The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series 1962–1986) Poster



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Referenced in 

No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)
Seen on a theatre marqee next to Sardi's.
Hello Down There (1969)
Merv Griffin himself appears in the movie & the teen characters are "filming" for his show.
All in the Family: Gloria Poses in the Nude (1971) (TV Episode)
Discussed by Archie and Edith
All in the Family: Mike's Friend (1974) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Real Life (1979)
The orchestra is announced as being straight from "The Merv Griffin Show."
All in the Family: Too Good Edith (1979) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Archie
Serial (1980)
A character in "Serial" mentions that she and her husband usually watch the Merv Griffin show before playing "hide the salami."
Sanford: The Benefit (1980) (TV Episode)
Sammy lists this show among the many on which he's scheduled to appear.
Only When I Laugh (1981)
Georgia mentions the show by name.
Gimme a Break!: Nell's Ex (1982) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
Deathtrap (1982)
Helga ten Dorp is interviewed on The Merv Griffin Show (1962).
The A-Team: There's Always a Catch (1983) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Faceman
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Mr. T (1984) (TV Special)
Title referenced by Bob Hope
Night Court: Harry and the Madam (1984) (TV Episode)
"I saw her on Merv."
Saturday Night Live: Mr. T and Hulk Hogan/The Commodores (1984) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Billy Crystal's comedy film
When Nature Calls (1985)
The dad mentions the Gabor sisters performing on the show.
Making It Huge (1985) (Video)
"The Merv Griffin Show" sign
Light of Day (1987)
The Spirit (1987) (TV Movie)
Ellen says Teasdale is scheduled for Nightline and Merv in the same week.
Saturday Night Live: Kathleen Turner/Billy Joel (1989) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Plug Away with Harvey Fierstein
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Being from Another Planet (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "That's about the time he started showing up on 'The Merv Griffin Show' with his electric guitar."
The Larry Sanders Show: The Promise (1992) (TV Episode)
Larry says he started his career as a stand-up comedian on Merv's show, but then went to Carson's Tonight Show, and excuses it was ok since they were on at different times of the day.
Family Dog: Family Dog Goes Homeless (1993) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Danger!! Death Ray (1995) (TV Episode)
"Tonight, Merv's guests.."
The Nanny: A Fine Family Feud (1995) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the show by name.
The Late Shift (1996) (TV Movie)
Seinfeld: The Merv Griffin Show (1997) (TV Episode)
Kramer finds the studio set from this show
Man on the Moon (1999)
Contains a meticulous re-creation of the former show.
Freaks and Geeks: Girlfriends and Boyfriends (2000) (TV Episode)
Neal tells Sam, "Hey, Merv Griffin - nice interview."
The Simpsons: The Blunder Years (2001) (TV Episode)
The Pimento Grove emcee says that Mesmerino has appeared on "The Merv Griffin Show."
Wonderland (2003)
In montage of TV Guide listings
The Bench: Life Before 'Seinfeld' (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz (2005) (TV Special)
Mentioned in Plug Away
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Episode dated 3 May 2006 (2006) (TV Episode)
Ellen and her guest Merv Griffin talks about the DVD release for this series.
Running with Scissors (2006)
Mentioned in voice-over by Augusten.
The Wrecking Crew! (2008)
Plas Johnson mentions he used to work on the show.
Conan: Hickory Dickory Danger (2010) (TV Episode)
Andy Richter (while talking with Conan O'Brien) mentions Merv Griffin as being host of a late night show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.89 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Merv Griffin had a popular TV show
Stiller & Meara: Jerry & Anne (2011) (TV Episode)
Stiller and Meara mention they were on the show.
Black Dynamite: Taxes and Death or Get Him to the Sunset Strip (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Black Dynamite.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
Referenced by Rance Holloway in his video
Mad Men: The Flood (2013) (TV Episode)
Harry mentions the show by name.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Opera Pimp (2014) (TV Episode)
Robert Klein mentions the show.
Entities: The Unveiling (2016) (Video)
Mentioned by Trey.

Featured in 

The Girl with Something Extra: All the Nudes That's Fit to Print (1973) (TV Episode)
John dreams he is a guest of Merv's - nude
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
Excerpt playing on a TV
Super Bloopers and Practical Jokes: Episode dated 3 December 1984 (1984) (TV Episode)
Actress Morgan Fairchild is seen in a blooper clip from the talk show.
E! True Hollywood Story: Karen Carpenter (1997) (TV Episode)
Karen Carpenters' appearance on the Merv Griffin Show is shown in this documentary
Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits (2000) (Video)
performance clip
Primetime: Episode dated 4 December 2002 (2002) (TV Episode)
clip of Whitney on the 29 April 1985 episode
The Dream Studio (2004) (Video)
clip shown
Life After Tomorrow (2006)
Features a segment highlighting the cast of "Annie."
My Amityville Horror (2012)
A clip is shown of the Lutzs on The Merv Griffin Show.
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013)
clips from
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.30 (2013) (TV Episode)
a clip of Mariska Hargitay as a child on the show is shown
John Denver: Country Boy (2013) (TV Movie)
excerpt shown: "Your Friendly Neighborhood Ku Klux Klan"
An Honest Liar (2014)
clip of Uri Gellar Shown
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014)
Clips of Glen Campbell on this show.
Hanging with Batman (2014) (Short)
Interview scenes with Adam West and Burt Ward.
TruInside: The Jerk (2016) (TV Episode)
Clip of show is shown
Entities: The Unveiling (2016) (Video)
A clip is shown.

Spoofed in 

SCTV Network: One on the Town (1981) (TV Episode)
A sketch (a fake promo) parodies the Merv Griffin Show, with Rick Moranis playing Merv.
Garfield and Friends: First Class Feline/U.S. Acres: Hamelot/How to Be Funny (1989) (TV Episode)
A griffin hosts a medieval talk show, which is undoubtedly a pun on Merv Griffin.

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