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Films -- Live-Action

  • The Mask: While Mask!Stanley stages a melodramatic death scene, he pleads "Tell Auntie Em to let Old Yeller out..."
  • Stripes: While trying to inspire his platoon before their graduation, Winger asks them if they cried when Old Yeller got shot.

Live-Action TV

  • The Season 6 finale of Arrow has Big Bad Ricardo Diaz talking about the iconic Shoot the Dog scene but couldn't remember the name of the film. Dinah Laurel Lance later gave him a loud reminder.
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  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: In "Grumpy Young Men", Will and Carlton watch the movie on their double date.
  • Friends: In "The One Where Old Yeller Dies", it's revealed that Phoebe never saw the real ending to the movie because her mother always turned if off early so she wouldn't get traumatized.
  • Home Improvement: In "The Colonel", Jill mentions that her family used to think that Old Yeller was about her father.

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  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In his "Top 11 Saddest Nostalgic Moments" video, scenes from various Disney movies are placed in the #1 spot, including the killing of Old Yeller.
    • In his review of Rover Dangerfield, the Critic gets annoyed by the title character and tells the movie to "go Old Yeller on his ass".
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  • In Slimebeast’s story, Lost Episodes, it’s said that first time Sid edited a tape was to change this movie so that the dog instead recovers from the rabies. It’s implied that seeing the real ending contributed to Sid’s Start of Darkness.

Didn't Think This Through

  • American Dad!:
    • In "Surro-Gate", Stan says that a lesbian couple's son reminds him of the kid who shot Old Yeller and suggests they go find a dog to shoot.
    • In "The People vs. Martin Sugar", Stan rattles his list of his ten favorite fictitious dogs; Old Yeller is #3.
  • Animaniacs:
    • In "Bumbie's Mom", Slappy helps a traumatized Skippy learn that a tear-jerking death from a certain movie wasn't real, and the episode ends with the two watching an in-flight movie. Unfortunately, it's Old Yellow and instead of having Travis provide the Mercy Kill, it is somewhat implied that "Old Yellow" got killed (offscreen) by hunters.
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    • In "Hello Nice Warners", the Warners have Mr. Director play the unlucky dog in their film Old Screamer.
  • Family Guy:
  • Rick and Morty: Near the end of "Lawnmower Dog", a teary-eyed Jerry compares saying goodbye to Snuffles to the end of Old Yeller.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Dog of Death", Homer tries to tell his kids about "doggie heaven" and says that Old Yeller and "about eight Lassies" are there.
    • There is an episode titled "Old Yeller-Belly".
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