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Ordinary People (1980) Poster

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References 

The Waltons (1971) (TV Series)
Conrad says he kept thinking that John Boy from this would have said something (about his brother's death).
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
Dr. Berger (Judd Hirsch) mentions the title and sings the song briefly
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Dr. Berger tells Conrad when he first came in he thought he looked like something out of this, so he doesn't think he needs to be on tranquillizers.

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Delbert McClinton (1981) (TV Episode)
Title on Bill Murray's Annual Oscar Predictions board.
Mork & Mindy: Pajama Game II (1982) (TV Episode)
Mork says he saw the film twice.
Cheers: Any Friend of Diane's (1982) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Carla
Rain Man (1988)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Hellcats (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Timothy Hutton, before the boat trip."
The Fisher King (1991)
Jack gives an irritating video store customer a porn film called "Ordinary Peepholes".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom: "So, now it's a scene from 'Ordinary People.'"
The Waterdance (1992)
Explicitly referenced by the lead actor
Northern Exposure: Revelations (1993) (TV Episode)
Movie is referenced
Biography: Mary Tyler Moore: All American-Girl (1995) (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
Dawson's Creek: Dance (1998) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mitch
NewsRadio: Copy Machine (1998) (TV Episode)
Mr. James mentions a director's cut of this movie that ends in a massacre.
American Beauty (1999)
A shot of the Burnham family eating at the dining room table is an homage to a similar scene in Ordinary People. Director Sam Mendes confirms this in the DVD commentary.
Freaks and Geeks: The Garage Door (2000) (TV Episode)
Neal asks Lindsay if she has seen it yet.
That Moment: Magnolia Diary (2000) (Video)
Paul sas that his crew will be watching this film on Wednesday.
Dinner for Five: Episode #4.12 (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Veronica Mars: Normal Is the Watchword (2005) (TV Episode)
Dick and Beaver argue about which brother dies in this movie.
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Billy Ray (2007) (Video)
Ray names the script as one of five that all young writers should "master" to understand how to structure a script successfully.
What a Year: 1980 (2007) (TV Episode)
This movie is mentioned in a segment on the Academy Award winners of 1980.
American Dad!: 1600 Candles (2008) (TV Episode)
Stan wants to talk about this movie with a 21 years-old Steve
NCIS: Nine Lives (2008) (TV Episode)
Tony to Ziva: "You're normal people like the people from Ordinary People were normal people."
House: Let Them Eat Cake (2008) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Joy to the World (2008) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
Shrink (2009)
"I've seen 'Ordinary People'."
American Dad!: Stan Time (2009) (TV Episode)
A DVD case of this movie lays on the floor in Dick's apartment
House: Unfaithful (2009) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: The Social Contract (2009) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Here Kitty (2009) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Simple Explanation (2009) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Saviors (2009) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: House Divided (2009) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Under My Skin (2009) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Both Sides Now (2009) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: The Tyrant (2009) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.28 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "Oscar Youngest/Oldest"
House: Teamwork (2009) (TV Episode)
Poster in Wilson's office.
House: Ignorance Is Bliss (2009) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Remorse (2010) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Moving the Chains (2010) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.135 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "Alliterative Actors"
House: Selfish (2010) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie (2010)
During a speed-dating scene Buddy mentions this film as one of the greatest films of all time.
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Johnny Galecki (2010) (TV Episode)
Johnny Galecki mentions this movie during interview
House: Office Politics (2010) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Small Sacrifices (2010) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Larger Than Life (2011) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Carrot or Stick (2011) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Two Stories (2011) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Bombshells (2011) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Last Temptation (2011) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Changes (2011) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: The Fix (2011) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Charity Case (2011) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
The Vampire Diaries: Ordinary People (2011) (TV Episode)
title reference
House: The Confession (2011) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Dead & Buried (2011) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Runaways (2012) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Man of the House (2012) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Gut Check (2012) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: We Need the Eggs (2012) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Body and Soul (2012) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: The C Word (2012) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
House: Holding On (2012) (TV Episode)
poster in Wilson's office
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.84 (2012) (TV Episode)
Margaret Cho mentions going to see the movie.
The Cinema Snob: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2013) (TV Episode)
title reference
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Michael Strahan/Olivia Munn/Mark & Jay Duplass (2015) (TV Episode)
Mark & Jay Duplass mention movies they watched as kids when HBO showed R-rated movies in the afternoon
Top Gear: Episode #22.2 (2015) (TV Episode)
Kiefer Sutherland mentions it
Family Guy: Encyclopedia Griffin (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
500 Questions: Episode #1.1 (2015) (TV Episode)
correct answer in "'80s Films" category

Featured in 

The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1981) (TV Special)
clips
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981) (TV Special)
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV Special)
The Killing of John Lennon (2006)
Scenes of the film are shown
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) (TV Special)
Clips featured as part of Mary Tyler Moore tribute.

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Robert Hays/14 Karat Soul/Joe 'King' Carrasco & The Crowns (1981) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as 'Ordinary Elephant People'.

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