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E.T. and Elliot touching fingers is to '80s film as The Creation of Adam is to the Renaissance. And naturally, they go together like chocolate and peanut butter.
  • Reese's Pieces, naturally, did an ad campaign based on the movie, with their own little alien described as a "little blue guy with big ears," who would show up at kids' doors requesting Reese's Pieces.
  • A 2019 Xfinity commercial is a "sequel" to the film in which E.T. reunites with Elliot, now with a family of his own, for the holidays. Henry Thomas reprises his role as Elliot after 37 years.

Asian Animation

  • In episode 49 of Happy Heroes, there is a scene where if you look in the background, the silhouettes of a certain boy and alien flying on a bicycle can be seen passing in front of the moon.
  • The Simple Samosa episode "Anda Bhatija" has a scene where Samosa, Dhokla, Jalebi, and Vada are riding on a bike to escape from General Gathiya who is after their egg alien friend Yolky. They're launched into the air and make a Full Moon Silhouette resembling the similar E.T. scene.

Film -- Animation

Film -- Live-Action

  • Men in Black: When Jack Jeebs regenerates his head, he very briefly looks like E.T. for a few frames. Also, when Jay and Kay shoot down Edgar's ship, the way he emerges from the saucer—silhouetted against bright light behind a Dilating Door—greatly resembles the last shot of E.T..
  • One of The Naked Gun films had a wheelchair sailing in the air in front of a gigantic moon a la Elliott's bike.
  • The Phantom Menace: Members of E.T.'s species are members of the Galactic Senate.
  • Ted: The prologue shows a young John and Ted pretending to be Elliot and E.T. on a bike.
  • Cheech and Chong's Still Smokin: Cheech comes up with a bit about "E.T.: Eddie Torres, the Extra Testicle," a "horny guy from East Outer Space," who comes to Earth in "a lowrider spaceship." Cheech even makes a costume, which is just a green sleeveless shirt with three crudely drawn balls below the beltline, and a headband with antennae. The movie also mocks the scene of E.T. hiding in Elliott's closet among the stuffed animals.
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  • Malcolm X. The four Klansmen who have just finished terrorizing the Little family ride off into the night with a huge full moon in the background.


Live-Action TV

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In "Pangs" there's a scene with Spike on a bicycle covered with a blanket that is a homage to E.T..
  • A 1982 episode of Taxi included a subplot about Jim having seen E.T. in the theater sixty-four times, and then being scandalized to hear Alex has no interest in seeing it. He gives Alex five bucks and insists he go. Later, Alex returns raving about how much he loved the movie, and there's a cute scene of him and Jim imitating E.T.'s voice.
  • Nickelodeon's Turkey Television had a recurring sketch starring Adam Reid as a kid secretly keeping an alien in his closet. All we ever saw of the alien was an E.T.-like hand that would reach out of the closet, with a glowing light. The skits consisted of Adam having goofy conversations with the alien.
  • From 2004 to 2006, Eat Bulaga! had a segment called "EB Fone Home", referencing the E.T. quote "E.T. phone home".
  • One episode of Planet Ajay has the show's villain, Badjay, attempting to sell Bud the astronaut's spaceship on a website called "E.T.-Bay".

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Western Animation

  • American Dad!:
    • In the pilot, Roger says "And don't ask me to bring him back with that E.T. finger thing, 'cause that's a giant load of crap." when Stan accidentally kills the 19-year-old dog that he adopted for Steve.
    • The episode "A.T.: The Abusive Terrestrial" has Roger befriending a kid resembling of Elliot, and the whole thing becomes an abusive relationship.
    • In "Fannie 911", the scene where Roger becomes sick and turns pale upon becoming too nice resembles E.T. also becoming sick and pale near the end.
    • Roger Smith in general has a body shaped like E.T.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball, the video game is briefly shown inside The Void, which is where the world sends all of its mistakes.
  • Animaniacs: In "Hooked on a Ceiling", the Warners help Michelangelo paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but the artist doesn't know what to put in the final blank space. The Warners end up painting a version of The Creation of Adam in which E.T. and Elliot touch fingers, just as the Pope arrives to see it. However, he turns out to be Steven Spielberg, and he approves of it.
    Yakko Warner: Painting is like show business: You have to know your audience.
  • DuckTales (2017): In "Terror of the Terra-firmians!", Huey and a Terra-firmian slowly touch fingers upon meeting each other.
  • Family Guy:
  • Pinky and the Brain: In "Schpiel-Borg 2000", Brain's robotic duplicate of Steven Spielberg imitates E.T. when it goes haywire.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • A sketch from "Adoption's an Option" takes place after E.T. gets back on his ship. It turns out he's a retarded alien named Kleborp who can only glow only one of his fingers. After he flips off a group of Jerk Jock aliens, they dump him on another planet and he gets killed by a Xenomorph.
    • A sketch from "Legion of Super-Gyros" has a picky E.T. smacking Elliot for leaving him Reese's Pieces instead of M&Ms (who actually passed on the film's product placement).
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Bart's Dog Gets an F", Marge lights up a callus on her finger, and she and Lisa touch theirs together.
    • Part of Mr. Burns' film from "A Star Is Burns" has him touching an expy of Elliot with his glowing finger.
    • The E.T., Go Home segment of "Treehouse of Horror XVIII" is a parody of this film.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror XVIII", Bart's audition has him swallowing a glowstick, causing his stomach to glow, and announcing himself as E.T. He then puts on an afro wig and calls himself BET.
    • In "The Fool Monty", an amnesiac Mr. Burns acts like E.T., and Bart hides him among a bunch of stuffed dolls in his closet. There's even an E.T. doll in the pile!
  • The Futurama episode "T: The Terrestrial" is a Whole Plot Reference to E.T., except the human and alien have the roles switched.
  • South Park:
    • In "Free Hat", the alterations in the film's 2002 re-release are bashed, and the soldiers from Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan have their guns replaced with walkie-talkies.
    • E.T. is seen in the good side of Imaginationland.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In "Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow", Buster saves Tyrone Turtle from Elmyra by having him catapulted into the air on a bike, and he flies past a giant full moon.
  • The 1995 cartoon show based on Casper had quite a few shout-outs to E.T., most of which were Biting-the-Hand Humor.
  • A Johnny Bravo episode has Johnny trying to rescue an alien from an angry mob by riding a bicycle. Johnny then asks the alien to "use your magic powers to fly us", only for the alien to say he doesn't have magic powers. They then ride off a cliff, flying past a giant full moon
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • "The Chronicles of Meap" — In full Cool Big Sis mode, Candace modifies her bike to fly with Meap in the basket as she goes to rescue her brothers from an intergalactic criminal.
    • "Summer Belongs to You" and "Tour de Ferb" — the kids ride their bikes over a massive chasm and appear to be flying.
  • The Critic:
    • "Every Doris Has Her Day": Jay needs a date for a musical premiere and (after assorted failures) resorts to holding a call-in contest on his show, wherein any woman who says "the name of Spielberg's adorable extra-terrestrial" wins. It doesn't work, as the only caller is a guy who thought the answer was Richard Dreyfuss.
    • "A Song for Margo": one of the movies that Jay reviews is D.T.: The Drunken Terrestrial, where the sloshed alien insists on trying to fly after having a few and falls out of the basket during the moon shot. Unlike a lot of other movies featured on the show, Jay actually liked this one.
  • Tales From The Cryptkeeper: the bike chase in "Fare Tonight" ends with Camille peddling, Mildred riding in the basket, and the two jumping a movable bridge in the process of rising. While in midair, we see them and their bike pass right by a full moon. Being such movie fans, they lampshade this "ever cinematic" moment.

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