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Popular culture references in Star Trek

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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 dialog.

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).

In the Treaty of Armens (2255), the writer of this document included a fourth wall reference to the origin of the homages: Rick is initially getting a Kei and Yuri reference into the text. You know, the two cute girls with the big guns. We might also mention Akira, Ranma Nibunnoichi, Rhea Gall Force, Urusei Yatsura, and a few other animated films. (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command")



2001: A Space Odyssey

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea




Babylon 5

See also: Babylon 5

Back to the Future

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Battlestar Galactica

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The Beatles

Blade Runner

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Blakes 7

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

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Furthermore, Oscillation Overthruster props can be spotted in a number of episodes.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Calvin and Hobbes

Car 54, Where Are You?




Clavin, Malone, and Peterson

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Colossus: The Forbin Project

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Also see slusho.


Dick Tracy

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Dirty Pair


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

Doctor Who

See also: Doctor Who

The First Men in the Moon

Fold Zandura

The Steamrunner-class was named for an Alex Jaeger sketch of an USS Streamrunner (sic), which was in turn named for a song by Fold Zandura. See Steamrunner-class for more details.

Forbidden Planet

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Gilligan's Island

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Indiana Jones

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James Bond

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

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The Jetsons

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Jurassic Park

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Known Space

Looney Tunes


Hydrogen-alpha emission


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 Seven

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Magnum PI

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

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Marx Brothers

Men In Black

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Mystery Science Theater 3000

See Mystery Science Theater 3000.

National Lampoon's Animal House

  • Worf's smashing of Geordi's lute in "Qpid" (episode title)
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Red Dwarf

Ren and Stimpy

seaQuest DSV

Sherlock Holmes

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Star Wars

Akira and Millennium Falcon

Millennium Falcon cameo in Star Trek: First Contact

R2-D2 cameo in Star Trek

R2-D2's cameo in Star Trek

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The Three Stooges


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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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The Twilight Zone

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 Yatsura

The War of the Worlds

The West Wing

When Worlds Collide

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The X-Files

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