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Death Has a Shadow
- The episode opens with the family watching an episode of The Brady Bunch.
- When Aunt Jemimah arrives at the door, Peter says the only bad thing the neighborhood has is "Jemimah's Witnesses", a reference to Jehovah's Witnesses.
- Peter and his friends watch a porn parody of Casablanca titles Assablanca.
- One of the potential new toys at the factory is called "G.I. Jew", a reference to the G.I. Joe toys.
- A kid is expecting a "Pound Poochie", a parody of Pound Puppies.
- The Kool-Aid Man bursts into court shouting "Oh yeah!".
- The ending has the Griffins watching a show featuring bloopers from Joanie Loves Chachi, featuring Eric reciting a tongue twister before getting attacked by a bear.
- The show the family is watching is TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes.
I Never Met the Dead Man
- At one point, the Griffins are watching an episode of Star Trek featuring Kirk assigning Red Shirt soldier Ensign Ricky on a dangerous mission. Later, when Meg accidentally runs over William Shatner, Ricky appears and remarks "I did not see that coming".
- Peter's nightmare is a Shout-Out to The Wizard of Oz.
- At one point, the Griffins go fishing and they capture the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Chitty Chitty Death Bang
- The title is a parody of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
- Cheesy Charlie's is a parody of the Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant theaters.
- Peter fights with a kid who "won" his The Dukes of Hazzard watch, while Waylon Jennings narrates over it.
- At the end of his twisted recounting of his visit to Cheesy Charlie's, Peter transforms into the Incredible Hulk.
- Bruce wears a Spider-Man outfit.
Mind Over Murder
- Peter enters his washing machine and ends up in Narnia, where he meets Mr. Tumnus.
- Peter watches Homicide: Life on Sesame Street, a mix of Homicide: Life on the Street and Sesame Street. In the show, Bert makes a reference to the famous "eating cookies in the bed" sketch.
- During a scene where agents are tracking Peter, who is under house arrest, the graphics on their screen resemble Pong.
A Hero Sits Next Door
- Peter says that baseball is so fun it should "be illegal like copyright infringement", where at that moment, his face becomes that of Mickey Mouse.
- In a cutaway, Peter attempts to sing the song "Jesus Loves Me" to a group of children, but gets confused and ends up singing the jingle to Skippy peanut butter.
- Peter makes a Facts of Life / Transformers toyline. He mentions that Natalie transforms into a dilophosaurus from Jurassic Park.
- Joe claims that he got crippled while trying to stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas presents.
The Son Also Draws
- The Youth Scouts are an obvious parody of the Boy Scouts.
- Peter's spiritual guide is the Fonz from Happy Days.
- The trees sing "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin.
Brian: Portrait of a Dog
Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater
- Brian gets Peter to see the error of his ways by reminding him of Lando's betrayal of Han Solo before quoting the "I am your father" line.
- Lois and Brian are seen watching The Dick Van Dyke Show.
- Peter reenacts a scene from The Wizard of Oz. Even the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman are present!
- The line, "To The Popemobile!" is one to Batman.
- Furbies are seen on the assembly line at the Happy-Go-Lucky toy factory.
- When the family first sees Peter in a hazmat suit, Chris screams that the government is here and tells E.T. to run. We then see him do just that.
- "Game over, man. Game over!"
- The episode was All Just a Dream of Pamela Ewing, who explains it to Bobby in the shower.
Brian in Love
- Brian describes one of his dreams to the therapist, asking if he's ever seen Logan's Run. In the dream, Brian (who is old enough to be executed) rats on Snoopy:Brian: What about him? He's gotta be in his fifties!
Love Thy Trophy
- The winning parade float made by Peter and his friends is based on "that episode of Who's the Boss? where Tony sees Angela naked in the shower".
- The friends' distrust over one another parodies The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street". Rod Serling even appears at the end.
- Stewie's line "My God, I've been adopted by a Benetton ad!" is a references to the global fashion brand's ads featuring multicultural people.
- Stewie's withdrawal-induced hallucination at the end parodies Trainspotting.
Death is a Bitch
- Dr. Hartman is named after Seth MacFarlane's friend and colleague Butch Hartman. The two had worked on Johnny Bravo and Oh Yeah! Cartoons together.
- Peter wonders how he is supposed to explain Death's presence to Mr. Roper.
The King is Dead
- Lois attempts to put on a production of The King and I.
- Peter sings the theme song to Land of the Lost.
- The marquee for Peter's version of The King and I proclaims it "A Peter Griffin Joint", a nod to Spike Lee's odd credit in his films.
I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar
- Peter finds himself caught in a net on the Planet of the Apes.
- On the bus to the women's retreat Peter says that he will be Charlie and all the other women will be his angels. Except for one, who would be Bosley.
- During Lois and Gloria's catfight, they run into a chef yelling "Ten banana cream pies!".
If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'
A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Bucks
Fifteen Minutes of Shame
Road to Rhode Island
Let's Go To The Hop
- Several references to The Breakfast Club are made, including Peter going to the library for detention and seeing cereal mascots reenact a scene.
- The very name of the episode references The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- The sketch of a "a fat man who is inexplicably married to an attractive redhead" depicts Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
There's Something About Paulie
He's Too Sexy for His Fat
E. Peterbus Unum
- Peter claims that his grandfather created Bugs Bunny. He wanted to name him Ephram, the Retarded Rabbit.
- Lois' "First Lady" outfit is based on the suit Jackie Kennedy wore on the day of her husband's assassination.
- Peter sings his own version of "Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer, whom he tells that he can't sue due to his diplomatic immunity. During the song, Peter compares himself to "the bad guy from Lethal Weapon 2".
The Story on Page One
- The college guard's line "Nobody gets to see the Dean! Not nobody, not no how!" parodies The Wizard of Oz.
- Brian's flashback to his college years, where he finds a banner in his dorm reading "Go Home, Dog", parodies School Ties.
- Stewie attempts to wish to be big on a fortune telling machine a la Big.
- In Luke Perry's introductory scene, his mother calls for him very much like Beru called Luke in Star Wars.
- Stewie asks Peter to play the "sad walking-away song from The Incredible Hulk", which is later featured during the final credits.
- The ending where Peter's last brain cell loses his glasses before he can read comes from The Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last".
The Thin White Line
Brian Does Hollywood
Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington
- The title is a parody of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
One If by Clam, Two If by Sea
- The subplot is an homage to My Fair Lady.
And the Wiener Is...
The Kiss Seen Around the World
- Meg's fantasy is a genderflipped shot-for-shot nod to Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
- The segments in the Dustin Hoffman "interview" come from The Graduate, Rain Man, and Hook.
Mr. Saturday Night
- The title is a parody of Mr. Saturday Night.
- The Griffin's dinner with Margot Kidder parodies her infamous 1996 mental breakdown.
- The kids sing "So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music.
- R. Lee Ermey parodies his role from Full Metal Jacket by playing a jousting coach at the renaissance fair.
A Fish Out of Water
- Stewie and Bertram sing "Up Where We Belong", popularized by An Officer and a Gentleman, to make Peter cry. This causes him to exclaim that he loves Louis Gossett, Jr., a prominent actor in the film.
To Love and Die in Dixie
Screwed the Pooch
- Peter says he will start acting like a rich man by ordering Cratchit to work on Christmas. Cratchit mentions Tiny Tim, but Peter mistakes him for the musician.
Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother?
- Peter's Imagine Spot is a parody of American Beauty.
- Peter uses the money to turn the house into Pee-wee's Playhouse.
Ready, Willing and Disabled
A Very Special Family Freakin' Christmas
- Star Wars:
- Peter says to Lois "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."
- During Stewie's nightmare, he tries to blast Santa with his laser gun, only for Santa to block the beams with his hands and grab the gun telekinetically a la Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Brian asks Peter "Can I buy some pot from you?"
- Lois' meltdown parodies the "No wire hangers!" scene from Mommie Dearest.
- During her rampage, Lois pushes George Bailey off a bridge, melts Frosty the Snowman, and climbs up the giant Christmas tree like King Kong.
Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows
- While Lois teaches a piano lesson, she and Brian have a conversion along with the music, spoofing The Music Man.
- In the song, Neil Goldman mentions "that awesome ThunderCats cartoon".
From Method to Madness
Stuck Together, Torn Apart
Family Guy Viewer Mail #1
When You Wish Upon a Weinstein
North by North Quahog
Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High
- Brian's students in remedial English alludes to Dangerous Minds. Them standing on their desks and reciting Walt Whitman's "O Captain, My Captain" comes from Dead Poets Society.
Don't Make Me Over
The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire
- The fast food restaurant Peter and Lois are in is a mix of Burger King and McDonald's, and was originally to be one of them.
Brian the Bachelor
8 Simple Rules For Buying My Teenage Daughter
- Lois dressed as Mystique.
Breaking Out is Hard to Do
- The Griffins encounter The Goonies in the Absurdly Spacious Sewer.
- While Joe is chasing the Griffins by flying his helicopter through the sewer, he blasts down two TIE fighters.
Peter's Got Woods
- Peter tells Brain that James Woods is being held by top men.
The Perfect Castaway
- The chief introduces his relatives including, "My Cousin Vinny".
- Peter pays the villagers to reenact "The Contest" episode of Seinfeld.
- The special opening parodies the opening scene of The Naked Gun. During the scene, Stewie pedals through scenes from The Wizard of Oz, Ben-Hur, The Shining, Doom, The Empire Strikes Back and The Sound of Music before running over Homer Simpson in the driveway.
- The "trouser malfunction" at the Emmys is a based on Janet Jackson's malfunction during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. The incident itself is directly parodied later during the rapid-fire montage near the end of the musical sequence, with Peter in Jackson's place.
- Cobra Commander is the head of the FCC.
- Among the shows censored by the FCC are Three's Company, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Honeymooners.
- Peter is shown to be the head of the Acme Corporation, where Wile E. Coyote tries to return a failed device to him.
- Apache Chief helps Peter put the satellite on the roof.
- Douchebags is a parody of Jackass.
Brian Goes Back to College
- When Brian is fired from The New Yorker, a booming voice reads out the sign "No Dogs Aloud!" a la Snoopy, Come Home. Afterwards, Brian walks up to Snoopy's doghouse and sleeps on top of it.
- Brian's training montage is based on that of Rocky IV.
The Courtship of Stewie's Father
- Stewie is told that if he doesn't sing in the "Happy World" ride, he'll be put in a Christmas movie with Tim Allen.
- When Peter sees Stewie in his "Happy World" clothes, he thinks he's dressed as Rerun.
The Fat Guy Strangler
The Father, the Son and the Holy Fonz
Brian Sings and Swings
I Take Thee Quagmire
- When Mayor West looks at the Statue of Liberty's foot (that Peter took), his reaction is based on the final scene of Planet of the Apes.
- During the video of Quagmire's "death", Peter holds up a dinosaur model and hums the theme from Jurassic Park.
- Mayor West watches Jem and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- In the German dub, Stewie is watching Maya the Bee.
- Carol Burnett works at the video store as her "Charwoman" character. Incidentally, the real Burnett tries to sue the show for this gag.
- Quagmire breaks out into a variation of "Make 'Em Laugh" from Singin' in the Rain.
- Peter is disappointed with the erotic book Much Ado About Humping.
- Among the erotic books Peter writes are Angela's Asses, Catch Her in the Eye, Shaved New World and Harry Potter and the Half-Black Chick.
- Carter tries to dispose of a lawyer trying to sue him by dropping him into the Rancor pit.Carter: Hmm, I didn't know Greenberg was a Jedi name.
- Peter remembers when the family was just cartoon sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show, which was how The Simpsons came to be. Ironically, Family Guy was going to be a sketch for MAD.
- Peter and Carter try to get rich by filming a pilot for Quahog Creek.
You May Now Kiss the...Uh...Guy Who Receives
- A cutaway shows Popeye visiting Dr. Hartman; he is told that his squinted eye and speech patterns are the result of a stroke, his large forearms are actually cancerous tumors, and that he has about two months to live.
- When he refuses to sign Brian's petition, Quagmire breaks into the chorus of "Witch Doctor" by Ross Bagdasarian.
- The title and plot parody Poltergeist.
- The "Joe Swanson Theaters" logo parodies the TriStar Pictures logo used from 1984-1993.
- Joe shows the film Rocky VI, where Adrian tries to talk Rocky out of a boxing match on Mars. Doubles as Hilarious in Hindsight, as this came before Rocky Balboa, the sixth film in the franchise, was released.
- During Herbert's fight with the demon tree, he shouts "You shall not pass!".
- The final scene of Peter tossing Meg outside parodies the credits sequence to The Flintstones.
The Griffin Family History
Stewie Loves Lois
- The end credits sequence is from All in the Family.
- The scene where Peter begs Tom Tucker to give him ice cream is a reference to Kramer vs. Kramer.
Hell Comes to Quahog
- When Diane Simmons reads an on-air message from the Quahog electric company, she screams Hey, you guyyyyys!!, which is then followed by an animated version of the opening sequence from season one of The Electric Company (1971). Tom Tucker then notes that despite the upbeat lyrics, this electric company will not be bringing the power.
- One of Meg's duties at Superstore USA is to give Sloth from The Goonies a Baby Ruth candy bar daily.
Saving Private Brian
- The title refers to Saving Private Ryan.
- When Stewie and Brian hear that they're being shipped to Iraq, Stewie thinks he's going to "Fraggle Ir-rock".
Whistle While Your Wife Works
Prick Up Your Ears
- One of the covers in the adult video store is a context-less picture of two bowling balls and a bowling pin arranged to resemble male genetailia, which might be a reference to the fictional porn movie "Gutterballs" from The Big Lebowski which featured a similar arrangement of bowling balls and pin.
- The joke where a long line of people use increasing violent means to try and calm down Stewie is a homage to a similar joke from Airplane!
- The scene transition to commercial which included live action footage of a car is a reference to the Knight Rider Commercial bumpers.
Road to Rupert
- Peter demands that Meg let him watch SpongeBob SquarePants in the car. She does, and she pulls down a screen showing SpongeBob and Patrick singing "The Campfire Song Song".
- Meg stops at a drive-in theater, where Peter pops his head through the car roof and Meg places Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm on his head.
Peter's Two Dads
- Francis appears as a ghost along with those of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.
The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou
- One of Stewie's final wishes is to visit the Chicago Museum of Art. There, Stewie stares at "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" accompanied to the song Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.
- Peter ties up Joe like a marionette and forces him to sing "The Lonely Goatherd".
- When Peter thinks about putting jet fuel in his pickup to make it fly, the Top Gun theme plays. On top of that, he flies over one of the fighter jets flying beside him inverted and takes a picture of the pilot, which is similar to what Maverick and Goose did during the first part with an enemy MIG.
- Some scenes used similar visuals and sound effects to Airplane!
Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey
No Meals on Wheels
Boys Do Cry
- The title is based on Boys Don't Cry.
- The scene where Chris eyes a beautiful girl on the freeway (who ends up getting hit by a semi) is from National Lampoon's Vacation.
- When Stewie's wig falls off at the pageant, one audience member shouts "It's Enrico Palazzo!"
No Chris Left Behind
- Stewie remarks that he could one day be more powerful than King Friday.
It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One
- Lois claims that the Legion of Doom have teamed up with Hitler to assassinate Jesus. When Lex Luthor wonders how she discovered the plan, Solomon Grundy admits he "dropped the ball on that one."
Meet the Quagmires
- There are many references to Back to the Future such as the reaction to Ronald Reagan being president and the dance at the end.
- The introduction of 18-year-old Lois is a shout out to a similar scene in Caddyshack.
- While traveling through the air vents Peter quotes Die Hard and notes he could write it since it hasnt been made yet.
- The entire episode is a parody of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
- Leia (Lois) challenges Vader (Stewie) to find the stolen plans among a group of suitcases, very much like Deal or No Deal.
- At one point, Chewbacca (Brian) says Fozzie Bear's catchphrase "Wokka-Wokka".
Movin' Out (Brian's Song)
- The title is a mix of the Billy Joel song "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) and the film Brian's Song.
- Brian and Jillian are watching the Lifetime network watching the original movie Men Are Terrible and Will Hurt You Because This is Lifetime starring Valerie Bertinelli.
- Peter tags along with Jillian to go see Disney on Ice with her.
- Peter dresses up in a Donald Duck costume, which is just a sailor's shirt and hat, but no pants.
- Jillian comments on Sebastian dancing with Stitch.
Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air
- When Dr. Hartman shows pictures of potential leg designs for Joe, one of them feature the legs of Big Bird.
- Cleveland gets saved from falling by Spider-Man.
- At the end, Peter hums the show's theme song, replacing "Laugh and cry" with "Joke's on you".
Stewie Kills Lois
- Tom Tucker closes out the news by saying "That's the news, and I...am...outta here!", which was how Dennis Miller ended Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update segment when he was anchor.
- While Stewie thinks to himself and notices the echo in his thoughts, he shouts Pigs in space!".
- Herbert, imitating a scene from Say Anything..., holds a photograph above his head and plays "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee" by Glenn Miller.
- Once again, the Kool-Aid man bursts through the wall in court shouting "Oh yeah!".
Lois Kills Stewie
- Stan Smith and Avery Bullock from American Dad! appear.
- When Peter shoots Stewie, he says "It's just been revoked" from Lethal Weapon 2. When Brian says the line doesn't fit, he says "I'll have what she's having" from When Harry Met Sally....
- When Stewie and Brian argue about the cop-out "ending" to the simulation, Stewie says that at least it didn't end like the infamous cut-to-black ending to The Sopranos, but the episode ends before he finishes his statement.
Padre de Familia
- The title is a Spanish translation of the show's title.
- Peter makes an "American" equivalent of Looney Tunes character Speedy Gonzales called "Rapid Dave".
- Peter sacrificing a goat to Toby Keith is a nod to Jurassic Park.
- Peter shows that one of the odd jobs he had was being a nanny like Mary Poppins and he ends up crushing and killing Jane and Michael.
- Peter's citizenship test somehow turns into a round of Pyramid, complete with Dick Clark telling him the right clue, and the New $25,000 theme playing after that!
- Peter refers to Michael as "McCutie", a reference to the nickname "McDreamy" from Grey's Anatomy.
- McBurgertown is an obvious jab at McDonald's restaurants.
- Stewie and Brian watch One Tree Hill.
- Peter says he will get even with McBurgertown for what they did to him and what they did to Wimpy.
- The Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" plays as Stewie struts around naked at the school.
- The cow's line about his "beloved wife" parodies Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Doubles as an Actor Allusion.
Back to the Woods
- Stewie mentions the time Brian tricked him into watching the infamous "Two girls, one cup" video. The ensuing cutaway has Brian recording his reaction, a reference to YouTube videos of people recording their friends' reactions to the video.
- Peter poses as James Woods and appears on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Play It Again, Brian
- The title is based on the much paraphrased line "Play it again, Sam" from Casablanca. In addition, Seth MacFarlane sings "As Time Goes By".
- Stewie and Herbert play Scattergories, which Herbert says he's missing Boy Meets World for.
- When Lois and Brian decide to rent a movie, Brian suggests Vanilla Sky, but Lois calls it an "abortion". They end up renting Roman Holiday.
- Herbert reads Chris the story of Peter and the Wolf and whistles the main theme of the composition.
- Peter's line "Was he bigger than me?" is a direct quote from Animal House.
- The scene during Peter and Brian's fight where Brian kicks Peter in the nuts while he has a beer keg over his head is a nod to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
- Brian admits that he plagiarized his story from Summer of '42.
- Quint from Jaws can be seen in the crowd during the final song.
The Former Life of Brian
- The title of based on Monty Python's Life of Brian
- Stewie says that the Lamisil mascot is living in Tracy's toenails.
Long John Peter
- A cutaway shows that Peter is responsible for the murder of Nicole Brown-Smith and Ronald Goldman.
- Peter attempts to sing "Down Under" by Men at Work.
I Dream of Jesus
Road to Germany
Baby Not On Board
- Lois calling out Peter on his behavior and his response come from Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Chris laughs and notes, "Movie references."
- The scene where Stewie greets his family when they return is based on Home Alone.
The Man with Two Brians
Tales of a Third Grade Nothing
Ocean's Three and a Half
- Peter performs "The French Mistake" from Blazing Saddles at Straight Camp.
The Juice is Loose
- While Stewie is on the roof, Michael J. Fox yells that he has to tell him about the future. Stewie interrupts, saying he has to talk to Michael about his future.
Not All Dogs Go to Heaven
- When Meg tries to get Kirk Cameron to talk to Brian, he ends up getting Jeremy Miller, who played Cameron's character's brother on Growing Pains. Alan Thicke then appears beside him playing the father.
- Patrick Stewart tells Wil Wheaton that "You'll get nothing and like it!"
- Among the books being burned are The Origin of Species and A Brief History of Time, both noted for creating controversy among Christians.
- The song "A Bag O' Weed" is a parody of "Me Ol' Bamboo" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
- Brian mentions that due to the influence of pot, ratings for Doctor Who are through the roof.
- Peter noting where One-Eyed Willy buried his gold is from The Goonies.
- When his muscly arms turn to sagging skin, he uses it to fly like Rocky the Flying Squirrel.
We Love You, Conrad
- The film's three segments parody Stand by Me, Misery and The Shawshank Redemption.
- The Shawshank Redemption
Road to the Multiverse
- One universe parodies The Flintstones.
- The Disney universe has several nods to their films.
- In one universe, Lee Harvey Oswald shot Mayor McCheese instead of Kennedy.
- Stewie says "Take your stinkin' paws off me, you damn dirty dog!"
Spies Reminiscent of Us
- The title, as well as several scenes, is a parody of the film Spies Like Us.
- The 1981 failed Czechoslovakian occupation outpost penetrated by Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and their ragtag band of misfit soldiers who didn't even graduate references Stripes.
Brian's Got a Brand New Bag
- Stewie and Monkey catch Aquaman and eat him for dinner.
- The climax parodies the 2005 remake of King Kong, only the roles of the ape and the girl are switched.
- The Terminator:
- Part of the robot Miley's skin is blown off to reveal some of its robot skeleton, much like the T-800 in the film.
- After the robot is defeated, its red glowing red eye slowly goes out.
- The robot then explodes, leaving behind only an arm (much to Brian's delight).
Jerome is the New Black
- Brian talks to the father from The Family Circus.
Big Man on Hippocampus
Dial Meg for Murder
Extra Large Medium
Go, Stewie, Go!
- The main plot parodies Tootsie.
- When Mag catches Lois with her boyfriend, a Seinfeld bassline plays after Lois awkwardly tries to get out of it.
Brian Griffin's House of Payne
April in Quahog
- Mayor West tells Orion that it is nothing more than a failed production company.
Brian & Stewie
The Splendid Source
- The scene where Luke/Chris trains on Degobah parodies the training montage from Rocky IV, complete with live-action shots of Ivan Drago training at his gym.Luke/Chris: You know, I'm up for this, but I've got a feeling the Dark Side has a better gym than us.
Partial Terms of Endearment
And Then There Were Fewer
- Stewie and Brian play a game where they hum TV theme tunes and they each try to guess what they are; Brian hums the theme to The Dick Van Dyke Show, while Stewie hums Dynasty.
Excellence in Broadcasting
- The Cold Open features the family watching a HD episode of The Brady Bunch where Mike and Carol sleep in bed with six black men, a poke at Robert Reed's homosexuality. Shelley Long reprises her role as Carol from the movies.
- Rush Limbaugh fighting the multicultural street gang parodies The Karate Kid.
- Stan Smith congratulates Brian for going conservative.
- The cutaway of Rush Limbaugh and John McCain solving a mystery parodies the Scooby-Doo series. The Harlem Globetrotters guest-star like they did on The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
- To prove that he's a contrarian, Brian says that he hates Titanic and Slumdog Millionaire, but loves Cocktail.
- The song "Republican Town" is based on "The Company Way" from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Welcome Back, Carter!
Halloween on Spooner Street
- After Brian is spray-painted pink, he gets empathy from The Pink Panther.
- A Japanese instrumental rendition of the Top Gun theme plays as Peter, Joe, and Quagmire take off for a joyride in a WWII Japanese Zero fighter.
- Chris dresses up in an all-concealing Optimus Prime costume for Halloween.
Baby, You Knock Me Out
Brian Writes a Bestseller
- Brian appears on Real Time with Bill Maher.
Road to the North Pole
New Kidney in Town
- President Obama performs "Honestly Sincere" from Bye Bye Birdie.
And I'm Joyce Kinney
Friends of Peter G.
- Peter and his A.A. buddies perform "Mr. Booze" from Robin and the 7 Hoods to fool Joe.
- Peter sings part of the theme from CatDog before pondering about where each half's poop comes out.
- Chris makes puppets of Jacob and Edward to reenact Twilight.
The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair
- The title and plot are based on The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.
Tiegs for Two
- Peter's fight with Mr. Washee Washee takes place in E. Honda's stage of Street Fighter II.
Brothers & Sisters
The Big Bang Theory
It's a Trap
- Peter attempts to dive into a vault full of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck, but Reality Ensues and he horrifically injures himself.
Seahorse Seashell Party
- A Godzilla toy can be seen in Chris' room.
- One of Brian's hallucinations has Stewie saying "R-R-R-Return the map! R-R-R-Return what you have stolen from me!".
Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.
- Dr. Hartman says "You know, we're all lucky to be alive on such a beautiful day", which is a quote from Grave of the Fireflies.
- Jeff's line "I'm not done drawing you yet!" is a nod to As Good as It Gets.
- Jeff beats Brenda for switching from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to The Late Show with David Letterman.
- The forged letter mentions Grape Ape.
Stewie Goes for a Drive
Back to the Pilot
- The title is based on Back to the Future.
- In an alternate timeline, Brian is the author of the Harry Potter books.
- Joe becomes suspicious of Kevin when he mentions that he saw The Hurt Locker, even though he was said to be in a coma when it came out.
- The credits are based on the credits to National Lampoon's Vacation.
Cool Hand Peter
- The title and plot are based on Cool Hand Luke.
- The guys sing "The Babbitt and the Bromide" from Ziegfeld Follies while on the chain gang.
Grumpy Old Man
- Babs says that Stewie can call Tom and Jerry when they get home.
- Peter pulls off an old person's face as if he was a Scooby-Doo villain.
Meg and Quagmire
- Quagmire's shadow lecherously undresses Meg's shadow, with a smile that says he's got friends on the other side.
The Blind Side
Livin' on a Prayer
Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream
- The title is based on Tucker: The Man and His Dream.
Be Careful What You Fish For
Burning Down the Bayit
- Stewie is scared of the cover of the Queen album News of the World.
You Can't Do That on Television, Peter
- The title is a parody of the Canadian kids' sketch show, You Can't Do That on Television, which became a smash hit on the American cable channel, Nickelodeon in the mid-to-late 1980s.
Mr. and Mrs. Stewie
Leggo My Meg-O
- The plot is based on Taken. Peter's words to the kidnappers over the phone are based on Liam Neeson's character's line from the film as well.
- The title is based on the phrase "Leggo My Eggo!", the slogan for Eggo waffles.
Family Guy Viewer Mail #2
- The plot of "Fatman and Robin" is based on the fable The Golden Touch.
- During Peter and the Giant Chicken's fight, they go back in time and return to the present via Marty McFly and the Time Train.
Into Fat Air
The Old Man and the Big "C"
- Some scenes, including the scene where "Brian goes berserk" and Brian lowering the time machine's odometer, parody Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
- The name of the criminal who crippled Joe is Bobby Briggs.
Lois Comes Out of Her Shell
Friends Without Benefits
Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
- The episode is a parody of SpaceCamp.
- A cutaway shows that Breaking Bad just hypnotizes the viewer to constantly say how good it and The Wire are.
The Giggity Wife
Valentine's Day in Quahog
- The episode is based on Valentine's Day. The opening is based on the film's theatrical trailer.
- Peter and Lois watch the final episode of Tom and Jerry, here Tom just hires an exterminator to get rid of Jerry.
- The title is based on Urban Cowboy.
- Peter watches Muslim Looney Tunes, where Porky Pig pops out of a drum to say that, as a pig, he shouldn't be touched by humans.
12 and a Half Angry Men
- The title and plot are based on 12 Angry Men.
Save the Clam
Road to Vegas
No Country Club for Old Men
- The title is based on No Country for Old Men.
- Peter is outraged to find that chip made his family dresses out of the drapes and took them canoeing, much like Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
A Fistful of Meg
- The title is based on A Fistful of Dollars, while the plot is based on Three O'Clock High.
- Meg defeating Mike by flashing her breasts and causing his face to melt parodies Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- The title is a nod to Peter's attempt at speaking Italian from "McStroke".
- While Peter fiddles with the remote control, Stewie turns into Bart Simpson, Rallo Tubbs, Bobby Hill, Steve Smith, Allen Gregory, Louise Belcher, Manny Delgado and Bender.
- Meg finds loves with Mario.
Life of Brian
Into Harmony's Way
- While riding a forklift, Peter intrudes on a scene from The Lion King to lift a cub higher than Rafiki.
Brian's a Bad Father
Mom's the Word
3 Acts of God
Herpe the Love Sore
- The title refers to Herbie the Love Bug.
- Peter attempts to eat spinach like Popeye, but things don't go the way he expects.
The Most Interesting Man in the World
Baby Got Black
- The title is based on "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot
- The song "Thank the Whites" parodies the song "Pass Me By" by Frank Sinatra.
The Simpsons Guy
The Book of Joe
Brian the Closer
The 2000-Year-Old Virgin
Stewie, Chris & Brian's Excellent Adventure
Our Idiot Brian
This Little Piggy
Stewie is Enceinte
Dr. C and the Women
Take My Wife
Pilling Them Softly
Papa Has a Rollin' Son
- The title is a parody of the song "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" by The Temptations.
Peter, Chris & Brian
- The title is a parody of Brokeback Mountain.
A Shot in the Dark
Candy, Quahog Marshmallow
The Peanut Butter Kid
An App a Day
A Lot Going on Upstairs
- In Stewie's dream, Glenn Close makes a reference to her role in Fatal Attraction, which Stewie doesn't get.
The Heartbreak Dog
Take a Letter
The New Adventures of Old Tom
Run, Chris, Run
Road to India
The Boys in the Band
Bookie of the Year
Inside Family Guy
Chris Has Got a Date, Date, Date, Date, Date
High School English
Carter and Tricia
How the Griffins Stole Christmas
Peter's Def Jam
The Finer Strings
The Dating Game
Cop and a Half-wit
Saturated Fat Guy
Peter's Lost Youth
The Peter Principal
A House Full of Peters