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  • Angel: "Are You Now Or Have Your Ever Been" contains a double Shout-Out to Arthur Miller: Much of the plot owes some subtle points to The Crucible. The play itself was written during the McCarthy era - the time slot in which the show takes place. In this case, Angel expies John Proctor, who is sent to the gallows by Abigail Williams, expied by Judy. Bonus points when you realize that the Thesulac's first victim is a salesman Driven to Suicide, commented on by the other guests.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In "Ted" the first time Joss Whedon alluded to Death of a Salesman with "A good salesman always Bounces back".
    • In "Band Candy" when the candy is handed out for sale, Buffy asks Snyder for advice "before we go all Willy Loman here".
    • In "Restless" Willow shows up for her drama class and is faced with the opening performance of the class' production of Death of a Salesman directed by Giles, and also starring Buffy, Harmony and Riley.
  • Luke Cage (2016): In the episode "Wig Out" the Bulletin front page headline for Arturo Rey's death is "Death of a Salesman".
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  • Seinfeld: Starting in Season 3, Jerry semi-sarcastically refers to George as "Biff", the youngest son of the Lowmans...and a complete failure.
  • Supernatural: In "Hollywood Babylon" the character Gerard St. James tells Sam and Dean he is playing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman.


  • Assassins: John Wilkes Booth references Death of a Salesman multiple times during the "Take a Look, Lee" sequence, using Willy Loman as an example of what Lee Harvey Oswald would be if he didn't kill the president like Booth wants him to. Later in the same scene, when Booth reveals his name and Oswald recognizes it as the name of the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, Booth's response is to say "attention has been paid", a twist on a quote from the show.

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