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"Pop culture references"
First occurred: "Pilot" — Participants: Abed, the study group
Type of recurring theme: Pop culture refrences - Cited popular memes from various media in the culture.


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Am I a bird? No, I'm a bat. I am Batman..or am I? Yes, I am Batman. Happy Halloween.
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Abed


Community is a show which references a lot of pop culture from the past and present. Pop culture references are recurring themes within the show used often by Abed through his obsession with TV and movies. They are direct references to people, places, and things within the culture as opposed to meta references which are often references that are hinted at and alluded to but not directly stated. On the episode pages of the Community Wiki, the references are divided into specific categories and are given a brief description along with examples from various episodes.

Pop culture categoriesEdit

Complete list of referencesEdit

Films (Direct Reference)Edit

  • The Breakfast Club
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Stripes
  • Meatballs (2)
  • Indiana Jones 1-4 (4)
  • Carlito’s Way
  • The Cowboy Way
  • The Hard Way
  • Q&A
  • Batman (The Dark Knight) (3)
  • Overboard
  • Back to the Future
  • Back to the Future II
  • Stand By Me
  • Earth vs The Flying Saucers
  • Short Circuit 2
  • Batteries Not Included
  • E.T. (2)
  • Over the Top
  • My Bodyguard
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Robocop (Kickpuncher)
  • Runaway
  • Private Resort
  • Marked for Death
  • Hard to Kill
  • Above the Law
  • Out for Justice
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • 16 Candles
  • The Bucket List
  • Bad Influence
  • The Abyss
  • Earth 3030: Space Ships
  • I Am Legend
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • The Matrix
  • Ghost
  • Robocop (2)
  • Spider-Man Returns
  • The Last Starfighter
  • Farscape
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Blue Streak
  • Saw Franchise
  • The Last Airbender
  • Catfish
  • My Dinner with Andre
  • Indecent Proposal
  • Star Wars (3)
  • Hearts of Darkness
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Star Wars: Christmas Special (Inspector Spacetime: Christmas Special)
  • Gremlins 2
  • Popeye
  • Rambo
  • That’s Enter-Change-Ment
  • Blade
  • About a Boy (as Troy)
  • The Poseidon Adventure
  • Robocop II (evil Abed)
  • Back to the Future III (evil Abed)
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Die Hard III
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Borat
  • Die Hard (3)
  • Capturing the Friedmans
  • Tree of Life
  • Star Wars: Phantom Menace (2)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Change-Up
  • 13 Going on 30
  • 17 Again
  • 18 Again
  • Vice Versa
  • Freaky Friday
  • Unbreakable
  • Spider-Man
  • Timebandits
  • The Rock
  • Con Air
  • Face Off
  • Windtalkers
  • Guarding Tess
  • The Wicker Man
  • Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Moonstruck
  • Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Kiss of Death
  • Matchstick Man
  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Snake Eyes
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Hellraiser
  • Vertigo (Diagonal)
  • The Final Fantasy (El Medico Del Ojo)
  • The Grey
  • Jewel of the Nile
  • The Goonies

Films (Indirect Reference) Edit

  • Aladdin (Troy)
  • Six[teen] Candles
  • An American Tail
  • Fievel Goes West
  • Good Will Hunting (2)
  • Paul Blart Mall Cop
  • Slumdog Millionaire (White Abed)
  • Animal House
  • The Terminator
  • Avatar
  • Toy Story 3 (Pierce)
  • Apollo 13
  • Star Trek: Wrath of Khan (Dean)
  • Aliens, Night of the Living Dead
  • Marmaduke (Troy)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Spartacus
  • The Fugitive
  • Precious (Abed got for Shirley)
  • Patch Adams
  • Blade Runner
  • Rambo: First Blood
  • 2001: Space Odyssey (Annie)
  • Star Wars (Shirley)
  • Rain Man (Pierce)
  • X-Men (evil Abed)
  • Batman (Troy)
  • Wanted
  • Superman 3 (evil Abed in Jeff’s mind)
  • City of Angels
  • Stolen
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • Next
  • Pinhead in Space (Shirley)
  • Catfish (Troy)

TV (Direct Reference)Edit

  • M * A * S * H (2)
  • Johnny Quest
  • Gerald McBoing-Boing
  • The Jeffersons
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Cop Rock
  • Knight Rider (2)
  • Entourage
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Who’s The Boss (2)
  • Friends (2)
  • LOST (2)
  • Vibes
  • Mad Men
  • Scrubs
  • Boondocks
  • The Wire
  • Starscape
  • South Park
  • Star Trek
  • The Simpsons
  • Reading Rainbow
  • Cougar Town (3)
  • The Cape
  • Downtown Abbey (Cougarton Abbey)
  • Doctor Who (Inspector Spacetime) (16)
  • Twin Peaks
  • Ski Shoot Sing
  • American Sword Cooks
  • Blind/Blonde
  • Greendale Babies
  • Hogan’s Heroes
  • Prison Break
  • The Walking Dead
  • Deadliest Catch
  • Three’s Company
  • Gossip Girl
  • Scrubs
  • The Bridge
  • Hannibal
  • Game Of Thrones (Bloodlines of Conquest)

TV (Indirect Reference)Edit

  • Friends
  • Cheers (Jeff)
  • Fawlty Towers (Duncan)
  • Entourage
  • Happy Days (Troy)
  • Looney Tunes - Road Runner
  • Shit My Dad Says
  • Cougar Town (2)
  • Scooby Doo Mysteries
  • Firefly (Troy)
  • Mr. Rogers (Jeff)
  • Frasier (Jeff)
  • Mork and Mindy (Troy)
  • The Real World
  • LOST
  • The Cape (evil Abed in Jeff’s mind)
  • Star Trek (evil Abed in Jeff’s mind)
  • Who’s the Boss
  • He-Man (Abed in Jeff’s mind)

Books (Direct Reference) Edit

  • Dos Mundos Textbook
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  • The Bible (The New Testament)
  • Blade (Marvel Comic)
  • The Chronicles of Riddick (novelization)
  • Biology: Principles and Perspectives 4th Edition
  • History: Understanding the Mystery
  • Gideon’s Bible
  • the Justice League (DC Comic)

Books (Indirect Reference) Edit

  • The Qur’an
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Push by Sapphire (Abed got for Shirley)

Music Edit

  • Somewhere Out There
  • Africa by Toto
  • Linger by The Cranberries (Abed writes parody)
  • The Barenaked Ladies
  • Daybreak by Michael Haggins (4)
  • Kiss from a Rose by Seal
  • The Beatles
  • As I Lay Me Down by Sophie B. Hawkins
  • Open the Door by The Secret Door

People/Characters (Direct Reference)Edit

  • Elizabeth Shue
  • Bill Murray
  • Michael Douglass
  • Robin Williams
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Luis Guzman
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Cookie Monster
  • Brian Williams
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Hawkeye (MASH)
  • Tom Selleck
  • The Brady Bunch (Cast)
  • Meryl Streep
  • Christian Bale
  • Phoebe Buffay (Friends)
  • Chandler Bing (Friends)
  • Rachel Green (Friends) (2)
  • Jin-Soo Kwon (LOST)
  • Jodie Foster
  • Peter Pan
  • Wendy
  • Tinkerbell
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Robert DeNiro
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Will.I.Am
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Steven Seagal
  • Predator (2)
  • Dick Van Dyke
  • Sam Malone (Cheers)
  • Zach Braff (2)
  • Hilary Swank
  • Burt & Ernie
  • Halle Berry
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Cliff Claven (Cheers)
  • George Costanza (Seinfeld)
  • Turtle (Entourage)
  • Johnny Drama (Entourage)
  • E (Entourage)
  • Ross Geller (Friends)
  • Paul Giamatti
  • Sam Elliott
  • LeVar Burton
  • King Tut
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Rob Lowe
  • James Spader
  • Ben Lyons
  • Jesus Christ
  • Marty McFly (Back to the Future)
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Ripley (Aliens)
  • Michael Penn
  • Tom Cruise
  • Michael Crichton
  • Johnny Depp (2)
  • Anderson Cooper
  • Data (Star Trek)
  • Johnny 5 (Short Circuit)
  • Mork (Mork & Mindy)
  • HAL (Space Odyssey)
  • KITT (Knight Rider)
  • K9 (Doctor Who)
  • Woodstock (Peanuts)
  • Snoopy (Peanuts)
  • Spock (Star Trek)
  • Han Solo (Star Wars)
  • Nick Nolte
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Doris Day
  • Joseph McCarthy
  • French Stewart
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Geena Davis
  • Lorenzo Lamas
  • Shridhar Chillal
  • Clive Owen (as Troy)
  • Hitler (as Troy)
  • Jim Belushi (2)
  • Fred Willard
  • Osama Bin Laden
  • Amelia Earhart (as Jeff)
  • Leo DiCaprio (as Dean)
  • Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes)
  • Linda McCartney
  • Morgan Freeman
  • John McClane
  • Roger Ebert
  • George Lucas
  • The Avengers
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Van Damme
  • Lawrence Kenner
  • Mark Rosenthal
  • Jon Turtletaub
  • Neil LaBute
  • Anthony Shaffer
  • Ben Hecht
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Keyser Soze (The Usual Suspects)
  • Ewoks (Star Wars)
  • Marco Polo
  • Elliot Gould
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Woody Allen

Other Edit

  • Sims game (Indirect)
  • Papa John’s
  • Charades (Game)
  • Children’s Tylenol
  • Mountain lion eat my leg & autotune remix (YouTube video)
  • Asteroids (arcade game)
  • HBO
  • Showtime
  • Starz
  • Starz Black
  • Operation (Game)
  • Andy Warhol-style poster of Troy & Abed
  • Stonehenge
  • Star Wars sheets (could be Troy’s)
  • New Line Cinema
  • Sundance
  • Slam Dance
  • Dance Pants
  • Marshall’s (store)
  • VH1 (evil Abed)
  • Dorito Taco
  • Microsoft paint (Dean)
  • Circuit City (as Dean)
  • Lactaid
  • Spawncraft (Game)
  • Bennigan’s (Restaurant)
  • Teflon
  • Legion of Doom
  • Disney
  • Blockbuster
  • Netflix (2)
  • Cinnabite (Cinnabon Food)
  • Facebook (2)
  • Fun with Friends (YouTube Page)
  • Great Wall of China
  • The Dead Alewives (Dan Harmon’s old comedy group)
  • Pet Rocks
  • Chicago

People/Characters (Indirect Reference)Edit

  • Molly Ringwald
  • Kanye & Kumar (Troy)
  • Charlie Kaufman (Shirley)
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Jeff)
  • Tom Cruise (Abed hired impersonator)
  • Carson Daly
  • Robin Williams (Troy)
  • Don Draper (Jeff)
  • Brett Radner (Shirley)
  • Steven Spielberg (Shirley)
  • George Wendt (Dean)
  • Stefanie Powers (Dean)
  • Adolf Hitler (Jeff)
  • Judge Reinhold (Troy)
  • Martha Stewart (Jeff)
  • Liam Neeson (Jeff)
  • Brett Underjaw (Annie)
  • Joseph Gordon Levitt (Joseph Gordon Diehard)

Possible References Edit

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Chamber of things get emotional)
  • Stan Lee (Abed shouts Excelsior! in DnD)
  • Fringe (Abed calls himself “the only Observer,” and shares traits with the Observers at that point in the series, also Andy Bobrow loves Fringe, so it might be a reference)
  • Donnie Darko (Abed: Are you real? Evil Abed: Are you?)
  • It Could Happen to You (post-it note in Introduction To Teaching: C… Cop = Charlie Cop?).

Key Edit

  • (Number): Total episode appearances.
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