The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (TV Series 1981) Poster


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Carousel (1956)
Doctor Who (1963) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

The Young Ones: Bambi (1984) (TV Episode)
Mike says that he is the greatest Hitch-hiker in the Galaxy.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Hippocritic Oath (1988) (TV Episode)
The poster for the series hangs on the door in Dale's room.
Total Recall (1990)
Ghost (1990)
An Ungentlemanly Act (1992) (TV Movie)
Aladdin: When Chaos Comes Calling (1994) (TV Episode)
Two of Chaos' victims are transformed into a whale and a bowl of flowers.
Doctor Who (1996) (TV Movie)
Men in Black (1997)
GoldenEye 007 (1997) (Video Game)
"Mostly Harmless" in Multi-Player
Lost in Space (1998)
Fallout 2: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1998) (Video Game)
You can find a whale that has fallen to earth and a bowl of petunias.
Between the Lions (1999) (TV Series)
Christopher Cerf admits that the "42" on Lionel's rugby jersey is a deliberate homage to Douglas Adams and his creation.
The 6th Day (2000)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Hey, Happy! (2001)
quotes 42 in dialog as the answer of everything
Star Trek: Voyager: Renaissance Man (2001) (TV Episode)
describing a planet as 'mostly harmless'
South Park: Towelie (2001) (TV Episode)
Towlie says, "Don't forget to bring a towel," a reference to the sound advice of The Guide.
Andromeda: A Heart for Falsehood Framed (2001) (TV Episode)
Andromeda makes a comment about having "a brain the size of a planet," which is one of Marvin's catchphrases.
Odyssey 5: Pilot (2002) (TV Episode)
pays homage
Farscape: Unrealized Reality (2002) (TV Episode)
John says: "I am not Kirk, Spock, Luke, Buck, Flash or Arthur frelling Dent"
Finding Nemo (2003)
Excessive references to number 42.
The Alchemists of Sound (2003) (TV Movie)
Reference to the TV series
Red Dwarf: All Change - Series III (2003) (Video)
Referenced by name
City of Heroes (2004) (Video Game)
The descriptive text for the "Fervent" Veteran's badge (42 months) is "Forty-two. Could you be the answer to everything?"
I, Robot (2004)
The Fed-Ex delivery robot in the opening scenes has the number 42 on his head, which is the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything.
Parallax: The World According to Betti (2004) (TV Episode)
Francis Zapmeister says, "So long and thanks for the fish."
ER: Intern's Guide to the Galaxy (2004) (TV Episode)
The similar title is a reference
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Opening title sequence is recreated near the beginning of the film, and the incarnation of Marvin appears in the queue on Vogsphere
Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (2005) (TV Movie)
original BBC television series
Destroy All Humans! (2005) (Video Game)
Area 42
Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion (2005) (TV Episode)
The Doctor spends most of the episode in his dressing gown, and mentions Arthur Dent ("nice man"). Tea is also important.
What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) (TV Movie)
Reference to Simon Jones in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
Screenwipe: Episode #3.4 (2007) (TV Episode)
Talked about briefly.
Once Upon a Time in Norway (2007)
Kjetil Manheim mentions it.
Stargate: Atlantis: Doppelganger (2007) (TV Episode)
When McKay asks Sheppard if he knows how many gate addresses have no accompanying description, Sheppard replies with a sarcastic "42".
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Fat Lady (2008) (TV Episode)
Jill says that the logon for Guy's "computer was a randomly selected word from a piece of Vogon poetry."
Julie & Julia (2009)
Eric said to Julie, "I love the sound they make as they go whooshing past. Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy."
SGU Stargate Universe: Human (2010) (TV Episode)
Daniel Jackson mentions 42 as being the answer to life, the Universe and everything
Fallout: New Vegas (2010) (Video Game)
Old World Blues, there is an X-42 research center.
Gray Matter (2010) (Video Game)
When clicking the towel in Samantha's backpack she gives a reference to the book about how it is one of the most useful things a hitchhiker can have
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse (2010) (Video Game)
Pod 42 is a reference to the number 42 from this series.
Mad and Bad: 60 Years of Science on TV (2010) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Wayward Frankenstein (2010) (Short)
Frankenstein says he knows the meaning of life is '42' this is the answer the the ultimate question of life the universe and everything from the hitch hikers guide to the galaxy.
Thriller Theater! (2011)
"Deep Thought" and 42
The Mentalist: So Long, and Thanks for All the Red Snapper (2012) (TV Episode)
This episode's title is a reference to "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish," which was the message the dolphins left before abandoning Earth in "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
The Big Bang Theory: The Holographic Excitation (2012) (TV Episode)
Sheldon includes "Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect" on his list of possible couples costumes with Amy.
TableTop: Star Fluxx (2012) (TV Episode)
One of the goals is called "Forty-Two" and references Deep Thought and the Guide
Mama (2013)
Annabel sarcastically asks if the men looking for the two girls are going to check area "Z-Z-9-Plural-Z-Alpha", the exact name given to reference the Earth's location in the Universe, on board the Heart Of Gold.
Escape from Planet Earth (2013)
Zaphod Beeblexbrox and Marvin are among the graffitti names
Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten (2013) (TV Episode)
In the market on Akhaten, the Doctor points out a Hooloovoo, a race first described in the Hitchhikers Guide
This Is the End (2013)
Craig Robinson is seen carrying a towel throughout the entire movie.
The Wright Stuff: Episode dated 30 September 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Today's guest panelist, Simon Jones, talked about meeting Douglas Adams at Cambridge university and how he was offered his role in the show!
The Culture Show: Me, You and Doctor Who (2013) (TV Episode)
Douglas Adams mentions working on the scripts for the television series
The Big Bang Theory: The Table Polarization (2014) (TV Episode)
Sheldon says, "Think of me as Arthur Dent in 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.'"
The Flash: Fast Enough (2015) (TV Episode)
Cisco says, "So long and thanks for all the fish."
The Comix Scrutinizer: Fog City Comics (2015) (TV Episode)
"42 times"
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
When Alice mumbles "I once believed i could do six impossible things before breakfast", it is a reference to the marketing slogan of "Milliways" - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Loves of Hercules (2017) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Nobody likes Vogon poetry."

Featured in 

The Making of 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (1993) (Video)
many clips from the series are shown
Omnibus: Douglas Adams: The Man Who Blew Up the World (2001) (TV Episode)
Much archive footage of the older show is featured.
The Alchemists of Sound (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Ultimate Sci-Fi Top 10 (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
Clips are shown
Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (2005) (TV Movie)
clips from the second episode are shown
The Martians and Us (2006) (TV Series)
Clips shown and discussed.
Screenwipe: Episode #3.4 (2007) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
The Secret Life of the Motorway: The End of the Affair (2007) (TV Episode)
excerpt shown which is relevant to road protests
The Wright Stuff: Episode #17.123 (2012) (TV Episode)
Clip shown to introduce today's guest panelist Simon Jones!
50 Years of BBC2 Comedy (2014) (TV Movie)
Talked about


Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)

Spoofed in 

Spaceballs (1987)
Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter (1990) (Video Game)
The depressed weapons droid aboard the Deltaur is a parody on Marvin, the paranoid android. The Sariens resemble the Vogons.
Quest for Glory I: So You Want to Be a Hero (1992) (Video Game)
One of the questions the gargoyle asks is "What is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?". The correct answer is 42, to which the gargoyle replies "So you put some Deep Thought into the question, eh?".
Spaced: Beginnings (1999) (TV Episode)
When Tim starts talking about Daisy's fear that mice may crossbreed with spiders to create a hybrid, an animated sequence comes on screen to demonstrate the creature which spoofs the animated sequences from the guidebook in this mini series. The style of animation is the same (green lines on a green grid with a black background).
Cruise of the Gods (2002) (TV Movie)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
When Arthur, Zaphod and Ford are working their way through the line on the planet Vogsphere, Arthur passes Marvin from the miniseries and does a double take as he walks by.

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