Paradise P.D. is a very reference-heavy TV show, that's made plenty of subtle and significant shout-outs to other media.
The creators of the show, Roger Black and Waco O'Guin are really big fans of 80's movies and video games.
Welcome to Paradise
- Kevin goes in disguise as an Italian man and Robby and Delbert need to think of a fake Italian name for him. Instead of going with the go-to Italian name of "Mario" or "Luigi", they come up with the name "Galaga Dig Dug". After forgetting the name they gave him, they rename him "Pole Position Pac-Man Jr. Frogger Asteroids Sega Master System". Terry Two-Toes believes this.
- Randall has a difficult time admitting he's wrong to Kevin, as he can't even seem to formulate the words. This is a subtle reference to The Fonz from Happy Days and his classic running gag, where he, himself was incapable of saying the same word. Only this show does a bit of a spin on it, where instead of just choking when trying to admit he's wrong, Randall straight up vomits all over the floor.
Ass on the Line
- Molesto the Sex Crime Dog is a hilarious parody on McGruff the Crime Dog.
Black & Blue
- Bullet making the horrifying discovery that Red Lobster meals are made with the DNA of old people is an obvious reference to Soylent Green.Bullet: Red Lobster ... is OLD PEOPLE!?
- The plot of the whole episode is a clear parody on the famous Knight Rider episodes "Trust Doesn't Rust" and "K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R.". While not the most original parody in the world, it still manages to make things new by having Kevin not only be friends with the car character but be straight up in love with and even sexually intimate with it.
Dungeons & Dragnet
- If the title didn't already give it away, this whole episode pays tribute to Black and O'Guin's favorite childhood method of protecting their virginities 'til college, Dungeons & Dragons.
- A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment during the theme song in this episode only, shows that in the background, the sign that normally reads "Paradise Police Department" has now been replaced with "We Love You Gary Gygax!".
Meet the Jabowskis
- Fitz and Bullet's sideplot, where they fight over a briefcase full of money slightly resembles It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, but it may or may not have been intentional.
- During the bar scene at Possum Pete's, one of the toys in the claw machine in the background is a Squabbit from Black and O'Guin's own, Brickleberry.
- Hancock makes a clever and witty reference to The Beatles, by asking his police sergeant for pepper spray.
- A new menu item at Arby's is called the "Meat Spin". If you don't know what that is, go look it up.
- Kevin insults himself, through Fitz, calling himself a "Brickleberry looking bitch.", in reference to how he is an Expy of that show's one and only, Steve Williams.
- When Dusty embraces his new Native American identity, he sings the infamous Indian tune. You know the one.
- Dusty in his Indian garb, crying over a litterbug throwing a half-eaten cheeseburger on the ground, is an on-the-nose reference to the iconic crying Indian, "Chief Iron Eyes Cody", crying in his famous "Keep America Beautiful" PSA.Dusty: I could have eaten the rest of that cheeseburger.
Christmas in Paradise
- The title and plot pay homage to Paradise Found.
- Dusty joins the Neo-Nazi club and dresses as Neo from The Matrix.
- Fitz blowing up the abandoned cold storage building pays homage to the famous scene of The Joker blowing up the Gotham Hospital in The Dark Knight.
- Kevin and Dusty get into an anime-style fight that looks a lot like Dragon Ball Super. Kevin even goes Super Saiyan Blue!
- After Kevin defeats Dusty, Kevin transforms into a sexy anime girl, similar to the show, Sailor Moon.
Big Ball Energy
- Cop Bot shows Fitz an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, where Jake sets a spider loose and it winds up on Terry's head. This is a direct reference to the exact episode, Boyle's Hunch.
Tucker Carlson is a Huge Dick
- Due to censorship and legal reasons, Paradise P.D. constantly bashes on an unidentified woman known only as "The Celebrity We Can't Mention", for her bullshit "medical" company, where she sells worthless alternative medicine to dumb suckers, who are willing to pay for it. The celebrity they're avoiding mentioning is Gwyneth Paltrow, who is either a corporate hack, who is either willfully ripping people off for money or too stupid to know that alternative medicine is complete horsecrap.
- It's unknown if Paradise P.D. was actually censored or if this was all just a joke. It's possible it was a joke, given that Gwyneth Paltrow's show, Goop is also a Netflix original, meaning there should be no legal trouble with mocking the TV show.
- A corrupt businessman named Brett DeMarco showed up to associate with The Legion of Dooooom. Paradise P.D. might have been slandering this innocent guy on LinkedIn for no reason.
- Bullet's police force consists of other funny animals from famous cartoons, such as Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales (2017), the titular character from Heathcliff, Droopy Dog and Porky Pig from Looney Tunes, and the titular character from Woody Woodpecker.
- When Tucker Carlson, died by melting down the storm train, he exclaims "What a world!", quoting The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.
Who Ate Wally's Waffles?
- This whole episode is jam-packed with Disney references both subtle and overt.
- A show on Disney+ is called "Vampire Boy Bands on Deck".
- A movie poster at Disney World advertises an adult film called "Lady and Tramp".
- Raven Simone of That's So Raven and Raven's Home is insulted mercilessly.
- The Lion King lift is performed at Delbert's birth.
- Robby and Delbert's duet is a parody of the famous song from Beauty and the Beast.
- When Robby sings off into the starry night sky, the word "Tits" forms in the stars. This is a reference to a subliminal message from The Lion King, where Mufasa slammed his head down on the ground, sending a bunch of dust into the night sky, where it formed the shape of the word "Sex".
- Such racist characters from famous Disney movies as Sunflower from Fantasia, Shun-Gon from The Aristocats, Peter Pan, Aduck Hitler from The Ducktators, The Jim Crows from Dumbo, and Uncle Remus from Song of the South come out of the Disney vault.
- Gravity Falls is referenced, when a Bill Cipher cameo appears on the capsule where Walt Disney's brain is stored.
The Father, The Son, and The Holy Post-It Note
- Agent Clappers makes a direct and very well-done reference to The Wire, raving about what a great show it is and describing the show in such keen detail, that he even mentions a specific episode! Obviously, Agent Clappers is not only voiced by Lance Reddick but also modeled after his character from The Wire, Cedric Daniels. In a dialogue block, Agent Clappers chastises Kevin for not watching The Wire and goes on about how great Lt. Daniels is, especially. He even mentions how in "Season 2, Episode 12", he takes his shirt off and looks so sexually ripped. If you were to watch that exact episode of that very show, it redirects you to the Season 2 finale episode, "Port in a Storm", where this exact thing happens in the show, just like Clappers said.
- The billboard for The Catholic Church reads "Ezek. 23:30". If you look this up in scripture, it gives you, ... this.
- Thester roasts Randall by telling him "Woody from Brickleberry called. He wants his voice back."
- If you pay close attention, you'll notice Agent Dunfore drives the Eagle 5 from Spaceballs.
Flip the Vote
- Although it happened about 4 years late, Paradise P.D. made a reference to the Deez Nuts meme, by having a mayoral election, where Karen runs against an actual human being named "Deez Nuts".Lickon: I am not a joke write-in candidate! I am successful Harvard graduate, Dr. Lickon Deez Nuts! Son of Hungarian immigrants, Gargle Deez Nuts and Nibblon Deez Nuts!
- Dobby does the Naruto run.
- At the end of the episode, Paradise P.D. and Karen flee town to go to Brickleberry National Park from Brickleberry, accompanied by the chorus of the show's theme song.
Paradise PD Meets Brickleberry
- This episode is a Crossover with Brickleberry.
- Hopson tells Denzel that he likes his men like he likes his coffee, hot, black, and up his ass. This is a take on a quote said by a little girl in Airplane!, "I like my men like I like my coffee. Black."
- Woody saying "We Have a Connie!" followed by Connie bodyslamming Gina is a take on "We Have a Hulk!", said by Tony Stark in ''The Avengers.
- Denzel says "Challenge Accepted", quoting the legendary Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother.
- Snoopy and Woodstock from Peanuts appear, making this technically a massive multiplayer crossover.
- Connie says "Oops, did I do that?", quoting Steve Urkle from Family Matters.
- Karen passes off Brickleberry as "Family Guy in the woods" and says she'd rather have crossed over with Big Mouth.
- Kevin suggests assistance from the Brickleberry park rangers but Randall tells him they could only license them for one episode. Kevin points to some people behind them who he thinks are the Brickleberry park rangers, only to find out they're cheap knockoffs.Pauly: Hi! I'm Pauly Swanson, from Bronkleberry National Plerk!
Randall: God damn these lawyers! They can't even say "Park"!
- Gina does a Leeroy Jenkins.Gina: Ginaaaaaaaa Jabowskiiiiiiiii!