheWayansBros his brothers and sister]].
** A retroactive example,''Series/HappyEndings'', Wayans was in the pilot of ''NewGirl''. When he left, his character was replaced by Winston, who had just returned from playing basketball in Europe. In the pilot of ''Series/HappyEndings'', his friends describe Brad's smoothie as smelling "like a European basketball player".
** In one episode, Penny and Alex (played by Elisha Cuthbert)are discussing hypothetical situations. One of them is "Maybe your dad is the head of some elite counter-terrorist unit and you only have 24 hours to... I don't know!" This is a reference to Cuthbert's role as Jack Bauer's daughter on the show 24.
*** Before this they also mention THAT Kim Bauer plot
--> '''[=Penny=]''': What if you were, like, stuck in a trap, in the woods and like, a cougar was trying to eat you. Would you date then?
--> '''[=Alex=]''': That's insane! Why would that even happen?!
* On an episode of ''LoisAndClark'', Sonny Bono appeared in the teaser as the mayor of Metropolis, holding a press conference. His dialogue consisted largely of references to old Sonny & Cher hit singles.
** He was also mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992.
* In ''MelissaAndJoey'' the main characters enter a local version of ''DancingWithTheStars'' which both of the actors appeared on at different times.
* In ''Series/MonarchOfTheGlen'', Donald Macdonald makes his first entry wearing a [[Creator/TomBaker long floppy scarf]]. In a later episode, he's driving a go-cart with the number "4" while wearing a vivid blue jumpsuit...
* In ''Series/{{Monk}}'', the title character (played by Tony Shalhoub) meets Tim Daly, who co-starred with Shalhoub in ''Series/{{Wings}}''. His assistant Sharona recognizes him and points him out to Monk, who replies, "I never saw that show. Was it good?" Sharona answers, "Well, ''he'' was."
** Another episode features Stanley Tucci; he and Shaloub played the protagonist brothers in the film ''BigNight''. They end up fighting each other and rolling around on the floor, just like in the film. It's a shame they couldn't get Tucci in a scene with Dr. Kroger, played by Stanley Kamel, for a ''MurderOne'' reunion.
* This happened often on ''TheNanny'': Toward the end of ''Sunday in the Park with Fran'', Fran asks about a repairman "WhoYouGonnaCall?", to which a repairman played by Creator/DanAykroyd walks in, introducing himself as "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Frost Busters]]!". What's better, the scene continues in the style of a 1978 Nerds sketch on SNL.
* An episode of ''Series/NewsRadio'' involved the delivery of a ''[[VideoGame/{{Defender}} ''Stargate Defender]]'' arcade machine to the radio station. The delivery guy is played by EugeneJarvis, the guy who co-created the game with [[Creator/LarryDeMar Larry DeMar]] back in 1981.
** Another episode had Matthew becoming obsessed with the ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic strip, until another character hires an actor to pretend to be ''Dilbert'' creator Scott Adams. The real Scott Adams has a one-line cameo.
* In the short lived series, ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'', Gary Chalk plays a character named Silvermane, who is a villainous gangster Ape. Gary Chalk also voiced Optimus Primal in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', the heroic leader of the Maximals and who transformed into a Gorilla.
* At the end of an episode of ''NUMB3RS,'' the Eppes men settle down to watch some classic TV. Heard from the TV is Bob James' "Angela," which is better known as the theme to ''{{Taxi}}''. Judd Hirsch, who plays the Eppes patriarch, also starred as Alex Rieger in ''{{Taxi}}''.
** An episode had a character make a veiled threat to have Don reassigned to Alaska. His reaction: "[[NorthernExposure Never been there]]."
* In the ''{{Psych}}'' episode "Sixty Five Million Years Off", Shawn and Gus are walking down a field covered with holes. They have a conversation of what movie it reminds them of (it's ''{{Holes}}''), with Gus making guesses that get even more off-base with each one. Guess what movie he had a role in?
** The episode "Earth, Wind, and... Wait for It" featured former Series/LawAndOrder detective Milena Govich as a guest star. Shawn: "Which is kind of hard to distinguish from your "I thought this was gonna be a new episode of Law & Order, but turns out it's a repeat" face." Milena Govich's character, Nina Cassady, can only be seen on reruns.
** In the episode, "True Grits," when a witness tries to dismiss Shawn and Gus, Shawn replies, "You think this is Law & Order? You don't get to decide when the interview's over." Creator/AnthonyAnderson, who had previously played Detective Bernard on ''Series/LawAndOrder'', was also in that scene.
*** Anderson's character states in another scene that he wants to join the police academy and becoming a detective, an idea his lawyer promptly dismisses.
** In the episode "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" Teryl Rothery plays one of Shawn's dates while they are speed dating to find a killer. She mentions having a pet goat named Cassie. In her long-running role as Dr. Janet Frasier on ''Series/{{StargateSG1}}'', Rothery's character had an adopted daughter named Cassie.
** In the episode "Dead Man's Curveball", Danny Glover says "I'm too old for this crap", a shout out to his character in ''LethalWeapon''
** Truly epic one in "The Santabarbarian Candidate". While walking through City Hall, Gus says he could have made it all the way the White House, as an aide. Shawn then tells Gus to say "Yes, Mr. President" which Gus repeats with relish. The scene is topped off by Shawn saying "Sorry, Charlie" to Gus. Dule Hill's breakout role was Charlie Young in ''Series/TheWestWing''.
*** Later in the same ep, they make another reference to Dule Hill's role in {{Holes}} when Gus says "I can fix that" about helping Shawn throw the race for Mayor.
* ''StElsewhere'' practically made this a regular part of the show. William Daniels sang a few lines from the movie ''SeventeenSeventySix'' (in which he played John Adams) when his character, Dr. Craig, visited Philadelphia. Many actors from ''The Steve Allen Show'' reprised characters and situations. Howie Mandel criticised what is obviously his own comedy act. Byron Stewart wears the sweater of a character he played in ''TheWhiteShadow,'' and is mistaken for that character. Creator/BettyWhite is mistaken for the character she played in ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow''. There must be dozens of examples.
** Another nod to William Daniels' role as John Adams was the fact that the high school that he taught at in ''BoyMeetsWorld'' was John Adams High.
*** In the episode where Eric decides he wants to be a teacher, the immigrants recite the Declaration of Independence in the final scene. The term "inalienable rights" was replaced with "unalienable rights," the term that John Adams fights to be replaced in a memorable scene in 1776.
** Additionally, all four of the doctors from ''St. Elsewhere'' showed up on an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''... as a group of doctors who were at a medical convention together, got sick at the same time, and shared a hospital room.
* In a fourth season episode of ''Series/SisterSister'', the character Diavian reacts to Roger's claiming to know the lead singer of a hot R&B group by saying, "Yeah, and my sister is TV's Tootie". Diavian is played by Alexis Fields, whose sister is Kim Fields... aka Tootie from ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''. Oh, and Roger just happens to be played by Marques Houston, a member of the then-hot R&B group Immature... who just happens to drop by during that episode, because he is the lead singer of said R&B group that Roger claims to know. Naturally, an IdenticalStranger plot [[HilarityEnsues ensues]].
* In ''TheVampireDiaries'' season four episode "Down the Rabbit Hole" the cast is on a deserted island looking for the cure for vampirism when Damon and Vaughn stumble upon a corpse. Vaughn looks around and says that there's someone else on the island. One might wonder why Damon looked so surprised, considering that it's not his first time [[{{Lost}} trapped on a mysterious island that turned out not to be deserted]]
* An episode of ''SpinCity'', "Film/BackToTheFuture IV: Judgment Day", guest-starred ChristopherLloyd as MichaelJFox's (political) mentor. The line "It's just like stepping back in time" is just one of many.
** Later, Michael J. Fox's last episode of the series opens with him complaining on the phone to his absent therapist that he's developed an almost father-son relationship with him, that he couldn't possibly reproduce with a substitute. He then hangs up when his replacement therapist enters the room, played by Michael Gross, who had played his character's father for years on ''FamilyTies''.
** Meredith Baxter appears in several episodes playing Macy Flaherty, Mike's mother. Baxter also had played Fox' mother on ''Family Ties''.
** Fox's last lines on that show have him describing his new job at the US Capitol. He ends by saying, "Junior Senator Alex P. Keaton is going to be hard to work with", referencing his own hardnosed conservative character from ''Family Ties''.
* Christopher Lloyd just can't get away from that role, as seen in ''[[Film/{{Tremors}} Tremors: The Series]]''.
-->'''Gus:''' Hey, didja guys in the underground lab ever do some tests on time travel?\\
'''Lloyd:''' ''(exasperated [[EyeTake eye roll]])''
* An episode of ''Series/That70sShow'' had the guys go back stage to meet wrestler Rocky Johnson. Johnson in this episode is played by The Rock, AKA DwayneJohnson -- Rocky Johnson's son. Rocky Johnson's father-in-law, High Chief Peter Maivia, is played by the real Rocky Johnson, too.
** In another episode, a gay couple mentions that one time, they had to say that they're brothers. One of them comments: "Who would ever believe that the two of us could be brothers?!" They're played by Barry Williams and Christopher Knight, who played brothers in ''TheBradyBunch''.
** Mary Tyler Moore plays morning show host Christine St. George and references the scene in the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" when she is hired by Lou Grant, a scene in which Lou Grant tells Mary, "You got spunk!" When Christine St. George hires Jackie, she says, "I like you. You've got sss...spirit. No, m-moxie, yes mo... Wait, no, it's... it's gumption. Oh, there's a word for it and I can't think what it is!" At the end of that same episode, Moore tosses Jackie's new beret and the screen freezes just like the opening of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" (all be it angrily this time).
** In another (Season 6) episode, Donna and Eric go to see a pastor for some relationship counseling. Donna mentions that one of their problems is Eric's love of ''Franchise/StarWars'', and the pastor voices his similar opinion on the subject, and later uses ''Star Wars'' metaphors in his sermon. The pastor? Billy Dee Williams, who would play Lando later in the trilogy (which neatly avoids CelebrityParadox as well.)
* Two different episodes of ''{{Smallville}}'' have made references to ''TheDukesOfHazzard'', a nod to John Schneider (who plays Jonathan Kent) having played Bo Duke. In the episode "Nicodemus," Jonathan Kent is listening to Waylon Jennings' "The Good Ol' Boys" (the theme song of ''TheDukesOfHazzard'') while driving in his truck. In "Exposed," Tom Wopat (who played Luke Duke) guest stars as Jake Jennings, an [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine old friend of Jonathan's]] who arrives in a Dodge Charger similar to the General Lee, kicking off a number of {{homage}}s to ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' throughout the episode.
** Also, it is probably not a coincidence that in one season 10 episode, a character played by [[Series/StargateSG1 Michael Shanks]] ends up in Egypt.
** In the episode that introduced the show's version of the Justice League, Lex Luthor captures Bart Allen (the future [[TheFlash Flash]]). Michael Rosenbaum (Lex's actor) voiced the Flash on the Justice League cartoon and voiced him [[FreakyFridayFlip in Lex Luthor's body]] in an episode.
** Brainiac (played by JamesMarsters) tells Clark in one episode that vampires don't really exist.
** Clark once tells an [[VandalSavage immortal doctor]] played by [[LoisAndClark Dean Cain]] who tried to [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate cut out Chloe's heart to immortalize his wife]] that "You and I are more alike than you think."
** Bridgette Crosby, played by Margot Kidder, once said "[[{{Film/Superman}} I do know what it's like to love somebody whose calling's greater than your own.]]"
** They wanted to have Christopher Reeve play Jor-El but [[RealLifeWritesThePlot he died]].
** Moira Sullivan's (played by Lynda Carter) main episode happened to feature a supervillain that [[WonderWoman grabs people with an air lasso]].
* In one episode of ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'', Dick Van Dyke as Doctor Sloan is walking through the corridors of the hospital. As he turns a corner, he passes an internal window through which we see, not a medical procedure in progress, but a broadcast booth in black and white. It's a clip from his mostly forgotten show ''GoodMorningWorld''. He walks on without seeming to notice.
** This show was fond of stunt casting. For instance, one episode featured guest stars from the movie and TV versions of M*A*S*H. The plotline involved a murder mystery in the middle of casualties pouring in from a multi-car accident, similar to marathon operating room sessions that figured prominently in M*A*S*H.
** Victoria Rowell co-starred on ''AllMyChildren'' for much of the same time she played Dr. Amanda Bentley on ''DiagnosisMurder''. In one episode, Dr. Bentley won a walk-on role on AMC in a contest. Several members of the soap-opera's cast were taken aback at how much she resembled Victoria...
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' pilot "Children of the Gods", Captain Samantha Carter explains to Colonel Jack O'Neill (played by Richard Dean Anderson -- the actor who played MacGyver) that "It took us fifteen years and three supercomputers to [[MacGyvering MacGyver]] a way to power the gate." Interestingly, Amanda Tapping, the actress who plays Carter, actually ad-libbed this line during her audition. This is what actually got her secured for the role.
** A sneakier [=MacGyver=] reference: Colonel O'Neill has never seen Alf. Alf was on opposite [=MacGyver=].
** Conversely, in the 10th season of SG-1 there were a few references to Ben Browder and Claudia Black being imports from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Probably the most blatant was in ''200'' (itself full of in-jokes), where Black's character Vala proposes a remarkably ''Series/{{Farscape}}''-like show with herself in the role analogous to Black's ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' role, Aeryn Sun. Oddly enough, the role of Crichton was played by Michael Shanks, instead of Ben Browder. This was actually on request of the actors; originally, Browder ''was'' going to be Crichton. (It was apparently inspired by them noting how people thought they looked similar.)
*** The first time Vala meets Mitchell, she does a bit of a double take, and then says "I know we haven't met. That I'm sure I would remember."
*** As a subtle one, Black managed to get the same introduction in both shows. In the pilot of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' when Aeryn Sun is introduced she's in a full Peacekeeper commando pilot suit (basically a jumpsuit and motorcycle helmet). Upon meeting Crichton she deftly knocks him on his back and pins him in a sort of straddling position. When Vala is first introduced in ''Series/StargateSG1'' she is disguised as an Anubis warrior (basically full body armour jumpsuit and a helmet not unlike a motorcycle helmet). Upon meeting Daniel Jackson she deftly knocks him on his back and pins him in a sort of straddling position. The only difference between the two motions is that Aeryn removes her helmet before pinning Crichton while Vala keeps hers on as she pins Jackson. That was only really done to provide an excellent wtf moment when the "Anubis Warrior" claims to find Daniel attractive.
*** One more: In late season 9, an incredibly pregnant Vala resurfaces to give the team some valuable intel on the Ori...and to tell them she's pregnant. Mitchell asks who the father is; Vala says she doesn't know. Season 4 of Series/{{Farscape}} revolved largely around the mystery of who fathered Aeryn's unborn child.
** Similarly, in the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Vegas", an alternate-universe [=McKay=] quips that a stranded Wraith might want to take up a job as a Klingon at ''The Star Trek Experience'' attraction in Vegas. The alternate Woolsey sadly comments that the attraction has closed down. Actor Robert Picardo, who plays Woolsey, reprised his ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' role as the Emergency Medical Hologram in the attraction.
*** According to TheOtherWiki's now-deleted article on the episode, Picardo actually requested that this line be added since it had only recently closed. There is also another moment in a season 5 episode where Woolsey discusses founding an alliance, which is immediately compared to the [[Franchise/StarTrek Federation of Planets]].
** In the SG-1 episode Avenger 2.0, Dr. Felger is seen putting a roll of duct tape into a backpack. The actor who played him, Patrick [=McKenna=], also played Harold on TheRedGreenShow.
** In one episode, Valla asks Daniel Jackson how he can tell the Asgard apart, noting [[TheGreys the physical similarity]] between Thor and another Asgard. Daniel Jackson replies "It's the voice." Michael Shanks, who plays Jackson, also does the voice of Thor.
** In another episode, Teal'c mentions having played Def Jam Vendetta. His actor, Christopher Judge, was a voice actor in that game.
** At one point in Atlantis, Mitch Pileggi (as Colonel Caldwell) is revealed to be possessed by a Goa'uld. During this exchange, his eyes flare a yellow-ish color and he (almost) sets events in motion that could've killed many major characters. Years later, on Supernatural, Mitch Pileggi (as Mary's father) is revealed to be possessed by a demon. During this exchange, his eyes flare a yellow-ish color (as the demon possessing him was season 1 & 2 Big Bad Azazel) and he sets events in motion that lead to Mary's death.
** We've gotten this far without mentioning all the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' references in [[http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/The_Other_Guys the episode guest-starring]] [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/John_Billingsley John Billingsley]]?
** Another ''Star Trek'' reference; during one of HBO's then-annual broadcasts of a benefit comedy concert for the charity "Comic Relief"(no relation to the British UsefulNotes/ComicRelief charity), the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' cast produced [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hra0I-w3XBY a clip]] where the Enterprise crew discussed the history of this 20th-century charitable foundation. Data at one point displayed a picture of the charity's founders, comedians RobinWilliams, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg (which he pronounced ''Who-Pie''). Dr. Crusher then commented, "Wait a minute, doesn't this Who-Pie Goldberg look a lot like Guinan? You don't think..." After a beat the whole crew shook their heads and said, "Nah."
* ''{{Sanctuary}}'': The season 3 episode "Firewall" had a rather blatant example. In a somewhat frenzied state Will is under surveillance from Big Guy (played by [[Series/StargateAtlantis Christopher Heyerdahl]]). After he pours a substance on him called "Twilight", Will asks him what he thinks of "[[Literature/{{Twilight}} those movies]]". The latter's response? That he liked Marcus, the very role he played in New Moon (and who was actually a very minor character in that film).
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Christmas Invasion" included a scene of the Tenth Doctor (played by David Tennant) choosing his new costume in the TARDIS wardrobe. In addition to the ContinuityNod of past Doctors' costumes being present, there was also a vivid red "Regency" shirt resembling one Tennant had worn in ''Series/{{Casanova}}'', and a Hogwarts uniform, referencing his role as Barty Crouch Jr. in ''[[Film/HarryPotter Goblet of Fire]]''.
** And much earlier, "Colony In Space" had the Brigadier tell the Doctor he'd nearly arrested the Spanish ambassador, mistaking him for the Master. The actor who played the Master, Roger Delgado, had previously played Mendoza, the Spanish envoy to the court of Elizabeth I in ''Sir Francis Drake''.
** "The Satan Pit" - Rose and Mr Jefferson are discussing escape plans, and Jefferson mentions the ducts used by maintenance robots that run under the base. Rose assumes they're [[AirVentPassageway ventilation shafts]], which gets Jefferson to say "I appreciate the reference". His actor was in the third Aliens movie.
** In "The Doctor's Daughter", Jenny is played by Georgia Moffett, who actually is the daughter of Fifth Doctor Peter Davison.
*** And her mother is Sandra Dickinson (Trillian from the Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy). When Jenny appears for the first time, a bit of the theme music from the Hitchhiker Series can be heard.
** The special "Time Crash" as a whole is an especially poignant one. Peter Davison reprises his role as the Fifth Doctor opposite Ten, who tells him how much he loved his time as Five and finally getting to be young and nice. He then breaks the fourth wall entirely with the line "You were my Doctor;" fans typically use "my Doctor" to refer to the actor who they first got to know and love in the role, and Davison was that Doctor for Tennant, so much that he became an actor solely so that he might get to play the role himself one day.
*** Actually, Tennant has gone on record saying that Tom Baker was his Doctor. Peter Davison was writer Stephen Moffat's Doctor.
**** Tom Baker was Tennant's FIRST Doctor, but Davison was the one he loved in the role and more "HIS Doctor," so the allusion stands.
** In "The End of Time", [[spoiler:The Doctor is told that "the universe will sing you to your rest"]], which may reference a line from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', a production which Creator/DavidTennant had played the title role in.
** In "Vampires of Venice" the Doctor proudly talks about being a friend of Casanova. The [[Series/{{Casanova}} 2005 BBC series on Casanova]] had him played by previous Doctor Creator/DavidTennant, and it was written by previous showrunner Creator/RussellTDavies. It's actually how the two met and became friends.
** School Reunion featured Anthony Stewart Head as the villain, Mr. Finch. When confronted by a laser equipped K9, he told his followers to "Forget the [[BuffySpeak Shooty-dog thing.]]"
** In the episode "The Lodger" The Doctor played soccer. His actor, Matt Smith, played soccer before becoming an actor.
** In "The Girl Who Waited" Amy mentioned how Rory pretended to be in a band. Rory's actor, Arthur Darvill, is in a band in real life.
** For a little while (until the series revival), the canonical Ninth Doctor was Richard E. Grant who played an InkSuitActor version of him in the animation "Scream of the Shalka". The Eighth Doctor had been played by Paul [=McGann=] - basically, he had regenerated into the other half of ''Film/WithnailAndI''.
** The First Doctor companion, Ian Chesterton, was played by William Russell, famous as the lead of the 1950s swashbuckling series ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSirLancelot''. In "The Crusades", he gets knighted and the Doctor jokes that he could always have imagined him as a knight.
* In the series ''Series/ChicagoHope'', Dr. Geiger is treating a patient who thinks she's Eva Peron. The patient goes up to him and slyly says, "I know who you are." Dr. Geiger was played by Creator/MandyPatinkin, who was better known at that time for his work as a Broadway actor, and won a Tony Award playing Che in the Broadway production of the musical ''{{Evita}}''.
** In the second season, when Geiger's ex-wife Laurie is getting married to a fellow mental patient, the 'hymn' for the wedding was "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina.
* In the episode "The Russian House" of ''FoylesWar'', Tom Goodman-Hill plays the estranged son of a murdered man, and remarks that the details of his father's murder are "like something out of an Creator/AgathaChristie novel." This is two years after he appeared in the Series/DoctorWho episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp" [[spoiler: in which he plays the title wasp]] when the Doctor meets Agatha Chrstie.
* At [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlCLg6CpGJI Comic-Con]], John Barrowman and Naoko Mori explain how the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Exit Wounds" had one for them. In the episode, [[spoiler: Tosh dies in Jack's arms]]. Previously, the pair had played Chris and Kim opposite each other in ''MissSaigon'', in which [[spoiler: Kim dies in Chris's arms.]]
** In another ''Torchwood'' example, the episode "Ghost Machine" featured a character named Ed Morgan, played by Gareth Thomas. Morgan's suicide at the end of the episode was deliberately staged to recall the death of Blake, the character who Thomas played in ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Additionally, immediately after leaving ''Blake's 7'', Thomas had played the lead role in a series called ''Morgan's Boy'', in which he also played a character named Morgan who killed himself at the end of the story.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', one of [[{{Invisibility}} Claude's]] very first lines is the exclamation "Fantastic!" Folks watching on the Scifi Channel have heard this before: it was [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston the actor's]] CatchPhrase during his short tenure as the Doctor on ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** It's worth noting the significance of the name he gave. Claude Raines was Film/TheInvisibleMan in the movie of that name.
** Also in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' - although the show is already rife with ''Franchise/StarTrek'' references, several are centered around the character of Kaito Nakamura, portrayed by George Takei. Of special note - the licence plate of his limo reads NCC-1701.
** More obtusely, the PeoplePuppets man assumes Claire's PlayingWithFire bio-mom is "the fun aunt" of the family -- a role Jessalyn Gilsig had filled the previous year on ''Series/FridayNightLights''.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Kate curiously asks what Ducky (played by David [=McCallum=]) looked like when he was younger. Gibbs replies, "Illya Kuryakin," which isn't surprising, as [=McCallum=] played that role on ''TheManFromUNCLE'' forty years prior.
** Another from ''NCIS'', Tony comments on the difficulty of something by saying he had a better chance of sleeping with Creator/JessicaAlba. Michael Weatherly, the actor who plays Tony, was at some time engaged to Jessica Alba.
*** Furthermore, both he and Jessica Alba's characters from ''DarkAngel'' CantHaveSexEver.
** Also, in the show's second episode Kate tells Abby that she wanted to be a lawyer, but made it though a year of law school and dropped out. Sasha Alexander had guest-starred on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' as a district attorney two years before.
** There was another reference to ''Dark Angel'' in the 10th episode of Season 5. About half way through the episode, Tony and Gibbs go to interview a woman named Karen Sutherland. During the course of the interview, Sutherland mentions that her company makes exo-skeleton. Weatherly character on ''Dark Angel'' used an exo-skeleton in Season 2 in order to walk.
** Subverted on an episode where Tony said that the victim of the week reminded him of the guy from the movie ''DOA'', he was played by Matthew Marsden who also played Christie's boyfriend in ''Film/DOADeadOrAlive''. However, Tony was referring to the 1950 Edmond O'Brien classic which had a similar plot to that episode, the opening dialogue were a man reports his own murder was even taken from that film.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' played with this trope constantly.
** Zuckercorn ends a scene on a pier where characters discuss the dead shark lying at their feet by [[JumpingTheShark jumping over it]] on his way back to his car.
** The lawyer Bob Loblaw remarks "Look, this is not the first time I've been brought in to replace Barry Zuckerkorn. I think I can do for you everything he did. Plus, skew younger. With juries and so forth." Loblaw was played by Scott Baio, who was cast as Chachi on HappyDays when producers worried the Fonz was getting to old to maintain the show's youthful demographic.
** In a later episode, Dr. Stein (played by DanCastellaneta, who plays [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]) makes a mistake, accenting it with a [[CatchPhrase "D'oh",]] to which Lucille replies, [[IKnewIt "I knew it!"]]
** Michael (Jason Bateman) jokingly asks Nelly, a prostitute, to marry him before adding, "That's wrong on so many levels." Nelly is portrayed by Justine Bateman, Jason Bateman's real-life sister.
** Lucille Two becomes exasperated hearing the song "New York, New York", saying, "everyone thinks they're Frank Sinatra." Lucille Two is played by Liza Minelli, the singer who first recorded the classic.
** When a lawyer is needed to defend George Sr., the family considers hiring Andy Griffith to emulate his role as TV lawyer ''Matlock''. He cancels, causing the narrator to point out that they would never dream of making fun of Andy Griffith. ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'''s narrator is Creator/RonHoward, whose first role was Opie on ''TheAndyGriffithShow''.
** In another episode, Jessie, an image consultant, derides George Michael by calling him "Opie". The narrator cuts in at this point, saying "Jessie had gone too far, and had best watch her mouth." (Howard was also an executive producer on the show).
** In a third season story arc, Michael falls in love with Rita (played by Charlize Theron). After breaking up with her, someone mentions how bad she looked before her plastic surgery. A picture of Charlize Theron from her role in ''Film/{{Monster}}'' is displayed onscreen.
** In a deleted scene, Michael searches for an actress he knows, Marta, on the Internet Movie Database. Her picture is the default "no picture" graphic. This is because the role of Marta was played by three different actresses through the show's run.
** In one episode, Michael sarcastically praises George Sr.'s lying ability, saying "Yeah, Dad, you're a real Creator/BradGarrett." This episode was originally preceded by the Emmy Awards, in which Jeffrey Tambor (who plays George Sr.) lost the Best Supporting Actor award to Brad Garrett.
** Buster accidentally gets his hook stuck in the stair car's dashboard while doing the robot to Styx's ''Mr. Roboto''; a reference to a commercial Tony Hale, who plays Buster, had appeared in in which he does the same dance to the same song.
** A subplot in the first {{Uncancelled}} season involves Tobias trying to stage a musical adaptation of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', and at one point, someone suggests using Morgan [=LeFay=] as the villain (the role Lucille is after). In real life, Creator/JessicaWalter played [=LeFay=] in the MadeForTV ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange'' movie.
* In an episode of ''Series/MadAboutYou'', Richard Kind says to Paul Reiser, "I feel like there's something in my chest, bursting to get out... did you ever see that movie, ''Illegal Alien'' [sic]?" Reiser is quick to reply, "Just the first one." Paul Reiser starred in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' as the CorruptCorporateExecutive who gets attacked by an alien.
* On ''SanfordAndSon'', Fred Sanford (played by Redd Foxx) once entered a Redd Foxx lookalike contest.
* In the ''WillAndGrace'' episode "Von Trapped" the gang goes to an audience participation showing of "The Sound of Music." When they get in trouble, Rosario shows up to bail them out, dressed in a nun's habit -- virtually the same outfit Shelley Morrison wore on ''TheFlyingNun'' in fact.
** ''WillAndGrace'' do this with some regularity, although celebrity TheCameo in-jokes (as with Kevin Bacon and Elton John's appearances on the show) are more frequent. For example, a character played by GeneWilder uses the "Strike that, reverse it" line from ''[[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory]]''.
*** Eric [=McCormack=] (Will) actually cracks Gene Wilder up with one of these during an [[HilariousOuttakes outtake.]]
--> '''[=McCormack=]''': "Say 'I am Stein.'"
--> '''Wilder''': "I am Stein."
--> '''[=McCormack=]''': "Louder! I am Stein!"
--> '''Wilder''': "Louder! I am Stein!"
--> '''[=McCormack=]''': "Like you mean it! ''I am Stein!''"
--> '''Wilder''': "''I am Stein!''"
--> '''[=McCormack=]''': "YOUR NAME IS ''FRANKENSTEIN!!''"
--> (Wilder loses it)
** The best example is when Matt Damon guest-starred as a gay man [[spoiler:who was actually straight and just wanted to get into a gay men's chorus to advance his career]] who said that he had a long-term boyfriend named Creator/{{Ben|Affleck}}. [[HeterosexualLifePartner Which he does]].
* In the ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' episode, "Honey, You Drained My Brain", [[AbsentMindedProfessor Wayne]] invents the Szalinski [[IncrediblyLamePun Ant-ellectual Farm]], a device that boosts the brain power of ants. In it, they sculpt what looks like his face. Amy says that it looks more like RickMoranis, [[TheOtherDarrin who originally portrayed Wayne in the movies.]]
** One season later in "Honey, I'm the Sorcerer's Apprentice", the [[PhilosophersStone Quintessence Stone]] has a face that is said to look like that of Creator/TomHanks, pre-ForrestGump, in ''BosomBuddies''. [[PointyHairedBoss Mr. Jennings]] thinks it looks like the ''other'' actor (besides Creator/TomHanks). That actor was of course Peter Scolari, who portrays Wayne in the show.
*** Nick, on the other hand, thinks it looks like the guy from ''{{Newhart}}''.
* In an episode of ''{{Blossom}}'', Blossom blinds a prowler (actually her brother) by blowing talcum powder into his face. When her best friend Six asks her where she learnt to do that, Blossom replies "MacGyver". Blossom's actress Mayim Bialik previously played RecurringCharacter Lisa Woodman on ''MacGyver''.
* The ''SonnyWithAChance'' episode "Battle of the Network Stars" features almost as many allusions as scenes. When Sonny (DemiLovato) says "nobody knows me the way that I know me", immediately followed by guest star SelenaGomez (the actress' real-life best friend) entering; Selena says she was in 'Camp Hip Hop' (a play on ''CampRock'', starring Demi Lovato), Sonny accuses Selena of acting like a wizard (Selena Gomez stars in another Disney show called ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'') and at the end there's a 'Camp Hip Hop' trailer featuring three boys who look a lot like TheJonasBrothers (who were in ''Camp Rock''). Also, Chad tells Sonny if she thinks she'll ever be BFF with Selena Gomez, to which she replies "it could happen".
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Hollywood Babylon", Sam and Dean Winchester are taking a tour of a movie and TV studio. When the tour guide mentions that they're passing the set of ''GilmoreGirls'' and might see some of the stars, Sam looks uncomfortable and leaves the tour. Sam is played by Jared Padalecki, who was also on ''GilmoreGirls'', whose star was by then his ex-girlfriend.
** In an earlier episode, "Shadow," someone mentions meeting "Something Michael Murray," in a bar, to which Sam replies "Who?" Chad Michael Murray was also in ''GilmoreGirls''.
** At the end of the episode "No Exit" Dean makes a joke about Katie Holmes to which Sam replies "That's funny... and for you, so bitchy." Dean is played by Jensen Ackles, who was also in ''DawsonsCreek'' with Katie Holmes.
** At the end of the episode "The Usual Suspects", Dean comments that a police officer who helped them seemed fairly familiar, and commented that he had a hunkering for pea soup. The officer was played by Linda Blair.
** In season five's "Fallen Idols," an ancient god (who kills its worshippers to feed on their blood) is disguised as Paris Hilton. Dean claims that she can't kill him, because "I'm not a Paris Hilton BFF. I've never even seen ''House of Wax''." At this, Sam gives Dean a pointed look. Jared Padalecki costarred with Hilton in the 2005 movie.
** The episode in which Famine is introduced, titled ''My Bloody Valentine,'' ([[NotToBeConfusedWith No, not]] [[Music/MyBloodyValentine that]]) is a direct ShoutOut to Jensen Ackles's star role in the SlasherMovie remake ''Film/MyBloodyValentine3D''. Though the name is justified by the fact that two innocents on their first date ''[[{{Squick}} eat]]'' each other to death.
** In the episode "Frontierland", Bobby says to [[BadassLongcoat Castiel]]: "Well, we can't leave the idjits stranded in ''{{Series/Deadwood}}''". [[DontExplainTheJoke Jim Beaver played Whitney Ellsworth on]] ''{{Series/Deadwood}}''.
** Season 7 episode 3, "The Girl Next Door" manages to fit two in about as many minutes. Dean is passed out on the couch with the tv still on when a commercial for My Bloody Valentine 3D comes on (which Jensen Ackles starred in). And then in pretty much the next scene he talks to a store clerk wearing a ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' t-shirt. Which, again, starred Ackles as a voice actor.
** In [[Recap/SupernaturalS08E11LARPAndTheRealGirl "LARP And The Real Girl"]], Some of the guys in the technical tent at Moondoor are playing ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' - specifically, [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/3b8f0c22e29621f59a1bbf2f07e15667/tumblr_mh3zaqsaZf1qjw6llo1_1280.jpg Mark of the Assassin.]] We can see FeliciaDay, who plays Charlie Bradbury, as an InkSuitActor portraying Tallis.
* A ''UsefulNotes/ComicRelief'' sketch showed Lauren Cooper (Catherine Tate) interacting with her English teacher (David Tennant) and mocking him by making references to ''Series/DoctorWho''. Eventually he does turn out to be The Doctor and uses a Sonic Screwdriver to turn her into a Rose action figure. (She had earlier made reference to Billie Piper.) Tate had previously appeared as Donna Noble on a ''Who'' Christmas special and would later reprise the role as a regular during the fourth series.
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Nate Ford's(played by Timothy Hutton) dad is named Jim, which is also Timothy Hutton's father's name.
** In The Ten Li'l Grifters Job, wherein all the characters have to dress up as various detectives to infiltrate a costume party, Nate dresses as Ellery Queen. Tim Hutton's father played Queen on the TV show.
** The Last Dam Job features hacker Chaos, played by Wil Wheaton, demanding that Parker dress up as Starbuck from ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''. When Hardison reacts badly, Chaos says he'll settle for Sophie as [[StarTrekTheNextGeneration Counselor Troi]].
** The season 2 finale has Richard Kind as the mayor of Belbridge, Massachussetts. His longest-running role? [[SpinCity Press secretary to a New York mayor]].
* In a fourth-season episode of ''Series/TwentyFour'', the Speaker of the House comments that then-Acting President Charles Logan is "in good hands" with David Palmer, a reference to Palmer actor Dennis Haysbert's Allstate commercials.
* The RunningGag of Stephen Colbert [[AnimalNemesis hating]] {{bears|AreBadNews}} of ''Series/TheColbertReport'' may be a reference to another character voiced by Colbert with a similar fear: Phil Ken Sebben of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''.
** According to WordOfGod, the gag on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' is informed by [[http://colbertuniversity.nofactzone.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=53#bears Colbert's own fear of bears]]. It's possible that's true of Phil Ken Sebben as well.
** There were other, more subtle references on the show: for example, when the name "Flatpoint High" was mentioned in a list of high school (it's the name of the school in ''Series/StrangersWithCandy''), when Wilford Brimley called him (it's a running joke that dates back to before ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'') or when Stephen took out a stuffed squirrel from under his desk (probably a reference to an ''Exit 57'' skit that's very popular among fans because it consists of him making out with Paul Dinello - repeatedly).
* On ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Frank (played by Peter Boyle) is dressed as FrankensteinsMonster for Halloween, a reference to his role in ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''.
** Another episode has Frank talking about how he turned down advances by Ray's cleaning woman, though he still stayed to watch her for a bit. When this is pointed out, he says "Well, I'm not a monk." Boyle had briefly studied to be a monk before turning to acting.
** One episode had J.G. Hertzler play an old book author who, while rambling on at a bookstore, causes Ray to fall asleep. He happens to be [[StarTrekDeepSpaceNine missing an eye]]...
* DisneyChannel appears to enjoy this trope. In an episode of ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' Maddie (played by AshleyTisdale) auditions for the part of Sharpay in ''HighSchoolMusical'' (who was also played by Ashley Tisdale), and doesn't get it. She claims that everyone says [[YourCostumeNeedsWork she looks just like "the girl who plays her" but no one else sees it]].
** During the run of the show, the director comments to Cody, "You look just like ZacEfron." Maddie responds, "And I don't look like Ashley Tisdale? You people are all crazy!"
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Bones finds Booth reading a ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' comic in the bathtub. David Boreanaz, who plays Booth, voiced Hal Jordan in the AnimatedAdaptation of ''[[JusticeLeagueTheNewFrontier DC: The New Frontier]]''.
** And in an earlier episode of the show, Booth orders a search of the area surrounding the Hyperion Hotel, which, on Boreanaz's previous show, ''Series/{{Angel}}'', is the name of his character's home/base of operations.
** The episode "The Headless Witch in the Woods" revolves around a murder that involved the victim [[TheBlairWitchProject being videotaped along with two fellow college students in the woods while tracking down a legendary witch-ghost; they find signs of this witch all over the place, to their palpable terror.]] The victim's film professor is played by actor Joshua Leonard - no points for guessing what movie made him famous.
** In the "Death of the Queen Bee" a suspect is described by Sweets as being "creepy, very Freddy". Take a wild guess as to the [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Actor]] playing him.
* In ''HomeImprovement'', Tim is having a tea party with his nieces. He does all the voices of their stuffed animals, but they complain that he didn't voice the lion right. Tim mentions that he doesn't know what it's like to be a lion. Randy (played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who voiced the young Simba in ''Disney/TheLionKing'') mentions that it was tough. Later in the same episode, Tim is playing with the girls' Buzz Lightyear, and argues with it by claiming "I am Buzz Lightyear...No, ''I'' am Buzz Lightyear...No, '''''I''''' am Buzz Lightyear...I come in peace" Tim then presses the button on the toy, causing it to say "I am Buzz Lightyear. I come in peace" in the exact same voice.
** Another episode of ''Home Improvement'' had Tim arguing with his brother. When it [[ArgumentOfContradictions descended into]] "Is too times 100!", "Is not times a thousand!", Tim capped "to infinity!" with "to infinity and beyond!", the CatchPhrase of Buzz Lightyear in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
** Yet ANOTHER ''Home Improvement'' episode, a Halloween one, had Randy at the Taylors' front door handing out candy. When two kids show up, one as Buzz Lightyear and another as Simba, Randy gave extra candy to the "cute little lion."
** Of course, all three of these occurred after [=ABC=] was acquired by Disney.
* The "Network Neutrality" segment on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' had Jon Stewart trying to make a reluctant John Hodgman say "I'm a PC" in reference to the latter's Apple ads.
* Yet another [[BostonLegal Denny Crane]] moment: in the Larry Craig RippedFromTheHeadlines episode of ''BostonLegal'', just as Denny is being arrested for allegedly soliciting sex in a bathroom stall, he opens up his cell phone. Of course, the old ''Franchise/StarTrek'' communicator sound effect plays.
** In the season 2 episode ''...There's Fire'', when it is suggested that Denny move to Hawaii, he responds, "What am I supposed to do? Beam myself to Boston every day?"
** In an earlier season's episode, when Denny Crane talks to the press when walking through the courthouse, he often spouts out non sequiturs. One of them was, "I was once a captain of a space shuttle!"
** When Alan and Denny go fishing, Alan is reading a book about salmon farms and remarks that salmon lice are sometimes called "cling-ons". Denny: "Did you say... ''Klingons''?"
** Alan certainly seems to know what he wants in a {{secretary}}.
* ''TheOffice'' had an unusual variation in an episode where a subplot involved a bat getting into the office, and Jim pretending to turn into a vampire. That episode's guest ''director''? [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Joss Whedon]]. (The show's producers insist it was a coincidence, and when Whedon found out about the episode's story he was reluctant to do it. The fans are divided on what to believe.)
** There are also several for the character Creed Bratton -- the first of course being that the character has [[TheDanza the same name as the actor who plays him]]. A deleted scene reveals that Creed was a member of '60s rock band The Grass Roots, which is also true of the actor. Creed also sings "Spinnin' n' Reelin'" at karaoke, a song by Creed Bratton. When Creed gets in debt, he dumps it on phony identity "William Charles Schneider," which is the actor's real name.
* An ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' skit for ''UsefulNotes/ComicRelief'' featured Uncle Albert reminiscing about [[WorldWarII the war]], and wishing he could get back there. Rodney sarcastically asked if he expected to walk down an alleyway and find himself back in the forties, and Del added that he might not be a Detective Inspector, but even he knew better than that. Nicholas Lyndhurst, as mentioned above, played Gary Sparrow in ''GoodnightSweetheart'', about a man who walked down an alleyway and found himself back in the forties, and David Jason plays DI Jack Frost in ''ATouchOfFrost''.
* The fifth-season premiere of ''Series/CornerGas'' has the cast discussing Canadian television shows. As soon as ''StreetLegal'' is mentioned, Oscar yells out "Street Legal sucked!". Oscar's actor, Eric Peterson, had a role on the series as Leon.
** The series finale dealt with Brent trying out stand-up comedy. Which is of course what Brent Butt does when not starring in his own sitcom.
* In the first season ''[[Music/TheMonkees Monkees]]'' episode "The Monkees At The Circus," Mickey Dolenz incessantly sings a song from "some old TV show" as the group gets acquainted with the big top. The song is the theme tune from ''Circus Boy'', which he starred in as a child actor.
* ''TheWire'' includes several instances due to its penchant for having Baltimore political figures appear in cameo roles. In one instance, the mayor is discussing with several staffers the unauthorized creation of a decriminalized drug zone. One staffer says that if news gets out, people will call the mayor "the most dangerous man in America." The line is uttered by former RealLife Baltimore mayor Kurt Schmoke, who had been called the most dangerous man in America (by Congressman Charles Rangel) when Schmoke suggested debating the decriminalization of drugs.
** When Mayor Carcetti goes to beg for funding from the unnamed, unseen Republican governor clearly based on then RealLife governor of Maryland Robert Ehrlich, Ehrlich appears as a security guard at the governor's office.
** Similarly, the show's co-creator David Simon appears in Season 5 as a Baltimore Sun reporter. Simon was a Sun reporter, and his experience writing the crime section led to the book ''Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets'', later adapted into the TV series ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''.
** Even more confusingly, a character by the name "Jay Landsman" appears on the show, but the ''real'' Jay Landsman plays Lt. Mello.
** Musician Steve Earle, who performs the theme song for Season 5, has a role as Walon, a recovering heroin addict. Steve Earle himself is a recovering heroin addict in RealLife. Additionally, Walon can be seen wearing a jacket with the art from Steve Earle's ''Copperhead Road'' album, as well as a tattoo of said art on his bicep.
* In one episode of ''GrowingPains'', Jason asks Mike if he's seen Maggie. Mike replies, "Tall blonde, looks like Donna De Varona?" Olympic swimmer Donna De Varona is the sister of Joanna Kerns, who played Maggie. Later in the episode, Maggie asks if Mike has seen Jason. Mike replies, "Tall man, looks like a talk show host?" Alan Thicke, who played Jason, had previously had his own talk show.
** In another episode, Maggie's parents come for a visit in an RV. Maggie's father, Ed, is telling Jason how popular this particular model of RV is, and says that all the Hollywood types have them, even Loni Anderson. Jason later says he could be happy with it, "Forget Loni Anderson!" Ed replies "I can't!" and pulls open a cabinet door to reveal a poster of her. Ed Malone was played by Gordon Jump, who played Arthur Carlson on WKRP in Cincinnati, co-starring Loni Anderson as his secretary.
* ''SaturdayNightLive'' featured a cold opening in which most of the cast is playing a group of Republican members of Congress who plan to hijack President Obama's health care speech by yelling "You lie!". They decide to rehearse it and one claims that they need someone to act as Obama. Rep. Eric Cantor, played by Fred Armisen, offers to do it, claiming that he does a good impression of the president. This is a reference to the fact that Armisen is the one who usually portrays Obama in sketches involving the president.
** Another case is during the 2010 Creator/AnneHathaway/Florence And The Machine episode, Anne, playing future Princess Kate Middleton alongside Prince William, meets the Queen of England and her assistant, who threaten and bully Kate while speaking in working-class accents. At one time, the Queen mentions, "This isn't ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries''." The Queen's assistant calls the movie "crap", and "Kate" says, "well it has its moments".
** Another sketch had Sarah Palin (played by TinaFey) and Hillary Clinton (played by Amy Poehler) make a joint announcement on sexism. At one point Clinton refers to Palin's "Tina Fey glasses".
* The ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "Creatures of the Night" involves a serial killer, played in the present day by Barry Bostwick, beginning his crimes in the 1970s after his religious sensibilities were disgusted by the portrayals of perversion and bisexuality in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', in which the young Bostwick played Brad Majors.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' featured a sketch called "Gump Fiction", a somewhat predictable pastiche of ''ForrestGump'' and ''Film/PulpFiction''. When rattling off the cast list, it included series regular PhilLaMarr, who cowered on hearing his name and shouted "Oh no, not again!" In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Phil [=LaMarr=] played Marvin, a minor character [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace who was accidentally shot in the face]].
* One episode of ''Series/LALaw'' featured a character who dressed up in a Homer Simpson suit, who spoke in Homer's voice when he had the Homer headpiece on. He was played by DanCastellaneta, the voice of Homer.
** In another episode, the lawyer played by A Martinez was asked where he'd been living the previous few months. He says "Santa Barbara" -- not a surprise when you know that's the title of the soap opera Martiniez had once appeared on.
* A very subtle one from ''VeronicaMars'': the title of one episode is "Clash of the Tritons," a play on the title of the film ''Clash of the Titans''. That film's star, Harry Hamlin, had a recurring role on the show.
** Also, Enrico Colantoni's character dates a character played by Laura San Giacomo for a few episodes. The two previously played amorous co-workers in ''JustShootMe''.
** There's also the scene in season 2 where Trina and Kendall, aka. [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Willow and Cordelia]], get to snark at each other.
*** Later, Logan says to Kendall: "I thought you couldn't come out during daylight hours."
* One episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' had JD trying to find out why the Janitor was simultaneously pretending to be three different people. Later on in the episode, he watches ''Film/TheFugitive'' which Neil Flynn was in. Janitor even confirms that he is an actor at the end of the episode (granted, he is a compulsive liar).
** A newer episode where Carla tries to trick the Janitor into forgetting something embarrassing references this incident. When the Janitor stops trusting his memory, he says, "Maybe I really wasn't in ''Film/TheFugitive''..."
** [[CloneHigh And speaking of janitors played by Neil Flynn...]] (WordOfGod confirms this one, even claiming that this janitor's name ''is'' Glenn)
*** Neil Flynn also played the plumber/mechanic/etc. in the first three ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' games (and Secret Agent Clank).
** ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': "Alright, Dr. Cox...ridiculous name, by the way..." -Dr. Taylor Maddox, played by Courtney Cox.
*** In another episode Jordan (Christa Miller) refers to both herself and Dr Maddox as {{cougar|Town}}s.
** There was an incident in which Dr. Cox addressed Elliot as "Becky," Sarah Chalke's sometimes character on ''{{Roseanne}}''.
** The episode ''My Mirror Image'' featured three patients who were meant to provide a mirror, contrast, or both to the current situations of JD, Dr. Cox and the Janitor and were each played by the actor of the main character they mirrored. JD's patient was called Mrs. Zeebee, referencing Zach Braff's initials, the patient Janitor talked to was called Mr. O'Neil, referencing Neil Flynn, and Dr. Cox's patient was called Mr. Slydell, referencing John C. [=McGinley=]'s character in ''OfficeSpace''.
** In the episode ''My White Whale'' Cox attempts to intimidate a puppet-collecting pediatrician, played by Chris Meloni, by sending him a puppet hand. Chris Meloni also had a recurring role on ''Series/{{Oz}}'' in which his on-screen sometimes-boyfriend Tobias Beecher was targeted by the prison's white supremacists, who had an associate cut off his son's hand and mail it to him.
* When Creator/JohnCleese appeared on ''TheMuppetShow'' his first sketch involved him boarding a space ship as a pirate (But not a {{Space Pirate|s}}, with a HookHand and a PirateParrot. He got into an argument with it and threatened "[[Creator/MontyPython You want to be an ex-parrot!?]]"
** The same skit has the captain disputing that he's a space pirate [[RecycledInSpace because the entire idea is just silly]]. Cleese snaps back, "What else would I be, a management consultant?" which is either a riff on ''FawltyTowers'' where he played an inept hotel manager, or a reference to his company Video Arts that made company training videos.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' uses a rather extreme version that really stretches suspension of disbelief. The film ''Film/DieHard'' exists in the series, but in this episode Reginald Vel Johnson guest stars as the cousin of regular character Big Mike: a Twinkie eating cop named Al Powell who gets involved in a hostage standoff. Later, Mike (one of the hostages) and Al even get to talk on the phone and share dialogue quite reminiscent of the film.
** Scott Bakula shows up as Chuck and Ellie's father, and after Ellie's first words to him are a blunt reminder of the night he abandoned them he replies "Oh boy," Bakula's catchphrase from ''Series/QuantumLeap''.
** In an earlier episode, Casey (played by Creator/AdamBaldwin) scoffs at the threat posed by a young genius opponent: "What, is he gonna hurt me with his mind?" This is similar to a threat issued towards Baldwin's character by another young genius on ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': "Also, I can kill you with my brain."
** The season four premiere has Creator/DolphLundgren saying "I must break you," with the exact same delivery he used in ''RockyIV''.
** Chuck at one point described Agent Daniel Shaw as "kinda Superman-y". Three guesses for which superhero Brandon Routh has played as.
*** Works on two levels. Chuck's coworker comments on how attractive Agent Shaw is. Chuck responds "Yeah, if you're into that whole Superman thing." Said coworker is played by [[Series/{{Smallville}} Kristin Kreuk]].
** In "Chuck Versus The Fear Of Death" Casey confronts [[SummerGlau Greta]], telling her he doesn't care "what ''crew'' you were on," a low-key reference to both Creator/AdamBaldwin and SummerGlau's respective roles in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
** In "Chuck vs. the Gobbler", Sarah goes undercover. [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 She dyes her hair black, wears a catsuit and says "I love a good suicide mission."]]
** In "Chuck vs. the Leftovers", Chuck's mother, played by [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Linda Hamilton]] saves his son and Sarah. Then she tells "Come with me if you want to live".
* The ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Detained" found TheCaptain (played by Scott Bakula) held in a detention camp, run by an officer played by none other than Dean Stockwell, Bakula's co-star on ''Series/QuantumLeap''.
** Even further, Bakula half-jokingly suggested that Jonathan Archer's middle name was [[Series/QuantumLeap Beckett]]. Whether an actor's word can be WordOfGod is up to debate.
* In a mix of ShoutOut, CelebrityParadox, and this, the characters of the soap ''Los Amores de Anita Pe?'' had an extrange {{Time Travel}}ing experience ([[RuleOfFunny don't ask]]), and going further and further in the past, they ended in many previous works of the cast, including the famed soap ''Por Estas Calles''. To further more the joke, the characters of ''Anita Pe?'' met the ones interpreted by the same actors in ''Por estas Calles'', which set up for hilarious situations, like [[TheDitz dimwitted]] Anita Pe?eeting no-nonsense BrokenBird Euridice Brice?both interpreted by Maria Alejandra Mart?, and the later meeting of Anita with ''Por Estas Calles'' 's KavorkaMan Eudomar Santos, whose actor Franklin Virguez interpreted Anita's LoveInterest and his EvilTwin, both of them also irrupting in the scene (this has the RealitySubtext of Mr Virguez being accused by several critics of repeating his famous "Eudomar" role, only because he moved from interpreting a HotBlooded, CatchPhrase spouting ''barrio'' man with dubious ethics, to interpret a couple of twins of humble origins, one of them a AmbulanceChaser lawyer with dubious ethics).
** Roberto Lamarca was cast in ''Anita Pe?'' as a DeadpanSnarker GenreSavvy [[DeadToBeginWith ghost]] whose looks and past was an obvious ShoutOut to famous late doctor and beloved proto-saint Jose Gregorio Hern?ez, a comparison who was constantly loathed by the character. If you watched ''Por Estas Calles'', you could remember Mr. Lamarca as AffablyEvil [[DrJerk Jerkass MD]] Dr. Valerio, the only character which an internal voice, and a snarky one to boot. After having been Dr. Valerio for about 700 soapie chapters and [[YourSecretsSafeWithMeSuperman being constantly confused with him]], Mr Lamarca was ostensibly and publicly tired of the role, and obviously took the Ghost role in the hopes to scape TypeCasting. In a bout of irony, the role only pigeonholed him more.
** In a more meta level, each chapter of ''Por Estas calles'' ended with a related aforism or famous quote read in Voice Over by character actor (and Creator/JamesEarlJones venezuelan equivalent) Tom?Henriquez; the same resource was used in ''Anita Pe?'', but instead used bad jokes and other related nonsense. Guess who reprises the narrator role!
* In the A&E documentary series ''Dinosaur!'', hosted and narrated by WalterCronkite, his last line of narration is "..and that's the way it is." Referencing his famous newscast sign-off.
* One great example is the ''Series/NashBridges'' episode, "Wild Card," where Cheech Marin is reunited with his former Creator/CheechAndChong partner, Tommy Chong, while Don Johnson is reunited with his former ''Series/MiamiVice'' partner, Philip Michael Thomas. In the episode there are several references made to the former works. Tommy Chong's character is even named Barry Chen, a play on his real name with a reference to his half-Asian parentage.
-->'''Barry Chen:''' I can probably get him to set you up.\\
'''Joe Dominguez:''' Actually, I stopped smoking pot years ago.\\
'''Barry Chen:''' Oh no? What's your drug of choice now, man?\\
'''Joe Dominguez:''' Uh, Rogaine.\\
'''Barry Chen:''' Rogaine? What's that? Do you snort it?
* Several for ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** One episode of has Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, confessing his seemingly endless sins to a priest. One was "I once shouted 'I am God' during a deposition", which is exactly what Baldwin's character did in the movie ''Malice'' (while still being in-character for Donaghy).
*** Baldwin gets ''scads'' of these. On multiple occasions he's encouraged himself by muttering "Always Be [X]," where ''X'' is a c-word - a shout-out to his scene in GlengarryGlenRoss. In a later episode when Tracy wanted to derail his successful dramatic film career, Baldwin's character encouraged him to "just go back to TV. Nobody will mistake you for a serious actor ever again."
** Another episode sees Liz Lemon meet her idol, a legendary comedy writer played by Carrie Fisher. After Liz discovers that Fisher is actually a flaky weirdo, Liz flees from the room, with Fisher calling out after her, "[[Franchise/StarWars Help me, Liz Lemon! You're my only hope!]]"
** In "Jackie Jormp-Jomp", Jenna fakes her own death. At the memorial service, an actual commercial Jane Krakowski (Jenna's actress) starred in as a child is played.
** In "Kidnapped by Danger", Lance asks Mary Steenburgen's character if she is a time traveler. She is best known for her role as Clara Clayton in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
** In the season 3 finale, TV comedy star Tracy Jordan invents a story about dropping out of school because a drug dealer wanted him to cut up a snitch named Baby. However, he eventually tearfully confesses that he left school because he was too chicken to dissect a frog in science class. A character played by Alan Alda then wanders in from another plot thread and says, "A guy crying about a chicken and a baby? I thought this was a comedy show!" This is a reference to the famous series finale of ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]]'', not to mention a lighthearted jab at the series' [[CerebusSyndrome turn towards drama]].
** When Stephanie March, of [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Alex Cabot]] fame, appears as a guest star, she is a LipstickLesbian extraordinaire. Alex Cabot is best remembered for [[LesYay clearly being in love with Olivia Benson.]]
** After MattDamon finished out his guest-arc as Liz's boyfriend, there was a line where Liz talked about ''{{Invictus}}'' (which Damon starred in with Creator/MorganFreeman) and asked "Who was the white guy in that?"
* In the finale of ''{{Newhart}}'' , Vermont innkeeper Dick Loudon (Newhart) gets conked in the head with a golf ball and blacks out, then wakes up in bed as Chicago psychologist Bob Hartley (Newhart's character from his first sitcom, ''TheBobNewhartShow''), turns to awaken his wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette, also from the earlier show), and explains that he had been [[AllJustADream dreaming he was the owner of a hotel]].
** An earlier episode had Dick visiting a psychiatrist running into a character who acted like he recognized him from somewhere. The character was played by Jack Riley, who had been Mr. Carlin on the earlier show. (After Dick mentions this to the psychiatrist, he's told that the man in question was deeply unbalanced and had never recovered from the damage that had been done to him by "some quack in Chicago".)
** Another episode had Dick watching television, with the theme music from ''The Bob Newhart Show'' heard coming from the set.
** Still another episode had the Loudons getting a new next-door neighbor, played by Bill Daily (who'd been the Hartley's neighbor Howard Borden in the earlier show).
** Yet ''another'' episode had Dick talking with Michael about old TV shows, and in particular the old Saturday night lineup on CBS (''AllInTheFamily'', ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H*]]'', ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow''). Michael: "Yeah, and what was that one with the shrink who stuttered?" Dick: "He didn't stutter, Michael, he...he...he stammered."
* The short-lived Bob Newhart/Judd Hirsch sitcom ''George and Leo'' had an episode which featured a ton of cameo appearances from people who had co-starred on both men's earlier shows.
* Corey Feldman makes a guest appearance on ''{{Sliders}}'' in which he exchanges a handshake with Jerry O'Connell that references their roles in ''Film/StandByMe''.
* In the last season of ''SexAndTheCity'', Mikhail Baryshnikov played Carrie's boyfriend Alexandr Petrovsky. In his first episode, he has to run to catch the cab Carrie left her purse in, performing impressive ballet-like leaps and footwork. In the commentary, the series creator acknowledged that they couldn't ''not'' have at least one scene showing his dancing abilities.
* In the "Protecting the Ego-System" episode of ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'', actor Ed Begley Jr., a noted green environmental activist, guest stars as "Actor Ed Begley Jr.". He is always referenced by this full name whenever anyone speaks to him or about him. The episode revolves around a protest at an environmentally sensitive wetland being converted into a golf course.
* In one episode of ''LizzieMcGuire'', a kung-fu master is invited by Sam [=McGuire=] to teach his son, Matt, the ways of the grasshopper. The master is David Carradine, of ''Series/KungFu'' fame. When the master leaves, Sam is asked how he knew the master, responding, "Him? He's like a brother to me." Sam is portrayed by Robert Carradine, Dave's real-life (half-)brother.
* ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' episode "Underbelly" has the Devil (played by Ray Wise) say, "Him and his perfect town. Just like a David Lynch movie." Ray Wise played Laura Palmer's father in ''TwinPeaks'' and its prequel movie.
* In ''{{Spaced}}'', Tim is shown to have been heartbroken by ''Franchise/StarWars Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace'', and the film is continually mocked throughout the series. Peter Serafinowicz, who voices Darth Maul in ''The Phantom Menace'', plays Duane, who stole Tim's girlfriend at the beginning of the series. After a confrontation in a London bar, Duane notices that Tim has left his keys on the table, and mutters "At last I will emerge as the victor. At last I will have revenge."
* An episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' features singer MeatLoaf playing a character named "Eddie". "Eddie" was also the name of the character Meat Loaf played in ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
** Then there's the wonderful moment in another episode that has star Hugh Laurie, on a phone call, using an English accent...not his real one, but the "Upper Class Twit" one he used on ''{{Blackadder}}'' and ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie''.
*** Later, House appeared at an "80s party" dressed in a similar period costume to the sort he wore in ''{{Blackadder}}''. The in-show rationale was that he got the wrong 80s (they didn't specify which century), while the audience's immediate reaction was "that's what Hugh Laurie was wearing in the 80s".
** There's also the episode where we catch a glimpse of a videotape labeled "{{Blackadder}}" [[CelebrityParadox on a bookshelf in House's apartment]].
** During the new team's introduction, House wrote each of their names on his whiteboard, spelling Kutner as Kumar, a reference to Kal Penn's best-known role at the time.
** There was a PatientOfTheWeek played by Erin Cahill named Jennie, Her ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' character? Jen, the Pink Ranger.
** Once Creator/AmberTamblyn was cast it was just a matter of time; in the episode "Fall From Grace" (7x17) Chris Marquette, who played Adam on JoanOfArcadia, plays the PatientOfTheWeek. Near the end of the episode, he confesses to Tamblyn's character that he's a bad guy, and seeks God's forgiveness, which she promises him he has. It was quite a touching moment.
** This might be going out on a limb, but when RonLivingston appeared as a doctor in Africa, he hands out candy from his "friend in Hershey, Pennsylvania." On Series/BandOfBrothers, his character's best friend was from Hershey, Pennsylvania.
* The ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' episode "Bastille Day" had a field day with this, with a long debate between Lee "Apollo" Adama and Tom Zarek, played by Richard "Old Apollo" Hatch.
** The orphan boy's costume in "The Plan" is an exact copy of that worn by Dean Stockwell in his 1948 movie "The Boy with Green Hair".
* A rather bizarre self-Allusion came from Steve Valentine, the host of ''Series/EstateOfPanic''. A contestant named Jordan is last out of a room. Valentine goes "I guess we'll be...''CrossingJordan'' off the list."
* According to ThatOtherWiki, an ep of ''MyNameIsEarl'' has Crabman passing out office supplies from a shopping cart. Prior to playing Crabman, Eddie Steeples had done this in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc_O5CdS9cI a commercial for [=OfficeMax=]]].
* In an episode of ''BoyMeetsWorld'', Eric tries to impress a girl with a stream of lies ending with "and I'm Batman." Eric is played by Will Friedle, voice of the future Batman in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* In one episode of ''HappyDays'' Marian drags Howard to see ''The Music Man'' repeatedly, because there's a little boy in it who looks just like Richie did as a child (Winthrop Paroo was played by Ron Howard, who went on to play Richie). Howard doesn't see it.
** In an episode in which RobinWilliams guest stars as Mork, one scene opens with him watching ''TheAndyGriffithShow'' on the Cunnigham's TV (while Richie is upstairs packing), and remarking, "I like that Opie boy. Funny how he has a Martian name." (Ron Howard). (A slightly anachronistic reference, as ''HappyDays'' takes place in the 50's, and ''TheAndyGriffithShow'' didn't premiere until 1960.)
* In ''Demons'', Philip Glenister's dialogue is littered with [[Series/LifeonMars2006 Gene Huntisms]], including barking "Gladys!" at Gladiolus.
* In the fifth season finale of ''{{Numb3rs}}'', James Callis, fresh from his role as Gaius Baltar on ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', plays an insane cult leader with a harem of women eager to serve his every need. He is, however, computer illiterate.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "The Q and the Grey" a female Q remarks, "I've always liked Klingon females. You've got such... spunk." The Q was played by Suzie Plakson, who had previously played the spunky Klingon female K'Ehleyr.
* The ''WhatILikeAboutYou'' episode "Dangerous Liasons" double-doses the Actor Allusions for both of its leads: Via a flashback and an old VHS tape, we see a standup routine Holly (Amanda Bynes) did when she was little; it's actually the routine that got Bynes hired for [[Series/AllThat her first TV job]]. She remarks at the end, "That kid should have [[TheAmandaShow her own show]]". Meanwhile, Val (Jennie Garth) has a flashback about her and a guest character; the guest is played by Luke Perry, and the flashback is a direct lift of a ''BeverlyHills90210'' episode.
** Less notable are the other guest appearances from ''90210'' alumni, only one of whom even offered a YouLookFamiliar to Val. And appearances by ''Series/AllThat'' and ''{{Popular}}'' cast members went entirely unnoted within the show.
* The ''FullHouse'' two-parter set at Walt Disney World has a subplot in which D.J., pining for her absent boyfriend Steve (Scott Wienger), sees him as various performers through her point-of-view, only for her to find on second glance that they aren't him after all. One of the mistaken cases is ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' -- Weinger is the speaking voice of that character.
* At the Emmys one year, Alan Arkin and Adam Arkin (who was a regular on the ''ER'' competitor ''Chicago Hope'') presented together. The elder Arkin says to the younger one, "I loved you as Franchise/{{Batman}}."
* In one episode of ''{{Wishbone}}'', the eponymous dog stars in a commercial. The actor who provides the voice of Wishbone in the commercial (seen onscreen) is in fact the same actor who voices Wishbone on the show in general.
* In the ''{{Popular}}'' arc focused on Harrison's struggle against leukemia, he meets a fellow patient named Clarence who dies but then returns when Harrison is about to commit suicide claiming to have become his guardian angel then takes him on (of course) a WonderfulLife journey. Clarence was played by Mike Damus, who earlier in his career was the star of ''TeenAngel'', a series about a guy who dies and becomes his best friend's guardian angel.
* Fans called Ryan ''Series/TheOC'''s Hercules. So who should play his father? [[HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Kevin Sorbo]].
** Oh, that's nothing. There were two episodes of ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' showing that Hercules was still alive in the present day under the secret identity of... Kevin Sorbo.
** He's only doing that so he can be in television, and so close enough to keep an eye on Ares (revealed in an episode of XenaWarriorPrincess to be alive and working as a TV producer...who gets the idea for Xena pitched to him).
* In the ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' episode "Horror Show," the ghost made short movies based on people's worst fears. When Rick and Melinda are looking at the movie list, Rick reads out one called "I know what you did last summer," pauses and looks at Melinda (who is played by Jennifer Love Hewitt, who of course was in "I know what you did last summer").
** Another GW episode ("Love still won't die", S02E02) has Lacey Chabert as a guest (both her and Jennifer Love Hewitt were on Party of Five). In the scene where they meet they both act for a moment as if they recognize each other.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has had many references to Joel [=McHale=]'s other jobs (like hosting TheSoup) or his RealLife SitcomArchNemesis, [[Series/AmericanIdol Ryan Seacrest]].
** In one episode, Malcolm-Jamal Warner appears as Shirley's ex-husband and he's wearing a funky sweater. When Jeff comments on it, he says "[[TheCosbyShow my dad gave it to me]]."
** We meet Jeff's half-brother, Willy Jr., in Season 4's Thanksgiving episode. Willy Jr. (played by [[{{Workaholics}} Adam DeVine]]) nearly vomits from anxiety when first meeting Jeff, and claims that this is a frequent problem for him. [[DawsonCasting DeVine]] had a major role in the musical comedy ''PitchPerfect'', which had another main character suffer from the same thing ([[VomitIndiscretionShot in spectacular CGI, no less]]).
** Another Season 4 episode has Pierce (played by Chevy Chase) mentioning that [[{{Caddyshack}} he's never understood the appeal of golf]].
** In "Basic Lupine Urology", Troy dresses up as a comically "old-timey" college student in order to catch a thief. The same basic gag (but with coke dealers instead of a thief) was used in ''MysteryTeam'', the cult indie comedy [[Music/ChildishGambino Donald Glover]] starred in a few years before he got cast as Troy.
** In "A Fistful of Paintballs", Abed describes Josh Holloway's character as "Really good-looking. Like, [[Series/{{Lost}} network telelvision]] good-looking".
** In Comparative Religion, Pierce says "I know guys like this Mike. He used to be a nerd, now he's a meathead". Mike is played by Anthony Michael Hall, who became famous in the '80s for portraying nerds in movies like "Film/TheBreakfastClub", "Film/SixteenCandles" and "Film/WeirdScience".
** Michael K. Williams had a recurring role in Season 3 as a hardened ex-con who becomes the gang's new biology professor. In "Basic Lupine Urology", he gives a speech about [[Series/TheWire no matter what, a man has to live his life with a code of honor]].
** Creator/KeithDavid guest-stars as the narrator in the Season 3 episode "Pillows and Blankets", and at the very end, Jeff asks him if he was in ''TheCape'' (which is also a CallBack, as Abed was shown to be obsessed with the show in earlier episodes).
* In ''{{Flash Forward|2009}}'' episode '''137 Sekunden''', Agent Demetri Noh (played by ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle's '' John Cho) is about to leave a person's house when he bumps into something:
--> '''Guy:''' I can explain...
--> '''Noh:''' Its OK, I know what a bong is.
* In the final episode of ''Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye'', Sue (played by Deanne Bray) is waiting in a hospital waiting room, where she meets an older Deaf woman. The two talk about what they do/did for a living, each expressing that they'd once had thoughts of doing the other's job (FBI agent and actress, respectively). The woman, rightly played by the real-life Sue Thomas, was named Deanne.
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/LieToMe'', TimRoth's character carries a BriefcaseFullOfMoney that looks remarkably like the mysterious briefcase from ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* A brilliant combination of ActorAllusion and ShoutOut was in ''{{Entourage}}'', in regards to Drama's now-cancelled [[HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Ancient Action Hero show]] ''[[HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Viking Quest]]''. His show was eclipsed and outlasted by the spinoff series ''[[XenaWarriorPrincess Angel Quest]]''. In ''Angel Quest'' the title character was played by Vanessa Angel, who was originally slated to play the role of Xena before a car accident prevented her from taking the role.
* In ''{{Dollhouse}}'', Summer Glau plays a sadistic brain surgeon very similar to the ones she was victimized by on ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. She even references having to toy around with someone's amygdala with a cheery "Fun time for me!"
** When flipping through Bennett's academic achievements, Caroline says "Bet she could kill you with her brain."
** In "Stage Fright," Echo throws a perceived threat, revealed afterward to be merely paparazzi, over a balcony in a "punch first, ask questions later" move reminiscent of Faith:
--->'''Sierra:''' That was ''so cool.''
--->'''Echo''' ''(shrugging sheepishly)'': I'm from Southie.
* In the last season of ''Series/LasVegas'', Tom Selleck plays the billionaire new owner of the casino. One episode includes an annual poker game with his billionaire friends, who are played by Roger E. Mosley and Larry Mannetti, his co-stars from ''Series/MagnumPI'' Both were said to have made their fortunes in the same fields as their ''Magnum'' characters. Also, a reference was made to a British billionaire who couldn't make it that year, a reference to John Hillerman's character, Higgins.
* In ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', Kaley Cuoco's character Bridget plays Anne Frank. In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Kaley Cuoco's character Penny plays Anne Frank.
* Season one of ''{{Prey}}'', which starred Adam Storke and Vincent Ventresca, ended on a cliffhanger with Adam Storke's character captured and imprisoned. The series was then canceled and the cliffhanger was never resolved. Until, that is, when Vincent Ventresca was starring in a completely unrelated series years later called ''Series/TheInvisibleMan''. In the episode entitled "Exposed", Vincent's character (the eponymous invisible man) opened a locked door in a research facility and an unnamed prisoner played by Adam Storke who was inside the room thanked him and ran off (presumably to freedom).
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Creator/JodieFoster voiced a sentient tattoo that drove its owner to murder. It's not hard to find parallels to John Hinckley's obsession with her that led him to try to assassinate Ronald Reagan, though given Foster's famous refusal to discuss the incident it probably wasn't intentional.
** In "Never Again", the tattoo's hatred (voiced by Jodie Foster) of Scully is possibly a reference to Scully being initially based on Clarice Starling from ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', played by... Jodie Foster.
** From Agent Doggett in later seasons: "What are you saying? Ray Pearce has become some kind of metal man? Because that only happens in the movies, Agent Scully." What, as in ''Terminator 2''? (Dogget's actor, of course, appeared on ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''.)
* In ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', the Mystic Mother is said to have been called [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Rita]] during the "Dark Times". Rita Repulsa and the Mystic Mother were both "played by" MachikoSoga's footage from their series' original [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Super Sentai source]] [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger material]], dubbed over in English. Machiko Soga died after filming her part in ''Magiranger'', making the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' reference a tribute. PR fans aren't sure whether or not to take that literally (we last saw Rita played by a different actress, Carla Perez, [[TheNthDoctor with an onscreen explanation]], and the Mystic Mother's VA sounded nothing like Rita.)
* One episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' had one character refer to Dominic Monaghan's character as a "Munchkin," possibly in reference to his previous role as Merry in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** And while being kidnapped, Charlie covertly drops his finger tape behind as a trail, prompting a few comments that he'd been paying attention to Pippin when he dropped an elf broach on the trail he and Merry were being taken down.
** Also, "Trees? Yeah, I've heard they're wonderful conversationalists."
* NathanFillion's ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' FanNickname gets worked into ''White Noise 2: The Light'' during a scene when his character, Abe, is talking to his BlackBestFriend about his newfound PsychicPowers:
-->'''Abe''':[[BlessedWithSuck It's not a superpower]].
-->'''Marty''':Call it what you want, Abe, but that sure as hell sounds like some superhero Captain Tightpants bullshit to me, man.

* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Spectre of the Gun" plopped the main cast into an extremely realistic illusion that required them to play out the infamous Gunfight at the OK Corral. [[DeForestKelley [=DeForest=] Kelley]] - aka Dr. [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] - had played Morgan Earp in the 1957 film ''Gunfight at the OK Corral''.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' series ''Back to Earth'', Rimmer (played by Chris Barrie) plans to get his own [[TheBrittasEmpire sitcom]].
** In ''Pete'', Lister and Rimmer are accused by Captain Hollister (Mac [=McDonald=]) of using truth serum on a character, the result being that the character admitted having an affair with an officer's wife while dressed like Franchise/{{Batman}}. Mac [=McDonald=] played a henchman in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' film.
** Also in ''Back To Earth'', Rimmer has suddenly acquired an interest in classic cars. As viewers of ''Chris Barrie's Massive Engines'' and ''Petrolheads'' will be aware, this is something he shares with Chris Barrie.
** And then there's the Dwarfers [[RefugeeFromTVLand meeting Craig Charles]] on the set of ''CoronationStreet''...
* Daniel Fredrickson played Tess' husband in ''Series/BlueHeelers'', who turned out to be gay when he left the show, marrying her for convenience. When he joined the {{Stingers}} crew as Leo Flynn fellow Heelers guest star Neil Pigot plays a drug dealer in one episode, calling him a faggot.
* In the first season finale of ''Series/{{Drrt}}'', Lucy (played by Courteney Cox) gets a visit from an old friend, played by who else but Creator/JenniferAniston.
* In the first season of ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'', Harrison Blackwood carries a tuning fork with him, the sound of which helps him to meditate. Jared Martin, who played Blackwood, had previously played a twenty-third century man who wielded a tuning fork-shaped weapon in the short-lived 1970s series ''The Fantastic Journey''.
* In an episode of ''Series/CougarTown'', Jules' son looks through his mother's photo album and asks, "wow, did you really dance with Bruce Springsteen?" Jules proudly says yes. Jules is played by Courteney Cox, whose first big acting role was in Springsteen's 1984 "Dancing In The Dark" music video as an audience member he pulls on stage to dance with him.
** In the season 2 finale, Sam Lloyd guests stars. He says he moved to Hawaii because he was broken up with by a girl named Gooch, who ran off with a man named Hooch. Gooch was a character he had a brief romance with on the show ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', played by Kate Micucci. Also on the show there was a background charecter named Hooch, played by Phil Lewis.
* At one point in ''{{QI}}'', Stephen asks the panel, "Where would you find the world's biggest drip?" to the accompaniment of a picture of Hugh Laurie as [[Series/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]].
** Another episode features a question about Oscar Wilde. Much to Stephen's embarrassment, the picture is of himself as the title character in ''Wilde''.
* On ''SportsNight'', Dana is telling Isaac about how much she loved ''Disney/TheLionKing'' on Broadway, and describes the opening, when Rafiki calls the animals- "And they come!" Isaac is amused- possibly because he's played by Robert Guillaume.
* In "Dear Louise", it's revealed that if character Dana Whitaker drinks, she would dance too wildly; the cast are thrown out of a bar when Dana dances on the table to the music of "Boogie Shoes". In ''DesperateHousewives'', when Lynette wants her boss to stop inviting her to bars in "They Asked Me Why I Believe in You", she dances provocatively with all the guys to the sound of "Boogie Shoes"... both characters are played by Felicity Huffman.
* In an episode of ''RoyalPains'', Paul Wight, known for being the Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler TheBigShow, cameos and entertains at a children's party as the character "The Trasher". The party hostess introduces him with the line "Okay, kids, are you ready for the big show?"
* Armando Iannucci has said one of the reasons he cast Tom Hollander as Cal '[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Fucker]]' Richards, a bossy and feared PR man, in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' is as a joke for anyone who saw the spin-off ''Film/InTheLoop'', where he plays an extremely wet and cowardly minister.
* In the TV adaptation of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', after Albert implies Death is deliberately following the Rules in a way that means Susan will break them, Death, voiced by Ian Richardson replies [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: I couldn't possibly comment ]]
, the CatchPhrase of Richardson's character in ''Series/HouseOfCards''.
* An indirect one from ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy''. Jax, whose ex-wife was played by Creator/DreaDeMatteo (best known as Adrianna on ''Series/TheSopranos'') in the previous season, confronts a woman who thinks he's about to kill her. He reassures her with: "You think I brought you here to Adrianna you?"
** In another episode, Tig suggests Gemma (played by Katey Sagal) to "go [[MarriedWithChildren redhead]] for a while."
** A very glamorously made up Walton Goggins makes an appearance as a transgender woman by the name of Venus Van Dam in a recent episode. The name bears a remarkable similarity to Cletus Van Damme, the alias Goggins' character Shane uses in ''TheShield''.
* On a late episode of ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', the movie theatre, which usually featured fictitious movies advertised during the EstablishingShot, was advertising "Now She's Carly", an allusion to actress MirandaCosgrove new role of Carly in ''Series/ICarly''.
* ''Series/{{Reba}}'' tossed in a nod or two to star Music/RebaMcEntire's other career as a CountryMusic superstar, the most famous being, in a discussion of how your dreams don't always come true, Reba Hart cracking, "I always wanted to be a professional singer."
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' has Bruce [=McGill=] as Detective Vince Korsak, who at one point was asked where he went to college. He responded by saying that he never did, but that he had watched ''AnimalHouse'' several times. [=McGill=] played Daniel Simpson Day (D-Day) in that movie.
* The fourth episode of ''SheSpies'' has a scene where the character played by NatashaHenstridge, star of ''Film/{{Species}}'', gets rid of kids by telling them "Hey, guys, ''Species'' is on cable!"
* Season four of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' has been having a blast with guest star James Callis, formerly the delightfully nutty Gaius Baltar on ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''. In addition to the numerous "fraks" uttered by the other castmembers throughout the season so far, 4x08 also references his character hallucinating a "leggy blonde in a slinky red dress." This same episode also makes a reference to Ed Quinn as a vampire. Quinn's first role after his original Eureka run was as exactly that on a few episodes of ''Series/TrueBlood''.
* In a Christmas episode of the show ''Series/{{Amen}}'', the characters are debating which carol to perform for an upcoming competition. When someone suggests "Mary's Boy Child", Rolly Forbes scoffs, "I never cared for that one". That's too bad, considering that Forbes' portrayer, Jester Harrison, ''wrote the song''.
* In the pilot of ''Cops L.A.C.'', Detective Sam Cooper makes a mildly cynical comment about [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices the foster care system]] and is called on it by another officer who grew up in the system and turned out fine. The joke is that Sam is played by Kate Ritchie, famous for her role as foster child [[HomeAndAway Sally Fletcher]]
* In the ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode "We're Still Having a Heat Wave", Edith tells her neighbor, Irene Lorenzo: "I know you're not a movie star or nothin', but I think I'm gettin' to be a fan of yours!" Betty Garrett, who plays Irene was actually a movie star in the '40s, appearing in several MGM musicals.
* A game of ''Celebrity Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' featuring (then) stars of ''Series/LawAndOrder'', one of whom was actress Carey Lowell, had a category called "[[TheNameIsBondJamesBond Bond, James Bond]]", which was all about the Film/JamesBond movies. Lowell previously starred as the Bond girl of ''Film/LicenceToKill'', so she got a kick of that.
* A ''Series/LawAndOrder'' one that may have been accidental: Briscoe and Greene were working a case, and made some joke about cowboys and westerns. Briscoe [[DeadpanSnarker remarked]] that he'd barely made it through the novel {{Shane}}. Years before L&O came out, Orbach had voiced the [[TheHero hero character]] in an obscure SpaceWestern. "Shane" was the name of the show's [[TheLancer Lancer]]. (Yes, the Lancer's name was a ShoutOut to the book)
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' had an episode where the suspect of the week is a really passionate actor trying out for the part of George in a play of ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''. As he's rehearsing his lines, Mac comes up to him and says something along the lines of. "Looks like you might beat me to the part." One of Gary Sinise's (Mac's Actor) early roles was actually playing George in and directing a movie adaptation of ''Of Mice And Men''.
** Detective Mac Taylor also shares last names with Sinise's most famous role, Lieutenant Dan Taylor of ForrestGump. His first name is said to be McCanna, though it's only shown up in scripts. This is after Gary Sinise's son.
** There's also the ep where Mac is shown to play bass in a jazz band. This is an allusion to Gary Sinise's work with his Lt.Dan Band.
* Tia Carrere competed in one season of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'', and her tango routine was choreographed to Carlos Gardel's "Por Una Cabeza", which is the same song she danced to with Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in ''Film/TrueLies''.
* CMT's ''Series/WorkingClass'' stars Melissa Peterman as a divorcee who moves to an upscale neighborhood with her three kids. One episode features her former husband...now married to a woman played by Reba [=McIntire=]...the exact opposite of what happened on ''{{Reba}}''.
* ''Series/JustShootMe'' character Jack Gallo discovered he had a black son in one episode. This is the plot of the George Segal movie ''Carbon Copy''.
* In ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' several allusions are made to roles played by MollyRingwald in her youth, but possibly the most prominent is when she says, "Everyone forgot my 16th birthday and it stayed with me my whole life." in reference to her role in ''Film/SixteenCandles''.
* In the fourth season premiere of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', Abby plays the song "Don't Stop Moving" by SClub7 to scare a dinosaur. Abby is played by Hannah Spearritt, famous for being in S Club 7.
* One episode of ''Series/TheFlyingNun'' had Sister Bertrille show home movies of her life before becoming a nun. The "movies" were clips from Sally Field's previous series ''Gidget''.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': On "The One with the Football," Phoebe wears a ''[[{{Series/ThatGirl}} That Girl]]'' T-shirt. Marlo Thomas, the star of that show, played Rachel's mother.
** There's even one for animal actors. In "The One After the Superbowl," Ross learns Marcel the monkey is now filming the fictional sequel to ''{{Outbreak}}''. The monkey actually ''was'' the monkey in the film.
** For one episode in the opening credits, Courtney Cox gets first billing and is now billed as Courtney Cox-Arquette (due to her marriage to David Arquette). The rest of the cast also have Arquette hyphened onto the end of their names in the credits for that episode. The end of the episode has a little dedication saying "For Courtney and David, who did get married".
* In the first season finale of ''Series/HarrysLaw'', Josh Peyton (played by Paul [=McCrane=]) sings the song "Is it Okay If I Call You Mine?" at a lawyer gala. The song was written and performed by [=McCrane=] originally in ''Film/{{Fame}}''.
** Also with the added touch "I usually sing this in the privacy of my own home," which is exactly how his character in ''Fame'' had sung it.
* In one episode of ''Series/HermansHead,'' Louise angrily snaps "I do not!" into the phone, slams the receiver back into the cradle, and then asks, "Herman, I don't sound like Lisa Simpson, do I?" Louise, of course, was played by Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson.
** And conversely, a ''Simpsons'' episode has Lisa chuckling. When Marge asks her why she is laughing, Lisa replies "Oh, just remembering a joke I saw on ''Herman's Head''."
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'' had Anwar reciting a list of Hugh Grant films in order to stave off orgasm during sex: "I never get as far as ''About A Boy''." ''About A Boy'' being a film in which ''Skins'' actor Nicholas Hoult played a leading role.
* In an early ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' episode, Joshua Jackson comments on how great "those ducks movies" were -- a coy ShoutOut to his role as Charlie in ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' films.
* In an episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' the two suspects were played by Chris Marquette and Michael Welch. They were questioned by Joe Mantegna as David Rossi. Mantegna played Will Girardi on ''JoanOfArcadia''. Welch played his son and Marquette played his daughter's boyfriend.
* In the episode "The Trial" of ''Series/{{Californication}}'' the main character, Hank (portrayed by David Duchovny), while getting dressed in a suit comments that "I look like a f*ckin' FBI agent" and then winks in the mirror in reference to Duchovny's character in ''Series/TheXFiles'', who happens to be an FBI agent.
* In ''Series/ICarly'', it is revealed that Carly (played by MirandaCosgrove) has never pulled a practical joke. After being pressured by Sam and Freddie, she unsuccessfully attempts to prank Gibby. Later in the show, she's shown watching TV, and you can hear the scene of the DrakeAndJosh episode ''Megan's Revenge'' when Megan (who is [[PrinceOfPranksters well-known for her pranking]]), also played by MirandaCosgrove, causes an explosion that makes the floor under Drake and Josh collapse. Carly sighs, saying "How come that little girl is so good at pranking?"
** In the same episode, Spencer (played by Creator/JerryTrainor) is watching the scene of the ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' episode "The Storm" where Crazy Steve (also played by Jerry Trainor) is yelling at the TV while watching ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer''. {{Lampshaded}} by Carly after she turns off the TV:
-->'''Spencer''': Hey, why'd you turn that off?
-->'''Carly''': I'm turning ''you'' off!
** Tim Russ, who was Tuvok on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', plays [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Principal Franklin]]. In "iOMG" he says the line "Study hard and prosper".
** One of the shows Carly is flipping past when watching TV in the bathtub in ''iToeFatCakes'' is ''DrakeAndJosh'' (with her in it as Megan, of course). [[LampshadeHanging She's seen that episode already.]]
* ''Series/MagnumPI:'' One episode was an hour long AffectionateParody of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''. TomSelleck had to turn down the role of IndianaJones because of his commitment to do ''Magnum.''
* In one episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', when Uncle Phil and his parents are having an argument, and Will is trying to help, Uncle Phil tells him "Sometimes, parents just don't understand." An allusion to Will Smith's rap career is made again when Uncle Phil says of his wife's gullibility, "Oh please, Vivian. You'd believe that boy if he told you that he was a big rap star whose album just went platinum!" The audience immediately laughs because at the time, in real life, Will Smith's album "Parents Just Don't Understand" had gone platinum.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Fastlane}}'', Deaq quips that "[[MarkSheppard this Dennehy guy]] has seen ''InTheNameOfTheFather'' too many times."
* Bert Cooper on ''Series/MadMen'' is played by Robert Morse, most famous for originating the lead role in ''Series/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', another production about businessmen in the 60s.
* ''Series/SueThomasFBEye'': In the episode "Elvis is In the Building," Bobby goes undercover as an ElvisImpersonator. His actor, Rick Peters, played the role of Elvis in the movie ''ElvisMeetsNixon'', in which Elvis wants to become a federal agent. The characters directly reference the movie, saying that the guy who played Elvis was "not as good as you, Bobby."
* On ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', while looking over William Bell's books, Nina a finds one written by Dr. Spock, clearly no relation to the character played by Leonard Nimoy (who, naturally, also played William Bell).
** The first season episode "The Road Not Taken" contained a ''ton'' of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' references, including a man named Emmanuel '''Grayson''' (Spock's mother's last name) who truly believed he was Spock. He referenced ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]'' by name and then warned the agents that a war would soon be started by "renegade Romulans from the future, here to change the timeline" (the plot of the 2009 ''Star Trek'' movie). In the very next episode, Leonard Nimoy made his first guest appearance.
** There is actually a real Dr. Benjamin Spock who wrote a famous best-selling book about childcare. Many a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fan was disappointed when he purchased a copy.
** For one MonsterOfTheWeek we have Canaan, the shapeshifter-a SerialKillerKiller that only kills criminals and who is ([[spoiler:was]]) the [[MyMasterRightOrWrong blindly loyal]] minion of the BigBad. One of the people to play Canaan is Creator/KirbyMorrow who voiced Teru Mikami on ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* ''The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret'' has Todd seemingly yelling at someone over the phone. Will Arnett's character notices him, and Todd shouts something about a "banana stand!" Both David Cross, who plays Todd Margaret, and Will Arnett played main characters in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', which had a banana stand at which two of the characters worked.
* Barbara Eden once guest starred in an episode of ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''. At one point, she says that she wishes she could [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie cross her arms, nod her head and the housework would be done]].
* One episode of ''{{Tracker}}'' featured Cole using a katana to escape a museum vault. Adrian Paul, who played Cole, was well known for playing the katana-wielding Duncan [=MacLeod=] on ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series''.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' itself had one when Geraint Wyn Davies guest started in one ep. The character he played had a girlfriend named Jeanette, an allusion to his character's girlfriend on his series, ''Series/ForeverKnight'', which aired at the same time Highlander was.
* In one episode of ''Stay Tooned!'' a documentary series about classic cartoons hosted by Tony (Baldrick) Robinson, Tony describes how Porky Pig's [[CharacterizationMarchesOn Characterization Marched On]], and says the same thing happens with live action characters. Cue clip from ''The BlackAdder'', with Prince Edmund announcing he would be known as "The Black Vegetable".
-->'''Tony Robinson''': But then they decided they didn't want a Blackadder who was an idiot and kept doing stupid things. They could get someone else to do that.
* The description of the plot of the movie Miley Stewart is offered in the series finale of ''HannahMontana'' resembles the upcoming (as of Jan. 2012) MileyCyrus movie ''So Undercover'', which she completed filming at the time.
* At the end of the final episode of ''{{Hustle}}'', Danny proposes that now there are seven of them, they should form a new gang called "the Magnificent Seven". Albert (Robert Vaughn) thinks it's "a hell of an idea", and there's a quick burst of the theme from ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''.
** In another episode, Jodie Prenger plays a friend of the gang who winds up in hospital after using a dodgy diet product sold by that episode's marks. Before her acting career took off, Prenger won the UK version of TheBiggestLoser and subsequently worked as a writer on diet issues
* One episode of ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', Peter Mensah's character Doctore [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kJiotStoA8 exchanged words]] with Crixus that referenced [[MemeticMutation Mensah's role]] in ''Film/ThreeHundred''.
-->'''Doctore''': "Crixus, what is this madness?"
-->'''Crixus''': "Spartacus"
* Set to happen in episode 8 of ''Shirato'', a Japanese TV series starring Yudai Chiba, who portrays Honey in ''Anime/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', as the title character. And given the fact that his ''Ouran'' castmates make a group cameo as their respective characters from ''Ouran'', as well as what's been confirmed to happen during the cameo scene (i.e. the Host Club will mistake Shirato for Honey, and he'll be carrying a stuffed rabbit resembling Bun-Bun), it's quite possible that this may be deliberate.
* In an episode of ''Series/GoodTimes'', [[Series/{{MASH}} William Christopher]] played an Army doctor.
* In Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow Mr. Lawrence plays a [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants tiny villain with antenna.]]
* The victim in ''Series/BodyOfProof'' episode ''Love Thy Neighbor'' lived in a cul-de-sac with lots of beautiful people and lots of goings on. When first arriving DanaDelany's character mentions she used to live in a cul-de-sac like this, and several times throughout the episode she quips that there's more to the place than meets the eye. In the ending moments she tells a co-worker he couldn't handle a desperate housewife. Delany had a role on DesperateHousewives which centres on an action-packed cul-de-sac filled with beautiful people.
* In an episode of ''The Lucy Show'', veteran actor William Frawley makes his final TV appearance. After his scene, Lucy says, "He reminds me of someone I once knew" referring to his role as Fred Mertz on ''ILoveLucy''.
* In an episode of ''Design:e2'', Brad Pitt is narrating at the beginning of the episode and three lines in, he utters the phrase [[http://youtu.be/r88UB4kCbTY?t=18s "They are not the cars they drive"]], which is a reference to his line in the movie ''Fight Club'' where he says [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo-wkv8gW6k "You are not the car you drive."]]
* ''Series/BurnNotice''
** The second-season character Carla (whose actress played Caprica on ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'') was described as having "... a hell of a breaststroke, Mike; she's a machine."
** Sam Axe, played by Creator/BruceCampbell, refers to a homemade mortar as a "[[Franchise/EvilDead Boomstick]]".
** In the episode ''Noble Causes'', Erik King, who plays Sgt. Doakes in [[Series/{{Dexter}} another show set in Miami]] is ambushed from behind with a syringe to the neck.
** Mike's mother, played by Sharon Gless, [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine befriends]] an insurance clerk played by her ''Series/CagneyAndLacey'' co-star Tyne Daly.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'':
** The episode "Murder In A Minor Key" has Shaun Cassidy playing a young college student who turns AmateurSleuth to solve a murder, a callback to Shaun's biggest role of Joe Hardy in the HardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries.
** The very first episode starts with Jessica Fletcher watching the rehearsal of a murder mystery play and calmly pointing out who did it by the end of the first act. Angela Lansbury did much the same thing at the beginning of ''The Mirror Crack'd'', in the role of Literature/MissMarple.
* In one episode of ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'', Starsky says Hutch sounds like "Dirty Harry, a cop in San Francisco". David Soul costarred in ''Film/MagnumForce'', the second ''DirtyHarry'' movie.
* ''Series/ArmyWives'': Roxie and Trevor's twin boys are called Drew (Trevor is played by Drew Fuller) and Wyatt (The older brother to Drew Fuller's character of Chris on Charmed)
* During an '80s PBS pledge drive featuring a crossover between ''SesameStreet'' and ''The [=MacNeil=]-Lehrer [=NewsHour=]'', news anchor [=Robert MacNeil=] covered an alleged cookie theft called [[{{Scandalgate}} Cookiegate]]. Over a decade earlier, [=MacNeil=] and his business partner and ''[=NewsHour=]'' co-anchor Jim Lehrer got their start covering the original Watergate scandal.
* On the GrandFinale episode of ''Series/TheLarrySandersShow'', Sean Penn mentions the cast of a movie he just finished, which includes Garry Shandling. (He then goes on to whisper to Larry how Garry was the worst actor on the set.)
* In the ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' TV film, "Sabrina Goes to Rome", Sabrina's witch friend Gwen owns a mouse voiced by Richard Horvitz. Sabrina's cat, Salem, is voiced by Nick Bakay. Both voice actors voiced Norbert and Dagget on ''TheAngryBeavers''.
** In the episode "A Girl and her Cat", a little boy takes Salem in when he finds him on the street. The boy's dad is played by Joe O'Connor, who played the dad of Melissa Joan Hart's (Sabrina) other character, [[Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll Clarissa Darling]].
* In ''Series/{{Ringer}}'' Bridget is played by Creator/SarahMichelleGellar and has a love of horror movies. [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer She]] would [[IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer have]] some [[Film/{{Scream 2}} experience]] with [[ScoobyDoo that.]]
* In the season two episode of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' "If Memory Serves," Skyler's daughter asks her if she, Skyler, is a Franchise/{{Terminator}}. Skyler is played by Summer Glau, who played a terminator in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Becker}}'' was comprised of flashbacks as Becker related the events of his day to a bartender. The bartender was played by George Wendt - Norm from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' - so for the actors, this was a reversal of a familiar scenario.
* The Vice President on ''Series/TheWestWing'' is a recovering alcoholic. A third season episode revealed that he stopped drinking when he was twenty-two because he had a family history of alcoholism and "some experiences in college." This has to be a reference to Tim Matheson's part in ''AnimalHouse''.
* As one TelevisionWithoutPity poster stated re ''{{Series/Nashville}}'''s Juliette Barnes, "first there was the older man thing and then the football player thing. It almost feels like they're copying (HaydenPanettiere)'s real life love life." No prizes for guessing who she plays on the show.
** In season two's "Don't Open That Door," Juliette is signed to a deal with Neutrogena, something the actress who plays her has had plenty of experience with. [[spoiler: And "She's Got You" has Juliette discover that the wife of the man she's sleeping with is hot for her as well. [[Series/{{Heroes}} Miss Panettiere's had some experience with that as well]].]]
* In one "Blockblister" segment of 'Series/TheAmandaShow'', [[Series/DrakeAndJosh Josh Peck]] comes in and complains that he had wanted to rent ''Film/SnowDay'' and they had instead given him "Snowy Day." Peck had played a leading role in that film.
* In ''Series/GossipGirl'''s "It's Really Complicated," when Blair finds out that Serena's ex Steven wants to reunite with her, Miss Waldorf says "Ooh, you must be in seventh heaven!" Steven is played by Barry Watson, alias Matt Camden from [[SeventhHeaven another show that used to be on]] TheCW.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. In "Far Beyond the Stars", when Captain Sisko starts to hallucinate that he's a science-fiction writer in the 1950's, there's a note on Armin Shimmerman's desk [[ItWillNeverCatchOn rejecting his story idea]] of a cheerleader who kills vampires. This is a joke on Armin's recurring role as Principal Snyder in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* In the "Independence Day" episode of ''Series/{{Suburgatory}}'', a worried George is consulting with Mr. Wolfe, the school guidance councilor, about his daughter. Mr. Wolfe says "I'll also lean on Malik for information. If there's one thing everyone knows about him, is that he's a snitch". Malik is played by Maestro Harrell, who also played Randy, on ''TheWire''.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', [[TheConscience Jiminy Cricket]] calms Henry down by telling him "giving into one's dark side never solves anything." Raphael Sbarge used to play the self-appointed conscience of an amnesiac ''[[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Sith Lord]].''
* In an early episode of ''Series/PicketFences'' Judge Bone (played by Ray Walston) is seen at a Halloween party dressed as Uncle Martin from ''Series/MyFavoriteMartian''.
* In ''Series/LastManStanding'', oldest daughter Kristin is complaining about being the oldest when the youngest is the favorite and the middle child is a breakout superstar. An old co-worker shows up to defend the middle child--played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who played the middle son on Creator/TimAllen's last sitcom, ''Series/HomeImprovement''. Later that same episode, he meets Tim Allen's character, who says he looks familiar. JTT's character offers up the fact that he used to work with Kristin, but Allen's character insists that that's not it.
* An episode of ''Series/FallingSkies'' has resistance fighter Margaret teaching Anne, the 2nd Mass's doctor, how to shoot. When Anne fires off several wild shots, Margaret tells her, "Slow down honey - you're not the Terminator!" Moon Bloodgood, who plays Anne, played a resistance fighter pilot in ''Film/TerminatorSalvation''.
* ''Vicious'', the British 2013 sitcom, starring Ian [=McKellen=] and Derek Jacobi as two retired gay actors, is practically made of this trope.
* From ''Series/MondayMornings'': Creator/IoanGruffudd is fondly remembered for portraying sailor Horatio Hornblower from ''Series/{{Hornblower}}'' miniseries. He guest-starred in the episode "Truth or Consequences" as Dr. Delany. When Dr. Hooten fries him on the stage of dishonour during their "screw-up meeting", he refers to him several times as "the Captain of his ship".
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Michael C. Hall previously played a funeral home director on ''Series/SixFeetUnder''. So when Dexter goes to a funeral home in the season 5 première, and the roles are reversed, the show makes the most of it, from a set that looks like the Fisher funeral home to the funeral director offering tissues.
* In the ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' episode "The Living and the Dead", Creator/JamesMarsters plays [[spoiler: an immortal]] with an English accent, who's quite offended at the suggestion he might be [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer a vampire]]. He ends up [[spoiler: being killed by getting stabbed through the heart.]]
* In ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', Peter Wingfield played a character named Gara Singh, who was simultaneously the head of the Caprica civil defence organisation and [[DetectiveMole the leader of the monotheist terrorist cell on Caprica who he was meant to be catching]]. In ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', his immortal character Methos had infiltrated the immortal-watching Watcher organisation and taken charge of the hunt for himself.
* Creator/CharismaCarpenter appeared in several episodes of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' as a demon [[Series/{{Angel}} who had visions]].
* On an episode of ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''. George's new maid, played by Barbra Eden, wishes she can get her work done faster by [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie crossing her arms and nodding]].
* One episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had an upstart comedienne (who Jerry insulted in a previous episode) perform a shtick about comparing Jerry to {{Satan}} that becomes a big hit. She was played by Creator/KathyGriffin, who is primarily known for her insult humor.
* The first episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'', starring Creator/FreemaAgyeman (and written by ''Series/DoctorWho'' writer ChrisChibnall), has a scene set in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones London's Royal Hope Hospital]].
* The ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' episode "The Truth Within" has Jorge Garcia appear as a conspiracy theorist. He has a chat with Daniel Dae Kim's character where they reminisce about a past camping trip, which the two of them liken to being "[[Series/{{Lost}} stuck on a deserted island]]".
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'':
** Saul is a horrendous typist. That could be Mandy Patinkin's fault or it could be an allusion to a similar scene in ''DeadLikeMe''.
** In the Season 3 episode "The Yoga Play", the agent who has been listening in on Dana and Leo's conversations tells Carrie that it's just "''RomeoAndJuliet''". Carrie replies "you do know how ''Romeo and Juliet'' ends, do you?" Of course, Claire Danes [[WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet does know how it ends]].
* In ''Series/TheCrazyOnes'' Sarah Michelle Gellar's character has a ''Series/{{Bones}}'' marathon, [[spoiler: and when her date turns out to having been using her]] asks if he even likes David Boreanaz who played her love interest on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': In a Comic Relief episode Rodney says how stupid the idea of walking through a portal to the 1940's would be after Uncle Albert starts talking about the war followed by Raquel saying she's going to bed only for Del to reply "[[GoodnightSweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart.]]" followed by a shocked look from Rodney. Del goes on to say that he is not [[ATouchOfFrost a chief inspector.]]
** This was also done the other way around--in ''GoodnightSweetheart'' Gary (played by Nicholas Lyndhurst) is about to lean back and fall through an open bar door like Del Boy famously did, but notices in time and gives an AsideGlance wink to the audience--accompanied by uproarious laughter that must seem inexplicable and random to anyone unfamiliar with the ''Only Fools'' scene in question.
* In the ''Series/WhiteCollar'' episode "At What Cost", Neal makes a metaphorical DealWithTheDevil by agreeing to do a favor for Curtis Hagen in exchange for help in keeping Peter from being wrongfully charged with murder. Hagen is played by Mark Sheppard, who plays Crowley the literal King of Hell on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* In ''Series/GroundFloor'' we get Jesse becoming a favorite of [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Dr Cox]] for [[Film/PitchPerfect beating up Turk]]. Then the revelation that Jesse and Aubrey dated in college. Stacie, now their coworker, disapproves.
** Apparently, Heather's Film/PitchPerfect, though:
--->'''Jenny:''' She's pitchy!
--->'''Brody:''' No, she's not.
--->'''Jenny:''' No, she's not!
** Though she treats [[TokenMinority Threepeat]] like Film/TheHelp.
* In a TV series called ''Series/DevelopmentHell'', in which ''Film/TheRoom''[='=]s Juliette Danielle has a recurring role, an episode is called "[[MemeticMutation You Are Tearing Me Apart, Damien]]".
* In the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "The Empty Hearse" one of John's patients is a DirtyOldMan with an Eastern European accent who owns a shop and tries to sell him some porn. Mark Gatiss who writes and stars in Sherlock (and wrote the episode in question) also wrote and starred in ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' which features an almost identical character called Pop.
* In the opening scene of the ''Series/BirdsOfAFeather'' episode "Tattoo You", Tracey and Sharon are watching a murder mystery show on TV where a body is discovered on a beach next to a burning boat. Pauline Quirke, who plays Sharon, appeared in ''Series/{{Broadchurch}}'', an 8-part television series that aired in the UK, about the murder of a young boy whose body was discovered on a beach near a boat that had been set on fire.
--> '''Tracey:''' "How do you know?"
--> '''Sharon:''' "Because they always find a body on the beach in one of those creepy seaside things, like... [[ParodyName Broadcliff, or...Southchurch, or...]] [[UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry Western super Mare]]!"
* ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'':
** Ryan is under psychiatric care, speaking with a bearded psychiatrist played by Robin Williams. When said psychiatrist says, "[[Film/GoodWillHunting It's not your fault]]" Ryan catches the reference and eventually realizes that he's in a dream sequence.
** As he is played by Elijah Wood, Ryan himself has been the subject of some ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' references. For instance, when he's asked to participate in Jenna's wedding: "Dude, you're a ringbearer now!"
* In ''Series/TheMiddle'' episode "Life Skills", Brick's school therapist, played by Dave Foley, asks if Brick has seen "the kids in the hall".
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