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NOTE: This page is a work in progress. Like its sister series, American Dad! has a large number of Shout Outs and it's nearly impossible to catch all of them on first viewing.

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    Season 1 


Threat Levels

Stan Knows Best

Francine's Flashback

Roger Codger

Homeland Insecurity

Deacon Stan, Jesus Man


    Season 2 

Bullocks to Stan

A Smith in the Hand

All About Steve

Con Heir

Stan of Arabia, Part 1

Stan of Arabia, Part 2

Stannie Get Your Gun

  • The title is a reference to Annie Get Your Gun.
  • The National Gun Association previously appeared in the Family Guy episode "And the Weiner Is..."

Star Trek

Not Particularly Desperate Housewife

Rough Trade

Financed with Wolves

It's Good to Be Queen

Roger 'n' Me

Helping Handis

With Friends Like Steve's

Tears of a Clooney

    Season 3 

Camp Refoogee

The American Dad After School Special

Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option

Lincoln Lover

Dungeons and Wagons

Iced, Iced Babies

Of Ice and Men

Irregarding Steve

  • The entire subplot is basically What's Eating Gilbert Grape with the cast replaced by squirrels. The "Arnie" squirrel even copies Arnie's head-tapping and hand gestures.

The Best Christmas Story Never Told

Bush Comes to Dinner

American Dream Factory

A.T. the Abusive Terrestrial

Black Mystery Month

An Apocalypse to Remember

Four Little Words

When a Stan Loves a Woman

I Can't Stan You

The Magnificent Steven

Joint Custody

    Season 4 

The Vacation Goo

Meter Made

Dope & Faith

Big Trouble in Little Langley


42-Year-Old Virgin


The Most Adequate Christmas Ever

Frannie 911


Oedipal Panties


Red October Sky

Office Spaceman

Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold

Spring Breakup

    Season 5 

1600 Candles

The One That Got Away

One Little Word

Choosy Wives Choose Smith

Escape from Pearl Bailey

Pulling Double Booty

  • In a flashback of a Hayley going on a rampage at elementary school, she tears a copy of Superfudge in half.

Phantom of the Telethon


Stan Time

Family Affair

Live and Let Fry

Roy Rogers McFreely

Jack's Back

Bar Mitzvah Shuffle

Wife Insurance

Delorean Story-an

  • The subplot about the tortoise crying over a hare who was accidentally killed from colliding with Steve's head is a very morbid parody of The Tortoise and the Hare.

Every Which Way But Lose

Weiner of Our Discontent

Daddy Queerest

Stan's Night Out

    Season 6 

In Country...Club

Moon Over Isla Island

Home Adrone

Brains, Brains and Automobiles

Man in the Moonbounce

Shallow Vows

My Morning Straightjacket

G-String Circus

Rapture's Delight

Don't Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth

A Jones for a Smith

May the Best Stan Win

The Return of the Bling

Cops and Roger

Merlot Down Dirty Shame

Bully for Steve

An Incident at Owl Creek

Great Space Roaster


    Season 7 

100 A.D.

Son of Stan

Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls

Stan's Food Restaurant

White Rice

There Will Be Bad Blood

The People vs. Martin Sugar

For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls

Fart-Break Hotel

Stanny Boy and Frantastic

A Piñata Named Desire

You Debt Your Life

I Am the Walrus

School Lies

Licence to Till

Jenny Fromdabloc

Home Wrecker

Flirting with Disaster

Gorillas in the Mist

    Season 8 

Hot Water


A Ward Show

The Worst Stan

Virtual In-Stanity

The Scarlet Getter

Season's Beatings

The Unbrave One

Stanny Tendergrass

Wheels & the Legman and the Case of Grandpa's Key

Old Stan in the Mountain

The Wrestler

Dr. Klaustus

Stan's Best Friend

Less Money, Mo' Problems

The Kidney Stays in the Picture

Ricky Spanish

Toy Whorey

  • The title of the episode is a pun on Toy Story.

    Season 9 

Love, AD Style

Killer Vacation

Can I Be Frank with You?

American Stepdad

Why Can't We Be Friends

Adventures in Hayleysitting

National Treasure 4: Baby Franny: She's Doing Well: The Hole Story

Finger Lenting Good

The Adventures of Twill Ongenbone and His Boy Jabari

Blood Crieth Unto Heaven

Max Jets

Naked to the Limit, One More Time

For Black Eyes Only

Spelling Bee My Baby

The Missing Kink

The Boring Identity

The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock by the Coward Stan Smith

Lost in Space

Da Flippity Flip

    Season 10 

Steve & Snot's Test-Tubular Adventure


  • The title and plot are a parody of Poltergeist.
    • Roger's persona Ruby Zeldstein is a parody of Zelda Rubinstein's medium character from the franchise.
  • Stan finds out that Francine was faking her pleasure when he compares her sex face to that of Meg Ryan's character from When Harry Met Sally...
  • Stan's sexual training montage is a parody of Rocky's training from Rocky IV.

Buck, Wild


Kung Pao Turkey

Independent Movie

Faking Bad

Minstrel Krampus

  • The Living Objects in the Krampus' castle, Steve being captured by the beastly Krampus only to learn that he's not such a bad guy after all, and Jack's transformation into the new Krampus are a reference to Beauty and the Beast.

Vision: Impossible


  • Numerous references to the Disney Theme Parks
    • Roy Family is a parody of Walt Disney. Him being frozen into a statue is a nod to the famous urban legend of Walt being cryogenically frozen.
    • Mikey Muskrat is a parody of Mickey Mouse.
    • The Simpler Times Mountain attraction is a parody of Splash Mountain, as well as the controversies regarding the film it's based on, Song of the South.
    • The attraction Brokeback Splash Mountain parodies both Splash Mountain and Brokeback Mountain.
  • "Black Stan" is dressed as Clint Eastwood's character from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. His followers are called "Italian Stallions", the nickname of Sylvester Stallone's character from the Rocky franchise.
  • Steve and Hayley dressed up like Joffrey and Daenerys from Game of Thrones.

Cock of the Sleepwalk

Introducing the Naughty Stewardesses

I Ain't No Holodeck Boy

  • When Steve armors up to save his dad from the video-game zombie he created, his moss green exoskeleton with orange visor bears resemblance to that of the Master Chief

Stan Goes on the Pill

Honey, I'm Homeland

She Swill Survive


Permanent Record Wrecker

News Glance with Genevieve Vavance

The Longest Distance Relationship

    Season 11 

Roger Passes the Bar

A Boy Named Michael

Blagsnarst: A Love Story


    Season 12 

Blonde Ambition

  • DJ Iron Monkey is a parody of deadmau5.


Scents and Sensei-bility

Big Stan on Campus

Now and Gwen

Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas

  • The title is a parody of the opening line to the song "White Christmas".


Morning Mimosa

My Affair Lady

A Star is Reborn

Manhattan Magical Murder Mystery Tour

The Shrink

Holy Shit, Jeff's Back!

American Fung

Seizures Suit Franny

    Season 13 


The Life Aquatic with Steve Smith

Hayley Smith, Seal Team Six

  • The regressed Hayley sleeps with dolls of Anna and Elsa from Frozen.

N.S.A. (No Snoops Allowed)

Stan Smith as Keanu Reeves as Stanny Utah in Point Breakers

Kiss Kiss Cam Cam

The Devil Wears a Lapel Pin

Stan-Dan Deliver



  • In the first season, Stan talks to his gun.
  • Also from the first season, Steve calls a local scout troop who are secretly troublemakers the "Psycho Rangers".
  • Another from season four after Roger brutalizes Steve's pets then hits him with a steel chair: "Haha - just like in the movies, bitch!"
  • In another we get to meet Stan's father. He is a sturdily built guy who worked for the CIA, and wears an eye patch over his left eye. When he sees Roger for the first time, he pins him to the ground and draws his pistol, to which Roger replies "Someone want to tell Snake Plissken to get off of me?"
  • The One The Got Away has this when Roger ruins a thief's life; in an attempt to sabotage his relationship, he meets with his girlfriend only to find she's a ditzy, thin blonde with a very high voice, and the thief she's dating is a short dork with big glasses.
  • In the episode where Roger and Francine go wine tasting, Roger's disguise is very similar to Paul Giamatti in Sideways. The resort also bears several similarities.
  • Multiple shout outs to E.T., including one scene where Roger is hiding in a pile of stuffed animals in Steve's closet.
  • Roger's situation in "Stan of Arabia" appears to be a Shout-Out to Arabian Nights: Roger wants to avoid sleeping with the man who bought him, so he (Roger) keeps the man distracted by telling him stories.
  • "The Great Space Roaster" has references to the Alien series during the space-based conclusion; examples include a monster performing an Enemy Rising Behind and the protagonist wielding a flamethrower and wearing a vest with very revealing underwear.
  • Boys 12 is quite clearly a shout out to Super Junior.
  • Also lampshaded in "Pulling Double Booty". As Hayley is going on another rampage after Jeff broke up with her in the mall, she has descended into the point where she is spouting nothing but animalistic Angrish, grabbing a nearby female doll and ascending a giant toy replica of the Empire State Building, a la King Kong (1933), complete with motorized toy biplanes buzzing around her. Then, the camera cuts to reveal two mall security cops, holding oversized controllers. This exchange takes place:
    Mall Cop #1: Why are we doing this?
    Mall Cop #2: Why? Aren't you having fun?
  • In "Not Particularly Desperate Housewives," Francine is walking down a street and starts seeing that all the women around her are members of the Ladybugs. The build-up as they gather in number and start pursuing her more quickly is reminiscent of the chase scenes in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
  • In "American Dream Factory", Roger, dressed in the persona of a rock musician who took over Steve's band, tells Steve that he "just saw a million faces" and "rocked them all", an adaptation of the line "I've seen a million faces and I've rocked them all" from the song "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi
  • When convincing Stan that having a kink is completely normal, Roger bursts out into what is a clear parody of I've Got a Dream from Tangled called You've Got a Kink. It even takes place in a bar.
  • In "Da Flippity Flop", Roger has built a gym in the house's attic and is giving a tour to Steve. His choice of clothes and wig makes him look an awful lot like Chad.
  • In one Christmas episode, Stan (as Mall Santa) gets into a bloody fist-fight with Roger (playing Jesus Christ in a passion play). The resultant bloodshed is very reminiscent of the South Park pilot episode, which features a Christmas fight between...
  • While Haley and Roger are exploring a spaceship belonging to an alien race called the Collectors, an Infinity Gauntlet can be seen hanging on the wall.
  • Much to the bafflement of an American audience, one episode sees Director Bollock of the CIA, in his downtime in between interviews, pick up a ukelele and perform "When I'm Cleaning Windows". Patrick Stewart even performs this in his native broad Yorkshire accent. Which must really bemuse Americans.


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