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  • Rod Serling is featured in the opening credits.
  • In "Shatterday", Peter Jay Novins' alter ego mentions the novel The Star Rover by Jack London, which concerns Astral Projection, in attempting to understand why there are now two of him.
  • In "A Little Peace and Quiet", there is a double bill of Fail Safe and Dr. Strangelove playing at the cinema as a nuclear bomb is poised to destroy Penny's town. Both films involve nuclear warfare.
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  • In "Chameleon", Gerald Tyson talks very enthusiastically about The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), describing it as classic '50s paranoia and saying that he always watches it whenever it is on television.
  • In "Kentucky Rye", Bob Spindler listens to the Rod Stewart song "Some Guys Have All the Luck" while driving drunk.
  • In "Little Boy Lost", Carol Shelton and her boyfriend Greg see Beverly Hills Cop at the cinema.
  • In "Wish Bank", Janice Hamill's friend Mary Ellen says that the magic lamp that Janice finds at the rummage sale is straight out of The Thief of Bagdad (1940).
  • In "Ye Gods", Todd Ettinger tells his friend Peter that he is madly in love with a woman whom he has only met briefly and he feels as if he has missed the boat. Peter jokes that he has missed The Love Boat.
  • In "Paladin of the Lost Hour", Gaspar quotes the line "I'm not afraid of death. I just don't want to be there when it happens" from Woody Allen's play Death.
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  • Also in "Paladin of the Lost Hour", Gaspar refers to the novel Lost Horizon and the film adaptation starring Ronald Colman. He compares the High Lama bestowing the responsibility of taking care of Shangri-La on Colman's character Robert Conway to his decision to entrust Billy Kinetta with the lost hour.
  • In "Dead Woman's Shoes", Susan Montgomery (in Maddie Duncan's body) jokingly tells her husband Kyle that she is the Wicked Witch of the East and that next time he should drop a house on her if he wants her death to be final.
  • In "The Shadow Man", Danny Hayes watches The Valley of Gwangi on television.
  • Also in "The Shadow Man", the silhouette of the Shadow Man, resembling a man wearing a fedora and trenchcoat, is based on the typical attire of the title character of The Shadow.
  • In "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty", there are several:
  • In "I of Newton", the demon says "You mention Dante to most people these days and they ask you how you liked Gremlins." Joe Dante directed the Twilight Zone: The Movie segment "It's a Good Life" and "The Shadow Man".
  • "Monsters!" has several to monster movies as Toby Michaels and his father are big fans:
  • In "A Small Talent for War", the appearance of the alien ambassador is based on that of Klaatu from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).
  • Also in "A Small Talent for War", before his people destroy Earth, the alien ambassador quotes the last words of the "fine Earth actor" Edmund Gwenn: "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard."
  • In "A Matter of Minutes", Michael and June Wright hide from the faceless workers in a cinema playing Time Bandits.
  • In "Gramma", there are several to the Cthulhu Mythos. Georgie finds the Necronomicon from which his grandmother derives her powers. It mentions Cthulhu (which Georgie thinks is a dumb name) and Yog-Sothoth.
  • In "Personal Demons", Rockne O'Bannon has written for such shows as Gunsmoke, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, The Mod Squad, S.W.A.T. (1975) and The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • In "Button, Button", It's a Wonderful Life is playing on television while Norma Lewis is waiting for Mr. Steward in her apartment.
  • As an Affectionate Parody of 1950s science fiction films, "A Day in Beaumont" is filled with references to such films and sci-fi works in general:
    • Dr. Kevin Carlson and Faith witness a Flying Saucer crash in the desert, as John Putnam (played by Richard Carlson) and Ellen Fields did in It Came from Outer Space.
    • As a result of an EMP, Kevin's watch stops working when the flying saucer crashes. The same thing happened to Dr. Clayton Forrester in The War of the Worlds.
    • Kevin and Faith see the Insectoid Aliens remove large green pods from their ship, which crashed near the Santa Mira mountains. Faith's uncle Ira is later assimilated by the aliens. In Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Santa Mira is invaded by aliens who grow copies of humans in pods. Becky Driscoll's uncle Ira is among the first victims. The film's director Don Siegel later directed The Twilight Zone episodes "Uncle Simon" and "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross".
    • H.G. Orson sarcastically asks Kevin if he has seen any giant ants. There is also a hardware store called Johnson's. In Them!, Grampa Johnson is one of the first people killed by the giant ants.
    • The aliens are unable to bend their little fingers while disguised as humans. The same is true of the aliens in The Invaders.
  • In "The Once and Future King", Elvis Presley comments that Gary Pitkin, an Elvis Impersonator from 1986, looks "all shook up" after getting into a car accident. He later tells Gary that "you ain't my brother and you ain't no friend of mine." The second part of that is a line from Elvis' song "Hound Dog". Gary also mentions Elvis' appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • In "Nightsong", Ace Campbell introduces the next DJ as "our Midnight Queen, Andrea Fields forever" at the end of his show, a reference to The Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever".
  • In "The World Next Door", Barney Schlessinger refers to his Retro Universe counterpart's butler as "Jeeves" before he discovers that his name is Henry.
  • In "The Road Less Traveled", Jeff and Denise McDowell watch The Thing from Another World.
  • In "The Card", the Wolfes' Golden Retriever is named Scooby.
  • In "Shelter Skelter", Wendy refers to her brother-in-law Harry Dobbs as "Godzilla, King of the Monsters."
  • In "The Girl I Married", Ira Richman and the hippie version of his wife Valerie see a double bill of Easy Rider and Woodstock at a '60s revival theater.
  • In "Extra Innings", the closing narration describes Ed Hamner as "an eternal boy of summer," a reference to Roger Kahn's book The Boys of Summer about the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • The closing narration of "A Game of Pool" quotes two lines from the 1838 poem "A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
    "Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime; and departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time."
  • In "Room 2426", the totalitarian state's titular torture chamber is a reference to Room 101 from 1984 by George Orwell.
  • In "The Mind of Simon Foster", the pawnbroker Mr. Quint says "Be seeing you" to the title character as he leaves his shop. This phrase is commonly used by the inhabitants of the Village in The Prisoner (1967).
  • In "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich", Hazel Thorne says "Here's lookin' at you, kid" to Nino Lancaster.
  • In "Father & Son Game", Michael Stephens compares his father Darius, whose mind now inhabits a Cyborg body, to the Tin Man. Darius assures him that he is not Frankenstein's Monster.
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