The Stepford Wives (1975) Poster


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Followed by 

Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980) (TV Movie)
The Stepford Children (1987) (TV Movie)
The Stepford Husbands (1996) (TV Movie)

Version of 

The Stepford Wives (2004)
based on the same novel by Ira Levin

Edited into 

Bride of Monster Mania (2000) (TV Movie)


Metropolis (1927)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Green Acres (1965) (TV Series)
Persona (1966)
Sesame Street (1969) (TV Series)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
In the kitchen scene where Joanna chats with her new friend Bobbi Marco, Prentiss's character makes an in-joke reference to Ross's famous role in 'Butch Cassidy': "I can't figure this burg out - it's like maids have been declared illegal, and the housewife with the neatest place gets Robert Redford for Christmas."
MASH (1970)
The "oh Frank scene" is a homage to the "Hot Lips" scene, with the characters eavesdropping by accident an intercourse.

Referenced in 

The Song Remains the Same (1976)
Seen on marquee at movie theater in Time Squares
3 Women (1977)
Millie imitates purposefully the Stepford Wives in some scenes
The Dick Cavett Show: Episode dated 15 November 1980 (1980) (TV Episode)
Writer Ira Levine guests and discusses the story's origins.
Blade Runner (1982)
Newhart: The Stratford Wives (1983) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Ray Bradbury Theater: Marionettes, Inc. (1985) (TV Episode)
Husband replaced by robot lookalike.
Saturday Night Live: George Wendt and Francis Ford Coppola/Philip Glass (1986) (TV Episode)
Title referenced during Weekend Update
Zombie High (1987)
The behavior of the students
The Last of the Gladiators (1988)
Evel Knievel mentions The Stepford Wives.
Big Business (1988)
WHen they meet their twins, said says that they are robots and are going to kill and replace them. It is an obvious refference to the original "Stepford Wives."
American Rampage (1989)
a sarcastic comment about some people being from Stepford in Connecticut
ALF: Baby Love (1989) (TV Episode)
ALF refers to Kate's unborn baby as "a Stepford Baby".
Designing Women: The Junies (1989) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
Out of This World: Two Many Evies (1989) (TV Episode)
Lindsay Selkirk says, "we look like the Stepford students," in their new school uniforms.
The Ray Bradbury Theater: Usher II (1990) (TV Episode)
People are replaced by their robotic replicas.
3 Men and a Little Lady (1990)
After touring Pileforth Academy, Michael refers to it as "a Stepford school."
Tiny Toon Adventures: Music Day (1992) (TV Episode)
Buster refers to Ruffee's audience as "Stepford Kids"
Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge: Episode #1.4 (1994) (TV Episode)
Alan says to two women "You're like the Steptoe Wives", she replies "I think you mean The Stepford Wives".
Safe (1995)
The Last Supper (1995)
Mention in dialouge by 'Luke'
The Crew: The Operation (1995) (TV Episode)
A passenger refers to Maggie as a "Stepford Stewardess."
The Craft (1996)
Mitt refers to Chris as a Stepford because he completely submits to Sarah's will.
Married with Children: The Stepford Peg (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
Room 101: Episode #3.7 (1997) (TV Episode)
Ulrika Jonsson says all the women on American fitness channels look like the Stepford Wives.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ted (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the dialogue: "Like Stepford."
Dawson's Creek: Decisions (1998) (TV Episode)
Stepford family mentioned
Sports Night: Smoky (1999) (TV Episode)
Dan refers to Sally as a "Stepford producer".
Charmed: That '70s Episode (1999) (TV Episode)
A film marquee in the '70s says "Stepford Wives"
Two Ninas (1999)
Mumford (1999)
The Factory for Female Surrogates at Panda Modem
Popular: Ur-ine Trouble (2000) (TV Episode)
Sam makes a pun on the title of the movie.
Bride of Monster Mania (2000) (TV Movie)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Hannibal (2001)
Six Feet Under: Crossroads (2001) (TV Episode)
Stepford mentioned
Pumpkin (2002)
Carolyn tells Jeanine that she is "like some sort of Stepford wife"
The Frightening (2002)
some guys are referred to as Stepford kids
Searching for Debra Winger (2002)
Rosanna describes how all executives want Stepford Wives for women
Demonlover (2002)
Adaptation. (2002)
Similar poster design
Malcolm in the Middle: Garage Sale (2003) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Hal in the flashback to his college days
Angel: Sacrifice (2003) (TV Episode)
Lorne: Does anyone else feel like the last fiesty wife in Stepford?
Gilmore Girls: Say Goodnight, Gracie (2003) (TV Episode)
Lane describes her mother's behavior as "Stepford."
Nip/Tuck: Pilot (2003) (TV Episode)
Julia says that she does not want to be a Stepford Wife
Casa de los babys (2003)
One of the women asks the name of the movie where "the housewives become perfect clones". No one answers, but it's a clear enough reference to _The Stepford Wives_.
The Black & Whites: I'm in the Kitchen (2004) (Video)
Poster on the wall
Raise Your Voice (2004)
Ca. 12 min into the film Paul calls his sister "A Stepford daughter out of a mailorder magazine."
Desperate Housewives: Pilot (2004) (TV Episode)
"Mayor of Stepford"
A Perfect World: The Making of 'The Stepford Wives' (2004) (Video)
mentioned a few times
Stepford: A Definition (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
Stepford: The Architects (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
Queer as Folk: Move and Leave (2005) (TV Episode)
Brian tells Michael that if he and Ben move to the suburbs, they will be the "Stepford Fags".
Queer as Folk: Back in Business (2005) (TV Episode)
Brian calls Michael and Ben's new street "Stepford Avenue".
Queer as Folk: Excluding and Abstemiousness (2005) (TV Episode)
Brian says he failed to save Michael from becoming one of "the Stepford Fags."
The Closer: Pilot (2005) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Queer as Folk: Hope Against Hope (2005) (TV Episode)
Brian says "the Stepford Husbands turn in early" about Michael and Ben.
Queer as Folk: Anything in Common (2005) (TV Episode)
Brian tells Michael that if being a "Stepford fag" makes him happy, then he should go for it.
Queer as Folk: Mr. Right (Never Broke a Promise) (2005) (TV Episode)
Michael mentions Brian calling him a "Stepford fag".
Weeds: Suburban Shakedown (2005) (TV Short)
mentioned once
How I Met Your Mother: Cupcake (2006) (TV Episode)
Robyn uses the term "Stepford" to describe a male/female relationship situation.
Stargate: Atlantis: Irresistible (2006) (TV Episode)
Sheppard refers to a bunch of the Atlantis crew as "Stepford Wives"
Diggers (2006)
someone is called a "Stepford wife"
Degrassi: The Next Generation: Here Comes Your Man: Part 2 (2006) (TV Episode)
In the article that Ellie publishes, she describes her roommate as "the Stepford Omarosa without the looks."
Glass House: The Good Mother (2006) (Video)
"Actually, I'm not really into that whole Stepford Wives look."
Heroes: Chapter Eleven 'Fallout' (2006) (TV Episode)
Claire says, "It's like the 'Stepford Body Snatchers' or something."
Supernatural: Croatoan (2006) (TV Episode)
"A little too Stepford?"
Star Stories: The Church of Scientology Presents... Being Tom Cruise: Why Scientology Isn't in Any Way Mental (2007) (TV Episode)
Katie Holmes is depicted as a robotic Stepford Wife.
Gossip Girl: Chuck in Real Life (2008) (TV Episode)
After Lily and Bass establish new family rules, Serena says whenever Lily gets a new guy "she Stepfords out and lets him make all the rules".
United States of Tara: Transition (2009) (TV Episode)
Kate calls some customers "Stepford bitches"
Supernatural: Lucifer Rising (2009) (TV Episode)
Dean says, "It's a lot better than being some Stepford bitch in paradise."
True Blood: Frenzy (2009) (TV Episode)
Maryann's followers have black eyes like the wives when they are exposed as robots, and Jane brandishes a knife like Bobbie before she attacks Joanna.
Grey's Anatomy: I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watchin' Me (2009) (TV Episode)
Izzie is called a Stepford Wife
Heroes: Chapter Four 'Hysterical Blindness' (2009) (TV Episode)
Gretchen compares Claire's sorority to "The Stepford Wives."
Degrassi: Minis: Forgetting Sav Bhandari Part 2 (2009) (TV Episode)
Holly J. refers to Anya as "Stepford."
Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Episode #3.2 (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Stephanie.
Richard Roeper & the Movies: The Joneses (2010) (TV Episode)
Roeper says "The Joneses" has a little bit of this movie
Desperate Housewives: Epiphany (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Royal Pains: In Vino Veritas (2010) (TV Episode)
Evan says he gets a weird Stepford feeling
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
seen on marquee
NCIS: Dead Air (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by DiNozzo
House M.D.: A Pox on Our House (2010) (TV Episode)
"Stepford doctor"
Private Practice: Home Again (2011) (TV Episode)
referenced by Sam
The Secret Circle: Medallion (2012) (TV Episode)
"Stepford ghoul"
Community: Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts (2012) (TV Episode)
Britta fears that she's conforming to society's norms and says, "I'm one of the Steppenwolf wives!"
Shameless: Fiona Interrupted (2012) (TV Episode)
Stepford mentioned
Ritual (2012)
The main character makes reference to both the original and remake of "The Stepford Wives".
Big Time Rush: Bel Air Rush (2012) (TV Episode)
There are a few references to the movie in this episode.
Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.95 (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
Won't Back Down (2012)
Nona calls herself "the first black Stepford wife."
Airborne (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue
One Hit Wonderland: You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
The Other Woman (2014)
Carly accuses Kate of going back to being a "Stepford" wife.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Queens of Talk (2014) (TV Episode)
Shane Jenek says that he knows he can be "a little Stepfordy."
Chasing Life: Next April (2015) (TV Episode)
Danny: '' You looked like Stepford April.''
RuPaul's Drag Race: Born Naked (2015) (TV Episode)
Matt James describes Pearl as "some kind of robotic, Stepford wife, bitch."
Audition Tape (2015) (Short)
Referenced in monologue
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Frenemy of My Enemy (2015) (TV Episode)
"Stepford Bakshi"
Ex Machina (2015)
The plot is about the creation of female robots. Ava has a selection of floral print dresses to wear, and long floral dresses were a noted costume feature of Stepford.
Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele mentioned this film as an inspiration

Featured in 

The Stepford Life (2001) (Video)
this is an anniversary documentary for the film
30 Even Scarier Movie Moments (2006) (TV Mini-Series)
Clips are shown.
No Sleep TV3: Classic Episode #5: "Best of A.I." with Fernao (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips and film is discussed/reviewed

Spoofed in 

Her Total Response (1977)
Plot of mainstream film spoofed. Stepford is now "Stepville".
Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension: The Goody Two-Shoes People (1998) (TV Episode)
The whole episode is a spoof on the story.
The Breastford Wives (2007) (Video)
erotic spoof, in addition to title

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