Pop culture references

This is a list of ''confirmed'' or ''irrefutable'' allusions and references of '''movies, television, and miscellaneous pop culture''' seen on ''Lost'' (per transcript verbatum and/or crew citation).  As it is a list of miscellany, it primarily lists movies, TV and comic art content that is not included in other cultural references pages.

''For references from shows, movies, and other outside sources to Lost, see Outside references to Lost.''


The full list of direct references to Movies, TV or miscellaneous pop culture is sorted by name below.  Only direct references or influences confirmed by major contributors to the production team are given.

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==20000 Leagues under the Sea (Movie)==
* The Admiral MacCutcheon that Charles Widmore mentions to Desmond was a character from a remake film of the classic, ''Wikipedia20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'' (by Jules Verne). {{crossref}}

==Altered States (Movie)==
* Charlie says "I'm going to stand out here in case you devolve into a monkey" when Locke asks him to stand guard at the sweat tent, which is what happens to the main character of ''WikipediaAltered States''. {{crossref}}

==Alias (TV)==
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==Back to the Future==

{{Quote= Miles looks at Jack and points at Kate, emphasizing her point. Miles walks over to the table where Hurley is inspecting his hand. 

MILES What the hell are you doing, Tubby?
HURLEY Checking to see if I'm disappearing.
MILES What?
HURLEY "Back to the Future," man. We came back in time to the island and changed stuff. So if little Ben dies, he'll never grow up to be big Ben, who's the one who made us come back here in the first place. Which means we can't be here. And therefore, dude? We don't exist.
MILES You're an idiot. Takes a seat at the table
HURLEY Am I?
MILES Yeah. It doesn't work like that. You can't change anything. Your maniac Iraqi buddy shot Linus. That is what always happened. It's just...we never experienced how it all turns out.
Hurley looks at Jack, confused.
HURLEY This is really confusing. .}} ==The Blue Danube (Cartoon)== {{main}} * ''http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Corny_Concerto'' was a cartoon shown to Jack. {{crossref}} ==Boston Red Sox (Sports team)== {{main}} * "That's why the Red Sox will never win the World Series." was a phrase repeatedly used by Christian Shephard to describe his thoughts on fate. {{crossref}} *The Red Sox winning the World Series was a clip Ben showed to Jack on the Hydra television. {{crossref}} **This Ben's tape, entitled ''RED SOX'', was later "taped over" by Ben, with footage of Charles Widmore beating one of Ben's "people", which he showed to Locke. {{crossref}} * Jack asks Frank if the Red Sox really did win the World Series. {{crossref}} * Jack scoffs at the headline, "Yankees bludgeon Red Sox in Series Sweep", exclaiming "A-Rod", a reference to the Yankees' successful and controversial third-baseman, Alex Rodriguez. {{crossref}} ==The Brady Bunch (TV)== *Sawyer compares Karl with Bobby Brady, from ''WikipediaThe Brady Bunch''. (Karl responds with "What the hell is ''The Brady Bunch''?") {{crossref}} ==Celtic FC (Sports team)== *Desmond sings "The Celtic Song" which is sung by supporters of the Scottish football club. His girlfriend Ruth also says that Desmond's only religious experience while they dated regarded Celtic winning "wikipediaScottish Cup". {{Crossref}} ==Dallas Cowboys (Sports Team)== *As Sawyer and Juliet are being led up the dock to the Galaga, Sawyer says "We'll bet the Cowboys in the '78 Super Bowl. We're gonna be rich", referencing the Dallas Cowboys 27-10 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII. {{crossref}} ==Disney (Theme parks)== * During a game of I Never, Sawyer says he's never been to WikipediaDisneyland. Kate does not drink, indicating that she also has never been to the Anaheim, California-based theme park, to which Sawyer replies, "Now, that's sad."{{crossref}} * According to the Season 2 DVD featurette "Secrets from the Hatch", the Swan interior was originally inspired by Disneyland's WikipediaTomorrowland. ==The Flintstones (Cartoon)== * Libby says "You ever watch ''wikipediathe Flintstones''?" to Hurley when they were lost in the jungle. {{crossref}} ==Gilligan's Island (TV)== * Sawyer calls Charlotte ''wikipediaGinger Grant|"Ginger"'' after he slaps Daniel Faraday. {{crossref}} * In the episode "Two on a Raft," Gilligan and the Skipper set off on a raft to find help. Their raft is attacked by sharks and they end up on the other side of the island. {{crossref}} {{crossref}} ==Green Lantern and Flash (Comic)== {{main}} * A ''wikipediaGreen Lantern'' and ''wikipediaflash (comics)'' comic book was seen in multiple episodes of Season 1, as a comic Walt picks up and enjoys. Contains pictures of a polar bear. It originally belonged to Hurley, and was burned by Michael. {{Crossref}},{{Crossref}} ==Harry Potter (Movie)== * Hurley told Sawyer he looked like "someone steamrolled ''wikipediaHarry Potter (films)''. {{crossref}} ==Little House on the Prairie (TV)== *Sawyer watched ''wikipediaLittle House on the Prairie (TV series)'' as a child, while at home ill. {{crossref}} ==Lord of the Rings, The (Movie)== * Charlie said that he's heard trees are great conversationalists. This referenced actor Dominic Monaghan's role in ''wikipediaThe Lord of the Rings'', where his character spent time talking to wikipediaEnt. {{crossref}} * The 6th Season Soundtrack features a piece entitled "Down The Hobbit Hole." ==Memoirs of a Geisha (Movie)== * A background character at the airport (Gina) remarked that Sun's subservience to Jin was like "''WikipediaMemoirs of a Geisha (film)'' come to life." {{crossref}} ==Mission Impossible III (Movie)== * Pan Pacific Airlines was previously seen as part of "Pan Pacific" livery in ''Mission Impossible III''. ==Mr. Ed (TV)== * Sawyer calls Mr. Eko "Mr. Ed", in reference to the 1960's sitcom ''WikipediaMr. Ed. Ed''. {{crossref}} ==Muppet Show, The (TV)== * ''wcmuppetThe Muppet Show'' plays on one of the monitors in The Flame. {{crossref}} ==Nash Bridges (TV)== * The title "Nash Bridges" was visible on the document Gina was reading. {{crossref}} (Producer Carlton Cuse created the television series ''wikipediaNash Bridges''.) ==New York Yankees (Sports team)== {{main}} * Jack asks Frank, "Did the Sox really win the Series?", to which Frank replies, "Don't even get me started on that, I grew up in the Bronx", which references Frank's allegiance to the Yankees. {{crossref}} * Jack scoffs at the headline, "Yankees bludgeon Red Sox in Series Sweep", exclaiming "A-Rod", a reference to the Yankees' successful and controversial third-baseman, Alex Rodriguez. {{crossref}} ==The Office (TV)== * Charlie's date, Lucy, mentioned that her dad was out of town looking to buy a paper company in Slough. This was a reference to the British comedy ''WikipediaThe Office (UK TV series)'', which took place at a paper company in Slough, which some of the writers are reputedly fans of. {{crossref}} ==The Outsiders (Movie)== * Hurley's friend Johnny told him "Stay gold, Ponyboy". This is a reference to the book/movie ''The Outsiders''. {{crossref}} ==Power Rangers (TV)== * Walt is watching ''Power Rangers SPD'' on the hotel room television. {{crossref}} * Several ''Power Rangers Operation Overdrive'' items are visible in the toy store where Jin purchases the stuffed pandas. {{crossref}} The continuity issue with these is that, officially, the plane crashed in September 2004. Power Rangers SPD first aired in February 2005 and Power Rangers Operation Overdrive began in February 2007. ==Pi (Movie)== {{main}} ==Rambo (Movie)== * Hurley tells Jack he shouldn't go to the helicopter because "those Rambo guys" are heading there. John James Rambo was a troubled war vet and a Green Beret in a series of movies that highlight his survival skills and special ops training. "Going Rambo" has become synonomous with a person who uses excessive gun violence. {{crossref}} *Rose tells Bernard "Remember you're a dentist, you're not Rambo" as he joins an armed mission with Jin and Sayid. {{crossref}} ==Say Anything (Movie)== * The movie "''wikipediaSay Anything (film)''" was referenced to by Hurley when he requested the radio from Sayid to woo Libby, describing how in the movie the protagonist uses a boombox to plase his crush. {{crossref}}. * "Us", "Up", "So", and "Security" are all spoken in dialogue {{crossref}}, denoting Peter Gabriel album titles after Hurley refers to Peter in reference to "Say Anything". ==Shining, The (Movie)== * Minkowski referenced ''wikipediaThe Shining (film)'' when he commented about Michael bouncing a ball against the wall in the freighter. {{crossref}} The film's main character, Jack, bounces balls against the wall in the hotel out of boredom. ==Star Trek (TV)== * ''wikipediaStar Trek'' was mentioned by Boone to Locke in reference to the "redshirt" stock character (Terry O'Quinn, who plays Locke, had previously guest starred on ''Star Trek The Next Generation''). {{crossref}} The redshirt reference was later discussed in detail by Damon Lindelof http//www.lost-tv.com/exclusives/damon081804.html and developed into fan name for "background character" Flight 815 survivors. * A life-size poster of Captain Kirk is visible in Damon Lindelof's office in the Lost The Complete Third Season (DVD)"Lost in a Day", at the "439 pm Los Angeles" segment. *During a flashback in {{ep}}, Jack Shephard confides in his father before his wedding that he is having difficulty writing his vows, to which Christian Shephard responds with "you're a doctor, not a writer." This is a reference to the famous catch phrase of Doctor WikipediaLeonard McCoy. McCoy. *In {{ep}} Sawyer calls Jin ''Sulu''. Sulu was an Asian character on the original series. *In {{ep}} Sawyer calls Desmond ''Scotty''. ''Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott'' is a character in the original series of Star Trek. * Charlotte jokes that she speaks Klingon (in addition to Korean). {{crossref}} *In the American broadcast of {{ep}} the ''Lost'' intertitle was suddenly placed among stars, with a Starship Enterprise soaring through the "O" in ''Lost'' as part of a promotion for J.J. Abrams' new film ''Star Trek''. https//archive.is/20130114065556/img504.imageshack.us/img504/9348/startrek.gif startrek.gif * Damon Lindelof said in the Season 4 commentary that the finale of Star Trek The Next Generation, "All Good Things", was a big influence on the episode The Constant. * In {{ep}} Dogen has a baseball placed on his desk. In Deep Space Nine, wikipedia Benjamin Sisko, the commander of the station, used to have a baseball prominently placed on his desk throughout the entire run of the show. In the pilot episode, he used the baseball as a metaphor to explain the nature of linear time to the inhabitants of the wormhole, who experienced time all at once. * In one of his flash-sideways, John Locke (at the time a bald, wheelchair-bound teacher) asks for Earl Grey tea. This was likely a nod to Sir Patrick Stewart, who played both Captain Jean-Luc Picard (who always requested Earl Grey tea and was bald) and Professor Charles Xavier (a bald, wheelchair-bound teacher. {{crossref}} * Both Terry O'Quinn and Fionnula Flanagan guest starred (in separate episodes) in the final season of ''Star Trek The Next Generation''. *J.J. Abrams directed the 2009 film. ==Star Wars (Movie)== {{main}} ==Subterranean Homesick Blues (Music video)== *Juliet's video, in which she holds up cue cards, is reminiscent of Bob Dylan's video for ''wikipediaSubterranean Homesick Blues''. (confirmed reference in Official Lost Podcast transcript/November 06, 2006/06/06 podcast) {{crossref}} ==To Kill a Mockingbird (Movie)== * Before Juliet plays the Juliet's tape for Jack, she claimed to put ''wikipediaTo Kill a Mockingbird (film)'' into the VCR. {{crossref}} ==Terminator (Movie)== * In a decisive rebellious confrontation with Jack, Locke told the remaining survivors "If you want to live, you need to come with me". It is likely that this is a reference to the movie ''Terminator'' in which rebel Kyle Reese says "Come with me, if you want to live". {{crossref}} ==The Twilight Zone (TV)== * J.J. Abrams has confirmed that the opening credits of ''Lost'' were intended as an homage to ''The Twilight Zone'', and that he himself designed them on his own laptop. The choice that the credits be black and white is one of the components to that homage. Source http//www.tvguide.com/news/Lost-Boss-Tackles-37613.aspx. * When Hurley and Sayid were talking about the WXR radio broadcast, the camera panned to a starry sky after Hurley said, "Or anytime. Just kidding, dude." This was a confirmed reference to ''wikipediaThe Twilight Zone'' by Damon Lindelof on the Season 1 DVD and J.J. Abrams in a New York Times interview. {{crossref}} * In almost every opening sequence of the various seasons of ''The Twilight Zone'', there is a close-up shot of one single open eye, similar to the opening shots of many episodes of ''Lost''. ==Voltron (Toy)== {{main}} * A Voltron toy was given to young Liam on Christmas morning. {{crossref}} ==The Wages of Fear (Movie)== * The name Montand refers to a character in ''wikipediaThe Wages of Fear'', as confirmed by Carlton Cuse in the Official Lost Podcast transcript/May 19, 2006/19/06 podcast. The plot of the extraordinarily tense movie involves transport of dangerous explosives in a desperate situation with few safety precautions. It also features the idea of separating into survivor factions that keep their distance from one another, planning for the "worst-case-scenario" of one of them not making it; that the other will reach the destination with adequate explosives to accomplish the mission (much like Jack's idea). {{crossref}} ==War Games (Movie)== * In Enter 77 the computer asks John, "Would you like to play a game of chess?" In the 1983 film War Games, Matthew Broderick plays a teenage hacker (David) who accidentally begins a nuclear countdown with a super-computer named The WOPR, which initially asks him "Would you like to play a game?" When David chooses "Global Thermo-Nuclear War". The WOPR responds, "Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?" ==Watchmen (Comic)== {{main}} ==The Wizard of Oz== {{main}} * The name Henry Gale is a reference to ''The Wizard of Oz''. It was cited by Damon Lindelof at Comic Con '06 as being a confirmed reference. {{crossref}} * The title of the Season 4 finale, "There's No Place Like Home", is an iconic quote from The Wizard of Oz. {{crossref}} * The title of the Season 3 episode The Man Behind the Curtain is a reference to the 1939 film, ''The Wizard of Oz''. When Toto pulls the curtain away to reveal the man creating the Voice of the Wizard, the Voice says "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." == Other confirmed influences == The following works are not directly referenced in ''Lost'', but are confirmed influences. * Both J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof have each confirmed in interviews, including one with T.V. Guide, that the 1960s television program The Prisoner was one of the influences for not only ''Lost'', but Alias as well. Source http//www.tvguide.com/news/Lost-Boss-Tackles-37613.aspx. Lindelof even credited ''The Prisoner'' as "ultimately what the show aspires to be" during a 2006 question and answer session at Wizard World LA. Source http//www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=6679 == See also == *Outside references to Lost - the counterpart; references to ''Lost'' from outside sources *List of nicknames - includes some fleeting pop culture references *Literary works (some commentary on books that are also movies) *Music - list of music used in ''Lost'' *Stephen King *PortalCulture {{Nav-CulturalReferences}} frRéférences culturelles CategoryCultural references|*Movies, TV CategoryRecurring Themes CategoryLists