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  • The Nostalgia Critic
    • The clown doll is #2 on his list of "Top 11 Scariest Nostalgia Moments".
    • In his review of A Troll in Central Park, Critic says that the movie is even bad to show to a wall, and he cites the last time somebody did that.
    Critic as: Steve: (watching his house implode) Should've rented Iron Giant.
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  • American Dad!:
    • In "Homeland Insecurity", Stan tells Steve that if he dies, he'll meet plenty of kids in Heaven "That little girl from Poltergeist...Well, she must be at least 16 by now. You could totally hit that."
    • In "The American Dad After School Special", an anorexic Stan hides the food that's given to him in the family pool, and the scene where Francine falls in it and discovers the "food graveyard" spoofs the scene where JoAnne discovers the corpses.
    Francine: He never cleaned his plate! He just moved the food!
    • The episode "Poltergasm" is a spoof of this movie, in which the house is haunted by the ghost of Francine's sex drive. Roger even dresses up as "Ruby Zeldastein".
  • Family Guy: The episode "Petergeist" is a spoof of this film
  • The Simpsons
    • The first ever Treehouse of Horror segment, Bad Dream House, is a spoof of this movie.
    • In the segment Homer 3 from "Treehouse of Horror VI", Bart goes inside the third dimension to save Homer with a rope tied around his waist.
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    • In "Treehouse of Horror XXVI", producer Michael Price is credited as "Poulter Price".
  • South Park
    • In "Spookyfish", the pet store is built upon an Indian burial ground, and the "Employees Only" door leads to another dimension.
    • In "The Biggest Douche in the Universe", Chef's mom says "This child is clean" after expelling Kenny's spirit from Cartman.
    • In "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson", Cartman tries to make a midget activist say "Carol Anne, don't go into the light".
    • In "Dead Celebrities", the hospital's psychic is a parody of Tangina.
  • In a later season of The Fairly OddParents! there is an episode which has the episode cover reference the poster, with Timmy in the place of Carol Anne
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