Masterpiece Classic (TV Series 1971– ) Poster

(1971– )


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Referenced in 

Sesame Street: Episode #10.72 (1979) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Telly
Lou Grant: Witness (1979) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Det. Staley, Billie Newman and Lou Grant
The Facts of Life: Teenage Marriage: Part 2 (1981) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
Family Ties: Give Your Uncle Arthur a Kiss (1982) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Steven in his PBS presentation
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: John Ritter/Jimmy Aleck/Robyn Douglass (1984) (TV Episode)
Johnny refers to the Alistair Cooke-hosted series
Mr. Belvedere: Pinball (1985) (TV Episode)
Wesley to Mr. Belvedere: "We can watch 'Masterpiece Theatre.'"
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Nancy says that George watched "Masterpiece Theatre" on the Hendersons' camping trip.
Scrooged (1988)
Day by Day: Trading Places (1988) (TV Episode)
Molly is excited to see Allistair Cook at a PBS convention.
The Golden Girls: Blind Date (1989) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
Nearly Departed: TV or Not TV (1989) (TV Episode)
The music is heard.
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Teacher, Teacher (1990) (TV Episode)
The "Masterpiece Theatre" theme plays as Parker enters Bathroom 12 to find Kubiac.
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Randall Without a Cause (1991) (TV Episode)
The "Masterpiece Theatre" theme plays as Larry asks for Grey Poupon at the drive thru.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "This week, on 'Masterpiece Theatre'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "'Masterpiece Theatre' is brought to you by a grant from the Mobil Corporation."
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Raging Kube (1991) (TV Episode)
The "Masterpiece Theatre" theme plays as Parker begins to read from his storybook.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Castle of Fu Manchu (1992) (TV Episode)
"Masterpeice Theater now returns to the Jewel and the Crown"
Peter's Friends (1992)
Carol refers to the series.
Animaniacs: De-Zanitized/The Monkey Song/Nighty-Night Toon (1993) (TV Episode)
"Masterpiece Theater"-like music is heard as Yakko, Wakko, and Dot follow Dr. Scratchansniff.
Home Improvement: Too Many Cooks (1994) (TV Episode)
Tim refers to the series, imitating Alistair Cooke
The Critic: A Pig Boy and His Dog (1994) (TV Episode)
complaining about commercials in movies, Jay wonders if "Thighmasterpiece Theatre" is next
Law & Order: Coma (1994) (TV Episode)
"It was like Masterpiece Theater, everyone was so polite."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1995) (TV Episode)
Mike: "'Masterpiece Theatre' presents"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Final Sacrifice (1998) (TV Episode)
Servo hums the theme music.
The Big Tease (1999)
The West Wing: The Short List (1999) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Toby
100 Girls (2000)
The girls watch Masterpiece Theatre on TV.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Checkpoint (2001) (TV Episode)
Buffy (to the Watchers): "Without a Slayer... you're pretty much just watching Masterpiece Theatre."
Queer as Folk: Love for Sale (2002) (TV Episode)
Emmett mentions it.
Law & Order: Kid Pro Quo (2003) (TV Episode)
Lennie refers to the series.
The Goodbye Girl (2004) (TV Movie)
The theme from this PBS series is being played in the theatre prior to the beginning of the performance of "Richard the Third"
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Long Lead Story (2006) (TV Episode)
Jordan ironically compares a pitch to Masterpiece Theatre.
Nostalgia Critic: Jingle All the Way (2008) (TV Episode)
The Nostalgia Critic calls the movie "Masterpiece-of-Shit Theatre".
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.131 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $400 clue in the category "Classical TV Themes"
Jeopardy!: Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Semifinal 2 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "'M' & Emmys"
10 Things I Hate About You: Just One Kiss (2010) (TV Episode)
Kat says, "I'm not charmed by the 'Masterpiece Theatre' act."
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.157 (2010) (TV Episode)
Included in a $3,000 question
The Middle: Bad Choices (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mike
Saturday Night Live: Daniel Craig/Muse (2012) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Jim Lehrer (Chris Parnell) in the presidential debate cold opening
White Collar: Out of the Frying Pan (2013) (TV Episode)
Neal wonders aloud whether his new handler will be "more 'SportsCenter than 'Masterpiece Theatre.'"
The Simpsons: The War of Art (2014) (TV Episode)
Sideshow Mel refers to the Simpsons as "Masterpiece Thievers."
Significant Mother: Mixed Doubles (2015) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story (2015) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in dialogue
Wander Over Yonder: The Black Cube/The Eye on the Skullship (2015) (TV Episode)
When Hater was being interviewed by Andy, music similar to the show's theme song is played
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Susan Sarandon/Alison Brie/Katie Nolan/Jaleel Bunton (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the Teen Slang segment
Modern Family: Man Shouldn't Lie (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue

Featured in 

Screenwipe: Screenwipe USA (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.

Spoofed in 

SCTV: Officer Friendly (1977) (TV Episode)
Parodied within the "Masterpiece Theatre: All the Long Leggedy Beasties" promo.
SCTV: Fighting Air Dogs (1978) (TV Episode)
Parodied as "Masterpiece Theatre" preview of upcoming shows.
Disco Beaver from Outer Space (1978) (TV Movie)
Segment called "Misterpiece Theatre" spoofing the show.
SCTV Network: One on the Town (1981) (TV Episode)
Joe Flahrety plays Alistair Cooke hosting Masterpiece Theatre, which is showing "All the Long Leggedy Beasties"
Mouseterpiece Theater (1984) (TV Series)
Format of this show is a spoof of this one
Heartburn (1986)
The NFL TV Follies (1987) (TV Movie)
"Masterpunt Theatre" is one of the shows.
Sesame Street, Special (1988) (TV Special)
"Monsterpiece Theatre" intro and outro segments, with Sir Alistair Cooke pastiche.
Tiny Toon Adventures: Brave Tales of Real Rabbits (1991) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Masterhare Theatre"
Tales from the Crypt: Top Billing (1991) (TV Episode)
"Mashed-to-Pieces Theatre"
Saturday Night Live: Danny DeVito/Bon Jovi (1993) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in Masterpiece theater sketch
Clarissa Explains It All: A Little Romance (1993) (TV Episode)
A scene is titled "Desasterpiece Theater", taht is a spoof of "Masterpiece Theater"
Animaniacs: Distasterpiece Theatre/Hercule Yakko/Home on De-Nile/A Midsummer Night's Dream (1993) (TV Episode)
Yakko presents a parody of this show called "Disaster-piece Theatre"
South Park: Pip (2000) (TV Episode)
The format much like Masterpiece Theater's
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Storyteller (2003) (TV Episode)
Andrew's opening fantasy is in the style of the host segments from this show.
Robot Chicken: The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (2011) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "Masterpiece Theatre" segment
Saturday Night Live: Andrew Garfield/Coldplay (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "Oliver Twist" sketch
Robot Chicken: Secret of the Flushed Footlong (2016) (TV Episode)
Parody skit
Late Night with Seth Meyers: The Lonely Island/Greta Gerwig/Second Chance Theatre/Allison Miller (2016) (TV Episode)
The opening of Second Chance Theatre spoofs the opening of "Masterpiece Theatre"

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