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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Live Action Television
- 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.
- 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-ing 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.