Films - Live-Action
- In My Science Project, Vince complains, "My head's ringing louder than The Gong Show."
- In The Love Boat episode "Isaac's Double Standard/One More Time/Chimpanzeeshines," a divorced couple compare their marriage to The Gong Show.
- Fantasy Island:
- In "Birthday Party/Ghostbreaker," Tattoo has a new antenna installed so he can watch The Gong Show.
- In "The Wedding," Tattoo complains that Chester the chimp stole his TV set in order to watch The Gong Show.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic: In "You Make Me", Al sings "You make me watch The Gong Show."
- The Simpsons: According to Marge, one of Homer's many "lifelong dreams" was to appear on the show, which he did with a Barney in 1976. This goes into a flashback of the men playing "O Susannah" on a giant harmonica while sharing a pair of overalls, to many boos and gongs. He then brags how they got more gongs than a breakdancing robot that caught on fire.