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Star Trek and pop culture

From time to time various popular culture references have appeared in Star Trek as in-jokes. These references, while mostly included in background displays, have also been in spoken dialogue.

The following articles contain references, or homages, to various popular culture media sources.

Numerous science fiction writers have been referenced or acknowledged throughout the series, including Isaac Asimov (Amasov), Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury (USS Bradbury, Bradbury-class), Arthur C. Clarke (Clarke's Disease, 2001: A Space Odyssey), Theodore Sturgeon (Sturgeon), Jules Verne (Verne), and H.G. Wells (Wells-class).

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2001: A Space OdysseyEdit

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20,000 Leagues Under the SeaEdit


Albedo AnthropomorphicsEdit



Alice's Adventures in WonderlandEdit

In addition, the stories and their characters were also directly referenced a number of times. See Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. LovecraftEdit


Babylon 5Edit

See also: Babylon 5

Back to the FutureEdit

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Battlestar GalacticaEdit

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The BeatlesEdit

The Big Bang TheoryEdit

Blade RunnerEdit

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Blakes 7Edit

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th DimensionEdit

Furthermore, Oscillation Overthruster props can be spotted in a number of episodes.
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Buffy the Vampire SlayerEdit

Calvin and HobbesEdit

Car 54, Where Are You?Edit


Catch 22Edit



Clavyn, Malone, and Peterson

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Colossus: The Forbin ProjectEdit

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Dick TracyEdit

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Dirty PairEdit


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombEdit

Doctor WhoEdit

See also: Doctor Who

The Firesign TheatreEdit

The First Men in the MoonEdit

The FlintstonesEdit

Forbidden PlanetEdit

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Gall ForceEdit

Gilligan's IslandEdit

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyEdit

Honneamise (Oneamisu) No Tsubasa (The Wings of Honneamise)Edit

Indiana JonesEdit

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James BondEdit

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Our Man Bashir" is basically a parody of the James Bond franchise.

In TOS: "I, Mudd", a busty female android (presumably played by Marlys Burdette), wearing a red dress, has the identification number "007" on her neckpiece, possibly an in-joke reference to the Bond films.

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The JetsonsEdit

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Jurassic ParkEdit

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Known SpaceEdit

Looney Tunes Edit


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M*A*S*H is an oft-referenced movie and show in Star Trek. Its unit number, 4077, was frequently used on viewscreens and computer readouts.

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The Magnificent SevenEdit

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Magnum PIEdit

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Edit

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Marx BrothersEdit

Max HeadroomEdit

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Men In BlackEdit

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My Neighbor TotoroEdit

Mystery Science Theater 3000Edit

See Mystery Science Theater 3000.

National Lampoon's Animal HouseEdit

  • Worf's smashing of Geordi's lute in "Qpid" (episode title)
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The PrisonerEdit

Ranma Nibunnoichi (Ranma ½) Edit

Red DwarfEdit

Ren and StimpyEdit

seaQuest DSVEdit

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Sherlock HolmesEdit

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In Star Trek Beyond, Kirk tells Spock to “Skip to the end!”, quoting the popular line from Spaced. This was included by Spaced and Beyond writer Simon Pegg. [1]

Star WarsEdit

See Star Wars.

The Three StoogesEdit


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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SpyEdit

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The Twilight ZoneEdit

In "Carbon Creek", Trip Tucker said "Sounds like an old episode of the Twilight Zone" in response to the Vulcans' crash-landing.

William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, and George Takei have all appeared in Twilight Zone episodes. Also, Star Trek writers George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson, and Jerry Sohl were regular contributors to the series. TOS directors Robert Butler, Ralph Senensky, Robert Gist, and Tony Leader have also worked on The Twilight Zone.

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Urusei YatsuraEdit

The War of the WorldsEdit

The West WingEdit

When Worlds CollideEdit

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The X-FilesEdit

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Yogi BearEdit


Fold Zandura Edit

Nine Inch NailsEdit

Frank SinatraEdit

Siouxsie Sioux Edit


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