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  • A 1997 commercial for Nike's Air Total Max Uptempo sneakers has "Three is a Magic Number" playing throughout.

Film

  • The Squid and the Whale features the song "Figure Eight" (as sung by Blossom Dearie) in vocal and instrumental forms.

Live-Action TV

  • Saturday Night Live: An infamous TV Funhouse sketch from Season 23 is about a song from Conspiracy Theory Rock! about a "Media-opoly".
  • They also had a regular skit spoofing how Obama's "Executive Order" would do things much faster than the time it takes for a Bill to become a Law.
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  • Mad TV occasionally ran "Public Schoolhouse Rock," which poked fun at and exaggerated troubles often faced in overcrowded urban community schools including corporately-backed and unhealthy school lunches, unsafe hallways, unwilling classroom students and uncaring substitute teachers.

Western Animation

  • American Dad!: In "Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold", Stan sings a SHR-styled song about Oliver North and his role in the Iran-Contra scandal.
  • BoJack Horseman: In "See Mr. Peanutbutter Run", the scene where Katrina drafts a pork-filled bill to make the gubernatorial race decided by a skiing competition is styled like Schoolhouse Rock.
  • Drawn Together: In "Foxxy vs. The Board of Education", the titular board is drawn like a Schoolhouse Rock character. Later on, when Foxxy prevents a load of grape-flavored pencils from being delivered to schools, they were being stored in train cars from "Conjunction Junction."
  • Family Guy:
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    • In "Running Mates", one of Peter's new policies as school board president is to make sex ed class more fun by having it taught SHR-style. Jack Sheldon has a bit part in this gag.
      Vagina junction, what's your function?
      Taking in sperm and spitting out babies
    • In "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington", we see a parody of Bill singing his song on the steps of Congress before betting picked up by a janitor.
    • In "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows", the "Knowledge is power!" catchphrase is said by patrons at a chicken restaurant.
  • Johnny Bravo: The episode "The Sensitive Male" is an extended homage to Schoolhouse Rock, with Jack Sheldon providing guest vocals.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: There is an episode titled "Schoolhouse Rocked".
  • Robot Chicken:
    • A sketch from "I'm Trapped" features a SHR-like song about homonyms and how you can use them to get away with saying offensive words.
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    • A sketch from "Robot Fight Accident" features the Schoolhouse Rock characters taking a more confrontational approach to basic learning.
  • The Simpsons: In "The Day the Violence Died", The Itchy & Scratchy Show is replaced by a parody of Schoolhouse Rock; the song is a spoof of "I'm Just a Bill" and depicts the passing of a law banning the burning of American flags.
  • Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?: The show's art style is based on that of Schoolhouse Rock.
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