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The Prisoner (TV Series 1967–1968) Poster

(1967–1968)

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Follows 

Danger Man (1960) (TV Series)
Secret Agent (1964) (TV Series)

Followed by 

Koroshi (1968) (TV Movie)

Remade as 

The Prisoner (2009) (TV Mini-Series)

Spin-off 

The Prisoner (1980) (Video Game)
game adaptation

Referenced in 

Branded to Kill (1967)
The persistent question of "Who is Number 1?".
Columbo: Identity Crisis (1975) (TV Episode)
Director Patrick McGoohan inserted many references to his cult TV series, The Prisoner, including saying "Be seeing you!"
The Prisoner Puzzle (1977) (TV Movie)
the series is discussed at length
The Prisoner (1980) (Video Game)
game based upon the TV series
Prisoner 2 (1982) (Video Game)
Prisoner 2 was based on the TV series "The Prisoner"
Treasure Hunt: Gwynedd (1984) (TV Episode)
"No. 6's captivating Mediterranean Village" is the clue to Portmeirion, where Anneka drives a mini-moke to the town square.
Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol: Part 3 (1988) (TV Episode)
The whole serial is heavily influenced by "The Prisoner" in its depiction of a dictatorship which is superficially happy (because all malcontents are eliminated). In part 3, the Kandy Man makes a dialogue reference, with the catchphrase often spoken by the "Village" authorities of "The Prisoner" ("That would be telling").
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
In the scene in the King of the Moon's bedroom, above the headboard is a small bust. In a close-up shot, the eyes of the bust are seen to contain lights that blink on and off, accompanied by the sound of a camera whirring and clicking. This is line producer David Tomblin's homage to The Prisoner, which he helped produce and direct.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cosmic Princess (1989) (TV Episode)
Reference to 'the spider from the Prisoner'
For Love or Money: Episode #1.1 (1993) (TV Episode)
Features memorabillia from the series.
Babylon 5: Mind War (1994) (TV Episode)
Bester's salute 'be seeing you' is a reference
ReBoot: The TIFF (1994) (TV Episode)
The escaping prisoner in the game is labeled "PR No. 7", a possible reference to Number Six from The Prisoner. Also, Bob and Dot trap escapees in bubbles, a possible nod to Rover.
Æon Flux: The Purge (1995) (TV Episode)
Number Six repeatedly refers to the brainwashed, obedient, apathetic citizens of the Village as cabbages. "Aeon Flux" is heavily influenced by "The Prisoner", and references it in this episode by having the regimented, mind-controlled Breen citizens herded into food booths and eating identical cabbages, while reciting childish nursery rhymes (Also a characteristic of the Village).
2point4 Children: Seven Dials (1995) (TV Episode)
contains seveeral humorous references
Nowhere Man: Heart of Darkness (1996) (TV Episode)
When C.W. Knox (Patrick Kilpatrick) assigns the new recruits their numbers, Tom's number ends up being 6, a reference to Patrick McGoohan's character in "The Prisoner" (1967).
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) (TV Episode)
It's Rover!"
NewsRadio: Awards Show (1996) (TV Episode)
Mr. James mentions the show during the end credits
Double Team (1997)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Halloween (1997) (TV Episode)
The card that Giles finds in Ethan's shop at the end says "Be seeing you," which was a catchphrase used in The Prisoner
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Dark Age (1997) (TV Episode)
Catchphrase "Be seeing you." gets quoted again
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Phantom Planet (1998) (TV Episode)
"Show him the prisoner." Mike: We've got all the episodes on tape.
Alan Davies: Urban Trauma (1998) (TV Movie)
Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969 (1999) (Video Game)
The "Locust" is based on the Lotus Seven and one of the colour schemes is green with a yellow nose just like the car from the opening credits of this series.
Fight Club (1999)
A video of The Prisoner can be seen in the video store getting erased
High Fidelity (2000)
The Operative: No One Lives Forever (2000) (Video Game)
Mentioned in overheard conversation
Cast Away (2000)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Shrek (2001)
The entrance of Shrek and Donkey at the seemingly deserted village of Duloc echoes Number 6's Arrival in the Village. Also The font on the village's signs is the same as in The Prisoner's Village and the architecture of the buildings is similar as well
Welcome to Eltingville (2002) (TV Movie)
dialogue
Justice League: Legends (2002) (TV Episode)
The ice-cream truck's song is both shows is "Pop Goes the Weasel".
The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' (2002) (Video)
Paul Merton wears a "Prisoner" blazer
Midsomer Murders: A Tale of Two Hamlets (2003) (TV Episode)
Darren talks about Wilson's knowledge of the series.
Osirian Gothic (2003) (Video)
Referenced by title
Battlestar Galactica (2003) (TV Mini-Series)
Ron Moore has admitted that the character name "Number 6" was stolen from McGoohan's show
Comedy Connections: To the Manor Born (2006) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
The Cult of...: Adam Adamant Lives! (2006) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Don't Knock Yourself Out (2007)
Making of Documentary
All About 'Thunderbirds' (2008) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Drama Trails: 'Cold Feet' to 'A Touch of Frost' (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Watchmen (2009)
salute of the Watchmen, "Be Seeing You" like in the series
In the White Room: With Actor Johnny Matte (2009) (Short)
Johnny Matte says "The Magoohan Institute of Psychology"
3 (2009) (Short)
Poster in Jon's home.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Episode #3.6 (2010) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Stewart.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.133 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,000 clue in the category "Patrick's Day"
Just a Minute: Episode #1.1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Fringe: Letters of Transit (2012) (TV Episode)
Walter says "I am not a number. I am a free man!"
Cold (2014) (Short)
The basement scene with Julie and Househover is a tribute to this legendary TV show
Person of Interest: Deus Ex Machina (2014) (TV Episode)
Root's message to Harold paraphrases Number 6's iconic quotes, "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered!" and "I am not a number, I am a free man!"
Hamlet A.D.D. (2014)
"Be Seeing You" gesture and line

Featured in 

Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown (1994) (TV Movie)
scenes from the series are shown here
The 100 Greatest TV Moments (1999) (TV Special)
In Search of the Prisoner (2001) (TV Movie)
clips
Drama Trails: 'Cold Feet' to 'A Touch of Frost' (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown

Spoofed in 

Spitting Image: Episode #1.1 (1984) (TV Episode)
Title sequence is referenced in the "Exchequers" sketch.
Dead End (1985)
scenes and referances to "Number 6" and "The Village"
The Laughing Prisoner (1987) (TV Movie)
The Simpsons: Krusty Gets Busted (1990) (TV Episode)
Spoofs the closing title sequence in which the the Prisoner's face flies toward the viewer before being trapped by iron bars
Prisoner of Love (1995) (Video)
Premise and lead character, adapted for porn.
ReBoot: Number 7 (1997) (TV Episode)
The whole episode is a homage to the tv series.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Stranger in a Strange World (1997) (TV Episode)
Guy in jail shouting "I'm not a numeral, I'm a free man"
Santa vs. the Snowman (1997) (TV Short)
The Simpsons: The Joy of Sect (1998) (TV Episode)
Marge's escape parodies this show, even down to being chased by a giant bubble which engulfs people.
Pinky and the Brain: Brainwashed: Part 1 - Brain Brain Go Away (1998) (TV Episode)
The island of hats set up parodies this show. The costumes are almost identical.
The Simpsons: The Computer Wore Menace Shoes (2000) (TV Episode)
Simpsons spoof "The Village" as "The Island"
Coupling: Nightlines (2004) (TV Episode)
patrick's dream is a parody of prisoner opening

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