Pop Culture Pun Episode Title

A subtype of Pun-Based Title which applies to individual episode titles, and not the fact that the pun is based upon some element of popular culture, such as the title of a film, book or song. Catch Phrases, song lyrics, adages and colloquialisms can also be riffed on.

Also a subtrope of Idiosyncratic Episode Naming. Related to Literary Allusion Title and can sometimes overlap.

Often a sign of a Whole Plot Reference; indeed, many of the subtropes listed on that page (like Charlie and the Chocolate Parody) are examples themselves.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Most episodes of the English dub of Pokémon (the first ones had quite expository titles). Including one that includes a pun based on the Japanese name of a character. (Barry's Busting Out All Over)
  • Many episodes from the English dub of the various Digimon series.
  • The FUNimation dub of Keroro Gunsou does this a lot.
  • As does its dub of Crayon Shin Chan.
  • Ichigo Mashimaro does this kind of rarely: "Violent Night", "The Hat's Meow"...
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt does this with every episode, referencing famous movies: "Catfight Club", "Pulp Addiction", etc...
  • Kangoku Gakuen does this with several chapter titles, like Taxi Driver (Chapter includes a character talking to himself in the mirror) and other big films.


     Live Action Television 
  • Workaholics does this frequently, usually combining a normal phrase with something else. For example "The Business Trip", in which Ders goes on a business trip with Alice, and then they all trip on acid. "Temp-tress", when the guys are tempted by an attractive office temp, "Model Kombat", "True Dromance" and plenty more.
  • Many episodes of the Syfy series Eureka, especially in the third season. ("Bad to the Drone," "Show Me the Mummy," "Best in Faux.")
  • Farscape did it a lot also, such as "John Quixote," "I Shrink Therefore I Am" and "Bringing Home The Beacon".
  • Gossip Girl
  • Several episodes of Charmed.
  • The Food Network cooking show Good Eats does this for most of its episodes: "Porterhouse Rules," "Citizen Cane," "The Egg Files," "Field of Greens," etc.
  • An episode of LOST is called "Some Like it Hoth," a reference to both Some Like It Hot and The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Too many Psych episodes to list. Observe...
  • Similar to the Simpsons example, there's the Angel episode "To Shanshu In LA", in which it eventually turns out that the Shanshu prophecy refers to a vampire becoming mortal and thus living and dying naturally.
  • Supernatural does it a lot. "Sam, Interrupted", "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester"...

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     Western Animation 
  • A few Looney Tunes shorts made after the "Golden Age" have these, such as "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers" or "The Whizzard of Ow".
  • A few episodes of South Park.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
  • The Simpsons achieves many of these puns by incorporating Homer's Catch Phrase, "D'oh!" ("D'oh in the Wind," "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed.")
    • In keeping with the writers having originally called it an "annoyed grunt," it sometimes intimated thus - hence "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious," "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" and "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot."
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum had episode titles such as "The Janitor Strikes Back" and "Little Glop of Horrors".
    • One episode was not only named "A Bopwork Orange" but also parodied the classic film.
  • Every other episode of Futurama.
  • Many recent episodes of The Fairly OddParents have this type of title, such as "Two and a Half Babies", "The Bored Identity", "Cosmonopoly", and "Finding Emo".
  • Pelswick had a few, such as "Invasion of the Buddy Snatchers".