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"...
- The tasks and scrolls in My Sims Kingdom frequently have this kind of name when they're not being boringly prosaic. For example, when you're told where to find a scroll that helps you make gears, the task is called "Gears of Where?"; when you get the scroll, it's called "Solid Gears of Metal".
- Chapter 4 of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is called "For Pigs the Bell Tolls".
- 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".
- Phineas and Ferb has several. For example, It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World, Night of the Living Pharmacists, Journey to the Center of Candace, Meapless in Seattle, etc.
- Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja