As a cult musical and one of the first rock operas, Tommy has naturally had some impact on pop culture, particularly its movie incarnation.
- In Latter Days, Christian at one point talks about Ann-Margaret's performance in the movie version of Tommy.
- In Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, the character "Captain Walker", the missing pilot and father figure, is a reference to Captain Walker from the play and movie.
- The song "Pinball Wizard" was performed in one episode of Glee.
- It was also performed on The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.
- And the 1993 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade where it was performed by the cast of the stage version.
- The movie has been referenced several times on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- In one episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rebecca, who was supposed to keep an eye on Paula's son, ends up losing him in a club. She repeats, "Tommy, can you hear me?"
- On Doug, one of Doug's Imagine Spots portrays him as the champion of an arcade game, wearing an outfit inspired by Elton John's Local Lad costume from the movie.
- In the Clone High Musical Episode "Raisin The Stakes", most of the songs are inspired by songs from Tommy, most explicitly "You Are My Son" (a thinly-disguised substitute for "It's a Boy".)
- In Bojack Horseman, Todd compares his rock opera to Tommy.