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Live-Action TV

  • In Friday Night Lights, Landry feels Tyra is taking advantage of him and not considering his feelings, and gives a rant comparing himself to the Giving Tree and her to the boy.
  • In Just Shoot Me!, Elliot reads the book to school children, and is reduced to Inelegant Blubbering.
  • In "The Savior", the first episode of the sixth season of Once Upon a Time, when Jafar taunts Aladdin with the fate of Saviors, his words are a paraphrase of the fate of the Giving Tree: " give, and give, and give, and for what? They pick the fruit, they cut the branches...and in the end all that's left is this shaky stump."

Comic Strips

  • One Zits Sunday strip tells the entire story without words, with teen protagonist Jeremy as The Boy and Mom Connie as the Giving Tree. When the tree has become but a stump, Jeremy sits upon it, with the narrator stating that "the tree was happy...ish" and Connie thinking bitterly to herself that she can't wait until [Jeremy] has kids of his own.

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Western Animation

  • Bob's Burgers: In "Interview with a Pop-Pop-Pire", each of the Belchers tell their version of what happened to Bob's father when a tree almost fell on him. Linda's version is a parody of The Giving Tree with her as the tree, who gets tired of Bob Sr. taking from her and just falls on him.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: The episode "The Taking Tree" is a parody of the story.
  • Robot Chicken: A sketch from "But Not in That Way" has the tree (voiced by Hulk Hogan) getting back at his friend by directing him to another tree, who turns out to be a raping tree.
  • The Simpsons: The chalkboard gag for "The Bart Wants What It Wants" has Bart writing "The Giving Tree is not a chump."