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Stan Knows Best
Deacon Stan, Jesus Man
Bullocks to Stan
A Smith in the Hand
All About Steve
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..."
Not Particularly Desperate Housewife
Financed with Wolves
It's Good to Be Queen
Roger 'n' Me
With Friends Like Steve's
Tears of a Clooney
The American Dad After School Special
- When Francine discovers that Stan has been by cheating on his diet by hiding his food in the pool, she angrily exclaims "He never cleaned his plate! He just moved the food!".
Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option
Dungeons and Wagons
Iced, Iced Babies
- Roger's persona is based on Robin Williams' character from Dead Poets Society.
- When Stan stumbles around after getting pepper-sprayed by Francine, he turns on a radio, which is playing "My Sharona" by The Knack, and turns the TV, which is showing My Best Friend's Wedding.
Of Ice and Men
- The title is a reference to Of Mice & Men.
- The framing device of a now-human Klaus telling his grandson a story parodies The Princess Bride.
- 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
The Vacation Goo
Dope & Faith
Big Trouble in Little Langley
The Most Adequate Christmas Ever
Red October Sky
Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold
- When Roger shows Stan and Jessica the Tunnel of Booze, he says "In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey."
- The title and the final scene are references to Sixteen 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
Live and Let Fry
Roy Rogers McFreely
Bar Mitzvah Shuffle
- 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
Stan's Night Out
Moon Over Isla Island
Brains, Brains and Automobiles
Man in the Moonbounce
My Morning Straightjacket
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
Son of Stan
Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls
Stan's Food Restaurant
There Will Be Bad Blood
The People vs. Martin Sugar
For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls
Stanny Boy and Frantastic
A Piñata Named Desire
You Debt Your Life
I Am the Walrus
Licence to Till
Flirting with Disaster
Gorillas in the Mist
A Ward Show
The Worst Stan
The Scarlet Getter
The Unbrave One
Wheels & the Legman and the Case of Grandpa's Key
- The title "Wheels & the Legman" is a reference to Jake and the Fatman, while the wheelchair-bound detective is one to Ironside (1967). Additionally, the title caption states the show was written by Stephen J. Cannell
Old Stan in the Mountain
Stan's Best Friend
Less Money, Mo' Problems
The Kidney Stays in the Picture
- The title of the episode is a pun on Toy Story.
Love, AD Style
Can I Be Frank with You?
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
- The episode is a parody of August: Osage County.
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
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.
Kung Pao Turkey
- There are several references, including the title, to Breaking Bad.
- Bart Simpson tries to get a fake ID from Steve.
- 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.
- 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
- Stan's transformation parodies An American Werewolf in London.
Honey, I'm Homeland
She Swill Survive
- Heinrich Brown, an insurance adjuster, is a bald, intimidating black man with a goatee who raps about being a dog and rides badass bikes, not unlike DMX.
Permanent Record Wrecker
News Glance with Genevieve Vavance
The Longest Distance Relationship
Roger Passes the Bar
A Boy Named Michael
Blagsnarst: A Love Story
- 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".
My Affair Lady
A Star is Reborn
Manhattan Magical Murder Mystery Tour
Holy Shit, Jeff's Back!
Seizures Suit Franny
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
- The title is a parody of The Devil Wears Prada.
- The title, as well as Roger's teacher persona, parodies the film Stand and 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.