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Off to See the Wizard
Parody Episodes/Whole Plot References of The Wizard of Oz — because of Small Reference Pools, the parodies are usually of the Judy Garland film, not the original books. If it's a Something Completely Different episode in a series, it will almost certainly be based on the film sufficiently to take advantage of the pre-existing But You Were There, and You, and You concept.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Code Geass: Oz the Reflection, a photostory and manga spinoff set between the first and second seasons. It contains analogs of Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as part of a unit called the Glinda Knights. Oddly, the Humongous Mecha aspect of the show remains.
  • Dorothy of Oz is basically a manwha-ized retelling, starring an ordinary Korean girl who can see the Yellow Brick Road, which leads her to Oz... which gets her mistaken as the great and powerful "Dorothy". Oh, and the Wicked Witch of the West uses bio-weapons, the Tin Man is a robot, the lion is genetically engineered...
  • The Wonderful Galaxy Of Oz. Yes, such a thing exists. Dorothy is a native of New Kansas; the Tin Man is (what else?) a robot; the Scarecrow is some kind of mutant plant hybrid wossname; and the Lion is a humanoid lion. The Wicked Witch is basically Mumm-Ra, and plots to take over the galaxy.

     Comic Books 
  • "The Long Road Home"; a Legion of Super-Heroes Elseworld with Lightning Lass as Dorothy; Brainiac 5 as the Scarecrow; Wildfire as the Tin Man; Timber Wolf as the Cowardly Lion; Starfinger as the Wicked Witch; White Witch as the Good Witch (duh!); and Mon-El as the Wizard. Actually included some elements of the later books, such as Ayla's friends being transformed into ornaments (as happened in the Nome King's castle).
  • "Ellie Dee in the Land of Wuz" from Cherry Comics.
  • Yorick from Y: The Last Man has a Dream Sequence where he's Dorothy, Action Girl Agent 355 is the Scarecrow, and the no-nonsense Dr Mann is Tin Man. The Cowardly Lion's face is never shown, but it's implied to be Hero, his sister, who was part of a murderous cult that tried to kill him the last time they met. And it all goes downhill from there...

    Fan Works 

    Live Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Buffy refers to the hyena-possessed bullies in "The Pack" as the "winged monkeys".
    • In "Flooded", Andrew boasts that he trained flying demon monkeys to disrupt a school play.
    • In "Nightmares", Billy Palmer awakens from his coma and, seeing the Scoobies around his bed, says, "I had the strangest dream. And you were in it, and you..."
    • In "The Yoko Factor", Willow says, "If ever a whiz there was."
    • In "Empty Places", Rona says, "Ding, dong, the witch is dead" when Buffy is ousted from the house.
    • In "Grave", Dark!Willow gleefully says, "Fly my pretty, fly!" when she sends her ball of fire to seek Andrew and Jonathan. Anya refers to her as the most powerful witch in the Western Hemisphere, which would make DW the Wicked Witch of the West.
    • The episode "No Place Like Home" takes its name from the movie, obviously. A similar reference is made in the Angel episodes "Over the Rainbow" and "There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb." In that former, Cordelia clicks her heels three times (as Dorothy does in the film) and grumbles, "Worth a shot."
  • The Scrubs episode "My Way Home", contains many Shout Outs. It's starts with J.D. listening to Toto. When he arrives at the hospital, the Janitor has painted different routes on the hallways, with yellow (yellow brick road) leading to the exit. He also as a prank spray paints J.D.'s sneakers red, in reference to the ruby red slippers. Dr. Cox calls J.D. "Dorthy" and his only goal now is to get out of the hospital so that he can spend what is supposed to be his day off at home. Eliot as the Scarecrow (needing brains to give a lecture); Turk as the Tin Man (needing a heart for surgery - but also empathy with the couple whose son might be a donor); and Carla as the Lion (needing the courage to talk to Turk about having kids). Other characters were more mix'n'match, with both Dr Cox and Dr Kelso as the Wizard, and a one-off gag with Jordan as the Wicked Witch. At the end, Ted's band does a beautiful cover of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow (ukulele included)."
  • One of the many parodies in the 200th episode of Stargate SG-1. Vala as Dorothy; Mitchell as the Scarecrow; Teal'c as the Tin Man; Daniel as the Lion; Carter as the Good Witch; and Landry as the Wizard.
  • There was a Dream Sequence of this on Fame (the first TV series version) once.
  • MADtv, where Dorothy beats up Glinda because she didn't tell Dorothy how the Ruby Slippers worked in her first scene in Oz.
    • MADtv had another Wizard of Oz parody where Dorothy (Nicole Parker) is caught in a hurricane (as she's now living in Florida) and ends up in Oz. Now Genre Savvy, she clicks her heels to return home and not have to go through the plot again — until hurricanes keep bringing her back to Oz and crushing members of the Lollipop Guild.
      • And another, where Dorothy wakes up to find that her Auntie Em and her family are replaced by M&M's and that the whole ending is being shamelessly used for a commercial.
      • There was another one before that, where Dorothy meets a black slave with one leg in Oz — she ends up having sex with him in the bushes.
  • Saturday Night Live parodies:
    • The Season 5 episode hosted by Elliot Gould has a Canadian version (The Incredible Man) where Dorothy follows yellow snow instead of a yellow brick road and befriends a hockey player, a Mountie, etc. (This sketch became notorious when Garrett Morris {SNL's token black cast member at the time} had a nervous breakdown backstage after being cast as a flying monkey.)
    • Seasons 20 and 29 have similar parodies involving Dorothy's arrival in Munchkinland. In Season 20, the Munchkins aren't impressed by her accidental killing of the Wicked Witch of the East and want her to go away. In Season 29, it turns out that her house landed on not just the Wicked Witch, but also several Munchkins — and the latter aren't quite dead yet. (This sketch ends with an announcer entering the scene and recommending the viewer to rewatch it while stoned and listening to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.)
    • Season 36 has the movie as the focus of an episode of Turner Classic Movie channel's show, "The Essentials." The episode shows deleted scenes featuring a nerdy weather vane (played by Fred Armisen) joining Dorothy (Anne Hathaway), The Tin Man (Taran Killam), The Scarecrow (Andy Samberg), and the Cowardly Lion (Bill Hader) on their trip to Oz.
  • The Latest Buzz: "The Wonderful Wizard of Buzz Issue" with Rebecca as Dorothy, Michael as the Scarecrow, Noah as the Tin Man, Wilder as the Cowardly Lion, and Amanda as the Wicked Witch.
  • The Donny & Marie variety show had a famous sketch, viewable at paullynde.info, in which Patty Maloney wants to sell her house and Paul Lynde is the real estate agent. The latter half of the sketch is packed with shout-outs to The Wizard of Oz.
  • On Sliders the group once went to see The Sorcerer.
  • On The Suite Life on Deck, when Bailey is knocked unconscious in the basement of her home after an argument with Cody and Moose in Kettlecorn, Kansas after a tornado in, well, "Twister, Part 2", she has a brief Wizard of Oz-style dream, with Zack as the the Scarecrow, Cody as the Tin Man, Woody as the Cowardly Lion, etc.
  • An episode of Mc Gee And Me, "Twister and Shout", did it with the animated McGee character as a genderflipped Dorothy. There was a part about searching for 'the eye of the storm', which had a literal eye in this case.
  • SCTV did a '"Fantasy Island'' parody that took the guests into a Hope/Crosby "Road" movie, 'Casablanca', and a Fred Astaire musical before it wrapped up into a Wizard of Oz ending with Catherine O'Hara as Glinda and Andrea Martin as the Witch of the West.
  • Rolling Stone magazine had the cast of Seinfeld on the cover dressed up as Dorothy (Julia), Tin Man (Jerry), Cowardly Lion (Jason) and Scarecrow (Michael).
  • All That had a sketch titled, "The Wizard of Cos". In it, Dorothy journeys through the Land of Cos to Bill Cosby's house, in hopes that he could help her go home and take a shower. Along the way, she befriends Mr. Toad, who wants a way to keep his face from accidentally scaring children, and Pasta Man, who wants some sauce to go along with the noodles that adorn him.
  • Sketch comedy show Roundhouse based a whole episode on this concept, as the Anyfamily daughter ends up in Hollywood and the plot plays out with a lot of mid-1990's-specific gags: Luncheon Land, The Wicked Witch of the West Coast (aka Shannen Doherty), The Horse of In Living Color!, etc.
  • A second season episode of Lexx called "Woz".
  • The Doctor Who story "The Three Doctors." Evidence: the tornado is now a black hole; the Doctor, Jo, and UNIT get transported through it and meet the First and Second Doctors (as well as Dr. Tyler and Mr. Ollis); Omega is a hybrid of the Wizard and Wicked Witch of the West, who uses Gel Guards and an anti-matter organism (read: Winged Monkeys).
  • Farscape, especially the first season, references The Wizard of Oz. Crichton sometimes notices.
  • Apocalypse is officially "the Wizard of Oz with zombies." Only played out in real time, featuring a real man who doesn't know it's a set-up.
  • That '70s Show has an Imagine Spot in which Jackie visits Oz to seek advice from the Wizard. Unfortunately, the rest of the gang expresses dissatisfaction with the roles Jackie assigns them,note  and they chase her down the yellow brick road instead of performing a traditional spoof. When Jackie finally reaches the Wizard, played by Pamela Sue Martin, she helps Jackie realize, "Winning titles and being a good person are the same thing!"
  • Once Upon a Time's third season features the Wicked Witch of the West as an arc villain, gathering the heart, brain, and courage of three characters for her ultimate plan. Two episodes' flashbacks are set in Oz:
    • "It's Not Easy Being Green" casts Zelena in the Dorothy role, brought to Oz by a tornado and eventually headed to the Emerald City to see the Wizard so he can help her return to her home realm. When she feels rejected there, she returns to Oz and turns the Wizard into her first flying monkey, completing her transformation into the Wicked Witch.
    • "Kansas" brings Dorothy herself to Oz, where she eventually throws water on Zelena, causing her to melt, then goes to see the Wizard. The Wizard gives Dorothy the silver slippers, allowing her to return to Kansas. The Wizard, in this instance, is revealed to be Zelena, who faked her death.

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     Magazines 
  • MAD's 300th issue in 1990 included "The Wizard of Odds", which sends Dorothy "Somewhere Into the Nineties" (actually, the end of The Eighties culturally), and gives her "$300 ruby-red Reeboks" for her journey to meet Donald Trump.

    Music 
  • The De La Soul music video for "Oooh" (from their 2000 album, "AOI: Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump") was a ghetto version of The Wizard of Oz. In the video, a woman with a chihuahua in her purse is denied access to a club (by Dave Chappelle, using the voice he uses for his crackhead characters on Half Baked and Chappelle's Show). When she tries to sneak in, the woman falls and finds herself in the land of "Oooh" dressed as Dorothy with the three members of De La Soul as the Lion, The Scarecrow, and the Tin Man heading off to Brick City to see the Great Wiz (played by Wu Tang Clan member Redman). The difference between this parody and all other Wizard of Oz parodies is that: (1) The shoes "Dorothy" has on are silver platform heels (which is a reference to the Wizard of Oz book, which had Dorothy's shoes as silver rather than ruby like in the popular film version), and (2) The whole thing turns out to be a thought in the woman's head as she's being insulted by the bouncer, averting the But You Were There, and You, and You trope (and referencing "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge"'s ending in which everything the protagonist did was just an extended fantasy), and the woman enters the club unnoticed.
  • Blues Traveler parodied this story in the video for "Runaround": The Dorothy stand-in and her buddies can't get into the club where the band is performing, and when they manage to sneak in backstage they discover that John Popper is in the Wizard role, performing offstage while a younger, slimmer performer lip-syncs to his work onstage.
  • Appropriate for a singer with an album called Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John's video for "Original Sin" has Mandy Moore as a girl who dreams she's attending a 1970's Elton show, after meeting a Glinda-like Good Witch.
  • Tom "T-Bone" Stankus's novelty song "Existential Blues" is a stream-of-consciousness.. thing.. inspired by the movie version. Particularly the part about the "poppies poppies poppies!"
  • In "The Wonderful Kingdom of Claus" by Bob Rivers and Twisted Radio on their album I Am Santa Claus, Dorothy and Toto visit the mall to meet Santa Claus, only to be at first turned away by his elves. Dorothy says that she has a gold card and the elf comments "That's a card of a different color!" and lets her in. She and Toto are met by a booming voice declaring himself to be Santa Claus, but it is eventually revealed to be a skinny guy. He explains that Mrs. Claus put him on the SlimFast diet. "I used to have a belly that shakes like a bowl-ful of jelly. Now I just have shakes. One for breakfast, one for lunch, and a sensible skim milk and cookie for dinner. I can't stand it." He reveals that he and the elves no longer make toys at his workshop at the North Pole because they got undercut by the malls, and so he's just a middle-man who delivers toys now. He and his elves then launch into a parody of "If I only had a brain." "We thought we made it all, from Barbie dolls to rubber balls / But Betsy-Wetsy took a fall. / They marked her down! / She's at the mall!" After the song ends, Dorothy laments his fate, but just then a savior shows up, hooking Santa up with a fax machine and pager (yeah, it's pretty dated). Santa and his operation are saved, and Dorothy and Toto are left to lament how now he'll easily be able to check up on who's naughty and who's nice.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Before The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, there was a Wizard of Oz medley in The Muppets Go to the Movies with Miss Piggy as Dorothy, Scooter as the Scarecrow, Gonzo as the Tin Man; and Fozzie as the Lion. (The last two reprised the roles in Muppets' Wizard of Oz, which had Kermit as the Scarecrow and human star Ashanti as Dorothy. Piggy played all the witches.) The segment starts in black and white, which leads to a confused Rowlf interrupting Piggy's performance of "Over the Rainbow". When Piggy explains that it will turn to color in a minute, he tells the viewers, "Don't adjust your sets, folks!"
  • Sesame Street's Cookie's Crumbly Pictures segments once did a Wizard of Oz spoof called "The Cookie Of Oz" where the Good Witch of the parody teaches Cookie Monster about following directions.

    Radio 
  • The Revolting People episode "Somewhere over the Rainbow" had Mary as Dorothy; Joshua as the Scarecrow; McGurk as the Tin Man and Sam as the Lion.

    Video Games 
  • In "Old World Blues" DLC of Fallout: New Vegas, you start off with your brain, your heart and your spine removed and your main goal is to find a way to get them back in your body. Doctor Mobius is a combination of the Wizard of Oz and the Wicked Witch, being the primary antagonist and as it turns out a much less intimidating figure as he first appears since as it turns out, he's a senile Anti-Villain who bears you no ill-will and is attempting to stop his former colleagues from turning the world outside into their testing grounds. Similarly, Mobius reveals that the Macguffins you've collected can serve as the organs needed by the Think Tank (the Stealth Suit represents the heart, the X-2 Antenna represents the brain and and the Sonic Emitter represents the spine), so in a way, you basically have what you need all along. He then recounts how this is similar to a story he remembers of a gang of murderous thugs who continued massacring all in their way despite this.
  • RIZ-ZOAWD (Or, as known elsewhere, The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road), which retells the film in a JRPG setting.
  • Similarly, Emerald City Confidential is a "retelling" of sorts through a Film Noir lens, as a detective is hired by Dorothy (who prefers 'Dee') to find her missing fiance. It plays with the canon from both the film and books: The Lion's now a sleazy lawyer, the Tin Man is an ineffectual ruler who allows crime to run rampant, the Scarecrow is a jaded advisor to Queen Ozma, and Toto can speak.
  • Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love has Tingle in the Dorothy role trying to escape a picture book world with the help of a scarecrow, a heartless Fembot and a cowardly Lion.

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • Mocked by The Onion.
  • A Hilarious in Hindsight moment in the Endless Bummer episode of Nerdy Show's Dungeons and Doritos.
    • Vimak: Oh God! There's 3 of us and we have a small animal.
    • Jen'Ifer: And I have no heart. And Vimak has no brain.
    • Jamela (confused): I'm Dorothy.
    • Barty: Wait, I'm the cowardly lion?
  • How It Should Have Ended showed an alternate scenario, in which one of the Munchkins shoots the Wicked Witch of the West dead as she threatens Dorothy. Glinda comments that this feat puts a damper on her plan to make Dorothy kill the Witch, accidentally letting a darker side of herself show through. Embarassed, she quickly teleports Dorothy back to Kansas.

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama "Anthology of Interest II": Leela — who wants to find a place where she truly belongs — is accidentally knocked out. In the resultant dream she's Dorothy, with Fry as the Scarecrow, Bender as the Tin Man, Zoidberg as the Lion, Mom as the Wicked Witch, Amy as the Good Witch, and the Professor as the Wizard.
    Leela: There's no place like ... I wanna be a witch!
  • An episode of the ALF cartoon show.
  • The World's Greatest Super Friends episode "The Planet of Oz": A tornado transports the Hall of Justice to Oz, where Mr. Mxyzptlk, who has once again escaped from the 5th Dimension, informs the Super Friends that they must find The Wizard to get home. Along the way they encounter the Wicked Witch of the Worst Kind in a gingerbread house. The witch turns Superman into the Tin Man, Wonder Woman into the Cowardly Lion and Aquaman into the Scarecrow.
  • South Park had a Whole Plot Reference to The Wizard of Oz without being an out-and-out parody, when the boys went to see the Prime Minister of Canada to get Kyle's baby brother Ike back.
  • Phineas and Ferb did one in which Candace read the book and fell asleep, having an Oz-based dream in which (in order of appearance):
    • Perry is Toto.
    • The Fireside Girls are the Munchkins.
    • Suzy is the Wicked Witch of the East.
    • Isabella is the Good Witch.
    • Doofenshmirtz is the Wicked Witch—er, Warlock of the West ("It's a robe, not a dress.")
    • Baljeet is a Scarecrow who wants to be cool.
    • The (rusted) Tin Man is replaced by Jeremy dressed as a tree.
    • Buford is a cross between a Lion/Tiger/Bear and doesn't want anything in particular (though he gets a sandwich).
    • The Wizard is Linda.
    • Phineas and Ferb have no real role, but pop up occasionally to try to show Candace how to have fun by deviating from the Yellow Sidewalk.
  • One of the Scooby-Doo shorts from the early 1980s had a Dream Sequence in which Shaggy was the Scarecrow, Scrappy was the Tin Man and Scooby was the Cowardly Lion. Daphne was absent in this period, so Dorothy wasn't represented.
  • Occurs in an episode of Beetlejuice with BJ as the Scarecrow, Jacques as the Tin Man, The Monster From Down The Street as the Cowardly Lion, and Lydia as Dorothy.
  • Earthworm Jim did this as "Wizard of Ooze", casting Jim and Peter Puppy in the roles as Dorothy and Toto.
  • Bugs Bunny of all people likes to do Wizard impressions in Tiny Toons. He's got a giant talking head set up in his office in at least two episodes. The first of these, "The Learning Principal", has him copping to his inspiration when Buster (who didn't know Bugs was the principal) unmasks him — "Well, it worked in The Wizard of Oz."
  • Arthur had one in which D.W. had a dream in which Arthur was more-or-less the wicked witch and the Tibble twins were the cowardly lion. Arthur teased her, shouting her full name as a chanting taunt - "Dora Winifred! Dora Winifred!" (This was after they had had an argument in real-life and he sent her off crying to bed by declaring "Well, you know what you are? You wanna know what you really are? You're such a... you're such a... Dora Winifred!")
  • This appears in the Muppet Babies episode "By the Book" along with parodies of Robin Hood and Peter Pan. Piggy and Rowlf get the Dorothy and Toto roles, Scooter is Glinda note , Kermit is the Scarecrow, Fozzie is the Cowardly Lion, and Gonzo is the Tin Man (again, presaging how these three characters were used in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz). Bunsen plays the Wizard, with Beaker as his assistant, and tries to send everyone home in a hot-air balloon, only for it to be attacked by Animal as the (unseen) Wicked Witch's flying monkey.
  • The Magic Adventures Of Mumfie has a few similarities to The Wizard of Oz-first off, there is a scarecrow, a character who wants to return home like Dorothy did (Pinkey), a powerful ruler, a scary villain, and a magic item the character has to keep safe like the ruby slippers (in this case, it was a jewel).
  • Beavis And Butthead - a tornado blows away a pair of trailer park girls B&B were maybe almost going to score with - they end up in Oz where the Munchkins react with "Uhh, huh huh!" laughter.


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