The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series 1948–1971) Poster



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Edited into 

All You Need Is Cash (1978) (TV Movie)
Footage is incorporated of Ed Sullivan's introduction of the Beatles, dubbed over as the Rutles.
This Is It (2009)
footage of the Jackson 5 used

Referenced in 

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: Gracie Trying to Keep Mortons From Moving Away (1953) (TV Episode)
Gracie tells George that Ed Sullivan called to ask if they would appear on his show.
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: Tax Refund (1953) (TV Episode)
Harry von Zell mentions the Ed Sullivan Show.
The Jack Benny Program: Honolulu Trip (1953) (TV Episode)
Jack makes a joke about a guy in Sullivan's audience
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: Problem Husbands (1953) (TV Episode)
The booking agent suggests Gracie appear on Ed's show.
What's My Line?: Episode dated 13 March 1955 (1955) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
The Jimmy Durante Show: Episode #2.23 (1956) (TV Episode)
As Jimmy walks down from the stage to greet celebrities in the audience, he quips, "If Ed Sullivan wasn't so lazy, this is the way he'd do it!"
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: The Stray Dog (1957) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Gracie.
The Phil Silvers Show: Hillbilly Whiz (1957) (TV Episode)
Bilko mentions the show.
The Phil Silvers Show: Viva Bilko (1959) (TV Episode)
Posing with his men as a Flamenco dance troupe, Bilko tells the customs officer that they'll only appear on Ed Sullivan's show - never on Steve Allen's.
The Apartment (1960)
The Jack Benny Program: Hong Kong Suit (1960) (TV Episode)
During his monologue, Jack asks, "You know the way Ed Sullivan always introduces people in the audience?".
Leave It to Beaver: Beaver's Accordion (1960) (TV Episode)
Eddie convinces Beaver that once he learns to play the accordion, he will become famous by appearing on the show.
Make Room for Daddy: Four Angels (1961) (TV Episode)
Phil Brokaw talks about getting Danny a spot on Ed Sullivan's show.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: You Can't Be a Little Girl All Your Life (1961) (TV Episode)
During his opening monologue, Hitchcock is standing in front of a large nursery rhyme shoe house. In the style of Ed Sullivan, Hitchcock promises to present "a really big shoe".
Make Room for Daddy: The P.T.A. Bash (1962) (TV Episode)
Kathy says that Danny is making a guest appearance on the show.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
The Ed Sullivan Show is prominently featured in the plot
The Jack Benny Program: The Ed Sullivan Show (1963) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Jack Benny Program: Amateur Show (1963) (TV Episode)
A drunk, confused audience member crashes the amateur talent contest and calls Jack "Mr. Sullivan".
What's My Line?: Episode dated 9 February 1964 (1964) (TV Episode)
Several references are made to the historic appearance by the Beatles on this show "next door" earlier that evening.
The Jack Benny Program: Jack Goes to the Allergy Doctor (1964) (TV Episode)
The nurse tells Jack that Dr. Whitney has booked the three patients in the waiting room to be on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Mister Ed: Saddles and Gowns (1964) (TV Episode)
Ed thinks that he and Wilbur are good enough singers to be on Ed Sullivan.
Gilligan's Island: The Big Gold Strike (1964) (TV Episode)
Mr. Howell considers booking Gilligan on the show
The Munsters: Herman the Rookie (1965) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Herman
The Dick Van Dyke Show: See Rob Write, Write Rob Write (1965) (TV Episode)
After Rob puts on an impromptu and unrequested performance, Sally says that he should appear on the show.
Gilligan's Island: Don't Bug the Mosquitoes (1965) (TV Episode)
Mr. Howell does an Ed Sullivan impersonation while introducing the Honeybees.
Mister Ed: Ed and the Motorcycle (1966) (TV Episode)
Wilbur tells Mister Ed that he might miss Ed Sullivan tonight.
Green Acres: Sprained Ankle, Country Style (1966) (TV Episode)
Several people mistake a TV test pattern as the Ed Sullivan show
The Singing Nun (1966)
Ed Sullivan appears
Spinout (1966)
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.13 (1968) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the Quickies
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.18 (1969) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Dick
The Maltese Bippy (1969)
Sam mentions Ed Sullivan's show.
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.23 (1970) (TV Episode)
Title referenced by Ringo
The Grasshopper (1970)
Danny Raymond mentions having appeared on the show.
Pound (1970)
Mentioned by Mexican Hairless
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #4.3 (1970) (TV Episode)
immitated by Johnny Brown
Steambath (1973) (TV Movie)
"The Ed Sullivan Show" is mentioned.
The Funnier Side of Eastern Canada (1974) (TV Movie)
'The communication tower is so powerfull it still gets the Ed Sullivan Show live'
Happy Days: Fonzie Loves Pinky: Part 3 (1976) (TV Episode)
The TV show is mentioned (as "The Ed Sullivan Show").
Laverne & Shirley: Excuse Me, May I Cut In? (1976) (TV Episode)
Laverne and Shirley are watching it when their TV set stops working.
The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977)
"The Ed Sullivan Show" is mentioned.
The Love Boat: The Joker Is Mild/Take My Granddaughter, Please/First Time Out (1977) (TV Episode)
Isaac refers to the Ed Sullivan show.
Saturday Night Live: Ray Charles (1977) (TV Episode)
referenced during the 50's recording studio sketch
Saturday Night Live: Buck Henry/Leon Redbone (1977) (TV Episode)
Franken & Davis show a doctored photo of them appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
In the movie, Buddy Holly and The Crickets appear on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Mork & Mindy: Looney Tunes and Morkie Melodies (1980) (TV Episode)
Mork impersonates Ed Sullivan.
M*A*S*H: That's Show Biz (1981) (TV Episode)
Fast Freddie says, "My agent says it's the perfect showcase for 'Toast of the Town.'"
The King of Comedy (1982)
Rupert tells Jerry that he watched his guest appearances on "Sullivan"
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
mentioned in film
Explorers (1985)
Tin Men (1987)
Night Court: Safe (1987) (TV Episode)
A man goes into a trance as Ed Sullivan saying, "Well, thank you and good evening. Welcome to our show." and "Oh, I'm not Topo Gigio."
Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (1988) (TV Episode)
referenced by Robin in his monologue
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mad Monster (1989) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I've seen better acts on the old Sullivan show."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Corpse Vanishes (1989) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Ed Sullivan): "And now, right here in our very office . . ."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Crawling Hand (1989) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Ed Sullivan): "Now, a really a big hand for the little lady, Mrs. Hodgkiss, right here on this very floor."
The Wonder Years: Rock 'n Roll (1990) (TV Episode)
Scenes with the historic appearance of the Beatles are shown.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Project Moonbase (1990) (TV Episode)
Tom: "In 1963, the Beatles first appeared on 'Ed Sullivan.'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Black Scorpion (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Ed Sullivan): "And now, ladies and gentlemen, the star of our show; it's The Roaches!"
The Golden Girls: Snap Out of It (1990) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Topo, by the way, used his earnings from 'The Ed Sullivan Show' to fund the attempted assassination of Fidel Castro."
Tiny Toon Adventures: Fields of Honey (1990) (TV Episode)
Ed Sullivan refuses to allow Bosko on his show without Honey.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991) (TV Episode)
During the opening credits of the movie, Crow (imitating Ed Sullivan) says "Toho-Ezio" - a reference to Topo Gigio.
The Doors (1991)
The Simpsons: Brush with Greatness (1991) (TV Episode)
Mr. Burns, commenting on the Beatles, says, "I seem to remember their off-key caterwauling on the old Sullivan show."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I saw that on 'Ed Sullivan.'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Unearthly (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: Go on the Sullivan Show and get canned with this.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) (Video)
referenced by Robin in his monologue
The Wayne and Shuster Years (1991) (TV Movie)
Shuster speaks about their time on the ed sullivan show
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Ed Sullivan): "Thank you, Topo Gigio."
The Simpsons: The Front (1993) (TV Episode)
Bobby (as Ed Sullivan) welcomes the class reunion to the "really big show."
Family Dog: Family Dog Goes Homeless (1993) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Girl in Lovers' Lane (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Ed Sullivan): "Really big show tonight, with Topo Gigio"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw (1993) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Mike
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) (TV Episode)
Servo: I could have been on the Sullivan Show.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: (as Sullivan) Tonight, right here on our stage, a really big show...
Pulp Fiction (1994)
A man impersonating Ed Sullivan is the maitre d' of Jack Rabbit Slim's.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Girls Town (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: "When they appeared on 'Sullivan,' they had to be shot above the eyebrows."
Rebel Highway: Shake, Rattle and Rock! (1994) (TV Episode)
Danny Klay says Tony Fazio reminds him of Ed Sullivan.
The Simpsons: Bart of Darkness (1994) (TV Episode)
The appearance of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show is mentioned.
The Santa Clause (1994)
When mentioning the different names Santa Claus goes by, Scott does a quick impersonation of Ed Sullivan saying the name of the mouse puppet "Topo Gigio" that was a regular on the show.
Don't Drink the Water (1994) (TV Movie)
When the priest begins performing magic tricks, Walter remarks, "It's 'The Ed Sullivan Show'!"
ReBoot: Talent Night (1995) (TV Episode)
Mike the TV does an Ed Sullivan impression while introducing an act.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Amazing Transparent Man (1995) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I'll prop your head up so you can watch 'Sullivan.'"
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Clip Job (1995) (TV Episode)
One of the characters Duckman turns into when he's hooked up to the TV transmitting device is Ed Sullivan.
Saturday Night Live: Quentin Tarantino/Smashing Pumpkins (1995) (TV Episode)
Title mentoined during the monologue
Going All the Way (1997)
Gale tells Sonny he could be on 'Ed Sullivan'
Private Parts (1997)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike (as Ed Sullivan): "Right here, in our very own home"
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Bad Trip (1997) (TV Episode)
Richard says he thought for a year that Topo Gigio was his father because his mother spent a summer around the Ed Sullivan Show.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1997) (TV Episode)
Servo: When he was on Sullivan they only shot him from his ankles down.
The Roseanne Show: Episode #1.12 (1998) (TV Episode)
Roseanne talks about her love for this show during Rev. Al Sharpton interview
The Sopranos: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti (1999) (TV Episode)
the comic imitates Sullivan's intros
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Soultaker (1999) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Mom looks like Señor Wences's hand."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Blood Waters of Dr. Z (1999) (TV Episode)
Mike: "The Beatles are on 'Ed Sullivan'!"
The Simpsons: Grift of the Magi (1999) (TV Episode)
Chief Wiggum imitates Ed Sullivan, saying, "Really big show."
The Sopranos: Do Not Resuscitate (2000) (TV Episode)
Janice reminisces with her mother about watching 'Mario Lanza' on 'Ed Sullivan'.
The Sopranos: Toodle-Fucking-Oo (2000) (TV Episode)
Comedian at Bada-Bing does Sullivan impression.
Bamboozled (2000)
Tale of the Fox (2000) (Video)
The Beatles preformance is mentioned
South Park: Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow (2001) (TV Episode)
We see an archive clip of Terrance & Phillip as children on this show in black & white.
The Simpsons: The Bart of War (2003) (TV Episode)
Ned Flanders has a collection of "Ed Sullivan Show suits" from the Beatles.
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004) (Video)
Beyond the Sea (2004)
Darin (Spacey) is seen with an Ed Sullivan look-alike
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (2004) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Steve Martin
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live (2005) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Barbara Gallagher
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Mork & Mindy' (2005) (TV Movie)
Referenced during Robin Williams' audition
Elvis (2005) (TV Movie)
mentioned in dialogue
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
someone mentions a bit on The Ed Sullivan Show that he liked
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: Monday (2007) (TV Episode)
Hallie says that The Ed Sullivan Show was a reality show.
I Think I Love My Wife (2007)
mentioned that Michael Jackson was on 'Ed Sullivan'
American Masters: Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character (2007) (TV Episode)
Carol Burnett mentions the show by name.
Morecambe & Wise: In Their Own Words (2008) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name (as "The Ed Sullivan Show")
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 3 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $25,000 question
Stiller & Meara: First Time on Internet (2010) (TV Episode)
Jerry says their show isn't like The Ed Sullivan Show.
Elvis XXX: A Porn Parody (2011) (Video)
referenced by a subtitle card and by the back ground announcer
Me & Arthur Haynes (2011) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Stiller & Meara: Jerry & Anne (2011) (TV Episode)
Stiller and Meara mention they were on the show.
Supernatural: Time After Time (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Lila (as "The Sullivan Show")
Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.142 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
Family Guy: Quagmire's Quagmire (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: End of the Beginning (2014) (TV Episode)
The Amazing Kreskin mentioned
Portlandia: Bahama Knights (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
RuPaul's Drag Race: Queens of Talk (2014) (TV Episode)
RuPaul says "It's gonna be a really big shew."
Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)
Janis Joplin refers to her appearance on this TV show.

Featured in 

Marty (1955)
Clara's family watches Ed Sullivan on TV
Depth Study (1957) (Short)
Clip is shown featuring Bing Crosby as a guest.
When Television Was Young (1977) (TV Movie)
Ed Sullivan is seen in a clip from this.
This Is Elvis (1981)
A clip of TV performance
The Compleat Beatles (1982) (Video)
a clip of Ed Sullivan introducing the Beatles on his show is shown
Super Night of Rock 'n' Roll (1984) (TV Movie)
clips of "Sonny and Cher", "Mamas and Papas" and others
Ingrid (1984)
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986) (TV Movie)
Elvis '56 (1987) (TV Movie)
Tap (1989)
show is heard in the background
The Wayne and Shuster Years (1991) (TV Movie)
clips of their Ed Sullivan sketches are spliced in
The Beatles Anthology (1995) (TV Mini-Series)
The Beatles Anthology: August '64 to August '65 (1995) (TV Episode)
clips shown
The Beatles Anthology: February '64 to July '64 (1995) (TV Episode)
clips featured
Jackie Mason: An Equal Opportunity Offender (1995) (Video)
archive footage
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television (1996) (TV Special)
footage from this show exists in this special
Great Moments in Opera (1997) (TV Movie)
Elvis: The Great Performances, Vol. 3 - From the Waist Up (1997) (Video)
Features clips from this show.
Behind the Music: The Day the Music Died (1999) (TV Episode)
The Sopranos: Down Neck (1999) (TV Episode)
Little Tony and Janice watch the show
The Century (1999) (TV Mini-Series)
Segment - "Innocence in Rebellion"
Top Ten: Comedy Records (2000) (TV Episode)
Bamboozled (2000)
The Beatles Revolution (2000) (TV Movie)
61* (2001) (TV Movie)
TV Guide's 50 Best Shows of All Time: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (2002) (TV Special)
"The Ed Sullivan Show" is #15.
Comedian (2002)
Down with Love (2003)
Archive footage from the original show is used for the fake episode they show.
Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour (2003) (TV Mini-Series)
Clips are shown of an Egyptian magician named "Gali Gali" who appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
Biography: Andy Williams (2003) (TV Episode)
clip of Kay Thompson and the Williams brothers from 1950
Broadway: The American Musical (2004) (TV Series)
Featured in Episode Four
Broadway: The American Musical: Tradition: 1957-1979 (2004) (TV Episode)
A clip from the show featuring the cast of "Hair" is shown.
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
It is number 5 in the greatest moments in TV
Balancing Acts (2005) (TV Movie)
A clip from Man-Fong Tong's appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (i.e. "Toast of the Town") is shown.
American Masters: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) (TV Episode)
Featured in documentary
The Drug Years (2006) (TV Mini-Series)
clips featured
20 to 1: Greatest Songs of All Time (2006) (TV Episode)
A clip of the Rolling Stones performing the song (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction on an episode of this title is used in a segment about the song
20 to 1: World's Best Love Songs (2006) (TV Episode)
A clip of Elvis Presley performing the song Love Me Tender on a September 1956 episode of this title is shown when the song is the subject of a segment.
Dreamgirls (2006)
archival footage of Sullivan from his show is seen during a montage (meant to depict The Dreams being on "The Ed Sullivan Show"). THis footage is credited at the conclusion of the film.
Morecambe & Wise: In Their Own Words (2008) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
American Masters: Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About (2009) (TV Episode)
The "NY Export: Opus Jazz" from an episode of the show is featured.
The Beatles: Rock Band (2009) (Video Game)
In the second stage of the game, the Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan's program, including audio clips of Ed Sullivan speaking.
Me & Arthur Haynes (2011) (TV Movie)
A clip is shown
Beatles Stories (2011)
A clip is featured.
DVD-R Hell: Rock: It's Your Decision (2011) (TV Episode)
Shows infamous clip of Elvis Presly singing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" from the waist up.
The Real Rocky (2011) (TV Movie)
A clip is featured.
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012)
segment with Allen
Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time (2012) (TV Movie)
"The Ed Sullivan Show" is the #5 Best Variety Show.
20/20: Best in TV: The Greatest TV Show of Our Time (2012) (TV Episode)
features clips of the show when discussing what was voted #5 Best TV Variety Show
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) (TV Movie)
Video clip of Dick Van Dyke, 1950.
Morecambe & Wise: The Whole Story: Episode #1.1 (2013) (TV Episode)
excerpt shown

Spoofed in 

Ghost of the Town (1952) (Short)
The Phil Silvers Show: Sergeant Bilko Presents Ed Sullivan (1956) (TV Episode)
The story is a satire about Bilko getting on the show.
The Phil Silvers Show: Show Segments (1957) (TV Episode)
One of the clips is a satire about Bilko getting on the show.
The Jack Benny Program: Jack Meets Japanese Agent (1962) (TV Episode)
Jack Soo imitates Ed Sullivan on a satirical version of the show.
Mister Ed: Disappearing Horse (1962) (TV Episode)
After Wilbur agrees to serve as emcee, he mimics Ed Sullivan's arm gestures and facial expressions while he promises to put on "a really good show".
Away We Go: Episode #1.5 (1967) (TV Episode)
satire of show.
All You Need Is Cash (1978) (TV Movie)
Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures: Snow White and the Motor City Dwarfs/Don't Touch That Dial (1988) (TV Episode)
Mr. E is partially a parody of Ed Sullivan
Meet the Raisins! (1988) (TV Short)
Vegetable bands appear on "The Ed Succotash Show."
Biographies: The Enigma of Bobby Bittman (1988) (TV Short)
Bittman appears on the show in one scene
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Gaos (1991) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in a host segment, with Crow in the Ed Sullivan role
Aladdin (1992)
Freaked (1993)
X-Men: Mojovision (1994) (TV Episode)
Mojo impersonates Ed Sullivan
Down with Love (2003)
A fake episode is shown in which Judy Garland promotes Barbara Novak's book.
Elvis XXX: A Porn Parody (2011) (Video)
The Elvis performance at the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1956 is spoofed

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