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.

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     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"...
  • Every episode of Andy Barker, P.I. (except the first, which is just called "Pilot") is named after a mystery or thriller movie, such as "The Big No Sleep" and "The Lady Varnishes".

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