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* In "Hooked" Barney laments the passing of the era of hot pharma girls, and speculates (while quite high) that the next hot girl profession may be [[Series/StarTrek "intergalactic communications officer on a rocket ship to some distant solar system we can't possibly imagine…"]]

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* In "Hooked" Barney laments the passing of the era of hot pharma girls, and speculates (while quite high) that the next hot girl profession may be [[Series/StarTrek [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries "intergalactic communications officer on a rocket ship to some distant solar system we can't possibly imagine…"]]


* Barney is named after a heroin dealer in the book version of ''LAConfidential''.

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* Barney is named after a heroin dealer in the book version of ''LAConfidential''.''Literature/LAConfidential''.


* In "The Front Porch", when being questioned over breaking up Ted with numerous girlfriends, Lily gets her Colonel Jessup on and imitates the famous scene from AFewGoodMen.

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* In "The Front Porch", when being questioned over breaking up Ted with numerous girlfriends, Lily gets her Colonel Jessup on and imitates the famous scene from AFewGoodMen.''Film/AFewGoodMen''.


* ''Film/LethalWeapon'': I'm too old for this sh… stuff!" Ted watches the films.
* When Marshall describes how wonderful it feels to sleep in a nightshirt, the accompanying fantasy sequence mimics the dream sequence from ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.



* Then there was the time a kid was running rampant in Lily's class with a toy horse. She admits that she's a psycho when she reveals that during nap time, [[Film/TheGodfather she cut off the horse's head and placed it in his bed.]]
* ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'': Oh Captain My Captain!



* Steve "The Blitz" is a walking ShoutOut to ''Series/{{Lost}}''. His name has the same form as his Lost character, Hugo "Hurley" Reyes. Both characters are chronically unluncky. When asked for random numbers, Steve calls out the {{Arc Number}}s from Lost which "cursed" Hurley (making this one a literal shout out). Finally, he compares the unlucky streak to being on an island for a very long time, [[spoiler: which is how Hurley's character arc ultimately ends]].



* ''Film/LethalWeapon'': I'm too old for this sh… stuff!" Ted watches the films.
* ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'': Oh Captain My Captain!
* When Marshall describes how wonderful it feels to sleep in a nightshirt, the accompanying fantasy sequence mimics the dream sequence from ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.
* Steve "The Blitz" is a walking ShoutOut to ''Series/{{Lost}}''. His name has the same form as his Lost character, Hugo "Hurley" Reyes. Both characters are chronically unluncky. When asked for random numbers, Steve calls out the {{Arc Number}}s from Lost which "cursed" Hurley (making this one a literal shout out). Finally, he compares the unlucky streak to being on an island for a very long time, [[spoiler: which is how Hurley's character arc ultimately ends]].



* Then there was the time a kid was running rampant in Lily's class with a toy horse. She admits that she's a psycho when she reveals that during nap time, [[Film/TheGodfather she cut off the horse's head and placed it in his bed.]]

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* In "The End of the Aisle," Barney's dressing room is decorated with ''Art/TheLastSupper'', a significant reference considering that the series ended in the episode after this one.


* "Best Prom Ever" has [[AlysonHannigan Lily]] mention several times she wanted to have a [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer lesbian experience]].

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* "Best Prom Ever" has [[AlysonHannigan [[Creator/AlysonHannigan Lily]] mention several times she wanted to have a [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer lesbian experience]].



* Possibly unintentional, "Zoo or False" sees Lily, played by AlysonHannigan, going as a [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E6Halloween sexy cat for Halloween, then changing her mind.]]

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* Possibly unintentional, "Zoo or False" sees Lily, played by AlysonHannigan, Creator/AlysonHannigan, going as a [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E6Halloween sexy cat for Halloween, then changing her mind.]]


** There are lots of references to Star Wars throughout the series as Ted, Marshall, and Barney are all fans. Barney has a life-sized model of an Imperial Stormtrooper in his apartment.



* From the episode "Blitzgiving", Ted mentioned he sang "Twist and shout" at the thanksgiving parade and telling Barney that he's not the Blitz, he's [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff The Bueller]]
** The same episode contains a pair of shout-outs to the ''Buffy'' episode "Hush." The curse of the Blitz passes from person to person in the form of a wisp of white smoke leaving their mouths, identical to the effect used in "Hush," and several times the characters spontaneously shout "The Gentlemen!" who were that episode's Monster of the Week. One could be coincidence; two, probably not.
* From the episode "Landmarks", Ted's mom briefly appears in Ted's dream holding a spinning top thats actually spinning in her hand. A nod to Film/{{Inception}}

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* From the episode "Blitzgiving", "Blitzgiving":
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Ted mentioned he sang "Twist and shout" at the thanksgiving parade and telling Barney that he's not the Blitz, he's [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff The Bueller]]
** The same episode contains a pair of shout-outs to the ''Buffy'' episode "Hush." The curse of the Blitz passes from person to person in the form of a wisp of white smoke leaving their mouths, identical to the effect used in "Hush," and several times the characters spontaneously shout "The Gentlemen!" who were that episode's Monster of the Week. One could be coincidence; two, probably not.
* In "False Positive," Barney buys the most expensive suit known to man, thanks to its diamond pinstripes -- it's called [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase "The [=DiBiase=]"]].
* From the episode "Landmarks", Ted's mom briefly appears in Ted's dream holding a spinning top thats actually spinning in her hand. A nod to Film/{{Inception}}Film/{{Inception}}.



* In the ''Slutty Pumpkin Returns'' TheStinger shows Barney separating into his American side (represented as Barney dressed as [[Franchise/{{Rocky}} Apollo Creed]]) and his Canadian side (represented by Barney dressed as a WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight) and the two begin to fight, directly ripping the fight from ''Film/SupermanIII''.

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* In the ''Slutty "Slutty Pumpkin Returns'' Returns," TheStinger shows Barney separating into his American side (represented as Barney dressed as [[Franchise/{{Rocky}} Apollo Creed]]) and his Canadian side (represented by Barney dressed as a WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight) and the two begin to fight, directly ripping the fight from ''Film/SupermanIII''.''Film/SupermanIII''.
* In "The Magician's Code, Part 1," Marshall was drunkenly trying to use an ATM, and the ATM's screen turned into the original ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' briefly.



* In "Bad Crazy," Ted needs to purge his crazy girlfriend from his apartment, saying [[Film/HomeAlone "This is my house, and I have to defend it."]]

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* In "Bad Crazy," Ted needs to purge his crazy girlfriend from his apartment, saying [[Film/HomeAlone "This is my house, As a result of sex deprivation in "Splitsville," [[ActorAllusion Lily]] imagines a three-way between Robin, Nick and I have to defend it."]]''[[Film/AmericanPie that Danish slut Nadia]]''.



* in "Ring Up", Barney reads a dream from Ted's journal - Ted has to participate in a school play he had never rehearsed for, and someone takes away his clothes. [[ActorAllusion Willow]] had a very similar dream in the [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E22Restless Buffy season 4 finale.]]

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* in In "Ring Up", Barney reads a dream from Ted's journal - Ted has to participate in a school play he had never rehearsed for, and someone takes away his clothes. [[ActorAllusion Willow]] had a very similar dream in the [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E22Restless Buffy season 4 finale.]]]]
* In "Bad Crazy," Ted needs to purge his crazy girlfriend from his apartment, saying [[Film/HomeAlone "This is my house, and I have to defend it."]]



* In one episode, Marshall was drunkenly trying to use an ATM, and the ATM's screen turned into the original ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' briefly.
* [[ActorAllusion Lily]] imagines a three-way between Robin, Nick and ''[[Film/AmericanPie that Danish slut Nadia]]''.



* Lily says in a bar, "We need a drink that can turn subtext into text!" The last half of the sentence is almost word for word what Giles tells Buffy in the episode Ted".

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* Lily says in a bar, "We need a drink that can turn subtext into text!" The last half of the sentence is almost word for word what Giles tells Buffy in the episode Ted"."Ted".



* Barney buys the most expensive suit known to man, thanks to its diamond pinstripes -- it's called [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase "The [=DiBiase=]"]].


* In the ''Slutty Pumpkin Returns'' TheStinger shows Barney separating into his American side (represented as Barney dressed as [[Franchise/{{Rocky}} Apollo Creed]]) and his Canadian side (represented by Barney dressed as a DudleyDoRight) and the two begin to fight, directly ripping the fight from ''Film/SupermanIII''.

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* In the ''Slutty Pumpkin Returns'' TheStinger shows Barney separating into his American side (represented as Barney dressed as [[Franchise/{{Rocky}} Apollo Creed]]) and his Canadian side (represented by Barney dressed as a DudleyDoRight) WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight) and the two begin to fight, directly ripping the fight from ''Film/SupermanIII''.

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* Several of the plays in The Playbook, but ''[[Film/WeekendAtBernies Weekend At Barney's]]'' especially.


* In away, the entire series is either this or heavily inspired by Series/TheWonderYears. They even had the girl who played Winnie Cooper in two episodes.

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* In away, the entire series is either this or heavily inspired by Series/TheWonderYears.''Series/TheWonderYears''. They even had the girl who played Winnie Cooper in two episodes.

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* In away, the entire series is either this or heavily inspired by Series/TheWonderYears. They even had the girl who played Winnie Cooper in two episodes.

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* In "Vesuvius", the gang watch the sequel to ''The Wedding Bride'', which includes a scene where Marshall {{Expy}} Narshall eats a chocolate cake Jed had been saving. In ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'', Jason Segal (playing a version of himself) mentions a similar idea as a typical sitcom plot.


* "The Slutty Pumpkin" is an adult version of ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown''. The title for one, the Halloween setting, a believer following the same ritual year after year, his friends making fun of him for it, a friend bringing him a blanket late into the night after it's clear the pumpkin's not coming, etc.



* "The Slutty Pumpkin" is an adult version of ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown''. The title for one, the Halloween setting, a believer following the same ritual year after year, his friends making fun of him for it, a friend bringing him a blanket late into the night after it's clear the pumpkin's not coming, etc.

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* "The Slutty Pumpkin" is an adult version of ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown''. The title for one, the Halloween setting, a believer following the same ritual year after year, his friends making fun of him for it, a friend bringing him a blanket late into the night after it's clear the pumpkin's not coming, etc.


* In the ''Slutty Pumpkin Returns'' TheStinger shows Barney separating into his American side (represented as Barney dressed as [[Film/{{Rocky}} Apollo Creed]]) and his Canadian side (represented by Barney dressed as a DudleyDoRight) and the two begin to fight, directly ripping the fight from ''Film/SupermanIII''.

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* In the ''Slutty Pumpkin Returns'' TheStinger shows Barney separating into his American side (represented as Barney dressed as [[Film/{{Rocky}} [[Franchise/{{Rocky}} Apollo Creed]]) and his Canadian side (represented by Barney dressed as a DudleyDoRight) and the two begin to fight, directly ripping the fight from ''Film/SupermanIII''.

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