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This page lists {{Shout Out}}s seen in LiveActionTV shows.
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[[index]]
* ShoutOut/AgentsOfSHIELD
* ShoutOut/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse
* ShoutOut/{{Arrow}}
* ShoutOut/BabylonFive
* ShoutOut/BigTimeRush
* ShoutOut/{{Bones}}
* ShoutOut/BurnNotice
* ShoutOut/{{Castle}}
* ShoutOut/{{Chuck}}
* ShoutOut/CrashAndBernstein
* ShoutOut/DoctorWho
* ShoutOut/{{Firefly}}
* ShoutOut/{{Fringe}}
* ShoutOut/GoodEats
* ShoutOut/{{House}}
* ShoutOut/HowIMetYourMother
* ShoutOut/ICarly
* ShoutOut/InSecurity
* ShoutOut/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia
* ShoutOut/{{JAG}}
* ShoutOut/{{Leverage}}
* ShoutOut/TheLunchroom
* ShoutOut/{{NCIS}}
* ShoutOut/OnceUponATime
** ShoutOut/OnceUponATimeInWonderland
* ShoutOut/PowerRangersRPM
* ShoutOut/{{Revolution}}
* ShoutOut/RizzoliAndIsles
* ShoutOut/{{Scrubs}}
* ShoutOut/{{Spaced}}
* ShoutOut/SpittingImage
* ShoutOut/StargateSG1
* ShoutOut/StarTrek
* ShoutOut/{{Supernatural}}
* ShoutOut/TinMan
* ShoutOut/TheWalkingDead
* ShoutOut/TheXFiles
[[/index]]
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** ''Franchise/StarTrek'' alumni Manny Coto and Brannon Braga have been involved with the show for a while now, and when the president was considering people for the position of chief of staff, [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Robert_Justman Bob Justman]] and [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Rick_Berman Rick Berman]] were suggested. There is Jane Espenson from accounting.
** There seems to have been at least one ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan on the writing staff: Seasons 2 and 3 feature a minor character named Creator/TomBaker, and Season 8 has a villain named Davros.
* ''Series/SixHundredSixtySixParkAvenue'':
** Many scenes in the pilot seem lifted off from either ''Film/RosemarysBaby'' or ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''.
** The birds in 'Murmurations' seem to be a Shout Out to ''Film/TheBirds''.
** The scene in which Louise is 'attacked' by the elevator brings to mind both the Danish movie ''Das Lift'' and a death scene in ''Film/FinalDestination 2''.
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'': In one episode, Diana makes a reference to 'The Thought Police', a shout out to ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A113 A113]] appears in many animated productions and refers to a room number used by the animation program at [=CalArts=].
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'': Has at least one in every episode. One particular gem is referring to the idea of an armor plated dirigible as a [[Music/LedZeppelin lead zeppelin.]]
* Agent Simmons in ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'' mentions in one scene in the pilot that one time [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Hermione Granger cast a Petrificus Totalus on Neville Longbottom]].
* ''The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard'': The name of Ros Pritchard's (fictional) hometown is a shoutout to ''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'' by Creator/CharlesDickens.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': Searching his secret weapons locker in one episode, Captain Hunt (played by Kevin Sorbo, who also played Hercules) finds a ''{{Series/Hercules|TheLegendaryJourneys}}'' sword and wig. In the first episode, Hunt is referred to as being "like a Greek god or something."
** There's also the episode where he goes in search of an old ship avatar, and it turns out to be Michael Hurst, who played Iolaus. A little later they have a "[[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine you look kind of familiar]]" moment. In the same episode, Hunt has a sense of déjà vu when he is told that he must mount a rescue out of a system named Tartarus.
** In yet another episode, following a conversation about how powerful the LostTechnology ship makes him, Captain Hunt remarks "...but I'm not a god; I'm just a man".
** The premiere of the series had a human crewman who was killed in the initial attack named after a noted denizen of rec.arts.sf.written who had died of cancer not long before.
** Another episode featured a racist militant group called the Knights of Genetic Purity, who were lifted unchanged (name and all) from the role-playing game ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld''.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** This show, meanwhile, had a shout out to Joss Whedon having written one of the ''Alien'' films, with Fred's father saying he fell asleep during it. Despite it being a Whedon film, it wasn't well received.
** When Angel examines her driver's license, Anne's address is listed as "Willoughby Ave." Anne Steele and John Willoughby are characters in SenseAndSensibility.
** The Groosalugg or Groo for short. A mighty, good-hearted and rather dumb warrior nicknamed Groo?
** May possibly be coincidental, but Illyria has some significant visual, backstory and personality similarities to Eldrad from the DoctorWho story "The Hand of Fear".
* ''Series/TheATeam'': And ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'' was shouted out ''to'' by this show. A first season ep had the boys meeting someone in Ride/UniversalStudios' tour area. A BSG Cylon walked by Face, played by Dirk Benedict, Starbuck on the original BSG, who had had more than a little contact with toasters. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MVonyVSQoM Face did a]] DoubleTake, of the "wait, do I know you from somewhere?" variety. (at about 0:45 into that clip) A clip from the scene was used in the intro in later seasons.
* ''{{Series/Atlantis}}'': In an early episode, Hercules berates Jason for falling in love with the princess Ariadne (a very dangerous thing for a commoner to do with her parents around), asking if he couldn't have chosen someone more at his level, like "the blacksmith's daughter". Central to the plot of ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' is an analagous, though reversed, situation, in which Prince Arthur and Gwen, the blacksmith's daughter, fall in love, with similar problems. (Two of Atlantis' three producers previously produced Merlin, and in general Atlantis is considered a spiritual successor to Merlin).
* ''Series/TheAvengers'': A Christmas episode shows Steed getting Christmas cards from lady friends. He reads one from Cathy Gale and muses "Whatever could she be doing [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} in Fort Knox?]]"
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' (the 1960's series)
** In "The Cat and the Fiddle" Catwoman's thugs are crawling around the outside of the Gotham State Building. Commissioner Gordon says "Are they birds?" and Chief O'Hara says "Are they planes?", a reference to the signature line from ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', "Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It's Superman!"
** "An Egg Grows in Gotham"
*** Chief Screaming Chicken is the sole remaining representative of the Mohican tribe, making him "The Last of the Mohicans" (a reference to the James Fenimore Cooper novel ''Literature/TheLastOfTheMohicans'').
*** At one point Chief Screaming Chicken says the phrase "Kemo sabe". When Egghead's goon asks him what it means, he says he doesn't know - he heard it on the radio. This refers to the ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' radio show, in which Tonto regularly used that phrase.
*** An unnamed police detective played by Ben Alexander tells a woman to "Give me just the facts", a reference to Sergeant Joe Friday's "Just the facts, ma'am" line from ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' and to Alexander's character on the show, Frank Smith.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'': Also had a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shout out. A particular sect of Colonials believed in contact between genders only when sanctified by a certain ritual, only carried out "every seven years" (a reference to Vulcan "pon far").
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'': [[spoiler:Cylons]] meet in weapons locker 1701D, a shout out to the Enterprise's registration number in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' which Ron Moore also worked on. The new show's pilot miniseries also had Trek shout outs, one being the callsign for a civilian ship being "Gemenon Liner 1701" (again referencing the Enterprise), as well as the very brief appearance of a Constitution class starship in one of the "rag tag fleet" scenes.
** 1701 people died or went missing on New Caprica, and 1701 people were lost in the Battle of the Ionian Nebula. Ron Moore likes this one.
** Similarly, a location on Caprica called the Martok Valley is probably a shout-out to General Martok of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' fame.
** There is also a shout out to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' in the miniseries, as a Firefly-class transport is seen in the air over Caprica City before the outbreak of the war. The effects team loved doing these. In the finale it is possible to spot ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Tiberian Sun'''s GDI ''Kodiak'' amongst the rag-tag fleet.
** Possible shout out to ''Series/TheATeam'' in ''Battlestar Galactica: Razor'' with Starbuck's line: "Ain't it grand when a plan comes together?" No doubt since ''Series/TheATeam'' had one Dirk Benedict on the cast, the original Starbuck.
** There are also two references to the Kennedy Assassination. The first in the Miniseries when Laura is sworn in as President aboard Colonial One is a deliberate parallel to [[http://inaugural.senate.gov/images/photo-11221963-lbjswearingin-m.jpg LBJ's swearing in aboard Air Force One.]] The second is in the episode "Resistance," [[spoiler:when Cally kills Boomer, essentially reenacting Jack Ruby's killing of Oswald.]]
** In the opening credits of the rebooted BSG, there's a shot of Starbuck in a sleeveless shirt, grinning around a cigarillo while playing cards--duplicating a similar shot of Dirk Benedict's Starbuck in the credits for the original series.
** The theme music for the original BSG series is used in the rebooted series as the (in-universe) anthem of the Colonial armed forces.
** Baltar's dream sequence in "Collaborators". Dream Six: "Don't make me angry, Gaius." Dream Adama: "You won't like her when she's angry."
* ''Series/BeakmansWorld'': Don and Herb Penguin form a ShoutOut to Don Herbert, aka Mr. Wizard. Also, several times the characters mention the shenanigans in Mr. Guenther's science class, referencing Al Guenther, the science consultant for the show.
* ''Series/BeingHuman'': Annie excitedly tells Nina, "Hey, there's a werewolf called Nina in ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}''!" (Which is technically not true; Nina only appeared in SpinOff show ''Series/{{Angel}}''.)
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': This show is lousy with these.
** [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Bottle city of Kandor]], anyone?
** A more subtle example: Leonard, Sheldon and Penny watch an anime called "''Oshikuro the Demon Samurai''". That was an allusion to an episode of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', in which the animated adaptation of "Oshikuro" (which was a comic book then) was being made, and Charlie had to compose the opening song.
** When Sheldon won a prestigious award and was nervous about giving an acceptance speech. He took a few drinks to calm his nerves, overshot the mark, and one of his hijinx was singing the periodic table of elements to much the same tune as Music/TomLehrer. Actually it's a shout out to Creator/GilbertAndSullivan as the tune he was singing to was "A Very Model of a Modern Major-General." [[FilkSong Which is the same tune.]]
** Mega nerd Creator/WilWheaton wore a [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Fruit Fucker]] T-shirt when he appeared on this mega nerd show. For those who don't know, Wheaton's a homeboy of the PA crew, to the point of playing in several [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] campaigns with them, and is subsequently ridiculed mercilessly for his choice of character name.
** When the four come back from their Arctic expedition, Leonard, Howard, and Raj all have grown caveman-like hair and beards, while Sheldon has a perfectly-groomed goatee... just like the one alternate-universe [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] had.
** Sheldon's various superhero T-shirts.
** Sheldon named their bowling team "The Wesley Crushers" meaning that they would crush Wil Wheaton. Everyone else (including Wheaton) saw it as a Fan Shout Out to the actor.
** In the episode guest starring Creator/StanLee, the judge who [[spoiler: throws Sheldon in jail]] is named "[[Creator/JackKirby J. Kirby]]".
** In the fourth season New Year's episode, the gang (plus Penny's current boyfriend, Zach) dressed up as members of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica for a party at the comic book store. Others were dressed as [[Series/DoctorWho the Fourth Doctor]], [[Literature/HarryPotter a Hogwarts student]], and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, among others.
** Just one more subtle: "The Apology Insufficiency" featured guest star [[{{Dollhouse}} Eliza Dushku]]. Towards the end of the episodes Sheldon tries to get Howard to forgive him for a mistake by "reprogramming" him.
** Sheldon's line [[Film/{{Casablanca}} "Of all the overrated physicists in all the labs in all the world, why does it have to be Leslie Winkle?"]]
** There are several shout outs to ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''. They range from the characters talking about watching the show to Leonard, as Howard puts it, "taking out his aggressions on innocent Cylons" (i.e. he destroys a Cylon action figure with a laser).
*** Don't forget Cylon Toast! Everyone loves Cylon Toast.
** Many shout outs to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' both old school and new school. Penny gives Star Trek figurines to the guys, Sheldon is at first upset that he missed the Star Trek reboot then upset that he didn't get a Creator/LeonardNimoy Spock standee, a quick [[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries Lt M'ress]] mention, Sheldon's feud with [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Wil Weaton]], Sheldon compares their friends to a landing party ("Now we have a Dr. [=McCoy=]!"), and of course...."Do you know what this means? I possess the DNA of Creator/LeonardNimoy!!!"
** There was an ironic shout-out to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' by JossWhedon in "The Staircase Implementation":
---> '''Sheldon''': "Roommates agree that Friday nights shall be reserved for watching Joss Whedon's brilliant new series, ''Firefly''."
--->'''Leonard''': "Does that really need to be in the agreement?"
--->'''Sheldon''': "Well we might as well settle it now, it's gonna be on for years."
** Sheldon's journal in "The Bozeman Reaction" is a shout-out to Rorschach's Journal in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.
---> '''Sheldon''': Sheldon’s journal. Security system in place. However, sleep continues to elude me. I’ve seen the underbelly of Pasadena, this so-called City of Roses, and it haunts me. Ah, the injustice, I lie here awake, tormented, while out there evil lurks, [[FauxHorrific probably playing ''Donkey Kong'' on my classic Nintendo.]]
** Strangely enough, there is no mention in that episode that ''Bozeman, Montana'' where Sheldon decides to move to was also the location in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' where humanity made first contact with the Vulcans. You'd think ''Sheldon'' of all people would have brought that up.
** Doubling as an ActorAllusion, Wil Wheaton's ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' t-shirt when he appears on ''[[ShowWithinAShow Sheldon Cooper's Fun With Flags]]''
** Sheldon's frequent quoting from the extremely detailed Housemate Agreement, right down to paragraphs, sections and subsections, evokes Rimmer's obsession with the [[BigBookOfWar Space Corps Directives]] on ''Series/RedDwarf''. As sci-fi nerds, ''of course'' Sheldon and the rest - and certainly the show's creators - would be aware of ''Red Dwarf''. Sheldon as a more pernickity Rimmer makes great sense, too, with the rest of the cast taking it in turns to play the Lister role.
** In fact, Sheldon owns all sixty-one released episodes of the BBC series "Red Dwarf", as revealed in "the Friendship Contraction".
*** This would include the original eight seasons (52), the three-part "Back To Earth" and the six episodes of Red Dwarf X. Although the creators were sufficiently on the pulse to know that Red Dwarf X was being made, ''The Friendship Contraction'' was broadcast approximately eight months ''before'' the new season of Red Dwarf was initially broadcast in the UK.
** And... the whole idea of Howard going up into space as the world's least likely and most temperamentally unsuited astronaut. Everybody, including university benefactor Mrs Latham, makes dismissive remarks about his being a "space plumber". Howard soon finds out he's only there to do the equivalent of servicing the chicken-soup dispensers. His quirks make him the butt of the joke from more macho astronauts. While entranced with the view at first, he soon comes to regard it as excruciatingly dull. [[Series/RedDwarf DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?]]
** And in the one where Howard gets into an embarrassing situation with a robot arm, he programs the arm to respond to a snarky Sheldon comment, by having it turn to him and jerkily, but very obviously, making a finger-gesture. This is not the American middle finger, but the British V-Sign with two fingers. Compare the skutter (maintainence robot) in ''Series/RedDwarf'' who makes a similar derisive gesture to Arnold Rimmer after being provoked by a similar superior sneer.
** In ''The Holographic Excitation'', there is a blatant shout-out to Sir Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books. Specifically, the ''Literature/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' series, co-authored with prominent British scientists, in which Pratchett's fantasy world is used to mirror and illustrate developing scientific thought. In the books, the wizards of Unseen University (among them a rather nerdy type with glasses who affects a big baggy parka) accidentally create a bizarre pocket universe centred on a spherical world which orbits its sun. Stuck for what to do with it, it ends up gathering dust inside a protective glass sphere on somebody's desk. Meanwhile a geeky glasses-wearing scientist in a parka fires up holograms of Earth, planets and solar system to please his girlfriend. Leonard speculates that everything might just be one giant information-gathering hologram, being read by intelligences an unguessable distance away...
*** The creation of the pocket universe in the Discworld - including Planet Earth - was done with the specific intention of ''averting'' a seriously Big Bang, by diverting a lot of dangerously destructive energy down a harmless path...
* ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'': During the pilot episode, Oracle mentions that [[Series/{{Smallville}} meteor showers]] are a likely source of metahuman abilities.
* There's one in ''BlackAdder Goes Forth'' where General Melchet (Creator/StephenFry) is talking to [[HypercompetentSidekick Captain Darling]] about [[TheDitz George]] (Creator/HughLaurie) and says this
--> '''Melchette:''' His uncle [[JeevesAndWooster Bertie]] and I used to break wind for our college.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'': Had several references to ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in the later seasons, mostly blatantly "Oh my God! They killed Kenny!" from "And Then There Was Shawn".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** This show gives a shout out to ''Charmed'' as well: in the series finale, Willow, [[spoiler:after performing the spell that awakens all the Slayers on earth]], exclaims, "Oh my Goddess!" This is the title of the fifth season finale of ''Charmed''. [[http://www.tv.com/charmed/oh-my-goddess-1/episode/236597/trivia.html Apparently]] Creator/JossWhedon saw the title of the episode, thought it was awesome, and threw it into the finale.
** There's also a potential ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'' shout-out in Anya's dismissive reference to the Buffybot: "She's not the descendant of a long line of mystical warriors. She's the descendant of a toaster oven"?
** Buffy's last name might be a shout out to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montague_Summers Montague Summers]]. Quotith [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]: "He was responsible for the first English translation, published in 1928, of the notorious 15th-century witch hunter's manual, the Malleus Maleficarum." He also believed in vampires, witches and other things.
*** Actually, Joss has stated that Buffy's last name is a ShoutOut to Cyclops (IE Scott Summers).
** In Season 8's "Predators and Prey," they have vampire themed reality shows: ''[[Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire Who Wants To Be Sired]],'' ''[[Series/FlavorOfLove Flavor Of Blood]],'' ''[[Series/TopChef Undead Chef]],'' and ''[[ProjectRunway Project Vampire]].''
** Douglas Petrie named the villain in the episode "Helpless" after his nephew. One could also argue that his "talking corpses" and "possessed girl" ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episodes were shouts back to his Buffy days.
** The Master’s sunken lair is reminiscent of the 1987 vampire classic TheLostBoys, one of Whedon’s inspirations for ''Buffy''.
** Dawn wolfing down two bowls of "Sugar Bombs."
** On the eve of the final battle, when Xander, Giles, Amanda, and Andrew are playing ''Dungeons & Dragons'', they encounter Trogdor the Burninator.
** During "No Future For You", Giles mentions the great bearded wizard of Northampton.
** The one time Giles is skeptical of the supernatural effect of the week, Buffy tells him not to "Scully me."
** Adam in Season 4, the name of FrankensteinsMonster,according to Mary Shelley.
** Giles puts on "Danse Macabre" during his silent presentation in the Season 4 episode "Hush". "Danse Macabre" is the theme tune of JonathanCreek. Anthony Stewart Head, who plays Giles, played magician Adam Klaus in the pilot episode of that show.
** The Jan/Feb 2012 of the Season 9 Buffy comics has the cover in the style of {{Batman}}. For those who saw Faith wearing Batman pajamas in her series they should have seen it coming.
** In Season 9, Faith updates Angel on the latest inmates from BatmanArkhamAsylum, while tracking a demon that feeds on trauma.
** The last Season 9 issue with Simone and the Bot has someone wearing a skull t shirt. It certainly wasn't ThePunisher, but it likely refers to the last Punisher comic where he dies which was published at around the same time.
** Willow in Season 9: "Oh the places I'll go", and later "You'd be a fine minion ... and your little dogs, too." Also, in the same issue,
--> '''Connor:''' "Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you. And, uh ... TheForce will be with you."
** In ''Death & Consequences'' from Season 9 does the jacket Faith wear look like it belongs to someone else? Commander Shepard perhaps? Looks like our GamerChick had upgraded from the {{PlayStation}} the Mayor gave her to an {{XBOX}}.
** Season 9: "Why isn't the nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy-head, fever, so-Xander-can-rest medicine ''working?!''"
** Season 9: "What would TheHardyBoys do when they got stuck on a case?"
** Buffy calling Illyria "Smurfette" in Season 9.
** Willow nicknames a giant octopus (which has the power to spilt itself into smaller, cuter octopi) Hello Cthulhu in Season 9.
** Faith says there ain't no saints in this room in Season 9. Funny she should mention that: that's exactly who her actress ElizaDushku played in SaintsRow2.
** And Faith being sick of being responsible for Angel in Season 9, she's "not friggin' SpiderMan."
** Caleb is a shoutout to Robert Mitchum in TheNightOfTheHunter.
** Faith's finally revealed surname of Lehane is probably a Shout Out to crime novelist DennisLehane.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** In other possible shout-outs to TelevisionWithoutPity, recapper Demian at least once per recap expressed his dislike of the character Leo, referred to the supposedly omnipotent Elders as "the ever-useless Elders" due to their apparent inability or unwillingness to help the protagonists. In the episode "Lucky Charmed," Piper refers to the "Fricking ever-useless Elders!" In "The Courtship of Wyatt's Father," the demon-of-the-week is determined to kill Leo, and is named "Damien." [[http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/charmed/the-courtship-of-wyatts-father/4/ And oh, didn't he love that.]]
** This show gave a shout to ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' during the episode "The Power of Two". Prue and Phoebe are in a mausoleum and have this conversation:
-->'''Prue:''' Ohh, I hate cemeteries at night.
-->'''Phoebe:''' I hate cemeteries at day. What was that?
-->'''Prue:''' Uh ... huh. Probably a zombie or vampire.
-->'''Phoebe:''' Great. Where's Buffy when you need her?
** An even better example is when Paige is attacked by a vampire in the fourth season, after ''Buffy'''s ChannelHop from Creator/TheWB to Creator/{{UPN}}.
-->'''Piper:''' Vampires? That'd be different.
-->'''Phoebe:''' No, that's not possible.
-->'''Paige:''' Why not?
-->'''Phoebe:''' Well, because as far as I know, vampires attack in human form and not as a swarm of bats. You know, it's gotta be something else.
-->'''Leo:''' It's true, vampires have been ostracized from the underworld for centuries. As far as I know they're apart of a whole different network now.
** They also do a shout to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' when in a season 2 episode Piper is pursued by a serial killer from a movie.
-->'''Piper''': I am being stalked by psycho killers and I hide in the shower?!
** The girls' one-shot "superhero" costumes in Season 5 are reminiscent of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, with a dose of some more recent Franchise/{{X-Men}} outfits for flavor. Piper's in particular seems like an updated version of the original [[FadSuper Dazzler]] costume. This may or may not be intentional.
** In the season five finale, Paige gets turned into a goddess of war -- more a genderswapped version of Ares rather than Athena, but with Poseidon's trident. Phoebe asks her whether she was done being a [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Warrior Princess]].
** One demon actually says the line [[Franchise/StarWars "I find your lack of faith... disturbing."]]
** Another shout out happens in several episodes with Leo (Brian Krause) & Piper (Holly Marie Combs) about their real life dating when Leo quotes he always fancied a stronger woman like a "Bethany" he refered to his then wife Beth Bruce (who he later divorced) and Piper spat back with 'Well to bad your not a Don or David' which refers to her eventual real life husband David Donoho (also later divorced), who she was just casually seeing at the time.
** In Season 8, "The Jung and the Restless" there is a shout out to Creator/QuentinTarantino, by Rose [=McGowan=] who at that time had done the movies ''Film/DeathProof'' and ''Film/PlanetTerror'' with him.
** In early seasons, Prue works at the Buckland Auction House. The name comes from Raymond Buckland, who introduced the religion of Wicca to the United States.
** The S:3 E:2 episode "Magic Hour" is almost a carbon copy of the plot from ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}'' about two lovers who are cursed to become animals at different parts of the day by a jealous ruler. Prue [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it with "I feel like I've seen this in a movie somewhere."
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': In the second episode, a brief reference is made to some group having orchestrated "shooting down Oceanic Flight 815", the same designation as the flight from ''Lost''.
** Also in the second episode, while Chuck introduces his life and the people in it, he and others chase a thief through a parking lot with music in the background. The occasional collision with a car, the voiceover, the whole thing acting as an intro... even the music, all of it comes from the intro to Literature/{{Trainspotting}}.
** Season one, episode seven: The code to Harry Tang's remote is OU812, a Van Halen album (Oh, You Ate One, Too).
** The episode "Chuck Versus the Dream Job" contains a ShoutOut to ''Series/QuantumLeap'', as befitting Scott Bakula's guest turn as Chuck's father. His first words on Ellie's reaction to seeing him [[ParentalAbandonment after 10 years]]: [[CatchPhrase "Oh boy"]].
** The first episode of season three has a massive shout to ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. After Chuck fails as a spy, he grows a beard of sorrow and dons a bathrobe to the tune of "Just Dropped In". The Dude sports a beard (goatee) and bathrobe, and that tune is in an iconic portion of the film.
* ''{{Cleopatra 2525}}'': The appearance of the character [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Creegan_6330.jpg Creegan]] is taken directly from the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Harlequin_8820.jpg cover painting of Harlequin]] in the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' adventure "Harlequin's Back'' (1994).
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': At one point in the episode "The Psychology of Letting Go", Pierce is explaining the tenets of his religion(cult), mentioning that humans have a vapour form. [[GenreSavvy Abed]] asks if there is a liquid form, to which Pierce replies that [[EndOfEvangelion that when Buddha comes all of the humans would turn into a liquid and combine into a single, super intelligent lifeform.]]
* Series/TheCrazyOnes: Simon is teaching his daughter Sydney to drive. He asks her how she learned a particular “cool car move,” she replies “Sunnydale,” the setting of her role in ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}''.
* ''CrimeAndPunishmentSeries'': Set in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC they are always alluding to towns that are historical battlefields, allusions that a historian would catch. TruthInTelevision. Parts of the area can almost compare with the lower Rhine for being fought over.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': The season 5 finale has Creator/TimCurry play a character who is dubbed by the press as "The Prince of Darkness", a title eerily similar to that of his character in the 80's movie ''Film/{{Legend}}''.
* ''Series/CriminalMindsSuspectBehavior'': ''Possibly'' one episode where a disturbed man seeks bloody revenge on behalf of his sister but [[Manga/RurouniKenshin his mental image of her doesn't want it]].
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': An episode concerning Franchise/StarTrek {{Expy}} "Astro-Quest", a DarkerAndEdgier {{Retool}} series is previewed before an audience to negative reactions, including a cameo from [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Ron Moore]] shouting "You suck!" (with Grace Park and Rekha Sharma looking on). Watching this footage, Greg comments, "Some nerd takes a cheesy 60s sci-fi show and turns it into something a little more realistic..."
* '' Series/{{CSINY}}'':
** One ep had a killer who was an actor, and Mac caught up with him by pretending he was trying out for the play ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'', a shout out to Gary Sinise having directed and starred in a movie version of the work.
** Another ep had Mac's QuipToBlack line as "Houston, we have a problem" a shout out to Gary's ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' role.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'': Taken to the extreme with the relationship between these shows. Not only do the two feature clips and images from each other, but it has become a standard procedure for Stewart to end his show by briefly conversing with Colbert as a direct lead in.
** Based on actual cable news practice, by the way.
** When Colbert got his honorary doctorate, he added framed photos of various famous TV doctors to the shelves in the back of the Report studio, including Greg House. In the episode "Unfaithful", Series/{{House}} [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/housecolbert.png returned the shout-out.]]
* ''Series/DarkAngel'': The names of the main character and her {{clon|ingBlues}}e? {{Comicbook/Sam and Max|FreelancePolice}}....
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}: The Next Generation'': The title itself is a reference to ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', suggested by Stephen Stohn (producer and husband of creator Linda Schuyler), a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fan.
** TOS isn't forgotten either: James Tiberius Yorke, anyone?
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'': Many episodes are [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming named after]] songs by Creator/StephenSondheim.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': In the first season, in order to get the powerful animal tranquilizer to use on his victims, Dexter uses the alias "Dr. Patrick Bateman." Patrick Bateman was Christian Bale's serial killer protagonist in ''Literature/AmericanPsycho''.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': In one episode, Victor is sent to the Hyperion Hotel, which was the base of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Investigations for three seasons.
** Near the end of the second season, Caroline (in a flashback) sees a picture of Bennett, played by Creator/SummerGlau. Caroline tells the picture 'Bet you could kill me with your brain', which Glau as River Tam in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' claimed to be able to do.
** In the same episode, Topher does an imprint chair override by routing something through an io9, a reference to the scifi news and opinion site io9. Joss Whedon confirmed that it was deliberate, as some of the io9 writers were ''Dollhouse'' supporters.
** In the final episode of the first season, the characters are trying to get to "Safe Haven". In ''Serenity'', Shepard Book resides in a place with a plaque labelling it 'Safe Haven'.
* ''Series/EleventhHour'': Has a strong shout out to ''Doctor Who'' with its own Doctor Hood. Hood dresses similar to the 4th Doctor [Tom Baker] including the nappy hair and scarf. The detective tends to just call him "The Doctor" and when he was asked what alias he was using, he said "Smith" before being corrected. (Whenever the Doctor is forced to use a name, he uses John Smith, due to its forgettability). He's also extremely intelligent and always travels with a companion, although that's probably more of a plot/character point than a shout out. Later in the same episode he's seen wearing the 6th(?) Doctor's oversized turtleneck.
* ''Series/EliStone'': In the 12th episode, a scientist predicts that San Francisco will be hit by an earthquake. He starts his introduction with "this is no fantasy, no careless product of wild imagination" — the exact same words used by Jor-El in ''Film/{{Superman}}''. Since nobody but Eli believes him, that makes him an IgnoredExpert. A few seconds after we've been treated to this scene, we witness Eli visiting the scientist and the scene with the scientist on the ladder tinkering with an electric wire is a visual ShoutOut to the scene with Doc Brown talking to himself in ''Film/BackToTheFuture 2''. Somebody must have been having a great day.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'':
** In one episode, Taggart tells the [=GlobalDynamics=] [[AIIsACrapshoot computer]] that it's fallen for one of the classic blunders: never go in against an Australian when [[Film/ThePrincessBride '''death''' is on the line]].
** Interestingly, Wallace Shawn guest-starred as Warren Hughes, [[spoiler: Carter and Allison's relationship auditor]] on Eureka and shares this piece of dialogue with Sheriff Carter"
--> '''Warren Hughes''': What did you expect? The Spanish Inquisition?
--> '''Sheriff Carter''': Well, [[UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition no one expects the Spanish inquisition...]]
** There is also an episode where S.A.R.A.H. the smart house accidentally reverts to the original military programming that her program was built on.
--> '''S.A.R.A.H.''': [[Film/WarGames Would you like to play a game?]]
--> '''Everyone''': NO!
** Season 4.0 Episode 8 "The Ex Files" has the main characters hallucinating someone from their original time line. When Allison asks Dr. Grant, played by James Callis, who his hallucination is he goes with "[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Tall leggy blonde, slinky red dress.]]"
* ''{{Series/Extant}}'': When Ethan goes to school, one of the concerned parents yells that Ethan isn't a kid, he's "a toaster with hair". In BattlestarGalactica, people insult Cylons by calling them toasters.
* ''Series/FairlyLegal'': Marks the point where ShoutOut meets TearJerker; the recurring character of Judge Nicastro is named after singer/actress Michelle Nicastro, executive producer Steve Stark's wife - who sadly passed away during production of Stark's previous series ''Series/TheEvent''.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** John Crichton makes a ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' reference: "Get back! Get back, or the white boy gets it!"
** That's all? At least half of his lines consists of constant shout outs to Earth fiction — starting with naming Scorpius' neural clone Harvey, after the invisible rabbit from a classic movie of the same name.
*** Speaking of Scorpius, in an episode of ''CSI: Miami'', Ben Browder's character is a DJ named Scorpius ("Tinder Box"). And in ''CSI'', Archie flat-out mentions ''Farscape''...this could be due to the fact that Naren Shankar was involved with both series.
** Has a ton; one notable one is this dialog snippet:
-->'''Chiana:''' I love you.
-->'''Crichton:''' I know.
::...which happens right before Crichton is [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack frozen in carbonite]]...er, I mean turned into a statue, complete with a Han Solo grimace. Given how much Crichton loves his pop culture references, this may even be intentional InUniverse.
** The InUniverse reason for that was because the process is excruciatingly painful for humans. That's why [[spoiler: Crichton couldn't do it again after being unfrozed, but he suggested the new queen's true love to take his place.]]
* ''Series/FatherTed'': The title character's habit of Shout Outs was lampshaded in the episode 'Flight into Terror' where Ted, having conquered his fear of flying, says to Dougal 'I feel Fearless, like Jeff Bridges in that film'. Dougal says he hasn't seen that film to which Ted replies "Not many people have, that was probably a bad reference".
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': A subtle one in "Flour Child"--the cab the cabbie gives birth in is number 804, the same number as the one in the ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' titles and that crashes and burns in the first season finale. The creators of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' also created ''Frasier'' progenitor ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
** The sixth series episode ''Taps At the Montana'' is a homage to ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''' "Dead Parrot" sketch. first Niles' pet parrot genuinely dies, then a guest at his dinner party dies too. In fact, the shenannigans about getting the body out un-noticed pays homage to a Series/FawltyTowers episode...
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Joey's childhood friend was [[Music/SteveMillerBand a space cowboy named Maurice]].
** One episode had one that very few people would get, but it's pretty unmistakable. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOwonENQ-U4 The second Ross walks in that door, I want you to take him back to your room and do whatever it is that makes him go]] [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure WRYYYYY!]]
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': The episode "6 B" centers around the [[Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead Rosencrantz Building]]. Near the beginning of the episode, there's a scene where Walter repeatedly flips a coin, and notices that it keeps coming up heads....
* ''Series/FullHouse'': This show wasn't immune from this, either. One scene with Jesse and [[DropInCharacter Kimmy]] becoming a couple has Kimmy being a [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Peggy Bundy]] look-alike. At least Jesse [[AllJustADream wakes up soon afterward]], much to his relief.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'':
** In one episode Rose worked on a children's series where the puppet sidekick was named Kolac from Twilar. This is a shout out to ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' "It May Look Like a Walnut" episode, with Danny Thomas as Kolac from Twilo. Explained by the fact that Tony Thomas, one of the Golden Girls producers, is the son of Danny Thomas, who produced ''The Dick Van Dyke Show''.
** Another episode had the girls planning the funeral of a hated neighbor. When the director suggests that they hold the service on Thursday night, the girls react with outrage. The director apologizes, saying "I forgot. ''Series/TheCosbyShow''"
* ''Series/TheHardTimesOfRJBerger'': Gives us an episode in which an attractive, middle aged woman lures the teenage protagonist RJ into her bedroom with the intent of seducing him. Her [[MeaningfulName name]]? [[Film/TheGraduate Mrs. Robbins]].
* In ''Series/{{Helix}}'':
** In the pilot, Dr. Doreen Boyle dryly notes that, given the shared tensions between divorced fellow CDC members Alan and Julia, and Alan's brother Peter, "this is gonna be the most frakked-up family reunion ever." The show is executive produced by ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'''s Ronald D. Moore.
** In "Vector" Major Balleseros quotes John [=McClane=] while trailing Peter (infected with TheVirus) through an AirVentPassageway. Alan {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s it when he comments on how Balleseros should be too young to remember ''Film/DieHard''.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': The recappers at Website/TelevisionWithoutPity believe that someone on the this show's writing staff reads their website, because there have been a number of conspicuous Shout Outs to said website within the show. When the Haitian was introduced in a flashback, moments before, a character had said, "Is that a new sensation for you?" The TWOP nickname (as well as Jack Coleman's, who plays Mr Bennet) for the Haitian is "The Haitian Sensation". Repeated moans for Peter to cut his bangs were met with Sylar cutting them off [[ImportantHaircut in a very dramatic scene]]. This might be due to the fact that TWOP read more into scenes than is necessarily meant, but, it's not implausible, since the episodes in question were filmed during the first hiatus, and TWOP recaps for the first few episodes were already online.
** Hiro is the center of ShoutOut-ness for ''Heroes'', actually. Hiro ''tears up'' an issue of Action Comics #1 to make origami in one of the online comics. Kaito Nakamura's Limo had NCC 1701 as the license plate. That's the registration number of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Starship Enterprise]]. Kaito is played by Creator/GeorgeTakei, who also played Sulu. Hiro named a few ''Comicbook/XMen'' issues in episode 1... though fans will point out he cited an issue number incorrectly.
*** Later, when he met Charlie, the waitress with eidetic memory, he mentioned that same issue, and she pointed out that he had the wrong issue number. The show's producers shouted out to the fans on that one.
*** The sword repairman he went to late in season 1 is named Mr. Claremont, a ShoutOut to Creator/ChrisClaremont, who put the X-Men on the map for Creator/MarvelComics.
*** When Hiro calls home from Midland, Texas and gets ''himself'' on the phone, he gasps, "Great Scott!" ([[JapaneseRanguage or "Greatu Sukotto!"]]) in a ShoutOut to ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
*** When he first arrives three years back to [[spoiler:save Charlie]], he says, [[Series/QuantumLeap "Oh boy!"]].
*** He calls Charlie, "The [[Franchise/SpiderMan MJ to his Peter Parker]]" and "The [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Marle to his Crono]]". Appropriate, since that game is about TimeTravel.
**** He later corrects himself; Charlie wasn't his MJ, she was [[ILetGwenStacyDie his Gwen Stacy]].
*** When facing a group of swordsmen, Hiro shouted "Mudamudamudamuda!" as he used his powers to [[TimeStandsStill stop time]] (and take their weapons). This is a direct reference to Dio Brando from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', who had the same power; the character Hiro is established as a fan of that series.
*** And after losing his memory he ends up in a comic book shop and is shocked at the recent developments in his favorites - all of which were actual Marvel plots at the time (the unmasking of Spider-Man, the death of Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, and the Comicbook/RedHulk).
** There are also other references to Creator/MarvelComics creators; "Jessica" shoots FBI agents Quesada and Alonzo (EIC Creator/JoeQuesada and editor Axel Alonzo, respectively). And the time that Hiro's bus driver was played by Creator/StanLee.
** Also a possible ShoutOut on the part of a ''character'', Film/TheInvisibleMan introduces himself as "Creator/ClaudeRains", though it is later established that most people know him as Claude. It is unknown whether this is really his name. It gets better: "Claude" is played by Christopher Eccleston, and in his first episode he sarcastically exclaims, "Fantastic!" -- a ShoutOut to his [[Series/DoctorWho other notable television role]].
*** Don't you mean [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow "Claude Rains was the Invisible Man!"?]] [[spoiler:Then something went wrong, for Fay Wray and King-Kong...]]
** The 4th episode of Season 3, "I Am Become Death," there's a subtle shout-out to Season 1: in yet another dystopian future, Sylar is an HRG-like father, and we first see him making waffles (a RunningGag) for his young son, Noah. During this scene, Sylar is wearing a blue apron that says "Hail To The Chef!", a play on words with "Hail To The Chief!", with the Presidential seal on it, and Sylar was the Commander-In-Chief the last time a character visited a bleak, dystopian future.
** In Season 2, the character Detective Bryan Fuller is named for the [[Creator/BryanFuller writer of the same name]], who had left ''Heroes'' to create ''Series/PushingDaisies''. After ''Series/PushingDaisies'' was cancelled, Fuller returned to ''Heroes''.
** A season one episode had the Kensei sword being held in vault CRM 114 - a reference to ''Film/DrStrangelove''.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'': Once had Geraint Wyn Davies as a guest star, during the time Wyn Davies was doing his ''Series/ForeverKnight'' series. His character in the episode had a girlfriend named Jeanette, likely a shout-out to Nick's girlfriend/vampire-sister Janette on FK.
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': Used family and crew as murder victims on the white board.
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'': Among many others, this CBBC TV series had a segment on the Battle of Thermopylae which contained a few references to ''Film/ThreeHundred''.
* ''Series/{{Identity}}'': The first episode of this ITV drama had a villain known to one of his victims as "Smith," a name he'd chosen for it being utterly generic. Later, the cops get a photo of the antagonist at age 16, and use some software to reconstruct a possible appearance for him at age 24; the picture bears a striking resemblance to Creator/{{Hugo|Weaving}} [[Film/TheMatrix Weaving]]....
* ''Series/JohnAdams'': In the final episode this HBO show, John and Abigail Adams are anxiously awaiting some news. John is pacing. Abigail, seated, remarks, "Oh, for God's sake, John, sit down", taken directly from the Broadway musical ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', where John Adams is the lead character.
* ''Series/JonathanCreek'':
** David Renwick (revealed in the ''Jonathan Creek'' UniverseCompendium to be a ''Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}'' fan) has a ShoutOut to the comics in the first ChristmasEpisode. Not only was retired magicienne Marella Carney formerly known by the stage name "the Comicbook/BlackCanary", but a statue of the Leaguer by that name appears near the start of the episode.
** And the 2010 Easter Special ''The Judas Tree'' featured a house called Franchise/{{Green Lantern}}s.
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'': Regularly uses the names of Dick Wolf's children for characters, which explains the surprising number of women named "Alexandra."
** He named the two ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' detectives after his children Elliot (Stabler) and Olivia (Benson), which makes any UST between them somewhat... {{squ|ick}}[[BrotherSisterIncest icky]].
** Wolf also named Detective Joe Fontana after his old friend Tom Fontana. Ironically, Fontana previously executive produced ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', which was where ''SVU'' character John Munch first originated.
** Also, one episode contains a movie shout-out, when Brisco and Green question a man they suspect is the killer of his female neighbor. The man declares that, despite not actually being at the scene of the crime, he saw the murder in his mind due to psychic ability. To this, Brisco responds by saying mockingly to Green, [[Film/TheSixthSense "he sees dead people"]].
** And ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' has made several references to it's stars past roles--a Tardis on a character's desk (Creator/FreemaAgyeman played Martha Jones on ''Series/DoctorWho''), a murder victim named Archie (the name of the first major role Creator/JamieBamber ever had in the series Literature/HoratioHornblower)
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''
** The commentary for the Season 1 [=DVDs=] has a number of shoutouts to this wiki. Further, in the first season, the fact that the infiltrator's pseudonym is Ethan is almost certainly a shoutout to one of J.J. Abrams other works, ''Film/MissionImpossible'' (especially since the guy playing Ethan is Creator/TomCruise's cousin). Also, in the episode "Homecoming," during one of Charlie's flashbacks he meets a girl named Lucy, who talks about her father buying a paper company in Slough in a possible reference to ''Series/{{The Office|US}}''.
** There are also numerous references to ''Franchise/StarWars'', from an episode title ("Some Like It Hoth"), Sawyer using (and criticizing a guard for falling for) 'the Wookie prisoner trick' and nicknaming various people 'Han and Chewie', 'Jabba' and 'Yoda'.
** The presences of 23 and 42 in the show's {{Arc Number}}s are references to ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' and ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', respectively.
* ''Series/LostInSpace'' episode "The Space Pirate". The title character was a clear reference to Long John Silver in ''Literature/TreasureIsland'', specifically his becoming Will Smith's friend and the parrot resting on his shoulder.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':
** The ornamental Celtic mask that is on the cover of the ''[[TheWarlordChronicles Winter King]]'' can be seen on Arthur's table in the background in the first series finale.
** Which is in turn oddly similar to the helmet from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutton_Hoo Sutton Hoo]].
** Several episodes are named after famous Arthurian texts: "Le Morte d'Arthur" is named after Sir Creator/ThomasMalory's compilation of Arthurian tales, ''The Once and Future Queen'' is a play on T.H. White's ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', ''The Coming of Arthur'' is the first chapter/poem in Tennyson's ''Idylls of the King'' (as well as a chapter title in Roger Lancelyn Green's more contemporary retelling of the legend) and ''The Wicked Day'' is a quote from Malory's ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'', as well as the title of the fourth book in Mary Stewart's ''Merlin'' series.
** The goblin giving Arthur donkey ears (and braying) is reminiscent of Puck giving a donkey head to Bottom in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''. It is also similar to something that happened to King Midas of ClassicalMythology and in the book ''Pinocchio''.
** In "His Father's Son", two armies meet on the battlefield and each send out a champion, one of which is much larger than the other. Sounds a lot like the story of [[DavidVersusGoliath David and Goliath]] in Literature/TheBible.
** Merlin being the one who puts Excalibur into the stone and afterwards orchestrates Arthur's retrieval of it is reminiscent of [[Discworld/MenAtArms Discworld]]'s commentary on the SwordInTheStone trope.
** The show has a scene lifted straight out of ''IndianaJonesAndTheRaidersOfTheLostArk'' in which Prince Arthur is facing a warrior in a duel. Said warrior starts off with an elaborate sword-spinning display; Arthur simply punches him in the face.
* ''Series/TheMiddleman'': Every episode features numerous pop-culture Shout Outs related to the specific danger of the week: ghosts, vampires, time travel, etc.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'',
** In one scene in Season 3, the Rangers (in their Ninja Ranger outfits rather than their Ranger suits) decide to go all Franchise/SuperSentai, doing a team roll call (which IIRC they'd never done before - all previous uses of roll call footage had been adapted into either different speeches or Zord calling) followed up with a team pose - specifically, the signature pose of ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'' (or earlier, ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'')!
** One episode involved a MonsterOfTheWeek named Shellshock who was a turtle-creature. When he grew to giant size, he exclaimed, "Just wait until those teenage mutants find out what a full-grown turtle can do!" The reference couldn't have been more obvious.
** In "A Chimp In Charge," as Finster attempts to transform a chimpanzee into the Sinister Simian, he asks "Don't you want to be a big gorilla like [[Film/KingKong King... what's his name]]?"
** "Rangers in Reverse". The natural rotation of the Earth is stopped and then put in reverse, causing time itself to rewind. [[{{Superman}} Where does this sound familiar?]]
** "May the Power protect you." I know I've heard something like that [[Franchise/StarWars somewhere before]].
** "Trick or Treat": Skull (dressed in a prisoner costume) has "[[Literature/LesMiserables 24601]]" written on his chest.
** As Rita Repulsa is being shrunk down by Zedd in "The Mutiny", she exclaims "I'm shrinking! What a planet!", a reference the Wicked Witch of the West's final words in Film/TheWizardOfOz.
** In "The Wedding", Finster is trying to return Rita to normal size with his machine. He eventually says "I've never [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap turned it]] UpToEleven before", and this setting restores Rita to her normal size.
** both Rita's voice and the voice and dialogue of the third-season monster Witchblade are shout-outs to the film version of the [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wicked Witch of the West]]. Witchblade's dying words are "I'm falling, falling - what a world!"
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': Had a pretty obvious shout out in giving its lead character the name [[Music/ThePixies Frank Black]]. It's unclear whether this is a shout out or just the obvious result of doing a web search in TheNineties, but in the second episode of the series, Frank searches for the plot relevant term "Gehenna." Up above the plot relevant page? An ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' fan site.
* ''Series/MondayMornings'':
** Franchise/JamesBond and his license to kill got a few mentions. Dr. Martin, who gets sacked in the very first episode, is nicknamed "007".
** In one episode, the team try very hard to diagnose a patient. Clearly they are missing something. Dr. Ribodaux asks whether they should call Series/{{House}}.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': In the first episode, one of the first thing Adrian deduces about the killer is the brand of cigarettes the killer smoked. Like another detective who wrote a whole paper on distinguishing cigars from their ashes.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': Episode 15, the "Spanish Inquisition" sketch. The part where Cardinal Ximinez repeatedly orders the old lady to "Confess!" is very similar to the scene in ''Series/ThePrisoner'' episode "Fall Out" where the judge orders Number 48 to confess. They even both wear red robes.
** And in Episode 8, two shop assistants in the "Buying a Bed" sketch (where a store employee puts a bag over his head when he hears the word 'mattress') are named Mr. Verity and Mr. Lambert, after Verity Lambert, the BBC producer who's best known as the first producer of ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* ''MTV Flux'': This short-lived UK Music-and-UGC TV channel had a games programme on it named after the KonamiCode -- originally used in its entirety, the title was shortened to simply ''Up Up Down Down''.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': When Creator/JohnCleese starred in one episode, one sketch featured him as a pirate with a naggin parrot. Fed up with it, he whips out his gun and asks if it wants to be an "ex-parrot". [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus This one needs no explaining.]]
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': The character Harry [=McGraw=] is a hard-boiled PrivateDetective, who was introduced when his partner was killed investigating something for Jessica. In acknowledgement of where that plot point originated, the partner's name was Archie Miles, a reversal of [[FilmNoir Sam Spade's]] equally dead partner Miles Archer.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': In one episode, a character using the screenname "whojackie" was seen typing (and reading out loud) "No, I don't think shows should do more meta jokes that cater to the online bloggers and I'm sure everyone at Television Without Pity Dot Com agrees with me." To add another layer to the ShoutOut, a staff writer (possibly even Greg Garcia, the show's creator) posted that same message to Website/TelevisionWithoutPity's message board for the show (along with a comment about how he always talks out loud while typing) shortly before the episode aired. To add ''another'' layer, the same person posted previously about his fears that his Murphy bed would close up on him and kill him, which is what happened to the character in the show. To add yet ''another'' layer to it, several posts were made by "whojackie" after the episode aired, in the character of Joy, who had stolen whojackie's computer. Posters to the forum could even email Joy, and she'd respond -- in character!
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': This is a major part of the appeal of this show. For instance, on seeing a rocket carrying white mice: "[[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hi. My name is Benjy, and I'm a pan-dimensional being.]]"
* ''Series/TheNanny'': In the pilot episode, Fran says to Brighton, "You're a bitter little person, aren't you?" It's word for word what Diane said to Carla on the pilot of ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* ''NashBridges'': In one episode guest-starring Jan-Michael Vincent of ''Airwolf'' fame, Don Johnson mentions his yellow convertible belonged to his brother who was MIA in Vietnam. Airwolf was stolen by Jan-Michael Vincent in order to force the government to return his brother, MIA in Vietnam.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** In one episode, Tony uses the name "Stringfellow" for an undercover job. This is explicitly stated to be a reference to Stringfellow Hawke from ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. The two shows share the same creator.
** One of the show's funny moments in season two, when Kate asks Gibbs what Ducky (played by David [=McCallum=]) looked like when he was younger. Gibbs's response? [[Series/TheManFromUNCLE "Illya Kuryakin"]]. Further, in another episode, the team must guard Ducky and his mother 24 hours a day. So they go to his house, and on the mantle is a picture of Illya Kuryakin, which IS Ducky as a young man.
** Don Belisario also created ''Series/{{JAG}}'' and ''Series/QuantumLeap'', and got an excuse for a shout-out in one early episode of ''JAG'' called "Father's Day", where part of the action took place at a ''Quantum Leap'' convention.
** Another ''Series/QuantumLeap'' reference appears in the episode "Corporal Punishment," where Tony describes an unstable marine as having a "Swiss-Cheesed" brain. This was a common way Sam described his memory, which was fragmented by the leaping process.
** It was also established that Lt. Bud Roberts of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' is a huge ''Star Trek'' fan, having named one of his sons James Tiberius Roberts. Also notable when he was interrogating a suspected al-Qaida terrorist and getting nowhere. He muttered under his breath, "What would Captain Kirk do?" The prisoner replied, "He would advise you to uphold the Prime Directive." When he realized that the prisoner was a Trek fan, he used Trek terms to reach the prisoner, gaining his trust and learning what he needed to know.
* ''Series/NewTricks'': The episode "Parts of a Whole" named various characters after comic book creators: the murder victim was named Simon Bisley and other characters included Dillon (as in Steve), Hitch (as in Bryan) and Rucka (as in Creator/{{Greg|Rucka}}), as well as Jane Ross (a subtle reference to Jane Goldman, married to Jonathan Ross). There was also a character named Fisk, after Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s nemesis, and a company called Ellis-Finch after Creator/WarrenEllis and David Finch.
* ''Series/NoHeroics'': This new [=ITV2=] series is laden with shout-outs both subtle and obvious to the entire history of comic books. For example: Timebomb is a parody of the NinetiesAntiHero. Every sign in the show's superteam headquarters is written in the original Captain America font from the 1940s. The alcoholic beverages drunk by the characters include [[Comicbook/SinCity Gin City]], [[Film/LogansRun Logan's Rum]], and [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lamp Ale]]. The show's creator, Drew Pearce, is a comic book fan and claims there are hundreds of other shout-outs worked into the program.
* ''Series/NUMB3RS'': The Slobbering David Krumholtz Groupies, a fanclub devoted to the star David Krumholtz, received a shoutout in one episode when a company called "SDKG Electronics" was mentioned.
** At the end of another episode, Judd Hirsch sits down in his chair and turns the television on, apparently (to judge from the theme music that plays) to watch an episode of ''Taxi''.
** Series/{{Bill Nye|TheScienceGuy}} sometimes appears in ''Series/NUMB3RS'' to give a science demonstration -- just like the ones he used to do on his classic children's educational program -- to help the main characters solve the case.
** [[TheMenInBlack Agent Floyd]] does the ''Series/CSIMiami'' QuipToBlack (minus the "to black") / GlassesPull gag a couple of times.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': In one episode, Dwight grills Ryan about the purpose of Lost's Dharma Initiative, and a week later, a couple on a marijuana farm in a ''Series/{{Lost}}'' flashback, are called Michael and Jan, presumably after the couple on ''The Office''
** In "Boys and Girls" when the office workers meet the warehouse workers, Dwight says, "Remember on Lost when they met the Others?"
** How can you forget Dwight being hailed as a hero for saving Jim from Roy and then having his weapons confiscated by Toby?
---->'''Dwight:''' I am not a hero. I am a mere defender of the office. [shot of Toby confiscating all of Dwight's weapons] You know who is a real hero? Hiro, from Heroes. That's a hero. Also, Bono.
** He's also been known to reference [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]].
** Prison Mike!! And the [[Literature/HarryPotter Dementors]]!!
** "No, don't call me a hero. Do you know who the real heroes are? The guys who wake up every morning, and go into their normal jobs and get a distress call from the commissioner, and take off their glasses and change into capes and fly around fighting crime."
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': Rodney's dream at the beginning of "Heroes and Villains" is in part a send-up of "ColdLazarus", which had aired earlier that year. The endless references made to Film/TheOmen with Damien also qualify.
* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'':
** A few to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Franchise/StarWars'', including a holodeck and numerous random lines, such as T.J. saying that they're going down to a planet on the Dagobah system to search for Zordon.
** The Quantrons are armed with Bat'leths.
** One early episode had a pair of characters called [[Literature/OfMiceAndMen George and Lennie]].
* ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'':
** In the episode "Green Courage" Terra Venture was passing a [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v283/factorialinfinity/prlggallifrey.jpg meteoroid field]] in the coordinates of [[Series/DoctorWho "[ten zero] eleven zero zero by zero two from galactic zero," in the constellation of Kasterborus]]. Now take the knowledge of the new series and read that again. That's right, the Time War occurred in the Power Rangers' universe as well...
** ...and then consider that the first appearance of the Creator/StevenMoffat-era Dalek breed in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sXpInWFVVo makes them look like a misfit Rangers team]]. It took until [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E9NightTerrors "Night Terrors"]] for the shout-out favor to [[http://www.rangercrew.com/forum/showthread.php?19667-Doctor-Who-season-6&p=874484&viewfull=1#post874484 get officially paid back]] (Or if you're willing to consider the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho039BangBangABoom "Bang-Bang-A-Boom!"]]).
** Psycho Red [[Film/TheExorcist twisting his head around]] seems completely random unless it counts as this.
* ''Series/RaisingHope'': The pilot episode of this comedy has a ShoutOut to executive producer/creator Greg Garcia's previous show, ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', with a TV anchor introducing a lighter news story about "A small-time hood who vowed to turn his life around. You'll never guess how it ended."
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': The episode "Queeg" has two references to classic mutinies (one fictional, one real but fictionalised). The title and name of the backup computer come from Commander Queeg, the tyrannical commander in ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny'', and when he takes over the ship, Holly says "This is mutiny, Mr Queeg! I'll see you hang from the highest yardarm in Titan Docking Port for this day's work!", which pastiches a line from Captain Bligh in ''Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty''. In addition, when Holly glides up the corridor to challenge Queeg, the background music is "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling" in reference to ''Film/HighNoon'', and when he's "deleted" he sings "I'll Say Goodbye To Love", which gradually gets slower and slower, just like "A Bicycle Built For Two" in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' (speaking of which, it's no coincidence that Holly is often referred to as "Hol").
* ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'': In his first appearance, Graham Greene had a Shout Out to ''Film/DancesWithWolves'', that led him to be nominated for an Oscar. Giving his opinion of the film, Greene's character stated that "the Native guy was okay, should have got the Oscar," referring to the role Greene had played.
* ''LaReinaDelSur'': This Mexican soap opera about a poor girl who becomes the biggest drug trafficker in México hides a subtle shout out in the first episode; in the scene where Brenda y El Chino are discussing, a radio is playing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0bJyr_67PA Negro y Azul]], a. k. a. [[Series/BreakingBad Heisenberg's]] villain song. Even better, you can clearly hear the part about "the color is blue and the quality pure". Truly awesome.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'': In episode 8, "Edward", the titular Edward has a sheaf of drawings of monsters. The team flip through it, and after three or four generic monsters there's a drawing of an [[Franchise/StargateVerse Unas]], which also appears pinned up on a wall a little later. Amanda Tapping starred in both ''Stargate SG-1'' and ''Atlantis'', and has the lead role in ''Sanctuary''.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': The parody of Music/InsaneClownPosse's ''Miracles'' calls them the Thrilla Killa Klowns, a reference to Industrial Band Thrill Kill Kult.
* ''SavingHope'': The second episode has a small boy by the name of [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Cal]]. That might just be short for Calvin if it weren't for the fact that the lead character is player by a former Comicbook/LoisLane.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/{{Blossom}}'': Weirdly, both shows frequently did mutual {{Shout Out}}s to each other. Suddenly that explains a lot about Elaine's wardrobe in the early seasons...
* ''Series/SevenDays'': The episode "Déjà Vu All Over Again" has been inspired by the German movie ''Run Lola Run'': Frank ends up [[GroundhogDayLoop reliving]] several minutes of his life until he does his mission right. And what's the name of the psychologist who visited the facility to study what influence the time travel has on him? Dr. Lola Manson.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Jonathan Kent (played by John Schneider) is heard playing the theme to ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' in his car. In one episode, Tom Wopat (who played the other Duke cousin) shows up as an old friend of Jonathan. Thanks to a stuck door Jack (Wopat) has to get in his car (a [[CoolCar Dodge Charger]]!) through the window.
** Chloe and Lois get a few per episode. There is also an occasional shout out to Clark's later career and eventual marriage.
** In an episode where Lana joins a sorority of krypto-made vampires, Clark and Professor Fine (JamesMarsters) have this exchange:
--> '''Clark''': This is gonna sound crazy, but she was bitten by.. a vampire.
--> '''Prof. Fine''': There's no such thing as vampires.
*** The lead vampire in that episode is a blonde valley-girl named [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy Saunders]].
** The constant usage of PersonAsVerb, usually from Chloe.
** The origin of Greg Arkin is an intentional dark echo of Franchise/SpiderMan.
** In Season ten, to calm people's mistrust of superheroes, [[spoiler: Oliver unmasks himself, [[Film/IronMan by calling a press conference, announcing that 'I am [hero identity], as an ex girlfriend who's a reporter watches on, resulting in the crowd of reporters suddenly getting louder and ask a ton of questions.]]]]
** A subtle cross DC/Marvel example. In a season 9 episode, when Chloe and Clark are [[spoiler: searching for Ollie after he'd been kidnapped,]] they use a computer generated map of the world that shows where all the [[spoiler: Kandorians]] are and in the process, ending up looking like a suspiciously similar version of Cerebro
* The opening credits of ''Series/TheSpoilsOfBabylon'' includes David Spade as an actor called "Joseph Soil." In other words, ''Film/JoeDirt''
* ''Series/SportsNight'': By Creator/AaronSorkin has a fairly subtle one. When the ExecutiveMeddling starts in season two, the execs suggest that Dan and Casey write their show "more like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Olbermann Keith]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Mayne Kenny]]" or "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Kilborn Craig]]". The present tense suggests that in the Sorkin universe, Keith never left ''Series/SportsCenter'' - maybe, if he's hosting with Kenny Mayne, Dan Patrick left instead?
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Carson Beckett commented at one point that he felt like "a dog's breakfast", the title of an independent film made by Paul [=MacGillion=] (Beckett) and David Hewlett (Rodney [=McKay=]).
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': Colonel Young spinning his wedding ring in a dream is a shoutout to ''{{Inception}}''.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Gets shout-outs all the time, especially ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* ''Strange'': One episode has a pair of animal rights activists named after the ''Series/DoctorWho'' companions Jamie and Zoe. The same episode also has a book whose author's name [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/strange/episodeguide/episodefour/trivia.shtml is very similar to the Brigadier's]].
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': The [[TheDitz ditzy heiress]] is named London Tipton. Take in the fact that the hotel is named the Tipton, and you get three guesses as to [[Creator/ParisHilton who she's named after]].
** An ''On Deck'' episode features an IMVU-like game, and in that game is an old-timey video arcade. One of the machines visible in the background of said arcade is running ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', with Quote clearly visible. Evidently, someone on the team was a fan...
** Later on in ''On Deck'', we get an episode called... [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Snakes on a Boat]]. And, even though it's partly censored, Moseby quotes [[MemeticMutation THAT line]] WORD FOR WORD, except for, obviously, plane.
* ''Taiyou ni Hoero'' (''Bark at the Sun''): One popular source of Shout Outs in Japanese TV is this Seventies CopShow. It's probably easier to list the drama, comedy and variety series that have ''not'' referred to the characters, clothes, hairstyles, or music from this show.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'':
--> '''Stiles:''' "Why is it starting to feel like you're Batman and I'm Robin? I don't wanna be Robin all the time!"
--> '''Scott:''' "Nobody's Batman and Robin ANY of the time."
--> '''Stiles:''' "Not even some of the time?""
*** Also in season two episode seven.
--> '''Stiles:''' "You wanna play Catwoman? I'll be your Batman."
*** And then, later:
--> '''Erica:''' "You make a good Batman."
** Stiles says he would make a better Yoda than Derek.
** Scott compares himself to the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk.
** So far, at least one to ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'' in the second episode when referring to Wolfsbane.
--> '''Stiles:''' "Haven't you ever seen ''The Wolf Man''?"
--> '''Scott:''' "...No"
--> '''Stiles:''' *sighs* "You're so unprepared for this."
** There was also a shout-out to the original ''Film/TeenWolf'' in Lunatic, in Scott asking for "the bottle of Jack" back, instead of a kegger.
*** Another shout-out to the original is when the Alpha says that when he was in high school they played basketball.
*** And again in the second season when the lacrosse they're playing against is the Beavers, the name of the team from the original film.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': This British political satire has a Shout Out to ''Series/TheWestWing'' that acknowledges the two shows' polar opposite depictions of politics:
-->'''Olly:''' (trying to rewrite a speech in an hour) "It's The West Wing!"
-->'''Nicola:''' "You're not Josh, Olly, just write the fucking speech."
** ...though the best example of this trope is probably among Hugh's nicknames for Malcolm's 8.30am press briefings. "The Lair Of The White Worm" is also the name of a dodgy low-budget horror film Peter Capaldi appeared in long before he played Malcolm Tucker.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** In the episode "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", JamesMarsters, Spike of ''{{Series/Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' fame, shows up as Captain John Hart, Captain Jack Harkness's EvilCounterpart, and essentially plays Spike to Jack's Angel. When Jack introduces him to the Torchwood 3 team, he asks if they have a team name, and then after Jack says, "Torchwood!", he says, "What, not Excalibur? Alright, Torchwood." This is a ShoutOut to a fifth season episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' where Spike asks Angel if he and his gang have a name.
** He also thinks there should be a blonde.
** Also, a few minutes after that scene, back in the Torchwood hub, Gwen asks if she should call him "John" or "Captain", and Captain John smoothly replies, "Love, with eyes like yours, you can [[ICallItVera call me Vera]];" a ShoutOut to another [[Series/{{Firefly}} cult hit]] created by Creator/JossWhedon.
** Also a shout-out to ''Torchwood'' itself, as 'Excalibur' was the original name under which Creator/RussellTDavies developed the series idea.
** And when Captain John appears in a hologram on Jack's wrist-strap, he says: "[[Franchise/StarWars Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.]]"
** Also in Captain John's appearance, after clearing out a bar through weapons intimidation and drinking his way through the alcohol lineup, he says, "Bored now." ''a la'' Dark Willow from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** In the later episode "Dead Man Walking," an alien being seeking [[spoiler:to enter the world through Owen's animated corpse]] speaks a phrase in an alien language, over and over. This phrase is eventually translated as "[[spoiler:I shall walk the Earth and my hunger shall know no bounds]]." However, the actual words are "Melenkurion abatha, duroc minas mill khabaal"--the seven words of Earthpower used in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant''.
** The Torchwood novel ''Bay of the Dead'' contains a ShoutOut to ''Shaun of the Dead'':
-->'''Ianto:''' It's crazy, Jack. It's horror-movie hokum. You know it is.
-->'''Jack:''' And ''you'' know what we're up against here, don't you?
-->'''Ianto:''' No, I don't. Don't say it, Jack. Don't use the-
-->'''Jack:''' Zombies!
-->'''Ianto:''' -zed word.
** There are shout outs to other series and mediums, such as in the Torchwood Online Mission game...
-->'''Gwen''': Oh my god. Ianto, do you realise everything just got broadcast right across Cardiff?
-->'''Ianto''': Meh. No one will believe it's real. In 1938 the government convinced the entire world that an [[Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds alien attack on New Jersey was just a radio play]]. Relax.
** John Hart playing "Starship Trooper" when Jack comes to confront him at the end of series two. The same song was used for a funeral in ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', Creator/RussellTDavies' breakout series
** The notorious "Cyberwoman" costume was a blatant Shout Out to the work of the Japanese cyberfetish and BDSM erotic artist HajimeSorayama.
** Gwen's old partner, Andy, has a habit of calling Jack [[Series/TheXFiles "Mulder"]]
* ''Tracker'': Had a shout out to Adrian Paul's ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' role when Cole used a katana to escape from a museum vault.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': One episode in the first season had Sam sitting on the stairs to his trailer, lamenting Bill's existence, saying "Where's Buffy when you need her?"
** In one episode, Eric mistakenly called Sookie [[Series/JerseyShore Snooki]].
** Also, in the same episode, Sookie is seen reading a Charlaine Harris book...
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': This MindScrew series was filled with {{Shout Out}}s to numerous sources, some trivial, some inextricably bound to the plot (such as it was) of the series. In no particular order:
** The name of FBI Agent Dale Bartholomew Cooper (Kyle [=MacLachlan=]) references the infamous DB Cooper who disappeared after parachuting from the plane he hijacked in 1971.
** Sheriff Harry S Truman rather obviously references the [[ThePresidents United States President]] [[UsefulNotes/HarryTruman of the same name]], complete with a stuffed deer head in his office labelled "The Buck Stopped Here" in reference to the famous sign on President Truman's desk. He also allegedly references Harry R. Truman, an 83-year-old resident of the slopes of Mount St. Helens who refused to evacuate and was killed when that volcano erupted in 1980.
** Dr. Jacoby is based on late ethnobotanist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_McKenna Terrence McKenna]]; the two have a striking similarity in appearance and style of dress, and share a connection to Hawaii. Jacoby's mushroom-shaped lamp references [=McKenna's=] theories on the role psychedelic mushrooms played in the evolution of man and culture.
** Madeleine Ferguson (Sheryl Lee) is named for two characters from the Creator/AlfredHitchcock film ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'' -- Kim Novak's Madeleine Elster and Jimmy Stewart's John Ferguson. Furthermore, Kim Novak plays two roles in this film, a blonde and a brunette, just as Sheryl Lee does in ''Twin Peaks'' (Laura Palmer and Madeleine).
** David Lynch has acknowledged that the 1950 film ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' is a major influence on his work. In the case of ''Twin Peaks'', the name of Lynch's own character, FBI supervisor Gordon Cole, came from a minor character in that film.
** The insurance agent who comes to see Catherine is named Walter Neff, after the crooked insurance agent played by Fred [=MacMurray=] in 1944's ''Double Indemnity''.
** Hank Jennings' prisoner number was 24601 — the same number worn by Jean Valjean in Creator/VictorHugo's ''Literature/LesMiserables.''
** The pattern of tiling on the floor of the Black Lodge is the same as the lobby of Henry's house in Lynch's 1977 film ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}.''
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': The writers and stars were fans of Television Without Pity and in one episode the set dressing department included a [=TWoP=] shout-out in the form of an activity flyer on a student bulletin board advertising a meeting of the Teenage Women of Propriety. ([=TWoP=] later returned the shout-out, making a Teenage Women of Propriety T-shirt available from their line of TV shout-out merchandise.)
* ''Series/{{Vintergatan}} 5A'' (''Milky Way 5A''): This Swedish kid's show ends with [[spoiler:Alien revealing that he has been possessing Mira's fish Zoogin for the entire journey. He then leaves, still in the fish, [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy "So long... and thanks for all the fish]]" being his last words]].
* ''Series/TheWayansBros'': Does this several times:
** Pops comes out of the bathroom at his diner and tells the boys to not use it for at least 35 to 45 minutes. This is a line from the movie Friday, which John Witherspoon (Pops) says the same thing to Ice Cube.
** Dee gets mixed up with some unscrupulous guy and Pops and the Brothers rescue her. At the end of the episode, she says that she will be more careful next time, and they respond with a loud "Amen". This is in reference to the 80's sitcom of the same name that she starred in.
** The best example is the episode "Unspoken Token" where Shawn dreams that he is on an episode of ''Series/GoodTimes''. He plays JJ, Marlon is Michael, Pops is James, and Dee is Florida. Willona, Thelma, and Bookman appear and they reprise their characters. They add elements from the show (James throwing the chair, Florida saying [[MemeticMutation Damn, Damn, Damn]], Michael being a revolutionary, Thelma's non-cooking skills, etc) while parodying the same episode were JJ is invited to attend a prestigious art school because they needed to enroll a black person in order to keep their government funding.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': In the episode "Brass Tacks", one plotline involves Jones and Mozzie going to see a man called "The Keymaster". Jones makes a reference to the Keymaker from ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' series. On top of that, when the Keymaster appears, he's played by Peter Scolari who is known for being TheOtherDarrin to Rick Moranis who played the Keymaster in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''
* ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'': The Defuser, one of the contestants in the second season, is also an avid ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' player. At his request, one episode depicted him flying through a giant donut on top of a donut shop, in a reference to a similar structure in the New Overbrook (aka Faultline) zone [[spoiler:which is the site of an exploration badge that can only be gotten by going through the hole]].
* ''Series/WildPalms'': As a Shout Out to ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers'', the song "Hello, I Must Be Going" became a theme in Oliver Stone's miniseries. It was also the title of the final episode, and sung by villain Senator Kreutzer (Robert Loggia) as he died.
* ''Series/{{Wings}}'': Many of the episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wings_episodes titles]] are paraphrases of film titles, common sayings, or song lyrics. Also, the opening and endings of "Joe Blows" are similar to ''Film/SunsetBoulevard''.
* ''Series/TheWire'': Similarly, characters from ''Homicide'', and the book from which it is based, appear in this show.
* ''Series/WithoutATrace'': In one episode, there's a mention of Hudson University--the campus where students are regularly murdered on ''Law & Order''. Hudson University predates ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' — it was the college attended by Dick Grayson.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'':
** The address for the Wizarding World's city hall is [[Series/TheMunsters 1313 Mockingbird Lane]].
** [[Franchise/{{Frankenstein}} Franken-Girl]] is powered up with [[Film/BackToTheFuture 1.21 gigawatts]] of electricity.
** The school principal is named [[Series/{{Bewitched}} Mr. Larritate]], while Alex's art teacher is [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie Ms. Majorhealey]].
** To Bono and Harry Potter.
** Alex's boyfriend's name is Dean Moriarty.
** The vampire father in the special is named Alucard. [[SdrawkcabName Alucard]] has been used as an alias/CaptainErsatz for {{Dracula}} many times, a shout out to the Count himself.
** Also from the vampire special, could they get any less subtle than naming the girl Juliet?
** To Music/MichaelJackson in "Wizards and Vampires vs. Zombies":
--> '''Female zombie:''' "[[TheDeadCanDance One music video and we're expected to dance battle everywhere.]]"
** Leave it Justin to nerd up a ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' reference:
--> '''Justin:''' *bad fake Cuban accent* "Say hello to my little surge protector!"
** From the taxi episode: the cab company is called the Sunshine Cab Company.
** Jerry talks about his childhood, hanging out with John Bender and Ponyboy. Ponyboy gets mentioned again in a later episode, along another friend, Ben Kenobi.
** Notice how the portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Russo is moving in the theme song.
** This little gem.
--> '''Justin:''' "We have to be ready for the robot uprising, They'll rebel, they'll evolve, and They'll have a plan!"
** To ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' in "Saving {{Wiz|ardSchool}}Tech".
** To ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' in "Wizards vs. Vampires" and "Wizards vs. Werewolves".
** Mason shares the same last name as another British werewolf, Fenrir Greyback.
** The spell to create an outlaw in the Old West dream Alex created is "Bad bad Leroy Brown, run Laritate out of town", a reference to an old Music/JimCroce song.
** The name of the BaseballEpisode: The Supernatural.
** The name Harper Finkle could be a ShoutOut to Harvey Kinkle.
** More Sabrina Shout-Outs: Plastic being the weakness of magic and a SecretChaser named Brad who suffers from ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.
** The spell to have a picture frame show you what's happening in other places is a reference to Music/DuranDuran.
** In "Hugh's Not Normous", Alex and Justin mimic an exchange from ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'':
--> '''Justin:''' "What was that ruckus?"
--> '''Alex:''' "What ruckus?"
--> '''Justin:''' "I heard a ruckus."
--> '''Alex:''' "Can you describe the ruckus?"
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': Actually had quite a few of these.
** "For Him the Bell Tolls" when Aphrodite enchants [[TheScrappy Joxer]] to become a debonair swordsman at the ring of a bell, frequently, because the episode had many bells. Shout out to ''Film/TheCourtJester'', in which the same happens to Hawkins, except with the snap of a finger.
** "In Sickness and in Hell" when fungus-ridden Gabrielle tries to catch a rabbit for dinner. [[KillerRabbit The rabbit]] then attacks her neck, and an epic battle ensues. [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail You should be able to figure this reference out for yourself]].
** In the episode "The Play's the Thing" a play is going disastrously and someone walks out declaring they've heard the play next door is much better. The play is called 'Buffus the Bacchae Slayer'. Possibly an acknowledgment of Buffy's shout out in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E6Halloween Halloween]]" where Willow wails about Buffy "What? She couldn't have [[BecomingTheCostume dressed up as]] {{Series/Xena|WarriorPrincess}}?"
* ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'': Many elements of the storyline leading up to Victoria Newman and Billy Abbott's September 2010 wedding were {{shout out}}s to ''Series/FatherKnowsBest'', culminating in the casting of Elinor Donahue as the presiding judge.
* Creator/RussellTDavies, showrunner on ''Series/DoctorWho'', had previously worked references to the classic series into his other contemporary drama series; Vince in ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' is a massive fan and gets a genuine K9 for his birthday, and a minor character in ''Mine All Mine'' says that her father named her after the Second Doctor's companion Zoe.
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