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It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Poster

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Followed by 

Version of 

It Happened One Christmas (1977) (TV Movie)
Merry Christmas, George Bailey (1997) (TV Movie)

Remade as 

It Happened One Christmas (1977) (TV Movie)

Edited into 

Have Rocket -- Will Travel (1959)
Effects shot tilting up past moon lifted from opening scenes of "It's a Wonderful Life"
The Outer Limits (1963) (TV Series)
Effects shot tilting up past moon lifted from opening scenes of "It's a Wonderful Life" later used in Season 1, Episode 23: Second Chance.
The Outer Limits: Second Chance (1964) (TV Episode)
Outer Space scene that Don Gordon narrates near the start was the same scene used for the angels in heaven in "It's a Wonderful Life."
High Hopes: The Capra Years (1981) (TV Movie)
Muppet Babies: Muppets Not Included (1988) (TV Episode)
A Clip of Jimmy Stewart was used from this movie.
The Our Gang Story (1994) (Video)
Clips shown
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey (1999) (TV Special)
Shots of Bedford Falls from the movie are edited into the lost ending of "It's a Wonderful Life."
Saturday Night Live Christmas (1999) (Video)
Clips are featured in the lost ending to "It's a Wonderful Life."
SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas (2009) (TV Movie)
Clips of Bedford Falls are featured in the lost ending to "It's a Wonderful Life."

Spin-off 

Clarence (1990) (TV Movie)

References 

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Playing at the Bijou cinema.

Referenced in 

Twilight Zone: Cavender Is Coming (1962) (TV Episode)
Cavender, like Clarence, is a low-ranking angel who looks like a dumpy middle-aged man. Also like Clarence, Cavender goes down into the world in order to serve as a diligent guardian for a particular mortal in order to "get his wings."
Rumpole of the Bailey: Rumpole and the Case of Identity (1979) (TV Episode)
Featherstone refers to Jimmy Stewart and a librarian whose beauty is hidden behind glasses.
Lou Grant: Libel (1980) (TV Episode)
Lou refers to this Jimmy Stewart picture as 'It's a Wonderful Town' but Art corrects him
Fame: Relationships (1983) (TV Episode)
Revealed to be Doris' favorite movie
Remington Steele: Small Town Steele (1984) (TV Episode)
Steele references the film early in the episode.
Sesión continua (1984)
The film is mentioned in a conversation
Time Travel: Fact, Fiction and Fantasy (1985) (TV Movie)
Includes movie clips
The Golden Girls: It's a Miserable Life (1986) (TV Episode)
The episode title is a pun on the title of this film
Moonlighting: It's a Wonderful Job (1986) (TV Episode)
title reference
Maid to Order (1987)
Like George Bailey, Jessie is given a chance to see what the world would be like if she hadn't been born.
Video Violence (1987) (Video)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Remote Control (1988)
Standee is shown in a video store.
Siskel & Ebert: Who Framed Roger Rabbit/Aria/The Great Outdoors (1988) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert mentions that Ted Turner has already shown a Colorized version of it.
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
In the climactic final act, the main character is approached by an angel who proceeds to show him what the world would have become if he hadn't done his simple good deeds, as minor as they seemed at the time.
Scrooged (1988)
B.O.R.N. (1988)
Playing on the television when Buck returns home to find his wife and son murdered.
Splendor (1989)
Movieposter can be seen
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Superdome (1989) (TV Episode)
Servo (as George Bailey): "Mary! Mary, don't ya know me?!"
Charles in Charge: It's a Blunderfull Life (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
Married with Children: It's a Bundyful Life: Part 1 (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
Married with Children: It's a Bundyful Life: Part 2 (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Robot Holocaust (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Nick): "Get me, I'm an appetizer! I'm givin' out spores!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Black Scorpion (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Nick): "Get me, I'm stingin' peasants!"
Designing Women: It's a Wonderful Life (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Wings: Legacy (1990) (TV Episode)
Brian mentions the film.
The Exorcist III (1990)
Kinderman and Dyer see the film at a movie theater that displays the poster. Later, the killer uses blood to write the title on a wall.
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Parker Lewis Must Lose (1990) (TV Episode)
Parker says, "Was 'It's a Wonderful Life' on cable last night?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jungle Goddess (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Nick): "Hey, get us! We're a piece of stock footage!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Hellcats (1990) (TV Episode)
Servo: "It's just like that scene from 'It's a Wonderful Life.'"
Zorro: It's a Wonderful Zorro (1990) (TV Episode)
A late friend shows Diego, at Christmas, why he should stay Zorro by howing what life would've been like without him.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: King Dinosaur (1990) (TV Episode)
"Are you George Bailey"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Mary): "George Bailey, you give me that robe!"
Cheers: It's a Wonderful Wife (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: King Kube (1991) (TV Episode)
Parker creates "Operation It's a Wonderful Kube," which shows Larry what the school would be like without him.
Tales from the Crypt: Loved to Death (1991) (TV Episode)
There are multiple shots of Edward's poster of this film, and Edward even pretends throwing a remark to James Stewart
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Barugon (1991) (TV Episode)
"But you've just earned your wings after so much dedicated work." Crow: "Clarence"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Daddy-O (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Nick): "In you pixies come, through the window!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: War of the Colossal Beast (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Hee-haw, it's Sam Wainwright!"
The Simpsons: When Flanders Failed (1991) (TV Episode)
At the end of the episode, Maude, wearing a dress similar to Donna Reed's character's calls to Ned, "Oh, golly, it's a miracle". Also, a serviceman has an accordion, Ned rings up sales on his register like mad, Homer says, "To Ned Flanders, the richest left-handed man in town" and everyone sings together.
Beetlejuice: It's a Wonderful Afterlife (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference and basic plot
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Uncle Billy): "This is a pickle, George. This is a pickle!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Viking Women vs. the Sea Serpent (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom (as George): "Mary! Mary! Don't ya know me?!"
Doogie Howser, M.D.: It's a Wonderful Laugh (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
976-Evil II (1991)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja I (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow (as a character is thrown out of a window): "Out you pixies go!"
The Simpsons: Dog of Death (1992) (TV Episode)
Homer sings "Buffalo Gal (Won't You Come Out Tonight)".
Quantum Leap: It's a Wonderful Leap - May 10, 1958 (1992) (TV Episode)
Movie title used in title
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow (as George Bailey): "I wanna shake the dirt of this crummy town off of my shoes and see the world!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Gila Monster (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow (as George Bailey): "Mary, don't you know me?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
After a character throws a rock and breaks a lamp, Crow, Joel, and Tom sing "Buffalo Gals."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Nick): "Out you pixies go, through the barn or through the hay loft!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules Against the Moon Men (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992) (TV Episode)
"I stay with George" Joel: Bailey.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules and the Captive Women (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Nick): "Out you pixies go, through the door or out the window!"
Doctor Mordrid (1992)
"watch 'It's a Wonderful Life' for the 100th time."
Batman: The Animated Series: Christmas with the Joker (1992) (TV Episode)
Batman and Robin decides that they are going to watch this movie when they get home.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks (1992) (TV Episode)
"Just like It's a Wonderful Life
Melrose Place: A Melrose Place Christmas (1992) (TV Episode)
Billy hires the tape of this for Allison.
Wings: The Customer's Usually Right (1992) (TV Episode)
Angel gets its wings line is quoted at end of episode..
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Monster A-Go-Go (1993) (TV Episode)
"You're hurting my sore ear, Mr. Gower!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel: Just kiss him instead of talking him to death.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1993) (TV Episode)
Frank: "Come on, I said play!" Servo: (crying) "Oh, daddy!"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Alma Matter (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom Jones shows Carlton what would have happened if Carlton wouldn't have been born
Nurses: Jumpin' Jack Flash (1993) (TV Episode)
Various references to the film and the angel Clarence
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Janie): "Oh, Daddy!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: "This has all the earmarks of a run on the bank!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Accuse My Parents (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Uh-oh. I think he's gonna give Mr. Potter his newspaper."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Girl in Lovers' Lane (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom (as George Bailey): "Well, this is a very interesting situation!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow (as George Bailey): "My mouth's bleedin', Bert!"
Rocko's Modern Life: Keeping Up with the Bigheads/Skid Marks (1993) (TV Episode)
The "Angel gets its wings" line is parodied in 'Skid Marks'.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1993) (TV Episode)
Mike: "This must be Pottersville!"
Animaniacs: Clown and Out/Bubba Bo Bob Brain (1993) (TV Episode)
Brain asks Pinky what will happen if the world hears his song one more time, and Pinky guesses, "An angel will get its wings?"
Days of Our Lives: Episode #1.7167 (1993) (TV Episode)
Sami mentions that she loves the movie, and compares Roman to James Stewart's character
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) (TV Episode)
Mike: "It's Pottersville!"
Married with Children: The Worst Noel (1993) (TV Episode)
This film is playing on virtually every channel on Christmas and Al says: "This must be written by a woman. This stinks, it bites, it blows."
The Nanny: Christmas Episode (1993) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned by name, and it is implied that Fran has watched it numerous times.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: My office has been instructed to wire you up to 25,000 dollars. Stop. He-haw!
It Came! (1993) (Video)
This film is referenced by name.
Rugrats: Mommy's Little Assets/Chuckie's Wonderful Life (1994) (TV Episode)
Much of the episode Chuckie's Wonderful Life references the film, Angelica convincing Chuckie the world would be better off without him, Chuckie's guardian angel showing Chuckie what the world would be like if he was never born, and Chuckie upon realizing he exists again saying hello to familiar things.
The Nanny: Ode to Barbra Joan (1994) (TV Episode)
When the doorbell rings, Niles sarcastically tells Maxwell that instead of someone being at the door that another angel got its wings.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The path of Mia's house after the dance sequence looks exactly like the path in this film; the characters come back singing.
Animaniacs: The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special (1994) (TV Episode)
A James Stewart look alike is interviewed and referred to as "George Bailey".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: Oh, Mr. Gower.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Creeping Terror (1994) (TV Episode)
Servo: (as Jimmy Stewart) Well, this is a very intersting situation.
Friends: The One with the Butt (1994) (TV Episode)
Chandler has an It's a Wonderful Life poster on his bedroom wall.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Starfighters (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?
In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994) (TV Movie)
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
When Lloyd presents Harry with the cup of coffee laced with TurboLax, he says: - To my friend Harry, the matchmaker. A line not unlike: - To my friend George, the richest man in town. Also, Auld Lang Syne is playing quietly in the background
Grace Under Fire: The Holidays (1994) (TV Episode)
Grace and Nadine talk about and a poster hangs behind them
The Simpsons: Fear of Flying (1994) (TV Episode)
Homer quotes the line "I want to shake off the dust of this one-horse town!"
Tits a Wonderful Life (1994) (Video)
title pun
Houseguest (1995)
Toward the end at 1:43:40, when the crowd is watching the lotto on TV, Kevin Franklin say, "What's happening, are they playing It's a Wonderful Life again?"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: It's a Wonderful Lie (1995) (TV Episode)
title reference
Wendigo (1995)
Oh, cielos (1995)
Freakazoid!: And Fan Boy Is His Name/Lawn Gnomes Chapter IV: Fun in the Sun/Freak's French Lesson (1995) (TV Episode)
Mike says he's giving angels their wings while ringing his cashier.
The American President (1995)
mentioned by name.
Jumanji (1995)
Alan notices his mouth is bleeding when he returns from the fantasy world, just like George Bailey.
Bed of Roses (1996)
Lisa suggests watching this movie to Lewis.
Due South: One Good Man (1996) (TV Episode)
MacKenzie King: It's A Wonderful Life, right?
Friends: The One Where Old Yeller Dies (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
Weird Science: It's a Wonderful Life (Without You) (1996) (TV Episode)
Used in title
Renegade: The Road Not Taken (1996) (TV Episode)
The episode is based on the movie.
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Rebel Without a Date/Don't Bank on It (1996) (TV Episode)
Mr. Allgood is based upon George Bailey.
Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey/Soundgarden (1996) (TV Episode)
Title referenced on The Joe Pesci Show
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
The opening Chistmas party resembles the one at the end of It's A Wonderful Life. Hal (Tom Amandes) looks like George Bailey (James Stuart) and there's even a drunken Uncle Billy. It is a clue that her perfect life is a lie. It can also be seen as a set up for the later action in reverse - she begins surrounded by all the people who know and love her and ends up almost dying on a suspension bridge.
Everybody Loves Raymond: Look Don't Touch (1996) (TV Episode)
Debra and Ray mention it.
Turbulence (1997)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Leech Woman (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Oh, Uncle Billy!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mole People (1997) (TV Episode)
Servo: Out you pixie's go.
The Simpsons: My Sister, My Sitter (1997) (TV Episode)
Homer and Marge pass by a store called "It's a Wonderful Knife."
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Monkeys (1997) (TV Episode)
listed on the Rialto Theatre's weekly schedule.
Just Write (1997)
Poster in Harold's apartment. Also, Harold and Amanda discuss the movie.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The She-Creature (1997) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Why don't you kiss him instead of talking him to death?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike (as George Bailey): "Go on, play!"
King of the Hill: King of the Ant Hill (1997) (TV Episode)
The ending references the climax to this film, but instead of donating money to Hank they donate sods of grass so he can regrow his lawn while the song "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" plays in the background.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Spider Invasion (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike (as George Bailey): "My old boss, Mr. Gower!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Why don't you kiss him instead of holding him to death?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost (1997) (TV Episode)
"In you pixies go--through the door or throught the window."
Spawn (1997)
The Clown tells Spawn that he'll be the angel Clarence and Spawn can be Jimmy Stewart. Then he says the 'whenever a bell rings an angel get's its wings' qoute
The Wrong Guy (1997)
The plotline following the bank, including the scene with the crowd asking to close their accounts
Animaniacs: Message in a Bottle/Back in Style/Bones in the Body (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the opening song
The Game (1997)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Invasion of the Neptune Men (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: Mr. Gower's son died.
The Borrowers (1997)
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Decanter (1997) (TV Episode)
Charlie says he taped over it.
Millennium: Midnight of the Century (1997) (TV Episode)
(bell rings) "oh great, another angel just got its wings"
The Simpsons: Miracle on Evergreen Terrace (1997) (TV Episode)
The town collects money for the Simpsons in same fashion as in It's a wonderful Life
Men Behaving Badly: Gift of Jami (1997) (TV Episode)
Brenda and the guys are watching It's a Wonderful Life on TV
Screening (1997) (Short)
Papertrail (1998)
Dawson's Creek: Hurricane (1998) (TV Episode)
Mrs. Ryan: I used to be a big fan of motion pictures. Frank Capra, "It's a Wonderful Life",
Team Knight Rider: Home Away from Home (1998) (TV Episode)
referenced in dialogue.
The Simpsons: Natural Born Kissers (1998) (TV Episode)
Bart and Lisa get an alternate ending reel for It's a Wonderful Life
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Space Children (1998) (TV Episode)
"George Bailey's in trouble...again"
Free Enterprise (1998)
Mentioned by man in car.
Hi-Life (1998)
'Schindler's List 2: This Time It's Personal' has practically same plot, as one character points out
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Wish (1998) (TV Episode)
Similar plotline
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Christmas Amnesia (1998) (TV Episode)
At Christmas eve, Sabrina suggests having the traditional family dinner and then watch this film.
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Fright Before Christmas (1998) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Richard
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Soultaker (1999) (TV Episode)
Mike: "He's making violent love to me, Mother."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hamlet (1999) (TV Episode)
Crow: Ophelia? Sam Wainwright's on the phone.
The Joyriders (1999)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Squirm (1999) (TV Episode)
Crow (as George Bailey): "Merry Christmas, you wonderful old couch!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1999) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Every time a bell rings, a devil gets its horns."
The Simpsons: Beyond Blunderdome (1999) (TV Episode)
At the "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" remake screening, Homer says, "At least the Jimmy Stewart version had that giant rabbit who ran the Savings and Loan."
South Park: Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics (1999) (TV Episode)
George from this film appears and shouts "Merry Christmas movie house!" like he did in the movie at the end of the "Christmastime in Hell" song.
Good Eats: It's a Wonderful Cake (1999) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
The Simpsons: Grift of the Magi (1999) (TV Episode)
The narrator says, "Moe, seeing what the world would be like if he had never been born, pulled his head out of the oven and replaced it with a plump Christmas goose."
Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange (2000) (TV Movie)
While discussing Taxi Driver and the Reagan assassination attempt, Mary Harron says "If I'm drawn to exploring the darker side of human nature, does that mean I shouldn't do it and should only make It's a Wonderful Life?"
Whatever It Takes (2000)
As in "It's a Wonderful Life," a school prank is played in which the dance floor is opened, sending several dancers into the swimming pool below.
Return to Me (2000)
Frequency (2000)
It's always true: the life of one affects the lives of many. Here, John Sullivan (James Caviezel) is not recognized by the woman he loves; there, the same happens with George Bailey (James Stewart).
Dilbert: Pregnancy (2000) (TV Episode)
"It's a Womb-erful Strife"
Farscape: Won't Get Fooled Again (2000) (TV Episode)
In the same line as the Harvey reference, Crichton continues, "Or is it Clarence?" This is a reference to Clarence the angel whom Jimmy Stewart initially believes is a figment of his imagination in the Capra classic
Arthur's Perfect Christmas (2000) (TV Movie)
Buster's mom says that her and Buster are going to "watch It's a Wonderful Life for the fifth time."
Popular: The Consequences of Falling (2000) (TV Episode)
In the Episode, Harrison John (Christopher Gorham) intends to kill himself after his hospital roomate, Clarence, dies of leukemia and he himself can't find a bone marrow match. When Harrison is at the top of the building, Clarence appears and tells him he's an angel in training, and that saving Harrison will earn him his wings. When Harrison jumps wishing he was never born, he wakes up on the snowy floor of life in LA without Harrison, and sees how terrible life for others would be.
Twice in a Lifetime: The Night Before Christmas (2000) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned by name.
Donnie Darko (2001)
Main character sees vision of "the world without me" and decide whether or not to commit suicide
Angel: Epiphany (2001) (TV Episode)
The Host: Zuzu's Petals - references the film when George finds petals of a flower his daughter Zuzu had given to him
15 Minutes (2001)
The Drew Carey Show: What's Wrong with This Episode IV (2001) (TV Episode)
Drew says "an angel just got its wings"
V.I.P.: It's Val's Wonderful Life (2001) (TV Episode)
title reference
South Park: Cripple Fight (2001) (TV Episode)
Jimmy's impression of Jimmy Stewart is to shout "Merry Christmas movie house!" a line he said in this film.
George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him (2001) (Video)
mentionned once
Prozac Nation (2001)
Ricci comments that she wishes an angel would swoop down like in the movies with Jimmy Stewart.
That '70s Show: It's a Wonderful Life (2001) (TV Episode)
The episode is based on the main theme of the movie.
Just Shoot Me!: The Two Faces of Finch: Part 2 (2001) (TV Episode)
Betsy buys Dennis "It's a Wonderful Threesome".
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Visions of Sugarplums (2001)
mentioned by Maurice
The Simpsons: Road Rage (2001) (Video Game)
A shop is called "It's a Wonderful Knife"
The Majestic (2001)
Friends: The One with Ross's Step Forward (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Chandler.
The Other Side of Heaven (2001)
The scene in which John and Jean talk in the moonlight was taken from a similar scene in It's a Wonderful Life
Combat Sheep (2001) (TV Movie)
Mr. B's Lost Shorts (2001) (Video)
Crow (as Clarence): "Are you George Bailey?"
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' (2001) (Video)
mentionned once
The King of Queens: Food Fight (2002) (TV Episode)
Arthur is watching this classic and says he wishes George Bailey would have never been born.
Gilmore Girls: Richard in Stars Hollow (2002) (TV Episode)
Paris thinks Stars Hollow is so wholesome that it "would make Frank Capra want to throw up".
High Crimes (2002)
Teachers: Episode #2.10 (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Susan.
Home Movies: Improving Your Life Through Improv (2002) (TV Episode)
Coach McGuirk mentions it in dialogue
The West Wing: Game On (2002) (TV Episode)
Sam does an impression of George Bailey.
Scrubs: My Big Brother (2002) (TV Episode)
Dan says, "Every time you say that, an angel gets their wings."
8 Simple Rules: All I Want for Christmas (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue, later spoofed by Rory
Mass Murder (2002) (Video)
Mentioned by Richard Ramirez.
Party Monster (2003)
Angel says "I got my wings!"
The Movie Hero (2003)
mentioned by lead actor Jeremy Sisto
The Practice: Choirboys (2003) (TV Episode)
Open reference by a character
Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles (2003) (TV Series)
Epsiode 15 contains Church joking he has no wings because no one "rung a bell".
Danny Deckchair (2003)
scene where they all jump into the pool fully-clothed
Veronica Guerin (2003)
dialogue
The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) (Video Game)
A shop is called "It's a Wonderful Knife"
Elf (2003)
Scene with Elf standing on a bridge during snow storm feeling dejected on xmas eve.
The Bernie Mac Show: It's a Wonderful Wife (2004) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (2004)
"It really IS a wonderful life"
No Regrets (2004)
The newel post in Phil's house comes off and it reminds Alex of "It's A Wonderful Life"
Crash (2004)
Title posted on theatre marquee
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
The Amateurs (2005)
title seen on videotape
Hitch (2005)
Sara's defining life moment is when she rescues her sister, who has fallen through the ice of a pond while skating. In "It's A Wonderful Life," George Bailey's defining moment is to rescue his brother, Harry, who has fallen through the ice of a pond.
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Mentioned along with The Grinch as one of THE American Christmas Specials
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Mork & Mindy' (2005) (TV Movie)
Quoted by Robin when he's a street performer
The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2005)
mentioned as a reference to Times Square Angel
EastEnders: Episode dated 16 May 2005 (2005) (TV Episode)
Alfie acts out the film for Little Mo.
EastEnders: Episode dated 20 May 2005 (2005) (TV Episode)
The Slaters watch the film. Little Mo mentions the film to Alfie.
Destroy All Humans! (2005) (Video Game)
The level titles are takes on movies. One level was called It's A Wonderful Death.
Santa's Slay (2005)
A girl asks her dad if an angel is getting their wings after a Santa rings a bell.
Rent (2005)
"You can't quietly wipe out an entire city then watch 'It's a Wonderful Life' on TV."
Phil of the Future: It's a Wonder-Phil Life (2005) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Bewegte Männer: Das Wunder von Köln (2005) (TV Episode)
Paul asks Norbert if he want to see "It's a Wonderful Life" on TV
Chasing Christmas (2005) (TV Movie)
Jack says that it's one of his favourite films.
Angel-A (2005)
The character of George Bailey also attempts to commit suicide by jumping off of a bridge. Before he has the chance to do so, his guardian angel jumps into the water, compelling Bailey to save him. The angels in both movies subsequently attempt to save the main character from their misery.
Best Ever Christmas Films (2005) (TV Movie)
One of the items on the list
South Park: Smug Alert! (2006) (TV Episode)
"It's a miracle! Come and see!" followed by "It's like you have a guardian angel" accompanied with similar music.
Edge of Outside (2006)
mentioned by Peter Bogdanovich
Shock to the System (2006)
"Everytime a martini shaker is shaken, an angel gets its wings."
One Tree Hill: Songs to Love and Die By (2006) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is playing on the TV set in Lucas' room. Keith comes back as a ghost to guide Lucas through versions of the possible present and future, much as the angel Clarence did with George Bailey. Keith and Lucas visit the bridge and see Nathan reviewing the bad things he's done, much as George Bailey did before attempting suicide.
The Devil's Muse (2007)
Dialogue
Spiral (2007)
on movie marquee
One Tree Hill: Pictures of You (2007) (TV Episode)
Lucas quotes the line, "Merry Christmas, you old building and loan!" from this movie.
Validation (2007) (Short)
Shown on the movie theater marquee.
My Tutor Friend 2 (2007)
"Want me to get that star for you?" just like Jimmy Stewart from It's a Wonderful Life said about the moon
The Riches: It's a Wonderful Lie (2007) (TV Episode)
title reference
Gaming Disasters: WTF's and ROFL's: Wizard of Oz/Battle Chess (2007) (TV Episode)
There is a joke about the possibillity of making a game based off the movie.
Hannah Montana: When You Wish You Were the Star (2007) (TV Episode)
This episode is based on the 1946 movie, It's a Wonderful Life.
Reaper: Charged (2007) (TV Episode)
"Everytime there's a blackout" "an angels gets its wings"
LeapFrog: A Tad of Christmas Cheer (2007) (Video)
The fairy god-bug transports the character Tad to a world in which he never existed.
Barry Norman's Christmas Movie Quiz (2007) (Video Game)
Referenced by name
Depression's Child (2007) (Short)
Marjorie compares her early life to the film It's a Wonderful Life
The Simpsons: Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind (2007) (TV Episode)
scene on the bridge
Nip/Tuck: Duke Collins (2007) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
House M.D.: It's a Wonderful Lie (2008) (TV Episode)
Title reference and Christmas related topic
Smallville: Apocalypse (2008) (TV Episode)
Clark wishes he'd never existed on Earth. Then Jor-El shows him that a lot would have been worse, especially with Lex as the President starting a nuclear conflict.
Ghost Town (2008)
"What, you don't want to help me earn my wings?"
Evilution (2008)
"It's a Wonderfull Life" (mispelled) is painted on the wall next to Maddie's door.
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
Sidney Young is talking to Harding about Jimmy Stewart and recites a passage from the film where the character of James Stewart is talking to Mr. Potter
Gossip Girl: It's a Wonderful Lie (2008) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
Take (2008)
Jim says he saw it on television and it cheered him up, even though it put him through hell first
30 Rock: Christmas Special (2008) (TV Episode)
Jack says he is trying to produce a Christmas special that makes It's a Wonderful life look like Pulp Fiction
iCarly: iChristmas (2008) (TV Episode)
This episode is an obvious parody of "It's a Wonderful Life" where the main character is shown what the world would be like if he wasn't born.
Hot Shit (2008) (Short)
A one-sheet poster from "It's a Wonderful Life" can be seen on the wall in Detective O'Malleigh's office.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.76 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $100 question
At the Movies: Episode #6.1 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by David in a review of Ghost Town as an example of a romantic ghost story.
17 Again (2009)
bridge scene
The Cry of the Owl (2009)
Jenny mentions the older film in conversation with Greg, ca. 27 min. into the film.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 5 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $50,000 question
How I Met Your Mother: The Front Porch (2009) (TV Episode)
Barney calls Marshall "Clarence the angel" when Marshall is wearing his nightshirt.
Supernatural: It's a Terrible Life (2009) (TV Episode)
The title references the 1946 movie which also about someone who is touched by an angel and experienced an alternate life.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.128 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $200 question
Sonny with a Chance: Sonny with a Chance of Dating (2009) (TV Episode)
Chad mentions that he and a guest star are filming a Christmas episode where a character realizes "in the end he had a wonderful life."
Whatever Works (2009)
Boris references this film as "that movie they cram down your throat at Christmas"
Up (2009)
A poor, young couple buy, move into, and fix up an abandoned house that is part of their past.
SIFF 35th Anniversary Tribute (2009) (Short)
The angel, Lance, comes to Ned to tell him that if he commit suicide, he will not get his wings. Ned replies that he's seen "that movie". Lance, the angel, decide then to send Ned in another reality, to show him what the city of Seattle would have been like without the Seattle International Film Festival.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Bumblebee plays a clip of George Bailey saying, "We've got to stick together."
Arthur: Kung Fool/The Silent Treatment (2009) (TV Episode)
Wally shows George what life would be like if he was never born. George even says that he saw a movie that was just like it and briefly describes the plot to the movie.
Parks and Recreation: Ron and Tammy (2009) (TV Episode)
Ron says, "Everytime she laughs, an angel dies."
Californication: The Apartment (2009) (TV Episode)
George Bailey mentioned
Supernatural: Abandon All Hope (2009) (TV Episode)
Meg mentions the angel, Clarence.
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.55 (2009) (TV Episode)
Bill Maher compares Mr. Potter's bank in the movie with banks of today
Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction (2009) (TV Special)
In his stand-up routine, Robin Williams imitates Old Man Potter.
Robot Chicken: Dear Consumer (2009) (TV Episode)
In the Humping Robot scene, a girl says, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings."
Phineas and Ferb: Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation (2009) (TV Episode)
When Phineas is trying to "wake up" out of the Christmas situation, he makes a remark about how different things would be had he never woken up that morning. This is similar to the fate-altering wish in this film.
A Child's Christmases in Wales (2009) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
A Sicilian Odyssey (2009)
mentioned by character
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.69 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jay says NBC's Christmas movie will be "Tiger Woods: It WAS a Wonderful Life"
The Supermarket (2009)
George Bailey's run through town mirrored
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.87 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $200 clue in the category "Unreal Estate"
It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)
reference in similar titles
The Cleveland Show: Our Gang (2010) (TV Episode)
referenced in the ending
Jeopardy!: 2010 College Championship Quarterfinal 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,000 clue in the category "Movie Objects"
What If... (2010)
Ben compares his experience in this movie to It's a Wonderful Life, which he mentions by title.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.143 (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Meredith Vieira following a $10,000 question about Frank Capra
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.155 (2010) (TV Episode)
Bedford Falls is included in a $12,500 question
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Shrek Forever After/Survival of the Dead/Holy Rollers (2010) (TV Episode)
Ellen says "Shrek Forever After" uses the plot device of this movie
Animation Lookback: DreamWorks Animation Part 6 (2010) (TV Episode)
AniMat says that in Shrek Forever After that "Shrek can see that his life is a wonderful life. Get the hint!?"
AniMat's Reviews: Shrek Forever After (2010) (TV Episode)
AniMat mentions that "Shrek Forever After" copied this film's plot.
The Cinema Snob: Caligula: Part I (2010) (TV Episode)
Ask That Guy With The Glasses alludes to it.
RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness (2010)
"A darker version of It's a Wonderful Life".
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
poster seen
Richard Roeper & the Movies: 127 Hours (2010) (TV Episode)
Roeper says "127 Hours" becomes a hard-core version of this movie after Aron gets stuck
Supernatural: Caged Heat (2010) (TV Episode)
Meg calls Castiel 'Clarence.'
How I Met Your Mother: False Positive (2010) (TV Episode)
The gang are going to see the movie on the big screen.
Psych: The Polarizing Express (2010) (TV Episode)
Tony Cox asks Shawn if he has seen "It's a Wonderful Life."
Bad Movie Beatdown: Christmas Special: While She Was Out (2010) (TV Episode)
Film Brain reminescenes Christmas films
Wizards of Waverly Place: Dancing with Angels (2011) (TV Episode)
When Tina becomes a full guardian angel, Rosie rings a bell and Tina gets her wings.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.101 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jackson Murphy says the film was perfect in black and white
General Hospital: Episode #1.12275 (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Bones: The Finder (2011) (TV Episode)
ringing bell when talking about angels
Gossip Girl: Petty in Pink (2011) (TV Episode)
Serena says watching "It's a Wonderful Life" might cheer Lily up.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.160 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jim Carrey mentions that Mr. Potter was the evil guy in the film
Ugly Americans: Wail Street (2011) (TV Episode)
Mark is shown the alternate future of what will happen to his students if he sells his soul.
A Planet Comicon Panel with Helen Slater (2011) (Video)
Mentioned by Helen.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
One of the weed bags are called "It's a weedful life"
Jack and Jill (2011)
Jill is trying to describe a movie where James Stewart meets an angel
2 Broke Girls: And the Very Christmas Thanksgiving (2011) (TV Episode)
Caroline and Mary both say that "It's a Wonderful Life" is their second favorite Christmas movie.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.46 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay says Newt Gingrich is starting to sound like Mr. Potter from the film
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.48 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay says Newt Gingrich is starting to sound like Mr. Potter from the film
Conan: The Bourne Ultimate Frisbee Tournament (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan and Alec Baldwin impersonate Jimmy Steward and mention George Bailey
90210: O Holly Night (2011) (TV Episode)
Movie mentioned by Greg to Silver as a possible date option
Warehouse 13: The Greatest Gift (2011) (TV Episode)
Referenced in conversation.
A Christmas Kiss (2011) (TV Movie)
Adam gives this movie's CD as a gift
The Simpsons: Holidays of Future Passed (2011) (TV Episode)
In a discussion about "It's a Wonderful Life," Homer says, "I wonder what my life would have been like if I had never seen that movie."
Conan: It's a Wonderful Life Because of the Internet (2011) (TV Episode)
Title reference in episode title
Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
All Dogs Go to Heaven uses plot elements from this film.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.89 (2012) (TV Episode)
Ali Wentworth says that some of the relatives at her daughter's baptism looked like they were watching the film
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.108 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay says that Mitt Romney is so rich, when he watches the film, he cheers for Mr. Potter
Rita Rudner and 3 Potential Ex-Husbands (2012) (TV Movie)
David Gee speculates on dialogue if this movie were written today
Nostalgia Critic: Jungle 2 Jungle (2012) (TV Episode)
Critic mentions his bad parody of this film
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.73 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea makes a joke about someone getting wings after an event happens.
Cheias de Charme: Episode #1.98 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue by Seu Messias
General Hospital: Episode #1.12637 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Todd
It's a Wonderful Death (2012) (Short)
referenced at the end when the suicidal man is running down the street shouting at shops.
A Christmas Story 2 (2012) (Video)
Seen on a theater marquee
WWF Raw: Episode dated 12 November 2012 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jerry Lawler mentions it in his big return speech.
Castle: Secret Santa (2012) (TV Episode)
Gwenn says, "We went to a party, and afterwards we stayed up to watch It's a Wonderful Life".
The Office: Dwight Christmas (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Glee: Glee, Actually (2012) (TV Episode)
The first segment is an homage to the film
Mike & Molly: Karaoke Christmas (2012) (TV Episode)
Molly says she bought it on DVD.
Holliston: The Christmas Special (2012) (TV Episode)
Corri asks if Adam and Joe are watching the Christmas classic when she first walks into their apartment.
Me Again (2012)
mentioned
Archer: Once Bitten (2013) (TV Episode)
Sterling asks if Mr. Gower is going to slap him to deaf.
Arrested Development: Colony Collapse (2013) (TV Episode)
"It Would Have Been a Wonderful Life"
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 4 July 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Ryan Ruocco reads Entertainment Weekly's 2013 list of top 10 greatest movies
Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey/Arcade Fire (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced in a graphic shown on "Cinema Classics"
Supernatural: I'm No Angel (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.24 (2013) (TV Episode)
a medium purports to channel James Stewart by quoting from the film
Saturday Night Live: Josh Hutcherson/HAIM (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Seth on Weekend Update
Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier (2013)
One of the many films the Djinn quotes.
Modern Family: The Big Game (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.185 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the movie by name.
Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd/One Direction (2013) (TV Episode)
Reviewed by Jebediah Atkinson on Weekend Update
Nostalgia Critic: Eight Crazy Nights (2013) (TV Episode)
"We have Jimmy Stewart finding the will to live again..."
The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper Extraction (2013) (TV Episode)
Bernadette mentions watching the movie.
A Snow Globe Christmas (2013) (TV Movie)
Meg asks if she's in a "It's A Wonderful Life" set-up
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 18 December 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic discuss their lists of the best Christmas movies
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.9 (2014) (TV Episode)
Jen mentions the movie by name.
Veronica Mars (2014)
George Bailey mentioned
Bob's Burgers: Mazel-Tina (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Love, Lily (2014) (Short)
All the male characters are named after characters in "It's A Wonderful Life".
The Moviemakers: The Films of Frank Capra (TV Episode)
Subtitle at start of clip

Featured in 

Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980)
clip included
Android (1982)
Quarterback Princess (1983) (TV Movie)
Tami and her mom are watching it on TV.
Gremlins (1984)
The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985) (TV Special)
Siskel & Ebert: Hollywood's New Vandalism (1986) (TV Episode)
Colorized clips are shown along with clips of the original.
Oktoberfest (1987)
Shades of Love: Echoes in Crimson (1987) (TV Movie)
Grant brings this video, which he knows is Anne's favourite movie; she watches it after he leaves.
Cheers: Christmas Cheers (1987) (TV Episode)
In the Cheers bar this film runs in the TV. Scenes to be seen
Scrooged (1988)
Splendor (1989)
DuckTales: Full Metal Duck (1989) (TV Episode)
While Fenton's mom changes TV channels, an audio clip can be heard of George Bailey saying: "I'll bet it's a warrant for my arrest. Isn't it wonderful?"
The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989) (TV Movie)
Clip is shown in black and white and then colorized.
She's Back (1989)
Money, Power, Murder. (1989) (TV Movie)
Super DuckTales (1989) (TV Movie)
While Fenton's mom changes channels on TV, an audio clip can be heard of George Bailey saying: "I'll bet it's a warrant for my arrest. Isn't it wonderful?"
Dark Angel (1990)
Is on TV at the Bail Bonds Office.
Home Alone (1990)
The film that the family is watching while in France
The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1990) (TV Movie)
scenes shown
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Fishbone: The Reality of My Surroundings (1991) (Video)
Various scenes appear in the video for the song "It's A Wonderful Life (Gonna Have A Good Time".
Christmas at the Movies (1991) (TV Special)
976-Evil II (1991)
Only You (1992)
Roseanne: It's No Place Like Home for the Holidays (1992) (TV Episode)
Darlene and David watch the movie on TV
Star Time (1992)
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Alma Matter (1993) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this film is shown in this episode
Trauma (1993)
seen playing on TV
Coneheads (1993)
The Ref (1994)
Solstice (1994)
People are watching the movie
Jo Brand Through the Cakehole: Jo Brand Through the Christmas Cakehole (1994) (TV Episode)
Jo Brand is inserted into a portion of the film
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Movie)
Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) (Video)
Wendigo (1995)
Shown on TV screen
Harrison Bergeron (1995) (TV Movie)
Money Train (1995)
X-Mass '73 (1995) (Short)
Elmo Saves Christmas (1996) (Video)
It's shown on the TV on Christmas Eve and watched frequently as the only thing that's on Christmas Day, most notably the scene where Ernie and Bert glance at the TV o the table in front of the Fix-It Shop and are amused to hear the names of the characters who are their namesakes.
A Hollywood Christmas (1996) (Video)
extended clips and brief discussion
Turbulence (1997)
TV Guide Looks at Christmas (1997) (TV Movie)
Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV Movie)
Siskel & Ebert: Men in Black/Wild America/Out to Sea (1997) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for the segment on James Stewart.
Papertrail (1998)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #11 on the list.
Classified X (1998) (TV Movie)
Italians in America (1998) (TV Movie)
Clip highlights Frank Capra
The Great Christmas Movies (1998) (TV Movie)
The Century (1999) (TV Mini-Series)
Segment - "Picture This"
The Sopranos: To Save Us All from Satan's Power (2001) (TV Episode)
It comes on when Tony turns the TV on after coming home from dinner
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Biography: The Barrymores (2002) (TV Episode)
A brief clip from this film is shown.
Home Alone 4 (2002) (TV Movie)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Grace sees a scene of it on TV because of Bruce as a sign.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Mr. Potter is #6 on the "Villains" list and George Bailey is #9 on the "Heroes" list.
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Independent Lens: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) (TV Episode)
Selling Enron stock is compared to a run on the bank and the appropriate scene is shown from "Wonderful Life."
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
Selling Enron stock is compared to a run on the bank and the appropriate scene is shown from "Wonderful Life."
Filmmakers in Action (2005)
They show the film.
I Love the Holidays (2005) (TV Special)
One of the things associated with Christmas
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Christmas (2005) (TV Episode)
the kids watch it on TV
Best Ever Christmas Films (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
This film is #1 on the list.
Interactive Film Quiz (2006) (Video Game)
Clip from trailer used
Deck the Halls (2006)
when the family is watching tv, this movie is what is shown on the screen
The Good Life (2007)
Movie shown in theater.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
This film is #20 on the list.
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres (2008) (TV Movie)
This film is #3 on the "Fantasy" list.
Meet Dave (2008)
The Captain and Number Three watched the film
NCIS: Silent Night (2008) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo: ".. the greatest, greatest Christmas movie of all time, It's a Wonderful Life"... and the opening credits are shown in the background
Nostalgia Critic: Top 12 Greatest Christmas Specials (2008) (TV Episode)
Featured as the Number 5 spot
Landslide: A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover (2009) (TV Movie)
footage from the movie was featured.
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Episode #1.118 (2009) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown from it.
Plunder: The Crime of Our Time (2009)
Clips of the bank run scene
Legion (2010)
seen playing on the TV in the diner
Bad Movie Beatdown: Seven Pounds (2010) (TV Episode)
The stars from the heavens are seen as the plot is set up
Freakonomics (2010)
includes film clips
Nostalgia Critic: Free Willy (2010) (TV Episode)
"You're worth more dead than alive" clip is shown
Big Time Rush: Big Time Christmas: Part 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Katie and her mom set Bitters up to watch a marathon of the movie
Nostalgia Critic: Rover Dangerfield (2010) (TV Episode)
clips are shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.61 (2010) (TV Episode)
In the "Jaywalking" segment, a person on the street is substituted for Jimmy Stewart in his run through Bedford Falls
The Nostalgia Chick: You've Got Mail (2011) (TV Episode)
recalling Jimmy Stewart
Trading Christmas (2011) (TV Movie)
A clip is seen while Heather watches the classic film with her boyfriend
25 Most Heartwarming Holiday TV Moments (2011) (TV Movie)
"It's a Wonderful Life" is #1.
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) (TV Movie)
Clips Shown
Brows Held High: The Discovery of Heaven (2012) (TV Episode)
"How does George Bailey figure into all this?"
Great Movie Mistakes IV (2012) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
Apocalypse Now? (2012) (Short)
While Connor quotes the film, behind him plays footage from Its a Wonderful Life
Animated Atrocities: A Pal for Gary (2013) (TV Episode)
Audio used.
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 American Films (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips
Pauw & Witteman: Episode #8.79 (2013) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (2013) (TV Movie)
Number 1 in the Countdown
The 86th Academy Awards (2014) (TV Special)
Popular heroes presentation.
Kill Your Killer (2014)
Seen on televisions in Chinatown storefront.
The Moviemakers: The Films of Frank Capra (TV Episode)
Clips with James Stewart and Others

Spoofed in 

Damn Yankees! (1958)
Mork & Mindy: It's a Wonderful Mork (1979) (TV Episode)
This episode is a spoof of the film.
It's a Miserable Life (1979) (Short)
Stuck on You! (1982)
The opening depicts the Earth spinning among the stars while Heavenly voices discuss sending an angel to help a couple in trouble.
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: It's a Wonderful Scoob (1985) (TV Episode)
After Scooby-Doo quits the gang, Vincent Van Ghoul (Vincent Price) shows him what life for the gang would be like without him.
Saturday Night Live: William Shatner/Lone Justice (1986) (TV Episode)
A 'lost ending' to this classic is shown
ALF: Oh, Tannerbaum (1986) (TV Episode)
Willie's dream is a parody of the film.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Battle (1987) (TV Episode)
In one of the blooper reels Brent Spiner (as Lt. Commander Data) enters the bridge of the USS Stargazer, reads the dedication plaque, and comments in a perfect Jimmy-Stewart-as-George-Bailey voice "Well, for God's sake, Mary. They built this thing in Bedford Falls!"
The Facts of Life: It's a Wonderful Christmas (1987) (TV Episode)
This episode is a parody of that movie's plotline.
Married with Children: It's a Bundyful Life: Part 2 (1989) (TV Episode)
Al Bundy gets to see his life as if he has never born
Saturday Night Live: Andrew Dice Clay/Julee Cruise/Spanic Boys (1990) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during cold opening
The Simpsons: Simpson and Delilah (1990) (TV Episode)
The scene in which Homer is running through town after he got his hair
Dallas: Conundrum (1991) (TV Episode)
This episode is a parody of that movie's plotline.
It's a Wonderful Sexlife (1991) (Video)
Premise and title.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1992) (TV Episode)
When Frank can't account for the missing checks and money, Dr. Forrester says, "Do you know what this means? It means bankruptcy and scandal and prison. One of us is going to prison, and it ain't gonna be me!"
Tiny Toon Adventures: It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special (1992) (TV Episode)
This whole episode is a remake of the classic film
Family Matters: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel (1992) (TV Episode)
Angel showing character what they're life could be like
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Tapestry (1993) (TV Episode)
the story of Tapestry is basically It's a Wonderful Life, Star-Trek-ified
A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Episode #4.1 (1995) (TV Episode)
A sketch spoofs this film
The Simpsons: The PTA Disbands (1995) (TV Episode)
Jimmy Stewart character in the bank tells everyone their money is in "Bill's house, and Fred's house" so someone named Bill gets beat up
The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book Five - Satan Claus III: The 13th Day of Christmas (1996) (TV Movie)
During the celebration victory party, characters are announced like they are in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Mandy's brother, Detective Randy, returning from the dead, quiets everyone and raises a toast to his little brother Mandy, "the richest man in town," just as Harry Bailey does in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and everyone sings to Auld Lang Syne from the movie.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Riding with Death (1997) (TV Episode)
After Mike blows up another planet, Crow confronts him and (as George Bailey) says, "What'd you do with that planet, you silly, stupid old man? Someone's going to jail, and it's not gonna be me!"
Spawn (1997)
The Clown tells Spawn that he'll be the angel Clarence and Spawn can be Jimmy Stewart.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Zorak (1997) (TV Episode)
Raymond shows Zorak what life would've been like if he'd never been born.
The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (1997) (Video Game)
The film "It's a Wonderful Belt"
Halloweentown (1998) (TV Movie)
movie called "It's a Wonderful Death"
South Park: Merry Christmas Charlie Manson! (1998) (TV Episode)
A character watches a spoof of this on TV.
Johnny Bravo: Doomates/Johnny's Telethon/Johnny's Guardian Angel (1999) (TV Episode)
The segment "Johnny's Guardian Angel" is a spoof of this movie.
Saturday Night Live Christmas (1999) (Video)
One sketch presents the "lost ending" of I'ts a wonderful life
Saturday Night Live: Val Kilmer/U2 (2000) (TV Episode)
spoofed during the monologue
Christmas in South Park (2000) (Video)
3rd Rock from the Sun: Dick Digs (2001) (TV Episode)
Mary says she wishes she had been the one to find the "ceremonial wedding moon" artifact, Dick responds (in a Jimmy Stewart-like voice), "What is it you want, Mary? Is it the moon? Is that it? You want the moon, Mary?"
Family Guy: A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas (2001) (TV Episode)
Lois pushes George Bailey off a bridge.
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) (TV Movie)
Premise.
Saturday Night Live Christmas 2002 (2002) (TV Movie)
Spoofed in the lost ending to It's a Wonderful Life
Chappelle's Show: Episode #1.3 (2003) (TV Episode)
a sketch titled "It's a Wonderful Chest"
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Bruce brings the moon closer with a "Lasso". in IAWL George Bailey offers Mary the Moon and says he was throw a lasso around it. That scene from IAWL is also included in Bruce Almighty.
My Family: It's a Window-Filled Life (2003) (TV Episode)
The title is a reference and Ben meets a man named Clarence in whose shed Ben sees how the life of his family would have been if he'd never been born, just like the main character in It's a wonderful life
Life Is the Only Thing Worth Dying For (2004) (Short)
Man with unfufilled life expectations feels that he is worth more dead than alive.
The Venture Bros.: A Very Venture Christmas (2004) (TV Episode)
The Doc's dream is based on aspects of different holiday specials - the way he wishes "merry Christmas!" to a series of places an inanimate objects is a parody of Jimmy Stewart at the end of this film.
Fever Pitch (2005)
Ben impersonates the sequence calling Clarence.
The Fairly OddParents: It's a Wishful Life/Timmy's 2D House of Horror (2005) (TV Episode)
The entire 1st segment is a spoof of this movie with Timmy wishing he'd never been born then being shown how much better people's lives are without him by a fairy.
Robot Chicken: The Sack (2005) (TV Episode)
guardian angel shows Wimpy that everyone's lives would be better if he didn't exist
American Dad!: Stan of Arabia: Part 2 (2005) (TV Episode)
Stan dreams that the president comes to save him then it begins to snow and he says "Teacher says everytime a bell rings, an oppressive autocracy gets freedom!". His dream is a spoof of the end of this film, complete with similar music.
The DiCaprio Code (2006) (Short)
In the beginning, Tom Cruise and The Rock are remaking It's a Wonderful Life.
Kappa Mikey: Christmas Mikey (2006) (TV Episode)
The show features a 'what if I never was:' scenario which Mikey views
How It Should Have Ended: A Look Back at 'It's a Wonderful Life' (2006) (TV Episode)
making-of documentary parody
Robot Chicken: Adultizzle Swizzle (2008) (TV Episode)
In "It's a Wimpy-Filled Life," Wimpy's guardian angel lets him see how the world would look if he had never been born, and it's a much better world.
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (2008) (TV Movie)
Stephen prays in a manner similar to George Bailey, and an angel answers, but with different results.
Es bello vivir (2008) (TV Movie)
"Es bello vivir" contains sketches about "It's a wonderful life"
SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas (2009) (TV Movie)
Spoofed in the lost ending to "It's a Wonderful Life"
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Shrek wishes to have one day from his early childhood, a day he doesn't remember, be taken away from him. That day turns out to be the day he was born. Like George Bailey, Shrek learns what the world would be like had he not been born.
CollegeHumor Originals: If Other Directors Made the Social Network (2010) (TV Episode)
'Frank Capra's The Social Network' is a direct parody of It's a Wonderful Life
Saturday Night Live: Jeff Bridges/Eminem and Lil Wayne (2010) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "This You Call a Wonderful Life?" segment
Nostalgia Critic: You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard: Christmas Special (2010) (TV Episode)
The Critic is shown what the world would be like without him
Raising Hope: It's a Hopeful Life (2011) (TV Episode)
Jimmy gets drunk, wishes he had never slept with Lucy, hits his head, and he wakes up having never concieved Hope with Lucy.
Glee: Glee, Actually (2012) (TV Episode)
Artie's dream sequence is a parody of the alternate timeline scene from the movie.
Family Guy: The Giggity Wife (2013) (TV Episode)
Parodied in a cut scene.
The Simpsons: White Christmas Blues (2013) (TV Episode)
"It's a Wonderful Knife" Itchy & Scratchy cartoon

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